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  1. Earlier this year at E3, as I had kind of predicted, we heard from the Tales crew as they announced Tales of Arise. This would be the first installment in the series since Berseria in 2017, and after a bit of a drought for the studio. They axed two mobile games since Berseria, with both Tales of Link and Tales of the Rays shutting down (Rays continues in Japan). I've got the trailer below for anyone who hasn't seen it yet, it's a stark departure graphics wise from the traditional Tales series, so this will be a natural step up from the PS3 generation and the subsequent 4 games we've seen prior. I'm just really hoping we don't go back to Xillia, Graces, or God forbid, Zestiria's battle system.
  2. I have run out of fruity tootsie rolls...and that makes me have emotions. I do not like it.
  3. Often when we hear the term "gateway to the West" we have images of the Arch in St. Louis pop into our minds. After all, St. Louis was one the first major cities on the western banks of the Mississippi. St. Louis served as the main western point of American settlement after the Louisiana Purchase, since the faltering Illinois capitol at Kaskaskia had since been moved to the interior of the Illinois territory. However, the gate to the west was arguably much further north, spanning between Iowa and Illinois. In fact, the only site in Missouri that was considered to be a more apt candidate for this gate was at Hannibal, spanning Quincy to the eastern shores of Missouri. In April 1845, Colonel George Davenport, a sutler that was operating on Rock Island, called a meeting with several perspective business partners. Amongst them was a man by the name of Henry Farnham, a longtime entrepreneur and engineer and Antoine LeClaire, a philanthropist and businessman. LeClaire had since incorporated the city of Davenport, Iowa in honor of George Davenport, as the two were close friends. At this meeting, Davenport and LeClaire pitched the idea of connecting rail lines that were west of the Mississippi River with railway systems in the east. They had posed that the growing surrounding communities in the region provided much in the way of commerce, and that the river was such in the area to allow a bridge to connect the railways with very little resistance. The region encompassed what was known as the Rock Island Rapids. Surveyed originally by Zebulon Pike in 1804, and then again by Major Robert E. Lee in the 1830's, the Rock Island Rapids was described as a "14 mile white knuckler." It was a stretch of low water that spanned from the base of Rock Island to just north of LeClaire, Iowa. Steamboats were forced to unload cargo and carry it the 14 miles upriver and reload ships (or vice versa travelling down the river). After Lee's survey, the Army Corps of Engineers had opted to dredge the river to 4 feet in the channel, part of the navigation improvement project. Despite the dredging, the Rock Island Rapids were still a perilous portion of the river due to the nature of the current resulting from the terrain below the surface. The island of Rock Island was a federally owned property, having been the site of Fort Armstrong during the Blackhawk War of 1832. As such, any construction on the island required the approval of the Secretary of War. Jefferson Davis, the Secretary of War from 1853 to 1857, continuously denied the approval for the construction of the bridge. Davis had wanted the bridge to cross further south, examining sites such as Memphis and Cape Girardeau. Despite Davis' resistance, the rail companies began construction on the bridge in the early 1850s. Two rail companies were to oversee the construction: The Mississippi and Missouri Railroad, and the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad Companies. The mission objective was to establish a transcontinental railroad that would connect the gold cities on the west coast with the commerce centers on the east coast. Davis sent out federal marshals to stop construction of the rail lines multiple times between 1853 and 1856, but each time they were sent, workers would resume work as soon as the marshals left the area. By the time the last marshal visited the area in March of 1856, the bridge was virtually completed, and the marshals opted to ignore the inquiry. The bridge opened on 22 April 1856, and the gate to the west was considered open. A draw span was placed about mid-channel, but due to the nature of the rapids in the area, this was somewhat difficult to navigate. It was also not situated where the channel was the deepest. Steamboat traffic continued in the area unaffected until about 14 days after the bridge opened on 6 May 1856. The steamboat Effie Afton, a cargo liner that was on its first venture north of St. Louis stalled just above the bridge. The failure to regain control of the boat resulted in it crashing into the bridge and burning an entire span. No passengers nor cargo were damaged however, and historians question if there was not a case of insurance fraud at play. The crash resulted in a legal dispute between the steamboats and the railroad companies. A young Illinois lawyer, Abraham Lincoln, represented the railroad companies. Despite his best efforts, Lincoln was unable to fully win the case, having it result in a Supreme Court hung jury. The resulting actions of the case allowed bridges to cross waterways of commerce, but river traffic would always have the right of way over the rail or pedestrian crossing. The damaged bridge was repaired and used from 1856 until an ice flow damaged the bridge again in 1866. The bridge was rebuilt again with upgraded weight capacity. Unfortunately, this bridge was damaged by weather as well in 1870. Brevet Brigadier General Thomas J. Rodman had assumed command of the newly established Rock Island Arsenal by this time, and had decided to move the rail line to the lower end of the island (approximately 300 feet down stream) to make way for the new arsenal. The third iron bridge was completed and open under the supervision of Major Daniel W. Flagler. The third bridge was a double decker bridge that had a wagon crossing below and a train crossing above. However, almost as soon as it opened it was considered obsolete for the increasing weight of locomotives. The fourth and current bridge to cross in this location was opened in 1896 and used the same piers as the 1872 bridge used. Created by Ralph Modjeski, the current bridge features dual tracks above with two lanes of traffic and a pedestrian walking trail below. The swing span rotates a full 360 degrees, and the Rock Island Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (a division of Tank-automotive & Armaments Command, TACOM) is fully responsible for the repairs to the drive mechanism. Over 120 years later, this bridge only uses about twenty-five percent of its weight capacity and is anticipated to remain in operation well into the 2050s and beyond. The bridge is also one of the only bridges to be owned and operated by the U.S. Army. One of only six known pictures of the first bridge, as it appeared upstream in 1856. Note the swing span at mid-river channel. Source: U.S. Army. Current bridge in place. This bridge is part of the Locks and Dam 15 system (seen in background). This Locks and Dam system was the largest river navigation project on the Mississippi River and retains that record today. Dam 15 also has the distinction of being the worlds longest roller dam - it is also one of the most lethal dams in the world. The swing span is seen at the left center. Source: U.S. Army.
  4. Do they make you wear a suit and dance to really cheesy sounding polka music for their amusement?
  5. There are, admittedly, a vast number of things that irritate the hell out of me with the Fate series, much like the Hetalia series. But I shrug it off simply because people are entertained by it, and that's the only real mission the series has is to be entertaining. I just can't get passed the genderbending with all of the historical figures though (and yes, that even includes the insane, awesome, darkish, Oda Nobunaga). I think the most accurate character portrayal in that entire series is Jeanne D'Arc. Not going to lie: in the game, I almost dropped it over the Nero arc. A part of my soul died with that whole thing, and I still to this day can not seriously run anything with Fate's "Nero Claudius." Suetonius would be PISSED.
  6. I don't even know where to begin with this first week, man. I just know my boy Hockenson already put his work in for his paycheck on his first game. That's Hawkeye power, my friend. (Too bad the Lions defense didn't do the same.)
  7. I forgot to bring this up yesterday, @Lelouch - but STEELERS, WTF!? (also Antonio Brown...fuuuuuh…)
  8. I'm toying with watching the Ep 0 of the Grand Order anime on Crunchyroll next weekend. We'll see if I make it there. It's subbed so it might kill me...dunno.
  9. Okay okay okay...I admit...I don't change my drinking habits in the fall excluding an increase in hot tea. I'm so sorry to all of you that expected me to have something more insane to match my normal personality...
  10. The textbook definition of World War II is pretty straightforward - or rather the starting point: "World War II started on 1 September 1939 with the German invasion of Poland." However, this definition is grossly incorrect. More commonly today, historians are reassessing their definitions of World War II, much like they are re-evaluating its conclusion and the Cold War. In terms of police action, one could argue that World War II and World War I are one in the same in conflict. Likewise, with this argument it could be said that this conflict began as far back as the middle nineteenth century - before cars, planes, U-boats, and tanks. Other historians conclude World War II at the last police action attached to the conflict when the last Belgian soldier left German territory in 2002. If one were to use this definition, the "Great War" would accurately be dubbed "The War of the Twentieth Century." However, the more accurate definition of the timeline of World War II begins on 19 September 1931 and lasts until 2 September 1945. The first offender, however, was not Germany. The Forgotten Battlefield: The Allies in Siberia and Archangelsk 1918-1925 Following the collapse of the free Russian government during World War I, the Allies were suddenly struck with the need to reclaim assets within Russian territory. In addition, there was a large faction of rebels that were fighting the Red Russian Army. Coupled with the White Russian forces, these combatants were staging an all-out civil war within the massive nation under duress. The Allies had three objectives: the retrieval of Allied supplies, the recovery of sympathetic forces, and the reinitiating of hostilities on the Eastern Front. Among these Allied forces was a large force of Japanese Imperial forces that deployed to the Siberian region. Over 50,000 Japanese soldiers and officers deployed into Manchuria, Siberia, and eastern Russia as a means to aid the American forces withdrawing. However, the Japanese forces remained in Siberia and Manchuria well beyond what their "brothers in arms", only leaving by 1925. It was difficult for this force to not be seen as an invading force, but the unilateral withdrawal had generally quelled concerns growing amongst the Allies. "It was all for nothing..." The Mukden Incident, occurring on 18 September 1931 was the opening act of World War II in Asia. Japan had continued a seething distaste for the Chinese Dynasty's which can be traced back many centuries prior. Likewise, Japan lacked many natural resources that were available on mainland Asia (rubber, crops, oil, and square mileage). Manchuria had begun to thrive following the withdrawal of warring forces (China, Russia, and Japan) in the early twentieth century. Japan had obtained rights to allow a railway run from Russia through Manchuria to a controlled port on the coast for the shipment of supplies. However, on 18 September 1931, Japan sabotaged its own rail line to appear to be a terrorist attack by dissenters within Manchuria. The attack on the rail line failed to destroy the lines nor the bridge that carried it. Regardless of this, the Japanese Army used this as a pretense for an invasion of Manchuria. The subsequent battles resulted in the Second Sino-Japanese War, which was fully encompassed by World War II. The Japanese would establish a puppet state of Manchukuo in Manchuria, bolstering a guise that the people were being well kept, and that Japan was not the overseeing entity of the nation. However, in truth, many people in Manchukuo were kept as slave labor. Keeping in time with Japanese rhetoric of the time, people under insurrection were classified as lesser in the eyes of the invading Japanese - a fate that would include the Chinese, Vietnamese, and Koreans. The Greater Asia-Pacific Co-Prosperity Sphere The Germans were not alone in their superiority complex for "Europe for Europeans." The Japanese had begun to enforce the policy that Asia was to be for Asians, and that Japan was the superior class amongst all of the Asian nations. They saw fit that in order to unite Asia, they must do so by force; driving out westerners and enslaving the natives. The idea behind the Co-Prosperity Sphere was simple economics: Japan had a need for labor and resources, something its home islands were not able to produce. Likewise, it needed landmass to assert itself as a world power. Japan had previously acquired islands in the Pacific during World War I, when it annexed these territories from Germany. Still, these island resources proved cumbersome and problematic for the transportation of the few goods available. The need resulted in Japan invading other island territories in the Pacific, mainland Asia, and at one point - planning assaults on the west coast of the United States. This became more evident when on 7 December 1941, the Japanese launched an attack on American forces at Pearl Harbor. Subsequent attacks on Allied assets were carried out at Midway, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and multiple other western-held territories in the Pacific. By the peak of the Japanese expansion in 1942, Japan held the larger portion of island territories in the Pacific, and had conquered the entire Pacific coast of Asia, minus Russia. The Allied Intervention When the attacks on Pearl Harbor came, they did so with only minor surprise. Indeed, the personnel at Pearl Harbor were surprised on the day of the attack, and many people at home in the continental United States were surprised and furious. However, Allied radio interception had previously been aware that an attack was possible - rather that it appeared likely. The exact location was unknown, despite hints that attacks might occur either at Midway, Pearl Harbor, or San Diego. The Pacific Fleet had since been moved to Pearl Harbor in a posturing maneuver to deter the Japanese expansion earlier in 1941. From a strategic standpoint, this made Pearl Harbor the most likely target of an attack, but even as Japanese aircraft launched from the flight decks of their aircraft carriers, this was not entirely clear. However, when this war act was carried out, the Americans were only prepared to tackle the "Yellow Threat." Rather, the American public was only most willing to turn their attention to the Pacific. It was Germany's poor foresight to declare war on the United States that would ultimately lead to a staunch miscalculation that would eventually result in the Normandy Landings in 1944. Meanwhile, Japan made a gross miscalculation in it's ready-to-use resources and the logistics of maintaining its broad new empire. This resulting foresight would lead to their undoing and the collapse and surrender of Japanese forces in many battles following the initiation of the American War Machine in middle-to-late 1942. Regardless of the facts of events that unfold after Japan's attack on the Allies, Japan's movement into Manchuria in 1931 was in violation of the peace treaties put in place at the end of World War I. This came several years before Hitler begins his first moves in Europe, despite the Allies not keeping the Germans in check. It is for this reason that it is now argued that the opening shot - or rather - the opening explosion of World War II began on 18 September 1931, the instigator: Imperial Japan.
  11. Looks like I need to post more stuff in the History Club...since I am the only active member?  Well, if someone must carry that weight... may as well be me, right...?


    1. Seshi


      I can come join to ask you questions 🤣🤣

    2. The History Kid

      The History Kid

      @Seshi of course.

      @Kazuto Kirigaya does this mean you're not helping then? :( 

    3. Kazuto Kirigaya

      Kazuto Kirigaya

      @The History Kid I'm no good with history stuff, sorry. :(

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  12. That is one benefit of being single, right there. Major.
  13. Not even gonna lie, blowing an 18 point lead - that's grounds for execution. #SOL
  14. A: they're still tied. B: this is all I care about, and I won. So idgaf...
  15. The Lions won today - so I am happy.
  16. You are generally in control of the things that come your way in some shape, way, or form. It's all about how you prepare for them and whether or not you've effectively anticipated them. The biggest thing that people have to remember is that it doesn't matter how "suave" someone else's life appears to be - they're going through garbage too. Sometimes the people who seem to be doing the best are going through more than even you are. How things get dealt with varies from person to person. The big problem today is that no one is getting taught resilience, and the net result is a lot of people can't "just deal with it." We spend so much time telling people "that shouldn't happen" that they care too much when something does go wrong that it ruins their peripheral vision on life. Bad things happen in life. It is a matter of fact. It happens to everyone. It will happen to everyone. Winning in life means you overcame it. Caring too much about the little things is far more destructive to a person than not caring at all.
  17. I think that you can care - even with a friggit attitude. You care, but you care in-so-much as you know whatever will be will be and you know you're just going to deal with whatever it is that happens. That's how I am. Now, I don't want to try and fool anyone nor myself, I have fears - but they are not event centric. They are not on things that happen. I think the last time I actually sat somewhere nervous about something was my board interview simply because I didn't know what to expect. A lot of that also has to do with experience. Your own experience, and how well you're versed in dealing whatever is coming your way. If you are a public speaker, standing up and talking in front of people on a subject you talk about every day probably isn't going to result in a second though about that event.
  18. Yeah, it got pushed through last night and I have access to none of my games now. One of them now also shows a security risk. Boooo.
  19. @Musuko - avenge meeeeeeeeee…. work pushed an Android 10 update last night. I am cut off from FGO until they fix their app.
  20. Heat has little to do with UV rays that cause sunburn?
  21. What makes you think I stay indoors all the time?
  22. I am a pasty white boy...yes. I am not going to hide this fact.
  23. Wasn't even hot though here. 79, just sunny. Also: golf carts are a: not race cars, b: not known for sound systems, c : stupid, d: all of the above. D. Definitely D.

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