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  1. Figured since I hadn't posted anything on it, I would. Here's my first blog from Japan. Pics (linked, all 1024x768, about 150k each) at the bottom.

    Today we had the luncheon and welcome ceremony here. It was quite good, and the luncheon served some American-style food, so it was good to have meat, potatoes, and carrots, hehe. Cathrine, Stephanie, Jennifer, and a girl from Kentucky named Andi sat together and ate. Afterwards Andi, her friend, and I walked back to the dorms. As it turns out, they love anime and videogames. You wouldn't believe how hard it is to find people here who like anime and videogames. Outside of them, it's just Brandon, really. Anyways, the other cool thing that Andi is going to stay in the dorms. All my other friends are leaving to goto homestay, so it's good to know at least someone here. She's in the dormatory nextdoor, Seminar House III.

    Anyways, after that I came back to my dorm for just a half an hour to rest. At 2:00, we met up again front of the CIE building, where we paired up 3 to 3 with Japanese students. They were going to be our tour guides for a trip to Kyoto. So it was Brandon paired up with Naomi, a girl named Karen paired up with a guy named Uchi, and I was paired up with a very cuite girl named Hiromi. We took two trains to Kyoto, where they then took us to two seperate temples there (both Buddhist). Man was it beautiful...Anyways, they then took us out to dinner. Hiromi had to go by this time, but Naomi and Uchi stayed. Naomi even paid for part of our dinner! Anyways, we then took some trains home. I think I have the train system down. I'll take pictures of it and explain it soon.

    Tomorrow is like the first day i have nothing to do. So Brandon and I are first going to hit the 99-Yen store so I can get some fingernail clippers and some better tasting tea. Then we're going to go find an arcade since there's supposed to be one fairly close to here...he's moving out of the dorms, but he's going to be VERY close to here, so we'll keep hanging out. Best way I can describe him...he's very mellow, he's a Computer Engineering major so we have stuff in common, likes anime and Japanese stuff, and he's pretty intelectual.

    The entire time we were out, I tried to use Japanese, and succeeded 3/4ths of the time. I'm surprised how well I can communicate already...and love doing so in Japanese, lol.

    Anyways, that's pretty much it for today. Here's pictures, though!

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0395.JPG
    That was at the opening ceremony this morning.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0396.JPG
    Another shot...somewhat blurred.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0397.JPG
    That was one of the streets Hiromi and I were walking down to get to Hirikata Eki. "Eki" in Japanese means train station. Train is "densha".

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0398.JPG
    This was right infront of Hirakata Eki. Kind of a cool street.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0399.JPG
    We transfered onto the Super Express line here. I don't know what station it is exactly, but the view is awesome.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0400.JPG
    Another shot while waiting for the Super Express line.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0401.JPG
    Ok, group picture. From the left you have Hiromi, me looking stupid in a way I didn't know I was, Brandon, Naomi, Karen, and Uchi. I think Naomi liked me...she blew off Brandon and then said that if I see her on campus to call her. That's also the first of the two temples we went to.

    And for the record...I think Naomi really liked me. She blew off Brandon, and said that if I ever saw her on campus to call her out and say hi. And also for the record...her and Hiromi were DAMNED cute and hawt.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0402.JPG
    That's what we were standing next to. Before you enter, you have to clense yourself by rinsing your hands and then your mouth out. You don't drink the water, but like rinse and spit into the pit surrounding it where it's taken away.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0403.JPG
    First shrine in the temple.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0404.JPG
    That one was right next to it. When taking a picture in Japan, it's customary to hold up the peace sign.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0405.JPG
    Another shrine.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0406.JPG
    That was across from the shrines. I have no idea what it is...

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0407.JPG
    That was next to the shrines. It's another shrine, but Shinto.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0408.JPG
    That's a huge place in the middle of the area. Don't know what it's used for, but I believe ceremonial dancing. Next to it is a prayer area they had us goto and pray at. You toss a coin in, ring the bell, clap twice, then pray. Heh, kinda cool.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0409.JPG
    Hiromi took a picture of me infront of man-powered taxis. This was at the base of the 2nd temple area we went to.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0410.JPG
    That's Hiromi and I infront of the entrance to the 2nd temple. That red area you see is what you pass through. Inside the green lattice are these huge statues with O_O eyes. I would have taken a picture, but it wouldn't have turned out.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0411.JPG
    Cleaner shot of the last one.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0412.JPG
    Third shot of the last one minus Hiromi and I.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0413.JPG
    That was a cool building that you see after climbing the first set of stairs.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0414.JPG
    The building next to it.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0415.JPG
    Info on the area.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0416.JPG
    Inside of another shrine. Pictures got a bit blurred since I wasn't using my flash.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0417.JPG
    Some statue in that area.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0418.JPG
    At this area, they had an overhang that you could look over. That's the view there.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0419.JPG
    Another shot if the view.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0420.JPG
    Third shot.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0421.JPG
    Shrine across the way.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0422.JPG
    ANOTHER shot of the view.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0423.JPG
    Building close-up from off in the distance.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0424.JPG
    Closer close-up.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0425.JPG
    Hiromi and I on that overhang. Behind us are Naomi and Uchi.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0426.JPG
    Picture of...something...

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0427.JPG
    A VERY cool staircase we went down.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0428.JPG
    Now this is cool. A long time ago, a monk had talked with the Gods, who told him to go find a holy water site. He found a spring here with fresh water, so he decided this was the place. Now adays, it's an attraction to come and drink this holy water for good health and spirit. And in truth...best water I've ever had.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0429.JPG
    Hiromi and I infront of a pond that had koi and turtles in it. When I saw the turtles, I was like, "Gamera!" and she thought it was hilarious. Beautiful scenary here...

    So yeah, there's my pics. I'll take more soon.

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    2. Jordan

      Jordan

      DJ_Haruko said:

      If you ask me, Japan looks like Japan in anime


      ya.. when they yell does the background go all goofy then their heads get really really big... cause if so, im moving there..

      Danarchy said:

      An American going to Japan and taking a lot of pictures. Oh the irony.


      yah, i know what you mean, my sister saw people taking pictures infront of a mcdonalds for like 20 minutes.. wow.. how exciting

    3. darknation

      darknation

      DJ_Haruko said:

      http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/japan/8-27-04/DSCN0429.JPG
      Hiromi and I infront of a pond that had koi and turtles in it. When I saw the turtles, I was like, "Gamera!" and she thought it was hilarious. Beautiful scenary here...

      So yeah, there's my pics. I'll take more soon.

      Is it customary for japanese women to hold their sanitary towels in open view?

    4. Sephiroth

      Sephiroth

      one thing you must tell me about this land is... what does whale bacon taste like? i have grown tired of this "pig" bacon and would like to try the bacon of other animals.

      i hear they sell whale bacon, so if i ever go there and they still sell it i want to try it.

  2. As part of a delayed rebellion, I went and got my ears pierced today. My left ear lobe had actually been pierced for years -since middle school or maybe even earlier - but I wanted something a bit more for various reasons. So I got my right lobe and the top of my left ear done.

    After my new apartment is ready, and I can move some cats I recently adopted out of my mom's house where they're staying temporarily, I'm going to go get my tongue pierced. I had it pierced for a short while before, but I had taken it out. Since then I've missed it.

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    2. Bank

      Bank

      yukib1t said:

      I find it funny how many people thing I'm doing some sort of rebellious punk act by getting my ears pierced :)

      yukib1t said:

      As part of a delayed rebellion

    3. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      Note: posts may contain sarcasm.

    4. Danarchy

      Danarchy

      Technician said:

      I think it's gotten to the point that you have no choice but hire kids with multiple tattoos and piercings. Not becasue of any PC bullshit, but because it's just so common.

      Yep. When I was in high school, I was told that you should never get obvious tattoos or piercings because you'd never be able to work with the public. These days, though, I see people with fuckhuge gauge earrings, pierced noses, and tattoos down to their wrists working at the front desk of places. I guess even in such a bad economy, when a third of the population has obvious body mods, it's hard to turn them down.

  3. Yesterday during a trip I made to Kyoto, I stopped my a CD shop and bought a DJ Tora cd. Now, I've never heard of DJ Tora back in the states as DJ Tora is a Japanese DJ. Well, DJ Tora is quite good and spins some good really tracks. But one question remains...is DJ Tora a guy or a girl?

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/cd_1.jpg
    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/cd_2.jpg

    My friends think it's a guy, and I think so too, but...I'm still not positive.

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    2. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      deathbringer said:

      Ever seen Gackt and Hyde? they are really sexy too, though obviously guys.


      Hell yes I've seen Gackt and Hyde. I have their movie "Moon Child". I'd definitely bang 'em both, probably Gackt more.

    3. MagnuM

      MagnuM

      AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! MY FUCKING EYES!!! AAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

      ouchies.....

    4. Job

      Job

      That wasn't really necessary.

  4. What is a Dirac sea in layman's terms? I kinda understand it's a sea of negativly charged electrons that are packed together, and that electrons can have negative spin up and spin down energies. I also know Paul Dirac used his equation to predict the positron, the anti-particle for electrons. But, what exactly is this "sea"?

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    2. zark

      zark

      Fredrik said:

      Yeah, btw, I'm building a small supercollider on the lawn in the back yard as well.

      Just the ideas behind it, not actually implementing it :P

    3. Lord FlatHead

      Lord FlatHead

      It's all fun and games till someone causes a resonance cascade.

      /me ducks for headcrab

    4. Bloodshedder

      Bloodshedder

      I never figure I'll see a resonance cascade, let alone create one.

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    2. kain

      kain

      heh. Englewood ??? yeah man, go there and get shot at!
      !

    3. Quast

      Quast

      iori said:

      What does that have to do with this?

    4. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      kain said:

      heh. Englewood ??? yeah man, go there and get shot at!
      !

      Either you're originally from Colorado and know this, or you're the only other Doomer I know who lives here.

      Actually, that's not too far from me either. About...6-10 miles, maybe? First thing I thought of when I read this was "My dog's at home, right? They'd better not try anything with Archie otherwise they'll soon learn pain. And then death."

  5. What is "aho"? Well, perhaps some of you have heard of the Japanese term "baka", which means "idiot" roughly. "aho" is the same as "baka", except it's Osaka dialect.

    And yes, my roommate is an "aho", big time. The dude is really getting on my nerves. We generally don't talk at all, as we have almost nothing in common. He's drunk nearly all the time, never in the dorm, and when he is he just sleeps, and it's whenever I have to do stuff. So I'm always needing to be quiet. On top of that, he's keeping the room a mess (I've been trying hard to keep my side rather nice and clean).

    For the last week, I've had a bit of a cough/cold, which I've determined has most likely come from the fact that my roommate keeps the room at 66 degrees fahrenheit (19 degrees celcius), which is cold enough to make me shiver when I have my pajamas on. No matter how many times I turn it up, he'll just turn it back down. He won't let it stay at a higher temperature. So I'm guessing that's how I've caught this cold.

    Last night, he came home around 2:30 more drunk than I had ever seen a person. I was still awake at this time, working on a Doom level for Kill. He couldn't even talk to me when I said, "Oh...hey dude." Well, he came in, changed clothes, and asked if he could turn out the light, so I said "sure". He leaves the room, and I get into bed since I'm pretty tired myself by this point. After we're both laying down, he gets up, twice in 10 minutes, to goto the bathroom. Then he got up again, walked to his desk, and plopped down in the chair, leaning over with his head on his desk. After a bit, he just barely got his laptop open, then laid his head back down on his desk, now spitting once on the floor. He got back up, pulled the curtain back, and then tried to find the door where there was no door, acting like a zombie (literally). Then he plopped back down on his chair, rubbed where he spit with his foot, and rested for a bit. Then he got back up and just plopped back down onto his futon where he finally went to bed. So I went back to bed around 3:15am. The dude was just totally wasted and pathetic.

    Today I went to eat lunch at my friend's homestay house (which consists of one 50 year old Japanese woman who can't speak more than a handful of English words).

    How does this tie in? Well, at his hostmom's house, we were discussing how horrible of a roommmate he's turning out to be. I mentioned how two nights ago, I actually went to bed wearing my hoodie and socks on top of covering up with my heavy futon cover. Anyways, my friend's host mom asked if I had complained to Otosan yet (the proprieter of my dorm), and I said that I haven't yet but that I'm now planning to after last night.

    Well, if they don't do anything about this, or if I'd rather have her just go ahead, she's going to call the school, Kansai Gaidai, and get them to either kick him out of the school, get me a new roommate, or find a new place for me to stay. And given that this lady is literally a multi-millionare (in terms of US dollar), and is best friends with the actual president of the school, I think she can pull it off. So I may just have her call for me.

    And maybe have her hook me up with her extremely hot 30 year old friend whom I met today, too, while she's at it.

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    2. Amaster

      Amaster

      Sake is readily available in America if you live in a place that has good Japanese restaurants.

      I'm personally indifferent to sake for the most part.

    3. Use

      Use

      I'm glad I have a nice roommate!

    4. Bucket

      Bucket

      Job said:

      Share your roomie wisdom with me, loremaster.

      There's great effectiveness in barring access to YOUR beer and YOUR weed until whoever pissed all over the toilet gets to scrubbin'. The trick is to OWN stuff, and to give a shit when it gets ruined.

  6. #include <iostream.h>
    #include "blog.h"

    uses namespace std;

    int main()
    {
    blog.set_word_wraping(true); //less \n's to type.
    blog.capture_cout_streams(true);

    cout << "Yeah, as you can see, I have C++ on my mind. Why, I "
    << "don't know. I'm not exactly the best C++ programmer, "
    << "lol. But oh well.\n\n";

    cout << "I'm quite happy. Not only did I receive my 'Godzilla "
    << "2000' DVD in the mail yesterday, but I was able to "
    << "snag two Japanese Dialog\\English subtitled Godzilla "
    << "movies off of eBay yesterday! I seriously think my "
    << "obsessed love for Godzilla is coming back. I spent "
    << "all of last night watching him fight Ogra. And only "
    << "afterwards did I remember I had homework.\n\n";

    cout << "Of course, not much of that got done. I decided to "
    << "look into both the jDoom and StepMania source codes. "
    << "I had the crazy idea of implementing the wad file "
    << "format into StepMania. I...didn't get far. At all.\n\n";

    cout << "Although, I think I'm going to try and do something "
    << "in one of the two programs, just to impress my C++ "
    << "teacher...as well as this girl I really REALLY like "
    << "in my C++ class.\n\nLooks like I'll ask her out next.";

    return 0;
    }

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    2. insertwackynamehere

      insertwackynamehere

      Fixed problem. I just started fraggle. Maybe eventually when I get better I'll try new languages, but right now, I'm just begining. Try my first program here: http://www.freewebs.com/insertwackynamehere/calculatorv_2_1_1_dl.zip
      and learn about it here: http://www.geocities.com/insertwackynamehere57/wackyware/

      [/pimp]

    3. AndrewB

      AndrewB

      I'm surprised that running the title message through a Java compiler only results in 3 errors.

    4. Fredrik

      Fredrik

      AndrewB said:

      I'm surprised that running the title message through a Java compiler only results in 3 errors.

      Add a blog class and a set_title method and it should give 0 of them.

  7. Went to the mall this morning and played some DDR yet again. Good news! The 8th Mix machine that's there now costs 4 tokens for 5 songs! And from what I gather after talking with the arcade operators a bit while I was there, they're waiting on parts for their 7th mix machine. Apparently some dumbass spilled a drink on it. Idiots...

    But I'm thinking I shouldn't have played DDR today. I did Friday night, practicing Max300 alot, getting to a point where I can at least survive all the way through it at full speed (can't pass it...but I can make it through without stopping). Yesterday my right foot started to feel rather sore in the afternoon, right above my arch. I figured it was just sore from the DDR, so I took an Advil. Didn't help, so before I went to bed, I rubbed Icy Hot on it, which proved to neither be Icy nor Hot. This morning I woke up and it was a bit more sore. I still went to play DDR at the mall, where I did five sets. On one of them, I slipped off the platform (between songs...not during one!). When I was done, it was extremely sore. I went home, took a shower, and this time rubbed Ben-Gay on it (which proved to work alot better than the Icy Hot in being both Icy and Hot). After my mom and I got back from lunch at Dà Lạt, I *limped* downstairs, sat down, and stayed there for a while. When I went to goto the bathroom, I felt a slight squishy squishy liquidy feeling where the pain is.

    The squishy feeling now only happens as I move my toes, and almost feels like something's rubbing in there.

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    2. darknation

      darknation

      DJ_Haruko said:

      Already did that in the arcade with one girl :)

      well, think of it this way. When your foot collapses and you get amputated, you can REALLY impress her by doing DDR on the highest difficulty setting. With one leg.

      Nothing impresses the ladies like a rabid hopping spastic.

    3. Ichor

      Ichor

      Maybe you can be like this guy.

    4. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      Ichor said:

      Maybe you can be like this guy.

      Heh, I have that saved on my HD. It's quite inspiring at times. The song's "Stomp To My Beat" by JS16, and I think he did it on standard difficulty. Quite impressive!

      Doing the hardest DDR song, which is about 320bpm, on the hardest difficulty (which averages out to about 5-7 steps per second) would be instant death to most anyone...sounds liek something I would do, though. Then again, I hurt my foot doing a 300bpm one on the hardest difficulty.

  8. Tattoos are sort of a recent thing with me, even though I've wanted them for quite a while. So when I finally I finally got a pentacle on my left shoulder blade last year, I was ecstatic. Since then I've wanted a few more, and today I got this on my right forearm.

    Part of the reason I got it was to cover up a really bad scar I got there last year from a bad accident. It was large, ugly, and definitely noticeable. But the other reason I got it was because ravens tend to mean a lot to me personally.

    I might get another one next year on my other arm to sort of balance things out. Maybe more ravens, maybe something else. Or maybe, just maybe, I'll get the Doomguy...

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    2. geo

      geo

      Csonicgo said:

      Phases. They do happen.


      Yeah. I can't even put anything on my white walls. no posters, art or anything I'm always just a blank canvas.

    3. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      I read a statistic the other day that about 14% of people who get tattoos end up regretting them. It was higher than I expected, but overall, still not that bad.

      I'm not too worried about mine to be honest. They're on me partially for religious reasons, partially for personal ones. Plus I don't work anymore, so I don't have to worry about that.

    4. geekmarine

      geekmarine

      I got a tattoo... but it was something nice, something meaningful, and on my back so it's easy to cover up. To be clear, it's a stylized representation of Yggdrasil, the Norse tree of life. I liked the concept, and it's something I can't see myself coming back 20 years later and saying, "Well that was stupid." In retrospect, that was really not a bad idea, seeing as how an ex talked me into getting it and actually paid for it, but I made sure it was something that wouldn't just be a painful reminder if we broke up (which we did - goddammit, so smart planning on my part).

  9. When I'm mapping and I decide to provide a way out of a deep lava pit.

     

    41eb776bf83dfb2d629f954d6866cb89.jpg

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    2. Tracer

      Tracer

      I'm a dick when it comes to that, usually.  The way I see it is, "If you were careless enough to fall in...well...serves you right."

    3. Nine Inch Heels

      Nine Inch Heels

      From my point of view it depends on what kind of difficulty you aim for. If there's a way out, it'd better be one that hurts. Platforming sections are pretty much the only thing where I accept a "no fuck-up policy", regardless of how much I hate some pole-jumping sections, but areas where there's fighting going on, and players can get bumped into a pit of pain, I'd rather there's a way out...

    4. Megalyth

      Megalyth

      It's pretty hard to accidentally fall into, but I think stuff like the nukage pit in the start area of Doom2 map18 is a good style of inescapable pit. If you fall into it at the start of the map, it's no big deal, but you have to pass that way again to exit. If you fall into it the second time around, you're screwed (unless you're a shameless save-scummer like me).

  10. So, here's the specs:

    Alienware
    P4 3.2gHz
    800mHz FSB
    1gig RAM
    80 Gig HD (I have a 120gig already)
    Sound Blaster Audigy2 5.1
    ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 256mb
    10/100/1000 Intel NIC card
    Like 6 or 8 USB 2.0 ports
    WinXP (I loaded Linux on it last night. Dual-boot).
    DVD/CD-RW
    Black case w/blue lighting

    Yep. That's my new baby. The new baby that works great, except it doesn't like my DSL modem. Yet.

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    2. Julian

      Julian

      BBG, shorten your sig please.

    3. Fredrik

      Fredrik

      BBG said:

      You guys are just mad because he got a system that doesn't lag when he moves his mouse :-P

      Nah, I'm not jealous of the computer. I'm jealous of him having so much money to spend :P

    4. Naked Snake

      Naked Snake

      The Merovingian said:

      BBG, shorten your sig please.


      Ok, sig made into 3 lines, instead of 5...even though the FAQ says 6 lines :-P

      Meh, the last line was stupid anyway and I guess I'd rather have all my sig devoted to doom related stuff

  11. Well, this is it. Tomorrow morning, at like 5:30am, I head to the airport. And at 8:45, I'll be on a plane over to LAX, where I'll transfer to another and be on my way to Japan.

    Am I nervous? Hell yeah I am. I can barely imagine any of this. I had a dream this morning that I got on the plane, fell asleep, and woke up in Kansai Gaidai's dorms. I somehow missed transferring planes, getting off, getting my luggage, and all that other stuff. But arrived there safely. But without Luggage, so I was having to try and find it.

    Anyways, with me luck everyone. I return in 3.5 months, when I'll go back to Doom3 editing.

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    2. Danarchy

      Danarchy

      Grazza said:

      For some reason, your worries about the flight reminded me of this.


      From the article:
      Last year I booked a trip to Sydney, Nova Scotia, and ended up in Australia. Can you imagine how aggrieved I was? Couldn't get a decent lobster anywhere - the pick-up trucks were a waste of time and the bears were no bigger than a pillow.
      Bob Smith, Scotland

      Post of the year.

      Heh, too bad they didn't end up in Sydney, BC. Then they could have visited Victoria, Vancouver, the Bochart Gardens, and possibly even Seattle.

      Not that there actualy is an airport in Sydney, BC, but still...

    3. deathz0r

      deathz0r

      Danarchy said:
      From the article:
      Last year I booked a trip to Sydney, Nova Scotia, and ended up in Australia. Can you imagine how aggrieved I was?
      Bob Smith, Scotland

      Hey, I would be too if I had to live in Sydney. That place reeks of weirdos and psychos.

    4. Gokuma

      Gokuma

      While you're in Japan I seriously recommend checking old used game shops. More than once I've heard all kinds of old console system games are easily available for cheap that otherwise freaking no importers will bring to the US except for a few rare occasions for obscene prices. I'd personally grab a load of Technos games for Famicom, Super Famicom, PCE-Engine Duo, and Gameboy and probably some Japanese hardware including multiplayer stuff while I'm at it (8-bit FC requires different MP hardware than US NES).

      Heh, does the "fun" rating of those airports mean the most danger? I've heard Peru is one of the most dangerous in the world because at the end of the runway is just a cliff so if a plane doesn't stop in time or take off in time, see ya.

  12. In case anyone is interested, BBC is offering the 6th through 9th symphonies of Beethoven for free download for a short time. They were performed by the BBC Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/beethoven/downloads.shtml

    I know that #9 is the first one I'll get off of that.

  13. Yeah, I turn 22 today. I've got plans to go see a movie (don't know which one yet) this afternoon with my mom, as well as go around blasting "Ride of The Valkyries" at extremely high volumes in my car with my nice sound system.

    The weekend alone was awesome. I got a new laptop on Saturday (not a birthday present, I ordered it), which should make it so that I can work on Doom, programming, and my music more often. Which means that SLE should get finished soon, as well as my new album and Todo-Lister 2.0... Specs:

    -P4 3.2gHz LGA775 w/HyperThreading and 800mHz FSB
    -1gb DDR2 PC4200 RAM (I can put it up to 2gb, I think)
    -80gb HD with a second 40gb one (I could RAID them if I wanted, or switch them out for larger ones...I may do that with the 40gb one and put a 100gb one in, which was from my old laptop anyways)
    -GeForce 7800 GTX Go 256mb
    -1900x1200 ClearView screen w/built-in camera
    -Two soundcards: a Realtek one and a SB Audigy2
    -DVD/CD-RW combo drive (didn't want a DVD burner)
    -Other nifty things in it

    I've already tried running Linux on it, which was on the 40gb HD from my old laptop. Stupid me, however, forgot to recompile my kernel to adjust for my hardware (I've transfered the HD from computer to computer before, I know it can be done). The result is that I can get to LILO, but can't mount my root partition. Reason? My laptop uses a Promise SATA 378 controller for its HDs, and I never compiled the driver into the kernel. The kernels on the Slackware 10.2 CD don't seem to want to recognize it, either. I guess I have to play around with this some...at least I can access the drive (ext3 FS) with full read/write capabilities from Windows for the time being...

    So yeah, my birthday weekend is shaping up quite nice. I'm wondering what I got as presents...

    EDIT: Got my presents. Overall, I made out well:

    -Trauma Center: Under the Knife for DS (awesome game)
    -Dogora on DVD (old Toho movie)
    -March of The Penguins on DVD
    -New shirt and a new turtlekneck
    -Remmington beard and moustache trimmer
    -Homemade enchiladas.
    -$25 (which will go towards four new Infinity speakers for my car)

  14. So, I got back from QuakeCon late Monday night. Spent yesterday resting up and running some important errands, and today I'm back at work. It doesn't even seem like I was on vacation.

    QuakeCon was great fun, though. Got some cool rounds of Quake3 and UT2003 in, as well as some jDoom. heh, I totally pw0n3d the dudes I played on jDoom. As I told my friend besides me, "Don't f*** with someone from Doomworld" (my opponents didn't know of it). I also found out that I greatly love playing Generations Quake 3 (as the Doomguy, of course). I almost owned my friend at that, but I got a bit too cocky near the end, lol

    Here's a few pics of me at QuakeCon:

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/ddr2.JPG
    Me on DDR. I H.A.T.E.D. those pads, btw.

    http://www.du.edu/~ahunt/jDoom.JPG
    Me playing jDoom.

    Dallas was a cool place to be in. Except that we couldn't stand the highways/drivers there. But, it was a cool trip. I especially liked travelling through New Mexico. Though, by the end of the trip, my friend Matt had thouroughly gotten on my nerves.

    I'll be ordering my new Alienware Area 51 comp today. Can't wait to get it!

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    2. zark

      zark

      TeamKill said:

      Me playing jDoom.

      I'm sorry :( We feel your pain.

    3. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      zarcyb said:

      I'm sorry :( We feel your pain.

      Eh? jDoom's my favorite.

    4. Guest

      Guest

      TeamKill said:

      16+ hour drive anyone? Non-stop?


      What? thats it? I do that standing on my head (ive done several drives down to that oh so wonderful town of Keene Tx, just outside of dallas/ft worth)

      hehe, first post, and im taunting you, what fun? =P

  15. First off, whoever made my arrow scroll, it's going in the wrong direction. Arrows don't scroll down, they scroll up, lol
    EDIT: Hehe, thanks.

    I can't believe that I'm a little less than a month away from going to Japan. Tomorrow I go and get my visa from the Japanese consulate.

    I'm not sure how I'll handle some of the things there, mainly living on my own in a dorm. For the past two years at college, I've lived at home for various reasons. If anyone as suggestions to make this easier, as well as lessen the culture shock, it'd be nice.

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    2. Lizardcommando

      Lizardcommando

      Man, you're lucky. I haven't been to Japan in about three or four years. To me, the atmosphere (especially in Tokyo) is awesome! I wish I can go to Japan so I can check out the Tokyo Game Show! Ooh man, I hope Konami shows a new MGS3 trailer at TGS.

    3. rf`

      rf`

      Danarchy said:

      and I'm pretty sure they are somewhat responsible for the whole furry thing.

      I think you're right. I think you're wrong.

    4. Danarchy

      Danarchy

      ravage said:

      I think you're right. I think you're wrong.

      What?

  16. Ok, so it took me .5 minutes to fall in love with Annie (girl in my C++ class) and 4 days to ask her out. That has to be a record for most people in here...

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    2. insertwackynamehere

      insertwackynamehere

      Ralphis said:

      Maybe you're all just scared of rejection.


      I can't take it doctor! They'll all say no!

      But seriously, yup pretty much.

    3. Danarchy

      Danarchy

      TeamKill said:

      5 days to hug her and start joking about sex.

      The candle that burns twice as bright lasts half as long.

      Or something.

    4. Kid Airbag

      Kid Airbag

      I think the quickest I've ever fallen in love with someone was a little more than a week, this summer at camp. But then of course there's that shitty living 300 miles apart issue and only seeing each other like three times a year.

  17. Well, I am now, finally, the extremely proud owner of a Neo-Geo and Fatal Fury Special. And next week, Real Bout Fatal Fury Special.

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    2. sargebaldy

      sargebaldy

      i've never owned a console but my favorite emulated console games were all for the neo-geo (puzzle bobble, metal slug *) so that sounds like fun to me.

    3. kain

      kain

      yep metal slug 5. or is that samourai showdow x or 5 or someshit.

    4. Gokuma
  18. We just started our 3rd (and last) quarter for the year at my school. In this new programming class I'm in, we're supposed to have a project that we work on for the entire quarter (which is 10 weeks long), involves a fair degree of complexity to what we normally do, and should push us to learn a new thing here or there.

    Well, we're allowed to work in groups. So my group consists of me and my two friends, Annie and Mercedes. Neither of them have much experience programming. I have no problem doing most of the programming as long as they attempt some of it (which I will make them do).

    Anyways, we've decided to make a game. But, we have absolutely no ideas as to what to make. The only good suggestion we've had is a text-adventure similar to the old Hitchiker's Guide to The Galaxy one. None of us know how to do graphics (although I'm slowly learning SVGAlib, and we can ask the teacher to cover it in class this quarter). Also, we'd like to not use DirectX or Windows.

    So, any good ideas for what game we could make or recreate? Or even ideas for something other than a game?

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    2. darknation

      darknation

      the year is 2079... you are the reanimated zombie corpse of adolf hitler. You start off as a skeleton and you must find suitable body parts to replace your mouldering corpse and resume the visage of the Furher.

      You discover that the remains of your left nut has been preserved along with Ron Hubbard's right nut at Scientology Flag, and using voodoo magic you must raise the third reich from the grave and battle the evil scientologists who are using the combined power of the Two Testicles to energise their Scientology death ray.

      After you destory the scientologists, you must rise into the sky and do battle yourself with Xenu and Ron Hubbard before gathering all the scientolgist souls and dumping them in a volcano and blowing the cunts up with an H-bomb.

      It would rule.

    3. Hellbent

      Hellbent

      and you could have tom cruise and john travolta screaming and being upset and stuff

    4. Ultraviolet
  19. Dang it, I feel torn between writing creepy dark ambient music for area one of my Doom map like I did for SoTNR, something harsh and industrial like I did for Extreme Terror, or something along the lines of Lost Years or one of John Carpenter's recent songs.

     

    Anyone have some suggestions?  Do you think synthwave-y stuff would even sound appropriate for a Doom map like mine?  I'm kinda leaning towards it only because my Doom map is me experimenting with a bunch of stuff anyway, but I'm not opposed to doing other styles.  Plus there'll be four separate tracks in the whole level, so it's not like I'm stuck with one style.

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    2. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      Yeah it's the same as Aeolian, so a scale goes W H W W H W W.  I generally chose a minor key then work off of a natural minor scale when I write music.

       

      The phrygian things are used in a lot of EBM/industrial and goa trance since they can sound very dark, depending on the parts of it that are emphasized.  They also fit in nicely with diminished chords, but can also have the occasional minor third to fit in with minor chords and change the feel slightly.

       

      For example, I'm pretty sure I based this song around a phrygian dominant scale (glad I uploaded this yesterday lol):

       

      And this goa trance song, which I haven't officially released yet:

      https://www.partition36.com/random-stuff/in-a-dream.mp3

    3. Major Arlene

      Major Arlene

      I think something like Excessive Exposure w/o vocals would be really awesome! Although I'd probably be dancing too much to play properly :3

    4. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      Well I went through all my WIP songs (and whoa howdy do I always have a lot of them), and found two synthwave-y songs that would fit, and an industrial/Extreme Terror-style one that would work.  I'll work on these in the next few days and see if I can't get rough mixes done just to see if they will indeed feel right in the level.

       

      Either way, they'll be on my next album, so it's not like the work will go to waste :-P

  20. Tattoo #3, got it just today. It's the older Skinny Puppy logo for those who don't know.



    I'm hoping to get another one next month, and a few others by the end of the year.

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    2. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      I don't work anymore (I'm going on disability). So actually, it's more like "when I get some other things out of the way first".

    3. Use

      Use

      Oh I know, that's why I brought it up, I figured you were feeling better and getting back into the game, I mean you typically don't see those with debilitating anxiety getting tattoos...sitting in a chair getting prodded by a stranger for a couple hours..hell that's not a whole lot different than a part time job.

    4. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      Anxiety can take on a ton of different forms, and can be triggered by just about any combination of things.

      I basically make sure to get a tattoo on a "good day", which are quite uncommon. Plus, the physical pain is sometimes a release. This is why some people cut.

  21. Recorded playthroughs of SoTNR maps 2-4 and 31... only to realize that I clipped the audio when I imported the files into Cinelerra :-/

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    2. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      I'll check it out next time.  I can't complete any of the SoTNR maps on UV without dying, so having quicksave and quickload is a necessity.

    3. Nine Inch Heels

      Nine Inch Heels

      well... maybe I can demo a map or two. But I won't be looking around as much, I tend to just go in and fuck shit up ;-)

    4. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      I appreciate the thought, but these are meant to be slow playthroughs with my own commentary layered on top of them via YouTube subtitles.  I'm slowing down in very specific points to mention things.

  22. Here's something interesting. Comming to Japan, I certainly expected to become better at DDR, but expected this more on a pad than on a computer keyboard. Well, somehow the opposite happened. I passed these three songs the other day (links are to stepchart pictures...people really should check these out):

    Slipknot's Duality (I got a B on this one. 145bpm, 10-feet.)
    Marine Snow (C on this one. 296bpm, 11-feet.)
    Pistolero (The Juno Reactor song) (C on this one, too, though I've almost gotten a B. 141bpm, 10-feet.)

    Maybe I should stop playing this game...

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    2. rf`

      rf`

      I'd be impressed if I could get my penis to dance like that.

    3. Mr. NobodX

      Mr. NobodX

      ravage said:

      I'd be impressed if I could get my penis to dance like that.



      Yeah, get a moaning tape and dance over it...

    4. destx

      destx

      DDR and slipknot?
      What the fuck? an unholy union of two of the most retarded things on this planet.

      The Antichrist has arrived, and it is an arcade machine.

  23. Yep, I turned 21 today (5th...it's already the evening here). Can't believe I'm this age now, as it feels rather odd to think about it. Meh.

    Celebrating was pretty cool. Yesterday I had lunch with my friend Branden at a very good German restaurant in Kyoto, walked around there for a while, and then went to see the new Godzilla movie. It was opening day for it, so it was quite cool.

    I spent most of today, my actual birthday, with my friend Jo. We hung out for a while, talked, worked on homework, and then went out for dinner.

    When I get home, the girl whom I keep alternating between being in love with and attempting to deny it says she has a present for me. Can't wait to see what it is. OMG, MAYBE SHE'S DRESSING UP AS MY FAVORITE ANIME CHARACTER FOR A NIGHT AND IS GOING TO PLAY VIDEOGAMES WITH ME FOR THE NIGHT!!!

    Err....*ahem*. Yeah, that was my birthday. Quite fun overall ^_^

    I leave to go back home in just about 6 days now.

    たんじょうび (誕生日)- Birthday

    EDIT: According to Japan, I was born in Showa 58. So my birthdate is 58-12-05.

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    2. iori

      iori

      Just walk over to Canada :)

    3. Job

      Job

      iori said:

      Just walk over to Canada :)

      absinthe > booze

    4. Danarchy

      Danarchy

      Meh, too much effort. The border always takes like an hour to get through.



  24. That's what the view looked like from 14,000 feet off of Mount Bierstadt yesterday.

    I finally got around to doing something I've wanted to do for a few years now, which is climb a 14er here in Colorado. The seven mile hike up Mount Bierstadt was gorgeous, and really not all that hard. It's pretty much all alpine tundra so there wasn't much vegetation except for grass and shrubs. The only part I didn't really like was the last few hundred yards since I'm a big scaredy cat when it comes to heights. Coming back down and looking back at the summit, it was actually sort of hard to comprehend that my friends and I had made it that high.

    All of us agreed that this definitely would not be the last 14er we would climb. Depending on the weather, we might hit a few more of the easier ones before the end of fall. Or we might just save them for next year. Either way, it was awesome.

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    2. Alfonzo

      Alfonzo

      Bucket said:

      I hate to use a fad term like "bucket list", but if I had one, hiking the Appalachian Trail would be on it.

      Same here. I have an affinity for hiking over long distances that only seems to grow with the length of the hike. The last time I hiked across southern England, the only reason I stopped was because I lost my contact lenses.

    3. Technician

      Technician

      Bucket said:

      Speaking of challenges...
      I hate to use a fad term like "bucket list", but if I had one, hiking the Appalachian Trail would be on it.

      That pun hurt.

    4. DoomUK

      DoomUK

      What a spectacular view.

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