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Too much smiling in the cube

July 11, 2012 4 comments

I should have seen the warning signs – except there weren’t any. Just a request email on Monday night from an old client, one who pays his invoices on time, which makes him something of a star in my book. And suddenly I’m going to be translating somewhere around 25,000 words this week – means nothing to most people, but it’s a lot.

I don’t have a boss, but I’m sure Sod was out there looking after me.

This \/ is me this week.

If you’re playing TSW or GW2, I hate you.

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July 2012 Foofery

July 5, 2012 4 comments

So, I did some long-overdue pruning of the blogroll. I removed whatever blogs had been officially shut down or were showing entirely in Sanskrit, updated whatever blogs had moved elsewhere, kept a few for nostalgia’s sake, added a couple.

If you should be on there and aren’t, it’s because I’m an elitist cliqueish bitch. Post or mail me and I’ll boot up Nice Ysh 2.0 and (re)add you.

And now a cute animal picture to fill out the required space. Nice Ysh 2.0 must be online.

(EDIT – did I mention I added a TSW Links page? Well, I did. Suggestions for additions welcome.)

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The Secret World – launch & early access

June 28, 2012 4 comments

Per the forums:

The Secret World will launch on July 3rd. Everyone who has pre-ordered the game will however get access four days earlier on June 29th. Anyone with a pre-order will be able to get into the game at 16:00 GMT (18:00 CEST, noon EDT, 9am PDT). Players who placed their pre-orders early and anyone with the Grand Master Pack will get access on June 29th even earlier.

Every account eligible for Early Access will receive an e-mail at the time when the account is opened up for access so make sure you check your e-mails frequently on June 29th.

Available dimensions (servers) at launch, subject to change though it’s probably getting late for that:

Dimensions are global and you can play anywhere you want without any regional restrictions. We’ve marked some dimensions as French- and German-speaking, and though you can still play the English language version of the game on those dimensions, people will probably be chatting and communicating in French or German.

Here is the list of the first five English dimensions, along with the first two French-and-German dimensions:

* Cerberus
* Daemon
* Arcadia (RP dimension)
* Grim
* Huldra
* Drac (French dimension)
* Kobold (German dimension)

For what it’s worth, I will likely be on Grim at least to begin with, since my long-time tribe-guild-gestalt-thingy is planning to start there. The rationale is to find a popular server (anyone who played TOR knows what empty servers look like a few months after launch) but not THE most popular server.

Counting only the non-RP, English language servers, my guesstimate as far as that goes is that Daemon will instantly be the most popular, followed by Grim/Cerberus (can’t quite decide which weighs more), then Huldra because nobody knows what one is and won’t be able to remember the name. The only way a server could be more popular than Daemon would be if it were called Boobies.

This is assuming I can find time to play on early access! I’ve got a bunch of things to do tomorrow and for some reason all these people keep wanting me to do work for them (the cheek!)… but I’m hopeful I’ll be able to hop in. I’m also planning to take screenshots and maybe even cobble together a review at some point, but I’m wary of promising stuff I may not have the energy to deliver.

In any case, to those of you who have preordered or will be playing at some point, I hope to see you in-game! Depending on the number of char slots we get across the servers, I may be able to make alts just to hop in and say “Ohai!” to people – because you all know how much I hate making alts. Or I could just use the handy-dandy cross-server chat that Winged Nazgul just mentioned in the comments… D’oh!

Short, not sweet

June 6, 2012 5 comments

Supposed to refer to this post, but I guess it could refer to me too. I slay me.

1. Hot summer is hot. Where can I find a place that’s 70 degrees (20C) all year round?

On the bright side, it’s so dry here in New Mexico that hot here isn’t nearly as hot as, er, hot in humid places. I should probably work on that sentence a bit more.

2. Bad health sucks. It insinuates tendrils in all parts of your life and makes just about everything more difficult.

I’m not whining (much), just observing. My sympathies to anyone else who’s going through chronic health issues.

3. Work is harder when you’re sick.

Especially if you have a lot of it and feel sick most of the time. Oh, woe is me.

4. Only a month to go to TSW launch if it’s on time. /Snoopydance

I really really want to say more but I can’t so I won’t. I swear, work and health be damned, I’m taking a week off right around July 3rd.

 

Lack of courtesy or proper assertiveness?

April 23, 2012 17 comments

Over the weekend I got a snarky letter from an organization I won’t name, objecting to the use of an image they claim to own. Not here – elsewhere. Draw your own conclusions since I don’t post in that many places on the Intertubes.

Now, I don’t know if it’s even legit, but from what I’ve heard about the organisations and societies relating to this oh-so-seminal author of oh-so-seminal fantasy who shall also remain coyly nameless, it’s that many of them have sticks up their ass and an overblown impression of their own importance to literature, fantasy and the universe in general.

Don’t get me wrong – if the pic was used without permission, apology shall be profferred and retribution made. At least, I’m pretty sure it will. Since I had nothing to do with the selection and/or use of said image, I’ve kicked the demanding email upstairs as is only proper.

I dunno what’s rubbing me the wrong way. Protecting one’s intellectual property is everyone’s right and I would probably exercise mine if people ripped my stuff off with no attribution. But I’m not sure I would go wading in quoting lawyers and legalese and using a generally high-handed tone.

Then again, I’m also patiently waiting for payment on work invoices that have 45-day payment terms (pretty damn generous considering I deliver my work before I even get to invoice for it), long after the 45 days are gone. I’m going to have to do something about that because not being able to pay my rent or organise my trip abroad properly is probably more important than being ever-so nice and understanding of my clients. I need more American in my British makeup, I suspect.

Maybe I need to get some snark of my own when it comes to defending my output, whether it’s attribution or payment.

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Happy New Year!

April 14, 2012 16 comments

What? Better 3.5 months late than never, right?

The MMORPG gig is winding down, largely because there’s not enough time in the day to do all the work I’m doing AND sleep / eat / get clean AND write a column. Actually, it’s probably more a question of head-space, but same end result. Because the folks there are total stars, however, I’ll be able to guest-spot if and when a game moves me enough to write about it.

Yeah… There’s the rub. I’m not sure whether I don’t have time for games or whether I just don’t have the same interest in games, which if the latter would kind of suck since I still think of myself as a gamer. I played SW:TOR for a month at release, dabbled for a further month, and stopped (though my sub is still active through this month, I think). We keep buying Xbox games I don’t end up having time to play. I never did get all that far in Skyrim in the end, and I’ve managed maybe the first 5 minutes of Red Dead Redemption (and promptly got killed in a duel I had no idea I’d accepted). Arkham Asylum is still sitting in its shiny wrapper (actually a plastic bag, since it’s a used copy). We bought a bunch of other used games in a spree at Game Spot and I couldn’t even tell you what they are.

I’ve re-downloaded Age of Conan (and wasn’tthat a bloody week-long saga on our crappy internet connection) but I haven’t even made it off the starting beach in a month. I’ve re-downloaded the various digital Sims games/packs I own, and I’ve not played them either. I downloaded Wurm online yesterday, but by the time it was done patching I was too tired to want to be eaten by a grue.

Even the impending arrival of The Secret World is eliciting little more than a tired “Yeah, yeah, meh” from me. I don’t think that’s permanent – I’m still really looking forward to that game, not to mention Guild Wars 2, but…

Okay, fine, I think I’ve been working too hard. I clawed a whole 2 days off for this weekend, but for the last 3 months of last year and the first 3 months of this one I’ve been at least a few hours (usually the standard 8-9) 7 days a week. A month ago I decided my sanity required at least one whole day where I could wake up and say “I’m not working today!”, and that’s helped, but now I’m working my way up to 2, at least some of the time.

Bright side: well, when you’re freelance, lots of work = lots more money. No, I’m not buying a Rolls anytime soon and no, I can’t afford to take off to Cabo every weekend (assuming I took weekends), but the business is growing and that’s a really good feeling. My standards are actually fairly low: screw Cabo, I just want to know I can pay my bills on time and deal with emergencies if and when they come up.

So anyway, I sort of want to play but I don’t really have the energy to do so. I figured I might finally check out Minecraft, in the hope that the demands of my schedule might protect me from being sucked down the addiction-hole… though from what I’ve heard others say, that’s kind of like saying “I can stop anytime I want!” I haven’t downloaded it yet anyway – with our connection out here, anything above 2 megabytes needs careful planning and scheduling. /rolleyes

Oh well. At least I was moved to post here again, which is actually rather nice. I wonder if anyone is left out there?

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Also non-gaming – another husky pic

December 6, 2011 1 comment

This is from winter 2004, but it’s still one of the best pics I never realised I was taking at the time. I don’t recall processing it, but maybe I sharpened it up a bit.

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