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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: August 05, 2011, 02:11:24 PM »
I'm reminded more of Bizzaro than Superman in that image that was released. Doesn't help.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: What'd you do over the weekend?
« on: July 26, 2011, 06:34:03 AM »
Visited Kansas City and hung out with my sister. Probably the coolest city in Missouri. Take that how you will...

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Do you believe in God?
« on: July 25, 2011, 08:28:09 AM »
I was raised Christian but wasn't exposed to church services until I was 5 years old at which point my parents became members of the First Presbyterian church. As years went by I just went through the motions. Sunday school and church services once a week with a few events on the side. Nothing ground breaking. My faith wasn't solid, but I always believed God was there watching and listening.

Things get a little awkward at this point, so excuse me. It was about 6th grade that I could finally name what was wrong with me. I was gay and extremely confused. My dad never gave me "the talk" and I had to learn the basics second hand from movies, friends, science class, and the guidance counselor. It was also about this time that my sister (who is 4 years older than me) came back from some kind of church retreat where her and one of my close friends (who attended the same church as us) had learned about some verses in Ezekiel and the very famous Leviticus verses. The news of what they had learned passed on to me and I instantly began to panic.

From about that point on I started praying at night whenever I couldn't sleep. Usually about some inconsequential thing and then I would always finish by asking God to fix me--that is, make me heterosexual.

A year or two passed and my religious studies began to get deeper. My aforementioned close friend began learning about the core beliefs of the Presbyterian church we grew up in, which was pretty much Calvinism verbatim. I quickly took hold of the subject matter and devoted a serious amount of time to the understanding of its dogma. At this same time I began asking questions to my religious peers about the ultimate destination of homosexuals. My fear of burning in Hell reached a climax and I began to pray nightly, pleading that God help me overcome my great sin.

Around my sophomore/junior year in high school I was spending a lot of time reading the Bible and talking with my friend. Things start to get really convoluted so I'll try and give a simplified version. Basically I spent a lot of weekends talking about Christianity with a somewhat motley crew. There were two reformed Calvinists (my friend and I), a Pre-Vatican II Roman Catholic (who was previously a Calvinist as well), a Church of Christ who recently became reformed Calvinist, a Calvinist who was currently becoming Roman Catholic, and an Atheist (who quickly learned to stop showing up, or at least stop participating in the conversations)

The big discussion was usually why creationism was logical and necessary in our universe and why Christianity was the only logical religion that fit into that formula. Discussion would always move onto Pre-Vatican II Roman Catholicism vs. Calvinism and eventually a stalemate would be reached at which both groups would promise to come up with a rebuttal for the next weekend. As my knowledge and understanding of Calvinism and Catholicism expanded it only helped to worsen my fears.

Eventually the Catholics posed an question that couldn't be answered by the Calvinists. This was in the summer after my senior year of high school. We spent weeks trying to figure out and answer to the inherent dilemma of Sola Scriptura, the believe that the Bible is infallible, which is something a large majority of Protestant faiths believe. The only answer we kept coming to was that God had to ordain man to be able to interpret his word. In other words the Pope, Bishops, etc. Very quickly the small band of Calvinists unraveled. Most turned to Pre-Vatican II Catholicism. I, however, was completely crushed. My entire set of believes fell flat on their face and I was left questioning what was real and what wasn't. And this was all on top of me still struggling with my homosexuality. For the last 7 years I had spent, on average, praying for God to fix me. There were even several occasions that I swore to serve the church exclusively after high school and yet I still had this nagging sin. There were several moments where I came close to killing myself, but I was only halted because of the inherent sin of suicide. My life was miserable.

Upon going to college I stopped attending church. I left my Bible at home. In fact I still haven't cracked it open since I left. Eventually I renounced my faith as a Presbyterian to my parents and told them I was gay. I became a Deist for most of my college years. I chose to finally accept myself and I stopped praying. My stress level plummeted and I've recently become the happiest I've ever been in my life when my significant other and I decided to devote the rest of our lives together.

Currently, I choose to live my life as a kind and loving person. And I like to think Christ, if he is truly the son of God, would appreciate that. I just do what makes me happy. As for what'll happen after I die, I don't know. But I plan to find out eventually.

Really sorry if that was boring.

PS.  Also sorry for any grammatical/spelling mistakes :/

Video Games / Re: Marvel vs Capcom 3
« on: July 22, 2011, 02:27:59 PM »
I can only imagine how many Mega Man fan's heads exploded when they didn't see any incarnation of him included in the list.

Creation Station / Re: CCS's Berserk Art
« on: July 15, 2011, 03:25:13 PM »
Very nice. I especially like the idea of Serpico taking on Grunberd.

This is probably a fairly nontraditional (in terms of the thread) genre...Shostakovich's string quartets.

The most famous of which I'll share with anyone that hasn't heard it. Movement two of the 8th quartet. It's fairly mind bending, imo.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: July 12, 2011, 07:58:41 PM »
Figured this was worth posting:

You have a non-traditional writing staff this season – how does that affect the ability to create a season-long arc?

Hurd: “How is it non-traditional? We have a writers’ room.”

Well, online…

Hurd: [Laughs.] “Don’t believe everything you read”

Can you explain where that came from then, and what it meant?

Darabont: “Yeah, the big sensational headline last year was ‘Darabont Fires Entire Writing Staff!’ It sounded like I went in and slaughtered 12 people and threw their bodies in the dumpster. It’s not the case at all. There were two writers I didn’t invite back from last year, for reasons that I needn’t go into. No, we put together a really good, solid regular staff this year, and they’re doing inspired work. The only sense that it’s nontraditional is in the sense that I’m encouraging these folks – guys and gal – to really colour outside the lines and swing for the fences. And not just sort of hit the marks of television writing, but to try and do something really unique and different. They’re really rising to that challenge.”

I remember there being some conversation on here about how all the writers had been fired.

Video Games / Re: Castlevania: Harmony of Despair
« on: August 06, 2010, 08:51:11 PM »
I have tried it and I enjoy it for what it is. I'm not exactly a Castlevania expert or anything. My only real exposer was on the NES with the original and a very brief stint with Symphony of the Night so all of this stuff is really new and fresh to me. However, it's mostly a mindless grindfest. Expect no story and no true level system. Stats are based on equipment drops, which don't seem to drop very often at all. It's a lot of repeating levels over and over again hoping you get something new.

Video Games / Re: Castlevania: Harmony of Despair
« on: August 06, 2010, 08:04:23 AM »
For clarity's sake the HD in the title does not refer to the resolution quality or anything of that nature. It's just for Harmony of Despair. Misleading to say the least.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Dark Tower
« on: May 07, 2008, 05:53:03 AM »
Its sad that I've been lurking these boards for whats nearing on 3 years now and this is the discussion that sparks my interest in posting.

However, I'm somewhat of a fanboy of the Dark Tower series. Its quite the epic tale, though, the ending didn't leave me with enough closure when I first finished the books, but now I've grown to really like it and I think its actually a fitting end in some ways.

I will say that out of all seven books The Gunslinger is by far and away my favorite followed closely by Wizard and Glass.

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