Ookla the Aleatory

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  1. My rank finally calls me Scadrian and a waffle cook. What more could a person want out of life?

    1. Ookla the Roleplayer

      Ookla the Roleplayer

      Actual Scadrian waffles ;)

    2. Ookla the Dreamer
  2. @Nathrangking @Blessed peace חג שמח! Hope you haven't had too much wind or rain.

    Let's see how messed up the Hebrew formatting gets this time...^_^

    1. Nathrangking


      Unfortunately, we have had a lot of both.

    2. Blessed peace

      Blessed peace

      Mostly wind though, and one day had no dry option, but anyhow good shabbos and חג שמח. 

  3. Warning: I'm about to go deep, so only read the contents of the spoiler if you think you can handle it. I needed to let out some steam, and this was as good a way as I could find. (It relates to what happened in Germany yesterday, if that influences your decision one way or the other.)


    Every time there's a shooting we fill up with tragedy. Anger and fear--lots of different emotions. Everyone feels it, I think, to some extent. And I'm not here to talk about gun control, because there are too many aspects to that that I don't fully know and therefore can't give an opinion. 

    But when stuff like the shooting in Germany yesterday happens, I can't keep all the thoughts in my brain, you know? That's why I'm writing this. To let out a little emotion on it. 

    It's ridiculous. Yesterday, I was walking to synagogue and when I passed a police officer standing outside, it occured to me that when I was really little, one hadn't been needed. At least, I don't remember ever seeing one this often. For years, even after the Yom Kippur War, we hadn't been afraid that someone might have the nerve to enter a room on the holiest day of the year for Jews and attack.

    And yesterday?

    Yesterday was an anti-semitic hate crime. Even that terminology sounds weak, though. The thought isn't anything new to me. Fine, there are people who have never met me who hate me because of my religion and culture. They hate Jews simply because they are Jews. That's how it's been for hundreds and hundreds of years. Thousands at this point. It's nothing new. 

    Just...you would think there would be even an ounce of respect for a religion's holiest day. Even from the far-right.

    The world is in a strange place.

    How do you balance freedom of speech with freedom of religion? I don't know. I really don't. But there has got to be some way that doesn't end in death time and time again. Humans aren't all bad. Good exists. 

    I've said this many times before, but that doesn't make it any less true: you all are wonderful.

    Sorry for ranting. It really did help, though.

    On a more positive note, cookies for all. Nothing makes things better than cookies. Except maybe plain chocolate. It's pretty close. ^_^

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    2. Ookla the Sesquipedalian
    3. Ookla the Roleplayer

      Ookla the Roleplayer

      You shouldn’t have to balance freedom of speech and religion. Nobody should ever do things like they did yesterday (though I don’t actually know what happened, as I do not keep up with the news or media). 

      I am very sorry it happened, and hope you’re doing okay. Talking almost always helps, and I’m glad it did here. 

      Is there a phrase along the lines of Happy Yom Kippur? If so, that. If that’s rude to say, my apologies. 

      *gives Silva chocolate* 

    4. Nathrangking


      @AonEne technically speaking it would be have an easy and meaningful fast.

      (Though the fast has ended the thought is appreciated!)

  4. Drawing with touchpads is starting to become less horrible.

    Sylphrena here might not look great and could probably use some cleaning up around the edges, but she resembles something beyond blobs. That's successful art by my definition. :D


    1. Nathrangking


      Caption: Sylphrena annoyed at Kal

    2. Ookla the Paramount

      Ookla the Paramount

      Ooo! Although, I must protest the wintery theme you've got going now. Can't I go on pretending it's still summer for just a few more years?

    3. Ookla the Aleatory

      Ookla the Aleatory

      Never. Winter is so much better. You can wear boots without getting weird looks. Boots!

  5.  5d7516a2b453a_Screenshot2019-09-08at10_56_10AM.png.f7e93d87a57b6911aa1f10053f2723b1.png

    Thanks, Truthless. Losing over and over truly is a character building experience.:D

    (Unless it wasn't you... :ph34r:)

    1. Ookla the Imperial

      Ookla the Imperial

      Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t! We skybreakers need not make sense....


      Yes I just shamelessly stole a Kelsier quote and forced Szeth to say it:P


  6. Hm..right. So, I leave Tuesday morning and tomorrow I need to stop procrastinating and be productive with my time, meaning there isn't any other for sure time I'll be on the Shard for a while.

    Before that, though, I do need to get some things said for Alleyverse characters.

    Eiran and Freedom are taken care of. Eiran's doing some unspecified stuff to help and Freedom we're just going to say is wherever the most living citizens of Alleycity are. After most things are cleared up, Eiran is going to Newcago for a bit and Freedom is going to vanish. I'll figure out more explanation for both afterwards.

    Eve, however, is not at a vanishing point. Sorana, if you and Itiah could just treat her as an NPC, that would be great. Maybe she can even fall asleep. Whatever works best. I'm really sorry to leave her like this...there just wasn't any way that made sense with her character to have her leave.

    That should be it. I'll probably appear sometime tomorrow, but it's not a guarantee. 

    If I don't, then, see you all in a month and I'll miss you!

    1. Ookla the Roleplayer

      Ookla the Roleplayer

      Miss you too! Have fun! 

    2. Ookla the Sesquipedalian

      Ookla the Sesquipedalian

      I’m not too late!


    3. Ookla the Dreamer

      Ookla the Dreamer

      Don't worry about Eve and have a great time! We'll miss you!

  7. Happy birthday, Ink. We miss you. 

    1. Ookla the Paramount

      Ookla the Paramount

      Can confirm. Have a good one! 

    2. Ookla the Roleplayer

      Ookla the Roleplayer

      Can give a second confirmation. Happy birthday, squid-kid! Ngyes! (Did I do it right?)

  8. Happy birthday, Star! :lol:

  9. Happy birthday, Rebecca! Have some birthday wafflles. ^_^

    1. Ookla the Tired

      Ookla the Tired

      Thank you! I appreciate the waffles. ^_^ *starts stuffing mouth full of waffles because she hasn’t eaten breakfast yet* These are delicious!

    2. Ookla the Paramount

      Ookla the Paramount

      +1 on the birthday well wishes. (Happy Birthday!)

      -1 on the waffle cake. (Because I ate some of it. Sorry.)

    3. Ookla the Tired

      Ookla the Tired

      Thanks! And that’s okay; I’m happy to share. :D

  10. Twenty days from now, I Ieave to the realm of the middle of nowhere. I get back a month later, but then school starts up almost immediately. Meaning, a major drop in activity for a while.

    Closer to I hope to create a plan for all my RP characters to account for that. I’d do it now if it weren’t for that a lot can change in three weeks.

    This is just an advance warning. Twenty days is a while, but time does fly sometimes and it typically doesn't hurt to attempt to be responsible on rare occasion.

    1. Nathrangking


      I shall send you an escort of Nathrangs to see you on your way.

    2. Ookla the Roleplayer

      Ookla the Roleplayer

      We'll miss you. If there's any way I can help with you taking care of your characters, getting them out of the picture or anything, tell me - you've certainly helped me enough...

  11. Happy birthday, Sorana! ^_^

    *hugs because is at a loss for something else to put in these asterisks*

    1. Ookla the Dreamer

      Ookla the Dreamer

      *hugs her back*

      Thanks a lot!

  12. 2,000 is only 27 posts away. I'm not a big round milestone number person, but 2,000 is 2,000 and, well, that's a large number.

    Ideas of what to do for it, anyone?

    (Most likely it'll end up like my 1,000th anyways - in someone's introduction thread ^_^)

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    2. Ookla the Excessive

      Ookla the Excessive


    3. Ookla the Roleplayer

      Ookla the Roleplayer

      Oh, no that was just me. :D My keyboard is both attracted to and scared off by memes, and I'm been making a lot today.

    4. Ookla the Excessive

      Ookla the Excessive

      Oh, thank goodness! ‘Twas a close call... :P

  13. Arial again?

    Why, Chaos? Why?

    Seriously, though, it would probably be a permanent change from Calibri to Arial (Arial letters are so sharp and blocky...Calibri is so much nicer and smaller and smoother...) that would get me to leave the Shard. :P

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    2. Twibanu


      I'm not 100% sure either, but I think that is what Silva's comment is about... I can't ever recall seeing the Shard in Calibri though.

    3. Ookla the Aleatory

      Ookla the Aleatory

      Yep. It's about the change...again.

      Shard's been on and off switching between the text of posts being in what looks like Calibri and what looks like Arial to me. 


      Look at the "o"s. The one in the text being written is longer and less circular, like Arial.

      ...and I'm honestly not even a typophile.

    4. Ookla the Sesquipedalian

      Ookla the Sesquipedalian

      We should use steel alphabet font!

  14. It’s been a year. An entire storming year. A year of wonderful people, too many puns, and laughter. A year of cookies, Voidapples, ellipsis, and Butt Venture. A year of writing, RPing, and MAYBE one too many Acutes. It’s been...a year of all that and more.

    It's my Shardiversary and I officially feel old :lol:

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    2. Ookla the Dreamer

      Ookla the Dreamer


      I'm really happy we met! You are a wonderful person! I enjoy rping with you a lot!

    3. Nathrangking


      May there be many more years of interesting shard interactions!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4. Ookla the Roleplayer

      Ookla the Roleplayer

      YAY! Silva, you're awesome, and I'm glad to have known you for that year. :D

  15. Today is Kaf-Zayin Nissan. Yom Hashoah. יום השואה.

    Or, the Jewish Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    Normally I try to balance out negativity with positive, but to put a filter on the Holocaust is disrespectful.

    So I won’t.

    Someone once said that “one person’s death is a tragedy, six million is just a statistic.”

    What happened was horrible. Words can’t even describe completely.

    People try though, in their own ways. Because that’s what we do. We try to understand. Some attempts are more successful than others, but when all is said and done, that’s all they are, attempts.

    But what’s hardest for me personally is accepting this: If it weren’t for the Holocaust I wouldn’t exist. I wouldn’t be typing this. I wouldn’t be here.

    If it weren’t for the Holocaust, half my ancestors would never have left Europe. They wouldn’t have come to America. Wouldn’t have me.

    How many others are like me in this?

    Probably a lot.

    It’s impossible to condone something that almost destroyed a people. It would be wrong to.

    Because of that I take my existence as a sign of something else. Bad things will always happen. They’re inevitable. Some are worse than others even though all are horrible. Just know, at the end of the day, at the end of the era, good will return.

    Even if it’s not obvious.

    So, please, as the day comes to an end, take a minute. Really appreciate what you have.

    A home.

    A family.

    An identity.

    In the memory of those who had even that taken away from them.

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    2. Ookla the Mudkip

      Ookla the Mudkip

      Indeed. Never forget.......

    3. Ashspren


      Thank you, Silva, for bringing attention to this. Awareness is the first step towards prevention.

    4. Ookla the Roleplayer

      Ookla the Roleplayer

      I don't know what to say that doesn't sounds contrived or stupid. I'll remember, for you, Silva, and for all those who've fallen.

  16. If you only think you're here, does that mean you only think that it's your birthday? 

    Present enclosed in spoiler tag:


    Rene Descartes came to the conclusion that by thinking, therefore you are. So you, Itiah, are. Whether you're here is another question, but at least you can now claim to be one step closer to solving your existential crisis. Unless, you already had taken this into consideration, in which case the real intention of this spoiler tag was to cause you to waste thirty seconds reading this extraordinarily run-on sentence that doesn't seem to want to end even though it has long since used up what little purpose it was intended to have.

    Happy birthday. ^_^


    1. Ookla the Maybe-Existent

      Ookla the Maybe-Existent

      That’s a great present! Thanks a lot :)

      And run on sentences are awesome. My goal in life is to write a book which is just one really long sentence :P

  17. It's back! It's back! It's so storming wonderful to see it back to normal!

    Never before has anyone been so pleased by a font change. :P

    No one say Arial was better. Please. We all know Calibri is the best.

    1. Gancho Libre

      Gancho Libre

      I prefer cosmic sans. :)

    2. Ookla the Roleplayer

      Ookla the Roleplayer

      I like Permanent Marker.

  18. To respond to the last post without helping it increase in length:

    36 minutes ago, Ark1002 said:

    First, that's just annoyijng. Second, I'm not that bad, am I?

    Oh, wait, I totally am.

    No comment. ^_^ 

    Though that typo sure is annoying...

  19. I'm feeling profound. Here's something someone I know said today: 

    "My decisions are like onions, made of many different layers, and some people like them while others don't."

    It's pretty true if you think about it...

  20. Rain is so weird (when not considering the science behind it). It's water, falling from the sky. You can't say that's not strange. It's great, but strange.

  21. Happy night 1 of Chanukah @Ookla the ingenious, @Ooktapus The Fierce@Nathrangking, and all the other Jews of Shard I don't know about!

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    2. Ookla the Aleatory

      Ookla the Aleatory

      Et tu @FuramirionindAre there a whole five of us?

    3. Twibanu


      Should I answer your question with another question? That seems an appropriate response : )

      Umm... In other words, yes I am a fifth. : )

    4. Ookla the Aleatory

      Ookla the Aleatory

      Is there ever a reason not to speak in questions? ;)

  22. This is about 21 days early, but otherwise I'm likely to forget to say anything. I'm going away for around a week and a half, not that long, though still an absence. I think I'll be back for Ookla season if nothing changes.

    Since this is otherwise extremely dry and honestly downright informative, enjoy a poor attempt at a joke that has no connection to anything:

    What's brown and sticky?


    A stick.

    And people? Try not to start another war this time ;)...