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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 20, 2016, 12:19:49 AM
Ever have that feeling when you're not really sick yet but you feel the symptoms coming and you know it's going to be a doozy...
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: January 16, 2016, 05:09:59 PM
Just for fun:
http://imgur.com/gallery/uMOgiO9
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: January 14, 2016, 10:22:08 PM
Nice, I'm happy to see there are other people who just...look around you.

What's this about Final Fantasy?
19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 13, 2016, 03:40:33 PM
And on top of that, my Vita won't take a charge anymore.  It just sits with that goddamn orange light on while it's connected to the  cord but never turns on.



Could be a bad cord.  Same thing happened to me before.  Fortunately replacement cords are cheap.
20  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 13, 2016, 03:23:46 AM
So I found a new show I actually like.  Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (aka "Erased"...I'm really not a fan of Crunchyroll's habit of completely renaming shows.  That's not a translation, they just make shit up.) looks pretty rad, at least so far.
21  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 12, 2016, 12:16:18 AM
I was gonna say, neither is an improvement.. that whole anime sounds unbelievable bad... (kinda wanna watch now to see how bad bad is)

Well don't let my cynical naysaying bias you too much.  A lot of people seem to genuinely like the show...
22  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 10, 2016, 03:01:35 AM
I've read the manga, MIckeymac, and I agree with you that the character designs aren't really that differnet.  I'm not sure what Annubis is getting at.

But Gate is something I can only tolerate in small quantities anyway.  It's got some interesting ideas and I genuinely like the core story about a conflict with a world that has a huge technological and cultural gap.  On the other hand the level of propoganda and otaku pandering in the series is unreal.  Sure other shows pander, but at least with something like Outbreak Company you know it's kind of a joke.  You're not supposed to take these things seriously.  But Gate takes itself very seriously, which makes the blatant pandering much harder for me to stomache.  Why do all the residents of this world look like they're straight out of some fetish checklist?

Then there's the propoganda that I find reaches occasionally disturbing levels.  Don't get me wrong, I would pretty much expect the JSDF to kick the local residents butts given the technological discrepancy.  Though modern guerilla warfare has shown that a sufficiently determined opponent can make a mess of things with unconventional tactics even if they are vastly outmatched.  But perhaps the locals aren't familiar with such tactics or are just too damn arrogant to believe them necessary.  Even then things always seem to go a little too cleanly.  But what's worse is the scenes back on earth that defy all logic.  The most blatant example of which would probably be the time when they're visiting earth and there are special forces from the US, China, and Russia who all want to get in contact with the residents of the other world.  But the JSDF forces (not our main characters) kick all of their butts without so much as breaking a sweat and the closest thing to an explanation ever given pretty much amounted to "JSDF fuck yeah!".  A small military with no real combat experience (remember that the JSDF doesn't actually deploy anywhere per the Japanese constitution) takes on three of the world's superpowers simultaneously and they don't even seem challenged by it.  I'm not saying that the big guy always has to win, but at least make it look like it's a struggle or something.  What we got is neither believable nor is it even good storytelling.  It's just feels like propoganda.

Gate is the kind of show that looks cool at first but I feel like it insults the viewer's intelligence on pretty much every level with the amount of BS it pulls.
23  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 09, 2016, 03:14:32 AM
Watched Myriad Colors Phantom World because hey, it's KyoAni.  Animation is great as expected.  But the plot is...bleargh.  The cliches...make them stop...dear god make them stop...so many cliches...
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 07, 2016, 04:38:51 AM
Congratulations! :)

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Wow, that might be the shortest engagement to actual marriage time I've ever heard.  Some of friends took years, literally.

Most people do take their sweet time nowadays, don't they? I... don't really get it. An engagement is basically saying you're both serious about it, so why wait years?


Logistics, mostly.  It's not that they're putting it off, it's a matter of finding a date that works for them and their relatives, booking a venue, etc etc.  Weddings can be a lot of work...
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 06, 2016, 05:14:14 PM
Wow, that might be the shortest engagement to actual marriage time I've ever heard.  Some of friends took years, literally.

Congrats though.
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: January 05, 2016, 11:44:37 PM
Got a new Kongou figure!



...OK, I might have a problem.
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: January 05, 2016, 01:11:58 AM
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 03, 2016, 06:25:57 PM
- Windows 10 forces automatic updates on you. I can live with this. What I can't live with is Windows 10 doing restarts that you can only delay so much after automatically update. I very much need my system to /not shut off on its own/.

Actually 8 did that too but I found there's a registry setting you can set to disable that "feature".  I assume 10 is the same.

Anyway, after coming all the way back from Japan I'm stuck in Vancouver because it's the little rinky-dink YVR-SEA flight that has problems...
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 03, 2016, 05:54:58 AM
Been using 8 for years now (on my laptop, my desktop is still Linux-only) and never signed up for a damn thing.  And it's not like it keeps asking you.  Say 'no' and that's it.

But I recently updated it to 10 and I hate the damn thing.  I'm glad to see I'm not the only one because it feels like most people are praising it to high heaven.  Just feels like a goddamn mess to me.

Windows 8 changed a bunch of stuff and people acted like the sky was falling because they hate change.  Except most of the things it changed were terrible and needed changing.  But MS reacted with 10 to try to appease people with this weird hybrid BS that totally loses all the design consistency 8 had going for it while still being different enough from the old Windows to scare people.  What was the objective here?
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake on: January 02, 2016, 05:54:44 PM
Wait, are those all supposed to happen in 2016?

This is S-E we're talking about.  We'll be lucky to get one of them.
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