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  • Starting small

    9 hours ago

    RogueMusicFreak Keeper of Rhythm

    Hey ho, y'all.  


    How are you? I hope you are doing fine. 


    It's been 3 weeks since my last journal so it's time to make another one.


    So... Exams. Aaaaah, the sweet season when students and teachers alike are bags full of anxiety and nervousness. It has began, and i already wish i had vacation... Oh well. Just a few more weeks and it's over.. Other than that, i'm glad this school year is almost over. It was one of the "bad" years in the job... I still look for a job abroad, so if anyone knows any company that take immigrants, please let me know so that i can send resumes and cover letters. Thanks.


    Rehearsals are going great, some lives are coming up. I'll post the announcement when the time comes. ;) Plus i'll soon be working on building a official website for the band. Wish me good luck to that.


    I'm also slowly and steadily receiving more and more orders from friends and their friends to make for them wooden jewelry. Soon i'll start making metal jewerly too. All i need is a good working space in my room and i'll start making more often and more things. :D 


    Well, that's all folks. For now. 


    I wish you a good day.


    Cheers to you all.  beers





  • What is happening?!?

    22 hours ago

    thaicurry

    Holy shit! 2 journals in a month? The world must be coming to an end. 


    Seriously though I have a weird story to tell and I didn't know where else to put it so here you go. 


    So, a few weeks back I'm out at dinner when we decided last minute to go see Guardians 2 because why the hell not. It's opening weekend so I'm already worried it will be tough finding 2 seats next to each other. Plus, I'm a super brat about only going to my fave theater with the reclining seats. And I refuse to sit in those damn vibrating ones because they shake so much that I'm worried I'll shatter my teeth. Anywho, my fave theater just opened the new iconic screen so we got lucky and I find 2 seats together. I spend a few dollars more for the tickets but no biggie ($12.75 for a reclining seat on a Saturday night is not bad at all). We enjoyed the movie and I enjoy cute baby groot. 


    Fast forward to last weekend. I'm hanging out with my bestie when I confess to her that I had gone and saw guardians without her. I use the excuse that we hadn't actually made plans so I didn't feel as bad. Well, it turns out her and her husband (my childhood friend) had gone on a date night and they saw it too. So, she had to confess her wrongdoing lol I don't know how exactly it came up but we talked about the day I went since I had run for the zoo the next day. Now, this is where it gets weird. It just so happens that they had gone to see guardians that very same day. We both love the same theater so it wasn't a big surprise we went to the same one. But we both saw it on the iconic screen...at the same fucking time.


    She sent me a photo of her ticket today and I sent her mine. We were separated by one fucking row of reclining seats. One!!! They had seats 16 and 17. I had 14 and 15. That is some scary shit right there. 


    Anywho! Love you lots :o) -Les 

  • The Green Mile

    1 day ago

    Priest NonSequitur OCC Consular

    Last night I watched the Green Mile.  I had forgotten how truly beautiful and well done that film was.  It was also rather apropos after a conversation I witnessed/participated in on Reddit yesterday.  There was a thread talking about how Sandra day O'connor retired from the Supreme Court in order to take care of her husband as he progressed through Alzheimer's.  In the thread there were hateful, obnoxious trolls saying how glad they were that she had to go through that and how such a terrible person deserved that amount of pain and suffering.


    I was flabbergasted.  I do not understand how one can come to the point where they disagree with a person to the point of wishing great pain on them in this manner.  I didn't agree with Obama on much, however I really, truly, hope that he lives a healthy life, his family is well, and he dies a satisfied old man surrounded by people who love him.  I really don't like Trump, but I would never wish any harm on him, and I also hope that he lives a satisfied life.  I find it incredibly sad that so many people out there are married to their perspective so completely that they dehumanize anyone who doesn't fit their mold.


    That takes me back to The Green Mile.  If you ever want to know how you should behave from an empathy perspective to people who don't deserve it, this movie is a master class.  John Coffey aside, there is no doubt that each of the other death row inmates deserve to be there.  While we don't know what they did, each of them (except Wild Bill) express remorse in one way or the other.  They knew they had done the crime. These were guilty, convicted men destined to die for crimes that they absolutely committed (except...again, John Coffey.)


    The way that Paul and the rest of the guards (except for that asshat Percy) treat these condemned men is how we should all strive to treat people.  There is an argument that these men, in whatever act was so gruesome, waive their right to dignity and justice.  The guards of the Green mile reject this.  They do their duty, but they provide quiet and empathetic dignity to the inmates. They go out of their way to make things easier on them, and they listen and give respect. Their response to violence is judicious, and they even afford Wild Bill the highest possible level of respect he allows them to.   


    This goes deep into their personal ethos.  Several times Brutus says "What happens on the Mile stays on the Mile." There is little to no oversight.  Paul and his crew could easily get away with acting like Percy. These are condemned men and there's no reason they should be afforded any sort of concession. So while "what happens on the Mile stays on the Mile" is the rule, it is used to comfort...not to curse. It's not rules that keep them from torturing these inmates...it is their own morality.


    How do we apply this to our lives?  


    First- How YOU treat others is NOT dependent on what they "deserve." How you approach people you disagree with or even hate does not say anything about them...rather, it says everything about you.  


    Second- Empathy is greater than justice.  This is not to say that consequences should be damned, but rather understanding a person and putting yourself in their shoes is a powerful tool...much more powerful than balancing any social scale. You may have a conversation with a person you don't agree with...try to walk a mile in their shoes.  Try to see their perspective.  This doesn't mean that you have to ACCEPT their premise or agree that they are right, but it allows you to understand their perspective.  Calling a person a racist is a super easy way to 'fight for justice' but it does little to help truly understand the situation.


    Third- Keep peace in mind.  There are situations that no amount of talking will resolve.  What purpose does it serve for two people to continue an unhealthy conversation that leads to no where?  Escalating and creating tension does absolutely nothing positive, and it is a worthless technique to try to convince or convict someone.  React only to the point where peace is threatened.  If peace is threatened...go somewhere else.  It's not worth it.  There is no reason to provoke anger; it is a selfish and heartless person who takes pleasure in pushing a person to the brink.

  • Still

    19 hours ago

    zogman1

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    *cough* @CaButler *cabutler*

  • An old Kup of mine

    1 day ago

    CaButler

    Hello everybody, and welcome to a string of reviews I plan to do involving the Titan's Return line.  I have a lot of figures to get through and they'll be in whatever order I want, but I hope you enjoy what I have in stored for you guys.


    Today we'll be looking at a former Targetmaster turned Headmaster, who's gotten an updated look that's more G1 than his previously released figure.  But despite that, this old soldier has some life left in him.


    So, without further ado, may I present to you the Titan's Return Deluxe class figure, Kup!


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    So here we have Kup in his package, and you can see he's part of the Titans Return line, as well as a glimpse of what he has with him.


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    And on the back of the packaging you can see who else comes with him in this line.  And we'll be getting to them at some point.  So, let's get him out of the package and see how he really looks.


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    So here we have Kup out of his package and looking quite a bit like his G1 counterpart.  I don't think there are many others in this line that can say that here.  He's got the right color and the right look, which is a plus for me.


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    Getting up close to the head sculpt you can see that it's very much a Kup face, looking grumpy and tired of those darn kids and their rock n'roll!  But he warms up when he's got a story to tell, and he's got a lot of them.


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    Unfortuantely for Kup, he's got robot back problems.  He'd look into getting that fix but robot health care isn't what it used to be.  He's got a decent amount of posing options, though, inducing a waist swivel, which is always nice.


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    And like recent Titans Return releases, Kup comes with two guns.  Here he is doing his best Dirty Harry impression.  He's very good at it.


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    Like others from this line, the guns can combine into one super gun, which any Titanmaster can sit in.  Here we have Titanmaster Brawn as an example.


    Now for some comparisons.


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    Here we have Kup with Titans Return Chromedome.  Kup is a half a head taller than the Chromedome, which shows that this old soldier didn't shrink in his old age.


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    For a size comparison, here is Kup with Generations Brainstorm, showing how the old soldier scales here.


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    Here we have Kup with DX9's Toufold, their version of a Legends size Kup.


    Now, I do have Generations Kup, but as he's a real hassle to trasnform, I'm not going to do any robot comparisons with him.  Instead, we'll skip to TR Kup's transformation.  There's nothing to note with the transformation itself and there's nothing to really look out for.  It's simple so just follow the directions and you're good.


    And soon, you go from Kup in robot mode.


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    To Kup in his G1 alt-mode, looking very much like a Cybertronian pickup truck.


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    Really, when I got Kup in alt-mode, I thought was "Yup, that's a G1 Kup to me."


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    What impresses me is how well TR Kup hides the robot bits.  You can't really look at him and pick out the robot stuff.  It's rather impressive.


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    Moving on, with regards to weapon placement.  You do have a few options.  For example, you have ports on the sides to place the guns there so that Kup can shoot at targets in front of him.


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    Or you can put them on the back and give it more of a turret feel.  Unfortunately there's no real way to get the combined gun in alt-mode, so you have to make due.  But you do have some options with regards to Titanmasters.  Speaking of, let's talk about Kup's.


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    Here we have Flintlock, the Targetmaster turned Headmaster.  And as it's been the case for the Titanmasters after the first wave, the're not painted aside from the head on the back.  Which is a shame because some of these guys have detail that are just begging to be painted.


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    Here's some of Flintlock's mobility.  He wants a hug!


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    And for some quick comparisons, here is Flintlock with Brawn.


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    And like any other Titanmaster, Flintlock can drive his buddy around.  They fit the old man dynamic well together.


    Now for some quick comparisons.


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    Here is Kup with fellow Targetmaster turned Headmaster, Blurr.


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    Here he is with Reveal the Shield Hot Rod.


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    And lastly, here is Kup with his Generations counterpart and DX9's Legends counterpart.  You can see how different the coloring is, which now makes me question if Kup was more blue or more green.


    Still, it's nice to have a G1 looking Kup, even if he's a Headmaster now.  Though there is a Takara version coming out that is more of a Targetmaster, but I'm happy with what I got.


    But speaking of Targetmasters becoming Headmasters, we have a couple more coming up, including one that's been more of a Hot Rod to his unit as of late.  Until then.

  • Giving it a shot!

    20 hours ago

    CalmingTemper FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    So I've been thinking of trying something out that's been on my mind for a good while.  Voice acting.  I've been told by various people that I have a great voice and that I should use it for radio, telling the news, or even voice overs.  Been doing a lot of research about it and I may be signing up for some classes or even some auditions.  Wish me luck!  Any tips would be greatly appreciated.


    PS: Got Lasik surgery and no longer wear glasses.  Yea boi!!!  Gonna updated my profile pic real soon ;)

  • #fit4RTX 2017 Week 20 addendum: Starting stats!

    1 day ago

    Tropes I Am What I Am

    So yeah, my starting stats are:


    173.5 lbs, 15.3% bodyfat


    My goal is to get to 10.3% bodyfat or below by RTX, so off I go!

  • Life Updates: I Finished My Freshman Year, RTX Hype, and Volleyball Workouts

    1 day ago

    LivSenpai Senpai Notices You

    Yeah life updates and crazy things happening. So it's been awhile since I've been here and that's because I finished my freshman year in college (honestly still in denial that I'm even in college). And with the end of freshman year hold finals which had its ups and downs. It was extremely stressful but I produced some of my favorite projects I've ever made. For my Video Editing class, our final was we had to take a movie and make a trailer for said movie, but we had to change the genre. I wanted to do something original so instead of changing the genre of a movie I decided to take two Disney princesses (Merida from Brave and Rapunzel for Tangled) and had them fall in love with each other because Lesbian Princesses. This will be uploaded soon and I'll probably make a post about it so people who want to see it can!


    For my Intro to Computer Graphics final, we had to make a vector landscape. Literally, those were our instructions. I made about 3 landscapes and hated all of them and wasn't proud of any of them. So decided to mess around with Illustrator 2 days before the project was due and 6 hours later I produced my proudest piece I've made in Illustrator (that program and the pen tool are my enemy sometimes). Long story short: I really struggled with this project for several weeks  and was able to push through and make something I'm really proud of it.


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    Now that summer has arrived, it's time for RTX planning. I've decided that I'm only going to conquer one cosplay because I'm trying to save as much money as possible. So I decided to just stick with Mad Queen Ryan because I feel really confident in this cosplay and I'm REALLY excited about it. I did my final cosplay makeup test and I'm starting to gather clothes and supplies and will definitely post a final cosplay when it's done. First I have to learn how to curl my hair...


    With summer come my summer volleyball workout and I'm TERRIBLE about following up on it so I think I'm going to do Bi-Weekly Updates on my workout so I force myself to keep track. So if you hate workouts, I apologize in advance because that will be most of this account (that and RTX/cosplay). 


    Anyway, life update complete. Whoop Whoop!

  • Yay!!

    16 hours ago

    Cecelia_9

    Well I just have to make it through the week and then it is vacation time.  I have not taken any time off in years, but I will next week.  Although it will hit my paycheck hard, but thats ok.  We will be going on a family vacation.  That will include Ryan and I, his parents, sister, grandparents, aunts and uncles and their kids.  It will be quite a crew however I think it will be fun as they are a fun bunch.  We will be going to Branson, MO.  I've never been there.  Then Ryan and I will be visiting friends in Nashville!  It will be a lot of driving but I do enjoy my roadtrips.  

    I really need this break.  I had a bad breakdown over the weekend, and therapy is going ok.  Just starting out with establishing background and everything.  I was able to make it ok.  I really am trying to stay positive but it is so hard sometimes.  

  • What do I watch here?

    16 hours ago

    SachiiSez Good-Natured Realist

    Been a bit slow event-wise in my life, so I am taking a moment to list the things I watch on here. I'll split them into 4 categories.


    Don't wanna miss a thing: The RT Podcast, RWBY, RWBY Chibi, Fan Service, Million Dollars But, Day 5, Crunchtime, Immersion, Burnie/Barbara Vlogs, The Know News

    Love it, but it can wait: RT Doc's, RT Life, Glitch Please (before that, The Patch), Off Topic

    Seen the latest, so let's fill time with: Dude Soup, Things to Do In

    Wish I had the time: everything else...


    I am attempting to keep up with the latest season of RvB too, as I have only seen seasons 1 & 2 (blasphemy, I know I know) - massive knowledge gap, but I still find it fun to watch. I am sure I'll eventually see it all it is just as you can see, I have to fit it in around a lot of viewing already; on top of regular stuff I watch on TV, streaming, anime, movies, Netflix backlog...


    #firstworldproblems #lol I guess if this is one of the only problems in my life I am doing okay at the moment.

    Laughter and Sunshine!

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