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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 09, 2016, 05:13:02 PM
Cakes made by a woman named Olga Noskova in Russia having been making the rounds on the internet. Have a look if you want that weird feeling of wanting to eat but also simultaneously not wanting to destroy art.



17  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 09, 2016, 05:08:17 PM
^ I read your FF XI even though I've never play an MMO.  I've been living vicariously through it!

I'm insecure so I often wonder if I lose you from the length of my posts.

I'll be back on it in a bit, until then take this as a simulation of you ragequitting the game because your Guild broke up or something. =P
18  Media / Game Journals / Re: Josh blindly flails his way through a natural magic/no esper run of FFVI on: July 09, 2016, 08:20:10 AM
I remember the first time I played FFVI, it was in Japanese so I ended up playing like a quarter of the way through the game under the natural magic clause before I got annoyed and went back to playing FFIV or FFV some more. I also thought things like how Sabin's Blitz was some kind of charge up buff move or something since I kept seeing all it made him do is make a shiny light.
19  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 09, 2016, 08:06:31 AM
So real life's been kinda shitty so very little time to play games or write giant posts nobody reads in my FFXI Journal, but I did find time to play the recent favorite game of the internet, Mighty No. 9, and wrote a huge diatribe about it in the dedicated thread here.

tl;dr is that despite the Internet Hate Machine really going at it, I think the game is pretty fun. There's a definitely way too many shitty parts to it though, way more than the names attached to it should be committing.

Since beating the game on Beck I've spent a bit playing the DLC character, Ray. In some ways this character is more intuitive to play as with the huge emphasis on dashing for the game, since her dash doubles as an attack. Her life constantly goes down so you're pressured to rush through stages. The big problem with playing as Ray comes on bosses though- since in typical Megaman fashion you need to dodge boss patterns, it means by the time they're open to attacks it probably means your life bar is already low enough to be one-shot, which kind of defeats the point of having a life bar at all.

I want to say this game is full of things that could be refined into a really fun sidescroller if they have a second go at it, but I doubt they're going to do that because they've built up a sizable segment of Megaman "fans" who will make every effort to make the game look like crap.
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 08, 2016, 02:54:10 PM
Dunno why you edited out your earlier post Mesh, it made me laugh.

Anyway yeah, it's pretty shitty this happened- speaking frankly I've had mixed feelings about BLM for a while now. Tensions like these combined with the 24 hour news cycle and any existing "raw raw fight the power" attitudes lead to nutcases using it justify hatred. I do think there's genuine issues with profiling and what I feel is a constant attempt by police to maintain their image at the cost of everything else. The latter point is especially disturbing, because it's not something that happens because every or even the majority of cops are bad people or whatever, it's just human nature. We've heard the story multiple times- cops are told to look the other way when the one jackass in their force does something wrong, and they continuously cover it up and try to get their own people exonerated because they need to maintain the overall image of trustworthiness law enforcement "should" have (See: James Boyd Shooting for one example). Cops who don't join the united front will likely be made miserable. This isn't something new, it's just that it's become harder and harder to get away with it because technology- camera phones and streaming are everywhere now. Add to this the fact that internal affairs also report to the same superiors and you'll have the conspiracy theorists running wild.

And if I may speak from a completely selfish perspective, the recent incident surrounding Akai Gurley and Peter Liang didn't give me a good impression of the police force as a whole either- apparently the policy is "stand behind your fellow officers except when they're the 'model minority' not White".
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 07, 2016, 11:20:06 PM
Bad year you mean, with only one day of the year where nobody was killed by police for a total of 728 people, most recently being the guy in Minnesota who was shot in his car for reaching down to get his licence, the guy in Baton Rouge who was pinned down and basically executed, the kid who was shot in Fresno, and that guy who was shot in Los Angeles because he was totally coming right for them...
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 07, 2016, 10:45:05 PM
Please follow Marshmallow's advice and not mine. I'm an overly impulsive jackass sometimes.
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 07, 2016, 10:31:25 PM
I don't know your situation very well, but if someone was doing that to me I'd either make a formal complaint (if that was possible) and failing that, I'd just start using his tactics against him. If even that's not possible I think I'd just goad him into a fight and punch him square in the nose and be done with it. No reason to let someone walk all over you.
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 07, 2016, 10:23:57 PM
Clinton and Trump also have platforms that "sound" fine to plenty of people if you were to just sit down and read them. The difference between those two and all the other candidates is that they're the major ones so you hear all the negative buzz and shit flinging for them. The Clintons have had decades of smear campaigns against them and Donald Trump is Donald Trump. If Gary Johnson was front and center you'd be hearing about how he's probably just a paleoliberatarian and not a "real liberatarian" or you'd be hearing about how idiotic laissez-faire capitalism actually is, and if Jill Stein was there you'd be hearing about the typical nature woo of the Green Party (minus all the homeopathy crap since Jill Stein is an MD so she actually knows how stupid all that is). It's like how people bring up how Bernie Sanders polls better against Trump than Clinton does- maybe so, but it doesn't say as much after you consider that Republicans have barely attacked him compared to Clinton and polls months before the election usually aren't reliable.

I agree with the whole "doing well enough to stimulate conversation" though. A minor party receiving 5% of the popular vote gets to qualify for public funding (which is a bit hypocritical when it comes to the Libertarian Party, but whatever).
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 07, 2016, 09:59:45 AM
I'm almost convinced Trump has someone on his team that just browses /r/The_Donald all day and reposts stuff made by internet trolls.

Here's another article for the road.
26  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: July 07, 2016, 09:42:36 AM
That final boss music was something. Unique for an final boss not just in XI, but in the entirety of FF.

Still sad we'll never see Olzhirya, Eastern Aht Urhgan or anything from the Far East other than a tiny island, but when I think of other large video game fantasy worlds that just ended abruptly like Suikoden or Breath of Fire, it's nice to have a proper ending for once.
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 07, 2016, 09:33:05 AM
Honestly I don't even need talk show hosts to bring the comedy anymore (Really miss Stewart though, Noah doesn't quite do it for me), almost everything Trump says cracks me up now, his most recent ones being the whole Star of David thing and once again praising Saddam Hussein for being a totally badass Terrorist Buster. I know part of this is just the 24 hour news cycle making a big deal out of everything, but it's just so amusing watching the GOP trying to keep Trump under control while he continuously displays his poor impulse control (that or he just doesn't give a shit), then a day later Paul Ryan has to come out and make some really restrained rebuke of the guy. It's amazing.

There's a small part of me that wants to see Trump get elected just so this gift never ends. I hate that part of me, but there it is.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 07, 2016, 12:29:22 AM
You don't, but I'll add some needless emphasis regardless!

I'm sure everyone remembers this, but it bears repeating:

We're the good guys though, so no worries.
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 06, 2016, 11:39:56 PM
btw Dincrest if its any consolation I'm sure we're only a few years away from the Chinese taking front and center as the evil badguy foreigners again
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 06, 2016, 11:10:09 PM
Crime has been a hot issue in the Philippines for a while, so you'd be surprised (or maybe not since he was elected, after all) how many people support Duterte's draconian anti-crime policies.

I'd argue this cynical attitude has become more and more mainstream all over the world. Maybe you'd laugh if I point to superhero movies and how they've changed over the years as a good example of this...society and fiction reflect and influence each other, though.
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