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16 March 2009 @ 09:01 am
TCB on Pi Day  
Saturday was super productive for me. I finally renewed my driver's license which expired back in 2006 (easier than I expected!). I replaced my cell phone which I lost over a month ago (the new one's got a camera!). I opened a new checking account at a bank that's convenient to where I currently live and work as opposed to where I was ten years ago. And I got to work organizing my notes on an as yet untouched portion of my novel.

And then Sunday morning, K. and I went to the Italian Market to buy ingredients for our homemade chicken pot pies, figuring we'd get one more good hearty winter's meal in before Spring is officially upon us. And then I went off to play D&D and she to a baby shower where she was able to secure the final ingredient for the pot pies as the party favors where mini bottles of white wine.

 
 
Listening to: Hooverphonic - "Club Montepulciano"
 
 
 
traballenguastraballenguas on March 16th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
Is that pic Photoshopped? The proportions seem... unlikely.
Another one of the birdsacardart on March 16th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
fridgemagnetfridgemagnet on March 16th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
this is shopped because I did it
traballenguastraballenguas on March 16th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
Good catch. What tipped you off? I was alerted to the subtle modifications of the photo by a series of linear white pixels, off to the left. Most folks wouldn't even notice.

Now I am going to wake up screaming every 30 minutes or so for the rest of the night.
Another one of the birdsacardart on March 16th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
;P
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: icegrafassmonkeydiary on March 16th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
I don't believe so. Jessica Maximus pretty much has those proportions in every picture I've seen of her, although I suspect there's a little contortionism going on to maximize the effect.
traballenguastraballenguas on March 16th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I was wondering how she would look in real life. Thanks!
The Mud Puppy: Soledad's Dancemudpuppy83 on March 16th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
She must have a hell of a time finding pants that fit.
fridgemagnetfridgemagnet on March 16th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
I clicked the comment button to say the exact same thing. Her arse is like half as wide again as her shoulders, and probably more than twice as wide as her waist. I HAVE SEEN QUITE A FEW SHOPS IN MY TIME.
traballenguastraballenguas on March 16th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
She seems to be the real deal. goes by Jesikah maximus. There are vids online.
fridgemagnetfridgemagnet on March 16th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
To be fair it does seem unlikely that her legs will be falling off due to lack of solid attachment any time soon.
traballenguastraballenguas on March 16th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
Nope. AM was right - it is the fact that she is half turned and there is nothing for reference that makes her look freakishly distorted. She looks more normal in other pics and vids, although huge.
Kid_J: compasskid_j on March 16th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
Long live Gary Gygax
I'm curious to what kind of D&D campaign you are running? It's not very often that I find people on here that still play.
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on March 16th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Long live Gary Gygax
We're playing 4E and loving it. I think it's the most fun combat has ever been.
traballenguastraballenguas on March 16th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Long live Gary Gygax
I am too out of touch. I wanted to go GURPS, but I wouldn't get anyone interested. Too much trouble.

What do you like about the 4E combat system? My eyes just glaze over when I read the press coverage.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: orange peekassmonkeydiary on March 17th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
Re: Long live Gary Gygax
No matter what class you are, you have a variety of unique attack options every round. Instead of just standard "I hack at the the goblin with my axe" you can make a special attack that pushes them back, or stuns them, or knocks them to the ground, or sets them up for an attack by someone else, or takes advantage of the terrain. And you can combine those attacks to great effect.

It helps make the combat a lot more creative and less mathematical.
traballenguastraballenguas on March 17th, 2009 07:50 am (UTC)
Re: Long live Gary Gygax
Sounds nice. But is it woefully complex? Seems like it might be. There is a lot to be said for creative combat systems, but there is also a lot of potential in things like GURPS to simplify the rules so that the DM (or GM) can let their imagination loose and not get lost in the details.

Oh well, I haven't gamed since before half of the members of LJ were born.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: silly: sleestak givernyassmonkeydiary on March 17th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Long live Gary Gygax
Speaking as player with a level five character, I think the complexity is just right. Enough that you have a steady stream of options as you advance, but not so convoluted and Byzantine as 3.5 could become if you were trying to get the most of a multi-classed character.

I'm sure it's a lot more challenging for our DM, since he likes to have an understanding of each character's powers. Still, so far the mechanics are balanced enough that a casual DM could probably just relax and see what happens.
traballenguastraballenguas on March 17th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Long live Gary Gygax
Interesting. My friend just wrote a book on role playing (I linked it in my blog). I doubt I will find anyone to start a group with here, but I do know some people who do LARPs up in abandoned towns in the Pyrenees, so I might try to join up on one of those.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: ballerina escapeassmonkeydiary on March 18th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
Re: Long live Gary Gygax
Doing just about anything in an abandoned town in the Pyrenees sounds pretty awesome to me. You should do a Belle & Sebastian RPG there (the cartoon, not the band).
traballenguastraballenguas on March 18th, 2009 07:49 am (UTC)
Re: Long live Gary Gygax
They seem to be doing semi-historical scenarios, set in Spain. The last one was this:

http://1651.foroactivo.net/
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: orange peekassmonkeydiary on March 18th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Long live Gary Gygax
Wow, that sounds really cool. I'm always trying to push the groups I play with into a more Renaissance setting, rapiers and capes and all that, but so most players demand their plate mail and battle axes.
traballenguastraballenguas on March 18th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Long live Gary Gygax
Yeah, this is more about "soft power". Not a lot of melee going on. But it looks like fun.
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Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue statueassmonkeydiary on March 17th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
Re: Long live Gary Gygax
Oh, I have and it was terrific!
Professor Mortis: Dr.Timprofessormortis on March 16th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
Heh, I was thinking that maybe they just photo shopped in her hair and outfit from the 1980s...
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: devilish tantrumassmonkeydiary on March 16th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, snap!
Pallaspallasathene8 on March 16th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
How did you go that long with out a drivers license? Were you driving...illegally? :o
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: kirsten ulve assmonkeydiary on March 16th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
Well, K. does most of the driving, because she hates being a passenger. But I have broken the law a bit.
alsnowgrrl: Beach girlsalsnowgrrl on March 16th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
Oooof! That's all I have to say about that!
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue statueassmonkeydiary on March 16th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
Hehe...
alsnowgrrlalsnowgrrl on March 16th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
She looks like one of those gals in a Russ Meyer movie, with the great curves! Take note skinny bitches LOL
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: joslin zoomassmonkeydiary on March 16th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Ah... Russ Meyer! It's been way too long since I've seen Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
alsnowgrrlalsnowgrrl on March 16th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
I like his "Return to the Valley of the Dolls" LOL
Kegboy: NsfuWkegboy on March 16th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
Yes,yes. But can she cook? Change a tire? Do taxes? Hold a conversation? Sheesh! You cant 'shop that!
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: loving the monkeyassmonkeydiary on March 17th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
To be fair, I'm not really sure I can change a tire or do taxes either. Thank god I can cook!

Edited at 2009-03-17 01:57 am (UTC)
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Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: meditatingassmonkeydiary on March 17th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
Hehe... I've never (knowingly) tried 2CB. Have you?
(Anonymous) on March 16th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
Initially seems freakish or Photoshopped.
But then perspective and a bit Googling:
http://2dopeboyz.com/2008/06/09/jesikah-maximus-ssx-magazine-spread/
I just can't decide. Self-described "ass-monkey" But I just can't decide if I like it. "course I can't stop looking either!