Dreamhopper The Vinca

Posted by brilokuloj on Apr 13, 2024

As a new Furcadia player circa 2001-ish, Sippy’s journey would begin thusly:

A set of stairs downward, suspended in the clouds

Wow. That’s a bleak way to introduce your virtual world, isn’t it?

I mean, what does this imply? The descent downward is hallowed across our storytelling canon as a symbol of descent into madness, from Dante’s Inferno to, uh, all those scenes that gave me nightmares from All Dogs Go to Heaven.

There’s only one place to go.


Roblox - The Hunt, Part 3

Posted by starsystemerror on Apr 11, 2024

I took a day off of The Hunt, but am back into it full force this evening, starting with a game I thought would be a pretty simple generic hangout game.


Roblox - The Hunt, Part 2

Posted by starsystemerror on Apr 4, 2024

Another day of The Hunt has passed. I had dreams about the Tsunami Game last night. After my daily required running around as a creature in Sonaria to restore my sanity after work, I resumed my quest for badges.


My Tooth Poem

Posted on Apr 1, 2024

A meme stating 'My mouth without my wisdom teeth'. The background is a popular utopia meme image. The text shows dolphins splashing in front of a rainbow. The corners of the image, where my wisdom teeth once were, have a Francis Bacon painting of a figure in contorted agony.

Yesterday, after 5 years of suffering with increasingly chipping and cracked wisdom teeth, I finally got accepted (after a 1 year waiting period!) by an oral surgeon covered by my insurance that agreed to remove my teeth.

For the past few days before this, my anxiety had grown exponentially, and I began to imagine worse and worse scenarios. And that was before I was asked to go off of my anti-anxiety medication in preparation for the operation!

On the drive to the hospital, I finally had enough, and I decided that instead of letting these terrible thoughts swell up in my brain forever – every single time I had a thought, I would write it down. Like casting it into a wishing well that, instead of making the wishes come true, it rather whisks them away to a place that I don’t have to think about them anymore.

And so, I decided that this would be my tooth poem.

Here it is.


What the hell is happening to Panera Bread?

Posted by brilokuloj on Mar 29, 2024

A collage of various things said about Panera Bread on Reddit.

There are so many more important things I could be worrying about right now. Like that I’m getting my very first major surgery in just a few days! Or how I need to schedule my sleep studies because I haven’t slept well in months. Or the state of the internet making it harder for me to sell commissions. Or that I should really be writing my story right now. Or this year’s wildfire season.

But of all the things happening in the world right now, there is one question that burns so hot in my mind, I just can’t hold it in.

What the hell is happening to Panera Bread?


Roblox - The Hunt, Part 1

Posted by starsystemerror on Mar 27, 2024

So, Roblox did something this year called The Hunt. I haven’t been a Roblox player for nearly long enough to be aware of the history and relevance of the “egg hunt” event phenomenon, but I’m aware this is a sort of Easter-like treasure hunt kind of thing. Basically, there’s a bunch of games participating in this event, and if you go into each game and do a certain task to win a badge from the event, it’s counted in the main Hunt world. Every few badges you win gets you an item you can wear on your avatar. I don’t really care that much for any of the items, but I do like doing silly little events, so I decided I would give The Hunt a shot.

A lot of these games are extremely popular, and I actually don’t play a lot of super popular Roblox games. There are some I do play frequently, but when it comes to game-surfing, I tend to opt for games with a lower player count. All that is to say, I don’t know a thing about some of the most popular games on the platform! I decided to use this event as a way to check out a few of them and see what I think, as well as how well the challenges for The Hunt were implemented, especially for someone who hasn’t played the games before.

Disclaimer: I am a very casual player of Roblox. All of this was only done to the extent to which I found it fun. I did not play all of the games, or even most of them. However, here is a list of the games I did play as part of this event, in order of when I played them, so you can read my descent into madness.