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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: Today at 11:38:24 AM
I'm a pretty fast touch-typist, but I always have to stop and think when I type bureaucracy because I naturally type bureaucrazy. 
2  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: August 19, 2014, 09:24:16 PM
I finished reading Allegiant.  The last 1/3 of the book read quickly with tons of action and it made the dual-protagonist perspective work because, for once, they were in wholly separate places.  My generally negative opinion of that book still remains, though.  I mentioned the character narration ad-nauseum, but now I'll address the plot.  I appreciate the worldbuilding to bolster what many believe is a flimsy premise in the first book (though it's certainly not the first to pigeonhole people into 5 factions- Brave New World placed people into 5 castes a long time ago), but some of the characters' actions seemed arbitrary, illogical, not wholly in line with series continuity, and as if Roth was trying to write (sometimes retcon) herself out of several corners.  

Regarding the big plot twist (a MASSIVE spoiler)
I'm cool with the author killing off Tris- the main character.  A beloved character biting the dust can be a literary masterstroke; George RR Martin is expert at this.  However, the way Tris's death was done did not feel smooth or genuine.  It felt shoehorned in.

Speaking of characters, I grew fond of Cara by the end of Allegiant.  In Divergent, I thought she was just a one-dimensional bitch, but she grew and developed a LOT in Insurgent and Allegiant.  She and Christina (who I liked from the get-go) are probably my favorite characters in the series.

I don't regret reading the series, but there is better out there.  

I still have a ton of stuff in my reading backlog, so I don't know what I'll read next.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs that All Children Should Play on: August 19, 2014, 04:27:25 PM
Magical Starsign?

Maybe if they want to be bored to death. :P (seriously, even ignoring the cliches, IIRC, the game in general was pretty poorly paced and the story felt pretty fluffy too often. Though I suppose a kid might enjoy it more)

I would vote against that too.  Sure it's cute and cartoony, but I agree that it's pretty boring and generic.  I would easily recommend Solatorobo: Red the Hunter over it any day.  Now that game was fun to play, had great cartoony style, and a solid storyline.  Good game. 
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 19, 2014, 04:14:44 PM
While I was on a morning run, I thought "if selfies existed in Final Fantasy VIII, would Selphie be a selfie queen?" 
5  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: August 18, 2014, 08:51:12 PM
I'm about halfway through Allegiant and my opinion is still the same.  I'm invested in the story because this book provides some much-needed worldbuilding.  However, the dual protagonist perspectives are still lousy.    Unless I look at the narrator's name under the chapter number, I can't tell if it's Tris or Tobias because they both sound like petulant girls who share one brain.  

Veronica Roth took a tough guy character and emasculated him.  She clearly cannot write a man's voice.  I'm not too happy with this trend of leading men not being men.  
6  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 17, 2014, 06:08:34 PM
I watched "This is the End" with my bandmates.  It was more amusing than I expected it to be.  Movies like this are not ones I would necessarily watch on my own, but with the right people with you, they're flippin' awesome.    
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 17, 2014, 08:58:32 AM
Friday was India's Independence Day, so happy independence weekend to our Indian readership.
8  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 14, 2014, 01:31:31 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.  
If you like bike sports anime, might want to give Overdrive a try. It is one of my favorite sports anime.

I gave Over Drive a shot during some downtime and while I see its appeal, it just didn't do it for me.  I vastly prefer YowaPeda, probably because I like the characters in that anime far more.  What I do like is that both offer different flavors of the same idea, given that no two athletes in the same sport have the same story.  

EDIT: I actually sense similarities between YowaPeda and Initial D in some ways.  I never thought I'd like Initial D, but I saw a few eps and ended up thinking it was cool.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: August 14, 2014, 08:47:42 AM
Scraped up from falls. 
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: August 13, 2014, 11:10:42 PM
No idea who that is.  Just another random rider.  There were 3000 of us on that ride. 
11  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: August 13, 2014, 06:17:33 PM
I'm about 4 or 5 chapters into Allegiant (Divergent book 3), and so far I'm not digging it as much as the first two.  I'm invested in the story and everything, but the dual-protagonist perspective is not working for me.  Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of dual-protagonist perspectives and initially thought it was a nice change of pace (in Allegiant, the two POVs are Tris and Tobias), but the Tobias chapters have been limp.  Veronica Roth, so far at least, cannot write a male character effectively.  Tobias' chapters, so far, read kinda girly/emo-kid and too much like Tris's.  Tobias is supposed to be a tough guy and I don't read any tough guy machismo in his chapters so far.  I get it that thick-skinned tough guys often have traumatic pasts that made them thick-skinned in the first place and hitting that hot button can be emotional, but tough guys don't turn into dishrags and still carry themselves with bravado in the face of adversity.  

I hope Tobias's chapters improve, or at the very least have a different voice.  Right now, I have to keep referring back to the beginning of each chapter to remember who's narrating.  Not good at all. 

This could lend well to a classic literary discussion.  The idea of how well authors write characters of opposite genders.  It's easy to make blanket statements that one can't effectively write the other, but that would be false.  For example, we know George RR Martin writes female characters exceptionally well.  Ask anyone who their favorite A Song of Ice and Fire character is, and they'll likely mention one of the ladies, because they're awesome.  And in Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell penned Rhett Butler.  You can't ask for a more "man's man" than Rhett Butler.  When he delivers his classic line at the end of the movie, it's pretty badass.  It's manly, ya know?  EDIT: And though I haven't read Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy yet, I've been told that Peeta (the boy) is a more compellingly written character than Katniss (the girl).  
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 13, 2014, 04:37:41 PM
I posted this on FB this morning:
Aauugghh! It's driving me nuts. People trotting out the ridiculous "rule of three" now that Lauren Bacall has died a day after Robin Williams. I'm seeing it mentioned all over the place. Think for just a second about this supposed "rule". Where would it come from? Why would it happen? How would it even be possible? Things do not happen in threes. People do not die in threes. People die by the thousands every day! It's all just silly superstition, and humans trying to make sense of things they don't understand. Some days I truly do feel embarrassed for the human race.

And if you look at history, in all kinds of cultural and religious symbolism, the number 3 has always held some kind of mysticism.  Whether it be the holy trinity of Christianity, the Trimurti in Hinduism, the use of triangles (like in pyramids) all that stuff.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3_(number)

Somehow the number 3 is hardwired into the basic human psyche.  How else do you explain that the number 3 holds significance in pretty much every continent?  Yeah, perhaps 3 is just a number, but the history surrounding that number is pretty fascinating.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 13, 2014, 09:16:11 AM
Sorry to hear about your uncle Dagg.  It's one thing if someone dies from illness or age, but suicide- that's a whole different set of "feelz."  Hang tough, buddy.
14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 12, 2014, 03:08:00 PM
Also on the fence on Ninja Turtles. I grew up with them in the 80s, but I'm wondering when do (you) or does anyone become too old for this stuff? Plus, I got no kids to partake in this nostalgia.

Never too old.  Remember, most of these movies based on comic books and such (yes, TMNT started as a comic by Eastman and Laird) are rated PG-13, so they're not necessarily "kiddie" movies and a lot of goers are probably people our age who, yes, grew up with this stuff.  It's kinda cool seeing my 10 year-old nephew being into Iron Man and the superhero/comic stuff I grew up with. 

And looking at more modern day comics from smaller houses other than DC or Marvel, many of them realize that a majority of comic book kids are our age now and create stories we'd like.  It's kinda like how the kids whose childhoods were harbored around 8-bit Nintendo are our age now, so video games grew up with us. 

As for Michael Bay, I've said it before and I'll say it again.  The best thing he ever directed was that Meat Loaf music video "I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That.)"
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 12, 2014, 02:59:46 PM
Haps?  Along with everything else happening (both positive and negative), I'm wrestling with a hefty decision about my own life's trajectory.  I don't want to get into details, especially on a public forum.  Not yet at least.

I had this feeling that 2014 would be a year of change, upheaval, and a lot of big things happening, and that's how it's been.  
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