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Back in Black

Holy crap, the last time I posted here was November!

I blame Facebook and uni - the former makes it too easy to simply post a link and move on, while uni has pretty much absorbed my life.

So, what have I been up to?

Well, the student magazine for one.  After a coup over the Christmas period (the editor left for the night so the Comms Officer deposed him and declared himself editor for duration, we - the writing team - told him to fuck off, he said we needed an election voted by the student council, we said fuck off again, and then the staff were alowed to elect their editor.  We elected one of our own and are already into layong out issue 2.  This is great).

After a year of some limp, unread, thing put together by people in the student office, followed by a semester of writing a not getting published, we feel appropriately proud of bringing it pretty much back from the dead.  We did the impossible and that makes us mighty.

So now I'm sub-editor who writes a little, but edits other people's work and is responsible for laying out the next issues.

The editor and I have also been asked to do a rock/metal show for the SU's radio project.  Awesome.

I've been trying to learn Mandarin.  I say 'trying', because journalism and the mag suck up my time, while not having a speaking partner seriously retards my progress in speaking and listening.  On a confident day I can read a decent amount of stuff in the textbook.  On a bad confidence day, I can't even remember the pictogram for 'is' is (, if you care)

I've been playing The Witcher.  Great RPG that avouds the usual binary good/evil morality (you know, the one where all dialogue choices seem to be 'yes, I'll selflessly help you for no money'/'I want to end this conversation and do something else'/'can you hold this kitten down while I set it on fire?')

I'm not really a fan of fantasy games, especially as they feel like fantasy tourism and mostly play them because that's what's out there, but The Witcher really interests me.  It has blood, mud and difficult decisions, where honour can matter more than blood and, conversely, the attitudes of the time. 

And yes, I do like the sex cards.  The game has a real bawdy element, with the main character shagging pretty much everyone he comes across and it makes me laugh out loud.  Besides, the female characters come across as characters with agency - not just there to be the obligatory romantic side-plot, but already out there doing stuff when you meet them.  Seriously, I spent days trying to decide when I was forced to pick one of the game's two main squeezes - and even then, I made the decision out of necessity, not personal longing (I wanted the red-head).

And, you know, I'm an adult.  I see tits every time the Mrs gets changed and find it disturbing that it's seen as culturally OK for Geralt to spatter the area in blood and gore, but not to be OK with mankind's favourite pastime.

Speaking of blood and gore, I'm also working my way through Dawn of War 2: Chaos Rising.  So far I like it; the missions are more involved, there's more talking amongst the squad leaders and items are more interesting.  You can gain corruption (you get better items and new powers if you do) and become a pawn of the obscene powers, but so far I've remained pure to the Emperor. 

I've aso been following ACTA and the Digital Economy Bill after writing about it for the magazine.  I'm quite pleased about my timing, because coverage seems to be moving up, now the text has been leaked and the government's pushing to get the DEB through. 

I'm seriously looking forward to Easter as well.  While Her and I can't afford to do much of anything, I need the time to simply go off and do my own thing without worrying about deadlines.  Last semester I worked myself into exhaustion - and I'd prefer not to do that again.

Oh, and my natural sister's getting married.  Not quite sure how I feel about that one, having barely seen her since ever and as how my half-sister (daughter of my natural father and a whore) will be there...