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Just been thinking about "Kirasiinu" and their "relatives". Pulled together some new words and new terms, finally got the ideas I've had circling for weeks down on paper.

Words, words, words. Kirasiinu, Lerisiinu, Leriisamu, Umasiinu, Umasamu... etc. Wordy and boring, but eh. )

Edit: Just a small update to the "Kirasiinu" section. Some more thoughts.
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Note: Yes, this IS following on from what I posted the other day; I added more, but under the cut, so I don't clog people's friends pages with my whining.

September 12th, 00:12
Small ponderation.
Danji wants anthroids to become all uber-popular and fill the world with cool art and stuff, which is great. The world needs more funky-dope robots and snazziness. (Although I could do without the sex.)
...at the same time, I sit here and think "...but... I quite liked being a bit unique. I don't want my special thing to become the latest lemur / rainbow-coloured-husky / noble-native-american-werewolf / bioluminescent-rave-beast, and to vanish into the seething masses "
I am internally conflicted.

Edited - 14th Sept 10:30am )

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Thursday, 17 August 2006 07:53 pm
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Random story ideas - ''marriage'' (no not me!) and stuff )

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Monday, 24 July 2006 07:07 pm
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Busy profiling again - although you might not have heard of this little girl yet. Her name is "Notion" - she can't remember her real name, and decided perhaps it was Notion after Ivy said "what a strange notion" about her. :P Soo... yeah.

Notion is a primitive variant of SI - designed to order to be a guardian/pet/playmate for her owner's children, but "went feral" after being caught in the crossfire when war tore into her homeworld. (No, not an "OMG ROBOTS EVIL!" type war, just a clash of factions.) Her mind was 90% blanked by powerful EMP - she has her basal functions like walking and so on, but little else. She "stowed away" on (read: accidentally got aboard) an offworld frigate and essentially got bounced around from pillar to post and between a variety of dealers in exotic pets (since no-one considered she was anything more than a "monkey" of a sort) until fetching up at a waystation in Coalition territory, where her true nature was finally worked out and Dauntless offered a hand in getting her brain functioning properly again. She's essentially small, fuzzy and rather childlike, inquisitive and inoffensive and finds entertainment in most things.

She's a hexapod, although slightly centaurish in form - her quadruped half is lemurish in form, with a long, curling tail, and hands on all four feet ("centaur" as she was designed to be able to carry more than one child, one in her arms and the other on her back.) Her face is a little catlike and fairly "snub", and her fur is either shades of lilac or blue (I've not decided which yet - I was leaning towards blue but I've got too many blue Synth). She wears an Egyptian-collar-esque necklace (which is in fact part of her) and has two little antennae.

Breeze and Zephyr

Tuesday, 28 February 2006 04:57 pm
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Breeze and Zephyr )

Azure

Thursday, 29 December 2005 09:16 pm
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Well, here's that picture of Azure I mentioned - it's not finished by a long shot, but it's getting there, and of course I need to get the ones of Aileena and Yaaren (aka Lena and Ren) I'm working on semi-finished as well, now.

Swanlike

Technically, she shouldn't have hair but feathers, but hey, she's Synth. The original storyline says it was one of Malachite's alterations (wanting his pretty jewel to look her best), but I'm working on a new version of it.

Character meme thing

Wednesday, 21 December 2005 09:11 pm
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I gave in. :P

Character meme thinger )

Unrelated: Why is Napster so shit? I mean, let's face it; what's the point in my paying to download tracks, if a week or two later I get the message "that track is currently unavailable on the Napster service" *OR* "Upgrade to Premium for licence acquisition". EXCUSE ME, I DID MY DUTY to artist rights/copyright and BOUGHT those tracks, now stop trying to wring MORE money out of me, fucktards!

Ponderations

Tuesday, 20 December 2005 09:08 pm
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     Just been busy pondering over... stuff. Some people might know where I'm coming from...

     My liking of all things synthetic has always been hard for me to pin down; it’s just there. There’s an increasing number of cyborgs and robots about, lately, I noticed, and of course my first comment would be that no, I’m not jumping on a bandwagon.

     Ever since I can remember, the idea of “thinking machines” has sent a thrill up my spine – and I mean ever since I can remember, not like my liking of writing (which developed through high school), and my enjoyment of art (which only really developed when I started Uni and discovered I wasn’t the only person in the world that liked to draw what I drew). I loved TV shows with “talking cars” or “talking trains”, like Pole Position and Thomas the Tank Engine, and of course I have eternal memories of the insanity that was Terrahawks and the zeroids on it. I remember “Matilda Junkbottom”, complete with her cotton-reel hair and desire for a heart, off Doctor Snuggles (a late 1970’s cartoon going through reruns when I was about 4), and the giant robots from Castle in the Sky, one of the few animes I admit to liking. I adored KITT off Knight Rider (and particularly for his polite wilfulness; “I told you not to do that, Michael.”), and to my shame I’ll even admit I liked Herbie, the Volkswagen Beetle. I was all over Short Circuit (although I didn’t like the sequel, strangely), and *batteries not included has long been one of my favourite films. I, Robot left me quivering for weeks, and who can forget certain series of Star Trek with its complement of resident androids? (First love affair, maybe? And no, I don’t mean Data. Incidentally, I dreamed about the show and a certain character last night.) (Mind you, Star Wars never really struck a chord – it was as though it were somehow psychologically “divorced” from robots because they were “droids”.) And I think if I were a child again I’d be all over Bob the Builder purely because Muck and Scoop and Dizzy are such fantastically insane talking machine characters. Plus, of course, I have made it a short-term ambition to get an Aibo – not a robosapien or a roboraptor, pfft, remote controlled, how boring, but an Aibo, like, wooooow

     Like I said, my liking is almost impossible to pin down. I mean, a great many of the characters I like are very human in manner – some have said “then why bother make them robotic?”, and that is exactly the problem I have working out my feelings. Sure, I like the brand of synthetic life that is obviously robotic (as in, Sonny and co in I, Robot, my Microsoft Office helper is “F1” and I have an annoying tendency to try and anthropomorphise the dispensary robots), and I like sort of robot that a lot of my online friends like, but at the same time my sort of synth, the sort I would choose above all others if I were given the chance, is the sort like Ivy. Sapient, self-aware, and capable of good or evil as they so choose. And I don’t know why. It’s part of the reason I choose to refer to Synth and Synthetic Intelligence rather than “anthroid” or artificial intelligence (plus, of course, AI always sounded somehow “fake” to me.)

     It’s not because of any concepts of synthetic superiority, and not because they’re somehow gentler, more compassionate, or “more loving”, that’s just a pleasant bonus . (And let’s face it, one of my Synthetic characters is a sapient vessel, and you can’t really snuggle with a sixty kiloton spaceship in interstellar space.) It’s not for any sexual reason, either, because frankly I find very little even remotely sexual, ever; that is, I’m not a prude, I don’t dislike it, and I’ll write sexual scenes if a story requires it – hell, I’ve written (bad) porn at times – I’m just fairly asexual and it’s just something else to write, to flex my brain. (I mean, I’m happy going out for a meal or to the cinema or what have you with friends, but please don’t glomp, scritch, snug, hug or even try “yiff” me, especially if I don’t KNOW you, or the next thing you’ll see is the back of my hand.) If I’m honest, some fiction I see makes me a little sad – if synth were real, sure, I’d be in some sort of eternal spasm of ecstasy… but at the same time I’d want their love because I’d earned it and because it was their choice, not because it was something they were programmed to do. (That sort of love and adoration seems oddly hollow, to me.)

     So you see the problems I have in defining my likes. I don’t think it makes it less valid that I prefer “synthetic life” over “artificial intelligence”, and I don’t think it makes it less valid that the very idea doesn’t give me an immediate throbbing sexual need but rather makes me excitable and quivery with adrenaline.

     So there!

Edit: A friend has reminded me of the scutters off Red Dwarf, which I shall add to my list of OMG WANTS ONE PRECIOUSSS!
Edit2: Now, must work on that "character meme" thing that's doing the rounds...

Sketcheroos

Sunday, 31 July 2005 08:24 pm
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Working sketches. Don't know if I'll get them finished, since there's a lot of aspects that are niggling at me, but anyway.

Azure/Bha'zhei:

This one needs a background as much as anything, and I can't think what to put - I don't want some amorphous colourful blob like a lot end up with. I may re-work it, although I rather like her face as it is (even though it's wonky). I didn't want her to be wearing a skirt but I can't get the legs right. *grr*

Malachite/Iios:

"Fear not the dark..."
Having some anatomy problems on this one, not to mention fighting with those little mechanoid-Gii-le he has by him. Grr.

Ideas?

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