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I don't know why I've felt like crap so much this week, but I'm going to combat it by thinking about things I love and that inspire me. Today's topic: the two Avatar animated series.











I think I need to re-watch both of these shows. Starting today.

-The Gneech
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-The Gneech
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Video: A way better Mercy than me.

While I'm sick and trying to shrug off some disappointments may not be the best time to talk about Overwatch, but I like to live dangerously, so I'm going to anyway.

As you probably know, I've been doing a video series on Learning Not to Suck at Overwatch, and I have learned a lot of things– not the least of which is that I have a lot to learn about being a good teammate.

I'm not going to go down a laundry list of my faults here. The main thing is that I have realized, upon watching my own footage with some remove, is that my attempts to be communicative and coordinate things instead have tended to come off as pushy, strident, lecturey, dismissive, or all of the above. Frankly, if I was on a team with me, I'd mute myself. -.-

It was kind of a sickening realization when it hit me, because it's exactly the opposite of who and how I want to be. So I'm going to start doing something about it.

As I mentioned in my last video I'm going to start concentrating on Mercy and Tracer. These are both heroes who depend on positioning and situational awareness– two of my weak spots in the game– and Mercy particularly has a very symbiotic relationship with her teammates, so to play her well you have got to be able to cultivate that.

As part of my out-of-game research for the project, I came upon Scarletta, a Mercy main who does a really, really good job not just of mastering the character, but of acting as the team organizer, caller, and general leader. She does all that stuff I wanted to be doing, but she does it right, and so I have been studying her videos very carefully.

Of course, the week that I have decided to do this, possibly by jumping into the last weeks of competitive season four, my throat dies and a "grind in HotS for a really awesome D.Va skin" event drops. :P So I don't know how much Overwatch I'll actually be doing. It's hard to be team caller when you can barely speak above a whisper. ¬.¬

But I am at least putting that out there as an intention, in case anyone out there would like to join me for it (or would like me to join them, if they have a team looking for a healer). My goal is to go from "strident, lecturey, and dismissive," to "reassuring, informative, and helpful."

-The Gneech
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I kinda don't live in Equestria any more the way I did, say, three years ago, even if I still love the ponies like whoa. My attention span is just stretched way too thin to keep up with it all.

-TG
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Finally, a sport for me!

Tony Gemignani is equal parts chef and athlete. The Italian-American restaurateur is a pro at tossing pizza dough, and can perform complicated feats like tossing the stiff flour mixture high into the air, spinning it around his shoulders or through his legs, and even juggling multiple pizzas-in-progress at a time...


-TG
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Man, the internet was in a pissy mood at me this morning. >.> You people need to chill the heck out. Here, have some ponies, and other stuff.







Man, if that don't cheer the world up, it needs to re-evaluate its life.

-The Gneech
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-The Gneech
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Please forgive the extraneous space, that seems to be Dreamwidth being strange.








...Whoof. I'm exhausted.

-The Gneech
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Merriam-Webster Word of the Day: Gadzookery

Definition


(British) the use of archaisms (as in a historical novel)

Examples


"Several other stories and verses that they jointly contributed to magazines are historical and melodramatic in tone, larded with archaic oaths and exclamations and general gadzookery." — Julia Briggs, A Woman of Passion: The Life of E. Nesbit, 1987
"Her spare prose and dialogue give a period flavour without the dread excesses of gadzookery." — David Langford, The Complete Critical Assembly, 2002

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They do what they wants.

-The Gneech
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From the Metaquotes LiveJournal Community...

"Why are you writing to your elected representative instead of seeking to overthrow a foreign government from your living room" is a question that I feel answers itself.


-The Gneech
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Rice is amazing, I'll eat anything steaming hot
Ramen and udon with pancake, this and that
Carbohydrates, carbohydrates
A dreamy collaboration
(Hot, hot, steaming hot!)

Rice is amazing, it's a problem if I don't have it
Better yet, rice should be a complete side dish
If you're from Kansai, it's all about okonomiyaki & rice

But...I'm not from Kansai
(Wait, what?!)
One, two, three, four, rice!
One, two, three, four, rice!

Rice is amazing, I'll eat anything steaming hot
Fermented cabbage and soybeans, raw egg, this and that
White rice is a pure, snowy white canvas
A fantasy imagination
(Hot, hot, steaming hot!)

Rice is amazing, it's a problem if I don't have it
Rice is a staple food, after all
If you're from Japan, it's all about rice over bread

(spoken)
"Rice isn't a side dish, you know!"
"Oh... I forgot."
"HEY!"


Rice is amazing, I'll eat anything steaming hot!
Fried noodles, octopus balls, pork wrapped in egg, this and that
Carbohydrates, carbohydrates
A dreamy collaboration
(Hot, hot, steaming hot! Let's go, let's go!)

Rice is amazing, it's a problem if I don't have it
Better yet, rice should be a complete side dish
If you're from Kansai, it's all about okonomiyaki & rice

I must have been from Kansai in a past life!
(What the hell?!)
One, two, three, four, rice!
One, two, three, four, rice!
One, two, three, four, rice!
One, two, three, four, rice!

-The Gneech
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Currently my morale-booster of choice. I expect to have a lot of thoughts about K-On! once I finish the series, but until then I'm just savoring the ride.

-The Gneech
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-TG
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Someone tossed this at me in last night's art stream. XD

-The Gneech
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How I Changed My Life by Remembering Who I Was Before the Pain


If you have a hard time believing in yourself, remember who you were before the world taught you to doubt yourself. Don’t see yourself through the eyes of those who didn’t see value in you. Know your worth even if they didn’t. All you need is already within you. You just have to dig deep and find it.

You are beautiful and worthy, and you are one decision away from creating the life you’ve always dreamed of living.


-TG
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Positively Positive: You Don't Get to be Happy and Confident by Hiding Your Light


I trusted nobody by the time I was eight. I wasn’t aware I didn’t trust anyone, but it governed everything about my life. The physical hiding very quickly become emotional hiding well before I became a teenager. As I went through my twenties and thirties I just kept re-enforcing it. The less I trusted the world not to hurt me, the more it did. And the more I hurt, the more I hid.

I was desperately lonely. I couldn’t make close friends because I was constantly thinking nobody cared about me. Of course, it was my own behaviour that kept everybody at bay. It was all my own doing, running on a subconscious loop of self-sabotage.

I thought I was desperate to be liked, but actually, I had a far greater need to be left alone. On the surface I was happy and cheerful, but deep down my subconscious was ensuring my need to be left alone was reflected in my hiding my light every chance I had.


In other news, will post my pics from the Women's March later today.

-TG

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