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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 26, 2016, 04:50:56 PM
When I first got back into cycling as an adult (circa 2009, I was somewhere around 230 pounds), my first ride on my then-new bicycle (which I still have) was about 9-10 miles and I was absolutely hurting after that.  

I know I sound like a broken record, but cycling entering my adult life has been amazing.  I feel like cycling saved my adult life twice already.  Sometimes I wonder if my passion for it is too enthusiastic on this forum and social media, and it becomes "ugh, enough already! I get it! You like to ride your bike!"  

The weather was in the 80s and sunny.  I went through three water bottles.  

Ride classifications: https://teamevesham.org/ride-levels-classes/

The B rides are usually broken down into "long B" (their routes are 42-50 miles) and "short B (32-40 miles).  I've been pushing myself with the short B's, though I want to get up to the long B's next year. 
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 26, 2016, 03:44:32 PM
Eventful ride with my cycling club today. This was my 3rd time out with the B class group (the ride was about 38 miles, but I did 1 warmup mile and one cooldown mile so I rounded up to 40). Let's just say that my catchphrase of the day was, "I may not be the fastest cheetah in the desert yet, but I will always catch up."

Though I was chugging along at a solid B pace (16-18 mph) during the first half, the rest of the pack was gunning noticeably faster (probably B+, even flirting with A territory once or twice) and I struggled big time to keep up. I found myself falling pretty far back during the first half of the ride. Even at the halfway mark, a part of me thought about dropping back to the C+ group... but I didn't. I wanted to push myself, because I'll never improve unless I do.

I fared a lot better during the second half of the ride. I kept up a lot more effectively, and even had a late surge maybe 4-5 miles from the end. It was the last hill climb and when some of the others who'd flown by me before were fading, I dug deep and charged up that hill, finishing a lot stronger than I expected. I hung on, I didn't give up, I didn't slink back with my tail between my legs, and I can't wait to do it again next time!
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 25, 2016, 04:09:52 PM
Sorry Annubis, but there is nothing appealing about the taste and texture of raw shoe leather, which is what you get when a steak is more than medium rare.  Poor animal's already dead, there's no need to cook it to death.  

Anyway, here is some political humor.

Trumps around the world: http://www.cc.com/video-clips/8ijljx/the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-the-other-donald-trumps-of-the-world

And Trump is the perfect African president: http://www.cc.com/video-clips/qf2zhn/the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-donald-trump--america-s-african-president

4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 25, 2016, 09:25:46 AM
Europe used to go "WTF?!?!" about the illegal immigration problem in the US, but now with Brexit, we're seeing more and more Europeans (particularly England) echoing the whole "build a wall! Kick 'em out!  Round 'em up and exterminate 'em!" rhetoric I've been hearing for decades from the ever-growing lunatic fringe in the US.  

Another "old wound" conversation I'm seeing Brexit reopen in the US is state secession.  Texas is becoming more adamant about pushing the "Texit" movement.  In recent history, Texas, Alaska, South Carolina, Hawaii, and other states I may be forgetting have been rumbling about wanting to secede from the US.  I feel like that whole secessionist movement has been most prevalent during Obama's presidency- or at least that's how the media has been feeding me.  Thanks to Brexit, that whole dialogue is opening up again and those "I want out" states' versions of US history being "Oh, our state annexed with the US as a marriage of convenience... but now we want a divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences." It's getting messier and messier to disambiguate the astute from the asinine in this shitstorm.  

I don't know.  I find these kinds of actions (and the current political climate in the US) a dangerous testament to mass ignorance.  The big news headlines are how ex post facto, one of the most popular Google searches in England is "What is the EU?"  I've learned to never "misunderestimate" (to quote president W. Bush) the power of uninformed/misinformed/ignorant mouth-breathers in large groups (and in the current US political climate, I see Bernie supporters being just as guilty as Trump supporters in being my aforementioned mouth-breathers.)

On a lighter note for some levity:

I'm not one of those angry vegetarians who'll give you a hard time about eating meat... unless the done-ness of your steak is more than medium rare or the done-ness of your fish is more than rare. In those cases, you've done it wrong, completely ruined and mutilated beautiful cuts of meat by overcooking them, and you now have a vegetarian pointing and laughing at you.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 24, 2016, 02:47:16 PM
And now the million dollar question is this: Will the British government actually follow through with the will of the people?  Or will they simply do what the American government does: look at popular opinion, say "awww, isn't that cuuuute?" then do whatever the lobbyists who pay them want?  
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: June 24, 2016, 02:21:58 PM
Who here has played the Bean Boozled game by the Jelly Belly jellybean company?  For those who don't know, it's game where you spin the spinner and whatever color it lands on, you have to eat that color jelly bean, and there's either a yummy flavor or a gross flavor.  For example, if you spin green, the green one will either taste like juicy pear or boogers. 

It's an evil game, as evidenced by this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbSGFzquCF0

Jelly Belly does NOT mess around with the yucky flavors. 
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite game companies? on: June 24, 2016, 02:03:48 PM
No I haven't.  I haven't watched anime in a long time.  I don't get much time to watch TV and its variants.  5pb is behind the game, right?  They've become a super strong player in the VN game.  And isn't NISA localizing it?  The quality of that company's localizations has been up and down throughout its existence. 
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite game companies? on: June 24, 2016, 08:30:06 AM
IIRC Phantom of Inferno is a Nitro+ title, and those guys are thriving since Steins;Gate took off! Nice to see them move away from H.

Blargh! You're right.  Indeed, PrincessSoft originally published Phantom of Inferno in Japan.  Hourglass of Summer is still all PrincessSoft, though.

And it seems we share a brain today, Tomara.  In looking at your paragraph about Nintendo being the big company least content to rest on its laurels and keep experimenting and my +1 of it, that's also why I used to like Sega a lot back in the day.  They were not content to rest on their laurels and were about bold experimenting, innovating, etc both with hardware and software/game design.  Unfortunately, a cavalcade of poor business decisions that even an elementary school student with a lemonade stand would avoid ultimately did Sega in.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite game companies? on: June 24, 2016, 07:48:04 AM
Before they went bankrupt, I loved KID (Kindle Imagine Develop).  They were the masterminds behind the Memories Off and Infinity (you know, The series Ever17 was part of) VN series.  Those were some of the best VNs ever and I also loved some of the games they published, like Suigetsu for Dreamcast.  

I remember when KID and PrincessSoft were the Coke and Pepsi of VNs.  KID was my favorite (Ever17 is my favorite video game of all time), though PrincessSoft had Hourglass of Summer (my all time favorite love adventure) and the excellent Phantom of Inferno.  


EDIT: and I have to +1 Tomara's paragraph about Nintendo doing things their way, status quo be damned.  My inner punk respects that attitude, even if I don't always like the product.

EDIT 2:  And I have to give props to Red Company.  Their games had the best art direction, especially Tengai Makyou.  They also masterminded the Sakura Taisen series, which is a cult classic for good reason.  Spike McFang for SNES and Thousand Arms for PSX were Red Company too.  Okay, they've attached their name to some stinkers (e.g. they had a partial hand in Nostalgia for DS and the Agarest War games) and seem to have lost their lustre lately, but when they were on point, they were on point!
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Starting a business on: June 23, 2016, 05:44:04 PM
The lion's share of my VO is through ACX/Audible (whose parent company is Amazon), so come tax season they sent me a 1099 thinger.  So I did have to fill one out this year.  The whole liability shield is a big reason why I want to LLC myself. 
11  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: June 23, 2016, 05:35:41 PM
The school year just ended for me (for those who don't know, I'm high school special ed assistant teacher) so song of the moment is "Summer Song" by Joe Satriani.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibqn-tS01pE

I also pick this one, because graduation almost didn't happen outside due to the possibility of a thunderstorm, but the sun parted the dark clouds and it was a pretty nice day.  I was supporting one of my special needs students as he played "Pomp & Circumstance" with the school band.  This was his first year being in a concert band and this was his final gig of the year, so I was stoked that he got to play, though it was doubtful at first. 
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 21, 2016, 05:21:32 PM
And you DEFINITELY want a green plate for the final boss. 
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Starting a business on: June 20, 2016, 06:14:24 PM
Have you registered this as an LLC yet?  Is the name still available, like on the LLC registry?  Did you create a second bank account for your LLC?  That's my summer project, turning my voiceovers into an LLC since I make some money with it, so everything is kosher come tax time.  Because with this you will have to fill out a 1066 form come tax time.  So definitely do the "legalzoom" LLC stuff.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 19, 2016, 06:59:46 PM
Aurian- you said your new doggie is a whippet mix, right?  From what I understand, sight hounds like greyhounds, Italian greyhounds, whippets, Afghan hounds, salukis generally have more catlike temperaments than most other dogs.  That's why they're often categorized low in doggie intelligence scales because they're not as trainable to learn and obey commands.  

One of the guys in the band I played in has an Italian greyhound and she definitely had some catlike tendencies.  She likes to leap up to the top of the couch, sunbathe, hates getting wet, not the most obedient because she thinks she knows better than you...
15  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The "what was your first anime?" Thread on: June 19, 2016, 03:29:51 PM
1st one that I can actually  remember was Dragon Quest: Legend of the Hero Abel.

I used to get up super early to watch it at 6am during the whole "Saturday Morning Cartoons" era.
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