HIMYM Finale

Huh. That was considerably more melancholy than I’d expected. Which is good; one of the things How I Met Your Mother did well in its prime was leaven the good with the bad (just think of all the job and romantic troubles everyone went through at some point). And so, among other things, the finale shows us that Marshall giving Lily her dream meant giving up, for at least a while, his dream; they go to Italy for a year, and I guess it was glorious, but then they return to New York and Marshall spends years miserable in corporate law before he gets another chance to become a judge.

But really, more than even the mother, the finale was about Robin, and how she drifts away from the rest of the group. As someone in his thirties who’s recently left everyone he cares about behind, that got me right in the feels.

The last two scenes twist everything around a little. Ted finally finishes his story (!), and it becomes about what he’s going to do next. Which is actually kinda great; I’m not sure how I feel about the details, but there’s always hope and it’s never too late.

I think someone could actually get a pretty good feel for the series just watching the pilot episode and the finale. The rest is just details.

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Bray

I’ve been meaning to take more daytrips around Ireland, so before Saint Patrick’s Day I went down to Bray, a town in County Wicklow. It’s a nice little place with some decent walking. There’s a seven kilometre walk along the sea down to Greystones, but instead I went to the top of Bray Head, then explored the town a little. Continue reading

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Stones in His Pockets

I went to a play at the Gaiety Theatre this past week called Stones in His Pockets. It’s about people in a small Irish town (County Kerry) working as extras for a Hollywood picture, and the aftermath and soul searching from a Tragic Event that occurs at the end of act one.

So, uh, it was interesting. I enjoyed it a lot. The satire about the movie industry was good all the way through, especially the scenes of the extras acting (OK, now act dispossessed! Now do a jig!). The story about life in rural Ireland was… well, this may just be because I don’t entirely get Ireland, but it seems really bleak. Is it a commentary on Ireland in the modern world? A riff on how Ireland always gets screwed over? Is it about the resilience of community? I’m not entirely sure, but that part was a downer.

The two actors did a very good job shifting from one character to another mid-scene, with body language and accents distinct enough that even I could tell the characters apart. Some of the humour went over my head, like the line about Seamus Heaney, who I googled after the show. In all, fun.

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Dragon Quest IX Completion Stats

… No, I’m not playing again. I dredged them up after some twitter activity:

So, uh… from August 1st, 201o, here are my completion stats from DQ9:

VICTORY!

Final team:

Pepsi: Level 38 Sage (main character)
Jakob: Level 43 Armamentalist
Janet: Level 27 Paladin
Patricia: Level 42 Paladin

Battle Victories: 1775
Times Alchemy Performed: 76
Accolades Earnt: 82
Quests Completed: 42
Grottos Completed: 7
Guests Canvassed: 47

Defeated Monster Completion: 73%
Wardrobe Completion: 21%
Item List Completion: 50%
Alchenomicon Completion: 5%

Total time adventured: 78 hrs 16 mins
Time spent in multiplayer: 6 hrs 49 mins
Gold carried: 8416G
Gold banked: 383000G
Mini medals plundered: 44

I powered through the last several boss fights with Oomph, Fource, Falcon Sword + Falcon Slash, and one character constantly performing the Hustle Dance. I didn’t even have to go back to town to recharge. :D

So awesome. And yay, now I can go after the post-game content!

… And then I sunk another five hundred hours into it, I think. And bought a second copy to start a new game. I might’ve had a problem for a while, there.

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