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LeadPal
13th of November, 2010, 03:38
My library has RPG books too, including lots of issues of Dragon. Heck, they even have a kids-only D&D game every week.

treehouse
13th of November, 2010, 03:50
Library culture is full of nerds, actually. This was none of my doing. We have an awesome, youth-oriented collections department.

Mercutio
13th of November, 2010, 04:00
My library has three RPG books, 1 from 2E, 1 from 3.5, and 1 from 4E. Needless to say, all D&D, and nothing else.

itches
17th of November, 2010, 17:01
So it seems that Gog have Baldur's Gate (http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/baldurs_gate_the_original_saga) and BG:2. These are some of those games that I managed to miss when they first came out and have been keeping an eye out for ever since. I've actually managed to avoid most spoilers for the games over the years.

At this point, I don't have a super amount of free time, so the question is, how nessesary is it to play BG:1 before you play BG:2? Someone here must have played the games.

zachol
17th of November, 2010, 17:16
From what I've heard, BG2 is pretty much a sequel to BG1. Picks up where it left off.
TvTropes says "Baldur's Gate 2, despite being a direct sequel, can be played without any knowledge of the first game."

I've never played them, but if I was going to start I'd hit up BG2 first and see how it works out.

Mercutio
17th of November, 2010, 22:24
BG2 can indeed be played without have played BG1. That said, having owned and played both through to completion, I actually like BG1 better. I thought the story was better, and despite the fact that neither are truly "open worlds," BG1 felt more open-ended than BG2.

Doombot
17th of November, 2010, 22:46
I own and have played BG2 multiple times, but have never played BG1. Didn't bother me that much; I'm sure I missed out on a fair number of references to people and plot points in the original, but the game plays just fine without that knowledge.

Gralhruk
17th of November, 2010, 23:44
BG2 can indeed be played without have played BG1. That said, having owned and played both through to completion, I actually like BG1 better. I thought the story was better, and despite the fact that neither are truly "open worlds," BG1 felt more open-ended than BG2.
This is truth.

Tashalar
18th of November, 2010, 01:05
BG1 isn't very balanced though - it can be difficult as hell at times. I don't remember character interaction being as nice as in BG2 though. But overall I enjoyed it thoroughly!

Mercutio
18th of November, 2010, 01:29
BG1 isn't very balanced though - it can be difficult as hell at times.
Yes, which made it feel more like a real persistent open world. Particularly the first time I got TPKed by the siren encounter. I lost about an hour of play because I was stupid and didn't save often enough, but I learned from that mistake.

Honestly, it felt more like the game world I was playing in with my tabletop group, where running away was frequently the correct action.

Lune
19th of November, 2010, 15:12
Played 1 and not 2. Boo is awesome. That is all.

Lune
20th of November, 2010, 14:44
Where I spend my Friday nights and some Saturdays (thats me sharing my Vernors with my son at the table playing some Pathfinder). :)
http://www.statenews.com/index.php/multimedia/40835

AoM
29th of November, 2010, 17:19
I've never completed BG1, but I've played through BG2 and BG2:Throne of Bhaal.

BG2's opening chapter tells you the basic gist of the first game's plot through conversation with your companions, so I would say that if you don't want the plot of the BG1 spoiled, play through it first - however, it's not really necessary. The second game stands on its own feet - and is quite entertaining.

The only reason you'd absolutely need to play BG1, would be so you can grab the golden pantaloons and port them with your finished character into BG2.

Darius
7th of January, 2011, 07:42
Your daily dose of Alan Moore (http://www.momentofmoore.com/). Of course, today's made me feel like it might go over the collective heads of people.

LeadPal
10th of January, 2011, 05:09
Wizards makes LFR adventures free (http://community.wizards.com/lfr/wiki/Adventures)

Lune
10th of January, 2011, 15:39
Psh, further supporting the fact that WotC are a buncha money grubbing bastards who are only in it for the cash.

LeadPal
2nd of February, 2011, 08:48
Holy shit the batteries in my mouse just exploded. Scared the hell out of me.

BigRedRod
3rd of February, 2011, 01:02
Exploded how? Like you were merrily clicking and then BANG, no hands?

LeadPal
3rd of February, 2011, 03:43
Goddamn it's hard to touch-type with a bleeding stub.

I was merrily clicking and then BANG, battery acid all over the desk. Much more surprising than dangerous, although it did break the lid off the underside of the mouse. I'm still wondering why it happened--they were new batteries straight out of the pack. I assume the mouse itself is screwed, and if it wasn't before, it is now.

BigRedRod
3rd of February, 2011, 03:47
What type of batteries were they?

LeadPal
3rd of February, 2011, 04:07
No name grocery store AAAs. I didn't think dry cells could puncture and leak so dramatically, but apparently they can.

Mercutio
3rd of February, 2011, 06:04
I used to purchase cheap batteries too, but I had a similar experience with an old cd walkman. I haven't bought anything other than Duracells since then.

BigRedRod
3rd of February, 2011, 19:08
That's quite exciting. I've never heard of anything like that happened. I was asking after the type, as manufacturers like to make claims that those rechargers which work on standard batteries are dangerous. I was curious if it was more than just spin.

Still, I'm not sure what the last device I owned was which still used exchangeable batteries. Everything these days seems to have its own rechargeable battery pack.

Lune
11th of April, 2011, 19:52
You should watch it. It was hillarious.

That is all.

LeadPal
12th of April, 2011, 08:43
I'm debating whether I should see Your Highness, Paul, or Rango.

Mercutio
12th of April, 2011, 22:44
I'd like to see the first two, but Rango holds no real appeal to me.

LeadPal
14th of April, 2011, 15:03
Saw Paul. I liked it, but not enough to really comment on it.

Mercutio
14th of April, 2011, 22:57
How is it compared to Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz?

Lune
15th of April, 2011, 15:08
Shoulda seen Your Highness.

LeadPal
15th of April, 2011, 15:14
How is it compared to Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz?
I had to stop and think about that, because technically, Paul feels much more polished than either of those. But it's not nearly as witty. It's crammed full of sci-fi shout outs, some quite clever, but they're just "there"; the film never says anything insightful about the material it references. Nor does it ever really go anywhere with its subplots. It's a good movie, but it misses a lot of opportunities to be great.

itches
15th of April, 2011, 20:27
itches: http://i.imgur.com/Cwnau.jpg
BigRedRod: haha
itches: I'm off to upgrade Orp's spam defences
BigRedRod: 1/2
itches: I think it's a trick question, no human can work out the answer
BigRedRod: I'm pretty sure it's a half
BigRedRod: at x=0, it's just sine - pi over 2
BigRedRod: sine is antisymmetrical
BigRedRod: and it crosses the axis at 45 degrees
BigRedRod: I'm just checking now by working it through
itches: dropped out of highschool. twice
BigRedRod: haha
itches: don't let my somewhere over 130iq fool you
BigRedRod: shit
BigRedRod: no
BigRedRod: -pi over 2
BigRedRod: makes it cosine
BigRedRod: osi t's just -4(cos2x)
BigRedRod: 7x
BigRedRod: It's zero?
BigRedRod: hmm
BigRedRod: that doesn't sound right
BigRedRod: yep
BigRedRod: zero
BigRedRod: BANG
BigRedRod: I'm a human, let me in
itches: not human
itches: trick question
itches: Computers are well known for being able to do math
BigRedRod: It's a fair point that a bot would solve that easier than most people
itches: the correct human answer is faking a heart attack to get out of the exam
Followed by
BigRedRod: I think me solving that differential is worthy of going in the spotlight
BigRedRod: it's like the only thing I'll likely do this month of value

Gralhruk
15th of April, 2011, 20:39
BigRedRod: I think me solving that differential is worthy of going in the spotlight
BigRedRod: it's like the only thing I'll likely do this month of value
Finding that second girlfriend to support your life of leisure would probably make geek news central as well.

BigRedRod
15th of April, 2011, 20:41
I'm going to need a panama hat.

Gralhruk
15th of April, 2011, 20:42
Some sort of robe is likely in order as well.

Linklegacy77
16th of April, 2011, 08:23
http://www.wimp.com/thehobbit/

LeadPal
16th of April, 2011, 15:28
http://www.wimp.com/thehobbit/
THAT IS SO COOL. Thanks for the link, Link!

Linklegacy77
16th of April, 2011, 15:32
It looks like you just got a link, from Link.

*sunglasses*

YEAH!

For anyone who is interested, here's the confirmed actor list for The Hobbit Part 1 (tentative release date is december of 2012)

Cate Blanchett - Galadriel
Orlando Bloom - Legolas
Elijah Wood - Frodo
Martin Freeman - Bilbo Baggins
Ian Mckellan - Gandalf
Richard Armitage - Thorin Oakenshield
Christopher Lee - Saruman
Andy Serkis - Gollum
James Nesbitt - Bofur
Aiden Turner - Killi
Mikael Persbrandt - Beorn
Robert Kazinsky - Fili
Graham McTavish - Dwalin
Jeffery Thomas - King Thror
Sylvester McCoy - Radagast
Jed Brophy - Nori
Ken Stott - Balin
Stephen Hunter - Bombur
John Callen - Oin
Adam Brown - Ori
William Kircher - Bifur
Peter Hambleton - Gloin
Michael Mizrahi - King Thrain
Mark Hadlow - Dori
Ryan Gage - Drogo Baggins

Rumored (not confirmed) Cast:
David Tennant - King Thranduil
Leonard Nimoy - Smaug (Dear god let this be true)
Ian Holme - Old Bilbo
Brian Blessed - King Dain
Dominic Keating - Galion

The movie is being broken into two parts to avoid leaving anything out, and also to include a lot of information of the story leading into the Hobbit, and the story between the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. Peter Jackson is a huge Tolkien fanatic and really wants to be as true as possible to the book, and is working closely with the Tolkien Estate.

Lune
16th of April, 2011, 16:09
WTF?! No Bard? Oh... well I guess that would be part 2.

Mercutio
16th of April, 2011, 20:41
Nimoy as Smaug would be awesome.

Gralhruk
18th of April, 2011, 21:59
Peter Jackson is a huge Tolkien fanatic and really wants to be as true as possible to the book
Ah, while I do indeed love his version of Lord of the Rings . . . well, there are some disappointments there as well. These all center around his increasing deviations from the characterization, motivation, and plot of said books.

Do we have any idea if he's making The Hobbit kid friendly or if he's going to amp up the scare factor and gore?

Cadrius
18th of April, 2011, 23:00
Anyone catch the first episode of A Game of Thrones last night? It was pretty god damn accurate.

Gralhruk
18th of April, 2011, 23:10
I try and keep my cable bill as low as possible so I don't have HBO. I am dying to see this, though.

Black Plauge
19th of April, 2011, 01:07
Ditto.

BigRedRod
19th of April, 2011, 01:19
Accurate or not, is it good? TV is looking quite bleak, and I'm about to finish The Wire, so I could use a new series or two.

Mercutio
19th of April, 2011, 01:40
The one major complaint I've heard about it, from a fan of both the show and the books, is that if you haven't read the books, you're likely to get lost.

Since I haven't read the books, that was all I needed to hear, sadly.

BigRedRod
19th of April, 2011, 01:48
Ah, I'm not at all familiar with the books either.

The_Friendly_Fiend
19th of April, 2011, 06:41
I haven't read everything posted as I've been away for over a year. But George R.R. Martin has collaborated with HBO to create A Game of Thrones into a television series. It looks excellent and feels as close to the books as an adaption can be.

*Gah, Cad beat me to it.

The books are wonderful. The fifth book A Dance with Dragons has an official release date for July. This one shouldn't get pushed back like it has been for the past three years.

Cadrius
19th of April, 2011, 13:46
If you're not familiar with it then you may get lost. That said, it's worth a look for those that are curious.

Linklegacy77
19th of April, 2011, 13:51
http://www.nasl.tv/

So much better than football.

Cadrius
19th of April, 2011, 14:16
Ah, I'm not at all familiar with the books either.

For those not familiar with the books I'm pretty sure that HBO could use an enticing, yet accurate tagline to grab other audience members.

"If you like decapitations and titties then you'll love A Game of Thrones."

The_Friendly_Fiend
19th of April, 2011, 15:28
Plus we have Sean Bean and his wonderful overacting!

FYI, Dance with Dragons has a release date of July 12th. Not sure what it would be in the UK.

BigRedRod
19th of April, 2011, 15:59
for those not familiar with the books i'm pretty sure that hbo could use an enticing, yet accurate tagline to grab other audience members.

"if you like decapitations and titties then you'll love a game of thrones."

Sold!

LeadPal
19th of April, 2011, 16:14
Alright, NOW I'll buy a TV.

The_Friendly_Fiend
20th of April, 2011, 06:21
Just wondering what sold it for you more, the decapitations or the titties?

LeadPal
20th of April, 2011, 06:34
Part and parcel, friend.

Cadrius
20th of April, 2011, 09:39
It apparently did well enough--and HBO has already sunk enough cash into it--to merit a second season.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/04/19/game-of-thrones-renewed/

Gralhruk
20th of April, 2011, 21:17
The big question is what will HBO do when they catch up to Martin? They may reach season 7 before book 7 comes out.

Linklegacy77
21st of April, 2011, 14:24
THE BEST SPORT EVER

http://www.dump.com/2010/11/04/what-a-professional-foosball-game-looks-like-video/

itches
21st of April, 2011, 15:08
That was unexpectedly entertaining.

BigRedRod
21st of April, 2011, 22:52
Why are strange dice (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1764845067/dungeonmorph-dice-dungeon-geomorphs?ref=popular) so damn appealing? WHY?

Gralhruk
21st of April, 2011, 22:57
The answer is right on the page:
They look cooler than regular dice.

Mercutio
21st of April, 2011, 23:37
That's an interesting concept. I've made some dungeon geomorph squares myself for the Quest'n! game I never finished making, but I never thought about a dice set of geomorphs. That's pretty darn cool.

Cadrius
22nd of April, 2011, 09:54
Why are strange dice (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1764845067/dungeonmorph-dice-dungeon-geomorphs?ref=popular) so damn appealing? WHY?

I don't even own any dice, have no use for them, and even I want to go buy some right now. For me it hearkens back to being young and looking at that strange vertical shelving where the dice were kept behind the counter in the bookstore, each side in a separate compartment. The thick afternoon sunlight streaming through the window sent a cascade of colors from across the register.

Of course, back in my day if a copy of a book that you wanted wasn't there you had to have the store order it. Waiting two weeks for my PHB was the definition of agony for a boy of 11. And when I finally set my semi-grubby mitts upon it? Ah, the joy of devouring all the archaisms that D&D used to rely upon.

Oh, nostalgia. You whipper-snappers have it so easy these days with your Amazon and your internet and your rule systems that are constructed in a logical fashion.

Gral, back me up on this.

zachol
22nd of April, 2011, 11:17
All I remember is spending literal days paging through my old PHB during family vacations, building horribly cheesy and unbalanced characters that didn't even fit the rules.
Also I love purchasing all kinds of strange dice that never get used.

Gralhruk
22nd of April, 2011, 21:07
Gral, back me up on this.
Hah! What I wouldn't have done for a gaming store where I only had to wait two weeks for a book. Back in my day we didn't even have books - our rules were carved into stone tablets, and they took months to make even if you quarried the stone yourself. Then you had to carry them uphill everywhere you went, in sub-zero weather, without shoes because damn it, you had to sell those shoes to pay the stonemason.

You kids these days, with your fancy dice and your iPods and your snacks. I wanted a snack once - the DM shot me with a crossbow and then left me in the arctic, where I had to rip the bolt out of my chest and use it to kill a polar bear. He was pretty tasty, too. And don't even get me started on dice, because we didn't have your fancy schamnncy dice. We had things like "a rattlesnake only injects poison 25% of the time" and "the odds of getting struck by lightning while standing on the roof in a storm holding up a 10' steel rod are 1 in 20". I hated that damned snake.

If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times . . .

I said, uh . . .

Eh, what was I talking about?

Bah, shut up! Like I'd listen to you. Now get off of my lawn!

Linklegacy77
22nd of April, 2011, 22:25
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm polar bear.

itches
22nd of April, 2011, 23:10
itches: You know, when people go up to the north pole, they take guns with them because of Polar Bears.
itches: Not to kill them, just to scare them off. A gun won't kill a polar bear.
itches: They're like artic witches.
Gralhruk: Are you doubting my story?
itches: I'm just saying, if you tried to stab a polar bear with a crossbow bolt he's skin you alive then wear that skin and spend 27 years living your life
Gralhruk: So yeah, I might be a polar bear if that is what you're getting at.
itches: Fortunatly I live in the hottest place on earth and am safe from polar bears
itches: ... unless they use some of that arctic witch magic
Gralhruk: It certainly explains why I always screw up forum creation.
itches: no thumbs
Gralhruk: And I'm trying to hold a seal with the other hand.
I guess polar bears are technically a type of undead.

Black Plauge
23rd of April, 2011, 06:42
So long as they don't show up in Eidilon.

Lune
23rd of April, 2011, 17:01
Hm? *perk* Titties?! I like titties!
At a distant second a friend of mine once recommended the series to me. From his description it didn't feel like it had much to offer me as it came across as a rather dry and boring history lesson.

...and then I ready forum page 163 and realized I had nothing further to offer the conversation.

Mercutio
24th of April, 2011, 05:25
Hack Slash Crawl (http://www.kongregate.com/games/Void/hack-slash-crawl) - a fun little diversion from Kongregate.

Lune
1st of May, 2011, 12:50
For a thread that is sure to be long lived and full of some great entertaining stuff I would like to start with the first submission of this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6QOLBHPF18). Enjoy! (not work or child friendly)

zachol
1st of May, 2011, 12:55
That's uh... that's...

....



Uh.

Linklegacy77
1st of May, 2011, 14:45
Stephen Hawking vs. Albert Einstein
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn7-fVtT16k
God of Tetris
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Alw5hs0chj0
Tokyo Dance Trooper
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bygdRMCwC6s
George Washington
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbRom1Rz8OA
Kinect Self-Awareness Hack
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVCghLfdzsY
Sexy Sax Man prank
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaoLU6zKaws
Sword Dance and Shadowgraph
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmlkmVoPuQA&
Super Spice Bros
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2_DuFvyQYc
Greatest Song Ever
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzAs1vMymtg
Wrex. Shephard.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5Fjc1hBwuE
Crabs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3jFTzhdZF4
Chicken Police
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybVb3t560oY
Slaughter Your World
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcbazH6aE2g
Best Commercial Ever
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ3oHpup-pk

Very long: Super Mario Brothers Frustration
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in6RZzdGki8

My two favorites:
Ultimatum: SURRENDER ALL HOSTILES
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJB2Woe5zeQ
Greatest Movie Trailer in the History of Cinema
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VDvgL58h_Y

Lune
1st of May, 2011, 15:09
Ha! I'll one up that (http://www.iviewtube.com/v/169225/a-history-of-rap-jimmy-fallon-justin-timberlake-&-the-roots-live-performance)... um, ... twice (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avaSdC0QOUM). lolz!

Lune
1st of May, 2011, 15:11
Also, I was thinking of renaming this thread to "Entertain Lune while he is at work".

Linklegacy77
1st of May, 2011, 15:41
I went ahead and edited a crap ton more in. I'll dig up more later.

Incidentally, this was actually awesome:
Obama's Stand Up
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9mzJhvC-8E

LeadPal
1st of May, 2011, 16:27
Maybe get some titles in there?

Linklegacy77
1st of May, 2011, 16:41
What fun is that? It's more fun to randomly click and be surprised.

Okay.......... I'll edit some in.

BigRedRod
1st of May, 2011, 17:21
A series of random youtube links is kind of worthless. Lets see some descriptions. I hate to lock down threads, but a few random links can easily be tossed into the Spotlight.

Lune
1st of May, 2011, 17:45
Also if none of you has seen The Guild (http://www.watchtheguild.com/) I would recommend it to anyone, not just MMO fans. And of course if you like that and/or are a classic video game fan then check out Legend of Neil (http://www.effinfunny.com/legend-of-neil).

Linklegacy77
2nd of May, 2011, 01:19
A series of random youtube links is kind of worthless. Lets see some descriptions. I hate to lock down threads, but a few random links can easily be tossed into the Spotlight.

Done

The_Friendly_Fiend
2nd of May, 2011, 01:37
I always have fun watching this short (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smETLCCPTVo). I mean who doesn't like legos?

Linklegacy77
4th of May, 2011, 23:16
Meanwhile, in Finland:
http://www.dump.com/2011/05/03/finland-the-japan-of-europe-video/

Cadrius
6th of May, 2011, 11:41
I was unaware of this Conan movie (http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1809953260/video/25116578) business. It seems...well, about what you'd expect considering the previous movies. I'm curious if they'll actually try to hit at some of the nuance and subtext to Howard's work (when he wasn't being horribly racist).

Tashalar
6th of May, 2011, 13:23
I cannot imagine any subtext in that movie, at least judging from the preview...

itches
6th of May, 2011, 22:23
Old people are sad.itches: http://online-roleplaying.com/forums/showthread.php?p=88287#post88287
this is what you were looking for?
Gralhruk: [unrelated stuff until a few minutes later]
Gralhruk:Oh, I didn't follow your link.
itches: I noticed that you didn't
Gralhruk: No, I have the pirate wench saved elsewhere.
Gralhruk:She doesn't have any underwear to speak of or I would have posted it again.
itches:: You saved the pirate wench? That's ... rather sad.
Gralhruk: Oh, you never know when I'll need to break it out.
Gralhruk: It's part of ORP lore now.

Gralhruk
6th of May, 2011, 22:28
Young people are impatient:
itches: http://online-roleplaying.com/forums/showthread.php?p=395595#post395595
Gralhruk: Eh, if you had played your cards right you could have gotten something that made me seem far older and dirtier of a man.

itches
6th of May, 2011, 22:34
Not impatiant, I was trying to be nice to the weird old man who lurks in my forum. I'll try not to make that mistake again.

Gralhruk: Eh, if you had played your cards right you could have gotten something that made me seem far older and dirtier of a man.
itches: I need to leave you some minor measure of dignity as a member of team admin

Linklegacy77
9th of May, 2011, 23:11
One Winged Angel Decoded:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AygsOmhN8tE

Richard Dawkins Reads Hate E-mail (foul language):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZuowNcuGsc

Portal Kombat:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyOzzd53ssY

Lego GBC 20 modules:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWd3vgLaA_M

Girl Joins the Dark Side:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5mK7dzyUkM

You lose if you laugh:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3pfsCS7fWI&feature=player_embedded#at=24

Anyone play Left 4 Dead, and also like Legend of Zelda?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pQlj3ApTPk

zachol
10th of May, 2011, 06:50
NEW TOPIC.

I just found this nifty new Canadian series, Flashpoint. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flashpoint_%28TV_series%29) As far as I can tell it's about a Toronto SWAT-lite and how they deal with various hostage scenarios. Like negotiations and standoffs and stuff.
It's really good.
Also I didn't even realize it was Canadian until it struck me that a "Police Strategic Response Unit" isn't an actual thing and why have I never heard about this show before maybe I'll check out the Wikipedia article.

Lorben
12th of May, 2011, 09:31
Dog Tease (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGeKSiCQkPw)

Linklegacy77
12th of May, 2011, 14:01
Woah it's a Lorben.

Lune
13th of May, 2011, 13:37
Wow... Lorben. Did anyone else notice that he is Member #3 ... with 9 posts? WTF Lorben?! Fix that! Post more.

Also here are two more: (to be watched in this order)
Sarah Silverman - I'm fucking Matt Damon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ft3VxwEpbko)
Jimmy Kimmel's parody (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vXCnKbHN6k&feature=related)

The_Friendly_Fiend
15th of May, 2011, 01:49
The Sarah Silverman - Matt Damon one was IMO funnier. Just goes to show you squeals should sometimes not be made. Though it is grand that they can continue to make fun of themselves.

The_Friendly_Fiend
15th of May, 2011, 01:58
LOL Flashpoint at imdb, (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1059475/) staring the pink power ranger Amy Jo Johnson. What's more amusing is that it was rated by someone as one of the top 10 Canadian shows of all time. You should see what the other nine shows (http://flamingphoenixofflames.blogspot.com/2011/05/top-ten-canadian-television-shows-of.html) are.

LeadPal
15th of May, 2011, 10:05
This is exactly why I sold the TV in the first place. While there are some good Canadian shows, or rather, there may have been, historically speaking, they're incredibly frustrating to find on a network lineup.

Lune
15th of May, 2011, 11:53
See... I thought Jimmy Kimmel's response was better but of course it wasn't as original. *shrug* I'm not too fond of either of their comedy in the first place anyway. But I do think Sarah is hot. That helps distract me from the comedy.

zachol
15th of May, 2011, 13:20
Well the reason I even found it was from randomly browsing Netflix.
Also I must have horrible taste or something.

LeadPal
15th of May, 2011, 13:36
To be fair, I've never heard of Flashpoint. Canadian shows aren't inherently terrible, it's just that terrible shows predominate here.

zachol
15th of May, 2011, 14:12
I don't know, I still think it's alright. Maybe the one alright Canadian show?
I mean it's not necessarily good, but it's a pretty solid vaguely interesting cop show to have on in the background. I posted more because I was surprised I'd never heard of it.
Or maybe I just do have horrible taste and there's a reason I've never heard of it?

LeadPal
16th of May, 2011, 09:01
I know this song! (I think it's Photograph)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hObxC6eaRso

Lune
16th of May, 2011, 12:54
1. LeadPal - I'm sure I'll get flack for being the one to say it but I think your a bit odd for purposefully not owning a TV. It has value more than just entertainment.
2. That being said I'm begining to agree with you anyway. With the advent of things like hulu.com and netflix the need for a TV for pretty much all of the purposes one uses a TV for have now been eclipsed by having a media PC hooked to a TV or just plain watching stuff on your PC.
3. Are you like a web-browsing amish dude or something? I think thats what I'm changing my mental image of you to. *nod* Hrm...do you wear a floppy brown hat? Cause you do in my head.

zachol
17th of May, 2011, 08:08
TV is dumb.
I spent the weekend at Grandma's place, watching cable. Basically nothing on worth watching. Even the previously unbreakable Discover/History/Animal Planet triad has been inundated with stupid shows about motorcycles and wild hog hunters.
I don't own a TV either. Movies I can stream or stick in my DVD drive, and any TV worth watching I can find online (Netflix, Hulu, others) and would prefer to watch at once in a big chunk anyway. A TV is just another big piece of hardware to find a spot for, and cable is a waste of $60+ a month that I'd much rather spend on other stuff.

beowulf
17th of May, 2011, 09:08
I have a teevee but I wouldn't if I had a PC. I have a Macbook laptop, so for gaming I pretty much rely on my xbox.

Not that I ever turn the stupid thing on. I can't bring myself to sell it, but I can't bring myself to play it, either. I just got that new Castlevania game, though, so maybe that will change!

zachol
17th of May, 2011, 09:36
Incidentally I'm only now watching the first season of 24 on Netflix. And I just got a "title unavailable" error which really cheeses me off.
Also this Bauer guy gets jerked around a lot, wow.

LeadPal
17th of May, 2011, 10:00
1. LeadPal - I'm sure I'll get flack for being the one to say it but I think your a bit odd for purposefully not owning a TV. It has value more than just entertainment. It'd be nice to have a big TV for its social value, but I can't afford one. My TV was a twelve-inch CRT, not exactly something a party can crowd around.

Hrm...do you wear a floppy brown hat? Cause you do in my head.
I have one, but I'm only wearing it right now because you mentioned it. ;)

zachol
17th of May, 2011, 10:15
I have one, but I'm only wearing it right now because you mentioned it. ;)

I'm sure I speak for everyone when I demand a picture.

LeadPal
17th of May, 2011, 10:51
http://imageshack.us/m/854/91/cowboyhornet.jpg

zachol
17th of May, 2011, 10:57
yessssssssssssssssssssss

Mercutio
17th of May, 2011, 20:38
Excellent!

itches
18th of May, 2011, 20:48
So, it's my birthday is about a month. Who wants to buy me a present (http://danmurphys.com.au/product/DM_368976/the-last-drop-50-year-old-finest-aged-scotch-whisky)?

Linklegacy77
19th of May, 2011, 14:55
So, I was browsing information about the Hobbit movies, and noticed that both movies are the first two wide release movies to be shot at 48 fps, instead of the normal 24 fps, which, according to everyone who's been working on the film, dramatically reduces blurring and artifacts, especially during high motion scenes. They are editing a 24 fps version for those cinemas incapable of handling the 48 fps version, but they argue (and rightfully so IMO) that it's about time we improved the fps of movies, and stopped using the same basic system that we were using 90 years ago.

I also, finally, noticed that the film is being shot in 3D. Now, I have some trepidations on this, so I wanted to know what all of you think. In an interview, Ian Mckellen said that it looks great and they're doing a good job with the 3D. He was quite worried at first, but according to him, it looks even better than the movie Avatar.

LeadPal
19th of May, 2011, 15:38
There might be a bit of uncanny valley watching actors move at double the framerate. But it's worth doing anyways, the benefits to action scenes are obviously great.

It's likely that the only theatres that will benefit from 48 fps are the ones that are also using 3D equipment, i.e. fancy new digital projectors. 35mm projectors can't use either. That sucks if you don't like 3D. I don't care too much either way, I'm sure it'll be fine.

Mercutio
19th of May, 2011, 22:01
For the fps, I think it's excellent. Framerates for things like LCD screens are effectively a thing of the past, and a frame rate for a video game running smoothly is in the 60's. There's no real reason to hold to 24fps for film anymore, especially considering movies are increasingly shot digitally and the framerate has nothing to do with film anymore and is strictly related to data consumption. Data storage is cheaper than physical film, so there's no longer the monetary component. Like the producers said, the only thing holding back film studios is tradition.

LP does hit on the uncanny valley though, which might be a concern. I suspect it will be less of a concern than it is in the digital recreation of actors.

As for 3d - films that are planned for, staged, and shot initially in 3D, like Avatar, are perfectly fine. Films where the 3D is added after the fact just to capitalize on the 3D phenomenon look like shit, for the most part.

Darius
20th of May, 2011, 01:21
Drivethrurpg.com is running a Tell Us About Your Character Contest (http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/rpg_character.php). Innnteresting.

Lune
23rd of May, 2011, 12:49
And lo, it came to pass that Macho Man Randy Savage did prevent the impending rapture. Amen.
http://www.rad-dudes.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/241335_10150195206269742_151746964741_6748922_1885 222_o.jpg

LeadPal
23rd of May, 2011, 14:40
Ah yes. Savage is my one of my favourite gospels, after Austin.

Speaking of whom:
http://img192.imageshack.us/img192/2605/265d77c3400f2216e23bdd2.jpg

zachol
23rd of May, 2011, 17:44
Wh... what the hell?

Lune
23rd of May, 2011, 19:00
Don't post things that turn on little z!

LeadPal
23rd of May, 2011, 20:28
Wh... what the hell?

You get used to it.
http://imageshack.us/m/710/3972/rule9.jpg

Lune
27th of May, 2011, 15:18
I now hate you for making me look up "Touhou".

zachol
27th of May, 2011, 15:21
Touhou's fandom is the strangest goddamn thing.

LeadPal
27th of May, 2011, 16:04
I think I can safely say that nobody understands Touhou.

Lune
27th of May, 2011, 16:24
I read about it and still don't understand it. I have this board to thank for teaching me the term "Weeaboo". I think that term applies here. And Leadpal, I would agree except for the fact that it exists which would seem to indicate it at least has some audience.

LeadPal
27th of May, 2011, 17:59
When I say that it makes no goddamn sense, I actually speak as a devoted fan. Touhou's fans are so devoted, in fact, that they've created a few dozen spin-off games, hundreds of top-quality videos, over twenty five hundred rearrangement albums, countless images featuring just about everything, and even a brief attempt at a full anime.

It's absurd. But it's also pretty awesome.

zachol
27th of May, 2011, 19:16
Look the point is this.
Touhou is a bullet hell shoot em up with little to no story. Graphics involve tiny sprites and splash images.
Somehow, starting from that, the Touhou fandom has created more stuff than most real animes get. They've manufactured a massive and detailed fandom from almost nothing.

Lune
28th of May, 2011, 12:21
All of what you both say is true. I'm just trying to figure out if that is good.

LeadPal
28th of May, 2011, 16:20
Oh, well that's actually straightforward. The answer is HELLS YEAH IT'S GOOD.

http://img130.imageshack.us/img130/8051/shrinemaidenlastjudgeme.jpg

I mean, most properties don't even have Iron Maiden parodies. Let alone actual metal albums.

itches
29th of May, 2011, 21:54
Ink (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1071804/). Watch this movie. I recommend it, find a copy. Torrent it if you can't or won't spend the money. Like it after you downloaded it, give them a dollar (http://www.jaminwinans.com/)

Watch it (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBGeErufQdY), watch it, watch it.

Mercutio
30th of May, 2011, 00:34
For US residents (and some Canadians, I think), Netflix has Ink on Watch Instantly. (http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/Ink/70125584#height1738)

LeadPal
30th of May, 2011, 04:46
Dark City + MirrorMask?

Mercutio
30th of May, 2011, 05:56
That's a pretty fair comparison.

Lune
30th of May, 2011, 15:08
Hm. Added to my instant queue. Now to find the time to watch it.

itches
8th of June, 2011, 19:48
Babylon 5, I've never seen this show but have known off it for ages. Is it worth it for me to start investing the money into buying the DVDs?

BigRedRod
8th of June, 2011, 20:15
I hear that the first series is awful, but can't be skipped, as it establishes essential concepts.

itches
8th of June, 2011, 20:18
Yeah, I hear similar stuff (not that it's horrible, that it gets good after the first one), which makes me wonder if I do go in, should I just pick up all 5 seasons at once?

Mercutio
8th of June, 2011, 21:12
The first season is not awful. It's not as good as later seasons, but it's watchable.

Netflix had them all on Watch Instantly not long ago (I know that's probably not an option), but I watched the whole series and it goes from watchable to damn awesome. I would recommend, if you can, picking up all 5 seasons at once. It's one show that was scripted from beginning to end with a defined path. There aren't many like that, and it shows because of how good it gets.

Babylon 5 is one of my favorite shows to have ever aired (and I never watched it live because I was in my "love fantasy/hate scifi" phase of my life.
But that's just one man's humble opinion.

Darius
8th of June, 2011, 23:26
I would recommend, if you can, picking up all 5 seasons at once.

Seconded.

itches
9th of June, 2011, 19:01
Well my Dad offered to cover a chunk of the cost for it as my birthday present, so that puts us over the edge.

itches
9th of June, 2011, 20:11
A Changeling the Lost zippo lighter (http://store.white-wolf.com/Changeling-The-Lost-Zippo-Web-Exclusive-P5369.aspx). This is the dumbest thing ever.

I must have it. Changeling is my game, my hands down favourite game. And while I don't smoke, I always carry a lighter. Damnit.

BigRedRod
9th of June, 2011, 20:28
You can purchase a PDF version at DriveThroughRPG!?

itches
9th of June, 2011, 20:30
Yes, I saw that too. I for one am glad that the .pdf technology has reached this exciting new level.

BigRedRod
9th of June, 2011, 20:40
I hope it does like you buy some kind of paper craft working lighter. That wouldn't be dangerous at all.

LeadPal
9th of June, 2011, 20:46
The .pdf prints beautifully, but I haven't figured out how to get the paper to light. I think I might need a lighter.

Linklegacy77
1st of July, 2011, 16:36
SFW:
http://www.bearsemen.com/

Inspiration for this product:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dqYxpxegrk

I can't stop laughing.

Oh, and Activision is hosting a $1,000,000 Call of Duty Black Ops tournament for progamers.

Yeah, one million dollars in prizes total for the competitors. http://www.callofduty.com/xp/experiences

itches
14th of July, 2011, 22:17
So my Babylon 5 DVDs are here and I'm watching them, working my way episode by episode when I notice that one of the episodes has an Audio Commentary. Awesome, I love audio commentaries.

But here is the problem. It's been what, a decade since the TV show was first aired? Longer? In that time I've managed to avoid a lot of spoilers (I know the basic outline of the plot and a few minor details, but that's it) and I'd rather like to find out these things out as I go.

So here is my question. Just how full of spoilers are these audio commentaries? One of you fine people must have listened to them.

Gralhruk
15th of July, 2011, 00:16
If you post in Bards and Nocturne of Souls I'll share my precious knowledge.

Mercutio
15th of July, 2011, 00:28
I watched it all on Watch Instantly which doesn't have the commentary, so I don't know.

zachol
15th of July, 2011, 04:13
I have no idea but I suspect they do. It feels like the general assumption is that if you're listening to the commentary you've already seen it a half-dozen times.

Gralhruk
15th of July, 2011, 05:00
Anyone who gives itches less incentive to post will be punished.

Linklegacy77
15th of July, 2011, 05:29
Post like Gralhruk wants or I'll destroy all the coffee in the world.

zachol
15th of July, 2011, 05:41
Well I did say I had no idea.

itches
15th of July, 2011, 06:58
I have no idea but I suspect they do. It feels like the general assumption is that if you're listening to the commentary you've already seen it a half-dozen times.

Yeah, but the entire thing, that episode, or the season?

Anyone who gives itches less incentive to post will be punished.

I would, but I'm too busy searching the internet for the answer to my question.

Gralhruk
15th of July, 2011, 20:49
Don't make me destroy the internet.

Mercutio
15th of July, 2011, 20:52
Yeah, but the entire thing, that episode, or the season?If the Supernatural and the Deadwood DVDs are any indication, they expect you've seen the whole season.

BigRedRod
17th of July, 2011, 03:29
Commentaries always assume full knowledge of the entity in question.

Mercutio
17th of July, 2011, 23:05
WTF is this?
http://online-roleplaying.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=3166&stc=1&d=1310911463
What am I supposed to be forgetting?

SinbadEV
17th of July, 2011, 23:08
My theory is that that comes up if you hit refresh too many times on the same page...

zachol
18th of July, 2011, 00:05
Man I get that like once every couple months.
At first I thought it had to do with spam getting deleted but now I think it's just itches fucking with us.

Mercutio
18th of July, 2011, 01:41
That's the first time I've ever seen it. I guess it could be refreshing, but I don't think I hit refresh or F5. I had just posted.

itches
18th of July, 2011, 11:49
WTF is this?
http://online-roleplaying.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=3166&stc=1&d=1310911463
What am I supposed to be forgetting?

I can see that there is meant to be an attachment image there, but it isn't showing up for me. Have you broken my forum?

zachol
18th of July, 2011, 12:09
It's this weird picture of marsh gas.
I think.

Or something.

Mercutio
18th of July, 2011, 20:10
Huh. It's not there anymore. It WAS there. Indeed, other people saw it and commented on it.

In any case, it was Tommy Lee Jones with sunglasses and one of those mind-wipe things from Men in Black.

LeadPal
10th of August, 2011, 21:56
Need advice for a forced choice. Cowboys and Aliens, or Rise of the Planet of the Apes?

zachol
10th of August, 2011, 22:05
The previews for Rise look pretty cool.

itches
10th of August, 2011, 22:14
I've heard wild rumours that in Cowboys and Aliens Ford actually looks to be enjoying himself in a film - for the first time in decades. This should be investigated.

Linklegacy77
11th of August, 2011, 02:45
Olivia Wilde is gorgeous, go for Cowboys.

Mercutio
11th of August, 2011, 03:15
Agree with Link. Not the least because Rise of the Planet of the Apes totally changes the story of the original and ruins the message and the big reveal. The apes were supposed to have arisen after mankind destroyed itself in a nuclear war. They are not supposed to be genetic experiments that displaced man. That in and of itself makes me despise the whole concept, regardless of how well it's executed.

BigRedRod
11th of August, 2011, 04:52
Originally the apes arose because they travelled back in time!

Mercutio
11th of August, 2011, 05:33
Not in the original movie.

Nor the book, but that actually has humans traveling to a distant world that's ruled by apes, and then returning home, but because of time dilation, they come back long after their own time, to find that apes now rule Earth, too. Which is also very different from the first movie.

Frankly, this is one of the few movies that I prefer to the source material (book), as I think the message is better and the film better written than the novel.

Now, if you take into consideration the other Apes movies (which you allude to), then yes, you are correct. But I think those movies do to the original series what all the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street series have done to the original films too. To wit, they piss all over them. They may be enjoyed (I do enjoy all of those slasher flicks), but in general they cheapen the first films.

zachol
11th of August, 2011, 09:33
Huh.
Well I've never actually seen any of the Apes movies. The preview just sort of caught my eye.

Also if Olivia Wilde is in Cowboys and Aliens then the choice is pretty obvious.

LeadPal
11th of August, 2011, 09:46
Agree with Link. Not the least because Rise of the Planet of the Apes totally changes the story of the original and ruins the message and the big reveal. The apes were supposed to have arisen after mankind destroyed itself in a nuclear war. They are not supposed to be genetic experiments that displaced man. That in and of itself makes me despise the whole concept, regardless of how well it's executed.Sounds like someone has a case of the s'pose'das.

The new one seems to be about how mankind reaches a singularity through apes instead of AI, with a particular focus on how one ape is abused into becoming a ruthless warlord. That is an excellent premise for a film, regardless of how it violates the premise of the original.

Mercutio
11th of August, 2011, 09:58
Yes, I'm a bit of a bitter fan of the original. Caught that did you? Here's your cookie.

While I admit the premise is excellent, call it something different and don't piss on what came before.

The meaning behind the original is literally different if you change the origin of the apes.

Marcus316
11th of August, 2011, 09:59
Sounds like someone has a case of the s'pose'das.

The new one seems to be about how mankind reaches a singularity through apes instead of AI, with a particular focus on how one ape is abused into becoming a ruthless warlord. That is an excellent premise for a film, regardless of how it violates the premise of the original.

Not to mention it does draw some parallels to the 3rd-5th movies right there. :)

LeadPal
11th of August, 2011, 10:16
Yes, I'm a bit of a bitter fan of the original. Caught that did you? Here's your cookie.om nom nom delicious hate

While I admit the premise is excellent, call it something different and don't piss on what came before.

The meaning behind the original is literally different if you change the origin of the apes.Changing and modernizing the tale is not inherently disrespectful. If the movie actually mocks the original, then I can appreciate your scorn--particularly if it tries to present itself as a direct prequel anyways--but I don't see any evidence of that yet.

Linklegacy77
11th of August, 2011, 10:20
Olivia Wilde.

Go watch Cowboys and Aliens.

zachol
11th of August, 2011, 10:26
Apes sounds like a great thing to see on disk a year or two down the line, assuming you can switch off your "argh this isn't canon!" feelings.
Go watch Olivia Wilde.

LeadPal
11th of August, 2011, 12:13
Who the hell is Olivia Wilde? Seriously, I've never seen anything she's done.

zachol
11th of August, 2011, 12:21
Thirteen from House.

Linklegacy77
11th of August, 2011, 13:31
She was also in Tron: Legacy, Year One, The Girl Next Door, and a bunch of other bad films (although it's not her fault they were bad). She's gorgeous.

itches
11th of August, 2011, 13:39
Really? Going to see a movie because someone in it is attractive? For shame. You people are the reason terrible films make money.

zachol
11th of August, 2011, 13:40
If I want something with an interesting and mostly noncontradictory plot I'll read a book.

Also gorgeous with a capital H.

Linklegacy77
11th of August, 2011, 14:10
Well if that's the way you feel itches....

The title is Cowboys and Aliens. That's a 10 on the awesome scale right there. Also featured are Daniel Craig (who is an excellent actor and can be quite a badass in his own right) and Harrison Ford in a sci-fi western.

itches
11th of August, 2011, 14:15
Hey, I was the first one to vote for Cowboys and Aliens, so I'm not against people seeing it. On the other hand my given reason was me being snarky about Ford, I'm not sure that's really any better then because someone is pretty.

Or if I'm honest about the real reason, this video (http://blog.moviefone.com/2011/07/28/harrison-ford-gets-into-a-fight-with-chewbacca/?ncid=txtlnkusmovi00000003).

zachol
11th of August, 2011, 14:18
Wait what? Seriously? Why haven't I heard of this movie before?
I've got crushes on like all those people.

LeadPal
11th of August, 2011, 17:05
Doesn't matter now. Instead of seeing a movie, I decided to get robbed at gunpoint. And I gotta tell you, it sucks ass.

BigRedRod
11th of August, 2011, 17:22
Olivia Wilde has been in a good film too: Alphadog. The story of N*Sync was surprisingly emotional.


Now, if you take into consideration the other Apes movies (which you allude to), then yes, you are correct. But I think those movies do to the original series what all the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street series have done to the original films too. To wit, they piss all over them. They may be enjoyed (I do enjoy all of those slasher flicks), but in general they cheapen the first films.

Yep, I was taking into account the extended series of films. And I think you kind of have to, when this is a more of less direct remake* of one of those.

*Or possibly just title reuse

Mercutio
11th of August, 2011, 20:48
Doesn't matter now. Instead of seeing a movie, I decided to get robbed at gunpoint. And I gotta tell you, it sucks ass.

For real? That does suck ass. A whole lot of ass.

Gralhruk
11th of August, 2011, 20:54
Indeed. I take it you came away unhurt?

zachol
11th of August, 2011, 22:27
Holy shit what?
Dude, that... uh wow.

I thought that only happened in movies.
Or Chicago.

Tashalar
12th of August, 2011, 00:33
Sheesh, hope you came away unhurt and with little loss except the 'movie money'.

LeadPal
12th of August, 2011, 01:01
One guy cuts me off on the sidewalk, the other comes from behind with a semi-automatic held textbook gangsta style. I threw my wallet in the first guy's face, batted the gun away from the other, and bolted. In hindsight, the guy with the gun fucked with its slide like three times to make that intimidating click, so he was probably bluffing the whole time. Which explains why this dumbass move didn't get me shot.

Couldn't give much of a statement. There wasn't a detail you can name that I could give with any confidence. I couldn't figure out why one of the officers kept asking me if I was sure I was okay, until he finally pointed out that one of my pant legs was soaked with blood; it was just a skinned knee, but I'm honestly not sure when I must have tripped.

The weirdest part is the cognitive dissonance. I was mugged, and I know I should really be upset about that, but I didn't lose anything of value. Five dollars and a bunch of cards I'll have to replace over the next week. It sucks, but in the way doing taxes sucks. And I even got a story out of it, one I'll probably be telling for years. It's surreal how it doesn't even feel like a bad thing.

zachol
12th of August, 2011, 01:07
I can't figure out if batting away the guy's gun and running was the best or worst idea.
Pretty sure I would've lost my shit myself one way or another. Guns are terrifying.

Marcus316
12th of August, 2011, 01:08
That sounds like something out of a movie (or at the corner of Jane and Finch).

Glad you weren't hurt.

Mercutio
12th of August, 2011, 01:56
I can't figure out if batting away the guy's gun and running was the best or worst idea.
Pretty sure I would've lost my shit myself one way or another. Guns are terrifying.
Well, the running certainly was smart. That's the thing about "self-defense" that many "martial arts" people forget. Self-defense isn't about beating people up. It's about living. Any real self-defense instructor worth shit will tell you that your best solution to staying alive is staying or getting as far away from danger as possible.

Linklegacy77
12th of August, 2011, 02:28
Well, we're all glad you're okay, and didn't lose much. Plus, hey, you've got a great story now! You can tell everyone about that time you physically hit a gunman and got out of there.

LeadPal
12th of August, 2011, 13:56
Well, we're all glad you're okay, and didn't lose much. Plus, hey, you've got a great story now! You can tell everyone about that time you physically hit a gunman and got out of there.
Also the second guy was like five people.

Thanks for the well-wishes. I've got most of my cards heading back my way in the mail, and the police should be dropping by for a follow-up on Sunday. I'll mention if anything happens.

The main thing that we can all learn from this is that either Rise of the Planet of the Apes or Cowboys & Aliens would be more fun than getting mugged.

zachol
12th of August, 2011, 15:54
I'd make a stupid joke but they actually both seem like good movies.

Lune
12th of August, 2011, 17:01
Hm, you know the issue with fans of anything is whether they think a film is "pissing on" the original or "paying tribute to" the original. Even among fans its hotly debated. I tend to decide whether I enjoy a film on the content of the film itself. I do still sometimes get annoyed when they aren't like the original but this isn't typically because it doesn't follow canon. Its just because I liked it the way the original did it more. And I rarely get upset about it.

@LP: Yeah, I guess that only kinda sucks. Like you said, ya didn't lose much really. Don't fret about the hindsight thing, people worry too much about what they could have done differently as if worrying about it will somehow change the present. It wont.

If it makes you feel better, I've resolved that in a similar situation that I would probably just get shot and my stuff taken anyway. I know it probably sounds like a stupid headstrong even arrogant thing to say but I just don't back down when challenged. Anyone who knows me knows that this is simply a trait (or flaw depending on the circumstances) that I have. So in that situation I would probably call their bluff and tell them that if they want my money they'd have to kill me to get it.

Yours was likely the wiser (and healthier) move. Especially because of the ninjas.

Mercutio
12th of August, 2011, 21:08
Hm, you know the issue with fans of anything is whether they think a film is "pissing on" the original or "paying tribute to" the original. ... Its just because I liked it the way the original did it more. And I rarely get upset about it.Well, in general I think remakes are bullshit. Unless the original totally sucks or is in a very different format. I would welcome a remake of "The Last Airbender" by a director who hasn't flopped with every one of his last 5 movies. The Thomas Jane "Punisher" remake was okay, but the second remake was nearly as bad as the Dolph Lundgren original.

As for "canon" versus preferring the original, I know it seems like I'm bitching about canon, but I'm not. The original has/had a definitive message that mankind was on a collision course to destroy itself in nuclear war, and a new species evolved to rule the planet. I vastly prefer that to the idea that some sort of genetically enhanced ape can over humanity. One has a definite message to follow. The other is an anti-science screed that appears to have no other goal than to convince people that using animal test subjects is wrong. And I have an issue with that because using animal test subjects (not abusing them) is the foundation of medicine and has (saved) countless human (and animal) lives.

LP - In five years, the second guy will become 10 guys, and actually you ninja-kicked them into submission, but accidentally dropped your wallet when calmly strolling away from the scene of 11 unconscious thugs. :cool:

Linklegacy77
13th of August, 2011, 03:10
LP - In five years, the second guy will become 10 guys, and actually you ninja-kicked them into submission, but accidentally dropped your wallet when calmly strolling away from the scene of 11 unconscious thugs. http://www.online-roleplaying.com/forums/images/smilies/smiley%20-%20cool.gif

And they all had katanas and desert eagles, and were all 3rd degree blackbelts.

Lune
13th of August, 2011, 12:15
Agree on all of the movie examples, especially the Airbender one as we are all huge fans of the anime ...and hate the movie. Also, first Hulk movie sucked aside from the single tank fight scene and maybe the hulk dogs. Second Hulk movie kicked ass. I'm glad they pretty much ignored the first movie with the revamp.

While I can definately understand where your coming from with your opinion on the ape movie, I'm reserving judgement on the plot (and movie in general) til I actually see it. It could be good. In fact, I can even see a way they could make it still jive with the original canon but have no idea if they will.

I will say though that often I do not like movies that have a preachy conotation or undertone to them. A good example is that I liked the kids movie happy feat ... until the humans got him and it got all Al Gore on me. At that point I really kinda got pissed and was just waiting for someone to start throwing religion down my throat next.

edit: ...and they were Orang Utans. Intelligent ones.

Mercutio
13th of August, 2011, 21:57
Chain mail bikinis...mmm. Amusing. Not ground-breaking, but amusing. Helps that the girl is attractive.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTGh0EMmMC8&feature=digest_sat

Cadrius
20th of August, 2011, 10:26
first Hulk movie sucked aside from the single tank fight scene and maybe the hulk dogs.

This opinion is wrong.

Lune
20th of August, 2011, 13:35
Opinions aren't wrong, you are.

Cadrius
21st of August, 2011, 00:19
You got me there.

zachol
21st of August, 2011, 00:38
Can we get a new poll?
The orange juice question is dumb.

itches
21st of August, 2011, 08:34
So post a new poll

zachol
21st of August, 2011, 16:28
I... I can post polls???

RHTRHTGH:LWSDGHJS:DLKJGH:SLHJKSDF:L

BigRedRod
21st of August, 2011, 19:27
Can we get a new poll?
The orange juice question is dumb.
I'll have you know that that poll served a valuable purpose.

itches
21st of August, 2011, 21:23
In continuation of my obsession with Ink, go watch this short film (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CUlguVGvUE&) by the same creators.

itches
2nd of September, 2011, 21:41
itches: hi
Kerisaki: ht
itches: http://generalzoi.deviantart.com/art/Pony-Creator-Full-Version-254295904
Kerisaki: x x
itches: ... I'm not gay
*itches starts sending file*
itches: gay men have way better colour co-ordination
Kerisaki: lol

Transfer of "ponyWithBackground.png" is complete. [See 1st attachment]

Kerisaki: LOL
Kerisaki: wings ?
itches: not just wings, *fabulous* wings

And just because I like you, a free bonus pony!

BigRedRod
2nd of September, 2011, 21:51
At last, a character portrait creator for zachol's MLP game.

itches
2nd of September, 2011, 21:53
The first one is named Faebulous. The second one has no name, he has no need for names.

zachol
2nd of September, 2011, 22:13
MLP is goddamn magical. People should watch it.

Mercutio
2nd of September, 2011, 22:27
No lie but hardcore superhero fans have told me that they watch it. My cousin was one of them. I thought he was an idiot. Still do.

That said, it didn't stop me from playing with the creator just now.

zachol
2nd of September, 2011, 23:05
I mean I know it sounds like I'm being sarcastic or something but I actually unironically like that show, the same way I enjoy the Powerpuff Girls.

Mercutio
2nd of September, 2011, 23:14
No, I believe you. I believe the people that tell me they think it's as good as the Avatar cartoon series. I think they're completely wrong, at least as far as my personal tastes go, but that's a different story.

Gralhruk
2nd of September, 2011, 23:55
The real question is "What alignment is your pony?"

Linklegacy77
3rd of September, 2011, 00:08
MLP is pretty good >_>


<3 Pinkie Pie

Gralhruk
3rd of September, 2011, 00:22
pretty good
Is that a new alignment?

BigRedRod
3rd of September, 2011, 00:25
I think mine is Lawful Bauer, or possibly Jack Neutral.

LeadPal
3rd of September, 2011, 01:59
I'd watch MLP. But only in some hypothetical point in the future, never any time soon.

zachol
3rd of September, 2011, 10:28
It's never too late to get into ponies.

Also <3 Rainbow Dash all the way.

Linklegacy77
3rd of September, 2011, 10:36
http://s3.amazonaws.com/kym-assets/photos/images/original/000/153/890/10117%20-%20demotivational%20fourth_wall%20pinkie_pie.jpg?1 311632700

Lune
3rd of September, 2011, 13:13
Dude, Powerpuff Girls could totally kick MLP's ass. Of course I only have Powerpuff Girls knowledge to back this up, no MLP knowledge aside from hating my sister for making me watch that and Rainbow Bright when I was a kid. I forced myself to not pay attention or at least forcefully repressed those memories.

Samurai Jack could slay all.

Linklegacy77
3rd of September, 2011, 13:38
There's a Samurai Jack movie in pre-production atm. I'm excited for it.

zachol
3rd of September, 2011, 13:40
Guys guys guys. Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack and MLP can all peacefully coexist because they're all freaking awesome.
Also MLP:FiM has literally nothing to do with a cartoon and toy series that happened to be called something like "My Little Pony" from a while ago.

Lune
3rd of September, 2011, 13:43
0.o

Wow. Just read up on that. Ooo, me too! :)

edit: This was in response to Link.
z, you are a bad liar.

Linklegacy77
3rd of September, 2011, 14:08
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/31/lucasfilm-confirms-change-to-blu-ray-release-of-return-of-the-jedi/

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

I won't buy it now.

itches
4th of September, 2011, 23:05
Well that conversation got out of hand, let's just forget it happened and move on with our lives. There's a new version of Star Wars coming out and Link isn't going to buy it? Fascinating.

So I finally got to the part with the Gun-Hand dude (http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/9/2) dude in Deus Ex. I knew it was coming, I thought I was prepared. I was not.

In the end I think I got past him when I made the game glitch. I hit him with an EMP grenade, then ran behind him and just spent ages shooting him in the back of the head while he threw grenade after grenade in front of him and in the opposite direction of me.

BigRedRod
4th of September, 2011, 23:08
The trick is just to throw the barrels at him. You have to channel the spirit of Donkey Kong.

itches
4th of September, 2011, 23:10
You know, at one point I thought I'd be clever and hold up a crate and use it as a shield as I walked past a turrent. Imagine my shock when it disintegrated with me a long way from cover.

BigRedRod
4th of September, 2011, 23:11
This is why you should use your cloaking ninjutsu.

itches
4th of September, 2011, 23:14
I didn't buy it, I spent my points on hacking because I must know what people are emailing to each other. Not knowing burns me inside.

BigRedRod
4th of September, 2011, 23:16
Yeah, I only picked it up once I was able to read all the personal email in a given office building. Three seconds of invisibility makes the game much easier though.

Mercutio
4th of September, 2011, 23:31
I wish I had a PC that could run Human Revolution. I've beaten the original Deus Ex twice in the last year now, all while wishing I had the money for the new one and a machine to play it on.

zachol
4th of September, 2011, 23:51
I still need to play Deus Ex. It's sitting in Steam, but I've been busy.
Although Alpha Protocol really irritated me. Human Revolution looks like something I'd be prone to cheat in to get past the combat.

BigRedRod
8th of September, 2011, 19:02
Have I posted this (http://dungeonsanddrawings.blogspot.com/) before? I worry I may have.

Dungeons and Drawings: It's really nice art on random D&D monsters.
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_oaOBSdwJP7k/TKMdqRe8VvI/AAAAAAAABN4/lTfPVxyjYx4/s400/runicguardiancolour.png

LeadPal
8th of September, 2011, 19:14
Odd, I stumbled on that site while art-hunting just a few days ago. It's not really my style, although there are a few pieces I do quite like, such as the mercane and the nixie.

EDIT: oooh, and the spriggan. Definitely the spriggan.
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_oaOBSdwJP7k/THv7gQszjxI/AAAAAAAABJA/9fk-YmeicLM/s400/spriggan_coloue.png

itches
12th of September, 2011, 15:40
X-Men: First Class. Is this worth me picking up on DVD? I enjoyed the first two (more or less) and loathed the two after that.

zachol
12th of September, 2011, 16:37
I'd rate it at about a rental. It was nifty, but I have no desire to watch it again, unlike some of the earlier ones.

LeadPal
12th of September, 2011, 19:01
Vastly better than the last two. Probably better than the first. Not quite as good as the second.

Mercutio
12th of September, 2011, 20:05
That's actually a pretty good recommendation, LP. I'm still going to pick up Thor first, but First Class moved up from my rental queue to my Christmas list.

Lune
12th of September, 2011, 20:32
Hm, I liked Thor a lot. I haven't seen First Class yet either but hadn't heard it was that good. Now I'm intrigued though.

LeadPal
13th of September, 2011, 07:06
That's actually a pretty good recommendation, LP. I'm still going to pick up Thor first, but First Class moved up from my rental queue to my Christmas list.It's in the top five movies I've seen all year. That being said, the year has sucked overall. Kung Fu Panda 2 is really the only film I liked without reservation.

Mercutio
13th of September, 2011, 07:10
Hmm. See, I liked Thor, Captain America, and Transformers 3 without reservations. But considering the only two other movies I saw were Cars 2 and Green Lantern, there wasn't much competition.

LeadPal
13th of September, 2011, 07:28
Thor was boring. Green Lantern was extra boring. Captain America was mostly okay, had some boring patches though.

A few months ago someone asked me why I keep going to superhero movies, when the evidence suggests that I think they're all boring. I'm, uh, still trying to think of a good answer. But despite a few complaints, I did enjoy First Class.

Mercutio
13th of September, 2011, 07:43
I thought Thor was best of those three and Green Lantern definitely the worst movie I've seen in theaters in two years.

itches
13th of September, 2011, 07:46
Eh, I'm shifting First Class to my "get when I find it cheap" catagory.