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2566  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: November 05, 2007, 03:15:53 PM
Reference for anyone who (like me) is new to the term "Mary Sue-ism."  I was surprised I'd never heard it before, since it's been around for a while.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Sue
2567  The Rest / General Discussions / Jones Soda Halloween flavors on: November 04, 2007, 01:19:12 AM
I'm a sucker for new soda flavors.
Pepsi Blue?  Not so good.
Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper?  I was surprised, but became a fan.
Mountain Dew Baja Blast?  Yep, I tried that one too.  Didn't love it.
Not a soda, but I loved Orbitz.

Name a flavor of a soda, and I've probably tried it.  Actually, there are a couple of flavors of Jolt that I only saw once and didn't get to try, but those are about all I can think of.

The fine folks at Jones soda have always had some flavors that are out-of-the-ordinary, like Green Apple and Fufu Berry, but they tend to do some REALLY weird stuff for the holidays.  Stuff even I'm not gutsy enough to try.  Stuff like Turkey & Gravy, Green Bean Casserole, and Brussels Sprout with Prosciutto.  Sickos.
(Want to find out more?  Look here for 2004, 2005, and 2006)

This Halloween season, I saw several flavors of Halloween Jones soda at the store, and they didn't look as horrible as the Thanksgiving flavors, so I decided to try them out if I got a chance.  You know, if they got really cheap.  Since Halloween's over, that has now happened, and Amy and I picked up the five flavors we could still find: Dread Licorice, Black Cat Licorice, Monster Mojito, Candy Corn, and Lemon Drop Dead.  I've tried them all now, and here's what I thought, in case you were dying to know.

Regular-sized bottles
Dread Licorice: pretty decent.  It reminds me quite a bit of red cream soda, although it has a bit of licorice flavor that makes a difference.
Black Cat Licorice: tastes very much like liquid black licorice.  If you like the sound of that, it'll probably be just what you were looking for.  I drank it with some pizza, and it didn't work quite as well as my traditional root beer, but it wasn't a bad combination, either.
Monster Mojito: I'm kind of at a disadvantage on this one, because I have no idea what a mojito should taste like.  I didn't really like this, but I finished the bottle without too much trouble.  Seems like it had a sort of citrusy flavor.

Half-sized cans
Candy Corn: very accurately reflected the taste of candy corn in a drinkable carbonated form.  I thought it was OK, Amy didn't.  She says it's probably because she's not used to sweet stuff (since she tends to stick to diet soda).
Lemon Drop Dead: let's put it this way.  13-year-old me would have loved this stuff.  Again, Jones did a good job of liquifying candy... but this time it was Sour Patch Kids.  The most acidic thing I've ever put in my mouth.  The list of ingredients begins with "carbonated water, inverted cane sugar, citric acid."  It was a struggle to finish a half-sized can of this stuff, and after I was done, I had to look in a mirror to see if my face had frozen all smushed up.  It hadn't, but when I burped, I got that nasty acidy taste in my mouth.  You know the one I mean.  Ew.
2568  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: November 03, 2007, 11:35:11 PM
Wow - you guys are making me feel lame.  I just finished the third book in "The Edge Chronicles," a series targeted at probably early teens.  I read the first two a while ago after liking the Series of Unfortunate Events books, and had to read the third one to finish out the first trilogy.

I'm now reading the third book in David & Leigh Eddings' series "The Dreamers."  I was reminded fairly quickly that this series is kind of weak, even if you're a fan of their work, but oh well.  I have read pretty much everything he/they have ever written (he used to just put his name on everything, but later said "you know what?  My wife has really been a big part of writing these books" and started putting her name on all of them too.

Guess I'm in "finish old series" mode right now.
2569  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So... Hellgate London on: November 02, 2007, 10:04:00 PM
I picked up the box at the store today (but didn't buy yet), and it says there are six classes in the game, only two of which were available in the demo.  Frankly, it seems unlikely that I'd play as either of the demo classes.  As you might guess, I like summoning classes.
2570  The Rest / General Discussions / Atari creator: modern games are unadulterated trash on: October 31, 2007, 08:55:03 PM
Sounds like his opinion on GTA is that it glorifies such bad behavior that he doesn't care if it was innovative or not.
2571  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: October 31, 2007, 08:49:52 PM
Quote from: "RPGRocker"
As requested, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance instead:
...
-Laws are too limiting; battles are sluggish


This is one of the only games that have come up that I could have commented about... so I just wanted to say quickly that I disagree just a bit with this point.  I didn't feel like the laws were too limiting, but I DID feel like they weren't explained well enough.  Some of them left you in situations where you'd have to either test things out and get yellow/red carded or just not care if people got sent to jail.

Don't know if this post is really in line with the rules... but oh well.
2572  The Rest / General Discussions / Healthy Food Choices on: October 31, 2007, 01:21:21 PM
Just had to post a note on what folks have said concerning the fact that you don't feel full until 20 minutes after you actually are.

Ever notice how when you are eating, at some point, you kind of sigh?  I learned from someone else that a good rule of thumb is that when you sigh the first time, you're full.  I've found that to be pretty true for me.
2573  The Rest / General Discussions / Healthy Food Choices on: October 30, 2007, 09:31:28 PM
Quote from: "Eusis"
Also fruit juices are good, namely stuff that's 100%.


Agreed - just keep in mind that you should limit the amount of juice you drink because it's pretty high in sugar, even if it's the straight stuff.  There's a reason why those little glasses are called juice glasses.

I've heard that suggestion about drinking a glass of water when you're feeling snacky before - it's a good one.
2574  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Hitman? Hitman! on: October 30, 2007, 09:26:45 PM
I just saw the trailer for the first time this morning or last night, and was embarrassed that I hadn't ever heard they were making a Hitman movie.
2575  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So... Hellgate London on: October 30, 2007, 08:25:16 PM
Downloaded the demo last night and played both classes today.  Couldn't believe it plays on my piece o' crap laptop.  I had to turn the graphics down to "not the best," but nowhere near the bottom, either.

I thought it was fun, and it was definitely a different experience as a ranged character than as a swordsman.  The whole wooden leg thing made me chuckle, too.

To be a bit more specific, I liked the whole system of breaking down stuff to get parts to upgrade your current stuff, and I thought the way your guns got less accurate if you just blasted away was a good balancing tactic.

I felt like it was a bit too hard to tell whether new equipment was better than old, but as I played, I got more comfortable with that.

After playing the demo, I think it's fairly likely I'll get the game.  Probably won't play online, and definitely won't pay to play online.
2576  The Rest / General Discussions / Healthy Food Choices on: October 30, 2007, 08:14:37 PM
Quick suggestion - apples.  They're not too expensive, they're easy to eat, don't require any preparation time, you don't have to buy a whole bunch at a time (like bananas), and there's no cleanup afterwards.

Obviously that's not a whole meal, but it's something.  If you're like most of us, you can probably lose a noticeable amount of weight by cutting soda out of your diet, or at least cutting down to a very small amount.  It kind of sucks, because who doesn't love soda, but it can make a difference.
2577  The Rest / The Bazaar / Need me a PSP. on: October 30, 2007, 08:05:56 PM
OK - PSP guy here to answer your questions.  Gonna buy me one of the new PSPs, so depending on various things, I might even be able to sell you mine.  We'll have to PM about it or something.

Do you need a memory card?  Yes.  There is no internal memory for saving game data.  Being a Sony product, they use only Sony proprietary memory sticks.  The Memory Stick Duo or Pro Duo, to be specific.  You can buy them all by themselves, or Sony offers a deal on them where you pay a bit more and get a movie with your memory card.  I got one with my PSP, so I have no idea if getting a movie with it is a good deal or not, even assuming you like the movies you can get.

The PSP comes with a rechargeable battery, but it's not stuck in there like the DS battery - you can buy an extra if you want.  It comes with a wall charger.

It plays mp3s and movie files.  I don't know what more you want to know.  You can put them on there and play them from the PSP's home menu, and some games let you do custom soundtracks using your mp3s.

Mine has 2 dead pixels - one down in the lower part of the screen, to the left of center, and one somewhere in the top half... I think.  Seriously, this is a non-issue unless yours has a few together or in a really obvious place.  I've only ever been able to find mine when I was looking at a static black loading screen for long enough to search them out.  They've never once bothered me, and I play my PSP a LOT.
2578  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Corrupt File on: October 30, 2007, 07:55:52 PM
Can you reboot in Safe mode, open up a DOS window and delete the file from there?  Seems like that'd avoid the problem of system slowdown, since it wouldn't be trying to show you the contents of the folder.

No expert, just an idea.
2579  The Rest / General Discussions / Wow... this is a surprise. on: October 30, 2007, 01:57:38 PM
Quote from: "SonicDeathMonkey"
Just seems opportunistic to randomly decide someone should be gay at the last book. I wonder how it will play out. Dumbledore's boyfriend visits Hogwarts and they make out in front of the students?


Guess you haven't read the last two books...

To specifically address your first sentence, I don't think she randomly decided that he was gay at the end.  The way it sounds to me, she knew before, but just hadn't had a reason to mention it.  Someone had him saying something in the script of a movie that clearly identified him as straight, so she said "uh, no... he's gay."  At that point, the news was out, so when someone asked her at a book reading about Dumbledore finding love, she outed him more publicly.
2580  The Rest / General Discussions / Will Wright says Wii is only next-gen console... on: October 30, 2007, 01:48:23 PM
Quote from: "Serene Prophet"
To bad the Wii keeps getting looked over for just about every other game that isn't made precisely for it.


It is too bad, but I can see why - reprogramming the controls and dumbing down the graphics is a really big task.

Don't get me wrong - I have a 360 and a Wii, and they're both swell.  I'd love more Wii games.  I'm just saying I can understand why this happens, even though I'm sad about it.
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