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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 07, 2016, 12:01:21 AM
The president is more of a figurehead than anything else.

I'm sorry Dincrest, but bullshit must be called out as bullshit.  And this is complete and utter bullshit.

Nobody in the US holds all the power.  That was the entire point of the system with all those pesky checks and balances.  But the president is still very powerful, and this decision is actually important.

Some things the president can do (this isn't everything):
1. Veto any law.  Members of Congress can vote against a law of course, but the president's 'vote' counts a hell of a lot more than any one member of Congress.  Of course a veto can be overridden with a two-thirds supermajority, but in today's super-partisan fractured Congress that's extremely unlikely to actually happen.
2. Appoint Supreme Court justices.  You know, that whole third branch of government.  This is extremely important this election since the new president is guaranteed to be appointing at least one new justice (and given the age of some of the other members of the court it shouldn't be surprising if it ends up being more than one).  Well, unless Hillary wins and Congress suddenly decides to confirm Merrick Garland in their lame duck session since he's likely more moderate than whoever Hillary will pick.  Which would be pretty much the most hypocritical thing in the universe but I wouldn't put it past them.
3. Commander in Chief.  Theoretically Congress has to declare war but we've been fighting an awful lot of wars where that never actually happened.  Outside of that the president has almost total control over the world's most powerful military.  Do I even need to say any more?
62  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 02, 2016, 04:56:58 PM
So, hum, yeah...
ReLIFE has a different schedule... as in all 13 episodes are out now.

You can just binge the whole season already.

EDIT: oh yeah, episode 1 is not very good but it gets much better already at 2.

I saw that and was confused.  Haven't actually watched any yet.  Are they full length episodes?
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 28, 2016, 10:32:31 PM
I'm with Dincrest on this one.  If you think people drive badly in the US you need to travel some more.  Not saying US drivers are perfect (because they're certainly not), but I've been to so many places where they're much, much worse.

Also, statistics per unit population don't really account for the fact that a much higher percentage of people in the US drive compared to most places in Europe.  If we assume they all drove equally well you would still have a higher number of accidents per unit population just due to the larger number of drivers per unit population.
64  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 27, 2016, 04:02:38 AM
Episode 13 of Re:Zero was painful to watch yet somehow also incredibly appropriate.  It was a long time coming, really.  Since the story is all told from Subaru's point of view it's easy to forget how different things look from his perspective and, well, the rest of the world's.

I know a lot of people are going to hate on Subaru after this, but considering all he's been through
and all the times he's died...
it would be stranger if he wasn't a little messed up in the head.  I don't know, maybe I'm just glad that the protagonist isn't some Marty Sue for once.
65  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5 on: June 21, 2016, 12:46:19 AM
I'm not stoked about the return of demon conversations. I know that's probably sacrilege, but it's been the one part of the series I never really liked, and I was happy when Persona 3 followed in Digital Devil Saga's footsteps by removing it.  I found the shuffle time mechanic just a lot more streamlined and better for my style of play.

Nah, you're not alone at all.  I've always kind of hated them.  One of the reasons I'm not really a fan of the mainline SMT games (oooh, now that is sacrilege).

Maybe they can make them not-terrible this time around, but I can't say technology was ever really the main limiting factor here.
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: June 21, 2016, 12:36:13 AM
this atari 5200 commercial is everything I'd ever dreamed the 1980's could be


That's using hummer in a context I don't understand. Thanks, Ronnie?

I rewatched that video like 3 times looking for a hummer.  Mainly because the HMMWV didn't even enter service until 1984 (and civilian versions weren't until the 90s...) and this is supposed to be a 1983 commercial.  Sure enough there isn't a single sign of one...

But I guess you did succeed in making me waste my time.
67  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 21, 2016, 12:23:12 AM
I like Re:Zero,  but I am hoping animating WN that have been converted into LN isn't the next big thing for anime.

Next big thing?  Do you mean the last big thing?  They've been doing it for years...

In the beginning they start out decent but they just devolve into overpowered main character wankery. The ones that do not go the blatantly op route tend to be Gary Stu author inserts.

Let's be fair, this only describes 99% of them!

...OK, yeah.  Most WNs are terrible.  Though I still seem to read a ton of them because 1) Sometimes I just want something stupid and fun, I think hard enough at work, and 2) They're easily available and it's a good way to practice my Japanese.  Though even I've gotten pretty sick of most of these OP-protagonist WMs.  Which is actually why I've been reading more and more shoujou ones lately...those have their own tropes of course, but at least they're *different* tropes!

Though one non-shoujou title I've been enjoying lately that doesn't have an OP protagonist is Genjitsushugiyuusha no Oukokukaizouki ("A Realist's Kingdom Reform Chronicles").  It does feature and awful lot of masturbating to Machiavelli on the other hand but at least that's something different!
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Too many cut scenes @_@ on: June 18, 2016, 04:03:52 AM
Remember Xenosaga...
69  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 17, 2016, 03:15:32 AM
All this talk about jobs and stuff has made me decide to be uncharacteristically open and actually talk about myself...I don't know, it might make a good story.

I finished my PhD in physics back in December 2013.  But for various reasons (too long to go into here), I decided I really didn't want to continue on in physics and it was time to switch fields.  I picked data science/machine learning for my future career because: 1) it sounded interesting, 2) I had been programming forever (since well before I started pursing physics actually) and I was looking for something in that direction, 3) it's also math heavy so seemed suited to my skillset, and 4) It's a super-hot field right now and I kept hearing about how they couldn't find enough people and the salaries were high.  Seemed like enough reason for me.

I didn't really do much in the way of job searching while I was still in grad school because I had some savings and honestly wanted to take some time off before I started working for real.  I figured I had plenty of time to get series about job searching after my dissertation was done.  In retrospect I was pretty arrogant.  I had no experience in the field, no connections, no portfolio of work, and no real experience even in writing resumes or job searching either.  I had absolute confidence that given my skills I would have no difficulty doing the job.  But I kind of forgot about trying to sell myself to the people hiring.  I guess I thought they would figure it out on their own somehow...

Obviously that didn't happen.

Months went by with my job search yielding nothing.  Eventually it was over a year.   My savings dwindled.  The gap on my resume started growing uncomfortably large, to the point where I had to awkwardly try to explain it.  I started to realize that the prospect of ever getting hired only grew dimmer with time.  The odd thing about job searching is that nobody wants to hire somebody who doesn't already have a job.  It's a real bias, there's an implicit assumption by many recruiters that anyone worth hiring would already have been hired.  And by extension somebody who hasn't been able to find a job for over a year must be scum on earth...

I grew extremely depressed.  I think anyone would, really.  Constant rejection is never fun.  But in my case I took it particularly bad because, well, this was the kind of stuff I was supposed to be actually good at.  Look, I'm not a people person.  Hell I'm a bit of a misanthrope.  I never had much success in relationships and even my friends I keep at a bit of a distance.  But I am smart.  A bit presumptuous to say that myself, maybe, but they don't give physics PhDs to just anyone.  I've always excelled in academics and problem solving.  Not just academics, though.  When I was still in high school and other kids had jobs bagging groceries I got an internship at a software company.  They liked me enough they offered me a full-time position, but I decided to go to college instead.  Even though my degree was in physics this wasn't exactly an unknown world to me.  I knew I could do the job, but I felt like nobody would even give me a chance to demonstrate that I could...

But having gotten nowhere I started seriously thinking about suicide.  It's not like I was so desperate I had no other recourse, but I really felt like if I couldn't make this work then I couldn't make anything work in my life...that there was no point in continuing it...that I should just end it rather than cling to a life with no future...

(Incidentally before now I never actual admit the above to anyone, ever.  I tend to keep stuff to myself...)

At some point I decided that I would kill myself when my savings ran out.  My savings ran out.  I didn't kill myself.  It's hard to say for sure how serious I was about it, really, but I did feel like it was nothing but cowardice keeping me from doing it.   Since I had basically no money left I started putting all of my expenses on credit cards that I had no way of paying off.  Totally unsustainable and I damn well knew it, but it works for a little while.  And being sustainable really wasn't the objective.  After all this was meant to be nothing more than a temporary concession after I chickened out of killing myself the first time.  This way once those cards were maxed out I would feel like I really had no other choice...

Funny thing happened, though.  I got a job before that happened.  Exactly the kind of job I had been looking for.  The details of how...well, that's kind of involved.  Suffice to say that I hadn't completely given up and had continued to look the whole time.  Sending out resumes by this point was basically pointless but I was going around to local meetups and stuff trying to make connections.  And I did manage to make some, and finally someone actually gave me a chance.

Incidentally, it turns out my earlier arrogance was pretty justified.  Of course my earlier way of job-searching was...flawed to say the least.  But once I actually got a job I really was fucking good at it.  I've basically gotten nothing but praise at work, and increasingly it feels like they're going to be basing the whole strategic direction of the company on stuff I've built.  Heck, at one point we were discussing at work the need to hire more people and one of my coworkers said (quite sincerely), "We just need to hire another <my name>.  He's worth at least 3 people."  I never told him I was on the verge of suicide before I got this job...wonder what he would think about that.

It's amazing how much things have changed.  These days my worries include topics such as what to do with all the money I make.  No, seriously.  I went from being a grad student (not exactly living the high life) to being unemployed to a six figure salary.  I'm still living in the same shitty old apartment because I'm too fundamentally cheap to live somewhere nicer (well, and I hate moving...).  I have no major expenses or debt (Those credit cards I mentioned?  Paid them off in like 2 months.  Too longer than that to accumulate the debt...).  What am I supposed to do with this much income?  I already bought a nice car but I barely drive it.  Any good kickstarters out there I should drop $10k on?

So there's my story.  I'm not sure what the message is supposed to be.  Don't give up?  Don't act completely arrogant (even if you're right)?  That the whole job-interviewing process is kind of flawed?  That if you try to max out your credit cards good things will happen?  Probably not the last one...
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 15, 2016, 02:05:37 PM
Sometimes I wish my life was interesting enough to have something to talk about...
71  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF12 HD - Zodiac Age (whoomp there it is) on: June 14, 2016, 11:36:56 PM
FF12 had some great characters...and then there's Van.

If continue with the Star Wars analogy (with which there are a ton of parallels in FF12) then Van is basically Luke minus the whole force thing, any relationship to Darth Vader, or any relationship to the story at all, really.  He's just a kid who wanted to pick up some power converters and then somehow started following around the important people.

But I can't say Penelo was much better.  Her only reason for even being there was basically Van, making her twice-removed from the actual story.  Though I suppose if you just take Van's existence in the party as a given then her motivations made more sense at least.
72  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: June 13, 2016, 01:38:18 AM
Kongou Bongo
73  Media / General Games / Re: E3 2016: E3 2015 was better Edition. on: June 12, 2016, 11:58:42 PM
I remember Prey!  It was going to be the coolest game ever...like, back in 1996 (when single-syllable non-descriptive names were all the rage).  Wait, it actually got released?  I just remember it as DNF-level vaporware.  I guess by the time it was released I had stopped paying attention.

But hey, why not reboot a 'franchise' with only one game in it that everyone forgot about!
74  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 12, 2016, 09:02:39 PM
Two things:

#1 Yeah, the premise of the story is completely unbelievable in many ways. You just have to roll with it without thinking too much about it.
Still, the character interactions are entertaining (and Hishiro is HHNNNGGG lvl moe). As far as slice of life goes, this is a good one.
Also, I really like the art style and character designs. Hoping they keep everything the same there for the anime.

It's not really the premise that bothers me.  Tons of mangas have unrealistic premises.  I mean in some sense that's kind of the point.  But I think there are a lot of elements of the story that aren't even self-consitent when you stop and think about them.  And that's the sort of thing that bothers me.

#2 That you complain about my suggestion of ReLIFE instead of Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA 3rei!! is a small victory to me

Victory?  I think we're on the same side on that one.  I've liked Fate/kaleid from the start.
75  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 12, 2016, 04:18:38 PM
Seriously... watch it. The comic is awesome.

Going to have to disagree with you there...

I've read all of ReLIFE that is currently out (Mainly because it's on Comico and I really like their app.  There aren't a lot of places you can access Japanese manga overseas with so little hassle.) and I would rate it OK at best.  It's occasionally interesting but I just can't get over how poorly thought out the whole main plotline is.  There are plotholes big enough to drive an aircraft carrier through, and that ruins the whole suspension of disbelief for me...
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