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Posted on 09-06-12 10:33:24 AM, in So I've been terrorizing tasvideos again Link
Originally posted by Lunaria
That's one of the biggest part in the US job system that scares me, you can be fired for whatever and there seem to be no regulations against it.

Anyone ever notice how the US job system and your ability to keep membership on TASVideos after criticizing the site are intrinsically linked?
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Posted on 09-06-12 10:44:49 PM, in So I've been terrorizing tasvideos again Link
Originally posted by Metal_Man88
Ah, hi Flygon.

It's a fairly basic thing, a site run by egotistical jerkfaces will generally not tolerate any dissent at all--even dissent that has nothing to do with them in particular and is more aimed at improving the site they run.

Of course, it being the internet, justice is rarely given to those sorts--rather they tend to be free to be jerks forever and ever.

I should know, I was once a staff member for the site. It turns out I jumped ship at the right time.

I do dare say it's entirely possible for TASVideos to recover from it's current freefall. But it's sure as heck going to need a radical reform to do so. And given all my experiences with the site to this point, that's simply not going to happen. If anything would be to happen, there'd, quite simply, need to be a firm competitor with the balls and dedication to set up a well competing site. Of course, this being a specific niche, it's incredibly unlikely it's possible to create a competitor that will actually draw enough of the community to itself... I'd sure love to see it, though.

I will admit to stirring a fair amount of shit when I was a staff member, but I matured (somewhat) nearer to the end of my lifespan as a staff member. My only regret is not retiring when much of the other staff I worked with also retired much later on. Multiple other staff at random points have had complained to me about what has happened since I retired, but I'm not really willing to name names. It's just simply been clear to me that the iceburg has been tipped irrevocably, at this current going rate.
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Posted on 09-10-12 10:13:31 PM, in So I've been terrorizing tasvideos again Link
"Games Done Quick".

Because not enough websites have witty acronyms with Q's in them.
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Posted on 09-11-12 10:53:03 PM, in So I've been terrorizing tasvideos again Link
I would deliberately avoid the term 'TAS', among other things, it implies that the site is purely dedicated to speedruns, when this may well not be the case. Perhaps 'Superplay Theater'?
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Posted on 10-25-12 09:08:05 PM, in So I've been terrorizing tasvideos again Link
Originally posted by Bisqwit
Originally posted by Rick
Superplay Theater? Sure. I'll see if I can come up with something with a good ring to it.

Wow. That is an incredibly good suggestion.

I wish I had thought of it 7 years ago.

Then again, with that kind of name someone might think the site is about baseball...

I wasn't even thinking about Baseball until you mentioned it. D:
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Posted on 04-21-18 06:58:43 AM, in fav games for the Game Boy Link
A bit of a crack choice - and more of a Game Boy Color thing, but I found Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to be a beautiful game, both musically and visually.
Not a bad jRPG-style game either.

I would never have found it had my morbid curiosity over it existing not gotten the better of me - I had the Game Boy Advance game first.
That one was awful!
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Posted on 05-16-18 01:58:21 AM, in Exercise Link
It's Winter. Too cold to exercise!

I love to run up steep hills during warmer weather. Just force myself to run up the steep hills, and feel the body burn.
But at Winter, it's too cold to do this. Any temperature below 18c just feels like piercing ice to the lungs. You breathe in and out such cold air, it penetrates every part of the lungs.

I end up exercising better in 33c humid weather than 15c dry!


If I had the space, I'd buy some in-home exercise equipment instead.
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Posted on 08-27-18 02:22:46 AM, in What the fuck, Australia? Link
To be clear - That's an astoundingly strong swing towards Labor. We've been having some incredibly strong swings lately on a state level.

I wonder what Australia's political future will be. The Liberal Party refuses to formalize a faction system. They have the capability to further split themselves into multiple parties whilst maintaining a Coalition, but there's a few good reasons that none of the factions would want to do that.

The Liberal Party is is going to be very unstable into the future.
But the Murdoch media are going to stick right by them regardless.

Labor's internal policies makes future spills whilst they're in power almost impossible, to boot. After their own past, uh, experiences.
I can see Labor being the stable party into the future.
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Posted on 08-27-18 03:03:24 AM, in What the fuck, Australia? Link
Originally posted by Halian
Honestly, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if the Coalition broke up and the factions formalized into the Liberal and National Parties (and perchance others if necessary).

More to the point, it's entirely plausible the Liberal party would split up into a Conservative, and... well, Liberal parties. But given the way the Conservative faction play, I'm not sure they'd be very keen on losing the Liberal branding... and obviously the more Liberal portion of the party doesn't want to lose that branding either.

But, who knows. There's already been some people splitting off from the Liberals to form their own party - ie. Cory Bernardi.
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Posted on 09-02-18 06:51:46 AM, in Jul Pub Link
Couple of nights ago, I had a dream that I was the thing in my avatar, and that I was in some kind of an adventure with two humans, and I was their team pet.

The art style was even anime-esque.

Kind of disappointed I didn't learn further about the plot. But the female team member needed rescuing from some sort of a trap, soo...
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Posted on 10-25-18 11:39:10 PM, in Game Boy Advance appreciation thread Link
The audio subsystem might have been garbage, but there was still some absolutely fantastic composers for the machine...
A shame most of their works only had good fidelity with the advent of PC-based players.

Ian Stocker, in particular, has been digging up their original tracker files for GBA software they worked on, and uploading them to YouTube.
It's funny that such an iffy audio subsystem could drag out some killer tracker musicians.

The graphics hardware was at least kickass!...
Except for the bit where the original backlight-less GBA screen was complete garbage.
I heard that the story behind it was that they originally designed it around a backlight, then the backlight got removed because it used up too much better, and then they didn't replace the LCD with the type the GBC used where ambient light reflected better onto the pixels?
I don't remember the exact details, but it's a complete mess.

As for the games I actually played through as a kid. I barely had many.
I didn't have a flashcart (nor had I yet to know they existed), and I was essentially limited to getting one game a year, on Christmas. If even that. Money was a bit tight.

So all I really had for the machine were Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. Never did have Fire Red or Leaf Green. As much as I wanted them.

Actually, that's not the complete truth. I also had Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The GBA version.
It's... not really all that good.
Pretty art. That's about it.

By the time I had gotten to know more of the GBA's library, I was very much a DS gamer by that point. Not a lot of GBA games did interest me.
I did, eventually, get a flashcart for the express purpose of playing the MOTHER 3 fan translation, however. And played it on a Game Boy Micro I had managed to obtain by that point.

I believe I also played through the first Golden Sun, after being introduced to the series by an ex. I attempted to play through the second game in the series, but the fetch quest I had to go through eventually got me completely lost and confused.
I never finished that game, regretfully.
If it weren't for the (rather poorly designed) fetch quest, I would have no doubt been able to complete the game. The battle system was excellent.


So, that's essentially my GBA history.
Not really all that exciting, but certainly with many feelings towards the machine.
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Posted on 10-26-18 11:26:51 PM, in Game Boy Advance appreciation thread Link
Originally posted by xdaniel
I never thought of the GBA sounding like crap, tho maybe there just were good composers on all the games I played? Speaking of which, again I shall mention Mega Man Zero, because those games have damn great soundtracks - including various OST albums.

Good composers, problematic sound hardware.

Compare the quality of actual game recording to (mildly remastered) original tracker file.
A 16 channel track being softmixed by the CPU, and then being PWMized by the actual sound hardware is a recipe for... well, a lot of issues, actually.

I noticed that a lot of GBA games I played when I was younger, that skewed towards using the softmixing side of the hardware, tended to sound incredibly muffled and aliasingy.

It's a real shame they didn't put in a proper decent 8-16 channel PCM sound hardware inside, much like they ended up doing with the DS.
I feel with great honesty it would've helped the audio quality side of things sound so much nicer.


Of course, a lot of games also just had rubbish quality soundfonts. Or even inexplicably having both high and low quality soundbanks both inside the ROM - looking at you, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red.
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Posted on 11-03-18 09:20:23 AM, in What's on YOUR mind? Link
Arpeggios in C64 tunes tend to disrupt the flow of the track I'm listening to, rather than smoothly integrating themselves into the track in a seamless manner.

Some tracks pull it off. Most don't.
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Posted on 11-04-18 03:16:07 AM, in The Windows Vista appreciation thread Link
Windows Vista was a hell of a lot better than Windows 10 in execution, I'll at least say that.

When I initially used Vista, it was a bit rubbish. But it was a lot better by the first service pack, and it was probably the first consumer 64-bit Windows that was both proper stable and had good driver support.

At the time, Vista seemed a bit rubbish. UAC, in particular, was badly implemented.
But in hindsight... it was a hell of a lot better as a transition from XP, than from 7 to any of its own successors.

That, and, y'know, Windows 7 is basically a service pack of Vista.
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Posted on 11-04-18 05:01:00 AM, in Device naming schemes Link
Been naming all my devices after Pokemon.

My first two laptops, I believe, were "FLYGON-LAPTOP"s.
The third was a "BUIZEL-LAPTOP".
My current desktop is a "ZIGZAGOON-DSKTP".
And my current laptop is a "LANTURN-LAPTOP".
I believe my 98SE machine is "ZAPDOS-DESKTOP".

And I can't remember the rest.
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Posted on 11-04-18 05:15:36 AM, in What's your OS(es)? Link
I've been running Windows 10 on my laptop, somewhat unwillingly.
It's a Lenovo L570, and the line supports Windows 7, in theory.

In reality, the L570 spans across two different generations of Intel CPU. And I managed to roll the dice on a newer chipset.
There's no Windows 7 drivers for this chipset.

Spent a good deal of money on a machine with an OS I, uh, don't particularly like. At all.


My X5650 desktop is doing swimmingly, however. Not even totally sure what all the hardware is inside it is anymore, but with a Motherboard dating back to 2010, it's aging. The Windows 7 installation currently on it is solid as a goddamn rock, with me conceding that doing a new install onto an SSD probably helps with the stability.


There's also a nice little K6-2 machine on the side, running Windows 98SE.
Need to reinstall it onto the 64GB MicroSD Card I have plugged into an IDE slot.
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Posted on 11-04-18 06:18:48 AM, in What would be the best/funniest caption to this image? Link
"We've Cocked it up".
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Posted on 11-04-18 06:59:54 AM, in What's on YOUR mind? Link
That giant robot fight, the one that was hugely hyped up with those mecha-style robots between USA and Japan would have been a lot more affordable and worked out better if they stuck to a smaller weight class, and didn't stuff humans inside the machines.

Something akin to the "Superheavyweight Walker" category the BattleBots TV series use to have - about 230 kilograms.

Instead, there's barely any mecha robots, the whole concept's too expensive to run, and we only got one underwhelming fight from the whole thing.


An aside note - About the only reason the more conventional robotic combat scene lacks Superheavyweights nowadays is because of the cost required for the arenas. The robot-arena arms race finally obsoleted the existing arenas.
All the money raised for the mecha fight could've helped go towards a suitable arena for giant walking mecha Superheavyweights.

Hrmm.
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Posted on 11-05-18 06:56:28 AM, in Speaking of seasons, which one is your favorite? Link
Summer. Without a doubt.

The rest of the year, when it dips below 21c, my body just... hates it.

The air is dry, and cold dry air is a pain in the arse to breathe. Even worse, it makes it impossible for me to exercise outside.
When I try to exercise outdoors, with that cold air, what happens is that my lungs feel like they're burning. Like there's needles going through my entire respiratory system. Even if it's 21c, this can happen.

And clothes. Having to always wear pants, shirt, and a jumper gets uncomfortable quickly. It gets smelly, and messy, and all-round shitty.
To compound that, washing is annoying. So much more clothes to wash, and using the mechanical clothes dryer is expensive. So you've got to dry the clothes indoors. Which requires the use of the heater. Which takes forever to dry.

On top of that, the heater in the house absolutely mauls my respiratory system. All that hot dry air, going through the ducted heating... I'd actually rather deal with just freezing my ass of indoors. Unfortunately, I live with other people.

On top of this, all the cold air means I need to drink a lot of water. Because it's all dry. And it means that when I sleep for eight hours, I've generally slept like shit because I've not drunk any water, am dehydrated, and am feeling uncomfortable due to all of the sheer cold.

Again, this is what happens to my body when the daytime temperature is below 21cish, and nighttime below 10c.


So the end result of a Winter is that I'm incapable of sleeping, I'm dehydrated, my brain and body is perpetually exhausted, and there's no sunlight.
And as a side effect, my body feels a requirement to sleep in further into Winter - Which just reduces the amount of sunlight I get even more.

And as yet another note - I love to go running and exercising outdoors. But I need to do that in shorts to avoid overheating my body. And compounding that with the whole "Piercing Lungs" issue mentioned earlier...


So... yeah.
Summer is my favorite season. By a long wide margin.

If I won the lottery, I'd probably choose to live somewhere in Queensland for the Winter, and stick around Melbourne for the Summer.
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Posted on 11-08-18 07:34:21 PM, in How's the weather? Link
It snowed. Three weeks away from Summer.

Okay, so perhaps not at my altitude, but it's certainly a figure of how annoyingly cold it is.

It's late Spring! Where's my Shorts weather, dangit.
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