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Unwashed Village / Re: What games have you been playing latly?
« on: May 02, 2017, 06:41:54 AM »
Yooka Laylee and Dark Souls 3

How you liking Yooka Laylee?

Its not awful, but disappointing. I'm a big fan of the first two BK games (especially Tooie) and Yooka Laylee's biggest problem so far is that the levels are HUGE but confusing. There's little indication of what to do or where to go, and its easy to get lost which can make it a little boring. The game has a lot of new characters, a few are great, but most don't make sense. Its not as polished as the older games, but I still recommend playing it if you like them. The humor is still good, and it does some things differently which I can appreciate. I'm about halfway through right now.

Unwashed Village / Re: What games have you been playing latly?
« on: May 01, 2017, 04:51:38 AM »
Yooka Laylee and Dark Souls 3

Unwashed Village / Re: What's going on in your life?
« on: April 21, 2017, 07:49:34 PM »
I got to meet up with Hoopy and his girlfriend Liz in Chicago this week, drinks and good conversation were had.

Also, glad to hear you are safe Aldy

Unwashed Village / Re: What's going on in your life?
« on: March 30, 2017, 05:49:16 PM »
Congrats on the published book! I will try to buy a copy at some point.

After nearly 2 years at Starbucks, I put in my resignation. I've only quit a few jobs, but I've never once regretted it. I had been there longer than anyone else, was working mostly with bratty young women who didn't listen to me, saw organizational problems that were never addressed, and had a good friend (who I met at work) die of a heart attack, and I was ready to leave. I don't have a job lined up yet, so my boss was begging me to stay. Probably not the wisest thing, but I don't care. I'm ready for something new & fresh whatever that may be.

Should be getting my bachelors degree in May in International Business. I would like to get into import/export eventually.

I plan to move to Seattle, WA, at the end of the Summer. I have never been west of Kansas, so this should be interesting. I just want to see the Pacific Ocean and real mountains.

Taking a trip to Chicago and Minneapolis next month for a few days vacation.

Unwashed Village / Re: What if Trump played D&D?
« on: March 30, 2017, 04:43:32 AM »
That is both amazing and terrifying. It's up there with the Zap Brannigan pics

Unwashed Village / Re: What games have you been playing latly?
« on: February 19, 2017, 02:46:39 AM »
I had been wanting to to play the Secret of Monkey Island games for roughly a decade but there were 2 problems: 1. They were very difficult to find illegally, and expensive legally because the series is from the early-mid 90s 2. The first 2 were designed for DOS so they have to be emulated on modern computers

Luckily, they recently remastered the first 2 for xbox 360 and released them for free (only) last month so I have been playing those. These games are hilarious!  :laugh:
"Sword fighting is like sex; Its not what you do its what you say." - The Sword Trainer

Also been playing through Kingdom Rush, a tower defense game series for mobile

Unwashed Village / Re: Write something!
« on: February 19, 2017, 02:39:09 AM »
Yeah I did, but it was more of a rant so I didn't want to make a new thread . Truthfully, the problem is me, I should learn to be more professional.

Heres something I guess.


Unwashed Village / Re: Write something!
« on: February 03, 2017, 05:54:01 PM »
Its amazing to me how, despite the internet making communication quicker and easier, many adult jobs still require people to go through so many formalities and hoops to simply apply for a position. Most of the time, they make you sign up on their website (Another fucking set of usernames and passwords to keep track of, I can't wait until everything is biometric) and go through a dozen pages of inputs, often giving personal information like your address and SSN to a company you barely know. This usually takes close to an hour, if you have to write a cover letter or resume, then its even longer.

Like, I get it it that a large beaurocratic company needs a system of tracking applicants, but it feels like such a holdover from the 80's where things were a lot less competitive and if you met the minimum qualifications you could be considered. Maybe thats not really how things were, but its hard to argue that we don't live in a more competitive world today. Young people today are used to switching jobs every few years, used to wearing hats not part of our job description, and used to no job being secure long term. We can't spend an hour applying for jobs these days, because we know that securing a job is a numbers game, and truthfully there are 200 applicants for 4 open positions.

If jobs were quicker and easier to apply for, I think a lot more people would being doing jobs they enjoy and would be productive at. Somewhat shamefully, I've gotten most of my jobs from craigslist, including my current one which I've been at for 2 years (keep in mind though, that I had to email them 4 times before hearing back) While most jobs on CL are unpaid and often shitty, the site is pretty great for finding jobs fast and easily. I enjoy searching on CL more than other job sites because its easy to see: 1. Who you can email directly, or who you have to go through their external website 2. How far away they are 3. Based on the Ad, how professional they are 4. What your expected job duties will be. 5. How immediately they want to position filled.

Not so easy to see are how likely they are to rip you off and what they pay (Protip: its usually low for anything non technical) but I wish everything were this easy. I wish that companies stopped treating applicants like employees, and expecting us to do so much grunt admin work when they haven't show any interest in us at all. For professional jobs I could understand, but most entry level jobs do this and its frustrating, part of the reason people have trouble getting those jobs.

Unwashed Village / Re: What's going on in your life?
« on: January 27, 2017, 05:22:55 PM »
For the record, I'll be getting my bachelors not my masters. I took about 2 years off in between colleges. I'm still unsure if I want to pursue an MBA in the future.

I didn't fly into Dubai, we flew into Abu Dhabi (via British Airways), which was not especially nice. At least not compared to London's Heathrow, which was much nicer.

heres me chillin in the desert no big deal

Unwashed Village / Re: What's going on in your life?
« on: January 21, 2017, 06:59:20 PM »
Hello All.
With the beginning of a brave new year, and the inauguration of a controversial new president, I am "cautious but optimistic" as a wise man once told me. Its no secret that I voted for Trump, not because I agree with everything he says, but because I believe that hes a guy who believes in the freedom to say what he feels, even if it can't be back up by facts. It reminds me of something my dad used to often say "Statistics lie, and liars use statistics", or something else I once read "You can do magic with math if you really try". He also seems like the type to eliminate wasteful spending and bad deals, of which both are major burdens for our country. If you look at Brexit, or the more recent Gambia election, Trump's victory was not an isolated freak incident, but shift in politics worldwide. Again, i'm "cautious but optimistic"

I will (finally, after 7 years) graduate college in May. Its funny how within college theres pressure to complete further tiers; Masters, PhD, Doctorate, post doc etc. I may get my MBA someday if my employer would pay for some of it, but the handful of people I've known with masters degrees aren't doing anything with them.

I traveled overseas for the first time this past month. I spent a couple days in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and a week in Dubai. It was exciting but a bit overwhelming also. It certainly won't be the last time I travel abroad, and hopefully not the last time I go to the Middle East (attached is a picture of the skyline Dubai).

For my new years resolution, I gave up drinking and smoking.

This past year, I've been visiting small towns around Missouri and really enjoying it. I want to continue to see small towns around the Midwest. For decades, people have been flocking to big cities for jobs and money and I think we are seeing the negative effects of that these days. Big cities have their own problems. I really want to see what can be done to promote growth in cities with <100k people across America.

Unwashed Village / Re: The Presidential Debatabacle
« on: November 10, 2016, 01:19:04 PM »
America, Fuck Yeah

Unwashed Village / Re: "The Failure of Democracy"
« on: November 10, 2016, 03:22:49 AM »
I just wanted to pop in to make a couple of comments given this historic event.

Firstly BC, practicing intellectual superiority over your fellow countryman is a destructive way of thinking. First Brexit, and now a US President with no political experience. I consider these incredible historical events of democracy, make no mistake. While I'm confident that you have done thorough research, and are probably much more well-read than many Trump supporters, that does not give you the authority to be forcibly right unto others. I firmly believe that good and evil are fallacies. I do not believe that facts determine who is right or wrong. This may sound absurd, but I think humans are complex creatures driven by emotions motivations that do not need to be based on facts, and thats okay. I think thats okay.

Its my opinion that Trump (very narrowly) won this election by appealing to those "left behind"  Americans in the middle of the country, who are often ignored, and have common sense not to accept all facts as absolute truth, regardless of their demographics. For years, population centers along the coasts have defined America by groupthink, and I think what happened last night was the start of a shift in thinking. I think most Trump supporters didn't care about being politically correct, and didn't care about the lies, racism, and sexism of him because they saw his messages in their daily lives even if they could not be defended by facts. I'm not defending Trump, certainly there are many things I dislike about him, but these were people with little choice willing to fight for a cause for what they believed in, and I respect that.

I voted for Trump. Not necessarily because I like him, but because Clinton was incredibly corrupt and inauthentic. I think that a lot of people could see that. I consider a corrupt politician to be one of the most un-American things, and was proud of the results last night because of that. Earlier you posted about agreeing with Comey that she was not a criminal; Make no mistake, I think many people believed yesterday that she absolutely broke the law and got no repercussions because of her political position, and justice was now in their hands.

Despite the incredibly leftist views of nearly every major media outlet against Trump, despite their biased (and wrong-basically all of them) polls, despite Sanders' unfair treatment by the DNC, despite Clintons corruption and political connections, and despite liberals on social media who group every Trump supporter as worthless, deplorable, unintelligent, racist and sexist, a message of the people shined through last night. It is a message many do not agree with. But ignoring it will only fail us all. So please; Understand that these people have their own motivations, desires and faiths. Most only want freedom and do not actually want other people to suffer. The incredible hatred of Trump supporters, without understanding, is something that has deeply scared me over the past year or so.

I have faith in Trump, in my countrymen, and even in a higher power to bring us together to truly make America great again.

(Also I support the Brits ability to consciously and fairly vote on Brexit. I do not live there, so it is not right to force my opinion on them, even if it may affect me. Do not believe in fear, Hanged Man, believe in opportunity.)

Unwashed Village / Re: What are your thoughts after finishing Fallout 4?
« on: September 25, 2016, 05:19:38 PM »
A couple of months ago, I bought an Xbox One. Later, I bought Fallout 4, and after about 50 hours I finished one of the main storyline paths.  I’m a little late, but I thought now would be a good opportunity to take a break from my hiatus to talk about my thoughts on Fallout 4 with you.
   One of my biggest feelings about the game throughout was how “samey” it felt to FO3 at a core game DNA level. Mostly, this meant the limitations and what I expected to be able to do within the engine. Given that this is a Besthesda game, and their open world RPG games are similar with marginal changes, I wasn’t very surprised. A good example of this was the introduction. While it was a refreshing change to start the game before the War, seeing my home, my wife and my baby boy, it all was so obviously limited. The wife was so lifeless, it was disturbing. When the vault-tec salesman knocked at the door, I didn’t want to answer; I would rather explore the house, so I did. I ignored him for almost an hour, the man constantly knocking, me thinking “doesn’t he get the point!?” while my wife pestered me to “just get the door honey”. For a fucking hour. This was when I realized the game would not take a realistic approach to choice, and I would have to talk to the man to finish the introduction. Maybe if I never answered him, the sun would never set and the bombs would never fall, but it was not meant to be. Oh, Bethesda.
   So at this point I literally hated my wife, and got to listen to some asshole try to tell me about how I was “specially selected” to stay in a vault, no matter how many times I picked the “Go away, not interested” option. What a great way to start. 5 minutes after talking to him, LO AND FUCKING BEHOLD, the sirens go off. How convenient. The bombs are dropping, and our neighbors are running around in a frenzied panic. Luckily, I was just chosen to be saved! In the street, soldiers are directing people to a nearby vault. Me being a rebel, I ran in the opposite direction only to be instantly vaporized by atomic bombs  as soon as I crossed my neighborhood boundary. I mean, this happened at least a dozen times. This was a railroad, and I wasn’t getting off the damn train. So I follow these guys to the vault. Theres some losers being outside crying about not being “chosen” to go in, but I don’t give a fuck about them because I’m special.
   So myself, my wife and baby boy get inside the vault. As we go down the elevator we get to see a beautiful nuclear sunset. Inside, its pretty chill (pun intended heh). The goofy G-men fucks tell us to go to these weird pods to be “decontaminated” or something. Come to find out, it was all a sham, and everyone was put in cryostasis for some reason. This part was actually an interesting twist, even if it took control away from the player. You get to experience a deep freeze in first person, you see your wife’s pod being opened up by some strange dude who takes your baby and shoots her in the face while you stand there helpless. WHAT THE FUCK! But like I said earlier, I hated her, and she didn’t do anything for me in the introduction to make me care so that point was pretty null.  Somehow, my pod opens on its own and I am able to escape the vault. Theres nobody around, and some time has passed (spoiler: its been 200 years, and your son is now an old man trying to take over the world, who shares zero emotional connection with you at all) and I’m finally free to explore the world at my whim.
   I went into a lot of detail about the intro, but I think it says a lot about the game as a whole. Honestly, I probably had more fun in the first 2 hours, before the bombs went off and trying to test the limits of the engine, than the entire rest of the game. The game is pretty great (more about the good stuff below), but there were few surprises. Much like the intro, Bethesda tried to have some real twists, but never actually let your decisions affect the game. This is no Deus Ex.
   Boston as a setting was pretty cool. Its nice that FO4 takes place near the Capital Wasteland, while being distinct and having its own history. Incredibly, there are a few returning characters and familiar rumors from FO3. I was really surprised at how detailed Diamond city and downtown Boston were. This was one of the first games I’ve played where you could walk around a city and go inside literally every damn building and feel like theres something new to find. The areas around Boston, although sparse, have a lot of variety and character. The glowing see, forests to the south, and ocean and islands to the east were enjoyable to explore. I felt like the desert wasteland was played out after FO1, FO2 and NV.
   When you talk about character interaction, that's where one of the biggest flaws starts to show. Put simply, the dialogue choice system is terrible. Always having 4 choices when talking to anyone, usually only 1 or 2 words to describe your reaction, is a frustratingly arbitrary decision. (heres a good video detailing this problem Comically, the voice acting quality is top notch. So even though your character rarely says what you’d want or expect him to, his smooth sexy voice makes it all okay. Theres also a mind-blowing amount of voice acting, more than Skyrim and FO3 combined. Honestly though, in a series known for in depth dialogue choices, this is an incredible disservice to the series. The only reason it exists is because consoles have 4 main buttons, and Beth didn’t want players to have to read too much. That's a shame.
   Many other parts of the game felt same-y, with strange new changes. Why does time now move slowly in V.A.T.S.? Why are skill trees changed, and I can upgrade my SPECIAL stats every level? Why is there no level cap? Overall, these changes facilitate this as an “action game with some RPG elements” than the other way around. Also, I really felt there was too much emphasis on combat in this game. At some points, I felt like I was playing Call of Duty, and that's a fucking problem. At later levels, most enemies become bullet sponges, sometimes taking hundreds of shots to kill.
   There are a few nice new additions though. Having 4 major factions and having to choose between them was pretty cool. I choose the Brotherhood ending, because it seemed the most logical, even if they were fairly evil. I really liked how synths and the Institute were incorporated into a big conspiracy theory among the NPCs. The workbench base building system was pretty incredible. So much depth, being able to tear down ruined houses essentially piece-by-piece for materials was pretty mindblowing. But again, it never feels holistically involved with the game as a whole. It becomes a borderline “Doll house simulator”.
Overall the game was a bit underwhelming, but still enjoyable. Earlier I said it was “great”, and while I believe that, its also been bogged down by sameyness and some decisions that limited its effectiveness continuing the series I think.

Unwashed Village / The Weeds
« on: April 14, 2016, 08:50:22 AM »
EDIT: There is an important message at the end, I don't you to miss it, so please check that out even if you don't read the rest.
Its late, I don't want to go to sleep yet, and this post will be my 420th post, so I wanted to celebrate by writing a ditty about my thoughts and experiences on the subject of marijuana.  :-\

Just for the record, I'm not high now, but writing while stoned is pretty fun.


I first tried pot at 16, with my best friend growing up, Tom. We used a small red glass bong in his basement. Looking back, a bong probably wasn't the best idea for a first-timer, since they are one of the most effective means of getting high (and overdoing it). We also did like, 4 bowls, way too much honestly. I remember not feeling anything immediately; This commonly happens when someone tries it for the first time. We sat in his basement for about 15 minutes, I asked him when it would hit me, "soon enough just wait" he said, and then it fucking hit me like a train. I distinctly remember the visual hallucinations I first experienced; my vision was spinning, and the in the middle was a thin ring of colors; Imagine if you were surrounded by Saturn's rings, it was kinda like that. I also freaked the fuck out; I had never experienced a change in perception like this before, and was wondering if it would be permanent . Eventually I calmed down, we watched Across the Universe and I went home feeling relaxed. It was a horrowing memory though.

During high school, I got more excited about the thought of being high, than I actually cared about being high. How your perception could change, and everything would be more awesome was so exciting to teenage me. I did it a few more times, but due to being involved with sports and other things I didn't do it habitually in highschool.

The summer after highschool, I felt lost about life and started hanging out with the wrong crowd; skater kids who smoked a lot of weed, didn't have jobs, and stole to get drug money. I pressured my friends into trying it. That felt like such a long, emotional, life-changing 3 months. I was sad about ending highschool, and about how things turned out, and weed helped me cope. But by the end, I knew it was a problem that I couldn't take with me to college. I went to college, took myself very seriously and didn't do it at all... Until just before I left.

I was at college in Kansas City for 3 semesters, but changed my major and left basically on a whim, literally on the very last day. Thats a whole 'nother story, but weed eventually caught up with me again. Long story short, I did it increasingly more and more until I was smoking Kush (the strong stuff, I'll elaborate on that below) multiple times a day, spending thousands a year. I remember going to work high as a kite everyday during that summer; Since I was the only employee besides the store owner, I can't help but think he noticed but he never called me out on it. I also had to deal directly with customers; This was often difficult, and a few times I had to deal with people that I knew, and completely embarrassed myself. Looking back, I should have quit my job and gotten help.

Coming to today, I still smoke occasionally, but its manageable and not something I often desire to do anymore.

If this story seems dark, which wasn't my intention really, understand that weed is a drug, and like any drug (including coffee, natural chemicals like endorphins and prescription meds) can become addictive and life controlling.

Here are a few key points that you should know about weed, even if you never do it.
1. The kind sold today is much more potent than what was around 10,20 or 30 years ago. Its almost like a whole different drug, with a more euphoric high. Its also much more expensive ($20/gram vs $5-10/gram I used to pay in highschool). Its become more popular because it carries higher profit margins, and you need much less to get high.
2. There are 3 distinct and documented states of marijuana effect; Buzzed, high, and stoned. How you feel during them is very literal.
3. Marijuana is unique among drugs because it is not a pure stimulant, hallucinogen or depressant; It has mild effects of each and nearly no hangover, which is why its so popular
4. Marijuana is the biggest cash crop in the U.S., partly because of the aforementioned huge profit margins
5. In my experience, driving while high is much safer than while drunk, but should obviously still be avoided
6. While weed has pain & anxiety relieving effects and low risk of dependency, I firmly believe that it should not be considered a "medicine" due to how much it affects your perception and ability to focus safely
7. Patterns can seem easier to recognize while high. While visual hallucinations can happen, they are rare.

Well thats all I have to say about that, guys. Hope someone enjoyed this.


Also, on an unrelated note, I have been strongly considering taking a hiatus from posting on the Village (it won't be the first time I've thought about leaving, heh). So, consider this my formal statement of hiatus. I'm not leaving for good, i'll still check occasionally, and be back at some point, but there comes a time when you feel like everything that needs to be said has been said, and thats how I feel now (and yet still nothing has made it to BC's signature!). For over 10 years, this has been my little niche community, a place that grew up along with the internet, and nearly died with the downfall of message boards. Remember that after Fallout, our community was still bonded by our love for free thinking, creativity and writing, and thats why we still exist. What you say to a stranger on the internet, they may remember long after they've forgotten who you were. And for the handful of new members brought by the recent Fallout releases, enjoy yourself and despite the pitchforks and tangerines, everyone is welcome here. The bungie chord is real.


Unwashed Village / Re: Write something!
« on: April 14, 2016, 07:26:15 AM »
You guys want to hear kind of a funny story?

so, like most men with strong lifelong father figures I assume, I found a lot of inspiration in my father. There are certainly some things that I absolutely despise about the guy, but I know that parts of his character are permanently bound within my soul, and absolutely make me who I am. I always say that I take my best attributes from my mother, and worst attributes from my father.

Anyway, the story goes that my parents were struggling with their marriage about 10 years ago (and they continued too, but no one said marriage was easy!) so they went to a marriage counselor. I don't know all what was said at the meeting, but at some point the counselor (a woman) told my mother directly, with my father still in the room I presume, that this marriage would never work out and she should divorce him immediately. Just point blank right out loud. My father, being the hothead he is, angrily called her out on that; The counselor was divorced. So he exclaimed something to the extent of "What fucking right do you have to tell us how to run our marriage, when you can't even stay married yourself!?".

10 years later and they are still together in their original marriage, one of the few older couples I know that I can say that about. Growing up with parents who were married and divorced several times each, I guess its something he made a life-goal to avoid. Had he been a less-stubborn more thoughtful person, he may have accepted that professional's advice. But his results-oriented attitude, even to ideas that correlate to a life of misery, is something that still gives me a chuckle sometimes.

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