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The History Kid

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  1. How appropriate. I come back one year later and I'm still a mod? I love you guys, but you might wanna check your OPSEC - because this ain't it, hoss. Wub you AF, even if you are dying a slow death. I had tried to pull for you all, but after being passed over, I occupied my time elsewhere (as you can see - and then some). Stay resilient and safe all.
  2. Greetings and salutations AF. I am posting this here, because I am not sure it would be appropriate to post out in the open (I will leave that for others to decide). The last few months have been exceptionally busy. When you consider everything that 2020 has provided many of us, that's not a hard feat to believe. May saw an extended need for being out of the office, a rise in civil unrest, and other things that threw monkey wrenches into my planning left and right. June exacerbated that, and by July things had formally evolved into something entirely different. We got slammed with two natural disasters this year, and are still recovering from the first. It's been a rollercoaster ride for sure. With that being said, I've had research requests piling up on my own site, projects that need to be done, and have also taken up Twitch streaming. In the midst of that, I also started a second set of classes, added a jet pilot training course to my load, and formally accepted a mod slot in a Discord server for an L.A. based voice actress. Shortly after I got brought on as an IP Advisor for her, and have since been doing a bunch of things behind the scenes. Therein lies the problem - this is in addition to what I'm already doing. The autopilot nature of AF - at least as it has seemed - has thusly been shoved way to the back of my mind. With that being said, I am stepping back from AF on the web site. I will continue to provide support in the Discord server if wanted, but I don't find it much fair to AF to be labeled a mod if I'm not really doing anything mod-like. Of course, you all can continue to reach out to me over there on Discord, or any of my site-related points of contact - but as for AF proper, I probably won't be around all that much. Good luck, and god speed! Michael
  3. Censorship is nothing new. Anyone who thinks so hasn't been paying attention. Most censorship processes are done because of subtle differences between rating systems between national distribution. The U.S. has some of the most rigid guidelines that exist, whereas other countries are much more fluid and flexible. Case in point: the original JP release of Tales of Berseria would have put the game as being Rated M because it showed "just a few too many gorings." That extremely limited the reach of the game, if Namco/Bandai opted to leave it. So instead, they opted to censor parts of the game in the North America release so it would retain it's T rating thus maintaining the series reach. It's not always because "big brudder wants control" or some Orwellian stuff like that. Sometimes it's a business decision - that has plenty of logic, reason, and confirmed research behind it.
  4. 81 hours later - the power is back on.

    1. efaardvark


      I am kind of amazed the situation in Iowa isn't getting more media coverage.  I mean, I admit that I've been avoiding the "news" lately because it is all about politics but still.. I've barely even seen a mention of the hurricane(?) at the national level.  And certainly nowhere near the coverage of say, Biden and Kamala.  I didn't even hear about it from the "news" initially.  I had to hear about it from my brother where it is sort of local news.  He's just over the border about 100mi away in Janesville, WI and said Cedar Rapids was pretty much flattened.  Then I went looking for more information online on my own.  Sounded like a low-level hurricane, or one of our "Santa Ana" winds out here.  Hope it didn't rough you up too much.

    2. The History Kid

      The History Kid

      Dunno why I didn't see this before, @efaardvark - sorry I didn't say something sooner.  The winds were about the same as a Category 3-4 hurricane.  Here at the house, my gear measured 104 mph.  We lost a lot of trees and limbs, two neighbors near me had large trees fall on their houses, we're talking healthy 70-80-90 year old trees too.  My phone lines are still out.

    3. efaardvark


      Not a problem, just glad to hear you're alive.  :)

  5. You're the only one I know that'd still be running one. I don't know too many people that liked theirs (I didn't like mine). That being said, I do know a few people still sporting their S2's. I sold the hell out of those things back in the day. Miles beyond the iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S.
  6. I do not believe EV's are anywhere close to feasible for everyday vehicles just yet. HEV's on the other hand are the way to go right now. They have added reassurance of being able to handle fuel if need be, generally can travel farther distances, and most eliminate the need for plug-in electrical consumption (which is arguably just as eco-negative as gas is, but more expensive). For me, I believe I'm a generation or two away from full EV. My Hybrid gets 700 miles to a gallon, coupled with it's EV component, and it recharges simply by breaking or mid-drive.
  7. I may forgive your transgressions if you #presenttacos Because he is one of the few who are safe from my flames of explodey death.
  8. I can appreciate Carlin's work for what it is, but he is by far not at all comprehensive in most of his research. The standard research prospectus takes about that same amount of time to compose generally, and there are hundreds if not thousands of RPQ's that go unanswered for that reason. That being said, the atomic bombings are pretty cut and dry (I am assuming that's why you brought this up!) and the only thing historians really beat around the bush about sometimes is the reasoning. Here is what we know that has largely been in a state of denial to new acceptance in both west and east historical retrospection: 1. The war may not have "started" at all, but could rather be seen as just in a perpetual state since 1914. 2. The war, if it did have a start, likely should be attributed to the 1931 Manchurian invasion. 3. Japan was an arguable instigator with it's forceful hegemony and case in eugenics. 4. The use of atomic diplomacy was, in retrospect, a means to save lives rather than destroy them (albeit they did do that). Much of this lends to research in documents thought to be destroyed by the Japanese after the war, but were in fact not. Instances like Unit 731, the Rape of Nanking, the enslavement of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean citizens, experimentation on American POW's, and the whole other onslaught of icky stuff. The bottom line, is that Japan had to reshape itself if it had any chance to survive in a post-World War era. The Allies would have won, and while it would have bled them, Japan would have been totally annihilated in the process. The Japanese knew this. That often leads to this saying: The victors of war are arguably victorious.
  9. I still forget it at times. It's not a second nature thing for me, and I don't imagine it ever will be. Either way, what gets me is the people that are literally wearing them all the time if they leave the house. In their car - wearing them. I'm not sure what they think they're stopping in their car, but more power to them I suppose.
  10. The burn out continues, I've found myself on Discord more than anywhere else lately.  Oof...

  11. To be descriptive, we are on our tenth extension, we just got our eleventh. Leave is frozen and work has gone to anywhere between 48-70 hours a week. Leave had been frozen since way early on, but it just continues. I've been running on reservoir adrenaline now for over a month - not sure how much I have left.
  12. We're back to "an unknown date." I'm overtaxed work wise. Yesterday was my first day "off" in a long time. I'm also getting totally worn down with the constant exposure to internet commentary and "opinions" that are just there to occupy space. I bailed on two social media platforms last month, and generally have kept my own personal interactions limited to Discord and phone. Still have a ban on taking "leave" too. Oof. I'm beyond burned out at this point.
  13. Not an argument. I'm simply commenting on what you're saying. If you didn't want me to comment on that you could have said that you didn't want feedback on the matter. At any rate, since you don't want to talk on that aspect anymore, I'll respectfully bow out. That's exactly my point though - there is.
  14. Too soupy for my taste. Plus the dogs were very upset by the ensemble of explosions much to my own chagrin. I would have usually been out there blowing stuff up with them, but...that wasn't in the cards this year. Instead, I just put time in at the range early, put a couple boxes of ammo down range and went home. Did blow up a watermelon with some tannerite though, so that was fun.
  15. I guess I don't live in the same Midwest world you live in, but I sure don't know "exactly what they did." Depends what their job is. Depends what hobbies they have. Depends what their free time entails. That's a blanket statement and is extremely inaccurate. See my first comment, that's simply not true. I have no wants in "something more" in my life. I won't lie and pretend I've never felt that, but those feelings were generally fleeting and entirely based on conditions and situations that I put myself in and I chose to pull myself out of. If you're bored in life you aren't looking hard enough. Especially considering the current environment of the world, the current capabilities we have, the things that we're enabled to do. You're a Midwesterner like me, that means you're in the U.S. You have plenty of chances and opportunities to go wherever you want, whenever you want, see just about anything you want to see, do anything you want to do with very little limitations and restrictions. You're living in one of the most active historic periods in the last 75 years, the most technologically advanced, and one of the most healthful periods. I understand if your idea of normal is different, but to simply lambast and assume that everyone is as disenfranchised with the world is simply incorrect and not true. Abnormality, uniqueness, incredible things are everywhere around you - all the time. Boredom is the construct of an individual - not of the world.
  16. I'm curious what your definition of normal is if you think anything in the last 200 or so years is "normal." Normal is limited to that of someone or something stuck in a state of idle-existence. I can't say that anyone could honestly say they fit into that. I don't think what you're trying to describe as an individual is that "out there" - people just generally have a more down-to-Earth checksum than people that are portrayed in anime. Half the fun is in the search anyway...
  17. You probably should explain since if I wasn't involved with a larger smash community, I wouldn't have understood it. For those who are sensitive, I'll include it in spoilers: My only comments are that this isn't even a little bit surprising, and it's far from over. Period.
  18. Super duper burned out lately. I think I've been running on fumes for the last three weeks. It's not that I'm discouraged so much as I'm just over a lot of stuff - so much so I bailed on some of my social media accounts. Work has maintained the same higher requirements lately, and we're starting to talk about rephasing. These next two weeks are gonna be really telling.
  19. Well, really the PM system is in place for single-point-to-point interaction of users for matters they'd rather keep out of the public eye. It's akin to a whisper feature on a chat. It's also a place for rampant TOS violation. That's generally why people keep to the open forums. Not to mention, if you're more active on the site, a chat option does become available. Just throwing that out there.
  20. I got this last week. If you're a Youjo Senki fan, you'll recognize it as the weapon Mary uses / and the rest of the United States. I won't talk about why that's absolute blasphemy and wrong. If you're more history minded you'll know it is in fact an M1 Garand - a Springfield model. This one was produced in the Spring of 1942, with a barrel date from 1944. All but the trigger group are Springfield parts. I won a lottery in this gambit, $650 for it, turns out it's well over $2,000 in value.
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