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You ever been to Discovery Cove, Platty? That’s a really cool park/place to check out. I went there once years ago when I was in Florida visiting family and it was a fun time.
No, but in a couple years we're planning to with both kids. Once my 3 year-old is old enough to do all the things there and remember it.

I've always heard it's a great day.

The reason we're here today is my 6 year-old got an up-close encounter with dolphins for his birthday. Not an in the pool thing, but a half hour doing tricks and such thing.

SeaWorld works well for our family. I get in free as a teacher. Just gotta renew each August, super-easy. Florida residents 5 years and younger on January 1 can get a free free yearly child pass. So for about $150/year my wife buys her pass and we're good.

All summer they have free beer for adults. They attempt to draw a mark on hands. It wipes off. Unlimited beer!
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2 hours ago, Plattym3 said:

No, but in a couple years we're planning to with both kids. Once my 3 year-old is old enough to do all the things there and remember it.

I've always heard it's a great day.

The reason we're here today is my 6 year-old got an up-close encounter with dolphins for his birthday. Not an in the pool thing, but a half hour doing tricks and such thing.

SeaWorld works well for our family. I get in free as a teacher. Just gotta renew each August, super-easy. Florida residents 5 years and younger on January 1 can get a free free yearly child pass. So for about $150/year my wife buys her pass and we're good.

All summer they have free beer for adults. They attempt to draw a mark on hands. It wipes off. Unlimited beer!

Nice! That’s a pretty good deal for a family of four to go have some fun whenever possible. I’ve been to Sea World twice and I remember liking it both times. 2nd time I went we went on the water ride they had and when we finished the guy asked if we wanted to go again since there weren’t many people in line. Of course we all said yes! Haha

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10 hours ago, eal said:

 Just because ANN did a bad job doesn’t mean there was no one with accusations to levy against him. False accusations or bad sources does not invalidate the genuine ones. This could go on forever and neither of us are gonna alter our views so I’ll just say that I apply my standards both ways and would like to see the accusations about Chris Sabat looked into after the Vic Mignogna situation is resolved (seeing as it was only dug up to be used in bad faith as a diversionary tactic). I noticed on Twitter that the ANN author of the Vic piece was bothered it wasn’t being talked about so maybe she’ll look into it.

As for Comicsgate, I didn’t compare KickVic to it, just commented that people are bored with it and are moving onto the next culture war outrage now that Meyer’s channel has turned into him giving mild complaints of a book instead of #$*!ing about the comic book industry like it’s an ex-girlfriend and making personal attacks towards writers (although he still keeps incorrectly saying the Ironheart writer got the job because of her hair tho!). And Ethan Van Sciver fleecing customers out of their money on three covers and a coin for the same 40 page comic that he’s a year late on. And between infighting and people leaving social media, there’s been a total collapse and KotakuinAction needs a new place to put their money to own the libs.

The reason why ANN's bad job is so important is they were the ones to really kick it off. People followed those bad leads instead of properly researching and vetting the sources. Then there was the Tumblr (was it?) where people could just submit accusations anonymously. It kept going down from there. Muddied waters like that lessen the seriousness and impact of real claims. If someone's crying for help, that cry can't be muffled by gossip and lulz. And I absolutely think Sabat needs to be looked into, but I doubt it will be a fair investigation. His claws are too deep in Funimation for him to get the boot. And that's a shame, because I've never liked his Piccolo and Vegeta. They sound practically alike anyway!

EVS is a YouTube personality now. Straight up. Tennapel is destroying him with two 9x12 books this year.  I can't hate Meyer for creating the books he wants to read. Some of the things he's said actually did have an effect. Marvel's staff has significantly toned down the polarizing political content and customer attacking. Things seem to be generally going well for independent creators. It's a good time to be one, but at what cost and is it sustainable? I just want to work on my books. I don't have enough time to do YouTube steams, pick a click, get others to fund my stuff, and so on.

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I went to a wedding today that I thought was going to suck but actually turned out well. A couple saw my Dragon Quest tattoo so we started talking about the series. Turns out the girl works at a Gamestop near me and another one of my old coworkers from the Gamestop I worked at was there as well. Good times talking about our time working there and video games in general. 

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38 minutes ago, Dwaine said:

And I absolutely think Sabat needs to be looked into, but I doubt it will be a fair investigation. His claws are too deep in Funimation for him to get the boot. And that's a shame, because I've never liked his Piccolo and Vegeta. They sound practically alike anyway!

EVS is a YouTube personality now. Straight up. Tennapel is destroying him with two 9x12 books this year.  I can't hate Meyer for creating the books he wants to read. Some of the things he's said actually did have an effect. Marvel's staff has significantly toned down the polarizing political content and customer attacking. Things seem to be generally going well for independent creators. It's a good time to be one, but at what cost and is it sustainable? I just want to work on my books. I don't have enough time to do YouTube steams, pick a click, get others to fund my stuff, and so on.

The problem with a potential investigation into Sabat is that he founded and runs OkraTron 5000, a studio that Funimation utilizes. It’s my understanding they have multiple studios, but losing access to one would be a severe blow for a company that specializes in quick, sometimes same-day dubs. And though Vic Mignogna is more over a superstar, Sabat is in everything, and he plays prominent roles for shows that are still popular and still come out. Most of Vic’s iconic roles are finished, aside from Broly, who mostly just screams and makes noises and grunts, so replacing that role won’t be particularly difficult. Unless an avalanche of women corroborate the casting couch claims, and not just an angry friend and disgruntled former employees, I doubt we’ll see anything come of this, which would be unfortunate if it was true.

I still watch Meyer’s videos. Not because I value his opinions (he probably dislikes, or is at least lukewarm, about the majority of the books I read), but because sometimes he says bizarre stuff about comics and I find them funny in an ironic sort of way. I don’t really care about his comics. Not my taste and if he wants to make them, I don’t care. At least he’s the most consistent person in CG. The reason eyes are off him now is simply because lately he’s only had very milquetoast things to say about creators so the shock value compared what he used to say is gone.

I think independent content is sustainable, personally. Comicsgate gave people the impression that crowdfunded books should be making six-figures, when really $10,000-40,000 is about right. I see a lot of stuff on Kickstarter and Indiegogo that do about that much. CG is just very clique-y and you need EVS to promote you, or else you won’t make nearly as much. Also, I hear Tennapel left CG on bad terms but I could never find the reason anywhere, just that he had a falling out.

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Sometimes I'll watch a Meyer video or two. I have him to thank for introducing me to Space Bandits and No One Left to Fight, which are great. That's actually one redeemable thing about Meyer. He's not afraid to praise an author he doesn't like personally. Sitterson really dug himself into a hole, but he came back with a fun book that has stellar art that's selling out. (It obviously started out as Dragon Ball fan fiction, but that doesn't make it any less fun.) I actually follow the artist for Space Bandits on Instagram, but he only posts his convention commissions in bursts.

Independent content IS sustainable if an audience is built with good, consistent work. Someone like Tennapel understands this. Meyer seems to have an actual business plan. Practically everything else sounds very similar to the Image boom. Lots of creators, lots of money, but they all crashed and burned before they had enough content for one trade. It sounds easy enough to be tempting. Align yourself with these people and your project is funded and then some. I just don't want to build my audience like that. Don't wanna be part of a movement or labeled. I want everyone who wants to read a fun story and likes cool artwork to check it out. I don't feel entitled to my audience's money. The only Kickstarters and Indiegogos I'll back are from trusted creators or projects where the book just needs printing/distribution.

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I’m not sure what to make of this news. KFC is making a dating game where you romance Colonel Sanders.

https://www.siliconera.com/2019/09/10/i-love-you-colonel-sanders-a-finger-lickin-good-dating-simulator-will-let-people-date-the-colonel/

 

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13 minutes ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

I’m not sure what to make of this news. KFC is making a dating game where you romance Colonel Sanders.

https://www.siliconera.com/2019/09/10/i-love-you-colonel-sanders-a-finger-lickin-good-dating-simulator-will-let-people-date-the-colonel/

 

Just when you think you have seen everything in life. What a time we live in.

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I was supposed to close on my house today but the loan office didn't have everything ready so we got pushed back to tomorrow. I took a day off of work for this and they delayed us to later today before canceling. The lesson I learned is that if something doesn't go the way you plan, especially if it's out of your control, is to just breath and don't act rashly. Time for some video games.

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2 hours ago, Twinkie said:

Just when you think you have seen everything in life. What a time we live in.

We live in a world where you can date birds in a visual novel. I’m not surprised.

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10 minutes ago, eal said:

We live in a world where you can date birds in a visual novel. I’m not surprised.

Yeah, but a mascot dating sim that is actually published by said company? KFC is a game publisher now.

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23 minutes ago, Twinkie said:

Yeah, but a mascot dating sim that is actually published by said company? KFC is a game publisher now.

I hope there’s a colonel based on every actor/person who portrayed them in the commercials.

Give me Reba Colonel or give me nothing. It won’t get me to play the game, but I still want to see it happen.

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19 minutes ago, YangustheLegendaryBandit said:

I hope there’s a colonel based on every actor/person who portrayed them in the commercials.

Give me Reba Colonel or give me nothing. It won’t get me to play the game, but I still want to see it happen.

It can't be a good dating sim without options.

It is going to be one of those throw away games for Youtubers. So I won't play it. If they make a KFC DOOM clone, then I might play it.

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2 hours ago, Twinkie said:

Yeah, but a mascot dating sim that is actually published by said company? KFC is a game publisher now.

Maybe I should work at KFC for the "game industry experience"

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I’m at the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience. It’s a pretty nuts show. I thought they were just playing music to the show with some scenes in the backdrop but they’re basically going through the whole show beginning to end.

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35 minutes ago, Democrobot said:

Maybe I should work at KFC for the "game industry experience"

More importantly you can find out what all the secret herbs and spices are.

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I’m hoping the car dealership will give me a call tomorrow or Friday about my car. On Monday some weird technical glitches were going on as I was driving to work (sound from the stereo system completely went off regardless of radio/CD, air conditioning kept going on and off, etc.) and then when leaving work on Monday I could barely get my car out of park to start driving it. Tuesday morning, had to get my car jump started and drove straight to the dealership. Turns out the alternator was going bad, which explained all the voltage related problems. Luckily my extended warranty covers getting it replaced, so now I’m just waiting for the magic phone call.

I’m glad this car conundrum happened now instead of in the winter. Now that could have been bad! 🥶

 

Other than that, I’ve been enjoying Chrono Cross’ soundtrack the last few days since it’s now up on iTunes. Few years back I bought a physical copy off Amazon but it ended up being a bootleg, with disc 3 not even working. So needless to say, I’m SUPER happy the soundtrack is available digitally, as I really loved the music of Chrono Cross. In my opinion, it has the best soundtrack on the PS1, particularly in terms of sound quality.

Yasunori Mitsuda did a wonderful job, with songs like “The Dead Sea,” “Shore of Dreams,” “The Bend of Time,” “Zelbess,” “The Girl Who Stole the Stars,” “Marbule (Homeworld),” and “Fate -Divine Destiny,”  being some of my favorites.

And that credits theme, “Radical Dreamers -Le Tresor Interdit-“ sung by Noriko Mitose, is just beautiful. No idea what she’s saying since it’s in Japanese, but I feel not knowing the language doesn’t hurt the song’s meaning/sound. First time I heard it when I finished the game, it got me teary eyed.

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Healing up slow and steady. Looking at getting an official tutoring certificate once I heal up.

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4 hours ago, DrippySlimeStar said:

I'm officially a homeowner! The last hour of work before our closing I wanted to puke.

Congrats! House party at your place! I'll bring the soup

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I got Parsec up and running so now I can play N64 games with online multiplayer

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I finally got my car back, thank goodness! The loaner car was fine, but it didn’t ride nearly as smooth as mine and had some weird features to it with how the wipers and lights worked.

The dealership seems to think it was a voltage problem but in all their test drives they never saw anything out of the ordinary. They didn’t discredit anything I told them/showed them about what it was doing, so the plan now is to drive it as normal and if it starts to act funny again I need to take it back as soon as possible. The head of the service desk (which luckily is a guy I’ve known for years) told me he thinks there still may be a voltage issue, but after getting the corrosion off the battery and checking everything else that now the care should be fine.

I’m really happy to have my car back regardless though. Hopefully there won’t be any more weird BS that happens to it for a long time.

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I’ve been watching some hockey and King of Fighters matches throughout the day while exploring in Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The Chicago Blackhawks will be playing at 4 the, so I’m hoping they’ll have a good game against the Detroit Red Wings.

One KoF match that got me hyped was this one from EVO Japan 2019, where the player on the left, Blackwell’s ET, made one hell of a comeback with Oswald in the last round.

Not gonna lie, that comeback and the fact it was with Oswald (who is one of my favorite KoF characters) just made me go like this:

 

 

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