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Creation Station / Re: my casca cosplay.
« on: July 28, 2011, 02:01:12 PM »
What a beautiful gown!  You did a great job with the outfit.  Looks pretty faithful the original.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 324
« on: July 25, 2011, 04:17:40 AM »
Just fantastic.  That's really all I have to add. 

And Isma is damn cute.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Do you believe in God?
« on: July 25, 2011, 04:08:25 AM »
Sorry I was on my iPad.

Um, there were a couple of things that influenced me but one thing that really lingered in my mind was how every religion said they were right. All I could think to myself was "They can't all be right", all thses holy books seemed too have a lot of supernatural elements to them as well, things that don't ever happen now a days.

The bible itself seemed so cleverly crafted,  it really did a good job of cover all it's bases so no one should doubt it.Of course though evolution had a huge part in convincing me.

You're good.  I'm on my IPad too.  Still getting used to it.  

A lot of people think miracles still happen today.  I've had some stuff happen to me that could be called a miracle.  Everyone around me proclaimed it as a miracle.  I even agreed with them for a time.  I mean, if something can't be expained it has to be supernatural right?  Not really so.  I'm sure we've all experienced something along these lines.  But then I realized you have to count the misses too.  Why would God save me vs someone else in the same position?  Did I have more faith than they did?  Surely their friends and family prayed just as hard to save their life.  

So does God pick and choose who to save?  I would love to hear an answer from a Christian on the boards.  I've heard responses but nothing that satisfies my curiosity.  "It's impossible to know Gods motivation" or "It was Gods will, it must've been their time to go" and "Bad things happen because there is Sin in the world.  It's unavoidable." "because Satan rules this world" etc, etc.  Are any of these satisfactory answers?  Or is this a matter of having faith?

The bible is the very thing making me doubt myself.  Not only are Christians motivated with promises of eternal life, but they're also threatened with hellfire if they refuse God.  That's kind of scary, especially if you were raised with this stuff.  "let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind."

Is it so bad to doubt?  Even scarier, the prospect that denying God is the worst sin, above murder and adultery.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Do you believe in God?
« on: July 25, 2011, 03:21:33 AM »
Aphasia, check your messages.

Got it.  Thanks!

I am a Protestant Christian, and I was raised that way by my parents. My faith is based on trust in others' experiences as well as my own. I have seen God answer my prayers in ways that I just can't see as coincidence. Anyway, that's where I stand, and it's good to know there is a forum where we can have a discussion like this. I trust there won't be any blatant anger towards others in this thread.  :serpico:

Cool.  Thanks for the response.  I'm open to arguments from both sides.  I might have to look into ordering this book.  Would be interesting to read a counter argument toward evolution.  Yeah, I'm glad too.  I think the majority of SKnet are adults who can handle other people living their lives according to their personal convictions.   :griffnotevil:

I was raised catholic and am now a proud atheist

That's neat.  Would you like to elaborate?  What influenced your decision?

If you're having trouble imagining a world without Yaweh, then realize this, you have gone your whole life without believing in; Allah, Zeus, Horus, etc... you just have one more to not believe in.

I think I remember Richard Dawkins making a similar claim in one of his videos.  If you haven't seen it already:

That's an interesting point.  I don't know if I can call myself a Christian right now, but I remember thinking how easily Christians dismiss other religions.  It's so easy for us because it's not our religion.  Without a second thought, usually.  In the same way it must be easy for an atheist to to dismiss the Christian God.  I remember someone saying "The difference between me and you is that I believe in one less God than you do." that really stuck with me.  We can't all be right.

Shootin' the Breeze / Do you believe in God?
« on: July 25, 2011, 01:03:03 AM »

I was raised a christian.  Unlike my mother, father and sister I was a very luke warm christian.  Right now I would describe myself as agnostic.  My girlfriend and her brother are strong athiests.  Being exposed to a different way of thinking has inspired doubt in my heart.  I've been doing a lot of reading on evolution and watched tons of debates on the subject.  I still have a lot of unawnsered questions, most of which are common problems like the "Problem of evil", the likelyhood of the theory of evolution, Noah's arc shenannigans, etc.

Talking with my mother about my concerns brought her to tears.  I hate that.  I wish I could continue to ignore the things that don't make sense, like I have for a long time.  But more than that I want to be honest with myself.  I'm tired of meandering softly on the issue.

So, next logical step?  Consult the great thinkers of of course!  I would love to hear your voice.  Do you believe in a God?  Were you raised in a religious environment?  If not, why?  If so, what is your reason?  Does faith play a big role in your life?  What would you reccomend for someone in my position?  

I've seen similar threads burst into flame on lesser forums.  Please be respectful.  Engage!

Creation Station / Re: Emp_Gaiserics berserk creations
« on: July 24, 2011, 11:46:51 PM »
Very cool! Love the dragon slayer model.  The phone cover is pretty slick, too.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 02, 2011, 09:00:19 AM »
That new Ace Combat game looks sweet!!  Might have be my first entry into the series.  It's also pretty pitiful that I haven't picked up infinite space yet after all the love it gets on this board.  Been too busy with Pokemon.

I've been battling my co-worker on lunch breaks at work.  Stomped him last time.  Felt like a badass, had to rub it in his face after he'd beaten me like 3 times.  I beat him with my main team too, which consists of Serperior, Chandelure, Braviary, Hydregion, Cloyster and Volcarona.

Also going through Bioshock 2.  Having fun.  The story isn't as enjoyable as the first, mainly because it's all been done.   I don't mind it though, what I really enjoy is the atmosphere...and the looting.  Lots and lots of looting.

Creation Station / My Berserk themed birthday
« on: July 02, 2011, 12:30:56 AM »
This is perfectly amazing.

4 months ago, my friends made me a Berserk Birthday and one of them took the time to build a SK armor.

You must have the best friends ever for them to throw you a berserk themed birthday.  I had to giggle at the costume, that collar doesn't look very comfortable!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: June 28, 2011, 10:57:36 PM »
That visual effects showreel made my day.

Speculation Nation / Re: What if the manga wasn't titled Berserk?
« on: June 27, 2011, 01:35:31 PM »
Digging Mainland and Guts as alternatives.  Of course Berserk is perfect, but I wouldn't mind those. 

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 322
« on: June 25, 2011, 01:10:52 AM »
Another awesome one!  I'm getting spoiled.  I feel like we've been seeing a lot more Berserk than usual. 

The eyes on the heart are crazy.  Put that thing through the shredder and get outta there Guts!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: June 25, 2011, 01:07:17 AM »
definitely looking forward to the Hobbit too.  It looks like the project is finally on the right track.  Love the warm photography and the dwarves in the background. 

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 322
« on: June 22, 2011, 12:30:29 PM »
Super creepy stuff going on in there.  Goblin shark made me happy.  I hope the sea god breaks the whole side of the cliff apart so we can get a good glimpse of him.  So far we've just seen his giant mouth, would be interesting to see his whole body.

I can't imagine everyones reaction back on the ship!

Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: June 20, 2011, 08:46:03 PM »
Are you talking about the release trailer with that guy that has the 9 eyes?  Yeah, the game looks badass.  I heard there's a gun called the boner.

Also really looking forward to Neverdead.  I love when games don't take themselves too seriously.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: June 19, 2011, 06:05:26 PM »
Bayonetta and Vanquish because I needed an action game fix.  Bayonetta is rubbing it just the right way.  Love the fluid combat and the crazy set pieces.  Haven't gotten very far in Vanquish yet but I'm digging it too.

Creation Station / Re: Skullknight Full Size Costume
« on: June 17, 2011, 01:48:29 PM »
Wow.  It's freaking beautiful.  The ultimate halloween costume. 

Beautiful figure.  I really like her design!  Was considering her but the size is kind of a turn off.  Probably a pass since I already have a miku and I'm not the biggest fan in the world.

Video Games / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
« on: June 14, 2011, 06:24:09 AM »
Being a console port only angers me if the PC version lacks two things: 1. a high res texture pack and 2. a UI that is designed with the mouse in mind, rather than scrolling through options with an analog stick. If that means they have to make a separate UI for the PC version, then they need to do it. You can't just port it over with no changes and expect people to be happy.

Fortunately (albeit sadly) if there are any minor issues with Skyrim, the modding community will fix them. I'd just like Bethesda to release a game where that isn't necessary for once. Sorry if this post comes off as a "me too!"

Yeah, I'm curious where you guys read it's going to be a console port?  For what it's worth, it's been confirmed the PC always ships with higher resolution textures.  Although it would be nice if they added a "very high res" setting.

Video Games / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
« on: June 13, 2011, 02:27:18 PM »
It's nice to see some new footage, and definitely liking the look of that cooked salmon! :beast:

The shouting powers are what have me most excited. I wish I could have had some magical words to help me slow down time in Oblivion, somehow I think it would have helped to keep me from dying quite so much. :farnese:

It does look quite tasty.  Yeah, those are pretty exciting.  Magic finally looks like I hoped it would for Oblivion.  The special effects aren't totally lame.  The fireballs look like hot, intense...fireballs?  Oblivions magic was really just mud.  One thing I hope we get is visually different spells for stronger spells.

I agree, this did make me angry.  :mozgus:

However, I am more excited for the eventual mods than Skyrim itself.
SureAi (Nehrim, Arktwend) is already planning a Skyrim Total Conversion.

Also, once Andoran: Prologue is complete, the team will be creating the third act of their mod in the Skyrim engine.

I just hope that every aspect of the game is moddable without limitations.

That kind of blew my mind.  Why haven't I heard of this before?  Looks fantastic.  Also, there's no reason to believe they would restrict modding capability in any way.  You'll have everything from HD res tit textures to motorcycles in a few months.

As for the game being a port to PC, I can't really blame them either.  Bethesda, like many game publishers/devs aren't the same company they used to be.  They've expanded from their once noble PC beginnings to a land where consoles are typically the higher grossing method of distribution.  As such, it's natural that their focus would be on that market.  Sad but true.  I doubt PC optimizing will ever be a priority in their schedule.

Here are some more links to gameplay with sound.  (no interview voice over!) Loving the music in the dragon battle.  The light choir over the top really adds a lot of atmosphere.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: June 10, 2011, 03:52:46 PM »


Here's a link to the demo presented at E3.  I'm just blown away.  I'll edit this with some more detailed thoughts later.

Video Games / Re: BioShock: Infinite
« on: June 07, 2011, 11:13:14 PM »

E3 2011 trailer.  Loving the way this is looking.  Did you guys see her hair move?  I'm not the only one right? 

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Burj Dubai... Anyone heard before?
« on: June 07, 2011, 11:10:23 PM »
This is incredible.  But it looks really hot.  Yuck.  That video of the guy at the top gave me serious vertigo.

Video Games / Re: E3 2011 News
« on: June 07, 2011, 10:41:32 PM »
It's certainly cool that it empowers artist-type folks, though it definitely isn't a big draw for me (). And it uses a proprietary disc format.

That and more. Playing and chatting with your buddies, each in their home, sounds like the future to me. Same for the TV to controller display switching concept, I'm really sold on that one. Didn't expect it and I love the idea. And the thing doesn't look too bad either. Complex tech but sober looks.

Yeah, I'll say, they know how to put a show. The Wii U is very promising to me right now. Somehow the controller actually looks good, though I'll only be completely reassured after I hear univocal hands-on praise. The only real worry I have is that it won't be powerful enough to stand up to the next systems by Sony & MS, but with a 2012 release date and no definite specs announced I hope they'll put together something really solid. Backward compatibility with all the Wii accessories is a great move too, a sign of respect for the consumers who put hundreds of dollars in Wiimotes and Balance Boards and all that. Building on the previous gen instead of ditching it. Same goes for the backward compatibility with Wii titles themselves.

All the features and functionality of the controller sound awesome, but I'm not sold on the ergonomics.  I'm curious to know how comfortable it is to hold for long periods of time.  It might not end up being a big deal, I just wish it was more curvy instead of a pad.  

More like this! But with twice as many prongs. :slan:  Also I hadn't heard of the drawing possibilities.  That sounds awesome.

And I'm very surprised (pleasantly) with the Vita pricing.  Looks like they're learning a thing or two.

Video Games / Re: E3 2011 News
« on: June 07, 2011, 04:51:26 PM »
Looks pretty cool.  I dig it.  I could see where the controller screen could come in handy with inventories/maps in games.

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