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    I've been progressively watching Season 3 of Legend of Korra over the past week and I finally finished it over the last week. My thoughts below (delicious, spoilery thoughts):

    Called it on the "evil" application of Air bending. I figured that if Blood bending was a thing, sucking the air out of someone's lungs would be shown eventually.

    I was surprised that they actually killed off characters in a way that was completely known to the whole cast. Season 1 and 2 didn't really have any deaths per se, excluding the final scene of Season 1, whereas they went the whole hog in taking down the Red Lotus group.

    Lava bending seemed stupid until I realised that it made sense for Bolin as he was descended from both Fire and Earth parents. It does make it seem a little silly though as they'll now have to come up with a brand new type of special bending for Air (aside from Zehir's flying) to balance everything out.

    Overall, I enjoyed it although the shorter seasons as opposed to the original Last Airbender are becoming incredibly formulaic. I was disappointed that the whole spirits living in the real world didn't really change much on the whole.

    TLDR: Quietly optimistic for Season 4 but hopefully they try a few new things that aren't a bit generic.

      Season 3 was great. Better than the second by a mile. I really enjoy Korra, not as life changing as The original series but it brings a lot to the table and is genuinely fun to watch.

        Out of all of Korra, I'm leaning towards season 2 more as my favourite. The story was more in my ballpark as my favourite part of Last Airbender was the finale of Season 1 with the attack on the Northern Water Tribe.

        Season 3 was very good although (mild spoiler for those who haven't finished it)

        I'm getting a little sick of Nickelodeon ending seasons on cliffhangers for the world at large. If they had full 24 episode seasons I think it wouldn't be so bad.

          For me s2 had 2 episodes that were animated flawlessly and were perfect, then the rest of the story was ridiculous and over the top. Seriously giant blue fighting korra was dumb and so out of line with what the show had been doing.
          just my opinion though

            All of the episodes before those two were done by Studio Pierrot. Those two (and most of the remainder of the season) were handled by Studio Mir. Mir has done all of the rest of the show.

            The difference in quality is ridiculous. Nickelodeon has really done as much as they can to screw with Korra, including rushing production and forcing them to use an inferior production studio.

            The release schedule for season 3 followed by the switch to online only was nuts. On the plus side, there's basically no wait for season 4. On the less plus side, that probably means season 4 is the end of Avatar.

            Oh I agree. I liked everything up to that last point because it kinda felt more doom and gloom type of fate of the world story. S1 and S3 didn't really get that for me.

            I'm also a sucker for Varrick antics so S2 was fine by me.

      I read your spoiler because after watching season 1 of Korra I decided I wasn't really into it because it felt all really humdrum mechanical compared to the excitement of discovery that Avatar possessed, but after reading your post (despite having stuff spoiled for me) I think I might give it another go.

        Season 1 was a little bland and it didn't help that the main villain was very, very generic (also voiced by Steve Blum so it took me out of it a litte). Season 2 was where it changed me back to liking the Avatar world again.

        I don't want to give away too much but there are two episodes of Season 2 that are stand-outs for me and I think you'll really enjoy them.

          Considering that there are really only two good episodes of Season 2, it doesn't take much to guess which ones you're talking about. :p

      How brutal was the death of that fire bender (the one that can explode things with her mind. I forget her name). I honestly didn't expect to ever see someones head explode in a Nickelodeon cartoon

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        Yeah no kidding. I saw the metal cover her head and my first thought was that is a terrifying way to go.

        The water bender getting electrocuted was pretty in your face as well which was surprising as you don't expect Nickolodeon to do that at all.

        That was fucking brutal. I was fairly shocked by that.

          And then her friend was fairly shocked by Mako. #everypageispage6

            I was kinda gla that mako used lighting bending, I mean its shown in like the second episode of the first season that he could do it on cue so why wouldnt he do it, maybe he didnt want to kill?

              He's done it in combat only once or twice. I think it's pretty much a last measure attack.

                Which does make sense i guess because you dont know the damage it can do.

      The fandom was speculating that Bolin would get lava bending for pretty much the whole season. Also, it's closer to water bending than to fire bending (changing the heat/form of the thing they're bending is bread and butter to water benders).
      They also really don't have to balance out advanced techniques. Water bending started off with ice/steam bending, healing and then got blood bending added to it. Fire bending only has lightning bending. Earth bending has metal bending and now lava bending. Air bending has flight and possibly spirit projection. If anything, fire bending is the one that needs to catch up.
      As for the actual season, it's the best one of Korra by a long shot. I really enjoyed it.

        They do have combustion bending (the sparky sparky boom thing) although that seems to be an ultra-rare genetic thing rather than just training. I do agree that Fire needs something to make it cool again and I'm betting the Zuko has a few new tricks now that he is a super-old badass.

        The spirit projection just seems to be connected to anyone with a strong tie to the spirit world. It doesn't seem to be tied to a particular bending. On a side note, I love that they brought Iroh back for a little bit.

        True, I hadn't thought that about lava and water synergy. Makes me wonder if the next season will have some sort of quasi-Avatar person who can also combine elements in various ways.

          I forgot combustion bending. That was silly of me.
          Only Jinora has shown off the spirit projection thing. Everyone else they've shown has only been able to meditate to get into the spirit world, they haven't been able to astral project and see things in spirit form in the real world.
          They actually introduced the concept back in season 2 of TLA. When Iroh taught Zuko how to protect himself against lightning, he said that he developed it based on water bending techniques. They bring it up again in season 3 when Zuko teaches it to Aang.

            They hinted that Iroh may have had some sort of spirit ability as he could see spirits even when he was in the real world. Aside from that though, it's really up in the air about what is possible and there could even be a lion-turtle that teaches spirit bending. Heck, removing someone's bending was just an extremely advanced application of water/blood bending so anything could happen.

            Yeah I remember that episode with the lightning redirection. It'll be interesting to see what else comes up with bending crossovers.

              Zhao explicitly said that Iroh had been to the spirit world. Removing bending was using blood bending to make the chi-blocking tricks permanent. It just goes to show how clever you can be when you start working out how this stuff can be applied.

      I tried to get into it when it first started airing but I couldn't make it through the first episode, something just seemed really off about it all. Felt very disconnected from the first one (which I really liked).

      I guess I should give it another go at some point, since the first series was pretty rough at the outset as well IIRC.

        The main thing that the Last Airbender has over Korra is that they have so much more time to develop the story. Korra feels rushed occasionaly but it has trimmed the fat a lot and there is barely any filler, unlike the Last Airbender which had more than a few "nothing happens" episodes.

    Favourite shows on TV at the moment?

    True Detective! Orange is the New Black! House of Cards! Mad Men! Game of Thrones!


    But the best of them all? The Leftovers. I'm in love. It feels like a more deftly written Lost. (Nothing about the premise is familiar, Lindelof has just learnt some things since then.)

      Also, really love Josh Thomas' Please Like Me. It's brilliant. Which is a rare thing to say about Australian TV.

        Please like me has converted me, its the exact tv show i would want to make. Its clever and so well written and acted. I mean josh and his mate in the house are besties in real life so thats why their chemistry is so good but all the other aussie actors are fantastic. Best show to come out of australia in a long long long time.

          It blew my mind that his mother in the show is Pippa from Home & Away's formative years.


          Not that I used to watch. *cough*

            And their friend who is female and super tan played rachael on neighbours and also a girl in the sleepover club, also didnt watch those two shows.

              Oh yeah, I love Caitlin Stasey! Though her twitter scares me slightly!

                Shes the bees knees i had a crush on her for AGES

                  I like her accent and the way she speaks her mind. She's coooool.

        I want to like it, I really do.
        I just can't stand Josh Thomas >:(
        Everything else about the show is fine, I just can't watch Josh freaking Thomas without getting unreasonably annoyed >:(

          Not your show then, friend. This is all Josh Thomas, all of the time. If it's any thing solace, he's supposed to be somewhat abrasive and self-obsessed.

            I just hate (in the show) his stupid voice, stupid whispy hair, stupid face, stupid choice of clothing, stupid personality, stupid luck (I'm straight, yet I get this hell handsome boyfriend without trying), and basically everything about him >:(

            He is just so unlikeable, which is a shame, cause I actually like the story of the show, and the other actors.

              Were you a fan of Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation at all?

              Nothing but Shaun Micallef ragging on Josh, it was great :P

      True Detective! Sons of Anarchy! I'd also say Mad Men, but I've fallen a couple of seasons behind with that show.

      Almost all of my favourite shows have endings.

      Is TV really still being made?

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        Some might say we've entered a golden age! Would you like me to sing a song about it?

          This golden age started in 1999 with The Sopranos.

          But... yes. Sing your song.

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            I would go back to The X-Files!


            Aaron Spelling pioneered the thing,
            Now there's TV's praise to sing,
            Lots of good stuff on the air,
            You best believe I care.

            That's all I've got for now. Coming to Broadway in 2015.

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              Can't stand that show. Sorry!

              Edit: I tried to watch it for the first time recently. Maybe it just didn't age well.

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                Don't have to like it, just the way it was cast and shot that makes it the start of the golden age for me. :D

              I've been watching a lot of X-Files lately. So good!

      Sons of Anarchy.. That's like it that's on TV atm that I watch.

      Fast N' Loud is too, but I don't watch that for the enthralling in depth story that the show is very strong in, I just watch it for the pretty cars.

      True Detective was so good. I reeeeally hope they have ladies in the next series.

        So good right, i was talking about it on friday and the whole show just created a feeling of unease, but you couldnt turn away from it. The mix of amazing characters interacting and a great story to push it all forward was just sublime.

      I'm ashamed to admit it, but Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23. I'm a little smitten with Dreama Walker! :0

        Yay, another Don't Trust the Bitch fan! :D
        Krysten Ritter is so good!
        Such a funny show!

      Mad Men fo sho'.

      I'm up to episode 11 of Season 1, and I'm in love. I have been tried to combing my hair like Jon Hamm to try and gleam some of his coolness onto my own head.

        Now to start the drinking problem!

      Nothing! Shameless US doesn't come back until January! D:

        What were your thoughts on the ending of the last episode to air? (S04E12)

          Spoilers for S04E12 (final)
          I can't really remember much of it to be honest. That was where Frank gets better, right? I thought it was a bit of a cop-out, but ultimately I'm glad because he's a pretty important character. A horrible person, but I like the character :P

          Can't remember anything else that happens! If you jog my memory I could comment more thoroughly.

            Yeah, no, that's what I was getting at. Total cop-out. I get that he's central to the show it just felt cheap. And yeah, I love his "antics" but sooner or later he has to get his comeuppance. I mean, eventually we have to stop rooting for Walter White and start rooting for Skyler. :P

      Supernatural! The story of two hunky men whose love knows no bounds and their emotional battles with a high..... I mean monsters and demons and slaying action.... *cough*

      The Strain is the only thing currently (as in new episodes, I'm a big fan of a lot of the shows mentioned) running that I'm digging.

        I'm way behind with that. Only seen up to 1x03. D:

        I love the Strain. Up to Episode 8. Abraham Setrakian is one of my favourite tv characters at the moment.

          He is a very good adaptation of the prof van helsing character, definitely one of the best that try to emulate the Dracula mythos.

          Ooh the first book was SO good. I never got around to reading the second, but I'm pretty keen to watch the show sometime.

      I ended up really loving Leftovers. The last two episodes were near perfect. (spoilers for those two follow)
      At first I was thinking the flashback episode was unneccessary as we already knew most of that stuff already from little flashes and conversations, but actually seeing the context of all the disappearances and realising the connection of them all being unwanted at the very second of the Departure was pretty powerful. The final episode was a good finale as well, in that it rounded up nicely in case there wasn't going to be a second season, but still left questions. Smart.

        Loved how the mother screamed Jill. Felt so damn pained. She knew that the Guilty Remnant were as good as over. Loved the whole Nora Durst narration that seemed like a suicide note, only to reveal that it was Lori who was walking to the ocean. Great, great ending.

          I was just reading up a little on it, and apparently the first season covers the entirety of the book (which I guess is why it finishes nicely) and the second season will be completely uncharted territory. So now I'm scared the second season will suck.

            Oh, that's very, very cool. The co-creator of the show is the author of the book, so I think it will be in safe hands. And I'm happy I won't have to avoid book spoilers every where now. Worst case scenario? It won't be as good, atleast we have a near flawless first season. :)

      Watching Eureka at the moment. I really like that show but last touch with it when I had way too many shows to watch. Mrs Tigs bought the rest of the season the other day so watching it all from the start.

      Haven't really had any show jump out recently as a must watch, schedule is all over so haven't been watching much on a regular basis

        Loved the first few seasons of Eureka. We bought the first season on DVD for my daughter for Christmas last year and she was an instant addict. :D

      Totally hardly watch anything any more. Mainly because the shows we *did* watch all got pushed around the place then went to other channels then they stopped marking the repeats as repeats and we just cbf trying any more :P

      Last Leg is pretty great. And I finally watched the first episode of this season of Dr Who on Saturday.

      Also I like Suits, but we've fallen behind and need to track down what we were up to.

    Cannot stop laughing at Greg Norman even though I shouldn't be.

    He put a picture on instagram of himself taking a chainsaw to some trees on one of his properties with the caption "Never let others do what you can do yourself." Nice sentiment.

    Next day another picture comes up of him in hospital after nearly cutting his arm off with the chainsaw.

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      he was mad at his arm for only winning one major

      (golf jokes no one gets)

      Can obviously tell he didn't attend the 2 day safety course to obtain his chainsaw operators ticket. Pfft.

    Morning Taybies, how are we all?
    Saturday night i got to try a game of Star citizen co op Vanduul Swarm with @rize, got one game in before they turned off the private servers due to load issues (aaaahhh alpha) and holy Shish kebab was it amazing! Combat is soooo gooood in that game now... Sunday i didn't get to do any gaming due to helping my sister in law with moving, which suuuucked but oh well... How was your weekend?

    @negativezero and any other tech heads...

    any suggestions on where to buy a cheap Microsoft Office 2013 professional licence from?

    legit, no dodgy dreamspark copy...

      Can't you subscribe to office for $10 a month? Granted, that's $10 a month on an ongoing basis and you have to use One Drive, but the software will always be up to date and it beats paying hundreds of dollars in a single hit.

      PCCG have it for $425. RPP in Australia is $600. Legit retail copy.

      I haven't had to pay for Office in nearly five years (have a complete MSDN license for personal use) so I'm not sure where is a good spot to get it legit any more, haven't had to do comparative shopping.

      If I didn't get stuff through MSDN I'd probably just go Office 365 personally. I don't really use anything in the suite for personal stuff except occasionally Excel.

        negs can you look at this?

        PC download comes up at $399

        PC Key Card comes up at $299... whats the difference?

      Can you get access via your work and the Microsoft Home Use Program?

      Assuming you work for someone else...

    Morning, TAY!

    Over the weekend I played a lot of games \o/ Dishonored is still a pretty cool guy. I was basically forced to play it because my Internet got disconnected by a technician somehow /o\ No Minecraft.

    Luckily I managed to download the Smash Bros 3DS demo before my internet died. It's pretty fun! Villager is the best character. I really enjoy the little mini-game of planting a tree, watering it and then chopping it down to fall on top of someone. So rewarding when you get that big hit! Just the idea of fighting by growing a tree in the arena then chopping it down is great. (And of course, I set it up so that the demo shows up when I streetpass people today. Hope to make some people jealous :P)

    Also, cooking dinner for my Mum tonight. Must not fail. Must impress. Must show her how to properly cook a damn steak :P

      If you fail she'll make you move back home! D:

      Also, Hyperule Warriors comes out this week!? Hype! ...rule. I forgot it was so close!

      Oh, also also: I watched Cloud Atlas over the weekend. Pretty cool movie! I really liked how each actor had multiple roles. Some I didn't even recognise until the end credits!

      Then rewatched The Fifth Element because I was in a sci-fi mood and couldn't watch Doctor Who due to no Internet D:

        Loved Cloud Atlas so much. Love those anthology kind of dealies.

          I really liked it. Every story was entertaining and it was cool how they connected. A task to keep up with everything going on though!

      Must show her how to properly cook a damn steak :PPray tell, how does one do this? :P

      *prepares to judge you*

        Haha I was going to ask the same thing.

        *prepares to offer helpful tips if needed*

        If it's not brown all the way through it's still raw...

          And if it is, then it's a ruined piece of meat and should get thrown in the bin :P

        Anything that doesn't require a chainsaw to cut through is an improvement.

      Forced to play one of the greatest games of (at least) the last few years? How horrible.

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    Last night I watched Chronicle. It's actually kind of not terrible. Especially when you consider that it's a found footage superhero movie.

    I only ended up watching it because it was written by the guy that did this summary of Death and Return of Superman.

    Annoyingly, Chronicle has a lot of elements from a story I tried to write once. So, at least I know that there's no point working on that ever again. Also it's confirmation that telekinesis is just a great blank slate superpower to work with.

      Dane DeHaan is a great actor!

      I really enjoyed it but I feel the ending was extremely rushed, I think they should of taken the Unbreakable approach and not tried to give such a definitive ending.

        Unbreakable. <3

        I hear that Unbreakable was just act one of a three act script. It's the only part that Shyamalan liked so he cut the rest.

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          It's probably for the best. If there's one thing the world doesn'tneed it's an excuse for Shyamalan to make more movies.

            I want more Sixth Sense to The Village era Shyamalan movies, though. :'(

              A film exec somewhere said that exact same thing right before we got The Happening, despite the fact they'd seen Lady in the Water.

              Still waiting on someone to make that rumoured Last Airbender movie though.

          yeah this is apparently what happened, and it worked really well, you dont need a 3 act super hero movie for it to work, an origin story can be amazing self contained.

        Apparently a sequel is in the works for Chronicle with different writers. I thought it was pretty self-contained. Not sure how the hell they make a sequel to it.

          I guess the origin of their powers wasn't really explained past they went near a space rock, so there is that to work with, someone finds another rock like it and the survivor from the first film has to stop them, or you know completely balls it up and do whatever they want ha

            I don't the powers really needed explanation. The movie was about how the characters developed after they got their powers.

            That's why I don't like the idea of a sequel. I just don't see how to continue the story in a thematically similar way without retreading the same ground.

              Oh yeah I agree, I'm just suggesting where they could go with a sequel.

    Any one watching season five of Boardwalk Empire? Really feels like a reboot. Perfect time to jump on board if you're not keen to watch the first four seasons.

      The season 3 finale was a perfect end point to the show for me. I tried watching some of season 4 but it never really clicked the same way for me.

        I liked how the show reinvented itself in season four, but can see why you opted out after that finale!

        You said the same about season 2 :P

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          I may have meant season 2. I get confused.

            It all tends to blur together. XD Couldn't pin point exact events to exact seasons. :S

      Shame it's the final season. But it's set in the great depression so it should be interesting.

        Best thing about this season so far is Patricia Arcquette with such a prominent role. I love her. :D

    Morning TAY.

    So Saturday I caved and bought a Destiny PS4 bundle, really enjoying it so far just got to level 8 on a hunter last night. I'm very impressed with the skies and visuals in general, however I need to get used to playing shooters on a controller : /

    Former PC master race, now I'm a filthy console peasant with no friends on PSN :( plz send hugs.

      I too am a master race fps guy but am enjoying Destiny a lot, except for breaking my controller's trigger the other day. Piat420 if you want to add me, also check out the Kotaku AU clan for Destiny, lots of activity there.

      You can add me, I s'pose... :)
      PSN = liondrive
      I'm a level 15 Hunter, though I'm starting my subclass, so don't have any abilities at the moment (it's making everything super hard).

        Oh god, I felt the same way. No grenade? NO DOUBLE-JUMP?!
        On the plus side, any alts you create will be able to choose your preferred subclass right off the bat. Unlocking Defender on my Titan meant that when I had a level 2 Hunter, I was levelling him as Bladedancer straight away.

    One thing that really annoyed me about Alan wake was that the DLC levels were absolutely amazing and took the game to an interesting level. It's a disappointment that more of the game wasn't like the DLC

      I loved Alan Wake but thought the DLC was a little hit and miss. Didn't mind American Nightmare but it had the same problem as the DLC, felt like more stalling instead of moving plot forward. Great games though.

        Oh the plot was terrible, but the gameplay... I loved picking words to bring into reality.

    I only just learned that apparently TPG is doing a fibre rollout of their own.

    There goes my hopes of them just disappearing from Australia.

      Sweet, I'll be able to constantly drop out at lightning speeds!

      As soon as they purchased Pipe Networks they weren't going anywhere for a long long time.

    Wasteland 2 this week! *flails arms around* I suspect this game will get me all the way through to Alien: Isolation.

      I'm hoping for it to get me through until Dragon Age: Inquisition, personally.
      I will be all RPG overloaded, and that's okay with me.

    Weekend wound up pretty packed, which I wasn't expecting. Saturday had everyone all frothing at the mouth over the Smash demo, my friend invited me round to his place so we could play it together. Ended up doing that for maybe three hours or so, it was pretty good. The default controls they've given it are retarded though, will definitely be changing those in the full release.

    His girlfriend's dad bought him a pair of tickets to this Sci-Fi Classics concert by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, just out of the blue because he thought it'd be something he'd enjoy. His girlfriend ended up sick though and made him take me instead. It was really good, the conductor was entertaining as always and live music is always good. Really enjoyed Blue Danube, Thunderbirds, Batman (Keaton one), and it was great to hear Star Wars done live. Fearing I'm getting too well practised at being a stand-in boyfriend/girlfriend though :P

    Talking with friends after getting home, one of them was talking about some metal bands that he saw that night. For some reason it occurred to me that he might know of this band I saw in Brisbane back in 09 who I hadn't been able to find trace of since. So I told him what I could remember of it - where and when I saw them, that they were called something like Voltare or Voltaire and that they were a three-piece band from Melbourne with a bald guy on guitar and a girl on vocals who was pretty amazing, she sung really well as it was but then would jump into (some really good) growling and back again like it was nothing, and in general was just a really good performer. I'd done a couple of searches on them from time to time but had never really been able to come up with anything. In all of a minute or two, another friend jumped in with a facebook link to the band's page (actually called Voltera. FIVE FREAKIN YEARS LATER AND SHE MANAGES TO JUST JUMP OUT OF NOWHERE WITH THAT. A little later, the guy I'd directed the question at realised he'd actually seen them before, and enjoyed their show. I made a comment saying I'd happily see them again, then he pastes this thing they'd put up just last month saying that this is their final year as a music group, and they're going to become some kind of charity/humanitarian organisation or something instead. I always seem to have the best timing with these things :P

    I hadn't been able to find much about the other band I saw that night either - The Kidney Thieves. It was hard to find stuff on them because there was another bigger band called just Kidneythieves, though even excluding that specific term I'd never been able to find much. So I figured hey why not see if she can find anything on them? Same. God. Damn. Thing. All of two minutes and she's telling me that they're still around but now known as Osaka Punch. Cannot believe it, I kept my searches simple and yet ended up with mostly irrelevant results really quickly, but somehow she throws in one or two extra terms and ends up with an answer right at the top. Totally out-googled. But hey, at least my five-year mysteries have been laid to rest.

    Sunday, I heard a friend mention he found some cheap games at Big W. So went on one of my shopping treks, searching through five differnt stores around me. Of course, I get a call from Wingman right as I'm about to leave, trying to get me to come hang with them down in Campbelltown. Campbelltown? Who the hell goes to Campbelltown? I want my shop time though, so just tell her I'll call up when I'm done :P

    Kinda went longer than I expected. Ended up with a whole bunch of curiosity pickups for $10 each - RE Revelations for Wii U (already played the hell out of the 3DS version, but I kinda want to see how this one turned out), Splinter Cell Blacklist since a friend keeps saying that it's really good, Anarchy Reigns because Platinum, and Star Wars Kinect because OMG STAR WARS DANCING AND IT'S CHEAP! Then I also found a store with Rhythm Heaven Wii and Zack and Wiki, and felt that even though I already have both they were too good to leave behind :P Figure one of my friends will be interested, if not then they'll make good prize fodder for our next meetup.

    Called up to see what my friends were up to, turns out they'd just put Wollongong Guy on a bus and were pretty much done for the day. I was in Liverpool now, so kinda close by, figured we could still meet up and do something. But god damn did it take forever to sort something out. And then to actually meet up. I was ready to leave the shops at 4, but we didn't end up meeting up til 6. Apparently there was a cheap cinema nearby and I was keen to check out TMNT, but they weren't so much. And then it turned out the place was booked out anyway, but they were even less willing to go to Event. We ended up just having dinner there, then went to San Churros for dessert which was HUGE MISTAKE. Fondue for two, shared between three, and it was still way too much. So badly ready to explode afterwards. Was good though, churros are the best.

    Then I ended up giving Wingman a lift back to her place while her boyfriend went in his car. So of course it turned into a race :P His car easily outperforms mine, and he was being a cheeky bugger the whole way. But in the end that was his downfall, he ended up getting to a set of lights first while my hanging back let me go through them at full speed, going straight past him and leaving him with no further opportunities to get ahead. Totally won 8-)

      I like to think I'm too mature to succumb to the idea of "racing" especially when I'm in a dinky 4-valve compact car and I've got wankers around me in sports cars breaking the speed limit to make a big show of how they can get around me if they want (in fairness the stretch of the Hume highway I live near SHOULD be an 80 zone and 70 is a pain to stick to so the cops love setting up speed traps there).

      BUT I loved it last night when some douchebag in some sports car zips past me taking the curve at 90 when I'm deliberately sitting around 65-68, slams on the brakes when he sees the speed trap warning signs (hopefully too late), speeds up again after the trap zone just to get to a red light at the Meccano set, then still hasn't taken his foot off the brake when I'm cruising through the now-green light.

        That's why I love my Ute. I'm generally what my wife calls a Grandpa driver but sometimes I like showing the tools in their tarted up little hatches just what difference a big powerful stock motor makes over a stressed and overworked little engine.

      4/10 no woman were woo'ed in this story.
      Glad you had a nice weekend buddy. :)

        Well, one of the double-bass players in the orchestra was pretty cute...

        Or it happens so regularly these days it's just not worth mentioning anymore.

          It is ALWAYS worth mentioning.

          I have a reputation to uphold!

      What did you think of RE: Revelations? I picked it up in the weekend Steam sale and I hope to enjoy it as I'm a pretty big RE fan. I'm also starting to get on the hype wagon for Revelations 2 however hearing the words Capcom and episodic content don't fill me with confidence.

        Huge fan. One of the best games on 3DS, top production values. And really felt like it was built for handheld, especially with the whole episodic format. It used the Circle Pad Pro really well too. Loads of content, actually it's my most-played game on 3DS. Spent maybe 150 hours on it according to the game clock I think, with 60 of those on the campaign (still yet to do a run through on Hard mode) and the rest on Raid mode even though I never took it online at all.

        I'm totally pissed that they're not bringing Revelations 2 to either Nintendo platform. But then if they're delivering it episodically then I probably wouldn't want it anyway. At least not until the whole lot was bundled as a retail release.

          Oh wow that is quite a bit. I hope it's as good on PC although it can't be any worse than RE 5 with GFWL *shudder*.

          I'm going to remain cautious and probably wait and buy the bundle. Still excited for more Claire Redfield though. And Barry Burton's daughter should be pretty cool (I hope she ends up with her dad's magnum :P).

            Have you played Mercenaries? That's another 3DS favourite for me. Especially getting to play as Barry.

            He has a melee attack called the Burton Boot!

              I've only played the Mercenaries mode from 4 and 5. I loved playing as HUNK although my hopes of his story getting expanded on are slim to none.

    ~30 something thousand books, DVDs, CDs & stuff to pack up into boxes & stuff.

    this week is gonna be shitty.

    hows things with you lot?

      THink of all the remembering you can do. I would come help you if i could. Have fun buddy and hugs to you.
      Also to @cakesmith who is moving.

    Started a Hardcore character on Diablo 3 last night and got to level 15. Decided on the Monk mainly because it was the only character I hadn't started yet. Seemed like a decent choice for a hardcore run. He heals faster than he gets damaged and has some nice AoE attacks but struggles to hand out much damage to the bigger guys one on one making it a grind. The hardcore option really does add a tense feel to everythin making every elite mob a worry even though I've never really died to one before. I will panic when a Nemesis decides to visit. Everyone do me a favour and don't die for a while okay?

      I'm tempted to start one but then I remember my level 60 character with 10ish paragon levels on PC that died and just cry.

      When I found out about the Nemesis I immediately began feeling bad about all the Nemeses I'll be sending everyone's way when I get the game, so I hope everyone's already done with it before I start playing, too. :P

        Usually they're a tonne of fun and a good challenge (except @ynefel's one that took 3/4 of the multilayer party out in one shot) but I'm kind of terrified of them if I'm not allowed to die.

        I'm actually kinda looking forward to seeing more of those. I've only encountered one on my own and was able to kill it pretty easily and got mad lewts from it, so hopefully the others will be OK!

      Hardcore can be pretty fun as long as you play it safe and don't Leeroy Jenkins every single mob. :P

    I didn't realise Outlander was pretty much just a romance with a touch of history and fantasy thrown in to dress it up until it was too late. I've kind of grown to like the show, in spite of myself. I blame the theme song for hooking me. I'll always turn the volume up for the intro theme and won't let Mr. Strange skip it. :P

      I feel the same way about GLEE!
      I didnt really want to watch it but then i eventually caved and watched a few episodes with the missus and in spite of my hipster-esque like of pretty much just electro pop music and well written scfi or anime i really like it. The show makes fun of itself and i can sing along every 5-10 minutes.

      What kind of monster skips opening credits! They set the tone! They're sometimes the best part of the episode! They stay with you years after the show! REMEMBER THIS, CAUSE I DO?

      Still planning on watching this. I've decided I'm at the age where I don't give a damn if any one finds me less manly for watching romance stuff. XD

        I always just sit and listen to the Uncharted menu music for a while before I start playing. So good :)

          Haha! Me too! It's always the worst when a game will go to a teaser trailer or something after a little inactivity. I'm here, I'm just listening to music damn it. :D

            Video game soundtracks I really have a love for. One that I'm listening to a lot is the One Finger Death Punch soundtrack, epic kung fu music! xD

        I've been at the age where I don't give a damn if anyone finds me less manly for anything for a while, now. :D

        Also, watching things with Mr. Strange kind of sucks sometimes because he'll often skip opening credits that have awesome songs, and he'll almost always ruin the end of movies or thought provoking shows by talking or making a stupid "joke" the very second it's finished.

        Edited because grammar typo. Don't want the Grammar Nazis to get me! :P

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      Listened to an interview with DIana Galbaldon a while back.

      Apparently the Outlander fanbase is a split between soccer mums and soldiers.

        Hmm, I wonder between Mr. Strange and I who is who? :P

          Ronald D. Moore/Bear McCreary fan! :D

    Hola Tayberinos

    Had a busy weekend. Friday we Fiascoed (will repost the writeup as a reply to this) which was good fun. Giving @beeawwb and myself a character connection through the object "new tits" gave him licence to be a scary, scary ambitious lady. Would be keen to run another fiasco later this week if anyone is interested.

    Saturday went and gave blood, then in the afternoon went to a Steampunk thing at the railway museum (my costume: I dunno, I've been going to these things on and off for five years now, and I find sometimes they just seem to be "we're in costume lets take pictures" which can be a little dull. still, got to go look at all the old trains.

    Last night, pub. Also lots of writing selection criteria and Destiny over the weekend.

    A monday morning question: FIasco uses playsets, which have Relationships, Objects, Needs and Locations related to a setting. What would you put in a TAY playset? The Oar of thorns? Popcorn? The location being "where I found $10?"

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      @trjn as Jeff Herbert, local news anchor and serial sex addict trying to end his career in peace
      @beeawwb as Becky Hardcastle, ruthless and ambitious reporter for channel eleven, previously fired thanks to Jeff
      Myself as Horace Bergman, Journalism professor at a local university. My best days behind me, I'm having a torrid affair with Becky and paid for her breast implants. I'm also considering Jeff for a Peabody award which I'm on the committee for
      and my mate Dan as Redmond Herring, Herbert's protege and junior anchor who's trying to take Herbert's job...and his wife

      Herbert convincing Rupert Murdoch to have Becky reposted to Alaska
      Becky confronting Herbert about their fabricated lovechild...and being introduced to Jeff's sex swing
      Bergman confronting herbert in the make up chair only to be rebuffed, then trying again live on air to much better results, only to be screamed at in the parking lot by Becky
      Redmond sweet talking Herbert's wife Mitzi into leaving herbert for him and convincing Becky to back him for the anchor chair

      Key plot points:
      Becky's new jacked up "plot points"
      Mitzi's charity for overprivileged children in New York
      The remarkable Ham sandwiches they serve near city hall
      The Peabody awards and their use as a missile weapon
      The football team's Rohypnol party

      and the result?

      Herbert posted to Alaska community radio, slightly brain damaged and syphilitic
      Becky a rising star on the talk show circuit
      Redmond got Herbert's girl and his job
      and Bergman? well, he stuck to his guns on integrity and had the schaudenfreude of watching Herbert's downfall. He also kicked Becky out, but his wife Maude has questions, as do the tenure board at the university...

      Karaoke with Charisma checks.
      The Oar of Thorns would be like seeking the Holy Grail.
      Popcorn is a replacement word for "Rations" whenever @mrtaco is in the party.
      Bunny and Freya would be the adventuring couple that search long lost temples for artifacts called "Board games".

        I dunno, after Friday, letting Bun be a slimy sex addict is definitely worth it for the laughs.

          An evening of people repeatedly saying "no, I don't want to have sex with you"... ah, it's high school all over again.

      I'd be keen for another round of Fiasco, for sure. Just got to keep in mind work nights, so may need to start a little earlier. Possibly.

      Had heaps of fun though. It was really good for me to get my head around a new character on the fly and having to "be" her for a few hours. I can see regular games as being very helpful practice for other, more long term, RP sessions (e.g. Pathfinder).

        I'll probably have to sit the next one out, if only to make room for other people.

        Working out who the character is -on the fly - is definitely the hardest part. Once you get rolling, well, it's just rad.

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          Yeah, goes without saying (but saying it anyway) that people who haven't yet had a turn get absolute priority. :)

    A couple of nights ago someone retweeted a Herald Sun Halfwits tweet saying to arrest. Everyone leaving Australia for Syria or Iraq.

    This morning Abbott announced he was doing just that. Parody is becoming prophecy.

      Does that mean he's arresting the soldiers being sent to fight ISIS? Seems awfully silly to arrest your own soldiers.

        Its a secret strat. The enemy will never see it coming

          Super secret squirrel strat.

    I'm sitting around doing nothing because I'm waiting on an email Monday. \o/

    So Freya has a work thingy down in Melbourne this weekend. We're driving down on Friday and I have to find a way to occupy myself during the day on Saturday and Sunday.


    I was just given some "Telephone Hygiene Wipes". Why do these exist? If your phone is that dirty, I think it's time to get a new phone.

      Points you in the direction of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy...

      From Wikipedia: The Golgafrinchan telephone sanitizer is in the novel The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. By tragic coincidence, after all the telephone sanitizers were sent away with the rest of the "useless" Golgafrinchans, the rest of the society died off from an infectious disease contracted from an "unexpectedly dirty" telephone.

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        Ark B 4eva, man.

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        I've never read Hitchhikers Guide so that was quite informative. Thanks Quizmaster Stan.

          Downvoted because of this, frankly, SHOCKING turn of events. And also because you're not going out and getting a copy to read right now. You're still here, aren't you. STOP READING MY COMMENT. That's time you could be reading Hitchhiker's!

    *turns on laptop*
    "Hmm, haven't allowed Windows to update in a while..."
    *runs updates*
    *computer reboots*
    *computer bluescreens*
    *computer attempts to reboot*
    *computer won't start windows*
    "Welp, that's why I resisted updates for a while. I should know better by now..."
    *force reboot*
    *computer won't start windows*
    "Well, crap."

      What was the error on the bluescreen? Or indeed when trying to start windows?

        Windows 8.1, bluescreen was dominated by a smiley face, and rebooting gets as far as a blinking cursor on a black screen. No Windows at all. Trying to find a recovery disk to put on USB to attempt a recovery... MS used to host them somewhere for free download... f'd if I can find 'em now, tho...

          windows 8 is a very different beast. In one of the windows you get in the blue troubleshooting screen, there should be a refresh windows option. that wont trash your files, but will likely get you back in to windows. If it fails to refresh, then you'll need a disk

            Yep, that was the plan. I do love how much troubleshooting information is given to the user nowadays... said no IT guy, ever.

            Aaaand, every official method I can find says I need windows to be able to make a recovery disk, or to download an ISO. As the only computer I have access to atm is an RHEL box, that is very helpful. This is getting ridiculous... maybe I can download it through their IE testing VMs...

    Troll sakurai strikes again, this time in the form of the fact that not even the masterball in smash 4 is safe from goldeen, possibly from watching twitch plays pokemon. Man, will we be safe from more trolling, oh wait no

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