Hello glorious human life forms! Did you all have a nice weekend? I may or may not have a Suikoden-filled weekend. If you couldn't tell. I've started watching an LP of the first game! I kind of hate the art style of the portraits, but the sprites are still good. Also, Gremio is super annoying.
A very big welcome to my newest reader, Stephen! He's a super cool guy with great taste in YouTubers and video games. (Like Suikoden!)
Okay, I saved the last two Suikoden II episodes for today. I just watched the one, now it's time to watch the last part. I have really, really enjoyed rewatching this series. It's a fantastic story. Please watch the first part in the series! Watching LPs is a really great way to experience video games - especially if you're like me and don't have the correct console to play the game, but want to see what it's all about. Suikoden II is really plot-driven and the characters are fantastic. It's more like a story than a game in a lot of ways. Please check it out, and give Lucahjin my love!
Good evening, friends! Cas and I might finish up Suikoden II tonight, if I decide to stay up til like 4 AM. Which I very well might, because I have a few days off from work and I don't need to do anything except chores tomorrow. I have to do dishes. Icky.
All right, time to retake Muse. And by that I mean watch someone else do it. (Guys, you should play the Suikoden games.)
I feel pretty crappy today. I couldn't sleep at all last night because I was so sneezy and drippy and I literally sneezed so much that I thought I was going to puke. That's never happened before. I was up til like 6 AM, and then since I was at my mom's house, my sister woke me up at like 7:30 AM because she had to go to school and then my mom woke me up at 8:00 and it was miserable.
You guys, the season finale of Legend of Korra was beautiful. Dark and scary and wonderful and beautiful. I cannot even begin to express how impressed I am with season three of Legend of Korra. It's exactly what this show should be, and I am so, so happy I decided to watch it. Please watch this show. Watch Avatar: The Last Airbender first if you haven't already though! Avatar is meant for a slightly younger audience than Korra, but it's a fantastic show with a lot of great social commentary and wisdom. Legend of Korra is very political and much more adult-themed than Avatar- I've never seen so many people die in a show on Nickelodeon. (In fact, I'm pretty sure that's why they pulled the last half of this season from airing on TV - there's some really scary stuff that happens.) Do yourself a favor and watch these shows. They have both been positive influences in my life, especially A:TLA. And Legend of Korra has just secured a place as one of my favorite shows. They're both incredible and you need to watch them both!
Well, I'm going to sleep now. I didn't sleep well last night and I work all day tomorrow and all day Saturday, so I need some good rest. I'd love to watch some more Suikoden II, but damn I'm tired. And tomorrow's going to be a long day. I have to get up extra early.
Does anyone know of a good Chrono Trigger LP? There's a few on YouTube but the only one that's by a reputable LPer is an LP that I'm not a huge fan of. Maybe I'll just watch his anyway. His voice is so annoying though.
Robin Williams' death has brought about a lot of talk on depression, suicide, and mental illness in general. While the awareness can be good, I feel like in some cases, it's doing more harm than good. People with no history of mental illness simply cannot understand mental illness the way someone who has it can understand it. There is a difference between empathy and "I know what you're going through" - or the worse option "I read one article about one person who committed suicide and now I think I'm an expert on depression/suicide."
It is extremely important to remember two things:
Not all people who have depression are suicidal, and
not all people who are suicidal have depression.
I have seen countless articles this week about suicide being a symptom of depression. While this is absolutely true for some people, it is not true for everyone. However, people tend to associate the two, and that's harmful to both depressed people and suicidal people, because the two do not always go together. Other conditions, ranging from PTSD to cancer, can make someone suicidal. And on top of that, not everyone who has suicidal thoughts commits suicide.
It's very easy to simplify mental illness. It's also very easy to sensationalize it, especially in the wake of a tragedy. But it's very important to remember that depression affects everyone differently, and that assuming that everyone with depression is suicidal is detrimental.
I watched a very short documentary about a man with dwarfism today. People were absolutely fascinated by him. He was "other" to them. Some pitied him, some spoke to him with condescension. Some people were extremely unkind. There is a stigma around health conditions that make people seem "other" - whether it's manifested in a physical way like dwarfism, or something not always physically evident like depression.
So friends, please be mindful of negative stigmas surrounding mental illness. Please be mindful that people with depression are not necessarily fragile creatures on the brink of killing themselves. Not all depressed people are sad all the time- that's simply not what depression is, although that's the way it's been construed lately. Not all depressed people are filled with horrendous inner turmoil that's slowly driving them mad. Do not treat all depressed people this way. Awareness about mental health is extremely important, and I'm happy that more people are aware of signs of suicidal behavior and depression, but generalizing any condition, mental or otherwise, is unfair. It puts people with these conditions into a box full of stigmas and stereotypes.
Disclaimer: This is not in any way attempting to dismiss the seriousness of depression or suicide. If you know someone who is experiencing severe depression or suicidal thoughts, that is a cause for concern, absolutely. If you or someone you know is dealing with depression or suicidal thoughts, you can call 1-800-273-8255.
Well, I finished rewatching Lucahjin's Chrono Cross playthrough and I still totally don't understand the plot of that game. And by plot I mean there are actually like 45 different plots that apparently are all supposed to be cohesive but I don't think they are. Any game dealing with time paradoxes is confusing enough as is, but this is time travel/paradoxes/alternate universes plus some magic and robots and demons and like eight other things. So confusing. I need someone to sit down with me and explain the game to me because half the plot is just over my head.
You know what's rough? Being sick. At work. While taking antibiotics that make you drowsy. I was only there for four hours today and it was exhausting...tomorrow I work for seven hours. I feel bad because I feel like I'm not doing as well at work because I'm in pain and sick and tired, and I hate that, because I like my job and I like doing it well.
On a more positive note, Legend of Korra was beyond epic today. Like, the best episode of the show, ever. It might have even been A:TLA-level goodness. I'm so impressed.
Lexa and I just had one hell of a time playing about 15 Sporcle quizzes. We are moderately good at European and Asian geography, but less so with African and South American. We don't know nearly enough US presidents but we do know the names of the Stark's direwolves, so we have our priorities in order. And we're pretty close to being able to join the Night's Watch.
I slept all damn day. I went to bed at a weird hour and then slept all day and now I feel shitty. So now I'm re-watching Lucahjin's Chrono Cross LP. It's so weird that YouTube videos used to have a time limit of ten minutes.
This game has good music. I wanted to learn to play some of it on the piano but it's all really complicated and the time signatures are all crazy and I'm not good enough to play any of it.
I couldn't fall asleep last night, so I got like 4.5-5 hours of sleep and then worked all day. So I'm pretty tired. And I work all day tomorrow, too! Yay! At least it's more money for my upcoming triiiiip ahh is it November yet?
November 15th-23rd. Ireland. This is probably going to happen, unless I'm unable to get time off from work. (In which case, I will cry.) I'll post my itinerary once I get my manager's approval for a week off! I'll be headed up to Belfast this time around, and also over to the Cliffs of Moher. Whee!
Work went by so fast today that I didn't even remember to take a break. I love days like that. Every day should be like that. I'm really tired though, so I'm going to sleep. Maybe it'll be a nap, maybe it'll be all night. It's hard to say.
Guy...I might be going back to Ireland. I've got my $100 flight voucher from my trip last year and some miles saved up, and since I'm not picky about dates, my dad and I found a really great deal. This is slightly unreal. And I'd be there for a week this time! I would actually be able to take a day trip out into the countryside. Hell, I could take two day trips. There's one that goes to Belfast and Giant's Causeway and another that goes to Cork. I may just go to Cork on my own on a bus though, although the tour may be cheaper...but it's also nice to just have some freedom. I could even stay overnight in Cork.
I've spent the last hour looking up things to do outside of Dublin. I'd be staying in Dublin (which means I could visit Trinity College and Dún Laoghaire again!), but I want to go around the country a bit, too. I've found some other places that are only about 45 minutes from Dublin by train, so those are more options...
The only downside is that the flight is one of those horrible ones that's overnight so I'd get to Dublin at like 8:00 AM and then sleep the day away because I probably wouldn't get much sleep on the plane. When I flew from Minneapolis to London (longer than JFK to Dublin, which is what I'd be doing this time), I didn't sleep at all, so when I got to London I was exhausted. However, I had no jet lag while I was there, so maybe it's worth it.
I hate long plane rides. But my god, I fucking love Ireland.