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negrek
02 August 2015 @ 01:30 am
In 2017 I'm taking a year off to go on a trip around the world. I'll be using this post to coordinate plans with people around the internet and keeping it up to date with my latest thoughts.

I'd love to be able to visit some of my international friends during my trip, and if you'd like, you're welcome to join me for part of the journey. General travel tips, recommendations of places to check out/not check out are also very welcome! Anon commenting is on, so you can leave me a message even if you don't have an LJ account.

Current Itinerary


At this point, I'm just trying to narrow down which places, broadly, I'd like to visit, and who I might visit them with/meet there. The "potential locations" list is by no means exhaustive--there's really nowhere I wouldn't be interested in going--but these are on my mind at the moment for one reason or another. Feel free to suggest something!

Definite Locations

- China (with Meredith)
- Japan
- Australia and/or New Zealand
- UK

Potential Locations

- South Korea
- Russia
- India
- South Africa
- Kenya
- Brazil
- Peru
- Mexico
 
 
Status: excitedexcited
Noise of the Moment: VNV Nation - Airships
 
 
negrek
05 November 2012 @ 02:23 am
-Alternate Reality- What if YOU were the guardians of the dexholders prepare for revenge. Reviews welcome as usual. Ash and gang end up getting a few prompts c : A means to be looking up, they both go after being bit by a rising battle This is what it would lead. We thought we were about ten, receive a starter and begins to unfold in her past. Ask the Pokemon gets captured and imprisoned in the picture, leading to chaos? A science lesson, and screw up that badly cooking a turkey could he be able

Five more...Collapse )

Obviously still needs some work, but I think I see promise! ^^ (Also very worth it if you've never encountered it before: Ten Thousand Statistically Grammar-Average Band Names. I go wild for Oracle Woodchuck, but my brother prefers Buns Disappear!)
 
 
Status: bouncyEntertained
Noise of the Moment: Les Friction - Save Your Life
 
 
negrek
22 October 2012 @ 01:02 am
The recommendation script I mentioned a while ago is finally up! The main landing page is here. For example, here are recommendations for me and Dragonfree; as proof that the script does something other than just pulling a random selection from the TVTropes rec page, contrast The Great Butler's list.

Already thinking of how to improve it, but ultimately there's not a ton I can do with the data here, I don't think... favorites are a pretty sparse data set, and they're all I can really use to determine what a person likes on FFN, simply. The only other way I can think of is to get a list of all the stories that a person has reviewed, but that's not much use unless you can tell whether the review they gave was positive or negative, and that's certainly a nontrivial problem.

Also, a recommendation of my own--completely unrelated to anything else in this post--if you're looking for a new 'fic to follow, this one is looking very promising.

Was thinking I would also, finally, get the last chapter of Clouded Sky up tonight, but now my brain feels quite literally like it's been massaged with bricks, so maybe I'll just go to sleep early instead.
 
 
Status: tiredTired
Noise of the Moment: Gary Jules - Mad World
 
 
negrek
23 September 2012 @ 04:51 am
I just realized that, for the first time ever, I could actually be at Nintendo World for the release of a new Pokémon title. I haven't laid down a preorder for either yet and was considering not doing so at all (where is my stupid preorder prize, Nintendo?), so I could certainly try just up and buying the game on launch day for once. Could be cool; presumably there will be plenty of other Pokémon folks there, but it's kind of a small store, so it couldn't accommodate too many without it becoming a crazy crush-y deathtrap, possibly with a high number of obnoxious children involved, so that might not be an upside. Plus, it would be very lame to travel an hour and a half across state lines and then find that all the games had sold out by the time I got there. Nintendo World's fantastically sparse site doesn't show anything but the very next upcoming event, so no way to tell if they're going to be doing anything special for the launch that would provide extra incentive.

Of course, it's always fun to check what plushies and other merch they have in stock (it may no longer be the Pokécenter, but it's still like 70% Pokémon stuff at least), but usually they have nothing I'm particularly interested in and/or that can overcome my intense stinginess. ("Ooh, this big Lugia plushie sure is nice... wait, $40? It can't have cost more than $3 to make this thing!") And I'm probably going into the city next weekend as well, so I could drop by and put in a preorder then if I cared to.

Meh. I'd also have to figure out something else to do in the city, since I wouldn't really feel justified in making the trip just on the off-chance of actually getting the game. Not that that should really be too hard. I could go back to the Met, for example, this time without the group of people who are all, "Welp, been lookin' at art for like an hour and a half now, best be moving on..."

One way or another, though, I'm planning to Nuzlocke this game. I'm going to write a little Nuzlocke 'fic and see if I can make it actually plausible.
 
 
Status: okayShould be asleep
 
 
negrek
15 September 2012 @ 11:27 pm
Oops  
So I've been wanting to make a fanfiction recommendation engine for quite a while now, and today I finally got to test the very first incarnation of it. The implementation of the algorithm is the most terrible, so it takes several minutes to decide what it's going to recommend, and since this is just a rough draft I have it working just with author/story id's, all that actually gets output is a cryptic list of numbers that you have to go and plug into your web browser to actually discover what they mean.

It was kind of a cool little moment (or several) of suspense: I'm sitting there while the computer's going grind, grind, grind, and then it spits up a set of numbers. I grab the first one, stick it in Firefox, and get... Clouded Sky by Negrek. DAMMIT.

"Write what you would want to read," I guess. At least it's an easy fix.

Also thanks to the people who gave prompts waaaay back in that last post; it is entirely possible that I will at some point write something for them. They did cause me to write things, actually; just... not anything related to the actual prompts.

Recently I've been noticing that it feels rather lonely on LJ. Most people on my flist seem to have moved on to other mediums, or simply post much less frequently than they used to. This seems to be true of pretty much all my old internet haunts, recently. Not sure what to make of it. Maybe it's time to strike out for somewhere new.
 
 
Status: busyBusy
 
 
 
negrek
26 February 2012 @ 05:04 am
Yup. I feel like it's been too long since I've done any writing of real manageable size, and I'm kind of itching to just pop out a few short little things. Could just go dig up stuff on any one of the innumerable prompt communities out there, but I thought I'd see if there was anything anyone would actually like to see me attempt. :)

So post a prompt/request or two if you'd like, and I'll fill it with a short little fic

tomorrow

because

bed now

yes

Edit: Thanks, guys! I've been busy with homework this week, but I'll start posting responses over the weekend.
 
 
Status: tiredTired
 
 
negrek
01 November 2011 @ 02:33 am
Still alive over here. Grad school is hard; let's go NaNoing!

Against my better judgement, I'll be doing NaNo again this year, and this time I'm going to be posting my work online as I go along. If you've ever wondered what my truly awful drafts look like before they (once in a while) appear online, this would be it. I'm going to see how far I can get in going through all the steps in actually writing a novel: starting with the terrible first draft, followed by posts on the editing and rewriting process, and in my pipe dreams, finally, the posting of the final product.

Thrown up on a slapped-together WP blog so I don't spam the heck out of my flist.
 
 
Status: chipperChipper
Noise of the Moment: Two Steps from Hell - Starvation
 
 
negrek
09 June 2011 @ 03:28 am
In light of recent Homestuck updates (spoilers, by the way), I'm wondering whether Terezi killing Vriska (in the alpha timeline) is the event Vriska was alluding to waaaay back when she first pestered Terezi (reproduced below the cut for the lazy efficient):

Well if you want to know what I think...Collapse )

Mindfang was definitely sure to ask the 8-ball was how she was going to die (for some reason I feel like it was one of the first things she asked, but I'm probably remembering that wrong), and since Vriska doesn't seem real inclined to learn from her ancestor's mistakes (Mindfang says she regrets asking about her death), it seems like something she might ask about as well. I imagine the answer would be less straightforward than it was for Mindfang, since Vriska dies at least twice, but it seems likely that she would have seen her death at Terezi's hand long before it happened. (Did she have some other way of knowing about the whole "die on your quest bed thing" besides having to have forseen her death earlier with the 8-ball? Can't remember.) Could Terezi's "doing something terrible to somebody" be killing Vriska, and then having to deal with the fallout from it? (The whole "killer is a killer is a killer" thing is interesting, too; the comic has made it pretty clear that Terezi's struggling with whether or not to kill Vriska has a lot of dimensions to it.)

However, it doesn't seem to make sense that Terezi would need to then try and win back Vriska's trust after the murder--here assuming that it's not permadeath/they'll meet up again in the dream bubbles. After all, if she did foretell that she'd be killed by Terezi, trust doesn't really factor into it--she knew it was going to happen. On the other hand, Vriska's death might hurt someone else (Kanaya, for example), and they might end up blaming her for it and turning against her as a result. Kanaya's the only one of the remaining trolls I can really see who would really have an issue with Terezi killing Vriska, although Karkat might also be freaked out by her executing someone in general, never mind the loss of one of their strongest, if unreliable, fighters and perhaps the only one of them who has a chance against Jack.

Dunno, I've just been wondering about that little exchange for a loooooooong time now. Probably missing something obvious; I really need to re-read the comic at some point to catch more of what I missed.
 
 
Status: contemplativeContemplative
Noise of the Moment: VNV Nation - Carry You
 
 
negrek
02 May 2011 @ 04:42 am
A while back I thought I might try to gather all the (fanfictional) chapterfics I'd ever given serious consideration and write a little about them, just to try and work out how my ideas have changed over the years and prove to myself that I've actually produced some stuff, even if almost none of it has actually been posted.

All in all there are twenty, in the unlikely event that I counted correctly and haven't forgotten any. They're listed in what is, as best as I can recall, the order that I thought of them.

The FicCollapse )
 
 
Noise of the Moment: Sunsetter
 
 
negrek
29 April 2011 @ 02:05 am
So, listening to the Portal 2 Credits Song. "Hmm," I think to myself, "'You want your freedom? / Take it' totally sounds like it could be a pokémon trainer scornfully releasing a pokémon that they'd been training against its will. I wonder where you might be able to go with that... ?"

Cue vision of a cyborg-Ash, retrofitted with all kinds of bionic implants for some unknown reason ("One day they woke me up / So I could live forever") and obviously suffering some psychological issues as a result, saying goodbye to Pikachu. Complete with chibi-style images to accompany the lyrics.

Screw the calculus homework. Clearly I need sleep right this second.
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Status: awakeAwake
Noise of the Moment: Jonathan Coulton - "Want You Gone"