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    • Ghost in the Shell Anime Timeline & Watch Order

      6 days ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x7

      The latest episode of Fan Service was dedicated to Ghost in the Shell.  It's one of the best anime franchises out there, and I highly recommend watching it.  Unfortunately, the series is quite convoluted since it has multiple timelines and redundant releases.  They did a good job of laying out the timelines in Fan Service, but I thought I would post a run-down of each release and where it falls in the timeline, followed by my recommended watch order.


      Ghost in the Shell Anime Timeline

      First Timeline – Original Movies

      1. Ghost in the Shell (1995)

      2. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)

      3. Ghost in the Shell 2.0 [remaster of original '95 movie, 3D visuals added] (2008)


      Second Timeline – Stand Alone Complex (the tv series)

      1. GitS: SAC Season 1 [26 episodes] (2002-2003)

      2. GitS: SAC Season 2, AKA "2nd Gig", [26 episodes] (2004-2005)

      3. GitS: SAC – The Laughing Man [compilation movie of main Season 1 arc] (2005)

      4. GitS: SAC – Individual Eleven [compilation movie of main Season 2 arc] (2006)

      5. GitS: SAC – Solid State Society [movie finale of SAC timeline] (2006)

      Extra: Tachikoma Days (funny non-canon post-credit shorts from SAC, 1-2 mins each) [52 eps]


      Third Timeline – Arise (the prequels)

      1. Border 1 – Ghost Pain [OVA] (2013)

      2. Border 2 – Ghost Whispers [OVA] (2013)

      3. Border 3 – Ghost Tears [OVA] (2014)

      4. Border 4 – Ghost Stands Alone [OVA] (2014)

      5. Alternative Architecture [10 eps, compilation of OVAs plus new material] (2015)

      6. GitS: The New Movie [movie finale(?) of Arise timeline] (2015)


      My Recommended Watch Order

      My watch order follows the timelines, and is basically release order as well.


      1. Ghost in the Shell (1995)

      2. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)

      3. GitS: SAC Season 1 (2002-2003)*

      4. GitS: SAC Season 2, AKA "2nd Gig" (2004-2005)*

      5. GitS: SAC – Solid State Society (2006)

      6. Alternative Architecture (2015) OR Borders 1-4 (2013-2014) & then last two eps of AA**

      7. GitS: The New Movie (2015)


      *If you're pressed for time, and don't mind condensed storylines, you can substitute The Laughing Man (2005) for number 3 and Individual Eleven (2006) for number 4.  Those movies re-edit the main storyline from the first two SAC seasons.  I don't recommend it though, since the original series is how it was initially released.  The pacing is better in SAC, and the compilation movies don't contain 100% of the series.  But if you just want a refresher, the compilation movies are fine.  But keep in mind, the english voice actors are different for the compilation movies.  Also, Tachikoma Days are found after each SAC episode's credits.  So, you won't get those.


      **For number 6, the only difference is the order of the story.  Episodes 1-8 of Alternative Architecture are just re-cuts of Borders 1-4, but in a different order.  Episodes 9-10 of Alternative Architecture are new though, and can't be found in the Borders.  Hence the two options.  Not much difference between these two options (other than a new OP in AA).


      I put the movies first, because that's how it all started.  You should not dive into the GitS franchise without seeing the original movie first (don't bother with 2.0, it's widely considered a step down from the original, with changes generally regarded as unnecessary or even terrible).  The second movie is a good segue from the first as well, so that's why I put it next.  I then suggest the SAC timeline so you can really get to know the characters, and see what kinds of relationships they have with each other.  The series was what really gave the franchise legs, and it is far more geo- and sociopolitical than the movies.  There are wider story arcs, and more development/exposition on the character level.  I saved the Arise timeline for last for a couple reasons.  First, it's much newer than the other titles.  As a result, it looks much shinier and crisp than the other releases in the franchise.  It's much easier to go from older stuff to new, than the other way around.  The other reason I saved the Arise timeline for last, is because it is far more satisfying to see how the band got together if you're already invested in them.  By watching SAC before Arise, you can better appreciate the reveals in Arise.


      Keep in mind, these are different timelines.  The continuity is not 100%.  But they complement each other very well, and each comprise a fantastic take on independent and overlapping storylines.

    • Fan Service Episode 13 Questions

      1 month ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x7

      The new season of Fan Service is introducing a Q&A segment.  I thought it might be neat to give my own answers to the questions.


      Did you take classical drawing courses?

      I wish.  I can't draw worth a shit.  And not in a bad, but still okay way.  Really, I draw like a five year old...who's bad at drawing.  It's terrible.  I'm truly jealous of a lot of my friends who have artistic talent.  I was a pretty creative person, who ended up having a very non-creative college education.  So, I've never had any formal (or informal) training in drawing, painting, film, photography, or animating.  I'd like to learn to draw, since I'm a huge fan of animation.  I have so many thoughts and images in my head, and it's very frustrating to not be able to give them shape.


      Is there any anime you have tried to watch but couldn't get through it?  If so, why?

      If a series is truly terrible, most of the time I never start it.  I look up ratings and reviews, and decide not to watch it.  And if I do start it, most of the time I get invested and punish myself to see how it ends.  However, I used to have a very bad habit of watching a whole anime series, and stopping at the last episode or two.  I wanted to finish it, but I didn't want it to be over.  I would have to psych myself up for the last episode.  Sometimes too much time would pass and I wouldn't finish it.  Some examples include Corpse Princess, Code Geass, Blassreiter, and Monster.


      First, what anime could you rewatch over and over?

      Spice and Wolf.  It's probably my favorite anime series.  It's calming, charming, and easy to digest.  I own the soundtrack, the whole series, and it's even the wallpaper on my phone.  Other series include Gate, Samurai Champloo, and Elfen Lied.


      What are your favorite weapons/items from your favorite anime?

      Lastly, this question is what made me want to do this journal.  Because I am in love with a certain weapon from a certain anime. It's the coolest weapon I've ever seen in media.  I am talking about, of course, the Caster Gun from Outlaw Star.


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      It's a gun that fires fucking magic spells, in the future.  From the wiki:


      During the Fixed Star Era, Caster shells were created by wizards who used mana as their primary source of power. When mana began grow scarce, the wizards attempt to harness its power within specialized cartriges. However, caster shells only proved to be a temporary solution to a persisting problem. Caster shells and their weapons eventually fell to wayside and became antiques in the Towards Star Era.
      Caster shells are numbered by the wizards who create them. Their numbers appear to define the varied effects of each shell. Shells that are numbered #4, #9, and #13 are the rarest kinds, as they were only created by wizards of Tenrei, Ark Manaf, Hadul and Urt. 
      The magical power of these particular shells drew upon the life force of the user in the absence of extra mana to create a devastating effect more powerful than the typical caster shells. Beyond that, caster shells in general are benign and use only the mana in which they were imbued with.

      The idea of these guns is so fucking cool.  In the series, they're a rare weapon that uses even rarer (and expensive) ammunition.  Each shell number has different effects too.  It's such a novel concept, especially when you consider that it exists in an era of science and space travel.


      Also, my second favorite item from an anime are the mini light shields from Outlaw Star that Gene has in his gloves.  Those are pretty neat too.




    • Eleven Little Roosters & Colorblindness

      1 month ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x7

      So, if you aren't following ELR, a clue in episode 3 required using a red filter on screenshots.  As a colorblind person (moderate deutan, I believe) I could not see shit.


      I pulled a screenshot into an image program, drew a red (FF0000) rectangle, and fiddled around with the opacity a bunch.  Nothing.  I messed with color sliders and color wheels a bunch, but still couldn't see anything.


      In the episode, Barb's character uses an improvised filter with a red sharpie and plastic wrap.  I saw the effect in the episode but they must've edited the color in that scene, because I could not recreate it in the same screenshot.  Not even when using Barb's filter in a second transparent layer.


      All in all, I've been kind of handicapped this season.  Color plays a big role in the clues, and some things are very hard to discern.  I've been able to manage, but mostly by looking up clues on forums and tumblr.


      In general, colors that are hard for me to differentiate include red/orange, yellow/orange, red/green, blue/purple, pink/gray, and brown/green.  Now, those are just examples of what can happen with my vision.  A lot of it depends on saturation, lighting, and whether or not both colors are present (if they're next to each other, I can easily tell them apart).  For example, the red/green isn't much of a problem with ELR because most of the time the red they use is really deep.  But in the first episode, with the colors at the end of the episode, it was really hard to differentiate orange/yellow.  Regardless, I am enjoying the season, and Josh and everyone has done a great job.  I just wanted to opine a bit.


      Colorblindess sucks though man.  They make glasses to correct it, but they're not cheap.  But I get by in life fine.  Traffic lights suck though.  And not the red/green part.  The green on traffic lights is more of a lime color, so I never get mixed up on that.  What is hard to see is the difference between the red/yellow lights from a distance.  Which might not seem too bad, but guess what?  When you're in a car, that distance closes pretty fast.  So I mostly rely on the position of the yellow light (top/middle/bottom, left/center/right).  But at night, it's much harder to see the position.  I don't want it to seem like I shouldn't be driving, since it's not that bad, but there's just a bit of nuance to it.


      While I'm on about colorblindness, you know what also sucks?  When people try to test you on colors.  It's like "Hey, let me test you until I find the color you have trouble with so I can laugh about it".  It's like raising something above a short person and asking them to jump until they can't reach it.  Except they also suck at jumping.  That is literally what it feels like.  Also, it's discouraging when it comes to editing videos.  I'm only an amateur editor, but I love to edit.  But any need for color correction will go unfulfilled.  And when in photoshop or any other image program, you have to rely heavily on the eyedropper and color codes.  I'm very meticulous about that, because in 6th grade I was working on a group art project and I was in charge of drawing the ocean.  The blue crayon ran out, so I reached for something that I thought looked really similar.  Then my partner got mad at me because the ocean was half purple.  Boy was my face red (or green, I wouldn't know).


      Oh, and for the record, I don't see in black and white.  Some people think that about colorblindness.  I mean, maybe there are people with vision like that, but it's annoying when people assume that colorblindness in general.  The best I can describe it, is that parts of the color spectrum are muddied together.  The transitions are blurrier, if that makes sense.


      I didn't expect that to turn into a rant, but oh well.  The more you know.


      TL;DR: ELR clues are somewhat difficult for colorblind people, but it's still a great series.  Also, colorblindness in general sucks but it's not too bad.

    • I Done Goofed

      2 months ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x7

      I messed up my Eleven Little Roosters prediction for episode 2.


      I should have had FAP as the assassin, and AME as the victim.  But I misread my own notes, and incorrectly followed a clue.  So instead, I put down CIA as the assassin.


      Soo, right out the gate, I fucked up.

    • So You're A Guardian. Here's What You Can Do Now, And Before RTX.

      2 months ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x7

      So, you’re going to be a Guardian.  If you’re a returning Guardian, welcome back!  If you’re a new Guardian, welcome to the family!


      I’ve been a Guardian for 7 years now.  It’s a ton of fun, very rewarding, and a LOT of work.  And let me tell you, every year is its own beast.  Whether you’re a veteran or a new recruit, it’s always a good idea to go over your preparations for RTX.


      So, I thought I would bring back my Guardian Guide from last year to help anyone who might need ideas/refreshers on what they can do to prepare for RTX.  This particular guide will focus on what can be done right now, and the months/weeks/days leading up to RTX.


      In addition to this guide, other veteran Guardians will also likely be making guides.  Each one will cover various things, from the basics to the specifics.  Those are great resources for new, and returning, Guardians.  So, make sure to check those out when you come across them.

       

      1) What you should be doing now

      Confirm that you are aware of all official sources of information.  The RT site is the primary source for your information.  The RT site should be the hub for all official communication.  Not Facebook, not Twitter, and not Reddit.  There may be instances sometimes when you get news updates from other sources, but they are not a substitute for the RT site.


      Check the group often.  Be aware of dates, times, schedules, and information as it becomes available.  By the time RTX rolls around, you should already have memorized the start/end times for each con day, and the major events of the weekend.


      I would also recommend participating in the forum threads in the group.  Get to know your fellow Guardians in the fun threads.  You should also follow the FAQ thread, since it’s a good source of information and answers.

       

      2) When team assignments are announced

      Research your role.  Get to know the people you will be working with.  There will likely be an official forum thread or group for your team, which your Team Lead will create and manage.  Just like with the group, check it often.  If your Team Lead introduces any new methods of communication, check those often as well.  Soak up all knowledge from your Team Lead and fellow Guardians on your team.  Be proactive.  If you have a question, ask your Team Lead, or ask in the Guardian FAQ thread.  Stay up to date on any meetings or information that your Team Leads put out.


      Some time after team assignments are announced, you will be given a more specific post within your team (exact place/job you’ll be working).  As RTX nears, you will receive additional information on your specific post.  Stay up to date on any changes to your role, and research accordingly.


      3) Starting two months before RTX

      Research the physical area of where you’ll be working, as best you know.  Find floorplans of the place you’ll be assigned to.  Floorplans can be found on the websites for the convention center and each hotel.  If you don’t know the specifics of your post yet, make an educated guess and adjust your research as information becomes available.  Know the location of restrooms, exits, streets, and nearby restaurants/stores.


      As soon as you know your place of lodging, map out your path to work.  Go to google maps, put in addresses, and have an educated idea of the time it takes to get there (and take into account traffic and the time it takes you to get ready).


      The whole idea is to minimize the amount of surprises in your work and travel area.  I find that this approach makes me more comfortable moving around my assigned area, and operating as an authority to attendees.  Study all this and know it by RTX.  Spend a few minutes every week or two looking over this.  You won’t be quizzed on this, but you’ll want to have a working knowledge.  Not only for yourself, but for attendees and other Guardians.

       

      4) When the schedule is announced

      Memorize the schedule.  Know the basic events, and know everything that will be taking place in your area.  Think about the specific needs of each event/activity you will be working.  Ask your Team Leads and co-workers for any information that might be helpful in those specific cases.


      It is also a good idea to look at events in other locations that take place around the same time as your events.  This comes in handy when anticipating sudden rushes and traffic of attendees.  Your area might be empty or slow, but when a big panel lets out, those crowds have to go somewhere.  Don’t be caught off guard.


      5) In the weeks before RTX

      Start eating a little better.  Don’t shock your body with new foods or diets though.  You don’t want to throw off your system.  Just pick the healthier option among what you already regularly eat.  Maybe avoid those god tier junk foods you love, and opt for the stuff you already like that might be better for you.  You know your own body, so you know what it doesn’t like processing.  If there are foods or meals that you love but you know make you worthless and lazy, maybe avoid those leading up to RTX.  And this isn’t about dieting or losing weight.  You’ll need the energy, so don’t come to Austin starving.  It’s about being well fed, just not full of grease.  If you can put your body in a healthier and more responsive state pre-RTX, it will make the weekend a little easier.


      Make sure to get on a good sleep schedule too, if possible.  One day of bad sleep can snowball over a week, and it’s easy to find yourself dragging by the weekend.  You don’t want to be operating on a sleep deficit during RTX, so try to get on an RTX schedule before the con.


      Hunger and sleepiness can strike hard, even right before RTX even starts.  Many times I find myself getting a little less rest and nutrition leading up to RTX.  It can due to work, travel, or pure excitement.  In each of those instances, it can be easy to lose hours of sleep or to just grab a quick greasy meal.  By the time the Thursday before RTX rolls around, it can be easy to find yourself tired and hungry at midday.  Such is the nature of cons and travel.  And you won’t always be able to eat super healthy at RTX.  Time, money, and distance can conspire to force you to eat greasy and unhealthy foods.  That’s just the reality for cons, for attendees and volunteers alike.  And that’s okay.  But that’s why it’s important to stock up on healthy habits before RTX.  And remember, like I said, it’s not about dieting or losing weight.  It’s about being well fed on healthy foods already in your rotation.


      Here’s a cautionary tale for you.  At RTX 2015, I made a rookie mistake and went about 23 hours without eating and a whole day with only 4 hours of sleep—and that was by Thursday afternoon before RTX.  Any veteran Guardian will tell you that this one of the biggest things to NOT do.  Seriously, the first rule of Guardianship is commonly “take care of your body”.  I was so disappointed in myself, since it was a stupid thing to do, but it just goes to show you that even for repeat Guardians this hole can be easy to fall into.  Bear in mind, this wasn’t due to the demands of the work, but my inability to manage my time.


      It might not seem like something to be warned about, but it’s something that can sneak up on you when you’re so excited and dedicated about helping out.  It’s just a natural component of volunteering.  The best way to combat this, should you need to, is to make sure you’re in a good position beforehand by eating better and getting plenty of rest.  Think of it as stocking up on energy and recovery ability.  It gives you an extra boost, and provides you with a cushion of recuperation should you need it.

       

      6) In the week before coming to RTX

      Make a list of what you’re taking.  Make a list of what you’ll be wearing on each day and night.  Do all your laundry days ahead of time and, if possible, have your bag packed by the day BEFORE you leave for Austin.  And that list of what you’ll be wearing? Pack that too.  No joke, waking up and having an outfit already planned out is a godsend.  The ability to wake up and seamlessly get ready during RTX gives you so much peace of mind.  Also, if you plan to carry a bag during RTX, make sure to have that packed and planned out ahead of time too.  If possible, tailor your bag according to what department you will be working in.  Different departments have different needs.  PA’s might need sharpies and hand sanitizer, Lines/Panels might need counters and pen/paper, and Tech might need a shitload of tech stuff.  Ask your Team Lead and fellow Guardians for specifics on what your assignment will call for.  Many supplies will be provided, but if you already have access to the appropriate materials, it helps to bring them yourself.  Don’t forget to pack snacks and water either.  DON’T FORGET TO PACK SNACKS AND WATER.


      Don’t overpack your con bag though.  We all want to be walking Swiss army knives, but be realistic.


      Take stock of your body as well.  Do your feet tend to hurt after being on them all day? Pack the comfy shoes or buy some inserts.  Do you chafe after walking around a long time? Pack a baby powder for your place of lodging, and pack a tiny one for your con bag.  Do industrial air conditioners dry out your eyes? Pack some eye drops.  Don’t just plan for situations, plan for your body.


      Also, by now, you will likely already know your schedule for that whole week.  Once you do, plan out your meal options as best you can.  Maybe do some research on the nearest restaurants, menus, and prices.  Knowing where you’re getting your meals from and how much they’ll cost can save you an unbelievable amount of time and stress.  When you’re in the thick of Guardian work, with the crowds and noise all around you, eliminating any unknowns can be great for your sanity.  Not just for the days of the convention, but the Thursday or even Wednesday before (if you’re in town then).



      7) In the days before leaving for RTX

      Okay, this is where we get a little more…personal.  It isn’t a big must have, but I find that it helps psychologically when you get FRESH TO DEATH.


      I’m talking about haircuts, nail trims, and grooming (face OR body).  I’m talking eyebrows, simple fix problem areas, moisturizing, exfoliating, and shaving.  You're not going to prom or about to get married though, so don't show up not ready to get sweaty.  You will be exerting yourself, and you won't be able to preen when you want.  But basically anything you might do when you have a hot date coming up or if you’re going to a nice party, do that.  Take your time, don’t rush.  I highly recommend finding some time to decompress and relax by yourself, and utilizing that time to take care of your body.


      Why, you ask? For yourself.  Have you ever been chilling at home, and had to make an unexpected trip to the grocery store? You’re there, in your comfiest of comfy clothes just watching TV.  All of a sudden, you remember you need olive oil for that kick ass dish you’re making later.  So you go to the store not looking your best, and try to incognito your way through the checkout.  The confidence level is noticeably lower than if you had taken an hour or two getting ready.  I realize that we all have different levels of self-esteem, and some of you would probably feel and look fabulous wearing a trash bag.  That’s fucking fantastic.  But for some of us, there is a measurable amount of confidence and extrovertism that can be gained when we look our best.  You carry yourself better, walk straighter, and make more eye contact.  It’s all about making yourself feel better.  When you look good, you feel good.


      Do the same thing for your clothes.  The priorities when it comes to Guardian clothes are typically comfort and presentability.  You want to be comfortable working all day, and you want to look nice enough for the public to approach you.  Feel free to make the best of that.  Wear special pants/shorts, shoes, socks, or accessories.  It can be nice and trendy, or it can be something that simply says “this is me”.  The idea is to wear something that gives you confidence, whether it’s something nice or something that screams your own personal style.  The same goes for clothes you can’t see.  Don’t trade comfort for style, but if possible, wear some good socks or good underwear.  Good underwear is a huge confidence booster.  It’s a weapon you should have in your arsenal.  Keep in mind, there is a minor dress code for Guardians (approachability, shirt mostly visible on front/back, emphasis on comfort).  But if you can do what I recommend within the Guardian dress code, I would highly suggest it.


      Here’s another personal example.  Right before RTX 2012, I forgot to get a haircut.  My hair was very overgrown.  I didn’t pack any nice clothes, so my wardrobe (as a Guardian AND a civilian), was a little ratty.  I could feel the lack of confidence I had that weekend.  I met a lot of people I knew for the first time, and I wished my appearance was a little better.  Like I said, for some of you that ain’t no thing.  But for me, sometimes, it can have a negative effect.  The people you meet, attendees and Guardians, will accept you even if you aren’t looking your best.  But looking your best can do a lot for you, psychologically.


      Keep in mind, you will also have to deal with helpless or angry attendees, industry professionals, and don’t forget, RT themselves.  Looking professional and put together can do wonders for your performance.  You’ll see many veteran Guardians emphasizing professionalism and hygiene.  Those two things are vital to being a Guardian.  What I’m recommending is just taking that next step in those two respects.  My only warning is to not go overboard.  After all, you will be working and quite possibly sweating.  So, don’t be too preoccupied with appearances.  But do yourself a favor and give yourself that boost of confidence.  In the days before RTX, make it a point to focus on your body and find serenity in the process.  Use it as a form of meditation, and arrive at RTX with confidence.

       

      8) In the day or two before RTX

      Pay attention during orientation.  When you break off into teams, soak up your Team Lead’s advice.  During team meetings, if possible, visualize and act out your role.  I’m talking full on miming that shit.  Don’t just learn what you’ll be doing, imagine it.  Picture the crowds.  Physically and vocally act out your role.  This will be your only rehearsal.  It might look weird, but actually acting out the process will help you.


      Get to know your team.  Memorize their names, and tell them yours.  Maybe go to lunch or dinner together if people are available.  If any of you are free during the evenings Friday through Sunday, maybe make dinner plans for the weekend.  Things like this help your team become more cohesive, and close-knit.  We all have our own neuroses and anxieties.  Some more than others, and that’s okay.  But we all need to help create an environment of comfort within our co-volunteers.  You will be working alongside these people, you will grow fond of them, and sadly, you may never see them again.  Take the time to know each other just a little, even if it’s over a soda during a break.  It will help your work relationship, alleviate any potential awkwardness, and you will be happy you made the effort when you go back home.

       

      9) The night before RTX

      DON’T STAY UP ALL NIGHT.  I know there are evening events, and I know they’re fun.  I will be at them too.  But you know how much sleep you usually require, and you know what your body can and can’t handle.  Don’t cut it close.


      Eat a decent dinner.  It's okay to indulge, but don't go crazy.  Make sure your Guardian clothes for the weekend are planned out.  If you will be carrying a bag with you during RTX, make sure it is packed and ready before going to bed.  Doing these things will ensure you get a good night’s sleep, that you wake up refreshed, and that you won’t be stressed in the morning.  Also make sure that your toiletries and hygiene materials are ready to go in the morning.  Have a space set aside for all your bathroom products, and try to have them in a place that’s easily accessible in the morning.  Between deodorant, toothbrush/paste, soap/shampoo, and beauty products, you can easily lose 10-20 minutes fumbling around in the morning.


      Also be aware of your morning routines, and how your body acts.  Do you need extra waking up time? Get up earlier.  Does your hair require a special touch? Set aside that time.  Will you have morning bathroom business to take care of? Take that into account.  If you're rooming with other people, work out a morning schedule.  Don't rely on a bathroom time slot in the morning if it hasn't been confirmed.


      Also, and this is more of a personal suggestion, take a hot bath before bed.  Still take a shower in the morning, but take a hot bath before bed.  I know not everyone’s lodging situation will allow this (a shower is fine too), but if possible, do it.  Fill the tub up and take a quiet soak for a while.  Relax.  Breathe.  Listen to the sloshing of the water.  Use the good soap, and condition your hair.  Take your time, and maybe put some lotion on after.  Go to bed fresh and relaxed.  You’re here because you want to be.  You’re in your element.  You're with your people.  You’re calm and ready for tomorrow.  You know where you need to be in the morning, and what time you need to be there.  You got this.  Settle down, set an alarm, and go to sleep.

       

      10) Parting advice

      That’s about all I got.  If you want to know more about what to do during the actual convention, feel free to ask.  I will do my best to help.  There are also plenty of other experienced Guardians to ask as well.  I’ll go ahead and leave you with some tips and tricks that might help you during RTX.

       

      -Don’t be nervous.  The people around you are there to support you.  You’ll go through a lot of on-the-job training on the first day.  You’ll learn a lot, and apply it to rest of the weekend.  Don’t fret.  Any stress you have is a passing condition.


      -Don’t skip meals.  Hand-held and portable foods are your friend, but do take advantage of times when you can sit down and enjoy a meal.


      -Always have water on hand.  ALWAYS HAVE WATER ON HAND.  You don’t even need a space-age Olympian artisan water delivery system.  Reuse an Ozarka bottle.  You’re not the Queen.


      -If you have the time and ability, try to take a hot bath at least once during the weekend.  You will be surprised how much it will help.


      -Be willing to relax.  You’ll want to cram as much fun into the weekend as you can.  That’s normal, and what we all want.  But if you feel you might not be up to it, that’s okay.  Chill nights with friends are just as good as wild nights with friends.  Last year I even had a relaxing nice Italian dinner by myself.  No joke, it felt good.  Treat yo-self.


      -You will be seeing behind the curtain of RT a bit, but you will be doing so in order to help them.  Remember, you’re a Guardian first and a fan second.


      -Food runs are life savers.  Going on break to get something to eat? Have some extra time? Are you working closely with other Guardians? Consider offering to go on a food run for the group.  Work out the money situation (through collection, smartphone apps, or trades), write down what they want, and grab it for them.  This isn’t expected of you, but it’s an option that can save a lot of time and stress.


      -Ask questions if you have them.  Redundant instructions are okay.  You don’t get points for memorizing things the first time you hear them.  But you do get Guardian points for thorough understanding.


      -Guardian Points don’t really exist, but just now I’ve decided to make them a thing.  Use GP for short.


      -If you want to get something from the RT store, try to work out ahead of time when you'll be going.  Ask your Team Lead when the best time to go is, or else you risk missing your chance.


      -Avoid having too many chefs in the kitchen.  We all want to help.  We all have ideas.  There will be times when you’re in a discussion with other Guardians about what to do in a situation.  People will have suggestions, and everyone will want to help.  But once a decision has been made in a situation and a plan is implemented, give it a chance.  Don’t complain that your idea was way better the whole time, and don’t gloat if your idea is the one that is chosen.  Don’t let your eagerness to help become a battle over whose idea is best.  Trust your team, and trust your Team Leads.


      -Have fun.  All these people around you are your people.  They like what you like, and you have a lot in common with them.  Probably more than you know.  Feel how happy they are, and feel good about yourself.


      -Write down the screen names, twitter handles, etc.  of your fellow Guardians.  Take pictures with them.  Upload those pictures like crazy after RTX.


      -If possible, STAY AFTER FOR THE GREAT GUARDIAN GATHERING IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CON ON SUNDAY.  People will dance.  People will take pictures.  People will cry, including you and RT staff.  You won’t want to leave.


      -Remember how you felt when you were there.

    • Shows That Help Me Sleep (And Maybe You Too)

      2 months ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x7

      I have a hard time going to bed.  I can fall asleep just fine, but I'm such a night owl that it's hard for me to actually call it a night.  So, I often like to watch relaxing or interesting shows before bed in order to wind down and get sleepy (or drink, that does the trick too).  I thought I'd share my three go-to genres of content with y'all.


      1. Food Documentaries on Netflix

      Netflix has a shitload of great documentaries on food and cooking.  They are artistic, powerful, and very relaxing.  Here's some:

       

      Chef's Table (2 seasons), and Chef's Table France (1 season)

      This show spotlights unique and accomplished chefs from around the world.  Some are inspiring, while others are infuriating.  But each episode is sssooo relaxing, and gives you a glimpse of how one's life can inform their culinary outlook.

       

      Cooked (4 episodes)

      This show takes a philosophical look at humanity's relationship with food, guided by professor/activist/author Michael Pollan.  It gets preachy at times, but I've always been fascinated with our historical relationship with food.  This show takes a very anthropological approach to breaking down that relationship.  Extremely calming.

       

      The Birth of Sake (93 mins)

      A documentary about a sake brewery in Japan.  More about the workers than the brewing, but relaxing to watch.

       

      Somm and Somm: Into the Bottle (both 90 mins)

      Documentaries about sommeliers (wine experts).  The first is about specific people trying to become master sommeliers.  The second is generally about wine itself.  Pretty neat and informative look into the world of wine, and the personalities who work in it.


      Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories (10 episodes)

      This isn't a documentary, but it's still great.  It's a Japanese drama series that revolves around a late night diner, its patrons, and the dishes they order.  Incredibly powerful, and moving.  Each episode's story is sparked by the food the characters order at the diner.    60% drama, 40% comedy.  I highly recommend it.


      2. Stand-Up Comedy Specials (Netflix, Hulu, Etc.)

      I've been a lover of stand-up comedy ever since junior high.  To me, stand-up is simultaneously escapism and confrontation.  It makes good things great, and bad things better.  It also has a funny way of centering yourself, which can be very calming.


      Matt Braunger: Big Dumb Animal (Netflix)

      One of my favorite comedians.  A little bit about breaking up, but mostly about general hilarious stuff.  Good solid laughs to be had here.


      Jim Gaffigan (4 Netflix Specials)

      This guy is just pure gold from start to finish.  I've never seen so many successful jokes about food.


      Jen Kirkman (2 Netflix Specials)

      My favorite female comedian.  A dark but hilarious look at getting older.


      Iliza Shlesinger (3 Netflix Specials)

      My second favorite female comedian.  Many journeys through dating and relationships.


      Brian Regan (Comedy Central & YouTube)

      This guy might not be for everyone.  He comes off like a bad comedian in a bad movie, with a lot of over-exaggeration.  Still, his material is unique and really funny.


      John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show (Hulu)

      Before he was on HBO, and before he left the Daily Show, John Oliver hosted a few seasons of a stand up show on Comedy Central.  Featuring a plethora of comedians, this show is a fun grab bag.


      Aziz Ansari (3 Netflix Specials)

      Aziz Ansari has done 4 comedy specials, 3 of which are on Netflix.  Word of warning with these, the newer they are the less funny they become.  You can see his motivations and interests change over time.  The specials become less comedy, and more sober commentary.  But the earlier stuff is still hilarious.


      3. Anime

      Lastly, we have anime.  With the right story, the animated medium can be one of the most relaxing things to watch.  I have a small handful of anime series that I like to watch before bed.  Most of them have dramatic or bittersweet themes.  I think I like them because sometimes bittersweet shows are the only things that can penetrate anxious or negative emotions.  Like emotional leeches, that leave you mentally rested.  Anyway, here are some of my faves.


      Spice & Wolf (1st Season on Hulu)

      This is my favorite anime series.  30% romance, 30% economics, 40% adventure.  A merchant in medieval Europe escorts a Wolf Goddess back home.  A cathartic slow burn, with comedy sprinkled in.  I love the music too, it's painfully somber but full of hope.


      Black Lagoon (Hulu)

      Balls to the wall action, punctuated by sobering analyses of morality and belonging.


      Gate (Crunchyroll)

      Worlds collide as modern warfare meets medieval warfare.  Lots of fan service.


      Original 1995 Ghost in the Shell Movie (super bad english dub on Hulu)

      The classic cyberpunk dystopia.  Really makes you think.  But try to avoid watching the english dub, if you can.


      Gunslinger Girl (2 seasons on Netflix)

      An exploitative, if not macabre, tale of child soldiers.  For some reason, the pacing and tone of the show are appealing to me.  The themes are very serious, but fulfilling at times.


      Expelled From Paradise (Netflix)
      If you can get past the fan service, this is a great ride.  As the main characters reconcile what it means to be human in a post-digitization world, it makes you appreciate the business of living.

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      Anyway, that's it.  Those are my three go-to types of content, and the individual shows within them, that I like to watch to help me get the motivation to actually sleep.  I've had many a sorrowful/anxious/worrisome/lonely evening in which they helped me.  Maybe give them a try one night yourself, when your mind won't let your body rest.



    • What's Everyone Doing For The Holidays?

      3 months ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x7

      I'm doing the usual. Immediate family in town, no traveling. I hate traveling, and always prefer keeping it casual rather than big family get togethers. Plus, that means more time with family pets, which are far more appealing than any aunt or uncle.


      How's about y'all? Any travel, event, or gift plans?

    • Oh Yeah

      4 months ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x7

      @Radius55 tagged me last week and I almost forgot about it, so here we go.


      General

      Username: BlackPenguin

      From: San Marcos, TX

      Sponsor: Yup.

      Date Joined: October 4th, 2004, 11:32pm Central

      Last Signed in: A second ago.


      Rooster Teeth Content:

      First Rooster Teeth Video you saw: Episode 4 of RvB, Summer 2003.

      Last Podcast you watched: Not the newest RT Podcast, but the one before that.

      Favorite member of the Rooster Teeth Cast & Crew: Probably Burnie.  Gus is a close 2nd.

      Did you watch a Rt video today: Yup.

      If yes Which one: That podcast I mentioned.

      Favorite RT Series: Wow, um...RT Shorts?  Yeah, that one.

      Favorite RT video: Probably the Siri one.


      RT Site

      Current Number Of Notifications: 3

      Name of first Journal: "My First Journal Entry"

      Name of your latest Journal: "How Are You?"

      Last Photo you uploaded: A collection of my Guardian shirts.

      Last Thread you commented on: Something in the Guardian group, can't remember.

      First group in your group list: The Church of Church

      Last Private message sent to: @SailorTweek


      Achievement Hunter

      Gamer Score/ Total Trophies: 22,190 G (16,500 just from Halo)

      Team Lads or Team Gents: Gents

      Favorite Achievement Hunter: @Steffie

      Minecraft Skin: A Penguin!

      Favorite AH Show: Lately, Let's Watch.  I game vicariously.


      The Community

      Favorite Group: RvBTX (shh, she's sleeping).

      Have you gone to a community event: Gone to them, organized them, promoted them, etc.

      Have you gone to RTX: All the Austin ones.

      Favorite Fellow Community member: Jeez.  Probably a tie between @Radius55 and @MrArcys (don't let it go to y'alls' heads)


      Tag 5 People: @Steffie @Optimizer @LaserKraken @Newbs @craZboy87

    • How Are You?

      5 months ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x7

      I'm doing okay, I guess. Focusing on trying to move to Austin. That's why I haven't been around as much. Just trying to put my head down, make money, and focus. I hope to someday get back to doing community events, and to be able to see my Austin friends more often.


      I'm also working on my Halo MCC achievements.


      How have y'all been?

    • I Miss Mod History

      5 months ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x7

      Currently sitting on a long-winded journal about my life and why I haven't been around as much.  Might post it this week or next.


      But long story short, I'm still here.  But as someone who is predominantly a lurker, the lack of mod history is killing me.  It was my go-to method of showing my presence and awareness of the community.  I'm here reading all your journals, and following various forums.  You can't see it, but I'm modding all of you.


      Except you.  You know what you did.

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      1 year ago

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      Happy FU, dude!

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      Awww yeah! Happy FU Day!! Congrats, man :D

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      1 year ago

      FU!!

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

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        Whhaa? Me FU?! Cool! Thank you

        Also, I actually got an alert for this comment? Double cool!

      • niriall FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold THE META

        1 year ago

        And I got an alert for your response! :O

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

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        Lol, and I did NOT get an alert for your reply to my reply.

        Progress!

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      1 year ago

      I played halo 2 with you, didn't I?

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        1 year ago

        So apparently the site still doesn't give alerts for wall comments.

        Maybe? My gamertag is TheBlackPenguin. It very well could've been me

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      1 year ago

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      1 year ago

      I see you made your way into a few shots of the latest How To

      • Hotpocket36 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        1 year ago

        Looks like everyone there did. I mean the sound of it alone was fantastic.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

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        I fucking lost it at that jelly man.

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      2 years ago

      Happy Featured User day!

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      Happy FU you glorious bastard you!

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      2 years ago

      Happy FU day!

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        Thank you!

    • IndiaRT28

      2 years ago

      Congratulations on earning the Achievement: "Featured User!"

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

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        Thanks!

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      2 years ago

      smiley12.gif rock on! Happy fu!

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        Thank you!

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      2 years ago

      Hey dude! Glad to see you are the Featured User! Looking forwards seeing you again com RTX!

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    • IdkBlue Praise Newbs

      2 years ago

      merry featured user day!

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        Thanks!

    • craZboy87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian Hat

      2 years ago

      So I just threw a topic up in the RvB:TX forum, might be worth a news post. Looking to get people together for something in June in Austin.

      • craZboy87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian Hat

        2 years ago

        Thanks man!

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        2 years ago

        I'll probably make news post tomorrow sometime. I'll make sure to plug it.

    • craZboy87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian Hat

      2 years ago

      If anybody asks, the Cultivating a Community panel is here at 43:36.

      • craZboy87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian Hat

        2 years ago

        Just glad I'm finally getting to watch it. Any time I find one, I try to let the panelist(s) know where.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        2 years ago

        Thanks man!

    • Pyromasso

      2 years ago

      This year's Finals are so good.

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    • Pyromasso

      2 years ago

      So, the Halo Master Chief Collection. You doin' it? All 4,000 Gamerscore?

      • Pyromasso

        2 years ago

        If you're interested, I'll definitely be picking that up on release day (especially if the Microsoft Store does a special event). I'll gladly help out with any cheevos.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        2 years ago

        Jesus. I didn't even realize they were redoing the achievements. I guess I have no choice. Curse you Halo, why you do dis?

        I'm still working on finishing Spartan Assault for all four platforms (360, One, Windows 8, Windows Phone).

    • Red420 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian *4

      2 years ago

      I see you had fun holding lights for the "Macrowave" short.

    • Erkan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Take It Easy.... bitches

      3 years ago

      For next RTX... didn't see you this time round.

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

      3 years ago

      thanks for guardianing x3! and the tokens at blazertag. they were well spent.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        3 years ago

        Thanks!

    • Pyromasso

      3 years ago

      So, it's taken awhile, but I've come around to the Spurs. When the Heat/Spurs final started, I was hoping neither team would win, but I REALLY don't like Miami. I rooted for the Spurs.

      After watching the games so far, it's damn impressive how just plain good the Spurs are! Ginobili started instead of playing sixth man after having so many surgeries and injuries this season and nobody could stop him!

      I wanted to let you know because the last few times we've met up I've given you crap for being a Spurs fan. Never again. I was stupid, and so young and naive.

      I hope they win Game 6 in Miami. Those fans will be distraught.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        3 years ago

        Ha, it's all good man. Glad to hear it. Yeah, the Spurs are so quiet and just plain talented that nobody ever takes notice. I'm glad it's the Heat we're playing. If it was the Pacers, nobody would be watching the Finals. And even now, people are talking more about the Heat losing than the Spurs winning. They go so far as to say the Spurs winning would be bad for the NBA.

        And Ginobili is my man! Favorite player of all time. He's only got like one, maybe two years left. He even contemplated retirement after this season. Hopefully he stays on. He's damn scary. One of two people in history with a Euroleague title, an NBA title, AND and Olympic good medal.

        I would also get some enjoyment over seeing the Heat lose. I hate how LeBron makes a dunk or a crappy block and then stays under the basket looking at the crowd for like 5 seconds while everyone runs to the other side of the court.

        It's gonna be a good game tonight! I'm gonna record and then watch it if they win. It's too stressful for me to watch it live, lol. And even if they lose, it would be a tall task for Miami to win two in a row.

    • LaserKraken FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Lord of Meat

      3 years ago

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    • Gorczy The Real Slim Shady

      3 years ago

      Get the last Halo 4 achievement you need. I've been waiting for that journal for weeks!

      • Gorczy The Real Slim Shady

        3 years ago

        One achievement. You can do it....

      • Gorczy The Real Slim Shady

        3 years ago

        One more. Only one more ........

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        3 years ago

        lol. Been real busy lately. That last one is a bitch!

    • Pyromasso

      3 years ago

      Tim Duncan is ridiculous.

      • Pyromasso

        3 years ago

        Based on this past week, I bet Kobe was, too.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        3 years ago

        Dude! I saw that live on tv! I was laughing my ass off.

    • Kellyrenea

      4 years ago

      Hey there, I went to that market I was telling you about (in search of pocky for my anime club) I remembered to look for that ramen you like but even thought they had the bowl soup brand, they did not have the beef and ginger flavor. :-(

      I'll keep an eye out if I go anywhere else that might have it.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        4 years ago

        Thanks! Yeah, I think they discontinued it. I see that brand in places too, but never my flavor. Oh well. Thanks a lot for looking though.

        Mmmm, pocky.

    • Hotpocket36 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

      4 years ago

      Gus and Gavin's ice adventure reminded me of ours at RTX... Ah the memories haha

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        4 years ago

        HA! Dude, I thought the EXACT same thing when they told that story. I wonder if hotel ice stories are common. I gotta make an RTX 2012 memory journal about that in the future.

    • LaserKraken FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Lord of Meat

      4 years ago

      How are we not friends already?

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        4 years ago

        I know right?

        Also, posted on your profile before seeing this comment.

        Also, also: Misspelled "right" and my iPhone thought I was trying to spell "rvbtx". Fuck yeah.

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

      4 years ago

      It was good meeting you today at Salt Lick. Did you recover from all that delicious food? I hope I can make it out to future RvB:TX events in the future smiley11.gif

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        4 years ago

        Damn. Still finding stuff I missed in the RTX aftermath. I did eventually recover from Salt Lick. I took a nap right when I got home. And I was sick for 10 days afterward. Worth it.

        Glad to have ya in the group!

    • LaserKraken FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Lord of Meat

      4 years ago

      Glad to be on the old PR6 with you Captain.

      • LaserKraken FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Lord of Meat

        4 years ago

        I hear they're recording all of the panels so I'm holding on hope to watching them all later.

        We're Guardians and there's nothing else I'd rather do than do my part to make RTX a great event.

        But seriously, I am getting itchy.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        4 years ago

        Man, there's so many good panels. I think the rooms are close together. Hopefully there's like backstage areas we can scope out some of the panels from while waiting to work ours. Maybe we'll be able to check out the rooms during breaks on Friday.

        I'm breaking out in RTX hives.

      • LaserKraken FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Lord of Meat

        4 years ago

        Blue base it is Cap'n. Maybe we should have a poster of Shelia in there.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        4 years ago

        Cool. Lookin forward to seeing what panels we'll be working.

    • craZboy87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian Hat

      4 years ago

      Hey man, just wanted to give you a heads up that I just created a new forum thread in the RvB:TX forum. I'm trying to see if people want to go see Rush in November. I know the new threads don't show up on watch lists, so I was going to ask if there was any way you'd be willing to make a news post about it. Tickets have already been on sale for a while, so I just don't want it to sell out or get to the point where there are no more seats together before I buy. Thanks man.

      • craZboy87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian Hat

        4 years ago

        Awesome, thanks!

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        4 years ago

        Sure thing man. As luck would have it, I was planning on making a news post today anyway. I'll throw yours up there with it.

    • AgentRyu

      5 years ago

      Hi! The name is Jake! How u doing?

    • quyman

      5 years ago

      hay how do i get a pic in to comment

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        5 years ago

        Also, don't forget to put the slash, "/", before img in the second bracket. Make sure you enter the full URL too.

      • quyman

        5 years ago

        what I Made it

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        5 years ago

        You have to put the url from an online image in the img brackets. Like this, except replace the parentheses with brackets:

        (img)image url here(/img)

        For example, your avatar's url is s3.roosterteeth.com/images/quyman4e1772ee45c1a.jp...

        When I type that url, highlight it, and click the "img" button above, I get this:

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        Hope that helps!



    • TheKing7

      5 years ago

      Hey man! How's it going with ya? Thanks for accepting my friend request by the way.

    • SHADOW650268

      5 years ago

      Thank you for the FU! smiley0.gif and I encourage you to case mod your xbox. Case mods are fun as hell to make, and I enjoy having a one of a kind style xbox

    • Speed5ter69

      5 years ago

      I blew it. When i saw that kid dressed as harry potter (fag) then seeing BobSaget228 (BobFaget) again... i just couldnt handle it anymore, I gave whats his face a little credit seen as though he hasnt been to bad now but im still not going on his side anytime soon.

      Their all coming at once! Attack of the Noobs! jeez.

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      5 years ago

      This totally looks like you:

      lZqSm.jpg

      Well, minus the whole no lower body thing...

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        5 years ago

        Ha, nice. Dr. Loveless from Wild Wild West. I don't care what people say, that was an enjoyable movie.

        She's a breath of fresh ass.
        Pardon me?
        What?
        You said "ass."
        No, I didn't. I said, "It's nice having her on board, she's a breast of fresh air."
        Let's just get some shut-ass.


        Also, fun fact, our RvBTX.org domain expires next month. It'll still be there if we ever need it again though. Can't imagine someone buying that domain. Seems like just yesterday...

    • Red420 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian *4

      5 years ago

      Merry Christmas.

      Quick idea next RT visit let's get some Chris Eggnog.

    • SailorTweek FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Head Guardian

      5 years ago

      Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! smiley12.gif

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        5 years ago

        Thanks. And to you as well.

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      5 years ago

      I saw your new interest, and just wanted to say...

      djkXh.jpg

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        5 years ago

        Pony please, I got a wallet full of them.

        i-dont-always-watch-shows-for-little-gir

    • Kellyrenea

      5 years ago

      Of course!

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      5 years ago

      Did you get a chance to talk to the staff about the meet up?

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        5 years ago

        No man, sorry. They were practially inaccessible before hand. I stuck around for a little afterwards when everyone went to the Highball, but they were swamped by everyone talking to them. I wanted to wait around longer, but I didn't want to start heading back too late.

        Fun fact: In the "Thanks" section of the credits, the first line is the RTX attendees and the second is The Guardians. Thought that was cool.

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

      5 years ago

      Definitely spotted you in the front row of the Burnie mass comm discussion via the livestream. Nostalker lol

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        5 years ago

        *wave

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        5 years ago

        Ha! Grady got me to save too once. lol

    • Jakey

      5 years ago

      Are you in the front row of Burnies interview during Mass Comm Week at Texas State?

      • Jakey

        5 years ago

        I saw you turn around once towards the end and kind of had the "MIND BLOWN" moment. It was great to see you were there, hope you had a good time!

        Post edited 10/17/11 5:19PM

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        5 years ago

        lol. Yeah man. I just got out. It was pretty cool.

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

      5 years ago

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B8RRg-1dZ0

      AHWU intro.
      By the way, can you message me the password to the Youtube site again, please? Must put more videos on there.

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      5 years ago

      So I sent messages to a bunch of the staff, but you know how bad they are at replying. If I don't get any response I'm just going to go over Friday the 23rd if you want to come.

      Also, if you decide to go to the offices you still need a ride to Waco you can crash at my apartment that night.

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        5 years ago

        Yeah, that's no problem. When we leave, I'll put my permit on your car so you shouldn't have any trouble.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

        5 years ago

        Well, if they reply and say it's cool, I might meet you there. If not, I'll probably not go. So, I'm still a maybe. I'll still need a ride to Waco in either instance. But I probably wouldn't need to crash that day. Thanks for the offer though.

        Speaking of which, do you think I might be able to park my car at your place while we're gone? That way I could just hop in and go home when we get back.

    • AgentHunter

      5 years ago

      Its random I know, but Please Join and never forget that fateful day. 9-11-2001

      roosterteeth.com/groups/profile.php?id=12877

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      5 years ago

      I was walking down the road in Austin today, and saw a guy who looked just like you. Do you have an evil twin or clone who goes to school here?

    • Dame

      5 years ago

      Hey i see that you are a member of the RT-XBLC group, and it looks like you are a fan of anime as well. I thought you might be interested to know that one of the group Admins, RoninTex (Kira), has started a thread topic in the group's forum regarding starting a regular netflix anime-night within the community.

      The thread can be found here:
      roosterteeth.com/groups/forum/viewTopic.php?id=23996

      If you are interested in joining her and the others, be sure to put that thread topic on "watch" so you dont miss out on notifications of upcoming anime nights. smiley1.gif - if you didnt already know, XBox finally updated and made it to where you can now have 8 people in a netflix party at the same time instead of just 4.

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

      5 years ago

      Go right ahead! Thank you :)

  • Questions answered by BlackPenguin

    Each team picks out their players however they want. For RvBTX, we have a group forum thread where people can stay updated and request to be a player for that round. We essentially call for players each round, and try to give everyone a chance to play. You can find the thread here.