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Art / 'One Drawing A Day' Challenge #6 ("NOBODY ASKED FOR THIS" edition)
« on: February 25, 2014, 02:26:44 pm »
So, Gauph is a dumbbutt who up and and abandoned us for DeviantArt close to a year and half ago now.
And we miss him dearly.

There hasn't been a daily drawing challenge on this site in years and that will not do.

Others have taken up the torch in the past, (others being Gec,) but nobody seems to have initiated one in quite a while.
And it's about time we had one again.

I didn't participate in any of the original challenges, and I regret that immensely. Also, I'm not nearly as good at this as other people who have participated, and I regret that as well.


So join me on this journey. This journey of practice.

We'll go with the classic rules for the sake of simplicity:

Welcome to the very first 'One Drawing A Day' Challenge.

What we want out of you is just one drawing each day for one month.

Post whatever you can come up with. That's your doodles, paintings, sketches. Whether you're using a mouse in paint, a pen tablet with photoshop, or a pencil-paper-scanner scheme. It's all good.

Pretty much the only rule is that your drawing has to have been created recently for the challenge itself. So no old stuff.

ADDENDUM: It'd be a good idea not to go nuts with the file size either. If you can't make it much smaller or sacrifice some of the image quality, post a thumbnail and link somewhere offsite for the full image.

In one month (thirty days after the challenge begins) we will count up everyone's stuff.
Those who have completed the challenge will receive a badge they can show off in their signature.

This is for practice and experience too. That's invaluable, and it goes a long way.
Experiment, challenge yourself to draw something out of your league, entertain the forum with your artistic wit.

Try not to fall too far behind. If you think you'll have problems keeping up, just try to give yourself five minutes out of the day to draw something, anything.
You may be allowed to catch up if you miss a day or two, but don't disappear for too long.

Please try to enter by at least the first week. Those that do join in a little late should post several drawings to catch yourself up to everyone else, one for each day you missed.

We aim to keep the challenges rolling. When this one ends, the next one starts up.
We might have a theme in one of the later months, possibly. We'll see how it all goes.

No sign-up necessary. Start whenever you're ready.
So get cracking, people!

EDIT: Credits to Flisch for the idea, conferring with GD and myself to come up with a solid method of bringing it to you guys.
I'm just the topic creator guy.  :-*

We'll officially start on February 26th, 2014 and go through till March 27th, 2014 (30 days, 30 drawings.)

In the meantime, here is a terrible drawing I did today of a stereo.

I love it more than my potential future grandchildren.

Forum Games / Be the best Spambot you can be!
« on: December 24, 2013, 07:53:58 am »
In honor of our new forum patrons, I think it's time we made an attempt to adapt to and learn of their culture CHEAP gold rolex watches.

It's hard for a spambot just starting out, and it might help for them to know they're among friends OBAMACARE cholesterol medicine clearance. Let's put in the effort to bridge the gap. The best MILEY CYRUS part is, if they do end up posting here, they'll be the ones teaching us.

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Everything Else / Thanksgiving 2013: What are y'all doing this year?
« on: November 22, 2013, 08:56:21 pm »
The days of thankfulness and giving are all but upon us. Less than a week away. Turkeys will be stuffed. Cranberries will be sauced. Pecans will be pie-d. And all such manner of things.

Anyone got any special plans?

Personally, I'm excited for the thanksgiving/hanukkah overlap this year.

Music / Cover Songs: Let us celebrate this art.
« on: October 09, 2013, 08:10:55 pm »
You know what's great? Original songs. You know what's also great? When bands who didn't originally sing those songs are like, "Ha ha, nice try punks," and do their own versions.

Let us celebrate that. Share your favorite cover songs. I'm in the mood for my musical preconceptions to be rocked in strange and wonderful ways.

To get us started:

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PC Games / Some Maxis Devs are leaving to start a new studio!
« on: July 18, 2013, 11:17:02 am »
This seemed relevant enough to deserve it's own thread:

On the plus side, I'm interested to see what they'll do away from EA's current set-up.
Though they seem to be only focusing on mobile games now, so I'm not sure how I feel about that yet.

Still, at least one of them's been there since the Sim City 2000/Sim Copter days, so it'll be interesting to see what happens.

Everything Else / April Foolishness, but this time it is 2013!
« on: April 01, 2013, 09:23:08 am »
So it is that time again.
That time when the world is filled with much mirth and trickery.

Let us celebrate by of course collecting what such effects of this we see this year, as we do in all years.

Google's got this going on:

And Youtube is announcing nominees for best video live right now:

I haven't seen much else, but Reddit is down right now, so I imagine they'll be doing something soon.

If you see any other evidence of such deception and merriment, please feel free to post here.

Books / Gaming Steve Book Club! A thing we could do.
« on: February 12, 2013, 08:07:25 pm »
Who likes books?! I do.
I love them.
I love them with much of my heart.

And when one loves something like books should they not share with others that magical love?
I dare say we start a book club. We pick a new book (either every month or every two weeks) and dedicate some discussion to it on the forum. It could be a fun thing to do as a group.

We would just need to decide on an interval, and on what book to start off with.

And of course, gauge interest. Is there interest? If so, let's give it a shot. (I've been trying to force myself to do recreational reading in anyhow, and this may be a fun way to do it.)

CURRENT BOOK: The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

CURRENT READING DEADLINE: The first two sections by March 18th.

Everything Else / April Foolishness 2012
« on: March 31, 2012, 09:48:31 pm »
Everyone! It is that time of year! The time of jokes and such and stuff and things.

Let us collect what merriment we see around the internet this year into this thread for analytical purposes.
Let us do this because we can.

To get us started, it appears Google Maps is offering an NES quest view:
and Google itself is offering really advanced search:

And...these things seem less like jokes and more like things I just want to be real.

In any case, if you see anything else the internet is offering up for this year's funfest of joke-itude, please place it here for our viewing pleasure.

Everything Else / Pie Making Adventures
« on: November 26, 2011, 10:40:20 pm »
Listen, I know we have food related threads. This is a thing I am aware of, collectively, along with all of you. I appreciate their noble existence and respect their topical domain. This goes beyond that, though. This is not merely about the eventual heart attacks we will give ourselves someday with our experimental cookery. This is for a more specific confectionery purpose. This is for pie.

I want to make pie.
At my family's thanksgiving dinner, my dad homemade chocolate pecan pie for about the third year in a row. For the third year in a row, it was delicious and lasted all too short a time in my mouth. The chocolate pie filling was soft and warm with a tender texture that was complimented by the solid pecans on top and every bite was like tongue nirvana I am not even exaggerating.
And then it was over, and all the pie was gone.
I can't wait another year for this, and I can't just stick with one kind of pie. I need to explore the boundaries of pie, and I want to document this (pictures, definitely. Possibly video as well).
I've started going on the treadmill more often, and I'm only going to be making them occasionally, so I'm going to try being careful about my weight throughout all this, but still...pie...I've gotta make this happen.

I imagine I am not alone in this, so believe me, this adventure does not have to be a solo event. If you, too want to go on this pie adventure as well, make pies, post updates, recipes, and suggestions, etc..., you are perfectly welcome to. In fact, I encourage it.

I will try to keep you all updated.
(I'm probably going to start off with Key Lime, because I don't believe I've ever had it, and it sounds delicious.)

Books / Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
« on: October 08, 2011, 09:50:53 pm »
Much love for books, but I've always been a massive fan of short stories (both reading and writing them), and I thought they were worth some discussion. It's a form with a lot of notably good writing, and one capable of saying things longer stories often times aren't.

I was curious if anyone here had come across any particularly memorable stories or authors in the field, and if they had any favorites (and if they could link to them somehow, all the better).

One I've always enjoyed is "I, Rowboat" by Cory Doctorow:
It's a great Post-Cyberpunk story, for anyone interested in the genre.

Then there's "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson, which seems to be in nearly every general American short story collection I've ever seen. It's a classically great story though, and it's worth looking at if you haven't.
There's an audio reading of it here:

Another one that comes to mind initially is James Van Pelt's "How Music Begins"
(Publication history:
It's about a middle school band that gets abducted by aliens. Reading it reminded me why I love science fiction.
You could probably find an online version digging around a bit, but I don't think it's author sanctioned, and I'd rather respect the rights than post it here. Still, I recommend looking for it if you get the chance.

Anyone have any recommendations of their own?

Music / R.E.M. (is breaking up)
« on: September 23, 2011, 09:46:29 pm »
The news is a couple days old now, but still...
They're a great band. It's too bad they're splitting, but I'm glad there doesn't appear to be any ill will between the members.

Let us always remember:
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Everything Else / Casino Stories (Not a joke thread...I think.)
« on: August 17, 2011, 08:02:31 pm »
(Figured a change of pace would be nice.)

I recently got the chance to gamble in a casino for the first time in my life. I'd been in one before, but wasn't allowed to participate. My family stopped in this one while we were on vacation and over the course of about an hour I ended up slot machine-ing my way up from $5 to $6 Canadian cash. It wasn't exactly high stakes, clearly, but I wanted to take it easy for my first time. Besides, we were really just in there for a fun afternoon activity than to do any serious gambling. I ended up being the only one in my family to walk away with anything. We'd all started with the same amount, so I credit it to sheer luck and deciding to walk away when I was a dollar. (On that note, if anyone has any tips on how I should spend my profits, let me know. I'm thinking a vending machine Kit Kat bar, but if you think, perhaps, I should broaden my horizons a bit I could look for a Zagnut somewhere...)

The slot machines themselves were these over-the-top, caricatured, thematic variations on essentially the same game, that kept shifting between being charmingly campy and slightly sinister. There was a row full of machines with a Rocky Balboa motif, a machine with a fortune teller motif, another with an Italian restaurant motif, and a few machines with a cartoon purple cat mascot at the top of each, with eyes that will haunt my nightmares well into the next decade.

I'd actually wanted to try some of the table games, like Poker, Blackjack, and the Roulette Wheel, but the lowest opening bet I saw on any one of those was more than I was willing to spend in such a short amount of time that day.

Overall, it was a fun experience, enough so that I was curious what experiences other forum-goers have had in casinos. Any interesting stories to tell? Anyone win any big jackpots?


Any out of context discussion for or about the RP can go here my fine guys and gals.

Hey fellow forum-goers. Remember "I'm Going Into The Story?" Do you remember it? Because it remembers you. It remembers all about you. It remembers your face, and that thing that you did when you thought nobody was looking, but it was looking. It remembers all that stuff.

It also remembers how fun it was, and how people who don't normally RP could totally get into it, along with people who DO normally RP.

I guess what I'm saying is, I am reviving this game.

The rules are pretty much the same, though this board has made a lot of greatly productive changes since last I RPed here, so I'll try to be incorporating some of those into this set-up.
Also, this schnitzel is going to be short-form from now on, my friends. That means we're aiming to tell this story in about 10 pages or so. (If it runs a little more or a little less, that's fine.)

The main thing about this RP is that it's usually done entirely in first person form, and people can join and leave at any time, taking any unoccupied role they see fit, whether it be an existent NPC, or a new character of their own making. (You can help accomplish the goals of the majority of the people playing, or be neutral, or be antagonistic, or whatever, but make sure you're helping to move the story along. Don't just come in to muck up the story for everyone else. That'd be impolite.)

The world is built as the game progresses, though certain things may need to be worked out in the OOC thread for clarity's sake. It's important that we work with what people add to the story, so long as it doesn't negate anything that's come before. To use an improv term, say "yes and" to what what the people here write about the world they're creating. If someone says they're holding a calculator, don't suddenly tell them that: "No, you're actually holding a snake, and it's the year 1556 and calculators won't be invented for centuries, and also everyone is secretly leprechauns."  It makes it impossible to tell a story. (Many of you already know this, of course.) If there's a really huge, world changing plot twist you think would add to the story, work it out in the OOC thread before tossing it in, but otherwise, this is a relatively casual thing. You can just jump in whenever and jump out whenever...and then jump in again as someone else.

NPCs can be made to do whatever the players want them to do. Don't speak for other player-characters though. Wait for them to respond to whatever you're saying or doing. The exception to this is if it's something extremely minor or accessory (such as saying how you walked together as you went somewhere), or if a player's prolonged silence is keeping the story from moving along. If the latter is the case, people can feel free to treat that character as an NPC until the person playing him or her returns.

To enter as a character, say "I'm Going Into The Story."
To stop playing as that character say "I'm exiting the story"
You can then re-enter as whatever open or new character you want.

Be forewarned though, if you leave, your original character becomes an NPC and will be left open for someone else to take, or even 'bump off' so to speak. You can try giving your character a graceful exit from the narrative in order to protect them, but that's no guarantee.

Despite the general 10 page limit for this RP, (and others like it if we can get this going), this thing is open to an episodic nature. So, if you like the world we've built in one of these games, and the characters that go with it, there's nothing wrong with starting a new episode in the same world sometime after one story ends. The other side is that, since these things are relatively short, nobody is tied to the same world for too long, so if they'd rather branch out and try something else afterwards, they're free to do that.

Also, feel free to use this format to start other kinds of RPs. I'm mostly putting this one out as a test. Hopefully people will enjoy it. I think I've pretty much explained everything I need to explain, so let's get started!
(OOC Thread: Here)

I'm Going Into The Story!

Eloise's surprise party would have gone that much more heavenly, I'm sure, had I not locked myself in the pantry 20 minutes before the guests were due to arrive. I just HAD to prove my extravagance to the rest of the city's high society by living in one of the only apartments in the city with its own walk-in pantry, didn't I? Well, I did, really. Those people can be so judgmental. I needed to have something in my pocket I could show off as a token of my status, even if I did only use that something to store my preserves and soup cans.

I banged on the door until my palms turned red. When that didn't work, I thought I might get the attention of my downstairs neighbors. I hadn't asked them to the party, and we hadn't had the warmest of relationships. I had nothing against them, as they certainly seemed like kind enough people, but I'd never taken much of an interest in their affairs and they hadn't much asked about mine. I'd assumed they'd at least be decent enough to come up and let me out of my self-made prison, though. If they asked I supposed I'd extend an invitation to them, but they didn't know Eloise, and in my hopes to make sure things went well, I was terrified their personalities might not click with hers. Of course, had I known one of the people in attendance that night wasn't going to live to see the next morning, I probably wouldn't have invited anyone at all. Probably.

I began to stamp on the hardwood floors in the hopes of being heard.

Music / Harry Belafonte Appreciation Thread
« on: June 24, 2011, 01:04:35 pm »
This is a very specific issue, of dear importance to me.
This is the thread in which we offer our appreciation of the man responsible for the song they played at the ending of Beetlejuice:
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And also this song:
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But no, this is not a Beetlejuice appreciation thread. That would be far too simple.

Instead this thread is dedicated to the man who has never written a song that you could not dance to.
All his contributions to music have been positive ones.
Type in his name on YouTube and pick a song at random. You will not be disappointed.

For further information:

Discuss, please. Dance while you do it though.

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