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1  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 23, 2014, 08:29:34 PM
Techniques include 5 minutes of inner monologue on top of the hill and [singing anime songs] really loud while pedaling.

2  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 22, 2014, 11:11:47 PM
Still loving the hell out of Yowamushi Pedal.  It's now transcended being just a manga to being an experience.  I used some of the tips in Yowamushi Pedal in my own cycling and it's helping me become a stronger cyclist.  Just today, I did my usual training slope faster than I ever have and with higher gearing.  Boss! 
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 20, 2014, 09:24:45 PM
Hope your August is a better month, Dagg.  

Haps... I don't know if anyone remembers the band 40 Below Summer (their hit single was "Self Medicate" which had a video on Headbanger's Ball in '03), but they headlined Smitefest this past weekend and my band played two sets.  We kicked off the 2nd stage after-party after 40 Below played (they liked us) and we played again the next day on the main stage.  

I never got into them, because I was never really into nu-metal in its heyday and "Self Medicate" was just another generic nu-metal song to me.  But at the show, they were playing mostly new (and new to me) material and it was good.  I love it when things turn my expectations upside down and open up the possibility of a change of heart.  And they were pretty chill guys, so that's always a plus.  I hate it when you get a chance to meet a band and they're douchewads.  And, hey, they're a New Jersey band so home state pride.

Their new album "Fire at Zero Gravity" is definitely good.  "Little Miss Happiness" is my kind of song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbMMIasCz1U (it cuts out before the end, though, which sucks.)
4  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 16, 2014, 10:51:02 PM
I've heard good things about Overdrive.  I'll stick with YP, though, mainly because I see so much of myself in Onoda that it's uncanny.
5  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 16, 2014, 06:56:50 PM
I'm at vol. 9 of Yowamushi Pedal on batoto.  Loving the series and badly want legit English releases of both the manga and anime.  Sports anime and manga are curious, aren't they?  Normally, I'm not into them at all, but I'm into this one because it's about a sport I enjoy and I relate to the main character big time. 
6  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 16, 2014, 07:06:16 AM
About 10 chapters into Insurgent and enjoying it.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Aurian's Dragons on: July 16, 2014, 07:02:58 AM

Badass? Wow I didn't know it was possible to be badass with a cookie ;)

It is.  The guttural growling vocals that death metal bands like Cannibal Corpse use are referred to as Cookie Monster vocals.

And like baby bears or baby tigers, they're adorable at first but they're gonna get bigger and more menacing.

Or maybe I've just been playing too many games that look all sweet but can be hardcore difficult, hence the whole cute=badass thing.  (E.g. Battle Princess, Squids Odyssey)
8  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 15, 2014, 09:59:26 PM
So batoto and Crunchyroll it is for Yowamushi Pedal... until I can buy the books and blu-rays in English.
9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 15, 2014, 06:42:55 PM
Is there a better fan translation out there?  Right now, there isn't any legit English language publications of the manga or anime.  When there is, I sure as hell will plunk my money down because the series speaks to me. 
10  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 15, 2014, 05:17:34 PM
Just started reading Yowamushi Pedal and I think I have a new favorite manga (and possibly anime when I get around to watching it).  I relate to Onoda.  I'm obviously a dorknerdgeek, definitely not as smooth as I let on in social situations, gym class joke, etc.  And I've gotten flak from skinny-tire riders a lot about my "heavy bike" with "fat tires" (I ride a hybrid).  But then, I smoke 'em going up the hills.  Skinny tire riders who'd wipe me on the straights, I'd nail them on the hills, because I've become a half-decent climber.  Kid sorta looks like me too.  

Methinks it's a sign.  

EDIT: Cut the sentimental fat.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: July 15, 2014, 03:48:33 PM
From Sunday's bike-a-thon.  This was taken near the finish line so the brutality of those last 10 miles definitely shows on my face. 

12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Aurian's Dragons on: July 14, 2014, 06:18:59 AM
Love them.  They're adorable, they're badass, they're adorably badass. Second one's expression is priceless.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 13, 2014, 08:25:54 PM
I was straight-edge for 2 years till I fell off the wagon for a year and a half.  And I haven't had any alcohol or other intoxicants for the month I was training, and I've never felt better.  I don't regret the time I fell off the wagon, but I felt like fate gave me the call to arms to come back to the 'edge.

EDIT: And big ups to my riding partner.  He's a cancer survivor, talked me into doing the ride, and is awesome.  I call him "Captain Jack" because his name's Jack and he was our team captain.  

I was more referring to the after-effects of the long bike ride

A lot of cyclists do drink a beer post-ride to quickly replenish carbs.  

But, yeah, I'll probably be a smidge sore tomorrow.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 13, 2014, 07:21:30 PM
Thanks.  With a metric century under my belt (65 miles= about 105km), my next goal is to ride a century (100 miles).
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: July 13, 2014, 06:05:59 PM
Deutschland won.  The better team prevailed.  Although the ref was an idiot.  The guy who clawed Schweisteiger's eye should have been carded and Germany should have gotten a penalty kick.  And I call bullshit on the call that gave Argentina a penalty kick.  That was a legit tackle. 

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