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31  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: December 06, 2014, 06:04:40 PM
Right now, I'm reading this: http://ultimatefantasystudio.com/books/

It's called "The Queen's Realm" and it's by the guy who's doing the upcoming RPG Meridian Shard, which was successfully funded on Kickstarter. 

The story itself is solid, but the writing is choppy and disjointed.  As if the editor made really abrupt transitions into expository tangents, making some scenes difficult to follow.  I asked the author whether the story is related to the upcoming game, and he said they're divergent from each other.  He also promised that the following books will have better editing. 
32  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 06, 2014, 05:49:47 PM


So how do you explain Lazenby's and Niven's Bond bell curve?



Outliers. 

Either that, or they'll be mixed into the overarching Bond-as-a-whole bell curve consisting of all 24 films. 

33  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 06, 2014, 01:46:19 PM
What I meant was that the assessment regarding the Craig Bond films (one was excellent, one was garbage, one was great if overrated) is that you could say that about any section of the Bond catalog.  Connery Bond films ran the gamut from excellent to "I could do without it."  Moore Bond films ran the gamut from really fun to "oh you've got to be kidding."  I don't remember much about the Timothy Dalton Bond films, because his understated Bond wasn't as memorable as Connery or Moore, even though he's a lot more believable as an elite agent.  Brosnan's Bond films had their ups and downs.  And I see Daniel Craig's films as also following suit- some will be neo-classics (or at least pretty killer) and others may end up toothless.  I do like Craig as Bond, though.  I liked that in Casino Royale, he was fallible.  That he did make mistakes.  That he's growing into the Bond mantle. 

Like I said before, every era of Bond hits every point of the bell curve and I foresee Daniel Craig's turn as Bond doing the same.  And given that we have 24 films so far, the franchise as a whole hits the highest point of the bell curve, the lowest point of the bell curve, and every point in between.  

As for Octopussy, it's not a good film but it was madcap fun and a lot more memorable than a lot of other films.
34  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 06, 2014, 10:56:29 AM
Yay, another Score Match session in School Idol Festival.  I love Score Matches.  Harasho!
35  Media / The Soundroom / Favorite albums of 2014 on: December 05, 2014, 07:37:40 PM
It's about that time again to talk about our favorite albums of 2014.  What were some of yours?  

I'll be honest, I haven't listened to as much new music as I'd like to, but one EP that's wormed its way into my head and I haven't been able to stop playing is "To Shape the Mold" by Divot.  Divot is an upstate NY band that I shared the stage with and thought were cool.  Stylistically, they're in the vein of Chevelle, Deftones, Tool, that sort of thing.

http://divotofficial.bandcamp.com/  "Succubus" is my favorite song.  I like dat riff.
36  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Guilty pleasure anime thread on: December 05, 2014, 06:23:11 PM
I was at my local comic book store not long ago and randomly flipped through a volume of Shinji Ikari Raising Project manga, which is a "slice of life" offshoot of Evangelion.  It wasn't necessarily good because it had nothing in it that made Evangelion cool and was pretty much like any other paint-by-numbers, tropey slice-of-life manga, but for some reason I found myself enjoying it.  Not enough to buy it, though. 
37  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 05, 2014, 06:14:47 PM
Tomorrow Never Dies is one of those Bond flicks that's cool while you're watching it, but you're hard-pressed to really remember it the next day. 

I don't know what's worse, a film like Tomorrow Never Dies that really does nothing wrong but you can't remember or a bad film like Moonraker that you remember for being bad. 
38  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 05, 2014, 05:17:30 PM
You could say that about the Bond franchise as a whole.  Some movies were excellent (e.g. From Russia With Love) others were cheesy as all get out but still fun (e.g. Octopussy), others were just plain bad (e.g. Moonraker), and several were quite forgettable (e.g. I dunno, so many were forgettable.)  So I don't see the Daniel Craig films as any better or worse than the rest of the franchise which already hits every point of the bell curve.  

With Bond, I don't expect Citizen Kane.  I just want a fairly straightforward espionage plot with lots of cool action sequences, nifty gadgets, a sweet car, and hot chicks.  Basically, I want a dude-flick that's a bit more highbrow than a dudebro-flick.  Basically, a martini shaken-not-stirred rather than a Budweiser tall-boy.

39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Aurian's Dragons on: December 05, 2014, 12:27:41 PM
Sweet, I just gave your dragons a "like."
40  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 05, 2014, 12:13:20 PM
It's new title screen music.  The update also has interactive loading screens and some cosmetic changes.  As for birthdays, I don't keep track, though I do log on every night.
41  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 05, 2014, 06:36:48 AM
I LOVE the new update to Love Live! School Idol Festival.  The title song is J-Pop Ska!  J-POP SKA!!!!!!! 

I didn't realize that I even needed J-Pop Ska in my life until I heard it. 

I've been pretty addicted to that game this year. 
42  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 03, 2014, 05:17:20 PM
I'm wondering if timing was an issue.  Like, did Dragon 2 come out amidst a whole bunch of summer blockbusters? 

It's kinda like how Resonance of Fate got released very close to Final Fantasy XIII, and it got overlooked even though it was arguably the cooler game. 
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 03, 2014, 05:05:08 PM
I'm thinking with art history, you could maybe snag a museum job, at least be a tour guide or something while going for your Master's or PhD.  Then you can be curator one day.  Or  Associate Educator, Interpretation and Research at a museum.  For example, I found this at MOMA's site: http://www.moma.org/about/jobs about 1/3 of the way down.

You may need to relocate to where there are museums hiring, but that's one place where art history is valued.

(I'm currently an instructional assistant who went to school for guidance and counseling, so this is my inner guidance counselor coming out.)  
44  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 02, 2014, 06:21:39 PM
I liked the trailer.  It felt like Star Wars to me.  That rollerball droid was so cute.  What I liked was that the stormtroopers seemed like actual troops and not incompetent fools.  I agree with this Youtube clip that the clone droids in Episode 1 were a lot more threatening than stormtroopers.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNAPNN3cuHw
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 02, 2014, 05:10:29 PM
I don't do pictures.  I do soundtracks.  So here's some music for you, Dice-chan!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmrC_Pij5gc Third Eye Blind "Graduate"

Now get a haircut and get a real job! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oA3-InoYsWQ

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