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Unpopular Opinion: “How are you?”

I really don’t like when people ask me “How are you?”. It’s common for a lot of people to start a conversation this way but in my opinion it is useless. I always shrug and say “OK, I guess.” and the people are confused by my answer. Then they ask me then what’s wrong but in reality there is nothing to talk about. Instead I tend to say “good” because the people don’t question this any further and It makes the starting phase of the conversation pass as quickly as possible. In my opinion there is not much to say about my well-being except when I’m sick or injured.

There were instances on the Internet when a total stranger approached  me with “What are you about?” and “How are you?” and it ended in awkwardness. “Why does the person bother me with such a profane and personal question?”, I ask myself. As a person who is very careful about revealing personal information to the public it becomes an impossible task to do something about. Answering to them, without any subtext of body gesture and the voice is a lot harder without pissing them off (which I don’t want to).

I recommend everyone that they should not start conversations with “How are you?” but instead with questions that are easier to respond to and are more direct and lead to more interesting chats. “How did you do X?” or “Can you tell me about X?” or just “What are your interests and hobbies?” are far more endearing to talk about, especially on the Internet.

askthevetpony:

Oh yes, I treated a three-headed swamp chimera. The last chimera that came to me said that they were battered by an orange pony on their territory.

((Mod:

Today is Cathy Weseluck’s birthday. She is the voice actress that voiced the vet in the episode “Secret of my Excess”. Say happy birthday to her on twitter.))

I added disqus comments to my ask blog and allowed guest comments (without using a disqus/twitter/facebook/google-plus account). I think that I’ll regret it some day.

I pulled off a marathon and watched all Parks and Recreation episodes. I’m really surprised that the episodes had a great sense of continuity over the series. The only downer was that the first season felt so mean-spirited in comparison to the rest. In comparison to The Office this one feels so much nicer despite of the constant mobbing of Terry/Larry/Lenny/Jerry/Gary. Poor Terry/Larry/Lenny/Jerry/Gary.
From all the characters there I like Ron Swanson the most. Every time he is on screen it fills me with joy when he reacts towards something government or his privacy related.
Then I like Andy Dwyer. He is a lovable doofus. What he does not have in his brain is compensated by his big and golden heart.
Ben Wyatt is my third favorite just because I can relate to him so much. He is a nerd in the best sense I can mean.
My least favorites are Tom Haverford and April Ludgate. Tom is annoying with his swag attitude and his abiding habit to show off his swag. April just pisses me off with her negative mindset and her horrible behavior towards everyone. When she hooked up with Andy it was sometimes painfully to watch because they are soo different. Later on the writers did a better job to make the relationship believable but I still think that they are in an unhealthy relationship.
Overall I really enjoyed the series and I’ll anticipate the next season.

I pulled off a marathon and watched all Parks and Recreation episodes. I’m really surprised that the episodes had a great sense of continuity over the series. The only downer was that the first season felt so mean-spirited in comparison to the rest. In comparison to The Office this one feels so much nicer despite of the constant mobbing of Terry/Larry/Lenny/Jerry/Gary. Poor Terry/Larry/Lenny/Jerry/Gary.

From all the characters there I like Ron Swanson the most. Every time he is on screen it fills me with joy when he reacts towards something government or his privacy related.

Then I like Andy Dwyer. He is a lovable doofus. What he does not have in his brain is compensated by his big and golden heart.

Ben Wyatt is my third favorite just because I can relate to him so much. He is a nerd in the best sense I can mean.

My least favorites are Tom Haverford and April Ludgate. Tom is annoying with his swag attitude and his abiding habit to show off his swag. April just pisses me off with her negative mindset and her horrible behavior towards everyone. When she hooked up with Andy it was sometimes painfully to watch because they are soo different. Later on the writers did a better job to make the relationship believable but I still think that they are in an unhealthy relationship.

Overall I really enjoyed the series and I’ll anticipate the next season.

Cutie Art Crusaders Episode 110: Golden Oaks Library

My picture was featured in this episode of cutieartcrusaders! Jump to 27:40 to see three confused guys talking about my picture.

cutieartcrusaders:

Cutie Art Crusaders Episode 110: Golden Oaks Library airs tonight at 8:00 PM EDT (0:00 UTC) on the Everfree Network Livestream!!  In this episode we look at some amazing art featuring Ponyville’s favorite library!!  If you can make it to the livestream we look forward to seeing you there!  If not, the episode will be up on YouTube shortly afterward!!Everfree Viewer: http://viewer.everfree.net

My picture will be featured in that episode!

cutieartcrusaders:

Cutie Art Crusaders Episode 110: Golden Oaks Library airs tonight at 8:00 PM EDT (0:00 UTC) on the Everfree Network Livestream!!  In this episode we look at some amazing art featuring Ponyville’s favorite library!!  If you can make it to the livestream we look forward to seeing you there!  If not, the episode will be up on YouTube shortly afterward!!

Everfree Viewer: http://viewer.everfree.net

My picture will be featured in that episode!

Exclusive shot from the next Equestria Girls movie featuring Chris Pratt as Princess Rainbow Sparkle.

Exclusive shot from the next Equestria Girls movie featuring Chris Pratt as Princess Rainbow Sparkle.

Someone in selling a original never opened Evangelion 2.22 for €3,8 Since I not buy a DVD in years Not sure if that is costly, but what you thing, buy it or aks for a lower price?
Anonymous

I don’t collect DVDs either but the price seems to be quite OK.

My advice is that If you plan to collect Films or like Evangelion then go ahead and buy it. My little research on ebay shows me that the average price for this DVD is about 12€ (median about 9€, min value 2€, max value 30€). So, if you plan to re-sell it then there is a good chance for a small profit.

My flea market findings from today:
Grand Theft Auto 4 (PC) for 2€
Grand Theft Auto 4 Episodes from Liberty City (PC) for 3€
Sonic CD (PC) for 1€
Sly 3 (PS2) for 4€
XBox controller for 2€

My flea market findings from today:

  • Grand Theft Auto 4 (PC) for 2€
  • Grand Theft Auto 4 Episodes from Liberty City (PC) for 3€
  • Sonic CD (PC) for 1€
  • Sly 3 (PS2) for 4€
  • XBox controller for 2€
Collateral Damage

I want to tell you what happened in the last D&D sessions I played.

Our group:

  • Meltor: Male Human Mage (my character) who wants to live forever but he was more times at the brink of death than he wanted to
  • Two Left: Male Kobold Bard who worked as a journalist at the Sharn Inquisitive but then owned an own shipping company that was mainly operated by kobolds
  • Storm: Female Human Ranger who lost her memory and has some warforged parts implanted and works as a mercenary
  • Vicward: Male Human Swordmage/Wizard who previously worked for House Kundarak at the Dreadhold to imprison the most dangerous criminals on Khorvaire
  • Lyr: (Mostly female) Changeling Sorcerer who was a spy for Breland (the only character with good social skill: bluff)
  • Carlon: Male Human Ardent seer who was a noble and liked to follow people and gives advice for no apparent reason


We play in the Eberron setting and we were working for a small group of rakshasas that live in Sharn. The rakshasas want to stop another group of rakshasas from destroying the world. We worked for them because they were the lesser evil and they hold a tight grip around our group so we couldn’t do much against them.

We got a mission from the rakshasas to recover an old artifact for House Lyrandar that could control the sahuagin. We managed to get hold of the artifact and could barricade ourselves in a highly-secured room with a sarcophagus. As the sahuagin and some cultists tried to brake into the room we prepared a teleportation ritual to our home base in Sharn. We could hear that they said that we were in the room of their master and they wanted to free their master. We panicked a little bit. Carlon, as a seer, saw into the extremely old and beautifully decorated sarcophagus made of byeshk metal (hurts aberrant creatures more). He saw a very beautiful woman and got a huge amount of psychic damage. We decided that couldn’t let the cultists keep the sarcophagus. Meltor achieved to break all protection circles in order to take the sarcophagus through the portal into our base.

The rakshasas wanted us to end our mission for House Lyrandar and transport it back to Xen’drik. Instead we were stopped in the middle of the sea by a very powerful sahuagin king and we destroyed the artifact. There we met a small group of dragonborn who were member of “the Chamber”, a secret organisation of dragons who study the old dragonic prophecy. We told them what happened with the sarcophagus and they were scared to death. The prophecy told that a wizard from the shadows would let a dark force let lose to the world. They originally thought that the prophecy meant that the cultists would do that but it turned out that it was Meltor (he had some connections to the shadows). It didn’t take a lot time to come to the conclusion that the creature inside was a daelkyr. That made the party fed up with the rakshasas and finally abandon them. The dragonborn said that there was a dragonborn member of “the Chamber” at the observatory at Starpeak Mountains near Askelios.

Shocked from this knowledge we traveled as fast as possible back to Sharn and found out that the sarcophagus was open. The inspection of the sarcophagus showed that the daelkyr escaped a few days ago. Ther was nothing we could do at that moment. The party combed through the city but there was no clue where the daelkyr went.

The group traveled by lightning rail to Passage. A very lean elf who was the servant of the rakshasas that we worked for searched for us in the train. We could hide successfully from him but we were attacked by the other rakshasa group. With some delay we arrived at the library in Arcanix in order to learn more about daelkyrs, rakshasas, and the Starpeak observatory (the party got a map of the observatory).

After that we continued our journey to Fairhaven and stopped there because we were invited by an actress to help at giving advice to the writer of a play about “Meltor the Terrible” (he was accused of murder at the Tain Gala a long time ago and was sentenced to death). The group decided to use the opportunity at Fairhaven to buy some new equipment but the lean elf discovered the party. Right after the elf saw the party some rakshasas jumped off the roofs and attacked us (but not the elf). The party was suspicious and didn’t trust the elf at all when he said that he didn’t have to do with this attack and they were the “bad rakshasas”. Meltor saw that the elf wore an observer ring on his hand so the rakshasas could see what he was doing. Meltor tried to pull off the ring from the elf’s hand but was harmed by a magic shock. The group persuaded the elf that they couldn’t follow him back to Sharn today and that they needed some rest. At night the group tried to sneak out of the window from the tavern but the elf noticed that there was something foul. He chased us through the city but we could get away and head to the Starpeak Mountains. Lyr stayed at Fairhaven in order to lead the elf on more false tracks (the player said she couldn’t attend for the next weeks so it was the easiest explaination).

When the party arrived at the observatory at the Starpeak Mountains nobody wanted to let them in without any explaination, also they had to make an appointment in Arcanix to be let in. Disappointed by that the group searched for a way to get in and heared that the wizards at the observatory were scared of the many kidnappings in the last time. The party decided to look for the people who were responsible for the kidnappings and found that a lot of different people were kidnapped and they all didn’t share anything in common.

At night, at a farm where one of the kidnappings occured, the group saw a two hooded figures riding on a horse and holding a big sack on the back heading to the mountains. Without any hesitation we traced their tracks. The tracks lead straight to the observatory.

The group tried to sneak into the observatory and climb over the walls but they were immediately spotted by the guards. Carlon said that we were lost and didn’t find the way back to Askelios but the guards were in doubt. They recognized us and they wanted to let us in, because it was dangerous out there. The group didn’t trust them very much so they were very careful.
When the party arrived at the gate the satues in front of the observatory came to life and started attacking. Shortly after the guards jumped down the walls and attacked us too. It turned out that they weren’t ordinary people but they were twisted aberrations with crab claws (we referred to them as crabmen). The statues were easily destroyed but the crabmen were too powerful such that the party had to retreat very quickly. The crabmen grabbed us (our term here was “crabbed”) and did a huge amount of damage. We couldn’t survive the fight any longer. Two Left, Storm, and Vicward slided down the cliff. Meltor and Carlon attemted to climb down but they fell down. More crabmen followed the party through the woods.

The group used the distraction and headed to the back entrance of the observatory to sneak in. Two Left and Storm unlocked the back door to the kitchen area of the observatory. They couldn’t see or hear anyone and the party felt confident with their plans. Meltor caused too much noise sneaking into the kitchen. Storm heard some crabmen coming and Meltor thought the could hide in a storage room. He opened one of the storage rooms but he was immediately pulled into the darkness. There was a ghul that tried to eat Meltor’s head off. While Meltor struggled with the ghul Storm waited behind the kitchen door and awaited the crabmen. She pulled one of them, closed the door and sliced off its claws. One of the crabmen could escape from the fight and alarmed the rest so the party was surrounded in a very short time. A large group of crabmen ran around the observatory and wanted to attack the party from behind. Meltor could pull a bunch of them down the mountain with an illusion but more were following.

Desperately the party went straight to the observatory tower because they assumed that the dragonborn and the kidnapped people were imprisoned there. On the way to the tower the party heard a muffled and dieing scream behind a hall door. Meltor ran quickly to the door, opened it and the party saw a huge flame in the form of a worm with dozens of crab claws. Around the flame different kinds of monsters performed a ritual, the main cultist threw a dead body into the flame, and scared peasants were chained in the corner. Without any delay Meltor recognized a weird stone on an altar in the middle of the flame and destroyed it with a magic missile. The clawed worm turned around and hit the party with its horrific appearance as the flame extincted. Vicward determined that the party couldn’t win the fight with more enemies so he blocked the door and the way behind with an illusory wall.

Right before the observatory tower was a small rope bridge that a crabman blocked. Storm pushed him off the bridge and waited until everyone from the party was on the other side. As some crabmen could break through the illusory wall and reach the bridge Storm cut off the ropes.

The observatory tower was empty and the party couldn’t find any trace of the dragonborn they were searching for. Vicward and Meltor saw that there was a magical mechanism to track stars in the sky that was powered by a magical flame in the center of the tower. The telescope was pointed at an empty space in the sky.

The consensus was to get out of the observatory as fast as possible because the crabmen would get over the broken rope bridge very soon. Everyone except for Meltor climbed down to the bottom of the tower into safety. Meanwhile Meltor overcharged the magical mechanism because he was the most magical talented one of the group. The tower was shaking but Meltor could manage to reach the top of the tower in order to jump down. Meltor wasn’t the most athletic but he jumped far enough not to hit the rock on which the tower was built upon. In the middle of the fall the tower exploded in a huge fireball and the tower crumbled down.

Meltor was saved with our last “Guardian’s Whistle” and was teleported from the fall onto the ground and the party ran away into safety.