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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 45
« on: April 06, 2014, 06:35:37 PM »

Thank you for another fantastic episode!

I think the re-reads are turning out really well, I hope you'll continue doing them. It's very interesting to listen to what you have to say about the volumes, both as to how each of them relates to the overall story, but also on the page level; you guys don't seem to miss the smallest detail.

I also like the sections about stuff that I might not be that interested into, such as certain video games or some TV shows; I still find those sections quite entertaining.


I'm watching the second season of Real Humans, a show that I really like. I thoroughly recommend it to anybody that has the chance to watch it (it apparently has been sold to about 50 countries)

The summary of the show, from Wikipedia, is:

"Real Humans (Swedish title: Äkta människor) is a 2012 Swedish science fiction/drama series set in an alternate version of modern day Sweden where humanoid robot workers and servants are widespread. The series follows the resulting emotional effects on two families as well as the trials of a group of robots who have attained free will and want their freedom from human ownership."

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Homeland
« on: December 20, 2013, 05:39:35 PM »
I'm with you, I also think it was a good season finale. I also agree that ending Brody's arc was the right thing to do, but it was still a bit sad to see him go.

I think this is actually a good point to stop watching, I'm not sure I want to sit through another season for just two good episodes.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Homeland
« on: December 14, 2013, 05:22:06 PM »

I just watched episode 11 and I think it's the episode I've enjoyed the most the whole season, which might not be much all things considered, but still... I'm actually looking forward to watching the season finale.

Going into the finale I wonder how the writers plan on solving the current situation, on one hand I'm still rooting for Brody, but on the other hand, if he gets out of this one it will be a bit more of what Walter was saying: how can there be any suspense if he's basically untouchable?

Probably my favorite part of the episode was the scene where Abu Nazir's widow and Brody met. I think the scene was well done overall, but her performance in particular was what stood out to me.

Podcast / Re: What Should the SkullKast Cover?
« on: December 04, 2013, 08:51:58 PM »
Not sure what you mean. Like, the odd time someone joins a call mid-recording? I think that's happened a total of 2 times. But if they're that bothersome, I'll try to remember to disable them on the machine that records.

I'm more referring to the sounds someone gets when they get a message (the first sound on this link: I think doing the show using Skype is a good way of doing it, it's just these sounds that throw me off.

I think I may have a negative predisposition to the Skype sounds (perhaps a pavlovian response or something).  :farnese:

Podcast / Re: What Should the SkullKast Cover?
« on: December 04, 2013, 07:27:55 PM »

I wasn't sure whether or not to mention this but, since you did ask what we'd like to hear less of, I personally would like to hear less Skype sounds, I find them annoying in general and hearing them during an otherwise quite informative and entertaining podcast is distracting to me (they don't pop up on every show but when they do they completely throw me off). I think the production value of the show i quite good, but it would be even better without those sounds.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Homeland
« on: December 01, 2013, 04:02:28 PM »

I just finished watching episode 9 and I don't have much to say except that I completely agree with you.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: It Came From The Internet
« on: November 28, 2013, 08:39:53 PM »

The perfect website:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Homeland
« on: November 17, 2013, 10:09:24 AM »
Whether Brody is or isn't actually a sleeper-cell terrorist isn't very interesting suspense within the trappings of a TV series that spans three seasons now ("Hey, I bet he doesn't actually blow himself up in the first season finale")..

That's certainly a problem for new viewers, but for people following the show as it aired it probably wasn't as much so. It certainly wasn't for me (particularly since I don't follow news mentioning show renewals, returning characters, etc.)

So I'll  keep waiting for that next great show to emerge, because this isn't it. It's merely okay, with a solid lead.

Good call. Based on your comments on the show I think you would be better off if you don't go any further because it doesn't get better. I'd say season two is on par with season one but season three is, in my opinion, a lot weaker than the first two. As I mentioned earlier on this thread, I myself am considering whether I should continue watching or not, but I'd say will probably watch season three in its entirety and decide when it ends.

Anyway, I watched episode 7 and it was OK I liked that they finally mentioned something related to Brody's innocence; I thought this season would be focused on clearing his name and boy was I wrong.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: November 13, 2013, 07:24:06 PM »
The Raid 2 -

The Raid was fantastic, I hope the sequel holds up. I'm definitely looking forward to watching it.

Disney's Frozen by the same guys who did Tangled -

I watched a trailer once and it failed to catch my attention. Since then my interest on this movie really sank, though I think I will still see it at some point.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Homeland
« on: November 13, 2013, 07:15:51 PM »
What did you think of episode 6, m?

I thought the episode was better than some of the previous ones. Man, the way Javadi killed his ex-wife was vicious. I was wondering why he stopped by that house when he initially got to the States; that most certainly cleared it. Yeah, Saul breaking(?) his nose was cool, too bad it was too little, too late. Brody's return? Who's this Brody you talk about? :troll: But seriously, I'd really like to see what's going on with him, though I guess he's most likely exactly where we last saw him, getting addicted to heroin.

I still haven't watched episode 7, I hope I'll get to it soon. How was it?

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: November 08, 2013, 11:20:31 AM »

Vagabond / Re: Inoue News Archive
« on: November 07, 2013, 06:59:40 PM »

Recently uploaded video of Inoue. According to the video's info it says (Google translated) - "Message Inoue Takehiko, author of Slam Dunk, Real and Vagabond, thanking the award received in the nineteenth Barcelona Manga Manga as best author, and apologizing for not being able to attend."

I'll prolly pause every frame and translate it in Google either tonight or tomorrow, for a transcript since I don't understand Spanish text.

I watched the video and decided to try to translate it for you, though I'm not much of a translator. I hope I can do at least a little better than Google.

Hola soy Inoue Takehiko (Hello, I'm Inoue Takehiko). Greetings to all the people that will attend "Salón del Manga", Barcelona. I'm Takehiko Inoue.

Thank you very much for reading my manga, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

It's been almost 400 years since the cultural exchange between Japan and Spain started. Last year I published a book called "Pepita", in which I share my views on Gaudí through drawings and words. Next year, Tokyo will host the Gaudí Expo, which is currently being organized by people from Japan and Spain. I will also be involved in the expo.

I just received an email regarding "Salón del Manga" of Barcelona, where I was notified that thanks to the votes from the readers I was awarded the award called "Gran Premio" (Grand Prize). Thank you very much, I'm truly honored; particularly because I was selected by the readers, which is something that makes me really happy as a mangaka. Thank you. I won't be able to attend "Salón del Manga" this year, but I hope that in the near future I will be able to meet with all of you. I can't wait for that day to come.

Thank you very much.

Hasta luego! (Until next time)

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: November 01, 2013, 11:30:11 AM »

Young drummer:

I enjoyed watching the whole video but the last 30 seconds are just brilliant.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 28, 2013, 06:37:24 PM »

I saw Gravity this weekend and I really enjoyed it. I'm actually a bit surprised no one has mentioned it around here (except for one mention in the Movies to look forward to thread).

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Homeland
« on: October 25, 2013, 06:01:35 PM »
Episode 4 was frustrating.

I'm with you. I guess it's not really a spoiler, but just in case: did they really need four episodes to get where they are now?

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: It Came From The Internet
« on: October 21, 2013, 04:43:08 PM »

As it turns out we're all winners: "What each country leads the world in".

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Homeland
« on: October 20, 2013, 04:01:14 PM »
I can't say I like how the show is going so far this season; to be honest I thought the latest episode was quite boring. I hope things take a turn for the better soon or I'll probably stop watching.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: What'd you do over the weekend?
« on: September 08, 2013, 06:27:58 PM »
Any tennis fans on SK?

I like both playing and watching tennis. I've been following the US Open as much as possible (the time difference complicates things on weekdays). The most recent matches I watched were Wawrinka vs Djokovic, Nadal vs Gasquet and Williams vs Na. I was rooting for Wawrinka on his semifinal but he just couldn't close it. Tomorrow's final will be a good match and I think Nadal will win.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: September 08, 2013, 06:15:47 PM »

I'm reading The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolańo. I came across this book on my last trip to the library and since I liked 2666 quite a lot I decided to borrow it. I'm about 120 pages (about 1/6 of the book) in and somehow it feels as though the story is just getting started.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: The New Picture Thread
« on: April 07, 2013, 04:42:30 PM »
So, today I went to get my Ipod fixed, and there was an art festival going on by the business. I found a treasure inside the store, this was the first arcade I ever played, and it was free to play, no quarters needed, only being a customer gave me access :guts:

Sweet!  :serpico: I played that game quite a bit back in the day and I've been wanting to play it again. I'm a bit jealous.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: March 18, 2013, 06:11:14 PM »
There's a help menu in the game in which you can get details on pretty much everything you'll need to know. Don't hesitate to check it out if you feel the need. The melee system follows a very classical "rock, paper, scissors" configuration, only they renamed "Leader, Slash, and Shoot". There's a little subtlety to it, for example "Shoot" prevents the enemy from fleeing, but it's overall very straightforward.

Note that having a good Security Chief is very important during tougher melee battles.

I completely missed this, I'll definitely be checking it out. Thanks for the tip!  :serpico:

Well, it's a 75+ hour long game, so the first 6 hours aren't decisive of anything other than setting the stage. That being said, I also wasn't in love with the game at this point. In fact I think I had put it down for a few days around that time, but Aaz urged me to continue, and I'm extremely grateful that he was persistent. It's these weak early moments that I think sunk this game for a lot of the reviewers, and that's a real shame...

Infinite Space is a true diamond in the rough. You may have to work at it to see what's so great about it at first. But give it time, and I think you'll see that it has heart despite its limitations. It builds to several story crescendos that are unlike anything in recent RPGs. The ultimate takeaway from the game is something special that I've experienced in only a handful of games.

Yeah, I know I'm barely starting, I guess I was just starting to think I missed something. It's good to hear that the best is yet to come and that the work put in will pay off.

going in guns ablazing and keeping a "dodge" on, will serve you through most battles

Exactly my current tactic!  :guts:

But yes, there are some variables that have yet to come into play, namely fighters and the number of ships you're facing and employing.
Like Aaz said, the HELP robot is very useful. You can find him at any large space station in the game. But there's also the game's manual: (some minor character spoilers in the characters section).

But basically: Leader>Shoot>Slash.

Thanks! I was thinking I was going to need a manual of sorts; mine is in German so no help there (I don't think I even opened it)

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: March 17, 2013, 06:36:05 PM »

My copy of Infinite Space arrived yesterday and I've played it for around 6 hours. The game has been OK so far but it hasn't wowed me yet (which I was kind of expecting to happen from the get-go). I know I'm just starting so I'm still hoping things will get better as I get further into the game.

The one thing I can't say I like in the game is fighting, I've found battles to be tedious so far; a single tactic has worked well in all cases, so not much variation regardless of the enemy. Is this something that changes later in the game?

Also, I didn't pay much attention to the explanation given for melee battles, so I don't understand how they work. I'm sure I will have to fight such battles at some point, so I hope I'll be able to figure it out by then.

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