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Title: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 16, 2009, 12:23:50 pm
We have a Love thread, a Hate thread, and a Frustration thread. Not only is that a bit negatively balanced, but there are all kinds of things that doesn't quite fit. I've been thinking on and off for months on what kind of thread could catch most of what's left. Now I have it: an Amusement thread! It can be any kind of amusement, from joyous to grim.

I'll start us off...

I find it amusing that so many people don't understand blogging, think it's a fad, and are nevertheless so eager to get in on it. The ones from the traditional media are the worst. With their influence, they actually are making a fad out of it. But it'll still be here long after they've lost interest. I think this whole cultural mentality that everything is a fad is, itself, a fad. (Actually, I suppose they won't "lose interest" so much as lose the notion that blogging is here today, gone tomorrow. Now Twitter, that's another story...)

I am frequently amused by acronyms and other telltales of lazy language. I was reading a list of assignment titles when I came across "How is diabetes correlated with CAD?" My first thought was, "Computer-aided design? That can't possibly be right." So I scoured my memory banks for a couple of a seconds before a second moment of amusement struck, this one accompanied with the ol'  :idea: "Coronary artery disease. But of course!"

(All good eureka moments and exchanges of fine mustard should be announced with "But of course!")

On a much warmer note, I am greatly amused by the Pineapple Express. It's about fifteen degrees warmer now than it was a couple of days ago at this hour, and the wind is nature's own gentle caress. Of course, this being nature, "gentle" means limbs are falling off trees and waves are lashing the coast.

I also find the British terrifically amusing, what with their lorries and crisps. We even have a British Compendium member named "Dunce."
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Zephira on November 16, 2009, 12:39:37 pm
I find it very amusing that people hardly ever guess my nationality correctly. By my accent (I have an accent?), people have asked if I was Australian, Irish, Scottish, New Yorker, and Canadian, when in fact it's a mix of British and redneck. I've had a Japanese person think I was Japanese, and I've been mistaken for Korean many times because of my hobbies. Does anyone else ever have this problem?

I am amused by the ability to change character names in most role playing games. I'm going through Golden Sun, and I named the three men Janus, Magil, and Magus. I keep running into lines like "Magil, why can't you be more like Magus/Janus?!" I never knew Magil behaved that poorly!

I am also amused by the way Lord J speaks (which is awesome, by the way). I still don't know what "bonzer" means.

Also this http://steelbanana.deviantart.com/art/Chrono-Trigger-Meme-Finished-143522365 (http://steelbanana.deviantart.com/art/Chrono-Trigger-Meme-Finished-143522365).

EDIT: Also tourists. I've had family come visit from out of state twice since Nolan's been in China, and they seemed so awed over little things that I've always taken for granted. I do appreciate the scenery here, and I love how our trees change colour and drop their leaves all over the place, but I never considered it didn't happen like that in other states. We had to stop a few times to take pictures of trees ("the leaves are actually on the ground!"). I also never knew that the floating bridges were such a huge point of interest to tourists. Most people who come here from out of state immediately ask about the floating bridges, about where they are, why they're floating, what happens when it's windy, how they float, and if I've ever been on them.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 16, 2009, 12:46:02 pm
Bonzer! It's been too long since I've had a proper "Bonzer!" moment.

I didn't even notice your accent, although I'm not good with subtle accents. It's only in recent years that I've been able to notice some of the parts of my own accent relative to West Coasterners in general. For instance, I pronounce "hanger" with clear California beach tendencies.

By your last name, I'd guess you were English. Otherwise, I'm going with German. You have this look of ruthless efficiency about you. As for myself, I most frequently am mistaken for a Raconteur.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Zephira on November 16, 2009, 12:53:17 pm
German? That's a first, I'll have to add that to the list!
I think my last name is either Southern or Native-American. I haven't studied much of my paternal grandpa's lineage, but I know I have ancestry from both of those on dad's side. My step-dad is of German descent, though, so close.

I doubt that Raconteur bit is a mistake! I believe you've already told us your nationality so I can't exactly guess (and I suck at that anyway), but if I'd have to take a stab in the dark anyway, I'd say... Canadian.

Other amusement: Pine needles. During fall, lots of leaves and pine needles line the gutters and roads and get completely soaked. It feels like walking on a soft, plush carpet. I'd say Autumn is my favourite season, but I say that about every season, and only during that season.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on November 16, 2009, 05:49:10 pm
I find it very amusing that people hardly ever guess my nationality correctly. By my accent (I have an accent?), people have asked if I was Australian, Irish, Scottish, New Yorker, and Canadian, when in fact it's a mix of British and redneck. I've had a Japanese person think I was Japanese, and I've been mistaken for Korean many times because of my hobbies. Does anyone else ever have this problem?

Ohhhh yes.  Back when I had my hair dyed jet black, people thought I was anything from part Lebanese or part Japanese to Irish.  It was crazy.  When I would tell people I grew up in the Philippines, they assumed I was part Filipina.

I won't even get started on my accent.  Living overseas really threw a monkey wrench into my general pronunciation.  People have no idea where I'm from based on my accent, because it's just a huge jumble of Scottish-tinged American with a very slight Filipino tint.

In general, people have told me that overall I look French or British and that my accent deserves its own country.  XD
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tripehound on November 16, 2009, 09:40:03 pm
EDIT: Also tourists. I've had family come visit from out of state twice since Nolan's been in China, and they seemed so awed over little things that I've always taken for granted.

Wildlife is another good example. My family once hosted a friend of my father's from Australia (we're American). She was absolutely fascinated with squirrels: their chattering, tail flicking, tree climbing; heck, just the way they move enthralled her for whatever reason. It was like watching someone on safari for the first time. To me, the things aren't much more than vehicular fodder. To her, it was, at the very least, a top-notch zoo exhibit.  :lol:

I'm amused by Bug Catcher characters in Pokémon games. I love how they boast about their own awesomeness before they throw out their team members, which, commonly enough, aren't much more than Metapods or Kakunas that are only armed with the move Harden. I do have to admit that they are spot on about their awesomeness; just not in the way they were implying.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 16, 2009, 09:41:40 pm
In defense of tourists, I think this applies at all levels of scale:

http://xkcd.com/231/
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on November 16, 2009, 09:46:56 pm
In defense of tourists, I think this applies at all levels of scale:

http://xkcd.com/231/

That is one of my favourite comics of all time.  It's so true.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Boo the Gentleman Caller on November 17, 2009, 08:29:38 pm
Omnom!

That's probably going to be my new favorite word.  Thanks, Zeph.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on November 17, 2009, 09:24:54 pm
Omnom!

Well if omnipresent means being everyone at once, does omnom mean noming everything at once?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 17, 2009, 11:20:14 pm
Particularly amusing when you consider that Cookie Monster never actually got to eat so much as a single cookie: In his zeal, they would always crumble up and fall out of his mouth onto the floor. Om nom nom! Indeed!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Uboa on November 18, 2009, 02:59:27 pm
Well if omnipresent means being everyone at once, does omnom mean noming everything at once?

Along the same lines, perhaps "Ohmnom" could mean devouring (or noming) the center and flow of all existence.  Or, perhaps it could refer to the electrical resistance of the act of noming.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Truthordeal on November 18, 2009, 03:57:57 pm
(http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l242/Truthordeal/Ohmnomnom.png)

In retrospect, I have no idea what possessed me into thinking that this was a clever pun...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on November 18, 2009, 04:10:16 pm
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/bittersunday/Om-1-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on November 18, 2009, 05:00:16 pm
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Nth7v9mRQXU/Ssn6tnKv3_I/AAAAAAAAAHs/jXzfq_JIthQ/s400/atom-bomb-bikini-atoll-633178-100509-sw.jpg)

Over the radio: G1 to Compendium, this is G1. Reporting back the successful deployment and detonation of the Nom Bomb.  Awaiting Approval to return to base.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on November 19, 2009, 12:22:47 pm
We discovered last night that Dr. Mrs. The Thought is 42ish% Jewish. Previously, we had no idea. This information was discovered through the wonders of SCIENCE! tm Which is to say, genetic tests (23 and Me (https://www.23andme.com/) being our service of choice).

Also, my dog moos.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on November 19, 2009, 01:51:43 pm
Quote
Also, my dog moos.
Is this, too, made possible through the wonders of science? :P
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on November 19, 2009, 01:58:40 pm

That, and meat made in a test tube (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_vitro_meat).
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 19, 2009, 02:35:08 pm
This "ninja" didn't quite make it over the heavily-spiked fence. Like the comments say, "Good 'ol alcohol!"

http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattle911/archives/185393.asp
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Radical_Dreamer on November 19, 2009, 03:06:47 pm
We discovered last night that Dr. Mrs. The Thought is 42ish% Jewish. Previously, we had no idea. This information was discovered through the wonders of SCIENCE! tm Which is to say, genetic tests (23 and Me (https://www.23andme.com/) being our service of choice).

Ashkenazi or Sephardic?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on November 19, 2009, 04:16:48 pm
Ashkenazi.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on November 19, 2009, 05:11:51 pm
Genesis, thanks so much for linking to the in vitro meat article! Like birth pods, it's a subject that provides me with great amusement and hope for the future state of human affairs.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on November 19, 2009, 10:06:47 pm
Genesis, thanks so much for linking to the in vitro meat article! Like birth pods, it's a subject that provides me with great amusement and hope for the future state of human affairs.
I love the idea. End world hunger, one petri-dish-chicken-nugget at a time!


This "ninja" didn't quite make it over the heavily-spiked fence. Like the comments say, "Good 'ol alcohol!"

http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattle911/archives/185393.asp

Those comments are hilarious! ("Is this what they mean by a spike in the crime rate?", )
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 20, 2009, 10:58:24 am
Homophones. Specifically, pear, pare, and pair. See, the other day I bought four pears, one each of four varieties. So, that's two pairs of pears, or, if you will, a pair of a pair of pears. Now, just a moment ago, I was cutting out a soft spot from one of the pears with--what else?--my paring knife. So I was paring one of the pears from the pair of pair of pears.

This is why foreigners hate America. When they were kids their teachers forced them to learn English, thus sowing (not sewing) the seeds (not cedes) of their (not there and certainly not they're) great (not grate) pique (not peek and not peak either).
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on November 20, 2009, 12:05:34 pm
Homophones. Specifically, pear, pare, and pair. See, the other day I bought four pears, one each of four varieties. So, that's two pairs of pears, or, if you will, a pair of a pair of pears. Now, just a moment ago, I was cutting out a soft spot from one of the pears with--what else?--my paring knife. So I was paring one of the pears from the pair of pair of pears.

Homophones, homonyms (http://video.aol.com/video-detail/robot-chicken-homonym/1011673312)... Yeah, I like them, too.  But not for the obvious reasons.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on November 21, 2009, 11:31:27 pm
I am amused that yesterday I heard doctors propose taking a "colo-truck" to the state fair to provide free colonoscopies. "Deep-fried colonoscopies," of course.

Medical humour is a strange but wonderful thing.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: IAmSerge on November 22, 2009, 06:09:45 am
I have slowly lost amusement in this forum...


..and so now you will probably find me more often in the Gang Garrison forum www.ganggarrison.com

or actually playing Gang Garrison 2, downloadable from the same website =D
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 22, 2009, 08:36:32 am
I was under the impression that one has to take some very powerful laxatives prior to a colonoscopy. I should think that would put a crimp in the logistics.

My amusement of the moment is pieces of music which are very obviously written in a certain key, but which completely avoid the tonic until later on, reserving it for a dramatic climax. It's more of a "that's fascinating" amusement than a "that's cute" one.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on November 22, 2009, 05:24:28 pm
Medical humour is a strange but wonderful thing.

I agree, Thought.  Case in Point:

What do you get when you cross an analyst and a therapist?

An analrapist.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Zephira on November 22, 2009, 06:11:38 pm
http://ryan-cole.deviantart.com/art/Sideshow-Magus-144399157 (http://ryan-cole.deviantart.com/art/Sideshow-Magus-144399157)
Why is it so funny. WHY.
Also why, whenever I get a glass of water, do I get the urge to pour it on my dog's head?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 22, 2009, 06:40:51 pm
Never run down a dark hallway in a house with cats...

Speaking of being startled, when I was a kid my sister had a cat named Max. Max was rather a timid cat, and he didn't much care for me--timid cats never did. Well, in our house we had a long hallway, and one night I was running through it (as kids are wont to do) with the lights turned out. Unbeknownst to me, poor Max was in that hallway. All three bedroom doors were shut, so the only way out was in the direction of the enormously scary human running straight at him at maximum speed. Human eyesight being what it is in the dark, I didn't notice him until I was practically on top of him. Do you know what happened next?

Oh, yes, there was hissing, and growling, and clawing. That much is a given. But the truly remarkable bit is that he jumped. Cats will do that when faced with an imminent attack, but I never knew just how high they can jump in these circumstances. That poor cat propelled himself with Rocket Power off the ground, soared a full ten feet, hit the ceiling--and I don't mean that he brushed it; I mean he would have kept on going if it hadn't been there--and literally bounced off the ceiling. I can still remember hearing the thud. By the time Max was on his way down, I had already closed to zero range, so as he descended he showered me with scratches. It was like he was in three places at once. He hit the ground, ran past me, and fled down the hallway, lightning swift.

Normally I don't appreciate being scratched by cats, but this time I figured right there on the spot that Max had come out of it a lot worse than I had.

Poor thing never trusted me again...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: TriforceofEternity on November 25, 2009, 12:41:31 am
I find it amusing when forums/blogs are runned by either people who are retarded and don't know how to properly manage their blog or who are Facist and LOVE to edit the slightest comment.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 25, 2009, 12:43:42 am
It's "run."

...when forums/blogs are run by either people...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 25, 2009, 04:18:04 am
My hobby: Mixing metaphors, and getting them intentionally wrong in the process.
Example: "No amount of lipstick will change that pig into a pumpkin."

I could so be a Hollywood teleplay writer.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on November 25, 2009, 02:32:15 pm
J, I keep wanting the original phrase to be "No amount of lipstick will change that pitbull into a hockey mom," but I have a feeling I'm unfortunately way off base. But was it a Sarah Palin quote originally, or something else?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 25, 2009, 02:37:24 pm
If you're talking about the "lipstick --> pig --> pumpkin" one, I came up with that on the spot for illustration. If you're talking about "lipstick on a pig" generally, it's a pretty old metaphor. There was a bit of media foaming last year when it came up in the course of the presidential campaign, but none of it was original.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on December 03, 2009, 11:03:53 am
The disconnect between prescription drug commercial video and prescription drug commercial audio continues to become more surreal...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG1hdWb8yBM
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on December 03, 2009, 01:43:31 pm

My hobby: Mixing metaphors, and getting them intentionally wrong in the process.
Example: "No amount of lipstick will change that pig into a pumpkin."

I could so be a Hollywood teleplay writer.

My example: "Not the sharpest pickle in the socket."

Hop on board the teleplay wagon.  Primetime TV has suffered long enough without creative people like us.

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: IAmSerge on December 04, 2009, 01:49:10 pm
Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man get the worm.

?!?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on December 04, 2009, 03:35:38 pm

Now, this meme can catch on.  Jumbled sayings and maxims.

"An apple a day is worth two in the bush."
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on December 04, 2009, 03:43:44 pm
Sorry guys, The Boondock Saints already gave the mixed metaphors dealio a starting point.  You're about 10 years too late.

"This mixed metaphor shit's gotta go!"  XD
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on December 04, 2009, 03:53:27 pm
Sorry guys, The Boondock Saints already gave the mixed metaphors dealio a starting point.  You're about 10 years too late.

Yeah, except the film went through pre-development hell, was received extremely poorly, and was a box-office bomb.  Cult followings don't count because any die-hard fan will defend a movie (no matter how loose the plot and how it's "all style and no substance") to the death.

It's never too late to revive a good concept that got dragged down by a sorry production.

"Anything that can go wrong is not a free lunch."
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on December 04, 2009, 03:55:25 pm
I wasn't defending it or even making a comment about the quality of the film.  I just gave mention that mixed metaphors played a minor role in the beginning.  That has nothing to do with how well the film was received.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on December 04, 2009, 03:58:16 pm
I am glad I'm not the only one who immediately thought of the Boondock Saints when this topic was brought up.

As the saying goes, "Loose lips shouldn't live in glass houses."
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on December 04, 2009, 03:59:22 pm
It wasn't even metaphors that I was portraying.  It was maxims and sayings.

I can't imagine how one could confuse the two.

"The nail that sticks out the most strikes the iron while it's hot."
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on December 04, 2009, 04:07:42 pm
That was a line from the movie; the "mixed metaphors" do, in fact, relate to your sayings and maxims in such a context. Take it up with Troy Duffy if you have questions or concerns.


As far as amusements go, I am terribly amused that tea is made from eyelids.

... mythologically speaking, of course. Legend goes that back in the day a monk was meditating for a full year without stopping. As he neared the end of this period, however, he fell asleep. When he woke up he was so enraged at himself for falling asleep that he cut off his own eyelids so that he couldn't accidently shut them ever again. His eyelids became the seeds from which tea plants grew (which became a boon to monks like him who wanted to stay awake).

Also, I am amused that broth is essentially tea made with animal- instead of plant-matter.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on December 04, 2009, 05:29:44 pm

"A rose by any other name flocks together."

These things never get old.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MixedMetaphors (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MixedMetaphors)

How amusing to mix and match these things and mess with people's minds.

You get bonus points if they express a look of confusion.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on December 06, 2009, 01:59:21 am
Lord J, Esquire Productions Presents:
A Lord J, Esquire Production


Lord J, Esquire Stars in:

The Tale of the Unexpected Plot Twist

Once upon a time, a mysterious new source of power was discovered (probably by Lord J, Esquire). Once tapped it met and even exceeded all expectations, and caused no trouble of any kind whatsoever. And everyone lived happily ever after. Except for the conservatives; they got pricked by a prickly holly bush. The holly bush received the Medal of Honor. The End.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on December 06, 2009, 05:56:10 pm

Hmm, as your editor...

Naw, just kidding.  It's great the way it is.

Although in an alternate ending, the conservatives would be shippedd off to an island where they get hit by the Nom Bomb I dropped earlier.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on December 06, 2009, 06:40:48 pm
Careful, J. With great power comes absolutely no onerous responsibilities what-so-ever.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Romana on December 06, 2009, 07:18:51 pm
J can web swing wherever he damn well likes.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Boo the Gentleman Caller on December 07, 2009, 03:56:17 pm
Lord J would be a great politician for one reason: he sits on one extreme side of the political debate.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on December 07, 2009, 06:22:36 pm

Well, since we're drifting into the field of political potenail, here's a good joke:

A Congressman was once asked about his attitude toward whiskey.

"If you mean the demon drink that poisons the mind, pollutes the body, desecrates family life, and inflames sinners, then I'm against it."

"But if you mean the elixir of Christmas cheer, the conglomerate of mass media sponsorship, the taxable potion that puts needed funds into public coffers to comfort little crippled children, then I'm for it."

"This is my position, and I will not compromise!"
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on December 07, 2009, 09:12:50 pm
Thats not a joke, thats a fallacy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If-by-whiskey
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on December 07, 2009, 09:43:18 pm
Lord J would be a great politician for one reason: he sits on one extreme side of the political debate.

You mean that I'm out of the mainstream. I'm not sure whether this is an amusement of mine or more appropriately a frustration, but here it is: Popularity does not make a thing true, and people don't seem to want to acknowledge that, especially when they're on the popular side of the equation. From where I sit, it's most of you who are the extremists--often reflexively so and with no awareness of it whatsoever. But when I talk about political extremeness I'm talking about ideologies themselves; what you're talking about is the numbers game and that is almost worthless as a measure of ideological integrity.

I identify as "very liberal"--almost as liberal as a person can be--because I see lots of problems in the world that require progressive change as opposed to keeping things as they are or backtracking to the customs of an earlier era. But "very liberal" implies that I'm out on the frontier of the classic left-right political spectrum, which is misleading. Not only are there are all kinds of people to the left of me, even in this country, but that spectrum is of limited use outside predefined argument. Actually, to be perfectly honest with you, I hate that spectrum. Left, center, and right: They're all bogus. The imagery came out of France centuries ago and the relevancy hinges upon there being a legitimate politico-economic debate with viable choices in the party system to represent all plausible interests. Neither exists today. American politics today is a battle between nebbishes, lunatics, and lobbyists. The spectrum is obsolete. I have no loyalty whatsoever to any political party or platform. I only care about results.

The problem, if I may, is that your definition of "extreme" compares my positions to those of the mainstream. I mentioned that already, but I just want to reiterate what a terrible way that is to judge the merit of an idea. One need only look back as far as 2004 to see that, when we reelected Bush and bolstered the Republican majorities in Congress. The majority is never wiser than the wisest individuals, and often far short of it.

But perhaps it would be even more useful to describe in brief how exactly I might not be extreme by my own grasp of the concept. Admittedly I lied a wee bit. There are a handful of positions where I might consider myself extreme. But in general I consider my positions well-placed. How could I not? On abortion, for instance, my view is that controlling one's body is the second most important right there is, while unborn babies are not even persons yet. If you accept those premises--and both are supportable in the courts of evidence and logic--then my position of "abortion on demand" is not extreme in the least: It's judicious, humane, and almost inevitable. It never comes up in this country, but there is a whole other dimension to the abortion debate: forced abortions. I'm not in favor of those any more than I am in favor of criminalizing abortion. In my view, deviation in either direction is what's extreme, because it avoids or worsens the problem.

Most people who judge ideas by their integrity rather than their popularity (or context) would say the same thing of themselves: Their positions are the opposite of extreme, where the axis is not left to right, nor popularity to unpopularity, but reasonableness to unreasonableness. People rarely choose, out of context, to be extreme (i.e., unreasonable), and when they do it is often an expression of frustration stemming from perceived powerlessness or an intractable quandary.

I don't know if I would make a "great politician" or not. I'm not very charismatic, my positions are too esoteric for lay audiences to comprehend through a few flimsy soundbites, and my interest in political power as a vehicle for the advancement of humanity is not nearly as high as you might think. I detest the thought of having mooks for colleagues, or for bosses. I don't know how electable I would be, nor how effective I would be if I were actually able to gain office.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on December 07, 2009, 10:04:32 pm
Subjectivity, not truth, determines a spectrum. Let us consider a realm that should have few to no emotional connections: the spectrum of visible light. You're violet, J, at the extreme end of the spectrum, on the blue side. To say that you are moderate could be true, if humans could perceive electromagnetic radiation of lower wavelengths. Blue is a very fine color, maybe it is really where the spectrum should be centered if humans weren't so limited by the cones in our eyes. But alas, there is no objective truth to the spectrum; it is (almost) entirely defined by what people perceive. Maybe someone is violet-color blind and can't even see that spectrum of color, making your position not just extreme but effectively invisible. Or maybe they’re red-color blind, and so your extremeness isn’t so extreme. Or maybe they’re really a mutant and are tetrachromatic, so you are legitimately more moderate.

It’s all open to interpretation. Trying to redefine words is usually more trouble than it is worth.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on December 07, 2009, 10:14:10 pm
Ah, but I never said I was moderate. In fact I explicitly conveyed my distaste for moderateness by including "center" in my denunciation of the left-right spectrum.

As for your main comment, that "subjectivity, not truth, determines a spectrum," I think you may want to reexamine that stance. The example you gave disproves rather than supports your claim, and there are many more instances where spectra are objective. Do not mistake the parameters of a spectrum, or the act of placing on one, with the subjectivity of interpreting those placements.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on December 07, 2009, 10:19:45 pm
Reexamination commencing... … … … reticulating splines… … … Reexamination complete.

Results: Previous analysis is confirmed pending input of additional data.

Perhaps since the light spectrum is a product of our biological functions, you are assuming that it is objective?

Or maybe my own perspectives on objectivity are a bit different. I tend to find math a rather subjective and arbitrary topics, for example.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on December 07, 2009, 10:26:24 pm
Or maybe my own perspectives on objectivity are a bit different. I tend to find math a rather subjective and arbitrary topics, for example.

I suppose that could be it. At any rate, I don't want to get too sidetracked. Your objection seems to be that "extremeness" is necessarily defined subjectively. Since I laid out three different spectra of extremeness, and you saw fit to make the objection you did, I conclude that you were either being contrary for the sake of illuminating a minor point outside the continuum of the argument, and were not actually disagreeing with anything, or that you actually endorse the idea that popularity is the only credible spectrum of extremeness, which would sound uncharacteristic coming from you.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on December 07, 2009, 11:33:32 pm
Oh not at all; one of the first debates I had here at the compendium, outside of the analysis forum, was with Daniel regarding what constituted significant contributions to human expression. My stance was essentially that one could find instances of popular culture being worthy of being included among the great works of humanity.

Likewise, you will often find me commenting in a similar fashion; popular opinion is an important factor in establishing social "truths." Just recently I made a similar comment regarding the Twilight saga, if you recall. Its popularity, to me, is an indicator that it has the potential to be more than what it has thus far seemed to be (though not a guarantee).

I do agree with you that popular opinion is not well suited for establishing "ideological integrity," and indeed I agree with much of what you said, but it appears that you were rejecting a classification system on grounds that exist mostly in your perception of that system and not in the system itself. To say that you are extreme is to (usually) say nothing about the validity or quality of your positions, but rather the rarity of that position. Admittedly, some people do use the word in a derogatory manner, but it still means a degree of rarity, rather than a degree of worth.

Now you maintain that your positions are logical, well thought out, and sound, yes? If true, then by definition, regardless of what your positions actually are, they are extreme by merit of such positions being rare, as you noted.

To offer an alternate view; you would say that you are an intelligent fellow, correct? Would you say that you are extremely intelligent? Or if perhaps a sense of modesty is creeping into you, perhaps you might say that you are at least in the direction of the extremely intelligent? While it would be terribly lovely if everyone were as intelligent as one might hope fore, the fact is that it is non-extremely intelligent who get to determine what extreme intelligence is. Likewise, it is the non-your-political-stance people who get to determine if your stance is extreme or not.

But as for why I objected: among other reasons, it was because objecting in general is amusing to me. Given Boo’s brief comment and your reaction to it, this seemed like an interesting topic to object to in hopes of getting you to expand on it.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Zephira on December 08, 2009, 12:00:23 am
Reexamination commencing... … … … reticulating splines… … … Reexamination complete.
Isn't "reticulating splines" one of the things that shows up during loading screens in Spore?
The big amusement here is that I've reticulated many splines before. Not quite the way you would phrase it, though.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on December 08, 2009, 12:44:12 am
Now you maintain that your positions are logical, well thought out, and sound, yes? If true, then by definition, regardless of what your positions actually are, they are extreme by merit of such positions being rare, as you noted.

You are quite a character!

...popular opinion is an important factor in establishing social "truths."

Ah. Social truths and other subjective truths always have two parts. Such truths are not actually "truth," per se, at least by my definition of the word. Consider the statement: "Your position is extreme because it is unpopular." Now, let us take this supposed position's unpopularity as a given. Even then, how can any statement of nature be made about the position itself--other than that it is unpopular? Any extremeness here is a function not of the position itself, but of its reception by the considering body. This is the difference between subjective and objective truth: Objective truths derive from the material nature of phenomena. But subjective "truths" derive from perception thereof. They cannot be objectively true because there is no object to measure. If a position is extreme because it is unpopular, then, all else being equal, the label of extremeness is an arbitrary declaration. It is significantly deficient in value. One could as easily use any of an exceedingly wide body of adjectives in place of "extreme."

The second part of a subjective truth, however, does indeed contain an actual, honest-to-goodness objective truth. For that matter so do all objective truths. This is the reflexive truth of the observer's interpretation. In our example here, once the label of "extremeness" is established, it is objectively true that that is the interpretation in use (within the relevant parameters). In other words, the statement "Your position is extreme because it is unpopular" cannot be objectively true on its own, but the related statement "I take your position to be extreme because it is unpopular" is in fact objectively true (within the boundaries of our hypothetical scenario).

It's important not to mix these up, which happens all too often and leads to much confusion. I suspect you understand the difference, but your expression of it was subtle or awkward enough that I didn't realize what you were trying to say until your most recent reply. There is no controversy between us whatsoever that unpopular positions are (sometimes) taken to be extreme. The world of popular beliefs is under no obligations to represent in any way the world of objective truth. I am all too aware of that. I replied to Boo like I did because he provided a great opportunity for me to address the lazy or erroneous conceptualizations people often employ when considering and determining extremeness on the subject of ideology. Too often in our national discourse do we hear that Left and Right are both Wrong, with the insinuation being that Center is Right. That's not true in the least--even in the weaker, subjective sense of the word as regards the supposed merits of consensus and compromise.

...it appears that you were rejecting a classification system on grounds that exist mostly in your perception of that system and not in the system itself.

I disagree with you here. I think you are reaching for a solipsist view of the universe. (Oh, burned!) To speak of my "perception" of the "system" of popularity as a determining factor of extremeness implies that I'm just expressing an opinion, and further that opinions are tentative and incapable of being substantiated in the sense of being proved true. On the contrary I am quite certain that popularity is an invalid measure of extremeness, because that conclusion is provided for, uncontroversially, with the recognition that popularity itself is not an evaluation of the objective nature of that which is being interpreted. (The objective truth of the interpretation, as per above, is of course in the nature of the observer and not the observed.)

In practical terms it makes sense to take into account all subjective truths when establishing policy. I'm not disputing that. But these practicalities are independent of the objects under consideration. To speak specifically of an object's extremeness with any relevancy requires that some measurable, inherent attribute of the object be under consideration. To wit, it would have been sufficient simply to cut off our hypothetical sentence at "Your position is unpopular." The addition of the element of extremeness into the discussion is obfuscatory or at best arbitrary. To put it yet another way, it would have made more sense for "you" to be called extreme rather than "your position," because "you" is presumably a member of the considering body.

Boo's actual wording lies somewhere in between, so this isn't to say that he misspoke. Rather, I simply didn't make my earlier remarks with the degree of informativeness on this point that would have been necessary to preempt the contention--presuming that you will agree with all of the above (except possibly that "solipsist" part!).

But as for why I objected: among other reasons, it was because objecting in general is amusing to me. Given Boo’s brief comment and your reaction to it, this seemed like an interesting topic to object to in hopes of getting you to expand on it.

You have played me like a two-tone trumpet!


Reexamination commencing... … … … reticulating splines… … … Reexamination complete.
Isn't "reticulating splines" one of the things that shows up during loading screens in Spore?
The big amusement here is that I've reticulated many splines before. Not quite the way you would phrase it, though.

And SimCity 2000! (And presumably elsewhere in the Will-Wright-o-Verse.) I recognized the reference immediately. =)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on December 10, 2009, 05:59:19 pm
Sister: :[ I dont know any people on the TV other than Nancy Grace.
Sister: And that jackass.
Josh: Beck?
Sister: The other one.
Josh: Hannity?
Josh: O'Reilly!
Sister: There you go!
Josh: BHO...OMG the president's initials! Beck, Hannity, and O'Reilly are socialists!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on December 12, 2009, 12:18:37 pm
I am amused by species whose common name invokes the eating of another species:

http://www.xeko.com/xekopedia#429
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on December 13, 2009, 03:55:31 pm
Am I the only amusable person here?

My current amusement is the Japanese: Their culture is singularly resistant to Christian proselytizing. They love the theology, but to them it's mythology. They incorporate it into their art forms as we would the religions of the Greeks.

Christian: I'm a big important Christian! Obey my big important God! Repent, sinner, or face eternal damnation!
Japanese: Oh, how cute!
Christian: *Dalton glower*
Japanese: But let's give Jesus green hair and put Satan on a mecha bike! ^_^
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: ZombieBucky on December 13, 2009, 04:30:51 pm
the japanese are kind of cool. they do silly things though.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Boo the Gentleman Caller on December 13, 2009, 05:20:40 pm
Current amusements?  Any thread that Triforce of Eternity makes, hahaha...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on December 13, 2009, 07:04:42 pm
This Facebook group. (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2212828142)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on December 15, 2009, 11:49:36 pm
I am amused by my pets. They will be laying down, all peaceful like, and then suddenly they'll get up and attack me, begging for attention, acting like we just woke up in the morning or I just got back from work. This seems to be independent of all other factors.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on December 17, 2009, 02:42:42 am
(http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/funny-pictures-cat-stops-turtle.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on December 19, 2009, 12:24:19 am
Tonight is the last night of Channukah: The Search for More Presents. I'm making latkes, those "Jewish" potato pancakes with onion and egg. It's my first time making them from scratch, and I'm already two-and-a-half hours into the adventure, on account of I don't have a grater and had to do that part the old-old-fashioned way.

Well! I just tasted the first one. It was the very first one I put in the skillet. And it tasted like these (http://www.frenchsfoodservice.com/prod_frnchs_onions.php)! Hah! What happened is that I completely overshot the oil temperature and ended up deep-frying the latkes rather than just frying them. In other words, my latke absorbed practically no oil!

Now, that can be a good thing...but not at Channukah, when the whole point of latkes is that they're deliberately oily. O, what a rascal I am! It was a good latke, but way too light and fluffy for a proper latke. I've lowered the cooking temperature and we'll see how subsequent latkes come out.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on December 19, 2009, 01:53:05 am
Ate too many latkes...  :picardno
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Radical_Dreamer on December 19, 2009, 03:51:31 pm
I will be making my first batch of from scratch latkes my self shortly. Oddly enough, I'll be making them for my girlfriend's family just before Christmas. Hopefully it'll go well; it's been far too long since I've had latkes.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on December 19, 2009, 09:52:12 pm
Courtesy of MsBlack, from this Wikipedia article on space hoppers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_hopper) (i.e., inflatable exercise balls):

Quote
Records

    * Simultaneous Hopping For A Duration Of One Minute


On Friday the 13 of April 2007, Harderwijk, Walibi world, the Netherlands, the world record of 2,518 people simultaneous hopping for a duration of one minute beating the previous record of 2263 people. The attempt was organised by RSG Slingerbos/Levant, school. http://www.depers.nl/opmerkelijk/52255/Wereldrecord-skippyballen-gevestigd.html

    * Fastest Time For 100 Meters On A Space Hopper

In November 2004, Ashrita Furman took just 30.2 seconds to cover the 100 meter dash.

    * Fastest Mile On A Space Hopper


In January 2005, Ashrita Furman set the record for the fastest mile on the Great Wall of China, at Juyonguan outside Beijing.

Darmok and Gilad, at Tinagra. Furman, with his Ball, outside Beijing. Furman, on the Wall, at Juyonguan.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on December 19, 2009, 11:11:51 pm
I am getting way too many of your random references tonight, J, or maybe you are just making more than usual. Either way, it is amusing.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on December 23, 2009, 05:48:29 pm
I know someone who has a little brother named Dalton.  He's 13 and thinks listening to Linkin Park is hardcore (but that's forgivable--I think we were all silly at 13).

But his name is DALTON.  DALTON.

The thought of CT Dalton "rocking" out to Linkin Park, throwing the "rock on" sign and singing along to "Crawling" was too much for me to handle and I couldn't stop laughing for about 10 minutes.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on December 24, 2009, 05:23:55 am
A Snail Encounters an Obstacle:

http://i.imgur.com/cZcFe.jpg
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on December 30, 2009, 05:51:24 pm
Mother and baby experience simultaneous near-death experience on Christmas Eve; "miracle" heralded:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8435457.stm

The interesting thing here is not the statistical anomaly--which is to be expected from time to time in a world where thousands are born every day--but the cynicism with which it is presented. I can almost guarantee you that, somewhere in the BBC News offices, an editor somewhere said: "It's that time of the year, blokes. We need a really heartwarming holiday miracle story. The people eat it up. Keep your eyes peeled, what? Pip pip!"

(British accoutrement added by J for accuracy.)

It's good news for the family that they both lived. A miracle, though? No. Just a holiday centerpiece, as customary as the cornucopia. If not this, then it'd've been something else...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Radical_Dreamer on January 01, 2010, 05:57:09 pm
I was running a game of Mafia at a party. During a vote to see if the townspeople were going to kill someone, one of the already dead players raised their hand. Dead players aren't allowed to participate, and since I knew he was joking, I reminded him of this in a light hearted fashion.

One of the other players looked up at me and asked "From Hell's heart I stab at thee?" to which I responded "Sink all coffins and all hearses to one common pool." I like my friends.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on January 04, 2010, 03:39:24 pm
I am terribly amused that the Finkelstein test (http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00007) is a real thing. It sounds utterly made up, but it is from a bygone era when researchers named things after themselves (sort of like the Islets of Langerhans).
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: V_Translanka on January 04, 2010, 05:20:47 pm
I'm amused that this thread exists when it seems like it's just a "stuff you love" mixed with "check this link out"...How is the love thread ever going to catch up to the frustration thread with this gumming up the works?! lol

There was a hate thread?

By and large I am most amused by...let's see...idk...amusement parks I guess...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on January 04, 2010, 07:02:01 pm
This thread was not intended to be a link thread. Perhaps we can be more disciplined about posting links in here; I'll keep it in mind. However, this thread is most certainly not a "love" thread. Go back and read the very first post. "Love" is a big word; we don't need to be diluting it even further. Same goes with "hate," which is why I always stick out my tongue when people post frustrations in the Hate thread.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on January 04, 2010, 10:19:03 pm
I am amused that other countries seem to consciously put their own national qualifiers in front of terms at a much higher rate than we do in America. You can see this in caricature in bad storytelling sometimes, which is also amusing, but in a different way (since it is a comment on the storyteller's weakness rather than a national ethos).
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Truthordeal on January 04, 2010, 10:26:47 pm
I am amused that other countries seem to consciously put their own national qualifiers in front of terms at a much higher rate than we do in America. You can see this in caricature in bad storytelling sometimes, which is also amusing, but in a different way (since it is a comment on the storyteller's weakness rather than a national ethos).

Like, Swedish meatballs or German Shepherds, as opposed to American ______?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on January 04, 2010, 10:30:02 pm
Exactly. I was reading this (http://blasphemy.ie/2010/01/01/atheist-ireland-publishes-25-blasphemous-quotes/), and right in the very first sentence they come out with "Irish." It's technically accurate--in fact it's more accurate than leaving it out--yet, on an Irish political website, on an Irish Internet domain, where the discussion at hand is of a prevailing issue in Ireland, it seems an amusingly self-conscious qualifier.

Edit: I should point out, however, that your specific examples are bogus, since the qualifiers on those two terms have since become integrated with the term itself, thus losing their adjectival quality.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: V_Translanka on January 04, 2010, 11:34:24 pm
What about stuff you'd hear in the news like the American Death Rate and such? Do those count?

I don't think the love thread is about things you love as much as you love your family or your significant other (isn't that phrase unbelievably not loving? lol)...I mean, just because you don't like how people are treating the word in society does that mean we should start a new thread pointing that out? Semantics. Love thread=Like a lot thread. Sound better? >_>
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on January 05, 2010, 12:15:38 am
But it's not semantics. When people dilute the meaning of words, they undermine their own ability to communicate. They even harm other people's ability to be understood. Doesn't it strike you as dissonant when someone posts something which is truly and unambiguously an example of love or hate, and then the very next post is almost cruelly casual in comparison?

Admittedly I have, myself, abused the Love thread in this way, although I've been very disciplined about the Hate thread. I started the Amusement thread to try and divert some of the non-love stuff away from the Love thread, but I guess more threads are needed.

Or, to take it the other way, we might simply lump everything together into a single "What's on Your Mind?" thread, avoiding the problem of word dilution.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Truthordeal on January 06, 2010, 05:55:01 pm
American history has seen three prominent figures with the name "John Edwards," and all three of them are douchebags. Coincidence? Yeah, probably.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on January 06, 2010, 06:42:10 pm
American history has seen three prominent figures with the name "John Edwards," and all three of them are douchebags. Coincidence? Yeah, probably.

What?  You don't like the thought of God dangling you as a spider over the fiery pits of Hell?  XD
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on January 07, 2010, 07:05:28 am
I just read a description of Sarah Palin: "Mooselini." Hee hee!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on January 08, 2010, 12:20:39 am
This is the friend who has our favourite asshole Dalton as her little brother.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/bittersunday/Dalton.jpg)

:lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Truthordeal on January 08, 2010, 12:27:50 am
I was just on lolfbmoments when you posted this, Saj. The transition made me thing I burned it into my mind.

I am thoroughly amused by this.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on January 08, 2010, 12:06:28 pm
I just saw a Facebook ad that said: "Atheism not enough for you? Richard Dawkins digs pantheism."

This amuses me on many levels.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on January 08, 2010, 06:36:49 pm
I was looking on the British shelf at my grocery store today and I saw a can of "Mushy." Cooking instructions specified "On the Hob." O, you Brits! You do make me smile!!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on January 08, 2010, 06:42:44 pm
I got my genetic results back. I can now be in an Adam Sandler song since I am a quarter Jewish (not too shabby).

Alas, though, I am not genetically resistant to HIV. Not that I have a real reason to want to be, but that would have been cool.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: ZeaLitY on January 08, 2010, 08:00:32 pm
Where can I purchase an analysis such as that?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on January 08, 2010, 08:46:22 pm

I got my genetic results back. I can now be in an Adam Sandler song since I am a quarter Jewish (not too shabby).

I hear Goldie Hawn's half Jewish.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: skylark on January 08, 2010, 09:49:38 pm
I got my genetic results back. I can now be in an Adam Sandler song since I am a quarter Jewish (not too shabby).

Right up there with Harrison Ford. Nice. :P
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on January 08, 2010, 10:07:35 pm
Harrison Ford's part Jewish?  Heh, I never knew that.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: skylark on January 09, 2010, 12:03:47 am
Harrison Ford's part Jewish?  Heh, I never knew that.

Actually, I don't know if he is or not. I was quoting on a verse of the song. :oops:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on January 09, 2010, 12:10:20 am
Oh.  Heh, never mind then!  :)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on January 09, 2010, 12:24:19 pm
Where can I purchase an analysis such as that?

I used the service 23 and Me (https://www.23andme.com/); their main competitor is deCODEme (http://www.decodeme.com/)

Unfortunately they aren't particularly cheap (23andMe is around $500 for the ancestry and health analysis, though you can purchases them individually too).  Mine was a Christmas present.

Nor are the services as detailed as one might wish; they look specifically at certain fairly significant genes. 23andMe identified 11 potential disease-causing (or resisting) genetic variations. THere are a lot more than just 11 out there. On the plus side, however, is that as 23andMe develops additional tests, they'll update the status of those who already purchased it. So if in a few months they add a 12 disease gene that they look at, they will update me with if I am at risk or resistant for that. Too note, their health analysis looks at more than just disease risks. But if you want to see your full genome, I'd recommend volunteering for the Personal Genome Project (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_Genome_Project). If you are selected, it's the cheapest way of documenting your DNA.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on January 09, 2010, 02:10:57 pm

@Sajainta: Actually, Harrison Ford isn't Jewish, but his mother is fully Jewish.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Zephira on January 09, 2010, 02:54:27 pm
Jewish in race, or religion? If his mother is fully Jewish he should at least be half, unless she's not his real mother. Though if she is fully Jewish, and he didn't get any Jewish genes, that would be quite amusing and would give the genetic scientists a whole lot to chew on.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on January 09, 2010, 09:23:09 pm
D had a dream about CT:DS last night.  There was another Temporal Vortex in each time that you could go to.  They were full of cheerleaders.  These cheerleaders would accompany you on quests and help you fight really, really hard enemies.  The maps were full of treasure chests, but you had to do these ridiculously hard puzzles to get to them.  The cheerleaders would show up on school buses, jump out of the top and say "Hi Crono!  Can you help us?"

D said the dream was so realistic he woke up and looked up DS changes online to see if it was real!  XDXD
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on January 09, 2010, 09:28:57 pm
Don't let Masato Kato catch wind of this Sajainta, or he'll write in the cheerleaders for the next Chrono Trigger re-release...

...just like he wrote in Dalton taking over Porre...after seeing it HERE! :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Truthordeal on January 09, 2010, 09:49:59 pm
Jewish in race, or religion? If his mother is fully Jewish he should at least be half, unless she's not his real mother. Though if she is fully Jewish, and he didn't get any Jewish genes, that would be quite amusing and would give the genetic scientists a whole lot to chew on.

Just to put this out there...the "Jewish race" is typically referred to as Hebrew, while the religion is called Jewish. He might be part Hebrew, but unless he's just a very bad Jew, he cannot be part Jewish.

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on January 09, 2010, 10:14:03 pm
Just to put this out there...the "Jewish race" is typically referred to as Hebrew, while the religion is called Jewish. He might be part Hebrew, but unless he's just a very bad Jew, he cannot be part Jewish.

I've never heard that.  Where did you find that information?  All of the Jewish (by ethnicity) people I know refer to themselves as Jews, not Hebrews.  They make a distinction between ethnicity and religion by saying that they are ethnically Jewish, but not religiously Jewish.  I always thought that "Hebrew" was the older name for them before they were called Jews.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Truthordeal on January 10, 2010, 01:30:47 am
This is a lesson I picked up from an ethnically Jewish friend of mine, who made me very aware of this fact after I brought up his Jewish ancestry.

Of course, in retrospect, this could be a personal preference of his rather than  a social rule. Iono.

*Goes back to eating pie*
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on January 10, 2010, 01:41:14 am
I think it might be a personal preference.  I've never heard that before and I know quite a few people of Jewish heritage.  I actually asked my boyfriend (whose mother is ethnically Jewish) if he'd ever heard this, and he said he hadn't.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on January 10, 2010, 11:31:11 am
I was torn as to whether I should correct GenesisOne and Truthordeal for the benefit of the gallery, or just sit back and quietly enjoy the preposterousness of people talking authoritatively on a subject where they are quite obviously clueless. I have finally decided to let truth rule. For the record:

1. In orthodox Judaism, the religious aspect is inseparable from the ethnic one. That distinction is made by people who find themselves apart from the religion but still feel connected with Jewish culture sufficiently that they feel the label "Jewish" to be self-descriptive. Me, for instance, my affiliation with Jewish culture is marginal, so I don't use that word to describe myself unless it explicitly comes up in conversation, at which point I sometimes describe parts of my lifestyle--such as my love of pastrami on rye--as Jewish in character or inspiration.

2. Ethnicity is not a byword for "race." Ethnicity is a cultural parameter, encompassing various elements such as language, folkways, nationality, religion, and so forth, but not conditioned on any of them specifically.

3. The Orthodox consider Judaism to be matrilineal, meaning that one's "Jewishness" depends entirely on whether one's mother had been Jewish. Unlike the proselytizing religions, (orthodox) Judaism is exclusive and very hard for outsiders to join. So, if Harrison Ford's mother is Jewish but he himself says he is not, then, depending on who you ask, he is either entirely Jewish or not Jewish at all. Only a demographer or an artist could legitimately invoke fractions. As for me, the Orthodox wouldn't consider me Jewish at all: My mother was a Christian and never underwent an Orthodox conversion.

4. No mainstream group of Jewish, religious or secular, ever calls themselves Hebrews in a contemporary sense. That term in that context is almost exclusively used by Christians. In fact, I can't speak for other languages, but in English the term "Hebrew" as a synonym or replacement for "Jew" is usually considered derogatory by Jews themselves. A person can call themselves whatever they like, but I've known quite a few Jews and not a one of them ever styled themselves a Hebrew.

Class dismissed.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Truthordeal on January 10, 2010, 12:30:39 pm
You said it yourself that it was self-descriptive. Anyway, as I said, I received this tidbit from a very vocal(to respect his wishes) Hebrew. While he's not the only Jewish person I've met, he is the only one to explain this point to me.

Furthermore, if you have to correct me on a point I get wrong, then do so. Just don't be an asshole about it.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on January 10, 2010, 12:45:11 pm
I'll PM you my reply to that...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: MsBlack on January 10, 2010, 01:43:37 pm
My usage has it that there are three separate senses of 'Jewish' here: religious, ethnic and cultural, with what people refer to as the 'Jewish race' referring to what is actually and more accurately the genetically 'Semetic' group within humanity.

I'd guess that the conflation of those three senses of 'Jewish' and referring to the genetic group as 'Jewish' is because of that exclusivity you mentioned: The Jews (in the religious sense) were so close-knit for so long, that they became culturally, ethnically and perhaps even somewhat genetically distinct. That would apply to both ignorant outsiders and hardcore insiders like the one Truthordeal is referring to.

Of course, that's informed by my woeful knowledge of Jewish (heh) history. What do you think, J?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on January 10, 2010, 02:13:10 pm
There really is no such thing as "the Jewish race." Even if you buy into the concept of race (which I don't), the biological distinctiveness of the Semitic peoples crosses Jewish lines in two places: Not all Jews are Semites, and not all Semites are Jews. The Ashkenazim, who comprise the majority of Jews alive today, are not Semitic. (You might also notice that the term "Semitic" and the term "anti-Semitic" mean two completely different things.)

The question of what constitutes a Jew is fraught with controversy. You're right: Until the middle of the last century, it was easier to conflate Judaism the religion with Jewishness the ethnicity, because, for all intents and purposes, all Jews were religiously observant to some degree. Even as it still is for the Orthodox, once upon a time so it was for all Jews that the religion was inseparable from the larger culture. Even the secular Jews who were philosophically non-theistic had to go through the motions of Jewish observance. Those of us my age and younger who live in the First World are spoiled; we're not going to be put to death by religious people for not being religious. In many cases we can get by in society just fine. That's a new development in modern history. A century ago, the Daniel Krispins and Truthordeals of the world would have been calling for our deaths.

The personal rule of thumb that I use to estimate whether someone is Jewish or not is to consider as Jewish anyone who is any one or more of these three things:

A1) A non-Muslim Israeli;
A2) A religious Jew;
A3) Someone who was raised in a Jewish household;

AND:

B) Does not explicitly renounce the label "Jew" and all related cultural affiliations.

I find this to be a fairly accurate empirical approximation of a question that may not be solvable analytically.

Edit: Here's some information you may enjoy:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_Return
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Magus22 on January 12, 2010, 01:13:13 am
Don't let Masato Kato catch wind of this Sajainta, or he'll write in the cheerleaders for the next Chrono Trigger re-release...

...just like he wrote in Dalton taking over Porre...after seeing it HERE! :lol:

LOL!!!

And we all know who to thank for that...  :picardno
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on January 15, 2010, 04:01:29 am
I had an epic dream today, and I figure I'd share, since a lot of you are Star Trek fans.  :)  :picardno  (I am totally going to use this smiley throughout the entire post.)

I had just woken up from a huge nap, and during the nap I dreamt that D (my boyfriend) was Mr. Spock.  He was still D, and looked like D...but he was also Spock.  He had the Vulcan eyebrows and Vulcan ears, but he still had D's gorgeous fluffy hair!

We were at my parent's house, and my two brothers and mum were in my bedroom--only in the dream it was a den.  They were all playing MarioKart 64, and my mum was kicking their asses.  This is something that would never happen IRL, but yay for dreams.  :D

Then suddenly all of us (brothers, mum, D/Spock, and myself) decided to go to DSpock's home planet.  Which I remembered, in the dream, was called Vulcan.  [I've never watched a single Star Trek episode, I've only seen the most recent film, heh, so I'm kind of proud of myself that I remembered the name of the planet.]

On Vulcan, they had these huge, Zeal-like floating islands, which (of course) I was excited about.  "OMG it's like Zeal!"

Well unfortunately, they had the same fate as Zeal.  :picardno

You see, the Russians wanted to take over Vulcan, so they had flown to the planet and were negotiating with the Vulcan...leader.  They decided to settle this on the tennis court.  If the Vulcan leader-person won, the Russians would have to leave.  If Putin won, well goodbye Vulcan and hello New Russia!

So they started playing, and the Vulcan kicked Putin's ass.  :lol:

But unfortunately, Saddam Hussein was there and wanted to cause mischief.  So he had Iraqi bombers start bombing VulcanZeal!  :picardno

My family and DSpock escaped (on these nifty elevators), but alas...VulcanZeal was no more.

On the surface, the Vulcan government (what was left of it), wanted to kidnap us, so they somehow knocked out everyone else.

They couldn't knock me out for some reason (you inept Vulcans, you!  :picardno ), and I was completely oblivious regarding their attempts.  So what they did is put some drugs into a chocolate chip cookie and laid it on a table for me to find.  I walked by and said "Oooh, cookie!"  I ate it and fell unconscious.  : /

I woke up in this weird, dark basement with my family and DSpock, and these Vulcans came into the room and told us to come with them.

We were lead to this office where a man told us of a prophecy from thousands of years ago, and they thought that DSpock was going to be the one to fulfill it.  Apparently there were these ancient scripts saying that the ancient Vulcans used to chant "[Insert weird ancient Vulcan words] [insert my boyfriend's full name] [insert weird ancient Vulcan words]." as a sort of prayer.

We got back to the surface and DSpock turned to me and said "I think I'm falling in love with you..."

To which I said "Aren't you supposed to be all rational and shit?  We've only been dating for a month and a half!"  XD

And then I woke up.

I called D immediately afterward and told him.  He's a Trekkie and was super thrilled to learn that he was Spock.  Apparently he wanted to be Spock as a kid.  :P

A while later, I was online and told Lord J about the dream.

[J's screenname] (11:06:03 PM): You know, you've lived the Trekkie dream: Mr. Spock fell in love with you.
[J's screenname] (11:06:16 PM): He caused so many crushes back in the '60s and '70s.
CieldesPapillons (11:06:30 PM): Oh, but that terrible haircut!
CieldesPapillons (11:06:36 PM): At least D kept his nice fluffy hair!

[J's screenname] (11:08:05 PM): Yeah...that was a pretty epic dream.
[J's screenname] (11:08:24 PM): Come on, it had everything. Putin, Saddam Hussein, Spock, flying islands, tennis, poisoned cookies, love...

And there you have it!

I love my dreams.

:mrgreen:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Uboa on January 15, 2010, 04:53:38 am
I'm amazed, Saj!  This is the best dream account I've heard, possibly ever.  I cracked up when I got to that part about the cookie!

"She's resisted our conventional methods of subjugation.  You all know what this means.  We must deploy the cookie."



Edit:  You know, when I mentioned that this might be the best dream account I've ever heard I got a strong sense of deja vu, and I couldn't figure out why.   Then I remembered I'd actually told you that before; when you last told me about an awesome dream!  Neat-o.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Zephira on January 15, 2010, 12:11:21 pm
What entertains me most about that dream is that I can't read "DSpock" without thinking "Nintendo DS". Did he have the touch screen and wifi attachments?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on January 15, 2010, 04:33:22 pm
Live long on dual screen!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Zephira on January 15, 2010, 04:57:06 pm
I have removed the top of the D key from my laptop. It was very therapeutic, but didn't help very much. What amuses me is that the key is a lot smaller than it looks, and was only glued to the part beneath. I can envision using a million of these little things as wallpaper.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on January 18, 2010, 06:30:50 am
I'm a huge Tetris fanatic and during a game I was playing today I took a screenshot because of the number of lines I had.

Now I am officially evil.  :twisted:

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on January 18, 2010, 06:30:20 pm
Does Edward creep you out? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx2aKgpJFiQ)

It is like Weird Al was reading Twilight when he wrote that song.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on January 18, 2010, 06:38:22 pm

Does Edward creep you out? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx2aKgpJFiQ)

It is like Weird Al was reading Twilight when he wrote that song.

YYYYYYEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHH!  Weird Al is THE song parody king!  Hands down!

Oh, crap... :shock:

I just made a fan-boy comment.  How could I...

*gets ready to hang himself*
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on January 19, 2010, 02:21:36 pm
I am thoroughly amused by how many languages are spoken (or have been studied extensively) within my family.  By "my family" I don't just mean my parents and two siblings, but my boyfriend and my brother's girlfriend as well.  With those 7 people here are the languages that are spoken fluently::

English (all of us).
Cebuano (everyone except my boyfriend and brother's girlfriend).
Ilocano (my brother's girlfriend).
Latin (okay, it's a dead language, but my father is as fluent as one can be in Latin).
Ancient Greek (see above).

Here are the languages that have been studied extensively::

Spanish (my mum, my youngest brother, and D).
French (my dad, my elder brother, and myself).
German (my dad and my elder brother).
Aramaic (my dad).
Hebrew (my dad).

D has also been studying Japanese for about 2 years.  And we're (most likely) going to move to Korea soon after I graduate, so then we'll start learning Korean.  :)

The most amusing thing about this is the way we communicate when we're all together.  It's this weird mixture of Cebuano and English (with less Cebuano when my brother's girlfriend and D are with us), with random words from other languages thrown in that we all can understand.  Because of my youngest brother, I know the most random Spanish words, and because of my elder brother we all know the weirdest German words.  Same with French and Latin.  D has even learned some Cebuano from being around my family so much!  :D  That makes me really happy.

My family kicks ass.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on January 20, 2010, 06:58:45 pm
I am amused when I read. Why? Because I often find myself imagining the characters as someone else. For instance, in English class we began reading Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. It being a "theater of the absurd", I just had to imagine the characters a little differently. And the first thing I thought of? Chrono Cross. :D

And so, in my mind, the characters of the play resemble the characters of Chrono Cross and have whatever voice I thought fit their personality. So far, I have:

Guildenstern as Guile
Rosencrantz as Sneff
The Tragedians (the Player and his band) as Nikki and Karsh (as Alfred), Zoah, Marcy, Solt, and Peppor
Prince Hamlet as Serge
Claudias as Lynx
Gertrude as Riddel
Polonius as Dario
Ophelia as Kid
And more to come...

Lol, I was getting a kick out this. :D

EDIT: I chose Guildenstern as Guile not only for the similarity in name but because of his mentioning of an "enigma." I think its fit rather well. On a different note, I particularly liked the part where Guildenstern grabs Rosencrantz and yells, "WHO DO YOU THINK I AM?" :kamina Lol, or something very similar. I don't have the book with me.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on January 21, 2010, 09:26:37 pm
I was listening to the Chronotorious album when a song came on with the title "B.A.M.F." It was Frog's theme, so this acronym perplexed me. Something-Something-Something-Frog? I was at a loss. Then Magus' theme cut in, and the proverbial  :idea: clicked. Badass Motherfucker. Hah!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Zephira on January 21, 2010, 11:32:12 pm
Actually (officially), BAMF stands for Blue And Mighty Fine. I'm not sure where you heard Frog in there, though..
If you want something even more amusing, try to get the lyrics for DETHFROG!
My amusement: Both Magus' theme and Frog's theme have all capitol names in CHRONOTORIOUS, the only other capitalized song being CHRONOTORIOUS (derp), which is the game's main theme.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on January 22, 2010, 01:08:47 am
I was listening to the Chronotorious album when a song came on with the title "B.A.M.F." It was Frog's theme, so this acronym perplexed me. Something-Something-Something-Frog? I was at a loss. Then Magus' theme cut in, and the proverbial  :idea: clicked. Badass Motherfucker. Hah!

Which songs are your favourite, J?  Mine are definitely "Longing of the Wind" and "Forced Enlightenment".  I've been listening to those two songs almost non-stop since Zeph gave me the album (thanks again Zeph!).

The whole album kicks major ass, but those two are my favourites.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on January 22, 2010, 04:11:03 pm
Mine name is Thought!
Cyrus's hopes and dreams...
And now the Masamune...

Forthwith I shall slay Shadow D. Darkman and restore honor! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caRKvQAyU7M)

(http://th07.deviantart.net/fs32/300W/i/2009/042/3/3/Chrono_Trigger__s_Frog_by_BenCole.jpg) (http://bencole.deviantart.com/)



This was a request. I have been informed that with this post, I shall have knocked the ill-favored Shadow D. Darkman of the list of top 10 posters. (http://www.chronocompendium.com/Forums/index.php?action=stats)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on January 22, 2010, 04:19:35 pm
I have proof of this momentous occasion!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/bittersunday/Untitled.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: ZombieBucky on January 22, 2010, 04:35:42 pm
who is this shadow d. darkman? sounds lame.

im amused at people who think they know how cake should be. they wanted me to make their yellow cake sweeter and i told them that then itll lose the right consistency. they didnt care, so when they come back and claim it wasnt as delicious and moist as they thought it would be, i get to laugh at them. until they insult my baking ability. then they get hit with a rolling pin.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on January 22, 2010, 04:56:06 pm
I'm amused that yellow cake is a type of cake.

Also, Shadow D Darkman is supposedly the punk who called down the fire on CE.
EDIT: Nevermind, I have been correctly. He was... someone. Who did... something? Dunno. Dark Serge's the one I was thinking of.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on January 22, 2010, 05:25:19 pm
I wasn't here, but from my epic back-reading of the site (yes, yes, I have no life) Shadow was a Compendiumite who consistently spammed the forums with excess posting (as in....he had over 2,500 posts in less than 3 months).  He was warned multiple times to change his behaviour, but didn't and eventually was banned.  It was pretty dramarific, and I wasn't even there!

In short, he had the 10th highest post count even after being banned in February.  Thought JUST surpassed him today.  It gave me a laugh, anyway.  :)

And yes, I know I am a total loser for crawling through the dregs of the Compendium.  :P

Info-ish on this page (http://www.chronocompendium.com/Forums/index.php/topic,4445.1980.html)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on January 22, 2010, 05:35:53 pm

2500 in less than 3 months??

That's gotta be, like... (Divide the two, carry the one...)

At least 30 posts a day.  What was he trying to prove?

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on January 22, 2010, 08:08:24 pm
Irrelativity?

=P
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: ZombieBucky on January 22, 2010, 09:10:34 pm
it seems like he didnt have much of a life to be posting 30+ times a day.
also yes, yellow cake is a type of cake. at least, in this demographic. its probably got some fancier name in the actual culinary world, but here in a little town in connecticut, anything too complicated turns the crowds off your bakery skills. its too fancy for them, you see.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: MsBlack on January 24, 2010, 08:07:55 pm
I find it amusing when people (including myself) marvel at wonderful technology and then change their tone completely when it fails their expectations. I'm thinking, of course:

"Ah, personal computers! What incredible feats of engineering and technological mastery, I—What the fuck?! Fuck you, Firefox! Computerz are teh suck! >=|"
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on January 28, 2010, 12:42:16 pm
I love good snark. From the New York Times:

Quote
But perhaps I am, as many suggested to me, just another liberal dupe. Perhaps I even fell for the pretense that Johnson lives in the modest home where I visited him, which bore none of the trappings his supposed sellout would suggest. The U.P.S. man who delivered packages to his door while I was there, and his truck, may have been hired for the day just to snow me; the decidedly un-Mata-Hari-like woman he introduced to me as his fiancée, who brought us water and fruit as we talked in his small home office, may have been a member of the Trilateral Commission. It would be just like a representative of the Mainstream Media to get caught believing his eyes like that.

Link. (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/24/magazine/24Footballs-t.html?hpw=&pagewanted=all)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on January 28, 2010, 01:04:49 pm
My alias. I have such great fun with it.

Also, ISBNs. There was the switch not that long ago (as in within the last 6 years) which sparked my interest. The history of them, how they are constructed, and the information they contain is all quite fascinating. They're sometimes like little numbery-riddles.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on January 31, 2010, 01:03:06 pm
I have a wee touch of dyslexia or something similar. It doesn't to my knowledge interfere with my ability to learn, but I do occasionally goof sequences. So, just now, I read the news headline "Man killed in altercation with son, police say" as "Man killed with alliteration, police say."

What a world that would be...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: V_Translanka on January 31, 2010, 02:27:39 pm
I love good snark. From the New York Times...

You just said "love"...>_>
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: MsBlack on January 31, 2010, 07:56:01 pm
Shameless clichés that are too bad to surely be true. Particularly in police procedurals.

Or perhaps just CSI.

WAAAAH (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sarYH0z948)

(http://www.mediabistro.com/agencyspy/original/Homer%20Simpson%20Oh%20No.jpg)
THE EIGENVALUE IS OFF!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vxq9yj2pVWk)

Fortunately Red Dwarf gave them a good what-for:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUFkb0d1kbU

Unfortunately, it wasn't enough:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgRwI4Z6Wqo
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on February 03, 2010, 04:10:04 pm
I have found the Starship Captains of the dog-world! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berger_Picard)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 03, 2010, 10:54:45 pm
The "YOUR BANNED" thread amused me (save the atrocious grammar)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  What amused me even more was it being locked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And I totally am a grammar Nazi, and not ashamed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  ^_^

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11!!!eleven

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on February 03, 2010, 11:35:51 pm
The "YOUR BANNED" thread amused me (save the atrocious grammar).  What amused me even more was it being locked.

And I totally am a grammar Nazi, and not ashamed.  ^_^

It was amusing while it lasted! You're still not using exclamation points, I see!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 04, 2010, 12:02:26 am
It was amusing while it lasted! You're still not using exclamation points, I see!

Edited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Uboa on February 04, 2010, 02:53:39 am
The "YOUR BANNED" thread amused me (save the atrocious grammar)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  What amused me even more was it being locked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And I totally am a grammar Nazi, and not ashamed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  ^_^

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11!!!eleven

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I heard you like amusement, so we put some amusement in your amusement so you can be amused while you be amused.

(I really hope that was justified.)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 04, 2010, 03:03:13 am
All I could think of was "so i herd u liek mudkipz".  >_<
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on February 04, 2010, 03:56:15 am
I get a coupon mailer once a week in the post. Usually the coupons are for things like pet food, cosmetics, groceries, and toiletries. But I shit you not, here is one of the ads in this week's mailer...


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(large picture of Jesus)

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(the fine print:)

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Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 04, 2010, 04:30:04 am
Oh my god...

Please scan this coupon and put it up here for further amusement.  I have to see this monstrosity.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Uboa on February 04, 2010, 06:18:50 am
(http://dreamproductscatalog.com/images/products/detail/98651.jpg)

Could it be... ?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on February 04, 2010, 03:00:50 pm

Was this Photoshopped or what?

'cause I'm into the whole "Not Photoshopped" thing if you are:

http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/featured/not-photoshopped-incredible-forced-perspective-photography/14968
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on February 04, 2010, 03:59:39 pm
Yeah, that's the image from the advertisement (or, rather, that's part of the image). Ain't it awesome? COPPER JESUS MAGNETS!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: rushingwind on February 05, 2010, 01:35:43 am
(http://dreamproductscatalog.com/images/products/detail/98651.jpg)

HAHAHAHA WHAT?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on February 05, 2010, 01:53:07 am
I'm confused. Is it the magnetized copper or the Jesus inside the magnetized copper that does the healing...?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Zephira on February 05, 2010, 01:59:04 am
It's the magnetized copper, but Jesus made the magnetized copper just to show off his amazing healing ability without actually having to go out and see people.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on February 05, 2010, 04:02:59 pm

Jesus made the magnetized copper just to show off his amazing healing ability without actually having to go out and see people.

Or some religious person decided to make a fancy copper ring, slap it with a label, and pass it off as a substitute for the being it claims to represent.

I don't know, the latter seems more likely, don't you?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 05, 2010, 04:39:59 pm
I don't know, the latter seems more likely, don't you?

Nah.  I believe Zeph.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on February 05, 2010, 04:59:23 pm

Which is ironic, because I find that hard to believe.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 05, 2010, 04:59:40 pm
It was sarcasm.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on February 05, 2010, 05:05:53 pm


Good to know.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on February 05, 2010, 05:09:39 pm
And knowing is half the battle.

...

The other half is violence.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on February 05, 2010, 05:22:01 pm
And the other half is style, baby!  :franky
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 05, 2010, 05:30:40 pm
That's 150% of battling.  I'm a liberal arts major, and even -I- know there ain't somethin' right with that there calculation.  8)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on February 05, 2010, 05:37:03 pm
Not at all, if anything we are missing a half. I refer you to the earth! There is an eastern, western, northern, and southern hemisphere. As a hemisphere is half a sphere, earth is at 200%
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: V_Translanka on February 05, 2010, 11:16:12 pm
The hemispheres don't cover 4 different areas, but 4 regions that overlap...Obviously half of each hemisphere will belong to one of the others, thus 100%...! This isn't even what's being talked about, is it? >_>
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on February 05, 2010, 11:44:40 pm
Overlapping hemispheres? Do you talk to your parents with that mouth, V?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on February 06, 2010, 07:23:59 pm
On my toaster oven (except when the oven is turned on, hah!) is a bowl of chocolates. Since childhood my favorite mass market milk chocolate has been the red-labeled (plain) Symphony bars, which are produced by Hershey's and in my opinion are far better than Hershey's Milk Chocolate bars, which taste really cheap. Actually, Symphony tastes cheap itself, but it's a much more favorable kind of "cheap."

Well, anyhow, my amusement here is that, by keeping these chocolate bar pieces out in a bowl in plain sight rather than squared away in the pantry, I get a hankering to have a piece pretty much every time I go into the kitchen. I find it amusing that I'm so suggestible when it comes to food.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on February 09, 2010, 10:27:18 am
Speaking of food, I am quite amused by the taboos people have regarding food. Horse, dog, and cat, for example, are largely verboten in the United States, but perfectly acceptable meats in other regions. Even less "tabooed" meats can produce weird looks from people. I find it amusing that I can tell people I've eaten quail or alligator and they'll be uncomfortable for the rest of the discussion.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: neo-fusion on February 09, 2010, 10:43:58 am
... I am never gonna ever ever ever look at you the same way again thought....

Kidding of course.

I find myself amused by school being closed today... yay.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Truthordeal on February 09, 2010, 01:31:09 pm
I've had alligator(bit too tough) and quail(damn fine). I also remember having some sort of fish when I was younger. I want to say it was dolphin or porpoise, but I don't think that's right...

And of course, as most of us probably have at some point, I was dared and obliged to eat part of a half-dead cockroach when I was much, much younger. Apparently they're good for you, but still...icky.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 09, 2010, 04:09:51 pm
I've eaten dog.

I once told someone that (an American) and they became incredibly angry at me.  Silliness.  1)  I was barely two years old at the time.  2)  People eat dog in the Philippines.  It's a poor country.  Any kind of meat is up for grabs.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: MsBlack on February 09, 2010, 04:11:37 pm
I also remember having some sort of fish when I was younger. I want to say it was dolphin or porpoise, but I don't think that's right...

You think right. Both are mammals!

Interesting, though, how all 'significantly' intelligent terran life are mammals. Guess we drew the evolutionary longstraw.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on February 09, 2010, 04:28:31 pm
Well the mammalian brain is an energy sink; it takes a lot of food to keep it going. Doesn't really work if you are a reptile that only eats every month or two.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 09, 2010, 04:44:07 pm
Doesn't really work if you are a reptile that only eats every month or two.

I misread that as "Reptite".

You know you've been playing CT too long when...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on February 09, 2010, 06:14:52 pm
Interesting, though, how all 'significantly' intelligent terran life are mammals. Guess we drew the evolutionary longstraw.

For one thing, you're forgetting several species of birds. For another, it's not so surprising that several species in a related class of animals would exhibit a common trait markedly different from practically all other animal life. That's how the ol' evolutionary tree does business. Indeed, the word "mammal" itself pertains to the very same thing. Where intelligence is concerned, it simply means that a key prerequisite for intelligence as we know it was satisfied early on in the mammalian line.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Zephira on February 09, 2010, 06:16:07 pm
I also remember having some sort of fish when I was younger. I want to say it was dolphin or porpoise, but I don't think that's right...

You think right. Both are mammals!

Interesting, though, how all 'significantly' intelligent terran life are mammals. Guess we drew the evolutionary longstraw.

The one exception being the octopus! Their intelligence is slightly scattered though, with the brain being only one third of the nervous system; the rest of the mental faculty comes from the nerve-cords in its tentacles (Protoss/Naavi YES). Anyway, the octopus is one of the more intelligent, or at least trainable, animals in the seas, and has been known to solve some pretty complex puzzles.
(source: http://www.octopus.com/anatomy/ (http://www.octopus.com/anatomy/))
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on February 09, 2010, 06:19:04 pm
It's the famous One-Two Miles Loop-de-Loo!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 09, 2010, 06:21:41 pm
I have three friends who are terrified of octopi.  They have horrific nightmares about them and avoid aquariums in any zoo.  I can understand that.

Did you know that octopi have three hearts??  That's just mind-boggling to me.

Edit::  I've eaten octopus as well as dog.  :)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Zephira on February 09, 2010, 06:26:44 pm
Octopus is delicious! Calamari at sushi shops is just like fries elsewhere, except chewier and made of fish (and presumably healthier). They need sauce though, or the flavour will get a little overpowering.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on February 09, 2010, 06:29:54 pm
Squid is quite tasty, especially when battered and fried. I particularly like the tentacles.

Also, no side sauces. Never! Such sauces are the corruptors of flavor. Do not give into their plot to cover true flavor!

... yeah, when I go to Mexican restaurants, I'll eat the chips sans salsa. Good chips don't need salsa.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Zephira on February 09, 2010, 06:36:19 pm
Good chips don't need salsa, but they serve all chips with salsa because it's really hard to find a good chip!

Adding side sauces to meats is like adding ketchup to fries, butter to bread, soy sauce to rice, or milk to cereal. It just improves the flavour and builds off of it. While I'll  be the first in favor of the flavour of meat, I'll also be the first in favor of barbecue sauce and teriyaki.

And in that vein.. we had no barbecue sauce for our Little Smokies this Super Bowl. So, instead, we improvised and used teriyaki sauce. It was delicious.
Also Spam fried in barbecue sauce. Try it. It's good. Really, it is!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on February 09, 2010, 06:46:39 pm
Did you know that octopi have three hearts??

Heracles: I shall rip out your heart, and dine upon thee!
Octopus: A lot of good will it do, for I have three!
Heracles: Curses and epithets! But how can this be?!

Narrator:
Well! Good King Squid had a slippery little kid!
And a slippery little kid was he!
So he swam up to Heracles and taunted him--he did!
With his separate hearts: one, two, three!

And every hero who came...
Was humbled just the same...
For you can't rip out the heart
Of a slippery little fart
And expect to long hold on to your claim!


Heracles: Noooooo!
Octopus: Heh heh heh.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 09, 2010, 06:49:38 pm
Was that modeled after "Zacchaeus sat in the sycamore tree to see what he could see" ?  Or have I just spent waaaay too much of my childhood in Sunday school classes?  (Er..."yes" to that last question regardless of the answer to the first one.)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on February 09, 2010, 06:57:58 pm
Not quite!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_King_Cole

In my ideal world, people would be more like this! Singing octopi and kings calling for their fiddlers.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: alfadorredux on February 09, 2010, 07:07:31 pm
Calamari... ::drool::
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 09, 2010, 07:08:49 pm
Heh, I actually think those two rhymes have the exact same tune.  I never knew that before.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Radical_Dreamer on February 10, 2010, 12:26:27 am
There used to be an exotic meat place near where I live. A friend of mine and I would pick out meats and make pizzas with these arbitrary animals. I got a bit tired of kangaroo, but llama was quite good.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on February 12, 2010, 08:07:31 pm
I was just returning from the basement, having turned on lights there experimentally to see if that improves my perception of the level, when I heard a loud and disembodied beep. It puzzled the dickens out of me because this is a very quiet house. I went looking around to see which of the innumerable electronic systems here might have done it, when it struck me in a flash: the microwave! I had turned it on 90 seconds earlier to heat some penne. Hah! So, now we know that a Josh's memory span is unreliable with even the slightest of diversions. Where do I sign up to be an air traffic controller?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on February 12, 2010, 09:26:59 pm
Quote
I was just returning from the basement, having turned on lights there experimentally to see if that improves my perception of the level, when I heard a loud and disembodied beep.
I'm amused at the fact that, when I read this sentence for the first time, Carl Sagan's voice was reading that sentence in my mind. Imagine, Carl Sagan saying the word, "beep." How awesome would that be? "Mmm-beep-ah (with hand gestures)."

Insert obligatory clip from Cosmos here. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnURElCzGc0)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on February 12, 2010, 10:24:10 pm
He had such a great voice, too...geeky and soothing, thoughtful, at times whimsical.

Beep!

Beep!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on February 13, 2010, 05:20:40 am

So, here's my amusement.  I heard the riddle of the how much wood a woodchuck could chuck, and I didn't feel satisfied not being able to find out the answer.  Instead, I turned my nagging frustration into creative energy and came up with this little diddy:

How many boards would the Mongols hoard if the Mongol hoards got bored?

Let me know when somebody here comes up with the answer.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 13, 2010, 05:22:20 am
42.

The answer is always 42.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on February 13, 2010, 05:45:47 am

42.

The answer is always 42.

As in The Ultimate Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything?

Uh-huh.  Second opinion, anyone?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Shee on February 13, 2010, 07:04:22 am
According to Neil Simon's Fools, the purpose to Man's Existence is 12.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Radical_Dreamer on February 13, 2010, 04:46:38 pm

So, here's my amusement.  I heard the riddle of the how much wood a woodchuck could chuck, and I didn't feel satisfied not being able to find out the answer.

That's not a riddle, it's a tongue twister. The response is "A woodchuck could chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood."
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on February 13, 2010, 06:07:05 pm

So in that case, it would be...

The Mongol hoards would hoard as many boards as the Mongol hoards could hoard if the Mongol hoards got bored.

Yeah, that makes sense now that I picture the Woodchuck question as a tongue-twister instead of a riddle.

Thanks, R_D.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on February 13, 2010, 09:33:21 pm
I let it go the first time, but...

Hoard is to gather something in abundance.
Horde is an overwhelming bunch of people acting in chaotic unison.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on February 14, 2010, 09:56:31 pm
Chinese New Year celebrations!

(http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/8803/2fmsz.gif)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 14, 2010, 10:47:25 pm
I am thoroughly amused by the Valentine comment my boyfriend left on my Facebook page::

"[My name], since you are my valentine, I will give you a heart-shaped box full of gysahl greens.
"A wild [my nickname] appeared!" "

It's so much fun dating someone as nerdy as I am!

Sorry for the awkward "my name" and "my nickname".  Privacy and all that.  ;)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on February 15, 2010, 11:20:26 am
Wait, Sajainta isn't your real name?! I am so disillusioned now.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 16, 2010, 03:05:37 pm
Wait, Sajainta isn't your real name?! I am so disillusioned now.

XD

It's amusing how the first semester I've really felt that I have solid, healthy friendships (and ensuing lots of "Let's hang out!" time / invitations to parties / gatherings) turns out to be the semester from hell business / academic wise.  Don't ya love it??

Someone once told me that in college you have three things::  Good grades, sleep, and a social life.  You can only choose two of those three things.

Goodbye sleep!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on February 16, 2010, 03:37:57 pm
Speaking of amusement, I am amused by "Hark, a Vagrant!" which is a hilarious web comic. It's witty, Canadian, and often historical or literary in nature.

A few particularly wonderful ones to whet your appetite.

http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=238
http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=213
http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=139
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Radical_Dreamer on February 17, 2010, 12:32:46 am
For some reason, "Hark, a Vagrant" strikes me as being an anagram. Sadly, it isn't.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on February 23, 2010, 12:49:35 am
A few days ago, there was a fight on a bus (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cI3-yIFnBP8). It swept the Internets, and became the sensation of the moment. Now, the guy involved in the fight has given an interview.

This guy is unreal. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sWgtGdl7KQ)

Seriously, he is unreal. I have a hard time believing it actually happened, and isn't just some hoax. In this interview he's totally over the top. It's a hilarious video.

Edit: bbcode.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: KebreI on February 23, 2010, 01:21:27 am
A few days ago, there was a fight on a bus (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cI3-yIFnBP8). It swept the Internets, and became the sensation of the moment. Now, the guy involved in the fight has given an interview.

This guy is unreal. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sWgtGdl7KQ)

Seriously, he is unreal. I have a hard time believing it actually happened, and isn't just some hoax. In this interview he's totally over the top. It's a hilarious video.

Edit: bbcode.
I think I love that old man.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 23, 2010, 05:54:23 pm
From a conversation between my brother and his girlfriend::

Quote
To Kill An Alien.  It'll be the best crossover ever.  Newt and Scout can be BFFLs.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Zephira on March 18, 2010, 03:20:52 pm
I like that most of this post:

Here's what I don't like:

The media trying to disguise shoddy reporting techniques and pass them off as fact!

As anybody who has ever wistfully imagined Keith Olbermann and Bill O'Reilly fighting to the death over a pit of lava knows, most media outlets are biased. Usually it's not part of anybody's grand scheme to brainwash you, but rather just the result of newsrooms being staffed by fallible, opinionated humans.

The problem is they're generally not allowed to come right out and say they think the subject of their news story is a hate-mongering idiot, so they have to rely on subtle and sometimes downright dishonest methods to gently sway you one way or the other.

Weasel words, false correlation, burying inconvenient facts, biased photos, active voices, and guessing the motives are but a few convenient means of churning out a news story without having to dig for answers.

I'd just like newspapers and the news media to be more honest in their reporting.  Just give me a straight-forward report!  No punditry, no misleading photos, and definitely no unqualified interviews.  Maybe then I could tolerate their crap a little more.

Was taken from this cracked article (http://www.cracked.com/article_18458_6-subtle-ways-news-media-disguises-bullshit-as-fact.html), and the rest of it is a summary of the list. It was a very entertaining article yesterday morning, and it's good to know I'm not the only one who reads cracked.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on March 18, 2010, 04:18:50 pm

Ouch.  Caught in the act.   :(

Still, I found the truth quite frustrating.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on March 19, 2010, 12:21:52 am
Those are all good examples of journalistic bias, and there are more still. My personal pet peeve is headline-writing, which was in the background of several of those complaints in the Cracked article. Bogus headlines are incredibly deceptive, and very common.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on March 22, 2010, 01:31:03 pm

Heheheh... Ain't it the truth?

(http://cdn-www.cracked.com/phpimages/photoshop/5/0/3/2503_slide.jpg?v=1)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on March 22, 2010, 11:26:55 pm
Often under extremely high pressure.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on March 23, 2010, 02:28:21 am

Heheheh... Ain't it the truth?

(http://cdn-www.cracked.com/phpimages/photoshop/5/0/3/2503_slide.jpg?v=1)

Ooof, I don't think I get it.  Sorry.  :/
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on March 23, 2010, 02:34:13 am
In anime, characters sometimes bleed a great deal more than is humanly possible. Some artists are more notorious for this than others, but it's a pretty common hyperbole to one degree or another.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on March 23, 2010, 02:36:18 am
Ah, gotcha.  Thanks for explaining.  That makes a lot more sense now!  :D
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Uboa on March 26, 2010, 05:18:28 pm
Hah, never thought of it like that before.

Ew.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on April 02, 2010, 05:24:58 pm
I saw this advertisement on a letter board at McDonald's during the train ride home yesterday:

"Try Our New Chipotle BBQ Bacon Angus"

Okay, now they're just throwing words together. It gets more and more amusing to imagine what these product development meetings must look like.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on April 02, 2010, 05:29:05 pm
"Try Our New Chipotle BBQ Bacon Angus"

I completely misread "Angus" as something else.  :picardno
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on April 02, 2010, 05:41:40 pm
!!

I foresee a number of McDonald's quality jokes coming. We must flee to higher ground, Sajainta! They will flood this thread without delay!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on April 02, 2010, 08:25:36 pm
Aha! The truth behind Masato Kato and Yasunori Mitsuda is finally revealed. When they combine their powers, they merge to become none other than...!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasunori_Kato
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on April 02, 2010, 08:51:12 pm
In that Wikipedia article, Faust, mention is made of a series called Doomed Megalopolis. More of the typical dystopian self-righteousness that pervades our art! I think it would be incredibly amusing to create a series of that name, set in a dystopian megalopolis, where the action and story consists entirely of dark plots and angst, and yet, despite the best efforts of practically everybody, every single plot ends up backfiring and slowly transforming the doomed megalopolis into a utopian paradise.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: KebreI on April 02, 2010, 09:10:32 pm
!!

I foresee a number of McDonald's quality jokes coming. We must flee to higher ground, Sajainta! They will flood this thread without delay!
Jack-in-the-Box already beat you to it.


I just spent 45 seconds figuring out how to spell "beat" and I still not sure if I used the right one.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: KebreI on April 02, 2010, 10:01:40 pm
(http://consumerist.com/doubledown_hdr.jpg) (http://consumerist.com/2010/04/kfcs-bacon-sandwich-on-fried-chicken-bread-kills-people-everywhere-on-april-12.html)
Picture links to article.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on April 02, 2010, 10:04:15 pm
J, I'm curious about your reasoning as to why a dystopian work should be described as "self-righteous." I'm not familiar with the Doomed Megalopolis series, but I suspect the answer lies not in specifics, but rather in general motifs. Do works like 1984 and Brave New World share any of the characteristics you're critiquing?

The ensuing discussion could be amusing to me, and should be parked here when you have the time.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on April 02, 2010, 10:14:29 pm
Dystopian works are, of course, not inherently self-righteous. Rather, in our present cultural climate they emerge strikingly often. The question then becomes, why? My position is that dystopian (and post-apocalyptic) imagery is derived most often by cynical people who feel variously helpless at changing the world and their own place in it; it's then an easy line from that sentiment to the decision to spurn civilization by writing it off as far more destructive than it actually is, through entertainment and the arts. The only other major source of dystopian imagery comes from genuine reflection upon, or speculation at, the state of humanity. That factor, however, is not sufficient to describe the outsize presence of these negative ideas at this point in time. Only cynicism can account for it.

Japan, like the United States, has a special love of envisioning horrific futures. Japan would come by such a passion honestly, having been practically destroyed within living memory, and now having risen to new heights of technological prowess, without a commensurate feeling of having conquered the human ills which technology was expected to sweep away. In a world where material needs are largely satisfied, the disaffected have a great incentive to turn their ill spirits toward the future, which cannot defend itself through physical evidence as the present can.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on April 02, 2010, 10:44:10 pm
Wow, the note on Japan's experience vs. the US experience kind of puts things in perspective, yeah.

It seems you would find a dystopian work that consists of "genuine reflection upon, or speculation at, the state of humanity" to be superior to one based on mere cynicism. But what factors can we use to sift creative works into one category or the other? I guess I'm interested in examples of how you might categorize already-completed works moreso than general principles in this case, so I can compare those and form my own conclusions.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on April 02, 2010, 11:03:18 pm
It seems you would find a dystopian work that consists of "genuine reflection upon, or speculation at, the state of humanity" to be superior to one based on mere cynicism. But what factors can we use to sift creative works into one category or the other? I guess I'm interested in examples of how you might categorize already-completed works moreso than general principles in this case, so I can compare those and form my own conclusions.

That's a good question. Look for the presence of other elements in the work which suggest or imply that the creator expects (i.e., wants) such a future to take form, as opposed to those which suggest or imply that the creator greatly desires to avoid such a future. Carl Sagan's last episode of Cosmos, "Who Speaks for Earth?," presents a very clear-cut example of a post-apocalyptic future in fiction which the creator greatly desired to avoid. (For most purposes, dystopianism and post-apocalyptism (sic) can be treated interchangeably even though they are effectively opposites.) Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is another example of the same, but less clear-cut. (And it should be noted that Nausicaä is more accurately post-post-apocalyptic, with some part of civilization having reemerged from a cataclysm into a pastoral state.) (Indeed, that cyclical theme is very common in Japanese culture; you'll find it all over the place. At what point it crosses the line from genuine contemplativeness to cynicism-in-its-own-right is outside my expertise.)

Then there are the ambiguous ones, such as Ron Moore's Battlestar Galactica and Deep Space Nine. Is his work deliberately cynical, or ignorantly cynical? Moore himself, by my assessment, seems prone to creating fantasy futures of horror that he doesn't understand and doesn't subscribe to. It is tempting to me to discount him not as an exponent of doom, but as a fool with artistic inclinations. This kind of stuff constitutes a third ground which I didn't cover in my previous post; its size (i.e., significance) is questionable, and its relevance is diminished anyway, given how heavily it overlaps with the cynicism faction. In the end, therefore, the net effect is the same, even if the intent is ambiguous. I bet you that you could tie the prevalence of insincerely cynical works to the genuine cynicism levels of those works' audiences.


Completely new amusement:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/01/books/01lit.html?ref=homepage&src=me&pagewanted=all

That's the article which prompted me to write in the Frustration thread about non-scientific people who use science inappropriately. However, what really stands out to me about that article is how utterly marvelous the people's names are. Go read that article and pay attention to all the names, both of real people and fictional figures. It's just so much fun to read...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on April 03, 2010, 02:14:51 am

I don't know about you guys, but this whole talk about dystopian futures deserves a thread of its own (because such things are awesome to discuss and deliberate about).

Amusement for FW: My University Library has a first edition of A Brave New World. And to think...  :roll:

I can check it out at any time.  If you like, I'll get a couple of pictures of me holding it and showing off the timeless pages.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on April 03, 2010, 05:04:22 am
Yeah, it would be interesting to have some kind of thread to talk about, uh, qualitative aspects of art...and stuff.

Genesis, is it, like, the 1932 edition of the novel, in pristine condition? That is pretty impressive! This reminds me, I'd really like to read Brave New World Revisited (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brave_new_world#Brave_New_World_Revisited) sometime. What a fascinating concept, I didn't even know about the existence of Revisited until I visited the wiki page just now.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on April 07, 2010, 03:12:12 am
There is a certain benchmark of idiocy beyond which it is no longer fun to make fun of.

Not really an amusement so much as a quiet astonishment.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on April 09, 2010, 08:49:48 pm
I couldn't decide whether to post this in the link thread or in here, but seeing as how much of an enjoyment it is to me. . .

www.pandora.com

Anyone ever visited this site before? You type in an artist/song, and it creates a playlist based on the nature of your choice. Of course, due to licensing, it can't play whatever you want. Still, given the sheer variety of songs I have heard so far that fall under my genre preferences, I like it. Very amusing.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on April 12, 2010, 05:20:07 pm
Sheeeeeeeeit!!

That's what I think now whenever I see a post by Shee. So every once in a while I gotta let one rip loose.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Uboa on April 12, 2010, 11:31:20 pm
Today, in a groundbreaking announcement, scientists have revealed that God prefers playing Katamarti Damacy to dice.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:20040514_large_hail_5.25%22.jpg
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on April 13, 2010, 09:40:30 am
Oh, friggin' ouch...
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Post by: Lord J Esq on April 14, 2010, 07:17:19 pm
http://www.theonion.com/video/breaking-news-bat-loose-in-congress,14369/
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Post by: KebreI on April 14, 2010, 10:56:25 pm
Every now and again they Onion really does come out with a true gem. :lol:
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Post by: Truthordeal on April 19, 2010, 12:14:26 am
I did a Google search on my name today. I didn't expect to get any results pertaining to me, since I have a popular first name and a rather common last name, and I didn't.

I did however, get an image search result of Kim Jong Il and a picture of Judas Priest.

I wasn't really offended enough from the Kim Jong Il result for this to be a frustration, nor was I enamored enough by Judas Priest to love it, but I will say that I was amused.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on April 19, 2010, 12:51:37 am
Are you really named after one of history's most notorious traitors and one of the present day's most contemptible tyrants? Do you want to hire my PR firm to salvage this execrable situation? My rates are very low! $450 for the consultation and $80 an hour after that!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on April 21, 2010, 01:54:24 am
I typically transfer and re-word class notes from one notebook to another as a form of information processing and pre-test studying. I was trying to transfer the sentence: "Fiscal policy is ineffective according to classical reasoning." And instead, I ended up writing, completely by accident: "...thus, classical reasoning is ineffective."

 :franky
Freudian slips are even better when written sometimes.
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Post by: Truthordeal on April 21, 2010, 05:05:32 pm
I think we give Michael Jackson as an actor too little credit, as a funny though occurred to me in English today...

It must've been super awkward doing the acting for Space Jam, as much of it was CGI, with one or two other humans in the whole movie.
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Post by: Thought on April 21, 2010, 05:14:07 pm
True, Captain Eo was a great "movie"
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Post by: Lord J Esq on April 21, 2010, 05:54:21 pm
@ Faust: That's awesome.
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Post by: Lord J Esq on April 22, 2010, 01:04:02 am
To all you knickerbockers who think Zen is so deep, I too can crank this stuff out:


The Tale of the Vagrant

To the vagrant I said: The place you are looking for is the place you would be if you understood why you are here. And the vagrant said to me: This makes sense, but adds nothing, for it merely tells me that I am a vagrant. Therefore to the vagrant I said: If you understand that you are a vagrant, then you understand that you do not understand, and thus you are wise, for you are where you need to be. So the vagrant replied: But I am still not where I want to be. And I concluded: Then you must leave without delay, and I wish you well.



See, there's a formula to it: Take a how or a what, make it a why, contradict the premise, and congratulate yourself. Zen is deep, all right: deep like a swimming pool fixed between a wading pool and the ocean. If you find it overwhelming, that is a testament to where you're coming from. I don't mind that people find it deep. I do mind when they imply it is deep as well. No, it's not. The ocean is deep.
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Post by: Thought on April 22, 2010, 02:38:47 pm
While that is a splendid example, I can't help but be reminded of the ineffable wisdom of Captain Hammer: “So you’re wondering what your part is, since you’re homeless and depressed. Well home is where the heart is, so your real home’s in your chest.”
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Post by: Lord J Esq on April 28, 2010, 03:53:20 am
As I was walking home from the grocery store this afternoon, I stopped at a red light with a smile on my face--not because of the light, but because it was a nice afternoon. There was a guy next to me on his bike, waiting for the light to turn. He caught my smile just as the light had turned green, and said, "Jesus lives, and he is the answer! Peace be with you!" And with that he rode along his way.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on April 30, 2010, 04:22:01 pm
I had an appointment with the vet today at noon, to get my guinea pig squeakers checked out (his brother, the majestic Mr. Squishy, passed away this last weekend). I was running late so in the car I called to let them know. Before I could tell them I was put on hold. So I waited. And waited. And waited. When they finally came back, this is a summary of the exchange:

Them: "Thank you for waiting, how can I help you?"
Me: "Well I had called to let you know I would be late for my appointment, but at this point, hello!"

At which point I walked in.
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Post by: Lord J Esq on April 30, 2010, 07:49:20 pm
Alas, poor Mr. Squishy.
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Post by: FaustWolf on April 30, 2010, 09:52:19 pm
Sorry to hear that Thought. Let's all drink to Squeakers' continued health!
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Post by: GenesisOne on April 30, 2010, 10:56:10 pm

Alas, poor Mr. Squishy.

I knew him not, Lord Jaytio.
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Post by: Zephira on May 04, 2010, 06:52:52 pm
So you all know about my recent foray into Greek mythology. I've been seeing references to it everywhere.  The funniest one? Spongebob. Almost every episode has some fishperson praying to or swearing by Neptune. When Neptune actually shows up, he's portrayed very accurately (aside from the obsession with burgers). The best line: (referring to a big storm) "Huh, Neptune must be angry tonight." "That's silly, everyone knows Poseidon's king of the sea!" Its the same person, the Romans just gave him a different name.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on May 06, 2010, 12:41:44 am
The last dream I was having before I woke up today was of me in my apartment. It was stiflingly hot and I couldn't breathe enough. I went out onto the balcony for some cool air, but there were some people outside by the pool. Since I was undressed, modesty sent me back inside. It was unbearable! So hot! No air to breathe! My nose was dry and it was as if my lungs wouldn't open. I felt like I was suffocating. I went to get a glass of cold water to dispel the heat, but there was a huge electric arc on the faucet of my sink, and I dared not touch it lest I electrocute myself. Finally I decided to flee the apartment completely. I began to get dressed, but as I put on my clothes the heat became even worse, and I couldn't breathe at all...

So I woke up. It turns out I had been sleeping in a very weird position that had caused me to not be able to breathe enough. I had literally been asphyxiating myself! I immediately got up, just to get out of bed and move around, and spent the next five minutes or so taking deep breaths through the mouth. Usually that gives me an unpleasant buzz, but this time it was a welcome relief. =/

So why is that miniature little horror story amusing? Because my wish had come true in the best possible way. When I had been succumbing to heat and lack of air in my dream, I decided to flee my apartment. But, in getting dressed, I couldn't make it. Then I woke up, however, and achieved maximum deliverance: total escape from an oppressive reality. You know how in the stories people sometimes say "I wish this were all some bad dream"? Well, it's very gratifying when that turns out to be true, and you can wake up from it. =)
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Post by: FaustWolf on May 06, 2010, 02:04:28 am
Huge thunderbolts dropping just outside the house; Weather Channel continues to report a "pollen alert" for the local area.

This stuff ain't pollen, yo! (http://www.uwec.edu/jolhm/EH3/Group2/Pictures/lightning.jpg)

EDIT: HOLY SHEEEIT! UPS' are awesome. A direct hit to the power, and the Chrono Compendium came back on without missing a beat! That's impressive. But she can't hold out much longer, captain! This damn "pollen!"

*garbled static*
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Post by: FaustWolf on May 08, 2010, 12:27:54 am
Jeez, did I just post about storms here yesterday!? Well then -- I'll make it my duty to document every storm I live through here this summer. For the, uh, scientific record! Yeah! Because I find documenting an event, live, highly amusing.

Haha! Another direct hit to the power as I was typing this, and the Compendium came right back up thanks to my UPS! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uninterruptible_power_supply) I'm starting to feel that my computer is invincible as long as I'm logged in here, mwahaha!

Just wanted to be sure everyone living in the US here knew about:
http://www.weather.com/  

If you're ever wondering what the hell's happening weather-wise and you don't want to flip on the TV for whatever reason, just enter your zip code in there and you can find the latest barrage of weather alerts. Apprently the National Weather Service has made up for its "pollen alert" yesterday with snap updates of severe weather in my area. It's pretty freaky how quickly these storms can pop up.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on May 08, 2010, 07:27:04 am
If you're a complete weather fiend like I am, Faust, the NWS (http://www.weather.gov/) provides excellent information (although it takes a little more effort to read) and is the source of most (but not all) private weather reporting. Nevertheless, I do use a Firefox weatherbug  (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1035) based on data from The Weather Channel. I turn on the forecast as far out as it'll go, and I turn off the severe weather alerts--although you might like to keep those on if you mean to liveblog summer storms.

Laptop computers are excellent for use in power fluctuations, because they have built-in battery power that's always available. Unless you run out! D=
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on May 17, 2010, 03:58:41 am
When I went into my bathroom earlier today, I found a pair of lovely ladies belly-dancing in it. I kid you not. I asked them what they thought they were doing. They replied they were shaking their hips.

All in a day's work for Lord J, Esquire.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on May 17, 2010, 03:23:54 pm
Sometime you'll have to introduce those ladies to a little man named John Bilezikjian (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jy_WoNJpKL8). Nobody plays the oud better. Mmmm-hmmm! (http://www.dantzrecords.com/music/dr_cd1008A_2.mp3)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on May 21, 2010, 06:52:52 am
Here's a political ad for some Republican who wants to be the agricultural commissioner for Alabama:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU7fhIO7DG0&feature=player_embedded

Now here's a spoof of the same ad:

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/ea0f0bfaf2/we-re-better-than-that-too-w-dale-peterson?rel=player

Not really all that different, are they? ^_^
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on May 26, 2010, 07:48:42 am
I am writing an article about making your own adhesive tape at home. I googled "homemade tape" (without the quotes), and didn't exactly get what I was looking for. It wasn't until the bottom of the third page of results that I finally got a result that wasn't porn. It didn't have anything to do with making adhesive tape either, though. =/

I haven't gotten a search that bad since the time I was looking for information on XXX (cartoon moonshine).
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Post by: tushantin on May 26, 2010, 11:05:06 am
I am writing an article about making your own adhesive tape at home. I googled "homemade tape" (without the quotes), and didn't exactly get what I was looking for. It wasn't until the bottom of the third page of results that I finally got a result that wasn't porn. It didn't have anything to do with making adhesive tape either, though. =/

I haven't gotten a search that bad since the time I was looking for information on XXX (cartoon moonshine).
I just fell off my chair laughing. LOL
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Post by: tushantin on May 26, 2010, 12:08:33 pm
BUMP (not really)

ALL YOU BASTARDS GET FIRED UP! And all you Bleach fans better LIKE it!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwaOXTaE-dg

I'm gonna try making something BETTER than that. Yeah, the spirit of Youth storms within me! 8)
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Post by: Truthordeal on May 29, 2010, 12:28:19 pm
(http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l242/Truthordeal/FML.png)

Two ads from Facebook, unedited on my end. I have an appreciation for dark or even sometimes distasteful humor.
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Post by: Lord J Esq on June 06, 2010, 02:00:29 am
I've got a friend whose wife will be on Jeopardy next week. Look for "Ilana" on Thursday's broadcast. If only I could do that myself, but, alas! I don't have television service! =/

She's left-handed, so, if she wins the night, you know what to credit. And if she doesn't win, you can blame it on DOFT.
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Post by: FaustWolf on June 06, 2010, 03:10:21 am
Whoa, congrats on knowing someone who'll be on a national game show! A local Obama Campaign volunteer I worked with was on "Who Wants to be a Millionare?", now that I think of it. I've never been able to find an archive of all the game show contestants to double check. I wonder if archives of these shows are kept online anywhere?
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Post by: ZaichikArky on June 06, 2010, 09:49:03 pm
That's awesome, J! Dad watches jeopardy every night. I always tell him he should be on it, he's really good at it. I'll make sure to tell him to root for Ilana.

I've been waking up around 8 am every morning for about 2 weeks. I kinda hope it lasts... It's better than 2-4 pm anyway :p.
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Post by: Truthordeal on June 07, 2010, 05:17:35 pm
When I was at the DMV earlier today, I was waiting for my dad in the hallway, and began reading some of the "special interest" license plates, one of which said "In Reason We Trust."
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Post by: Lord J Esq on June 07, 2010, 08:48:00 pm
That could be an interesting segue into a discussion on the philosophical nature of trust, although it would require its own thread. Trust is an interesting concept which many people seem to understand only lazily, yet despite the difficulty in separating out its objective component, the notion of trust operates with minimal controversy in areas of philosophy and science that other qualitative ideas can't touch.
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Post by: FaustWolf on June 09, 2010, 03:52:26 am
Hehehe, psychiatrist uses Anakin Skywalker to illustrate borderline personality disorder. (http://www.livescience.com/culture/psychology-darth-vader-revealed-100604.html) I was always so disappointed with the way in which his transition to Darth Vader took place, and I don't think this will change my mind, but the article has made me curious enough to revisit the Star Wars prequels now.

I was so disappointed with the prequels because I was expecting this...awesome, Byronic character arc for Anakin, and got this sudden snap into pure insanity instead. Maybe it's the Byronic character arc that's the more unrealistic of the two after all? Did George Lucas, in fact, do an ingenious thing by tossing aside the deep possibilities for anti-hero romanticism that he could have otherwise explored?

Hmm, perhaps debating the Star Wars prequels would be a great future topic for the Writer's Thread.
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Post by: Thought on June 09, 2010, 10:54:34 am
It is too late for me, my Faustwolf. Joss Wheadon has shown me the true nature of science-fiction storytelling. He is my master now.
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Post by: Sajainta on June 09, 2010, 02:45:42 pm
Did George Lucas, in fact, do an ingenious thing by tossing aside the deep possibilities for anti-hero romanticism that he could have otherwise explored?

I doubt it.  Anyone who wrote the screenplays for those awful prequels can't have done anything ingenious.
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Post by: Lennis on June 09, 2010, 05:20:32 pm
I was so disappointed with the prequels because I was expecting this...awesome, Byronic character arc for Anakin, and got this sudden snap into pure insanity instead. Maybe it's the Byronic character arc that's the more unrealistic of the two after all? Did George Lucas, in fact, do an ingenious thing by tossing aside the deep possibilities for anti-hero romanticism that he could have otherwise explored?

I'm not sure it was feasible to do an in-depth analysis of Anakin in a movie format and keep the running time at an acceptable level for George.  A television series is a better medium to explore characters in this fashion.  Is "Clone Wars" doing anything like this?  I haven't seen any episodes since season 1.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on June 10, 2010, 03:56:38 am
That Byronic hero shit got old by the 1850s.  It's so ridiculously overdone, so I have to give Lucas a very grudgingly thumbs up for not dishing out yet another Byronic hero.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 10, 2010, 12:13:29 pm
Quote
For most of the cultures, ancestor practices are not the same as the worship of the gods. When a person worships a god at a local temple it is to ask for some favor that can be granted by the powerful spirit. Generally speaking, however, the purpose of ancestor veneration is not to ask for favors but to do one's filial duty. Some people believe that their ancestors actually need to be provided for by their descendants. Others do not believe that the ancestors are even aware of what their descendants do for them, but that the expression of filial piety is what is important. Whether or not the ancestor receives what is offered is not the issue.
Probably the dumbest tradition I've seen which is also tear-shedding sweet at the same time. *bows in awe* Hell, it's way better than idol worshiping at least.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on June 12, 2010, 07:28:08 am
My amusement of the moment is my fellow species. Have you ever watched a movie at theater and found your eyes to recoil from the sudden transition from a dark scene to a bright one? That contrast is modest, a limitation of the projection system. You may not even squint. Comparatively, a real-world transition from a comparably dark to a comparably bright setting would be far more powerful, because the absolute contrast is immense. Darkness on a screen is as dark as the real thing, but brightness on a screen is not, and the discrepancy increases as the inherent intensity of the light increases. You can look straight at the sun if it's on a movie screen, and your eyes will be just fine. It's not even brighter than a regular home light bulb at close range.

The contrasts in our human species...they're the real thing, not the projection on the screen. Surprisingly, that fosters rather than degrades my sense of affiliation with humanity. To know that individuals can be so vastly different from one another, is strangely reassuring. I suppose it's a consolation for not being alive in the age of utopia. Maybe society isn't there yet, but some individuals are. I find that amusing in the most flattering sense.
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Post by: Sajainta on June 12, 2010, 07:01:26 pm
I accidentally clicked the "report to moderator" link on my own post and got this gem::

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You can't report your own post to the moderator, that doesn't make sense!

Hahaha.
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Post by: Lord J Esq on June 12, 2010, 07:19:22 pm
Ha!
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Post by: Sajainta on June 12, 2010, 11:38:19 pm
I just found out that in the French version of CT the Black Bird is "cygne noir" which means "black swan".  Coolness.
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Post by: Lennis on June 13, 2010, 04:09:06 am
One thing that's tickled my funny bone lately is a commercial I've seen in the movie theater advertising the Kia Soul.  You see a bunch of rapping squirrels singing the praises of the Soul and dissing the "people" riding in everything else.  It's ridiculously over-the-top, kind of like a lot of soft-drink commercials, but it makes me laugh.
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Post by: Sajainta on June 13, 2010, 04:16:45 am
The video sounded intriguing so I looked it up on YouTube.  Car commercials are usually super lame, but that is awesome.

Those are hamsters btw, not squirrels.  =)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on June 13, 2010, 05:05:52 am
Black Swan...that sounds so much more elegant. And I love a good over-the-top commercial, when it hits me just right.

My amusement of the moment is the human condition. My poor body has been subject to a very irregular sleeping pattern this week, mostly my own fault, and I expect that its little gauges and meters are confused. I went to bed at seven o'clock this evening in a state of extreme fatigue after having slept only three hours the previous "night" when I went to bed around eight in the morning. Because of the huge phase shift, I was only able to sleep just under five hours, which means I'll need another shot of sleep sometime shortly after dawn. Hopefully today I can regularize things and sleep normally for a while after this. As I think about it, except possibly for not exercising enough, this is probably the single unhealthiest thing I do. =/

The amusement, of course, is that a tired body won't necessarily take a full night's sleep if it doesn't feel that it's the right hour to be sleeping.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Temporal Knight on June 14, 2010, 12:40:34 am
@ Lord J Esq:

Seriously, I know how that is right now. My body has been on an irregular schedule since I graduated and school let out.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on June 18, 2010, 07:07:57 pm
You've got to hand it to the Irish for having one of the most audacious collective senses of humor there is. Who else would write a song whose whole point is to insult the audience, knowing full well that the audience will insult the singers right back?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbrzZWLu6Qw

Reminds me of a joke I heard:

"Why'd god make Ireland so small?"
"To give the rest of the world a fighting chance!"
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on June 21, 2010, 10:53:09 am
F-double-sharp Major, for the win! Until further notice, all music must be composed in F-double-sharp Major! Why? Because it has 13 sharps! That's a lot of sharps!

But that's only the beginning! Soon, Joshalonian science shall perfect the most daunting of daunts: they key of A-flat-sharp-triple-sharp Major (AbX²). Even that, however, is but a humble start. With the key of AbX² soon to be unlocked, our laboratories are discussing the possibility of expanding the chromatic scale to accommodate three more letters into the circle of fifths, with the ultimate goal being to create the most elusive and greatest of all musical keys: J Major.

This will of course require many of the world's musical instruments to be replaced with upgrades. In anticipation of the windfall, I am investing heavily in musical instrument manufacturing workshops. On another front, my lawyers are in early discussions with Stephen Hawking, the human attache to the fundamental forces of nature, to see about reordering the universe so that the key of J Major sounds inherently sweeter and more excellent than any other musical key, no matter the species, location, or context of the listener.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on June 23, 2010, 01:06:00 pm
As I will be leaving my current job at the end of July in order to enter into grad school once more, I am clearing out my work email, making sure there aren't any old important documents that I need to turn over to other people. I stumbled upon this old email, was amused, and thought that you, my fear compendiumites, might be amused as well...

***

From: Swashy McBuckalot
To: *a friend who was putting together a high seas DnD adventure at the time*
Subject: American Council on Swashbuckling

Yar!,
 
I do be hearing that ye've been inquiring as to the fine and reputable science of Swashbuckling. Permit me to be saying that ye've chosen a fine and noble interest, true be that. Swashbuckling's as old as the sea herself and twice as feisty, only the stoutest hearts and savviest minds can know her, aye. That do be why I sat down the American Council on Swashbuckling some time past, back when the seas were a might more swashy and the buckles weren't what they are t'day. The ACS do be dedicated to expanding humanities knowledge of the swashbuckle, and as such I do be wondering, jib like, if ye be desiring ta join or, short on that, iffn the ACS may tell ye tales as ye need of swashbuckling and the swashbucklin' method (though I dare say, if ye be familiar with its intellectual son, the scientific method, then ye most like know the captain's share of it).
 
Swashbuckly yours,
 
Swashy McBuckalot, M.D, Ph.D., Sw.D.,
Swashford University Alumnus,
Distinguished Chair of the Buckling Department of Swashy Sciences
Bucklington University
(792) 742-82553
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on June 23, 2010, 03:06:42 pm
Heh, along those lines...here's an email that was sent out to the entire student body in February of last year::

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My name is Ben and I am a 21 year old male seeking some lady to be my pirate wench. She must be comfortable around water, and able to stand long excursions on the open water. Must be willing to live in limited space upon my pirate vessel, and be willing to aid in the work of the crew. While not too worried about looks, I do need a wench who is healthy. Preferably would like someone who can cook well, as the crew is made up of mostly men who lack in the culinary arts. So, if you love adventure and love to travel this is the position for you. If your interested please respond to my email and we can get together at a time convenient for you.

Thank you very much for your time,
Ben
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on July 02, 2010, 11:19:41 pm
I just learned that the verb "escalate" is a derivative of the noun "escalator," and not the other way around as I had always thought. It's such a practical, simple word that I would never have guessed it's less than one hundred years old.

Also: Apparently the person who coined the word "escalator" meant for the emphasis to be on the second syllable, like "Excalibur." Ah, humanity is a fickle adopter, Mr. Seeberger.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on July 05, 2010, 11:14:07 pm
I made a picture shipping two characters from Saving Private Ryan (it's an inside joke between myself and my two siblings), posted it on my wall on Facebook, and D's mother commented on it.  I can't stop laughing.  :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on July 06, 2010, 12:29:45 am
The Statue of Liberty is kaput!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on July 10, 2010, 04:18:36 am
There's been a heat wave in Seattle (though nothing like the one in the East), and as a result the bugs are out in force. You would not believe how many winged bugs there are on the outsides of my windows tonight. Easily three-and-a-half million. The good news is that my screens are holding and fewer than one percent of them are getting inside. The bad news is that one percent of three-and-a-half million is still too damn many. I get itchy when I see lots of bugs around.

In other news, the top optical illusion on this page (the one with the circle of pink dots around a black plus sign) is my favorite optical illusion of the month.

http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/illusion/illusions.htm
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Acacia Sgt on July 11, 2010, 06:11:11 pm
Spain making its way to the cup... in almost all 1-0's victories.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on July 18, 2010, 01:07:34 am
On behalf of MsBlack, who can't log into the Compendium right now to post:

Quote from: MsBlack
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Magnetic-Poetry-Kit-Erotic-Design/dp/B001GAD9PG/

The part that's funny is that it's unsuitable for young kids due to small parts. I love living in the UK!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on July 21, 2010, 07:30:20 am
Whether they're making death threats or epithets, right-wingers sure do tend to get themselves in a lot of trouble when they're "just joking."
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Truthordeal on July 22, 2010, 09:50:26 pm
http://i.imgur.com/x62iP.jpg

Humanism...yeah.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on July 22, 2010, 10:48:54 pm
http://i.imgur.com/x62iP.jpg

Humanism...yeah.
Somehow that reminds me of the recent XKCD strip:
http://xkcd.com/767/
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on July 22, 2010, 11:25:20 pm
Are they still enormously significant if they create really shitty art and songs?  XP
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on July 23, 2010, 12:11:47 am
You know what they say: one person's trash is another person's treasure.

On that note, my amusement of the moment is that my family has people rummaging through our garbage for free stuff. This is in a middle class suburban neighborhood. Eh, as long as they don't cross the boundary of our yard, we don't have to get our shotguns out. Hello, economy!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: deviant_ambition on July 23, 2010, 02:48:57 pm
I found my hacky sack. 8)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on August 08, 2010, 06:09:06 am
What a couple of weeks this has been! I got evicted, moved my stuff into storage, and am now staring into a wide-open future with surprising optimism, even for me. The most interesting lesson I am inclined to take from all this is that I don't necessarily need a conventional place to live any more than I need a conventional job--at least for now. Given the stuff on my plate nowadays--an upcoming backpacking trip, an upcoming writing sabbatical, an urgent sickness in the family, and the opportunity that goes with having very few possessions in my active possession (the rest being in storage)--I expect to be "homeless" for the remainder of the year, even as I doubt I'll spend so much as a single night in the gutters. I've never been very conventional, and I'm embarking on a very unconventional lifestyle effective three days ago. I'll be touring the country, living minimally, and hopefully gaining weight in all 48 contiguous United States.

All in all, "amusing" is a good word for it.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lennis on August 10, 2010, 12:20:15 am
If you want to get to school fast...

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/08/09/jet-powered-school-bus-reaches-350-mph-eliminates-tardy-slips/?icid=main
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on August 12, 2010, 07:11:32 am
I bought a car once--the first and only car I have yet owned. It was a 1976 Plymouth Volare that I bought for about $800 from Bar Mitzvah money in the summer before my senior year of high school. It was a spectacularly humongous car and we had many adventures together in the California desert before I left for college at the University of Washington in 2000. Oh, it was a grand old thing. It had an air conditioner, but the newly-charged freon canisters leaked out completely within a month of my buying it, so: no air conditioning. The radio worked, but the speakers were so poor that you could only hear the radio when the car wasn't moving. The windshield was so pitted that it turned into a sheet of light when facing the sun. Combine that with foggy glass on cold winter mornings, and it was a veritable death trap--being driven by a green male teenage driver. I'm amazed I didn't kill scores of people with it. The shocks were no good and it rode low, so it would often bottom out on speedbumps and other abrupt changes in the road level. The headlights were not secure and always vibrated out of alignment; the regular headlights were unusable for that reason, forcing me to drive only with the brights. The car itself was a rust-colored red-orange perfectly suited to my desert environment. It was wide, hogging the whole lane. The steering wheel was fickle; turning it a little and it would do nothing; turn it a touch more and it would veer sharply in that direction. It was hard, so touching it in the hot weather was inadvisable. The brakes would lock alarmingly easy. The windshield wipers simply did not work; the one time I got caught driving in the rain I was lucky enough to have a friend in the passenger seat who stood up, stuck his arm out the window, and operated the wipers manually. The clock on the dashboard kept decent time--when it kept any time at all; sometimes it wouldn't run for weeks. The speedometer was ill-calibrated and became increasingly inaccurate at increasing speeds. I learned this by chance when I realized that my driving at what appeared to be the speed limit resulted in me passing all other traffic and smelling the tires overheating. The radiator leaked. I didn't know about the leak at first because the Volare was both air- and water-cooled and, because of the air-cooling, the car was fine at speed. But at stops the temperature gauge would proceed precariously into the "H" range. A friend of mine looked into the radiator one day at lunch and told me "There's supposed to be water in there. This looks like the Sahara Desert." A tire went blew out on me once, and I cut myself up on my first tire change. But the engine worked, and the transmission worked, and the brakes worked. The car took me to many places. It gave me a place to be myself, by myself. I was sad to leave it behind when I went to college. I left it with my dad, who sold it a few years later.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on August 19, 2010, 04:41:40 am
I just moved from Texas to Oregon. Now, as any good child of the 80's would, I chronicled my adventures with facebook posts in the style of the old Oregon Trail video game. This included a series of posts in which we floated across a river (and our cat was swept away), our cat getting typhoid fever, dysentery, and a snake bite.

My particular amusement came from a call I received from my parents, who saw those posts and were genuinely concerned for our cat's health.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on August 20, 2010, 11:32:39 am
I found this music video of Michael Jackson's "Remember The Time" set to Chrono Trigger's "Corridor of Time." I find it fascinating and addicting to listen to, not only because it's a combination of two beautiful songs but also, the chrono aspect merges perfectly with the music video--the rendering of ancient Egypt makes me think of Zeal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJtiJa-ZJt8&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Shee on August 20, 2010, 07:19:05 pm
Uhhhhh that was BAWSE!!!!!

Awesome awesome awesome!!!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on August 20, 2010, 07:47:10 pm
That is a remarkably good mix. I can imagine Michael Jackson in Zeal, and the setting of this video to be Zeal itself.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on August 20, 2010, 09:46:51 pm
Quote from: sumpissdkid
I hate My sister. Can you feel the reality that makes you bleed until you can't vomit anymore.

I found this gem of a quote while reading through the "Stuff you hate" thread.  I was eating at the time and almost spat out my food from laughing.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on August 21, 2010, 01:04:32 am
I've seen three different coffee brands in the past week talk about how their coffee is "hand-crafted in the Old World tradition." I'm waiting for the day I see a product advertise itself as "machine-manufactured with newfangled aesthetics." That style of advertising was actually en vogue not terribly long ago ("see the wonders of artificial dye!"), so I suspect it will make a comeback eventually.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on August 21, 2010, 09:09:41 pm
And now, A Friendly Note to Christian Fundamentalists, sponsored by the Joshalonian Board of Education:

Your efforts to wield the languages of science and logic to espouse your own faith-based philosophy sounds even more ill-informed and disingenuous than the equally clumsy efforts by the irreligious to use the language of faith to espouse secular principles.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on August 21, 2010, 09:16:53 pm
And now, A Friendly Note to Christian Fundamentalists, sponsored by the Joshalonian Board of Education:

Your efforts to wield the languages of science and logic to espouse your own faith-based philosophy sounds even more ill-informed and disingenuous than the equally clumsy efforts by the irreligious to use the language of faith to espouse secular principles.

You tell 'em.



I'm upstairs on my laptop and D is downstairs on his laptop and we're talking over Facebook chat.  He's asking me if I can print something up here and then come downstairs to watch a movie.

This would, of course, be a lot easier to talk about face-to-face, so the fact that we're only a floor apart and yet still using electronics to communicate is very amusing to me.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on August 21, 2010, 09:31:55 pm
There's something delicious about carrying out a conversation across a few feet by way of a transceiver tower miles off.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on August 22, 2010, 12:01:49 am
Indeed!  What's even more amusing is when I talk to someone on the phone when we're in the same house, but can hear them both on the phone and in the house and there's a delay in their voice on the phone.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on August 22, 2010, 05:28:14 am
I may have posted this one before, but my considerable amusement of the moment is:

"Silence!"

The interjection, that is. As in, the thing somebody shouts when there's a ruckus going on, and everybody immediately hushes up. The reason I find it so amusing is that in fiction it's probably the most reliable command in the universe in terms of being obeyed in every conceivable setting, whereas in real life nobody ever, ever uses it.

These days you're likely to hear a tepid "Quiet, please!" or a needlessly self-aggrandizing "STFU!" but, oh, what I wouldn't give to see some imperious wag drop a proper S-bomb on an unruly gaggle of mooks and blatherskites!

Secondary Amusement: Firefox's dictionary doesn't recognize "blatherskites" and recommended "weatherstrips."
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on August 22, 2010, 06:34:20 pm
Ah, "blatherskites;" I recall when I learned that word. It was from watching Ducktales as a kid. I am amused that TV gets such a bad rap when in fact people do learn things from it.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on August 22, 2010, 06:42:56 pm
Awww, Ducktales!  Loved that show!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on August 22, 2010, 09:07:00 pm
Me too, actually. (Learning that word from DuckTales.) Darn fine show. And made great in large part by the music of Ron Jones. I still watch the pilot movie from time to time.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on August 23, 2010, 01:18:01 pm
From The Department of Very Bad Jokes:

Q: Why did the chicken commit suicide?
A: To get to the other side.
</rimshot>
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: rushingwind on August 25, 2010, 01:22:33 am
I'm currently staying for brief stint of time at a friend's home. She has satellite TV, and has tried and tried to get me to watch TV. I am not a TV watcher at all. When I had my own TV, I never cut it on unless I was about to play a video game. So finally I relented, figuring I could use some stress relief, and watched some TV. I watch the Weather Channel because I love it. I can't explain why I love it the way I do, but I just do.

Now she says: "I have 250 channels you could choose from, and you only watch the Weather Channel?"

Me: "But... the Weather Channel is awesome! They have cool music, and I can see what the weather is all over the country!"

Her: "But it's the Weather Channel! Nothing ever comes on!"

Me: "They have weather documentaries at night! They're really fun to watch!"

Her: "...You're hopeless."


Today when I came in from class and turned on the TV, she had set the Weather Channel as the default station.

I love my friends, haha.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on August 25, 2010, 01:24:33 am
Aw, that's very considerate of her!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: IAmSerge on August 26, 2010, 01:50:02 pm
question: has anyone kept in contact with tea?

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Temporal Knight on August 26, 2010, 02:44:00 pm
I have contact with Tea. Over AIM.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: IAmSerge on August 26, 2010, 10:18:31 pm
could you help a bro out and find me a method of communications?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Temporal Knight on August 27, 2010, 12:31:52 pm
Sure. I don't mind.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on August 29, 2010, 03:15:01 am
There's nothing like having a gecko fall from your ceiling and then run up your pants leg. This is something I won't forget.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on August 29, 2010, 03:26:08 am
Quote
There's nothing like having a gecko fall from your ceiling and then run up your pants leg. This is something I won't forget.
And if you weren't aware that the gecko already lived in your house, that would leave even more of an impression. Like an estranged ninja moth flying at you out of nowhere, but...a gecko! Either way, awesome.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on August 29, 2010, 03:35:51 am
I bet you saved up to fifteen percent on car insurance after you stopped screaming. ^_^

Aha! I have made the requisite Geico joke. Y'alls are outta luck now! How amusing!!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: ZaichikArky on August 29, 2010, 07:51:29 am
waaat. I didn't know Ms. Teaflower was on AIM. I'm almost never on MSN these days, so I haven't talked to her in like a year. I need to get this info too :3.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on August 29, 2010, 11:58:14 am
The are plenty of geckos that live around my house, but I had no idea this one was in my room waiting to strike! It was quite the ninja.

I bet you saved up to fifteen percent on car insurance after you stopped screaming. ^_^

Haha, I knew that would come up. Too bad I have no car, so his efforts to get my attention were for naught.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on August 31, 2010, 04:52:46 pm

*Pop*

(http://blogs.todayonline.com/poparazzi/files/2010/06/mika-on-piano-ta-dahIMG_0622.JPG)

Ta-Dah! I'm back!

Man, it's been a while since I've been here. Anything cool happen since I was gone?

ManIwannagetcaughtuponthingssosbaditisn'tfunnyomg!!!!11!11!1!!

(http://files.lussumo.com/Graham%20Leaves%20Toronto/graham-passed-out-2.jpg)

*Gets back up*

Mm-hrm! Anyways, how's it going, folks?

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: IAmSerge on August 31, 2010, 10:19:37 pm
I don't post here.  I won't reveal my reasons.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on September 01, 2010, 01:11:59 am
I don't post here. 

Er...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on September 01, 2010, 02:18:36 am
Said post was a figment of your imagination, J.  Obviously.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on September 01, 2010, 03:48:14 am
My imagination is up past its bedtime! >=(

Or, conversely, my imagination is up too early, since I do some of my best imagining in bed before going to sleep!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on September 01, 2010, 04:19:24 am
Ah, me too!  And then, of course, I have to get up and write down whatever I was thinking.  Which, inevitably, makes me stay up even later.  :P
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: ZaichikArky on September 01, 2010, 10:56:04 am
I don't post here.  I won't reveal my reasons.

It's easy to conjecture why. Anyway, I'll send you a PM, hope you answer it.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on September 01, 2010, 06:21:42 pm
I had a dream last night that I find quite humorous. I was seated at a kitchen table, there being three girls there as well. It was some sort of celebration party as centered on the table was a delicious-looking chocolate fudge cake. I, myself, was widely ignored by two of the girls; however, the one directly across must have found me attractive for she was flirtatious and once even called me handsome (hey, it's my dream!). Eventually, she received a call on her cell--from her boyfriend. Stricken as I was, I overheard their conversation. In particular I remember two phrases from the girl: 1, sarcastically) "I know your name rhymes with "I love you;" and 2, to my heart's dismay) "I love you." Oddly, the only thing I could think after hearing this was, "Why does his name rhyme with "I love you" and mine with "kick me?!"

And so, the cake was largely a lie. Just out of curiosity though, how many male names do rhyme with "I love you?" Andrew? Bartholomew? Pikachu? Not too many, I suppose.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on September 01, 2010, 10:17:08 pm
Ah, me too!  And then, of course, I have to get up and write down whatever I was thinking.  Which, inevitably, makes me stay up even later.  :P

Exactly!

I had a dream last night that I find quite humorous.

I had a dream about Schala last night.  It involved time traveling and wormholes and dehumanized industrial areas, as well as a blizzard in Seattle, in some kind of effort to stop the Queen. More interesting than amusing, but we don't have an Interesting topic, so I'll piggyback on your dream.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on September 02, 2010, 04:14:04 am
I think an "interesting dream" topic might be a pretty good one.  I've had a LOT of interesting dreams.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: IAmSerge on September 06, 2010, 02:53:32 pm
I had a dream, in which I was able to defeat an evil character, but he had already done something to the woman I love, in such a way that she would die and by doing so kill everyone else.  I was able to stop it from happening, but her life was already forfeit, and she would have died either way.

...It hurt...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: rushingwind on September 09, 2010, 06:51:22 am
I cut my own hair tonight. I am quite pleased with the result! It was only a little trim, but my hair was getting in my eyes and it had to be done (and I didn't want to pay for a hairdresser).

It turned out much better than the last person I knew who cut their own hair. I'm still giggling over that.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on September 09, 2010, 04:32:13 pm

I went to a music store and bought a baton. Now I can pretend that I'm in Mr. Holland's Opus.

(http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/films/images/vvphotos/hollandconducting.jpg)

Like this, only more aggressive.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on September 09, 2010, 06:43:24 pm
It turned out much better than the last person I knew who cut their own hair. I'm still giggling over that.

!!!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on September 09, 2010, 06:44:38 pm

I went to a music store and bought a baton.

I love batons, especially when wielded left-handedly.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on September 09, 2010, 07:39:50 pm

I love batons, especially when wielded left-handedly.

Yeah. Problem is that conducting standards dictate that the baton be wielded right-handed, even if one is left-handed.

C'est la vie. :roll:

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: rushingwind on September 09, 2010, 10:00:16 pm
It turned out much better than the last person I knew who cut their own hair. I'm still giggling over that.

!!!


Dude, you'd better be nice to me. I have pictures of that haircut!   :D
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on September 09, 2010, 10:36:19 pm
Ack! Photographic evidence! *flees the Internet*
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on September 11, 2010, 12:05:14 pm
Ever thought what Bruce Lee would say if he adorned a superhero costume?
(http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/9150/feilong.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Boo the Gentleman Caller on September 11, 2010, 10:49:06 pm
So I've been sick and stuck in bed for a few days... Today I saw this show for the very first time, and for some reason (I think it's a combination of non-existent nostalgia, serene musical score, and the overall idealistic upper class society) I find it completely fascinating / entertaining.

I present... Babar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMtO_oWdnu8&feature=related
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on September 11, 2010, 11:02:39 pm
Awww.  I used to read the Babar books as a kid.  Do you know Babar is originally French?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on September 12, 2010, 12:08:29 am
BABAR!! Oh man, it's been years. This, Maya the Bee, Eureka's Castle, David the Gnome, that show about koalas...I can only hope kids these days have it as good as we did, or perhaps better.

I did not know Babar was French. I think there should be a reunion episode of Babar where they have a revolution...and an elephant named Louis.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on September 12, 2010, 12:18:23 am
BABAR!! Oh man, it's been years. This, Maya the Bee, Eureka's Castle, David the Gnome, that show about koalas...

Ahhhh!  I used to watch all of those!  I can't remember the name of the koala show.  Is it the one with two koalas (one of them is really small and pink, I think?) and a human girl?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Vehek on September 12, 2010, 01:54:12 am
Babar, huh? I also used to read those books. Just the other day, I found one of the books (Babar and the Ghost) in my room while I was cleaning up.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on September 12, 2010, 01:57:44 am
Our family owned one of the Babar movies.  I haven't seen it in a very, very long time, but I remember that it was about Babar when he was a child.  He was trying to rescue a group of his fellow elephants who had been captures (can't remember by whom).  The story started and ended, of course, with Babar talking to his children while they were in bed, and telling them this story.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on September 12, 2010, 02:49:49 am
Yeah, I think there might have been a couple different koala shows. All I remember about the show now is that the human girl who was keeping the koalas needed to have a eucalyptus tree in her backyard...? Or maybe the koalas made their home in the eucalyptus tree or something. Heck, it's probably impossible to have a koala show without a eucalyptus tree.

At that point in my life I started eating lots of lettuce, which helped me imagine being like the koalas from that show...true story.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on September 12, 2010, 03:11:11 am
That is...seriously adorable, Faust.  ^^
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Boo the Gentleman Caller on September 12, 2010, 11:37:16 am
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noozles

This is what you're thinking of Faust, I used to watch it, too. Great television!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on September 12, 2010, 04:02:14 pm
Yup, that's it.  I also used to watch The Adventures of the Little Koala.  Apparently there was a big koala craze in Japan at some point.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on September 12, 2010, 05:42:13 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrZQIayUnbA

His name is Cloud.

The rest is a slippery slope of fun into FF fandom.

Now officially one of the my favorite songs on teh internetz.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on September 12, 2010, 06:53:52 pm
Thanks guys, I guess that covers my mysterious memory of multiple koala shows. The fact that they were both made in Japan would probably explain my recollection of a Godzilla-like monster appearing in one of those shows...like, the kid went to a theatre with the pet koala, and it was a Godzilla movie. I think.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on September 12, 2010, 11:34:28 pm
I have one word for you, just one word: Duckula (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duckula).
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on September 13, 2010, 12:00:47 am
I have one word for you, just one word: Duckula (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duckula).

I LOVED that show as a kid!  :D  Loved, loved, loved it.  I really should re-watch some episodes on YouTube.  I haven't seen the show since I was 8!

Thanks for reminding me, Thought!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on September 13, 2010, 05:26:28 am
Haha speaking of kid's shows, are we?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pappyland

Used to watch that show every evening on Hallmark. Thanks to this guy I improved in drawing at quite an early age, sparking interests at random creativity and what I could do with just a bunch of crayons. But this show was also solely responsible for getting me myopic. Thanks a lot, Pappy fucking Drewit!

But hell, I still respect that guy.  8)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: utunnels on September 13, 2010, 06:03:46 am
I recall my first anim was "The Smurfs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Smurfs)", watched when I was 5 or so.
 :picardno
And I didn't know it was originally in French until today.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on September 13, 2010, 02:58:16 pm
Wow...this thread has turned into a long recitation of Early Josh (EJ) television and literary history!! My mom used to read Babar to me when I was little. And I loved David the Gnome. I named a character in my book after the fox, Swift.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on September 13, 2010, 03:29:27 pm

Grrburger!

All this talk about Babar reminded of all the cartoon shows of him I used to watch while growing up. Never did I get the enjoyment of watching them in the original French.

Oh, well. That's what YouTube is for.

I got some catching up to do. *Speeds off to watch Babar in the original French.*
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on September 13, 2010, 06:59:16 pm
Also, Darkwing Duck (and Gargoyles!)

But to break the cycle, I got a free hearing test with my sushi today. No, this is not me being facetious or sarcastic or witty or anything of the sort. Quite factually, I had sushi, and then I scheduled a hearing test (for this Wednesday).
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on September 17, 2010, 03:42:20 pm
http://www.break.com/index/climbing-a-1786-tall-tower

I admire these workers. They do the impossible. I'm not sure I could imagine doing this everyday.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on September 17, 2010, 04:51:11 pm
Wow. Twice I thought he had reached the top, and nope! It kept right on going up.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on September 18, 2010, 09:01:46 pm
Heeeeey, does everyone remember the movie 80s movie Krull (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krull_(film))? Youtube has the whole thing up (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8L8ULIF741c) (with commercials, nanner nanner). I used to watch this all the time as a kid.

After watching a couple minutes, I've learned some things...

1. Hokey screenwriting gets old. I still need to re-watch the parts about the spider lady, the shapeshifter dude and the cyclops who sacrifices himself for the rest of the team, since I remember those being especially compelling in my youth. But man, I feel like I've been too harsh in my opinion of Final Fantasy XII's opening after watching the opening scenes of Krull again.

2. Laser sticks do not get old. I think Krull invented the laser stick (not to be confused with the lightsaber), and it is this movie's great legacy.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on September 19, 2010, 06:18:22 am
Heeeeey, does everyone remember the movie 80s movie Krull (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krull_(film))? Youtube has the whole thing up (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8L8ULIF741c) (with commercials, nanner nanner). I used to watch this all the time as a kid.

Quote
This video contains content from Sony Pictures Movies & Shows, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.

 :?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on September 19, 2010, 08:24:08 am
Hmm, that's interesting. Either it's some red tape that just hasn't been cut yet or Crackle's Youtube channel is up to something fishy since full commercials are actually being aired. I rather liked the Hulu feel, and hoped more Youtube channels like that would pop up. We could finally have that "see every movie ever made, whenever you want" collection.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: alfadorredux on September 19, 2010, 09:11:32 am
It's quite usual for these posted-with-copyright-holder's-permission streaming videos to only be viewable for people inside the US. It's sometimes possible to get around this by using a US-based proxy. If I say any more, this may end up belonging in the Frustration thread. ;P
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on September 19, 2010, 02:26:43 pm

If I say any more, this may end up belonging in the Frustration thread. ;P

Perhaps even the "WTF!? Check this link out!" thread. idk.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on September 20, 2010, 03:39:57 am
I met my first real-life Ayla on Friday night, but she pronounces her name with a long A, like "Kayla." =(
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: ZaichikArky on September 24, 2010, 03:53:23 am
I met my first real-life Ayla on Friday night, but she pronounces her name with a long A, like "Kayla." =(

elaborate? Was she a cosplayer?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on September 25, 2010, 02:04:51 am
No, her name is Ayla. It's an anglicized spelling of an old Jewish name (complete with the "wrong' pronunciation). The one true pronunciation of "Ayla" is, of course, "EYE-luh." ^_^
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: rushingwind on September 29, 2010, 01:42:08 am
I don't normally go for lolcats macros, simply because that kind of abuse of the English language annoys me (just like text speak... ugh). But I saw two today that just made my day:

(http://www.shmoop.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/lolcat11-PrincessBride.jpg)

(http://www.shmoop.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/lolcat20-Frost.jpg)


I like the first one because the original quote is awesome. I love the second one because I've always loved Robert Frost's poems.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on September 29, 2010, 04:00:31 am
It is the first week of classes for my Ph.D Program. I haven't even had my first actual class yet. I already need to pull an all-nighter.
Well, I'm unnecessarily old at this point, so "Most of the Nighter" I guess.

Though if this happens often, it will degrade from an amusement to a frustration.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on September 29, 2010, 05:58:47 pm
1. When you do not have the opportunity to sleep, eat. That's what fishers do!
2. Don't pull all-nighters.

^_^
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on September 30, 2010, 08:52:47 am
I like the first one because the original quote is awesome. I love the second one because I've always loved Robert Frost's poems.
XDDD I love Lolcats because molesting the english language is pretty adorable for cute cats.

Here's a satirical pic.
(http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/caption-this-picture31.jpeg?w=500&h=312)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on October 01, 2010, 03:23:44 am
That's awesome.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on October 01, 2010, 03:55:42 am
So, just a couple days before the discovery of Gliese 581g (http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19519-found-first-rocky-exoplanet-that-could-host-life.html) (oh, that's so fun to write!) was announced, the UN announced it would appoint an official alien greeter. (http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/un-to-appoint-earth-contact-for-aliens/story-e6frfku0-1225929498742#ixzz10cCoPw5g)

Big coincidence, is all I'm sayin'.

*removes tinfoil hat*
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 01, 2010, 10:55:56 am
What the fook?! O_O Isn't that too soon? Uh, wait a sec, I might be wrong *reads article*

BTW this might be old, but Homer Simpson's a physicist! Discovers the universe is donut shaped.
http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/node/1566
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: rushingwind on October 01, 2010, 09:18:39 pm
I like the first one because the original quote is awesome. I love the second one because I've always loved Robert Frost's poems.
XDDD I love Lolcats because molesting the english language is pretty adorable for cute cats.

Here's a satirical pic.
(http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/caption-this-picture31.jpeg?w=500&h=312)

That rocks! I love it! :)

Oh no, I'm starting to like Lolcats! Something must be wrong with me...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 02, 2010, 10:34:30 am
Thou shalt WORSHIP Lolcats! MFWAHAHAHAAHAH!!


HEY PEEPS, know what's the hype of the month? It's the CHRONICLES OF KID AND DRAGGY!  :D

....

Okay maybe not, but this still speaks to me of Kid and Draggy. Check out the short film Sintel which was released just a couple of days ago. Watch it, NOW!!  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRsGyueVLvQ)

Gawk at the beautiful concept arts here (http://www.sintel.org/concept-art/concept-art-speedpainting/).

And this is one badass muthafuka!
http://www.sintel.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/dragon-concept-art_008.jpg


Also: Happy birthday, great spirit Bapu (aka Mahatma Gandhi)!  :lee:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on October 02, 2010, 07:40:00 pm
Those are some kickass concept arts!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 04, 2010, 09:57:46 am
Hah, what's been making our family laugh our asses off?  :lol: India now has an equivalent to Mr. Bean!
http://www.malegaonkachintu.com/

Of course, the similarities are coincidental (such as the suit and silent comedy). Chintu is more of a prankster while Bean's comedy relies on his accidents and mayhem.

You can check the video here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRjGJ9DIR8c
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: ZaichikArky on October 04, 2010, 11:54:21 am
India's Mr. Bean is a lot cuter than Mr. Bean :3. Otherwise, I don't really get the humor XD;. Lots of crazy dancing with bright Bollywood-esque colors and then some Chaplain-esque antics. Bollywood movies still kind of confuse me. They are so cheesy and cute, but there must be lots of cultural things I just don't think Westerners can get. Maybe that's why most Westerners don't know much of anything about Bollywood. After all these years, I actually am beginning to appreciate some British humor. Hopefully some day I'll find a really cool Bollywood movie to watch. I don't really count "Slumdog Millionaire" as an Indian movie >_<.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on October 06, 2010, 04:11:34 am
Coffee and pickles just do not mix. Yes, I know my sample size should ideally be 200+ observations, but I am prepared to say that my findings after two trials are...statistically significant.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 06, 2010, 05:16:52 am
Hah! Some inspiring videos here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QqT1P4VO30
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmOflUoHbwQ


@ZaichikArky - xDDD What I showed you was NOT Bollywood; it's an amateur production from Malegaon (without a production set even) which was lucky to have a green light to be aired on one of the most watched TV Channels. This shows that at least someone in India TRIES to be creative (I'm bored with the soap opera here; same old same old). If you wanna watch something better than Slumdog Millionaire, then I suggest you the following:

1) 3 Idiots - Considered to be the BEST Bollywood movie ever made (for now). It's loosely based on the book 5 Point Someone.
2) My Name is Khan - A good movie, with serious turns and some comedy, about a bloke with Aspergers and his struggle against himself and the world.

@FaustWolf - Ewww....
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 07, 2010, 08:27:18 pm
FOR ALL YOU DBZ FANS OUT THERE (although you don't have to be die-hard fans to enjoy THIS)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyMx1YjekBY
 :D
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: rushingwind on October 18, 2010, 05:31:55 am
I cannot stop laughing. Behold, Badass Jesus versus Zeus:

Quote from the website:
Quote
The following...shows what happens when the Greek gods stop by Jesus’ crucifixion to talk some trash.

(http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/jesus6.jpg)

More of Badass Jesus versus Zeus:
http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2009/04/09/my-favorite-mid-90s-bad-ass-jesus-comic/

I can't believe someone even thought this up. Wow!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on October 18, 2010, 06:40:57 am
That's awesome. I can't look at stuff like that anymore without imagining overgrown apes pounding their chests to declare, with absurd seriousness, their absolute dominance of the forest.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on October 21, 2010, 12:47:32 pm
Fully awesome, RW.


For my contribution today, my cat nearly escaped out the front door this morning. He was stopped but another, random cat managed to escape IN. He's a super sweet orange tabby, very fat and well groomed so it is unlikely that he's actually a stray. Now just have to figure out what to do with the guy.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 30, 2010, 02:11:00 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6a4T2tJaSU
Time Traveler discovered in a Charlie Chaplin movie, and people have just one thing to say.

HOLY CHRIST, IT'S THE DOCTOR AND DONNA!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 31, 2010, 10:39:49 am
Quote
In Britain, Hindus and Sikhs celebrate Diwali with great enthusiasm and in most ways very similarly to as in India. People also give each other sweets such as laddoo and barfi, and the different communities may gather from around the country for a religious ceremony and get-together. It is a greatly celebrated holiday and is a great way to connect with the culture and heritage of India. Diwali is becoming a well known festival in Britain and non-Indians also join in the festivities. Leicester plays hosts to some of the biggest celebrations outside of India itself[16]. Diwali also coincides closely enough with the British Guy Fawkes (Bonfire Night) traditions on November the 5th that in many areas, such as the East End of London, a kind of joint festival has evolved where everyone celebrates and enjoys the same fire and fireworks for their own diverse reasons.

It's sort of a strange co-incidence. Or "co-incidences" I may put it. Hindus celebrate Diwali as "the Festival of Light" as the fabled Prince of Light defeats the Demon King Raavan and returns to Ayodhaya, thus ending the reign of darkness and illuminating the night sky. Guy Fawkes Night (November 5) also has fireworks and bonfires as it marks the attempted gunpowder plot.

If you think that's just the weird coincidence, get this:

Quote
In Hinduism, Deepavali marks the return of Lord Rama to his kingdom of Ayodhya after defeating (the demon king) Ravana, the ruler of Lanka, in the epic Ramayana.

In Jainism, Diwali marks the attainment of moksha by Mahavira in 527 BC. Moksha means "liberation", mind you, although the term seems to be used for "death" here.

In Sikhism, Deepavali commemorates the return of Guru Har Gobind Ji to Amritsar after freeing 52 Hindu kings imprisoned in Fort Gwalior by Emperor Jahangir; the people lit candles and diyas to celebrate his return. This is the reason Sikhs also refer to Deepavali as Bandi Chhorh Divas, "the day of release of detainees".

If you ask me, it's creepy as hell!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on November 01, 2010, 09:58:28 am
What the, three posts in a row? XD

Is it just me or does it seem like the opera-vocalist of both Suikoden III and Ghost in the Shell the same person?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_80uOp_PN0U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0z08OpmEPc
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on November 01, 2010, 02:24:47 pm
I was just told: "whether it is 'my lord' or 'my liege,' arguing semantics in the middle ages is feudal." Horray for puns!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on November 01, 2010, 09:12:03 pm
I was just told: "whether it is 'my lord' or 'my liege,' arguing semantics in the middle ages is feudal." Horray for puns!

Very clever.  That's wonderful.

I'm amused by how much D looks like random Englishmen, and gets told that often.  We trick-or-treated in downtown [large US city] yesterday night with some friends, and I giggled whenever someone at the door said "Hey...you look like John Lennon!  Has anyone ever told you that?"

That, and Harry Potter and John Oliver--who could seriously be his doppelganger, I swear.  He looks exactly like my boyfriend, but 15 years older and with worse teeth and a more awkward smile.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: skylark on November 01, 2010, 10:38:31 pm
I was just told: "whether it is 'my lord' or 'my liege,' arguing semantics in the middle ages is feudal." Horray for puns!

..............

.........................

*slow clap* :roll:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on November 03, 2010, 11:12:05 pm
http://whatthefuckhasobamadonesofar.com/

Perhaps crudely phrased, but that provides the amusement.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mauron on November 04, 2010, 01:20:07 am
Either the crudely drawn woman on the right, or the crudely drawn disembodied head I'm too lazy to delete beside her.

(http://maurtopia.com/images/chrono/nameless5.png)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on November 10, 2010, 11:52:46 pm
Tonight's fortune cookie:

What's a sheep without legs called? A cloud!

Yeah, okay, dude.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 12, 2010, 02:34:31 am
That's the best fortune cookie fortune ever.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: utunnels on November 12, 2010, 02:48:57 am
Tonight's fortune cookie:

What's a sheep without legs called? A cloud!

Yeah, okay, dude.
Or perhaps it's candyfloss.
 :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on November 12, 2010, 10:13:17 pm
Or an unlucky sheep.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 13, 2010, 02:29:58 pm
I am amused by the prefix "rad." It goes so many places, and it's so interesting, in my mind, that it coincidentally connects geometry with physics without ever losing its roots. Get it?

I need to invent the Radically Radioactive Radial Radio Radiator. I think it would be some kind of circular heat sink that uses nuclear materials to dissipate heat in a fashionable way that will make its owner the envy of all the scientists and savants on the block.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on November 14, 2010, 07:58:35 am
...without ever losing its roots. Get it?
I'd facepalm if this didn't seem so much like something I'd say out loud. Personally, I find wordplay hilarious, so kudos!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on November 16, 2010, 02:30:27 am
Reading through TV Tropes, and came across the Robespierre (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MaximilienRobespierre) page (from Rasputin (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RasputinTheMadMonk?from=Main.RaRaRasputin)...which is from Hellboy (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/Hellboy)...which is from Those Wacky Nazis (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ThoseWackyNazis).  I love the internet).

So reading through the Robbie (yes, I have nicknames for the French Revolution leaders.  I am a sad, sad individual 8)) tropes I discovered that one of them is Draco In Leather Pants (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DracoInLeatherPants).  That made my day.

Somehow I also came across Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu) during this mad search through the internet.  So my tabs are currently The Blues Brothers, Robbie, the ever-lovely H.P. Lovecraft, The Thermidor, and Draco In Leather Pants.

The French Revolution + Lovecraft + Harry Potter = happy Saj.  Also = majorly geeky Saj.  But since this is a website solely dedicated to video games...I think I'm in pretty good company.  ^^
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on November 16, 2010, 06:33:55 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hi_DNHWlnB8
Haruhi Suzumiya vs Doctor Who? No, seriously, check near the end of that video! I knew Haruhi was chasing after Time Travelers and Aliens, but I never imagined her to seek out any fellow named "John Smith". LOL
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 17, 2010, 12:20:14 am
I tried to light one of those candles that isn't a candle. Then I got laughed at. I think out there somewhere is a flameless candle CEO who is very pleased.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on November 17, 2010, 12:28:09 am
I tried to light one of those candles that isn't a candle. Then I got laughed at. I think out there somewhere is a flameless candle CEO who is very pleased.

Oooh, and remember those birthday candles that you couldn't blow out?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 17, 2010, 12:34:32 am
Those darn things had my number!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on November 17, 2010, 01:38:46 am
I didn't know you had your very own number. That's pretty cool.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 17, 2010, 02:12:26 am
Howls yeah, it is! And that number is...seven!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhd8bcl7cdo
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on November 17, 2010, 03:56:41 am
Seven? Huh, I totally had you pinned as an eight sort of guy. It is so much more... sinistralian.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5bqMDGWXO8
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 20, 2010, 08:09:29 pm
Off to my left, between me and my mocha coffee drink, is a candle. It's one of those fake candles that I tried to light the other day. With the way my mind works, knowing as it does that the coffee is in that direction, but with the candle being closer, I keep wanting to drink the candle.

This candle is really getting the best of me this week...! =D
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: utunnels on November 21, 2010, 08:52:59 am
Reading Jack Belden (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_belden)'s work.
I must thank the translater of the book and the guy who made the html page (http://www.chinashakestheworldbook.com/Chapter_1_index.htm). I rarely read books since I devote too much time in the computer world.
 :picardno


I'm currently learning blender, and this looks like a good book for beginners: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Blender_3D:_Noob_to_Pro

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on December 02, 2010, 03:13:46 pm
8 Manliest Movie Posters Ever. (http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-8-manliest-foreign-movie-posters-ever/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CrackedRSS+%28Cracked%3A+All+Posts%29) Proof that India's got badass artists.  :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: utunnels on December 02, 2010, 08:39:05 pm
LOL

Talking of posters, ...http://youthoughtwewouldntnotice.com/blog3/
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on December 04, 2010, 04:51:32 am
Man, that's ingenious (besides the lack of toilets)! O_O
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on December 04, 2010, 04:19:04 pm
I was recently reading a news article in which I saw a photograph of the German leader speaking to the Chinese leader, who was wearing translation headphones. The thought crossed my mind, "I wonder if they both speak English." It is, after all, the lingua franca. Therein lies my amusement. "Lingua franca" is a Latin phrase which literally refers to the French language but nowadays is understood to stand for English, by which the Germans can talk to the Chinese about the Koreans.

O, Tower of Babel!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on December 06, 2010, 05:00:02 am
Apparently a friend Pieretta Dawn (author of the Interspecies Trilogy) met the author of the famous Artemis Fowl and And Another Thing, Eoin Colfer.  :lol:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=473739983432&set=a.473739888432.255473.248914473432
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on December 07, 2010, 05:02:42 am
Been reading Bartimaeus - Ring of Solomon recently and something amused me. Surely you have heard me say this many times; the books are VERY coincidental to the Chrono series as far as plots go, but this is ridiculous:

1) Cedric Guardia loves historical epics and artifacts, and one day he stumbles upon the ruins of Zeal. He finds the Frozen Flame that grants him his desires and makes him the most powerful man in the world. He builds a kingdom, wages wars and is very wicked. But the FF somehow steals his sanity and morality slowly.

2) King Solomon of Jerusalem loves historical epics and artifacts, and one day stumbles upon the Sumerian Ruins. He finds "The Ring" that grants him his desires and makes him the most powerful man in the world. He builds a kingdom, wages wars and is very wicked. But the Ring somehow saps his strength and mortality each time he uses it.

Seriously, it looks like Johnathan Stroud's Foliot is disguised as a Compendiumite, keeping an eye on us. I mean, whaaaaaat?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on December 07, 2010, 11:53:32 am
No spoilers for my favorite book series, dammit!

...Just kidding. I haven't The Ring of Solomon yet, so I'm jealous. But that is a neat connection. It would be amazing if Stroud is a Chrono fan!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on December 07, 2010, 06:09:56 pm
Heh, I say it all goes back to Tolkien in the end.  :P
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on December 07, 2010, 06:58:47 pm
Heh, I say it all goes back to Tolkien in the end.  :P

Sounds like a bad Linkin Park song. :P

Speaking of DeLoreans (see Z's SoY thread), this http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/internets/HWBTTF001.jpg (http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/internets/HWBTTF001.jpg) is, in my opinion, amazing. I'm a fan of Hot Wheels, so you can see why. Too bad it was only released in Japan and, as such, eBayers are asking ridiculous prices for it...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on December 08, 2010, 04:11:47 am
2) King Solomon of Jerusalem loves historical epics and artifacts, and one day stumbles upon the Sumerian Ruins. He finds "The Ring" that grants him his desires and makes him the most powerful man in the world. He builds a kingdom, wages wars and is very wicked. But the Ring somehow saps his strength and mortality each time he uses it.

I don't know...that sounds way more like The Lord of the Rings than anything Chrono-related...

Edit::  Oops, Faust already said that.  My bad!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on December 08, 2010, 04:20:22 am
2) King Solomon of Jerusalem loves historical epics and artifacts, and one day stumbles upon the Sumerian Ruins. He finds "The Ring" that grants him his desires and makes him the most powerful man in the world. He builds a kingdom, wages wars and is very wicked. But the Ring somehow saps his strength and mortality each time he uses it.

I don't know...that sounds way more like The Lord of the Rings than anything Chrono-related...
XDDD Like FW said, it all goes back to Tolkien.

But what I mean is that "The Ring" in Ring of Solomon is equivalent to the "Frozen Flame" in Chrono series, and similarly given the theme of "The Jewel that cannot be stolen". Obviously, each thief/assassin who tries to steal the Ring has failed miserably, either put to death or being tortured for eternity.

Similarly, Simon Lovelace from the Trilogy is equivalent to Lynx
Nathaniel to Janus
Kitty Jones to Kid
Bartimaeus (somewhat) to Flea
Modern (alternate) London to Zeal (seriously)
....and way more than you can imagine.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: alfadorredux on December 08, 2010, 09:09:07 am
Actually, it goes back waaaaay past Tolkien--all the way to Norse mythology and the cursed ring Andvarinaut, if I'm not mistaken. </GEEK>
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on December 08, 2010, 01:58:43 pm
I would propound that people's takes on "what it goes back to" is not actually a measure of what-it-goes-back-to so much as an insight into our own creative constrictions and Western society's broad overreliance on the premise of derivation (i.e., the idea that nothing is or can be original). Of course, we must also acknowledge that artists too are only marginally less susceptible to this point of view, with a consequent abundance of self-fulfilling norms defining the domain of our intellectual works.

It's easy to see why some people insist that the ancient Greeks knew everything there was to know, and that since then we've all just been repeating what they learned. Speciarily, we're kind of set up that way. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to study the Jovian moons, so that I can be as smart as the Greeks were!

=P
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on December 24, 2010, 11:19:29 am
Police arrest three, still searching for stolen 300-year-old violin (http://edition.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Music/12/24/uk.stolen.stradivarius/index.html?eref=rss_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29)

XDDD Check the comments. Amazing, I've never seen a thief gaining so much support! Millions-worth Stradivarius thief even!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: utunnels on January 01, 2011, 01:26:14 am
http://player.youku.com/player.php/sid/XMTQ3MTAzMDc2/v.swf

LOL, reminds me of an old Chinese phrase 'play the lute to a cow'.
He/she's playing to a sleeping cat.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on January 10, 2011, 07:46:42 pm
I love portmanteau words, and how creative (or uncreative, I guess) you can be with them. For instance, my username is a portmanteau I made when I was younger. Even the name of the character in my image, Hanekoma, is created from the Japanese words hane (feather) and neko (cat), which allude to who he is in the game.

Anyway, to the point. My new favorite portmanteau: CATHULU
(http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/2302/cathulu.png)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Angerona on January 10, 2011, 08:02:15 pm
Anyway, to the point. My new favorite portmanteau: CATHULU
(http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/2302/cathulu.png)

Aww ^w^
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on January 11, 2011, 05:18:48 am
Anyway, to the point. My new favorite portmanteau: CATHULU
(http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/2302/cathulu.png)

Aww ^w^
HAWWWW! >w<
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on January 19, 2011, 04:29:19 pm
Space casserole.

I've been watching the old Voltron cartoons occasionally during my lunch breaks and, being an old cartoon, it relies on heavy use of "space," "universe," and "galaxy" to make things seem futuristic. But I had thought that "space mice" was the worst of it. No, apparently not, for today's episode included space casserole. While I don't know how a space casserole differs from a regular casserole, I can guess. It is probably made with space chicken, space vegetables, space potatoes, and the entire thing was probably space baked in a space oven.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on January 19, 2011, 05:11:50 pm
Space casserole.

I've been watching the old Voltron cartoons occasionally during my lunch breaks and, being an old cartoon, it relies on heavy use of "space," "universe," and "galaxy" to make things seem futuristic. But I had thought that "space mice" was the worst of it. No, apparently not, for today's episode included space casserole. While I don't know how a space casserole differs from a regular casserole, I can guess. It is probably made with space chicken, space vegetables, space potatoes, and the entire thing was probably space baked in a space oven.

HAHAHAHAHA I love you thought.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on January 19, 2011, 10:35:33 pm
Goes well with a nice Vegan galaxy cake.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lennis on January 19, 2011, 11:06:01 pm
Gosh, was it that bad?   :lol:  I haven't seen Voltron in years, but I seem to remember a robeast always getting cut in half at the end.  Kids must have liked that dependable little plot twist.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on January 19, 2011, 11:33:53 pm
Goes well with a nice Vegan galaxy cake.

Only if it comes with two scoops of astro ice cream.

Lennis, yes, yes it was
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Manly Man on January 20, 2011, 12:05:46 am
If I can, I stay up and watch the old school 80's and 90's cartoons, like Jem and The Holograms, Captain Planet, Rugrats and The Magic School Bus.

Oh God, Magic School Bus. Miss Frizzle was freakin' hot.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on January 20, 2011, 12:39:33 am
80's was crap for cartoons except a few, GI Joe, Transformers, Mighty Mouse: New Adventures, and Centurions. Technically the Simpsons.

90's was a great time for cartoons, Rocko's Modern Life, Ren and Stimpy, Angry Beavers, The Maxx, Aeon Flux, Batman TAS, Daria, the list goes on.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on January 20, 2011, 10:02:02 am
G.I.Joe - Atlantis Factor, Kage - Shadow of the Ninja, Contra Force, and all those missed NES games, duuuuuuude!  :lol:

TUSHANTIN GOTS A NEW LOOK! 8D Dang I love the military cut. I don't know why, but even if I'm geeky sometimes, when I get my military cut, have the sleeves of my shirt rolled up to my elbows, stand tall with a piercing look, and have that accent from the slums when I speak Hindi (slums Hindi accent is completely different from the Urban Hindi accent), not only do I feel gangsta, but also have my confidence and charisma at its peek (and sometimes just being all round badass). When that happens I hate shaving, unless my beard is longer than the awesome Stubble (http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2008/12/01/Hugh_narrowweb__300x306,0.jpg).
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on January 22, 2011, 02:57:17 pm
Hehe looks like India's now got its own version of Phoenix Wright. A TV series, naturally, but pretty interesting!
http://www.india-forums.com/video/sony-tv/108141-adaalat-promo.htm
http://www.tvserialsandshows.com/2010/11/adaalat-adalat-on-sony-tv-justice-in.html

Also, I gots my own mobile broadband! 8D
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on January 23, 2011, 05:35:48 pm

I've gone and made myself a hoverboard which I can now fly around on.

Also, I'm looking into making smoke bombs using stump remover and sugar.

Finally...

 (,,,) =(^_^)= (,,,)

Kitten emote.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on January 24, 2011, 02:04:46 am

I've gone and made myself a hoverboard which I can now fly around on.

Also, I'm looking into making smoke bombs using stump remover and sugar.

Finally...

 (,,,) =(^_^)= (,,,)

Kitten emote.
XD I kinda saw tutorials or them on Wonder How To, but unffortunately I've no place to apply them.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on January 24, 2011, 02:33:18 am
(,,,) =(^_^)= (,,,)

Kitten emote.

Omg.  So adorable.

I'm sorry, I just died and went to cute emoticon heaven.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: chi_z on January 24, 2011, 03:26:40 pm
Just saw this on mitsuda's FB
[youtube]1HQ0HzdCVeI[/youtube]
the 2 opening chords of this song are 9th chords with omitted 3rds and 7ths on the tonic minor and submediant major. thanks to the omitted 3rd and 7th, both chords have an ambiguous tonality to them, they're just stacked fifths. the specific prog of submediant to tonic in minor key just makes them both sound minor in this context, submediant in minor key is supposed to be major. anyway, besides all this theory mumbo jumbo he actually ended up playing a bit of the 'wind scene' 600 ad theme, go to 2:55 and from there til about 3:15 you can hear a hint of an arpeggiated chord prog from that piece (in the key of C minor since it's people imprisoned by destiny's key rather than F major though).
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on January 24, 2011, 06:45:04 pm
I always considered that the saddest, deepest song on the track, if not of all soundtracks I've heard. He does a great job at keeping true to it.

Also, first creative writing class of the semester in 30 minutes? :franky
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on January 24, 2011, 07:36:40 pm
That was really good.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on January 24, 2011, 11:22:42 pm
Oh jeez, I think I've just been propositioned by a zoophiliac online. This hasn't happened since the Obama Campaign!

Silly desire to put "wolf" in my username...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on January 25, 2011, 12:33:17 am
I've gone and made myself a hoverboard which I can now fly around on.

You son of a bitch! Pictures, video, and link on etsy! NAO.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on January 25, 2011, 07:01:09 pm
So many people were looking forward to the First World War so very much.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on January 25, 2011, 07:35:41 pm
I suppose that amuses me too, but in a depressing, morbid sort of way.

And on a note that really should surprise no one, I am currently amused most by David (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBnGbFjlhM0&feature=related) freak (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBYL7sfU7Mc)-ing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8tY8zElvRw) Tennant (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8VOZLjQbvQ). His energy is infectious.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lennis on January 25, 2011, 08:41:46 pm
Just saw this on mitsuda's FB

That was awesome!   :D
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on January 25, 2011, 11:13:00 pm
Just saw this on mitsuda's FB

That was awesome!   :D

I have one of those mirror-closets. Neat.

And yes, I chose to comment on something other than the song, because if you watch it... you already know :-)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on January 31, 2011, 12:09:44 pm
My mother told me to go buy a snow shovel today, "just in case."

A snow shovel. In Texas? Ha.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lennis on February 01, 2011, 06:17:05 am
I don't know.  Some people are already calling this the storm of the century.  I'm just glad I don't have to work tomorrow.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on February 01, 2011, 12:25:05 pm
Seriously, storm of the century? For a state that gets tornadoes and hurricanes?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on February 01, 2011, 07:03:41 pm
Seriously, storm of the century? For a state that gets tornadoes and hurricanes?

Indeed. Worse for those of us not used to this kind of weather. The roads are packed with ice, and it's the first time I've seen such windy conditions with the snow (up to 60mph in some parts of Texas).

Man, I would be such a wuss in the north during winter.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on February 01, 2011, 09:03:15 pm
Well the 60mph winds do make me feel better about calling it the storm of the century; low level hurricanes are right around there.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 01, 2011, 11:52:14 pm
This brings up a hugely important question.  Now that we're in the new millennium, does "storm of the century" mean the worst storm since 1911 or 2000?

Also, where I am right now (in the Midwest) it's thundering, lightning...ing AND snowing.  Crazy!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on February 02, 2011, 12:12:18 am
2000! This is shaping up to be a pretty boring century, if today's storm if The One.

On the other hand...

[youtube]yon2YuXssvo[/youtube]
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 02, 2011, 12:45:38 am
Our skylight started leaking and now we have a towel duct-taped to our ceiling.  I am charged with blowing it with a hair driver every hour or so.  :P
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on February 05, 2011, 02:36:08 am
Okay, I admit my own grammar and vocabulary is inferior to most folks here at the Compendium, but it's kinda funny when even professional firms here in India fail to form English sentences properly.  :lol: Just received my eProject assignment from Aptech; the plot summary they've provided gave me braindamage.  :o Not the plot itself, but the phrasing.

A sample:
Quote
...Again he hears the same sound. He moves backward took out his spear and throw the spear in the direction of sound in the bush. There is no sound now, he waits and then grips the spear and tries to pull it out but he can’t, he tries again but could not succeed.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 05, 2011, 03:10:44 am
J, I only just now realized you posed the Snow / Heat Miser song.  Many props to you.  I sing that song at least once a month.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: chi_z on February 05, 2011, 11:29:25 am
Did Mitsuda just buy an accordion? From his twitter/FB:
ホーナーのアコーディオンキットが売ってまして、デザインだけ自分で自由に作れるんです。完成するのに2ヶ月掛かりました(^^)

I ran it through a translator:
An accordion kit of Hohrner is sold and can make a custom design with oneself freely. (^^) it took two months to be completed

Perhaps he's talking about this (http://www.hohnerusa.com/index.php?1888) company?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Truthordeal on February 05, 2011, 12:54:44 pm
Benjamin Franklin, the chief wit of the American Revolution, the scientist and inventor, the grand philosopher and idea man among our brilliant Founding Fathers, wrote an entire paper about farts, leading up to a final pun about farts. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fart_Proudly)

Henceforth, anyone who says that fart jokes are beneath them is saying that they are above Benjamin Franklin. And that is a damned lie!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on February 05, 2011, 08:19:13 pm
Tushantin's super secret project character! :D http://tushantin.deviantart.com/art/Jack-Burns-WIP-design-196325498

Man it's the first time I've ever done Oekaki / dA Muro. Kinda feel amused for some reason. Nevertheless, it's GUNPOWDER MIXIN TIME!


EDIT: LMAO Old man Benny and farts?! O_O Wouldn't we know!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on February 08, 2011, 12:15:32 am
You know, when you come right down to it...

Snape is essentially just Magus.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 08, 2011, 02:30:35 am
You know, when you come right down to it...

Snape is essentially just Magus.

This.  British teacher Magus.


"OMG SCHALAAAAAAAAAAA."  :cry:  "I HATE EVERYTHING I AM SO DARK AND FULL OF BITTERNESS BUT I HAVE JUST ENOUGH GOOD IN ME FOR FANGIRLS TO SLOBBER OVER.  YOU SUCK CRONO.  YOU SUCK SO HARD.  YOU GOT WHACKED 'CUZ YOU'RE WEAK."  /moral ambiguity
"OMG LILYYYYYYYYY."  :cry:  "I HATE EVERYTHING I AM SO DARK AND FULL OF BITTERNESS BUT I HAVE JUST ENOUGH GOOD IN ME FOR FANGIRLS TO SLOBBER OVER.  YOU SUCK HARRY.  YOU SUCK SO HARD.  TEN BILLION POINTS FROM GRYFFINDOR."  /moral ambiguity


And also when it comes down to it...Snape fangirls are essentially Magus fangirls.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on February 08, 2011, 02:40:21 am
Clearly someone needs to create a CT hack replacing all the cast with Harry Potter characters. Crono for Harry, clearly, Hermione and Ginny being Marle and Lucca, Robo becomes Ron, Ayla Sirius or Tonks, and of course Snape for Magus. Gaspar is Dumbledore, Queen Zeal is professor umbrige, Dalton is Filch, etc.

My god, it would be beautiful. And by "beautiful" I mean "wrong on so many levels."
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Acacia Sgt on February 08, 2011, 03:02:47 am
Clearly someone needs to create a CT hack replacing all the cast with Harry Potter characters. Crono for Harry, clearly, Hermione and Ginny being Marle and Lucca, Robo becomes Ron, Ayla Sirius or Tonks, and of course Snape for Magus. Gaspar is Dumbledore, Queen Zeal is professor umbrige, Dalton is Filch, etc.

My god, it would be beautiful. And by "beautiful" I mean "wrong on so many levels."

Then I wonder who Lavos would be... :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 08, 2011, 03:22:46 am
D and I once went through most of the CT cast and sorted them into the four Hogwarts houses.  :oops:

I think Belthasar fits Dumbledore better.  They both have that whole "For the greater good" / "I'm a manipulative old man" thing going on.  Even if that's from CC, and not CT.  

Then I wonder who Lavos would be... :lol:

Voldie, clearly.  XP

Clearly someone needs to create a CT hack replacing all the cast with Harry Potter characters. Crono for Harry, clearly, Hermione and Ginny being Marle and Lucca, Robo becomes Ron, Ayla Sirius or Tonks, and of course Snape for Magus. Gaspar is Dumbledore, Queen Zeal is professor umbrige, Dalton is Filch, etc.

My god, it would be beautiful. And by "beautiful" I mean "wrong on so many levels."

Terrible an idea as that may be...I would totally play that game.  -______-  Add in a French Revolution backdrop and you have my top three fandoms right there.

Crono Potter and the Prisoner of the Bastille
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on February 08, 2011, 03:36:14 am
Fritz = Neville
and sort of
Toma = Malfoy?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Acacia Sgt on February 08, 2011, 03:47:14 am
Fritz = Neville
and sort of
Toma = Malfoy?

Nah... if Magus is already Snape, I'd say the Mystic Trio for Malfoy and his cronnies. It'd be more fitting, even though their attitudes don't.  :?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 08, 2011, 04:30:44 am
I agree with Bekkler.  The Mystic Trio should be Death Eaters fo' sho'.

Ozzie = Crabbe or Goyle's dad 'cuz they're all big and kind of stupid.
Slash = Lucius, maybe?
Flea = totally a wannabe Bellatrix.

Spekkio = Ollivander.
Crono's cat = Hedwig.
Epoch = Hermione's Time Turner.
Schala = Lily Potter.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on February 08, 2011, 10:17:31 am
Holy shit! Schala is Crono's real mom! And Crono's real mom is actually his loathing aunt. Goddammit, so many short fonts in this thread I had to locate Notepad three times already! Plus Crono's too cool to be Harry. Same goes for Dalton and Filch. Dalton could be, hell, Gilderoy Lockhart! XD

Also, Draco Malfoy is very similar to Nathaniel from Bartimaeus Trilogy, who in turn is Janus. Every friggin part of Nathaniel's character is Janus, and Kitty (Resistance) being Kid (Radical Dreamers) at every possible level. If that's the case, then Draco Malfoy, by default, is none other than lil Janus. Thus basically Crono/Harry's uncle.

 :lol: This idea has been tried before though (although I forgot where I saw a whole damn list of Chrono/Potter crossovers), so much so that even I tried a crossover of it when I was 14 (and I abandoned it... I know, I sux...).

Basically all casts of the Chrono series, except for Crono and Marle, appear in the Harry Potter world in search of a suspicious, incognito time traveler who wants to resurrect The Beast of Abyss that the founders of Hogwarts once defeated. The Beast is mentioned in various religious books of the Muggles, and is said to have the power to split time and dimensions. Appararently the Wizards are secretive about their own origins; they're direct descendants of Zeal, and none of the "pure bloods" approved of their people mixing in with the Muggles/Earthbounds.

Secrets lay hidden in the Chamber of Basilisk, Caves of Ravenclaw, Pyramid of Hufflepuff and Pillars of Griffindor. As usual, Harry and co decide to investigate.

That's when all shit breaks lose. The Heroes of Time appear at Hogwarts, also investigating. There's a rumor that a certain "Demon King/Fiendlord" is preparing an army of monsters and Inferi to war against Hogwarts. Hermione clashes wits with Lucca about science and magic. Ron seems dubfounded when he sees Robo. The Beast was created using an altered Mother Brain processor. Hermione's time travelling watch is stolen. Human Glenn teaches Neville Longbottom swordsmanship, and they kick serious ass with holy swords: Masamune and Sword of Griffindor (this idea I actually came up with a couple of months ago). Dumbledore is thrown across time.

And finally, when they DO reach the lass boss, it turns out that it's Magus (SURPRISE!) all along. Suddenly when every hero is at their last stamina and Voldemort launches his death attack, Crono and Marle show up. This time Crono kicks Voldemort's serious ass (perhaps even goes Super Saiyan), and Harry Potter challenges Magus in a magical duel.

 :lol: Okay, I was probably a little too imaginative as a kid, but hell! I prefer Bartimaeus Trilogy over Harry Potter anywhos (it's more mature and awesome, plus it's much like the Chrono series; hell, villains are quite like Lynx and KZ! And even Bekkler!)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on February 08, 2011, 01:11:14 pm
Acacia, the mystic knights are just too formidable to be the malfoy trio. However, consider Toma's actual role in CT. He's the treasure hunter, allegedly rich and famous, presumed to be living a life of wonder and luxury, but in reality he's just Crono's rival who has way more confidence in himself than what his abilities are capable of backing up. He feels like he lives in Crono's shadow, always one step behind, always outdone and left behind. Not one to be taken seriously. Of course, he plays a very small part in the context of the game, but I would argue that does not differ much from Malfoy's role and perspective in HP, nor does it mean either character was unimportant.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 08, 2011, 08:28:49 pm
I think Dalton is more Lucius than Filch, and I totally did not think of the Earthbound / Zealian vs. Muggle / Pureblood connection.  The Zeal continent is just one giant floating Slytherin House.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on February 11, 2011, 04:03:43 pm
I'm glad my amusement amused others.

Along those lines:

(http://wiw.org/~jess/wp-content/uploads/2006/08/snape2.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 12, 2011, 07:14:00 am
Hahahahahah!  The first time I saw that picture, I think I laughed for a good three minutes straight, and it still never fails to make me laugh every time I see it.

Why is that not a real movie.  :(
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on February 13, 2011, 09:16:27 am
Great idea or...Greatest Idea?

[youtube]SbIaYZEUF1M[/youtube]
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on February 13, 2011, 11:29:26 pm

(http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lfck2uyU6y1qbvndoo1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on February 14, 2011, 02:43:34 am
Have you guys seen the hipster little mermaid meme? Some of them are insta-classic.

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lgbx74qM9B1qh1wavo1_250.jpg)   (http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lg82ucY3Ab1qh1wavo1_250.jpg)   (http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lg82tbgdSQ1qh1wavo1_250.jpg)






(http://www.fuckedinparkslope.com/storage/enhanced-buzz-9716-1297193215-46.jpg)

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 14, 2011, 04:43:08 am
LOVE those!  Here are some of my favourites.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on February 14, 2011, 07:49:17 am
Hah! Fun. Here're a few I made. Can't promise they're any good, as it's 5:45 in the morning here and I'm a bit drowsy...

Edit: The server deleted mah images!!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on February 16, 2011, 03:28:08 am
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! URGENT NEWS FLASH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joshalonian scientists revolutionize Internet! Create delicious new protocol: HTTPIE! Life can be beautiful again! Comes in eight flavors!

!!!!!! THE HUMAN ADVENTURE IS JUST BEGINNING !!!!!!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 16, 2011, 05:48:37 am
I don't like pie.  :/  Can I have HTTPANCAKES?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on February 16, 2011, 06:29:43 am
The technological barriers to such a triumph might best be described as...delicious!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Magus22 on February 17, 2011, 03:14:52 am
[youtube]9eI8qTiJ3Jo[/youtube]

i EFFIN DIED at time index 2:01 - i know Zeality will appreciate this.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on February 17, 2011, 07:51:44 pm
I can't stop laughing.
:cry:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on February 18, 2011, 09:52:06 am
New amusement: seagulls in parking lots. I never understood why they flock there, especially since I live quite a ways from the Gulf. Must be some migratory route. Yet it's always fascinating to see these powerful birds flying and calling over parking lots, and I must stop for a moment and watch them.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on February 19, 2011, 03:16:36 am
I always got a kick out of the seagulls at Costco in the High Desert of Southern California. I think it's the food that draws them. Each Costco roof is equipped with a Bird Costco: bulk seeds, breadcrumbs, fresh imported worms, and, of course, 960-roll packs of toilet paper.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Manly Man on February 19, 2011, 04:03:37 am
I've always found Alaskan ravens to be very entertaining and fun to be around. I was at a the Safeway in Fairbanks at one time, and there was this big, bright red, just-got-waxed grade shiny F-250. And on the hood was a raven, just trying to pick through the grill and under the hood to find anything the car wash might have missed. The guy, getting coffee at the Starbucks by the door, saw the bird and chased him off. Well, the raven didn't go away exactly, he just flew up into the air and made a big circle until the guy went back inside, and at that point, the raven came back down on the truck's hood. He puffed out his chest like he'd just been insulted, and- this was totally deliberate, I swear I could even see him squint a bit as he did it- the bird took the biggest, messiest, nastiest shit I have ever seen come from a bird. He gave one last crow and flew off.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on February 19, 2011, 11:35:36 am
@Kodokami: I love Seagulls!  :D It'd be awesome if one of them was named "Steven" (hint hint). I remember taking a boat-ride from the Gateway of India, passed gigantic ships and saw the birds flying past us.

@Manly Man: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!! DUDE, I'm totally adding that to my Zoho notes! :D Probably might animate that in the future.

@Everybody:

What do you get when Kamina (Gurren Lagann) turns evil? Or better yet, what do you get when you combine the personality of Kamina with the character of Slim (Grissom Gang/No Orchids for Miss Blandish), only twice as malevolent? You get a cheerfully sadistic Mafia hitman named Ladd Ruso, from Baccano, who just loves to kill those who cannot be killed!
(http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x314/Roxas_Sora_2007/Ladd_Russo.png)

Isn't he just awesome?!  :D

..... Yeah, I hate him too. He's supposed to be hated, though, but somehow some people just love him anyway. He's one of the most memorable characters in the series, and pure badass!

But if you only take all the nice bits about Kamina, especially his stupidity and love for adventure? You get these guys, spreading happiness all across the story, to every passing character, with sheer stupidity! And you keep lovin em since the first time.  :)
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/d/dc/IsaacDianMiriaHarvent.PNG/200px-IsaacDianMiriaHarvent.PNG)(http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2010/271/1/c/isaac_and_miria_motivational_by_yagton-d2zpabb.jpg)

The story of Baccano (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baccano!) itself is quite intriguing and innovative. First of all, it isn't told in a boring, linear fashion that most stories are told by. Baccano is completely non-linear, and if every story needs a main character, it actually hides who that main character is until the end of the story. The story, often told from multiple points of view, is mostly set within a fictional United States during various time periods, most notably the Prohibition-era. It focuses on various people, including alchemists, thieves, thugs, Mafiosi and Camorristi, who are unconnected to one another. Each story is a piece of a puzzle that the audience is supposed to fit together in order to reveal a bigger picture, and those people who enjoyed Inception will LOVE this.  :D

Maybe the story starts at the legendary journey of the Flying Pussyfoot which leaves a trail of blood across the nation, or perhaps it starts at the Advenna Avis almost 350 years ago where the Alchemists would learn the price of immortality. Whichever it may be, this story is like a one time rollercoster ride you can't afford to miss!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on February 19, 2011, 12:43:16 pm
Baccano, huh? Sounds very interesting. I will look into it.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on February 19, 2011, 11:45:45 pm

I always got a kick out of the seagulls at Costco in the High Desert of Southern California. I think it's the food that draws them. Each Costco roof is equipped with a Bird Costco: bulk seeds, breadcrumbs, fresh imported worms, and, of course, 960-roll packs of toilet paper.

Oh, don't get me started on seagulls.

When I was still in high school, I had to walk a certain distance with me and my friends. On occasion, we'd bring some food along (the most common food item being donuts), and we'd get seagulls hovering over us like vultures waiting to eat the food. Also on occasion, we'd wear a nice semi-formal suit to school and cross our fingers that a seagull wouldn't land a flying BM on our nice khakis and polos. *shudders*

On some days, there'd be no seagulls, so we'd lightly toss some food a good distance, and guess what happens?

Seagulls seem to fly in from out of nowhere and eat the food.

The crowning moment of this small chapter in my life was when one fateful Friday, I had about half a box of donuts left over from breakfast. My friends and I decided to lay open the whole box and see what happened with the seagulls flying overhead.
I did just that, and let me tell you: I couldn't get out of there fast enough. It was like a seagull explosion as they swarmed the donuts and devoured like large, white, feathery locusts.

*Sigh* Those were good times... :lol:

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on February 21, 2011, 12:41:47 am
Ah yes, seagulls. I remember once I went on a boat trip with some friends. Violent storms came up and drove us south, where were ended up lost and cold. We saw a seagull and followed it back towards land. I shot the bird, but then we got stuck in a dulldrum and my superstitious friends made me wear the seagull as a sort of penance to its spirit.
...
Wait a minute, that was an albatross, not a seagull.
...
...
...
Wait a minute, that was Samuel Coleridge, not me.

Anywho, seagulls are cool too.

As for my own amusement (other than the above): I happened to be listening to a metal station on Pandora while I "busy" myself with school "work." A song came up that at first I wasn't paying much attention to until I noticed that they kept talking about ale. I went and looked up the lyrics:

Quote from: The Huntmaster by Alestorm
Up from the bowels of hell he sailed
Wielding a tankard of freshly brewed ale
Slaying all those in his path
Those who might hinder his god-given task
To bring back beer to the lands of the free
This is his quest, his true destiny
Legends shall speak of his name
Hail the Huntmaster, with honour and fame

With the power of ale - He could not fail

I think that largely speaks for itself.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on February 23, 2011, 06:28:39 pm
I have been informed that the Dream of the 90's is Alive In Portland (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVmq9dq6Nsg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on February 24, 2011, 02:55:01 am
I have been informed that the Dream of the 90's is Alive In Portland (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVmq9dq6Nsg)

I gotta say: First, that's only partially an exaggeration! =)

Second: It's interesting to see how people are forming different conceptions of that the 90s were. I don't think a unified stereotypical narrative has taken hold yet.
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Post by: tushantin on February 24, 2011, 01:15:53 pm
Something funny happened recently, and I just need to post it lest I forget. I'm getting so forgetful these days I'm afraid I may one day forget what my name is.

Firstly, let me quote the awesome statements that broke through my frustration of the past 15 days of the project.
Quote from: Zeality
...don't hesitate to romanticize yourself and love yourself for being the raucous bastard who dares to try something ambitious and won't stay down or shut the fuck up. You're in the springtime of your FUCKING youth and THE GLORIOUS DOMAIN OF MAKING A CHANGE AND FULFILLING SOME NOBLE ENTERPRISE IS YOURS TO ENJOY!
Quote from: Harry
You're one motherfucking asshole! You make me proud!
Quote from: My boss
This'll happen even more in your line of career, but something about your attitude tells me you're not willing to kiss asses, even if need be. But if you're not scared of getting screwed by those stronger than you, feel free to try and put them in their proper place.
Quote from: Theodore Roosevelt
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Okay, now let's see:
A friend of mine, also the guy in our team in charge of designing the environment, had been bedridden for a week due to a bike accident, but appeared yesterday nonetheless. When we told him about what the headmistress says about the lab computers only thing and how we're simply sneaking work from home and sharing it on my Ubuntu netbook, he said, "I've got a better idea."

See, one of the reasons we refuse to use the lab computers was that it's not secure and is prone to viruses and file corruption; we don't want to work for hours only to realize we have to do it all over again. They had recently formatted the PCs (they do it every month) and installed all the tools (which takes a fuck load of time).

What our teammate did was write a .BAT file and placed it on the Startup folder. This, on each reboot, pops up various programs and command prompts all at the same time, rendering the computer unusable. I did the same on some other random computers and called the headmistress.

"Help! The computers look like they're infected. Please hurry up, or our files will be corrupted!"

They hurried, checked the computers, until finally the engineer said, "It's nothing a simple restart won't fix!" They rebooted and... it actually got worse. At the back, me and my classmates chuckled in silence. I told the faculty that the system's infected using complex mumbo-jumbo they couldn't keep up with, which obviously I made up on impulse just for laughs, and funny enough they bought it.

"It's badly infected," said our ingenious engineer. "We'll have to format this system again."

It was even more hilarious, considering what we did wasn't even a virus in the first place, and only my friend and I knew how to remove it, while this guy thinks that the only way to fix a problem is to format a system. To hell with everyone's data, I guess! Nevertheless, I ask if we could work on the eProject from home for the time being, to which the headmistress stubbornly said no, and that it'll be fixed by the next day.

Next day, we did the same thing, only more creatively. I prepared a script which actually pops a restart message every reboot and there's no way to cancel it. I even went so far as to mention, "File corruption countdown, stealing data in: (insert countdown here)". This time I even scoffed at my headmistress at how irresponsible she was with the machinery and her students' works. And she still insists we do it there. Only this time, we got permissions to work from home temporarily.

Nevertheless, there's nothing like the scent of sweet revenge in the morn!


On a different note, as I said the headmistress despises students who get their laptops in the lab (another reason for that being they're afraid the students would steal softwares from their machines; they'd rather sell it to em, even free ones for money). She marched into the lab and ordered my classmates to leave their laptops out. I was still wearing my bags in front of her, and was even in the process of using my netbook just before her, ignoring her orders.

But for some reason she said nothing to me. Not a word.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on February 25, 2011, 06:38:47 am
(http://images2.dailykosbeta.com/i/user/3/American_Taliban_Illustrated.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on February 27, 2011, 06:15:00 am
Hahahaha!
[youtube]KdhwVHpgndQ[/youtube]
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on February 27, 2011, 05:44:20 pm

If you simply adore llamas, then by all means click here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMYN4djSq7o)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on March 03, 2011, 11:41:51 am

If you simply adore llamas, then by all means click here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMYN4djSq7o)
I just replaced the Onion song with this as my ringtone. XD

http://icanhascheezburger.com/2011/03/02/funny-pictures-never-go-to-bed-angry/
(http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/e0db9e51-78b2-43b3-a762-dc922e5f6ec7.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on March 03, 2011, 04:33:24 pm
Hats are the next big thing!
(http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/2080/krackowithahat.png)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on March 06, 2011, 05:21:21 am
LMAO Babies are evil!

Mom often babysits twins from the neighbourhood in our house. She often keeps my old toys safely in case some other kid wants to play, and play they did. And when our heads were turned, one of the twins sneaked some of my ancient Pokemon tazos (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tazos) in his pockets (possibly because they don't have many toys at their own place, or maybe because they were fascinated by it's 3D-ness), and seeing this little rascal his brother began to do the same, only this time he hid the tazos in his shirt.

We noticed them. They stopped, looking all innocent. And we laughed. And they began stuffing their overfilled pockets and shirt, all the while staring at us whether we would rebuke them for it. We wouldn't though, because the scene was actually hilarious!

The first twin was shy and he hid behind a wall. The second twin stood up, and all the tazos fell out from under his shirt. He ran giggling, "No! No!" and hid behind the wall with his brother.

EDIT: I may not be a parent, but I did notice something of value to any other parent out here.

No matter how much they steal or cause chaos, don't rebuke a child at least until they're six. Advantages: They'll remain more open to you in the future and will be likely to listen to you, they'll be much more interested in learning about their environs, boosting their natural curiosity and thus intelligence, won't be hot tempered as they grow, AND you'll be able to keep their behavior in check. If you don't want them to do something there's always a playful way out rather than scolding them, because most likely they wouldn't understand you.

Just remember that you're an adult, and that you have more power over them than they'd have any potential against you at this time.  :wink:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on March 06, 2011, 08:32:47 am
How different things were years ago before GameFaqs and walk-throughs.  Back when you either shelled out money for a guide, asked friends for help, or just had to figure out the impossible dungeon / boss / puzzle yourself.  Now all someone needs to do is look things up online and voila!  Complete walk-through right there!  As long as someone has a computer, they'll never need to drudge through trial and error if they can help it.  Kids these days.  :P
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on March 06, 2011, 12:17:59 pm
Ironically enough, now that you can easily get more help,  the games are getting easier too (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/NintendoHard) :?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on March 06, 2011, 12:39:50 pm
Ironically enough, now that you can easily get more help,  the games are getting easier too (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/NintendoHard) :?
Funny enough, I'm glad that's the case. XDDD I remember as a young teen when playing Chrono Trigger for the first time I got stuck in the End of Time right after acquiring Robo. Gaspar kept talking about Lavos in a bucket, and kept dying despite the emulator save states. I was so frustrated with the game that I almost quit playing games for good.

Almost. That is until I discovered the Compendium and some walkthroughs from Gamefaqs. That's when I realized that if I had even the slightest curiosity of exploring 600 AD I would have progressed on my own. Yeah, I was dumb, but it wasn't just me. I also got my girlfriend to play it, and even she was stuck at that very place, thinking the game was over. xDDD

So I guess we were both dumb. No, everybody's dumb! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkVaAc7aoy8)
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Post by: Licawolf on March 06, 2011, 01:27:52 pm
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No, everybody's dumb! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkVaAc7aoy8)

And how!   :lol:

Ha ha ha, I actually got stuck in the Chrono Trigger the first time I played it too, even before that point  :oops:. The first time you go to 2300 AD and you have to input a password into a console in Arris dome... I just didn't understand where the console was, I mean the console was RIGHT THERE, but I didn't get it for some reason... oh god, I spent weeks...  :picardno

Certainly a good youtube walkthrough would have helped me out then  :lol:
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Post by: Truthordeal on March 07, 2011, 12:49:23 am
I was deciding between posting this here or the sexism thread, and I figured this was too pleasant for that.

A few weeks ago, the people in the room right next to mine apparently got a new stereo-speaker system, which I can hear through the walls. Among the many weird things I heard, they've played a cover of Don Henley's "Boys of Summer." Now, this isn't the famous Ataris cover, that did justice to the original while appealing to a younger audience, IMHO, this was some obnoxious girl band version. Besides the fact that the girls simply can't sing, I at first thought that the song lost all meaning from a female's perspective. It is, after all, titled "Boys of Summer," not "Girls of Summer."

So, after weeks of grumbling about it, I finally went to a site to look up and read the lyrics for myself. (http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/the-boys-of-summer-lyrics-don-henley/fbbab04dbb466170482568e00012674b) And I was surprised. The song makes wonderful sense from both points of view. Although I think the meaning is slightly changed with each reading(for the male, the meaning seems to be that he'll be with her after everyone else leaves; for the female, it seems to imply more of an age thing, "boy of summer" vs. whatever they are now at least from my reading for it).

I'm greatly amused by Don Henley's lyrical genius. There are probably only a few songs that can be read or heard from the perspective of both genders like this.
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Post by: skylark on March 07, 2011, 03:36:07 pm
I got this off a Gamefaqs post, but I just had to put this here.

Natural progression of any message board for a sequel...

Months before release: Fanboys from original game flooding board with excitement and girly squeals...

Weeks before release: Fanboys plus new fans flooding the board with nerves and apprehension about previews, yet still with a positive tone...

Week before release: Serious Hardcore Fanboys either getting game early or claiming to have gotten the game early bashing it for not living up to the godlike status they have elevated the original game to...

Release onward: True gamers come through and realize the epicness of the game and serious hardcore original fanboys all but disappear amidst posts about actual content and story...

Pretty much the whole truth right there. :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on March 07, 2011, 04:08:32 pm
@Truthordeal: I kinda read tat through (well, last halfway through) and it kinda seemed to me like he dumped her, or she dumped him, but he still won't leave his pals (us guys are loyal to our pals) since he can get another girl, while the girl just can't get over him. But not really anything about the age thing, though.

Not so sure what's so ingenious about it though (still haven't heard the song yet), but the lyrics are good!

@Skylarks: I guess some of us are special/True Gamers. XD As much as we expected to see the old cast and continuity, we still loved the story and game. I guess that's what we'd call real taste of art!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on March 07, 2011, 04:59:29 pm
FaustWolf, Ace is so cool! (in reference to your avatar)

Still haven't beat the game yet. Too many doors...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on March 08, 2011, 03:48:44 pm
A Graffiti artist spreads knowledge of Physics.  (http://dudelol.com/whoa-man-graffiti-is-so-like-deep-you-know/)

It's funny that sometimes websites based on senseless humor can be so informative! (Hint: This one is about a new theory regarding Time.)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on March 09, 2011, 03:47:26 pm
I found this video yesterday (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUIu6_eTkjY&NR=1), I love when people uses interactivity options in such original and amusing ways  :lol: It's like a little game made out of youtube videos.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on March 09, 2011, 07:04:18 pm
I found this video yesterday (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUIu6_eTkjY&NR=1), I love when people uses interactivity options in such original and amusing ways  :lol: It's like a little game made out of youtube videos.

That's a GREAT find! Wow!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on March 09, 2011, 08:10:47 pm
I found this video yesterday (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUIu6_eTkjY&NR=1), I love when people uses interactivity options in such original and amusing ways  :lol: It's like a little game made out of youtube videos.

I had an OCD moment and couldn't leave my computer until I watched every ending. :shock:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on March 09, 2011, 09:27:27 pm
I found this video yesterday (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUIu6_eTkjY&NR=1), I love when people uses interactivity options in such original and amusing ways  :lol: It's like a little game made out of youtube videos.

I had an OCD moment and couldn't leave my computer until I watched every ending. :shock:
Join the club! XD
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Post by: Licawolf on March 09, 2011, 09:42:00 pm
 :lol: I discovered I was missing one ending after reading your comments.

Hey, guys, if you liked that one, I think you may like this one too  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ba1BqJ4S2M) :P It's different, but it's very funny and original too.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on March 12, 2011, 05:02:40 pm
The most amusing thing I've seen so far (considering I've actually watched the highest grossing film India has ever produced).

What do you get when you fuse Terminator, Tron's Clu, and Superman? You get Chuck Norris's rival, Rajnikanth! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajinikanth)

No, seriously! India's got a Chuck Norris equivalent, who causes Chuck Norris-esque jokes to spawn after each of his movies (he's also the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan). Reason being: in any movie he acts in, he's basically capable of kicking Superman's ass while chewing bubble gum, no matter what his character may be and no matter who or what his opponent is. His previous movie, Shivaji, was consider awesometastic: it's a story about this one businessman who tries to do good for the citizens of India, but is cornered and has everything taken away from him, his house, his lab, his money, even his watch, by corrupt politicians. He's left with a mere Rupee, with which he does the impossible and brings the nation's corruption to its knees.
Quote
When GOD is shocked he exclaims “Oh my Rajnikaant!”‌
Rajinikanth gave the Joker those scars.
Chuck Norris once met Rajinikanth. The result – He was reduced to a joke on the internet.
(http://idiva.com/media/content/2010/Nov/top_10_rajnikanth_jokess.jpg)
You can feel his eyes looking into your soul!

But what really amused me...

A movie I watched today, called Enthiran/Robot, starring Rajnikanth (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enthiran), initially a Tamil/Telugu movie but I watched it in Hindi dubbed. The movie was released last year.

The story follows a South Indian scientist on his quest to develop a perfect Artificial Intelligence (but knowingly discarding Isaac Asimov's Laws of Robotics) which could be used to assist soldiers in war, and indeed succeeds. However, because the android isn't capable of emotions it can't make rational decisions for itself and fulfills his task as specifically ordered by his master, often taking things to the extreme due to lack of common sense. This proved a fatal flaw in his system, to which the scientist strives to program emotions into this android, but it turns out it wasn't such a good idea after all when it develops the feelings of Love.

There's a running joke around the movie which states that if Rajnikanth were to feel like playing Grand Theft Auto, it's doomsday. But it's still a family/action film more than anything complicated like Ghost in the Shell, and the concepts were simple to understand for the majority and thus earned a fuck-load of viewers and success, becoming the highest grossing film EVER in India. I guarantee you that you'd either be impressed or highly amused (that is, ROFL), and thus I encourage you to watch. I do warn though:

1) You think Bollywood's crazy? Kollywood fights and Science Fiction is crazy enough to make brains explode, even for Mid-Indians like me. The stunts often make Spiderman look lazy.
2) The movie's awesome, but it's almost 3 hours long and has quite a lot of songs/dances involved. You can, of course, skip them by simply getting a drink or merely fast-forward.
3) Like in GTA and Baccano, there's a LOT of killing involved and, although it's a family movie and has a "happy ending", those intellectual among us might feel a bit depressed by the end. Still, it wouldn't have been intriguing without all that.

Here's the trailer. And if you want in on the action, a (literally) crotch-crushing, rock-fisting, gut-shocking, roundhouse-kicking fight scene. It's got English Subs, so don't worry if you don't understand Tamil. I don't either. XDDD

[youtube]orywMCXR-QI[/youtube][youtube]TpsoYcXJIZw[/youtube]


My personal favorite quotes from the movie.
Quote
1) Audience: Hey, Android! Do you believe in God?
Chitti: God is said to be The Creator. Dr Vaseegaran created to me, thus he is my God.

2) (Grabs a hundred rifles, aims at his enemies)
Chitti: Happy Diwali, folks! (Fires)

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Post by: Thought on March 12, 2011, 11:40:04 pm
Quote
Joan... The Pope they call Joan.

She proselytized to the rich,
and she gave to the poor.
She dressed up like a man
and she gave them what-for.
Our love for her now ain't hard to explain,
the woman of the Vatican,
the Pope they call Joan.

For context:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Joan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8omJvCrwRdY
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on March 15, 2011, 12:57:44 am
Strictly speaking, The Secret History of the Mongols (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secret_History_of_the_Mongols) is neither a secret nor a history nor about the Mongols! It is like the Holy Roman Empire in that regard.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on March 15, 2011, 01:10:58 am
Yes, it was actually a Moly Ramen Umpire.

"Yerrrrrrrrr OUT! To dinner! At a noodlehouse in the underground!"
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on March 15, 2011, 03:12:58 am
Strictly speaking, The Secret History of the Mongols (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secret_History_of_the_Mongols) is neither a secret nor a history nor about the Mongols! It is like the Holy Roman Empire in that regard.
Or like the Eagles of Death Metal!
[youtube]Gz_BVyYgEZo[/youtube]
They are not the Eagles. And they are not Death Metal.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on March 19, 2011, 12:34:00 am
The stuff you find while surfing the internet (http://www.chocogaz.com/thepress/?page_id=4)  :lol:


Quote
Neo Brainmelter Chrono Kross – Serge’s world has been overrun by the gigantic and monstrous Devils and only he as well as Kid and Harle can pilot the mysterious giant robots known as Trigas and restore peace to the word. But can they do it in time before the Devils destroy Zeal the secret organization that made the Trigas? And what of Serge’s strained relationship with his father, Lynx, as well as everyone else’s deep-rooted insanities and personality problems just to make the story even more conflicted and screwed up than it really should be? And what about the End of Chrono the final movie that Manga Entertainment seems to just sit on and never bring out? Where in the world is Magus?!?

(http://www.chocogaz.com/images/phatbishie/rareanime/chrono-01.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on March 20, 2011, 03:47:40 pm
The bestest religion/deity in teh world!!
http://icanhascheezburger.com/cheezburger-confidential-ceiling-cat/

(http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/10commandments.jpg?w=500&h=855)
(http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/certificate1.jpg?w=500&h=388)
(http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/chuck.jpg?w=500&h=296)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: wiz Khalifa on March 20, 2011, 07:24:44 pm
The bestest religion/deity in teh world!!
http://icanhascheezburger.com/cheezburger-confidential-ceiling-cat/
dat aint funny

The stuff you find while surfing the internet (http://www.chocogaz.com/thepress/?page_id=4)  :lol:


Quote
Neo Brainmelter Chrono Kross – Serge’s world has been overrun by the gigantic and monstrous Devils and only he as well as Kid and Harle can pilot the mysterious giant robots known as Trigas and restore peace to the word. But can they do it in time before the Devils destroy Zeal the secret organization that made the Trigas? And what of Serge’s strained relationship with his father, Lynx, as well as everyone else’s deep-rooted insanities and personality problems just to make the story even more conflicted and screwed up than it really should be? And what about the End of Chrono the final movie that Manga Entertainment seems to just sit on and never bring out? Where in the world is Magus?!?

(http://www.chocogaz.com/images/phatbishie/rareanime/chrono-01.jpg)

LMAO this is funny as shit though Licawolf where th FUCK did you find that???
Thats just wrong...i guess yui would be schala, and thatd mean she'd be fuckin a big pointy cat dick to make Serge  :oops:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on March 20, 2011, 08:57:52 pm
Some random search on google images got me to this page  (http://www.chocogaz.com/thepress/?page_id=4), internet never stops disturbing surprising me, I mean Evangelion+Chrono Cross+Furry porn??? now that's something  :shock: wait does that mean Serge's mom was schala all along?? ugh, well it makes sense, in an evangelion kind of way, the fact that half of his romantic interests are clones of his mom, you can thank Freud for that one. lol.  :lol:


(http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/th_brain_bleach.jpg) please

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on March 23, 2011, 12:08:15 am
(http://i.imgur.com/bE96T.jpg)
Or: how to argue in a way befitting of the Compendium. Bonus points if you're wearing steampunk goggles while uttering such things.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on March 23, 2011, 03:20:39 pm
Holy Cyrus, that Son-of-a-Rolly (courtesy of FaustWolf), double-crossing mutant Imp stole my katana!! Oh, for Fiendlord's sake! Will you please quit bolting that drink?! I haven't a Frozen Flame to afford those damages!

On a different note, germs and dust have infested my keyboard guard. Amazing really; no matter how hard you clean they keep clinging onto the silicon unless I wash them properly. They try to reproduce and expand. They try to survive and colonize on cleanest places, much like us humans. Suppose they had any intelligence and sentiments, then if Japan's disaster is a tragedy then we'd be experiencing this injustice such every day of our lives. And even if the germs have no intelligence, just plain instinct (an instinct to survive, like any of us) then washing them off is just... that much more tragic.

Also, did I just hear Lavos' theme and see a Masamune-esque transformation and skills in The Sacred Blacksmith?!?! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sacred_Blacksmith)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Magus22 on March 24, 2011, 06:17:41 pm
 
More Bill Cosby mayhem...

Stop at 0:56 second mark... the bonus Cosby jam is dumb

[youtube]rph89Wnumvg[/youtube]


How to fix your XBOX...

[youtube]UyQpwdFwocI[/youtube]

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on March 25, 2011, 07:11:39 pm
(http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/8/9/2/48892.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Boo the Gentleman Caller on March 25, 2011, 10:25:19 pm
Tushantin, are those real images from a real act of "civil unrest"? Or are they from a movie...? I'm quite curious!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on March 26, 2011, 03:27:12 am
Tushantin, are those real images from a real act of "civil unrest"? Or are they from a movie...? I'm quite curious!
8) Real images indeed, even though it LOOKS like it's from a movie. Happened at the protests at South Korea, I think. He looks so badass with that Superman pose, they call him Water Cannon Man!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Boo the Gentleman Caller on March 26, 2011, 02:33:52 pm
I've been hunting for "Water Cannon Man" but found "Tank Man" instead. AWESOME: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-nXT8lSnPQ
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on March 28, 2011, 01:41:51 am
8) Real images indeed, even though it LOOKS like it's from a movie. Happened at the protests at South Korea, I think. He looks so badass with that Superman pose, they call him Water Cannon Man!

I've been hunting for "Water Cannon Man" but found "Tank Man" instead. AWESOME: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-nXT8lSnPQ

Wonder what would happen if the two teamed up? Oh, the possibilities...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on March 28, 2011, 06:33:16 am
Thanks to Dictionary.com's Word of the Day, I have a new one: afflatus. Apparently it means "divine inspiration." My amusement follows from its near cognate:

afflatus: divine inspiration
flatus: farts
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: alfadorredux on March 28, 2011, 09:07:04 am
Heh, turns out that "afflare" and "flatulence" are actually from the same root (Latin flare, meaning "to blow").
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on March 28, 2011, 10:25:43 am
Ya know what's amusing? It's how even smart minds can remain ignorant about most obvious things.

I work at a Cyber Cafe, and people come by to use computers/internet for various tasks. They know that computers can do anything these days, but there's one really important fact they've forgotten: that they can compute/calculate!

Seriously! Charles Babbage struggled to create a device to compute complex mathematical problems, which resulted in what we call today a Computer. People keep sending files over to each other, talking on their cellphones for various businesses, and keep asking me:

"Hey, can I borrow a calculator?"
"Hey, do you happen to have a calculator?"
"Oh shit! I need to send this Pay Slip fast! Where the heck do I find a calculator?!?!"

It's amusing to watch them like this. They frequently use the word computer, do complex tasks, are willing to admit it can help them solve any problem, and fail to realize that it's primary function is to compute/calculate! :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on March 29, 2011, 06:06:13 pm
Computer even means "person who does math" basically! I share your amusement in the subject, tushantin.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on March 29, 2011, 06:24:17 pm
 :D Verily, Bekkler!

To all film-makers/film-critics! I just found out about a new (well, old) Director. The insane genius that was Stanley Kubrick!
[youtube]p6RzJFwDE_8[/youtube]
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:KubrickForLook.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on March 29, 2011, 06:40:19 pm

Insane is right. Anyone who has ever seenA Clockwork Orange will know exactly what I'm talking about.

For your consideration. (http://www.sparknotes.com/film/clockworkorange/context.html)

Incidentally, I own a Blu-Ray copy of 2001: A Space Odyssey. *Sigh* To be overly optimistic of privatized space travel in the future.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Truthordeal on March 29, 2011, 07:32:03 pm

Insane is right. Anyone who has ever seenA Clockwork Orange will know exactly what I'm talking about.

For your consideration. (http://www.sparknotes.com/film/clockworkorange/context.html)

Incidentally, I own a Blu-Ray copy of 2001: A Space Odyssey. *Sigh* To be overly optimistic of privatized space travel in the future.


Privatized space travel is the only way it'll work. We can't let the government control it because they'll just screw everything up.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on March 29, 2011, 10:15:30 pm
Yeah, kinda like how they never got to the Moon, or built an orbital space station, or got a satellite in orbit of Mercury, or put a rover on Mars. Damn incompetent government. Those clowns can't do anything. What a bunch of clowns.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on March 30, 2011, 12:02:44 am
Yeah, kinda like how they never got to the Moon, or built an orbital space station, or got a satellite in orbit of Mercury, or put a rover on Mars. Damn incompetent government. Those clowns can't do anything. What a bunch of clowns.

Careful, J. Even if you're sarcastic, I hear Buzz Aldron'll punch you in the face for saying that stuff out loud.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on March 30, 2011, 12:30:11 am
Saddest thing in the world: taking a class taught by a NASA engineer and listening to her reminisce on the days when NASA used to receive considerable funding.

Well, here's one little man whose funding needs are being met, at least (http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110329/ts_yblog_thelookout/for-12-year-old-astrophysics-prodigy-the-skys-the-limit)!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on March 30, 2011, 01:45:25 am
Well, here's one little man whose funding needs are being met, at least (http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110329/ts_yblog_thelookout/for-12-year-old-astrophysics-prodigy-the-skys-the-limit)!

Why am I so very jealous? Must...work...harder!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on March 30, 2011, 03:01:16 am

I don't know if it's a question of working harder, Kodo.

The article states that he has Asperger's Syndrome, so in a way, he's sort of like Rain Man; he'll absorb the information far more easily than someone who doesn't have it. Hard work's only got so much to do with it. On the other hand, there are those who can be masters of hard work...

...like this guy.  :lee:

But ultimately, it's what one does with all that information at the end of the day that counts. He's using it to challenge the Theory of Relativity that scientists have held in such high regard for over a century, so the Nobel Committee better keep their eyes on his work.

More power to the shattering of stereotypes of those on the Autistic Spectrum Disorder!!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on March 30, 2011, 09:19:34 am
Doesn't mean I can't use him as incentive to work harder. :P

There is so much I would like to understand, in mathematics and physics, that this kid is simply "absorbing." Even if it's due to his Asperger's, I still think he's a genius. And if I can't be a genius, then I can, and should, at least be :lee:.

His level of physics is beyond me, however, so for now I will master trig and calculus.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on March 30, 2011, 11:13:22 am
XDDD Hearing you guys talk about stuff like this makes me envious. Though amusing, it's also a sucker punch to the marbles since the day I've decided to dedicate my focus to art and philosophy.

ANYWAY, Cricket is really rocking my city. India beat Australia (first time since years Australia won't be able to win the World Cup), and today India faces off against Pakistan. While on my way to the cafe I've seen HUNDREDS of dudes crowding around a single television set in various blocks (Cafe Coffee Day alone had one LCD display and about 300 something onlookers), and took a picture of one instance despite my phone giving me a "Fuck You". Hah, just opposite to the cafe I can still hear many dudes screaming like fangirls when India took a wicket.  :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on March 30, 2011, 05:05:08 pm
XDDD Hearing you guys talk about stuff like this makes me envious. Though amusing, it's also a sucker punch to the marbles since the day I've decided to dedicate my focus to art and philosophy.

ANYWAY, Cricket is really rocking my city. India beat Australia (first time since years Australia won't be able to win the World Cup), and today India faces off against Pakistan. While on my way to the cafe I've seen HUNDREDS of dudes crowding around a single television set in various blocks (Cafe Coffee Day alone had one LCD display and about 300 something onlookers), and took a picture of one instance despite my phone giving me a "Fuck You". Hah, just opposite to the cafe I can still hear many dudes screaming like fangirls when India took a wicket.  :lol:

(http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/images/ccarter/2005/07/26/teenage.jpg)
YOU GOTTA KNOW WHAT A CRUMPET IS TO UNDERSTAND CRICKET!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on March 31, 2011, 01:18:53 am
Bleeeargh, cricket.  I had to play that in gym class when I lived in Scotland.  Couldn't stand it.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: ZeaLitY on March 31, 2011, 04:12:11 pm
(http://i.imgur.com/u3eSA.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on March 31, 2011, 04:15:33 pm
Here we have the world's BIGGEST (commercial) Marimba playing Bach's Cantata 147!
[youtube]C_CDLBTJD4M[/youtube]
From Engadget (http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/31/mesmerizing-touch-wood-sh-08c-ad-showcases-japans-beauty-manki/)

An ad for NTT Docomo's "Touch Wood". ....Yeah, you know it. Don't judge em though. Japanese aren't familiar with American slangs. =P If you wanna amuse yourselves, read the comments on that Engadget page.

EDIT: LOL Ninja'd by ZeaLity.

@ZeaLity: I have seen heaven and hell. xDDD It's all here, and beyond! (Without drugs, of course)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on April 01, 2011, 07:32:06 am
April Fools! QUICK, BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!

Like always, I was just checking out OMGUbuntu.co.uk, but today of all days I was redirected to a terminal page where they tell me that something went wrong with my computer. I typed in "Moo" and it returned me with an ASCII picture of a cow. Obviously an April Fool's joke, but check it out nonetheless! It might expire soon.
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/bash/

I was gonna make an April Fool's joke today at the Gameplay section but bleh, ran outta time to draw it.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on April 01, 2011, 12:02:58 pm
Sorry for the triple post, but I get amused easily.

Google invents Gmail Motion!
[youtube]Bu927_ul_X0[/youtube]
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on April 01, 2011, 12:58:05 pm
Don't google "Helvetica"!

ha ha ha, I seriously forgot what day was today until I read your post, tushantin  :lol: Google also posted a new job posting: autocompleter. (http://www.google.com/intl/en/jobs/uslocations/mountain-view/autocompleter/index.html)  :P

Quote
Are you passionate about helping people? Are you intuitive? Do you often feel like you know what your friends and family are thinking and can finish their thoughts before they can? Are you an incredibly fast Google searcher? Like, so fast that you can do 20 searches before your mom does 1?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on April 01, 2011, 02:54:09 pm
MuggleMatch:

http://www.mugglenet.com/mugglematch.shtml

Quote
If you were a Dementor, I'd become a criminal just to get your kiss.

Quote
I was never able to cast a patronus with full force until I met Katniss on MuggleMatch. She taught me the best ways to prepare and then execute - it was mindblowing to say the least. - Peeta, 22, District 12.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on April 01, 2011, 03:08:14 pm
http://www.mugglenet.com/mugglematch.shtml

 :lol: lolololol xD

Quote
I don't have my Invisibility Cloak, but I know I'll be visiting your restricted section. 
  :P
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on April 01, 2011, 04:36:12 pm
Don't google "Helvetica"!
Dawwww...... fu*k!

Haha looks like even Youtube's in on in the tricks. xD Posted top 5 1911 videos as "Youtube's 100th Birthday". http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/01/youtube-1911-april-fools_n_843417.html
Quote
You don't have to say 'Lumos' to turn me on.

I'll be your chosen one.
Hah, I love those!

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on April 02, 2011, 01:21:48 am
Quote of the day:

Quote from: Youtube commentator, claiming to interpret an obscure numbers station broadcast, from 1983, no less
Ah, that is reversely inflected Syraco-Albanian. In this clip she is saying "Grigor, you worthless son of a botfly, why have you let our third-smallest goat into the neighbor's tuber-patch?"
This renewed my faith in the value of facetious humor.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: rushingwind on April 02, 2011, 01:49:01 am
Sorry for the triple post, but I get amused easily.

Google invents Gmail Motion!
[youtube]Bu927_ul_X0[/youtube]

Ah, it's almost a shame this is just an April Fool's Day joke. :) This link has been circulating all day among fellow bellydancers, with such comments as, "If only Google Motion were customizable, our hip shimmies could SPEAK TO PEOPLE."

I myself entertained a merry thought at trying to send an email using Google Motion. Talk about interpretive dance! ^_^
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on April 02, 2011, 04:06:32 pm
India won the World Cup! (http://sports.ndtv.com/world-cup-2011/news/item/171530-dhoni-leads-india-to-world-cup-glory) :D

A historical moment indeed! Except some guy's bat broke while he was on fire. I can still hear those fireworks!
Quote
Twenty-eight years on from the match that transformed the history of world cricket, India recaptured the crown that Kapil Dev and his men first lifted at Lord's in 1983, and this time they did it in their very own back yard. An iron-willed 97 from Gautam Gambhir was matched for intensity by the finest captain's innings since Ricky Ponting at Johannesburg eight years ago, as Mahendra Singh Dhoni trumped a poetic century from Mahela Jayawardene to pull off the highest run-chase ever achieved in a World Cup final.

Also, I got trolled by dA. U MAD?! x.x
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: GenesisOne on April 05, 2011, 01:03:19 pm

http://www.cracked.com/article_19121_7-basic-things-you-wont-believe-youre-all-doing-wrong.html (http://www.cracked.com/article_19121_7-basic-things-you-wont-believe-youre-all-doing-wrong.html)

All these years, I've been sitting, sleeping, and even breathing wrong, too.

What is wrong with me!? 

:o

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on April 05, 2011, 07:46:14 pm

http://www.cracked.com/article_19121_7-basic-things-you-wont-believe-youre-all-doing-wrong.html (http://www.cracked.com/article_19121_7-basic-things-you-wont-believe-youre-all-doing-wrong.html)

All these years, I've been sitting, sleeping, and even breathing wrong, too.

What is wrong with me!? 

:o


Hah! Read that, and it was interesting enough to make me wanna share it here but I kinda forgot. xD Thanks for doing it!

I gotta get myself one of those floss thingies.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on April 06, 2011, 01:39:59 am
My wife and I started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the series) a while ago and we quickly realized that Angel in the first season is the entire basis of the character Edward from Twilight. Right down to the creepy stalker looks.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on April 06, 2011, 03:39:09 pm
(http://syacartoonist.com/art/renaissance-trolling.jpg) (http://syacartoonist.com/)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on April 09, 2011, 12:15:11 am
I was playing Chrono Cross today with my 7 year old nephew, he gets annoyed because right now he's stuck as Lynx, and he can't put the same characters in his party as when he was Serge. He traveled to Arni convinced that he could get Poshul to follow him again... it was hilarious, he followed Poshul around in circles screaming to the screen "Poshul, you're my dog!!!". Ha ha ha... sigh, to be a child and enjoy a game without worrying about the game mechanics or plot...  :P
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on April 09, 2011, 05:30:23 am
Awwww that's adorable!  Has he played CT?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on April 09, 2011, 12:29:14 pm
Awwww that's adorable!  Has he played CT?

Not yet, but he's curious about my CT DS, so maybe soon  :wink:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: utunnels on April 09, 2011, 12:50:52 pm
LOL, pooooooor Poooshul getting chased by a cat.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Bard_of_Time on April 09, 2011, 04:40:36 pm
I actually just got my older brother hooked on Chrono Trigger. I was just kind of listening to some of the music when he poked his head in and asked what I wanted for supper. He just kind of paused as 'The Trial' played and basically I explained what was going on. He has since decided to play the game simply for the music.

At the moment, he's just letting Crono run around the fair because he likes the music so much. (have I mentioned lately that Sam is a bit of an oddball?)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on April 09, 2011, 10:31:06 pm
My best friend Phil had his birthday April 4th, a few days before mine, and I got him into Chrono Trigger after over 10 years of thinking he wouldn't like it. All I had to do was make him play my Chrono fan game demo, then download zsnes and purchase his legal copy of the rom, map his controller buttons, start it up and hand him the controller. He got about up to the trial part, and was thoroughly enjoying it. Finally.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on April 10, 2011, 03:19:55 am
I have been trying to get my brother into Chrono Trigger for years, lol :lol: he likes the story but he have never liked the rpg battle system. Too much menus, not enough action for him.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on April 10, 2011, 04:43:01 pm
Hah, tell me about it! Some of my mate wouldn't play it because of the battle system.  :o

I met a couple of CT fans though. One was upset that he couldn't buy those figurines (he's rich, BTW). Another said that he printed out T-Shirts of CT. Another said that he's got unoffical Korean cards or something. Then my mom called, and my Chrono Trigger's 600 AD's MIDI ringtone rang. After the call, they stared blankly at me. I asked, "What?" They said, "Hardcore, dude!"
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on April 10, 2011, 09:28:43 pm
Hah, tell me about it! Some of my mate wouldn't play it because of the battle system.  :o

I met a couple of CT fans though. One was upset that he couldn't buy those figurines (he's rich, BTW). Another said that he printed out T-Shirts of CT. Another said that he's got unoffical Korean cards or something. Then my mom called, and my Chrono Trigger's 600 AD's MIDI ringtone rang. After the call, they stared blankly at me. I asked, "What?" They said, "Hardcore, dude!"

:lol: that's classic!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on April 11, 2011, 11:44:27 pm
Oh, Internet! I was reading about whether and when humanity will break the two-hour marathon, where I noticed that the fastest female time is just a few minutes behind the fastest male time (contradicting my previous understanding). Reading about that led to a Wiki article about the Bristol Stool Scale (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Stool_Scale). I love science.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on April 12, 2011, 12:16:12 am
I noticed this by chance just now and thought it was cute:

(http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/8351/chronocompendiumloginti.png)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on April 12, 2011, 12:53:42 am
make a wish!  :wink:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on April 12, 2011, 07:21:32 am
make a wish!  :wink:
It's not a sequence of 7's yet. XDD

Looks like the world LOVES 3 Idiots (those of you missing out on the action may read the book that the movie was based on - 5 Point Someone (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Point_Someone_%E2%80%93_What_not_to_do_at_IIT!); this time, though, the movie was better than the book)

Apparently even kids who don't understand languages fully yet love it for its craziness and catchy music. XD The baby twins that mom babysits keep nagging at me for the song, and screaming in my ears, "ALL IZ WELL!" I guess I showed you that song before. He're something more thoughtful. I'll park the lyrics and translation at the "Poetry Bakery" for you guys. (Spoiler: The poor character playing the guitar commits suicide at the end of the song; but so far as I recall, that's the only "Epic Sad" bit in the movie, yet a crucial scene that drives the plot)

[youtube]vxiT0fL54R8[/youtube]
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on April 13, 2011, 10:27:15 am
(http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/funny-pictures-follow-your-dreams.jpg)
(http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/a0878d35-d9fe-4de0-8ff6-447f0263ea9a.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on April 13, 2011, 12:09:19 pm
 :lol: xD Liooon! LOL


http://blueballfixed.ytmnd.com/
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on April 13, 2011, 12:34:11 pm
:lol: xD Liooon! LOL


http://blueballfixed.ytmnd.com/

Holy moly, that's the first YTMND I've seen in years, and the second best I've ever seen. We need to run our entire economy on this, immediately! O wait! We pretty much already do.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on April 13, 2011, 12:39:00 pm
 :lol:

Quote
the second best I've ever seen.
which one was the best?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on April 13, 2011, 12:41:25 pm
http://picard.ytmnd.com/

One time I listened to it for about nine hours straight and went insane.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on April 13, 2011, 12:43:49 pm
http://picard.ytmnd.com/

One time I listened to it for about nine hours straight and went insane.

  :lol: xD it's too catchy
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on April 14, 2011, 10:21:53 pm
(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y203/licawolf/coffee-sleep-when-youre-dead.jpg)

My current thoughts exactly  :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on April 15, 2011, 02:17:23 pm

I love today's google logo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwZlRL4_R4g) :lol:

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on April 15, 2011, 04:56:23 pm
I love today's google logo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwZlRL4_R4g) :lol:
Goooo, Charlie!   8) It's yo birthday!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on April 17, 2011, 02:41:02 am
I wanna get myself one of these. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewK7NkcCFCk) And a good camcorder to make a Live Action film based on Faustus (Goethe, not Marlow, because a proper one hasn't been done yet, except for a couple of films that have become too old).
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on April 17, 2011, 08:44:27 pm
What about something like this? It's simple and effective.

[youtube]U9vnsL0ZnxU[/youtube]

I mean, theoretically, if you've got a fairly steady hand, all you really need is a stick screwed on that you can hold near the camera, and a weight on the bottom of the stick.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on April 17, 2011, 10:06:08 pm
I used to watch LOST, such an absurdly complicated tv show(I loved it! he he)  :lol: I found this cool video that explains the main plot of the show in a very simple way in less than 3 minutes (FULL OF SPOILERS of course).

:P I would really really really love that someone did something like this for Chrono Cross...

[youtube]-HWECQa23Cs[/youtube]
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Boo the Gentleman Caller on April 17, 2011, 11:02:28 pm
I LOVE LOST!!!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on April 18, 2011, 04:43:13 am
So D has been introducing me to various television shows he loves (thank you Netflix!).  We've been thorough the first two seasons Farscape, which I wasn't too impressed with for numerous reasons.  Then I watched a bit of Battlestar Galactica with him, which I didn't particularly enjoy.  So he watched the rest by himself with me doing some MST3K in the background.  XD  He still hasn't managed to locate TNG so far, and I'll watch it with him if he does (having literally only see one episode of Star Trek and the most recent movie).  I still haven't gotten him to watch Firefly yet.  I will convert him, mark my words.

A few weeks ago, he started watching SG1.  I watched part of the first episode, said "Meh", and continued playing with Draco Malfoy (our ferret).  They have the entire SG1 series on Netflix--Seasons 1 through 10.  Then I watched a few episodes with him, mildly interested.  Then a few more episodes.  Then every episode.  I am now totally hooked, you guys.  So hooked, that I randomly wrote out a stupid AIM conversation depicting the finale of Season 6.

Yu signed on.
Anubis signed on.
Yu: u suck anubis
Anubis: u mad?
Yu: brb goin 2 sleep
Yu is idle.
Ba'al signed on.
Ba'al: imma kick your ASS!
Anubis: come at me bro
Ba'al: I KEEL YOU
Anubis: rofl i totes escaped. u just got trolled
Anubis signed off.
Ba'al: FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-
Thor signed on.
Thor: FAIL

P.S.  I realize Thor wasn't in the episode, but I couldn't resist.  XDXD

D got a kick out of it, and said I had to post it somewhere, so I figured CC was probably the best place to put it.  ;)

We're totally lame, and we love it.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: rushingwind on April 18, 2011, 09:18:44 am
Stargate is epic and awesome. I loved the spinoff Stargate: Atlantis, based all around the mythology of Atlantis, right down to the shining city at the bottom of the sea. There's a scene in the pilot episode, named "Rising," where the city does just that: it rises to the surface of the ocean. It is the most iconic and powerful scene in all of Stargate. The city of Atlantis represents truth, hope, and knowledge in the midst of a very dark place. I love that kind of imagery...

Plus, the main female lead (for a few seasons, anyway), is a kickass negoiator who, at one point, is blindfolded and handcuffed to a chair in enemy territory with no hope of rescue, and she threatens her way right out of it and scares the pants off her captors (and scores some nukes for the Earth people in the process).

For her badassery in Season 1 alone, Elizabeth Weir will always be my TV hero. Always.


I enjoyed SG1, too. I always wanted to see more of Jonas, or Ayiana, but meh. Guess it wasn't in the cards (especially with Ayiana, being just a guest star and all). The ascension aspect of the Ancients, and the fact that humans are the second evolution of their kind, always struck me as a facinating concept. I mean, yes, the Ancients were here, and they had some badass technology and reigned a really long time. But we're the second evolution of them. We are more evolved, and by extension, have the potential to accomplish even more.

Stargate is the only fandom, other than Chrono, that ever really drew me in.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on April 18, 2011, 09:27:12 am
I think the concept of mythological "gods" from every region of the world having meetups with each other and bitching each other out is hilarious.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on April 18, 2011, 04:44:51 pm
I think the concept of mythological "gods" from every region of the world having meetups with each other and bitching each other out is hilarious.
xDDD Totally! Except here in India (and even China), you've no idea how many Gods we have (hint: thousands). And they're friends. If you don't know what that means, try imagining Serge and his one million friends ganging up on Lynx because the bastard touched his girlfriend.

 :lol: Yeah.

My sympathies, though. After all, it's so tough to be a God! (Yeah, I was just finding excuse to share this video; I'm addicted to this song, and I love this movie :oops:)
[youtube]yYprdmE1dFc[/youtube]


Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on April 19, 2011, 01:47:04 am
I miss animated musicals!  :D

Bah! I just discovered how my nephew decides who are his favorite characters in Chrono Cross. It always intrigued me that he's a big fan of Sprigg...  yesterday while I was playing he asked me why I recruited Irenes but I never had her in my party, I told him "because I don't like her that much, dunno... there're characters I like more". Today he insisted in having Irenes in his party at all times, I asked why, and he said "because you don't like her" xD hee hee hee, he's such a brat! I'm guessing I probably said something about prefering other characters over Sprigg or something back when I recruited her, and that's why she's his favorite now.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on April 19, 2011, 02:11:37 am
Your nephew's gonna be an awesome straightforward anti-conformist.  :lol: I like that! If you'd say Superman's cool, he'd say, "No, Goku can kick his ass!" Just hope he doesn't go into Twilight just because everybody else hates it.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on April 20, 2011, 10:20:03 am
Apparently a friend of mine's a grade B douchebag. Usually good natured and a cam lover (he loves taking pictures of himself flexing his muscles, or working, or anything at all), he takes even the slightest trace of confrontation or criticism as an insult, picks fights with anybody and sometimes even bullies folks. Even my boss is frustrated with him.

That doesn't mean he isn't a nice guy, though; often when he's in a good mood he'll try flattering my boss just to keep his job, or when he's with friends he'd converse like a good fella and offer them snacks. Turns out he's an awesome guy when you're on his good side.

For instance, just today he picked a fight with a girl who refused to pay for her internet time. At the time he considered himself a loyal, noble employee, a hero who was doing something right. But for the bystanders, and the girl herself, they took him for another one of those douchebags. If anyone asked him to knock it off, from the looks of it, he'd break their faces. But when I asked him, "Take a step back; I'll handle this," he hesitated, but obliged.

Later when I explained the situation to him, he apologized (sort of), albeit still angry, and thanked me for stepping in (obviously, I saved his name from getting tainted).

Sure, wrath sometimes does horrible things, but it's nice to know that even gangsta-guys would do anything for the sake of what's good. When their rage sharpens like a blade, friendship becomes their sheath; and once that's that, they use all their will to be as awesome and fun guys you'd ever know (personally, I find his jokes hilarious!)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on April 22, 2011, 06:06:57 pm
Not sure if I showed this to you guys, but... Looks like Da Vinci was a scientist, a dA Artist AND a Troll of Trolls.
(http://syacartoonist.com/art/renaissance-trolling.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on April 23, 2011, 08:27:11 am
Separated at birth?  WHY YES I DO BELIEVE SO.  XD

FYI--I do have glasses and I wear them on occasion.  I was just too fucking lazy to go get them and take another picture of myself.  :P
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on April 26, 2011, 07:24:37 am
Gotta hand it to these guys. They've come so far! (http://lacream-mazoky.deviantart.com/art/1st-chapter-Storyboard-200291779) Talk about the exploits of kid Moriarty.  8)

I pretty much LOVE the storyboard there! And the concept arts too. I've helped them with the script, and looking forward to voice recording for the first chapter. Provided they have enough animators, this is going to come out excellently!

Any fans of Artemis Fowl here? :D
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on April 27, 2011, 08:40:50 pm
I just discovered my brother found my deviantart account and he's trying to animate one of my RD fanarts in flash. I still don't know what to make of that  :P  
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: rushingwind on April 27, 2011, 09:49:15 pm
I'm slowly writing a choreography for my first dance performance (assuming I can qualify to get in, heh). They say that when you choose your song, listen to it a billion times on repeat, over and over again, until you know it like the back of your hand. So, I have been listening to it a lot. I'm doing so right now, in fact, and it's a good song! I enjoy it. ^_^

The only problem is that I'm trying to do schoolwork, and listening to the song only makes me want to get up and dance, because my brain is going through the moves while the song plays. I guess I need to put on a different song for now! ^_^


EDIT: In case anyone is curious, this is the song (the fact that "Chrono" appears in the artist's name is a complete coincidence. Really!):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5ofa19OYLE
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on April 29, 2011, 02:34:55 am
I never knew you could WRITE choreography. XDDD I really should get in the experience of it (I'm thinking Hip Hop). I know I'm strange, but each time I hear that song it brings images of The Shining to my mind. Love it!

Amusement. My mind seems to be stuck in place, as I've realized that what mostly amuses me these days are three things:

1) Cold, Hard Logic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherlock_Holmes)
2) Sheer insanity (http://www.youtube.com/user/RayWilliamJohnson)
3) Philosophy  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xClw8RJI79c)

From the perspective of some, the tastes are contradictory and ironic, but these conflicts somehow appeal to me when it comes to the art of writing. When together, these aspects complement genres which are left out in the cold. Even now I remember the lines of Vegeta from Buu Saga and how it may affect other genre of stories such as thrillers or comedy. How Dragonball Z can be compared with anything realistic, you seriously don't want to know.

I guess I'm a weird fellow, so don't go to my basement where I've stored corpses.  :lol: I'm kidding, I don't have a basement. I store them in the fridge.  :| (And for those who take my jokes seriously, I'm talking about chicken meat)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on April 29, 2011, 02:56:44 am
(And for those who take my jokes seriously, I'm talking about chicken meat)

 noooo! not the chickens! you murderer! D=

 :lol:

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Shee on April 29, 2011, 04:22:47 pm
We don't approve.

(http://i466.photobucket.com/albums/rr28/SheeREno/SweetBTree.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on April 29, 2011, 11:33:09 pm
We don't approve.

(http://i466.photobucket.com/albums/rr28/SheeREno/SweetBTree.jpg)

Hah! They can climb trees now. We're all doomed. They'll take revenge for our ruthless nuggetizing. Oh no!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on April 30, 2011, 01:11:52 am
I was drawing a Wingapede at the Oekaki, but I left it because I just couldn't stop noticing how phallic it was starting to look  :picardno oh... goddamn freud...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: skylark on April 30, 2011, 12:41:13 pm
We don't approve.

(http://i466.photobucket.com/albums/rr28/SheeREno/SweetBTree.jpg)

Go chickens! Crush the ungrateful humans! :lol:

How are the chickens doing anyway?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on April 30, 2011, 12:52:49 pm
(http://0.media.dorkly.cvcdn.com/65/31/0f4bc6a1a4fc7d477874cb6fbea49d8e.jpg)

 :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on April 30, 2011, 03:35:10 pm
HAMMERED BY A CHICKEN!! :shock: Shee, don't tell me you're a vegetarian too! XD (I am... well, was... but didn't imagine anybody from the the Compendium going vege)

Just saw Thor today with mah buddies! Quite a refreshing take, compared to the other boring superhero movies. Loved the movie, besides the partially cliche story! The special effects were rad, the actors were rad, family conflicts (between Odin, Loki and Thor) were awesome, and it also had some comical scenes in. Worth watching.

If anybody's going for the movie, here's two things to keep mind:

1) Keep an eye on a cameo appearance of Hawkeye; he comes only for a brief moment with his signature weapon. You won't see him again until the movie Avengers comes out.

2) Stay until after the credits. Most people leave when the movie's over, but my friend pointed out (and he was right) that an important scene takes place right after the credits. Oh, and Nick Fury shows up. XD

Can't wait for Captain America! Might also go watch Source Code.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on April 30, 2011, 09:48:18 pm
Ha-haaa, they made a videogame about the French Revolution (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFsR-JPfbGU#t=0m33s) back in the day. I mean, I guess I should have known, but still. Daayum, that is cool. Elementary school kids should be playing this, and learning how to be like Napoleon, and stuff.

(http://i.imgur.com/ETdzd.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Shee on April 30, 2011, 10:01:49 pm
Nope, I love me some meat.  Chicken too.


shhhh... :wink:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on April 30, 2011, 11:13:10 pm
Ha-haaa, they made a videogame about the French Revolution (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFsR-JPfbGU#t=0m33s) back in the day. I mean, I guess I should have known, but still. Daayum, that is cool. Elementary school kids should be playing this, and learning how to be like Napoleon, and stuff.

(http://i.imgur.com/ETdzd.jpg)

I should be playing this!  And the game was even released in '89 too.  So fitting.  My day is made.  =D
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on May 01, 2011, 04:36:46 pm
Quote
Bonaparte, wait! Think about the consequences...
That should be a meme. xDDD

I LOVE being a vegetarian! It's fun, especially when you're an Indian or are from places where diet is specially consisting of vegetables. I've been a strict vegetarian for over a decade, but broke the custom with a piece of meat a year ago. My body finds meat spicy (whether or not it has any spice in it), but vegetables have some sweet appeal to them. Paneer Kadai or Malai Kofta! Alu Dum or Onion Sandwiches! Sai Bhaji and Jalapeño noodles, yum!

Went to a wedding, but decided to sit with my brother at the non-veg side. Chicken is good and I was stuffed! But my mouth watered again when I saw the menu at the vegetarian side. I ended up only having sweet dish from there.

That said, because of my tastes, I'm physically weaker than boys/girls my age (I found out as I arm wrestled with a friend).  :( I can kill a person bare handed, but can never defeat someone in a non-lethal unarmed physical challenge/combat.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on May 02, 2011, 06:14:13 am
Note for amusement::  D sleeptalks.  Kinda like sleepwalking, only with talking instead.  Incoherent, hilarious talking.

Saj (trying to wake D up)::  Hey D?
D (waking up)::  ...Yeah?
Saj::  Can I eat the chips?
D::  Sure.
Saj::  Okay.  We're running out of snack food, so I just wanted to check.  Can we buy more snacks soon please?
D::  Yeah, but how are we going to get to that dimension?
Saj::  0_0  What?
D::  How are we going to get to that dimension to get snacks?
Saj::  Uh...we could go to Wal-Mart...
D (irritated)::  But how are we going to get them to THIS dimension?
Saj::  What do you propose we do?
D::  SIGH...  Obviously we have to use the device.  The device to transfer us over there.
Saj::  Okay then.  Where is the device?
D (more irritated)::  I just TOLD you!
Saj (trying desperately hard not to burst out laughing)::  I'll go find it.
D::  GOOD.  Otherwise we'll never get back.

Yeah...I'm pretty sure we've been watching way too much SG1.  XD
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on May 02, 2011, 03:33:46 pm
That is hilarious. "Oh snap, the Wal-Mart is only in Another World! What to do!?"
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on May 02, 2011, 04:01:04 pm
Note for amusement::  D sleeptalks.  Kinda like sleepwalking, only with talking instead.  Incoherent, hilarious talking.

Saj (trying to wake D up)::  Hey D?
D (waking up)::  ...Yeah?
Saj::  Can I eat the chips?
D::  Sure.
Saj::  Okay.  We're running out of snack food, so I just wanted to check.  Can we buy more snacks soon please?
D::  Yeah, but how are we going to get to that dimension?
Saj::  0_0  What?
D::  How are we going to get to that dimension to get snacks?
Saj::  Uh...we could go to Wal-Mart...
D (irritated)::  But how are we going to get them to THIS dimension?
Saj::  What do you propose we do?
D::  SIGH...  Obviously we have to use the device.  The device to transfer us over there.
Saj::  Okay then.  Where is the device?
D (more irritated)::  I just TOLD you!
Saj (trying desperately hard not to burst out laughing)::  I'll go find it.
D::  GOOD.  Otherwise we'll never get back.

Yeah...I'm pretty sure we've been watching way too much SG1.  XD
That is hilarious. "Oh snap, the Wal-Mart is only in Another World! What to do!?"

These made me laugh so hard  :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on May 02, 2011, 04:33:23 pm
Note for amusement::  D sleeptalks.  Kinda like sleepwalking, only with talking instead.  Incoherent, hilarious talking.
:lol: Now you have some idea how wild my nights go.

(Everyone's sound asleep; then, my brother kicks a pillow on me)
Me: (Waking in a start) What the fudge?!!
Bro: (still asleep) ...Die, demon scourge...
Me: (pokes) Dude!
Bro: (Starts screaming in his sleep) No! You can't do this... NO!!
(Bro wakes up, looks at me like I'm some sort of a monster)
Me: (blinks) Dude, you okay?
Bro: (Blinks drowsily) Ffff... I'm too young for this shit... (goes back to sleep)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Shee on May 02, 2011, 04:35:28 pm
Wal Mart might as well be another dimension
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on May 02, 2011, 04:48:58 pm
Oh, I have a TONNE of "D sleeptalking convos" saved somewhere.  XD

Such as this one.  Totally unprovoked.  I was at my computer, and D just started talking.

D::  Where did they go?
Saj::  Where did what go?
D::  All the points.
Saj::  What points?
D::  To Gryffindor.
Saj (laughing)::  Where did they go?
D::  They just keep coming.
Saj::  Coming from who?  Who's giving points?
D (annoyed)::  I don't know!

I think this is the funniest one though--also unprovoked.  I was (again) at my computer, when D suddenly announced that he was mad.

Saj::  Why are you mad?
D::  I'm mad at YOU.
Saj::  Me?  Who are you talking to?
D::  [My name.]
Saj::  What!?  Why are you mad at me?
D::  You created a T-Rex in my dream when I was 9!
Saj::  WHAT!?

The next day I told him what he said and asked him if he had ever had a scary dream about a T-Rex when he was a kid.  He hadn't.  Sleeptalking liar.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on May 02, 2011, 06:34:07 pm
No no no he was 9 in the dream!
That's just a simple case of sleeptalking miscommunication!

I do find it hilarious that the people who sleeptalk tend to get hung up on really practical questions despite the obviously fictional setting in which they're stuck. It's like, "Okay, I'm a wizard, have been all my life, fine. I go to school separately from people who CAN'T use magic, and there's an ominous snake-man who wants to kill half my friends for not being pureblood, that's all acceptable. But HOW am I ever gonna be a prefect if I don't know WHO'S keeping track of my POINTS?"
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on May 02, 2011, 06:46:25 pm
That makes so much more sense now.  Thank you Bekkler.  =D
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on May 02, 2011, 09:49:12 pm
Whoa, anyone want to see the Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/#!/ReallyVirtual/) of the dude  in Abbottabad who accidentally "live-blogged" the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound?

Sheesh, 82,000+ followers...his Twitter account has hard marketing value now, to say the least. He can advertise his IT services to everybody.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on May 03, 2011, 03:41:34 am
I... can't stop watching....help...

[youtube]QH2-TGUlwu4[/youtube]
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on May 03, 2011, 04:06:03 am
Whoa, anyone want to see the Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/#!/ReallyVirtual/) of the dude  in Abbottabad who accidentally "live-blogged" the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound?
Holy shit, that's huge! O_O

I... can't stop watching....help...
:lol: Haha! I remember watching that at Ray William Johnson. Addiction is inevitable!

Update! Speaking of Ray William Johnson, first he did someone's mom (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfYyBp4Ln2s), then he called us all FAKE AND GAY, and now he just went and pissed on Osama Bin Laden's grave! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS-OwbmArSA) O_O"
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on May 05, 2011, 06:14:41 pm
(http://chzmemebase.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/memes-but-of-course.jpg)
(http://punditkitchen.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/faea0834-4533-4446-b087-6ad816d525b4.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on May 05, 2011, 10:10:23 pm
So true about da banks... =/
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on May 06, 2011, 02:53:12 pm
Chance are you've already heard about how just 4 chords comprise the majority of popular "pop" songs, as demonstrated by the Axis of Awesome (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pidokakU4I). However, my absolute favorite part of that starts at around 4:46

"I can see that I'm more than a bird, I'm more than a plane, I'm a birdplane."
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on May 06, 2011, 05:23:41 pm
Chance are you've already heard about how just 4 chords comprise the majority of popular "pop" songs, as demonstrated by the Axis of Awesome (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pidokakU4I).
BEST MEDLEY EVER! :D

Axis of Awesome? How about the KEY of Awesome? XD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dNryy5elc8
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on May 07, 2011, 11:09:14 pm
Ha, this is so funny. This guy should be an actor whenever they need an Obama look-alike.
[youtube]xlOIy6QEbes[/youtube]
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on May 08, 2011, 02:47:46 am
Poor Mario, it's difficult being a videogame hero  :P

(http://graphjam.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/mario-deaths.jpg) (http://graphjam.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/mario-deaths.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on May 11, 2011, 05:57:42 pm
My new professional ambition is to be like David Thorne. (http://www.27bslash6.com/missy.html)
Quote
I do understand your objection to the established system of exchange of money for services and personally envision a utopian future where it is replaced with interpretive dance. We agree on a particular style that seeks to translate particular feelings and emotions into movement and dramatic expression in exchange for groceries or business card artwork. And we all own jetpacks.
In a moment of stupidity, I once agreed to design and built a website in exchange for yoga lessons. Contrary to what they would have you believe, you cannot actually embrace the sun as this would result in severe burns and your arms would need to be over one hundred and fifty million miles long. My favourite yoga move is the wriggly snake.
Unfortunately, until I can pay my rent with mantras and expressing emotional intonations through grand eloquent movements and wide swooshes of the arms before spinning and dropping to the floor while wearing spandex, I will need cash.
Regards, David.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on May 11, 2011, 06:36:03 pm
That David Thorne guy's an asshole. XDDD A funny asshole at that. Missing Missy. LOL
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on May 11, 2011, 09:19:08 pm
Yes, he is! lol, a HUGE jerkass :lol:... I would hate to have him as a coworker, but sometimes I wish I had the balls to treat clients people like that, and get away with it, when I'm feeling REALLY REALLY REALLY frustrated xD

Quote
Dear Shannon,
Having worked with designers for a few years now, I would have assumed you understood, despite our vague suggestions otherwise, we do not welcome constructive criticism.

 xD He's like the Dr.House mixed with a seriously frustrated graphic designer

EDIT:

I just really love this guy...

Quote
The Jumping Frog charge relates to an event early on in my career when I made the mistake of offering a client a fixed price for a two hundred page website. Once the design was signed off and the build completed over a three month period, the client requested that each page include a frog jumping around the screen because his wife liked frogs. Purchasing a frog from the local pet store and filming it by holding a camera above and a cigarette lighter behind to persuade it to jump, I spent the next two weeks incorporating it into every page of the website. A few days later, the client described the addition as "very annoying" and requested it be removed and replaced with a 3D animated frog jumping onto the screen, holding a thumb up, and speaking the words "jump on down and grab a bargain." After providing a quote for this, I was informed that the amendments would be made "under the original fixed price or no payment would be made at all." The next day, their home page was replaced with a single image of a frog giving the finger and a voice bubble stating "I jump for cash, bitch."

After fifteen years in the design industry and realising the only difference between sitting in front of a computer facilitating client's requests and kneeling on the urine soaked floor of a truck stop bathroom giving five dollar blowjobs to men named Chuck is the amount of urine on the floor, the Jumping Frog fee has evolved from insurance against post-project client suggestion to client incentive to have somebody else do it.
Regards, David.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Truthordeal on May 14, 2011, 04:24:03 pm
David Thorne is one of my favorite humorists. I wish I had the mental agility and sense of simple yet sophisticated humor he uses.

A similar page I found is Don't Even Reply. (http://www.dontevenreply.com/) This person goes on to Craig's List and finds ridiculous, awfully misspelled or otherwise terrible ads and then punks them. Eh. I find him a bit more meanspirited than David Thorne at times, so there's that caveat. Oh well. Enjoy or don't, I guess.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on May 15, 2011, 06:42:09 am
 :lol:

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/porn-found-osama-bin-laden-evidence-trove/story?id=13599025

There goes his values out the window. What a hypocrite!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on May 15, 2011, 07:01:53 am
Hah.  Yeah, one of my friends showed me that Friday night while I was at his apartment.  I told him I hoped it was gay porn.  He said it was probably women in burqas showing their ankles.  SO SCANDALOUS.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on May 18, 2011, 05:05:04 pm
Been watching Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sajan_Re_Jhoot_Mat_Bolo) (aka, Darling, Don't Speak Lies), in which the ironic protagonist has a hard time telling the truth (hint: he doesn't; he'd rather cover a lie with another lie), and thus hires a bunch of actors and con-artists to become his family in order to fool his girlfriend's father. His best friend Raju, who disguises as the protagonist's father and a Hindu priest, is not only a foil to the protagonist but is also the biggest con-artist in the series. His constant lies and deception, and skill in twisting of words, helped him become "The Messaiah of Truth" in the eyes of his victims and even defeating the most professional Hindu priests in a battle of wits. But tomorrow's episode seems promising: Raju, the Lord of Lies, finally faces off against formidable opponent, a Spirit of Absolute Truth. Hah, should be enjoyable!

I'VE ALSO GOT GOODIES FOR YOU FOLKS!

For all Tintin fans, here's something awesome! Hope Steven Spielberg doesn't screw this up, and he'll be our hero.  (http://www.itsartmag.com/features/tintin/)

For Licawolf, click here and find out. XD (http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/570085)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on May 18, 2011, 07:19:16 pm
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A similar page I found is Don't Even Reply. This person goes on to Craig's List and finds ridiculous, awfully misspelled or otherwise terrible ads and then punks them. Eh. I find him a bit more meanspirited than David Thorne at times, so there's that caveat. Oh well. Enjoy or don't, I guess.

Many of the emails there are hilarious too, I guess I like this kind of witty/asshole humor  :P

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For Licawolf, click here and find out. XD (http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/570085)

AAaaaahh! xD Damn You! lol, now I can't stop playing this!

...Oh god, I'm feeling tempted to download it to my iphone  :lol:

Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan Nyan....

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on May 20, 2011, 04:57:41 pm
Ah, darn, why does April 1 only happen once a year?

(http://i.imgur.com/hluaV.png)(http://i.imgur.com/QKAHD.png)
C'mon Square Enix, you know you want to create a trailer for a new Chrono game where the first things shown off are Gaspar and Emperor Dalton rockin' stylish new duds.

Mmm, what I'd give to see a new Chrono cast designed by Yusuke Naora. He totally deserves a shot at a project that big. He's an artistic genius. Heck, he's already drawn people with blue hair. He may have done some of the sprite work for Chrono Trigger (not sure what his role was exactly) so it'd be poetically just. One has to wonder if he isn't channeling his inner Chrono fan in his current design work sometimes.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Boo the Gentleman Caller on May 20, 2011, 06:29:57 pm
Were those pics in an April Fools Post or something?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on May 20, 2011, 07:41:30 pm
Nope, Square Enix footage of Chaos Rings 2 (left) that just came out today, and a page out of a game magazine for Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals from a while back (right). Square Enix is becoming such a tease. No doubt it's just my nostalgic pareidolia acting up, but I really do wonder whether Yusuke Naora intended to try his hand at reinterpreting Toriyama's Chrono Trigger designs when he came up with these.

The elderly gentleman in Gaspar's posture at left actually looks a bit like a cross between Gaspar and Belthasar, with the short-trimmed beard. Or maybe Belthasar posing as Gaspar! What does the Guru of Reason have up those stylish sleeves of his?

If I had these on-hand before April 1 I totally would have done an April Fools post though. Between these, the Final Fantasy Dissidia fanarts, and something else I'm keeping up my sleeve for lack of a scanner, we could easily have pulled out a giant news post about an upcoming "Compilation of Chrono."
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on May 21, 2011, 06:51:04 am
I've... I've found... the answer to end all corruption... (hypothetically)

Also, dogs. I know I'm more of a cat person, but ever since Bekkler, Licawolf and others talked so much about dogs I became even more curious about them. And the more I notice them... the more baffled I am.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on May 21, 2011, 03:41:59 pm
[youtube]U8BWBn26bX0[/youtube]
Awesome.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on May 21, 2011, 06:57:30 pm
@Kodokami: That's weird and awesome xD

@tushantin: I'm glad you're seeing dogs under a new light  :)

Quote from: tushantin
I've... I've found... the answer to end all corruption... (hypothetically)
:shock: and what would that be?



After weeks and weeks and weeks trying to force a RD fanart to work, I decided to abort it, for good. Now I'm totally out of inspiration. I googled around to see what I could find of RD, to find something that could motivate me again. I found a livejournal with a couple of old but cool posts  (http://akatokuro.livejournal.com/173291.html)about the game xD and i laughed so hard... Zeal sibling sandwish, oh god xD   :lol:

I realized that the author of that blog is also the author of a RD fanfiction I read some time ago at ff.net and that I loved. I wonder if it's someone from the forums.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on May 23, 2011, 07:23:01 pm
@Lica: XDDD At first I was going to explain the whole psychological analysis, based on a recent experiment which explains how corruption exists, in the 'Daily Deductions' thread, but then I had some personal arguments Sherlock-style and decided I'd rather include the stuff in my book. It's something unique I've discovered since ages, a concept that changes everything but emphasizes on an older, existing moral code. But here's a hint: Priorities play a significant role, but humans are selfish at heart. The basis can be found in religion, but you don't have to be religious to follow the principal. The factor, once placed, influences humanity as whole.

If anyone besides me manages to figure this out, they'd be worthy of my admirations.  :D


Today's amusement:
1) Apparently first Zen was established, influencing the founding of Quan Fa / Wushu (I may be wrong), in turn influencing the founding of Kara-Te (I'm obviously right).
2) The legends say that Physical and Spiritual Zen and Buddhism, basically the traditional Martial Arts, was introduced to China by an Indian bloke named Daruma. I still haven't found valid evidence of this legend, though. Many Dojos have their own preferred methods of using Kata, or what kind of Bunkai they can initiate. However, I'm in love with the Soft Arts like Jiujitsu and Judo.
3) Uechi-Ryu is one of the most important styles of Karate, however lacks one important bit: The founder of the style decided not to learn the final Kata of Pangai-Noon, which would not only be beneficial to the style and make it complete but also saved required data about the source art. Today, it's going to be difficult to find a true expert on Pangai-Noon style of Wushu.  

From now on you may refer to as Dr. Tushantin, Ph.D in Random Crap.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on May 28, 2011, 07:21:26 am
My little brother... looks like mother fucking Jared Leto (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Leto)!  :shock:

*Looks at the image* Bro... brother from the future?
(http://images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Jared-jared-leto-51007_1024_768.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on May 28, 2011, 10:42:44 am
 :P Well, I must say, your little brother is going to be handsome in the future xD
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on June 02, 2011, 04:41:11 pm
I was playing Chrono Triger DS at lunchtime today. I'm in Magus castle right now, and I'm curious...

Quote from: Ozzie
You'll have to defeat all 100 of
   the beasts in Magus's castle...!

Has somebody actually counted the enemies in Magus castle? Are they exactly 100?  :P
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on June 02, 2011, 06:25:19 pm
I was playing Chrono Triger DS at lunchtime today. I'm in Magus castle right now, and I'm curious...

Quote from: Ozzie
You'll have to defeat all 100 of
   the beasts in Magus's castle...!

Has somebody actually counted the enemies in Magus castle? Are they exactly 100?  :P

found this. the comments are pretty funny, if not perfect. http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/563538-chrono-trigger/41754377
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on June 02, 2011, 07:21:13 pm
I see  :lol: I'll go with Ozzie not being able to count up to 100
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on June 02, 2011, 08:12:32 pm
The line had its effect. I remember being excited the first time I read it. "Ooh, 100 monsters!"
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 03, 2011, 01:17:58 am
Haha that kinda reminds me of an old Hindu tale here (I forget whom these dialogues belonged to originally, but it was between a wise Jester and a King).

King: How many birds fly in my kingdom?
Jester: About 12,563, your Highness.
King: (in disbelief) And what if the number is more or less, ie., inaccurate to what you claim?
Jester: Then it simply means that some of those birds have either migrated away, or we're having foreigners.

XDDD I've always imagined Ozzie and Magus to share moments such as these. Kinda cracks me up.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 03, 2011, 08:04:51 am
Ever since childhood I've lived through this strange itch at the center of both of my palms, as if once I might have had something sharp driven through them. Curiously enough, there's also a cross on each of my palm (not a crucifix, rather the X mark), the itch at the intersection. Even today I had the same itch and this one was bit bad. I told Mom about this, to which she completed my statement with, "as if your hands were nailed to the wall?" I agreed, to which she smiled at me for a long moment. "What are you, Jesus Christ?"

"What?" I asked, quizzically.
"Looks like we have a God in the family," she hummed back to sleep.

For minutes on end, I kept looking at the crosses on my palm, confused. Though I don't believe in personal Gods, though I don't believe that religion has any validity to prove they are any closer to God, if there is one, than any other person in the world, though I'm still skeptical about Jesus being an actual God/Avatar (though I do believe he was a Rabbi), somehow I felt happy. Somehow, this itch made me feel special.

I don't think I'm some Second Coming of Jesus, but this did drive home a point: if I were to choose between being a Scientist and Priest, I would rather take the third choice and become a Sage. Science relies on cold reasoning, while Priesthood is bound by certain religion; but Sagehood gives you liberty to go practical, rational and philosophical, though always keeping wisdom at the priority. If so, then I shall gladly take up the training.

My birthday is at October 3 (and apparently that's when Harold Camping says I shall awaken). Rapture isn't gonna happen at that date, coz I'll be busy having Ice Cream Soda with mah mates.  :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on June 03, 2011, 08:21:01 am
Jesus wasn't a rabbi.  He was a teacher, yes, but not a rabbi.  Unless you mean a metaphorical rabbi, in which case you wouldn't be correct anyway.  Rabbis teach the Torah, and although Jesus did come to fulfill the Old Testament he said there was a new covenant and dismissed quite a bit of the rules in the Torah.

Jews (with the exception of Messianic Jews, and even they're not considered real Jews by the Jews that I know) don't believe Jesus was the Messiah, so saying that Jesus was a rabbi (even metaphorically) doesn't make sense because a rabbi is a JEWISH teacher and Jesus not only started Christianity but he isn't the Messiah according to Judaism.  It makes as much sense as saying Jesus was an imam.

In short...

-  Rabbis are Jewish teachers who preach the Torah.
-  Jesus preached Christianity who dismissed some of the Torah.
-  Thus, Jesus wasn't a rabbi.

(I can provide Bible verses if you want.)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on June 03, 2011, 08:37:47 am
I don't think I'm some Second Coming of Jesus, but...

There are so many good ways to finish that sentence. =)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on June 03, 2011, 11:46:47 pm
My PS3 had a rage quit.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/251621_230794123602238_100000149565898_1118006_3419737_n.jpg)

Silly PS3.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on June 04, 2011, 12:01:54 am
This isn't an amusement; it's hilarity.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on June 04, 2011, 05:22:38 pm
I just read this at tumblr... have you heard this song from pokemon black? [youtube]V4u6ht7TtVo[/youtube]
Does it sounds a little like memories of green from chrono trigger? http://youtu.be/FccgRabaOc0

Some people also say that it's more like the Light world dungeon from aLttP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVWpFXtHhPc

What do you think?  :shock:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 04, 2011, 06:31:18 pm
It's rainy, and a hell swarm of insects managed to get into several homes (including mine). One insect keeps running around in circles on top of a cloth above a small TV. Something tells me it's screaming, "WHEEEEEEEEEEE!" in it's itty-bitty insecty language. Okay, now it lost its balance and fell.

What do you think?  :shock:
Here is what I think:

If you steal from one author, it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many, it’s research.” --Wilson Mizner

 :lol: The Chrono series is a set of ultimate weapons that can spark dreams in the hearts of artists, set ablaze the torches of revolution and bring on world peace. GODDAMMIT, Square Enix has the answer to the Meaning of Life and it still doesn't realize it yet!

@Saj: Lass, you have some points right and some points wrong. The right points: Jesus is not accepted by Jews as a Messiah, and that he failed to fulfill Missianic Prophecies. But what you forget is that he did not start Christianity. It began long after his death. He was baptized by John the Baptist, who was also a Jew and was leading a Jewish movement. After John's death, Jesus took over the movement (well, half of it anyway).

Secondly, Rabbi meant two things back in those days: one being Jewish Orthodox Rabbi, second being Sage or Teacher. The Messiah you're talking about isn't Rabbi, rather Prophet or Christ he was later known as (again, long after his death). He wasn't accepted as a Messiah by the Jews, but that doesn't mean he wasn't accepted as a teacher as well. http://www.fishingtheabyss.com/archives/199
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on June 05, 2011, 06:26:59 am
Can you please explain how Jesus did not start Christianity?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 05, 2011, 06:32:11 am
My first amusement: Saj's Reply number.
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Reply #666 on: Yesterday at 09:17:54 PM »

OMG SHE'S GONNA BE RIDING A BEAST OF APOCALYPSE!!  :lol: Gyarados, I choose you!

Okay, back to my argument. Well, maybe not, perhaps just my opinions on this one.

Although I consider the Bible to be a treasure-trove of moral/biographical teachings and certain wisdom, I also find it historically inaccurate due to various translators and religious leaders abusing the gospels for political purposes and enforcing their own bias long after Jesus' death. This is the reason why I sometimes read Quran and Torah alongside it (even though both of the latter are also tainted in some range). I assume that "accepting Jesus as your savior" was a mere slogan for the Rabbinic movement he continued after John the Baptist, but there's a lot of things that got carried on to the present times needlessly, especially misinterpreting that slogan. Funny enough, back then he was simply called Jesus of Nazareth. The term Christ or Christianity seemed to have come several centuries later. Sure, his teachings were different from the orthodox Jewish ones, but that does not mean he began the religion. I still need evidence on this one.

Here's something of interest.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_Jesus)The Early Christianity (as it is now known as) began with mere teachings of Jesus and was still part of Jewish Theology. Jesus never intended to start a new religion. Thing is, the split occurred after his death when some Jews wanted to accept Jesus as a Messiah while others didn't because he failed to fulfill those rules.

Here's the Chronological order:
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The Gospels say that the temple guards (believed to be Sadducees) arrested him and turned him over to the Roman governor Pontius Pilate for execution. The movement he had started survived his death and was carried on by his brother James the Just and the apostles who proclaimed the resurrection of Jesus.[9] After splitting with Rabbinic Judaism, it developed into Early Christianity.

Reading between the lines, it says much.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on June 05, 2011, 06:56:24 am
See, I'm going on the Bible with this one and believe that this is all your opinion, not an argument.

I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a Jew who thinks that the early Church's teachings aligned with Jewish theology.  According to all the Jews I know, they think that Jesus saying he was God is pantheistic.  Early Jews found it heathenistic, equating it to the Romans, who were also pantheistic, because the Jews were taught that there was only one God.  Then there was the whole communion thing, which was viewed as cannibalism.  Jesus taught Christian theology, which was new and was completely different.  He established a new covenant, which dismisses a lot of the Torah.  He makes a claim that sounds pantheistic.  He says he is the only way to Heaven.  Those are definitely not Jewish teachings.

True, the term Christianity didn't arise until later, but a religion is much more than a name.

Your assumption that the whole "Jesus is your saviour" thing was a slogan is just that--an assumption.

Just from reading the Bible, I believe I have all the evidence I need that Jesus started a new religion.  He preached new theology--theology that would become the basic tenants of a new religion.  Biblical evidence, according to Christians, is all the evidence needed.  Now, you're not a Christian so I'm not exactly sure if anything I'm saying even holds any weight.

The Biblical Jesus may have not "intended" to start a new religion, but he sure set out some pretty wacky theology that made little sense to most Jews.  I believe theology is the core of religion.  Not traditions.  Not buildings.  Not names.  Theology.  Jesus started that core.

This is all from a Biblical standpoint, mind you.  I'm playing Devil's Advocate on the behalf of someone who's a Christian.  I think the Bible is 99% bollocks, but it's extremely obvious to me that Jesus started what we now know as Christianity.

Also:: my father is a theologian.  He has a PhD in early church history.  I grew up talking about this stuff, and I know that he'd agree with me.

I apologise if this is muddled; I am very tired and drunk.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 05, 2011, 07:47:23 am
According to all the Jews I know, they think that Jesus saying he was God is pantheistic.
Then all the Jews you've consulted would be wrong. True, many people called him Lord, true many modern Christians consider him as an avatar/equivalent/reincarnation of God, but the original Bible never had Jesus claiming that he was God. There is no evidence of him claiming this historically either. He respected and worshiped the Jewish God and spread his wisdom far, he referred to Jehova as Father, essentially because according to their philosophy that all humans are but children of God. Even Trinitarianism came from mistranslated and political prejudice than anything else.


Early Jews found it heathenistic, equating it to the Romans, who were also pantheistic, because the Jews were taught that there was only one God.  Then there was the whole communion thing, which was viewed as cannibalism.  Jesus taught Christian theology, which was new and was completely different.  He established a new covenant, which dismisses a lot of the Torah.  He makes a claim that sounds pantheistic.  He says he is the only way to Heaven.  Those are definitely not Jewish teachings.
I would like to know what you mean by Pantheistic. No, skip the dictionary, because I already know what it is (and have known it for a long time now). I would like to know what you think Pantheism is.

Your assumption that the whole "Jesus is your saviour" thing was a slogan is just that--an assumption.
XD It is! But it's a fairly logical assumption knowing what the background was back then, and it would make sense. See, Jesus' teachings had a groundbreaking impact on the Jewish community and coincided with allegories and legends that he simply became the leader that many had been waiting for. But despite the fall of the Romans he was still revered and their community stood strong. The slogan may have become a seminal part of their undying faith. It simply means, "Accept Christ as your savior and live by his wisdom" or something along those lines. It's the "Live by his wisdom" part that seems to get left about.

Just from reading the Bible, I believe I have all the evidence I need that Jesus started a new religion.
Okay, I won't argue about your views on whether he started the religion or not on this one, but I must ask this personal question: I thought you were an Atheist? If you're a Christian then I can understand that statement, and am willing to drop my arguments with respect to your faith, but if you're an Atheist then that's no excuse for your assumptions of evidence. When it comes to research one source isn't sufficient as it is, in one way or another, bound by changes or prejudiced abuse, which would make it inaccurate on further reading. One source doesn't give you all the data you require to deduce what is factual and what is not. No evidence again brings you on grounds in between, and evidence against factor might have one or more assumptions dismissed.

He preached new theology--theology that would become the basic tenants of a new religion.  Biblical evidence, according to Christians, is all the evidence needed.  Now, you're not a Christian so I'm not exactly sure if anything I'm saying even holds any weight.
I would agree with this point, but take notice of what I emphasized in your statement. Yes, it would become, but it wasn't then. Simple as that.

The Biblical Jesus may have not "intended" to start a new religion, but he sure set out some pretty wacky theology that made little sense to most Jews.  I believe theology is the core of religion.  Not traditions.  Not buildings.  Not names.  Theology.  Jesus started that core.
I drop my argument here. This statement just sounds fascinating to me. :)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on June 05, 2011, 08:15:25 am
First of all, I mixed up pantheism with polytheism.  I have NO idea how I made such a dumb mistake.  Told you I was drunk.  :/  Please disregard anything I said about pantheism.

I'm sure you know what polytheism is, living in a country that practices Hinduism.  The Jews think Christians are polytheistic because Christians believe in the Trinity--that Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit are separate beings and yet all God at the same time.

True, many people called him Lord, true many modern Christians consider him as an avatar/equivalent/reincarnation of God, but the original Bible never had Jesus claiming that he was God. There is no evidence of him claiming this historically either.

"Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves." - John 14:9-11.

Sounds pretty clear-cut to me.

I would like to know what you mean by Pantheistic. No, skip the dictionary, because I already know what it is (and have known it for a long time now). I would like to know what you think Pantheism is.

See what I wrote at the top of the post.

From what my drunk mind remembers, pantheism is the belief that the universe and "god" are one in the same.  I'm not terribly familiar with pantheism.

Okay, I won't argue about your views on whether he started the religion or not on this one, but I must ask this personal question: I thought you were an Atheist? If you're a Christian then I can understand that statement, and am willing to drop my arguments with respect to your faith, but if you're an Atheist then that's no excuse for your assumptions of evidence. When it comes to research one source isn't sufficient as it is, in one way or another, bound by changes or prejudiced abuse, which would make it inaccurate on further reading. One source doesn't give you all the data you require to deduce what is factual and what is not. No evidence again brings you on grounds in between, and evidence against factor might have one or more assumptions dismissed.

I am an atheist, but I was arguing this point from a Christian perspective.  Sometimes I like to play Devil's Advocate (as noted in my last post).

I would agree with this point, but take notice of what I emphasized in your statement. Yes, it would become, but it wasn't then. Simple as that.

I misspoke.  I meant to say "theology that was".  Regardless, religions do not start overnight.  They begin with an idea, and then they grow.  I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a religion that sprang up immediately.  Religious teachers set the basic tenants for the new religion.  And then that religion grows.  Religions do, however, begin with theology.  Jesus planted the seeds of theology into the Apostles' minds, into Paul's mind, etc.  And then Christianity grew from there.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 05, 2011, 11:13:10 am
Saj, you are absolutely right on that last sentence. Religions don't begin overnight (alas, some did begin overnight, and their foundations were so weak they crippled within a century; it's surprising Scientology remains as strong). But I'm having too much fun here poking you with a stick (sorry), so here's an analogy: suppose you devise an idea which might be a part of Atheism, but is much more open so much so that people would call it Neo Atheism, then after your death, several centuries later, some nutjob interprets your teachings and ideas and considers you as the first priest of a newfound religion. Then what? XD

Okay, that analogy was just a fun interpretation rather than a part of a serious discussion.

First of all, I mixed up pantheism with polytheism.  I have NO idea how I made such a dumb mistake.  Told you I was drunk.  :/  Please disregard anything I said about pantheism.
:lol: It's okay. Even if it's a mistake, I'm kinda glad that someone mentioned Pantheism.

I'm sure you know what polytheism is, living in a country that practices Hinduism.  The Jews think Christians are polytheistic because Christians believe in the Trinity--that Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit are separate beings and yet all God at the same time.
Actually, Christianity was and began as Monotheistic, where the only deity was Father (Jehova), the very same as the Jews. Islamic also worship the same deity, only differentiating the name (Allah). The Trinitarianism (aka God, Jesus and Holy Spirit) began with a simple mistranslation, affecting the majority of faith where they considered Jesus to be equivalent to God. Remove that mistranslation and it returns to Monotheism.  :)

"Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves." - John 14:9-11.

Sounds pretty clear-cut to me.
Hardly clear cut. He mentioned that they would know God through him, but he never specified that he was God. He said that he was in the Father, but he never specified that he was Father. He mentioned the Father was in him, but he never specified that the Father was him. "The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me" All of these may mean many things except that he is his own Father. It could mention that his teachings would help people see the nature of Father. It could mention that he loved his Father dearly.

Tell you what: ever heard of Ramayana? It's sort of like Chrono Trigger, minus the Time Travel, and Raavan makes an excellent Fiendlord. At the post-Ramayana legends where Ram and Sita go back to their Kingdom and become King and Queen (much like the end of Chrono Trigger), where Hanuman bows to them and tells them how Ram and Sita dwell within him. The jealous ones at the court scoffed and asked him to prove it. He tore his chest open and showed them the memories of Ram and Sita, all of it that was encased in love and admiration.

Now that certainly did not mean Hanuman was Ram and Sita. When sparring with his Vanar brothers, one of his colleagues did mention, "When you confront Hanuman you will know Lord Ram." This meant that battling Hanuman would make it clear of the courage, benevolence and determination of his Lord. It certainly did not mean he was Lord Ram.

On a side note: Whether you're an atheist or religious, the Ramayana was awesome!


Today's amusement: Saj's discussion provoked a simple thought in my head. I asked my boss, who was going to the Church today, whether the Church would welcome a non-Christian like me if I tagged along with you. He told me:

"Whoever you are, wherever you're from, you're always welcome."

He mentioned that his community does not discriminate against our views, are always open and always welcome people of every race, caste and status. It kinda made my day, especially since it's been years since I last went to a Church. I'd like this first hand experience.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Boo the Gentleman Caller on June 05, 2011, 01:10:31 pm
I will admit that I have lived a majority of life as an agnostic. The past few years I've been researching / soul-searching.

Maybe I'm misinterpreting Christianity, but ultimately the phrase "accepting Jesus into your heart" or "accepting Jesus as your personal savior" represents the understanding and acceptance of Grace in one's life. Many modern day Christians are under the belief that Christians are called to pure, holy, and completely perfect lives; this is false. Perfection was never a requirement - Jesus called his people (Christians) to attempt to be the best version of themselves, but by no means are they required to be perfect. After all Jesus, the people Jesus surrounded himself - including his disciples - were fallable humans. Rather than spend time with religious leaders and zealots, Jesus spent time with the people He called sinners. Ultimately Jesus' death allowed Him to be Grace (seeing as how perfection isn't necessary).

According to ancient Jewish tradition, when one sinned an animal sacrifice was demanded to atone for the sin. One could only be clean of sin after a priest made the sacrifice. When Jesus (the human incarnation of the Jewish God in Christian tradition) willingly died, he symbolically acted in the place of the sacrifice. However, Jesus' death broke the tradition of animal sacrifice, allowing mankind to obtain Grace by will alone.

Thus, by "accepting Jesus", one accepts that they are a fallible human being that has and will continue to mess up. By accepting Jesus, they acknowledge that should they mess up, Jesus' sacrifice atones for the "sin".

At least that's how I see it.

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Where does the misunderstanding come from,
demanding that we be outstanding and then some?
Perfection never was a requirement
although some might say we desired it.
So then for times when things get old I might get cynical
I see that I don't see.
Do they see you when they see me?

In honesty there's room for improvement
Thoughts may change, the truth be told,
A closed mind will leave you empty
Use your mind to use your soul.

Alert the press, their dogmas are a mess,
Opinions shift, a broken sift, an empty hand,
And billboards ask, 'where do they stand.'
Do all streams lead to one sea?

Logically there's room for all questions
Though the answers aren't all known,
Objectivities the myth of plenty,
Who doubt His truth within their soul.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 05, 2011, 03:14:50 pm
I really NEED to type this here and now.

I was coming back from work, see, and there was this boy following an annoyed girl around, all the while being sarcastic. I didn't hear the whole thing through, but here's what I did hear (translated):

Boy: It's like axing your own toe. So is it your big toe or the little toe?
Girl: Grrr, GO TO HELL!
Boy: (Rolls his eyes) Geez, if I only knew the address...
Girl: Sure, it's right around the corner, take a left turn and FUCK OFF!
Boy: Ooh, you know so much! You must have been there plenty.
Girl: Yeah, with idiots like you following me around, I die every day.

(A random dude walks up to boy)

Dude: What's wrong with you, harassing a woman in the middle of the road? She's like your sister?
Boy: Like my sister? Unfortunately, she is my sister! Now get lost before she ties you a Rakhi too.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raksha_Bandhan)
Girl: Ew, no! Why would I do that?
Boy: Oh what was that pledge you took back in school? All Indians are my Brothers and Sisters?  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_National_Pledge)

I LOL'd.  :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on June 05, 2011, 03:18:10 pm
The Jews think Christians are polytheistic because Christians believe in the Trinity--that Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit are separate beings and yet all God at the same time.

Just to be clear, the doctrine of the Trinity is that they are three persons yet still the same one God. As this makes no logical sense (tantamount to saying that 1+1+1=1), it isn't surprising that Jews (or anyone) would discount the unifying aspect of the doctrine. However, though not surprising, it is dishonest to discount that aspect of belief. Such an action would be similar to if Richard Dawkins discounted the Jewish believe in God and concluded that they were atheists.

Thus, by "accepting Jesus", one accepts that they are a fallible human being that has and will continue to mess up. By accepting Jesus, they acknowledge that should they mess up, Jesus' sacrifice atones for the "sin".

I would only add that it "accepting Jesus" is also a statement that one will try to better one's self.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on June 05, 2011, 09:20:49 pm
"Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves." - John 14:9-11.

Sounds pretty clear-cut to me.
Hardly clear cut. He mentioned that they would know God through him, but he never specified that he was God. He said that he was in the Father, but he never specified that he was Father. He mentioned the Father was in him, but he never specified that the Father was him. "The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me" All of these may mean many things except that he is his own Father. It could mention that his teachings would help people see the nature of Father. It could mention that he loved his Father dearly.

Alright then, here you go::

"Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."  - John 8:24.

"Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM."  - John 8:58.

(You'll need to re-read Exodus if you want to understand the "I AM" part.)

"I and My Father are one." - John 10:30.

"And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" " - John 20:28.

Clear-cut.  If you still don't agree, then I really don't know what to say to you other than you should take a Christian theology course.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on June 05, 2011, 09:26:33 pm
Just to be clear, the doctrine of the Trinity is that they are three persons yet still the same one God.

Yeah, I know.  That's basic theological knowledge and I've known that since I was about two, and that is what I meant.

Like I said, drunk.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Bard_of_Time on June 06, 2011, 09:10:50 am
Voice acting on a whole gets me very interesting and makes me giggle. In this day and age, though, we still use a lot of the same talents for stuff. For example, the man who provides the voice talent for SpongeBob SquarePants also gave us the Mayor of Townsville, Cupid, Rin from FFX... the list goes on.

Now, that's all well and good. Rin does not sound like Spongebob Squarepants. However, it's not always the same. I picked up Psychonauts the other day.
Ignore everything in this video EXCEPT for the young man with the goggles on his head. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPUZIagbl94)
And here, ignore everything EXCEPT for the brown beaver. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCMRPJw9S1g&feature=related)
And here, everything but Zim. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEmKlz01Sog)

My mind is blown, man.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on June 06, 2011, 04:53:11 pm
He's Tom Kenny. He's also in a lot of sketch comedy and played Heiffer in Rocko's Modern Life.

Meet my idol: Billy West. He played Doug from Doug, the Red M&M, Stimpy, occasionally Ren, like 50 percent of the male characters from Futurama, and tons of other characters you probably remember. Including Zim, for the pilot episode, that is.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on June 06, 2011, 08:44:40 pm
Has somebody actually counted the enemies in Magus castle? Are they exactly 100?  :P

Okay, I discovered that Magus castle has 118 enemies and 4 bosses, thanks to this article: The Architecture of Dreams (http://thegamedesignforum.com/features/architecture_of_dreams.html), which analyses a little of the narrative of CT.

(http://thegamedesignforum.com/features/CT%20Dungeon%20&%20Story%20Small.JPG)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on June 06, 2011, 10:18:26 pm
That's a fascinating article, I loved the discussion on whether "videogames aren't the right medium to tell stories." And I love that the author defends videogames as an important storytelling art. Is CT's story dated? In some ways, sure. But heck, Star Wars is dated too. And yet, both of these showed hints of astounding genius that continue to resonate with us on a cultural level. Every story teller has to mature and Level Up over time. Aside from whatever corporate meddling got in the way and my misgivings regarding its game design, Final Fantasy XII represents the pinnacle of storytelling for me and sent more chills down my spine than many movies do nowadays. Hell, look at Xenogears, Tactics Ogre and Vagrant Story. These products flowed out of the Japanese videogame industry only after the SNES-era teams had the wherewithal to make storytelling a serious priority.

Ugh, how sad this debate has become; if you look at the markets where production costs are most tight, certainly the opponents of real storytelling have the upper hand. Awfully convenient how making this argument cuts out the professional writers' salaries from videogame production, hmmm?


(And looking at that graph...interesting that the "breather level" contains the essence of what drew many of us most powerfully to Chrono Trigger -- the Kingdom of Zeal story arc is what clinched everything else together in my mind).
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on June 06, 2011, 10:49:24 pm
I think both still seem fresh because they didn't shy away from cliche. Rather, they embraced it and went ahead full-steam. (That is to say, Chrono Trigger and Star Wars). and ended up doing it better than anyone else.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 07, 2011, 05:33:51 am
You know, that article brings an innovative idea to mind (hey, I'm an aspiring filmmaker, after all):

The best storytelling mediums that grasp attention are those that help the audience to immerse themselves within it, but only provided they do not take too much of their time with boredom. What they seek most is entertainment (which makes Mario so popular despite proper story), and the most defining features of Chrono Trigger was its story, surprises and time travel. The surprises caught people attention, the art was simply beautiful, and the story involved people emotionally. It was very well planned.

But think about this for a moment: when playing a game, the audience becomes the protagonist. When watching a movie, the audience sees it in third person. Which has more effect? The movies improve with other defining features, such as surround sound (giving a realistic atmosphere) and 3D with realistic depth of perception. What if we completely immerse the audience within the story? Let's say, the heroes go to Alaska, and suddenly cold winds blow in the theater? Desert scene, and the theater mildly warms up?

Similarly, if CT was a movie, visiting Zeal would take the audience completely by surprise. They suddenly transport to an unfamiliar, yet pleasant world. Sounds of bells, mountainous atmosphere. What better than Zeal?  :D
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on June 07, 2011, 06:11:33 am
I rarely feel like I am the character in a video game. Rather, I choose one to relate to and hope they're on the team as much as possible. Similarly, I find myself constantly assigning friends' names to characters in whatever stories I get into, trying to match the dynamic to my own life and put it into perspective from that angle.

There are amusement park rides that employ methods similar to what you're talking about tush, but similar to 3D before (and arguably after) Avatar came out, nobody takes it seriously so the content is sparse and gimmicky rather than immersive. I think the problem is they don't focus on sensory input, they focus on what's easy. Hydraulic air pumps and hidden waterguns and little ropy things that spin forward and touch the back of your feet. These all end up taking you out of the experience unfortunately. I think a slightly different approach, inspired by your suggestion of "mountainous atmosphere" would be more effective. Aromas released, designated for each scene. Speakers on your seat behind your head for a more "true" surround sound. Heat-controlled seats. Smoke machines.

And you know what? Surround sound pisses me off. They never do it in a way that actually puts you into the film. Like if there's a character off-screen and a character on-screen why do their voices come out of the same speaker when the room gets ambushed and bullets and music come out of other speakers? Is there a film anywhere that actually surrounds you with "surround" sound? This problem exists for two reasons. 1 theaters play movies so loud it doesn't matter how the sound is mixed. 2 sound engineers figure if you have surround sound at home you set it up wrong because you're a consumer and therefor stupid so all the voices come out the front (occasionally left and right if you're really really lucky, but still... that's stereo) and the music comes out the back and sides.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: chi_z on June 07, 2011, 10:55:10 pm
mitsuda interview (http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhttp://www.wakanim.tv/dossier/10/1/interview-de-yasunori-mitsuda%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26biw%3D1600%26bih%3D795%26prmd%3Divns&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=fr&twu=1&u=http://www.wakanim.tv/dossier/10/1/interview-de-yasunori-mitsuda&usg=ALkJrhg_kz2BgcHHH8t6tGQqFEVdrSXKeA)

speaks a bit about CC arrange album (keeps stating it'll be out this year).

here's his blog translated into french, translated that into english with googs (http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhttp://www.wakanim.tv/dossier/10/1/interview-de-yasunori-mitsuda%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26biw%3D1600%26bih%3D795%26prmd%3Divns&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=fr&twu=1&u=http://www.kijimuna.fr/mitsuda/&usg=ALkJrhim7q574zgOrI0Yg7DzM0RfAlEgFQ)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on June 08, 2011, 12:40:08 am
Oh snap, what an excellent and thorough interview with Mitsuda. The fact that you got to it first shames all other English-speaking Chrono fans!  :o  Say, did we ever investigate whether Kato might be maintaining a blog? I recall his Twitter account went down, but that's the last I'm aware of.

I've got the interview backed up as a series of .mht files but they're too big to upload to the forum; we'll have to see what ZeaLitY wants to do about potentially archiving this.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on June 08, 2011, 01:54:23 am
Now I'm all excited for the CC arrange album again. It's gonna be great.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: chi_z on June 10, 2011, 10:41:39 am
can't you just screen cap with the 'print screen' button and copypasta 6 jpegs or tiffs or gifs or pngs into mspaint?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 10, 2011, 12:00:34 pm
Captain America - E3 2011 Game Cinematic (http://www.itsartmag.com/features/camericae3/)

Is it just me, or does it seem like Captain America is simply Zack Fair / CT Cyrus in disguise (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkEFoJC1zuU#t=4m52s)?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on June 10, 2011, 12:57:46 pm
It wasn't until my second read a few days after the first that I realized the secret of this week's Subnormality comic.

http://www.viruscomix.com/page547.html

First I got to thinking that the security guard was probably referring to the same person in both instances (the beautiful woman and the weirdo). Then I noticed that the Free Internet sign was different from panel to panel. When I spotted the vandal, finally I realized the events were taking place out of order throughout the same day--except for one panel which takes place some time later.

Put it together in order, and you get a whole extra layer to the story. Craftsmanship like this is why Subnormality is probably my favorite webcomic in publication today.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Zephira on June 10, 2011, 10:48:17 pm
Oh, how I've missed these threads.
I am greatly amused by the fact that, after being away for who knows how long (I'm very forgetful), I'm still on the "Most time online" list. While it might be physically impossible to top Vehek, I'm sure as heck gonna try this time.
Another amusement would be this cat, Rudy. He crawled between the wool and velvet while I was out buying more thread, and I nearly sewed him inside. He slipped out and landed on my lap when I was halfway done. He was just as surprised as I was!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Bard_of_Time on June 10, 2011, 11:10:29 pm
Your cat sounds adorable. Reminds me of mine. Except less EVIL. And less DEAD.

I'm amused by how much living in a different area can change a person. My family isn't big on hockey, but ever since Sam started to go to school up in MA, he's turned into a raving Bruins lunatic with a taste for the Red Sox and a dislike of anything from New York. He and my dad are... less getting-alongy. If that was possible.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 11, 2011, 07:11:34 am
Welcome back, Zeph!  :D Missed ya.

BoT, different areas can really do change a person (like a hardcore India friend of mine who went to Aus and caught that foreign accent and personality, getting himself hairdos, tattoos and piercings in awkward places). What's strange is this dialog from Kino's Journey:
Quote
Hermes: The world is constantly changing. And you can't expect it to stay the same, even for a second. If that's true, there's no need for you to go on a journey, Kino. Even if you stay in one place, you'll be able to keep experiencing the world!

And yup! Although I've been in this city for quite a while now I see changes before my eyes (not necessarily good or bad, convenient or contrary), and the change in turn changes me. Right now, for instance, my biggest amusement is how much my tastes have changed. I can go for a standard movie, but no, I want plot depth and visual appeal. I can go for Pop/Rock music, but no, I'm preferring Jazz, Classical and Ambient, etc. I can go for a slice of bread, but I somewhat developed loathing for it and wouldn't eat bread unless it's a Pav or the slice was toasted. Burger? I'd prefer the Bakery. Hell, I even crave Caviar and Crostini for God's sake, and I can't even afford it!

Every taste seems classy, but it's taking a strong toll on me to prefer those over anything else and I just can't help it for some reason. I just can't control what I like and don't like, and how these tastes change. The only thing that hasn't changed is my ability to wear any damn shirt (no matter how horrible I look in it) and street foods like Bhel, Pani Puri, Dhokla, Samosa and Wada Pav/Onion Pakoda.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on June 14, 2011, 08:46:49 pm
Ever since I went to college, my brother bothers me about how now I have an obssesive love for over expensive coffee xD (truth is I didn't use to drink coffee at all before college xD so maybe he's right...)

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Oh, how I've missed these threads.
I am greatly amused by the fact that, after being away for who knows how long (I'm very forgetful), I'm still on the "Most time online" list. While it might be physically impossible to top Vehek, I'm sure as heck gonna try this time.

I'm relatively new to the forums, but think I remember you from deviantart, Zephira  :)


My amusement: I like this collective that organizes all sorts of public pranks, like spontanous musicals xD I love the reactions of the people.
[youtube]WnY59mDJ1gg[/youtube]
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 17, 2011, 07:23:31 pm
HOLY SHIT!
[youtube]ocUDELuHtLQ[/youtube]
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on June 17, 2011, 10:30:33 pm
Wow! that is dexterity! and it plays tricks with my eyes  :shock:

Random rambling about Lavoid species ahead! xD

I just had an epic battle against a certain type of invasive weed that is destroying my mom's flowers. Very annoying chore, but it needs to be done, and done well or the weed is going to grow back. It grows back so fast and so easily and the seeds are so well hidden, the roots grow so deep :shock: my mom started talking philosophically and comparing the plant with the nature of evil xD

After one hour of the annoying chore, my mind started wandering, and I started thinking about CT. I was thinking if it wouldn't have made more sense if Lavos was a plant like creature, since it stayed immobile for milleniums, absorbing energy from the heart of the planet. There're plant species that do not photosynthesize but are parasites on other species of plants, I imagine Lavoids being akin to these, and the planets with life being akin to photosynthetic plants... and Lavoids have what appears to be an asexual reproduction, so no need to move around to reproduce either... Except that Lavoids need to move in order to reach a planet and dig their way into the core... maybe a Lavoid species based on sessile animals? having a motile larval stage and then becoming a sessile plant-like creature, like sponges?

And now I'm imagining an scenario based on my battle against those weeds for Chrono Break about how the heroes did not destroyed Lavos properly, and the left over of the roots are slowly growing back into the planet,  Or what if the contamination of the Frozen Flame in the humans IS the roots of Lavos >_> Or I don't know, If Lavos is like a plant, what if it reproduces through budding? what if the Frozen Flame grows to become a complete new Lavoid?

I'm just rambling now... and no, it was not that kind of weed, I'm just random like that naturally xD
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on June 18, 2011, 03:16:00 am
I just had an epic battle against a certain type of invasive weed that is destroying my mom's flowers. Very annoying chore, but it needs to be done, and done well or the weed is going to grow back. It grows back so fast and so easily and the seeds are so well hidden, the roots grow so deep :shock: my mom started talking philosophically and comparing the plant with the nature of evil xD

Weeds, if nothing else, are a testament to the nature of nature. Human botanical preferences count for exactly squat when a weed shows up and finds yummies to eat and drink. Action transcends frustration. If your weeding was thorough, you shall enjoy the benefits of it shortly.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 18, 2011, 06:57:23 am
XD Wow, that weed gave ya weed issues! That kinda makes sense; the FF has always been trying to influence humanity and has also been sentient. It has unimaginable power, but when using that power it also requires to charge itself, aye? But we never saw it do so. Lavos acquires its power from the core of the planet, like a parasite. But I've always imagined Lavos Shell to actually be a gigantic organic space ship rather than a being of its own. Think about it: you needed raw power to beat Lavos Shell, but you needed to be cunning to beat the Core.

So the Flame could mature into another Lavos Shell. But where will its rider be? Every horse needs a rider to go to a certain destination/mission. Imagine a planet full of cores, akin to Galifrey (Doctor Who), where instead of being given time machines such as TARDIS they're given a single Frozen Flame which they use to grow their own Lavos Shell?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 18, 2011, 08:01:45 am
Okay, double post.

My amusement? Salman Khan. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salman_Khan)

Been watching his films, both old and new, and found something interesting. Before 2003 he was a sincere bloke, a gentleman kind, and was a lot like Keanu Reeves (i.e., he was always chosen for his looks, not for his acting). Post-2003 films, however, debut his new gangsta attitude, not only in films but also in his life. It's like he's a completely different person. The result: the roles he plays are now incredibly vibrant and badass.

I'm kinda glad that happened, because everyone prefers this gangsta-fun-lovin side of him. I do know one thing for sure, though: if there'll ever be a Bollywood version of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, the only person to play Kamina incredibly well would be this guy:

(http://www.kaneesha.com/article-images/salman%20khan-2.jpg)
"Don't underestimate three things in life: I, me and myself."
"I'll put so many holes in you it'd be confusing for you where to breathe from and where to fart from."
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on June 18, 2011, 11:40:31 am
ues! That the FF has always been trying to influence humanity and has also been sentient. It has unimaginable power, but when using that power it also requires to charge itself, aye? But we never saw it do so. Lavos acquires its power from the core of the planet, like a parasite. But I've always imagined Lavos Shell to actually be a gigantic organic space ship rather than a being of its own. Think about it: you needed raw power to beat Lavos Shell, but you needed to be cunning to beat the Core.

So the Flame could mature into another Lavos Shell.

but if the frozen flame is a piece of Lavos shell and it's sentient, wouldn't that mean that Lavos shell may be sentient too? I'm thinking... Maybe lavos is not a single creature, but three creatures, each one sentient, that depend on each other. 

Rambling is fun XD
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 18, 2011, 12:52:30 pm

but if the frozen flame is a piece of Lavos shell and it's sentient, wouldn't that mean that Lavos shell may be sentient too? I'm thinking... Maybe lavos is not a single creature, but three creatures, each one sentient, that depend on each other. 

Rambling is fun XD
:lol:

Remember when I mentioned organic spaceship? Think about it: the FF, a mere fragment, is capable of making you immortal, evolve species, grant magical powers, etc. so you can imagine what Lavos is capable of. But we also know the core is sentient and intelligent, so even if the shell is damaged it can be repaired (as deduced from its powers over organisms). But the shell is not intelligent. So you are right that they depend on each other, like a horse and its rider. Only this time the horse was grown for the ride.

Wrote the whole post in Dvorak, at 3 wpm and without glancing at the keys. Doing the impossible feels so good! But also been brain choking...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on June 20, 2011, 01:14:57 am
Don't attack the shell. And don't blink.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on June 20, 2011, 02:50:32 am
Don't attack the shell. And don't blink.

Love it!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 20, 2011, 03:20:42 am
Don't attack the shell. And don't blink.

Love it!
XDDD

Now imagine if the angels were a bunch of mischievous teenagers.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on June 20, 2011, 04:49:04 am
Don't attack the shell. And don't blink.

Love it!

STOP IT.  I HAD A NIGHTMARE ABOUT THOSE DAMN ANGELS TWO NIGHTS AGO.

...I really should watch more Doctor Who.  Slowly but surely most of my new friends have become obsessed with the show.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 20, 2011, 04:57:18 am
...I really should watch more Doctor Who.  Slowly but surely most of my new friends have become obsessed with the show.
The thirteenth Doctor adventures should be a movie! Provided he survives this season...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on June 21, 2011, 01:33:29 am
[youtube]aP3gzee1cps[/youtube]

This cat is a canine in disguise!

[youtube]LxDjuZY1oC0[/youtube]

This actually reminded me a little of the bremen march from zelda (http://youtu.be/k2U0bb2JItY) xD
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 23, 2011, 04:44:35 pm
@Licawolf: XDD You've no idea how many times I've re-watched those.  

Since Slumdog Millionaire, Bollywood has created another crazy English film that is bound to appeal to western audience. This time, though, it's directed by the legendary Aamir Khan. So yeah. Shit happens.

Warning! NSFW, especially with all the slangs and people blowing... er... private parts up with dynamite. Perhaps as intense (or more) than Clockwork Orange.

Here's the intro preview. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2q2k0c2pOQ&t=1m25s)

Here's the actual trailer. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcKn9BxTg1A)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on June 24, 2011, 01:47:39 am
@Licawolf: XDD You've no idea how many times I've re-watched those. 

Since Slumdog Millionaire, Bollywood has created another crazy English film that is bound to appeal to western audience. This time, though, it's directed by the legendary Aamir Khan. So yeah. Shit happens.

Warning! NSFW, especially with all the slangs and people blowing... er... private parts up with dynamite. Perhaps as intense (or more) than Clockwork Orange.

Here's the intro preview. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2q2k0c2pOQ&t=1m25s)

Here's the actual trailer. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcKn9BxTg1A)

Looks like "Hangover Meets Snatch In India". Neat.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on June 24, 2011, 06:15:51 am
For years I engaged in debates with people over the existence of a Christian-style deity; it invigorated me to sharpen my own ideas so that they could withstand and even defeat opposing points of view. But the world did not learn along with me. The arguments for their god's existence never improved, and they themselves never grew wiser to see their own folly. Eventually the arguments stopped being invigorating and started to become a chore. So I left them behind. Now, I only bother when I perceive that my opponent is open-minded.

That's where I've been for years. It's seldom worth it, so I seldom do it. And as I become farther and farther removed from those cultural fault lines, I've come to appreciate the absurdity of it all...of these elaborate, deeply passionate, incessant conflicts over an utterly ludicrous concept--one so riddled with logical errors that the only reason the people supporting it aren't ridiculed wherever they go is because they outnumber the rest of us by far. I must say...I've found the amusement in it.

Christianity is a hateful, neurotic religion that glorifies violence and delights in subjugating everybody, all wrapped in the glowing white veneer of a message of false love. From the lowest of the low, the message of suffering and austerity in this life for a prize in the next, all the way up to the pinnacle, the message of a god of love who created humans who, depending on how you look at it, either explicitly desire or are too flawed to avoid being condemned to an eternity of torture, Christianity delights in conceiving of new and ever more gruesome brutalities of nature and then brainwashing people into believing that that's just how things are and everything else should be feared or loathed. And people believe it. Lots of people believe it. There are even people who try and live virtuously within the religion's incredibly corrosive framework of morality, and most of them have to try really hard to do it, because they themselves are as flawed as most of us and Christianity itself abhors their attempts at real virtue.

Most simply have not had the opportunity or the wits to see this for what it is. That part isn't so amusing as tragic. But the endless arguments over this preposterous theological fairytale...that's just plain eye-rollingly silly.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on June 24, 2011, 02:51:15 pm
http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-06-16/local/29681695_1_teacher-math-classes-pokemon-cards (http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-06-16/local/29681695_1_teacher-math-classes-pokemon-cards)

I do not have a handful of children's playing cards in front of me as I type this.
 :roll:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Boo the Gentleman Caller on June 24, 2011, 02:58:01 pm
Quote
"For years I engaged in debates with people over the existence of a Christian-style deity; it invigorated me to sharpen my own ideas so that they could withstand and even defeat opposing points of view. But the world did not learn along with me."

"Eventually the arguments stopped being invigorating and started to become a chore. So I left them behind."

"And as I become farther and farther removed from those cultural fault lines, I've come to appreciate the absurdity of it all"

"Most simply have not had the opportunity or the wits to see this [Christianity] for what it is. That part isn't so amusing as tragic. But the endless arguments over this preposterous theological fairytale...that's just plain eye-rollingly silly."

You ever heard of Shit My Dad Says? I think I could have a social media outlet (Twitter perhaps? Naw, trying to cram Lord J's thoughts into 140 characters is impossible) called "Shit Lord J Says". Not calling your ramblings shit or anything. And all that's just from one post!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on June 24, 2011, 02:59:45 pm
Most of my individual sentences would not fit into Twitter, let alone my complete thoughts. Yer outta luck!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on June 24, 2011, 03:03:19 pm
http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-06-16/local/29681695_1_teacher-math-classes-pokemon-cards (http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-06-16/local/29681695_1_teacher-math-classes-pokemon-cards)

I do not have a handful of children's playing cards in front of me as I type this.
 :roll:

What I find amusing is that they keep calling the game "Pokmon" throughout the body of the article, in the footnote of the photo it's called "Pokeman" and only in the title it's correctly called Pokemon  :P
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Bard_of_Time on June 24, 2011, 03:22:12 pm
http://www.mariomarathon.com/
I'm watching now. It looks like one of the guys is holding the jumpyspinny part of the Galaxy 2 controller while the other has the RUN part. It's pretty intense.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 24, 2011, 04:08:32 pm
Before even beginning an argument I am aware of where I stand in levels of intelligence and capabilities of properly explaining myself (I constantly suffer from Paralysis-by-Analyses, and aftershocks of receding Dyslexia), but none the less, I choose to try. For the sake of the argument, I shall emphasize the most conflicting points in your statements.

For years I engaged in debates with people over the existence of a Christian-style deity; it invigorated me to sharpen my own ideas so that they could withstand and even defeat opposing points of view. But the world did not learn along with me. The arguments for their god's existence never improved, and they themselves never grew wiser to see their own folly. Eventually the arguments stopped being invigorating and started to become a chore. So I left them behind. Now, I only bother when I perceive that my opponent is open-minded.
Completely disregarding religion, I take interest in your mindset, and the philosophy of debate and open-mindedness:

You know, I've always considered debates and arguments as a learning experience. With each logical problem put forth by oppositions, with every bit of data placed on the table, both parties benefit with new information, either deduced or shared. It also challenges the debater to clash their processing capabilities, ironing out flaws in their reasoning and come to a better understanding. The most open minded of the debaters is not one who is intelligent, but one who is open to sound reasoning and not only molding data on the table, but also his/her own thoughts in the right direction.

But open-mindedness depends on these questions: Do you accept new or different knowledge than your own? Do you imagine yourself faithfully in someone else's shoes (first person)? Does your prejudice/bias stop you from leaving your sentimental bounds of your world? Are your beliefs strong, and yet flexible, or are they everything to you? Can you stand hypothetical questions, no matter how insane and inaccurate they may sound?

You think yourself to be on the right side of the affair, so kudos to you. Then kudos to everyone, because everyone thinks they're right. But you're confusing intelligence with open-mindedness, because seriously, even an idiot can be open-minded if they choose to be so. What's even more baffling is how narrow-minded most so-called intelligent people can be (http://www.naturalnews.com/031008_intelligence_big_picture.html), drowning so much in their arrogance that they fail to see the bigger picture. Thing is, although a correct answer can be found via strings of valid reasoning, mere abilities to reasonably argue does not guarantee that a person is right (Lawyers; 'nuff said). See, there's this concept called Argument Abuser, which defines an intelligent (and sufficiently arrogant) person who uses sensible reasoning to back up his ideas, even if the ideas are inherently flawed, thus disposing the opposing view for victory. One of the most frequent abusers of these argumentative powers is Richard Dawkins: When he believes he is right at something, at the cost of an argument's intellectual benefits, he will ignore considering the opposing ideas, simply backing up his own, and try to win and enforce his suggestions. Some others like him even go so far as covering flaws in their ideas with figurative veils and directly attacking the audience's sentiments, thus claiming majority. Of course, some resolve to much more sophisticated tricks, sometimes subtle, such as wordsmithing, etc. For these people, argumentative powers simply serves as a tool, akin to weapons defending your own castle and attacking others'. Even Osama Bin Laden can make sound arguments and win favors (and he already has in many places).

And when it really comes down to this, it is hardly an intelligent debate. It turns into a war of beliefs, where people with opposing beliefs narrowmindedly give their all just to win arguments, and because here belief matters more to a person each argument becomes a personal offense. In this case, you telling the religious they're wrong, and they saying you're wrong. Who's right? Your guess is as good as mine.

You accuse others of not being open-minded enough to debate with you, but ask yourself this: do you even require someone to be so? You assume to have an open-mind but your statement contradicts you. No, you don't argue for the sake of its vivid benefits and new ideas, except for the only ones you seek: sharpen my own ideas so that they could withstand and even defeat opposing points of view. You don't argue for the sheer learning experience. You argue for victory, regardless of whether you're right or wrong, satisfied with delusions that you actually are.

But if that's really what you're after then I implore you to come to India where most Theological (Christian) experts are not only open-minded philanthropists, but also majors in Science (at least the ones I know). With the way you seek to argue, I guarantee you'll be weeping with your self-esteem shattered. It's sad, really.

That's where I've been for years. It's seldom worth it, so I seldom do it. And as I become farther and farther removed from those cultural fault lines, I've come to appreciate the absurdity of it all...of these elaborate, deeply passionate, incessant conflicts over an utterly ludicrous concept--one so riddled with logical errors that the only reason the people supporting it aren't ridiculed wherever they go is because they outnumber the rest of us by far. I must say...I've found the amusement in it.
I... somewhat agree with that. That again depends whom you imply.

Most simply have not had the opportunity or the wits to see this for what it is. That part isn't so amusing as tragic. But the endless arguments over this preposterous theological fairytale...that's just plain eye-rollingly silly.
I was actually going to ask you to describe the context of hateful from religion and historical perspective, and some more questions, but seeing your frame of mind (gulp) err... forget about it. The entire point you made was superficial as it didn't really describe how it's violence contradicts the roots of the religion, what was that created it, for what intention and moral grounds and how relevant a person's a certain action is to religion.

Still, I do sort of agree. What's even worse is the pointless Religion-vs-Atheism quarrel, which seems like a war between dedicated fanclubs to me (like Apple-vs-Android, Boston-vs-Vancouver, Twilight Fans-vs-Twilight Haters, etc.) I'm fortunate to be naturally left out but I still don't understand why I take interest in this shit.

Like, for instance a religious person criticizes Atheism, I defend Atheism. When an Atheist criticizes religion, I defend that religion.  Even if I know that the moment I stepped into the battlefield I've already lost.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on June 24, 2011, 04:16:12 pm
http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-06-16/local/29681695_1_teacher-math-classes-pokemon-cards (http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-06-16/local/29681695_1_teacher-math-classes-pokemon-cards)

I do not have a handful of children's playing cards in front of me as I type this.
 :roll:

What I find amusing is that they keep calling the game "Pokmon" throughout the body of the article, in the footnote of the photo it's called "Pokeman" and only in the title it's correctly called Pokemon  :P

Probably written in Microsoft Word(which probably recognized the word and formatted it with the e with the accent mark over it), copied and pasted into email, and copied and pasted into a webpage template on the back end without careful editing. The formatting on the letter probably got lost between copies and whatever character showed up in its place was probably deleted by an editor or, more likely, a minimally-educated web tech or IT person.

Phew, that was a drawn out thought, and it started with a joke that even the title wasn't spelled right, technically. But reporters don't write their own headlines, so that takes care of that.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on June 25, 2011, 02:46:45 am
Amusement:: watching a friend's reaction watching the Star Wars Holiday Special for the first time.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on June 25, 2011, 06:12:16 am
Birds with human arms. What. (http://damnhot.net/2011/06/23/creepy_birds_with_arms_photo_manipulations_71_pics.html)

(http://damnhot.net/img/damnhot.net/img1/20110623/640/creepy_birds_with_arms_photo_manipulations_640_21.jpg)

(http://damnhot.net/img/damnhot.net/img1/20110623/640/creepy_birds_with_arms_photo_manipulations_640_28.jpg)

(http://damnhot.net/img/damnhot.net/img1/20110623/640/creepy_birds_with_arms_photo_manipulations_640_31.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on June 25, 2011, 06:17:51 am
Completely disregarding religion, I take interest in your mindset, and the philosophy of debate and open-mindedness...

Well I applaud that, tush. Let's see if I can give a satisfactory reply.

You know, I've always considered debates and arguments as a learning experience.

You are not alone. People learn in different ways, and argument is one of them. Argument as a mode of learning has never suited my own preferences, but I have known people who thrive this way, and their reality is significant enough in my philosophy that I have used this exact quality as a core personality trait for more than one character in my fiction, to better explore the idea.

I would be remiss not to mention that I look down upon this mode of learning. Argument is in the domain of ego, and unchecked ego is usually a sign of pettiness. A true dialectic requires no confrontational aspect, an "argument" in this sense of the word is simply the logical framework surrounding one's concepts. But when people say "argument" they almost always refer to the confrontational kind, the kind that says "Let's disagree with one another and see what happens." Implicit in this is that all parties involved usually have a preexisting bias in their own favor, and are in it to defend themselves more so than to broaden their horizons--curiously, a charge you will level against me later in your post.

Whatever my personal views, the results speak for themselves and I cannot gainsay knowledge gained through argument. It is not an invalid mode of learning. It is simply a flawed one, perhaps ideal, therefore, for comparably flawed people. Thus I think your statement is fair, but worth keeping in mind as we continue.

I, myself, do not like to argue. I don't like that kind of confrontation in general. What you see me do a lot of on the Compendium is "one-sided" argument. I don't argue with people when I don't know what I'm talking about. I don't argue with people on subjects where I do not have an important point to make. I don't argue--especially here on the Compendium--unless I already know I am right. I will excuse your arrogant perception of this as closed-minded, as I can see how it would appear to be so and will return to address the point shortly in any case, and for now I will simply grant you that when I argue I do so to win a case--not to be argued against by others, or to learn (about the subject matter being argued). Indeed, it should not properly be called "argument"; it is more a style of pronouncement, which becomes aggressive when other people engage with it because it is not meant to be gainsaid.

I, myself, learn best by asking people questions directly. I am honestly surprised that this is not the principal style of learning for almost everybody, and even more surprised that it seems to be downright uncommon. Many have told me that they learn through argument, but few have said their mode of learning is interrogative. To me, questioning seems the ideal way to learn; no emotional heat need ever accrue, and nothing is lost for nothing needs to be defended in the first place. If you look carefully you will see examples of my curious nature on the Compendium, and you will note they take a completely different form and tone than my more conspicuous "arguments."

This too is worth keeping in mind as we continue.

It also challenges the debater to clash their processing capabilities, ironing out flaws in their reasoning and come to a better understanding.

That is well-put and quite true. However, the only learning to be done here is to learn how to present a more robust argument--in the logical sense of the word. The "clash," as you eloquently put it, will not teach about the subject matter. It will teach about presenting the subject matter. That's fair, and, as I have mentioned, it is one of my own purposes when I present (confrontational) arguments. I have learned a great deal about what will affect people, and how, and likewise I have learned what I mentioned earlier--to refine and sharpen the presentation of my ideas to better withstand critical scrutiny (or, alternatively, to identify and discard ideas which would not).

The most open minded of the debaters is not one who is intelligent, but one who is open to sound reasoning and not only molding data on the table, but also his/her own thoughts in the right direction.

What is your definition of "intelligence" that it could exclude someone who is "open to sound reasoning"?

But open-mindedness depends on these questions: Do you accept new or different knowledge than your own? Do you imagine yourself faithfully in someone else's shoes (first person)? Does your prejudice/bias stop you from leaving your sentimental bounds of your world? Are your beliefs strong, and yet flexible, or are they everything to you? Can you stand hypothetical questions, no matter how insane and inaccurate they may sound?

If it is worthy; I try; sometimes; I reject the premise of "belief"; usually.

You have a lot to learn about open-mindedness, although at least you may be one of the people who does not preclude themselves from learning it. I, here, have the choice of whether to simply tell you flat out that open-mindedness is one of the two key character traits at the top of my philosophy, around which all subsequent character integrity is based, and that I have given the matter more thought and consideration than you could possibly know, or I could take the rather more laborious route and explain to you some of my personal journey so that you would see I am not simply making a boast. If all else were equal, I would choose the latter because you deserve not to be asked to take me at my word, but my time constraints compel me to leave the assertion as a placeholder for now, and I invite your more specific questions on the subject for the indefinite future until such time as I have prepared more formal works to which I may refer you. It's no real loss; all it means is that my statement that you have a lot to learn about open-mindedness is not strictly valid for the time being, but, about your own situation, you probably know as much yourself.

You think yourself to be on the right side of the affair, so kudos to you. Then kudos to everyone, because everyone thinks they're right.

I am well aware that "everyone" thinks they're right. I find that to be one of the great ironies in life. I accept it as a part of human nature and I am compelled by it to lend a greater urgency to my work. For, you see...there is a logical fallacy in assuming that, simply because "everyone" thinks they are right, no one actually is. The human world needs strong philosophical leadership, and always has, yet few people are competent to deliver it.

Even the word "right" is difficult for me to accept, when talking about these mattes, without qualification. "Rightness" in this sense is little more than a consistent and comprehensive system of ideas (or any portion thereof) which would effect, or effect toward, a worldwide environment where more people enjoy a higher material and ideal quality of life, and where the standards by which such qualities are judged would be more consistent with the needs and desires of the human body as well as the intellectual integrity of the human will and the emotional wholesomeness of the human psyche. When I say I'm "right" about, for example, abortion, I mean that my policy will make the world a better place on those terms. I am not generally laying claim to any metaphysical certitude, as such a thing is much harder to earn and seldom possible to attain. (If pressed to present my credentials of metaphysical certitude, which fortunately few people think to demand, the ensuing epistemological discussion completely leaves behind the specific topic at hand--i.e., abortion.)

But you're confusing intelligence with open-mindedness, because seriously, even an idiot can be open-minded if they choose to be so. What's even more baffling is how narrow-minded most so-called intelligent people can be (http://www.naturalnews.com/031008_intelligence_big_picture.html), drowning so much in their arrogance that they fail to see the bigger picture.

Your anti-intellectual streak does not behoove you, and I won't afford you the luxury of my addressing it. Sadly, the thing you describe is common to most people, the unintelligent even more so than the intelligent. It is not a failure of intellectualism; it is a flaw in the human condition. And, yes, even an "idiot" can be open-minded, although intelligence and open-mindedness share enough of a bond that a sufficiently unintelligent person would not be able to recognize or capitalize upon open-mindedness as the ideal subjective worldview bias.

Incidentally, you are confusing closed-mindedness with judgment. There's nothing wrong with a person making a judgment about something once they are competent to do so. Indeed, not making the judgment at that point would be the wrong choice. Open-mindedness pertains only to the unknown (such as how many light-years away the nearest civilization is) and to matters of personal preference (such as your friend's favorite food). When it comes to objective knowns, open-mindedness has no trouble encompassing sound judgment, which in turn leads to a better-defined and more consistent strength of character.

See, there's this concept called Argument Abuser, which defines an intelligent (and sufficiently arrogant) person who uses sensible reasoning to back up his ideas, even if the ideas are inherently flawed, thus disposing the opposing view for victory. One of the most frequent abusers of these argumentative powers is Richard Dawkins: When he believes he is right at something, at the cost of an argument's intellectual benefits, he will ignore considering the opposing ideas, simply backing up his own, and try to win and enforce his suggestions. Some others like him even go so far as covering flaws in their ideas with figurative veils and directly attacking the audience's sentiments, thus claiming majority. Of course, some resolve to much more sophisticated tricks, sometimes subtle, such as wordsmithing, etc. For these people, argumentative powers simply serves as a tool, akin to weapons defending your own castle and attacking others'. Even Osama Bin Laden can make sound arguments and win favors (and he already has in many places).

You strike me as a budding relativist with strong quasi-spiritual tendencies, inasmuch as you seem prone to reject both the merit and even the validity of knowing things objectively. Putting aside your specific examples of Dawkins and bin Laden, and the unverified correctness of identifying them as you have done so here, you are claiming here that people who argue to win are wrong in their views. You do this by conflating the use of certain tactics with the possession of weak underlying ideas--when the two are rightly independent. Again you are ill-served by making these kinds of assumptions. What about the case of the person who has no flaws in their ideas an argues to win? Your mind does not like to think in those terms, but can you explain how it is incorrect for one party to argue to win when their argument is objectively right and the other party's is objectively wrong?

Whether or not you are aware of your mistake, I expect you think that argument is not well-served when people try to win rather than striving to foster an understanding in themselves about where the other party is coming from. And to someone such as yourself who learns through confrontational argument, that view indeed makes sense. However, by generalizing what works for you to include all such argument, you create a huge opening for correctness and incorrectness to coexist as part of the consensus wisdom, which is anything but wise and undermines everybody.

And when it really comes down to this, it is hardly an intelligent debate. It turns into a war of beliefs, where people with opposing beliefs narrowmindedly give their all just to win arguments, and because here belief matters more to a person each argument becomes a personal offense. In this case, you telling the religious they're wrong, and they saying you're wrong. Who's right? Your guess is as good as mine.

My "guess" is a working theory that conveys the way things are, and is undoubtedly more meritorious by far than whatever assertion you might pit against it. I would certainly never say that non-Christians or even fully non-religious people don't suffer their own curses of slime and wretchedness, but Christianity (and Islam, while we're at it) add a whole extra dimension of rottenness, unique unto itself, that affects the entire world for the worse.

I don't expect you to take me at my word on that. I expect you to look for yourself. If you see it for yourself then I don't need to prove anything, and if you don't see it for yourself then proving it to you would be considerably more intensive a project than I care to undertake at this point.

You accuse others of not being open-minded enough to debate with you, but ask yourself this: do you even require someone to be so? You assume to have an open-mind but your statement contradicts you. No, you don't argue for the sake of its vivid benefits and new ideas, except for the only ones you seek: sharpen my own ideas so that they could withstand and even defeat opposing points of view. You don't argue for the sheer learning experience. You argue for victory, regardless of whether you're right or wrong, satisfied with delusions that you actually are.

I commend you for what must certainly have taken you some courage to write, since you claim to be overwhelmed at times by my intelligence and language. I appreciate your audacity.

I think by now you have a better sense of why I argue, in the confrontational sense of the word. I do so, in addition to putting my ideas on the record for all to see, to aid my understanding of people and occasionally their understanding of me, and (more so in the past than now) I do so to improve my instruments of presenting arguments--or, more appropriately--to improve my ability of presenting a logically valid argument and, more difficultly, getting people to recognize that I'm right and they're not.

Although I have had many more failures than successes on that latter count, I have had a better record than most people who strive to enlighten rather than brainwash. (Brainwashing is easy.) My technique is certainly a work in progress, and I recognize that the aggressiveness puts some people off. (Unfortunately those people live in a make-believe world where convictions somehow exist without contention). However, the basic premise is solid: Anyone strong of mind and open of mind can engage with me and both they and I will come out ahead because I do not lie and will not present a weak position. Anyone but the strongest would probably be better off asking me questions, making constructive criticisms, or taking my pronouncements as an opportunity to make inquiries elsewhere. Attempting to refute my positions without having the substance to do so, is pure folly.

This does not make me closed-minded. A mook really is a mook. If somebody comes along and says the Earth is flat, well, what do you expect me to do? Am I closed-minded for dismissing them, even when I know and can see for myself that they are wrong? That's what a lot of political and metaphysical argument comes down to: People up and say the craziest shit, the kind of stuff that I'd be embarrassed to read if I were their teacher. If they do that to me, then, my time permitting, I will tell them that they're wrong. End.

I take in knowledge and opinion everywhere I go. Maybe you don't see that because it isn't as apparent as me posting in a topic laying down a point of view and leaving little room for debate. My open-mindedness is rather legendary; you would be amazed at what I am willing to consider. What I am not willing to consider is bullshit. I am at the point now where I have "done" the whole "arguments for and against the existence of god" routine. I've learned the various points of view. I've read the best arguments, and the most comprehensive. I've seen pretty much all there is to see on the subject. And I've made up my mind. That's not closed-minded, even if it does imply that everyone who has taken a different position from me is wrong, no matter their level of intelligence. That's simply good judgment.

Moreover, when it comes to my participation in confrontational argument, I have long since learned that most people simply aren't interested in learning--even if you are--and enter into debate only to validate themselves and be validated by others. They have little chance of gleaning new facts when they perceive themselves to be under attack, and attacks are all they perceive when gainspoken, for they have never been taught how to discern between the many forms of adversarial engagements. The list of gains I may accomplish in such situations is short, and my own opportunity to learn from them about the subject matter under discussion is limited.

In some ways your perceptions of me are no fault of your own, but a symptom of the gulf between us and of the fact that I have lost the energy to tell my whole life's story to every new person who comes along. For that much of it, I do not hold you accountable for your wrongness.

But if that's really what you're after then I implore you to come to India where most Theological (Christian) experts are not only open-minded philanthropists, but also majors in Science (at least the ones I know). With the way you seek to argue, I guarantee you'll be weeping with your self-esteem shattered. It's sad, really.

You make it sound as if I have no capacity to argue with people who have an academic education, or as if I refuse to acknowledge that Christians can and do commit acts of kindness upon the world. You also make it sound as though I base my self-confidence on my ability to tell other people when they are wrong.

That's all foolish.

Like, for instance a religious person criticizes Atheism, I defend Atheism. When an Atheist criticizes religion, I defend that religion.  Even if I know that the moment I stepped into the battlefield I've already lost.

Aye, you've already...but I suspect not for the reasons you think. Your own sense of self-superiority is showing, tush. Do you have the depth to back it up?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 25, 2011, 08:55:25 pm
XDDD First of all, I'm sorry if I came off offensive. Secondly, you've hit me with a gigantic wall of text again, knowing (or not knowing) that I'm still struggling with Dvorak. Damn you!

However, I thank you for your precious time to respond, and your post has been an interesting read indeed (so much so I'm gonna bookmark it). Yet it might take me a while to respond properly, so apologize for the delay.

I have learned an interesting thing, though: According to my previous studies and my own findings, as a person ages and grasps language well enough to communicate his imagination begins to somewhat leak at adolescence and subsequently begins to stagnate after adulthood. However, the very harness of language makes an individual capable of imaginative tasks, so much so that he/she relies on it for almost everything, including thought imagery processing. But your post concludes that a person's mastery over language also enables him/her to master his/her own intelligence. Go figure: I should get into more linguistic-psychology.

Sorry if that statement sounded superficial, but there's actually more to it than that.

Aye, you've already...but I suspect not for the reasons you think. Your own sense of self-superiority is showing, tush. Do you have the depth to back it up?
Well, maybe my self-superiority. And I did say that I lose these debates (and you're already aware of why; you said lose em too).

The real reason is this, however: Born in a Hindu family, as an infant I believed someone was out there, looking out for me (God, nonetheless). But then again, every child does, regardless of their cast. I yearned for my purpose. As I grew older (I think, by the age of 9) I saw festivals of deities that I enjoyed so much and played along with folks. I also participated in prayers. I tried to ask these stone idols questions, or even requests, and eventually lost faith in their existence. I didn't think these Gods exist.

However, upon hearing these stories, despite my disbelief I somehow grew to respect them. An undying respect. I researched more, and found they actually existed back then, not as some super-powered deities but as humans. Going back to understanding my world I saw that existed today was awesome, and what made it so rad in the first place. Why the people rejoice. Why everything was just so beautiful. How the culture bound and united the country. What ethics were brought by their different religion and how it mingled with our nation's philosophy. For several years nobody knew there was a non-believer in their midst, but who cares? It was what these various cultures stood for that made me smile, not what they believed in, and I saw no reason to correct them. Humanity was blessed, free of discrimination, and I found myself in paradise.  Plus, those ancestors deserve that respect and immortal admiration.

Throughout my life I dabbled in various cultures and religion just to expand my understanding of them -- Hindu, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity/Judaism, Tao, Pagan, and hell, even Satanism -- going so far as reading their scriptures and finding symbolical, historical and philosophical meaning within. This helps me paint a bigger picture. Cultures that sprang from them varied depending on location, and each of them did have their flaws (again, depending on people who practice them in the first place). But the good that came from (most of) them far outweighed from the bad, and with today's standards of thought it makes more sense to correct and update them rather than eradicating them.

And at the same time I also agree with Atheists' practices of Spiritual Indifference, where they decide to become freethinkers. Yes, it is a wonderful practice, and I do share similar sentiments. What enrages me is when those freethinkers act like Religion Fundamentalists and initiate war against beliefs, where they enforce, convert and discriminate against those that do not think like them. I personally believe that Atheists can keep their beliefs and still enjoy positive aspects of religion, and if they don't want to that's good too.

The reason I defend both is because I feel both sides are right in their own accord. Belief whether there is God is a personal matter and should not be enforced, because the term God is usually a very general term. Some consider the Sun to be a God. Some say it's the ancestors, or the spirits of people (zeal, not magical thinking), or a painting of a dragon. God could be anything, from the very breath you take to someone who's dream this might be. What comes beyond belief is what important, something that both the religious and atheists can share. Like Philanthropy, for instance!

That said, I do not believe in personal Gods like Jehova or Allah, or Odin, or Chuck Norris (I might believe in Bruce Lee and Sherlock Holmes, though). But I do believe that God exists (again, in a general term, not a supernatural sentient entity). No, I know it exists. Just not in the way Atheists and Religious folks can comprehend. And since it isn't really important for people to know what God I'm talking about, or whether it even exists, there's hardly any reason to talk about (much less enforce) my beliefs with other people.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 27, 2011, 07:22:03 pm
A very bunny story. We were probably stoned (NOT) when working on...
(http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2011/178/0/1/polar_detective_teaser_by_tushantin-d3k6dpw.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 29, 2011, 05:04:27 pm
Amusement: My new friend's sheer strength. Go figure.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on June 30, 2011, 07:25:57 am
Yesterday I was trying to set a reminder on my phone for today (the 30th) and for some reason it set it to October 20th.  October 20th, 1371.  Yeah, I'm REALLY sure people in the early Renaissance period needed to be reminded to get a Foo Fighters song from their boyfriend.  -____-
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 30, 2011, 04:50:22 pm
Yesterday I was trying to set a reminder on my phone for today (the 30th) and for some reason it set it to October 20th.  October 20th, 1371.  Yeah, I'm REALLY sure people in the early Renaissance period needed to be reminded to get a Foo Fighters song from their boyfriend.  -____-
:lol:

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on June 30, 2011, 10:16:19 pm
Jonathan Coulton's songs are fun  :lol: 

[youtube]AjcH2UmK1uo[/youtube]

[youtube]z53WLtowYBo[/youtube]

[youtube]HMLLqq04Hyg[/youtube]
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on July 03, 2011, 01:25:16 am
[youtube]fzzjgBAaWZw[/youtube]

Ninja stalking cat
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on July 03, 2011, 02:08:28 am
I LOVE YOU GUYS!!

I want to thank you folks for always... er, being yourselves. At the same time, I scarcely meet people this fun-lovin, zealous, intelligent and open minded in RL. You've no idea how much this forum has developed me over time, so much that whenever I feel unmotivated, uninspired, all I need to do is make myself at home here and All Is Well.  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDAmPIq29ro)

The reason I'm thanking you guys now is because observing discussions here has formed vivid images in my mind, thus giving me an idea for a fantastic heart-pounding Psychological Thriller (how a topic on Vegetarian Food relates to Psychological Thriller, just don't ask). Though I may not have the time to actually write this, I will either donate the idea or co-write with my writer buddy once Polar Detective has been completed.  (http://tushantin.deviantart.com/art/Polar-Detective-teaser-215288564)

Here's a hint, though: two protagonists. One who's personality is somewhat of a fusion between Magil and Lord J Esq, while another primary protagonist being a woman who's personality I have yet to discern. But yeah, she's a strong type, sorta like Saj.

Onwards to destiny, people! And thank you for always being there! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ksLDBQ-ghA)  :lee:



Also, for some further amusement, Google bids a Pi.  (http://www.engadget.com/2011/07/02/google-bids-pi-for-nortels-wireless-patent-stash-brings-comedy/)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on July 03, 2011, 11:25:12 am
You're pretty awesome yourself, tush.  =)  I'm so glad that the Compendium has helped and inspired you so much!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: rushingwind on July 04, 2011, 11:41:12 pm
Rock on, Tushantin! It's good to know we've inspired you while you've been here.

You are going to let us know when your book gets published, right? I want to read it! :)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on July 05, 2011, 05:51:50 am
You guys are awesome!  :D

@RW: Yup! This novel I may not be able to do it alone, since I've got a burden of workfold on my head (and college at the same time), but I do plan on co-writing it with a fellow writer after my current project. So you're a fan of psychological thrillers?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on July 05, 2011, 06:05:25 pm
Robert Brockway! XDDDD (http://www.cracked.com/blog/plea-donations-to-my-life-kicked-me-in-balls-fund/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CrackedRSS+%28Cracked%3A+All+Posts%29)

"Plea for Donations to My 'Life Kicked Me In the Balls' Fund"

Anywhos, tomorrow's my exam (well, hopefully). Let's do this!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on July 05, 2011, 07:55:35 pm
Robert Brockway! XDDDD (http://www.cracked.com/blog/plea-donations-to-my-life-kicked-me-in-balls-fund/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CrackedRSS+%28Cracked%3A+All+Posts%29)

"Plea for Donations to My 'Life Kicked Me In the Balls' Fund"


xDDD I'd donate If I had a credit card  :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on July 05, 2011, 10:03:11 pm
@tush:

I appreciate that, because of all the incarnations of Magus, Magil is by far my favorite. Much better than if you'd said, say, Ozzie. =)

Not necessarily any truer, though!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Syna on July 06, 2011, 01:23:12 pm
I really can't imagine you without enthusiasm, tush. Does Not Compute.  :D
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on July 06, 2011, 04:07:14 pm
I appreciate that, because of all the incarnations of Magus, Magil is by far my favorite.
Hah, thanks! XD And for that reason I'd like to ask you something (no, not I'm not starting an argument this time; I'd just like your honest opinion on this as it revolves around the plot):

What do you feel about Paradise, or Utopia? And what do you make of the Fall of Eden, based on your observations?

I really can't imagine you without enthusiasm, tush. Does Not Compute.  :D
What's life when you can't live to your fullest? Doesn't matter if you gotta face danger, but it's worth getting on the roller-coaster.  :wink: I'm a loser compared to every one here and in RL, failing a thousand times, but I'll keep striving till I succeed.


Had an amusing day today as I headed for my examinations where luck enjoyed punching me in the face, then handed me a napkin as it changed its mind. Seriously, luck just couldn't decide whether to make the day awesome or miserable!

My classes are about five miles away from my house. Got on the bicycle, everything ready with me, went half a kilometer and... had a puncture. Okay, so I was running late for exams and had to walk back home. Thought I'd spend quite some cash on Rickshaw fares instead, but a friend was in the area hanging out with his friends and came to my aid pronto with his motorcycle. Reached classes in half the time it would have taken me on a bicycle.

I arrived early. Like, only 5 mins early. And I realized I didn't study jack, thinking they'd re-schedule my exams again. They didn't! And I thought I was gonna fail. And of all the bad lucks I dropped my student ID somewhere, due to which the staff wouldn't let me take my exam. With a stroke of luck, the very headmistress I apologized last time for the re-scheduling let me in and take the exam (something told me it's because of the moral thing).

Okay, so I didn't study, and about half the answers I did not know and YET I involuntarily pulled a smug expression beyond my control, as if for some reason I was actually proud of my ignorance, but this somehow helped me not choke under pressure as I normally do. I topped the full 3D Modelling section perfectly and flawlessy. However, my overall score was... *gulps* 52 Percent in Maya. Not bad far not studying, and I passed. The couple of blokes besides me failed outright despite cramming all week (19% and 32%, if you're interested to know what they got).

Just when I thought it was finally over and that I could go, a teacher came by saying, "Oh, but you have another exam. You do know this, right?" And that's when I almost lost it. Another exam? What the fork?! When? How? Why did nobody tell me about this?! It was Motion Builder, a software who's test I didn't even know existed. Not only was it no use to me, but it was also compulsory somehow and I hadn't touched the book they provided me for. I mostly mad at myself than anybody else. Why didn't I let my curiosity take control of me and try finishing the book within a week when I had the chance?

Sat for the exam, relying on nothing but common sense. Some answers were obvious. Others I did not know. Then suddenly I felt an angel descend besides me with a familiar sweet voice, and it felt good. I looked at her. Not an angel. Just a clingy classmate. Fair enough. But I'm still grateful that she actually helped me with questions worth 20, and the answers were accurate, then she left. I wondered why a classmate would be risking herself like this for me, cheating, helping me when I was in desperate need of a miracle. Then I realized that it was a couple of teachers themselves who sneaked in answers before the students who asked for it, helping them pass, and I figured that anyone willing to kiss asses would be saved (thus correlating the same hypothesis in common social life and corporate world). But no, Tushantin's got dignity! No kissing asses for me, thank you.

And I got 50%. Once again, not bad for not studying. But my scores seem to be tuck around 50%, as if (as I said) fate can't decide whether to save me or send me to hell. Before going I tossed a coin to decide whether to take a bus homewards or go to the distributor (which was waaaaaaayyyy far away) to get my tablet fixed. Subsequently I lost my coin in the most sudden and embarrassing circumstances, not knowing whether it was heads or tails, which confirmed one thing: Indeed, Fate just wants to play with me for some reason.

Instead, I went to one of my teachers and got some numbers for distributors that supply art tablets. The moment I stepped out, and yes, that precise moment I literally stepped out, it began pouring rain.  :| I wore my raincoat and walked. First I went to a locale dealers I was familiar with and, unfortunately, the owner wasn't in. I instead gave a list of distributors of the product I sought to his engineer and thanking him I left, finding more distributors my teacher specified. And find I did. Almost a kilometer of walk away it was. And... he didn't have the product either. Again in the rain I walked a lonely road (actually, the road wasn't lonely as the traffic was heavy; I was), fearing that if I didn't get a bus I'd had to fork hard cash on rickshaws. Pondering that since a friend of mine lives nearby I'd visit him until the traffic cleared, or at least until the rain stopped, and thus called him up. And conveniently, he was at a local bookstore with another friend of mine who lives close to my place!

Dropped by to the store, and the friend took me home. Well, almost. He stopped by at a police station to apply for a passport, just besides the street I had my puncture this morn. I could imagine the road mocking me. Since friend would be in for a while to apply for his passport, I took to the roads, reaching home with a sore foot, living to tell the tales of my great adventure! Not that anybody would wanna hear it. >.> Yeah, the tale sucks anyway.


Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Licawolf on July 07, 2011, 09:14:42 pm
wow, that was a luck rollercoaster  :shock:

Quote
Before going I tossed a coin to decide whether to take a bus homewards or go to the distributor (which was waaaaaaayyyy far away) to get my tablet fixed. Subsequently I lost my coin in the most sudden and embarrassing circumstances, not knowing whether it was heads or tails, which confirmed one thing: Indeed, Fate just wants to play with me for some reason.

It's almost as if Lady Luck was really mocking you with this xD She sure can be a bitch sometimes n_nUU

--

Right now I'm playing my Ocarina of Time 3DS, and it's making me nostalgic of how the Zelda fandom used to be before the Gamecube was announced. I decided to visit some old zelda fansites that were my favorite places in the internet back then, but most of them no longer exist, of course...  :? Using the Wayback Machine I visited some of the ones I could remember their urls, checking their news archives I discovered about a marketing campaign that nintendo used to promote Majora's Mask in 2000, and it kinda remainded me of the whole Chronopolis ARG thing I posted some time ago. Sadly, I don't recall this campaign except for the TV-ad (http://youtu.be/q1SxykIilWQ) (which I thought at the time it was just a weird ad, as all nintendo TV ads are).  

The campaign was about a fake website called Z-Science  (http://web.archive.org/web/20011128085008/http://www.z-science.com/)that was supposed to be a division of a scientific research institution called JRAMOA (Joint Research of Alternate Mondial Ocurrences and Astralplanology, actually an anagram for MAJORA), who were researching parallel dimensions.

(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y203/licawolf/jramoa_logo.gif)

They claimed that our dimension is able to keep stable thanks to it's relation with other dimensions and that they discovered a parallel dimension in which the moon was about to crash on earth, for our relation with that dimension, our earth would soon suffer the same fate. They then said that "The One", a person with a unique genetic make-up, could save their world (and ours) and the Z-science website aimed to find this "One". They even let you take an online test to see if you were "The One". And aparently later, they released another website: Radio Zelda, a news website that followed "The One"'s progress as a news radio station (with a "days remaining" countdown and everything).

I love this kind of stuff, I'd have loved to keep track of it back in 2000. I don't think it gave the results Nintendo wanted, anyway (I'm pretty sure they were trying to appeal to an older audience with this), but it was an interesting idea, and yet it seems to be completely forgotten by the zelda fandom. Why there aren't fanfictions about this? xD
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on July 10, 2011, 06:01:11 pm
Quote
An old Jewish man sits down in a fancy restaurant and orders a bowl of soup. Within 30 seconds of being brought his order, the man calls the waiter over and asks that he taste the soup. The waiter inquires as to the problem. The Jew doesn't answer, but again asks the waiter to taste the soup. The waiter advises that he's not in the habit of tasting patrons' food, but the Jew persists. The waiter asks if the soup's too cold, too hot or contains -- heaven forbid -- a fly. Each time the Jew merely repeats his request for the waiter to taste the soup. Ultimately, the waiter relents, if only to bring some closure to what has become quite an episode. He looks all around the table, and then asks, "Where's the spoon?" To which the Jew replies with a smile, "A-ha."

This is my favorite Jewish joke, even though I'm sure the only thing most take away from it is that Jews are insufferable pains in the ass. But that's only the obvious punch line. This old man wanted to teach a lesson and not in a haughty, degrading manner, but through humor. Without putting the waiter down, he said, "Understand what it's like to be a hungry man with a bowl of soup and no spoon." Yes, he wanted a spoon, but he also wanted to make the waiter remember. This old Jew wants to make sure that someone else gets their spoon tomorrow.
Perhaps more important, though, is that by taking the time and energy to do things the hard way, he confirms his faith in humanity. He rejects cynicism.


Read more: 3 Reasons There Are So Many Jews In Comedy | Cracked.com http://www.cracked.com/blog/3-reasons-there-are-so-many-jews-in-comedy_p2/#ixzz1RjpED9jL
Ahahahaha!! Jews are funny blokes. xDDD
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on July 14, 2011, 07:20:43 pm
I been thinking... How about a Machinima / Chrono Cross Unglued? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqEbvBuuxXI)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Manly Man on July 21, 2011, 05:55:34 pm
I have got this on a loop, I am loving it and I am not ashamed. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKeMCXKSk5c&feature=iv&annotation_id=annotation_510975)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on July 21, 2011, 05:58:50 pm
KICK IT INTO GEAR AND LET'S GO BOOM!
[youtube]eMxtI7QfpWk[/youtube]

Quote
*This music starts Playing*
Terrorist 1: Aw crap. Run Rabbit Junk.
Terrorist 2: It's just a song. What's wrong?
Terrorist 1: It's Section 9's "Time to Kick Ass" theme! We're tottaly BONED!

Kickin' me
Are you dumb, sir?
Move, move are you done, sir?
You've makin' me
Mad enough, sir
Boom, boom
Ain't no dancer
You're kickin' me
Are you dumb, sir?
Move, move
Are you done, sir?
You've makin' me
Mad enough, sir
Boom, boom
You are done, sir

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on July 21, 2011, 06:10:51 pm
Okay, double post, but...

THE ADVENTURES OF JANUS THE MAGUS!
(http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/photoshop/6/8/1/70681.gif?v=1)

http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_228_video-games-from-villains-point-view_p2/

 :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on July 21, 2011, 07:36:26 pm
Hah! Very true. I think about that myself sometimes. Or when you're a party with superior stats and multiple members taking on a single villain with inferior stats.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on July 22, 2011, 02:33:35 pm
How very amusing! (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zqzgPmJIlQs/TiioGnzDYNI/AAAAAAAAAGw/LRQ-K-B6038/s1600/11-07-21%2BLodsys%2Bamended%2Bcomplaint%2Bheader.png) (Read the second-to-last defendant and you'll see what I mean).

I'm sure none of them did anything wrong though -- Lodsys is quickly developing a reputation for being an IP enforcement jerk.

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on July 22, 2011, 03:16:36 pm
How very amusing! (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zqzgPmJIlQs/TiioGnzDYNI/AAAAAAAAAGw/LRQ-K-B6038/s1600/11-07-21%2BLodsys%2Bamended%2Bcomplaint%2Bheader.png) (Read the second-to-last defendant and you'll see what I mean).

I'm sure none of them did anything wrong though -- Lodsys is quickly developing a reputation for being an IP enforcement jerk.
LMFAO! I knew Lodsys was trolling at a corporate level, but this... this... WHAT IS THIS I DON'T EVEN  :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on July 28, 2011, 03:13:54 am
Okay, now these ubiquitous ads are just getting stupid.

(http://i.imgur.com/qXTB1.jpg)

That is not an anti-wrinkle procedure. That is a massive nosebleed in the making. Sheesh.

And for the record, I think I should be able to browse Yahoo! News without a little digital person streaking across the screen. Or Optimus Prime taking over my browser and literally busting his fist through the article headings.

I guess I just missed the time when ads used to make some modicum of sense and were well behaved.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on July 28, 2011, 08:17:37 pm
Okay, so while exploring Google Maps I find things never before found, then I find some amusing stuff, some freaky stuff, but...

MY GOD, WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS?!?! THE REMAINS OF LUCIFER???

(http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/15992179.jpg) (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/15992179)

Calm down, tushantin! Calm down.... phew! At least Rama's Bridge gives my nerves some spirit.

(http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/533303.jpg) (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/533303)

Yessir! Legends have it that Lord Rama was the Prince of SPRINGTIME OF YOUTH, because when the wretched Demon King kidnapped his wife and flew to Lanka and Rama couldn't cross sea to exact his revenge because he couldn't fly, he simply built a fucking bridge in between! Also, is it just me or has Sri Lanka shifted a wee bit to the right since a decade back? Anywhos, next I was treated to another majestic imagery, which was...

....ruins of a fucking Church.

(http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/27280997.jpg) (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/27280997)

*shudders* Raavan's alive, I tell ya! There's demons in there... demons, I tell ya!

(http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/7155718.jpg) (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/7155718)

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!! *runs for his life*
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Shee on July 29, 2011, 04:33:10 am
@Faust
when shit literally pops out of the screen at me I wanna just scream and punch the air.  Which actually happens frequently.  Somewhat along the same lines as a youtbue video taking forever to load after the ad was lightning quick.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on July 29, 2011, 08:05:42 am
Or Optimus Prime taking over my browser and literally busting his fist through the article headings.
Truly a BREAKING NEWS! The Autobots have become salesmen!  :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on July 29, 2011, 10:33:20 am
I occasionally misspell words, like we all do. What's amusing, and what I suspect is rather less common, is that sometimes my misspellings come out as completely different, correctly-spelled, legitimate words.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on July 29, 2011, 10:18:23 pm
When I first saw this article I thought, "Pah! There's no way I'll ever watch this!"

http://tv.yahoo.com/blogs/yahoo-tv/thundercats-roar-back-life-cartoon-network-200914556.html

And then I saw the Wily Kitt and Wiley Katt video, and I realized: there's no way I'm gonna miss this for the world.  :lol:  That's the kind of anime that melts me heart, it is.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on July 30, 2011, 03:35:06 am
When I first saw this article I thought, "Pah! There's no way I'll ever watch this!"

http://tv.yahoo.com/blogs/yahoo-tv/thundercats-roar-back-life-cartoon-network-200914556.html

And then I saw the Wily Kitt and Wiley Katt video, and I realized: there's no way I'm gonna miss this for the world.  :lol:  That's the kind of anime that melts me heart, it is.
Yeah, I can't wait to see it. LOVE the new designs!  :D

Here's the trailer for anyone curious.

[youtube]enQXITlKRgg[/youtube]
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on July 30, 2011, 03:45:00 pm
Bah, I think they should just make Wily Kitt and Wily Katt the main characters this time around, and go the Last Exile route with them. I love them so much more than the rest of the crew now. It's funny, because I have only a vague recollection of them from the original series.

Hah, somehow I completely forgot about Mumm-ra too.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on July 30, 2011, 07:49:25 pm
Bah, I think they should just make Wily Kitt and Wily Katt the main characters this time around, and go the Last Exile route with them. I love them so much more than the rest of the crew now. It's funny, because I have only a vague recollection of them from the original series.

Hah, somehow I completely forgot about Mumm-ra too.

That would have been sweet! Dammit Faust!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Shee on July 31, 2011, 03:52:25 pm
WHERE IS PANTHRO!?!?!?!?!

Def. sounds like they got the same voice actor for Liono
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Syna on July 31, 2011, 10:52:35 pm
I'm really sick of slick! 80s remakes, but this one looks well-done! An anime's style really lends itself to the show, anime being one of the only places where we can take cat-people semi-seriously. And they seem like they're not trying to stamp out all the whimsy and silliness of the original.

(Though I'd be very happy if they dampened some of Snarf's obnoxiousness, personally.)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on August 12, 2011, 10:04:32 am
Notwithstanding dialogue, it feels weird when I write several short sentences in a row. Technically it feels weird during the reread afterward, rather than during the writing itself. It's not so weird when I read the same from other people. I suppose I'm well-adjusted to the fact that most people write simplistically (when they write at all). I think it's partly a sign of their limitations in thinking power, but also partly a sign that they don't know how to have fun with language. Their loss!

Go play a language game today. May I recommend Mad J's Sentence Scramble? The goal is to write grammatically correct and conversationally coherent sentences of successively increasing length. The sentences don't have to relate to each other--that's for when you want to play Expert Mode. Get to 100 words in sentence and you win!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: rushingwind on August 13, 2011, 03:34:04 am
I am sipping a yummy mocha drink (I'm not normally a coffee drinker), listening to a cute piece of music, and I'm thinking to myself, "Ahh, sometimes, life is so good!" :)

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on August 16, 2011, 04:41:59 pm
Quote from: Anna Hazare
"The second freedom struggle has started ... This is a fight for change. Unless there is no change, there is no freedom, there is no actual democracy, there is no true republic, there is no true people's rule"

"As long as there is life in my body, I will keep protesting"
Hah! This guy might be an even bigger mind-fucker than Gandhi, except he fights not with proper strategy but with guts. I like it!

Here's the follow up an the news:
1) Anna Hazare arrested by Delhi Police ahead of fast (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-Against-Corruption-Anna-Hazare-arrested-by-Delhi-Police-ahead-of-fast/articleshow/9618768.cms)
2) Anna Hazare refuses to come out of Tihar jail, says allow fast at JP Park (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Anna-Hazare-refuses-to-come-out-of-Tihar-jail-says-allow-fast-at-JP-Park/articleshow/9627927.cms)

I'm not too sure about this guy; he looks shady to me. But at the same time he'll also be doing us a BIG favor by having the Lokpal Bill passed. One thing's for sure, though, he's got the public at his side. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7WrwLR5yEg) So much so they call him the Mahatma of today, which is... well, a very big deal.

Quote from: News
Anna in his addresses to the nation before his arrest asked his supporters not to stop the agitation. He urged the protesters to remain peaceful.
And this is exactly what I like about this guy. Mobs tend to be violent by nature, because mobs will protect their own kind, always facing danger due to their level of intimidation. But he reminded them that they are fighting for humanity, and that is something we must never throw away.

So what can I say? I say, good! Since this isn't just a mindless mob breaking stuff (though in some areas they are breaking stuff, which is against the anti-corruption philosophy) I can't help but be a part of this. This is a revolution; so let's remind the Government what Democracy really is, and that they need the people rather than the other way around!

COMMONER SUPERIORITY FOR THE WIN! FOR FREEDOM!

(http://www.understoodbackwards.net/files/2011/01/protest-crap.jpg)

Yeah! That's the spirit, brethren, show them who they're dealing with! Meanwhile, I'll support you guys from behind, coz... my tea's getting cold. Dawww....
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on August 17, 2011, 01:02:03 am
I've been looking for writer/editor jobs lately, but consistently the announcements for such openings are poorly written. It is almost as if they didn't trust the announcement to drive hope the point.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on August 19, 2011, 06:54:28 am
Haa, I feel sorry for Anderson Cooper after this happened (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSazc5u5CIw), but I feel even more sorry for the French dude. The story could have passed well under the radar if every CNN wonk weren't searching for "anderson cooper cracks up." Ah well, Depardieu strikes me as the kinda guy who wouldn're really give a...well, yeah.

Anyone ever had this happen to them before? It's got to be one of the scariest things you can go through when you're in the middle of some performance, especially when the cause isn't as absolutely hilarious to everyone else as it is to oneself! Sometimes things can seize you in involuntary waves of funny-ness.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on August 19, 2011, 09:33:30 am
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/08/19/india.hazare.release/index.html

It's hilarious. I'm neutral about Hazare; I can't decide whether he really is a Gandhian hero or does he have some personal agenda. But one thing I do know is that the current situation is excellent, giving public the morale to stand up against corruption, such as bribery, and that the promise of the bill will be enforced (because people like Raja make sure it doesn't happen). Manmohan Singh continues to be incompetent, from what I see, but it is time he questions his own humanity. And I sincerely hope Sonia Gandhi accepts our ideals.

I may not be a supporter of Hazare, but I fucking am with the people and their wishes. I never knew I could witness a revolution with my own eyes in this lifetime, but now I'm proud to be watching the events.

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Indian activist Anna Hazare began a public hunger strike in the country's capital Friday, accompanied by thousands of cheering supporters.
Thousands? I correct that. Millions. The revolution isn't just taking place in a few capital cities, but at every corner of the nation, all singing in praise of one man who showed them they can proudly dream.

But unlike any other revolution, we will not shed blood. Our fight is for humanity, not against it. We approach with love, not hatred.

Quote from: Inspiring Comments
commoman2cnn: Well done indian public. There is no violence in the protest! That's how protests should be, peaceful and uncompromising. The Govt started badly by arresting Anna, but they are also trying to maintain peace. Bravo!

xninjagrrl: I like how the Indians get stuff done without using violence as a solution. Sorta reminds me of the Orange Revolution in the Ukraine.

cangodzilla: I had always wondered how Gandhi was able to manage such a large support and ultimately drive the British from the country through peaceful and non violent means. Today, after seeing Anna and the support he has got from Indian masses the Gandhian philosophy has been re-affirmed. I salute the Indian cultural values built on non-violence and peace, and every such mission re-kindles our basic belief in humane ways of dealing with issues. This mission eventually may or may not see the light of the day, but it definitely showcases that Indian masses today as well, are supporting Gandhian ways of existence. Long live India and the Indian values and let’s hope future is bright for all of us.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on August 19, 2011, 09:49:33 am
Haa, I feel sorry for Anderson Cooper after this happened (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSazc5u5CIw), but I feel even more sorry for the French dude. The story could have passed well under the radar if every CNN wonk weren't searching for "anderson cooper cracks up." Ah well, Depardieu strikes me as the kinda guy who wouldn're really give a...well, yeah.
That was hilarious. xDDDD I think I'll watch more of his shows.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on August 19, 2011, 06:20:17 pm
Oooh, I wonder if Hazare might need a Youtube channel with an animated logo...  :wink:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on August 22, 2011, 03:50:37 am
This morning my wife and I were arguing about the proper way to cite sources and to alert readers to additional resources. I am really amused that the majority of our fights are on such quirky topics. Though, still, this might not be quite as awesome as the time that we spent a couple hours arguing how psychic paper works.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on August 22, 2011, 05:32:51 pm
Though, still, this might not be quite as awesome as the time that we spent a couple hours arguing how psychic paper works.
The most EPIC husband & wife quarrel ever!



FINALLY, Janmashtami's over! Seriously, we's got so many festivals that our nation should be subtitled "Nation of Festivals"! What's even more awesome is how this particular one conforms with the values of the Springtime of Youth!

See, Krishna is usually like the Jesus of Hinduism (a more badass Jesus, mind you), but when the guy was young he was also the Prince of mischief, an annoying brat that goes around breaking people's pots from the furthest reaches just to satisfy his hunger. In his childhood, one virtue he lived by was that if you want something bad you gotta face the might of the whole world for it; basically, he was a master in his Springtime of Youth, so much so that everytime I say "Krishna" I imagine a 10-year-old Kamina from Gurren Lagann.

The final event of Janmashtami was celebrated with similar zeal (dang, I wanted to show you guys pictures, but I don't have a cam...); a pot of butter hanging so fucking high it's ridiculous, and the guys have to form a human pyramid to reach the apex and break that pot. It's all about teamwork, basically, and if one guy gives in the rest topple. A whole evening went by but no one was able to break it, until quarter past ten in the night when everyone started to get hungry. Oh, no, the guys still wouldn't give up in the name of honor. One of them even screamed (in Marathi):

"I ain't goin nowhere, and ain't gonna have single grain of rice until I or someone else breaks that fucking pot!" (Note: He never said fucking, rather a Marathi slang which is much, much horrible)

And they tried, and fell, got up and tried, and fell again; men of all ages were reduced to shame as the most daring of them faltered, but a teenage kid climbed and did the impossible, breaking the pot. Hah, he's bound to get some respect there!

To end the day of this awesome festival, here's a quote from Wikipedia:
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Sri Krishna taught us Karma Yoga. He strongly dictated in Gita that a man is bound to get the fruits of his actions. If he has done good actions/deeds throughout his life, he will get good results. The real meaning of Janamashtami vow is to become Karamyogi like Krishna. One should always follow the right path and never tolerate injustice. Karma yoga is action (karma) performed without expectations or thought of reward. This selfless service of karma yoga is the path by which the mind is most quickly purified and its limits transcended. The karma yogi works hard, both physically and mentally. He seeks to eliminate the ego and its attachments, to serve humanity without expecting rewards, and to see unity in diversity . This enables him to tune to the one underlying divine essence that dwells within all beings.
I hope most of you understand what this means (although I can judge who probably misunderstood this quote). Allow me to simplify this for some Atheists (I repeat, some), because I need to translate it to their language for them:

1) Karma Yoga - Karma basically means Actions / Deeds; Yoga has a broader meaning, which could range from Unity, Wisdom, Discipline, etc.

2) Karamyogi - A disciplined and wise person who has learned to judge his deeds and actions well, such as knowing which actions would trigger what kind of consequences.

3) "...underlying divine essence that dwells within all beings" - Beyond spirituality, this "Divine Presence" concept is taken for broader and much more complex meaning here than in Christianity, as it binds quite a lot of related concepts together in spirit of good nature and well being; thus, it can mean a lot of things. Empathy, love towards humanity, an ability to see the world in a much more beautiful light, realizing events or things much more important than yourself, maturity, open-mindedness, selfless potential, dreams of philanthropy, ability to harness happiness, the spirit to tackle odds even in the worst situations, ability to change yourself and the world, etc.

That last bit is something, I believe, is so close I can feel it (at least to me). It is a strange feeling that lies dormant in the hearts of every human being but is strangely untapped for some strange reason; that feeling doesn't have a word for it in any language, which is why people don't know what it is (hence the "Divine Spirit / Whisper") or realize that it's even there, but whatever it is it conforms with the most basic, instinctive nature of empathy and has the power to make the world a better place.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Truthordeal on August 24, 2011, 02:56:43 pm
But unlike any other revolution, we will not shed blood.

Except for every revolution Britain has had. :D
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on August 24, 2011, 03:42:24 pm
But unlike any other revolution, we will not shed blood.

Except for every revolution Britain has had. :D
Truthordeal! How you doin!  :D

Eh... last I checked your account got hacked. Glad you're still with us.  :)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on August 26, 2011, 07:23:43 pm
I'm getting into freelance writing and some of the feedback I've gotten from the companies is ridiculous (mostly in a funny way, as long as I don't think too long about it). For example, in an article I wrote about creating a fence, I had the sentence "Dig a hole for the posts." That was not acceptable because I didn't say how one should dig a hole. Reluctantly, I have released my arcane post hole digging secrets: "Dig a hole for the posts using a post hole digger." Now you have this dangerously redundant-sounding information also. Use it well.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on August 26, 2011, 11:28:45 pm
I bet I know the name of the company you work for...

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Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on August 27, 2011, 03:42:15 am
My amusement for today:

I'm getting into freelance writing and some of the feedback I've gotten from the companies is ridiculous (mostly in a funny way, as long as I don't think too long about it). For example, in an article I wrote about creating a fence, I had the sentence "Dig a hole for the posts." That was not acceptable because I didn't say how one should dig a hole. Reluctantly, I have released my arcane post hole digging secrets: "Dig a hole for the posts using a post hole digger." Now you have this dangerously redundant-sounding information also. Use it well.

I bet I know the name of the company you work for...

=/
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on August 27, 2011, 05:05:37 am
What the F? I logged on to Twitter after such a long time and find my page filled with Sherlock Holmes, John Watson and Moriarty having a casual conversation. o_o"

And apparently John was hungry, but didn't order that chicken, thus it would most likely be poisoned.

....this... is... AWESOME! *fanboy scream*
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on August 27, 2011, 01:50:23 pm
I bet I know the name of the company you work for...

=/

That is actually quite encouraging. It that is sufficient for you to know which company I am currently writing for, that must mean that it is relatively unique in this regard, so when I expand my client base I will hopefully not run into this repeatedly. Huzzah!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on August 27, 2011, 09:14:47 pm
"Dig a hole for the posts" was a brilliant sentence IMO. It's difficult to come up with something short and snappy to vary sentence length sometimes, so a succinct six-word string can be precious!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on August 28, 2011, 04:28:41 pm
Haha, now this is what I call magic! (http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2011/08/slowmo-video-timelapse-linux/)
Quote from: OMGUbuntu
So how does it work? The official site explains it thusly: -

“slowmoVideo tries to find out where pixels move in the video (this information is called Optical Flow), and then uses this information to calculate the additional frames. [It does this] …with curves that allow arbitrary time accelereation/deceleration/reversal.

I.e. it uses magic.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on August 29, 2011, 10:34:51 am
Upperclassmen who constantly complain about how stupid, uninformed, loud, etc. freshmen are, forgetting that they, too, were once freshmen and did the exact same things.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Syna on August 30, 2011, 01:07:05 pm
For real. My friends used to do this all the time. You can't blame freshmen for coming out of high school. They'll get better! And in the meantime, their antics are amusing.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on August 31, 2011, 12:13:31 am
I've been needing some cheering up, and I think singing sharks will always do the trick.

[youtube]iwX-f9qsiYE[/youtube]
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on August 31, 2011, 05:17:05 pm
[youtube]_8VtIAbEv3k[/youtube]
So remember, kids, next time you meet someone please don't be an idiot and ask them how they are. Instead, grab them by the collar and scream, "ARE YOU IN YOUR SPRINGTIME OF YOUTH, TODAY?! Yes? Then let us rise up together and conquer the world!"
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on September 03, 2011, 01:20:06 pm
Being a Cafe Manager is a lot like being a parent (minus the ability to yell at brats; you have to smile no matter how annoying they are).

You help them through tough times, assist them in their homework, clean up their mess, AND make sure they're always safe and secure.

...I'm a 21 years old parent to a 60 years old annoying kid.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on September 06, 2011, 08:42:58 pm
Had a chance to read Young Sherlock Holmes - Black Ice while on the bus back home. It was radical!

For one, people seem misinformed that Sherlock is merely a detective (well, a consultant detective, but different thing), but there's more to the character and the story than just that. In Steven Moffat's own words, "Other detectives have cases, Sherlock Holmes has adventures, and that's what matters."

Basically, the man's a legend for a good reason.

Anywhos, the first few chapters of Black Ice were radical because, although it starts off with normally as one would expect, without much story and stuff, it actually had a huge deal of philosophical debate (between Sherlock and Amyus Crowe). Who could have thought a mere fishing trip could grow into thought-provoking lesson about life, predators, tracking and logic? What about the necessity of analytic deduction, while also pondering on logical significance of emotions and artform, such as music? What about a world of relentless imagination and senseless traditions that we subconsciously follow; what about excluding certain animals from a purpose that could easily befit another, and excluding ourselves from "animals" category? What of the moral restraint of a person devouring another?

Oh, and I think I glanced a reference at "the meaning of life" in there. Everything was fascinating and intelligent about this book, from what I'v read so far, though I must say this is quite unusual for a Young Adult novel.

But I must say: Sherlock has always been in the lead from what we know, but this time it was refreshing to see him as a sidekick to someone superior, his mentor, bounty hunter and tracker named Amyus Crow. This guy's so awesome that he turned a nobody like Sherlock into a Super Predator within mere 6 months.  :D It'd be intriguing to see how he actually turns from Super Predator to inhuman. But at the same time I also see the outcomes of some characters beforehand; won't tell you because of spoilers, but one of those outcomes might actually be the reason why Sherlock hires the Baker Street Irregulars in the original novels.

Oh, and Baron Maupertuis might actually be Moriarty's mentor. :| Holy sheeeii.... We might see a young, psychotic teenager. And what of the Giant Rat of Sumatra? Ah, we better wait for that.

I'll show you guys an excerpt from interesting areas in the book later when I get time. Just one question bugs me though: why the hell does Amyus Crow remind me of FaustWolf-with-muscles-like-The-Rock, while Mycroft Holmes reminds me of Thought? Also, I kinda miss Duke Balthazar; he was almost cool, but just not cool enough. That said, Sherlock Holmes needs more gruesome villains. D:

Quote from: Random quote
If the young Sherlock Holmes was in Harry Potter, he would have found all the Horcrux's by the end of the first book, Philosopher's Stone.

-- Emily
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on September 13, 2011, 01:51:47 am
Related to this post (http://www.chronocompendium.com/Forums/index.php/topic,4445.msg209207.html#msg209207), I fibbed a bit. There are 40 seconds of music, not 20. I decided to split the two segments apart. I transcribed the second half into a different music document, but I forgot to add the B-flat minor key signature, resulting in the default C Major. I listened to it not realizing my omission.

Wow...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on September 14, 2011, 02:16:48 am
Mystique may be shallower, but it sure is easier. I'm beginning to appreciate that humanity is such that if people share themselves in public, everyone comes out looking worse than before.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on September 14, 2011, 04:45:37 am
Mystique may be shallower, but it sure is easier. I'm beginning to appreciate that humanity is such that if people share themselves in public, everyone comes out looking worse than before.
XD That's only partly true. I always told you (and this is one fact that you keep dismissing on your part) that there's a method to everything. Share yourselves in public in a particular method, and you also often come out as a legend.

Trust me, I've had experiences like that, good and bad.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on September 16, 2011, 07:53:31 am
.... Albino pigeon?!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on September 16, 2011, 05:12:37 pm
Hah! Saw a result, thought it was bat-shitting difficult. Skimmed through the tutorial, realized it was bat-shitting easy.

Hmm, now I want something more challenging. I need to learn Photography (with every law and technique), and only then can I once again level up as an artist / visualizer.

O, Heavens, gimme something challenging and creative!

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on September 17, 2011, 09:13:41 am
The Paradol Camber are scary!  :o They're like King Zeal, Moriarty (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeEVuPiqE24), Kira (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhzikdFMv7Y), The Master (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01N9cIx8ur0), Kaito Kid (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNFPHQNGxx0), Arsene Lupin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peRvKm_0KQw), etc. all joining forces to make Sherlock's life a nightmare!

Quote from: Young Sherlock Holmes - Black Ice
'And who are you?'

'We are the Paradol Chamber,' said a voice behind Sherlock.

The words sent a chill of fear through Sherlock.

'What is the Paradol Chamber?' Sherlock's voice was unsteady with fear.

'An organization,' she said. 'A club. A group of like-minded individuals. A state of mind. Perhaps even a nation without a territory. All of these things and more. We are the people who see the way the world is going and who have decided that we don't like it. We are the people who have decided to change the course of history.'

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on September 20, 2011, 09:47:23 am
I've been re-playing Cross, and I just realized that the three islands you visit in the Sea of Eden (Lachesis, Atropos, and Clotho) before going after Dark Serge are the names of the Three Fates from Greek mythology.  And the islands are called Future Fate, Present Fate, and Past Fate to boot.  Clever!

I'm sure everyone else knows that, but I just figured it out and I think it's pretty damn awesome.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on September 22, 2011, 03:43:28 am
(http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/248/2/8/sherlock_dw_meme_by_y0do-d2y2hu6.png) (http://y0do.deviantart.com/art/Sherlock-DW-Meme-178155726)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on September 22, 2011, 04:12:49 am
Moriarty and the Master omg.  <3  Best friends forever.

Quote from: Artist's comment
Doctor Who: Sherlock Holmes in space??

A crazy genius called [the Doctor / Sherlock Holmes] travels through [the universe / London] solving mysteries along the way with their trusty [companion / Watson]. Their arch enemy, an equally genius man called [The Master / Moriarty] continuously plots against them.

It's like avatar and pocahontas all over again.

SO TRUE.

Where's Rory though?  :/
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on September 22, 2011, 04:22:46 am
Where's Rory though?  :/
XD Lestrade. But at least they've got a River Song equivalent! (The beautiful Sherlock-Killer named Irene Adler)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on September 22, 2011, 05:12:09 am
I have maintained, and still do, that Nathan Fillion and Neil Patrick Harris would both make wonderful Doctors.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on September 22, 2011, 05:17:33 am
I can see Neil Patrick Harris as the Doctor, but Nathan Fillion...not so much.  But then I only know him as Mal and "the hammer is my penis".
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on September 23, 2011, 07:10:11 pm
Look what my brother found and bought me from a book store...

(http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/5703/lavos.jpg)
Lavos is a Yugioh card now. :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on September 23, 2011, 07:18:12 pm
Look what my brother found and bought me from a book store...
 
Lavos is a Yugioh card now. :lol:
o__________o"

Thank you very much. Knowing that Yu-Gi-Oh now crossovers with Chrono Trigger, you're gonna turn me into a card-geek again (man, I love that game...)

But that's certainly a humanoid Lavos there. XD I think I can hear Magus crying.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on September 25, 2011, 03:28:02 am
I love how my ill-fated attempts to run Google searches in foreign languages produce things like this:

(http://i.imgur.com/bBabx.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on September 25, 2011, 11:02:37 am
I love how my ill-fated attempts to run Google searches in foreign languages produce things like this:

LMFAO!!


Weird stuff happenened today after while I got home.  :lol: An old man walked home from a meat-butchers place with a bag full of raw chicken. A black dog stalked him for a while until he turned a corner. When the grip on the bag loosened, the dog grabbed the bag and ran for it! The old timer pursued, but quickly became exhausted. Since I was on a bike I chased the dog, and boy did ho go far! I didn't want to confront the dog, nor grab the chicken back; I simply chased out of curiosity, hidden midst the crowd so that the animal didn't know someone was after him (yeah, I'm good at stalking / chasing -- shut up!). I stood close and saw how far the dog gone from where it stole its bounty. It walked to a silent pavement, away from the crowd, looked back to see if anyone followed it and quickly dug its teeth on the plastic bag, tearing it open to devour the juicy meat inside. I smiled and went back home.

I could say a lot on this, but I don't think its necessary. Though I would love to know your interpretations.  :wink:


Another miracle: I woke early in the morn (6 am) and went on a walk with my bro. Early morns have these minuscule, white insects that swarm and fly wherever there are plants. I used to abhor these creatures as a kid, I found them annoying. Today, however, it was different, though my brother still did. At first I tried to find their hive, but noticed that they swarmed on certain leaves at the east side. I pondered: sunlight? No (they received none of it). Rather they swarmed on concave surfaces, which probably meant that these surfaces provided protection from the wind and sunlight. A snacks seller at the roadside said that these insects are usually found on almond trees. I took a step back and looked at them again. Their hive simply disappears at a distance, but what you see before you is something miraculous. It wasn't snowing, but these insects swirled around like snowflakes, having a life of their own, or perhaps like ghosts or spirits of nature itself. Forever changing, and limitless.

And it was beautiful!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on October 01, 2011, 07:09:15 am
There's someone I keep in my Gmail chat contacts purely because he has some pretty interesting status messages. We never actually chat. He's a former Compendiumite, and I worked with him briefly during the C&D kerfuffle, and that's how he got onto my list.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 01, 2011, 10:37:36 am
There's someone I keep in my Gmail chat contacts purely because he has some pretty interesting status messages.
XD I got a list of friends on my MSN and Hotmail -- deleted none of those people since the dawn of time (except two who were assholes).


Today's amusement:

Bro: (After watching the "He's always on Facebook" ad) Hey, did you know that Vodafone made a new Facebook phone? They --
Me: Vodafone didn't make that phone. They actually --
Bro: I know, goddammit! Arrgghh, why do you always have to ruin the moments like that?
Me: What did I do?
Bro: We don't wanna know the details you have in that big brains of yours! Just get into the moment!
Me: It's brain crease that's a sign of intelligence, not volume or size --
Bro: Okay, here's a trivia. (Flicks me a birdy) FUCK YOU! (Marches back into his room)

Hahaha, yeah I always do that and I almost never learn. Some people are intrigued with new knowledge while some others hate you for killing an amusing / fun moment. My brother is correct, of course: you gotta live in the moment, and you gotta cease the day like there's no tomorrow. There's no point spoiling people's mood just for your amusement; there's a reason they call it socializing.

Also, this happens every time when I absent-mindedly spout a trivia. For instance, we saw an adorable brow bird on our window. I said that birds were initially lizards ("lizards" and "reptiles" have the same word in Sindhi). Mom looked at me pondering if I was going crazy.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 03, 2011, 05:54:23 pm
(http://www.jesuschriststory.com/comics/2008-10-27-page-51.jpg) (http://www.jesuschriststory.com/2008/07/01/webcomic/)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on October 03, 2011, 07:41:32 pm
Quote from: Eddie Izzard
As God: "Jesus Christ, what on earth is that?!"
As Jesus: "Don't take my name in vain, dad."
As God: "Jeesy Creesy, what on earth is that?!"
As Jesus: "Don't call me Jeesy Creesy"
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on October 03, 2011, 10:55:03 pm
On the occasion of an article in the Los Angeles Times (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/10/museum-of-tolerance-will-display-hitler-letter-for-first-time.html) about a Holocaust memorial museum acquiring a 1919 letter from Hitler detailing his anti-Semitism and goals for subverting Jews, one of the comments marked the first time I have ever seen President Obama compared to Hitler, Ahmadinejad, Reverend Wright, and Urkel all in the same sentence.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Truthordeal on October 04, 2011, 04:32:32 pm
What?! What do they have against Urkel?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 05, 2011, 01:23:45 pm
(http://www.jesuschriststory.com/comics/2010-11-03-Book2-Page31.jpg) (http://www.jesuschriststory.com/2010/11/03/book2-page31/)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 08, 2011, 01:27:36 pm
XD Probably weird news.
http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/07/dalai-lama-and-archibishop-desmond-tutu-plan-birthday-hangout-on/

(http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2011/10/dalai-lama-google.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Syna on October 08, 2011, 08:04:15 pm
[youtube]ZbV5hn_ET0U[/youtube]

This. Is. WONDERFUL.

That kid's mind is just blown.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 08, 2011, 08:23:54 pm
This. Is. WONDERFUL.

That kid's mind is just blown.
We'd like to imagine the kid's face if he found out his father is Darth Vader. XD
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on October 09, 2011, 06:59:56 am
Biggest LOL of the day:

[youtube]wxMd93aCvd0[/youtube]
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 09, 2011, 09:36:47 am
Awaiting rendering to finish (again) so I read through some of my own posts, and realized that it's hard to take people seriously when they've got a Dancing Mafia Cat in a Suit, or a cartoon bunny stuffing its face with carrots, as their avatar. It's a different matter, of course, if Chibi Goku tries to explain stuff (he'd be more interested in chicken and rice). FaustWolf's posts immediately strikes as "words of a wise and experienced dude" without question at first glance (and his calm and humorous style only amplifies that appeal), whereas Thought seems like a man who has climbed the mountain and looks upon the world with eyes that have seen everything. The some goes for others: Manly Man appears contrary and sends mixed messages with his Flea avatar, Syna charms with her... um.. (okay, I don't want to explain), ZeaLitY signifies as a charismatic square-jawed American who's ready for a challenge with his Tron avatar, MrBekkler being an intelligent but innocent smiley face, Alfadoredux simply glaring at you with those mean beastly eyes of his, Boo being a cute shadow monster from the wild that might try to scare you with his adorable teddy-bear voice, RushingWind who's beautiful soul leaks onto the pages she writes, Shee as a humorous black guy who ran out of bubblegum, and Alcyone and V_Translanka look like cartoon. I guess Saj would be the only one who's avatars send undistorted messages about her nature.

That said, I remember having dancing hamsters in my signature too, and I ponder what emotions my post would invoke if they were still around. Then with Princess Schala Zeal's signature, almost every post she (he?) makes these days looks like spam regardless of the content.

Perhaps I'm overly imaginative, and I can generally look beyond such notions and pay attention to the content than the appeal, but understandably for others that's just not the case. Even in real life, where people don't stamp their faces with forum avatars (I'd love to be a dancing cat in a suit), appearance matters in everything majority: it dictates your likeliness of getting a job, maintaining social relations, your "first impression" and influencing people's judgement about you, development of your own personality, emotions and health, etc. I'm not saying that "better looking people are better", because I don't think in those lines; I'm saying that depending on your look and the messages (looks and body language) you bring forth in circumstances will highly influence what other people think about you regardless of what you have to say, and the reason behind this is that these body languages are usually right in determining a person's nature, however the perception bias of an individual is most likely to distort their judgement. In that spirit I would also like to point out that there actually are plenty of upsides to being ugly and downsides of being pretty.

 :D

MOAR PSYCHOLOGY!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: alfadorredux on October 09, 2011, 11:19:34 am
Alfadoredux simply glaring at you with those mean beastly eyes of his,

Why do I get the impression that you're not a cat person? :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 09, 2011, 12:09:22 pm
Alfadoredux simply glaring at you with those mean beastly eyes of his,

Why do I get the impression that you're not a cat person? :lol:
I am a cat person. XD But your cat simply glares into my soul!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on October 09, 2011, 01:59:06 pm
MrBekkler being an intelligent but innocent smiley face

I have to say, it took me a long time to settle on the Watchmen Smiley for an avatar. I kept trying to find different clowns to go along with the "Bekkler theme" but eventually decided that some people are afraid of clowns, and even the cool, intentionally scary clowns, like Killer Klowns from Outer Space, give off the vibe that one listens to Insane Clown Posse. I don't appreciate the association with said group, if for no reason than that their fans are ridiculous (if you need a real reason, listen to a song or two by them...horrible). So I went through some other options (including Joker, which I still use... elsewhere).

It then hit me. I don't need a clown. My conversation and thoughts regarding the Chronoverse grow more serious and less jokey by the day, and I could represent myself with something I actually like. Thus, the Watchmen Smiley. It's a good mix of lighthearted and serious, and comes from a story I love.

And tush, personally if a signature is not text, I find it to be spammy in general. Especially in the case of massive animated signatures that take a long time to load and completely overshadow the post of the user with said sig.

Edit: Your sig is perfectly appropriate, and I didn't really mind the dancing hamsters, I just thought you were really into "cute" stuff.

I've stumbled upon a wonderful artist and now feel the urge to change my avatar again. Bear with me, it's pretty awesome.

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on October 12, 2011, 09:44:58 am
The icons on the new Facebook "lists" that sort your friends look like a Harry Potter lightning bolt::

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/bittersunday/lightningbolt.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 12, 2011, 02:29:59 pm
Apparently, 1 + 1 = infinity. That's always the result I get when I get my light-bulb on.

Mr Mafioso, ever so practical and realistic; the badass Guru is almost always right, but his claims are hard to chew. In the other corner, there's Celestine Chua who's completely opposite; always idealistic, always seeking excellence, and her quest is to find heaven on earth. So what do I have? More ammunition to challenge my thoughts, an excuse for more (personal) psychoanalytical musing, a fierce battle against myself, and obviously a grand inspiration for another heart-wrenching story.

Despair has fled the night, mates. The zestful wings are afloat again. Heaven has granted another open-door, and when the Angel is afloat there are no limits to his ventures.

Stata Buon
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 12, 2011, 06:26:30 pm
Apparently Empathy means "Mahaanubhutti" in Hindi.

....

 :o Never even heard of the word!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 15, 2011, 12:55:37 pm
Apparently my new nickname with the girls is Teddy Bear. Don't know if that's a compliment or a tease, but it's situations like these that bring their boyfriends crying to me, complaining that I'm the one flirting.  :roll:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Acacia Sgt on October 16, 2011, 06:57:08 pm
Haha...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LILhai7IHI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LILhai7IHI)

Almost this came to mind: ''Well, now I've seen everything!''.  :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 18, 2011, 05:17:29 pm
 :shock:

Autodesk is granting me... a free Student's edition of their software, such as Maya, Mudbox, etc.

....

Am I dreaming? *pinches self* Ow!

EDIT: Realized that it's the same LTE version version which was initially provided by my institute. Ah hell, about time I upgrade anyway. I'm still gonna be a Blender-head, though.  8)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on October 18, 2011, 11:53:01 pm
I am inviting the Chrono Compendium over for a spaghetti dinner! Your most ridiculously formal attire shall be at the very minimum of what decorum is expected of you! There will be not one but twelve grand pianos to provide ambiance, and I have it on good authority that we shall have a private viewing of the Moon!!!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 19, 2011, 01:57:07 am
I am inviting the Chrono Compendium over for a spaghetti dinner! Your most ridiculously formal attire shall be at the very minimum of what decorum is expected of you! There will be not one but twelve grand pianos to provide ambiance, and I have it on good authority that we shall have a private viewing of the Moon!!!
Thanks for the offer, Josh!

Unfortunately, I neither have wings nor can I teleport. Disguising myself as "special delivery" plan has a few rough edges of its own.  :cry:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 19, 2011, 02:52:16 am
Amazing lot, these corporates. The company that assigned me the eProject sent me a feedback form, asking us to tell them how their suggestion helped us. They expect us to be honest with them, and they think our honest responses will help them improve their strategy. However, previous experiences tell me that saying "good" will be neutral, flattering them will give you better scores than you deserve, and honestly handing a negative feedback might end up failing you, no matter how good your presentation.

I think I'll stick with "good", because I despise flattery. I only praise those who I deem worthy of my valuable admiration (which is usually from the bottom of my heart).
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Syna on October 19, 2011, 12:19:06 pm
SCIENTIFIC PROCESS RAGECOMIC!

(http://boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/sciencerage.jpg)

The process of SCIENCE! is just a bit more complex than commonly described. (http://electroncafe.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/scientific-process-rage/)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 19, 2011, 01:08:08 pm
SCIENTIFIC PROCESS RAGECOMIC!
The process of SCIENCE! is just a bit more complex than commonly described. (http://electroncafe.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/scientific-process-rage/)
Haha, so true! XD I sympathize with the guys who created synthetic blood vessels and those who confirmed the universal Red Shift. Still awaiting for particles "faster than light".

(http://chzmemebase.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/memes-pics-plz.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 19, 2011, 05:16:23 pm
WE NEED TO RE-LEARN ENGLISH, PEEPS!
http://lisakusko.wordpress.com/2011/10/10/lies-your-english-teacher-told-you/
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on October 20, 2011, 02:41:28 am
Over the last 3 years my wife and I have moved 3 times. In doing so we've developed a new tradition for our family: the inaugural watching of a Doctor Who. An apartment isn't a home until at least one episode has been watched in it. While this usually occurs the very night we move in, it didn't happen this time but we both didn't consider our new place ours until it did.

What does the future hold for us? Perhaps fish fingers and custard? Only time will tell.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on October 20, 2011, 03:09:42 am
"You're Scottish!  Fry something!"
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 20, 2011, 08:43:56 am
Indeed, inaugural Doctor Who watching makes for an interesting tradition!


Update: Sometimes watching people assume what you prefer is pretty entertaining. Agreed, I'm an adventurous bloke, always taking risks, always trying random things at equally random odds all in the name of fun, and always open to change or other people's suggestions. It's fun to have friends who want to show me stuff so we can have a good laugh about it; then there are those who think I'm fine with anything. Well I am fine with almost anything, but what most people don't get is that --

Tushantin always prefers the best!

And my reason of being adventurous is to find all that is best.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Truthordeal on October 20, 2011, 01:36:34 pm
Here's something to humble and possibly motivate you.

Any high school graduate that has gone through all of his lab sciences better understands physics and the nature of the world than either Aristotle or Galileo. As a future historian, I understand the concept of history and historiography and know the actual events and history of antiquity much better than Herodotus or Thucydides. All that being said, even a graduate level mathematician would still get his ass kicked by Pythagoras.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 20, 2011, 03:21:32 pm
...even a graduate level mathematician would still get his ass kicked by Pythagoras.
Also, a mathematical genius from my homeland -- Srinivasa Ramanujan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srinivasa_Ramanujan). It's amazing how a man, who lived such a short live, could contribute so much to the world.

As for "High School Science", do note there's more to the truth than meets the eye. We're standing on a flight of stairs built by the likes of Aristotle, Socrates, Tesla, Pythagoras, Faraday, etc. without whose contributions we're nothing. What we learn in mere minutes was guided by the conclusions of experiments that took several lifetimes to get right, and it was a tedious process indeed. These brave individuals traverse the unknown, build lights and pavements the hard was so their generations can follow without trouble.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 22, 2011, 04:57:10 pm
Those who think that traditional Kurta aren't fashionable probably have a flawed sense of fashion. (I won The Best Dressed Male award last year at the institute while wearing a Kurta. Take that, hipsters!) My Grandpa was also a fan of Kurta, because you simply can't go wrong with it. And it makes me feel like a poet. XD

(http://actor.bollysite.com/albums/salman-khan/salman_khan_29.jpg)(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jgIihlpOPkU/TiQRf-OhpTI/AAAAAAAAAec/JLss3VkbDn0/s1600/menkurta3.jpg)(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wqWBb47RyvM/Tjw6LL6MUsI/AAAAAAAADkw/f-W1Ex-NF7c/s400/medium-skin-tone-make-up.jpg)
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_NjdBzKI5nYs/Sc4_5wL5OJI/AAAAAAAABtA/CtfeJBiR2Ms/s400/srk+wallpaper+shahrukh+khan+in+traditional+dress+kurta.jpg)

Of course, even women get fancy (and they've got more designs than males)!

(http://dressesat.com/wp-content/uploads//2011/03/salwar-kameez-spm-12654.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 24, 2011, 07:15:38 am
Diwali would be enjoyable. Meh, I wish we'd have Halloween too.

(http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/bc902e7c-98eb-4f16-ad0f-3ebf4dc5c646.jpg) (http://icanhascheezburger.com/2011/10/24/funny-pictures-halloween-cat-pumpkin-moon/)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on October 24, 2011, 07:59:52 am
I am thoroughly amused at my stupid hipster attitude toward Sherlock Holmes, Norse mythology, and vampires.

As I've said before on here, I've loved the Conan Doyle short stories since I was 7 or 8.  I dressed as Sherlock Holmes for Halloween when I was 8 and when I was 10 I got the full unabridged book of all the stories for Christmas.

I became obsessed with Norse mythology when I was around 10 or 11.  I rented all the books I could find about them in the library, and developed a fascination with Loki.  I thought he was absolutely awesome.

When I was 6 I started reading about vampires and was automatically hooked.  From then on, most of my make-believe games involved vampires and werewolves; with the "monsters" being the good guys and the humans being the monstrous ones out to exterminate them.  I voraciously read anything and everything I could get my hands on about vampires until I was about 11 or 12.

( Embarrassing moment:: when I was around 7 or so (and still believed in God) I actually prayed to him to make me a vampire.  :picardno )

My interest in those three things led to me getting a lot of bullshit from people.  I was mercilessly bullied in Scotland for being quiet and nerdy and reading about Sherlock and the Norse gods instead of interacting with people.  I was bullied for other things as well, but the constant reading was a factor in being ostracized.

I was banned from being friends with people as a child because their parents thought my games of vampires and werewolves were "demonic".  My parents were SUPER pissed about that, but these parents were stupid and had no concept of a child's imagination.  Gotta love the fundie missionary community.  -___________-

Anyway...

These three things are now omgsoawesomemegapopular.  Everyone loves Loki now because they've seen Thor and they think he's hot.  Everyone loves vampires now because they've read or seen Twilight or any of the myriad of uber-sexualized vampire books because they think vampires are so ~mysterious~ and ~sexy~.  Everyone loves Sherlock Holmes now because of the TV series and the movie with Robert Downey Jr.

And yeah, the TV series is great and I have to admit that I did enjoy the movie a wee bit (but only because Robert Downey Jr is a FOX), but I LIKED SHERLOCK HOLMES FIRST, DAMMIT.

I liked Sherlock, vampires, and Loki when I was a kid, and I got shit for it because it was "uncool" to read Sherlock Holmes stories, books on Norse mythology, and play imaginary games where I was a vampire.  And now everyone can like this stuff because it's cool.  Grrrrrrrrrrr.

I realize I sound like a total and complete jerk right now, but I'm posting this in the amusement thread because my dumb attitude toward this and my "I LIKED THEM FIRST" mentality is incredibly stupid.

And most of this is tongue-in-cheek, so take all of this with a grain of salt.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Truthordeal on October 24, 2011, 11:14:51 am
I never really cared for vampires, to be honest. Even Bram Stroker. I just always found them dumb and boring, even though I can kind of see why others would like them. Furthermore, as of late, I've come to hate the cult of personality that Vlad Tepes has developed. I can understand why people are fascinated with him and his atrocious methods of disposing of enemies, but his entire link to "vampirism" is from the Bram Stroker novel. On that note, the common person today who's taken an interest in vampires knows more about Vlad Tepes than Bram Stroker did; he picked the Count of Transylvania as a protagonist randomly. In fact, he picked him because he seemed very generic and unknown, and so he could make up whatever he wanted about him.

That's another one of those amusing, to me anyways, historical parallels that shows we have advanced in knowledge.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 24, 2011, 11:32:03 am
Firstly, I'm extremely sorry to hear that, Saj. It's an ugly social thing, basically: if you don't do what others do then you're bound to be bullied; they think you're "weird" and will poke fun at you (yeah, I've been there). However, if someone famous and influential (such as Pablo Picasso) makes the same difference, it's suddenly a new trend. It only goes to show that humanity will only listen to you when you've proven yourself.

Which is where my past rant comes in, (http://www.chronocompendium.com/Forums/index.php/topic,2955.msg210303.html#msg210303) and which is why I got into visual media as career option in the first place. Books are wonderful things, but human beings are naturally adaptable to visual and audial retelling instead of reading, thus the "majority first appeal". Visual and audial stories artificially synthesize "experience" which even appeals to most unimaginative folks who steer clear of books and literature. The latter, however, requires some amount of dedication. Then there's also the subliminal psychology of "fearing someone knows things they don't comprehend".  

Secondly, from the same post, my quote: "At the hands of a skilled writer even a man's mundane battle against his shoelace would make a masterpiece of a novella." It takes a skilled artist to paint even the most obnoxious thing as awesome, and creative directors do that well, bringing the most obscure of literature back to the people and show them just how awesome they really are. It's no wonder a lot of people are with ya today, and all thanks to Steven Moffat and Guy Ritchie!

Thirdly, Hipsters you say?  :D Lass, you aren't alone. I'm a Sherlock-hipster too (and Arsene Lupin, of course), and I also like to brag that "I liked the books first". But being a hipster is awesome in it's own way. Why? Because most people are afraid to be different, while we are brave and adventurous enough to try, and also recommend the good things than the bad things. But it pays to be a good story-teller, because that's when you get recognized. I remember being harassed by school-mates for liking odd things, but instantly gained respect when I mastered the ability to relay why I liked stuff. Think like Captain Nemo, who has sailed the seven storms and battled vicious monsters in endless oceans; think how he'd express his adventures poetically, and you become a master at changing people's views on reality. There's an indescribable bliss in standing on the table and telling a heart-wrenching tale while every friend flock together to listen to you.

Yes, when others try something they're bullied; but when Tushantin tries something it becomes a fad! Har hurr hurr!

And I've head quite a lot of success too! When I won the Best Dressed award in a Kurta, people started to wear it too. I was the first to try Kaspersky Internet Security, so my boss ordered packs in bulk (and abandoned the other products). I read Sherlock Holmes and Arsene Lupin, and now my friends want to follow up (even if it's a book, and they hate books). Thought made me watch Doctor Who, even if Indians haven't heard of it -- I watched it, so my friends do it too. My friends never cared about history, but through me they are now fascinated with people like Tesla, Vidocq, Worth, Pinkerton, Boudicca, etc. I used Ubuntu first, so a lot of people do it too. I was always the first to try something new and encourage people to do the same. I have somehow become a flame shedding light and influencing people around me, and it all comes down to how well you can create a spark of enthusiasm via story-telling. Body language is essential here.

And you can do it too.  :wink: Show them that your tastes are simply the best!


P.S.: Since you were considerate enough to tell us something intimate about you, I'm also obliged to share, I suppose. My embarrassment of belief, when at the age of 12, was that the star Sirius was actually a sentient being, watching my back. And I used to converse with the fella!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 25, 2011, 11:30:33 am
HOLLY SHEEP! The Weeping Angels have possessed Watson and are now haunting Sherlock Holmes! And all the great detective has for a clue is a mysterious recording:

"Don't blink. Don't even blink. Blink and you're dead. He is fast, faster than you could believe. Don't turn your back, don't look away, and don't blink."

[youtube]13YlEPwOfmk[/youtube]
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 25, 2011, 08:36:40 pm
I'm extremely sorry (http://youtu.be/O48Dl92wI7I?t=18s) for the triple post, but I just can't help myself! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uznQ67EW0Cc)

Quote from: Youtube Comments
Times Hitler was punched out on-screen by Captain America in 2011: 0
Times Hitler was punched out on-screen by Rory Pond: 1

There was a goblin. Or a trickster, or a warrior. A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. Nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it – one day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world... and Rory Williams punched it in the face

Rory Williams - The Man who punched the 2 most terrifying men in the Universe: The Doctor and Adolf Hitler

The Universe tried to get rid of Rory Williams once - it exploded.

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on October 25, 2011, 10:11:58 pm
Captain America punched Hitler on stage a large amount of times while on tour (in the film). I remember because later when he's doing legitimate reconnaissance, another soldier asks if he knows what he's doing and he hilariously replies "Yeah, I've knocked out Hitler over 47 times".
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on October 25, 2011, 11:03:06 pm
To be fair, he never actually punched the guy, and the guy was never actually Hitler.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on October 25, 2011, 11:30:55 pm
Well if we're being fair, Rory didn't really do it in 2011. :-P

EDIT: Just realized tush didn't post that Rory did it in 2011. Decided to leave my silly reply anyway.  :P :P
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on October 26, 2011, 07:37:39 am
Amusement::

-  Went to bed at 5 pm.
-  Got up at 4 am.

... What is wrong with me.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Radical_Dreamer on October 26, 2011, 01:27:46 pm
When Rory Williams punched the 11th Doctor, the 1st Doctor felt it.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on October 26, 2011, 02:26:52 pm
Rory Williams is the reason the Daleks learned to climb stairs.

Death once had a near-Rory experience.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 26, 2011, 04:26:30 pm
Pfft! The Weeping Angels never dare to blink when Rory Williams is around.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 26, 2011, 04:57:23 pm
Sorry to break the "Rory game", but I'd like to ask: does anybody here randomly get ideas for a new song / music, an original song that nobody's thought of?

I've been looking at some art and wallpapers, and it's amusing how certain artworks invokes specific emotions within me, and those emotions give birth to some beautiful music. For instance, sci-fi art tends to invoke techno / new age music in my head, all pre-composed and original, but unfortunately I've no way to actually record them.

It's easy to write ideas in language, but it's nearly impossible to jot down emotions, feelings and music. I could learn sheet music, but even then it'll be nearly impossible to record complex techno music I have in mind, something I'd bound to forget over time. Plus, I'm not a musician and have no skill to be, and still I want to try record them. Any ideas?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: chi_z on October 27, 2011, 12:49:53 am
get a keyboard and hook it up to your pc, get some synth samples, listen to techno tunes and try to play the melodies as exact as you can to improve your ear, eventually you'll hear stuff in your head and be able to decently reproduce them.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on October 27, 2011, 03:23:45 am
Sometimes I snoop around on the "Who's Online" page. It often leads to parts of the Compendium I wouldn't otherwise visit, since my self-guided activity is generally limited to Zenan Plains and parts of Kajar.

Big Brother J is watching you...


(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Vyte8WH29yg/TaCkjZHup3I/AAAAAAAACL0/lw25m684gJo/s1600/big+brother+is+watching+3.bmp)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 27, 2011, 07:10:56 am
get a keyboard and hook it up to your pc, get some synth samples, listen to techno tunes and try to play the melodies as exact as you can to improve your ear, eventually you'll hear stuff in your head and be able to decently reproduce them.
XDDD You seriously gotta help me get started here. I never touched a musical keyboard before. (http://a.deviantart.net/avatars/l/a/laplz.gif?2)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on October 27, 2011, 12:52:57 pm
Hey, Josh, I recognize the people in that picture! Starting from left to right, that's LL Cool J, Jon Stewart, Janis Joplin, John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, and The Jeep.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on October 27, 2011, 09:46:39 pm
Oh, hellz yeah!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on October 27, 2011, 09:48:45 pm
It's the kind of cold tonight, here in the mountains of West Texas, dank and foggy, where we revved up the heater for the first run of the season. That always means a bout of stale air, and this one is a hum-dinger: burning and raccoon pee.

And...it's the kind of heater that just seems to be blowing the cold air around. =)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on October 27, 2011, 11:32:17 pm
I'm amused that seemingly the entire population of the Compendium is either from Texas or the Pacific Northwest, or has lived in either of those places.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on October 27, 2011, 11:36:06 pm
Or in my case, lives in both! I'm simply on sojourn in Texas. Seattle is home!

As for where I actually come from, that'd be Southern California. Hrm, now do we know anyone who has recently moved there?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: alfadorredux on October 28, 2011, 09:41:23 am
the Pacific Northwest

I'm amused by the fact that you folks south of the border think you have a north anything. (http://s3.postimage.org/mgb8sh9zz/icon_alfador.gif)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on October 28, 2011, 12:32:06 pm
As far as I'm concerned, the only things north of Vancouver are logs and yaks and Santa and a weird old coot in Alaska who can see Russia from her house.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: alfadorredux on October 28, 2011, 12:48:17 pm
You forgot the mountains, the caribou, and, eventually, the Arctic Ocean. Oh, and snow. We have lots and lots and lots of snow.  :P
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on October 28, 2011, 01:46:21 pm
You forgot the mountains, the caribou, and, eventually, the Arctic Ocean. Oh, and snow. We have lots and lots and lots of snow.  :P

Sounds like my kinda place.

I keep bugging D to move to Alaska with me but alas, he hates cold weather.  Heathen.  =(
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 28, 2011, 04:41:36 pm
This Diwali, I took one look at my brother's hairdo and instantly knew what Mephistopheles would look like.

It goes to show how dashing Hell's delegates could look without even trying, whereas the residents of Heaven (except Michael) don't even feel the need to shave.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 29, 2011, 03:16:03 pm
Hah, I've never really heard anyone use Soviet Russia jokes in India, let alone as a pickup line. This guy here was actually teasing his female friend just because he was bored.

Aravind: Heyyyy, wanna get lucky?
Priya: Don't push your luck.
Aravind: In Soviet Russia, luck pushes YOU!
Priya: Excuse me, mister, but this is India!
Aravind: Yeah. And anyway, luck isn't strong enough to push heavy things.
Priya: ....What did you say?!
Aravind: Nothing!

Agreed, the conversation was quite sexist, but it was the girl who was in power here; the boy was actually doing the "poke and run" thing, lest he got hit by a force so powerful, a weapon far more feared than the likes of a Death Ray or Atomic Bomb -- none other than the ultimate slap of a woman!

And yes, here it's so powerful that once you're hit with it you may as well jump off a cliff. XD
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 30, 2011, 01:21:19 pm
Haha, I love Sunday night comedies! One couple pointed out an important thing about our horrid Capitalist influence on mandatory education:

Quote
Kapil: I'm a hundred and one percent Architect! Check my Resume. It states I failed High School and became an Architect. I even have a certificate!
Shweta: What? How's that even possible? What kind of an idiot would give you a certificate?
Kapil: Hey, don't call him an idiot! He's a generous bloke: gave me a blank certificate and said, "Put whatever achievements in there."
Shweta: What?! You're a fraud! You're a fake!
Kapil: And who's real anyway? Say, you want to be a Doctor. Anywhere in the world, you pay a millions of Rupees for education and yet you can't be a Doctor -- an impossible dream. The poor, working class can't even afford to study, so they entertain themselves by playing "Doctor Doctor" at home.

Here's a question for humanity: If education really is that important then why must we create a barrier of expenses? Why must we exploit the weak so and take away crucial Agency? It creates a vicious circle; you need money to get educated, but you can't earn money if you're not educated. All those orphans who have nobody want to get employed but anti-child-labor policies dictate that they'd rather be educated, and there's nobody to help them get educated. What happens? They rot and die, that's what! Either that, or they become the most deviant criminals imaginable.

Primary human nature: The best predators get what they want.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on October 30, 2011, 05:46:36 pm
I may not be able to relate, but I still think this is funny.
[youtube]3s4Czla6tXc#![/youtube]
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on October 30, 2011, 06:39:02 pm
THE DANCING OOD.  OH MY GOD.

I can die happy now that I've seen that.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on October 31, 2011, 04:53:52 pm
@Kodokami: Thank you, kiddo. Now I've seen everything. XDDD


I think every problem in the world can be solved when humanity finally achieves two simple things:
1) The ability to honestly share their thoughts with others;
2) The ability to tolerate each others' honesty.

Let me demonstrate:

Girl: Grrr, I abhor your clothes!
Boy: Cool! And I despise your nerves.
Girl: The feeling is mutual. Let's go have coffee!
Boy: Sure! Your preference is horrible. I'll have Latte this time.

And so Mr. Girl and Miss Boy walk to the local coffee shop, politely discussing how much they hate each other.

Quote from: Mycroft Holmes
(Pyotr Andreyevich) Shuvalov and I understand each other. We think alike. When he was informed that I had been arrested, he immediately called for me to be brought to him. We drank tea, and we talked in a civilized manner. He apologized for any harsh behavior his men had exhibited, and I apologized for arriving in his country without proper notification. That is the way international relations ought to be conducted: politely and with refreshments, not using trained falcons as instruments of assassination.

(Quote from 'Young Sherlock Holmes - Black Ice')
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 01, 2011, 05:51:06 pm
Bank of America is ditching its plan to charge customers $5 a month for accessing their own money through a debit card. The plan was massively unpopular, partly because it was unprecedented but mainly because the public perceived it as a proverbial last straw. The real injustice, seldom mentioned, was that banks save a lot of money when customers use debit cards instead of checks, yet felt compelled to pad their profit margins on these savings when the federal government reduced the profitability of their price-gouging through overdraft fees and merchant fees.

I expect Bank of America to quietly announce in the coming months that it will create new checking account fees, which are not unprecedented. It'll get its pound of flesh. But not from me. I have started up my new bank account and things are working well with them.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on November 02, 2011, 05:19:52 am
More of "Parking my WTF moment here". Something's incredibly wrong with me today. Somehow, I seem to be "sensing" voices rather than just hear them.

For instance, a voice in the radio looks "grey" and feels like a bunch of index cards. The Tenth Doctor's voice looks like the color "orange" and even tastes like peeled oranges; when he said the line, "I wonder who wouldn't face that" in the episode "Lazarus Experiment", it felt like pouring soda in a glass of fresh orange juice.

And the voice in the following video looks "violet", and tastes like a glass of strong wine. And it doesn't help that the background music makes me feel spellbound.
[youtube]rCuLhy2-dLA[/youtube]
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on November 02, 2011, 05:54:48 am
There's nothing wrong with you.  What you're experiencing are different forms of synesthesia.  Voices don't have colours for me, but I taste them, just like you are tasting voices.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on November 02, 2011, 07:17:09 am
There's nothing wrong with you.  What you're experiencing are different forms of synesthesia.  Voices don't have colours for me, but I taste them, just like you are tasting voices.
It just surprised me that effect is involuntary. Hopefully it's just temporary, though. When someone burped besides me I felt a flesh colored organic scraping.  :shock:

Saj, what would the 10th Doc's and the singer's voice in 'Dreaming Still' feel/taste like to you?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on November 02, 2011, 08:02:48 am
Saj, what would the 10th Doc's and the singer's voice in 'Dreaming Still' feel/taste like to you?

Ten's voice is a really doughy, really soft butter roll.  I haven't listened to the song yet (kinda busy and needing to go to bed), but I'll do so later and let you know.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on November 02, 2011, 04:24:06 pm
Synesthetes have the best conversations.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on November 02, 2011, 10:10:17 pm
Synesthetes have the best conversations.

Unless we're arguing.  XD

Synesthete friend:  "Ugh, you think "quandary" tastes like guacamole!?  What is WRONG with you?  It tastes like citrus!"
Me:  "You're completely insane.  It tastes like guacamole.  There's no way in hell it tastes like anything else."
Synesthete friend:  "Don't even get me started on how your "7" is blue."
Me:  "You obviously have brain damage, since you think it's pink."
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Syna on November 02, 2011, 10:24:21 pm
SEVEN IS SILVER-GRAY DAMMIT  :)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on November 03, 2011, 04:37:54 pm
So! Yours truly took an hour worth nap after that post from "Frustration thread", and now I feel like myself. What's even better is that I've risen in full SoY: there are separate forms of Tushantin, you see. The Artist me lies dormant today, while the Empathetic me has calmed since the afternoon; what haunts the evening is the Predatory me, always watching, always analyzing, and always ready to strike gold. I know I said I might rant soon, but wrath turned into intrigue and thirst for challenge. And though I believe predatory thinking can be useful, I'm aware that if my posts don't contain "fuck this and that" and simply contained my open-minded analyses and thoughts on the significance of such such horrid practices then it would lead to another "controversial" topic. Instead, I pondered about sharing pouring butter over the "tricks of trade" I caught from the way these professionals market, make it more presentable, but unfortunately I've already spent my energy this night attracting customers, providing services and showing the girls at work just how it's done (then again, their idea of work is watching Youtube videos all day).

Though I'm saddened by the turn of events I don't feel disgusted anymore, because the real me not only has the power to find horror disguised in innocence and appeal, but also reap gold from the depths of filth. If any of you were in that seminar I went to then most of you would have been brainwashed like the rest thanks to the host's power of influence, some of you would have left mid-way for some sexist mentions, or some may have argued beyond the presentation's actual intention at the risk of you own mental capacity. And those who saw the horrors hidden beyond the veil as I did would simply reject such practices and build ideals against it.

Not me. I learn from it!

The experience was flabbergasting, but experiential nonetheless; this guy, who claimed he was doing something excellent for the unemployed, had conflicting ideals to mine. He was practical, he was right, but he was also one of the most competent bullshitters I've ever seen. He can initiate a project and see it through till the end. He will give, and earn a thousandfold. He knows where to sell. He knew his way around the human mind, he knew how to influence his prey, how to professionally win a battle, and how to capitalize on both his prey's success and failures. And he was the symbol of my ultimate nemesis, and it's people like him who place Catch-22 situations where if heads they win and if tails you lose. But you know what? Tushantin learns more from his enemies than he does from his friends. I crave a challenge, and I crave the very knowledge he possesses. The greatest difference between me and him is that I have grand ideals, and these ideals turn the tables of rationality, to turn every wicked game in the favor of the "Greater Good". I will learn from his crooked "pioneering" just to divert the talent to a better cause. Enjoy while your "capital" lasts, because a revolution is coming!

We haven't done this kinda post in a while. I really wish we had a "Fight The Power" thread, because I FEEL FUCKING FANTASTIC TODAY!

(http://i.imgur.com/MhxKO.jpg)

We are the unstoppable children of Springtime of Youth! We wait for no one, and we take nothing for granted. Bring us suffering, bring us torment, bring us storms and hell itself; you're only going to make us stronger. We win impossible battles everyday and defy fate with every breath it takes; but our eyes are set upon the prize greater than any human can achieve. Behold, for we are the Miracle!

HEY, GOD! If you can hear me, do me a favor and mail "Destiny" to my house, Special Delivery and postage paid. Save me the trouble from stealing it from under your nose!

(http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa39/Shinerais_CRAP/Screen/kaito.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on November 03, 2011, 06:28:51 pm
"hosted on zerochan.net"

i bet that's supposed to be an image, but instead it's a big text block. glad you're feeling good, but i don't think that massive image is necessary.  :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on November 04, 2011, 03:00:14 am
I have taught my dog the command "high five." I am currently working on the follow up, "Down low." I just need to figure out a command for the explosion.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on November 04, 2011, 05:28:37 am
I have taught my dog the command "high five." I am currently working on the follow up, "Down low." I just need to figure out a command for the explosion.
Evil laughter? XD

i bet that's supposed to be an image, but instead it's a big text block.
Fixed it. And pictures are always necessary. Remember: Don't tell em, but show em.

"Without disturbing the stillness of the night, he landed silently in front of my eyes, along with that fearless smirk that said he had foreseen everything."

(http://images2.fanpop.com/image/photos/13800000/Kaito-kid-magic-kaito-13824014-720-408.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on November 04, 2011, 05:24:14 pm
Two amusements:

First, I'd like to say that we have a lot of pigeons here. Heck lots! Rise of the sun, and they wouldn't leave ya alone with their "Hoots". They stalk you from the windows, they make out at a nearby ledge. What's funny is that they managed to sneak past my window tonight. it's past midnight. And one of them is in my house. In the kitchen. Hatching eggs. In my house!

Didn't wanna wake up my parents, and didn't wanna get rid of the mother and unborn children either. True, these birds walk fly all over our house like they own the place, but I'm actually a sucker for those innocent faces. Despite all the trouble they cause, I think I'll leave them alone until their children are hatched and are capable of flight. Guess I'm an animal sympathizer, or simply don't like getting in the way of "miracles" (aka, childbirth, be it human, animal or bird).



Second. Whenever you're with girls (though not in large social situations like parties; make things more close and intimate), whenever you get the chance to do them favors, and especially when it involves writing their names, help with essays, anything on paper or computer, or art, poem and tattoo, try to sneak in intentional practical jokes, such as misspelling their names, writing opposite conotational essays, or drawing "weird things" in their notebooks and keep quiet. Wait for them to notice. Anticipate them running after you, yelling and kicking. Be prepared to run for your life!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 04, 2011, 05:50:24 pm
I don't recommend playing practical jokes on people, except for close friends, and even then only sparingly. Practical joking is more often a form of abuse, and I condemn what tushantin wrote. In the case of directing it against females in particular, that is both sexist in itself and will serve against the cause of sexual equality.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on November 04, 2011, 06:18:46 pm
I don't recommend playing practical jokes on people, except for close friends, and even then only sparingly. Practical joking is more often a form of abuse, and I condemn what tushantin wrote. In the case of directing it against females in particular, that is both sexist in itself and will serve against the cause of sexual equality.
Chill, don't break a blood vessel. These are for close friends, and I did say not to do this in large social situations. I'm wise enough to know what behavior would be harmful where, and I almost never indulge in vandalism (i.e., I never use any notebook of importance, etc.)

Also, I play jokes on both genders, and this one is the least harmful (and extremely flirtatious -- which is why I never mentioned "dudes"). My practical jokes on guys are even worse than this, but for girls I tend to be a gentle goof. XD Writing "weird names" only gets them angry temporarily where they hurriedly scribble it out, but they have fun nonetheless and we laugh it out. And in case you weren't aware, I'm also a victim of practical jokes (usually by females, obviously).

Josh, seems to me you don't have any "fun" over there. What's wrong?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on November 04, 2011, 06:31:10 pm
Okay then, another amusement because Josh isn't the first to think this way.

Practical Jokes is actually an excellent method to provoke and promote empathy, human bonding, cheerfulness and tolerance, provided you approach the right way and try not to disrupt anything your partner holds precious. Practical jokes are psychological and effective.

But unfortunately, a lot of people (the "dead serious" people; we have a Hindi slang for them -- "Khadoos") feel it's a form of abuse and bullying, but sometimes because they are scared of such jokes, even at the lowest and safest level, and they are quick to condemn or discourage playfulness. This lack of encouragement to human bonding appears mostly in adulthood who are too cautious, and they discourage their children from doing so. But they're really missing out life! They're missing out what it means to be human!

They're missing out the empathetic connection that binds people at an instinctual level!

Just a note: There is a difference between "Sharaarat" and "Shaitani", i.e. "playfulness" and "vandalism/destructively/demonically abusive", but most adults seem to get them confused and worry too much.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Truthordeal on November 04, 2011, 08:01:46 pm
I do pranks sometimes too, but they're harmless and I wouldn't be doing them if I didn't think the person on the receiving end would appreciate them. My most recent "prank" was slipping in a "Yo Momma" joke into a discussion about Zeno's Paradox. Yes, it was lame, but I have a very lame sense of humor and am a pretty lame person. Still, there's nothing antagonistic about it, and when the shoe's on the other foot I laugh and roll with it. I guess you'd call it "busting chops" rather than pranking. I dunno.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 04, 2011, 09:20:59 pm
It takes a certain level of good judgment to discern whether one's pranks and practical jokes will be as well-received as one imagines they will be. It is in this gap of ignorance that the abuses occur. You also should not uncritically trust the feedback you get from the victims of your jokes. Many will lie, or will not fully realize that they have been hurt.

I am particularly wary of justifications which amount to "you're too serious." Those are almost always dead giveaways that the person doing the joking is unaware of the consequences of their behavior.

And, lest it be forgotten, tushantin's comment about directing this kind of conduct specifically at females is totally unacceptable.

Awareness and responsibility will go a long way here.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on November 04, 2011, 11:38:03 pm
In my own cultural experience, practical jokes have never been a means of empathetic communication; whenever a "friendship" involved one person pulling a chair out from underneath another, it was abusive and better abandoned in my case. So I definitely identify with J's concern here, and view it as well worth raising.

On the other hand, I think the context of a particular act has an important role to play too. For example, I've never enjoyed roughhousing and quite frankly have seldom seen others enjoy it in real life, but I seem to recall some authors of young adult fiction embracing it as a bonding ritual between close friends. In the end, tushantin, it couldn't hurt to ask whether the episodes you describe bother these people on some level, or whether they truly relish in it as you do. Get a cultural conversation going when the opportunity arises -- this is obviously an important part of your day if it inspired you enough to write a post about it, and maybe the others reflect on this phenomenon as powerfully as you do. A conversation on a subject that's apparently implicity understood may be blunt and embarrassing, but perhaps this, too, is part of pursuing your ideal of absolute honesty in human relations.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on November 05, 2011, 07:54:38 am
And, lest it be forgotten, tushantin's comment about directing this kind of conduct specifically at females is totally unacceptable.
"Ooh, I'm scared of flirting with people because I worry it might be sexist."  #FirstWorldProblems

To be frank, I've seen a going trend here: between urban and rural lifestyle, the latter tend to have higher tolerance level and bonding compared to urban folks because they have no rules of "civility". Instead, even signs of disrespectful dominance (unless it's outrageously offensive) is considered to be a sign of informal friendship and is almost always mutual and playful. In urban areas on the other hand, play a simply, innocent joke and it's suddenly a big deal. Which is where us Modernists come in, who try to blend the best of both worlds.

As for sexism, it's not like I'm offending are hurting a woman (harming any woman is against my ethos). My practical jokes are a means of communication provided the girls are capable of catching on (otherwise I take the hint and stop), and I enjoy communicating with women. It's a means of making them smile, because when they're happy I'm also happy. Or is it that you refuse to acknowledge that "Heterosexuals" exist?

It takes a certain level of good judgment to discern whether one's pranks and practical jokes will be as well-received as one imagines they will be.
I won't argue with this one. That's precisely correct. But did you ever think about "measuring" the disruptive nature of your prank?

I am particularly wary of justifications which amount to "you're too serious." Those are almost always dead giveaways that the person doing the joking is unaware of the consequences of their behavior.
When some say "you're too serious" indeed there is some ignorance in their behalf. When I say the same, I mean exactly as I say it: You're just being too serious.

Awareness and responsibility will go a long way here.
I don't mean to be rude, Josh, but I've noticed something incredibly interesting here: the First World civilization indeed has incredibly low tolerant attitude towards anything and everything, in which case if an element seems even "slightly" harmful then, according to America, it ought to be eradicated. But that attitude backfires and destroys levels of social tolerance, empathy and self-awareness.

Okay, why did I say "self-awareness" there? Because I was trying to imply that a lot of things are good when they're in moderate use. Even pranks are great from time to time. It's not about perishing the thought entirely, but about knowing limitations. It's about knowing when you've gone too far! Which is why my pranks and shenanigans tend to be psychological, minimal, and rewarding (yes, rewarding). Knowing ones' limitations and weaknesses is crucial in social and professional life because it gives us the ability to deal with it rather than try escaping from it (it's impossible to escape from it), and also offers means of caution.

In my own cultural experience, practical jokes have never been a means of empathetic communication; whenever a "friendship" involved one person pulling a chair out from underneath another, it was abusive and better abandoned in my case. So I definitely identify with J's concern here, and view it as well worth raising.
See, this is why I tried to distinguish between "playfulness" (sharaarat) and "disruptiveness" (shaitani). Somehow a lot of developed countries are unaware of the differences between the two. However, I also realize that the word "prank" has a negative connotation, even though the Hindi equivalent is positive. I've also created my own level of distinguishable understanding that I cannot seem to explain because of lack of English words. For instance, your idea of "prank" is to pull a chair out from beneath someone, but I recognize it as "vengeance", something you'd like to use when challenging your rival in climbing social hierarchy and showing them their place, something I despise.

My idea of "prank" is to temporarily infuriate someone to chase you enough until you can reveal motive behind your actions and reward them. The reward could be physical, materialistic, verbal, visual, or anything that can bring a smile to their face. This inevitably promotes tolerance and empathy, but the catch is that you do it intimately, not in front of larger groups -- your goal isn't to embarrass your target. I can explain the psychology of it later (don't have much time right now).

In the end, tushantin, it couldn't hurt to ask whether the episodes you descirbe bother these people on some level, or whether they truly relish in it as you do. Get a cultural conversation going when the opportunity arises -- this is obviously an important part of your day if it inspired you enough to write a post about it, and maybe the others reflect on this phenomenon as powerfully as you do. A conversation on a subject that's apparently implicity understood may be blunt and embarrassing, but perhaps this, too, is part of pursuing your ideal of absolute honesty in human relations.
Yeah! We could converse about this some time in length if you're interested. In brief, I can say this: Have you seen playful rituals in animals and pigeons, and how it fosters social relations? Practical jokes serve the same purpose here, because they're mostly physical and not verbal (hint: do it sparingly, and be unpredictable).

They do relish it! Everyone desires to be "happy" once in a while but many simply don't have the idea where to search for it. If I have that happiness already, why shouldn't I share it with someone else? When you're intimate with your close friends, and not in public or large groups, there's less of the danger in undermining someone's social respect; things can be weird here too, but it works two ways -- there's a subliminal effect that they know that you know them well, and that you're comfortable with who they are fosters better relations, in which case any temporary embarrassment is relieved. The objective is to have fun in the excitement, and take advantage of the thrill of the moment. Emotions are complex: when you reward them for chasing after you they hate you for making them hate you, but they love you for it anyway, and when there aren't any rewards they'd get back to you with a prank of their own. I then purposely build defenses saying "real men don't surrender", which entices them to strengthen their ropes in pulling the trap until I scream "I surrender! Oh, please, I surrender!" Yeah, they laugh at me, but it's a laugh nonetheless, and I'm glad for it. But for those who aren't as active in the art of prank, or those who are introverts, minimal pranks are quite rewarding in order to encourage them to participate in social events, and they appreciate your efforts for it; they even enjoy opening up and hanging around. Because every friend matters. It builds a strong community: gone are the days where you make friends discussing "what movie did you watch yesterday", but today we know each other via communication, to know people for who they are, to listen to their dreams, to support them, and to have fun with them. It brings me great happiness when I'm able to help someone or make them smile.

Yeah, there are times when it bothers them, and when it does I tend to notice and stop. I'm good at reading body language (unless someone's a master of Poker Face) and can generally know what prank will work when, and if the person really is down then I dismiss the idea and simply try to establish a verbal communication. The thing about pranks is that you need to know when it's not important, and how for you go with it. The only reason I rely on Practical Jokes is because I'm a mook when it comes to verbal communications. I like to show people rather than explain it to them, because I do more damage talking rather than embracing a friend.

FaustWolf, you remember reading my novel manuscript, don't you? You know the disruptive nature and annoyance factor of the protagonist in there, and you can probably predict where that will head, but it's his best friend that realizes the protagonists' intentions and helps him turn into something amazing. The story depends on human relations, where the protagonist eventually turns into a person who touches people's hearts through his shenanigans and becomes a catalyst for humanity itself. My goals are the same, and empathy and absolute truth is the driving point here. I want to help foster human relations the right way, I don't want any person left out because of his/her differences, and yes, it does inspire me. Frankly, to hell with formality.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Katie Skyye on November 05, 2011, 02:00:42 pm
In my own cultural experience, practical jokes have never been a means of empathetic communication; whenever a "friendship" involved one person pulling a chair out from underneath another, it was abusive and better abandoned in my case. So I definitely identify with J's concern here, and view it as well worth raising.
For instance, your idea of "prank" is to pull a chair out from beneath someone, but I recognize it as "vengeance", something you'd like to use when challenging your rival in climbing social hierarchy and showing them their place, something I despise.

See, this makes sense to me. I once pulled the chair out from under a teacher I hated, and it was specifically an act of vengeance. And you know what? I talked myself out of punishment, too, which was the icing on the delicious revenge cake. (I used to be big on revenge, not so much any more.)

...but I would never never never do that to Red! The only reason I'd do it is if I knew I was strong enough to catch him and pick him up when he would try to sit down, but he's like half a head taller than me and I am pretty damn weak, so I know I wouldn't be able to--so I would never do that! But it doesn't mean I don't play practical jokes on him from time to time. And we have a good laugh!  :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 05, 2011, 05:22:05 pm
One thing I like to do is collect English words that can be used to refer to things elsewhere besides the Earth. For example, "water" is water probably everywhere in the universe. But cauliflower? Very unlikely that it exists anywhere but here.

A cunning trick is to go for words that describe the group that a thing belongs to, rather than specific things.

To that end, I have discovered that the three words "tea," "milk," and "juice" cover a broad variety of beverages and would continue to do so at any location beyond the Earth. The "tea" of Tau Ceti VIII wouldn't come from the sinensis plant, but insofar as we can allow "tea" to refer to any infusion of flavorful substances with water, it's quite possible to have tea without any sinensis in it. Indeed, we have that on Earth already. Even coffee can be considered a kind of tea; although it is made with roasted berries instead of cured leaves, the principle is the same. Milk, of course, refers to the nourishing secretions of mammals as well as the fatty emulsions made by mixing water with the pressed oils from nuts and beans. And juice is universal.

I find it helpful in my fantasy settings to be able to use terms familiar to the reader to describe things which are different in the particulars but similar in principle. I personally prefer that to the broad introduction of fantasy language terms (e.g., the Klingons call coffee "raktajino"), and I especially prefer it to the corny fusion of toponyms or demonyms with an existing English word (e.g., "Klingon blood wine").

Anyhow, what amused me is just how many of our drinks fall into the categories of tea, milk, or juice.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on November 05, 2011, 05:35:49 pm
What amuses me is how many ideas I can steal borrow without asking to integrate into my own method of thinking. That post of Josh's will go into my Evernote.

If you're thinking I'm copying you, I assure you that I actually am the idea will be used as a catalyst for my future free-time musing and self-development. If you're still not convinced, then note that a wise man once said, "Imitation is the highest form of flattery, but clones kind of get it wrong because we are promoting individuality and being proud of being yourself."

EDIT: BTW, does "Lassi" fall into the category of Juice?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 05, 2011, 05:50:55 pm
I had to look that up. It seems like a complex drink, but closer to milk than juice. However, "milk" would be a stretch for me. Your prerogative.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on November 06, 2011, 01:48:15 am
... insofar as we can allow "tea" to refer to any infusion of flavorful substances with water, it's quite possible to have tea without any sinensis in it.

I think I've mentioned it here before, but it is worth repeating. This is exactly why I like to call broth "meat tea"!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 06, 2011, 08:14:29 am
Took me a couple days of practice, but I nailed it.

[youtube]BW2Czu58UbQ[/youtube]

It's sort of enthralling to watch...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Truthordeal on November 06, 2011, 11:22:21 am
Man, I love just watching music "go by" on Synthesia. It provides that visual dimension to music that I just love. Same thing for Guitar Hero, except that Synthesia is better because pianos are awesome.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on November 07, 2011, 02:21:05 pm
Gasp, another "Dog Post?" Alas, yes. As has been indicated, my dog is a corgi, the smallest of the herding breeds (which are well suited for herding the largest cows too). Corgis aren't guard dogs persay, but all herding dogs have heightened guarding instincts. Which brings me to my amusement: when my dog hears an unusual loud noise, she goes into "Guard Puppy Mode." Her normally floppy ears (breed anathema, but they're cute) stand up straight, her chest poofs out, her posture is show quality, she eyes the direction of the sound with a look that can fry an egg at twenty paces (and melt your heart at ten), and lets out a very fwoofy bark. Sometimes it takes a few tries to convince her that it is okay and she doesn't need to bark, but even then, no matter what she was doing before, she'll come sit or lay by us and watches the direction the sound came from. Nothing's going to get the drop on HER!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on November 07, 2011, 02:32:24 pm
Gasp, another "Dog Post?" Alas, yes. As has been indicated, my dog is a corgi, the smallest of the herding breeds (which are well suited for herding the largest cows too). Corgis aren't guard dogs persay, but all herding dogs have heightened guarding instincts. Which brings me to my amusement: when my dog hears an unusual loud noise, she goes into "Guard Puppy Mode." Her normally floppy ears (breed anathema, but they're cute) stand up straight, her chest poofs out, her posture is show quality, she eyes the direction of the sound with a look that can fry an egg at twenty paces (and melt your heart at ten), and lets out a very fwoofy bark. Sometimes it takes a few tries to convince her that it is okay and she doesn't need to bark, but even then, no matter what she was doing before, she'll come sit or lay by us and watches the direction the sound came from. Nothing's going to get the drop on HER!
Man, now THAT'S my kind of dog!  :D
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Katie Skyye on November 07, 2011, 06:40:06 pm
Her normally floppy ears (breed anathema, but they're cute) stand up straight, her chest poofs out, her posture is show quality, she eyes the direction of the sound with a look that can fry an egg at twenty paces (and melt your heart at ten), and lets out a very fwoofy bark.

This sounds adorable in my head. I wish my dog was that adorable, but he's liable to rip the feet off of anyone who comes close enough...
He's a complete softy when he's around my family, but any "strangers," including Red, are treated with extreme hostility...
/sigh
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 08, 2011, 04:17:09 am
Earlier today I trimmed my fingernails, which I do anytime they start to clack on the keyboard. A little while ago I was brushing my hands and I realized my right pinky wasn't trimmed.

It reminds me of a morning long ago when my dad drove me to school. As we drove, he realized that he had put a wristwatch on both wrists that day.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on November 08, 2011, 04:31:41 am
Hahaha, the people on the internet are so amusing! Granted, you'd find all kinds of people who'd take advantage of anonymity, such as White Supremacists, Angry Islams, Fundamentalist Religious, Abusive Anti-Theists, Sexists, and need I say, Racists. I've even witnessed aggressive battles between Indian surfers and Pakistani, did my best to resolve the battle, and then there are those beautiful people from both sides who brought the "Stop Hate, Bring Love" propaganda and ended wars by embracing each other (http://indiapakistanpeace.org/From_Pakistan_to_India_with_Love.htm) -- not just on the net, but here in reality too. Sometimes they resolve it with poetry and art! It's an incredibly tear-jerking moment.

Quote
“This letter shows how much love there can be between the two countries if we could only learn to choose friendship over enmity and peace over war. We should tell people in India that we are willing to do so,” said Nosheen Sadiq, another Grammar School student.

But what's most amusing is the Western understanding of "Indians". While I've personally never received much racial spite from the awesome folks at America, Spain and other countries, every-time I say I'm an Indian, a pure Bharatiyan bred, most of the people from the west (with the exception of Europe) think that I either wear a Turban (http://www.instructables.com/image/F8R1ZUSGDTZY57G/How-to-Tie-a-Pagari-Indian-Turban.jpg), talk like the stereotypical Indian store-owner guy in Simpsons (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqfxmWbelcQ), or look like this!  (http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/mediafile/201008/26/P201008261641442788713129.jpg)

Yeah, it could be racial perception, but the source of misinformation is not the media itself, but the lack of information in the first place. You might think it probably infuriates us, but don't worry, it doesn't: when I discussed the matter with my friends, they simply rolled their eyes and laughed. And when someone comes up and asks us, "So you're Indian? You mean, like that Kwik-e Mart owner in Simpsons?" My friends would giggle as I type in, "Yes, like that Kwik-e Mart owner in Simpsons."

BTW, if you're wondering what I actually look like, well... somewhere along the lines of this guy:
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-yqt9s-kyTGI/TWa-zsXXnjI/AAAAAAAACJc/MX0-_K3fYQs/s1600/Ranbir+Kapoor+Upcoming+Movie+List.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on November 08, 2011, 06:02:59 pm
Clockwork.
When you tell time with a cellphone, or a digital watch, you get the time and nothing else.
But when it is clockwork? Then you don't need the time, because it's always half-past awesome.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on November 08, 2011, 07:30:46 pm
Clockwork.
When you tell time with a cellphone, or a digital watch, you get the time and nothing else.
But when it is clockwork? Then you don't need the time, because it's always half-past awesome.

Especially when combined with steam-power.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on November 09, 2011, 02:05:10 am
I decided to watch the Prince of Persia movie because why not.  And I had absolutely no idea there were so many white people living in ancient Persia.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on November 09, 2011, 03:15:12 am
I decided to watch the Prince of Persia movie because why not.  And I had absolutely no idea there were so many white people living in ancient Persia.
That was, I think, the only complaint who watched the movie. XD Of course, there's also: "Give me the dagger!"
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on November 09, 2011, 10:35:21 am
I didn't hate the movie, but yes, it was extremely white-washed. I wouldn't be surprised if the producers were talking to the director:
P: Can't we just move the location to, like, L.A? I OWN THIS TOWN!!!!!!
D: Well, it's called Prince of Persia, which is a place.
P: ...
...
...
yeah?
D: ...A place that is not L.A.
P: ...
...
...
so?
D: People will notice. We're not moving it to L.A.
P: Fine, fine, we'll just film it there. Pass me more coke.   :twisted:


Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on November 09, 2011, 11:45:00 am
I am not sure if I should be amused or frustrated, but I really really suck at recognizing when people aren't white.

The old cartoon, Gargoyles? I was surprised when they showed Elisa Maza's family and they were African American/Native American. I had no clue! I mean, even her last name is totally white.

<.<
>.>

Another example that is prominent in my mind is the character of Angela Montenegro (and thus, Michaela Conlin) in the TV series, Bones. During one episode my wife and I were talking and she mentioned that Conlin was Asian. Well, she asked what I thought Conlin was, then laughed, then told me. That of course led to the revelation that the other character, Dr. Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor) was black.

It happens surprisingly often, and I'm not sure if it is good or bad, but hopefully at the least it will amuse you.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Katie Skyye on November 09, 2011, 06:50:13 pm
I am not sure if I should be amused or frustrated, but I really really suck at recognizing when people aren't white.

They really, really suck at casting people who aren't white or near-white, though. In general, they stay away from the extreme ethnicity to avoid offending anyone. Avoid offending as many people as they possibly can. They kind of have to...because otherwise their show will be unpopular and get taken off the air...or they'll get sued or something...
There are obviously exceptions.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on November 10, 2011, 01:55:41 am
http://video.nytimes.com/video/2011/11/09/multimedia/100000001163283/rick-perrys-brain-freeze.html
:lol: "Oops."
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 10, 2011, 02:05:54 am
"I just...I just feel so passionately about eliminating the Department of...er... ... ..."

(Lord J dramatization of Rick Perry)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on November 10, 2011, 02:49:49 am
I can't help but feel a little for Perry after seeing that clip; it's happened to me once or twice, and I can only suspect it's a result of nerves. It's possible he's under so much stress to perform well that his mind is literally breaking down. It's a human enough response to the kind of pressure he's probably under. And I find it sad that this will be the most remembered as the reason for his undoing, rather than the poor merit of his proposals!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Truthordeal on November 10, 2011, 12:33:12 pm
I'm grateful that the moderator stuck on him about that, and didn't let him laugh it off with Ron Paul and allow his charisma to get away with it.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Radical_Dreamer on November 10, 2011, 01:20:50 pm
I didn't hate the movie, but yes, it was extremely white-washed. I wouldn't be surprised if the producers were talking to the director:
P: Can't we just move the location to, like, L.A? I OWN THIS TOWN!!!!!!
D: Well, it's called Prince of Persia, which is a place.
P: ...
...
...
yeah?
D: ...A place that is not L.A.
P: ...
...
...
so?
D: People will notice. We're not moving it to L.A.
P: Fine, fine, we'll just film it there. Pass me more coke.   :twisted:

There's a substantial Iranian ex-pat community in LA. Perhaps had they filmed it there, it would have been more authentic.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on November 10, 2011, 04:23:25 pm
There's a substantial Iranian ex-pat community in LA. Perhaps had they filmed it there, it would have been more authentic.
:lol: Yeah, you got me there.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on November 10, 2011, 04:54:47 pm
I realize that I don't praise people too often, especially those in my neck of the woods, but when I do notice something admirable that moves me then I will let them know in my most truest of emotions. My admiration comes from the heart, and those who deserve praise will have it. Because they are special people. Beautiful people.

And a lot of people in this world inspire me too! And their difference of views is my strength. People say that I'm always zestful, almost always too energetic and ready for anything. Such zeal stems from inspiration. For some, inspiration is a very limited commodity, but for an artistic mind like mine, I simply never run out of it -- everything in this world inspires me, no matter how beautiful or grotesque, be it comical moments or tragic, or even the most mundane of times. But alas, 24/7 inspiration can also be a curse. Your best ideas are sometimes immediately replaced by newer ones, and you're always too anxious and eager to fulfill your dreams, and your limitless vivacity often never lets you sleep (thanks a lot for the "take this moment as an inspirational opportunity for artistic pursuits", wise guy, 'coz it worked; you know who you are).

Give me a topic, say "a guy and his struggle against a toothpick", and I can write a movie on it. But my best ones will always get the privilege to be written.

But my current inspiration stems from Katie and Red, whom my praise goes to. Ever since Hypergeek and Teaflower left, we hadn't had another 'Dynamic Duo' so far at the Compendium. Also, Katie and Red together finish so many goals each day with such enthusiastic spirits that they put us "grown ups" to shame (okay, maybe I'm not a "grown up" yet because --- SPRINGTIME OF YOUTH). To me, they signify the zealous spirit of Springtime of Youth that we all ought to have, to be capable of running towards our goals passionately and enjoy every moment of it.

So let's take a pledge to learn from these two and redefine ourselves. Because I'm sure gonna do that! (Except for keeping a "to do" journal, because I can't seem to do that)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Katie Skyye on November 10, 2011, 06:41:01 pm
Wha-whaaaaaaaaaaaat? O///O
But my current inspiration stems from Katie and Red, whom my praise goes to. Ever since Hypergeek and Teaflower left, we hadn't had another 'Dynamic Duo' so far at the Compendium. Also, Katie and Red together finish so many goals each day with such enthusiastic spirits that they put us "grown ups" to shame (okay, maybe I'm not a "grown up" yet because --- SPRINGTIME OF YOUTH). To me, they signify the zealous spirit of Springtime of Youth that we all ought to have, to be capable of running towards our goals passionately and enjoy every moment of it.
So let's take a pledge to learn from these two and redefine ourselves. Because I'm sure gonna do that! (Except for keeping a "to do" journal, because I can't seem to do that)
Well, uh...just don't go writing any movies about us!!

As for amusements today: Red had one of those chocolate-covered marshmallow things, and I tried it, and...the marshmallow was chocolate too!!! It was great. :D
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 11, 2011, 11:23:49 am
I am staying up late so that I might savor the glory that shall be 11:11:11, 11/11/11.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on November 11, 2011, 04:05:14 pm
My bro's birthday. And he's gonna have it like nobody's business!

That said, my friends are awesome. They turn any heavy themed and controversial topic into a light-hearted and lovable situation effectively. I'm a lucky guy indeed.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Truthordeal on November 12, 2011, 12:35:00 pm
Rules of John Donne, similar to Chuck Norris Facts except not.

1) John Donne sucks.

2) Donne has a very weird way of expressing his homosexual feelings for God(not that there's anything wrong with that...)

3) He is a misogynist, except when he's being a creepy mofo and trying to pass it off as Petrarchan romance. Even then he's still pretty sexist.

4) He can't use meter or rhyme well, so he bastardizes both and people congratulate him for it.

5) The only time he's written a good poem is when he copied Christopher Marlowe. And even then, Marlowe still whoops his ass.

Seriously England, you went from Shakespeare to this? I am very disappointed.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on November 12, 2011, 01:46:25 pm
I just watched Gnomeo and Juliet. It made me curious about one of the voice actors, Jim Cummings. I thus took a look at his bio and was immensely impressed. Mr. Cummings did voices for characters that I've cherished, and well as characters that I had forgotten but loved once. Some of his characters are similar enough that I can now recognize the similarities that a single voice actor brought to them. But others are so different that I'd never have guessed. He's quiet talented, it would seem, and his career is, in essence, my childhood.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on November 14, 2011, 12:43:14 pm
People who don't live near big cities have such a foreign view to me on what a city actually is.  I've lived in or just next to large cities my entire life, so when someone this weekend described Akron, Ohio as a city I was just "...wat."  I'm sure it's technically a city because of X, Y, and Z reasons but I just can't wrap my head around it.  I've lived in too many crowded, people-packed places to consider anywhere with a couple thousand people a city.  To me, Manila is a city.  Boston is a city.  Chicago is a city.  Akron is not.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 15, 2011, 12:56:12 am
Newt Gingrich is now at the head of the Republican presidential field. Seriously, Newt Friggin' Gingrich. The guy who shut down the federal government in the 1990s and eventually resigned as Speaker of the House amid scandal. The guy who left his wife for another lover when his wife was sick with cancer. That Newt Gingrich.

This whole "flavor of the week" thing is really quite something! Trump, Bachmann, Perry, Cain, now Gingrich. The majority of the GOP base doesn't want perennially second-place Mormon "liberal" Mitt Romney--who will probably end up with the nomination nonetheless.

~~~~~
Separately, I dreamed that I was broke and on the run from the law, and that Ricardo Montalban, in the role of The Most Interesting Man in the World, let me stay at his palace as a permanent house guest. It was creepy, to be receiving kindness and aid from a prince of crime, to be in the lap of luxury knowing that at any minute he might turn on me!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on November 15, 2011, 05:11:47 am
Quote from: Lord J Esq
Separately, I dreamed that I was broke and on the run from the law, and that Ricardo Montalban, in the role of The Most Interesting Man in the World, let me stay at his palace...

(http://i.imgur.com/7wb9i.jpg)

You knew I couldn't resist.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 15, 2011, 06:30:20 am
In his accent and with his tones and inflections, that is perfect!!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on November 16, 2011, 10:07:07 am
Everytime I talk to someone in person they seem amused with my speech. Now I'm not saying I'm the best speaker there is, because I do indeed stammer and need to make quite an effort to speak. But they say that whenever I speak my confidence comes in view naturally, (they did mention about... no, modesty keeps me from saying it) even though I'm probably one of those "most shy blokes" out there.

But what they're most amused by is my accent. I'm a Sindhi, but I don't have their accent. I was born in Bengal, but I don't have their accent either. I've lived most of my life among the Marathas, but I don't have their accents either. Neither the Islamic one despite having a Muslim mentor. Rather, being in the shadow of a childhood friend from overseas who lived in my neighborhood morphed the way I speak (his father was from Boston, always for sea voyages), then with some richer blokes who made frequent trips to Asia affected me, and then the frequent relatives from Australia who I spent my time with, and finally my good friends Harry and his family / friends from Scotland who's dialects weighed even more heavily than any one else. What helped was the fact that I usually spoke in English only with these folks; with the rest, I spoke in Hindi.

And everytime I speak with someone in English they're baffled; they either judge whether I have an American accent, or a European, or an Australian, or they just can't seem to make up their minds -- but the fact is, there still is plenty of Indian tint in the manner I speak. But it was today, when my friend (who's birthday we were celebrating) asked me about it that I finally admitted:

"Never in this world will you find a man who has an accent like mine."
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on November 16, 2011, 06:45:56 pm
http://kotaku.com/5860125/in-which-the-chrono-trigger-crew-meet-a-true-time-traveler

Well, some of you may find this funny. Chrono Trigger + Doctor Who and, um... Yeah.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on November 17, 2011, 07:59:09 am
http://kotaku.com/5860125/in-which-the-chrono-trigger-crew-meet-a-true-time-traveler

Well, some of you may find this funny. Chrono Trigger + Doctor Who and, um... Yeah.
I could say so much more... SO MUCH MORE... but spoilers, babeh.

But Doctor owning Sir Crono? The Judoon Platoon on the Moon refuse to believe that.

P.S.: There's your Doctor Who + Chrono Trigger, Bekkler.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 17, 2011, 02:09:40 pm
My amusement of the day is that I am very deeply immersed in a huge project with hydra-like tentacles. To perform one task, I must move aside and complete another one first, and to complete that task, move aside and complete another...and on, and on. But because it's work that I love to do, I'm having a ball. Things are getting done. File folders are filling up.

But I'm nowhere near finishing that first task.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on November 17, 2011, 05:42:14 pm
http://kotaku.com/5860125/in-which-the-chrono-trigger-crew-meet-a-true-time-traveler

Well, some of you may find this funny. Chrono Trigger + Doctor Who and, um... Yeah.

Hah.  That's pretty awesome.  My favourite part was Bill and Ted.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on November 17, 2011, 11:47:35 pm
Finally came back from the early morning run! It was freezing! :shock: And I love it! Saw a lot of things. Wrote a lot of things. Weird, though, that the traffic becomes denser by half past six, and you only get a half hour to claim the morn as your own. Oh well, Springtime of Youth.

1) Horses. At the Race Course. Took my mind with storm, but that's another topic entirely.

2) I don't get why crows get such a bad rep. Hell, the only times I hear the word "Raven" is when someone's reciting Edgar Allan Poe's poetry or describing a story character's dark hair. Crows are my most favorite birds by far, and their skill of communication, surveillance, and timing are admirable. Plus, their wings are so sleek and stylish!

3) Dogs are quite like us. See several male stray dogs and they're always fighting like uncivilized slum-dwellers, but when they spot a well-groomed female house-dog, suddenly the male strays become "gentlemen" towards em. It's cute!

@Thought: Beware of the slum dogs, lest they steal the heart of your beloved Corgis!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Katie Skyye on November 18, 2011, 01:33:14 pm
2) I don't get why crows get such a bad rep. Hell, the only times I hear the word "Raven" is when someone's reciting Edgar Allan Poe's poetry or describing a story character's dark hair. Crows are my most favorite birds by far, and their skill of communication, surveillance, and timing are admirable. Plus, their wings are so sleek and stylish!

Crows are awesome. There are a bajillion in the area I live in, and I never get tired of their silly CAWing. Sometimes there's a derpy crow who doesn't CAW so much as kweeehhhh~ehhh... <3 So cute!
I even have a  crow tengu costume! Basically this guy, (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kouji2005/72330164/) but sized for a petite girl. :P
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 18, 2011, 02:21:35 pm
Corvids are also among the smartest creatures alive, especially certain varieties. My favorite of all birds is the raven. I love to watch them prowl around daybreak and nightfall.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 18, 2011, 02:59:47 pm
A double post here. I've been going through some old notes of mine, and there really are some gems. For instance, I wrote about "finally" discovering after much fruitless searching how to do a right-indent in Microsoft Word 2000. On that same note there was a boldfaced addendum, encouraging me, when I should re-discover how to do it, to write it down. =)

All writers should, on infrequent occasions, revisit their old notes.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on November 18, 2011, 03:47:50 pm
I even have a  crow tengu costume! Basically this guy, (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kouji2005/72330164/) but sized for a petite girl. :P
Ah, the Shinto deity/demon! XDDD You've got nice taste, though!

Me? I often keep finding myself with Kappa (http://www.nippon-ichigo.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/kappa-no-kaikata.jpg). But when sometimes I need to pick a bad-ass one, who better than the Shinto God of Storms, Susano-o (http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/zoom/S2004.3.168.5.jpg)?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Katie Skyye on November 18, 2011, 04:38:40 pm
Ah, the Shinto deity/demon! XDDD You've got nice taste, though!

Me? I often keep finding myself with Kappa (http://www.nippon-ichigo.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/kappa-no-kaikata.jpg). But when sometimes I need to pick a bad-ass one, who better than the Shinto God of Storms, Susano-o (http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/zoom/S2004.3.168.5.jpg)?

Kappa are pretty dang cool, but not so easy to make a costume of, unless I wanted to shave the top of my head or carry a bowl of water around up there... The fact that their favorite foods are children and cucumbers is strangely endearing.

And of course Susano-o is a badass.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on November 18, 2011, 06:15:32 pm
Here's a bit of trivia: The Supreme Court once ruled that tomatoes are vegetables. (Biologically, they are fruits.) That tidbit bubbled up from my memory when I read in the LA Times today that some folks in Congress are trying to get pizza declared as a vegetable, on the basis of the tomato sauce each slice contains, so that schools can continue to serve it for lunch. The bill passed, so I presume pizza is now a vegetable (or technically a "vegetable serving") for legal purposes.

Pizza didn't exist in school cafeterias when I was very young. It showed up in middle school, but I almost never had enough money to be able to buy it. It was a treat! I gather that it is more readily available to students today.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2011/11/congress-shows-an-appetite-for-pizza-.html
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Post by: Lord J Esq on November 21, 2011, 06:36:08 pm
Al Gore is his own Wikipedia portal...which I learned from the Atari Democrats page.
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Post by: Acacia Sgt on November 21, 2011, 07:28:50 pm
As many a fan of the SRT game series knows, whenever Gundam Wing appears in a game's cast, it's inevitable Heero Yui gets custom lines since his Seiyu is a fan of the games. But I must say that the latest game is taking it to ridiculous levels.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqBlGuj5AVA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqBlGuj5AVA)

Not that I mind... :lol:
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Post by: Thought on November 21, 2011, 09:17:57 pm
In the past, I've always lived in fairly flat places. Even when the general city I lived in wasn't flat, the area where I lived happened to be. As such, my dog hasn't really been around hills in the past. That has changed and I have discovered that she loves them. And not just going down hill, mind you. Perhaps it is the weather, the sun, or something else, but it sure seems like its the slanty earth. And oh, the love she has for it!

*corgi run run run*"Uphill?! Holy crap, its the best! WHEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!! ... wait, what's that?! Downhill? Don't mind if I do!" *corgi run run run run* "YAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYY!!!!!"
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Post by: FaustWolf on November 21, 2011, 11:19:16 pm
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*corgi run run run*"Uphill?! Holy crap, its the best! WHEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!! ... wait, what's that?! Downhill? Don't mind if I do!" *corgi run run run run* "YAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYY!!!!!"
Thought, if you videotaped your dog doing this and provided exactly that voiceover...I think you'd make millions off YouTube royalties.
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Post by: Lord J Esq on November 22, 2011, 12:11:49 am
It took me half an hour to read today's xkcd (http://xkcd.com).
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Post by: Lord J Esq on November 22, 2011, 01:46:24 pm
Remember how Congress a few days ago declared pizza to legally be a vegetable? Well, the European Union simply won't stand for it! In errant absurdity, the Europeans were there first and by gum they are still the best!

BEHOLD!

EU Outlaws Claim that Water Helps Prevent Dehydration (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/8897662/EU-bans-claim-that-water-can-prevent-dehydration.html)
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Post by: Sajainta on November 22, 2011, 01:48:14 pm
...

...

:picardno
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Post by: alfadorredux on November 22, 2011, 02:24:17 pm
I'm starting to feel like an extra in "Invasion of the Zombie Legislators" (or "Legislature of the Dead"? Hmmm...)
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Post by: tushantin on November 22, 2011, 02:34:48 pm
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*corgi run run run*"Uphill?! Holy crap, its the best! WHEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!! ... wait, what's that?! Downhill? Don't mind if I do!" *corgi run run run run* "YAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYY!!!!!"
Thought, if you videotaped your dog doing this and provided exactly that voiceover...I think you'd make millions off YouTube royalties.
And I'd be replaying that video a million times! :D

My amusement for today: With the insanity that's been going on recently in law-making decisions, now I'm fairly convinced that people "really really need" social reforming. Just so the people can unite as a powerful force, then roll their powerful eyes, point their powerful fingers at the lawmakers and laugh. Powerfully.
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Post by: tushantin on November 23, 2011, 04:34:25 am
Today's amusement: I always had two Moms and one Dad. But now a bloke's looking forward to adopt me. That makes two Moms and two Dads.

Sounds weird, or in some cases, outrageous? Haha, it always does when a statement is phrased that way. If I were to tell you what I actually mean by that it would make sense, but I'm willing to keep it ambiguous for now.

Second amusement: Your interpretation, and possible "reaction", to my first amusement.
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Post by: Sajainta on November 23, 2011, 02:13:38 pm
I know plenty of people in a variety of situations with two mothers and / or two fathers, so that's not really that outrageous or weird.
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Post by: tushantin on November 23, 2011, 03:09:46 pm
I know plenty of people in a variety of situations with two mothers and / or two fathers, so that's not really that outrageous or weird.
For some, perhaps not: but I said that based on the reaction I got from some folks. XD

Also, I correct myself again: I have three fathers.
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Post by: tushantin on November 24, 2011, 12:03:36 pm
When someone walks around the city and finds all shops and public transportation closed, they ponder what happened and are curious for a long-winded, detailed response to comprehend it. But in this case, the folks at Maharashtra only needed one simply answer to see the whole picture clearly.

Pedestrian Woman: "Hey, why are all the shops closed?"
Me: "Someone slapped Sharad Pawar."
Pedestrian Woman: "Ahh, no wonder. Well, the son of a bi%$# had it coming."

And she was right: Pawar deserves all that discrimination, and he proved it today. For that one slap by a "common man" (one of the many who suffer under his influence) he's hell bent on making the whole state pay the price. He and his party assert control and dominance with scare-tactics and brutal means over the commoners, and he's initiated Maharashtra Bandh for tomorrow.

We may have an excellent culture, but we also have incredibly corrupt politicians and businessmen. It's people like Pawar who make our nation hollow from within and give us a bad name. But at least we have good men like Anna Hazare to represent the people.

The battle continues. The nation is boiling (http://www.jaagore.com/sochbadlo/main.php). Have some tea, have a hearty conversation, and change the world.
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Post by: Kodokami on November 25, 2011, 07:39:06 pm
http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2091

Today's Dinosaur Comic totally reminded me of the Chrono series. And not just because time travel is mentioned.
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Post by: Radical_Dreamer on November 28, 2011, 01:59:14 am
By coincidence, I was listening to this talk while getting caught up on the Stuff you Hate thread:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUI_ML1qkQE&feature=related

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Post by: Thought on November 28, 2011, 06:52:35 pm
Ugly Renaissance Babies (http://uglyrenaissancebabies.tumblr.com/).

I admit, I like snarky humour more than I should, but that aside, it is refreshing to see the Renaissance not being held as "teh best of evers."
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Post by: Syna on November 28, 2011, 08:44:08 pm
Ugly Renaissance Babies (http://uglyrenaissancebabies.tumblr.com/).

I admit, I like snarky humour more than I should, but that aside, it is refreshing to see the Renaissance not being held as "teh best of evers."

This is yet another example of the great boon tumblr provides humanity. Where else could all the ugly Renaissance babies be catalogued???

Also, I just choked on my coffee.
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Post by: tushantin on November 29, 2011, 08:56:05 am
Ugly Renaissance Babies (http://uglyrenaissancebabies.tumblr.com/).

I admit, I like snarky humour more than I should, but that aside, it is refreshing to see the Renaissance not being held as "teh best of evers."

This is yet another example of the great boon tumblr provides humanity. Where else could all the ugly Renaissance babies be catalogued???

Also, I just choked on my coffee.
HOLLY SHEEPS! Is that my brother in there?!
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Post by: Thought on November 29, 2011, 03:14:10 pm
I've been reading Steven King's "On Writing," which has generally been a good romp, but he, like many others, hates the passive voice with a holy fire. I'm amused because, despite people repeatedly telling me it is horrible, I still like it and intentionally use it from time to time (and unintentionally use it more often than I should). Admittedly, it is a great place to hide, but the passive voice has so many fun uses that I cannot endure parting with it.
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Post by: tushantin on November 29, 2011, 03:16:30 pm
Admittedly, it is a great place to hide, but the passive voice has so many fun uses that I cannot endure parting with it.
Haha, I remember an editor of mine constantly telling me that. Active voices signify swiftness and action, and something else I'm missing. But what uses would a Passive Voice have, according to you?
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Post by: Truthordeal on November 29, 2011, 04:08:01 pm
The active voice seems more swift and what not because there are fewer words. This is generally why people tell you not to use passive voice: you're quickly killing your word count or character limit and haven't said as much as you could. It's often seen as being fluffy and insubstantial.

As for what passive voice does, well, re-read the last statement I made:

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It's often seen as being fluffy and insubstantial("by people" is implied).

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People often see it as being fluffy and insubstantial.

In one case, the object mentioned first is "it," in this case, the passive voice. The passive voice is "being seen" and is receiving the action. In the second, the object is "people," which is "giving" the action. So in a sense, yes, active voice does give the feeling of action because the action is being taken rather than passive voice, which signifies inaction, or mere subjugation to another action. Passive voice is properly used for things that cannot act, like...well, the passive voice. It can also be done to subtly shift blame:

"X did Y." "Y was done by X."

In one case, X initiated it. In the other, Y seems to have.

Active voice can also be helpful if you're focusing on one character. It seems less "scattered" in narratives.
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Post by: Thought on November 29, 2011, 06:39:48 pm
Kitchens are the most polite room of the house. Why? Because many are grate(r)-full!
Kitchens are one of the strongest rooms in the house. Why? Because they hold the refrigerator, and damn, that thing can run.
Kitchens are also the most loyal room of the house. Why? Because you can count(er) on them!
Kitchens are also the richest room of the house. Why? Because they have all the dough!

So a kitchen, a Dining Room, and a Bathroom walked into a bar. The kitchen said that it was the most important room in the house, because it was where the food was prepared. The dining room said it was the most important, because it was where the food was consumed. The bathroom said it was the most important, because it was where the food ended up afterwards. Frustrated, the kitchen turned to the bartender and asked him which was the most important room of the house. The bartender promptly had himself committed to a mental institution for seeing talking-rooms.
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Post by: Lord J Esq on November 29, 2011, 09:45:22 pm
The harping against passive voice is one of those artifices of an education in literacy as channeled through people who don't really understand what they're talking about. Don't use the passive voice when you shouldn't use the passive voice, unless you're trying to make some kind of point. In all other instances, it's fair game.

So simple.
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Post by: tushantin on November 30, 2011, 01:32:47 am
Kitchens are the most polite room of the house. Why? Because many are grate(r)-full!
Kitchens are one of the strongest rooms in the house. Why? Because they hold the refrigerator, and damn, that thing can run.
Kitchens are also the most loyal room of the house. Why? Because you can count(er) on them!
Kitchens are also the richest room of the house. Why? Because they have all the dough!

So a kitchen, a Dining Room, and a Bathroom walked into a bar. The kitchen said that it was the most important room in the house, because it was where the food was prepared. The dining room said it was the most important, because it was where the food was consumed. The bathroom said it was the most important, because it was where the food ended up afterwards. Frustrated, the kitchen turned to the bartender and asked him which was the most important room of the house. The bartender promptly had himself committed to a mental institution for seeing talking-rooms.
XDDD I simply have no words to praise you in equivalent humor.  :lol: LMFAO HOW THE HECK DO YOU DO THAT

The harping against passive voice is one of those artifices of an education in literacy as channeled through people who don't really understand what they're talking about. Don't use the passive voice when you shouldn't use the passive voice, unless you're trying to make some kind of point. In all other instances, it's fair game.
That's something I've been wondering about too. Many folks discourage the use of Passive Voice outright blindly, though I assumed there may be instances where it would undoubtedly fit.

Where should one use Passive Voice though? What are the instances?
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Post by: Lord J Esq on November 30, 2011, 09:21:49 am
Back in the 1990s I saw a movie that had a certain scene which made a powerful impression on me. Over time that memory faded, so that I could not be entirely sure of its veracity. I couldn't get my hand on the movie, an anime motion pictured called Galaxy Express 999, but eventually I found the television series counterpart to it. It contained nothing of the scene I remembered. I was disappointed.

Tonight I found and watched the movie version, and the scene was there just as I had remembered it. Oh, happy! I am pleased and amused.
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Post by: tushantin on November 30, 2011, 03:51:09 pm
I've always prided myself for being 'Manly' and 'Masculine', but I was baffled when Foram (yes, that's her real name) mentioned that I'm quite feminine.

Like... quite feminine. Yes, she said "quite". She even went to great lengths to describe it for me.

I don't understand. How can I be feminine? Was it Mary's own nature that rubbed off on me?

I'm not so sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but that it amuses me to know something I didn't before. What do you folks think?
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Post by: Thought on November 30, 2011, 06:23:34 pm
XDDD I simply have no words to praise you in equivalent humor.  :lol: LMFAO HOW THE HECK DO YOU DO THAT

I'm glad that someone was amused by my *ahem* "Kitchen jokes." ;)

Where should one use Passive Voice though? What are the instances?

A lot of language is knowing it in your gut. This comes from reading a lot, listening, and writing. A strict adherence to a language's rules might get a text technically correct, but it will sound stilted. It is zen-like in that regard.

It certainly has a place in dialogue. Even if the writer agrees that the passive voice should be avoided, the characters in the text might not. It can be used, then, to the extent that the character might use it. Same with a narrator, although that can be a bit more tricky. The passive voice is a great place to hide because it has an air of authority to it. Compare "the meeting is at 11" with "the meeting will be held at 11." The former is informal, and as such something that you might want to double check. The latter, though, sounds formal and authoritative. That meeting WILL be at 11, come hell or high water! Thus, characters (and narrators) accustomed to lecturing or authority might use the passive voice often. Likewise with characters who are unsure of themselves: it's safer to make things sound authoritative, as it is less likely to be called into question.

It also can be used to add a bit of variety (I tend to find texts that are nothing but the active voice to be stale and repetitive). Since it is best as a spice rather than as bread, though, it can also be used to call attention to an important line in a text. This ties back into its air of finality: if used judiciously, it will call attention to itself when it is used. Since English trains us to look for the important thing at the beginning of a sentence, this also allows us to emphasize the thing acted upon more than the actor. And lastly, it can also be used as a link in a train of thought. Imagine a court scene. "No one questions that this gun shot Ms. Example. The bullet from that gun is what killed her. And this gun was shot by that man!" It creates a link between two different ideas, and thus eases the transition between the two.
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Post by: Lord J Esq on December 01, 2011, 06:28:41 pm
It's more than a little ironic that conservatives are abandoning Herman Cain, ostensibly for his endless sex scandals, in favor of...wait for it...Newt Gingrich.

This is the guy who as Speaker of the House during his impeachment of President Clinton over an affair, was having an affair. This is the guy who came to his wife's hospital bed as she lay convalescing from cancer treatment to discuss the particulars of their pending divorce. That's hardcore!

I think it's pretty likely that Newt Gingrich is going to lose his flavor of the week status a lot faster than Herman Cain did, and when it's all over I guess we'll be left with Mitt Romney--the most difficult nominee to win against. Our best hope is that his moderate conservative credentials and rampant Mormonism will dampen right-wing electoral turnout next year.

(I guess that puts me in the camp of those who oppose the sentiment of "It doesn't matter who you vote for as long as you vote.")
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Post by: Mr Bekkler on December 01, 2011, 10:54:29 pm
http://hornblower24601.tumblr.com/post/13351075421/lord-kitschener-blwatslock

Shirts!
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Post by: tushantin on December 02, 2011, 05:33:04 am
(http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/funny-pictures-chemistry-cat-pessimist-optimist.jpg)
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Post by: Thought on December 03, 2011, 02:55:33 am
What Scientists Can Be Grateful for on Thanksgiving (http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_magazine/previous_issues/articles/2011_11_25/caredit.a1100131)

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We are thankful for our families who don’t flinch when we say that we need to go into the lab at midnight, even though the gist of this sentiment is that we’re choosing bacterial cultures over them.
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Post by: Sajainta on December 03, 2011, 06:16:21 am
Cross-posting from Facebook.

I, uh, I think my favourite kind of music is Christmas music.  Out of every kind of genre that I love--melodic death metal (and death metal in general), nostalgic late 90s and early millennium alternative, classic rock, the great early heavy metal bands (Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath I <3 you forever), and crappy 90s euro techno...I love Christmas music the most.  -______-

So I'm pretty sure the next time I get the inevitable "So, what kind of music do you like?", I'll be honest.

"So, what kind of music do you like?"
"CHRISTMAS MUSIC!"

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v716/bittersunday/Stuffy%20McStufferz/regretnothing.gif)
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Post by: tushantin on December 03, 2011, 06:39:38 am
Hah, Christmas music! Just can't get enough of it. Here ya go, Saj: http://www.jamendo.com/en/playlist/215332

"Silent night, holy night~
All is calm, all is bright~
Round the corner we're pickin' a fight~
...
Wait, what?!"
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Post by: tushantin on December 03, 2011, 09:56:17 am
Okay, double post.

Quick: What's the most legendary romance literature of all time? Did I hear you say 'Romeo and Juliet'? Take a walk!

It's Laila and Majnun (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Layla_and_Majnun) -- nothing even comes close! This is what popularized romance / tragedy, this is what was the best and still is, and this is what inspired the whole of Asia. Been listening to the ballad (Urdu), and it's crushes your heart from inside out -- how loyal and benevolent love can be, how the lovers strive against the tradition that tear them apart, how the bonds of distance, status and family come in the way... Though many would be a fan of the poet Qhays (the protagonist, and hopeless idiot), I personally liked Laila's character more -- she's so vivid and strong, mature and jubilant.

You know what? Call me 'Majnun' from now on (my RL friends would laugh if I say that). Yes, I'm a madman; mad in love.


On another note, I just sold an Augustus T-Shirt (http://www.redbubble.com/people/tushantin/works/6900466-augustus-bring-it-on-dark)!  :D Purchased by a lady. Not sure how much I get out of that, though.

Also, this:
(http://scaryideas.com/i/26283_640.jpg) (http://www.redbubble.com/people/redbubble/journal/8140063-know-the-warning-signs)
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Post by: Thought on December 03, 2011, 04:03:15 pm
A Christmas present for me just arrived. A T-shirt, specifically:

(http://www.thinkgeek.com/images/products/zoom/e62b_mary_shelly_men.jpg) (http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/unisex/generic/e62b/?srp=2)
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Post by: Sajainta on December 03, 2011, 05:28:20 pm
At first I was like "...Iron Giant?" but then I recognized her by her dress.  I don't know what is worse--the fact that I thought it was an Iron Giant shirt or the fact that I recognized Shelley by her dress.  -__-
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Post by: Sajainta on December 03, 2011, 10:49:04 pm
I just realized that this is my life as an adult.  My adult life can be summed up by what I am doing right now--eating Doritos on a Saturday night in an empty apartment, reading short stories by Asimov and Lovecraft.

Wow.

I know I'm posting this on a website dedicated to 90s video games about time travel where "geeky" can be considered the norm, but still.  Ouch.
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Post by: tushantin on December 04, 2011, 03:07:01 am
...but still.  Ouch.
You still seem to have much better than I (because Asimov rocks!).  :wink: I can't play soccer anymore because stupid elders think it's a disruptive sport (and they have the authority because apparently they own the places). Can't even go out much because, as adventurous as I am, I've seen everything in the city already. I was hoping to become a traveler and never settle down, but travelling requires money which I don't have. I'm stuck working at minimum wage and preparing a portfolio, and even animating a movie, which is more "geeky" than I like myself to be.

Still, we'll pull through! :D Wanna travel with me?
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Post by: Lord J Esq on December 04, 2011, 10:34:59 pm
Creationists depend rather heavily on the story of Noah's Ark to make sense of the creationist worldview. We can only sympathize with poor Noah!

[youtube]j_BzWUuZN5w[/youtube]
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Post by: Lord J Esq on December 05, 2011, 05:01:47 am
Dictionary.com's Word of the Day today is frondescence, meaning "leafage; foliage." That made me smile.
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Post by: tushantin on December 05, 2011, 02:37:45 pm
So... Foram and I were out on a date.

*Ring ring*
Foram: I'm sorry! I'm so sorry I'm late. But WHERE THE HECK ARE YOU?! Aren't real gentlemen supposed to be waiting for girls?
Me: (Chewing on ice cream) Oh! Dear Foram, I did wait for you... I could wait an eternity for you... I waited for you so long --
Foram: (Rolls her eyes) Really? Exactly how long?
Me: ... Five minutes. I got bored.
Foram: ...WHAT!  

I wonder if she'd rant to my friend later: "That sonuvahobo stood me up for an ice cream!" Although that's not entirely true -- I bought her a strawberry stick too!
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Post by: Mr Bekkler on December 05, 2011, 04:33:05 pm
Dictionary.com's Word of the Day today is frondescence, meaning "leafage; foliage." That made me smile.

How do you pronounce foliage?

I go the "Faux Lee Edge" route, but I've heard it pronounced with the softer "g" (the second one in garage) which sounds more "Foal Yehsch". The second one seems more awkward yet more correct at the same time. Is there a single proper way to say the word or are both correct?
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Post by: Lord J Esq on December 05, 2011, 08:22:15 pm
Phonetically, it's "foe lee udge" (like "judge" without the J), although, when you're speaking quickly, in some accents it comes out as "foe lee adge" (like "badge" without the B). The stress is on "FOE."

Further thoughts in the Writers thread.

Edit: Oh dear! I completely overlooked your stated ambiguity with the pronunciation. There is a J sound in there; you're wondering whether it's the hard J we all know or the soft J that doesn't have its own letter or letter pair in English. It's properly the former, but some people do pronounce it with a soft J. I guess they do that as a pretention, because the word is outside of standard usage and people may think it is an exotic word (much like many insist on that horrible phrase "an historic" with a pronounced H). It may also be because some people recognize that we took that word from French, and the French pronunciation is a soft J.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on December 07, 2011, 11:00:52 am
Something I noticed, based on my observations on clear research: one of the fundamental, psychological factors contributing to prejudice against obesity.

Eating is normally a social activity, be it luncheon or dinner; the people with higher status usually get to ask for fancier, exquisite and simply "more" food compared to middle class stuck with what they have, and the impoverished who are also malnourished -- these traits of status can easily be noticed via the human eye. Social status means a lot. Granted, obesity may not simply be a result of status and background, but also genetic or medical conditions (such as Hypothyroidism), but the human mind doesn't know that. Human mind can be deceived, regardless of its intellectual capabilities. Subconsciously, the members of the lower classes immediately notice the obese as ones from "better lifestyles" and hold prejudice against them, trying to spot their vulnerabilities -- the biggest one being their physical feats, where the obese are regarded as physically / athletically inferior due to their "easy lives". You know, when you can't win the game just flip the board.

Now, even if you were to take this idea to a developed country like America, the prejudice still exists, even though the "rich" has been separated from "obesity" (the latter has begun to take place in non-rich families due to altered lifestyle and consumerism). In any competition, ones incredibly handicapped are usually taken as "targets" by mid/lower lever individuals to amplify their own dominance and gain status, somewhat of a stepping stone, simply because they're incapable of challenging peers of equal or stronger skill.

Weird shit, right? Anywhos, just my observation -- not trying to propose any solution or anything.

Quote from: Adam Galinsky
The act of choosing a specific size within a set of hierarchically arranged options is one avenue by which individuals signal to others their relative rank in a social hierarchy. As a consequence, larger options would be selected by consumers, not merely out of a functional need for hunger but due to a desire to signal status.
Quote from: Jonah Lehrer
This isn’t such a strange conjecture. Think, for instance, of the alpha males in those David Attenborough specials on television – the most powerful animal is the one who eats the most, getting access to the felled antelope before anyone else. Or think of all the cultural norms that associate larger products with increased status, from the screen size of televisions to the square footage of houses. In category after category, bigger isn’t just better – it’s also far more prestigious, a signal that we can afford to splurge on spare rooms we’ll never use.

Oh, and here's the biggest anthropological irony:

Quote from: Jonah Lehrer
Needless to say, this paper captures a tragic dynamic behind overeating. It appears that one of the factors causing us to consume too much food is a lack of social status, as we try to elevate ourselves by supersizing meals. Unfortunately, this only leads to rampant weight gain which, as the researchers note, “jeopardizes future rank through the accompanying stigma of being overweight.” In other words, it’s a sad feedback loop of obesity, a downward spiral of bigger serving sizes that diminish the very status we’re trying to increase.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on December 07, 2011, 11:35:11 am
I find absolutely no credibility in those individuals' assertions that people eat large portions in a vain attempt to elevate their social status. That dynamic only exists in some (but not all) primitive cultures, and never in developed countries where fatness is universally vilified. People in developed countries "over"-eat despite the prejudice against fatness because eating is what humans have evolved to do. The closest we can come to connecting eating to an elevation of status in a fat-bashing culture is that satisfying one's hunger is a form of power...which is really not so close.

Anyhow, you may prefer to refrain from addressing this subject further, because the injustice against fat people is a top passion of mine and when it comes to these matters I won't respect our detente.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on December 07, 2011, 11:55:50 pm
In goodish news, I have obtained employment. It's a temporary position, but having a job makes it easier to find a job, and it will give me exposure to a suite of special computery programs that are necessary for being considered for other positions at other organizations. It is still a good bit of a financial "hit" (about 60% of my former pay for an administrative position, but it is also a good step or two down the ladder), and I miss the freedom that "alternative employment methods" provided. Still, decent.

However, all that is just a set up for my amusement.

I've been called Josh. Three times now. Twice by the same person, once not. I am hardly so infamous! Also, I've been called Shawn once.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on December 08, 2011, 12:03:39 am
What an honor!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on December 08, 2011, 12:16:54 am
Yes, I am quite fond of Sean Bean (although I prefer the spelling "Shawn"). He's a fun actor, so getting called by his name is likewise nice.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on December 08, 2011, 12:19:12 am
Why, you...!

If not for our mutual enjoyment of the acting talents of Sean Bean, I should surely show you the old what for!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on December 08, 2011, 07:40:31 am
(http://a.deviantart.net/avatars/o/n/onionxdplz.gif?1) Hehe! Poor Josh. Trix are for cool kids.

@Thought: Congrats! We'll hold the party till you get a job within a job so you can work while you work (Yo, Corgis!)

EDIT: BRB! Gonna go serenade some pigeons.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on December 09, 2011, 10:29:41 am
Happy Holidays from Science and the NOAA Weather Radio Automated Voice!

[youtube]-yGJbkQulQw[/youtube]
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on December 09, 2011, 02:03:06 pm
So I serenaded the pigeons today... (FYI, in case you didn't know it already, a pigeon couple barged into my kitchen months ago and made a nest there to lay eggs; ever since then they refused to move, so we just left em there. Now those eggs have hatched, and the chicks are so adorable!)

There it was, the nest abundant with melodic chirping of infant chicks; it was a sweet morning! Something about the chirping made your heart leap with joy. With my violin at hand, but using it as a ukulele (you can't explain that), I decided to cherish the morning and share my love with the new-born miracles of life.

And the mommy pigeon eyed me cautiously, like I was some hobo in a van trying to give her kids free candy.

"Greetings, madame of beauty!" I sang. "You look lovely this morn!"

"Hoooor," she croaked suspiciously.

"Ah, the little infants of joy! You have come to life in this wonderful world of ours with infinite possibilities. Be! Be what you wanna be, take to the skis and claim the winds as your own! This song is for you, my children."

The chicks chirped joyfully, but the mother set her eyes on my head, pondering which way my brain is most vulnerable. But I sang anyway (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OVGbdOG7dA):

"My daddy told me,
'You're my biggest mistake,
Your responsibility makes me guilty;
In the face of a chiselled soap, boy,
You turned out to be suds. Suds! SUDS!!' YOOWW!!
Fly, fly birdy fly, birdy fly, pretty fly,
Fly, Fly birdy fry, pretty fly!
Fly, fly birdy fly, birdy fly, pretty fly,
Fly, Fly birdy fry, pretty fly!"

My voice boomed into the not-so-spacious caverns of my own kitchen, and the chicks began to chirp crazily while the mom panicked for a way out but returned again for her babies. They loved me, didn't they? My songs gave them the passion to do the impossible! My delusions vanished when I was hit with a pointed beak. And I sang:

"Oh by God, that hurts;
Why? Who? What?
Saw it was just a bowl,
observed, 'twas a well.
So small, you seem, like a mousey,
I caught your tail, you turned out to be a snake...
Snake! SNAKE!!! YOWW!!

Hey, hey!
Who robbed who exactly,
How'd someone break his head,
How should I know?
Bro, I don't got a clue!
All I know is you need to run,
As fast as you can,
Coz a big mouth monter's chasing us,
a hurricane's here with a message...
YOWWW.... OWWW! HEY! OWW!!"

Apparently the birds loved me so much that they were too eager to peck me affectionately. The barrage of attacks, be they from affection, was enough to not only make the mom pigeon panic around the kitchen but also injure me sufficiently that I slipped into unconsciousness.

Fly, fly birdy fly, birdy fly, pretty fly...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on December 10, 2011, 04:08:08 pm
LMFAO! THE SQUIGGLY ARM MOVE (AND THREE OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T DO WHEN MEETING A FENCER) (http://quickriposte.com/2011/12/06/the-squiggly-arm-move-and-three-other-things-you-shouldnt-do-when-meeting-a-fencer/)

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What I’m really trying to get at here is that when someone asks me what “I do” and I tell them that I’m on the United States Fencing team, I don’t want the next thing that they do is make the weird squiggly arm move.
What’s the weird squiggly arm move?  Allow me to explain.
The squiggly arm move is when someone rests an arm on one hip, points a finger at me and proceeds to make squiggly motions forward and backward trying to emulate what they think is fencing.  The most brazen offenders sometimes start bouncing back and forth in this really crude imitation of fencing footwork.  Just so you know, its crazy embarrassing to be at a bar and when I first meet you, you start hopping around like some sort of stunted, one-armed boxer.

Aww man, even the badass folks get all the shit. XD Dammit, non-fencers! You're watching too many "musketeers / Zorro" movies!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on December 10, 2011, 05:24:48 pm
(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lvywj0fppr1qzcv7no1_500.png)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on December 10, 2011, 05:56:40 pm
Every Saturday Kos (from Daily Kos) posts the best hate mail of the week. From this week's entry, it's the holiday season (http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/12/10/1043991/-Saturday-hate-mail-a-palooza:-Ho-ho-ho!)!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS, fuckface!

Hey heres something for ya: MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Please note its not "happy holidays" or "kinky kwanza" or "holy hanuckah" or any of that
pc-liberal-left bullshit. It's MERRY FUCKING CHRISTMAS! And I hope your not too stuoid to realize that there's the "CHRIST" in "Christmas"? DO you know why?? Because CHRISTmsa is about JESUS CHRIS, not faggot marriage or whatever it is that you celebrate. Aamerica is a CHRISTIAN country and it celebrtaes CHRISTMAS and if you got a problem with thatyou can always move to communist china where Jesus is illegal.Dumbass libs will never undersatnd that real americnas will always prerfer JESUS over the liberal chritmas (which is mostly abortions and drug use and singing songs about misters Marx and Stalin). I think its fucking hilarious that libs always get angry wehn someone says MERRY CHRISTMAS! You bettet get used to it cause this is a CHRISTIAN countyr and not a socialist country! youi know what you should ask for CHRISTMAS? A president whos not a racist and a communist! Good luck with that (BaracKKK Obama - killing whitey since 2008)!!

SO again MERRY CHRISTMAS homo!!! And i hope that offends you!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
ASSHOLE!!!
ASSHOLE!!!
ASSHOLE!!!

This is probably a humor gray area. I could talk about making an ethical distinction between laughing at a mentally ill person's disordered behavior, and laughing directly at a mentally ill person for their disordered behavior, but either way I suppose the human reality here is that I laughed.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Truthordeal on December 10, 2011, 07:11:11 pm
That's definitely a Poe's Law. I know this because most of the ones from real conservatives are heartbreaking, not humorous.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lord J Esq on December 10, 2011, 07:19:56 pm
If it's a fake it's really well done...and, as a prominent liberal entrepreneur, he gets a whole lot of this stuff.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Acacia Sgt on December 13, 2011, 03:43:19 pm
So I just yet again hear my mother's last name being pronounced wrong. It's quite funny, really, because it's always the same mistake: They usually first see it in written form, and the written accent it has it's missing when they do, so they pronounce it that way instead, getting it wrong. It's more amusing since it's something that has been happening for years. Thankfully my college classmates, who use that last name when referring to me, do get it right.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on December 13, 2011, 03:59:40 pm
So I just yet again hear my mother's last name being pronounced wrong. It's quite funny, really, because it's always the same mistake: They usually first see it in written form, and the written accent it has it's missing when they do, so they pronounce it that way instead, getting it wrong. It's more amusing since it's something that has been happening for years. Thankfully my college classmates, who use that last name when referring to me, do get it right.
You've no idea how common that is with me. XD Glad you're amused. Accents can make anything ridiculously hilarious.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Katie Skyye on December 13, 2011, 04:13:38 pm
So...my mom's name is Diana. Really simple name.
All we get is Diane Diane Diane.

Jeez.

And don't even get me started on our last name...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Syna on December 13, 2011, 09:35:09 pm
So I just yet again hear my mother's last name being pronounced wrong. It's quite funny, really, because it's always the same mistake: They usually first see it in written form, and the written accent it has it's missing when they do, so they pronounce it that way instead, getting it wrong. It's more amusing since it's something that has been happening for years. Thankfully my college classmates, who use that last name when referring to me, do get it right.

I relate to this. My real first name is impossible for most Americans in the South to pronounce correctly on their first try (unless they're aware of the Spanish variant). My last name has a German trainwreck of consonants at the end that rivals "Nietzsche."

After a whole life's worth of this, I'm really really really careful to ask people how their names are pronounced, and retain that pronunciation. Honestly, it's the whole song and dance that happens whenever I introduce myself that's most annoying!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on December 13, 2011, 09:55:31 pm
People consistently pronounce my last name as "Man jizz".  It is not pronounced "Man jizz".  It does not even look like "Man jizz".
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on December 14, 2011, 03:11:46 am
People consistently pronounce my last name as "Man jizz".  It is not pronounced "Man jizz".  It does not even look like "Man jizz".
I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. I know I shouldn't be, but that made me laugh. XDDD

Aww, man, poor people and their pronunciation follies! Sometimes you gotta feel bad for the people who mispronounce so badly, wondering if they've every been hit with a shoe.


Today's amusement: something for you Death Note fans.

(http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2011/247/0/c/dramatic_light_by_moni158-d48lpy9.jpg) (http://moni158.deviantart.com/art/Dramatic-Light-256315041)

[youtube]kaoy1QKxGQs[/youtube]

(http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2011/244/6/b/fanfiction____by_moni158-d48i6n7.jpg) (http://moni158.deviantart.com/art/Fanfiction-256150051)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on December 14, 2011, 04:57:23 pm
Quote from: tushantin
I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. I know I shouldn't be, but that made me laugh. XDDD
I think it's unfortunate that our humor works this way; even disregarding the weird societal treatment of sexuality and bodily functions, this probably shares a root with whatever it is that makes other people laugh when you hit your funny bone. There's something about it that's always unsettled me, though I can't quite put a finger on what it is yet. I'm not sure how Sajainta takes it since this is in the Amusements thread and not the Frustration thread, but I've always found this a mortifying experience; a mispronunciation like that over a school loudspeaker, and that's an earthquake -- you'll never hear the end of it.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on December 14, 2011, 11:18:48 pm
Heh, the reason I found it funny was because my last name had a far more humiliating mispronunciations made by people. Bah, you learn to live with it sometimes. The problem gets worse, though, in the employment sectors where your name matters most. If your name is something the employers can't grasp, there's a good chance you won't get the job (or even if you do, you'll be treated weirdly).
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on December 15, 2011, 02:30:19 am
I'm amused that I'm the only one who has mastered the Dvorak layout, not only in this forum but also probably in my whole city. For someone like me it's heavenly: I can finally flow with my thoughts easier now.

Also, it's a good basis for practical jokes and still seem innocent.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Radical_Dreamer on December 15, 2011, 04:19:44 am
I went to college with a guy who used Dvorak. The first few times I need to type something on his computer resulted in brief confusion, followed by an "Oh, right." moment.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on December 15, 2011, 12:51:23 pm
Hehe, no kidding there! But seeing that kinda expression from people virtually everytime is kinda fun. XD

My only woe is that most people don't realize how efficient Dvorak really is: It's far superior to QWERTY, and so much that even a dyslexic like me can manage it once you get the hang of it. It's pretty fluent, easier to type with, incredibly fast and you're at minimum risk at getting carpal tunnel syndrome.

Then again, being the first to try something new everytime makes me feel like a pioneer.  :D
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on December 15, 2011, 03:35:36 pm
Anyone who doesn't understand how much more efficient Dvorak clearly doesn't know the history behind Qwerty. Qwerty keyboards are very well designed to their purpose, but that purpose is inefficiency (a necessity for old typewriters).

Personally, the main reason I haven't switched over is that I'm afraid. No one ever taught me how to type, and I didn't really teach myself either (well I did, but didn't). I learned simply because I love to write and do so much of it. After several years (or maybe just one or two) I realized that I could look up from the keyboard while typing. I just knew where the keys were. It's still a wonderful feeling, and now I can type at 90 wpm through my horrible, patchwork technique (my left hand does more than 50% of the work, and my right ring finger does almost nothing). Starting over is a daunting prospect.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Manly Man on December 16, 2011, 02:53:47 pm
It's my mom's birthday today. Just saying. It certainly fits the 'amusement' part.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on December 16, 2011, 03:12:49 pm
It's my mom's birthday today. Just saying. It certainly fits the 'amusement' part.
That's a coincidence! It was my boss' birthday yesterday.  :D (By yesterday, I mean till an hour ago; it's already past midnight, meaning few hours earlier was "yesterday")

Personally, the main reason I haven't switched over is that I'm afraid. Starting over is a daunting prospect.
Now that's honesty right there, and I certainly feel ya. While learning Dvorak is generally easier than QWERTY, learning it after you've mastered the other is one hell of a... hell. That's because the human mind recognizes muscle-memory in state of position and patterns of movement, and overwriting a skill you've worked your ass off to obtain is like trying to walk with your hands. It's like convincing yourself that right is left, and going south leads you to Canada. It seemed like an eternity as I suffered through horrible typing, tempted to go back to QWERTY, but then I just screamed at myself "SPRINGTIME OF YOUTH, DAMMIT!" and plucked the keys out of my keyboard to torture myself further.

But that effort, pain and misery... it was all worthwhile. No matter how tough things get I always like to be the first one to try something new, to do the impossible. I just tried because I had nothing to lose (except for my job).

Of course, if you're able to get 90 wpm (HOLLY SHEEPS THAT'S FAST) on a layout you don't really have to change.  8) Capability matters.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on December 18, 2011, 02:44:31 pm
Not sure if I should feel happy or scared.

1) My Islamic mentor / aunt is standing as an election candidate.

2) Her husband pulled a ZeaLitY while delivering the speech.

....sheeeeeit.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Manly Man on December 18, 2011, 07:23:23 pm
Also Tush, you got the thousandth reply. Congratulations.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Acacia Sgt on December 18, 2011, 09:03:53 pm
So my dad was taking out coins from his wallet, and happens to find a 5 cents coin from 1936. :shock:

He doesn't even remember when it got there. Meanwhile, this was more fuel for my brother and I to tease him about his age. :lol:

Anyway, he thinks it may be because someone used it as change, but I doubt it. 5 cents coins are no longer used here, and even so, the last ones to be used were different from this one, as it's certainly different from the other 5 cent coins my brother has been collecting ever since they no longer were being used. And I really don't think someone today would think the coin would be valid for transactions. But who knows, it'd be quite funny if it turned out to be true. Still, it's quite a mystery... :o
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on December 19, 2011, 04:01:50 am
Also Tush, you got the thousandth reply. Congratulations.
Ooh, didn't notice that. Thanks!

So my dad was taking out coins from his wallet, and happens to find a 5 cents coin from 1936. :shock:
Dude, you've hit gold. XD You can preserve that coin for a few years and sell it to the museums / collectors for thousands! The coin is no longer money: it's a priceless antique.

But if you're a collector yourself, congratulations! :D
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Acacia Sgt on December 19, 2011, 02:34:10 pm
Dude, you've hit gold. XD You can preserve that coin for a few years and sell it to the museums / collectors for thousands! The coin is no longer money: it's a priceless antique.

But if you're a collector yourself, congratulations! :D

Haha, thanks. :D

Actually, while it is not an actual hobby of ours, we do collect those old coins and bills we come across. This is why now that I think it further, that my dad may be right about the coin passing hands without knowing until it ended up in his wallet. He wouldn't have left it in his wallet and then forget about it considering we do collect them.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on December 21, 2011, 01:27:40 am
Couldn't sleep all night... But HELL!

Oh, and this is amusing:

(http://th01.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/f/2011/354/e/c/romantically_apocalyptic_60_by_alexiuss-d4jnomh.jpg) (http://alexiuss.deviantart.com/art/Romantically-Apocalyptic-60-274882409)

(http://th05.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/i/2011/347/b/0/titanic_by_alexiuss-d4izwx2.jpg) (http://alexiuss.deviantart.com/art/Titanic-273773414)
Title: good tidings to all
Post by: chi_z on December 23, 2011, 04:55:49 pm
Since I may or may not be checking the forums these next few days, figured I'd share post from a user on another forum, lanesblitz.com:

"As I like to do every year around this time, I'd like to extend to you all my hearty legal xmas greetings:

From me ("the wishor") to you ("hereinafter called the wishee"):

Please accept without obligation, explicit or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, politically correct, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion or secular practice of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions.

Please also accept, under aforesaid waiver of obligation on your part, my best wishes for a financially successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of this calendar year of the Common Era, but with due respect for the calendars of all cultures or sects, and for the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform or dietary preference of the wishee.

By accepting this greeting you acknowledge that:

1. This greeting is subject to further clarification or withdrawal at the wishor's discretion.

2. This greeting is freely transferable provided that no alteration shall be made to the original greeting and that the proprietary rights of the wishor are acknowledged.

3. This greeting implies no warranty on the part of the wishors to fulfill these wishes, nor any ability of the wishors to do so, merely a beneficent hope on the part of the wishors that they in fact occur.

4. This greeting may not be enforceable in certain jurisdictions and/or the restrictions herein may not be binding upon certain wishees in certain jurisdictions and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wishors.

5. This greeting is warranted to perform as reasonably may be expected within the usual application of good tidings, for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first.

6. The wishor warrants this greeting only for the limited replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wishor.

7. Any references in this greeting to "the Lord", "Father Christmas", "Our Saviour", or any other festive figures, whether actual or fictitious, dead or alive, shall not imply any endorsement by or from them in respect of this greeting, and all proprietary rights in any referenced third party names and images are hereby acknowledged.

Best Regards to all,

Glenn

PS: Extra special thanks to those of you who've become good mates over the years, some of you back to 2003 at the old forum, and plenty of others since then. You know who you are: thanks for the chats and good times. I sure wish I could meet you all one day."
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on December 23, 2011, 05:35:05 pm
XDDD That's the best Christmas greetings ever!

Wait a second, he didn't mention the Sol Invictus. Let's sue the guy!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on December 28, 2011, 02:17:06 pm
https://bugs.launchpad.net/compiz/+bug/861710

Quote
[regression] smspillaz fails to sleep at proper hours, despite solar status

 :lol:

In case you were born yesterday, "Launchpad" is where you file bugs regarding software and operating system (mostly Ubuntu), and "SMSpillaz" is actually a person in charge of working on a framework/software called "Compiz". The bug was filed by his mom.

But the most hilarious thing is the comments below there mentioning the developers actually trying to fix that bug.

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John Lea: Marked 'won't fix' for ayatana-design, if Sam started sleeping there would definitely be a negative UX impact.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Acacia Sgt on December 29, 2011, 01:08:37 am
So the clothes my mom gave to my uncles for Christmas... turns she got the sizes wrong and didn't fit them. A size that actually... well, now I have even more clothes for this winter. :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on December 29, 2011, 01:48:58 pm
Quote from: Sherlock, on Twitter
Oh, followers, I do wonder (rarely) what goes on in those tiny, uncomprehending minds of yours.

Eugh, fans.

Haha, he's probably envious because his "fans" are waiting to witness Irene Adler's awesomeness next year.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on January 01, 2012, 03:29:17 pm
I'm so amused right now.

A friend of mine was looking for ideas on a "unique drink of the year". Just to pull his leg, I gave him the weirdest things that came to mind (including, "Tomato Coke Torpedo", with a bit of shoe-lace mixed in). He asked me to get serious, and I told him about the three-fold fires of Brighid and what each of her fires signify.

...and he fucking made a cocktail out of it! The "Celtic Triple Flame" he calls it, and tastes freakin' good! It kinda burns your throat sorta, but that's part of the appeal. It tastes like the belching fires of human spirit, and at the same time it soothes your nerves.

And now he says he'll use the same concept for a chocolate.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Katie Skyye on January 10, 2012, 09:27:50 pm
Quote from: Rick Santorum
“I believe the earth gets warmer, and I also believe the earth gets cooler, and I think history points out that it does that and that the idea that man through the production of CO2, which is a trace gas in the atmosphere and the man-made part of that trace gas is itself a trace gas, is somehow responsible for climate change is, I think, just patently absurd when you consider all of the other factors, El Niño, La Niña, sunspots, you know, moisture in the air.”

So absurd it made me laugh.

El Niño, La Niña, sunspots, you know, moisture in the air.

you know, moisture in the air.

MOISTURE IN THE AIR.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on January 11, 2012, 05:04:17 am
You just got this song stuck in my head with the wrong words:

[youtube]P2-VGDF4y18[/youtube]

(http://www.voidspace.org.uk/emoticons/music.gif) moisture in the air (http://www.voidspace.org.uk/emoticons/music.gif)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on January 14, 2012, 02:15:11 pm
First comment says it all.

[youtube]0fTcf6X0-Ik[/youtube]
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on January 18, 2012, 03:44:16 pm
Once upon a time, I annoyingly pestered cordially requested some people to go watch the South-Indian movie Enthiran (don't worry, I don't speak South-Indian languages either).

Finally, here's an American who has thoroughly enjoyed it! http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-things-you-can-learn-about-india-from-their-action-movies/
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Katie Skyye on January 18, 2012, 04:41:17 pm
*If you're not familiar with modalism, it is basically the belief that the three "persons" of the Trinity are just the same guy but in different modes. Sort of like in Transformers: Beast Machines, characters have a robot mode, a beast mode, and a vehicle mode. Under modalism, calling Jesus a different entity from the Holy Spirit would be like calling beast mode Optimus Primal a different being than vehicle mode Optimus Primal.

Eeeheeheehee! XD
Explaining a religious concept with a Transformers analogy...it's too funny! And it works, too! But Red and I had a good laugh. >w<
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Radical_Dreamer on January 19, 2012, 03:37:02 am
I really want to see that movie. Sadly, by the time I'd heard of it, the Bollywood theater near me had already stopped running it.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Katie Skyye on January 20, 2012, 02:46:22 pm
Guys, quick!

I just got hit in the eye and think it may turn into a black eye. In the event that it does, I need a good story to tell people on Monday when they ask! Either that, or someone needs to quickly send me a badass eyepatch by Monday.

You're all creative people. Any ideas?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on January 20, 2012, 03:05:11 pm
Guys, quick!

I just got hit in the eye and think it may turn into a black eye. In the event that it does, I need a good story to tell people on Monday when they ask! Either that, or someone needs to quickly send me a badass eyepatch by Monday.

You're all creative people. Any ideas?
Hubba what? Who hit you in the eye? Why? What's a monkey gonna try? Why'd ya need to lie? D'ya want em stir fry? Is the prick somewhere nigh? Guess he wants to cry.
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Post by: Katie Skyye on January 21, 2012, 12:00:27 am
Um... okay then, Tushantin. Whatever you just said! n_n'

Seems like it won't turn out to be a black eye after all. We were getting snow off of Red's car, and my mom's rake (she was clearing off the top of the car) slipped and hit me in the eye. It hurt like a motherfucker and three bitches, but it's not like it fell out or anything. (it hit me in the cheek and glanced off into my eye, basically, so not really a big deal at all) It's not even bruised as far as I can tell, so meh... Red and my mom kinda panicked for a minute though. Mainly because my initial reaction was "AAAAAO! AAAAAH! UUUOOOOH!" because it freaking hurt! But after it stopped hurting I started laughing so all was well, I think.

I wanted a story because "my mom accidentally hit me with a rake" is too boring.

Also, on the subject of units of pain, I walked over to my friends to be thrown this question: "KATIE! How many bitches in a motherfucker?" to which I replied, "Twelve! No, thirteen!" Thus establishing our pain scale. However, I rank "It hurts like hell" somewhere below "It hurts like a bitch," so I ask you all: How many hells in a bitch?

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Post by: tushantin on January 21, 2012, 04:46:16 am
Daymn, I'm gonna steal that unit!

I think "Hurts like hell" ought to be above "hurts like bitch". Why "hell"? Because saying "Hurts like Heaven" would make people talk.

From your scale, though, I'd say, "Four hells in a bitch!"

...Wait a second, that sounds just wrong.

And here's a story just in case: "Red and I went shopping the other day, whence we encountered a mugger. He had a dagger the size of two shoes and a cellphone! Red was just about to panic and, to save me, he attempted to give his wallet to the mugger, but I observed keenly and spotted an opening chance where I pointed behind the mugger and screamed, 'Police! We're being robbed!' The mugger looked behind, and I swiftly grabbed a nearby rake and swatted his hand to drop the knife he was wielding. Bloke flabbergastedly wanted to confront me but he saw my fierce eyes like a lion's and ran for it like a sissy. I chased after him, but Red called me from behind, and I tripped and the rake hit my eye. Ooooh, I wanted to teach him a lesson! *shakes fist*"
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Post by: tushantin on January 21, 2012, 06:30:35 am
Double post because HOOOOOLYYYYY DEUCE, WATSON! Sherlock Holmes is seen waving at Google Street View! (http://maps.google.com/maps?source=embed&hl=en&channel=2PSP&ei=WcanS-rvJYj00gTo0NnCAQ&ved=0CAsQ8gEwAA&layer=c&cbll=52.20379,0.117557&panoid=TKMJX3ZhpQrbC80cR1Jyvw&cbp=12,198.73,,1,16.75&t=h&ie=UTF8&ll=52.20364,0.117553&spn=0,359.997586&z=19)
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Post by: tushantin on January 22, 2012, 08:25:52 am
Has anybody been watching the Season 2 of "Sherlock" recently? The "Hounds of Baskervilles"? The "Reichenbach Falls"? I've been keeping a close eye on Twitter lately, and apparently the next season planned an interesting character.

William Sigerson (a homage to the movie "Sherlock's Smarter Brother", if you haven't noticed yet). Of course, that's not his real name in the story, because he works for Secret Service. He is the next mysterious investigator who is in charge of the Moriarty case, also hoping to clear Sherlock's name and bring down the great Criminal Empire. This new character is, apparently, somewhat like "L" from Deathnote, and will be working closely with Mycroft, Lestrade and Watson.
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Post by: tushantin on January 25, 2012, 12:48:32 pm
So apparently, a huge cultural movement is sweeping all across the world from the internet to the streets. And it's called: "I BELIEVE IN SHERLOCK HOLMES".

http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/i-believe-in-sherlock
http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/i-believe-in-sherlock-holmes
http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/sherlock-movement
http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/believe-in-sherlock-movement
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=200241406014380769875.0004b74641f320b9bd5f3&msa=0&ll=31.653381,-97.03125&spn=128.941302,254.882812
http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-Believe-In-Sherlock-HolmesMoriarty-Is-Real/305311476173064
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/i-believe-in-sherlock-holmes
http://dramatisecho.deviantart.com/art/Moriarty-Was-Real-280101757

In case you're not aware, this has everything to do with the last episode of "Sherlock" in Season 2, BBC. And apparently Sherlock has just replaced Jesus Christ.

And yup! I'm gonna rally too. LOL
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Post by: alfadorredux on January 25, 2012, 01:11:06 pm
Heh. That brings to mind a short story in an old SF anthology involving a postapocalyptic village that actually had deified Sherlock Holmes, much to the confusion of a pair of visitors from the outside world. (Holmes was never mentioned by name by the villagers, and the visitors kept trying to make the village's "Slain and Risen One" fit a more traditional religious mold, which didn't work very well.)
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Post by: Synchronization on January 25, 2012, 06:30:54 pm
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Post by: xcalibur on January 25, 2012, 08:03:58 pm
[youtube]C8vz186pjY0[/youtube]

ff4 was always one of my favorites.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on January 26, 2012, 03:46:19 am
ff4 was always one of my favorites.
Hahahaha, I fell off my chair laughing at that vid, bro!
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Post by: Synchronization on January 26, 2012, 12:52:28 pm
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Post by: tushantin on January 31, 2012, 11:11:45 am
A customer's bill amounted to 25 Rupees, and he handed me 30. Unfortunately, I'd already run out of any coins on me, so I asked him if he had 5 Rupees change.

He said, "Yes".

And he just stood there.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on February 01, 2012, 09:23:23 am
I think a fair number of you will find this amazingly accurate (including me).

[youtube]sTpCCeJtJVc[/youtube]
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Post by: Kodokami on February 01, 2012, 09:48:19 am
I don't even watch much of Doctor Who, and yet I recognize at least half of those phrases. :lol:
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Post by: Thought on February 01, 2012, 12:35:45 pm
I was told that I have an "activist-beard."

Sure, hipsters ruin everything, but they can be amusing sometimes. And no, I don't actually have a beard, I have a goatee. I'm my own evil twin.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: chi_z on February 01, 2012, 11:15:55 pm
so where's the good guy Thought rummaging about then? perhaps your alternate persona is none other than good guy greg?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Mr Bekkler on February 02, 2012, 12:11:58 am
"Yeah I've written a few Time Lord Rock Songs, myself".








...guilty.
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Post by: Thought on February 02, 2012, 10:46:36 am
"Yeah I've written a few Time Lord Rock Songs, myself".

...guilty.

Fully awesome!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Radical_Dreamer on February 03, 2012, 06:21:19 pm
There have been a number of times when my dentist has advised me regarding whether or not I should be using a sonic, and every time I think to myself "Why is he taking about Doctor Who? Wait, he means sonic toothbrush."
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on February 03, 2012, 06:50:55 pm
Sonic that Hedgehog!
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Post by: Kodokami on February 03, 2012, 07:06:52 pm
(http://local-static0.forum-files.fobby.net/forum_attachments/0029/1130/FreshLavos.jpg)
Holy sheeeeeeeeit. I want to buy everything from that site now until I get this card.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on February 04, 2012, 09:04:45 am
Every time I want to help someone or the other I do it out of my own goodwill, and especially because I like helping people. So why is it that every time I offer to help people look at me suspiciously? XD
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Post by: Mr Bekkler on February 04, 2012, 03:04:05 pm
Matthew's Day Off

http://www.hulu.com/adzone/watch/324367


Awesome, but unfortunately probably as close as we'll ever get to a sequel.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on February 07, 2012, 06:33:06 pm
I'm getting to be a big fan of Brandon Sanderson. I read his Mistborn Trilogy over the summer -- I'm re-reading it now -- then started reading wikis about the books. Now his blog. Not only are his books fascinating (go read them now), but his tale to authordom is a pleasant one (go read Mistborn now). He started out writing whever he could, for around 7 years I think, and then sold his first book (read it). It went big (read it). As in, it was sold in several languages before it ever hit the shelves for the first time (read it!). I suppose that might make some aspiring writers jealous, but he comes across as such a nice guy that it is a feel-good story. This is helped in no small part by his books being totally worth it (reeeeaaaaaad them).

Anywho, as I noted, I'm reading his blog. There's a lot of good stuff in it (from writerly links to random story ideas free to use). And then there are his puns. His paronomasia is like a fine wine, delicately crafted to bring out the subtle flavors of his humor. Like this: http://brandonsanderson.com/blog/338/Say-it-Out-Loud.--It-Works-Better.

Also, you really should read his books. They're excellent.
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Post by: Katie Skyye on February 07, 2012, 08:33:03 pm
http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/1xp0/ (http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/1xp0/)

I love philosoraptor so much. XD
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Post by: tushantin on February 08, 2012, 05:03:43 am
(reeeeaaaaaad them).
XD Way to leave subliminal messages, Mr Reader.

I love philosoraptor so much. XD
He's been my most favourite Philosopher besides David Hume!

(http://chzmemebase.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/internet-memes-dont-blink.jpg)
(http://chzmemebase.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/internet-memes-philosoraptor-a-dish-best-served-vanilla.jpg)
(http://chzmemebase.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/internet-memes-naughty-or-nice1.jpg)
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Post by: Radical_Dreamer on February 14, 2012, 04:41:39 am
I've recently discovered an Australian band called The Beards. They sing about beards. It's pretty straightforward. As a man with a beard, I find it quite entertaining.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/VOXM-GbhpCQ
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Post by: Boo the Gentleman Caller on February 15, 2012, 12:49:57 am
You just wanted to rub in the fact that you have a beard, unlike all of us poor saps who can't grow one! :P
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Post by: Mr Bekkler on February 15, 2012, 03:32:41 am
You just wanted to rub in the fact that you have a beard, unlike all of us poor saps who can't grow one! :P

Speak for yourself, saps! I've been rocking a beard for a few weeks. ;-)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on February 15, 2012, 02:58:24 pm
You just wanted to rub in the fact that you have a beard, unlike all of us poor saps who can't grow one! :P

Speak for yourself, saps! I've been rocking a beard for a few weeks. ;-)
I has a stubble!

But I keep shaving it off.

...and it keeps growing back!
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Post by: FaustWolf on February 15, 2012, 07:17:59 pm
Contrary to my avatars, I'm with Boo here. I did try once, but the result looked kinda like Swiss cheese. :P  Surely, some innate talent is involved!
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Post by: Thought on February 15, 2012, 11:23:14 pm
You should do what I did and focus your facial-growing skills on a smaller area (aka, goatee).
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Post by: Radical_Dreamer on February 16, 2012, 02:38:17 am
I am disappointed in the beardlessness of my fellow Compendiumites. Beard, men! Shall winter claim your faces?
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Post by: tushantin on February 16, 2012, 04:34:33 am
Contrary to my avatars, I'm with Boo here. I did try once, but the result looked kinda like Swiss cheese. :P  Surely, some innate talent is involved!
Now that instinctively made me look up "swiss cheese" pictures on Google.  :shock:

Today's amusement: A friend of mine is going to be visiting New York, so last night she implored me to stay and spend some time with her on Skype. Somehow, the message on her phone next to my Skype icon said, "Now get on your bed and scream" and that scared / distracted her immensely, especially since I never say such sadistic things. Tried to search through my convo logs but didn't find anything, but she did: apparently I once tried to encourage her through her university tests by saying, "Now get on your bed and scream that you will not give in until you conquer these petty trials! YOU'RE THE BEST AND YOU'RE PROUD!" But poor Skype seemed to show only part of the message.

 :lol: She couldn't seem to get rid of the distracting bite-sized message, though, so I gave her a secret anecdote to override her perception of the message. I just wish I could see her expression every time she looks at it though.  8)
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Post by: Katie Skyye on February 16, 2012, 01:24:23 pm
Hell, even I can grow a beard. It's only two hairs thick, but there you have it. The tiniest goatee ever.
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Post by: tushantin on February 16, 2012, 02:13:09 pm
Pigeons. At the window. Non-stop wing-beating slap-fights (for ten minutes straight)!
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Post by: Katie Skyye on February 17, 2012, 12:23:38 am
Ohohohoho~

http://www.christianpost.com/news/atheists-claim-they-make-better-lovers-69612/ (http://www.christianpost.com/news/atheists-claim-they-make-better-lovers-69612/)
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Post by: Sajainta on February 17, 2012, 12:56:56 am
If personal experience has any weight then yup, it's true.  All of the non-Christian men I've had (consensual) sex with have been ten times better in the sack than the Christian ones.  The Christian guys had the whole guilt thing going on, and it wasn't the kind of guilt that can be sexy ("ooh what if we get caught").  It was that self-esteem-crushing, "I'm a bad person for doing this" kind of guilt that killed their confidence and made them nervous and awkward.  I had one guy break down after we had sex for the first time because he felt so guilty.

People shouldn't feel guilty about wanting to have sex, whether in the confines of marriage or not.  It's a completely natural thing and (if you're doing it right), it feels good.  Unfortunately, most Christians are guilted about sex for almost their entire lives.  From infancy until I broke free of Christian circles, I was told that anything sexual was very, very bad and that I needed to be modest and not masturbate and remain pure.  In high school I heard so many horror stories during chapel time of women who had sex before marriage and how it completely ruined their lives.  Even if I hadn't been abused, I probably would have been terrified of sex anyway just because of all the things I was told my entire life.

The Christianity I grew up with lays the guilt on real thick when it comes to sex, and it shows.
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Post by: tushantin on February 17, 2012, 10:52:13 am
Ohohohoho~

http://www.christianpost.com/news/atheists-claim-they-make-better-lovers-69612/ (http://www.christianpost.com/news/atheists-claim-they-make-better-lovers-69612/)
I freakin' love that bill-board! But somehow, that incites me to say so many cheesy lines.

....

No, Cyan, restrain yourself! (http://a.deviantart.net/avatars/r/e/rejectedplz.gif?1)

....

..........."Hey, babe! The word of God is 'Love'. But even if it ain't there, let's make it like nobody's watching!"
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Post by: Thought on February 17, 2012, 12:25:49 pm
Both my wife and I are Christian, and I can assure you that nothing can kill the mood like imagining Jesus peeking up from the foot of the bed and saying, "hey guys, what'cha doing?"

If possible, imagine that in a slightly high pitched voice.
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Post by: Mr Bekkler on February 17, 2012, 01:15:27 pm
I read through all three pages of comments on that article. What gets me is how the sign says in clear words "Atheists make better lovers".

Yet everyone talking about it has something to say about "Christians". It doesn't say Christian on the billboard. It doesn't even say "Atheists make better lovers THAN Christians". Yet everyone with faith gets butthurt because they think it's for them. It's not. It's not FOR anyone with a religion.

In fact, the syntax is rather brilliantly chosen. Why?

Because, anyone religious who argues with the sign's message is arguing that the sign's claim... has... no... proof. :lol: Irony.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on February 17, 2012, 01:47:24 pm
Because, anyone religious who argues with the sign's message is arguing that the sign's claim... has... no... proof. :lol: Irony.
And it doesn't.  8) Still:

Cheese Lines II: "Oh, baby, did you pray for joy last night? Because I'm a heaven-sent angel here to give you all of it tonight."
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Post by: Acacia Sgt on February 20, 2012, 12:45:08 pm
So apparently last night was the very first time I notice I'm actually dreaming while in a dream. Well, I so totally didn't expect that, considering the usual set-up of my dreams. :lol:

Not that it helped me much after knowing it. The usual whacky hi-jinxes kept happening for the rest of the dream. :roll:
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Post by: tushantin on February 20, 2012, 02:24:06 pm
So apparently last night was the very first time I notice I'm actually dreaming while in a dream. Well, I so totally didn't expect that, considering the usual set-up of my dreams. :lol:

Not that it helped me much after knowing it. The usual whacky hi-jinxes kept happening for the rest of the dream. :roll:
....BUT WE NEED TO GO DEEPER!
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Post by: tushantin on February 24, 2012, 05:19:07 am
I was right all along...

The "right man for the job" is a flawed concept, at least currently. Extroverts reign supreme. Social skills are paramount.

Vautrin, you sly pig, you've been right all along! When you go to a party, never come back empty-handed. So true!
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Post by: chi_z on February 25, 2012, 08:25:03 am
the ability to socialize like no one else is what sets 99 percent of famous people apart, talent is but secondary (hell some don't even need talent if they look shmexy enough). most social interaction is not the person themselves but a 'stage actor' they put on to be liked.
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Post by: Kodokami on February 25, 2012, 12:11:29 pm
http://www.dorkly.com/article/32240/chrono-trigger-alphabet

My friend showed me this. :lol:
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Post by: Acacia Sgt on February 25, 2012, 05:26:28 pm
Oh man... oh man...

So it has been almost 3 weeks since I sent my Wii to repair due to having suffered the problem of not being able to read double-layered discs. I had already went like twice to check and was told it has yet to arrive.

So finally my mom decided to just call directly to the person it was sent to (we went to a video-game store, but the Wii itself was sent by them to another guy for the job), and it turns out he had already taken care of it 2 weeks ago. Turns out, he was told to send the Wii back... but they gave him the address of a shop that wasn't the one we went to! :roll:

So yeah, he said he was wondering why the Wii was still there at the shop. Well, now I just have to wait until I can leave to get it back :lol:
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Post by: Boo the Gentleman Caller on February 26, 2012, 10:20:20 pm
Get that Wii!!!

Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story are coming. Yaaaaaaay!
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Post by: tushantin on February 27, 2012, 08:20:50 am
To all Bartimaeus fans!

http://askbart.tumblr.com/
http://askptolemy.tumblr.com/

(http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lx7alpNeKF1r5lvbeo2_500.jpg)
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Post by: Kodokami on March 09, 2012, 12:01:43 am
I'm trying to figure out how I've mistaken "brown eyed girl" for "friend like Earl" all this time. Granted, I never paid much attention to the lyrics, but still... :picardno

Anyone else mistaken song lyrics before?
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Post by: Sajainta on March 09, 2012, 01:12:26 am
D always thought it was "Hold me close, I'm tired of dancing" instead of "Hold me closer, tiny dancer."
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Post by: tushantin on March 12, 2012, 06:19:49 am
/minority warm-weather dislike
XD

They say that, given a two legs, the majority would still prefer to lean on one over the other -- either it's the left leg or the right. We've got several seasons, and everyone has a favorite and dislikes. A summer bloke would never tolerate winter, and the winter girl wouldn't like spring.

Don't mind me, but the thought simply amuses me.
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Post by: tushantin on March 15, 2012, 06:08:03 am
I've been quite undisciplined lately. And like a child too! I know this hinders my path towards self-perfection, but my occasional tendencies still amuse me. XD

And what's the point of growing up when you can't be childish for once?
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Post by: Acacia Sgt on April 01, 2012, 02:11:05 am
Usually I don't like April Fools... though I must admit, some of the 'jokes' are very amusing.

Though easy to see through as well.  8) You know what I'm talking about.
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Post by: skylark on April 03, 2012, 12:11:11 am
Usually I don't like April Fools... though I must admit, some of the 'jokes' are very amusing.

Though easy to see through as well.  8) You know what I'm talking about.

 :evil:

.........

 :cry:
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Post by: Thought on April 04, 2012, 06:15:17 pm
Anyone else mistaken song lyrics before?

Quote from: Britney Spears
You drive me craaaazy,
It just can't be.
I'm so excited,
I meant to pee.

I'm not sure if this counts, but the first time I heard it, I thought Taylor Swift's song, Romeo and Juliet, I thought it was about lesbians. I didn't so much mishear the lyrics and misunderstood who was singing them to whom. But, I thought that was pretty cool. Then I found out that, no, the song was just lame. I've disliked the singer ever since.
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Post by: tushantin on April 13, 2012, 04:26:03 am
Been searching for good music to aid my inspiration in writing and painting. Found this amusing Youtube comment in a Scandinavian Metal music:

(I've censored it, just in case we have kids around here... okay, I know how stupid that sounds, considering how easy it is to get it "uncensored", but hey, I tried.)

Quote
Having a religion is like having a penis.
If you have one, that's cool.
If you're proud of yours, that's also cool.
If you obsess over everyone else's, that's wrong.
If you flail it around in public, that's very wrong.
If you try to shove it down people's throats when they're clearly not interested, or try to shove it down a child's throat, that's SERIOUSLY wrong.
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Post by: Sajainta on April 13, 2012, 07:48:20 am
That's a pretty "famous" internet quote.  I've seen it thrown around a bunch of times.  It's originally from a comedian, I think, but I'm not sure.
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Post by: Radical_Dreamer on April 13, 2012, 06:34:04 pm
What groups have you been listening to? I've been listening to a lot of Scandinavian metal over the last few years, and there's a lot of good metal coming out of that region.
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Post by: utunnels on April 13, 2012, 09:25:30 pm
I usually listen to video game music and their remixes, as well as some folk music.
It is interesting I don't like metal when I'm idle, but when at work I sometimes listen some to prevent drowsy state, hehe.

I don't like rap no matter in what situation. When someone around is listening to such thing without a headphone I'll hate him/her and become nervous. Is there something wrong with my taste? :?
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Post by: Sajainta on April 13, 2012, 10:25:03 pm
What groups have you been listening to? I've been listening to a lot of Scandinavian metal over the last few years, and there's a lot of good metal coming out of that region.

I know this wasn't directed at me, but I wanted to answer it anyway haha.  My favourite three Scandinavian metal bands are Arch Enemy, In Flames, and Children of Bodom.

I don't like rap no matter in what situation. When someone around is listening to such thing without a headphone I'll hate him/her and become nervous. Is there something wrong with my taste? :?

Nope, there's nothing wrong with your taste.  I feel similarly about screamo / pop "metal" / emo / whatever you call it music.  Like My Chemical Romance or Good Charlotte.  If someone is listening to it and I can't get out of the room I'll want to bash my head against a wall.
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Post by: tushantin on April 15, 2012, 02:47:13 am
What groups have you been listening to? I've been listening to a lot of Scandinavian metal over the last few years, and there's a lot of good metal coming out of that region.
It's just been a random exploration on Youtube, actually. XD The ones I started off with were Tyr, Crimfall, Turisas and Arch Enemy. Right now, I'm on the groups Alestorm, Fejd, Lord of Lies, Hammerfall, Nordwind, Manegram, Bathory, Falkenbach, etc.

Never liked Scandinavian Metal before, TBH, but somehow recently I'm growing a taste for newer genres like it. A lot of them, frankly, seem like mindless kitsch, but when I strike upon ones that have "quality" it's an instant like!

Is there any you'd recommend?

I don't like rap no matter in what situation. When someone around is listening to such thing without a headphone I'll hate him/her and become nervous. Is there something wrong with my taste? :?

Not at all! Some like it hot, some like it frigid lot. Rap is a meat that's been fried / roasted (either "finely" or "hastily"), but often lacking spice -- meat lovers would drool, but taste-lovers would prefer something else. So of course, as a kitsch, it can be downright annoying. Yes, there are some good ones out there, but they all (again) depend on preference, just as how a lot of Classical / New Age lovers don't like Pop / Rock (although, I like every genre so long as it provides quality 8)).

Though, indeed, folks hearing loud music (no matter what genre) without headphones makes me wanna jump off the window too.

Oh, well, here's the Epoch for you folks!

[youtube]7gj6rQOqgAs[/youtube]
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Post by: utunnels on April 15, 2012, 04:40:20 am
 :lol:

I like your comparison, tushantin, very impressive.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on April 16, 2012, 07:29:30 pm
The university I attend is *really* pushing its new bartending course.

I think they're finally getting in touch with the state of the U.S. economy, and offering things people can actually get hired in over here nowadays.  :?  
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Post by: Sajainta on April 16, 2012, 09:45:55 pm
I know two bartenders.  They were both lib arts majors.  Go lib arts!
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Post by: Thought on April 16, 2012, 11:07:01 pm
Very nice, Tush. Thanks for the recommendation, that group seems fun. I've never been big in the various metal scenes, but I have a nice little catch of groups and songs like that.
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Post by: Radical_Dreamer on April 18, 2012, 12:00:47 am
What groups have you been listening to? I've been listening to a lot of Scandinavian metal over the last few years, and there's a lot of good metal coming out of that region.

I know this wasn't directed at me, but I wanted to answer it anyway haha.  My favourite three Scandinavian metal bands are Arch Enemy, In Flames, and Children of Bodom.

I'm happy to talk music with anyone! I've actually seen Arch Enemy and Children of Bodom in concert. Some asshole punched me when I saved him from falling head first into the pit. Some people.

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It's just been a random exploration on Youtube, actually. XD The ones I started off with were Tyr, Crimfall, Turisas and Arch Enemy. Right now, I'm on the groups Alestorm, Fejd, Lord of Lies, Hammerfall, Nordwind, Manegram, Bathory, Falkenbach, etc.

I've listened to a few of those. Alestorm is fun, and Hammerfall has some good stuff. I haven't listened to most of those groups.

I tend to go the more symphonic route myself: Stuff like Blind Guardian, Apocalpytica, Kamelot and Nightwish, though I've also been listening to a fair amount of Falconer and Sabaton lately. Van Canto is also amazing; they're an a capella metal group. I've never heard anything quite like them.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Boo the Gentleman Caller on April 18, 2012, 11:07:32 pm
THE SOULFORGED.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on April 20, 2012, 01:45:56 pm
THE SOULFORGED

... the stainless will rise?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Radical_Dreamer on April 20, 2012, 10:24:53 pm
THE SOULFORGED.

Damn right! That song has been a rallying cry for me on a number of more difficult times in my life. The end of the last verse especially.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on April 26, 2012, 07:10:30 am
Tyrion Lannister reminds me of my best buddy (who has apparently become a sailor now). Looks just like him. And literally looks just like him (see his eyes!), and just as witty as him.

And perhaps more!

(http://0.tqn.com/d/scifi/1/0/V/k/0/-/GOT-Season2-Tyrion-Lannister1.jpg)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on April 26, 2012, 07:27:23 pm
So according to my subconscious mind while I'm sleeping, Apocalyptico is the direct sequel to The Emperor's New Groove.

I mean, at least my brain recognizes that they're both pre-invasion, Meso-American movies but yikes, what a change in mood...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on May 11, 2012, 07:44:22 pm
If you happen to play Terraria, it may amuse you to know that you can now meet Chrono in it: http://www.terrariaonline.com/threads/released-omnirs-modpacks-for-tconfig.61543/page-85
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on May 19, 2012, 12:41:21 pm
Apple is no longer a reliable platform for creative professionals.
http://blog.novacut.com/2012/05/perspective.html

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But for what it's worth, at this point I'm personally 100% convinced that Apple is a dead-end road for creative professionals, and that Ubuntu is the creative platform of the future.

Why do I get the feeling that I'm the only person in the whole of Maharashtra state to actually agree with this, and even use Ubuntu for every form of art? XD It even feels like I'm the only person who's doing things the right way.
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Post by: alfadorredux on May 19, 2012, 03:33:00 pm
Apple was always more iffy than they looked like they were from a graphics standpoint. Macs were never the platform of choice for the really big render farms; that's always been the job of the *NIXes (or, back in the day, Silicon Graphics stations). Macs lost any edge they had in terms of graphical capability over PCs at least 15 years ago, but they've hung on in small-to-medium graphics businesses because so many people hate to learn new software (even if it operates in pretty much the same way as the old software). And the people who teach newcomers to the graphic arts learned on Macs and have never left them, so that's what they teach. Other than intertia, the only thing Apple still has going for them is their overall user interface, which they've admittedly put a lot of man-hours into.

Ubuntu and the other Linuxes have a very different set of problems, mostly centering around the fact that Linux as a desktop operating system has never really been popular in most places. Small user base means that major software firms don't produce Linux versions of their programs. Unfamiliar software means that people are afraid of switching (and to be fair, there is a lot of open-source software that, while very capable, doesn't have a very polished user interface—yes, GIMP, I'm looking at you). People afraid of switching makes for a small user base. The more firms get on the bandwagon and produce Linux versions of their software, the fewer people will waste their money on a Mac (or a Windows PC).

(Yes, I have used OSX Macs for graphics work. They didn't impress me. I actually find the unholy trinity of GIMP, Inkscape, and Scribus easier to work with than their brand-name equivalents on all but a few specific points.)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: FaustWolf on May 19, 2012, 07:45:55 pm
I've gotta hand it to the people at Ask.com. I've visited this site (http://www.barnabegooge.com/index.html) no less than twenty times because I keep typing "Google" too fast. That is domain name squatting done right!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on May 20, 2012, 01:29:41 am
This guy is ice skating to Chrono music.
[youtube]O6Vg6t_BEJo[/youtube]

Also, there's a pretty nice Mini Cooper parked in this photo (http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m2uqfvMnQn1qmkljso1_1280.jpg).
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Katie Skyye on May 20, 2012, 04:58:28 am
I got my hair cut really short and dyed lime green. So that's kind of amusing in and of itself. But, the main thing is, when it was bleaching, I looked exactly like Draco Malfoy for a while.
It was pretty great. :P
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on May 20, 2012, 09:24:05 am
Also, there's a pretty nice Mini Cooper parked in this photo (http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m2uqfvMnQn1qmkljso1_1280.jpg).
"Chrono Ass"?  :shock: Sounds like another practical joke by Square Enix...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Boo the Gentleman Caller on May 20, 2012, 02:21:55 pm
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This guy is ice skating to Chrono music.

He was pretty good, too! For as much as I know about ice skating, at least...

And he looked like he would be a Final Fantasy character. :)
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on May 25, 2012, 06:53:26 am
http://www.cracked.com/article_19836_5-celebrities-who-got-famous-by-being-obsessed-fanboys_p2.html

If we could every like Chrono series so much that one of us might get a job at SE and create the next game?  :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Radical_Dreamer on May 29, 2012, 04:56:17 pm
A friend of mine shared this comic with me:
http://2.media.dorkly.cvcdn.com/88/15/48671031f36479d39188e3513547ad4e.jpg
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: chi_z on May 29, 2012, 05:47:30 pm
 :lee: greatest comic eva
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Lennis on May 31, 2012, 05:47:08 am
This guy is ice skating to Chrono music.
[youtube]O6Vg6t_BEJo[/youtube]

Wow, this just made my whole week.  Seeing something Chrono-related outside of the gaming world tells me there is a growing hunger for this story among the public.  Maybe I'm reading too much into this, but nostalgia can be a strange thing.  Several years ago I remember people wearing t-shirts with the Autobot or Decepticon symbols printed on them.  Next thing we know, there's a Transformers movie.

Every time we hear Mitsuda's music in public is a t-shirt moment for Chrono.  Perhaps the buzz will reach a crescendo the closer we get to Chrono's 20th anniversary?
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Post by: Sajainta on May 31, 2012, 06:07:53 am
I hope my mother saw that performance!  She always watches figure skating when it's on TV.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 11, 2012, 07:37:18 am
So who says that the Lions are extinct?

[youtube]En_8UgGZXio[/youtube]
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Kodokami on June 20, 2012, 10:08:22 pm
Great Scott! Here's a cool t-shirt design a friend showed me. A mash-up of Chrono Trigger and Back to the Future!

http://www.redbubble.com/people/filippomorini/works/9007919-great-scott
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on June 21, 2012, 07:29:45 am
Great Scott! Here's a cool t-shirt design a friend showed me. A mash-up of Chrono Trigger and Back to the Future!

http://www.redbubble.com/people/filippomorini/works/9007919-great-scott
Oh, sheeit!

I should be making some more T-Shirt designs.  :(

Kitsch seems to be the way to go here.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on July 06, 2012, 12:04:45 pm
Steam Powered Giraffe

Haven't heard of them? They're a robotic steam punk mime band originating from San Diego. That is, the performers are trained mimes who, for their performances, dress up as steam punk robots who were created to entertain. And by "steam punk robots," I mean the old, Disneyland/Chucky Cheeses level animatronics. The result is a wonderful meld of fantastical visual elements and catchy music. And, if you happen to visit San Diego, you might be able to visit a park and see them performing live, randomly.

Yes, they're mimes who sing.

Anywho, if that sounds interesting, personally I'd recommend "Honeybee (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojYK6CW8gdw&feature=relmfu)," "Brass Goggles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDRHx4cPgbE&feature=relmfu)," or "Captain Albert Alexander (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQeeQjdU2Bk&feature=relmfu)"
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Katie Skyye on July 06, 2012, 02:25:12 pm
Steam Powered Giraffe
[...]
Anywho, if that sounds interesting, personally I'd recommend "Honeybee (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojYK6CW8gdw&feature=relmfu)," "Brass Goggles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDRHx4cPgbE&feature=relmfu)," or "Captain Albert Alexander (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQeeQjdU2Bk&feature=relmfu)"

I like 'em. Thanks for pointing them out.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on July 11, 2012, 03:13:41 pm
People tell me that life isn't fair. However, since I can get a deep-fried twinkie and ride the ferris wheel in life, I think they are lying.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Satoh on July 11, 2012, 05:06:48 pm
I've seen both clowns and oversized livestock.

I saw a woman with a mustache!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on July 12, 2012, 02:36:03 am
This morning, when I got to work, I crashed into an unexpectedly locked door. But that is okay, I know it wont happen again. Why?

Because one does not simply walk into more doors!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on July 12, 2012, 05:57:55 am
(Haha, watching Game of Thrones somehow made my mind mix and mash up strange words; my head stuck with "Game of Scones", my curiosity made me google it, and I found... THINGS.)

The Game of Scones -- The Song of Pies and Fire

Quote from: Cereal Cannister
When playing the Game of Scones, you either eat... or you cry!

Quote from: Eddard Starved
Breakfast is coming!

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m2ky33gZ8L1rri9fjo1_500.jpg)

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lveys9dNua1qj0340o1_400.jpg)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5270/5590751559_0e7a588dfa_z.jpg)

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FU9KUvbT7oY/Tpt-10dYCnI/AAAAAAAALis/J626Gwy2wdU/s1600/game+of+scones.jpg)

Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on October 25, 2012, 03:25:49 pm
Split infinitives are the grammatical version of a three-way.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Thought on November 08, 2012, 03:57:47 pm
I just met someone with a last name of "Medina."
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on November 09, 2012, 04:05:40 pm
I just met someone with a last name of "Medina."
Interesting, I've actually known a girl named "Ayla" from my locality (about 6 years ago, I think). That, and a good friend of mine is named after this guy ----------->  :)  (Although, it's "slightly" differently spelled)

Beyond Chrono series, I've also met someone with a first name "Chandrahas", who probably didn't know what's so great about it (in fact, I doubt that even those Indians who know the story of Ramayana would know what "Chandrahas" is). The term means something along the lines of "Moon Blade" or "Moon Cutter / Slicer" (though some argue that, since "Has" is a Hindi word for "Laughter", the sword literally means "Laughter of the Moon"), originating from the ancient language Prakrit; it was actually a sword that once belonged to the badass Goddess Durga (also known as, the "Slayer of the Waterbuffalo Demon"), and was eventually passed to the Demon King Raavana (who used it to cut Jatayu's wings). That sword is equally legendary as Arthur's Excalibur (granted to him by Ninveh), Sigurd's Balmung (with which he slew Fafnir), and Yamato Takeru's Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi (which was found in the tail of Orochi, uncovered by Susanoo).

If you don't get what I mean, imagine naming your child "Mjolnir", "Storm Bringer", or "Green Destiny". I don't need to say more than that.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: utunnels on November 09, 2012, 08:05:20 pm
Heh, I saw someone mentioned s/he was having Russian name syndrome while reading a translated Chinese novel. Perhaps that is one of the problem why transliteration doesn't work well. Like most western names are random symbols to me so I can not feel the awesomeness within them.
 There are still too many things to learn.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on December 01, 2012, 08:32:04 am
http://sherlockholmes.wikia.com/wiki/Sherlock_Holmes_3

Holy sheeit, sholly hit!

Rumor: Sherlock Holmes vs Arsene Lupin in the modern cinema? If it's true, MY DREAM'S COME TRUE!

I wonder if the script is based on "The Blonde Lady", but might even be original. I sincerely hope that, unlike the other adaptations (which were kinda lame), this time Arsene Lupin is portrayed properly.

Pardon my fan-excitation.

*ahem*

*screams like a fangirl, then faints*
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on December 06, 2012, 05:39:03 am
My phone is more religious than me!

See, I'm using this keyboard called TouchPal on my Android device, and it's neat for it's Swype feature. It also has a good auto complete feature where you only need to type ONE letter and it shows you a list of most relevant words starting from it. When you click on the first word, it will proceed to give you suggestions on the next word based on internal prediction.

And if I keep selecting the first of the suggested words it not only completes my sentences for me in the most hilarious ways imaginable, but also seems to loop around the clause "I just want a relationship with god".

Case point:

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good night everyone is going out into the world is when I get a follow back please follow me please I love you so much to do it again today is the best of luck to all the time I see you in the morning to you too much to do it again today is the best of luck to all the time I just want a relationship with god bless you all the time I see you in the morning and I just want a relationship with god bless you all the time I see you in the morning and I just want a relationship with god 

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looks like a boss is the best of luck to all the time I see you in the morning and I just want a relationship with god bless you all the time I see you in the morning and I just want a relationship with god

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no wonder he have the same minds and I just want a relationship with god

I don't really mind my phone having a relationship with God, but I wonder if God really is into... er... mechanical... bewilderment?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Acacia Sgt on December 14, 2012, 01:55:38 am
This was a small thing, but it made me laugh nonetheless.

So I was playing Samurai Warriors 3, in Story Mode with Mitsunari Ishida. I was playing the last stage, The Battle of Sekigahara, and was already halfway into the stage. So there comes this part where the gate to the southeast part of the map opens up, where 3 ally officers, Hidemoto Mouri, Morichika Chosokabe, and Hiroie Kikkawa, were located, and the first two would begin heading north.

Having played this stage a few times already, I knew that shortly afterwards Hiroie defects to the Eastern Army and Hanzo Hattori appears nearby, and both begin attacking Hidemoto and Morichika. So as I was heading over there I used a War Drum item, that gives a combat boost to ally officers.

Thing is, I used it before Hiroie actually changed sides so when I got there, to my surprise, he still had the effects of the War Drum, despite being an enemy now.

Well, he did was slightly harder to defeat at any rate. :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on January 31, 2013, 08:55:18 am
So, there's a wedding afoot. The groom and his family abhor dowry. Yet, dowry is something tradition demands. So, what should the dowry be?

How about... a really...  big...  fish wrapped in pretty sheets and plate?

Looks like someone's having sea food for dinner!

God, I love Kolkatta and my cousin's creativity. XD
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Acacia Sgt on February 24, 2013, 11:59:31 am
Apparently there is this white cat that took some sort of interest in us. When we were at my dad's house for him to pick up something, this cat jumped into the car. It stayed there for a bit before getting out... only to then enter the house when my dad opened the door to exit.

Even better, once we came back the cat showed up again and likewise reentered the house! My dad had to lure it back outside with a can of tuna.

That's certainly one interesting cat... :lol:
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: alfadorredux on February 24, 2013, 08:25:32 pm
Reminds me of the old story about the sign posted in the window of a certain store, which showed a photograph of a feline accompanied by this sentence:

"Does anyone recognize this cat? It thinks it lives here."

If you're not careful, you may find yourselves with a new family member...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on February 25, 2013, 01:36:10 am
If you're not careful, you may find yourselves with a new family member...

That sentence makes me so happy that I'm barely careful now. xD

Hurrah for the carefree world!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Acacia Sgt on February 25, 2013, 12:46:56 pm
That cat's up to something. Just yesterday my dad found out the cat spent the night sleeping next to one of the windows. :lol:

He is at a loss on what to do with it. Curiously, the cat has a collar, but my dad thinks it either escaped home or was dumped in the area, since it is also somewhat dirty (it's a white cat so it's very noticeable). Either way what I think is that it looks like it's trying to find a new home... maybe...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on February 25, 2013, 02:07:40 pm
He is at a loss on what to do with it. Curiously, the cat has a collar, but my dad thinks it either escaped home or was dumped in the area, since it is also somewhat dirty (it's a white cat so it's very noticeable). Either way what I think is that it looks like it's trying to find a new home... maybe...
I'd say, keep it!

Despite knowing cats think of themselves as Gods of realms they trespass (a harsh reality many cat owners have come to accept, simply because they're too adorable to not forgive), I'm still one to believe that when an animal follows you or simply shows up and stays, it's a holy* sign that you're bound to keep. Besides, cats aren't too bothersome (besides tearing down your furniture and eating your fish), as their take their troubles outside and not in the house (so long as they respect you).

*I say "holy" not in the context of "divine", but by "opportunity" to kindness and empathy; though you're free to interpret as the former anyway.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: alfadorredux on February 25, 2013, 06:32:13 pm
First thing to do is find out if there are any tags on the kitteh's collar. Even if there's no requirement where you are to license cats, his(?) previous humans may have tagged him with their phone number.

Second thing to do is check around and see if anyone's lost a cat. Local papers (if you still have 'em), Craigslist or equivalent, local animal shelters, and the cork board in the entryway of your local grocery store might all be worth looking at. Consider leaving notices of your own, if you can d it for cheap/free. (Edit: And if anyone new has recently moved into your area, ask them if they have a cat...)

Thirdly, if you can't find the owner in a reasonable amount of time, either take the cat in or place him with a no-kill shelter, 'cause leaving him on the street to get run over or worse is kind of irresponsible.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Acacia Sgt on February 25, 2013, 11:16:57 pm
Well, since I don't actually live with my dad I'm kinda in an position to do little about it. The cat has no tag, and considering my dad lives in a closed up space... well, how can I describe it better, it's basically in a 0-shaped road with houses all around and 2 entry points, and one's always locked with a gate since no one uses it. And as far as I know no one has moved in there recently, so the cat is pretty much an outsider.

Well, we'll soon see what to do about this...

EDIT: Well well, according to my dad the cat still showed up throughout the week. And now tonight it did as well. Apparently it's now in a territorial dispute with another cat. It's pretty much living on the backyard now.

EDIT2: It seems the cat is finally gone. Or at least, my dad has not seen it lately. Oh well...

Anyway... wow, I think this is the first time I'm actually able to log in while those Memory Cache things or something are displayed at the top.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: utunnels on April 18, 2013, 05:56:36 am
For some reason I used to think Stephen King was British. Recently I realized I was thinking about Stephen Hawking when reading the name.

 :lol:

I've been reading Dark Tower series for weeks, BTW.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on April 26, 2013, 11:24:06 am
This one's for you Naruto fans out there:

[youtube]F6mSdpMJCdc[/youtube]

So.... Chrono Trigger live action, anyone?
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Acacia Sgt on June 14, 2013, 05:16:51 pm
So as I searched up stuff about the E3 and stuff, I couldn't help but laugh at how the response was for Microsoft's presentation of the XBoxOne and it's... um, features... as I mentioned in the videogame thread. Though to elaborate here, it has been the source for mockery.

(http://img542.imageshack.us/img542/1042/xone.gif)
(http://25.media.tumblr.com/abc9a6dacb25152233e16e0f560ba277/tumblr_mo7z8tRkcG1qdwv3ho1_500.gif)

Even Sony itself jumped on the bandwagon:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWSIFh8ICaA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWSIFh8ICaA)

I mean, come on, you could even feel the intent of the creation of that video...

So, heh, yeah...
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on July 03, 2013, 12:53:52 pm
eReaders / eInk Display Readers are almost non-existent in Third Worlds such as India. Nobody's heard of it. Nobody can even buy it, even if they've heard of it! Kindle and Nooks are pretty much gadgets from Mars to use people, and even if we DO get it, the deal would seem worthless because it costs three times the actual price (like, if it's 70 dollars in the US, the retailers sell it for 200 dollars for the same device here) or needs a damn CREDIT / DEBIT CARD to order online from abroad (which 90% of the people CAN'T do in India, since many don't even have Debit Cards or are too scared to get them for obvious reasons). Besides, a Tablet could do so much more than the price Kindle's being sold for here, isn't it? You can get a cheap Galaxy Tab for just the same price!

To be honest, I LOVE the eInk display. It's the kind of screens I wish every freaking computational display would use (especially a more advanced version of Qualcomm's Mirasol Display (http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/22/4354642/high-res-mirasol-display-for-smartphones-demonstrated)). I abhor self-illuminated screens, unless it's dark then a "bit" of self-illumination would be nice, but not too much.

So such a magnificent piece of technology would require lots of money or sheer dumb luck to acquire, huh?

I'm one of those lucky few! HUZZAH!

My Ausie uncle knew I loved books, so he got me a Kindle. Now I can't really buy books from Amazon for it, but I'm clever enough to get them for free (no, not illegally; I mean TOTALLY LEGAL Public Domain classics, such as Project Gutenberg, from where I can finally get the whole collection of Human Comedy, Dostoevsky, Goethe, Sherlock Holmes and Arsene Lupin)! That, and thankfully Flipkart sells eBooks now (without actually selling eReaders... I don't get that logic), though I'm not sure if those too are Cash-On-Delivery. LOL!

I'm totally loving my new Kindle! It was confusing at first, but now it's awesometastic! HUZZAH eReaders!

I'm still kinda fascinated with how a device can shut-down or go into Stand-By mode while STILL displaying a grey-scale screensaver. It boggles the mind!
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: tushantin on July 08, 2013, 07:19:51 pm
I feel terror-struck after such a long time time.

I was always a very fearful and imaginative child, horribly afraid of the tiniest things out there (my biggest fears at the age of 6 were... movie credits; I was always afraid that the scrolling texts might just appear before me and... I dunno what they'd do, but it was pretty scary nonetheless). But for the past decade, it was nearly impossible to get me afraid of anything (and hence my fearlessness and recklessness in the face of adversity); show me a horror film, thriller film, anything at all that you find "bat-shit scary", and I wouldn't even blink. I began to believe myself immune to "fear" for so long now.

But only recently have I managed to learn the differences between Fear and Terror. True, I'm quite fearless. But right now, I'm downright terrified. So much that, for the past four hours now, my knees tremble and hair stand on my arms and at the back of my neck. I feel my consciousness shaken, my meditative calmness disturbed, and my focus lost. My fingers are shaking while I'm writing this.

And you know what? It feels absolutely fantastic!

I've missed the feeling of terror, and even a small dose of this ugly feeing hits me far stronger than bottles of vodka or any alcohol ever can. At the same time, it brings me my sense of self, makes me more present in the moment. The cold shiver down my spine feels so good that my trembling limbs find this shockwave of energy almost unbearable, rendering me ready for action. It makes me smile...

...that smile of insanity. I also worry that, despite the positive affects of terror on my psyche (which is useful at least once a while), it pushes me closer and closer to the realms of insanity, unlocking the wildest imaginations nobody could bare to think about or look at lest they scream in discomfort and anxiety. It brings me closer to hell. Not to mention it's freaking night time, and I'm bound to get nightmares, something I do not appreciate.

I can't tell whether I should be grateful or resentful towards this feeling of terror...
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Post by: idioticidioms on July 08, 2013, 10:22:45 pm
When you feel nothing, how do you know you're really alive?

You know what will really drive you insane? Thinking about how something can drive you insane. How do you fall? Thinking about falling. Don't get caught up in thinking about stuff too long, because you will think yourself into a corner and it's hard to get back out of one once you're in it.

If I may ask, what terrified you?
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Post by: tushantin on July 10, 2013, 11:05:06 am
When you feel nothing, how do you know you're really alive?
Good question! Although, it wasn't that I didn't feel anything. It's just that I didn't feel fear (and hence my rebelliousness when facing odds, such as those that might actually end up killing me and putting my family into trouble). I'm a really rebellious person, and paired with great eccentricity, I'm that one person you'd never wish to go out with lest you find yourself in a really rough edge that you never imagined (despite the fact I'm an introvert).

And that's always quite a fun endeavour for me. Haha!

You know what will really drive you insane? Thinking about how something can drive you insane. How do you fall? Thinking about falling. Don't get caught up in thinking about stuff too long, because you will think yourself into a corner and it's hard to get back out of one once you're in it.
And yet I've a really nasty urge to fall. XD Reason being, it gives me challenges to face my own weaknesses in this sense in completely irrelevant ways. Sure, I almost always lose those challenges, but failure is far too fun for me than anything else.

The only reason I blinked when I looked into the abyss that night was because the terror was just too much for me to handle. But right now it seems like a good time to look again. So here's the answer to your next question.

If I may ask, what terrified you?

Warning! NSFW, nor is it safe for your sanity (probably)! Kids, don't click it! (Or, DO click it; I know you rascals will definitely click it if I ask tell you not to, so if I tell you to click it... you'll click it anyway, so let's just throw this idea out the window, it's not like I've got your life on strings or anything...

Let's just say I took a field-trip to hell, thought it would be a fun adventure. The first few moments were terrifying for normal people but wasn't for me. The third day, I scratched the surface and, though it wasn't anything dangerous, it still freaked the hell out of me.

I can't talk about the details of my ventures (even though that might drive me into misanthropy, not unlike Sajainta, but I wouldn't like to make comparisons). But here's something irrelevant that would even then represent the surface I scratched (don't look at it when it's night, but do close the curtains when it's day. Urban Legends have it that this picture can have strange effects on some kinds of people, and the schizophrenic ones are led to killing themselves. Take this legend with a grain of salt, but your curiosity is your own risk. Personally, I plunge headlong into the abyss out of curiosity anyway.)

smile.jpg
or even smile.dog.jpg

Look it up on Google.

Hope you have pleasant dreams!
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Post by: idioticidioms on July 10, 2013, 04:20:11 pm
That's one of the best urban legends I've had the pleasure of reading. Every so often, I'll catch myself reading urban legends in the dark of night; a whole bunch at once; and they'll get to me, because nothing says 'fear' quite like something you can't fight against or prepare against.
Title: Re: Park Your Amusements Here
Post by: Sajainta on July 11, 2013, 08:31:03 pm
A few months ago my mother couldn't remember the word for "Dalek" and called them the "Dollop Things" and it was beautiful.
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Post by: tushantin on August 06, 2013, 09:33:52 am
Oh, for the love of football!

[youtube]Pcj0SzDhBKo[/youtube]
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Post by: tushantin on August 20, 2013, 10:47:53 am
Woohoo! There's a interesting theory (or a hypothesis) in anthropology about the beginning of linguistics, or language. I found this out when I was reading "JLA: Tower of Babel", where R'as ul Ghul decides to convolute the world's language, and instantly looked up further on the Christian mythos of that with some historical references.

Some say that "complex language", such as the predecessors of English, may have actually been invented by our species by chance. One supposition states that effect of "psychedelic fungi" that stimulated synaesthesia in some people and essentially merge sensory pathways in the brain -- essentially being able to see voices, feel sounds, smell colors, etc. which also somehow affected their survival mechanisms. Herein, our communications "expanded" beyond the primitive means and using creative means to convey ideas and experiences... with a single pen.

In other words, half the "poetic devices" most poets, writers and artists use to convey their idea comes FROM this primordial stimulus.

When you look at this bit of information AGAIN, when you read this simple post right now, at first you might just nod and go back to your daily routine lives... but inspect closely, and realize how awesome, mindblowing, miraculous even, that a "single digit" on a computer can help our brains interpret all the different thoughts that someone at the other side of the world is having in their minds right now, tinkering with different landscapes of imaginations and constructing ideas with reason, all of which can be "Transmitted" to another person with the single press of a button.

Or better yet, wirelessly, with you your "mouth" as you form sentences to a friend nearby. Every emotion, every thought that crosses your mind, every idea, every "imaginary worlds" you create that you can turn into a reality... can be accomplished with a single sentence, or a written word by using something as simple as an "ink", a blob of pigments which was "just there" until someone decided, "HOLY SHIT, I CAN USE THIS FOR... what again?"

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Post by: Boo the Gentleman Caller on August 22, 2013, 03:54:29 pm
TIL (courtesy of Reddit)... Well, not today, but recently...

Kissing likely originated in India approximately 3,000 years ago. It was made popular and spread around the world by the Romans.
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Post by: Sajainta on August 22, 2013, 05:59:17 pm
Speaking of things that were made popular...

Apparently German-Americans were the ones to introduce both hamburgers and hot dogs in America.  As a German-American, you are very much welcome.
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Post by: tushantin on August 23, 2013, 02:25:32 am
As a German-American, you are very much welcome.
....So you're a German-American too?!  :shock:

Okay, who's been giving out free citizenships? This could make my life a whole lot easier!
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Post by: Sajainta on August 23, 2013, 07:19:27 am
Haha, well I'm German-American in that a hundred years ago most of my ancestors moved to the US from Germany and I'm pretty sure that was during the time of free citizenship so unless you have a TARDIS laying around I don't think it's possible to get that kind of thing anymore.  XD

The US is chock-full of American krauts, they hopped on over here from Bratwurst Land and bred like rabbits.
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Post by: tushantin on August 29, 2013, 04:41:04 am
So I was looking at the recent newsletter of Khan Academy in my inbox. And what do I find?

CrashCourse / SciShow's Hank Green appearing in KA videos, talking about Ecology!  (http://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/crash-course1/crash-course-biology/v/bio101-carbon)

Oh, things get better and better!
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Post by: Acacia Sgt on September 19, 2014, 05:04:20 pm
So in the midst of all the bad things happening due to the weather, I couldn't help but find this amusing:

(http://p1.trrsf.com/image/fget/cf/460/340/p1.trrsf.com/image/fget/cf/0/0/0/0/0/0/images.terra.com/2014/09/16/odile-tormenta-tropical.jpg)

The pic doesn't show it, but the storm's path started further south, and had always kept a constant northwest trajectory... until it abruptly decides to make an almost sharp 90 degree turn.

That's just so odd... it's like it deliberately doesn't want to hit California or something...
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Post by: Legendary Biologist on December 06, 2014, 12:36:05 pm
Someone had me laughing and scratching my head with 'just a random joke' related to a few animes and Chrono series:

Maguts and Spike Spieguile.

Because I know Cowboy Bebop, I know what the second portmanteau refers to. But I don't know what the first portmanteau refers to...until I read some posts from a Berserk fan.

Maguts: Magus (Chrono Trigger) - Guts (Berserk)
Spike Spieguile: Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop) - Guile (Chrono Cross)

The poster just says that this is just a random joke, but this seems to refer to the similarity in personalities between the characters with portmanteau'd names (all ISTPs, but Magus and Guts are darker, while Spike and Guile are lighter).

Mind. Blown.
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Post by: skylark on March 13, 2016, 03:32:47 am
Jelly beans.

NERDS Bumpy Jelly Beans, to be exact.

So good.

*awkward silence ensues*

Sometimes it's the simple things.
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Post by: tushantin on April 23, 2018, 12:36:07 pm
Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!

(https://i.imgur.com/AQeWqWw.png) (https://imgur.com/AQeWqWw)
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Post by: PrincessNadia78 on April 23, 2018, 01:12:43 pm
OMG  :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post by: Boo the Gentleman Caller on April 23, 2018, 03:17:08 pm
I actually had to look up what the 57342G was referencing. Had no idea you could gameshark the game to get to that chest!

(For anyone else unfamiliar with it, there's a counter behind Truce Inn that is unreachable by normal means. If you can sneak past using a cheat, it contains 57342G.

All that being said...

I know that that would translate to something along the lines of go-nana-san-yon-ni, or 五七三四二. I'm not sure what would make a lone "g" sound in Japanese, as I'm only through hiragana and partway through learning katakana. Very little kanji at this point. Regardless, as far I know, all Japanese phonetics come from vowels tied to a parent sound (for example, I know of ga, ge, gi, go, gu but nothing else that would tie directly to a lone g). I don't know any kanji, but I wouldn't think kanji go into that sort of phonetics. A super quick Google-fu didn't turn up anything.

Japan can have the same word (or equivalent word) with various spells between katakana, hiragana, and/or kanji. Shi (死) means death in Japanese and has roughly 20 variants that I could found. None of them even remotely sound like the same phonetic pronunciation of the numbers. The closest would be ishi (一死), which sort of sounds like the number 1 (ichi). I looked up Konami and also tried to see if there was some nickname or alternate pronunciation that could tie back to the phonetics of the numbers. No joy.

I also found that pretty much the only proponent of this rumor is that Kenny. The same Kenny from the screenshot. Kenny Gorman.

I'm not sure how true this is...

But wait. Just as I was about to post this, I got a lead that helped me rethink this.

Someone named Alexander Kelly does claim that:

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The 57342G is likely a Japanese phrase encoded in the numbers. "5" can be transliterated as "GO" or "KO", "7" would be "NA", "3" would be "MI" or "SA" or "SAN", "4" would be "YO" or "SHI" or "YON", and "2" would be "NI" or "FU". Not sure what they combine to, although the first three digits seem like "KONAMI"

And I realized that I was looking at it wrong. This could very well be word play.

5 = go, (五), which, as a phonetic letter is ご... if you remove the two little lines on the upper right, the phonetic letter becomes ko (こ)
7 = nana (七七) or shichi... cut it in half and you are left with just the katakana 七 (na)
3 = san (三), which, in looks awfully similar to ミ in katakana (or み in hiragana), which is mi

Add to that we've already established that the number 4 translates to yon (四)... but I realized that 4 can also be called shi. Shi can also mean death, as discussed above.

This theory is starting to take form, yes?

Finally, the number 2 is ni (二), or futsu/futatsu (二つ) in native Japanese, or fu for short. Fu means "to mark" in kanji (符).

So with some definite reading between the lines, this really could spell: Konami marked for death, or "death to konami." It requires some finagling, but it could be true with some word play.

Now, I reviewed the credits for Chrono Trigger and the head programmers are Katsuhisa Higuchi and Keizo Kokubo. They both worked for Square Enix in the SNES era and Higuchi even worked on Chrono Cross' battle system. I tried to see if either of them used to work for Konami and maybe held a grudge, but I couldn't find anything conclusive.

More to come...

EDIT: Well, I found Higuchi-san's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katsuhisa.higuchi?lst=100008801403964%3A100002408123230%3A1524507851.

Dude, I feel like a mega-stalker. Good thing I don't have a Facebook or else I'd be seriously considering reaching out to him.

Fuck that, we totally could reach out to him and ask him if he could give us an interview! A Chrono Compendium exclusive! How awesome would that be for the Chrono Compendium?!?! Although it doesn't look like his Facebook has been active in 4 years or so.
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Post by: PrincessNadia78 on April 23, 2018, 03:35:49 pm
That is very interesting Boo. I actually want to learn Japanese writing because I eventually want to make and sell pieces with Japanese writing and art. I have everything, right down to the ink blocks, but it's all in Wisconsin right now. But I will have it all VERY SOON! I can't wait and I will definitely post work here once I get started, if you like.  :D
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Post by: tushantin on April 23, 2018, 03:58:51 pm
But wait. Just as I was about to post this, I got a lead that helped me rethink this.

Boo, The Gentleman Detective.  8)

EDIT: Well, I found Higuchi-san's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katsuhisa.higuchi?lst=100008801403964%3A100002408123230%3A1524507851.

Dude, I feel like a mega-stalker. Good thing I don't have a Facebook or else I'd be seriously considering reaching out to him.

Fuck that, we totally could reach out to him and ask him if he could give us an interview! A Chrono Compendium exclusive! How awesome would that be for the Chrono Compendium?!?! Although it doesn't look like his Facebook has been active in 4 years or so.

DO IT!

(https://i.imgur.com/YRxyZIG.jpg)
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Post by: Acacia Sgt on April 23, 2018, 04:11:44 pm
Oh, that would be pretty cool.

Now to be on topic...


Boo, The Gentleman Detective.  8)


Heh, it's amusing to read that when you have a Kaitou Kid pic.  :lol:
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Post by: Boo the Gentleman Caller on April 23, 2018, 04:28:48 pm
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DO IT!

I am quite serious. Maybe my 2019 goal will be to track down some members of the Chrono Trigger development team and try to have a Compendium-sponsored series of interviews for the 2020 twenty-fifth anniversary. That would be cool.

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That is very interesting Boo. I actually want to learn Japanese writing because I eventually want to make and sell pieces with Japanese writing and art.

I started with Duolingo and a copy of Rosetta Stone. Duolingo is free and will teach you some things, but it doesn't explain mechanics very well. You learn by doing.

Rosetta Stone is costly and I didn't love the learning structure; it literally throws you in and doesn't contextualize well. They said it helps you learn by immersion, but I guess I wanted more structure and gave up on it. I needed to better understand the basics of alphabets and numerics first.

That all being said, you don't need to know it for your art! Just make sure you properly vet it before you end up running with some of them. Context is everything! You don't want your painting to say "poop salad" when you tried to say "have a nice daaaay!" (like you see with some of these poorly translated Chinese tattoos, bahahaha)
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Post by: Mauron on April 23, 2018, 04:39:10 pm
An alternative look at the treasure chest contents:

57342 in hex is DFFE. Since gold values are doubled in chests, that is stored as 6FFF. The max gold possible in a single chest is 7FFF. So that chest contains 0x1000, or 4096 less than the maximum gold it could hold.
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Post by: Boo the Gentleman Caller on April 23, 2018, 04:47:24 pm
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57342 in hex is DFFE. Since gold values are doubled in chests, that is stored as 6FFF. The max gold possible in a single chest is 7FFF. So that chest contains 0x1000, or 4096 less than the maximum gold it could hold.

That makes far more sense and doesn't take such a convoluted language conversion (and a far one at that) to drive the conclusion.
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Post by: Mauron on April 23, 2018, 04:55:19 pm
It makes me wonder why they went 0x1000 less than the maximum. 0x4000 would seem like a more likely choice, since that's the highest bit set.
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Post by: PrincessNadia78 on April 23, 2018, 05:28:38 pm
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That is very interesting Boo. I actually want to learn Japanese writing because I eventually want to make and sell pieces with Japanese writing and art.

I started with Duolingo and a copy of Rosetta Stone. Duolingo is free and will teach you some things, but it doesn't explain mechanics very well. You learn by doing.

Rosetta Stone is costly and I didn't love the learning structure; it literally throws you in and doesn't contextualize well. They said it helps you learn by immersion, but I guess I wanted more structure and gave up on it. I needed to better understand the basics of alphabets and numerics first.

That all being said, you don't need to know it for your art! Just make sure you properly vet it before you end up running with some of them. Context is everything! You don't want your painting to say "poop salad" when you tried to say "have a nice daaaay!" (like you see with some of these poorly translated Chinese tattoos, bahahaha)

I have about 5 books on the Japanese language because what you just stated here is my biggest fear. When I do something, I like it to be done right! I'm horribly meticulous (in fact, I googled how to spell "meticulous" ha ha!) so I would triple check to make sure it's saying what I want it to say. I can't wait until I finally have my stuff down here so I can get started! I'd buy some here, but I bought a lot of it off of Amazon and my stuff will be down here in a few months. So I can wait.  :D Besides, I have so many other projects I'm working on right now!
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Post by: tushantin on April 25, 2018, 01:54:39 am
A life which isn't felt and isn't based around one's individual identity is meaningless.

That is a concept that resonates with me deeply and I inherently agree with. Which is why it hits me really home when that concept is taken to its extreme, and the character that embodies that concept is... actually a villain.

And that to in one of my most favorite anime of all time.
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Post by: tushantin on May 02, 2018, 09:47:37 am
Hahahahahahahaha!!

"Programmers are EVIL" (a 40 mins presentation): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e6BKJPnb5o

This one's for Mauron, and possibly also utunnels if he's still around and happens to notice this post.
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Post by: Boo the Gentleman Caller on May 02, 2018, 12:44:39 pm
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A life which isn't felt and isn't based around one's individual identity is meaningless.

Oh this! I meant to respond to this earlier when you first posted it and forgot to.

This is the focal point of The Stranger by Albert Camus. Such a fascinating story and it really made me reevaluate a few of my worldviews.

In the story, the protagonist is involved in a scuffle and ultimately kills a man. It's intentionally ambiguous as of to what happens and why, but it appears to be (mostly) self-defense and is a  fascinating scenario none-the-less.

The rest of the story then follows the "murderer" as he is tied up in his conviction and legal proceedings, and ends with his penultimate fate. Spoiler alert, he is executed.

Even though the protagonist was (mostly) acting in self-defense, because he was mostly unemotional in his responses, some interpreted his response as anomie, and he is painted as an immoral villain, when in fact he is none of the above. It was all about the expectation of his responses and his non-alignment with societal norms.

Not only did the book challenge my perceptions of emotion, but it also challenged the fact that society often makes us 'play the game' in regards to how we should "act." It entirely flipped my views on corporal punishment.

But yeah, this is a good quote, tushantin!

I'm curious what anime you were referencing. I haven't seen stein;gate yet (although the game keeps coming up as recommended on Steam), but I'm enjoying having recommendations from you and a few others. I'm currently watching Fullmetal Alchemist again before I move on to a new series.

:D
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Post by: Mauron on May 02, 2018, 02:14:48 pm
I'll check that presentation out later.
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Post by: tushantin on May 02, 2018, 05:25:31 pm
Even though the protagonist was (mostly) acting in self-defense, because he was mostly unemotional in his responses, some interpreted his response as anomie, and he is painted as an immoral villain, when in fact he is none of the above. It was all about the expectation of his responses and his non-alignment with societal norms.

Sounds like the story of my Late 20s -- except in my case it's a bit more topsy-turvy than that, what with those being the normless being the ones to create rigid norms, which you have to follow or face dire consequences.

Haha I'm definitely going to read The Stranger now. Speaking of which, I also need to read up on Durkheim too, which I haven't. And my reading-list is growing bonkers.

I'm curious what anime you were referencing. I haven't seen stein;gate yet (although the game keeps coming up as recommended on Steam), but I'm enjoying having recommendations from you and a few others. I'm currently watching Fullmetal Alchemist again before I move on to a new series.

I'm talking about Psycho-Pass (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzuJnyebc40).

Watch the first season, skip the second (unless the upcoming movies rely on the second season). Reason being the first season is pretty much a masterpiece, but for some reason the second one (according to every