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  1. Also Bananafish is in but I guess he was IP banned so we’ll have to find a workaround since he can’t post here
  2. Probably best if I keep my comments about children’s cartoons to myself from now on
  3. Wait, wut?Isn't Mad Cow Mormon?I remember that too but still needed to post. So Mormons can't do any recreational things beside videogames? I'm asking because I'm legitimately curious, not to be a Richard.I don't want to speak out of turn, but I believe alcohol is definitely a no no.True. No alcohol, coffee, tea, tobacco, drugs. Never felt deprived at all and can shift all those funds to upgrading my PC. This is where your religion lost its way and became a crazytown cult.
  4. Unless it doesn't. I don't have high hopes for this one. I would love to be wrong though. I didn't have high hopes for Thor, but they pulled that one off. I think Thor is less of a gimmick character really. If we were going second tier, which Ant Man definitely is, I would have rather seen someone like the Black Panther. Definitely this. He would have made a great movie too. Wakanda would have been awesome if done right. It still could happen, they're current lineup is decidedly...er...pale. BP could be part of Phase 3. Wouldn't surprise me to hear about it this week during Comic-Con. Good chance Sam Wilson becomes Cap in Phase 3. Chris Evans only signed up for 6 movies while everyone else signed up for 9. And he's stated over and over he's done after his contract's 6. He wants to direct. So either Bucky becomes the new Cap, or they follow the comic and make Falcon the new cap. Personally I hope Bucky stays the Winter Soldier and Wilson becomes the new Cap somehow. The actor is pretty good. I like him better than Bucky, that's for sure.
  5. Unless it doesn't. I don't have high hopes for this one. I would love to be wrong though. I didn't have high hopes for Thor, but they pulled that one off. I think Thor is less of a gimmick character really. If we were going second tier, which Ant Man definitely is, I would have rather seen someone like the Black Panther. Definitely this. He would have made a great movie too. Wakanda would have been awesome if done right.
  6. I don't follow this thread, but I really need a place to vent. I'm struggling with depression, real soul-wrenching stuff that wakes me up in the middle of the night questioning my entire life. I've had employment difficulties for years now. I mostly work as an adjunct instructor at a small college. While I was a top three finalist for a tenure-track position a couple times, I failed to land the job each time, mostly because I'm a terrible interviewee. I've been trying to get out of teaching for the past 8 months (discussed elsewhere under my main account), and it isn't going so well. Part of the problem is my family loves our town. It's a fantastic place to both live and raise children and my wife just received a tenured teaching position at a school she really likes; she's quite happy with her career direction. So I'm stuck looking for employment in a very small area as I continue adjuncting for small change and we tread water financially. It's been hard on me. Very hard. Much harder than I've ever let on around here. I try not to talk about it, but it's really beaten me down emotionally. I'm forty years old and I've never had a "real" full-time professional position, mostly because despite possessing two graduate degrees and being a somewhat intelligent guy, I'm not qualified for much. I only have myself to blame for this. But understand that at a certain point in my life the sky was the limit. I had an MA in English, had two-thirds of my MA thesis published in literary journals, and had just received a well-funded early acceptance to a good MFA program in a major city. The faculty called me from a continent away practically begging me to attend. So I went...and nothing has gone right since. My MFA thesis was the opening of a passionate novel of ideas that, once finished a few years later, attracted attention from small, literary presses, including a three month correspondence with a NYC editor that eventually amounted to nothing. They passed on the book. I made changes, good ones IMO, but eventually drove myself to the brink of sanity and had to walk away before I killed myself. So I essentially gambled on myself and lost. I followed my dreams like tell us as kids, with loads of real encouragement from professors and writers and artists and family and friends along the way, and it ended in the worst way possible. Dealing with this has been the hardest thing in my life. The depression has been near suicidal at times, but I'm fortunate to have a strong support network and have managed to work through it over the past few years. Then a couple months ago I saw what I thought was the rare job I was actually qualified for -- right here in my town. It was an academic adviser position that called only for a BA and academic (preferably teaching) experience. Right in my wheelhouse, right? I enthusiastically applied, feeling hopeful again. Today I found out that I wasn't even offered a phone interview. I didn't even make the first cut. I was both shocked and let down and after going to bed early tonight, I suddenly woke up a couple hours later questioning my whole life again. So here I am. What is there to say? Nothing. I just have to suck it up again and keep getting out of bed each morning. Sometimes I try to return to fiction writing again. I open old work and see what all those people who encouraged me saw - that talent and passion. I even get to working on a new project now and then, a short story, a novel. But I either get caught up in life stuff (family, etc.) or, perhaps, lose inspiration because deep down I'm absolutely terrified that if I give my entire body and soul over to a real effort again it'll fail and this time I won't survive. I don't really know how to end this, so I guess thanks for the place to vent.
  7. Take a look at Journey. Fantastic game. Short, but stunning and it involves no killing.
  8. On the non-fiction side, I'm reading Half the Sky, a book about worldwide female repression. It's pretty depressing stuff at times (and at times fairly graphic and nasty), but it's a depressing that needs to be talked about. For example: you learn how gang violence in West Africa mixes with patriarchy to make rape one of the most effective tools of war. Women are basically property, and thus virgins are pure gold. Instead of shooting rival men, many militia-gangs now target women in villages. They gangrape them (often finishing the job with objects, causing internal hemorrhaging) then leave. However, unless the woman has a male witness to the act, she's deemed promiscuous by her village and her family is forced to "honor kill" her (usually via public stoning). Often times the father and/or brothers commit suicide after. Hence it's a much more brutal, emotionally scarring, and debilitating way to crush your enemies. Like I said, grim stuff.
  9. I decided to go back and read the favorite fantasy novels of my youth. When I was 13 I spent the summer devouring books like Raymond Feist's Riftwar Saga, C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Naria, Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, and the Hickerman and Weis Dragonlance series. I'm into the third book of the Riftwar Saga and I'm fairly impressed. Granted, Feist writes the romantic sections like, well, a pubescent with pimples (me at 13), but the rest is surprisingly well done for what it is. I might take this further. After running through C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, and Weis & Hickerman, I might go on a fantasy binge and check out Phillip Pullman's stuff and some others.
  10. I thought I could get a quick ruling, but Shuke's not around. Damn. This guy needs check his blog more often.
  11. That is freakin' weird. My four year old and I had that exact discussion this morning over Apple Jacks. Your four year old knows what crystal meth is?
  12. Shuke, I need your opinion on something. Who would win in an MMA style, no holds barred fight: Andy Reid or Dom Deluise on crystal meth? (for argument's sake say Dom is alive, circa the The Cannonball Run) Fierce debate about this elsewhere. I need an unbiased judgment.
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