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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 14, 2011, 11:16:25 AM
That's the problem with vacation, and why, at least for many people, it isn't as relaxing as it should be. I'm sure there are jobs at there that do this, but from people I've spoken to, and my own experiences, as soon as you leave there is no one to pick up the slack and help lighten the burden in your absence. I have friends who hate taking real vacations and pretty much use their vacation time to just extend a couple weekends a year just because they know if they take a week off they'll come back to more work than they had before.

I'm curious how this is for the non-US people. Because thinking about it I have family outside the country who don't have this problem. When I was visiting my family in Trinidad my uncle took a full month off for vacation and went back to work in the latter part of my stay without any extra work. In fact all of my family down there do this (and they all get a full month of paid vacation a year). I think I need to move down there god dammit.
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 12, 2011, 06:08:11 PM
I guess I'll find out in 2 later...maybe. In 1 you have to have a full bar of respect per story mission, and it uses up a bar every time you do one. The system wouldn't suck if it wasn't such a pain to actually get respect. Most of the activities outside of hijacking, snatching and drug trafficking suck. And you can only do each activity so many times before you can't get any more respect from it. The XP bar sounds a lot better.
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 12, 2011, 02:54:53 PM
I can't for the life of me figure out why I'm still playing Saints Row. There are definitely moments, but there's a lot that annoys me. The respect system for one. I think it's stupid that I have to do mostly stupid missions to build respect before I can do a story mission. I feel like I'm running out of activities as well since so many of them suck. Is this system in 2 and 3? Or is it tweaked at all? I think I will at this point see it through to the end though. I've taken out two gangs thus far.

There was one moment that had me cracking up to no end. I generally dislike silent protagonists because it rarely feels like he's supposed to represent me, and more like he has absolutely no personality, but they had one moment (so far) where the dude talked and it was the goofiest freaking moment ever. Oh man I was laughing for maybe 2 minutes straight. My sister was in her room and had to come check on me because it riled me up.
19  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: December 12, 2011, 02:47:08 PM
Oh man, the season finale to Boardwalk Empire was awesome. I really love this show. There are some issues I think because there are so many characters, and I wish some would get more screen time and development, but they've really put together something wonderful. It'll be interesting to see where it goes from here. I think they need to push things a bit with the relationship between Margaret and Nucky because it gets a bit stale at times. I like many ways in which they've developed Margaret, but I feel like they spend just a little too much time with her. I'm being vague as hell but I really don't know what to say. Anyone else watch this show?
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 11, 2011, 10:59:07 PM
Obviously everyone else's musical tastes are inferior to mine.

On a serious note, I enjoy musical discussion, as long as I can talk to someone who is very open minded about music. I myself am. I mean I listen mostly to what I like, but I'm not averse to stepping out into things I don't and enjoy engaging people in discussion about such things. I think it's fun honestly. I think that's also the case because I can honestly say I have absolutely no friends that have even remotely similar musical tastes to mine. I think if I ever meet a girl that is even aware of 3 of my favorite music acts, I'll ask her to marry me right there.
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 10, 2011, 09:00:43 PM
I kinda hate the song too, to be honest. I don't listen to Queen, or that kind of music at all, really, so I think it's more so because so many people like it. I mean in the sense that, people actually play the song when I'm around and gush about how it's awesome and shit and I just don't get it.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 10, 2011, 04:31:12 PM
In my mind I'm totally done with school and I've been somewhat acting like that is the case.

The reality is that I have a 10 page paper to write that I haven't started, and 3 finals to study for (2 of which I know will be difficult, and I need to pass both of those classes to graduate). Gotta get my ass in gear.
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: December 10, 2011, 04:28:33 PM
I think the issue is more the appropriateness of the comment. I mean, I know it was partly tongue in cheek, but it could also come off as a bit too much given that it's a picture of a few months old baby, and the other surrounding context: new father, they've been trying for a while, etc., just may have made people think, "why talk about maladjusted kids rather than just celebrate this new milestone."

Anyway, I took a couple of portraits of my youngest sister earlier this morning, trying to learn some things about manual cameras and depth of field and all that good stuff. Not sure what the results will be but may post one or two of the pics. One I'm curious about is a picture I took of her playing the piano which I exposed twice after a few seconds in between.
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 09, 2011, 10:48:53 PM
It's not easy. I went to engineering school right out of HS. I had no idea what I wanted in life but I knew I liked science. Well first year was good.. but 2nd and 3rd years not so much. 3rd year I did so bad I basically had to repeat it and I realized I made the wrong choice. Yeah that was 3 years of my life wasted and it did take me a while to figure out what I wanted... but shit works itself out

Holy shit, this sounds EXACTLY like what I did. 3 fucking years in Engineering school straight out of college. Now I'm graduating with a degree in Comparative Literature like 4 years later. Crazy shit.
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Job thread. on: December 09, 2011, 01:04:44 PM
Seriously...how is Radioshack still in business?
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 06, 2011, 02:25:01 PM
Definitely one of those painful choices. I've never had to do it but it's a reason I don't know if I'll ever have a pet. I want a dog for sure but the kinds of cost it's like...there are way more important shit that I should probably take care of before a pet. I remember when I was visiting my uncle last year his dog was really old and arthritic and in a helluva lot of pain and the vet came to the house and checked him out and basically said it would cost a shit ton of money for meds to keep the dog alive and relatively pain free. I know it tormented my uncle but he eventually decided to put it down. Probably one of the most surreal experiences of my life. Nowhere near the level of your stuff but I'm sure it's a similar mind set where you gotta ask at what point does it become too much.
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: December 06, 2011, 10:08:32 AM
The one Yoda posted is definitely worse as far as nsfw.
28  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: December 06, 2011, 04:44:51 AM
I am reading Stieg's awesome Millennium series, and I'm on Book#2: The Girls who Played with Fire.

I like to get dramatic and go FAYAH!!!

My mum got me into it, and I LOVE this series so far.  I'm really happy I could read it before the movie came out too (proper).  I love a bit of mystery and intrigue.  And I love stuff like this where the good guys still have this sort of dark-side to them.  I'm wrapping up this book and will hopefully read the third over holidays.  I do recommend it, even though, I know, it's all part of "whats big right now".

But the movie already came out 2 years ago! Damn Americans having to remake foreign films 'cause people are too damn lazy to read some god damn subtitles.
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 05, 2011, 05:31:38 PM
Yeah, didn't see those videos. Really great stuff. It's an interesting concept, and I'm glad they pulled it off, in my opinion, rather effectively. I think too many concept albums end up losing focus, particularly the ones I've heard in Hip-Hop.

In other good news, my mom told me she's going to buy me a ticket to go to San Francisco for 6 days as a Christmas/Graduation gift. I'm kind of awestruck. I've been aching to go to San Francisco for some time and it's always been out of my grasp. So many good things happening for me right now. Gotta keep myself in check though and keep on top of all this other stuff that needs to be done.
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 05, 2011, 04:35:56 PM
Thank you good sir. It does feel like the high-life. Now I need to learn how to make it.

Finally listened to The Roots' new album "Undun". I'm upset that I totally forgot about the show they were having to perform the new album before it released. Or I should say shows. They had 3 shows and it totally skipped my mind until reading a bunch of reviews for it yesterday. Needless to say, it's absolutely amazing. A lot shorter than I expected, but I'd rather that than something longer that lost focus.
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