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  1. 3 hours ago, Illusion of Terra said:

    not sure I should even ask, but what does 'rape chalk' mean here 😂

    I have a keyboard app on my mobile which is super goofy about autocorrecting. I start to type "could" and it changes it to "xoxo". It evidently decided I meant to say "rape chalk" and I didn't catch it in time. I need to get a new one for sure. 

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  2. It hasn't reached my area yet, but working on what's effectively our frontline in dealing with it, we've been doing what we can and taking due diligence. There is a worldwide PPE shortage due to this, and with much of the manufacturing of such items coming from China, it's a bit of a concern in the healthcare world. Our site has adopted new temporary guidelines which create a "skeleton minimum" PPE requirement so we aren't using any unnecessary equipment. We also have information posted in our lobbies informing patients/visitors that the masks are only to be used by those presenting cough/sore throat/discharge symptoms in order to cut back on unneccessary waste. Masks are ineffective in preventing sickness in uninfected people, so it's a waste to wear one of you are otherwise healthy. 

    Our EVS staff has been excellent and responds quickly when we need them; they don't hesitate to UV any area which has been exposed to any contamination and it's given us a little peace of mind knowing our facilities are prepared. We have many elderly and/or immunocompromised patients in our care, so we are taking this seriously. 

    My advice to anyone concerned about contracting the virus is to: 

    1) Wash hands frequently (especially after using toilet or handling money)

    2) Use hand sanitizer in addition to hand washing

    3) If in public spaces, keep some pocket virucide wipes available (Cavi, Lysol, etc) and use them as a barrier between your hands and anything you might touch such as door handles, public seats, or shopping baskets. 

    There's no need to "stock up" on supplies unless you are severely low and live alone. Have some available in case you find yourself needing to be quarantined at home. This isn't a hurricane or other natural disaster. Practice proper hand hygiene and don't engage in risky behaviour- your chances of being infected will go way down. 

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  3. On 2/15/2020 at 5:23 PM, Beocat said:

    I've been playing Skyrim on the PS4 nonstop for nearly a couple of months aiming for the platinum. Before I played it on the 360, and then on the PS4 only with mods so I had a clear free start. I've been trudging through the thieves guild questline for what feels like forever. I never did the thieves guild or dark brotherhood before but it seems you have to be a bad guy to get trophies in Skyrim so I'm doing it. They are very involved questlines....  anyways, I think I might finally be getting close to the end. It won't be long now....  then its off to do the war, then the dovakhin questlines, then the dark brotherhood.  It's fun but everytime I think I'm close I find out that I'm not lol.

    Can I offer a tip? 

    Thieves guild spoilers: 

    Near the end of the questline you'll receive the skeleton key, a lock pick which never breaks. When you turn in the last quest or so, you lose the skeleton key. Don't finish the thieves guild right away; instead hang on to the skeleton key for as long as it takes you to level up lock picking and hoard your picks.

  4. On 1/15/2020 at 6:10 PM, efaardvark said:

    I haven't seen any of this one yet, but I will personally confirm that watching a newbie play games is hilarious, and sometimes painful.  Game geeks don't realize that there's a language and a culture to games that outsiders are generally completely unaware of.  Leveling up?  (AKA "grinding".)  Tanking?  What's a DPS character?  A buff?  A boss?  A mob?  PvE?  PvP?  MMO?  MMORPG?  VRMMORPG????  Yes, gamers have their own acronym soup.

    Watching normies (try to) engage in the gaming world can be a real eye-opener.  Even "simple" games like minecraft are often intimidating and opaque to newbies.  I once introduced someone to minecraft (at her request) and she wanted to play it "without help".  She'd heard it was easy you see, and thought it would be a good intro.  Anyway, talk about starting off on the wrong foot!  I mean, doesn't "everyone" know that MC is supposed to be multiplayer?  Ok, so we'll do it your way.  (I'm just the tech staff.)  And then she decided to start with an "easy" game ("I'm not that creative") and as luck would have it she started in a desert.  No trees, all sand.  No wood!  No crafting table.  No tools!  Must have died hundreds of times in the first few nights.

    I'll just use this opportunity to plug this wonderfully insightful video I found on the intertoob. 

    There are 3 videos in this series (so far), one in fact focusing on Minecraft, and I recommend them all if not just for entertainment. 

    As for the anime, I'll probably check it out. I find it hilarious the title of the anime is so absurdly long it couldn't fit in the thread title, though. 🤣

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  5. On 1/15/2020 at 3:06 PM, Illusion of Terra said:

    Also, @Wedgy there are lasers so that you look less like a Yakuza 😂 

    Nah, I'm not giving up my ink just to visit a hot spring. There are a few which accept tattoos, and some I think you can notify them ahead of time and they can set up a private room. I respect their culture but I'm won't forsake my own to please anyone. 🙃 If I can't find any that accept me, I simply don't go. No hard feelings to be had. 

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  6. Nah, not for me. I'd love to visit, though, just for the experience. I would love to learn to cook some of their foods, go hiking, and visit an onsen if I'm allowed (I'm covered in tattoos, I understand I wouldn't be welcome at many.) I don't think I'd be especially interested in the anime-related things there. It would just be spending money on nicknacks I wouldn't want to keep in the long run. 

    But I agree with Kohloo. Any chance to travel abroad to live and learn another culture is a treat and you should go for it! 

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  7. 39 minutes ago, Teru said:

    I'll check it out for sure. I think I remember you but I'm not sure. I remember some people but I don't remember their names. The only name I remember is Optic's.

    That's ok. I might just have an exceptional memory for people and names, even when I didn't see them for long. 

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  8. Hey, welcome back Teru, I remember you. AF moved platforms sometime late 2017 and with the move the live chat went bye-bye. If you're interested in joining a discord group in the meantime, you can find the link in this thread. Again, nice seeing some old faces back!

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  9. 1 hour ago, Illusion of Terra said:

    What did you think of it? I'm considering reading this in the near future

    I enjoyed it, although it did surprise me with its more somber tone. If you're used to Trevor's usual humorous approach to his stories, it certainly feels different (especially for me in audiobook format in which he himself is narrating). But it was nonetheless a good read and I feel like I took away a lot of perspective about racial prejudices in S. Africa, with and without the context of the apartheid. There was a lot in there about his mother and everything she had to do to raise him against all the odds stacked against her. That part I loved. You really walk away from it with a healthy respect for her. Overall, it was a great book and I would recommend it. 

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  10. 1 hour ago, Kohloo said:

    I do enjoy the play style of other Zelda games, much prefer them actually. 

    I find with BOTW it’s the same problem I have with a lot of other games, it’s too big/open for me. And I just don’t find the open world concept fun. I’m strange and like things to be quite linear haha. 

    However, while I don’t like playing those games myself, I do really enjoy watching my boyfriend play them!

    Ahh yeah I can see that now! And I do understand where you're coming from. There is a thing as too big, and it's overwhelming. 

  11. 20 minutes ago, Kohloo said:

    I’m definitely a fan of the original series. And I even tried watching that horrid film, which I turned off not even a 1/4 way in. 

    A live-action series done by Netflix certainly seems...interesting. But I hardly doubt I’ll ever give it a watch. I’ve had my fill of the avatar stuff, I’m not really interested to watch more. 

    Heck, I don’t even like watching Korra and have never bothered to finish that series, even though it’s enjoyable. 

    I guess I’m just, over it?

    That's fair! Besides, it seems unlikely to me we'll see a 2020 release, since they're only just starting to film. If I had to guess, it might be a Q2 or even Q3 2021 release. 

    Funny, I never watched Korra, either! It wasn't necessarily that I didn't want to watch it, in fact, I have the blurays sitting under my tv set right now (friend lent to us.) I just haven't found the time to dedicate to it. I heard some things about the series being frustrating to watch due to it wanting to be more but being unable to send the messages it wanted to because of its PG rating, so I wasn't in any hurry. I'll probably just end up giving them back. The only piece of hardware I have which can play them now is our Xbox, but it's not even connected and will soon be going in a box in the basement while we put our house on the market. I just can't be bothered to set it all up just to watch Korra.

  12. I renewed my audible membership and have been audiobooking like crazy the last few months! I just finished The Turn by Kim Harrison, a prequel to the Hollows series which I'm a longtime fan of. I'm looking forward to American Demon later this year. I've also read a number of other titles including Girl, Stop Apologising (Rachel Hollis), Becoming (Michelle Obama), Born A Crime (Trevor Noah), Precious Little Sleep (Alexis Dubief), and Unfollow (Megan Phelps-Roper). But my absolute favourite book I've read in the last six months: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone (Lori Gottlieb). I can't recommend this book enough! Certainly a book I'll remember. I hear it's been picked up by NBC for a television adaptation. I wish they would do that with the Hollows, lol.

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  13. The infamous M. Night Shyamalan film is 10 years behind us, but even if you're not familiar with the legendary Nick cartoon, you're no doubt aware of the epic dumpster fire its adaptation was. It was announced in Sept 2019 that Netflix would be taking the reigns to do right by a live-action adaptation, this time as a proper, multi-season series helmed by none other than the original co-creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. 


    While we've seen that authors of successful media playing a role in subsequent media doesn't explicitly guarantee it will be a hit, I have a good feeling about this given what we already know about this production. 

    I've been making threads about Netflix's adaptations here on AF whenever one catches my attention. Obviously, the overdone Death Note film with a white-washed Kira and a demonic Willem Dafoe was less than stellar. However, I like to think we learn from mistakes, and Shyamalan's 2010 disaster provides a filmmakers' handbook for everything not to do. 

    “We’re thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. We can’t wait to realize Aang’s world as cinematically as we always imagined it to be, and with a culturally appropriate, non-whitewashed cast.” 

    After the dubious success of The Witcher with Henry Cavill, it might be appropriate to say that Netflix has had a better track record adapting full series rather than standalone films. Taking up such a highly regarded title while the wounds of a passionate fanbase still burn at the butchering of Aang's name (the least of its crimes, to be clear,) those in charge of the project are well-aware of the responsibility they hold to do this series justice.

    I'm taking my usual stance on this as I do with previous Netflix titles-- I reserve my judgement until I see the final product, which is still a long way off from now. But I do feel optimistic about this one. Granted I'm not what one might call a "superfan" - after all, I only watched the series for the first time in May 2019. I liked it, of course, and I never did subject myself to the full blast of the scorned film. 

    What do you guys think? Predictions? Impressions? Are you a fan of the original series? What are your expectations? 


  14. 6 minutes ago, The History Kid said:

    With that in mind, it is easy to see that it was highly likely that the Holocaust would have manifested in some form with eventuality.  I just can't attest to what it might look like - it wouldn't be good either way.

    This and, we can't forget the Holocaust wasn't entirely unique. It wasn't the first time history has seen genocide, and it hasn't been the last. It's not the novel brainchild of our aforementioned dictator and therefore was a hurricane that was bound to have happened whether or not the proverbial butterfly flapped its wings.

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  15. 43 minutes ago, The History Kid said:

    As for Hitler being the centerpiece had he been accepted into the art school in Vienna and not being the Germanic dictator - maybe, but maybe not.  I've been of the camp that Hitler's anti-Semitism was a character trait, not something that was progressively developed.  If that is the case, he'd have been of the opinion of exile (which he wanted first) then extermination.  That being said, Hitler wasn't alone in his thought process.  What made him Chancellor wasn't his ideas, which were a common theme among some really deranged individuals, but his charismatic behaviors.  I think if any of those people who shared those thoughts could have developed the charisma, the result in Europe would have been the same.

    This is in line with what I was thinking, I just didn't want to dip too far into the psychological aspect of it in attempt to keep to the subject. No doubt this was a character trait that was present even before he let it ripen and subsequently fester the way it did. I also agree that he wasn't made Chancellor by accident. He was appointed that position. He was viewed as a great leader during extremely harsh economic and geopolitical times. History knows it was ultimately a catastrophic decision to put him in power- but not specifically him, as in such desperate times, anyone who stepped up with that level of passion to lead their country out of the rampant stagnation could have done it.

    I can't help but roll my eyes at that credit scene in Deadpool 2 where Wade travels back in time to Austria 1889 and it is implied he harms or kills infant Hitler. Somehow I doubt it would have stopped the Holocaust, and certainly would have had null effect on Germany's role in WW2.

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  16. I've never played Skyrim with mods (more of a Fallout fangirl,) but my understanding is that while the console versions have mods available, the difference between Xbox and ps4 versions is huge. Xbox supports all modding. Ps4 supports modding with only elements which already exist in the game. This means if you play on a ps4, you won't be able to play sexy babes or fight Thomas the Tank Engine or hit Rainbow Dash with a Sonic Rainboom shout. I don't believe modding is available on Switch, but you never know. 

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  17. 37 minutes ago, Ohiotaku said:

    But the brainlessness of these repeated scenes and the fact that the viewer is supposed to see them as a genuinely romantic couple is just insulting.

    Took the words right out of my mouth. I really hate when anime does this. With this being an actual societal issue in Japan itself, you'd think there would be a little more effort to provide better representation to impressionable youth. Pretty disgusting and irresponsible in my opinion. 

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