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Title: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Vacant on December 31, 2019, 11:17:46 PM
Is it too early to make this? Surely not?

Anywho, lets get this thing rolling. What's the best thing you got up to over the Holidays peeps?
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Echo_River on January 01, 2020, 01:00:29 AM
It’s suuuuper early Vacant  :ohmy: Barely past midnight Eastern time....lol

Happy New Year 2020 chit chat!! I’m just up to playing a card game with my family.

Best thing for me over the holidays was meeting new people and sleeping in >w<b
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Manimal on January 01, 2020, 12:47:47 PM
You absolute monster you. Beat me to it. 

I was going to be all dramatic and make all this best of the decade and this and that threads but I was like nah, new decade, same progression of life. Let's do it
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on January 01, 2020, 01:24:12 PM
Vacant- I love how you made this thread 2 minutes after posting in the 2019 chat. Like "wait a minute - this isn't the year we're in....."

Lol given how long the 2018 chat lasted into 2019, making a new chat didn't even cross my mind XD
I did a bunch of drawing and got a new mindset for doing even more art this year which is nice.
spent a lot of time with family watching TV and roasting marshallows. Nice to relax from stresses from life and work.
the whole family is ill but we're ok :P
yeah not having to go to work was nice, I actually forgot I even had a job at one point which was super nice XD
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Lovus Eternius on January 01, 2020, 09:12:22 PM
It's heartwarming to see that most of the people I've seen many years ago are still here today.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on January 01, 2020, 10:18:27 PM
THE CHIT CHAT TOOIC IS DEAD! LONG LIVE THE CHIT CHAT TOPIC!

Well the construction work is all wrapped up with the thread changeover, so guess I'll hit the resolutions here since I missed out in the 2019 one.

- Drink less (but drink better)
- Write more. 2019 was busy, but not as good for my writing as 2018 was. Turns out it's a lot harder to maintain a hobby while also maintaining a relationship.
- Work out smarter. 2018 was a year of massive weight loss for me, and I kept it off through 2019, so now I need to concentrate more on my total physical health and not just getting trim.
- Keep working on my Spanish. I picked up learning Spanish after a trip to Germany last year really illuminated how my education really has not prepared me for travel anywhere that's not an English speaking country. I've kept to it so far, now to keep pushing forward!

Thems the big ones that have come up. Nothing like setting apart some time to reaffirm your goals.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Vacant on January 02, 2020, 12:28:28 AM
You absolute monster you. Beat me to it. 

I was going to be all dramatic and make all this best of the decade and this and that threads but I was like nah, new decade, same progression of life. Let's do it

(https://media2.giphy.com/media/wu2nCG9rOy7AY/giphy.gif)


You've reminded me of resolutions Coryn!

-Visit more. No excuses not to get the ball rolling and check on the forum each day. I've now managed to solve the issue I had logging in on my laptop so that helps  :thumbsup:
-Post more. Reviews, critiques and more! I miss reading a chapter of a manga and then heading here to chat about it. I want to do that again.
-Pick up more Japanese. I'm heading there in June, so I have 6 months to at least learn enough to get by and not be at a total loss.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on January 02, 2020, 06:05:07 AM
Quote
Turns out it's a lot harder to maintain a hobby while also maintaining a relationship.
pffffft relationships :P as if I have time for that XD
but totally true social life will totally kill your productivity :/

@vacant
It would be great to see the forum buzz a bit more. I'd love to chat about manga and stuff too, should probably pick up a bit of anime as well.
and Japanese? awesome. everyone's going to Japan lately, even my offline friends haha. but never me T_T

PS
I got a (friendly) "I hate you" from one of my friends when I showed them a couple of my sketch survival sketches XD
So.....I guess I'm a good artist now? lol
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on January 06, 2020, 06:59:05 AM
You've definitely improved suuper! Awesome to see. And marshmallow roasting heck yesss. That's wholesome family stuff right there

@ Vacant Dude Japan? Heck yes hahaha Duolingo is good for that. And yesss I could always use motivation to learn the language too. And more Vacant and less vacancy would be good for the forum (... did that make sense)

@ Coryn The true drinker upgrades his class of drink to avoid being a full blown alcoholic mwahahaha. Yeah Europe can be merciless when it comes to languages even though English can get you far. Good luck on spanish and the writing and getting buff and all that!

@Lovus Eternus welcome back! Yeah the forum is always alive and kicking

@Manimal agreed. Let's dooo this. Looking forward to Febuary myself for... Reasons


Happy New Year all! I'm not feeling it at all my side but no biggie. Just gotta chug along. I won't call it a resolution but it'd be nice to be an early bird
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on January 06, 2020, 02:34:17 PM
thanks :)
waking up early is awesome but you've gotta have huge self control when it comes to switching everything off (including yourself) earlier in the evening too :P
I've finally got it into a habit and I'm absolutely loving it.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Hati on January 06, 2020, 03:34:28 PM
Getting up to go to school is hard, and going to bed early is harder, because I am so hyper and active at night.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Vacant on January 06, 2020, 04:52:42 PM
As a night owl myself, I sympathise with you. Waking up early in the winter is always worse too.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: BobbyJoeXForgotenSB on January 06, 2020, 07:55:43 PM
so, i have no clue what to do with my life now and i donno how to make a topic about it, how is everyone doing?
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on January 06, 2020, 09:49:12 PM
Jostling with having to get up at 5am on Thursday for a work trip and my urge to spend this week up all night on MR. Truly this is a dilemma of a younger me, lol. Everything seemed so much easier back in college (real rose tinted glasses there).

What's eating at you Bobby?
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Vacant on January 06, 2020, 11:29:04 PM
so, i have no clue what to do with my life now and i donno how to make a topic about it, how is everyone doing?

Well there's the MR Pub bit where you have carte blanche to do a topic on whatever you want, so doesnt have to be structured or anything. Sometimes it helps just getting it all down in writing.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on January 07, 2020, 12:44:24 AM
I can totally confirm that just talking about it can sometimes solve the problem on it's own. I talk an absolute ton about my art issues and often end with "wait, did that just answer my own question?"
sometimes it's the putting of our problems into words that makes us realise what the problem actually is, which in turn makes it easier to deal with.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Hati on January 07, 2020, 03:49:46 PM
Often times, I get the best ideas when I'm wandering alone. If you get rid of purpose, in your life, or in your art, and you go against the evolution of what society wants you to be, then that's when I think the best ideas are produced.

Everyone needs solitude sometimes. You don't need to talk. You can just be in solitude with your friends. By wandering, you are doing the same activity as other wanderers do. That's a good form of interaction.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Slammer on January 07, 2020, 08:24:40 PM
So, how about that US-Iran war, huh?
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on January 07, 2020, 09:24:59 PM
I'm hoping we can just posture for a while and then move on with our lives. The idiot in charge may want a war but I can't say anyone else does. I'm definitely not expecting WW3 to break out over this but I don't see the conclusion being all sunshine and daisys.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on January 07, 2020, 10:13:27 PM
I've always had an odd optimistic view of WWIII that stems from a pessimistic fact: World leaders are too greedy for a real world war again. Nuclear war is just bad for business, so things won't be fun but nothing too nasty is going to happen (this with the caveat that human lives being lost sucks always)
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: MoonFlame on January 08, 2020, 04:47:50 AM
I dont think a WWIII is gona happen, maybe its going to be a war just between US and Iran, dunow, is there any probability of involving china and such? wish i was a more political person, here in my country the president once said he loves the american president, if a war does happen i am afraid maybe he would try to get involved.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on January 08, 2020, 08:00:28 AM
Well there's always people like that. People from my country love Trump. Like a lot. I just don't think we quite grasp what democracy should be like yet. Ah well

Welcome to mangaraiders by the way MoonFlame
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on January 08, 2020, 05:17:48 PM
well we're already 2% through 2020 already so I hope your plans are all going OK so far. time flies super fast if you're not careful :P
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on January 08, 2020, 08:31:55 PM
Oh don't think of it like that Suuper. Think of it that we're still on the part of the year we'll always forget actually happened this year come December.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on January 09, 2020, 03:27:19 AM
it always scares me how quickly Jan and Feb go when the new year turns. but yes easily forgotten in due time XD
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Hati on January 09, 2020, 07:43:32 PM
I don't think about January or February that much. In fact, I take this weather for granted because spring has too much pollen, and summer is unbearably hot.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on January 10, 2020, 12:45:41 PM
My god, we're getting thunder storms over here. For those non-mid-westerners: you don't get thunderstorms in the winter. This is messed up yo.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Slammer on January 11, 2020, 03:10:09 AM
well we're already 2% through 2020 already so I hope your plans are all going OK so far. time flies super fast if you're not careful :P

I had a *censored*ty January so far PepeHands

February is the real start to the year : )
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on January 12, 2020, 04:07:10 PM
@Slammer sorry to hear it...but there's still half left, so you can still make January a good month!!

the cold is starting to set in, in the UK. but it's only 2 Degree cold, not like -15 haha. It's still cold to us XD
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Echo_River on January 13, 2020, 11:21:44 PM
No kidding, weather's been pretty weird over here as well, at least in my area.
Hitting plus degrees (7-8C is high for winter!) Super cold, followed by super rainy, and then super frozen. Smh
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Slammer on January 14, 2020, 01:51:04 AM
@Slammer sorry to hear it...but there's still half left, so you can still make January a good month!!

the cold is starting to set in, in the UK. but it's only 2 Degree cold, not like -15 haha. It's still cold to us XD

Wait where in the uk u based dude?
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on January 14, 2020, 03:48:09 AM
South London, why, do you have good weather? lol
it's a bit warmer today.
maybe I made a mistake :P *shrug*
had pretty mad thunderstorm last night.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on January 14, 2020, 10:29:09 PM
I didn't think anywhere in the UK had good weather, lol.

And damnit Suuper! Have you been in London this whole time? We could have met when Nair, Vacant, and I were there on vacation a few years back!
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on January 15, 2020, 01:06:02 AM
ahhh, yes. whoops :P
I completely missed that I think :P
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Slammer on January 17, 2020, 12:58:43 PM
ahhh, yes. whoops :P
I completely missed that I think :P

I just never realised you were British. We're still pretty far apart.

Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Hati on January 17, 2020, 03:18:09 PM
America is nice, but I rather live in France. :P
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on January 17, 2020, 04:09:44 PM
ahhhhhhh I see :P
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Vacant on January 18, 2020, 07:41:07 AM
ANGLO-VENGERS ASSEMBLE!!!!
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on January 19, 2020, 08:44:37 PM
Behold, their powerful tea making and queing abilities!
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on January 20, 2020, 04:31:52 AM
Behold, their dapper bowler hats!
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on January 20, 2020, 11:46:07 AM
*sips tea*
Tally ho chaps!
There's mockery afoot!
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Nezuko on January 22, 2020, 03:33:45 AM
How am I supposed to keep on living when it's freaking -21 outside??
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on January 22, 2020, 05:20:10 AM
stay inside lol
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on January 22, 2020, 05:34:54 AM
Ah, it's actually snowing a bit here. Finally snow in Winter.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Nezuko on January 23, 2020, 02:58:35 AM
stay inside lol

If only I didn't need to work, maybe I would have done so. It's completely garbage here.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on January 23, 2020, 03:36:53 AM
yeah the commute is cold for me too
lots of layers is pretty much all you can do :/
I actually bought USB heated gloves for a tenner to see if they were any good, and apart from draining my 10Ah charger battery in about 2 hours, they were half decent. Better than nothing but the cables were a pain and more effort than reward I think.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Slammer on January 25, 2020, 07:23:45 PM
I HAVENT BEEN DRAWING THIS MONTH AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on January 25, 2020, 09:08:57 PM
The block can be realer than the real.

Total hyprocrite here but the fact that you haven't drawn for a whole month means you're overthinking things so much which means you've reached a certain level of art where you are so good you have high standards and can appreciate bad and good art. Unfortunately that is getting in your way.

*passes over phamplet*

May I interest you in our lawd and savior Sketch Survival chan?  (http://forums.mangaraiders.com/index.php?topic=6265.new#new)
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on January 26, 2020, 01:23:27 AM
Yes art block is a funny one. I can't say I've noticed it in the last year as much as before, and I don't experience it at all now, but that's because I perfected my workflow to avoid it. (i.e. I always have something to do when I don't feel like it - studies, WIPs etc)
The trouble is depending on mood you can sometimes produce art that is at a much higher level, so you start to use that as your benchmark, and if you dont feel in such a great mood you know that you can't produce something at your best, so you dont feel that drawing is worth it. That was the main reason for me. I've totally been there many times.

Obviously on super tired days you're not going to do too well, it's probably best to get an early sleep and have an awesome day the next one, and don't do 3am memes.

I'm with Lego, drawing daily is good because you build up a habit of drawing regardless of how you feel. I've been going for 2 months-ish now and it's awesome. I still have awful days. Just look through my sketch survival and you'll see the quality waver like a metronome on caffeine. But I still draw.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: MoonFlame on January 26, 2020, 02:40:19 AM
Sometimes i think my brain art blocks me on purpose, i'm lazy as hell so i go trought a single month on the same drawing having a lot of diferent ideas for the next ones, and even with that in mind, when i finally finish it, all the ideas i had while doing that drawing disapear. It probably has something to do with that mood thing mr. Suuper said.

Drawing daily seems like a good habit, like walking daily, or exercising daily, just as these fitness habits produce good results to your body, drawing daily probably has pretty much the same effects on your art skills.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Robin Ryuu on January 26, 2020, 02:47:47 AM
Mood is indeed a large factor of when it comes to blocks.

___


Art is making me anxious and stressed atm...

I dabble in a lot of media and I know if I want to make a living off of art that I'll have to pick one to focus on due to both time and marketing. I don't want to pick one though... I want to draw comics, create jewelry, pottery, prints, custom terrariums, polymer figurines, and other stuff too.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on January 26, 2020, 03:30:51 AM
@moonflame it seriously helps to write or sketch your ideas down when you have them, then you always have a starting point for your next sketch. I generally have a few "good" concept ideas a day randomly through the day, and if I'm near my phone or PC then I jot it down.
Same when I'm drawing, I have notepad open or paint and I just throw down my ideas as quickly as possible and then get back to my sketch that I'm currently on.
You wouldn't believe how much of a life saver it is. It's very hard to come up with an idea on the spot.
Second to that, getting inspiration from other artists or anywhere can be a good start for getting ideas. Like just browse through your favourite artists or look through pinterest.

funny talking of excercise, I notice sometimes that my body is actually stiffer or harder to control than other days, when I'm as light as a feather. I think that's at least 30% psychology that makes the difference, but there's a decent amount affected by fatigue, strain/injury, posture, and so on. So it's important to look after your body so it can actually perform at its best.

and importantly remember to take breaks when you spend a lot of time drawing.

@Robin
I have the exact same problem as you lol
fortunately I'm not too bothered to make a living on my craft, but deciding which crafts to focus on and how to split my time between art and other hobbies is an absolute nightmare.
I'm stuck artwise between manga stories, illustrations, webcomics, concept art, 3d designs, and so on XD
and then there is what style do I draw in......so many styles I like and want to draw!!!!!

I think it's best to just write them all down and then rotate them infrequently. I'm currently on sewing and papercraft, making notepads and little purses. But I'll be switching from sewing to knitting soon :P
I would say for selling, pick the genre that will sell the best, for the least amount of time invested, which will make the largest profits etc. Then you'll have more time to spend on your other hobbies which you aren't selling stuff of :P you have to be a little business minded, even if they are things you like, I think.



Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Hati on February 01, 2020, 08:18:08 PM
Well, my iPad broke so MERDE.
Gonna go back to old fashioned pen and paper. Oh well. I can always try new stuff. I never needed new technology anyway. Tech is unreliable.

Anyway, how is everyone doing? Are you guys having a lucky Lunar New Year so far? I heard this year will be lucky :D
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Echo_River on February 01, 2020, 09:27:21 PM
Nuuuuu RIP Ipad. Sorry to hear that Hati.
Totally agree on tech being unreliable. Most frustrating thing when a program crashes on you mid-drawing.

I've been hanging in there. Thought it kinda funny how as soon as Lunar New Year ended all the red in the stores turned into pink.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on February 02, 2020, 10:29:33 AM
It certainly hasn't been unlucky yet. Hopefully we can maintain at least that bar of quality.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on February 02, 2020, 03:27:42 PM
Year is going. Nothing nasty, but I wish it could be a bit more... Epic? Ah we'll see.

Sorry about the Ipad
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Hati on February 02, 2020, 11:26:06 PM
Oh well. That's life for you.
Plus we should look on the bright side ;)
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on February 26, 2020, 05:43:09 PM
Sort of in an eternal loophole just busy with regimens and stuff. I barely even have time to jump onto other topics and see what other raiders are writing and drawing haha.

The best I can offer now is a 'whats' up, hows' it hanging?'

Also I'm still unable to watch anime rn haha
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on February 27, 2020, 05:14:27 AM
Yeah same, although I'm still on MR too much. it's my only social network haha.
Life's busy as always. I think one gets more done when you're busy though as you tend to cut out the useless stuff.
I can't seem to get my efficiency above 50% which is a pain. So my situation at the moment is aiming to have longer sessions of only-drawing. I tend to draw for 15 minutes then browse for a bit, draw for a bit, browse for a bit, which is really bad for productivity.
pffft anime, haven't seen it for years.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on February 27, 2020, 05:21:17 AM
Hahaha if I learn Japanese to a reasonable level though i'll be able to get back to it. For now I'm doing what's always worked for me: Bing watching TV-Series I'm semi-invested in. Picking up Supernatural. I abandoned it at Season 10 and now it's on Season 15 hahahaha. I thought it'd been cancelled a long ago.

I did this before when going through Loomis. I watched two seasons of American Horror Story for that one and it was pretty nice to shut off.

lucky you. I'm on too many social networks. And I definitely need to use my time better. For now, I'm just chugging along

How the hell did I make this a long post lel
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on February 27, 2020, 05:41:22 AM
well I'm decent enough in Japanese but for me it's just finding the time. Every now and then I try and draw while watching and it sort of works, but I need to be on top-top form, because it's very close to true multitasking, which is basically impossible without loss of efficiency in one or the other.
These days if I draw less than 2 hours a day, it's a bad day XD
Ambition is the root of success I think.

Chugging along I think is the best one can aim for over long term. Limiting bad days (or the effects of bad days) is the next best thing.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on March 05, 2020, 09:29:01 AM
Words of wisdom if I ever heard any. It's frustrating as hell though. Especially when the doldrums hit I try to activate bankai or super saiyan but nope nope nope. Just can't seem to get out of the rut until I let time do its trick.

I'll write down some preemptive ideas for my next legendary rut as a sort of program to run in case of feeling bad. Something ridiculous but simple. Yes. Maybe do a barrel roll or something.


2 hours of drawing a day? Daaaamn. That's some pro numbers right there.

I think I'd like it if I wrote for that much per day. I'd get a lot done.


By the way I've been a fool: Anime hasn't necessarily become worse. I'm looking through the seasons and seeing a lot of good adaptations for manga. Honestly I think Attack on Titan is only watcheable than readeable. I love the manga to pieces and haven't seen a single season of AoT but I think the anime surpasses the manga in this case. If they adapt every chapter when the manga finishes then even better
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on March 05, 2020, 10:51:19 AM
The last couple of years I've felt that anime is worse haha. I think we just move on sometimes. There is definitely a bunch of good ones every session. It's just finding them without binging everything.

Yeah letting time take its course is annoying. I still have off days and it's like "nothing will get done today, deal with it". Today is one of them. Done about 10 minutes drawing haha.

It's good to have something to do on your bad days, like watching anime, but often you don't feel like even doing that, because it's a bad day :/

And yeah 2 hours a day is pretty awesome. When you expect it of yourself as well, you're more productive because it becomes routine and habit. I'm pushing to 3 hours a day now and cutting out more Youtube. I keep saying that haha.
I'm on 15 hours drawn this month so far, so just about hanging in there.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on March 05, 2020, 02:08:00 PM
What I'm mostly happy about is some of the seinen anime that's getting adaptations and other stuff I never thought anyone would be interested in letting become mainstream. It's making me hopeful for some good good anime out there. Also it seems the entire industry is learning how to make 3d NOT look horrible haha.

Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on March 21, 2020, 07:14:32 AM
Is it me or is MR super slow to lead? I'm guessing it's just a general strain on servers because of everyone being at home.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on March 21, 2020, 09:22:48 AM
Yeah had that issue yesterday actually. Pretty weird. Also the guest count is pretty huge these days or is it just me? 200 constantly haha
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on March 21, 2020, 11:39:42 AM
yeah we've got tons of guests haha
that might be the traffic issue as well. Everyone is googling manga forums out of boredom haha
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on March 21, 2020, 12:18:05 PM
It's amazing how the internet traffic is reacting to all of this. It's a force to behold. Heck I found a subreddit where people make songs in their bedrooms. I'm going to make a song there for the heck of it at a point
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on March 21, 2020, 01:47:37 PM
Yeah people are going back to their old hobbies and stuff I think.
I'm basically in the same position as before except now I'm not going out for other stuff I have even more time to draw. I'm still trying to quickly get a longer drawing day routine set up to make the most of the bonus time.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Echo_River on March 21, 2020, 11:18:01 PM
Definitely had more time for writing and drawing these days.
But since I'm in piano teaching, I'm trying to figure out how to instruct my students online for the time being... that'll be interesting....
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on March 22, 2020, 01:29:27 AM
Yeah it can't be easy not being next to them while playing. Guitar I think some people do online, it's a lot easier to see what people are doing.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Vacant on March 29, 2020, 04:01:29 AM
So hows everyone coping this week with the Lockdown? :P
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on March 29, 2020, 01:56:01 PM
I'm burning through my alcohol cabinet at an alarming rate, I'll tell you that much. I chanced a venture out yesterday to pick up a pizza. It went well enough but was strange receiving and order from across a card table place in front of the counter itself.

The darkest news is that my favorite Chinese takeout place may have been killed by this thing. They were closed last night, and I don't know if it's only temporary or not. Google certainly no hasn't updated its status, and it doesn't have a website of its own to check.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Echo_River on March 30, 2020, 09:06:36 PM
Yeah, it's sad how the small businesses are being hit... I wonder if that new sushi place that opened recently will still be there after this.

The struggle to wake up early is real. I want to get things done while I'm home but it's an endless cycle of sleeping late and yeaaaaah. Need to fix badly.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on March 31, 2020, 01:23:52 PM
I am super concerned for the small businesses and vulnerable people, as well as stressed by those who don't take it seriously.

But personally I'm on fire with productivity. Basically I couldn't have asked for more in terms of staying at home and just drawing, all the time. I'm spending more time with my family as well and we're all gardening and just chilling.

I sleep before 9pm which is mad but I wake up at 5am awesomely. doesn't always work because I can get too much momentum on a project at nighttime, but overall it's the best routine I've ever had. It helps to set an alarm at 8:45pm and then I don't start anything new, finish what I'm doing and stop. It's hard for sure but when you finally get into it, it's great.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Manimal on March 31, 2020, 05:26:50 PM
I think the news make a lot of things worse, I hate the speculating, rumors and such. I look at my city's news for the updates at home and see what new things Trudeau says. That's it, anything else builds dread and I'm trying to not to get myself carried away in that. This is a truly a time to live day by day and enjoy what you can do and not take things for grated. Yes I've had some time for deep thought.

I'm trying not to think how things will be later but yes I worry for small local businesses. There are many places and restaurants I hope make it. My goal is to not eat out and I've been eating better the last two-three weeks. That said I did have my first ice cap of the season yesterday because...duh. 

I have been sleeping until 7:30-8 more recently when before I always woke up before 7. I was "getting my vibe" on last week and enjoying it and now I can feel a hint of melancholy. I always think ahead though like, "I want tomorrow to be good" but I gotta snap out and just enjoy now. Do whatever I want, that makes me feel good. At home you just want to do things that make you feel good so you don't get taken away by dread and worry. I'm working on my cover EP though and finding things to do. Getting out for a drive or groceries, whatever, reminds me there is a world of people dealing with this. Sometimes at home you lose sight of that. To me it comforts me to know that we're all experiencing this together. It reminds me there's life outside my bubble.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on April 07, 2020, 11:00:41 PM
Sleep is the one thing I'm improving during all of this, lol. The extra half hour in the morning does me wonders.

I'm getting takeout on Saturdays as a way to mix things up. Gets me out of the apartment and keeps my car from going wrong from sitting too long. I also want to participate in small business if I can at all. I've started monthly donation to OneFairWage as well, which is a pool of money for workers getting hit hardest by this thing (and outside of this as well). I gotta paycheck still, so I feel the need to pass it out to those who don't. Not like I'm spending it on anything else right now.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on April 15, 2020, 12:16:46 PM
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I always think ahead though like, "I want tomorrow to be good" but I gotta snap out and just enjoy now.
Yeah on a similar thought I normally take a week to get over a small depressive episode from some minor inconvenience, but I've been trying to recover a lot faster now because it just wastes time and generates more depression
>_<;
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Vacant on May 16, 2020, 06:06:15 PM
I've really been on a nostalgia kick when it comes to Manga. Maybe its the Lockdown but i've actually been rereading a lot of the Manga I already own! I'm currently on Cage Of Eden.

What have you guys been reading this past month?
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: MK on May 17, 2020, 12:57:12 PM
Been reading webtoons
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on May 17, 2020, 02:10:22 PM
I admit, I've been real bad at reading anything, but I'm on the lookout. My biggest problem is that all of my favorite anime (the traditional way I get into a manga) have been just so good as anime that going to read the manga kinda makes me feel like I'd lose the wonder of seeing them animated for the first time. Like, how does one start reading Fire Force after seeing those god tier animations?

That being said, I think I'm going to pick up reading Beastars. I liked that anime, but the manga's art style is so wild and gritty (in an artistic sense, not the 90's sense), that I can't help but be drawn to it.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on May 31, 2020, 11:09:59 AM
I think anime and manga differ in their epicness. Like manga has that...texture, that anime doesn't have. Like the expressiveness of an individual panel is like an illustration level piece sometimes. I think anime sometimes can't quite convey the level of emotions sometimes. But equally a well animated anime will make some scenes (especially fights) look far better than a series of shots in a manga could do. It really depends on the actual artists and animators involved.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on May 31, 2020, 01:48:36 PM
Yeah. You know sometimes when you see an anime kick it into 120 frames per second that you're about to be in for some real *censored*.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: NO1SY on June 02, 2020, 10:07:05 AM
 :ninja:
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on June 02, 2020, 10:08:54 AM
The prodigal Brit returns!
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: NO1SY on June 02, 2020, 10:10:25 AM
We shall see how long this lasts!  :sure:
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on June 03, 2020, 02:59:11 AM
woah long time no see!!!!
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: NO1SY on June 03, 2020, 07:10:25 AM
No kidding! Hope everyone is keeping well in the midst of all the current events...
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on June 03, 2020, 10:59:25 AM
Oh y'know, we got a whole quarantine topic if you're interested in catching up on our most recent trials and tribulations.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: NO1SY on June 03, 2020, 03:14:12 PM
On second thought... lets stick to distraction!
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on June 03, 2020, 10:18:20 PM
Whatever works to keep you around mate!  :ninja:
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: NO1SY on June 04, 2020, 06:47:02 AM
Yes... fickle like the wind...

Welp, you’ve got me for now at least, considering how much reading material you gave me!
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on June 04, 2020, 10:49:28 AM
Mwahhaha! There's always more where that came from. I'm trying to get back into reviewing more stories myself. Time to be the mentor I pretend that be!
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Vacant on June 28, 2020, 10:09:35 AM
Its the weekend! So lets do a "questions you've always wanted to ask but never found a place to" game.

i'll go first...CORYNNNN....Where does the symbol in your profile pic originate from? What does it mean? What mysteries lie behind it?
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on June 28, 2020, 01:37:01 PM
(https://media.giphy.com/media/l2Je1nvGiwPAszrI4/giphy.gif)

Challenge accepted. The symbol is one of my own devising that I came up with at about age 12, by means of the clever application of a handful of staples during gym class when we were supposed to be rollerblading. Before puberty I was basically the resident fat kid however, so I was sitting by the sidelines because A) It was more of a "fun" day in which we could just do whatever, B) I did not then, nor have I ever, had enough balance or coordination to not immediately fall over on anything more complicated than a bicycle (which even then I was only sorta okay at), and C) I had rammed my foot into a door frame that morning (see 'coordination' above), and was convinced I had at the very least fractured my big toe.

So there I sat, bending and making shapes with the staples that lived in the bottom most row of the extendable gym bleachers. This was the row that would get pulled out during gym classes to server as a sort of desk space for the gym teachers, who routinely had some sort of papers on them for reasons I cannot currently recall. Eventually I came up with the rough shape of the symbol you know and love. Later that day I sketched it out onto paper, and it has remained unchanged ever since. I am sure if you were to travel to my middle and high schools, search through the books and desks, you would almost certainly find it sketched here or carved there.

Now, at the time I didn't have any real use for the symbol. For years it occupied the same space for me as those bold S's people draw with the use of parallel lines. Jokingly among my friends, it became the "symbol for the new world order", as teenage boys are fond of daydreaming scenarios where they become the dictators of the world, and they spend their days mostly playing video games and eating pizza.

Eventually when I got into high school, I got big into art class, and of those art classes, the sculpture classes. So much so that I took the same class every semester for two years (because you had to fill your art credits somehow if you're not in band or choir), and I was also a teacher assistant to the art teacher my senior year (where I did no TA work, and just worked on my sculptures). It was during this period that I worked the symbol into every piece I made, and it became something of a pictogram of a signature for myself. Some of these pieces may even still reside within the halls of my high school, as my art teacher liked to keep pieces of his favorite students that got left behind. I do not know this to be the case, but I do know that my one piece to win any awards remained behind at that school. This is a shame, but I did retain my magnum opus from high school, which was an intricately carved tea pot of all things, which was widely accepted to have been completely robbed of rewards at the largest art contest my school attended. My school even won on collective points that year of all attending schools, but seeing as I had no points to my name, I was left without a foothold in their revelry. It was my last semester of high school, and it was on that tired and sad 4 hour car ride home that I gave up my dreams of being an artist.

....................  :glare: :ohmy: :noidea:

Thankfully, it was in May of the previous year that I started writing! It was also that May that I got back into anime for the first time since Toonami lost its after school time slot and disappeared to the midnight hour of adult swim. Which for 13 year old Coryn, was an unreachable goal post for TV watching, as our house was small and had very thin walls. I only got back into anime after learning that anime could be stolen from the internet, and that knowledge came at the same time as an out of the blue urge to rewatch some of the Toonami classics of my childhood. A few weeks later I woke up one Saturday morning, sat up in bed, and said to myself "I'm going to write a book!".

For some context, during my anime watching, I had begun to develop quite the elaborate day dream of an incredibly powerful dimension hopping swordsman who hung out with cute high school girls. You may recognize this as the exact power fantasy one expects a 16 year old who knew nothing of real women or human sexuality to have. If one so desired as well, you could do some digging into my post history, and discover that I joined MangaRaiders two weeks and a day after I began my writing career, and the day after that I began posting chapters.

They were horrible. The worst kind of self insert trash. Don't look for them. You don't want to know. I had barely a grasp of punctuation or how human dialogue actually worked, let alone formatting. But the important thing is that I decided that my main character (Coryn, who got his name from the one I used in all fantasy RPGs, which I got from a half remembered result from a Star Wars character name generator), needed a cool symbol on the back of his cool leather coat (obviously the highest fashion of the mid to late 2000's). And so that weird little bit of geometry I got from a bunch of staples in a lazy day of gym class got thickened up, turned red, and slapped into leather in my little head.

Of course, since then Coryn's Saga (which I have never come up with a better name for, despite my best intentions) has changed dramatically. It has been my main squeeze. The story I iterate on and iterate on. Every time I get better, I apply that knowledge to the same old story to make it better, bit by bit. Reading CS is reading the journey of my skills. But that weird little symbol of mine which represents me has been here all along the way.

Now, I do have other intentions for it within the story itself, but those are yet to be revealed. Primarily it is the symbol of Coryn's order. There is a metaphor behind it, but that's more flavor text/plot point for other stories I want to tell. I haven't told it yet, but rest assured, it's a total spoiler.


And that's the whole story! I'm sure it's more than you expected to learn today, but I did want to be thorough. Now then, Mr. Vacant, it is your turn.


Why do you call yourself Vacant?
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: NO1SY on June 28, 2020, 02:05:15 PM
WaitwaitwaitwaitwaitWAIT!

You got to rollerblade in gym class!?
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on June 28, 2020, 02:21:52 PM
I don't know how you guys do it over there, but in American gym class we tended to spend a week playing a single game or practicing a single skill. One week it would be all about running, the next we were rollerblading, the week after that was basketball. On and on it went until grade 10 when general gym class ended, and you could elect to take weight lifting or something in the arts (if you were a guy).

I'm not 100% sure what the girls could elect to take. They definitely didn't get to elect for weight lifting though.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Vacant on June 28, 2020, 02:48:02 PM
Thank you dude, that was a pretty amazing tale. Its crazy how the symbol came all this way from such humble beginnings. I think its cool you have something that you can carry with you and have represented in all your creative endeavours. 

I must admit I was certainly a fan of the stylised "S" back in the day. I used to draw an i next to it and draw the dot as a bullet as my signature (Yes, 13 year old me thought that was really cool :dash:)

As for my name, its sadly not such an interesting tale as yours was. I havent ever really engaged in many forums and when playing online games I used to just use a variation of my real name. I didnt want to use a character or name from a show so I was kinda stumped.

I really didnt want much meaning to my name at all and thats when I thought about Vacant. "Vacant" is used as a joke in Wrestling circles as when a title is forfeit, that championship is declared Vacant. Quite often what they will do is show a shadow or silhouette to represent this in any Promotional videos or images. The joke became that "Vacant" was a wrestler, so they were a multiple time champion and so on. So that was the name I went with.

Also, Gym-wise we'd do similar where we'd spend a month or so on one sport/activity. Although I recall one year we started playing "Bench Ball" (its dodge ball, but the eliminated stand on benchs behind the opposing team and can grab a ball if it comes close enough) and everyone loved it so much we demanded to play it and refused to do anything else. They relented and we ended up doing it for like 6 months of the school year.

Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on June 28, 2020, 03:05:05 PM
Dodge Ball was banned in our school (pretty common across the US I think). Much like you guys though, we played a heck of a lot of "Evasion Ball" instead.

I also think by rights, you should ask No1sy a question now.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: NO1SY on June 28, 2020, 06:08:45 PM
Dodge Ball was banned in our school (pretty common across the US I think). Much like you guys though, we played a heck of a lot of "Evasion Ball" instead.

”Evasion Ball”!!?!  :rofl:

But you guys had that fantastic documentary made about super serious professional dodgeball!


(https://external-preview.redd.it/zct25RA_mhVrDux_JytVV6EkoOPpNPziR-Rva7A0PP8.jpg?auto=webp&s=13fe63f20e6feca671f871b6496b4753fd49f17d)

Words to live by...
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: bossx5 on June 28, 2020, 09:19:06 PM
Those memories of gym class such nostalgia I feel old because we played dodgeball maybe because I live in a small town in the deep south
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on June 28, 2020, 10:29:20 PM
@boss: Certainly depends on the school district I'm sure.

@NO1SY: well you see, dodgeball was dangerous. A child might take a ball to the face and suffer a black eye. They could even trip and fall! No no no. Evasionball is a far safer and more noble sport, where those kinds of things won't happen.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on June 30, 2020, 05:50:34 AM
woah the true Coryn origins story!
very rad. ironically mines almost the same for the symbol haha.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Vacant on June 30, 2020, 05:33:59 PM
Oh yes, what terrible etiquette on my behalf. Okay No1sy......what got you into drumming in the first place? Is it something you've done for a while or during childhood?

And lets have a twofer....Suuper-San, tell us the origin story! :P
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: NO1SY on June 30, 2020, 06:46:38 PM
Okay No1sy......what got you into drumming in the first place? Is it something you've done for a while or during childhood?

Ok, I’m following Coryn’s lead here so...

When I was 10 I started learning piano, but I really didn’t enjoy it because my teacher was just bad (I really regret dropping it now though...). Anyways I stuck with it for a while.

Now, this part is pure plutonium to put out onto the internet for me... but what the heck! That year, my dad took me to see Nickelback touring “The Long Road” at The Brixton Academy (I think that was just before it got re-branded to the O2 Academy Brixton in 2004). I had gotten into Nickelback and The Rasmus as my first forays into rock music (I don’t really remember where from... probably my dad, although he’s into more old-timey stuff now...). Before that my music taste was very informed by what my mum would have on in the car on the way to swimming lessons (Blue and Westlife...). Anyways, the gig was actually pretty cool. Even to this day I maintain that Nickelback put on a good show that night. Plus they had Ryan Vikedal as their drummer then and he had solid metal/grunge chops. Also their support act was some heavy rock band called Hurricane Party, who all had that long rocker hair that they windmilled as they headbanged (I think some of the members formed the band Heaven’s Basement (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UwsGZCeIro) who were actually really good). I had never seen anything like it, and I had never before heard music played so loud that it rumbled in my chest. But after that it was goodbye cheesy pop boybands and hello rock world!

I knew that I wanted to play music like that and piano just wasn’t gonna cut it. By the summer holidays I had discovered Guns and Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and especially Green Day’s American Idiot album. So when I joined secondary school at 11, I picked up the guitar and left piano behind.

I. Sucked.

Well, really I just didn’t give myself time to get good... I was discovering more and more music and I could play along to none of it and it was frustrating. So I dropped guitar. But I still wanted to play rock music.

A year and a half later my brother joined the school and started drum lessons. I think I asked to give drums a try and the teacher agreed to give my brother and I joint lessons. Basic drumming is all basically basic maths or patterns with a sprinkle of some ok coordination. And I was good at basic maths and could move all of my limbs where I wanted them to go! So I picked up the 3 different beginner beats and beginner fills that my brother had been working on for months in about 2 weeks and away I went. And away my brother went... he got upset that I outpaced him so quickly and he went to play bass instead... Oops... Regardless, in hindsight my first drumming teacher was a bad teacher also. I barely learned anything from him aside from being able to listen for the beat in music. Most of my time was spent with him just improvising on the piano and me working out how to play along. But at least it was fun and engaging, unlike my piano teacher.

I had proper lessons in Sixth Form (end of high school) where I was actually learning pieces for grades 6, 7 and 8, but I never took the examinations because of anxiety. After that my lessons stopped and I was basically just jamming on my own, retaining bad habits and bad technique, but I could play along to some of the simpler songs that I liked... I played in a band for 7 months during uni. We played 1 live show at an open mic night in Brighton, and then real life stuff got in the way. I don’t really like live performance anyway because of the anxiety. Now I’m back to jamming on my own but making a more concerted effort to actually learn and retrain myself.

So that was my super long-winded way of saying that I got into drumming 13 and a bit years ago because of a Nickelback concert... :rock:
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: NO1SY on June 30, 2020, 06:58:43 PM
@Vacant - What got you so into Wrestling?

And @Lego - Where are you!?
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on July 01, 2020, 03:43:51 AM
well my username is a pretty silly story but whose isn't I guess. I changed it from suupertramp which was the original.
I got branded as a tramp (jokingly by my friends) because I liked to pick up pennies off the floor. And for some reason I was way stronger than everyone else in my class, puberty or something I guess, and I had proper strong looking muscles, still no idea why, everyone else was just super scrawny and weak I guess? I didn't work out or anything. So I got labelled as a super-tramp. I didn't know the bandname at the time but I knew the song tho. In most cases the username supertramp was used so I added another u for effect. These days I'm trying to avoid copyright and so I kept the suuper bit because it sort of describes me I think, but added a -san because I'm into Japanese and stuff.

My other more public username is FlawlessParadox, I had a friend who had a cool username that was just two similar words stuck together that sounded sci-fi, and I thought hey I want one too. So I randomly picked those two. It sort of well defines me in my ambitions and my contradictions, but I think it sounds like I was trying too hard to sound cool.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Manimal on July 01, 2020, 06:56:01 AM
Happy Canada Day to us. It doesn't really feel like July 1st, I don't know how it suddenly became July but hey, still went and got Tims for breakfast this morning. It was my power fantasy as well since the few times I've gone in the last few months there have been fat drive-thru lines but not a single car this morning. Celebration. 

(https://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/001/225/561/b05.gif)
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Vacant on July 01, 2020, 08:19:59 AM
Before that my music taste was very informed by what my mum would have on in the car on the way to swimming lessons (Blue and Westlife...)

I know that struggle brother :P

Thats a cool story though dude, I had no idea you'd gone through a few instruments before you found your groove. I never knew you'd played onstage too, thats awesome!

but the TL:DR is that we have Nickleback to thank for No1sy :P

well my username is a pretty silly story but whose isn't I guess. I changed it from suupertramp which was the original.
I got branded as a tramp (jokingly by my friends) because I liked to pick up pennies off the floor. And for some reason I was way stronger than everyone else in my class, puberty or something I guess, and I had proper strong looking muscles, still no idea why, everyone else was just super scrawny and weak I guess? I didn't work out or anything. So I got labelled as a super-tramp. I didn't know the bandname at the time but I knew the song tho. In most cases the username supertramp was used so I added another u for effect. These days I'm trying to avoid copyright and so I kept the suuper bit because it sort of describes me I think, but added a -san because I'm into Japanese and stuff.

My other more public username is FlawlessParadox, I had a friend who had a cool username that was just two similar words stuck together that sounded sci-fi, and I thought hey I want one too. So I randomly picked those two. It sort of well defines me in my ambitions and my contradictions, but I think it sounds like I was trying too hard to sound cool.
I did always wonder if it was due to the band for your old name! Its cool to see how names evolve over time, Im glad youve got a part of it from so long ago still going strong.

Happy Canada Day to us. It doesn't really feel like July 1st, I don't know how it suddenly became July but hey, still went and got Tims for breakfast this morning. It was my power fantasy as well since the few times I've gone in the last few months there have been fat drive-thru lines but not a single car this morning. Celebration. 

(https://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/001/225/561/b05.gif)

Happy Canada Day all! To honour the occasion, I'll have maple cured bacon for lunch.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Vacant on July 01, 2020, 09:00:00 AM
@Vacant - What got you so into Wrestling?

Ohhhh now this is an easy one. So I had just turned 5 when I saw my first ever wrestling show on TV. Its one of my earliest memories as me and my two older brothers went around the next door neighbours house to play with him. They put the TV on and there it was, the Royal Rumble 1996. Our neighbour and my brothers were already into it so knew who everyone was, but to me it was like nothing I'd ever seen before. WWF/WWE was full on cartoony in the mid 90's and so many of the characters were straight out of a comic book. I was captivated by it. 

From there we started watching regularly and I became sucked into the world of wrestling. It had heroes beating villains and cool action to a kid like me thats all I needed.

I think I felt so strongly about wrestling as I have 4 siblings and we all vary wildly in our tastes, interests, hobbies and social circles. One of the very few things we all hold in common is an interest in Wrestling. That one thing we took from early childhood to now is something special for us in our family I think.

Naturally, we wrestled each other too. In fact, we roped in like half a dozen other kids down our street and created our own federation. We all had several characters we created to wrestle, made belts out of cardboard and would schedule shows and PPV's. How any of us avoided serious injury is a mystery, as our favourite matches were Hardcore matches (weapons allowed, no rules kinda affairs). I remember hurting like hell after we had a construction site match (they were building new houses not far from us and we snuck in on the weekend). I jumped off of the scaffolding and missed everyone in my failed Jeff Hardy mimicry.

I don't remember when it clicked to me that it was fake. This was pre-internet for me but it was probably when i got to around 11ish. Normally thats a good break off point for a lot of people. But it had the opposite affect on me. I became more interested in the inner workings of it. Who decided what, who did they compose matches and do the stunts they did. It added another layer of fascination onto it for me, as you started to learn and discover the real people behind the characters they played onscreen.

However, around 2004ish we no longer had cable at our house and that combined with puberty and the usual teenage interests took over. It wasn't until Christmas of the following year that it reared its head again. I got a PSP for Christmas and as part of the bundle it came with Smackdown vs Raw 2006 (a classic to this day). I didnt play it for the first few weeks, as I was far more interested in GTA. But then, one day I decided to have a look and I got pulled in again. I was enjoying the game and ended up playing the career mode. Although it had been less than two years since I'd stopped following wrestling, there was so many new faces and changes. Gone were The Rock and Stone Cold, to be replaced by John Cena and Batista.  I got so curious, I started buying the PPV DVD's with my paper round money.

I haven't looked back ever since. I always find that Wrestling scratches an itch nothing else can. It has a massive influence on my interests in writing as well. I'll be the first to admit that the writing in Wrestling (namely US promotions) is very hit and miss and it can feel like trying to find the diamond in the rough at times. However, its core is scripted athletic drama.

The best sports contests, be it boxing, UFC, Football or Baseball all have a narrative to them. It could be a rivalry, a players last season, your captains just returned from injury, the fighters are both undefeated going in etc. whatever it may be it builds anticipation for the event. Then there's the actual match itself. We all remember the drama of when Silva lost to Weidman, or when England snapped their penalty losing streak against Columbia in 2018.

What Wrestling can do is manufacture this artificially. Now it is no easy feat and it fails often. However, when the stars align, it can be pure magic. I'll never forget Daniel Bryan's Wrestlemania 30 title win, the culmination of 2 years of outcry from fans for him to be pushed, only for the onscreen authority figures to proclaim him not good enough. Or the Austin/Hart double turn. Through the story they told in the match, both men switched roles coming out of it, with Austin passing out in a pool of his own blood refusing to tap out, cementing him as a star.

What I mean in this long winded ramble, is that I like wrestling and appreciate both the stories they can tell and the athletic nature of the contests.




Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: NO1SY on July 01, 2020, 11:34:35 AM
Happy Canada Day to us. It doesn't really feel like July 1st, I don't know how it suddenly became July but hey, still went and got Tims for breakfast this morning. It was my power fantasy as well since the few times I've gone in the last few months there have been fat drive-thru lines but not a single car this morning. Celebration.


Happy Canada day my dude! Wishing I was with the family in Winnipeg drinking a Tim’s coffee and eating an A&W burger with a side of poutine! Have a good one :biggrin:
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on July 01, 2020, 03:51:28 PM
Happy Canada Day to the great white north!


@Vacant: It's weird knowing what you mean talking about England playing Columbia (It helped that I was with you at the time, I'd say). Still feels like arcane knowledge for an American to have.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Vacant on July 04, 2020, 08:54:53 AM
(https://world-wire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/4th-of-July-Memes.jpg)

However you're celebrating my American brethran, I hope you have a good one!  :cheers:


And of course....it would be remiss of me not to wish the Forum a...................
:birthdaywish: :sporty:Happy 13th Birthday! :shotgun:  :bparty:
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on July 04, 2020, 01:49:59 PM
Indeed! Happy birthday MangaRaiders! Our collective shining star in the horrid void that is the internet!
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: NO1SY on July 04, 2020, 06:39:33 PM
HAPPY 4TH JULY AMERICANS :cheer:

And Happy Birthday MR! Wow lots to celebrate today!

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Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Echo_River on July 04, 2020, 07:08:24 PM
Oh yay! Happy Birthday MR! Hope everyone's having a good day >w<
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on July 15, 2020, 12:59:02 PM
whoops missed it haha
once again MR has survived another year
 :dance:
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on July 15, 2020, 01:21:47 PM
Can't keep us down! Hasith is if nothing else, punctual when it comes to paying the bills  :sleep:
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on August 05, 2020, 07:24:47 PM
That reminds me, I need to ask how Hasith donos' fish are doing at a point.


I'm learning quite recently and practically that not only is cooking worth the trouble, it is literally cheaper and is every bit as free form and fun as drawing or making music and stuff. I thought I had to be Gordon Ramsey to touch a pan but honestly so long as I have an idea of what I want things are going OK-ish


....

That being said someone plz teach me how to cook rice right! Mine is always either dry or porridge
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on August 06, 2020, 10:03:44 AM
Rice is hard man! I've seen a couple of good methods. I would check out on YouTube What's Eating Dan: Rice or the Basics with Banish episode on it. Dan's method is all about finding the right size of pot, and the correct rice to water ratio. Babish uses an oven and sheetpan method.

Personally I just found a lot that's the right size, and go with the classic ratio of 1 cup rice to 1.5 cups water (you can do the milligram conversion). But no matter what you have to be attentive to your heat.

That, or just give up and buy a rice cooker  :tongue:

Good luck! Everyone starts somewhere in the kitchen! Even Gordon Ramsey once burnt all his food.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Vacant on August 06, 2020, 01:36:16 PM
Get a rice cooker bro. Easiest way to do it. I used to boil rice and itd turn out fine, but ever since using  a cooker its legit.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on August 06, 2020, 01:58:45 PM
Convenient I'll give them that, but learning to cook rice with a pot is a great way to learn other cooking skills. Plus the cookers are really only worth it if you eat rice at least once a week and have a place to keep it. Otherwise just stick to a pot which has a lot more utility.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on August 13, 2020, 05:49:34 AM
I cook sushi rice with a plain saucepan and I've never had an issue. I'm not a cook by any definition of the word so maybe I'm missing something that would make it better still, but a rice cooker is undoubtedly very useful if you plan on using it a lot.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on August 13, 2020, 06:36:07 AM
NU. I will not join the brilliant dark side of the rice cooker. I'm almost getting it (i'm managing to make curry rice) but damn I keep on failing at that last bit where the waters' almost gone.

Gonna try again today. If I nail the base meal across the board (whether it be rice, potatoes / sphagetti) I feel like that alone wil be a good jump
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Vacant on August 13, 2020, 08:43:36 AM
You got it man, build up some basic staples for meals and you'll be  a whizz in the kitchen in no time.

Also, if you're limited on space for gadgets, I would recommend a slow cooker. They're relatively small and cheap, but boy are they handy. Easy to make stews, casseroles, chilli, slow roasts and way more in them. Just throw the stuff in and set it and it'll do the work. They're especially handy if you dont have an oven as they plug into the wall.

But get to mastering them spuds man. Potatoes are the swiss army knife of foods. You can do anything and everything pretty much with them and they'll go with almost anything. There are few things better in life than homemade garlic roast potatoes or dauphinoise.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on August 13, 2020, 09:08:27 AM
Holy Cheese I've just googled what in the world Dauphinoise is and I need this in my life yesterday.

And yeah I underestimated how awesome potatoes are. They magically multiply and while I'm better at baking and frying them than actually boiling them potato mash was always my favourite back in the day
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on August 13, 2020, 10:45:28 AM
it's amazing how easily you can break away from level zero with just a couple of dishes. Being the lazy person I am, I haven't done it :P
Dauphinoise looks a lot like Greek Moussaka interestingly
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on August 14, 2020, 05:43:09 PM
"dauphinoise" sure is a complicated way to say "potatoes al gratin", I'll say that. Must be French.


As for the rice Lego, I find that you just got to suppress the urge to pull the rice from the heat. It always seems like it's sitting there too long, as the rise up top always gets there before the bottom, but cook rice enough times in the same manner and eventually you'll figure out that sweet spot.

And I agree with the slow cooker thing! You through anything into one of those bad boys in the morning, and by dinner it will be delicious. Even if you have an oven, it's a great way to not heat the kitchen up in the summer. Not to mention unlike a stove, you can leave it running all day with no chance of burning the house down. Short of a terrible electrical problem I suppose, but the fridge is just as likely to light your home on fire.

And hell yeah for potatoes! Not only are they super cheap, they last forever, and are nutritionally complete (as in, you could eat nothing but potatoes and survive just fine). I keep a 5 pound bag in the pantry at all times.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: 50 Words for Paipis on August 17, 2020, 07:05:20 PM
sometimes i swim in ocean and make dauphinnoise
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on August 18, 2020, 12:37:51 PM
EIEIEIEIEIEIEIEIEIEIEIEI!

*Fully cooked potatoes fall from the sky*
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on August 18, 2020, 01:25:11 PM
sometimes i swim in ocean and make dauphinnoise

*Hoists Guillotine*

Paipis-san I'm sorry but this can not be forgiven
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on August 18, 2020, 10:58:05 PM
Now now Lego, we must save the guillotine for the bourgeoisie.  No need to threaten fellow plebeians.

(Yes I'm mixing my social-economic metaphors. Sue me.)
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Vacant on August 20, 2020, 08:35:56 AM
We now hereby declare the first MR Chit Chat Topic Court case is now in session :read:
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on August 21, 2020, 04:45:33 AM
The Kangaroo Justice Department brings forth the following charges on behalf on the City:

x1 Count of malicious psychic and psychological harm by aggravated assault with a pun


As you all know, Raiders, our very life in a fight depends on our mental states. We literally transform and survive life or death situations by the law of anime where we power up when our minds are healthy.

 The raider named Paipis knows this perfectly well as a rocking musician who has also utilized such powers in various adventures, and still dared to make a pun.

I can attest that significant psychological harm was afflicted on at least 1 Raider who shall not be named as of now as he is drinking away his sorrows, which will also lead to more harm. Though he did not perish, I quote 'I wish I had died so that I could forget it... I fear nothing.... But that pun, it scared me."
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on August 21, 2020, 12:26:09 PM
Judge Coryn presiding. I find no need for a defense to be heard. Paipis is found guilty and sentenced under our "Eye for an Eye" policy. I hearby sentence Paipis to 5 points of neucrotic damage by way of an equally bad pun administered within a sound proof room. Sentence to be carried out immediately.

Bailiff, take him away.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: 50 Words for Paipis on August 22, 2020, 01:56:38 AM
pun-ish me harder daddy
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Coryn on August 22, 2020, 01:24:27 PM
Oh god! It's only made him stronger!

*jumps out of window in full wig and robe*
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on August 27, 2020, 05:55:45 PM
 
pun-ish me harder daddy

I'm out

*Commits Seppuku with a lollipop coloured chainsaw. Candy flies out in brilliant garish gore
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: 50 Words for Paipis on August 28, 2020, 10:26:29 PM
@lego, what's some good music from Malawi?
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Vacant on August 29, 2020, 09:38:58 AM
Lego is the best musician I'm aware of hailing from Malawi.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: 50 Words for Paipis on August 31, 2020, 01:55:14 AM
i managed to find this band from Malawi somehow. this song is catchy af. I won't be getting it out of my head anytime soon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE8Z7fGmYNM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE8Z7fGmYNM)
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on August 31, 2020, 08:03:20 AM
Hey never heard of these guys! Hahaha they're pretty great. And this is actually prime Malawian music. So damn well produced, and that singing voice is typically how it is along with backing vocals.

So danceable.

Damn I'm this close to being homesick
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on August 31, 2020, 03:42:47 PM
well now I have it stuck in my head too :P
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Manimal on September 07, 2020, 02:21:04 PM
Small life update bit.

I can't believe it's already almost time for college take 2. This is an...interesting year to go back to school but I thought it was the right time for some changes. Naturally it's all online this semester, which is fine for my course since it's not hands on. When I first went to college 4 years ago I wasn't ready but it was a great experience to have and certainly knocked some sense into me. There was a strike at the start of my second year. My stupid story is when we went back a few week later I felt dreadful in class, drove to the Polish restaurant (R.I.P.), had the best dining experience/meal of my life so far and dropped out the next day.

2018-19 I worked two interesting jobs to save up. Both gave me good life experience, I learnt so much and met so many interesting people. Good and bad I certainly got a lot out of it. I have done things I didn't think I could and never thought I would.

This year was going to be me going back to school or doing something else. I thought about the trades but now having worked jobs both at a set place and out & about I figured business would be the best for me. I have grown a lot since my last time starting college. I was so scared the first time, and before second year I felt it was so pointless. So I have a much better mindset this time around. 

This year is just whipping by. April-May barely feel like they happened and it feels like only a few weeks ago that I thought "oh man 3 months before school". I have said it before but Gundam has been my 2020 savoir, thank God for the models and anime. The right things come to you at the right time you know. It's nice to be really into anime again and stuff. So ya I am a lot more ready for school (I hope I am atleast). Time to...do something.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: NO1SY on September 07, 2020, 03:48:07 PM
Ah good luck my dude :)

As the resident perpetual student (about to start my 3 year PhD studentship, which will put me at a total of 7 years of post high school education when I’m done...) I can only say that rest assured, it is certainly easier the second time around.

I was literally the biggest introvert when I started my undergrad, but by the time I started my Masters meeting new people and making friends felt super easy. Everyone is in the same boat kinda, you know, so most people will want to make friends and be just as nervous about it as you.

Anyways, you’ve definitely grown and matured a whole lot since I first met you, so I have no doubt you’ll do great! Kinda a shame that you are restricted to online at the moment, but at least it’ll allow you to ease into things.

All the best man!
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: legomaestro on September 07, 2020, 04:24:54 PM
I'm really looking forward to getting a PhD and making progress in general, but right now I'll be happy to have a degree in 2 years and then a steady paying job for a minute haha.

And dude I'm still so out of anime it's ridiculous. Happy for you about the Gundam binge. (How did 50/90 go btw?) And best of luck on uni!
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Manimal on September 07, 2020, 05:17:10 PM
NO1SY: Thanks! 7 years wow, pretty intense. Indeed an element I'll miss doing it online is making new friends. I'm not an extrovert but I like to meet new people. I liked that about college the first time and I like that about new jobs. At Target (R.I.P.) it was the first time I talked to people a bit older than me and then at college it was people a couple years younger than me when before I only made friends with people my age. You get a different perspective.

and a big difference this time is I saved up for this for 2 years so I've been building towards something, even times at my last two jobs when I felt bleak about the future it was all for something.

Lego: I was real out of anime for 2 years before Gundam so something can bring you back when you least expect it! 50/90 I have only gotten to 22 songs but I mean I got a new album out of it and I think I actually matured a tiny bit musically by doing some different collabs and making songs that are actually melodic and not just my usual in a way.
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Suuper-san on September 15, 2020, 03:28:35 PM
@Manimal all the best!

I'm a carpenter by trade but being a design technology technician for nearly 10 years now I feel more like a general purpose engineer :P
Title: Re: Chit Chat 2020
Post by: Vacant on September 16, 2020, 07:13:24 AM
Best of luck going back Manimal, you'll smash it I'm sure.