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61  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: September 14, 2015, 10:52:00 PM
I just read the prologue and first chapter of Words of Radiance and I'm excited to find out what new adventures await Kaladin, Dalinar, Shallan and everyone.  This book will take a while to read (because each chapter is so dense that after reading one, I almost need to take a nap afterward) but I'm sure I'll finish it before the next one comes out. 
62  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Legacy on: September 14, 2015, 10:26:52 PM
The demo is a day 1 download for me.  I definitely want to give this one a trial.  It's kinda interesting that this and Celestian Tales: Old North are both wearing the SaGa influence on their sleeves.  I remember when RPGs were trying to be the next Final Fantasy or Final Fantasy killers, but those games are going SaGa.
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 13, 2015, 08:05:17 PM
Sometimes people say they don't believe in fate because they only believe in science. Oddly enough, fate is incredibly scientific.

If you believe in science, then you believe that everything in the universe follows a set of rules. And if everything in the universe follows a set of rules, then nothing in the universe is random, and every event is simply matter and energy

Bah. I can't be bothered right now.
Something something metaphysics something something.

I just like to believe that I'm the master of my own destiny and I'm not some JRPG character being led around by the neck by a prewritten narrative.  I write my own life's story as I go along.  The experiences I can be open to in my conscious life story are limited based on my biological limitations (I'm a human so I am unable to know what it's like to truly be a bird or a snake or a narwhal) and location (I'm limited to planet Earth) but within those confines I like to think I have free will to think in many directions, because the Thought Police do not exist to dampen that.  I'm not a slave-drone to some secret cabal like the Illuminaughty.  

Remember, I'm Indian.  There is massive amounts of math and science in Indian astrology and concepts like fate.  Ancient scientists and mathematicians who tried to make sense of these kinds of nebulous concepts realized that the concepts are beyond mortal comprehension, even to this day.  And even then, infinity could be considered "god" to a mathematician because it is conceptually something beyond comprehension.  Something that just keeps going on and on without stopping.  Limitless.  A sequence of numbers that never ends.  

And as for rules, they're constantly changing.  As we learn more about life, the universe, and everything else, the rules change.  And rules themselves are malleable.  They can be bent or broken.  Granted, yes, most humans are content to follow the rules but there are always revolutionaries who do not and though they were reviled in their time, they're revered by us now because they brought us new knowledge, new thinking, etc.

EDIT: And while my life is on one trajectory, it could have turned out differently.  Don't we always look back and think "Hmmm, what if I had done X instead of Y?" or "If I could go back in time, I would do such-and-such differently."  While I chose one trajectory/outcome for myself, the other outcomes exist as well in the realm of possibility.  Just because I'm on my current path doesn't necessarily mean the alternatives cease to exist, because after all, don't we ponder those alternatives?  Of course, what we fail to consider is that if we went back in time and redid some things differently, we would circumvent the 99 problems we have now, but would instead have a new set of 99 problems to deal with.  It's kinda like what I talked about in my Chrono Cross playlog:

It was a brilliant maneuver to talk about how
 the 2400 A.D. future we knew in Chrono Trigger ceased to exist with the defeat of Lavos and a whole new timeline/future was created, but the old one still existed within the realm of possibility because it WAS one possible outcome- it's the ending where you lose to Lavos and "nothing changes."  That, and Chrono and company still remember that outcome even if the others in the world don't.  I also liked how in Lucca's letter, she talked about how Schala in THIS reality is very much the opposite of the Schala she knew in that "old" reality.  And I liked how Lucca's letter said that although they prevented one catastrophe from happening, other catastrophes happened.  Preventing the death of one could accelerate the death of another.  
There is no happily ever after or happy ending, because nothing ever truly ends.  

64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 13, 2015, 07:25:44 PM
Bah humbug.  I don't believe in predestiny.
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 13, 2015, 04:15:30 PM
Being in a band has its caveats.  If you want to get girls as a musician, you have to be in a band that plays the kind of music that girls like.  So forget about being in a progressive death metal band if you want chicks.  Even then, girls would probably be more interested in a popular band, because if you're attracting a lot of attention, that makes them think you're more "alpha male."  And, of course, you have to have the right look.  In other words, you kinda have to sell out.  After all, the girl peacock wants the boy peacock with the prettiest feathers that all the other girl peacocks are looking at.  (And I'm sure D laughs at this, because he's more "alpha male" than some skinny little douche in a band.)

The reason girls were attracted to me during my gigging days is because I adopted a cool stage look and was in a band growing more and more popular. I'll admit, it was nice for a while, but this past summer when I had sex with a groupie after sitting in with the band, it just felt empty.  Like, this chick doesn't know me at all, doesn't even know my real name, and yet she was ready and willing to get naked with me merely based off of the few times she saw me on stage?  I took care of business pretty well, but it felt so empty. Which leads to the notion that if you're in a popular band that attracts girls, the girls you do attract are a different type of girl altogether.  

D-you live in NYC, right?  There's always something happening there, singles events, mixers, all that stuff.  Not just in Manhattan, but in the other boroughs as well.  Sometimes you gotta bite the bullet and go to some of those places or events, cheeseball as some may seem, because that's where girls congregate.  Think about the kind of girl you're interested in and think about the kinds of hangouts she'd probably frequent and try to go to publicized events there.  Don't just limit yourself to bars and clubs, I'm talking also events at museums, art galleries, places with substance that a girl you might like to date would be.  On the other hand, if you have a random hook up with a Ms. Right-freaking-now or even a "virgin slayer" from a bar/club that your buddies dragged you to, at least you'll know the ropes a little bit and will be more confident with a potential Ms. Right.  Go out, have fun, have a few misadventures.  If you hit on a girl, she bitches you out, and you end up hooking up with her mom- hey why not?  It's a great story.  

EDIT: It sucks that there is this whole "game" to dating and stuff.  It sucks when all the advice peers give you seems to boil down to "just be yourself, only don't."  I'm not the best at first impressions.  I'm one of those people who has to grow on you and people usually like me once they get to know me.  But in order to get to that midpoint, I almost have to trick a girl into being interested in me with a first impression that strips away my dorkiness (in looks, clothes, and 'tude) and once she's "in" and already likes me, I can open the gates and be more myself.  I've blown it with girls because I "dorked out" too soon.  I've also blown it with girls because I've been all "don't blow it, don't blow it, don't blow it..." and I inevitably blow it.  This case is especially true when my friends would talk me up really well and I'm thinking, "I hope my reality measures up to the hype."  Of course, the girls are putting up fronts too.  Remember, when you're on a first date with someone, you are not dating that person- you are dating an impostor of that person.  

Most importantly, don't be afraid to completely bomb with a girl.  It's going to happen.  Make mistakes and learn from them.  Go ahead and ask her out.  If she declines you, fine.  If she declines you with lots of drama, just shrug and say in a calm manly voice, "A simple "sorry, not interested" would've been just fine, but whatever" and just walk away.  This is also why a lot of guys will give you the secret advice of
have your first encounters with girls you don't really care about, so that way you practice, you learn the ropes, make your mistakes, and there's fewer emotional consequences than if you completely blow it early on with a girl you really like.  So when you find a girl you really like, you're more confident since you already made mistakes with the ones you didn't give a shit about.

Semi-vulgar Dincrest soundbyte: Unless you come from a culture of arranged marriages, the reason your dad boned your mom is because he knew how to play the game.  
66  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross (and Chrono Trigger DS) PlayLog on: September 13, 2015, 03:04:23 PM
If milk, take a shot of Rumchata. 
67  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: September 13, 2015, 12:47:42 PM
Robo even comments that the liquid (which Ayla calls Skull Smash) has many impurities or intoxicants, I can't remember which word he used.  It also struck me as funny that the next morning Ayla was out cold, hung over, and woke up impressed that Crono got up early despite chugging more skull smash.  I'm still surprised Ayla didn't take to being woken up "guns blazing" like Lunch in DragonBall.  Ayla was surprisingly amiable.  Back when I used to drink, I was certainly more ornery than a one-legged man in a bucket kicking contest if someone woke me up the next morning while hung over.  

...and this is still my favorite piece of music from Chrono Trigger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJBHFjwet7s

And Klutz- you could totally make a drinking game out of that.  Play a 90s RPG and take a shot of tequila if the character is drinking tea instead of booze, take a swig of Not Your Father's Root Beer if it's soda/soft drink, take a shot or two of orange liqueur or Apple Pucker if they're drinking juice...
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 13, 2015, 10:24:08 AM
Looking back at all the cars I've owned and operated over almost 2 decades, both domestic and Asian (I've never had a European car) the following has ALWAYS been the case for me:  At about 75,000 miles, American cars started to break down but the Japanese cars were just starting to break in. 
69  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Voice actor interviews - who would you want to see interviewed? on: September 13, 2015, 06:54:26 AM
My favorite Yuri Lowenthal role was Gig in Soul Nomad.  His performance was infinitely better than the Japanese voice.
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 13, 2015, 06:40:42 AM
Adult moths don't eat clothing, but their larvae do, which is why people used to put "moth balls" in drawers. 
71  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: September 12, 2015, 06:26:50 PM
I'm in the prehistoric era of Chrono Trigger DS and I'm happy to see that Ayla talks primitively in that "me Grimlock" way.  After being disappointed that Frog did not speak in "thou hath" this was nice.  I took Marle and Robo with me to the prehistoric era and it was funny watching Ayla trying to figure out what Robo was but decided she liked him anyway because he was powerful.  I also liked that the drinking contest between Crono and Ayla involves "skull smash" rather than soup.  And as funny as it is to have Lucca deny getting "white girl wasted" the next morning, I thought it was equally funny to hear Robo talk about how alcohol affects humans' behavior. 
72  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 12, 2015, 05:10:18 PM
It's not lost on me that a lot of the cuts, scrapes, and bruises I've gotten in physical pursuits over the years (mostly cycling) have mostly been through stupidity.  My knees are pretty scraped up from falling off my bicycle (especially when I was getting used to clipless pedals), and they were all stupid falls when I was standing still.  And there was the one time I jumped out of the saddle too aggressively in an acceleration and slammed my "business" right into my handlebar stem.  Hurt like the devil, that did.  

EDIT: And my best cycling stories seem to have one common thread in them- me getting lost. 
73  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The best decade for cartoons on: September 12, 2015, 05:00:29 AM
My voice over coach used to be Mel Blanc's studio manager, so I'm often studying the ways of voice acting's grandfathers like Mel Blanc (Warner Bros.), Daws Butler (Hanna Barbera), etc.  

I can never listen to the classical piece Barber of Seville without thinking of Bugs Bunny.  Looney Tunes made classical music cool.

And I think it's telling that the song "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" became the Looney Tunes theme song.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYcVM-CYnZM
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: September 10, 2015, 06:06:18 PM
This is freakin SICK!  https://www.facebook.com/gosteffects/videos/949362508413457/?pnref=story
75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 10, 2015, 05:52:21 PM
2015, year of the goat, has been a rough and often challenging climb for me, but I'm seeing the top of the mountain.  The school year started and I LOVE my schedule right now: I'm in-class support in 3 music classes, two computer classes, an art class, and a photography class. One of these is mentoring a special-needs student in the school band. The kid is an aspiring drummer, has good taste in music (he loves Metallica, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Gorillaz) and his eyes light up just thinking about drums, so hopefully I can groom the kid into a rock star this year.
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