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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 10, 2014, 09:17:02 PM
Thanks for all the kind words and support, everyone.  I want to jump through the computer and give all of you a hug.  And super thanks to the 'fanners supporting the bike-a-thon I mentioned on the previous page.  It means a lot, words can't describe.  

I'm already planning out my bike-a-thon schedule for 2015.  I want to make the Cancer Ride I did back in July an annual thing (I rode this one with my coworker who's a survivor), the Parkinson's ride an annual thing (for my mom and my late uncle), and I want to do the Tour de Cure for Diabetes annually for my dad (and various other family; diabetes runs in my family.)

In other news, the band just got back from playing Nikstock 2, and it was a good time.  The road's been pretty rough on the band this summer and we're actually looking forward to recording in the studio now because we're burning out from touring.  One of our guitarists is a new dad, so he's on "paternity leave" from the band (thankfully we have a second guitarist now who's earned his wings flying solo), but he's itching to play shows again.  
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 07, 2014, 11:24:41 PM
It's a degenerative disease, so it's more debilitating as far as I know.  I don't think the disease itself is fatal, but complications that arise from it can reduce life expectancy.  

EDIT: I just found out a few days ago about this benefit bike-a-thon for Parkinson's happening near me, and I'm doing it:
http://www.shakeitoff4pd.org/pd500-rock-n-roll-bike-ride.html  

Here's my fundraising page: https://fundraising.active.com/fundraiser/NealChandran
33  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: August 07, 2014, 04:54:28 PM
You won't be disappointed in that series, Darilon.  Being so prolific, Sanderson's work can be hit or miss, but Mistborn is a hit. 

As for my reading, I just finished Insurgent (the second book of the Divergent trilogy).  I'm enjoying this series, but after reading the first two books in a row, I'm taking a breather so I don't get burnt out.  The big reveal at the end could be seen as predictable, but the tension of the writing kept it interesting.  I also enjoyed seeing all the dark little secrets all the factions do that show the chinks in the armor of the supposed utopias.  e.g.
Code:
Amity putting "happy drugs" in their bread to keep their people docile.
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 07, 2014, 04:45:55 PM
Been playing FFX on and off.

I have beaten the PS2 version so I just play it in bursts whenever I get in the mood for FFX gameplay. Just fought John Travolta for the first time. Actually, I had forgotten that I had actually liked a lot of Seymour's scenes in the game. The only thing that I really remembered from my PS2 playthrough was finding it really annoying when he kept popping up every five minutes. Totally overshadowed how much I liked his total indifference at Djose Temple.

Not really sure what to play next. Klyde and Klutz' posts about Borderlands 2 make me think I should give it a go. I really liked the first one and I have the second from PS Plus anyway.

I'm pretty sure Seymour's whole bit was that he was an asshat who, at his first glance of Yuna, made it his mission to get into her panties. The only reason he didn't succeed was because Yuna got wise to his casual patricidal tendencies at the same time because Seymour waited he he got to his swingin' pad to pop the question which, unfortunately for him, happened to be parked right next door to the nexus between the realm of the living and the afterlife, and that the afterlife occasionally leaks. This led to Yuna spending a solid quarter of the game trying to figure out if she should trust the asshat or not, then Tidus gets her into bed a lake with her, then she gets kidnapped anyway because Seymour is an asshat and he wants her to get into a lake with him, then she says "Screw you Mr. Patricide. I'm not a virgin anymore and I'd rather die then become your sex toy for the rest of my life." and jumps off a cliff. Then everybody gets pissed off at him for murdering his father and he dies, then he comes back as a zombie because he REALLY wants to get into her panties.

This gives new meaning to the phrase "giving up the ghost."
35  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: If I were to watch ONE comedy show... on: August 07, 2014, 04:43:11 PM
I don't know, was it? I don't watch the show. Are they all into comics now? Whatever I saw was met with complete indifference towards them.

It was.  I accidentally typed a ? instead of a . so I made no sense. Sowwie.

EDIT: And Big Bang Theory has a whole slew of people from Roseanne.
36  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: If I were to watch ONE comedy show... on: August 07, 2014, 02:03:10 PM
The episode where the girls were having a heated debate over a Thor comic was funny.

And, as far as contemporary sitcoms go, I still recommend The Middle.  I talked about it some in a previous post.  

EDIT: Changed a ? to a .
37  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: If I were to watch ONE comedy show... on: August 07, 2014, 01:53:03 PM
I enjoy Big Bang Theory and so does my family.  Some of the ridiculous stuff that happens reminds me of ridiculous stuff I did with the guys I shared an apartment with during grad school.  Same with my dad (and my mom, who moved into my dad's graduate apartment when they got married.) 

So I think the show is a bit overrated?  Yes.  Do I think the earlier seasons are better than the newer ones?  Yes.  Still a solid, show though. 
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 07, 2014, 07:48:15 AM
I just got some devastating news.  My mom was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.  Yeah...

My uncle suffered with it for years (her older brother).  He passed away back in May of a heart attack, though.  

Looks like I need to find some more Bike-a-thons to ride in the future.  I definitely want to do the cancer ride every year, but I'm also looking for a Parkinson's ride (for my mom and uncle; I think there is a Philly based one), and a diabetes ride (it runs in my family, my dad has it).  

I figure, a bicycle was the biggest agent of change in my life, so I can use that vehicle as an agent of change for other peoples' lives.  
39  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: If I were to watch ONE comedy show... on: August 05, 2014, 10:55:16 PM
I think The Middle is a solid sitcom, particularly the earlier seasons.  EDIT: It doesn't have that typical "staged" sitcom feel with laugh tracks and whatnot.  The atmosphere is also more surreal/absurd. 
40  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 05, 2014, 05:35:32 PM
I've said it a million times before.  Rumiko Takahashi doesn't seem to know when to end a series.  They go on way too long and overstay their welcomes. 
41  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 05, 2014, 04:18:51 PM
And this is not even getting into Ranma and all his cross-gender issues. 
42  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 05, 2014, 12:23:16 PM
Isn't X-Change the title of some eroge about a guy who transforms into a girl? 
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs that All Children Should Play on: August 04, 2014, 08:25:24 PM
And in looking at tablet and phone platforms (which is where a lot of young'uns do their gaming nowadays; I work at a high school and those kids play derpy games on their cell phones every moment they get), I wonder about player stats for some of the old school RPGs on it.  Like the 16-bit FFs or something.  Like, are the majority of those players people like us who are old-head nostalgics or are they old-head nostalgics trying to get their kids into it?  And how many of us, when we were 12, shoved off our parents when they tried to show us what was fun back when THEY were 12 and we were all like, "that's lame, mom/dad!"  Sometimes I think the only things that are universally fun for kids of any generation are things like skateboards or bicycles.  Hell, the most fun I have as an adult is on a bicycle. 

And considering that technology culture nowadays is pretty much making everyone "ADD" then the challenge is in having the patience to sit down and actually invest focused time in a game or something.  I know even the most ADD-addled are capable of focus, since time flies when kids are reading Hunger Games, Divergent, or Maze Runner.  So I'm trying to think of games that can be played in short doses, but are interesting enough that you want to come back for more, like a good TV serial does. 

You know, along with Inazuma Eleven, Squids Odyssey might be worth a shot.  It looks cutesy (perhaps too cutesy) but if 12 year-olds are persistent enough for Flappy Bird, they can handle Squids. 
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs that All Children Should Play on: August 04, 2014, 01:23:01 PM
My inner 12 year-old is all about Lunar, Grandia, and Chrono Trigger.  After all, they're the kinds of games we enjoyed back when we were 12.  But if you think about it, 12 year-olds today were born in 2002.  Final Fantasy VII, a pinnacle game to many of us, is 5 years older than they are. 

I figure, 12 year-olds nowadays are either playing PS360 console games with bombastic graphics or they're playing quickie app-style games on their cell phones.  Like someone said, the Pokemon games seem to transcend all of that, and 12 year-olds playing X and Y have the same wonderment a 12 year-old in 1998 did playing Red or Blue. 

I think a cool and overlooked 3DS game is Inazuma Eleven (which saw a US release earlier this year.)  It's fun to play and looks and feels like an anime you'd see on TV.   
45  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 04, 2014, 11:38:20 AM
I think the portrait of Chris says it all.  She's dismayed in her hoochie regular clothes and equally dismayed in her stripper-iffic plugsuit. 
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