Pavera

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  1. I am married so I guess my wife is my posse. I also have coworkers, though we don't really hang out... Huh.
  2. I always liked the system in Fallout, where your attributes fall on a scale from 1 to 10. Rather than stacking huge numbers into your attributes at each level, you choose one of many skills to increase slightly. One point into an attribute made a significant difference in your character.
  3. Great looking stuff NT, can't wait to check it out.
  4. This looks awesome! Finally, a "retro" FPS with a design ethos that seems to understand the appeal of old shooters in the first place. Handcrafted level design all the way. Can't wait to see more of this :D
  5. I can't say forever, but getting bored of playing Doom in general has led to me being more and more disconnected from mapping and checking out new wads. It's only a few times out of the year now that I really get an itch to play Doom, and that feeling is fleeting. It's really a shame cause I love being involved in the community, but I just keep finding myself unable to care about working on my impending maps or even playing Doom at all. Anyways there's an answer.
  6. Thank you. I will take that as a compliment...
  7. Picture of me holding one of my dogs: Picture of me holding kittens:
  8. This list is hard to make, since my tastes have changed a lot over the years and will probably continue to do so until I die. But these are five albums that I could never allow myself to live without. maudlin of the Well - Bath / Leaving Your Body Map Dreamy progressive death metal with a mystical twist. I don't really know how to sell motW, but this album captivated me from the moment I first heard it and I'm still discovering its odd mysteries to this day. It contains some of the sweetest and most comforting moments in music I've ever heard, and yet it contains some of my favorite death metal moments ever. This and another album on this list are probably the most prominent examples of Toby Driver's musical genius. I can't get enough of anything he does, but this (and choirs, listed below) are my "desert islands" of his collection. Unwound - Leaves Turn Inside You An enigmatic sequence of increasingly weird and despair-driven tracks from the mind of Justin Trosper. This album is nearly an hour an a half of dreamy, illusive post-rock that commands and yet shuns your attention with wild theatrics and bright, misty colors. It takes a very dark turn in its second half, turning strictly inward and revealing a layer of vulnerability that will pull you in to the bitter end. It's hair-raising and loud, yet thoughtful and introspective, and it's one of my favorite albums of all time. An impeccable note to end a career on. Warning - Watching From a Distance Legendary mourning. This album is a vortex of sadness and thick doom metal riffs that penetrate my soul deep and hard. Patrick Walker's earth-moving voice and lyrics are on full display here. I just can't properly explain the feeling I get from listening to this album. It just turns every wretched emotion I have buried inside me into a towering, unshakable piece of beautiful music. This is my go-to album for when I'm feeling somber, and I can't imagine never being able to listen to it again. It's not for everyone, but it speaks to me profoundly. Desert Island. Death - Human It's Death. Seriously, I think my love for death metal can be traced back to this album. It helped me develop an understanding of a genre that seemed impenetrable to me by mixing the speed and technicality of metal with progressive song structures and lyrical themes that went beyond the "grave", so to speak. It proved to me that there was so much more to extreme music than just mindless noise. It was, in fact, VERY mindful. From here I was able to discover the intricacies of dozens of other records that shared similar traits, and Opeth was no longer the only "heavy" band that I could bear listening to. But it's not just a gateway drug -- it's still one of my favorite death metal albums of all time. It speaks to me on a base level, and yet it appeals to my thoughtful and inquisitive side as well. RIP CHUCK Kayo Dot - Choirs of the Eye This is the album that took the eclectic mysticism of maudlin of the Well to its logical conclusion. It's a grand journey across every stretch of the musical spectrum. Starry, enlightening washes of woodwinds against massive walls of blackened guitars. I've listened to this album many times, and yet I feel as if I'm hearing it for the first time on each listen. There are layers upon layers of mystery in each track, and they each give way into possibly the most complete and satisfying listening experience of my life. I want to discover this album forever, so I can't be without it. This list could probably change as time goes on, but I'm pretty confident that these five will always be mainstays in my listening. Five is just way too small a number.
  9. Gauging level of interest in if I started streaming again occasionally.

    1. 40oz

      40oz

      You're always fun to listen to. :)

    2. Octavarium

      Octavarium

      Depending on what time they happen, I'd probably show up and occasionally spout some dumb stuff

    3. Jimmy

      Jimmy

      yaaaass

  10. what's new about this. haven't we been arguing about MOAR BROWN since at least Quake?
  11. Speed limits are stupid and meaningless, and they should be abolished.

    1. Eris Falling

      Eris Falling

      Immediately thought of this

       

    2. 40oz

      40oz

      how much was the ticket?

    3. Pavera

      Pavera

      No ticket. Complaining because I got stuck behind some slowpoke going exactly the posted limit in the left lane on my commute this morning. It's very frustrating to come up on the one person going slower than everyone else on the road. It's dangerous to not go with the flow of traffic, and it makes it harder for me to pass when everyone in the other lane is going 20mph faster than I am.

       

      God and they're always so damn smug about it, like they're the only good citizen on the road.

       

      rant over

    4. 40oz

      40oz

      Haha yeah the worst part about driving is having to share the roads with other people. My work commute is a short distance but has like 10 traffic lights on it, so driving fast is essentially a race where the prize is a longer wait at each red light.

    5. Ribbiks

      Ribbiks

      I agree, in part. or at least they could be consistently reevaluated as a function of road quality, typical traffic density, curvature, etc. There are some smooth, wide, nearly-empty highways out here where 70mph feels like you're hardly moving at all :p. But safety implications aside, it's a comparatively easy and lucrative thing to enforce so I can't imagine them disappearing any time soon.

       

      I do wonder though if limits on the average will gradually increase as cars continue to become smoother/safer/(self-driving??).

    6. Memfis

      Memfis

      Don't they make it in US so that if you're going at the right speed you basically always arrive at the green lights and don't really have to stop anywhere? Just something I've heard.

  12. I like it more now that it's gone. It's one of those things that never really bothered me to begin with, but now that I'm seeing posts without it...it just looks cleaner to me. Keep em gone I say.
  13. I think it was starting to become kind of meaningless, since it seemed like everyone's reputation was kinda floating around the same mid-100s region anyways. I don't think anyone will really miss it all that much, and now the people who hated it can be happy and rest peacefully.
  14. Hey, as someone who also played WoW in most of its incarnations but was generally disappointed with everything that came after Cataclysm, I am curious as to what it was about Legion that was the final straw for you? Especially since it seems to be widely regarded as the great comeback and has gained a lot of positive media coverage.