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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 13, 2014, 04:09:26 PM
At 1:17PM today, I officially rode my bicycle (affectionately namedTamara Ny) 65 miles in the Philadelphia Bike-a-thon. Words simply cannot describe the experience. I rode Tamara Ny longer, harder, and faster than I ever have, and she took it. We (yes, my bicycle has a soul) soared up the hills (after skinny tire riders would smoke me on the straights, I'd roar past them on the hills), we danced in the rain (there was a 15 minute stretch when it rained; it was glorious!), and survived those last 10 brutal miles. Strong headwind, my leg cramped up at the 56 mile mark, but I just dropped to granny gearing, worked the kink out, and powered to the finish.

My legs are aching, I'm absolutely spent, but I CANNOT wait to do this again next time and do more distance rides like this.

And I definitely want to make a return to the straight-edge lifestyle. Cycling is the only drug I'll ever need. Waking up at 4AM this morning has NEVER felt this fantastic!
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 12, 2014, 12:55:16 PM
(1)  Decided to change my profile picture to one of my creations. :)

That's a cool piece.  Will you share more pics of your creations?  

Bike-a-thon's tomorrow, so today's a recovery day for me.  

And lol at Yoda's Pool of Thorns gifs.
18  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 11, 2014, 11:53:20 PM
After we got done with band practice, we watched "We're the Millers."  It was hilarious, if a bit choppy.  Will Poulter played the dorky kid really well, so now I actually want to see Maze Runner to see him play the bully. 
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Divinity: Original Sin on: July 11, 2014, 04:12:40 PM
I'm glad to hear the game is good.  When I went to E3 2012, I visited with Larian to get a preview of the game and I liked where they were going with it, but in the back of my mind I kept saying, "this is ambitious.  Can they pull it off?"
20  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 10, 2014, 06:44:03 PM
I just finished the first Divergent book.  I enjoyed it and definitely want to read the others.  However, I think I liked the movie better.  It scripted a lot of things in a more sensible way than the book.  For example:
In the book, Tris "breaking" the simulations was encouraged.  Whereas in the movie, that was seen as Divergent and thus would make her more highly suspect.  So the movie had Four train her to "think like a Dauntless" to overcome the fear simulations the Dauntless way.  For example, when she did Four's fear landscape and they were in his fear of heights.  She said "it's not real, just jump."  And Four said, "No!  A Divergent would jump.  A Dauntless would [do whatever it is a Dauntless does].

I get the feeling that I'll like the Hunger Games books better than the movies (which were solid) but I'll probably like the Divergent movies better than the books (which are solid so far).

EDIT: I also read that Brandon Sanderson novella Legion.  I liked the concept and everything, but it felt rushed.  It could have been more detailed (especially in its worldbuilding) and the writing style felt too YA. 

And I picked up a free sample of the Maze Runner collection (this sample has the first 8-10 chapters of book 1).  I did not think I was going to like it because the trailer to the movie didn't interest me and the plot and premise seemed very cliched.  But I'm getting into it, because the writing style is engaging. 
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: July 10, 2014, 08:11:47 AM
I'm with you there, sister. 
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New NIS announcements - Battle Princess Arcadia and Fencer Fairy F for NA on: July 09, 2014, 09:50:28 PM
Once I got into a rhythm with the game, it became kinda comforting.  It's like the tsundere girl; she puts up fronts and barriers at first, you break them down, then you hang around because you want to reap the rewards of a sweetheart after breaking down the cold-hard-bitch front.  

And eventually my Plume started becoming so powerful that she (and her brigade) could annihilate stages by themselves.  

EDIT: I think a lot of people were taken by the breath of fresh air that an RPG that looks like it should play a certain way makes you think differently.  Like, I remember when Persona 2: Eternal Punishment came out back in late 2000.  Turn-based JRPG, sure, but if you approached it like a Final Fantasy game and went on "turn-based JRPG autopilot" you'd be toast.  A lot of people complained that it was too hard but it really wasn't if you just altered your thinking a little bit. 
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: July 09, 2014, 06:52:34 PM
Well, it's Argentina-Germany in the World Cup final.  After a deadlocked game, Argentina proved superior in penalty kicking.  They seemed less gassed than the Dutch kickers.

That should be a pretty exciting match, Messi vs. the machine.  

As for the 3rd place match, I think Netherlands will beat Brazil.  But I don't think it'll be the most exciting match since neither team really wants to be in the "losers cup."
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New NIS announcements - Battle Princess Arcadia and Fencer Fairy F for NA on: July 09, 2014, 06:50:10 PM
My review is up, and I thoroughly second Klyde's advice.  Defend.  Defend like your life depends on it.  Defend like Guillermo Ochoa and Tim Howard in the World Cup.  And when leveling up your brigades, power-level Plume's first and do not hedge your bets right away.  My review offers a couple of hints on how to work the system early on so that the game becomes easier and more fun in the long run.

This is one of those games that starts out cheaply difficult, but gets a LOT easier as it progresses.  
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: July 09, 2014, 08:23:05 AM
I looked it up.  310 feet high. 

And to contribute to this thread... I don't know if this was posted already, but it's amusing. 

What if Miyazaki films were other anime: https://screen.yahoo.com/college-humor/miyazaki-films-were-other-anime-174223177.html
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: July 09, 2014, 08:07:29 AM
Well, it's Netherlands-Argentina today.  I think THIS one will actually be close. 
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: World Cup 2014 (starts June 12, kiddies!) on: July 09, 2014, 12:06:19 AM
That was just humiliating.  Brazil is supposed to be this elite team and they played like grandmas.  EDIT: All I could think of was "damn, there's gonna be some riots!"  Not just sports riots, but riots from the people criticizing Brazil's government for spending umpteen billions of dollars to host World Cup AND Olympics 2016 when that money could have been spent on improving country infrastructure.  I'll bet some of the favelas in Brazil are just as bad as the slums of Mumbai.  Maybe worse in some spots.

So in that regard, I feel for the Brazilians.  
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 07, 2014, 10:23:32 PM
I always liked bowling as a first date.  It's fun, casual, active (rather than passive), allows some breathing room (like, you're not constantly focused/focusing on the other person; you're doing stuff too), good place to converse.  Maybe it's a bit old school, but it's better than dinner 'n a movie. 

Otherwise, if she's the outdoorsy type, I'd take her out on a hike (lot of good trails near me), and we'll stop at a nice spot (like a lakeside) and enjoy the picnic lunch I cooked up either the night before or that morning. 
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: BEST game you bought on a WHIM and LOVED <3 on: July 07, 2014, 05:22:10 PM
I remember at E3 2012, one of my colleagues brought a copy of Brooktown High for PSP she'd scored in a bargain bin for, like, 3 bucks on a whim.  A couple of us had WAAAY too much fun playing it.   And later on I found it in a bargain bin for $3.  That game is friggin' addictive.  One of my real life/non-RPGFan friends said he was addicted for a week straight. 

Something similar happened to me with My Sims Kingdom for the Wii. It was a reviewcopy, not a bargain bin game, but the main reason it went to me was because I had a Wii and that game wasn't whatever shooter was popular back in 2008. I had no expectations and everyone else thought it was going to be a shitty kids game. I played several hours and got really into it. It was simple, but addictive and had a good sense of humour (you can totally kick an emo). My brother saw me playing and wanted to try, too. My sister soon followed. We - three adults! - actually argued who could play next.

I relate to that too.  I'm often the most vocal member of RPGFan's "cleanup crew" or "dumpster divers" who'll take on reviewables of games no one really wants.  A lot of times, they're bad, but sometimes there is a pleasant surprise to be had.  For example, the Naruto: Path of the Ninja RPGs were actually good.  And, I'll admit, I do have a somewhat morbid fascination with bad gaming. 
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: July 07, 2014, 04:29:36 PM
Yoda, dude, how high is that coaster?  That long rise and first drop in Steel Force at Dorney Park was pretty intense for me, and it's only 205 feet up.  

What sucks for me is that I loved coasters as a kid, but as an adult I have to do coasters eyes closed or I get vertigo.  The last coaster I was able to do eyes open without issue was ThunderHawk (also at Dorney)- wooden coaster, 45mph, 80 feet high.  Yet, go figure, spinny rides like the teacups don't bother me.  

Seems there's a TV show on Travel Channel dedicated to coasters, both US and international: http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/family/articles/insane-coaster-wars
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