Tscc Sarah in green

Mass Effect Desktop Backgrounds

So I made 2 random backgrounds. Feel free to use. Sorry about the weird sizes. I sort of made them to fit my computer and then later thought about sharing them. If you want me to resize them just give me the size in a comment. Clicking on the pic makes it bigger. Link to mass effect comm entry.


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Mass Effect Thane

More on the Video Game Front

So for the first time in quite a while I didn't feel like playing Mass Effect today. Big Shock. I gave Skyrim another try instead. It's actually a lot more fun to play than it is to watch. Usually I watch my Dad play in the mornings and I get bored of the similar looking caves and enemies. But playing was quite different. I sunk about 4 hours into it and barely accomplished anything. I think I talked the wizard, got the dragon stone thing and the golden claw. And that was about it. Oh and got myself a minion. I gave him a bunch of my stuff to carry and he was like screw this shitty bow and arrow I have me a battle axe now. Good for him I guess.

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New Friends!

A big welcome to all my new Mass Effect friends. Now I can talk about the game without getting blank stares. YAY!!!

I hate having to share time on the x-box with my dad. He usually gets 5 hrs in the morning to play his games (this is what he does with his retirement) and I can "request" time in the afternoon to play. But I'm usually loathe to kick him off the tv. Thus I haven't played in weeks :(

I kind of wanted to get Alice Shepard all the way through ME2 before ME3 comes out but since I'm one mission away from triggering Horizon I don't think that's going to happen.

On the school front I have been getting very lax with my course work. I didn't even turn in last week's homework. I still have 6 sketches to do for my watercolor class. I like the class but it's tedious.

I went to my p-doc and discussed med changes. Every spring I inevitably have a hypomanic episode and then a period of emotional instability. So we're thinking of increasing some of my meds to hopefully prevent it. I don't know if it will work and I hate messing with a dosage that I've been stable on. I haven't changed my depakote and lamictal dosages since 2007. Food for thought all the same.
ME Miranda

Fandom Fun!

I'm listening to the Battlestar Galactica soundtrack right now. Season 3 in specific. And I just experienced a huge wave of nostalgia. BSG was my gateway into livejournal society. I made 2 of my bestest friends ever through this fandom. I miss this show and the great community it inspired terribly. Maybe I'll do a rewatch someday.

I'm still obsessed with Mass Effect. NOBODY UNDERSTANDS ME!!! They just smile and nod. I've gotten to the point where I'm reading fan fiction and actually crying while reading fan fiction. I don't know how I'm going to survive the actual game when it gets released. I've started a replay with a renegade/adept/earthborn/ruthless Shepard named Alice. She's got red hair and looks vaguely Asian. I still like my original Shepard better though. She was paragon/soldier/spacer/sole survivor. I will have pics one of these days. I'm just going to photograph my tv screen.

I want Psych to come back.
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School

So I went to my first watercolor class today and I'm definitely intimidated. I'm not really an artist in that way (I have other creative pursuits) and I didn't take drawing and composition before this class. I suck at drawing basically so I have no idea how I'm going to pass this class. I'll just have to remind myself that I'm taking it for fun. I'm going to start practicing my drawing though. I have a book as a sort of guide. We have to keep a journal so that'll be good. Web design starts on monday and I expect that class will be much easier.

Being a student has such amazing perks when it comes to software. I've wanted the adobe design creative suite for a long time but never had the money. But now that I'm a student again I got it for $425 instead of the $1900 price tag. I really want to learn how to use illustrator. That pen tool is killing me though.
ME Miranda

journal redo

I've changed my layout to reflect my current Mass Effect obsession. Go check it out. I'm not 100% in love with it so I'll be tweaking it when I get the chance.
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ME Miranda

Happy Holidays People :)

Life has been a bit melancholy lately but that's okay. I'm usually kind of blue at this time of the year. I finished my human sexuality class this week. I think I got an A unless I didn't add my points up correctly. It was a pretty good class and I'm glad I took it.

Next semester I signed up for a web design class using the Dreamweaver program. I've taken a similar class in high school so it will be interesting to see how things have changed. I'm also taking watercoloring (hopefully for dummies). I can't draw for shit so it will be interesting to see what I can get out of this class. I usually only work in mixed media arts. It's a 6 hr class on a saturday so that's going to be a shitload of painting.

GAMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm growing to LOVE video games. Which is really not me at all. I finally finished Mass Effect 2 and I loved every minute of it. I still get combat anxiety but I powered through it. Again, like the first Mass Effect, the end was pretty easy compared with other parts of the game. NOBODY DIED!! I was worried my bb Garrus was going to die when I sent him to lead the crew back to the ship. I took Thane, my love interest, with me so I could make sure he didn't die. I definitely want to see Thane and Kaidan duke it out in the 3rd game for my love. I'm leaning toward Thane though.

I'm playing the free trial of World of Warcraft. If anyone else plays and wants to play with me let me know. Also I really want the new Star Wars MMO since I love Bioware and I LOVED KOTOR. Let me know if you're planning on playing that one too.

Other than that I started Fallout 3 even though I'm not a huge fan of open world games (which sort of goes against what I said above, oh well). I would play Skyrim but from watching my dad play there are way too many boring caves and draugrs to deal with.

On the tv front...I am SO behind. Basically I'm caught up on Community and Psych and that's it. Also I watching A LOT of South Park. Thank you Netlfix.

I just finished reading Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan which is a great read. It's so amazing to read about some of the "upcoming" space programs and questions about planetary conditions that hadn't been answered yet (book was written in 1995) and then google those missions to see what the actual results were. Sadly Sagan didn't live to see them. Now I'm reading The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins. Space and Evolution are kind of my thing.

Happy Holidays everyone if I don't write again sooner.
Tscc Sarah in green

Notes for the Day

1.) I joined a gym and have been working out lately. If only I can stop buying fast food I may lose weight at a quicker pace.

2.) I need to stop looking at Mass Effect memes. I keep getting spoiled for ME 2. But there is a part of me that is resisting moving forward in the game. It's all the combat. I know it is.

3.) There are only a few shows that are maintaining my interest this season. Any thursday night comedy is golden (The Big Bang Theory, Community, Parks and Rec, The Office, and god help me Whitney). Any Wednesday night comedy on ABC (Modern Family, Suburgatory, Happy Endings). Revenge gets recorded every week and watched eventually. Same with Pan Am, Prime Suspect and Castle.

I'm super excited that Psych is back. The Hangover homage in the 2nd episode was genius. I loved Lassie and the donut. The whole episode was great.

I stopped watching Terra Nova after the 1st episode even though they still record on my dvr. I've let Fringe fall by the wayside sadly. Same with any CW show. I haven't watched Downton Abbey in weeks. I watch a shit ton of tv but still don't have the inclination to watch these shows, even though I like them.

4.) Expect a change in my layout. It's probably going to reflect my new fandom love for Mass Effect.
ME Miranda

Video Games Hurrah!

So I'm not really a video gaming kind of gal. My dad plays a bunch of them and I usually sit and watch, especially if they are RPGs and have a great story. I sat through all of L.A. Noire, Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City. The only video game I ever played all the way through was Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. And that was on my computer. I actually played the first game on my xbox all the way up until the final boss. But I got too frustrated to continue when the enemies kept regenerating every time I turned a corner. I'm well known for playing a game right up until the end and then never finishing. The end of Bioshock is still waiting for me.

Anyways the point is that there was one game that I was dying to play but you have to shoot things and I suck at shooting things. That's why KOTOR was so awesome in its turn based action sequences. The game I wanted to play was Mass Effect. I've watched my Dad play bits and pieces and I've even played all the way through the Citadel portion but I never got past that point. I decided that I would just power through my shooting anxiety and play the damn game and I'm so glad I made that choice. The story really was amazing (all I cared about really) and I eventually grew to love all the action bits as well. Except for shooting shit in the MACO. I hated that.

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