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Here's the new Community Thread. Put it to good use.

And if you're new, remember to fill out your profile, add an avatar, and sig. Pics are allowed in the sig.
 

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oops. You were the only one who beat me to it when I was recreating everyone's user accounts over here. So, I modded them and forgot to mod you. Now it's fixed.

The system gives the option for mods or super mods. I made the editors super mods and DarkDepths and fourthreetwo I made regular mods because DD helps out with the tech stuff and 432 helps out with the Facebook account.

This time around I think we'll leave FRT off the mod list. I haven't really seen him posting around here.
 

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I watched Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol a few days ago. It was done really well, excellent production values. It reminded me a bit of Casino Royale plus a bit of Tintin, mostly, because of the exotic locales; from prison to the Kremlin to Dubai to Mumbai to Seattle. I also liked the comedy that was a new element added to the series via Simon Pegg. One thing I didn't go for was how everything that happened was so implausible. They didn't even try to hide it, in fact they embraced it.

I also started reading the first book in the famous book series, The Hunger Games. So far, it's awesome! Especially since the scholastic level of the book is probably elementary school level. Still, the themes the book explores are quite complex and frightening.
 
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So I'll be starting my blog, [insert title], up again in a little over a week. I've got some new formats for the images that I make for my blog, and I can't entirely decide on which one I want to stick with.

You guys like this?



Or this?



Personally, I like the latter more, but I imagine it would be easier to use the former since I hold my blog every week. But I like the more complex imagery and I was kind of inspired by some of the old Toonami bumpers that showed the title of the show seconds before.

Again, what do you guys think?
 

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Is the difference in the format or in the actual image? In terms of the actual image I'd say the second one is more profound and appealing to someone who appreciates complex art, while the first one is more mainstream and appealing to the casual reader.
 
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As a format, I like the first picture better. As a picture, the second one is better. For the first one, I wonder whether it would become a bit of a problem with games that have strange logos.

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I found a picture on SomethingAwful that is very much worthy of Menashe. I will post it frequently and whenever I see fit. Now is one of those times.



































 

EvilTw1n

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Hmm...when I quote, it doesn't bring up a new post with the quoted portion. Anyone else?

Anywho, since I saw the new Mission: Impossible mentioned, I'll just use this as yet another excuse to mention my new hot French girl crush: Lea Seydoux.
 
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"EvilTw1n" wrote:
Hmm...when I quote, it doesn't bring up a new post with the quoted portion. Anyone else?

Anywho, since I saw the new Mission: Impossible mentioned, I'll just use this as yet another excuse to mention my new hot French girl crush: Lea Seydoux.
I was confused too, but I just figured it out. When you want to quote and reply to a single post, just click on reply, and it will quote for you automatically. When you want to quote multiple posts, clik 'quote' on all the posts you want to quote, and then hit reply in any of them. All of your selected quotes will be embedded for you to reply at your leisure.

We shoiuld really make a general faq thread with all this kind of info.
 

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"EvilTw1n" wrote:
Hmm...when I quote, it doesn't bring up a new post with the quoted portion. Anyone else?

Anywho, since I saw the new Mission: Impossible mentioned, I'll just use this as yet another excuse to mention my new hot French girl crush: Lea Seydoux.
And what did you think of the movie?
 

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"Nikola_Tesla" wrote:
No, not me. It's on the new releases of Instant Netflix though. Maybe I should check it out. I've always had a fascination with Portland and want to live there someday.

The last shows you'd have seen me talk about would either be Sons of Anarchy, Boardwalk Empire, Walking Dead, or Mad Men. All of which are amazing. I hate channel surfing style TV, but when it comes to quality original programming, I get obsessed. One thing that most people don't realize is that it's much more a writer's medium than film.

A film script gets written and then the producers have to take off their sunshades to read it, then they change every arbitrary thing they can. Then the director gets to change it to his own vision. Then the actors complain and witch things around. By the time your script is realized on screen, well... It isn't yours anymore. This is why movies that are written and directed by the same person usually comes out so much better. Purity of vision. He/she can throw some weight around and make the movie that they ACTUALLY wrote. In TV, you have a group of people who are the actual writers instead of a group of people from different roles all with their own individual input, becausee the writer actually are the producers.

/rant
I have learned something new today.
 

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Ugh. So I woke up the morning of 12/30/11 feeling a little sick. Had Wendy's for dinner, woke up at 1 a.m. with my stomach on fire, and have been out of commission ever since. I'm just now starting to feel human again.

How was everyone else's New Year's Eve celebrations?
 
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"EvilTw1n" wrote:
Ugh. So I woke up the morning of 12/30/11 feeling a little sick. Had Wendy's for dinner, woke up at 1 a.m. with my stomach on fire, and have been out of commission ever since. I'm just now starting to feel human again.

How was everyone else's New Year's Eve celebrations?
I hate having horrible stomach problems like that. It feels like you're killing the Devil every time you go to the toilet.
 

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OK, one nice thing about mending up? I got a chance to watch a lot of Top Gear (the actual one, not this strange American version History channel has been trying to pawn off on us here). I watched an episode where each of the three gearheads had to try to convert a car/truck into an aquatic vehicle. I nearly fell out of my couch laughing.
 
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I saw a little green check mark on the 'Off-Topic Forums' and was immediately frozen with fear of spam. Man, these spammers are going to scar my mind if they keep at it.
 

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My latest favorite TV show: Justified.

Oh, and I just finished the first book in the Hunger Games series and I have to say that it's actually very good. I enjoyed it despite it being written on a level for young adults. It has great themes.

And lastly, you saw Tim Tebow last night? Wow. I'm not even a football fan (it's a Canadian thing) but that was cool.
 

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So I just had my second crappy day at work in a row. Writing about videogames all day would be so much better.

Since I hadn't had a decent night out since I got food poisoning, I decided to go home and indulge at the French restaurant across the street from my apartment. Best. French. Dip. Ever. Great coffee, too. And now I'm home, finishing up a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black. Occasional hedonism has its place.
 

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What's up. I'm from the IGN forums. I really hope this site takes off. I'm officially in the CT.

Ev1lTw1n, I love the icon. juegos, I like yours too. admins is a bit too serious for my likes, but its still nice.

How bad are the spammers?

Edit: In which forum can I start a blog? I'm guessing off-topic since that's kind of what it is, am I right?

Edit2: I was just posting in the ign forums and I realized that they are sooo off topic. Every thread in the wii lobs goes crazy especially my michael pachter thread which turned into a religious debate. I really hope this website goes strong.
 
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Hey Aki, yeah I'm pretty sure we all recognize you from over there.

The spammers here aren't so terrible, but that's probably cause we keep a strong watch. Generally spammers are banned and/or their threads deleted within a couple of hours at most since they posted spam.

That religion thread was crazy, and it sucks that it had to go so bad because of that one dude that started some crap.

I also find it odd that you think "Pink Freud" is too serious
 

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I think in honor of Aki we should start a new forum for introducing yourself and have thread all to yourself, sort of like a blog.
 

Aki

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nice, we can finally blog.

i'm so pissed. i just booted up legend of zelda, i didn't save because i thought that by hitting the home button and going to the wii menu saves the game, i lost an entire dungeons worth of data. I also lost multiple heart pieces and a sword upgrade. wtf??????

menashe, can i get access to the staff forums? i think it would benefit the site.
 

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I blasted away some pornographic Russian spam. You would think that they would at least try to target their spamming to appropriate audiences.
 

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I played through a few hours of Other M earlier, bought the Black Keys new album (go buy it...now...seriously), and bought two pairs of Clarks for the price of one. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday.
 

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"juegosmajicos" wrote:
"DarkDepths" wrote:
I blasted away some pornographic Russian
spam. You would think that they would at least try to target their spamming to appropriate audiences.
I don't see the problem here
I didn't know you were Russian... [face_mischief]

Side note: we need a [face_mischief] emoticon.
 

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In Soviet Russia, you stalk spies.



Also did anyone see that NikolasTesla spammer

Literally, some spammer took Tesla's name, messed it up, and created a spam account with it (I doubt spammers are lucid enough to reference brilliant inventors when they spam).
 

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"Derek Jasper" wrote: And I can't find where to update the about me section for some reason. Could someone remind me of where to do so?
Go to the "User CP" and on the left hand side, under "Your Profile," click "Edit Profile." It's at the bottom under "Bio." I just recently found it
 

EvilTw1n

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So this profile of Neil deGrasse Tyson is really something.
http://carlzimmer.com/articles/index.php?subaction=showfull&id=1325528245&archive=&start_from=&ucat=15&


A taste:
"Neil deGrasse Tyson" wrote: [E]verything we've ever seen in the universe has gravity--Earth, the moon. And you can tell how much gravity something has by how fast something moves around it. ... Add it all up. We've done this. Add it all up and say that should give me this much gravity. But when you look at how fast things are moving, you get six times as much gravity as the stuff that we know about is generating. It was originally called the missing matter problem. Where is the matter that's making this gravity that we see? Because everything we do count up doesn't get us where we need. We now call this the dark matter problem.

But really we have no idea what's causing it. We so don't know what's causing it that we shouldn't even call it dark matter because that implies we have some understanding that it's matter. We don't know what it is. I could call it Fred. Eighty five percent all the gravity in the universe comes from something about which we know nothing. ...
[Add that to dark energy and] it is ninety six percent of the universe. Everything we know and love--electrons, protons, neutrons, light, black holes, planets, stars, everything we know and understand--occupies four percent of the universe. Dark matter and dark energy is everything else.
So. Yeah. Four percent.

On a completely different topic, another profile that is actually quite touching.
http://www.gq.com/entertainment/movies-and-tv/201202/michelle-williams-gq-february-2012-cover-story-article


[And no, I don't mean go touch yourself after looking at the pictures. Not that I'm standing in your way.]
 
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"Mike D." wrote:
So this profile of Neil deGrasse Tyson is really something.
http://carlzimmer.com/articles/index.php?subaction=showfull&id=1325528245&archive=&start_from=&ucat=15&


A taste:
"Neil deGrasse Tyson" wrote:
[E]verything we've ever seen in the universe has gravity--Earth, the moon. And you can tell how much gravity something has by how fast something moves around it. ... Add it all up. We've done this. Add it all up and say that should give me this much gravity. But when you look at how fast things are moving, you get six times as much gravity as the stuff that we know about is generating. It was originally called the missing matter problem. Where is the matter that's making this gravity that we see? Because everything we do count up doesn't get us where we need. We now call this the dark matter problem.

But really we have no idea what's causing it. We so don't know what's causing it that we shouldn't even call it dark matter because that implies we have some understanding that it's matter. We don't know what it is. I could call it Fred. Eighty five percent all the gravity in the universe comes from something about which we know nothing. ...
[Add that to dark energy and] it is ninety six percent of the universe. Everything we know and love--electrons, protons, neutrons, light, black holes, planets, stars, everything we know and understand--occupies four percent of the universe. Dark matter and dark energy is everything else.
So. Yeah. Four percent.

On a completely different topic, another profile that is actually quite touching.
http://www.gq.com/entertainment/movies-and-tv/201202/michelle-williams-gq-february-2012-cover-story-article


[And no, I don't mean go touch yourself after looking at the pictures. Not that I'm standing in your way.]
That's a good read. I really want to look into this whole dark matter/energy stuff, but it's extremely complicated. My brother told me he'd been reading up on how plasma interactions have been shown to largely resemble some of the workings of galaxies and other universe phenomena, but that astrophysicists at large continue to ignore that kind of research because one of requirements of Big Bang Theory is that electromagnetism be a negligible force in space, but such research on plasma could actually give us a larger understanding on how space works, including this whole dark matter business.

In other words, it's possible that some of this dark matter/energy problems can be partly solved when taking into account electromagnetism and plasma energy interactions, but that's something the scientific world doesn't want to bother with right now.

Me and my bro did want to look into it ourselves, but when we looked up textbooks on electromagnetism in space, not only were they ridiculously expensive (above $500 if I recall correctly), but they were super dense and required an intimate knowledge of advanced electromagnetism, which is pretty much Calculus far above university level.

I'm sure the stuff is fascinating for those that can read complex equations as if they were poems, though.
 

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^
Congrats to both of you. Make me feel like a slacker for being an almost-30 bachelor.


[And I'm still trying to absorb that profile, 'Lex. It's fascinating stuff, but every time I think I've a grasp on physical cosmology, it slips away.]
 

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So today has been a Netflix catch up day. Watched True Grit (very well done, spectacular cinematography...if only I could have understood more of what Jeff Bridges was saying) and Babel (Iñárritu crafted this one amazingly well, so that you understand and empathize with each character's actions, even if you're disappointed in them).

I saw Alex mention Collapse over at the Wii lobby; I got part way through that awhile ago and just got too depressed to watch it (hopefully Michio Kaku is right and solar becomes viable in 25 years). Actually, I've studiously avoided telling of its existence to a friend of mine (I'm afraid she'll just go jump off a bridge).

So. Time for something cheerier. On to Top Gear...
 
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Yeah man Collapse is damning. Also I remember not being able to enjoy Babel as much as I should have because I was watching it with my entire Spanish Lit class, and like typical Mexican teenagers (I would know) they just couldn't treat the movie seriously because of the nudity and stuff. I do remember it was really good, and I was really looking forward to it after watching Amores Perros and 21 Grams.

I gotta check True Grit sometime, but I've also heard things about Jeff Bridges' accent from other people.

Also don't know if you saw this on the chat, but you should check out St Vincent, she's a freaking amazing musician in my opinion (her band, too):





Of course it helps that she looks a bit like Scarlett Johannson.

I'm just going to edit in even more videos of that ACL performance because it was fantastic:


 
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