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5956  The Rest / General Discussions / Schools ban tag on: October 18, 2006, 10:11:05 PM
Quote from: "Angelo"
This thread illustrates just why schools get away with murder.  They love that people blame the parents when they pull bullshit like this.  That they merely have to throw out a red herring to divert the blame is disheartening.

Tell that to the teacher who fairly gave a kid a D on a test who now has the parents threatening to take action about "bad teaching" if the teacher doesn't change the grade to an A.  

Schools don't get away with anything.  Teachers don't have power in the classroom any more.  And even good principals are at the mercy of school boards, most of whose members have never been in a classroom, some probably don't even have college degrees, and yet these idiots are making decisions about our schools, our kids.  

The one good thing that the NCLB thing has done is make the schools accountable for this, that, and which.  Great idea in concept, but currently it's not being executed well at all.  

Bottom line: US educational systems are fucked up.  

And Miho- when I was assistant teaching pre-K and kindergarten, we used to let the kids play with jumpropes, explaining to them that if they are for jumping only and not for tying people up with (because if a jump rope loops around a kid's neck, that's a serious medical injury waiting to happen) but after the kids repeatedly kept tying their classmates up with the jumpropes, we had to not let them play with jumpropes at recess any more because we didn't want a kid getting strangled by a jumprope during a game of cowboys & indians.  Of course, there were plenty of other cool toys for them to play with, so no worries.  We gave them a chance with the jumpropes, but they didn't follow directions so we took them away.
5957  The Rest / General Discussions / Schools ban tag on: October 18, 2006, 05:31:13 PM
"I think that it's unfortunate that kids' lives are micromanaged and there are social skills they'll never develop on their own," said Debbie Laferriere, who has two children at Willett, about 40 miles south of Boston. "Playing tag is just part of being a kid."

I like this person.  

I'm almost disgusted by the way parents almost want to put force fields on their kids.  Let 'em get a few scrapes here and there.  That's part of being a kid.  If you fall, you learn to pick yourself up.  I think by the time all of us have kids, this nonsense will be over.  All of us are so disillusioned by the wacko parenting some parents do that I foresee a change back to more conservative parenting values and techniques instead of this bedwetting pansy liberal neo-hippie parenting crap.  

There's a reason God made kids "out of rubber."  They're physically and psychologically more resilient than adults.  If a kid breaks a leg, it will heal quick.  If an adult breaks a bone, it will take forever to heal.  

I'm also saddened by how much parents strong arm teachers to do their bidding to the point where teachers have ZERO power in the classroom.  It's becoming to the point where if the kid does something wrong and the teacher punishes him/her, mommy and daddy will fight the teacher and save junior's sorry little ass.  How are kids going to fucking learn accountability for their actions with mommy and daddy constantly strong-arming the teacher to turn that F into an A?  

Although if it was a ban on Tag body spray, I'd be all for that because no teacher or school employee should be wearing perfumes because in an environment with that many kids/people, someone will be allergic to perfume fumes.
5958  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: October 18, 2006, 05:22:00 PM
Dysrhythmia's new album "Barriers and Passages" is a grower.  Granted, all Dysrhythmia albums are growers, but this one seems more so than No Interference, Contradiction, or Pretest.  Still, this album is awesome.  It's pure Dysrhythmia with some blistering bass work by Colin Marston (who also blazes with Behold... The Arctopus.)  

Anyway, my favorite song on the album is "Seal/Breaker/Void" which can be heard on their myspace http://www.myspace.com/dysrhythmiaband

Dysrhythmia's a completely instrumental band so no lyrics.  I fucking love Dysrhythmia.  I think they're one of the most unique and interesting rock/metal bands on the scene today.
5959  Media / The Soundroom / YouTube is the greatest website in the history of the world. on: October 18, 2006, 09:52:24 AM

Dysrhythmia (one of my favorite bands) put this on a MySpace bulletin and I'm very glad I checked it out.  This instrumental band (called Dif Juz) and video from the mid 80s is awesome.  These guys were really ahead of their time.  

Cheers to Dysrhythmia for pointing this out to us.
5960  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: October 14, 2006, 08:33:04 PM
I'm still on an Icarus Witch kick.  I freakin' love that band; one of the best traditional metal bands to emerge lately, and from America to boot.  They certainly wear their 80s trad-metal influences on their sleeves, but have a sound that's distinctly their own too.  No one can say Icarus Witch are copycats.  I also like that, particularly in their Capture the Magic album, the bassist is very up-front in the mix.  Traditional metal usually doesn't have bass so up-front unless it's Steve Harris in Iron Maiden.  

Anyway, song of the moment is the title track from Icarus Witch's "Roses on White Lace" EP.  Great song, great album.  This title track and "Curse of the Ice Maiden" are my favorite songs on the EP.  

I saw you in your wedding gown
The prettiest dress
I came into the room that night
And made such a mess
In my own way, I lovingly kiss the bride
With your ring in your hand
Your eyes and your mouth open wide

In my eyes
Blood drops look like roses on white lace
They won't wash away
In my mind they're roses on white lace
Straight from the heart
So dead upon the bed

You hurt me in the deepest way
I'm crippled inside
I took your evil skin away
It's all cut and dried
I saw you tonight and carefully took your hand
With some smears on my cheeks
I knew that you would understand

In my eyes
Blood drops look like roses on white lace
They won't wash away
In my mind they're roses on white lace
Straight from the heart
So dead upon the bed, still searching for your head

They're never gonna find your face
It's hidden away
I found a very special place where you used to play
In my own way, I lovingly kiss the bride
With your ring in your hand
Your eyes and your mouth open wide

In my eyes
Blood drops look like roses on white lace
They won't wash away
In my mind they're roses on white lace
Straight from the heart
Blood drops look like roses on white lace
Crimson and sweet, stained on the sheet
Roses on white lace, pretty in red, dripping and wet
Roses on white lace, spilled on the walls, dark in the hall
5961  The Rest / General Discussions / White and in Tokyo? How about free room and board....AND SEX on: October 14, 2006, 10:13:30 AM
This has to be a hoax.  Words fail me at how pathetic this is on  multiple levels.
5962  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: October 13, 2006, 08:41:17 PM
Song of the moment is a damn good traditional metal song that's been stuck in my head for a long time.  The vocals soar, the guitars scream, the drums pound, and the bass is some of the growliest I've ever heard.  He really cuts through the mix.  

It's "Ghost of Xavior Holmes" by Icarus Witch.  

http://www.icaruswitch.com/ctmdisc.html (you can download the song here.  It's really good.)

As he sailed into the shadows of darkness
He prayed to once again see the light of day
{July, 1807}

In the vessel's log a dying man had written;
"I've lost my captain & crew to a darkened watery grave...

I'm so alone, trying to stay alive"

Xavior Holmes, fighting to survive
Heading out into the uncharted regions of the sea

"I'm so alone, eternally sailing into the night"

Xavior Holmes, now realizing that he had died
Never to find his resting place near the Inn By The Sea

Among the crew, brave mariners and friends
With the passengers, the captain's wife, and a bride to be
Why is he the only one left, drifting forever on?
It seems like it's been midnight since the time of the storm
...since that storm

In the vessel's log the long dead man had written;
"What should have been a routine trip has cost the lives of sixteen"

Just off the coast of Richmond's Island the craft tipped on to one side

Xavior Holmes, never made it to Portland that night
Yet the Schooner Charles still sails on and out of sight...
5963  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Level 5 announces new game: A... DS Graphic Adventure? on: October 11, 2006, 10:24:06 PM
Like I said in the Touch Detective thread, the DS is looking to be a really good platform for graphic adventures.  I mean with Trace Memory, Phoenix Wright (and another Phoenix Wright coming out next year), Touch Detective, Hotel Dusk: Room 215, this one from level 5... wow!

If such an early game like Trace Memory was able to utilize so many tricks of the DS console, I can only wonder what Level 5 can do.
5964  The Rest / The Bazaar / MEGATEN GAMES! DemiKids, Demon Slayer (almost free) on: October 11, 2006, 06:17:38 PM
Sold to uerar.
5965  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Level 5 announces new game: A... DS Graphic Adventure? on: October 11, 2006, 12:24:55 PM
Who's screaming my name?
5966  The Rest / The Bazaar / MEGATEN GAMES! DemiKids, Demon Slayer (almost free) on: October 11, 2006, 09:49:29 AM
More MegaTen giveaway madness here.  

DemiKids Light and Dark for GBA ( http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/demikids/index.html )

Revelations: The Demon Slayer for GBC ( http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/revelationsgbc/Revelations_GBC.html )

I'm including the instruction manuals too.  The GBA titles are in hard plastic sleeves and the GBC title is in a hard plastic flip case.  

The carts are in great shape and all play as they're supposed to.  

$3.00 total (and that's pretty much for US shipping.)  

I take PayPal (dincrest@lycos.com), check/MO.
5967  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The "Defense" Command on: October 10, 2006, 08:29:44 PM
Shin Megami Tensei series.  

If you don't get friendly with the defense command at opportune times in battles, it can be life or death.  

That series is one of the few series of RPGs I've played where a good defense is MORE important than an all-out offense.
5968  The Rest / General Discussions / More copyright fun: Let's attack restaraunts! on: October 10, 2006, 08:28:08 PM
That's insane.  Then again, I live in NJ, which is cover band central and even my old dinky li'l 2 bit band would perform the occasional cover tune at a venue.  (Heh, in local music scenes, the only bands that make any money are cover bands.)

The restaurant owner should not be at fault.  I don't really think the band should be either.  They played original music but perhaps threw the occasional cover in the setlist because covers get the crowd going (since it's a song they know.)  I think the whole thing is ridiculous.
5969  The Rest / General Discussions / Words fail me on: October 10, 2006, 03:34:07 PM

Vil, where's your
baby cannon picture?
5970  Media / Single-Player RPGs / it happend to you that you stop play because you use faq? on: October 08, 2006, 03:32:27 PM
Nah.  I think it's more frustrating to be stuck, try everything short of using a sledgehammer, and have no recourse.  Besides, sometimes I simply don't have the time to be stuck in a spot in a game for weeks on end, so I see nothing wrong with getting some help.

There are games out there that I would have had a hellish time beating without the help of a FAQ or walkthrough.
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