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  i also started Deep Space Nine.  lol, seems silly so far

yeah man what the hell is with sisko, its so silly for a man to grieve over the loss of his wife at a young age and being doomed to being a single dad. fuck having actual human emotions in our stories lets have more stories where the captain morphs into a newt and the ship's best pilot dryhumps a shuttle. let's also have an episode where a character that makes jar jar binks look like morgan freeman nearly obliterate the ship with a hunk of cheese and then end the series with a gigantic plot hole while voyager gets armed with batmobile armor man we're stuck in the delta quandrant and we're so desperate that we have time to explore every over dust particle we come across we are totally struggling man

Watched the new A Christmas Carol. It was alright. I don't know if it's just me, but seeing Jim Carrey's smiling face on a giant candle was more hilarious than wondrous for me.

Not movie, but I finished watching Red Dwarf, including the Back to Earth special. I think if I had been waiting like, 10 years like a lot of old Dwarfers have been I'd probably hate it, but as it is, I liked it better than series 8, and slightly less than series 7. That's not very flattering, but eh.

I think up through series 6, it was mostly great stuff. I wasn't a big fan of series 7 because of how boring Kochansky was, and the discarding of what the show was about. Series 8 made the problem worse. 

What I noticed is that Back to Earth was largely a Blade Runner parody...or at least, it tried to be. I think some writers have a lot of trouble between referencing and parodying, and this was largely lodged in the former. The other aspect of it was how it was basically a sequel to Back to Reality, which is something I can understand since that is easily the best episode of the entire show. The only parts of it that I thought were worth it were the parts where Lister gave a few speeches about how he can go on just knowing there's someone out there rooting for him.

Anyway, I don't think Back to Earth is nearly as bad as a lot of fans trot it out to be, but I can understand the disappointment of getting that after waiting for several years.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: October 20, 2009, 03:49:24 AM »
Oh yeah, I know you're not disagreeing with me, just love nitpicking things, it's a hobby of mine. =P

Thing about Archer is that it's pretty much a shot in the dark for the homunculus to assume that Archer would be rash enough to make a charge into the city like that, just seems like if they were really so desperate to get the philosopher's stone done, they would tie up a random element like that since they plan everything else so carefully.

Also Terminator Archer was hilarious.

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He goes to kill Mustang, and instead of blasting him with one of the 5 giant cannons
he has, he just shoots him with a pistol. =P

If I'm not mistaken, the thing about the photo was that it was intelligence gathered that should've been known by all the senior officers- it was photographs taken from a balloon or something, so Archer should know about it given that he was the CO for the campaign.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: October 20, 2009, 01:31:48 AM »
That said, Scar's trap wasn't totally boneheaded since it would've required a bird's eye view of the city to see what he was up to. Plus Dante and her lackeys wanted this to happen too.

My point exactly:

So they knew about the trap, and then still fell into it.

Even if you could somehow say that Scar was convinced enough by Lust to go forward with such a flawed plan (Easily foiled by having people run in the wrong places and cutting the symbol off), it would still require Archer to act like a complete idiot. Archer was impatient, but he wasn't stupid enough to fall into a trap he knew about.

That whole change the alchemical composition idea (while the theory behind it isn't complete bullshit) shouldn't have been pulled out of nowhere by Ed to begin with. Nobody else ever thought to do that which pretty much makes Ed into some kind of Super Alchemist where he's recalling chemical formulas out of thin air to shift his arm into other forms of steel in mid battle against a foe who can deduce chemical compositions subconsciously and at sight.

Yeah, there's nothing wrong with the theory, it just makes too many plot holes- he's not even just changing chemical formulas, he's changing the elements themselves, which means you can make anything out of anything if we followed that rule, heh.

As for the gate, I actually didn't mind it too much myself (Though Mizushima and team will forever be remembered for thinking that zeppelins laid siege on London at some point), since at least they used it for something. A lot of the final act of the show doesn't make any sense, but it didn't feel pointless, like the movie did.

Anyway, done with the series now, so I guess I should get around to checking out Brotherhood or reading the manga at some point.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: October 18, 2009, 03:18:41 PM »
Been on a bit of a nostalgia streak recently, and I decided to revisit FMA. On my second time through, I'm finding a lot more flaws in what I once considered to be a perfect gem of anime. Don't get me wrong, it's still an excellent show, but episode 40 definately made me really confused:

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At one point in the episode, Ed is fighting Scar and Scar is unable to blow up his automail limbs
because he constantly switches the metal his limbs are made from...wait, what? He explains to Scar
(Because the best thing to do in battle is to explain your secrets to your opponent) that Scar has always
been inadvertently recognizing what materials his victims are made of before decomposing them, so
switching materials makes that impossible- except if he's been doing it subconsciously there should be
no reason he shouldn't able to decompose just any metal just by thinking about metals.

But we haven't gotten to the crux of the problem, which is that fact that now it's been revealed its
possible to change elements into other elements by alchemy...this just introduces all kinds of plot
holes to the series, because you can just change anything into anything, anytime you want. Before
this its always been established (With the exception of gold, probably to keep the ties to real-life
alchemy lore) that alchemy is just manipulating scientific concepts- Roy controlling oxygen for
explosions and Kimley controlling sulfur and such in bodies for explosions. Otherwise, the first
line of the first episode wouldn't make any sense, because why doesn't Ed just change the carbon
dioxide in the air into carbohydrates?

Anyway, this actually wasn't even the worst part of the episode- the worst part comes when Scar
reveals his plan: He's going to lure a bunch of soldiers into the city so they can transmute them
into the Philosopher's stone... *facepalm* I'm absolutely speechless at how the writers couldn't
have caught such an obviously stupid plan. The whole plan relies on the army (that has a bunch
of powerful, well-educated alchemists) to fall into a trap where there's a gigantic alchemy
symbol dug in the dirt. What makes this worse is that the army actually did know about the
symbol, and they actually did fall into the trap. This whole thing was just the writers needing something
to happen, and it's not like it couldn't have been fixed easily with a single rewrite. There's no way
of explaining this other than the fact that Scar's just a complete retard!

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: September 29, 2009, 03:20:47 AM »
Really?  I thought Ali-al Sarshes was a pretty good villian albeit they acted like they didn't know what to do with him in the second season.

Ali was alright, I suppose, but pretty much every other villain was uninteresting to me. So much so that I can't actually remember any of their names except for Ribbons, and that's only because the frequency in which he appeared. He was just a generic "take over teh world" villain with no real personality.

As for second season, a lot of the characters it felt like they didn't know what to do with: Allelujah, Wang Liu Mei, Nena Trinity, the list goes on. Worst part of this is
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that they ruined the entire arc of Soma trying to get in touch with the human side of herself so that they
could banish her into the realm of perfect sunshine flower girlfriend.

Saji was a goddamn pussy and his girlfriend should've been decapitated by a lazor (or suffered some other kind of ironic death like having a shell casing fall on to her as she's trying to flee from a battlefield, or have her try to ride a mysterious force known as Gravity back to Earth in a Barrel Spaceship).

Yeah, Saji was a real wuss, but that's kind of what made me like him. He was a lot more believable and human than the rest of the characters. A big problem with a lot of the more modern Gundam series, to me, is that almost all the characters are really over-the-top or completely vacuous. Saji was a breath of fresh air from most of these because he was just a normal guy. And, he might have been a wuss, but he wasn't as bad as the level of wussbag Kira Yamato displayed.

Louise was kinda hokey for me. You have this sweet, innocent little girl who gets caught up in a bunch of crap, and she clearly ends up suffering from PTSD. So of course,
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Ribbons says to himself, "Okay, I'm going to lead humanity to a new era where they become Newtypes,
er, I mean Innovators. The shakiest, most inexperienced, most unstable little girl will do just fine in this
assignment." And even if Ribbons is in the back room pulling the strings somewhere, why would
a hard-assed military take this clearly traumatized teenager?

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: September 27, 2009, 05:19:43 AM »
Got around to watching the second season to Gundam 00, finally, even though I watched the first season many months ago.

Personally, I'd say it's the second best AU Gundam. Notably I've never watched Turn A though, I might watch that eventually but I was so bored mindlessly by the first few episodes last time I tried, I never got around to finishing it.

Regardless, I think this show is basically what Gundam Wing should have been- great animation and actual character development. I can't remember a single character on Gundam Wing that I liked, because most of them were either one-dimensional or completely insufferable. Gundam 00 appeals to the modern Gundam audience with the standard vacuous fucking boring prettyboys, but also hit the mark for that jaded Gundam fan inside me with the B cast. I liked a lot of them- Sergei, Saji and Graham are my favorites. The real villains were all really weak this time, though.

It also helps that they switched out Kunio Okawara for the mecha designs this time. As much as I like his past work, working on so many damn Gundam shows had really made his designs stale.

It's pretty lame that on the last episode, they literally say "Movie's coming in 2010, ready that $10!" I'm not being sarcastic, they actually advertise the movie with text during the final shot of the show. God forbid we actually resolve all the plot points in the actual show. Oh well, at least it wasn't the half-assed non-ending SEED Destiny provided.

Really, my biggest complaint about the show is still the concept itself. I guess they just wanted to move away from militarization and the Earth VS Space thing since that's been done so often.

Well, somewhat looking forward to the next Gundam show, an OVA adopted from one of the novels. I'm sure there's a bunch of fans all giddy about the fact we're revisiting UC for the first time in like 13 years. I think I'm going to use this show as a litmus test to see if the old jaded UC Gundam fans truly are an unpleasable fanbase.

I'm under the impression that Joss Whedon doesn't write things very well within other peoples' universes. You see him credited on Alien: Resurrection and assume the man's a bad writer...then a couple years later he comes out and creates Firefly, which is, IMO, one of the greatest sci-fi shows ever made.

Just don't watch the recent three-parter of Red Dwarf that was made to officially finish the show. It was fucking terrible.

Was it just not funny, or does it go the opposite way and sacrifice the characters for cheap gags? Those are the two things that typically make a good comedy series go downhill. I've heard a couple bad things about Back to Earth, and there's a chance I might watch it depending on how the show itself ends, since I always prefer to have some sort of conclusion.

But don't let that dissuade you, Hathen.  Plenty of great stuff before season 8.

Roger that. Nice thing about a lot of British shows I know about is that they keep their episode count down, so that each script can be polished, and if there's ever a plain bad series/show, it's not as excruciatingly painful as the 100+ episodes a lot of American shows end up being. =P

Inglourious Basterds must be watched. It was amazing in my opinion.

I'm interested. The two Tarantino movies I've really liked are Pulp Fiction and Death Proof. I think if the Tarantino-brand dialogue is there, I'll at least enjoy it a little.

Watched Ip Man. Not sure if a lot of people around here watch foreign films, since I don't particularly often. I've never been very comfortable with returning to the Sino-Japanese War era in fiction, with how Japanese people are usually portrayed - it's something I understand and detest at the same time.

That aside, I liked it. I can't say I very much agree with the way things were portrayed, but I didn't really feel any harmful intents from the film. It was many times better than the other two Chinese films from that year I've seen (Painted Skin and Red Cliff), which I thought were both (All three, rather, given that Red Cliff decided with the Kill Bill style of making money) horrible aside from visuals.

I've been really behind with films this year. I'm guessing I won't watch the majority of them until they come out on DVD. District 9, Inglourious Basterds, 9, Coraline, and Public Enemies have my interest at the moment. The only "big films" I've watched this year are Star Trek 11, Watchmen, Terminator Salvation, and Up, so I suppose any recommendations would be appreciated. =P

Oh yeah, I've also began watching Red Dwarf, a British Sci-Fi Comedy. Loving it so far.

Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: September 06, 2009, 01:53:04 PM »
The T2 music was a nice touch.

I really haven't been up to much myself. My sea LS has more or less broken down at the moment, though the leader says he plans on starting back up again at some point. I attend my ZNMLS sporadically because of the time they run, and also because I managed to lose a couple months worth of work because we wiped when I popped my Tinnin:

We won the second one we popped, but it was a tough fight. For some reason the healers didn't focus their heals on the paladins on the first fight so we got our asses kicked.

During the week that Bastok controlled Beadeaux {S} for the first time since...ever, I tried doing the Cracking Shells Campaign Ops. Unfortunately, I lost every time, and later on in the week when I tried to do it again, everyone that was interested only wanted to do it with an army of black mages, so I went past that week without being able to complete the ops. Hopefully the area will be controlled again sometime since I got this finished not too long after.

With loldynamis, I got my RDM a decent chestpiece, though my magic skills are still horribly underleveled so I should probably go spam dia on something so i can at least get my enfeebling up, if not anything else.

I saved up assault points over a while spamming Lamia 13, and I did a couple Nyzuls in between and got some stuff.

By my count, the next patch should be somewhere in mid-October, so I hope we start seeing some sneak peeks soon on the POL site.

Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: July 26, 2009, 08:37:49 PM »
How are the new Ninja JAs? Useful? Strange? Situational? Broken? Hasso/Seigan quality of actually being good? My ninja was up around 64 before I vanished and I'd love to have some new toys to play with. I'd heard the crit rate bonus was past the borderline of being broken out the ass. True or false on that?

It's pretty broken, if you just look at the stat boosts themselves. Innin starts with Critical Hit Rate +30%, Ninjutsu Damage +30%, Enmity -10. It's not known exactly how much the accuracy bonus is but it starting at 30 accuracy wouldn't be unreasonable given that 30 seems to be a popular number in these. Of course the stat boosts decay over the duration, so I wouldn't really say it's broken overall. Not to mention the 5min duration/5min recast, along with a shared timer with Yonin, and the fact that the effect can be dispelled and you have to stand behind the enemy to get any of the bonuses, makes Innin just okay overall.

Yonin is pretty badass though. It has a decaying +30 enmity, -30 accuracy, which makes it an absolute must when you're tanking and you don't care for hitting the enemy (NIN/DRK). The enemy crit hit - is probably 30% decaying as well. The Ninja Tool Expertise Bonus is unknown at the moment, because SE once again completely screwed up and glitched the game ("Extensive testing" eh?), and now the NTE bonus on the JA is 100%, meaning a NIN with Yonin up is going to be able to spam as much ninjutsu as they want without using a single tool until they decide to fix it. Frankly, I think they should just leave it this way... =P

Also, Lady Lilith is hotter than fucking hell. I don't even know why demon horns, deviousness, devilishness, black wings and a lack of clothing is so fucking hot but it never fails. This more than makes up for Naja being a fucking dick-starved pain in the ass. Lion was boring and tripe, and whoever that PUP princess in aht urghan was is also a ponce.

Prische was fuckin' sexy though... for an 1800 year old elvaan. ;x

Lilisette seems to be in many ways a clone of Prishe character-wise, though she does seem a lot more fallible than Prishe, probably due to the fact she's not two hundred years old or whatever. But she's certainly better than Lion and Aphmau, since Lion was just boring and Aphmau was completely useless.

And I can't believe I didn't see it until now, I was wondering wtf your avatar was and I just figured out it was Dunbine.

the first time i saw the elf corsair prince dude i thought she was hot then someone told me it was a guy >_>

I can understand mistaking Luzaf for a girl, but I'm not sure how you can say he's hot when he looks like he's Michael Jackson. :P

I hope they fix that broken counter thing soon, or else Salvage is going to be a pain in the ass.

Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: July 26, 2009, 04:51:49 AM »
So after SIX FUCKING MONTHS of waiting, new missions have finally been added. I have succeeded in completing these 11 new mission in about two days. That's quality patch work.

I'll try to spoiler tag whatever I think actually qualifies as spoilers, because there's a lot of stuff that's been obvious from the start because it was part of the marketing in the damn trailer. We return to the missions with Lilisette running up asking me if I remember her, all the while in a very...compromising position. She seems to get into these positions quite often.

Here come the fanfics.

Cait Sith reappears, just as useless as he's ever been.

They set up some exposition about what has happened over the last 18 or whatever missions, because as we all know, it's been SIX FUCKING MONTHS since they last released any missions, so anybody who's actually bothered to do them hasn't remembered any of it because the story isn't good enough to warrant remembering any of it.

Now just pan the camera down a little bit...

Another purple-clad villain appears, because when I think of intimidating and threatening bad guys, I think of purple.

Oh, Lilisette. You're just asking for it, arn't you?

A bunch of demons appear, and the game forces the story branch into us winning. Frankly, it might be better if they killed me now so I don't have to suffer the pain of going through the rest of this expansion.

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Unfortunately, IT'S A TRAP!

I just had to put this picture here.

Somewhere, a furry is touching himself very inappropriately.

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Oh, now they're in handcuffs, things sure are getting kinky.

Portia realizes the terrible future that is to come- she must clean a bed where a stinky Elvaan had once slept.

A new character is introduced, wielding the legendary katana Amanomurakumo. Naturally, she is a completely vacuous and uninteresting character because we all know characters based around the most powerful great katana in the game should be uninteresting.

Marching north, Cait Sith uses a power that lets us be able to observe the enemy without any sort of detection, apparently. Of course that makes you wonder why he doesn't just use it to spy on the opposition all the time just to figure out exactly what they're up to. But then, that'd ruin the only attempt at a story this expansion is trying to make.

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We find Portia and Lilisette. Much to my dismay, they are not making out.

Do I even need to make fun of this?

The return of the ten billion Cait Siths, because now that the story has bothered to begin focusing on just one or two of them, we're going to go back to confusing the hell out of the player.

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Portia and Lilisette watch as the towering moist Cavernous Maw known as Atamos erects before them,
firm and strong sucking with all its mi-GET YOUR MIND OUTTA THE GUTTA

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A big reveal is made- we are the Warriors of the Dawn, Lilisette and I! Awesome, we're using the exact same plot
point we've used in every single expansion up to this one! Good for them.

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The maw sucks up the 5 remaining Cait Siths and spits back out the new and improved, in other words identical,
Cait Sith.

A fight that's actually a bit interesting.

Clearly, this is what the expansion needed more of in order not to suck.

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I attempt to stare the villains to death.

Lady Lilith plays with some magic balls. I'm not taking that out of context by the way.

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The Walk of Echoes, where Atomos plans on destroying the future. *Yawn* If you're going to do a time travel
story why don't you try at least doing something that hasn't been done to death? :P

Lilisette sits in Sandy crying only because
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oh, she completely fucking failed at everything we set out to do.

Naturally the first reaction any player should give is to be an asshole.

Unfortunately the game does not allow heroes to be jerks, so this chapter of the story ends with a nice shot of the Cathedral.

Meanwhile, the Death Star slowly floats towards Castle-Zvahl.

But being serious, I think the mission quality this patch was pretty good. Something's finally happening in the story, something has actually been put up for stake, and many of the mysteries surrounding Lady Lilith and the Cait Sith have been revealed. There's still a lot more to find out, but at least they've released some information instead of this mysterious "we don't actually know what this story is about" stupidity that we've had up until this patch.

Random Salvage Stuff.

Went on some more Bhaflau Boss runs because I just want to finish the Usukane Set already. But apparently the 25 pieces for Usukane legs is even rarer than some 35 pieces out there.

Hey, I ain't complaining.

Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal!
« on: July 20, 2009, 06:59:03 PM »

What a pathetic update. Summer Updates are usually reasonably big, but this one is so...meh.

At least the AN Bodies are good.

Iron Ram Hauberk
DEF:50 HP+32 Enmity+6
"Magic Def. Bonus"+5
Set: Increases all elemental resistances

Fourth Brunne
DEF:45 STR+8 Evasion+9
"Subtle Blow"+7
Set: Increases Attack

Cobra Harness
DEF:42 Accuracy+11
"Store TP"+6
Set: Enhances "Counter"effect

Cobra Robe
DEF:39 HP+32 MP+32
"Magic Atk. Bonus"+4
"Conserve MP"+3
Set: Increases Magic Accuracy

Well, except the Bastok one obviously. That one sucks ass.

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