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Ruinam

  • joined Nov 20, 2013
  • last login Dec 18, 2014
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If BB isn’t one of the daily deals, I’d hold off until the end of the sale. Pretty much everything will have a base discount, but may go on sale for more throughout. If it doesn’t get more discounted by the last day, just pick it up then.

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There are some good games in there, but I’ve already got them unfortunately

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Yup. Both excellent reads as well.

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I have no idea who that is, but he does look like a son of a bitch.

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I really want a remaster of this.

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Gotcha. Believe it or not pre meds I had a crazy metabolism too. With all the crap I would eat it’s a miracle I wasn’t 500 pounds.

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OK, so far we’ve got

Woads or SWU (standard woad units): units of length. 6 to 12 inches. Nobody really knows. (Not to be confused with the Woady Scale, in which is 4 times larger than actual scale ex: that amiibo is a foot long on the woady scale"

Spookys: Unit of weight. Roughly 140 pounds

Ruins: Measure of dislike, like a 5 star scale, but for dislike. ex: That movie was terrible, I’d give it 4.5 Ruins.

Archs: Measure of Hyperbole, with a geometric progression like the Richter scale. In quantities less than a full Arch, standard naming conventions would be used ex: Centiarch for 1/100th of a full Arch.

Colbys: Measure of Snark. See usage and scale notation from Archs

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Yup. given my size I was roughly in the same boat post-mono. If you don’t mind me asking, is it just that you don’t feel like eating, or you can’t keep it down/metabolize it?

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I remember him saying something about how a presentation he was doing or something didn’t go well, and that he wouldn’t be having the same position after how it went. I think he said he’d see what that means in about a week or so after that.

Regardless, unfortunate.

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Unless they get Tim Curry involved in this game, I don’t think they’ll be able to pull that off.

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Body image is a funny thing, I’ve noticed that very few people are actually happy with their weight unless they are really working on it. People want to lose it, and some want to gain it. I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum and it’s interesting. I got a really severe case of Mono in college, and couldn’t eat solid food for 2 weeks because my throat had swollen so much that they almost had to put me on a respirator. 16 days of chicken broth only and I was down to 165.

Good luck finding pants with a 30 inch waist when you have a 34 inch inseam. I looked like Christian Bale in the Machinist for about a semester, and my stomach has shrunk so much that I couldn’t eat a lot of food without feeling stuffed for about 2 years.

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You can’t be a unit of weight, Spooky already claimed that one.

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Anti-depressants. It actually wasn’t just that, it was also a ton of cracked teeth being pulled which made eating food not agonizing, which also solved several stomach problems I had (because I couldn’t chew properly) that kept me from keeping food down a lot of the time. It was a slew of medical things that prompted a large spike (nothing else changed which is why I attribute it partially to that.

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I was about 285 at my biggest. Back when I played football and was fit (but bulky) I was about 245, but aint nobody got time (or motivation for that much gym time) to maintain that much non-fat bulk. Went on a diet a few months ago and dropped 15 pounds in about 2 months with minimal changes to diet, but then I moved and the first few weeks just threw everything out of whack and I stopped keeping track of stuff and put it back on over about 6 months. Doesn’t help that my current meds caused roughly a 45 pound spike in weight when I started them, but I’d like to get back down to about 215-220. I should get back on that.

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Awesome! Now start East of West

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Congrats!

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"He’s so cool!"

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This is why I don’t bother with holidays.

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Saga is amazing, I’d recommend it to anyone old enough to read it, but you could probably guess that from it having been in my Plight.

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Dying

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J-pop monstrosities
[Looks at FFXV]

Hatsune Hamlet.

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That was my thought.

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Eh, I’d say that the base story arc has a lot of similarities too.

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No, but he did do Freaks and geeks.

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Working my way through the Nausicaa Manga, and it’s actually a bit upsetting.

Let me preface this by saying Nausicaa and Mononoke are two of my top three Miyazaki films, along with Spirited Away. Nausicaa (the film) gets a lot of flak (rightly so) for feeling like Mononoke 1.0. I think the setting/characters of Nausicaa are much better, but Monoke is a better contstructed film. The difference in Miyazaki’s levels of experience really show. That still doesn’t affect my enjoyment of either film, because I love them both for very different reasons.

Now with all of that out of the way, let me say this, Nausicaa the Manga is practically unrecognizeable from the film. The events that are padded and heavily edited (so that it makes sense) are roughly 30 pages of the first 100 of what is essentially an 1100 page manga. Seriously, major cuts to anything not directly related the opening mini arc (which is really inconsequential too) are done with reckless abandon. It is stripped so bare that if you were to do the same thing to Romeo and juliet, it would literally only consist of a scene where they meet at a party and a scene where they kill themselves. Keep in mind too, that this is only describing the treatment of the first 100 pages, nevermind the other thousand of them, which are basically ignored.

All that said, I still love Nausicaa the film. It touches, ever so softly, on the edges of something larger than itself. It teases us with glimpses of a wonderful setting but never really gives you the details. The Manga somehow manages to maintain that sense of mystery, while also making everything richer, fuller, and just a little bit more intriguing than before. Thematically, the same stuff is all there, and if anything, there are even more allusions to themes presented later on in Mononoke that weren’t quite as strong in the film for Nausicaa. You get to see much more intimately the brutality that is war, in a graphic nature that was shocking to me at first given how g-rated Miyazaki’s films have been.

You may be asking yourself "Why is this frustrating you?", to which I would respond that anyone that reads this wouldn’t think that the story of Mononoke is just Miyazaki’s second chance at Nausicaa. He didn’t need one, the story doesn’t need a do-over, and Mononoke is (unless this story takes a wild left turn at Albuquerque) doesn’t really that much in common with this Nausicaa’s full telling either, aside from a few characters. But what is more frustrating is that I get glimpses of how something I loved could have been so much better. As I pointed out at the beginning, Nausicaa the film isn’t without its flaws, and when viewed from the vantage point afforded by having read the manga, it feels shallow and stunted. You’d think this would leave me satisfied with the manga, but I’m not. What I want is a merger of both worlds. While the Manga is excellent, Miyazaki was a director, not a manga artist. His layouts and storyboards are probably the weakest point of the book, leading to confusion in some of the bigger action segments (in some cases all I could really understand was that things were "chaotic", but to be honest, maybe that’s all he was going for). Again, just like with the film, it isn’t bad, I just long for what could have been. In all honesty reading the manga has made me long for a true film adaptation of the work, which would have to span multiple films given the scope of the work.

Regardless of whether you agree with my opinions regarding Nausicaa, I do think it’s a fairly safe bet that everyone would agree that we would love more Miyazaki films.

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