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Tuesday, April 5th, 2005

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11:07p
[gaming] More FF1.
My initial enthusiasm for FF got rather dampened when I couldn't find the next dungeon I was supposed to go to. I went everywhere else I could, and got the clear idea of the name of where I had to go, but I just couldn't find it. I think three separate play sessions were required before I stumbled on it (while eating at a restaurant, no less). I suppose it got me good and levelled up, though.

I can see the appeal of playing again with a different combination of classes. For one thing, it seems like 80% of the equipment I find or can buy can only be used by one party member, which is a bit annoying.

Looks like the precedent for having a vehicle is clearly established in the start, too, with the boat being abruptly dropped on one in only the second town, and strong hints about levitation in the future. At present it's not as convenient as it sounds, since all the important sites have to be reached on agonizingly slow foot.

My tolerance for random encounters has also greatly decreased, especially when there's no auto or tactics command to hurry things up. Argh. In some of these places the encounter rate is truly insane, with only a step or two between battles for a particular stretch of dungeon hallway. And I'm facing that agony of decision again with the spells, when all four of a given level seem desirable and I can only have three. So I compromise by only buying two, and now I have to walk back and get a third.

I'm a bit annoyed that I forgot my headphones this morning and had to do all of today's playing with the volume turned off. I wonder what music I missed. I'm tempted to load up and find out, but too sleepy. I really should make myself go to bed; I'll never adjust adequately for daylight savings at this rate...
11:20p
[knitting] Hitting a snag.
This past weekend I continued work on Sis's top. Right up to when I discovered I'd added a stitch, oh, 20 rows back. And my hands were a bit rough (snagging the microfiber ribbon way too often for comfort) so after fiddling fruitlessly with the extra stitch in the vain hope of getting out of ripping back (called frogging, incidentally) I stuffed the project back in its back and pulled out the wool and mohair oddball sweater I've been working on for myself. When my mental alertness is up to dealing with the fiddly process of unravelling only as far as the error rather than the whole thing (a nontrivial problem with yarn this slippery) I'll get back to the one I'm actually under deadline on...have to have it ready by mid-May when I'll be visiting home (that sounds odd) for the Uematsu concert. And I still need to figure out how I'll do the straps, too. Well, I have a pretty good idea, I'm just not sure how it'll pan out. I'll find out eventually, assuming I manage to get past this stage in the front.

And I still want to write up my last two hats. Not because any knitters that I know of read this but to write it down before I forget it all. I did some rather nifty stuff for those last two hats, and can see myself squinting at it in a few years and wondering how. This would be a lot more effective if I had pictures to go with them, but I haven't put in the time to figure out a good way to get images up anywhere, even if I'd taken any. Since one hat was given to my mother about ten minutes after I finished it I don't have it available to take pictures of anyway, though she took a few and emailed them to me.

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