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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 04, 2016, 05:08:01 PM
So I'm considering taking my first vacation ever next year (as I don't work a regular 9-5 week work schedule), and I'm debating on going to Japan or maybe Ireland. Japan obviously for the electronics and video game related reasons, though I would like to travel outside of it to the more rural areas as well for some culture shock. Ireland's a little more interesting...besides the semi obvious heritage background, for a long time I considered that to be my "retirement home" locale. Anyone have some input or suggestions regarding either, I'd love to hear them.

Never went to Ireland, but I spent 4 months in Japan, with most of that time being in a more rural area up north (Akita) and I'd really recommend that northern region of the country. Not only is it beautiful, but the food is awesome and there's still a surprising number of things to do.  I've also heard good things about Hokkaido, although I didn't get to make it up that way myself. If I ever go back, I want to hit up the Sapporo brewery there.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: May 04, 2016, 05:04:44 PM
With regard to the discussion of Supergiant games on the most recent episode: I found Transistor to be much, much more compelling than Bastion, although I enjoyed both games.  I didn't find the talkative sword to be at all annoying or hipstery, and really I just got very drawn into the world.  It didn't seem like anybody on the podcast really shared my enthusiasm for the game, but I binged it over two days, and when I beat it it left me feeling that melancholy you feel when you finish a really good book.

Also, you guys should totally do something at Magfest, because I'm seriously considering going to the next one that happens, so you'd have at least one panel attendee!

Lastly, goodbye Stephen! Good luck in future things!
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 27, 2016, 12:07:58 AM
One of my new bosses smiles at me... A LOT... and it's starting to make it uncomfortable for me to be around her.  What's worse, she is VERY attractive (but not at all my type, I would never date a librarian), and it gets me over analyzing why her constant smiles are making me so uncomfortable in the first place.  I don't THINK it's a sexual thing (and even if it is, is a straight white man even allowed to be uncomfortable about something like this in today's society). Does her intent matter? Do I even have a right to be upset?  Oi. She is a very nice woman, but I hate her goddamn guts now because every time I see her I spend the next 35 minutes stuck in a perpetual harassment paradox.

edit: every time I think about this woman, I always imagine that she has FREEZING hands, and that makes me hate her even more.

I smile at people any time we make eye contact specifically for the reason that I have "resting bitch face" and got tired of people asking me what's wrong. Maybe this is a similar case.
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier 2 for PS4 on: April 21, 2016, 11:24:42 PM
As much as I loved the art from Nier and Drakengard (I've got a poster with Nier, Zero, Caim and Nowe in my office at work) I am really digging the Yoshida character designs.  I probably seem crazy and am in the minority for this, but I'm more hyped for this game than any other RPG in the works.  I imagine the only thing that could unseat this would be another Suikoden game, but I've pretty much given up hope of that happening.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 13, 2016, 08:10:53 PM
I got contact lenses last week.  Being able to see without having glasses on still fees profoundly wrong to me, but the feeling is fading a bit.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 09, 2016, 12:15:48 PM
Here's the thing with exercise (and this is coming from a guy who used to be quite overweight and lazy).  The secret, I think, is finding that sport or physical activity you really enjoy doing.  That way exercise becomes something you WANT to do rather than something you HAVE to do.  And no matter how busy we get, we always make time for things we want to do, right?  So the excuse of "I just don't have the time" gets shot down. 

For me, I fell in love with distance cycling.  And the more I did it, the more I changed.  My palate changed big time because my body craved healthier food.  My psychological mindstate changed a lot.  And even exercises I would typically avoid became something to at least think about- like how could it improve my cycling.

As for Dutch food, thinking about my childhood in Holland brings food memories of cheese.  Even now, I love me some gouda.  I think my favorite Dutch foods as a child were the licorice (after years of Dutch licorice, American Twizzlers were like eating artificially flavored plastic) and poffertjes (these fluffy mini-pancakes often topped with something sweet.). And after spending a childhood with Belgian or Swiss chocolate, American Hershey or Nestle also tasted like plastic to me. 

I think I was subconsciously following your lead when I bought a bike a few years ago because I remember how you got so into cycling.  Turns out I like it a ton as well, although I'm still too chickenshit to cycle on the road.

In other news, it's April and we have snow in PA for some reason. That, plus the most recent Retro Encounter podcast are really getting me to want to play NieR again.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 02, 2016, 03:52:52 PM
My wife got me a kitchen aid mixer for my birthday. She also got. Me the meat grinder attachment. Soooooooo fucking excited!

I'm jealous, although I personally have my eye on the pasta maker attachment.  What color did you get?
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 26, 2016, 08:20:41 PM
I'm impressed by the fact that you were on the toilet so long your legs fell asleep.

Haven't you heard? The internet's on phones now!
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 26, 2016, 03:38:54 PM
I have convention news as well! I won't have to illegally sleep on the vendor room floor anymore, but will actually have a room in a nice hotel and the room comes with a roommate I really enjoy spending time with. I couldn't be happier! (Well, technically I could be, if the room were free, but I doubt I'll ever be important/exotic enough to qualify for a free room.)

In other news, I just hurt my ankle in the lamest way possible: by getting up from the couch. For some reason I hadn't noticed my legs had fallen asleep, and I soon as I put weight on them, my right ankle just kinda folded in a weird way. It sorta hurt but didn't at the same time. Numbness is weird.

I /almost/ did that getting off of a toilet one time.  It can always get lamer.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: March 20, 2016, 01:30:48 AM
It was tucked away in an Amazon shipment that I had thought only contained a bag of cat litter.)

mail order kittie litter? ?

I get a lot of mileage out of Amazon Prime.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 18, 2016, 11:17:50 PM
@Marshmellow Yes dude, you need to head west my friend. In Cali, we have a ton of microbreweries if you enjoy a good pint. [/img]

Oh, and don't forget San Fran. Chowda bowls yummy seafood, and Ghirardelli ice cream sundaes. Just ignore our wacky politics and you'll have a good ole' time, haha.

Food is definitely the best motivator to get me to go anywhere! Microbreweries hold a place near and dear to my heart because my parents used to run one, and it's what really got me into loving different types of beer, although we have a good number of them here in PA as well.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 18, 2016, 02:17:51 PM
One cool adventure I got to experience post wedding was at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

That museum looks awesome. I played clarinet in college, but haven't kept up with it sadly.

Recently I keep seeing interesting places to go or things to do on the Western side of the USA. I've never been further west than Texas, so I feel like there is a lot on which I am missing out.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on: March 16, 2016, 11:12:42 PM
I feel as though PCs as a gaming medium are becoming more and more mainstream, so I really don't think that's the case, but at least with me, portability really factors into whether I'll be playing a game or not anymore.  I blazed through Trails SC, partially because I could play it in bed or take it with me on the go.  I don't doubt that if I had bought it on steam it would have taken me a lot longer to finish.

That said, I'll probably buy the third chapter on Steam, portability be damned, because I really like the series and want to support it.

(Also I accidentally uncovered that my wife bought me Trails of Cold Steel as a birthday present! It was tucked away in an Amazon shipment that I had thought only contained a bag of cat litter.)
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: March 16, 2016, 11:03:37 PM
I was feenin for some podcast goodness today at work and it wasn't showing up on my iphone. :(

Just checked and it works now though!
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 14, 2016, 06:31:03 PM

-promises the eradication of Canadian geese from the US ecosystem

The Canada Goose is my spirit animal and I don't want it going anywhere.
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