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5461  The Rest / General Discussions / the best pizza EVER! on: August 02, 2007, 11:27:31 AM
Well, I still think my pizza's better than the artery-clogging clusterfucks that started this thread:P  I was ready to puke when I saw those Pizza Hut offerings.  Too many ingredients can definitely spoil a dish, in my opinion.  As for the whole "best" thing, I'm just being silly in the thread since this is a rather silly/lighthearted "best pizza evar!" thread and not La Morte De Arthur.

And either way, I can't stand Pizza Hut or Domino's.  I like local, independently owned, non-chain "mom & pop" pizzerias.  My favorite pizzerias are The Pizzeria on MacDougal Street in NYC and La Familia in New Brunswick, NJ.
5462  The Rest / General Discussions / the best pizza EVER! on: August 01, 2007, 08:44:26 PM
I still think the pizza I make is the best.  I've brought it to multiple potlucks and everyone always raves at how good it is.

Salsa Pizza

Ingredients:
pizza dough
peach mango salsa (I use bottled stuff)
Mexican cheeses (I use the shredded Sargento 4 cheese Mexican blend)

Roll out your pizza dough, generously spread out your salsa on it, put your cheese on it (I typically don't use more than 8 oz.  I use just enough to have an even layer over the salsa), cook in 350 degree F oven for 12-15 minutes (or until cheese bubbles up), let cool, eat and enjoy.
5463  The Rest / General Discussions / Is "Chess" a work of art? on: August 01, 2007, 08:14:13 AM
Quote from: "Shiguma"
Mark Rothko also committed suicide by simultaneously slitting his arms open with a razor blade and overdosing on anti-depressants.  Perhaps because at age 66, he finally realized that his "art" was a steaming load of horse shit?

Edit:  His wife left him, too.  He must have been a real winner.


OMG Mark Rothko was emo!  

And somewhere in my addled brain is something about chess, battle strategies, "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu, and how the word "art" is such a complex word.  Dictionary.com lists 16 or so definitions.
5464  The Rest / General Discussions / Is "Chess" a work of art? on: July 31, 2007, 10:07:31 PM
So I WAS right!  You all HAVE been watching too much Shark Week on Discovery Channel!  

Not that I blame you, since it *is* an entire week of programming dedicated to sharks, and sharks are awesome.
5465  The Rest / General Discussions / Is "Chess" a work of art? on: July 31, 2007, 08:58:57 PM
Re: the art in martial arts.  I was thinking of movies like Hero or House of Flying Daggers (two of my all time faves.)  But to me, creative usage of knowledge and intuition to take advantage of a dire situation is something I can relate to.  Like an aikido artist defensively flowing with an opponent, an expert counselor flows with a client.  It becomes like a dance or a game of chess.  The expert counselor needs to know when to dance and when to play chess, like if a client is defensive.  

Art speaks to me if it contains something I can relate to.  For example, I prefer the painting The Old Man with a Guitar over Mondrian paintings.  The former speaks to me whereas the latter is just a bunch of squares to me.
5466  The Rest / General Discussions / the best pizza EVER! on: July 31, 2007, 04:58:37 PM
...and I thought the Fat Sandwiches at the Rutgers grease trucks were insane.
5467  The Rest / General Discussions / Is "Chess" a work of art? on: July 31, 2007, 01:51:31 PM
Come on people, let's behave.  Do I honestly need to lock this thread because some people are acting like jerks?  

Man, is it the August summer heat and the lack of anything to do when school's out that's making everyone cranky?  

And what's with the sudden feeding frenzy on Prime Mover?  Been watching too much Shark Week on Discovery channel?  I find it incongruent that the verbosity and over-intellectualization you accuse him of is something that I'm probably just as guilty of on these forums and have been guilty of for years.  So why is it that I got commended and he gets condemned?    

In terms of chess, it's a battle strategy game and people like Kasparov make it seem like an art when they play.  The deft skill involved... some people say he has it "down to a science" and others say he has it "down to an art."  go figure, huh?

I definitely think fighting can be an art.  I mean, karate, jiu jitsu, muay tai, and all are called martial ARTS.  Gally's/Alita's fighting style in GUNNM/Battle Angel Alita is called Panzer Kunst (battle arts).  And even if you know every textbook fighting technique, you have to be creative when an enemy does things that throw you for a loop, hence an art.  For me, I always associate creativity with art.  

In a similar way, counseling can be seen as an art, like when a client throws the counselor a curveball and the counselor successfully manipulates that curveball in service of the client.  Many therapist refer to the counselor/client interaction as a "dance."  

I think that whether or not something is democratically viewed as "art" there is often an underlying art analogy in there.  Elements of art can be found in many things.

EDIT 2:  I'm reminded of a commercial I saw when I was a kid for some Milton Bradley or Parker Brothers product where two cartoon characters are taking turns using it and one goes "it's a game!"  the other goes "it's art!" and they keep trading it back and forth, doing different things with it, and arguing with each other "see, it's a game!"  "No look, it's art!"

EDIT:  And I'll admit, I avoided the Ebert thread.  Why?  My own biases.  I think Roger Ebert is a tub o' lard jackasshole douchebag toolbox, so I have zero interest in anything he has to say and would  most likely react to it as "what the fuck does that dumbass porker know?" simply because it's Ebert.  And that wouldn't be very productive, now would it?
5468  The Rest / General Discussions / Is 'Checkers' a work of art? on: July 31, 2007, 01:43:05 PM
Useless waste of a thread.  It's an invitation for flaming, trolling, baiting, and other nefarious nasties the admins don't like.  

Topic locked, have a nice day.
5469  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 29, 2007, 06:39:15 PM
Talk about your recently viewed movies here.  

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I just came back from seeing Transformers today.  It completely exceeded all my expectations (which weren't super high since I'm not a Michael Bay fan and I'm a Transformers fanboy).  This reimagining of the classic franchise gets a thumbs up in my book.  Sure some things weren't "tr00" to the Transformers I grew up with, but as a reimagining of a classic concept for a new generation, it was terrific.  

The in-movie music was good, the transforming sequences were cool, and everyone was very well cast.  Shia was great as Sam.  

I liked that they gave Bumblebee some 'tude and loads of personality.  That first scene where he
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completely destroys that VW bug Bobby Bolivia tried to sell Sam
was great.  

The action sequences were amazing and I liked that Michael Bay eased up on his trademark "shaky camera" techniques, which kinda make me seasick in other Michael Bay films.  

Film was fast paced, wall to wall action, and just loads of fun.  The little  
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hacker bot that started life as a boombox in Air Force One
stole the show for a lot of the audience.

I still hold my opinion that Meat Loaf's "And I would do anything for love (but I won't do that)" music video is still the best thing Michael Bay ever directed.

Next weekend, I plan to see the Simpsons movie.  I have VERY high expectations for that since I've been a Simpsons fan from day one and still think it's the greatest TV show to have ever existed.
5470  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies on: July 29, 2007, 06:30:21 PM
44 pages?  Time for a new thread.
5471  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / What the fuck is Cloverfield??? on: July 29, 2007, 06:25:27 PM
I saw that preview thingie for it when I went to see Transformers today.  Not impressed at all.  Thing seemed like a stupid-ass Godzilla rip off with cheesier dialogue than dubbed Godzilla.  I don't get what's so cream-your-pants fantastic about it and why all of geekdom is giddy like schoolgirls over it.  

Everyone else in the theater was all like "what the fuck was that?  I'm not going to go see that garbage."  And when I saw it, I was like, "THIS is the almighty Cloverfield that internerds, geeks, and the like are all ga-ga about?  This was stupid."
5472  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #666 on: July 29, 2007, 02:08:46 PM
TBD's "Memories of #5" thing at the end of the last game journal thread made me think of Memories Off #5: Togireta Film and Memories Off #5: Encore.  

Anyway, I was visiting the folks, so whenever I'm there I play Chrono Trigger.  When I return to my place, it's back to Xenosaga 2, baby.  I have an Ormus Stronghold to conquer.
5473  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anyone can make a 2D RPG. on: July 25, 2007, 11:37:35 PM
Yes, but Atelier Iris 1 and 2 came out before 2007 and I was merely spotlighting the 2D RPGs of 2007 since I think there's a mini-renaissance of sorts in 2D RPGing this year.

Of course I'm referring to US releases since most of us here aren't importers.
5474  The Rest / General Discussions / GaGaGame Journal #5 on: July 25, 2007, 11:35:36 PM
I respectfully disagree.  I've enjoyed every piece of music in Xenosaga II so far.  Zero complaints.  Yeah the Kajiura stuff is better, but all of Hosoe's stuff has been a pleasant surprise for me and I think his techno style fits Xenosaga's sci-fi world really well.  

100 times better than the hugely unimpressive soundtrack of Xenosaga I, that's for damn sure.
5475  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Anyone can make a 2D RPG. on: July 25, 2007, 11:26:09 PM
Well, there's always independent developers like Amaranth games.  http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/aveyond/index.html  It's no secret that I really liked Aveyond, and Ahriman's Prophecy is pretty good too.  And FWIW, Amanda Fae who created these games is a pretty nice lady.

Yeah, the indie scene for gaming isn't much at this point but I think it will evolve with various technology becoming more accessible.  

I do not disagree that many larger developers are overly milking certain series for cash grabs.  It's kinda like how record companies are signing and releasing music by bands that are very cookie cutter "flavor of the month" sounds.  It's about turning a profit than artistic integrity.  Can you really tell the difference between some of these major label bands?  

And there are still bastions of 2D, and 2D RPGs have been making a mini renaissance this year.  Need I mention Odin Sphere, Grim Grimoire, Atelier Iris 3, Ar Tonelico, Super Paper Mario, and Soul Nomad among others?
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