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Arts & Entertainment / Chrome/Firefox Extensions/Add-Ons
« on: October 30, 2013, 10:07:49 AM »
So I'm pretty sure I just got the best extension for Chrome ever. It changes all instances of "the Cloud" to "my butt" and simply "cloud" to "butt" when it's used in that context. So far I do not regret it one bit.



There's a Firefox version, too. I actually got really confused at first because when I searched it up this is what I saw:





I have a feeling this is going to cause me so much confusion in the future. And I'm going to love every second of it. There's also one that gets rid of any mention of Miley Cyrus and twerking, which is pretty cool too.

ANYWAY, what sorts of extensions do you use? In addition to that amazingness, I've got AdBlock (of course), OneTab (which lets you save tabs for later), the dictionary thingy (where you double-click a word and it give a definition) and some YouTube video/audio downloader. What ones do you consider essential? Also, recommendations for useful ones. I'll give a more comprehensive list of what I've got later.

Also, if you have any similarly amusing ones I would be overjoyed to see them.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Alternative Medicine (also, Oprah)
« on: October 19, 2013, 05:10:24 AM »
So I've been reading this article about alternative medicine and how much Oprah's helped it along, and I've been getting exponentially more and more angry. It's just so afsdjklfjing stupid and I never realized how much she had to do with promoting the stuff. I've never actually watched her show, but I thought she was mostly vapid inspirational stuff and all about health and nutrition and books. I did not realize this was her idea of "health" and "nutrition".

I know some people, in my family and my friend's family, who are actually into this stuff. Those who, when confronted with sickness, go look for homeopathy treatments, and those who keep their kids away from vaccinations because "wel dis celabrity sade this vaccin will make my kid an autism so i betr not!!" or who subscribe to Deepak Chopra's "if you get in touch with your metaphysical self quantum physics different brains blahblah you're cured of your cancer of stuff" junk.

My favourite bit from this, The Secret:

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As Oprah put it on the show, "It says that the energy, that the thoughts and feelings that you put out into the world, both good and bad, are exactly what is always coming back to you, so you have the life that you have created." Oprah and the teachers of The Secret, as they call themselves, did not mean this metaphorically. They explained that the universe and everything in it are made of vibrating energy, and by thinking positively we can actually "attract" the positive vibrations of the universe and bend them to our will. "You're a field of energy in a larger field of energy," one of The Secret's teachers said. "And like attracts like, and that's very, very scientific."

But don't stop there! Read her example of how it's changed her life:

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On one of the Secret shows, Oprah gave an example of the scientific power of the concept. She said that once, while she was hosting an episode about a man who could blow really big soap bubbles, she was thinking to herself, "Gee, that looks fun. I would like to blow some bubbles." When she returned to her office after the show, there, on her desk, was a silver Tiffany bubble blower. "So I call my assistant," Oprah told the audience. "I say, 'Did you just run out and get me some bubbles? 'Cause I got bubbles by my desk.' And she says, 'No, the bubbles were always there. I bought you bubbles for your birthday and you didn't notice them until today'."

Now, my favourite bit, that made me giggle then cry:

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There are many lessons that might be drawn from this anecdote. One is that if you give Oprah a thoughtful gift, she may not bother to notice it or thank you for it. This is not the lesson Oprah took away from her story. Because the way she sees it, her assistant hadn't really given her the gift at all. She gave it to herself. Using the power of The Secret, she said, "I had called in some bubbles."

And then pure fuck:

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According to The Secret, however, the Law of Attraction can use the vibrations of the universe to deliver more than just bubbles. The book that Oprah urges everyone to live by teaches that all diseases can be cured with the power of thought alone: "The question frequently asked is, 'When a person has manifested a disease in the body temple … can it be turned around through the power of "right thinking"?' And the answer is absolutely, yes." The book then offers the testimonial of a woman identified as Cathy Goodman. "I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I truly believed in my heart, with my strong faith, that I was already healed. Each day I would say, 'Thank you for my healing'." Goodman watched "very funny movies" to make herself laugh. "From the time I was diagnosed to the time I healed was approximately three months. And that's without any radiation or chemotherapy."

Ugh. To her own benefit, once a ton of people started taking The Secret that seriously, she did take time on the show to say that you shouldn't ignore your doctors' medical advice and live solely by that. But Jesus Krispies, there's enough bullshit in that article to fuel my anger for several eons.

Anyway! Hi FES, I'm amazed you're still with me! ;] So I'm curious, what are your experiences with so-called "alternative medicine" (I really hate that term)? Do any of you have personal experiences with it, family members who indulge in it, or maybe even believe it yourselves?

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Arts & Entertainment / Specific trends you hate in music
« on: October 10, 2013, 07:14:07 PM »
I realize this is a kinda narrow topic for a thread, but I'm interested to hear others' views. This isn't for stuff like "dubstep" or "miley cyrus", but rather things like "dance songs leading into the 'drop' with a bypass filter" or "x that all do y or z". And I'm aware this could die pretty early since there's a lot of potential for the thread not having any potential, but if there enough others who listen to lots of music and have any specific trends that bother them, it could be...something. :D

But anyway! One of mine is that filter one, but another techno-centric one I hate is the stupid, also leading up to the beat, speed-up of the beat until climax. If you've heard dance songs, you know the one. The "beat...beat...beat...beat...beat beat beat beat beatbeatbeatbeat—quiet...—DROP". I've seen a couple of neat variations on it that actually sounded pretty cool, but for the most part...no.

Example:
#ws" class="bbc_link" target="_blank">Martin Garrix - Animals (Original Mix)
There, 1:37 - 1:50...though I actually like this song, particularly the post-'drop' part. :P But that doesn't stop that bit from being one of the biggest genre clichés ever.


Another big trend I hate is deluxe albums. The thing is that I don't even hate the concept, just the way they're done. With like two extra songs. Jesus. Sometimes it's done right. I can't think of many examples off the top of my head (except Ocean Eyes, the Owl City album), but sometimes they come with almost as many extra songs as the original disc did. Sometimes they actually come with extra physical things, which is great too. But the fact that so many are just one or two new songs is ajfkdslj. Especially if you're someone who likes to have the best version of something. Then you're paying extra for just about nothing. >:[

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Arts & Entertainment / DCs "New 52"
« on: September 10, 2013, 07:28:08 PM »
Okay. I want to get into some of these comics. Namely, the Batman ones (at least for now). Batman mainly 'cause I've got a soft spot for it (The Joker is one of my top two or three favourite villains, and him and Harley Quinn are my OTP 4 laif). ...but I'm so confused. There are so many! From the New 52 alone, just for Batman comic series, there are "Batman", "Batman and Robin", "Batman: The Dark Knight" and "Detective Comics".

First off...where do I even get these? We've a local "geek" store, but I think it's a small thing and I doubt they stock every single issue of all of these.

Second...how do I follow it? Like, how do I know which to read first, which has what stories, etc.? As far as I can tell, they're all stories about Batman (one with Robin as well).

Hopefully we have at least a few comic fans here who can help me out. I've always been into comics and these characters and their mythologies, but I've never actually really read many, if that makes sense. I can tell you a ton about Batman, his foes, and Marvel and DC's mythologies, heroes and nemeses in general, even though I've not ever had the chance to read more than a few comics. Such is the way of the internet and interest, I guess.

But yeah. Help a Snupes plz? She is confuse. :[

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Arts & Entertainment / Nested
« on: August 24, 2013, 10:57:29 PM »
So this is Nested and it's pretty cool. Don't read any further yet. Just click and take a minute to explore.









Anyway, yeah. I'm not sure how much entertainment value there is for most people to find in this, but I had a pretty neat time just exploring a bunch of random galaxies and stuff and finding different things, as well as reading peoples' thoughts and trying to extrapolate and make up some sort of life for them in my head. It's even more fun when they have other people with them and you can read what they're thinking to get some dumb scenario in your head. My friend found one person who I am convinced is either a robot or an alien, because they were trying much too hard to function like a normal human and failing miserably at expressing any sort of human thought.

I'm not so sure anyone here will care much about this, but it's there, even if only for a minute or so of entertainment or confusion. :P

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SoundFocus. It is glorious.

A bit of explanation: I've got a somewhat severe hearing disorder. While, thanks to technology and awesome people, it doesn't affect my life as much as it could, it's an issue. For most of my life I could hardly ever hear people, and even when I had hearing aids (I really hate saying those two words because of the stigmas), they were never really good enough. Basically, higher frequencies are dead to me...but quite inconveniently, those are the ranges that help you understand people. So while I could generally *hear* people talking, I've always had a hard time deciphering what they're saying and picked up the habit of just nodding or going with physical cues to figure out how I'm "supposed" to react, because people have a nasty habit of responding negatively to repeated "what was that?"s and "sorry, could you repeat that?"s. Which, for a while, made me terrified of social situations. Hearing disorders are one disability I've noticed people are quite willing to be pricks about. Like I could help that I couldn't understand.

Anyway, as I said, all of that isn't as much of an issue now. BUT that also means that with headphones, that's still a problem. The weird thing is that I never really realized until...this app. I should have, though. Understanding lyrics has always been my weakest suit, and songs tend to have a sort of washed-out sound with all the lows being the most prominent. But what this app does is does a very brief hearing test to ascertain your hearing range and adjust the music accordingly.

And, while I'm sure it's essentially just an EQ, it is glorious. It made me realize how much I've been missing, and it's given me the feeling I had when I first heard the highway outside from inside a house. Then heard someone talk from across the room and understood them. Suddenly everything is...crystal clear. It's just...I don't know, I can't find the words. It's magnificent. Awesome, in the sense of the actual usage of the word. I keep turning the thing on and off to hear the differences and realize how much of the music I was missing or having dulled and washed out, how much more prominent and understandable the vocals and lyrics are. I feel like I'm coming to appreciate music all over again.

My only sadfays is that it doesn't have Last.fm integration so to use it that means no scrobbling, but after using it I don't know if I could go back to not using it. Just...wow.

I'm not sure what the purpose of this thread is, I don't know if there's anyone else here with hearing disorders, but I had to share with you guys. Even if you think you're fine, maybe give it a shot. A lot of people don't realize they have some hearing loss. Everyone does, to some extent. But yeah. Wow. And wow.

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Technology, Science & Alt Science / Best cheap computer speakers
« on: August 14, 2013, 06:29:24 PM »
Alright, the speakers I got with this computer are dying and I'd like to know if anyone has any recommendations for a decent pair I could get. I'd like to keep the price below $40 or $30 if possible, as I really don't have much money but I'd like to be able to hear out of more than one speaker. :[

I'll be looking around some sites anyway, but is there anyone here that's got a good pair they could recommend? Sound quality is important to me, so while I know I'm not going to get any great sound at this price range, the best I could get for that price would be nice. That's my main worry: ordering/buying speakers and finding out post-purchase that they sound worse than my current ones that I got from a friend. x.x

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Arts & Entertainment / Good Scary Movies
« on: August 04, 2013, 11:32:39 AM »
Scary Movie franchise joke.

Now, I'm sitting in the theater to see The Conjuring because I've heard it's really good. But I was wondering what other good scary "horror" movies you guys know of?

See, the problem is that I've been going to the movies with my dad every weekend since I was like three or four. I've seen like 1,000+ films in my life and plenty of those were horror movies. They scared me up until somewhere in my teenage years. Now, because of all the scary movies I've seen, I know all the tropes and what's going to happen and when and it's just hard to find good films that scare me anymore. I'd be the worst person for some guy to take to the theater in hopes of the old "scared girl cuddle" 'cause I'd probably be the one doing the consoling while I roll my eyes. I don't consider pop-up bits "scary" since that's just a cheap trick; I want to know what I can watch that'll have me actually scared.

I want that feeling. Something where I'm actually like "oh god im scared" and not watching all bored with my dad while everyone else is jumping at random things popping up from every corner because of stupid, unobservant female protagonists with no common sense. So I ask for your help, forumites. Give me nightmares from how scary a film is. Help Snupes out! ;o;

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Arts & Entertainment / EverQuest Next
« on: August 03, 2013, 04:33:38 AM »
Well, colour me curious. I've had yet to find an MMO that holds my interest for more than a couple of days at most (usually much, much less), so something like this would be a neat experience.

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Arts & Entertainment / Now Playing (the Video Game Version!)
« on: July 25, 2013, 06:47:37 PM »
So yes, I decided I had to make another general thread because I'm tired of sitting there thinking of whether or not I should make an entire thread about a game just because I want to say something about it. Of course, specialized threads for specific games and series are still great if you want to talk about them, but here's a place where you can just comment on something you're playing, something you just played, or whatnot.

I've decided to start the original Fallout, and omg it's so painfully slow so far. I got a hi-res patch for it because because, but I am not finding myself fond of this combat/movement system so far. Hopefully I'll get more into it.

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Arts & Entertainment / Metro: Last Light on sale for a penny
« on: July 11, 2013, 07:09:01 PM »
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Deep+Silver+-+Metro%3A+Last+Light+%28Digital+Download%29/9592148.p?id=1219046650885&skuid=9592148&sellerId

No idea whether it's an error or some awesome sale, but it's there, and apparently works! My friend got a copy and I had him grab me one, so I'll tell you if I get it. :P

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Arts & Entertainment / <3 CUTE THREAD ;w;
« on: July 01, 2013, 07:18:32 AM »
also i decided that since this forum can be a very negative place we need a thread for OMG CUTE THINGS





you guys will find that i love nothing more than foxes and i die from squealing from d'awwww when i see them

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Arts & Entertainment / lol
« on: July 01, 2013, 07:09:36 AM »
post things you find funny even if nobody else may necessarily find them funny as well. that is all



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Arts & Entertainment / Mad Libs
« on: June 27, 2013, 01:13:24 PM »
I realize they're stupid, but I'm tired and get immature giggles from them so join me. :]

No cheating by seeing what you're going to get and adjusting them accordingly, you can only go in blind! Of course, I can't reinforce that, but please? Otherwise it's no fun. :[

Here's my first one (underlined are the words/phrases I put in):

We went to the county fair today -- me, my friend's neice tracy, my sister's best friend's friend hatstack, and my good adopted korean son dipstick von toopingtop iii. First we walked by all the animals. (I squealed at the smell.) There were cross-eyed multicoloured flamingos, backstabbing geriatric tortoises with lung cancer, and rampaging near-sighted bonobo monkeys suffering from arthritis of the feet in stables, and a big fat panda in a pen. Behind the stables, some kids were having a race to see who could sheer a two-headed china bear the fastest. Further on, there was an Ultra Deluxe Koala Fungus Show, where each of the proud owners strutted their ultra deluxe koala fungus around the ring while judges backflipped thoughtfully.

Next, we went on the rides. My friend's neice was daring and went on the Furious Operating System of Digesting, and hatstack went on the Enormous Roller Coaster of Lust, but I took it easy and stuck to the Two-toed Rhinoceros With A Jetpack Rides and the Overjoyed-Go-Round.

Last, we went to the teal and kind of bluish but more of a teal food stands and filled up on fava beans and nice chiantis and those little steak-kabobs with ketchup on them. (Unfortunately, some hobbit bumped into me and knocked my steak all over my esophagus.) We had a great time, and when we got back, we were all suicidal from the experience.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Should there be suicide booths?
« on: June 27, 2013, 02:50:37 AM »
Similar things have been featured in science-fiction and general fiction for 100+ years, I was wondering what your thoughts on having something like this might be? There are many people who want to end their lives but are too scared to do so through general means, as the chances of failure or severe handicap are there. This would make it clean, not leave a mess for someone you love to find, etc.

To filter out those who might do it on a whim, maybe you would have to sign up or do some sort of form a month or a few months in advance, and you can cancel it before that time if you've changed your mind.

I'm curious to hear what your thoughts on something like this would be.

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http://gizmodo.com/what-is-prism-511875267

I'm going to read more into this before spilling my opinions and maybe making an idiot out of myself, but so far this seems pretty...ugh. Obama's response has made me think less of him, as well. More transparent government my ass.

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Arts & Entertainment / Just Watched
« on: May 27, 2013, 01:38:27 PM »
A thread to talk about movies you've recently seen. Expect a post from me at least weekly, since I go to the theater every Sunday, but I'd like it to be the movie equivalent to the "Now Playing" thread—except, obviously, for movies you've recently watched.

First post! I just saw The Great Gatsby. I'm not entirely sure what to think. The movie kept losing me then winning me over back and forth throughout the course of it, so much that I'm not sure where I stand now that it's finished. I rolled my eyes near the beginning and cried at the end, but still my feelings are mixed. Leonardo DiCaprio did amazing as Jay Gatsby. I think that with a different director this could've been a great film, but in the end it fel really shallow.

Also, I liked the juxtaposition of the old setting with modern music in theory (especially since Fitzgerald used new and unaccepted music as a theme in the novel), but in the end it, for the most part, was pretty awkward.

So yeah, as a whole I think I had more problems with the film than things I liked. Oh, and I should mention I haven't yet read the novel, so you can take my words with a salt shaker.

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Arts & Entertainment / The Legend of Zelda!
« on: April 27, 2013, 05:37:35 PM »
Discuss! As everyone here must know by now, this is my favourite game series of all-time and has some of my all-time favourite music. I decided to bring this up now because I'm playing through the whole series from start to finish in a bid to finally say I've completed every single Zelda game. I'm gonna do some short write-ups on what I thought of each game too, but not right now.

So far I've completed:

The Legend of Zelda
Zelda II: The Legend of Link
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Master Quest)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask


Will be starting Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons soon!

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Arts & Entertainment / Epic Rap Battles of History
« on: April 09, 2013, 10:40:24 PM »
I'm sure many of you know of these already. (Season 1) (Season 2 so far)

I've never been a huge fan and I mostly just like a few now and then (most of the time I just enjoy one listen, mostly for the punchlines and wordplay, then never again), but they're good entertainment for a listen, I think. :] Especially if you're someone who knows enough about them to get all the jokes. Though the opening "EPUCK RAHP BADDLES OF HISTOHRAAHHHHHHH" is incredibly annoying

One of the internet's biggest nemeses:

#ws" class="bbc_link" target="_blank">Nikola Tesla vs Thomas Edison. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2.

Here's the latest one. For some reason I love the "you died baroque and worthless" line, as well as some of Mozart's:

#ws" class="bbc_link" target="_blank">Mozart vs Skrillex. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2.

This one's not bad, the Windows vs OSX plus the surprise challenger is kind of fun:

#ws" class="bbc_link" target="_blank">Steve Jobs vs Bill Gates. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2.

I like both of the Doctor's verses in this:

#ws" class="bbc_link" target="_blank">Doc Brown vs Doctor Who. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2.

This one's pretty fun, I like the guy who does Martin Luther King, Jr.:

#ws" class="bbc_link" target="_blank">Gandhi vs Martin Luther King Jr. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2

So, either enjoy or don't or hate it! If you like 'em, though, look around and/or post your favourites. :P I'm not intimately familiar with all of them, there are quite a few I haven't heard, so I'm probably missing much better ones.

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Arts & Entertainment / The Humble Weekly Sale
« on: March 26, 2013, 04:32:34 PM »
https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly

Eugh, is this week's worth it? I'm really tempted and want to get it early while the price isn't too high, but are the games good enough to warrant getting rather than waiting for the next week?

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The Lounge / Ever wonder what the FES forums look like in 3D?
« on: March 22, 2013, 01:38:53 AM »
Well now you know:



This is thanks to Firefox's "Inspect element" 3D view with which you can conjure up some really interesting views of websites. To use it just load up Firefox, open a page, right click and choose "inspect element", then click "3D view" in the bottom-right. I don't know if anyone's going to bother doing this, but if you do, post any cool or neat results you get here. :D

For some fun, try using it here: http://www.dev-kitchen.com/ff3d/

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Arts & Entertainment / Music "Favourites"
« on: March 12, 2013, 06:57:00 AM »
I've been wanting to make some kind of music thread for a while, I've just never been sure what I'd want to make one about. I think this'll be neat, though, to learn a little (or a lot) more about each members' musical tastes.

Basically, I just want to know what your "favourites" in music are. Favourite vocalist/singer, favourite lyricist, favourite band, favourite solo artist, favourite guitarist, pianist, favourite artist overall...and don't limit this to just what I've put there, really, just any that stand out to you as your absolute favourite at something, and why. I think it'll be really cool. I'd appreciate if it wasn't just a list, just "favourite blank: blah, favourite x: y", I'd like some explanation behind why. Use this as a chance to talk about music you love, why you love it, etc. :] Examples are welcome!

While I'll add more later—feel free to just post whenever you've thought of a new favourite whatever—I think my favourite vocalist is Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine. This changes from time to time, but her voice is absolutely stunning and I can't get enough of it lately. It's so powerful, but it can be really delicate when she wants it to be. A lot of singers sound pretty meh when they have to sing at a low timbre (is that the word I'm looking for?), really quietly, near a whisper. But when she does it it still sounds gorgeous to me, it still sounds like singing and it's still clear. I think #ws" class="bbc_link" target="_blank">Spectrum is probably the best example of that I could give. There are probably better examples, as I'm not sure it's many peoples' favourite of hers, but for me it reaches me somehow emotionally. I just love it.

Also, favourite rapper is easily Kendrick Lamar. His whole album good kid, m.A.A.d. city is honestly just brilliant. The only song on it that I think isn't good is the last one, which is way out of place and doesn't fit the rest of it. I know most of the FES will likely hate it because it isn't avant-garde or it's known, but I seriously recommend it to anyone who isn't going in just to judge it. It's got a real cohesive story, it's about real things rather than materialism, yet it's not gangsta rap. There are a few songs I thought were hypocritically mainstream radio and stuff, but then I realized they made perfect sense in the album story's context. It's told variously in hindsight and through his eyes as he was young (such as the songs I thought were out of place), about how we went from being this kid who wanted to be cool and fit in with the thugs, to all the things he did and went through before some traumatic events forced him to reexamine his life and do a complete 180. He's (kind-of-becoming-) a relatively mainstream rapper who disavows alcohol and drugs, disavows violence, refuses to participate in feuds and calmly dissuades any sort of arguing with anyone that tries to start things, criticizes rap clichés, has a unique sound and, most of all, isn't crazy like others that fit those bill (e.g. Lupe Fiasco). The songs are best in context, so rather than link to a song, here's the album.

Now, your turn FES. Show us what you love. :D

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Arts & Entertainment / The Big Bang Theory (the show [obviously])
« on: February 05, 2013, 09:22:52 AM »
Why is this popular? I must admit I've never really had the chance to sit down and watch more than just an episode or some of one sporadically. That said, it's not like I find it unfunny because I don't get the references or something, I do, it's that from what I've seen it's just randomly namedropping science and random geek culture like some Epic Movie film parading around in the clothes of an intelligent sitcom, or just expecting you to laugh because "lololo tha nerd said something nerdy". People keep recommending it to me because I love science and technology and they say "it's really smart" and/or that it goes over their heads but I'd probably get it (their words, not mine; I'd think it'd be the other way around)...but...yeah.

I don't know, that's an admittedly harsh opening, but I am genuinely wondering if this is a show actually worth looking into. If it really is a smart comedy, then that's awesome, I'd love to watch it. But if it's as bad and painful as the little I've seen...well, then I'll avoid it. I'm a little wary of shows with laugh tracks in general, as I don't like the concept that a show has to tell me when to laugh.

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Arts & Entertainment / Conan O'Brien's "Clueless Gamer" series
« on: January 15, 2013, 07:08:54 PM »
I'm already a huge fan of Conan, but this is one of the best things he's done. He's always best when he's improvising, so watching him sit there and play a game, making (funny) criticisms of realism that you tend to ignore as a gamer, is hilarious. I know Conan's kind of a "love him or hate him" type, but hopefully there are others out there who'll enjoy this.

My absolute favourite is the one for Hitman: Absolution and the Resident Evil 6 one had me cracking up. He has a fairly funny review of Skyrim as well, for you Skyrimmers on here. Since there aren't many, I'll put them all up in the order in which they were made. Though they're all pretty funny, check out even the ones for games you're not interested in because...Conan. It's also pretty neat watching him go from not having a clue how to play to being able to play semi-decently. Have fun. :]

#ws" class="bbc_link" target="_blank">Clueless Gamer: Conan Reviews "Michael Phelps: Push The Limit" - CONAN on TBS
#ws" class="bbc_link" target="_blank">Clueless Gamer: Conan Reviews "Kinect Star Wars" - CONAN on TBS
#ws" class="bbc_link" target="_blank">Conan O'Brien Reviews "Minecraft" for XBox 360 - Clueless Gamer - CONAN on TBS
#ws" class="bbc_link" target="_blank">Conan O'Brien Reviews "Skyrim" - Clueless Gamer - CONAN on TBS
#ws" class="bbc_link" target="_blank">Clueless Gamer: Conan O'Brien Reviews "Resident Evil 6" - CONAN on TBS
#ws" class="bbc_link" target="_blank">Conan O'Brien & Alex Morgan Review "Just Dance 4" - CONAN on TBS
#ws" class="bbc_link" target="_blank">Conan O'Brien Reviews "Hitman: Absolution" - Clueless Gamer - CONAN on TBS

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http://www.gamingpixie.com/a-name/

This game was linked on Kotaku a few hours ago. I was underwhelmed, I was hoping it'd be more expansive and touch on more issues, but it did raise the point at least...how bisexuality is viewed by a lot of people.

Being bisexual myself, I can tell you it does garner you an odd string of problems. I'm not necessarily going to say it's "worse" than being gay, but you do receive the gay-hate as well as a new brand. People think you're either gay/straight and in denial, people refuse to acknowledge that bisexuality exists, or, one of the worst, people think you're some omnisexual slut who's perfectly fine with just fucking every single person they find attractive. I've heard all manners of stuff like what was said in that game. I live in an incredibly conservative area, and I've been bullied (verbally, mentally and physically) and condemned by the few friends and family I'd tried to tell. Society's a nightmare to me because such a society will treat you like shit if they even suspect you *might* be gay, or even if you defy whatever the normal conventions are. Of course, nowadays I pretend I'm straight and have told everyone I attempted to come out to that that was some weird phase and I wasn't feeling right and of course I'm straight don't be ridiculous.

So yeah, there's this weird stigma on being bi. I've met a lot of bisexuals that masquerade as gay or straight depending on which sex they're more attracted to, and even several who went from "bisexual" to calling themselves gay/straight, waving off the fact that they're attracted to the other sex much the same way the character in the game did. It always surprises me, the amount of people who think bisexuality isn't a real thing.

I apologize, I'm no good at writing OPs and generating discussion. I'm not sure if anyone else here is bisexual, but if there is, it'd be fantastic to hear someone else's input who knows what it's like. As for everyone else, just hearing what you think of everything would be nice as well. I don't know if there's much discussion here to be had about this subject, but I'd like to try.

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Arts & Entertainment / The Doors Perform the "Reading Rainbow" Theme
« on: January 13, 2013, 04:22:17 AM »
#" class="bbc_link" target="_blank">The Doors Sing "Reading Rainbow" Theme (Jimmy Fallon)
Now I've never been a fan of Jimmy Fallon, but holy crap if this isn't well done. A thousand respect for him. Also, it made me lul. :P

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The Lounge / Far-Too-Common Spelling/Grammar Errors
« on: January 09, 2013, 03:49:16 AM »
SHOULD OF

TORE OFF IT'S FACE

What grammatical and spellaticaliticularary errors bug the living daylights out of you? I'll probably be posting more as I think of them and/or see them...for extra fun, go on and post examples from around the forum in here if you'd like. Their fun to read sometimes. :]

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Suggestions & Concerns / Pages not loading 50% of the time
« on: December 12, 2012, 07:40:57 PM »
Half the time I click any links to threads/forums/hitting "post"/whatever, the page doesn't even bother to load, giving me a blank white screen instead. It'll usually work if I refresh, but like I said it's kind of 50/50. I don't know if this is just me or if others are getting it too? I use Chrome.

/inb4Parsifal's"getagoodbrowser"

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Arts & Entertainment / Black Swan
« on: December 11, 2012, 03:47:47 PM »
omg i just watched this movie and ajfkdslfjdksljfad

I know people are gonna be all "blahblah it wasn't *that* great/it was pretty terrible/overrated/Natalie Portman makeout", but Jesus. That film was so gorgeously surreal, so fantastically dark and just an amazing piece of art that I'm still reeling from. I can't really recall the last time I've left a movie feeling like this, where it just feels like every single second of the work was perfect. The acting, the cinematography, the ballet, the atmosphere and moods, I swear not a single scene felt unnecessary. Just...God.

It's like a dark, psychological thriller with all the grace and beauty of the art of ballet. Not in just the literal sense of it being about ballet, but in how gracefully and gorgeously everything in the movie is done. I was in awe of the elegance when it wanted me to be, confused and worried when it wanted me to be, scared, happy, in tears, shock, everything. I'm not claiming it'll do this to everyone, but the film had me right where it wanted me to be for every piece. It's not often a movie does that to me. I'm not even sure if one has before.

I'm glad I went into that knowing as little about it as I did, it's definitely something where the less you know, the better. I go into everything that way anyways, refusing to watch trailers or read anything about movies I wanna see/games I wanna play/albums I wanna hear, but this was more because I wasn't interested until literally just the other day out of nowhere. I'm so glad.

My heart's still racing and the feeling hasn't left yet. This is a good note to go to sleep on. I can only hope my dreams are as extraordinary as that. Goodnight, FES. I shall (hopefully) see your replies when I awaken. :D

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Alcoholism
« on: December 10, 2012, 02:37:02 AM »
This might be a difficult topic for some (I'm not sure, I guess we'll see) and it can be controversial or provocative depending on the people involved, but I'd like to see what people's opinions are on this. The mainstream scientific view is one thing, but people in general seem to be kinda divided on whether alcoholism is a disease or a choice. Personally, I don't know, and that's why I started this. I'd like to hear opinions and then question/debate/gather information from there. I'd like to know what the forum thinks.

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