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#1 Posted by deadmoscow (261 posts) -

Gotta love when five-year old threads get bumped up from the absolute depths of the forums.

I live in Indianapolis, Indiana. The city has a population of about 820,000, with many more in the larger metropolitan area. We're known for a few things, notably the Indianapolis 500, which is the largest single-day sporting event in the world. We've got an NFL and an NBA team, as well as a AAA baseball team. There's not a huge amount of unique culture here, which is unfortunate. We have the third most fast food restaurants per capita in the US, which probably contributes to our high obesity rates.

There are a couple of neat things about the city. We've hosted GenCon since 2003, which is the largest tabletop / card / RPG game convention in the country. Kurt Vonnegut, one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century, is from Indianapolis. Cost of living is super cheap here - the median rental price is only $692, far below the national average.

Unfortunately, the weather is completely bonkers for some reason. The winters are brutally cold - we had a four day span of -50° weather this January, and the summers can be extremely hot as well. I'd like to move somewhere with a more temperate climate once I finish my master's degree.

#2 Posted by deadmoscow (261 posts) -

The only place I had any issue with it was in the Black Gulch. What a horrible, nasty place.

#3 Posted by deadmoscow (261 posts) -

I wish more people knew the difference between gender and sex.

Sex refers to a set of biological and physiological characteristics.

Gender is a set of socially constructed behaviors, roles, and activities that a given society considers appropriate for men and women.

Once you separate these two concepts you can see the extremely wide variety of human sexual and gender expressions that make us all so neat. There was an interesting article on Polygon recently about using the Oculus Rift to see yourself with different sex characteristics than you're used to. It's an incredible way of building empathy, and understanding the sensation that the body you experience physically is not the one you possess mentally.

#4 Posted by deadmoscow (261 posts) -

My fiancee and I recently made the pretty huge step of getting a joint checking account. Having transparency in money matters is really, really important for me. I work hard and live within my means and I expect a significant other to do the same. Getting through some lean years (70 hour work weeks between 3 jobs, ecchh) and struggling to make rent sometimes has been a significant test of our relationship, but getting through that together has built a lot of good habits and cooperation that we'll certainly enjoy as we move on to grad school and more lucrative careers.

That said, I think responsibility and economic smarts are way more important than just pulling down a healthy cashflow. Although the cash certainly doesn't hurt.

#5 Posted by deadmoscow (261 posts) -

I've been using tons of summons, and it's been rad. It definitely makes the boss fights easier, but I figure any advantage Dark Souls gives you is worth taking. As a whole, I've had an easier time with this game so far, but I think it's because I'm more attuned to how you're expected to play and not just smashing the attack button constantly like a doofus.

#6 Edited by deadmoscow (261 posts) -

Do people get freaked out by the potential intrusion-into-privacy thing? You've basically got a video camera ready at a moment's notice every time you wear this thing, I can't imagine everyone being totally okay with that.

#7 Posted by deadmoscow (261 posts) -

The only way to get better at driving is to drive a whole hell of a lot for a long time. Most people tend to be total idiots in cars until they've had something like five years of experience driving.

Anyways, uh, don't be a dick to pedestrians. That's important!

#8 Edited by deadmoscow (261 posts) -

I think everyone here is missing the most important piece of advice: Make sure to make lots of posts here on the forums while on your painkillers. They will imbue you with an incredible amount of good sense and intelligence and you want to save that all for posterity.

I actually never got painkillers when I had my wisdom teeth out, but it was a super easy operation. I just had to rinse my mouth out every couple of hours, and I was given anti-inflammatories. Occasionally I'd take ibuprofen or something, but the pain was never very bad.

#9 Posted by deadmoscow (261 posts) -

Taco Bell is completely cornering the market on stoned people. But this will never sell unless they make it all day long, since stoned people aren't awake at breakfast time.

#10 Edited by deadmoscow (261 posts) -

1. Apocalypse Now - Best war movie ever made. Incredible vibe, astounding performance from Marlon Brando, incredible across the board. Interestingly, it's one of the rare films whose director's cut is actually worse than the theatrical release.

2. Blade Runner - The one thing that Blade Runner does better than any other sci-fi film is that it doesn't rub your face in the fact that it's science fiction. It respects your intelligence and simply presents you with a world and a story that happens within it. The set design is also super awesome throughout the film. See also...

3. Ghost in the Shell - I absolutely love the long shots and soundtrack of this film. I also really liked how heady and philosophical it got when it probably could have gone in the complete opposite direction quite easily (whoa, robot people! they can do crazy shit!).

4. Mulholland Drive - David Lynch is a modern master, and this is absolutely his best film. The film is riddled with little clues and tidbits as to what's actually going on, and it's shot on absolutely incredible film stock. It has a dreamy, classic Hollywood look to it while still having modern sensibilities.

5. Seven Samurai - You really couldn't pick a better representation of this era of cinema. This film is the number one reason why Kurosawa is such a legendary figure.

6. The Seventh Seal - Poignant, wonderful meditation on life, death, religion, and how one can find meaning and purpose.

7. Drive - Nicolas Winding Refn has an absolute mastery over the aesthetic qualities of his films. Drive fits together perfectly and hits like a hammer to the face.

8. The Departed - In my opinion, Scorsese's best work. It's the best cop film out there.

9. Alien - I don't care what anyone says, this is way better than Aliens. No question.

10. Eraserhead - I love how completely balls to the wall weird this movie is. You'll never forget it once you've seen it.