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1786  The Rest / General Discussions / character archetypes, great in media, not so much in RL on: April 13, 2008, 05:30:45 PM
Oftentimes the things we remember in life are the extreme ones: The happiest moment of our lives, the saddest, etc. Through media I'm sure its no different. JRPGs and anime really like to overextend a character's personality to the point of absurdity at times, and its even reflected in their speech patterns (Though less so depending on how they're translated).

I don't think any one kind of character in any kind of story are plausible in real life because of how complex human beings actually are. However, short-term exposure to an individual can remind you of one of the hyperbole archetypes we regularly see in fiction. Also, people often combine qualities of fictional characters they like when they present themselves in public, subliminally or not.
1787  The Rest / General Discussions / Garfield Minus Garfield on: April 13, 2008, 05:22:57 PM
I believe this was posted a while back, except it was the one where Garfield was still in the comic, just with his thought bubbles removed.

I don't see how it's "occasionally" hilarious though. All of these strips are absolute comedy gold. Goddamn.
1788  The Rest / General Discussions / A pregnant man? on: April 05, 2008, 11:46:47 AM
Quote from: "V-Dawg"
How the fuck is this a big story? It's not really a man.


I share that sentiment. To me, it doesn't matter how much he identifies with being a man, biologically, he...she is still a woman. The article even specifically states that he never altered his genitalia because he wanted to have children someday.

I guess the point is that having children is a human desire rather than just a feminine one, but...so what? Having children is plenty a male desire, its just traditionally accepted that men don't actually carry them. Is it a human desire? Yes. We already knew that- it's called a couvade.

So, what I don't understand is why transgender/gays/bisexual/whatever always want us to treat them the same, but they have to become a sensational news story when they do something that's supposedly outrageous? It seems counter-productive to me.
1789  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Stardust on: April 05, 2008, 11:41:37 AM
Quote from: "pinkspiderx"
and te one where
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the guy turns into the girl and her boobs grow and they pan the shot to that quite well..


i just find them to be male orientated and rude to me (probably cause im a girl XD)


I dunno, I was watching it with a few girls and most of of them thought it was funny. It's supposed to be silly, not so much trying to have sex appeal for the men.

Usually I don't think gender has a big bearing on whether you think sexual jokes are funny or not, rather its your personality. The general thought is that men tend to find these kind of jokes funnier, but I've met a lot of guys who don't laugh at these jokes, whether its because they really don't find it funny or they're trying to pass themselves off as being more mature.

Honestly, I didn't laugh much at these myself, but that's mainly because there's not a lot of jokes I laugh at in general.
1790  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: April 05, 2008, 11:26:42 AM
On NIN/DNC, I don't really need to worry about slowga. Aside from that fact that I resisted both times he did it, I have healiing waltz to fall back on. When I solo Avatars, the only real danger is from their 2HR, since they have absolutely horrid accuracy, they'll pretty much never hit me. If I get unlucky, the 2HR one-shots me. Otherwise, its a straightforward fight.

When I talked about WoW having less story, I guess I meant more of typical quests that you do. While there's a lot of "get me x item" in FFXI at times as well, they tend to try to weave a story with some series of quests. As far as I know, WoW is mostly limited to "Go get me some item so I can do this", since the main objective of the quest is to get some nice xp and money from it.

And I guess next time I'll put up reraise on an Avatar. My only worry is that I'd run out of time if I have to rest for 5 minutes before I continue fighting them (Especially Leviathan, since he has that annoying healing spring move or whatever).

Well, anyway, I got Leviathan done with the help of Shiggy and a friend of his, so I went ahead and got my Moon Bauble:



Hopefully I'll do Fenrir sometime soon.

I went on a perilous adventure with Valesti to the Phomiuna Aquaducts, since he wanted a Gaudy Harness. He could solo it if he really wanted to, but I came along to give him some TH action. Basically, he had to charm a VT/IT Oil spill and familiar it, which would give us 30 minutes to kill as many fomor as we could. On our first try, not only did Valesti fail about 12 times, we also got absolutely no drops whatsoever. So, lameness, we got pissed off and logged off right in the Aqueducts, returning 90 minutes later when Familiar was up again.

The 30 minute time limit would be enough to only get 2 Beastmaster kills in, but the drop rate is estimated about 50% with TH, so technically we should get one by law of averages.

We kill one beastmaster. Nothing.

Valesti's anger grows, but the Fomor still lies there, not crapping out a subligar like we want it to, so we went on to kill some other Fomor while we were waiting for the beastmaster to respawn:



I got myself a nice, shiny Taurus subligar, and Valesti got one of the most useless subligars I can imagine. Well, it's pretty good for RNG and COR, but I don't see him playing either one anytime soon. =P

So, the beastmaster repops, and this is our last chance. Lo' and behold:



Reality came along and tried to refresh Valesti's 2HR so we could do some more, but alas, he rolls a 3. So in celebration of getting some shiny new panties, we decided to kamikaze into the nearest NM that just spawned.





TEH END.
1791  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: April 03, 2008, 01:14:20 PM
I put off Assault for a while, but I got a chance to do Nyzul with some newbies today, which was pretty fun.

As a result, I got my 5th new-mission clear for my rank, since it was my first time, so I went out and found the footprint pretty fast.



In addition, I've decided to start soliing avatars every now and then since my DNC sub is just about done (About 2k off 37).



So tonight I went for the last whisper I need for my Moon Bauble, Leviathan. On my way there, go figure I see this guy up, running around for a quite a while before someone came along and decided to claim him:



Funny, considering how just a few days ago there was a decent amount amount of people camping against me.

I was actually going to try to solo Leviathan last night, but when I got to the protocrystal, I realized I hadn't flagged the quest. *insert failure music* So I flagged it and went to bed, and went to solo him today. I basically keep myself in top notch shape the whole fight until they hit under 50%, which is when I brace for a huge impact.

Apparently, full HP on a Tarutaru Ninja is not always enough to endure this heavily huge-pronged assault on my ass.



Go figure the avatar I can't solo is the one the server is named after.
1792  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Stardust on: April 02, 2008, 04:29:29 AM
It's been a while since I've watched it, but I'm wondering what you mean by rude humor. The only one that sticks out in my mind at the moment is the part where the witch
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casts a spell and her boobs fall.


I was watching it with a few friends, and pretty much all of us laughed at that one.
1793  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: April 02, 2008, 04:18:55 AM
I dunno, I guess I don't often hit this kind of efficiency soloing at level ~30, even on BLU. Though I will admit the times I soloed on BLU, I didn't use food/juice, so that probably affected it quite a bit.

Hit max Campaign rank, and when I hit max rank in something, you KNOW its time to fucking update it:

1794  The Rest / General Discussions / April Fool's history lesson on: April 02, 2008, 04:11:16 AM
I dunno, most of the smart girls I've met are satisfied with just doing something on Valentine's Day instead of expecting a gift.

How special does something end up being when someone is getting it for you out of obligation?
1795  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: March 31, 2008, 08:54:17 AM
While Dancer sucks in endgame, I'm relatively sure being able to do this solo is the definition of broken:

1796  The Rest / General Discussions / DICE NEEDS HELP- advertising class questionnaire! on: March 31, 2008, 01:27:56 AM
1. Do you smoke cigarettes?
No.

12. If you do not smoke, why not?
Typical health reasons.

If you do smoke, skip to next question.

13. What brand of cigarettes first comes to mind?
Camels

14. Name some other cigarette brands/companies you have heard of.
Marlboro


15. Have you noticed any recent against smoking advertisements?
Yes

If no, skip to question 21.

16. Have you seen/heard of the series of Stupid.ca advertisements?
No

If no, skip to question 21.

21. What’s your opinion of cigarettes?
If I really started smoking, I'd really would rather be smoking cigars since cigars are usually just the plant itself without all the crap they put into cigarettes to give it a consistent taste. To me, there doesn't seem to be much point to smoking cigarettes, though some people use it to control their weight or whatnot. Overall, they do more bad than good.

22. What’s your opinion of cigarette products?
With all the other stuff that's illegal, I really think tobacco should be the same. Unfortunately when people realized how bad it was for you, it was already too late.

23. What’s your opinion of cigarette companies?
Don't like 'em. They are smart, though.


DEMOGRAPHICS

24. What is your gender?
Male

25. What is your age?
[13-18]

26. What is your current occupation?
(Circle any that apply)
[student]


27. Approx. Annual Income:
[Under $4,9999]

Quote from: "Shiguma"
Stuff


Just because there's other things around that are bad for you doesn't make it any less unhealthy for you to be smoking. Some people who are nice towards grossly overweight people do it because they're under the impression they're usually rejected by their peers/society (Which is usually the case).

Like V-Dawg said, smokers more often than not affect those around them with second-hand smoke. Regardless of how many regulations you put in, it can still affect the people around them, albeit less than before. Though, the same might be said of overweight people, since it's easier for you to become overweight if others around you are.

I think the thing about smoking is that people tend to think its easier to "fix" than obesity, because obesity is caused by a natural function that we have to do every day (Eating) while smoking is something the individual chose to do at some point. Personally, I think laws are moving in the right direction by increasing the tax on cigarettes, etc. so later generations have less and less motivations to smoke. There's not much they can do about the people already addicted, but the least they can do is try to prevent more people from smoking.
1797  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: March 29, 2008, 02:07:24 PM
omg double post D:

Finished a quest today, end of the Mannequin quests thread. I can now pose my mannequin! Whee.

One thing I think WoW doesn't have, is the cinematic storytelling done in FFXI. Seeing stories like this just make you fall in love with the game all over again. Don't want to spoil it, but here's a little snippet to give you an idea:



Despite being rather predictable, it was still pretty heavy when it's actually seen.

Random screenshot of the day:

1798  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: March 26, 2008, 08:55:41 AM
Things have been rather uneventful, but I guess I should interrupt this by posting a random NM for teh winz.



And to the victor go the spoils.

1799  The Rest / General Discussions / So THAT'S why no JRPG character wears visible armor. on: March 26, 2008, 05:21:02 AM
The important thing is not whether its happening or not, its where its happening.

Statistically, someone dies of cancer every so many seconds- but you don't see people around you dropping like flies regularly.

Lies, damn lies, and statistics.

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Sorry Hathen, but even if guns are illegal to own, there still are ways to get them for people who want them. I doubt it would be as rare as you'd think, but then again *shrug*


Unfortunately, we're going to have to live our lives under the philosophy that things will be consistent in the world, and we won't run into someone that just happens to illegally own a gun. Kind of like how we have to walk outside everyday under the assumption we won't meet that one googolplex chance that every particle of Earth will just suddenly come apart. Like I said above, where its happening is important.

If a student in Japan were to attacking Dincrest for example, it'd most likely be with a knife, since the steps to obtain a gun illegally turn young people away from bothering- which is why you don't really hear about massacres happening in Japanese schools involving guns. Almost all the ones I've heard involved knives, etc.
1800  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Holic Online? on: March 25, 2008, 08:58:21 PM
I'm always a fan of checking out new MMOs I guess, especially if they're free, so I took a look, and it's nothing new compared to the load of other MMOs that Korea pumps out. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but yeah, it's pretty much a lot of grinding and treasure seeking (Just like PSO).

I liked the art style of the game, though that probably won't hold me over for too long. That seems to be the main concern in Korean games- they focus a lot on graphics, so they end up making games that look stunning (Granado Espada or Rappelz) but end up just being the same, drab grind found in most other MMOs, lacking the lasting appeal of FFXI or WoW's endgame though. Ultimately, the only real thing that keeps people playing is if they can play with real life friends, like Maple Story. For a free game, it's amazing though, heh.
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