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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 25, 2016, 01:14:47 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if that is true. (And that's coming from someone from a country that still has a bit of a monarchy in place and produced Geert Wilders.)
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 25, 2016, 01:11:29 PM
For what it's worth, this project is slowing down now because I have some adulting to do. Which somehow involves watching anime and playing other games. And being paid shit. Mostly being paid shit, really. What you do is way more impressive. I don't have a business worthy of moving or anything like that.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 25, 2016, 12:50:20 PM
Hearing about the US elections over and over again on the news and, well, everywhere, is helping me appreciate the Dutch system, which is more about voting for parties (and there are plenty to choose from) rather than two individuals representing the two big parties.
4  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 25, 2016, 12:38:52 PM

It could be worse. Have you heard what they did to Saint Seiya? Poor, poor Saint Seiya... (And I'm not just saying that because Pegasus Fantasy is the best thing ever.)
5  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 25, 2016, 04:16:21 AM
Those scenes of them being all lovey-dovey just filled me with a sense of dread. Like, that's too sweet, this is going to end horribly. And then the series manages to surprise you by just how horrible things can end.

I'm still debating whether I should buy Shin Sekai Yori on dvd or not. I want to support the series, but I sort of doubt I will ever want to watch it again. I get too easily attached to characters...

I don't know why I came across this but I love the Cantonese version of Moonlight Densetsu


The Dutch version was based on the German opening, so all my nostalgia goes to this happy hardcore... thing.
6  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 22, 2016, 12:18:32 PM
I just watched Shin Sekai Yori episode 8

"Two years have passed since the camping incident and the relationship between the friends have changed dramatically."

-understatement of the century.

I love that series, despite the fact that watching it is like being punched in the gut over and over again.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 21, 2016, 04:45:01 PM
increase my heart rate rapidly.

I hate that about coffee.  Too bad it's so delicious (and decaf is somehow... not).

Maybe try coffee candies? I like Kopiko (especially the cappuchino kind). There's caffeine in there as well, but only like 20-25 mg per piece or something and hard candies like these go a long way.
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 21, 2016, 10:28:26 AM
Plus, how many games actually put Canada in their game?

Etrian Odyssey Untold's Raquna Sheldon is from fantasy!Ontario. She likes maple-flavored ice cream and says 'eh'.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 21, 2016, 04:05:06 AM
I had a big day yesterday. I was invited to some sort of a focus group thing organised by a museum in preparation for a new exhibition. We weren't there just to say what we liked and didn't like - they treated us as experts within our own fields, which felt... well, amazing, really. We even got a short tour of the Japan and Korea hall after the museum closed.

I also felt dumb for being impressed by random nonsense. Like, I saw a seagull up close while walking to the museum and hadn't realised how big they were compared to the gulls you see in my region. I was like: "OMG, a SEAGULL!"

Not so great:
-I spend a total of 7 hours traveling that day.
-Apparently my crafts friend and I accidently impersonated eachother again. The focus group was full of familiar people, and one asked if I was working on this amigurumi he asked for at Abunai. I felt insanely guilty, because I didn't remember talking to him there, especially not on Sunday. I did talk to his wife on Saturday, but that was more of a quick 'hi' because I had to rush off to one of my workshops. Turns out he spoke to my friend. I'm not even mad, because this happens all the time. Feeling guilty still sucks, though. And worse, my memory happens to be something I'm proud, so if it had really failed, it would have felt like a huge personal failure.

I was a mess the day of (yesterday), I didn't really wanna talk to anyone, because what's there to say?.
I tried going to work today, but when I saw my dad still kinda tearing up about it and then everyone asks how you're holding up, you start to think about it and get emotional all over.
I'm happy it hasn't soured me at all on pets, with time I'd love to give another pet a home.

Sorry for talking a lot here, haha, but thanks much Tomara. :)

I know that feeling, and hey, I talk a lot more when I my rabbit is nearly dying again and I'm on my way to a panic attack...

10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 20, 2016, 02:22:11 AM
She looks like a sweetheart :( You okay, Dice?
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 19, 2016, 03:50:26 AM
Reminds me of the bathrooms under this Italian restaurant a friend and I stumbled upon in Bonn. It looked cozy and you could look into the kitchen from the street, which felt reassuring. The food was affordable and good, service friendly. Then my friend needed to use the bathroom.

"It's like Half-Life down there."

He didn't want to go back the year after (not that we were entirely sure where the place was anyway) and ate in freshly renovated Italian restaurant with natural light and everything instead.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 18, 2016, 10:47:13 AM
I never know what to think about the Eurovision Songfestival. There's always so much going on. Nepotism between countries, countries trying to out-crazy eachother in hopes of standing out, the large role the English language plays and what this means for countries where this is not the main language... But there are a couple of cool songs every year and it's always neat to see a surprise winner.

I'm merely curious as to what a Manga library is... and how you have one sitting around.. sounds neat!


It sort of feels like a living room. You buy a stamp card to read (it's like, ~20 cents to read one manga), tea is free and there's some basic snacks for sale. It's a nice plays and important to the community.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 18, 2016, 06:21:55 AM
I've started to notice something annoying about myself: when I'm within the small world of the Dutch anime fandom, I kind of expect people to recognise me. To be fair, a lot of people do (and I always feel bed when I can't recall their faces). On top of that, I've become used to having some privileges.

For instance, most people over at the manga library let me in early, even after I insisted I was fine waiting outside until they were officially open for the day. Yesterday I was a bit early, but the place looked very much open, so I went in. I took off my shoes, grabbed some slippers and started to walk to the couch. One of the volunteers stopped me, saying they weren't open yet. I asked if I should put my shoes back on and wait outside for a bit. They said I didn't have to but that they weren't open yet. I didn't quite know how to respond, so I joked [the founders] would feel bad I were to wait outside like a matchstick girl anyway. I don't think they got it. It was hard to say who was more awkward: me or them.

The whole thing bothered me, because:
1) It was arrogant of me to expect them to give me the same priveliges other volunteers had given me in the past.
2) If they didn't want me to come in yet, they chould have said so before I took my shoes off. I was easy enough to notice. Why wait?
3) Why the hell was a grown man wearing bright purple pants? Like, you know, those stupidly wide cargo pants popular with the alternative crowd in the early 00s? But purple? I know I wasn't looking too impressive as I had purposely dressed college-age for the day (people tend not to bother you if you don't look old enough to vote/sign up for anything), but I have a hard time taking people who dress like that seriously.
4) Then I felt bad for judging him for wearing something like that. How other people dress is none of my business. (Unless you're a 40-something overweight woman practically waving your asscrack in my face because you believe you can and should dress like a Japanese school girl, in which case I have every right to hate your overstuffed guts.)
5. I guess I could have introduced myself properly (Hi, I'm T***** M**** v** S**********, editor-in-chief of A*****, founder of T*********, and I totally helped crochet your bosses' kid's baby blanket), but 'pulling rank' to get what I want feels wrong.

STUPID KLYDED FACT -- I can't fall asleep without two or three hot cups of black coffee directly before shutting my eyes. I sometimes like to chew nicotine gum while I drink them cause stimulating the nicotinic receptors in this fashion elicits primo-dream environs in my grey matter.

I drink tea before bed. I think it's mostly the relaxing act of slowing drinking a warm drink that helps me sleep. I do stay away from black teas, which is probably for the best.
14  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 16, 2016, 03:14:44 PM
Orange? Do I get a mecha?

(I love that one of the available colours is teal. That's so not primary!)
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 16, 2016, 02:41:16 PM
Phantasy Star IV - Final report

I did it! I defeated my first Phantasy Star :D

It's weird, having grown up with Nintendo and Sony systems, Sega games always felt out of reach. It makes having finished Phantasy Star IV feel like a Very Important Thing. As dated as the game felt, it was also sort of neat. I liked the vehicles, the cutscenes and some of the boss designs. In the end, the game was not too difficult. I did keep some of the frustration/outdated game design in check using save states, as some of the dungeons were frustratingly long and blad (screw you, Air Castle!).

I paid: 0,62
I played: 15 hours
Worth the wait?: I was afraid it'd be a case of: "A classic is something everyone wants to have played, but nobody wants to play." It would have made more of an impact if I had played it back when it was still new, but I'm thankful for modern conveniences like save states (and the abuse thereof). Above all, I'm just glad I played through this classic.
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