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    • 008 Featured Update!

      1 week ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      Well it’s looks like I’m the FU...

       

      FU too! Now, go away or I shall taunt you a second time!


      Er, I mean... 


      FIRST TRY!  SUPER SUCCESS!

       

      So, if this is your first time here, or you just stopped by to say, “congratu “Hello” to me and my perfectly reasonable ego, here’s a nice little run-down of the things that go on here (a clearly worded version of my banner image):

       

      -I am an Eight Year Site-Camper.  Sure I’ve had active and quiet periods over that time, but odds are if I had decent internet and some time, this tab was open. I am very hopeful for the future versions and if you came here by link, I need to ask, #WhyAren'tYouHere?  (Really, open discussion is the first steps to learning and bettering things.  I also know myself and others are more than willing to help you around.)

       

      -I write blogs here.  They are roughly every two weeks in some form or another.  These forms include:

      --Popculture-filled reveals of my personality and thoughs

      --Elaborate Red vs Blue theories (and some RWBY)

      --Elaborate Shenanigans that (usually) take advantage of copious amounts of pictures.

      --FUNboxings of interesting things (mostly RT related but sometimes not).

      --Long form creative type fan-projects like Bleepbloopopolous Travel Logs (on reboot hiatus) and Red vs Blue: Rec0very (1 &2)

      --Guttermouth Comic (and comic related media) Reveiws/Reactions/Discussions (there’s no link because these too are on the verge of a “rebirth”).

      --A special post every #rtcommunityday special for the RT Site

      --And more!

       

      -You can usually find me in the forums too, talking about Red vs Blue (to FIRST!s and members(without spoiling things (because I’m nice like that))) or with my friends in the Oxford Comma Café.  There are other threads too, but you’ll have to find me because I have too many tabs open while writing this already!

       

      -My Question Tab is ALWAYS OPEN and if you ask me a question you’ll get an interesting one too.  I used to do AMA’s every Tuesday, but then I got a job.  I am considering doing Question Days again soon though.

       

      - I am on twitter as @ Pinkgeek008 (without the space) and the same thing on Instagram!


      -I've got a PS4, I'm GEEK-008 on PSN and I have Destiny, Minecraft, and RWBY:GE for multi-player. (Single Player: Kingdom Hearts II.8, inFAMOUS Second Son/First Light, & Firewatch)

      --I main a Thorn toting New Monarchy Voidwalker (fight me (or help me get loot)).

      --Wanna see Bleepbloopopolous?

      --ruby is best girl in the game.

       

      -I am a core member (no real responsibility I just show up and help often) of the RT_Seattle community group (Facebook and Twitter).

       

      -I am a Men’s Medium member of Team Fat and otherwise lurking Kinda Funny Bestfriend.

       

      -I may or may not have Links Disease (not the real one).  And if you get that reference, good for you!  Same for all my references and links, they’re here to spice things up but don’t worry if you don’t get them.

       

      -I’m a writer.  That’s my main art.

       

      -I like Coffee. #MugLife #CoffeeTillItHurts

       

      -Though I am of the philosophy that there’s enough negativity on the internet and I’m not going to try to be responcible for any of it so I present myself as a  cartoonish and hyperbolic trickster and verbose ego maniac I am here for my friends.  If you’re on the RT Site we’ve got at least one thing in common and I consider us friends. If you ever want to talk about something (if you just need someone to listen, or want some outside consideration) I WILL TALK SERIOUSLY WITH YOU and help as best as I can.  Do not be afraid to come to me.  It’s what I like to call a “Knockable Door Policy.”  If I can, I will let you in.  (And yes, even that has a small joke to it (but don't let that undermine the sincerity).)

       

      -And if you haven’t guessed a lot of my posts take inspiration from one of my favorite RT Shorts!

       

      -Oh and, I like to be #CrypticAllTheTime but on this occasion, I may as well tell y’all I’m working on Video Content!

       

      And that’s the run down I have ready.  The RT Shows I’m REALLY into are on the banner image.  You can go looking through my previous posts or pictures (I don’t mind),  Money for a pizza is by the phone.  If you have any more questions, well you certainly know how to get them answered. 

       

       green_heart-U All, old friends or new, you’re why I smile.

      -008 (Pronounced/read as Zero-Zero-Eight)


      P.S.

      That profile image of me was done by our very own @SailorGirl81

       

      TAGBAG (Where I put the left over tags from the post, duh.)

      #008

      #blog

      #FanWork

      #fanart

      #redvsblue

      #rvb

      #questions

      #fu

      #featureduser

      #Bleepbloopopolous

      #GutterMouth

      #ElaborateShenagigan

      #rtcommunity

      #moviemagic


      #StopDolphinPoaching

       



    • Mini 008 Update- Previews

      1 week ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      Three large posts are on their way.


      In no particular order they are:

      -008 RvB Theory Journal a long time coming and you can see forming in the standard member RvB thread.  There may be a more current theory placed in the end too.

      -That Batman Guttermouth I keep talking about.  The reason it's taking so long has been travel really.

      -The next script for the next issue of Red vs Blue: Rec0very.  Wash goes on his first mission as Recovery One and we learn why I stylized the title the way I did.


      Sometime in the next week I'll probably also do another FUNboxing if the RTBox gets in.


      That's all for now, but as things shake out for each of these I'm wondering: what would you like to see first?

    • RT Community Day 5/17

      1 week ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      Feel'n 13x cuter this


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      I'm saving my opinions of the first episode of Chibi Season 2 until it's public, and probably will do a public review each week because why not?


      How's y'all's community days going?  Wearing anything cute?


      Here's a fun video for the day as well, my favorite Chibi episode from season 1:

    • Signal Boost Relay: RT Podcasts Queston Segments

      2 weeks ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      Hey-0!


      For right now this message will directly matter to Firsts, but if things work out will have effects great or small on member and public audiences possibly.


      So, did y'all like The Patch before it went away to be retooled?  I did, Well, that retooling is in a late stage, the one where the new gaming podcast Glitch Please (#GlitchPlease) is in its FIRST! Pilot "Season" where things are tested and responses are taken.  @Ashley has announced a new Mail Bag segment they will be trying out.  Simply email your questions to [email protected],com.  They can't get to everyone's (obviously) but if it works well in the FIRST! Pilot season it'll take to the probable public version of the podcast when it takes full form.


      That's cool.  It's a great trend that also is taking place in the FIRST! only anime podcast from RTAnimation: Fan Service@ColeG has journals where he collects questions for their end-of-show Q&A (he also takes question on twitter and the reddit thing).  So if you have any anime questions for RTAnimation people and special guests, go ahead and ask there.  Or maybe you're more like me and @Miles and watch it to figure out the whole anime thing.


      You all know I like questions (my question tab is always open (barbara)) and communication from RT to the #rtcommunity so I'm very excited.  If you are too, spread the news and be sure to send your questions in to the email featured above for Glitch Please or in Cole's journals For Fan Service.


      -008


      TAGBAG

      #podcast

      #theknow

      #games

      #gaming

      #videogames

      #rtanimation

      #fanservice

      #anime

      #questions

      #rtcommunity

      @gus

      @Ryan

      @Gray

      @Kerry

      @Yssa

      #IDidntForgetSideCockAustinIJustCouldntFindHisProfileEasially

    • 008 Mini Update- Guttermouth Reaction to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (The Actual Reaction This Time)

      2 weeks ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      So, because spoiler tags are what they are on the current version of the site, rather than including this in the next Guttermouth post when my opinions aren't as fresh or typing this out but having to have very heavy spoiler markings in the post (because copy and paste into spoilers isn't here yet) I'm just gonna do it now.


      As is the vogue I'll go non-spoilers for a bit and then go into hidden spoilers.


      Also, as a note I saw the 3D basic matinee.  Let's begin.


      This is another good Marvel movie and a very good follow-up.  Greg Miller said the same thing in their review, but it bears repeating: this is like the second story in a comic series in terms of flow.  We're back into some new action with the old crew on the same tone.  After you see a plot-setting scene the next step is a scene on par with the old movie.  And from there you have good Marvel-world-building and mile-a-minute shotgun comedy up until the well earned climax where everything ties together.  


      The visuals are fantastic, direction is good, the writing is very solid (though some dialog is clunky but not at all bad) and the music is (like that last one) very well used.  Oh, and this one doesn't have them jumping away from an explosion in slo-mo every action scene.   All the characters (villains included) work and have driving points and/or arcs that make sense and leave you satisfied.  Personally I like Rocket and Groot most but I didn't not like a single character.  Let's just say here that this also is how a big cast movie is done well with only two movies to establish them.  There are 10-13 main characters depending on how you look at it, but it doesn't feel like too many and each one is dealt with completely for what's needed.


      If you want a fun and very solid movie, go see it.  You'll enjoy yourself.  It's also a Marvel Sequel that really worked so fans will like that too.  I saw the middle-level audio-visual version for cheap and I will say, that's the way to see it.  Unless you're looking for the very best, the visuals are beautiful but don't hinge on 3D at all.  I'd have been completely fine with 2D and if I buy this one (I have to pick and choose with Marvel and I don't have Guardians 1.  If there's a decently priced two pack I'll get it.  But don't get me wrong, it's worth going to see for sure and your personal investment is just how much more you want to see of it.


      Alright, now to get to the traditionallier sweary-shouty part that gives Guttermouth its non-pun meaning.


      SPOILERS


      Groot technically said "fuck" so I can too!  There's the sweary bit.  The rest will be rather loud enthusiastic talking because how I feel about this movie is more or less what I just said.  Its very good.  Very very good. 

      I'm not going to do a full story review because I do want you to go see it yourself but the plot works as well as it does based on the deeper ramifications of the first point I made: This is a comic-series turned into a movie.  From the second scene onward you KNOW this is in a continuity with things that happened before and set-up for things that will happen after the final credit scene (of which there are more than two (we'll get to those)). But it's all earned and the inclusion of these things is based on the plot going on.  But enough vagaries.  The story starts with the Guardians working for the Sovereign and Ayesha who are set up as they are in the comics, desiring perfection.  It's very soon into the movie that the audience and all the characters learn they still have room to grow.  This pushes them to A) want to kill the Guardians, and B) try to make their race more superior. 


      Nebula and Gamora have emotional arcs (hell, everyone in this movie has at least one scene of genuine and heavy-hitting emotion (one more point I'll get back to)) but it's more surprising that it's Nebula who incites this plot and you can tell she'll be important again down the line.  The central theme of the last movie carries through about family, working together, and understanding your own flaws.  The movie does this well because instead of re-hashing it, the point is advanced.  


      Also, a big shout-out for this movie taking three discrete villains and aligning them without ever being forced.  Ego, the central bad guy by just a smidge over the other two has a bit of a formulaic evil plot but he cares and you care because of it.  Ego is also a great way to jump into the changes they made.  There's quite a few, but what they don't change, (which is my criteria for good adaptation) is the central cores of the characters and stories in a way that fits the world the adaptation presents.  Quill isn't the son of the Spartax Prince, he's Ego's son and now has Celestial powers.  This is important the world Marvel Studios is building and keeps him a hybrid hero while allowing him to be the major player he is in the universe.  It also fits the central plot's theme of family (especially fatherhood) very well. 


      BIG spoilers, Yandu's sacrifice at the end was a very emotional way to underline this point and it is earned by main character #7.  He also in the main reason for the third villain, Tazerface, and his, Rocket, and Groot's escape is one of the highlights of the film from its inception to its final stroke. 


      What you may expect me to talk about is the comedy in this film.  It's fantastic.  It's so much a part of the film though that if I really were to start I'd quote a whole film at you.  Highlights include Rocket and Drax, arcade culture, Stan Lee's cameo. David Hasselhoff, a human toe, Mary Poppins, Pacman, a Zune, and Baby and Teenage Groot of course.  A big plus for me was just how much of the film rode on one of my favorite Yacht Rock songs (Brandy by Looking Glass).  This movie was simply a beautiful combination of all of these weird elements that worked as a whole and as a part of a continuity.  Please go see it. 


      AFTER THE CREDITS: 

      -The reunion of the original Guardians of the Galaxy (save for Yandu) is a great nod.  One more point for continuity. 

      -Ayesha being the one to make Adam Warlock is another big change to continuity but one that makes enough sense.  It would have been hard to have the Infinity story without him.  How this will fit into the story and change it, I don't know, but I'm looking foreword to it. 

      -And finally, Stan Lee's Cameo.  STAN LEE'S CAMEO HAS A SECOND PART BUT BOTH OF THEM ARE SO FUCKING AWESOME.  Quite possibly the biggest nod to Marvel's fans since the entire Deadpool movie, Stan Lee is seen conversing with the Watchers.  They didn't outright make him Uatu like some people thought but in one solid stroke they made every cameo he has in every Marvel film justified and awesome.  I don't mean just the MCU films either but Marvel has pretty much said that the Multiverse of the Marvel Films includes every single one made without directly saying it for copyright reasons.  I want that image from the in-movie part of his cameo framed very large on my wall.  That's how great it was.  It was funny too. 


      And there you have it.  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a very solid B+ to A level movie and just a whole lot of fun.  I can't wait for the rest of them. 


      Hope you enjoy it if you see it too,

      -008


      P.S.

      SPOILERS!!!!!


      TAGBAG

      #marvel

      #GuardiansoftheGalaxyVol2

      #Guardians2

      #starlord

      #gamora

      #drax

      #RocketRacoon

      #rocket

      #groot

      #babygroot

      #mantis

      #Yandu

      #ego

      #Ayesha

      #Taserface

      #nebula

      #movies

      #MovieReview

      #reaction

      #008

      #GutterMouth

    • Happy Cinco De Quatro

      3 weeks ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      Here's a YouTube, go and see a star war.

    • 008 FUNboxing- THE REAL RTbox for April 2017

      3 weeks ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      Hey-0 friends, grab yourself a mug of root-beer and a knife because we’re about to cut into another 008 FUNboxing!

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      Today we’ve got the actual April 2017 #RTBOX and it was a pretty good one.

       

      And I say actual because I got confused by the delayed deliveries deal and called the March one the April one as well.  Ooops!

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      The first thing in the box was in another box.  It intrigued me, and it’s pretty lucky that was the thing on top.

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      Well, shit.  It’s a Relationship Goals picture frame.  That’s pretty cool.  Since I’m not in a relationship I’ve got no personal use for it. BUT…

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      This month’s letter revealed that the theme is friendship (kind of loosely I think, but they can’t all be Mardi Gras) and if you don’t have a relationship Chris? provided you a picture that fits the frame.  However, I keep the letters because they are cool so I instead will be putting another great relationship in the frame.

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      Or maybe something else.  I’m working my options still.

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      Speaking of things I keep, it’s the Red vs Blue Gold Card this month and I got a signed one!  It’s super cool, but does anyone recognize these signatures?  I think the one on the right might be @Miles but there’s one that’s a star shaped one too.

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      The sticker this month (because the latest post about the boxes intimated that we’re getting one sticker each month) is a Minecraft? Themed Cow Chop one…  I haven’t watched any of their stuff yet.  I may fix that this week.

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      Next, and super awesome for me, is a PS4/XboxOne code for the beta of Paladins which as best as I can figure is a magicy shooty MOBA which sounds like a cool thing on its own but it’s not a Steam code.  I don’t have steam because I hear it’s dangerous for money and I’m not a PC gamer very much.  It’s cool to have options like this and I hope they continue offering them.  (Also, I’ll likely be downloading the game tomorrow so I’ll tell y’all what I think then.)

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      There was another piece of Sex Swing merch this month, this pin which I didn’t recognize but I also only watched the first and last episode.  Sex Swing didn’t really land with me.  I don’t know, the first episode didn’t grab me and I only watched the last because I wanted to see the Billy Zane jokes…  Interesting but not pushing me to go and watch the series.

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      I will say the best thing about this pin was the printing on the other side.  It would be really awesome if this becomes like a Disney pins thing and not only do we get a special Double Gold one each time, but pins show up in the store more.

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      Next up is the shirt that I don’t really need to tease if you read my last RTbox post or saw the tweet or look at the bit of the image already viewable.  But I took a reveal picture so I’m using it!

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      It’s an adorable RWBY Chibi t-shirt in my favorite colors (light blue and rose pink) and it has all of the best characters!  …and Mercury.  I can’t wait to wear this and my Boop socks to some RWBY event. 

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      Last, but not least at all, we have this thing…

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      What is it?  It’s inflateable…  I should give it a go.

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      Okay, I don’t know if it’s just mine or not, but this #StopDolphinPoaching beach ball is HARD to inflate up by mouth.  It’s one of those intake pieces that is made to be difficult to deflate I think but still.  Anyway, this was pretty badass as a thing to get in the box.  It’s a small enough joke that full merch isn’t needed but to as big a fan that gets the RTBox, it’s a joke I know and love and feels special to have.  It’s in line with the last shirt, the Double Gold hat, and Zwei butt mousepad (and upon reflection the Tee-kill-a pin is probably like that to fans of Sex Swing too).  Really happy to have this in my collection.  (Also, sorry about the glare, it was that or not be able to see at all.)

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      The final verdict is this is a pretty fun box and I’m probably going to get use out of a lot of it.  It’s also a great preview of the revamped more-customized versions of the box coming next month. 

       

      See y’all next time!

      -008


      EDIT:

      I went ahead and did it anyway.

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      TAGBAG

      #unboxing

      #RTBOX

      #DoubleGold

      #first

      #rtcommunity

      #friends

      #april

      #rvb

      #SexSwing

      #rwbychibi

      #rtaa

      #rtpodcast

      #RelationshipGoals

      #Cowchop

      #Funboxing

      #008


      #StopDolphinPoaching

    • Signal Boost Relay: How To: The RT Community Site

      3 weeks ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      If it's at all possible you're following me and not snark artist extraordinaire @Lamkia (she does good other art too) you may have missed that she just posted that start of a short series of posts and edits to those posts that are an effort to streamline and localize the things you need to know going into or just around the site as it stands now.


      Here's the post.


      Not only do I recommend checking it out yourself, but spread it around.  You never know who might need to see it and if you're the one to show it to them.


      [News reel voice]

      Thank you, Lamkia, for your persistent efforts for our community in our community's home. 

    • 008 FUNboxing- Merch March Epilogue

      1 month ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      Helo friends, grab yourself a knife and some hot chocolety milk, it’s time for a special 008 FUNboxing! 

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      Today is not the routine box of fun things that people usually do unboxings of, but a fun little personal thing connecting back to the #merchmarch challenge we all took part in with @ailsarocks . That was fun, wasn’t it.

       

      Well anyway, I got the on-site prize and with that and the anniversary sale (and sponsor code) I rushed to make good on it.

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      Let’s start off with a fun fact, this box was a whole lot bigger than I expected.  Here it is with the #RTBOX next to it for scale.

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      Look at all of this paper that was used to ship it in.  (Let’s be honest though, I’m glad they went to the trouble of making sure the precious cargo was well contained.)

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      That’s more the size I expected (unfortunately there were no surprise goodies). 

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      This funky little package would confound me if I didn’t already know what was inside and there weren’t holes I have conveniently angled out.

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      Be careful of staples as they may hurt you.

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      The first thing is the excellent Rooster Teeth 14th Anniversary Mocha Mug.  Not only does it have the awesome simple version of the “art deco” 14 Years logo and a solid porcelain body, it’s just that much bigger from a coffee mug to be a mocha mug which is my favorite coffee drink!  I’ll be enjoying this during quite a few podcasts to come I can tell you that.  Just like I will be for the second item.

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      Ooooh, tease it…

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       noraBOOP! nora I said I would! You can’t keep this geek from getting pink socks from one of my best girls! (Sorry, red… ruby)  These are my first strideline socks and they are cooomfey.

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      Also, these markings are way more helpful than writing left and right on the bottom with sharpie.  (Would that even work on socks?) 

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      I’m pretty satisfied with my order, it's the winning combination of Nora and Coffee.  What could go wrong?  I gotta thank all of y’all who came to play this Morch Morch too.  It wouldn’t have been nearly as fun without the #RTCommunity.

       

      Well, now that I’m done with this I’ve gotta go watch some movies I don’t like for you guys.  Everyone should know what I mean by now, but I’ve gotta do it.  You deserve to know the truth.

       

      It’s the truth you deserve.

      See y’all soon!

      -008


      TAG BAG

      #008

      #Unboxing

      #Funboxing

      #RTStore

      #RT14years

      #Coffee

      #Mocha

      #Socks

      #Strideline

      #Nora

      #Boop

      #RWBY

      #Guttermouth

      #Batman

    • 008 Mini Update- The Return of Guttermouth Reviews?

      1 month ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      It's been a while since I did one that was actually fleshed out.  So I think I may give some upcoming time off over to that.  There's one that I really need to do, and there's something I'm doing that has been fun and fits the bill.


      Will this be the death of me or will I rise to the challenge? 

  • About Me

    Chocolate milk in a Guinness glass.

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  • Comments (42)

    • OsageOrange

      1 week ago

      Happy C+FU Day!

    • andytheciderman FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTCyclist/Keeper of Wine

      1 week ago

      Happy FU Day!

    • LCPeter

      1 week ago

      BRO YOU FUING SO HARD RIGHT NOW

      • AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

        1 week ago

        Move over Ce-lo Green!

    • Priest FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold NonSequitur OCC Consular

      1 week ago

      Happy FU!!!

    • LadyOddDuck FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Call Me Duck

      1 week ago

      Happy FU Day!

    • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Flibbity Jibbit

      1 week ago

      Hey! Hey! Yeah, you!

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      Congratulations.

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        Now I've got an alter version of Avril Lavigne's Girlfriend in my head.


        THANKS!

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        FU TO BUDDY [sniffs]

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      Happy FU Day!  Bask in the glory.

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      Yay friends! 

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        Booyeah!

    • BuckeyeDon Crackpottist

      7 months ago

      @AgentWashingtub008 (don't know if you get alerts for comments, so hedging my post) 


      " I'd convert an area into a wood-working shop."


      I SO understand this!

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        That function works swell!


        I'm gonna try dropping in a picture after today's site freeze:


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        NOPE!


        Although I remember someone talking about a fix through the comment editor...


        Oh well, we can work it out later.


        Yeah, I really like having done projects like chairs, shelves, and stereo frames recently.  I also do walking sticks.

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      1 year ago

      So why the Random Friend Request?

      • AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

        1 year ago

        You come on the recommendation of Buck, that goes quite a way here.

      • monopoly_j Elevator's not worthy.

        1 year ago

        Yeah I found his tag later. lol You should come check out Journal Jam.

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      Hey Max :D

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        I think thats Max

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        Hey, had to dig through notifications to get here. Hi.

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      thanks for the friend request! :

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        Not a problem.

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      Happy Valentine's Day! :D


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        Sweet, thanks.

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      Hello! Thanks for accepting!

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        No prob, bud. Take a look around, I update"weekly." Have fun.

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      i also love legos do you have a mocpages account?

      • phoniexape12

        3 years ago

        Okay

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        It looks fun, but I barely have the time for one fan-site these days. Maybe in the summer.

      • phoniexape12

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        just look it up

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        I don't even know what that is.

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      Thank you i appreciate it you just made my day

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      Present! (You said to add beard... Hope I got it somewhat right)Hope you like it smiley1.gif
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        I like it very much, and the beard will be accurate in about a week. Perfect style too.

    • tucker300

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      the good thing about wash is hes on the blue team

    • tucker300

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      Wash can suck it :D XP

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      Wash Rules.

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      Looks good dude.

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    Let me start by saying I’m extremely flattered by being asked directly an interpretive question on RvB.  I hope I’m decently up to the task.

     

    I’m also glad I watched Season 14 with all the commentary recently enough to be informed about some aspects.

     

    Episode 1 of Season 14 was among my favorites for the season for quite a few reasons, but I do understand how it could be irksome to a viewer.  It’s a shocking introduction to the very different nature of the season on a visual, narrative, and tonal level.  Over all that was the intent of the episode.

     

    Just in case you are unaware (or anyone else reading this) the first half of the episode (up to the conversation between the iterations and the whole of Epsilon) is the nine-year-old “pencil test” of a proposed “Red vs Blue: Animated” which would have run concurrently with the main show but on Comedy Central as a part of their animated line-up.  After this most polished part was finished however, Rooster Teeth (which at this point did not have the in-house animation department it does now) felt that it was too long and detached a process to make an out-of-house animated project so the idea was scrapped and the trailer left on the Season 6 (Reconstruction) DVD as the only legitimate source.  (Of course, it was ripped to YouTube several times.)  The plot elements of that story eventually morphed into season 8 (kinda) and then the show moved on with Monty.

     

    This is a good way to move on to how this episode connects to the season as a whole, the episode was a way of tying up a loose end.  Two actually.  It gives definitive precedent to there being multiple simulations being run by Epsilon in his redundancy programs being more than the one seen in Season 9 so we can call the mini serieses MIA and Where There’s A Wall a part of those and Season 14’s Get Bent as well fit into Church’s alternate plans to try and save the Epsilon Tex.  The one we saw (based on the musical cues) could have been the one directly prior to Season 9, but also could have been somewhere else in that timeline due to the dialog being different.  It also ties up the loose end of the original animation being a part of the RvB canon, just differently than was originally intended.

     

    The draw-out pan of the Epsilon unit in storage also serves two purposes.  First, it grounds the claim that this is happening in the time between seasons 8 and 10’s non-flashback storyline when the unit sat in the UNSC Simulation Command Base that was formerly “Freelancer City.”

     

    The second purpose of this imagry is a visual metaphor for the rest of the season as VIC (a separate, PSA-space VIC (ish)) is about to introduce it to us verbally.  We’re drawing out from one story to show that there are others surrounding it waiting to be told.  Some are in different containers or and at different distances to the Red vs Blue plot, but we’ll be dealing with many stories regardless in this season (14).

     

    Then there’s VIC’s monolog which was the trailer for the season as well and can really be taken at face-value. 

     

    How was that?  Helpful?  Are there still questions you have?  Did you have a different interpretation?  Feel free to make another question or do a profile comment.

    I just realized that I totally forgot that second half in my corresponding blog-segment(in the second half of the post) about the subject.


    Allow me to remedy that. 


    What do I think will happen further into the show?  Well let's start with what we learned this season in particular and pair it with how the first "Collection" of Volumes went.  I think Volume 4, though kindof on its own as an exposition and breathing room Volume is technically the first of the second Collection of volumes that I think will deal heavily with Mistral, Haven, the Spring Maiden, and the second Relic (which I think is Creation).  The first collection was officially released at the "Beacon Years" in a steel-book now and dealt with the Vale, Beacon academy, the Fall Maiden, and I'm going to squeeze in as what I think the first relic that is Ozpin's walking stick, the relic of Knowledge, and the King of Vale's scepter.  (Technically this volume didn't directly feature this, but it was what Cinder wanted to take from Ozpin the whole time).  I think RWBY will be 4-5 of these collections because Monty's plan was roughly 9 Volumes more than volume 2.  There will probably be Volume 3 and 4 which could deal with either of the remaining kingdoms and relics and I'm going to say the Winter maiden will come before the Summer Maiden who I think is Ruby and if I had to pair to that, we'll get Atlas and the Relic of Destruction before Vaccuo and the Relic of Choice.  If there's a 5th collection then that will be where the found relics and Maidens will be assembled to fight Salem.


    And now the particulars coming soon: I think the girls of team RWBY will assemble in pairs that aren't their partners before coming together as all four.  This could be Ruby/Yang and Weiss/Blake, but I think the more interesting dynamics would be Weiss and Yang meeting early on and Ruby and Blake meeting up later (and after Blake and Sun do their thing with the White Fang).  At the very end of 5 we get all of the team together. 


    Jaune will continue to train and not unleash his semblance.  This easily could be held off until he comes face to face with Cinder or Salem.


    Nora and Ren will develop their relationship subtly now, they had their front-time for now.


    Oscar and Ozpin will do what they can to figure things out.  Qrow and Oz might want to keep it all a secret, which will create a struggle for Oscar.  Some people have thought that Oscar and Ruby may have a romantic arc, and if that happens or not they are both younger people with complementing personalities dramatically so I look forward to their dynamic. 


    I don't see the "betrayal" of Headmaster Lionheart lasting any longer than the volume as a secret.  That's just a guess based on how the end "secrets" of past volumes have gone. 


    And other than a steady reveal of information on the Maidens, Silver Eyes, and the relics over time, the rest is really all just random conjecture at this point.

    I haven't eactly given this a lot of thought... But as the soft spoken and sometimes mumbling guy with a name that sounds like several others, I've used different names before when doing things like ordering a snack at Jack in the Box.  I also like to make up elaborate situations in my head where I need to have different names.  Oh, and I probably spend more time than I should when writing making sure that if it's not my main fantasy story where names sound cool (Tavin, Cressina, Dellah, Bimir, Leilus (and so on)) all the names have accurate significance. (Dr, Ozzymandious Dee, and Archimedes "Archie" Hawkins). 


    But for myself?  Now?  Well, I'd have to go with something fitting.  Something that would fit with my mess-of-North-Western-European heritage as well as my personality.  I'd also consider that my first name currently means "King of the River/Spring" in the way my parents thought of it.


    [Stares at bookshelf for five minutes]


    Lloyd Usher has a quality to it.  An old-world dignity with the punch of a roguish hero.  I took it from a formative author and a story by another.  It's Welsh too, and there's plenty of wise old welsh men to be proud of. 

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    BONUS ANSWER: I once actually tricked my entire class and a few teachers my senior year of highschool that my name was Maxwell Samuel Danger Hehnen Gurnard so for simplicity and a good laugh I could go for that too.



    Well let's start with the one I liked enough to have a friend make a cosplay for me ((because she's nice like that).


    Deadpool's costume (seen here) is an enduring product of 90's comics that also is really practical.  We all know that blood won't stain red, but Deadpool only has one permanent power and it alone doesn't really help him out to win fights (unless he just outlasts them).  The full harness and pouches get full use (and eventually one of them would become a magic satchel),  What I also love is the costume has had subtle changes from artist to artist but they all always fit.  Hell with the amount of times he ruins his costumes it's no wonder he makes small upgrades more often then Iron Man.

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    Next up (and also just a favorite character) is the one and only Discowing (seen here).  Discowing is a very particular version of Nightwing's costume and along with the obvious 80's fun of it all comes a very real reason behind the costume.  From retcon to reboot, the outfit of the Flying Graysons has always followed aesthetic similarities to Dick Grayson's costumes (no doubt to symbolize Dick keeping his family legacy) but this one actually looks like a circus perfromer's outfit.  This is the costume I would (given unlimited resources) obtain and wear out every chance I got.  It also has a fair amount of alien flair that leads into our next suit...

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    The Electric Blue Superman Suit (seen here).  I'll be candid, I know it's ridiculous, but I embrace it because it is so truly comic book.  Superman is temporarily disconnected from the yellow sun and the powers it gives him.  So naturally he develops electric ones so dangerous a full-ish body suit must be made to contain it.  And then he splits in half with is blue self representing his cerebral part and the red half representing his more physical side and their both still married to Lois Lane...  Gotta love it, and I love electricity based powers so yeah.  The suit itself is just Superman enough that you don't loose sight of the character but it also is different enough that you can tell something off or new is going on.

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    And last but not least, it'd probably be cheating to just say Iron Man, so I'll pick two.  The Silver Centurion suit (seen here) is a classic and at the time represented all that Iron Man had accomplished up to that point.  Similarly, his suit from the first Marvel NOW! era is pretty cool too.  That was black and gold with red glowy bits one (seen here) from recent years that eventually became home to the P.E.P.P.E.R. / H.E.L.L.E.N. AI which was another sentimental touch that grabbed at me.  I honestly would love it if eventually Robert Downey JR donned the Black and Gold suit before he passes on the role.  It's close enough to the movie suits anyway.

    The kind where the hero and villain can (if forced to especially) sit down and talk or possibly work together while still fighting their battle,


    We all know the iconic ones: Professor X and Magneto, Superman and Lex Luthor, The Silver Surfer and Mephisto, and so on, but the instance that made me realize just how great this dynamic could be and the other ones that compounded it were outside of the usual comic format.


    The biggest one that sticks out in my mind is actually a book, and only vaguely superhero-ish.


    Have you ever read or heard of the Pendragon series?  It might have been a little after your time in the demographic, but it's a 10 (13) book series that starts like your standard serialized sci-fi for teenagers (fitting as it's from a writer for "Are You Afraid of the Dark" and more children's TV).  It's a good and prolonged hero's journey with an interesting cast.  It also has a terrifying villain.  I won't spoil too much, but to answer the question, there's a point in time where the villain and main hero are stranded together.  They can't leave because that would mean the other could as well (kinda Red vs Blue-y) so they're stuck with each other.  It's my favorite sequence in the series because while they are still mortal enemies they're just locked with each other and the most they can do is keep the other that way.  This is something I try to use in my writing too, a conflict where the hero doesn't have to win, the villain just has to lose. 


    It also comes up in Danny Phantom, Scott McCloud's Zot!, my favorite episode of Heroes (the penultimate one of the original series), and other books, movies, and yes, comics, that I love.  To a degree Deadpool fights this battle nearly every third arc. 


    I love when the hero and villain form a dichotomy that extends beyond punching each other.


    It's a killer joke.

    Way back before the new site, when I would do regular journals before the 008 Updates, I would end each post with a lovely little general question.  It's how I got to know people on the site.


    After the site changed I noticed a great shift in people.  Not only had I been away for a bit concentrating on school, but  there were just more people but less of those that I knew.  I decided to bring back the questions in an effort to get to know each other.


    Then we got the question tabs and I loved the possibilities they promised.


    Instead of asking everyone one big blanket question and hoping for an answer or two I thought about how I could utilize the tabs in a way that got discussions going.


    The plan hinged on not making anyone feel obligated by the questions, I just would be available continually to ask and answer them for people.  That's how I came up with the ask me a question first rule instead of spamming people every Tuesday.


    Speaking of Tuesday, the reason why isn't anything spectacular.  Tuesdays were usually the days I was the least busy and when other people weren't home for the longest period of time so taking the time to answer and ask my questions each Tuesday seemed like the best bet.


    It was an idea born out of interest in the community, utilizing the new site, and using my time well.

    Is mayonnaise an instrument?

    | Asked by: LCPeter 7 months ago

    Anything can be an instrument if you try hard enough.


    I recommend scooping a fair amount out of the jar and rubbing it on your knuckles.  Then leave  the jar for long enough for the top layer of the mayonnaise to become a thick skin you will plunger up and down through the still liquid portion.  The creation and popping of air pockets will be your procession,

    Awww, not a math question...


    Okay.  Well part of it luckally can fall into the understandably censored bit so I don't have to do exact numbers for a while.  Also keep in mind that all of these segments are stacking and if I run out before the end I'd skip to the last point (you also can skip to that for a general sense of what I'd do).


    First I wouldn't know what to do with that kind of money.


    Then I'd do the worn but practical thing of eliminating my debt and the debt I helped contribute to of my immediate and senior family.


    I'd probably secure (purchase) a house, not just rent or buy with payments, I'd find a modest but good place to live and I'd buy it.  I'm a young man so probably it'd be a nice house or apartment close to a city but I'd like to be able to park my car every night so not too close.


    While it's being mentioned, I'd buy/payoff my Jeep as well.  Then I'd put some quality mechanics into it along with a tape-deck (I own a few and I've got the money now to get more) and some ice-blue trim/racing stripes and a big charcoal number 8 on the hood  (for obvious reasons).


    So, on average speculations I'll have no old debt, a home, a car, and we're 1-2 million in, maybe, I'm not doing as much math as I should but I'll buy a calculator.


    I'd definitely pay movers to get my shit to my new home and then to fill out the furnishings.  More bookshelves, chouches, basic appliances, a fancy Nesspresso, framing for all my cool posters/artwork I have to put around the house and do display work for all my good books, old comics, and collectables.


    I love entertainment so, after the books and comics are done with there would of course be a media center or two.  I'd get a VCR, a Blu-ray player, a pretty big HD T.V. (not sold on 4K yet), a PS4 and PS2 (I've got my PS3), maybe I'd spring for an Xbox, and then I'd get the speaker system to match and put the money into something I've always wanted to experiment with, a capture set-up for recording and twitch. 


    That of course leads into the centerpiece of all of this (and another longterm fascination coming to fruition).  A high-quality, game-capable, Blu-ray drive equipped, and silver-cased beast of a Sony laptop. 


    Also I'd have a study where I'd keep most of the books along with a good CD system because this is where I'd do my writing and doodling.  A drafting-desk and a few armchairs are a given but (and this really isn't an expence but a good note) a south-facing window with horizontal blinds for long natural light with no glare  I'd also probably buy a palate of composition notebooks, blue Bics, pencils, and artsupplies (plus drafting paper).


    I'd do other things to help set-up the house for my kind of living.  I'd get a bbq, I'd convert an area into a wood-working shop.  I'd get a decient cable/internet package and subscribe to Rooster Teeth Double Gold (W!NK).  Put aside money for untilities.


    I'd move on to collecting a few fun things for me like the color run of Zot!, a few full TV shows on hard-copy, all of those comics I've been meaning to get to, and fill out other small gaps in my collections,


    After that I'd invest in entertainment companies and food.  I'd donate/sponsor education and parks services, veteran orginizations, and and child care orginizations.  This is the point in the list where I'd negotiate with my College to bring back the Rhetoric department and reduce the across-the-board language requirement which chokes the progress of all four-year-plan students in their chosen degrees. 


    And then, after all this front-loading of stuff and equipping myself that may seem a bit excessive and I by no means need to do it all (practical stuff first), I'd put the rest away and go about my life.  See even with all this money I'd still write and if my money can help me get self-published and out there, all the better.  I'd still get a job.  I might not need the funding at first, but I want to work.  I'd find something I like and do it to see what comes of it.  That's the whole point of the list above, I'd take that money to set myself up practically and comfortably and I'd move foreward, hopefully not too changed.  I might buy some fancy toys and clothes, but I'm of the mindset that $35.00 and tax is an expensive meal.  I never understood fancy cars you have other people drive unless you're incapacitated.  I do want to travel but to go to the places that interest me and not for any glamor.  I might go to a nice screening of a new movie, but that's not important, I just want to see the movie.  I have vague plans and probably quite a bit of money will helo, but once I'm nicely comfortable I'm good to just let them come.

    Once again Buck you have asked a poignant question that has an answer I believe better suited to a longer and more readily available post.


    It is one I've actually had percolating for a while, especially in light of the images I and others have had with images lately, a good few instances of pages refusing to fully load, and some changes and priorities I fully don't understand.


    What keeps me coming back though is the fact that somewhere in here there is or can be the old site again if not better.  What the site was to me was a place where the content, the conversation, and the community all was.  As a fairly ignorant man of understanding web function I really only know what does or does not work when I attempt to do it so I've never called much of it into question.  Now we're at a time when I believe all we have completely present is the content here and I'll admit a lot is due to a slow curve of functionality and the early summer of 2015.  But conversations are happening and people do what they can for the community.


    With no analogs to anyone else, I do sometimes feel like David from the finale of Camp Camp (if you are not keeping up with that show, that's completely understandable) in why I keep coming back.  I keep coming back to the site because some people are still here and I may as well try as hard as I can to make my contributions to it worthwhile too.


    But as I said, I believe there is much more to be said, and hopefully with your understanding I think I will go about it in a large post later.  I will link it here as well.


    The best way I can give you hope now is this, RT is still making RT content, there is a fanbase with a sizeable portion of itself still located here.  The more we do together, I think we might be able to get over the hurdles of sticky formatting, image issues, things I have no idea about because I know no better, and the hard to make connections.



    Once again an excellent comic question with what will be a loaded answer because of the literal and popular definitions of the terms used.


    There are the powered villains of circumstance such as Magneto or Mr. Freeze who go about it different ways, but you wonder are they would be villainous if not for the circumstance.


    There are those who defy the societal rules, taking what they want, like the Rogues (the Flash), Catwoman, The Riddler, The Kingpin, the Penguin, Whiplash, Taskmaster, and rest who are greedy or something but a few vices don't make just a villain.


    There are the true villains who battle heroes and try to impose their will upon the world like The Mandarin, Lex Luthor, Loki, Thanos, and Baron Zemo.  As you can see, they fall in a wide range of powered or non powered people. 


    There are also the monstrous forces beyond earthly mortal ken like Galactus, The Phoenix Force, and the Furies.


    And then there's the Joker.  I have quite a bit to say about what he is, isn't, or may be.


    But none of that will answer your question.  Because my favorite villain is in a way all of these and represents evil imposition of wills, desire beyond rules, and power beyond reason.  And in all of these things he has one of the greatest qualities of a supervillain, a diametric opposition to a hero that is the root of all of their continual strife.  I also mean continual, though there hasn't been much of this original fight often it's unresolved, always a possibility, and the villain has life and schemes outside the good guy that piqued their interest in the affairs of mortals.  Of course I'm talking about the truly evil match for the Silver Surfer all the way back from the 60's; Mephisto.


    For a good reference on what makes this evil bustard the best is when he takes his schemes to the limit to end the vexing sentinel of the skyways in the 62-page spectacular: the Silver Surfer: Judgement Day.


    And if you couldn't tell by now, I have a thing for villains edging on the theatrical with their verbage.  A good dramatic phrasing can go a long way for me. 

    I would just love to write for RT's narrative (or semi-narrative) content. 


    Sure I'm a decent comedic actor (four years of improv) and I've got an idea for an AH show like I'm sure a lot of us do.  (New Game +1: have I described it yet?).  Of course I'd leap at any job opportunity RT presented me, but I love to write and be a part of the storytelling process so that is what I would do for RT if I could pick.


    This of course falls into several departments.  Live Action shorts and shows, animation, or machinima?  Red vs Blue still is my favorite.  I'd love to write for that, and starting out I'd also be a fine content/continuity editor for that show.  But as long as I'm doing some form of narrative content.


    I've aslo got a few of my own ideas I could do as websries if it ever came to it.  Most prominent is a speculative fiction horror comedy (I swear it would work). 


    So, most importantly, I'd like to write for RT, and the details are all just different flavors of icing.

    I have my reasons, though I do understand it has become semi-iconic of me around here.


    Of course there's a story to it, so I'll start in the beginning.


    All throughout Sophomore and Junior year of college I would do a cycle of goatee, fresh shave for Halloween, grow-out, shave to goatee, grow-out, shave fully for break, and rince and repeat.  Senior year I was Obi Wan for Halloween so that started the pattern being off.  I liked my beard but I still played around with styles and stubbles.  You see, when I'm clean-shaven I still look like I did at 17 so I do like just a bit of facial hair at least so I'm not mistaken for a highschooler when I order a hard cider. 


    Like I said though, I'd played with a full beard and liked it so it rarely went completely away and then senior year thesis and 2nd semester midterms came around.  I stopped caring.  I'd shave for graduation.  My parents actually liked my beard though so I kept it.  And kept it.  And cleaned it up sometimes but mostly, I kept it.  It was tons of fun and I got compliments all the time but there were downsides.  It itched, eating ice cream was a trial, I wasn't sure if it was helping or hindering my ongoing search for a job, it itched, and ultimately, while I enjoied it, I got bored of it. 


    So, about a week ago, bye-bye beardie. 


    Sort of.


    As pictured bellow I've kept the goatee (down to my biggest standard comb on my styling razor*) and everything else was taken to my delicate ginger skin.  I get wicked razor burn and not cleanly shaving for over a year and a half meant things got bloody and raw.  So now I'm sporting some 5'oclock shadow, but I have light hair and it's been a week.  I'll start shaving closer more regularly once I get more blades and I work my neck back up to it. 


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    All this is to say, I shaved my beard early fall because once again it makes me look just a little bit more like Errol Flynn or Tony Stark.  It's a look I hope will convey me well in social and career circles that I also just like.


    A final word though, fret not for the wild fun bits like the naturally forked tip will live on.  I don't plan on trimming the goatee itself for a long time. 


    *This gives me an idea for a blog later.

    Well, those factors came separately, in so much as I was pretty young when I decided I wanted to write, and then a tad older when I started to really dig deep into things, pick them apart, and start making my own things with the pieces. So honorable mentions to the series that were the perfect storm of my preteenish years of reading: The Chronicles of Pyrdain by Lloyd Alexander; the Redwall books by Brian Jacques; The Inheritance Trilogy Cycle by Christopher Paolini; The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. LeGuinn, the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling; and The Amazing Spiderman by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. There's a list of inspirations that no doubt people could dig out of my early and current things (and you can bet there's plenty of Neil Gaiman, Edgar Allen Poe, Terry Pratchett, D.J. MacHale, Michael Scott (Irish novelist, not the boss from The Office), R.A. Salvatore and others in there too, but they came later and/or don't exactly fit your question).


    But the series that first changed the statement in my head "I want to do this" to the question "how do I do this?" (which means to critically read and be critical about what I write) came in the middle of all of those series in Patrick Carman's The Land of Elyon (which had light ilustrations throughout). I got the first book, The Dark Hills Divide, when it came out as an indie title by a beginning author from Walla Walla. I infact have a first edition copy of the book. None of this of course meant much to me at the time. I just knew that this was a great fantasy story about a girl who could talk to squirrles, solve puzzles etched inside stones, and uncover a mystery on a magical island. It was really cool. It was, at first, one of the books that made me think "I want to do this."


    Then something happened that changed everything. (A good beginning, but very familiar.) My mom told me that Patrick Carman, the man who wrote the book I enjoyed so much, was coming to Barnes and Noble for a reading and a signing. It's hard for me to tell if I completely knew what was happening. I was getting to meet the author. Authors were, up to then, certainly people in my mind but they were people who lived a long time ago and/or not just an hour away from my family in Eastern Washington. But when we got to the event there he was. Smiling and wearing jeans and a button-up shirt. Leading me, other kids, and their parents through an activity inspired by the magic stones in the books. And while we did that he explained to us the stones and how he wrote about them for the book. He told us about the walled cities in central Europe that inspired the setting of the book. He talked about how Alexa Daley was made for his daughters who are just a little younger than me and though he loved to write for a long time, he was just starting to really be "an Author.". He told us that he was a person like us, who started from scratch and worked his ideas into stories. It was a quick progression to "je just did this," "I can do this," and finally "how can I do this?" And the best thing he told me that afternoon was how. I had to figure it out on my own.


    That sounds weird probably, but when the time came for us to get our books signed by the author individually (another forgien concept to me) he took the time to talk to each of us a little bit personally. I talked about how I wanted to write and how hearing his story inspired me. He liked that and encouraged me. He then saw my book and explaind some things about the dog-eared paperback I had. It was a first printing as well as first edition. You could tell because of the spine. The art was off. Books themselves having value beyond the stories was also new to me. But it made sense. This book was from when he started his writing career. It meant something in that. It was the start of mine too in a way. I hold a lot of value in that.


    The following series was very important to me as well because since the first book had really opened up the world of writing and writers to me the following books in the series and by Carman (there are others and I have a good amount of them) always had the special air of it to me. I would read not only the story but the making of it. I identified patterns and mechanisims and make guesses to where the story would go. I would also try and see if I could also make things in those ways. Sometimes I was right, and sometimes I was wrong, but I always learned. I have been to two other signings/events with Patrick Carman and each time he would show me other ways down the path of writing or tell me something about how to get it done.


    It's funny actually. For my birthday gift to myself I just recently ordered two of his latest books (from a different series which is just as important in different ways) and one is the continuation of a story I haven't read since early college but loved and the other is a book about that series and a little about how he did it. I devoered that book in one day (yesterday) videos and all (it's a very interesting book format he came up with for Skeleton Creek). I'm still learning from him but I also had a strange moment of "I've learned so much" reading this behind the scenes book now and remembering me back when the first book came out. Things have changed because of The Land of Elyon and where it directed me to go.


    In the way that it jumpstarted the ways I write, I have to say this series is at least in the nebulous top-handful of series that have had a profound effect leading me to what your question asked about, if not a close but eeking over top. It's hard to say exactly, there are a lot of other works that have very important influences too. Some are not a series. Some are an anchor to what I write about but are more involved in their answers. I could tell you a lot of stories about the stories that helped me, but its getting late now and I chose the easiest place to start for your answer.


    Also, yes, this gave me the excuse to write in a narrative fashion for a couple hundred words today. I took it.

    [Pushes up glasses]


    Well, while Superman is so "naturally" capable it is not an inherent quality of the Man of Steel to be "-of steel." Rather, the sciency make-up of his cells is juiced up by their reaction to Yellow Sun Radiation which gives him the initial boost to his system to make his body capable of incredible strength and solidity (bullet-proof skin). However, while in his normal state as a Red Sun Radiation evolved Kryptonian is still superior on earth because of that and other cross-planetary differences such as Kryptonian physiology and density (to combat differing gravity) he still needs muscles capable of lifting heavy shit and/or crushing it. Like a goldfish will grow to the size of its bowl, Superman's Kryptonian physiology and radiation-reactive state makes him physically capable to do the things he does. An ice truck is still an ice truck on earth so to crucify it on power lines on the earth where it was made takes the same amount of force from human machinery as it does an alien body made capable of exerting those forces. Superman's ripped-ness is a result of his body's capabilities in his situation combined with his lifestyle. If he wasn't constantly running or fighting I imagine his form would reflect a human who lived an average lifestyle and he would only be that proportional strength of a Kryptonian on earth.

    I like to think any good fictional universe has it's dangers, but let's go by numbers. Let's spin a wheel of the ones with the most damage done!


    WHHHHHHIIIIIIIIiiiiirrrrrrrrr tick tick tick tick tick tick....


    THE MARVEL UNIVERSE (A close tie with the DC universe but mostly it's continuity that gets destoried over there.)


    In this or any fictional universe I'd like to inhabit I'd be a wizard and/or benign trickster figure. I like to think of myself as a good guy so in this one I'd be like a side-kick / spinoff next generational Dr. Strange who gets into a bit more trouble.

    Retirement is a ways off for me. I'm sure at some point I'll stop whatever my day-to-day jobby-job will be, but as someone interested in a creative field (writing all sorts of things), I'm not sure I'll ever stop being creative with at least the slightest intention of letting other people in on the fun when I'm finished with the current project.


    I'll probably also keep going with my hobbies of woodworking, doodling, indulging my inner child, consuming fun media, and maybe I'll open a small bookshop. I'd like to live in a town on the NW coast.


    Otherwise, I don't really think too much of it. Just tuck money away once I get a first real jobby-job.

    Now, now, that's not exactly how this game works, but I've gotta give you points for trying.


    So, here's a half-answer. Unless it's obviously directed at the person being questioned, I don't ask questions on question day that I wouldn't have a good/entertaining answer for.


    Also, this is my way of getting to know the community on the new site better and letting them know me. The questions someone asks can be just as informative as the answers they give.

    Top 5... I'm not really an Anime buff so this will probably also be a "Half the Anime Shows I really enjoied" lists.


    1) YU-GI-OH!

    I'll be honest I haven't completely seen the show, never read the manga, didn't play the cardgame, and haven't really touched the other series beyond the original. BUT, I love the concept behind the original series, even when it doesn't quite hold up (that's what this reboot is for). It also has nothing to do with YGOTAS... No... But however, the conclusion drawn my me and my friends when Gods of Egypt came out was these cheesy but super inense effects bastardizing mythology would be better served as a Yugioh movie. If a series with effects like that existed I'd love it (CW style).


    2) Code Geass

    This show... This show... I loved the first twenty two episodes and then it fell into pit too many animes I watch do, the episode 23 problem. That's what I call what happens when an awesome concept is slowly established and worked for the whole of a series and then at the peak of the climax the stakes are suddenly and immediately turned up to eleven (becoming God? seriously?) and the story is "concluded" in two episodes. I would love to see a reboot of this show with real actors from the nations represented (as well as they can (Brittania is basically the EU and America so just pick something for Lelouch)). The magic is mostly subtle enough to do well and the mechs can be part-cg and part practical and really (since this is a rebbot) after establishing some pacing that makes sense you can integrate some of the things from season two into the lore and just go your own way after you start the season one climax otherwise.


    This is the point in the answer where I start grasping at straws. I don't watch much anime and even fewer of those I want to see in live action outside of these two. The first to see a cool new take and the second because I really want to reboot that story and make it work.


    3) Pokémon

    Who hasn't thought a version of the show with real and literal growth for characters (best achieved in Live Action when you have to) and realistic versions of the creatures? I however, in the line of hard reboots, would love to see them just be scientifically created creatures (big lore changes that I won't go into now) that have been genetically engineered to have their abilities but they're also actual Pocket-monsters. They keep their scale to each other, but whatever the average size of a pokemon is that is the size of a beast that could comfortably sit in a good-sized pocket. Also some cool Arms-race metaphors.


    4) Uhhh...


    Sorry, I just don't want that many live action reboots of anime. Maybe just to see more of it I'd go for The Devil is a Part-Timer! but that's pretty damn near perfect.






    Okay I don't want to break the site, but I remember quite a few pretty weird dreams. They all have their merits and while there might be a few (somehow) imperially weirder ones, one that is both really really weird and has a weird disconnect as I can remember it, is one I remember from being pretty young.

    ---


    I'm in a HUGE bounce-house that's modeled in the aesthetic of a Mickey's Toontown house and there are other children in there with me but more in the "I know this fact in my dream" kind of way than me really being able to differentiate from their reveling forms around me (I'm using discriptions I was not capable of doing at the time but still accurate). In the center of the room (a living room designed with a lot of orange paint an furniture (all bouncy)) there's a metal grate that we're all avoiding because it's a drain in the middle of a bounce-house and we don't want to be on the only not bouncy part.


    The children start to thin in numbers as a big blue anthropomorphic bat-person in a black and purple suit comes bouncing in too. I'm afraid of this bat and it doesn't help that he starts to come towards me as the children start to leave more quickly and the bouncy house becomes more like a castle. He starts to laugh at me and I'm scared back by his menacing guffawing laugh (think Krusty the Clown at a slightly higher pitch). I start to hear the children that left laughing at me too. I'm bouncing back now and find myself in the center of the room and the grate is gone. I fall down aways to where there's barely any light and I'm in a wet pit now on top of fist size-rocks and my legs hurt and I'm crying for my parents to help me out.


    I wake up after a while of me down at the bottom of the whole listening to the bat's echoing laughter.

    ---


    Have some fun with that one Freud.


    Oddly enough not too much of that frightens me now. Writing it out, I could actually twist some of it around into a horror story I wouldn't be scared writing.


    The other contenders for strangest dream are harder to differentiate because there are a lot of patterns and recurring elements. Those are things for a different day though.


    Favorite comic book?

    | Asked by: Fly 9 months ago

    That's pretty hard. And of course just vague enough for me to get some mileage off of it. Still I'll stick to the ones I actually physically own for the variants I have for this issue.


    If we're going for favorite individual issue (a single-purchase comic book you'd buy from a shop): That is a very hard decision as I have a long-box containing four years of single issues, but I also have and would read over and over again Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: Ramadan. It's a fascinating issue that talks about the endurance and magic of stories and dreams (like a lot of the series) and is beautifully illustrated and written as well. It's an issue that really speaks to me. This was a hard decision as I also have several original printings of Marvels and DC's going back to the sixties (without covers because of an old comic shop incentive), a good chunk of the original color run of Scott McLoud's ZOT!, several other Sandman's, and quite a few of the comics from my stint of buying them weekly at college are special to me.


    If we're classifying it in sort of the graphic novel / complete arc / trades: It's again hard as I have an original printing of Brief Lives from the Sandman run as well, BUT I also have some pretty good Deadpool / Silver Surfer / Nightwing / by Gaiman trades I really enjoy. I think I will settle back to the Sandman though. Brief Lives is up there as I view it as the real start of the climax and it deals with a lot of the series's over all themes and patterns.


    And, surprise surprise as it goes in favorite comic books as in "I really like to collect (character)'s comic book: That's a tie. I absolutely LOVE The Sandman. It has so many great concepts, characters, and stories while being its own whole story that it's pretty near perfect to me. However, there is something almost intrinsically fun about every Deadpool comic I've read and he's probably my favorite superhero (Morpheus does not have that distinction) that picking up his comic book is a must every time I go into a comic shop with some money not already intended for a purchase. And The Sandman, though I love it, is "over" after just having wrapped it's Overature run I will still buy any issue I can (within reason of course) but since this applies to both of these comic books, I can't call it without a deep "but, well" clause.

    This actually took some time for me to figure out because there definitely will be two shows in this category soon and I'll have to wait for hard copies because we don't have uber-kable.


    However, one did dawn upon me; Star Wars Rebels. I may be spoiled about a few big factors, but what I care more about is how they came to be and experiencing it. Again a casualty of Disney XD being above the current package, I'm stuck to finding out these stories on DVD if I can get ahold of them or perhaps Netflix and Disney/Lucasfilm will come to a solid agreement.

    For one day only it would be the ability to create permanent non-living things through will and alchemical conversion. I'd make quite a few little gadgets and bits/bobs I couldn't otherwise like a wrist-mounted auxiliary for my phone/laptop with actual buttons (a T-9 keyboard would do), some snappy sets of new clothes so I can dress like a cartoon character in fitted and fitting outfits (so many pairs of swabby jeans). Sure I might make some things of monetary value but I don't want to worry about serial numbers or diluting our economic system's values too much. I'd probably top it off with making myself a house which I imagine would take time and energy still. Then I'll be set to be a productive member of society the next day with all my neat stuff!


    That or Magneto-type flight. That's more super-powery and I'm always down for a chance to fly like that.

    Why are we here?

    | Asked by: JohnathanWelker 9 months ago

    Well, I signed up because I like to watch and Discuss RT content, I've stuck around for some of my own fun. If we're going waaaaaaaaaay back it's because a friend of mine in middle school said a certain lead character who dies six episodes in made him think of me.

    I never assume I'm 100% correct about anyone else's motivations, but I assume the sense of community and the aforementioned discussion and entertainment has a lot of people here.


    I think you're particularly a RWBYite.

    Forming a cult of any sort for Danny, the 99th Warden of Hell's Kitchens & Food Services would be a ridiculous waste of arcane knowledge and efforts. Danny, being Lord and Master of Demons and those unfortunate souls whose function in the ring of Gluttony is to stand beneath the sinks, their mouths warped into funnels of raw taste-receptive muscle and razor sharp teeth; he has no care for speaking. He only desires the garbled sounds of choked disgust from his Garbage Disposer hoard.


    However, to satiate Danny to a degree would be to act as he does and force blended leavings of food down the gullets of sinners constantly until their intestines burst in judgement. From these shredded silos of slop make sausage to dine upon while drinking the blood of your sacrifice. Preform this ritual on the third night of the waning moon every lunar cycle with the leftovers of all you have eaten between.


    Initiates must willingly go into and survive a night of the ritual.

    A wall mounted-radio!


    A telephone!


    A Daft Punk poster!


    Very small rocks!


    A cleshe map over my bed with different colored pins for where I have been and where I want to go!


    ...


    Yeah, I'm not really sure.

    I also want to say a tactical knife...


    No...


    Old-timey camera film.


    It starts black in the case, then you take a picture and put it in a red room to develop and as the image begins to fade or just get old or you screwed it up it's all grayscale.


    Well, I won't google these to stay honest.


    Well, knife would be only based off of an audible pun...


    I'm going to say a towel or sponge. While you dry off a thing, your utensil gets wet from the mess.

    I reveal all but one of my hidden tools about my person. I demonstrate my Holmesian level of disguise and attention. I describe to him all of my long-con pranks that went off well. And finally I tell him that I really really REALLY would like to work with him. I can be great a maintain a character too.

    So, largely the plan is to wing it. I have a few things scheduled and some things I just have to do because of timing, but outside of what I'm about to list I've got no idea.


    On Thursday I'm gonna meet up with my RT Seattle crew


    Friday is my first day of must panels. Kinda Funny and Late Night Lemonade


    Saturday is my designated signing day. I'm also likely to attend the OCC Fado's dinner.


    Sunday I'm not staying the whole time because of flights but I'm dedicating all the time I need to to attending the RvB panel.


    On either Friday or Saturday I'll be cosplaying Deadpool (I take it you read my journal with a part about it).


    I just plan to have fun, meet some people, and eat some Pizza Hut.


    Oh and I'm gonna try to pick up a Free Play shirt, Team Fat (Men's Medium) and the Pyrrha crest shirt.



    Oh my, well I already get to go to RTX...


    Well, the morning would start with coffee and breakfast with Neil Gaiman. After a couple hours of that I'd get a private tour of the Disney studio with lunch with the higher-ups of Marvel, Disney, and Lucasfim. Afternoon large-arena Laser-tag for me and a bunch of friends. A nice rib dinner for me and my (hypothetical) lady friend with Jason Mraz doing the music. Sitting down with friends again to watch a good movie of my choice (probably an action comedy or a Disney movie) at a private screening in one of those food-and-armchair theaters. Then it's off to be a guest on the Late Show with Setphen Colbert where I could meet and do a wacky thing with him and Jennifer Lawrence (who really I'd just like to meet. She is a beautiful woman, yes, but she just seems like a fun person I'd be friends with.

    If I told you they'd come for you too.


    I will say that for my own research purposes I have recently begun looking into connections with Alchemy, Secret Societies, and space travel/technologies/programs. I've found some interesting things. (It is the truth, I've been pondering and looking into these things for reasons, but I don't know if there's any reason the government would care about.)

    I would be satisfied with the same three meals a day with the following snacks and drinks also provided.


    Breakfast- Waffles and Bannanas (with fix'ns)


    Lunch- Peanut butter and jelly on a pretzel roll with cheetoes


    Dinner- Southern Style fried chicken tenders with my secret recipie bbq sauce and steak fries.


    Popcorn

    Cheez-its

    Chicken Jerky


    Coke

    Glacier Freeze Gatorade

    Whole Milk

    French Roast Coffee


    I imagine this is a Lost type situation and I eventually rig a kitchen and fridge in a crude house (or hatch) with all this.

    ---


    If I had to really narrow it down though, I'd just have the coffee, milk, chicken and waffles (with syrup) and bananas.



    I don't think I did this to myself. I could have, but that would be a very desperate time.


    It is very likely I have let loose a string of awesome but awful puns over a course of the conversation and when someone finally groaned at me to stop I said (as I do), "Why, I'm on fire right now."


    They decided to make a pun out of me.

    It's likely he has my theories and postings and other shenanigans from on the site. I have been fairly active over eight years. One or two time's I've gotten pretty close to knowing what was going on in RvB, other times I've made great detailed explanations. And there has been so much more.


    I don't know quite why I've been abducted to do this, but I hope that having my work in a file means he wants me to write something for the company and didn't want to call a lot of attention to it. That would be great.


    OR


    It's a photo and information of a cast or community member with just three words beneath it:


    Follow


    Observe


    Befriend


    He nods and says more information will come to me later at RTX and I'm released with a new badge that lets me get around with more ease.

    Oh the rituals, how shall I begin?


    Perhaps with the oldest in its oldest form.


    Though I've been drinking coffee since high school, in college I was able to talk my parents into getting me a French press and electric kettle for my growing habit. I used it a bunch, but the most inopportune thing was the kettle only fit in the hopper sink in the dorm (which I stayed in all 4 years (and the same single room)) basement/kitchen/laundryroom so I either had to trek down there every two batches or go to the bathroom across the hall with a big tumbler cup a couple of times. Usually it was the latter. So that's step one, fill the kettle. Then boil, that's easy but has resulted in more hand-burns than I should count. Usually it's just because I slip while filling the press. Then I let it percolate for about twenty minutes to a half-hour, pour and add sweet cream or chocolate milk (that's a frugal college kid's mocha). For most weekdays (and Sunday nights) my brewing system was a full press in the afternoon leaving one of the three-four mugs my old press would make for the morning. Sometimes I'd make more than one press a day. Saturday and Sunday, when I felt like being a lazy homebody usually saw a turn-of-the-century breakfast at one or more meals. In the days before modern breakfast cereals popcorn and coffee was a popular base for a quick breakfast. I love both, and if you've got some simple buttery popcorn and a fresh mug it's worth a try I assure you. An afternoon French-press and popcorn is one of my oldest and best rituals for brewing coffee.


    After leaving school I shifted it some. I'd make a batch every morning as I woke up to let our puppy out and would drink it over the day. I also got a bigger (and better) Le Cruset ceramic French press. It keeps the coffee warmer longer and the mesh is tighter so I can use slightly finer grinds. It still largely is this way (and follows the same 35ish minute ritual while making food or prepping the protein shake I pour a mug's worth into).


    However, my father also loves coffee and prefers espresso. He's had a machine for years and we recently bought a fantastic Nesspresso Citi and we're loving it. I've been using this more for my initial morning cup (because it takes four minutes tops) and have been experimenting with the different cups and brews. I still use the press though, usually early afternoon when I'm making what's switching to iced-coffee for that.


    Other small habits/rituals include coffee while watching RT or making my Bleepbloopopolous map and my "signature" drink I get with friends: a B-52 dropped in a mug of coffee (and I'll drink most other coffee-drinks (I'm slowly working out my own as well)).


    Okay, one sub-question down. I'll got grab a fresh mug and tackle the others.


    I will drink usually any medium to dark sweet/chocolatey roast. I like my coffee strong and flavorful so I use a lot of grounds and let it be brewed for sure. I do have some favorites though. First off, any blend with lavender in it. I will pick that first always (unless the other option is exotic and I only have the one chance to try it). My favorite specific roasts are Raven's Brew Ebony Pearls, Palendaba Lavender's dark roast (a local brand), and Starbucks's Café Verona or French Roast. I also like to keep it interesting with mixes of other spices or flavors like cinnamon, mint, caramel, or liquorish.


    I do grind my own beans when I can. From what I've been taught basic coffee brewing is better when you grind your own beans (about a few week's worth at most or just the day's if you're really into it). It's also fine to freeze beans but once ground you should keep them at room-temperature and dry. That keeps the flavor in the beans the way it was intended to be. Annother reason I grind by own beans I because I use a French press which requires a coarser grind for the mesh. Some brands sell coarse grind coffee but it isn't as common as either whole bean or fine grind (for use in filtered coffee makers). Any good coffee shop that sells beans will grind your bag to a specification for you and during college that's what I would do. I'd go to my local Starbucks, buy a bag of whole bean and have them grind it to coarse. It is free of charge and all locations I've been to (including in-store (Target/Safeway/Barnes & Noble)) will do this. I have my own grinder now that I am home though and use it and a vacuum sealed container to store the grinds.


    I am a "Seattle-based" Gold-Card-Carrying subscriber to the mermaid's world-wide local coffee shop. At the very bottom line, they make good coffee and the service is constantly good. They're doing something right and it's so darn convenient that it's hard not to use them. The great snacks and provision of home-use coffee materials is great too. I love little local shops too, they usually have the more interesting drinks because of the unique nature. Every vacation I go on I have to get a bag of beans from the local café. But as a comfortable and long-standing standard I have very positive things to say about Starbucks.


    I hope that entertained and informed you.

    It's like you and @SailorGirl81 coordinated today. You may want to take a look at her question and my answer too.


    While we're picking apart my internet motifs, I should mention that I come from a household that was late and slow to the internet. I still don't trust "the internet" with standing financial information, public information that's easily identifiable to my location or such, and I don't post that I'm away until after I'm back usually. Some of this has fallen back as time went on, but I still don't reveal too much about myself in a straight forward and mundane way.


    Still, I'm a fairly open guy so I try to do things that do give you information about me while I'm being clever and vague. So I, as a young man from a backwater area, took two of my favorite stories about young men from backwater areas (fictional heroes I could look up to and try to emulate) and in a fun way direct you to where I come from in a few ways.


    I imagine it like looking for a place in an Atlas's appendix. Found between Gongaga and Gont is a general sense that I'm from the hilly outskirts. There are things there, but not much. It also gives you the hints that these are the stories I like.


    Now, I hope it doesn't come off as pretentious. I by no means believe you have to understand these references, but they're fun little bits of more information rather than an empty space on a webpage because I wasn't the most trusting of possible tech-savvy miscreants.

    It's like you and @BuckeyeDon coordinated today. You may want to take a look at his question and my answer too.


    To answer this question as to why this particular set of numbers follows a good majority of my screennames we're going to have to go back to 2006/7. Justin Timberlake's solo career is really taking off. The Steelers have won the extra large super bowl. We all still love Captain Jack Sparrow. It is the time of Kingdom Hearts II and Halo 3.


    Now, I'm a Sony boy who had a Gameboy SP so I had a significant attachment to a certain cocky redhead trickster with a "heart" of gold and a jaunty posture from the epic crossover of Disney and Final Fantasy. He turned out to also be the 8th in an organization of 13 dubious individuals and eight is my lucky number (you could make a Jim Carrey movie about all the interesting times that number has popped up in my life). So, I had eight already but the story continues.


    A buddy of mine in middle school invited me over one time for a night of Halo 3, pizza, and other revels. He too was into Kingdom Hearts (and had some fun similarities to Roxas (No. XIII). He either had already or while we were setting up to play changed his Halo character number to O13 for Organization member thirteen and Roxas. I then was making my temporary character and decided to put my call sign as O08 (Because it had to be one letter and two digits). What can I say, we were wild and crazy guys. This soon persisted in other things and became the cooler and more aesthetically pleasing 008 (often more stylized with slashes in the 0's). It looks like two eights (one on its side like infinity) and there's other cool symbolic things I can do with it. It also (maybe most importantly) fits some of the old internet standard of having a number in a username.


    Incase you were wondering too, I read it out as "Zero-Zero-Eight", not "double 0 eight" or "Oh-oh-eight."

    Well, clearly it wasn't elimination in just a few fights, so here's what I imagine. Being ever the good sport, after a conversation between the two teams trying to figure out the nature of their internment in this strange arena fortress they parted ways and Jaune noticed (whatever a significant coin in Remnant/Atlas is) fall from Weiss's purse. JNPR was going one way, RWBY was going another, and the coin went yet another. Jaune followed the rolling change down the hall and around one unfortunate corner... His fate remains a mystery, but the tournament goes on.

    The genre I play the most would have to be (loosely) Action RPG's but I also love some more adventure games, Minecraft, more traditional JRPG's, combat racing games (which I'm surprisingly okay at, and some shooters. I also like some puzzles and stealth games. It'll be hard to pin down a top three (sort of) so I'll mention some of the outliers I have really enjoied first: Ratchet and Clank, Portal, Soul Calibur (3 was best),


    Top 3 though...


    There's just one I can't bump, sorry.


    #3- Jak II


    #2- infamous 2


    #'s 1- Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII/Kingdom Hearts (Re:) Chain of Memories: Reverse/Rebirth

    The newly appointed governor of Port Royale's daughter.


    HEY-O!


    No really, it probably would have been that I broke something while trying to figure out how the ship worked. Or I subverted authority too many times. I'm not a particularly defiant individual, but if I think there's a better way to do something or an order is obviously going to screw things up I will either A) just not do it, or B) do it the wrong way I was told to and let the negative ramifications happen. Someone tells me to put the choclolate next to the stove? Done, have fun with your melted chocolate. I know that's not a particularly striking example, but if I were to start discussing the failed managerial attempts of other people vying for power in a college improv club, we might just be here all night.

    Well, RvB certainly has some real estate in my mind with theories and other activities, but it is one of many.


    I guess it comes down to I love to make things and so that reflects in my hobbies of: writing (a hobby I went to school for but haven't stopped learning about), I build with Lego Systems, I play a lot of video games but ones with choice/customization options apleanty (currently I'm running Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep and Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning while also playing pleanty of Minecraft and Destiny too), I draw and I read educational and fictional books and watch some good TV and movies (with commentaries often too).


    So, my hobbies are many, mostly having to do with creating something in the line of a story. By obsessions have to be what pops up in all of that. I love tricksters (and other myth theory intensive things), RvB and most RT things, Fantasy stories about wizards, science fiction adventures, creepy speculative fiction, good comedy, superhero medias, hats, coats, denim, and benign pranks

    I'm sorry if this was all too much of a survey, but I have some laundry to do.

    I have been to a few Cons, several were trade-shows I went with my parents to.

    But on to the ones I picked. I've gone to the Seattle Brick Con once or twice, I love legos, and several toy train conventions as a smaller child. Those were a lot of fun and I remember getting some pretty cool special Brio trains.


    Then high school and college happened.


    After those I started again, going to Pax Prime and Jet City Comic Con, both were fantastic and I cosplayed to Jet City, which was also on Halloween. A fun thing about Pax was that was also my first RT_Seattle meet-up and the first time I'd seen my old friend Maddy in a while. (I also did a "lazy cosplay" of Church (light blue flannel, jeans, and my Fine Line shirt.)


    I am planning on going to RTX (wooh-WOOH) later this year and I'm investigating going to Pax Prime again. RTX, well that should be a little obvious, but I'm going this year as a fan and to have as much fun as I can. Pax Prime was a ton of fun for just one day last year, so I really want to go this year, possibly for more days.

    I am of two minds on this one. I'd invariably use them to similar ends so why not split the difference between dark blue flame power and flight with a auric blue force that looks like fire and lets me fly. Think ala Raven of DC fame without the inherent Lovecraftian mysticisim (it's fine but not my motif (I like more north-western European with wyrd and fae roots)). I would use these abilities probably for "good" ends. I'm not sure how much actual crime fighting I would get directly into but after I facilitate myself by floating around a lot and getting things that are hard to reach without making a mess, who knows. I'd still love to write, but Clark Kent, Kyle Rainer, and Janet Van Dyne all were able to keep creative careers and have a positive influence on the world with their abilities so I would love to try.


    I'd also never have to drive and I'd take as many other people with me as I could. So much saved travel money.

    I think it should go without saying that my immediate family has had quite a lot of influence on my developing personality the way all families will do. The briefest of clarifications though, I would say my parents raised me quite right with a respectful and genuine way of conducting myself. My brother has had his influences as well, but I will say a fair amount of those are in reflex as much as emulation.


    My maternal grandparents can also be said to have major responsibility in my development. I love and respect my paternal family quite a bit too, but they are farther away and I saw them less growing up. My paternal grandmother did help foster my love of stories and reading though and is a sturdy woman who maintains herself and for that I am greatly respectful. My maternal grandmother though is my standard of a lot of what makes a good person. She was caring for everyone in her life and did not cause conflict though she would stop it. She also has a lot to do with my sense of humor (and unyielding love of good and happy sitcoms). My maternal grandfather is a very solid individual. He is practical and believes in simplicity. He always has great advice which I always try to follow even when the subjects of our opinions differ. I would also say he really helped the final pushes of my learning to read by introducing me to Calvin and Hobbes.


    There are a fair amount of teachers too who have shaped me, again in both imitation and reflex. Because a part of what I am is to not be negative for reasons unrelated to the current situation (and irrelevant ones) so I won't be naming names or anything. Let's just say I dislike hypocracy, redundancy of speech, and all but acknowledged ineptitude especially in the education system (I do love when these all lead to hilarious failure though (a part of why I love some comedy with these character (and we're getting dangerously far from the topic now...))).


    The good teachers though, whose names are irrelevant to most, are Mr Wright, Mrs Vanderplas, Mr Lequire, Mr Burris, Mr Grella, and Professors Chaser, Nolly, Blackwell, and Nadelson (there are many others but I'll spend all my time listing with that way of talking). This group all were heavy influencers on me. They are all responcible and capabile individules. Each one has given me a lesson or two that didn't have to do with the ones I got in their curriculum. Perhaps the longest lasting one and most relevant to parts of my personaility I haven't brought up yet is from the late Mr. Burris. There are no stupid questions, questions mean you want to learn. And asking a question doesn't mean you're stupid what creates an idiot is when they ask a question and find themselves asking it again and again because they simply refuse to take in the new information. Idiots come from willful ignorance.


    There are also my friends; Austin who has given me lessons in leadership and personal integrity, Grace, Salina, Madison, Conner, and Johannah who have faced things with much more courage than I could imagine, Kennedy's bright personaliy, and many new friends and old friends who just were in some way or another a person much better than me so I have followed their examples. I'd also even put you in that list Buck, you are my longest and most influential mentor on the site since you effectively directed me back in the old old forums.


    And with that, I'm going to cut this off despite how much I love the continuing souce of knowledge questions do provide. I'm afraid I am quite over due to plug in my laptop and answer the at least one other questions I have.

    I assume you mean this:


    It and the accompanying image of me on laundry day is of me two years ago a little less shaven, without my glasses, and being a tad more silly than normal, but it is me none the less.

    From now...

    My professional life is really just beginning.


    Out of equal parts fortunate opportunity and necessity I have spent my last year helping my family from home with homecare and work, our new dog, and my great grandmother who passed early this winter. I also have been working to get my driver's license and actual adept-ness with my little borrowed Patriot.


    At this point in time though I have really begun the push to enter the workforce. I have perused a couple positions which through rather annoying faults of communication on the companies' ends have not panned out but I keep going. I am at a very interesting point here at the beginning. I can do a lot. I have several interests and aspirations. Right now my pursuits are working in a book-store, a pet-store, a library, production (several cool videogame companies are in my backyard), or possibly radio. I will though take whatever jobby job I can just to get the life experience of it soon. I have managed people and volunteered before, but have no pure professional experience (I do watch the houses and animals of friends and family as well).


    Since it is so nebulous at this moment I'm afraid any prediction I make will be even more so. I will be getting a job soon though so once I do I'll be doing what I can to stick to it. I won't be a career hopper unless things get bad at a company.


    The main goal is to be a career writer. I like a lot of mediums but for now I am working on the first book. I have that, if not the whole first series, mapped out fairly well and I'm filling it all in. That's just a matter of me working it all out. I push for at least 2,000 words a day and unless I have a blog or something I put them in there. My pursuits in a creative field are also happening but that's a bit of a chicken and egg of getting experience for a job and getting a job.

    What is the chief end of man?

    | Asked by: monopoly_j 1 year ago

    The phrase ends "To Glorify God." It's from the Catachisim.


    In my personal interpretation I think it means to live.

    Well, why not?

    Forgive me for quoting myself, but I already have outlined why Deadpool is my number one


    Now, the best comic book movie adaptation has to be Deadpool (the movie). Here's the deal, it does the best job of adapting the source material of nearly any comic movie I've seen. I think it comes from everyone working on it's love and understanding of the character. There were changes made because of studio and medium limitations and they're all understandable. I mostly find myself wondering why Butler and Killbrew didn't have as much to do with the plot, but I'm also happy this wasn't just a set-up movie to the Sinister Six, er... The Good the Bad and the Ugly adaptation (it's a recent origin defining arc of Deadpool). I really think it was handled so well and because they were making a real adaptation (not putting a character in an unprecedented or related story (Nolan...)). Considering all of that, is it my favorite adaptation? Yeah, it probably still is. However that's harder to say.


    I can go on to say though that after watching it 3 times in the week it's been on home release and going though some of the bonus materials (including the first commentary track (I'm a huge geek)) it definitely IS my favorite. I love the narrative. I love the background effort. The effects and jokes hold up to multiple viewing and close inspection. All around, fantastic.


    I also lucked out and found a list of my other favorites. These are in less of an order (the order I grabbed one of the series off of the shelf) so I won't bother with numbers. (Also I'm going to assume you're giving me the wiggle of series over individual films, but I'll be answering in detail one way and giving the other in name just to be safe.)


    The Rami Spiderman Series: I'll admit, on a lot of notes these and the Amazing movies basically end up toe-to-toe, but for nostalgia's sake and the fact that this series made it through two and a half (a third if you're REALLY going to pick at it) movies before falling into a mess where as the Amazing movies only got through one and a half I have to side with Spidey Maguire. These came out fairly early and really were my gateway to comics. Though chalked full of some enjoyable cheese (the early 200's kind I could eat all day) throughout these really got (with a Hollywood swing) the drama of Peter Parker's lives. The movies also have memorable characters good action and effects that mostly hold up. There's also plenty of the good elements in 3, but there was one more villain than there should have been and the plot suffered for it. Also, even given the continuity adaptation shift, they really screwed up Gwen Stacy in 3. This isn't about that though, this is why I love these movies. It's a load of fun action and solid storytelling. Best of the Batch: Spider-Man 2


    Tim Burton's Batman: Everyone acknowledges how this movie (and Returns) is a great movie and adaptation of the comics. Michael Keaton is a phenomenal Batman and Bruce Wayne. This movie also understands the Batman legacy and adapts to a middle ground. What's the plot? The wacky but creepy Joker (made by Batman's early days) is out to reap chaos and sneaks out a poison to all of Gotham. It's up to a stoic but morally unambiguous Batman to save the day. It couldn't be more basic, but it is so very much Batman. Even Nolan understood that a common B-plot is a threat to the Gotham ecosystem and he put it in two of his movies. It also helped establish so much visually for other films. Aside from Bats himself, the Art Deco Gotham has maintained. Even the Gotham T.V. show follows the out-of-time aesthetic. The whole series is great, the second dives more into a TIM BURTON'S Batman territory, but the care to represent these characters is tangible and I love it.


    THE MCU feels like a cheat (and way to huge to talk about in a length that's fair to the other two) so I'll cut it down just a smidge THE MCU MOVIES THAT FEATURE IRON MAN: Not only are these all great action comedies (with a touch of sci-fi) they fall into the category again where they understand what makes the best from all the various source material while making a new and cohesive story. I can identify these as Marvel movies even in the Marvel elements were obscured (unlike another series where the only reason I can tell it's a particular hero is his suit). Looking at it through Iron Man (my favorite character thus far) and the particular movies he's in I can provide one of the colorful metaphors I'm so fond of. Imagine a sort of platonic transparency that represents a given version of the character. Now imagine there's one for every out-of continuity version and one for each major development/turning point in the character's career. Then imagine that these transparencies are all placed on a projector and through some sort of magic what comes out is a beautiful creation made by the common and interesting elements of them all. That's what Marvel movies do so well and they build off of each other. All the Iron Man movies especially (including the Avengers Movies and Civil War) get this down. There is also the fact that everything is so well done technically and they capture the enjoyable read of any Marvel book. I also just enjoy each Iron Man solo movie. I watch 3 every Christmas at least once. That's personal tastes somewhat, but I just keep coming back to these movies. Best of the Batch: The Avengers


    X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: THE ROGUE CUT So, I love most of the X-Men franchise (1, 2, First Class, The Wolverine, (Deadpool), and I can stomach 3 alight in a world with The Amazing Spiderman 2, Spiderman 3, and especially Batman V Superman: The Dawn Of Justice. The ultimate of all this though is the Days of Future Past movie, and that's the theatrical release. This movie feels to me like an Event Comic made into film. They are re-writing their continuity while using their own continuity to do it. And everyone shows up, sometimes with multiple versions. Because of this movie we're also spared the missteps of X-Men Origins: Wolverine in any future film. Apocalypse is coming now and probably after him a fair amount of new continuity (because where do you go from there?) and possibly the hopes of the continued joint relationship sort of held between Marvel and Fox that was a part of Deadpool and is now a part of Marvel. That's just my hope. (I really seem to get off the actual subject movies often, don't I?) This movie has everything . There's an interesting choice made here and there, Kitty going back in time would have done just as well I think but they explained it away well enough and we all know Hugh Jackman deserves his place in the X-Men "cinematic universe." And it all comes to a head that this movie exists because the X-Men movies earned coming to this point where we can have time-travel and two Professor X's talking together and a badass Quicksilver who is Magneto's illegitimate child despite all of the flaws of the other films because it is just like the comics that created them where sometimes things do get really out of hand and you need to go back and fix them while making everything better. This cut especially addresses this. I've also got to mention that Anna Paquin and Jennifer Lawrence do fantastic jobs playing three dimensional action heroines on either side of the timeline. All the acting is at the very least good. It's the best of the batch in my opinion of a good series and adaptation.


    Honorable Mentions that were just bellow the top 5: Daredevil (the Director's Cut), Superman I & II, Watchmen (either cut), and The Amazing Spiderman 1.