Ok so I haven't been on here very much in several years so I am going to do away with this profile all together. I'll leave this up for a week or so just in case there is anyone left who wants to get in touch with me you can find me on facebook using the email email@example.com
9 years agoPhoenix_13
Remember when RvB used to be a calm quiet community for a few (comparatively)gamers who were lucky enough to have found a place with like minded individuals to hang out with? Remember when everyone watched the videos and waited impatiently for the next to come out? Remember RvB when we were all die hards who just couldn't get enough Halo? Before all the Social Networking "extras". Back when people actually knew how the site got started. Before all the flashy colors and useless add ons. But now the tell us its "better" new and improved. Flashy colors sharp pictures the whole place re-geared toward the larger "community". Now we have noobs who don't even know what the word noob means. We have people who've never watched the original videos and we have great things like advertisements to support all the new fangled crap we've gotten in place of the good old site we used to have. Instead all we have is a glorified myspace clone with halo pictures. New and improved huh? Yeah....I miss the way it used to be.
11 years agoPhoenix_13
Phoenix sheds her mortal form
Without a word of warning.
Fires blaze 'round her still face,
As lightning strikes through mourning.
Wings out-stretched to meet the sky,
Her arms spread wide in surrender.
The young girl gone from this dark earth;
A woman left to face its splendor.
11 years agoPhoenix_13
This was posted by .Soccomgi
OK, here's my opinion...
Mod points had their warts. People *could* stockpile them and use 50 at once to totally kill the karma of a user. It's true that there WAS a potential for abuse.
However, mod points had a certain level of accountability. You couldn't just register firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, etc. and up your level. First off, free registrations were blocked, and secondly, it created a trail that would allow such abuses to be corrected (e.x. warning and banning).
They also carried a certain amount of fun. Who DIDN'T want to work hard to win a contest? Even if it's just a number on a website, it was fun.
Mod points also, in my opinion, helped the quality of posts on the forums tremendously. It made people *want* to post quality posts. I wouldn't just post for the sake of posting. I'd post the funniest stuff I could find, try to help others out, etc.
Also, it carried a certain amount of responsibility in posting. You didn't HAVE unlimited mod points, so every +1 funny or -1 WTF was a serious consideration: Does this post deserve it? I only modded things funny if I literally laughed out loud. You'd have to spend one of your precious points. That meant that mod points were usually used responsibly, and if something was modded +5 Funny, you could be sure that it was worth reading.
Now, mod points are basically worthless. I could just mod bomb a thread -1 WTF on every post now (don't worry, I'm not a jerk). But, in the end, that too would be meaningless. When every post has mods, it's hard to separate the insightful from the normal, the comedic gold from the crappy punchlines.
It also encourages crap posting for the sake of leveling. It used to be that "lol, me too" posts would be ignored. Now? It's tied to your Karma. This will encourage quantity over quality.
Will I return for RvB reconstruction and other machinima? Yes.
Will I be likely to participate in the community as much? No.
Note: I know I don't have a lot of forum posts or anything...but I did read and enjoy the RvB community a lot, and I think that this change is one for the worse.
11 years agoPhoenix_13
(CNN) -- The California Supreme Court struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage Thursday, saying sexual orientation, like race or gender, "does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights."
In a 4-3 120-page ruling issue, the justices wrote that "responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual's sexual orientation."
"We therefore conclude that in view of the substance and significance of the fundamental constitutional right to form a family relationship, the California Constitution properly must be interpreted to guarantee this basic civil right to all Californians, whether gay or heterosexual, and to same-sex couples as well as to opposite-sex couples," Chief Justice Ronald George wrote for the majority.
The ruling takes effect in 30 days.
Several gay and lesbian couples, along with the city of San Francisco and gay rights groups, filed a lawsuit saying they were victims of unlawful discrimination. A lower court ruled San Francisco acted unlawfully in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The ruling surprised legal experts because the court has a reputation for being conservative. Six of its seven judges are Republican appointees.
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said he is "profoundly grateful" for the decision and for the court's "eloquence" in its delivery.
"After four long years, we're very, very gratified," he said.
Shannon Minter, attorney for one of the plaintiffs in the case, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, called the ruling "a moment of pure happiness and joy for so many families in California."
"California sets the tone, and this will have a huge effect across the nation to bringing wider acceptance for gay and lesbian couples," he said.
Neil Giuliano, president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, issued a statement saying, "Today's ruling affirms that committed couples, gay and straight, should not be denied the duties, obligations and protections of marriage. ... This decision is a vital affirmation to countless California couples -- straight and gay -- who want to make and have made a lifelong commitment to take care of and be responsible for each other."
Groups opposing same-sex marriage also reacted strongly to the ruling.
"The California Supreme Court has engaged in the worst kind of judicial activism today, abandoning its role as an objective interpreter of the law and instead legislating from the bench," said Matt Barber, policy director for cultural issues for the group Concerned Women for America, in a written statement.
"So-called 'same-sex' marriage is counterfeit marriage. Marriage is, and has always been, between a man and a woman. We know that it's in the best interest of children to be raised with a mother and a father. To use children as guinea pigs in radical San Francisco-style social experimentation is deplorable."
The organization said that a constitutional marriage amendment should be placed on the November ballot and that national efforts should be made to generate a federal marriage amendment.
"The decision must be removed from the hands of judicial activists and returned to the rightful hands of the people," Barber said.
A constitutional amendment initiative specifying that marriage is only between a man and a woman is awaiting verification by the secretary of state's office after its sponsors said they had gathered enough signatures to place it on the statewide ballot. The parties cannot appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, Herrera said, as federal courts do not have jurisdiction over the state laws. "This is the final say," he said.
In a dissenting opinion, Associate Justice Marvin Baxter wrote that although he agrees with some of the majority's conclusions, the court was overstepping its bounds in striking down the ban. Instead, he wrote, the issue should be left to the voters.
In 2004, San Francisco officials allowed gay couples in the city to wed, prompting a flood of applicants crowding the city hall clerk's office. The first couple to wed then was 80-year-old Phyllis Lyon and 83-year-old Dorothy Martin, lovers for 50 years.
"We have a right just like anyone else to get married to the person we want to get married to," Lyon said at the time.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom called the ruling a victory not just for the city "but for literally millions of people. ... What the court did is simply affirm their lives."
CNN's Ted Rowlands reported that "huge cheers" went up in San Francisco when the ruling was announced.
In California, a 2000 voter referendum banned same-sex marriage, but state lawmakers have made two efforts to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed both bills.
"I respect the court's decision and as governor, I will uphold its ruling," Schwarzenegger said in a statement issued Thursday. "Also, as I have said in the past, I will not support an amendment to the constitution that would overturn this state Supreme Court ruling."
Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriages in 2004, and gay couples need not be state residents there to wed. However, then-Gov. Mitt Romney resurrected a 1913 law barring non-resident marriages in the state if the marriage would be prohibited in the partners' home state.
Subsequent court and agency decisions have determined that only residents of Massachusetts, Rhode Island or New Mexico may marry in the state, unless the marriage partners say they intend to relocate to Massachusetts after the marriage.
New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey and Connecticut permit civil unions, and California has a domestic-partner registration law. More than a dozen other states give gay couples some legal rights, as do some other countries.
"It's a throwaway line, but I think it's true: As California goes, so goes the rest of the nation," Newsom said. "And I don't think people should be paranoid about that. ... Look what happened in Massachusetts a number of years ago. Massachusetts is doing just fine. The state is doing wonderfu
11 years agoPhoenix_13
Went to my first wedding of the summer yesterday. Two of my best friends Zack shadowdrgon and Sarah unicorn_3 got married yesterday. The bride was gorgeous, the wedding was beautiful, the reception was a blast, and Zack well he was Zack :op (what can I say he's like a brother to me). I couldn't be happier for the both of them. So do me a favor and go spam the hell outta both of their pages while they are gone on their honeymoon.
And Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there.
Peace Love and Flames
11 years agoPhoenix_13
Ã¢â‚¬Å“She went out in glory. She went out as a champion.Ã¢â‚¬Â
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s how Larry Jones, trainer of Eight Belles, tearfully summed up the accident that claimed the 3-year-old fillyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s life a quarter mile past the finish line in the Kentucky Derby, when she simultaneously broke both her front ankles just seconds after finishing a game second to winner Big Brown.
At a news conference several hours after the accident, a still distraught Jones said he had no explanation for the catastrophic breakdown.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was the best she had ever come into a race and she ran the race of her life,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
Dr. Larry Bramlage, the on-call veterinarian for the race, said the simultaneous snapping of both front ankles, which occurred as the filly was galloping out after the race, was an incident the like of which he had never seen in decades of veterinary practice. Eight Belles was euthanized moments later.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“In my years in racing, I have never seen this happen,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“... There was no possible way to save her.Ã¢â‚¬Â
While such an injury on only one leg might have given her a fighting chance to survive, Ã¢â‚¬Å“She didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have a front leg to stand on to be splinted and hauled off in the ambulance, so she was immediately euthanized,Ã¢â‚¬Â Bramlage said.
Jockey Gabriel Saez, who was thrown when the filly went down, was not injured.
Jones, who a day earlier celebrated winning the Kentucky Oaks with Eight BellesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ stablemate, Proud Spell, said he and the fillyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s owner, Richard Porter of Hobe Sound, Fla., who races as Fox Hill Farms, had no idea that Eight BellesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ had been hurt as they made their way to the track after watching her gallop out of sight around the turn.
He said it took several minutes to wade through the Derby day crowd. When they got to the track and didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see Eight Belles, he said he figured his assistants had already unsaddled her and were taking her to the post-race barn
Then, he recalled, he saw Saez riding on the back of the pony that NBC Sports broadcaster Donna Brothers used for on-track coverage.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“He was as shook up and I was going to be later,Ã¢â‚¬Â Jones said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“He just jumped off and gave me a hug and said they put her down.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Jones said he couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe his ears. He ran across the track and caught a ride on an equine ambulance to the backstretch, where he was able to examine Eight BellesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ injury. As soon as he saw the extent of the damage, he said he agreed with the decision to put her down.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It had to be done,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“She had no way of being spared.Ã¢â‚¬Â
He said owner Porter was Ã¢â‚¬Å“taking it hard and second-guessing himself.Ã¢â‚¬Â
But the trainer defended the decision to run the filly against males for the first time in one of the sportÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most demanding races, saying that the injury was not a result of her being overmatched.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“She ran the race of her life. She put it out there,Ã¢â‚¬Â Jones said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“If she had been under distress finishing and was losing ground, I would really have second-guessed ourselves severely and kicked myself in the pants all the way. But this filly hit the ground running and after the wire was galloping out well.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Bramlage agreed, noting that fillies and mares compete against male horses regularly with no adverse consequences . Ã¢â‚¬Å“One injury is not an epidemic,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“As bad as it seems right now, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s one incident.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The death of the filly moments after she had run a tremendous race to be second to Big Brown cast a pall over the stunning victory.
Rick Dutrow Jr. and Kent Desormeaux, trainer and rider of Big Brown, respectively, extended their regrets to Eight BellesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ connections at their post-race victory conference.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We love horses; all of us do,Ã¢â‚¬Â Dutrow said when asked how the incident had affected him. Ã¢â‚¬Å“If you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t love horses and youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re in this game, get out.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Steve Sexton, president of Churchill Downs racetrack, issued a statement saying the Ã¢â‚¬Å“entire Kentucky Derby family extends its deepest sympathy to owners Fox Hill Farms, trainer Larry Jones and jockey Gabriel Saez on the loss of such a brilliant filly. Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ After watching Eight BellesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ outstanding performance as the second-place finisher in Kentucky Derby 134, It was heartbreaking to see her fatally injured.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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