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#1029340
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Neverar's Star Wars Technicolor Recreation
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Against earlier judgment, I decided to finally start posting in originaltrilogy.com again…if only to ask this question.

I imagine that for Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi it’s going to be almost entirely (if not entirely) the 2011 sound mixes you’re using, but considering how many view the 2004/2011 sound mixes of A New Hope to be inferior to the 1997 DTS mix for various reasons, do you plan on using a mixture of the 1997 and 2011 mixes for the audio (mainly using the audio from the 1997 sound mix except for instances where the 2011 mix has additions/changes like “We stopped.” “Tell (your) uncle” “(Yes,) I bet you have” (and subsequently how the 2011 version handles the Han vs Greedo shootout) and “There’s no one here”, and perhaps if the 2004/2011 mixes have sound effects the 1997 mix doesn’t (I think the sounds for when the Millennium Falcon leaves hyperspace in what once was the Alderann system are different there, and I’m sure the echo effects in the grappling hook swinging scene are different))?

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#903283
Topic
Dragon Ball Z, and the Dragon Ball series in general
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I don’t mind things being silly. I thought pretty much all of the Afterworld Tournament filler arc was awesome.

To me, the Buu saga was very uneven. I didn’t like the idea of Goten and Trunks being Super Saiyans. I probably would have only accepted them being SSJ1 only as Gotenks, and not allow them to reach SSJ2, let alone SSJ3. That said, Gotenks vs Super Buu is a hilariously awesome fight.
One scene I remember is when we see Buu lift people off the ground and turn them into candy, in a very stylized, cartoonish way, as if it was all harmless fun, and then we see the destruction, the devastation, the hopelessness. If the Buu saga wasn’t so silly, it probably would have been the darkest DBZ ever gotten, and in a way it still is.

The Great Saiyaman saga got old really fast.

As for the movies that I have seen (not counting Father of Goku or History of Trunks, both really good btw)…
Dead Zone and Tree of Might were both very good, but had rushed endings. World’s Strongest seems forgettable. Lord Slug managed to rip off both the King Piccolo saga and Tree of Might and manage to be worse than both of them. I didn’t like how Namekians can’t stand Human whistling, though it does give the Speedy dub one of its most memorable lines.

I thought Cooler’s second movie was better than the first. Super Android 13 is the worst of all of the dbz movies that I saw so far. Thankfully, Abridged redeems it. I loved the first half of the first Broly movie, but once it got to the fighting, it got boring quickly. Bojack Unchained was really good most of the time, but I didn’t like how the climax ripped off the climax of the Cell saga. Broly Second Coming is trash. Bio-Broly, while not the best DBZ film, is not the worst either. In fact, I thought it had the best fights out of the three Broly Films. Fusion Reborn felt just like the saga it was trying to imitate. It had unique and funny fights, and it had the same pacing issues that the Buu saga had. IIRC it had a better climax though.

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#903161
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Dragon Ball Z, and the Dragon Ball series in general
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I’ve seen a lot since my last post.

Good grief, episodes 284-286 should have been one episode. The Genki Dama/Spirit Bomb stuff was dragged out to the point where I was fast forwarding the vast majority of those episodes 😛

IMO the episode should have went with Vegeta asking everybody for everyone’s energy, almost everybody ignoring said request, then Mr. Satan asks almost immediately afterwards, rather than everything that happened in between.

Unpopular opinion coming up, but that scene was worse in pacing than the Freeza vs Goku battle. Even though it was much longer, at least most of the stuff going on there was interesting. With the Buu Saga’s climax though, you knew that Fat Buu couldn’t hold a candle to Kid Buu. I didn’t really care about what was going on in the background at that moment.

The fact that the Buu saga of Kai was inferior to regular Kai and probably didn’t even bother fixing this issue, even in the Japanese TV version, doesn’t help matters.

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#897825
Topic
All Things Star Trek
Time

No longer the case. All TNG episodes have been updated to their HD counterparts.

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#897796
Topic
Politics
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What I am about to ask is fairly disturbing, and I want to say in advance that I don’t condone genocide. Would make an interesting alternative history story though. Basically, what would happen if the leader of a nonexistent country (basically an island that is about to be destroyed by an inevitable natural disaster) who is not a member of any abrahamic religion, attempts and succeeds in nuking all of Jerusalem (both Israeli and Palestinian areas), dumps a ton of human bones to desecrate the area, then kills his associates and himself, knowing that it would be impossible to retaliate against him. Again, not condoning this action, but what would happen, and how would it affect “prophesy”?

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#897195
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Religion
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CatBus said:
your kids will inherit your biases, and if you’re lucky, your kids will call you out on them when they grow up.

Heh heh. I wish I could do the same thing with my own parents…but I don’t think I can live on my own yet.

CatBus said:
Neutrality is a very noble goal, but there’s nothing as infuriating as a parent who claims to be totally, completely neutral when they’re not. Try to be upfront about your own biases, like “you know, I’m not really the best person to ask about brand X Christianity because my own parents were brand X, and it was a really awful experience for me”.

You’re right. Growing up with a family of radical Christians has certainly tainted my view of Christianity as a whole, and I know that as a result I couldn’t truly neutral about it. It’s a pity that your saying so only makes me feel more uncertain on how I should raise my future kids.

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#896970
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Religion
Time

I probably am aiming for that level for neutrality. If they decide to become Christians, their Christianity must be their own. Maybe I’m wrong, but it seems like young kids are too young to make these kind of decisions. Some young kids only join a church because their sunday school gives out pizza every week.

In my case, my faith came from my parents until a few years ago. I blindly followed their dogma, as well as the dogma of my (middle/high school) sunday school. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t curious, but I never really investigated my faith until those aforementioned few years. Then again, I am autistic, so my maturity is impaired, and thus I was not a typical kid. It’s possible that my future children would be able to make these decisions quicker than I did, but who knows?

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#896849
Topic
Religion
Time

I think teaching them the bible at college age is a little ridiculous. As for translations, I would probably put them in four categories. Classical (King James), Crosswire Friendly (NET bible, ESV, World English Bible, ASV, Apostolic Polyglot, LXX2012, RV, Catholic Public Domain Version etc.) (That being said, I might be removing some of the less accurate/less scholarly translations from that list), Crosswire Neutral (NASB) and Crosswire Hostile (NRSV, New JPS, Geneva with modern spelling)

The King James is important for understanding the English language.

Crosswire Friendly translations can be run on anything that supports the FLOSS Crosswire protocol, which has clients for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Windows Phone, Android, iOS, etc. Unfortunately some companies either ignore Crosswire ministries request for a translation to be ported to their platform or outright state that they refuse to license their product to open source technology. Also, it’s possible that the credentials of the World English Bible, LXX2012, and Catholic Public Domain Version are not scholarly enough.

The only translation listed as Crosswire Neutral is the NASB, which “planned” to release a version in crosswire format for a while not, but never had.

Crosswire Hostile translations comprise of both one classical translation made more readable by modern audiences (Geneva) and translations highly regarded for their scholarly status (NRSV, and the New JPS). Because of being Crosswire Hostile, though, I’m not sure I am willing to accept them.

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#896614
Topic
Religion
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I forgot to complete my second question in my previous post.

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#896576
Topic
Religion
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First of all, it is several years too early to ask these questions. I still live with my parents, I’ve never had a real girlfriend, I still don’t have a drivers license, etc.

That being said, for those of you who read my previous posts about my living situation, I have a question.

When (and if) I eventually marry and have kids, should I deny them access to my parents? I’m afraid some of their insanity (Dominionism, persecution complex; creationism; bigotry toward Muslims, LGTBQ people, and to a far lesser extent, black people [While they don’t support anything overt like slavery, they think that God made whites to be better]), especially that of my mom (anti-vaccinations; New Apostolic Reformation; seeing stuff like Pokemon, Mario, Sonic etc as satanic; traumatic exorcisms) would rub off on them. The fact that Mom sometimes says “You reap what you sow” concerning my future children whenever I act too “rebellious” does not help matters in the slightest. By her logic, she’s cursing my children, even if she doesn’t see it that way.

A related question. Though I may be sceptical of the Bible, I feel like it’s important that my future kids learn its contents, if only so they can understand the background of my family and make their own minds about its contents. I want my future kids to be critical thinkers, to have the right to have opinions that I might not agree with, but I know aren’t wrong. I want my kids to be able to be capable of making the right choices even without the fear of hell fire forcing them to obey. How do you suggest that I teach my kids the bible?

I think these are probably tough questions, and would really appreciate advise on them.

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#896572
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Random Thoughts
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Post Praetorian said:

Danfun128 said:

Since I got most of my christmas money refunded because of a bad item, I was thinking that I really needed some…headphones/earbuds.

Seriously though, what do you recommend that is cheap and DURABLE? To me the most important thing a headphone set needs is durable wires. Most headphones I ever used break within a month, usually before that. While high-end sound is nice, I don’t need it.

Suggestions for earbuds or headphones with cords that will last for years to come?

What is your intended budget…?

$200 and below, but preferably below $100.

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#895282
Topic
Random Thoughts
Time

Since I got most of my christmas money refunded because of a bad item, I was thinking that I really needed some…headphones/earbuds.

Seriously though, what do you recommend that is cheap and DURABLE? To me the most important thing a headphone set needs is durable wires. Most headphones I ever used break within a month, usually before that. While high-end sound is nice, I don’t need it.

Suggestions for earbuds or headphones with cords that will last for years to come?

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#893897
Topic
Random Thoughts
Time

RicOlie_2 said:

TL;DR: Nice try, but we’ve got this stuff figured out. ;P

EDIT: If you’re interested in continuing this discussion further, we should probably take it here.

Why? The topic doesn’t deal exclusively with Catholicism. Maybe we should bring up the philosophical thread?

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#893587
Topic
Random Thoughts
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Sorry for double post, but considering how sensitive the question I asked above is, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone replies before I finish my reply.

Yes, that probably did sound a little blasphemous. Should I recant what I wrote above? I’m not sure that I would. On one hand, we have YHWH, who cursed Cannan and his descendents, who demanded that the Israelites kill everybody in the land that they were to inhabit, who is very xenophobic about ideas that aren’t his own, etc… On the other hand, we have the Devil, the embodiment of evil, a being who delights in doing everything YHWH considers abominable, many of these things still considered evil in the eyes of man today. Then there is the matter of what would happen to those who die. If popular theology was true, then after you died, you would either receive eternal damnation or an eternal lobotomy where you are incapable of going against YHWH’s will.

The message that biblical literalists (which, of course, include my parents) believe in sometimes feels like poison, and yet they say the best offence is a good defence, thus necessitating study of scripture (Old Testament, New Testament, Apocrypha, and Koran being the most important…maybe also the Book of Mormon for good measure 😛).

To ensure that my statement doesn’t become overwhelmed by the “Appeal to consequences” fallacy, I might as well mention biblical contradictions (especially concerning prophesy), inaccuracies, etc, that make the bible questionable.

For the theists on this forum, how do you deal with these issues?

edit: I forgot to mention that sometimes I think YHWH is incapable of understanding grey morality. Remember his comment in Revelation, (Paraphrased) “Some of you are neither hot, nor cold, but lukewarm. I wish that you either were hot or cold, and if you remain lukewarm then I will spit you out of my mouth!”

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#893579
Topic
Random Thoughts
Time

How do you define freedom?

I know not whether God exists or not, but if he did, my definition of freedom is the ability to keep secrets from God, no matter what he does. With out that ability, in a world where there is a God, all other freedoms are meaningless, as we would all be accountable to God in the end.

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#892981
Topic
How do I sync video with audio of a different frame count?
Time

While this question has many practical uses in the fan edit community, the usage I am thinking of is a little more…doomey. Specifically, I have recorded a Chocolate Doom coop session two/three days ago. I have also recorded a demo file so I can get the footage in higher quality later, and I have a separate mumble recording. The issue is that certain parts of the gaming session showed signs of lag. Since I want it to sync with the mumble recording exactly, and since the demo file doesn’t seem to preserve lag frames, I would like some advice as to the best way to solve this problem, preferably an automatic way of course.

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#890695
Topic
The Force Awakens: Official Review Thread - ** SPOILERS **
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I saw the movie today. Now I can visit these forums again without avoiding spoilers! YAAAAAAAAY…

Here’s what I thought.

It seems a little dull at first, but it got a lot better as the movie went on.
The movie had a good sense of humor.
A lot of what I feel like I have to say involves Kylo Ren AKA Ben Solo. First, he looks too unrelated to Han and Leia to be their son. Second, I know that EvilSideMakesYouUgly, but Ben didn’t necessarily looked deformed…he just looked…ugly. I’m not saying they should go the opposite extreme, but when you have an ugly black haired man who doesn’t resemble his parents, you have problems. Also, despite killing Han, I felt like he still didn’t cross the MoralEventHorizon, as it seemed like he has minute feelings of regret immediately afterwards. Another thing I want to note is Kylo Ren’s…temper tantrums whenever he doesn’t get his way. Seriously, destroying random equipment and wanting to kill people just because you got bad news? Not even Vader went that far. Maybe the scene would have worked better if he said this line. “Oh, I’m sorry. I’m usually far more composed. I’m just a little bit ABSOLUTELY LIVID!”

Another thing, why does Ben worship Darth Vader? Does he not know of his redemption? I doubt that JJ Abrams ever thought of referencing Darths & Droids, but the Vader worship reminds me of how in D&D

[spoiler] Boba Fett desires to kill Obi-Wan, completely oblivious to the fact that Vader killed him until the Sail Barge scene, where he dies shortly afterwards. [/spoiler]

Seriously, Han might not have died if the scene went like this:

[spoiler]
Han Solo: Why do you continue down this dark path?
Kylo Ren: Because I want to follow in the ways of Darth Vader.
Han Solo: You do know that before he died, Vader redeemed himself by saving Luke from the Emperor.
Kylo Ren: …you’re lying! You must be lying!
Han Solo: In your heart, you know its the truth.

At that point Kylo Ren/Ben Solo would have either had an emotional breakdown or killed himself as he realized that what he thought Vader was turned out to be a lie.
[/spoiler]

On another note, I know that the desert planet of… NotTattoine… was a harsh environment for Ray to live through, but I think being able to do the jedi mind trick and use a lightsaber competently is a bit of a stretch. Also, how did Finn fight his conditioning? How are stormtroopers conditioned? How many are conditioned? How many are volunteers? Who is this Supreme Leader guy? Why does Luke have a line in one of the trailers but says nothing in the actual movie? Why does this movie feel less original than the Prequels?!? (Let’s see: crash landing on desert planet, person of low status who happens to be force sensitive and doesn’t have parents around, a bar scene with lots of ridiculous creatures that are mostly never seen again, the Millennium Falcon considered junk at first glance, Han doing really badly in smuggling, a super weapon that can destroy planets, etc, etc, etc.) TOO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS!!!

The Force Awakens isn’t horrible, but in some ways it feels like Star Wars By Numbers. Whatever flaws the Prequels have, at least they are original.

On a lighter note, a trailer for the new Independence Day movie played, and I really wanted to scream “BUT WHAT ABOUT BOOMER!?!” at the end 😛

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