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931  The Rest / General Discussions / Rumsfeld Quits on: November 09, 2006, 02:05:51 AM
Probably wasn't a bad idea for him to GTFO. I think this opens up a lot of opportunities in rethinking the current issues with Iraq and the "War on Terror." On the other side of things, I will also say it could be a bit sticky for the current situation while Bush and friends try to get Gates into the position.
932  The Rest / General Discussions / Pong creator knocks PS3 strategy on: November 09, 2006, 01:56:27 AM
I'm half-betting that is a typo Eus...at least I'm hoping it is.

Either way, it's interesting to see what, arguably, the father of video gaming as we know it has to say on the current state of games.
933  The Rest / General Discussions / Elections on: November 08, 2006, 12:23:54 AM
I had to take my dog to the vet today, feed all of my animals, work for eight hours, finish my reading assignments for school, and I still voted. :D
934  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #3 on: November 07, 2006, 12:37:45 AM
The brush smoke is your friend in Okami. Especially when using Inferno or Waterspout later on. But yea, the blossoms go by pretty quickly on that log part, so it is understandable.

As for me, I've been enjoying Megaman ZX when I've had spare time between classes at school. I highly enjoyed fighting Fist Leo/Slash Beast/Slash Man. And I'm also digging how it stays true to the good ol' Megaman formula yet remains really fresh and new. A great change of pace for the Megaman series to be sure. Currently heading to the Amusement Park to own yet another pseudoroid :D
935  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #3 on: November 04, 2006, 12:03:03 AM
Quote from: "Esper_Crusader"
Hey, Clueless, I can't find any of the 'wanted list' enemies either.  I'm like 25 hours into the game and getting ready to head out to the city but I've sill only found the 1 guy from way back when you first get that list.  I've been all over the place but I've never found any others.....(?)

It's also worth noting that a large portion of Shinshu Field is inaccessible for most of the game. If I remember correctly, that is where I found the last monster on the first wanted list. So I wouldn't worry about the Shinshu wanted list until you can actually access that area. The Taka and Ryoshima wanted lists are fair game though.

As for me, I'm currently just over twenty-five hours into Final Fantasy IX. I really like this game but, for whatever reason, I'm not enjoying the story or characters as much as I did the first time I played the game. I just made it to disc four so I'll be power leveling for a few hours and working on obtaining some of those good items at the Black Cat Synth Shop.

After FFIX is finished I think I'll do a quick replay of Ocarina of Time since I haven't played through it so far this year. Will also help me get pumped up for Twilight Princess even though I won't be getting it until December...*grumble*

EDIT: Clueless, if I'm not mistaken, I'm betting the one tree your missing is the one that is actually on top of his head. I looked for that last tree for more than half an hour until I figured it out.
936  The Rest / General Discussions / Halloween on: November 01, 2006, 02:20:26 AM
Halloween is completely commercial in Utah. You'd think in this state of all states we wouldn't celebrate Halloween whatsoever, but it is a fairly big deal here. Though I do believe I heard recently they did away with Halloween celebrations at schools in my area. Many of the churches will organize trunk-or-treating in the church parking lot too because it's supposedly "safer," but they've been doing that ever since I can remember.

As for me: Halloween is my favorite holiday. Even when I was little and it was mainly about the candy, my friends and I also made sure we did plenty of mischief as well. Throwing rotten tomatoes at cars was our favorite thing to do. We'd often do our best to scare people too. One of my friends had a big St. Bernard we'd bring to my house that was a really nice dog and wouldn't go after anyone, but he'd definitely let them know if they stepped foot on the lawn :D

We were above smashing pumpkins in the street, and never stole candy from any smaller kids. I think the worst thing we ever did was egg a woman's house at two in the morning because she had given us toothbrushes. When we rode our bikes by the next morning to admire our work we found someone else had toilet-papered her house as well, so we weren't alone.

Now I celebrate as best as I can. I always carve pumpkins, and early in the night (about 5:00 to 7:30) I enjoy handing out candy to trick-or-treaters even though we don't get many anymore since my street only has one street light.

After that I used to dress up as the Headless Horseman, and a damn good one too. I'd wear my grandpa's big black rider's cloak (which completely covered everything but my feet) up over my head and a dark mask so no one could see my eyes looking out of the crevice between the top two buttons. Then I'd ride out under my street's single street light and just sit there. If I saw any kids coming I would ride back down the lane along the side of my house and spy on them from behind our shed. When they came about twenty-feet from our driveway I would run my horse up there  and scare the shit out of them. There have been a couple times I felt bad about it though because a kid would drop their candy bag and run for it. The first time that happened I just left it there thinking he'd come back for it, but the next morning it was still lying on the side of the street. Another time a kid tripped over his own feet and went down and his friends just ditched him. That time I actually stopped, took off my mask and cloak, helped him back up and sent him on his way though.

Last year there were no trick-or-treaters that late, so I rode up to the subdivision north of my house and just walked my horse around up there. Scared a few kids just doing that and then some woman told me she'd call the cops on me if I didn't get out of there, so I rode down to the creek about a mile away that has a paved recreation walkway near it surrounded by trees. It also has some very orange street lights, so I just hung out under those until about midnight and then went home.

Today, I unfortunately had to work. I hadn't thought of scheduling it off until it was too late to do so. The other problem is neither I, my dad, or my grandpa own a horse this year, so no headless horseman even if I had been home.

Happy Halloween everyone!
937  The Rest / General Discussions / Wii Virtual Console lineup revealed for the rest of the year on: November 01, 2006, 01:44:34 AM
That's disappointing to say the least. The only big gems on that list I do not own are Super Mario 64, Ristar, and Golden Axe. I could see myself buying the original SMB, but when it comes down to it, I'd much rather play SMB3 and I own it for GBA...and NES but my NES no longer works :(

Not that it is going to affect me much. I'd love to buy a Wii at or shortly after launch, but the way it is currently looking I won't be able to afford one until next year.
938  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #3 on: October 30, 2006, 10:50:56 AM
I'm to the Iifa Tree in FFIX. I forgot how enjoyable this game is for me.

Anyway, I'm doing much better this playthrough than I did the first time I played the game. I've actually been keeping my items this time so I can synthesize new stuff! Been very helpful to say the least as Zidane's attack is up 37 already :D
939  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #3 on: October 28, 2006, 09:46:09 PM
I had the urge to replay Final Fantasy IX. Just made it to the second disc.

What a fun game :D
940  The Rest / General Discussions / Battle of the New Atheism on: October 26, 2006, 11:19:13 PM
Ah, I missed the banning of Bogatyr? I'm so disappointed. Love the avatar and such chosen for the guy though.
941  The Rest / General Discussions / Battle of the New Atheism on: October 24, 2006, 11:49:59 PM
The New Atheists will not let us off the hook simply because we are not doctrinaire believers. They condemn not just belief in God but respect for belief in God. Religion is not only wrong; it's evil. Now that the battle has been joined, there's no excuse for shirking.

Uh, for one that's just such a huge contradictory statement. I can respect their lack of belief, but wow. I've seen atheists argue that since there is no god, then what we consider "good" and "evil" is merely a construct and the consequences of doing what religious doctrines tell us not to are non-existent. So them saying believing in god is evil, if indeed they actually have said that, is contradicted by the fact there is no such thing as evil.

And really, what's new about Atheism?
942  The Rest / General Discussions / Habeas corpus is for the gays and terrorists. on: October 22, 2006, 01:04:10 AM
Quote from: "Bogatyr"
Now I am off, the fights are re-starting.

Ah well, I'm actually going to concede defeat in this discussion because I have two papers to write this week and probably won't have the time to make my posts meaningful starting tomorrow.

So long and thanks for all the shoes!
943  The Rest / General Discussions / Habeas corpus is for the gays and terrorists. on: October 21, 2006, 10:45:00 PM
ROFL @ Bogatyr.

I hope you know you just told an English Lit. major he can't read between the lines. Let's read between the lines then shall we:

First of all you pointed out the term "revisionist" and say it implies leftist. Let me get my dictionary and we'll find out just what connotations are "between the lines." Oh, and here is the copyright page if you're one of those sticklers.

Alright, here and here are the definitions for revise. Looking over those I can see the political implications one may see in the word to be neither referring to left or right political standings with one exception:

any departure from Marxist doctrine, theory, or practice, esp. the tendency to favor reform above revolutionary change.

So this is seen as a departure from Marxism, something you have accused my professor of being. But just to clarify, here is the definition for "departure."

divergence or derivation, as from a standing rule, etc.

So my professor was not, then, Marxist and nor does the word "revisionist" imply Marxism. However there are still the issues of the words "multicultural" and "reform" to observe. I'll spare you the pictures this time but the definition for "multicultural" is:

of, pertaining to, or representing several different cultures or cultural elements

This word, I would argue, is something America represents and there is nothing in this definition implying leftist liberalism.

Now for "reform":

1. the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory, etc. 2. an instance of this. 3. the amendment of conduct, belief, etc. 4. to change to a better state, form etc.; improve by alteration, substitution, abolition, etc. 5. to cause (a person) to abandon wrong or evil ways of life or conduct. 6. to put an end to (abuses, disorders, etc.)...8. to abandon evil conduct or error...Syn. correction, reformation, betterment, amelioration, better, rectify, correct, amend, emend ameliorate, repair restore. --Ant. deterioration.

I'm leaving out definition seven as it pertains to chemistry, and definition nine as it discusses "Reform Judaism" and is therefore inapplicable to this argument. So looking at this definition I can see no implications of leftist or rightist and apparently both political standings are capable of reform, as should be obvious.

In my "reading between the lines" of the headline I was unable to find any implication, connotation, or direct statement which could associate the book A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki as being a leftist or liberal book. If you would like me to continue my "reading between the lines" on the full paragraph of the Publisher's Weekly quotation then please just say so and we'll find out just what is hiding between those lines...if anything.

As for the rest of your post, I'll have to get to it later, I have homework to do.
944  The Rest / General Discussions / Habeas corpus is for the gays and terrorists. on: October 21, 2006, 12:24:46 PM
Quote from: "Bogatyr"

Let me see the headline: "A brilliant revisionist history of America that is likely to become a classical of multicultural studies"


"A History of multicultural America".

That sound's totally leftist to me. How is that any unbiased? Typical sociologist/anthropologist leftist approach. The humanist studies are full of such crap. I would like to know why leftist revisionism is always praised, but rightist revisionism is seen as "reactionary". This kind of double standard is just too funny.
The fact you had to read that piece of crap that for a History class in college, corroborates to what I said earlier about these marxists infiltrated into the most humanist chairs in many colleges throughout the West.

So you're judging a book without having read it? I'm impressed, not many people have the courage to judge a book by its cover these days. Not many people have the stupidity to judge a book by its cover either. There is a term which transcends political standing which describes you well.

Also, Marxists at my college? Don't make me laugh! My college is seen as the stepping stone for one of the most rightist, conservative universities in America known as Brigham Young University (BYU). Besides, your useage of the word Marxists makes it obvious to me you have no idea what that actually implies and probably haven't read the "Communist Manifesto." I also love your use of the word "commies" when you obviously do not know what Marx outlined as communism in his writings. Because quite frankly the Soviet government used communism as the base for their economy, not for their government which was a repressive dictatorship. North Korea's government and economy follow the same model.

Plus, I am neither blind nor stupid.

Yet you generalize the acts of a few as being reflective of the whole and then judge a book by what it says on the cover. Blind? Perhaps not. Stupid? Well...

Didn't start any of that. I was called a fascist and an idiot for disagreeing though.

Actually, I would argue you did:

The way you victimize criminals, I am sure you are a total leftist, your kind love to glorify murderers.

If it wasn't for the fact your close-mindedness has made you make a complete ass of yourself throughout this topic I would have been offended by that comment. I don't glorify murderers and firmly believe in the use of capital punishment for those who have taken someone else's life. I also voted for George Bush in the last presidential election. You know, that conservative Republican president of the United States of America?

Not that you would know who he is or anything since you "rightists" love your own little worlds and not much else.
945  The Rest / General Discussions / Habeas corpus is for the gays and terrorists. on: October 21, 2006, 02:07:24 AM
Quote from: "Bogatyr"
The way you victimize criminals, I am sure you are a total leftist, your kind love to glorify murderers.

Did this guy really just say that about me?


But rather than arguing with someone like you, since you've clearly shown you won't listen, I'm going to point you to this book which is where I found my information.

I had to read this book in its entirety in a college level American History class. You haven't pointed out where you're getting your information, aren't American, and I'm assuming do not live in America. Therefore I find your opinions on the matter of ethnic minorities in America to be worth nearly nothing in this argument.

But you can continue insulting people as far as I care, because it makes me laugh.
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