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Journal Entry: Sun Nov 30, 2014, 4:22 PM

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Felt the need to do something else, so I roasted my turkey! Instructions in image descriptions.

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Suicide Awareness

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 13, 2014, 6:31 AM


This is not normally a topic I cover, nor will I cover in depth unless what I suspect might happen comes to pass. I have a strong feeling, based off of observed behaviors from several people around me, that this winter will have a rather high number of suicides. I don't know what's going on, but I do know that economic and social factors are in play. While I'm in love with this time of the year out here in the North West; I can definitely understand why other people respond to the lower light levels differently.

This is just a generic warning to people that still read my journals. Keep a close eye on the people around you and respond quickly to any signs of severe depression and dialogue containing any words of self destruction. If you want more info, go check out the suicide prevention info at www.helpguide.org/articles/sui… .

I suspect the severe economic conditions we're experiencing in the US at this time is contributing to some of this talk I'm hearing from people. And yes, the economy is bad, real bad, no matter what the manipulated numbers say. Several people I know are either laid off, can't find permanent work other than seasonal help, and/or are working two jobs due to hour cuts.

Last winter, there were quite a few suicides of people I at know of or talked online with, if not met in person. Not to forget this last February, had a few co-workers that came close (however both made immediate changes to their life to address the issue and they left the company).

I'm just saying that I've already had to intervene twice this month, and its starting to put me on edge. I think this is going to be a bad winter.


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Ready Player One is Very Boring and Very Bad

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 25, 2014, 7:27 AM


Lets get this out in the open: I read this book because it was part of a deal where one of my sisters would agreed to watch some of the videos about MGTOW if I read or listened to Ready Player One. She found StarDusk to be incredibly boring and hard to follow, because the video constantly made her think. Unfortunately, I think I got the worst end of the bargain. Basically, both of us had to do something the other didn't want to do. And now on with the review.

This book is pure garbage. Its nothing more than fanfiction that got published. Exactly how Shades of Grey IS a slashfic of Bella and Edward with only the names changed for public release. And of course both books have gotten extremely popular and made a ton of money for the people involved. Yay, creative license (why create something when I can just steal it?).

The Review:

This isn't a book. Instead, it is a checklist of common tropes loosely held together with 80's product placement and trivia, then half baked into a soggy plot that fails to hold my interest, and deflates rapidly when exposed to thought. I was told that the audio book is better, but why would I care about the "famous person" that will read me the story at a glacial pace? The story is garbage and that's what I experienced.

This book makes the cardinal sin of telling and not showing. If the author wanted to make a movie, then he should have made a movie. Entire pages are devoted to describing the physical objects surrounding the characters instead of focusing on the characters themselves. This means that by the end of the story, I still know very little about the characters and motivations and how they affect their actions. Outside of a few surface details, there isn't any characterization involved. Person x wants to do y because of reason z. Period. Thanks Ernest Cline, next time write a story. This story is a fanfic republished as a novel, and nothing more.

I would have thought by now that the hateful stereotype of the fat, nerdy, virgin, pimply-faced, neck bearded, dungeon dwelling, white cis-gendered, stalker, perverted, weak and desperate, but nice guy at heart gamer, had been resoundingly debunked. But hey, when writing a checklist, and not a character, then use what works?

Lets discuss Wade shall we? Parents are dead, tragically, check and check. Abusive relatives that use him for money/food, check. Has an escape from reality fetish, check. Is really, really, really good at "insert interest here" to the point of idiot savant, check. Is beyond knowledgeable on topics related to "insert topic here," check. Is so isolated from regular human interactions and reinforced by crippling insecurity, check. Takes any excuse to leave reality because of said crippling lack of social interaction, check. Is the type of personality that is frequently taken advantage of by members of the opposite sex to the extreme, aka white knight, mangina who will do anything and everything to get even one to pay him any attention. CHECK. Doesn't suffer in the story, so much as be inconvenienced as a result of all of these "issues" because he's so awesome at 'insert interest here' where he is a virtual god among mortals and surrounded by "the best-of-the-best talent who are just scruffy and whose real value isn't recognized by the real world, but in their world they rule."  Check. Wade doesn't have any personality, because he's nothing more than a checklist. I think the male equivalent of what Wade is, is a Gary Stu.

And finally, Wade is desperate for female validation. He has been denied affection his entire life. When his Dad died, his Mom had to work hard as a single mother to support him, shoving him into the OASIS as soon as she could. Then, when she OD'ed on a bad batch of drugs, he was adopted by his aunt, not for familial bonds but for the extra food vouchers. She constantly abused him, used him only for convenience, denied him comfort, stole his stuff when it suited her, and of course had her proxy agent (boyfriend of the week) enact violence upon him. Lastly, he fantasized about Art3mis, whom he cyberstalked for years. All this leads into his next crippling affliction, his lack of self.

My biggest problems with Wade stem from his lack of character development, and his checklist stereotype nature. He doesn't have an identity and the book shows this complete lack of character identity and development in his actions. He says and does whatever it takes to avoid physical abuse that accompanies the psychological abuse from his aunt and her boy-toy of the week. Then he jumps into the OASIS matrix to have the adoration and attention from the people in his clique.

Then, when he finally wins Art3mis' attention he immediately drops everything to have a relationship to gorge on the attention she gives him. See, from what I read, Wade doesn't have an identity or a personality. He is only a series of events that has happened to him. He is supposedly the most avid gunter around. He knows almost everything there is to know about Halliday, and has spent most of his short life in search of the egg in order to free himself of his life of suffering. But when a female, the one he's been cyberstalking, gives him any regard, he drops everything to fawn in her presence. His hopes, his dreams, his identity, his way of life, all gone just because a "supposed" female (having not yet been confirmed in the story) pays him the least bit of attention. And that there is a huge problem. Because even Wade doesn't know who he is, the author and therefore, the reader doesn't know either. I was left dumbstruck. I say to myself, "Wade, do you have any goals? Dreams. Hopes. Wants? You have such little sense of self that you completely give up your self in the pursuit of female validation." Wade is a checklist that does things because the plot says he should, and doesn't have a goal, because it is whatever he thinks someone else wants. Example, he wants to get humanity off the dying earth, but instead he changed it in a heartbeat to 'feed the poor' because its what Art3mis wants, (please have sex with me...).

There is a rich world here, full of life and suffering. I just wish I had been able to explore it. They have corporate wars, real wars, indentured servitude, failing climate, a virtual world that nearly everyone escapes into, and a whole host of terrible and wonderful things. But they only serve as flavor text to the world instead of being the environment characters live in. Take for example, the indentured servitude. That would be a really cool plot element if it had any purpose other than to be the MacGuffin that allows Wade to break through the final shield. Its there only because the plot says so. There is no consequence for there being any indentured servitude in the world other than Wade needed a way into IOI headquarters. None of the characters know of or speak about the pandemic use of indentured servitude. Its just there. Same with the perpetual wars, the cities that just disappear under mushroom clouds, even the deteriorating climate plays no role in the story. Its just flavor text at the beginning of the book. And the world in the story is poorer for it's lack of presence. No one mentions having lost someone in when the oceans ran onto the land, the permanent dust choking the air, lamenting losing extended family in 'name of city here' when 'name of country here' blew it up.

What's the point in having a post-apocalyptic world if there's no consequence for it existing in the first place? There's nothing written in the story that wouldn't be perfectly plausible in the world of today. There are massive slums the world over, including stacked residences filled with too many people in places called "the projects" right here, right now in America. Wade could have been living as an orphan with his abusive Aunt today right now, working out of an abandoned van, powering old laptops with batteries without the need for a post-apocalyptic world and still fight the evil corporate interests of the only ISP remaining right freaking now. There is simply nothing special about the setting to warrant its existence.

Because there's nothing special about the setting, the setting becomes irrelevant to the plot. And that's another huge problem, because the setting is what gives flavor to the world and influences characters' actions. Example, when Wade needs to leave the projects in his old city, does he have any problems caused by deteriorating roads, lack of infrastructure, or cars? No! He gets on a bus and moves to Columbus, Ohio. The only difference is the trip takes a few days because the bus has to stop and charge its electric engine. As opposed to what? Taking days to travel across country and making stops at every town to pick up passengers and refuel like they do today? So for all the destruction, poverty, problems in this world, a country that is run by media celebrities who do nothing, roving bands of brigands attacking travelers, and so on, does Wade have any difficulties leaving Oklahoma City to Columbus, Ohio? Nope, the trip exists as one short paragraph, and he's moved into a studio apartment and jacked into the OASIS.

Well, I guess the environment doesn't pose much of a problem. And its not much of a problem to rent out a direct fiber tap into OASIS from said apartment either. So much for the only ISP in the country spying on him posing a challenge. And when he's on the run again, he and the others easily find OASIS run internet cafe's that bypass IOI spies. I guess IOI isn't smart enough to do corporate espionage and infiltrate OASIS. I mean it might give readers a sense of tension if Wade and the others faced any difficulty or risk logging into OASIS. But of course not, because that would be good writing. And we can't have that now can we.

As for the "challenges" of the egg hunt, well Mr. Gary Stu here has played and mastered (almost) every game, read and memorized every book, movie, and song lyric. He's the best there ever was. The only thing he's not perfect at, is social interaction. Except he totally is, in the virtual world...where he spends all of his time. And his perfect and timely intuition or memory saves him from having to struggle with anything more complicated than getting into Art3mis' pants.

So when the main character lacks character, an identity, and goals; the environment poses no challenge or obstacle; and the antagonists are incompetent and ineffectual; then what is left? NOTHING! An empty, paper thin plot about easily overcome obstacles interspersed with 80's product placement.

PS: please take Ernest Cline's Thesaurus away. I know what rubenesque means in regards to art. However, in today's world, if you visit any dating site or google image search the word, it means morbidly obese. So lets not mince words here shall we? When you read the book, and you get to the part when Wade finally meets and sees Art3mis for the first time, one might wonder why she's so insecure. She spends so much time with the "you won't like me when you see me" line that you figure she's a dude or horribly disfigured. The book focuses on the birthmark, but when you read about how much she focuses on her insecurity, how she was the the first to one in the pod and the first one out, and how the other characters cover for her to prevent Wade from seeing/meeting her until the very end.  This isn't something a person does because of a mere birthmark. Google Winestain birthmark, it isn't that bad, please note that some of the images are for more severe skin diseases. Aech was described as fat, Wade as overweight, but Art3mis was described as rubenesque. So lets put the thesaurus down and just call it like its written, Gone Whaling. And there's no problem with it in the story, because some gamers are very sedentary, and given the nature of the Matrix, I mean OASIS, they don't move very much.

Better books to read with similar themes and settings, but much better execution:
  1. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson Snow Crash
  2. Killobyte by Piers Anthony Killobyte
  3. The Apprentice Adept Series, specifically Split Infinity (1980) by Piers Anthony. Split Infinity
I'm recommending alternatives because I'd rather end my opinionated review on a positive note by recommending better reads.


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Investing is for fucking idiots and rich people

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 7, 2014, 11:44 AM


I'd love to rant more on this topic, but it boils down to this:

Investment people, the ones that talk about putting money back, and talk about cryptic shit like 401k, IRA, Roth, stock market, bonds, mutual funds, etc; are absolutely positively unwilling to help people do so. After talking with various firms over the last 10+ years either as a client, employee, or in casual conversation, I have been shut down and told to gtfo every single time. Apparently investing has a "you must be this rich to ride" barrier that can't be breached with anything short of half a million dollars. I've never understood this, and it makes me angry that with all the people and managers that give long boring speeches about building wealth, none of them will help you get there. All they want to do is play with rich people's money like a toy. I have a 401k and several unrelated investments, and my assigned manager AND the asshole my parents hired to manage them refuse to actually do so or help me by actually 'managing' the funds until I've got at least several ten's of thousands of dollars invested. All I can think of is, 'boy it sure would be nice having some help getting there first.' But they really want to play with people's already made money.

I mean, how am I supposed to make the first 20k (first multiple of 'tens of thousands') if all I can do is waste money and time dumping it into under-performing funds in my 401k? Sure, in a few decades, I'll get there with company matching (assuming I still have a job then), but how is this any better than just spending it on garbage? I really feel like I'm throwing my money away investing in the first place.

This is just more leftover crap from our parent's generation and their parent's generation when the economy boomed for decades and they must have had to try hard to fail to make money or something. Meanwhile most of my true friends are unemployed or underemployed and living at home still in their 30's. If no one is willing to help us and our children make money, then there won't be many new investors coming into the market. I think we are going to hit the point soon when these vultures end up cannibalizing their own clients just to stay in business because no one new is showing up. I mean, I don't know many people myself that make enough money to pay rent much less put money back. Hell, I took the last two year's tax returns just to start my own retirement plan, and that isn't doing very well even with company matching.

I feel like a fool for even throwing my money away in the first place, and if it wasn't for my 401k reducing my taxable income or something no one will explain, I wouldn't even bother doing that. My dad had a fully funded company matched 401k when the economy collapsed and he lost almost all of it's value. Now he has to work past retirement just to pay for food. I hear this happened to a fuck ton of people in 2008, and now I'm perpetuating this lie. Why? I can think of so many other things I could buy for the amount the 401k steals from me each pay check. Hell, I could buy precious metals, or pay down my student loans faster, or fucking anything.

I just don't understand this arrogant attitude that fund managers, investment managers, etc have that they don't even want to talk to you until you already have enough money you don't need them anymore. To me, the point of paying someone is to help you freaking invest, as in get started on your way to making a million dollars to retire on. Cause how many people have a spare million or two just laying around not doing anything right now?

"Man, I have all this money just sitting around being taxed not doing anything, guess I better go hire a manager to do something with it." said almost no one ever.


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Mid Year Update

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 18, 2014, 12:43 PM

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Starting up a few commissions. Will post them as they get done.

Been about six months now without Internet, and its rough sometimes, but life moves on. I refuse to fund the bullshit going on with the ISP's extorting money from paying customers twice and then turning around and demanding more money from the content providers like google and netflix. My bill went up and up and all I got out it was a slower and more unusable connection. My co-workers think I'm insane, but its $60 a month I don't need to spend anymore which has helped out a bit with my bills and life. Yeah, I'm not buying into the whole "our economy is improving!" crap. Sure, I have a steady job, but prices are just rising out of reach of late, and I've responded by cutting out a lot of garbage and been buying offline or durable entertainment and goods. Things like books and taking up hobbies like crochet where I can download the instructions and do it whenever I want. Plus the exercise has been good for my wrist, which got injured last year.

In other news. Crochet, not nearly as hard as I expected, though technique is weird. All the videos I found showed people using two hands, but that's just too hard. So I crochet one-handed. Much easier and I can keep the tension even.
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I haven't been doing any commissions until recently because I've been buying offline things such as alternate transportation (awesome bike), some stocks (which is almost like throwing money away) even though I didn't really want to but family convinced me anyway, and getting some books and games I can play offline for portable systems like the vita and 3ds. Now that I'm well stocked and ready for the rest of the year and beyond I'm working on my car then restocking the cabinets with food.

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Starting the new year with different

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 17, 2014, 3:41 PM


Fresh on the heals of burying 2013 in a ditch behind my apartment, and setting fire to the rotting corpse, I've decided to find something else to do this 2014 other than spend time remembering all the shitty things that happened.

New plans and goals:

1) Bikes, more of them.
    - So I love bikes. I used to love longboarding, but accidents and moving to a non-college town (and therefore forgiving city ordinances about public places) has forced me to reconsider my primary mode of outdoor transportation. I spent last summer riding the crap out of my Trek 7.2, and enjoyed the hell out of not driving. However, improper fit and bad geometry nearly destroyed my wrists. Now, I'm almost done saving up to get a more relaxed fit bike designed for long distance travel and hauling capacity in the Surly Long Haul Trucker or the Surly Troll/Ogre. Gonna get a mustache bar and a Brooks saddle, some paniers and call it good. My goal is to be able to comfortably replace my car for all non-work related travel year round and also go to some of the state parks and ride the trails. Not sure how far I'll get with this, but I have a long duration goal on this one.

2) Collecting vinyl figurines.
    - Yep. I need something a little more random in my life. After my sisters got me some My Little Pony: FiM dolls from Funko (6 inch vinyl figurines) for Christmas, I realized that not only did I enjoy trolling my day-shift co-workers with them, but that I also liked how they looked (despite some serious errors in quality control). My available space is limited, and funds tight, so I won't go be going overboard on this hobby.  Might hunt down some figures from some of the shows and anime I've enjoyed over the years. Wouldn't mind a Thundercats figure or two, maybe a Railgun figure, and a Ryoko figure from Tenchi Muyo. And I can't resist the urge to get a Strike Witches doll or two to give to one of my co-workers for his birthday just to watch him squirm. Yes I know what that anime is, no, I don't like it, however the troll factor is just too high.

3) Killing off my youtube account.
    - I have seen and been disheartened by Google's wasted potential for this environment. I just don't care anymore. Saying goodbye to youtube, though I'm going to keep maybe 20 people I watch. I'm going to just watch a few people on Blip.tv now. I'm just tired of yourube forcing me to use work-a-rounds just to use it. Like special plugins or webpages to properly track my subscriptions because google keeps destroying their tracking system and notifications get lost all the time. Easier to just manually check each channel at that point.

4) Picking a real game to get into.
    - Whether it is an RPG or card game, I'm going to start a play group. Somehow. Tired of groups dying off because no one will take charge and schedule events.

5) Plants. More of them.
    - What to say? I'm intrigued by the two plants on my windowsill. I somehow managed to not kill them. Possible to expand plants in apartment? Who knows.

6) Feminism, Social Activism, Women in general. > Full MGTOW.
     - Can go fuck right off. I think I've manged to finally burn out any anger, disappointment with women in general, men's continual capitulation to whatever they want, no matter how stupid, and the general anti-male bias in society. I'm just done. When I see this shit happen, I'm just going to engage the apathy drive I've been building. Its not surprising, or shocking anymore, its downright predictable to see yet another social justice movement to destroy anything and everything male in society. Oh look, another game with a female with big tits. I bet the women in society will start to ... oh nm, that's all we're going to talk about for the next few months. Joy. Oh look, another Anita video that uses stolen footage, faulty logic, and flat out lies. Oh look, male gamers are being labeled as socially unstable murderers again. Why even care anymore. Just like women paint all men with the same hate/bigotry brush of misogyny, I've taken all women, and thrown them out. You can take your "safe spaces" in public events like PAX and shove it. If what you want is a sexually segregated society, enjoy your long hard search for "a good man" because I've left for good and closed the door behind me. And I'm not the only man who has chosen this path. I expect that the this generation will have a lot of lonely, bitter old women trying to denounce feminism in a futile attempt to convince the male gender that they really do need men. Which is apparently a lot more than men need women, because the MGTOW movement and the Japanese Grass Eater culture is doing nothing but exploding.
    - There will be a few women I'll interact with, either by force or by actual friendship, but the rest will be a strictly business transactional interaction.


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Goodbye 2013: You won't be missed

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 31, 2013, 8:59 PM


Gawd this year sucked ass. Suck games, terrible movies, disappointment abound, a sharp reminder why I hate going home for holidays, proof that the government really is suppressing news, spying on everything we do and destroying all our freedoms to keep a handle on us all when the economy finally collapses under the weight of the Fed's constant money printing, run-away social warrior activism from out of control feminists and mangina/white knights trying to destroy the gaming industry, a AAA games industry bound and determined to destroy itself, a bizarre attempt by Obama to start World War 3 by invading Syria? wtf?, and more of the same crap to be found everywhere.

So where does all this negativity lead me? Well to let everyone know that surviving isn't just a physical thing, its mental and emotional too. The only way to stay alive in this world right now is to cut out all the shit, and make yourself happy. And if you're a male, then its to take all those toxic women in your lives and kick them to the curb and go find yourself and make yourself happy cause no one will help you get there.  If you're female, well you could start by not making everything about your vagina and emotions and start considering what you actually offer any men (or potential men) in your life other than sex and shaming tactics. Then when you find out who you really are, then start cutting shit out of your life and finally stop worrying about stupid shit.

For those of you men women who have your shit together, cut out anything you can't directly control from your life. Seriously, worrying about clumsy attempts at starting WW3 or the pending dollar crash really doesn't matter in the long term as you can't do anything about it and what few precautions you can take are inevitably pointless (buy gold, gov makes it illegal to own or buy/trade/sell gold and confiscates it just like they've done twice before). So, if you can't fix it or control it, don't worry about it. No good movies? Then don't go see them. Save your money and tell Hollywood that you're not impressed. AAA games industry and feminazi social justice warriors destroying gaming? Well, I wasn't that interested anyway. Hell, none of the new consoles interest me at all, and the most interesting things that happened this year were in Indie games on PC, the many Atlus games on the 3ds, and the SteamBox offering legit gaming on Linux. So AAA gaming can go implode for all I care.

So what did I do this year? I kept my job. I potted two plants with a friend's help. I got 3 new polo shirts and 3 long sleeve shirts with hand embroidery that fucking rock. I got a Derpy Hooves doll to remind me of the good times. I got outside for the summer and rode my bike and only had to fill up my car three times during this period. I got to do some road trips with friends from Montana, and took some pics. I got to play some really good obscure games that few others care about which suits me just fine. Cooked and baked a lot of really tasty food and finally learned how to make basic bread. And I made my yearly fruit cake which everyone loves. Good times.


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Merry Christmas Everyone

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 25, 2013, 12:29 PM

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Nintend still sucks at advertising - Christmas Ed.

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 28, 2013, 7:32 PM


So apparently, other than the 3ds, Nintendo is failing hard in the US for sales on the WiiU and its games. Well I just saw their big announcement advertisement for the Christmas 2013 shopping season and it BLOWS! Talk about utter failure to capitalize on existing good games for both systems. I had to check to make sure half those WiiU games had even been released as the last I'd heard was spring 2014, like all the other delayed games. And not a single one of those WiiU games were system sellers. You might be able to make a case for Pikmin 3 or Windwaker but both of those games have a really niche audience and the rabid Pikmin fans had already bought the system at launch expecting it to be there, but it was another delayed until sometime in 2013 game just like Rayman. There's just nothing there for anyone.

As for the 3ds, if I hadn't already bought the 3ds and been collecting all the awesome games on it like, I might look at this ad and skip the system entirely! I mean come the fuck on, really? This is the best you can do to Nintendo of America? Even if you limit this dangling tile list to only released this year, you'll find a ton more interesting and better selling games than what we see here. Certainly more buzz and excitement was to be found for ProjectXZone, the Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright puzzle series, the sweet games from Atlus and Intelligent Systems like Code of Princess, Etrian Odyssey 4 and Millennium Girl, Fire Emblem Awakening, the no less than THREE Shin Megami Tensei games (IV, Soul Hackers, and Devil Survivor Overclocked), and the Tales of the Abyss remake.

I just feel that there's such a huge wasted opportunity here. I really think that most of the upper tier NoA management needs to be outright fired for this. I hate, no loath, advertising in all of its forms, so from me, this is a big deal that even I notice this complete failure to connect with any audience. I don't mind it when I don't get it, but when it feels like no one is even paying attention, its a problem.

So take a look at their Christmas Advert for Black Friday and tell me what you think. Leave comments below.




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Pokemon X Acquired! Also FF14 AAR - Faerie

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 20, 2013, 6:21 AM

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I'm going to be playing Pokemon X and FF14 AAR on the Faerie server. I probably  won't be playing much during the week due to sleep and work. My schedule is going to change this next week if everything goes as planned. So I might be on during Sun - Mon this week, and then on Fr-Sat next week. And random times usually during the late evening through early morning due to my overnight shifts. 

Thank you for everyone that already added e for Animal crossing new leaf and my primary Code is 2165-5262-8691 now that i got that 3ds back from the repair shop.my secondary 3ds still has my animal crossing game on it. 

Best way to contact me is to send a note to Nandz (my 3ds name) via swap note or to pm me here on deviantart. And schedule something. The middle fo the week is the worst time to contact me to do something. 

My 2ndary 3ds is Nelliel  4098-3170-3332

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Reboot is coming back!

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 4, 2013, 11:21 AM

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Wow, a positive journal eh?

Fuck yeah! Reboot is returning and is in development right now. Article: www.rainmaker.com/?/site/news/…


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Book Reviews: The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Vol 1

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 17, 2013, 2:26 PM


Tad William's latest work is a complete abomination. Below is my description of what just might be the worst book I've read this year.

As I sat down today, about a week or two after finishing this book, I originally found myself unable to muster the hate or anger at this horribly written story full of dull, boring, and stupid characters to even rant. However, the more I remembered and though of the book, I could not leave it alone. This is one of those dumbed down featureless boring slogs that is so typical of Young Adult fantasy that I can't imagine any sane person putting this book together without serious contractual force being applied. And that's what this is, YA fiction given form from someone that usually writes high fantasy/tech and it shows through the gaping holes that mimics a plot. So much has been stripped out such as plot development, character development, world building, and consistency that its barely coherent when it isn't blindly pushing forwards towards the end regardless of whether or not a character's actions even make sense.

All you need to know about the book:
The main character wants to have sex with this demon chick and lusts after her constantly. This, however, is a problem, because not only is she working for "the other side," she absolutely refuses to acknowledge his existence. His attempts to self-narrate himself into her pants continues through most of the book, completely jarring me from the main story at every possible opportunity. Major Deal Breaker Do NOT interrupt the main story line with gratuitous self-narration describing how much he lusts after her, unless its somehow related to the plot in some way.

Bobby Dollar, the main protagonist, is trying to solve the mystery of missing souls while at the same time trying to fuck this demoness. He does this by needlessly endangering himself and others in order to contrive a series of situations where the only way out is for HER to save HIM. When that doesn't work, he calls her up on her demonic cellphone and leaves begging for sex messages. That's the book! That's it right there, no need to waste money.

Okay fine, there's more to the book. This demoness starts off wanting Nothing, and I mean NOTHING to do with Bobby. She avoids him at all costs and even attempts to end him just to make him go away. However, mister Dudley-do-Right persists and after managing to kill his way to the top of a suspected demon hive's real world corporate tower, pissing off a major demon in the process, this demoness pulls strings to have a congresswoman personally supervise a SWAT team to extract Bobby! No, really, this happens. Then, after she rescues him, she fucks him solid. Then gives a "I didn't mean nothing by this, so don't take it the wrong way, I just wanted sex" speech, which Bobby ignores and obsesses over. See to him, this sex meant that she actually cares about him, and loves him forever. Thus validating all the creepy stalker behavior he's done so far and continues to do in the book.

Williams spends more time writing bad romance than he spends on the "A Plot," which has to do with some stolen artifact and missing souls. I'd have rather read THAT book.

Such a lackluster effort isn't even worth my time spent writing up a formal review. Don't buy this book.

PS: Book 2 involves Bobby Dollar going to hell to 'save' his alleged lover/fuck-buddy/obsession. Did I mention how she repeatedly states that she doesn't want a relationship and doesn't actually want anything to do with Bobby? So he's breaking into hell to save a demon chick who doesn't want to be saved...

So was this book written by a hard-core feminist, or is it a parody of something? Because Bobby Dollar is the most insufferable misogynistic asshole on the planet. He does everything I've heard from feminists regarding how fucked up and evil men are. He's the embodiment of everything wrong with traditionalism. He's downright evil, he deliberately endangers others, he refuses to think, he's constantly violent, he thinks of nothing but sex all the time, and is a downright vile character. He's such a perfect fit for what feminists claim all men are like, that he's not so much a character, as a blunt 2-D cutout stereotype. One last thing, for the sake of brevity, I've removed my quotes regarding this shit-head's description of this female demon. He keeps telling himself that she's really ugly inside, but boy does he want to fuck her body...


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Legend of Korra Book 2 - DO NOT WANT

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 21, 2013, 6:14 AM


Its rare that I find myself wishing that we as fans of series do NOT get more of something, but after a very VERY bad reboot of Avatar, the last airbender in Korra the schizophrenic love triangulating bitch who came out a year or two ago, I'm just not hyped to see more. Let me be more clear:

I do not want to see this. I don't know anyone that wants to see this. I haven't met any fans of Avatar: TLA that want more of Korra.


Korra lacked any import, she was a side character in her own series. The series was too short to tell any sort of meaningful story or experience real character development. She was never in any real danger, not with all the drooling slack-jawed male half-wits competing over who will get to bang the avatar willing to die for her at EVERY opportunity. Then in the final episode, bam! Suddenly all holes plugged, literally, superpowers attained as if by plot convenience, suddenly spirit powers go!, and 'i luv u forevar korra!' 

Yeah, no. Fuck no. Hell no. DiaF.  

PS: Nickleodeon, its very telling that you've disabled comments on your trailer video.





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2nd 3DS Friend Code Share

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 17, 2013, 9:38 PM

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A new 3ds has entered my house:

4098-3170-3332 = 2nd 3ds

2165-5262-8691 = 3ds friend code - primary

Also, if anyone has friends that want to add me to their list, (ask them first) and post their codes too after they add my codes to their machines. I'd like to have an expansive list of people just like I had on xbox live.

If anyone wants to add me, reply with your code below. I'm looking for multiplayer games, partners, and just friends to pm back and forth. 

Just remember that both parties have to enter the code while connected to the internet, so it may be a day or two before I respond. 

Went looking for a 2nd 3ds in a colour I like, and none of the 'merica' approved colours and special editions appealed to me! Japan gets all the cool stuff, like that Eevee special edition 3ds xl. So I got a Pink 3ds XL! 


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Troll Avoidance: Repeat the First Lesson

Journal Entry: Wed May 8, 2013, 2:59 AM

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I find it hilarious that so many people forget the first rule of troll avoidance. Here it is again for those of you who missed it the first time.

Step One: Shut up.

Its that simple. Given our current state of shitty social media. From youtube to DA, all it takes is to not respond. Eventually the troll gives up and moves on. Self-reinforcement is the key, and without the ability to track multiple conversations without losing your place and therefore requiring a lot of work bookmarking parent threads, its damn hard to find where one rant started and another one disappeared. Have you ever noticed on youtube, that it doesn't track more than one reply at a time? Or DA's comment non-tracking where if you don't hear back from someone its nearly impossible to find out where that comment was posted from and what's going on in other forks of that reply chain?

Step Two: Don't block.

People don't like being locked out. So what gives a person more incentive to go on the offensive? BAN LISTS! Anyone who hasn't figured this out is a complete moron. Yeah, pardon me while I go hop on TOR and pretend I'm in China as a different user account. If you think trolls don't do this, then welcome to the Internet, enjoy your stay. The more you ban, the angrier they get. See step one.

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Spring and Summer Commissions Coming Soon

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 28, 2013, 10:49 PM

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Woot!

Got my commissions coming along. Been holding on for a while, but I've got quite a lot of them ready to queue up. I've got another Summer of Fun coming out from :iconevov1: EVOV1 as one large image. I've got another pony image of Sage based off of head-cannon for my own universe by Empyrisan . And quite a few other kick ass pieces from Toughset Panfe WaterGleam Ulta and a long awaited piece from GaruryKai .

Stay tuned, and I'll have these up in May.

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RWBY: Black's episode SUCKS: How to Fix

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 5, 2013, 12:05 AM

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I really hated this episode/trailer. Video linked below, with reasons listed under the video. Edit: added links to the superior Red and White videos, and I highly recommend watching them:

Red roosterteeth.com/archive/?id=6… and White roosterteeth.com/archive/?id=6… were so much better.



Character Design
So she's another generic looking cat-girl who's boring, boring to look at, and her outfit looks stupid. Her voice acting is BAD. I've heard 4kids stuff sound better than this. And why did she betray him at the end? If I wanted a sex fetish chick with ears, I'd go hang out on FA where they're at least drawn better. A gun/whip blade? Again? She's a lamer version of Red (who at least was deadly) unlike Black.


 Lol What?
This is not how I was expecting the 3rd main member to be dressed for combat.


Don't Overshadow the Main Character!
Also, why is the male character, Adam, not only more interesting, but way more cool and effective. His sword with a shotgun sheath was far more effective at killing stuff than that retarded whip/gun thing. His design stands out, has more charm than whatever that overstuffed blouse + hotpants + overcoat visual mess that Black wore. Yeah, sure, design lifted from Code Geass and bleach, but at least HE was interesting! If you're going to tell a story about four different girls doing badass things with tragedy and pain as a backdrop, THEN DON'T HAVE THE SIDE MALE CHARACTER OVERSHADOW HER!

 
Knock knock, Viz here, we want our copyright back now.

Music
I wasn't paying attention to the forgettable music because the terrible voice acting, blurry animation, and boring fight scene got in the way. Which is a HUGE shame, because I love the music in Red and White.

Character Design - Fix
What needed to have happened is something that Red Letter Media said about Obi Wan and Qui-Gon Jinn. There needs to be a re-write where Adam and Ms. Boring are merged into one character called Blake. She'd have the design of Adam (with a female body of course) and his katana shotgun instead of another re-hashed gun scythe/whip thing. And she'd be alone, or with a revamped Adam being a helicopter pilot or something playing backup or transport in the background trying to keep up with her antics and gun/swordplay. Then Blake would be interesting, have a real role other than side-kick and she wouldn't look like a badly drawn attempt at ripping off Zatana from Young Justice. At least the Code Geass mask and Renji's hair/outfit from Bleach looked cool and distinct.

I thought I'd leave this video with one final comment:
I'd rather hang out on 4-chan during Caturday while beating off to images on Fur Affinity with the 4-Kids version of One Piece looping in the background than endure this abomination one more time. I'm going to go watch Red massacre hordes of werewolves, and then go watch Code Geass, because this cheap knock off isn't worth my time.

Here's hoping that Yellow makes up for this mess.

And the worst offense of all. She's supposed to be one of the four main women!

Adam: "Let's do this!" - Adam taking charge and displaying leadership.

Adam: "Buy me some time!" - oh yeah Blake is so important . 'go distract it for me, so I, Adam can do something badass and effective.'

Ms. Boring: "Are you sure?" - are you sure? wtf? do you not know you're fighting to survive? do you not know Adam's powers?

Ms. Boring: "goodbye...." - what? what just happened? did little miss sidekick really just abandon the guy who just one shot a giant mech? why?

And this is our third lead guys.
oh yeah, i bet her story is going to be so awesome...






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Don't Fuck Your Pets

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 31, 2013, 11:03 PM

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Hi thar!

I bring you good advice and fair tidings.

Today's topic. Don't fuck your pets. Dog, cat, cow, lizard, child kept in your closet, doesn't matter. Don't fuck it. Especially you women out there. I am never surprised at the things women will admit to putting in their pocket.

Also, I'm doing fine. Job is doing okay. Still bruising my way through the art/skill/wtf of Legend of the Five Rings deck construction. Got friends to talk to and hang out with. Otherwise, not a not going on.

Btw, the weather is awesome here in Cheyenne, WY. Lots of sun and cold and wind with clear skies. Took a walk around the neighborhood and saw all the things going on. I miss Butte, MT terribly, but I'm still west of the plains and near enough to mountains to be comfortable.

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Upcoming Games and Stuff

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 18, 2013, 10:58 PM


Short and quick.

Monster Hunter 3: blarg. Tried the demo on the 3DS (no WiiU). Sorry guys, I just don't get it. I couldn't figure out how to kill anything and after dying repeatedly to the first polar bear thing I deleted the demo. I'm sure there's fans, but I've no idea how the multi-player works, and reading forums to snag friend codes hasn't worked so far for any games I've played.

SMT: Soul Hackers: Interesting idea, but I haven't beaten Persona 1 yet, so this will sit on the shelf for a long time. Going to pick up for the 3DS 16 April 2013.
But I bet the sound track will be good.

Enjoyed playing the first few missions of Code of Princess and Fire Emblem on the 3DS XL. I turned off the 3d except for the cut scenes, and both are very solid games. Picked up Etrian Odyssey 4, and I really like the sound track it came with. I haven't figured out how to play the game yet, and will probably be a late in the year title to play.

I play games realllly slow. About a couple of months per game is about right. I have to be in the right mood to play, but fortunately portable systems seem to provide the pick up and play for a few minutes availability that I can stand.

Work is pretty tiring, but it doesn't suck and the work place is nice. I generally like the people and the pay is alright. Been working here in Cheyenne since last June, and I like the place. I'm not really bothered by the fact that so many people want out of this town and move to a larger city, as I'm enjoying the low traffic and general away from it all location. Plus, Ft. Collins is nearby and has more things to do and isn't too far to drive in the summer.


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Six Years on DA. Submission Hell.

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 4, 2013, 5:52 PM
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Well what do we have here? I do believe its a six years on DA! Wooo.

I think I'm just going to install linux on my laptop, cause I can upload from work on my desktop there running Mint Linux 13 with some out of date Google Chrome and Firefox. I think its clear that DA's dev team has no fucking clue what they're doing. I never thought I'd see the day when a website works better on out-of-date software running on Linux than on Windows. Normally, I have to boot into Windows to get something done when websites start bitching about not detecting a Windows OS or some specific browser plugin that's Win7+ only. I want to personally kick the shit out of every single member of the dev team and then stave their head in with an old school Programming in C text book, because its clear these people need to start over with the basics.

I'll try to have the artwork loaded up by the end of the week from work. I can't believe I need to find an out-of-date browser and flash/java plugin in order to get upload to work.

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