21 October 2010 @ 09:30 pm
Personal Entry No. 59  
College has been very busy lately -- I ought to be doing Russian homework now, but wanted to get a post out to prove that I haven't been done in by fencing practice yet. (I'm not quite sure why our instructor thought it was a good idea to have us start practicing the balestra, quartata, and other "advanced" techniques so soon, but at least they're good for building up muscle! It's too bad that walking down stairs has become mildly painful.) I've likewise been working hard with the Chorale: our performances of Carmina Burana will be this weekend, with our last rehearsal tomorrow. We have dual Steinways, five timpani, a giant base drum, and other percussion for accompaniment, and the overall sound is...overpowering, to say the least. Hopefully someone will tape one of the performances and upload it to YouTube, but if not I'll upload it from the CD.

It's ten more days until Halloween, but as some other people have been posting their candy already, I figured it would be better to get this over and done with!

1. Create a graphic (200 x 200 max size) to represent your personal "candy". It should have your username on it, but otherwise can feature whatever you want. Make it something special since it's self-representative.

2. Make a post with the subject "trick or treat?". Put your "candy" somewhere in it, and be sure to repost these instructions.

3. Then, go around other people's LJs and reply to them with either "trick" or "treat". If you reply with "trick", they will give you an LJ dare that you have to perform before taking their candy. If you're too wimpy for that, simply say "treat" and take their candy.

4. List all your collected candies in your original "trick or treat?" post to show off your collection, being sure not to direct-link!

In other news, I finished four out of the five illustrations from the 2009 Christmas requests, which is shocking. [livejournal.com profile] rhap_chan and [livejournal.com profile] mina_akira's have been posted on Pixiv already, since they both have accounts there, and [livejournal.com profile] rainmage and [livejournal.com profile] laury_kos's are waiting in the wings, which leaves only [livejournal.com profile] makwui's. I'll post all five here as a set when the last one is finished, but if you'd like to see a preview (and request changes), please feel free to ask!
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[identity profile] asherfoxx.livejournal.com on October 22nd, 2010 09:07 am (UTC)
I have no idea what half of that first paragraph said but it sounds cool.

I'm not wimpy. TRICK!
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on October 22nd, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)

Write a fairly-long entry about your normal life -- Alex, Seahawks, whatever you want so long as it won't arouse any suspicion. However, you have to slip in weird things like ciphers (http://rumkin.com/tools/cipher/) and out-of-place words/sentences, spelling out the apocalyptic message of your choice. Make it as creepy as possible.

(Also: the balestra is a move that consists of hopping forward on both feet and lunging at the opponent immediately after landing. The quartata involves crossing the left foot behind the right, twisting the body so that one's back is facing the opponent. You can read up more on fencing terms (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fencing_terms) on Wikipedia!)
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[identity profile] asherfoxx.livejournal.com on October 22nd, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
lol it's going to be super obvious (kinda) because I'm lame and can't think of anything else |D;;;
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on October 23rd, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
You'll do fine! You can use creepypastas for help, too.

Did You Know?
Kangaroos have been known to adopt abandoned pets and raise them as their own young, feeding them and paying their way through vocational school.
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[identity profile] grass-angel.livejournal.com on October 24th, 2010 12:10 pm (UTC)
;_; Damn you for that cipher link.
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on October 24th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
If you ask for a trick, I'll find a way for you to properly waste your time with ciphers!

Did You Know?
In WWII, the American OSS (predecessor to the CIA) developed a cipher code known as "Kangaroo." The code is said to have been inspired by kangaroo boxing matches.
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[identity profile] knuddeluff.livejournal.com on October 22nd, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on October 23rd, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
Sure! Let's see...

Criticize the Shin Megami Tensei series (the whole thing, or just the Persona games if you want to) in the most elitist, snobby way you can think of. Make unfavorable comparisons to Western video games (Halo, Mass Effect, Quest for Glory, etc.) even if they're not RPGs -- bonus points if you talk about how JRPGs are lousy in general! Feel free to look up old reviews on GameFAQs, SomethingAwful, and other sites for reference.

ETA: Did You Know?
Atlus, the famous Japanese game developer, is planning on opening a new office building in Sydney, Australia. The staff shall consist entirely of kangaroos.
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