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5881  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #3 on: September 15, 2006, 11:30:02 AM
Thanks to Damian's (Sensei Phoenix) wife addicting me to Princess Maker 2, I managed in my limited free time to complete another scenario.  This time I named my daughter Strapping Younglad and though I thought I was a worse father this time around, she was actually appreciative, though
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I got the domestic training ending where she trains to be a housewife.  Darn, and I thought I'd get a church ending since she took a lot of theology and worked a lot at the church.
 I'll tell you, not going out adventuring certainly cuts down the playing time.  

I still think when she says "Strapping is such a pretty name.  I love it" is funny.
5882  Media / The Soundroom / YouTube is the greatest website in the history of the world. on: September 11, 2006, 09:09:03 PM
This is so freaking adorable.  It's a 2 year old girl rocking out to the song "Void" by Divinity Destroyed.  This kid's got excellent taste in music.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g17P81VD2vs

The metal runs deep in this one.
5883  The Rest / General Discussions / 9/11 on: September 11, 2006, 07:30:35 PM
I had just started my MA studies at NYU when the attacks hit.  I was living on West 3rd street, barely a handful of subway stops from WTC.  I could see the towers from my across-the-hall neighbors' window.  

Just the weekend before, some friends and I were standing at the corner of my apartment complex and one person pointed and said "look, the twin towers.  The towers look happy."  

I slept through the incident until my neighbor was frantically knocking on my door telling me to check the news because some fucked up shit was happening.  I was in shock.  My phone line was down, but thankfully I could still internet, so I e-mailed everyone I knew and posted on every message board community I was a valued member of to say "I'm okay."  

I was shocked, disgusted, and completely beside myself.  I wanted to do something, but also felt helpless.  So I decided to take a walk and see what was going on at the local hospitals and see if I could maybe donate some blood or something.  The crowds outside the hospitals were massive and people were getting turned away.  Either way, I had a great time just walking around NYC, everyone was really friendly and I talked to so many random people.  I've always thought NYC was a very warm and friendly place and this further confirmed it.  NYC= the greatest city in the world, bar none.  

I hadn't eaten anything all day.  I was too disgusted to eat.  But my neighbor invited me over to dinner.  She had cooked up a storm and was feeding all of us on our floor.  

For the next few days, lower Manhattan was under lockdown so I couldn't get in or get out.  I was pretty much stuck in the NYU vicinity, but it didn't matter.  Everything I needed was there, and my new friends were all there.  

For weeks afterward, the air was pretty thick.  You could smell the rubble from my balcony for weeks and there was lots of black dust on the balcony.  

The NYU professors were extremely supportive of us.  One of them had a husband who was a fireman summoned to the WTC.  Another one was on the news talking about effective ways parents and teachers handle children during such a trying time.  Another one managed to bend university policy in a few ways to ensure that we all had bonus opportunities to do well in her course.  

I have a friend who was on the 61st floor of the 2nd tower and barely made it out with his life.  

September 11, 2001 was one of the most intense times of my life.  But not even 9/11 could dampen my spirits.  In fact, I still look back to my years at NYU living in NYC as the absolute best couple of years of my life.
5884  The Rest / General Discussions / No wonder you have less than 500 members... on: September 11, 2006, 06:59:50 PM
...eh, such things happen when you become part of a new community.  When you move and start at a new school, you'll have people help you out, but you'll also have others give you shit for walking down the wrong hallway at the wrong time.  

If you think what was said in the introductory thread was mean, bullying, inflammatory, and whatnot then you're getting your underwear tied up in knots over nothing.  

You broke a rule, you were pointed out the rule, someone from the peanut gallery pointed and laughed... and now you get into a hissy fit over it?  Get over yourself.  To me, this is pretty normal for what happens in any community, real life or otherwise.  If you can't take some joshing, ribbing, whatnot, then you need to develop a thicker skin and not let some little intarwebnet thing ruffle your feathers so much.      

We know what flaming is.  There was no flaming.  Suck it up.
5885  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: September 10, 2006, 03:40:09 PM
My song of the moment is "I Want You Back" by the Jackson 5.  Sure things are/were fucked up with the Jackson clan, but the Jackson 5 era was when the music was the best.  

When I heard "I Want You Back" on the radio the other day, I was like "whoa!" because not only is the bassline in that song totally awesome, but the bass tone is, to me, what a bass guitar should ideally sound like.  Sick, man.  That round, soulful P-bass Motown throb but with clarity enough for finger funk lines.  

When I had you to myself
I didnt want you around
Those pretty faces always made you
Stand out in a crowd
Then someone picked you from the bunch
One glance was all it took
Now its much too late for me
To take second look

(chorus)
Oh baby give me one more chance
To show you that I love you
Wont you please send me back in your heart

Oh darlin I was blind to let you go
But now since I see you in his arms
I want you back
Yes I do now
I want you back
Oo oo baby
Yeah yeah....naw....

Trying to live without your love
Is one long sleepless night
Let me show you girl
That I know wrong from right

Every street you walk on
I leave tear stains on the ground
Following the girl
I didnt even want around
(chorus)

Abuh buh buh buh
All I want!
Abuh buh buh buh
All I need!
Abuh buh buh buh.....
5886  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #3 on: September 10, 2006, 02:45:12 PM
You know the drill- post your progress in whatever game(s) you're playing.

As for me, a friend created a monster and got me hooked on Princess Maker 2.  So I'm raising a daughter named Artemis Moon (also the name of my bass) and so far she's a badassed, but healthy and well-behaved, fighter/lumberjack/adventurer.

UPDATE:  I finished Princess Maker.  
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My daughter became the general of the king's army.  She didn't like me because I made her take loads of fighting classes and work a lot.  Venus didn't like me because I made my daughter adventure a lot and kill a shitload of monsters (killing monsters made my daughter sinful.)  Basically, the game said I was a heartless parent who concentrated too much on trying to make her a badassed martial artist than a balanced adult.  
5887  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: September 10, 2006, 02:42:45 PM
34 pages.  Time to start so fresh and so clean.
5888  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: September 10, 2006, 02:42:06 PM
I was hanging with Damian, Christine, and company yesterday and was introduced to the manga Beck.  What a cool manga.  It's fun, has some bizarre moments but surprisingly realistic characterization, and so many guitar geek references it's not even funny.
5889  The Rest / General Discussions / Worst Price is Right Contestant Ever on: September 10, 2006, 02:29:07 AM
Idiot savant.  She unknowingly played the system and gave herself extra chances to win the prizes.  I still remember watching an ep of price is right as a kid and one contestant spun the big wheel backwards and another one in the same three didn't get it all the way around.
5890  Media / The Soundroom / YouTube is the greatest website in the history of the world. on: September 09, 2006, 11:15:22 AM
Try youtubing Junior Brown.  Amazing guitarist.  He plays a doubleneck where the top is a telecaster and the bottom is a lap steel.  His neck runs are super clean and articulate.  His style is country, though.
5891  The Rest / General Discussions / The PSP is totally worth its price! (note: sarcasm) on: September 08, 2006, 08:13:09 PM
Still, regardless, consoles these days perhaps due to more delicate components/circuitry, aren't as durable as older ones.  I had a 6 oz. cup of cola spill on my 1st generation Sega Genesis and it still works fine (save for a nonworking reset button.)  I don't think my PS2, GCN, or DC could survive a cola spill.
5892  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Mystery Science Theater 3000 on: September 08, 2006, 12:01:42 AM
I'm a casual Mistie.  My favorite has to be Space Mutiny ("Big McLargeHuge!")  Manos- The Hands of Fate is classic as well.  

The ones I've seen have mostly been Mike era MST3K rather than Joel era.

My housemate's definitely a mistie.
5893  The Rest / General Discussions / Whoa! Schools are becoming way too competitive! on: September 07, 2006, 01:55:54 PM
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In some places, recess, music, art and even social studies are being replaced by writing exercises and spelling quizzes.


This is worrying.  

Being competetive and displaying required competencies at checkpoints is all well and good, but the pile-on-more-work method isn't working.  The poor kids are working harder but not smarter.  

Even when I was in school, the gifted and talented programs were bunk because all they did was give the kids more homework in addition to their current homework load.  No wonder they hated the gifted and talented programs.  It was a chore.  

It sounds like the kids are constantly just given busywork, which makes school seem like an even duller, staler chore than it needs to be.  Homework and stuff is all well and good, but not when it's just busywork.
5894  The Rest / General Discussions / Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Abridged Series on: September 06, 2006, 12:38:31 AM
Those were pretty amusing.  Especially since the eps themselves pretty much did the same schtick over and over again.  

I remember seeing some of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and I must say, it was rather violent.  Explosions, death, (i.e. the one where Yami Yugi plays air-hockey on an okonomiyaki grill using an ice block with a bomb in it and his win= the grill, the shed, and the rival kid all getting blown to smithereens.), and all that good stuff.  

The US version on kids WB was heavily edited and sanitized, and these YouTube videos satirized that nicely.
5895  The Rest / General Discussions / I hit that "point" in my life... on: September 04, 2006, 09:46:50 PM
Maybe you just have video game burnout.  Where games start to feel like an obligation, chore, or work rather than the fun diversion they should be.  Take a break from gaming, do something else (like exercise, cook, play an instrument, take a walk outside, whatever) and eventually you'll return to it with a renewed vigor.

Believe me, there have been times I've had multiple bouts of gaming burnout in a year.  These days my time for gaming is so limited due to real life and my other hobbies, so whenever I sit down to game it's like a treat.
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