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5611  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies on: December 06, 2006, 10:01:38 PM
I just saw "Fear of a Black Hat" at our final Musicians' Guild meeting of the semester.  It's a hip-hop version of Spinal Tap and is hysterical.  It has more immediate laughs than Spinal Tap.

Now, Spinal Tap is my all time favorite movie and will always have a special spot in my heart, but ya'll gotta see "Fear of a Black Hat" and if you don't laugh your ass off during this movie, then I weep for your dead funny bone.  

My favorite part was easily
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Cheryl: Well maybe I'm the only one who cares about Tee's welfare!
Tone Def: How long you been on welfare?
5612  Media / Brush and Quill / Poetry, something brief. on: December 06, 2006, 06:21:35 PM
You are one of the few who can make something as bleak as deprivation into something beautiful.  The wordplay and flow are great.  Love the last line.
5613  The Rest / General Discussions / Child gets arrested for opening gift early... on: December 06, 2006, 02:52:23 PM
At age 12, it's not too late to help the kid, but you'll need some seriously intense intervention; more intense than if the kid were 3 or so.  

See, the brain continues to develop until about age 16, so a head trauma to a 16 year old can be severe in the future growth of the kid.  

So even at age 12, the kid's mind is still somewhat malleable so as long as he gets some fairly intense cognitive behavioral therapy there is hope, but it has to be intense and the parent has to do whatever the therapist tells her to do at home to make sure the kid does what he's supposed to and doesn't lapse back into old habits.
5614  The Rest / General Discussions / Child gets arrested for opening gift early... on: December 06, 2006, 12:03:54 PM
Re: physical punishment.  You know where I stand with regards to hitting children.  I don't believe in it and have been able to get entire preschool classrooms to listen to me without having to slap them with a ruler.  

Still, if a kid is acting out big time, throwing things, having a huge tantrum, all that, yes s/he needs to be restrained.  Don't be afraid of freaking touching the kid.  If the kid's about to bash me with a toy truck, you can bet your sweet ass I'll restrain him, remove the truck from his posession, keep him restrained till he calms the fuck down, give him a brief talking-to, and punish accordingly.  I don't care if the kid's 2 or 12, if a situation calls for it, I will restrain the little hellion.      

I always had to be careful because I'm a male teacher and all that, but judicious restraint when there's a situation that can cause injury to the kid or others is reason enough to use restraint.  

When you're dealing with special ed kids or kids with behavioral issues, you'd better know some effective restraint techniques or you've just rendered yourself powerless.  And when dealing with kids, you need to be an authoritative figure so that the kids know that you have power and they'd better not mess with you.  And sending the kid to the office repeatedly is mostly saying "I have no power, so I'll transfer it to someone else."  Doesn't mean you should flaunt your power and pull rank either, though, then the kid won't respect you.  

Kids don't respect dishrags nor do they respect drill sergeants.  

Regarding the whole case, Angelo summed it up very succinctly.
5615  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst RPG you've ever played. on: December 06, 2006, 09:16:56 AM
My only issue with Lennus/Paladin's Quest was that the color scheme used made my eyes hurt and if a game causes me physical pain, forget it.  The only other video game that has made my eyes go funny and even give me a mild headache was Skies of Arcadia with it's strobe effects on the special attacks.
5616  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst RPG you've ever played. on: December 05, 2006, 07:56:53 PM
I always find threads like this amusing, where we have quality titles like main installment Final Fantasy games lumped in with genuinely bad games like Drakkhen, Super Hydlide and Tecmo Secret of the Stars as candidates for "worst RPG ever."

(On a subjective note, I still say that Drakkhen, Super Hydlide, and Secret of the Stars even make Quest 64 look like, sound, play, and tell a story like a gem.)
5617  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: December 04, 2006, 06:56:33 PM
http://www.jordanrudess.com/jr/index1.html click on jr-TUNES to listen to my song of the moment: "Crack the Meter" from the Feeding the Wheel album by Jordan Rudess.  

I love the riffs at 1:42 and 1:58.  

Why it's my song of the moment is simple:  Because it's totally awesome.  It's instrumental so no lyrics.
5618  Media / Miscellaneous Games / KID never even had a chance to pass puberty yet... on: December 01, 2006, 04:34:22 PM
http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2006/1578.html

This makes me sad, because, well, I'm nuts about KID's love adventures.  Especially the Infinity series (that series has surpassed Megami Tensei as my favorite game series.)  Methinks I should import Remember 11 before it's too late, so I can have the complete series as a collector.  

Well, looks like Princess Soft will be the reigning love adventure monarch now.  Not that that's a bad thing.  Hourglass of Summer was AWESOME!
5619  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Level 5 announces new game: A... DS Graphic Adventure? on: December 01, 2006, 04:31:21 PM
Glad you like Trace Memory, dude.  It's really short, but so damn good.  

Still, my favorite adventure games I've played recently were probably Ever 17: Out of Infinity and Hourglass of Summer.  Both are digital-comic style adventures (which is a more Japanese thing) and not the interactive kind like Monkey Island or Grim Fandango... but the stories are killer.
5620  Media / Brush and Quill / Tales of RPGfania! (a round robin) on: November 30, 2006, 10:46:46 PM
Britney Spears!  The horrifying sight blinded everyone, including "The Man" who dropped his remote while writhing in agony.  

Somehow, a dead Tauros' horn materialized into Dincrest's hands and he blindly threw it.  The horn lodged itself so deep into Britney's vagina that it ruptured her cervix, bowels, and intestines causing her to bleed immensely to her gruesome demise.  

The waterfall of sacrificial bitch blood awakened the rest of the metalheads who all proceeded to roar the song "Fucked by a Knife" by Cannibal Corpse.  Dincrest was thrashing about wildly on his Warwick, trying in vain to play as fast, furious, and technically rifftastic as Alex Webster.  

The whole fabric of space and time swirled into a hideous vortex of blood, bile, and the vomiting of the vilest blasphemic stench.  Tortured screams were heard in the background while the most menacing grunts and gurgles shattered eardrums and ripped all who witnessed it new assholes.  

The power of metal forced the RPGfanners to smash through the fourth wall and face "The Man" who turned out to be...
5621  The Rest / General Discussions / How to not get your stuff stolen this Christmas on: November 30, 2006, 04:17:10 PM
V-Dawg, I was thinking the same thing.  It's like home alone.  And Dios- how do we know the 9 year old boy isn't in on the scam?  

Tis the season to be covetous, greedy, wrathful...
5622  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: November 29, 2006, 09:58:04 PM
"Spongebob Squarepants" theme song.  

Why?  Because I was asked today to be on the bill for a Rutgers Musicians' Guild show on Friday and that's my opening number.

I don't get to gig very often so I love it when I do.
5623  Media / Brush and Quill / Tales of RPGfania! (a round robin) on: November 28, 2006, 03:30:46 PM
Ozzy woke up from a nightmare shouting "SHARON!!! I just had a dream that the kids turned into the Osmonds, and and..."

"There there, dear," cooed Florence Henderson.  It'll be okay."

The TV then faded out and all that the story participants felt were loads of brief flashes as "The Man" was flipping the channels.  "The Man" eventually settled on Pokemon so now Dincrest and the happy RPGfanners were now trapped in an episode of Pokemon.  (OMG 4D plot twist!)

After the Pokemon theme song played...
5624  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Just Beat an RPG Already! on: November 27, 2006, 06:48:40 PM
...that and even an RPG with awesomely cool and dynamic gameplay can have its gameplay start to get a little stale by the 70th hour.  And then it feels like an obligation to finish.  It becomes work.  And a game should never feel like work or an obligation.
5625  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Just Beat an RPG Already! on: November 27, 2006, 11:40:23 AM
When keeping tabs on multiple RPGs, it helps to keep a notebook so that you can jot down where you left off  and where you need to go, when you stopped playing.  That way if you come back to it weeks later after the burnout's gone, you won't be totally lost.  That way you also don't have to tax your brain to remember stuff.  

Or invest in a cheat device like a Gameshark.  When things get too tedious, just punch in some cheat codes and breeze your way through to the end.  That way you can get the story without the chorelike gameplay.  

Makes the time commitment less tiresome too.  With a GameShark, FF7 can be beaten in 25-35 hours.  And I'll be honest, these days any RPG time commitment more than that becomes quite tiresome for me.
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