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[Mar. 10th, 2008|11:46 pm]
Last Wednesday I got kicked out of my old office at noon so they could move stuff to the new office, which I was allowed to go start moving into today.

Currently missing: my table, my two whiteboards (one big and one small), and my computers. (They're still working on getting authentication to work on our 64-bit machines.)

This makes me cranky, and I may have a longer post about that later on. It also makes it really hard to be productive.

But tonight I would rather mention that we watched Paprika last night, and I really liked it. The animation is gorgeous. The soundtrack is fantastic and we already decided we need a copy of it. (Better yet, the song from the ending credits is available for free online. I'm not entirely certain how legitimately, so I'm not linking, but google knows where it is.) The story is confusing and mysterious but ultimately makes sense, and they do a lot of playing with levels of reality and what's really going on, but I felt they didn't overdo it, which is really ccol.

Plus, Sarah brought awesome cake and Cara brought yummy mushroom soup. Jerry made tasty Japanese food, and while he thought it was a disaster, I disagree.

We had D&D on Saturday and I as a player was once again confronted with the fundamental problems created by the existence of particular magical effects that would make the world look very different. (Once we've completed the adventure set in the asylum for the criminally insane, my character is organizing a fund drive for heal spells to clear that sucker out. Because once the inmates are no longer insane, either they can return to being productive members of society, or they're still criminals and you throw them in regular prison, but either way there's no reason to have a special facility for it when insanity is totally and reliably curable using magic. It's just inefficient!)

And, um, yeah. That's all I can think of for now.

[User Picture]From: melted_snowball
2008-03-11 02:15 pm (UTC)
But at the same time, that creates a different sort of insanity defense: "It's not my fault I was raised Neutral Evil." That line that separates insanity from criminality is only bright in games, no? :-)
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2008-03-11 03:22 pm (UTC)
Very true. But the alignment thing is an entirely other kettle of fish, as if you have a functioning evilometer, there's really no reason not to screen people once a week and preemptively incarcerate them when they go bad. (Or geas them, or whatever...)
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[User Picture]From: melted_snowball
2008-03-11 03:32 pm (UTC)
Which, I must confess, is part of what turned me off to D+D.

(You might enjoy this.)
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[User Picture]From: da_lj
2008-03-11 03:49 pm (UTC)
So glad you saw Paprika. It seemed like a "you" kind of movie when I saw it.

And you've just inspired me to go back and buy one more track from the soundtrack, "Drop Filled With Memories", to go along with "Meditational Field" and "Girl in Byakkoya", both which get heavy rotation on my ipod.

If you wind up buying the whole album, I'm curious if any other songs are good for repeated listening.
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[User Picture]From: tdjohnsn
2008-03-12 03:51 am (UTC)
Thank you! I've always felt that way about magic. Unless it is extremely rare (and therefore, unlikely to be a player attribute) it has a huge effect on the economy and the quality of life of the inhabitants of any given world. I always ran my D&D game (1st edition) with an economy and technology level approaching that of England at the beginning of the industrial revolution even though it was pretty standard sword and sorcery fare. The shear increase in productivity due to improved health and the ability of the populace to solve problems beyond basic staying alive to the next day completely transforms the economy and level of technology.
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