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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 17, 2016, 12:21:28 AM
A few years ago I had a similar existential crisis, why am I doing what I'm doing, what's the point of anything when the sun exploding or the heat death of the universe will undo all of humanity etc.

My mom basically told me that I was kind of being a shitty person for complaining about that sort of thing considering how I could only angst over such things because I was born into a middle class family in a first world country (she grew up in poverty in a former third-world nation). Obviously there was a part of me that knew that was true, but that couldn't make the feeling go away. Eventually that message sank in though, and part of it is because I've interacted with a lot of people who have it way worse than me since then (that and becoming more aware of what's happening around the world). But since I don't know much about Klutz's financial situation I don't know if this sort of thing would be as applicable.

I also admit I'm probably in a different position than a lot of you because I'm studying in a field which will pretty much guarantee me stable employment after I graduate, so it might be a bit hypocritical on my part to say this sort of thing.
17  Media / General Games / Re: Inafune's latest project The Mighty No.9 looks Mega Rocking, man. on: June 16, 2016, 09:04:23 AM
I know Sterling said it several times himself through the video, but man is he bad at platformers.

Anyway sucks that he decided to play one of the levels everyone had already seen (The water level was one of the earliest ones shown). IIRC during beta tests they showed a total of 4 levels (Intro, Water, Fire, and Military Stages). I made a post a while ago where I felt lukewarm about the Water/Military stages and thought the Fire level was just okay. Going to have to wait till the game comes out before I can see the others ones, I guess.
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon Sun & Moon (11/18/2016) on: June 14, 2016, 01:32:39 PM
it's basically you except with trump hair
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon Sun & Moon (11/18/2016) on: June 14, 2016, 01:08:03 PM



More importantly, there's a new feature: Four people get to battle against each other in a Battle Royale. Everyone can attack each other but the battle ends as soon as one person runs out of Pokemon, so you might be incentivized to keep someone else alive to make sure you don't lose.

I can't wait for the destroyed friendships and broken relationships resulting from taking these matches too seriously!
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: NX title delayed to '17) on: June 14, 2016, 01:03:28 PM
Open World games are still in so gotta get in on that.

Not that I'm complaining. I think it looks great.
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: June 14, 2016, 05:48:39 AM
Hard to care for other peoples' feelings when the points have been refuted a thousand times.

Same talking points every time. Same stalling tactics. And last I checked, we still have pretty much the same laws and the same problem.
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon Sun & Moon (11/18/2016) on: June 12, 2016, 12:01:34 PM
It's just GameFreak being bad at paying attention to details like usual. Some of the other 3D games (I think it was Colosseum) had a huge proportionate model for Wailord and the like, really wish they still did that.

Japanese version of the video has what I'm guessing is the regular battle music playing in the background.


Not a huge fan personally, the song feels like it's all over the place. Maybe I'll change my mind when I hear the whole thing.

Also we have a Koala and a Rock Type Dog.

23  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 10, 2016, 02:00:41 PM
You actually summed up my feelings on LoK pretty well. Lots of cool ideas along with some mind-bogglingly weird ones, but the shiny animation on top really helps. They definitely went for some more mature themes in the show than TLA did, but I think people look on TLA more fondly because it kept things simple and did them pretty well, whereas LoK went for something more and had mixed results with it.

Best part of it for me was still the Avatar origin story. I would love to see a whole series animated like that.
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: June 07, 2016, 10:33:25 PM
I admit, I don't know as much about Chinese religion as I do others.  Probably because China has been Communist for so long and "disapproves" of religion.

Don't worry, nobody hate(d) traditional Chinese culture more than the current ruling party of China.

(Disclaimer: I'm pretty much 100% American so what I say might be contested by someone actually from China.)

Funny enough that kind of brings us back to the earlier point about atheists- it's a requirement that you're an atheist before you're allowed to join the Chinese Communist Party, and they're not exactly paragons of skeptical thought.
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: June 07, 2016, 03:39:11 PM
Doesn't it kinda feel like the idea that "All Religions are right!" is the same thing as saying "All Religions are wrong"?  I've never understood Interfaith; either God has standards for worship and conduct, or he doesn't.  Why would he approve of every different and conflicting belief out there?

Short answer: I'd say it's from a difference of the role religion historically played in Chinese society, and the fact China didn't really run into monotheistic religions that much until later into its history (as far as I remember at least).

Longer answer: The Chinese view Gods similar to the way the Greeks viewed the Gods and fate, where things kind of have a inevitability and sometimes have a circular explanation. The Mandate of Heaven is typically how its taught in History classes- if you became Emperor, it's because you had the Mandate, and if you were deposed, its because you acted immorally and thus lost the Mandate. If anything in China was comparable to what most religion was in the Western world I think it would be Confucianism, which isn't technically a religion but was basically practiced religiously (and also set the majority of the moral standards).

So since Religion played a secondary role in the rules of society, it wasn't hard to integrate other religious beliefs like Daoism or Buddhism into this weird mish-mash of faiths. When Christianity came along the Chinese were okay with it existing alongside their own beliefs until the Pope decided Ancestor Worship was a no-no. Then the Emperor get butthurt about it and banned Christianity.

Does anyone else do that thing where you suddenly remember something really embarrassing and you just start humming or whistling or otherwise making noise, almost as a way of distracting yourself from your own embarrassment?  Or is that just me?

You aren't alone there. Sometimes I'll see or hear something that reminds me of some dumb thing I did as a teenager, and I'll quickly start mumbling nonsense to myself to block out the memory, heh.
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: super robot wars topic on: June 07, 2016, 02:57:30 PM
I'm guessing the English option is because of their Singapore market, much like why they have that option for the latest OG game.

Whatever the reason, no complaints here.
27  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 06, 2016, 01:24:23 PM
I watched the first two...I guess "movies"? of Digimon Adventure Tri.

I liked some of the character stuff (especially Jo), and the remixed versions of old songs (with the same singer no less) were nice treats, but goddamn is the animation subpar. Stills all over the place during slower scenes leading into disappointing action scenes. Crazy how bad it looks even after they decided to turn it into a movie format over making it a TV show format.

Also the creators seem to have an intense hatred of Adventure 02- that or they decided to listen to all the fans that really, really hate that season. Wondering at this point if they're going to retcon that mindnumbingly stupid epilogue from it somehow.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: June 06, 2016, 01:17:23 PM
You're going to need to give me something a bit more concrete if you want to convince me there's a single aspect of health care today that's worse than what anyone had 2000 years ago (unless you're just airing out frustrations and being hyperbolic, hard to tell in text sometimes). The point about "overall" health sounds suspiciously similar to the logic people use to try to convince others that vaccines are linked with autism- that because we're more aware of certain illnesses that means our techniques are instead to blame for the perceived "increase" in cases. If you want we could wax philosophical about at what point life isn't worth living if you're constantly living in pain, but I'm pretty sure if we're talking purely about physical health being alive in any capacity is still more healthy than being dead.

To be honest I can't even really tell what it is you're trying to say in the rest of your post. I'm vaguely getting the impression you're trying to say "it has flaws, therefore it shouldn't exist". It's undeniable the US has ridiculously inflated costs for health care, but that says more about the US's system than it does about the health care itself. As for methods of research, Medical Researchers often use far "softer" science than, say, any Physicist or Chemist, but the reason why keeping to that is such a big deal in Medicine should be fairly obvious.
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: June 06, 2016, 05:22:10 AM
Religion and science were only the same thing in the sense that they were handled by much of the same people for long periods of time (assuming you want to restrict yourself to a Eurocentric history anyway), a fact that the religious like to twist into saying that the religious were the people safeguarding science, because we all know the non-religious were totally tolerated and were even given funding to continue their work into their blasphemy.

I'm trying to figure out some connotation where "we got better treatment 2000 years ago" might make sense, but I'm coming up with none. That's the sort of non-logic people use to declare cherrypicked quackery from alternative medicine to be superior to modern methods. Things are far from perfect, but the only thing you need to look at is how life expectancy has changed to know that that belief has no basis in reality.
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: June 04, 2016, 06:19:48 AM
Guess that religion thing turned into a pretty civil discussion- I'll chip in a little. For me, the question of God's existence was actually what led me to "become" an atheist. I was never really that religious though- I kinda sorta practiced Chinese Folk Religion when I was a kid, but Chinese Folk Religion is the Country Buffet of Religions where you get to have a little of every God but all of them taste terrible so you end up not wanting any of it.

Something like that. Also Ancestor Spirits.

As for the concept of Faith itself, as Arvis basically said humans all need to have some amount of it otherwise we couldn't function in normal life. The most obvious and basic one would be "my perceptions are reality". I like to think about these things, but almost any televised debate or whatever surrounding these ideas will almost always be terrible because people will refuse to define their terms and you end up with the Atheist speaking purely about materialism and the scientific method while the religious side will (probably) vaguely talk about epistemology.

As for Scientists themselves, I've yet to see being atheist correlate with being a better one. Skeptical thinking is something that can't really be forced onto someone IMO, and we're often given reminders that amazing Scientists in their field of study are not necessarily terribly good with the concept anyway (Most recent one in memory being Ben "Obamacare is worse than slavery" Carson).

Man I don't think I ever did that. I kind of wish I did -- the jackass haughty atheist teenagers seem a lot more functional than I was 'caaaaause I pretty much spent my freshman year of highschool (and senior year of college) unable to stop dwelling on what the lack of an afterlife would *really* mean. And even if it's not as bad as it used to be -- I don't get the second-to-second panic worrying about *any* possible thing -- there's still times when I'll wake up shouting up at 2AM and run out to the kitchen trying to get my pulse back down from the dread.

I look back on my days of being an obnoxious atheist with a weird mixture of embarrassment and longing- the latter mostly of the stronger confidence I had back then. Though it's not like a teenager confident in the lack of a God doesn't have plenty of other things to be insecure about. I think it's the people who don't feel at least slightly embarrassed of what they were in their teenage years who are a bit of a concern.
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