2016 took so many of our entertainers. Many of whom influeced aspects of our (my) life. The most recent ones being Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (and just before them George Michael, who if you have sung Karoake with me knows is a big part of my life). All of which have been a complete force within the industry and did so many amzing things not just in the industry but also for people in general. Obviously, Carrie has been on my radar for ages after initially seeing her in Star Wars. Debbie too was influential. Recently, Greggles and his (now) wife and her family invited me to go see Singing In the Rain with a live Orchestra performing all the pieces. I haven't that in forever, and it was just as good as I remembered, and it was inspiring to know how much work she put into that to look so at ease. When Carrie Passed, we thought that was it. 2016 Couldn't hurt us any more, til shortly after Debbie was brought to the hospital. We have just a little time left in 2016, and we are all collectively holding our breath that it doesn't do more.
Lately all the games I have beenplaying require an amount of dedication to exploration or repetition. This is what we call grinding. It is doing things again and again for incremental improvements or gains and/or rewards. Final Fantasy as a franchise is based om this mechanism, and Overwatch by blizzard does it in order to win new outfits (skins) and other rewards. I do not like grinding for the most part. WOW required a lot of it, and many MMORPGs do, hence I don' really get into them. Star Wars Old Republic had it, but has drastically reduced the amount needed to progress through the story. Games have to have other components that would compel me to actually play through it beyond the chance of getting a shiny. I have no issue in giving up on a game if it doesn't have something to draw me in for the most part. I am not a person who enjoys grinding for grinding sake... usually
I want to watch Rogue One again... I've only seen it twice, but I do plan on seeing it a few more times. First time was just to take it all in. Second time was to compare vs 3d and to try to catch some of the things I missed and to pay more attention to details. Next one will be to look at the worlds they created, and to seriously analyze Chirrut's oufit. Watch how it flows, where it comes together, material, fitment. That will be my next cosplay. I already said I had worked on it before, but I want to actually make it as true as my crappy skills and eyes can make it. I've ordered the Dossier book for better images and I'll do the art book next. I have the funko, and I will probably get at least one of the figures. All in my research for his outfit.
I watched Rogue on on thursday. It was glorious. I skipped out on some stuff in order to do so. well worth it. Saw it at my favorite theater. And we got to use the vouchers we got from when we went to see TFA, so it felt almost like we were sneaking in. Greggles and I each wore our Star Wars themed ugly sweaters. As did almost everyone else at the theater, so we blended in perfectly.
Do you ever just zone out and let your eyes de-focus and see things? I do. Usually with like granite, or tiling I like to just stare at it and start seeing shapes. Basically what you do with clouds, just in more places. I can stare at granite tops as I'm cooking or bathroom and kitchen flooring an just see shapes. A bear here, a skeleton there... Sometimes, I can see entire landscapes or scenes. A lot of times when I'm just doodling it is cause I saw something and it got stuck in my head. It is cool cause pretty much wherever I am I can find new stuff to draw when I can't just pull it out of my own head.
Recently Greggles declared that the most delicious apple in the world is the Fuji apple. I asked him if it was the best thing ever. He said not ever but for sure the best apple. I then asked if it was the best Fuji... Now, we have a friend with that name except he spells it with a "g". There are also other things with the name Fuji... Hester wouldn't actually commit to it, but we know he was thinking it.
So I went to visit my dad over the weekend. At one point, I was walking down the stairs to go to the bathroom and avoid another discussion on my dating life, I slipped. I slid down a few steps on my feet while holding myself up by the railing and my right arm that I put down to catch myself. I got up, thought I was good, and slipped again. I once more, put my arm down to catch myself. My wrist initailly did not hurt too bad. but as time went by it did. As a sign language interpreter, I kinda depend on my wrist a lot. I knew it was going to be an interesting day of work. All night it bothered me, and when I would grab my covers or shift pain would shoot through it. At work, I had about 30% of my motion. As the day went by and I used it more, it started to loosen up. As I type this, I'm probably around 75% which I am thankful for. When I go to sleep and not constantly moving it, we shall see the result...
Final Fantasy 15 FINALLY RELEASED! I totally forgot about it, since I had pretty much written it off for so long. I was excited about the game forever ago. And then it kept getting pushed and pushed. I totally forgot that there was an animated mini series too, and all the other pieces that they put together. I remembered on like monday when a friend posted they had gotten it already. I have good friends... Many nerdy friends. I assumed they would treat me well... Come tuesday, all I saw were screenshots and various posts... I know I won't get to play it for a while. Probably not for another like week or 2, so I was sad to see those posts. I learned to quickly filter through them, and they have all died down which I am thankful for. I want to savor the game, and if I can't, I will not be pleased.
Shantz - Director of dice rolling failure and comedic timing