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16  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / The best decade for cartoons on: July 26, 2015, 12:39:45 PM
We all grew up watching cartoons/animated programming.  That's a given.  And we all have opinions about what the best decade for cartoons was.  So let's talk about it!

Those of us who grew up in the 1980s will champion stuff like Transformers, GI Joe, Jem, others based on Hasbro toy lines.  And He-Man, She-Ra, Thundercats, that stuff (even though He-Man was clearly done on a shoestring budget- the creators even admit as much.)  And most 1980s nostalgia stalwarts will not admit that, yes, 2002 He-Man and 2011 Thundercats were good- perhaps better than the originals.  I do, though I certainly have a soft-spot for the originals.  Hell, I was a 1980s kid, so I have a total soft spot for the cavalcade of 1980s cartoons, even if they were nothing more than half-hour commercials for toys with "in today's story" morals to appease parent groups who disliked the pandering. 

But I know many of you were 1990s kids.  That was a great cartoon decade as well, what with all the killer Disney series like Gummi Bears, Duck Tales, Gargoyles; Nicktoons like Rocko's Modern Life; Batman: The Animated Series, X-Men, the 1990s was a good decade for launching a lot of comic-book based series.  I liked the updated Jonny Quest as well- Jessie was cool.  I'm thinking 1990s cartoons were really where there was a focus on continuity in storylines.  Like there's little to no continuity in 1980s He-Man, the writers pretty much wrote as they went along, and it was 2002 He-Man that tried to make sense out of all of it.  The 1990s also saw The Simpsons, which opened the floodgates for "adult/primetime" animated sitcoms.

Early 2000s wasn't too bad for cartoons either.  I liked Kim Possible, aforementioned He-Man 2002, early Spongebob, W.I.T.C.H. (which I thought was a good series), Avatar, and Cartoon Network stuff like Dexter, Powerpuff Girls, Cow & Chicken...

And now we come to the 2010s.  A lot of us say stuff like "cartoons suck nowadays, they were better when we were kids."  It's telling that one of the better series to emerge from the 2010s was the new My Little Pony.  It's generally good, to be sure, but a LOT of people argue that it was "the best of the worst" during a cartoon drought.  But we're seeing series like Adventure Time, Steven Universe and others seem to get their sea legs.  The later eps/seasons seem to be where they get good.  And I mentioned the criminally overlooked Thundercats 2011. 

So yeah, let's talk about the various decades of cartoons we grew up with, maybe those our younger relatives grew up with/are growing up with, and what was/is good. 
17  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: July 26, 2015, 12:00:39 PM
"Father and Son" by Cat Stevens has one of my favorite lines in it:
"From the moment I could talk, I was ordered to listen." 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdMPuMeTxzY
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 26, 2015, 08:27:32 AM
This video is appropo for the current discussion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU4EJfX2aXE

I'm glad I upgraded to my current gym this past year.  It's more expensive than my previous gym, but it's a million times nicer.  I do enjoy lifting at the gym, but I can't stand doing indoor cardio for longer than maybe 30-45 minutes.  I get so bored.  On the other hand, I could go outside and ride my bicycle or practice throwing frisbees for hours without even thinking about it.  But indoor cardio is a necessary evil during winter or heavy rain when I can't get outside. 
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus And Vanillaware Are Working On Odin Sphere For PS4, PS3, And PS Vita on: July 21, 2015, 08:33:54 PM
It still strikes me as odd that Odin Sphere had massive slowdown, yet Grim Grimoire (also a VanillaWare developed game that often had MORE going on simultaneously than Odin Sphere did) had none?  And it wasn't released too far away from Odin Sphere.  

But considering that the slowdown and balance issues between some characters (we talked about Cornelius a lot in the last few posts) were the biggest complaints regarding the original, I'm willing to bet those will be addressed.  Otherwise consumers will go "WTF?!?!" and that would translate into lost sales.  After all, those who'd buy this are people who already played and liked Odin Sphere but want to see its foibles resolved. 
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 21, 2015, 07:47:41 PM
There's no need to dance.  The festival was mostly metal bands so people either stood around headbanging or people in front would mosh.  Staying on the sidelines away from the pits is acceptable.  And during the day Saturday, I was almost never near the stage.  It was so damn hot that I spent the day laying under the shade of a tree.  Then if I got bored, I'd throw my frisbee around and random people would come play too.  Only after the storm when it cooled down, and the evening sky was a little darker was when I was near the stage.  

I don't go to shows as much as I used to, because they usually start late and I like to go to sleep early.  I'm old and can only handle maybe one late night a month.  And even then, I want to be in bed by midnight, like Cinderella.  I was up till 4AM Friday night and 1AM Saturday night so I've met my quota for a while. 

Amusement park camping, huh?  That sounds like fun!
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 21, 2015, 06:25:11 PM
It is hot as balls in Pennsylvania and I hate hate hate summer so much and I forget every damn year. :(

We have upgraded from one air conditioner to two, and it's still too hot.

The camping festival I talked about in my last post was in Milton PA, right by the Susquehanna river.  When it wasn't storming, the heat was brutal. 

Which campground in Milton? My parents are currently working at the Yogi Bear one.

We were at Steel Steeds.  Not even a hop, skip, and jump down the road from Yogi Bear. 

This was my third year going to Smitefest (though my first purely as an attendee and not a performer).  The last couple of years it was held at Susquehanna campgrounds in Jersey Shore PA (near Williamsport) and this was the first time it was at Steel Steeds.  The former site was larger and further from any roads, but Steel Steeds, while smaller, was nicer, better kept, and had better amenities. 
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus And Vanillaware Are Working On Odin Sphere For PS4, PS3, And PS Vita on: July 21, 2015, 06:21:46 PM
Despite his final chapter being a pain in the neck, Cornelius was my favorite character of the whole thing.  Mercedes was fun to play because her skillsets got you to play her differently from the others, and that made familiar areas feel a little more fresh and unique.  Almost like how the roads you travel frequently by car seem different when you travel them by bicycle. 
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus And Vanillaware Are Working On Odin Sphere For PS4, PS3, And PS Vita on: July 21, 2015, 02:26:02 PM
Yeah, the slimes and the wizards were a pain for Cornelius, yet no big deal for everyone else. 
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atlus And Vanillaware Are Working On Odin Sphere For PS4, PS3, And PS Vita on: July 21, 2015, 11:40:09 AM
Slowdown aside, I just hope this redo fixes the balance issues in Cornelius's final quest. 
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 21, 2015, 09:10:46 AM
It is hot as balls in Pennsylvania and I hate hate hate summer so much and I forget every damn year. :(

We have upgraded from one air conditioner to two, and it's still too hot.

The camping festival I talked about in my last post was in Milton PA, right by the Susquehanna river.  When it wasn't storming, the heat was brutal. 
26  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 19, 2015, 06:55:15 PM

I'm surprised Mio doesn't play a Warwick bass, though.  She's a lefty and that company offers all their models (except signature and limited edition models) lefty at no extra charge, which is why the late Paul Grey of Slipknot endorsed them since he's a lefty who had trouble finding lefty basses.  But then again, it seems like the creators were more into more traditional gear like Les Pauls and Fender basses.  

That, and the licensing limiting it to promotional tie ins.

True.  Kinda like how in the Yowamushi Pedal anime, the bicycle brands have altered names (e.g. Trek is Trak, Scott is Scolt, Cannondale is Cannondate). 
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 19, 2015, 06:09:41 PM
I was at a camping festival called Smitefest this past weekend.  It was always my favorite festival when I used to play with Pool of Thorns so it's the only one I decided to go to this summer.  On Friday night I sat in with the band for a song, the fans were howling (a good majority of the crowd knew me before and miss me), and I even got some action afterwards.  I didn't get back to my tent till 4AM and barely got any sleep.  In other words, it was a total rock star night.  

Saturday was hot and I was pretty dead, so I mostly just lay around in the shade of a tree or played frisbee with random people.  Then a massive thunderstorm hit and a couple of lightning bolts hit incredibly close to the campgrounds.  Good thing I was wearing a dri-fit jersey and mountain bike shorts or I'd have been a sopping wet mess.  The storm passed, the remaining bands played, and I called it a night early (read: 1 AM.)  

I'm tired as hell right now and my allergies are the worst they've ever been today, but it was totally worth it.  
28  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 17, 2015, 07:02:23 AM
After Outlaw Star, I rewatched K-On, season 1.  As goofy as that show is, it did give me some warm fuzzies because a lot of the hijinks reminded me of my times playing in gigging bands.  And each of the Ho-Kago Tea Time character archetypes reminded me of one or more bandmates from my past (I've spent a good decade or so of my life in gigging bands). 

The opening song (Cagayake Girls!) and ending song (Don't Say Lazy) are so damn good.  

I'm surprised Mio doesn't play a Warwick bass, though.  She's a lefty and that company offers all their models (except signature and limited edition models) lefty at no extra charge, which is why the late Paul Grey of Slipknot endorsed them since he's a lefty who had trouble finding lefty basses.  But then again, it seems like the creators were more into more traditional gear like Les Pauls and Fender basses.  

I've only seen a few episodes from the second season, but somehow those didn't resonate with me as much.  I might give season 2 another chance. 
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 16, 2015, 06:58:51 AM
Don't I know it, D.  As my stupidly long post about my bike-a-thon troubles would indicate. 
30  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 15, 2015, 08:05:12 PM
I'm aboit halfway through The Way of Kings, and while it's a stellar book, it feels like the chapters are so dense that it's difficult to read more than 1 or 2 at a time without taking a long breather.  It's not a voracious page-turner, but it's no less immersive.  I compare it to a good "sipping beer" as opposed to a good "chugging beer."
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