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Our awful twat of a neighbour got his way, anyway. Despite my dad telling our nice neighbours that if they had right of way there was nothing the guy could do, he cut down his bushes, demolished his wall, and got his motorhome on his newly built driveway in the back, leading out into the cul-de-sac. Our nice neighbours had to pave over their front lawn so one of them could park on it, instead of parking in the corner as she'd done for about 15 years. But my dad took some pictures of this guy literally selling cars from the front of his house - and they think that's what he's planning to do on the back, that he's going to move the motorhome in a few months - so they're hoping he gets done for that. It can't be legal, in a house in a residential area. But anyway. It's a real shame.

It's the summer holidays as well, which means my ON has slept over every night since the weekend, when my mum was working a bunch of shifts. Apparently anything with a screen is pretty much broken in his house, so he gets pretty bored in there on his own. I wouldn't mind, but he literally comes down and just plays online Minecraft multiplayer all day. Which I don't think is good for his health or his mind, frankly, but also I think it really fucks with my internet. I obviously can't play online games of my own when he's doing that, but I've also been having issues with videos stopping and starting, and my connection just going weird, even when he's not here. Last night I was trying to check if I could indeed play online games - there was one I was trying to use, and just couldn't connect to a server - so I asked him to come off for a bit, tried a different one, and got into it. I played a few games and then stopped, because I wasn't really that interested in it, and after that my internet was perfect. I get that my cache is a problem, and I'm having to empty that out really often at the moment, but even so it seems like something else is happening. It's not a very technical assessment, and maybe I'm just imagining it. But it's still really irritating.

I also think I'm going to have to get a new phone. I haven't been able to use mine much for a bit, because I had no credit. I called to put some more credit on it at work the other day, and it died in the middle of the call. So I thought 'okay', brought it home, put it to charge overnight. I took it off the charger yesterday, still switched off, I hadn't switched it back on since the battery died. I took it out of my bag yesterday, switched it on, called to put more credit on it, and it died in the middle of the call. So I think the battery's kaput. And I'll have to get a new one.
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I started It yesterday. It might not have been a great idea to read a book that literally starts with a 6 year-old dying, given that I have a 6 year-old nephew, but I powered through it. And it is amazing. Stephen King is such a good writer, like, I struggle with reading a little bit these days, because of the OCD. I often feel like I have to go back and read things again, because I haven't 'gotten them' properly, which interrupts the story. But Stephen King's writing just flows. I still do that a little bit, but mostly I don't care whether I've gotten a bit properly or not, because I want to know what happens next. It's weird that people put down his writing sometimes. It's also weird when you think maybe you're just not doing well with books at the moment, but it turns out you just need better books.

On a vaguely related note, talking point: do you think George RR Martin is who's ruined stories for us all right now? The reason why people are so happy to just enjoy a story for what they think is going to happen, rather than what is actually happening? And put up with stories that just go on and on and on with no end in sight?

In other news, I can't believe the new Confederate show they're going to let the guys behind TV Game of Thrones make (the guys behind TV Game of Thrones). Wow.

This has been a slightly odd weekend so far - I was looking forward to it all week, because I was working, and now it's here and I don't know what to do with it. I finished Wolfenstein. That's a game I was playing, about an alternate universe where the Nazis got magic technology and won the second world war. The best part of it was when you were in a museum, and there was an exhibit about how the Nazis had put a man on the moon, and the main character said "fuck you, moon". It's very tongue in cheek like that. The sequel's out in October, and it looks wicked, so I wanted to finish it to be ready for that.

There's a new Lord of the Rings video game coming out as well. They've made Shelob a woman. A sexy woman. I feel - I don't know. Blank-minded, about that decision? Like why would they do that? But I always sort of liked Shelob, with my limited knowledge of Tolkien, so I'm vaguely interested in a story that gives her a talking role anyway.

I'm going to have a bit of a Michael Keaton-fest, based on how much I loved him in Spiderman Homecoming. I have Beetlejuice and The Other Guys. I feel good about both of them as film choices.
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I won that fight. I'm the greatest.
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And just to join in the bastard party, the final fight in Trails of Cold Steel 2 is with a boss that can one-shot pretty much my whole party in one go, and my super attacks barely even hurt it, which doesn't matter anyway because when he one-shots them in one go they lose all their ability points anyway.

Fuck's sake.
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Fucking Crash Bandicoot is hard as fuck.
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I've been feeling so stressed lately. Just stuff going round and round in my head, like I want to write essays or something about it, but I don't. I couldn't sleep last night. And it's one of those things where I can't tell if me getting too anxious about that stuff, or if I'm anxious because of other stuff going on in my life, family stuff and that, and my anxiety's getting an outlet through worrying about other things. I've also been having weird cramping today and yesterday, so it could be pre-menstrual tension, but I just have no idea what my cycle is or what's going on with my body anymore.

My MN is coming around, and I've been thinking about saying something to him about perving on those girls, because I don't want to let him think it's okay. But we've just had some neighbours round, because we live in a residential cul-de-sac, and the lovely older couple who've lived down at the end since we moved in are having some sort of planning war with the guy who lives near them, and wants to stop them parking their cars where they always have so he can knock down a wall and have a driveway at the back of his house. Despite the fact he's completely block-paved the front of his house and has been selling multiple cars from it for years - which he's not supposed to do. So now I'm too tired to even try to have a discussion with my MN.

Video games make me happy. Most of the video games I really want to play are not coming out for a year or so. I tell a lie, some are coming out very soon, but they're not the ones I'm obsessing over because they're not the ones that are far away.
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I finally married Shane in Stardew Valley. I found him a few mornings later in his little nook, contemplating whether to have a beer or a cider at 6am. I don't know why all our boyfriends have to be so unfulfilled and alienated.

My ON is down at the moment. Apparently his dad is moving out today. Or meeting with a landlord at least - my mum's not convinced he'll actually be gone right away, but still. It's something? Things moving on at least. We'll still have to wait and see how things are when it's just my sister and the kids living on their own, but yeah, it'll be a change. And I'm glad he's going.

I'm sort of happy about the next few weeks. After today, I have a short week at work, then another long week, and then I have a week off. And it'll be E3, so the current games news drought will be over, and we'll find out way more about a few games that have been announced lately. There's a wild shooter coming out that pits you against a militant cult in rural America, and apparently according to some people on the internet, that's true racism. Whereas previous games in the series being set in Africa, a South Pacific Island, and Asia, and having you fight Africans, Pacific Islanders, and Asians definitely wasn't. It's weird when people show how nothing they are.

And in the meantime, Wonder Woman is coming out, which I'm going to see, a new series of Camp Camp is starting, Tekken 7's out, the Elder Scrolls Online's Morrowind is coming out, and the Let's Play company I watch are bringing out a new game-focused podcast show, which is nice, because I was just thinking recently how much I miss the old one they did. The format of the new show seems a little annoying, but eh, we'll see. Of course, in the middle of that we're going to have an election (which I still think they should postpone), which will probably have a very depressing result, but. Apart from that giant blemish, it looks like a nice few weeks.

I wish there was some way I could show you the Justice League poster I got in a comic a few weeks back, and has been sitting next to my keyboard ever since. It's most of the male members posing like they're members of a boyband. And then just Batman being a freak. Never change, Batman.
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Alright summer, you have summered it up, it's great, you can go now.

My mum is back from London. Which is nice, because I was a little anxious about her, given the state of things. Purely for anxiety reasons, I know logically it was unlikely anything was going to happen to her, and things do tend to actually be safer when everyone's on high-alert than the rest of the time, really. But still. It's nice to have her home.

I don't even know what to think about the state of the country right now. It's so sad, but I'm also constantly waiting for news of reprisals against Muslims. There already have been some, and yesterday a guy who works in our post room stood and watched a guy from the Centre for Muslims on our (silent) tv that just shows Sky News all days, and then said "bastards!" not quite under his breath, and walked out. And I know people want to feel safe, and it's good for people to feel safe, but seeing all the soldiers on the streets sometimes just makes me think of those dystopian films where you get flashbacks, and it's like 'this is when martial law started'. And maybe if the Tories hadn't cut funding for the police so much, and the numbers of police officers so much, we wouldn't need so many soldiers. We're going to have an election soon, in this atmosphere - I genuinely think they should postpone it, but I guess that would be letting terrorism mess with the political process, which wouldn't be great either. It's just...fucked up.

Anyway. Since talking about how I never get anything done at the weekend, I sorted through my jewellery collection - I have a lot of jewellery, is my takeaway from that, and I really like ceramics and glass - and I cancelled my kickboxing membership, and I picked up my new prescription for the pill, and I renewed my application for working tax credits. I had to call them up to tell them about my change in circumstance, in that I no longer qualify for the Disability element, timewise, so I basically had to do it over the phone. But it was relatively painless, once I had all the information. I think at best I'll get much less money than before - they might even want some back from me, since I haven't qualified for the disability element since March - but you know, it was nice to get it in the first place, and I wasn't expecting it. So we'll see what they decide in the future. I've told them what I can, at least.

I got all of this done pretty much by not playing video games for a bit. Except, you know, an hour and a half of my vita game every day, and Pokemon Picross when I'm bored (I'm on the alt-world challenges). So basically now, instead of playing video games all the time and feeling bad about all the stuff I haven't done, I'm doing things and feeling bad about all the video games I haven't played. Sucks to be me.
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It's a shame that Jeremy Corbyn is so shit, because is I like so much of what he says and his politics, and the fact he doesn't back down from them.

This thought brought to you by an article showing how all the party leaders have voted on abortion in the past few years. Including some unfortunate opinions that apparently belong to Tim Farron.

A tale from Trails of Cold Steel )
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Just when you're getting depressed with life and all people everywhere, a ray of sunshine falls upon you.

Speaking of rays of sunshine, in Trails of Cold Steel today I chose to do a bonding event with the commoner boy (who I love). It was a visit to a technology institute, and I thought they'd finally talk about his love of technology that he obviously has and they never mention. Instead, as the main character and he were about to go through the doors, they were interrupted by some scientists who were testing out their newly-invented remote control cars. It turned into a situation where they were asking the main character and the commoner boy to have a race with the cars, and then they said ideally there should be three people racing. And I thought "Am I going to get to choose the third person, I will choose the noble boy!". But no, the commoner boy chose himself, and HE CHOSE THE NOBLE BOY. Then at the end of the race they were neck-and-neck and got consumed by a desire to defeat each other, and the noble boy's offering to the situation was "Kneel before me, fool!". Like, SLOW DOWN THERE JUSIS. Maybe keep some things under your hat.
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I legitimately started thinking about Shakespeare quotes today while thinking about how angry I was at Theresa May, which disturbs me a little bit. I feel like this is how stalkers get started. Specifically, I was thinking of that bit in Hamlet about that "damnable, smiling villain" ("O, that one may smile, and smile, and smile, and be a villain").

Anyway. My train broke down on Monday, and tomorrow they're having another strike. It's not my best or favourite week for trains. Partially, this means I'm going to have to walk into town tomorrow to get a bus to Leeds, which will be earlier than even my usual train. I was going to ask my mum to give me a lift, but she's having laser eye surgery (or something?). Anyway, she can't. So I must look after myself, and either be cold or get all hot and sweaty walking into town, before going to sit at work for five hours. And all I have to look forward to after that is a bus home from Leeds, on a Friday night.

Psyche. I can actually look forward to a long weekend, and I'm planning to go see the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie on Saturday. My next few weeks have actually worked out quite interestingly; I have a short week next week, because of the bank holiday, then a full week. But on the Friday of the full week, I'm going to Jen's for Eurovision, and I'm having the following Monday off for travelling and resting and so on. So I'll have a short week, then too. Then a full week. Then after that a short week, because of the bank holiday. Then a full week. Then a week off, in June, for E3. I'm not actually working a full fortnight again until the middle of June. Hurrah.

Should be interesting at least. Might fuck with my regular schedule though.

I love Cora Harper in Mass Effect: Andromeda, and I've just learned that she's apparently only romanceable by a male Ryder. And now I'm sad.
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Politics )

I love Mass Effect: Andromeda. I really love it, and people in general hate it, and it makes me really sad. I love the main character, I love the story, I love the things going on with her (/him) and her (/his) family, I love the companions, I love the random characters you meet, I love the general gameplay of just randomly sorting out planets for people to live on. I love the combat, I love the weapons, I love the way it feels to move, I love the powers. It is buggy, like people say, but they've fixed the worst of that now, and it never at any point stopped me from really enjoying the game. But it's got a really negative reaction, 'even apart from the bugs', and I just don't understand it. Part of me think it's just me being contrary, and loving it because everyone else hates it, especially because it started getting a negative reaction even before it came out when people thought it was being 'too PC' (a guy literally wrote an article called 'Why aren't any of the female characters in Andromeda attractive?', even though some of them are literally the most beautiful video game women I've ever seen in my life, and it was incredibly gross). But that doesn't really explain the fact that I love it, and want to play it all the time, and want to go back to it whenever I stop playing it. I've never been that contrary. I feel like I'm starting to notice a pattern where games that are largely about exploration and building something tend to get a negative or tepid reaction, meanwhile the games that are essentially about a lone wolf, who doesn't have the backing of their government/people, trying to kill something no-one thinks they can kill suddenly do super well. And. It's very disheartening. Because I quite like the lone wolf games, but I love the exploration/building a future games, and it's upsetting to me that maybe people just won't make those in the future, because apparently nobody likes them. For some reason.

This a video game problem, and it probably won't mean much to most people. I'm sorry. In Trails of Cold Steel I forced the noble boy to go on a quest to help the commoner boy's friends/bullies from his old neighbourhood, and it was better than I could have ever dreamed. He said, "I didn't know you spoke delinquent".
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I'm expecting some genuine, severe fuckery with the French election. Just so you all know. Expecting and dreading.

I love Mass Effect Andromeda. I love Mass Effect Andromeda. I love it.
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Right, so just so everyone knows, I haven't gone radio silent out of sorrow. Once again, the internet in my bedroom just failed to work all day, until tonight. I have no idea what's going on with it - the internet in the rest of the house works, only the tablet suddenly disconnected when I tried to use it to watch a video on instead of my computer, and even at that point my playstation and ps vita were still connecting to their online stores. So it can't be our internet. But right now, my internet is working fine and great, and just suddenly started doing so without much input from me. So it also can't be my computer, because it is connecting to the internet fine. So I don't know what it can be. I'm hoping it'll just go back to normal, but who knows, so I might be quiet for a while.

I love Mass Effect: Andromeda. I'm a little worried about World War 3 starting any time now, but what can any of us do? I love T-Bag/Abruzzi.
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I was going to get out and set up my PSVR tonight, but then I looked in the manual and got scared. It has a processing unit. I don't really have space for a processing unit. I'm probably going to need to dust.

But on the other hand, I did finish Horizon: Zero Dawn. Horizon: Zero Dawn (colons are very important) is beautiful, and so well done, but unfortunately I'm back in one of those moods where I'm mostly just thinking about the next game I'm going to play. There are a lot of great Playstation games at the moment. Also I'm carrying on with Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 2, and I love it, but it is about a country where things used to be an old, awful way that favored some people over others for no reason, and then things started to get a little bit better, but now the people that used to benefit from things more have decided they're not going to have that, and have killed the leader of the people who were changing things and are using all their power and influence to violently take things back to the way they were. So it's a little bit stressful. My pairing is still in it though, and you don't get many scenes featuring the two of them, but they are still beautiful.

I really want to go see the film Life, but I also really want to stay in and play video games. A part of me really just wants to take a week off work and stay in and play video games, and catch up with a bunch of older ones I never got round to. But I still don't really know what my situation is with holidays, and I know after Christmas they sort of wiped my slate clean and paid me for the ones I should have earned (because that's when they reset them in our company), and I don't really know what I want to do with holidays at all this year. So it's probably not a good idea.

Also a woman got knocked over at our work this week, and it was after she'd been harassing me about car parking spaces again, and I told her anyone could move their car over at 3pm not 4pm like I thought, and it was 3pm when she got knocked over and she was heading across a road to a nearby car park so I'm pretty sure that's what she was trying to do, okay byyyyyyyee. She is not critically injured, but she is not great.
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Happy birthday to me.

And now I have a Playstation VR. Which is another present I went halves on with my parents, so as per usual I now get to worry about finances as well as enjoy it, but. I am excite. Only difficult thing is knowing where to set it up. I realised at some point now I have a new PC and monitor, I could attach my PS4 to it for VR, and have way more room and be able to stand up. But it does mean bringing my PS4 over to attach it. Which would be a pain. But a nice result. Also I need to figure out where I can keep it. It's a pretty big box.
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And now I'm fighting a boss fight, which isn't supposed to be a boss fight, it's supposed to be a side quest against a fairly powerful creature, against a boss that 1) has huge amounts of health, 2) has defence so high I can barely dent it, 3) seven ultimate attacks from all my characters at full power still can't kill it, 4) can restore it's own health, and increase it's strength and defence at the same time, 5) is incredibly fast apparently, since it can go three times in a row before my characters can do anything, 6) has attacks that make my characters faint, taking them out of the fight, and 7) that is when it doesn't use an attack that just straight up knocks them out, taking them permanently out of the fight.

It's very frustrating.
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News of the Girl

  • The train company that runs my usual journey to work is on strike tomorrow, so I'm going to have find creative ways to get there and back tomorrow. It doesn't surprise me, because my journey home has been rubbish for months now - always packed, even though it's not rush hour, and never on time, and the staff are always the ones who end up getting the abuse, rather than the company owners. So I am quite supportive of this strike. But it is still quite annoying. There is a bus tomorrow morning, but it's a lot earlier than my train, so I'm going to get a lift into town tomorrow morning. And then tomorrow evening, there will be a bus at some point, but how and when I cannot say.

  • I saw Logan last week. I liked it. I can see why people say it's the best comic book film ever, but it is still a comic book film. And I didn't really like the ending. Massive Spoilers ).

  • I did not go see anything this weekend, because I decided I wanted a weekend in. I do want to see the King Kong film though, even though it mostly looks like a big, gun-happy film. I still quite enjoy Tom Hiddleston though, even if he is quite embarrassing lately, and he looked quite good in the trailer, even though the trailer also looked quite weird.

  • I hate Theresa May, I hate her. I see her walking around sometimes, like nothing is wrong, and I think "is this just sexism, why I hate her? Is a lot of it sexism?". And then I remember Yarl's Wood and I just get furious. I can't believe we're just allowing her. I can't believe she is just walking around and smiling, and has the gall to say the Conservatives are a party 'of the people and by the people' or whatever the fuck she said, and I just can't believe it. I can't believe we're allowing this.

  • Dear EU Commissioner who said he'd like us to eventually get back in the boat with Europe: I would love to be in the boat. Please save me a space in the boat.

  • Mostly what's happening at the moment is I think about making an LJ post, and then my thoughts collapse before I get to the end of what I actually want to say about them, and I go back to playing Horizon: Zero Dawn instead. I'm really enjoying Horizon: Zero Dawn, and I really like playing a massive, big game starring a female character, but it is kind of a shame that Aloy (the main character) is 18, and not really by our standards a fully adult woman, and that despite the fact they were all "she's grown up in a very matriarchal society, she goes looking for her mother!", a lot of it is really about her relationship with her father figure. And all the dudes who obviously want to bang her. All the dudes who want to bang her is great, and a nice flipped version of "every sexy woman the male hero meets and helps wants to do him". But I am hoping for another main female character to come along sometime shortly.

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Horizon: Zero Dawn is pretty good.

And I have been tormented all day with video of Theresa May laughing like a jackal, thanks to Sky News.
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I had a date with Shane tonight, and I think I'm going to die.
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