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XMark

Member Since 13 Nov 2004
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In Topic: Dark Souls 2

Yesterday, 03:41 PM

Aww yeah, soon as I get home from work I'm getting started with DS2!

In Topic: dream thread revival

21 April 2014 - 05:53 PM

A couple nights ago I had a dream that I had taken a trip down to Seattle to go to a Dream Theater concert (I had actually just seen them in concert in Vancouver the previous week IRL, but in the dream I didn't question my choice to go all that way to see them again. I supposed it makes sense for Dream XMark to be a bigger fan of Dream Theater than regular XMark). I had gone down there by bus for some reason, and I had some really heavy bags on me. I had to go somewhere to pick up the tickets before I could go to the concert, and I was fairly confident that I knew the way there. So it was late at night and I was walking through a suburban area, feeling more and more weighed down by the heavy baggage I was carrying. After some time I realized I was in unfamiliar territory and I must have taken a wrong turn somewhere. I tried to check google maps on my phone but the battery was dead.

Then I saw our very own Norg walking a couple blocks ahead of me. I was like, hell yeah! He's probably going to the same concert, he'll know the way. So I called his name and picked up the pace to catch up with him. But he didn't seem to hear me. So I'm struggling to catch up and calling his name a few times. He doesn't turn around until I'm right behind him. Then he just gives me a quick look and starts walking faster. And I can't catch up because of all the stuff I'm carrying. So, exhausted, I just keep walking aimlessly, no idea where I am. I go through some outdoor shopping center, then a mall, and I realize the sun has risen and the stores are opening and everyone's staring at this weird guy lugging some huge bags around. And I definitely missed the concert.

Why didn't you help me, Norg? Whyyyyyy?

In Topic: Science!

21 April 2014 - 02:02 PM

Okay guys, some scientists were dishonest. Cancel science. It's over.




Man, I was excited to see the science thread bumped again :(

In Topic: Movies

15 April 2014 - 09:21 AM

The Raid 2... yeah, awesome fight scenes, just as brutal as the original and I love how they use long camera cuts so you can actually keep track of what the heck is going on (other action directors PLEASE watch this and take note!). One really awesome take in particular was during the car chase, where somehow they got the camera to go from one moving car to another and through to the other side.

Overall, though, I think I still prefer the first Raid movie. Maybe just because it was new and took me by surprise, but I also think the more simplistic "oh shit we're trapped and everyone's trying to kill us" story fit the action scenes more than a crime epic in the vein of The Departed. The sequel seems to have two different types of movies clashing with each other. Like, now we're a dramatic mob movie, and now we're a martial arts film, and now we're a dramatic mob movie again.

Also... hammer girl and baseball bat boy - there was way too little of them in the movie. It's like a teasing little glimpse and what's probably a really awesome backstory. Then again, maybe it's better off that way, leaving their motivations and backstory to the imagination.

In Topic: 1st World Problems...

12 April 2014 - 04:21 PM

Looked at the source code. Of course all the HTML tags are in uppercase and it there are <FONT> tags everywhere, and all the CSS is in STYLE attributes, repeated like crazy all over the place. I'm actually shocked that they didn't go all the way and use tables for layout.

EDIT: and on the individual menu pages, there is some javascript preventing right-clicks. So I'm slightly inconvenienced in my evil plot to steal their source code.