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#1 Posted by Toastburner_B (153 posts) -

I might be alone on this...but I think Katamari Damancy's intro is weirder.

...Or maybe I'm just a spiteful human being and I don't want to be the only one with that song stuck in my head.

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I'm a pretty casual fan, so I don't really follow too many series, and I prefer to wait until the TPBs are released. But here what I like:

Hellboy and B.P.R.D.: I'm pretty much caught up all the way with Hellboy, but I'm only up to Volume 11 in B.P.R.D, but both series are really good. I talk about them both a the same time since they take place in the same universe. If I had to choose one...gah...I'd say go with Hellboy. Barely.

Atomic Robo: An indie series that I have been following for quite sometime. A good blend of action, humor, and the occasional emotional-playing-with stuff. Also, I maintain that Dr. Dinosaur is the best villain ever. No, seriously. Read these and then say that I am wrong (links are to comics that were put out for Free Comic Book Day for those who are curious what they are clicking).

Godzilla: On this one, take what I say with a grain of salt, because I am unironically a fan of (most things) Godzilla. I grew up on the old Dark Horse Godzilla comics, and have been following the news ones by IDW. The first round in the series, Kingdom of Monsters, was pretty good. The second arc, just called Godzilla or in the full-trade paperback Godzilla: History's Worst Monster was...not good, if I am honest. I am two TPBs into the newest arc, Rulers of Earth, and that one seems to be back in good form.

Manga wise...I'm not as into that as I was years ago. I recently purged by collection to free up some space, and the only titles that survived were Fullmetal Alchemist, Chrono Crusade, Rurouni Kenshin, and One Piece. I have already collected all of Chrono Crusade, and plan to someday finish FMA and Kenshin. One Piece...I like the volumes I have, but the silly thing is just so big and keeps going that I don't if I'll get all the volumes.

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I was 18 at the time, going to college. I sat down to watch a bit of TV before I went to school. They were covering the first crash, and I watched the second plane hit. I had to leave for school shortly thereafter, so I left thinking it was still some kind of horrible accident. I didn't get to check again on the news until about 3 hours later when I had a break between classes (all the teachers didn't mention a thing, except for one who said that he'd try to make class as normal as possible with "all that is going on.") Things were still really confused then, with reports that the Pentagon had been hit by something and that the Towers had collapsed, but they didn't show the footage of the Towers going down so it wasn't really clear what that meant.

On the way home from school I stopped by the local mall to trade out a defective game I had bought the day before. The parking lot was mostly empty, and I guy I knew who worked at the game store (I think it was still Babbage's at the time...might have been Gamestop, I can't remember) was by the doors and let me in. He said that the Mall had been more or less closed down, but he let me in and exchanged my game since they were still on the clock and were getting antsy just listening to the news (I remember the game was Planescape: Torment. Still haven't played it very much...always meant to).

Then I did what everyone else did that day and just went home was watched the news. A few hours after I got home a friend came over and we played some games to try to take our minds off things for a little bit (as a side note: this friend went on to join the National Guard and served a tour in Iraq and a tour in Afghanistan).

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#6 Posted by Toastburner_B (153 posts) -

@idoublespy: Dude, I know I'm just some anonymous guy on the Internet...but don't. Don't do it. I know it seems like things will never get better, but they will. I know it seems like no one can help, but there are people who can help, and they want to help.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline page has a button off to the side where you can request a chat with a counselor.

1-800-273-TALK (8255) if you want to talk to one...and you do. You reached out to us, reach out to someone who is equipped to help you through this.

If you aren't in the states, use this to find a Lifeline for where you are.

I know it seems so dark right now, but you CAN GET THROUGH THIS. Reach out to those who can help you.

#7 Posted by Toastburner_B (153 posts) -

I have found a method that works for me.

I name characters after the various monsters in Godzilla movies.

It works for me...more or less. While I can't say that "Destoroyah" ended up being the best name for a physical adept in Shadowrun Returns, I am happy with my Diablo III Witch Doctor named "Kumonga".

#8 Posted by Toastburner_B (153 posts) -

@slaps2 said:

So I'm in the process of converting an entire Japanese dictionary into online flashcard form (don't ask why). Noting that I'm on pace to finish in late December, it dawned on me that this is without a doubt the most tedious thing I've ever done. While I'm taking a break, can someone please tell me something more tedious and boring that they've done so that I can feel better?

While not a whole dictionary, I was required to make flash cards for a class (I think it was Advanced Hematology?) back when I was going to school to be a vet tech. As I recall, we had to make flash cards for the entire glossary. It took me the better part of a week with 4-5 hour shifts each night because I had to look up definitions and pictures for each card. In the end I was the only one in the class that made it through the entire list...and my teacher was a nice lady who gave everyone who even made the attempt full credit. I was less than pleased with that result.

#9 Posted by Toastburner_B (153 posts) -

For anyone who likes, loves or just merely enjoys the book, it is hard to enjoy the movie. The whole point of the book was to stress that soldiers in the future would be beyond mere grunts who fight in holes. A member of the mobile infantry is what amounts to an AH64 Apache attack helicopter in capabilities except armored to take for a 'suitcase nuke' going off within three miles of it when it is on the ground.

The movie entirely misses the point of the book in respect to characters, politics, and military docterine. The movie also make one huge mistake, even if you discount the above. The book even from a simplistic perspective is about - the suit.

To not show a Rico in his power armor is a FUCKING, GOD DAMED SIN! How can they not show off power armor? What they hell is the point of making the movie if you don't have "the star" of the whole thing in it?

Thank you. Thank you so much. I couldn't agree with you more. I saw the movie before the read the book...and after I read the book the movie just wasn't the same.

Even if you want to say "the film makers were parodying the politics and ideology of the book,"...sure, fine, I can live with that. But what kind of crazy do you have to be have the 'Starship Troopers' property and not put the power armor in the movie?! It'd be like if someone made a Star Wars movie where the Jedi were just a bunch of mooks with guns!

#10 Posted by Toastburner_B (153 posts) -

I am not a fan of condiments or salad dressings. If I have to, I can stomach a bit of ketchup/mustard/mayo on a burger, but I cannot eat salad that has any kind of dressing on it.

Otherwise, mayo is the worst thing ever. That means I miss out of a lot other foods in which mayo is a major ingredient...but that is small price to pay for not tasting mayo.

Not a big fan of corn, but I prefer the taste of frozen corn over that of corn-on-the-cob. Yup, you read that right.

Just looking at green beans is almost enough to make me lose my lunch.

Nuts of any sort do not taste good at all. Why do you maniacs insist on ruining such wonderful things like, brownies, cookies, banana bread, and ice cream by adding nuts?

I'm okay with the taste of cherries but I cannot stand the texture of cherries.

Pretty much all seafood is terrible. Fish, shrimp, calamari...bleh.