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6106  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: December 08, 2006, 09:12:15 PM
"The Wonders at your Feet" by Dark Tranquility is my song of the moment.  Lyrics were cribbed from metal-archives.com.  Tonight was the sendoff for one of my friends/colleagues/classmates who will be doing his PhD and post-doc in aesthetics research at the University of Vienna in Austria.  He recently married over the summer to a lovely Swedish lady who I got to meet for the first time at the shindig.  

She was talking about how some people even asked her "where in America is Sweden?" when she'd say where she was from.  I then said that most metal heads would be savvy about Sweden because of the Gothenburg metal scene.  She found that very amusing, despite not really knowing anything about the Gothenburg metal scene.  

deeper shades of red descending
smear our names, the stains unending
turn forgiveness,
break the lens distorted
crush the infidel and turn about
famine in our hearts, bring up the silence louder
eradicate the lungs and take us higher

these are the wonders at your feet

weighed upon a wider scale
afraid to see what takes us down
sing destruction, sing of unfullfillment
search abandoned, let the blood be fevered
ridden of the self provided things get easier
ignite our minds and letīs burn brighter

these are the wonders at your feet
6107  The Rest / General Discussions / nuke sony HQ on: December 08, 2006, 09:12:31 AM
I'm going to be the meanie here.  

There are rules on this forum, this thread has violated a whole slew of them, and I don't care if you're an editor or senior staff to me, but rules are rules and if you break them, topic locked.

Please save this kind of nonsense and IRC chat logs and all that for your livejournals.
6108  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst RPG you've ever played. on: December 08, 2006, 09:06:39 AM
I used to have the 5 hour rule, but I upped that to a 10 hour trial period, because 5 hours isn't quite enough for an RPG to really get started.

Look at Xenogears.  That game took about 10 hours before the story really picked up and the story was phenomenal.
6109  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: December 07, 2006, 02:01:12 PM
"Over the Edge" by Rudess Morgenstein Project.  I'm on a huge Jordan Rodess kick this week, and this song is awesome.  

Instrumental, so no lyrics.  

Jordan Rudess is awesome.
6110  The Rest / General Discussions / Woman and son lose $200,000 to Nigerian e-mail scam. on: December 06, 2006, 10:13:56 PM
Quote from: "CluelessWonder"
Holy crap!  She knew it was a scam but was curious so she played along?  That's insane.


Insane is putting it kindly, Ms. Wonder.  It's like "I knew the stove was hot, but I placed my hand on it anyway."  

Those who play with fire get burned.  

But, yeah, people who aren't as internet savvy as we are can fall for scams.  My mom nearly fell for one till I set her straight.  She said the people said "it was legit" and that the website looked professional.  I'm like, "Mom, any idiot can claim to be legit in an email and make a professional looking website.  Even I can make a professional looking website using some EZ-editor that doesn't even require html or programming knowledge."  

It took me a while to beat into her head that she shouldn't even open e-mails from people she knows that have attachments unless she's specifically expecting one because an infected computer can e-mail virii to people.  

So I'm not surprised that this whole mess happened to a 46 and 71 year old.  Folks like us and our progeny who've grown up with the internet and everything as a part of the culture around us are more savvy of the pitfalls and the scammers are specifically targetting those with zero savvy.
6111  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies on: December 06, 2006, 10:01:38 PM
I just saw "Fear of a Black Hat" at our final Musicians' Guild meeting of the semester.  It's a hip-hop version of Spinal Tap and is hysterical.  It has more immediate laughs than Spinal Tap.

Now, Spinal Tap is my all time favorite movie and will always have a special spot in my heart, but ya'll gotta see "Fear of a Black Hat" and if you don't laugh your ass off during this movie, then I weep for your dead funny bone.  

My favorite part was easily
Code:
Cheryl: Well maybe I'm the only one who cares about Tee's welfare!
Tone Def: How long you been on welfare?
6112  Media / Brush and Quill / Poetry, something brief. on: December 06, 2006, 06:21:35 PM
You are one of the few who can make something as bleak as deprivation into something beautiful.  The wordplay and flow are great.  Love the last line.
6113  The Rest / General Discussions / Child gets arrested for opening gift early... on: December 06, 2006, 02:52:23 PM
At age 12, it's not too late to help the kid, but you'll need some seriously intense intervention; more intense than if the kid were 3 or so.  

See, the brain continues to develop until about age 16, so a head trauma to a 16 year old can be severe in the future growth of the kid.  

So even at age 12, the kid's mind is still somewhat malleable so as long as he gets some fairly intense cognitive behavioral therapy there is hope, but it has to be intense and the parent has to do whatever the therapist tells her to do at home to make sure the kid does what he's supposed to and doesn't lapse back into old habits.
6114  The Rest / General Discussions / Child gets arrested for opening gift early... on: December 06, 2006, 12:03:54 PM
Re: physical punishment.  You know where I stand with regards to hitting children.  I don't believe in it and have been able to get entire preschool classrooms to listen to me without having to slap them with a ruler.  

Still, if a kid is acting out big time, throwing things, having a huge tantrum, all that, yes s/he needs to be restrained.  Don't be afraid of freaking touching the kid.  If the kid's about to bash me with a toy truck, you can bet your sweet ass I'll restrain him, remove the truck from his posession, keep him restrained till he calms the fuck down, give him a brief talking-to, and punish accordingly.  I don't care if the kid's 2 or 12, if a situation calls for it, I will restrain the little hellion.      

I always had to be careful because I'm a male teacher and all that, but judicious restraint when there's a situation that can cause injury to the kid or others is reason enough to use restraint.  

When you're dealing with special ed kids or kids with behavioral issues, you'd better know some effective restraint techniques or you've just rendered yourself powerless.  And when dealing with kids, you need to be an authoritative figure so that the kids know that you have power and they'd better not mess with you.  And sending the kid to the office repeatedly is mostly saying "I have no power, so I'll transfer it to someone else."  Doesn't mean you should flaunt your power and pull rank either, though, then the kid won't respect you.  

Kids don't respect dishrags nor do they respect drill sergeants.  

Regarding the whole case, Angelo summed it up very succinctly.
6115  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst RPG you've ever played. on: December 06, 2006, 09:16:56 AM
My only issue with Lennus/Paladin's Quest was that the color scheme used made my eyes hurt and if a game causes me physical pain, forget it.  The only other video game that has made my eyes go funny and even give me a mild headache was Skies of Arcadia with it's strobe effects on the special attacks.
6116  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst RPG you've ever played. on: December 05, 2006, 07:56:53 PM
I always find threads like this amusing, where we have quality titles like main installment Final Fantasy games lumped in with genuinely bad games like Drakkhen, Super Hydlide and Tecmo Secret of the Stars as candidates for "worst RPG ever."

(On a subjective note, I still say that Drakkhen, Super Hydlide, and Secret of the Stars even make Quest 64 look like, sound, play, and tell a story like a gem.)
6117  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: December 04, 2006, 06:56:33 PM
http://www.jordanrudess.com/jr/index1.html click on jr-TUNES to listen to my song of the moment: "Crack the Meter" from the Feeding the Wheel album by Jordan Rudess.  

I love the riffs at 1:42 and 1:58.  

Why it's my song of the moment is simple:  Because it's totally awesome.  It's instrumental so no lyrics.
6118  Media / Miscellaneous Games / KID never even had a chance to pass puberty yet... on: December 01, 2006, 04:34:22 PM
http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2006/1578.html

This makes me sad, because, well, I'm nuts about KID's love adventures.  Especially the Infinity series (that series has surpassed Megami Tensei as my favorite game series.)  Methinks I should import Remember 11 before it's too late, so I can have the complete series as a collector.  

Well, looks like Princess Soft will be the reigning love adventure monarch now.  Not that that's a bad thing.  Hourglass of Summer was AWESOME!
6119  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Level 5 announces new game: A... DS Graphic Adventure? on: December 01, 2006, 04:31:21 PM
Glad you like Trace Memory, dude.  It's really short, but so damn good.  

Still, my favorite adventure games I've played recently were probably Ever 17: Out of Infinity and Hourglass of Summer.  Both are digital-comic style adventures (which is a more Japanese thing) and not the interactive kind like Monkey Island or Grim Fandango... but the stories are killer.
6120  Media / Brush and Quill / Tales of RPGfania! (a round robin) on: November 30, 2006, 10:46:46 PM
Britney Spears!  The horrifying sight blinded everyone, including "The Man" who dropped his remote while writhing in agony.  

Somehow, a dead Tauros' horn materialized into Dincrest's hands and he blindly threw it.  The horn lodged itself so deep into Britney's vagina that it ruptured her cervix, bowels, and intestines causing her to bleed immensely to her gruesome demise.  

The waterfall of sacrificial bitch blood awakened the rest of the metalheads who all proceeded to roar the song "Fucked by a Knife" by Cannibal Corpse.  Dincrest was thrashing about wildly on his Warwick, trying in vain to play as fast, furious, and technically rifftastic as Alex Webster.  

The whole fabric of space and time swirled into a hideous vortex of blood, bile, and the vomiting of the vilest blasphemic stench.  Tortured screams were heard in the background while the most menacing grunts and gurgles shattered eardrums and ripped all who witnessed it new assholes.  

The power of metal forced the RPGfanners to smash through the fourth wall and face "The Man" who turned out to be...
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