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1981  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: December 13, 2009, 08:27:38 PM
Finished the audio book of the latest Wheel of Time - The Gathering Storm.  Great stuff.  The new guy did a really good job - I loved most of the first 11 books, but in some parts, I think book 12's actually better because it was written by someone other than Jordan.  A big part of the theme is growing up, and throughout all of Jordan's books, the main characters didn't really get much more mature.  For example, in this one, there's a bit where Aviendha says that Rand's not stupid for not getting something - just uneducated.  If Jordan had written this book, she never would have gotten to that point.

Oh, and splitting it into 3 books was absolutely the right decision.  This one was chock full of plot advancement - can't see how he could have logically moved it forward any more quickly than this.
1982  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: December is language learning month. on: December 12, 2009, 01:24:50 AM
Congrats, Lard!
1983  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Favorite christmas music. on: December 11, 2009, 08:19:42 PM
Haha - I have Christmas in Hollis!

My favorite is the new Bob Dylan Christmas album.  j/k - that thing is TERRIBLE.  Awful, awful, awful.

I'd have to say my real favorite is the Elvis Christmas album, although another few classics are way up on my list.
1984  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 11, 2009, 01:50:45 AM
Watched The Adventures of Baron Munchausen again tonight - hadn't seen it in a while.  Love it.  It reminds me, though, that I still haven't seen Brazil...
1985  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Everybody motion controller! on: December 10, 2009, 12:32:51 PM

And Sony's motion controller is the most God-offending one of them all. Seriously, what the fuck is that thing? Am I supposed to take this seriously? It looks like one of those rotating lolipop candies they used to sell in Kmart's checkout lines. I can't wait for it to change colors. My 9 month old daughter might be entertained by such a thing.

Sony's technology is the best!

Dirtier minds might think of something else, but that's what it makes me think of too.  Terrible, terrible, terrible.
1986  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Anyone here have a PS3? on: December 09, 2009, 05:42:56 PM
I know this isn't what you asked, but I use my PS3 mainly as a DVD/Blu-Ray player, and I'm very happy with it in that capacity.  It upscales my DVDs beautifully, and I like that the remote is bluetooth rather than IR.  Even if you don't use/like the PS1 stuff, it does a great job of the other stuff.
1987  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Anyone here have a PS3? on: December 09, 2009, 12:57:25 PM
Not really, it's for people who have the time to do it.

That's my problem - plenty of games I liked, and some I didn't get around to originally.  Just don't have the time to get back to them between work, personal life, and new games that are also worthy of being played.  I mean, I've got an unopened copy of Dragon Quest VIII just waiting for me, but I know it's a biggie, and to quote a wise man, "I'm just not ready for that kind of a commitment!"

(from Albuquerque: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8293203147995019225#)
1988  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Sega Saturn and Apple bracelets on: December 09, 2009, 12:52:33 PM
We were trying to convince a local yarn store to carry this stuff - they could even make patterns and sell them, without too much trouble.  But A) you don't live by me, and B) they totally dropped the ball, and presumably, a kitty carried it off after that.  (Heh - yarn ball joke.)

My wife found a company that actually sells what you'd need.  She says they'll sell in smaller quantities - most places that make it sell amounts like "10 tons" - and that they'll dye it.

Of course, if you were just looking to make an iPod holder, you wouldn't need that.  Just if you were making something people would touch the screen through.
1989  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Sega Saturn and Apple bracelets on: December 09, 2009, 10:22:50 AM
That is made of awesome. :)

Oh, something you want to look into - conductive yarn.  Use a little in the fingertips of gloves, and they'll work with touch screens like an iPhone.
1990  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: December 09, 2009, 10:21:14 AM
Hey now.  A fair percentage of the importer community agrees with me, as do the creators of the game(Although I understand that their opinion on diffiulty is a little skewed)

Well, I did give a wink there. :)  Mostly trying to yank your chain... which I realize is unusual for me.

But I have to say, I participated in a web conference with the developers just before it came out, and they said "This game is going to be brutally hard, and that's just the way we want it to be, because we want success to feel really rewarding." (Those were not their exact words, but they're close.)
1991  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: December 08, 2009, 11:55:22 PM
Very good game, thus far, but definitely only for the hardcore of gamers.

I can't agree with that.  A more apt description is that it's only for the most -patient- of gamers.

Shadow, you should know that this back and forth has already happened here. :) Eric feels one way... every other person who's played the game feels another. ;)  I've never played it, so I can't weigh in.
1992  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: December 07, 2009, 11:11:16 PM
More kiddie books for me - read the first two "Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy" books.  They're simple and entertaining. :)

Oh, and listening to the audio book of the new Wheel of Time book.
1993  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes DS on: December 05, 2009, 03:14:48 PM
I'm going to give this one a shot, and I'll throw some quick impressions in here, whether it turns out to be a game that I'll review for the site or not. :)  (Whether it gets a review depends on how much of an RPG we as staff decide it is.)
1994  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: December 05, 2009, 11:48:17 AM
Picked up Zenonia yesterday after reading Brittany's review and trying the free version.  The D-pad is kind of anoying, but it's great otherwise.  Starting to feel pretty happy about my decision to buy an iPod Touch. :)
1995  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Sometimes it's best to just leave the past alone. on: November 23, 2009, 01:06:21 PM
Wow - that is pretty messed up.
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