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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: April 23, 2016, 04:12:54 PM
I really don't understand you, Mesh.
62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: April 20, 2016, 10:36:15 PM
Keep this in mind: Primaries are not really elections.

OK, sure, people vote.  Sometimes those votes actually matter, even.  But primaries are not run by the federal government.  Sometimes (yes, only sometimes) they are administered by state or local governments but every state has made up their own rules which is a big part of why the system is so damn complicated.

Primaries are, strictly speaking, just a way for political parties to decide who their candidate in the general election (you know, the real election) will be.  Keep in mind that political parties have no official function in the US government.  You don't have to have a party at all to run for President.  You are free to make one or join one, of course, but that all happens outside of the official system.  Which is very different from, say, a parliamentary system in which parties have a very big official role.  Of course it's impossible to deny that the big two parties have a lot of influence, but none of that is an official government function.  It's more like a group of people all deciding to vote one way on an issue, etc.

Parties don't have to hold a primary at all.  They could just pick somebody.  In fact many small parties do, because primaries are complicated and expensive to organize.  But the big two parties certainly have the resources and they've generally found that letting the people choose the candidate means their candidate will do better in the general election.  Though they're also not completely willing to let the people decide everything which is why you have stuff like superdelegates.  Or the whole issue of a contested convention which we are very likely to actually see in action this year on the Republican side (and which hasn't happened in a long time...).  Technically they could completely ignore all the running candidates and pick somebody else entirely in a contested convention, though it seems unlikely that they actually will (it would be a great way to piss Trump supporters off...).

None of this has anything what-so-ever to do with the electoral college.  The electoral college is an official system that is described in the constitution and used in the general election.  It has nothing to do with primaries, though there are some superficial similarities.   But many more states allocate delegates proportionally for primaries so in a way they're actually a lot more fair (ignoring those superdelegates anyway...).

Seeing how a primary is nothing more than a way for a party to decide who their candidate should be, is it really strange that some states would try to limit people who are not in that party from choosing their candidate?  Heck, I actually know some people who are left-leaning but voted for Trump in the Republican primary because they think he's going to crash and burn in the general election (though frankly to me that seems like a risky gamble...).

Anyway, this has been your civics lesson for today.
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: April 20, 2016, 02:37:58 PM
Some people lie about their political allegiance for many a reason and are only truthful when alone in the voting box.
That's why I never trust political polls because they are completely inaccurate.

The polls all predicted a big win for Hillary though...
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 20, 2016, 12:24:39 AM
One of my favorite bands (Anamanaguchi) is coming through Chicago on May 25th!  Which would be wonderful... if they weren't randomly opening for Hatsune Miku that night.  Which I wouldn't even really have much a problem with except that their ticket prices that week go from $15 a pop on non-Mitusne nights to over $50 for the ONE show that I can realistically go to without staying the night somewhere.

Fate is a cruel whore sometimes.

*Kevadu hides his super-VIP Miku ticket he payed $180 for...

Anyway, funny that Yoda had a water-is-turned-off story.  I saw a notice yesterday that they were going to turn the water off in my apartment for maintenance but I barely cared since it was supposed to be from like noon-2pm and I was going to be at work.  Well I got home around 7pm and made the mistake of not immediately trying my faucets.  Didn't even give it a shot until around 8pm only to discover that my water was still off...

Called the building manager and she was like, "It's late and we already brought the maintenance people back here once so they can't come until tomorrow."  (Apparently there were other people who didn't have their water turned back on until they complained.  Despite that fact they still didn't check again to make sure they actually got everyone...)  Are you fucking kidding me.

Time to find a new place to live.  Not even kidding about that, I was sort of thinking about it anyway but this does it.
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: April 12, 2016, 11:30:56 AM
So Ellen Baker has made it here too...is nothing sacred?
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: April 10, 2016, 09:51:51 PM
Nice to see Band-Maid getting some recognition.  I agree with Dincrest completely: Sure they have a gimmick, but even if you take that gimmick away they're still awesome.  And having met them I can also tell you that they seem like very humble, down-to-earth people who are just happy to be playing.  (Well, they did only sign with a big label quite recently.  Maybe that won't last...)

Yeah, I'm a fan.  Or more like I became a fan ;)
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: April 09, 2016, 01:49:57 AM

Saw Band-Maid live at Sakura-con (their international debut, actually).  They're great.

I have to be honest though, I don't care for Babymetal at all.  Actually I think I've said that before so maybe it's not a shocker.  Their gimmick is...meh, but the real problem is the actual music.  I honestly think Ladybaby does the Jpop + metal thing much better even though that's kind of more of even more of a gimmick in a way.
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: April 05, 2016, 07:26:42 PM
So what makes it good?  I don't understand.

In order to explain that, first let's talk about parallel universes.  To enter a parallel universe you start by building up speed for 12 hours.  And make sure your QPUs are aligned or you'll never make it back.
69  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: April 04, 2016, 05:15:36 PM
This is like...what's the end result?

One level done with 'half' an A press.

This all sounds very interesting, but I'm not too sure if I want to spend 24 minutes on whatever it is.  Should I?

I think you should watch the video just to revel in the absurdity of it all.
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: April 03, 2016, 11:58:39 PM

On one level I feel like I should respect the sheer amount of effort that clearly went into that.

...on another level I want to scream, "Who the hell cares?!!!!"

Well clearly somebody cares.  But this has got to be the most obsessive thing I've ever seen anyone do with a video game.  And I've seen somebody exploit bugs in Super Mario World to manually reprogram it and allow arbitrary code inject in order to turn it in to flappy bird.  All by spin-jumping at slightly different positions...a lot.  But that at least felt like he was accomplishing something since it was arbitrary code injection.  This is like...what's the end result?
71  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: April 01, 2016, 01:52:57 PM
appearently they made fun of FF13 during the stream


That wasn't really the point of that video and he doesn't even say what they said.  And there are plenty of aspects of FFXIII that could be made fun of...
72  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: March 31, 2016, 10:17:30 PM
I want a Nendrone!
73  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 31, 2016, 12:23:56 PM
The convenience of flying is entirely dependent on how far you're traveling...

I live in Seattle but do occasionally like to visit my folks back in Connecticut.  I can get there in a few hours flying.  Driving would take a week, one way.  That's not very convenient.  And that's not even on the save level as all the trips I've taken to Europe or Asia...

Basically if you think driving is more convenient it means you're not going very far.  There's a whole world out there.
74  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: March 29, 2016, 02:50:41 AM
Uh, I have long been of the opinion that Seven was easily the worst piece of crap in the whole franchise...I can't imagine recommending it to anyone for any reason.

Honestly if you don't mind some really old animation I think the original series is a good place to start.  By which I mean the actual original series, not the abomination that is "Robotech".

Frontier is OK, but it feels mostly like a rehash of older themes in a more modern package.  It doesn't particularly stand out but it's not bad.

I feel like Macross Zero doesn't get enough love.  It's definitely not typical Macross but it's interesting and the animation is still stunningly beautiful even today.  It's also short so there's not much investment.  Though it's the sort of prequel that doesn't mean much if you aren't familiar with the franchise to some degree already so I wouldn't necessarily start there.
75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 26, 2016, 04:16:26 AM
Sakura-con day 1

Wait, what you mean it's only day 1?!  I thought were on at least day 3 by now.  How many days is this thing?

Staff life is crazy.

(but still fun)
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