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Final Entry & AMA

Well, just got the email that said I was needing to either ante up for another six months, or allow my premiership to lapse. As is becoming usual with this blog, I'm going to allow it to lapse and wait until I can either win a contest or something to gain premier again. Been nice to post up my thoughts the past half-year.   And as is also becoming tradition: I shall end off with an AMA. If anyone has any questions they'd like to ask about anything at all, fire away!

Zox Tomana

Zox Tomana

 

A-Kon 2016: The Dispatching

This past weekend I volunteered for the fourth time as a medic at the 27th, annual A-Kon anime convention in Dallas, Tx. It was stressful, exhausting, and a ton of fun. Already can't wait to go back next year.   I arrived at the Hilton Anatole on Thursday, got checked in with the heads for Med Staff, got my badge, and immediately went to work. Probably one of the biggest things I was involved in was the setting-up and first-year execution of a dispatch position intended to help organize and keep

Zox Tomana

Zox Tomana

 

Aggie Muster

I’ve put off actually posting about this because I’ve been considering what I’d actually say. But maybe the best way to figure out what I want to say is just to ramble about it like I did for my birthday, so here we go...   rambles follow A couple weeks ago on April 21st, San Jacinto Day, Aggies all over the world celebrated Aggie Muster. Muster is widely considered the crowning tradition of A&M, and it is one that I personally hold close to my heart.  On Muster Day, Aggies gather toget

Zox Tomana

Zox Tomana

 

General Life Update

I haven't really been finding interesting things to put on here lately.... So here's just a general update on life.   1. My nephew took his first steps a week ago :3   2. As I was driving down to College Station to meet up with a friend, with whom I would continue the trip to my hometown for said nephew's birthday, I was suddenly taken aback at all the lights appearing on my car's dashboard and a message on the little display saying "Check VSC System." I pull over and get out the manual and sear

Zox Tomana

Zox Tomana

 

Special Kind of Dumb

So, my brother went into business for himself in the trucking line. He took a job where he left yesterday( or day before, I forget), got loaded, drove to the location, and was supposed to be unloaded this morning. He was told this morning, and the paperwork said this morning.   Nope. He calls in to the lady dispatching him and says "Hey, they aren't unloading me." She is surprised he thinks so. According to her screen he's going to be unloaded Monday morning.   Turns out, if the person writing o

Zox Tomana

Zox Tomana

 

The Perils of Fluid Plans

They turn what was meant to be one night at your ex-gf's parents' house into 3, and having to overhear on the morning after the third night your ex-gf's mother refer to you (on accident) to your ex-gf as "your boyfrien-- your friend..."   Dagnabit, Freud!

Zox Tomana

Zox Tomana

 

Hypothetical Zelda, Again

More thoughts came to mind last night as to my hypothetical Zelda game, specifically how to introduce some plot differences between it and the other games that always have Ganon gaining the upper hand before being brought low by Link and Zelda. So...   As revealed in Skyward Sword, there is an eternal curse on the Princess and the Hero that the hatred of Demise will revive again and again in an endless cycle. In two of the three timelines Ganon is considered dead, but one of those is simply beca

Zox Tomana

Zox Tomana

 

Tomorrow

Tomorrow volunteer registration will open for A-Kon 27 in Dallas, Tx. As I've done for the past few years, I'm going to be submitting an application to volunteer as a medic during the event. It's always a ton of fun, if exhausting and terribly wearing on my feet. I tend to stiffly stumble back to my hotel room at 4 a.m. and take a few moments to just sit down and rejoice in taking my weight off them. A-Kon is a yearly anime convention that (now) takes place in the Hilton Anatole of Dallas, and v

Zox Tomana

Zox Tomana

 

An exercise in futility

I had a blog post.     But then I exited my browser and restarted my computer, completely forgetting to submit it.   In short: I made mediocre soup and should really learn to stick to recipes for a while before making something up, and also Win10 finally started giving me some problems. Start Menu vanished for some reason... we'll see if it happens again.   Yes, my blog title and tagline are a riff on Fishers'. Yes, I find it hilarious.

Zox Tomana

Zox Tomana

 

Celebrating my 23rd Birthday by Rambling

I celebrated my 23rd birthday yesterday (the 11th) quietly. And by "quietly" I mean I hardly left my apartment, ate lentil soup and cornbread for dinner, played some Zelda, watched some YouTube, and generally didn't really do anything at all. I fielded some texts and a phone call wishing me happy birthday, washed some jeans so I could pack for the weekend, and drank rootbeer. Exciting.   Do I get to have a little rant on my birthday? Caution: been having thoughts about stuff from back in college

Zox Tomana

Zox Tomana

 

The Mental Infection is Complete

A long time ago, my dad told me a story from when he was a resident at a hospital in the DFW area. I forget the doctor's name, but Dad told us how this particular doc would have music going while he performed surgeries. One song that would play is by Creedence Clearwater Revival, and the doctor would sing along until the chorus where he'd insert the wrong lyrics. Instead of "there's a bad moon on the rise" he'd sing "bathroom on the right." I find this hilarious. "Don't go around tonight. It'

Zox Tomana

Zox Tomana

 

Regarding Diacritics

I've given up on using them in my writing system (con-script?) for the most part. Maybe at some point... mayyybeee....   In the process of exploring the idea, though, I came up with several more letterforms I liked and have decided to (instead of using diacritics for vowels) simply revise my script to get rid of the letters that require you to lift the pen more than once. Basically I'm revising for laziness. The only reason I didn't try and make them all letters that don't require any lifts woul

Zox Tomana

Zox Tomana

 

Saw Star Wars a Second Time

Regarding concerns I talked about in a previous entry: I'm now more okay with Finn's initial arc from Stormtrooper to good guy, still iffy on Kylo Ren's backstory and how all that may have played out, and still think Rey should be dead by the end of the movie.         But the movie is still pretty good. Still recommend it.   With that said, what do I want for dinner tomorrow?

Zox Tomana

Zox Tomana

 

Weird idea at 4 a.m.

So, my scumbag brain woke me up at 3:30ish this morning. Couldn't go back to sleep. So I wrote a bit in a journal I'm trying to start keeping for reasons. For related reasons, I'm writing this journal in an alphabet of my own creation, and while I was going along, slowly getting faster and complaining to myself about some of the more complex letter-forms I had two thoughts:   1. This writing system looks awesome when I use my fountain pen (my opinion, your mileage may vary).   2. I might be able

Zox Tomana

Zox Tomana

 

Hypothetical Zelda (again)

So my latest thoughts about the hypothetical Zelda game I've been putting together in my head (detailed here and here), are as follows:   1. Dungeons in Hyrule itself don't change layout or puzzle style based on how you treat Labrynna and Holodrum. Instead, they are just flat-out very difficult dungeons that can be completed with merely a sword, shield, and bow (or whatever Zelda's initial loadout is). Have Link start with his bow and go from there. Completion of Holodrum and Labrynna give you i

Zox Tomana

Zox Tomana

 

Saw The Force Awakens Finally

Rey is... ehhh.         Finn was okay.         Kylo Ren is a little frustrating.         Overall, I liked it. Thought it was good. Not great. Not a wonder to behold. Had some quibbles         and had the aforementioned character issues, but I enjoyed it. 7/10, would watch again.   Oh, two more things...         That's all I got!

Zox Tomana

Zox Tomana

 

Names

So, I had the awesome privilege of attending Brick Universe Dallas. Got to meet Black-Six, xccj, Toaraga, Liopleurodon and others. It was weird, though, introducing myself using my real name. I have three names: the one my parents gave me, Zox Tomana (which has lots of variations), and E.R. Alwardby. I would respond to all of these things, because all of them are names of mine. I am ER Alwardby just as much as I am Zox Tomana (or Zox, or Tomana, or Tom, or Tommy-Gun, Zoxy, Foxy Zoxy, Zox the Fox

Zox Tomana

Zox Tomana

 

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

No matter who you are, where you're from, what you believe, or whether you do or don't like Hero Factory, I'd like to wish you the absolute best of this season. I hope that you will have peace and joy as the year winds down and that the blessings of the season will follow you throughout 2016 and onwards through your life. You people are awesome. Merry Christmas, BZP!   And a belated Happy Hannukah, too.   And I'm not familiar with other festivals that happen around this time of year.   Oh well.

Zox Tomana

Zox Tomana

 

Hey look, I have a Blog again (AMA)

Many thanks to Bfahome for the free six-month Premiership as a result of his User Title Contest.   What to do with this blog for the next six months...   Well, I can post more thoughts about that giant Zelda Game I brainstormed a few posts ago... In a few days I'll be wishing everyone a Merry Christmas... and then a Happy New Year...   Hmm....   Well, since I ended my year of Premier (granted by that kind duck known as Tekulo) with an AMA, how about I start off this next six months with an AMA?

Zox Tomana

Zox Tomana

 

Final Blog Entry/AMA

So I had this blog entry typed up about this being my last entry since my premier seems to be expiring, but I accidentally deleted the text twice. I'm not typing it up a third time.   Oh, and as a celebration of a year of premier, gifted to me by that generous duck we know as Tekulo, I'm ending this off with an AMA!   So, Ask Me Anything!   Hurry!   Before I delete all this text again!   *cries for the loss of his write-up piece*   oh, and here's my last AMA entry if you ever wanted to look at i

Zox Tomana

Zox Tomana

 

Why I Stayed in the Singing Cadets for all Four Years

My first half-year in the Singing Cadets was miserable. I despised the initiatory process and even into the 2nd half and throughout my four years I resented the older "Old Men" and those younger than me who embraced the system a little too enthusiastically for my taste. Even in my last year, at the height of my seniority and reputation in the group I had plenty of reason to despise some people in the group.   Which, of course, has led one friend in particular to keep asking me why I bothered wit

Zox Tomana

Zox Tomana

 

That Hypothetical Zelda Game

Here's a semi-coherent storyline that I shouldn't be thinking about, but am and need to get it out of my head.   Open: Link and Zelda are far away from Hyrule in Labrynna for, diplomatic purposes. A dark force related to the ancient power of Veran has awoken in the land and the Mayor has asked for help from the Princess and the Hero. Just before they can meet with the Mayor, one of this epoch's Six Sages appears, gravely injured, to report that Ganondorf has (finally) given up on the idea of gat

Zox Tomana

Zox Tomana

 

A Zelda Game I'd Like to See

A dual, parallel storyline game where both Link and Zelda are out and about in the world. All/Most dungeons have to be conquered along two separate paths that sometimes cross each other, and the bosses take a two-person approach. If the gamer wants to play as Link, they select Link at the start and play through the Link campaign. If Zelda, the they choose Zelda. Whichever character they don't choose gets controlled by an AI that follows you around, assists in combat (preferably by fighting enemi

Zox Tomana

Zox Tomana

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