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5941  The Rest / General Discussions / Awesome. on: May 21, 2006, 02:20:54 PM
So... is this a thread where we share the various webcomics we like to read?  If so, here are some of my favorites:

PhD: Piled Higher and Deeper http://www.phdcomics.com
Least I Could Do http://www.leasticoulddo.com
Count Your Sheep http://www.countyoursheep.com
No Room for Magic http://www.noroomformagic.com
Sexy Losers http://www.sexylosers.com
FlipSide http://www.flipsidecomics.com

And how could I not like http://www.stripcreator.com where you can create your own masterpieces?  

Here are mine:  http://www.stripcreator.com/comics/nealch
5942  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: May 21, 2006, 12:14:31 PM
Song of the moment is one by my band, Sullen Door.  It's called "Lost Love" and it's a deceptively simple song.  We thought it was a simple little song when our frontman presented it to us and we started playing it, but it's proven more than a bitch to record in the studio.  But we still love it anyway.  I think the lyrics are great.  My bassline is simple, but it works really well with the song adding texture.   Our recording engineer thought it was a cover tune at first, and we're like "no, it's an original."  

"Lost Love" by Sullen Door.  I was listening to a rehearsal tape while writing out the lyrics, and I'm too lazy to fix up my capitalization errors.  So nyeh!

It's the middle
of the evening,
I don't know what to do
I think I might call you,
but what will I say when we're alone?
But I want to pick up that phone

And I think about it
every day,
how I let you go
and slip away
And I hope
that it hurts
you too
That's right, I hope
that it hurts
you too

There is snow,
and it's falling.  
It's falling for you.
And you know, I fell too;
I fell for you with the rest of the world
And it's you that I fell for, little girl.  

And I hope and pray
that day might come,
when I find you here
right in my arms
And I wait
for that day,
but it never comes
That's right I wait
for that day,
but it never comes
but it never comes
but it never comes
but it never comes
5943  The Rest / General Discussions / Recipes! on: May 21, 2006, 11:46:56 AM
Hey Dag, question for you.  Are your recipes ones you made up yourself?  Yes, it counts if you maybe took a basic recipe from somewhere and added your own personal touch to it.  

I love to cook, but don't always have the time to experiment with cool and interesting recipes.  My old housemate was an excellent cook.  He was the one who told me how tricky it is to cook tuna steak.  That tuna steak has to be extremely rare (very pink on the inside) or it will have an awful taste and texture.  Thing is, even the fanciest restaurants ALWAYS overcook tuna steak because people get freaked out/paranoid about the pink on the inside.  

So if you want to have a tuna steak, NEVER order one from a restaurant.  They'll ALWAYS overcook it.  Either cook one yourself or eat it at somebody's house who knows how to cook it right.  

Oh, and when I'm marinating chicken, I like to marinate it the Indian way- in plain yogurt with some black pepper.  You can use other spices to taste.  See, as a marinade, yogurt keeps the chicken tender without making it soggy, because of the live active cultures in it.  I would NEVER use a citrus marinade, because the citric acid toughens and "cooks" the fibers in the chicken meat, thus making it really tough.  I like my chicken tender when I eat it.  Citrus adds a nice flavor, but instead of using it as a marinade, I'd instead use it in, like, a lemon-butter sauce to put over the chicken and NOT cook it in the lemon.
5944  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Boards / I know this has been asked before but... on: May 21, 2006, 11:35:21 AM
1) We're not gamefaqs.  We have our own sets of rules.  

2) Emulation, ROMs, how to acquire them, where to acquire them, etc. is not allowed on our boards, because that's a form of game piracy- getting a game without paying for it, or not giving the money to the people who worked on the game.  Obviously you can't talk about emulaTORS either, since, well, the emulator is the pirate ship and the ROMs are the pirates.  

See, many game companies browse our boards (since we're a popular site) to get a sense of demographics and stuff, and they'd be really put off if there was talk about gypping them through emulators, ROMs, and all that.  

I have my own personal viewpoints on the issue and my own sense of right and wrong on it and if you want to hear that, you may PM me.  But since I am in RPGfan's house, I will abide by the rules.
5945  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: May 20, 2006, 10:31:44 PM
I'm not the biggest Radiohead fan, but OK Computer is such an incredible album.  I've been on an OK Computer kick lately.  My two favorite songs on there are Paranoid Android and No Surprises.  Paranoid Android is just an incredible song.  It's been described as DJ Shadow meets The Beatles... and I'd say that's accurate.  And No Surprises for some reason sounds like music that would be right at home in Final Fantasy 7.  

Yeah, there's good reason that OK Computer is hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time.

Could Radiohead be the Pink Floyd of our generation?
5946  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Favorite game that reviews/people hated on: May 20, 2006, 09:52:01 PM
Sigma Star Saga.  Of all the press reviews that game got, my review on this site was easily the most favorable.  I thought that game was quite good.
5947  The Rest / General Discussions / Recipes! on: May 19, 2006, 04:04:15 PM
The most refreshing summertime drink involves a juicer, some club soda, pineapple, granny smith apples, and strawberries.  

Juice the pineapple, apples, and strawberries.  By itself, that is one incredible juice, but add some club soda for bubbles, and you have a refreshing summertime drink for personal consumption, barbeques, parties, what have you.  

The tartness of the granny smith apples offsets the sweetness of the pineapple and strawberry.  And the bubbles add summer fun.  

I know it's a pretty simple recipe, but it's wonderful for summer.

Some people may want to use champagne in place of the club soda and make it a sparkling alcoholic punch, but I don't like to do that, because alcohol tends to dehydrate you.  If you do decide to use champagne, make sure it's a really dry champagne, otherwise if it's too sweet it will taste horrible; like the taste equivalent of a woman with too much make-up and nose-clogging perfume.  Let the sweetness come from the fresh fruit juice.
5948  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: May 19, 2006, 03:04:52 PM
"Bypass the Solenoid" by Dysrhythmia.  It's an instrumental tune, so no lyrics for you.  It's off their new album Barriers & Passages, and it is an awesome album.  The songs are generally shorter than on Pretest, but no less intricate and there are some really heavy riffs in this album.  There are also the really slow songs like "Luminous."  

Colin Marston is one sickeningly fast bassist, but he's not all speed; he handles his speed with amazing finesse.  Wow!  

Dysrhythmia= one of Neal's favorite bands.  I love Dysrhythmia.  I love their song titles too.  Very creative.
5949  The Rest / General Discussions / Bear eats monkey at zoo on: May 19, 2006, 03:02:38 PM
As others have said, from a purely animal psychology point of view, this is interesting, especially since those monkeys are not a part of those bears' diets.  So why did the bears attack the way they did?  How long have the bears been in this realistic-habitat enclosure with those monkeys?  And there were no problems at all in the past, assuming the bear and monkeys have been in the same enclosure for a good amount of time?  So perhaps the bear had some kind of neurological impairment (like a tumor) or something akin to musth in elephants that caused his brain to malfunctions.  Because if this thing was really sudden and the bear had no history of such behavior, perhaps there was some kind of neurological impairment.  

I do not think it's as simple as "bear= hungry; bear wanna eat monkey."  Animal minds are surprisingly more complex than that.
5950  The Rest / General Discussions / Girl Pregnant at 11 years old. on: May 18, 2006, 11:22:49 PM
You would think that in this modern day and age where accurate information is easily accessible and that parents and schools should educate kids about sex that people would stop believing idiotic backwater ideas like "you can't get pregnant the first time" or "don't worry, I'll pull out before I shoot."  Newsflash- you CAN get pregnant the first time and every time (unless you use protection, and even that can fail) and there are live active sperm in the pre-ejaculate, so "pulling out" doesn't work either.  

Methinks the girl and her mama need an intense re-education.
5951  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: May 18, 2006, 12:08:08 AM
Ugh, don't tell me for Atelier Iris 2 they kept the text size infinitessimal.  That was my biggest complaint regarding the first one.  That's a showstopper for me, since my eyesight isn't that great.  

Tomorrow I'll start Hourglass of Summer.  Tonight I officially got all 11 endings in Ever 17.  Oddly enough, though I got all 11 endings and have all 126 scenes, I don't have 100% completion yet.  There are still a few paths and a few percentage points I don't have... but I think I know how to get them.  

I need to get over my obsession with this game.  I do like the little prizes I won in the Ever 17 character poll drawing, though.
5952  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: May 17, 2006, 08:03:58 PM
Quote from: "Sketch"
Started up Atelier Iris 2 today. It really isn't all that good so far (about 4 hours in). I've played cliche games before, but...wow.

I mean, the world pretty much blows up within the first 20 minutes of gameplay. And there's a talking sword :P


Uhhh, and the first Atelier Iris game WASN'T a cavalcade of cliches?  C'mon.  The Atelier games are more about the gameplay and characters, not event-based plotlines.  

I loved Atelier Iris.  The plot was a throwaway plot, but the charming characters and their development won me over.
5953  The Rest / General Discussions / Hudson E3 Contest! Win Some Crap! on: May 17, 2006, 08:01:23 PM
Yo, any of the mods or other staffers want to chime in here?  Is this legit?  Even if so, spamming *is* against our board rules, and wouldn't this qualify as spamming?  

I'll leave this thread open for now so that another staffer can chime in and give me the lowdown, lest I appear like the rule-nazi ass.
5954  Media / The Soundroom / Prince can play guitar better than you on: May 17, 2006, 10:29:08 AM
Prince can play most any musical instrument better than many musicians.  He's a sick sick SICK bass player.  On his albums, it's mostly him playing all the instruments himself... and his arrangements are damn good.  

One thing I know about Prince is that when he picks musicians to back him up on tours, he only picks those who he thinks are better than he is on their respective instruments.  And considering how good he really IS on multiple instruments, that's a tall order.  

That's one reason I'd love to see a Prince concert.  Not just for Prince, but to see the musicians he's picked out.  I want to see the best of the best.  Okay, it helps that his live bassist Rhonda Smith is gorgeous, but holy hell she is one supremely sick bassist!  

Prince is not the first name that comes to mind when people think "guitar hero" but maybe it should be.
5955  Media / Brush and Quill / Grade ma art on: May 16, 2006, 10:06:05 PM
I think the body came out better in #2.  In #1, it looks like she has two torsos.  Unnatural.  And, you definitely need to work on knees.
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