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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: August 12, 2018, 08:09:04 PM »
I wired the garage door into the doorbell, so now if I forget to close the garage, the doorbell rings.  The signal is three consecutive rings, and it triggers once 90 seconds after the door is opened, and then every fifteen minutes after that.  The project dragged out much longer than I expected, entirely because a certain Chinese ebayer apparently interpreted "expedited shipping" as meaning "via rowboat" (currently three weeks late and counting).  I ended up ordering the same transceivers from a company halfway across the province, and got them a week later.

For my next trick, I think I'm going to see if I can get the microcontroller to send me text messages, as well as ringing the doorbell.  Being able to open/close the garage door via internet (in case I forget to close it after leaving the house) might also be interesting, but would be difficult to secure properly, and I'm running low on I/O pins.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: August 05, 2018, 01:02:56 PM »
Finished Trails in the Sky FC, loved it.
Please don't flood this thread with details.  It's not like this is meant to be some kind of "journal" for you talk in-depth about "games".  :P
Hey, I posted a whole two sentences over on discord.

Anyway, I don't agree with the general sentiment that TitS:FC is a "slow burn".  I thought the pacing was perfect.  It starts out with a slice-of-life vibe, but with the sense that there are some big events happening in the world, which our characters are only indirectly aware of.  The natural (unforced?) progression that follows is the sort of plotting I wish I got more often in Tales games (which does characters really well, but doesn't always deliver on story).

Speaking of, Estelle was one of those rare characters that clicked with me almost immediately.  If this was an anime series, she would have earned it a "one-episode endorsement".

The gameplay was okay for a turn-based RPG, but I didn't really have much fun with it until I got some gladiator equipment, and could start abusing S-breaks.  I never did get around to orbment optimization; Earth Wall, La Teara, and an attack spell or two was enough to get me through the end game.

I think I've already expressed my dislike for fast travel, but the gist is, that if a game needs fast travel to be playable, somebody screwed up somewhere.  Trails FC is a textbook example of how to design a game that doesn't have (and doesn't need) fast travel.  Just enough exploration to be interesting, without getting tedious, and no need for backtracking (...if you don't count book collection).

Is that better, @Arvis?  Or do you want me to gush about the music, too?

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: August 03, 2018, 10:24:21 AM »
Finished Trails in the Sky FC, loved it.

I've started on Horizon Zero Dawn.  The gameplay feels like a cross between Witcher-3 and Batman (mostly a good thing, but the tracking segments feel a bit forced).
I haven't figured Aloy out yet.  She seems a little too well-adjusted.  I'm hoping for more character development later on.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: July 29, 2018, 10:40:43 AM »
People who live in the far north survive on an all-meat, or nearly-all-meat diet, but they need to consume a fair amount of fat to remain healthy.  Trying to live exclusively on lean meat is apparently a really bad idea.


Anyway, I saw one of my mother's Chinese friends gardening with a coolie hat, and asked her to find out where I could buy one.  Well, I intended up receiving a hat as a present instead.
I've worn the hat a couple times while picking beans in 25-30C weather, so it's time for a review.

Positives:
The angle of the hat is such that it shields my eyes from sunlight from almost any direction, but still gives me a very wide field of vision when gardening.
This hat is physically very light.
The cone of the hat sits on my head via a small plastic frame, so there's quite good airflow; it's not so much on my head, as slightly above it.

Negatives:
This hat is pretty wide, so lateral clearance is an issue when walking inside.
The hat sometimes makes a faint creaking noise when I move.

Summary:
Although the aesthetics of the hat are what caught my interest, this is a very practical design, and a significant improvement over the ballcap I usually wear.  I don't know why I don't see more people using these; they're awesome.
I still want to know where I can buy one.

Overall score: 9.2/10

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In your "full" version, I hear no guitar at all
In the original version, there isn't any guitar. Exhibit A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx6L5b-ACVk. Perhaps my ears just aren't hearing it.
In your full version, I hear synthesizer music in the background, and see you playing the guitar, but I don't hear you playing the guitar.  It's all synthesizer.  Whether or not there is a guitar track in the original is immaterial.  Did you not listen to your video before uploading it?
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Here's the one I released this week, the "Diddle's Organ" from Legend of Mana. Full version is here
Now you see, that's what I'm talking about.  You're doing things with the guitar, and I can hear it making noises.  I think.

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Meh, I guess I disagree. I simply made something, and wanted to share it, nothing more.
I apologize, I misunderstood your intent.  I had assumed from your repeated requests for youtube subscriptions, and your newly-minted patreon, that you were a small-time spammer trying to monetize his hobby.  But if you're just here to share your talent, I guess that's okay.

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Plus it costs nothing to subscribe.
It's not costing me anything to click "dislike" on your videos, either.

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Here's the one I released this week, the Lost Woods theme from Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Full version is here, and naked (no synth) version is here. Enjoy, let me know what you think and please subscribe.
In your "full" version, I hear no guitar at all, and your "naked" version sounded rather muddled.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but how about you start out by posting about what RPGs you enjoy, and what you're playing right now, or what kind of music you listen to (we've got threads for that), and maybe leave off posting links to your youtube channel for a bit.  Starting off your forum career by asking for subscriptions seems like bad faith.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: July 14, 2018, 09:58:38 AM »
Holmes of Kyoto (12-minute drop):  Antique appraisal has never been so boring.

On a lark I googled all of the Current Season Stuff you listed and this actually looks like something I could maybe watch.  I think I enjoy boring anime, though?

When someone asked me if I'd watch an anime about some dude working on a dictionary for a decade or so, I was like: "Yes, please press play!" I think I'll give this one a shot, too.
..but...but...I highlighted the title in red.  It's not good for my ego if you all do the exact opposite of my recommendation. :-(

Well, if either of you do try it, let me know what you think.  I dropped it, not because of the subject matter, but because it wasn't doing anything interesting with that subject matter, and I think they dug the protagonist out of the bottom of the discount trope bin.  I'd be interested to know if it gets better later.

It's not like I have anything against series with low-impact premises; Chio's School Road started out pretty well.  In the first episode, our heroine is diverted by construction while walking to school, and later helps a kid recover his lost balloon.  Antique appraisal has got nothing on this.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: July 11, 2018, 08:48:35 PM »
Last season stuff:

Darling in the Franxx (finished):  What can I say?  I've liked every Trigger production I've seen so far.  Even when they're adapting old tropes, they still pull through on execution.

Megalobox (finished):  Although this had several Moments of Awesome, by the end it had fizzled out.  The fights mostly followed the same pattern, and the last battle was forgettable.  This is still worth watching for the production quality and the general ambience, but it's not a strong recommendation.

Hinamatsuri (finished):  This had likeable characters, and some really funny moments, but I wish there had been more of an overarching story.

Major Second (season finished):  If you like baseball anime, you can do a lot worse.

Legend of the Galactic Heroes:  Die Neue These (continuing):  I hope they get enough budget to finish the story.

My Hero Academia (season finished):
Spoiler: show
UNITED
STATES
OF
SMASH

New season stuff:
"Chio's School Road", "Cells at Work!", "Planet With", and "Hanebado" survived the initial culling, but "Chio" is the only clear standout.


Mr. Tongawa: Middle Management Blues (1-episode drop):  Over-the-top reactions to genuinely boring situations does not make for good comedy.  Our protagonist (a banker of some sort) spent much of the episode trying to remember his subordinates names.  This is about as entertaining as you would expect.  The beginning was worse, though; there were four minutes of what I thought was a plot summary for an earlier season, but turned out to be completely irrelevant.

How Not to Summon a Demon Lord (4-minute drop): augh it's another crappy isekai please make it stop

Angels of Death (1-episode drop):  This appears to be some sort of survival horror, but it didn't give me a reason to care about the main character.  Creepiness without imagination or characterization is just irritating.

Harukana Receive (1-episode drop):  Beach-volleyball series.  The artwork...is...okay (if you're into that sort of thing) but none of the characters had distinctive personalities, and this doesn't look like it's going measure up as a sport anime, either.  However, students of the female form may find this of interest.

The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar (15-minute drop):  This isn't the worst I've seen, but it takes me a fair bit of effort not to simply dismiss isekai reflexively at this point.

The Journey Home (8-minute drop):  Something about bugs in space.  When the initial data dump continued for eight minutes, it became clear this series wasn't going to respect my time.

Asobi Asobase (8-minute drop):  Those characters were sandpaper on my nerves.

Music Girls (10-minute drop): It's an idol anime.

ISLAND (1.5 episode drop):  This is based on a harem-style VN, with several of the bad cliches that entails.  If you actually enjoyed that VN, this is probably a fair adaptation of it...just not one that I'm inclined to continue watching.

Phantom in the Twilight (1-episode drop):  I'm not in the target audience for otome game adaptations.

Late night!  The Genius Bakabon (4-minute drop):  I think you need to have grown up in Japan in the 70s to have any idea what this was.

Holmes of Kyoto (12-minute drop):  Antique appraisal has never been so boring.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: July 02, 2018, 08:30:13 AM »
Get a line tracer and some white tape, then remember that someday, someone else will have to trace those same wires and try to make your taped marks readable.
Forget "someone else", I need to tag everything so that an older, slightly stupider version of myself can figure it out.

Haps:

While I was out gardening, someone left a bag hanging on the front doorknob containing a small plastic bottle, and a form for a free water test.  From the small print, the test was being conducted by a private company selling water purification equipment, and not affiliated with the city.  I was supposed to put the bag back on the knob for them to pick up (leaving the "kit" unused if I didn't want to participate).

In a rural area it might be different, but this is the middle of a metropolitan area, with excellent (and extensively monitored) water quality.  There just isn't any honest justification for this type of push marketing.

So, I filled the bottle halfway with brine from Bick's Hot Mix, filled it the rest of the way with 5% acetic acid, and then added a spoonful of sugar, some salt, and a pinch of skim milk powder (for texture).  Pickle juice was my first choice, but the greenish tint was too obvious.

They wanted water from the kitchen sink tap, so I carefully labelled the bottle with "SINK WATER", using a black marker, so that there could be no mix-up, and also so that they could admire my lettering skills.

On the form, I put a local address, using the number of a house that doesn't exist due to an accident of geometry, and the phone number of a nice gentleman who will tell you the time at the tone.  I tried to fill out the rest of the form in a manner consistent with someone who has spicy pickle brine on tap.

I dearly hope that this isn't a full-blown scam, and that they actually test the sample, and that confusion ensues.  But if nothing else, my labelling might prevent them from reusing the bottle on some poor sucker.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: June 29, 2018, 08:33:40 PM »
Trails in the Sky:  Collected some glowing moss, then got into a fight with a giant penguin.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: June 28, 2018, 09:00:17 PM »
One of these is the wire pair I'm looking for.  One of these is for the downstairs phone.  One of these turns on the furnace.  One will make the doorbell transformer explode.
All four pair have the same colour and gauge.

Heh.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: June 20, 2018, 12:32:42 AM »
There are two kinds of fool. One says, "This is old, and therefore good."
And one says, "This is new, and therefore better."

My complaint with discord is that most of the conversation happens during the day, while I'm at work.  In the forum format, if I want to reply to an old comment, I can quote it for context, even a few days later.  In discord, that's pretty much impossible.  You step in the stream, but the water has moved on.

But, I like the people in the community (most of you, anyway) more than I care about the details of the communication medium.  I guess I can hang around both places.

I need the forum, to post my quarterly anime season post that I'm not really sure if anyone actually reads =P
Hey, I read it.  ....you read mine, right?  Don't answer that.

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I hope the main female in this one is just completely naked (save for just a cape).
Day 1 purchase for me.

...I thought we were already pretty close to that?  I guess neither of you unlocked Velvet's jacketless costume.  :P

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: June 13, 2018, 12:08:29 AM »
I don't consider a character being KO'd occasionally during a boss fight to be "having trouble".  If I were sailing through the game without anyone dying, I'd be complaining it was too easy.

I could spend a little extra time optimizing Quartz combinations and farming for sepith, and that would doubtless make the game easier, but I'd rather face a challenge every once in a while, and spend that time exploring instead.

What I don't like is squeaking out a win by a narrow margin against a boss...and then having to do the whole thing over again because someone got killed in the interval before an Art landed (for example).

For the moment, I'm getting along well enough buying whatever Quartz is cheap relative to my current sepith inventory, and not worrying about the best combination, as long as everyone has some decent healing and attack Arts available.  I generally don't bother with exploiting the full range of options in a system unless a game forces me to do so to make progress.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: June 11, 2018, 10:46:21 PM »
I have volunteer dill coming up all over the garden...except in the small patch where I actually tried to plant the stuff.  Why is it that this stuff grows easily when I don't want it, and refuses to cooperate when I do?  Even the tomatoes are better behaved.

I must travel once again to the Northern Wilderness, and consult with the Great Sages, there to learn the Secret of Dill.

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