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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 26, 2016, 04:15:06 PM
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It's funny, like 4 months ago or something I was reading about a lot of European history and you could tell England just kind of hated Europe a lot of the time... and I was like "Wait.... is the UK even part of the EU? How? Really?"

Then I checked and it was like, yeah they are but I remember at the time thinking how strange that was, even though they are all developed countries the UK is pretty different culturally from mainland Europe at least historically with this forum lots of people from there can say better than me but just in terms of history... well oftentimes they just outright hated each other.

100 Years war, etc... lots of things that don't go lightly.

So when this happened I basically was just like "Of course" and moved onto other things...

Also I did learn about the distinctions about EEC and stuff, I don't think a lot of people are aware of those nuances and stuff.

England isn't exactly an exception. European history is basically one big clusterfuck of wars.

I mean, one of the reasons the Netherlands is the Netherlands is because our region came into possession of the Hapsburg family (a bunch of royals that controlled a big chunk of Europe thanks to the political marraiges and well, incest, of course), which put Philip II of Spain in charge. The Dutch weren't too happy with that, because King Philip was not a fan of the Calvinist teachings that were quickly spreading through the country. Now, these Calvinists weren't exactly sweethearts (especially when it came to religious artwork), but the Council of Blood created to stop them (as in: murder roughly 12,000 people) was a bit much. What followed was a rebellion led by prince William the Silent and a band of pirates (yes, really, because real history is much more interesting than anything Intelligent Systems can come up with). William the Silent was eventually assassinated, but the English came to the rescue and eventually the Dutch were able to sort of win. The Netherlands declared their indepence in 1579, though it took some time for the Spanish to actually recognise it. They don't call it the Eighty Years' War for nothing.

So, screw Spain?

Don't think the English were best buddies with the Dutch, though. Both countries were working hard on being assholes on a worldwide scale, and you bet there was a bloody rivalry.

So, screw England?

And then there is France. They invaded the Netherlands in 1795, put a French king on the throne and when that didn't work all that well, the country was absorbed into the French empire. You know how the whole Napoleon thing ended, so I'll just skip to the Dutch part: King William I took the throne and the country became independent again. Yay! Maybe...

So, screw France?

Independence wasn't all that it was cracked up to be, because there was an obvious rift between the Netherlands and what would eventually become Belgium. The country was split in two after the Belgian rebellion.

So, screw Belgium?

Actually, the Dutch did screw Belgium during the Great War. Belgium got caught up in the fighting while the Netherlands remained neutral and gave a big 'fuck you!' to Belgian refugees.

Anyway, what else happened during the 20th century should be well known, so I'll keep it short:

So, screw Germany?

And that's just the Netherlands. Fact is, most European countries aren't too fond of their neighbours. We try to get along because that's the only way to remain relevant on a global scale. Strength in numbers and all that. However, while many leaders stand behind the EU, there are many ordinary citizens who do not. They fear their cultural identity will be lost if they give the EU too much power. Which may kind of be true, if you're one of those weirdoes who eats stuff like cheese infested with maggots, but otherwise... Well, I've always though it was a bit of a bullshit argument.



47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 25, 2016, 03:37:50 PM
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Too bad, he's the Dutch Trump now. America came up with everything first, and there's nothing you can do about it.

That's one battle I don't mind losing to the US.
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 25, 2016, 02:36:57 PM
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Europe used to go "WTF?!?!" about the illegal immigration problem in the US, but now with Brexit, we're seeing more and more Europeans (particularly England) echoing the whole "build a wall! Kick 'em out!  Round 'em up and exterminate 'em!" rhetoric I've been hearing for decades from the ever-growing lunatic fringe in the US. 

Right-wing/nationalist politicians all over Europe are having a field-day. Geert Wilders, the Dutch Trump (or rather, Trump is the American Wilders, seeing we've had to put up with that assclown (and his terrible hair) for years now), is already talking about how the Dutch deserve a 'Nexit'. It's a terrible idea, seeing as the Dutch economy (not to mention politics) have been entwined with the EU since the very beginning. Pulling out would come at a tremendous cost. Plus, even if leaving were the sane discussion, the smart thing to do would be to wait until after the brexit is completed and learn from that.
49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: June 25, 2016, 10:31:06 AM
I went to the local fair (mostly because I was craving some typical Dutch fair food) and saw some familiar faces:



The art on rides like this is like 90% plagiarism, so seeing a fairly popular game isn't too much of a surprise.



Hi, Tidus! And holy crap, didn't imagine seeing you here, Monica!

That's just some faces on the sides, though, the biggest piece...



Yeah.

Whoever painted this back in ~2003 was a big videogame nerd.



50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 25, 2016, 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.
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite game companies? on: June 25, 2016, 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.
52  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.)
53  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.
54  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.
55  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.
56  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.)
57  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...)
58  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 :)
59  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.
60  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 :)
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