Aaliyah

It comes and goes through time. In the 1800s the meaning was stolen goods. And before that in Scottish it was how you walked and was adopted to English. So swag is a shortened version of swagger in this case. But note I said that it comes and goes...

swag (v.) "to move heavily or unsteadily," 1520s, probably from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse sveggja "to swing, sway," from the same source as Old English swingan "to swing" (see swing (v.)). Related: Swagged; swagging. swag (n.) 1650s, "a lurching or swaying," from swag (v.). Meaning "ornamental festoon" (1794) is said to be probably a separate development from the verb (but cf. swage). Swag lamp attested from 1966. Colloquial sense of "promotional material" (from recording companies, etc.) was in use by 2001; swag was English criminal's slang for "quantity of stolen property, loot" from c.1839. This might be related to earlier senses of "round bag" (c.1300) and "big, blustering fellow" (1580s), which may represent separate borrowings from the Scandinavian source. "The primary meaning was 'a bulging bag'" [Klein].

I have heard people say you can't use words like these if you are white....?

The ridiculous thing about this is that linguistic appropriation isn't a negative thing, some languages and cultures find ways of expressing concepts that we find superior, hence we go with it.

Like how we go the word 'tariff' from India. They had tariffs for years so we used it to express a similar concept.

When it becomes common place it is sort of "Shit We All Get".

Aaliyah

So if you are like me you might have a big collection of plushies (digital ones going on). I found that it was starting to get away from me, and I ended up using a script I found. You can organise them if you have this script, too.

I ran into the a small problem when initially organising, there aren't enough categories. I think this was a good thing though because it forced me to focus my collection and I feel like the only way to really differentiate your gallery from others is to leave things out.

I use these categories; characters (e.g. Illusen Plushie), basics (the four basic colours of each pet), colours (one row of each other colour, using the rarest 4 I can afford), petpets (and petpetpets maybe not sure yet), magical (magical plushies), morphing potions, misc.

I do think i'll come up with more categories in the future, but that can wait until I've completed the others to a realistic level, perhaps a cute category or something? I have the cuddly plushies I want to add somewhere, also the codestones are a must have for me.

This script changed my life!

Aaliyah

I wanted to share a little bit about the Maractite Dimensional Trap (New ITEM!!).

For those doing the Charity Corner, you may have receive 1 of these bad boys. The maractite dimensional trap (MDT for short), is a fairly new battledome weapon.

People from the BD Chat have already tested it a fair bit and found out that it does 20 icons, on top of 50% chance of freezing. To put it into perspective, anagram swords like the Sword of Skardsen, Sword of Ari, etc do 16-24 icons and the Shuriken, which is the only other weapon similar to it, does 14 icons with a similar chance to freeze.

Now since this is a relatively new item, and the WONDERFUL people from the BD Chat have already tested the weapon, they are now trying to buy it(lowball) from people who might not know what it's worth is.

Consider this a public info to those doing the charity corner, as the charity corner gives these out as well. Don't be duped or be swayed so easily. Remember the Shuriken was only worth 200-300k before and now it's worth 12.5M.

Any questions feel free to ask here. Let us continue to help each other out. (Reddit community is way nicer than the neoboards community).

My testing on this item:

  • 20 icons.
  • One use per battle.
  • 50% (?) freezing chance. I only did twenty trials and it's like 11 freezes to 9 non-freezes.
  • Message for a freeze: SNAP! [opponent] is immobilized within your Maractite Trap
  • Message for a non-freeze: SNAP!? [opponent] is bitten by glowing snapping jaws from the Maractite Trap! Apparently a mystical apparition of the actual trap which is still unsprung.

I dunno if this will replace your 100% low-damage freezer or a non-guaranteed freezing constant (like Death Knell), because it can only be used once and indeed takes up the slot of a normal freezer. You're essentially equipping a 20 damage bomb with 50% freeze.

To summarize:

I only did twenty trials and it's like 11 freezes to 9 non-freezes. Message for a freeze: SNAP! [opponent] is immobilized within your Maractite Trap Message for a non-freeze: SNAP!? [opponent] is bitten by glowing snapping jaws from the Maractite Trap! Apparently a mystical apparition of the actual trap which is still unsprung. I dunno if this will replace your 100% low-damage freezer or a non-guaranteed freezing constant (like Death Knell), because it can only be used once and indeed takes up the slot of a normal freezer.

You're essentially equipping a 20 damage bomb with 50% freeze.

Aaliyah

That depends on if you are talking unconverted or converted.

I'd say the rarest UCs would be some of the UC sponges (though not alot of people want UC sponges, so they don't usually trade very high), and UC RG Kaus and UC plushes of unpopular species, like moehogs. At that level, it's debatable really, since there is no surefire metric to measure how many of them there actually are.

As for converteds, I'd say either a robot lutari, since you can't trade for a lutari, so a robot one can only be acquired through zapping, or an ice bori. I'd lean more heavily towards ice bori, since a few things about them limited their numbers:

  1. you had to have downloaded a toolbar in 2004 to even be eligible to create one and you could create any color of bori through that promotion, so I'm sure a few confused folks ended up creating basic colored bori;
  2. they turn blue when pounded, so I'm sure a bunch were lost when people got bored and dumped them in the pound;
  3. they haven't released them for creation through any other means. No labbing for ice bori and I don't even think you can wish for one either.

Plushies were generally a popular colour but FFQs were rare back then so if people painted they usually painted the more popular species and not, say, quiggles. Of course some people did but you'll find more plushie cybunnies! Partially because I don't think a lot of people like the art, but also because they're LE and their stuff is notoriously hard to find.

  • Mutant Draik (draik transmogrification potion: 14 mill)
  • Robot draik (pirate draik mp: 325k)
  • Pea chia (magical pea chia pop: 5.5 mill)
  • Alien Aisha
  • Mutant Poogle (mutant poogle transmogrification potion: 4.25 mill)
  • Robot lutari (cheapest lutari mp is green: 1.4 mill)
  • Robot krawk (pirate krawk mp: 190k)

Anway, most we just unpopular due to how expensive they were to get. I'm pretty sure most people liked plush pets pre-conversion.

Aaliyah

I had an idea for a cosplay party based around The Shining. I'm reading Doctor Sleep right now (the sequel novel) and it makes me want to do something Shining-esque. My ideas consit of:

Great theme! I'm reading Doctor Sleep right now (the sequel novel) and it makes me want to do something Shining-esque too.

Some decoration ideas off the top of my head:

  • Put Jack's face inside bathroom door so it's only seen when you shut it for a little spook. Would be cool if you could make the door look cut up with maybe some Styrofoam painted like the door and have it chopped up where the face is? There is probably a better way to do that, just first thought.
  • Redrum on the mirrors. Or I put redrum on a creepy sign on the wall behind a mirror so when you look in the mirror is says murder.
  • The little girls. Either make them (if you're hard core) or you could just buy two little matching (or similar) dresses at a thrift store, add some blood, stuff them or use wire for some shape, and hang them with fishing wire from the ceiling (like ghostly shapes) in a hall or by a door you don't want people going in.
  • Tricycle placed somewhere.
  • Litter a room with a ton of papers with "All work and no play make Jack a dull boy." Have a phone/tablet/computer playing type writer noises in the background. Maybe a game would be to have one that says something else and whoever finds it first wins a prize?
  • Room 237 - on a door or your front door to set the mood
  • Frozen head from Styrofoam mannequin head
  • Fake Hatchet - sticking out of a door perhaps?

I might have to throw this one soon. It's going to be a potluck style party, with some "parlor games" before or after dinner. I the ideas shouldn't be too expensive nor should they cost a lot since we've got a lot of supplies.

Aaliyah

I hate being talked bad about for a hobby that harms no one. So what if they are more for babies/toddlers/children.

It took me a while to really indulge my love of plush animals, because I worried that it was thought of as babyish. Then I gradually stopped caring (as I acquired more plush animals). In the end, I think it boils down to: their opinion of your hobbies doesn't matter. Nobody asked them to share it, and you shouldn't let it affect you negatively.

Be yourself and ignore every negative comment.

If it bothers you, tell someone about it, maybe your parents. I'm sure they would understand and correct your siblings. But if that doesn't turn out well, tell someone you trust about it, someone who will accept you for who you are.

In the end you cannot control everyone around you, but you can control you. Don't let the unfounded negative opinions of others which you cannot control dictate your life which you can.