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Post by rocketbomber (226 posts) See mini bio Level 9

General Discussion » The Questions Thread

Natto looked so... tasty.  After that experience are you game for another taste test?
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Quests » God of Manga quest set

re: Muses -  Yes, in fact, using wikipedia is cheating.  If you resort to wikipedia you are a cheater.  I am in no way advocating you use wikipedia and the fact that I've now mentioned wikipedia 4 times  should not be construed as a suggestion that you go read Tezuka's wikipedia (5 times!) entry. 
 
Wiki only gives you one of the three muses, though.  
  
The second relates to art.  Japanese art.  Pre-WWII Japanese Art.  Pre WWII Japanese Art than influenced manga -- duder, all this is in hints already given in the quest, I can't make it easier for you. 
 
The third muse... well... it could be called a 'concept' more than an extant art form.  To all but give it to you
 
Post by rocketbomber (226 posts) See mini bio Level 9

Off-Topic » Anyone Play a Musical instrument or two?

I played alto, tenor, and bari sax; still own the bari (it's my third most valuable asset, in terms of dollars spent, after the manga & anime collections) 
I actually started on violin at age 6, but switched to saxophone because the local schools had bands, but not symphonies. 
 
Tried to teach myself piano but it didn't take.  Have been meaning to buy a guitar but I find myself more drawn to bass; anyone know where those mariachi guys get those huge, deep-bellied acoustic bass guitars?  That'd be excellent.
Post by rocketbomber (226 posts) See mini bio Level 9

General Discussion » The Questions Thread

Tokyopop is doing reprints  http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1AVST_enUS369US369&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=tokyopop+reprints -- at least for titles they haven't lost the license to.  Which series deserve to be pulled off of the discard pile?  Which series that will once again be available to new customers would you recommend?  
 
[goes without sayin': I'd tell everyone to buy Aqua vol. 1] 
Post by rocketbomber (226 posts) See mini bio Level 9

Cosplay » Where to Find These Types of Stockings?

shhhhh... keep this a secret.  I'm not supposed to be a fashion expert. 
 
but if you're going to hand me an excuse to do a web search on thigh-high stockings... 
 
I couldn't find an exact match, especially for the glossy, opaque white in your pics above (might be custom; cut down from a full set of hose?) but did find two: 
 
 http://www.sockdreams.com/_shop/pages/socks_detail_ProductID_368.php 
- as noted might just be OTK on longer or 'luscious' legs, but the product description lists the length (24in. toe to cuff) so you could find a cloth tape and measure before buying.   
 
Also: 
 http://www.welovecolors.com/Shop/SolidColorThighHighs.htm 
lots of available colors (51 total) so should fit the bill for a lot of possible costumes.   
Post by rocketbomber (226 posts) See mini bio Level 9

Off-Topic » Real Life Pic.

not my best pic (that was me holding a beer while standing behind the rig that had recently dispensed said beer) but it's the new user icon.

Broke, Alcoholic, 30y.o. Otaku Fanboy LOSER.
Broke, Alcoholic, 30y.o. Otaku Fanboy LOSER.
Yes, I am broke, alcoholic, & 30yo. (30+ by about 6, actually) and past that, I am an otaku fanboy loser.
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Just Anime » Best Anime Theme Songs?

Let's dial it back a bit and listen to the smooth stylings of Chrono Club et al., and Aria:

  


  


  


  

  


  



Post by rocketbomber (226 posts) See mini bio Level 9

Conventions » Post Con Depression

...and alcohol is really good, too.  Though I tend to use that to self-medicate to alleviate demophobia during the con, and afterwards it's more a part of the general-background-drunk, as opposed to a directed cure toward any particular post-con-funk.
Post by rocketbomber (226 posts) See mini bio Level 9

Conventions » Post Con Depression

Compulsive blogging:

write down everything you did, and saw.   with pictures, when possible.

If you're feeling a post-con depression, then you haven't written enough.  You should've brought a recorder with you into panels; or a camcorder for video, or a smartphone for live twittering. If your lack now makes you feel bad, then you should feel bad.  You've failed us.

If you can't enjoy it by itself, on its own merits, and walk away sated;
then you need to blog the hell out of it.  Before, during, after, long after, and anticipatory and preparitory to next year.

If you're not sharing, of course you feel alone.
Post by rocketbomber (226 posts) See mini bio Level 9

General Discussion » The Official "God Len" is cool thread.

@niko:

Martinis should be stirred, not shaken.  Don't shake the martini; you'll bruise the gin.

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God Len is so cool, NASA has him on a retainer just in case some dumb astronaut accidentally raises the ire of a extraterrestrial race of 12 meter tall humanoids in battle suits.  He doesn't need protoculture, he is protoculture.

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and only the breath of vermouth --  swish a half-shot around the glass then pour it out before adding the gin (stirred with ice, not shaken, and then strained into the glass) -- and if you must use vodka nothing else changes.  If pressed though... I'd have to say... a twist of lemon for a gin martini, and three olives for a vodka martini.  Otherwise, exactly the same, and no shaking.  Fleming wouldn't know his ass from a good cocktail if it walked up the beach wearing nothing but a white bikini and a diving knife.
Post by rocketbomber (226 posts) See mini bio Level 9
Post by rocketbomber (226 posts) See mini bio Level 9

General Discussion » Guides, FAQs, & Your Mod Squad - The Compounded Thread

Yes, and thank you for streamlining these multiple threads into a single post we can all now easily ignore ;)

I kid, I kid.  The next three dozen users that breeze through here will honestly have no context from which to comment, but I thank you .
I might sound sarcastic but no, really:  thanks for all the hard work.
Post by rocketbomber (226 posts) See mini bio Level 9

Off-Topic » your real age thred

I'm older, jlrm01:  will turn 37 in November.

For most of you:  I'm old enough to be your Dad.  I hope that adds extra oomph to my rants -- when you ignore me, you're not just zoning out the droning of some internet hack, you're establishing a generation gap in manga fandom.

You know the guys organizing your local anime con?  Or the folks working in the industry?  Yeah, those old guys.  Most of 'em are my age or younger.

Suck it, punks.  Back in my day, we watched 5th generation VHS copies of anime while reading the translation off of a badly-photocopied fan-script.  You try that once or twice, see how you lke it...

Of course I lie.  I'm not that old.  But go read Patten, know your history.


Post by rocketbomber (226 posts) See mini bio Level 9

General Discussion » Feature Requests

Yes!

I have permanently warped everyone else's use of the site.  My mission here... is complete.  (you know, except for the next twelve years of updates.)
Post by rocketbomber (226 posts) See mini bio Level 9

General Discussion » AV Site Re-Design: LIVE!

kneejerk-fossil-geezer-reaction:

"Oi! Now you've ruined everything!"

Dude, I've only so many reboots left before I'll be unable to cognitative process the intarwebs; are you sure you wanted to waste one on a cosmetic update?

My recalcitrance to change can be assuaged with additional beer; any efforts expended in this direction would be greatly appreciated
 
Post by rocketbomber (226 posts) See mini bio Level 9

General Discussion » Animevice vs Naruto-verse

I'm a master of Drunken Boxing.

or maybe just drinking.  How many do you think I could take out by belching in thier faces?
Post by rocketbomber (226 posts) See mini bio Level 9

General Discussion » how to Become a Moderator

@:LinkHelios

you caught the gist but missed the pith; 

There is more to 'Vice, and the wiki,and the forums than just asking for the honour -- this isn't a MMORPG, there are no automatic promotions, and just hanging around for a set time period doesn't cut it either.

If you want to play then you have to play

Do something.  Write something.

Are you trolling this site on purpose or are you just ignorant?

Post by rocketbomber (226 posts) See mini bio Level 9

General Discussion » how to Become a Moderator

I have zero points.

But I do have a case of beer, and a grasp of basic grammar (at least, before I have too many beers) and I've at least 10 years on any of you punks (Oi! Get Off My Lawn!) -- I've taught college courses, I can skool you noobs into shape; "Oi! You there, that's porn, don't go uploading that here -- post a link with an NSFW tag, and we'll all thank you (twice over even)"

wait, what was the point again?

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@LinkHelios

I think it's fine, admirable even, that you want to contribute to a collaborative site.

1.  What do you have to contribute?

If you have time, then spend time.  Update the site.  Comment (cogently) on other topics.  Start your own threads on the forum -- if it's worth talking about, then other folks will comment on Your posts.

There's this whole wiki... thing.. at 'Vice and I have no idea what to do with it but they've posted videos and whatnot about how to get started -- and that'd be an excellent place to get started.

2. Moderators are (at least until we promote them to mod) usually the most active users of the site; but more importantly they:

- keep others on topic
- call other users to task when things veer way out of established bounds
- try to politely redirect others to appropriate fora or to other resources when they are out of line

and none of this is dependent on their ability to edit -- it's a mindset before it is an auth code.
so if you'd like to be a mod, try to exhibit the best behaviors of a mod in your everyday forum activity.

3. A mod isn't a police officer.

They're just another user.  They think a Little Bit More about courtesy, politeness, and what it takes to keep discussion lively without degenerating into pointless debate or offensive diatribes.

(I mean, there's 4chan for that, if that's what you're into.)

But a Mod doesn't really create anything for the site (as a Mod; they have to do all that in their own free time) (and if that's what you want, you don't have to be a Mod to do it).

4. A mod isn't god.

If you want power over Everthing start your own damn blog.  I have.

Heck, there are even free ways to do it.  It's a lonely, lonely path... but no one can say jack on my site unless I deem it worthy.  I can even go back and edit their comments to make them say things they didn't say.  Not that I ever had.  Or would.  But if that's what you're looking for, then your own site is the only option.

5. Mods serve the community, they don't rule it.

...because they serve at the discretion of others.  Anyone who acts like a dick isn't going to remain a mod long.

6.  [One Revisted] What do you have to contribute?

Because if all you want to do is help out the site, you can start doing that now.
If you'd like to foster lively debate and civilized conversation in the forums, you can start doing that now.
If you'd like to make sure only accurate and up-to-date information is added to the wiki, you can start doing that now.
If you'd like to post news and previews that you've found elsewhere on the internet, you can start doing that now.
If you'd like to review anime, and manga, or figurines, or anime-related games, or hentai dating sims -- you can start doing that now.  (but post a warning if you're going to upload screenshots)
If you'd like to post an opinion column berating the rest of us for playing hentai dating sims, you can start doing that now.

This is a Wide Open Forum.  almost distressingly so, and that's why they had to nominate a few steady, proven users to be mods -- to keep the rest of us pervs and trolls in line.  The role of a moderator (and I say 'role', not 'job', because it is a thankless unpaid position) is to constantly monitor the forums for folks like me who will upload porn at the drop of a hat (...OK, so I have a shade more discretion than that but there is this awsome pic of Horo and if you send me a personal message I'll be glad to share the link) ...and I think (even with the gross exception that I just invited you to share) this is the level of civilized discussion that the mods are trying to maintain on this site.

So.

There.

Examine your motives.  Consider your resources, and the time you have to spare.  Realise that when you go from 'us' to 'them' [mods] you're opening yourself up for a whole new set of headaches.  Do you need to be a mod to accomplish what you'd like to do on the site?  Do you even want to be a mod?

It's not all bans and cakes.  There is no cake.  The cake is a lie.

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If you can find a way to do what you want to do, and to post constructively, and to contribute in whatever fashion that best suits you -- then recognition will come.  Do your best and we'll all fete you for it.  (& the def. of fete for the high-schoolers.)  Being a moderator is just a commitment that will tie you down; before you sign up for the ground corps, maybe you should try to fly.



Post by rocketbomber (226 posts) See mini bio Level 9

Just Manga » Get your pre-orders in now, kids: Yotsuba&! vols 6 and 7

Just posted it to my blog, so damn happy I had to share:

found Yotsuba&! 6 and 7 on Amazon up and ready for preorder.  September and December, respectively, so a few months yet... but... but...

Yotsuba&!

Call me a loser fan boy (I am) but this is the best news since... well, since Yen announced it 2 months ago.
 

Post by rocketbomber (226 posts) See mini bio Level 9

General Discussion » Feature Requests

Here's a thought:

How about "Conventions" added to the Main Boards in the sidebar -- a place to post pictures, panel write-ups, appropriate user blog posts, and other assorted nonsense.  The fan-interaction aspect of anime and manga fandom is certainly very important; just looking for a little love for the cons.

That, and since no one can make it out to all the cons, it'd be a nice little slice of the living vicariously.

Maybe we could also set up ad hoc Vice Squads of members-in-attendence to post in official, moderated threads -- one for each con.
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