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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Halloween on: Today at 07:33:51 PM
A couple of my co-workers decided to make giving candy to trick-or-treaters a drinking game.  Down a shot if Elsa or Olaf (from Frozen) came to your door. 
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 30, 2014, 05:13:47 PM
How's this for midlife crisis?  While most guys in a midlife crisis want a sports car, I want one of these Japanese racing bicycles: http://www.anchor-bikes.com/ mostly for the name.  That way when people in the peloton are blustering on about their Pinarellos or Cervelos, or other assorted speed machines, I can say "I ride an Anchor!" and then blaze past them during uphill ascents. 
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Halloween on: October 30, 2014, 05:09:35 PM
Tomorrow night, the band's playing a Halloween show, but we'll be in our usual stage outfits.  A couple weeks ago, we played a Halloween show in the Syracuse area and we all dressed up as Star Wars characters.  The drummer was the Emperor, the singer was slave Leia, guitarist was Chewbacca, and I was Lando Calrissian.  I even grew out a moustache for that night. 

Our singer never got to go Trick or Treating growing up, so one time the band took her out Trick or Treating.  The guys all wore masks and pretended to be costumed teenagers taking kid sister out trick or treating.  She wore a classic "bedsheet ghost" costume.  She's tiny and would say "trick or treat" in the cutest "little girl" voice, so no one suspected that the little girl in the ghost costume was, in fact, our singer. 
4  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: Reviews are sometimes inaccurate on: October 30, 2014, 04:55:43 PM
Even before I joined the staff, my favorite part of the GOTY features was reading editors' individual picks rather than the sitewide picks.  I can already tell that some of the stuff in my top 5 for 2014 will probably not be in anyone else's list.  And that's part of the fun. 
5  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: Reviews are sometimes inaccurate on: October 28, 2014, 05:59:52 PM
1) Every reviewer grades a little differently, just like teachers in school.  You may submit the same exact essay to two different English teachers and Ms. Jones may give you an A for a litany of valid reasons, whereas Ms. Smith may give you a C+ for a litany of valid reasons.  We're human, we all have different tastes, so look to the reviewers whose tastes align with yours.  

We've had the grading system discussion on staff every year, sometimes multiple times per year.  Sure, the school grading system we use (100-90= A, 89-80= B, etc) may not be perfect, but I like the wiggle room a numerical system gives me (then again, I am an educator by trade.)  Plus, aggregate sites go by numbers more accurately than letters.  

2) The overall score is not necessarily an average of all the category scores.  Sure those play a part, but it's what I call the "reviewer's tilt."  Some reviewers may weigh one category more heavily than the others when coming up with an overall score.  Some may go with gut instinct for overall score.  
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 24, 2014, 07:10:33 PM
Happy Diwali to all my Indian brethren.
7  Media / The Soundroom / Re: The Music Video Topic on: October 24, 2014, 05:54:37 PM
While I could mention classic 1980s videos like Michael Jackson "Thriller," Peter Gabriel "Sledgehammer," or Genesis "Land of Confusion" as well as the 1990s videos Prodigy "Smack My Bitch Up," or the epic Guns 'n Roses videos for "Don't Cry," "November Rain," and "Estranged" but my all time favorite music video is still this 1994 gem:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5rRZdiu1UE
(Beastie Boys "Sabotage")

EDIT: And, like Beavis, 20 years later and I'm still waiting for the "real" video to come out.  http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-YsiTUxe4MI

And I want to make mention of this killer video for "Monarch Omega" by Abnormality.  They're one of my favorite bands and the lead vocalist is a friend of mine.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBf1kM0wBfg
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 23, 2014, 12:06:19 AM
I'll always have haps.  Along with cycling et al, I will soon post haps in voice over adventures too.  One thing is for sure, I always stay busy. 
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 22, 2014, 04:51:52 PM
Love Live - Let Us Sing Together

Log in tonight.

It's Eri's birthday! +5 Love Gems
We're sorry for the extended maintenance +3 Love Gems

ヽ(^。^)丿

After this event, I can roll honor for my third time with this.
(Also, gratz Dincrest on your SR)

Thanks, man.  That was quite the surprise to stumble upon.  I'm getting so many of the main characters (who have bonus powers and stuff) that my normals are getting phased out.  This is too bad, because I like several normals- both in looks and in their personality profiles when I idol-ize them and max out bonds.  

I LOVED the previous event with the 4-way vs battles.  That was hella fun.  
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: October 21, 2014, 06:56:23 PM
Who remembers that old animated sitcom The Critic?  I liken Aeolus to Jay Sherman. 
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 21, 2014, 05:00:31 PM
I mentioned in an earlier post that I'm stepping down from performing with the band because the lifestyle (especially touring) is taking a toll on me.  Well, the band made me an offer I pretty much couldn't refuse.  While I would be stepping down from performing, I could still be their "PR Manager" and continue to help out with backend stuff like promotion, some bookkeeping, some PR, etc.  This way I'm still connected to the band (I'd be P.o.T. staff) but don't have to tour and all that jazz.  My tenure as a performer ended on good terms, the band likes and trusts me, they want to keep me on in some capacity, and it won't be the kind of time commitment of a touring performer.

Plus, though I'm a competent enough player, this kind of stuff is what I'm better at.  I always joke that it's never my playing skill that gets me gigs with bands, but rather that I'm responsible, accountable, dependable, and reliable.  Past bands have had superior bassists to me, yet I always get the callback.    

I like this- I can still be connected to local music (which I ardently support) without having to go on the road and repeatedly drag myself home at 3 in the morning with aches and pains and barely recover a week later.    
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: October 21, 2014, 04:51:36 PM
Your mention of how the Wutai side quests involves various damsels who aren't love interests or whatever made me realize something.  As cool as the main ladies in FF7 are (Tifa, Yuffie, Aeris), the side-ladies are pretty cool in their own right as well.  We mentioned Jessie of AVALANCHE and Shera (Cid's wifey) before, but there's also Elena from the Turks.  Yeah, her inexperience is quite prevalent but she does take her job more seriously than Reno and Rude so she has the potential to be a total badass. 
13  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: October 20, 2014, 06:33:35 PM
Been on a Divinity Destroyed kick, so song of the moment is "Threshold."  The chorus is definitely one that makes you want to shout in someone's face.  Heck, the lyrics as a whole are good.  I love this band.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6uOg4EBpKQ
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 15, 2014, 07:36:06 PM
How is garlic blegh?  I'll admit, I'm not a fan of raw onions (onions have to be cooked) but garlic is fantastic. 
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: October 15, 2014, 06:16:14 PM
Like everyone, I too am enjoying this log because it reminds me of why I fell for FF7 in the first place.  I had a love-hate relationship with that game, but now it's love.  

Thinking back about analyzing the theme of how every character believes something that is untrue.  e.g. Cloud believed he was Zack.  Aeris believed her materia was useless.  Red believed his father was a coward.  Sephiroth believed he was a descendent of Jenova.  Cid believed that Shera took a piss on his dream.  Etc.  

Speaking of, while that scene at the end of disk 1 was a shocker that made a lot of gamers cry, I felt that the greatest source of pathos in the game was the Cid and Shera scenario where she aborted the launch due to a faulty tank and Cid held a grudge against her for a long time for killing his dream.  I thought Shera's story was the saddest in the game.  For her to endure the abuse from Cid for so long, that's a tragic plight; especially knowing that she saved his life and he won't believe that.  Poor Shera. 

And the scene where Red learns the truth about his father, howls at his dad's statue and it sheds a tear was pretty emotional.  
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