Q: Why derpy frog?
A: He just kinda became a "thing" in the same way internet "things" sometimes do. He debuted in this piece: bjpentecost.deviantart.com/art… and for some reason, people just latched onto him. Ever since then, he's appeared in nearly all my pieces. In fact, people get angry with me if I don't include him. XD
Q: Do you need hugs?
A: Not at the moment but I will take one mmeeeeeellion dollars, pleez.
Q: How is your username PRONOUNCED?!?
A: SES-quip-ed-AIL-ean. The alternative pronunciation, VAIR-is-sim-ill-eh-TOOD-in-us, is equally acceptable. You may also call me silver one, I suppose, if you like, though, I don't know why you would when you could call me sesquipedalian or verisimilitudinous instead.
Q: What is that thing? Why do you bother hiding it with clothes?
A: I could tell you, but then I'd have to dunk you upside-down into a vat of chocolate and toss you in the sexy-sexy pit. That could be a wonderful experience or the most terrifying ordeal of your life depending on your proclivities. I will give you one item of your choosing with which to defend yourself. Liberal interpretation of the word "defend" may be applicable.
Q: I want the interpretive dance version.
A: "I can't," Silverone sighed, staring over the balcony as if the secrets to life itself dwelled there in the shadowy teal and burgundy foliage far below. A couple of drunken party-goers giggled across the courtyard, running this way and that.
"Why not?" the questioner asked, quirking a wry brow at the couple. The woman cackled and flapped around a corner like a chicken being chased by a fox and the man growled after her.
"Last time… I…" Siverone paused long in silence. "People died." The Grecian pillar to her left abruptly became much more interesting. She turned away from him to examine the faint craquelure and exposed nibbles of grit beneath the pearlescent skin. A vainglory beetle shimmied up the fluting, its mirrorshine wings reflecting flashes of sunset and splashes of encroaching night sky. She envied it for its obliviousness. Apparently, it had some very important beetle business to attend or perhaps took offence at her closeness and flew off in a noisy flutter.
The questioner stared in stunned silence, scrabbling for clarity but the cacophony of squealing party favors and drunken cheering knocked down any thoughts that climbed too high. After a long bought of gathering his piecemeal thoughts, he finally managed to blurt a single word; "what!?"
"You heard me," she answered more curtly than intended.
"I don't understand." A whispering breeze teased a skirt of wind chimes overhead. The silver and crystal sang pretty lies but he felt the year necrosing around him, deep in his bones, like creeping tendrils of arthritis. Twenty-sixteen could not be done with soon enough for his liking. The whole year had been one long farcical cavalcade of misery and regret from start to finish. Though there were only a few hours left of it, he feared what malevolence twenty-sixteen could get up to even in that short span of time. The year had pulled no punches.
"You don't need to understand," she warned. "All you need to know is that I can't; not unless you want twenty-seventeen to be even worse than twenty-sixteen."
The questioner jerked back as if she had thrown a bucket of ice water in his face. "What do you mean?"
"I mean exactly what I said." Her voice was cold and sharp as the sighing shing of a leyic blade being drawn from its sheath.
A-are you saying… all of this… this entire year…"
"Is my fault?" She turned away again, unable to meet his eyes. "How was I supposed to know it would come to this?"
He shook his head, his face melting into an expression of abject dismay. "David Bowie? Harambe? Prince? Carrie Fisher?" His eyes darted about frantically, his mind flashing with imagery of all the mayhem and heartache the year had wrought. "TRUMP!?"
The telltale pop of a champagne cork preceded shattering glass followed by a wave of uproarious cheering, laughter, and applause.
The questioner stared horror-stricken, shaking his head. "Y-you have to fix it! You have to reverse it!"
"And risk making it worse!?" she spat. "No. I wouldn't dare. Honestly, I don't think there's anything left to do but let it burn. Maybe we can build something better out of the ashes."
"But…" Something inside exploded and a fire erupted to boisterous cheering.
"But nothing. My power was clearly not meant to be used this way."
"Then, pray tell, how was it meant to be used?" he demanded.
"You don't want to know."
"Yes, I really do," he pressed, leaning in close. "You owe me that much."
Silverone sighed. "Alright. You asked for it." She leapt up to the banister with all the grace of a unicorn. Amethyst, pearl, and blue topaz silks flowed about her, billowing as if caught in an ethyreal gust. She held out her arms to the setting sun and breathed deeply of its fading golden rays. The coin belt around her ample hips began to jingle. The bracelets, baubles, and beaded strings tingled like wind chimes and bells, glistening with stars of trapped light. Her silks shimmied with her movements like rippling water.
From the foothills to the desert, from the snowfields to the city, from the riverlands to the plateaus to the mountain peaks and forests, every male stopped as if frozen in time. Mid conversation, working the fields, eating, gardening, walking, reading, sleeping, painting, mid coitus- their heads turned east. Their legs moved of their own accord, dragging them forth in a stampede that rolled across the land like a tidal wave.
"NO! GOD! PLEASE STOP!" the questioner cried out but it was too late for he was too a boy and thus compelled, same as all the others, to Silverone's yard. He flung himself over the balcony, unable to resist the siren call.
"IT'S BETTER THAN YOURS!" a man shouted at his very confused wife then scrambled through the mansion out into the yard with all the others congregating there.
"DAMN RIGHT!" Silverone bellowed in a tremulous voice with all the might and fury of an erupting volcano. And she shook her milk all night long, until the curtains closed on twenty-sixteen.
I am a fucking idiot. Why do you people put up with me? I wouldn't. Jesus Christ.
Q: Was twenty-sixteen really that bad?
A: Aside from the election of a walking 4chan meme to the most powerful political position on the planet, eh. I think it's more that the age has come for many where death is becoming uncomfortably real. We make jokes and laugh about it, threatening to form protective circles around Betty White and Sir Ian McKellan which is answered with "don't give 2016 any ideas" but the truth is, we're starting to realize that maybe there is no magical mystical beardy father figure in the sky promising an eternity of perfect bliss. Maybe the singularity isn't going to happen and Ray Kurzweil isn't going to descend in a cloud of nanoparticles to bring us to the transhumanist promised lands. Maybe we're not going to reincarnate as someone rich and powerful and impossibly awesome or whatever else.
We're starting to realize that just like our heroes, just like the people we loved and admired and looked up to throughout so much of our childhoods, we are going to stop existing and the universe will go on without us until its heat death or obliteration by vacuum decay at which point the transcendent beings will end the simulation and humanity will be relegated to a footnote of a footnote of a footnote in some unimportant footnote of a footnote of a footnote. Maybe we'll get an honorable mention for having almost become a class one civilization before we blew ourselves up and fulfilled the more dour predictions of the Fermi paradox.
Q: Got a favorite aircraft?
A: Serenity! But now for my real answer… I don't really tend to care too much about vehicles except in their capacity to provide interesting set pieces or plot devices. Being stranded in a spaceship or on a ship at sea, murder mystery on a train, Snowpiercer, Speed- the ideas are infinitely more interesting to me than the vehicles themselves. The only exception to this might be motorcycles. They can be sexy, cool, badass, intimidating, or even terrifying. They're very versatile and there's something more personable about them than other vehicles. I can't really explain why I feel that way. Perhaps it's because you can actually see the people riding on them and in a way, they're almost as much a character-revealing accessory as a vehicle.
Q: After the recent disappointing Assassin's Creed movie, do you think it is possible to make a really great videogame movie that competes with other great non-videogame related movies?
A: I think it is perfectly possible to make a great videogame movie. I believe this hasn't happened yet because the following criteria have not been met:
- It would require a great director.
- Who is good at telling stories.
- And isn't afraid to tell a story beyond what we've seen in the videogames.
- Has an intimate knowledge of the material.
- And who not only *knows* the material but understands *the spirit of the material.*
- It would have to be acted out by great actors.
- Who have at least some knowledge of the source material.
- And of course, it would require other things that go into great movies such as good editing, seamless effects, soundtrack etc.
These things simply have not crossed paths yet (imo).
Let's take the Assassin's creed verse for example. We tell the story of an assassin not yet explored in the game series. Her name is Hannah. She is a young 13yo girl; bright, curious, as adventurous as she's allowed to be which is not very. She is normal in just about every way... until the day her mother and father are found brutally murdered in their bedroom. The estate is suddenly overrun by fighting men. Everything is on fire. She's terrified. She doesn't know what to do. A hooded woman in white appears and holds out her hand, changing Hannah's life forever.
The story revolves around this hooded woman teaching Hannah how to be an assassin and more importantly, how to be a *woman* assassin. Fact is, nearly all men are stronger than nearly all women. Your average guy is stronger than literally 99.9% of women. Nearly all of Hannah's opponents are going to be bigger than her and at least twice as strong as her, probably more so since they aren't going to be average men. Thus, if a woman is going to be an assassin, it's going to be very different from how men do it. I think it would be very interesting to explore that idea.
Her assassin's garb could turn inside out to look like peasantwear or a noble woman's garb or a courtesan's dress. Perhaps she could have different outfits for different assignments. She could have wigs and a makeup kit on hand to do a quick contour job and make herself look like someone else (dunno how feasible that is, just spitballing ideas). She would have to learn how to fight against opponents who are bigger and literally more than twice as strong as she is by using their weight and momentum against them, by being smart, cunning, resourceful, and flexible. Perhaps she develops her own code that she will not kill anyone, not even an aggressor, unless the person is on her list of targets. I could go on all day and this is just ONE idea I pulled out of my arse on the fly without even putting much thought into it. I could come up with Assassin's Creed story possibilities in my sleep.
Here's where this idea would go wrong- shitty director with dollar signs in his eyes sees a way to pander to women and get easy money with minimal work. He scrabbles together a few shitty actors and maybe a decent one or two but most of the budget is going towards garish, second rate CGI effects anyway so one or two is the best he can do. He tells this story with sloppy, unsubtle, shoehorned in lesbian overtones. Get the male butts in the seats too! Two birds, one stone. Shoehorn in a male love interest for drama's sake because reasons and why not?
What we end up with is a crappy telling of what could have been a great story acted out by actors whose only motivation is "erotica" which pisses off both men and women because both groups know they're being shamelessly pandered to and don't appreciate the tactless, patronizing tone or sloppy exploitive manner in which the subjects were handled. Somehow, the movie still makes A LOT of money despite being universally panned so an equally crappy sequel is inevitable.
There is, IMO, not a single damn thing stopping a truly great videogame movie from happening except that the aforementioned requirements have yet to cross paths.
Q: What do you want to get for Christmas?
A: Material things don't do much for me unless they facilitate my creative process in some way which is problematic because my creative process involves some pretty expensive stuff and I don't know any benevolent loaded millionaires. If I knew any, I'd ask for a supercomputer with Photoshop Creative Cloud, Zbrush, Vray, Maya, Vue, and a personal renderfarm but that's not going to happen. So I usually ask for videogames, books, and pajama pants because my closet eats pajama pants for some reason. I swear, one day, the damn thing is just going to explode and every pair of pajama pants I have ever owned is going to come spewing out in a big, watery belch, leaving a pajama pants-strewn hole in the north wall of my room.
Q: What.... is your favourite colour? -no wait, I think we can all guess that one…
A: I bet you can't either. Go ahead, try. I guarantee not a single one of you knows it.
Q: Beside PS and digital painting, what is your favourite software/medium?
A: Absolutely, one-hundred percent, hands down, no contest, ZBRUSH. I worship at the altar of Zbrush. Pixologic is my god. I. Fucking. LOVE Zbrush. I wish all creative developers were as innovative and facilitative as Pixologic. I swear to every possibly existing god, every time I think they can't possibly make this program any better, they go and make the program better. Gggaaawwwddd I love the Zmodeler tools.
Q: Who or what are you? and if so, how many?
A: I am become Tacobell, destroyer of toilets. *arises in a cloud of guacamole, pico de gallo, and three-cheese blend*
Q: Vaccum decay? guh ya made me google that!
A: Interesting stuff. Learned about it from Kurzgeskjnaksjnfkjbtn. I'm not even going to try. Relevant: www.youtube.com/user/Kurzgesag… (Edit: Oh, hey, look, there it is right there in the link. Hodor.)
Q: what does one have to do to win your heart?
A: The following requirements must be met:
1.) Must be roughly 9.4697e-5 miles tall.
2.) Must weigh approximately 0.000223214 imperial tons.
3.) Must generally fall somewhere between 2.628e+15 nanoseconds and 3.154e+16 nanoseconds old.
4.) Must be a member of the species, F. catus.
In all seriousness, I need someone who is intelligent, creative, has a sense of humor, is compassionate, empathetic, and shares my love of fantasy, science, RPing, and long thoughtful conversations. Must also like fluffy women because try though I may, I am, have always been, and probably always will be pretty damn fluffy. None of that is negotiable but most everything else is just different flavored cake icing.
Q: Miss Pantycoast, are the rumors about you and the sentient potato, true? The internet demands answers.
A: Firstly, I'll have you know that it's PantyCOATS, you ignoble sea marmot! Secondly, how dare you!? I am a sentient TOMATO. There is a HUGE difference. I mean really, people, come on. This is 2016… for the moment anyway.
Q: What's your favorite part when working on a new project?
A: In almost every painting I've ever done, there's a point I reach where it's all a smooth downhill slide to the finish line and I can focus on the fun stuff like detailing. That's my favorite part. I love getting wrapped up in detailing, especially jewelry and attire.
Q: What kinds of things helped inspire your fantasy world?
A: Whooo! That would be a very long list to fully flesh out so I'll TL;DR it: The Last Unicorn, The Lion King, the Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver series, and Disney movies in general had a HUGE impact on my artistic development. Recently, however, I am becoming increasingly inspired by, of all things, chemistry, which I absolutely HATED in high school and barely even passed. I've become weirdly fanatical about it lately. It hasn't shown up in my artwork but it will soon… eh… rather someday when I manage to claw my way out from under commission mountain.
Q: Can I have a cookie?
A: Not unless you fandango your homework first and you'd better do a good rumcake impression or you're not getting any at all. I swear, I will absolutely revoke your electronegativity without hesitation. I might even go so far as to fluorinate your ass. You don't want that. Trust me.
Q: Why isn't the world octagonal?
A: Little known fact- the world actually was effectively octagonal at one point. In its very early formation, after the collision with the asteroidal body which we now know as Mars, Earth took on a roughly octagonal form. Due to the prevalence of carbon and its strong tendency to form tightly-knit hexagonal substrates with silicate minerals and ionic hydrogen (specifically in conditions of high pressure and heat), enormous spans of flat surfaces began to propagate from the concretion process. The very same polar covalent functions that are hypothesized to have instigated abiogenesis spurred on carbonosilicate substrate propagation so perfectly, the effect seemed almost procedurally generated, something that is considered mathematically sound evidence for the "Simulation Hypothesis."
As the concretion process slowed down, Earth was left, for a brief (relatively, in cosmic terms) period of time, with large octagonal facets, each spanning thousands of kilometers. Eventually, gravity, van der waals, and the strong nuclear forces colluded in crunching it all down to the lovely Earthen shape we know and love today- an oblate spheroidal pear.
Source: B. Taurus Egesta.
Q: Are you good at interpretive dance?
A: We've been over this. I can't. Not unless you want 2017 to be even more catastrophic than 2016. At this rate, there would be nothing left of Earth but a giant smoldering anus floating in space come 2018.
Q: Can I have 2 cookies?
A: Get out of here with this Oliver Twist bullshit. Have you fandangoed your damn homework yet? Because if not, your ass is getting fluorinated. You've been warned.
Q: Is art your full time job? If so, when did you decide your work was professional enough to do so?
A: Yes. I started taking it seriously a few years ago. I realized that I can write my own ticket, set my own schedule, and be my own boss. I'll probably never be rich but I can work from home in my pajamas so there's that.
Q: If you had to start all over again and you wanted to get to where you are now, what would you do differently?
A: It's tough to say. I almost think the obsessive "art is life" and "art = self-esteem" phase I went through in my late teen/early adult years was unnecessary but I'm not sure it was. I don't have enough perspective. I don't know many other artists on a personal level so I don't know what their experiences are. Maybe if I had grown up emotionally healthy and happy, I wouldn't be as good as I am today. Or maybe I would have. Maybe all the suffering and obsessing and approval-seeking has ultimately made no difference in my artistic progress.
Otherwise, I can't think of too many other things I'd do differently aside from obvious things like practice more, study more, more perspective work, more pose work, etc etc.
Q: how much of the finished picture is in your head when you start creating?
A: Sometimes all of it, sometimes none of it, sometimes some of it. Depends on what I'm doing. If I'm doing a commission, I need to have a strong mental image to work by. If I'm doing something for myself that's unimportant, then I can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the brainfart-powered journey.
Q: What is the hardest part of the process for you?
A: Getting started. That's always the hardest, most tedious, difficult, brain-straining part for me. This is actually one of the reasons I love incorporating Zbrush into my paintings. Zbrush allows me to free-flow, spitball, and rapid-prototype ideas without having to commit upfront. I can experiment with poses, perspective, and props.
Q: First furry gal-crush? First furry guy-crush?
A: I think this is probably cheating but the answers to both of these questions are two of my characters.
First furry boy crush: bjpentecost.deviantart.com/art…
First furry girl crush: bjpentecost.deviantart.com/art… This one is technically a guy but I have a female version of him and I am ass over teakettle in love with her.
Q: Venison or bison?
Q: Can I have 3 cookies?
A: Do you want a fluoroantimonic acid enema? Because that's how you get a fluoroantimonic acid enema. Now fandango your damn homework. I won't tell you again. Jesus. You fucking people.
Q: Which word do you use sarcastically: Shagging, yiffing, swiving, plowing, or other?
Q: Vampires or werewolves? Vampires on werewolves or werewolves on vampires?
A: Why draw arbitrary lines in the sand when we can just open the doors and let everyone in? Gargoyles, satyrs, merfolk, centaurs, demons- I'm a free love kinda gal, though, I draw the line at Deep Ones. No tentacles allowed. I mean, I'm totally okay with other people being into that but it's not my thing.
Q: Is competitive ass-dragging a thing? Would taurs have competitive ass-dragging races?
A: So far as I know, it is actually a thing, but you have to get elected first and unfortunately, I think the competition is over for now. IIRC, we'll get another one in 2018, assuming we haven't blown ourselves up by then.
A: *brandishes cone of shame*
Q: Leeks or onions?
A: Ya know, I've never actually had leeks so I'm going to have to go with onions. I LOVE red onions and I'll put them on just about everything except, strangely, pizza. I don't like onions on pizza and I have no idea why since I like just about everything else on pizza. Parmesan/garlic white sauce? Hell yes. Banana peppers? Mmmhmm. Feta? Oh yeah. Spinach? Muchly. Mushrooms? Give it to me, babay! Garlic? Yes, please. Pepperoni? Absolutely. Jalapenos? If I'm feelin extra spicy, sure. Bacon? Damn straight. Ham? Okay. Sausage? Maybe. All of these things at once? Sure, why not? Onions? WELL THAT'S JUST UNREASONABLE!
Q: If Trump is Putin's pet carrot and Putin's secretly in the closet, does that mean Putin's a power bottom?
A: I don't know that your conclusion is necessarily tenable based on the premise. I'm not saying you're wrong. You might very well be right but there's not enough evidence to come to that conclusion. However, if Trump really is Putin's pet carrot and Putin is secretly in the closet, I think it is fair to say that carrot will soon be getting some serious comeuppance. (Is there a medal for pulling off a triple entendre?)
Q: Which combination of genders and personalities do you prefer to be FAQed by?
A: I am happy to be FAQed by any gender really. When it comes to FAQing and related activities, I'm really more interested in the aforementioned "things necessary to capture my heart."
Q: How have you been? You haven't posted any real general life posts for a while.
A: Eh. Been better, been worse. I haven't really posted much about myself recently because I'm always afraid it's going to somehow start a flamewar. I once made a post about what the weather was like in WA and the comments erupted into a flame war between people who could not reconcile that WA is a big state and has different weather systems along the cost and eastern border. Jinkies Christ, people will fight over anything.
Q: Did you end up getting fallout 4, if so did you enjoy it? Were there any other rpg games that surpassed it this cycle?
A: Alas, no, I have not. I probably will at some point, though, I have heard some unfavorable reviews and that makes me unsure whether I want to spend the money or not. The Witcher 3, despite some obnoxious flaws, was A LOT of fun. I really quite enjoyed it… even if Geralt was a bit of a Marty Stu.
Q: Since I am relatively young I don't have a real memory of other political phases, have there other transitions or phases that have looked as bad as this upcoming one?
A: Not ever in the history of my entire 33 years on this planet have I ever seen anything as ridiculous as this past election cycle, at least not in America. I am absolutely shocked by how many people genuinely seem to think Trump being elected is a good thing and the rationalizations are so far beyond absurd, it makes me wonder if some of these people aren't legitimately insane. "Liberals told me that I have to not be a cunt and I didn't like that so I voted for the walking 4chan meme with no political experience and a long history of corrupt, exploitive, sociopathic, unethical business practices." The fuck? I mean, I don't like Hillary either but for Flying Spaghetti Monster's sake, people…
Q: When will you be leaving Florida? I fear that the continual heat and humidity has had a corrosive presence, as recorded by this website
A: As soon as I can afford to. I hate literally almost everything about this state. The ONLY reasons I am staying here is because I can't afford to leave at the moment and because it has a low cost of living. Otherwise, I would be out of here.
Q: will there ever be another installment of the episodes of your puntastic gift and or your pants?
A: Yes, though, I don't know if anything will ever beat "tightlipped and forthcoming" or "Jesus Christ, quit being such a martyr." *facepalms* I don't know why people tolerate my existence sometimes. If I weren't me, I'd probably kill me in my sleep.
Q: Did you ever end up using the answers to the earth-sci chem questions?
A: Yes. And it will be making its way into my art… eventually… after I manage to dig my way out from under commission mountain.
Q: It seems like your eyes have finally become stable, is that the case?
A: Yes and no. I now know (or think I know) the cause (or indirect cause) of my eye problems and I can sometimes head it off by engaging my liver and kidneys in combat which I typically win with heaping mounds of Excedrin Migraine and Advil. However, there are still days where I feel like I'm getting double-dicked in both eye sockets without lube and there's nothing I can do but lay in bed like a beached squid until the meds kick in.
Q: Any pieces of media that you've encountered over the last year or so that seems to really stick with you?
A: "Fenton! FENTON! FENNNTON! Jesos Chroist. FENTONNNN!" Apparently that's old but I completely missed it. So glad I found it this year. I don't think I've ever laughed so hard at anything ever and I'm not even sure why. I mean, was it really that funny? Yes. The answer to that is yes.
In all seriousness though, there were actually a few things that did stick with me but most of them were not good and I'm not sure I want to ruin everyone's mood by sharing. 2016 was actually kind of a beyotch.
Q: What systems and rulesets do you run with your rpg games? Do you make use of pre generated worlds, or has your group developed its own?
A: I've only run a few official games (Cthulhu and Rifts) but I do also run my own Bobbie Jeanoverse RPs using my own system which is kind of a bastardization of whatever I feel works well from other systems. I draw up character stats and have my players use the DnD dice roller ap. I also run other RPs that are purely story based and don't really require a system. The players decide whether they succeed or fail for themselves.
Q: You've been surprisingly well versed in scientific theory for your profession, has there been any papers or fields that has caught your eye over the past year or so?
A: I could write a mile-long list but here are a few notable scientific discoveries/advances/papers/etc that have caught my eye:
We are also apparently developing bionic eyes that restore eyesight to the blind, CRISPR advances that may cure fatal genetic illnesses, and an EM-drive that doesn't in fact defy physics and actually works… fancy that.
Q: Have you ever tried dark souls or its sequels? It isn't an RPG for talking but the worlds and lore are amazing.
A: Alas, nope. I'm not sure I want to either. I've heard it is amazing but I've also heard it is the among the most frustrating game series of all time.
Q: Lastly, have you tried balancing out the coffee with some tea?
A: I wonder what they would taste like together. >8} I must try this. FOR SCIENCE!
"And that's that," Silverone said, to the sea of gaping, horror-stricken faces.
A long, uncomfortable silence persisted, pocked by the occasional cough or shuffling of feet. When it became clear no one would dare break the seemingly universal agreement not to intrude upon the burgeoning silence, she shrank back with a sigh. After all, the performance had been quite trying for anyone bearing the slightest shred of empathy or decency and gods help anyone possessing even a modicum of logic or rationality.
As she prepared to exit stage left, a diminutive, elderly gentleman at the very back of the room stood up. He was but a silhouette amidst the shadows. Those around him cringed away as if he might infect them with whatever madness compelled him to stand. "Beg pardon, miss, but," he paused, "well, does this, this… atrocity have a name?"
Silverone's face contorted into a bloody rictus and her arms spread wide as if to embrace the people, every single one of whom were waiting for a proprietous moment to dash for the exits. A few had already left their seats and scurried down the aisles.
"I call it, The Aristocrats." The doors slammed shut with the sound of a guillotine crashing down and the lights went out.
Funny how in my process, both the beginning and the end are the hardest parts for me. I suck at detailing and coming up with ideas. lol
If I may ask one more, is there any animal you wish more people did furry characters of?
>>>Funny how in my process, both the beginning and the end are the hardest parts for me. I suck at detailing and coming up with ideas. lol
Oh gosh, that's my favorite part. XD I could come up with ideas all day. It's the gettin goin that's hard for me. XD
>>>If I may ask one more, is there any animal you wish more people did furry characters of?
I would really love to see more linsangs, civets, genets, cacomistles, and coatimundis. More unconventional types, basically, ya know, things like pangolins, fairy wrens, and secretary birds.
Funny how I asked another furry artist the same question and he said pangolins too, some of those I've never even heard of! Thank you for introducing me to them! Hopefully one day when my skills are ready I'll be one of the few
I know I said I had only one more question but when you said you make a living off your art, where do you get a majority of your commissions? Also whats something that other artists do that impresses you the most? If you don't have the time to answer I completely understand!
>>>where do you get a majority of your commissions?
Furaffinity, DA, and I have a few private repeat clients. I've also gotten a few off reddit.
>>>Also whats something that other artists do that impresses you the most?
I'm always impressed by artists who can do cityscapes. Those are super difficult for me. Complex perspective and anatomy. I'm always impressed by the nice clean, professional, polished look a lot of artists manage to pull off. For some reason, my artwork always looks dirty and unfinished to me. I'm also impressed by sketch artists. Sketching is very difficult for me. I'm always exceedingly impressed by the kind of stuff you see on CGSociety and Zbrush central.
Ya know... I could probably go on ad nauseum so let me put it like this- the only art I am never impressed by is art that looks lazy. If it looks like you phoned it in or let the PS brushes/filters/computer do most of the work, I'm not impressed. Otherwise, any piece of art I see likely has something in it that impresses me.
I really agree with what you said about art that looks phoned in, I really love your philosophies. I have the same problem of making my work look "done" and clean like you say as well.
Another question that I have is, do you have any tips or concepts to keep in mind on how to make a drawing look more "attractive" or lack of a better word "sexy"? Like if I want to make something more cute, one concept is to give the thing more baby like features. But for example anatomy, your creatures and characters are very lively but when I do it, they are either very cartoony/ cute or they look like medical charts.
^__^ Thanks. Here are the main tips that come to mind:
1.) Make sure your character is well posed. This is probably one of the most important aspects. Pose speaks to character motivation and can tell a story all on its own. If the pose isn't good, even if everything else is great, it will eat away at the overall quality. Here is a good resource on that: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmLkVt… Pay special attention to what he says about action line and silhouette.
2.) Don't get lazy. It's easy to use shortcuts and sometimes it's fine but if you're not careful, it can become overly noticeable and eat at the quality of your art. It sucks but sometimes, you've got to draw those feathers, draw those fingers, draw those strands of hair, though, also keep in mind that you can imply a surprising amount of detail with surprisingly few strokes. It's all about detail allocation.
3.) Make sure your piece is well composed. You want the viewer's eye to be drawn to areas of interest, not away, so use leading lines, light, color, contrast, and such to draw attention to places you want the eye to go and try not to have a bunch of shapes that lead the viewers eye off the page.
4.) People really like hands, feet, faces, draped cloth, translucency, subsurface scattering, water, and reflective surfaces, especially mirrors. I don't know why but I've noticed people tend to gravitate especially towards these things.
5.) Flip your canvas temporarily. Makes picking up mistakes easier.
I hope that answers your questions. Feel free to ask more if you like.
I thought it was kind of funny how when the guy showed the pictures of the same character in different poses, I ended up picking almost all the ones he thought were the most boring. XD I went in not knowing what to think of the guy but I actually learned a lot from the video! Something else I discovered on my own is, if you want to make something look attractive, make it look healthy or positive to the viewer. (reason being attraction is the opposite of disgust.) I just thought you might find it interesting.
One problem I had with line of action is, although I could see it in drawings, I could never do it with my own stuff. I understand it but using it practically is something I can't do yet. D: Also all of number 4. XD I know when I see other artist tackle those things I always take my hat off to them. And number 2 is for sure me, although I draw every day, I'll admit I lose interest really quick and after an hour I'm pretty much done.
Could you explain what it means for a pose to have a focal point, create a mood or tell a story? For a landscape I can understand how a focal point works, but with posing I always feel all I'm doing is moving their arms and legs to look "cool" but having no substance.
Thank you again so much! I am eternally grateful and unworthy!
>>>Could you explain what it means for a pose to have a focal point, create a mood or tell a story? For a landscape I can understand how a focal point works, but with posing I always feel all I'm doing is moving their arms and legs to look "cool" but having no substance.
Sure thing. We won't find too many good examples among my own work because this is something I've only been working on recently but for sake of ease, I'll see if I can find some good illustrations of this concept...
Here, I tried to use posing that would reveal a bit about their characters. You can kinda get a very surface feel for what these people might be like if you met them based on what they are doing with their bodies. In truth, I feel I could have done a better job.
Same here. I tried to use poses that would show their personalities.
From this guy's posing, we can see that he's someone who may be a little more animalistic or primal by how he crouches. The pose also creates a nice triangle shape which keeps the viewer's eye locked in.
This pose creates a triangular shape that keeps your eye bound to the figure.
From this pose, we might get the impression that she's trying to look sexy but maybe she's a little unsure of herself because her knees are turned in. There are also focal points, namely the face, her breasts, and the leafy thing on her belt.
In this image, we see one guy who looks very on edge and defensive while the other looks to be calmly focusing on something.
In this image, we see another triangle shape which leads to their faces which is the main focal point.
You don't have to use posing to create focal points but if you're drawing characters, it is better, IMO, to have them doing something character revealing rather than just standing there going durrrr like this or this. It's surprisingly easy to say a lot with little posing choices.
Does that answer your question?
I'm also annoyed that I've remembered even more questions I have now.
Well I can see it's unlikely that anyone on this website is unlikely to be your purrrfect partner. but perhaps you might start encountering some suitors now, as I was personally under the impression that you had homoromantic tendencies.
I am a woman in an open polyamorous relationship. I'm happy to date whoever regardless of what they're packing so long as their personality is conducive with mine. That's the abridged version as I don't want to blather on extensively about my personal life in public. ^__^;
I would like hearing about your thoughts on what your future artwork inspired chemistry might be, as the electrical infrastructure might collapse before you chip your way out of that diamond mountain.
I don't want to give too much away just yet. I want to ensure my idea is properly "cooked" before releasing it into the wilds. I will say this much- it's fantasy with strong elements of science, particularly chemistry and frankly, the idea is EXTREMELY complex so it will probably never be fully cooked. If all goes according to plan, for this year, I am hoping to put out a graphic novelized short story featuring my idea. If that goes well, there will be subsequent stories, possibly some written work as well.
Also, did you end up borrowing some rules from F.A.T.I.A.L? 0_0
But how can there be definitive conflict if players ultimately decide the end result?
There is a huge difference between tabletop RP (hard rules, dice rolling, GM) and the kind of "story driven" RPing I do with my friends and SO which is less rule-based and more fluid and organic. Right now, my SO and I are in the middle of a story RP. We each play a handful of characters (usually 2 - 6). I write a post then SO replies to which I reply to which he replies and on it goes. A typical post between he and I can be anywhere from one paragraph to six, though, they can be much longer if need be or shorter if we're rapid-firing. In a way, it's like we're GMing for each other. RP posts between my friends and I tend to be shorter, usually a few sentences to three paragraphs or so.
Definitive conflict is not usually a problem. For example, I have a character named Victor. He ran around doing some extremely villainy things. SO reacted to villainy things. I left little clues laying around. SO did not pick up on any of these clues and nearly killed Victor (he only survived because I wanted him to). Victor was possessed and not responsible for his actions. This played out very satisfyingly.
Either of us can introduce bad guys at any moment and we control them. It's understood that if one of us introduces the baddy, we decide what happens to him/her/it. Sometimes we may introduce dice rolls to spice things up but it's not necessary.Recently, I had a big baddy appear. I describe its characteristics and reveal what I feel should be revealed, then let other players interact with it. I decide if/when it dies or runs away.
Right now, the only big problem I'm having with this style is that my SO… I don't want to speak unkindly so I'll just say that I shouldn't have allowed him so much freedom. He is not very responsible with it. He god-modded the fuck out of his characters which removes a lot of the stakes and destroys dramatic tension. Inevitably, for drama's sake, he'll have something bad happen to one of his god-modded characters and it will not feel believable to me because there will be a hundred different ways said character could have prevented it.
Anyway, I'm rambling. Long story short, it has its upsides and downsides. I enjoy it immensely but I can understand why someone accustomed to hard rule tabletop RP might not get it. I can elaborate further if you like.
But Humanity is simply a delayed form of flame(Vestial Fire pine), and electricity seems to act as an extreme catalyst, just don't be bothered with their natural activity. It happens regardless
Personally, I find that most humans are totally unmanageable except under threat of being dowsed with alkali earth metals. Threatening to fluorinate their backsides doesn't even work! Apparently, electronegativity isn't scary anymore. If they're going to be that way, we can try out electropositivity instead. See how they like a nice lithium powder shower! >8}
I'm well aware that 2016 has been the signaling horn of humanitie's inevitable collapse, as the sheer weight of humanity's ignorance will finally shatter the glass skyscraper that intellect has constructed. It woudn't hurt me to be exposed to anything more so if you want to you can send a message with the darker media.
Eh. No one is going to read down this far. On the off-chance I'm wrong, spoilers, sad stuff ahead. Turn back now if you don't want to see it.
One of the things that comes to mind is Fallujah girl. i.imgur.com/09E1I5G.gifv The first time I saw this, I burst into hysterical tears. I wish I could turn my empathy off sometimes. I'll just be sitting here working, doot-dah-dooing whatever it is I'm doing and she'll pop into my head and I'll become very sad. I can't look at that gif without tearing up.
On a happier note, there's also this: i.imgur.com/J78L8Uj.gifv
I'm also annoyed that I've remembered even more questions I have now.
Ask away. I don't mind. It's intellectually stimulating.
And this is the best Aristocrats i've had the misfortune of knowing about.
I was going to call it 2016 but The Aristocrats seemed more fitting.
I think my used term of media might be different than what you interperated. I used it to mean all forms of communication, such as books, articles, speeches, songs, videos, comics, ect.
Ahh, I see. Well, that opens the doors. A friend just sent me a copy of Watchmen which I will be reading soon. Looking forward to that. Finishing up Dune. Surprisingly, not really liking it all that much. World-building is fantastic, prose is superb, do not give a single shite about any of the characters. No emotional investment at all. Finished Ender's Game. Torn on that one. Liked it even though Ender was one of the worst Mary Sues I've ever seen. Also, there were faint pedoerotic and misogynistic undertones that made me a bit uncomfortable.
Other notable interesting media that comes to mind:
CGP: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rStL7n… "The Rules for Rulers."
Kurzgesagt: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijFm6D… Interesting, fun description of vacuum decay.
Compound Interest: www.compoundchem.com/ AWESOME chemistry resource.
Did you ever do any thinking on what you want the body type of the "race" that you developed that your characters come from or was it a cornerstone of the thought?
Do you mean Aedaha specifically or just in general? If you're talking about Aedaha, I think their body-type is probably a reflection of societal pressures manifest through my art. We are obsessed with thinness and that obsession seeped into me at a very early age so it's become ingrained in my personality. I like very thin, elongate builds, sometimes to the point of borderline anorexic.
With some generality to avoid pointing something out, what is the oddest commission that was ever asked of you, and the oddest piece that you accepted to do?
Well, the guy who wins this prize is perfectly open about his proclivities so he won't mind. I won't go out of my way to point him out but if he does stumble across this, he won't be upset. Dude asked me to paint a purple, blue, teal, and pink sparkling latex multi-hyperboobed (with lactation), three-vaginaed, hypercocked, two-headed, big-bellied, 300ft tall, anthropomorph in a thong with each pair of boobs tearing out of bikini tops. No, I am not making this up and no it was not a joke commission.
I will pretty much accept any commission with the only exception being anything that combines children and sex in any way. That is just not happening, period, the end, don't care how much money is on offer. There are other subjects I'd prefer not to paint but will for the right price.
What is in your opinion, the best game of all time and what defined it from other things? The setting, gameplay, world, characters or a common theme that ties several together?
Oooohhhhhh.... that is a difficult question to answer.... Honestly, I'm really terrible at identifying favorites so I'm going to totally copout, give you my top faves, and explain why I feel that way (no particular order):
1.) Skyrim: Elder Scrolls, Fallout 3, and New Vegas: I loved the customization, open world, different playstyles, and moddability. You could make your own game out of Skyrim. It gets HUGE points for replayability but loses some for bad graphics, terrible voice acting, and weak main story campaign. Still, absolutely great game. Definitely wins a spot in my top 10. I count FO and NV alongside Skyrim because they're more or less the same game in different outfits. Enjoyed FO3 and NV very much for pretty much all the same reasons I loved Skyrim.
2.) Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver: This game had a rich, robust ambiance, fantastic soundtrack, and visuals that were stunning (for its time). The story was simple but compelling. The voice acting was great. Gameplay was a little lackluster but I could forgive it for all it's intrigue. Also, I learned a lot of my best vocab from this series. Probably doesn't deserve to be on any "best games" lists but I really loved it and feel it had a lot going for it.
3.) Silent Hill 1 and 2: Ahhh, the games that shat ten million pants. Powerful ambiance, deep and compelling stories, innovative for their time, and genuinely pants-shittingly terrifying, these games may not have been deep in terms of mechanics but they both left an impact on the world of gaming. Echoes of Silent Hill still creep into other horror games that never really quite seem to live up to their predecessors.
4.) The Witcher 3: The Witcher 3 represents what I feel is a sort of renaissance in gaming amidst a slew of bland, repetitive, retreads and shameless money grabs. It features great mechanics and deep gameplay alongside a compelling story and all without skimping on the visuals. Geralt does come across as a bit of a Marty Stu but it's hard to hold that against him because he's just so much damn fun to play as.
5.) Portal 1 and 2: The game mechanics alone make these games stand out. So many games forget that they are supposed to be GAMES (cough-The Order 1886-cough). Portal gets this right with strong gameplay enhanced by an interesting and well-told, if subtle, story. I've yet to see a better puzzle game.
6.) Assassin's Creed 2 and Brotherhood: AC1 was fun despite being a bit threadbare but Ubi learned from AC1 and subsequently developed several inspiring, incredibly fun, interesting games with great replayability and compelling stories. To me, Brotherhood is the apex of the series. Not that it didn't have its problems (at some point, it becomes so easy it's almost impossible to lose or die unless you're a complete dunce) but few games have ever captured and held my affection so powerfully.
Honorable mentions: The Last of Us, Dishonored, Amnesia, Prince of Persia, Final Fantasy 5 - 12, RE4, Borderlands 1 and 2, Metal Gear Solid series.
Since you rightfully want to leave Florida badly do you have some places that you would like to move to if you could get over the initial financial hurtle? If your residence was destroyed by a hurricane, could you move with the insurance?
If money was not an issue (either by large amounts magically falling into my lap or hurricane grade destruction resulting in a presumably large enough insurance payout) I absolutely would move the hell away to just about anywhere else in the States. I would prefer somewhere with a low cost of living but if money was suddenly, magically not an issue, I'd rather move to somewhere with cold winters- NY, Maine, Montana, Wisconsin, Minnesota. I'm especially drawn to places with large amounts of coniferous forest.
I'm certainly looking forward to that day when you release the short story. I would have liked to put my imput in regards to your question, but inorganic chemistry and geology are two of the ares that I'm least interested,
What areas are you most interested in? Any science-oriented input is valuable to me.
I thus reach for the most enjoyable part of the mental simulation which is the ending. The time it has rolled around, any real conflict of could be easily solved.
This isn't a problem for me because I self-impose rules but this requires A LOT of discipline and some heavy logic-work. My SO has many good qualities but discipline… not so much.
I have a hard time fully seperating characters into their own entity and mostly end up becoming a shell for myself to inhabit within a world and I'm more intrested in manipulating the reality (rules) of a game for the character's (mine) benefit.
My SO has a similar problem. All of his characters end up falling into two categories: Wish-fulfillment with minor variations of the same personality or bland throwaway characters with minimal personality. This seems to be a function of his inability to empathize. He is compassionate and not devoid of empathy but he struggles with it. I have the opposite problem. I overempathize. It is easy for me to slip into someone else's shoes. So it's easy for me to develop an array of characters with different personalities and varying motivations.
I've tried some rules light RP and i've never been able to become interested in all of the little interactions that make up the bulk of most RPs.
I find that most people tend to fall into two categories and, unsurprisingly (at least to me), it seems to be divided largely (but not entirely) by gender:
1.) Prefers tightly organized, mathematical, systems-based RP with strict rule-sets and guidelines
2.) Prefers organic, fluid, flexible, heavily story-driven RP with a lot of room for character interaction
In my experience, the first is dominated largely by men and the second is dominated largely by women. There are, of course, also people who enjoy both. I would be one of them. Interestingly, (and this is totally anecdotal) everyone I know who enjoys both are either effeminate men or masculine women.
well as this election proved the public is far more concerned about tiny pocks and prods at their pride than looming catastrophes both physical and moral.
In all seriousness, I am mortified, as an American, that so many people think Donald Trump is an appropriate choice for president. ANY of the other candidates, including the entire republican clowncar RNC Primary parade, would have been a better choice, IMO. Even the very worst of them at least seem to have some damn sense of basic propriety.
It looked absurd. There was nothing for scale. Shi was hovering in outer space. He only told me she was 300ft tall as an aside.
Do you feel that your own art is an exploration of your own internal world or a tangible expression of a higher ideal?
I'd say a mix of both with the former being more prevalent. My internal world has changed a lot in the last few months though and I haven't begun to express that in my art as of yet. It has coalesced and solidified into something more conveyable, so much so that I am compelled to attempt graphic noveling it. We'll see how that works out.
Any RPG systems that you would like to play if you could find a group?
Rifts, Cthulhu, Shadowrun. I've never been overly impressed with DnD but that may be more because my GMs were all terrible. One was unimaginative and boring and the other two would rather have been playing than GMing.
Any particulaly unique aspect of living in florida that is unknown to the wider states?
I don't know so much about "unique" but I've never experienced the floating spiders phenomenon anywhere else.
Is there anything you enjoy in the outer world or are you described as a self employed NEET?
My understanding is that employment and NEET are mutually exclusive but otherwise, yeah, I definitely lean very heavily towards the hermitous side of the spectrum. Avoidance complex. My personal space bubble is about 6 feet on a good day. On a bad day, if I can see you, you're in my personal space.
I am intrested in most of the sciences
I wish I could be interested in math but it is SO black and white. I acknowledge its usefulness and have long believed it to be, more or less, the programing language of the universe but it deals in black and white. You get yeses and nos. There's no room for nice, mooshy, organic thinking. Which is fine. That's what philosophy and psychology are fore... both of which fascinate me endlessly.
My two favorite sciences are biology and chemistry. I've always been utterly fascinated with biology ever since childhood. I'm especially fond of zoology and evolution.
Whelp, I've been FAQing you for a little while, care to take the reins for a bit?
Sure. For starters.... What kinds of things do you like to RP? Are you more of an empathizer or systematizer? (I'm guessing the latter on that one?) What are your favorite videogames? What are your least favorite? Is there anything that makes you furiously angry? Liberal, conservative, somewhere in between, something wholly removed? Do you have any pet issues that get you easily wound up?
If you look at math at only one equation at a time...
My words were not well chosen. I'm aware that math allows for fuzziness (wave functions, electron probability clouds, volumetric ray calculation etc) but even then, if you plug the right variables into the right places, you're going to get a solid answer for where those electron and photon trajectories (though, we currently lack the calculative capacity to accomplish this). Math is very hard. I don't mean difficult, I mean there's no give there, no softness, no real "maybes." You can be right or you can be wrong. Most humans are mushy, soft, organic thinkers which is why we trend overwhelmingly towards the softer, observational, analogical, and anecdotal sides of thinking. We like seeing things through our own lenses and coming to different interpretations. You don't interpret math. No matter what lens you look at it through, you're going to see black or white.
We are fundamentally soft-thinkers. At the same time, we crave solid, definitive answers which is why people often get angry with psychology. They look for hard yes or no answers to soft, mushy problems then become frustrated when all they get are shades of gray and maybes. Psychology, in order to retain its credibility, has to admit that it could be wrong and must always operate under that assumption. Perhaps the subject leans more towards the sociopathic side of the spectrum or perhaps he simply has difficulty expressing emotions even though he feels them with all the same breadth and depth as everyone else. Perhaps the woman is trying to convince herself that she is a lesbian because she's been hurt by men or maybe her situation corroborates recent studies showing that women's sexuality is more fluid and flexible than men's. Perhaps the recalcitrant child was abused but she could also just be spoiled.
People both love and hate psychology for its grayness.
My personal favorite is physiology and dissection. Umph, give me a blade, a corpse, and a microscope, and I can spend hours just competely tearing the thing apart.
So what would your dreamjob be? Exploratory dissection? I could imagine that being used in an investigative capacity.
I'd place my political position as a realist who wants to achieve the most amount of possible "good" but viewing that freedom of an individual's personal decisions should be the primary right. I could describe myself as a realistic liberal. I should probably go into this with more depth tomorrow.
That sounds almost identical to my political position. Hard left but with libertarian leanings. Yay personal freedom and bodily autonomy BUT with an emphasis on societal responsibility. If you're going to partake, you're going to pay in. I do think people should have more control over where their tax dollars go, though. I could wax on about this for hours but that's a discussion for another time.
First part done, work went late, but wanted to get something up tonight at least.
Eh. Don't feel obligated and no need to rush. I'm liable to navel-gaze myself right up my own arse if someone doesn't put a stopper on me. XD If you have better things to do with your life, I absolutely will not hold that against you.
You have that effect on me.
"the world actually was effectively octagonal at one point." - I am pretty sure after that one episode of Through the Wormhole, that the Universe is a whatever-you-call-a-28-sided-gon.
"I do also run my own Bobbie Jeanoverse RPs using my own system" -
"EM-drive that doesn't in fact defy physics and actually works…" this one is driving me crazy. If it's really true, I totally don't get it. There's no nozzle/outlet, therefore it's a closed can of Fuck Newton and his Damn Laws? Which works because of the Principle of We're Not Sure quantum-something...[mumble]... (At least that's what the last guy I saw trying to explain it said!) What am I missing here?
As to this particular video, the BIG problem I'm seeing with it is that he was nitpicking it when it was still in the prototype stage. Some time later, NASA confirmed that the EM drive actually works. www.sciencealert.com/it-s-offi… It's made it past peer review and they have demonstrated it working in more than just principle or concept.
If it turns out they were wrong, I'll spin on a dime, but I'll trust NASA over a disgraced Youtuber with a reputation for being a total asshole.
You say TF has destroyed his credibility. What makes you say that, if I may ask?
This is brand new, fresh broken ground so who knows what will come of it. Maybe it will flop in the end. Regardless, I think TF's cynicism on the matter is, at best, premature.
As for why I think he's destroyed his credibility, I'd rather not get too heavily into that. Let's just suffice it to say that I haven't been impressed with his conduct over the last few years.
And I'm allergic to Fandangos. They make me break out in irregular diurnal emotive voculations. It gets fairly ugly at times.
Have you seen the Silent Hill movie?
As far as movies based on games go, it wasn't horrifyingly invasive. You can tell that the director didn't know how much of the game was based on eastern folklore, but otherwise you can tell that he HAS played the game. Which is more than I can say about every other director of a video game movie.
And personally, I'd rather live in a world where gender dimorphism wasn't as big a deal. I like strong women, and I don't see any reason women shouldn't try to be as strong as they can. Who knows, maybe even the physical disparity will eventually fade away.
I have my own theory for vacuum decay. I'm one of those silly kids who thinks that gravity may work in different ways at different scales (something EVERY science student thinks of at one pint, and EVERY accomplished professor has to correct). I think that gravity isn't as bound by distance as we may think, but far more by mass and scale-- heavenly bodies pull on small objects differently than from on each other, and vice versa.
Once enough of the universe fades away, what little is left will most likely be concentrated in things like black holes. And once black holes have nothing left to pull on but each other, that's exactly what they'll do.
Regardless of the incredible distance they have from each other, they will eventually (after a potentially VERY long time) start sticking to each other like randy man-eating anteaters. I think that once enough of them get copulated (what else do you call a lot of black holes smashing into each other?) they will destabilize.
And explode in another Big Bang.
Life tends to favor cycles and transitions. Who's to say there hasn't been several universes before this one, or countless ones after?
B. Tarus Egesta...
You'd be surprised how popular Deep Ones may be today (except Shub-niggurath. No one is surprised THAT one would be popular, what with the human-sacrifice-orgies). Seriously, you know how many girls have tentacle fetishes these days? Ever heard of "consentacles"? *shudders*
I think teratophilia may just be a natural part of human development.
That or life has gotten so crappy that our fetishes have gone over the cuckoos nest.
I haven't had leeks since I was a kid, and I thought they tasted just like onions. I have to say that I love onions though. I'm picky about how they're cooked. I prefer having them chopped fresh and added to a dish RIGHT before it's served-- with just barely enough time in the heat to make the outermost edges soft. Caramelized onions are a very versatile and useful ingredient, but they just don't taste good to me when mixed with anything.
And I hate onion pizza.
I'd recommend avoiding Fallout 4. Try the original 1 and 2. Then New Vegas.
I'd also have to say that you should be wary of the Dark Souls series. It really IS for the hardcore crowd. If you ever manage to beat it however, you'll earn a truckload of respect from me.
And I hate coffee but love tea; green tea, strong enough to reach out of the glass and slap me a few times. With mint.
Happy new year!
May you get the peace and prosperity you deserve!
I disagree with the return to the singular black hole, as the black holes are already pulling on each other, as one pull does not negate another. Yes there is other material that is also pulling on the holes, but given the eventual symmetry that gravity forms on rotating bodies I doubt that holds the holes away from each other. The universe continues to expand, and the gravity is not strong enough to pull it together again, which your denial of distance would effect, but I'm sticking with the most mathmatically sound description on the moment, it might change though if
I wouldn't be wary of Dark souls, as while it can be difficult it is FAIR on a way not many other games are nowdays. If you enjoy the combat system the difficulty shouldn't be a problem. I have allways thought that the series is fine, and people overhype the difficulty. I did ragequit Last of Us as they made the clickers utterly ridiculous when it comes to difficulty when the rest of the game is BUILT around trying to make the world as real as possible.
I freely admit that I was once a rather terrible blatherskite and while I do occasionally err a little too far in that direction, I've learned my lesson for the most part. One need not always whip out every one of their best vocabulary words for the express purpose of impressing people. Of late, I prefer to spend more time constructing sentences that are succinct and potent rather than prolix and riddled with excessive flourish. I find that the former commands more sway and impresses those worth impressing while the later is more apt to needlessly frustrate people.
>Have you seen the Silent Hill movie?
I have, as a matter of fact, and while I wouldn't call it great by any stretch, I don't think it was bad. It was acceptable, I suppose. The ending felt a little phoned in but it wasn't... ill-fitting. As far as videogame movies go, I think it is among the better ones, possibly even among the best. The premise was interesting and it moved at a decent pace, classic hero's journey. For a movie, I'd give it a C+. For a videogame movie, I'd give it an A-. Let's face facts here- we have to grade videogame movies on a curve largely thanks to Uwe Bole, that giant dork knob.
>And personally, I'd rather live in a world where gender dimorphism wasn't as big a deal. I like strong women, and I don't see any reason women shouldn't try to be as strong as they can. Who knows, maybe even the physical disparity will eventually fade away.
A lot of people are severely bothered by the fact that men are stronger than women. To be honest, this has never bothered me. I've always just accepted it as fact because that's what it is. It bothers me when people use it as evidence that men are better than women. Better is a matter of opinion, not fact, which is something many people seem to struggle with. By their own logic, women should be considered superior because we can incubate a life inside our bodies for nine months, give birth to it, and feed it from our own bodies. Frankly, the whole men are better than women are better than men are better than women are better than men are better than... thing is incredibly stupid. We are different. That does not make either gender better than the other. We complement each other. I wish more people would see that.
>Life tends to favor cycles and transitions.
That's an interesting hypothesis. This is purely observational and anecdotal but I've noticed that the universe tends to repeat itself (I don't pretend to be the only person who has ever noticed this). Despite the disparities between our big fat world and the quantum world, there are still multitudinous repetitions in structure, function, and procedure. It's amazing really how many things repeat and how often they repeat in so many different ways. So I would not be surprised to learn that our universe is ultimately fated to the unending cycle like so many other things seem to be.
>B. Tarus Egesta...
Ssshhhhh. I'm waiting to see how many people I can nab with that one. How many points do I get for believability?
>That or life has gotten so crappy that our fetishes have gone over the cuckoos nest.
HAHA. XD Consentacles. I love it. I think we may have discussed that one before and I was just as amused then. I can't pretend to be unbiased as I have some pretty strange "interests" myself (tentacles not included ). I'd be afraid of discussing most of them because people often make snap judgments from a place of fear and ignorance. Personally, I wish people were more accepting of sexual differences and different sexual interests.
>I'd recommend avoiding Fallout 4. Try the original 1 and 2. Then New Vegas.
I've actually played FO 3 and NV. I liked both of them, NV ever so slightly more. Why, in your opinion, should I avoid FO 4?
>I'd also have to say that you should be wary of the Dark Souls series. It really IS for the hardcore crowd. If you ever manage to beat it however, you'll earn a truckload of respect from me.
Bleph! Honestly, I don't think I have the patience required. My threshold for frustration is pretty low. It's gotten better in later years but I'm still largely an impatient, easily frustrated person- one of my bigger downfalls.
>Happy new year! May you get the peace and prosperity you deserve!
The combat is good, the weapon customization has its fun parts, and the atmosphere is just post-apocalyptic enough to keep even me involved.
But it's NOT a Fallout game. It's just a shooter with a heavy dose of minecraft.
Fallout is supposed to be about plot, exploration, and character depth. You can create almost any character you can imagine.
In 4, everything is scripted. You make NO real choices except which faction to follow. There's no dialogue and no consequences to any action. And the "hardcore" mode they put in to try and give the game depth is terribly balanced.
There are no RPG elements in what is supposed to be an RPG game.
Fallout 1 and 2 are top-down, isometric, old-school turn-based RPGs. (say that five times fast).
Their real charm comes from their sheer DEPTH. There are hundred of little extra conditions that match up to affect everything you do. Sometimes, just wearing the right clothes and having a high luck will win a conflict for you.
I've gone on this rant before, haven't? I hate repeating myself, sorry.
Silent Hill was a mediocre movie, definitely. But it felt good, in a way.
You know, there are entire libraries full of analysis and theories about men being jealous of the female ability to procreate? They run the gamut; with wild stories about how the tallest towers and greatest works of art were men's attempts to emulate the ability.
I kinda find those stories cute.
I had to look up the definition of Egesta.
"but I'm still largely an impatient, easily frustrated person- one of my bigger downfalls."
The best thing about being able to admit your faults frankly;
It's the first step to correcting them.
Keep trying, no matter what. It really IS that simple.
Incidentally, that's the main theme OF the Dark Souls series.
Do you have a fairly good PC? And have you tried Dragon's Dogma.
Furthermore, how do you feel about your artistic expression / leveling up through the years?
Also, if not silver, PURPLE.
2.) My PC is decent. I have not tried Dragon's Dogma. Should I?
3.) I'm happy about it but I hope I can level up some more. XD I would really like to get into graphic noveling.
4.) NOPE! Don't get me wrong, I adore both of those colors but neither are my favorite.
*Gently bows, and offers you bacon in a most refined manner*
AND YES. YOU SHOULD. It's fantasy. RPG. Fun. Medieval.
What about graphic noveling interests you?
WELL, HEY, AT LEAST I TRIED. WHAT, IS IT SOME OFF KIND OF COLOR WITH AN OBSCURE NAME?
I would write but I haven't put my 10K hours into writing- probably only 1K. My home turf is painting so I feel like it would probably be wiser for me to attempt to tell my story through a medium I'm more adept at. I've also considered a compromise but I'm not sure how well that would work out either.
>WELL, HEY, AT LEAST I TRIED. WHAT, IS IT SOME OFF KIND OF COLOR WITH AN OBSCURE NAME?
NOPE. DO YOU WANT ME TO TELL YOU?