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Hey, I made it! Here's something else that's entertaining. Did you know that Mark Hamill was on an episode of The Muppet Show? Here's the article on it http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Episode_417:_Star_Wars and here's a clip from the show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBJp6-oiXBI. I think we can all agree that Hamill's three greatest performances are The Joker, Luke Skywalker, and this clip. ;-) Raidra (talk) 04:18, February 24, 2016 (UTC)
- The thing about Hamill is he seems to have fun and enjoy his work (as shown on that Muppet Show clip). He seems like a cool and (ironically) down-to-earth guy. If he did an album reciting the symptoms of the bends (aka decompression sickness and caissons disease), food poisoning, gas gangrene, etc, I'd buy it. I don't know if this is on YouTube, but another great moment from that Muppet Show episode is the final showdown between Luke Skywalker & his team and Dearth Nadir (the Darth Vader lampoon, played by Gonzo the Great). They brag that they have Chewbacca, but Dearth Nadir brags that he has the gargling gargoyle. Angus starts gargling, causing Chewie to clutch his ears in pain. Interestingly enough, the gargling does sound a lot like Wookie-speak. Maybe it reminded Chewbacca of a pop song that they had been playing way too much on his planet, or maybe it sounded like Wookie for "Hey, that holiday special you were in is going to be derided for decades to come!" Raidra (talk) 01:16, February 25, 2016 (UTC)
- ~laughs~ Oh, those are great! Can you imagine driving, looking over, and seeing Hamill trying out his laughs? "Holy cow, Luke Skywalker's losing it!" :-D I know from writing comics that giving a character a good maniacal laugh is important. I'll have to talk more later, but in the meanwhile, here are a couple links you might find interesting.   Raidra (talk) 00:31, February 26, 2016 (UTC)
I hope so too. Shoot, it can't be worse than the introduction of Bane in Batman & Robin. I've never seen it and I know it was terrible. ~shudders~ Had the writers not read any of the comics or seen the B:TAS episode? I don't have the link right now, but there's a story (I think from Peter David) about the screening of Batman & Robin for the DC people. When Batman took out the Bat-credit card, there was a wailing like from a poor, tormented soul. It was Denny O'Neil.
Here's a story I wanted to share last night, but I wasn't feeling well. There was an episode of Mythbusters in which they needed hog carcasses for a test (They couldn't use real people since this wasn't a corrupt section of feudal Japan). Adam picked up the dead pigs and delivered them to the test area in the back of a pickup truck. Jamie asked him what kinds of looks he got, and Adam replied that it was interesting because the other drivers would look at the hogs and look confused, but then when they saw him driving they'd look like, "Oh! Well, that explains it!" Raidra (talk) 18:54, February 26, 2016 (UTC)
- I am feeling better, thanks. :-) Yeah, from time to time you hear odd stories concerning movies and TV shows, especially comic book adaptations. I read a story that they wanted a certain director to do a Superman movie, and he insisted on having a giant robotic spider. They changed the plotline, but he still wanted the robot spider. The movie was never made and the director wound up doing Wild Wild West, the Will Smith movie which was supposedly based on the old television show. Interestingly enough, that movie did have a giant robotic spider despite being set in the 1800s. Say what you will, but that guy knew what he wanted!
- I'm sad that Mythbusters is ending. I don't know if that part about Adam and Jamie is true, but it's a shame if it is. That begs the question- who do you get to investigate rumors about the Mythbusters?
- Homer Simpson- I don't know. Coast Guard?  Raidra (talk) 00:22, February 28, 2016 (UTC)
- I haven't read the whole thing yet, but 1) I love how they also note that the giant spider was later used in Wild Wild West and 2) I feel like an opportunity was missed there. Then again, there were so many changes they wanted to make that it probably would have ended up as one of those watered-down, coulda been films. I hadn't realized that this was the film project where they considered having Nicholas Cage as Superman. A friend of mine told me that some bunch was thinking of having Cage play Superman. When I told my aunt, she just couldn't believe it because she knew him best as the actor from Raising Arizona . If that movie had been made, here's a scene we would have seen.  If there's a giant robotic spider, you could always combat it with a giant robotic Venus flytrap.
- Yeah, you're right; it did have a good run. Mythbusters, we raise our diet Cokes and Pop Rocks to you! Raidra (talk) 00:17, February 29, 2016 (UTC)
Happy Leap Day! (It's still Leap Day where I am) "Plants Versus Arachnids!" Hey, I smell a new video game! If the Dark Knight Detective and the Mark Hamill version of The Joker could be in it, that would- Well, I was going to say it would be awesome, but the developers would probably screw it up somehow. :-/ There was the line from The Nanny in which Mr. Sheffield told Fran, "Every time I ask you to do something, you somehow manage to screw it all up!" and she replied, "And yet you continue to ask me!"
Hey, do you have a consecutive day streak going? This is my 55th straight day. In any case, that would be awesome to make your own narration videos, or even audio files Raidra (talk) 01:37, March 1, 2016 (UTC)
Re: Blather-blotter-ski and Not Random
I think to think the title of this post is also random and not random! Wow, talk about coincidences! We got together on Saturday to celebrate, and my brother joked back and forth with the waiter about how he was celebrating his 12th birthday. All right, we both have a streak! I have a more nonchalant attitude too, but it would be nice if we could both get the badge.
- If we get it, then let's stay humble and not turn into Ted Knight from Caddyshack, right? ;-) I haven't seen much of that movie, but I've seen enough to know the character is not someone you'd want to hang out with. I honestly chuckled at the kids prices joke. :-D Thanks for the well wishes! :-)
- I rediscovered a couple pieces of obscure B:TAS trivia today.
- In the episode with Jonah Hex, Duvall tells Jonah, "You cannot defeat me. I am a Heidelberg fencing champion." This is a reference to an unsettling trend in some parts of Germany at one time- duelists fighting with swords in order to get scars to show off. Facial scars were considered badges of courage, and some would irritate their scars to make them more noticeable. Yikes! Of course, Hex could not care less.
- The song from "Harlequinade" is actually from a 1944 movie called Meet The People. Who knew? A writer was probably watching TV one night, saw it, and thought, "Oh, we have to have that in a Harley episode!" Raidra (talk) 00:51, March 3, 2016 (UTC)
Oh, that's so cool! Thanks for sharing! Maybe I'll do that for mine sometime. I like sharing with readers, and I like it when authors give behind the scenes looks into their works.
I'm sorry to hear you have sleep paralysis. I'll have to give that story a look. There are a lot of sleep disorders, and they really do make great subjects for scary stories. I know where the idea for A Nightmare on Elm Street came from, but I read an article on hypnagogia and wondered if that influenced Wes Craven too. Sometimes I have sleep problems, and occasionally something strange happens. I have a nightmare, but don't remember it. How do I know I had a nightmare then? Because I wake up unsettled with a disturbing topic on my mind. I recall two times that it's happened, and oddly enough one was just a few days ago. If you decide to write a story about that, you can just put, "This pasta was inspired by my weirdo friend Raidra." ;-) Raidra (talk)
- Thank you. I hope you have sweet dreams too, and I'm glad you've been sleeping better. :-) There was an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants involving SpongeBob visiting other characters' dreams. Most of the dreams were about exciting adventures and grand feats, but Patrick's dream was just him riding the mechanical seahorse outside a store. It ended on an unpleasant note, though, because then he dreamed he lost his last quarter. Didn't Gary Larson do a cartoon about what happens when you dream about falling and forget to wake up before you hit the ground? That gives me an excuse to look through my Far Side collections.
- Remember recently I told you I'd have to talk more later because I wasn't feeling well? Well, not only did I feel sick, but I also had trouble typing straight. It felt better to lie on my side, so I tried to type half-lying, half-leaning on my left side. I kept having trouble typing, so I had to sit upright, shorten my messages, and correct the mistakes I'd made.
- "I'd probably leave out the weirdo part". I can't ask any more of you than that. ;-) Raidra (talk) 00:40, March 5, 2016 (UTC)
- Thanks! Luckily I felt fine the next morning. It was just one of those things. That's not my only leaning story. One year I got a 500-piece Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame puzzle for Christmas. Shortly afterward we made plans to go down to my grandmother's house in Kentucky to visit for a few days. I didn't know if we would be leaving the next day or the day after, so I did the whole puzzle in one day so in the event we did leave the next day, there wouldn't be a half-completed puzzle and unconnected pieces lying about. It took several hours and it was late when I finished. I worked it on a piece of wood (about the thickness of cardboard) on the floor, and I was half-sitting, half-lying on my left side most of the time. The next day my left butt cheek was sore. We didn't travel that day; we just did more preparation for the trip. I went to fetch something on the other side of my bed, and without thinking I plopped down on the bed left cheek first. It was like, "Aahhh!! Aahhh!"
- Incidentally, the last few seasons of SpongeBob have also been a pain in the rear. (rim shot) The only recent episodes I really liked were the stop-motion Christmas special [with the modern classic "Don't Be A Jerk (It's Christmas)"] and the episode with the greasy food war (If you don't know what I'm talking about, I'll tell you about it. Some people hated it, but I see it as a satire of the modern fast food industry). As for the episodes you mentioned, I thought of A) the part where the heavily injured Patrick just lost it and demanded Manray guess the number he was thinking (for an excuse to torment him) and B) Squidward quaking in fear, like he actually thought for a minute that they had lost their arms in an avalanche. Yeah, the imagination box episode was a good one. Remember that note memorializing those who gave their lives to fight the pirate robot menace? Raidra (talk) 04:27, March 6, 2016 (UTC)
I love me a good puzzle! Your comments reminded me of a great episode of the '90s Nickelodeon show Salute Your Shorts. These two were stuck in the clinic because one had convinced the other one that they should fake being sick so they could chill in the clinic instead of doing the day's activities. However, it turned out that the counselor was taking the campers on a surprise beach trip, so the two malingerers had to stay at camp instead of going to the beach. The nurse went to town (after locking the freezer so they couldn't get to the ice cream, which was for sore throat patients only), so they were left to themselves. The one found a jigsaw puzzle, but the other one (who had suggesting faking sickness in the first place) snapped that he didn't like puzzles. When the first one pressed further, he snatched the puzzle and drop-kicked it outside. The one cracked, "Okay. What are your thoughts on PLay-Doh?" and the other one dropped the bomb- "Every time my mom brings over a new boyfriend they want me to do puzzles with them like I'm their pal! Well, I don't want to do puzzles and I don't want to be their pal!" The two made up, and the puzzle hater rounded up the pieces of the puzzle. The other one started to turn the pieces over to the side with the picture, but the puzzle hater/expert stopped him, explaining, "I've done a lot of puzzles." He then proceeded to work almost the entire puzzle picture side down, leaving the last piece for his associate. They had it on a piece of cardboard, so to reveal the picture the one put another piece of cardboard on top and flipped the whole thing over. That was one of the best episodes of the series.
Squidward blatantly insulted the memory of all those brave pirate robot fighters. ;-) I haven't followed SpongeBob very much since that gosh-awful "Revenge of Triton" special. There are all sorts of articles and videos on the web about people's picks for the worst SpongeBob episodes, and I've been thinking about making my own. It's a shame the show has gone downhill so much. As far as classic episodes go, my favorites are "Suds" and "Sandy versus the Worm".
Luckily I caught the Mythbusters finale too. I missed the reunion show because I had something I needed to do, but maybe they'll re-run it sometime. In any case, yeah, it was good. I noted earlier today that I'd been sentimental since last night. Adam got choked up at one point, and that's when I realized, "This is one part of the viewers' lives; it's been a major part of their lives for the past 14 years." Well, it sure was a great run! ~pours out soda and sings~ It's so harddd to say goodbyeee to yesterdayyy... Raidra (talk) 04:51, March 7, 2016 (UTC)
- They used to have some classics, like The Adventures of Pete & Pete (which fizzled out the last season or two, but was great overall). Oh, Are You Afraid of the Dark was a classic! There were some that genuinely terrified me, but then there were others that were moving or even funny. Here's a blog from last year in which I mentioned some scary moments from that show and from B:TAS- http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Umbrello/Childhood_Nightmares:_TV.
- "Ohhh, that's its tongue... (gets quieter and quieter) and the whole... thing...is the worm...... RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!!!" That had so many great lines. The entire worm chase scene was pure gold from SpongeBob and Sandy's exchange ("What do we do now?" "Run faster!" "I coulda thought of that!") to Sandy declaring, "We'll be safe up here!" just before the worm falls off the cliff. X-D
- Yeah, they'll have no trouble finding work. At least it ended well. Some shows either have endings that are so terrible you want to shout, "That's it!? BOOO!!" or collapsed so terribly you're not sorry to see them go. Here's a neat book I read recently- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/what-were-they-thinking-the-100-dumbest-events-in-television-history-david-hofstede/1112986047?ean=9780823084418. Raidra (talk) 02:24, March 8, 2016 (UTC)
- Oh, Nick Jr. used to be great too! They used to have shows like David the Gnome, The Little Koala, Maya the Bee (which I think some channel has brought back as a computer animated cartoon), Eureeka's Castle (with one Jovial Bob Stine as the co-creator and head writer), that Grimm's fairy tale show I've talked about before, and, after they stopped re-running that Grimm's show, Papa Beaver's Storytime. Ever since the 2000s or so it's mainly annoying and/or butt-ugly characters. Seriously, they ruined Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny. ~fumes~ The little I've seen of Paw Patrol and Wallykazam! isn't bad, though, so there's hope for the future.
- "...well, minus both endings to it." It's unfortunate when there's more than one ending and they're both bad. I watched The X-Files on and off, though I didn't watch any of the recent episodes (mini-series?). You almost had it right. SpongeBob warned, "It's big, scary, and pink!" and Sandy replied, "So's Patrick's belly button, and I ain't afraid of that neither!"
- I thought of Two and a Half Men too! I'd say it's the most recent example of a show that definitely wore out its welcome. I stopped watching it after the first couple seasons, but I watched the finale. Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher were discussing matters with a police officer (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger! :-)), and he recapped the whole series. As they went to leave, the officer noted, "Guys, it sounds like this has been going on for way too long!" and they admitted, "Yeah, we've heard that before." X-D Yeah, I enjoyed the book. It's generally objective while still pointing out stupid and bizarre TV moments and decisions. It was written in 2005, so I noted that there have been a lot of other dumb decisions in television since then. Raidra (talk) 00:45, March 9, 2016 (UTC)
- Oh, I forgot! Here's are a couple interesting stories- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:List_of_film_accidents#A_couple_possible_additions. Full disclosure- I'm the one that posted this, and, as noted, I might not have the details right. Raidra (talk) 00:52, March 9, 2016 (UTC)
~imitates Face trumpeting~ I remember those too, though I didn't watch much of them. I saw part of an episode of Little Bill in which they introduced a character with cerebral palsy. I thought that was neat. I have a younger relative with CP, though it's a milder case, so you probably wouldn't know it unless someone told you. I refer to the Charlie Sheen meltdown as "the Charlie Sheen death-watch" because every morning I literally turned on CNN to see if something had happened to him. I'm glad he's recovering from whatever that mess was. I saw the beginning of an episode of Anger Management guest-starring Lindsay Lohan. One character asked, "What is it with these celebrities having meltdowns?" He was looking right at Sheen's character when he asked, so Charlie replied, "What are you looking at me for?! How am I supposed to know?!" X-D
I'm not a regular viewer, but here's something I've noticed about The Big Bang Theory. At least three-fourths of them are in serious relationships, with Leonard and Penny actually getting married. I thought the premise of the show was that these four were so awkward that it was hard for them to interact with women. I can appreciate them showing that there's someone out there for you no matter who you are, but I'm now confused as to what the premise is supposed to be. Yeah, being short on money is no fun. The reason I was able to get the two books I mentioned recently (Ancient Chinese Weapons and What Were They Thinking) is because I saved up some of the money I got for Christmas and from shoveling snowy driveways. You have to wait to get what you want, but you're able to get something nice. Here's a tip for buying from the Barnes and Noble website/BN Marketplace- add $5.50 to the price of the book you want to buy. That way you should have the taxes and shipping fees taken into account and you won't have unexpected costs. They say that if you spend $25 or more it's free shipping, but I found out that doesn't apply to the BN Marketplace.
What's really bad is when a stuntman dies during the making of a film, and then the film bombs. At least the stuntman is remembered on articles such as that one. I remember when Vin Diesel was on a show promoting the seventh movie in The Fast and The Furious series. He sadly noted that they teach you a lot of things, but they don't teach you how to act like your dead friend and co-star is there and you're interacting with each other. Then he was talking about stunts, and one time he heard someone say the stunt he was going to do was a 40% (or whatever number it was). He asked what that meant and they replied, "It means there's a 40% chance you'll be killed." He noted that that was unsettling and they replied, "Remember that stunt you did the other day? That was a 75%." :-o I might have misremembered the percentages, but that lets you know something about how dangerous some of these stunts are. You read that list of film accidents and think, "My, gosh! How is Jackie Chan still alive!?" Raidra (talk) 03:07, March 10, 2016 (UTC)
Hi there! Do you think there should be a wiki chat implemented?
You know, I agree. I remember when I first joined the wiki they had a chat and everyone was just annoying and abusive; with little productivity going on. Communications through talk pages is a lot more formal and mature, I see. In fact, I'm not innocent either; I was temp-banned from the chat for a few hours, though that was a few years ago.
Huh, I just thought the chat should have been implemented just so I could reconnect with old-friends on the site, cause I did have a few who I truly liked. I'm probably gonna start working on my writing; talk page and user page; as well as editing and contributing to the community cause it seems to have lost some of it's popularity/luster; I guess Creepypasta's aren't in right now.
Though, I do like your input, you do bring up a good point regarding the chat being abused in every way possible.
Pasta review request
Hiya vroomie, I have a Pasta out on the WW and I would be so grateful if you could check it out for me. It's the highly anticipated story which should now free my time and allow me to work full time on our collab.
Hi Doom! How's your day been? So I've been working on a couple of stories, and I was trying to flesh out a good exposition for one of my stories. It's in the writer's workshop. Basically it's just an extended exposition, yet to be proofread. I'm looking for an immersion factor, so my spaceship doesn't blow up before it leaves the station. In other words, trying to my best abilities to prevent a failure to launch scenario. Don't look at grammar, I will be able to fix it later; only bring it up if it throws you off.
Re: Tragic television
I saw a talk show segment at the time in which they played a game called "Genius or Sheenius". I don't know who created it, but they had quotes and you had to guess which ones were from Charlie Sheen and which ones were from geniuses. The co-hosts got all but one correct. They thought the quote "All women are either goddesses or tramps" had to be from Charlie Sheen, but it turned out to be by Pablo Picasso. :-/
Nine percent? Ouch! Several years ago they raised the Ohio sales tax from 6% to 7.25%. The money was supposed to help schools, but it was eventually discovered that Governor Bob Taft was using the money to buy coins (At least, that was my understanding).  Yeah. The sales tax is still 7.25%, but at least the money is being used more properly now.
Yeah, those celebrity death rumors are bad. I bet that every time there's a Jackie Chan death rumor someone makes a joke about the Death at a Funeral remake. You see, in 2007 there was a British comedy film called Death at a Funeral, and in 2010 they made an American version with a mainly black cast. I've never seen ever one, but I've seen previews, and I caught this scene while flipping through the channels. The most notorious scene was the one in which a body was delivered to the church. The son of the deceased (played by Chris Rock) and the guy from the funeral home (played by Kevin Hart) are apparently friends. The casket is delivered and opened for display, and upon seeing the body Rock asks, "Who is this?" Hart solemnly replies, "I asked myself the same thing when my father died. 'Who is this man I see before me?'" and Rock tells him, "No! I mean who is this in the casket?" "That's not your father?" "No! You know what my father looks like! Take a look!" It then shows the body in the casket, and it's clearly an Asian man. Rock scolds, "You got Jackie Chan in there!" Hart, a little embarrassed but otherwise nonchalant, tells him, "Okay... your father is one of two places. (beat) I think he's at the second place." The funeral home people then take out the casket so they can make the switch. I just love how Hart's character tries to shrug everything off. The sad thing is there was an incident recently in which a family got the wrong body, and the last I heard the woman's body hadn't been found. I noted, "It's bad anytime life imitates Death at a Funeral." Raidra (talk) 03:51, March 11, 2016 (UTC)
- Ye gads, that's terrible! My gosh! My condolences to the victims of those incompetents. How are you going to have an emergency room without electricity? "Okay, if you look at the monitor... (sees blank, dead screen) Oh, yeah. Forgot about that." It sounds like it would be great if the hospital people and the golf course people would have a no-holds barred battle royal. My family has a couple bad hospital stories. The absolute worst of those was when a nurse poured my sick father's soup down the drain. One of the nurses had said he could have whatever he wanted, so he said he wanted some soup. Sometime after that my mother and brother were visiting, and this monster took the soup and poured it down the sink in front of God and everybody. They of course complained, and the explanation was that the monster nurse thought he was on a diabetic diet. What the what!?!? Even if he were, you just don't treat people that way! A couple of my cousins are nurses and they'd never do something like that. Luckily the original nurse came back and, by request, she brought Dad some Ensure with melted ice cream. I told Mom that it's a good thing I wasn't there. She asked, "What would you have done?" and I replied, "I don't know. I don't want to speculate." Let's move on, shall we? I'm a fan of a show called Untold Stories of the E.R. . They may have anything from heart attacks and severed fingers to a naked man stuck with cactus spines and college students with blue urine (and no, I didn't make any of that up). Next time I'll have to talk about some of those.
- Have you ever seen Chris Rock's Black Progress Chart routine? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OAqx7CJ1ew Raidra (talk) 00:58, March 12, 2016 (UTC)
"Oh, I could have looked the specialist up myself and just paid him/her what I paid you, thanks." ~laughs~ Thanks. Hopefully that nurse isn't working anywhere. Let's hope she's not working in your town, right? If so, then I know who I want to see knocked out first in the battle royale!
I don't remember what it was, but it turned out these guys had ticked off the wrong girl. She was a chemistry major, so she gave them beverages or food spiked with (or spiked their beverages/food with) something that turned their urine blue, but was otherwise harmless. These guys came into the E.R. with blue urine and panic attacks. Even their friends who hadn't had whatever it was were having respiratory distress and whatnot out of panic. The doctor had managed to figure it out and was able to treat them. Well, this incident made the local news because a reporter found out about the story somehow. After the doctor had figured it out, he got a call from a girl telling him (Excuse the language here), "Tell those blue urine guys that their wee-wees are going to fall off!" The doctor asked her if she had used such-and-such a chemical, and she paused, told him, "You know, you are one smart E.R. doc!" and hung up. They never caught who did it, but years later there was an intern who had attended that college. The doctor mentioned the incident and she replied, "You know, you are one smart E.R. doc!" Yep, that's the same TLC. Then again, it's gone so far downhill that I'm not sure that the term "the same TLC" is appropriate. :-/ Oh, that was a great show! It could get horrifying at times, but it was great! Raidra (talk) 02:10, March 13, 2016 (UTC)
- I'd forgotten that the blue guy had died. Rest in peace, Papa Smurf! Hm. "Rest in Peace, Papa Smurf" sounds like it could be the title of a modern jazz song, doesn't it? For that matter, the idea of a psychotic woman poisoning people to have blue urine due to imagined wrongs sounds like a trollpasta.
- Remember the episode with them testing the story about the prisoner making a deadly weapon out of torn up playing cards, a metal pipe, some water, and a radiator? They heated the pipe and you think, "Yeah! Go, baby, go!" Then a couple pathetic squirts of water shoot out and you groan, "Ahhhh..." :-D I actually had a comic inspired by an episode of that (the urban legends show, not the cheapskate and coupon shows). It was the one with this guy who set up death-traps all over his home. That's one that I was surprised to learn was true. I can tell you about the issue if you're interested.
- Earlier I thought about the episode of B:TAS introducing The Riddler. There was this beautiful, complicated riddle that was supposed to be so hard to solve, and it took Batman one or two seconds. Beautiful! :-D Raidra (talk) 03:56, March 14, 2016 (UTC)
There's a Charles Mingus song called "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", and it's usually instrumental . I'd imagine that "Rest in Peace, Papa Smurf" would either be an instrumental or else have occasional bizarre ramblings in place of real lyrics. "...it slipped his mind (and I think his mind slipped from him)." X-D Classic!
I'm glad you're interested! I have more than one comic series, so this was an issue of one called The White Tigress. This was partly inspired by that story and partly inspired by a friend of mine who, after I had a number of issues with death-traps, asked me who it was making all these death-traps. The authorities find out that the guy responsible for building a number of death-traps lived nearby, so they set out to arrest him. It was a dangerous mission to infiltrate the hideout of someone who created death-traps for hideouts, so they assembled a crack team- The White Tigress, Officer Davidson, The Daring Dhole (a dhole, pronounced "dole", is a wild red dog that lives in India and other parts of Asia), Detective Dan Grover, and Detective Kayla Dimera (Kayla also has her own series). White Tigress, Davidson, and Dan take one entrance and Dhole and Kayla take the other. The first thing Tigress does is take off the door and stick it through the doorway. Confirming her suspicions, the door is hit by multiple poison darts. Tigress decides to take the door along as a shield and Davidson calls for an ambulance just in case someone gets injured. The two teams dodge and disable multiple traps, and after a while Dan and Kayla realize something- some of the traps are set to activate automatically and others need to be triggered. They wonder why the suspect isn't triggering the traps. Finally come to a door. The White Tigress hears faint breathing coming from inside, so she prepares to open the door so Davidson can barge in and make the arrest. However, he gets hit with a poison dart. Things grow dark as Davidson notes that it feels like death is closing in on him. Luckily, W.T. has a fantastic antidote (I've only had two situations in which the antidote didn't immediately neutralize a drug or poison), and she administers it while Dan removes the dart. Davidson makes a full recovery in seconds, and after this harrowing experience he admits, "Tigress? I-I don't ever want to lose you." She admits that she doesn't want to lose him either because he's precious to her. That admission of their feelings eventually led to the policeman and the vigilante becoming boyfriend and girlfriend. They enter the room, and there's the trap-master near death from being hit with a slow-acting poison dart from one of his own traps. Someone did need the ambulance that Davidson had called- the prep.
It's gotten late, so tomorrow, if I'll able, I'll share the story about a Riddler comic I once read and how mice, like science, can also be used mischievously. See you then! Raidra (talk) 04:28, March 15, 2016 (UTC)
- Thanks! :-D Yeah, there aren't a lot of smart people in some of these movies, are there? That sounds like a cool game! It would be great to have a sequel as long as they didn't screw it all up. I thought this morning that since that comic is just twelve pages and a cover, I could scan it and post it to your talk page. Let me know if you're interested and I can start scanning and preparing the annotations (There's a lot of weird stuff in there, so believe me, you'll need it).
- I once read a B:TAS comic (in a trade paperback) with The Riddler obsessed with creating a riddle that Batman couldn't solve. The thing was, Bats couldn't care less because he was after three other criminals. He had captured two already, so when he was told about the riddle he replied that he didn't have time for that because he was on his way to apprehend the third criminal. It just so happened that the third crook was trying to rob the same museum that The Riddler had already robbed. He noted that the artifact was missing and observed to Batman that Edward Nygma had beaten both of them. The Riddler was distraught that Batman had learned of his crime, and he tearfully demanded to know how Batman had guessed the riddle. Batman replied that he hadn't, and The Riddler was overjoyed and celebrated throughout his entire arrest.
- The book Too Good to Be True: The Colossal Book of Urban Legends by Jan Harold Brunvand (the premier urban legend expert) has a chapter on contamination legends. At one point he notes, “‘Moused’ food also shows up as a traditional prank. A review in the June 30, 1986 issue of Time magazine of a biography of George Herriman (1881-1944), creator of the ‘Krazy Kat’ comic strip that ran from 1913 to 1944, contains this detail: [Herriman] had two early loves: language and practical jokes. The verbal agility could be practiced alone; the gags needed victims. After George had salted the doughnuts in his father’s Los Angeles bakery and then buried a dead mouse in a loaf of bread, he was informed that if he sought a career away from home, no one would stand in his way.” :-O All I have to add is A) from what I’ve read, I think everything about both George Herriman and “Krazy Kat” is strange, but that’s just me, and B) I love the subtlety of how that passage ended. Raidra (talk) 00:40, March 16, 2016 (UTC)
I haven't talked to you in ages! (hug) So... What's new with you? As for me, I'm getting much further in my Haunting Hour Pasta and I'm almost done with the first episode of my Pokemon fanfic!
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Luckily for you! I just finished Chapter 11 (I had a lot to cram in there). I started Chapter 12 but I don't know what the opening text will be for that chapter. Here's chapter 11: http://pastebin.com/jYXxEH0g
If you'd like, I can send the full length story. Here: http://pastebin.com/3m7JX2QC
I wrote a potential Creepypasta in my writer's workshop notebook. I'll have to type it out though which could take a bit of time but when I finish it, I'll send it to you.
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[Respond with obligatory 'How dare you, my mother was a saint!' response]
I maxed out my character stats so I can use just about anything I want. Gauss rifle/Grognak's Axe/super-heated sledge are my current top weapons. Currently I'm just trying to max out companions and see what perks I can get. (That means a lot of naked traveling and random drugs with Caitlin and Hancock.) I'm interested to see about the new survival mode as the current one was a challenge, but was a bit lacking.
As for your rampant fan-fiction tendencies, I'm sure Wattpad will amend it. (Maybe my definition of fan fiction is incorrect, but doesn't it have to involve a pre-existing series? Unless.... Are you make fan-fictions of your own stories?) Jokes aside, Wattpad gives me the 'close enough for guvment work' vibe and they'll only do something if they're forced to. As the one person who copied my story without citation is still claiming they wrote an unfinished version of Your Secret Admirer and other stories. If I ever get enough free time, I may post my stories there just to prevent mis-citation, but I'm still wondering how to transfer licenses and all that cal. EmpyrealInvective (talk) 21:56, March 15, 2016 (UTC)
- I believe I got the gauss rifle from the Brotherhood (until we had an 'explosive' disagreement). I believe I recruited everyone in my first go-around, but I really just wanna travel with Dogmeat. Surprisingly enough, I never really used power armor unless I stumbled across it. Right now I'm just mapping the Glowing Sea in a rad suit.
- As for Wattpad, that's a pretty nebulous excuse as you could technically call anything fan-fiction with that definition (as most literature draws inspiration/styles/tropes from other sources, especially horror). I would only consider it fan-fiction if it features pre-existing events/characters (Lavender Town Sound or Slenderman for example). Then again, it's up to them how they want to run their site (or how much they don't want to, judging from what I've seen.) EmpyrealInvective (talk) 22:32, March 15, 2016 (UTC)
- Yeah, I tried to stick with all the factions up till the end (unfortunately I missed the Minutemen due to the fact that I didn't talk to Preston 'another settlement needs your help' Garvey after I helped like twenty settlements) so I got some cool weapons until I decided to betray everyone. I'll look up the tap house on the wiki next and poke around a bit. As per trading glitch stories, my biggest threat in game was elevators. There was a one in three chance whenever I got in an elevator that I'd be stuck in it, which goes to show that nothing good ever happens in elevators.
- Best of luck with Wattpad, it might be easier for them if they just broke stories into more diverse categories so you can pick out specialized topics. (Who knows, maybe they do that and I haven't researched it enough). I still need to look into Wattpad and Quotev more to see if I should bother posting my stories there or if it'll be more trouble than it's worth. EmpyrealInvective (talk) 03:07, March 16, 2016 (UTC)
- Oddly enough, I was also idealistic and sided with the Railroad (although I'm kind of disappointed there wasn't a 'eff all ya' ending where you didn't have to side with any faction like FO: NV.) My issue with elevators was that sometimes they wouldn't open and I'd be stuck in purgatory OR if I was in a tall building, it would hollow out the building into a yawning graphical glitch and the first step I took out would plunge me to my death. (The magic of PS4 glitches...)
- I have an account with with the same information so it'll likely be hard to confuse me as a plagiarist. (Additionally the only time I saw Wattpad directly intervene was when I filled out a claim for a user who kept deleting my messages so the likelihood of them doing plagiarism checks and finding your old posts is very unlikely) Most people had no issue with crediting me so I think that's what's preventing me from putting in the extra work as most were more than glad to copy/paste my info to credit me. EmpyrealInvective (talk) 03:38, March 16, 2016 (UTC)
I was kind of disappointed on that front with the endings, I was kind of hoping Ron Perlman would chime in with the epilogue and wrap it all up nicely (although I assume they can't be too conclusive with DLC on the way). As for games I'm keeping my ear to the ground for, I'm interested in XCOM 2 and my time in PC gave me the opportunity to play through a lot of the Fire Emblem games when my community was asleep so I'll be interested to see how FE: Awakenings is. I still have a lot of games I want to play through so I'll probably bide my time.
Yeah, I noticed that 'sub for sub' mentality on Wattpad with people following each other to bump them up. I think I'll just keep an eye on the site and see if how it's handled. I already decided against uploading to deviantArt so I'll probably just narrow it down to a few sites so I can keep track of everything. EmpyrealInvective (talk) 04:18, March 16, 2016 (UTC)
- I must have missed Ron Perlman's cameo in FO:4. Onto XCOM and FE, I'm always up for a challenge when it comes to games. Yeah, I hear there was quite a bit of translation issues going on with Fire Emblem. I'll have to see the extent of what they changed. As for censorship, it really doesn't bother me much as most games that tend to get hit from my perspective are RPGs from Japan, and other than Shin Megami Tensei, most weren't too mature to begin with so it comes off as sanding down some aspects.
- I posted a lot of stories to the Starpolar wiki (now abandoned) and the library wiki so I think I'll try to limit it as monitoring multiple sites for comments/edits can become a bit of a hassle. I do like the view counter concept, but I'll probably end up inflating it falsely each time I go and check. EmpyrealInvective (talk) 18:53, March 16, 2016 (UTC)
- Oh okay, when I heard reporter, I was thinking of someone from Diamond City I had overlooked (I really didn't investigate the town too much). Survival mode wasn't as difficult as NV, but the elite weapon bonuses for the legendary enemies really made things interesting for me. I never really got too much into COD (likely because I was out of country for most of the releases), but they have quite the franchise. As for XCOM mods, I am quite interested in the Bob Ross voice insert.
- Yeah, everyone seems to hate Travis... until it's time to get him drunk, get him in a fight, rescue him from said fight.... Wait, was I talking about why people shouldn't hate Travis? I kinda like the aspect of them living in a stadium, but they didn't do much. In fact a lot of settlements didn't have the ingenuity or interesting aspect like Little Lamplight or Dog Town. Even some of the vaults could have been a little more interesting like the hallucination vault or the plant-assimilated vault. As for wiki messing with coding, likely not going to happen as they always get a lot of resistance whenever they try to introduce a new layout or site update. EmpyrealInvective (talk) 06:44, March 17, 2016 (UTC)
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Are you referring to the fan fiction or the pasta when you say you'll be able to read it as soon as possible?
So I'm part of this survey program called "iSay" that's been conducted by Brown University since I was in 6th grade. I got a call from someone who works with the survey program from their personal cell number and they told me that as they were looking at a survey I took from 9... Freaking... Months... Ago, they found something concerning and they're setting me up to talk to somebody about it tomorrow. OK well if it was sooo concerning why did you wait 9 months later to tell me about it? Ugh! I think their "Concern" is that I don't go to public school even though I've been homeschooled since 2014. I've been answering "homeschool" for what school I attend. They have no homeschooling option so I put "homeschooling" under the other box. Yet for that survey 9 months ago, the home schooling option was problematic. Though they never really told me what the concern was specifically. I'm afraid that they might try to send unnecessary services to me or might try and take me away from my home. Have you ever heard of the Troubled Teen Industry? If not, click or tap this sentence for more information.
I'm extremely scared right now! The information I sent you is something you'd see in a horror story. Unfortunately, it's very real! (tight hug)
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This is the website you checked out right: http://www.projectisay.com/index.html
That's their official site. There are four sections on the banner of the site. These are: Home, FAQS, Usay, and Project Team.
Home Section: Takes you back to the first link I sent you.
FAQs section: This should give you a better idea of what the project is like: http://www.projectisay.com/new%20faq.html
Usay Section: Not sure what this section is/was though it might've been a place for participants of the project to post questions or comments about iSay. If you click this tab, nothing happens. I think that this section is either defunct or undergoing maintenance.
Project Team: This section lists most or all of the people involved with the project. The person who talked to me on the phone today said that this person named Sarah would know more about the "Concern". However in this section, no person named Sarah is listed. There's a Suzanne listed (which I think was what she meant to say but im not 100% sure) but no Sarah... Here's the section in question: http://www.projectisay.com/projecteam.html
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So I talked with Sarah today and she was talking to me about a survey I took in May. There was a stress category and it gave me a list of options for the type of stress I was experiencing. Under the "other" box, I put "My Brother is Abusing Me" since the abuse was really bad during that time. I told her that the abuse has been dramatically reduced ever since because I told my mom about it and she set some guidelines for me and my brother that I think are very effective in curbing the abuse. She gave me her office and personal cell phone number in case if there was ever a situation where there was abuse that got really bad again. She is one of the psychologists involved with the project. So in other words, the situation has been cleared up and I'm so relieved right now!
On that note, I finally got a new Haunting Hour review up when you get a chance to read it: http://littleazusblog.blogspot.com/2016/03/every-haunting-hour-ever-30-mascot.html
I was also thinking about doing a riff on 1999 but then again, by the time I would've finished, the current year would be 2999 so I might do it as a review.
The Banshee of Connacht
Cool! Hopefully I'll have it posted in a day or two. Yeah, the only reason Batman hadn't figured it out on his own was because he was busy & couldn't be bothered. That's like celebrating a game you only won because the other team had their plane get caught in a snow delay and couldn't make it to the stadium.
I read a joking version of the legend which concluded, "Now, this isn't the place with the guy with the white goatee; the mascot for this place is The Pied Piper! They'll ask you if you want a breast or a tail." I saw a countdown of memorable pranks, and one of them had a group of friends trick their friend into believing he'd won the lottery. One of the commentators joked, "If someone pranked me like that, I'd prank them back by going in while they slept and smothering them with a pillow! Ha ha! Prank!"
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, here's a story I wrote a couple years ago. This stayed on the site for a while, but was eventually deleted. My understanding was that it was too eerie and frightening. ;-)
The Banshee of Connacht
This humorous story is dedicated to my late father (I encourage everyone to get colonoscopies and other check-ups) who had an interesting sense of humor.
The old man set down his glass. “I was in the peat bog earlier. I saw it.”
His friend gaped. “You mean…”
“Yes. The Banshee of Connacht. She looked just like they say she does. She had a ragged dress, long, tangled locks of green hair, and bloodshot eyes. I was behind a bush gathering some peat when I saw her approach. I knelt down and watched her. She came close enough for me to get a good look at her. Suddenly she screamed and fled.”
“She sensed some poor bloke about to die,” offered the friend sadly.
The old man slowly shook his head. “No, that wasn’t it.”
He grinned. “I was close enough to see her, remember? I saw a dark spot suddenly develop on her dress.”
- You're certainly welcome! :-) I have most of the notes, so tomorrow I'll try to scan the pages.
- No, that's not the one, but I know the urban legend you're thinking of (I thought of it too when I was typing about the prank). The legend says that this guy was in a restaurant having dinner with his wife and friends and/or co-workers, and after being told he won the lottery, he announced that he was quitting, and he told his wife that she could have the house and that he'd been cheating on her with either his secretary or his sister-in-law. I've heard two versions of that legend, and yeah, they both turn out badly for that schmuck. One says they broke it to him that he hadn't really won, but doesn't offer further details. The other one, recounted on an urban legend show on SyFy (formerly the SciFi Channel), has the guy walk out of the restaurant before his stunned associates can react. He starts running up bills thinking he has money to burn, and his spurned wife does nothing to stop him. After the bills started coming in, he found out he hadn't won. That's my favorite version of the legend. Incidentally, there was an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants in which SpongeBob was pulling April Fool's pranks which were fun and harmless. A customer asked him if he could have a couple of ice cubes in his drink. SpongeBob got him the ice, restrained snickers as he drank, and burst out laughing after the customer had finished. The customer got enraged and scared, thinking SpongeBob had done something nasty, and demanded, "WHAT DID YOU DO TO MY DRINK!" The still laughing sponge explained, "You asked for a 'couple' of ice cubes, and I only gave you one!" The customer immediately went from wanting to tear his head off to laughing along with him.
- Thank you. He passed away April 12, 2002. Dad was a good man. His passing was difficult for all of us. That's very sweet of you. I'll let you know. :-) I'll glad you liked the story! I was maybe ten when Dad told me, "Do you know why banshees scream? They're out there where it's cold, windy, and rainy, and they wet themselves." X-D Yeah, you don't see many monsters running to the washroom, do you? Raidra (talk) 03:17, March 18, 2016 (UTC)
Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner but I hope you had a happy St. Patrick's Day like I did. I had some trouble sleeping last night since I went to bed at around 3:00 in the morning which even for me is a bit late. Maybe it was because I was busy working on something or maybe it was because I was too excited for the holiday to sleep. Whenever someone else wakes me up, I feel dizzy and unable to walk in a straight line. However, when I wake myself up, I feel fine. Is that weird or do you have the same experience as well?
You know the Pokémon Farfetched? I feel really bad for it. I mean here we have a Pokemon who almost went extinct due to overhunting for their tasty meat and it doesn't even get to be a good battler! What if there was a Pokemon game where the Farfetched became powerful Pokemon because they were being over hunted again and with this power, they'd have a signature move called "Rain of Leeks" that would do 95 damage and have 100 percent accuracy when it got to a certain level? Maybe it can have an evolution. You something along the lines of this:
Speaking of Pokemon, I'm at the part where Emily is leaving Iroko for Basswood. Here's what I have for that part:
"When she got up there, Emily opened up one of the lower drawers of her bureau and pulled out a pair of black shorts with thick red lines running down both sides of it. She then walked over to her closet and jumped up to grab a short sleeved purple shirt off of the hanger. She wandered around her room for a bit until she found her golden locket with a silver Arceus on the front, lying on the desk. Since the chain was large enough to pull over her head, she wasted no time putting it on and immediately dashed over to the spot where she put her clothes. There, Emily carelessly threw her pajamas on the bed the moment she took them off and slipped on the other clothes with ease. Emily had almost gone downstairs before a lightbulb went off in her head. She peered down at her feet and saw that her blue and yellow sneakers weren't there! Realizing this, Emily scrambled back into her room and found out that they were hiding underneath her bed. She ran over to her closet and leaped as high as she could to grab an empty coat hanger. As soon as she landed, Emily went back to her bed and hastily dragged the sneakers out from underneath the bed. The moment she got the sneakers out, she laced them up faster than someone could say "Woah!"
As soon as her clothing situation was squared away, Emily swiped her bag off of the floor and sprinted down the stairs and into the living room so fast, that she almost crashed into the front door. Once she got outside, she stopped on a dime and took a few moments to catch her breath. She started her way up the gravel road that went past a string of houses on each side and lead to the town's entrance."
Yeah, you hear a lot of stories about people winning the lottery and then they're broke, or hounded by moochers, or both. Your idea is smart because you have a nice nest egg saved up and you don't have people coming out of the woodwork. I saw a fascinating documentary called Broke (which I taped so I can watch it whenever I want) about athletes who get multi-million dollar contracts and end up filing for bankruptcy protection. One factor was bad investments. People know you have money and they insist they know a guy who knows a guy who is on the verge of the next big thing. This one guy had someone tell him, "I know of a guy who's growing tomatoes this big! (holds hands to indicate tomato bigger than his head)" It then showed a clip from what looked like Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.
Ah, thanks! That's a compliment to me. :-D
This issue has some unsettling content, but it has some humorous moments too. This is a particularly wordy issue, so the print ended up small in places. I hope you can enlarge the panels enough to read them. As you might guess, the panels read from left to right, top to bottom.
WT#40- “Death House”
Cover- I started to color the cover and then I decided that leaving most of it uncolored would be effective. I feel the lack of color gives it a stark, eerie appearance.
- Panel 1 through Page 2, panel 1- The issue opens on an unsettling note. Kate is the alter-ego of Ultra Kate and Karate Kate (In other words, she can split into two superheroines) and Dwayne is her veteran friend who was introduced in the previous issue. He was a prisoner of war who was abused in retaliation for Iraqi prisoners of war being abused. This shows that violence begets violence, causing the innocent to suffer, and that sometimes even tough guys can be brought low by people who make assumptions & shoot their mouths off about things they know nothing about. Dwayne will eventually pair up with an alien creature (think of the Venom symbiote from Marvel Comics) to become a super-powered crimefighter.
- Panels 2 and 3- The couple depicted here is Mimi Stradler and Lars, a pair of mobsters. Mimi is an amoral perfume maker who makes & sells nerve gas perfume (perfume with detrimental effects on the central nervous system) to members of the Marcello clan. She is immune to poison. Her boyfriend (later husband) Lars is a guitar player who is also a high level member of the Marcello clan. She was apprehended in WT#18, and now she and Lars are celebrating her release from prison.
- Panel 3 through Page 3, panel 1- Tabitha Thomas has just told her friends Mercedes, Ruby, Amber, and Bryant (Amber’s boyfriend) that she is The White Tigress. Unfortunately, Bryant, a diabetic, was in the process of testing his blood when she revealed this, and his surprise caused him to have an accident. I thought this would be a jarring image that would convey that something surprising had just happened.
- Panel 2- This is Joseph Marcello, the head of the Marcello mob. The gold bull in his office is meant to be a symbol of greed.
- Panels 3-5- As seen here, Mimi’s immunity to poisons allows her to ambush people with her nerve gas perfume.
- Panel 8- This is the antidote/vaccine to Mimi’s nerve gas perfumes.
- Panel 3- For the record, he did join them for dinner.
- Panel 4- Here are Officer Davidson, White Tigress, and The Daring Dhole.
- Panel 6- Here are private investigators Dan Grover and Kayla Dimera. Kayla is one-half black, one-quarter white, and one-quarter Puerto Rican, nineteen years old, and the greatest detective in the world. Dan was one of her mentors before he moved to Karasburg. Yep, I named the town after myself, and there’s not a thing anyone can do about it! ;-)
- Panel 8- White Tigress and Kayla are both humble to the point that people gushing with praise embarrasses them.
- Panel 3- These are allusions to other issues with death-traps. This guy’s been busy.
- Panel 1- Se7en, from what I’m heard, is a terrifying film, but I saw a picture of the director and he looked like just some guy you’d see walking his dog as you got your morning paper. I thought, “Oh, my gosh! That is frightening!” The protective spray Kayla mentions is an invention by her scientist friend Dr. Nor. It makes a person immune to poison gas for twenty-five minutes. In panel 3 there’s a sound effect of the spray being applied off-panel.
- Panel 4- The White Tigress’s laser- better than a lockpicking kit
- Panel 5- “THUNK”s and “PING”s fill the air as darts hit the door and the doorknob.
- Panel 2- Daring Dhole is smart and eager to learn, a good combination.
- Panel 3- Davidson had been gassed unconscious by a super-villain in a previous issue, so it’s understandable that he’s not keen on it happening again.
- Panel 4- I dunno, the manga version of Goofy is different somehow…
- Panels 5-7- Tigress had to destroy a dog-like robot in a previous issue. You know you’ve been in the superhero game a long time when you have experience with this kind of situation.
- Panel 8- The gun Dhole is wielding shoots globs which cover (and thus disable) motion sensors and the like. Note the yellow glob on the device in the upper left corner.
Page 8- Well, there goes the deposit!
- Panel 5- Kayla sometimes has to pause for words because she has nominal aphasia (also known as anomic aphasia and anomia), a condition in which one has difficulty remembering and recognizing words.
Page 10- This is the most important page, and I love how it turned out.
- Panel 1- The speech balloons turned out a little confusing. I don’t remember why I did them that way. Note that the dart sticking out of Watson’s arm is different from the one Davidson got hit with. That’s how he was able to survive until help arrived.
- Panel 5- Kayla, like me, is a fan of Boy George. This was about the time that he got in trouble and had to clean up trash in New York City.
- Panels 6-8- This part talks about a real incident.  
- Panel 2- Ice was Kayla’s boyfriend. They had a pure, innocent love. He was a white rapper, and sadly he died from cancer. He was nineteen and she was fifteen.
- Panel 7- Jim Matthews is one of Kayla’s foes. He’s a smart, hard-working young man who is also an insane criminal. He doesn’t have a terrible personality overall, but he doesn’t realize how his crimes harm others. In his first appearance he pumped a sickening gas into people’s homes so he could rob them, and during the confrontation with Kayla he claimed, “I poured the gas into the houses, I was able to steal some valuables, no one got hurt, and everyone’s happy.” Yikes. He and Kayla actually have a pretty cordial relationship because he can see that she cares about his well-being. Raidra (talk) 02:04, March 19, 2016 (UTC)
I agree completely. As for the game, is there an option to play as a person or as a killer tomato? That would be different. Then again, the life of a killer tomato is probably a sad, restless life.
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it. :-D I thought if nothing else, it would be more gripping than this- http://www.superdickery.com/batman-vs-a-plastic-bag/ (I've heard how this story ends, by the way, so let me know if you want to know). I'm also glad you liked my style. I was once asked to describe my art, so I described it as having characteristics of mannerism, surrealism, pop art, and art brut ("raw art", art inspired by art made by children and the insane) with influences from folktales, cartoons, and anime. Hopefully that doesn't sound too pretentious. If you know the right terms, you can make anything sound like high art. ;-) Want to know something else? Kayla wasn't the only character in that issue with a learning disability. I decided to give The Daring Dhole dyslexia after reading an article about actor Peter Reckell. I haven't revealed it yet, though in one issue I had him note to himself that he was working through his disorder. I've jokingly boasted that my comics have the highest percentage of mentally ill heroes, but I'm not afraid to give my characters problems (physical, emotional, etc). It makes them more human and realistic. I had one of my characters develop post-traumatic stress disorder after nearly being killed by an adversary, and I did it because I was tired of all these comic books, TV shows, etc. that had their characters face horrifying experiences and then had them seemingly unaffected, like nothing had happened. That's not realistic. There was that great scene in B:TAS in which Bruce/Batman had a nightmare after Harvey became Two-Face. That's how you do it!
My fellow Karasburgers! I hereby pledge a chicken in every pot and vigilantes to defend against killer robots! There will be a thousand points of light and several weapons borrowed from Naruto! Raidra (talk) 01:37, March 20, 2016 (UTC)
- Oh, here's something else. I decided to give Kayla hearing loss in her left ear as a result of a blow to the head (I got the idea from Something Upstairs by Avi). I checked a brain chart and thought, "Wouldn't a blow to that area damage the speech center too?" Then I thought, "Naw, that's probably not right." Days later I looked up something in the "Ape" article in the A encyclopedia. I was absentmindedly flipping through the book afterward and came across the "Aphasia" article. I read it and thought, "Oh, my gosh! That's just what I had thought about doing! It really does exist!" So it turns out that Kayla having anomia was both planned and a happy accident at the same time. How weird is that? Raidra (talk) 01:50, March 20, 2016 (UTC)
Dang thieves! That's a shame, but it would have been kinda funny if they had stolen really bad games. I wonder what his/her/their reaction was to seeing the Killer Tomatoes game. They may have been really excited, or they may have been really disappointed.
Also, have them deal with it over multiple issues (two at the least). For instance, don't have someone break an arm or be blinded from the result of a poisoning and be perfectly fine the next issue, like nothing had ever happened. That's insulting.
I'll have to talk about those art genres later because tonight there's something else to share. I was looking through a computer file and I discovered I had completely forgotten something- I had written a routine about bad superhero deathtraps and a routine about killer robots! Time for Raidra Comedy Jam!
My hobby is making my own comic books. It’s a result of my love of classic comic books and classic superhero cartoons. My favorite is the 90s cartoon Batman: The Animated Series, but I also loved watching a lot of the Hanna-Barbera cartoons from the 60s and 70s, like Challenge of the Super Friends, Birdman, Space Ghost, and The Galaxy Trio. There was also a version of The Fantastic Four in the 60s or 70s that I liked pretty well. I mean the real version, the one with The Human Torch and not H.E.R.B.I.E. the robot. You see, in 1978 there was a Fantastic Four cartoon with a robot instead of The Human Torch. That was because The Human Torch was licensed to another cartoon studio at the time, but a strange rumor got started. The rumor claimed that the studio was afraid to use The Human Torch because they thought that children would set themselves on fire trying to imitate The Human Torch. How am I supposed to create a punch-line for that?
I’ve read and seen a lot of good comics media, but sadly there’s so much lousy stuff out there that it’s no wonder some people have no respect for the media. This is a lot more common on the old cartoons than in the comics, but one example of inferior content is some of these death-traps the heroes were put in. Not only were the death-traps out there, but so were the methods of escape. You have scenarios like, “I thought I left you in that concrete vault rapidly filling with grape-ade!” “You did, but I evaporated the grape-ade with my portable waffle iron and chiseled through the concrete with my nose!” [I've literally considered having this scene in an issue] I was watching an episode of that lousy Super Friends cartoon with Gleek the monkey and The Wonder Twins, and Superman was in an alternate universe where the Super Friends were evil. The Super Foes chained him with kryptonite chains, put him in a pit rapidly filling with water, and left him to perish while they committed acts of villainy. Superman had to figure a way out, and he came up with the greatest example of pseudoscientific nonsense you will ever hear from a third-rate superhero cartoon. He said, “If I use my heat vision and my freeze breath on the water at the same time, I can turn it into kryptonic acid!” I’m thinking, “Okay, so if you... then it... wh-what now?”
If the versions of superheroes on some of those cartoons existed in real life, they’d be goners because 1) their bizarre grasp of science has nothing to do with reality and 2) they’re so stupid. There was an episode of that Fantastic Four cartoon I mentioned in which The Mole Man had imprisoned each member in their own specifically designed death cell. Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic, was in his cell and it started filling with nerve gas. Now, Mr. Fantastic is supposed to be one of the smartest men in the Marvel Comics universe. I start to wonder when I hear about a character being the smartest person in that universe because I remember a joke my dad told me. A pilot was flying a plane on which a doctor, a man and his young son, and the smartest man in the world were flying. Something happened to the plane and they needed to bail out. There were five people and only four parachute packs. The pilot said he had a family, so he took a pack and jumped. The doctor said he saved lives in his profession, so he took a pack and jumped. Then came the smartest man in the world. He said that as the smartest man in the world he was more important, so he took a pack and jumped. The father turned to his son and said, “I’ve lived my life. Take the last parachute and save yourself.” The son told him, “No, there are still two parachutes. That last guy took my knapsack by mistake.” [Dad was great telling this joke. X-D] Mr. Fantastic was in trouble, so he started musing on how he was going to make his escape attempt, which isn’t stupid at all. What was stupid was that he was saying his plans out loud while the room was filling with deadly nerve gas! He even coughed at one point, meaning he sucked in a little! I thought, “For the love of Pete, don’t go into a spoken-word monologue when the room’s filling with nerve gas! World’s greatest scientific genius, my eye!” Doesn’t that make you wonder what his everyday life is like? I can imagine the oven timer going off, “Ding!” and Mr. Fantastic going, “Oh, my cookies are ready! The tray should be extremely hot due to the extended period of time in the hot oven. I’ll reach in and get it with my bare hands. AAAHHHH!!!”
It’s not all his fault, though. Comic book characters in general seem to be clueless as far as poison gas is concerned. There’ll be a group of heroes assembled, and someone will shoot poison gas at them, and one of the heroes will point and announce, “It’s some kind of gas!” I’d love to see someone reply, “Well, it’s certainly not a solid, you goof!”
One thing they always seem to have in comic books are killer robots. You never see killer robots in real life and I think I know why. Years ago I saw a commercial for a special called Robosapiens. It was a show on robots that was going to be on TLC. It said that advancements had been made, but there were still a few bugs to be worked out. It showed a man and a man-sized robot lifting pieces of plywood. They were doing pretty well, and then the robot just keeled over! It toppled over and the man and two assistants rushed to try to get it upright again. That may be why the mad scientists haven’t sent out an armada of killer robots yet. They need to figure out how to stop them from fainting in the middle of a mission. “Attack, my robots!” “CLUNK!” It's the same problem some Hollywood agents have with their clients. Raidra (talk) 01:05, March 21, 2016 (UTC)
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I dont knoe if I sent you a copy of the nearly complete epise but here's what I have for the first episode so far: http://pastebin.com/Gd0eCjqM
I recently saw the first part of the Pokemon Origins special. It was spectacular. I loved everything about it. The voice acting, animation, and battles were like riding a wild tiger through a speeding tornado in a hurricane. Hell, even the music was fantastic! I started the second part. The special is only 4 parts long and while I would've liked to see an entire part like the first part where we see Red battle Brock, I understand why they skipped over the other leaders like misty and Lt. Surge and they're only mentioned at the beginning of part 2.
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I would love a Pokemon Origins: Johto Edition because Johto was the first region I ever ventured through as a kid so it holds a special place in my heart. I just want it to be a full series though because it would fix the problems of the first Origins special like seeing each gym battle and getting to see the trainer bond with their Pokemon more. I would also like to see either Kris or Lyra (the playable girl characters from Johto) as the main protagonist since that was another change the generation two games brought us. Johto is the region that my fan fiction takes place in. It takes place a couple of years after the events of the Gold, Silver, and Crystal games and it's closer to the time line of Heartgold and Soulsilver due to the appearance of Sinnoh Pokemon.
I sent you an updated version of the first episode of my fan fiction which I'm not sure if that's the version you're planning to read. If it is, then that's probably the best version so far. All the characters in the fan fiction are loosely based on existing trainer classes (i.e Emily is based on the Picknicker or Girl Scout class, Sarah is based on the Teacher class, Albert is based on the Scientist class, Jason is based on the Blackbelt class, etc) which have really helped me with developing the characters. In Generation 1, there was a beta trainer class that was called "Chief". There was also data in the Generation 1 games where you would get to battle Professor Oak. If they ever remake the Generation 1 games again in the style of Pokemon XD, I want him to be the person you fight after beating the champion and the music for the battle will be a heavy metal version of the Indigo League series theme.
So I was looking at Pokemon Red and Blue concept art and found this:
While I think this image of Red looks really cool, I have but one question. What the fuck is up with those straps around his ankles? Seriously... What? Is it some sort of Japanese thing I'm not aware about? Why is nobody questioning this?!
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Ah Velcro shoes. They bring me back to my childhood where those were the only type of shoe I would wear casually. I'm going to let you in on a secret. I've never been good at thing things, even back then. I can't seem to master the art of shoetying, no matter who teaches me and no matter how many online tutorials I read. I always wore Velcro shoes until I discovered this great thing called no tie laces. They're basically curly laces that bring the best of velcro (they stay tied and never come undone and they're easy to use) while looking like regular laces. Their average price is around $1.99 at Walmart and Payless and they come in a variety of colours and fit almost and size of shoe. The only downsides to these laces is that if you tie them too tight, they hurt your feet and they need occasional replacing but I think the pros far outweigh the cons for me. Yet, me brother sometimes makes fun of me because I don't wear regular laces and acts as though knowing how to tie shoes makes him better than me and thinks that not knowing how to tie shoes makes me mentally challenged. Now tell me, why should I have to put up with something that almost never stays secure and forces you to get down and fix them in potentially unsafe places like escalators or crowded city streets and trips you if you don't fix them right away? I mean this is 2016 and yet we're still using bullshit like thin rope to secure our footwear! If someone came up to me and told me I could only wear non curly shoelaces for the rest of my life, I'd be like "Sorry governor, but I do not particularly care for your offer."
Whew! That was quite a mouthful wasn't it? Anyway, regarding the Gameboy printer, there was an option in the generation 2 Pokemon games that allowed you to choose the shade of your prints. For example, they would range from lightest to darkest. As a kid, I would go to the print option on the Pokedex and I'd get a message that was basically like, "Please connect the long hard Gameboy connector and insert one cold metallic end into the printer and the other into your sexy Gameboy so we can make pictures and be butt buddies forever. Press A to retry. Press B to get the fuck out before your impressionable mind gets tainted." I thought my Gameboy advance could hook up to a real printer but it turns out that's not what they meant by "Gameboy Printer". You could print out images of Pokemon to use as stickers. Not sure how the printer would make the prints sticky but I never used it so I don't know.
As for Gold in the Sun and Moon region, that would be interesting to see though I think Ethan is a much cooler name than Gold but different strokes different folks I guess. Where's Kris in HeartGold and SoulSilver? I heard she completed her journey and became a researcher in this timeline but I'm not sure how true this explanation is. Who's your favorite generation 2 Pokemon? Mine is Cyndaquil and Wooper.
Oh, bummer! :-( It's a shame when you're almost certain you know who did something, but you can't do anything about it. Someone robbed my cousin's house a few years ago. They're pretty sure they know who did it, but since there's no evidence, they can't prove anything. :-/ The thing is it's someone they know- another cousin. Any interaction with that guy has been awkward (on his part) and resentful (on my cousin's family's part) ever since. On a related note, my Mom and one of my aunts taught at a junior high school for a number of years, and at one point there was a teacher who stole things from other classrooms. They'd tell the principal and he'd give them the key to her cabinet so they could go in and take back whatever had been taken from them. However, Mom never got back this little bear she had. She had made a little dress and hat for it out of lace. She thinks it was either that teacher or one of the students who had taken it. The teacher's mother was sick at the time, so she may have taken it as a gift for her. However, Mom would have gladly made her a little dress-wearing bear for her mother, no charge, if she had just asked.
"BIRRRDD MAN!" Yeah, I really should! If I do I'll post it so you can see it. Ah, cheer up! Killer robots are strong! Like the shinobi, they endure! By the way, have you ever seen that Saturday Night Live segment with Sam Waterston pitching robot insurance for the elderly? He was described as a "Compensated Celebrity," and one line was, "And when they grab you with their metal arms, you cannot escape because they're made of metal, and because robots are strong." His delivery was kind of rushed. They asked him why and he replied, "Well, I figure that if a celebrity is getting paid to do something stupid like this, they're going to want to finish as soon as possible so they can get their check and leave." They thought that was great and so that was the take they used.
I’ve dug out my college art history textbook, so here are the styles I mentioned.
- Mannerism- This is an art style from the Late Italian Renaissance (a fancy way of saying the second half of the sixteenth century in Italy). Here’s what the textbook says- “The term Mannerism comes from the Italian maniera, a word used in the sixteenth century suggesting intellectually intricate subjects, highly skilled techniques, and art concerned with beauty for its own sake. Any attempt to define Mannerism as a single style is futile, but certain characteristics occur regularly; extraordinary virtuosity; sophisticated, elegant compositions, and fearless manipulations or distortions of accepted formal conventions. Artists created irrational spatial effects and figures with elongated proportions, exaggerated poses, and enigmatic gestures and expressions. Some artists favored obscure, unsettling, and often erotic imagery; unusual colors and juxtapositions, and unfathomable secondary scenes. Mannerist sculptors exaggerated body forms and poses and preferred small size, the use of precious metals, and displays of extraordinary technical skill. Mannerist architecture defied the conventional use of the Classical orders and uniformity and rationality in designs.” Examples of Mannerist artists include Jacopo da Pontormo, Parmigianino, Benvenuto Cellini, and Giovanni da Bologna. My work has distorted, lengthy figures (Characters are as tall sitting down as they are standing up) and a disregarding of some artistic conventions, so when I learned about this genre I thought, "There you go! That's what my work is!"
- Surrealism- This is a form of modern art founded by the French writer Andre Breton. I’d quote from the book, but the passage is long and (in my opinion) pretentious. All you need to know is it’s concerned with expressing “the irrational, instinctual urges of the unconscious,” and that results in unusual, often dreamlike, sometimes absurd, and sometimes unsettling imagery. Examples of Surrealist artists include Max Ernst, Salvador Dali, Meret Oppenheim, and Rene Magritte (Dali gets all the hype, but I prefer Magritte, even though some of his paintings are disturbing). Because of the unusual imagery, the word “surreal” is sometimes used to describe anything that looks or feels bizarre. My art has a lot of scenes with bizarre, dream-like situations which are treated as normal occurrences (such as a gang leader being an iguana man), so it has a surreal atmosphere.
- Pop art- This is a style of modern art that draws on popular culture, such as comic books, advertisements, movies, and television, for its subject matter. The book notes, “Many critics were alarmed by Pop, uncertain whether it was embracing or parodying popular culture and fearful that it threatened the survival of both modernist art and high culture…” The best known Pop artists are Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. I channel/spoof/rip-off a lot of other comics and cartoons in my comic books, and some of my other art has pop culture themes (For instance, my final project for my Art Drawing III college class was a lampoon of tabloids).
- Art brut- The book explains, “The French painter Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) developed a distinctive form of expressionism inspired by what he called art brut (‘raw art’)- the work of children and the insane- which he considered uncontaminated by culture.” It’s crude & spontaneous and uses basic forms of self-expression (which Dubuffet deliberately imitated). My art is simple, has a lot of elements that seem like something in a child's cartoon or dream (such as a talking hyena with a green cape and shorts), and sometimes has disturbing imagery.
- What really steams me is some lowlife broke into my Dad's old house (My paternal grandparents lived just a few houses down from my maternal grandparents, so his old house is just down the road from my Mamma's house) and stole a trunk. We don't know what in the trunk, but I thought, "I bet it was the coolest stuff ever!" :-/
- If it had been promoting violence or whatever, that would've been one thing (I'm not saying what the thing is. I don't know, actually, but it would've been a thing, never you mind!), but there was no need to disarm the sculpture. Jeez, how many statues are there of Civil War generals wielding swords? Suddenly your alien is a bare knuckle brawler by default. Well, I say make it a weapon now out of whatever material you want. You could make a gun out of clay, Popsicle sticks, or whatever and make it a gun belt and holster out of paper. It's up to you. Moving on, I know some terms and have the textbook to look up others, but I don't worry about that. I have my own style, I stretch my artistic and creative muscles, and I have fun, and people respect that. The only people who don't respect that are jerks who aren't worth my time anyway. My best friend also makes comic books. I noted that I couldn't draw as well as him and he replied that I was great at telling stories and conveying emotion. Every artist has his or her strengths.
- In my next issue I plan to introduce a few new characters, including one code-named Student. She seems ditzy, but when she's interested in a subject, she studies it until she becomes an expert. People see her talking like a ditz, and then they're shocked to hear her rattle off all this knowledge about a topic as nonchalantly as someone reading pizza toppings off a menu. She and her boss meet with Dart Tongue, Foam, and Twi-Night (called by their real names, Gerard Ripley, Estes, and Kim, in my pastas), and she soon wows them with her knowledge of art and heraldry. An amused Ripley thinks she's hustled them (by playing a fool), but her boss replies that no, that's really how she is. I've written this scene about a painting of an injured unicorn.
- Student- Wow… This unicorn painting is remarkable! I could tell right away that it’s from mid-16th century Italy because the elongated features, unusual coloring and pose, vague background, and unsettling imagery scream “Mannerist”. It’s reminiscent of a Parmigianino, nee Francesco Mazzola, painting as well as the outer panels of the Isenheim Altarpiece by German artist Matthias Grunewald, nee Mathis Gothart Nithart. The unicorn has been used as a symbol of Christ, so I’m guessing that this piece, like the Isenheim Altarpiece, was displayed in an infirmary, invoking the image of the suffering Christ to remind patients they weren’t alone.
- Dart Tongue- Y-You’re absolutely right! You’ve studied well!
- Student- Thank you, sir!
- I have to confess that Student knows way more about art than I do!
- Ah, thanks! ~gives "Right back atcha finger point"~ Raidra (talk) 01:00, March 23, 2016 (UTC)
- ~laughs~ That is great! Is the sword arms alien smaller than the other one? If so, then hey- you don't have to have a size advantage if you have sword arms!  That reminds me of a story my aunt told us. One of her neighbors down in Jackson in Breathitt County, Kentucky has a German Shepherd named Boozer. One day he came to see how my aunt was doing (If I recall correctly, this was either shortly before or shortly after Mamma, my maternal grandmother, passed away), and he had Boozer along with him. Brady- who, let me remind you, is a Yorkshire terrier- was worried that Boozer was a threat and went after him! My aunt was horrified, but luckily Boozer didn't counter-attack. Later on one of my cousins joked, "Brady would kill Boozer! He'd get stuck in his throat!" We can joke about it now, but it is good to know that if there's a threat, Brady is willing to protect us. I've joked that Yorkies are like little, high-pitched Clint Eastwoods. "Get off my lawn!" A few houses down from our house there's a Yorkshire terrier named Jordan who barks at anyone who passes by. One time, when I was out with Brady, I called, "Hi, Jordan!" Jordan stopped barking for a second or two and then started again as if to say, "Don't you call 'Hey!' to me like we're friends!"
That alien reminded me of this Looney Tunes character named Slowpoke Rodriguez (http://looneytunes.wikia.com/wiki/Slowpoke_Rodriguez). You know how Speedy Gonzales is the fastest mouse in all of Mexico? Well, Rodriguez is his cousin, and he's the slowest mouse in all of Mexico. In the cartoon that introduced him, a couple cats got frustrated after trying to get Speedy. One of the cats, finding out about Slowpoke, thought he'd be easier prey and went after him despite his partner's objections. He found out too late what his amigo already knew- Slowpoke Rodriguez carries a gun. In his second appearance Slowpoke had learned hypnotism, which I always thought was cool.
Aside from the idea of dogs ganging up on you, that's a sweet story. Years ago we had a bearded collie (at least, we think that's what he was) named Miles. He usually didn't like other dogs, but one time, when we were staying at Mamma's, he and a stray dog seemed to form a friendship. The other dog came right where Miles was and Miles just let it, like he appreciated its company. When we started packing to go back Miles started whining and barking (He must have had abandonment issues because he always did that when we started packing), and the other dog did the same, like it were commiserating with him. As for Brady, I think there are times when he pretends he doesn't understand us when he really does. We know that he knows what it means when we tell him not to steal socks or that we're not going to share any more bacon with him, but he just gives us this look like he has no idea what we're talking about. Raidra (talk) 01:16, March 25, 2016 (UTC)
- I actually have no interest in seeing the movie. I'm generally not into superhero fights. I recently saw an episode of The Big Bang Theory in which they were talking with Adam West (playing himself) about the franchise. There was some disagreement, and one of them diffused it by asking, "Can we all agree we're worried about Affleck?" They all agreed except for Adam, who became confused and asked, "What's an Affleck?" :-D It'll be nice if he proves the critics wrong, though. I heard that when Keaton was cast the critics said, "He was Mr. Mom, for crying out loud!" but yeah, he is great. Shortly after Batman he played a psychopath in Pacific Heights (which I've seen about the last 10-15 minutes of and wow, was it horrifying!). He really is talented to play such disparate roles.
- Interestingly enough, the two-parter I plan to post is about two superheroes teaming up, so it's like some anti-homage to Batman v. Superman! Before that, though, I'm going to post an issue with a villainess called The Boa because the two-parter references something from that issue. The situation in which the hero is put isn't exactly a deathtrap, but it is harrowing nevertheless. I hope to have that posted in a day or two. Raidra (talk) 00:52, March 26, 2016 (UTC)
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Remember, just because something LOOKS more mature, doesn't mean it IS mature. I also fail to understand how thin rope makes people look more mature. That's like saying wearing your hair in a part looks more childish than not putting your hair in a part. My mom tells me this all the time and gets upset when my hair is in a part.
I guess if they were going to an adaptation where a character from Johto explores the newest Pokemon region, I guess Gold might be a good name to use. Did you have any luck reading my fan fiction yet?
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For my Haunting Hour reviews, I'm going to upload one every other Friday and the next one will be uploaded in a couple of days. I was trying to plan out a more consistent uploading schedule and I think that's the best one for me.
I think my talk page is about ready to be archived. There's exactly 70 messages on it and I'm deeply afraid of screwing up the formatting if I do it, even with instructions. On that note, I started playing Pokemon Heartgold. Since DS emulation is in its infancy, the emulator is a bit laggy but other than that that, the game is really fun. I would play the game on a real DS but I lost mine a long time ago.
I'm having Snaketounge look at my pasta again and I'm not sure what is going to happen in chapter 12. I got writer's block... Again! Ugh!
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So I saw a blog post defining the difference between a ripoff and an homage. Here is said post:
In the comments of the post, there is talk about 1999 ripping off or paying homage to something called Alantutorial. Do you know anything about this situation? If so, could you explain it to me?
I've been looking into a 3DS but I want to get one that isn't too damaged, comes with a stylus and charger, and maybe a case but those types of 3DSs (3DSs? 3DSi? What's the rule there?) can cost around like 200 dollars. If you know me, you'd know that I'm not rich enough for that. Do you know any places I can get a 3DS like that for a cheaper price? (Not Ebay please!)
I also got a new Haunting Hour review up: http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:TheAzumangaDaiohFan/New_Haunting_Hour_Review!_(Episode_31)_3/25/16
Beware the Boa
That is funny. Do you think they'll produce a little Bat-Moose? Yeah, Adam is great because he doesn't take himself too seriously.Here it is! This has a dynamic duo combating the psychologically disturbed killer The Boa.
Normally my issues are more lighthearted, but I consider this one of the most frightening issues I’ve done due to the climax (though the scene in question would have been more frightening if I were a better artist ;-)). I'm going to do it a little differently and have all the annotations first.
SLJ#53- “Beware the Boa”
Page 1, panel 6- Her last name is a reference to Cain in the Bible. Here’s another piece of trivia- I colored her hair a distinctive shade (light copper). No human female in the Karaverse will ever have hair the same color.
Page 2, panel 4- This is a reference to a White Tigress villainess called Mumbley (who is a female rip-off of the Dick Tracy villain Mumbles). She attempted to commit suicide (via firebombing the building she was in) in order to avoid capture. Most people, including her own henchmen, thought the murderess had perished, but The White Tigress suspected she was alive. Sure enough, it was eventually revealed that she had survived.
- Panel 1- Here is The Daring Duo: The Flying Fox (Wayne Bruce) and The Sparrow (Dick Brownson).
- Panel 2- He means psychologically needed to as supposed to something more mundane like being hired to kill them.
- Panel 8- Page 5, panel two- Alternate universe Japan has Pokemon and the Karaverse has Arakorphs. The planet Arakia has creatures which undergo transformations. These two are villains named The Rook (whose real name is DiMascolo and nickname is Dimmy) and Rocoslow. The Rook’s species is a toxic hedgehog lion (Notice the spikes when he gets angered) and Rocoslow’s species is a cougar dragon (In Arakorph terminology, “dragon” refers to Arakorphs who can breathe poison gas while lacking other poisonous abilities). They’re normally friends (and later they became romantically involved), but here The Rook is upset with Rocoslow. He’s sensitive about not having transformed into his final stage yet (This would be the equivalent of being twenty-five and not yet hitting puberty), and Rocoslow, who has already reached her final transformation, had made some offensive remarks. However, she’s deeply sorry about what she said, and the two have met in order to reconcile.
Page 6, panel 5- The question is ironic considering Fox’s response in the previous panel.
Page 8, panel 7- Comic book science! Yay!
Page 9- panel 4- The item he took out and is now being compelled to drop is a sleeping gas canister.
Page 12- A lot of people who have experienced tragedies in their lives either become hateful & bitter or become compassionate & concerned for the lives of others. The Flying Fox is a case of the latter, not desiring for any person to perish by another’s hand, even if that person is a killer.
SLJ#53 is from late September/early October 2000. WT#9 is from late October 2000 (I was able to crank out comics at a fast pace back then). Page one of WT#9 had a dramatic development in the Boa saga.
Raidra (talk) 00:49, March 27, 2016 (UTC)
Thanks! :-) Yeah, I knew that there was a chance the reader would say, "Well, you hypocritical schmuck!" but I thought it would be a dramatic twist. Though it wasn't my intention, I can see dark humor in it too. Either way the reader thinks, "What!? Did that just happen!?" If you don't surprise your readers now and then (such as the beginning of WT#9 or the ending of "Crossing the Line"), then you're doing something wrong. Someday I plan to have a character have a vision of a number of deceased characters in the afterlife. One of them will be The Boa to show she did find redemption in the little time she had left (which is reminiscent of a ghost story/urban legend I've read). I'd say redemption is a big theme in my work. "Let's see the scan here... Ah, nerts, it's faded!" To me the scans always look faded, which is why I'm thankful there's a darkening feature on HP Photosmart Essential. It's my pleasure to share my work with friends who are interested. :-D
I'm sorry to hear that. By all means, take all the time you need. By the way, if your streak is still going, and there's a day that you don't feel like having an actual exchange/conversation or doing anything else on the site, then feel free to leave a brief message on my page in order to keep the streak going (I know that's not a pressing issue, but I'd hate for you to have to start over again). Whatever it is, I hope things are resolved favorably and quickly too. Raidra (talk) 01:13, March 28, 2016 (UTC)
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So I looked at those deals you sent me and since they're on Amazon, I might put my money towards Amazon gift cards and save for a 3DS and maybe something else I'd love. You know, maybe like a plush doll or a book that I can't find the full version of online for free. I've been with Amazon since 2014 and they haven't let me down yet! Pretty amazing huh?
I write a Pokepasta and Raidra seemed to be impressed with it. There was one other person who seemed to like it as well though suggested some really neat changes to the story. Here's the Pokepasta: http://pastebin.com/15iGUNAf
It's fairly short so you won't have to spend much time reading it. I'm currently making the changes to the story. I'm trying to describe the scent of Purell as a clue to describe what type of environment the protagonist is in. I know it's strong and it stings the inside of your nostrils. Here's what I have for the description of the scent: "On top of that, my nostrils were assaulted by the overwhelming stench of sanitizer. Sure, there were hints of lavender in that scent, but it still made me cough loudly and stung the inside of my nose."
I got a great feeling this is going to be an awesome pasta. I might even upload this story to the wiki (With the approval of the Spin-off Appeal that is) before my lost episode pasta. Speaking of that, what should happen next in the story? I'm not sure if you read the latest version. You know, where chapter 12 has the words "Placeholder Text" in it?
Naruto had some great plot twists too. It never ceased to surprise me. There's going to be a new series called Boruto, so hopefully that will have some great twists as well. On the other hand, there are a number of websites and videos with countdowns of really bad movie plot twists, plot twists that ruined the whole movie, etc. It's never good when you find yourself yelling, throwing the popcorn container at the screen, and storming out of the theater. I've found out that the Korean alphabet has letters (as opposed to the Japanese and Chinese alphabets which use symbols). Sometime I'll have to have a Korean speaker (like Kim alias Twi-Night from Basilisk) help a non-Korean speaker spell something. "Okay, it's the oval with two lines on top, the line with the prong on top, the up-and-down line with the prong on the right side..."
I have a number of heroes that are reformed villains. I have a scene written in which a supervillain is reforming and has approached a superhero team about either joining or forming an alliance. The leader sees his sincerity and tells him, "It’s always our hope that our foes will reform. You have so much potential. It would be a blessing for you to join our side," and the former villain is moved because he's done them wrong in the past and yet it's all water under the bridge now that he's sincerely reformed. Speaking of redemption and twists, there's something else I plan to do with the scene with The Boa and other characters in the afterlife. I plan to have two deceased characters notably missing. One isn't there because he was an unrepentant terrorist and suicide bomber who went to what some theologians refer to as "The Really Bad Place Downstairs". The other one is missing because it turns out he's not really dead; someone faked his death, but who and for what purpose, and where has he been?
Believe me, I know what it's like when something keeps looping inside your mind. To quote Red Green, "Remember, I'm pullin' for ya'! We're all in this together." Raidra (talk) 00:59, March 29, 2016 (UTC)
- I'd forgotten that about Chinese and Japanese- about the symbols being letters, I mean. So the alphabets do have letters- it's just that there are hundreds of them. According to Narutopedia, Naruto sometimes makes use of the different Japanese languages (as well as different dialects). For instance, the character Zetsu was originally thought to have a split personality, but was eventually revealed to be two entirely separate entities merged into one body. The Narutopedia articles note, "In the Japanese version of the manga, White Zetsu used kanji and kana regularly. This was often conveyed in the anime through a higher-pitched voice," and "In the Japanese version of the manga, Black Zetsu only uses katakana for okurigana and furigana. This is often conveyed in the anime through a deeper voice." In the English translation they used different fonts to indicate the voices sounding different.
- Luckily for the heroes (not to mention society in general!) it's to get a fresh start. Sometime after his "death" I plan to introduce a scientist ally for a pair of superheroines. Eventually it will be revealed that he's really the "deceased" former villain in disguise. He realized he needed to change his life, so he decided to fake his death so he could start anew. The superheroines were in on it, letting the world think he had died so he could start over and help the heroes from behind the scenes. In my opinion, one of the best "Not really dead" moments was from an episode of Whose Line Is It Anyway?. Colin and Ryan were doing a scene, and Colin noted, "Of course he was surprised to see me. He had tried to kill me years ago. But when you try to kill someone by (pauses to think) chopping off their head, rolling them up in a carpet, and burning it, you'd better make sure they're dead!" X-D Raidra (talk) 01:06, March 30, 2016 (UTC)
- There was also a scene involving The Sage of Six Paths. He goes through different dialects and speech patterns until Naruto can understand him. I don't know how this was done in the original manga, but in the English translation his speech started out very formal & flowery and then gradually became more informal with greater use of colloquialisms. It is interesting to see how people translate things, especially if there's no real translation. In junior high and high school I took Spanish, and sometimes (like days before vacations) we watched popular movies, such as The Lion King, Space Jam, and Austin Powers, in Spanish. It was interesting to see how the ones that used dubs (as opposed to using subtitles) did the dubs.
- Roger Ebert once criticized that cliche you mentioned. He called it "The Deadly Change of Heart", explaining, "When the cold heart of a villain softens and he turns into a good guy, the plot will quickly require him to be killed, usually after maudlin final words." I thought, "Jeez, that's terrible!" Like you say, people can change. I once had The White Tigress fight with another vigilante. The vigilante wondered how White Tigress could have compassion on her enemies and Tigress replied, "Some have become my allies because I showed mercy on them." Ironically, that vigilante later became an ally too, so see, White Tigress knows how to do it!
- It's great that's Whose Line is back! They've still got it! I tuned in for the first episode and was cracking up within five minutes. The big guy (I think his name is Gary Anthony Williams) was the bachelorette on "Let's Make a Date", and he started, "Bachelor Number One- I'm known on the streets for my love of gravy." I cracked up because it was so random. I also liked a show called "Drew Carey's Green Screen Show". A lot of shows are cancelled way too soon, and others just drag on and on and on.
I say let them see the rest of the movie. Interestingly enough, my senior year of high school my English teacher was showing A Christmas Story before Christmas/Winter Break (She joked that she did it to be different from another teacher who was showing a more traditional movie). The thing is she didn't rewind it for each period. She just let it run, so whatever was on when the class came in was their starting point. X-D Of course, that's pretty much the way I watch it on TBS anyway. I would've liked classes with four people. I've jokingly noted that I have a great love of people; I just don't like them every much. ;-)
That just sends a bad message, doesn't it? "If you reform, you die! The end!" ~shrugs and looks aggravated while the theme from Curb Your Enthusiasm plays in the background~ Yeah, it's much better our way!
I have some things to post over the next couple of days (No fooling!) Two of the pictures are characters I've recently designed and a third shows a character and his arsenal. It's not as extensive as the arsenal for my iguana man gangster, but I like it just the same. Raidra (talk) 00:42, April 1, 2016 (UTC)
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Yeah I sent you the revised version of the pokepasta if that's what you're talking about. I have no idea why the comics are sandwiching in my previous message. Poor thing!
I had a really cool idea for the Pokemon Fan fiction. So let's say your Pokemon faint and you recall them back to their ball. After the fainted Pokemon are in the ball, the ball turns grey. If they gave a status problem like poison and they return to the ball, the ball turns a light purple colour. When the Pokemon is paralyzed, the Pokeball turns yellow. When the Pokemon is asleep, the Pokeball turns a certain colour and so on and so forth.
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I guess that might work better but I'm not sure. Speaking of Pokeball, I always wanted a Thief Ball in a main series Pokémon game. These types of balls would allow you to catch other trainer's Pokemon without fail. However, the more you use the balls, the more likely you are to be caught and arrested by Officer Jenny. These types of balls would be found in evil Pokemon teams' hideouts and sometimes if you find a secret passage around the Mart areas which are now housed in the same building as the Pokemon center, you will find the Thief Balls. You can unlock the passages by filling out the questionnaire at the Mart counter. Using stock words the game provides, you need to figure out which words are the best response to the riddles on the questionnaires.
I'm going to resume work on my Pokemon fan fiction. How do I submit my pokepasta to spin-off appeal? What should I say about my pasta? I've never done this so I need someone to walk me through the process.
I wanted to get this message out sooner but I've had all sorts of things that have distracted me from doing it.
I heard somewhere that there was a musical based on A Christmas Story. I know that there's a lot of merchandise you can get because I've gotten catalogs with double-page spreads. It's true that you can get your tongue stuck to a frozen metal pole, but do you know how they did the tongue stuck to the pole scene? That part of the pole was plastic with a little hole with some kind of vacuum hose. Once he stuck his tongue on, they turned on the sucker and he was stuck. Dad told me that the only solution to getting a tongue stuck to a metal pole was hot water. I asked if salt would work and he insisted no, only hot water would work. I don't know how Dad acquired this knowledge, though I do know he had a lot of siblings.Recently you mentioned superhero outfits. Well, I just recently designed some new characters, so I had to share them. One of the off-shoots of Basilisk/Re’em is a mainly Korean-American gang called “Samgakdo” (“Three-Sided Sword”) after a kind of Korean mat-cutting sword. They’re not a criminal gang, but a vigilance committee that combats criminal gangs. There’s also some Robin Hood and the Merry Men type stuff with them robbing criminals and donating the money to mission houses, soup kitchens, literacy groups, etc. It was founded by a half-black, half-Korean man known as Agent and a white woman known as Allegiance (Her late father was a Korean War veteran, which is autobiographical). Samgakdo is led by Agent, Allegiance, and a Korean vigilante known as Tokebi (named for a kind of Korean goblin) with the power to teleport anything she’s touched. I created these three characters months ago. I hadn’t given much thought to developing the other members (or deciding on how many there were), but I’ve done a little reading lately, and that gave me the necessary inspiration. The other members of Samgakdo are the Six Arts (Etiquette, Music, Archery, Horsemanship, Writing, and Mathematics), Six Ways to Serve the Government (Holy Minister, Good Minister, Loyal Minister, Wise Minister, Virtuous Minister, and Honest Minister), Five Cardinal Principles of Human Relations (Kindness, Justice, Courtesy, Intelligence, and Faith), Three Scholarly Occupations (Royal Tutor, Instructor, and Teacher), and Four Symbols (Azure Dragon, Vermilion Bird, White Tiger, and Black Tortoise). Other than the Four Symbols , these characters are named after Confucian principles followed by the Hwarang (basically the knights of Korea).  Confucianism has been called a religion, but it’s really a philosophy or a moral code of conduct. It’s common in Asia for people to be Confucian while being adherents of various religions and belief systems, so you might see Confucian Christians, Confucian Taoists, Confucian Buddhists, Confucian atheists, Confucian agnostics, etc.
- Archery- There’s a note I should make for clarification, especially with another drawing I plan to post soon. Note that one spring-loaded weapon is described as a sleeve arrow and another is described as a sleeve sword. However, another source I read claims that a sleeve sword is actually a short sword with a retractable blade (allowing it to be hidden up the sleeve). Because of this I sometimes call a spring-loaded blade a sleeve sword and other times I call it a sleeve knife and show the sleeve sword as a small retractable blade.
- In order to fly in the face of various stereotypes I made Mathematics an athletic Swedish-American guy. This was partly inspired by finding out that actor/martial artist Dolph Lundgren actually has a high I.Q. (and even has a degree in chemical engineering).
- Good Minister- I wasn’t sure what was meant by “good” since that can mean righteous, skilled, well-behaved, etc. Since there was already a Virtuous Minister, I decided to interpret her name as Competent Minister. Note that her qijiebian is slightly different than the one from the paper weapons and fantasy arsenal blogs. I initially thought the handle was included in the sections, but it’s actually a separate section, so that’s how I’ve portrayed it here.
- Loyal Minister- Note that his outfit is similar to Agent’s. That’s meant to be an outward sign of his devotion.
- Intelligence and Faith are a couple, and I’m thinking about having them get married and have a child.
- I decided to make White Tiger African-American because it’s the perfect cover. I mean, who would expect a Korean-American gang member called White Tiger to be black? It's similar to Agent's case. Since they say opposites attract I’ve also thought about making White Tiger and Black Tortoise a couple.
It was challenging but fun to decide on the outfits, color schemes, weapons, and any little extra touches. It’s great mental exercise.
By the way, in honor of April Fools’ Day, here’s a blog I did about a prank that was not well thought out- http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Raidra/Attack_of_the_Brainless_Hoaxers Raidra (talk) 00:39, April 2, 2016 (UTC)
- Items include a copy of the leg lamp and a tee-shirt that shows the tongue scene and says, "I TRIPLE dog dare ya!" It's fun to learn about how movie/TV scenes were done. That wasn't the only "How does one acquire this knowledge?" moment. I read about a Dick Tracy villain named Karpse who could make poison gas out of molasses. Dad told me that that was possible, but didn't elaborate. Someday I might have to steal that plot-line for my comics to honor both Dad and Dick Tracy. In fact, I think I know some characters I could have do it. Dad was a math teacher and an amateur genealogist. He read extensively, something I do too. I've joked that I seem smarter/more knowledgeable than I really am because I read a lot and I watch/read a lot of countdowns. Mom (who, you may remember, is a retired Language Arts teacher ) is smart too. One night, when I was little, I needed help with my math homework and Dad was busy. I was waiting and Mom asked me if she could help. I replied, "This is math homework," and she told me, "That doesn't mean I can't help." She helped me and I was so fascinated that someone who wasn't a math teacher could help with math. :-D
- Thanks! Did you notice the fringes on Vermilion Bird's sleeves? I thought that would be an interesting touch. Here's the other drawing I mentioned.
- This is actually the villain from the two-parter I plan to post soon. I created Specter years ago, but recently I've done a lot of reading about martial arts and ancient weapons. This made me decide to give him martial arts skills [namely the Chinese styles Mei Hua Zhuang (a branch of Mei Huaquan) and Xing Yi Quan] and an extensive arsenal. I don't always depict a character's arsenal, but when I do, I prefer to have an extensive arsenal. Stay awesome, my friends! ;-) That book I got recently, Ancient Chinese Weapons, was a big help here. Some of these you've seen in my Paper Weapons blogs, though a couple have different names or slightly different designs. His protective mask is based on Beijing Opera masks. According to a website I visited , the color blue represents staunchness, fierceness, and astuteness, yellow represents fierceness, ambition, and cool-headedness, and black represents roughness and fierceness (and can indicate either a rough & bold character or an impartial & selfless personality). Lines representing folds on plump cheeks and foreheads are marks of ease and comfort, and long, thin, three-cornered eyes with lines at the corners represent craftiness. See what I mean? if you read enough, you can seem like you know what you're talking about! Wait, did I already say that when I was talking about art styles, or do I not know what I'm talking about? Hmm.
- I believe it turned out to be the brother, and I was either confused or misinformed when I said it was the caller. I don't know what happened afterward, though I do know a lot of people weren't happy about the situation! Raidra (talk) 00:52, April 3, 2016 (UTC)
Yeah, I was definitely well-behaved. Aw, I'm glad your dad helped you too. "Maybe you don't know that you know what your talking about, so you know, but you don't exactly know?" ~laughs~ That sounds like some of these beauty pageant contestant answers, doesn't it?
I think there's a shirt that makes it obvious by also quoting, "FRA-GI-LE...must be Italian!" I think you're onto something. Maybe heat it and/or add something else to it. Of course, I don't plan to try it at home! ;-) Here are a couple websites talking about, or at least mentioning, the Karpse story  . One of them specifically mentions that the gas was "furfural iso-cyanide." I don't know if it really exists, but I've found out that furfural does, and it can be hazardous to one's health. I hate to make light of that because people died, but I can just imagine characters staring in horror at this wave of approaching molasses. "Oh. My. Gosh. RUNNN!!!!" A molasses monster, maybe? You could create a film based on that somehow. Or you could make it about someone who doesn't know that they know what they're talking about, so they know, but don't exactly know.
Cool! Can't you just imagine someone walking along and then flinging an arrow at you? "I don't know what happened, officer! There must have been an archer hiding somewhere over there!" "Sir, I didn't graduate from the academy yesterday..." Here's where I first learned about judge's pens- http://www.wle.com/products/W266.html. I like to call the nine chi tapered rod "the really big toothpick." I remember showing a friend a previous incarnation of Dart Tongue's arsenal, and he asked, "He needs all these weapons?!" I admitted that well, he didn't need all of them, but you know how some people are. Earlier today I was thinking about the arsenals and I thought about a scene from Whose Line Is It Anyway?. If I remember correctly, Ryan was playing Superman and Colin was playing Lois Lane.
- Superman- Just let me get my gun.
- Lois- You have a gun?!
- Superman- I live in a bad neighborhood.
My gosh. "I'll just burn the field in high winds with houses in the surrounding area- what's the worst that can happen!" ~rolls eyes~ A few years ago there was a fire tire in Dayton and we could smell it when we were shopping in the garden center of a store close to our home. The Dayton Dragons (a minor league baseball team) had a home game, so one of the players joked that they should wear masks. Then again, maybe he had a fear of 1930s villains making poison gas out of molasses and was using humor to try and hide it. Raidra (talk) 01:01, April 4, 2016 (UTC) Raidra (talk) 01:01, April 4, 2016 (UTC)
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I'm sorry if I didn't get back to you earlier. I've been busy with some school work and whatnot. I'm studying for the next Homeschooling Passport Project which is in April. The country we're studying this month is Japan and it's one of my favorite countries in the world. I'm gathering some general facts about it in oder to decide what I want to do for my main presentation. I'm thinking of wearing a Kimono or maybe my old Sailor Moon costume and I may do a presentation on Satoshi Tajiri (The creator of Pokemon).
Thanks for the advice about the spin-off appeal. Now all I need to do is work up the courage to actually submit the story! I'm going to try and do that tonight if I can. Oh well, I might as well take a chance, right?
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So I submitted my Pokepasta to spin-off appeal and to sum up, I struck out. The main problems with the story were that it felt rushed, had an anticlimactic ending, and needed more story and emotion behind it. In other words, the vague angle completely backfired. I had an idea to fix this however. As the protagonist is running away from the room, they gave flashbacks as to what had happened and when they get to the bathroom, all the flashbacks comeback all at once and everything comes full circle. Here's a sample of what I mean:
"As I made my way down the hallway, a thought had suddenly popped into my head. In this thought, there were two women and one man surrounding a peach coloured steel table with wheels that was placed in front of what looked like an ivory doughnut with beige colouring around the middle of it. Two of the women that surrounded the table were wearing paper white lab coats that went down to their knees. They each held a clipboard in their hand and they seemed to be jotting something down. The man that surrounded the table wore a Red Sox T-shirt and black jeans and seemed to be looking down at the table. On the table, I saw a little girl who had casts covering both her arms and legs. Her eyes were light green with a little bit of brown in the middle and they stared upward at the ceiling. "Are you sure this is going to help me daddy?" The girl said. "I hope so, sweetie. Otherwise, I don't know what else to do." Said her father as he gently clenched her hand.
Before I was able to figure out what happened next, I suddenly found myself inches away from a dark blue door with a black bar running through the middle of it. I leaped up and hit the black bar with all of my might. To my surprise, I had enough strength to open the door just wide enough for me to get through."
The good news is that I got my feet wet and now I know how to make the story even better.
Specter, part one
There was a class clown in some of my high school classes (I might even call him a wit rather than a class clown), and one thing we had to do at the start of this one class was split into groups & tell what we already knew about the topic, what we didn't know, and what we hoped to learn. He was the spokesman for his group, and he gave a rambling introduction for each part. "We know that what we know we know, you know?..." Even the teacher was laughing. X-D
Naw, I just have a funny image in my mind. That reminds me of a clip I once saw (I think it was from a music video) of two geishas yelling and hitting a fire with stringed instruments. I have no idea what that had to do with anything, but it was funny.
Here it is- SLJ#78, "Specter, part one". Specter is one of my favorite characters. I wasn't happy with how a couple of the pages turned out, but I hope you enjoy!
- Panel 6- I added this panel to show that the driver had nothing to do with the explosion
- Panel 5- We are a part of the Rhythm Nation!
- Panel 6- For the times when you’re not thirsty enough for a Big Gulp.
- Panel 2- This is Super Creature alias Mark Cent alias Kor-Del, leader and co-founder of the Super League of Justice.
- Panel 3- “Dick” is Dick Brownson alias The Sparrow and “Alex” is a rip-off of Alfred.
- Panel 5- Here's the fiend himself, Specter alias Caspar Dugan.
- Panel 3- He revealed this to Sparrow after a near-death experience in a previous issue. The fact that Sparrow didn’t know it until that issue, and Super Creature didn’t know it until this issue, shows how private Flying Fox has been.
- Panel 8- Lortic is Super Creature’s arch-enemy. He is an expert in hypnotism and astronomy, and he desires to use his hypnotic mind control devices and knowledge of alien races to conquer the galaxy.
- Panel 7- One of my quirks is that when a character is upside-down, I have the speech balloons and thought clouds upside-down too. I can usually read upside-down, but in case you can’t, Fox is saying, “I have to hand it to him. He rigged everything cleverly.”
- Panel 8- “J-Just what I was th-thinking.”
- Panel 3- This was a plot point that I didn’t get back to in this story, but I plan to use it in a later story.
- Panels 6-7- “Barry” is Barry Mercury alias Greased Lightning, a Flash rip-off. He taught Super Creature hypnotism in the White Tigress issue just before this one, and at some point I’ll reveal that he has taught Flying Fox as well. Raidra (talk) 01:14, April 5, 2016 (UTC)
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I'm not sure why the people who submit their stories to Spin-Off Appeal get on Empy's case so much. I get that it sucks when your story is rejected but all Empy is doing really is giving his honest opinion on the story. Since this is a literature based wiki, there are going to be certain standards to maintain a certain quality. I think it is just easier to admit you made a mistake and try using the advice given to you to improve your story.
So I had this really weird dream last night. It goes a little something like this: http://pastebin.com/pqRwzyKC
I was doing some research on Japan and watching this video called "5 Scariest Insane Real World Cults" by a user called CreepsMcPasta.
I guess the two things just combined in my dreams for whatever reason. I think I might just go to spin off appeal again and present the re re worked story to them since the story never actually got deleted off of the wiki.
Specter, part two
I'm glad to hear it! I know what you mean because I was looking at the scan of page 12 (I think that was the one) and noticed a panel in which it was hard to see Fox's mouth. Most of this issue takes place outside the Flying Fox Cave, so it shouldn't be as big a problem. I think I've learned how to do the pages and notes so that they're convenient and they don't squish Azu's messages! Here's SLJ#79- "Specter, part two".
- Panel 6- Wow! Fox is a good artist!
- Panel 7- In my comics I have “super hypnotism”, the ability to hypnotize others very quickly and easily (sometimes without their consent). Lortic and Super Creature are the only ones known to practice it, and Super Creature and the supervillain/anti-hero Renegade are the only ones known to be immune to it.
- Panel 5- Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Elton John!
Page 4- most of page 5
- This side story has Steve, the henchman of the supervillain Master Skull, recruiting the sick assassin Overdose. Master Skull wanted to pay Overdose twenty million dollars to kill the superheroines Ultra Kate and Karate Kate. Her real name is Abigail Patterson, but she changed it to Marie Presley because she’s an Elvis Presley fanatic. There’s no meaning to that; I was just listening to a lot of Elvis music at the time.
- Panel 3- Those are some sharp-looking gangsters!
- Panels 6-7- Just another day in Gotterville.
- Panel 5- Note the syringe starting to fall off the desk on the right. The reason Fox is flushed and weak is Specter has just injected him with poison.
- Panel 6- It’s hard to see what’s happening here, so I’ll explain. Fox, who has prepared for situations like this, has grabbed his laser with his left foot and is using it to sever his bonds.
- Panel 4- It’s not a Joker laugh, but it gets the point across. Raidra (talk) 00:27, April 6, 2016 (UTC)
There was a scene in Leroy & Stitch (the finale of Lilo & Stitch: The Series) in which the villain was sulking in jail and his minions were all dancing to "Jailhouse Rock". There's a video of it here- http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Jailhouse_Rock. Interestingly enough, there's a video for "A Little Less Conversation" that's similar- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx1_6F-nCaw.
No, I understood. I didn't take it as an insult or anything. Aw, shucks! :-D
I'm glad you liked it! Yep! Flying Fox wanted to keep Specter distracted until the bomb was destroyed. When Super Creature distracted Specter he realized it was the perfect opportunity to break his bonds. He was in the interesting position of being a distraction and waiting for a distraction. One thing about the issue is it's as much about the camaraderie between the two heroes as it is about Specter. My heroes have camaraderie- unlike some other comic book makers I know! ~makes disgruntled glances at a pair of comic book companies~ In any case, you hit the nail on the head as far as this issue setting up future events. For one thing, in SLJ#81 The Flying Fox announced that he had post-traumatic stress disorder. It would have happened eventually (since he'd had traumatic events in his past and continues to encounter trauma), but Specter's attack is what pushed him over the line. As for Specter himself, I have plans for him. I actually just finished a draft for a scene that I'll have to show you. It's kinda long, though (a little over three pages on the word processor), so should I wait until after you've archived your talk page again, or go ahead and post it? Raidra (talk) 01:10, April 7, 2016 (UTC)
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So for the past couple of days, I've been searching for facts about Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokemon. The thing I'm trying to figure out is how to balance the amount of Tajiri facts with the amount of Pokemon facts in my presentation. I kind of want to do it in a way that leads up to the creation of Pokemon and the legacy that the series gained. I have like seven facts so far, one of which includes a fact about how Satoshi's favorite Pokemon is Poliwhirl and I think I included a fact about how he had autism but I can check again.
I'm disappointed that I still have writer's block for my Haunting Hour pasta. I've got nothing. Would you like to help me out in giving me possible ideas for what should happen in chapter 12? I can't believe it has gotten this bad!
Here's the latest version of the story: http://pastebin.com/ULnDbPLR
Mr Mackey: Writer's Block is bad. M'kay? That line... Sums up the situation perfectly.
When I look at Empy's wiki icon, I keep thinking he's British even though his profile says otherwise. I tend to imagine what people look like based on who they choose to represent themselves on their wiki icons. For example, I imagine you as that girl/guy from Wawamote based on your wiki icon.
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Yeah, when they hype the last part of a "trilogy", and then there's a fourth movie, it really takes the steam out of the whole thing in my opinion. :-/ Recently I realized that while I was a big fan of The Lion King (I still like it, but I haven't watched it in a while), I haven't liked anything since then (Timon & Pumbaa, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, The Lion King 1 1/2, and now The Lion Guard). I sometimes give my character hobbies, so I thought, "I should have Specter's hobby be writing Lion King fan fiction." It would of course be better than any Lion King material Disney has produced since 1994.
Thanks! Notice how Flying Fox shuddered when he told about The Boa too. Fox has a condition, but he gets it done!
The background for this scene I'm posting is Specter partnered with another master criminal. The Flying Fox, knowing how interested Specter is in fighting him, has offered himself up so Specter will be preoccupied while other heroes handle his associate. After knocking out Flying Fox, he put him in a death-trap he'd previously prepared. What will Fox do when put in this inescapable deathtrap? Let's find out!
When The Flying Fox awoke and regained his awareness, he found that he was lying on the floor in a somewhat long and narrow room. He realized that he was now clad in a hazmat suit. The hands were mitten-like, unlike his own suit, which accommodated his claws so they could be used. The suit had been compromised by a metal ring, about the size of a bracelet and thicker than the average highlighter, penetrating the right arm. However, the ring’s entry points had been covered with duct tape, ensuring the suit was still airtight. Removing the ring or the tape was out of the question, and as Fox observed and felt the area, he realized that it was worse than it looked. The tape & material were in such a way that removing the tape would tear off a significant portion of the suit. Specter was certainly hedging his bets.
The ring was attached to a short tether, restricting Fox’s movement. The tether was steel cord. One end was welded to the ring and the other was welded to a smaller steel ring which was embedded directly into a patch of concrete. Working carefully, Fox got to his knees and inspected the set-up. The hardness and coldness of the welding showed that Specter had prepared them some time ago, and done a thorough job. He grabbed the tether close to the steel ring embedded into the floor and gave it a hard tug. It didn’t budge. He realized that trying to pull it free was useless; he’d wear a slit in the hand of the suit before he’d make any progress freeing the cord. It would take heavy duty tools to sever the tether or break up the concrete. Specter had of course taken his utility belt, radio, and teleporter, and if there were hidden tools still on his person, they were inside the suit. Even if he had tools he could work with, any use of tools would take time, and God only knew how much Specter intended to give him. He looked at the ring in the suit’s arm. It would be as durable as the welding at the other end, and furthermore, it would be a greater risk as the wrong move would rupture the protective seal made from the tape.
He glanced about the room. There were no pieces of furniture, unless one counted the box with a lever at one end of the room. The door was reinforced and the window was the kind with metal netting embedded in the glass. Both were well past the reach of the tether, and both had implements resembling shower heads above them. He realized that this was so Specter could spray him with who knows what if he tore free from the ring, damaging the suit, and made a break for one of them. He scanned the floor. There were no objects nearby- not so much as a dropped paperclip, match, or twist tie. In fact, the room was bare except for him, the tether and ring, and the box with the lever. He looked at the ceiling. He saw a couple lights, some vents, a couple fans, and some kind of small nozzles. His heart started racing and his chest felt tight as the familiar feeling of dread rose up inside of him. He arose to his feet and started steeling his resolve, determined not to let his illness overcome him.
He had seen that Specter, wearing his own hazmat suit for optimum protection, was watching him from the window, but said nothing. Specter, in turn, gave Fox time to assess his situation, addressing him only after what he thought was a sufficient period of time had passed. “You’ve probably guessed already that the room you’re in has been filled with an airborne toxin.”
Fox, not turning to face Specter, nodded. “I noticed my breathing rate is increased. It’s a sensation I’ve felt before. I’m assuming you injected me with that drug of Monolith’s, the potion that prevents one from holding one’s breath for more than two minutes.” [Monolith is another Flying Fox foe, a man who can change into a rock man. Years ago he tried to kill the bat man by binding him on a garage floor close to a car’s exhaust pipe, injecting him with this drug, starting the car, and leaving him to die of asphyxiation. Luckily The Sparrow was able to revive him in time]
“Mmm-hmm. If your suit were to get torn, you wouldn’t last long. You could try holding your breath if you wanted, but once you start inhaling you might have four minutes before you pass out. I don’t need to tell you what happens after that.”
A shudder ran through him, but he continued conversing. “The idea is for me to pull that lever, correct?”
Specter nodded. “Right you are. You can avert a disaster by pulling that lever [I don’t know what it is yet, so that’s why the threat is so vague]. If you fail to pull the lever, you fail to prevent the disaster.”
Fox understood Specter’s game. The lever was well past the tether’s reach, so if he tried to get to it, the ring would be yanked out, ripping off the tape and tearing the suit. “I’m guessing there’s a time limit?”
“Mmm-hmm. I’m giving you two minutes. I’ll let you know whenever ten seconds have passed.”
“I appreciate that.” He expelled a sigh and, after a pause, told Specter, “Okay, start the countdown when you’re ready.”
“You got it.” Specter took out a stopwatch and held it in front of him so he could keep an eye on it while observing Fox’s efforts. “Okay… now.”
Fox stood still and silent as a beam of wood, his eyes closed and his head bowed. Occasionally a slight quiver ran through his frame, as though he were standing in a cold wind. Specter watched in anticipation, wondering what was going through his mind. As promised, he announced each ten second interval. After a full minute passed, he began to wonder when Fox would make his move.
That question was answered with less than forty seconds to go. Upon hearing the time, Flying Fox opened his eyes and raised his head. He gripped the ring tightly with his left hand. As Specter was preparing to announce the thirty second mark, Fox yanked out the ring, causing a large section of the suit’s right sleeve to be ripped free. As Specter stared, Flying Fox went to the lever and pulled it.
Afterward he sighed and knelt down. Seconds passed, but Specter remained silent. Fear had been flowing through Fox, but now there was a surge of triumph flowing through him as well. He smiled and announced, “I did my part.”
He began to wheeze, and shortly thereafter he began to feel the effects of the toxin. He felt nauseous, but he didn’t know how much of that was the poison and how much was his nerves. It was the same with his pounding heartbeat and chest tightness. His skin felt warm & clammy and perspired freely. His strength began to leave him and his vision started to blur. He rested his head and hands on the box. Shortly after that, however, he heard the fans activating. He realized that the toxin was being vented from the room. He then heard the door open. Specter’s poison detector beeped in alarm as he entered the room. He shut the door behind him.
“I feel a little sheepish, but impressed,” admitted the surprised Specter. He walked over to Flying Fox. “You did do your part; everyone’s safe. I have to say, I admire your heart, and I can’t let it end like this.” He showed him a hypodermic syringe containing a dark pink fluid. “This is the antidote. It will knock you out for a while, so you’re still in my power, but it will neutralize the poison.”
He motioned for Flying Fox to present his right arm. Fox, weakened and ill, obliged. As he prepared to administer the shot, Specter stated in admiration, “I didn’t anticipate you winning by losing. Handling this deathtrap the way you did is something only you would do.”
“No,” Fox replied. “Plenty of others –cough!- would have done –cough! cough!- done the same. –cough!-”
Specter carefully injected the antidote while jokingly asking, “You can’t take a compliment, can you?”
True to Specter’s word, Fox’s symptoms began to dissipate shortly after the injection. His breathing eased, indicating that both the toxin and Monolith’s potion were being neutralized. The hero lay down, and within seconds he had drifted into a healing sleep. The beeping from the poison detector had gradually decreased in volume and frequency. Specter took a remote control and activated the nozzles, causing them to spray disinfectant. Soon the poison detector stopped beeping entirely. Specter checked the detector readings, turned off the nozzles & fans, and knelt to inspect Fox. After giving him a few hard pinches to make sure he was really out, he draped his arm over his shoulder, arose, and carried the unconscious vigilante out of the room.
Specter set The Flying Fox on the floor and removed the ruined hazmat suit. After that was done he placed him in the best chair in the room, the rolling desk chair with the padding, armrests, and the back that reclined. Before handcuffing Fox’s wrists to the arms of the chair, he reclined the back to a more comfortable position. He removed his own hazmat suit, set it aside, and observed the bat man for a few moments. “Who would have guessed that I was fated to be the instrument for you surviving my death-trap?” he mused out loud. He smirked and shook his head. “I have to wonder…were you planning on my reaction?” He pondered this for a few seconds before noting, “You may have briefly considered that I’d react the way I did, but no, you weren’t planning on it, were you? You acted knowing that you’d most likely die in there. You knew your action would probably be fatal, but you did it anyway, and you… you’d do it again in a heartbeat.”
He took a long pause before telling him, “Well, I had another deathtrap planned for you just in case you somehow escaped that one, but that can wait for another time. Let’s just take a break for now, shall we?” Raidra (talk) 14:37, April 7, 2016 (UTC)
- That's all right, especially since I don't feel like conversing much tonight and might be going to bed soon. Thanks for letting me know you had posted twice so I didn't miss anything. I'm glad you liked it and glad to see your thoughts on the dynamic shown in the scene. :-D
- I also have a hero called The Blue Battler and a villain called Bronze Face, and they have a cordial relationship despite being arch-enemies. I was going to post an example, but I'm holding off for now because I might decide to scan and post the issue with their most recent battle.
- ~laughs~ Dang, they're even positioned like the red one just finished slicing the blue one's arm off! Seriously, it's like an anime scene. That is great! Thanks for sharing! :-D Raidra (talk) 01:42, April 9, 2016 (UTC)
- I hope you're feeling better today. Yeah, if you had the same old heroes, same old villains, and same old interactions, it would be monotonous. On Batman: The Animated Series, Bats treated all criminals as threats that needed to be handled, but he didn't handle them all the same way. He didn't treat The Joker the same as Two-Face, Two-Face the same as Rupert Thorne, etc. He knew how to treat each foe and deal with each situation he encountered. That's another thing that made the show great.
- I do see the belly button now, and I think I see the eyes. Are the tripod legs are short and stubby? At first I thought the body was leaning forward and the knees were bent, but I realize now I may have been looking at it incorrectly. In any case, it still looks ready for action, and you can still compare the picture to scenes like these  . Raidra (talk) 01:16, April 10, 2016 (UTC)
I appreciate that, my friend. I'm glad to be back. Hopefully everything goes smoothly and I can get on with my life very soon. I'll let everyone know ASAP. If you need anything, my talk page is always open just like it used to be. Hope all is well. I hope my criticisms don't wear you down, and if they ever do, please let me know. I think I'm slightly harder on you because I see a certain amount of potential in you and feel like my honesty could help in your self-actualization. Don't ever be afraid to disagree with me either; I'm certainly not any kind of writing authority. It's just easier to pick up on the issues when reading someone else's work. Keep at it.
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That nightmare was a very interesting read. I'm imagining this scenario happening in a game like LSD: Dream Emulator. I imagine the guy at the stoplight resembling the shadow guy in the hat from that game a.k.a the Grey Man. I honestly think the game could benefit from a remake because I can't play the original game on an emulator for shit. There are too many steps and programs involved in just the setup of the damn emulator almone and if you don't have every single component, the emulator gives you the middle finger in the form of nonsensical error messages. They should release the remake for PS4 and PC or maybe even Xbox One.
I had an idea for a Disney related pasta. Ideas just keep popping into my head and I want to develop them but they just overwhelm me ooohhhh daaaaammnnnn!!! Anyway here's my idea. Getting separated from your group is a terrifying experience especially in a place like Disney World. How about I write a Creepypasta about a little girl who gets separated from her father and brother at Disney World and throughout the story, she is trying to find them. Along the way, she encounters people in mascot suits who are trying to grab her (which the girl interprets as kidnapping but in reality they're trying to help reunite her with her group), gets bumped around like a pinball amongst the crowds, and all sorts of other misadventures. I think getting lost somewhere is a very realistic fear because it can happen very easily whether because someone gets distracted and wanders off, gets lost in big crowds, or forgets where everyone is.
I also got a new Haunting Hour review up: http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:TheAzumangaDaiohFan/New_Haunting_Hour_Review!_%28Episode_32%29_4/8/16
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I'm glad you liked my review. I heard you can watch the first two seasons of The Haunting Hour on Nextflix which is great but I don't always have access to Netflix so a lot of the time, I have to look for online versions of the episodes and they can be hard to come by if you want ones in good quality. The next episode I'm reviewing doesn't seem to have this issue. The episode is split up into two parts on Dailymotion. There are two endings to this episode however but I may be able to find both versions quicly.
I'm currently doing research on Disneyworld's protocol for dealing with lost children.I've not been having much luck so far. I've found an article about lost children at DisneyLAND but it was written in 1994 and it's not at the park in Florida which is the setting for the pasta. Oh wait a minute! I think I found something! This is what a DisneyFanatic article says about the matter:
What happens the moment you or your child reports they’re lost to a Cast Member?
"1. As soon as a parent or child reports being lost to a Cast Member, a call is made to “Lost Child,” the centralized security system designed to reunite parents and kids who are lost. The Cast Member checks to see if the child has turned up. If not, a report is filed with the child’s description.
2. Then a call is made to a central location spreading the word throughout the area where the child was last seen.
3. Every ride operator and all available employees then begin looking for the missing child.
4. If a Cast Member is approached by your child who is lost, the Cast Member stays with the child until you are both reunited. Cast Members are trained to calm lost children and retrace their steps to attempt to find parents quickly.
5. If parents cannot be found in the immediate area, the child is then escorted by original Cast Member to the “Lost Child Room” which is an inviting, fun place staffed with professional child care workers and stocked with Disney movies.
6. Once you’ve received notice as a parent from your particular Cast Member that your child has been found, you can be reunited with them at the Lost Child area. This is where identification containing your and your child’s information can come in handy to help prove that you are your child’s parent."
So in the story, I'm think one of the cast members that finds the protagonist could either be Snow White or Alice since a good majority of the story takes place in the Magic Kingdom. For the lost child room, should I choose to include it in the story, may look a little something like this:
This is actually a lost child room from Tokyo Disney Sea Cruises. I couldn't find pictures of the lost child room from Magic Kingdom in Disneyworld so this is the closest I got.
For Snow White, she can look like the Snow White on that Full House episode, The House Meets the Mouse. I'll send you the images of her later since the images are on my tablet and I can't access it right now. Speaking of Full House, there's actually a blog dedicated to reviewing every single episode of Full House and the founder of the blog, Billy Superstar, is currently reviewing every single episode of Fuller House which I think is a sequel to the original series. It's quite a funny blog and I recommend giving it a read. Here's a link to the blog: https://therealfullhousereviewed.wordpress.com/
Since he reviewed every Full House episode ever, here's the links to his review on the Disneyworld episode:
As for the costumed Cast Members (i.e Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, etc), I'm not sure if they're also responsible for locating missing children. See when I think of cast members, I think of people like Snow White or Alice you know people who aren't in suits.
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It's bad when something (head, neck, knee, etc.) starts aching seemingly without provocation. Sometimes I can understand why I might have a headache, but other times I think, "I didn't even do anything!" Fans of a human and non-sociopathic Batman, unite! :-D
"Man, I must have tossed and turned all night because of this stupid pillow! My tendrils are all tangled!" X-D
Jay left me some cool feedback on the thread for "The Dead Eyed Dog". I know I said it at the time, but thanks again for your feedback! :-)
Sweet! I hope it's even better than you expected!
I tried to look at the Ikari draft and it wouldn't let me read it. :-/ It said the paste was private and I thought, "What, is the paste taking a shower?" In any case, I like the idea of describing the Phoenix sword as a bird. Legends tell of samurai describing their swords as having their own spirits. Raidra (talk) 01:11, April 11, 2016 (UTC)
- I like water, but also I like to have flavored milk, soda, and/or fruit juice on standby because nothing but water gets monotonous for me.
- Aw, shucks!
- I think that conversation happens at a party or club somewhere in the world everyday. "You can't come in; it's private." "I was invited here!" "What's the password?" "Are you kidding me!?" ;-) Ironically I took a bath after I was done responding to messages last night. In any case, this was well worth the wait! It was gripping from the first paragraph and stayed that way until the finish. When maggots were first mentioned, I wondered if Ikari would use them to treat her wounds because I'd read about that happening in real life. That scene was an unsettling and realistic touch. As for Phoenix, you did a great job of describing it as though it were a living thing (rising, pecking, etc.). The drawing's cool too. If she did get her coat from the colonies, I'm sure there's a story behind that. Great job! :-) Raidra (talk) 00:59, April 12, 2016 (UTC)
- Chocolate milk's my favorite too. I also like other flavors such as strawberry and banana, and there's even a brand which has a cookies-and cream-flavored milk. Yum! I don't like regular milk; it has to be flavored. I like orange juice if it's fresh-squeezed (homemade, in other words). The kind you buy in stores and restaurants always tastes off to me for some reason. I like apple, grape, and pineapple. If I had to pick, I'd say grape is my favorite. As for my favorite soda, I guess it's a tie between Dr. Pepper and Pibb Xtra (known as Mr. Pibb until the incident, and then he had to join the Witness Protection program). I also like Sprite, 7-Up, and Sierra Mist, strawbeery soda, root beer, and cream soda. I never liked colas, though occasionally I'll get a craving for one. Interestingly enough I like cola slushies, and I sometimes use cola syrup over crushed ice as a nausea remedy.
- Do you remember what situation he was in, like a war or a plane crash? Yeah, some of those survival stories you hear are amazing. People who were mauled, people who were lost at sea, people who were attacked, etc. It sounds like it's going to be a cool story, and any twists (You'll die by the sword! Oh, wait, you won't!) should be interesting. Raidra (talk) 00:16, April 13, 2016 (UTC)
I saw a segment on iCarly in which Carly walked in on Spencer gagging and gasping. She got him some water, and after he recovered he asked, "Have you ever had Oystermato? It's a blend of oyster juice and tomato juice." Carly noted, "You hate both oysters and tomatoes. What made you think you'd like a blend of their juices?" and Spencer replied, "I... really didn't think that one through." Sometime later I saw a product called Clamato, so that's probably what inspired that. Hang on, get me get over the nausea induced by the previous sentences... okay, I'm back! Pulp is one of those matters of personal taste. I don't mind it, but if I'm making enough to share then I strain out the pulp.
Wait, that sounds like that Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Revenant! That was real? Oh, wow! Yep, anybody who survives a bear attack and tracks down the guys who abandoned him is some kinda tough!
I was flipping through the channels earlier and guess what I came across- a sequel to A Christmas Story! I believe it was called It Runs in the Family. I didn't watch it because 1) I sometimes have a quirk that if I can't watch the whole movie, then I don't want to watch any of it, 2) it had a different cast, which was distracting, and 3) the channel kept acting up. I did see a little though, and I did see a couple funny parts. I think A Christmas Story is one of those movies that most people don't know had a sequel. Raidra (talk) 01:44, April 14, 2016 (UTC)
- I tried tofu one time and it was the same situation; the taste didn't bother me, but the texture was an issue. I tried putting things on it (like soy sauce) and eating slices on or between crackers, but it was hard to swallow no matter what I did. I think that was the first time I put a food on my "Prefer not to eat" list solely because of the texture.
- It would be interesting to ask game show contestants what the sequel to A Christmas Story was called. Most of them would probably look confused before making incorrect but understandable guesses like "Another Christmas Story" or "A New Year's Story". One time I saw a show about outrageous game show moments, and there was one from the original, British version of The Weakest Link. The hostess asked this contestant, "What letter of the alphabet sounds like a female sheep?" [The word for a female sheep is ewe, which is pronounced the same as the letter U] The baffled contestant guessed, "Baa?" The hostess firmly replied, "U!" The clueless contestant looked like, "What about me?" so the disgusted hostess replied, "Ugh, never mind!" Raidra (talk) 00:41, April 15, 2016 (UTC)
- Well, here's to you having a better experience than I did! :-) Also related to the not being able to breathe fear- struggling to pull a turtleneck sweater over your head. ~shudders~
- Generally I consider the people on game shows to be fair game. If someone on the street doesn't know that a female sheep is called a ewe, then that's okay because maybe they just haven't encountered that term in anything they've read or heard (I love animals, but oddly enough, I learned that term from a joke book). If a guy on a game show misses it, and is utterly baffled when the hostess gives the answer, then it's okay to point and laugh. Yeah, those were great shows! It was funny on 1 vs. 100 when a whole bunch of contestants got knocked out, and the contestants would look around to see who had gotten knocked out. That show had some interesting moments. One time the question asked, "You went into your neighbor's garden and took a leek. What kind of vegetable did you steal?" [In case they don't use this expression where you're from, the phrase "Take a leak" means "to urinate"] Another time they had five or six TV judges and two real mobsters. One question knocked out a judge and a mobster. The mobster jokingly threatened Bob Saget, who replied, "I actually took the liberty of cutting my own brake lines this morning." Raidra (talk) 01:13, April 16, 2016 (UTC)
If you ever want to try it, here's a site that may be helpful- http://www.ninja-museum.com/ninja-database-en/?cat=20&paged=2. This website was a great resource for learning about ninja. In fact, you might recognize some implements from my paper arsenal. Not only does it talk about weapons & tools, but it also has sections on diet, herbalism, fitness, daily life, communication, etc. There's a lot of cool stuff on there. In the interest of fairness, here are a couple articles I found on the sulsa-   . From what I gather, the sulsa were premier hwarang (the Korean version of knights) who specialized in infiltration & espionage. Unlike the ninja, however, they focused on saving lives rather than on assassination.
I haven't seen much of AFV since Alfonso Ribeiro started hosting. It's nothing against him; I just keep missing it for some reason. I think ABC dropped the ball because I didn't even know the season had premiered until I came across it while flipping through the channels. Hey, ABC, here's a suggestion! Advertise the shows people like instead of these terrible sitcoms and dramas that will just get cancelled in five weeks! Raidra (talk) 00:24, April 17, 2016 (UTC)
- Oh, take your time! There's so much cool stuff there that it'll take some time to get through it all. Just like my aunt tells Brady the Yorkie when sharing table scraps, "Savor it!" (Of course, he just wolfs it down anyway, and she wonders how he can enjoy the food since he's gulping it down so quickly he can't possibly be tasting it) "Ah, so they trained Batmen?" Yes, and they did did it the right way- unlike some other people I could mention! ~glares at Simon Hurt~ Seriously, though, that made me sad that there's not a Korean Batman. Then again, I can't remember any Asian Batmen period (except for the "Batman of Shanghai" short on Cartoon Network). Oddly enough, I'm thinking about adding a literal Korean bat man character (named Yagyan gyeongbi or Night Guard) in my comics, so that's something. What are the odds? I also have a Japanese salamander man named Mizukage or Water Shadow. Come to the Karaverse- we have more animal people than Thundercats!
- I watch a lot of Ridiculousness on MTV. They have it generally at the same time and night each week so I can find it easily. Sadly enough, I missed most of Batman: The Brave and the Bold because they changed the time or otherwise botched it. One time they said it was a re-run, so since there was something else I thought, "Well, I'll skip it this time." Later I checked to see what episode it was and it was a brand new episode. If I'd known it was going to be a new episode I would have tuned in at the beginning, but instead I missed it. I was not happy. I love that show and I kept missing it because I didn't know when it was on. Not cool, Cartoon Network, not cool! }:-[ Raidra (talk) 00:45, April 18, 2016 (UTC)
- It's cool to discover the references and allusions behind things in comics, TV shows, poetry, etc. Sometimes it can cause you to look at the work in a whole new way. That's one reason I like to share with my readers. This isn't quite the same, but the Narutopedia messageboard has a thread dedicated to looking at things from the series in retrospect. I know we've both had instances of foreshadowing that readers can look back on and think, "Oh, so that's what that was about!"
- "Before DC relaunched the comics with the New 52 there was a series called Batman INC that didn't get to finish." Dang it, DC! Yeah, that would have been cool. That's the problem with these big, earth-shattering, reality-rewriting events. You can pour your heart and soul into a story (if you're making the comic), or become deeply engrossed in the story (if you're a fan), and then suddenly, oh, hey, it didn't mean a thing and probably never happened after all! ~heaves sigh, shoulders hunching as vision blurs~ (Incidentally, that description of weariness was a reference to a Batman issue, though I'd have to check one of my books to see which one.)
- We recently got a more expansive cable deal and wireless Internet, so we like to watch channels like MeTv and Antenna TV (which show re-runs of classic shows, like TV Land still does to some extent) and the Game Show Network. I like to watch videos on the Internet. Plus, we have the VCR/DVD players. That's why a lot of people aren't following TV as much as they used to. They have options a lot better than the garbage most networks are shoving on them. Instead of trying to improve their product, most TV stations keep putting out more and stupider garbage. It's sad really. Incidentally, you know what sort of videos I was watching this weekend? Lists of the worst Cartoon Network shows, Nickelodeon shows, modern cartoons, etc. True story. Raidra (talk) 00:26, April 19, 2016 (UTC)
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My brother used to watch Netflix on his Xbox One but has since become disinterested in the service. He also noticed the price increase which I never really saw as a big deal. I mean, the price went up one whole dollar and if you're paying 10 bucks a month, then it would cost you $120 a year which compared to regular cable plans is still a good deal. Though, now I can kind of understand the backlash behind the price increase a bit more. If you aren't getting a bang for your buck in terms of content, then it would make sense for you to be disinterested in the service.
For my Disney pasta, I want to make it as believable as possible and to do that, I think using a real Disney park would be a good idea. Though, if that plan doesn't work out, I can always apply your suggestion of making up a Disney park or location within a park.
Regarding the Disney Cast Members, they have some... Interesting rules to follow. Here are some of those rules:
1. All employees are cast members. Regardless of your employment position at Disney, you're considered a cast member. This includes janitors as well. They're also responsible for calming down lost children should they be approached by one.
2. A cast member is never allowed to say "I don't know." If a guests asks a question that they don't know the answer to, they have to pick up a telephone and call an operator.
3. Cast Members can NEVER break character around guests. Let's say you're playing the character of Snow White. This means that if you're around the guests, you must ALWAYS act innocent, kind, gentle, sweet, and cheerful. If you're unsure about an aspect of the character you play (for example their native language or abilities), you need to make something up. For example, if you are in the role of Mulan and someone asks you to speak Chinese and you can't do so, you could say, "Mushu said he'd give me something special if I didn't speak Chinese today."
Here are a few sources that may give you more information of the Cast Members rules:
Have you ever heard of the story Abandoned by Disney? If I had knowledge about how to make video games, I'd make a game based on the story and it would play similarly to Myst, where you explore Mougley's Palace and figure out why it was abandoned. The reason would be that hundreds of years ago, a curse was placed on the island. This curse would affect all who would use the land in a way that didn't benefit its inhabitants and the palace fits this description well as homes were destroyed to make room for it and it didn't make back the 30 million dollar budget that was spent on its construction. It would explain the presence of the 80 foot Python and it would explain why the inverted Mickey costume came to life.
I also found this:
These are some of the images of Snow White from the Full House Disney episode:
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Lol I'm not sure. I guess so but I haven't been to Disney since I was 10 years old. The last time I went, me and my family (Specifically me dad and brother) went to all four Disneyworld parks in one day! We planned to go visit my now late grandmother the next day since she lived in Florida at the time so we kinda had to get a lot done in one day to get our money's worth.
For the pasta idea, I can look into it and see if I can pull it off. I've been making a few changes to the story, I've especially been editing out parts that seemed rather pointless or could've been done better. For example, there's a scene where the pole in the protagonist's closet crashes down and they go to investigate. They find out it was a rusty nail that made the pole fall. Then they proceed to resume the episode viewing. I ran my story through a text to speech program and I picked up a few more of these thighs that needed removing or retooling. I might fix up a few more parts.
Have you heard of MichealLeroi? He's a guy that does a YouTube series called "Bad Creepypastas". He and a few friends gather round and read... Well... Bad pastas and crack jokes or bring up legitimate points against the story. At the end, they each give their final thoughts on the story. Imagine it as something like Dorkpool's riffs but in video form. Here's a link to their reading on Abandoned by Disney: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7jmFhKbz6g
I also imagined those guys reading my Stine pasta and making jokes about it which also pointed out flaws with the pasta at the same time so that helped in fixing the story.
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I also fixed up some awkwardly worded parts like the part where the protagonist is explaining why her entertainment options are limited.
Original Version: "Since this TV didn't get cable due to the fact that Erika and her husband's kids brought lots of movies with them, there didn't seem to be much else to watch anyway."
Revised Version: "The TV didn't have cable because Erika couldn't really see the need for it when her grandkids brought their own movies to watch up there anyway. As you can imagine, my entertainment options were very limited."
The samurai in the story could be a hallucination by the protagonist. The hallucination is a result from the protagonist breathing in air from the lake which is filled with algae and right next to the house the protagonist is staying in. Long exposure to breathing in the algae air within a certain range results in hallucinations in people under the age of 18, which wasn't previously known since no one in that age range besides the protagonist was in that area that was closest to the lake. The setting is essentially a neighborhood with mostly older people in their 50's or 60's living there and it doesn't affect them since their lungs are way less sensitive.
When the doctors at the hospital examine images of the protagonist's lungs, they find little dark spots on them. It doesn't affect breathing because the algae is oderless and doesn't set off the body's response to the lungs being in danger. The added effects to the algae could come from someone or some people dumping drugs into the lake and affecting the algae. This isn't a finalized idea yet but it something that's been bouncing around in my head for a bit.
I also found this thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo_70aS967g
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Regarding Hallucinogenic algae, I think there are fish that produce hallucinogenic effects by grazing on a specific species of algae called Caulerpa Prolifera. I think the effects only occur in certain fish though.
As for the neighborhood, what would a neighborhood with mostly older people look like? Would there be handicap ramps at some houses? What comes to mind when you think when you think of a neighborhood mostly populated by people in their 50's or 60's? Here's what I think of:
"This neighborhood was kind of boring to me though. For one thing, there wasn't much to do. There were no basketball courts, baseball fields, or anything of the sort. Heck, there weren't even other kids my age to hang out with! It seemed as though everyone in this neighborhood was around Erika's age, which was around fifty or sixty." The protagonist is supposed to be around 16 or 17 at the time this story takes place. I'm going to fix up the story to better reflect this.
Could you link me to a YuriofTheWind video? Because I'm quite interested in checking them out.
I have no idea what the girl in the sleepy time video is doing. Maybe you'll have a better idea of what's going on than me.
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I'm not sure what would be more horrifying. Would the events of the story happening to a 12 or 13 year old be more horrifying or would a 16 or 17 year old protagonist going through this be more horrifying?I'm assuming the younger crowd going through this would be more terrifying to read about though I could be wrong.
I also resumed work on my Pokemon fan fiction. I fixed up a few things and added a bit more content. Here's the link to it if you want to check it out: http://pastebin.com/0emS7YGz
I added something to the beginning of the pasta where the protagonist says she used to watch Goosebumps on Cartoon Network as a kid. Goosebumps aired on Cartoon Network from 2007 to 2009 so that should be a helpful clue as to the protagonist's age. I'll try and expand from there if necessary. Here's the actual quote from the story: "I remember watching a show called Goosebumps on Cartoon Network when I was a little girl." So around 2007 to 2009, I would've been under the age of 12. In 2010, I was 12 years old.
If the video uses a foreign language, my folks won't mind. In fact, they'd be hugging me and praising me til the cows come home or something.
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Cussing? Is that a country in between Australia and that one that looks like the middle part if Japan? I wonder what their language is like.
So I think I have something for chapter 12. Here's how it will go:
"A few moments later, Kristy dashed up the stairs and made her way towards the master bedroom where Hotaka was now slowly making his way down the hall with his head facing down towards the floor. "Hey Hotaka! I saw that Sugimoto lady making a mad dash out of the house. Is everything alright up here?" Kristy asked loudly. Hotaka collapsed to his knees while still keeping his head down. "Kristy..." Hotaka said in a low voice, "I shouldn't have told you that story out loud." Kristy jumped back a couple of inches and yelped "What?! Why?" Hotaka let out a deep and slow sigh and began to explain. "Well, let's just say that things go from bad to worse for both the storyteller and listener after the tale is told."
Kristy began rubbing her eyelids with her fingers and let out a rough sigh. "Listen Hotaka! What happened today WASN'T your fault, okay!" Hotaka nodded his head. "You know what, Kristy. You're right. I mean, kitchens getting destroyed is just an everyday occurrence." Kristy smacked her hand against her face and growled. "Look Hotaka... You've obviously been through a lot today so I want you to go home and get some rest. Maybe you'll feel better tomorrow." Hotaka took a deep breath and gradually got up off of the floor. "You know what Kristy, maybe you have a point. By the way, I'm sorry about what I said regarding your kitchen." The two had bowed to each other and said farewell."
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We were due for a new section, weren't we? There was a good example in this multi-part JLA story. There was a character in the background of a panel, and at the end of the story you realize that what seemed like a throwaway background character was actually the most important character in the whole adventure. I can tell you about it if you want.
"Let's see what's new with my favorite comic book hero... Oh, come on!!" I have a friend who gave up on Marvel Comics because of the changes they made. "I hate reboots and reality events in comics. At a certain point it'll probably become necessary, but I'd love to see the Batman characters get old and keep developing." I'd like to see that too. It would be a poignant storyline for Batman or a similar hero to age, have health problems, and come to terms with the fact that he needs to retire and appoint a successor. Of course, he wouldn't just play golf or checkers all day- he'd find a new way to continue his crusade. Oddly enough I didn't think much of Batman Beyond, but I still have faith in the premise. Similarly, it would be moving if a younger character had to retire from active crimefighting early because of health concerns (concussions, heart disease, kidney problems, etc.). I'd like to do that myself. Fans deserve real stories, not the pulling your chain, status quo is god stuff companies are putting out nowadays.
I think we now have that channel too. Is it called Comet TV? I was flipping through the channels earlier and either Comet TV or Th!s was showing a Korean kaiju movie called Yongary, Monster from the Deep . I'm pleased with myself for recognizing it was a Korean film from the characters on the officers' helmets. I only saw a minute of it, but it made me think of the British film Gorgo for some reason . I saw a little of Gorgo on Mystery Science Theater 3000. It was late at night, so I fell asleep and missed most of it. :-/ What I saw was funny though. This 65-ft monster appeared and it showed this little boy watching it rather nonchalantly, like he had just seen someone flick a cigarette butt out a car window. One of the guys, imitating an Irish accent, offered, "I'll go get me slingshot!" X-D
Today I discovered this video of someone's choices for the top six weirdest anime (which they incorrectly called "animes", but hey, nobody's perfect)- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qkgzs49AtY0. There's some mildly unsettling material here and there, and some of the footage is so manic that it's hard to see what's happening. I hope that's not the actual speed, because if it is then it's a wonder more people haven't had seizures watching anime! I actually think number three makes sense, and the number one honestly isn't too far from something I'd do. Raidra (talk) 02:49, April 20, 2016 (UTC)
- One more story, and then it's time for bed. ;-) I thought it had more parts, but it turns out it was a two-parter  . The JLA learn from Daniel of the Dreaming (the replacement of Morpheus of the Dreaming, the Sandman from the Neil Gaiman series) that Starro the Conqueror is conquering people through dreams. The affected people can't awaken, and within the dreams they're dominated. The only one able to resist is this little boy. The heroes enter the Dreaming and they're able to rescue the boy and defeat Starro. During one scene the heroes are on the streets of the real world (to survey the damage) and in the background there's a homeless veteran sound asleep. At the end, after Starro's defeat, it turned out that the homeless veteran was the boy from the dream! His dreams of being able to help others again, to be a hero, allowed him to help the superheroes. He wakes up and discovers a hat full of gold that Daniel the Sandman had left him as a reward for his help. It was a great ending.
- I'd talk more, but it's getting late where I am. Talk to you later! :-D Raidra (talk) 04:26, April 20, 2016 (UTC)
Okay, I'm back! Although I never cared much for Barbara Gordon- the main exception being Detective Comics #503, one of the many awesome stories collected in Batman: Scarecrow Tales  - Oracle really is the perfect example. It showed you don't have to be Wonder Woman or Black Canary to make a difference; you just have to have determination and the confidence to use the skills you have. The way they handled her recovery was botched. My understanding was it happened so suddenly, almost like Bruce's broken back being healed by psychic magic (or whatever you want to call it). The writer defended the plot development by saying that there actually have been great advancements made in real life. That's very good news, but don't depict it like you go on a trip and then come back fully recovered, like it's an instantaneous cure. Since they decided on having her recover from her injury, they should have had it happen over a lengthy period of time, like recovery from injuries in real life. How great a story would that have been? Incidentally, I'm not sure why I keep posting these links to the DC wiki as people have apparently gotten lazy about writing summaries. I thought, "Oh, well I know why they're not writing summaries. It's because they know that any story could be rendered null and void at any given time!"
I miss old school Sci-Fi Channel too. They had some great B-movies! Have you ever seen the 1980s movie Alligator? That's the one that comes to mind. Another time Dad and I saw one with some kind of blue alien goo that took over people who came into contact with it. Ah, the memories flood back! Good times!
In the 1970s a lot of people developed an interest in kung-fu movies because they were exciting and different and exotic. Even some of the bad or more bizarre movies had fans because it was something new. My point is I think a lot of people are into manga and anime for the same reason. I'm not saying it's the only reason, mind you, but I think it's definitely a factor. The anime on that list may be odd, but no one can say they're the same old, same old. Personally, from what they showed, that one with the sleeping girl looked realistic. "What's funny is that it is getting a second season despite the fact that it aired nearly ten years ago." Wow. ~laughs~ Can't you just imagine some guy sitting around solemnly and suddenly announcing, "It is time."? Raidra (talk) 01:10, April 21, 2016 (UTC)
Hallo, Doomy Vroomy. Congrats to you, a lot — you'd manage to get through a year in this cruel, unforgiving place without falling into madness (sounds familiar?). And certainly everyone here thanks you for your wonderful contribution to the wiki, including me of course.
Yeah, although we don't talk much, I'd like to say, "Thank you. The efforts you've exerted to making this wiki a better place have not ended in vain."
Do you want me to make some art for you, like anything? (SPOILER: It's my last time... figure that out.)04:38, April 20, 2016 (UTC)
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Well I just got a message back from Raidra about the part I showed you. I sent it to her as well and here's what she said: "I like the new addition! I think it's realistic and shows the closeness between the two characters. It's also interesting to think that the storyteller will be affected as well as the listener."
Don't forget! Today is 4/20 day. This is the day where Cheeto and Spongebob DVD sales go through the roof. Or so I've been told. Let us partake in the 4/20 national anthem:
"Blazing around at the speed of sound. Got green leaves to smoke gotta go and overtoke! Must keep on munching on them snacks! Oh no I think that shark is gonna attack! Nevermind I guess I was wrong!"
There you have it
You now have your own. I exerted effort on that one, so I hope you like it.
You can thank me later ;)08:49, April 20, 2016 (UTC)
- That's not the way you put it in the talkpage Doomy Vroomy!!!!! Okay, sorry. Seriously, I haaaave some suggestions for you.
- Center the image by putting "|center|" in the source code if the image and enlarge it by increasing the pixel size (250x250px etc.)
- And shoot in a divider (----) below the image too! just like what I did to my profile page.
- 16:31, April 21, 2016 (UTC)
Hi Doom! I hope everything is going well with you! I just wanted to drop by and say hello, have a great rest of your day! :D Luigifan100 16:41, April 21, 2016 (UTC)
- And give me your email! I have a shocking gossip to share, and you'd be one of the first three to know.
- 17:30, April 21, 2016 (UTC)
REALLY Late Response
Wow. I just now saw your comment on my blog that was posted over a month ago, mostly because I am, at my heart, a procrastinator.
As for calling out Banning and Train... I meant just the opposite. I realize they're busy, as am I admining deviantArt. It's damn hard to stir up activity and get people happy about what it is you do. As for quality standards, I know this site probably has the best possible quality standards, but I simply am not up to my own. Either way, feedback is much more... active, I suppose, on deviantArt. It's beautiful, really, like a well oiled machine, constantly letting you know if people like or dislike your work.
Anyways, cheers, mate~