Alrighty, the next livestream is this Friday, October 25th at 9pm est!  I’ll be doodling your suggestions, and will continue the Tales of Symphonia playthrough afterwards!

Were we last left off in the game, some major, spoiler-y type stuff went down… where will Lloyd and the gang end up next?  Find out on Friday!

You can view the stream either here or here.

See you then!


Most of you are probably aware of this already, but in my world, no game is ever too old to have a comic made about it.

Especially games as stellar as Final Fantasy 9, which happens to be my favorite in the series.

For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of playing the game; very early on, the freshly kidnapped Princess Garnet comes to the realization that if she’s going to be wandering outside the castle, it’d be in her best interests to adopt a fake identity.

After picking up a dagger dropped by the thief/actor/ladies-man/contracted-kidnapper Zidane, she declares her new name to be…

whatever you want it to be.

Seriously, you can actually ‘rename’ Princess Garnet “Garnet.”  You’d figure the game would have a set of dialogue in which Zidane chides the princess for picking the worst possible secret identity and forcing her to choose something else.

Then again, it is in Zidane’s character to let pretty much anything fly, so maybe he would have been ok with it anyway…

On a slight tangent, I just want to say that one of my favorite character relationships in any game I’ve played is that between Zidane and Steiner.  This might just be a case of my imagination running away with plain text, but I always felt that the two really hated each other at the beginning of their journey before eventually lightening up… their dislike for each other was so much more than say, Squall and Seifer, who are supposed to be super badass enemies.

Final Fantasy 9, despite all its silly trappings, feels the most human.

End tangent.

Quick story from work:

I was talking to a coworker yesterday about keyboards, and though I don’t remember how, the conversation arrived at Twitter.  I saw his account and made a mental note to follow him (which I since have), but when he saw mine, he let out a little laugh.

I’m paraphrasing here, but he said something to the effect of, “Your last name is Di Stasi?”


“Well…” he said, “there’s something interesting about that name…”  another coworker overheard us and upon hearing my name, laughed also.

Apparently “Stasi” is/was slang for a politically oppressive German police organization that was dissolved in the early 90’s after decades of illegal acts.

Aren’t I just the luckiest?