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6106  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Old Skool on: May 23, 2006, 09:40:01 PM
Bahamut Lagoon is awesome.  I'm not a fan of SRPGs, and Bahamut Lagoon was, like, the only SRPG I actually really liked.  Great graphics, great storyline, great gameplay, great music (Noriko Matsueda's best work IMO), that's a must-play.
6107  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Favorite game that reviews/people hated on: May 23, 2006, 06:23:02 PM
I liked SaGa Frontier too.  I once rented it just to see how bad it was, and was hooked to it all that weekend I had it.  

Some quests *are* better than others' though.  I found Red  and Emilia's quests rather enjoyable, but greatly disliked Lute's and Riki's quests.
6108  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: May 22, 2006, 10:15:59 PM
I'm playing through Hourglass of Summer.  It's a love adventure.  Review shall be forthcoming, so I won't spoil anything.
6109  Media / The Soundroom / Recent Music Purchases on: May 22, 2006, 10:13:55 PM
After much searching, I found a copy of "No Interference" by Dysrhythmia and picked it up.  

Wow, what an amazing album.  I have all of Dysrhythmia's albums that I know of: Contradiction, No Interference, Pretest, Barriers & Passages and No Interference is easily my favorite album by the band.  Tracks like "Orbiting" and "Nutritional Facelift" are stellar.  And this is no faint praise given that everything the band writes is amazing.
6110  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / So, Power Rangers. on: May 21, 2006, 10:07:14 PM
My friends' prog-rock/metal band Roman Numeral 10 likes to play the Power Rangers theme song during their gigs.  It's always a crowd pleaser.  But the band's getting a bit tired of that gag and are trying to find a new gag to do.
6111  The Rest / General Discussions / Awesome. on: May 21, 2006, 02:20:54 PM
So... is this a thread where we share the various webcomics we like to read?  If so, here are some of my favorites:

PhD: Piled Higher and Deeper http://www.phdcomics.com
Least I Could Do http://www.leasticoulddo.com
Count Your Sheep http://www.countyoursheep.com
No Room for Magic http://www.noroomformagic.com
Sexy Losers http://www.sexylosers.com
FlipSide http://www.flipsidecomics.com

And how could I not like http://www.stripcreator.com where you can create your own masterpieces?  

Here are mine:  http://www.stripcreator.com/comics/nealch
6112  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: May 21, 2006, 12:14:31 PM
Song of the moment is one by my band, Sullen Door.  It's called "Lost Love" and it's a deceptively simple song.  We thought it was a simple little song when our frontman presented it to us and we started playing it, but it's proven more than a bitch to record in the studio.  But we still love it anyway.  I think the lyrics are great.  My bassline is simple, but it works really well with the song adding texture.   Our recording engineer thought it was a cover tune at first, and we're like "no, it's an original."  

"Lost Love" by Sullen Door.  I was listening to a rehearsal tape while writing out the lyrics, and I'm too lazy to fix up my capitalization errors.  So nyeh!

It's the middle
of the evening,
I don't know what to do
I think I might call you,
but what will I say when we're alone?
But I want to pick up that phone

And I think about it
every day,
how I let you go
and slip away
And I hope
that it hurts
you too
That's right, I hope
that it hurts
you too

There is snow,
and it's falling.  
It's falling for you.
And you know, I fell too;
I fell for you with the rest of the world
And it's you that I fell for, little girl.  

And I hope and pray
that day might come,
when I find you here
right in my arms
And I wait
for that day,
but it never comes
That's right I wait
for that day,
but it never comes
but it never comes
but it never comes
but it never comes
6113  The Rest / General Discussions / Recipes! on: May 21, 2006, 11:46:56 AM
Hey Dag, question for you.  Are your recipes ones you made up yourself?  Yes, it counts if you maybe took a basic recipe from somewhere and added your own personal touch to it.  

I love to cook, but don't always have the time to experiment with cool and interesting recipes.  My old housemate was an excellent cook.  He was the one who told me how tricky it is to cook tuna steak.  That tuna steak has to be extremely rare (very pink on the inside) or it will have an awful taste and texture.  Thing is, even the fanciest restaurants ALWAYS overcook tuna steak because people get freaked out/paranoid about the pink on the inside.  

So if you want to have a tuna steak, NEVER order one from a restaurant.  They'll ALWAYS overcook it.  Either cook one yourself or eat it at somebody's house who knows how to cook it right.  

Oh, and when I'm marinating chicken, I like to marinate it the Indian way- in plain yogurt with some black pepper.  You can use other spices to taste.  See, as a marinade, yogurt keeps the chicken tender without making it soggy, because of the live active cultures in it.  I would NEVER use a citrus marinade, because the citric acid toughens and "cooks" the fibers in the chicken meat, thus making it really tough.  I like my chicken tender when I eat it.  Citrus adds a nice flavor, but instead of using it as a marinade, I'd instead use it in, like, a lemon-butter sauce to put over the chicken and NOT cook it in the lemon.
6114  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Boards / I know this has been asked before but... on: May 21, 2006, 11:35:21 AM
1) We're not gamefaqs.  We have our own sets of rules.  

2) Emulation, ROMs, how to acquire them, where to acquire them, etc. is not allowed on our boards, because that's a form of game piracy- getting a game without paying for it, or not giving the money to the people who worked on the game.  Obviously you can't talk about emulaTORS either, since, well, the emulator is the pirate ship and the ROMs are the pirates.  

See, many game companies browse our boards (since we're a popular site) to get a sense of demographics and stuff, and they'd be really put off if there was talk about gypping them through emulators, ROMs, and all that.  

I have my own personal viewpoints on the issue and my own sense of right and wrong on it and if you want to hear that, you may PM me.  But since I am in RPGfan's house, I will abide by the rules.
6115  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: May 20, 2006, 10:31:44 PM
I'm not the biggest Radiohead fan, but OK Computer is such an incredible album.  I've been on an OK Computer kick lately.  My two favorite songs on there are Paranoid Android and No Surprises.  Paranoid Android is just an incredible song.  It's been described as DJ Shadow meets The Beatles... and I'd say that's accurate.  And No Surprises for some reason sounds like music that would be right at home in Final Fantasy 7.  

Yeah, there's good reason that OK Computer is hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time.

Could Radiohead be the Pink Floyd of our generation?
6116  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Favorite game that reviews/people hated on: May 20, 2006, 09:52:01 PM
Sigma Star Saga.  Of all the press reviews that game got, my review on this site was easily the most favorable.  I thought that game was quite good.
6117  The Rest / General Discussions / Recipes! on: May 19, 2006, 04:04:15 PM
The most refreshing summertime drink involves a juicer, some club soda, pineapple, granny smith apples, and strawberries.  

Juice the pineapple, apples, and strawberries.  By itself, that is one incredible juice, but add some club soda for bubbles, and you have a refreshing summertime drink for personal consumption, barbeques, parties, what have you.  

The tartness of the granny smith apples offsets the sweetness of the pineapple and strawberry.  And the bubbles add summer fun.  

I know it's a pretty simple recipe, but it's wonderful for summer.

Some people may want to use champagne in place of the club soda and make it a sparkling alcoholic punch, but I don't like to do that, because alcohol tends to dehydrate you.  If you do decide to use champagne, make sure it's a really dry champagne, otherwise if it's too sweet it will taste horrible; like the taste equivalent of a woman with too much make-up and nose-clogging perfume.  Let the sweetness come from the fresh fruit juice.
6118  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.
6119  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.
6120  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.
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