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Blackest Night Re-Read in October: Week 3

Want to follow along? Check out the calendar schedule in this post.

This post contains SPOILERS for the following issues:

  • Green Lantern Corps #41
  • Blackest Night #4
  • Green Lantern #47
  • Green Lantern Corps #42
  • Green Lantern #48
  • Green Lantern Corps #43

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My candycorn experience was going well until…

My candycorn experience was going well until…

I should stop while I’m ahead.
Next thing you know, I’ll be a whole body!

Cicada 3301

I’m easily spooked by things I don’t understand. Naturally, when I read an old article this morning about “Cicada 3301,” my first thoughts were a mix of, “this is amazing,” “this is freaky,” and “how did I miss this?”

For those unaware, Cicada 3301 is a series of elaborate, cryptic puzzles that allegedly started on 4chan in 2012 (probably explains why I never came across it; I quit 4chan several years ago) with a black and white image of a cicada and a message signed “3301.”

Details on who creates the annual puzzles (there seems to be a new one every January) and why are unclear, and those who have solved the puzzles fast enough be contacted by the group have been mostly silent about what goes on afterward. Theories range from government recruitment to hacker organizations to software developers, but whoever the Cicada 3301 creators are, they’ve managed to put clues to solving their puzzles all over the world and have kept their identities secret since the beginning, so they’ve gotta be more than just a couple of college kids with too much time on their hands. Or maybe that’s all it is: a fun activity for the outrageously intelligent. I suppose regular ol’ Sudoku doesn’t cut it for the brilliant folk.

I don’t know if any of my followers are involved in solving this, but I’m very curious to know how the 2014 puzzle is going, and if there will be a 2015 incarnation.

I told Flib that it would be cool to see a Rotom possessing a slot machine (Electric/Dark with special move “Thief” because Electric/Normal with “Payday” sounds less honest), and he helped me come up with another original character:
Richard Green works as Security for a Team Rocket casino. Of course, by “security,” I mean he goes to the casinos of competitors who don’t pay their fair share, and uses a Rotom to possess the machines and make them “pay out.” So it’s more like job security.
Honestly, he’s no Trainer. He couldn’t tell you Venusaur’s type combination any better than he could tell you the difference between a Great Ball and a Heavy Ball, but he sure as hell can squirrel his way around most tough situations. His Rotom companion doesn’t need a pokeball anyway; it spends its downtime inside of Richard’s prosthetic arm (becoming Electric/Fighting).
I could make some clever comments here using the phrases “one-armed bandit” and “phantom limb,” but I’m not sure how to word them at the moment.
Anyway, I enjoyed coming up with a design for Slot Machine Rotom. Using its grin as the slots, buttons as a bow-tie, and modeling its aural arms after one of those silly “claw machines” that you see at arcades.
Gosh, I should really stop posting pictures of my OCs with text and start writing the fic again. It’s my best story yet, but I’m afraid to post it until I have a lot of it done. Realistic Pokemon stories are a lot of fun to write.
My other Pokemon-universe original characters:
Shira Wolf and Zoroark
Gene Cyan and Abra
Bishop Ebon with Machoke and Rook Snow with Growlithe
The Old Crone and Xatu
Helena and Haunter
Poison Gym Leader and Bellsprout

I told Flib that it would be cool to see a Rotom possessing a slot machine (Electric/Dark with special move “Thief” because Electric/Normal with “Payday” sounds less honest), and he helped me come up with another original character:

Richard Green works as Security for a Team Rocket casino. Of course, by “security,” I mean he goes to the casinos of competitors who don’t pay their fair share, and uses a Rotom to possess the machines and make them “pay out.” So it’s more like job security.

Honestly, he’s no Trainer. He couldn’t tell you Venusaur’s type combination any better than he could tell you the difference between a Great Ball and a Heavy Ball, but he sure as hell can squirrel his way around most tough situations. His Rotom companion doesn’t need a pokeball anyway; it spends its downtime inside of Richard’s prosthetic arm (becoming Electric/Fighting).

I could make some clever comments here using the phrases “one-armed bandit” and “phantom limb,” but I’m not sure how to word them at the moment.

Anyway, I enjoyed coming up with a design for Slot Machine Rotom. Using its grin as the slots, buttons as a bow-tie, and modeling its aural arms after one of those silly “claw machines” that you see at arcades.

Gosh, I should really stop posting pictures of my OCs with text and start writing the fic again. It’s my best story yet, but I’m afraid to post it until I have a lot of it done. Realistic Pokemon stories are a lot of fun to write.

My other Pokemon-universe original characters:

Shira Wolf and Zoroark

Gene Cyan and Abra

Bishop Ebon with Machoke and Rook Snow with Growlithe

The Old Crone and Xatu

Helena and Haunter

Poison Gym Leader and Bellsprout

Blackest Night Re-Read in October: Week 2

Want to follow along? Check out the calendar schedule in this post.

I’m a little late in my discussion this week, but I suppose I did put two Sundays on the calendar, so technically I’m still in the clear!

This post contains SPOILERS for the following issues:

  • Green Lantern Corps #39
  • Blackest Night #2
  • Green Lantern #45
  • Green Lantern Corps #40
  • Blackest Night #3
  • Green Lantern #46

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I was at my pals’ wedding last night (congrats, Cricket and Orbit!). During the reception, I played Jenga with some buddies that I hadn’t seen in a while. The table was wobbly and lopsided, so it the game didn’t last very long, but I managed to snag a few pictures on my phone before the tower collapsed.

I was quite pleased to have captured these moments of pure tension and intense focus.

pewdie:

Pics :-)

Look at this dashing dude and his adorable dog.

You almost can’t believe that this is a wacky guy who records himself breaking into hilarious fits of excitement (and sometimes angry shouting in Swedish) while playing video games.

Though old, I recommend his Amnesia: The Dark Descent videos (remind me to add links when I get back from work). It’s almost Halloween, after all, and few things are more fun than seeing someone getting spooked by an awesome horror game.

I thought I had my ridiculous pairing tendencies under control, but then I thought about shipping the guy from the salad dressing commercials with the guy from the Dos Equis commercials.

I’m having more fun than a Rotom at a hardware store.