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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Happy New Year!
« on: January 02, 2018, 04:46:40 PM »
Cool postcard illustration, thanks for sharing Kaladin.

Happy new year everyone!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Time for Presents!
« on: December 27, 2017, 09:44:13 PM »
You're very welcome! Happy Holidays! :guts: It cracked me up because you had "some of Puck's elf dust you have stashed in your room" on your suggestion list and I just so happened to have this little bottle tucked away in a dresser drawer (had it for years). It was too funny a coincidence not to send it. :ganishka: The red tassle thing is a good luck charm for the New Year, which is the year of the dog. :serpico: So Happy New Year in advance!

It took me a good 3 or 4 seconds for it to register... I had that gift preference since year 1 and forgot about it :ganishka:. Lovely surprise JMP! And thanks for everything, really. Happy New Year in advance to you too.

I want to thank Incantation from the bottom of my heart. In the Mood for Love has been a movie that I've been wanting to see for a long, long time. Riki-Oh is an absolute masterpiece and I love the hell out of it.

I want to also thank you for the awesome snacks. These all look tasty and I look forward to munching on these while I enjoy the movies.

You're an awesome guy. Thank you thank you thank you. And double-thank you for the kind message you wrote. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and have an amazing Schnoz Day!

:farnese: ... phew, I'm glad it's been on your list for a while and now you can enjoy it ^_^. DOUBLE PHEW! Enjoy the snacks! They're some of my favorites from home. Sorry your package arrived in the final week.

Klinky, that's one helluva sculpt :isidro:

Glad to hear you're doing okay Branded.

Thank You everyone who participated this year for sending your presents on time and for keeping the tradition alive for yet another year. Massive thank you to Grail for all the help and the amazing postcard.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Milan trip
« on: December 20, 2017, 06:04:18 AM »
Work has been crazy this year because we were and still are perpetually short staffed and so, this is a late update to something that happened end of September. And it was a bumpy ride in the beginning.

My first issue was getting a Schengen visa which was massively delayed because it required a ticket (bought in January) and a complete travel itinerary. One of the members of the group was assigned that task and it finally got done end of July. It took 6 months for whatever reason but I scrambled to the Italian Consulate's website to bag an interview and grabbed the earliest date - 09/10/2017 - I was still fine because I was going to travel in the 3rd week of September. When the day drew near I realized the date was in EU format aka dd/mm/yyyy and they'd given me a date after my entire trip was to be done! So I got some help with booking hotels and tickets to create a different itinerary that I then took to the Spanish consulate and got the visa a mere week before I was supposed to travel. Things were suddenly looking good till we landed in Milan.

My advice is the less time you spend in Milan, the better. Enjoy :)

Nighty, you were right - Milan was a bit of a bore. One of the things that struck me as we taxied it from the airport to our AirBnb was how stylish everyone on the street looked. Men on bicycles in suits, on their way to work or lunch in the afternoon and women (old or young didn't matter) on motorcycles or bicycles in chic attire. Our apartment was a 25 minute walk from the Duomo, so that's the first thing we visited on Day 1.

Massive and long. The square across from it was filled with people - locals and tourists and reminded me of how crowded it is in Times Square. We walked a fair bit to get to a restaurant for dinner and ended the night that way. Both lunch and dinner were a bit of a let down. I was determined to have as much pasta or pizza I could.

Our next day, we took the train to Lake Como which was the best thing we did on our stay in Milan. The train ride was under an hour and it gave you access to a small town you could explore. There were other towns a 15/ 20 min walk away and you could get to it by a scenic path overlooking this not only massive but gorgeous lake.

Thinking about it for this post makes me want to go back. Every such town has access to boats and ferries that take you to certain towns. We took the ferry to a town called Bellagio and spent the rest of the day there, watched the sun go down and took the ferry back so we could hop on the train back to Milan. I wish we could've stayed someplace close to the lake and could've spent more time visiting small towns like Bellagio. Bellagio was extremely touristy, filled with local shops, narrow lanes and steep stairs/ paths, shops you could tell had been there for years.

The next day we tried to get inside the Duomo but there was a big queue for tickets and another queue with people waiting outside it to get access. Instead we hit up a McDonalds because heck, I needed to try and compare their breakfast sandwich with what we got here. What surprised me was their McCafe/ dessert selection - was this real?! It puts a US franchise to shame. We also took the subway which was a good experience and wish we'd used it more to travel within Milan. Cleaner, wider and peppier than a NY subway for sure.

We scrambled and almost didn't make the train to our next city - Florence. Travel tip - while in Milan, do not wait for cabs or use cab apps - use the public transport like trams or the subway instead or you're not going to make it in time wherever you're off to. We ran with our bags, up the stairs and what not, I thought it was funny.

I really liked Florence especially because, for the first time on the trip, we had food we were wow'd by and while Milan reminded me too much of New York city (big city life), Florence breathed history.

Sounds like a lot of fun, man! I hope you have a lovely trip! I don't know much about Milan, but for your time in Florence, I hope you have time to check out the Uffizi Gallery. It really is worth any time you can spend there.

Thanks for the tip cos I did make it to the gallery and it's huuuuuuuuge. Honestly it would take more than a day to filly appreciate it. Unfortunately there wasn't a lot of time because we were in a big group and there were things everyone wanted to do, so time management wasn't the most optimal. Another thing about traveling - try not to travel in bigger groups unless everyone is OK with doing their own thing. Being my first trip and not having cellular service, I stuck with the group I was with and we did everything mostly together.

Our AirBnb was a 20 min walk from the train station and about 40ish mins away from the center of the city. There's a leather market that's pretty decent and behind it, a food court with excellent food. It had such a cool industrial vibe to it. The main city is such a contrast - you see an old building, cathedral and across from it you see expensive shopping stores like Hugo Boss and so forth. Street were packed. We hit the Ufizi gallery, climbed up the tower that had 400+ steps to the top (boy were the steps and passages narrow, steep and bloody claustrophobic ... screw the view at the top *joking*). My pals were excited for the painting of Venus, while I was keen on checking out the more gruesome art.

2 days in Florence and we took the train to our last stop - Cinque Terre but we lived someplace else, I forgot what it was called. Cinque Terre was going to be a 10 min cab ride to a 30 min train ride away. Cabs were hard to get, so hard that you couldn't call them in advance, it had to be when you needed it and if there's a shortage, you leave a voice message and wait for them to call you back. Our AirBnb was the most impressive though because we somehow got to be at a 400 year old cottage that had a gorgeous view of the port/ ocean. Of course we weren't going to be home all day to enjoy the view, such a shame really.

The beds though ... lets just say we could really tell the house was 400 years old. Our first day we had there was half a day, so we walked around, grabbed some food and called it a night. We planned to spend all of the next day at Cinque Terre and again, that place needed more than just a day, maybe two at the very least. The local train takes you through the place and every train stop is a small town you can explore. We explored 2 towns and part of the group explored a 3rd town. Our final stop on the train was to a town by the beach and it was clear, beautiful water. Some were prepared with their swim suits and I had no idea anyone even planned on getting in the water. So tempted I was that I got in in just my boxer briefs. And I'm glad I did cos I spent the next hour and a half in the water - floating around and swimming. It was one of those surreal times you're in the water and you see lush green hills/ mountains in front of you with cute, colored homes/ cottages. At about 4, three of us decided to hike up to the next town. It was supposed to be a 2 hour hike and we'd meet the rest of the group who wanted to spend more time in the water at 6. We got a little off track and ended up going on a strenuous 3 hour one way, no path hike in dying light to a church that overlooked the ocean.

The next day we wouldn't have made our train if it wasn't delayed by 15 mins. Our last day was all travel. Cinque Terre -> Milan -> New York. I dove into work the next day and had two weeks of busy, stressful days till my next trip - a 3 week visit back home.

Have fun on your trip, Incantation! I won't ask you to do it, but if you run into any fashion models in Milan I won't complain if you give them my number.  :carcus:

I didn't quite run into fashion models per say but I will say that the crowd were generally extremely good looking in Milan and Florence. For next time, we shall plan it in a way I won't need to give them you number because you'll be there ^_~

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: December 20, 2017, 03:20:47 AM »
Sicario 2 trailer -

Ready Player One trailer played before Star Wars and it looked like it was a movie on visual crack -

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Time for Presents!
« on: December 20, 2017, 03:16:12 AM »
Finally got to open my package at work today and it was an awesome surprise!

Thank you JMP, thank you!! Loved everything and the veil of elf dust from Puck's secret stash. I have not seen Mystery Men, so that's an added bonus. Can't wait to try all those lovely treats one by one ^_^ ... CAN'T WAIT :guts:.

Signature JMP wrapping :isidro:

I thought this was pretty cool and before opening the box I was thinking of what I could use it for. Plate with food would've been my go to use ...

Aha~! What's this?!

Soo cute ...

Thanks for sharing those local food treats and some of your favorite things, gone devour them slowly so I can savor it.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 18, 2017, 08:13:16 PM »
While I was visiting family last month, I watched my brother beat Bloodborne a second time and replay the game. To take his mind off, we'd play Broforce. Totally fun and awesome cos you get to play with action movie stars/ heroes. We finished that one and played half of it in hard mode. My favorites to play with were Rambro, Brobocop, Brolander, Brodator, Bro Max, Bro Hard, Bro Dredd, Brochette, Mr. Anderbro and Ellen Ripbro.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 352
« on: December 18, 2017, 06:19:05 PM »

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: December 18, 2017, 06:16:06 PM »
Soon will be reading this!

It's the 6 big Akira volumes, hardcover, with a new translation. It also comes with an artbook featuring all the official colored art. It's up on Amazon for $135 if anyone else is interested.

I can only dream that one day Berserk will get a similar treatment... How many vols would it take though? Maybe it should just be sold as a bookshelf  :magni:

HOLY SHIT, I just looked it up and totally slept on the release. Thanks for bringing it up! I have the art book already, so I'll have to figure what to do with it.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: December 18, 2017, 06:01:16 PM »
Watched it Saturday night and I let it sink in a bit. Walking out of the theater I wasn't sure I liked it and it started to mess with me. The crowd I went with liked the movie. Why didn't I like it ... I liked the visuals of X or Y or Z happenings and I loved some of character A or certain conversations but why couldn't I say I liked it. I went in with low expectations but they weren't low enough.

I agree with most of what's posted in the thread so far. The humor I thought was something you'd watch on an SNL skit or a Tonight Show airing that's leading up to the film's release. Unbearable to be honest.

I think the screen time Kylo got definitely helped and I actually liked his character this time around compared to TFW. Poe was his usual bold, high risk self which made sense or was consistent with the first one. Wasn't sold on Finn and his motive for self sacrifice at the end. After Chewy drops off Rey to Kylo + Snoke, I don't recall seeing the Falcon helping the Resistance in its fight against the battle ships ... or did I miss something there? Snoke's penultimate scene was a disappointment.

Also, a question for people who read the book - can the jedi or sith project themselves like the way Luke does in the end? Or is that a new concept? If one is excessively powerful, Yoda could've done the same and been available for those key battles in Episodes II. And, Kylo & Rey's conversations, while they were a good plot device to explore both characters, I wasn't sure how they did it. Snoke admitted he had a role to play in it, but they could still see each other after he was killed.

When TFW came out, I thought it was weak and had everything going to appease fans of the franchise. This one takes it somewhere else and I'll give it a year to re-watch it to see how it holds up or this coming weekend if I'm dragged to see it.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Time for Presents!
« on: November 20, 2017, 03:22:41 PM »
As a special bonus, I created a 5th anniversary postcard to share with everyone, regardless of whether they're participating in Secret Schnoz or not (Please PM me your address if you'd like one). See a sneak preview of the card here:

Can't wait to see all of it on the postcard we receive :isidro:

My gift has,been sent. Might be wednesday according to amazon

Thanks for the update and quick turnaround Branded!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: November 18, 2017, 05:29:12 PM »

Watched Justice League on opening night and it was a mess. I went with the lowest of expectations and here's what that did for me - I realized after the movie that some of the action was cool and left it at that. On my commute to work the next morning, none of that really mattered and what I thought last night about the characters, shallow motives, bad or flat jokes, a Batman that blows, weird jarring CG or whatever in the beginning and all the problems it had were there to stay. The villain was weak and it didn't really explain a lot of things about what was going on. Without spoiling much, I'll say I enjoyed the Flash and some of the humor around him. His treatment reminds of the current (light, funny) Spiderman reboot. I read early tweets about JL being better than BvS but that's a low standard to begin with.

Speaking of messes, I almost forgot about The Dark Tower. I finally watched it on a long flight and regretted it instantly. It didn't piss me off as The Last Airbender but it left a hole in the 'what if' or 'why did they do it this way' department. The trailer is mad deceptive and shows most of the coolest action sequences that simply look cool no doubt but the movie lacks substance and you don't get behind, at all.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Time for Presents!
« on: November 16, 2017, 07:01:49 PM »
Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeere we go guys!

Registration is closed, the :schnoz: amiser has randomly chosen our fates and PM's have been sent to everyone participating.

Quick reminder to everyone participating to -

(i) please send out your gifts in time so they get to your Schnoz before December 25; and
(ii) update the topic when you send your gift out so Grail and I know/ can tally things up at our end

If you have any questions or need some help, don't hesitate to PM me and/or Grail. Good luck~!

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: New photo of Kentaro Miura
« on: November 15, 2017, 01:33:34 PM »
Whoa, thanks for sharing Jorge.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: November 07, 2017, 06:26:54 PM »
I recently began my re-watch of season's 1 and 2 before diving into the new season and I'm on episode 3 of season 1. Can't help but hear the themes ring in my head while I'm at work like the opening of Laura's theme or Freshly Squeezed.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2016! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 07, 2017, 06:15:27 PM »
Another lovely banner, Grail ... it's amazing.

Count me in :guts:

Vagabond / Re: Inoue News Archive
« on: October 26, 2017, 11:40:22 AM »
According to Jump World's FB page -

(this is translated)

The #48 edition of the weekly young jump magazine has revealed that publishing will launch a new magazine for the 2020 Olympic games held in Tokyo.

The New Magazine will be called "for jump", will be in A5 format and the first issue will be dated November 29 at a price of 1,000 Yen (tax not included).

The theme of this magazine will be disability and will be a collaboration between the editors of the weekly young jump and sportiva site.

Your first number will have:

1-Photos and articles about disabled athletes.
2-A manga by Takehiko Inoue (Slam Dunk, Real, Vagabond) that will be named Kamiji! - Yui Kamiji Story-(Provisional Title) in which she tell the life of Japanese tennis player Yui Kamiji.
3-Special episode of tough saruwatari as a tough----, Judo-focused.
4-A new manga, theoretically a series of Youichi Takahashi (Captain Tsubasa) on football for the blind.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 11, 2017, 07:00:21 PM »
I liked Edge of Tomorrow too and agree with the both of your perspectives on it. Cruise gets a bad rep in the US and not a lot of people are interested in watching his films but he's a megastar outside the US.

Thanks for the extensive write-up Walter.

I donít need to explain to this crowd how influential Blade Runner is, and thus, what a terrifying feat it is to pick up on its trail and attempt to make a new story truly matter. These were some big shoes to fill. So I appreciate how well this movie straddled the line of being a sequel while also being its own thing. I went into this whole endeavor pretty much grossed out by the idea, was somewhat softened by the early reviews being out-of-this-world, and about 10 minutes into the movie, I got it. I understood why that world deserved to be revisited.

I felt the same way while it was being made, before the promos came out. Even with the promos I couldn't help but be dissatisfied with the choice of casting Ryan in it. I love Denis but to have one of the two writers be someone who did the story for Alien Covenant was another red flag.

How do you feel about rumors of Denis doing the next Dune? It's again another movie that doesn't need a follow up and yet, it'll happen anyway ... so given that predicament (as a fan), is Denis the best man for the job? 
Kís a vessel for the narrative, and a great punching bag (did Ford write into his contract that if he works with Gosling, he mandates a certain number of punches to the face?), but not much else. And thatís a bummer ó but that was inarguably his role: He was supposed to be a second-class citizen who represses his feelings and simply obeys. I suppose they chose the right actor! He was rationed precisely one emotion, he used it well, and thatís all she wrote.



2) Was Wallace, Mr. I Own The Fucking Stars, really going to miss the fact that his nominally protected caravan was effortlessly dispatched and NOT track them down? Isnít going straight to the one theyíre trying to hide, just MAYBE not the brightest idea?

Yeah, that's a hard one. It hit me on the subway this morning that perhaps it's not as obvious as it seems and that maybe it was still all orchestrated by Wallace? Luv could have killed K when she had the chance before swimming back to the car, but she didn't. Maybe she had orders not to kill him so it's orchestrated that K kills her (I'm shrugging this off as I type it cos it sounds ridiculous) and so both, Deckard + K lead him to the child he's been looking for. It's a big big stretch but Wallace talking about how the meeting between Deckard and Rachel was orchestrated was a bit bonkers and I didn't see coming.

Griff can tell you about his recut of Minority Report though, he actually pulled off something we'd talked about doing ó cutting out the fat and making it better.

I want in on this cut!

Berserk Merchandise / Re: First4Figures Berserk Line Announced
« on: October 11, 2017, 05:47:27 PM »
I was taken aback when I first saw it in person because I wondered how they dealt with the weight of Guts diving forward with his weight, the armor and the sword. That aspect impressed me the most and then I also saw other statues from Sideshow that had crazy poses with characters resting all their weight on one leg and so forth. It dawned on me that I was so used to see AOWs statues and their style, it's never as fluid looking or dynamic as these because of the materials they use or the weight of it all.

Vein-filled neck is mostly hidden underneath the cape and isn't noticeable from a distance. A minor attention to detail they left out for the DS was that the handle is short and the blade looks puffy if you look at it sideways. 

Being a Berserk product, we know prices will be inflated unfortunately because of the standard AOW set but for that scale and pose, it's cheaper than what AOW would offer.

The exclusive version with the purple base was on display. Base looked good and I was more a fan of the pose. The pictures on page one are higher quality and detailed than mine but mine are pictured straight if it helps -

As for the comparison picture, I feel like the F4F figure should be a bit bigger than it looks in the comparison, but it's hard to match since it's just a photoshop mockup.  It truly did look MASSIVE in person, and it is indeed 1/4 scale.  Actually I've seen both Prime1 and F4f Guts statues in person now (Prime1 at SDCC) and I think they will match each other pretty closely.

Definitely closer to 1/4 or 1/4 for sure.

Zurth, if it helps, here's a comparison photo of the statue with me next to it. I'm 5'9 if that helps

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 11, 2017, 03:10:19 AM »
Just got back from Blade Runner 2049 and it's breathtaking, atmospheric and I found that I got to the end of the movie feeling satisfied, more than satisfied as a matter of fact about the justified length of the movie - giving the story the space it needed to be engaging, give you the chance to be emotionally invested in some characters. I almost can't believe it's that good a sequel.

Lets talk about the soundtrack - the visuals were amazing, sure but the soundtrack - blaring loud at times to enhance the spectacularity of the future world or those landscapes - was just awesome. I couldn't help but smile through most sequences. I was a bit surprised to see Hans Zimmer on the credits for it, maybe it was a good thing he's the lower/second credit.

Spoilers below -

I enjoyed Joi a whole lot and the complexities around her character + CGI. Stunning and that sequence with the prostitute reminded me of Her. It was heartbreaking to watch her get crushed with those last words of hers and K passing out, only to wake up to the sight of the prostitute to remind him of the shared experience he had with her and Joi.

That book - Pale Fire - I haven't read so I won't know any references in story relating to it unfortunately. Sigh.

The penultimate sequence between K and Luv was suffocating and hit hard.

It's interesting to see the film open with what I think is K's eye and the visual of the car that almost mirrors the opening sequence of the original movie with Deckard. So does that work in favor of the argument that Deckard is a replicant after all. I know Ridley insists on it but I feel like the movie, actually does this pretty well, where it doesn't over-explain the "Is Deckard a replicant?" question and doesn't give ambiguous answers. It takes you on a parallel with K and leaves the door open.

And that brings me to what I think was one key difference between the original and the sequel. The original leaves you with a lot more questions than this one does and it isn't disappointing or anything, it's just an observation. If anything, the sequel does well to build on those questions and without giving away much, retains most of the essence of the original.

I liked the little nods in the soundtrack or dialog "...more human than human..." and so forth in the sequel.

Coming to Wallace, he's not distracting, not flat or one dimensional which's a good thing and I think I personally could see past Jared Leto's casting or image from that horrible Joker he played last. Phew. His interaction with Deckard was a cool insight into the first one and adds another layer of questioning about the first one which I liked.

I have a lot more to discuss if someone who watched it can talk about it. Walter? I want to watch it again, for sure. Anyone watch the short movies they released? I haven't ...

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 09, 2017, 02:17:30 PM »
Blade Runner was good. Carve out 2h43m of your lives and go see it  :void:

You're not easy to please, so your post fills me with optimism about the movie. I was trying not to get too excited because I like Denis but I'll go in with a bit of excitement. I'm watching it tomorrow.

News & Not News / Re: News & Not News Megathread
« on: October 06, 2017, 06:53:15 PM »
Used to use AIM a lot in the early to mid 2000's alongside Yahoo Messenger. AIM was better than Yahoo or MSN back then. Remember ICQ? It was big for us my first year in college but the mania slowly died down. I haven't logged into AIM since 2009 and hearing this news, I kinda regret it. I moved to GChat ever since.

I know people really love certain platforms like Slack and Discord. I've used them both extensively, but they lack basic features that made AIM such a crazy, weird thing.

We recently got Slack at work and after much protest (from me because it didn't make much sense for the inner workings of my firm on a day to day), I signed up for it. Now ironically, I'm the only one actually logged on to it every day and using it. Everyone else is signed off or just not interested.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to ???
« on: October 06, 2017, 06:43:42 PM »
Pacific Rim 2 -

It looks cool but something is off ... reminiscent of Michael Bay's Transformers line of movies. Maybe it's the way the camera pans or angles sideways or the fluidity/ choreography of the action. The jaegers in this one look sophisticated, clean, less robust or mechanical.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: October 06, 2017, 06:39:33 PM »
I enjoyed Ex Machina, so I'm going to put the writer + director's next movie in here - Annihilation -

Kenneth Branagh's next one is an adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel Murder On The Orient Express ... plus that cast -

The Lobster sparked a few conversations/ debates among my friends and it was a good watch overall ... the director's next one looks promising called The Killing Of A Sacred Deer -

Creation Station / Re: Lith's colors & tutorials
« on: October 06, 2017, 03:26:21 PM »
Just too good Lith! How long did it take you to complete and any pros or cons of using Photoshop compared to your old process?

Berserk Merchandise / Re: First4Figures Berserk Line Announced
« on: October 06, 2017, 03:18:56 PM »
I'll check it out this weekend.

What's up with his neck :isidro:?!

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