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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: October 24, 2016, 06:56:22 AM


That thing is cool.  It reminds me of Madurodam in the Netherlands but on a global scale.  I loved Madurodam as a kid.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 24, 2016, 06:51:53 AM
There's one in every family; several in mine actually where good, decent guys were ostracized from the family because their wives cut them off,  And it sucks that someone has to die to bring people together, even if it's awkward.

But forget about all that.  This is about oma.  My condolensces to your family.  Losing a grandparent is tough.  I only have one alive still (oma on my dad's side) so I "know the feelz."
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5 on: October 22, 2016, 08:34:28 PM
When I interviewed Kira Buckland, she had something interesting to say about dubbing Japanese to English that I hadn't quite thought about.  

RPGFan: Given the exaggerated nature of many anime and video game characters, have you ever been directed to act a character in a way that you felt was simply not going to work? If so, how did you handle that?

Kira: You pretty much just trust the director no matter what. Most of the time, you don't have any knowledge of the project and character other than what they tell you, so you're relying on the information and context they give you, and sometimes the client will be in the room to help out with that too. The only thing that makes me cringe a little inside is if I have to purposefully mispronounce Japanese names and words (I studied the language for years), but sometimes they just want to make it easier for English speakers to say and they have to make sure all the cast is consistent with the way they say things, so you just have to roll with it. Of course, there are times when any actor thinks to themselves "that's not how I would have approached that line," but ultimately our job is to go in there and give them what they want, and being easily directable is an extremely important skill in getting hired and rehired.


(And to keep things P5 in this topic, yes I'm reaching out to the English voice cast of P5 to hopefully get some interviews.)
4  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Voice actor interviews - who would you want to see interviewed? on: October 22, 2016, 07:11:42 PM
Since the English cast list for Persona 5 has been posted in our news feed (http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2016/5455.html) I want to see if I can get interviews with any of them. 
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 22, 2016, 02:33:35 PM
I met a dude who fronted a punk band who had a tic disorder and he would introduce himself as "Twitch."  That was his persona, his stage name.  Thanks to punk community mentality of "what makes you a misfit makes you cool" and being in a band, he was able to take his tic disorder and own it.  Like, "Yeah, I have tics.  That's why they call me Twitch!  Now let's MOSH!!!!" 

I'm pretty sure I have a tic disorder, along with other things that have gone undiagnosed.  It takes a LOT of cognitive effort for me to keep tabs on my fidgeting and twitching... and I'm very fidgety and twitchy.  The ONLY time I don't fidget or twitch, and am smoother than silk both physically and psychologically is when I'm riding a bicycle.

In haps, I auditioned for a voiceover gig narrating a Pokemon book last night... and I got it!   
6  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: October 21, 2016, 10:55:59 PM
I'm not sure how I feel about I am Legend. I originally was reading that book and then went to the audiobook when I was driving. I thought most of it was kind of dry. Got a little interesting when that woman came around. And I also have no idea if those little stories in the back of the book are part of the story or not. If it is I haven't finished it then.

Do you think part of the dryness may be due to the audiobook narrator?  As you know, I do audiobook narration on the side (5 to my credit with a 6th in the works) and when I hear some of the samples on Audible they can be wooden and dull, even in fiction.  I don't claim to be an ace narrator and I don't have that deep, smooth, rich voice every guy wants, but I try to be dynamic and engaging in my reads.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 17, 2016, 05:58:01 AM
Dude, I joke about "getting my girlish figure back" (or maintaining my girlish figure when I was slimmer) all the time. 
8  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Cocnept art for Ash of Gods on: October 16, 2016, 08:24:02 PM
I love the concept art of the young lady.  She looks combat-ready with sensible attire and the stylishly short hair that both looks cool and is practical for battle (e.g. A foe can't pull her hair).  I do not like "chainmail bikinis" and am glad to see a female character dressed pragmatically. 
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Western cRPG revival on: October 16, 2016, 08:18:40 PM
And to footnote on your second point, the majority of up-and-coming developers are people our age who grew up with games like that and are trying to re-stoke that sense of wonderment from their/our childhoods. 

So, yeah, it's not just our age bracket buying the stuff, but our age bracket also making the stuff.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 16, 2016, 02:20:16 PM
Sliced dates with a small dollop of cream cheese in between are so good.

And, as mentioned earlier, yesterday's ride had me fall back in love with "bugs on a log" (celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins.)
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 15, 2016, 06:33:25 PM
So, I finished the PD500 bike-a-thon earlier today, and here's my post about it.  This ride was easily the most technically challenging, and scenic, I've done, for sure.  I'm feeling spent, but euphoric. 


I first did this ride two years ago, skipped it last year (because of my dad's passing), and was stoked to return. The folks who put this ride together welcomed me like a long lost old friend and gave me a little bit of the "rock star" treatment post-ride. The venue is new to me (they used it last year) and it was a gorgeous place that really set the tone for the ride. The ride itself was the most scenic I've done and it left me feeling like America truly is a beautiful place. To hell with all the negativity saying that America is a disaster hell. America is beautiful and I'm grateful to live here.

Before the ride began I encountered a group of gents with AJF Ride for Autism swag on their bikes, so I struck up a conversation with them and they invited me to ride with them... which I did. It felt good riding with a group, because we were able to take turns pulling and encourage each other up the hills. My "I may fall behind but I'll always catch up" reputation was present, as was the title my cycling club had given me: that little pitbull on the end of a long rope toy. Though today, my newfound companions would cheer "pitbull on a stick!" when I attacked a climb. And because the ride was well-marked, nobody got lost.

The course was modified from 45 miles to 42, but it was perhaps the most technically challenging ride I've done. The numerous climbs throughout the ride were insanely challenging (my favorite was a twisty one with 13-15 grade that felt like something out of a grand tour) and there were two monster climbs where I and some of my companions had to dismount partway and walk our bicycles. (The steepest grade pro cyclists do in grand tours is 20, and the steepest part of the Manayunk Wall is 17 I think.)

The first of those two monster climbs was 2/3s through the second leg and hit me very suddenly with a super steep grade (had to be at least 16 grade); so suddenly I didn't have time to downshift and I was afraid that if I shifted under that pressure, my gears would lock up. So I (and two of the guys I was riding with) all had to dismount. I made it halfway up to a long enough flat section that I could remount, shift and make the rest of the relentless climb. My companions had to walk it a little longer, but they caught up because I couldn't go more than 3-5mph up this climb.

The second monster climb was maybe 3-4 miles from the end of the ride. We started the ride going down this one and had to return coming back up. I was pretty spent, so I walked up the first 1/3 (it started out crazy steep, like maybe 14-16 grade) and caught up to my companions walking. I remounted and made it partway up the second 1/3 before my legs cramped up pretty fierce. So I had to dismount, crouch for 30 seconds to work out the lactic acid, and walk it off up that section. On the last 1/3, we all remounted and made it up.

Aside from the uphill climbs, this course had some incredibly tricky white-knuckle downhill descents. I felt like I was on a roller coaster with no harness on some of those descents. And bear in mind, I'm a decent climber but a downright terrible descender so this was good practice for me.

And I have to mention the second rest stop. They had celery sticks with peanut butter and these insanely huge raisins. One of these raisins was the equivalent of 3-5 Sun-Maids. Best thing I ate during the ride. Okay, the roast veggie wrap I had as my post-ride meal was delicious too.

And even though I stopped drinking back in 2014, I had to partake in the complimentary post-ride beer (provided by Dogfish Head) and toast my dad for his birth/death day. When I was younger, we bonded over craft brews and Dogfish Head was a mutual favorite.

My goals for next year are to successfully climb Eagle Road mountain on the AJF Ride for Autism and to successfully climb the two slopes today that more-or-less defeated me on next year's PD500. I'm super motivated to train extra hard, drop a pile of pounds, tighten up my disgusting lard belly, and become the machine I was 5-6 years ago... no, become a BETTER machine than I was 5-6 years ago.

12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 14, 2016, 05:29:01 PM
Bike-a-thon tomorrow, so I'll continue pretending I live Yowamushi Pedal as I sing my way up hills.  This one is 45 miles and a reported 3400 ft of climbing.

And I still think the only reason Gundam Wing shippers paired off Heero with Trowa, Duo, or any of the other dudes is because Relena Peacecraft was so damn insufferable.  

EDIT: And then there's the whole sidebar discussion on the portrayal of leading-man or even alpha-male type characters in American vs Japanese media.  The whole "guys want to be him, girls want to be with him" kind of character.  That's a complicated balance to strike in both writing and in real life.  And if you look at stereotypes out there, the anime alpha-male would be more of a renaissance man whereas the American cartoon alpha male would be more of a testosterone ape/meathead.
13  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: October 13, 2016, 06:18:41 PM
Song of the moment is "Wasted Time" by Skid Row.  Its impossible for me to listen to this song and not break down. See, in the past few years, I've seen addiction steal away the lives of too many people I care about. Friends who were taken before their 30th birthdays. My dad taken a day before his 69th birthday (October 17 was his birthday) last year (Yeah, my dad had a battle with the bottle for much of his life). And it's always the same story- just when a person's life is starting to heal and get back on track, addiction increases its stranglehold like a demonic claw that's dug in way too deep.

The emotion in this song, the lyrics, the way it viscerally encompasses everything I'd been feeling for years before the days of reckoning... definitely one of the most powerful songs that's entered my life.

14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 13, 2016, 05:28:21 PM
And I'll be the first to admit, when I was young (maybe 19 or so), I went through that "Japanese > everything" and "I wish I was Japanese" phase... but then I grew up. 

On another note, haps... this weekend is bittersweet for me.  I'm excited to ride in a Parkinson's Disease benefit bike-a-thon on Saturday, but this weekend also marks the one year anniversary of my dad's passing (he died a day shy of his 69th birthday).  Even though I stopped drinking two years ago, I might have to partake in a post-ride beer to toast my dad.  That way I feel like I'm honoring his spirit (we used to bond over craft beer when I used to drink) while also showing that I'm looking out for my mom (she has Parkinson's) by doing what I'm most passionate about (cycling). 
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 13, 2016, 11:13:32 AM
Still, it sounds like the anime ratios have evened out since back in the day.  And while I'm seeing more women in metal and punk musjc scenes these days, the ratios there are still overwhelmingly male. 
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