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5581  Media / The Soundroom / Question to any musicians (to meet my one a year post quota) on: February 23, 2007, 08:07:33 AM
Nallo, you have opened the floodgates.  I can talk about bass all freaking day.  

Either that, or you could completely annihilate your brain at the TalkBass forums too.  I post on TalkBass.  

Anyway, my take:

What's your budget?  What styles of music are you playing?  4 or 5 string? What kind of amp are you playing through?  Would you consider something else other than Fender if your budget allowed?  I ask the last question, because QC at Fender is a tad spotty (even some US ones play like dogs) and you'd have to play through a shitload of Fender basses to find a really good one, especially if you go for a MIM (Made in Mexico) one.  

I think the absolute best Fenders for the price available right now are the Geddy Lee Jazz Bass, the Jaguar Bass, and the Aerodyne (all of which are CIJ- crafted in Japan.)  The Geddy Lee has a slimmer neck than a standard Jazz, though (but it's nowere near as skinny as, say, that of an Ibanez Soundgear.)  The Jazz Bass 24's rather nice too.  

(When you go to the Fender website and click on the basses, if the model number starts with 013, it's made in Mexico.  If it starts with 025 it's Japan.  019 is US.  015 is Custom Shop.  026 is Korea.)

I'm not really a Fender guy (I play a Warwick), but I think the Lakland Skyline basses are the best Fender style basses available at the affordable price point.  Their quality control is super consistent.  My personal favorite is the Donald Duck Dunn sig model (P-bass with a J neck.  The Lindy Fralin pickup used in that one and other sig models are sexy as hell.)  In addition, Lakland's customer service is top notch; you may even get Dan Lakin himself when you call.    


Lakland's 5-strings are great too.  IMO, Fender's 5-strings are terrible.  Never played a Fender with a solid low B.

EDIT:  And I'll punt this into the music forums.
5582  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Future of Shadow Hearts on: February 23, 2007, 08:03:56 AM
Now, of course, I'm curious what actually will/did happen to Nautilus.  Will the staff go their separate ways?  Will another parent company scoop them up?  Will Aruze still hold Nautilus' intellectual properties?  In a perfect world, what plans would Nautilus have for Shadow Hearts?  

Oh wait, hold on.  I'm still a little foggy on something.  Koudelka and Shadow Hearts one were developed by Sacnoth (a bunch of ex-Square employees), right?  But then Sacnoth folded, and did a bunch of their team form Nautilus?
5583  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Mazes Of Fate for the GBA. on: February 20, 2007, 09:53:16 PM
For anyone curious, here's the official site: http://www.mazesoffate.com/

COnsider my curiosity piqued.  I've dug some RPGs with first person dungeons like Shin Megami Tensei, the original Phantasy Star.
5584  Media / The Soundroom / s0nG oF tEh mOmEnt on: February 20, 2007, 08:43:34 PM
My song of the moment is Revolving Door by Jordan Rudess.  It's the last track off his "Feeding the Wheel" album and I adore it.  It's 10 minutes of bliss for me.  There's more in that one song than in many entire RPG soundtracks.  

Listening to Revolving Door can inspire magnificent stories and imaginative visuals.  

If you enjoy video game music, this song is a must hear in my opinion.
5585  Media / Single-Player RPGs / weird hand gestures on: February 19, 2007, 10:34:12 AM
Could someone post some pics of these gestures, so we can get a visual on what's being inquired here?  Or at least a better description of the action?  Because "weird hand gestures" is a bit vague as there are tons of hand gestures in the world.  

I have a little bit of familiarity with some hand gestures from all over the world, so perhaps I could weigh in with possible insight if I had a visual.

Many hand gestures have a history behind them and a meaning.  For example, in many parts of England, holding up both the pointer and middle finger is the "fuck you!" gesture.  This came about because during a historical French-English war, the English archers were kicking Frenchie ass so the French would capture the archers and cut off their two fingers so they couldn't draw a bowstring.  So when England completely annihilated Frenchie ass at the end of the war, they waved their two fingers up triumphantly in that whole "Yeah Frenchies!  We still have our fingers!  In your face!  How ya like me now!?!?"
5586  The Rest / General Discussions / 4# lanruoJ emaG on: February 18, 2007, 09:46:27 PM
I did a fast-forward playthrough of Yo-Jin-Bo again.  Fun game.  I still want to try and get more good endings and figure out what the mystery unlockable is.
5587  The Rest / General Discussions / Joe Rogan humiliating Carlos Mencia on: February 18, 2007, 08:34:00 AM
I find Joe Rogan annoying as hell, but I have a shred of respect for him now for calling Mencia out.  Mencia is a talentless hack douchebag who's, well, not funny.
5588  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Opinions on if FFVII-IX were re-released. on: February 16, 2007, 05:29:53 PM
Yeah, fanboys/girls will piss and moan at everything no matter what but still buy it anyway.  The whole pissing and moaning of fanboys/girls is just a front so that they can appear cool by being anti, because being a fanboy/girl is considered the opposite of cool.  

Either way, a remake of FF7 with an updated localization that's smoothed out & doesn't read like a hack job and graphics akin to those in the PS3 demonstration video would sell like hotcakes.  Square-Enix would at least be able to break even in the sales vs. development costs.  

I'd buy it.  I'm sure most others would too.  It's a guaranteed million seller and may be a more lucrative business decision than some of the other stuff they've put out there.
5589  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Opinions on if FFVII-IX were re-released. on: February 16, 2007, 10:57:52 AM
If it means ending the life of an annoying little yappy dog like a pomeranian, then I'm all for it.  

If it means ending the life of a cool dog like a doberman or an alsatian, then I'd say "nay!"

As for remakes, an FF7 remake with the visuals seen in that PS3 demo video and a localization that does not read like a hack job would be sweet.
5590  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Someone dropped the ball on: February 14, 2007, 10:42:05 AM
Stare into a bright light for a little while, then look at our webpage.  Colorful, isn't it?  

Either that or have someone club you in the head with a blunt object a couple of times then look at the site.  Like the tweeting birds?
5591  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: February 13, 2007, 02:39:11 PM
http://www.oliversacks.com/ I think the Oliver Sacks website would give you more than I could.  


Back on topic... still mostly reading academic material.  Mostly going through research articles on group counseling with middle-school students for a paper I need to write for my group counseling class.
5592  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: February 12, 2007, 10:09:23 PM
Uhhh, you *do* realize that the Oliver Sacks books *are* real accounts/ case histories of real people who have sought his expertise/treatment.  Dr. Sacks is a reknowned neurologist, so he knows his stuff.  

You read a book like Anthropologist on Mars and it'll blow your mind, because the stuff is real, yet unbelievable too.  The story "A Surgeon's Life" in "Anthropologist on Mars" really blew my mind.  Other case accounts in that book are more well known, such as that of Temple Grandin.

And the whole "crazy" and "insane" labels given to people like schizophrenics is indicative of US/Western culture.  In a more "primitive" (for lack of a better word) tribal society, a schizophrenic would probably be hailed as a shaman.  The delusions of a US/Western schizophrenic would be spiritual gifts from beyond the mortal realm in that tribal culture.
5593  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Sakura Taisen on: February 12, 2007, 08:50:00 PM
Many importers are happy that this series stayed in Japan, because they feel that an English localization would absolutely butcher the script, which is heavily dependent on Japanese wordplay along with cultural stuff (i.e. there are words/phrases in Japanese that cannot be translated into English), and of course the inevitable dubbing of the voice acting *shudder.*  

Again, I think Piece of Wonder's the closest to Sakura Taisen that US gamers can get.
5594  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: February 12, 2007, 08:46:02 PM
Good point, Mauru.  

By the way, if you enjoy books chronicling the lives of people dealing with psychological and neurological difficulties, you may want to read "An Anthropologist on Mars" by Dr. Oliver Sacks.  There is some amazing stuff in there.  

Sacks has also written "Awakenings" and "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat" among others but I never read those.
5595  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: February 11, 2007, 04:33:01 PM
Mauru- I don't think it's so much that religious people are happier, it's that people who embrace spirituality are happier.  Believe me, the hardcore religious fundamentalists are just as high-strung, tense, angry, whatever as the hardcore fundamentalist atheists.  

Spirituality (and religion) can be great things, but in moderation.  Too much of a good thing can make you ill (be it physically or mentally.)  

Religion and spirituality are not necessarily enmeshed.  You don't need to subscribe to an organized religion to be spiritual.  The closest thing I can consider myself is a spiritual agnostic.  I'm not a fan of organized religion, but I do believe a higher power can exist, especially since there are aspects about the nature of life, the universe, and everything else that simply cannot be explained through the limited array of logic and science we possess.  There's a lot out there we don't know and probably don't have the capacity to know.

As for my reading, nothing beyond textbooks.  Mostly counseling psychology textbooks since, well, I'm in a grad program studying to be a school guidance counselor.
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