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  1. I forgot to bring this up yesterday, @Lelouch - but STEELERS, WTF!? (also Antonio Brown...fuuuuuh…)
  2. 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.
  3. 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...
  4. 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.
  5. 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. Zen Wistaria

      Zen Wistaria

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

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  6. That is one benefit of being single, right there. Major.
  7. Not even gonna lie, blowing an 18 point lead - that's grounds for execution. #SOL
  8. A: they're still tied. B: this is all I care about, and I won. So idgaf...
  9. The Lions won today - so I am happy.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. @Musuko - avenge meeeeeeeeee…. work pushed an Android 10 update last night. I am cut off from FGO until they fix their app.
  14. Heat has little to do with UV rays that cause sunburn?
  15. What makes you think I stay indoors all the time?
  16. I am a pasty white boy...yes. I am not going to hide this fact.
  17. 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.
  18. I am quite sunburnt - and I don't appreciate the sun being all sunny when I'm outside working. Rude...
  19. So, once upon a time I wrote a paper on an anime/game...I don't know why I thought that would be a good idea (it got a lousy B, boo! I hated that paper, I hated the presentation, and if I could go back in time and punch younger me for writing it, I would...still...I am a self-abusive writer to this day...)
  20. Cold War? World War II my friend...and no. I don't think our world needs any more of that. Tom and Jerry references, yes. Barbarians...no.
  21. So... This is a thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCSwbVSQivc I de-linked this, simply because I know better. The thumbnail is very...well, it's controversial. So, two warnings to those that click: 1. USSR vs. Germany (and destroying Germany) in true Tom & Jerry Fashion, 2. LOUD NOISES.
  22. I love dialogues, so thanks for asking. I have never had issues with uploading photos on the mobile feature. I have heard of this issue, and if memory serves me correctly, that stemmed mostly from the device that the person was using. I've tested TapTalk on iOS and a few Android phones to include: Samsung's GS7, Moto's Droid 2, The GS10, and the Pixel 2 (what I use now). As for the other features, what I want to emphasize is that this is for the core forum features. Messaging, notifications, and forum posting. It's by no means intended to replace the core, only emulate it. As such, those are the only features available on it. Now, that being said - there's a good reason for that, and it's why such a mobile app will never be available to do everything a forum natively does: modifications are modular and dependent on the core's own coding structure. What TapTalk actually does is pull RSS data from the site and use it in a tangible format, while enabling the user to utilize the forum's own permissions to make posts and messages. That's easy, it's a POST/FORM cross exchange between the platforms, and the process is simple. Where things get crazy is when you start including modules that no all software has: blogs, download sections, video sections, galleries, games, etc. Case in point: The blog system on Invision here is not as in depth as the blog system in LiveJournal. Which is not as in depth as the WordPress system. XMB has no blogs. phpBB has a blog system but it's very limited. Then there's several blog systems that use ASP coding, and several others that don't cooperate with MySQL. As a result: this isn't added in. To do that, you'd have to build an AF app, and I will tell you right now, if you think the some $500 or so it cost to get the licensing for the software AF uses was a lot, to build the app that will integrate with the software AF uses will be adding at least one 0 onto that. Then you have to think about supporting that app for each update to the structure that AF takes, bugfixes issued by the mod developers, bugfixes and feature changes that IPS issues, and bugfixes and updates to the native software on the user's mobile device - thus, why most forums do not have a dedicated app for mobiles, they depend on third parties. (Off topic, but I would be interested to know about the user impact the addon modules have on the membership here. Weighing bloat against application.) As for your last concern; not particularly. When I was using the browser (which I hate mobile browsers) for my time on Klipsch and Emotiva, the only time I got pinged about Taptalk was a slide in banner that appeared once and was dismissed when I hit the "no thanks" or "x" button. It acts much in the same way as the cookie banners you see act. But it's not going to bully you into using it, nor is the plug for it invasive. It is very minimal. It also enables you to immediately link a site to your Taptalk account if you do click on it and have it installed if you opt to. I am not sure if the banner is on a toggle or not, might have to play with that, but IPS should allow you to sandbox the community in a password protected domain. I'd encourage it to be tested in a sandbox first.
  23. I'll get back to this when I get home, but 2 quick things: 1. IPS has no intention of creating a mobile platform nor app support. Ever. That is something that reaches back before my time with them. So trying to find native support is not going to lead anyone anywhere. 2. The app doesn't have to be installed before registration. I picked it up well after my registration on several other sites with no issues. Most bugs in the software come from the ProBoards side of things and not TapTalks native environment. There are other app options that would be less, how you've said "detremental", but only if you are willing to put money on the line. Okay, hopefully the forum will merge these posts, I'll better elaborate here. First, the TapTalk app, as mentioned does not have to be installed before joining the forum. TapTalk is a modular plugin that allows users to discover forums while integrating ones they're already apart of. Likewise, TapTalk does not override the functionality of using the forum on a mobile browser, rather it is an alternative to the browser that runs in a lighter capacity than the browser does without all of the glitches that mobile themes provide. As for registering with TapTalk (no one really calls it tapatalk lol), those have one-click registration functions like virtually every other software has these days: Google SSO, Facebook SSO, and (I think) Twitter SSO. There's also the option of not doing any of those and just making an account, either way. The app is absolutely not buggy. I have used this app across multiple websites for over three years. I have run into more Facebook errors than Taptalk errors in that same timeframe. The only glitch I have seen on it was located in it's "seeker" feature which enables discovery of new forums and groups. I don't use that anyway, and I know few people who do - so it's not so much of an issue. As for Invision's stance: they have and will continue to work on the preface that "mobile themes are good 'nuff." We actually had an entire developer crew that wanted to put together mobile functionality in version 3, but it was refused. Furthermore, when we offered to do so as a modular addon, the response we got was that it would "detract from IP.S's core mission and vanilla functionality." Short version is: If you're waiting for a mod to come out on Invision to support this, the sun is going to explode before that happens. Any software to expand upon the foundational structure of Invision's mobile application will be external and third party.

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