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      1 week ago

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

      There are reasons. #CrypticAllTheTime

    • Update 39 Has Gone on a Simple Walkabout?

      3 weeks ago

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

      Alright, so last night I posted the latest 008 Update around 4 my time.

      I posted a journal tagging @adam because it seemed to be too much to post five person tags and my typical tag bag of related terms.  I cut them down and the post went through.


      It was visible on my profile.


      I made a separate comment on my "I'm having issues" post (seen bellow) telling him that seemed to do the trick.


      I got a few mods and a comment.


      I check my profile this morning and the post is gone.  It's not on my activity feed where I left it (at the top).  I went to the links I had on twitter and facebook (hoping that I hadn't forgotten to confirm I wasn't a robot during an edit to the post and it was lost for good).  It was not.  The links work.


      But it still isn't here, easily viewable on my profile.

      I still have the link, should this post also not disappear.


      We'll see.  


      I'm also curious if @Radius55 and his eyes can see anything I can't.


      If anyone wants to see the post (which I spent a lot of time on and am fairly proud of) it can be found here.


      And if anyone knows what's going on at all, feel free to let me know.


      EDIT, I've been told @Dave is the person to talk to.  Well, I still can't see "008 Update #39- RvB Data File: META-Analysis" on my activity feed.  But apparently Radius can.


      Any idea what is going on.  (I've been refreshing the page all morning and I've re-opened my browser too.  Everything else is showing up fine.


      -Max

    • Testing.

      3 weeks ago

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

      I keep getting the "bad gateway" error on Update #39.


      @adam , I'm trying to upload another one of my long (11 pages) posts.  I keep getting that error.


      I am also using three images copied from imgur, five tags to other people, and a dozen or so #'s.  Do you know if any of those are causing this or if there is some sort of post length limit with the new reCaptcha system?

    • 008 Update #38- That One Time I Wrote a “Practice Thesis Paper” about Red vs Blue

      2 months ago

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      {Posted on 10/2/2018 at 13:15pm PST}


      Let’s start with some irrelevant news.

       

      I got a new job. And there was much rejoicing.

       

      I’ve been trying to get out of the sandwich shop for a while now, but a little over a week ago I not only got one response to my resume, but two.  Both were for much more appealing situations (for me).  I was very happy.

       

      But, it was complicated too.  The last two weeks have given my free time over to: writing emails and applications; managing my schedule; participating in a half a dozen interviews, and then waiting for them to make their decisions.

       

      Just yesterday I was offered the job at the pet store that included full time, a significant pay raise, insurance,* other benefits, and the ability to work with animals.  And there was much rejoicing.

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      *Guess who turned 26.

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      So I’ve submitted my two weeks’ notice and accepted this position.  Over the next two weeks I will be transitioning out of that old job and possibly starting the new one.  I’ve given them my days off to consider for the beginning of my training.  I’m really looking forward to it.

       

      That’s what I’ve been up to.  That and starting my D&D campaign of Storm King’s Thunder.  I have a fun group of people to DM for and I’m in just as much suspense about if these small folk can solve the giant problem as they are.

       

      The blog will be returning to the full Weekly schedule soon.  I’m sorry, but it had to take a back seat for a little while.  As I was working on the main subject of this blog, I also started writing down some more of my Red vs Blue Data Files which will become a staple of the #YearOfParticipation because if I’ve proven anything here, it’s that I can talk about Red vs Blue.

       

      That is kind of the story of this particular blog too.

       

      I know I’ve told you all about how I almost got a rhetoric minor somewhere on the site.  It’s one of the many stories from that time I got a degree** at a liberal arts school in Salem, Oregon.  But I don’t mind telling you all again because not even I remember where I put it.

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      ** A framed one above my workspace for English with a concentration on Creative Writing.

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      I am very interested in rhetoric: the use of words and ideas to convey other ideas.  To go into it further would make some of this blog’s main feature redundant.  I think it’s an extremely useful skill for life.  Not just writing and advertising, but I’ve found there are many retail and personal applications for it. So naturally I decided that I would try for the offered rhetoric minor at Willamette.  I got two thirds through the requirements by the second half of my Junior year when suddenly everyone was informed that the department was being dissolved and re-configured as a Media and Communications department.  No one was getting any more degrees.  They almost didn’t give the Seniors the Majors they had worked towards.

       

      Sometimes Willamette was a mess as an organization.

       

      So for me, this just meant I would accept that I took several courses relevant to the things that interested me and furthered my understanding of them.  It also let me have a bit more fun with it all.  (The good news was I didn’t even want to take some of the remaining requirements anyway.)

       

      The course I was currently taking was Narrative Theory.  A course about how stories (books, movies, tv, and music) were formed and what they had to say about the people and time they were formed by.  We were told at the beginning that essentially this was a Practice Thesis course.  We were not writing a thesis paper, but we would be writing a big academically formatted paper all our own in the final third of the semester about anything we wanted as long as it was an interesting claim.  All the effort, but less stakes.  Few of us had majors depending on this paper.

       

      I thought about my topic for a brief time.  We had to bring three options.  I really only had one. 

       

      Red vs Blue followed a lot of Myth Theory and Church and Alison have a lot in common with Orpheus and Eurydice.  I know you’ve all heard me say that before.

       

      So I wrote the paper.

       

      My professor liked it.

       

      I got a good grade in the class and on the paper.

       

      I let it sit for a while.  It’s always been something I have wanted to show off and expand upon.  (It’s been six years after all.) But there were so many different versions of it on my laptop and like anything else I’ve written I could probably edit and ad to it until I had a completely new paper.  We both needed time. 

       

      I think that time has come.

       

      After digging through all the drafts, adding a few things to the “final draft” for clarification and small edits, and reformatting it so it will be more readable on the RT Site, I would like to present to you all my “cleaned up” version of a very academic “not-really-a-theisis-paper” on Red vs Blue and how myth theory can be applied to it.***

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      *** Shoving myth theory where it “didn’t belong” became my MO very early on at Willamette.  Always to some success.  Russian Lit was the least success.

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      I want you all to enjoy this glimpse into the past of Max as a college student and I hope you all maybe get something out of this too.  It is meant to teach after all.  And when you’re done with the paper, know that the story isn’t over.  Towards the end of the Year of Participation I’m going to be writing and showing you all the expanded version.  I want to revisit these ideas and also see what the intervening six seasons of Red vs Blue have done to change my understanding.  Maybe that’s something you’d like to see too?

       

      As always I will continue the conversation in the comments and hope you all have a good time.  I’m #VeryExcited to finally be posting this.

       

      Have fun,

      -008

       

       

      ---The Red and Blue Line---

      (Mythic Resonance and a Popular Web Series)

       

      The old stories are remembered, and retold, for good reason. So while it is fun to say that in the post-9/11 world of first-person shooter videogames and irreverent comedies an animated military farce retells the myth of Orpheus in a way that reflects the values of two generations, it is not surprising. Myths have always held the core teachings of a culture as myths have always been a way of answering the questions humanity has encountered. I will rely heavily upon this understanding, that stories teach lessons and myths come from a culture, as I go forward. Orpheus is an old story, and one of the oldest storyteller-centric stories of the western world from which the fundamental morals of carry the past forward, some things aren’t fair, and to live for the living. Red vs Blue is the military farce and retelling of the myth in question. More particularly the story of the characters Church and Tex and its central seasons, 8-10. Red vs Blue is a machima (animation filmed in a pre-existing digital space (a video game’s engine)) webseries produced by Rooster Teeth Productions, an independent internet production studio from Austin, Texas established April 1, 2003 with the very first episode of Red vs Blue. Taking on both the widely popular videogame Halo as its medium and the sardonic attitude many had as we as a nation entered a war for unclear purposes Red vs Blue started a homegrown look at America’s cultural understanding of its situation. All the while it was poking fun and instructing through old myths such as Orpheus. It is an unprecedented but inevitable consequence of an independent story-telling in the way of Red vs Blue to examine and redefine a culture’s moralities in a way that made a new version of old mythologies.

       

      Black and White Basics

       

      The discussion of Red vs Blue is fairly new. The discussion of Machinima is as well (though arguably not as new). However, the classic story elements of the monomyth are not as new or unfamiliar and the theories behind it embrace the new mediums that come along. I intend to synthesize and expand all of these discussions with the example of the latest concluded Red vs Blue plot.

       

      As a basis for my argument that Red vs Blue is rhetorically using old stories and new methods as a form of social commentary and mythmaking, I must first begin with mythmaking itself. I will rely heavily on the theories of Joseph Campbell and then continue in directions others have taken with it. The theory has at its core, the Monomythic structure. Joseph Campbell studied mythology all around the world and found certain “indelible” traits shared by discrete cultures that he then considered as traits of all myth. Myths have at their core explanations or lessons for the human condition. That mythology is a creative way of imparting knowledge or beliefs is central to my argument.

       

      The legacy and continuation of ancient mythology in new forms and stories is also key. As Campbell puts it “the logic, heroes, and deeds of mythology survive into modern times” and he continues in his Hero with a Thousand Faces to conclude that in the very least these tropes endure in the mind, but can also exist in “modern mythologies” (p.4). It is no secret that the ideas of a hero’s journey as Campbell saw them heavily and directly influenced George Lucas’s Star Wars saga and as contemporaries, Lucas’s home of Skywalker Ranch would be the setting for the interview series later published in transcript as The Power of Myth. (Lucas’s opening up of grand myths in space for popular film also has its influence in Red vs Blue, as is noted often in the show and by the fans.)  In early stages Campbell attributed modern myths to various sources such as the unspoken cultural rules of rugby and the “presence” of John Wayne as a hero. If then mythology can be taken into that form (film) and the particular stories within it, it is also then arguable that the developing form of Machinima (“borrowed animation”) is another outlet of mythology, especially to the degree which it is accessible to the public and particularly the youth. Like the after-dinner bards of old people gather around their computers to share the experiences and lessons of favorite characters.

       

      One more divergence in the line of the monomyth is Jewitt and Lawrence’s American Monomyth which, like Campbell’s heroic cycle, has a particular path that the hero must follow. As it applies to the “cowboy” he comes into a poor situation, he saves the inept, he defeats the evil other, and then he leaves. The character of Leonard Church has a more peculiar following of this cycle of a cowboy then he does the more resonant myth of Orpheus. John Marshall Reed, who plays The Director says that Church desperately wants to be the cowboy, but his city-upbringing even in the frontier of space and scientific mind, does not allow him to (Hullum, M. Red vs Blue: Reconstruction: Behind the Scenes 2009). The American Monomyth’s stock actions in a narrative, if they are believed, compound with Campbell’s theories of a hero and his common paths and find that certain patterns will repeat themselves as long as a need to learn the lesson is present.  I view the American Monomyth as a tangent of basic monomythic theory and thus narrative theory. Though it is easier to see some discrepancies between them, both of these theories center around a hero having to face specific odds to achieve a specific end. For example the hero trapped in a labyrinth makes a story about finding one’s way and center. A cowboy goes outside of the law to re-establish it, essentially fighting fire with fire. It is a very American notion. But eventually he does have to hang up his guns or else their function of destruction will continue on and corrupt the world again.

       

      Dr. Hauwerwas continues the idea of myths and narratives being contributing to social decisions and furthers it by saying that social mythologies have not only ethical implications but direction. Taking in all of this, we can assume that inevitably a consistently re-told narrative given to the public will eventually become myth-like. Lessons taught by the characters actions of anything in the public eye are present and only grow in value with their dissemination. I feel, and intend to persuade, that as Red vs Blue is one of the new myths coming out of the forum of the internet, it is just as capable as the classical Orpheus to instill values and teach the audience.

       

      On the other side of things, the dialog on Red vs Blue is a small branch of academia and the ideas on Machinima are vague, luckily enough there are a few theorists who tackle them at the same time. The most in-depth article by D. Bruno Starrs puts Red vs Blue as  partaking in both a new medium and a surprisingly anti-war satire of pro-war films and video games (such as the Halo video game which it is filmed in. He truly notes all of the lampoons of war-film tropes and the other contradictions within. Red vs Blue takes the things important in war films and makes them a nonissue and sometimes nonsensical. The idea of racial “diversity” (tokenism) is ignored under shade-of-team-color full body armor, the female mercenary is more competent than the trained male soldiers, no one knows why they are guarding the flag, and most notably to the idea of the myth of Orpheus, death is treated as impermanent. Starrs’s view that humor is used for us to reflect on how things normally work is summed up as the “de-emphasis of the importance and finality of corporeal demise ironically recalls the deathlessness of traditional gaming” (p.270). What machinima and Red vs Blue is allowed to do here is take a medium, turn it on it’s head, and deliver subsequent morals and observations, in a mythic structure too.

       

      Irene Chien takes this a step further, noting that the series’ running joke and opening scene that asks “why are we here?” in the various contexts of war, personal relationships, and the metaphysical level can imply mythical and social commentary. It is important to know what one is doing to understand the ramifications of one’s actions. She recalls that Red vs Blue is playful, it is a way to invite people in to later ask these questions. Recalling the function of myths to ask and answer humanity’s questions, Red vs Blue’s provision of a safe place to do so is a key element of the series’ appeal.

       

      Karen Moltenbrey specifically takes a look at machinima and analyzes how it is a unique and emerging medium with the added benefit of an independent source in a way that Starrs also commented on. Machinimation is relatively cheap, for the price of a game system, the game, controllers, a computer, and capturing software a film or show can be made. It is an arduous task though as all filming takes place in a “real” digital space, and like other forms of animation anything that is done is likely done with intent and that is how it makes its way to the final version of either a five-ten minute episode a week, or a two hour film to be released on DVD.

       

      As machinima is only about half as old as video-games, the form is new and largely un-recognized off of its primary source of the internet. Of particular note though is how viral it can be, spreading everywhere it can. The ease of something spreading on the internet into the popular consciousness is four clicks of a mouse; cut and paste. The circulation of this media is not rippling as a live event or book circle would be, each person telling the closest person to them. Rather it is like an ant colony, starting in one tunnel and going somewhere else, with new tunnels appearing all over and eventually the colony is larger than can be navigated. There is a very direct and personal attribute to sharing internet media that also harbinges the new direction of storytelling.

       

      Assimilating all of the above, as a public form of storytelling, with its own views propagated throughout, Red vs Blue can be considered a mythology in its own right if not to simply have mythological elements. The rhetorical heart of mythology is to teach, and the narrative benefit of using the familiar is a near universal understanding. Red vs Blue provides a new take on the monomyth and a new take on values. Regardless of intent, the tropes and elements are present and thus allow Red vs Blue to be a piece in the discussion of the monomyth.

       

      As I began with, Red vs Blue is a large set of stories that largely explores military faults in a satirical form. It also pokes fun at tropes in sci/fi action, general bureaucracy, prejudice, and dogmatic systems (religious and secular). The site for Rooster Teeth Productions has over 1.5 million registered users, and they have over 7.5 million subscribers on YouTube (even though the primary streaming service for Rooster Teeth Productions is Blip). As with most satire and popular forms of storytelling, strong social and moral implications pervade in this irreverent look on life. The core plot of the series is the misadventures of two teams of incapable futuristic soldiers who have been an unwitting participant in a simulated civil war on a remote planet and in an even remoter box canyon. Slowly they discover the truth of their situation and band together, while keeping their trademark contrary natures. In the eleven seasons/films (each season usually adds up to 2-ish hours so can be viewed as whole serial films), one of the longest and more serious stories has been the peculiar and strife-laden relationship of Blue Team leader Leonard Church and Alison/ Agent Texas (Alison’s last name is never explicitly revealed, but it can be surmised after season 10 that it is, in fact, Church, as the two in their first forms were married and had a child.)  This relationship started as one of the main through-jokes of the series in that they would always try to avenge or save the other, but it was always too late and the one in jeopardy would die or be captured or otherwise incapacitated. It was slowly revealed in the later half of the series that a more complicated story was being told, or re-told. The story of Church and Tex bares striking resemblance to the myth of Orpheus.

       

      The legend of Orpheus and Eurydice is a celebrated one from the lore of the Greeks and has pervaded into western culture through the years. The skilled but undirected bard Orpheus falls in love with the nymph Eurydice. Orpheus throws his life in with hers, with a long (for a myth) courtship and eventual and joyous marriage. On the night of his marriage though, Eurydice is away from Orpheus and finds herself in trouble, and fleeing from it gets bitten by a snake. She dies and is taken down to Hades and the underworld. Orpheus is distraught and with a significant effort, sings his way into the underworld and is able to make Hades, Persephone, and the Furies cry. He strikes a bargin with Hades to bring his bride back to him. The condition is that Orpheus cannot turn around while he leads her back out with his music. Orpheus gets her to just the edge of hell and feels he must turn around once to see her. He does and she is taken back. Orpheus is further depressed by this and pours himself into singing sad songs for the remainder of his life. He is later decapitated by people who only wanted to hear him sing and his body is buried, yet his song still lingers in this world. (Bullfinch, 2000, p148-151). A careful observer cannot only guess that his is the skeleton upon which the story Church and Tex will tell is formed, but also that it has its similarities to other pillars of Western storytelling such as Wuthering Heights and Shakespeare’s romances. And so it abides to the monomyth theme as a story we keep telling.

       

      The myth has several lessons. The first and most basic is “death happens and it isn’t fair.”  Eurydice being just married and at the happiest she and her husband have ever been and her own services to the world (an authority in the forest) do not effect (put off as reward) when she dies. Second is “the living have to live.”  Orpheus’s constant mourning and obsession over Eurydice keeps him from living a proper life. Third, and an amalgamation of the previous two, “You can carry the dead with you forward in life, but only remembering them and dwelling on the past will lead to nothing but reliving the past” or “carry the past forward.”  Orpheus was fine when he just kept Eurydice in his own heart and mind (the journey back), but when he looked back at her, all his progress was halted and he just ended up dwelling on it forever. The myth lives on a compressed timescale compared to a normal life, but that is par for the course in the medium.

       

       

      The Orphic Recursive Tragedy of Leonard and Alison. Alpha and Tex, and Epsilon and Epsilon’s Tex

       

      Red vs Blue as a new version of Orpheus’s story has also its differences allowed/required by the medium of Machinima and the “setting” of Halo. It is set roughly 200 years from now and in space. A devastating war with aliens has required military development to include AI, armored soldiers, and near-instantaneous travel through space and portals. The technology is still experimental and can be unpredictable. It requires testing and successful application should the recently finished war prove to be a small taste of what space has to offer humanity. To insure further success by humanity some dicey decisions are made and the stage is set for the series. In a box canyon in the middle of nowhere factions of the Red and Blue armies fight with no idea of why they are there.

       

      The first season of Red vs Blue featured the early deaths of Church at the hands of his own team and of the recruited mercenary Freelancer Agent Texas at the hands of the Reds. It is important to note that even this early on, Church (thought of as a ghost at the time (and the remainder of the first six seasons)) was in trouble and Tex was called in to help the other two inadequate Blues and died in the process. Tex later comes back as a ghost as well and the two fight against her now rogue Aggressive AI, Omega, for the next four seasons. During this time, though Tex is capable of handling herself usually (she is the best soldier in the Freelancer program and therefore in the canyon), Church is incredibly protective of his “ex-girlfriend” and they go back and forth in a dance of not saving the other, but returning to try again as ghosts do.

       

      An event that has the most clarity of this and also plenty of foreshadowing is in the “Episode 50” story arc. Church “goes back in time” and tries to fix several unfortunate events that lead up to the aforementioned AI “blowing apart the space-time-continuum.”  Church fails at each turn and he keeps trying, eventually finding several “time-clones” who failed several times over. The latest Church eventually does “fix things” though while rescuing Tex. All of Church’s attempts are later revealed to be an elaborate simulation put on by a secondary enemy (the Gamma AI) to keep Church busy. This connects to reading this story as monomythic because Church’s multiple attempts keep getting him closer to a solution. He keeps looking at a previously told story for a new understanding.

       

      Tex “dies” again in the finale of Season 5 (and the end first large story) and she does so after fleeing the escalating conflict between the Reds, Blues, and her AI. She takes her AI with her in a ship with zealous Aliens and a primed bomb (running into a dangerous field) and is blown up shortly after taking off. This is the first time that Tex says in any serious capacity the words “sorry” and “goodbye”  later a larger through line in the series.

       

      Season six has Church start in isolation only coming along on the new quest to save Project Freelancer because of the promise to find Tex’s ghost again. It is revealed that Tex and Church are both tormented AI with a special relationship and the only way to save everyone else is to delete the both of them along with an amassed evil of other fragments of Church’s AI bent on consumption of the others to become whole. In the Halo and Red vs Blue mythos there is a concept called metastability; when an AI has lived long enough and has experienced enough to be considered human (or sentient). The fragment of Ambition and Creativity, Sigma, (reminiscent of  Orpheus) believes that by reintegrating the AI and collecting their experience, can become a whole and metastable entity. This AI and his partner Agent become known as “The Meta.” The Meta’s idea also fits within the function of the monomyth to take experience and re-apply it. This forward-thinking is a hint of greater themes.

       

      There is also the major risk of the story, focusing so much on righting the wrongs of the past, contained in the Meta. It is actively destroying present life to try and reclaim the perfect past. Sigma is haunted by the ghosts of how he was created and he will analyze them as much as he can to try and lay them to rest. The particular haunting of Sigma is ended when Alpha gives up his life this time, but Church’s final words here are the assurance that he is a ghost, and will be back.

       

      He does come back in the form of Epsilon, the memory fragment of the Church we knew, Alpha. Starting again the cycle of Church and Tex, that was started by the Director of Project Freelancer,  Dr. Leonard Church.

       

      Through flash-backs and exposition we learn that several years before the beginning of Season One, Dr. Leonard Church was the budding military scientist at the forefront of AI theory. His wife was Alison: a highly skilled soldier who died in the early stages of a Human/Alien war (presumably by faulty tech). Dr. Church became The Director (the most used name for this older and human version of Church) of the experimental Project Freelancer , making super-soldiers out of technologically advanced armor and AI to run it in a simulated war between two “armies” of low-testing applicants to the military. This would be analogous to Orpheus’s bargain with Hades where he was acting in Alison’s memory but moving forward. He even made the AI based off of his own brain, making a second Church: Alpha. The Director was only allowed one AI for his project, but because of Church’s obsession with Alison, an anomaly occurred. A second AI grew out of Alpha, a “shadow” of Alison whom he disguised as the Agent Texas (all PF agents have state names as codenames). This was the Director’s “looking back”. He then became obsessed, if he could “resurrect” Alison to this capacity he imagined greater possibilities if he pushed Alpha. Committing several war crimes and violations of what is considered humane by current standards, he began to rip Alpha apart, giving each fragment to other agents (Orpheus’s body being ripped apart). Each AI had its own fascination with Tex, but Sigma’s dream of becoming a whole entity was fueled by its and any form of Church’s innate tenacity (though all the fragment AI’s had primary personality traits, they all are like the Director, and Alpha and Epsilon near copies of the man). Things came to a head and in order to save Tex, he orchestrated the falling apart of the Project. Tex became aware of her status and did her best to do what she could never do in life, what neither of them could do, say good-bye.

       

      Alpha became the Church of the Blue Team, and the recovered Epsilon fragment (the final one who kept Alpha’s memories) later created his own “shadow” Texas who repeated the cycle again. This time though, he entered into a state of reflection with her and did finally say good bye and lay to rest his Alison, saying good bye, and “forgetting” his key memory.

       

      Eventually this Church teamed up with the Reds and Blues and the Director and Alison’s daughter (also an Agent of the program, Agent Carolina) to confront the Director, telling “himself” the lessons he’d learned after which the Director erased all of Project Freelancer and killed himself, not allowing himself to further hinder others with his past. His final words amounted to admitting his failure after so many attempts, but the celebration of the fact that it was eventually figured out.

       

      In this story “Orpheus” learns the lessons that he served as example for. He allowed himself to say good bye and deal with death.

       

      Why is this here?

       

      The story of Leonard Church as an Orpheus can also be the story of our country as an Orpheus. The story of Orpheus is essentially a story about the relationship of the past to the present and future and in effect also is a look at retrospection. The things Orpheus did in a personal crisis, the things Church did in the name of betterment of society, and the things America did during the early years of the Iraq war were based in “good ideas at the time” but at the end of each telling the costs were re-assessed. It is now a deep-seeded element of our culture to question the decisions made by authorities in matters of rescue and protection, as is the case in Red vs Blue, we realize that mistakes are made over and over again before they are made right, even on the scale of the individual.

       

      In true Orphic tradition, Church always comes back to these realizations after he goes after Tex and after at least one of their “deaths.”  Church’s constant search for betterment and adherence to the “cycle” is capped off with a poetic monologue each time. An instance of rare clarity is during the episode 50 arc. When confronted with his possible failure he says this to Tex: 


      Tex, I recommend you get down there, and try to defuse the bomb that's in Church's stomach. I think you're about the only one here that can do it. And Tex? The one thing I didn't realize before was this. Maybe I'm the last Church not because I fix everything, but because I died and there's no way I can come back. And if that happens, I just wanna let you know that I'm sorry. I'm sorry I got you mixed up in all this stupid stuff. I'm sorry I wasn't a better guy than I  should've been. I'm sorry for... for well, for a lot of stuff. ...But, if we do survive this, then it's totally because of me, and you should build a fucking statue in my honor. (Burns, B. Red vs Blue: Season 3 2005.) 


      This instance sums up what Church and Tex do for each other, and speaks to Orpheus’s story of doing more than what’s normal for a loved one out of devotion. Church’s “betterment” betrays his dedication to Tex. It also says, to a degree, how much Church still believes in his efforts in a naïve way. It is like the hope many have to justify doing something risky. What he is doing is for the best, and if he succeeds it should be celebrated.


       

      In the application of mythic recursion this would be the impetus of telling a story. Church has an opportunity to be a hero and benefit mankind. He is presented with a problem too; how does he save everything he cares about while there is also a clear threat by him trying it?  To put his story in a new light I apply the story of Orpheus to it to discover the pattern of the story. Once identified, the pattern can also be placed to understand and comment upon seemingly different stories such as the Iraq War and Red vs Blue.

       

      At the end of Season 8, when Epsilon enters an AI stasis pod to find his Tex and finally end the cycle he reflects again. It has been five years since his last recollection, and eight years since the start of his war. He is isolated, but feels safe to try the same project again in an internal version of the canyon where it all began. His reasoning is this: 

       

      I'd like to say that I found her right away, that I just walked into the Epsilon Unit, and there she was, waiting for me. As you can probably guess, it didn't happen that way, but, I know she's in here somewhere, and I'll find her. We always seem to find each other, for better or for worse.” (Burns, B. Red vs Blue: Revelation 2010)

       

      Church has, at this point, identified a pattern. He recognizes that he has not succeeded so far, but he knows the manner in which he has progressed. In this discussion, this is half of the battle. To understand where he’s been he’s defining it. He continues:

       

      I don't know why the Director did what he did. I don't know if he was trying to revive a memory from his past, or if he was just trying to get it out of his head. But I figured out something that the Director didn't. It took Alpha, Delta, and the rest to help piece it together for me, but what I've learned is that a great love is a lot like a good memory. When it's there, and you know it's there, but it's just out of your reach, it can be all that you think about. You can focus on it, and try to force it, but the more you do, the more you seem to push it away. But if you're patient, and you hold still, then maybe [pause] Just maybe [pause] It will come to you. I just need to make sure I'm somewhere she can find me. I think this place is a little different than it was before. See, out there, everything is based on the Alpha, but in here, I guess I'm the Alpha. And maybe this time through, things will be a little different for me as well. I guess I'll find out [pause] And I mean, hell, if you have to live the rest of your life in a memory [pause] You might as well make it a good one (Burns, B. Red vs Blue: Revelation 2010)

       

      Now that the larger battle is over, Church has come to terms with figuring out the mistakes he has made and try to fix what he has broken. He realizes here that when you re-enter a situation you come to it with all the knowledge of the previous times and are not only the same, but more because of it. This is not only a representation of what is happening in the Red vs Blue storyline, but how using old myths to understand or solve a current crisis is a viable option. The episode referenced here is titled N+1 which is the quick term defining a redundancy program. Computers (like Church is essentially) will run a simulation of a problem with variables multiple times and at each conclusion will assimilate the data into a new run of the program. The aim of a redundancy program is to eventually find a solution to the original problem. In that way it is mythic recursion, the telling and re-telling of stories with slight variations based upon the last telling to eventually answer the original question. It is again a hopeful notion, but there is a darker version of this too, a condemnation at the beginning of the realization that the previous times all you have done is failed to a great cost of those around you.

       

      I think I just figured out what the Director couldn't. And Alpha either. It was you, Tex, all along. See I thought- I thought we, made you. The Director, and the fragments... but that's not the case. You made us. When the Alpha was created, you just kinda came along for the ride. You gave the Director the idea that he could make something more. That he could split the Alpha up. Don't you get it? You were the memory. You were the key. You were so strong, you made a whole other person. God - he always wanted to find you. You know, to get you right. To just see you one last time. And he wanted me to be able to do the same. To find you in here or [pause] just, go down another iteration. Figure out this little Tex problem. Figure out how to do it right. But now I know. I know how to fix all o' this. How to end it once and for all. It was so simple all along. I just had to tell you three words. Three words I wasn't capable of telling you before. [pause] No Tex, no, I'm not gonna say I love you. I'm gonna say I forget you. I forget you. I'm letting you go. Okay world, do your fucking worst! 'Cause I sure as hell just did mine. (Burns, B. Red vs Blue: Season 9 2011).

       

      Similar here to both the depressed Orpheus after he lost Eurydice again, and to anyone admitting defeat Church learns to let go of his own mistakes to try and stop solving the problems of the past with the same methods that didn’t work before. What happened to him was not fair, especially in light of how recent his marriage to Alison was, but her death was neither his fault, nor something he could avenge on his own. It was a poor situation on all accounts, and even the Director realizes this, right before his death. By his own will he seals himself within a facility he has shut down to put a complete end to Project Freelancer. He is asked at the last moment if he was successful. He replies: “No. No, I did not. But I believe I might have come very close. I wish... I wish I knew…Perhaps the next time around” the Director feels the pain of failure in his own attempts but his interactions with Epsilon and his daughter have solidified a new hope for him and a new version of the cycle (Burns, B. Season 10 2012.)  He failed, by the show’s own reckoning he is the most dangerous war-criminal in the world’s history, but where he failed he left a new generation who will definitely not make the same mistakes. They will carry the past forward with them and make the world better for it

       

      This is the end-goal of mythic recursion. With the morals found in the original telling and the pattern identified in a current story or situation the solution or quest for it is brought to new light and understanding.

       

      As another form of application, the way to look at Red vs Blue in the Orphic tradition also can be translated to how Americians felt about the Iraq War. As it was generated by American citizens in an independent largely non-constricting manner like Rooster Teeth’s machinima and put into the open forum of the internet to gain recognition by the merit of popularity, it can be assumed that the story told in these series and episodes is relevant to the viewers.

       

      The years mentioned for the seasons quoted fall in line with the changing tide of agreement with what a nation was doing, and also the growing hindsight put upon all the seedy and questionable actions done under the assumption of advancement and protection. War crimes in the Iraq war are still being investigated and our presence still questioned. This new war is now considered a similar flop in the mind of Americans as was Vietnam and the Gulf War (similar, but new). And with the clear emphasis on hindsight and forward thinking and how they relate to both personal crisis and large autocratic endeavors Red vs Blue tells a version of the Orphic myth that is not only resonant with itself, but also relevant to the viewers as they experience the story and the circumstances of their own lives.

       

      The unmistakable lesson that whether in times of war or personal strife that the past must be carried forward, but not re-inacted is the central narrative of the story of Church and Tex in Red vs Blue.

       

      Bringing it all Forward

       

      As is clear, Red vs Blue is a mythology in as far as the world it creates is large and interconnected with the characters acting out the morals and lessons in a way to instruct those who observe it. Following in the tradition of the myth of Orpheus, viewers are not only invited to see an application of the monomyth and mythic resonance, but get a rather meta view on the process via the example the story shows. The identification of a the pattern of how Church’s story is not only his story, but Orpheus’s, allows the viewers to learn to identify and then re-apply myths in new ways as they are important to each individual. America has been going through a major crisis in the past decade and what started with good intent was warped and became yet another failed attempt to solve old problems.

       

      It is why we tell old stories, to find if a better answer or solution to a problem based upon the experiences of the past but not to get mired down in just the past. There will always be a new telling down new avenues. Each iteration is applicable to the problem at hand and so the solution, while better each time, is too.   Applying old stories to new ones enlightens us not only to the common strife, but I think to the common experience of learning from the past and making things better for it. That is why the old stories are here still.

       

       

      References

       

      --Bennett, W. Lance & Edelman, M. (2006). Toward a new political narrative. Journal Of Communication, 35 (4), 156-171.

      --Bullfinch, T. (2000). Bullfinch's Greek and Roman Mythology. Mineola, New York: Dover.

      --Campbel, J. (1959). The Masks of God: Primitive Mythology. London, England: Penguin Compass.

      --Campbel, J. (1964). The Masks of God: Occidental Mythology. London, England: Penguin Compass.

      --Campbel, J. (1968). The Hero With a Thousand Faces (2nd ed.). Princeton, New Jersy: Princeton University Press.

      --Campbel, J. (1972). Myths to Live By. New York, New York: Bantam Books.

      --Campbel, J. Moyers, B. (1988). The Power of Myth. New York, New York: Doubleday.

      --Chien, I. (2007). Deviation/Red vs Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles. Film Quarterly, , 24-29.

      --Hauwerwas, S. (1983) A Community of Character. Notre Dame, University of Notre Dame Press

      --Hullum, M. & Burns, B. 2008. Red V.S. Blue: Reconstruction. United States: Rooster Teeth Productions

      --Hullum, M & Burns, B. 2013 Rooster Teeth: A 10 Year Retrospective 

      --Kushner, D. (2008). Macninima’s movie moguls. . IEEE Spectrum, , 37-41.

      --Moltenbrey, K. (2005). Out of character. Computer Graphics World, , 24-27.

      --Sanchez R. & Shaughnessy J. 2012 Red vs Blue vs Hollywood. Machinima. 

      --Sorola, G.  (2003). Rooster Teeth.com. Rooster Teeth Productions. Retrieved from http://roosterteeth.com/home.php

      --Starrs, B. (2010). Reverbing: The Red vs. blue machinima as anti-war film. . Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies., , 265-277.

       

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    • 008 Micro Update 9/25/2016

      2 months ago

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      Update 28 is coming.  Soon.  I'm making good on a long time promise of mine and want it to be excellent.

      And it's already 10 pages in Word in my usual format

    • 008 Mini Update 9/16/2018: Blocks Canyon Sneak Peek (Fixed Link)

      2 months ago

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      There is no blog this week.

      The two I'm working on need time and/or physical resources I don't have access to at the moment.


      I'm sorry. 


      BUT, I do have something I can show you that will be part of a future blog.  And I'm only showing it off to the site.  You guys are special.  (It's also unlisted so you will have to sign in to youtube.  If you don't have an account and want to see it, let me know.)


      It's a work in progress.


      I hope you enjoy this sneak peak at a little tour I want to take you on.



      Join me, won't you?

    • 008 Update #37- I Haven’t Forsaken You All

      3 months ago

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      Really, I haven’t.

       

      This week got busy because of a lot of other things. 

       

      I’m updating my resume. My phone fell in the sink.  I am going to go see Jason Mraz on Sunday.  I went to the comic shop and found out that the 3rd Monstress book came out.  We got a 4th for my DnD campaign and I had to write her in.  The power went out last night when I meant to write up a longer blog about another series I planned to introduce soon.

       

      See?  Busy.

       

      Busy, busy, busy.

       

      Busy as a bee.

       

       

      I’ve also been playing Destiny 2 Forsaken.

       

      I’m not done with the base campaign yet (it’s not like I play ALL the time) so don’t expect a review or anything. 

       

      I do love it though. 

       

      I’m “just starting the third act” of the base campaign and there’s so much story and lore I’ve uncovered.  I don’t think I’ve cared as much about the story outcome since the Taken King and I haven’t awaited a shader this much since House of Wolves. 

       

      That’s another thing: the loot this time around…  The coats for the space wizards are sweet and I’m actually using a variety of energy weapons.  Maybe that’s more because I also just hit level 50 tonight, but I’m only 488 Light.  I’ve got some work to do.

       

      It doesn’t feel like grinding, not really.  The way they’ve built the gameplay it does “make you play between missions” but with the re-introduction of bounties and spreading the materials you need to level up out to RELIABLE sources it feels like a quest and you’re earning things instead of just grinding. 

       

      Over on twitter I’ve been showing off my journey #ForTheLoot and I won’t directly repeat myself here.  If you want to see how I’ve transformed my character over the past few play sessions on a mechanical level, you can check it out.

       

      No, what I’m going to quickly round this out with is a more personal element to the game.

       

      I main a Voidwalker Warlock.  Hell, main isn’t even a strong enough word for it.  That’s what I’ve rolled this entire time.  I’ve got my alts but I don’t often play them.  I don’t usually need to either.  They’re where I put the cool stuff my guy can’t use.

       

      The reason I just play the once character, and mostly the one class, isn’t just because I found my playstyle.  It’s because I’ve really embraced the roll-playing aspect of this MMO FPS RPG.  With the given differences of any game, that guy running around and saving the solar system time and time again feels like a part of me. 

       

      I’ve even given him a name and character and worked that into my playstyle.  I don’t go for the most powerful weapons or the easiest strategy.  I ask myself, what would Nero Vaar do?

       

      And I’ve Trojan Horsed a new series for the year, I think.  I just kept writing past that point with no end in sight and I need to get to sleep.  So rather than subject you to twenty minutes of rambling and a sudden end, I’m going to convert those ramplings into something coherent later and just give you the sudden end now.

       

      So, if you want to know what Nero Vaar would do, stick around.  I think once I finish the campaign I’ll have even more to say, but I’ve had a lot of stories come out of playing Destiny and Destiny 2.  Stories about a lone Voidwalker with banned hand cannons and a flair for the dramatic.


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      This might have been the first "Oh shit, I need a entry for the week" blog, and it probably won't be the last.  Still it's topical and I DID get something out.  That's got to count for something, right?  


      How have y'all been?  Anything keeping you busy?  


      Do you play Destiny 2?  ...on PS4?  Hit me up. 

       

      See you starside,

      -AgentWashingtub008

    • 008 Update #36- FUNlimited FUNboxing

      3 months ago

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      {Posted around 5:15PST 9/1/2018 with and edit at 5:30}


      The writing part of this week’s blog starts out fairly easily.

       

      #Funboxing the #RTBOX month-to-month was difficult towards the end of the #DoubleGold monthly system.  It wasn’t just because of the unpredictability of getting it, but that’s just a lot of writing I have to fit in when the box did show up.  If the box ever showed up when I wasn’t home or when someone else was there, odds of having the time to give my hot-takes when they were fresh slimmed.

       

      So far I’ve liked these quarterly boxes as a solution to the issues of the old RT boxes and the convenience it gives me.

       

      Convenience I am about to completely blow with maybe a half-hour or more of video, several pictures AND the usual written commentary I am want to make on these things.

       

      I’m using this big ol’ post to catch up on what I’ve got to for my FUNboxings.  The format is changing (clearly) and I know I’ll be adding more things later, but I like to think the core will remain FUNchanged.

       

      As for the puns, I’m restraining myself but I found myself FUN-able to resist a few.

       

      Where to start?  I think maybe the best place is to start here and now with the FUNboxing video of the most recent #rwby RTbox.  This is how I have ironed things out to work for now.

       

      I’m not going to keep myself any longer. Here’s the video:

       


        

      That was neat. 

       

      I’m obviously still learning video editing and I’m just using the MS Photos minimal system.  But there it is, a VIDEO format to the FUNBoxings.  I told you something like that was in the works.

       

      Hopefully by next quarter I’ll remember to charge my phone.

       

      We’ll see though.

       

      What won’t be much different, as you soon shall be, is the rest of this post because I didn’t think that one edited video was enough for this blog.

       

      So here’s another video and a few other highlighted items from the RTBoxes that I’ve gotten:

       

      I like to think that covered a lot in 20 minutes, but there’s STILL MORE for me to show you.


      First, eagle-eyed observers might have noticed the Fun Haus funky glass from the Mardi Gras RT Box.  And I’ll assume that the same viewer is wondering why is that in there? 


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      I’ll tell you why.



      Those are things I’ve barely used and don’t have any direct plans to.


       

      Listen, I’m a fan of Funhaus.  I enjoy the videos I do watch and it’s always a treat when they show up in Sugar Pine 7 videos.  Still, I wouldn’t say I’m a super fan.  Around the time Funhaus joined Rooster Teeth is the point when a major shift happened for RT content for me.  That was when I simply couldn’t watch it all.  Funhaus, being not quite my style, was the first to really get cut back.  I watch Demo Disc and gameplay of games I’m interested in, but the only series I watch all of is the Funhaus Tourism Bureau videos.*  These other things, well I’m pretty sure they’re things other people would like more than me and while I like collecting what I got from the boxes, I’d rather someone else who would enjoy it more has it.  So I’d like to propose a trade.

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      *I’m keeping that shirt though.

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      Back in the old days of the community site I’m aware that there were shirt exchanges and give-aways.  Though I don’t have any shirts I’m willing to part with, I have all of these Funhaus things that need a good home.  Do you think you could provide one?  Do you live in the Seattle area or are you planning to attend RTX 2019?  After sitting on these items for more than a year, I’m willing to start trading them for other RT Box merchandise because there’s some stuff I’m missing in my collection.

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      Currently offered we have:


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      A Funhaus Marti Gras Glass


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      A Funhaus Basket Ball Stress Ball

       

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      A Double Gold Exclusive “Poison of the Gods” Pin

       

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      A curled but still good Sex Swing sticker.

       

      Think about it, and if you have something like the RTX 2016 Buff, the Weiss paper figure, or the team CFVY Mug that you aren’t using, let me know. 

       

      I may dig around more of my own things to add to my list of givable things later.  But you do deserve to know up front, I’m not giving away any of the DG cards that I do have.  I’m also thinking for now limiting it to similar item trades from past RT Boxes. 

       

      Now that that’s out of the way, I have even more to show you in the category of “RT Box Things I ‘Use’ Everyday.”

       

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      In my room, but not in the video we’ve got the Achievement Hunter coasters.

       

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      There’s a drawer full of mostly RT shirts which is almost overflowing.  I probably have to solve that problem soon.**

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      **For reference my shirts are currently in mostly two drawers: the one of graphic t-shirts and the one of Rooster Teeth shirts and plain shirts.

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      And I have various other things all atop my dresser like my Camp Camp koozie which fits my Surf Geoff bottle surprisingly well. 

       

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      Our journey continues into the bathroom where I have a place of honor for the Golden Gus Sili Pint.  (What I use to rinse with when I brush my teeth (unlike @Lamkia ).)

       

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      But what we really need to talk about is the surprising amount of RT Box things in my car, The Hound of Orpheus.  Lovingly I’ve put my Looser tattoo sticker on the rear left window.  Big and proud.

       

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      It would seem my car really has a Gavin theme going, constantly reminding me about grapes…

       

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      …and that I shouldn’t give them to my dogs.

       

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      Though I’m not all that intrigued by DAY 5, the manual charging flashlight from that box is pretty handy to have in the car.

       

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      Finally I put little things I want to look at in my open glove-box, two of which are RT Box items.  The Funhaus license plate and the grape-scented Gavin.  It still DOES smell like grapes too.  It’s pretty cool.

       

      I seem to remember something else cool about that Gavin figure.

       

      Oh right, I own it now, and it was in Jack’s mouth at one point…

       

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      Or was it?

       

      Wanna find out?

       

      I filmed this FUNBelieveable “FUNBoxing” and reaction to getting the Boxing Box all they way back when.  Then life happened and really the best time to show it off is now. 

       

      See the prototype FUNBoxing video in all it’s glory!

       

       

      Are you sick of shaky-cam FUNBoxings yet?  Don’t worry, that’s the last video for this post.  (Seriously though, just like last time all feedback is appreciated.)

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      EDIT: Obviously, I forgot to mention that I never wrote out the post for the Boxing Box FUNBoxing.  After all that time passed I watched the video again and thought I had covered everything I wanted to.  If you'd like more information, don't hesitate to ask.

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      We’re also nearly over with the post itself, but if I’m going to start tying up all my loose ends, I may as well take care of a few more.

       

      I never did a FUNBoxing text post for the final Double Gold RTBox, which is a shame because it was pretty awesome.

       

      It was just full of all my favorite kind of thing, the reference items.

       

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      A Rocket Rooster Can Container

       

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      An RTES Plate

       

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      Burnie Burns Urinal Cake Candle

       

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      The 15th Anniversary Pin

       

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      A Geoff Gents Silver Figure

       

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      And this awesome 15 Years shirt.

       

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      I really loved this box.  It was simple but everything in it I really loved.  You know that once I get my own place that RTES plate will find its way onto the wall.  The candle will make my bathroom smell gud.  And everything else is in use already.

       

      That fits my definition of a great RT Box. 

       

      Well, wow, that post went all over the place.  Things may or may not get better next time, but I hope you enjoyed it. 

       

      Retooling the FUNBoxings for the new RTBoxes has been a process, but worth it in the end.  With more time between them you can expect more videos followed up with text that discusses what I’ve done with the RT Box merch.  The story goes on after I put the box away after all.

       

      I get up to some #ElaborateShenanigans from time to time.

       

      Especially when things get dusky.

       

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      Right now though I’ve gotta get posting this to meet my weekly goal.

       

      My phone also needs some charging.

       

      Thanks again to everyone involved in the RT Boxes.

       

      Looking forward to all the FUN they’ll bring me in the future,

      -AgentWashingtub008

       

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    • 008 Update #35- First of the Series... es (The Path of Least Convenience)

      3 months ago

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      Hey gang, it’s time for me to start making good on the plan.  I’m bringing you the second of fifty two “weekly” 008 Updates.

       

      This week we’ll be doing something a little different.

       

      First off, we won’t be doing Part 5 of #RTXcited 2018: The Threequel because that’s not ready yet.  (I need to get color ink for the printer).  The nice thing about that #rtx journal is it can really happen anytime between now and the fourth RTXcited series.  You’ll know why eventually.

       

      Secondly this is the first of something I’ve wanted to do for a while now.  Instead of waiting for a good outlet for it, I’m just deciding to make this one.  I hope.

       

      For a while now I’ve been working on short philosophical essays/ideas.  I not only would like to share these little guidelines I’ve come up with, but enter into a discussion with you about them.  I think we could both learn and have some fun.

       

      It’s also not a stretch to say I think having some sort of, common threads through the year will help me stay on track and have something to potentially talk about each time.  I only have to come up with 30 basic ideas instead of 52.  You get that, right?

       

      If not, I hope you soon do because that’s the line of thinking that comes naturally comes from the Path of Least Convenience.

       

      The Path of Least Convenience

       

      People often tell me I have a neat way of looking at things.

       

      I tell them about my monocular vision, slight astigmatism, and chronic complex migranes with auras.

       

      Then they tell me what they were really talking about was the way I think about the world and act in it.

       

      They’re talking about my philosophies.   Like others, I’m just trying to make my way in the world.  Hopefully I can have a good time and not step on anyone’s toes.  That’s the core of my general philosophy for dealing with a whole heck of a lot.  Because I’ve been making these musings to myself for years I’m finally going to start telling other people.  I’ll benefit from writing them out and maybe I’ll help some other people along the way.  That’s what this series of little essays will be about. My path of least convenience.

       

      I -The Urinal Wall Explanation-

       

      I’m very particular with my words.  No I might not know exactly what to say, but you can be sure I usually think out what I do.  So, the play on words with the name of the Path of Least Convenience is more than intentional. 

       

      To explain that and serve as an introduction to this little philosophy I hope to impart on all of you and as a viable way of making any decision, I’m going to use a colorful metaphor that is based in a very specific experience: a large public men’s restroom. 

       

      It is the general code of men in a restroom that the best way to go about things is to respect space and privacy.  This goes beyond not speaking unless required and walking a few paces apart.  In any restroom with three or more urinals, even if there’re dividers between them, you always fill out every other urinal at least (if possible).  From there you fill it in between people you know before people you don’t.  (Also, always leave room for children.)

       

      So, that’s the way most people do it.  Where I begin to differ is in how I select the urinals.  The common view is the often applicable first-come-first-served mentality of a line.  When all the urinals are in use that is the way I do too.  There may or may not be a line forming behind me and we all need to pee and that’s how we’re gonna get there fastest.

       

      HOWEVER, once you have more than one option available there is a decision to be made.  And that is where I begin to differ.  The rule of first-come-first-served no longer applies to that situation.  Yes, if I’m going into the restroom and walking to the wall of urinals, I probably* need to pee.  But how much do I need to pee?  Out of a combination of pragmatism and generosity, where you land on that question is how you decide which urinal to use.

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      *This is where I would link to the scene in Tropic Thunder where RDJ walks up to early millennial nerd boy actor #6 while he’s pissing to talk.  I would do that if there was a decent version of it on YouTube to use for these fair use educational purposes but the one version is a crappy shaky cam filming of a T.V. with the guy laughing over the scratchy audio.  So instead I pulled it up on Netflix and watched the film to find the timestamp while I typed out this “mid-note” and everything up to “when I’m doing my business.”  It’s a funny movie and that slows me down some. 

       

      The joke is at the tail end of the 39th minute by the way.

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      If I really need to pee, I go closest urinal.  If I don’t, I go to the farthest.  This is because of the pragmatism and generosity I mentioned earlier.  Someone could come in at any time and have to pee more than I do.  They need a closer option so they can do their business.  But if I have to really pee, I’m helping no one and ruining my day and pair of jeans by waiting any longer than I need to.  Odds are if anyone comes in right when I’m doing my business, I’ll already be going and they’ll see that and just go to the closest urinal they can.  I’m no superhuman and it’s not like I can safely stop to give them my spot anyway. 

       

      Back to the idea of picking a urinal to a way that fits your need and is generous to everyone else.  Maybe someone is already down at the far end.  Maybe you have to go moderately, but this is one of the movie theater restrooms with something like 12 urinals or more.  This is the situation where picking the Path of Least Convenience comes into play.  In my opinion, the best urinal is the farthest one you can make it to while allowing for the most amount of others seeking relief to comfortably do so as well.  In this case the specifics of this option is the urinal farthest from the entry way that has a space of one open urinal between you and anyone else with hopefully more room for others to stagger themselves out in the remaining space on your other side. 

       

      Remember how I opened this saying my words are particular?  Picking a faraway urinal is less convenient than picking a closer one but it is not inconvenient to you because you still don’t wet yourself.  You still have some convenience, but not much.  You could say it is the least amount.  You’re still looking out for yourself, but providing for others because any minute now a movie in a different theater could let out and here come all the guys who didn’t want to leave during the thrilling climax but really shouldn’t have finished off their 32oz Cherry Coke either.  It would be rude to do anything less than make sure they have as good a spot as you did. 

       

      “What about when every other urinal is already filled or there’s an even numbered space the farthest away?” I am going to presume you ask.  I’ll remind you that this is a general philosophy/rule of thumb and it is meant to be adaptive.  If all the urinals are already filled, that is not much of a problem because the main function of a restroom is to be a space to relieve oneself so the priority concern should be choosing the space furthest away where you don’t have an accident.  You’re gonna have to stand next to someone, but they’re likely to leave quickly anyway.  It really isn’t all that bad to pee next to someone in the situation where you need to pee (with dividers or not), though I’m not a particularly self-conscious or anxious person.  Which of course comes back around to why the nicer thing is to provide the option for people who are.

       

      Other people might not extend the same courtesy as you did.  Maybe they really had to go, maybe they’re just assholes.  I have a discussion about when it’s okay to be a bit of an asshole, but the bathroom is no place for assholes.  The point is you did the better thing.  You’re a good person and doesn’t that feel good?  You can hope that it’ll be payed forward or even your ideas will catch on, but the best you can do is keep at it. 

       

      Oh, and also you got to pee like you needed to.

       

      Win-win.

       

      That’s what this really comes down to, helping others and yourself.  It’s a balance where its likely things will work out for everyone.  It might not be the easiest way to go about things, but there's a little bit of convenience for everyone.

       

      That’s the idea anyway.

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      So, what’d you think?  Got any responses?  Were you entertained at all?  Did the format work?

       

      Let me know down in the comments along with if you’d want more like this from me.

       

      I certainly enjoyed writing it out, but I won’t waste anyone’s time.

       

      I’m also generally really looking forward to writing more of the parts in this Year or Participation.  I’ve got a few ideas already.  I might do something fictional (besides RvB: Rec0very) and I might finally do that Guttermouth series I always start and then get halfway through one of the movies and pause it to go into a literal 20 minute rant about some disrespect to the source material.**  Or, you know, I might have some fun little discussion about some cool nerd stuff.  This was one of the very tangentially RT related posts and I thought I’d get that flavor out early though because the next few I have planned…  Well, you’ll just have to wait and see.

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      ** I still haven’t seen the third film all the way through since the theater.

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      I hope you enjoyed this.

       

      Talk to ya’ll again soon.

      -Max, AgentWashingtub008

       

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    • ​ 008 Update #34- RTXCited 2018: THE THREEQUEL (Part 4- Take-Aways (#RTCommunityDay))

      3 months ago

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


       

      For the uninitiated, I get #VeryExcited for #rtx and for the past three years I have made a series of journal entries covering my thoughts and experiences.  This is the series for #RTXAustin2018 and the rest are likely to be found under the #RTXcited tag on the site.  Join me, won’t you?

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      This is not just a swag post.  That said, I got a lot of nice things this RTX which I’m going to tell you about in the miscellany that is this post.

       

      The first, and probably most important thing to mention is my Badge.  It’s been added to my small collection, but we’ll go on a little journey to find it.

       

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      Tucked away behind my jeans, jackets, (jean jackets,) and nicer shirts is a little organizational hanger with all my ties for the occasions I wear fancy clothes.  And on the other side of that…

       

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      … is where my badges from conventions, school, and other lanyarded things I want to keep are kept.

       

      It is a safe place for my great memories, but it isn’t much of a display.  It’s not fair to the buttons and pins I get.  So I have a solution.

       

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      As you can see, the badges are pretty bare.  They are in themselves wonderful keepsakes and that is why I have them but in my mind, pins and buttons as just as much for display.  I also don’t know about you, but I want to be able to remember RTX every day with other people.  Wearing a con lanyard in public makes people ask questions though…

       

      So I migrate the decorative bits (with purpose)! 

       

      Every year at RTX I but or bring something that’s going to be that year’s RTX thing.  Last year it was the Epsilon jacket which has my RTX 2017 pin secured front and center under the top button.  This year I intended it to be the RT Letterman Jacket which I’ve been needing to get since I got that Double Gold patch way back when, but there was also a sweet RTX Snapback in the RTX #RTBOX which is now half this year’s RTX thing.

       

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      See, cool pins all along the hat (First, Extra Life, and Side Quest).  I put it on my head and remember the good times.  (I also, the day I got home, went out to get comics with my brother and the comic-shop guy saw it and asked if I went.  We talked for two hours.  I think the hat has earned its keep.)

       

      The jacket still will be an RTX thing.  It’ll be covered in patches I got this year (and before) and as soon as it’s done you can bet I’ll show it off.

       

      Speaking of showing off, here’s the rest of the merch I got in the RT Store.

         

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      Some pretty cool stuff.  I just can’t not get an RvB thing each year, but it is true Camp Camp took up more of the budget than my jacket.  I really love that show, almost as much as I think the Ice Queen can be Best Girl when she puts her mind to it.  Maybe putting her hear back in a Cib headband might help her concentrate (I doubt it, but I needed to mention it somehow).  You can see here all the patches I got from the store and The Coop.  I really liked the Coop and its merch but that stuff was EXPENSIVE and I’ve still got some tin posters to buy.

       

      But, maybe by favorite thing of all is the RTX exclusive “Never Stop Trying” shirt.  It has that great cartoony style I love from this year’s RTX branding.  It has the positive other half of my favorite line in the show.  It’s very comfy.  And it has some actual importance to this post I’m writing on #rtcommunityday right now.

       

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      For all the fun stuff I get from RTX, what I take away from it every time is a reinvigorated sense of just how much the #rtcommunity means to me and a passion to do my part in it.

       

      RT asked us on twitter for pictures and favorite moments from RTX to retweet over RT Community Day.  You all have seen the pictures (I wanted to attach them all, but twitter only allows 4) but here’s what I wrote:

       

      It's hard to pin it down because every moment of #rtxaustin is a reminder of the welcoming, talented, and just best community ever (of all time) that I have become a part of. RTX is coming home to these people and that keeps me very excited for every year.

       

      Maybe I’m being a little sappy, but there it is.  I may get a lot done at RTX and all of it gets me #VeryExcited , but a greatest moment?  I am immersed in the RT community from the moment I put on my daily outfit and funny socks to when I flop into my bed then have to get back out and turn on my light to find my eye cover so I can actually sleep a few hours for a whole weekend.  It’s pretty hard to top that.

       

      Yet I think I’m gonna try. 

       

      I planted the seeds of this all the way back in Part 1 of this threequel.  RTX 2018 marks the start of the Year of Participation for me.  I’m getting more involved with groups.  I’m gonna finish this pass at Red vs Blue Rec0very.  I have enough RT shirts now to wear one every day of the month (if I so choose).  I’ve got some actual video content actually in the works.  Where this year will take me is unknown, but there’s one key to getting there.

       

      Memory…

       

      Remembering where I came from to this community and applying that.  If I don’t do anything else this year I’m going to do my best to have one 008 Update* for every calendar weekI’m a writer.  I have thoughts best conveyed in words that I want to share with other people.  They aren’t all going to be 20+ page behemoths and not all of them are necessarily going to be directly RT related.  The connection will be I’m writing them for you guys, the RT Community.  It’s stuff I’m making because I’d want to read it and I’m hoping a bunch of like-minded friends on the internet will enjoy it too.  That sounds kinda familiar…

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      *I really mean I’ll be doing “A Written Post” every calendar week.  Scripts for Rec0very and review posts count for that, as do other fictions I may decide to share and a planned series I have that isn’t just a blog but might start under the 008 Update banner.

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      It’s a little ambitious but this community is worth it to me and I can always use the practice writing.  By calendar week I mean every Monday-Sunday and that is so I can visualize all of this on my calendar easier and make a checkmark.  It also gives me the leeway of more than seven days on occasion. 

       

      Again, I don’t know what shape this year is going to take.  I also may miss a few.  I’m not perfect, but what’s important is I’ll never stop trying.  This community and this place means a lot to me, so I will keep coming back.  I hope you will too.

       

      Happy #rtcommunityday

      -Max (AgentWashingtub008

       

      P.S.

      You can also expect, along with part 5 of RTXCited 2018: The Threequel a lot of fun shenanigans and doodles, like me achieving a nice lunch or little doodles to up my word count by a couple thousand (metaphorically) and explain some stuff about how I see myself and the world.  I even got a new set of markers.

       

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  • Comments (48)

    • Elkaroo Brush then Listerine

      4 months ago

      I was expecting somebody to get knifed at the panel. You let me down.

    • ThatGuyWynters

      1 year ago

      Answering the prompt on your answer to my most recent question, I felt that the short did itself justice. Much like you said, I felt it was more backstory-driven than the Red/Ruby trailers. I also find your analysis of how the show might continue to be very logical. I personally believed that when we got a Ruby trailer last year, and we ended up having a Volume 4 plot driven by Ruby's adventures with RNJR/JNRR, I feel like the Weiss trailer might mean that Volume 5 will focus primarily on Weiss, and given that Blake and Sun's adventures were the primary subplot for last year's masquerade, it seems only fitting to me that this year have a subplot focused primarily on Yang. Of course, just as Weiss and Yang had their cameos last year, I fully expect to see how Ruby & Co. are getting along in Mistral (meeting Oscar/Ozpin, perhaps?), and I also want to keep up with Blake as she leads her family—not to mention her +1(+3, possibly)—as they prepare to take on the White Fang, or at least part of it.

      So, yeah. Those are my thoughts & theories struck up by the Volume 5 Weiss Character Short. It's not nearly as elaborate and/or satisfying as reading one of your reviews (you're really good at it, I wanna say), but there it is.

      One more thing that your answer to my question got me thinking—in it, you made a mention of RT releasing two other shorts before Volume 5 starts up. I haven't heard that myself, but if it's true, and given that you said it, I find it believable, then it really throws off my theories for what the focuses might be.

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

        1 year ago

        Well thanks.


        I will say the three more trailers before the season thing is something I just heard a lot at RTX and, because I'm still in RvB mode right now, not something I really persued.  It all depends on the length and intent of this multi-volume arc for how they will do it and how it would work best.

    • OsageOrange

      1 year ago

      Happy C+FU Day!

    • andytheciderman RTCyclist/Keeper of Wine

      1 year ago

      Happy FU Day!

    • LCPeter

      1 year ago

      BRO YOU FUING SO HARD RIGHT NOW

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

        1 year ago

        Move over Ce-lo Green!

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      1 year ago

      Happy FU!!!

    • LadyOddDuck

      1 year ago

      Happy FU Day!

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      1 year ago

      Hey! Hey! Yeah, you!

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      Congratulations.

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

        1 year ago

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


        THANKS!

    • Lamkia

      1 year ago

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      :D

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      1 year ago

      Hey, buddy! FU!

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

        1 year ago

        FU TO BUDDY [sniffs]

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      1 year ago

      Happy FU Day!  Bask in the glory.

    • Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      1 year ago

      Yay friends! 

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

        1 year ago

        Booyeah!

    • buckeyedon Crackpottist

      2 years ago

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


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


      I SO understand this!

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

        2 years ago

        That function works swell!


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


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        NOPE!


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


        Oh well, we can work it out later.


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

    • monopoly_j

      2 years ago

      So why the Random Friend Request?

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

        2 years ago

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

      • monopoly_j

        2 years ago

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

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

      2 years ago

      Hey Max :D

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

        2 years ago

        I think thats Max

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

        2 years ago

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

    • Raf Raf

      2 years ago

      thanks for the friend request! :

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

        2 years ago

        Not a problem.

    • Caszie

      2 years ago

      Happy Valentine's Day! :D


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

        2 years ago

        Sweet, thanks.

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

      2 years ago

      Hello! Thanks for accepting!

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

        2 years ago

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

    • phoniexape12

      4 years ago

      i also love legos do you have a mocpages account?

      • phoniexape12

        4 years ago

        Okay

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

        4 years ago

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

      • phoniexape12

        4 years ago

        just look it up

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

        4 years ago

        I don't even know what that is.

    • agentmaine6

      5 years ago

      Thank you i appreciate it you just made my day

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

      6 years ago

      Present! (You said to add beard... Hope I got it somewhat right)Hope you like it smiley1.gif
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      • AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

        6 years ago

        I like it very much, and the beard will be accurate in about a week. Perfect style too.

    • tucker300

      6 years ago

      the good thing about wash is hes on the blue team

    • tucker300

      6 years ago

      Wash can suck it :D XP

    • Miragenotdin

      7 years ago

      Wash Rules.

    • theEMBlem98

      7 years ago

      Looks good dude.

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    The Short Itself

    I found it very pleasant.


    That's odd phrasing, I know, but there are (of course) particulars to that.


    First, I've gotta clarify, Weiss is really up there with favorite characters.  Even more than the Space Needle shaped chart of favorite characters I have from Red vs Blue, for RWBY it's a big ball of characters at the top and there's rotations.  Weiss is probably the girl from the main four I'd like to know the most, if only so that I could give her a hug. 


    This short, was a perfect microcosm of that. 


    Also, I probably had the same putting-the-pieces together process everyone had at RTX and (if your like me) when it went public on RT.  Season 1 dress with no scar: this is the past.  There are summons: which family member is it?  Oh right, Jaques isn't a Schnee, so it could only be Winter.  Why is Winter doing this?  Is Papa making it happen? 


    The balletic fighting style that is stiff is very well animated and true to the character at that point in her development.  While I'm taking a break to talk about the technicals, the backgrounds are BEAUTIFUL.  The whole animation is good, but something about the courtyard set is really top notch.  The shadows.


    Then we get to the end and the revelation of how brutal but caring Winter was while training Weiss.  This might be more speculation than necessary, but what I really got from this moment (paired with what Whitley said about "mother") is Winter really was the mother.  Weiss's reaction to her sister showing up in Volume 3 also seems to confirm this in retrospect.  Winter is just that much older that she could and likely did take on much of the rearing responsibilities of her younger siblings.


    Having this all be a dream indicates that Weiss is traveling to Mistral hoping to find her sister and these are where her mind is at on the trip down there. 


    Like the first White trailer, this short was very much about back-story.  If the parallels continue, well that's the next section's topic.


    The song was good.  So far it hasn't stuck in my head quite like Mirror Mirror, but I also haven't been watching this as much.  As we get closer to V.5 I'm sure I will be paying more attention to RWBY news and development.


    So, when I say it was "pleasant" I don't mean the story of it, but it was very satisfying and about what I'd expect from a Weiss trailer.


    Thoughts This Adds to My Pre-Volume 5 Considerations:

    I'll admit, I'm a tad puzzled by the way these trailers are being released.  I did not go to the panel at RTX (my major panel was RvB), but I heard about them.  What's nagging at me is that if we only had one last year, why are we supposedly having three for this year? 


    If it were me (and you know, I was planning the whole thing) I'd go for one a year for a four year arc.  But I have no idea how this arc will be proportioned so that could be completely off base and not helpful.


    Unlike the Ruby short last year, this also doesn't present much plot-progressing information when viewed alone.  Weiss has run away from home to be with her sister, we knew that.  This was a character study, but I did say that it mirrored White in that way as well. 


    Red and Ruby were action pieces with world building.


    White and Weiss are character studies that show but don't tell character development to be used later in the story. 


    I think that before Weiss finds any of her team in this story she'll spend an amount of time looking for her sister..  That's her goal.  If and how she accomplishes that is something to watch (or discuss not at midnight).


    The only other thing this really tells me about V.5 is the Blake and Yang shorts will probably be like Black and Yellow too.


    Blake, I'm guessing, will be a brief story of her and Sun in the interim of plot between volumes as she tracks down the White Fang's bad cell. 


    Yang will be another explosive solo story leading almost directly into the new Volume.  Maybe this time she stumbles upon Qrow and Oscar in the bar.


    Hopefully those two stories will help progress the plot for some further speculation.


    What are your thoughts? Did you enjoy the short? Got any good theories yourself?  (Feel free to leave a profile comment or some other form of communication.)

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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


    Allow me to remedy that. 


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


    [Stares at bookshelf for five minutes]


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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


    It's a killer joke.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

    Is mayonnaise an instrument?

    | Asked by: LCPeter 2 years ago

    Anything can be an instrument if you try hard enough.


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

    Awww, not a math question...


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


    Sort of.


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


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


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


    *This gives me an idea for a blog later.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

    [Pushes up glasses]


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

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


    WHHHHHHIIIIIIIIiiiiirrrrrrrrr tick tick tick tick tick tick....


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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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

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


    1) YU-GI-OH!

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


    2) Code Geass

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


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


    3) Pokémon

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


    4) Uhhh...


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






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

    ---


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


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


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

    ---


    Have some fun with that one Freud.


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


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


    Favorite comic book?

    | Asked by: Fly 2 years ago

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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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

    Why are we here?

    | Asked by: ThatGuyWynters 2 years ago

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

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


    I think you're particularly a RWBYite.

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


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


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

    A wall mounted-radio!


    A telephone!


    A Daft Punk poster!


    Very small rocks!


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


    ...


    Yeah, I'm not really sure.

    I also want to say a tactical knife...


    No...


    Old-timey camera film.


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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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

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


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

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


    Breakfast- Waffles and Bannanas (with fix'ns)


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


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


    Popcorn

    Cheez-its

    Chicken Jerky


    Coke

    Glacier Freeze Gatorade

    Whole Milk

    French Roast Coffee


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

    ---


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



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


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


    They decided to make a pun out of me.

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


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


    OR


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


    Follow


    Observe


    Befriend


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

    Oh the rituals, how shall I begin?


    Perhaps with the oldest in its oldest form.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


    I hope that entertained and informed you.

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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


    Top 3 though...


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


    #3- Jak II


    #2- infamous 2


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

    The newly appointed governor of Port Royale's daughter.


    HEY-O!


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

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


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


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

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

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

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


    Then high school and college happened.


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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

    I assume you mean this:


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

    From now...

    My professional life is really just beginning.


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


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


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


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

    What is the chief end of man?

    | Asked by: monopoly_j 2 years ago

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


    In my personal interpretation I think it means to live.