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6106  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies on: September 29, 2006, 09:10:57 AM
Spinal Tap is a fantastic movie... especially when watching it with the wacky folks in the Rutgers Musicians' Guild.  

My favorite movie of all time.  I've lived quite a few Spinal Tap moments of my own, and I haven't been in bands that long.
6107  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: September 29, 2006, 09:07:50 AM
This past weekend, I was jamming with a friend and later in the day he said "I'm going to Dave's (Sullen Door frontman) house.  Wanna come too?"  So I said sure, because I hadn't seen that guy in a while.  Dave then informed me that Danny (Sullen Door drummer) would be coming too.  So it was a mini Sullen Door reunion of sorts.  I had owed those guys a phone call and got to see them.  And we jammed.  And it was fun.  Just like old times.  I still don't have the time to dedicate to the band, but if they ever just want a jam buddy, I'll keep the door open.  

Anyway, song of the moment is "I Need Hope" by Sullen Door, because of this moment and because that's my favorite song by the band.  I always loved performing it.  During the ending instrumental, I would go completely nuts on that song, usually ending up writhing around on the floor.  

So a less-than-stellar demo version of that song is on the Sullen Door myspace (with me on bass.)  http://www.myspace.com/sullendoor It's shortened and doesn't have the extended instrumental where I did my little "floor" show during gigs.  

You may have to turn it up a bit to hear me since the bass is mixed kinda low.
6108  The Rest / General Discussions / Screech has a sextape? on: September 28, 2006, 09:06:38 PM
I read somewhere that it'd be called "Saved by the Smell."  

...words fail me.
6109  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Touch Detective on: September 27, 2006, 11:13:26 PM
I should pick up Trace Memory.  Phoenix Wright is really f'n difficult for me to find these days, but there's a new Phoenix Wright coming out next year, though, so I won't miss out again.  

Heh, it was only recently I got some money to play with to get a DS in the first place.  Serendipitous.
6110  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Touch Detective on: September 27, 2006, 05:49:04 PM
Wow.  I'm pretty impressed that the DS is a bastion for graphic adventures.  

I just got a used normal (not lite) DS for a good price and am waiting for Contact.  Looks like I'll have more games to pick up for it too (Touch Detective, Hotel Dusk)  

I think my DS will have more than paid for itself.
6111  The Rest / General Discussions / Your Place of Employment on: September 25, 2006, 06:36:05 PM
I'm a PhD student at Rutgers in Educational Psychology so I'm basically grooming myself for a great career, either in academia or working for a board/department of education.  

For work-study, I and a team of graduate students are helping run Rutgers' Tutoring Plus program, where college students help out as tutors and/or classroom aides for the partner schools in our area.  During the summer, one of the grants that funds the program ran out, the lady running the program stepped down, and there was a scare that the state budget cuts would nix the tutoring outreach program.  But luckily, it was resurrected, albeit downsized (40 tutors, 1 school), and I'm the head coordinator running the program.  

The job does drive me crazy sometimes, but I love it.  Sure it may only be a work-study job, but I get a great sense of pride out of what I do, and this could be something I could make into a career; perhaps being a department of education area coordinator of school district programs or something.
6112  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: September 24, 2006, 08:43:55 PM
Song of the moment is "Why Didn't You Call Me?" by Macy Gray.  I've been on a major Motown/neo-soul kick and this song is fantastic.  The bassline is awesome.  Fantastic little ostinato that really gets you swaying.  Plus, Macy Gray has such a distinctive voice- I can listen to a blind lineup of R&B/soul artists and I'd be able to pick out Macy Gray easily.
6113  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #3 on: September 24, 2006, 08:33:10 PM
Gah, I'm so freaking addicted to Princess Maker 2 it's not even funny.  I really shouldn't have time to play it, but I've been using lulls at work to get a ton of studying done, so I actually get time on weekends and some evenings to play Princess Maker 2.  

Anyway, I managed to complete another daughter, and this time I FINALLY got a really satisfying ending where the patron deity said I was a good father, gave my daughter a splendid education (though her maternal instincts were lacking), and that she did magnificently in her work.  Oh, and she really liked having me as a dad.  

Her career was
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as an artist; a painter.


Her name was Gallien Krueger (after my favorite amp company.)  She was easily the most fun to play.  She got to
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hobnob with high society, chill with the commoners, do art, do dance parties, and got some nice discounts at stores.  


Other daughters I've raised
Artemis Moon (named after my bass)
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General in the king's army; Patron deity didn't think much of my parenting.  Daughter thought I was a crummy dad.

Strapping Younglad and Lyla Wrathchild
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both got the domestic training ending where they practice housework to become ordinary housewives.  Patron deities were ambivalent about my parenting.  Daughters were happy with my parenting.

Blue Intheface
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became a harlot.  I was hoping to have both her sin and morality really high to see what would happen, but I traded a demon pendant for Circe's charm and my morality ratings went to zero... so because of that blunder I got harlot instead of a more delightfully evil ending.  I mean, Blue did have decent intelligence and everything.  I was obviously a bad father in this case.
6114  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #3 on: September 24, 2006, 11:57:50 AM
Quote from: "Leyviur"
Particularly for Neal though, since it seems to be the type of game that's right up his alley.


Who am woulda thunk it?  Me am are Persona fan (even though I sold all my MegaTen related stuff?)  In all seriousness, the Persona series is easily my favorite under the Megami Tensei umbrella.
6115  Media / The Soundroom / YouTube is the greatest website in the history of the world. on: September 23, 2006, 10:40:01 PM
Deg, we can only hope that our future progeny have the metal in their blood like that.  That little girl rocking out to Divinity Destroyed gives me hope for our future.
6116  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: September 22, 2006, 04:26:36 PM
Song of the moment is still "I Want You Back" by the Jackson 5.  The bassline in that song is still pure sex to me.  And the bass tone on that recording... orgasmic.  THAT is what a bass guitar should sound like in my mind.  

I finally found some sheet music for it (you would think it'd be easier to find Jackson 5 sheet music books/transcriptions; I LOATHE tab) and that bassline is tougher than it sounds.  Getting the syncopation, timing, feel, and mojo on it *just* right is tricky.  Personally, I think that "I Want You Back" or most any old Motown should be studied by all bassists.  

The song's awesome.  The music from the Jackson 5 was incredible and it harkens back to the time when Michael was still a fresh-faced kid and hadn't gone completely batshit insane.
6117  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you canít bear in RPGs on: September 21, 2006, 08:34:03 PM
dasch- then avoid Thousand Arms like the plague.  The protagonist is a horny womanizer who dates all the girls in his party, has women in various towns he hooks up with, and the fanservicey humor is over the top.  

I liked Thousand Arms, though, because it was just so ridiculous.
6118  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Contact on: September 20, 2006, 10:49:47 PM
Heh, it gets interesting when you think about that both Earthbound and Persona use modern settings and they're so different.  

I'm not expecting Earthbound at all.  Okay, if the humor is in the Earthbound style, great.  I liked Earthbound's style and humor but wasn't fond of the gameplay.  Seems to me Contact has dynamic and varied gameplay with the quirky humor of Earthbound.
6119  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Contact on: September 20, 2006, 06:42:06 PM
...you know, I think Contact will be one of the few times I've played an RPG/adventure around the same time as a whole bunch of other people in the RPGfan populace.  Either I'm late to the party or at a whole 'nother party.

I think the last times I played an RPG around the same time as a whole bunch of RPGfanners was PSO and Persona 2: Eternal Punishment.
6120  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #3 on: September 18, 2006, 08:25:05 PM
I got a cheap import copy of Exodus Guilty NEOS for Dreamcast so I'm playing that a little to see how the Hirameki US releases differ.  Thus far, content in the US version is in tact, but the Japanese release is a lot more interactive than the US releases.  You get to choose which way to go so you feel less led around by the neck, and you can switch between scenarios at will so you're kinda doing Past, Present, and Future almost simultaneously rather than one at a time.  This is important since there are hints given in one era that help you solve conundrums in other eras.

It's no secret that I love Exodus Guilty.  I gave the Hirameki US releases positive reviews and I can't wait for vol. 3 Future.
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