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18 July 2004 @ 04:14 pm
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I have 2 lifting workouts and 2 running workouts to journal. Boo backlog.

Rando found SH4, which is only out in Japan at the moment, for download somewhere. I've been curious about it for a while, so my impatient self just couldn't resist. Verdict in a nutshell: thus far, the game is quite nifty, but I heard that the second half gets much more difficult. Blergh. But it is a good game, I want to support the SH series, and I can always use the GS infinite life cheat if I get that pissed off at it, so I'm going ahead and preordering the US release from EB. Like SH3, it's only $40 and comes with a soundtrack CD. (Preordering is extra w00t because you get a special soundtrack with some extra remixes that aren't available elsewhere.)

I'm glad I didn't get that far on my Zhang He patterns because I just decided to make my life easier and do his simpler gold claws instead. They're still nice-looking and recognizable, but they're going to be far less difficult to pattern and put together. I can use one mold for them instead of the two or three required for the phoenix claws. (They appear to be made of three separate pieces, but they're not articulated or anything and said pieces fit together flush, so it would be fine to just use a single mold.) They don't have any gems, 3-D decorations to cast and glue on, pieces that fully wrap around your arm (the hand piece of the phoenix claws does that), or parts that must be carefully cut out after they're done. Here is a reference picture (which, incidentally, gives an excellent top and side view of the pieces, which is just what I need for patterning - there are no similarly clear reference images of the phoenix claws).

Ernie and Ai are staying with us for a couple of days. They brought a metric assload of baked goods (including chocolate cookies made with Splenda!) and liked my cottage cheese pancake recipe. ^_^ I think Ernie wants to go out running soon, so more later...
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aitai on July 18th, 2004 02:18 pm (UTC)
very cool! that's a great ref pic. i got some yue ying ref pictures from there too. are you doing the armor from that outfit also, or just the claws?
The Heavy Metal Matador: frylockrydain on July 18th, 2004 04:55 pm (UTC)
Well...I prefer the more understated version shown in the yueying.net pictures with the phoenix claws, so that's probably what mine's going to eventually look like.
aitai on July 18th, 2004 05:06 pm (UTC)
i can't wait to see it!! ^___^
teh j00: anij00licious on July 19th, 2004 05:46 am (UTC)
*waves at Ernie and Ai*

Aye, the cottage cheese pancakes are surprisingly good (when it comes to cottage cheese, I can be VERY skeptical). I ate them with strawberries ^_^

I like the new claw style. Sorry we couldn't get together this weekend; all I felt like doing was crawling into a dark hole and going to sleep.
zerielzeriel on July 19th, 2004 03:09 pm (UTC)
We're gonna try to invite you and Randy and Ernie and Ai over for dinner of stirfried tofu that Ernie likes...when are they leaving town?
teh j00: mrs woolfj00licious on July 20th, 2004 10:05 am (UTC)
ummm... I thought that Ernie in general does not care for tofu?
zerielzeriel on July 20th, 2004 02:44 pm (UTC)
Yes, while Ernie in general does NOT like tofu ernie DOES like my pepper-onion-tofu stirfry--or at least, he's eaten it with a smile twice.