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Well, Christina Stiles let the cat out of the bag on her Kickstarter "Guide for Gamer Girls" update. I'm working with her to help organize her projects and learn the indy ropes as well. She recently left her job to go full-time, so a lot of new things will come through the Medusa Pipeline very soon. (Note: Not everything is for the Pathfinder system)
If you'd like to keep abreast of developments, sign up for her newsletter and don't miss a thing.
Hey, at least it's not some random Kickstarter. :P
I did learn something yesterday that's not on any ESO self-help thing or forum.
I couldn't log in yesterday (got an entire complex of error messages). My loader patched, then I consistently received Error 209 - PatchManifestError_VersionFail. I tried all their recommended fixes (which are quite detailed and rather helpful) but would NOT shut off my AV service as recommended.
The reinstall (8 hours), repatch, REPAIR, reboot, etc. all failed to fix the problem.
So I added the loader process and the loader and runtime executables to my AV's 'permitted' list for the firewall. The loader patched once more, then everything ran fine.
CHECK YOUR AV!
As I've tried to explain to ESO support, the 'Travel to Player' option takes me offline. Not literally, since I am around and questing. But my group health bar disappears and the word 'Offline' appears. Everyone else in the group appears offline to me. Logging off and on doesn't fix it. I can quest just fine, but can't group.
It's crazy nutso, though other group members have been able to 'Travel to Me' without being affected the same way. I'm speshul.
Fortunately, whatever maintenance they did last night seems to have fixed a lot of login and loading problems. It might take a minute or so to load a new area, but that's not at all bad.
OK, I enjoy the game (pve and pvp), but the bugs and glitches are becoming unbearable.
* We can't get logged in half the time, for no apparent reason.
Honestly, we're paying for what feels like alpha release right now. I don't know how many error reports I have open. It's sad.
Freehold DM wrote:
We just heard this yesterday! How did you know? o_O You must have ESPN.
Coffee is on. No sleep while flocks of B-52s drone overhead. WTF is this, the Denver Blitzkreig?
OK, it's only one plane, but it is noisy and it is early and all the windows are open.
Woke up at 5 with a migraine. Napped on the couch until 6. Watched the NIN concert on Austin City Limits until 7. Then dogs and coffee. Now computer. Yawn.
Aaron Bitman wrote:
It's from "The Woggle-Bug Book", wherein the Woggle Bug comes to Earth and encounters (mostly) women from all different ethnicities and one 'Oriental' man. Between the dialect and the stereotyped ethnic portrayals, it's embarrassing. I'm on Ozma of Oz right now, fourth of the series. I thought the lackadaisical attitude toward gender changing in "The Marvelous Land of Oz" was pretty interesting. General Jinjer's troops were silly, but Glinda's weren't. Plus the men were portrayed as having difficulty with 'women's work'. I didn't have a lot of issues with that one.
*Points at the thread title.*
So, uh.... books. Yeah.
I've been reading L Frank Baum's 'Wizard of Oz' series. They are short and easy to read and OH MY GOD. I don't know if that much sexism and racism was standard back in the day, or if Baum was some sort of freak, but yeesh. I'm embarrassed to read some of it.
I have to give SSRIs credit for opening the door to recovery, but I did start them as a mature adult of 30. I also found that after a year or two, when I had been going along feeling pretty darned good for months, I suddenly plunged into a very, very serious funk. Self-assessment uncovered no real reason for it, so I suspected brain chemistry going awry. My only medication was a low-dose SSRI, so I dropped it cold turkey. Et voila! The gloom lifted within a week.
So: yes, they can help. Yes, they can hurt. Be aware.
I'm glad you posted that, Sissyl, because my worst bout of depression was not sadness, it was a complete lack of emotion for months and months. It was actually pretty subtle because it didn't involve sadness, crying, etc. I finally said something to my GP because I was utterly apathetic as to whether I ever woke up again, and my reason told me that this was not normal.
After a few apathetic weeks on an SSRI, I woke up one morning and thought 'what a pretty morning'. But that day, I felt it, too. I was glad to see the morning. And that was the beginning of the climb out of the hole. There was no dramatic breakthrough. In fact, I hate the 'hug and cry' movies wherein a sudden change fixes everything. That doesn't happen. It may be part of the climb, but it doesn't get you out of that deep hole. Trying every day is what gets you out. Using all the tools at your disposal is what gets you out. It's a long, hard slog and that shadow is always there, waiting, even when you feel better.
Celibacy may be one of the disciplines of the followers of Irori, given that some Earth analog religions believe retention of sexual energy translates into more power in other areas of life (creativity, fighting, etc.). But to me, that would be a matter of personal choice for the monk, not a dictate by a deity.
It's not your fault. I blame the British education system. :P
It may sound stupid, but HabitRPG is helping. I did not expect it, but soon found this is an excellent depression management tool, perhaps in the category of behavior mod.
Once you sign up (free!) and set up your character, put all those day-to-day things that enhance your well-being but are so hard to do when depressed into the Habits column. Mine are as simple as showering, brushing teeth, eating a piece of fruit, checking email, picking up trash, etc. For some reason, I respond to the 'check it off the list' visual reminder motivation better than to the 'it's good for me' sort. PLUS, you get XP for doing them.
The habits and daily show up fresh each day so you have to do them again to get more XP and turn your screen green. You can't lose this to-do list.
This also helps me keep tabs on how bad my state of mind is on a given day, even when I'm out of touch with my feelings. If I'm having a hard time checking off the easy stuff, I know it's time to meditate for a few minutes, or really hit the list hard. Getting things off there gives me a feeling of accomplishment, and accomplishing the things on my list puts me in a better place because I'm clean, dressed, have eaten something healthy, have improved my surroundings, etc.
Maybe it will help you guys, too. Best of luck in the fight.
I'm rereading the Black Company books and just finished the first trilogy. I'd forgotten how rough each book is towards the end, though you don't expect members of a mercenary band to have fluffy happy endings. I had also forgotten how good Cook's prose is. While Wolfe is the master, Cook's prose is damned good and tight!
Celestial Healer wrote:
Have you ever hurt your back doing nothing at all? This morning I bent over to check the time on my cell phone, which was on a table. That motion was accompanied by a telltale shooting pain in my lower back. WTF? I wasn't even lifting anything?
Spoiler:Or possibly the consequences of a desk job with little to no exercise.