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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by ironmage on Yesterday at 11:15:18 AM »
making food usually what?
Rucks accidentally a word.  "What sort of food is she usually making?"  It's the most important question in situations like this.

I have a mental picture of a bento box with those octopus-wieners, and heart-shaped onigiri.
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General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2018
« Last post by Greganox on December 08, 2018, 08:44:45 PM »
Beat Super Mario Galaxy 2 for the umpteenth time. Still my favourite game of all time.
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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Starmongoose on December 08, 2018, 08:10:31 PM »
making food usually what?
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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Rucks on December 08, 2018, 08:08:01 PM »
what sort of food is usually making?
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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Annubis on December 08, 2018, 06:42:28 PM »
Have you ever read a manga where a character has a high school sweetheart that starts making lunch for him/her?
It sounds awesome doesn't it?

Well, it just dawned on me that I'm living it up high school romance manga style.

There's a girl at work who loves to cook and her husband is super picky.
I've known her for about 10 years now and for all those years we've been friendly but normal.

Lately, things changed drastically as she started bringing all the extra food she has from cooking to me so that I eat it for lunch.
She cooks too much since she likes doing that but she eats like a bird and her husband won't touch 95% of what she makes - hence the extras that need to disappear.
She's an incredibly good cook so the food is amazing.

So, I've become the other man and It's awesome (yes, I'm still talking about food only).
I never thought I'd be protagonist material anywhere in my life. I have the weirdest luck.
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The Soundroom / Favorite albums of 2018
« Last post by Goblin Shark on December 08, 2018, 09:35:42 AM »
I know 2018 isn't over just yet, but it's been such an incredible year for music (at least for me) that I'm ready to jump the gun a little on this "let's share our favorite music of 2018" thread. 

Before I get into my favorite albums, let's get some side stuff out of the way: 

A) My Favorite music video of 2018: Dream State "New Waves" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-HxW40mKDU
It's a simple, yet powerful video.  I love how the band is in a bright room with all the positive affirmations and it occasionally cuts to CJ in a dark room fighting with all her negative thoughts. 

B) Sadface music news of 2018: Rush deciding to disband and call it a night.  (Rush were one of the best bands to ever walk the Earth.  Geddy Lee was a bass god, Neil Peart was a drum god, Alex Lifeson was one of the finest guitarists out there, and their music was always evolving.  I'm sad that I never got to see them live.)

C) Happyface music news of 2018: After years of disbandment, Just Die! (an amazing hardcore band from North Carolina) reformed back in October.  (I met them at a basement show in 2010 and they quickly became my favorite hardcore band because their music was intense yet heartfelt and they were just amazing people.)
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Now, my favorite albums of 2018:
1) Graveshadow "Ambition's Price" (metal)
https://graveshadow.bandcamp.com/album/ambitions-price
I can't stop listening to this album.  I haven't been thrilled with Graveshadow's past work, despite being a fan of Heather's incredible vocals.  However, I'm all about second chances and am glad I gave Ambition's Price a listen.  This album straight up crushes like it's spent 3 years at the gym and gained several kilograms of Hulk muscle.   

2) Dream State "Recovery" (rock)
https://dreamstate-uk.bandcamp.com/album/recovery
Not only can I not stop listening to this album, I wish I had the magic to have every student in the high school I teach at listen to this.  Dream State has poppy hooks, raw heaviness, heartfelt lyrics that send sincerely positive messages, and the palpable heart and soul in CJ's voice is a gut punch.  I also like that she doesn't wear ridiculous "sex kitten" outfits.  She's a jeans and t-shirt gal who lets her music do the talking.  Definitely one of the coolest new bands I've come across. 

3) Skeletonwitch "Devouring Radiant Light" (metal)
https://skeletonwitch.bandcamp.com/album/devouring-radiant-light
I respect 2007's Beyond the Permafrost as a modern metal classic, but I vastly prefer listening to this album as it's more my style of metal.  I love the direction Skeletonwitch is going in with their new vocalist. 

4) Raymond Strife "Go For The Gusto" (hip-hop)
https://raymondstrife.bandcamp.com/album/go-for-the-gusto
I've known Ray for years and he's always been a unique voice in hip-hop.  This accidental concept album that sees Ray at his most ambitiously creative is simply unreal.

5) Rivers of Nihil "Where Owls Know My Name" (metal)
https://riversofnihil.bandcamp.com/album/where-owls-know-my-name
This album was less an album and more of an esoteric spiritual journey

6) Bangladeafy! "Ribboncutter" (genre= a deaf bassist and a south-Asian drummer playing whatever they damn well please)
https://bangladeafy.bandcamp.com/album/ribboncutter
Bangladeafy!'s already mind-melting music is taken up several notches with this crazy-nuts album that will liquefy your brains into soup. 

7) TIE: Dysmorphic "An Illusive Progress" and Apophys "Devoratis" (metal)
https://uniqueleaderrecords.bandcamp.com/album/an-illusive-progress
https://ultimatemassacreproductions.bandcamp.com/album/devoratis
I haven't been a fan of 2010's era technical death metal.  A lot of it was just soundalike technical-wankery-riff-salad.  However, Dysmorphic and Apophys both showcase intriguing and well thought-out songwriting chops here along with musical complexity.  Both albums are pretty much on equal footing, though I prefer Dysmorphic's bass and Apophys' vocals.   

8) KR Arguelles "Seeker" (solo guitar in the vein of Joe Satriani)
https://krkups.bandcamp.com/album/seeker
I love guitar.  I love video games.  I love guitar music inspired by video games.  This guy needs to be on a legit video game soundtrack.

9) Damian Coccio "Inner Ponds" (jazz/new wave)
https://damiancoccio.bandcamp.com/album/inner-ponds
These solo bass guitar compositions are the kind of music you just want to let wash over you  and inspire deeper thoughts while you're sitting in a parlor contemplating. 

10) Diamante "Coming in Hot" (power pop/rock)
http://diamanteofficialmusic.com/
This was my biggest surprise of the year.  Somehow, the song "Bulletproof" caught my ear and said, "give this artist a chance."  I'm glad I did.  I thought it would be a decent power-pop album I could jam with every once in a while, but it turned out to be a totally rocking record!  I feel like Diamante occupies that limbo where it's too heavy for the radio/top-40 pop crowd but not heavy enough for the "rawk!" crowd. 

Honorable mention) Tessitura "Unearth the Underworld" (metal)
https://tessiturametal.bandcamp.com/
Just some good, solid, soulful, thrashy melodic death metal.   
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General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic
« Last post by Arvis on December 07, 2018, 10:40:02 AM »
^ Will not be buying
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General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic
« Last post by Aeolus on December 07, 2018, 03:11:26 AM »
http://www.siliconera.com/2018/12/06/persona-5s-joker-will-be-super-smash-bros-ultimate-dlc/

Thanks to the yearly hours long Mtn. Dew and Doritos commercial, we have our next Smash Bro....zzz....

I guess they blew their DLC load early with Piranha Plant.
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« Last post by Aeolus on December 03, 2018, 10:48:20 PM »
Wait, the core is 25% crit? Isn't that like....max level aux core crit?

It actually goes beyond to a tier 7 equivalent. Its kinda nuts for a freebie/Smash Bros tie in.
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« Last post by Agent D. on December 03, 2018, 10:13:02 PM »
Wait, the core is 25% crit? Isn't that like....max level aux core crit?
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