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The Flood / me last year VS. me now
« on: March 13, 2019, 08:33:17 PM »
last year (yuck):



probably more than you ever wanted to see of me, but i'm quite proud of my progress! ~15 lbs. of muscle (2 lbs./month for the first 6 months) in under a year! looking to put on another 5-10 lbs. in the next 2 years or so.

i'm almost the androgynous sex god i've always known i could be.

Gaming / The Absurd Details of MGSV
« on: February 16, 2019, 12:18:42 PM »

This is crazy. I only knew about a few of them. Kojima is a madman.

Gaming / Castlevania II: Dracula's Curse (NES) | In-Progress
« on: February 11, 2019, 07:55:39 PM »
Castlevania (NES) Completed:


First successful Death kill: 1:31:13
First Final Phase Dracula Attempt: 3:30:59 (83 attempts)
First successful Dracula kill: 6:01:08 (193 attempts)

Stats (Courtesy of Verbatim):

Phantom Bat——-- 2
Queen Medusa——— 1
Mummy Men——— 3
Frankenstein & Igor——— 4
Grim Reaper——— 22
Dracula——— 193 (83 to reach 2nd phase, 17 2nd phase initiations, 193 attempts total)

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (NES)





Castlevania III: Dracula's Cruse (NES)


Gaming / Xbox Live coming to Nintendo Switch
« on: February 04, 2019, 04:24:53 PM »
Not sure how no one is talking about this yet...

Microsoft is getting ready to release an important software development kit (SDK) that will allow game developers to integrate Xbox Live into any titles that run across PC, Xbox, iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch. Spotted by Windows Central, a GDC session reveals that Microsoft will announce its cross-platform push for Xbox Live next month.


Xbox Live cross-platform play will allow developers to integrate in friends lists, multiplayer functionality, and achievements into existing mobile games. It’s an important part of Microsoft’s new gaming mission to reach outside of its traditional PC and Xbox markets, and bring software, services, and games to players on rival platforms. Microsoft is also working on an xCloud game streaming service that will stream Xbox games to PCs, consoles, and mobile devices later this year.

The entirety of the Xbox Backwards Compatibility library... in the palm of your hand...

Serious / Voting: a civic right, or a civic duty?
« on: November 08, 2018, 11:02:41 AM »
I believe it is the duty of every citizen to participate in their democracy, and I find it shameful that a good portion of the eligible voter population simply can't be bothered. This is true for the 3 most prominent countries frequented on Sep7agon (~45% didn't show up for the 2016 United States Federal Election, ~40% didn't show up in 2015 for the Canadian Federal Election, ~30% of eligible voters didn't turn up for the Brexit decision in 2016).

The Flood / Midterm Election - Reps. win Senate, Dems. to win House
« on: November 06, 2018, 04:28:34 PM »

Serious / Why have people consistently hated the Jews throughout history?
« on: October 31, 2018, 11:34:33 PM »
Just something I've been wondering recently.

The Flood / Wow.
« on: October 31, 2018, 06:48:41 PM »
7:30 P.M. Wednesday, October 31st 2018 |

I'm sitting at home alone in my room. It gets hot so I have both of my windows open. I hear the children outside running up to my neighbours' doors for some candy. The lights are off outside to let the kids know no one is home.

I remember walking wagons around the neighbourhood with pillow cases full of candy. Choosing my costume a month in advance, only to have it ruined because I had to wear 3 layers of warmth underneath lest I freeze to death. I didn't even prepare a costume this year. My aunt and sister used to walk us around the neighbourhood so my parents could give candy out at home. Being nervous to talk to complete strangers. Used to stay out until 9:30-10 P.M. on school nights; you never knew days could be this long. Now, most of my days don't even begin until 11.

It used to be simpler. My moms is away on business, and my pop is at an AA meeting. My little brother is in university 3 hours away. Both of my older sisters have moved out. It's just me and the dogs.

All this was brought on by the sound of children's winter boots running up my neighbour's driveway. Bummer.

Serious / Fucking dumbass Brazilians.
« on: October 28, 2018, 07:15:46 PM »
Jair Bolsonaro, Far-Right Populist, Elected President of Brazil

This is a man who routinely degrades women ("She isn't worth raping; she's very ugly."/"Women shouldn't be paid the same as men, because they get pregnant and that harms productivity."/"I had 4 male children and produced a 5th female child at a moment of weakness."), says things like "Respect homosexuals? They should respect us." or "I would be incapable of loving a gay son." A man who wants to reestablish military rule over the country, decrease the currently protected Amazon rain forest (which as a whole is responsible for something like 60% of the world's carbon monoxide production) and establish Brasil as a Christian nation, rather than a secular republic.

Good job fucking up your country even more, idiots. This is why America needs to lead by example.

The Flood / How do so many people get down with Kendrick Lamar?
« on: October 24, 2018, 08:17:46 PM »
I've been listening to his music the last couple of days, and while I can respect the artistry behind them, his shit just doesn't hit me on any level. It's about his life and experiences and unless he's lying, I just don't have anything in common with kids from Compton and I doubt many other people do. I don't understand how someone in a relatively similar position to myself could vibe with his stuff. I've only listened up to To Pimp a Butterfly.

The Flood / fuck i cant wait to get out of this country
« on: October 23, 2018, 01:38:11 AM »
cold as fuck today

seein the mediterranean as the land of opportunity

a couple months to go

Serious / Where the hell was this version of Hillary Clinton before?
« on: October 09, 2018, 06:25:06 PM »

Damn. Straight-forward, confident, unapologetic. If I was an American and of age at the time, I would have supported her had I seen more of this. Hopefully if she runs again she can channel some of this.

The Flood / Go see Venom
« on: October 06, 2018, 12:14:36 AM »
This is not a drill

Movie of the year 2018

The Flood / Convince me anyone making more than 250k
« on: October 03, 2018, 01:16:02 AM »
shouldn't taxed 50%

all the way up to 95% depending on how much more you make

you dont need more than 100k to live comfortably.

fuck the rich, fuck corporations and fuck capitalism. FUCK.

The Flood / >be me
« on: September 30, 2018, 05:06:28 PM »
>be me
>Armenian college kid living in the Glendale region of LA
>couple months ago
>browse a backwater internet forum
>get routinely made fun of by some guy in europe
>challenge him to 1v1 in Halo 3
>livestream it
>bunch of peers watching us
>get absolutely clapped
>delete all footage of event
>leave forum for months

>ff to last week
>return to forum
>it's a struggle to maintain my compsure despite the embarassment
>the challenger messages me
>"hey i'm back in LA, let's meet up for a real 1v1"
>mull it over for a few days
>agree to meet him in a week
>feel like i'm going to throw up

>day of the 1v1 approaches
>i gather my things and head out
>i must be early, no one is here
>suddenly someone speaks from behind me
>"the maulers won't save you this time"
>it was him.  the guy from the forum
>he lifts both fists, ready to fight
>only one thought crosses my mind
>reach into my back pocket and pull out the toy gun i keep in my back pocket
>shoot foam dart at the guy, he instantly implodes in a flash of bright light
>cops immediately called
>get taken in for questioning
>in the interrogation room
>cop looks at me
>"how did you do it, kid"

>look him dead in the eyes and say the sacred words
>"it's Nerf or nothin"

The Flood / Should I just buy Photoshop?
« on: September 26, 2018, 04:48:06 PM »
I keep having problems with all these free alternatives. Krita worked for awhile but the brush tool doesn't recognise where my stylus is until I put pressure on the screen, which results in these (admitedly cool but unintentional) straight lines you see here:

I then tried out FireAlpaca, but for whatever reason, it keeps giving me these random dots when I'm using the brush tool. Like so:

I managed to turn down the frequency of these dots in the settings, but obviously the ideal number of occurences is zero.

I'm wondering if I should just pull the trigger and get Photoshop. I might as well get acquainted with the program considering I'll probably be using it in the future.

The Flood / How do I get out of going to this party tonight?
« on: September 22, 2018, 07:31:30 PM »
I agreed to go but I'm getting that sensation I get from time to time. The one where I feel like I don't have the energy to put on a facade for the sake of others. I just want to stay home and watch some cartoons in my bedroom.


I've been playing Destiny 2 on the lowest settings and can still hardly manage 60FPS consistently. I'm not sure what the problem is but I suspect it's the multiple monitor setup. I thought it would be my CPU slowing me down but apparently it's running fine. What do you guys think? Should my mobo be that hot? What can I do?

The Flood / What's the healthiest way to get over someone?
« on: May 26, 2018, 05:15:12 PM »
I haven't had any heartbreaks recently to complain about, and it's been two years since my last one. Usually, I feel fine, able to talk/be with other girls no problem, picture myself with them, etc. and I don't really even consider my last relationship most days. But every once in awhile, I'll get a flashback that puts me right back into the position I used to be during or right after the events of the breakup. Could be a face I associate with that time or a bad dream, doesn't matter. When the feelings resurface though I end up being thrown back into this pit of self-loathing that I've spent 2 years climbing out of for a couple of days at a time.

I ask because I don't want to lose that time, nor do I want to have a crippling weakness like that. So, what's the healthiest way to deal with it? I think 2 years away from her and that situation and other romantic interests/new hobbies and goals are things I've already exhausted (and they were helpful, but not obviously 100% effective), so maybe try to get some sort of closure by talking to her? Or am I just telling myself that in an attempt to see her again.

It's worth noting that with previous relationships, I've been able to completely sever ties with the person and that's been effective, but that's not really feasible with this one. I have good friends that are close to her situation so she's always bound to come up in conversation casually.

If the answer is just to soldier on and deal with it, that's fine, but psychologically I don't want this baggage with me all the time and I just don't think that's the best option.

I realise what kind of position I put myself in with a thread like this but I figured if even one person has something insightful to say it'd probably be worth it.


Whatever Reznor is doing with his vocals here, I'm not really feeling it. Aside from the uninspired lyrics, (a trend of his modern work, unfortunately) the way he sings them is so... un-him. The instrumentals are, as always, exceptionally layered and a joy to listen to. I almost wish that the instrumental versions of the last 2 records would become available for purchase. I liked Add Violence more than most people (though not as much as Not The Actual Events), but it seems like this trio of EPs have been less than I'd hoped for. There's this trend going around that appeals to the retro-vibe of the 80's, and don't get me wrong, I like that sometimes, but that saxophone and the heavy synth-sound feel a bit ham-fisted here (Add Violence had this issue as well, albeit sans saxophone.) I still have high expectations for the full release though, and as long as it's NTAE-tier, I'll be happy.

Gaming / Fortnite is just the coolest, video gamey game ever
« on: May 07, 2018, 10:03:35 AM »

From the Epic Games Twitter account

Fun stuff like this always goes a long way for me. Season 4 has been great so far.

The Flood / what are your most annoying habits
« on: April 29, 2018, 11:41:34 PM »
sometimes i write sentences and just take out the first word. "i'm not a big fan" becomes "not a big fan." not sure where it comes from but im inclined to believe its to save time.

offline its hard to say. in high school i was pretty clingy but that was awhile ago. im much more self sufficient now. sometimes i unnecessarily playfully scream or whisper at friends to weird them out but thats pretty funny. or intentionally say things wrong just to see how people react.

Gaming / Spyro HD boys
« on: April 05, 2018, 12:33:37 PM »

And it won't be the mess that Crash HD was because Spyro doesn't rely on pin-point accurate platforming to be a game 👌👈 👀

The Flood / The Official Ready Player One Music Video:
« on: March 22, 2018, 03:22:27 PM »

The Flood / Season 1 Phoebe is fantastic
« on: March 13, 2018, 11:13:33 PM »
Before she became a caricature with straightened hair.

Serious / So what is the actual deal with GMOs?
« on: February 27, 2018, 10:57:46 PM »
I'm reading this book right now that starts off with several chapters of pretty well-supported claims regarding several diet and health issues, but once it gets into GMOs it's surprisingly sparse on actual research to support the claims. I can't help but think that someone who spent the majority of his book reasonably well-read and knowledgable wouldn't just include a chapter where he betrays that clout he's built up if there wasn't something to be said about his words. So, what are the actual facts surrounding GMOs? How do they affect overall health? What about muscle growth?

Serious / Thoughts?
« on: February 14, 2018, 09:32:52 AM »

The Flood / "Meat is for Pussies"
« on: February 12, 2018, 11:34:30 PM »
I'm sick of these people who are ignorant of facts--the kind that diss vegetarians because we care about animals or the environment. These fools have bought into the lies and propoganda put out there by the douche bags running the meat industry--the same douche bags who happen to be some of the country's most powerful lobbyists. There was that bullshit ad campaign that they ran a while ago: "Beef, it's what's for dinner." Yeah, beef's for dinner, but colon cancer, arterial slerosis, high blood pressure, animal cruelty and a destroyed planet are your karmic desert.

Now this is how you start a fucking book.

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