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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:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUl8DC_yQ6g" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUl8DC_yQ6g</a>

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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:

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/07/17/key-simcity-devs-leave-maxis-to-found-studio

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.

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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: http://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/nose/

And Youtube is announcing nominees for best video live right now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGeMGqVKD6A

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.

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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.


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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: http://maps.google.com/
and Google itself is offering really advanced search: http://www.google.com/js/reallyadvanced.html

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.

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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.)

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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: http://www.flurb.net/1/doctorow.htm
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: http://www.newyorker.com/online/2008/11/17/081117on_audio_homes

Another one that comes to mind initially is James Van Pelt's "How Music Begins"
(Publication history: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?836369)
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?


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Music / R.E.M. (is breaking up)
« on: September 23, 2011, 09:46:29 pm »
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2011/09/rem-breaks-up.html?mbid=gnep
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:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWkMhCLkVOg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWkMhCLkVOg</a>

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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 up...by 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?

Discuss.

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

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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.




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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:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpNk860pTO4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpNk860pTO4</a>

And also this song:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQXVHITd1N4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQXVHITd1N4</a>

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:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Belafonte

Discuss, please. Dance while you do it though.

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TV / Seth McFarlane's Flintstones
« on: May 16, 2011, 07:00:29 pm »
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/sns-rt-television-us-flinttre74f7z3-20110516,0,948505.story
This is going to be an actual real life thing.
How could we as a people allow this to happen?
What is wrong with us?
This is like the animation equivilent of finding out they're bringing back Firefly, but they're knocking Whedon off the production staff and putting on the guys who made Date Movie.
 
I swear, if there is one Fred Flintstone fart joke, I will shoot my television Elvis Presley style.

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I've noticed that even in our 6+ years as a forum, nobody ever set up a Sports thread. (We have a "World Cup" thread, but that's about it for sports conversation.)
I've also noticed that this is a thing many people talk about with much amusement. I have seen them do it in places. Whole television networks.
I...I am new at this. I would like to learn how to do this kind of conversation.

I think if we work together, this is a conversation that we can do.

Starting off, I'm actually a bit of a baseball fan. I've been to a number of local games with my family. There's a minor league team in our area that's actually pretty good (at least, compared to the other minor league teams that come to play them...) Unfortunately, I rarely ever get a chance to follow the regular Major League season. (I usually don't even know who's playing in the world series until shortly before it starts up).

Also, this:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-S-eeInJVk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-S-eeInJVk</a>

There's also a hockey team in our city, a relatively new one in fact. (A farm team for the NJ Devils). I haven't been to any of their games yet. Not since our native home team up and left the city a few years back. Wounds are still too fresh. I'm hoping to go at some point though.
But anyway, yes.
Let us have this discussion.
(And if there's anything missing from the poll above, which there no doubt is, let me know. I'll just add it in under Golf.)
Anyone have any specifically favorite sports they like to play and/or watch?
Favorite Teams?
Favorite Players?
Favorite Stadiums?
Again, I am new at this and do not know entirely where to start.

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Movies / Movies You Make
« on: April 21, 2011, 07:06:12 pm »
Ah, the world of cinema. We partake in its viewing, do we not?
And yet, are we not capable of being the creators of our own cinematic universes?
Fourm, I say to you, WE ARE.
The means are available. The world is out there. Let us do recordings. Let us do them up right.

So, basically, yeah. This is a thread for you to post whatever movies you've made. (Short sketches/longer films/etc...)
Animation, Live action, documentary, twelve minutes of the inside of your pocket because you accidently turned on your cell phone camera, whatever. There's no real restrictions, execpt for those already existent in the forum rules.
(If you do make the kind of movies that break those kinds of rules, that can remain a private thing. That will be your special private thing that you can share with nobody on this website ever and all will be well.)

Don't know how many fourmgoers actually have movies to post, but having a designated place to put them might encourage the fourm's budding cinematographers to come forward. (Also, it'll keep certain people from feeling like they're are horrible spammongers whenever they post their own content in the "off topic topic" or "YouTube video Bonanza" (see: Me))

Anyway, to start us off:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4IFzdzk498" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4IFzdzk498</a>

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