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I hope this thread isn't out of line, but when I logged in and saw my account stats, it just hit me.  Pretty crazy to think an entire decade of my life has passed by, and SK.net has been here the entire way.  I posted on the old BSOM board, but haven't been very active here.  I definitely want to change that, start contributing more and not just leech translations.  Still, it's pretty crazy to think that this site has outlived Nintendo Power, GamePro, the Anime Web Turnpike and so many other stalwarts of gaming and anime.  So I just wanted to say kudos to the staff, and here's to another 10 years.  And Olivier Hague, please come home.   :judo:

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http://blindsquirrelprops.com/army-of-darkness-mechanical-hand/
The prop designer who built Ash's replacement hand in Army of Darkness just posted a detailed guide on how he did it.  I'm guessing anyone who would want to cosplay as a post-Eclipse Guts would find this useful, too.   :guts:

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Berserk Merchandise / Berserk manga volumes 1-26 for sale on ebay.
« on: July 14, 2007, 12:18:55 AM »
EDIT: DVDs have sold.  The manga is still available.  All volumes are in excellent condition.
2nd EDIT: They are now on ebay. $25.00 starting bid, with no reserve.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=019&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&viewitem=&item=290142235233&rd=1&rd=1

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / World War Hulk
« on: July 05, 2007, 06:33:33 PM »
Long story short, the Hulk is invading Earth with an army of aliens and he is pissed.  Is anyone else reading this?  I've found it to be one of the better Marvel story arcs of late, even if it is a rip off of various sci fi stories.

http://www.marvel.com/comics/World_War_Hulk

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Video Games / Is anyone else running Linux on their PS3?
« on: June 11, 2007, 04:10:28 AM »
I've been playing around with Yellow Dog and Fedora Core, and I've successfully gotten ZSNES to run.  I haven't had any luck with MAME, nor have very many others from what I'm hearing.  There's something really disturbing about playing Seiken Densetsu on a Sony system, though...  I'm a Mandriva user, though, so I really wish they would port it over (which isn't likely, sadly).

I can't wait for one of the Wii Linux projects to get done, as well.

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News & Not News / Sarkozy Wins
« on: May 06, 2007, 07:20:02 PM »
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6630797.stm

I must say, as an American, I'm unbelievably happy about this.  Even if we elect a crazy left wing president here, I don't think we'd ever have been able to mend the recent U.S./French discord without Sarkozy on the other end. 

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Shootin' the Breeze / Using Japanese appliances in America...
« on: April 11, 2007, 06:51:43 PM »
Well, I hope this isn't irrelevant, but I know there are several fellow gamers here.  Anyway, I've been debating whether to purchase a 100 to 125 converter for my Japanese PS3 (which I am using in the US).  I've used Japanese PSX's, Saturns, and Dreamcasts with no problem, but the PS3 seems to be running rather hot on my FREEDOM VOLTAGE.  I'm not sure if this is just typical of PS3's, or if it requires more voltage and thus the 20% difference is amplified (I've found conflicting reports by searching around...)  Any advice would be much appreciated.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / The Wind That Shakes The Barley
« on: April 08, 2007, 06:50:14 AM »
Truly an excellent film, and one of the more unbiased accounts of the 1916 rising and its after effects that I've seen.  Seeing it and Grindhouse back to back made for a rather odd experience, however.

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News & Not News / Naked Chocolate Jesus Trouble
« on: March 31, 2007, 06:32:34 PM »
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6513155.stm

You've gotta love post-modernism.

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Shootin' the Breeze / St. Patrick's Day Randomness
« on: March 12, 2007, 07:20:20 PM »
Well, St. Paddy's Day is soon approaching, and so I thought that I would start a topic to see if anyone has (relatively) insane plans, or if there are fellow Irishmen about in general.  Clearly, this is the perfect time of year to assert the superiority of the Celtic people and get absolutely wasted.  Right now I'm looking at a lot of Guinness, and continuing my tradition of climbing trees in a Batman costume.



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Speculation Nation / Roderick's Ambition
« on: March 10, 2007, 10:55:38 PM »
Forgive me if a similar topic was created while I was away from the board, but I couldn't find any after some relatively extensive searching (aside from a brief mention by Aaz in a current episodes thread).  Anyway...

Does anyone else think that Roderick would be willing to betray Magnifico?  He certainly seems to be more intelligent, and rather mischievous in his dealings with both Magnifico and Farnese (and their mother certainly seemed to think so).  In particular, I had thought of this possibility:  Let us say that Magnifico's older brothers die due to upcoming events, either as a result of ensuing conflicts (perhaps if Griffith isn't satisfied with just controlling Midland...) or by assassination, at the hands of Magnifico who wishes to become first in line.  I am particularly thinking of his speech regarding the total rearrangement of the political situation his family had found themselves in, in episode 255, when he is speaking to Roderick about their plans.  Now, following Guts and crew for any amount of time could lead to an accidental death, or Roderick could probably arrange for one that would leave him looking blameless.  With Magnifico out of the way, provided that he marries Farnese, he would thus be next in line as head of the Vandimion family. 

This is rather baseless, I know, but simply an idea floating around in my head, and I was curious as to whether anyone else had thought the same thing.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / The terrorists have finally won!
« on: March 07, 2007, 08:18:20 PM »
Captain America is dead...Can't say I read the comics, but as a Marvel fan it was somewhat surprising.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17499797/

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Shootin' the Breeze / Viz (un)officially cancels Bastard!!
« on: February 25, 2007, 02:55:26 AM »
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bastard-am/message/2859

 "I do the initial translation of Bastard and was asked to halt midway through volume 17. Halt until further notice. I'm not sure what that means."  Viz is pure evil, and while I know that the majority of posters here dislike Bastard, I also know there are a few fellow fans, so I thought I'd mention it.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Teeth
« on: February 01, 2007, 05:12:25 AM »
Has anyone else seen this film?  Certainly one of the more bizarre experiences of my life, though I would recommend it...

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Well, I haven't posted here regularly in some time, but I still lurk and keep up on Berserk, so I thought that I would mention this/ask for help.  I am a student at Xavier University (the one in Cincinnati), and I am currently taking a class about the history of writing, taught by our medievalist.  Now, I have an assignment in which I must create a working definition of what consitutes technology, and write it on an unorthodox, pre-paper material (rock, clay tablet, bone, animal skin, etc.), and subsequently write a paper.

Being a history major who is fascinated by the middle ages, I am going to attempt to do so by making my own vellum, or at least some sort of animal material, specifically because I was raised on a relatively large farm and have access to the necessary material.  I have begun researching this, and found that there are some medieval buffs out there who still do this sort of thing, and I know that some of my fellow posters here are into forging replicas of medieval weaponry and armor, as well as fellow historians, so I was really hoping someone might be able to offer a few tips on the process.  Also,I am going to be taking detailed notes and quite a few photos during the process, which I will put online, and if anyone would be interested in seeing these I would be more than happy to post a link.   

Any help would be UNBELIEVABLY appreciated...

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Shootin' the Breeze / Candide, by Voltaire
« on: March 03, 2006, 10:52:55 PM »
I was re-reading this the other day, and really felt some similarities in Voltaire's criticism of the theology and philosophy of the day (everything happens for a reason, history is divinely guided, etc.) with the message of Berserk.  I have no clue as to whether Miura has read Voltaire, but I just wondered if anyone else ever felt this vibe when reading him.

Yeah, I know this is kind of random, but I haven't posted in a year or so, so give me a break.

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Shootin' the Breeze / IRA laying down arms...
« on: July 28, 2005, 11:38:17 AM »
As an Irish Catholic, I felt the need to bring it up.  Personally, I am kind of disappointed, but the IRA really screwed things up over the past ten years.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Advice for a beginner...(in learning Japanese)
« on: June 23, 2005, 01:10:37 AM »
I hope this does not qualify as spam, but anyway...

Well, I am a useless poster here, and you people have no reason to give me advice, but I am asking just in case someone feels inclined to help me out...I will begin my Freshman year at Xavier University this fall, and I am taking Elementary Japanese I.  I was wondering if someone could recommend to me a Japanese to English dictionary, as there are an insane amount available and I have no idea of which to order.  Also, is there any companion literature that might make life a bit easier for me?  I really have no idea of what to expect, and so any advice in general would also be greatly appreciated.

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Speculation Nation / Serpico Sacrifice!
« on: June 10, 2005, 05:45:03 PM »
I know I'm jumping out on a limb here, and this speculation has been somewhat made before, but anyway...

Is it possible that all of this speculation about a Serpico apostle was directed incorrectly?  At the moment, it seems Farnese is in the most damaged mental state.  After all, she seemed to love playing the part of the martyr for the group, but if they no longer need her to get the boat will she still be so resolved to fight on?  Griffith's Guts envy was quite apparent in his final moments, and I am beginning to wonder if Farnese couldn't be feeling quite similar in regard to her relationship with Schierke.  Even if she were to ever gain a slight comprehension of what it is to be a witch, she would be far below Schierke and thus not particularly integral to the group.
Now, also consider that at this point Schierke is rising up and taking control of sorts in this chapter, much in the manner Guts did after Griffith was rendered useless (and, let's face it, if we see some monstrous destruction she is the only one who could help aside from Guts). 

It also seems to me that Farnese probably isn't taking kindly to Guts fatherly role with Schierke, although it isn't clear whether she desires Guts as a father or lover.  And, on top of this, Serpico is beginning to change as well...
So, if she is useless and doesn't succeed in sacrificing herself (by Marrying Roderick), she just might be intrigued by the possibility of sacrificing others.
As for sacrifice candidates, her extended family or Serpico could serve sufficiently, ESPECIALLY the Serpico with this new set of mind.  I'm just saying that we've reached a breaking point, and she is not just going to return to baby sitting Casca and following Schierke, who has usurped the role she desires so greatly. So...Farnese apostle, anyone?

And yes, I realize this theory is thoroughly retarded.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Which of these will be better?
« on: May 25, 2005, 10:53:39 PM »
I just wondered what people thought about the live action eva movie, and couldn't resist throwing in the poll.  I apologize in advance for gaying up the board considerably, in my newb idiocy.

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I recently bought a pretty sizeable amount of back issues of Young Animal from a friend of mine.  Anyway, when I was comparing the images from it to the volumes themselves, I thought I noticed what were some slight "touch ups", if you will.  Anyway, I was just curious as to whether this is just the result of YA's low print quality, or does Miura retouch some of the art that is farmed out to his assistants (i.e. Hagiwara on Bastard!!)?  Is it just that the people who run Young Animal are cheap bastards and I'm just not noticing these little things due to print quality?  If I'm just being stupid here, feel free to flame my n00b ass.

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Speculation Nation / Is it just me, or...
« on: November 20, 2003, 04:53:54 AM »
Does it seem like Miura has a set of rules that governs stuff for apostles and nonhuman human beings, sort of like in a horror movie?
It would be like:
1. If you rape an indiscreet number of villagers, you die.
2. If you have a...member that is an animal or other monstrosity, you die.
3.  If you act cocky and are constantly shocked at Guts strength despite knowing he survived the Eclipse and has already killed an insane number of monsters, you die.
4.  If you are a troll, you die.
Rules governing people:
1. If you have too much sex, you die.
2. If you don't understand that a guy who has a sword bigger than him can probably fight, you die.
3. If you are a bandit, you die.


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