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#1 Posted by Atlas (2401 posts) -

I'm from London, but that's not really specific enough, and I won't bore you by posting a ton of London photos that people have already seen. So instead, I'll tell you a little about where I live within London.

I was born, raised, and live in Forest Hill, in the London Borough of Lewisham. It's not really a London suburb, since we are very close to Central London and the area is fairly built up, but it's still a lot greener and quieter than Central London. This is the only home I've ever known, and I like it just fine. Not much to say about it, really. But here's some random facts:

  • There's a museum near Forest Hill Station called Horniman Museum, named for it's founder, Frederick Horniman, a Victorian tea merchant. It has one of the largest collections of taxidermy in the Northern Hemisphere, and one of the finest collections of musical instruments in the UK. The gardens are especially beautiful, with a view of the rest of London, and a few years ago they added an aquarium.
  • Forest Hill Pools, a swimming pool and leisure centre, was the last Victorian swimming baths in operation in London; it opened in 1884 and finally closed in 2006. A new modern leisure centre with a gym and two swimming pools was built on the old site and opened in 2012. It's next to Forest Hill Library, a Grade II listed building, which opened in 1901.
  • Lewisham Borough is the most ethnically diverse borough in London, with only 53% of people of White European origin, according to 2011 census data. The two major ethnic minorities are Black African (11.6%) and Black Caribbean (11.2%).
  • The Crystal Palace was a huge glass building originally erected in Hyde Park, London, in 1851 to house The Great Exhibition, a precursor to the World's Fair. After the Great Exhibition, the structure was rebuilt and expanded at Penge Common in Sydenham, the town next to Forest Hill, where it remained until it burnt to the ground in 1936.
  • Crystal Palace Park, which includes an area with full-scale dinosaur models, remains, as does Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, which houses a 16,000-seat athletics stadium and an Olympic-size swimming pool. This is where I learnt to swim, played tennis, and trampolined when I was a child.
  • Millwall F.C. is the only Football League side that plays in Lewisham; they are currently in the second-tier of English football. They've not had much success in their 128-year history, but they played in the FA Cup Final in 2004. The club is notorious for its fans, who are closely associated with the history of English football hooliganism and violence, and Millwall fans have been involved in two major football riots in the past 30 years.
  • I went to secondary school (high school) at Alleyn's School in the neighbouring town of Dulwich, where my father lived for more than a decade. Alleyn's traces its history to a school built in 1619, and its alumni includes actor Jude Law, Bob Geldof's daughter, Pixie (not the one that tragically died recently), and Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine.
#2 Posted by Atlas (2401 posts) -

@atlas said:

I have a strange relationship with my sister (one and a half years older) which is sometimes strained because we're both quite complicated people - and if I'm honest we can both be quite difficult to live with. We don't always get along, but we don't really fight either...We can still have a laugh, and we do have some stuff in common, although as we've grown up we've become very different people...My sister went to university a couple of years ago, and I found that just before she came home I was looking forward to seeing her, and just before she was about to go back to uni I couldn't wait to see the back of her...We're a complicated family, and my parents are absolute stars for coping with our difficulties and raising us right, despite being divorced.

Interesting to read old posts like this and reflect on how things have changed in the past three years. I wouldn't say my sister and I are extremely close, or best friends, or anything like that, but we have developed a mutual understanding that has made living with each other much easier. We've both mellowed a bit as we've entered our mid-20s, and we've embraced the ways in which we're different, and similar. We've done a lot to help and support each other, and that's helped us grow our bond - one of the most important things about family is knowing that you can rely on them, and I feel like I can rely on her, and trust her. We have good chats about life and stuff, and we've realised that we've both experienced a lot of the same challenges, just in very different ways.

I'm not sure if three years ago I would've said, definitively, that I love my sister. But that's changed: I love my sister to bits, and am so glad that we've developed a stronger relationship.

#3 Posted by Atlas (2401 posts) -

These questions always come down to me thinking about how I'd feel about actually acquiring that amount of money, and it comes down to how I acquired it. If I won it, then I'd be super egalitarian with it; big donation to charity, pay back my parents for all they've done for me, pay off my sister's student loans, and save and invest so I could live comfortably in the future. If I had earned it, and was in a position to earn more money, then you start getting into more frivolous and personal uses; spend a year travelling the world in relative comfort, build a competitive Magic: The Gathering legacy deck, Mercedes S-Class, fund an independent film about my life etc. I think my real answer to the question lies somewhere between those two extremes.

#4 Posted by Atlas (2401 posts) -

I have a car with a BlueTooth MP3 player now. I might as well take all my CDs out and burn them in a big fire.

That's not true, I still buy CDs, but usually I just rip the CD and just use the MP3s. Sometimes, CDs are actually cheaper, but if I can get an MP3 version of an album for a smaller/comparable price, I'm perfectly happy to get the MP3 version, just for convenience sake.

#5 Edited by Atlas (2401 posts) -

@fauxben said:

I've never been madder than I am right now.

Perfect response. Kudos, sir/madam.

#6 Edited by Atlas (2401 posts) -
  • Crusader Kings 2 - Rajas of India came out recently, adding a ton of new content to the game.
  • The Elder Scrolls Online - I've never played an MMO before, but I'm such a TES lore nerd that I might have to play this, even if it isn't going to be a great MMO.
  • Magic: The Gathering Online - I've been falling deeper and deeper down the MTG hole recently...
  • I'm buying South Park: The Stick of Truth the first time it goes on sale (i.e. isn't £40 on PC). If that's in April, then I'll play some of that.
  • Other games that I intend to buy the first time they go on sale - Jazzpunk, Banished, Banner Saga, and Betrayer.
  • Harvest Moon 3DS - because why the fuck not?
  • Tropico 5 - I like the Tropico games. If this one is good, I'll buy it and play it.
  • Recent games in my backlog that I may get to this month: Gunpoint; XCOM: Enemy Within; Path of Exile; Antichamber; and Don't Starve
#7 Posted by Atlas (2401 posts) -

I'm OK with this because I absolutely understand and sympathise with the sentiment here, and it puts the onus in the hands of the end user without forcing the issue or coming across as too forceful or dogmatic. It's presenting you with their stance on the matter, and gives you the option to opt out either by switching to a different browser (permanently, or just while using OK Cupid), or just not going to OK Cupid, or you can ignore the objection and proceed. It is strange that a mainstream website should take a political stand like this, but considering the nature of the site it does make sense.

I'm not sure the political views and financing of a company's CEO would stop me using their products/services. Hell, we have Sky TV in our house, so we're essentially supporting Rupert Murdoch, arguably the biggest piece of shit on the planet, and I don't have a problem with buying Apple products. But I can see why this matters to people, both users and the people at OK Cupid, and this particular issue in general is such an important one. One day, people like Brendan Eich will be said to have been on the wrong side of history.

#8 Posted by Atlas (2401 posts) -

I find Brad to be the staff member that I personally identify with most, partly because he's clearly the more introverted of them. So I've always had a fondness for Brad that dwarfs my fondness for Jeff, even though I recognise that Jeff is the funnier and more charismatic of the two. But they're charismatic in entirely different ways - Brad's charisma is in understated charm, and Jeff's is in bombast and energy, and I tend to have a greater appreciation for the former.

I also think that Brad is by far the best writer on Giant Bomb. There's a craft and a flow to his reviews that I very much appreciate. It's a shame that his talents aren't as well displayed on a very video-focused site, and I almost wonder if they should give Brad a space to write about things more often, instead of just for reviews. I don't know what form that would take, and if they could come up with as brilliant/dumb of a name as Guns of Navarro, but I'd like to see it.

Strangely enough I like Brad a lot when he's guesting other podcasts and shows.

I agree. He's so entertaining when he's on the Tested podcasts; he gels with Will and Norm extremely well.

#9 Posted by Atlas (2401 posts) -

I really do hate to be that guy, but...Gone Home. Just fell absolutely flat for me, and left me with a pretty awful taste in my mouth. I respect that it exists, but I felt that it categorically failed to live up to the hype. It's meditative and considered in parts and utterly juvenile and manipulative in others, and it's one of those games that relies too much on nostalgia - Gone Home was a profoundly less meaningful experience for me because I was a young kid in the 90s and I'm from the UK, whereas Gone Home is all about being an American teenager/pre-teen.

I was also pretty bummed out by my inability to enjoy Luigi's Mansion 2. Man, that game looks great and is super charming, but playing it was an absolute drag for me. And I was also let down by The Last of Us, but only because it turned to be an awesome game, instead of the best game of the generation like it had been hyped up. I'm pretty anti-hype in general these days, with some exceptions (BioShock Infinite, Skyrim, Papers, Please, Stanley Parable...).

#10 Posted by Atlas (2401 posts) -

I could not possibly be happier for you. You've done an amazing thing, and I'm glad it's working out well.