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    • Liveblogging Bad Movies 6: 50 Shades Darker

      3 days ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Because I hate myself. The pain and suffering will begin at 9:30pm EST. 


      Sidenote: at a book store today, I saw a book by E. L. James called Grey. It's 50 Shades of Gray told from Christian's point of view. This is a thing we need ...why? More accurately, why is there an audience for this? The original books were successful because the women reading them (I can almost guarantee it was 99% women) are able to picture themselves as Anastasia.* I legitimately can't imagine there being any commercial need for the story to be told from the other viewpoint.


      * While I was looking for actual stats on the percentage of 50 Shades readers who are women, I stumbled upon this article. According to the study it references, women who read 50 Shades are "25% more likely to have a partner who yelled or swore at them. Readers were also 34% more likely to have a partner who displayed stalking tendencies and 75% more likely to have fasted for more than 24 hours or used a diet aid. Worse still, women who read all three books in the series were more likely to regularly binge drink and have multiple sex partners, both of which are recognized risk factors for intimate partner violence."


      The article goes on to say that the study did not determine how many of those people were doing those things before reading the books. However, when you have an abusive relationship that very specifically follows the steps for cult indoctrination being presented as being "romantic" and desirable, it's not difficult to suppose that abusive relationship habits are being normalized and turned into both acceptable and expected situations.


      It is never okay for your partner to yell abuse at you. It is never okay for your partner to strike you. And you do not need to engage in extreme dieting methods to look pretty or desirable. If someone can't see you as beautiful just the way you are, then they do not deserve you.


      And now, on to the liveblogging. In about 20 minutes.



      Surprise Trailer Thoughts!

      I thought at the end of the first movie she told him to go fuck himself. Why is there even a second movie at all?


      The movie's song is a male voice cover of Crazy In Love that's trying to be dark and edgy and romantic. I'm so sorry to Beyonce.


      This movie came out on Valentine's Day? Yeah, let's call this a "love" story. Hollywood: normalizing abuse since the first Twilight movie came out.



      And So It Begins!

      0:26 - White. All great movies start with white.


      1:00 - I think they're trying to give us Christian's childhood abuse as backstory to explain why the first movie was cult indoctrination. I'm legitimately not sure.


      2:30 - A cover of Coldplay's The Scientist. "Nobody said it was easy." The movie might be self-aware.


      3:57 - Producers: E L James pga - she has credentials in Hollywood? Fuck you.


      4:37 - "How did you make out with those manuscripts?" Make out with them? Subtle. Let's see how many of these there are.


      5:40 - Ana has no idea that the art show is all about her. That's ...illegal, isn't it? Her friend is an asshole.


      6:40 - Someone bought the entire display. 3 guesses who that's going to turn out to be.


      6:55 - Turns out we only needed one guess.


      8:15 - If you don't want to see him again, then don't agree to go to dinner with him you idiot.


      9:20 - How about that, Ana's not a complete moron any more and recognizes that the relationship was abusive.


      9:50 - Most awkward bottle opening in history lampshades the conversation. The movie actually has literary devices.


      11:00 - It took basically zero persuasion to get her to agree to enter a relationship with him again. Way to set the bar for female characters, assholes.


      11:55 - And they're already kissing? I expected there to be at least some amount of chase to this. This is bullshit.


      12:50 - Spot the Apple product placement.


      14:00 - "Have your plan come along for a quick one." That's two.


      14:25 - Oh look, it's that girl from the trailer wanting to talk to Ana. I wonder if that's going to be important later.


      15:05 - "I'm the boyfriend." No you're not. You haven't even been on a real date yet. You're the guy who bought her a computer and kissed her as a way to apologize for mentally abusing and stalking her for the entire first movie.


      16:40 - And now she's almost literally throwing herself at him...


      16:55 - only to tell him they should take it slow? I legitimately already hate this movie.


      19:00 And now they're already going to bed. No making him work for it or anything, she just totally reversed her claim that they should take it slow. And also he's buying the company she works for, but it's totally not about controlling her, Christian promises it. This movie is a piece of shit.


      22:20 - Girl from the trailer is now watching them sleep. That's not creepy at all.


      23:15 - Aw, he called her Ana. Maybe he is changing!


      24:00 - Ana gets rightfully upset that Christian has her bank information, demands to know why he does, and the movie cuts away to a cafe scene without explaining it? Fuck you, movie. This is legitimately important to the plot, and you're not only ignoring it, you're pretending it didn't happen. That is bad storytelling.


      26:15 - He's friends and business partners with the woman who seduced and abused him? I'm calling bullshit.


      28:05 - His drawer of files on his former subs is shockingly large.


      29:15 - "This isn't a relationship, it's ownership." She's smart enough to recognize it, but not smart enough to get out of it. ...Okay?


      30:00 - Ah, the old "show you how bad my life is so that you forgive me treating you like shit" ploy.


      31:10 - Turns out it was just drawing a box on his chest with lipstick and saying "these are my boundaries." What the actual?


      33:00 - "Here, have some benwah balls. To wear while we're out tonight." Because why not?


      37:30 - Mia is his sister, right? Literally just entered a conversation without introduction, so anyone who hasn't seen the first movie recently (like myself) is basically going to have no idea what she's about. Good job.


      39:00 - Unless they're jumping the bid, people don't yell out their bid at an auction. Auctions are basically silent except for the auctioneer. Way to get reality wrong, movie.


      40:20 - So the entire first movie was about how she wasn't really comfortable with what he did to her, and now she's literally asking for it. Consistency is important.


      41:20 - That's four spanks. Isn't that already more than what he said was "as bad as it gets" or somesuch in the first movie? Consistency is important.


      42:18 - Contact juggler spotted. I have a lot of friends in circus arts.


      43:50 - I think someone just took a picture of Christian and Ana's boss in a family photo, but it was too quick to really see. Also, turns out that sex they just had was still at the party, rather than at the Aspen retreat like I thought. Being unconfusing is important.


      45:30 - Elena telling Ana the truth and getting yelled at for it. "You and he will only be happy if you leave him alone forever." That is what would make all of us happy.


      46:50 - Clandestine meeting in an underground parking lot? Is this suddenly X Files?


      47:25 - This movie does a really good job of asking important questions and leaving them unanswered.


      49:20 - "Are these burns?" Why did you wait a movie and a half before asking about the obvious burn marks on his chest?


      50:45 - "You sound surprised." No, she didn't. She sounded conversational. Either the script is horrible, or she completely failed to emote.


      52:30 - Despite the entire movie being loaded, my player is telling me the movie is buffering. Even my computer thinks this movie isn't worth watching.


      54:25 - Her boss (male) is acting like a jealous teenage girl. Can't decide whether this is accurate.


      55:20 - Despite everything he said, he's still trying to control where she goes and who she spends time with. But don't worry - it's romance.


      56:40 - Not gonna lie, I kind of want that piece of wall art.


      1:01:10 - He tells her during a domination scene that she's his, and she agrees. No way that's going to come back to bite her later.


      1:02:55 - No, you idiot, don't give in to him when he's trying to control your life! if it's a business trip with your boss, then travel with your boss. That's literally how it's supposed to work.


      1:04:00 - And now you have to have an awkward conversation with your boss because of it. It's amazing how things ripple like that.


      1:04:15 - I think her boss is supposed to be coming off like a jerk here, but everything he's saying is completely justified...


      1:05:15 - ...Until now, when he starts insinuating that she can only keep her job if she has sex with him. That's sexual harassment. And it's illegal.


      1:06:40 - That's sexual assault.


      1:06:50 - And that's Ana doing exactly what she needs to do. Wait a second - that means Christian was right about something. I think my worldview might be broken. Or the script is shit because there was basically no foreshadowing for this.


      1:10:45 - I can't decide whether this is a "new person states the obvious and somehow nobody else figured it out before then" scene. Which I guess is a good thing?


      1:11:55 - "You don't believe me?" "I don't believe it myself." That is not the question he asked you, Ana. Please have the same conversation as he is having.


      1:12:40 - You don't raise your fingers and ask for the cheque at the same time. Nobody's watching you at that point. It will get you nowhere.


      1:13:00 - There you go being submissive in public again. What happened to standing up for yourself?


      1:14:00 - Moondance? You're going to ruin Moondance for me? You jerks.


      1:14:40 - When you moan in arousal on an elevator, people are supposed to notice. They don't just keep staring forward like it's a normal elevator ride.


      1:17:10 - Oh look, it's creepy girl again. Leela, I think. And she has a gun and wants to see Ana. This can only end well.


      1:20:15 - Yet another unanswered question. Christian enters, strips Leela of the gun, gets her on her knees, and then tells Ana to leave and we don't find out (yet, at least) what he's going to do with her. I'm so confused. And in what's supposed to be a romance movie, confusing your audience is a bad thing.


      1:22:40 - "Where the fuck have you been?" is not how you phrase that question if you're talking to someone whom you want to convince that you're worthy of them.


      1:26:45 - You just had a conversation where Ana said she can't give you what you need long term, and now you're asking her to marry you in your very next conversation? You may be rich, but you're an idiot.


      1:27:40 - But the planche is cool.


      1:28:50 - "I want to marry you." "Why?" Ana with the most honest line in the entire movie.


      1:30:20 - Christian is holding an umbrella in no rain. And so is everyone else. Seattle people are bad at weather.


      1:31:something - After being asked to marry him, Ana buys a keychain for a birthday present. Gee, I wonder what it says?


      1:32:30 - Christian's helicopter has a blown engine. I think we're supposed to be afraid for him, but first you're supposed to make us give a shit about him.


      1:34:40 - "They'll find him. It's Christian." Yeah, there's still another movie to make with him. But don't worry, this is totally supposed to be suspenseful.


      1:39:15 - The keychain says yes. Anyone who didn't see the keychain saying yes coming doesn't understand movie structure.


      1:42:50 - I think that's the third time they've done a smash cut from sex to a party. it's really jarring.


      1:45:25 - Elena is Christian's mother, secretly working against him for some reason. I'm calling it now. Based on how stupidly the rest of the movies have gone so far, this is an entirely reasonable guess.


      1:46:50 - "You're only after his money." You do know that she literally tore up a cheque for $24,000 from him at the beginning of the movie, right?


      1:47:00 - That was the most halfhearted wine-in-face throw in movie history. Tommy Wiseau wrecking the room in The Room was actually more convincing than this.


      1:48:20 - The Riddick poster on the wall is legitimately the best thing about this movie.


      1:51:25 - In case anyone didn't figure it out, Ana's former boss (he got fired) is going to be the villain in the next movie.


      1:55:20 - And the mid-credits scene is a teaser for the next movie? Fuck right off.


      Final Thoughts

      Well, that movie was a piece of shit. We have Ana, who just finished telling Christian to go fuck himself, immediately getting involved with him again. He doesn't even need to prove himself at all, he just says "it'll be different this time, I swear!" and that's good enough. Then she spends the rest of the movie going back and forth about whether she's into the relationship, and despite the clear understanding at the beginning of the movie that it will be a vanilla (read: no BDSM) relationship, she almost immediately becomes submissive to him again.


      Movies are supposed to have a clear, consistent voice. When you have a character saying one thing and doing the opposite, that's called cognitive dissonance, and it's jarring when it's done as poorly as it was done in this movie. The way it happened, Ana's primary antagonist was herself. It should have been Christian's past.


      Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go watch some porn. It has a better plot than this movie did.

    • (|º_º|)

      1 week ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      I've come to the conclusion that most people need to expand their musical horizons. I'd like to take a quick poll: who among you reading this journal have favourite songs in each of Jazz, Electro Swing, and Symphonic Metal, and have heard of Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker? If you answered 'no' to any of those, don't worry - you're in the majority. And there are genres I've never listened to either, so don't go thinking I'm a hypocrite here. I know. :P


      With that in mind, I propose some fun homework: every day between now and the end of the month, so for about two weeks, go to YouTube and search for "Full Album." Then page through the results until you get to a band you haven't heard of before, and listen to the album all the way through. No matter what it is, regardless of genre, give it a full listen and form an opinion on it. You may hate it. You may love it and immediately go off to listen to more of their music.


      At the end of the month, I'll post a follow-up journal asking if you found anything you really liked. This is an exercise I commonly do myself, and I've found some really good musicians and albums this way. I've also found some stinkers - it's kind of hit and miss sometimes. The point is to give it all a fair shot, and see what happens.


      Now there's only one question: are you going to join in?


      * For those who may be wondering, my favourite songs in each of the three genres I listed are Jazz: Take Five, by Dave Brubeck; Electro Swing: Geraldine's Routine, by Tape Five; and Symphonic Metal: Dark Chest of Wonders, by Nightwish. They're all worth a listen if you have the time. Here's something else:



    • My Thoughts On The Blaine Video

      1 week ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Yesterday for sponsors and today for the general public, Rooster Teeth released the third instalment of their "Me vs Drunk Me" series of videos, featuring Blaine. If you plan on reading this journal, then you should watch the video first so that you have proper context for what I'm going to say. You can do that here.


      * TECHNICALLY SPOILERS BELOW *


      Like many of you, I don't think the video is funny. Unlike most of you, I don't think it's meant to be. Let me explain.


      What we see in the video is Blaine being so drunk that he literally throws up on himself. People rush to his side to take care of him, sober Blaine says "I guess I learned a lot about drunk me," and the video fades out on a shot of drunk Blaine continuing to vomit into a garbage can. The entire video is incredibly awkward, and kind of tragic.


      Now let's put the video in context. Right at the start, we get a full screen disclaimer saying that what we're going to see was supervised, and not to try it at home. In the previous two videos, we saw Chris and Ashley being goofy drunk for the sake of the bit. Then this one just goes terribly wrong.


      We also know some things about the production of the show.** We know they film the sober part first, with a stand-in for the drunk side, and then do the drunk part afterwards. It's reasonable to think that they then film some pickups for the sober side to cover reactions to what the drunk part did. It's also reasonable to think that everyone who participated did so voluntarily, and drank whatever amount of alcohol they felt would be correct for what they were shooting.


      That tells us two things directly. First, it tells us that Blaine was not force-fed alcohol until he was doomed to be sick. He was in control of his own consumption. If it were any other way, then Rooster Teeth would technically have been breaking the law. Second, it tells us that Blaine made the conscious decision to continue filming the sober part, and to allow the video to be released.


      What we have to wonder about that is ...why? This was clearly an embarrassing moment for him, so why would he go out of his way to make sure that the rest of us would see it (and hear it)? Well, I have a hypothesis about that. And even if my hypothesis is wrong, I think my conclusion will still stand.


      Ask yourself a question: when's the last time you saw the media accurately portray what happens when you drink to excess? We often see people being funny drunks - that's extremely common. And we sometimes see people getting so drunk they throw up, but it's always played for laughs. That's not what we see here. What we see here is a quiet set, with Blaine uncontrollably throwing up, and people standing around him being very concerned for his well-being. I admit I haven't seen every movie or TV show ever filmed, but I have never seen this portrayed on film before.


      Further, this wasn't the result of Blaine being out partying and trying to get as drunk as he could - this was done in a controlled environment, with Blaine drinking what he thought was a safe amount of alcohol.


      This video stands as an example of how even with the best intentions, in a controlled situation, it's possible to drink too much without realizing it. And it stands as a demonstration of the consequences of drinking to excess - something we never really see anywhere else on film. As far as I'm aware, this short video is the only real filmed example of the consequences of excessive drinking.


      I think that that's the reason Blaine went ahead with finishing the video and having it be released. I think he wanted there to be something you could point to and say "this is what can happen when you drink too much at home, with people supervising you. Drinking too much while out in the wild can be much worse." And even if that wasn't his thought process on it, I definitely think it's the end result.


      This video is absolutely not funny. But it might be the most important thing Rooster Teeth has ever released.


      ** This paragraph edited for accuracy after the Behind the Scenes video revealed the sober part is shot first.

    • Dungeons & Dragons

      2 weeks ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Our own @OboeCrazy is playing D&D on the official Dungeons and Dragons Twitch stream with Matt Colville, Satine Phoenix and several other people right now. At this very moment as I type this. It's part of a massive 2-day event they're running on Twitch this weekend. Go watch!

    • Back To The Floor

      4 weeks ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Way back in November of last year, I pulled my left Quadratus Lumborum muscle (QL) in the gym by doing something stupid. For those who don't know, the QL connects the top of the hip to the bottom of the ribcage and spine, like this:


      250px-Quadratuslumborum.png


      It's been a long road since then. I've been unable to go to the gym for over six months, and since the lower back is used in basically everything, I haven't even really been able to stretch in all that time. There is precisely one stretch I've been able to do safely, which is to lie on my side, bend my uphill leg at the hip and knee, and rotate my trunk in the opposite direction, to maintain elasticity in the QL.


      My body has also changed in the last six months. For one thing, I have a gut now. Not a big one, because it's not like I increased my food consumption over the last six months, but enough to hang over my waistband if I relax my abs. I've also lost 7lbs. More fat, less weight.


      Fortunately, I know where I lost the weight from: my upper leg muscles are pretty severely atrophied. I know that's where I lost it from because the rest of my body has still been getting enough incidental work to maintain mass. Since I wasn't able to stand up using my legs, I had to get out of my chair by pushing down on the armrests with my chest and triceps. I still had to do grocery shopping, and that meant holding upwards of 40lbs of food isometrically with my upper back and biceps. I keep a lot of stuff above my eye level, so my shoulders got work raising things up and getting them down. And my calfs and abs are always getting work, because they're calfs and abs.


      What got almost no work is my upper legs and lower back. Unfortunately, in order to compensate for my QL being out of commission, my left obliques took up the mantle, and so they're recovering from some soreness due to overuse right now.


      Basically, pulling a QL sucks, and I strongly recommend against it. The good news, however, is that I can finally confirm that my back is fully healed and ready to go again.


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      That's right, I chose a My Little Pony gif. Deal with it.  stuck_out_tongue


      The bad news is holy fuck am I ever out of shape. My cardio is basically gone. I used to be able to go up and down the stairs in my building 4 or 5 times in a row, and now I'm winded after climbing them once. My resting heart rate is up to 67 (that's high for me). My leg flexibility is basically not a thing any more. And I don't need to get back in the gym to know that I've lost at least 10% on all my lifts - probably closer to 40-50% on my legs. Maintaining mass doesn't mean maintaining ability, sadly.


      The other good news is that I have a plan. This week I'm doing nothing but basic stretches. Next week too. After that I'll spend 3-6 weeks doing daily stretches and cardio 2-4 times a week. Once I'm satisfied that I'm making progress on my cardio, I'll start working in some calisthenics, exercises I can do at home with no equipment. And if I'm feeling particularly bold, I may even invest in the Athlean Xero program, which is apparently brutally hard, but can be done with no equipment at all, at home.


      It's going to be at least another 3-4 months before I set foot in a gym again, but not because I'm injured; it will be because that's the plan. I hurt myself by trying to do too much too quickly. I do that a lot in the gym. That means the most important thing I can do right now is slow the fuck down. And by the end of the year, I will be climbing, as was the plan all along.


      (you didn't think I'd forgotten about that, did you?)


      Keeping myself fit has been a big part of my life for the last 11 years. For these past 6 months, I haven't been able to do it. It's time to reform good habits. I'm taking pictures of myself tonight, but I won't be sharing them - not yet. When I consider myself ready, I'll share several sets in sequence, so you can see where I'm starting from today, and where I've ended up. Hopefully, the difference between them will be dramatic. It's been a long road getting here, and I'm facing a hard road ahead. But I'm damn well up for it.


      What are you guys up to?

    • You'll Always Get What You've Always Got

      1 month ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Yesterday I saw my parents and one of my grandmothers for Mother's Day. While we were gathered together, we talked about writing. I lamented that my job is intellectually taxing, so by the time I'm done with work and have time to write, my brain doesn't have the focus for it any more. Compare that to my mom, who is retired from her job and is able to write full-time, and it's no surprise why she's able to produce stories much faster than I am.


      It occurred to me this morning that I am in a singular position to have my cake and eat it too. My job is mentally taxing, but it's one I'm self-employed with. I have the luxury of making my own hours, and controlling my own time off. Which means I'm able to rearrange my schedule to one that is beneficial to me. If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got. I want more than what I've got so far, so it's time to change things up.


      Starting tomorrow, because it's too late to start it today, I'm going to make the change that is obvious: I'll write first. My schedule will be writing until lunch, then my job in the afternoon. You may be thinking to yourself "won't that just mean you burn out on work, rather than on writing?" And that's a reasonable consideration to have, except for one thing:


      On Friday, I decided to work on a new function for my Spelunky Score Run Tracker. It's called "Sum Of Best", and it basically culls through all the levels that have been submitted, and runs them through a bunch of calculations to figure out how to create the highest scoring valid run. The rest of the website without that function is about 1300 lines of code. That function is almost exactly 2800 lines. So it alone is more than twice the size of the rest of the site combined.


      You may be thinking "how is this relevant to the topic at hand?" Well, I'll tell you: I worked on it from 6pm to 3am Friday night. For some reason, I am able to work on code much later than I'm able to do most other things without getting tired. Which means it is perfectly reasonable for me to write until noon, take an hour for lunch, and then write code until 10 with a break somewhere for dinner. 2-4 hours of writing, followed by 7-9 hours of work. I don't know about you, but to me that sounds like a plan.


      This is the second time I've written a journal around that "always do what you've always done" quote. I take it to heart. There's another one that I came up with myself, which is "We do what we must when we need to." Ironically, I landed on that quote about 6 months ago when I committed to taking it easy so that my back could heal. At that time, the thing I needed to do was rest. Now the thing I need to do is take action. To get to where I want to be, I must write. To make that happen, I must change my habits. And now is the time I need to do that.


      And this is why New Year's resolutions are stupid. You know what you need to do; why wait for a specific date to get started? Do it now.


      I am.

    • Wear And Tear

      1 month ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Turns out when you don't go to the gym for almost 6 months and aren't able to exercise your legs because of an injury, they start to atrophy. Who knew?

    • Proof My Body Hates Me

      1 month ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Around the middle of November, I pulled a muscle in my lower back by doing something stupid. It's been healing ever since. Last week, my lower oblique (side muscle) on the same side started hurting too. It's either overuse from compensating for the back muscle, or it's also a pull, though I can't think of anything I did that would have caused it.


      Today, while eating an apple, I found out that apparently I've pulled a muscle in my thumb somehow. I legitimately don't have the slightest idea what might have caused it. At no point did my thumb bend in an unusual direction, and I never put more strain on it than it could reasonably bear. As far as I can tell, it just "decided" that it was injured.


      The back pull has kept me out of the gym for the better part of 6 months. The random oblique pull threatens to keep me out for another 4. And now the random thumb pull threatens my ability to make money for the next 1 1/2 if it's very sore when I wake up tomorrow. And if that's the case, then I also can't make any food that involves me cutting anything, lest I interfere with its healing.


      Fuck you, body. You haven't given me an uninjured day in over 10 years. The singularity can't come soon enough.


      I am so fucking tired of this shit.

    • On Resurrection

      1 month ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      There's a thread I occasionally pop in on in the RWBY forum, where the fate of Pyrrha Nikos is regularly discussed. One of the possible methods for her to return to the show is resurrection. Especially with Ozpin apparently living inside Oscar's head, the idea that death may not be the end has been introduced to the world of Remnant. So, I thought I'd take a few minutes to talk about resurrection in storytelling.


      What I will do in this journal is lay out how it can be a good thing, how it can be a bad thing, the rules I think need to be in place to make it effective, and how I might make use of it in RWBY if I were writing the story. What I will not do is try to make arguments about whether Pyrrha is alive, dead, or something else. This is not about her, it is about resurrection in general. With those ground rules established, let us begin.


      How Resurrection Can Be Good

      There is a romantic view of death, that you can sacrifice yourself for a noble cause, or give your life for someone you love. Famous quotes notwithstanding, death's finality is pretty well established in the real world. However, when you're writing fiction, you are not constrained by the rules of reality. You are the creator, which means you can do whatever you want. And whatever you do is automatically correct, because it's your world and your story. That is very much the beauty of storytelling: whatever your vision is, it is by definition the right one, because it's yours.


      The idea that there is more to follow after someone dies can create unique storylines in the narrative. Consider a story where someone dies a meaningless death, but they have the solution to the world's biggest problem, and so they fight their way back from death and into their (or someone else's) body, to save the world. Or a group who loses someone they love, but they hear about a mystic who can control life and death, and they seek this person out as a last ditch effort to get their beloved friend back.


      Including a way to continue on after death opens up a lot of options for stories that just don't exist if death is the final chapter. If done well, a resurrection story can greatly deepen the emotional connection between characters, and between the reader and the story. If it's done well.


      How Resurrection Can Be Bad

      There is an obvious counterargument to this idea, though: if resurrection is possible, then death is no longer really a threat. It is easy to fall into a trap of having resurrection be so commonplace that there's no reason to fear it, because you can just come back again. In something like Dungeons & Dragons, where the idea is to keep as many people having fun for as long as possible, an easy resurrection mechanic is useful, because it keeps you in the game even if you totally mess up. In a fixed narrative, it's a lot harder to do well.


      If you cheapen death in your world by making it easily reversible, then it's easy for the audience to become disengaged from the characters. Sure, they may be in an extremely dangerous situation where they could all die, but they can always just come back later anyway, so what's the big deal? Handling resurrection poorly essentially turns it from a serious threat into a minor setback. 


      If the reader (or viewer) knows that their favourite characters are never really at risk, then there's no reason to ever worry about them. And if they're never really worried about them, then they necessarily become less invested in their safety, and subsequently the story. Resurrection handled poorly can break your world in the minds of your audience.


      The Rules For Handling Resurrection

      As I see it, there are a few rules that must be adhered to for resurrection to exist in a world without breaking it. Those rules are:


      1. It must be done to advance the plot. You can't bring back a character just because the fans want it to happen. Yes it will bring back their favourite character, but what else does it actually accomplish? At best it will be confusing, and at worst it will grind your story to a halt as people try to figure out what to do next. There has to be a reason for them to come back beyond "people want it." Don't bring people back willy-nilly - it has to be part of the planned story all along. Your audience isn't dumb; they'll know the difference.
      2. It must be hard. You can't have a magical resurrection machine that just pumps out reanimated people. There needs to be work involved to make it happen. Your characters should have to dedicate a major portion of their time towards it, encountering setbacks along the way until they finally make it happen. Another way to look at this is it must be earned. Resurrection needs to be rare and difficult if death is to still have meaning.
      3. It must have a cost. And a severe one at that. Resurrection cannot take the form of "pour this down their throat and they come back good as new." Your audience won't buy it. Defying the laws of nature is a serious decision, and so there must be serious consequences for doing it. If you can bring back your friend, but someone else must willingly sacrifice their own life to make it happen, then the decision to bring them back suddenly isn't so cut and dried. Perhaps getting them back does just require giving them a potion, but when they come back they are irreparably changed, or they have total amnesia and must be re-taught everything they knew. If resurrection carries weight, then your audience will be much more engaged with it. Especially if there's a chance it will fail in the first place.


      After I came up with these three rules, I went looking online to see if anyone else had done something similar. I found that Barry Kirwan, author of the Eden's Paradox science fiction series, had laid out seven rules for resurrection in science fiction. His rules are:


      1. There has to be a good scientific premise for resurrection

      2. There has to be a ‘cost’ to the individual, usually a change for the worst

      3. It is not done ‘willy-nilly’, resurrection is only done for strategic reasons

      4. Not everyone can come back

      5. It shouldn't be used too often

      6. One or more of those resurrected must subsequently die

      7. The mechanism for resurrection must be vulnerable, and is preferably neutralised at least once so no more resurrection is possible.


      How I Would Use It With Pyrrha

      For the sake of this journal, we will assume that Pyrrha is dead. What might be an engaging storyline based around getting her back? We have to start with Ozpin. We know that his consciousness lives on in Oscar. Presumably, he will be able to convince the main cast that he is who he says he is. He may even end up having his consciousness transferred to a new robotic body - Penny was a robot that could generate Aura, why not recreate that but with an actual human mind in it? Remnant is a land of wonders.


      Let's assume seasons 5 and 6 in some way deal with Ozpin, with his situation eventually settling into his being returned somewhat whole. The story continues on for another 2 or 3 years with no further mention or thoughts of people returning from the dead. Then, at the end of season (let's say) 8, a teenage girl approaches our main protagonists talking about how hard it's been to get back and find them. Confused, they ask her what she's talking about, and she says "It's me - Pyrrha." Eyes go wide. Cut to black. "Hello again." Credits roll.


      At the beginning of season 9, the main group are understandably suspicious of this new person claiming to be Pyrrha. They test her on things only Pyrrha would know, and she has all the answers. She tells them a story about how her body was disintegrated, but her consciousness remained behind, disembodied, unable to find purchase in anything. She spent years trying to find a way to manifest, and was about to give up when she saw a light over the horizon. She went to it, and there found a mysterious portal of white light. She walked through it, and surprised a group of children who were playing at trying to contact the dead, appearing as a phantasm. It turns out one of them had a Semblance that actually made such communication possible. When the children fled, her consciousness was forced to latch onto the nearest human body - the child with the Semblance.


      They travelled together for a time, both very confused, and learned that the reason this had happened had to do with the massive amount of Dust Cinder weaves into her clothes, plus the Maiden powers that killed Pyrrha. The combination caused an Aura disruption of some kind, and forced her consciousness to remain behind. Eventually they encountered someone who had decided to take her own life, and they convinced her to let Pyrrha inhabit her body, and now here she is.


      Still skeptical, they ask Ozpin if this is possible, and Ozpin's response is basically that he hasn't heard of it happening before, but that doesn't mean it isn't possible - nobody had heard of anything until they did. This new person seems to have Pyrrha's mannerisms, and seems to know things only Pyrrha would know, so they cautiously accept her into their group. They learn that she has taken to quiet solitary meditation at times, to help cope with what happened and stay centred.


      The next time they encounter Grimm, they find out that Pyrrha's fighting style is different. It turns out her Semblance didn't transfer over to the new body, and so she has a new one now. She's also out of practice fighting, having gone multiple years without a physical form. Nonetheless, she proves her dedication to the group through many fights and experiences, and travels with them. There are things she sometimes forgets from her original life, but having been dead for years and in a new body, she is forgiven for that.


      Shortly after she's more or less accepted as being Pyrrha returned to them, she mentions an item she learned about in the time they've been apart which could help in the fight against the Grimm, and perhaps even allow them to defeat the Grimm entirely. At the end of season 11, they find it. They fight through enemies to get to it, and when it's finally time to claim it, Pyrrha picks it up and says it's not theirs to use against the Grimm, it's hers to use for her own purposes. Confused, they question her about it, and she mocks them for actually thinking she was Pyrrha.


      She's actually someone who heard about Ozpin's miraculous resurrection, and decided to use a similar story to infiltrate the one group of people who may actually be able to help her achieve her goals. She had the power to take the item, but had been unsuccessful in locating it. Until she had the idea to use the friends of the dead hero to do it for her, at least. Ruby says she'll never get away with this (as heroes are wont to do), and she says "You stupid girl. Did you really think I was talking to myself when I went off alone?" At that moment, dozens of enemies swarm them, and she escapes in the chaos. The season ends mid-fight.


      So what does this do?

      First, it gives us a resurrection in the form of Ozpin. It sets expectations that such a thing is possible. It appears that RWBY is already going in this direction. Then, several years removed from that (so as to prevent it from seeming common), we get another resurrection. Her story of how it happened validates the "must be hard" condition, and the Semblance change and loss of abilities satisfies the "must involve a sacrifice" condition. When she presents a mcguffin for them to seek out, it becomes validated by plot as not having happened just to satisfy the people who want her back.


      The forgetfulness and "meditation" serve as clues to the audience that the supposed resurrected Pyrrha is not what she seems. Jaune can even voice this concern and have it be dismissed by other characters. At the end, subverting the resurrection raises the stakes: not only is there a new enemy, but it's one that knows everything about them, and has a powerful artifact that can presumably wreak grand havoc.


      More to the point, what this does is provide a resurrection storyline that does not cheapen death in the world, and both enriches the plot and drives it forward. When it resolves, it sets up the next several seasons as being important.


      Of course, this is just one way of handling a resurrection subplot in RWBY. I'd like to read what you guys think of resurrection in fiction, and in RWBY specifically. Please keep it polite - I don't want people swearing at each other in the comments about why Pyrrha is or isn't alive, etc.


      So what do you think?

    • On Bullshit, And A Questionable Hypothesis

      2 months ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      People who've known me for a while know that there are few things I value more than objectivity and honesty. Being a programmer sometimes makes me blunt in my delivery, but frequently, interactions with me can be broken down into "this is objectively true, why do you believe something that is objectively not?" Sometimes this can come across as condescending - nature of the beast.


      The thing to keep in mind is that I really don't care about being right; what I care about is that objective fact is accepted. If it turns out that what I thought was wrong, I'm fine with that, and will adopt the correct viewpoint over top of it. It has to actually be correct though - convincing speculation is not enough. If who's right or wrong can be determined through experimentation, I am often willing to to that experimentation myself rather than wait for someone else to do it and then just trust them to have done it well. I'm actually doing that right now with a video game. The experiment should be over within 26 days.


      What this all means is that I have a very low tolerance for bullshit when discussing something that should have an objective outcome. I should mention at this point that there is a difference between bullshit and lies. When you lie, you know what the truth is, and you make a conscious choice to say something else. When you bullshit, you don't care what the truth is, you're just saying whatever you think sounds good. "The star sparkled twice and turned red before going out, which is a clear reference to the second Hellboy movie." No, it's not, shut up.


      Last weekend, I watched Movie 43. I liveblogged it here. And I'm sorry. One of the people in it was Christopher Mintz-Plasse, aka McLovin. A couple days later, I found myself looking him up on Google. There were two things I found which are of note to this journal. First, a video on YouTube by a group called Looper, called "Why Hollywood Won't Cast Christopher Mintz-Plasse Anymore." They do these kinds of videos often. The second thing was his IMDB page. Turns out he is currently starring in two TV shows, had a movie come out this year called Sid, and will be in the next How To Train Your Dragon movie coming out in 2019. He has been in at least 2 movies every year since 2012.


      Objectively, he's clearly not having difficulty getting cast in things. So what's up with the video then? I watched it, and what it basically amounts to is "he's focusing on his music and not really looking for parts." That is not Hollywood being unwilling to cast him, that is him not wanting to be cast. There's some other stuff about how he's too recognized as McLovin, or he keeps too low of a profile, but what it really comes down to is Looper spun some bullshit about him in order to put out a video, and gave it a provocative title because they could. I've made a point of avoiding their videos like this in the past, and it turns out that was not a bad decision.


      Speaking of bad decisions, Donald Trump. If ever there has been someone who spouted constant non-stop bullshit, it has to be him. When is the last time he said something that made you say "Yes, that is a true thing"? People have even questioned whether the cake he was eating when he ordered the Tomahawk strike in Syria was actually good, given that the Mara Lago kitchen was cited with about two dozen health violations recently. In simplest terms, Donald Trump is a shit.


      But I have another theory. And I think it's the only one that paints him in any kind of a good light. What if everything he's doing, he's doing on purpose? "But most people do most things on purpose. How would that be a controversial theory?" Because I'm not just talking about his actions, I'm talking about his long term plan. Let me explain.


      So far, we've collectively been assuming that the things he's done are the result of gross incompetence. That he's doing those things because he just doesn't know how anything works. Of course he made important international decisions in public at his resort, because he doesn't know he's supposed to do it in private, somehow. That sort of thing. But what if he knows exactly what he's doing? What if he knows that everything he's doing is objectively wrong, and he's doing it on purpose anyway?


      I have precisely one motivation I can think of why someone would do such a thing: he's trying to teach us a lesson. And the lesson is "don't vote someone with zero political experience into the highest office." If he wants to make sure that America never votes in another person who doesn't know what they're doing, then the best thing he could possibly do would be to make a point of being the worst President ever, as an example of the kind of thing that could happen if this happens again. He knows he shouldn't be there, and it's the system that allowed him to be elected, so he's trying to make sure that things get changed, by demonstrating that the system cannot be trusted, because it elected someone like him. He is being the change he wants to see, by being the incompetent nincompoop that he wants us never to elect in the future. Wouldn't that be something?


      The reality, though, is that I'm spouting bullshit. But at least I'm honest about it.

  • Comments (3981)

    • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

      4 months ago

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      Happy Warm and Fuzz McFuzzy Day!

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        4 months ago

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

      10 months ago

      Hey so you also got mentioned in On The Spot this week - so that's pretty damn neat, just started the episode.


      Hope y'all are having fun at UnCon! Wish I could be there!

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

      1 year ago

      Hey man this time g1 Tom the Iron Man over on ScrewAttack and just wanted to touch base with you about someone we've been seeing posts with on Twitter and Facebook, a fellow g1 named Dylan Toomey. Dylan's been around since 2008 and simply put, he's a wily and silly guy with a penchant of making memes that no one understands but himself, and that's the joke. He means no harm and he's just continuing his shtick now and introducing himself in his own special way that the migration of ScrewAttack to the Rooster Teeth family is complete. I know Dylan personally and have met up with him at every SGC he's been in attendance to, and he's actually a quiet and fairly reserved person IRL. Clearly he's been rubbing the mods the wrong way and it has led to you having to intervene personally, if it is a breach of conduct I can assure you he has no idea it is. Hit me back if you have any questions (I'm still trying to figure out how everything works here), and have an awesome night.

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

      1 year ago

      Hello, good sir! You're awesome!

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

      1 year ago

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

      1 year ago

      Just wanted to toss you a quick "thanks" for all the workout pointers and Tough Mudder tips you gave me a while ago. You were one of the few people who gave me actual usable advice that has made a difference. I've been working out for just about 4 months now and I've seen great progress and plan to keep pushing forward.

      So, thanks :)

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        1 year ago

        No problem :)

        Are you doing things next Saturday?

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

        1 year ago

        Next Saturday? Yeah, I'm going on an end-of-summer camping trip with some friends that weekend.

        Why do you ask?

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      1 year ago

      bruh

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      1 year ago

      pls respond

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        1 year ago

        Personal Comment notifications have been broken since day 1. I didn't see your comments until now, after scanning through Adam's journal's comments and seeing that someone had discovered that fact. I don't remember whether we banned anyone for being knucklesdawson, but seeing as the thread you were commenting about is locked now, it seems irrelevant. I just wanted to let you know that I wasn't ignoring you, I literally had no idea you'd said anything because of a site failure.

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      1 year ago

      To clarify, knucklesdawson is not me.

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      1 year ago

      Have I been banned from the v2 thread or something? I can't post in there, says I lack sufficient permissions.

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

      1 year ago

      Are you tagging me in posts? Or is it the site transferring data over. Because I'm not able to access the tags to see.


      Also, 4000th comment.

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

        1 year ago

        Just saw Jackie having the same issue. Bug, I guess.

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

      1 year ago

      I have no idea what's happening right now, but I'm getting like.. half a dozen notifications that you're mentioning me in a post.. and when I click on it, I get sent to a completely jumbled version of your profile.

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        1 year ago

        I got no notification that you'd left me this comment. I was trying to put up a private journal entry and tag site admins in it. It didn't work properly. I eventually got it up and running, so check out my journal.

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

      2 years ago

      Check this out, this is incredible: Atmoph window

    • MaryFairy Barely here...

      2 years ago

      Happy birthday! (Sorry it's late)

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

      2 years ago

      Happy Birthday DiMono!

    • Mattbab4

      2 years ago

      Happy birthday

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

      2 years ago

      Happy Birthday DiMono! I hope you have an awesome day and make sure you enjoy yourself! Keep up the amazing work! smiley0.gif

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      2 years ago

      Is there a time limit on my timeout from the Ask Anything thread?

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        Doesn't matter whether it's entertaining; it's inappropriate.

      • Freelancer The Trash Man

        2 years ago

        Come on, don't tell me it isn't at least slightly entertaining when someone is like "can u teech me how 2 make cgi" and I chime in claiming to be Monty?

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        I mean giving troll answers. People ask questions there looking for information, and they are trusting of the answers they receive. You posting random garbage in there is inappropriate.

      • Freelancer The Trash Man

        2 years ago

        Nah. But that's entirely dependent on how you define how I've been posting. Do you mean in the past few days or overall?

        Post edited 5/18/15 9:08PM

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        If you're unbanned from it, are you going to keep posting like you've been posting?

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

      2 years ago

      HOLY SHIT is that fuckin DiMONO!!!!!

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

      2 years ago

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        2 years ago

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

      2 years ago

      I'm considering signing up for Tough Mudder this summer, any training tips or things I should know before I fully commit?

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        It's about 11 miles, so 17km is pretty close to accurate.

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

        2 years ago

        Awesome thanks! I have a team I just need to get my ass in gear for strength training. I'm already running frequently so I just plan on increasing my mileage (I heard there's about 17km of hills).

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        Good luck!

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        Ignore the time estimate on the site; expect to spend 5 hours out there. Plan your day accordingly. Wear clothes you don't care about, or else clean them immediately. Don't have pockets. Your shoes will probably be a lost cause; bring spares and donate the dead ones to the pile (you'll see what I mean when you get there).

        You'll be driving to an off-site parking lot and taking a bus to Mt St Louis. Bring I think it's $15 for parking, and include about half an hour on either end for bus transit. You'll be leaving your wallet behind while on the course; keep it appropriately empty, just in case.

        They will offer you food on the course; eat it, you'll need the energy. And the potassium. Completing the course is easier with a team, for many reasons; if you go there alone, try to find people to join up with. Tough Mudder is hard, but remember that you're going there to enjoy yourself; so have fun with it. Lots of people dress up in costumes.

        Most of the obstacles I encountered weren't that difficult; a moderate amount of fitness should be plenty to get you through them. Focus on cardio. Lots and lots of cardio. And don't skip leg day - in fact, add another one. They're going to be taking you up and down hills an awful lot. Compound exercises are better than isolation exercises. You will have to climb over a 7-8' wall in order to get to the course; make sure you can do that, as it's the one obstacle you really can't skip. But don't skip obstacles unless you absolutely have to, because otherwise what's the point?

        That's everything that comes to mind right now.

    • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

      2 years ago

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      2 years ago

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

      2 years ago

      As it is technically the 14th, you can enjoy your Valentine's Warm Fuzzies now!

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      Happy Warm and Fuzzies to our favorite Bot Destroyer!

      Your Neighborhood RT Community Economist:
      -James

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

        2 years ago

        One must appreciate some nerd love

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        2 years ago

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    • Enforcer2005

      2 years ago

      You are cool and I like you. Hope you are doing well dude.

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      2 years ago

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    • Tommex

      2 years ago

      Merry christmas dimono smiley0.gif

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

      2 years ago

      Catching up now on the harassment discussion from the other night (that really doesn't sounds so great when typed out, but I'm going to go with it...) via You Tube.
      Just wanted to say thank you for taking the time and putting the thought into a meaningful discussion.
      -nj

    • UB3R_FRY

      2 years ago

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      Guess who???

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        2 years ago

        Oh fuck.

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        Don't fuck it up

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

      2 years ago

      I'm being trolled or I'm sleep-defriending you. WHAT IS GOING ON.

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

      2 years ago

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOoCixFA8OI

      Here`s that song I was telling you about. one of my favourite's of theirs.

    • Snaaaake

      2 years ago

      I saw you at RTX and wanted to come up to you and give you a high five, problem was the convention center was being evacuated... smiley4.gif

    • Shastamac

      2 years ago

      As of right now, you have one friend for each day of the year! Congrats! :)

      • Shastamac

        2 years ago

        That's true, but you have some time to find one.

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        I need a midget for Feb 29th still though

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

      2 years ago

      Give me TOUncon tickets! I want them now! smiley2.gif

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        We're very good.

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

        2 years ago

        It wasn't working but you guys fixed it and I am now officially attending TOUncon smiley12.gif

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        Are you really unable to purchase tickets from the website? If you do it from a desktop or laptop it should go through.

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

        2 years ago

        HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT! GIVE IN! I NEED TO GO TO TOUNCON

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        2 years ago

        DON'T GIVE IN TO PEER PRESSURE

    • TheFatalFall

      3 years ago

      How do you rate achievements?

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

        3 years ago

        Click on the "Achievement Hunter" tab at the top, and then go onto "games". You can type games in and rate them there. smiley0.gif

    • br0wnbr0th4 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Greed

      3 years ago

      Sorry to bother you again good sir, but would you be able to change my Site birthday to June 3/90?

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      3 years ago

      Happy Birthday Chris, hope you have a fantastic day! smiley13.gif

    • Juular

      3 years ago

      So, been banned from the Red vs Blue forum. Know what's up with that?

      • Juular

        3 years ago

        good bye recon :'(

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        I was scuba diving at the time. No idea.

      • Juular

        3 years ago

        I mean, I did say the US government did 9-11. But I hardly think that's enough to get me banned from an entire forum.

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

      3 years ago

      So, managed to get the new set of Cookie Clicker Achievements yet?

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        You mean 1.0453? I have all of them except 400 cursors, which is currently impossible. I haven't played in over a week, just sitting on my bank of 200 sextillion and waiting for the next update.

    • Tommex

      3 years ago

      Hey man! I'm a coder too! html, css, php, python, javascript, java, objective C

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      3 years ago

      Special delivery! (World domination not included)
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    • Dopp ROLL TIDE

      3 years ago

      Did you change my title on here?

      • Dopp ROLL TIDE

        3 years ago

        k thanks

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        Nope

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      3 years ago

      hey i have a error 422 and i have no idea how to fix it……plz halp

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      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        3 years ago

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      • Psycho

        3 years ago

        I had a error once. I never survived.

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        3 years ago

        Have you tried turning it off and on again?

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      3 years ago

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      Hahahaha. At work.

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      3 years ago

      Happy Thanksgiving!

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        3 years ago

        #lolcanada

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      3 years ago

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      3 years ago

      What's with all the spambots lately? Janet8251 needs to be squashed.

    • DanielZhu1

      3 years ago

      I will be taking your advice on writing a little side story though, may give me some creativity practice. Maybe you can read it sometime and tell me if it is any good.

    • DanielZhu1

      3 years ago

      You have read the idea I posted, and I see the logic in your words. But I'm fine if they don't use my ideas until 3 years later, I just want to give them something, and be just a small part of this. Because RWBY is something that truly resonates with me.

      • DanielZhu1

        3 years ago

        I think I will also try writing the RWBY side story. May improve my creativity, and open up more possibilities.

      • DanielZhu1

        3 years ago

        With my current college possibilities it's very likely I'll be able to get some great credentials. After all and SAT score of 2280 isn't all that common.

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        I wish you the best of luck, but I wouldn't count on getting an internship with them; it sounds like you've already decided it's going to happen, and you need to realize that a) they need to have such an intern position open, and b) they literally get dozens of resumes and applications a day. Hopefully it will work out the way you want, but assume it won't, and write it yourself.

      • DanielZhu1

        3 years ago

        Yes, they probably won't in the next few years, but in 3 years time I will have the qualifications to intern at rooster teeth for 1 summer, maybe it may be possible then

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        They're not going to use your idea. Ever. It's not going to happen. If you're passionate about it, write it yourself.

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      3 years ago

      Spambot alert.. brunomarcos

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