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Commander Shepard, Alliance Military N7 Operative, Citadel Council Spectre.

Despite being a bit of a blank slate, certain aspects of Shepard's personality are always the same, and though I'll be going with my preferred incarnation (Mostly Paragon, Female), I'll try to stick to the qualities that translate across the board.

Shepard does not give up. Ever. If she's your friend, she's your friend for life, and if something were to happen to me, she'd go through hell and high water to get me back. She'd always come around to ask me how I'm doing, and to see if there's anything I could probably help her with, but she always would respect my need for privacy if I asked her. She would defend me to anyone who spoke poorly about me, and I would do the same in return.

Shepard is the kind of person I'd love to just hang out with. Her dry wit meshes perfectly with mine, and she'd most likely get the pop-culture references I pepper my conversation with.
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So, there's this thing going around. I've seen it both here and Tumblr.

So-called 'Black March' )
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Compiled from the SpaceBattles thread.

Spoiler tags haven't changed.

Storm on the Horizon, Chapter Three )
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Compiled from the SpaceBattles forum thread.

Spoiler tags are standard here: Doctor Who after New!Series Three but before Voyage of the Damned, Mass Effect 2 post-game but before the Lair of the Shadow Broker and Arrival DLC expansions.

Storm on the Horizon, Chapter Two )
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Compiled from the initial posting on SpaceBattles. I've been finding it easier to write it in chunks over there.

Spoiler tags ahoy: Doctor Who after New!Series Three, but before Voyage of the Damned. Mass Effect 2 post-game, but before the Arrival and Lair Of The Shadow Broker DLC expansions.

Storm on the Horizon, Chapter One )
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    @alliancesjr: Augh, why do I have this plot bunny in my head of Tali'Zorah meeting The Doctor?
    @riathepinkie: Which Doctor?
    @alliancesjr: Ten, probably.
    @alliancesjr: They'd have an adorable technobabble-off. The only question now is: Rose, Martha, Donna, or in-between Companions?
    @JDDeMotte: Tali would probably be the one-off companion like Wilf or Astrid. And would be adorable.
    @alliancesjr: Damn it. OKAY, FINE, I'M WRITING IT.

So, uh, that happened. Takes place in Doctor Who post Season Three (Just after Voyage of the Damned) and just after Mass Effect 2 (before Arrival, and before Lair of the Shadow Broker for that matter). Appropriate spoiler warnings now.

Storm on the Horizon, Prologue )
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New job means no internet at work until I get settled in and they get me connected to their network. Maybe next week.

Naruto 565, reactions and speculations )
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Saw The Muppets today, with the girls. Fucking delightful, and I mean that wholeheartedly. I cried throughout almost the entire thing. More than Toy Story 3. It's like they laser-targeted my childhood and wouldn't stop oh my god.

And you can totally hear Flight of the Conchords in the songs (with good reason, as they were written by Bret).
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Since last week was a week off for stuff, 564 got posted today.

Naruto 564, reactions and speculations )
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So my sister performed at her high school V-Show on Saturday.

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I'm thinking about adding a re-read of Naruto to Second Time Around, maybe ten chapters at a time. I don't know.

Naruto 563, reactions and speculations )
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I was expecting it to be later in the week for some reason, but hey! New chapter.

Naruto 562, reactions and speculations )
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I might start doing this every week. It'd get me regularly writing, and it's something I can do. Besides, I GOT OPINIONS. I might go back and do things in a ten-chapter stretch, too.

Spoilers behind the cut.

Naruto 561, reactions and speculations )
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I've been kicking my personal head-canon around for a couple years and not writing any of it down, and I figured this would be a good exercise to get my hand back in the game. This is also a writing style I've seen back and forth around the internet, and it looked interesting.

This is very rough, so feel free to point out any inconsistencies or problems.

Theater of War canon, not necessarily sequential.

Twenty Surprises for Moriyama Hiroshi )
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If there's anything I have a weakness for - aside from Buffalo Chicken anything - it is a good chili. It's a relatively-recent obsession of mine, culinarily speaking, as I only had my first chili experience with Patrick, he who introduced me to the world of total non-sucking.

It's kind of a stereotypically Guy Food, chili. It's said that every guy has his own recipe, and will never share it with the world except when he's drunk, or really wanting to impress a girl. As false as this preconception is - most of my favorite chilis were made for me by awesome girls - the fact remains that it is as varied as the people who make it. Pat's chili, for example, favored heavily on the beans and lighter on the meat, and due to dietary restrictions was far more hearty than spicy.

Ever since then, I've sought out chili wherever I went. Sweet Tomatoes (also called Souplantation in other states) will often rotate between three different kinds, and once had all three available one frabjous day. When visiting Tessa before she moved up to Chicago, she took me to one of Cincinnati's three most famous chili places, where the chili is soupier and meant to be a condiment instead of a meal, and they give you funny looks for ordering just a straight bowl of chili even when it is right there on the menu, this is not like hot dog thing because Chicago doesn't even give you an option, no I am not still bitter about this.

(It actually is very good chili, despite my grousing.)

In any case, last week at work a box of chili mix was left at the front desk, and after a few days without anyone claiming it, I was allowed to take it home.


All things considered, it turned out pretty well. Two pounds of beef makes a lot of chili, and I'll have some for tomorrow. Thus begins my epic journey of chili-making; I plan on getting a slow-cooker (or registering for one for the wedding) and breaking it in with some Chili Around The World. It will be an EXTREME! EXPERIMENT!, in that I'll be researching a crapload of chili recipes from all over the internet, adapting and extracting and assimilating where I can.

Eventually, I will create the O'Shea Signature Chili, and when I do, internets, I will share it with the world.

It will be...

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My baby sister is now seventeen. She is applying to colleges.

It's extremely sobering to think this. My parents now technically have four adult children (officially will next year), two of which are sight-unseen. They will be empty-nesters soon.

Even more sobering is that my baby sister is seventeen. I remember very clearly when she came home the first time, and I've changed her diapers and prepared her baby food and read to her and sang to her and where the fuck did all the time go.

What's even worse is that she's dating. Well, not right this second, but she's had at least one boyfriend thus far, and she drives and plays awesome music and is in a band, my sister is in a band you guys, I am going to head to the youth center next month to catch their first gig. And Trekkiegirl claims she is "a knockout", which what the hell.

Although, I suppose I shouldn't be complaining. I'm still teaching her awesome things. I got her interested in 90s punk, ska, and alternative - even if she calls it "retro" - and she's slowly but surely warming to the movies and books that I keep trying to get her interested in. I'm taking her to see Ghostbusters when it comes back to theaters this Thursday, and she's never seen it before. For a first time viewing, what better than in a packed theater? I mean, I still remember seeing Star Wars for the first time when it was re-released in 1997, and that's an experience I wouldn't trade for the world.

It's still pretty mind-boggling, to say the least. My baby sister is someone I can have extended, intelligent conversations and debates with, and I'm not denying how much I enjoy this fact, even when I decry its credibility.

That said, she told me today the choices in albums she picked out with her gift cards from her birthday, and I was chagrined to realize that I didn't recognize either of the bands' names. I'm getting too old for this - though in my defense, she is very much into the indie and local music scene.

    @alliancesjr: And now she's offering to burn me a CD, which is at once incredibly sweet of her and horrific mocking. I have nothing left to teach her.
    @alliancesjr: (I am so proud of her.)
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So, through careful Amazon tradeins, I was able to get a 360 for almost free. I have a Live account already, but now will be using it for the 360 also, so give me your gamertags!

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