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6106  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: May 19, 2006, 03:04:52 PM
"Bypass the Solenoid" by Dysrhythmia.  It's an instrumental tune, so no lyrics for you.  It's off their new album Barriers & Passages, and it is an awesome album.  The songs are generally shorter than on Pretest, but no less intricate and there are some really heavy riffs in this album.  There are also the really slow songs like "Luminous."  

Colin Marston is one sickeningly fast bassist, but he's not all speed; he handles his speed with amazing finesse.  Wow!  

Dysrhythmia= one of Neal's favorite bands.  I love Dysrhythmia.  I love their song titles too.  Very creative.
6107  The Rest / General Discussions / Bear eats monkey at zoo on: May 19, 2006, 03:02:38 PM
As others have said, from a purely animal psychology point of view, this is interesting, especially since those monkeys are not a part of those bears' diets.  So why did the bears attack the way they did?  How long have the bears been in this realistic-habitat enclosure with those monkeys?  And there were no problems at all in the past, assuming the bear and monkeys have been in the same enclosure for a good amount of time?  So perhaps the bear had some kind of neurological impairment (like a tumor) or something akin to musth in elephants that caused his brain to malfunctions.  Because if this thing was really sudden and the bear had no history of such behavior, perhaps there was some kind of neurological impairment.  

I do not think it's as simple as "bear= hungry; bear wanna eat monkey."  Animal minds are surprisingly more complex than that.
6108  The Rest / General Discussions / Girl Pregnant at 11 years old. on: May 18, 2006, 11:22:49 PM
You would think that in this modern day and age where accurate information is easily accessible and that parents and schools should educate kids about sex that people would stop believing idiotic backwater ideas like "you can't get pregnant the first time" or "don't worry, I'll pull out before I shoot."  Newsflash- you CAN get pregnant the first time and every time (unless you use protection, and even that can fail) and there are live active sperm in the pre-ejaculate, so "pulling out" doesn't work either.  

Methinks the girl and her mama need an intense re-education.
6109  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: May 18, 2006, 12:08:08 AM
Ugh, don't tell me for Atelier Iris 2 they kept the text size infinitessimal.  That was my biggest complaint regarding the first one.  That's a showstopper for me, since my eyesight isn't that great.  

Tomorrow I'll start Hourglass of Summer.  Tonight I officially got all 11 endings in Ever 17.  Oddly enough, though I got all 11 endings and have all 126 scenes, I don't have 100% completion yet.  There are still a few paths and a few percentage points I don't have... but I think I know how to get them.  

I need to get over my obsession with this game.  I do like the little prizes I won in the Ever 17 character poll drawing, though.
6110  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: May 17, 2006, 08:03:58 PM
Quote from: "Sketch"
Started up Atelier Iris 2 today. It really isn't all that good so far (about 4 hours in). I've played cliche games before, but...wow.

I mean, the world pretty much blows up within the first 20 minutes of gameplay. And there's a talking sword :P


Uhhh, and the first Atelier Iris game WASN'T a cavalcade of cliches?  C'mon.  The Atelier games are more about the gameplay and characters, not event-based plotlines.  

I loved Atelier Iris.  The plot was a throwaway plot, but the charming characters and their development won me over.
6111  The Rest / General Discussions / Hudson E3 Contest! Win Some Crap! on: May 17, 2006, 08:01:23 PM
Yo, any of the mods or other staffers want to chime in here?  Is this legit?  Even if so, spamming *is* against our board rules, and wouldn't this qualify as spamming?  

I'll leave this thread open for now so that another staffer can chime in and give me the lowdown, lest I appear like the rule-nazi ass.
6112  Media / The Soundroom / Prince can play guitar better than you on: May 17, 2006, 10:29:08 AM
Prince can play most any musical instrument better than many musicians.  He's a sick sick SICK bass player.  On his albums, it's mostly him playing all the instruments himself... and his arrangements are damn good.  

One thing I know about Prince is that when he picks musicians to back him up on tours, he only picks those who he thinks are better than he is on their respective instruments.  And considering how good he really IS on multiple instruments, that's a tall order.  

That's one reason I'd love to see a Prince concert.  Not just for Prince, but to see the musicians he's picked out.  I want to see the best of the best.  Okay, it helps that his live bassist Rhonda Smith is gorgeous, but holy hell she is one supremely sick bassist!  

Prince is not the first name that comes to mind when people think "guitar hero" but maybe it should be.
6113  Media / Brush and Quill / Grade ma art on: May 16, 2006, 10:06:05 PM
I think the body came out better in #2.  In #1, it looks like she has two torsos.  Unnatural.  And, you definitely need to work on knees.
6114  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: May 16, 2006, 10:02:27 PM
Bet y'all are sick of me talking about Ever 17 by now, huh?  I already gave it a glowing review with the RPGfan seal of approval and helped put Hirameki on the map, but I just completed the unlockable
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Coco
scenario in the game and now the storyline makes so much sense.  There were so many plot twists.  Some I really wasn't expecting, one I should've realized had I been paying attention, and one that utilized the idea of the
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4D
perspective.  This final plot twist was extremely extremely extremely well done; it was smooth like buttah.  I heard Star Ocean 3 also attempted a
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4D
plot twist but executed it very poorly.  

Ever17= the absolute bestest visual novel ever!  And still my all time favorite video game.  Even though I am aware of the whole story and have no more reason to play it... I still want to keep playing it, because the storyline and characters are so wonderful.  It's like despite them being mere digital images, I have a connection to them; a connection that's strengthened even more since I now know the truth about LeMU and all of that.  I want to play the game more often now and see if I can catch more hints at the plot twists that I may have missed.  

I never thought a video game could capture my soul quite like this, but Ever 17 has.
6115  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: May 16, 2006, 07:59:48 AM
Ulala Joker's not hard.  Just remember, when she (or any joker) casts Old Maid, have everyone defend and they'll be fine.  I believe 3-way earth attacks gave her massive damage.  

Persona 2 is one of those games where power levelling will NOT help much, since you can equip personae up to 5 levels higher than you.  It's all about exploiting your enemies' weaknesses.  

The bosses in that game only get tougher from here on out.  But they're never cheap.  They're all beatable once you use your brain.
6116  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: May 15, 2006, 09:12:51 PM
Given the somewhat infuriating news surrounding my home state heroes Divinity Destroyed and their battle with uptight face-savers who hide behind the mommy's skirt of half-assed ideologies, my song of the moment is thus "Sweet Heresy" by Divinity Destroyed.

http://www.divinitydestroyed.com

No more words

Rise
And take your place beside me in all that I've built in disgrace
Grace the halls with curdling calls and watch the sky
The kingdom falls
Blight
Make haste your retreat
Make it with tact, make it discreet
Flood the world, drown the strife, and wash away this tainted life

Taunt the sane
Pinch the vein
Strike the night and scream at the rain
The more I know, the more I hate
Thus begins the Inside

Brick by brick
I begin to rebuild my temple of mourning instilled
Sing us a song for those who have passed
Those who have learned, those who were last
I will ride the changing tide
Start at the end and walk to the sun
Know that you've passed
Know that you've won

Taunt the sane
Pinch the vein
Strike the night and scream at the rain
The more I know, the more I hate
Thus begins the Inside

Sacrifice my right to rot
My chance to heal
My one escape
It's crashing down
I know the sound of pestilence
Of children screaming out

I know you and have seen what you do
I alone
I will not compromise how much pain I inflict

Sovereignty
My paradise burnt down
Effigy, I ask of thee,
"O Heresy, sweet Heresy, you've seen the gates. Now lead me through them"

One more day left to play
Where's the love?
Where's the blood?
I refuse to believe that this is all there is

I feel no shame
I place no blame
Although you've changed, I feel the same
6117  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: May 13, 2006, 03:29:58 PM
More proggity prog prog prog goodness.  I often wonder how often people actually check out bands and songs based on what people listen to in this thread.  

Anyway, I happened upon this band called Royal Hunt quite by accident, and two of their songs really tickled my fancy.  

The first one is "Seven Days" off their Paper Blood album.  I heard it in RealAudio format on the Magna Carta records website.  http://www.magnacarta.net/releases/rhpaperblood.html

I decided to hop on over to the progarchives website to see if I could hear more and they had the song "River of Pain" off the Paradox album.    http://www.progarchives.com/Progressive_rock_discography_CD.asp?cd_id=1185

Very good stuff.  The latter song is more hooky and less "proggy" but both are such great songs.
6118  Media / The Soundroom / Something of interest for the metalhead guitarists out there on: May 13, 2006, 09:03:36 AM
I would say "humbling" more than "depressing."  I mean, when you're learning to play an instrument there are inevitable times when you hate your instrument and start blaming it for your shortcomings.  The frets are shot, the pickups are noisy, yadda yadda yadda... then when a really good player picks up your crappy instrument and makes it sound fantastic, it's like divine intervention.

Humility is something important for a true player to have.  That's one thing that pissed me off about that damned emo kid from before.  Instead of recognizing the next bassist's skill, I overheard him laughing to his little emo bandmates/friends about the guy's "cheap ass crappy" gear.  Ugh, what a fuckin' douche.
6119  Media / The Soundroom / Something of interest for the metalhead guitarists out there on: May 12, 2006, 05:29:45 PM
Isn't he using a 1980s Squier Tele?  If so, then that's a Made in Japan Fender that was really well made; on par with the US stuff back then (heh, with Fender and Gibson these days, even their US made stuff ranges from awesome to shit.)  Not like the cheap-ass Squiers today that don't even stay in tune.  I believe Regi Wooten uses a 1980's Squier Strat and he has some crazy-ass techniques, like slapping.  Personally, I prefer the tone of the Tele over the Strat; it's beefier.  

But, yeah, it's amazing seeing a really good player, isn't it?  They can take a meh piece of gear and make it sound amazing.  I remember going to this one show where my friend's band was playing, along with a bunch of other bands.  There was this crappy ass teenage emo band where the bassist had a Rickenbacker bass and a pretty expensive SWR rig and holy shit he was terrible (though he thought he was hot shit because he had expensive gear; fuckin' spoilt brat with rich parents.)  The next band that came on had a bassist with an inexpensive nondescript Washburn bass and a nothing-special Hartke combo amp... and he sounded fantastic.  His touch and the way he executed his lines was so buttery smooth.  I could only imagine how HE would've sounded with emo-kid's bass and rig.    The heavens would have parted, man.  

The tone is in the hands, man.  It's in the hands.
6120  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: May 12, 2006, 07:44:34 AM
I loved Grim Fandango.  The Blademaster Dezo reader review on the site for it is mine.  Some of the puzzles are pretty difficult and require major logic leaps.  The crane puzzle in the third chapter is a killer (and not in a good way.)  I totally needed a FAQ for that one.
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