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Lawful Good person, no vices except the allure of PC games. Preferences: cats, books, intellectuals, stories and living myths.
Work stuff: lead QA specialist with 7+ years in the field of manual high-level testing + tons of soft skills since russian IT usually can't go higher than 1st step of TMMI.
I also dabble in psychotherapy (gestalt sucks), massage, coaching, esoteric circles.
Main hobby: traveling. Already been to Paris, Bordeaux, Arcachon, Sardenja, Rome, Venice, Beijing, Seoul, Jeju, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Naha, Atami, Ito, Shimoda, Hakone, Bali, Java, Colombo, Hikkaduwa, Peru (+ Nasca flights), Oslo.
Most stupid thing I've done in life: jumping down from 2nd floor and hurting feet, knees, hands and most of muscles in the back 1,5 weeks before clumbing Adam's Peak - which I did, and it was kinda awesome but the trail wasn't cared for enough; also heard buddhist monks swearing harder than a zailor.

I’ve happened to play Fallout76 for a couple of days straight, and it was such a great ride! Except, maybe, that confusing level-up dialogue - I’ve messed up my build two times already. Good thing one can rearrange points after level 50.
In other news, I was in such a good mood after Fo76 that I got caught in dangerous illusion about work conditions in russia.
It’s a very dangerous illusion! I was reminded of that when I politely suggested to my “agile, conforming, friendly and professional” “team” that maybe we could’ve agreed upon dinnertime and tried not to put any meetings in that time slot.
…oh boy was that a wrong decision.
I’ve got trashed in chat by same people which told me in private that they are sick of not getting to eat comfortably.
I’ve got trashed by management-in-team because they apparently don’t get to eat at all too and they were, err… proud of that. Also why does anyone get to eat if management does not? Yeah, right…
And today I’ll get trashed by my “agile, conforming and professional IT-lead” in private talk about “destabilization of work conditions at work”.
I do get the fact that not only in russia but in many places around the globe people are still being harassed, extorted and preyed upon as slaves for the Big Man/Company/whatever. It just hurts when you accidentally drop the shield of not believing in people, yknow.
meh.
Call me lawful good paladin one more time.

Welp, the only thing I can do, since we have no trade unions and such: live through trashing, and pull back all “good credit favours” I was agreeing to with people who are thrashing me now. They did a good work for half a year, so I’ve extended some favours and agreements with them.
Buuuut no “good credit” means no favours now.
And maybe I switch workplaces when summer comes anyway, it’s never a good idea to be in one workplace in russia more than 1-2 years, I guess.

Also finished listening to Wolf359, it’s a long-running sci-fi fiction podcast.
Great ride, great quality, the plot isn’t DEEEEP but character relations, pacing and acting is just wow.
I’d say 9/10, but just to reserve 10/10 for masterpieces which I’d want to listen to again and again.

Finished Tokyo Ghoul and Tokyo Ghoul :re.
It was messy story-wise since Yamori arc, and jumpy, and tons of characters I didn’t really connect with were introduced, killed, revived, killed again, sudden out-of-the-blue agenda changes, etc.
Art-wise it was a cool ride.
I dunno, overall I’d say it’s 1-time read and 6/10 at most.

Watched Dareka no Manazashi (short, beautiful, somewhat good story) and Koe no Katachi (wow that was nerve-wracking experience, but it’s good it’s not a Makoto S.-you-know-who movie, or it wouldn’t have that ending for sure O.o)
Reading Tokyo Ghoul and it’s kinda messy story, but good art style… but I dunno. At 10th volume it seems that mangaka’s brain switched from trying to build a world and telling a story into usual superhero tropes with a sprinkle of shock-gore.

I’ve bought Fallout 76 and had tons of fun, especially trying to sneak into Whitespring and move C.A.M.P. behind main building, near the mountain outcrop for easy trading access. Dat BATZ…

I’ve got the whole weekend to myself this time YAY. At last, good cola, Fallout 3 (TTW) and nothing else matters.
Well, it does matter around me, but I kinda tried to block everything at range since even my Mi Band started screaming about constant and high stress levels and lack of good sleep. And it’s basically a dumb pedometer, yknow.
Anyway, mind relaxation? Check. Room service, including dusting, by myself? Check! (I have access to home service lady for a pittance, but the quality is around 50% of what I can do; lady is reserved as last measure; I’d pay more for, like, 100% but she refuses…)
Healthy food all weekend? Eh, I fcked it up with Papa Jones and 1 McBurger in the end ‘cause I was too tired by Friday night and too busy by today’s evening. Other than that, at least two days of healthy food instead of no healthy food at all. Mi Band still fat-shames me with Obese II, but it’s kay, I’ll win anyway.
Haven’t touched books again. I guess I’m officially addicted to very good videogames-of-the-year, maybe because they provide more entertainment? Yknow, the audio-visual-action-ish experience.
Mkay. Future plans since I don’t have to ride the shotgun every evening to look after my wifey’s lover’s kitty now - get back into Python stuff and FCKING finish it already. Oof.

Finished “The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales” by Kate Mosse.
I think 4/5. The reading was like a smooth sailing, the haunting was sufficient to spook me for just a right bit. But I was slightly, juuuust slightly bored (but somewhat constantly). Maybe I craved more action at this time of life, I dunno.
I don’t think it’s the author’s fault.

Anyway, recommend this one, grab it, read it.

Bor-ish updates:

  • plans to workout and carve time for upgrading job skills ruined by my wifey’s fuckbuddy who is stuck in another city mostly being dumb-dumb about his father’s situation, which means we’re taking turns riding taxis every day to his apartment to care about his lonesome kitty;
  • the kitty rider is me most of the time because wifey is in no condition to do something more than her current work + her studies + rebutting her usual mild chronic depression bouts;
  • oh well, at least I get a couple hours of additional me time plus kitty is AWESOME.

Almost finished watching Modao Zushi (about Wei Wuxian being Yiling Demonic Patriarch and stuff), animation is surprisingly astonishing, would recommend 100%.
Squeezing a bit of Therian Saga, Rebuild 3 and Journey in daily life.

Books and serious games are in hold, agaaain… tsk, after ten years even my patience is starting to show some wear abd tear, I kinda hoped that this mild depression bouts would end in wifey being able to control her mood swings better. Alas.
Welp, nobody said it would be easy.

Back to work and a snippet of me-introvert-time in bath, he-he. (%_%)/

Arrrr~
Them working hours which nobody missed…
Bleh.
In other news, I’ve decided to support my love with sports, diet and stuff, so I’m also dieting and sportsing around. Could be most useful to lose that belly for future surfing and hiking anyway.

I’ve started Therian Saga to play during work’s hiccups, and continue unmodded Fallout 3 in the TTW version with a gamerguide in hand.


No books lately. Finished City of the Sun God (yay Amarna?) and Besieged Farmlands in The Secret World.
Thinking about creating Fallen London alt for Seeking the Name.
We’ve got a couple locations done in FF XIV with my love.
And also we’ve dipped toes into Genshin Impact which is surprisingly good for now. I’m pretty bad at iPad virtual controls, mind you, and I’m still able to play it.
If chinese controller arrives and it’ll be compatible with iPad, I’d like to use it for Jade Empire, Genshin Impact and maybe Journey and Dragon’s Nest, lol.
I didn’t wanna pay up $100 for Playstation4 controller which allegedly works with iPads and stuff. >_>
At least not without trying cheaper stuff first.


Finished “Nozoki Ana” and “Velvet Kiss”, both are very good lewd mangas with engaging plot and beautiful art style.
Also finished “Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou” - a must-have for anyone, very famous manga.
And “Yakusoku no Neverland”, recent hyped manga which is very engaging, not that long, action and plot are interesting. Though the amount of DRAMA and EMOTIONS in the art style is too unsettling most of the time.

Also also - I’ve rolled through some lists on Goodreads and tried to add as much books and mangas I’ve read already to my profile, so now I have like 500 read and 506 to be read…
Kinda meh, I wanna read even more.

Teh eternal struggle between current PC game and books. I’m playing The Secret World right now, which is THE game for every one of us conspiracy theorists, esoteric prophets and just your neighboring enlightened gal.


Finished “Elisa: the Innkeeper” series. Well, actually more like “dropped”. The story is too simple and not so interesting, so I just turned the skipping option on and and answered route questions and decisions.
Good points for art and music.
Neutral points for gameplay.
Kinda bad points for story, and VERY BAD points for third installment’s story.

Overall: get the art off the internet, skip games, write your own story with the art, peace.


Finished “Nana to Kaoru” and it’s perfect. No kidding, no overblowing!
It’s a) masterpiece b) masterpiece about SM relationship c) believable comedy situations d) believable romances e) believable characters’ growth f) beautiful art.
10/10, will re-read for sure.

I literally have a whole bookshelf-covered wall, ~1000 unplayed games, 8 TB of unwatched high-rated anime, ~1 TB of unread high-rated manga.
But currently I have stupid IT meetings planned for me every hour + I need to collect “analytics data” (sic!) for my new QA manager.
The “data” must be thus: “collect for me all time in two weeks’ sprints your guys spent on testing, the amount of defects which are open, and also the status of automated testing!”.
To elaborate - he doesn’t want to collect time spent in relation to priorities established at the start, or to complexity of tasks. Doesn’t want to check how much people worked on this or that task, and why. Doesn’t want to count holidays, staying late, overworking people on weekends. He doesn’t care about types of defects, and doesn’t want to count problems which were successfully solved before release.
In short, he gets a double paycheck compared to mine for doing bla-bla-bla and making appearances.
I’m fcking certified for basic Google Analytics (customer stories, criterias, reports and analysis), and I literally want to somehow absorb all life from that stupid manager and add his time of life to mine.
Those unread books, yknow…

You can say that I theoretically can take his place, but unfortunately it’s kinda bad for resume in russian IT, especially if shit hits the fan and you (as manager) would be a scapegoat. =_=


Dropped “Go-Toubun no Hanayome”. It started okayish, but trailed into author trying to conjure some harem without harem, various personalities without usual “boxes” and all that kinda failed, in my opinion.
Still gotta say that it’s drawn very nice and was engaging at first chapters.
I’d say 6/10


Finished “Earth Girls”. Pretty nice yuri, plot is somewhat plain but engaging enough. Drawing style is good. I’d say 6.5/10.

Dropped “Chio-chan no Tsuugakuro”. The premise is interesting, but drawing style is so-so, and ideas for the plot too childish.
3/10


Lawful Good person, no vices except the allure of PC games. Preferences: cats, books, intellectuals, stories and living myths.
Work stuff: lead QA specialist with 7+ years in the field of manual high-level testing + tons of soft skills since russian IT usually can't go higher than 1st step of TMMI.
I also dabble in psychotherapy (gestalt sucks), massage, coaching, esoteric circles.
Main hobby: traveling. Already been to Paris, Bordeaux, Arcachon, Sardenja, Rome, Venice, Beijing, Seoul, Jeju, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Naha, Atami, Ito, Shimoda, Hakone, Bali, Java, Colombo, Hikkaduwa, Peru (+ Nasca flights), Oslo.
Most stupid thing I've done in life: jumping down from 2nd floor and hurting feet, knees, hands and most of muscles in the back 1,5 weeks before clumbing Adam's Peak - which I did, and it was kinda awesome but the trail wasn't cared for enough; also heard buddhist monks swearing harder than a zailor.

Finished "Cambrian" at 6/10 rating.
Monsters were interesting to look at, the whole sci-fi-ish evolution via reproduction and soft monster sex wasn't very much engaging. The quality of physiques in drawing was above average.
Overall meh, with little re-reading potential.

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