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Nov. 14th, 2010 @ 07:20 am
"In 2006, Govenlock had a population of 0 living in 0 dwellings, a 0% increase from 2001. The hamlet had a land area of 0.00 km2 (0.0 sq mi) and a population density of 0.0 /km2 (0/sq mi)."

Wikipedia are you trying to tell me that there is nothing in Govenlock, is that it. Because there are easier ways, you know.

I'm amused by places like this, though. Check this out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_places_with_fewer_than_ten_residents

I like how apparently Saskatchewan has more uninhabited places than the rest of Canada combined. Are we the only place that keeps track of this stuff or what? It begs the question of at what point a place stops being a place and starts becoming just more prairie, you know? It's like Lipsit, which shows up as a small community on just one map that my grandpa owns and nowhere else, ever.

Haha oh Robsart, Saskatchewan. Motto: A Town With A Bright Future. Residents? Nine as of 2008. We could have driven right through some of these places when we went to Grasslands National Park this summer, how would we even know? They're all right near the border of SK, AB, and the USA.

oh man I think I found one that we passed through! Kind of! The church in Scotsguard was totally weird and out of nowhere, but we were lost trying to find the Great Sand Hills when we drove past it. Weird to find out that it used to have six grain elevators. I guess that doesn't mean much to people from non-farmer places, but Scotsguard was kind of a minor big deal in its time.

A lot of these southern ghost towns are tied in with rum running from the States. Very cool. I also like that Ardill apparently doesn't let having a population of zero prevent its local bar from opening. Live the dream, Ardill.

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Nov. 14th, 2010 @ 07:20 am
"In 2006, Govenlock had a population of 0 living in 0 dwellings, a 0% increase from 2001. The hamlet had a land area of 0.00 km2 (0.0 sq mi) and a population density of 0.0 /km2 (0/sq mi)."

Wikipedia are you trying to tell me that there is nothing in Govenlock, is that it. Because there are easier ways, you know.

I'm amused by places like this, though. Check this out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_places_with_fewer_than_ten_residents

I like how apparently Saskatchewan has more uninhabited places than the rest of Canada combined. Are we the only place that keeps track of this stuff or what? It begs the question of at what point a place stops being a place and starts becoming just more prairie, you know? It's like Lipsit, which shows up as a small community on just one map that my grandpa owns and nowhere else, ever.

Haha oh Robsart, Saskatchewan. Motto: A Town With A Bright Future. Residents? Nine as of 2008. We could have driven right through some of these places when we went to Grasslands National Park this summer, how would we even know? They're all right near the border of SK, AB, and the USA.

oh man I think I found one that we passed through! Kind of! The church in Scotsguard was totally weird and out of nowhere, but we were lost trying to find the Great Sand Hills when we drove past it. Weird to find out that it used to have six grain elevators. I guess that doesn't mean much to people from non-farmer places, but Scotsguard was kind of a minor big deal in its time.

A lot of these southern ghost towns are tied in with rum running from the States. Very cool. I also like that Ardill apparently doesn't let having a population of zero prevent its local bar from opening. Live the dream, Ardill.

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Oct. 29th, 2010 @ 05:44 pm
My grandma e-mailed me today. She still writes today with a dash.

"to-day"

It is just the cutest thing.

Sep. 5th, 2010 @ 10:02 pm
Moved to Saskatoon today. It's already strange to have a place that I can call my own again instead of the hotel feeling at my parents' house. Quiet, empty. Pleasant.

Took my meds again for the first time in ages, too, since I figured it would be good to be able to focus while moving. I forgot how it makes my thoughts feel more sharp and brusque compared to my more normal meandering way of forming ideas. It's weird to describe, but it's cool that I can switch between the two just by taking a pill. Meandering is terrible for getting things done, but I'm a lot more comfortable with it, I guess.

Of course, I'm sure that I wouldn't be updating this journal now if I hadn't taken it. I tried a few times over the past several weeks, but ended up just rambling on and losing interest, predictably enough.

If anyone's interested in reading my thoughts on
Deaths by Jesse Venbrux and We The Giants by Peter Groeneweg, both flash games available online for our pleasure, I wrote a little bit about them several months ago. I talked about what messages they might be trying to send by their use of a game mechanic they share: self-sacrifice. It's unedited and cuts off abruptly with my quick notes for what more I wanted to say and a few quotes about Deaths, but it's possible that I managed to say something worthwhile before crashing.

Read more... )

I might have another shot at writing this, since I still think it's interesting and I didn't really get very far. I'm not the first to notice that the two games are related*, but as far as I know no one has dissected the pair side by side. I think I'd like to.

*See the "walking on corpses" note above? This short comment by Anna Anthropy points out the common game mechanic, but doesn't touch on the message that accompanies it as I meant to. It's transparent enough that commenting on it seems almost insulting to the reader, but I think that it's easy for gamers and non-gamers alike to forget that metaphor does exist in the realm of games, even if we aren't usually called upon to find it.


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Oh, yes, and since Livejournal apparently has the option now of cross-posting comments to Facebook and Twitter, I'd appreciate if no one would do that with anything in my journal (not that I can think of any possible reason to). I don't have any ties with either website, and don't especially want to be linked to either.

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Hotel Dusk: Room 215 Jun. 10th, 2010 @ 01:50 pm
I finished two games that I'd been plugging away at for a while, and I wanted to kind of write about one now because it's a game that passed under a lot of people's radars that deserves a lot more recognition.

Hotel Dusk: Room 215 is awesome. It kind of feels like detective noir, really- set in the 70s and starring the gruff ex-cop Kyle Hyde*, Hotel Dusk is actually a pretty complicated story. Its strength is in its realistic characters, I think, and the general mood. It's not a pretty game. The art is awesome, of course, particularly the character portraits during conversation, which looks like animated sketchy pen drawings. It's not pretty in its depiction of the world, rather: the hotel itself is old and run-down, Spoilers below )



NEXT TIME: Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth. And now with these out of the way maybe I can get started on playing the new Pokemon. I can hardly believe I put it off for so long.

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May. 25th, 2010 @ 09:37 pm
/KICKS THE INTERNET OVER

THAT DEALT WITH

Yesterday I was canoing and today it is snowing. It was pretty awesome, but it involved me wearing more clothing at once than I ever have in my life. And being thankful for it because wow, man, it was freezing. But oh so awesome. I am sore everywhere.

It was gratifying. I'm horrified by how weak I've become in the two years since I canoed last, but I didn't end up feeling like I was a burden to anyone at the end of the day, which is good. I may have been pathetic as a sternsman and a generally poor paddler, but I think I made up for it by knowing the route we were supposed to take and innovating a delicious after-supper snack (if you ever have the chance to grill tortillas over an open fire, take it). Not that I think that group of folks would really mind me dragging them down, but I'd hate to do it anyway.

Pulled out my old Mewtwo journal and messed around with it a little. I'm rusty, but RP is just fun, anyway. Maybe I ought to take it to the dressing room for a little bit of practise before I try anywhere else.

OTHERWISE, LIFE CONTINUES AS USUAL.

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May. 5th, 2010 @ 12:59 am
Huh. I thought I knew what to expect from One Piece. A unique style, shounen friendships (NAKAMA!), piratey fun times, treasure, bizarre villains, fun characters, epic plotlines, and >400 episodes.

I did not expect it to make me tear up. Only other anime that's done that is Cowboy Bebop. It's the way Nami flings dust at Luffy here in Episode 37), mostly, because that's just about all she can do to anyone at that point. Going back to just that, it must look pretty corny, I guess. But that moment had been building for several episodes and. uh. IT WAS TWO IN THE MORNING; THAT MAY HAVE BEEN A FACTOR. no, but seriously, best scene in the show so far.

What did it for me in Bebop was Faye drawing a bed for herself in this scene, although the music probably helped. Just... agh. STILL HAVEN'T FOUND THE SHOW TO MAKE ME CRY, BUT THESE GUYS CAME CLOSE.

You know what else evoked a strong emotion? Wolf's Rain. But that was more horrified disbelief. I am so impressed that they had the guts to end it the way they did, oh man. DID NOT EXPECT THAT AT ALL OH WOW.

I have been watching quality shows lately. Talk about variety, hey? But they were all excellent, some of them despite first impressions.

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fiiine, just to be careful--spoilers for Serial Experiments Lain Mar. 22nd, 2010 @ 05:44 pm
Holy crap, guys. The Serial Experiments Lain game ends with her killing herself. Putting a pistol in her mouth and pulling the trigger. She's fourteen! DDD: Man, the anime is effed up on its own, but this is just. D: And I have no idea how to interpret that in the context of the show. Same characters, different continuity? A sequel? A prequel--? It could be the Wired version of her, in that case? But she pretty much erased the real (real world, I guess.) Lain from existence, so...

Vague philosophical cartoons are too complicated for me. I'm should go play Pokemon or something. :<

Oh hey, speaking of introspective anime, anyone else out there familiar with Satoshi Kon? I've been meaning to write about Paranoia Agent and Paprika for the past few months. I saw them a while back and was blown away, particularly with Paranoia Agent. :O And the music he uses is so amazing! I need to see if Susumu Hirasawa's other works are as good as the sountracks for those two. I have to find a way to see more of Kon's stuff, since it seems like he's an exception to my inexplicable "terrible 90s anime was better" prejudice.

Ah, here: the song that opens Paprika: Mediational Field. And he does such a good job of incorporating the same themes through the entire film, no matter what's needed. Check out Chaser, which is such a broken song. ...and then here's Parade (Instrumental) which makes me cry inside because aaaaaaa this song is terrifying. And I'll stop now. IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE I DROPPED THOUSANDS OF LINKS ON MY FLIST OKAY? I KIND OF MISS IT.

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THE DRILL THAT PIERCES THE HEAVENS Mar. 18th, 2010 @ 11:47 pm
I got accused of giving a pep talk today, which is kind of bizarre because I'm not in any state to be pepping people up at the best of times. Now, when I'm worried about what the heck I'm doing with my life and why I can't seem to motivate myself for anything, I'm kind of at my most useless. But hey, I won't complain!

Makes me think of how I got told I was a romantic by one of the guys I live with. It was months ago, so I'd forgotten, and we were playing Risk. Said guy had just acquired all of Asia and Australia, and was well on the way to winning the entire game. Our only hope was, for the remaining four players to put aside our battles and take him out.

I gave a legitimate, honest-to-god We Can Do It If We Work Together speech. It involved declarations of glorious battles, the three warring nations joining to combat an unstoppable enemy. I told them that regardless of who won, it would be a war for the bards to sing of.

Of course, it didn't go exactly as planned. Or maybe there was no other way for it to go. The guy whose turn was next threw everything he had at our enemy, leaving himself defenceless in a heroic gesture. On his next turn, the third member of our alliance had to finish the second off in order to keep his cards out of enemy hands.* Then, by attacking from two sides we were able to finish the enemy off. It was every bit as glorious as we predicted, basically wearing us both down to nothing. Naturally, being a total derp, I didn't mind the fact that the other guy was able to take all the benefits from the battle and, after giving me a turn to pull my units back to my borders, completely destroyed me. BUT! It was a glorious moment. No one wanted to work together like that until I pretended to be some kind of spiky-haired protagonist! 8V


*He later confided that he planned on doing that anyway. Jerk, apparently he doesn't believe in shounen hero speeches! B|

In which the song from Robot Unicorn Attack annoys even my characters Mar. 12th, 2010 @ 08:52 pm
No motivation for anything these days. Is very lame, particularly because I've got a 13 page analysis due on Monday for my Philosophy of Religions course. And I dropped what may possibly be the most cracktacular thread of my life- I am never, ever going to have another opportunity to play a moogle riding a robot unicorn with a rainbow mane again but it was magical while it lasted. I've been like that for a month or so now, just sparking on and off with everything from music to school. It's just not normal.

Uh I got given an invite code for that newfangled Dreamwidth livejournal clone so I made myself another account under the same name. If anyone feels like adding me there, please feel free to. I imagine it'll be much the same content there as there is here; I just thought it would be a good idea to have a backup seeing as livejournal's done a bunch of skeevy things lately for money, like messing with outgoing links and removing the 'Undisclosed' option for under gender so that ladies can be targeted by weight-loss ads and gents can be targeted by power tools or whatever it is that real men are into.

What was I saying? Uh yeah. eibborn.dreamwidth.org. I am there.

Current Music: Always, I want to beee with you, to make belieeeve with you, to live in harmony
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Feb. 24th, 2010 @ 10:35 pm
I'm suddenly surrounded by artistic media and I have no idea what to play with! Trap got back from being repaired so I've got Photoshop and Corel Painter at my fingertips. Then I bought Adobe Flash*, a dipping pen, and a new sketchbook half a week ago and they're all awesome. The fact that I'm terrible with every one of them does not detract from their awesomitude.

Anyway, I turn to you, dear friends, for direction! Which should I work with? What should I do with it? Give me ideas and I'll give it a shot, though if it's an animation it'll probably take me roughly a year. :V

And just so you're warned, I'm pretty much the laziest person ever. My pictures look like this or sketchier most of the time. CLEAN ART IS FOR PEOPLE WITH TALENT SUCKERS ANYWAY

*Which I have been lusting after for roughly half a decade. Buying it directly from Adobe is around $600, though, and I am never ever game for that. I found a place that sells the program for around a quarter of that (downside being that you don't get any disks, tutorials, etc) and jumped on it. I hate spending even that much, but I don't spend a lot most of the time so I guess it's okay. Just this once. hadshg
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Cencoroll Feb. 7th, 2010 @ 03:42 pm
Alright, guys. So, I saw a preview for Cencoroll and found myself wondering, "Why does that boy have a giant rocket-whale foetus?" So I watched it. It's only half an hour long, so why not, I figured.

It won my heart in the first few minutes. How? Simple. The protagonist notices a bike that seemed to move on its own. It's owner comes to claim it, but she stops him from taking it away. This bike grows an eye and stares at her like so:

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She pokes it. She pokes it. Ingenious! Exactly what I would have done! That's the only appropriate response to eyes where eyes should not be as far as I'm concerned.

And that (among other things) is why Cencoroll is worth watching.

http://www.animeshout.com/cencoroll-movie-2009.html

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Yearly Meme 2009! Feb. 5th, 2010 @ 12:17 am
You know, I forgot to do that meme where you list the first bit of every post from each month of the previous year. Last year I managed to do it on the twenty-seventh of January or something like that. This year, it's February fifth. At this rate, I expect I'll be filling this out in March 2015.

So, here goes.

The Yearly Meme: Go to your LJ Calendar and find the first entry for each month of 2008. Post the first line (or such) of it in your journal.

January:
Guh, it was dumb to think I'd have free time for internet things over the break! :o But I had a lovely awesome couple weeks there.
Proof that I never learn if you ever needed it.

February:
egahoaegw okay, a letter from me to the head of the religious studies department at the university, to be delivered on Monday. Any opinions on it? Should I remove my ragetalics?
I still get all crabby when I remember her. I can't believe someone would push their own agenda so blatantly in an unrelated class.

Go on, eibborn, your life is very interesting to me. )

In other news, I finally dropped Mewtwo at [livejournal.com profile] dramadramaduck. I think it was just a bunch of little things that did it: a lot of his friends (and I use that word lightly because this is Mewtwo we're talking about) dropped in the past few months, I've got a slight preference for third-person writing, and uncertainty over his voice after going through the movie canon. I think that part of what makes Mewtwo fun is how certain he is that he's right. Sadly, he loses that after almost murdering millions of people.

I've still got him from pre-canon over at [livejournal.com profile] bubblevoid, but I seem to have stalled there, too. Nothing I can't deal with, I hope, but it's a little worrying.

I am a giant, not so big but very wise. Before I go please hear my advice. Jan. 31st, 2010 @ 03:10 am
I remember this as one of one of the things I intended to talk about, but I have a better idea.

We The Giants is a flash game by Peter Groeneweg. It takes fewer than five minutes to finish, and is, I think, the kind of game that I'd like to defend as having intellectual and artistic value.

I'd really like to hear other people's thoughts on it, though, if anyone is willing to oblige.

A few of my favourite quotes pertaining to this game:

best read once you have finished it )

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i have no excuse for thisavous Jan. 25th, 2010 @ 04:47 am
Oh wow, you guys, I had an awesome dream a while back. It was all Jazz Age and slang-filled, the berries-avous. A sweet Jane and I had to beat it from one end of a train to the other to escape from some torpedo with a chopper, and it only wrapped up when she asked for a mop- turns out all I had to offer was napkins I'd pilfered from the residence's dining hall in real life. The doll didn't like that very much, then bam I woke up.

She gave me the bum's rush outta my own dream! As a whole, though, it was darb, just copascetic.

...Okay, I'll level with you birds- I went and looked some of that up, but probably not as much of it as you suspect. I cut my eyeteeth on ancient Archie comics, alright? DON'T YOU JUDGE IT WAS THE ONLY COMIC G-RATED ENOUGH FOR MOM AND DAD OKAY.

Mostly I'm just bored and not tired at all. Trying to decide whether it's worthwhile to just stay up all night and ensure that I don't miss my classes that start in far too few hours or take that risk.

Oh and hey, a truly terrible joke: Did you hear about the wooden car with wooden wheels and a wooden engine?


Hm. Maybe I should sleep. Listening to a song that translates as 'Morning Mood' is probably not helping that. I'm going to listen to something a little less... morningy and then head for bed.

Oh sob, listening to music on youtube is sometimes painful.

shadowkunt: "so true my homie. but dj kahled betta den both. dj kahled betta den mozart meathoven and dat nigga dat dit swan lake. da kahled da best. fuck yall haterz"

w-who is dj kahled?

run3sc8pr: what's that song by mozart that goes like "dunnanunnanunna dunnanunnanna dunununununuuuuun"?

is it weird to find this cute?



Someday I'll write something with actual content in this journal-ski. :V

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I AM A SERIOUS BUSINESS PERSON (comments get a little ...uh, disturbing and maybe nsfw) Jan. 12th, 2010 @ 11:27 pm
Oh my god gender wank on the anonymous RP comm, I am so sick of you and I haven't even partaken. I'm pretty sure that there's no right way for a guy to respond to that stuff.

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[4] (for the sake of honesty, I did comment to this one. I even used ~tildes~ for sarcasm. I almost never use tildes.) BEST PART THOUGH IS THE FIRST COMMENT IN RESPONSE TO THIS. YES THANK YOU SINCE ALL I WANT IN LIFE IS TO HAVE LOTS OF SEX I GUESS I'D BETTER START BATHING NOW sex with ladies should not the 'carrot' for having normal personal hygiene what on earth. like girls should suddenly fall at your feet if you are not a disgusting slob and you ROLEPLAY EEEE ALL ANYONE COULD WANT IN A MAN agh

IT IS KIND OF INTERESTING TO BE CHILLING IN A FEMALE-DOMINATED AREA, THOUGH. LJ roleplaying is one of the few places online where guys are significantly in the minority/not swimming in privilege (thanks to the relative anonymity afforded by the 'net and the reputation as giant creepers that a few dudes have cultivated, I guess. IT'S REALLY WEIRD WORRYING IF YOU'RE BEING PREEMPTIVELY JUDGED I AM NOT USED TO THIS AT ALL*). That's why for the most part I think it's best to shut up and check out people's perceptions and assumptions. :V Also I feel really awkward talking about this kind of thing because I don't know the lingo at all. At least I have a sister who I can trust to beat me into the pavement if I get it too wrong, hey? Thanks, Jen. :B

*Or at least not like this. I'm always aware that I'm being judged for liking Pokemon or gesturing wildly or being small and nerdy, but it's never really interesting or important to me. I guess not being treated like someone who want to sex up all kinds of ladies is more of an issue for me than being masculine. Probably because it's assumptions about me being a decent kind of person rather than assumptions about my sexuality or ...viability? I don't even know.

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[5] Oh man, I was too early for one of the most obnoxious people on the community to show up and educate us all on womens' issues because he's apparently the only male who's ever heard of feminism or something. hasdgh We know, bud. You are not the only man who is not a moron thank you

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woo just being pretentious don't mind me Jan. 8th, 2010 @ 08:22 pm
Agh, I swear I'm just a death sentence for computers or something. :< My brand new Gateway died right in the middle of my studying for finals, and they won't fix it on location because Acer demands that all warranties within a year of purchase be sent to them. aaaaagh

FORTUNATELY I STILL HAVE [livejournal.com profile] couldbesunshine'S OLD COMPUTER WITH PIECES FALLING OFF OF IT, RIGHT? So I can just use that for the next eight million years until Trap is taken care of. :I

And someone bought my Mewtwo at DDD a paid account at Christmas, too! I NEED MY ICONS. I HAVE 50+ MEWTWO ICONS ON THAT COMPUTER AND I CAN'T EVEN TOUCH THEM. Angst. So hey, if anyone knows where I can find a handful of those, let me know. :< Anon probably already feels like I don't care because I didn't post a thank you until the fourth of January, let's not make it any worse!

Also on my computer were the links to things I wanted to write about. I've been reading up on online video game culture, such as it is. Reading blogs like Cruise Elroy which I adore for its insight into the music behind video games and intelligent discussion, The Brainy Gamer, Sexy Videogameland, and a handful more whose urls I can't remember. I've also been watching videos related to the medium, from Zero Punctuation to kirithem's short analyses of issues in videogames. I've already read plenty of video game webcomics, but there's no doubt that Penny Arcade is the single most influential of them and perhaps the most influential video game blog on the internet. What I was looking for was an insightful analysis of video games as a legitimate medium of expression (or dare I say art) instead of a fun waste of time. I found it many times over, and each of them was as provocative as I hoped they would be. I certainly don't agree with everything I read and heard, but the fact that the subject is being considered is important.

I'm going to hold off on going into depth about anything until I have my links in front of me, but I'd like to pose a question to each of you: do you have anything not listed here that you think is relevant? You don't necessarily need to agree with the commentary, so long as it's legitimate and somewhat coherent.

Much appreciated, ladies and gents!

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Current Music: Elfen Lied - Lilium


Dec. 26th, 2009 @ 05:24 pm
Every year say that I'm so happy it's Christmas break because I'll have so much more time. Apparently I never learn! |B

Anyway, this year a Christmas present I am going to New York! I'll be back in just over a week!

I AM KIND OF EXCITED

Dec. 4th, 2009 @ 05:38 pm
Such a pain. This whole week I've felt like I've been reliving the same day over and over. Same chores: French flashcards, however many chapters of Genetics, Stats readings, et cetera every day ad infinitum.*

I crave novelty so badly, but don't have time for it. I cannot afford to risk being unprepared for these tests. At least things will change a little now that classes have finished.

*I'll resist the temptation to post the same thing again this time tomorrow, annoying amusing though it would be.

My reason for not responding to anything over the past few days: Nov. 21st, 2009 @ 01:44 am
Uh man, ouch, I hurt everywhere. Influenza, welcome to the top ten list of things that I have no love for. However, having slept now for roughly 38 hours without break (short of occasionally waking and drinking about a litre of water because dehydration plus a high fever can lead to some serious problems and I say hecka naw to that)*, I now am left with a very occasional cough, no fever, and terribly achey joints and muscles. Whatever, at least I'm no longer sweating like a sick, sick thing. It still hurts to move my eyes in their sockets but that's probably just more of that soreness coming out in horrible ways.

SO BASICALLY I am going to respond to that meme I posted tomorrow probably! I am kind of too drained to do so now and my fingers feel so clumsy it's like typing with liverwurst aaagh typos everywhere

*and also, for the sake of honesty, using the washroom once or twice and eating about half a meal's worth of food. In the dark, because ow light is not cool.

edit: ...that is, the eating happened in the dark. not the other thing.
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