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Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« on: February 20, 2018, 01:33:56 PM »
I had to read Wuthering Heights by Emily BrontŽ for a class this semester. A slow read, but fascinating. I ended up really enjoying it despite 19th century British novels usually being very tedious.

Outside of school, I decided to make Ready Player One my Spring Break recreational read since the movie is coming soon and itís right up my alley interest-wise.

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Hey, belated congratulations on getting married! Also your dog looks adorable.

Thanks, Marsh!

My wife and I took a trip to Iceland over the holidays. While doing research on things we wanted to do, we found a photography studio that dresses you up in period accurate Viking clothing. We jumped on that. Here is a closeup of me: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bdk2krSF3cJM6FpLRpl0ONonNfgABocJptafPc0/?taken-by=jimfox14

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The NEW New Star Wars [s]Trilogy[/s] Thread
« on: January 05, 2018, 12:44:44 PM »
I don't have much to add that others haven't already said. While I enjoyed watching it in theaters, when I went home and thought about it for a few days I decided I didn't really like it. The aforementioned unnecessary hacker plot, Snoke coming out of nowhere and dying before there was any explanation, and some more recycled plot elements from the original trilogy.

I mostly liked Luke's portrayal, but thought they kind of messed it up a bit in the scene with Kylo at the Jedi Temple. This is the guy who thought Darth Vader could come back for goodness' sake! I get it, a moment of weakness can often add depth to a character, but I think this was the wrong way to do it. While I loved the showdown at the movie's climax, I don't really like Luke's ultimate fate as a result. The hero of the galaxy deserved more, imo.

I did like Leia, Poe, Rey, and Finn's portrayal and character arcs at least (even if I disliked Finn's side-plot).

Anyway, I'll check out the Han Solo movie, and episode IX, but if those also disappoint then that will be it for me. I'll just stick with the original trilogy.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 05, 2018, 12:31:22 PM »
I'm back! For a few days at least until spring semester begins.

Anyway, I've been able to do some holiday gaming. Mostly the Champions' Ballad, but I did also start Bravely Second (though I'm not that far into it yet).

As for the Champions' Ballads, I was hoping for a bit more rigorous narrative experience, but I guess I appreciated what was there. I loved the new shrines! They were challenging and fun. The new dungeon was only okay, but I really enjoyed the boss fight even if it was a tad on the easy side. I think the motorcycle is mostly meh. Kind of fun to use to get around, but not as useful as a horse in combat since you have to keep your finger on the A button to keep moving. Regardless, I'm going to motor up to Hyrule Castle on it and fight Ganon one more time.

After that, I guess my BotW experience is finished. It's pretty much the only game I've played since it released (I did play through TP afterward, but only to upgrade the Wolf Link Amiibo for BotW). I finished the main story in April, and the rest of the shrines a couple weeks after that, and just kept exploring through summer and when I needed a break during fall semester. It's hard to believe, but after today I'm going to put the disc back in its case for the first time since I took it out back in March.

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Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« on: September 14, 2017, 06:48:31 PM »
I think I forgot to mention it here, but I read a pulp mystery novel (they're nice to help me relax and enjoy reading during the semester) called The Gutter and the Grave by Ed McBain. It was really enjoyable with super fun prose, a good mystery, and an interesting main character. It was also nice to be back on the streets of New York in the book. My only complaint is that it was obvious who the killer was after the second murder, but otherwise it was really fun.

Sticking with the pulp mystery, next I'll be reading A Walk Among the Tombstones by Lawrence Block. It's pretty long for a pulp, so it will probably take me a while to get through it since my recreational reading time is usually only half an hour before I go to sleep.

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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Warriors
« on: September 14, 2017, 06:44:03 PM »
I'm happy to see Lyn included, but I still want more of the GBA/GC era characters included. I may get this, for 3DS as I'm not ready for a Switch yet, but we'll see. I may see about getting a 2DS XL for this game since I'll still be able to play all of my DS/3DS games on it.

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Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« on: September 03, 2017, 04:58:07 AM »
It may have taken months to get through it, but I finally finished Dance with Dragons. It was pretty boring overall. Kind of like Crossroads of Twilight in The Wheel of Time series, not much happened until near the end of the book, and only one of those few morsels of actual good reading was a significant plot development. I can understand this one may be setup for Winds of Winter, which the preview in the back of my copy made it sound incredibly more appealing than the fifth volume. But it has been six years and there's no sign of Winds of Winter. I know Martin has been busy with the show, that he's a meticulous writer, and that he promises he's working on it, but I have to wonder how serious he is about finishing the books. He's already made so much money he probably doesn't have any real incentive to finish.

To say it more succinctly, I'll believe it when I see it.

EDIT: Oh, and I much preferred Feast for Crows than Dance with Dragons. Actual world-building happened that was quite interesting. Dance with Dragons was mostly characters worried about losing their tenuous power, and other disempowered characters complaining about their state of affairs. I can only think of one instance of actual world-building in Dance with Dragons.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: August 31, 2017, 11:16:04 PM »
^Ah, right. That might actually explain why I can't find it streamed...damn Cable Monopolies...

I've been watching it subbed on Crunchy Roll. I don't have cable, and don't want to pay for FUNi's streaming service. I do prefer the English dubs when it comes to Dragon Ball because Goku and adult Gohan's voices are so irritating, but I have to go the cheaper route for now.

Speaking of, I just finished the Future Trunks arc in Super and it was great! Probably my favorite DB story arc since the Saiyan arc that opened DBZ.

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General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic
« on: August 22, 2017, 05:49:24 AM »
So the SNES Classic Edition went up for preorder on Best Buy, and unless it ends up being another Wal-Mart situation then I think I snagged one. I would have posted this sooner, but wasn't feeling well and I went to sleep. I'll try to post as soon as I hear when it's available for preorder more quickly next time.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: August 21, 2017, 10:31:28 AM »
I finally started watching Dragon Ball Super a week or two ago. I'm about twenty episodes in and am enjoying it so far. I've been surprised by its humor. In fact, the show has thus far been more humor-centric than action-centric, which is like the original Dragon Ball, but less so DBZ. That said, the episode where Goku and Beerus finally go all out is everything I could have hoped for in a contemporary Dragon Ball series. I mean, I saw Battle of Gods, but still nice to see that action.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: August 18, 2017, 03:01:03 AM »
Played most of the way through Okami in the past week. I made it to Kamui after about 13 hours of play, which I think is probably the fastest I've ever played through this game so far. Of course, that's mostly because of the new game plus feature, but even then I've never played through it so quickly. I should be able to finish it up this weekend.

I'm also kind of laughing somewhat because Capcom is releasing a port of Okami HD for the PS4 in December. This game must be just a solid money maker for them if they keep releasing it on each new system that comes along. And I'll probably be the sucker who buys it again. Oh well.

Anyway, the semester has started. I still have some free time over the weekend, but won't have much after that, so I may not be as active on the forums when that happens.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: August 09, 2017, 03:25:20 PM »
Had to get my PS3 out to walk my dad through setting up an old Sony NMP that has been disconnected for several years. They used basically the same GUI, and since we live in separate states it was necessary for me to have it out.

And I just left it out. I have a bunch of games on there I bought on PSN, one of those being Okami HD. I figured I'd play through it since I haven't in a few years, and luckily I already have a new game plus file ready to go. Coincidentally, one of my good friends from NYC decided to play it as well (he's never played it), so we'll be playing through it simultaneously. We did the same playing BotW, and it was pretty enjoyable to talk about our experiences, give advice and tips, and etc.

Since I've played through Okami at least ten times and I'm using new game plus, I imagine I'll outpace my friend pretty easily, so that will give me time to keep plugging away at No Man's Sky, and I will in the next day or two.

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Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« on: August 09, 2017, 03:14:15 PM »
This book is pulp.  Unashamedly, unreservedly pulp, and I mean that in the best possible way;  this is a fun read.  Fleming's prose is quick and clean, there are no dead spots or breaks in the action, and I finished it almost in a single sitting.  There was one point where, while riding a plane in a storm, Bond contemplated his own mortality, but the moment passed, and the book returned to its regularly scheduled sex and violence.

Pulp is seriously awesome. I've been on a pulp kick myself as they're nice diversions from reading for grad school. I even stumbled on some pulp magazines from the 1940s; an issue of Star Western that I haven't looked at yet, and an issue of Fantastic Adventures that had a hilariously risque cover, for a story that was actually interesting even if the prose was missing some of the fervor you typically expect from pulps. Here it is, and you can actually download a scanned CBR file of the issue (should anyone be interested).

As for my reading, I've really been struggling with Dance with Dragons. Feast for Crows was slow, but Neal was right that there was very important and interesting world-building happening. Not so much thus far in Dance with Dragons. I'm about 420 pages in, but since the semester starts in a little more than a week I'm going to try to binge it.

I had a similar problem with The Gunslinger. It was just moving so slowly, and I was struggling staying interested. My library loan expired, and I haven't requested it again. I may try it again come winter break, but for now it's on the backburner.

Back to talking about pulp, I was browsing books at a thrift store while on vacation in Utah (my wife was getting a manicure, so I had time to kill), and found a cool looking pulp sci-fi novel from the early 1980s called The Water of Thought, by Fred Saberhagen. The cover was just too great to pass up: https://www.instagram.com/p/BWmNhsNFJUAHPw0iF-FP4wf7h87OWAJMYZvHQc0/?taken-by=jimfox14

And it was actually interesting! More a brief space opera than sci-fi, but definitely a fun and interesting read. It even has quite a bit of cool, almost psychedelic artwork.

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General Discussions / Re: Today In The News
« on: August 09, 2017, 03:08:59 PM »
Apparently, NASA put out a want-ad for a "Planetary Protection Officer" and the news is having a field day talking about NASA hiring a "guardian of the galaxy."  http://www.sacbee.com/news/article164974367.html

Right now Catharine Conley is our Planetary Protection Officer: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/meet-nasa-s-one-and-only-planetary-protection-officer/

A nine year old boy applied for the job because his sister says he's an alien and because he's seen all the space and alien movies he can see, and hopes to see Men in Black in the future. All this among other things. It's pretty adorable, and NASA responded appropriately: https://www.buzzfeed.com/briannasacks/nine-year-old-applies-to-nasa-guardian-of-the-galaxy?utm_term=.xf34JXPKl#.ry78paxnB

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