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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: May 19, 2015, 04:51:51 PM »
I finished playing Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster last night. I'll probably start playing Final Fantasy XII this week or weekend.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: May 19, 2015, 04:49:44 PM »
I finished Count Zero yesterday and started reading Mona Lisa Overdrive. Walter, I highly recommend you check out Count Zero. I thought it was awesome.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: May 05, 2015, 01:51:23 PM »
Nice. I haven't followed the series very closely in the past year, but that's a great section of it (the best so far).

Yeah, it ends at a really rough place, too. I'm glad the third compendium is coming out in October, but it's going to be a long three-year wait after that for the fourth.

It was fascinating to discover the obvious disdain he has for Neuromancer. He visibly winced when people asked him questions about it. Of course, it's most influential work, but it sort of haunted his career. Like any other writer (or musician) who has experienced massive success, their subsequent works are often discarded or at the least, cast in a different light because of prior success.

That's understandable.

I took a strange U-turn in my traditional books (scifi and fantasy) to read one I'm sure everyone but me read in school: To Kill a Mockingbird. Even though I was raised in the South, this was never required reading for my classes. And precisely because it was required reading for others, I never bothered to read it myself. Funny how that works. But surprise, surprise! It's really fucking well done. And I'm somewhat grateful that I waited until now to read it, because I doubt I'd have appreciated it had it been force-fed to me in school. Same with Orwell's 1984, which is a personal favorite.

I loved To Kill A Mockingbird. I plan on reading it again after I finish the Sprawl trilogy. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I agree with you about not really appreciating these books until later in life. I'm going to give The Great Gatsby another try, as well. I enjoyed reading it in high school, but I think I'll like it even more now that I'm older.

I also recently finished Stephen King's 11/22/1963, which has a great premise (I think I mentioned it in this thread a few years ago), but shitty execution on the concept. What amazed me moving from that book to Mockingbird was the quality of the dialogue. King's written probably 200+ books, and yet his dialogue is just abysmal, unbelievable crap. No one talks like that in real life... Bothered the hell out of me. But I've never liked King's stuff, apart from Gunslinger. His books often just piss me off, because he goes about everything so lazily.

King might be my least favorite author. He creates interesting premises, but fails to execute or conclude them properly. I've been disappointed by the endings to his books so many times that I have no desire to read any more of his work, including The Gunslinger.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: May 04, 2015, 03:54:48 PM »
I finished reading The Walking Dead Compendium Two last week, and am in the middle of Vagabond Vol. 37. Once I'm done with that, I plan on reading Count Zero. I really enjoyed Neuromancer, so I'm hoping Count Zero is just as good.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Upcoming Gecco Berserk statue - 2015
« on: March 24, 2015, 07:13:48 PM »
Looks great to me (my second favorite armor of the series). I just wish I could afford it. :sad:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: March 23, 2015, 02:11:58 PM »
I'm all caught up on Vagabond (on the Viz releases, anyway), so I've started reading The Walking Dead. My wife's parents got me the first compendium for Christmas.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: February 28, 2015, 04:38:29 PM »
Hi everybody, first post here.


One of my favorite ongoing series is Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.  The story and artwork are amazing, I can't recommend it enough.  The easiest way to describe the plot is Romeo and Juliet meets Star Wars but for a complete adult audience but that doesn't even begin to do the plot justice.  This is one of those books that when said and done will be up there with the greatest achievements in the medium without question, everyone should check this out.

A friend of my wife's recommended Saga. I've flipped through the first volume, and it looks really unique. I'm looking forward to checking it out one day. (That first page... :ganishka:).

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: February 17, 2015, 07:04:05 PM »
Sounds cool. I'll be sure to check it out one of these days. Thanks, Walter!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 337
« on: February 16, 2015, 09:56:33 PM »
Miura's art never ceases to amaze me. It's really cool seeing Wyald drawn with his current style.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 337
« on: January 15, 2015, 06:42:22 PM »
Think back to the Count. When he refused to sacrifice he was dragged into the Vortex of Souls, which, presumably, one does not come back from.

Keep in mind, though, that the Count was dying when he summoned the God Hand. Griffith, presumably, wouldn't have been dragged into the Vortex of Souls if he had refused to sacrifice the Band of the Falcon.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2014! Time for Presents!
« on: December 25, 2014, 10:00:24 PM »
Thank you for the wonderful gifts, TheBranded1! I got Master and Commander on Blu-ray, a cool Band of the Falcon lanyard, a scorpion sucker and a cool postcard. I'll post pictures later (I'm at my wife's parents' house for Christmas dinner).

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2014! Time for Presents!
« on: December 15, 2014, 05:20:12 PM »
Glad to hear it Rhomby! And thank you for your present - the gift that keeps on givi--

(The Legend of Grimrock! :slan: )

You're welcome! I'm glad you're enjoying it. :serpico:

(Hopefully, there won't be too many of those "Game Overs". :void:)

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2014! Time for Presents!
« on: December 12, 2014, 04:54:23 PM »
I got mine from The Branded1 last night. I can't wait to open it on Christmas!

Got mine from jackolyn today, thanks!. I think i know what it is from the sound of broken glass  :judo:

Sorry to hear that, man. Hopefully, it's superficial. :sad:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2014! Time for Presents!
« on: December 06, 2014, 08:14:24 PM »
Also, just a general note to everybody, nobody is obligated to wait till the 25th to open their present if they don't celebrate Christmas or if you're not religious and just want some sweet presents. I don't know if I ever made it explicitly clear in the first post or subsequently, but the 25th is just the final deadline. That is, unless your Schnoz wants you to wait, because torturing your friends and loved ones is what the holidays are all about. :griffnotevil:

I'm going to do my best to wait this year. I opened mine right away last year, but I think I'm going to save it for Christmas morning this time.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 55
« on: December 02, 2014, 07:15:17 PM »
Sure, that was actually something I'd posited during the Griffith-focused podcasts in 2012. I think it remains a compelling and valid interpretation, but it's just not as convincing to me now as it was in 2012. While I do think it's significant that Griffith learns Guts and Casca overheard him at Primrose Hall, I'm not so sure that particularly was what set him off. Tough to say either way, given that all we get is a single panel of his face. I think many elements of this section are open to interpretations, hence my wish to spend more time on it.

I don't think it's the one thing that set him off, either, but I think it contributed to it. I think the main thing that set him off was listening to Guts and Casca treating him like an invalid, like you said earlier.

This is a little in the weeds discussion, but right now we use a rather slapped-together method. One silent party listens in and records while the other accounts talk. But because there are two active connections on one side (one recording, one talking), Skype regularly tries to downgrade the connection, resulting in distorted or dropped audio. Sometimes it's not a problem. Sometimes it's debilitating, resulting in us having to completely stop and reinitialize the connection. There's only been 1-2 times where we've totally lost a segment though, this podcast being one of them. It's more a matter of frustration for us...

In the future, I'd like to record one client-side audio track per podcaster, then mix it together. Would result in the best quality audio (omitting Skype's compression) and would bypass any distortion from downgraded connections. The catch? It's an extra layer of potential failure since we're relying on each person successfully recording a track. If one person's computer freezes, or exporting the file fails, the whole podcast is a wash.

Ugh, that does sound frustrating. Well, I wish you guys luck in finding a new method. I hope it works out for you.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 55
« on: December 02, 2014, 05:11:31 PM »
I wanted to say, there are a few different things going on with that scene, obviously. He's deluded by his vision of his ideal self and the child. But also, I think ultimately what spurred him to action was overhearing how Guts and Casca were treating him like an invalid. Even with their best intentions, that must have been quite damaging to him. His dream was coming crashing down around him, and his friends were basically having to pick who was going to have to take care of grandma. Such feelings of pity were anathema for someone who was so proud.

Like we said on the podcast, resting in the "ruins of a dream" wasn't even a consideration for Griffith in his physical state. It's worth considering if the man before imprisonment would have taken up the God Hand's offer or rejected it, but that's more of a mental exercise than one of any significance.

Exactly. I also think one of the catalysts that spurred him to run was overhearing that Guts left the Band of the Falcon because of what he heard Griffith tell Charlotte about what a true friend is. I always interpreted Griffith's look after that moment to be one of, "Oh, my God. I did this to myself. I'm the reason Guts left, which sent everything else into motion." I could be misinterpreting that moment, though. I also don't have the manga in front of me, because I'm at work, so I'm going off of memory.

Thanks! It was actually pretty rocky. We lost about 10s in the beginning thanks to Skype barfing, and I had to move things around to make it flow. It's the last straw for me and our recording method. Going with something new next time.

It sounded pretty good to me, aside from a couple times where it cut out a bit. You did a good job piecing it back together. What method do you think you'll use next time?

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Post Wacky Images
« on: December 01, 2014, 04:55:46 PM »

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 55
« on: December 01, 2014, 04:50:43 PM »
Great episode, guys! I'm glad you spoke at length about the conversation Guts and Casca have before Griffith takes off in the wagon. I think a lot of people (myself included) misinterpret that scene when they first read it. I remember thinking Griffith took off because he was upset Guts wasn't going to stick around, but since reading it the first time, I've discovered how much more subtle that scene is. Miura is truly a master.

Thank you. I want to work on it, not just for others but for myself as well!

You're welcome. :serpico:

My dream though is to work only for Berserk. For example, I have a dream plan of translating all of the Berserk volumes. It's kind of a project for the next generation because I'm sure Berserk will be read for a long time. But this work would take me an enormous amount of time, maybe more than 10 years if I were to just do it on the side.

I want to do the same thing, but I'm so far behind in my Japanese, I think you'll beat me to it. I would love to have accurate translations for the whole series. One day, when I'm way more fluent in Japanese than I am now, maybe you and I can meet half-way on it.

The second option is to make a list to correct all of the mistranslations in DH volumes and to insert missing lines (i.e. Puck's air talk!). But that might take almost as much time as a retranslation anyway. :iva: In Korea and Japan, many manga fans make these kinds of "correcting lists".

That's a great idea. I've never heard of such a thing before. :serpico:

Site & Forum News / Re: BERSERK emoticons!
« on: November 26, 2014, 04:52:27 PM »
Two long overdue updates:   :isidro: &   :schierke: (say goodbye to and )

And... presenting the NEW emoticon I made for backers of the SKnet Patreon, but of course available for everyone, THE SLAP captured in emoticon format:  :rickert:

I love the updates to Isidro and Schierke's emoticons, and the Rickert emoticon is fantastic. Nice work, Walter! :ubik:

I don't know enough about the Japanese publishing world to say this with any authority, but because both titles come from Hakusensha, and they have a previous working relationship with Dark Horse, it's possible that DH has first dibs on it. In addition to that, the marketing for the book would probably  reference Berserk (all of Japan's marketing did, anyway...), and that might be awkward if it weren't DH doing that promotion. So, hopefully the opportunity doesn't just end up inside a desk drawer somewhere in DH lala land... Hope Viz gets a shot at it...  :azan:

Interesting. Well, I'll keep hoping Viz gets a shot at it. Regardless, I'm asking for the Japanese volume for Christmas, and eagerly awaiting Puella's translation. :serpico:

I haven't actually checked to see if Dark Horse has said anything about Gigantomakhia in a while. Turns out nope, nothing...  :sad:

Is there a chance another company could pick up the licensing? (I hope so.)

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 337
« on: November 20, 2014, 05:22:50 PM »
Even so, the meaning of Rickert stay in Falconia is that he is under the wings of Griffith, and - taking the new and mature Rickert - i dont think thats going to happen. But this leads to another thought... it's not about Rickert stays, but about Erika safety! Since Rickert is caring her, i believe he will stay in Falconia, even with the thread of Griffith's ego or his demon soldiers not taking so easily the bitchslap he gave to Griffith.

I'm pretty sure Rickert will continue to live in Falconia. Like you said, he cares most about Erika's safety, and they can't survive outside the city walls at this point. I do wonder if one of the apostles will pay Rickert a visit, though. I don't think Griffith cares enough to order an apostle to kill Rickert, but I wouldn't be surprised if one of them went to see him of its own volition.

Besides that, guys, i wonder... and i think thats a question for all of us...

... HOW Guts/Guts will be able to kill Griffith if he is not only bodyguarded by a freaking army of demons, but he became the high pillar of humanity itself, since Falconia holds literaly most of the kingdoms and the most important people of Albion.

That remains to be seen, doesn't it? I imagine we'll get some clues to how the final battle will go down once the group has spent some time in Elfhelm.

...and there is even the Casca business (will she be beside Guts to fight Griffith, or she will give up of fighting?). :troll:

I think she'll eventually fight alongside Guts.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Grail and I Got Married!
« on: November 17, 2014, 04:51:07 PM »
Congratulations! I'm so happy for you guys. :ubik:

The highlight of that magical day was right after we spoke our vows and kissed and hugged our family members - Gobs took my face in his hands, looked deep into my eyes and said "NOW, YOU BELONG TO ME. :zodd: "

Well played. :badbone:

News & Not News / Re: News & Not News Megathread
« on: November 13, 2014, 05:29:11 PM »
Very exciting news. I was distressed this morning to read that it landed in such a way that it won't be getting the required solar power it needs to recharge its batteries. As a last resort, they may deploy the harpoon or landing gear in order to "hop" the probe to a better location. Right now, it appears to be sitting at an odd angle, about 1 km from the original landing site. Apparently, when it first landed, it hopped 1 km out into space, before taking another small bounce and finally settling.

Even if Philae's batteries don't last long enough for it to complete all of its tasks, it's still a monumental achievement, and the data and images they've collected so far (and will collect) sound very cool.

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