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Spam / Re: The Mobile Games Thread
« on: 2017-05-14 17:21:59 »
There's a game called Another Eden that looks interesting, but isn't available outside of Japan yet (short of shenanigans to access the Japanese Google Play).  It's relevant to my interests because a couple of of the staff members also worked on Chrono Trigger (which has a pretty bad always-online touchscreen-controls-only mobile port itself) and it borrows a lot of story elements, mechanics, and graphical theming from Chrono Trigger. (see relevant posts from /r/chronotrigger)

Mostly, though, the stuff I play on my phone only extends to short-session puzzle games (and Pixel Dungeon).  I recently beat 2048 (in the original 4x4 grid, I'm aware there are versions with larger grids), and am close to the achievements for playing the daily Flow Free/Flow Free: Bridges/Flow Free: Hexes puzzles for every day for a year, having already finished all the free puzzles and deciding not to spend my money on the paid puzzles.

Uninstalled Miitomo recently, it's just not fun.  Answering the same questions over and over gets kind of boring, and they only add outfit pieces that I'm actually interested in on a very infrequent basis.

As for the viability of mobile phones and tablets as a gaming platform, I won't say it can't work, but I will say that it's definitely not suited to some genres.  In general, though, I'd prefer to have a device that's designed specifically for gaming (or, for computers, built with gaming in mind) to one whose primary purpose is something else and just has gaming shoehorned in.

In that regard, I do feel like touchscreens are very well suited for puzzle games, and this is why there's a lot of them on mobile platforms.  Being a fan of puzzle games, I can't really complain.

Animation / Re: I'm Trash, Someone Tell Me What to Watch
« on: 2017-05-09 22:47:15 »
Boku no Pico.

« on: 2017-04-18 05:05:49 »
So bwbScram and I were telling people about this at Littlejohn's a while back, but couldn't find the review for whatever reason.

It's one of the reviews for Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton, VA.

News / Account Registration disabled for now
« on: 2017-03-28 06:09:54 »
Too many spam bots, and I need sleep.

« on: 2017-03-01 02:52:09 »
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Spam / Re: Flash thread
« on: 2017-02-25 22:49:08 »
Windows RG is perhaps the quintessential Windows parody from back in the day.

Spam / Re: Test post please ignore
« on: 2017-02-25 22:31:47 »
This one wordfilter was matching itself, which resulted in it getting re-applied every time a post it got applied to was edited.

As funny as that is, I'm fixing it.


Edit: editing to make sure my fix worked

Edit 2: yay it worked

Edit 3: Why does SMF apply word filters when saving the post as opposed to when it constructs the page?  That would have made this a non-issue.  lulzbb did it the latter way, rather than the former.

Edit 4: fix was a fairly standard wordfilter dodge method

I decided at some point a long time ago that Mizuhara Koyomi from Azumanga Daioh was mai waifu, but then I almost instantly got out of the whole waifu thing and the whole "Yomi is mai waifu" thing just sort of stuck.  There was a brief moment after K-On! came out where Mio was a possibility (and I bought the Alter figure of her lol), but then Azu-nyan happened and to be honest moeblob series = all characters designed to be as waifable as possible, just in different ways, so I dropped the whole thing.

Sup, thread with long, well-written posts that have a lot of thought put into them.  Have one of my characteristically concise and to the point replies.

INtellectual Exploration / Re: Food and Cooking Thread
« on: 2017-02-04 21:05:53 »
Hard-boiled eggs are deceptively easy.  You just need a pot, some eggs, and water.  No fuss with vinegar or poking a hole in the egg shell first, and no stirring or any kind of guesswork.  Best part: same directions work for both electric and gas ranges.  I'm unsure about induction since I've never used a magnetic induction cooktop, but generally speaking it should be almost identical since you really just need to boil water.
  • Put eggs in the pot.  The number you can put in the pot is dependent on the size of the eggs and the diameter of the pot, they need room to move around.  I'd say no more than four at a time, for most pots and eggs.
  • Add enough cold water to the pot to cover the eggs, plus a bit extra.
  • Put on stove, turn on to high heat.
  • When the water starts boiling, cover and turn off the heat (but leave the pot on the burner), and start a 10 minute timer.
  • After those 10 minutes, remove the eggs from the pot and place in a bowl of ice cold water for a while, this stops them from continuing to cook.
We use cold water and heat it to boiling with the eggs already in the pot so that the eggs warm up with the water, thus, the shells won't crack.  When prepared this way, they won't overcook, so you won't end up with grey crap around the yolks.

You can store them as-is until you need them, though you should probably mark the container as containing hard-boiled eggs just to avoid confusion later.  An easy way to tell the difference between a hard-boiled egg and an uncooked egg is to spin it on the counter, then use your finger to briefly stop it from spinning.  An uncooked egg will resume spinning after you lift your finger, since the yolk and white are still moving inside (yay physics), whereas a hard-boiled egg will stay stopped since it's one solid mass (also yay physics).

A logical thing to do with hard-boiled eggs is make deviled eggs, for which you'll need mustard (preferably spicy brown mustard) and paprika (or smoked paprika).  You could also simply slice them and toss them onto a salad or something, but deviled eggs are awesome so let's cover those.  Each egg will make two deviled eggs, so keep this in mind.
  • Carefully peel a hard-boiled egg.  There will be a hollow spot inside, this is an easy place to start peeling (and it's conveniently in a predictable spot every time).  Rolling the egg on a plate or cutting board while gently applying pressure can also pre-crack the shell without damaging the egg.  Gently squeezing the exposed egg can loosen up the shell as well.  It pays to go slowly and carefully with this, so take your time and do it right.
  • Make sure the egg is cleaned of little bits of shell.  I do this by placing the egg in a bowl of water and gently wiping its surface with my fingers, but you could use running water in your sink for this.
  • Slice the egg in half along the longest dimension.
  • Carefully remove the yolk from each half of the egg and put it into a bowl.  In most cases you can gently push it out from below, careful usage of a spoon can also aid you in extracting the yolk.  Don't worry if there's tiny bits of yolk stuck to the white when you're done, this is normal.
  • Repeat the above for all eggs that you intend to turn into deviled eggs.
  • Add mustard to the bowl of yolk and mix them together thoroughly.  I use a fork for this, it works well since the yolk is a lot thicker than the mustard, so you need to mash the two together moreso than stir.  I find that the ideal yolk:mustard ratio is close to 1:1.  You can definitely end up adding too much mustard, so start small and add small amounts until it Just Looks Right™.  If you make deviled eggs regularly, you'll get a feel for it.
  • Place yolk/mustard mixture back into the egg halves, it should heap up since you added mustard.
  • Sprinkle paprika on top.
  • om nom nom.

To The Moon is a pretty decent English-language VN, available on Steam.  5-6 hours and feels.

Animation / Re: Gateway Anime Discussion
« on: 2017-02-02 23:13:20 »
For me it wasn't so much one show as it was a progression of things. Toonami shows like DragonBall Z and Gundam Wing were the beginning, but then they got other stuff like Tenchi Muyo and Outlaw Star. I eventually discovered that fansubs and new anime were a thing. I don't really remember how it progressed from there, but it was a random mishmash of word of mouth series discovery and burned CDs and barely functional codec packs. Eventually the whole thing got organized with these charts of new anime for each season, which were often hilariously inaccurate but still generally useful.

Spam / Re: shitpost central
« on: 2017-02-02 21:07:20 »

Spam / Re: shitpost central
« on: 2017-02-02 21:01:19 »

Spam / shitpost central
« on: 2017-02-02 20:58:08 »
Nobody posts on the forums because the forums aren't active, but the forums aren't active because nobody posts on them.

The issue plagues any new forum and has no simple or easy solution since each forum's community is different.

Maybe I'm in too rational of a mood to be shitposting.

Uh... let's see...


News / Re: Rules thread
« on: 2016-10-31 05:40:23 »
I seriously don't think we need admin approval anymore, the "two new accounts" you mentioned were in addition to the ones I'd been catching and banning on a case-by-case basis after my initial set of bans got the majority of them, and I just hadn't checked in a while.  The influx of new spam accounts is a lot slower than it once was.

Take a look at the ban list sometime, you'll see I've been regularly adding to it since my last post.  We really should ban every single spammer, rather than just deleting their accounts.

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