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6106  The Rest / General Discussions / The World Cup - do the Americans care? on: July 05, 2006, 05:39:12 PM
I didn't think Henry took a dive.  The fall was legitimate.  Carvalho fouled Henry pretty hard.  Henry is not a diver, as you said.  

Saha did get another yellow card (which I call bullshit on) and will be out of the next game.  I believe one of the Portugal players also got an additional yellow card and will be out of the next game.
6107  The Rest / General Discussions / The World Cup - do the Americans care? on: July 05, 2006, 05:15:41 PM
France was tight the first half, but were floundering some on the 2nd half.  

Portugal sucks.
6108  The Rest / General Discussions / The World Cup - do the Americans care? on: July 05, 2006, 01:55:54 PM
I'm rooting for France to win it all too.  The French team thoroughly impressed me, especially during that Brazil game.  They were a pleasure to watch.  Henry and Zidane absolutely slay.  Now, as long as Barthez doesn't have an off night, that will be key because when he's hot he's hot, but when he's off, he's awful.  

But for the Italy/Germany match, I thought Italy was generally pushing harder.  I mean, they did have posession more than the German team and took more shots overall.  Still, the game came down to who would make the first mistake and it happened to be Germany.  

As for the falling, that's football for you.  Drama-queen style falls and arm-raising are par for the course.
6109  Media / The Soundroom / Album Covers that SUCK, A Pictoral Journey on: July 04, 2006, 07:21:04 PM
Worst album cover IMO is black album by Metallica.  It reeks of laziness.  I think that whole "blackness" dialogue from the movie Spinal Tap sums up the utter ridiculousness of it.
6110  The Rest / General Discussions / The World Cup - do the Americans care? on: July 04, 2006, 07:19:06 PM
The Germany/Italy game was an awesome way to spend 4th of July.  What an exciting game.  So much inspired football, some amazing plays, some exciting saves... but Buffon and Italy's defense proved superior.  Those last couple of minutes in the 2nd overtime and during stoppage were unbelievable.  What was also impressive was that it was a very clean game.  No excessive fouling or carding.  

The better team prevailed.  It's so going to be Italy/France in the final and I do think Italy will take it.  The French team has been playing amazingly (Zidane and Henry are on point) but Italy's offense is fierce and their defense is impenetrable.
6111  Media / The Soundroom / Atreyu's new CD on: July 04, 2006, 09:22:29 AM
Burnt By The Sun and Luddite Clone were short-lived metalcore bands from New Brunswick NJ and were excellent.  God Forbid, also from the Brunz, kick some serious ass as well.  Another Jersey band that kicks some serious ass is Dillinger Escape Plan.

And definitely check out Between the Buried and Me.  It's like metalcore with progressive touches, like jazz style guitar progressions.  

And I think anyone into heavy music should be required by law to listen to the albums "Reign in Blood" by Slayer and "The Codex Necro" by Anaal Nathrakh.  Those albums can make even the toughest metalhead cry for mommy.

Oh and how could I forget Nile?  One of the best metal acts to come out in a long time.  Brutal death metal with Egyptian themes.
6112  The Rest / General Discussions / All your snakes is belong to us on: July 02, 2006, 10:12:29 PM
Dove?  Nah.  I think Irish Spring would be funnier.  Don't know why, but I think it'd be funnier than Dove.

(Don't mind the Dincrest.  He's on vacation and has been drinking.)
6113  The Rest / General Discussions / All your snakes is belong to us on: July 02, 2006, 07:46:29 PM
... and that the acronym for Snakes On A Plane is SOAP.  That's funny.  Come on, laugh dammit!  Even you sophisticates can enjoy some plebian humor once in a while.
6114  The Rest / General Discussions / The World Cup - do the Americans care? on: July 01, 2006, 10:04:32 PM
Quote from: "Miho"


I wanted Brazil to lose so badly from the beginning of the World Cup, and I finally got my wish. My reasoning is this--frankly, I don't much care for Brazil's aggressive plays. By no means, do they suck....quite the contrary, but it's just a matter of preference. I don't enjoy watching them.



Miho, I'm with you on that one.  I mean, I do recognize Brazil's skill and dominance in the sport, but I'm not a fan of that team.  It's like back in the olden days when the Chicago Bulls NBA team had Jordan, Pippen, Phil Jackson, and all the rest.  I recognized the team as a dynamite powerhouse team, but I was never a Bulls fan (I'm a Knicks fan.)  

Time for change.  And who'd have thought France would be that agent of change?  

G1- I'm with you that the Portugal team has been dirty and cheap throughout the tourney.  I hope they choke against France.

Deg- perhaps if Beckham hadn't gotten himself injured in the 2nd half, he could've scored a penalty kick, since he is a damn good kicker.
6115  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: July 01, 2006, 09:58:25 PM
Sometimes a song comes on the radio that just grabs your ear and doesn't let go.  And you go "man, I've never heard that song on the radio before, what was it?"  Well, it was a classic rock station and they played this song called "Riding the Storm Out" which I later found out was by REO Speedwagon.  I don't know what it is about the song that gripped my ear, but it did.  Definitely a good one.  

Riding the storm out
Waiting for the fallout
On a full moon night in the Rocky Mountain winter
Wine bottle's low
Watching for the snow
I've been thinking about what I've been missing in the city

And I'm not missing a thing
Watching the full moon crossing the range
Riding the storm out
Riding the storm out
Riding the storm out
Riding the storm out

Lady beside me
She's there to guide me
She says that alone we've finally found home
The wind outside is frightening
But it's kinder that the lightning life of the city
It's a hard life to live but it gives back what you give

And I'm not missing a thing
Watching the full moon crossing the range
Riding the storm out
Riding the storm out
Riding the storm out
Riding the storm out

(guitar solo)

And I'm not missing a thing
Watching the full moon crossing the range
Riding the storm out
Riding the storm out
Riding the storm out
Riding the storm out

Riding, Riding, Riding the storm out
6116  The Rest / General Discussions / The World Cup - do the Americans care? on: July 01, 2006, 05:00:38 PM
Man, that France/Brazil game was super duper exciting (well, I only got to see the 2nd half).  Quite a nail-biter.  I couldn't believe how tight the French team was.  Henry was on fire.  What an upset!  If France continues to play like this, they could be in the finals.  What happened to Brazil?  Did they get cocky before the match and thus not take is as seriously?  Because they were all over the place not playing like champions while the French team was like a well-oiled machine.  They knew they were playing Brazil and they stepped it up big time.  France dominated in terms of posessions and steals, everything.  

So it's France/Portugal and Germany/Italy.

The England/Portugal match was an embarassment.  Both teams played very sloppily and seeing Beckham crying on the sidelines was rather demoralizing.  England has an amazing lineup featuring some of the best players in the world, yet they couldn't come together as a cohesive unit.  I blame the coach for that one.  

France had better beat Portugal, especially after that beautiful match against Brazil.  

I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of France, but their team was exciting to watch and they kicked ass.
6117  Media / Single-Player RPGs / do you have trouble .... on: June 30, 2006, 07:42:05 PM
I have no problem connecting, but sometimes I connect in different ways.  Like a female RPG character may remind me of a girl I know or once knew and I connect that way and not on the more visceral level of "oh, man this character is just like me!"  

The exception to that rule is Maya Amano of Persona 2.  I was able to connect with her on a more visceral level since I saw a lot of myself in her.  Definitely an interesting and dynamic character, especially if you've played both Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment.  

And as the others said, the characters have to be fleshed out, well-written, and interesting first before I can feel anything more than a tenuous connection of them merely as an avatar in a game.  A good character connects with me in a way that I really feel like I'm in that world.

When I was playing Hourglass of Summer, I shared little-to-nothing in common with protagonist Kotaro, but I connected with him in such a way that I was completely immersed in his world and his life and whenever I played that game, I was no longer me.  Same with Takeshi and Kid in Ever 17.
6118  The Rest / General Discussions / The World Cup - do the Americans care? on: June 30, 2006, 07:36:01 PM
So we have Italy and Germany in the first semfinal.  

Now it's England/Portugal and Brazil/France tomorrow.  

Team Ukraine should be very proud of themselves.  They came out of nowhere and made the quarter finals for the first time in their country's history.  And it's not like they lost to some chowder-ass team at the end.  Italy's got a fiendish offense.    

I'm with G1 that Germany's home court advantage could be pivotal in the Italy match.
6119  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: June 28, 2006, 02:25:58 PM
Yeah, it's that RPGfan thread that ups post counts while also displaying the ever-changing musical tastes of our members.  

My song of the moment is not a song I particularly like, but it's appropriate because it's a "venting" song.  Let's just say when it comes to the music game, Like everyone, trust no one.  

Hence, my song is "I Hate Everything About You" by Ugly Kid Joe.  I don't think I need to post the lyrics since, well, you get the idea.
6120  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: June 28, 2006, 02:17:39 PM
Time to start a new one.
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