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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 19, 2016, 08:02:55 AM
Ugh, US politics has become such a shit show.  (King being openly racist on TV, Melanoma Trump plagiarizing Michelle Obama's convention speech, the Trump-Pence combination being a deadly cocktail of women's rights, immigrant rights, LGBT rights, the environment, possibly education potentially going down the toilet, etc.)

And I'm still wondering what this "great" era is that all the "Make America Great Again" people want to go back to.  

The 1930s?  The Great Depression wasn't great for anyone

The 1940s?  World War II.  And because America needed to fund the war machine, the common people were forced to go on strict food rations and such, right?  

The 1950s?  Great if you were a white male, downright repressive if you were a woman, indisputably terrible if you were a minority, and McCarthyism was a lovely slice of fearmongering

The 1960s?  The country started improving things for women and minorities, but there was violent backlash to civil rights, women still denied plenty of rights, Kennedy was killed, the Vietnam war machine fucked things up again

The 1970s?  Still at war, Nixon's Watergate scandal, womens' rights made a strong push but the government did all it could to backlash against that, the gas crunch...

The 1980s?  The federal budget deficit ballooned to, what, 3 trillion which was more than the previous 80 years combined?    

The 1990s?  That was actually a solid period for America in terms of growth and expansion, but there was the first Iraq war and I doubt Trump's constituent would view a Clinton era as great.  

The 2000s?  9/11, the economy collapsing, being mired in a prohibitively expensive and unpopular war, foreign opinion of the US being in the gutter, but we did elect the first president of color so foreign opinion of the US improved a bit

The 2010s?  You know, even though the economy's still in shambles, we're still mired in prohibitively expensive and unpopular global conflicts, and foreign opinion of the US is still the lowest it's been in an entire generation, LGBT rights, women's rights, and immigrant rights are the best they've ever been in this country.  Is there still room for improvement?  Oh absolutely.  Is there backlash?  Of course, but that's to be expected with change.  But you know what?  I'll take it any day over, say, the 1950s.  
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: July 18, 2016, 06:47:25 PM
I absolutely, positively WANT one of these.  And I'll bet glassjawsh wants one too, unless he already has one. 

48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 17, 2016, 01:19:13 PM
Listen to Jawsh.  His advice is better than anything we could tell ya.  

The only thing I can add is not to let the fact that you haven't had a girlfriend before psychologically browbeat you.  That's easier said than done, I know.  I speak from experience. 

To tell you the truth, I didn't lose my virginity till I was in my 30s.  The culprit was a deadly cocktail of self-esteem issues, body-image issues, and things compounding on each other as age creeps up and you're all like, " Holy shit, I'm XX old and haven't YY yet."  I even wrote a song about that with my old punk band, and it was our most powerful song.  Granted, 2009 is when I made a massive lifestyle change to turn myself into a person I could be proud of, so it's better late than never and I try to look at my negatives as positives.  Like if a girl's going to give me a hard time about not being as experienced as other guys, then I'll know she's not patient and understanding- two qualities that are must-haves in a life partner.
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 17, 2016, 06:34:29 AM
You guys need to go to better beaches.  They're not all the same.  In fact there are pretty huge variations...

I've been to several beaches in several different states and countries (in 3 continents) and even the quieter ones never did it for me.  Never once have I enjoyed a trip to the beach, simply because I don't like that environment.  Give me the woods and mountains any day.  
50  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 16, 2016, 08:39:10 PM
My only objection to nu Ghostbusters is that I simply don't find any of those actresses funny.  I find them all obnoxious, and that's why I refuse to see that movie.
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 16, 2016, 08:37:08 PM
I can't stand sand.  It's coarse, it's rough, it gets everywhere, and is simply unpleasant to walk on.

I always suspected you were a Sith, Neal.

Sith rules, Jedi drools.  And I forgot that sand is irritating too.  Thanks Anakin!

And Mesh- you live in Ohio right?  Your state had that river that caught on fire back in 1969. 
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 16, 2016, 08:01:47 PM
I sometimes wonder... am I the only one who absolutely, positively, abhors going to the beach (or down the shore as they say in New Jersey)?  Everyone I know gets excited about going to the beach, but my gut reaction is, "Ewww, no thank you!"  I don't like the smell of the beach/oceanside.  Some people revel in that sea air, but I think it smells rancid.  I can't stand sand.  It's coarse, it's rough, it's really irritating, it gets everywhere, and is simply unpleasant to walk on.  I find ZERO joy of just lying out on the beach, in the sun all day.  Okay, I could wash off in the ocean, but salt water just feels grimy to me, especially when it gets in my hair and eyes.  Okay, I already get the claustrophobic heebie-jeebies when I'm submerged in water (this is why I avoid pools and can't stand taking baths- showers for the win!)  The crowds, the filth, it's just disgusting.  

Give me a nice quiet space in the mountains, preferably a somewhat woodsy area not far from a stream, and I could lay out there all day enjoying nature and being away from it all.  The smell of the trees and grass is lovely.  Less crowded, less polluted, the surroundings are more tranquil.  I would actually put my "submerging" issues aside to dunk (or even try kayaking) in a clean, clear mountain stream.  When everyone looks forward to ocean vacations in Florida or the Carolinas, I'd want a mountain vacation in New England.      

EDIT: Even when it comes to cycling, I'm all about the uphill climbs.  I'm lousy at descents and simply useless on flats/straightaways, but get me on the hills with uphill climbs and I get more excited than quitting time on a Friday. Mountain ride >>>>>> beach ride any day.
53  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon Sun & Moon (11/18/2016) on: July 16, 2016, 01:49:22 PM
There's better be plenty of dress-up and haircut options for me to make my hypothetical heroine look hot. 

My avatar in Pokemon Y looked awesome. 
54  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: July 16, 2016, 08:29:20 AM
Valkyrie Profile was excellent, but that game took itself way too seriously sometimes.  Great gameplay, though, except for breakable weapons.  I've never liked that mechanic, except in Hexyz Force. 

55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: July 16, 2016, 07:22:50 AM
So, Star Ocean aside, what did folks think of the first English trailer for Exist Archive (hey, that's an upcoming Tri-Ace game).  http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2016/5060.html

The trailer did scream "I'm more anime than anime!!!" especially with that pink kitty Power Ranger at 1:07 and that music (which I was happily bobbing my head to.)  So hopefully that game turns out to be a fun and enjoyable romp.  I'm obviously not expecting Le Morte d'Arthur or Citizen Kane, but I am hoping for characters where I say, "...alright, I'll hang out with you guys.  You seem like fun" and solid gameplay.  So far, it seems like it could be an apology for SO5.     
56  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 16, 2016, 06:51:59 AM
Yeah, thinking of balancing it and Unchained Blades, which I just restarted:

I half-forgot that this was surprisingly good, for a narrative-focused dungeon crawler. I'm glad I got the 3DS version, it kind of helps it stand out when Etrian Odyssey was all I had to compare it...and the new story mode in Etrian Untold did not jive well with me, to say the least...a more accurate description would be that it has some of the most insufferable characters I've encountered in a long time, and the story itself sounds boring, and is clearly relying far too heavily on amnesia tropes to build intrigue, when it really just comes off as frustratingly vague and meandering.

Unchained Blades does none of that, at least so far. A lot of nice world-building going on, and there's already a lot of little things about the cast that impress me, though I just barely started exploring the second floor. Still, first impressions can go a long way sometimes.

Oh yeah, and I like how there don't seem to be any generic races so far. At the very least, I have gone more than 2 hours without seeing an elf or a dwarf, and nearly every humanoid has been a "fledgling" of something much cooler thus far. The fairy is the closest so far, but she is just a peach...well, not literally. I wouldn't put it past them to include a talking fruit of some kind, but here I just mean she is adorable, but in a way that is just an act, which she drops from time to time without warning. I love it. That's a true fairy.

The game had good music too: http://www.rpgfan.com/soundtracks/unchainbladesrexx/index.html
57  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: July 15, 2016, 09:27:24 PM
Tracks like "Brain Washed Follower" are a big reason why one of my favorite hip-hop groups is De La Soul.  Those guys are wicked creative.  And though the album this is on, 3 Feet High and Rising, came out in 1989, the sentiment is so relevant even today.  Give it a listen and pay attention to the words.  

58  Media / General Games / Re: Pokemon Go on: July 15, 2016, 08:45:11 PM
Yo, I just checked the Facebook page of that animal shelter and they've already adopted out a few dogs thanks to Pokemon Go.  How cool is that?
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 15, 2016, 08:00:15 AM
goddamnit indiana...

the guy who said "no cake for gays" could be our next vice president.

I'm not surprised that Trump picked Pence to be his VP.  Trump is such a narcissist egomaniac who has to be top dog at all times, that he wouldn't dare pick outspoken blustering oafs like Chris Christie or Newt Gingrich because they'd take the spotlight away from him and try to challenge him for top dog position.  In addition, Gingrich and Christie are almost universally despised by, well, everyone.  Trump could (or at least he thinks he could) bully Pence, with his clout, more easily than he could the others.  That and having a seemingly more "moderate" running mate with a more even temperament balances him out in the eyes of the sheeple.  

But, yeah, a Trump-Pence presidency sounds like gay rights, immigrant rights, the environment, and international diplomacy all going straight down the toilet.  
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: July 15, 2016, 06:28:52 AM
On the one hand, looking younger than you really are is great because most people have a negative view of aging.  On the other hand, a youthful appearance denies you veneration.  I like the fact that though I'm in my late 30s, people think I'm in my mid to late 20s.  And this past school year was the first since I started working at this school that I was never once mistaken for a student, and I was happy about that because I felt like I finally earned some veneration and can be taken a little more seriously.  My first 3 years working there, I was mistaken for a student at least once.
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