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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: November 18, 2017, 06:29:02 AM »

@Electricb7 The kicker is that "Business and Consumer Math" and other living-skills type math classes are reserved for students with some sort of special needs IEP or something.  I think a Business and Consumer Math class should be mandatory over more theoretical math courses.  Pythagorean Theorems don't do you much good when you're trying to navigate getting a mortgage for your first home or something.

Ive always preached that code/programming, engineering, credit and finances should be mandatory classes in schools. Tech me how to do any of these things over History, or some unorthodox math class and you will most likely have increased my chances off success.

I would respectfully disagree with you on history/social studies.  I think it's important to learn that because history often repeats itself (look at how much we compare Trumps rise to power to that of past demagogues) and learning where we've come from and why things are how they are is important.  What's the point of living in a country if we never learn that country's constitution?  However, I do think civics (practical aspects of citizenship, how the government works, more pertinent "social studies" stuff) needs to make a big return to the social studies curriculum (which, to this day, most people just think of as "dates and wars.")  I had to pass a civics test as part of my US citizenship process and it's said that 1 in 3 Americans would flunk it. 

I love history and am fascinated by it, but I learned more on my own as an adult than I did in school.  But the stuff that stuck with me was the civics stuff I learned in the 4th grade, like the 3 branches of government. 

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: November 17, 2017, 09:41:40 PM »
Yeah, you ain't alone @Annubis .  For years I watched my dad deteriorate before my eyes until he finally passed two years ago.  I think about him now more than ever. 

I know when you're going through stuff like that you feel like you're facing the burden alone, that no one understands... well, everyone experiences things differently, but many of us have been down similar roads. 

@Electricb7 The kicker is that "Business and Consumer Math" and other living-skills type math classes are reserved for students with some sort of special needs IEP or something.  I think a Business and Consumer Math class should be mandatory over more theoretical math courses.  Pythagorean Theorems don't do you much good when you're trying to navigate getting a mortgage for your first home or something. 

The Soundroom / Re: Favorite Albums of 2017
« on: November 17, 2017, 08:27:59 PM »
So far...

5) Darkest Hour- "Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora"

4) Efe Tozan- "The Last Birdling soundtrack" (The Last Birdling was a VN I reviewed for the site and gave an Editor's Choice to.)

3) DragonForce- "Reaching Into Infinity"

2) Burial Mound- "Relics of a New Age"

1) Sons of Apollo- "Psychotic Symphony"

With the exception of The Last Birdling, I've spoken at length about them in the Song of the Moment thread. 


Yo, after reading your post I want to explore Puya's music even more now.  And, dude, I used to play in a punk band so I'm all about that raw production because that just feels more organic and "real/ street level" to me.  As for Union, I listened to some of it and it definitely feels more experimental, but what I heard I liked.  Then again, I dig when bands get experimental.  I haven't listened to Areyto at all, though.

And, no, I'm not familiar with Ankla's music.  I may have to sample some. 

"Oasis" by Puya

Something in my brain told me to listen to Puya while doing my nightly plank, and I'm glad I did.  I'm also glad that a friend of mine told me about this band last year.  This song "Oasis" is from their 1999 album Fundamental (which I listened to and it's a mindblowing album) and that song has more dynamism in it than many bands have in their entire albums.  I particularly like that little funky riff around 48 seconds in.  I hear metal, I hear salsa, I hear jazz, I hear funk, even some hip-hop... And dat bass, oooh dat bass!

There are so many bands out there where I think, "How the hell did they not get famous?" and Puya is definitely one of them.  They played on major tours and supported some big name bands, yet no one's really heard of them.  It's a shame because their music is really good and I've heard they slay in concert.  It could be argued that they didn't make it big because their music is primarily in Spanish, but since when did language barriers stop other artists?  Rammstein is internationally known and they sing in German.  And, of course, La Bamba became a monster hit back in the late 1950s. 

Puya + Dog Fashion Disco would be a concert that explodes my brain into mechanically separated meat. 

The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM
« on: November 10, 2017, 01:24:43 PM »
One of my favorite Game Boy games was Gargoyle's Quest, and here's a guy playing a medley of that game's music on a strange but cool electronic/synth/woodwind instrument called EWI.  I've never seen or heard one before, but it's cool.  Plus, it's music from a great game that was criminally overlooked.

EDIT: And here's a gorgeous acoustic guitar cover of "Alone in the World" from Wild ARMs.  Man that was a good game with a great soundtrack.  <3 Michiko Naruke's music.

General Discussions / Re: Today In The News
« on: November 10, 2017, 12:34:48 PM »
Here's hoping Trump's reign of WTF creates the positive effect of waking up the apathetic populace to realize that politics is not something you can ignore.  It will affect your life, you have the means to make a difference (even by simply voting), so go out and do it.  My right to vote as a US citizen was hard earned, and I vote in everything from Commander-in-Chief down to Fire Chief.  I also have the power to do stuff in my community so I can BE the change I want to see.  We as a people have the power to make things happen. 

As I posted a few posts back, Trump's incendiary bluster is inspiring more and more women (including women of color) to speak up, run for office, and not take Trump's guff without a fight.  And in New Jersey and Virginia's gubernatorial elections, both states voted Democrat.  That's taking some of the wind out of the Trump administration's sails.  There are still more midterm elections across the country to come, I'm sure.  So the time is prime to use our voting power. 

Trump may be a political gamechanger, but he's not the only game in town. 

The "Challenge of the Gobots" theme song has been stuck in my head since the summer for months now.  I'm not sure why it's been in my head and been making think deeply about Gobots (as shown below), but it is a cool song.

And I will admit, I actually liked the show and had several Gobots along with my Transformers.  As a kid it was easier to beg for Gobots than Transformers since Transformers were way more expensive.  Or when I had allowance money to spend, the desire to have a new toy right away involved me buying Gobots instead of saving up for a better Transformer (since saving up allowance took a long time.)  Yes, there is no doubt that Transformers had the superior cartoon, toy line, and marketing (e.g. they could use the same fighter jet mold, paint it different colors, and sell essentially the same toy as 6 different characters.  Even when mom and dad would say to me, "But son, you already have a fighter jet Transformer.  Why do you want another one?  Pick something different/unique." I would counter back, "Yeah, but the one I have is not Starscream!")  Though the Gobots toys sometimes broke easily because they were twiddly to transform, there weren't many palette swaps like that.  Each toy was unique. 

But there are still some things that Gobots did right that have stuck with me to this day.  The one thing is how the cartoon incorporated strong female characters better than Transformers ever did.  Transformers (G1) just awkwardly shoehorned in some glorified sexbots, whereas Gobots had characters like Crasher and Smallfoot in place from the start.  And neither was a fembot; Crasher looked like a sadistic race car and Smallfoot looked like a tomboyish mud truck.  And one of the Gobots' human companions was A.J.- an African-American girl training to be an astronaut.  That's pretty cool. 

I know people will argue that some Gobots in the show looked nothing like their toys and/or size disparities (e.g. Cy-Kill's face), I could name just as many (if not more) Transformers guilty of that as well (Ironhide and Galvatron toys looked nothing like the cartoons.  Megatron was gigantic as a robot, but shrunk tremendously as a guntransform).  Heck, I would even argue that the Challenge of the Gobots cartoon stayed truer to the toys, especially in terms of how they transformed. 

General Discussions / Re: Today In The News
« on: November 08, 2017, 06:03:25 PM »
...Well, it looks like New Jersey and Virginia both elected democrats as their new governors. 

I know in New Jersey, the race was fairly tight.  Republican Guadagno managed 43% of the vote.  If it weren't for the atrocity of governor Christie's reign of terror in my state, she might have won.  But unfortunately, she was Christie's lieutenant governor and simply could not shake that "guilt by association" with the voters.  In all the years I've lived in New Jersey, Chris Christie was easily the worst governor ever. 

Here's hoping governor Murphy can make good on at least some of his promises to empower educators and give us back a few pennies of the lunch money that bully Christie stole from us after beating us up. 

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: November 08, 2017, 05:56:00 PM »
What is it about being on the phone that makes people completely forget about how loud they are being in relation to their surrounding?  Or maybe it has nothing to do with their surrounding and they are just always shouting into the phone?? 

Do you guys all shout into your phone every time you get a call?

Very perplexing.

I think with airplanes being as crowded as they are (lots of people noise), the noise of the engines and wind turbulence, and our ears popping so our hearing isn't as clear as it is on the ground, people feel the need to shout over each other. 

I feel like air travel is a necessary evil.  Yeah, I need to fly in a plane to, say, visit my cousin in Colorado, but airports and air travel are the absolute pits. 

2017 is becoming "Album of the moment" for me.  Prior albums of the moment (that were released this year) have been "Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora" by Darkest Hour, "Reaching Into Infinity" by DragonForce, and "Psychotic Symphony" by Sons of Apollo.  And although I haven't mentioned it in this thread, Efe Tozan's "The Last Birdling Soundtrack" is easily my favorite video game soundtrack album this year.  Well, I have to add another " 2017 Album of the Moment" to the list: "Relics of a New Age" by Burial Mound. 

Burial Mound is one of my favorite local bands; their music is fantastic (it's an enervating espresso blend of groove/melo-death/metalcore) and they're super cool dudes.  I've seen them play live many times and their music is just like their live shows: exciting and intense.  I've listened to their "With Honor" EP more times than I can count since 2012 and I had no idea they released a full-length back in March. 

Anyway, this album is straight up awesome.  Vocalist Mike Germano displays a wide variety of growls and even some sinister cleans and his enunciation has improved tremendously.  It's like his vocal technique spent 5 years at the gym and gained 30 pounds of straight muscle.  He had a limited range in "With Honor" and now his range has expanded.  Burial Mound always had complex, but still hooky, songwriting and that's been taken to 11 too.  Guitarists Nick Ursomaso and Joe Germano are a dynamite duo.  They could be the next Jon Donais and Matt Bachand (the electrifying guitar duo in Shadows Fall).  The rhythm section of bassist Dan Gunning and drummer Rob Gladden totally hold it down and really drive the music.  This is 100% my kind of metal.  I think my favorite song on the album right now is "Origins" but all of them are killer. 

Here's an album preview.

General Discussions / Re: Today In The News
« on: November 05, 2017, 07:45:46 PM »

...and today there was a mass shooting at a church in Texas.  26 dead (at last count).  One of the worst mass shootings in state history, it seems.  So many innocent people getting killed in mass killings recently and the fact that there have been so many mass killings recently just annihilates my brain.

But what's really sickening to me is that with all these mass killings happening and innocent people losing their lives, too many folks seem to be trolling around on the Internet arguing what side of politics the killers are on, their ethnicity, and/or their religion.  It's like, ugh, when you have a killer on one side and the dead bodies of innocents on the other, should politics, ethnicity, and/or religion even matter?  The end result is usually that the shooter was a lunatic who wantonly killed innocent people who could've been us, our families, our friends, etc. 

General Discussions / Re: Youtube
« on: November 04, 2017, 07:50:45 PM »
House cats also get really confused when prey doesn't act like prey. Not too surprised to see similar behaviour in larger felines.

The thing with skunks, though, is that they don't really have ground predators.  Yeah, cougars, wolves, coyotes, etc. could theoretically prey on skunks but generally do not because it's not worth the effort.  Killing a skunk without getting sprayed is nigh impossible, so only the most desperate ground predators would consider a skunk.  That's actually why owls are the primary predators of skunks.  They swoop in silently from the sky and because they have a fairly underdeveloped sense of smell, the skunk's weapon is not as effective. 

Anyway, here's a video of a dude playing "Somewhere, Over the Rainbow" on a theremin.

General Discussions / Re: Youtube
« on: November 04, 2017, 02:39:13 PM »
Skunk vs. Cougar.  That skunk could give lessons in self-confidence.

I remember when I went to school at Rutgers (hard to believe that was ~10 years ago), there was a den of skunks living under one of the old campus buildings near the lot where all the grease trucks used to park.  So when the skunks would come out at night stalking their prey (usually the almighty french fry), drunk freshmen would freak out like nobody's business. 

General Discussions / Re: Today In The News
« on: November 04, 2017, 02:01:20 PM »
While America would likely win that fight because it has more guns per capita than any other country and its population far outnumbers Canada's, it would be a pyrrhic victory because the Great Lakes War will render the lakes so choked with dead bodies, munitions waste, tank emissions, and other wartime pollution that they won't be viable water sources any more. 

So it would be a lose-lose all around.

But on a positive note, at least Trump's ascendency to power is inspiring more and more women to run for political office.  After this Trump-era comes to pass, I await the coming of a Lisa Simpson for president.

In other political haps, I voted (via mail-in ballot) for New Jersey's gubernatorial race weeks ago, so we'll see how my state voted after Tuesday's polls close.  While I'm sure democrat Phil Murphy is a lock for the northern NJ counties, I live in southern NJ which is very swing.  I've actually seen more signs for republican Kim Guadagno during my daily commute than for Murphy.  You know what they say, "the south begins in south Jersey."

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