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    • 008 FUNboxing- July 2017's RT Box

      3 days ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      {21:51 PST 8/16/2017}

      The word of the week is “thin.”  As in stretched thin. I took most of today to relax because of that, but I owe you guys some posts and I may as well go for it before things pick up again. 

       

      So, let’s grab a knife and a Pepsi Fire because the heatwave meant it was too hot for coffee.  It’s time for a 008 FUNboxing!

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      This time we’re taking a look at the belated July #RTBOX that I received last Friday, I just haven’t had the time to write it up.

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      This month’s very tied together theme is College, and I know from experience that planning (especially for the first year) does start late July / early August, so having it be the July box is a smart choice.  The first item I pulled is the Achieve Pennant.  Good size, very standard quality.  Not sure where it’s going yet.

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      The letter is from Gus this month.  It was a very well written account of the items and his experiences with school.

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      The shirt is the Rooster Teeth Media Club members shirt.  A pretty cool “image cloud” design.  It’ll make me seem much more technically savvy than I am.

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      Nothing says college like a red solo cup, and nothing says an RTbox like some sturdy drinkware.  After the shirts, I think the most common item is some sort of cup in the eight or so I’ve received.  The Rooster Teeth University seal also cool.

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      We got a Double Gold double star patch for a letterman’s jacket.  I guess I need to get my jacket now!  (Not mad, I just have to budget it earlier than I thought I would.)

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      This month’s Gold Card is Funhaus.  I’ve said before that I don’t watch them as much anymore between work and the sheer amount of other RT content I watch.  However, I have been watching enough recently for this to be a relevant question, is Wrestling really that big a part of their material? 

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      This super handy hand-held Michael is great for ripping into a new beer (or cider or coke) because it’s a little Rage Quit bottle opener. 

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      Not only is it sturdy and rubberized, it’s also magnetic.

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      Last but not least we got both this and last month’s pins in the box.  The Beacon Academy is a great addition for the theme and I already talked about how much I loved the knowledgeable reference of the Stage 5 pin that would have been June’s.

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      Over all, a really solid box.  Everything was on-theme (or at least justifiable in the letter) and it’s all either useful or good looking and simple enough to go with anything. 

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      I have to wonder though, if this month is what they’ll do for School, what’ll I be getting this month? 

      We’ll just have to find out when I FUNbox it.

      -008


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    • ThatGuyWynters asked AgentWashingtub008 a question

      So. We have a RWBY Vol. 5 Character Short on Weiss. What is your review on that, and what are you anticipating in the new volume?

      Answered: Aug 12, 2017

      The Short Itself

      I found it very pleasant.


      That's odd phrasing, I know, but there are (of course) particulars to that.


      First, I've gotta clarify, Weiss is really up there with favorite characters.  Even more than the Space Needle shaped chart of favorite characters I have from Red vs Blue, for RWBY it's a big ball of characters at the top and there's rotations.  Weiss is probably the girl from the main four I'd like to know the most, if only so that I could give her a hug. 


      This short, was a perfect microcosm of that. 


      Also, I probably had the same putting-the-pieces together process everyone had at RTX and (if your like me) when it went public on RT.  Season 1 dress with no scar: this is the past.  There are summons: which family member is it?  Oh right, Jaques isn't a Schnee, so it could only be Winter.  Why is Winter doing this?  Is Papa making it happen? 


      The balletic fighting style that is stiff is very well animated and true to the character at that point in her development.  While I'm taking a break to talk about the technicals, the backgrounds are BEAUTIFUL.  The whole animation is good, but something about the courtyard set is really top notch.  The shadows.


      Then we get to the end and the revelation of how brutal but caring Winter was while training Weiss.  This might be more speculation than necessary, but what I really got from this moment (paired with what Whitley said about "mother") is Winter really was the mother.  Weiss's reaction to her sister showing up in Volume 3 also seems to confirm this in retrospect.  Winter is just that much older that she could and likely did take on much of the rearing responsibilities of her younger siblings.


      Having this all be a dream indicates that Weiss is traveling to Mistral hoping to find her sister and these are where her mind is at on the trip down there. 


      Like the first White trailer, this short was very much about back-story.  If the parallels continue, well that's the next section's topic.


      The song was good.  So far it hasn't stuck in my head quite like Mirror Mirror, but I also haven't been watching this as much.  As we get closer to V.5 I'm sure I will be paying more attention to RWBY news and development.


      So, when I say it was "pleasant" I don't mean the story of it, but it was very satisfying and about what I'd expect from a Weiss trailer.


      Thoughts This Adds to My Pre-Volume 5 Considerations:

      I'll admit, I'm a tad puzzled by the way these trailers are being released.  I did not go to the panel at RTX (my major panel was RvB), but I heard about them.  What's nagging at me is that if we only had one last year, why are we supposedly having three for this year? 


      If it were me (and you know, I was planning the whole thing) I'd go for one a year for a four year arc.  But I have no idea how this arc will be proportioned so that could be completely off base and not helpful.


      Unlike the Ruby short last year, this also doesn't present much plot-progressing information when viewed alone.  Weiss has run away from home to be with her sister, we knew that.  This was a character study, but I did say that it mirrored White in that way as well. 


      Red and Ruby were action pieces with world building.


      White and Weiss are character studies that show but don't tell character development to be used later in the story. 


      I think that before Weiss finds any of her team in this story she'll spend an amount of time looking for her sister..  That's her goal.  If and how she accomplishes that is something to watch (or discuss not at midnight).


      The only other thing this really tells me about V.5 is the Blake and Yang shorts will probably be like Black and Yellow too.


      Blake, I'm guessing, will be a brief story of her and Sun in the interim of plot between volumes as she tracks down the White Fang's bad cell. 


      Yang will be another explosive solo story leading almost directly into the new Volume.  Maybe this time she stumbles upon Qrow and Oscar in the bar.


      Hopefully those two stories will help progress the plot for some further speculation.


      What are your thoughts? Did you enjoy the short? Got any good theories yourself?  (Feel free to leave a profile comment or some other form of communication.)

    • Bleepbloopopolous Region Recap- Downtown: Part 1

      1 week ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee


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      Hey Gang, I want to thank you for your patience first.  I know it’s been a while.  Around a half a year, while, but in that time I was doing quite a few things, and you’ll be happy to know a new and improved Bleepbloopopolous Travel Log was among them.  With new pictures directly from my PS4 and some time working around the many regions that an expanded world has allowed me to start, we’re not only ready to start back up on our tour of Achievement City as if one guy built it on a Sony console.  I’d say it’s about time that we have to.

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      We’ve gone back to the main gates.  We’ll be starting over in a sense.  When we last left off, we’d done an entire region and were going to do a change log.  In a sense we’re also just going forward with that.  You can think of the next set of entries as yet another change log. One huge change log…  I’ll let you make the jokes.

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      I should get rid of those signs and this door.  We need a way in.

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      The area right inside the gates hasn’t changed much, just a tad more color and work on the map wall.  Since the nature of this set of logs is a Region Recap and not introducing much new, I’m going to cut back on descriptions.  This entry clocking in at 52 images itself is a factor in that decision, but the way I see it we’ve covered most of this already.  If you have any questions at all though, feel free to add them in the comments bellow.

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      Just like when we started, we’ll be checking out Geoff’s Court and Geoff’s house first.  Geoff’s Court (where the games for Geoff’s kingship take place) has also gotten a few new details added, including Geoff’s Banner. 

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      Though decommissioned and memorialized, Plan G is still very much a part of Geoff’s front lawn.

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      The forbidden tunnel is also located in Geoff’s court, none who have gone all the way through have ever returned.

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      Tough technically it is all a part of Geoff’s Court, Geoff’s house starts on the other side of his flowers and doors.

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      Geoff’s house in Bleepbloopopolous has always been much more decorated than the one in the branded sister-city.  His many trophies and items from past games line the walls.

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      Yes, even Butts is still a part of Downtown (though I haven’t activated it in quite a while because the clean-up is tricky).

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      If Geoff’s throne is the height of power in Bleepbloopopolous, I feel like I have to remind us that Geoff’s house is also the highest place in Bleepbloopopolous literally too.

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      First we must go down though.  Down, under, and out to find all the secrets of Geoff’s house (that I’m going tell you about now).

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      Going up Geoff’s house is a true way to see how Bleepbloopopolous has changed, there are many markings that remain though growth has re-defined many of them

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      Above the throne Geoff might think is just his ceiling and the stairway to it, but unbeknownst to him, the other citizens of Bleepbloopopolous made some mischief.

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      The super fancy apartment at the top of Geoff’s house is a relatively new addition, with all the space for six and tones of clicky-tacky decoration.

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      From the top of Geoff’s house you can see everything.  Just over the edge is the rest of Downtown Bleepbloopopolous, the Carnival, some of Bleepbloop Forest, and our first canon view beyond the Old Bleepbloopopolous Fence.   But that’s not all I meant.

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      The top of Geoff’s house has the ender canons that can take you any direction and quite far away.

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      And that, my friends is just a taste of what Bleepbloopopolous looks like now.  I’ve gotta tell ya, it’s great to be back.  I can’t wait to show you the other things I’ve built and finally get back on track to the other regions.  Thanks for joining me.  Please, leave any comments or questions below. 

      Next time we’ve got fewer pictures but more ground to cover and a good chunk of the residences (of many qualities).

       

      Have Fun,

      -008

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    • Days off 2-way-AMA

      1 week ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      Tomorrow I'll be doing a thing, but that's just the day.


      When I get home I'll do other things, but those are things that I'm doing on the computer (so I should also do MORE THINGS ON THE COMPUTER).


      Here's the plan, over tomorrow (8/8/2017) go ahead and ask me a question in my questions tab.  Starting tomorrow afternoon I'll give you a question in return and start answering all the questions I've amassed.


      I always had fun with Tuesday Question Days, so let's technically have one tomorrow!

    • 008 Micro Update- Quick 2 Question Poll (ish).

      3 weeks ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      So, I was looking back over things and I found the Current Status of PFL People post I did a while back.  I won't right now, but would this be something people would like updated and kicked back to my profile's first post every so often (when a major shift is Member knowledge) or between seasons?


      Also, I have plenty of other data that is updated/clarified from the book kicking around my head and my... generous amount of time spent watching the show has me fairly confident in it.


      Would people like to see more of these on my profile?  I know I'm the guy with a handful of ongoing projects on here, but this could be one of them (irregular and as needed).

    • 008 Update #27- RTXcited Part 5: Quite Literal FUNpacking.

      3 weeks ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      This blog is the fifth and final of the series for #RTXcited in 2017.  Since it’s from me you can mostly expect it to be ridiculous with kernels of things that are nice to know. 


      If you’re like me, you probably brought more home with you than you left with from RTX.  Other people have shown their loot, so why not me? 

       

      Let’s FUNpack what I got at RTX.

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      First thing I got was the RTX exclusive #RTBOX and we’ll start with that here.

       

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      We’ll also do a special cut that makes it seem as if I brought the entire box with me (because I certainly wasn’t going to check it on the plane).

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      First thing was these cute little RT Site Emoji stickers.  I’m not quite sure where these’ll go yet, but they certainly are fun and I need a Tower of Pimps somewhere.

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      I still REALLY want that RTX Buff from last year, but this year seemed to be the year of the bandanna at RTX and I personally really love map bandannas (I get one at all the national and state parks I visit) so this RTX Austin bandanna is downright perfect for me.  I actually have it in my pocket right now.

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      This Rooster Teeth/Achievement Hunter door hanger is pretty cool.  It doesn’t exactly work on my door at home (it kept getting shut in the frame) but I love it anyway and I’ll hold on to it.

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      The 2nd clothing item in this box is the RT Site Emoji snap-back which is a nice hat.  There’s a definite theme to the RTX box, and that’s RT’s core site and community which I do appreciate.  I do wish the RvB Emoji’s (at least Caboose, Donut, and Church (2)) made the cut for this and the stickers, but it’s still good.

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      I really liked this little thing even though I had no idea what it was at first.  Fan Service Deodorant?  Fan Service Earbuds?

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      No, it’s a Fan Service FAN!

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      …and flashlight.

      I enjoy the pun and functionality, especially in the Texas heat where I received it.  I’m also super happy to have a piece of Fan Service merch,  (Tsundere shirt is probably next.)

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      Not con related but another FANTASTIC piece of Double Gold Clothing, these Double Gold Socks are FUNctional and pretty comfy.  I wore them all of my day as the Mad King because they look a bit like a Tower of Pimps too.  I’ve gotta say, the Double Gold Clothing might be my favorite consistent thing in the boxes.  (They aren’t Strideline, but they are very high quality in structure and stiching.)

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      Maybe the best thing for the Con was the DoubleGold Lanyard which gave me an actual RT lanyard for RTX and not just some sponsor (I’d like to thank Adult Swim, but I don’t watch it often). 

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      Also, when I bought the box (only $25 with a verified Double Gold profile) I was given one of the two FIRST exclusive buttons.  I liked the armadillo better though I honestly can’t remember what the other one was…  Did anyone get that one?

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      Overall, and with the location exclusivity and price in consideration, this was a very good box.  I love a lot of it and will/do use everything inside it so that’s a big positive.

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      Now, in the Metaphorical FUNpacking I mentioned that I was #DroppingTafts all over the expo hall.  I didn’t go wild or anything, but I got some nice things.  Some I’d wanted, some just struck me, and there were even a few surprises for me.  I’m not sure if anyone really cares about all that I got, but here are some highlights of all the really fun things.

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      @Erkan makes and gives wood to other community members at every RTX and I was actually able to pick one up this year from my good friend.  I also plan to use this in place of a nametag at future RTX’s and other community events.

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      I may have mentioned the Kinda Funny hat a few times in the past, but I was kinda happy to get it so it bears repeating.  While talking about it in an item-review way, these high quality baseball hats are all very sturdy and look awesome.  I’m that weird utilitarian who likes to loop a hat through his belt and I can’t do that with the solid back with the logo, but that’s not really a “complaint.”  The RvB one would be cool too, but I needed something more than my Team Fat shirt to represent the Best Friends.  (And to host the autographs.)

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      Not everything at RTX is diretctly RT related.  I played that not-nerf shooting gallery almost exclusively to get that ODST patch and I have almost nothing to represent myself to my fellow Guardians so I grabbed the Destiny Necklace.  The minifigures are to add to my collection with my favorite characters in the Silver Surfer and Dr. Doom and Cable and Classic Wolverine are a must for any set-ups I do with Deadpool. 

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      My next steps to full nerdom have been taken.  I had a really hard time picking between these and the ruby pink set over in the table top booth that sold the Yugioh type game with mutated goats.  I decided this was cooler with a gradient of black-to-white and a bit more classic.  Maybe I’ll pick up a pink D8 for reasons down the road.

      And while I didn’t purchase it at RTX, I had a perfect Skull Candy microfiber bag from a set of Sport Earbuds I bought way back for my dice.

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      Located in front of the TV where I play Kingdom Hearts (I recently acquired the whole PS4 collection) I put the POP KH Chip and Dale figures.  I didn’t even think you COULD find these two, so I had to get them when I found them.  It was only after RTX that I realized I should have looked for Darkwing Duck too.

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      Don’t mind this cryptic image.  You can never get this mug in the digital store.

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      Next stop, Twitch Strammer of the Year!  Well, no, I can barely get watching Twitch on my laptop to work.  But, a cheesey late 80’s (almost Kinda Funny) Filthy Casual shirt is pretty nice AND it was the last men’s medium they had.  It was a no brainer.

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      So, that whole “Year of the Bandanna” comment I made earlier is about this.  One in the swag bag is cool, a second in the RTBox is lucky, but getting stopped by the RT SideQuest dude saying I need more crowns in my life (which happen to be bandannas too) is clearly something.

      The design is pretty kick-ass and it all went to charity, this and the RWBY totebag (not pictured).

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      The last batch of things I bought is the [coughs loudly] amount of Tafts I happily dropped for signed comics from Luke McKay.  I love Balls 2 That as I did the RT Comics.  The Steamfunk “test issue” was really cool and the Lazer Team Comic was pretty funny.  All were completely worth it to support a fantastic artist who moved to my neck of the woods (where Sasquach lives).

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      AND LOOK AT THIS!  @lukemckay drew me with my Mad King crown.  I have to say, it’s a great likeness and I love it.  I’ve scanned it too, but having a physical piece of art is much better.  When I doodle, I owe a lot to a lot of artists, but Luke is definitely in there. 

      I also have to ask, if you’re reading this Luke, how difficult was it to find the blue-line mechanical pencils and where in the Seattle area do you find them?

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      BUT THAT’S NOT ALL THE ART OF ME.  I told the story last update of how I finally got @SailorGirl81’s picture of me that I’ve used as my profile picture for quite a while now.  Having it in my hands is amazing and I really can’t thank her enough for taking a few days to make me look good and just so cool.  I love the style and the details I can pick up now.

       

      My family and I are getting both of these framed.

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      And for dramatic purposes I guess I almost forgot to mention my JAUNE’S PUMPKIN PETE’S SWEATSHIRT I was very excited to get and was totally wearing this whole time in my sweltering second floor room for authenticity.

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      And just as soon as I finished uploading these pictures a few days back it was time to grab a random knife and a peppermint mocha in July for yet another more traditional 008 FUNboxing of the JUNE #RTBOX!

       

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      This month’s theme is travel and not only is it very consistent, it would have been great to have some of these things on the trip to RTX if not for the delays in delivery and manufacturing some items.

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      The note this month was from the RT Podcast’s Travel Expert Burnie Burns, himself.  That’s a win.

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      First thing to come out was the FUNHAUS California shirt from the Funhaus Tourism Bureau which is probably my favorite Funhaus running joke (other than Elyse being Elyse).

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      Burnie has continued the travel advice from his blog and has gotten packing cubes with his glasses emblazoned on the front.  I’m not at all the organized packer he is, but maybe that will be remedied by these.

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      It’s a good thing I was playing with the zipper or I never would have found the second one inside.

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      This three-sealed, folded, and velcro’ed Immersion phone protector is probably really useful if you swim with your phone or think you may.  I’ll put it with my camping stuff.

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      Here’s why I didn’t get the box until a few days after RTX, (and by extention why this didn’t come out for a while (and I had to geek out about some dragon movie)).  I think it’ll be worth the wait though, a Stage 5 pin is the kind of accessible but notable reference for Double Gold fans to have.

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      This month’s #GoldCard is CampCamp.  It’s really neat art and the description was pretty good.  My luck didn’t hold for a signed one, but that was bound to happen.  I’m happy to just have them.

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      I got a card for Party Hard on Steam…  I’ll add that to the pile of Steam codes.

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      I may have to fight my mom for this “People Like Grapes” air freshener.  I haven’t opened it for that reason so I don’t know how it smells.

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      And finally in this box were RT post cards with an airport theme.  Rooster Teeth, Achievement Hunter, Funhaus, and something called Cow Chop…  I just haven’t had a chance to really sit down and try their stuff.  Does anyone reading watch them?

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      And that, my friends, is the very good and on-theme RTBox for June.  It’s got some good things with very specific uses and some great things with more open uses.  I can’t wait to get my pin even though I already have for a bit.

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      That’s the end of this #RTXcited series for 2017.  I was very excited about the whole thing and it didn’t really let me down.  There was some waiting and confusion, but the show itself was great. 

      I’ve read some recaps, but feel free to tell my some of your experiences as well.  I’d love to hear about them.

      I’ve just been doing some work since, but I’ve also got some relaxing in…

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      -008


      P.S. Kick Edit, no change to actual content.

       

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    • 008 Mini Update- Max "Explains" the Dragonheart Franchise (For the OCC)

      4 weeks ago

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      A knight is sworn to valour,

      His heart knows only virtue,

      His blade defends the helpless,

      His might upholds the weak,

      His word speaks only truth,

      His wrath undoes the wicked.


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      It began in the mid 90's. 

       

      One director and his team had a vision of a fantasy romp using the best technology and imagination they could muster from their experience with Jurassic Park and ILM.

       

      It is the 10th century AD in England and though dragons are dwindling and King Arthur is gone their influence is still present.  In a revolt a king is killed and his son, while pulling the crown from his father's head, is mortally wounded.  Bowen (Dennis Quaid) is a knight of the old code who takes the queen and her dying son to the lair of one of the revered dragons who can share is heart with a mortal (as dragons do) to save him.  Dennis Quaid promises to teach the prince the old code and the dragon shares his heart with the prince.  Fastforward and the Prince (played by the dude who played Lupin in Harry Potter) is a huge dick.  Obviously it’s the Dragon’s fault and Bowen swears to find and kill the dragon that corrupted the prince.  Fastforward even further and Bowen is a rugged dragonslayer for profit.  But when he meets with the last Dragon (Played by Sean Connery) what will he do with his line then?  So a deal is struck, every day the dragon “falls” at Bowen’s hand.  Every night they celebrate their con and move to the next village.  But a rebelion is rising against the Prince and loyalties are questioned as an epic standoff begins.  (There’s also a pretty red haired “warrior princess” and a sassy monk.)

       

      I don’t want to give away too much, because if you’re going to see any of these movies, see the first one.  There’s a scene where the ghost of King Arthur appears to Bowen on Avalon to motivate him with the Old Code.  Yes, it’s that kind of movie.

       

      So, if you’re not sold by that 90’s Action Fantasy Cheese, there’s no hope for you.  It’s a great entertaining movie and, as was pointed out to me by a friend a few years back, I still get choked up in the end.  (I’m a sucker for movies about “a boy and his dragon”.)

       

      Now, in the real world, I didn’t find out about this until the mid 00’s when I was reading an article in the paper that was along the lines of “if you like Eragon, try THIS.”  This was also around the time I was exposed to Highlander.  Good times.

       

      Well, after renting Dragonheart from Blockbuster a couple of times I eventually found the combo pack DVD of Dragonheart and Dragonheart 2: A New Beginning.  I was intrigued.  Draco was the last dragon after all. 

       

      OR SO WE THOUGHT!

       

      Like Highlander (yes, this comparison comes up a lot), the sequel took the finished story and cool concepts of the first movie and expanded the lore into the future through loop holes.  Draco’s lair had a dragon egg in it.  A stable boy who dreams of becoming a knight (played by the eldest brother from Malcom in the Middle) finds the sheltered new last Dragon (played by the voice of Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) and they change eachother’s lives.  But a clearly evil advisor to the king (who needs to share Drake’s heart for reasons) and two visitors from the east also are interested in the Dragon.  Shenanigans happen.

       

      It was…  It was a straight-to-video 2000 sequel.  The (now) 5 typical roles (knight played by an American, dragon with an iconic British voice, monk, warrior princess, and clearly rotten villain) are present but mostly aged down. And the plot is fine but it’s also quite obviously what it is.  The story is “ended again” but on a happier note.

       

      I still like it. 

       

      Now, skip ahead a few years and it’s 2015 and the property is (for some reason) gaining steam again as a cult classic.  With Netflix and Amazon video being what they are, a direct to digital video is a no-brainer.  But if Dragonheart 2 is the kid-friendly cash-grab, then Dragonheart 3 is the movie made for the kids who loved it now that they’re in their late teens and early 20’s.  Violence, grit, and PG-13 to the farthest  point possible.

       

      Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse is a prequel to the series that reaches father back in the lore to add things.  (Oh, and fun fact, Highlander 3 was called The Final Dmension AND Highlander 3: The Sorcerer and also was a “soft” reboot with extra mature stuff.)

       

      So, now the Dragons, who have always been spiritually connected to the stars in both films and a specific constellation are also…  magical aliens?

       

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      Well, let’s start over. 

       

      Many years before the events of Dragonheart, Druids in the north of Britain for see a falling star in a vision and know that it means Dragons are up to something.  (There haven’t been Dragons for quite a while.  In the past…)  It turns out the comet is a meteor carrying a dragon (Voiced by Sir Ben Kingsley) has come to help humanity and watch over a bunch of dragon eggs that were on his magic meteor vessel with him because the world needs Dragons.  The Dragon shares his heart with the kind but foolish young knight who defends the eggs and nearly gets himself killed by the actual aweful human being who’s also an evil Druid sorcerer curses the dragon and it’s up to the knight, a good druid, and a red haired kickass warrior princess to save everyone and stop the curse. 

       

      Let me show you now the difference in tone of these three movies.

       


       


       

      So, you all see now. 



      I love all these movies.  They follow such predictable patterns and are each a clear product of their times, but they’re also just so much fun.  I’ll take a cheesy franchise that doesn’t know when to quit any day as long as they stay fun and feature a cool idea and people passionate about it.  I called them cash-grabs, and by the studio they probably were, but there is also clear investment of something more by the people making it.  The most recent movies feature Ben Kingsley and Patrick Stuart for Draco’s sake! 


       

      Which reminds me where we are.  Dragonheart: The Battle for the Hearthfire.  The sequel to the prequel to the original.

       



      I haven’t seen it yet, but now I’m going to (probably tomorrow night).  I wanted to buy both but all I could find was 3 on bluray and the 4-pack on dvd and I already have 1 and 2.  So, I’m going to watch it on Netflix, I’ll tell you all what I think of it. 

       

      If you’ve got the time, why don’t you too?  I’d love to see what you think of these movies and how they touch your hearts (if they haven’t already).

       

      -008


      P.S. These two recent seequels are also the testing ground for a possible remake!  I also heard a rumor that the original director wanted to have a theatrical release of a movie set in our times with another dragon meteor bringing dragons back to the urf.  That would be awesome.)


      P.P.S. I put an additional note in the wrong parenthetical last night.  That is the edit.  I fixed it.


      TAG BAG

      #008

      #Dragonheart

      #DragonheartANewBegining

      #Dragonheart2

      #Dragonheart3TheSorcerersCurse

      #Dragonheart3

      #DragonheartBattleForTheHeartfire

      #Dragonheart4

      #franchise

      #fandom

      #cheese

      #Shlock

      #movies

      #explained


      #StopDragonPoaching

    • ​ 008 Update #26- RTXcited (Again) Part 4-C: Metaphorical FUNpacking

      1 month ago

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      This #RTXcited blog is the fourth of the series for #RTX2017.  Since it’s from me you can mostly expect it to be ridiculous with kernels of things that are nice to know.  It’s also kinda lucky that it was done in time for #rtcommunityday (or would have been if the first whole upload worked).Now we're doing it 5-6 parts because of all the uploading issues between the links and the size.  Don't worry, I'll make the links easy once they're all up

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      4-B

      4-C

      4-D

      4-E


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      “Well rested” and ready for the day I woke up decently early to get into my casual Mad King Ryan cosplay.

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      Here’s another little story about shinanigans early in the morning with no pictures to show at this point.


      You all know about the great little picture of me @SailorGirl81 painted of me in her wonderful style.  Well, not only does she make these, she gives them to us, and I originally planned to get it from her at the party the night previous.  An AT&T dead zone in the bar and completely understandable situations on her end meant we couldn’t.  It’s all fine because I just got up early and ran to the convention center to get it from her.

      In full compliance with the Guardians I was able to get in the building and down to the signings area to wait for her at 7:something AM CST which was pretty cool.  Then I received the picture and, as I told the people at the front, I came back out with my painting in hand. 

      It’s a very nice painting so I immediately ran up to my room and slid it into my laptop.

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      All in good humor and faith (because I believed that the line issue would be resolved), here’s the first line of the day I was very excited to wait in.  Starbucks!  I didn’t tweet the snarky line, but I’ll tell you all here:

      “The line for breakfast before RTX is long enough to watch the new Camp Camp twice!”

      Which is what I did.  (By the way, great episode and real shout-out to @Miles for keeping up that voice.)

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      And that iced mocha certainly was the jolt I needed for the day to begin.

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      I also snagged a selfie with the new and improved lines. 

      Obviously working with a problem happening is different from working with a problem the next day, but having multiple denser lines was really the way to go.  Also, going from 3 to 9+ metal detectors (I didn’t really count) helped a whole bunch. 

      The problem was solved and everything was as good as it could be given the circumstances.

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      Next stop was the Expo hall itself.  Boy, was it nice!

      I tend to take a full look around before I start doing things on an Expo floor.  Not only to plan things out, but also to get a sense of it for future reference (which definitely came in handy (see the third day)).

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      After my survey I went to @lukemckay ‘s booth where I got myself sketched in my crown and had a nice conversation with the fellow Seattle-area-ite and sure enough down came @OboeCrazy who I’ve also interacted with on the site and at RT_Seattle events. 

      They’re both tons of fun and I’m glad I had the chance to see them myself so early when I completely missed them last year.  I’d come back (I had to get the other Balls 2 That book if I had any money left after the RT Store.

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      Remember how excited I said the guardians were to see attendees in the RT Store, well, I was just as excited to be there myself.  I had a plan and I also got a few extras in two trips that day.  For more details on this trip you’ll have to wait for the 008 Update #27- Quite Literal FUNpacking.

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      One thing I did get was that Kinda Funny hat I wanted, which was great.  I took a quick swing back to the hotel to get swag in the room and get another iced mocha (as is fitting) as pre game for the Kinda Funny panel that was happening.

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      The Kinda Funny panel was fantastic and everything a Best Friend like me could have asked for.  If it’s like last year, this will go up on the Kinda Funny channel soon enough.  If I remember I’ll come back and link it here. 

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      After the panel we had a two part meet-up at the front and started to grab my pictures and photos with the Kinda Funny people present, including Gen Miller.  She was super sweet and signed the brim of my hat too!  I think she was a little surprised by it, but I wanted all the signatures I could get.  The first part was a mass of us at the front (except for Nick who had to go to a press thing).  I also ran into the other Kinda Hunnies who signed my hat as we waited outside.  Very nice ladies, all of them.

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      My picture with Andy is blurry, but I have a story about this animal too.  He signed my Mad King crown.  I had it on my hat when I handed it to him, so fair enough, but it’s a really good funny story to have that as the only signature on my crown.  I was trying to get Ryan or Meg to sign it too, but this is good.  This is the kinda story you tell about Kinda Funny.

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      @TimGettys is one of the most down-to earth individuals I know in RT (and I know there are quite a few).  He genuinely cares about the audience and he makes an effort.  Last year, on the way back to my friends’ rented apartment, I got a high-five from him.  He clearly was on his way somewhere but he stopped to make it happen after the event and with somewhere to go.  Also I have to give him major props for noticing my Heartles Emblem lock-screen.

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      Greg Miller, that enduring tower of hope, he’s great.  He can play the heel all he wants, he can even call Batman V Superman a good movie, but the man is an inspiration.  He listens to us too.  I went to the panel with one message from my mother (also a Kinda Funny fan) that I got that morning in a text.  She wants more Portillo (so do I, that little skamp) and is excited for Cooking with Greggy.  He listens and is more than happy to share his time with us.  I appreciate you for that sir.  That and all the poisitivity he generates with Team Fat, his bombastic attitude, and those ridiculous stories with the wheezing laughs.

      Seeing all of these people so much this RTX was an honor.

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      A similar honor was getting to meet the architect himself, @Axialmatt who I just love.  He is one of those fan success stories that’s an inspiration.  He also is responsible for everything I’ve had to build in #Bleepbloopopolous, sooo…  Well, at least I work within my 1-man team limits.  Catching him in the wild on the floor was pretty cool.

      I also caught him while wandering with my OCC buddy Greenbull who I just now realize I didn’t take any pictures with.  I’m super sorry dude.  You’re a whole lot of fun and we were almost always doing something so we definitely had fun.

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      I spoke too soon, when I was in line for my photo at the AH lounge, my guardian took a sneaky selfie, and there is Greenbull.  Hi Greenbull and Guardian I don’t know!  Thanks for your work all weekend.

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      Which yeah, I had to take a picture of me man-spreading evily on the Throne of Pimps while in my Mad King outfit.  DUH.

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      A selfie with the Tower of Pimps was also required.

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      TO BE CONTINUED



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      4-B

      4-C

      4-D

      4-E


      TAG BAG

      #008

      #rtcommunityday

      #rtcommunity

      #rtx

      #RTXcited

      #RTX2017

      #rtxaustin

      #RTXRecap

      #cosplay

      #redvsblue

      #rvb

      #rvb13

      #RvB15

      #church

      #projectfreelancer

      #epsilon

      #YouGottaHaveFaith

      #GeorgeMichael

      #TheMadKingRyan

      #themadking

      #achievementhunter

      #achievementcity

      #minecraft

      #david

      #Campcamp

      #balls2that

      #rtcomics

      #rtxlines

      #psa

      #KindaFunny

      #bestfriends

      #TeamFat

      #DroppingTafts

       

      #StopDolphinPoaching

    • ​ 008 Update #26- RTXcited (Again) Part 4-E: Metaphorical FUNpacking

      1 month ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee


      This #RTXcited blog is the fourth of the series for #RTX2017.  Since it’s from me you can mostly expect it to be ridiculous with kernels of things that are nice to know.  It’s also kinda lucky that it was done in time for #rtcommunityday (or would have been if the first whole upload worked).Now we're doing it 5-6 parts because of all the uploading issues between the links and the size.  Don't worry, I'll make the links easy once they're all up


      4-A

      4-B

      4-C

      4-D

      4-E


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      The third day started off with a goooood morning, as I pulled on my now-significantly-less-casual David cosplay.  No doubt my favorite item in the swag-bag, and judging by the halls and floor others’ as well, was the Camp Campbell yellow bandanna.  Not only did it save me some bunce that I was going to use to buy a small Camp Camp Camper shirt (which wasn’t in the physical store anyway), it is a fantastic and versatile accessory.  I, of course had nothing but a big salute to RTX on the last day.

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      After packing for the journey home and leaving my things behind the desk, I was off to get some pictures with this colorful cast (though I have the feeling that someone was fed up with imposters at this point).

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      I went down the hall to get a selfie with all the adorable ladies too, but there was one helpful guest who didn’t seem to get the idea and I, true to the days character, didn’t want to seem ungreatful so I was going to let him take it and go about his business and swing back around…

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      … but then I found a sign obviously written by my mother.  I’m not sure what exactly she was referring to (antics, distance from home, days in funny themed outfits…) but I’d be home soon enough, I still had most of a day to take advantage of!

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      I ran by Ray’s booth, but not for that guy.  I went to go see my buddy @Erkan who makes wood to give to everyone at RTX, custom burnt for them as well.  It’s pretty cool, and I was very excited each time I saw him (a few because he always worked Ray’s booth which was in the middle of the floor).

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      I was so excited that last day that I may or may not have forgotten “breakfast” but the food court was an easy solution to that.

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      Right outside of the store (because I was looking for a guardian friend to say “hello” to) I found @caleb and snagged a picture with him.  Real nice guy, salt of the earth.  (But really, with all that he does for the community he’s fantastic.)

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      Wandering the floor I ran into Anna Hullum (who may have a profile, I don’t know) and the little Hullums at the Halo Booth, so I grabbed a quick pic and let them go on their way. 

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      I’d gone back to Luke’s booth earlier to pick up more books (I don’t have a problem) but also for a very super special secret mission.  My friend Johannah (Barb’s PA) had been so busy all RTX that she hadn’t gotten to see the floor at all.  However, she wanted to use a break she had in Barb’s schedule to see the floor, and I knew the layout and where our Seattle-based friends were so I volunteered as tour guide.  Luke said he’d be at the booth all day (great) and Lauren wandered by just in time because Johannah and I (and later Greenbull too) were zipping around making sure a Guardian got to do everything she wanted on her break (within reason).

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      It was pretty cool to help her out, leading a guardian and all, but also because Johannah is attending college in a different state now for a degree waay too smart for me (and because I err on the side of cryptic when discussing others’ personal lives, I won’t say much more).  I’m just very happy for her as she’s off pursuing her passions and dedicating this much time and effort to RT as well.  I’m very excited to see you again, whenever that is.

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      After all that running though, the day of RTX (for me at least) was nearing its end and my feet were starting to hurt. 

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      So, Greenbull and I went to a DnD panel that was pretty cool.  So cool I dragged him down to the floor to grab a set of dice before sitting down again to watch Jack, Gus, Elyse, and Bruce play some indie dungeon-crawller/mmo/DarkSouls game that was all nice and colorful.  I’m going to wait for the full PS4 release, but I might pick it up.

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      But, sadly, it came time to be done with RTX.  I had been very excited the whole time and this second time around, even leaving was pretty fun.  I ran into Lamkia and got a picture with her (see her profile) and a great shot of registration with attendees, but no real lines.

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      Back in the lobby I got another venti iced mocha while I re-packed my things and caught up on some content.  RvB episode 15 was even funnier and more exciting when I could hear all the lines.  Balls 2 That is a great comic and I may have more than one plan for cosplay next year.  I also was able to check the forums.

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      In the shuttle to the Airport and in the lobby I met an awesome Jaune cosplayer (he did the full weekend with the Mega Sword costume).  We chatted and I showed him RvB 15 and he freaked out.  It was good.  Paul’s a pretty cool guy, even though he didn’t give me any contact info to tag him.

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      And THAT, is the story of my RTX Austin 2017.  I had a great time, not just going myself, but as a part of the fantastic RT community and well entertained audience of the company.  Sure, the lines were a mess on day one and I wasn’t able to see Burnie, Matt, or Geoff in person (someday), but I still had a great time.  The RTX experience isn’t about all the things you want to do exactly, but all of the things you are able to do as the best goddmaned community on the internet. 

      So much praise needs to go to the company and the guardians as well for putting this on for us each year. 

      This is the 7th RTX.  Let that sink in.  For 7 years we’ve been getting together as a real presence of our passions and community.  I’m so happy to be able to say I’ve gone to two. 

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      I’ve got more to say, hell, I’ve got a whole ‘nother post at least.  And there’s still more to FUNpack (quite literally) but let me just say here that I’m very thankful to all of you for my RTX.  It couldn’t have happened without the people in charge and the people there.  If I tagged you or not, thanks for being a part of my RTX.

       

      -008

       

      P.S.

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      Oh, and I had a fine flight and got in safely.  Snack-cart stopping turbulence and con-crud gave me an awful headache, but nothing too bad immediately.  I just read Balls 2 That, got home, threw all my stuff on the floor, talked to my parents, and went to bed.  In the morning I had coffee and banana cake for breakfast because, why not?

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      4-C

      4-D

      4-E


      TAG BAG

      #008

      #rtcommunityday

      #rtcommunity

      #rtx

      #RTXcited

      #RTX2017

      #rtxaustin

      #RTXRecap

      #cosplay

      #redvsblue

      #rvb

      #rvb13

      #RvB15

      #church

      #projectfreelancer

      #epsilon

      #YouGottaHaveFaith

      #GeorgeMichael

      #TheMadKingRyan

      #themadking

      #achievementhunter

      #achievementcity

      #minecraft

      #david

      #Campcamp

      #balls2that

      #rtcomics

      #rtxlines

      #psa

      #KindaFunny

      #bestfriends

      #TeamFat

      #DroppingTafts

       

      #StopDolphinPoaching

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    • ThatGuyWynters

      1 week ago

      Answering the prompt on your answer to my most recent question, I felt that the short did itself justice. Much like you said, I felt it was more backstory-driven than the Red/Ruby trailers. I also find your analysis of how the show might continue to be very logical. I personally believed that when we got a Ruby trailer last year, and we ended up having a Volume 4 plot driven by Ruby's adventures with RNJR/JNRR, I feel like the Weiss trailer might mean that Volume 5 will focus primarily on Weiss, and given that Blake and Sun's adventures were the primary subplot for last year's masquerade, it seems only fitting to me that this year have a subplot focused primarily on Yang. Of course, just as Weiss and Yang had their cameos last year, I fully expect to see how Ruby & Co. are getting along in Mistral (meeting Oscar/Ozpin, perhaps?), and I also want to keep up with Blake as she leads her family—not to mention her +1(+3, possibly)—as they prepare to take on the White Fang, or at least part of it.

      So, yeah. Those are my thoughts & theories struck up by the Volume 5 Weiss Character Short. It's not nearly as elaborate and/or satisfying as reading one of your reviews (you're really good at it, I wanna say), but there it is.

      One more thing that your answer to my question got me thinking—in it, you made a mention of RT releasing two other shorts before Volume 5 starts up. I haven't heard that myself, but if it's true, and given that you said it, I find it believable, then it really throws off my theories for what the focuses might be.

      • AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

        4 days ago

        Well thanks.


        I will say the three more trailers before the season thing is something I just heard a lot at RTX and, because I'm still in RvB mode right now, not something I really persued.  It all depends on the length and intent of this multi-volume arc for how they will do it and how it would work best.

    • OsageOrange

      3 months ago

      Happy C+FU Day!

    • andytheciderman FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTCyclist/Keeper of Wine

      3 months ago

      Happy FU Day!

    • LCPeter

      3 months ago

      BRO YOU FUING SO HARD RIGHT NOW

      • AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

        3 months ago

        Move over Ce-lo Green!

    • Priest FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold NonSequitur OCC Consular

      3 months ago

      Happy FU!!!

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      3 months ago

      Happy FU Day!

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      3 months ago

      Hey! Hey! Yeah, you!

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        Now I've got an alter version of Avril Lavigne's Girlfriend in my head.


        THANKS!

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        Booyeah!

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      @AgentWashingtub008 (don't know if you get alerts for comments, so hedging my post) 


      " I'd convert an area into a wood-working shop."


      I SO understand this!

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        That function works swell!


        I'm gonna try dropping in a picture after today's site freeze:


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        NOPE!


        Although I remember someone talking about a fix through the comment editor...


        Oh well, we can work it out later.


        Yeah, I really like having done projects like chairs, shelves, and stereo frames recently.  I also do walking sticks.

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      So why the Random Friend Request?

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        You come on the recommendation of Buck, that goes quite a way here.

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        Yeah I found his tag later. lol You should come check out Journal Jam.

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        I think thats Max

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        No prob, bud. Take a look around, I update"weekly." Have fun.

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      i also love legos do you have a mocpages account?

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        Okay

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        It looks fun, but I barely have the time for one fan-site these days. Maybe in the summer.

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        I don't even know what that is.

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        I like it very much, and the beard will be accurate in about a week. Perfect style too.

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    The Short Itself

    I found it very pleasant.


    That's odd phrasing, I know, but there are (of course) particulars to that.


    First, I've gotta clarify, Weiss is really up there with favorite characters.  Even more than the Space Needle shaped chart of favorite characters I have from Red vs Blue, for RWBY it's a big ball of characters at the top and there's rotations.  Weiss is probably the girl from the main four I'd like to know the most, if only so that I could give her a hug. 


    This short, was a perfect microcosm of that. 


    Also, I probably had the same putting-the-pieces together process everyone had at RTX and (if your like me) when it went public on RT.  Season 1 dress with no scar: this is the past.  There are summons: which family member is it?  Oh right, Jaques isn't a Schnee, so it could only be Winter.  Why is Winter doing this?  Is Papa making it happen? 


    The balletic fighting style that is stiff is very well animated and true to the character at that point in her development.  While I'm taking a break to talk about the technicals, the backgrounds are BEAUTIFUL.  The whole animation is good, but something about the courtyard set is really top notch.  The shadows.


    Then we get to the end and the revelation of how brutal but caring Winter was while training Weiss.  This might be more speculation than necessary, but what I really got from this moment (paired with what Whitley said about "mother") is Winter really was the mother.  Weiss's reaction to her sister showing up in Volume 3 also seems to confirm this in retrospect.  Winter is just that much older that she could and likely did take on much of the rearing responsibilities of her younger siblings.


    Having this all be a dream indicates that Weiss is traveling to Mistral hoping to find her sister and these are where her mind is at on the trip down there. 


    Like the first White trailer, this short was very much about back-story.  If the parallels continue, well that's the next section's topic.


    The song was good.  So far it hasn't stuck in my head quite like Mirror Mirror, but I also haven't been watching this as much.  As we get closer to V.5 I'm sure I will be paying more attention to RWBY news and development.


    So, when I say it was "pleasant" I don't mean the story of it, but it was very satisfying and about what I'd expect from a Weiss trailer.


    Thoughts This Adds to My Pre-Volume 5 Considerations:

    I'll admit, I'm a tad puzzled by the way these trailers are being released.  I did not go to the panel at RTX (my major panel was RvB), but I heard about them.  What's nagging at me is that if we only had one last year, why are we supposedly having three for this year? 


    If it were me (and you know, I was planning the whole thing) I'd go for one a year for a four year arc.  But I have no idea how this arc will be proportioned so that could be completely off base and not helpful.


    Unlike the Ruby short last year, this also doesn't present much plot-progressing information when viewed alone.  Weiss has run away from home to be with her sister, we knew that.  This was a character study, but I did say that it mirrored White in that way as well. 


    Red and Ruby were action pieces with world building.


    White and Weiss are character studies that show but don't tell character development to be used later in the story. 


    I think that before Weiss finds any of her team in this story she'll spend an amount of time looking for her sister..  That's her goal.  If and how she accomplishes that is something to watch (or discuss not at midnight).


    The only other thing this really tells me about V.5 is the Blake and Yang shorts will probably be like Black and Yellow too.


    Blake, I'm guessing, will be a brief story of her and Sun in the interim of plot between volumes as she tracks down the White Fang's bad cell. 


    Yang will be another explosive solo story leading almost directly into the new Volume.  Maybe this time she stumbles upon Qrow and Oscar in the bar.


    Hopefully those two stories will help progress the plot for some further speculation.


    What are your thoughts? Did you enjoy the short? Got any good theories yourself?  (Feel free to leave a profile comment or some other form of communication.)

    Let me start by saying I’m extremely flattered by being asked directly an interpretive question on RvB.  I hope I’m decently up to the task.

     

    I’m also glad I watched Season 14 with all the commentary recently enough to be informed about some aspects.

     

    Episode 1 of Season 14 was among my favorites for the season for quite a few reasons, but I do understand how it could be irksome to a viewer.  It’s a shocking introduction to the very different nature of the season on a visual, narrative, and tonal level.  Over all that was the intent of the episode.

     

    Just in case you are unaware (or anyone else reading this) the first half of the episode (up to the conversation between the iterations and the whole of Epsilon) is the nine-year-old “pencil test” of a proposed “Red vs Blue: Animated” which would have run concurrently with the main show but on Comedy Central as a part of their animated line-up.  After this most polished part was finished however, Rooster Teeth (which at this point did not have the in-house animation department it does now) felt that it was too long and detached a process to make an out-of-house animated project so the idea was scrapped and the trailer left on the Season 6 (Reconstruction) DVD as the only legitimate source.  (Of course, it was ripped to YouTube several times.)  The plot elements of that story eventually morphed into season 8 (kinda) and then the show moved on with Monty.

     

    This is a good way to move on to how this episode connects to the season as a whole, the episode was a way of tying up a loose end.  Two actually.  It gives definitive precedent to there being multiple simulations being run by Epsilon in his redundancy programs being more than the one seen in Season 9 so we can call the mini serieses MIA and Where There’s A Wall a part of those and Season 14’s Get Bent as well fit into Church’s alternate plans to try and save the Epsilon Tex.  The one we saw (based on the musical cues) could have been the one directly prior to Season 9, but also could have been somewhere else in that timeline due to the dialog being different.  It also ties up the loose end of the original animation being a part of the RvB canon, just differently than was originally intended.

     

    The draw-out pan of the Epsilon unit in storage also serves two purposes.  First, it grounds the claim that this is happening in the time between seasons 8 and 10’s non-flashback storyline when the unit sat in the UNSC Simulation Command Base that was formerly “Freelancer City.”

     

    The second purpose of this imagry is a visual metaphor for the rest of the season as VIC (a separate, PSA-space VIC (ish)) is about to introduce it to us verbally.  We’re drawing out from one story to show that there are others surrounding it waiting to be told.  Some are in different containers or and at different distances to the Red vs Blue plot, but we’ll be dealing with many stories regardless in this season (14).

     

    Then there’s VIC’s monolog which was the trailer for the season as well and can really be taken at face-value. 

     

    How was that?  Helpful?  Are there still questions you have?  Did you have a different interpretation?  Feel free to make another question or do a profile comment.

    I just realized that I totally forgot that second half in my corresponding blog-segment(in the second half of the post) about the subject.


    Allow me to remedy that. 


    What do I think will happen further into the show?  Well let's start with what we learned this season in particular and pair it with how the first "Collection" of Volumes went.  I think Volume 4, though kindof on its own as an exposition and breathing room Volume is technically the first of the second Collection of volumes that I think will deal heavily with Mistral, Haven, the Spring Maiden, and the second Relic (which I think is Creation).  The first collection was officially released at the "Beacon Years" in a steel-book now and dealt with the Vale, Beacon academy, the Fall Maiden, and I'm going to squeeze in as what I think the first relic that is Ozpin's walking stick, the relic of Knowledge, and the King of Vale's scepter.  (Technically this volume didn't directly feature this, but it was what Cinder wanted to take from Ozpin the whole time).  I think RWBY will be 4-5 of these collections because Monty's plan was roughly 9 Volumes more than volume 2.  There will probably be Volume 3 and 4 which could deal with either of the remaining kingdoms and relics and I'm going to say the Winter maiden will come before the Summer Maiden who I think is Ruby and if I had to pair to that, we'll get Atlas and the Relic of Destruction before Vaccuo and the Relic of Choice.  If there's a 5th collection then that will be where the found relics and Maidens will be assembled to fight Salem.


    And now the particulars coming soon: I think the girls of team RWBY will assemble in pairs that aren't their partners before coming together as all four.  This could be Ruby/Yang and Weiss/Blake, but I think the more interesting dynamics would be Weiss and Yang meeting early on and Ruby and Blake meeting up later (and after Blake and Sun do their thing with the White Fang).  At the very end of 5 we get all of the team together. 


    Jaune will continue to train and not unleash his semblance.  This easily could be held off until he comes face to face with Cinder or Salem.


    Nora and Ren will develop their relationship subtly now, they had their front-time for now.


    Oscar and Ozpin will do what they can to figure things out.  Qrow and Oz might want to keep it all a secret, which will create a struggle for Oscar.  Some people have thought that Oscar and Ruby may have a romantic arc, and if that happens or not they are both younger people with complementing personalities dramatically so I look forward to their dynamic. 


    I don't see the "betrayal" of Headmaster Lionheart lasting any longer than the volume as a secret.  That's just a guess based on how the end "secrets" of past volumes have gone. 


    And other than a steady reveal of information on the Maidens, Silver Eyes, and the relics over time, the rest is really all just random conjecture at this point.

    I haven't eactly given this a lot of thought... But as the soft spoken and sometimes mumbling guy with a name that sounds like several others, I've used different names before when doing things like ordering a snack at Jack in the Box.  I also like to make up elaborate situations in my head where I need to have different names.  Oh, and I probably spend more time than I should when writing making sure that if it's not my main fantasy story where names sound cool (Tavin, Cressina, Dellah, Bimir, Leilus (and so on)) all the names have accurate significance. (Dr, Ozzymandious Dee, and Archimedes "Archie" Hawkins). 


    But for myself?  Now?  Well, I'd have to go with something fitting.  Something that would fit with my mess-of-North-Western-European heritage as well as my personality.  I'd also consider that my first name currently means "King of the River/Spring" in the way my parents thought of it.


    [Stares at bookshelf for five minutes]


    Lloyd Usher has a quality to it.  An old-world dignity with the punch of a roguish hero.  I took it from a formative author and a story by another.  It's Welsh too, and there's plenty of wise old welsh men to be proud of. 

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    BONUS ANSWER: I once actually tricked my entire class and a few teachers my senior year of highschool that my name was Maxwell Samuel Danger Hehnen Gurnard so for simplicity and a good laugh I could go for that too.



    Well let's start with the one I liked enough to have a friend make a cosplay for me ((because she's nice like that).


    Deadpool's costume (seen here) is an enduring product of 90's comics that also is really practical.  We all know that blood won't stain red, but Deadpool only has one permanent power and it alone doesn't really help him out to win fights (unless he just outlasts them).  The full harness and pouches get full use (and eventually one of them would become a magic satchel),  What I also love is the costume has had subtle changes from artist to artist but they all always fit.  Hell with the amount of times he ruins his costumes it's no wonder he makes small upgrades more often then Iron Man.

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    Next up (and also just a favorite character) is the one and only Discowing (seen here).  Discowing is a very particular version of Nightwing's costume and along with the obvious 80's fun of it all comes a very real reason behind the costume.  From retcon to reboot, the outfit of the Flying Graysons has always followed aesthetic similarities to Dick Grayson's costumes (no doubt to symbolize Dick keeping his family legacy) but this one actually looks like a circus perfromer's outfit.  This is the costume I would (given unlimited resources) obtain and wear out every chance I got.  It also has a fair amount of alien flair that leads into our next suit...

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    The Electric Blue Superman Suit (seen here).  I'll be candid, I know it's ridiculous, but I embrace it because it is so truly comic book.  Superman is temporarily disconnected from the yellow sun and the powers it gives him.  So naturally he develops electric ones so dangerous a full-ish body suit must be made to contain it.  And then he splits in half with is blue self representing his cerebral part and the red half representing his more physical side and their both still married to Lois Lane...  Gotta love it, and I love electricity based powers so yeah.  The suit itself is just Superman enough that you don't loose sight of the character but it also is different enough that you can tell something off or new is going on.

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    And last but not least, it'd probably be cheating to just say Iron Man, so I'll pick two.  The Silver Centurion suit (seen here) is a classic and at the time represented all that Iron Man had accomplished up to that point.  Similarly, his suit from the first Marvel NOW! era is pretty cool too.  That was black and gold with red glowy bits one (seen here) from recent years that eventually became home to the P.E.P.P.E.R. / H.E.L.L.E.N. AI which was another sentimental touch that grabbed at me.  I honestly would love it if eventually Robert Downey JR donned the Black and Gold suit before he passes on the role.  It's close enough to the movie suits anyway.

    The kind where the hero and villain can (if forced to especially) sit down and talk or possibly work together while still fighting their battle,


    We all know the iconic ones: Professor X and Magneto, Superman and Lex Luthor, The Silver Surfer and Mephisto, and so on, but the instance that made me realize just how great this dynamic could be and the other ones that compounded it were outside of the usual comic format.


    The biggest one that sticks out in my mind is actually a book, and only vaguely superhero-ish.


    Have you ever read or heard of the Pendragon series?  It might have been a little after your time in the demographic, but it's a 10 (13) book series that starts like your standard serialized sci-fi for teenagers (fitting as it's from a writer for "Are You Afraid of the Dark" and more children's TV).  It's a good and prolonged hero's journey with an interesting cast.  It also has a terrifying villain.  I won't spoil too much, but to answer the question, there's a point in time where the villain and main hero are stranded together.  They can't leave because that would mean the other could as well (kinda Red vs Blue-y) so they're stuck with each other.  It's my favorite sequence in the series because while they are still mortal enemies they're just locked with each other and the most they can do is keep the other that way.  This is something I try to use in my writing too, a conflict where the hero doesn't have to win, the villain just has to lose. 


    It also comes up in Danny Phantom, Scott McCloud's Zot!, my favorite episode of Heroes (the penultimate one of the original series), and other books, movies, and yes, comics, that I love.  To a degree Deadpool fights this battle nearly every third arc. 


    I love when the hero and villain form a dichotomy that extends beyond punching each other.


    It's a killer joke.

    Way back before the new site, when I would do regular journals before the 008 Updates, I would end each post with a lovely little general question.  It's how I got to know people on the site.


    After the site changed I noticed a great shift in people.  Not only had I been away for a bit concentrating on school, but  there were just more people but less of those that I knew.  I decided to bring back the questions in an effort to get to know each other.


    Then we got the question tabs and I loved the possibilities they promised.


    Instead of asking everyone one big blanket question and hoping for an answer or two I thought about how I could utilize the tabs in a way that got discussions going.


    The plan hinged on not making anyone feel obligated by the questions, I just would be available continually to ask and answer them for people.  That's how I came up with the ask me a question first rule instead of spamming people every Tuesday.


    Speaking of Tuesday, the reason why isn't anything spectacular.  Tuesdays were usually the days I was the least busy and when other people weren't home for the longest period of time so taking the time to answer and ask my questions each Tuesday seemed like the best bet.


    It was an idea born out of interest in the community, utilizing the new site, and using my time well.

    Is mayonnaise an instrument?

    | Asked by: LCPeter 10 months ago

    Anything can be an instrument if you try hard enough.


    I recommend scooping a fair amount out of the jar and rubbing it on your knuckles.  Then leave  the jar for long enough for the top layer of the mayonnaise to become a thick skin you will plunger up and down through the still liquid portion.  The creation and popping of air pockets will be your procession,

    Awww, not a math question...


    Okay.  Well part of it luckally can fall into the understandably censored bit so I don't have to do exact numbers for a while.  Also keep in mind that all of these segments are stacking and if I run out before the end I'd skip to the last point (you also can skip to that for a general sense of what I'd do).


    First I wouldn't know what to do with that kind of money.


    Then I'd do the worn but practical thing of eliminating my debt and the debt I helped contribute to of my immediate and senior family.


    I'd probably secure (purchase) a house, not just rent or buy with payments, I'd find a modest but good place to live and I'd buy it.  I'm a young man so probably it'd be a nice house or apartment close to a city but I'd like to be able to park my car every night so not too close.


    While it's being mentioned, I'd buy/payoff my Jeep as well.  Then I'd put some quality mechanics into it along with a tape-deck (I own a few and I've got the money now to get more) and some ice-blue trim/racing stripes and a big charcoal number 8 on the hood  (for obvious reasons).


    So, on average speculations I'll have no old debt, a home, a car, and we're 1-2 million in, maybe, I'm not doing as much math as I should but I'll buy a calculator.


    I'd definitely pay movers to get my shit to my new home and then to fill out the furnishings.  More bookshelves, chouches, basic appliances, a fancy Nesspresso, framing for all my cool posters/artwork I have to put around the house and do display work for all my good books, old comics, and collectables.


    I love entertainment so, after the books and comics are done with there would of course be a media center or two.  I'd get a VCR, a Blu-ray player, a pretty big HD T.V. (not sold on 4K yet), a PS4 and PS2 (I've got my PS3), maybe I'd spring for an Xbox, and then I'd get the speaker system to match and put the money into something I've always wanted to experiment with, a capture set-up for recording and twitch. 


    That of course leads into the centerpiece of all of this (and another longterm fascination coming to fruition).  A high-quality, game-capable, Blu-ray drive equipped, and silver-cased beast of a Sony laptop. 


    Also I'd have a study where I'd keep most of the books along with a good CD system because this is where I'd do my writing and doodling.  A drafting-desk and a few armchairs are a given but (and this really isn't an expence but a good note) a south-facing window with horizontal blinds for long natural light with no glare  I'd also probably buy a palate of composition notebooks, blue Bics, pencils, and artsupplies (plus drafting paper).


    I'd do other things to help set-up the house for my kind of living.  I'd get a bbq, I'd convert an area into a wood-working shop.  I'd get a decient cable/internet package and subscribe to Rooster Teeth Double Gold (W!NK).  Put aside money for untilities.


    I'd move on to collecting a few fun things for me like the color run of Zot!, a few full TV shows on hard-copy, all of those comics I've been meaning to get to, and fill out other small gaps in my collections,


    After that I'd invest in entertainment companies and food.  I'd donate/sponsor education and parks services, veteran orginizations, and and child care orginizations.  This is the point in the list where I'd negotiate with my College to bring back the Rhetoric department and reduce the across-the-board language requirement which chokes the progress of all four-year-plan students in their chosen degrees. 


    And then, after all this front-loading of stuff and equipping myself that may seem a bit excessive and I by no means need to do it all (practical stuff first), I'd put the rest away and go about my life.  See even with all this money I'd still write and if my money can help me get self-published and out there, all the better.  I'd still get a job.  I might not need the funding at first, but I want to work.  I'd find something I like and do it to see what comes of it.  That's the whole point of the list above, I'd take that money to set myself up practically and comfortably and I'd move foreward, hopefully not too changed.  I might buy some fancy toys and clothes, but I'm of the mindset that $35.00 and tax is an expensive meal.  I never understood fancy cars you have other people drive unless you're incapacitated.  I do want to travel but to go to the places that interest me and not for any glamor.  I might go to a nice screening of a new movie, but that's not important, I just want to see the movie.  I have vague plans and probably quite a bit of money will helo, but once I'm nicely comfortable I'm good to just let them come.

    Once again Buck you have asked a poignant question that has an answer I believe better suited to a longer and more readily available post.


    It is one I've actually had percolating for a while, especially in light of the images I and others have had with images lately, a good few instances of pages refusing to fully load, and some changes and priorities I fully don't understand.


    What keeps me coming back though is the fact that somewhere in here there is or can be the old site again if not better.  What the site was to me was a place where the content, the conversation, and the community all was.  As a fairly ignorant man of understanding web function I really only know what does or does not work when I attempt to do it so I've never called much of it into question.  Now we're at a time when I believe all we have completely present is the content here and I'll admit a lot is due to a slow curve of functionality and the early summer of 2015.  But conversations are happening and people do what they can for the community.


    With no analogs to anyone else, I do sometimes feel like David from the finale of Camp Camp (if you are not keeping up with that show, that's completely understandable) in why I keep coming back.  I keep coming back to the site because some people are still here and I may as well try as hard as I can to make my contributions to it worthwhile too.


    But as I said, I believe there is much more to be said, and hopefully with your understanding I think I will go about it in a large post later.  I will link it here as well.


    The best way I can give you hope now is this, RT is still making RT content, there is a fanbase with a sizeable portion of itself still located here.  The more we do together, I think we might be able to get over the hurdles of sticky formatting, image issues, things I have no idea about because I know no better, and the hard to make connections.



    Once again an excellent comic question with what will be a loaded answer because of the literal and popular definitions of the terms used.


    There are the powered villains of circumstance such as Magneto or Mr. Freeze who go about it different ways, but you wonder are they would be villainous if not for the circumstance.


    There are those who defy the societal rules, taking what they want, like the Rogues (the Flash), Catwoman, The Riddler, The Kingpin, the Penguin, Whiplash, Taskmaster, and rest who are greedy or something but a few vices don't make just a villain.


    There are the true villains who battle heroes and try to impose their will upon the world like The Mandarin, Lex Luthor, Loki, Thanos, and Baron Zemo.  As you can see, they fall in a wide range of powered or non powered people. 


    There are also the monstrous forces beyond earthly mortal ken like Galactus, The Phoenix Force, and the Furies.


    And then there's the Joker.  I have quite a bit to say about what he is, isn't, or may be.


    But none of that will answer your question.  Because my favorite villain is in a way all of these and represents evil imposition of wills, desire beyond rules, and power beyond reason.  And in all of these things he has one of the greatest qualities of a supervillain, a diametric opposition to a hero that is the root of all of their continual strife.  I also mean continual, though there hasn't been much of this original fight often it's unresolved, always a possibility, and the villain has life and schemes outside the good guy that piqued their interest in the affairs of mortals.  Of course I'm talking about the truly evil match for the Silver Surfer all the way back from the 60's; Mephisto.


    For a good reference on what makes this evil bustard the best is when he takes his schemes to the limit to end the vexing sentinel of the skyways in the 62-page spectacular: the Silver Surfer: Judgement Day.


    And if you couldn't tell by now, I have a thing for villains edging on the theatrical with their verbage.  A good dramatic phrasing can go a long way for me. 

    I would just love to write for RT's narrative (or semi-narrative) content. 


    Sure I'm a decent comedic actor (four years of improv) and I've got an idea for an AH show like I'm sure a lot of us do.  (New Game +1: have I described it yet?).  Of course I'd leap at any job opportunity RT presented me, but I love to write and be a part of the storytelling process so that is what I would do for RT if I could pick.


    This of course falls into several departments.  Live Action shorts and shows, animation, or machinima?  Red vs Blue still is my favorite.  I'd love to write for that, and starting out I'd also be a fine content/continuity editor for that show.  But as long as I'm doing some form of narrative content.


    I've aslo got a few of my own ideas I could do as websries if it ever came to it.  Most prominent is a speculative fiction horror comedy (I swear it would work). 


    So, most importantly, I'd like to write for RT, and the details are all just different flavors of icing.

    I have my reasons, though I do understand it has become semi-iconic of me around here.


    Of course there's a story to it, so I'll start in the beginning.


    All throughout Sophomore and Junior year of college I would do a cycle of goatee, fresh shave for Halloween, grow-out, shave to goatee, grow-out, shave fully for break, and rince and repeat.  Senior year I was Obi Wan for Halloween so that started the pattern being off.  I liked my beard but I still played around with styles and stubbles.  You see, when I'm clean-shaven I still look like I did at 17 so I do like just a bit of facial hair at least so I'm not mistaken for a highschooler when I order a hard cider. 


    Like I said though, I'd played with a full beard and liked it so it rarely went completely away and then senior year thesis and 2nd semester midterms came around.  I stopped caring.  I'd shave for graduation.  My parents actually liked my beard though so I kept it.  And kept it.  And cleaned it up sometimes but mostly, I kept it.  It was tons of fun and I got compliments all the time but there were downsides.  It itched, eating ice cream was a trial, I wasn't sure if it was helping or hindering my ongoing search for a job, it itched, and ultimately, while I enjoied it, I got bored of it. 


    So, about a week ago, bye-bye beardie. 


    Sort of.


    As pictured bellow I've kept the goatee (down to my biggest standard comb on my styling razor*) and everything else was taken to my delicate ginger skin.  I get wicked razor burn and not cleanly shaving for over a year and a half meant things got bloody and raw.  So now I'm sporting some 5'oclock shadow, but I have light hair and it's been a week.  I'll start shaving closer more regularly once I get more blades and I work my neck back up to it. 


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    All this is to say, I shaved my beard early fall because once again it makes me look just a little bit more like Errol Flynn or Tony Stark.  It's a look I hope will convey me well in social and career circles that I also just like.


    A final word though, fret not for the wild fun bits like the naturally forked tip will live on.  I don't plan on trimming the goatee itself for a long time. 


    *This gives me an idea for a blog later.

    Well, those factors came separately, in so much as I was pretty young when I decided I wanted to write, and then a tad older when I started to really dig deep into things, pick them apart, and start making my own things with the pieces. So honorable mentions to the series that were the perfect storm of my preteenish years of reading: The Chronicles of Pyrdain by Lloyd Alexander; the Redwall books by Brian Jacques; The Inheritance Trilogy Cycle by Christopher Paolini; The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. LeGuinn, the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling; and The Amazing Spiderman by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. There's a list of inspirations that no doubt people could dig out of my early and current things (and you can bet there's plenty of Neil Gaiman, Edgar Allen Poe, Terry Pratchett, D.J. MacHale, Michael Scott (Irish novelist, not the boss from The Office), R.A. Salvatore and others in there too, but they came later and/or don't exactly fit your question).


    But the series that first changed the statement in my head "I want to do this" to the question "how do I do this?" (which means to critically read and be critical about what I write) came in the middle of all of those series in Patrick Carman's The Land of Elyon (which had light ilustrations throughout). I got the first book, The Dark Hills Divide, when it came out as an indie title by a beginning author from Walla Walla. I infact have a first edition copy of the book. None of this of course meant much to me at the time. I just knew that this was a great fantasy story about a girl who could talk to squirrles, solve puzzles etched inside stones, and uncover a mystery on a magical island. It was really cool. It was, at first, one of the books that made me think "I want to do this."


    Then something happened that changed everything. (A good beginning, but very familiar.) My mom told me that Patrick Carman, the man who wrote the book I enjoyed so much, was coming to Barnes and Noble for a reading and a signing. It's hard for me to tell if I completely knew what was happening. I was getting to meet the author. Authors were, up to then, certainly people in my mind but they were people who lived a long time ago and/or not just an hour away from my family in Eastern Washington. But when we got to the event there he was. Smiling and wearing jeans and a button-up shirt. Leading me, other kids, and their parents through an activity inspired by the magic stones in the books. And while we did that he explained to us the stones and how he wrote about them for the book. He told us about the walled cities in central Europe that inspired the setting of the book. He talked about how Alexa Daley was made for his daughters who are just a little younger than me and though he loved to write for a long time, he was just starting to really be "an Author.". He told us that he was a person like us, who started from scratch and worked his ideas into stories. It was a quick progression to "je just did this," "I can do this," and finally "how can I do this?" And the best thing he told me that afternoon was how. I had to figure it out on my own.


    That sounds weird probably, but when the time came for us to get our books signed by the author individually (another forgien concept to me) he took the time to talk to each of us a little bit personally. I talked about how I wanted to write and how hearing his story inspired me. He liked that and encouraged me. He then saw my book and explaind some things about the dog-eared paperback I had. It was a first printing as well as first edition. You could tell because of the spine. The art was off. Books themselves having value beyond the stories was also new to me. But it made sense. This book was from when he started his writing career. It meant something in that. It was the start of mine too in a way. I hold a lot of value in that.


    The following series was very important to me as well because since the first book had really opened up the world of writing and writers to me the following books in the series and by Carman (there are others and I have a good amount of them) always had the special air of it to me. I would read not only the story but the making of it. I identified patterns and mechanisims and make guesses to where the story would go. I would also try and see if I could also make things in those ways. Sometimes I was right, and sometimes I was wrong, but I always learned. I have been to two other signings/events with Patrick Carman and each time he would show me other ways down the path of writing or tell me something about how to get it done.


    It's funny actually. For my birthday gift to myself I just recently ordered two of his latest books (from a different series which is just as important in different ways) and one is the continuation of a story I haven't read since early college but loved and the other is a book about that series and a little about how he did it. I devoered that book in one day (yesterday) videos and all (it's a very interesting book format he came up with for Skeleton Creek). I'm still learning from him but I also had a strange moment of "I've learned so much" reading this behind the scenes book now and remembering me back when the first book came out. Things have changed because of The Land of Elyon and where it directed me to go.


    In the way that it jumpstarted the ways I write, I have to say this series is at least in the nebulous top-handful of series that have had a profound effect leading me to what your question asked about, if not a close but eeking over top. It's hard to say exactly, there are a lot of other works that have very important influences too. Some are not a series. Some are an anchor to what I write about but are more involved in their answers. I could tell you a lot of stories about the stories that helped me, but its getting late now and I chose the easiest place to start for your answer.


    Also, yes, this gave me the excuse to write in a narrative fashion for a couple hundred words today. I took it.

    [Pushes up glasses]


    Well, while Superman is so "naturally" capable it is not an inherent quality of the Man of Steel to be "-of steel." Rather, the sciency make-up of his cells is juiced up by their reaction to Yellow Sun Radiation which gives him the initial boost to his system to make his body capable of incredible strength and solidity (bullet-proof skin). However, while in his normal state as a Red Sun Radiation evolved Kryptonian is still superior on earth because of that and other cross-planetary differences such as Kryptonian physiology and density (to combat differing gravity) he still needs muscles capable of lifting heavy shit and/or crushing it. Like a goldfish will grow to the size of its bowl, Superman's Kryptonian physiology and radiation-reactive state makes him physically capable to do the things he does. An ice truck is still an ice truck on earth so to crucify it on power lines on the earth where it was made takes the same amount of force from human machinery as it does an alien body made capable of exerting those forces. Superman's ripped-ness is a result of his body's capabilities in his situation combined with his lifestyle. If he wasn't constantly running or fighting I imagine his form would reflect a human who lived an average lifestyle and he would only be that proportional strength of a Kryptonian on earth.

    I like to think any good fictional universe has it's dangers, but let's go by numbers. Let's spin a wheel of the ones with the most damage done!


    WHHHHHHIIIIIIIIiiiiirrrrrrrrr tick tick tick tick tick tick....


    THE MARVEL UNIVERSE (A close tie with the DC universe but mostly it's continuity that gets destoried over there.)


    In this or any fictional universe I'd like to inhabit I'd be a wizard and/or benign trickster figure. I like to think of myself as a good guy so in this one I'd be like a side-kick / spinoff next generational Dr. Strange who gets into a bit more trouble.

    Retirement is a ways off for me. I'm sure at some point I'll stop whatever my day-to-day jobby-job will be, but as someone interested in a creative field (writing all sorts of things), I'm not sure I'll ever stop being creative with at least the slightest intention of letting other people in on the fun when I'm finished with the current project.


    I'll probably also keep going with my hobbies of woodworking, doodling, indulging my inner child, consuming fun media, and maybe I'll open a small bookshop. I'd like to live in a town on the NW coast.


    Otherwise, I don't really think too much of it. Just tuck money away once I get a first real jobby-job.

    Now, now, that's not exactly how this game works, but I've gotta give you points for trying.


    So, here's a half-answer. Unless it's obviously directed at the person being questioned, I don't ask questions on question day that I wouldn't have a good/entertaining answer for.


    Also, this is my way of getting to know the community on the new site better and letting them know me. The questions someone asks can be just as informative as the answers they give.

    Top 5... I'm not really an Anime buff so this will probably also be a "Half the Anime Shows I really enjoied" lists.


    1) YU-GI-OH!

    I'll be honest I haven't completely seen the show, never read the manga, didn't play the cardgame, and haven't really touched the other series beyond the original. BUT, I love the concept behind the original series, even when it doesn't quite hold up (that's what this reboot is for). It also has nothing to do with YGOTAS... No... But however, the conclusion drawn my me and my friends when Gods of Egypt came out was these cheesy but super inense effects bastardizing mythology would be better served as a Yugioh movie. If a series with effects like that existed I'd love it (CW style).


    2) Code Geass

    This show... This show... I loved the first twenty two episodes and then it fell into pit too many animes I watch do, the episode 23 problem. That's what I call what happens when an awesome concept is slowly established and worked for the whole of a series and then at the peak of the climax the stakes are suddenly and immediately turned up to eleven (becoming God? seriously?) and the story is "concluded" in two episodes. I would love to see a reboot of this show with real actors from the nations represented (as well as they can (Brittania is basically the EU and America so just pick something for Lelouch)). The magic is mostly subtle enough to do well and the mechs can be part-cg and part practical and really (since this is a rebbot) after establishing some pacing that makes sense you can integrate some of the things from season two into the lore and just go your own way after you start the season one climax otherwise.


    This is the point in the answer where I start grasping at straws. I don't watch much anime and even fewer of those I want to see in live action outside of these two. The first to see a cool new take and the second because I really want to reboot that story and make it work.


    3) Pokémon

    Who hasn't thought a version of the show with real and literal growth for characters (best achieved in Live Action when you have to) and realistic versions of the creatures? I however, in the line of hard reboots, would love to see them just be scientifically created creatures (big lore changes that I won't go into now) that have been genetically engineered to have their abilities but they're also actual Pocket-monsters. They keep their scale to each other, but whatever the average size of a pokemon is that is the size of a beast that could comfortably sit in a good-sized pocket. Also some cool Arms-race metaphors.


    4) Uhhh...


    Sorry, I just don't want that many live action reboots of anime. Maybe just to see more of it I'd go for The Devil is a Part-Timer! but that's pretty damn near perfect.






    Okay I don't want to break the site, but I remember quite a few pretty weird dreams. They all have their merits and while there might be a few (somehow) imperially weirder ones, one that is both really really weird and has a weird disconnect as I can remember it, is one I remember from being pretty young.

    ---


    I'm in a HUGE bounce-house that's modeled in the aesthetic of a Mickey's Toontown house and there are other children in there with me but more in the "I know this fact in my dream" kind of way than me really being able to differentiate from their reveling forms around me (I'm using discriptions I was not capable of doing at the time but still accurate). In the center of the room (a living room designed with a lot of orange paint an furniture (all bouncy)) there's a metal grate that we're all avoiding because it's a drain in the middle of a bounce-house and we don't want to be on the only not bouncy part.


    The children start to thin in numbers as a big blue anthropomorphic bat-person in a black and purple suit comes bouncing in too. I'm afraid of this bat and it doesn't help that he starts to come towards me as the children start to leave more quickly and the bouncy house becomes more like a castle. He starts to laugh at me and I'm scared back by his menacing guffawing laugh (think Krusty the Clown at a slightly higher pitch). I start to hear the children that left laughing at me too. I'm bouncing back now and find myself in the center of the room and the grate is gone. I fall down aways to where there's barely any light and I'm in a wet pit now on top of fist size-rocks and my legs hurt and I'm crying for my parents to help me out.


    I wake up after a while of me down at the bottom of the whole listening to the bat's echoing laughter.

    ---


    Have some fun with that one Freud.


    Oddly enough not too much of that frightens me now. Writing it out, I could actually twist some of it around into a horror story I wouldn't be scared writing.


    The other contenders for strangest dream are harder to differentiate because there are a lot of patterns and recurring elements. Those are things for a different day though.


    Favorite comic book?

    | Asked by: Fly 1 year ago

    That's pretty hard. And of course just vague enough for me to get some mileage off of it. Still I'll stick to the ones I actually physically own for the variants I have for this issue.


    If we're going for favorite individual issue (a single-purchase comic book you'd buy from a shop): That is a very hard decision as I have a long-box containing four years of single issues, but I also have and would read over and over again Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: Ramadan. It's a fascinating issue that talks about the endurance and magic of stories and dreams (like a lot of the series) and is beautifully illustrated and written as well. It's an issue that really speaks to me. This was a hard decision as I also have several original printings of Marvels and DC's going back to the sixties (without covers because of an old comic shop incentive), a good chunk of the original color run of Scott McLoud's ZOT!, several other Sandman's, and quite a few of the comics from my stint of buying them weekly at college are special to me.


    If we're classifying it in sort of the graphic novel / complete arc / trades: It's again hard as I have an original printing of Brief Lives from the Sandman run as well, BUT I also have some pretty good Deadpool / Silver Surfer / Nightwing / by Gaiman trades I really enjoy. I think I will settle back to the Sandman though. Brief Lives is up there as I view it as the real start of the climax and it deals with a lot of the series's over all themes and patterns.


    And, surprise surprise as it goes in favorite comic books as in "I really like to collect (character)'s comic book: That's a tie. I absolutely LOVE The Sandman. It has so many great concepts, characters, and stories while being its own whole story that it's pretty near perfect to me. However, there is something almost intrinsically fun about every Deadpool comic I've read and he's probably my favorite superhero (Morpheus does not have that distinction) that picking up his comic book is a must every time I go into a comic shop with some money not already intended for a purchase. And The Sandman, though I love it, is "over" after just having wrapped it's Overature run I will still buy any issue I can (within reason of course) but since this applies to both of these comic books, I can't call it without a deep "but, well" clause.

    This actually took some time for me to figure out because there definitely will be two shows in this category soon and I'll have to wait for hard copies because we don't have uber-kable.


    However, one did dawn upon me; Star Wars Rebels. I may be spoiled about a few big factors, but what I care more about is how they came to be and experiencing it. Again a casualty of Disney XD being above the current package, I'm stuck to finding out these stories on DVD if I can get ahold of them or perhaps Netflix and Disney/Lucasfilm will come to a solid agreement.

    For one day only it would be the ability to create permanent non-living things through will and alchemical conversion. I'd make quite a few little gadgets and bits/bobs I couldn't otherwise like a wrist-mounted auxiliary for my phone/laptop with actual buttons (a T-9 keyboard would do), some snappy sets of new clothes so I can dress like a cartoon character in fitted and fitting outfits (so many pairs of swabby jeans). Sure I might make some things of monetary value but I don't want to worry about serial numbers or diluting our economic system's values too much. I'd probably top it off with making myself a house which I imagine would take time and energy still. Then I'll be set to be a productive member of society the next day with all my neat stuff!


    That or Magneto-type flight. That's more super-powery and I'm always down for a chance to fly like that.

    Why are we here?

    | Asked by: ThatGuyWynters 1 year ago

    Well, I signed up because I like to watch and Discuss RT content, I've stuck around for some of my own fun. If we're going waaaaaaaaaay back it's because a friend of mine in middle school said a certain lead character who dies six episodes in made him think of me.

    I never assume I'm 100% correct about anyone else's motivations, but I assume the sense of community and the aforementioned discussion and entertainment has a lot of people here.


    I think you're particularly a RWBYite.

    Forming a cult of any sort for Danny, the 99th Warden of Hell's Kitchens & Food Services would be a ridiculous waste of arcane knowledge and efforts. Danny, being Lord and Master of Demons and those unfortunate souls whose function in the ring of Gluttony is to stand beneath the sinks, their mouths warped into funnels of raw taste-receptive muscle and razor sharp teeth; he has no care for speaking. He only desires the garbled sounds of choked disgust from his Garbage Disposer hoard.


    However, to satiate Danny to a degree would be to act as he does and force blended leavings of food down the gullets of sinners constantly until their intestines burst in judgement. From these shredded silos of slop make sausage to dine upon while drinking the blood of your sacrifice. Preform this ritual on the third night of the waning moon every lunar cycle with the leftovers of all you have eaten between.


    Initiates must willingly go into and survive a night of the ritual.

    A wall mounted-radio!


    A telephone!


    A Daft Punk poster!


    Very small rocks!


    A cleshe map over my bed with different colored pins for where I have been and where I want to go!


    ...


    Yeah, I'm not really sure.

    I also want to say a tactical knife...


    No...


    Old-timey camera film.


    It starts black in the case, then you take a picture and put it in a red room to develop and as the image begins to fade or just get old or you screwed it up it's all grayscale.


    Well, I won't google these to stay honest.


    Well, knife would be only based off of an audible pun...


    I'm going to say a towel or sponge. While you dry off a thing, your utensil gets wet from the mess.

    I reveal all but one of my hidden tools about my person. I demonstrate my Holmesian level of disguise and attention. I describe to him all of my long-con pranks that went off well. And finally I tell him that I really really REALLY would like to work with him. I can be great a maintain a character too.

    So, largely the plan is to wing it. I have a few things scheduled and some things I just have to do because of timing, but outside of what I'm about to list I've got no idea.


    On Thursday I'm gonna meet up with my RT Seattle crew


    Friday is my first day of must panels. Kinda Funny and Late Night Lemonade


    Saturday is my designated signing day. I'm also likely to attend the OCC Fado's dinner.


    Sunday I'm not staying the whole time because of flights but I'm dedicating all the time I need to to attending the RvB panel.


    On either Friday or Saturday I'll be cosplaying Deadpool (I take it you read my journal with a part about it).


    I just plan to have fun, meet some people, and eat some Pizza Hut.


    Oh and I'm gonna try to pick up a Free Play shirt, Team Fat (Men's Medium) and the Pyrrha crest shirt.



    Oh my, well I already get to go to RTX...


    Well, the morning would start with coffee and breakfast with Neil Gaiman. After a couple hours of that I'd get a private tour of the Disney studio with lunch with the higher-ups of Marvel, Disney, and Lucasfim. Afternoon large-arena Laser-tag for me and a bunch of friends. A nice rib dinner for me and my (hypothetical) lady friend with Jason Mraz doing the music. Sitting down with friends again to watch a good movie of my choice (probably an action comedy or a Disney movie) at a private screening in one of those food-and-armchair theaters. Then it's off to be a guest on the Late Show with Setphen Colbert where I could meet and do a wacky thing with him and Jennifer Lawrence (who really I'd just like to meet. She is a beautiful woman, yes, but she just seems like a fun person I'd be friends with.

    If I told you they'd come for you too.


    I will say that for my own research purposes I have recently begun looking into connections with Alchemy, Secret Societies, and space travel/technologies/programs. I've found some interesting things. (It is the truth, I've been pondering and looking into these things for reasons, but I don't know if there's any reason the government would care about.)

    I would be satisfied with the same three meals a day with the following snacks and drinks also provided.


    Breakfast- Waffles and Bannanas (with fix'ns)


    Lunch- Peanut butter and jelly on a pretzel roll with cheetoes


    Dinner- Southern Style fried chicken tenders with my secret recipie bbq sauce and steak fries.


    Popcorn

    Cheez-its

    Chicken Jerky


    Coke

    Glacier Freeze Gatorade

    Whole Milk

    French Roast Coffee


    I imagine this is a Lost type situation and I eventually rig a kitchen and fridge in a crude house (or hatch) with all this.

    ---


    If I had to really narrow it down though, I'd just have the coffee, milk, chicken and waffles (with syrup) and bananas.



    I don't think I did this to myself. I could have, but that would be a very desperate time.


    It is very likely I have let loose a string of awesome but awful puns over a course of the conversation and when someone finally groaned at me to stop I said (as I do), "Why, I'm on fire right now."


    They decided to make a pun out of me.

    It's likely he has my theories and postings and other shenanigans from on the site. I have been fairly active over eight years. One or two time's I've gotten pretty close to knowing what was going on in RvB, other times I've made great detailed explanations. And there has been so much more.


    I don't know quite why I've been abducted to do this, but I hope that having my work in a file means he wants me to write something for the company and didn't want to call a lot of attention to it. That would be great.


    OR


    It's a photo and information of a cast or community member with just three words beneath it:


    Follow


    Observe


    Befriend


    He nods and says more information will come to me later at RTX and I'm released with a new badge that lets me get around with more ease.

    Oh the rituals, how shall I begin?


    Perhaps with the oldest in its oldest form.


    Though I've been drinking coffee since high school, in college I was able to talk my parents into getting me a French press and electric kettle for my growing habit. I used it a bunch, but the most inopportune thing was the kettle only fit in the hopper sink in the dorm (which I stayed in all 4 years (and the same single room)) basement/kitchen/laundryroom so I either had to trek down there every two batches or go to the bathroom across the hall with a big tumbler cup a couple of times. Usually it was the latter. So that's step one, fill the kettle. Then boil, that's easy but has resulted in more hand-burns than I should count. Usually it's just because I slip while filling the press. Then I let it percolate for about twenty minutes to a half-hour, pour and add sweet cream or chocolate milk (that's a frugal college kid's mocha). For most weekdays (and Sunday nights) my brewing system was a full press in the afternoon leaving one of the three-four mugs my old press would make for the morning. Sometimes I'd make more than one press a day. Saturday and Sunday, when I felt like being a lazy homebody usually saw a turn-of-the-century breakfast at one or more meals. In the days before modern breakfast cereals popcorn and coffee was a popular base for a quick breakfast. I love both, and if you've got some simple buttery popcorn and a fresh mug it's worth a try I assure you. An afternoon French-press and popcorn is one of my oldest and best rituals for brewing coffee.


    After leaving school I shifted it some. I'd make a batch every morning as I woke up to let our puppy out and would drink it over the day. I also got a bigger (and better) Le Cruset ceramic French press. It keeps the coffee warmer longer and the mesh is tighter so I can use slightly finer grinds. It still largely is this way (and follows the same 35ish minute ritual while making food or prepping the protein shake I pour a mug's worth into).


    However, my father also loves coffee and prefers espresso. He's had a machine for years and we recently bought a fantastic Nesspresso Citi and we're loving it. I've been using this more for my initial morning cup (because it takes four minutes tops) and have been experimenting with the different cups and brews. I still use the press though, usually early afternoon when I'm making what's switching to iced-coffee for that.


    Other small habits/rituals include coffee while watching RT or making my Bleepbloopopolous map and my "signature" drink I get with friends: a B-52 dropped in a mug of coffee (and I'll drink most other coffee-drinks (I'm slowly working out my own as well)).


    Okay, one sub-question down. I'll got grab a fresh mug and tackle the others.


    I will drink usually any medium to dark sweet/chocolatey roast. I like my coffee strong and flavorful so I use a lot of grounds and let it be brewed for sure. I do have some favorites though. First off, any blend with lavender in it. I will pick that first always (unless the other option is exotic and I only have the one chance to try it). My favorite specific roasts are Raven's Brew Ebony Pearls, Palendaba Lavender's dark roast (a local brand), and Starbucks's Café Verona or French Roast. I also like to keep it interesting with mixes of other spices or flavors like cinnamon, mint, caramel, or liquorish.


    I do grind my own beans when I can. From what I've been taught basic coffee brewing is better when you grind your own beans (about a few week's worth at most or just the day's if you're really into it). It's also fine to freeze beans but once ground you should keep them at room-temperature and dry. That keeps the flavor in the beans the way it was intended to be. Annother reason I grind by own beans I because I use a French press which requires a coarser grind for the mesh. Some brands sell coarse grind coffee but it isn't as common as either whole bean or fine grind (for use in filtered coffee makers). Any good coffee shop that sells beans will grind your bag to a specification for you and during college that's what I would do. I'd go to my local Starbucks, buy a bag of whole bean and have them grind it to coarse. It is free of charge and all locations I've been to (including in-store (Target/Safeway/Barnes & Noble)) will do this. I have my own grinder now that I am home though and use it and a vacuum sealed container to store the grinds.


    I am a "Seattle-based" Gold-Card-Carrying subscriber to the mermaid's world-wide local coffee shop. At the very bottom line, they make good coffee and the service is constantly good. They're doing something right and it's so darn convenient that it's hard not to use them. The great snacks and provision of home-use coffee materials is great too. I love little local shops too, they usually have the more interesting drinks because of the unique nature. Every vacation I go on I have to get a bag of beans from the local café. But as a comfortable and long-standing standard I have very positive things to say about Starbucks.


    I hope that entertained and informed you.

    It's like you and @SailorGirl81 coordinated today. You may want to take a look at her question and my answer too.


    While we're picking apart my internet motifs, I should mention that I come from a household that was late and slow to the internet. I still don't trust "the internet" with standing financial information, public information that's easily identifiable to my location or such, and I don't post that I'm away until after I'm back usually. Some of this has fallen back as time went on, but I still don't reveal too much about myself in a straight forward and mundane way.


    Still, I'm a fairly open guy so I try to do things that do give you information about me while I'm being clever and vague. So I, as a young man from a backwater area, took two of my favorite stories about young men from backwater areas (fictional heroes I could look up to and try to emulate) and in a fun way direct you to where I come from in a few ways.


    I imagine it like looking for a place in an Atlas's appendix. Found between Gongaga and Gont is a general sense that I'm from the hilly outskirts. There are things there, but not much. It also gives you the hints that these are the stories I like.


    Now, I hope it doesn't come off as pretentious. I by no means believe you have to understand these references, but they're fun little bits of more information rather than an empty space on a webpage because I wasn't the most trusting of possible tech-savvy miscreants.

    It's like you and @BuckeyeDon coordinated today. You may want to take a look at his question and my answer too.


    To answer this question as to why this particular set of numbers follows a good majority of my screennames we're going to have to go back to 2006/7. Justin Timberlake's solo career is really taking off. The Steelers have won the extra large super bowl. We all still love Captain Jack Sparrow. It is the time of Kingdom Hearts II and Halo 3.


    Now, I'm a Sony boy who had a Gameboy SP so I had a significant attachment to a certain cocky redhead trickster with a "heart" of gold and a jaunty posture from the epic crossover of Disney and Final Fantasy. He turned out to also be the 8th in an organization of 13 dubious individuals and eight is my lucky number (you could make a Jim Carrey movie about all the interesting times that number has popped up in my life). So, I had eight already but the story continues.


    A buddy of mine in middle school invited me over one time for a night of Halo 3, pizza, and other revels. He too was into Kingdom Hearts (and had some fun similarities to Roxas (No. XIII). He either had already or while we were setting up to play changed his Halo character number to O13 for Organization member thirteen and Roxas. I then was making my temporary character and decided to put my call sign as O08 (Because it had to be one letter and two digits). What can I say, we were wild and crazy guys. This soon persisted in other things and became the cooler and more aesthetically pleasing 008 (often more stylized with slashes in the 0's). It looks like two eights (one on its side like infinity) and there's other cool symbolic things I can do with it. It also (maybe most importantly) fits some of the old internet standard of having a number in a username.


    Incase you were wondering too, I read it out as "Zero-Zero-Eight", not "double 0 eight" or "Oh-oh-eight."

    Well, clearly it wasn't elimination in just a few fights, so here's what I imagine. Being ever the good sport, after a conversation between the two teams trying to figure out the nature of their internment in this strange arena fortress they parted ways and Jaune noticed (whatever a significant coin in Remnant/Atlas is) fall from Weiss's purse. JNPR was going one way, RWBY was going another, and the coin went yet another. Jaune followed the rolling change down the hall and around one unfortunate corner... His fate remains a mystery, but the tournament goes on.

    The genre I play the most would have to be (loosely) Action RPG's but I also love some more adventure games, Minecraft, more traditional JRPG's, combat racing games (which I'm surprisingly okay at, and some shooters. I also like some puzzles and stealth games. It'll be hard to pin down a top three (sort of) so I'll mention some of the outliers I have really enjoied first: Ratchet and Clank, Portal, Soul Calibur (3 was best),


    Top 3 though...


    There's just one I can't bump, sorry.


    #3- Jak II


    #2- infamous 2


    #'s 1- Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII/Kingdom Hearts (Re:) Chain of Memories: Reverse/Rebirth

    The newly appointed governor of Port Royale's daughter.


    HEY-O!


    No really, it probably would have been that I broke something while trying to figure out how the ship worked. Or I subverted authority too many times. I'm not a particularly defiant individual, but if I think there's a better way to do something or an order is obviously going to screw things up I will either A) just not do it, or B) do it the wrong way I was told to and let the negative ramifications happen. Someone tells me to put the choclolate next to the stove? Done, have fun with your melted chocolate. I know that's not a particularly striking example, but if I were to start discussing the failed managerial attempts of other people vying for power in a college improv club, we might just be here all night.

    Well, RvB certainly has some real estate in my mind with theories and other activities, but it is one of many.


    I guess it comes down to I love to make things and so that reflects in my hobbies of: writing (a hobby I went to school for but haven't stopped learning about), I build with Lego Systems, I play a lot of video games but ones with choice/customization options apleanty (currently I'm running Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep and Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning while also playing pleanty of Minecraft and Destiny too), I draw and I read educational and fictional books and watch some good TV and movies (with commentaries often too).


    So, my hobbies are many, mostly having to do with creating something in the line of a story. By obsessions have to be what pops up in all of that. I love tricksters (and other myth theory intensive things), RvB and most RT things, Fantasy stories about wizards, science fiction adventures, creepy speculative fiction, good comedy, superhero medias, hats, coats, denim, and benign pranks

    I'm sorry if this was all too much of a survey, but I have some laundry to do.

    I have been to a few Cons, several were trade-shows I went with my parents to.

    But on to the ones I picked. I've gone to the Seattle Brick Con once or twice, I love legos, and several toy train conventions as a smaller child. Those were a lot of fun and I remember getting some pretty cool special Brio trains.


    Then high school and college happened.


    After those I started again, going to Pax Prime and Jet City Comic Con, both were fantastic and I cosplayed to Jet City, which was also on Halloween. A fun thing about Pax was that was also my first RT_Seattle meet-up and the first time I'd seen my old friend Maddy in a while. (I also did a "lazy cosplay" of Church (light blue flannel, jeans, and my Fine Line shirt.)


    I am planning on going to RTX (wooh-WOOH) later this year and I'm investigating going to Pax Prime again. RTX, well that should be a little obvious, but I'm going this year as a fan and to have as much fun as I can. Pax Prime was a ton of fun for just one day last year, so I really want to go this year, possibly for more days.

    I am of two minds on this one. I'd invariably use them to similar ends so why not split the difference between dark blue flame power and flight with a auric blue force that looks like fire and lets me fly. Think ala Raven of DC fame without the inherent Lovecraftian mysticisim (it's fine but not my motif (I like more north-western European with wyrd and fae roots)). I would use these abilities probably for "good" ends. I'm not sure how much actual crime fighting I would get directly into but after I facilitate myself by floating around a lot and getting things that are hard to reach without making a mess, who knows. I'd still love to write, but Clark Kent, Kyle Rainer, and Janet Van Dyne all were able to keep creative careers and have a positive influence on the world with their abilities so I would love to try.


    I'd also never have to drive and I'd take as many other people with me as I could. So much saved travel money.

    I think it should go without saying that my immediate family has had quite a lot of influence on my developing personality the way all families will do. The briefest of clarifications though, I would say my parents raised me quite right with a respectful and genuine way of conducting myself. My brother has had his influences as well, but I will say a fair amount of those are in reflex as much as emulation.


    My maternal grandparents can also be said to have major responsibility in my development. I love and respect my paternal family quite a bit too, but they are farther away and I saw them less growing up. My paternal grandmother did help foster my love of stories and reading though and is a sturdy woman who maintains herself and for that I am greatly respectful. My maternal grandmother though is my standard of a lot of what makes a good person. She was caring for everyone in her life and did not cause conflict though she would stop it. She also has a lot to do with my sense of humor (and unyielding love of good and happy sitcoms). My maternal grandfather is a very solid individual. He is practical and believes in simplicity. He always has great advice which I always try to follow even when the subjects of our opinions differ. I would also say he really helped the final pushes of my learning to read by introducing me to Calvin and Hobbes.


    There are a fair amount of teachers too who have shaped me, again in both imitation and reflex. Because a part of what I am is to not be negative for reasons unrelated to the current situation (and irrelevant ones) so I won't be naming names or anything. Let's just say I dislike hypocracy, redundancy of speech, and all but acknowledged ineptitude especially in the education system (I do love when these all lead to hilarious failure though (a part of why I love some comedy with these character (and we're getting dangerously far from the topic now...))).


    The good teachers though, whose names are irrelevant to most, are Mr Wright, Mrs Vanderplas, Mr Lequire, Mr Burris, Mr Grella, and Professors Chaser, Nolly, Blackwell, and Nadelson (there are many others but I'll spend all my time listing with that way of talking). This group all were heavy influencers on me. They are all responcible and capabile individules. Each one has given me a lesson or two that didn't have to do with the ones I got in their curriculum. Perhaps the longest lasting one and most relevant to parts of my personaility I haven't brought up yet is from the late Mr. Burris. There are no stupid questions, questions mean you want to learn. And asking a question doesn't mean you're stupid what creates an idiot is when they ask a question and find themselves asking it again and again because they simply refuse to take in the new information. Idiots come from willful ignorance.


    There are also my friends; Austin who has given me lessons in leadership and personal integrity, Grace, Salina, Madison, Conner, and Johannah who have faced things with much more courage than I could imagine, Kennedy's bright personaliy, and many new friends and old friends who just were in some way or another a person much better than me so I have followed their examples. I'd also even put you in that list Buck, you are my longest and most influential mentor on the site since you effectively directed me back in the old old forums.


    And with that, I'm going to cut this off despite how much I love the continuing souce of knowledge questions do provide. I'm afraid I am quite over due to plug in my laptop and answer the at least one other questions I have.

    I assume you mean this:


    It and the accompanying image of me on laundry day is of me two years ago a little less shaven, without my glasses, and being a tad more silly than normal, but it is me none the less.

    From now...

    My professional life is really just beginning.


    Out of equal parts fortunate opportunity and necessity I have spent my last year helping my family from home with homecare and work, our new dog, and my great grandmother who passed early this winter. I also have been working to get my driver's license and actual adept-ness with my little borrowed Patriot.


    At this point in time though I have really begun the push to enter the workforce. I have perused a couple positions which through rather annoying faults of communication on the companies' ends have not panned out but I keep going. I am at a very interesting point here at the beginning. I can do a lot. I have several interests and aspirations. Right now my pursuits are working in a book-store, a pet-store, a library, production (several cool videogame companies are in my backyard), or possibly radio. I will though take whatever jobby job I can just to get the life experience of it soon. I have managed people and volunteered before, but have no pure professional experience (I do watch the houses and animals of friends and family as well).


    Since it is so nebulous at this moment I'm afraid any prediction I make will be even more so. I will be getting a job soon though so once I do I'll be doing what I can to stick to it. I won't be a career hopper unless things get bad at a company.


    The main goal is to be a career writer. I like a lot of mediums but for now I am working on the first book. I have that, if not the whole first series, mapped out fairly well and I'm filling it all in. That's just a matter of me working it all out. I push for at least 2,000 words a day and unless I have a blog or something I put them in there. My pursuits in a creative field are also happening but that's a bit of a chicken and egg of getting experience for a job and getting a job.

    What is the chief end of man?

    | Asked by: monopoly_j 1 year ago

    The phrase ends "To Glorify God." It's from the Catachisim.


    In my personal interpretation I think it means to live.