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#472599 The music topic for serfs and peasants

Posted by HalfBaked139 on 15 June 2016 - 09:17 AM

I've been on a Bob Mould kick lately, and this is my easily my favorite of his recent tunes:



Something about it makes me want to grab my guitar (for the first time in a long time) and jam.

#467390 Castle Blood OOC: Rules, Quick Reference, and Chat

Posted by HalfBaked139 on 26 March 2016 - 04:38 AM

Short post is very short, but I'm still trying to get a handle on what happened at home while I was away. I'll try to be a more active going forward.

#466714 Castle Blood Sign-Ups

Posted by HalfBaked139 on 13 March 2016 - 01:11 PM

I want to participate, but in my rush to pack and travel I forgot to grab my notes. So I've broken out an old favorite - of mine, perhaps not anyone else's. If this will not serve, I fully understand, but I figured I may as well live up to my self-typecasting of characters who are largely coming along for the ride.



#466065 The "What are you currently reading" thread.

Posted by HalfBaked139 on 29 February 2016 - 09:52 PM

My reading list for this semester (in other words, why it's hard for me to be here). Stuff I've finished reading is struck.


Shakespeare plays:

  • Measure for Measure
  • All's Well That Ends Well
  • Troilus and Cressida
  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • Othello

Books set in Berlin:

  • The Glimmer Palace - Beatrice Colin
  • A Woman in Berlin - Anonymous
  • Berlin Blues - Sven Regener

Long list of readings that are all part of one class (not all must be read in their entirety, though):

  • The Critique of Judgement - Immanuel Kant
  • On the Aesthetic Education of Man - Friedrich Schiller
  • Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
  • The Seducer's Diary - Soren Kierkegaard
  • On the Genealogy of Morals - Friedrich Nietzsche
  • The Misfortunes of Virtue - the Marquis de Sade
  • A Hero of Our Time - Mikhail Lermontov
  • "Thessalonica" - Charles Brockden Brown
  • "The Earthquake in Chile" - Heinrich von Kleist
  • "The Sandman" - Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffman
  • "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" - Washington Irving"
  • "The Cenci" - Stendhal
  • "The American Scholar" "The Poet" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Freaking Nathaniel Hawthorne:

  • "My Kinsman, Major Molineux"
  • "Roger Malvin's Burial"
  • "Rappaccini's Daughter"
  • "The Artist of the Beautiful"


And now my race is run.

#453223 SSLF Game Night?

Posted by HalfBaked139 on 03 August 2015 - 08:24 PM

You've tanked with me before, I think. It's been a while.

#452835 moving Wicktures that you are watching: John Wick 3 Edition

Posted by HalfBaked139 on 30 July 2015 - 07:08 AM

No, I get it, and that's perfectly fine. You'd have seen the reverse rant from me if it were full plate, believe me.


Where I had an issue in it was...well, that's basically it for her characterization. That and the generic "Look, women are good at fighting too" bit that happens in every action movie with a female character. There's really only two bits where you get any indication of who she is as part of the story that separate her from the rest, and they last a total of two minutes, if that. So I'm stuck with the visual on the screen, and the mental image of Brett Ratner.


I don't know. I'd at least wear something to cover my both shins, if it were me. They even have a scene in the movie where they criticize leather armor for being leather. It's armor. Why are you complaining.

Perhaps it's my knee-jerk reaction to a Ratner movie, that I need to find an equal and opposite stance in terms of finding something ridiculous. Even one I actually liked, and this is again where I think a longer movie would have been better. I'm dropping the hammer here because she's the least likable, least developed, and...fine, I jumped the gun, but oh well. I can complain about anything, and I think this was my short approach to a bigger essay on things I don't like about Brett Ratner movies, Rush Hour only barely an exception.

#452642 SSLF Game Night?

Posted by HalfBaked139 on 27 July 2015 - 04:16 PM

Halfbaked and I play WoT, and we have a clan, if anyone is interested in joining. We use skype, so if you have an account and want to come hang with us, hit us up on Steam or something...


To explain in greater detail:

We and I basically play for a couple hours at least two or three times a week. Sometimes WildGhoster is online, other times my dad (Overdone, in the game) is online and we run platoons. It's purely casual - I did some research on WoTLabs and found out I'm the poster child of average WoT players - and usually pretty fun. Even if we're not having a particularly good night, it's still amusing.


...sometimes, I suspect it's an excuse to see what perverse joke I can tell about the thing going on in the news.

If you're interested, etc. etc. We mostly run things from Tier V to Tier VIII, but I'm currently the proud owner of 31 tanks. Maybe 32. At the very least (for anyone with Tier X tanks) I have a respectable Tier VII M12 artillery piece.

#449976 Jurassic World

Posted by HalfBaked139 on 30 June 2015 - 02:23 PM

It's been said already, I'm sure - most of the people in the movie are idiots.


And I was okay with that.


That's something I took as a nod to the first movie. A lot of the attention to certain shots and actions taken by characters (especially the commentary about frogs - seriously, those things should have taught you a lesson by now) reminded me of the first two movies. One of the recurring themes in Jurassic Park is, on the whole, take away the technology and we (humans in general) are just a bunch of dumb, lucky monkeys who need to stop playing with forces we can't control. It's a pretty valuable lesson, methinks. 


The weaponized dinosaur idea, therefore, felt like an odd way to thumb noses at nuclear/biological weapons, and the references to the Middle East were equally political to me, but...oh well. If Jurassic Park, as a franchise, can curb the human impulse to blow each other up, I'll let them be semi-political so long as it doesn't get any more heavy-handed than this one.


On the whole, my favorite part was the exposition sequences, probably because nostalgia was kicking me right in the feels for the first forty minutes.. Jurassic Park is one of the first movies I remember watching, and it's still one of my all-time favorites. Seeing the reimagining of Isla Nublar without doing a total reboot was pretty cool.

Is it my favorite in the series? No. Did it really push the limits of the franchise? Probably not. Did it have cameos by Sam Neill or Jeff Goldblum? I kinda wish it did, but I'll live.

Would I watch it again? Yes, in all its 3D glory.

#449741 Fantastic 4/10

Posted by HalfBaked139 on 28 June 2015 - 08:13 PM

*goes back a page*


*sees this again*




...I thought you pat people on the back after you know they did a good job.

This doesn't necessarily affect my opinion of the movie, but...hype much? Holy [insert either "cow" or a four-letter word of your choosing].

#449731 Fantastic 4/10

Posted by HalfBaked139 on 28 June 2015 - 07:17 PM

 Just evil and arrogant beyond belief. 


Sounds like most of Reddit, so maybe they do have the whole internet-troll-angle-thing working to their advantage.


Looking at the cast...it's not that any of them are necessarily bad actors. But...Miles Teller? Sorry, that's the guy from 21 & Over. I've seen him, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell in movies before, and I think they're all pretty respectable. But...with the possible exception of Mara, none of them feel like a fit.


I don't think it looks awful, exactly. Perhaps I'm less picky about my superhero movies - I even found a way to enjoy a lot of Man of Steel. But on the other hand, I'm not about to rush into a theater for this one.

#449485 The music topic for serfs and peasants

Posted by HalfBaked139 on 26 June 2015 - 01:32 PM

Disturbed is releasing a new album on August 21. Here's the single:



I don't know about anyone else, but I almost slammed on my brakes when I was driving home.


#449012 DO NOT READ

Posted by HalfBaked139 on 22 June 2015 - 11:45 AM

Slaughterhouse Five, my goodness. You had me at WWII and the title, then I read the book...I'm really weird, but...this...this was too weird even for me...Just no, if I wanted an acid trip, and I never have, this wouldn't be my fix.


I wrote a seven-and-a-half page paper on that book, and gave a speech as Billy Pilgrim in my junior year of high school. How dare you, sir.



In my opinion, Eragon was an okay book series, except for the ending of the last book. Not great, but okay. 


My big DO NOT READ is The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Assigned reading Junior year. If you need to read it, the SparkNotes version is more entertaining. 


You've heard me use the phrase "Hawthorne Syndrome". I warned you a long time ago to ignore that book.



I'm not really a "DO NOT READ" person, because I love reading, but most of Victor Hugo's unabridged works are pretty difficult to dig through. A lot of translations use pretty dull prose (I can't read much French beyond public transportation signs, making it hard to judge him, but I really think some translators can't do him justice), and...frankly, he's kinda full of himself. Entire chapters are essentially his effort at proving how much history he knows. He's more an essayist than a novelist sometimes, and it distracts from excellence of the narrative sometimes.


By all means, read Hugo. His works are great at capturing the heights and depths of human emotion and action, in his own (sometimes heavy-handed) manner. But unless you're in for the history, just buy the abridged version and save yourself from the play-by-play of obscure battles and "This Day in History" segments.

#445499 LEGO Worlds Is Now a Thing

Posted by HalfBaked139 on 02 June 2015 - 11:37 AM

And no-phallic shapes in Lego World? Doesn't that pretty much mean that nearly half of all popular spaceships from science fiction will be at risk of being blocked? I mean, I do wonder how they'll do it and not have it stop people from making X-wings... Or inversely, making something just spaceship looking enough to squeak past a filter, but still being pretty obviously a flying penis... It just seems like it'd be easier to have anything you build require review from a staff of moderators that can judge things like a human and say "No, this vagina cave should not be in the game."




On the whole, the idea of the game sounds pretty incredible. I'm not sure they can eliminate phallic objects from an MMO, but anything is possible. 


And I agree, Bionicle makes everything better. There used to be a few halfway interesting browser games out there, but they were paced a bit too slow for me to ever actually make progress.

#432397 Bionicle

Posted by HalfBaked139 on 17 October 2014 - 08:52 AM

The story got too convoluted for its own good, I think. Pretty much the exact moment they revealed that all of it was in the body of a giant robot. That's when I officially checked out of the original script. In essence, they made the same mistake the Doctor Who writers make: it was cool, then they explained it.


Either way, this stuff looks alright. Doesn't have anything on the originals though.

#431468 The music topic for serfs and peasants

Posted by HalfBaked139 on 02 October 2014 - 02:59 PM

So…yeah, new Three Days Grace single was released on Tuesday, and I stayed up late listening to it over and over and somehow forgot to post in here…so…



Yes, it’s still Matt Walst at lead singer (sorry to disappoint the folks who want Adam back), but I still like it. A lot. I like it more than the other new single. In fact, I like it more than most of the songs I’ve listened to recently.


Anyway, new album should be out in March 2015.


I’d try to express my enthusiasm, but this is one of the Maverick-Werewolf-Nolan-North things. I don’t have a word for it.