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46  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Favorite albums of 2014 on: December 28, 2014, 09:39:46 AM
A buddy of mine called A7X "Metallica Jr."  At a Metallica show, you'll typically see oldheads with their teenage or twenty-something kids.  You go to an Avenged Sevenfold show and you'll also see a good cross section of people.  You'll see people our age who got into them in the mid 2000s when there was a dearth of good rock/metal and these guys were bringing that Guns 'n Roses vibe back.  You'll also see a lot of young people, because a lot of current high school and college kids are into the band. 

A7X isn't really my thing, but I do like this song of theirs:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tysmwGx7TNU
47  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: December 27, 2014, 06:37:22 PM
As Lynx, I have not snagged a single white innate.  I've gotten a lot of greens, though.  As Serge, I got a ton of reds but now as Lynx I only have one.  My entourage so far: Lynx, Sprigg, Harle, Radius, Van, Zappa, Norris, Irenes, Zoah

I'm going through Viper Manor again.  My party is Lynx, Norris, and Zoah mostly for "meta" purposes.  I had an "I am you and you are me" moment with Norris and snagged the tech in Zoah's room.  I'll definitely swap out for the impending boss battle since two yellows seems iffy in any circumstance.  For now, I'm getting through the sewers. 

Oh, after tomorrow I'll be putting Chrono Cross on hold.  I do not want to, but I've been tasked to review a game for the site so until that's done my Chrono Cross journal will be on hiatus. 
48  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: December 27, 2014, 11:10:10 AM
I get the feeling the list was comprised of fan votes/polling and as you very well know in real world politics, the majority of people who actively vote in political elections are stupid- be it senile stupid or uneducated stupid. 

And, yeah, Yellow gets no love in this game.  So far, my best yellow's been Norris. 
49  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: December 26, 2014, 04:54:47 PM
4th time's the charm!  I finally beat Miguel after 4 attempts!  My party for this battle was Lynx, Harle, and Irenes.  I mostly loaded them down with blue and black elements (with green HealAlls) and was able to summon FrogPrince as my gambit.  It knocked 500 HP off Miguel.  Irenes' WaterBreath was good too (170 points of damage).  Actually, blue attacks in general worked well.  Harle was the first to go down (so I couldn't use Moonbeam) but she served her usefulness in setting up the FrogPrince summon.  I didn't want to use Revives because white elements would give Miguel an advantage.  So it was mostly Lynx and Irenes keeping the field non or minimally white until a HolySword attack knocked Lynx out.  Irenes' health was 128 or so and I took the gamble by hitting Miguel with an attack element instead of healing Irenes and the gamble paid off!  An 80HP AquaBall, and Miguel threw in the towel.  


Now that I can go between worlds now, it's time to save Marbule!  

EDIT: Before that, there's business to attend to.  In Karsh/Zoah, I chose Zoah since Karsh is more likely to get intel and Zoah's a brute. 
50  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 26, 2014, 01:13:47 PM
...and yet we play and enjoy tons of JRPGs with protagonists who are even more stupid and gullible.  None take us to BoobieLand, though (perhaps a Compile Heart game though.)  In an early translation of Pinocchio (the one I have as my Kindle freebie), Toyland (aka Pleasure Island) is mistranslated as BoobieLand since.  Now I'm curious if the Italian words for toy and booby are similar. 
51  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 25, 2014, 05:14:04 PM

I think one Disney film that really captured the fucked-up nature of the source material was Pinnochio.  The scene in Pleasure Island where
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all the boys turn into jackasses
is still surprisingly horrifying, especially for a cartoon. 

Yah, i really don't like Pinocchio, and probably in good part because that one part was enough for me as a kid.  Certainly yeah it's horrifying, but it also comes off as a very "wag of the finger" warning from parents to kids of the age.

Worst of all: The boy's fates are just sorta.... untouched and unknown. _ 
I mean...fuck.

In the Carlo Collodi novel, you do find out what happens to Lampwick/Lucignolo.  In the movie, the donkey crates are marked either for the salt mines or the circus, but their fates are more varied in the book.  And, obviously, Disney took a bunch of creative liberties with the story.  It's been a while since I read it, so I'll need to read it again.
52  The Rest / General Discussions / You're totally my type... but I'm just not that into you on: December 25, 2014, 04:17:16 PM
The analogy I've been using the most this year is the one about dating a girl who's totally your type on paper, but on an actual night out that chemistry, that intangible "spark" just isn't there.  You have to keep justifying and rationalizing all their good points to yourself objectively and it kills you.  You know you should be happy, but you're not and that cognitive dissonance stresses you out.  

Of course, there's the converse situation where you're set up with a girl who's not really the type you usually go for, but that chemistry, that intangible spark, that "oh YEAH!" feeling is there.  You're not questioning your joy, you're just enjoying it.  

I've used this analogy a LOT this year talking about games, books, movies, music all kinds of things both old and new.  For example this year, I eagerly anticipated Bravely Default because it was totally my type of game, but I couldn't get into it.  That "spark" just wasn't there.  On the other hand, I had little interest in Lightning Returns, but I tried it out on an "eh, why not" whim and I enjoyed it more than I thought.  More than Bravely Default, that's for sure.  

So what are some of the games, books, movies, music, etc. that have fallen into these paradigms for you?  The "totally your type and everything you want, but you don't 'want' it."  The "Not really my type but eh, why not?........ hey, I'm really diggin' it!"  

Discuss.  
53  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: December 25, 2014, 02:34:04 PM
I'm about halfway through Open Minds, but I think I'm going to shelve this one.  The book is good for what it is, but I'm just not feeling it.  Sure it draws from Hunger Games, Divergent, and Digital Devil Saga along with its own thing, and the writing is good (better than Divergent's IMO), but I'm just not that into it.  Go figure, I finished the entire Divergent saga even though I loathed the third book.  Here, I find nothing objectionable about the book, but I don't want to continue.  

Some people feel guilty about shelving a book, but when I have better stuff waiting to be read, I think I can ditch this freebie.  That being said, I do see this series becoming a movie.  

Anyway, I was reflecting back on classic fantasy.  I obviously love fantasy novels like everyone else here, but I simply could not get into the Narnia books (even though I remember liking that Lion Witch and the Wardrobe cartoon movie).  I tried reading them as a kid, and nada (and I've always been an avid reader.)  I tried reading them again as an adult and still nada.  I feel like I should like them, but I simply don't.  It's that analogy again of dating a girl who's totally your type on paper, but on an actual night out there's no chemistry.  But go figure, you end up having great chemistry with a girl who's rather different from your usual type.    
54  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 25, 2014, 01:55:23 PM
For the most part, I thought Frozen was a great....non-accurate... adaption besides some muddy back-storying.  But on that note, I think I respected Disney's Little Mermaid more when I read the original.  Not because it was more 'cheerful', but because I liked what it did with the 'other Ariel' (the Ursula-disguised brunette) sub-plot.

Oh, I'm well aware that The Snow Queen isn't Frozen.  Instead of it being about two princesses (or troubled teenagers like in Persona, one of whom releases a penis demon), I know it's really about a boy and a girl who certainly aren't royals, and the trolls ain't exactly cuddly.  And I'm also well aware of the real Little Mermaid story (which ends very tragically).  But the Disney-fied versions did their job and made me want to read the legends that inspired them.  I just think the book reviews on Amazon are hysterical, with people all upset that the tales are not like the Disney-fications and are actually tragic, sometimes violent, and definitely NOT tales for kids (let alone today's hypersensitive mollycoddled kids.) 

I think one Disney film that really captured the fucked-up nature of the source material was Pinnochio.  The scene in Pleasure Island where
Code:
all the boys turn into jackasses
is still surprisingly horrifying, especially for a cartoon. 
55  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 25, 2014, 01:17:28 PM
I'm mildly allergic to avocados, so no guacamole for me.  I prefer to fill 1/2 my dinner plate with produce, 1/4 with starch, and 1/4 with meat.  And even with meat, I try to make conscious choices.  For example, I'd rather eat steak than hamburger because at least my cut of steak was taken from one animal and is not a ground beef slurry from a hundred different animals.  One serving of meat is the size of a deck of cards, so...

Anyway, in other news, the two audiobooks I narrated are available for retail purchase at Audible!  So very excite!  It's cool to see that when my name is typed into the Audible.com search bar, the books I voiced come up.  I are is legit voiceover artist, yeah!

http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_mn_mt_ano_tseft__galileo?advsearchKeywords=neal+chandran&x=0&y=0
56  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: December 24, 2014, 10:22:27 PM
I keep a wide variety of healing elements in various colors.  I can't seem to find enough trap elements or buffs/debffs.  I don't have an anti-white, which would be cracker for the Miguel battle (he kicked my ass just now).  His HP was low, but he was doing two elemental attacks in a row.  Lynx and Irenes were down and Zappa was still standing.  I wished I had put diminish on him.  I'll probably swap Zappa out for someone else, so I can try and control the field effect to all blue and have Irenes summon Frog Prince.  I feel like the key to the Miguel battle is not to let him dictate the field effect.

But talk about a sharp spike.  The boss battles were pretty easy until Garai and now Miguel.  I know I can beat Miguel, though. 
57  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 24, 2014, 08:04:04 PM
Most of my SRs are event cards (I have never gotten more than the minimum you can get when scouting...) so when I said her stats were lower than SRs at the same level that's compared to event SRs.

My best card, that I got from random scouting, is my SR Smile Honoka in her pajamas.  I have her at level 60 and her stats are the 2nd coolest of the cool, the purest of the pure, and the smiliest of the smiles. 

I can't wait till the next Score Match.  Those are fun! 
58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 24, 2014, 05:07:54 PM
That's why you cycle right? You need to stock up on calories for those bike a thons :)

The weather hasn't been too cooperative lately, though.  I have been lifting, though. 
59  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: December 24, 2014, 04:44:32 PM
If it wasn't abundantly clear, the first time I played CC, I never got as far as I have now.  So a lot of what I've played and logged about is new to me.  

Anyway, I despise the Isle of the Damned sequence after you get Irenes.  That dungeon has no save point, Garai is a difficult boss (the first boss I've encountered so far to annihilate me), and I can't run away from the battle to regroup and/or save.  That's a load of donkey crap, since other bosses let me run away so I could regroup.  I lost progress here and I'm none too happy about that.  

Plus, Lynx is freaking weaksauce.  The last two boss battles, he's been knocked unconscious.  Lynx is a declawed pussycat.  I want Serge back.  Black element sucks.  

Garai and the Isle of the Damned can bite me!

EDIT: Finally got past that damned Isle of the Damned.  I swapped out Norris for Harle and we prevailed- we being Lynx, Irenes, and Harle. 
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 24, 2014, 02:36:17 PM
Zwarte Piet was badass.  Fat Santa's elves got nothing on him. 

My mom told me that as a kid, I had no trouble hanging with Sinterklaas for photos et al. with his majestic bishop outfit, cool horse, and everything, but that American Santa Claus creeped me out, I hated having my photo taken with him, and I'd pitch a fit. 

As for the Xmas season, the best (and worst) part for me is the cookies.  See, I try to be all healthy living, but cookies are my kryptonite.  Not mass produced hockey pucks like Oreo or Chips Ahoy, but homemade, soft baked, preferably with melty chocolate or fudge.  I don't eat cookies often, so when I do they have to be ace, and this time of year is when people pull out all the stops when baking cookies.  And I get all conflicted about eating all those cookies. 

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