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Neutral Good

Neutral Good

This is post 30 of 31 for the Blaugust event. To check out more Blaugust posts and sign up to participate, visit the Blaugust Nook!

An impromoptu prompt that went through Blaugust recently was that of taking the D&D Alignment test as yourself to see what results you garnered. If I have tracked it correctly, it all stemmed from Eldaeriel‘s post a few days ago.

When I took the test, I ended up with the Neutral Good alignment. The quiz states:

A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. The common phrase for neutral good is “true good.” Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias toward or against order.

Taking this from my own perspective was interesting. I’ve always considered myself more Lawful than Neutral, but I guess I could see myself falling into the Neutral category. I did figure that I’d fall into the Good category, though. I care deeply about things/people–whether they be silly little arguments online, or someone truly in need (it’s a blessing and a curse). I always try to follow the “golden rule” as difficult as it may be, sometimes. I also try to stay positive, and keep any negative thoughts about others to myself, though I do have to bite my tongue quite a bit sometimes.

Overall, I feel that it describes me fairly decently, though, as with any character you RP, I’m sure my personal alignment will change as I experience more of what life has to offer. I’d be interested in what it looks like a few years from now.

DragonCon 2015 Hype

DragonCon 2015 Hype

This is post 28 of 31 for the Blaugust event. To check out more Blaugust posts and sign up to participate, visit the Blaugust Nook!

Every Labor Day Weekend in Atlanta, there’s this thing called DragonCon. It’s a multi-genre convention that covers various geek-related tracks. It’s fun, but it’s no PAX (they really could use some more gaming stuff! 😉 ).

Regardless, I’m really excited for it this year. Chaide and I are able to attend for a change (finances have kept us from doing so in the past), and we live close enough to take the train into the city for a change. The train is also supposedly free this year, which will help save costs if it is true (not that taking the train is much more expensive than driving, but any cost cutting is great!).

We will have to drive one day, though, because we want to see Rasputina the night they’re playing, and by the time we get out, the trains will have stopped. But parking for one day versus three/four sounds much better! One of our guildies is also coming into town and staying for about a week, so it’ll be fun hanging out with him!

What I’m most excited for, however, is to see Terry Farrell (and Rene Auberjonois, again)! The fandom nearest and dearest to my heart is Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. While folks just a few years older than me grew up with Wesley Crusher, I grew up with Jake Sisko (granted, I still watched TNG, but I was a few years behind). Even though I know what happens in various episodes, the feels still get to me. And sometimes I see something I missed before.

I’m hoping to be able to attend the panel with Farrell and Auberjonois. It’s the one thing I’ll regret missing during the whole con. It’s of a high priority to me.

Something else I’m trying to do (last minute, of course) is put together a costume for Saturday. The group of geek girls I hang out with comes up with a costume theme every year and takes group photos. I wasn’t going to participate this year, but it’s a fairly easy theme to try to pull off last minute–1950s Fandom.

We’re taking 1950s fashion and mashing it up with our favorite fandoms! So, I plan on making a blue poodle skirt with the DS9 communicator on it, and painting Trill spots on my neck. I’m hoping to do a Victory Curls hairstyle, cat eye makeup, and I’ll need to buy a shirt to wear with the skirt, but it should be an easy find–even a regular t-shirt tucked into the skirt will work and I can bring my black cardigan that I use for work (because I always get cold).

I’m actually really pumped to try to pull it off! I just need to figure out when I’m going to hit up the craft store, though. I’ll have to check the hours and the closest fabric store and prep tonight by taking my measurements to make a quick non-pattern skirt. Maybe I’ll even get over my dislike of photos and post one or two on the blog if I manage to pull it off!

Let’s Hitch a Ride

Let’s Hitch a Ride

Savior of Men, Chestnut Stonebough

First, I have to mention my new unofficial title, thanks to Captain Codfish on Twitter. We were discussing hair dye/makeup, and a conversation transpired resulting in me “saving men everywhere”. So, he gave me a new title.

@ggchestnut Savior of Men, Chestnut Stonebough

— Captain Codfish (@Gamingwithcod) July 24, 2015

Which then led to this.

Yes, it’s all in jest. But it just tickled my funny bone and I had to share. XD

Five Fandom Friday

Thanks to Ravalation,  I stumbled upon the Female Geek Bloggers G+ group. They do a writing prompt every Friday called 5 Fandom Friday. The topics seem fairly interesting, and I enjoy reading other responses to the topics. The idea is to take the topic, and combine it with your various fandoms. For example, last week was “Five things you own that you bought at cons”, and the start of the month was “Five favorite aliens”.

This week, the topic is: Five Fictional Vehicles I’d Love to Travel In.

So, here are my five vehicles in no particular order of importance.

Serenity

I think this is kind of a given. Anybody who is a fan of Firefly would want to take a trip on the Serenity. Honestly, I think most of us would like to live there. I really can’t wait to get more of the comics so I can read the official cannon on what happens with the crew. Because, really, who didn’t get involved in the lives of these characters?

TARDIS

I feel almost cliché stating that I’d love to go for a ride in the TARDIS. But honestly, it would mainly determine on whom the Doctor was. Because not all incarnations are the same. Regardless, I think the TARDIS is extraordinary, and I’d love to meet her–even in human form! Plus, that episode was totally written by Gaiman. And it was amazing. I was able to put aside my disdain for Smith and enjoy an episode fully!

USS Defiant

This is honestly mainly for the crew. The Space Station itself doesn’t move, ergo I wouldn’t consider it a vehicle, and I want to spend time with all of them. Seriously. This is one show I can’t help but fan-girl over. I’ve signatures of about half the main cast, and I’m aiming to finish my collection. Meeting Avery Brooks, René Aberjonois, and Armin Shimerman is pretty much the highlight of my Geek Experiences so far in my life. Even just the few minutes I was able to speak to them, shake their hands, and get their signatures. This is probably my first and foremost fandom.

Hogwarts Express

I’d like to ride it mainly to experience the Wizarding World. I enjoy the books, even though I don’t care for the character of Harry Potter himself. I especially despise sharing a birthday with him (though don’t mind sharing one with J.K. Rowling). I much prefer Neville (since the first book!). And I could totally hang out with Neville if I took the Hogwarts Express over to Hogwarts.

Speeder Bike

I’d also really like to own a speeder bike to traverse around. It’d be much more interesting than my crap van, that’s for sure. Plus, Leia looked so badass riding one, what adventurous woman wouldn’t want to ride one around?

Dax’s New Body

Dax’s New Body

A Rose Would Smell As Sweet

So, to the horror of many Star Trek/Star Wars folks, I have created a new alt in SWTOR, and her name is… Jadz’iaa!

Yup. Jadzia is (one of) my favorite character(s) from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. When I was a kid watching Star Trek, I really wanted to be Jadzia, and I got a little jealous when so-and-so marries her. Because who wouldn’t want to marry Jadzia?

One of the things I loved (and still love) about Star Trek is that women were human beings–they weren’t put in just for flavor. They were an integral part of the show. They were just as strong as the gents, and they had lives. They weren’t just “kick ass and take names” ladies with no friends, no family, and no love life. I looked up to Jadzia as a female while growing up in the Sci-Fi genre.

So when I spent the Cartel Coins to unlock Twi’lek (yeah yeah) and I saw the spots option, I had to name her Jadzia, even if it is a sin to crossover Trek and Wars like that. Because my Bounty Hunter is a kick-ass lady who will cut you into Sunday. But she also has a soft side. She see Mako as her adopted little sister. She might one day be interested in the romance options available to her (Maybe. Glancing at the list of companions didn’t thrill me.). And yes, to a degree, she has a bit of my own personality. But she’s modeled after the character traits I saw in Jadzia growing up.

Bounty Hunter Fun

So I started a bit of the Bounty Hunter quest line. I do have to say: I really don’t like Hutta. I really hope that the other two classes don’t have to start on Hutta. Ugh. Hutta.

But I really liked Jory. I thought he was neat. He didn’t get sarcasm. It was kind of cute.

Then it was off to kill a smuggler so I could get into some sort of Bounty Hunter contest. To do so I needed more of a name for myself, so off he had to go.

I also helped out some lady, and sided with her husband, that, yeah, she was a little out there. So I sent him off with his son, instead of killing the husband and sending the son off by himself.

When I got back to the base of operations, I found Jory and Braden dead. Mako and I reviewed the tapes and decided I should follow-through with the plan.

So off I went to go visit Nem’ro, who is going to sponsor me, so long as I go kill somebody. So the conversation went awry and I ended up having to kill him even though it wasn’t my intention. Ah well. Nem’ro will get his head, and I’ll be well on my way into the contest.

Honestly, I really just want off of Hutta so I can go pick up my professions and start working on those. Because I’m really liking how I can AFK-farm. It feels a little cheap, but it’s a nice short break every so often while working to be able to queue up some more gathering.

Live Long and Prosper, Spock

Live Long and Prosper, Spock

This will be short and sweet, as Syp has said it much better than I ever could.

But it hit me really hard today, to hear that Leonard Nimoy had passed away. When I read on Star Trek’s site a few days ago that he had been admitted to the hospital for his COPD, I was a tad worried, but was positive he’d be around for a while yet.
It hit me like a wall today to find out he’d passed. I literally cried in my cube at work for a good half hour or so. While I wasn’t a youngin’ at the time that Star Trek was on television, it’s something that my parents made sure I watched in full force. I always admired those pointy-eared weird unemotional folks. I wondered how they could keep it all together like that.
As I got older, I admired the cast for their roles in other materials and their amazing forward thinking on social issues. They were role models, through and through.
I don’t have much more to say than he will be sorely missed, and my thoughts go out to his family during this time.
Live Long and Prosper.
KHHHAAAANNNNN!!!!

KHHHAAAANNNNN!!!!

Image from Wikipedia

I just wanted to remind everybody that today is William Shatner’s 80th birthday. Whether you love him, hate him, or could care less about him, he’s been a big influence in geek culture, and today’s pop culture. As a YouTube video comment claims, “This man will be the sample king long after Charlie Sheen and Vanilla Ice are doorstops of pop history.”

Most people know him as Captain Kirk, though he’s done quite a bit more than that. Commercials, other various TV shows, conventions, and even guest-spots on geeky shows and movies (such as Fanboys), and more.

To celebrate The Shat, I leave you with a classic.


Happy Birthday, Shatner! May the force be with you! Wait… what?

Trek Geekiness

Trek Geekiness

We interrupt your regularly scheduled randomness for some Star Trek geekiness!

I added Star Trek.com on Facebook a while back. While I don’t really use Facebook much, except to keep in contact with a few friends, I thought it would be cool to “Like” and follow one of my favorite series.

While I like most of the Star Trek series (Voyager never sat right with me… Janeway needed a lot more oomph), my absolute favorite was Deep Space Nine. Seven seasons of glory… or allegory. Whichever you choose. But, it is still my favorite, regardless.

Anyway, as I was browsing through Facebook seeing the Christmas updates people had made, I came across this little charm

Go ahead, click the link. Good.

Image from Memory Alpha.

Sloan (played by Will Sadler) is one of my favorite guest star characters. He’s just a total badass fellow. And when you work for the Secret Service equivalent on Star Trek… well, you’d have to be badass.

Coincidentally, earlier today, I was thinking to myself about the first episode that Sloan appears in. This whole thought process came about when I was telling myself that I needed to set the Xbox back up so that the Elephant and I could start watching DS9 from start to finish. The last series we watched from start to finish was LOST (which was amazing… until the last episode… but that’s a different rant for a different day), which he had chosen. It was my turn to choose a series (since I wasn’t really feeling BSG), so I chose DS9.

Anyway, Season 6 is probably my favorite season of the entire show, and I was contemplating some of my favorite episodes, like The Magnificent Ferengi (obviously, I mean, I would totally be a Ferengi if I were in the Star Trek universe), Profit and Lace (more Ferengi), In the Pale Moonlight, and Inquisition (featuring Sadler).

Soon after, I stumbled across the interview and had a geekgasm. DS9 doesn’t get featured often enough for my liking…

But, for those Trekkies out there that like DS9, enjoy the interview! It was great (and included some Bill & Ted tidbits for those Nick kids like me)!

Dragon*Con 2010 – Highlights

Dragon*Con 2010 – Highlights

I went to my second Dragon*Con ever this year. My first (of many to come) with the Elephant. After waiting in line for almost three hours on Saturday (and missing one of the panels I really wanted to see), we ended up with pre-regs for next year and three day passes (which were mistakes, but who’s complaining?!). Here’s some highlights of this year!

  • Being able to spend an amazing Saturday and Monday being geeky with the Elephant. That’s the biggest highlight. 🙂
  • Some of the cosplays: Gumby; Jay, Silent Bob and Buddy Jesus (with a farewell l’chaim); Jesus Christ Superstar; Lego Slave Leia (yes–really), Charlie Chaplin; Aang; a Cylon; and Hunter S. Thompson (my personal favorite, tied with Lego Slave Leia–mannerisms and everything).
  • Sean Astin’s panel. While there were some questions regarding his work in LoTR, we had a blast chatting with his family (whom he called during the panel, because his wife texted him), listening to stories about his daughters, and just the general atmosphere. Great fun.
  • Being able to treat the Elephant to all things C’thulu and Lovecraft. Got him a C’thulu fanny pack which he absolutely loves. 🙂
  • Being able to find DS9 merchandise! The fangirl in me came out in full force! A DS9 pin with the title, a DS9-era com badge pin, and a “Never confuse wisdom with luck” pin with Quark on it. Oh, and my favorite? One of those school-type window decals saying, “Ferengi School of Business”, which the Elephant and I will be putting in my window tomorrow. (Yes, I love my Ferengi.)
  • Getting to shake hands and get autographs from some of my favorite fandom actors: Jeff Lewis, Sandeep Parikh, John deLancie, LeVar Burton, René Auberjonois, Armin Shimmerman, and Avery Brooks. I had to control myself from fangirling around the last three. I even got all three of them to sign the same picture: the Jadzia Dax DS9 crew. I’m hoping to get that completely filled out. 😉

Great story from the Elephant about our encounter with deLancie:

I watched some douche cut in front of Essence while she was talking with John Delancie from Star Trek…turns out I didn’t mind so much – it was Fraking Jonathan Frakes – Riker – Number 1…a hand shake and a smile and he was on his way. I didn’t mind so much…>:3

Also, when we were waiting in line for Avery Brooks to get settled and start autographs, he tossed a banana at the Elephant because he made a silly comment. Then a pen because he made another silly comment, and then shook our hands and signed the photo, etc. How many people can say they’ve had Avery Brooks toss something in their direction? 😛

All in all, it was a great two days at the convention. Sadly, back to the real world…
Though, Thursday, the Elephant and I are going to go buy frames for our new wall decorations… 🙂