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5461  The Rest / General Discussions / Holy incest batman on: March 14, 2007, 10:02:12 AM
That's it.  I gotta post "I'm My Own Grandpa."  Totally appropo for this thread.  I gave my serious response before, and now it's time for the funny.  

http://www.ziplo.com/grandpa.htm
5462  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: March 11, 2007, 09:26:07 PM
I just showed an 80s metal loving friend today the joy of X-Japan.  We have this dream of doing an 80s metal project with some select friends (though it likely will never happen) and since I neither have long hair or a shaved head, I'll wear a wig... and I'd want a bright pink wig.  

So my songs of the moment are "Rusty Nail," "Kurenai," and "Dahlia" by X-Japan.  

The only X-Japan CD I have is the double CD "Best of- Fans' Selection" so I definitely need to get some more X-Japan stuff.  I love the mix of heavy, power, and prog metal.  Their music sounds larger than life and their pioneering visual kei thing makes them look like larger than life anime heroes.  Hide's pink hair was awesome.  RIP.
5463  The Rest / General Discussions / Holy incest batman on: March 09, 2007, 08:54:23 PM
Look at history.  Back in the days of the Egyptian pharaohs and the various royalty of India, back when the caste system was super rigid, there was a LOT of incest.  Like the marrying of cousins so that outsiders wouldn't taint the bloodline, keeping it pure.  That's a reason why so many rulers were so damn deranged and twisted.  Inbreeding.  

This is the reason incest is disallowed.  We've seen what damage it can do in terms of bringing up recessive traits in descendents.  By combining two differing strands of DNA, there is less of a chance that recessive traits will crop up.  

If you look at purebred dogs, they often have more genetic abnormalities than common mutts, because there is often some inbreeding to keep pedigrees pure... though the puppies born with the most recessive traits (the runt of the litter) are eradicated.  Even in nature, the mother dog would reject the inferior specimen anyway and leave it for dead, so it's a mercy killing.  

Diversifying the gene pool keeps it healthy.  Like a balanced diet.
5464  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: March 09, 2007, 10:37:51 AM
Song of the moment is "Warriors" by Ascension Theory.  I love the intro.  It sounds like something that would come out of Xenogears or something.  In addition, one thing I like about Ascension Theory is that they're able to keep their songwriting relatively concise (read: most of their songs are under 6 minutes in length), yet their songs are still proggy enough to keep prog/space nerds coming back for more.    

You can listen to it and read the lyrics at their website below:

http://www.ascensiontheory.com/songs.asp?ID=1
5465  The Rest / General Discussions / Holy incest batman on: March 09, 2007, 10:08:22 AM
He has four kids and is an UNEMPLOYED locksmith?  

Yeah aside from the whole incest thing, how the hell are they supporting the kids and paying the lawyer fees?
5466  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Little Britain on: March 08, 2007, 10:44:50 AM
I've never seen Little Britain, but I am quite the fan of "Brit-coms."  

Love the Blackadder series.  I've seen the most of Blackadder Goes Forth and it's hysterical.  

Love Are You Being Served?  Love Keeping Up Appearances.  Love Fawlty Towers.  Allo Allo's great too.  I've seen a few episodes of random ones here and there and even the bad ones have laughs.  

I don't know what it is that causes British sitcoms to make me bust a gut every time.  Is it the wordplay, the style of humor, I don't know, but as long as I can get BBC on TV, I'll watch.
5467  Media / Brush and Quill / I guess this would belong here... on: March 06, 2007, 11:38:55 PM
I think you should play and rerecord it again clean, without the distortion.  The distortion kills it for me.  It just doesn't sound right, like using death metal crunch on an R&B ballad.  

The FF prelude is light, airy, and subtle and as such, I think a clean guitar tone (perhaps with a chorus effect during the octaves) would sound much much better.  

The distortion gives it too much beef in the midrange and makes it sound kinda muddy.  For a song like this, you want to scoop out the mids and allow the shimmery, glassy highs to breathe.
5468  The Rest / General Discussions / 4# lanruoJ emaG on: March 06, 2007, 11:25:08 PM
I've now gotten all the endings in Yo-Jin-Bo and unlocked the extra, which turned out to be
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an extra scenario that's meant to be funny/amusing.  It was funny/amusing, but I cannot help but feel a LOT more could have been done with it.  


I don't think I've unlocked all the music yet, though.  Given that the game's developer TwoFive is a sound company, the sound is easily the best part about the game.  

My favorite endings are still Yo's good ending and Mon-Mon's bad ending.  

If I have the time, I should replay Phantom of Inferno and Hourglass of Summer to get different paths and endings.
5469  The Rest / General Discussions / 4# lanruoJ emaG on: March 06, 2007, 09:15:54 AM
I recently beat Piece of Wonder (review forthcoming).  

And I've been chasing more endings in Yo-Jin-Bo.  I still need to get Jin's good ending, and both of Muneshige's endings (good and bad) and I'll have gotten all of them and hopefully unlocked the secret extra.  

So far in Yo-Jin-Bo, my favorite endings are
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the good ending with Yo.  It's hysterical with all the mind/body switcheroos.  Seeing Hatsuhime's voice coming out of Mon-Mon is too funny.
and
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the band ending with Mon-Mon.  It seemed the most plausible.  I thought it was cute when Sayori was visiting with Hanwa's descendent and shared a big-sis moment with a little boy who was named after Monzan and whose friends called him Mon-Mon.
 The good ending with Ittosai has some hysterical moments as well.  

My least favorite ending so far is
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the good ending with Bo.  The game usually did a good job of making sure every body had a soul, but in this ending, Sayori gets warped back to the future, but then gets her future body/self warped back to be with Bo.  It felt like a cop-out ending, and uncharacteristic since Bo enjoys metaphysical science and this just wasn't plausible, even within the context of the game's world.
5470  The Rest / General Discussions / Washington State: growing pussy athletes since 2007. on: March 05, 2007, 09:29:58 PM
Okay fine, I won't boo... but I will yodel "Groowa la la awooogie googie mweh!" and make funny faces instead.  

What can they do?  I didn't utter a single "boo."

Always remember, whenever a change is made to the system, there also comes at least a handful ways to work your way around that change.

In this case, if people can't say "boo" then they'll just say and do something else.
5471  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Favorite Anime on: March 05, 2007, 07:12:09 PM
I don't watch as much anime is many of you, but my all time favorite series is easily Boogiepop Phantom.  It's dark, twisted, complex, but not as brain-breakingly hard to follow/keep track of as, say, Serial Experiments: Lain, which almost got lost in its own complexity.  I still liked Lain, though.
5472  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: March 02, 2007, 04:46:56 PM
I too must admit, Sleepwalker is a darn good song.  One of Megadeth's best in a long time.  Gears of War was good too.  

I'm a huge James Lomenzo fan and snagging him was the best decision Dave Mustaine/Megadeth has ever made.  The guy's a monster musician (and a pretty good visual artist too.)  

Funny how great a band can sound/become once you drop the douchebag bassist (I dislike Dave Ellefson; good bassist, but a first rate douchebag) and replace him with an even better bassist who's also a really nice guy with a very professional attitude.
5473  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Replaying RPGs? on: March 02, 2007, 04:42:02 PM
Re: what Raze said.

Some genres of games like dating sims are totally like that in terms of forks in both.  Dating sims are very stat driven and not only do choices made in the plot determine which girl's storyline you'll follow, so will how you build your character.  Meaning, if you want to go after the artsy girl, best do what you can to build your stats in artistic ability and creativity.  Want to woo the girl on the track team or swim team?  Can't unless you do gameplay stuff that ups your athleticism stat.  

Love adventures are different in that it's all plot and there are multiple endings solely based on the choices you make in the story (like Choose Your Own Adventure.)  Pre-set characters and all that.  

In terms of RPGs, look at something like Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne.  There are a whole slew of ways to customize your main character as well as many choices/forks in the storyline that determine your path and ending.  However, that game is so long that I would not want to replay it.  75 hours on one playthrough is enough for me, even if I didn't do half the side stuff.  

For me, I find that visual novels and dating sims are more replayable than RPGs, but that's just personal taste on my part.
5474  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: March 01, 2007, 07:27:12 PM
I kinda like Radiohead too.  OK Computer and Kid A are great albums.  Radiohead is like the Pink Floyd of the modern generation.  Paranoid Android is such a fantastic song, and the video's great too.  And if you ever see live footage of Radiohead, those motherfuckers can play.  Colin Greenwood is a fan-fucking-tastic bassist.  

And if you ever saw the Scott Tenorman Must Die episode of South Park, you will know that Radiohead hates crybabies... even if they're crying over
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having been hoodwinked into eating their parents.


Anyway, my song of the moment is the 5 Part Epic by Roman Numeral 10.  RN10 are a local prog rock band at Rutgers who played a Musicians' Guild showcase last Friday and a benefit show last Thursday.  Fantastic band.
5475  The Rest / General Discussions / Points for being Emo on: March 01, 2007, 07:22:13 PM
The news is misguided as always, but things like self mutilation and attempted suicide (which is a concern among all people of all walks of life, not just emos) are surprisingly prevalent.  

Oddly enough, I don't really see a lot of that kind of cutting style self-destructiveness at the school I work at.  Then again, it's an inner-city school with a mostly Hispanic and Black population who, culturally speaking, express their anger and confusion much differently than whites.
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