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The Doomkitten wrote:
Urgh... Binding of Isaac succeeds far more at making me absolutely terrified and nauseous than most "horror" games.

dead space?


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Nekkid dead space?


The Doomkitten wrote:
Urgh... Binding of Isaac succeeds far more at making me absolutely terrified and nauseous than most "horror" games.
Freehold DM wrote:
dead space?

Well, that's not all that distu-

Freehold DM wrote:
Nekkid dead space?

... okay, you win.

Honestly - and more seriously - though, yeah, a few of those early portions of Dead Space were probably some of the worst. Those baby enemies. :/


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Dead Space honestly felt like it's trying too hard to scare me. A few of the jump scares were good, but... I dunno. BoI just... just scares me. And makes me want to vomit.


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The Doomkitten wrote:
Dead Space honestly felt like it's trying too hard to scare me. A few of the jump scares were good, but... I dunno. BoI just... just scares me. And makes me want to vomit.

I love dead space. One of a handful of games to make me feel genuinely afraid.


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Made it to Montgomery, Alabama.

Wanted to stop at Tifton, GA or thereabouts, but this was the closest hotel to Jacksonville not IN the storm. Seven hours away.

I've run into five other groups from Jax checking in here at 1am.

This is by far the nastiest hotel I've ever BEEN in. There's mystery stains. It's 2:30am jax time and this was the only hotel not booked six hours ago.

We're in full PJs afraid to get in the bed, sleeping on it, with covers beneath us. It smells terrifying.

I should've risked Matthew.


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thegreenteagamer wrote:

Made it to Montgomery, Alabama.

Wanted to stop at Tifton, GA or thereabouts, but this was the closest hotel to Jacksonville not IN the storm. Seven hours away.

I've run into five other groups from Jax checking in here at 1am.

This is by far the nastiest hotel I've ever BEEN in. There's mystery stains. It's 2:30am jax time and this was the only hotel not booked six hours ago.

We're in full PJs afraid to get in the bed, sleeping on it, with covers beneath us. It smells terrifying.

I should've risked Matthew.

That is where we are heading. Maybe we can meet somewhere, if you are up for it.

I wanted to ride it out, but the wife didn't. And since she is the one that makes most of the food...

I hear rat poison tastes real good! j / K!!!

edit - I am sorry that you have such a sucky room!


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Alright everyone. Have a good weekend. And be safe!


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Rysky wrote:
baron arem heshvaun wrote:

I would do this for you Freehold, with no hesitation.

(Most definitely) Even if there was no girl involved.

That wouldn't work with everyone.

My response: "So, threesome?"

rysky, you salacious howler, you.

Silver Crusade

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Freehold DM wrote:
Rysky wrote:
baron arem heshvaun wrote:

I would do this for you Freehold, with no hesitation.

(Most definitely) Even if there was no girl involved.

That wouldn't work with everyone.

My response: "So, threesome?"

rysky, you salacious howler, you.

.... I have a new favourite title.


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New alias time!

Do it now, before the Captain beats you to it.

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Be safe, everyFAWTL!


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Limeylongears wrote:

New alias time!

Do it now, before the Captain beats you to it.

I can't steal every idea, I'm not Joss Whedon after all.


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Off to get f%%~ing stocking caps, because it's f@$@ing cold out.


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There's a party in Limey's sinuses, and we're all invited! Whoopee!


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Who hoo! Party!!!!


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This Commodore 64 is AWESOME


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Well, this week's Blue Apron menu can be summarized as, "Too much work for not good enough food".

As Sissyl said, Thai green curry is dirt simple if you just go curry paste-coconut milk-boneless skinless chicken breasts.

So they chose boneless skin-on chicken thighs, which is one of the single-most-annoying pieces of meat to work with that I know of. If you're going to give me chicken thighs, PLEASE leave the bones in -- it's WAAAAY easier to remove the skin while the bones are still there, thanks. So, a bunch of knife work the kids couldn't do to get the chicken ready. Another big old hunk of ginger to peel and mince. But the kids are getting better -- they got the garlic, yu choy, lime, cilantro, and rice all prepped.

Unfortunately, Blue Apron's great sins were in the cooking and the ingredients. Not enough oil for the thighs meant they stuck to the pan something awful, and then their choice of chicken vendor was one of the, "Let's add a gallon of brine to increase weight" variety, so of course once the chicken warmed up we ended up with a good cup of liquid in the pot I had to boil off. After all was said and done and I got the chicken, squash, curry paste, coconut milk, and seasonings cooking we were hit with the cardinal sin: "Add 1/4 cup of water".

In 36+ years of cooking, any recipe that calls for adding plain water is a bad recipe.

Sure enough, the curry came out tasty, but diluted. As if... someone had added water to an otherwise perfectly-good recipe!

So on the bright side, the kids are still enthusiastic, and they're still learning good kitchen skills, but after two high-work low-reward dishes I am growing less enamored of Blue Apron.

I don't mind high-work high-quality meals. I kind of expected those. I don't mind low-work high-quality meals, though I'd like to see the kids working in the kitchen so I'd rather see the extra work. But meals that do a ton of busywork just to produce what are otherwise very simple meals like a pork sandwich or a green curry are just irritating...


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Just got Chris Clairemont's autograph. Waiting for Amanda Conner now.


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Just checking in. Sanibel wasn't in any danger from Hurricane Matthew; we got some rain (less than a summer thunderstorm) and some wind, gusty at times. A lot of standing water, but that comes from being a poorly-draining sandbar/barrier isle. Nothing to complain about. Hope everyone else is safe.

Sorry TGTG's fam is stuck in a stinky rattrap. :(


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I think the seventies are gone for good.


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My wife is sick from helping put up the plywood in the rain two days ago. We're in incredibly poor spirits today. We're spending most of the day enjoying the beautiful weather outside in Montgomery (and avoiding our disgusting roach motel, which we're stuck at for another day before heading halfway back and getting another hotel in Tifton, GA, where hopefully we won't be terrified to use the shower/get under the covers).

She's napping in the car while I'm just sitting on the Wifi at one of the local libraries.

This is turning out to be one of the suckiest four day weekends in history.


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That sounds terrible, stupid f&@~ing hurricane!


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Looks like we came through the worst of it unscathed! Huzzah!

Looks like I filled a bathtub with water for no reason! Huzzah!

Oh well, that tub's not gonna bathe itself... !


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Tacticslion wrote:

So, I've been enjoying iZombie, the series.

It's Netflix.

If you like the comic, I suspect you will not be a fan of the series. The adaptation is... heh... loose, at best.

It's not the most incredible must-watch show I've ever seen, but it's fun and well-made, relatively well paced, and reasonable well thought-out.

Very Murder, She Wrote in some ways - not exactly monster-of-the-week (unlike the comics there is exactly one "monster"), but definitely a crime-of-the-week-style of show.

Unfortunately, only Season 1 is available on Netflix - Season 2 is not yet available, and there are enough lingering questions that I would like to see it (to hopefully see them resolved, though I susepect that, if it were popular enough that would not happen - the eternal cycle, alas).

Anyway: it's pretty good. I would over-all lightly recommend it: pretty solid, fun, and enjoyable premise.

Okay, so... update! I expected iZombie to just disappear off of my Keep Watching list - and it kind of did - but it reappeared with new episodes! Apparently the whole show (at least everything that's been made?) is now on Netflix, so... my final review may have to wait until later. Hmp. And here I thought I was done...

Yay! More entertainment!

XD

Tacticslion wrote:

Looks like we came through the worst of it unscathed! Huzzah!

Looks like I filled a bathtub with water for no reason! Huzzah!

Oh well, that tub's not gonna bathe itself... !

For the record, I'm not going to actually use the water that's currently in the tub, if I actually use the tub at all today. That water's been there for a day and a half. I have not joined the polar bear club for a reason. That reason is that I am a wuss. Also, I have a constitution of, like, 8, or maybe 3. XD


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Gaming convention happening currently in town.

I had a prelection about making Fantasy less pseudo-European-Medieval and more, you know, fantasy.


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In Panera, adorable little kid is so cute dancing around.
Wife: "How cute is that?"
Me: "9/10"
Kid trips, falls down, still grinning.
Me: "10/10"


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Tacticslion wrote:

Okay, so... update! I expected iZombie to just disappear off of my Keep Watching list - and it kind of did - but it reappeared with new episodes! Apparently the whole show (at least everything that's been made?) is now on Netflix, so... my final review may have to wait until later. Hmp. And here I thought I was done...

Yay! More entertainment!

XD

iZombie really shifts into higher gear midway through season 2, and almost all the pieces assemble into a huge bombshell climax in the two-part finale. Do not read any spoilers to preserve your maximum enjoyment.


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If you're wondering, the FLGS in Montgomery, Alabama, has a friendly proprietor, but is very, very small, and kinda dinky, and the selection really sucks.

The comic shop next to Mellow Mushroom and the movie theater, however, is outstanding. It's just meticulously neat and organized, and has real eye-catching promotional art outside. The owner there is super nice, too.

(We're doing anything we can to avoid going back to the hotel until we're so tired we can't help but physically pass out.)

Poor wifey is still feeling really under the weather, though. :-/ Sharoth offered to meet up, but we're both in very sour moods after about 5 hours of sleep a piece in our disturbingly disgusting filth hovel.

Tomorrow we head to Tifton, GA, though, and hopefully the hotel there isn't so...ugh. (We couldn't get any rooms there on the first two nights we evacuated...it's about 1/2 way to Montgomery from Jax, so it will split our 7.5 hour drive down to about 3.25 tomorrow and another 3.25 Friday, so I don't go mad with boredom from the drive like I nearly did yesterday. So many long, poorly lit highways in the middle of backwoods Georgia...)


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NobodysHome's Story Time:
My friend and I were backpacking in the high Sierras in the late summer; maybe late July or early August. We knew we were pretty high (somewhere around 11,000-12,000 feet), but as we topped a particularly nasty ridge, we spotted a small sunlit tarn that looked ideal for swimming -- in the direct sunlight so it would have been warmed all day, only around 5' deep so it probably COULD be warmed (water at that altitude has a deplorable habit for being freezing cold), and a nice island in the middle perhaps a 20' swim from shore.

So my friend shucked down, swam across, and climbed onto the island. I asked him, "How is it?"
He responded, "Oh, my gosh! It's great! The water's perfect! Come on across!"

So I undressed, dove in... and only then saw the wafer-thin sheet of ice that was nearly coating the pond, plus the little icebergs.
Yes. I dove full-on into 32-degree water.

It is... unpleasant.

My skin was on fire as I swam across to where my friend was, and while I can normally swim several miles without difficulty, getting that 20' was an eternity and an agony.

I clambered ashore, thankful that it was fully in sunlight, and asked, "What the heck, dude?"
"Oh, after I dove in, I knew I had to make you do it!"

It took us two full hours to warm up enough to brave the swim back. Nothing like sitting there, buck nekkid on an island in the middle of a mountain tarn, waiting for your body to recover enough to make the swim back. With your clothes and all your gear perhaps thirty feet away, and that thirty feet might as well have been thirty miles.


Yeah, I'm not a member of the polar bear club. Been there. Tried that. No fun at all.

*Some expletives may have been modified in the retelling of this story.


thegreenteagamer wrote:

If you're wondering, the FLGS in Montgomery, Alabama, has a friendly proprietor, but is very, very small, and kinda dinky, and the selection really sucks.

The comic shop next to Mellow Mushroom and the movie theater, however, is outstanding. It's just meticulously neat and organized, and has real eye-catching promotional art outside. The owner there is super nice, too.

(We're doing anything we can to avoid going back to the hotel until we're so tired we can't help but physically pass out.)

Poor wifey is still feeling really under the weather, though. :-/ Sharoth offered to meet up, but we're both in very sour moods after about 5 hours of sleep a piece in our disturbingly disgusting filth hovel.

Tomorrow we head to Tifton, GA, though, and hopefully the hotel there isn't so...ugh. (We couldn't get any rooms there on the first two nights we evacuated...it's about 1/2 way to Montgomery from Jax, so it will split our 7.5 hour drive down to about 3.25 tomorrow and another 3.25 Friday, so I don't go mad with boredom from the drive like I nearly did yesterday. So many long, poorly lit highways in the middle of backwoods Georgia...)

Hey, if you stop by Ocala on your way back down - I don't know why you would outside of explicitly seeing us, but if you happened to do so - feel free to see us! Just let us know you're coming so we can communicate!

I'm sorry your wife isn't feeling well... we'll keep her in prayer!

If you head back through eastern GA instead of down the west side (you'd want to go west/central side to see us), I might recommend seeing if a place called the GA Pig is still open! It's a great barbeque and it's here that I remember you're a vegetarian, so nevermind! XD

(I was going to hedge and note that they've had a few ownership changes, and it's been long enough that I don't know if they're still open anyway... but considering they literally serve no food other than barbeque pork sandwhiches with pickle slices and chips, plus some sodas... nope. Not for you, my good friend. Sorry!)


Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
iZombie really shifts into higher gear midway through season 2, and almost all the pieces assemble into a huge bombshell climax in the two-part finale. Do not read any spoilers to preserve your maximum enjoyment.

Sweet! Spoilers really don't bother me, but I'll work on avoiding Wikipedia, just for you, my friend! :D


NobodysHome wrote:

** spoiler omitted **

Yeah, I'm not a member of the polar bear club. Been there. Tried that. No fun at all.

*Some expletives may have been modified in the retelling of this story.

Sounds about right! :D


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Oooo, really great Mystique cosplay


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Someone at Panera got a bread bowl soup and threw the entire bread bowl away after eating the soup.

WHY ORDER A BREAD BOWL?!

YOU MONSTER!

Truly, some people really do want to watch the world burn.


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Tacticslion wrote:
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
iZombie really shifts into higher gear midway through season 2, and almost all the pieces assemble into a huge bombshell climax in the two-part finale. Do not read any spoilers to preserve your maximum enjoyment.
Sweet! Spoilers really don't bother me, but I'll work on avoiding Wikipedia, just for you, my friend! :D

I really enjoy the show. It's nothing like the comic series it was derived from, but, personally, I don't like seeing rehashes of material from other media, so I'm happy. :)


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There's a new monster on the blog!

I'm not squidding when I say it's a cute little mind control monster.


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Season one of American Horror Story was exceptional, season two is really good so far, but I'm only two episodes in so.


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Rawr! wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
iZombie really shifts into higher gear midway through season 2, and almost all the pieces assemble into a huge bombshell climax in the two-part finale. Do not read any spoilers to preserve your maximum enjoyment.
Sweet! Spoilers really don't bother me, but I'll work on avoiding Wikipedia, just for you, my friend! :D

I really enjoy the show. It's nothing like the comic series it was derived from, but, personally, I don't like seeing rehashes of material from other media, so I'm happy. :)

I enjoy it a bit more than it seems like I really should.

The premise is simple, the characters are not that deep (the show opening gives you their very clear archetype and that's pretty much exactly what and who they are), and the format is at least somewhat (in a minor way) repetitive... yet I find myself drawn in and enjoying myself nonetheless.

The major plot arc is interesting and compelling enough, and the actors are all well done enough that pretty much everything else comes into line - even though there are several kind of 'eeeeeeeehhhhhhhh...' cliches associated.

One thing that really is a strong point of the show is that she consistently learns a moral lesson... and then learns an opposing moral lesson... and then learns a third moral lesson that kind of opposes and/or tempers both of the other two, when she tries to put her freshly-learned moral lessons into practice. Because, you know, real people. It points out that there are genuine moral lessons to learn, but they're more nuanced and subtle than the simple, pat answers and soundbites they're usually reduced to - and it shows you why they're more complex than that. I really like that. It does it a bit of a heavy-handed manner sometimes, I think, but at the same time it's part of Liv's journey, and that's part of what makes it work - it's her growth as a person that we watch (and we kind of learn things along side of her, and possibly already knew them).

My two things that I really would change:

1) the origin story: not because the [redacted] was bad, but because they skipped over everything that happened after the [redacted], and, daggummit, I want to see her...

Spoiler:
... quit her old job, cancel her engagement, degenerate (physically and socially), go job-hunting, get the job...

... and so on. I know, I know, yet another origin story. Blah-blah. I'm an origin story nerd. I want a better one than the opening credits of every episode. :I

2) Some of the heavy-handed stereo-typing that Liv goes through could use some tempering and nuance. When she...

Spoiler:
...absorbs an aspect of someone's personality, it kind of becomes an exaggerated stereotype to sometimes silly extremes. I understand that this is exaggeration for the purpose of drama for what amounts to a daytime television crime show, but I still feel that it could be handled in a more subtle and nuanced manner.

I think this was especially heavy-handed in the cheerleader, and motherhood episodes - they seemed to be extremely exaggerated.

... I'd settle for some sort of in-character explanation, even if they didn't tone it down.

Those two things aside, I really like the show myself. I can just see it not being as powerful a pick for many others for those and other reasons. I... definitely rock out to the opening song, though.

>.>

(Then I rock out to the closing song of Black Butler.)


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Rawr! wrote:

There's a new monster on the blog!

I'm not squidding when I say it's a cute little mind control monster.

MAN-SQUEE~!

captain yesterday wrote:
Season one of American Horror Story was exceptional, season two is really good so far, but I'm only two episodes in so.

Nope.

Dark Archive

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Fatigue and exhaustion, between work, friends in town and the grand New York Comic Con I am near spent, it's 6:30 am and I get up in 3 hours.

But despite all that I still need to share this, because, as a certain Chiss Imperial Naval officer would have said, this is so artfully done.


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thegreenteagamer wrote:

Someone at Panera got a bread bowl soup and threw the entire bread bowl away after eating the soup.

WHY ORDER A BREAD BOWL?!

YOU MONSTER!

Truly, some people really do want to watch the world burn.

At least they should give it to poor, beggars, and dogs afterwards...


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We might have a new kind of spambots on the boards... Insidious, cunning, relentless, having a normal user name! Hiding among us, making short comments, and yet posting unsolicited ads!

Dark Archive

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baron arem heshvaun wrote:

the grand New York Comic Con.

I still need to share this, because, this is so artfully done.

You know, while we are on the subject, she need props too.


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baron arem heshvaun wrote:

Fatigue and exhaustion, between work, friends in town and the grand New York Comic Con I am near spent, it's 6:30 am and I get up in 3 hours.

But despite all that I still need to share this, because, as a certain Chiss Imperial Naval officer would have said, this is so artfully done.

do you think you might be able to stop by the booth today?


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baron arem heshvaun wrote:

Fatigue and exhaustion, between work, friends in town and the grand New York Comic Con I am near spent, it's 6:30 am and I get up in 3 hours.

But despite all that I still need to share this, because, as a certain Chiss Imperial Naval officer would have said, this is so artfully done.

Indeed, he would have, I think.

I love this video.


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I don't play SWTOR (well, I used to, but it didn't really grab me, I might try it again at some point) but damn, that video was amazing.


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Tacticslion wrote:
One thing that really is a strong point of the show is that she consistently learns a moral lesson... and then learns an opposing moral lesson... and then learns a third moral lesson that kind of opposes and/or tempers both of the other two, when she tries to put her freshly-learned moral lessons into practice. Because, you know, real people. It points out that there are genuine moral lessons to learn, but they're more nuanced and subtle than the simple, pat answers and soundbites they're usually reduced to - and it shows you why they're more complex than that. I really like that. It does it a bit of a heavy-handed manner sometimes, I think, but at the same time it's part of Liv's journey, and that's part of what makes it work - it's her growth as a person that we watch (and we kind of learn things along...

Rob Thomas (creator/showrunner for iZombie) did something similar in Veronica Mars as well. While it was satisfying to see Veronica Mars succeed in her takedowns, sometimes they would impact more innocent people and would cause some unexpected backlash to her.


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Either my CotCT hardcover will arrive today, or Monday, it's in town, i just don't know what facility (there is a central processing facility and then it's distributed to all the different post offices) hopefully today but most likely Monday.


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Pea Bear: We're making membership cards so we can get on each other's bunk.

Me: Can I have a membership card?

Pea Bear: I'm sorry dad, but we're at capacity, but I can put you on our waiting list, which is currently two months, if you like.

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