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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: Yesterday at 02:58:09 AM »
Star Trek was already ruined once J.J. Abrams got his filthy hands on it anyway.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: December 04, 2017, 12:12:56 PM »
Pretty sure I recommended Alderamin when it was still new...yup, I did.

But what's this about the LN being canceled?  According to wikipedia there's another volume coming out in just a few days.  Looks like it's been releasing twice a year pretty consistently.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: November 26, 2017, 12:18:31 PM »
I use both a tablet and my PC and it looks fine on both.  Maybe my phone too occasionally but I don't normally like browsing on a tiny phone screen.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: November 26, 2017, 11:17:20 AM »
The font looks the same as it always has to me...

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: November 19, 2017, 12:27:36 PM »
Maybe some people do need personal finance classes.  I never felt like I had a shortage of that kind of information personally, but I'm sure there are some who don't.  However I object to the notion that it would be a math class...

Frankly the actual mathematics involved in personal finance is pretty trivial.  There is a reason you're seeing the subject covered in special ed.  Stuff like "get a credit card early to start building your credit history" (which is what started this discussion I believe) isn't exactly mathematics.  It's just information about how the system works.

Look, I remember learning how to calculate compound interest in middle school.  We spent a couple of days on it because if you understand exponentiation that's all that is required.  And compound interest is probably the most mathematically complex thing you will ever do in personal finance.  Most of it is simple arithmetic.

If my high school math classes wasted time on that kind of trivial stuff I think I would have felt a mixture of boredom and being insulted by the simplicity of it all.  Give me geometric proofs over that any day.

(note: I went on to get a PhD in physics so I might not be normal...)

General Discussions / Re: Today In The News
« on: November 10, 2017, 08:44:27 PM »
There are a lot of things I don't like about the GOP's tax proposal, but as a former PhD student (I've graduated thank god) there is one particular provision that has me positively outraged.  Good description of the problem here.

Basically, imagine if you're employer threatened to charge you several times your actual salary for the privilege of working for them, but then later changed their mind.  Everything's good, right?  Now imagine that the GOP wants to tax you for the tens of thousands of dollars you just 'earned' off that interaction.  This is the exact situation graduate students are in.  It's completely insane.  That is not income.

Now to be fair that's from the House bill.  The Senate version does not appear to have this provision.  Who knows what will be in the final version.  But the fact that it's even being considered is crazy.  This would probably be the largest tax increase anyone in that income bracket has ever seen in the history of this country.  That is not an exaggeration.  And it's part of a 'tax cut' bill.

But I guess there aren't many PhD students in the GOP's base so fuck 'em.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: November 04, 2017, 02:48:21 AM »
So, me and sme friends (who don't look anything like my actual friends - so, just random NPC's?) go to this haunted castle. The brochure looked really good. We did have to sign this waiver though. Anyway, we get there and the architecture is like really authentic (or so my dreamslf says) and the entrance hall has this cool collection of all sorts of masks. Someone obviously put a lot of effort into designing this place. The door is looked and we're free to roam. And that's when it all turns into fucking Castlevania! I would've been able to appreciate the clever layout and scary monster designs if it weren't for the fact that in this dream I'm just a regular person with no powers and everything looks way too real. Like, if someone defeats a hobgoblin, it doesn't just disappear, it leaves a decomposing corpse for someone else to find. Got some flashbacks to the original Duma there, but with the stinging fragrance of putrid flesh added. And you know? Somehow the eyes were still there. Following me as I hurried past. Worst part was possibly when I got locked into a part of the castle with a boss monster roaming around. It was this giant skeleton thing. Something very Gashadokuro like, thinking it's a MegaTen style super boss. I managed to find the key and leave without confronting it. Eventually, I'm able to escape. There was this large room with windows that reached to the ceiling. I ripped away the moldy curtains covering them and see daylight. Normal daylight. Me and the guy (not even one of the original 'friends', some dude who managed to survive for several days in that hell), take one look at it and decide, yep, those are going down. We smash the windows and make a run for it. We survived. Outside, we meet up with is girlfriend, soon to be wife actually, his friends had wanted to throw a non-traditional bachelor party. She'd been looking for him for days! It's a happy reunion, until I notice and onlooker. Just an average looking guy, six feet tall, dirty blonde hair. Nobody seems to notice him. He grins at me and I just know. Know that something escaped with us.

This should be a movie.

General Discussions / Re: Today In The News
« on: November 03, 2017, 08:54:39 PM »
How about we add some facts to this debate?

General Discussions / Re: Today In The News
« on: November 03, 2017, 04:57:25 PM »
Uh, but impoverished nations is where all the population growth is happening.  Seriously, if you factor out immigration populations in the developed world are all stagnant or negative...

Oh my god, they're doing it to us!  (Or maybe it's just things like education and birth control...nah)

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: November 02, 2017, 04:38:57 AM »
So I got to the end of the Net juu no Susume (*cough*, "Recovery of an MMO Junkie" if you really want to call it that...) manga.  As I suspected it's not a very satisfying conclusion...because it doesn't conclude anything.  The manga has been on hiatus for the last two years, not completed.

So one might wonder why they would choose to make an anime out of a manga that's been on hiatus for two years.  I mean, that fact could hardly have been a secret even when they started production.  So I will remain cautiously optimistic that they had some kind of plan here...while the manga doesn't actually finish it does feel like we're getting close to the climax of the story.  And it's not like the author is dead or anything, so he/she may have been available for consultation when they did the anime.  Basically what I'm saying is that there's a non-zero chance of having a not-terrible anime-original ending.  I could happen...

General Discussions / Re: Today In The News
« on: November 01, 2017, 06:08:24 PM »
The US has actually managed to hit a new low.  Man I'm getting sick of saying that.  In a totally unprecedented move filled with so much doublespeak that it's hard to believe this is reality, EPA head Scott Pruitt has banned any recipients of research grants from serving as science advisers to the agency.

Pruitt tries to justify this move by claiming there is a conflict of interest between receiving research grants and being a science adviser.  Let me remind people how science works: The vast majority of it is funded by research grants.  Sure there are specific applied areas that get private funding because companies believe it will pay off eventually, but there is little profit motivation in anything the EPA does.  These are things we have decided as a society to fund because it's better for everyone long term, yet there's no real way to make a quick buck off of it.  And of course getting a grant isn't a simple process.  Grant recipients are generally people who have been recognized as experts in their fields.

This move means that basically all actual scientists are outright banned from serving in science advisory roles.  Instead they're being replaced by shills for the oil and gas industries who--despite directly profiting from decisions the agency makes--in the bizarre twisted 'logic' of Scott Pruitt have no conflict of interest.  Wat?

The EPA is now officially vilifying real scientists and listening only to industry lobbyists.  And they're justifying this by claiming they want to reduce conflicts of interest...seriously, you can't make this shit up.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: November 01, 2017, 03:39:27 AM »
But America is the greatest country in the world!  I know this is true without ever visiting or even really learning about any other countries because I say it a lot so therefore it must be true.  And since America is completely impeccable anything it does must inherently be correct.  If 'other countries' don't do things the American way then they're doing it wrong!

In fact I'm not entirely convinced that 'other countries' even exist.  I think they're an invention of the liberal media.  Sure there are holes in the ground that terrorists crawl out of--anyone who doesn't love America is a terrorist--but they're hardly civilized enough to be called 'countries'.  Thankfully our lord and savior Donald Trump will bomb them all to oblivion to show everyone how great America is!


Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: October 30, 2017, 02:25:21 PM »
I don't put much faith in synopses in the first place...what drives my interest is mainly characters and writing.  Having an interesting hook is fine but I've seen plenty of shows with good ideas go down in flames thanks to poor execution.  On the other hand strong writing and characters can keep my interest even if there isn't much of an overarching plot.

Let's take a non-anime example: Seinfeld--arguably the greatest sitcom of all time--was in its own words a show about nothing.  Any synopsis of that show is going to sound really boring, yet it's a cultural icon...well at least it was in the 90s.  I don't know if anyone cares about it anymore...

Anyway, I mainly read anime synopses to filter out stuff like: "Humanity is under attack by <silly made up threat> and only people with special powers called <silly made up name> who are part of <silly made up organization> can stop them!"  But I think that's less about the synopsis itself and more about recognizing a certain style of show that I already know I don't like.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: October 30, 2017, 02:09:11 PM »
I still cannot fathom why people put P3 on such a pedestal.  Mind you, I give it full marks for innovating.  It was trying something truly new at the time, so hats off for that.  But P4 and P5 refined that formula to such a degree that after experiencing them P3 feels practically unplayable.  One-dimensional characters, a significant part of the challenge stemming from not actually having control over your party, and a large portion of the game being nothing more than the world's least interesting dungeon crawl.  Seriously, I hated tartarus by the end of that game.  I dreaded every tedious minute that game made me spend there...

(Mind you one of my big criticism of P5 is how much mementos feels like tartarus with a cat bus...but at least it's a much smaller portion of the game there)

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: October 29, 2017, 07:55:54 PM »
After extensive review, I have compiled a list of recommended shows for this season.
  • Recovery of an MMO Junkie (Recommendation of the Wonderful Virtual Life)
That concludes the list.


I've been meaning to write more about this series.  I'm really quite enjoying it.  In fact I started working my way through the original manga after watching a couple episodes.  The anime is a very good adaptation if anyone is curious.  It's actually going through the original chapters very quickly, and in the wrong hands that could be a problem.  But the original manga isn't perfect either.  It's actually quite wordy and slow-paced at times.  There is stuff that's cut or abbreviated for the anime but that actually improves the pacing in some ways. 

I do have some concerns though because apparently the manga has been on hiatus for a couple years now due to the author's health.  Hiatus, not concluded.  And looking at the pace the anime is moving it may just cover all published chapters by the end...but I don't know if that's going to be a very satisfying conclusion.

I will rant about how they butchered the English title some other day as it's really not that important...

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