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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 29, 2016, 03:00:28 PM
A foreign leader I admire and respect, huh?  Past or present?  Living or dead?  Because if I had no limits, I'd say Mahatma Gandhi. 

As for the whole festering myself into worry... that's why I ride bicycles.  The only time I ever feel "free" is when I ride.  I'm free of the troubles of the world.  I'm free of all my physical and psychological problems (e.g. my ADD, tics/fidgets, and awkwardness are 100% absent whenever I'm on a bicycle).  And when I ride with my club, the energy of vibing with like-minded people is amazing.  Bicycling is my sanity, my therapy, my solace, my happy place, everything.  I ride to live and I live to ride. 
47  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: September 29, 2016, 08:21:33 AM
"Wheels can take you around
Wheels can cut you down
We can go from boom to bust
From dreams to a bowl of dust
We can fall from the rockets' red glare
Down to 'brother can you spare?'
Another war
Another wasteland
And another...
Lost generation"

"Between the Wheels" by Rush is my favorite song from one of my favorite bands.  And the album it's on, Grace Under Pressure, is my absolute favorite Rush album. 

48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 29, 2016, 08:17:21 AM
There's a meme about how Trump is like that guy who'll say anything to get into a girl's pants and is trying to fuck the nation. 

I feel like the current sociopolitical climate in the US is festering me into the very thing I despise- a loathsome, hateful misanthrope.  The fearmongering is getting to me, the conspiracy theories are getting to me, the thought that people who buy into all that could compromise my safety and well being, etc.  I don't consider myself a violent person and I only reserve genuine hatred for a small handful of people who have directly hurt me and/or someone I truly care for, but there are now a handful of politicians (and I count Trump as one) who I want to punch in the face.  The fact that I'm directing hostility toward people who are so distant from me, who don't know me, frightens me because I feel like I'm losing my grip with reality.

I have a feeling I posted earlier in this thread about wanting to maintain my resolve to NOT let the fearmongering cloud me, but it's getting really difficult now what with the sociopolitical climate really trying to browbeat me into submission. 
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 28, 2016, 06:30:52 PM
I just hope that some people actually wake up and try to use the voting power they do have to make some waves.  Like, all the "Bernie or Bust" types, in a perfect world, would use their voting power to take back the senate so that Bernie and Elizabeth Warren can be Senate majority leaders and wield some real power for the party.  And there's, what, eighty-something seats up for grabs elsewhere in congress/ house of representatives?  Those seats have been filled for decades by the same old people.  And I know several states have gubernatorial races coming up. 

I'm not a Hillary Clinton fan.  I'm very much a leftist and her stances on several issues, and her platform in general, is too moderate for my tastes.  But she has what it takes to be president and her America is one where my mom and I would not have to live in fear of a despot null-and-voiding our US citizenships on falsified (aka trumped up) charges simply because we're brown.  Clinton displays a grace under pressure needed in these turbulent times, but what we need isn't always what we want.  We need to eat our vegetables but we want to eat cookies, but in the long run the "yucky" veggies are what's good for us and the "yummy" cookies will only harm us. 

I'm curious, though.  What is foreign opinion of Clinton in general?  If it's positive, that's a good thing insofar as foreign policy is concerned.  In this era of globalization and with how precarious the state of the world is (many countries, possibly even a continent or two, are powder kegs ready to explode), I want a leader whom foreign powers have at least some willingness to treat with.  When Obama took office in 2008, foreign opinion of the US was the lowest it had been in an entire generation.  Foreign opinion of the US is still low, but Obama's presence helped raise that. 

And though I joked about the Nunya- Bieswacks ticket, I think it's pretty obvious that I voted for Clinton. 
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 26, 2016, 07:34:38 PM
I wasn't responding directly to anyone.  Just expressing my thoughts on immigration reform since that's a hot political issue these days. 
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 26, 2016, 06:48:08 PM
With the whole issue of immigration being global (seeing the influx of people rushing EU borders along with US borders), a part of me hopes that perhaps immigration reform will happen since it's a hot-button issue right now.  

From a personal standpoint, I'll be the first to tell you that the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Services) department is an absolute joke. As someone who went through their process to become a US citizen, I could expound on its flaws till I'm blue in the face.

It's not fair that my family did everything by the book, followed the rules, etc. and were put through torture [my paperwork was lost in a void for 7 years, my late father (a genius engineer and postdoctoral fellow) was almost denied his citizenship because INS borked his fingerprints] to become citizens, yet illegals can get fast-tracked to legal status. That's simply not right.

I just think the idea of a wall is too simplistic and frankly vainglorious.  Logic dictates that if you build a high wall, I'll simply build a higher ladder. Or burrow under it. Or devise a way to smash right through it. Or go around it.

Did the Great Wall of China keep the Mongols out? Nope. They subverted it. To me, a wall is simply a vainglorious effort that looks showy but ultimately crumbles. World history has taught me this.
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 25, 2016, 06:28:20 PM
It really is a crying shame that for pretty much all the parties with their candidates' hats in the ring, the general consensus among us plebians is, "Is this really the best we can muster up?"

Well, I voted so that's done (well, at least until the midterm elections.)  Now I can focus on playing this game I'm reviewing for the site.    
53  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 25, 2016, 12:28:31 PM
Mickey- Nunya-Biiswaks is a pun on the phrase "none of your beeswax."  It's a joke, son.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTwnwbG9YLE
But seriously, I'll probably wait for the election day thread to say who I voted for president.  

Jawsh- that's why I said "hypothetical" 90%.  And I only pulled that number out of thin air because 90% of my Facebook feed is dissatisfied with those current four.  It wasn't a hard fact number, just a casual/colloquial/anecdotal number.  Jill Stein saying Trump is the lesser of two evils and Bill Weld's support of gun control and referring to AR-15 rifles as "weapons of mass destruction" lost them a ton of credibility among people who were so gung-ho about them.  Again, just a personal/casual/colloquial/anecdotal/hypothetical number based on a VERY flawed sample.  No hard facts or proper statistics used here.  Hence my use of the word "hypothetical."    

EDIT: And from what I understand, some third-party presidential candidates are only on the ballots of certain states.  Some may only be on the ballot in ONE state.  And it's like, did the system rig them to have a snowball's chance in Hell? 
54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 25, 2016, 07:20:51 AM
Haps is that I got my ballot for the Presidential election this weekend.  Hooray for my state sending me mail-in ballots for everything.  What really struck me was that there were more third-party candidates than I have EVER seen on a ballot.  There had to be a good 10 or so third-party tickets featuring people and parties I was unfamiliar with and had no idea existed.

On the one hand, I thought, "Hey cool!  There is a whole bunch of choices outside of ClinTrump and JohnStein (referring to Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Jill Stein).  And given how everyone is disappointed with those four..."  But then I thought, "Hmm... If the hypothetical 90% dissatisfied with ClinTrump or JohnStein dissipate the votes between these 10 third-party tickets, then the remaining 10% will put ClinTrump into office."

As for who I voted for, it was the Nunya-Biiswaks ticket.

EDIT: And though I'm a registered Democrat in my state, I'm debating changing my voter registration to Independent.  On the one hand, that speaks to whom I am because I don't like to swear blind fealty to anything.  On the other hand, that could potentially lock me out of some elections.  For example, only registered Democrats can vote in the Democrat primaries and I may not get some of those ballots as an Independent. 
55  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: September 24, 2016, 07:05:41 AM
I don't know if this was posted already, but I like this Dorkly song about TMNT for NES.  I could never get past the van level in that game.

56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Saga Scarlet Grace announced for PSVita on: September 18, 2016, 02:26:08 PM
My immediate thought regarding "crappy direction on how to advance" and "one true way" was the infamous "cat moustache" puzzle in Gabriel Knight 3.  It was, in itself, a clever puzzle but it was 100% arbitrary and completely out of context, especially since the dude you were trying to disguise yourself at had no moustache.  

ASIDE:  Dammit, why is the spell-checker red-lining me on moustache?  That is a valid spelling, dammit!
57  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 18, 2016, 02:18:01 PM
Klyde- how is the music in Chroma Squad?  I'm aware RPGFan's reviewer thought it was forgettable, but I want to hear how others found it.  Like, I read all the bad reviews for the Megadeth album Supercollider but then I listened to it and I actually liked it a fair bit. 


And because it MUST be posted... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJFvkUCXPLQ GO GO POWER RANGERS!!!!!
58  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: #7favfilms is trending right now. So what's your 7favfilms? on: September 17, 2016, 05:59:53 PM
My 7 favorite films:

1) Who Framed Roger Rabbit
2) Star Wars ep. VI: Return of the Jedi
3) Star Wars ep. IV: A New Hope
4) Star Wars ep. V: The Empire Strikes Back
5) This is Spinal Tap
6) The NeverEnding Story
7) Transformers: The Movie (1986)

Honorable mentions:
-The Dark Crystal
-Blues Brothers
-Lord of the Rings trilogy
-Ghostbusters (1984)

This was surprisingly difficult to do.  That being said, my #1 pick was a no brainer.  Who Framed Roger Rabbit is my all-time favorite movie. 
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: September 16, 2016, 10:14:22 PM
Kevadu stole my comment. :P

I'm more curious why Mesh is so negative on this.

My guess is because he's a strict vegetarian and collagen is found in animal connective tissue to make gelatin.  Basically, gelatin mostly comes from boiling down animal bones and stuff.  Ergo, this is chocolate neither he nor I can eat, and it makes all the "this free, that free" labels invalid, because it has dead animals in it.  

Yes, the Jell-o you enjoyed as a kid was made using animal gelatin from boiled down livestock bones.  The popular belief is that it's made from cow and horse hooves, but those don't contain enough gelatin to make Jell-o.  

I also avoid Caesar salad unless the dressing is on the side, because Caesar dressing has anchovy paste in it.
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 16, 2016, 09:34:02 PM
Well, this is worrisome... (Bayer-Monsanto merger.)

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