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Wednesday, June 1st, 2016
5:58 pm
For those that did not make it to this year's con, here I am:

con badge my badge

dancing the night away

outside the hotel

Way in the background
Saturday, October 31st, 2015
10:20 pm
A panda, a fox, and a rabbit walk into town.. I’m sorry, I Wah, a Kitsune, and a Pooka take up residence in downtown Sequim today. It was Trick-or-treat time for everyone, and we were there to help out - in our fursuits.

Rennifer, Brennac, and Ravenfox entered the fray and became an instant hit with (most) kids and adults alike. We sat on a bench handing out 24lbs of candy (which we actually ran out of twice!)

Once candy ran out, we were inundated with photo ops. For me it was quite the challenge trying to keep up with who was where and asking for what, especially when we actually HAD candy to give AS WELL as posing for cameras!

My only real problem was my lack of visibility. Once I sat down, I was more at eye-level with kids (kid-level?) so I could see them coming. Except of course when they were off to the side. :) Still, we all had a blast, but we only manage a couple of pictures of ourselves after the festivities were over - to be posted later when I get a copy.
Monday, September 28th, 2015
12:48 am
One More Ting!
I officially went to a con again! For an entire weekend. Thanks to walks_far. Rainfurrest 2015.

Lets say its the most fun I've had in a long time, and I met up with some folks I haven't seen in very long as well: baphnedia, malytwotails,slith_tschillin (well, I see him a little more often now he's in WA... but I went and moved to Port Angeles...) I met Axelroo, Harry (HobbyPanda), somefur who introduced himself as "Quincy." while I was in suit... and a bunch of others who I can't remember the names of now!

Speaking of suits, you can go to http://chemtriaan.deviantart.com/gallery/55520881/Costuming
or http://www.furaffinity.net/gallery/darkenscaled/folder/66595/RF2015 to check that out. The name is Brennac, a Red Panda. Thanks very much to walks_far and breimh.

The suit needs a few adjustments to work properly for me, mostly in the forepaws and head as breimh and I are built a little differently, he's a bit bigger than me.

I've been invited to do Norwescon, Furlandia, and Comicon. Comicon is a NO. I do NOT do crowds as it is. Furry crowds a can handle. I would go into meltdown in a place like CC.
Monday, May 25th, 2015
10:44 pm
If anyone is interested, I am on PSN and Pokemon TCGO as "Bahncriaao"
Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
5:43 pm
More surgery!
Had my buttoscopy today! One hemorrhoid (internal) and 4 intestinal polyps (removed). Go me!
Next up: the scraping of previously mentioned cancer button to ensure it does not grow back, and to check out other possible nasty spots.
Saturday, June 21st, 2014
8:31 pm
It's official.
I can now be found on https://www.tumblr.com/blog/digi-dragon and (if you didn't already know) https://www.facebook.com/EmeraldScales

In other news:
A cancerous growth was found on my arm this week.
Monday, May 26th, 2014
1:08 pm
What's in a pronoun?
So, I was asked by one of the transgendered what my "pronoun" was, while setting up a game. That one caught me by surprise. I had assumed that sie would defer to me as being male. I was after all, bearded and 'stached and in male clothing. I responded "him... it?"

In my mind I hadn't really thought about it before. I mean, how does a GQ person identify oneself? The English language has no word for an "other" as far as genders go. Right now I'm reminded of an alien race in C.J. Cherryh's "Pride of Chanur" books that use the word, "sto" in reference to their (I believe) third gender (or genderlessness.)

I just go with the male for the ease of it. I am in a male vessel. The few times when I do examine myself on a purely inner-spiritual-type, I do tend to vie towards having a cloaca. Of coarse that's most likely the "dragon" me coming through, so I guess that's why it feels more natural.

This might be why I do still feel some confusion from time to time about what I am supposed to be. I do feel that the external genitalia tend be more of a target than a necessity, I can also see the attraction though.
Perhaps if both genders appeared similar on the outside, some prejudices and nastiness would not be as prevalent? I realise the naivete of that statement, but is it not worth thinking about?
11:34 am
Women's Game Day!
So, I went to Queer Geeks' "Women's" (and female identified/and supporters/etc.) game day at Round the Table ( http://www.roundthetableseattle.com/ )in Lynnwood on Saturday. Being the first "male" there was a little awkward and I was put on the spot during a discussion about the amount of women in comic book stores... Wow... first time EVER I felt like the odd one out LOL!

Still, we all ended up having fun. Games played after I showed up where Bang!, Salmon Run (I think??), and an interesting color/word matching game one of the ladies invented. Looking forward to next meetup, apparently in about a month. I do recommend the game store though - if anyone in the Seattle area remembers Dalmuti's in the U-District, well its a similar setup, but they sell games and have a bunch on loan for those wanting to play in-store.
Thursday, January 30th, 2014
8:32 pm
Pain: the other way of life.
A little over a month ago I noticed I was developing a bump above my right ear. Seeing as I already have two cysts on that side of the head I didn't think anything of it. Just over a week ago I started getting odd pain there as well and discovered it had grown! I now had a 2-inch long ridge. Wearing my CPAP became difficult and I soon discovered that wearing it seemed to not only increase the amount of pain I was in, but the lump also swelled up! Over the weekend I started getting tooth-aches and ear-aches ( on that side of the head.) I started using a cushion rather than my pillow as it had more give to it. Pain soon extended along my lower jaw as well and it became almost impossible to sleep, even with pain-killers. Today my right eye started stinging a bit as well as my right cheek. Now, all this was not happening all the time, just in flashes but more and more often.

I show up at my counseling session and she says that the right side of my head appears swollen. So I make an appt and get one for later on. The doc can't find anything wrong, but I'm now on anti-biotics and will be going in for a CAT scan.

The meds seem to be working already as the pain has reduced drastically even if I still have the lump/ridge, and my ear still aches once in a while.

Current Mood: crappy
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
12:52 am
I never did get around to it...
But I have now compiled all my poems and related verses into a PDF doc which can be found here: http://chemtriaan.deviantart.com/art/Dragonverse-428677785?q=gallery%3AChemtriaan&qo=0
Thursday, December 19th, 2013
8:06 am
One thing I can't stand about mmorpg
Badly devised skill trees.

You know what I'm talking about.

So many of the games out there these days like to give you skill trees. They let you merely acquire a set of skills for your char. And then they let you unlock more advanced versions, or new skills. Before you know it you have 20-30 skills available... BUT YOU CAN'T LEVEL THEM UP!!!! At least not properly!

They give you ONE skill point to spend whenever you level up. Maybe two (three if your lucky.) WTF MAN! How do you really decide where to put that ONE point??? Especially when you get to the higher level mobs? Not mention PvP mode? REALLY?

So they get you to pay-to-win instead. Now, I understand you want to make money from "free-to-play" game, but there comes a time when you developers really need to sit back and decide if you do really want people actually enjoying your games.
To add insult to injury, not only are you getting jipped on skills, but then they decide, "Oh, I know, lets start taking huge amounts of XP away whenever the char dies!"

So here you are happily playing the game and you reach a nice highish level when WHAM! You are not going to get any farther. Ever. You die and they take XP away. More XP than you can actually make back once the "quests" for that level are done. Even grinding doesn't help, at least not in the area where you would normally be playing for your level. You either get ganked or pwned.

The only game I've come across that had the right idea was 9 Dragons. Those folks took an idea from life: when you learn something and want to get better at it... you practice. They had the skill tree for each character class, and even based on each clan (6 clans, 4 classes per clan). Skills had XP attached to them. Every time you used the skill, you gained XP in that skill. Reach 100%, it levels up and the next level would require more practice (a higher number of skill XP to attain the next level, and every 3 levels the graphic effects would change as well.) Simple. No allocating points. Unlocking new techniques meant reaching a certain XP level with your char. You then went to the training grounds for the appropriate quest from the Sifu, and then passed a dexterity test, or "mental ability" test depending on the skill. When you pass, you are then at Level 1 for that skill and can use it. More advance skills could be bought at the Clan store via donation points (not real cash but items traded in for points, or game currency.)

That what RPG is about. Simulating real-life of a fictional character. I know with tabletop RPG we can't allocate XP to skill, but with computers we can! Apparently most MMO developers just haven't a clue about that.
Saturday, October 5th, 2013
9:34 pm
Available as soon as DA debugs itself.

Simplicity by ~Chemtriaan on deviantART
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
2:24 am
Second in a ongoing series, as I re-familiarize myself with POVray.

Toxichazard-Clear version by ~Chemtriaan on deviantART
Friday, August 23rd, 2013
7:19 pm
For Sale
My first try is HERE and hopefully more to come (and some manipulations.)
Sunday, August 4th, 2013
6:08 pm
Infinity vs. Skylanders and Scramble
So I just found out the news about Disney's new Skylander's clone, "Infinity." Its going to cost a bundle. For your $85 you'll get the game, three playsets ("scenarios") and three figures, and the of course the portal to use them on. The down side? You can't use a character from one set in another. You have to buy extra figures if you want more than the one that comes with the starter. Each seperate playset is $35. Each figure is $15. Granted the playsets may come with a figure.

Here's IGN's page on it : http://www.ign.com/wikis/disney-infinity/Launch_Guide

Skylander's "Swap Force" forces you to buy a new starter kit because of the new portal tech. The upside is you can still use your old toys (apparently, according to what I've been told by the folks on their FB page.) The downside is that each toy will cost $15 (yup, just like Disney), but the nice thing is you get to create new characters with every new toy you get. Its the whole idea of the swap-force thing (you've probably seen the ads by now.) I believe there will be 8 toys release initially. For Activision's sake I hope they've learned from the last two games and will make this one really huge. I mean if Insomniac can do it with their Ratchet & Clank series (each game bigger than the last...) If you do the math, with Swap Force you are basically going to have 8⁸ combinations.

Pokemon Scramble is still up in the air for a release date, but so far I do have the following prices: the game itself is DLC (downloadable content) and only for Wii-U (because of the game pad.) These means no having to buy a portal because the Wii-U already has on as standard. The toys, of which there are initially going to be 7 (6 known and 1 mystery) will be selling for around $2. The game itself is about $18.

Personally I'm waiting for a Mechwarrior game.
Monday, July 22nd, 2013
8:08 pm
Fear is the Mind Killer, the Little Death.
I have come to realise that now that I have been offered something I have always wanted, I'm afraid to take up the challenge. Even though it's not something I'll be paid for, it's still an achievement and a door that will open up to a new avenue of possible income.

Having been asked to do artwork for Star Fleet International, thanks to some who think I have the talent, was something I jumped on. But once there I became unsure of myself. I had plenty of ideas, but they didn't want to come out. I am forced to see that I am actually afraid that I'm just not good enough for what people want and expect. I keep remembering how I was able to technical drawing with ease over 20 years ago, everything from city-scapes, flags, floorplans, city layouts and even newsletters and flyers! Now I don't know where to begin when asked to do something art-wise. In school I even started writing sci-fi stories.

I get presented with an opportunity to do what I would like doing, and I find myself backing away. Its odd though because over the years, I have still been making sketches from time to time. I've done DTP work for every company I've worked for, without being asked. But ask me to do it full time? That's scary. I feel I don't measure up to the "professionals" out there that have all kinds of degrees for just that sort of thing.
Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
11:51 pm
Failing Skies
While it is a show worth killing time to watch, I can't help but wonder if they have a noob directing it. I've noticed at least 5 problems already:

  • The "scouts" drive about on crotch rockets. Now, there is no other traffic at all in the area. These people are going about on some of the noisiest vehicles available and nobody hears them???
  • the scene where 2nd Mass. need to cross the "only" bridge over a river becomes a problem because one of the skitter ships tore through it when crashing. They group are trying to figure out how they are going to get send someone across to scout the other side and its decided that Ben will go (because of course he's the suped-up ex-harnessed kid with the best chance.) The only two problems with this episode are that the camera plainly shows that anyone could simply jump the gap in the bridge even if a vehicle can't get across. The second problem is that there is quite evidently a 2nd bridge nearby!!!
  • When Karen shows up, Ben warns Hal not to get close because she'll try to use him against them, but Ben's okay because he can read her. Ben ends up getting taken in by her. Even after they share a connection in which he is knows works both ways!
  • Matt is allowed to used a rifle. The thing is as tall as he is, and he has no problem with the recoil?
  • Apparently both AIDS and Cancer can now be cured... by pumping your blood out, heating it to 150˚, then pumping it back in. Apparently it's not 100% though as Maggie still has cancer in the form of brain tumors, despite "several operations."
Saturday, June 29th, 2013
10:02 pm
Thanks to a certain wolf, I have found myself turning into a bronie...
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
8:53 pm
Edit this
My nephew, Robert Coston, is now editor of this magazine. Congrats, Robbie!
Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
2:02 am
I do have a deviant art account, for those that care.
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