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George R. R. Martin

Humanity does not, in fact, suck – no matter what some people would have you believe

on Apr 18, 2014 in Sociology | 2 comments

When the Western Black Rhinoceros went extinct last year, people took to the Web and raged and ranted and bemoaned how we should all “…pat ourselves on the back, good job, big round of applause, everybody.” Such drama! Such self-righteous outrage! Didja hear that, Humanity? We suck! Except… there is no “we”. There’s over seven billion people spread all over God’s green earth, and each nation, people or group has its own problems to deal with with. In fact, the number of people who had something to do with the extinction of that particular species is somewhere in the vicinity of less than one percent of the entire human race – or even less than that. Is it fair, then, to verbally crucify the remaining 6.930.000+ people in the world for it? I’d say it’s ridiculous to even think about it. Not that these nutters didn’t...

J-popcon and my trip to Copenhagen

on Apr 5, 2014 in Travel | 2 comments

Two weeks ago, I was invited to J-popcon in Copenhagen, Denmark, to be a translator/interpreter for the lovely Reika Arikawa (Japan). This was my second time collaborating with Reika-san, who is an absolute pleasure to work with (not to mention incredibly talented and professional~). The guys and gals in charge of the cosplay competition did their jobs exemplary (and sometimes other people’s jobs too, it seemed :3), the stage performances were WHOA! In fact, check out the opening performance, set to a medley of Disney villain themes – and you’ll see what I mean. ← #SWAG-tastic – with Lex, Ruxi and Reika ♥ Copenhagen itself, on the other hand, was a wee bit of a cultural shock for me, especially since I wasn’t expecting it to be that much different from other European countries I’d visited. If I were to describe it in one word, it would be a toss-up...

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Wade Kinsella

It’s OK to call bullsh!t: Hearthstone’s Top 5 Most Annoying Combos

on Mar 22, 2014 in Gaming | 3 comments

When one of these happens, you know you’re royally screwed. Here’s a quick guide on how to survive some of the more common causes for QQ, and also punish that cheesy little spitz for trying to cheese you. Hopefully. At the end of the day, it’s all up to the almighty gods of RNG – which is what makes this game fun, rewarding, but so damn frustrating at times. Ultimately, Hearthstone is a card game, and it’s impossible to be prepared for every situation every time. As a general rule, it’s important to know every class and the card combinations they might rely on. It’s also important to keep some backup cards in your hand, even if you have the mana to play them; if your opponent uses an AoE card (such as Flamestrike), you’ll need to recover on the next turn or risk to lose your advantage. It’s also important to know when to bait your...


on Mar 20, 2014 in Admin | 6 comments

The hardest part of ending is starting again. - Linkin Park, ‘Waiting for the end‘ ☆ It’s the fourth time I delete my website and start from scratch. Looking back, I know I wrote some things I’d swear by to this day, and other things I’d gladly forget I ever thought about. With every new incarnation, odeena.net changed to reflect the person I was, the person I was becoming. One day, I wasn’t sure I liked that person anymore. At the time, odeena.net was a Romania-centric blog with a lot of complaining and very little of anything else. On that fateful day, I realized that I didn’t want to be known as a chronic complainer, not when the world offered so much more stuff to blog about. So I took down the website, stuck a half-arsed placeholder instead of the usual index page, and resolved to take a long break from blogging while I decided what to do...