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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 02, 2016, 07:28:50 PM
Maybe you either need new shoes or put some orthotics in your existing shoes.  Ill-fitting shoes, even when laced tightly, don't support your ankles as they should and could be detrimental to your walking and posture. 
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 01, 2016, 05:28:29 PM
Zeron- I liked those.  Reminded me of old school theme songs from 1970s anime. 

Anyway, haps: I've officially registered for my first of three planned charity/event bike-a-thons this year. It's the ACS Bridge-to-Beach bike-a-thon in June, and it will be my biggie at 67 miles. I wanted to ride 100K for the other two, but my knee issues from last year have been slow to recover, so I'll stick with just one biggie.

Training begins in earnest now, and I'm feeling pretty good. Ever since I went back to being a vegetarian this year, my body feels internally cleaner, I'm sleeping better, and I have a lot more energy which is helping me break some plateaus in my workouts.
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 31, 2016, 11:55:20 AM
Can you link me some examples of J-Disco so I can check it out?

And people think it's weird that my 3 favorite genres of music are metal (particularly death metal), punk, and J-pop.  Like when my iPod's on shuffle in my car it freaks my passengers out when a Cannibal Corpse song is immediately followed by an Ayumi Hamasaki song.  I like to listen to a wide variety of music (I enjoy classical, good hip-hop, jazz, funk, ethnic music, old Motown...) but my go-to is usually metal, then punk, then J-pop.
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: January 30, 2016, 05:33:39 PM
Kuja's too sexy for this thread, too sexy for this thread... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P5mtclwloEQ

And like I said earlier, I think Kuja is one of the most underrated FF characters and a fantastic villain.  I'd say he's one of the top 5 villains of the series.

Anyway, I never found Amano's extreme heroin-chic art style pretty at all.  Everyone looked sickly and emaciated.

I find his work to be somewhat hit or miss. Namely because he can do buff and swole dudes and really good monster designs, but everything else is waifs and bizarre accessories and color patterns all the way down. That said, the fact that he has a unique and distinctive style in of itself matters a lot to me because that is really fucking hard to do well.

I give credit to distinctiveness.  Like, I can look at a whole bunch of character art and instantly recognize particular pieces as Amano's work.  That being said, different isn't always appealing to me.  I can name several bands whose music is truly distinct, that you can easily pick them out from the rest of the crowd, but it just doesn't do "it" for me.
20  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Your Top Five Releases In The Year Of Our Lord Two Thousand And Fifteen on: January 30, 2016, 10:54:32 AM
I haven't actively listened to much of Gojira's music, but what I have heard, I liked.

Another band like that for me is Amon Amarth.  I've heard a bunch of their songs but still don't own an Amon Amarth album.  I really felt a good vibe from the songs in Twilight of the Thunder God so I'll buy that.  Oh, and I really liked the new song "First Kill" from their upcoming 2016 album Jomsviking, so that's something I'm looking forward to this year.
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: January 30, 2016, 10:52:49 AM
I don't know how to react to this.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mq3L-TvniaE  Seriously, watch it.  I will say no more. 


And for something else, here's a guy covering a Meshuggah song on sitar.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iAR1YBLkus
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: January 30, 2016, 09:20:22 AM
Kuja's too sexy for this thread, too sexy for this thread... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P5mtclwloEQ

And like I said earlier, I think Kuja is one of the most underrated FF characters and a fantastic villain.  I'd say he's one of the top 5 villains of the series.

Anyway, I never found Amano's extreme heroin-chic art style pretty at all.  Everyone looked sickly and emaciated.
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 29, 2016, 08:17:10 PM
In the car, I tend to "Mark danced crazy" the most to metal (particularly fast thrashy stuff), punk (particularly fast hardcore punk), and J-Pop.  I'd say, more specifically, that the J-Pop album "Blau" by Eir Aoi and anything by Slipknot induce the craziest stoplight paroxysms in me.

And they say you're truly a grown-up when you stop listening to music in your car and listen to the news instead.  I've never hit that stage.  The car is pretty much the only time/place I actively listen to music these days.  That, and during my indoor cardio workouts.  I just can't see myself not listening to music in the car. 
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: January 29, 2016, 07:43:45 PM
http://mooncalf.org/library/parody/wwtomato.html

And I'm not dissing on Kuja at all.  Dude was a fantastic villain and one of the more underrated characters in FF.  All I was saying was that if we're having a pretty boy party, we can't have one without inviting the best pretty boy of them all- Kuja.  Not inviting Kuja to the pretty boy fest would be like a guitar fest without Joe Satriani.  

(and I still think FF9 should have ended like this: http://mooncalf.org/library/parody/eikosboyfriend.html)
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 29, 2016, 04:53:03 PM
If you're dancing in your car at a stoplight, that automatically means your music is better because it's moving you.  Even if it's "crappy" music, it's still better because it's firing you up and making you say "to hell with inhibitions! This song is awesome, and I'm going to jam to it like no one's watching." 
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 29, 2016, 04:23:52 PM
dalucifer- if I recall correctly, you work in finance or accounting or something like that, right?  If so, I feel for ya, this being the start of tax season and all. 

As for my haps, here's my obligatory, pointless "To the [whatever people]..." post:

To the fellow motorists who make fun of me for wilding out like a deranged squirrel (to my music) when we're all stopped at a red light- Yes, I'm having way more fun than you, am pretty sure I'm listening to better music than you, and you wish you were at the little "stoplight party" going on in my car.

Stoplight parties for the win!
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: January 29, 2016, 04:18:33 PM
I was also initially fooled because the last video game character named Azel I'd heard of was Azel from Panzer Dragoon Saga, who was a girl.

So back to Final Fantasy.  We can't talk womanly men without Kuja now can we?
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: January 29, 2016, 03:44:51 PM
Manly flute playing at around 2:40: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iijKLHCQw5o

And few RPG characters get more effeminate to me than Azel in Magna Carta, who looks exactly like a girl I dated once.  http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/magnacarta/images/7/7f/5092-1762945332.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140414133212
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: January 24, 2016, 02:37:27 PM
Welch has a Facebook poker as a weapon?  Okay, I would have preferred a zhua claw myself, but I guess a Facebook poker works for this day and age.
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 24, 2016, 11:27:07 AM
No.  It's just that after I eat them, my tummy gets queasy, like it can't digest it properly.  Maybe it's the fat content? I don't know. Last time I ate an entire avocado, I vomited.  Even a shmear of guacamole does't sit well with me.
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