Things normal people do not do: download and install a virtual HD box environment thing, use it to create a 1 GB or so pretend virtual machine space, track down an ISO and serial number and everything for Windows 98 Second Edition and install it in the virtual machine space, and put up with the (still ongoing!) issues of getting everything installed and set up right and working and everything, especially with the thing taking like four years to boot and even so much as looking at it funny making it need to reboot (just like a real Win98 machine!), all just to create an environment to make this work.
(I'm almost there, but I still can't get the music :()
Is that not actually a communication channel that I can use, then? What's a better one? More to the point, do you want a card? *carefully drag and drops you over to wherever the little envelope icon is*
(Append: granted, it's currently giving me trouble due to what might be LJ site terribleness of some fashion.)
You ... um ... are trying to send me a private message or e-mail, or perhaps are seeing if I'm on any IM networks, or something? I think? I'm sorry, I'm not quite following.
Edit: Oh! I did get your LiveJournal PM about the card. I didn't respond because I've been stupidly busy and I don't really respond to anything until I can somehow find the time. I'm sorry about that. :( But yes, that would be neat! I'll get you an address ... I don't know, as soon as I can.
Edit 2: But I still have no idea what that has to do with inns.
I wasn't just chewing on your inn, I was chewing on the inn while doing something else specific and birdy.
Append: Also it makes sense to do it now because otherwise you might hit a zone of summoning sickness and then another month of delay and that could be annoying for “me” as well. Also using comments as a weird quasi-real-time method is wobbly.
Ohhh! I get it now. Inn boks. Hah. Clever. Yes, sorry, I am dumb sometimes, and also pressed for time but will get around to that as soon as I can, as I said.
And yes, I've been sort of skimming those entries. To be honest, that goes well into the territory where I don't know what to make of anything ... like, I try to be respectful and everything, but keep in mind I actually have a fair number of crazy Otherkin-type friends (including one with actual diagnosed-by-a-professional-and-everything DID) so even if it's actually something totally legit (which is hard to discern when I hardly even understand what's going on, though that could be my fault, of course,) I think my "er, hmm, well that, um, okay, all right then ^>.>^;" pile might be a bit overfull and I might be a bit too quick to throw things into it, just from the sheer amount of times I've had to do that by this point.
Anyway, the point is I was just totally failing to keep up with your Anghelisms (again) and I'm sorry I'm so bad at that.
As far as odd identity topologies: you're one to talk, given how much you speak as Sakuya and Shuu lately, and having changed species twice! :-P
(I'm mostly joking.)
Also I keep being trigger-happy with the post button due to accidentally hitting Tab. Also also, you realize that I must now come up with a suitably Anghel-y nickname for you. Perhaps… er… look, I know it has to be Lilac Adjective Noun but I may have to postpone figuring out the second and third words until after I've had breakfast.
Oh, I have way too much fun with my Sakuya role and the adventures of huskycoyotewoodrat coyote-woodrat-alterating Teo, I will admit this. That's just called being a furry, I think. The problem comes with the handful of people I know who don't seem to grasp the difference between being in character and ... well, I mean, I am a human in real life, you know!
But even then I at least try to be respectful--like, I never swoop down and be all "YOU ARE WRONG AND CRAZY RARARARAR" or anything. That's basically why my pile of "um, okay, you have fun with that I guess ^>.>^;" has gotten as large as it has.
And I very much look forward to my Anghel title, because those are always amazing.
Well, the “mainstream people think furries are weird; furries think Otherkin are weird” pattern is pretty well-established, I suppose, and then I don't match the most common forms of the latter category either as far as I know (as nebulous as those get), so I'm at least triple weird, I suppose, and maybe quadruple. c.c
The ^>.>^; face makes me want to rotate half of it and then deploy it as a mutant dancepad. .<v>^;
I'm having trouble picking a suitable title for you, actually! Lilac Quadratic Overhaul? Maybe not.
If it excuses my behavior in any way (which I know it doesn't,) this was one of those games we had growing up and I have a lot of memories attached to it. My sister and I used to deliberately make the most hideous things our prepubescent minds could envision, such as bright road cone orange and glow-in-the-dark lime green polka-dotted wedding dresses and the like, and have Barbie model them just for laughs. When you're that age, hearing the generic voice clip about how great and awesome and beautiful this is when you see her walking down the catwalk in that is about the funniest thing in the history of humor.
And I can still hear one of the songs (which I just identified as the theme for the "Cool Careers" portion of the themed outfit selection) in my head even now ... just as I'll be able to hear it again for real once I get my pretend-Win98 setup to play MIDIs.
(Also, in hindsight, that's the second time in my childhood in which my parents got my sister a Barbie game and we either played it equally or I played it more than she did. That ... kind of explains a few things, actually.)
Also also, I was originally going to get this as a Christmas present for my sister, because she's on almost as much of a retro kick as I am only with old Disney movies and one or two PC games. She hasn't actually asked for this one yet, but I know she remembers it well enough that I figured it could be a neat off-list surprise if it's easy enough to make work that she can figure it out. (Like that time I got her King's Quest VII--it's on GOG and they prepackage a preconfigured DOSBox front for it and everything, you just download it and run the .exe and you're in.)
Thus, I started messing around with this once it got here primarily to determine how hard it would be for her ... but between the fact that it's turning into an absolute nightmare (there's no way I'm going to make her get Oracle VM and put Win98 on it and all that) and the nostalgia is actually hitting me fairly hard at this point and she hasn't actually asked for this one yet anyway, I think I'm just going to keep it.
Wait a minute, I think I remember this game too now! And another one—the “Storymaker” thing with the terrible “draw vector paths for sprites to move them across the screen” thing, sort of like My First Oldschool AdobeMacromedia DirectorFutureSplashFlash. I don't at all remember why we had those, but I was always compelled to experiment with whatever was available, so.
Speaking from experience, VBox's Win98 sound doesn't handle MIDI events properly. You need to get a software midi synth on there. Believe it or not, your best bet may actually be an old version of QuickTime; if I recall, it supplied its own synth that you can specify in the sound control panel. I haven't tried it myself to check, though.
I got as far as figuring out that it wasn't playing MIDIs, like, at all, and that I probably needed to get some sort of codec or whatever to do that and that should fix everything once I do, but I just didn't know where to start for finding one. Thank you!
... Except that that didn't work; nothing newer than QT 2 (the very first one on the list) runs at all (everything else gives an error message saying it expects a newer version of Windows.) 2 runs and installs just fine, and even successfully played its little demo movie to prove itself after being installed (well, it was slow and choppy, but there was video and sound, at least,) but it's still not playing MIDIs.
Of course, QT 2 is acting like it's strictly a movie player, is possibly why....