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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

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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

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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.

Something

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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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.)

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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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqkZXNZwZq4) 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.

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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.

Experience

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.

Thoughts
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.

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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.

-Killmod

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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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Unwashed Village / Re: What's going on in your life?
« on: April 12, 2016, 07:06:25 PM »
So due to a couple of reasons, one of which was my own lack of initiative for finding the right deadline, I found out today that I can no longer go to Japan with my school in May (for credit). This is a huge deal to me, I have been planning to go for over a year and have been telling everyone of my plans. What a fucking bummer, i'm not even sure how to feel right now. My major requires me to earn credit internationally to graduate.  The next trip is to Dubai and Abu Dhabi in January, which could be really interesting, but wasn't my first choice. I'm going to have to decide on that (and probably won't have a choice).

I started seeing a school counselor too, to get some things off my chest, and help me move on being more independent from my family.

I'd love to spend some time, a year or less, somewhere else. Lately I've been feeling like everything I do is for someone else, or "my" decisions are dependent on other people. Everything feels like a rat race, and I feel guilty or unconfident trying to do what I really want or what I'm most competent at.

I've been thinking about when I'm going to buy a house too. I'd like to be on my way by the time I'm 30, but that may be a stretch.

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Unwashed Village / FEELIN' THE BERN 2016
« on: April 12, 2016, 05:47:14 PM »
 8) 8) :P :P :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: ;D ;D
the bernWHO ELSE IS REALLY FEELIN' IT
the bern
 :D :D :D :D :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

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Unwashed Village / Re: What's going on in your life?
« on: April 09, 2016, 06:41:32 AM »
I just want a cute (thick) hipster girl, who gets coffee with me, appreciates my love for old Volvos and IKEA, and is smarter than me. Smart enough to argue with me and tell me why i'm wrong.  Oh, and is willing to put up with my quirks long term. Other than these i'm not too picky. I guess thats too much to ask for.

Heres something I wrote for an Ex but I never really plan on sending her. I got the idea from Dale Cernegie (a fellow Missourian), you guys should try it.

I never told you that I loved you, but I felt it. Love is an energy that comes and goes. In my case, it goes away pretty slowly. I think this is because its so hard for me to accept love in the first place. I still feel the love for you and other people, lingering. Just because you break up with someone and don't talk again for years (or ever again) doesn't mean the love goes away too. Now i'm mature enough to understand that love can influence without controlling.

I think that love is a very human emotion. I mean, smart animals like Dogs don't really feel it. They feel respect, joy, loyalty and can even replicate love in their face, but they don't understand the concept of love, and how it is not always a positive emotion. I think that this difference is distinctly human. (and by the way, being away from dogs for the past few months has showed me how much that I fucking hate them). I take back what I said about animals; Dolphins might understand love. (Also, I wish loveshack were here to read this)


PS I bought and have been driving a 2001 Geo Metro (Read: Toyotta Corolla) its such a cheap piece of shit. I need another Volvo in my life.

What the fuck is going on in everyone else's life?

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Unwashed Village / Re: What games have you been playing latly?
« on: April 08, 2016, 04:40:51 AM »
I haven't had much time to play anything lately.
I did buy Pokemon Yellow after it was released for 3Ds.
The first generation (gen 1) of the series is amazingly simple, yet engaging. (yellow is the definitive game over red and blue)

I played a lot of Terraria for a few months, but I've gotten bored with it after I got the rocket boots and could fly to the islands in the sky. Comparing it to Minecraft isn't really fair because, although they have some core similarities, they are very different games.

Does anyone have a Xbox One or Ps4? How do you like it?

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