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6106  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #3 on: November 11, 2006, 02:24:55 PM
I'm at the pyramid boss in Aegis in Contact.  For a game that touts itself is being devoid of dull moments, the game sure is dull and repetitive.
6107  The Rest / General Discussions / A MAGICAL LEOPLEURADON! on: November 11, 2006, 11:57:56 AM
This video and that one episode of the Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy where Billy wants to go to a happy place and finds a sourpuss unicorn are proof positive that unicorns are mean, rotten, vicious, nasty, low down, evil creatures.
6108  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: November 08, 2006, 11:04:42 PM
Lately, I've been listening to "Ladder" by Dysrhythmia a lot.  Fantastic song.  It starts out in typical Dysrhythmia fashion with odd time signatures and such, but halfway through the song comes this really catchy riff that I can't help but air guitar to.  

It's off their album "Contradiction" which is near impossible to get.  Too bad, because that album is f'n awesome.  I mean, yeah, anything by Dysrhythmia's f'n awesome, but this and No Interference are my fave albums by them.
6109  The Rest / General Discussions / Send out for pizza, order takeou Chinese, have pot delivered on: November 08, 2006, 08:56:09 AM
I believe Holland's the only country where marijuana is legal, and it faces its share of problems from foreigners who come for the drugs.  

Still, I think one reason that it's less of an issue to regulate is because Holland is a rather small country.  In a country as big as the United States with the kind of governmental infrastructure that we have (what with federal, state, local governments), I would think it would be a pain in the neck to regulate.  

Look at something like tattooing.  There's nothing in federal laws saying it's illegal, but I believe tattooing is illegal in Oklahoma (though the law's getting changed) so it would be messy to try and regulate marijuana in the mangled web that is the United States.  

And, heh, The US'd need to get its act together with border patrols, ports, and incoming foreigner regulations since if marijuana were legal in the US, people would be flocking in droves to get it.
6110  The Rest / General Discussions / Send out for pizza, order takeou Chinese, have pot delivered on: November 07, 2006, 08:09:51 PM

Capitalism at its finest.
6111  Media / The Soundroom / Atreyu on: November 06, 2006, 10:38:14 AM

This can hopefully at least give you an objective means to an opinion.  I agree that they are a shitty band as well, but if you want to know why...

Sell the tix.  The KiDdIeZ will snatch them up.  

Atreyu= a disgrace to the wonderful hero from Neverending Story.
6112  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: November 04, 2006, 07:15:01 PM
My song of the moment is... actually fuck it, it's more like an album of the moment.  "Reckoning Night" by Sonata Arctica is a fucking fantastic album.  I love Sonata Arctica.  They're probably my favorite power metal band.  Their studio stuff is always consistently good.  

Anyway, this SOTM stems from a conversation I was having at a diner last night with a bunch of friends (some of whom play in a local thrash band... and are IMO the only good metal band in the area.)  We came to the conclusion that power metal is probably the least pretentious form of metal.  There is pretension in all metal.  In black metal, it's all about being grim and kvlt.  In thrash and death, it's all about being a tough guy.  In prog, it's all about being an uber-serious snob due to your superior musical abilities.  In many ways, exclusionary.  You're not kvlt enough to listen to Darkthrone!  You're not tough enough to handle Cannibal Corpse!  You're not musically gifted enough to truly see the genius in Dream Theater!

In most metal, it's not even cool to smile.  Smiling isn't grim, tough, or serious enough.  

But in power metal, it's all big smiles, the enjoyment of metal, and amassing a horde of warriors into the metal army to champion her majesty metal in epic battle!  YouTube any DragonForce live footage.  They all wear these giant goofy grins.  They're, like, the happiest metal band.  I love it!  

I own and love every Sonata Arctica studio album, and though they're all good, "Reckoning Night" is probably their best one.  There is loads of speed, bombast, and also some nice thrashy stuff in there too.
6113  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Suikoden VI on: November 04, 2006, 04:47:42 PM
Magic Box is not exactly known for its reliability.  It often prints rumors as fact.  So I would take anything Magic Box writes with a boulder-sized grain of salt.
6114  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: November 03, 2006, 04:37:39 PM
Song of the moment is "Die Young" by Black Sabbath.  I heard it on the college radio station on my way back from food shopping.  The DJ said that there were rumors that Dio would be rocking out with Sabbath again.  That's pretty cool.  Granted, Ozzy Sabbath is the OG as far as that band goes, but Dio Sabbath was itself a pretty kick ass band....

And "Die Young" is a kickass song.  Fuck, "Heaven and Hell" is a kickass album.  One of my favorite Sabbath albums.  

Yell with the wind, though the wind won't help you fly at all
Your back's to the wall
Chain the sun, and it tears away and it breaks you as you run
You run, you run!
Behind the smile, there's danger and a promise to be told:
You'll never get old - ha!
Life's fantasy - to be locked away and still to think you're free you're free, you're free!

So live for today
Tomorrow never comes

Die young, die young
Can't you see the writing on the wall?
Die young, gonna die young
Someone stopped the fall

Yell with the wind, though the wind won't help you fly at all
Your back's to the wall
Chain the sun, and it tears away and it breaks you as you run
You run, you run!

So live for today
Tomorrow never comes

Die young, young!
Die young, die young!
Die young, die young, young!
Die young, die young, die young, die young, die young!!
6115  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #3 on: November 03, 2006, 12:13:51 PM
I are am did beatened Touch Detective last night.  Expect my review on the site soon.
6116  Media / The Soundroom / Recent Music Purchases on: November 03, 2006, 11:52:01 AM
I just got "Of Whales and Woe" by Les Claypool.  I freaking love Les Claypool.  The music on this album is wacky and esoteric, but catchy as freaking hell too.  "Iowan Gal" with Les playing his banjo bass is like bluegrass music on LSD.  "Nothin' Ventured," "Rumble of the Diesel," and "Filipino Ray" are all excellent songs too.  

Fantastic album, even if a few of the songs aren't that good.  Still, Les Claypool is very much a love it/hate it artist, even among bassists.  His stuff is truly original and unconventional, but sometimes the unconventional becomes conventional when he's involved.  

I dig the sitar and theremin work of Gabby LaLa and Skerik's sax work.  

I generally like the more minimalist approach on this album than the band collaboration on 2004's Col. Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains, whose "The Big Eyeball in the Sky" is also an excellent album.
6117  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy XII on: November 02, 2006, 11:51:37 PM
I was too lazy to check through all 10 pages, but I neglected to comment on this news snippet from October 25: http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2006/1511.html

I wonder if this DS FFXII will see the light of day on western shores.  That would be pretty sweet.    

(sidenote: http://www.rpgfan.com/pics/xenosagads/index.html Xenosaga I/II DS seems intriguing too.)
6118  The Rest / General Discussions / Halloween on: October 31, 2006, 09:22:29 PM
A lot of schools are banning Halloween for many reasons.  Many parents are suddenly hyper-religious and refuse to promote this satanic demonic holiday.  So no costumes, no candy.  The school I used to tutor at would have Halloween festivities (costume parade, candy, games) but many kids came from very religious families who wouldn't let the kids come to school on Halloween day.  

I loved Halloween because I got to play dress up and have some candy.  I also think there's a damper on Halloween in schools because of young girls wearing really risque, slutty costumes.  (although these days, it's not uncommon in some US high schools to see kids having sex in the stairwells.)  

And since there is paranoia about not knowing who will be opening the door when your kids ring the bell, trick-or-treating typically only happens from 3pm-5pm after school, and that's not much fun since many people aren't home from work yet, so kids these days aren't getting the kind of candy hauls we used to get when I trick-or-treated as a kid.  Most Halloween celebrations involve an organized party at a house with parental supervision.  My parents live in a very nice and very safe residential neighborhood that you would think would get a lot of trick-or-treaters, but they don't.  

For my class today, the professor had us all bring in candy and soda and have something of a Halloween party.  I brought home ridiculous amounts of peoples' leftover candy for my housemates.

My most memorable Halloween was back in 2003 when the YMCA I worked at put on an elaborate Haunted House for the neighboring towns.  I couldn't believe how incredible the Y looked that night.  Some rooms I couldn't even recognize... and I used to frequent those rooms a lot with my class.  I was a blob rattling cages and screeching like Dani Filth in the Frankenstein and Igor room... and when someone would say "hello person" I'd say "And I would have gotten away with it too if it weren't for you meddling kids!" and they'd all laugh.
6119  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #3 on: October 29, 2006, 10:16:11 PM
I just started episode 3 of Touch Detective.
6120  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies on: October 29, 2006, 08:32:41 PM
"It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" was on this past weekend and as with any Charlie Brown film, it's good.  The best part is when Lucy says, "It's hard being on a campaign.  You do all the work and the candidate gets all the credit.  You spend all this time making signs, making posters, building up the candidate's character... and then he goes and says something stupid."
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