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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: Today at 05:41:17 AM
You know, there's "being out of the loop" and then there's "walking out of the cave for the first time in 7 years"

I apparently just did the latter. I don't understand this Brexit stuff. I also apparently didn't understand what the European Union was. I figured it was more of an economic agreement, but that meant I never questioned why they didn't use the Euro instead of the GBP. So now I don't understand anything involved with the Euro, why immigration is suddenly a big deal to europeans, and I also just learned that they aren't officially called "Britain" anymore.

...I'm going back in my cave...

Really short explanation that's missing a lot of stuff: the borders within the EU are open, meaning that there is not just free movement of goods but also people. It's called the EEA: European Economic Area. Most of it is EU countries, but there are some other countries participating as well.This has lead to people from poorer members moving to richer countries, like the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. Some move on their own, others are recruited to work unpopular jobs. Not everyone is happy with this, as there as also people looking to exploit the system. (And, of course, there's the whole 'they took our jobs' thing...) Then there is illegal immigration, which is a big deal right now because of the refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and so on. Once they've entered the EU (usually by using a dingy boat to get to one of the south eastern countries, risking their life in the proces), it's relatively easy for them to enter a EU country of their choice and apply for refugee status there. The UK is a common distination, though the number of refugees per 1000 citizens is below the EU average.

What happened now is that some nationalists convinced enough uneducated people that the whole migration/refugee 'problem'/crisis will end if they leave the EU. Of course, it's nowhere near as simple, because closing the borders will severely impact businesses that rely on export, have offices overseas and so on. It's the opposite of creating jobs. And if the government does go through with the brexit, it's not as if the borders will be closed overnight, quickly stopping all those political refugees and economic migrants. Properly leaving the EU is a proces that will take years and will require the assistence of countries both inside and outside of the EU. Finally, they could leave the EU but not the EEA, but that wouldn't change anything about the things people are upset about. Possibly the smartest action to take, as long as certain politicians don't spin it to their favour.

So, eh, yeah, the UK is standing neck deep in shit right now, because there is no way to 'win' in this scenario. If they fully exit, they'll most likely screw up their own economy, possibly diving right into a depression. If they don't exist, a majority of voters will lose faith in the government and that never ends well either. And then there's of course Scotland, that is not interested in this brexit bullshit and is (again) calling for indepence. Northern Ireland isn't amused either. National, international, no matter where the UK looks, they're looking at a minefield.

Edit: also important: EU membership isn't free and, as one of the wealthier members, the UK is paying a lot. Nationalists have convinced people that once they stop paying this money, it can all go towards healthcare and such. Again, it's not that simple. Pulling out of the EU is going to be expensive, not to mention that the UK will start to lose out on money they were able to make thanks to the EU's member-friendly trade agreements.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite game companies? on: Today at 03:46:24 AM
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My favorite Atlus franchise is Disgaea but in general I've never gravitated towards them too much... a lot of the time I've just been unaware of which games are really developed by them and which are published and all that, but yeah anyway I did think Witch and the Hundred Knight was a bit interesting though.

That's Nippon Ichi Software you're thinking of. Atlus only published some of their games in the early days, like Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure and Disgaea :)

Atlus' own games are titles like:
-Shin Megami Tensei, Persona and everything related
-Catherine
-Etrian Odyssey series
-Trauma Center
-Radiant Historia

Still, Atlus does deserve a big 'thank you' for bringing over Disgaea in the first place. The rest of the industry did not have much faith in titles like that... If Atlus had ignored the original Disgaea, who knows, NISA might not be were it is today.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 24, 2016, 02:57:09 PM
The brexit is going to suck for both sides... Speaking very selfisly: free travel and trade is awful, and if (I should say: when?) that is limited, it'd really, really miss it. (And I'm sure the UK would miss my money.)
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite game companies? on: June 24, 2016, 08:25:58 AM
C'mon, Atlus don't hate Europe, it's much more complicated than that.

I know, but on the other hand, they're running out of excuses fast. Atlus has been around for decades and should have the know-how to tap into a market in which they've already established a presense through other publishers. Also, Sega. Sega is a thing. Sure, Sega has no clue what they're doing about 75% of the time, but I like to assume they can do atleast something right. Plus, they had a pretty good set-up with NISA, and all sources point to Atlus getting greedy as the reason that has fallen apart.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite game companies? on: June 24, 2016, 06:42:58 AM
I respect Nintendo for doing whatever they feel like despite what current market trends and, well, sometimes common sense, dictate. Nintendo of Europe and Nintendo of Japan get more respect from me than Nintendo of America, though. NoE knows how to take initiative and listen to players.

I also really like Atlus, but at the same time I think they're one of the most infuriating game companies out there. They make some amazing games and have contributed a lot to the North American market when it comes to niche games. However, they hate Europe. They're like the worst kind of absent parent. They remembered your birthday and assume that makes everything okay, but the birthday card shows up 18 months late.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 23, 2016, 03:49:21 PM
I think Sen, my rabbit, might die tonight. She seemed to be her usual self this morning, but she's growing weaker by the hour, and I'm trying to make sure she eats and drinks, but she's like 9 and it could very well be her time... I don't want her to die, but at this point there's not much I can do. I just hope it will be quick.

And if/when she passes, I guess I'll have to make arrangements. Take her to the vet to be cremated. I'm not sure I can/should bother anyone with this. There's always the bus, though. I guess I'll be crying over my dead rabbit, that'll be in a shoebox on my lap, in the bus.

Damnit.

I'm starting to regret having pets. Sure, they're fun when they're healthy, but I worry myself sick everytime they get sick and it hurts so much when they die. I'm always afraid they suffer and that I didn't do enough for them. And the older I get, the shorter their lives seem to be. On of my first rabbits was there for most of my childhood and that seemed like an eternity. Now, 5-10 years just fly by.

Edit: I just feeding her again, and she kept licking my hand. I really, really hope I'm wrong.

Edit: She lives! For now, anyway. She seems to be feeling better, but that could just be the painkillers talking.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The great pet thread on: June 22, 2016, 03:52:27 AM
So many (fluffy) cats. RPGfan doesn't have a lot of dog people, does it?

(I do like dogs, just not the obnoxious attention whores that don't know how to STFU.)
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 20, 2016, 05:00:20 PM
So... uh, last week I gave a bunch of lectures and workshops at an anime convention, and people took some pictures of me. At the time I didn't know, I thought they were photographing the slides. I didn't tell them not the take pictures of me, so I can't exactly fault them for doing so, but... One of the pictures taken is kinda unflattering. My face looks funny because I'm in the middle of talking, my hair is nearly the same colour as the background and makes my head looks weird, my glasses cast an ugly shadow, and it looks like I'm fidgitting with my ring (which I probably am). Frankly, I hate looking at it and it makes me feel terrible. Should I ask the photographer to remove it? I know I have the right to do so, but I don't want to be one of those dramaqueens...

(I'm so glad nobody took any pictures when I declared myself the finall boss and played rock-paper-scissors against the entire room. That would have been even worse...)
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Starting a business on: June 20, 2016, 04:44:13 PM
It sounds like my handicrafts club thingie does something similar to what you're planning on doing. We sell the stuff we make at animeconventions and fairs.

My advice:
-Don't expect it to be anything other than a hobby until you start to see results. And when you do get that far, try not to grow too dependent on it. There's a lot of hidden unemployment among small business owners, as in: many don't actually make a living.

-Read up on tax stuff before you start.

-Make sure you have back-up when going to fairs/flee markets/whatever. If you're all by yourself, it'll be very difficult to get bathroom breaks in. You might not be able to go at all, depending on how trustworthy (or not) your neighbours are. It's also super boring if you're on your own when it's slow.

-Have fun. You're not likely to make much if any money in the beginning, so the least you can do is enjoy yourself :)
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 19, 2016, 04:52:31 PM
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Anyway, haps is that a friend of mine's 9 year-old daughter got a really cool short summer haircut- like a faux hawk with red highlights.


That's awesome!

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Yet one of her neighbors made an offhand comment about the daughter looking like a "bull dyke" or somesuch.  Really?!?!?! 

That's... definitely not awesome.

A couple of days ago, I ordered a bunch of clothes online and in order to get free shipping, I added a shirt for my cousin's newborn. It's light blue and has cute little details like frills. My cousin was happy with the gift, not just because extra baby clothes always come in handy, but also because it wasn't pink. Apparently most of the gifts she's gotten for little Anna were very, very pink and she hates it. It's as if people worry the baby won't grow up to be a 'proper' girl unless they paint her whole world pink.

Oh well, if our side of the family is any indication, little Anna will most likely grow up not giving a shit about traditional gender roles.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 19, 2016, 03:52:22 AM
Hey, if you feel like 'whining', 'whine'. It's fine. If you don't feel like it, that's fine too :)
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 18, 2016, 04:05:35 PM
so i made a comment on a youtube video saying i was disspointed that theres no option for a female link and i was attacked and called a SJW(i didnt use any kind of of strong or offenive language). people instantly made all these assumptions about me. people were telling me to go back to tumblr when i dont even blog let alone use tumblr as anything other than a source of porn. i'm gonna be blunt i dont like masculinity it repels me but over the last couple years ive tried to lighten up then something like this happens it's like the universe is telling me not to change.

Yeah, the thing with modern internet is that there's a whole bunch of angry people that adore being angry. Like, it's their hobby, their passion, their way of life. They've tied their identity to their cause, 'I fight therefore I am'. Sometimes, they have a hard time finding a battlefield, so they'll just create one themselves. If you need to fight, you need an enemy. Fortunately for them, nobody likes SJWs. Also, nobody is entirely sure what a SJW is. It's more like a boogieman than an actual thing, and that's why it's convenient. Just label someone you don't entirely agree with an SJW and you're free to attack them. Heck, many consider labeling the opponent an instant win! And that's exactly why you should ignore them. They too dumb to understand defeat and that makes not fighting the only way to win. Just... take a deep breath, remember that these people are about as smart as dog poop, don't represent anyone but the folks in their tiny echo chamber and will have to live with their own patheticness while you can just walk away.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: June 18, 2016, 02:03:32 PM
I once bought an actual set of real, wearable clothes for less than 3.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 17, 2016, 05:19:15 PM
I have a mixed bristle brush with a wooden handle. These supposedly work well for most hair types, but are especially good for long straight hair like mine.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 17, 2016, 05:01:08 PM
^I have a lot of those types in my family, my parents included... It did set an example though, as in, how to not do things.

Speaking of finances, I bought myself a new hairbrush. Spent a little over 15 on it, which I think is expensive for a hairbrush. At first I thought I was just being stupid for indulging in something like this, but I love my new brush. I've had it for two weeks now, and my hair is so soft and smooth. And before, brushing was just a thing that needed to be done, but now I enjoy brushing my hair. It's great stress relief. (And fortunately, my hair is stupidly long, meaning there is plenty to brush.)
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