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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 27, 2016, 04:42:25 PM
Crossing the street in India is like playing a "heads I win, tales you lose" game of Frogger.  The only things that have immunity are bovines.  The only time you'll see motorists slow down, be careful, and give wide berth is if there's a cow on the road. 

No major haps, but more reflections:

1)  Am I the only one who doesn't like to take selfies, especially when traveling? I feel like if I'm at a cool place, I don't need to take a selfie to say, "Hey, look at me! I'm at this cool place!" I'd rather just take photos of that cool place and let the place speak for itself.

The solution seems obvious then, ride a bovine when you need to cross the street! :p

I hate getting pictures of myself being taken period. I have had discussions with family members before after returning from a trip where they were wondering where the photos of myself were (answer, there was maybe one because someone I was travelling with insisted I take one). I just don't get it.

you know that thing when you're flipping through pictures and you find one of yourself, and the only thing you can think is like
who the heck is that?
Can't say I have ever had that experience. Other than hair thickness, I don't think I really look that different than I did when I was younger (hell most of my clothes I have owned for around a decade and they still fit the same). I have had the opposite experience though.

One time when my family was digging through photos, my sister showed me a photo. My first reaction to the photo was "Yeah it is a picture of me, okay? Why am I being shown this like it is a big deal?" About 20 seconds later my thought was, "Wait why is this picture of me black and white?" Shortly afterwards, "Wait why am I wearing a baseball uniform? I would remember if I played baseball....oh this is a picture of my dad when he was a kid. I was unaware of the fact that I looked just like him when he was younger."
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 27, 2016, 06:13:15 AM
I made it to Ho chi Minh despite Vietjet doing everything but crashing the plane to stop me. Complete wankers!

Crossing the street here is the most dangerous thing I've ever done!

Yeah crossing the street in foreign cities tends to be dangerous. Well maybe not every foreign city as I recall London and Tokyo not being too bad, but Paris and Beijing? I am amazed I made it out of both of those cities without any injuries. The motorists there just do not care about pedestrians in the slightest.
3  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 25, 2016, 06:25:59 PM

I should have said won fights against consequential characters. :p And I disagree with him winning his Soul Society fight. At the end of the fight one of the combatants was getting out scott free and one of them was about to die had it not been for the intervention of a third party. Uryu was not the one to get off scott free. At best you could call it a draw.

Hey, don't be so mean. It was not that bad. He did a lot more damage than Chad ever did (sorry, Chad) and he managed to keep Orihime save. 
Best you will get out of me is that Uryu got a draw since both him and the crazy scientist were out for the rest of the arc. And I will also admit that having a draw against a consequential opponent does give him one of the best records amongst Ichigo's friends (easily beating Chad, Orihime, and Ganju).Renji and Rukia both have at least one win (although I suppose one could argue about which if any of those were against consequential opponents).

Side note, I was thinking about it while I was working out today, and I felt like I should list off some good fights that had combatants that could only fight unarmed. So top fights would be Rock Lee vs. Gaara and Mighty Guy vs. Madara in Naruto. If you want to be technical they do use kicks (which Chad has never done as I recall), so for just punches I would say any Takeda fight from History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi...I would not recommend that series for anything but the fights, but the fights are good (despite the shameless fan service in the series) and most Takeda fights are pretty great (and there were far too few of them).
4  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 25, 2016, 06:36:41 AM
Hey, I said it was difficult, not impossible! Well, difficult for Kubo anyway, I guess, since he relies on power-ups so much...

Anyway, just like Chad, Uryu won fights against grunts, and he technically won his big fight in the Soul Society arc. Technically.

He's usually one of those characters that's nearly killed to show things are getting serious (and we should totally root for this other character that just stepped in to save the day).
I should have said won fights against consequential characters. :p And I disagree with him winning his Soul Society fight. At the end of the fight one of the combatants was getting out scott free and one of them was about to die had it not been for the intervention of a third party. Uryu was not the one to get off scott free. At best you could call it a draw.
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 25, 2016, 06:32:49 AM
Just started the field study for chapter 6 of Trails of Cold Steel. I should finish the whole third replay up this weekend. Then a week to waste until Trails of Cold Steel 2 comes out!...I really do need to decide which dance partner I am going to import into 2. Choices are between Fie or Towa. Hmmm...
6  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 24, 2016, 06:23:00 PM
I guess Chad's problem is that all he could ever do is punch stuff (and launch Rukia like a rocket). It's difficult to build a good fight around that without giving him constant power-ups. ... And even that wouldn't have been great, as the constant power-up thing is what Ichigo does and him hoarding powers got boring pretty fast. (That's why I like Uryu, his fights are more varied. He's not allergic to thinking and coming up with plans to take down his opponents. Okay, Kubo rarely lets him actually win, but still...)
I disagree, you can do some very interesting fights with punching. Kubo just isn't creative enough to pull it off. :p

And did Uryu ever win a fight? I know Chad constantly losing is the joke, but I don't think any of Ichigo's friends ever won fights unless we include his Soul Reaper friends...who won somewhat consistently unlike his human friends.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 23, 2016, 09:17:12 PM
I love whole milk I drink a ton myself.

Everything else though makes you sound so responsible though Rana D! I'm guilty of non-cheffing a lot of my food.
Hahaha, you can only make that statement because you have no idea of what I had for breakfast this morning (and pretty much every morning for the past few years). >.>

I miss milk...well, I miss having 3-square meals involving dairy products, at least. Damn lactose intolerance...
If I ever developed lactose intolerance...I have no idea what I would do. Milk is the cornerstone of my diet. Without that, I don't know how I would survive. My sympathies to you my friend.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 23, 2016, 07:57:45 PM
Ah food...my eating habits are so freaking weird. I go through something like 2.5 gallons of whole milk a week, and I am pretty sure that is the only reason that the rest of my diet has yet to kill me. I pretty much make everything I eat except for the food for lunch during the work week (as I go out for food with a coworker)...does not mean I eat healthy though. >.> It is delicious though!
9  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 22, 2016, 08:15:46 PM
@RANADIEL - Your Marius incarnation will join soon as the "right" class presents itself my friend. If you wanna look em up and pick one yourself I'd be happy to oblige.
Hmm my first choice would probably be Crusader assuming that works for you.
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 22, 2016, 05:18:24 PM
Who says it was my idea to place the torch? The group decided, we decided wrong and I fought as hard as I could, but in the end, it didn't matter, nothing mattered. We all failed... ;_;
Hey, I am familiar with the Tomb of Horrors. My proxy was fully aware that doing anything in this situation was the wrong choice. He clearly voted against this group decision to try and disarm a trap. Don't try and pin any of the blame for the TPK on him when you guys out voted him! :p
11  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 21, 2016, 09:32:54 PM
I only read the English edition so I'm half a dozen volumes behind, but I'm sad to stay I'm not surprised he piled on some more bullshit. Kubo is zo preoccupied with revealing twists and introducing new characters, he tends to forget about important stuff he's already written. Like, Chad was supposed to be a central character in the Fullbringer arc? I literally can't remember him doing anything important aside from existing, which is, now that I think about it, pretty significant, as Kubo often forgets he exists, so... yeah.
Well Chad did introduce Ichigo to the Fullbringers and then fought Ichigo for a chapter before being immobilized by the secondary villain by having his memories messed with to the point of his mind nearly collapsing....so he did something. Oh right he also gave Ichigo a clue that awakened Ichigo to his stupid looking Fullbringer form that was used for half of a fight!

To be (somewhat?) fair, the Fullbringer arc seemed to be very poorly received so based off of pacing it is highly likely that Kubo was forced to rush through it to get to the final arc. So a shitty arc was made even shittier!

Gotta say, I'm surprised so many of you still follow Bleach despite ragging on it so much.  Like many I enjoyed it at first (really, the soul society story arc is still decent even today if you can consider it without all the baggage that followed...), but I haven't touched it in at least 8 years...
Eh it is included in Shonen Jump and takes like 2 min to read, so I have been reading it for laughs. If you go in expecting crap then you can get some B-Movie entertainment from the last arcs.
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 21, 2016, 09:26:26 PM
4 seriously critical character deaths. I am totally bummed about this as all 4 were extremely helpful party members. Since certain forum members get "two lives/characters" (thanks to my talks with Star a page of two back) I think it is only fair to extend the "2nd life" opportunity to all participants. Thus if Dincrest, Ranadiel and Tomara read this, feel free to respond with whatever you would like your second incarnations to be named.
:( Poor alternate reality me dying. I tend to use Marius as my last name, so I guess go with that
13  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 21, 2016, 06:56:44 AM
Not that anyone really cares about Bleach anymore, but it finally ended this past week. The ending was just as bad as the series itself has been for years. I'll always remember everything up until about midway through the Aizen arc fondly, but that means that over half of the series' publication history has been downright bad. I'm glad it has finally been put out of its misery. And to think, I used to wish that the author would try Zombie Powder again after he finished Bleach. Definitely don't wish that anymore.
Well technically the final issue with Bleach doesn't come out till tomorrow (early scans use copies acquired before the street date either from the factory producing them or from stores before they put the volumes out), but I suppose that is a difference is fairly moot at this point.

And I disagree with the ending being as bad as the series has been for years, the past few chapters have been worse than the series as it is pretty clear that SJ finally decided enough was enough and told Kubo to wrap everything up in 6 weeks. I haven't read the final chapter yet, but I have no expectations that it is any better than the past five weeks.

The early years of the manga were great fun, but about halfway true it just started sinking deeper and deeper...

I'm not entirely sure why I'm still reading it (I buy the volumes), since the last arc has been super weird. I mean, it's not often you see villains based on something you thought was just a small local thing...

Okay, I should probably explain that. You see, this part of Europe (mostly The Netherlands and Germany) had a very special sort of guild. We call them schutterijen or schuttersgilden in Dutch. Up until two hunderd years ago or so, these guilds were basically the city guard, police force, fire department and, if needed, an army all rolled into one. Their traditional weapon: (cross)bows.

You'll still find these guilds in the eastern parts of the Netherlands and western parts of Germany, but the purpose of these modern guilds is to protect the traditions and folklore of their communities. The one I'm a member of still has archers (erh, to defend their honor in competitions, not to enforce the law!), but that's not the norm. What all these guilds do have in common is a love for fancy uniforms.

Okay, I admit I have no actual proof Tite Kubo knows anything about Dutch and German culture, but if he doesn't... well, it's a pretty big stack of coincidences.
I strongly suspect that they are not based on those guilds. While Quincies were originally based on bowman, that idea kind of went out the window when the current arc. I mean we have a freaking masked wrestler among the Quincies. I don't recall him ever using a bow of any kind, and very few of the new Quincies had bows that we saw. So basically as soon as he tied the Quincies to the Holy Roman Empire (by kind of implying that Ywach was this universe's Charlemagne based on timeline) he got rid of their association with bows.
14  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 20, 2016, 09:55:24 PM
Currently on day 1 of the Chapter 4 Field Study in Trails of Cold Steel. I'm still managing to fins an occasional new conversation which is kind of interesting since I thought I had done everything in this game. But oh god there are way too many people NPCs in this game. XP

I've started giving some thought about what I'll play between finishing Cold Steel 1 and Cold Steel 2's release. Giving some serious thought to picking up Pokémon Red on the VC due to something mentioned in one of the credible "leaks" for Sun and Moon. Might wait for more concrete details first though...
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 19, 2016, 05:39:53 AM
Not gonna lie, I keep forgetting Java and JavaScript are not the same thing.

Anyways, thanks you guys, my brother brought up Python when I talked to him last, so I'll look more into that. Otherwise, Java sounds like the most obvious choice, followed by C. Gut reaction is already "start with Java, then move on to C (and then C#) or Python", but we'll see. I was hoping to avoid C++ if I could, since the last time I learned anything about coding (over 6 years ago in high school), it was dealing with C++, and that confused the heck out of me...and I was a lot smarter back then...
Do you remember what I was about C++ that confused you?
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