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931  The Rest / General Discussions / Human Consciousness' existence on: July 28, 2006, 04:53:51 PM
Yet neurons are still a mystery. Scientists have no idea how something like consciousness develops from the simple processes of neurons which function like on and off switches. I think most agree it is where consciousness comes from but there is a lot of debate and speculation still on "how" it comes from.

It's like asking an African bushman to explain how the simple nature of flipping a light switch can turn on a light. Sure it seems simple enough, even to us, yet it is a bit difficult even for a "modern" person to explain.

My thought of it is consciousness is a lot less complex than people make it out to be. Don't ask me to explain, but that is just my vague idea.
932  The Rest / General Discussions / head on on: July 28, 2006, 04:43:17 PM
I would've assumed it to be some sort of sex accessory myself, so it's not necessarily a bad thing they clarified it :P

933  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / TMNT Trailer on: July 26, 2006, 12:48:29 PM
That and the current TMNT cartoon series is still running strong. I think the fifth season starts this fall.

Anyway, I was pretty pleased with the trailer when I finally was able to watch it. Damn Quicktime. But yea, I'll probably be there opening day myself. From what I've read of the story it sounds like it is going to stay pretty true to the current TMNT comics as well as new and old cartoon fans. I'm pretty excited, I'll be there opening day as well :D
934  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / TMNT Trailer on: July 26, 2006, 12:32:48 AM
It isn't letting me view the trailer. Do you need Quicktime Pro to watch it?
935  The Rest / General Discussions / The question begs to be asked: on: July 25, 2006, 09:01:15 PM
I'm too full of woe and melancholy to have something interesting to say anyway, so I don't make topics, so I don't use polls anyway, so there.

Sums it up fairly well for me. I usually don't make topics so it doesn't matter much.

I also don't really care for the whole poll idea because I prefer discussion in topics rather than a vote + one liner post saying, "I voted for _____ because of _____." Kind of defeats a bit of the purpose to having message boards.
936  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: July 24, 2006, 10:17:24 PM
Quote from: "Tomara"
I started playing Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, because there is no such thing as too much Fire Emblem. Before I started, I checked for patches, I'm not going to be as stupid as when I played 1, 3 and 4 in Japanese. I can now read names, menu's and weapons, yay...

Indeed! Have fun with Thracia, just don't let it discourage you because it can be VERY mean.

Speaking of Fire Emblem, I finally finished Sword of Seals. It was a pretty tough one too but all in all I think it is better than Blazing Sword as far as story goes. I'd really like to see an updated version with the cinematic elements of Blazing Sword and Sacred Stones implemented...maybe a better sprite for Roy too. Doubtful it will happen though.

I've also nearly finished Path of Radiance which I started three days ago. Quite the FE binge I have going. I think this is probably the best playthrough I've had so far. Ike is level 13 with maxed speed, defense, and strength. I'm to chapter 28.
937  The Rest / General Discussions / Bill Gates, so evil! on: July 24, 2006, 01:18:25 PM
I've heard it quite frequently from people here in Utah. Unfortunately most of these people talk trash about Bill Gates I've observed are fairly two-faced. I remember one such person I've heard talking about the ills of rich people yet the same person threw a fit when a family of African-Americans moved into their neighborhood.

I seriously can't stand living in Happy Valley, USA sometimes.
938  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth on: July 24, 2006, 01:11:44 PM
Quote from: "Seiken_Densetsu"
And you may have only have talked a few sentences in first-person, but there are other ways to approach a review without using first-person at all.

Someone took their high school English teacher too seriously. First-person, when used correctly, can make an essay, news story, or review better by personalizing whatever it is you're writing about. I often use first-person when writing essays for school and my professors never have any problems with it. It should be avoided and kept to a minimum, but it can look good in whatever it is someone is writing.

I see no problem with the first-person usage in John's review. In fact, I think you're nitpicking because you don't agree with the review's content yet couldn't find any problems you could dispute aside from a personal preference in writing style.

939  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Superman Returns on: July 22, 2006, 04:40:43 PM
Well Deg, the train sequence in Spiderman 2 was likely an allusion/homage to Superman who has been known to stop trains pretty frequently in the comics and animated series. It's pretty obvious when Spidey first tries to stop the train by planting his feet on the tracks which is how Superman tends to stop them. But it keeps that whole "You're not Superman" thing going by showing Spidey is capable of stopping a train, just not by brute strength alone. There is another train-stopping allusion to Superman that is blatantly obvious near the beginning of The Incredibles.
940  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / What did you watch? on: July 16, 2006, 09:15:22 PM
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Duck Tales, and the old Ghost Busters cartoon dominated my television time when I was a kid. I had the brief Power Rangers stint that lasted about a year and a half. Following that was a love for the two Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons. One was called "Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog" and was on every morning on a TV station that disappeared. This one was all about humor. The other was just called "Sonic the Hedgehog" and was on ABC very early Saturday mornings...at least I think. This one was a lot darker and was very often not humorous. The animation was also a lot better. Need I mention that Robotnik had a totally badass voice? Now that I think about it, this was probably my first anime.

As far as non-cartoons go there was only one show that mattered: Saved by the Bell. I don't care what anyone says about them being stupid or poorly made and etc., I still hold the show in the highest esteem.

Yes, Power Rangers is/was live action. But aside from that it really doesn't have any other differences separating it from being classified as a cartoon :P
941  The Rest / General Discussions / Desktop/Avatar/Sig Thread on: July 16, 2006, 04:46:32 PM
Avatar and Desktop: No need to explain really. I loved Superman Returns. The song is just what is playing on my party shuffle so no real reason for it being there.

Sig: The image is quite obviously Kenshin, and the quote within the image is one that I thought suited Kenshin's character well. The quote is from the Star Wars book, Traitor, by Matthew Stover. But now that I've finished reading the Kenshin series I think it is time for a new image and a new quote for that image. But I'm not sure of what I will do exactly.

The other quote is just one I found somewhere sometime ago. I think it is fairly humorous, yet rings true at the same time. Probably needs to be changed as well.

EDIT: Alright, I changed some things in the sig. The orange quote will likely stay that way for a while. The image is just a rough draft I guess you could say. I think I'll go with Bleach for the image for sure, but the quote may change. It's not quite up to looking as good as I'd like it to right now, but I'll work on it later.

EDIT PART DEUCE: Forgot to mention, the quote in the image was said by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

EDIT #3: Sig image has been finalized I think. The only change that may be made is the quote, but I think it fits the character pretty well.
942  The Rest / General Discussions / Israel to world: Fuck off on: July 15, 2006, 10:57:51 PM
I don't blame Israel one bit for sticking up for themselves because I would likely do the same. I don't see how killing Muslims is helping to better the situation though. Hate begets hate, plain and simple, and I highly doubt responding with more bloodshed is going to make the Muslims roll over and be friendly. It may create a temporary peace, but I doubt either side will forget it.

Just a sad situation.
943  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest on: July 14, 2006, 06:47:16 PM
Basically you try to guess who has what from your own dice, and from what the others are telling you.
944  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy III DS gameplay video! on: July 13, 2006, 12:11:56 PM
I think it looks pretty cool. But yea, the battles seemed to be turn-based. I thought they were going to implement the ATB. Anyone mind clarifying this for me?
945  The Rest / General Discussions / The importance of gaming in a potential girl/boyfriend on: July 13, 2006, 12:05:29 PM
Quote from: "Degolas"
Yeah, I'm in no position to be picky :P

Same here. As long as she doesn't mind me playing video games then that will be fine.
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