Monthly Archive for March, 2010

Uploaded this at the same time.

May as well give it it’s own post.

They should all have descriptions. Click and click again for big!

Apparently the alt-text option doesn’t work. Irritating.



Watching a duck hatch, playing random games (huh, typing search into the chrome address bar actually does a search on the website in question, not just Google. Shiny.) and reading forum topics. Bought The Longest Journey (last link) due to it being on sale, $5 with the discount applied at the checkout.

Not done much today, can’t take the dogs out because Emmy is on heat (And I mean it, I should be following her around with a mop, and the sheet over my bed is never going to look the same again. Forensics would come in here, assume there’d been a murder and arrest me on the spot.). I guess that means she’s a fully grown dog now, but don’t tell her that, I like her as a puppy. She’s still much smaller than the two big dogs. (Who have just celebrated their ninth birthday) but they’re both suddenly looking their age. Bella can’t walk as far as she used to and she’s getting stiff in her back legs, and all the fur on Lucys face has gone grey over the past year.

The cat isn’t showing her age at all, though. She’s something like 14 now and she still even has most of her teeth! She has become a lot more of a house-cat since we got the pups though, I was sitting on the sofa the other day and she actually came in for fuss while the dogs were there, she’s never done that before. I guess getting them sort of upset the thing she had going with Bella and Lucy, and forced a change in positions. They’re a lot more tolerant of her now than they were before.

My eyes are irritating me so I’m gonna leave this as it is.


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Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup version 0.5.2 (crawl-ref) character file.
814 Masa the Poker (level 7, -3/49 HPs)
Began as a Demonspawn Wanderer on Mar 21, 2010.
Slain by an ogre
… wielding a +0,+0 giant spiked club (19 damage)
… on Level 4 of the Dungeon.
The game lasted 00:19:35 (3563 turns).
Masa the Poker (Demonspawn Wanderer)                                                                    Turns: 3563, Time: 00:19:35
HP  -3/49        AC 12     Str 10      Exp: 7/728 (47), need: 685
MP   7/7         EV  4     Int 10      God: No God
Gold 305         SH  0     Dex 22      Spells:  0 memorised,  6 levels left
Res.Fire  : . . .   See Invis. : .   a – +0,+2 halberd
Res.Cold  : . . .   Warding    : .   d – +0 plate mail
Life Prot.: . . .   Conserve   : .   (no shield)
Res.Poison: .       Res.Corr.  : .   (no helmet)
Res.Elec. : .       Clarity    : .   v – +0 cloak
(no gloves)
Sust.Abil.: .       Rnd.Telep. : .   (no boots)
Res.Mut.  : .       Ctrl.Telep.: .   I – amulet of inaccuracy
Res.Slow  : .       Levitation : .   (no ring)
Saprovore : . . .   Ctrl.Flight: .   E – +6 ring of dexterity
@: short of breath, slightly resistant to magic, very unstealthy
A: spit poison 1, breathe flames 2
a: Spit Poison, Breathe Fire
You were on level 4 of the Dungeon.
You were not hungry.
You visited 1 branch of the dungeon, and saw 4 of its levels.
You collected 232 gold pieces.
Hand weapons
a – a +0,+2 halberd (weapon)
b – a +0,+0 sling
p – a +0,+0 spear
F – a +2,+2 orcish hand axe of returning (quivered)
j – 64 +0 stones
o – 8 poisoned +4 needles
r – 7 +0 orcish darts
C – a +0 dart of flame
D – 7 +0 darts
G – 21 poisoned +0 needles
c – a +0 robe
d – a +0 plate mail (worn)
v – a +0 cloak (worn)
Magical devices
x – a wand of random effects (8)
H – a wand of enslavement (7)
i – a scroll of detect curse
t – a scroll of remove curse
E – a +6 ring of dexterity (left hand)
I – an amulet of inaccuracy (around neck)
h – a potion of healing
m – a potion of restore abilities
n – a potion of resistance
s – a potion of mutation
y – a potion of poison
B – a potion of heal wounds
A – a book of Conjurations [fire]
Spells                             Type                      Level
Magic Dart                         Conjuration                  1
Throw Flame                        Conjuration/Fire             2
Stone Arrow                        Conjuration/Earth            3
Conjure Flame                      Conjuration/Fire             3
Bolt of Magma                      Conjuration/Fire/Earth       5
Fireball                           Conjuration/Fire             6
You had 47 experience left.
+ Level 2 Fighting
+ Level 5 Polearms
+ Level 1 Slings
+ Level 2 Darts
+ Level 2 Armour
+ Level 1 Stealth
+ Level 1 Stabbing
You had 6 spell levels left.
You didn’t know any spells.
Overview of the Dungeon
You didn’t discover anything interesting.
Innate Abilities, Weirdness & Mutations
You can spit poison.
You can breathe fire.
Message History
The ogre is moderately wounded.
You feel somewhat more hungry.
You slash the ogre!
The ogre is almost dead.
The ogre hits you with a giant spiked club!
You hit the ogre.
The ogre is almost dead.
.#      #…..[….#
.#      #……….#
.#      #……….#
.#      #……….#
.#      #…..O….#
.##….#   ####.####
.##….#   #…….#
.##….#   #…….#
…….#   #…….#
.##.####   #…….#
.##.#      #…….#
.##.#      #…….#
.##.#      #…….#
.##.#      #…….#######
.##.#     ##……….)..#
You could see an ogre.
Vanquished Creatures
An ogre (D:4)
A hound (D:4)
An orc wizard (D:4)
2 giant ants (D:4)
Ijyb (D:4)
8 gnolls
7 snakes
2 worms (D:3)
2 giant mites (D:2)
2 oozes
11 giant cockroaches
5 giant geckos
15 goblins
6 hobgoblins
6 jackals (D:4)
5 kobolds
13 orcs
A quokka (D:3)
16 rats
14 giant bats
9 giant newts
2 small snakes (D:3)
130 creatures vanquished.
Vanquished Creatures (others)
A goblin (D:3)
1 creature vanquished.
Grand Total: 131 creatures vanquished
Turn   | Place   | Note
0 | D:1     | Masa, the Demonspawn Wanderer, began the quest for the Orb.
0 | D:1     | Reached XP level 1. HP: 11/11 MP: 1/1
110 | D:1     | Reached skill 1 in Polearms
204 | D:1     | Reached skill 2 in Polearms
205 | D:1     | Gained mutation: You can breathe flames.
205 | D:1     | Gained mutation: You can breathe fire.
205 | D:1     | Reached XP level 2. HP: 14/18 MP: 2/2
718 | D:1     | Reached XP level 3. HP: 22/24 MP: 3/3
1087 | D:2     | Reached skill 3 in Polearms
1090 | D:2     | Reached XP level 4. HP: 16/29 MP: 4/4
1136 | D:2     | Reached skill 1 in Stabbing
1264 | D:2     | Reached XP level 5. HP: 14/36 MP: 5/5
1597 | D:2     | Reached skill 4 in Polearms
2182 | D:3     | Reached skill 1 in Fighting
2373 | D:3     | Reached skill 1 in Armour
2477 | D:3     | Reached skill 1 in Slings
2872 | D:3     | Reached skill 5 in Polearms
2924 | D:4     | Noticed Ijyb
2936 | D:4     | Defeated Ijyb
2936 | D:4     | Gained mutation: You can spit poison.
2936 | D:4     | Reached XP level 6. HP: 38/41 MP: 6/6
3419 | D:4     | Reached XP level 7. HP: 24/49 MP: 7/7
3563 | D:4     | Slain by an ogre

It’s raining :(

I wonder if I can do spoiler tags in this…

Nope. *nudges things*

Now I can!

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How useless!


It’s raining a bit today. Gotta say, it hasn’t improved the look of the front garden, it’s gone from “patchy” to “mud”

Suppose I should buy some grass seeds or something, Wilkinsons sell them I think.

I still want chickens.

Been catching up on s06 of House. Very slowly. Mostly been playing Crawl, though, I’m so bad at it.

Huh, I thought I’d posted this this morning, I suppose I didn’t manage it. Anyway, I made lots of very tiny cupcakes (used up 100 cases and still had enough mix left over to make half a sponge cake) and raked the back garden a bit. Definitely need to buy grass seeds and fertilizer stuff. Took pictures of all the little cakes but the camera is in mum’s room and she’s in a foul mood, every time I go in there she finds something else I haven’t done.

her : go email Threadless
me : *goes to look it up online*
me : wtf?

Stupid RoyalMail are charging £13 customs fee for two Threadless shirts, might just end up sending them back. -_- Seriously annoying.

I’m in a bad mood now, gonna play Crawl a bit more and then sleep.

Dig On For Victory

Lots of things today!

Mothers day presents arrived. I got her “Birdman: The Many Faces of Robert Stroud” (He wrote a recommended book about chickens) and two WW2 book reproductions. Eating and Digging for victory, she seemed pleased enough with them and the gardening one is interesting. They had “Make do and Mend” too but it didn’t seem as fun.

I cleared up my little bookshelf in the hall which is stocked entirely with Robin Hobb and Tamora Pierce (Fantasy writers write way too many books) and then hoovered up all the sawdust the hamsters reject from the cage and everything. Was good because Terence insisted on dragging his social worker up there to show her the hamsters later on. Still get slightly paranoid about anything being untidy when they come round, all the years of sudden inspections. :/

Then we had lunch! I tidied downstairs and then got bored of sitting around watching mum wrap birthday presents and started to tidy the front garden. Dug out the little flower bed between the house and the path down to the alleyway, threw some flower seeds all over the place. Then raked at all the dead grass on the front lawn for a while. I managed to get rid of about 4 years buildup of dead grass and leaves and in the process found flowerbeds, complete with flowers! Then I mowed the lawn with the mower blades on the lowest setting, so it’s basically just soil and the odd stubborn weed now. I guess I should throw some lawn food at it or something to get it going again. Digging the flowerbed was interesting, I found bricks and all-sorts buried in it.

Terence and his social workers arrived just as I started mowing, I finished though and then we went out.

Me and mum went to Ikea and M&S yesterday and got him nice stuff, teddies and cake, he got those today but we’re gonna have another little party for him on Sunday. While we at Ikea there I got a disco lamp for my room that hangs from the ceiling… Gonna put it up tomorrow! I’ve always wanted a proper one.

I had a disco lamp that sat on the floor, when we first got Emmy. I put it on and she chased the lights around the room for a while, then just sat staring at it, pawing it occasionally. Then it kinda died because I think the bulb I was using was too strong and nothing I could do would revive it. The next day though she went up to it and started pawing at it, and when that didn’t work she went and tried to plug it in! Seriously, she looked at the plug, looked at me, looked at the plug socket and whined. She’s too smart for her own good.

Anyway, we went out, and then we got lost! xD It was like, a three-mile drive and it took us over an hour. She’d forgotten her satnav and the directions we’d been given were vague. It was a fun night though once we got there, it was his 18th today and that means he’s finally moving away from all the social workers who’ve looked after him for the last 10 years. (Moving from child services and into adult, or something)

All-in-all, it was a good day. Gonna try and do the back garden tomorrow and see how long I can keep it up.

Gah, where has the day gone!

I spent way too much time reading through this. Interesting stuff.

Strike the Earth!

The second Dwarves book arrived this morning, just got done reading the first one through again. Trying to save the second one, otherwise I’ll read the whole thing in one sitting like I always do… Maybe I should only allow myself to read it after fulfilling useful tasks. ONE BLOG POST HERE I COME.

We took the dogs to the park today but didn’t do much else that I can remember… Emmy has lost all recall what-so-ever but she doesn’t dissappear off into the distance if you let her off the lead, she just doesn’t let herself get caught, so we let her and Sophie off today. I guess the next thing I need to do is mow the lawn, and I’m not entirely sure what to do about the front gate, can’t put the old one back on because it pretty much fell apart when I took the hinges off. (For future reference, they’re Strap Hinges, that took me quite a long time to find out) if I could get wood and a new saw I could make one a gate that fits properly. wtb motivation 1g /w me. I tried digging the front garden before realising I had absolutely no idea wtf I was supposed to be doing. Anyone got any good gardening resources to share?

Oh yeah, I was cleaning out the hamsters, and one of them escaped the cage, (I was trying to move him from one cage to another) jumped down onto the table, and then jumped off that table…

Plummeting 1 story over the banister and down the stairs.

He landed badly, but let me grab him before the dog ate him, after that jump he didn’t even want to jump down one stair, he peered over the edge and then backed away. But when I picked him up he made a noise and when I put him in the cage he was walking funny like he’d dislocated something… Sort of bent in the middle and dragging one leg. He seems a bit better now and has been eating/drinking, but if he’s still being odd in the morning I’ll take him to the vets… I know it’s only a hamster but I feel guilty and I don’t want him to be hurt. ._. Plus this vet is a lot cheaper than the one in Manchester.

I guess the last thing is I’m pretty much done with the antibiotics. God they taste horrible. Swelling is gone now and I should be going in for xrays tomorrow. I really am gonna try and get to Manchester to get it fixed, I really, really don’t want it out but we can’t afford to have it fixed privately, if it’s still even possible. Travelling makes me panic but if I plan enough I guess I should be ok. NationalRail says it should only be 20~ minutes on the train, but I’ve still gotta get to the place after that, and plan for delays I guess. They whine when you’re late.

Oh –

StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty™ Beta Test Invitation

Congratulations! You’ve been selected to participate in the beta test of StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty™.

As if I didn’t have enough bloody games to play.