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Serious / Ghislane Maxwell Arrested
« on: July 02, 2020, 03:27:07 PM »
Everything they'll be linked to will all just be coincidences right?

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The Flood / Hey Verb
« on: June 26, 2020, 06:39:31 PM »
We would've gotten our first look at the reactions of 3.0+1.0 by now.

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The Flood / It's summer in FL and the AC is out
« on: June 22, 2020, 03:29:55 PM »
Maintenance is swamped and we don't know when they'll be out to repair, it's already been two days.

Send help.

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The Flood / Big Burger Culture
« on: June 05, 2020, 08:18:21 PM »
Look, look, look, look, LLOOOOKK

YouTube

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The Flood / Gunpla
« on: June 01, 2020, 01:41:28 PM »
After doing some cleanup in my tiny apartment room to add in some new shelving units (they're "meh") I now have space for ONE (1) (Uno) model kit at the top, but over the years I have gotten my hands on six different kits. All the ones at my mom's place are broken (I'm really bummed about the MG Turn A) so I can't use any I've already built.

Which one should I put together?


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The Flood / Kyoani arsonist arrested
« on: May 28, 2020, 01:35:23 AM »
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/05/27/national/crime-legal/police-arrest-suspect-kyoto-animation-arson/#.Xs9a51VKiUk

The man suspected of being responsible for the fire at Kyoto Animation which killed over 30 people is finally in police custody. Kyoani's comment:
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“We have nothing to say to the suspect … Our fellow workers whose lives were lost will never come back and the wounds of our colleagues will never be healed.”

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The Flood / Learning an instrument
« on: May 25, 2020, 11:55:49 PM »
I'm not sure of it's just a passing interest that will fade with time but I've been giving serious thought about wanting to learn to play the clarinet. Regardless of whether or not I'll go through with it, I'll have to wait until I'm back to work anyways, a good beginner's clarinet starts at around $650. I've never played an instrument before in my life, which is partly what led me to choosing the clarinet over others. I originally thought about the oboe but they are not only significantly more expensive, but supposedly extremely difficult to play. The clarinet came up after some light research and supposedly it's no harder or easier than most instruments.

Has anyone ever played an instrument before? How was it? I'm still figuring out how to start if I do decide to go through with it.

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The Flood / Today is Goku Day
« on: May 09, 2020, 03:58:52 PM »
Discuss one of the most iconic anime characters of all time.


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The Flood / Today is Karl Marx's birthday
« on: May 05, 2020, 03:27:39 PM »
Press S to spit on his grave. Good riddance to that lazy fuckwit who created an ideology leading to the deaths of untold millions. Even his own mother thought he was full of shit, constantly asking her for gibes literally wishing for her death just so he could get money for booze faster.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henriette_Pressburg

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Over the years he complained repeatedly that his mother did not want to help him out of his financial distress, and openly hoped for her demise in order to hasten receipt of his inheritance. Henriette's view was that he should do more to earn money, she commenting "if only Karl had made Capital, instead of just writing about it".

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The Flood / The Movie Theater Industry
« on: May 02, 2020, 07:51:15 PM »
I debated whether or not to put this in Serious, but I figured it wasn't super serious business technically so....

With movie theaters shuttered for a while, there's been a lot of talk about whether or not they were even viable even before lock-downs became common place and the virus has certainly gave it a blow to the knees. Big companies like AMC are rumored to be filing for bankruptcy and several big titles have made their way to VoD in time frames where they should've still been in theaters had they been open.

Disney's Onward is now on Disney+ after only a small window of being in theaters before the lock down really went into place; but the biggest movie in the discussion is Trolls 2. That movie went instantly to VoD via Amazon Prime and despite Amazon being very stingy with their revenue numbers, it's estimated that it already made back its initial investment in only a few days. The fact that this was a family movie only further creates problems for the theater business. Most families will look at streaming as a much cheaper alternative for getting to see the same movie.

Big studios like Disney, Universal, & Paramount would immediately cut out the middle-man theater business if straight-to-streaming was proven to be a viable alternative and Trolls World Tour has been a perfect example of that being the case. I don't know how to feel about this. One the one hand, most of the movies I go to see nowadays are Fathom Events, either anime screenings, classic re-releases, or art-studio plays. Those have a higher premium ticket price than the already high ticket price for a standard movie in most locations. I'm easily looking at $30 for just myself when I also take concessions into account, although using various reward programs has helped alleviate the price somewhat.

On the other hand, I'm also one of those snobbish art critics who considers seeing my Chinese cartoons on the big screen with the sticky gum on the floor and hearing the crowd go nuts at whatever bullshit happens on screen as an authentic movie-going experience. Certain movies have become social events (Hence I guess why its called Fathom Events) and you just can't recreate that experience from the comfort of your home. Going to the movies is also a social experience, I think the last time I went to see a movie by myself was Pacific Rim 2 and needless to say ignoring the fact that it was a garbage movie, it was also a lonesome experience and I've always gone with somebody to see a movie afterwards.

In my personal opinion, family movies will begin to get phased out of theaters regardless of when society reopens. It simply makes too much sense for both the consumer (budget-focused families) and the producers (cutting out the middlemen) to maximize efficiency and cost. But big KINOPLEX 9K theaters will still be around for generic Marvel capeshit #843 and college-dropout director films that are thinly veiled pornos disguised as Neo-Noir NC17 art films.

What are your thoughts?

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The Flood / Evangelion 3.0+1.0 General
« on: April 26, 2020, 06:50:04 PM »
I would just like to publicly tell Verbatim that I believe he is the most quality member here on this forum. Not a single letter on the keyboard he presses when posting here is a wasted effort. While I may not agree with him on a lot of things, Hell even 99% of things, he is truly an eye-opening individual. I have this newfound interest in aspiring to be more like him. I'd even go as far as to say that telling LC he was going to eat his innards or whatever it was was still a worthwhile endeavor.

Verbatim, I sincerely hope you continue to post as you always do.

Now please post your Evangelion Q review.

EDIT: Updated title as news/information on the last Eva movie comes out.

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Serious / Kim Jong-Un
« on: April 25, 2020, 02:11:24 AM »
North Korean rumor mill is in full swing with news on their leader's health. As of right now there's supposedly a Chinese news channel claiming Kim Jong-Un is dead.

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The Flood / Entertainment/Package Review Thread
« on: April 22, 2020, 07:27:05 PM »
A while back I had preordered the LE Japanese release of the Konosuba Crimson movie on Bluray. Luckily CDJapan is still doing deliveries through FedEx priority and I received my copy the following the afternoon after it had shipped. When you choose the most expensive option for shipping, not even a port-closing pandemic appears to stop deliveries. Here is all the product information for my order.

Images below were also taken to test the quality of my iPhone 8 camera in darker areas without the use of the flash.

- 9800 yen, so roughly $91. I believe with the shipping my total was around $114.
- Package came with a CDJapan bonus exclusive, a leisure sheet with artwork of the main girls, it is very big.
- Before I thought only UFOtable/Type-Moon works had a special sleeve wrapped around the digi-pack box; but then I remembered that when I imported my Japanese release of Shin Godzilla on Bluray it also came with a sleeve and I plan on getting the Your Name BD box and I've seen that box also comes with one. Still a nice touch to have generic info on the product without ruining the box itself.
- The limited edition also comes with a short novel written by the creator(?), it's a very small book; it can almost fit in your pocket. Seeing as this is the Japanese release I have no idea how to read it since I don't know moon rune.
- The cardboard box the book comes in also has artwork on the back, I'll just keep it stored with the digi-pack sleeve.
- The BD box itself has special artwork different from the other versions of the release, back of the box is just plain white with the series title in the middle. Box itself is also very sturdy feeling.
- 50 page booklet with character/location info, interview descriptions (in Japanese obviously) and some artwork. Upon skimming through the book, I didn't realize just how much effort the animators put into the background of their areas, there's a lot of detail that one can easily miss when watching the show/movie.
- Jewel case has the standard movie poster image as the cover and the fantasy themed background inside.

Lastly, and obviously the most important: Megumin > Aqua. Images below.

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Gaming / General Persona Thread
« on: April 16, 2020, 05:55:21 AM »
Anyone else playing this? I never really touched my copy of Vanilla 5 after I got halfway through Madarame's Palace but I've just cleared Junya's Palace and I'm still not burned out or anything despite only having Royal for two days.

I can still see the combat changes like ammo for your guns replenishing after every fight and that helps tremendously with the grinding. All the reviews I read just state the same thing; how it made an already perfect game even better, and unanimous praise all around I can definitely see it. I know there was some complaints about rereleasing 5 on the same system and Japanese players asked why I couldn't have just been an expansion DLC, but with the way the entire system feeling overhauled I don't see why not to rerelease it as Royal when Persona 3 did the same thing with FES.

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The Flood / Grocery Stores
« on: April 05, 2020, 06:10:56 PM »
How are your stores looking during the quarantine? I went to get some basic stuff yesterday and the only thing empty on shelves was TP and rice. Everything else was pretty well stocked compared to what it was like a week ago.

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Gaming / Final Fantasy VII Remake
« on: April 03, 2020, 12:22:07 AM »
Against my better judgement I went ahead and preordered the game because I'm a sucker for steelbooks and art books. From what I've been seeing I still don't know how to feel about everything. I never really liked Midgar in the original FFVII and was happy to leave it when I did, but everything I see in the trailers does look fun and enjoyable.

However I also saw a part of the ending and from what people who have the game already are saying, they're adding more of the expanded universe stuff into the game, like they want to reimagine the game now that they can. I don't mind the expanded story of VII but Cloud is definitely weak in comparison to his original release self.

Anyways, what is everyone's thoughts on the VII Remake?

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If SE is going to reimagine the game then God Almighty please let us save Aeris.

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The Flood / Watched both Heaven's Feel movies
« on: January 09, 2020, 07:43:08 PM »
And I also watched all the Garden of Sinners movies.



What the fuck. Also, Azaka is an absolute QT.

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The Flood / So I’m reading The Communist Manifesto/Das Kapital
« on: January 04, 2020, 06:20:01 PM »
This book fucking sucks. Talk about a bunch of ideas/beliefs that haven’t aged well. the more I read it the more I’m confused at how Marxism was taken seriously.

In chapter 2 he talks about how the ruling class only wants marriage so that they can turn their wives into working serfs. It’s funny that around sixty years later in a conservative America that the wife working was a revolutionary idea, completely at odds with what he claimed.

Or how a middle-class person doesn’t exist at all in his mind. In his point of view it’s just hopping between being some caricature of a fat cat or literally starving on the streets.

I get that I have to take into account the time period and location he was in, but all of his notions of how society would turn out is ending up false and is backed by nothing but his own opinion.

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Serious / 2019-2020 Trump Impeachment Trial
« on: December 18, 2019, 09:02:29 PM »
The House has approved two articles of Impeachment against President Trump.

Regardless of whether or not you hate/like him, I think this was an incredibly stupid move on the House's part. With the Republican Senate majority there is no way in Hell he is going to be convicted and removed from office. This was nothing more than a flex move for their reelection. Yes, his reputation will be tarnished but so will theirs when their constituents get angry at the fact that they failed to remove him from office.

Is he guilty? Probably. But looking back on history, Clinton was super guilty and I still think (after the fact) that he shouldn't have been impeached.

Anyways, general discussion on the matter here.

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The Flood / Yugioh Locals
« on: November 26, 2019, 04:33:47 PM »
I play Yugioh at work with a friend of mine but he works in Tomorrowland and our shift times rarely match up so we don’t get to duel often if ever. Never the less I’ve been back into the game and I’ve been wanting to play more.

There’s a game shop about 20 minutes away that does Yugioh nights every Tuesday at 7, but not only have I been bogged down by situations preventing me from going (like tonight I’m at an auto care and they’re raking longer than normal) I’ve been a little anxious going in general.

Does anyone go to card game events? If so, what was it like for you guys?

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The Flood / The Mandalorian
« on: November 11, 2019, 09:37:12 PM »


Will it be Kino?

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The Flood / Story Time: Ian's Wild Ride [super long blog]
« on: September 13, 2019, 01:46:57 PM »
Per Maverick and Das, I'm updating you all on the situation with that one girl that caused quite a bit of grief for me last year and what ultimately ended up happening since I haven't updated anyone on the matter since April of last year.

TL;DR: Bitch left our location and tried to get me fired on a lie. It fucking fails and she loses her dream job/location to me and now has to work around me every day knowing she lost.

EDIT: Never mind, it appears I was mistaken in thinking some people would have gotten over the fact that I failed to heed their advice and refuse to accept me admitting my mistake in ignoring them. You can't please everybody.

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The Flood / The Popeye's chicken sandwich
« on: September 11, 2019, 01:19:36 PM »
I contemplated posting this in Serious but considering it's just fast fucking food of all things, and it's more of a blog/rant and I'll just be met with meme comments anyways I opted against doing so.

So for the past six months my roommates have been waging a war with each other over the dishes, I want absolutely no part in that and considering half the dishes """go missing""" I just eat out every day instead. Expensive? Very much so, I learned to appreciate dollar menus and meal deals. Unhealthy? You fucking know it, only eating once a day is probably whats staving off morbid obesity for me. But what's most annoying is when my lunch plans get ruined by fucking nothing.

I would go to Popeye's about once a week or so to get a 3-piece meal and some fries. It's like 6-7 bucks where I live so it's somewhat reasonable. However since they released that new chicken sandwich lines are out the door and the drive-thru line blocks parking spaces also, good luck getting inside and getting your order placed within the hour, even with numerous papers on the windows saying their out of the damn sandwich.

"Just go somewhere else" Well yeah, no fucking shit. I don't have time before work to wait an hour in line while hearing people bitch about why they don't have a very specific chicken patty for a sandwich. The problem is although I nuked my social media account following that bleeding cunt's behavior last year (it's okay, I got my payback) I've been noticing everywhere online recently shilling Popeye's out the ass for free and seeing renewed "Ch-ck-fil-A is garbage anyway" posts flooding the internet. Quite frankly, it's downright annoying and so blatantly obvious that an agenda is being pushed. Out of pure spite I've been regularly going to CFA and I would go more if it wasn't for the fact those homophobic cow-worshiping cultists are closed on Sundays.

The point of all this I guess, is: Have any of you actually had Popeye's chicken sandwich? Is it actually worth all the fucking hype and shilling that's being forced down the internet? Or is the media still butthurt that CFA exists and can print money just by existing?

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The Flood / Positive Yugioh Feels
« on: September 08, 2019, 12:37:18 AM »
>When you buy a $20 box set and you end up pulling a $40 card you needed for your deck.

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>When you get ANOTHER $20 box set and you pull the one card that's broken the meta in the span of only a few days.

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Yugioh is the best it's been at since I got back into it. Other than the first card above, most "meta" and top tier cards are plummeting in price and that includes their rarity. A prismatic-secret rare copy of Sky Striker - Mobilize Engage! is only like six bucks on TCG player. This is great for me.

Now if only I had the courage to go to locals.

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The Flood / Fuck Hurricane Dorian
« on: September 02, 2019, 10:56:53 AM »
It's literally going to hit NOWHERE near central FL yet every store and restaurant in the area has closed shop and abandoned ship. I can't have my usual All-you-can-eat wings Monday at Hooters with my friends because they've closed up for today and tomorrow. Grocery shopping? Lol fuck you we're closed. Out with friends? Get board games and flashlights and hold up in your room preparing for losing power (even though the last two storms hit us straight on and we didn't lose power). Want to do literally anything? Fucking ghost town.

Oh and fuck the obsessed media blowing this shit out of proportion here in FL. We have the toughest building codes in the nation and the damn thing does a hard right and wants to fuck over the Carolinas so stop fear mongering here in FL.

"B-But you're going to get one of the heavy rain bands!"

Fuck you, you know what we call that? Tuesday is what we call that.

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The Flood / AMA Finally got my promotion
« on: July 27, 2019, 07:56:26 PM »


After ferociously fighting for two and a half years and a lot of hard work, I finally got full time coordinator (team lead/assistant manager). I'm working in Magic Kingdom proper, in Fantasyland. Some things to note:

-By beginning of next year I should be making $16.50 an hour.
-Gender ratio in my new location is funny, including me and my leaders it's 21 males and 243 females.
-My costume/uniform is the silliest looking thing on Earth.
-I'm now in a stronger position to apply for manager/leadership in the future.

AMA I guess.

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The Flood / Shin Eva June 2020 new Promo-Reel
« on: July 19, 2019, 03:16:30 PM »
Evangelion 3.0+1.0/Shin Eva will release next year in June and the entire series will finally come to an end after over two decades.

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For reference, the series started back in October of 1995, 1.0 aired in September 2007, 3.0 in November of 2012 and this will release eight years later and 13 years after 1.0 came out.

The ride will finally end.

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The Flood / I present to you....the true meaning of K I N O
« on: July 18, 2019, 06:01:59 PM »
PURE. CINEMATIC. MASTERPIECE.

Behold such quality work in the art of motion pictures:

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The Flood / I got another transfer (blog)
« on: May 31, 2019, 10:25:06 AM »
I'm moving to Magic Kingdom, into the park proper. Still retail but I'm full time now so I finally get benefits and and I can bid for what days off and what kind of hours I want. I'm going to definitely be shooting for Tuesday/Wednesday off and to work nights. Still waiting on a transfer effective date.

Came at a pretty awkward time, though not that it's not welcome. Things at the resort have pretty much gone nuclear and I need to get away from all the sociopaths that I currently work with. I did interview for Fantasyland a few days ago and I'm still hoping I get call from them cause that'd be a higher pay rate.

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Gaming / WoW Classic "bugs" and Blizz response
« on: May 19, 2019, 07:27:06 PM »
Several Zoomers are reporting bugs in WoW classic that are not in fact bugs, but normal features working as intended.

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As we’ve discussed before, the nature of WoW Classic sometimes invokes different memories for different players, and this leads to certain misconceptions for some about what is or isn’t working as intended.

The following is a list of commonly-reported gameplay in WoW Classic that is not actually a bug, and is working as we expect it to:

Tauren’s hitboxes and their melee reach is slightly larger than other races.
Being critically struck while using /sit to sit does not cause abilities like Enrage, Blood Craze, and Reckoning to activate.
Using the “Automatic Quest Tracking” option does not auto-track newly accepted quests. (It instead will start to track an existing quest once progress towards an objective is started.)
Warrior health Regeneration is working at the expected rate.
Quests objectives and points of interests are not tracked on the map or minimap.
Completed quests are marked on the minimap with a dot. (and not a “?”)
Feared players and NPCs run fast.
Standing on top of other players while facing away allows spells and attacks to be used.
Creature respawn rates are much slower than in Battle for Azeroth.
NPCs which offer multiple quests may inconsistently display them as a dot or a “!” on the available quests list. They were inconsistent in 1.12, and we’ve reproduced the exact inconsistency they had back then.
Quests that are too low level for do not show up as a “!” in the game world.
Available quests do not display a “!” on the minimap.
On level up, the message: “Your skill in Protection increased to 15” was added in 1.12.1, and we’re intending to keep that.
We appreciate all of your feedback!

You think you do, but you don't.

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