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General Manga writer discussions / NaNoWriMo 2018
« on: October 07, 2018, 12:12:45 PM »
This is a thread for National Novel Writing Month this year. I have decided to "participate," as I need another creative outlet other than music atm, though I am setting my sights more on a short story or novella - something I will have time to edit; however, I wanted to facilitate more camaraderie this year - discussing ideas and getting feedback along the way. Skype groups of strangers historically don't go well, and I end up having to play mediator, so the "official" discussions ought be held here. However, I encourage PM or Skype discussions with users that you know and trust.

Music / Paipis Reviews Whatever Albums You Suggest
« on: June 11, 2017, 04:28:01 PM »
While we listen to a lot of different stuff, Manimal and I have the distinction of being the rock'n'roll nerds of the site just because of common interest (Manimal having delved far deeper than I into the dark realm of idol pop, J- and K-, tho not jk, as well as 80s hair metal). No1sey's over there in his metalcore/alternative metal bunker (I stop at Converge with metalcore, but some alternative metal bands show promise), and Mahlua in her goth-industrial thunderland (mostly stuff that lies outside of my pre-'90 goth "expertise," if you can call it that). Lego's a pretty eclectic listener but his ship has most recently been taken by an enormous Synthwave from a sea in which I have only dipped my toe. YuumaKuuga and a couple of other members have shown a fancy for post-punk, which I share. That said, there isn't a lot of musical back-and-forth discussion going on outside of just Manimal and me, partially because we developed a relationship of sharing music with one another each introducing new stuff.

I don't want it to be just Manimal and I tho.

Because of that I'm taking any suggestions you guys have and will review, either in oral or written form. I will try to review as in depth as my sloth will allow. I haven't decided. For now, let's keep it to one suggestion a person. I'm going to cap it at 10, so if it's been a couple days since the last suggestion and it hasn't reached 10 yet, the opportunists among you can throw an extra few in there until the quota is filled.

You don't have to consider yourself a music nerd to recommend something. Just throw an album in there. I don't care really what genres it is or if you think I will like it or not. The only requirement is to not be Manimal (sorry, Manimal, that would just be redundant). If I have already listened to it and digested it fully, I may ask you to pick another. Also, I am not an angry sort of reviewer. I will not attempt to be overly provocative if I happen not to like your favorite album. But I will be honest. It might get analytical. It might get weird. But it will be my honest thoughts.

Here's an irrelevant picture that may or may not prompt you to read the above post:

Music / 2017 in Music
« on: March 04, 2017, 01:14:06 PM »
I've only listened to one 2017 release, but may as well start a thread for this anyways.

New Kendrick Lamar album in the works! To Pimp a Butterfly was far and away my favorite album of 2015, and good kid M.A.A.D city is near that for 2012. He's implied that he's going to be a bit more confrontational with his religious themes which has made some a little squirmy (some on another forum have speculated that this will be his "worst album ever"). Personally, I'm as excited as ever.

New Seiko album very soon! Formerly titled "Kichigaia," but apparently that was controversial for some reason (?) and the name was changed to "kixxxigaia," pronounced the same way. Probably some sort of copyright issue.

Plus Sigur Ros, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, Panopticon, Mount Eerie, Spoon, Arcade Fire, Blut Aus Nord, Sigh, and a surprising collab between Nelly Furtado and John Congleton.

Music / Online Group DJ Session
« on: February 28, 2017, 06:50:27 PM »
Basically a place where each person takes turns playing songs (via Youtube and soundcloud and stuff). Good if you want to discover some new stuff. Here's a link to the group. You'll need to make an account. I'm in there now if anybody wants to hang out via music.


Music / FebAlWriMo
« on: February 02, 2017, 02:11:56 PM »
February Album Writing Month. Just letting the music-makers among us know it's a thing and happening right now.


Music / Post-punk: Paipis' 30 Favorites
« on: August 22, 2016, 05:17:34 PM »
Post-punk is a genre that refers to several bands in the late 70s and the 80s that came from a punk background yet could only tenuously be described as punk. While building on punk's primitivist approach, it was a medium for sonic experimentation and exploration of several external genres such as pop, funk, avant-garde, metal, electronic, and many more. It's a genre that is quite diverse and included several subgenres such as New Wave, Industrial, Goth rock, Dream Pop, Jangle pop, and many more and influenced several influential genres and artists. As it contains some of my favorite albums, and because of recent discussions on the music section of the forum, I decided to make a list of my favorites. 30 of them. Only the first wave of post-punk bands, and not the early 00s post-punk revival, and the most recent wave of post-punk bands to emerge. Basically nothing after 1989, which does exclude some great records, but I felt it was most consistent to keep it down to the original bands. I will post 5 albums a day for 6 days, each with a single song and a short (one sentence or fragment) review.


I've had this idea for a while and I figure I'd wait until school's out to make it happen.

The idea:
-We, or at least a group of us, collaborate to create a one-shot, length to be decided, to be posted on the site, accessible for free.

These are the rules:
-There are two teams of at least 3 and at most 7 people each. One is a writing team, the other an art team. These teams would be made of people of any skill level. In these teams there would be designated responsibilities, such as keeping notes, scripting, editing, backgrounds, coloring, storyboarding, however the teams choose to divide the responsibilities.

-It would start off with a discussion involving both teams about the idea for the one-shot, possible visual approaches, and practical things such as schedule/deadlines as well as if the art team prefers the writers to do a storyboard or prefer to do it themselves. The art team would be involved in helping come up with the initial story idea and the writing team would be involved in discussing what kind of visual approach would work.

-Both teams, however, would have final say in their own areas. It might be worked out for instance that the writers have their story ready a while before the deadline and want to get the artists' opinions or the artists want the writers' opinion on character designs. Whatever these teams' opinion of the other's work, each team still has final say in their own area.

-The deadlines would be set in stone. Whatever the writing team have done, that must be sent to the art team no later than the deadline. Whatever the art team has done, it must be posted on the forum no later than the deadline. Whether these things are finished or not. Thus, these deadlines should be workable and manageable. Give yourself enough time to get everything done. This is not supposed to be stressful.

-Anybody who signs up has to commit. I don't expect it to be strenuous work or anything, but it's probably going to take a month or two. Team members will need to stick around and do their part.

– In all of the meetings, the ground rule is that no one can submit a full idea. This is not an opportunity for 1 or 2 of the writers to see their vision completed. Instead, I would ask everyone to contribute fractions of an idea, such as "one of the characters has the power to control time" or "this story takes place in an industrial dystopia." Of course some kind of democratic process would be necessary to filter out ideas, but given that we're not each proposing full ideas and just lots of small little ideas, no one person should be significantly more invested than another. We will work with each others ideas to make something bigger. And don't worry, this will give you plenty of opportunity to have your ideas in there, but this way, the premise and every part of the development is created collaboratively.

- Quality is secondary to participation. This is about the process. We should make an effort to include everybody's ideas, and small pieces of story ideas, character designs, etc. from everybody should allow everyone to participate. If you don't like any of a person's ideas, they are still part of the team and their ideas pose a challenge for you to work outside of your comfort zone.

- If you are non-responsive for two weeks (let me know if this time period is unreasonable), you are essentially out of the project. Not trying to be strict here, but it's much more efficient to make due with those that are active in the project. We will designate your role to somebody else and move on. This is not to say that, if you are not done with your specific piece of the work in two weeks you are out of the project. As long as you are somewhat active in the discussions and showing that you're still here and showing progress, you are completely fine. In that case, however, refer to the deadline rule.

-You have until the end of May 31 to sign up.

-It would be a stress-free and manageable exploration of collaboration for many.

-It would be beneficial for beginners to work amongst the slightly more experienced.

-It would introduce people to other approaches and thought processes.

-It might make people work outside their stylistic comfort zone.

So! The teams thus far:



Also, Manimal suggested I work on my presentation with vaguely related images. I'm sure the following is related somehow:

Music / Paipis' Music
« on: April 21, 2016, 01:46:16 PM »
So my main thing is music. And I just released a track on bandcamp and soundcloud for your listening pleasure. Enjoy.


Music / 2016 in music
« on: April 14, 2016, 04:50:58 PM »
The place to talk about any music that's been released in 2016. Favorites/least favorites/etc.

More from me later.

Music / Daniel Craig Bond song poll
« on: March 14, 2016, 02:08:23 PM »
Five theme songs from the most recent Bond series starring Daniel Craig. I've included Radiohead's entry, as they were commissioned, but eventually Sam Smith was chosen for his rising stardom. Make sure you've listened to all the songs before you vote. Here are links:

And DON'T vote for just your favorite movie of the four.

My opinion of each (view after voting):
Cornell's "You Know My Name" has a coy title and the climactic feel of it is a good start, but, ultimately, the production is too stale to make it enjoyable out of context. Secondly, I'm not too much a fan of Chris Cornell's voice. I can appreciate him in Soundgarden, and that's about it.

Jack White & Alicia Keys' theme, however, brings a welcome blues-y rawness to the Bond theme repertoire. White's and Keys' voices work surprisingly well together two. An unlikely combination, it took White's blues/garage rock background and Key's r&b/pop sensibilities and melded them in the best way. However, both artists are also one trick ponies, and this song features few surprises from either, aside from the hits at the beginning and the actual collaboration itself.

Adele's "Skyfall," represents the ideal Bond theme. Adele's voice is properly seductive and the song foreshadows danger and romance for the hours to come. There is nothing about this song that doesn't work for the movie, and it's a great start for a great movie.

Sam Smith's "Writing's on the Wall" has moments of ghostliness and elegance that epitomize what Spectre was trying to be. However, that is coupled with stale vocal production, and alternating gorgeous and generic instrumentation. Perhaps it would have been different had they turned the vocals down just a bit. They are two far up front, and the sexy delivery makes them feel overly intimate lending the worst kinds of hentai associations with the octopus scenes.

Radiohead's "Spectre", on the other hand, features detached, ghostly vocals that fit the increased ghostliness of their theme. The track is much more elegant and contains the most originality of any of these. With the enormous strings, the gentle, jazzy drums, all swamped in a spacious reverb, this track is the best standalone and works extraordinarily well with the title sequence, though it's cut to fit Smith's theme. It is the best possible song that could have been chosen for Spectre, and is my favorite track from last year. It is not as Bond as Adele's, but it is still my favorite of these and gets my vote.

Anime Talk / Romance anime suggestions
« on: November 22, 2015, 06:27:27 PM »
I seem to have become a teenage girl overnight. Help me be sad for my singleness.

Maybe a little nostalgic. Preferrably, I want it to be bittersweet all the way through, not just the ending. Maybe something in the vein of Kure-nai or Colorful (the movie not the ecchi series).

break Room / Happy Easter!
« on: April 05, 2015, 09:55:04 AM »
Just dropping by to wish you guys a happy Easter! I hope you're all doing well.

Anime Talk / Underrated/Overrated Anime
« on: June 26, 2014, 01:44:52 PM »
What are some overrated/underrated anime? Let's keep the obvious big-name shonen series out of the picture. Also, remember that this thread is meant to provoke discussion not flame-wars.

Overrated: Code Geass (not a bad series, but certainly flawed and definitely not the masterpiece it's proclaimed to be, to my tastes, at least)

Underrated: Kure-nai, The Cat Returns (two animes I never hear about, but are some of my favorites)

Music / Songs Evocative of Emotion "x"
« on: June 08, 2014, 03:14:26 PM »
So this is a thread, where you can post songs evocative of an emotion specified. For instance, if somebody posts the word "excitement," that person or somebody else will post a song that elicits that emotional reaction from them.

We'll start light:

I rarely ever feel intensely happy, and this song is no exception, but it's comforting, womb-like, and beautiful in an optimistic kind of way.

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