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efaardvark

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About efaardvark

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Anime

  • Favourite Anime
    Lots. Off the top of my head (and in no particular order)...

    Ghost in the Shell
    プラネテス (ΠΛΑΝΗΤΕΣ)
    Any "real" science fiction actually
    Angel Beats!
    Clannad: After Story
    Your Lie In April
    Pet Girl of Sakurasou
    境界の彼方
    しんせかいより
    Spice and Wolf
    ことうらさん
    FLCL (original)
    Any Miyazaki/Ghibli
  • Favourite Genres
    Comedy
    Fantasy
    Game
    Mystery
    Romance
    Sci-Fi
    Slice of Life
    Space Opera
    Rom-Com

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  • Location
    Someplace between Santa Monica and Sedna.
  • Occupation
    Data systems engineer
  • Gender
    male

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  1. Is it just me or is ARM becoming the next PowerPC? Not that that's a bad thing necessarily. RISC has a lot going for it. As far as "Yeti" and Google's rumored streaming games service.. I'm not a fan of streaming everything over the 'net. I'm not a big fan of "cloud" services in general. I'm not a fan of movie/game/etc rentals on a captive platform. I'm not anti-console, though do think the industry's current implementation leaves a lot to be desired. Call me old-school, but I want to own my entertainment. I've never bought into the Kindle or Alexa or Facebook games. From what I can tell this seems to be driven by Google wanting a piece of that action. I'm interested in hearing what Google has to say, but they're for sure going to have to convince me. (That includes explaining why I want to give the world's biggest advertiser a permanent presence in my home and control over my gaming life.) Certain "features" - such as a closed platform or microtransactions - would pretty much make any system/service a non-starter for me. I also would not look favorably on a system or model that requires being online to play.
  2. I've liked it so far, though IMHO it seems to lack direction. New characters come and go, sub-plots present and resolve themselves, but even after so many episodes I still don't really have a sense of where the writers are/were going with the overall story. At one point it brought to mind a game called The Settlers that I used to play. It kind of has that feel of one of those that will be popular and go on forever yet never really gets anywhere and after a while starts to seem repetitive. If all it is is a series of boss battles then I may wind up dropping it. The next season will be key. I had that sense as well.
  3. Today was sunny, with scattered butterflies!
  4. Watching someone else play KSP while I drink coffee & try to wake up. Don't know if I'll get to my own game this weekend. Right now my brain is too caffeine-deficient for playing something like KSP and there's sun and a butterfly migration going on outside that's making it hard to focus on the computer.
  5. I've had to deal with this for a long time. I have a number of friends, but over the years pretty much all of them have moved away as the rising cost of living in S. Calif. forced them to relocate. Several family members as well. My neighbor of 15 years retired and moved to Oregon a couple years ago. My last remaining high school friend in the area finally threw in the towel and moved to Arizona just last year. Fortunately communications technology has allowed us to keep in touch and made that process less painful than it might have been in past eras, but Discord and email can only do so much. It is getting harder and harder to meet new people too. Everyone seems too busy trying to make ends meet to take time out for socializing. I know I'm guilty of that. And even when I'm not too busy, I'm too tired.
  6. Still no free time, but at least taxes are finally done.  Hopefully I'll have an hour or two this weekend for some games or anime.  Been so busy I haven't even had time to stop at the library* & replenish my reading stack either.

     

    (*yes, libraries still exist!)

     

  7. Hi! Welcome! 54 here. I don't worry about the age thing anymore.
  8. Got my first tank of gas for the new car.  Still had a third of a tank so I didn't really need to but I'm going to "Lost Wages" (Las Vegas) for my brother's wedding next week and I thought it would be a good idea to familiarize myself with the process and top off the tank before the trip.  :) Car said 1,225 miles and ~181mpg on what I'd used so far (=since October).  Topping it off took 7 gallons.. $23 at California gasoline prices.  Sweet.

     

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  9. I think that's called "discord". Seriously though, while I would kind of be interested in an AF chatbox, honestly I doubt I'd use it much. I don't even use discord much, and I have that on both my phone and on my desktop. (I usually do have discord running in the background, but it is always buried under approximately 37,864 windows. Give or take. ) Every day or so I dig it out and look at it or post something to it, but at that point I might as well just be hitting a URL and using a web-based forum like AF. The only time I really use discord in real-time mode is when I use it as a TeamSpeak replacement while actively gaming. Not exactly the typical chatbox usage mode. There was some talk a while back about getting AF users on a discord channel somewhere. I don't think it went anywhere though. There's also a few existing anime-themed discord channels (not AF-related) already out there too. I've tried a couple but never found one I liked. And like I said I don't do the realtime chat thing much anyway. (I'd be interested in hearing from people on their experiences if they've tried that sort of thing themselves though. Anyone found a server they like?)
  10. I thought of going with something like that myself. I still get things like holodecks and/or the Matrix in mine though. I'm good. 👍
  11. I'd be interested in your opinion of it once you've played with it a bit. Been thinking of getting one myself. Anyone else here have one & care to share thoughts/opinions?
  12. Good to know. I also am sometimes offline for extended periods, then swoop thru and post/react in batch mode. 50 should be plenty however. (For me anyway.. I never even hit 20 yet.)
  13. My body is still in hibernation mode. I usually feel like I could sleep from about November/December to April. Once the weather warms up a little I'll probably do some hiking, but for now I just want to sleep until Spring gets here.
  14. The only giant fish I remember offhand was in Angel Beats, but that one doesn't fit with the rest of your description.. https://www.google.com/search?q=angel+beats+giant+fish&prmd=ivn&source=lnms&tbm=isch&biw=320&bih=460
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