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Zemekis
20th May 2019, 08:01 PM
Hi all! Figured that I should start one of these, at least for the length of Mantis' absence to keep track of changes, upcoming plans, updates, and activity.....as well as for normal journal purposes. Hopefully I can update this once weekly, and it can be somewhat of a one-stop-shop for Mantis when he's back to catch up on what's happened.

As for myself...the name (and name of this thread) are references to Final Fantasy Tactics, if anyone is wondering where the weird name comes from. When you add a character to your party in that game, you can randomly generate a name. One of them is Zemekis, and for whatever reason it stuck in my head and I use it from time to time when I can't think of anything better.

It has been 6 days since I took over as Acting Admin here and so far I've kept to my promises. No banhammering posts I disagree with and I've kept up with the schedule I promised for the forum's projects (aka Light Novel and manga). I didn't think manga progress would be possible at first, but I found an interim typesetter! So the manga releases should continue throughout the Summer. This morning I released the first Chapter of the El Dorado Covered with Clouds light novel in English, which felt great. I stayed up a few extra hours on Saturday night to edit the document and discuss questionable lines/additional text with our translator. The PDF is just 12 pages but it surprised me with how difficult it was to prepare properly.

This week I'll be going to work as usual and browsing the forum until the next Chapter's translation is completed. This coming weekend is Memorial Day, so I'll be seeing family and perhaps some friends. I ALWAYS tell myself that I won't make any plans or answer my phone on the weekend so I can FINALLY relax and catch up on sleep...this is a 3 days weekend and I made the same promise, but here I am just on Monday turning people down because my 3 day weekend is FULL. I'm awake until about 2am every night and I wake up at 6:45am for work, so you can imagine the damage that does to a person's energy and mental state.

That being said, I've had some good luck recently. Ordered something on Amazon and the box came with 2 of the item...freebie. I also got a car from my grandparents (it's my third one from them, they sell them to me cheap as hell each time they buy a new one). 2008 Buick LaCrosse w/ 50k miles. $800 and it's disturbingly well-kept. Like seriously, it's creepy how immaculate they keep their cars. While I may complain in these journals, my luck is generally excellent so take it all with a grain of salt.

I'll check back in later, see ya.

Zemekis
28th May 2019, 02:59 PM
Well, it's been about a week so I suppose I should update this as promised. Over the past week I edited the translation for the next manga Update, so that has been passed along for typesetting as of this morning. The Light Novel translation moved forward over the weekend as well. Once I receive the 2nd chapter in English I can edit it and release ASAP. I was really pleased with the reaction I got for Chapter 1. I try to keep in mind that these are all draft releases so we can always do a 2nd or 3rd pass to clean them up. That's the only way we are able to move forward at a remotely reasonable pace and keep digging into new content while our translators have motivation.

I had a great Memorial Day weekend. On Friday my sister visited and we played Paper Mario on the N64 until around 2AM. Saturday was pretty lazy until 5:30PM when 2 of my buddies arrived. We stayed up late drinking beer and shooting the shit until we all zonked out (i know we had discussed watching a movie together here on the forum but it didn't look like it was materializing and I was too drunk by that time to organize an event......SORRY! The manga release was supposed to be my reparations for that). Sunday I went to Dairy Queen for their cheap-ass lunch special and watched Tremors 4 with my buddy. Later in the evening my other friend came back and we worked on translating the SW doujin, again with more beer. Monday I lounged around our apartment's pool & grill area like a super Boomer. My buddy and I admired the eye candy on display and ate bbq ribs & drank Yuengling. In the evening we continued hitting the SW doujin and we are now about 2/3 through! Damn some of that book is borderline impossible to express in English.

Zemekis
6th June 2019, 01:37 PM
Light Novel Chapter 2 translation is nearly complete, I expect it by this coming Monday. The next manga chapter has been translated & edited...now it's awaiting typesetting.
As for my regular life stuff, I saw Godzilla: King of the Monsters last night. It was alright, definitely more monsters on screen than the 2014 American film, but nowhere near as good as Shin Godzilla. Why do things always need to have a good ending & why can't the protagonist (Godzilla) just be neutral or bad? Hollywood uses the same formula for EVERYTHING and it sucks. That's what I liked about Shin Godzilla, he's a horrific monster and there's very little reason as to why he shows up & fucks up Tokyo. There's no reasoning with him, and he doesn't even have a goal really. Bad things just happen and that was satisfying to see after so many hero stories out of Hollywood.
Aside from that, I've been busy every night for the past week with event planning, driving lessors for my wife, shopping, and home improvements. I would say that I'm looking forward to this weekend, but it's more of the same. If I don't get more sleep soon, I'm gonna melt or something.

Zemekis
16th June 2019, 12:18 AM
Not a whole lot to report this time since I've just been working and carrying on the daily grind. Pretty busy this weekend with my cousin's college graduation & family visiting. I finally got the lead out of my ass to dive in on wedding planning as well. I'm married in the 'papers are signed'/legal sense, but we haven't had the whole ceremony & reception thing yet because neither my wife nor I are particularly interested in doing all these expected things and paying thousands for it. We are about to start house shopping, so spending a few thousand for a ceremony so other people can enjoy MY wedding is sort of backwards in our opinion.

Tonight, my friend who is a butcher is bringing some pork/beef and my wife is gonna cook Japanese hotpot, so that should be good. After that I'm hoping to drink a bunch of beer & watch Tremors 6.

In terms of OLS stuff, not much has happened since my last journal post. The next LN chapter's translation is nearrrrrrrly complete and I have edited lots of the SW doujin. I have the next manga chapter's translation sitting on my laptop, but I don't do typesetting (not well at least) so i'm sort of stuck until Mantis returns. Whether it's 1 day or 1 year, as long as it gets done I'm happy.

Wanderer
26th July 2019, 12:46 AM
You wanted to write about your trip to japan if Im not mistaken.

Zemekis
7th August 2019, 01:57 PM
Yeah, I guess I was! I haven't written anything here for awhile because Mantis came back so much earlier than expected. My trip(s) to Japan were pretty sweet, and definitely life-changing in the long run. The first time I went was with my family. Just a standard trip with my parents/siblings for 10 days or so (we also went to South Korea on that visit, so it wasn't even necessarily Japan-focused). Early on I discovered how easy their train system is to use, and on my 2nd day there I was using it without a map or anything on my person. The station staff and maps on the wall were adequate even within Tokyo. I discovered tons of new foods, met friends, went to arcades, dove way too deep into shopping...definitely a great time except for seeing my ex-gf who was in college in Tokyo at the time, that wasn't my favorite day of the trip, lol. On that visit I discovered Honey Toast, nomihoudai (all you can drink) establishments, Akihabara, Asakusa, Odaiba / Diver City, Tokyo Tower, and Kamakura.

My 2nd visit was about 6 months later with a friend. We went for Winter vacation during college for about 20 days. The things we did on that visit were good, but he was a royal pain in the ass to take care of. I guess I've traveled 100x more than most people, and he sure as hell hadn't so it felt like I was babysitting this guy who was 7 years older than me while we were in the safest country on the planet. He wouldn't ride the train alone, wouldn't take a taxi alone...made us late for BOTH our flights (to and from Japan), and in the end he never thanked me for schlepping around his man-child ass for 20 days while he planned/did nothing. I even paid 2/3rds of the AirBnB & 100% of the Pocket Wifi we used so he could afford it! Once we got home, his parents were waiting at the airport to pick him up. I guess he told them he was so buttmad at me during the trip that he couldn't stand driving home with me (yeah, I drove him to and from the Airport too). On this trip I ate raw horse for the first time, manta ray fins, some weirdo sushi I don't even know what it was, attended my first bar crawl, and generally just fucked around in Tokyo with a long-time friend of mine. After the trip he never talked to me again, it seems that he wanted an apology for me rushing him to make our flight on time, we had been close for 5 years leading up to that point but he was 29 years olf and I just couldn't stand his manchild nature any longer so I just stopped responding years ago.

My 3rd visit was originally going to be alone, but my Mom & Sister happened to be going to Japan as well and it overlapped like 50% of my visit. I was staying with some of our old exchange students we had hosted at our home in the U.S., they live in an apartment complex that rents guest apartments to visitors for approx. $30-35/night. I did a lot more of the same, going to Akiba and such. I also started attending 'Meetup' events where you use an app to meet people with similar interests and you all go do an activity together. I chose language exchange and went to several events where the attendees rotate tables & switch languages (between English and Japanese) every 30 minutes. I met my wife at one of those events! We started dating during my vacation but I had to go home and finish my last semester of college. After several flights back and forth to visit eachother, I graduated and got a job working remotely doing IT work for my office. I moved to Japan for 1yr + 3 months and worked from her apartment during the night (because it was daytime where i'm from). That means I was free almost everyday to go out and do things in Tokyo. I visited plenty of other cities/towns too! I went to the island of Hokkaido for the yearly Snow Festival in Sapporo, I went to Hakodate and spent a morning atop Mt. Hakodate watching a snowstorm roll in, visited the bumfuck nowhere 'cities' of Matsue & Izumo that people laughed at me for visiting, Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya...made friends with restaurant owners, went to Japanese major league baseball games, etc. etc. etc. I had a great time for 15 months and I'm willing to share any of it that you guys want to know about in particular.

I promised myself 1 year there and that's what I did. When the time came, I applied for jobs, got hired and now I work a "9-5" as a Database Admin & Business Consultant. I'm not sure which parts of my adventures anyone would like me to elaborate on, but i'm not shy so feel free to ask. I've actually been to.....19 countries I think? So I can share whatever you want to hear about.

Wanderer
17th August 2019, 10:43 PM
Sounds interesting, thanks for sharing it when you find the time.

Would be nice to know about the prices there. For example how much do you spare usually when you are buying normal groceries at a store?
How mutch does visiting an Onsen or a restoraunt costs?
And transportation.
I heard everything there is supposed to be more expensive.

Zemekis
27th August 2019, 04:33 PM
Would be nice to know about the prices there. For example how much do you spare usually when you are buying normal groceries at a store?

If you're asking about Tokyo, it's not much more expensive than the USA. Some things are cheaper (vegetables, snacks, drinks, sauces, canned food) and some are more expensive (mean and fruit). It's so cheap to eat at restaurants in Japan that I didn't shop a lot. You can get dinner for $8-$11 in the city. All you can eat fried chicken/fries/curry/rice + unlimited beer for 1 hour is $15 in Tokyo. Food was cheaper in the city than it is near my rural USA home.



How much does visiting an Onsen or a restaurant cost?

I went to an Onsen with a private backyard bath (like in anime) in Hakone. it was $450 for one night. Included a 9-course dinner and 5-course breakfast....i think the dinner had something like 70 different foods, it was crazy. I already answered about restaurants above ^^^



And transportation.

The cheapest/shortest metro ride is 130 Yen I think, and the longest is like 280-350. Any farther than that and you should use a regular train. Taxis are a bit pricey, but not as bad as Europe/New York. They also have Uber in Japan. I used the metro many times everyday. If you're going to Japan, get a JR Pass. Only foreigners can buy them, it costs approx. $200/week but you can use the trains an unlimited number of times while you have one. I used one to travel from one end of Japan to the other and saves like $400.



I heard everything there is supposed to be more expensive.
It's not.

Wanderer
11th September 2019, 07:00 PM
If you're asking about Tokyo, it's not much more expensive than the USA. Some things are cheaper (vegetables, snacks, drinks, sauces, canned food) and some are more expensive (mean and fruit). It's so cheap to eat at restaurants in Japan that I didn't shop a lot. You can get dinner for $8-$11 in the city. All you can eat fried chicken/fries/curry/rice + unlimited beer for 1 hour is $15 in Tokyo. Food was cheaper in the city than it is near my rural USA home.


I went to an Onsen with a private backyard bath (like in anime) in Hakone. it was $450 for one night. Included a 9-course dinner and 5-course breakfast....i think the dinner had something like 70 different foods, it was crazy. I already answered about restaurants above ^^^

How mutch would an Onsen cost without an overnight stay, breakfast or a room?
Would you say it pays off to visit an Onsen Town for a single night to stay?



The cheapest/shortest metro ride is 130 Yen I think, and the longest is like 280-350. Any farther than that and you should use a regular train. Taxis are a bit pricey, but not as bad as Europe/New York. They also have Uber in Japan. I used the metro many times everyday. If you're going to Japan, get a JR Pass. Only foreigners can buy them, it costs approx. $200/week but you can use the trains an unlimited number of times while you have one. I used one to travel from one end of Japan to the other and saves like $400.

It's not.
Wow, the ticket thing sounds awesome. Thanks for the info! ;)


What I also like to ask about, how did you perceived the japanese politically?
I watched some videos of these japanese Youtubers and from the material they got I`d say the older generations are as konservative as you would japanese expect to be, while the younger ones are more open, have less knowledge about the world around Japan and just arent very interested in politics.
Is this the picture you have gotten, or do you think they leave stuff out or adapt the material a bit?
I always thought these guys are a bit suspicious.
From what you have perceived, is there a comparable situation when it comes to political correctness and migration/ foreigners like in the west?
Do they have comparable buzzwords like Nazi or can you accuse someone of discrimination without having to prove anything, for example?

During the time you worked there. Would you say it was difficult to find a job?
Also, how was it to adapt to the culture of the company?
Did you got something like Welpenschutz/puppy protection at the start, or didnt they cared at all if you adapt or not?


I dont think you have to hurry with a response because I seem to be the only one who cares.

Zemekis
14th September 2019, 05:30 AM
How much would an Onsen cost without an overnight stay, breakfast or a room?

Just to use a open-air hot spring? Maybe 2000-3000 yen or $20-$30 equivalent.



Would you say it pays off to visit an Onsen Town for a single night to stay? Google Image search Hakone, Japan and decide for yourself :kamina:


What I also like to ask about, how did you perceived the japanese politically?
I watched some videos of these japanese Youtubers and from the material they got I`d say the older generations are as konservative as you would japanese expect to be, while the younger ones are more open, have less knowledge about the world around Japan and just arent very interested in politics.
Is this the picture you have gotten, or do you think they leave stuff out or adapt the material a bit?
I always thought these guys are a bit suspicious.

They are totally uninterested in politics. You could call their actions "conservative" by Western standards, but they don't care how their actions align with a political party. In fact, their Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, was just re-elected for a third term. They have a 2-term limit like the United States but nobody was interested in running against him so they had to re-write the laws last year to allow for a 3rd term if there are zero contenders.

They do act suspiciously and hide their feelings, but it's not for political reasons most of the time. They have a light concept of political correctness, but they value being the same as everyone else so while they DO have gay rights and such, they don't flaunt it in big parades or anything.


From what you have perceived, is there a comparable situation when it comes to political correctness and migration/ foreigners like in the west?
Do they have comparable buzzwords like Nazi or can you accuse someone of discrimination without having to prove anything, for example?

Most of them are very polite to tourists and I only had one slightly negative experience in 15 months. I traveled to SMALL towns out in the country and 6 or so major cities, and was welcomed even in the smallest bars and shops that hadn't seen foreigners in years. Please notice that I said TOURISTS. They don't want immigrants and it is nearly impossible to move to Japan permanently. Perhaps you could get a work visa, and after 5 renewals you are eligible to stay permanently, but every Japanese company I am aware of will end your employment before your 5th renewal so you can't immigrate. My wife is a Japanese citizen but I can only live there if her permanent residence is registered in Japan. Japan is the cleanest, safest, and most efficient country on Earth and I think they should keep immigrants out (including myself) if it keeps Japan beautiful. Staying there gave me 100% respect for their way of doing things. I have been to most of Europe, the Middle East, almost every island in the Carribean and surrounding islands, Pacific Islands, and North America. Each town in Japan was the most welcoming place I have ever visited. My two closest friends I made in Tokyo don't even speak English and we communicated with hand signals for several months and got along just fine.


During the time you worked there. Would you say it was difficult to find a job?
Also, how was it to adapt to the culture of the company?
Did you got something like Welpenschutz/puppy protection at the start, or didnt they cared at all if you adapt or not?

I worked in Japan, but I was working remotely for my American company. I never worked for a Japanese company or held an office job. I did do freelance English teaching on the side, but the Japanese are very indirect when they communicate and would often cancel last-minute or plan future meetings with me in person then text me to cancel as soon as I was gone. They are frustrating to work with and you can read a lot on Google about Japanese being difficult because they communicate in a different way than we do. My friends who worked for/with Japanese all dislike it. In a work environment, they can be quite rude to eachother and especially harsh on foreigners. I did/do have opportunities to work there, but I declined because of that. I plan to move to Japan later in life (age 50 or so) to enjoy the convenience and lower cost of living, but I don't want to work with them. I also don't want to lose my guns, so that may keep me in America. If I understand correctly, you are from Europe so maybe that wouldn't be difficult for you but I can explain it this way: imagine somebody says you can only drink water for the rest of your life. You can live without soda/tea/coffee/juice/beer but it would SUCK. You CAN own a gun for target shooting/hunting in Japan but I don't speak/read/write Japanese so I can't do the paperwork or pass the psychological exams that are required. I know, I know, this is a funny American complaint.


I dont think you have to hurry with a response because I seem to be the only one who cares.

That's fine. You're giving me motivation to post in my journal. I probably wouldn't keep up with it otherwise.

Zemekis
22nd September 2019, 07:17 AM
Not a lot happening in my personal life that's different than what I've already spoken of. I got a dog a few months ago and she was old enough to get spayed so we did that last Friday, she's still recovering which has made walking her more difficult than it was before. She is a bundle of energy so it's tough to convince her to walk calmly for her own sake.

I'll be going on a business trip to Delaware on Tuesday, so that should be fun? It'll get me out of my office at least. I'll be returning home the same night, so it's not a multi-day trip or anything. Sorry, if any of my fans on this site were hoping to attend an autograph session or anything. Fun factoid: I was born in Delaware and this will only be my 2nd time returning to the state since we moved away 24 years ago. It's such a small state that I could easily modify my route home and pass by the place I was born.

As for future plans...well...I intend to finish my 100% playthrough of the FFVIII Remaster, then back to Tales of Vesperia & Yakuza Kiwami 2. In a few weeks I'll be playing Death Stranding and Shenmue 3 shortly after that. I've been reading Initial D, I Am A Hero, and I caught up to the most recent volume of Attack on Titan. On the Outlaw Star front - I'm still waiting on the translation for the next Light Novel chapter. Then I'll edit it ASAP and deliver it for my loving readers.

I've been thinking about going back to recording some YouTube videos with my friends. The problem is, they don't/can't drink much anymore so if I'm the only one boozing and being annoying then it will just make me look like an alcoholic by comparison.

Starwind55
22nd September 2019, 09:09 AM
A new dog like that is always a handful to deal with. How old is the dog exactly? I imagine that the thing is probably running around like a crack addict.

Ah, Tales of Vesperia. I remember that we talked about the Tales franchise in another thread. I wouldn't mind giving Vesperia a run since I heard great things. Since you're more into the franchise, would you say that game is a good place to start or is there another game that would be a better start? Yakuza is another one I want to get into. The only one I played was Yakuza 0 which I quite liked mainly because it felt like the closest we'd ever get to a modern version of River City Ransom. The other games are on my list to play but I have too many fucking games that I need to play. I keep forgetting Shenmue 3 comes out this year. That's another one but I'm gonna be busy with Doom Eternal when it comes out in November.

I'd join ya for the youtube thing but I prefer to keep a low profile online otherwise I'd love to drink and game with ya some more. I suppose there's always our get togethers with Mantis.

Anywho, that's all I got to say on the matter. Looking forward to the next light novel chapter!

Mantis
7th October 2019, 01:30 AM
So, will your YouTube videos consist of Majora's Mask, Majora's Mask and Majora's Mask again? :D I'd definitely check whatever you do out.

Zemekis
11th October 2019, 03:49 AM
I have Let's Plays of like 40 games uploaded! While i did play a lot of MM that probably only accounts for like 10% of my videos. Since nobody else likes it, they aren't really good videos anyway since it's me going crazy over it while they try to be polite.

For example, Harvest Moon:
YouTube (https://youtu.be/uk_c9k5oQCw)

...and this:
YouTube (https://youtu.be/qZBvcXsCf68)

I apologize:
YouTube (https://youtu.be/D0RYSWOMr1U)

I'll admit that some of it is pretty abstract but we can all appreciate art here, right?

Mantis
11th October 2019, 02:50 PM
For example, Harvest Moon:
YouTube (https://youtu.be/uk_c9k5oQCw)

...and this:
YouTube (https://youtu.be/qZBvcXsCf68)

I apologize:
YouTube (https://youtu.be/D0RYSWOMr1U)

Bruh, your MS Paint excellence deserves a permanent placement at Tate Modern.

Zemekis
12th October 2019, 12:53 AM
Bruh, your MS Paint excellence deserves a permanent placement at Tate Modern.Finally, someone with some CULTURE around here.

Can we hit 300 subscribers?!?!


Perhaps i'll post some of my way better MS Paint art here later if you guys wanna see it.

Mantis
12th October 2019, 12:59 AM
Can we hit 300 subscribers?!?!

No idea, but you just hit 298. (Thought I was subscribed before. Apparently not.) And sure, as long as it isn't NSFW. ;) This is the first time I've told a fellow admin that.

Zemekis
12th October 2019, 01:28 AM
This is the first time I've told a fellow admin that.

1. Are you telling me that because it's me in particular, or this is just the first time it ever came up? :thinking: :oldmanlaugh:

2. Technically, I have Mod privileges, not Admin....so....the NSFW rule doesn't apply to me, if I'm understanding you correctly? Okay, I'll stop.

Let me warm you up with a few oldies but goodies:

2576

2577

2578

2579

When you've finished digesting these, I have about 8 more.

hunterryan89
12th October 2019, 02:39 AM
I apologize:
YouTube (https://youtu.be/D0RYSWOMr1U)


Well, at least you apologized for saying that FF8 is better than FF7. It would've been silly not to, but you appear to have realized your mistake!

Mantis
12th October 2019, 02:51 AM
Fight in 3... 2... 1...

hunterryan89
12th October 2019, 04:25 AM
Fight in 3... 2... 1...

I wouldn't try picking a fight with VII either, but did you know.........that 9 was better than 8, too?

Final Fantasy 9 ranks as a strong second favorite due to it's absolutely amazing music and Beatrix.

Zemekis
13th October 2019, 05:46 AM
This is just my journal so I'm not going to argue here. I will say that I prefer 8, but I don't think it's a better game. You're free to prefer whichever you like best too, and 7 is a great game that I've replayed as recently as this past Spring! I definitely like it, but I have some really good memories with 8 that puts it first on my list. 9 was my favorite for a long time, but 8 won out for me as an adult. The reasons I like 8 so much have a lot to do with my life at the time I first played it, and nobody else can have the exact experience I had so it's pointless to push on people. I know it's a busted mess, mechanically. I follow FF7 Remake news daily and I already have my pre-order paid so I'm 100% on-board for 7 as well, it's just not my favorite one.

My order goes 8 > 9 (barely) > Tactics > 7. As long as someone's an FF fan then I don't care which they like. Besides, FF8 is Mantis' favorite game as well which he was tactically choosing not to mention :aishalaugh:

Same goes with Majora's Mask, I get a lot of flak for that being my favorite Zelda game. I have a Majora's Mask thread and FF8 thread in the gaming section of the Heifong sub-forum where we can discuss them or argue about them as much as you want! Whether it's anime or video games, I have a bad habit of enjoying the black sheep of a series or type of media. We're here on an Outlaw Star forum. OLS is considered by a lot of people to be the knockoff Bebop or Trigun, but they're wrong.

...whatever.

hunterryan89
13th October 2019, 07:23 PM
Totally understand on all of that! I’m just perpetually looking to start arguments (the fun kind, not actual confrontational ones) lol. And I did lots of thread browsing when I got to OSN, so I was aware that mantis was partial to that one, too.

As for VII remake, right there with ya. Same and same. IX... that game could have been so great, but somehow they did an amazing job fleshing out every single character EXCEPT the main character. Zidane just wasn’t interesting or relatable while every other character felt like they had so much more to them. I hate that, because I loved so many other aspects of the game. The music was so good. When I go to Distant Worlds concerts I’m always praying they’ll pick some of the amazing tracks from that game to do.

Zemekis
1st November 2019, 01:09 AM
IX... that game could have been so great, but somehow they did an amazing job fleshing out every single character EXCEPT the main character. Zidane just wasn’t interesting or relatable while every other character felt like they had so much more to them. I hate that, because I loved so many other aspects of the game. The music was so good. When I go to Distant Worlds concerts I’m always praying they’ll pick some of the amazing tracks from that game to do.

Huh, I never noticed that but you're totally right. I grew up with IX, when I moved to PA and our house was still empty (we were unpacking for a good long while) my room just had a mattress, TV, and Playstation for about a week. My Dad knew how bored I must have been, so he drove me to the nearest mom & pop movie rental store and let me pick out a game. I didn't own a single FF game at the time but I had played through most of VIII and watched my neighbor play VII, so when I saw Final Fantasy I snagged that up QUICK. Much like VIII, IX represents a time in my life more so than a video game to me. I never really looked at it with a critical eye, but Zidane is as poorly fleshed out as you claim. The weird Genome stuff somewhere in Disc 4 is practically the only backstory he gets, and he is so confident from the get-go that he doesn't develop much either. He gets sad for like 5 minutes when Garnet becomes Queen because he thinks he won't get to see her much anymore, but is that really development? He sort of sulks about it then he gets what he wants when she rejoins the party. He doesn't need to overcome the emotional obstacle or grow in any meaningful way.

Zemekis
10th November 2019, 06:17 PM
Got a haircut 2 weeks ago and while it's my fault for not giving the lady any instructions I ended up with something that looks exactly like my avatar (which was designed to look like me anyway).

Wanderer
13th January 2020, 07:05 PM
@Zemekis What was the name of your degree course if I may ask?

Zemekis
13th January 2020, 11:47 PM
@Zemekis What was the name of your degree course if I may ask?

I studied Computer Science (Software Development) for 2 years before switching to Business Management for my undergraduate degree. I have a minor in Computer Science.

After that, I immediately went to graduate school and got an MBA. Now I work as a Business Consultant & Database Admin.

Zemekis
13th January 2020, 11:56 PM
I got an envelope from Mantis today! Actually, it arrived a few days ago but I've been too busy to check my mail so I hadn't seen it until today. We've sent mail back and forth in the past but this was a nice surprise. I think he mentioned sending it but it took about 12 days to arrive so it had slipped my mind. A FFVIII-themed New Year's card & a few postcards from his neck of the woods. I'm moving on Friday so it's quite lucky that he sent it when he did or else this international mail would have gotten caught up in our mail forwarding system and........it would have been a mess.

I guess that's a good update since I last posted an actual journal entry here: I bought a house! I currently live roughly 45 minutes outside Philadelphia (i've shared that before on the forum so I'm not afraid to repeat it. It's also on my Profile page! I bet nobody's ever read it.), but I drive an hour AWAY from Philly each day for work. Why live near Philly and pay super high rent when I could own a house for $500 less per month? Seriousy, my rent is approx. $1,875 and my mortgage is about $1,350. For a 2,050 sq. foot house. Imagine that. I'm looking forward to the extra space for my game room & stereo system/record player. I'll also have a yard so that means less dog walks & more time for myself. Alone time & relaxation time is something I'm seriously lacking. Right up there next to sleep schedules is "down time", something people are always trying to fix about their schedules that they never get around to. I fear that the responsibilities of house ownership will fill up my reduced commute & dog walking time rather quickly.

Mantis
14th January 2020, 03:41 AM
Glad ya liked it! Your Christmas card has found a place on one of my "shelves of worthy things" since it was the first time in ages I'd received a birthday/Christmas card that's memorable! A private photo of you in drag... that's simply special and was Christmas come early. :aishalove:

I might have said this already, but I'm probably not the only one waiting for an eventual house tour video, when the time comes! It sounds awesome. As for most of your outside-of-work responsibilities... :aishalaugh:

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Starwind55
14th January 2020, 07:44 AM
Congrats on the new home! I remember you showing us pics of that and it's looks pretty damn comfy. With the added space, it should give you some much needed breathing room.

Oh, and you're not backing down on your promise that you were gonna ride a lawnmower on your new lawn wearing shades and holding a monster energy drink. Don't disappoint us.

Zemekis
14th January 2020, 01:36 PM
Congrats on the new home! I remember you showing us pics of that and it's looks pretty damn comfy. With the added space, it should give you some much needed breathing room.

Oh, and you're not backing down on your promise that you were gonna ride a lawnmower on your new lawn wearing shades and holding a monster energy drink. Don't disappoint us.

I never said it was going to be a ride mower, the yard is too small for me to need one and as funny as it would be I'm not paying the extra hundreds/thousands for a ridemower. You will get a photo with the white shirt, shades, monster energy and push-mower however. I already talked it over with a buddy who's gonna take the picture because my wife won't get the joke.

Wanderer
18th January 2020, 05:54 PM
I studied Computer Science (Software Development) for 2 years before switching to Business Management for my undergraduate degree. I have a minor in Computer Science.

After that, I immediately went to graduate school and got an MBA. Now I work as a Business Consultant & Database Admin.

There are degree courses where these different subjects are combined into a single course. At least we have a lot of those in Europe.
Why you chose to take the courses separately instead of a combined degree course?

Zemekis
25th September 2020, 06:29 AM
超Wavyで御免ね
Sorry for my ladys
今まで見た事無い このType

Mantis
25th September 2020, 03:22 PM
C'mon man, not many of us know Weeabese.

Zemekis
25th September 2020, 07:41 PM
Haha, look at the timestamp. It was really late and I thought these lyrics were funny but I actually put that here as a placeholder to remind me to come back and update my Journal after work today. But now that it was discovered (you haven't been posting too often so I didn't expect you to jump on this. I won't be using this tactic again...) I'll come back to edit this post and add some of my recent adventures.

Mantis
26th September 2020, 12:04 AM
Ah, I see. For a moment I was worried that the hacker called 4chan had found us. Feel free to write your update as a reply. Editing the previous post would make it less likely to be seen.