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Discussion in 'Question & Answer' started by Absolute Zero, Sep 12, 2015.

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  1. Absolute Zero

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    1: Quite observant, you are. I'm not a Star Wars fan, but I noticed that too a while back when I was looking on the wiki to settle a dispute that Vile was not in X2, but skipped over to X3 (where his secret stage's music is SO awesome). Actually, Vile's Japanese name is VAVA, which many people suspect is a non-copyright-infringing way of naming him "Boba" or "Baba". The inspiration becomes even more clear in Mega Man X8, where he has primarily green armor instead (and a totally non-robot personality and voice, but that's beside the point).

    What I'm more concerned with is how similar Mega Man X looks to Rock Man. I mean it's right there! The blue armor, the same visible skintone, the arm-mounted lazorgun that gains powers after he defeats his enemies! Has nobody noticed they just blatantly copied that beloved character to cash in on their own ripoff series?



    2: If? Surely you mean "when" I become an evil overlord. It's going to happen, and I already picked out my evil dark overlord raining-death-from-the-skies theme music. It's called Bränd Mark (Scorched Earth), by Swedish deathmetal supergroup "The Few Against Many", or as I like to call them, "De Fåtalig Mot Den Stora Mässan" (If you can't read Swedish, google translate can sort-of lend a hand with the lyrics.) I normally like non-angry metal, but there's something about that song that I love!

    Where were we? Oh, right, my evil rules of evilness.
    1: People who suck (the definition will need to be ironed out, but generally it'll include bigots, violent sociopaths, and generally really mean people) will get a one-way (-ish) ticket to... someplace. The sun? Mars without a spacesuit? I don't know, but it will generally be along the lines of what I've seen as one online game's "Bad Sport Pool". You act like a jerk or a griever online in that game and you get put into a server populated only by other people who are also jerks. You get to keep playing (so it's not prison) and get to keep being a jerk, but you do it far away from the innocent victims. Just let all the nice friendlies go about their lives without you bringing them down, man.
    2: All religions, ideologies, and lifestyles that don't conflict with Rule #1 are allowed and encouraged. Buddhism and Voodo? You got it. Non-violent Christianity and Islam? You got it. Non-trolling Pastafarianism and Atheism? You got it. Whatever makes you happy and doesn't make anyone else unhappy, go ahead and do it.
    3: Some kind of an economic policy that makes an individual's earnings more directly related to their contribution to society while also not letting people die of starvation on the streets. It's difficult to describe a potential thing like that, and it's probably because it doesn't easily exist*. I'm just saying that if you work 84 hours per week at an orphanage, maybe you should have the money to live as comfortable a life as a banker who sits on money all day doing actual business-related work for just a few hours a day. Am I describing socialism? I don't know.

    I'll be here all day trying to think of 4 and 5, so I'm just going to leave it there. But to further explain #3, you know that Syfy channel miniseries "Childhood's End"? I haven't had a chance to watch it yet, but I did read the book two or three years ago. The book is split into three Parts, and in Part 2, Earth's society reaches a place where everyone is guaranteed a decently comfortable life. You can be an unemployed layabout and still have a roof over your head, food in your belly, and heat in your vents. However, if you decide you do want to work (and work in that future is pretty easy and nice), you can easily acquire more extravagant living conditions. That's what I'd like to see: everyone can get by easily, and you can surely get comfy rewards for anything above not working at all. And everyone on the planet but like three people loved it too! Some Overlord I am.

    (Also, thanks for the New Year wishes!)
     
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    What are your opinions / feelings on this video?
     
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  3. BiohazardSr

    BiohazardSr My name is Sid. Sid the Bard

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    Now that you've finished your story will you make any more, or was that it?
     
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  4. Absolute Zero

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    My first feeling is relief that it only took up 16.4 MB of my 350 MB daily data limit, not the 100+ I was expecting.

    I hate passwords. Passwords suck. That password, on the other hand? Kind of genius. I mean... I still don't what it is, but it seems like something I would do. Actually, like something I did.

    Once upon a time, I made a user account on my old computer to share with my little brother (because big brother is watching). I set up his name and his password, and when telling him how to log in, I said "The password is 1000, the numbers." So he goes ahead and types in "1000". After that, the whole video ensues, until I take the computer back and type in "onethousandthenumbers".

    I've also been on the receiving end of it though. At work, I have a lot of people need to read their username over the phone to me, and I verify with the NATO alphabet (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, etc). I get one guy who calls me up and he starts to say "My username is B as in Bravo." I'm like "Okay... and after that?" "No, that's it, B as in Bravo." "Sir, you need at least three letters for a valid username." "Yeah, it's B as in Bravo, that's like ten letters!" I'm ashamed in how long it took me to understand.

    So yeah, my overall reaction is that it is a petty but genius evil thing to do, and I get a kick out of it.

    For a long answer, go check out the final-final post of the thread I was writing in. Shorter answer, I'll get back to it if/when I feel like motivated/capable. I'm satisfied in how I wrapped it up in an almost standalone story way, but the story certainly goes on.

    I've got at least two other stories in progress right now (a detective noir and a secret agent story, both in a slightly more realistic/gritty rendition of the canon Pokémon world, and featuring humans). The detective noir I've been writing on-and-off since October and just finished up to my satisfaction two or three days ago. It's a single chapter for now, so I'll find out if it's well-received. It's definitely less serious than Delta and, dare I say, even a little bit more fun/goofy at times. If you want to hear the flavor, click on this link and listen to #2, "the Perikoff Policy". It was one of the first episodes of YTJD I heard a few years ago and it really wrangled me into that old-school detective style. Trench-coated smooth-talking man with a shadowy PI office and who always gets the lady (some of that starting at 6 minutes). Expect a lot of self-referential parody in this next story.
     
  5. Absolute Zero

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    Too long for an answer to do proper justice in a status, due to character limits.

    That, my good sir, is Vile, a personally antagonistic villain from Mega Man X, X3, and X8 (but mostly just X1, since he was robo-psychology corrupted in X3 and weirdly portrayed in X8). My best advice to you is to get your hands on a SNES and Mega Man X, and play at least the full intro level.

    Let's paint the scene: intro stage of MMX, you are the titular character X, near the end this mysterious guy shows up, literally calls you a "worthless piece of scrap metal" and proceeds to totally WRECK you. You are handily slain by this newcomer and *cue awesome theme music, also my ringtone* Zero (your sidekick) shows up and almost OHKOs Vile, causing him to run away like a little bitch. (Sorry for the language, it just works in this situation though since Zero is so cool)

    Here's the thing: Vile beat you like nothing, Zero beat Vile like nothing. You are the weakest character here.

    Endgame, you three all meet up again, and you all have upgrades. Zero and Vile do their thing and this time Zero is utterly destroyed by Vile (hence Zero Slayer). You and Vile throw down again, and you (hopefully) beat him this time, if only barely (it's second hardest fight in the game).

    So you remember how at the beginning, Vile and Zero were both more powerful than you? Now you're more powerful than both of them. Vile is an antagonist symbol of your growth as a hero playing this game. You go from worthless piece of scrap metal to robo-savior, and he is the criterion against which you are measured.

    (To hear someone more entertaining explain it, watch this video by Egoraptor, at least from the 12:00 to 15:40 mark.)
     
  6. Eru Iluvatar

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    What is one thing you've always wanted to write about but never could?
     
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  7. Absolute Zero

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    Two things come to mind: Something involving the tactile relationship between a human and a godlike figure, and something for children.

    Maybe I've got my own limitations here, but I have a difficult time crafting an articulate relationship between something human and something not-human. Sometimes it's as small as the relationship between a human and animal (be it a pet or a Pokémon), but I think I'd rather have a human converse with an omniscient and omnipotent being. Maybe like Neil Gaiman's "American Gods", where the gods make an effort to be more accessible and relateable to mortals, or maybe something like Arthur C. Clarke's "Childhood's End" (which I still haven't watched, only read) where the godlike beings remain distinctly self-segregated and holier-than-though in comparison to regular people. Both of those authors, plus many more, have grappled with that ability I want to tap in to, but haven't managed to yet.

    On something for children, it's more of a desire for me to expand my horizons. I've always acted a few years older than my age (my own mother calls me old sometimes), and think it would be difficult to write something distinctly for a child audience, and that's exactly why I want to do it. It's certainly possible to expand into that field: I'm reminded right now of Neil Gaiman (again) writing things mostly for distinctly adult groups and then all of a sudden he writes Coraline and that thing with the (dead?) orphan kids from that one chapter of Sandman that became its own series. Maybe I shouldn't be comparing myself to Neil Gaiman. Or maybe I should just wait until I have offspring of my own before I can dive into that world and target audience.
     
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    Is there any particular reason why you haven't claimed more medals than the Skilled Writer medal?
     
  9. Absolute Zero

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    Uhh. That one was just sprung on me. I logged in one day and had a notification and was like "Oh, hey, I have that?"

    I guess that's my answer, buuut, thanks for the reminder! I'm now stopping by the "Qualify for a Medal" thread to see what else should be added. After all, I've been here almost a year. There are probably a few...
     
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    :: You spoke of writing something for children. As that is something I consider every now and again, what kind of genre or subject matter would you write about?

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  11. Absolute Zero

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    1: I really don't know, but I think I would want a spooky-not-scary flavor to it. Almost Nightmare-Before-Christmas like in its flavor. I would, however, want a tangible and clear lesson in it. Maybe something about not needing to fit in with other to be able to like yourself (some kinda monster kid is living in a bright and colorful rainbowland, doesn't fit in at all, but still manages to enjoy uniqueness and self-worth?) or overcoming an avoidable difficulty or self-shortcoming (A skeleton with no arms or a demon with no wings trying to do something with friends, but can't because of that difference, finds a benefit in it anyway?). I literally came up with those two ideas sitting right here, so they could do with some polishing, but maybe one day it will be a thing.

    2: Before I answer, I feel it's worth mentioning that I have been told I have a lot of similarities with George Takei, Mitch Pritchett, and (most importantly right now) Neil Patrick Harris. Considering that, it's weird that I'm not gay. I think. Wait, what were we talking about? Oh, right. I generally have one way I deal with doubt and uncertainty and the sadness that comes with it: this.

    No, really. Self-confidence is key. Know that you can overcome the obstacle before you. Reflect upon your past victories and high points, draw on your experiences, know your capacity, and to quote the Happy Mask Salesman: "You've met with a terrible fate, haven't you?" "Believe in your strengths. Believe."

    3: Last I heard she eloped with Waldo Where's. All I know is they're north of the world's largest desert, west of the sunrise, south of the aurora borealis, and east of yesterday.
     
  12. Wizard

    Wizard Do you feel it? The moon's power!

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    What was your first Pokémon game?

    How would you explain color to a person who has been blind for their whole life?

    Last video game you played?
     
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    1: My first Pokémon game was Blue Version, waaay back in the day. I remember playing it on my Gameboy Pocket, which itself is almost as nostalgic (though more for Donkey Kong 94 than Pokémon). My first starter was Squirtle, though when Kanto Redux came around I picked Charizard. For that timeframe, though, before Gen 2, I was into the games, the cards, and the anime. I dropped 2/3 of those around the time of Silver, but I still hold those memories fondly.

    2: I actually think about this quite a bit, since I once saw a video featuring Tommy Edison telling how sighted people explain color to him with abstract things like "red is the color of anger and also love and also being wrong and stopping", which doesn't really describe anything to a blind person. Rather, this is how I describe it: color is like texture: it is a surface trait of an object that can be determined from a distance, just as a blind person might guess a sighted person can see roughness or smoothness. Similarly, colors are mostly continual in a cycle spectrum. Blue flows into purple, and purple into red like rough flows into cottony and cottony flows into soft and soft flows into smooth.

    As for describing individual colors, as opposed to the concept of "what is a color", I don't think there's any way do adequately describe those. There is absolutely no frame of reference for someone who hasn't seen color before, so there's nothing to which it can be compared. Those emotion-based comparisons are entirely useless for the purpose, just perpetuated by artists of the same culture, they don't actually have a link to emotions, so there's no way to make a direct emotion-to-color conversion.

    3: Pony Island! That's where my temporary new avvy comes from, by the way. So incredibly awesome. It's $5 on Steam, and I recommend you go buy it (and the soundtrack if you like neo-retro videogame chiptune-like music). Don't read about it, don't watch the Steam preview videos, don't look up reviews, just play the game and be amazed by a unique learn-it-yourself approach to its style of puzzles and some of the best storytelling I've seen in a game in years.

    So shiveringly good, and also meta on several layers. It's meta-meta.
     
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    Are you more interested in the sciences or the arts?

    What is one thing that you would like to learn more about?
     
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    1: When Samuel L Jackson has a gun to your face and is daring -- nay -- double-daring you to say a particular word one more time. In such a situation, it would be best to just do what the man says and limit thy speaking.

    2: I can generally do chemical calculations very easily. Balancing formulae, percent yield, change in mass relating those two, heat of change, molarity and molality, expected change in pH. Those are all pretty easy for me, and this is how it became easy for me: it's all simple math. Chemistry rarely goes above somewhat-complicated, late middle-school or early high-school algebra, it's all just disguised as something more complicated by throwing chemical symbols around disguising the easy numbers underneath. People who think it's difficult just get intimidated by all the letters, but that just makes me look more impressive and lets me pride myself in it compared to them.

    3: Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee. But it matters not, for time marches on.

    (If it's anyone's funeral, it's everyone's funeral (including yours), because part of humanity has died. But on the other hand, there's nothing to be done about it, so keep moving forward in life. Credits to John Donne and James Hetfield respectively)

    1: Generally the sciences in a 70%-30% tilt. I mostly can't create art, be it visual or audible or whatever else, so my creative interests move more toward the sciences, but to compensate for that, my scientific interests are many. Astronomy, chemistry, physics involving radiations, anthropology, psychology, even biology in some cases. Given the time and resources to practice any of those and not worry about income, I would probably never leave my labs, contrary to some people who would never leave their studios if it was the other way around.

    In high school I did study a little bit of music composition and actually wrote a few not-bad songs, so I'll count that in my art interest. I did get a music theory book lately, so I might give that art a try again. Oh, and none of this is to say that I dislike art, I just dislike making it. I enjoy listening to music, looking at paintings and sculptures, and watching performances; just not being the creator of any of those.

    2: One thing? I want to learn more about everything. How to hack wifi, why my vehicle's transmission matters so much to its health, how to cook something more than ramen noodles, why various cultures around the world developed their beliefs, how to play drums, how to sing blues, what does and does not taste good when mixed into coffee (salt and butter and ground eggshells are no, mint and cocoa nibs are yes), how to code, how to memorize chemistry well enough that I could be a sidekick to Angus MacGyver, the list goes on. I want to learn more about everything!
     
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    Ayy, psychology! I love psychology! I could sit around all day and rant about studies on the brain and whatnot. I'm actually studying psychology in hopes to eventually land a career in cognitive neuropsychology. Anyway, to satisfy my unending curiosity, what parts of psychology do you find the most interesting?
     
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    Sexual psychology especially when relating to psychological development and thought-process. What causes us to like the things we like, why libido has such influence over our decision-making, the limitations of what sex does and does not affect in cognition. Maybe I'm interested so I can better understand part of my kryptonite (my mind is my greatest tool, but my mind can also be easily controlled via my drive). I also have an interest in why masochism can become so deeply rooted into the mind, especially when it seems to be something that very same mind should hate. It's so contradictory and it makes no sense, but it clearly happens in quite a number of psychologically-healthy people, and I want to know why.
     
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    Why do you like writing?

    Do you write certain articles or do you chose what you can write?

    Any Pokémon Experience tat you'd like to try but haven't?
     
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    1: In a recent answer I mentioned that my abilities lean more toward science than art. This leaves a little bit of a hole in my soul, since I don't create many things. I don't create drawings or photos or songs or anything like that, but what I can do is assemble words. I'm doing it right now even: making something new, putting these words together in a way they probably haven't been before. That may be the heart of it: filling the gap of creation left in my soul by my inability to make other artforms.

    2: As far as the Pinks among us here at LV, every now and then we discuss some upcoming events and if they aren't chronologically sensitive, we just decide who does what. Lately I've been behind on my news because I'm absolutely busy for four consecutive days per week (resuming from an hour-break in about ten minutes) and can't even keep up with real-world news for that slice of the week; and because I can't easily watch youtube videos like Pokémon/Nintendo direct. Usually the ever-ambitious and ever-talented Aura grabs those first, and with the quality of the end result, I'm not complaining.

    With those Historia things, each of those I chose on my own, including their timing when relevant. Mewtwo's origin and criticism was on his birthday, Hoenn trio was (supposed to be) on its anniversary, the Chinese zodiac I could have saved for Chinese new year, I had one of the Kalos mortality trio that I was going to post when Z was released, but... well, we'll see what happens with that. I might just do it next week. But those topics were all of my own choosing.

    3: Yeah, I'd like to experience playing a third-entry game of a generation for the first time, but with Z maybe being... whatever's happening to it, and since I don't feel like buying an old game, that might have to wait for Pokémon Earth Version (prediction: there will be no Earth Version. Rather, it'll be effing Asteroid Version and Telecommunications Satellite Version or something. Calling it.)

    *sigh* Sorry, I'm still bitter over Z probably not being a thing. Z was the most Poke-Hype I've had since HGSS. Other than that, I'd like to experience doing some kind of a challenge in-game. I've started solo and mono-type games, but never finished them. That might change soon: I think I'm going to do my 493 romhack of Heart Gold (Sacred Gold) with a mono-dark. It may work nicely, because it includes Shinx's evos available early-game and they're part Dark now, and I've tweaked it to make Houndour also available early. Two darks right off the bat, so it might work.
     
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