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    • 008 Mini Update 9/16/2018: Blocks Canyon Sneak Peek (Fixed Link)

      3 days ago

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      There is no blog this week.

      The two I'm working on need time and/or physical resources I don't have access to at the moment.


      I'm sorry. 


      BUT, I do have something I can show you that will be part of a future blog.  And I'm only showing it off to the site.  You guys are special.  (It's also unlisted so you will have to sign in to youtube.  If you don't have an account and want to see it, let me know.)


      It's a work in progress.


      I hope you enjoy this sneak peak at a little tour I want to take you on.



      Join me, won't you?

    • 008 Update #37- I Haven’t Forsaken You All

      1 week ago

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      Really, I haven’t.

       

      This week got busy because of a lot of other things. 

       

      I’m updating my resume. My phone fell in the sink.  I am going to go see Jason Mraz on Sunday.  I went to the comic shop and found out that the 3rd Monstress book came out.  We got a 4th for my DnD campaign and I had to write her in.  The power went out last night when I meant to write up a longer blog about another series I planned to introduce soon.

       

      See?  Busy.

       

      Busy, busy, busy.

       

      Busy as a bee.

       

       

      I’ve also been playing Destiny 2 Forsaken.

       

      I’m not done with the base campaign yet (it’s not like I play ALL the time) so don’t expect a review or anything. 

       

      I do love it though. 

       

      I’m “just starting the third act” of the base campaign and there’s so much story and lore I’ve uncovered.  I don’t think I’ve cared as much about the story outcome since the Taken King and I haven’t awaited a shader this much since House of Wolves. 

       

      That’s another thing: the loot this time around…  The coats for the space wizards are sweet and I’m actually using a variety of energy weapons.  Maybe that’s more because I also just hit level 50 tonight, but I’m only 488 Light.  I’ve got some work to do.

       

      It doesn’t feel like grinding, not really.  The way they’ve built the gameplay it does “make you play between missions” but with the re-introduction of bounties and spreading the materials you need to level up out to RELIABLE sources it feels like a quest and you’re earning things instead of just grinding. 

       

      Over on twitter I’ve been showing off my journey #ForTheLoot and I won’t directly repeat myself here.  If you want to see how I’ve transformed my character over the past few play sessions on a mechanical level, you can check it out.

       

      No, what I’m going to quickly round this out with is a more personal element to the game.

       

      I main a Voidwalker Warlock.  Hell, main isn’t even a strong enough word for it.  That’s what I’ve rolled this entire time.  I’ve got my alts but I don’t often play them.  I don’t usually need to either.  They’re where I put the cool stuff my guy can’t use.

       

      The reason I just play the once character, and mostly the one class, isn’t just because I found my playstyle.  It’s because I’ve really embraced the roll-playing aspect of this MMO FPS RPG.  With the given differences of any game, that guy running around and saving the solar system time and time again feels like a part of me. 

       

      I’ve even given him a name and character and worked that into my playstyle.  I don’t go for the most powerful weapons or the easiest strategy.  I ask myself, what would Nero Vaar do?

       

      And I’ve Trojan Horsed a new series for the year, I think.  I just kept writing past that point with no end in sight and I need to get to sleep.  So rather than subject you to twenty minutes of rambling and a sudden end, I’m going to convert those ramplings into something coherent later and just give you the sudden end now.

       

      So, if you want to know what Nero Vaar would do, stick around.  I think once I finish the campaign I’ll have even more to say, but I’ve had a lot of stories come out of playing Destiny and Destiny 2.  Stories about a lone Voidwalker with banned hand cannons and a flair for the dramatic.


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      This might have been the first "Oh shit, I need a entry for the week" blog, and it probably won't be the last.  Still it's topical and I DID get something out.  That's got to count for something, right?  


      How have y'all been?  Anything keeping you busy?  


      Do you play Destiny 2?  ...on PS4?  Hit me up. 

       

      See you starside,

      -AgentWashingtub008

    • 008 Update #36- FUNlimited FUNboxing

      2 weeks ago

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      {Posted around 5:15PST 9/1/2018 with and edit at 5:30}


      The writing part of this week’s blog starts out fairly easily.

       

      #Funboxing the #RTBOX month-to-month was difficult towards the end of the #DoubleGold monthly system.  It wasn’t just because of the unpredictability of getting it, but that’s just a lot of writing I have to fit in when the box did show up.  If the box ever showed up when I wasn’t home or when someone else was there, odds of having the time to give my hot-takes when they were fresh slimmed.

       

      So far I’ve liked these quarterly boxes as a solution to the issues of the old RT boxes and the convenience it gives me.

       

      Convenience I am about to completely blow with maybe a half-hour or more of video, several pictures AND the usual written commentary I am want to make on these things.

       

      I’m using this big ol’ post to catch up on what I’ve got to for my FUNboxings.  The format is changing (clearly) and I know I’ll be adding more things later, but I like to think the core will remain FUNchanged.

       

      As for the puns, I’m restraining myself but I found myself FUN-able to resist a few.

       

      Where to start?  I think maybe the best place is to start here and now with the FUNboxing video of the most recent #rwby RTbox.  This is how I have ironed things out to work for now.

       

      I’m not going to keep myself any longer. Here’s the video:

       


        

      That was neat. 

       

      I’m obviously still learning video editing and I’m just using the MS Photos minimal system.  But there it is, a VIDEO format to the FUNBoxings.  I told you something like that was in the works.

       

      Hopefully by next quarter I’ll remember to charge my phone.

       

      We’ll see though.

       

      What won’t be much different, as you soon shall be, is the rest of this post because I didn’t think that one edited video was enough for this blog.

       

      So here’s another video and a few other highlighted items from the RTBoxes that I’ve gotten:

       

      I like to think that covered a lot in 20 minutes, but there’s STILL MORE for me to show you.


      First, eagle-eyed observers might have noticed the Fun Haus funky glass from the Mardi Gras RT Box.  And I’ll assume that the same viewer is wondering why is that in there? 


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      I’ll tell you why.



      Those are things I’ve barely used and don’t have any direct plans to.


       

      Listen, I’m a fan of Funhaus.  I enjoy the videos I do watch and it’s always a treat when they show up in Sugar Pine 7 videos.  Still, I wouldn’t say I’m a super fan.  Around the time Funhaus joined Rooster Teeth is the point when a major shift happened for RT content for me.  That was when I simply couldn’t watch it all.  Funhaus, being not quite my style, was the first to really get cut back.  I watch Demo Disc and gameplay of games I’m interested in, but the only series I watch all of is the Funhaus Tourism Bureau videos.*  These other things, well I’m pretty sure they’re things other people would like more than me and while I like collecting what I got from the boxes, I’d rather someone else who would enjoy it more has it.  So I’d like to propose a trade.

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      *I’m keeping that shirt though.

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      Back in the old days of the community site I’m aware that there were shirt exchanges and give-aways.  Though I don’t have any shirts I’m willing to part with, I have all of these Funhaus things that need a good home.  Do you think you could provide one?  Do you live in the Seattle area or are you planning to attend RTX 2019?  After sitting on these items for more than a year, I’m willing to start trading them for other RT Box merchandise because there’s some stuff I’m missing in my collection.

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      Currently offered we have:


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      A Funhaus Marti Gras Glass


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      A Funhaus Basket Ball Stress Ball

       

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      A Double Gold Exclusive “Poison of the Gods” Pin

       

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      A curled but still good Sex Swing sticker.

       

      Think about it, and if you have something like the RTX 2016 Buff, the Weiss paper figure, or the team CFVY Mug that you aren’t using, let me know. 

       

      I may dig around more of my own things to add to my list of givable things later.  But you do deserve to know up front, I’m not giving away any of the DG cards that I do have.  I’m also thinking for now limiting it to similar item trades from past RT Boxes. 

       

      Now that that’s out of the way, I have even more to show you in the category of “RT Box Things I ‘Use’ Everyday.”

       

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      In my room, but not in the video we’ve got the Achievement Hunter coasters.

       

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      There’s a drawer full of mostly RT shirts which is almost overflowing.  I probably have to solve that problem soon.**

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      **For reference my shirts are currently in mostly two drawers: the one of graphic t-shirts and the one of Rooster Teeth shirts and plain shirts.

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      And I have various other things all atop my dresser like my Camp Camp koozie which fits my Surf Geoff bottle surprisingly well. 

       

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      Our journey continues into the bathroom where I have a place of honor for the Golden Gus Sili Pint.  (What I use to rinse with when I brush my teeth (unlike @Lamkia ).)

       

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      But what we really need to talk about is the surprising amount of RT Box things in my car, The Hound of Orpheus.  Lovingly I’ve put my Looser tattoo sticker on the rear left window.  Big and proud.

       

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      It would seem my car really has a Gavin theme going, constantly reminding me about grapes…

       

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      …and that I shouldn’t give them to my dogs.

       

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      Though I’m not all that intrigued by DAY 5, the manual charging flashlight from that box is pretty handy to have in the car.

       

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      Finally I put little things I want to look at in my open glove-box, two of which are RT Box items.  The Funhaus license plate and the grape-scented Gavin.  It still DOES smell like grapes too.  It’s pretty cool.

       

      I seem to remember something else cool about that Gavin figure.

       

      Oh right, I own it now, and it was in Jack’s mouth at one point…

       

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      Or was it?

       

      Wanna find out?

       

      I filmed this FUNBelieveable “FUNBoxing” and reaction to getting the Boxing Box all they way back when.  Then life happened and really the best time to show it off is now. 

       

      See the prototype FUNBoxing video in all it’s glory!

       

       

      Are you sick of shaky-cam FUNBoxings yet?  Don’t worry, that’s the last video for this post.  (Seriously though, just like last time all feedback is appreciated.)

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      EDIT: Obviously, I forgot to mention that I never wrote out the post for the Boxing Box FUNBoxing.  After all that time passed I watched the video again and thought I had covered everything I wanted to.  If you'd like more information, don't hesitate to ask.

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      We’re also nearly over with the post itself, but if I’m going to start tying up all my loose ends, I may as well take care of a few more.

       

      I never did a FUNBoxing text post for the final Double Gold RTBox, which is a shame because it was pretty awesome.

       

      It was just full of all my favorite kind of thing, the reference items.

       

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      A Rocket Rooster Can Container

       

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      An RTES Plate

       

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      Burnie Burns Urinal Cake Candle

       

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      The 15th Anniversary Pin

       

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      A Geoff Gents Silver Figure

       

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      And this awesome 15 Years shirt.

       

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      I really loved this box.  It was simple but everything in it I really loved.  You know that once I get my own place that RTES plate will find its way onto the wall.  The candle will make my bathroom smell gud.  And everything else is in use already.

       

      That fits my definition of a great RT Box. 

       

      Well, wow, that post went all over the place.  Things may or may not get better next time, but I hope you enjoyed it. 

       

      Retooling the FUNBoxings for the new RTBoxes has been a process, but worth it in the end.  With more time between them you can expect more videos followed up with text that discusses what I’ve done with the RT Box merch.  The story goes on after I put the box away after all.

       

      I get up to some #ElaborateShenanigans from time to time.

       

      Especially when things get dusky.

       

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      Right now though I’ve gotta get posting this to meet my weekly goal.

       

      My phone also needs some charging.

       

      Thanks again to everyone involved in the RT Boxes.

       

      Looking forward to all the FUN they’ll bring me in the future,

      -AgentWashingtub008

       

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      #roosterteeth

      #rt

      #AcheivementHunter

      #rwby

      #rt15

      #unboxing

      #Funboxing

      #funhaus

       

      #StopDolphinPoaching

    • 008 Update #35- First of the Series... es (The Path of Least Convenience)

      3 weeks ago

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      Hey gang, it’s time for me to start making good on the plan.  I’m bringing you the second of fifty two “weekly” 008 Updates.

       

      This week we’ll be doing something a little different.

       

      First off, we won’t be doing Part 5 of #RTXcited 2018: The Threequel because that’s not ready yet.  (I need to get color ink for the printer).  The nice thing about that #rtx journal is it can really happen anytime between now and the fourth RTXcited series.  You’ll know why eventually.

       

      Secondly this is the first of something I’ve wanted to do for a while now.  Instead of waiting for a good outlet for it, I’m just deciding to make this one.  I hope.

       

      For a while now I’ve been working on short philosophical essays/ideas.  I not only would like to share these little guidelines I’ve come up with, but enter into a discussion with you about them.  I think we could both learn and have some fun.

       

      It’s also not a stretch to say I think having some sort of, common threads through the year will help me stay on track and have something to potentially talk about each time.  I only have to come up with 30 basic ideas instead of 52.  You get that, right?

       

      If not, I hope you soon do because that’s the line of thinking that comes naturally comes from the Path of Least Convenience.

       

      The Path of Least Convenience

       

      People often tell me I have a neat way of looking at things.

       

      I tell them about my monocular vision, slight astigmatism, and chronic complex migranes with auras.

       

      Then they tell me what they were really talking about was the way I think about the world and act in it.

       

      They’re talking about my philosophies.   Like others, I’m just trying to make my way in the world.  Hopefully I can have a good time and not step on anyone’s toes.  That’s the core of my general philosophy for dealing with a whole heck of a lot.  Because I’ve been making these musings to myself for years I’m finally going to start telling other people.  I’ll benefit from writing them out and maybe I’ll help some other people along the way.  That’s what this series of little essays will be about. My path of least convenience.

       

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      I’m very particular with my words.  No I might not know exactly what to say, but you can be sure I usually think out what I do.  So, the play on words with the name of the Path of Least Convenience is more than intentional. 

       

      To explain that and serve as an introduction to this little philosophy I hope to impart on all of you and as a viable way of making any decision, I’m going to use a colorful metaphor that is based in a very specific experience: a large public men’s restroom. 

       

      It is the general code of men in a restroom that the best way to go about things is to respect space and privacy.  This goes beyond not speaking unless required and walking a few paces apart.  In any restroom with three or more urinals, even if there’re dividers between them, you always fill out every other urinal at least (if possible).  From there you fill it in between people you know before people you don’t.  (Also, always leave room for children.)

       

      So, that’s the way most people do it.  Where I begin to differ is in how I select the urinals.  The common view is the often applicable first-come-first-served mentality of a line.  When all the urinals are in use that is the way I do too.  There may or may not be a line forming behind me and we all need to pee and that’s how we’re gonna get there fastest.

       

      HOWEVER, once you have more than one option available there is a decision to be made.  And that is where I begin to differ.  The rule of first-come-first-served no longer applies to that situation.  Yes, if I’m going into the restroom and walking to the wall of urinals, I probably* need to pee.  But how much do I need to pee?  Out of a combination of pragmatism and generosity, where you land on that question is how you decide which urinal to use.

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      *This is where I would link to the scene in Tropic Thunder where RDJ walks up to early millennial nerd boy actor #6 while he’s pissing to talk.  I would do that if there was a decent version of it on YouTube to use for these fair use educational purposes but the one version is a crappy shaky cam filming of a T.V. with the guy laughing over the scratchy audio.  So instead I pulled it up on Netflix and watched the film to find the timestamp while I typed out this “mid-note” and everything up to “when I’m doing my business.”  It’s a funny movie and that slows me down some. 

       

      The joke is at the tail end of the 39th minute by the way.

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      If I really need to pee, I go closest urinal.  If I don’t, I go to the farthest.  This is because of the pragmatism and generosity I mentioned earlier.  Someone could come in at any time and have to pee more than I do.  They need a closer option so they can do their business.  But if I have to really pee, I’m helping no one and ruining my day and pair of jeans by waiting any longer than I need to.  Odds are if anyone comes in right when I’m doing my business, I’ll already be going and they’ll see that and just go to the closest urinal they can.  I’m no superhuman and it’s not like I can safely stop to give them my spot anyway. 

       

      Back to the idea of picking a urinal to a way that fits your need and is generous to everyone else.  Maybe someone is already down at the far end.  Maybe you have to go moderately, but this is one of the movie theater restrooms with something like 12 urinals or more.  This is the situation where picking the Path of Least Convenience comes into play.  In my opinion, the best urinal is the farthest one you can make it to while allowing for the most amount of others seeking relief to comfortably do so as well.  In this case the specifics of this option is the urinal farthest from the entry way that has a space of one open urinal between you and anyone else with hopefully more room for others to stagger themselves out in the remaining space on your other side. 

       

      Remember how I opened this saying my words are particular?  Picking a faraway urinal is less convenient than picking a closer one but it is not inconvenient to you because you still don’t wet yourself.  You still have some convenience, but not much.  You could say it is the least amount.  You’re still looking out for yourself, but providing for others because any minute now a movie in a different theater could let out and here come all the guys who didn’t want to leave during the thrilling climax but really shouldn’t have finished off their 32oz Cherry Coke either.  It would be rude to do anything less than make sure they have as good a spot as you did. 

       

      “What about when every other urinal is already filled or there’s an even numbered space the farthest away?” I am going to presume you ask.  I’ll remind you that this is a general philosophy/rule of thumb and it is meant to be adaptive.  If all the urinals are already filled, that is not much of a problem because the main function of a restroom is to be a space to relieve oneself so the priority concern should be choosing the space furthest away where you don’t have an accident.  You’re gonna have to stand next to someone, but they’re likely to leave quickly anyway.  It really isn’t all that bad to pee next to someone in the situation where you need to pee (with dividers or not), though I’m not a particularly self-conscious or anxious person.  Which of course comes back around to why the nicer thing is to provide the option for people who are.

       

      Other people might not extend the same courtesy as you did.  Maybe they really had to go, maybe they’re just assholes.  I have a discussion about when it’s okay to be a bit of an asshole, but the bathroom is no place for assholes.  The point is you did the better thing.  You’re a good person and doesn’t that feel good?  You can hope that it’ll be payed forward or even your ideas will catch on, but the best you can do is keep at it. 

       

      Oh, and also you got to pee like you needed to.

       

      Win-win.

       

      That’s what this really comes down to, helping others and yourself.  It’s a balance where its likely things will work out for everyone.  It might not be the easiest way to go about things, but there's a little bit of convenience for everyone.

       

      That’s the idea anyway.

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      So, what’d you think?  Got any responses?  Were you entertained at all?  Did the format work?

       

      Let me know down in the comments along with if you’d want more like this from me.

       

      I certainly enjoyed writing it out, but I won’t waste anyone’s time.

       

      I’m also generally really looking forward to writing more of the parts in this Year or Participation.  I’ve got a few ideas already.  I might do something fictional (besides RvB: Rec0very) and I might finally do that Guttermouth series I always start and then get halfway through one of the movies and pause it to go into a literal 20 minute rant about some disrespect to the source material.**  Or, you know, I might have some fun little discussion about some cool nerd stuff.  This was one of the very tangentially RT related posts and I thought I’d get that flavor out early though because the next few I have planned…  Well, you’ll just have to wait and see.

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      ** I still haven’t seen the third film all the way through since the theater.

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      I hope you enjoyed this.

       

      Talk to ya’ll again soon.

      -Max, AgentWashingtub008

       

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      #YearOfParticipation

      #philosophy

      #humor

      #PathOfLeastConvenience

      #urinal

       

      #StopDolphinPoaching

       

    • ​ 008 Update #34- RTXCited 2018: THE THREEQUEL (Part 4- Take-Aways (#RTCommunityDay))

      1 month ago

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      For the uninitiated, I get #VeryExcited for #rtx and for the past three years I have made a series of journal entries covering my thoughts and experiences.  This is the series for #RTXAustin2018 and the rest are likely to be found under the #RTXcited tag on the site.  Join me, won’t you?

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      This is not just a swag post.  That said, I got a lot of nice things this RTX which I’m going to tell you about in the miscellany that is this post.

       

      The first, and probably most important thing to mention is my Badge.  It’s been added to my small collection, but we’ll go on a little journey to find it.

       

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      Tucked away behind my jeans, jackets, (jean jackets,) and nicer shirts is a little organizational hanger with all my ties for the occasions I wear fancy clothes.  And on the other side of that…

       

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      … is where my badges from conventions, school, and other lanyarded things I want to keep are kept.

       

      It is a safe place for my great memories, but it isn’t much of a display.  It’s not fair to the buttons and pins I get.  So I have a solution.

       

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      As you can see, the badges are pretty bare.  They are in themselves wonderful keepsakes and that is why I have them but in my mind, pins and buttons as just as much for display.  I also don’t know about you, but I want to be able to remember RTX every day with other people.  Wearing a con lanyard in public makes people ask questions though…

       

      So I migrate the decorative bits (with purpose)! 

       

      Every year at RTX I but or bring something that’s going to be that year’s RTX thing.  Last year it was the Epsilon jacket which has my RTX 2017 pin secured front and center under the top button.  This year I intended it to be the RT Letterman Jacket which I’ve been needing to get since I got that Double Gold patch way back when, but there was also a sweet RTX Snapback in the RTX #RTBOX which is now half this year’s RTX thing.

       

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      See, cool pins all along the hat (First, Extra Life, and Side Quest).  I put it on my head and remember the good times.  (I also, the day I got home, went out to get comics with my brother and the comic-shop guy saw it and asked if I went.  We talked for two hours.  I think the hat has earned its keep.)

       

      The jacket still will be an RTX thing.  It’ll be covered in patches I got this year (and before) and as soon as it’s done you can bet I’ll show it off.

       

      Speaking of showing off, here’s the rest of the merch I got in the RT Store.

         

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      Some pretty cool stuff.  I just can’t not get an RvB thing each year, but it is true Camp Camp took up more of the budget than my jacket.  I really love that show, almost as much as I think the Ice Queen can be Best Girl when she puts her mind to it.  Maybe putting her hear back in a Cib headband might help her concentrate (I doubt it, but I needed to mention it somehow).  You can see here all the patches I got from the store and The Coop.  I really liked the Coop and its merch but that stuff was EXPENSIVE and I’ve still got some tin posters to buy.

       

      But, maybe by favorite thing of all is the RTX exclusive “Never Stop Trying” shirt.  It has that great cartoony style I love from this year’s RTX branding.  It has the positive other half of my favorite line in the show.  It’s very comfy.  And it has some actual importance to this post I’m writing on #rtcommunityday right now.

       

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      For all the fun stuff I get from RTX, what I take away from it every time is a reinvigorated sense of just how much the #rtcommunity means to me and a passion to do my part in it.

       

      RT asked us on twitter for pictures and favorite moments from RTX to retweet over RT Community Day.  You all have seen the pictures (I wanted to attach them all, but twitter only allows 4) but here’s what I wrote:

       

      It's hard to pin it down because every moment of #rtxaustin is a reminder of the welcoming, talented, and just best community ever (of all time) that I have become a part of. RTX is coming home to these people and that keeps me very excited for every year.

       

      Maybe I’m being a little sappy, but there it is.  I may get a lot done at RTX and all of it gets me #VeryExcited , but a greatest moment?  I am immersed in the RT community from the moment I put on my daily outfit and funny socks to when I flop into my bed then have to get back out and turn on my light to find my eye cover so I can actually sleep a few hours for a whole weekend.  It’s pretty hard to top that.

       

      Yet I think I’m gonna try. 

       

      I planted the seeds of this all the way back in Part 1 of this threequel.  RTX 2018 marks the start of the Year of Participation for me.  I’m getting more involved with groups.  I’m gonna finish this pass at Red vs Blue Rec0very.  I have enough RT shirts now to wear one every day of the month (if I so choose).  I’ve got some actual video content actually in the works.  Where this year will take me is unknown, but there’s one key to getting there.

       

      Memory…

       

      Remembering where I came from to this community and applying that.  If I don’t do anything else this year I’m going to do my best to have one 008 Update* for every calendar weekI’m a writer.  I have thoughts best conveyed in words that I want to share with other people.  They aren’t all going to be 20+ page behemoths and not all of them are necessarily going to be directly RT related.  The connection will be I’m writing them for you guys, the RT Community.  It’s stuff I’m making because I’d want to read it and I’m hoping a bunch of like-minded friends on the internet will enjoy it too.  That sounds kinda familiar…

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      *I really mean I’ll be doing “A Written Post” every calendar week.  Scripts for Rec0very and review posts count for that, as do other fictions I may decide to share and a planned series I have that isn’t just a blog but might start under the 008 Update banner.

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      It’s a little ambitious but this community is worth it to me and I can always use the practice writing.  By calendar week I mean every Monday-Sunday and that is so I can visualize all of this on my calendar easier and make a checkmark.  It also gives me the leeway of more than seven days on occasion. 

       

      Again, I don’t know what shape this year is going to take.  I also may miss a few.  I’m not perfect, but what’s important is I’ll never stop trying.  This community and this place means a lot to me, so I will keep coming back.  I hope you will too.

       

      Happy #rtcommunityday

      -Max (AgentWashingtub008

       

      P.S.

      You can also expect, along with part 5 of RTXCited 2018: The Threequel a lot of fun shenanigans and doodles, like me achieving a nice lunch or little doodles to up my word count by a couple thousand (metaphorically) and explain some stuff about how I see myself and the world.  I even got a new set of markers.

       

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    • ​ 008 Update #33- RTXcited: THE THREEQUEL (Part 4- I Did It for The Bit)

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      For the uninitiated, I get #VeryExcited for #rtx and for the past three years I have made a series of journal entries covering my thoughts and experiences.  This is the series for #RTXAustin2018 and the rest are likely to be found under the #RTXcited tag on the site.  Join me, won’t you?

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      WASSSUP, MY DUDES?

       

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      Now that I’m back home and I’ve had my day to rest, unpack, and reflect it is time for y’all to gather ‘round and listen to everyone’s stories about #RTX2018 (which includes mine).*

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      *We’ll keep track of how long this actually takes me to write it, but I am starting the second full day I’ve been home: the 7th.  Just for reference.

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      Let’s just start off by saying that this was the best RTX I’ve ever been to, and based off of the opinions other buddies of mine have shared, it might also be the best in a much larger time frame.  I cannot speak for everyone else’s opinions and experiences but I am going to do my best to explain all of the reasons why this was the best RTX I’ve been to. 

       

      I feel like I need to do this not only because I want to tell you, but on my way out of the “Ask the CEO” panel I ran into none other than Ezra.  Right, that @ezracooperst who left Fullscreen to join RT.  Let me take a few lines to address Ezra directly.  Because of a few reasons, during our talk I felt a little on the spot when I went up to you for an autograph in the field journal and when you asked me about my RTX it was clear how much you cared about an attendee and community member’s opinions.  My answer (about how smoothly it ran and personally lucky I’d been) was honest but I don’t feel I scratched the surface.  If you don’t mind the bad jokes and funny pictures, I hope this and the related journals can serve as a better answer for you.  Thanks if you even read this far.

       

      Now, back to the recap journal.  The title I chose is just as accurate as the first part’s for just what kind of time I made for myself at RTX this year: “The Year of Participation” and “I Did It For the Bit.” 

       

      As I sit here on my homecoming and finally begin my tale, I find no better place to start than with #RTXHomecoming which was a brilliant idea for pre-RTX Community participation.

       

      I couldn’t help but join in once I found out.

       

      Day One, which I missed because of work was Pajama Day and I, being VERY EXCITED wore some RT PJ’s anyway the night before so I counted it.

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      Day Two was Fancy AF, which I’m pretty sure means And Fun, so I went right for an RT-based fancy outfit I had always wanted to wear, but RWBY premiers aren’t the best place for a Camp Camp cosplay suit.

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      Day Three was squad day, and because I live out in the boonies and was packing for RTX anyway, I went for the squad/twins inherent in my Elaborate Shenanigan cosplay of Epsilon “You Gotta Have Faith” Church and I think, for a bunch of fragments and rejects, we did a pretty nice job.

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      Day Four, was all about the merch.  In my final stretching of the rules, I did wear a lot of visible merch, but since I was traveling to Austin after a trip to the dentist that day I made it just a bit more literal about my RTX Homecoming.

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      And, as it hit me stepping off the plane and every morning of the weekend, RTX really is like a homecoming of sorts for me.  I’m going back to be deeply immersed with a community I’ve known for around half of my life though I’m meeting some of them in person for the very first time.  Everyone at RTX understands one another. Conversations started just as easily for me with complete strangers far younger or older than me as they did with people I planned on seeing.  A great part of RTX is the community which exists out of a physical space comes home by coming together every year here in Austin.  I can only assume it is similar in London and Australia.  I hope to join them one day.

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      I’m getting ahead of myself though.  We haven’t even talked about the important things, like having my third cup of coffee at Sharies that morning for “brunch” of chicken and waffles with my mom who was just as excited for me as I was to get going to RTX.  It has been the end goal of all my schemes this year and there was a part of my sanity that balanced on this plan working.  AND IT DID.

       

      So I get to the airport and have my 4th “cup” of coffee (a venti triple mocha frappe) and load up my Starbucks card with some of my cash and decide to, with the two hours I have until scheduled boarding, indulge myself further. 

       

      Do you all know Neil Gaiman?  Odds are you’ve encountered his work sometime in the last thirty years in his own Sandman, Stardust, American Gods, The Graveyard Book, Coraline, or Neverwhere.  He’s also written for Doctor Who, along with the translation for Princess Monanoke, and the screenplay of that CGI enhanced Beowulf movie a few years back.  There are also more comics, books, short stories, and speeches to consider and collaborations that include Good Omens with Terry Pratchett.  Well, he’s one of my favorites.  I have three shelves in my room that are just his books.  I’m also a collector.  I have several signed editions that are also rare and/or really cool.  Just this last year he put out a book called Norse Mythology, and I grabbed a signed copy when he came to Seattle to read and speak.  That was a really fun night,

       

      If a bibliographical paragraph didn’t get the point across, I love this guy’s work.  But he’s also a pretty cool guy.  Very funny, very sincere.  He started All Hallow’s Read a few years back where you give books (scary books maybe) to friends to get them to read.  It’s not a trick, but a treat.  He’s also famous for doing sneaky signings if he’s in a book store and especially if he’s at an airport.  It’s a nice little surprise for anyone who just wanted something fun to read.

       

      So, I look.  I have no idea when the last time he was in Seattle was but there are two Hudsons in every terminal at SeaTac.  In the one at the front of mine I look around and don’t see any Gaiman books on the wall, or on top of the tables, but instead, in the little inlaid shelves bellow the table is one stack of Norse Mythology.  I know where he signs them (the cover page) and lean down to this full stack under a table in one of the most active Hudsons and the very first one is signed.

       

      I almost dropped my Starbucks.

       

      We don’t have time to mess around here.  I run over to the counter and put the innocuous paperback in front of the sleepy cashier and my card and skip out to the terminal to find a seat and read.

       

      See, while super cool on its own, it is not just the signature that makes me happy.  It’s the odds that after all of my job and some family stuff and a trip to the dentist, I am finally going to RTX and I walk into the first bookstore and the first copy of a Gaiman book I grab is signed.  That’s just got to be a good omen.

       

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      Now that book is sitting up with my other two copies with the Hudson receipt in it so I never forget how and when I got it.

       

      This was the first and a very significant instance of that good luck I was talking about on this trip.

       

      I also called my mom because she loves Neil Gaiman too and it’s very important to call your mother.

       

      The flight up was pretty good too.  After a small delay in take-off which I didn’t mind because I got to read more Norse Mythology in the terminal we got on and I went up to my Economy Plus seat.

       

      It was the absolute last ticket available on the flight that worked for me and didn’t have three layovers or get me in at midnight.

       

      Here’s the thing about Economy Plus seating.  It’s cool to have more legroom and if you drink more than me (i.e. more than once a month) it probably is worth it in the free drinks but you also have to deal with that divider from First Class that a 5’8” guy in a fedora has to duck around. Getting in and out ain’t easy.  Luckily for me, there was a woman and man next to me who were tighter fits in the seats so I swapped my window seat with one less arm rest for a isle seat that I could jump out for bathroom breaks from (four coffees and two in-flight cokes).

       

      I still felt pretty cool in Economy Plus and I looked sweet too.

       

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      I wear my sunglasses in flight so I can so I can deal with the fact that once you reach a certain altitude the clouds of the overcast and rainy day bellow become a wholly (or unholy) pale reflective surface to the light of the unfiltered sun that the plane is technically closer too as well.

       

      But yeah, a good and otherwise uneventful flight where I had to explain what Rooster Teeth was to the first of many older people who wanted to know what all the geeks were doing on their way to Austin.

       

      I got in and I gotta say, I was very excited that I was in Austin.

       

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      Caboose, Ruby, and Zewi seemed to be too.

       

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      And that was neat.

       

      I also ran into my buddy from the flight up last year, Paul, who cosplayed Jaune with the shield that is also a sword he made himself.  We turned out to be in the same hotel and return trip.  We had fun in the shuttle and said we’d recap when we met back up at the end.

       

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      On to the hotel!

       

      I stayed at the Fairmont.

       

      The Fairmont is the nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed in.  A bit too fancy for me, and I was very excited to have a swanky room all to myself.  I also LOVE Art Deco so having the inside be like that was a definite plus.  The lobby and bar were amazing too, there was even a tree and a small market restaurant. 

       

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      But all that food was too expensive.  Now that we’re on page 5 of this document we’re finally getting to the Austin and RTX portion of this journal. 

       


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      It was late and I was hungry, but not so hungry that I couldn’t appreciate all the cute little cartoon RT characters on the door to the ACC.

        

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      Alone, and knowing all my friends were busy (it was 9ish) I headed to Gus’s chicken where I explained RT and RTX to two more people while I waited form my wings, Dr. Pepper, and fries.  I returned to my room for a dinner with the city while I watched RT videos on my phone.

       

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      The chicken was very good and the videos were funny, but I needed to sleep.  I knew how very excited I was and I had a big few days in the morning.  I was so revved up that I woke every two hours on the hour (seriously) and had to check my phone to make sure it really wasn’t 10:30 and I’d slept too long.  The runners on the black-out drapes got some work that night.

       

      Then I really awoke.

       

      RTX 2018 Day 1: Lines and Loot

       

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      I was very excited to get all duded up for the first day.  I had my kilt ready too because today was the day I’d be the Achievement Bipper. 

       

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      Or I was just happy I could wear my kilt out in public and have fun with everyone. 

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      It was a really nice, really hot day.  I went to Starbucks for my breakfast (Coffee #6 for y’all playing the home-game).  I was ready, considering the unknown of the lines and security procedures this year, for the wait.



      OR SO I THOUGHT.

       

      Let’s start with the positives.  We all (or you all because I was actually fairly moderate about the whole thing) really overestimated the new security procedures.  Once the doors were open, I never waited more than 20 minutes to get into the ACC.  The ACC people were mostly nice and quick.  The guardians were always the best.  And I was only ever questioned once about two things and neither was ridiculous or time-consuming.  The buckle on my kilt set off the beeper and later day one I was asked about the hand sanitizer that I got from inside the convention center (spoilers).  So, as they also started letting people in with water and open drinks (such as Starbucks) I have to say, this procedure was amazing.  Remember that we live in a world where other jackasses call in threats and bring real weapons into cons to actually fight the celebrities (I’m still mad at that dude).  It’s really unfortunate because the RT community is the best community ever (of all time) but if we just do things like this in the future, maybe with one or two more entry points on day 1 I will be really happy.

       

      Waiting in line was also fun because, just like every year, I got to talk with some awesome other members of the RT community who also signed the top secret field journal. I met a guy who brought a sweet gimbal who was starting vlogging, another lore nut (though he focused on RWBY), and a good amount of first timers who I could impart my wisdom upon.

       

      The only bad thing about the outside line was on my end.  I showed up an hour early (like you do) and got a pretty sweet place in line.  As I said, once the doors opened I was maybe ten minutes from entering the hall.  The only problem was a half-hour in when my coffee and chocolate chip muffin finished their journey if you get my drift.  And I was wearing a tee-shirt, sandals, socks, and a kilt.  What’s the warmest part of that equation?  The wool kilt.  I ran from security to the bathroom.

       

      That was the worst security experience I had all weekend.  (Which wasn’t bad at all.)

       

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      Then I registered (or picked up my bag because I got my ticket the day they went up) and got in line with some awesome people and we talked about RvB, Nomad, and web comics.

       

      Fun times were had by all. 

       

      I was very excited to get in though.  Even with the cool people, I knew I was waiting two hours for the expo hall and I was on a mission (or two).

       

      RTX day one is merch day.  I had a list and I wasn’t gonna let the must-haves sell out.

       

      First thing, I went to Luke McKay’s booth and had him sign the top secret field journal and buy the rest of Balls 2 That (the one I didn’t buy last year).  I had a great talk with him and Enzo too.  I ran into my old friend Maddy who lives twenty minutes away from me but we only see each other in Austin (we need to fix that). 

       

      I got a really cool sketch done by Luke too.  That’ll be in a later post.

       

      What I have for you now though is something I am very excited to tell you all about.  I ran to the RT Box booth to grab this year’s RTX RT Box, followed by the year FIRST re-up and the FIRST pin.  I have a windows phone so no RT App pins unfortunately.  I do have a FUN little video for you all though:

       

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      Please forgive the Con Audio.

       

      If y’all like this, and I have the time to film when I open, I think I’ll start doing more video FUNboxings.  I’d also like to take this opportunity to say that there WILL be a more detailed post about the things I took home, but that is not this post.  I also didn’t film anymore videos because…  I was distracted.  I said that this was my Year of Participation and a big part of that was mostly being in the moment once I took the picture at the beginning of it to trigger my memory. 

       

      As fun as these blogs with images are for me to do (I wouldn’t write this much** if they weren’t) a great thing about this RTX especially is just how much fun one could have on the floor, in line, or eating with friends.  There’s always something to see or do if you’re alone and I spent full hours just wandering with people in the ACC.  There’s just so many very exciting things going on that pictures can become an afterthought.  I was THERE and having a great time.

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      ** Currently we’re halfway through page 7.  A quick note to you all: this is just an insight on the text portion of the updates.  I have no idea how long this actually gets with the images put in because I write this all out 12pt single spaced with paragraph breaks (because of site formatting) and then add the images in when I post. 

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      After the box, the next stage of the loot grab was the RT Store to get the things I knew I wanted and all the sweet debuting things I just had to have.  I even got everyone in line to take a selfie with me.

       

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      The RT Store always has the longest line and I probably should have eaten before going in.  That said, if moved at a decent clip and I was in line with this girl who was adorably loosing her shit while watching the Sugar Pine 7 bois on stage.  It was a smart placement to have the line in sight of the Main Stage screens (I might suggest that a speaker or two hooked to that audio be placed near the line to help entertain the RT Store patrons because I could hear just enough for it to pull my attention, but I couldn’t really follow what was going on, 

       

      I dropped a few tafts and got all but two of the things I wanted and a few more others.  The two things I didn’t get were the Red vs Blue tin tourist signs and an RTX 2018 pin.  The pin I am not even sure if they had this year and I have my FIRST shield pin instead, but the signs I’m actually surprised weren’t there.  Those are big ticket items to me.  I still will be ordering them soon because I really want them*** but this also brings to mind that I thought the RvB island this year was a little sparse.  I get that RvB merch is harder because of Halo being externally owned, but after 16 years of shirts, I’d say we have plenty of pin possibilities out there: “Protect Me Cone,” cartoon Caboose, everyone’s old jersey numbers on colored circles or squares, and maybe even an “underwear flag.”  (Not to mention all the quotes.)  There are options here. 

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      What I thought was awesome was finally finding the debuting of the CIB HEADBAND that I’ve been waiting for since it was announced when Alternative Lifestyle won the Streamy.  I retweeted that one so hard.  Me and that adorable girl ran straight for that box before making our separate ways. 

       

      I also really enjoyed finding the Mirror, Mirror Anthology Manga because I will support the print-medium releases of RT forever (and I like the Ice Queen).  The manga was really good and gave some interesting depth to Weiss including showing that she can also be a little superficial.  My fuller review of this will eventually happen.  I don’t want this to turn completely into a swag post.  (Even in the day titled “Lines and Loot.”)

       

      After the store I ran into my good buddy @Ratatoskr and made him hold my shit while I went to the bathroom and ate because both of those things NEEDED to happen by the time I got into the RT store. 

       

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      We have always had a good time being lore nuts about RvB and just bouncing our personalities off of each other in the forums we are in (the OCC).  Telling a story out of order, I was looking for him in the Fairmont lobby because he was going to guide me to the OCC meet-up and had to fight the urge to tell the concierge in my hotel lobby that I was looking for the angry palate swap of me.  I told him on the way and that was one of the best jokes I told all weekend apparently. 

       

      We made the plan to meet-up in my lobby and I ran off to my first Must Attend panel:

       

      DUNGEON DRUNKS from @OboeCrazy and the rest of the Heralds of Greenest (I don’t want to break my the site with this post like I did last year, so I’m limiting the tags) which was a hilarious game I won’t spoil because it’s probably future continuity and will be airing later.  I will say I was anti-octopus, but I like to think I was really just pro-Bernie, and who isn’t?

       

      It was also really neat to get to go up to the front at the end of the panel, show off the top secret field journal, and talk with the cast.  They’re all super cool, especially when you can talk Druids and Rangers with a professional who plays both (Travancore (Jack)). 

       

      After the panel I made my way back to the hotel to meet up with Rat and then go eat at Frank with all my buddies from the OCC.

       

      WHAT A NIGHT

      Frank itself is a pretty cool place, with a quality hotdog, “Dr. Pepper,” and waffle fries for under twenty bucks.  The atmosphere is pretty cool and the only complaint I have is they shouldn’t plug in the lights for half the loft behind the chair space of the “head” of the table.

       

      People might trip over that.

       

      The party was really fun too.  We got to chat.  @sailorGirl brought another sweet picture of me, we got to go over the panel, I gave Lamkia a reverse Uno card, AND RT people showed up!  LoZelda and Kriss who had gone from our ranks to the company.  Mat Bragg also came up from his people in the room bellow us (including Blaine) and talked with everyone for a few minutes. 

       

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      I was VERY EXCITED and honestly I’d had nothing to drink (I actually never had alcohol while I was down there this year) but it was dark and this honestly is just the perfect photo of a couple Minecraft bois late RTX day 1 at a hot dog eatery / bar.

       

      It’s been a while since my last “Why this RTX was amazing”  paragraph so let’s squeeze one in here.  I actually had that experience you hear where I’m out with friends when the day is done and I meet a person from the con.  He spoke with at least half of us a little bit each with interest in what we were saying.  I didn’t get some perfect picture artistically but the perfect picture for the incident.  And when he turned around the night wasn’t over.  I had just as much fun with all my friends that night and we headed to our hotels to do it all again the next day.

       

      DAY 2: I AM Agent Washingtub

       

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      I was VERY EXCITED for the second day because that was the day I suited up as Agent Washingtub for a day full of commitment to the bit and RvB fun times. 

       

      You all just saw the montage shots f said suit-up but if you think I stopped there for my elaborate shenanigans, you’d be wrong.  I changed my phone’s wall paper to the sultry Carolina render.  I had all Wash music from RvB soundtracks as my song.  I smiled and saluted in the mirror over and over to get the G-man/Superhero/Good Boi attitude down.  Hell, while I showered I listened to an hour long cut of the Duck Tales theme song just in case.

       

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      I was, after all, in friendly competition to my friend Ratatatoskr who does a killer Director going around recruiting other cosplayers to a revamped Project Freelancer.

       

      Before I forget, there also was my Top Secret RTX Field Journal I will pat myself on the back for making.  It was my living prop and autograph book.  It’s a one-of-a-kind souvenir of this and possibly (probably) other RTXs.

       

      It’s surprising how I saw a small few of those, but so many people were really excited by the idea.  It will get its own post.  Technically I’m not “done with it” for this year and the post will come when the 2018 pages are finished.

       

      Changing gears completely, I played Bendy at RTX and I am really glad RT Games now has a stake in it.  I can’t wait for the PS4 version. 

       

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      I also can’t believe I met the guy in the hall.

       

      I went into the main hall for a brief moment after my breakfast and coffee just for the opportunity to see more people in my costume and character, and for them to see me.

       

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      This polaroid wall thing was another great community-centric idea utilized this RTX.  Anyone could leave their mark or get a memento (I left mine).  I wonder if anything will be done with this wall.  I’m kinda hoping to see it in the background of a The Lab video or something.

       

      Because  I forgot my Headlight Fluid flask in my room and I had BIG plans that kinda required it. I headed back out a little early and then I saw the surprisingly short line for The Coop and I waited for that to open with a neat Ren cosplayer. 

       

      The Coop had a lot of BIG, high quality, and high(ish) price items and while I was very excited to see it all, there wasn’t much in my budget I felt I needed to have.  I’d like to mention again, I’d like to see more RvB merch.  But they also had a lot of really cool patches.  I grabbed an Achievement Hunter military style Git Gud patch, and a Sugar Pine 7 axe patch.

       

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      All in all I was very excited to have the opportunity to see inside the Coop.

       

      Now, for the moments you’ve all been waiting for:

       

      AGENT WASHINGTUB GOES TO THE RvB PANEL!

       

      I grouped up with my buddy Ratataoskr early so we could finish off his Director cosplay’s repairs and a half hour before we could technically line up, but we were safely seated in the lobby of the Hilton away from all the fire exits and conversing with “friends” we had just made.

       

      Then, out of nowhere, famous actor James Allen McCune and Mimi Torres and their awesome Guardian, Vicky. 

       

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      James took our selfie because he is a long armed boi and I had a nice short conversation with them about Season 3 of AL and RTX because I wanted to let them eat their tacos.

       

      One of the friends I spoke of that I just met to legitimize our pre-panel meet-up was a sweet Nomad of Nowhere cosplayer (The Bounty Hunter) that was also giving out little critters he had made himself.

       

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      I got a stapler!

       

      It was around this time that the Guardians told us that the line in the field would be starting shortly. 

       

      So Martin and I went out to the field in front of the Hilton.  This was the second time I’d lined up there for the panel this year (Dungeon Drunks).

       

      It was nice to meet other RTX attendees in line and make jokes with my buddy while we waited, BUT.

       

      Either in a t-shirt and kilt or in a full G-man suit, wool hat, and cape, it really is too much to stand in that field for that long.  I finished my Headlight Fluid flask about half-way through.  I had a guy next to me in a Dishonored cosplay and separate parts of his costume fell off because the glue melted in the heat.  That’s just too much.  I would like to make what I’m sure isn’t the first sincere request that if the line before some of the biggest panels has to be out in that field there be a tent, some of those misting fans, both, or some other solution to the heat.  I understand that there isn’t a space for a couple hundred people in the Hilton, but an open field for 30-45 minutes is not a good option.

       

      That’s been said now. There’s my two cents.  I hope someone is listening.

       

      Let’s move into the positives though.  I love Season 16 of Red vs Blue and the panel was just as good.  Once we got in and Martin filled our water bottles we met up with an Agent Georgia cosplayer to chat in the seats for the last bit, when suddenly a guardian came over and asked us cosplayers to move over to the front stage-left section.

       

      I got a front row seat for an RvB panel.  I WAS VERY EXCITED. 

       

      Waiting I got to do my Agent Washingtub bit with some of the other people and it was received well, especially with a Theta cosplayer who also did a nice Caboose.  I got people to sign the Top Secret RTX Field Journal and we all worked out a cosplay meet-up in the lobby below.  That was a lot of fun.

       

      But the panel, the panel came first. It was an amazing panel with Matt, Burnie, Gus, Kyle, Josh, Miles, Jason, and Joe talking about my favorite series ever, of all time.  In true Washingtub form, I pulled out my notebook and took down the important information they departed upon us.  I present them with further elaboration now:

       

      RvB panel notes

       

      -130(ish) Day Production

      That’s about how long from official start to finish they were working on Season 16

       

      -2 Season Arc

      Joe stated that the Shisno Paradox is a two season story.  Later notes will go into this further, but the gest of this is they HAVE planned the rest of the story out, they know where we’ll end up, and this is the “halfway point.”

       

      -It is NOT Jimmy in the Epilogue

      I knew this and I think we all got that down.  In a later interview with After Buzz TV he confirmed that it is Genkins disguising himself as Church.  That is all we know about the situation.  I’d also like to pull out my crackpot and add that we have very likely not gone back in time.  A lot of people kept saying that at RTX.  The paradox happened, there is NO TIME to go back in anymore.  We are someplace else (very probably).

       

      -One of the ideas behind this season/arc is exploring Caboose’s Ego

      No, I am not entirely sure how to tackle all the implications here either.  It does make sense though.

       

      -Gus had fun as the Cyclops

      There was a BTS video about the Cyclops scene and Gus told stories.  He hated getting his head-mold done (claustrophobic) but loved the scene.  He also came up with biting Tucker’s head off.  Joe and everyone else on the panel really had fun with this segment too.

       

      -Matt got 101 decibels

      Matt showed up late and Joe is a nerd.  That’s the short version.  Joe had a decibel counter on his phone open as everyone came on stage to see who was most popular.  The joke came up again on the panel.

       

      -No time = crappy

      I think this is in relation to production scheduling but I can’t remember.  It’s generally just fitting of the season though.

       

      -Plan to circle back

      Joe knew the epilogue explicitly about half-way through writing season 16.  He said he had the perfect vision of it and it informed a lot of what he had left to do.  He also always knows he can circle back to a Blood Gulch like scenario for good RvB writing.  It has to be fresh, but the set-up is there.

       

      -Sarge Season 17 BIG ROLE

      It was a quick mention but Sarge will have a lot of important stuff to do in the next season.

       

      -Blue most popular

      Using the decibel counter again there was a pole by sound for the most popular team between Red, Blue, and Freelancer.  I voted blue.  I won.  So did Matt because Doc is Purple.

       

      -Dark Wash/Meta’s Theme

      There was plenty of talk about this around RTX, but the panel “settled it” for us during the Q&A.  Yes that WAS an alternate “When You’re Middle Name is Danger” played after Wash’s rage quit of the Pizza Quest.  It is symbolic but not explicit.  Dealing with Maine/The Meta/Meta is a dark time in Wash’s life and he’s dealing with similar emotions and thoughts now.  There is also some similarity to Wash’s deteriorating mental state but only some.  It’s more there to say “Oh SHIT” than a direct message about Wash going off to become another Meta or something.  (Though now I wonder if an AI could help with his problems…)

       

      -Caboose in cave is Caboose in 16

      A question asked was what other adventures Caboose went on through time.  A planned gag that wasn’t conveyed well in the slide-show format (and thus it was cut) would have been that when Caboose was talking to his “echo” in the cave at Crash Site Bravo during season 11, it actually was Caboose from season 16.  Joe followed this up with a ~Fuck it, it’s cannon now~ comment so fuck it, it’s cannon now. 

       

      -RvB is like a comic book.

      Joe said early on that was the way he viewed writing RvB.  There’s a story and a cast of characters you have to stay true to, but it’s also something different people get to come to and write and escalate and then they are done.  It’s someone else’s turn.  As long as the story keeps those true elements and the writers take care, it won’t jump the shark.  Burnie agreed to this sentiment.  This also helped elude to the fact that the Shisno Paradox is a solid story with an end point that all the writers of RvB agree to and a new story will come after.  There will be both resolution and somewhere to go to from it.  (It was not made clear if a new team would come on in the next arc or not.  I really enjoy Joe’s work so I won’t think either way either.  I just want good stories too.)

       

      -Are they still making Red vs Blue?

       (Click Here)

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      I did not get to ask my question because the line was huge by the time I got to it.  I lept out of my chair when Joe first said they were going to open up for questions soon, but everyone went around the table with final thoughts, so I crouched and when the line really started the trip from far-left to the mic was too far.  I was maybe 8 from the mic by the time the panel ended. 

       

      It’s not big deal, but I had a good question so let’s see if I can get it answered here and now:

       

      This is a question mostly for @Joenut and Jason, but if anyone on the panel knows feel free to comment.  I’m AgentWashingtub008 from the site, I’m a bit of an RvB lore nut.  This season it is revealed/retconned that the artifact “under the sand” is the shell of a Cosmic Power, a very powerful AI.  This does explain just why Charon and PF wanted it so bad.  And then Epsilon inhabited it for a while.  What I’m wondering, and I don’t want you to spoil anything, is do you know how the shell got there and do you think it will ever be told in the show?  Or are you just leaving the seed of this for future teams?

       

      We all swung down for the post-panel cosplay meet-up and the whole bunch of RvB nuts had fun and made jokes.  There was a great bunch of Felix vs Tucker poses from Daks and CrackedBrainCospod (instagrams I can’t tag for fear of breaking the site but go search those names, they’re great artistic people and should be appreciated). 

       

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      The fight didn’t turn out like most people wanted, BUT I got to get a picture with the victor who is also a really cool person.  I’d been following her work on the costume for weeks on instagram and it was great to see it all done in person.

       

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      I was very excited by the whole thing and I even got another Starbucks because I needed food and drink.

       

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      Some of us planned on meeting back up with Daks for her Villian Cosplay Party later and parted ways. 

       

      I went to the Ask the CEO panel from there, I was trying to meet up with someone who was there already and I felt pretty lucky when I was able to sneak in myself. 

       

      Matt listening to the community, asking for improvements and suggestions, and making jokes to us like he would on a podcast was a bit of a humbling situation for me.  I know these guys all do care still, but this is the first time I’ve experienced it in person.  It was a huge highlight of this RTX and I plan to go next year to this panel.  He said a few things about the future of production, the future of the community site, and just a few nice insights into the company as it is now.  I didn’t take notes (I probably should have) but walking out from the panel I felt really good about this company and the future of it.  Not many companies or conventions make you feel this welcome, but a honest talk with the CEO does the trick.

       

      Then, after the panel and while I waited to meet up with the other person (she was busy), I ran into Ezra.  I’d like to mention again that he is a really cool guy who clearly cares about the community.  I told him it was my best RTX so far and I’m hoping my little asides coupled with how much fun I’m having writing this comes through to give you a better idea of why.  Something as cool as getting to chat with the President of Rooster Teeth and getting the impression that he might appreciate your ramblings contributes to how much I enjoyed this RTX for sure (and it’s a bet I’m willing to make on this blog.)

       

      I had my meeting and it was much appreciated to have a bit of @kriss ‘s time to talk about the community some.  It was great and I am looking forward to a whole lot because of it.  It’s another instance where I was amazed by an RT person taking the time for me.  I’m very excited about it all.

       

      From there I went to my signing with Maggie and Jordan.  They were super nice and chatty while I got them to sign the Top Secret RTX Field Journal with doodles and then all the sweet pictures guardians took for me.

       

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      They were very excited to see a copy of the Camp Camp bluray and I was very excited to be the first one to get them to sign it.  I love that show and couldn’t be more happy they (and others) put it into my life.

       

      With all my plans for the day done I didn’t want to waste any possible RTX time and I’m glad I did because Martin found me and showed me to the ACTUAL AGENT CAROLINA AND AGENT WASHINGTUB (illuminati_dorito and woodpeckercosplay on Instagram).  And these were also awesome people.  We had some great interactions in and out of character and I got to run my favorite “Thing to Say to Carolina” from the Top Secret RTX Field Journal by Carolina to great success (she later read the entire page and it turns out that is everyone’s favorite page). 

       

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      I had a great time and was very excited.  We told them about the villain meet-up and then the day of RTX was done.

       

      I went back to my hotel room and peeled my costume off my body so I (with some regret) didn’t put it back on for the cosplay meet-up.  BUT I was able to get a pedi-cab (sponsored by Netflix) to Which ‘Wich and back and had a good time at the party.

       

      No, it was a FANTASTIC party. There were other cosplayers there, but the villain cosplay party kind of turned into more of a RvB cosplay shoot with all the fragments, Felix, Locus, and that Wash and Carolina.  The caboose they were hanging with showed up soon too.

       

      I wasn’t in costume to get pictures myself, and I didn’t take any, but I had one of my favorite moments of RTX here. 

       

      Some preamble for you: I may be in a bunch of forums and a few groups here on the RT site, a handful of discords and other groups, and my local RT_Seattle group knows me, but I don’t feel like a huge and recognizable personality.  Despite all the selfies, I’m always amazed by anyone recognizing my face.  But I write (a lot) in my personal voice.  At Frank I brought this up tangentially and a newer friend from the OCC said that a great thing about the online community is you can recognize people by how they talk.  I agree.

       

      So, I show up a little late with my sandwich and a RT shirt and shorts, say hi to Martin who’s taking “Family Photos” with all the AI against the background of the Residence Inn’s library lounge, sit down, and start eating.  What I do while I’m eating is what I do best and start injecting little quips and jokes while playing off of my knowledge of Red vs Blue for maximum effect.

       

      People laugh and focus on the photos, but around the fifth joke one of the AI ladies turns around and says “It’s you!  It’s the Washingtub guy!” (Or something along those lines.)

       

      After maybe one whole hour of interaction people recognized me, not for my appearance (because the costume was gone) but for my voice and my jokes. 

       

      Once that happened people started circling up on me and we talked RvB and I showed off the Top Secret RTX Field Guide and we were all laughing and sharing stories about the community and dancing to “Come On, Carolina” much to our Carolina’s dismay.  It was an hour where I instantly and completely fit in, and that’s not something I get to do outside of RTX and the RT Community.

       

      I kind of wish I did get photos, but I know I’ll remember that afternoon and how very excited I was.

       

      Martin, Cainrin, one of her buddies, and I went to PF Changs later because we were still hungry and had some great conversations about RT and life in general.  It was a pretty nice night.

       

      And as big as that day was, I still had one more, probably even bigger day ahead of me.  I had to go back to my room and sleep.****

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      **** Some time in that day I went my the Crypt TV booth at the perfect time to catch the Look-See terrorizing people just trying to deal with their past.  So of course I gave it a go.  I can’t remember when exactly I did this because the photo was emailed to me and it’s not in my camera roll.  I just remember it was very cathartic and spooky and it got me very excited.

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      DAY 3: I Was On A Panel!

       

      I awoke, very excited, to find that it was actually over-cast in Austin.

       

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      And for a North West Boi who probably sweated his bodyweight each day I took that as a good sign for the big day ahead of me.

       

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      I was about to represent not only the OCC to the greater RT community, but I had been planning on representing one of my other teams for quite a while now.  So I threw on my appropriate shirt and letterman’s jacket and headed out the door with everything that could fit in my luggage. 

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      Somethings that didn’t were the letterman jacket itself (if I wanted all my shirts to fit) and the RTBox.  As much fun as I have with them, the RT Box is always a casualty of RTX.  Maybe it will go on to become a part of some other RT Box or be a food container for someone working at RT and it will contribute back to the cycle.

       

      Dropping my bag behind the counter and these deep thoughts made me hungry, so I went to get a coffee and some coffee cake.

       

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      It was good.  (And number 9, I believe.)

       

      With some time to kill I went around the floor.  Today I decided to donate to and check out the Side Quest and Extra Life booths.  Both had very informative and engaging staffers.  I got a cool new bandanna and pin from Side Quest, but Extra Life was a whole lot of fun. 

       

      For donating, signing up, and posting a picture to social media about a good cause, you could get three buttons, a special pin, and add your own torture to be possibly drawn and spun on this year’s Wheel of Vengeance.  I am very excited to inform you all I did all three and reaped the rewards.

       

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      I want it to be known that I bear Mr. Luna no ill will, he’s a favorite RT personality.  But can you just imagine how much spookier Too Spooky would be with sticky hands?  I don’t want to.  (But I want to see it.)

       

      With my small evil done #4thekids I ran over to Mizers booth to get some cool art stickers and a sketch.  She was nice.

       

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      After that I gathered myself and went to the room where my panel for the Oxford Comma Café happened.  I think we did a fantastic job of relaying the basics of what we’ve found makes for a long-lasting and well received community online but rather than tell you all about it, I can just show you!

       

      Click this LINK to watch our Panel (it starts in the archived stream just after the first set of commercials). 

       

      If you couldn’t tell from watching that panel live or in archive, this RT and OCC community means a whole lot to me and anything I can do that might help out I will.  And of course I will take feedback on anything you noticed about my delivery, opinions, or when I took off my shirt.

       

      Yeah, the camera wasn’t in a great place for it, but I took off my shirt on a live broadcast.  And I’d do it again.  Greg Miller has the right idea.  #TeamFat

       

      Once the amazement of that wore of, I went to the RT Docs panel for some relaxing with fellow OCC’ers and decided to take one last loop around the floor.  I was guiding my buddies to the RT lounge where you could get cool pictures taken of yourself to edit, when something pretty awesome happened.  I ran into my good friend, leader of RT_Seattle, and the PA TEAM LEAD GUARDIAN @Johannah  who I had been trying to hang out with all weekend (with full understanding of how busy she was).  I took my friends were they were going and returned to where she was standing.

       

      Joey had moved.

       

      When I turn around to look what do I see but a supremely adorable scene at the vendor behind me.  I won’t say what was going on because I don’t know what happened next in the story yet, but it was Ellie!  She was super sweet and she signed my Top Secret RTX Field Journal before heading off to the next stage of her scheme I assume.

       

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      A quick loop helped me find Johannah and we spent my final hour on the floor (because I had a plane to catch) recapping our weekends, doing Guardian stuff (just like last year I was “her PA” and showed her booths and held her stuff), and we just had a good time.  With all the hard work I know she and all the other guardians do, it only feels right to make sure they have fun too. 


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      The guardians have always been the best group of people working a con in my experience.  They deserve their own post and I just may do it, but if nothing else I recommend you thank every guardian you interact with at RTX.  They do a whole heck of a lot for making this weekend work.  I would know, my buddy is a team lead.

       

      RTX was amazing and every year I am very excited for every minute of the three days I’m down in Austin with my community.  Rooster Teeth not only makes some of my favorite content but it fosters meaningful relationships and experiences I’ll never forget.

       

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      I was pretty sad to go.  I honestly tear up each year as I go out the same doors and take this picture.  It’s not just a bit.  Leaving RTX is leaving a home of mine and I’m a guy who values a little ceremony.  

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      You know what though, as sad as I am to leave RTX, I know that because I am that only means RTX was that good.  I love RTX.  I love the people I see there.  I want to celebrate it once it’s over.  That’s why I do these blogs.  RTX is that good.

       

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      I’m not very excited to go, but I’m happy it happened.

       

      Epilogue

       

      The journey home continued to be fun.  I met up with my buddy Paul again in the Fairmont lobby and we told each other about our weekends and all the cool people we met while he shoved his Jaune cosplay into a suitcase (props to that guy for wearing it all three days).  Then in the shuttle to the airport and while we sat waiting for the plane and caught up on all the RT news we missed.

       

      Congratulations to the Joneses on 4th bebes. 

       

      I had to explain RTX a few more times to the uninitiated, which was still fun.  I loose track of the times I say “digital puppetry” to describe machinima.

       

      No one reading can probably do anything about this, but the Austin airport has two problems.  First is construction. They need to finish that door.  I only notice this problem here.  Second, they need to get a Burger King or something.  There are not enough restaurants that serve simple food at peak hours to be able to get anything before getting onto a flight.  I ended up with a milkshake, some jerky, and a bag of Fritos.

       

      Just say’n.

       

      The flight itself was pretty good.  I had some good white reading.

       

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      I didn’t only read the manga, but also all of Dungeon Construction Co. yet that picture didn’t go quite as well with my final (11th) cup of coffee this trip which is firmly between the tastes of the Ice Queen and her BFF.

       

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      I was picked up by my mother who wanted to hear all about my trip and she got a story pretty close to the one you all got.  I said hello to my dogs who had missed me very much and showed off my merch while I put most of it in the laundry hamper. 

       

      Then it was finally time, at the end of the fourth day of fun and very exciting things for me to rest, my dudes.

       

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      COMMIT  tower TO  tower THE  tower BIT

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      We’ve come full circle, though the story isn’t over.  I have one or two more posts to pull out of the RTXperience that I am very excited to share with you, but we’ve reached page 20 and picture number 60.  I have more work to do outside of the work I’ve done here before I can make those two posts.

       

      I’ll get to them soon.

       

      I hope you enjoyed the read.  This was without a doubt the best RTX I’ve been to and I hope you could understand that from my ramblings and fun pictures.

       

      Tell me about your RTX too.  What did you do that was awesome?  How did you connect with the community in new ways?  Did you find that one RT person in the wild you’ve always wanted to?

       

      I’m still very RTXcited, even here at home days later. 

       

      I’ll talk to you all again soon.

       

      Have fun,

      -Max, AgentWashingtub008

       

      TAG BAG

      #rtx

      #RTXcited

      #rtxaustin

      #RTX2018

      #cosplay

      #rvb

      #bip

      #storytime

      #comics

      #wash

      #agentwashington

      #topsecret

      #ElaborateShenanigan

      #OCC

      #OxfordCommaCafe

      #panel

      #Panelist

      #Campcamp

      #CommitToTheBit

       

    • 008 Update #32- RTXCited 2018: THE THREEQUEL (Part 3- But More About Me)

      1 month ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      For the uninitiated, I get #VeryExcited for #rtx and for the past three years I have made a series of journal entries covering my thoughts and experiences.  This is the series for #RTXAustin2018 and the rest are likely to be found under the #RTXcited tag on the site.  Join me, won’t you?

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      Because, after all, I’m going to #rtx and I know about what I’m doing better than anything else.

       

      I’m also posting this one a tad earlier than my usual “last minute” ones because that’s just the way things are.  I am #VeryExcited and #VeryPrepaired .

       

       

      FAKE RTX MONEY

       

      I’m gonna drop a taft…

       

      Y’all might remember that I got that #fakeahcrew piggy bank in the AH #RTBOX back when it was called #DoubleGold and that’s where I put all my extra bunce leading up to RTX.

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      Well I heisted that money over to the coinstar and got a fair amount for one or a few special gubs to be determined once I arrive.

       

      Though I do have a list.

       

      COSPLAY

       

      Hey, remember how I said I only had one cosplay this year and it’s another Top Secret Elaborate Shenanigan?  

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      Yeah, while packing my “themes for days” idea turned into one EXTREMELY themed outfit and another that has been influenced heavily by what I’m doing on Sunday (the panel I’ll plug soon).

       

      So here’s a “Cosplay” Schedule like all the kids are doing: 

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      I'M ON A PANEL

      This isn't just very important to me because I'm going to be actually on stage at RTX, something I never really thought would happen on my third trip, but because what me and my OCC friends are talking about is important.


      My fellow members of the Oxford Comma Café are going to be discussing how we've lasted and become the most active group/thread/subforum of the community site.  Our bend is full discussions with level heads and care to what we say, but over all what we'll be talking about can apply to all sorts of community groups and discussions.


      It's gonna be great.  We have some real fun things planned.


      Join us, won't you?


      FACE ME IRL

       

      Just on the off chance you don’t know what I look like, now you do.

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      I will have floofy ginger hair, a hat, glasses, a beard, and a ridiculous smile all weekend.

       

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      If you want to send me some encoded message or just say hi, I think it’s important that you know the best way to contact me is here on the site, through twitter ((a)pinkgeek008) or Instagram (same as twitter). 

       

      You know I’ll be making a whole bunch of RTXcited blogs upon my return, but there may be a few updates on those other socialmedias too.

       

      That all said, everything else is going dim because I’m going down to experience as much of RTX as possible.  If this is the last time we talk for a few days I hope you all have a great week and weekend.

       

      #MugLife

      The coffee tracker will be in effect again this year in a MUCH BIGGER WAY.

       

      A whole lot will be kept track of, like Dr. Pepper, and things I can’t tell you yet directly, though technically I have already shown my hand.

       

      Just gotta be #CrypticAllTheTime

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      And that’s it, I’m just too #RTXcited to be able to think of much else to say.  My phone has been cleared of all debris and my bags are packed.  I need to be going to bed soon.

       

      Looking forward to it all,

      -008 (Max) 


      P.S.

      No, this wasn't also an excuse to make sure imgur's latest version worked with edge and the site...


      Not completely.

       

      TAGBAG

      #rtx

      #RTX2018

      #rtxaustin

      #RTXAustin2018

      #RTXcited

      #VeryExcited

      #cosplay

      #ElaborateShenanigans

      #achievementhunter

      #selfie

       

      #StopDolphinPoaching

    • 008 Update #31- RTXcited 2018: THE THREEQUEL (Part 2: Be Prepared)

      1 month ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      For the uninitiated, I get #VeryExcited for #rtx and for the past three years I have made a series of journal entries covering my thoughts and experiences.  This is the series for #RTXAustin2018 and the rest are likely to be found under the #RTXcited tag on the site.  Join me, won’t you?

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      And I thought I’d be sticking away from all of the lists and using minimal tips.

       

      Man makes plans, God laughs, and bureaucratic regulations do their thing.

       

      So guys, I’m still #VeryExcited for #rtx this year, and I’m counting each and every day that I have to wait, but recent developments and thoughts I’ve been having anyway have me thinking about preparation

       

      To get ahead of anything else, this isn’t a journal talking about anyone else’s preparation, but mine/yours. 

       

      There was a recent post from Bethany about how Security Checkpoints will work at the designated entry points to the convention center.  You should definitely go read it if you’re going.

       

      Here are my general thoughts:

       

      At least we have the system in advance.  It’s pretty restrictive and yet I can see how it could lead to confusion and complications.  However I think we’re better safe than sorry.  It would seem that this is the way it’s going to be.  It won’t do any good to cause trouble and we’re the RT Community, one of the best online communities ever, of all time.  Let’s be on our best behavior and things should work out for us.

       

      #BestCommunityOnlineAndInLine

       

      So, something to take from this situation is to Be Prepared with your time.

       

      Lines take time and this will be true getting into the convention center and getting into panels.  Planning your day appropriately is important, especially if you want to get into a big panel (we’ll talk about the big panels soon). 

       

      Travel from place to place also takes time and you never know what you might run into on your way: 

      -A friend from the site. 

      -Some awesome cosplay of your favorite character.

      -One of the many RT Staff and Cast (or Celebrity Guest) who may be wandering the floor. 

      -A lucky penny. 

      -A booth with some swag you just gotta have.

      -A brief blockage from some other line or event.

      -AND MORE!

       

      So, just be aware that it will take you time to get from one end of the convention center to the other or to a hotel or other event location.

       

      You also might want to Be Prepaired with your priorities.

       

      It’s a blunt truth that you can’t do everything at RTX, there’s just so much awesome stuff to do aside from all of the standing and walking around the expo hall.  I find it’s good to be measured about all this and have one or two things a day that are MUSTS for you and focusing on getting them done then allowing all the other fun stuff you get to do to be extra.  For me that’s about one panel a day and an event or thing I know will take up some time.  I have my list (and my panel with the OCC* is on there) all ready and I know that some of those still may be a stretch (RvB).

       

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      *Yup, in case you forgot: I WILL BE ON A PANEL THIS YEAR as a representative of the Oxford Comma Café, one of the most active community groups of the RT community site and forums.  We’ll be sharing our secrets to success in communication, community management, member engagement, lunar settlement, respectful disagreement, and FUN.  Please come see us if you can.  I am very excited to be a part of it.

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      I am not saying you can’t go see the panels you want, you should definitely try, but having priorities like this makes things easier.

       

      You’ll also benefit because you’ll find a lot of unexpected opportunities for fun at RTX.  You’ll meet new people and chat with them in the expo hall.  Maybe you’ll find some agreeable someone who wants to go get lunch with you.  There’s RT Staff and Guests wandering usually and maybe you can get a picture with them (as long as your mom doesn’t decide to call you).  People are playing all sorts of games and you may just want to show off your skills.  Cosplay shenanigans happen. 

       

      As I’ve said, everything is slightly different for everyone at RTX so your priorities are up to you.  Just know what you really want to do and work for that while leaving yourself open to the fun that will just happen.

       

      On another side of things, you will benefit by being prepared with ways to contact your friends.

       

      For safety you should have at least one person with your cellphone number who knows where you should be throughout your day and is willing to check in on you.  Using the buddy system helps a lot.

       

      Outside of that, you will benefit from having a way to contact other people through apps and websites and phone numbers.  I would know because I have a Windows Phone which, in this year of 2018, means I have few functioning apps and none of the fun social ones.  But I do have a cellphone number some people have and unlimited data so I can check in on Twitter, Instagram, and the Rooster Teeth Community Site.  Those are the best places to contact me (should you want to) (at)PinkGeek008 or AgentWashingtub00-  Wait, you should know that one.

       

      And finally, you should be prepared ahead of time.  Because I’m VERY EXCITED I’ve already packed and unpacked most of my bag.  It’s one thing to have a list of things that you want to have, but another to know you have the space for it all.

       

      I have to transport one of the many hats I’m bringing on my head (which is fine) and I’ll be doing the same trick of last year where I pack my on-the-floor bag into my clothes bag so I don’t have to pay twenty five dollars.

       

      Speaking of that hat, I’m really looking forward to my super elaborate shenanigan top secret cosplay which I’ll be doing on Saturday for reasons (and it’s the longest day).  Not only does it take last year to the next level on many fronts, I’ve been working on one prop that may not get me a guest spot on Master and Apprentice, but I’m really happy with what it is and what it is going to be by the end of RTX.  I’m going to have it all three days if you want to see it.

       

      But back to my point, which is the point of this whole journal really, I don’t know what you’re taking with you to RTX.  I’m still ironing out some of the exact things I’m going to bring.   I’m sending out contact info and networking.  I’m scouring the schedule to see what I want to get to and how I can do it.  We’ve still got, a few days.  The important thing is to make the effort now so you’re ready when you get to the ACC and see everything in front of you.  Plans may change, but at least you have your shit together.

       

      There’s still work to do.  I can’t wait to see you all down there this year.  Yet, I wanna get one more of these posts ready.  I have my jobby-job to go to a few more times.  Achievement Hunter had their tenth anniversary and I think I have a FUN post I can do for that…  And I do have to fully pack.

       

      So, I’m gonna go.  Thanks for reading and as always I highly recommend you go check out all of the official journals about RTX from the Rooster Teeth Staff and also the ones from RT World and other community sources if you want more detailed lists of things and information. 

      And, should you have any comments or questions for me, go ahead and use that comment section.

       

      ‘till next time.

      -Max (AgentWashingtub008)

       

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    • The Finale of Red vs Blue Season 16: The Shisno Paradox Happened (The Journal is Spoiler Free)

      1 month ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      I've been doing a lot of ranting.  


      You can read the more interesting bits here.


      But GODDAMN


      This was a great season in my opinion and the finale did have a lot to do with that.


      Go watch it or catch up so you can watch it next week.


      It is amazing.


      Thanks to the entire team.


      I'm off to go see if I can watch this episode as many times as I watched the premier.


      -008

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      Hey, this is a resource thread to be used in our RTX Panel coming up.


      Standard OCC Rules apply.


      We just need examples of typical OCC conversations we may pull from for stunning visual aids.

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    • Elkaroo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Brush then Listerine

      1 month ago

      I was expecting somebody to get knifed at the panel. You let me down.

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        @Elkaroo  Why?

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        @AgentWashingtub008  It's probably a good thing it didn't happen

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        1 month ago

        @Elkaroo


        I ran into Lamkia in the street with no one around so I got my hug then.  She had no qualms.

    • ThatGuyWynters

      1 year ago

      Answering the prompt on your answer to my most recent question, I felt that the short did itself justice. Much like you said, I felt it was more backstory-driven than the Red/Ruby trailers. I also find your analysis of how the show might continue to be very logical. I personally believed that when we got a Ruby trailer last year, and we ended up having a Volume 4 plot driven by Ruby's adventures with RNJR/JNRR, I feel like the Weiss trailer might mean that Volume 5 will focus primarily on Weiss, and given that Blake and Sun's adventures were the primary subplot for last year's masquerade, it seems only fitting to me that this year have a subplot focused primarily on Yang. Of course, just as Weiss and Yang had their cameos last year, I fully expect to see how Ruby & Co. are getting along in Mistral (meeting Oscar/Ozpin, perhaps?), and I also want to keep up with Blake as she leads her family—not to mention her +1(+3, possibly)—as they prepare to take on the White Fang, or at least part of it.

      So, yeah. Those are my thoughts & theories struck up by the Volume 5 Weiss Character Short. It's not nearly as elaborate and/or satisfying as reading one of your reviews (you're really good at it, I wanna say), but there it is.

      One more thing that your answer to my question got me thinking—in it, you made a mention of RT releasing two other shorts before Volume 5 starts up. I haven't heard that myself, but if it's true, and given that you said it, I find it believable, then it really throws off my theories for what the focuses might be.

      • AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

        1 year ago

        Well thanks.


        I will say the three more trailers before the season thing is something I just heard a lot at RTX and, because I'm still in RvB mode right now, not something I really persued.  It all depends on the length and intent of this multi-volume arc for how they will do it and how it would work best.

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      BRO YOU FUING SO HARD RIGHT NOW

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      Happy FU!!!

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        Now I've got an alter version of Avril Lavigne's Girlfriend in my head.


        THANKS!

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      Happy FU Day!  Bask in the glory.

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      Yay friends! 

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        Booyeah!

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      1 year ago

      @AgentWashingtub008 (don't know if you get alerts for comments, so hedging my post) 


      " I'd convert an area into a wood-working shop."


      I SO understand this!

      • AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

        1 year ago

        That function works swell!


        I'm gonna try dropping in a picture after today's site freeze:


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        NOPE!


        Although I remember someone talking about a fix through the comment editor...


        Oh well, we can work it out later.


        Yeah, I really like having done projects like chairs, shelves, and stereo frames recently.  I also do walking sticks.

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      2 years ago

      So why the Random Friend Request?

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        You come on the recommendation of Buck, that goes quite a way here.

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        Yeah I found his tag later. lol You should come check out Journal Jam.

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        I think thats Max

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        No prob, bud. Take a look around, I update"weekly." Have fun.

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        Okay

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        I like it very much, and the beard will be accurate in about a week. Perfect style too.

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    The Short Itself

    I found it very pleasant.


    That's odd phrasing, I know, but there are (of course) particulars to that.


    First, I've gotta clarify, Weiss is really up there with favorite characters.  Even more than the Space Needle shaped chart of favorite characters I have from Red vs Blue, for RWBY it's a big ball of characters at the top and there's rotations.  Weiss is probably the girl from the main four I'd like to know the most, if only so that I could give her a hug. 


    This short, was a perfect microcosm of that. 


    Also, I probably had the same putting-the-pieces together process everyone had at RTX and (if your like me) when it went public on RT.  Season 1 dress with no scar: this is the past.  There are summons: which family member is it?  Oh right, Jaques isn't a Schnee, so it could only be Winter.  Why is Winter doing this?  Is Papa making it happen? 


    The balletic fighting style that is stiff is very well animated and true to the character at that point in her development.  While I'm taking a break to talk about the technicals, the backgrounds are BEAUTIFUL.  The whole animation is good, but something about the courtyard set is really top notch.  The shadows.


    Then we get to the end and the revelation of how brutal but caring Winter was while training Weiss.  This might be more speculation than necessary, but what I really got from this moment (paired with what Whitley said about "mother") is Winter really was the mother.  Weiss's reaction to her sister showing up in Volume 3 also seems to confirm this in retrospect.  Winter is just that much older that she could and likely did take on much of the rearing responsibilities of her younger siblings.


    Having this all be a dream indicates that Weiss is traveling to Mistral hoping to find her sister and these are where her mind is at on the trip down there. 


    Like the first White trailer, this short was very much about back-story.  If the parallels continue, well that's the next section's topic.


    The song was good.  So far it hasn't stuck in my head quite like Mirror Mirror, but I also haven't been watching this as much.  As we get closer to V.5 I'm sure I will be paying more attention to RWBY news and development.


    So, when I say it was "pleasant" I don't mean the story of it, but it was very satisfying and about what I'd expect from a Weiss trailer.


    Thoughts This Adds to My Pre-Volume 5 Considerations:

    I'll admit, I'm a tad puzzled by the way these trailers are being released.  I did not go to the panel at RTX (my major panel was RvB), but I heard about them.  What's nagging at me is that if we only had one last year, why are we supposedly having three for this year? 


    If it were me (and you know, I was planning the whole thing) I'd go for one a year for a four year arc.  But I have no idea how this arc will be proportioned so that could be completely off base and not helpful.


    Unlike the Ruby short last year, this also doesn't present much plot-progressing information when viewed alone.  Weiss has run away from home to be with her sister, we knew that.  This was a character study, but I did say that it mirrored White in that way as well. 


    Red and Ruby were action pieces with world building.


    White and Weiss are character studies that show but don't tell character development to be used later in the story. 


    I think that before Weiss finds any of her team in this story she'll spend an amount of time looking for her sister..  That's her goal.  If and how she accomplishes that is something to watch (or discuss not at midnight).


    The only other thing this really tells me about V.5 is the Blake and Yang shorts will probably be like Black and Yellow too.


    Blake, I'm guessing, will be a brief story of her and Sun in the interim of plot between volumes as she tracks down the White Fang's bad cell. 


    Yang will be another explosive solo story leading almost directly into the new Volume.  Maybe this time she stumbles upon Qrow and Oscar in the bar.


    Hopefully those two stories will help progress the plot for some further speculation.


    What are your thoughts? Did you enjoy the short? Got any good theories yourself?  (Feel free to leave a profile comment or some other form of communication.)

    Let me start by saying I’m extremely flattered by being asked directly an interpretive question on RvB.  I hope I’m decently up to the task.

     

    I’m also glad I watched Season 14 with all the commentary recently enough to be informed about some aspects.

     

    Episode 1 of Season 14 was among my favorites for the season for quite a few reasons, but I do understand how it could be irksome to a viewer.  It’s a shocking introduction to the very different nature of the season on a visual, narrative, and tonal level.  Over all that was the intent of the episode.

     

    Just in case you are unaware (or anyone else reading this) the first half of the episode (up to the conversation between the iterations and the whole of Epsilon) is the nine-year-old “pencil test” of a proposed “Red vs Blue: Animated” which would have run concurrently with the main show but on Comedy Central as a part of their animated line-up.  After this most polished part was finished however, Rooster Teeth (which at this point did not have the in-house animation department it does now) felt that it was too long and detached a process to make an out-of-house animated project so the idea was scrapped and the trailer left on the Season 6 (Reconstruction) DVD as the only legitimate source.  (Of course, it was ripped to YouTube several times.)  The plot elements of that story eventually morphed into season 8 (kinda) and then the show moved on with Monty.

     

    This is a good way to move on to how this episode connects to the season as a whole, the episode was a way of tying up a loose end.  Two actually.  It gives definitive precedent to there being multiple simulations being run by Epsilon in his redundancy programs being more than the one seen in Season 9 so we can call the mini serieses MIA and Where There’s A Wall a part of those and Season 14’s Get Bent as well fit into Church’s alternate plans to try and save the Epsilon Tex.  The one we saw (based on the musical cues) could have been the one directly prior to Season 9, but also could have been somewhere else in that timeline due to the dialog being different.  It also ties up the loose end of the original animation being a part of the RvB canon, just differently than was originally intended.

     

    The draw-out pan of the Epsilon unit in storage also serves two purposes.  First, it grounds the claim that this is happening in the time between seasons 8 and 10’s non-flashback storyline when the unit sat in the UNSC Simulation Command Base that was formerly “Freelancer City.”

     

    The second purpose of this imagry is a visual metaphor for the rest of the season as VIC (a separate, PSA-space VIC (ish)) is about to introduce it to us verbally.  We’re drawing out from one story to show that there are others surrounding it waiting to be told.  Some are in different containers or and at different distances to the Red vs Blue plot, but we’ll be dealing with many stories regardless in this season (14).

     

    Then there’s VIC’s monolog which was the trailer for the season as well and can really be taken at face-value. 

     

    How was that?  Helpful?  Are there still questions you have?  Did you have a different interpretation?  Feel free to make another question or do a profile comment.

    I just realized that I totally forgot that second half in my corresponding blog-segment(in the second half of the post) about the subject.


    Allow me to remedy that. 


    What do I think will happen further into the show?  Well let's start with what we learned this season in particular and pair it with how the first "Collection" of Volumes went.  I think Volume 4, though kindof on its own as an exposition and breathing room Volume is technically the first of the second Collection of volumes that I think will deal heavily with Mistral, Haven, the Spring Maiden, and the second Relic (which I think is Creation).  The first collection was officially released at the "Beacon Years" in a steel-book now and dealt with the Vale, Beacon academy, the Fall Maiden, and I'm going to squeeze in as what I think the first relic that is Ozpin's walking stick, the relic of Knowledge, and the King of Vale's scepter.  (Technically this volume didn't directly feature this, but it was what Cinder wanted to take from Ozpin the whole time).  I think RWBY will be 4-5 of these collections because Monty's plan was roughly 9 Volumes more than volume 2.  There will probably be Volume 3 and 4 which could deal with either of the remaining kingdoms and relics and I'm going to say the Winter maiden will come before the Summer Maiden who I think is Ruby and if I had to pair to that, we'll get Atlas and the Relic of Destruction before Vaccuo and the Relic of Choice.  If there's a 5th collection then that will be where the found relics and Maidens will be assembled to fight Salem.


    And now the particulars coming soon: I think the girls of team RWBY will assemble in pairs that aren't their partners before coming together as all four.  This could be Ruby/Yang and Weiss/Blake, but I think the more interesting dynamics would be Weiss and Yang meeting early on and Ruby and Blake meeting up later (and after Blake and Sun do their thing with the White Fang).  At the very end of 5 we get all of the team together. 


    Jaune will continue to train and not unleash his semblance.  This easily could be held off until he comes face to face with Cinder or Salem.


    Nora and Ren will develop their relationship subtly now, they had their front-time for now.


    Oscar and Ozpin will do what they can to figure things out.  Qrow and Oz might want to keep it all a secret, which will create a struggle for Oscar.  Some people have thought that Oscar and Ruby may have a romantic arc, and if that happens or not they are both younger people with complementing personalities dramatically so I look forward to their dynamic. 


    I don't see the "betrayal" of Headmaster Lionheart lasting any longer than the volume as a secret.  That's just a guess based on how the end "secrets" of past volumes have gone. 


    And other than a steady reveal of information on the Maidens, Silver Eyes, and the relics over time, the rest is really all just random conjecture at this point.

    I haven't eactly given this a lot of thought... But as the soft spoken and sometimes mumbling guy with a name that sounds like several others, I've used different names before when doing things like ordering a snack at Jack in the Box.  I also like to make up elaborate situations in my head where I need to have different names.  Oh, and I probably spend more time than I should when writing making sure that if it's not my main fantasy story where names sound cool (Tavin, Cressina, Dellah, Bimir, Leilus (and so on)) all the names have accurate significance. (Dr, Ozzymandious Dee, and Archimedes "Archie" Hawkins). 


    But for myself?  Now?  Well, I'd have to go with something fitting.  Something that would fit with my mess-of-North-Western-European heritage as well as my personality.  I'd also consider that my first name currently means "King of the River/Spring" in the way my parents thought of it.


    [Stares at bookshelf for five minutes]


    Lloyd Usher has a quality to it.  An old-world dignity with the punch of a roguish hero.  I took it from a formative author and a story by another.  It's Welsh too, and there's plenty of wise old welsh men to be proud of. 

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    BONUS ANSWER: I once actually tricked my entire class and a few teachers my senior year of highschool that my name was Maxwell Samuel Danger Hehnen Gurnard so for simplicity and a good laugh I could go for that too.



    Well let's start with the one I liked enough to have a friend make a cosplay for me ((because she's nice like that).


    Deadpool's costume (seen here) is an enduring product of 90's comics that also is really practical.  We all know that blood won't stain red, but Deadpool only has one permanent power and it alone doesn't really help him out to win fights (unless he just outlasts them).  The full harness and pouches get full use (and eventually one of them would become a magic satchel),  What I also love is the costume has had subtle changes from artist to artist but they all always fit.  Hell with the amount of times he ruins his costumes it's no wonder he makes small upgrades more often then Iron Man.

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    Next up (and also just a favorite character) is the one and only Discowing (seen here).  Discowing is a very particular version of Nightwing's costume and along with the obvious 80's fun of it all comes a very real reason behind the costume.  From retcon to reboot, the outfit of the Flying Graysons has always followed aesthetic similarities to Dick Grayson's costumes (no doubt to symbolize Dick keeping his family legacy) but this one actually looks like a circus perfromer's outfit.  This is the costume I would (given unlimited resources) obtain and wear out every chance I got.  It also has a fair amount of alien flair that leads into our next suit...

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    The Electric Blue Superman Suit (seen here).  I'll be candid, I know it's ridiculous, but I embrace it because it is so truly comic book.  Superman is temporarily disconnected from the yellow sun and the powers it gives him.  So naturally he develops electric ones so dangerous a full-ish body suit must be made to contain it.  And then he splits in half with is blue self representing his cerebral part and the red half representing his more physical side and their both still married to Lois Lane...  Gotta love it, and I love electricity based powers so yeah.  The suit itself is just Superman enough that you don't loose sight of the character but it also is different enough that you can tell something off or new is going on.

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    And last but not least, it'd probably be cheating to just say Iron Man, so I'll pick two.  The Silver Centurion suit (seen here) is a classic and at the time represented all that Iron Man had accomplished up to that point.  Similarly, his suit from the first Marvel NOW! era is pretty cool too.  That was black and gold with red glowy bits one (seen here) from recent years that eventually became home to the P.E.P.P.E.R. / H.E.L.L.E.N. AI which was another sentimental touch that grabbed at me.  I honestly would love it if eventually Robert Downey JR donned the Black and Gold suit before he passes on the role.  It's close enough to the movie suits anyway.

    The kind where the hero and villain can (if forced to especially) sit down and talk or possibly work together while still fighting their battle,


    We all know the iconic ones: Professor X and Magneto, Superman and Lex Luthor, The Silver Surfer and Mephisto, and so on, but the instance that made me realize just how great this dynamic could be and the other ones that compounded it were outside of the usual comic format.


    The biggest one that sticks out in my mind is actually a book, and only vaguely superhero-ish.


    Have you ever read or heard of the Pendragon series?  It might have been a little after your time in the demographic, but it's a 10 (13) book series that starts like your standard serialized sci-fi for teenagers (fitting as it's from a writer for "Are You Afraid of the Dark" and more children's TV).  It's a good and prolonged hero's journey with an interesting cast.  It also has a terrifying villain.  I won't spoil too much, but to answer the question, there's a point in time where the villain and main hero are stranded together.  They can't leave because that would mean the other could as well (kinda Red vs Blue-y) so they're stuck with each other.  It's my favorite sequence in the series because while they are still mortal enemies they're just locked with each other and the most they can do is keep the other that way.  This is something I try to use in my writing too, a conflict where the hero doesn't have to win, the villain just has to lose. 


    It also comes up in Danny Phantom, Scott McCloud's Zot!, my favorite episode of Heroes (the penultimate one of the original series), and other books, movies, and yes, comics, that I love.  To a degree Deadpool fights this battle nearly every third arc. 


    I love when the hero and villain form a dichotomy that extends beyond punching each other.


    It's a killer joke.

    Way back before the new site, when I would do regular journals before the 008 Updates, I would end each post with a lovely little general question.  It's how I got to know people on the site.


    After the site changed I noticed a great shift in people.  Not only had I been away for a bit concentrating on school, but  there were just more people but less of those that I knew.  I decided to bring back the questions in an effort to get to know each other.


    Then we got the question tabs and I loved the possibilities they promised.


    Instead of asking everyone one big blanket question and hoping for an answer or two I thought about how I could utilize the tabs in a way that got discussions going.


    The plan hinged on not making anyone feel obligated by the questions, I just would be available continually to ask and answer them for people.  That's how I came up with the ask me a question first rule instead of spamming people every Tuesday.


    Speaking of Tuesday, the reason why isn't anything spectacular.  Tuesdays were usually the days I was the least busy and when other people weren't home for the longest period of time so taking the time to answer and ask my questions each Tuesday seemed like the best bet.


    It was an idea born out of interest in the community, utilizing the new site, and using my time well.

    Is mayonnaise an instrument?

    | Asked by: LCPeter 1 year ago

    Anything can be an instrument if you try hard enough.


    I recommend scooping a fair amount out of the jar and rubbing it on your knuckles.  Then leave  the jar for long enough for the top layer of the mayonnaise to become a thick skin you will plunger up and down through the still liquid portion.  The creation and popping of air pockets will be your procession,

    Awww, not a math question...


    Okay.  Well part of it luckally can fall into the understandably censored bit so I don't have to do exact numbers for a while.  Also keep in mind that all of these segments are stacking and if I run out before the end I'd skip to the last point (you also can skip to that for a general sense of what I'd do).


    First I wouldn't know what to do with that kind of money.


    Then I'd do the worn but practical thing of eliminating my debt and the debt I helped contribute to of my immediate and senior family.


    I'd probably secure (purchase) a house, not just rent or buy with payments, I'd find a modest but good place to live and I'd buy it.  I'm a young man so probably it'd be a nice house or apartment close to a city but I'd like to be able to park my car every night so not too close.


    While it's being mentioned, I'd buy/payoff my Jeep as well.  Then I'd put some quality mechanics into it along with a tape-deck (I own a few and I've got the money now to get more) and some ice-blue trim/racing stripes and a big charcoal number 8 on the hood  (for obvious reasons).


    So, on average speculations I'll have no old debt, a home, a car, and we're 1-2 million in, maybe, I'm not doing as much math as I should but I'll buy a calculator.


    I'd definitely pay movers to get my shit to my new home and then to fill out the furnishings.  More bookshelves, chouches, basic appliances, a fancy Nesspresso, framing for all my cool posters/artwork I have to put around the house and do display work for all my good books, old comics, and collectables.


    I love entertainment so, after the books and comics are done with there would of course be a media center or two.  I'd get a VCR, a Blu-ray player, a pretty big HD T.V. (not sold on 4K yet), a PS4 and PS2 (I've got my PS3), maybe I'd spring for an Xbox, and then I'd get the speaker system to match and put the money into something I've always wanted to experiment with, a capture set-up for recording and twitch. 


    That of course leads into the centerpiece of all of this (and another longterm fascination coming to fruition).  A high-quality, game-capable, Blu-ray drive equipped, and silver-cased beast of a Sony laptop. 


    Also I'd have a study where I'd keep most of the books along with a good CD system because this is where I'd do my writing and doodling.  A drafting-desk and a few armchairs are a given but (and this really isn't an expence but a good note) a south-facing window with horizontal blinds for long natural light with no glare  I'd also probably buy a palate of composition notebooks, blue Bics, pencils, and artsupplies (plus drafting paper).


    I'd do other things to help set-up the house for my kind of living.  I'd get a bbq, I'd convert an area into a wood-working shop.  I'd get a decient cable/internet package and subscribe to Rooster Teeth Double Gold (W!NK).  Put aside money for untilities.


    I'd move on to collecting a few fun things for me like the color run of Zot!, a few full TV shows on hard-copy, all of those comics I've been meaning to get to, and fill out other small gaps in my collections,


    After that I'd invest in entertainment companies and food.  I'd donate/sponsor education and parks services, veteran orginizations, and and child care orginizations.  This is the point in the list where I'd negotiate with my College to bring back the Rhetoric department and reduce the across-the-board language requirement which chokes the progress of all four-year-plan students in their chosen degrees. 


    And then, after all this front-loading of stuff and equipping myself that may seem a bit excessive and I by no means need to do it all (practical stuff first), I'd put the rest away and go about my life.  See even with all this money I'd still write and if my money can help me get self-published and out there, all the better.  I'd still get a job.  I might not need the funding at first, but I want to work.  I'd find something I like and do it to see what comes of it.  That's the whole point of the list above, I'd take that money to set myself up practically and comfortably and I'd move foreward, hopefully not too changed.  I might buy some fancy toys and clothes, but I'm of the mindset that $35.00 and tax is an expensive meal.  I never understood fancy cars you have other people drive unless you're incapacitated.  I do want to travel but to go to the places that interest me and not for any glamor.  I might go to a nice screening of a new movie, but that's not important, I just want to see the movie.  I have vague plans and probably quite a bit of money will helo, but once I'm nicely comfortable I'm good to just let them come.

    Once again Buck you have asked a poignant question that has an answer I believe better suited to a longer and more readily available post.


    It is one I've actually had percolating for a while, especially in light of the images I and others have had with images lately, a good few instances of pages refusing to fully load, and some changes and priorities I fully don't understand.


    What keeps me coming back though is the fact that somewhere in here there is or can be the old site again if not better.  What the site was to me was a place where the content, the conversation, and the community all was.  As a fairly ignorant man of understanding web function I really only know what does or does not work when I attempt to do it so I've never called much of it into question.  Now we're at a time when I believe all we have completely present is the content here and I'll admit a lot is due to a slow curve of functionality and the early summer of 2015.  But conversations are happening and people do what they can for the community.


    With no analogs to anyone else, I do sometimes feel like David from the finale of Camp Camp (if you are not keeping up with that show, that's completely understandable) in why I keep coming back.  I keep coming back to the site because some people are still here and I may as well try as hard as I can to make my contributions to it worthwhile too.


    But as I said, I believe there is much more to be said, and hopefully with your understanding I think I will go about it in a large post later.  I will link it here as well.


    The best way I can give you hope now is this, RT is still making RT content, there is a fanbase with a sizeable portion of itself still located here.  The more we do together, I think we might be able to get over the hurdles of sticky formatting, image issues, things I have no idea about because I know no better, and the hard to make connections.



    Once again an excellent comic question with what will be a loaded answer because of the literal and popular definitions of the terms used.


    There are the powered villains of circumstance such as Magneto or Mr. Freeze who go about it different ways, but you wonder are they would be villainous if not for the circumstance.


    There are those who defy the societal rules, taking what they want, like the Rogues (the Flash), Catwoman, The Riddler, The Kingpin, the Penguin, Whiplash, Taskmaster, and rest who are greedy or something but a few vices don't make just a villain.


    There are the true villains who battle heroes and try to impose their will upon the world like The Mandarin, Lex Luthor, Loki, Thanos, and Baron Zemo.  As you can see, they fall in a wide range of powered or non powered people. 


    There are also the monstrous forces beyond earthly mortal ken like Galactus, The Phoenix Force, and the Furies.


    And then there's the Joker.  I have quite a bit to say about what he is, isn't, or may be.


    But none of that will answer your question.  Because my favorite villain is in a way all of these and represents evil imposition of wills, desire beyond rules, and power beyond reason.  And in all of these things he has one of the greatest qualities of a supervillain, a diametric opposition to a hero that is the root of all of their continual strife.  I also mean continual, though there hasn't been much of this original fight often it's unresolved, always a possibility, and the villain has life and schemes outside the good guy that piqued their interest in the affairs of mortals.  Of course I'm talking about the truly evil match for the Silver Surfer all the way back from the 60's; Mephisto.


    For a good reference on what makes this evil bustard the best is when he takes his schemes to the limit to end the vexing sentinel of the skyways in the 62-page spectacular: the Silver Surfer: Judgement Day.


    And if you couldn't tell by now, I have a thing for villains edging on the theatrical with their verbage.  A good dramatic phrasing can go a long way for me. 

    I would just love to write for RT's narrative (or semi-narrative) content. 


    Sure I'm a decent comedic actor (four years of improv) and I've got an idea for an AH show like I'm sure a lot of us do.  (New Game +1: have I described it yet?).  Of course I'd leap at any job opportunity RT presented me, but I love to write and be a part of the storytelling process so that is what I would do for RT if I could pick.


    This of course falls into several departments.  Live Action shorts and shows, animation, or machinima?  Red vs Blue still is my favorite.  I'd love to write for that, and starting out I'd also be a fine content/continuity editor for that show.  But as long as I'm doing some form of narrative content.


    I've aslo got a few of my own ideas I could do as websries if it ever came to it.  Most prominent is a speculative fiction horror comedy (I swear it would work). 


    So, most importantly, I'd like to write for RT, and the details are all just different flavors of icing.

    I have my reasons, though I do understand it has become semi-iconic of me around here.


    Of course there's a story to it, so I'll start in the beginning.


    All throughout Sophomore and Junior year of college I would do a cycle of goatee, fresh shave for Halloween, grow-out, shave to goatee, grow-out, shave fully for break, and rince and repeat.  Senior year I was Obi Wan for Halloween so that started the pattern being off.  I liked my beard but I still played around with styles and stubbles.  You see, when I'm clean-shaven I still look like I did at 17 so I do like just a bit of facial hair at least so I'm not mistaken for a highschooler when I order a hard cider. 


    Like I said though, I'd played with a full beard and liked it so it rarely went completely away and then senior year thesis and 2nd semester midterms came around.  I stopped caring.  I'd shave for graduation.  My parents actually liked my beard though so I kept it.  And kept it.  And cleaned it up sometimes but mostly, I kept it.  It was tons of fun and I got compliments all the time but there were downsides.  It itched, eating ice cream was a trial, I wasn't sure if it was helping or hindering my ongoing search for a job, it itched, and ultimately, while I enjoied it, I got bored of it. 


    So, about a week ago, bye-bye beardie. 


    Sort of.


    As pictured bellow I've kept the goatee (down to my biggest standard comb on my styling razor*) and everything else was taken to my delicate ginger skin.  I get wicked razor burn and not cleanly shaving for over a year and a half meant things got bloody and raw.  So now I'm sporting some 5'oclock shadow, but I have light hair and it's been a week.  I'll start shaving closer more regularly once I get more blades and I work my neck back up to it. 


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    All this is to say, I shaved my beard early fall because once again it makes me look just a little bit more like Errol Flynn or Tony Stark.  It's a look I hope will convey me well in social and career circles that I also just like.


    A final word though, fret not for the wild fun bits like the naturally forked tip will live on.  I don't plan on trimming the goatee itself for a long time. 


    *This gives me an idea for a blog later.

    Well, those factors came separately, in so much as I was pretty young when I decided I wanted to write, and then a tad older when I started to really dig deep into things, pick them apart, and start making my own things with the pieces. So honorable mentions to the series that were the perfect storm of my preteenish years of reading: The Chronicles of Pyrdain by Lloyd Alexander; the Redwall books by Brian Jacques; The Inheritance Trilogy Cycle by Christopher Paolini; The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. LeGuinn, the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling; and The Amazing Spiderman by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. There's a list of inspirations that no doubt people could dig out of my early and current things (and you can bet there's plenty of Neil Gaiman, Edgar Allen Poe, Terry Pratchett, D.J. MacHale, Michael Scott (Irish novelist, not the boss from The Office), R.A. Salvatore and others in there too, but they came later and/or don't exactly fit your question).


    But the series that first changed the statement in my head "I want to do this" to the question "how do I do this?" (which means to critically read and be critical about what I write) came in the middle of all of those series in Patrick Carman's The Land of Elyon (which had light ilustrations throughout). I got the first book, The Dark Hills Divide, when it came out as an indie title by a beginning author from Walla Walla. I infact have a first edition copy of the book. None of this of course meant much to me at the time. I just knew that this was a great fantasy story about a girl who could talk to squirrles, solve puzzles etched inside stones, and uncover a mystery on a magical island. It was really cool. It was, at first, one of the books that made me think "I want to do this."


    Then something happened that changed everything. (A good beginning, but very familiar.) My mom told me that Patrick Carman, the man who wrote the book I enjoyed so much, was coming to Barnes and Noble for a reading and a signing. It's hard for me to tell if I completely knew what was happening. I was getting to meet the author. Authors were, up to then, certainly people in my mind but they were people who lived a long time ago and/or not just an hour away from my family in Eastern Washington. But when we got to the event there he was. Smiling and wearing jeans and a button-up shirt. Leading me, other kids, and their parents through an activity inspired by the magic stones in the books. And while we did that he explained to us the stones and how he wrote about them for the book. He told us about the walled cities in central Europe that inspired the setting of the book. He talked about how Alexa Daley was made for his daughters who are just a little younger than me and though he loved to write for a long time, he was just starting to really be "an Author.". He told us that he was a person like us, who started from scratch and worked his ideas into stories. It was a quick progression to "je just did this," "I can do this," and finally "how can I do this?" And the best thing he told me that afternoon was how. I had to figure it out on my own.


    That sounds weird probably, but when the time came for us to get our books signed by the author individually (another forgien concept to me) he took the time to talk to each of us a little bit personally. I talked about how I wanted to write and how hearing his story inspired me. He liked that and encouraged me. He then saw my book and explaind some things about the dog-eared paperback I had. It was a first printing as well as first edition. You could tell because of the spine. The art was off. Books themselves having value beyond the stories was also new to me. But it made sense. This book was from when he started his writing career. It meant something in that. It was the start of mine too in a way. I hold a lot of value in that.


    The following series was very important to me as well because since the first book had really opened up the world of writing and writers to me the following books in the series and by Carman (there are others and I have a good amount of them) always had the special air of it to me. I would read not only the story but the making of it. I identified patterns and mechanisims and make guesses to where the story would go. I would also try and see if I could also make things in those ways. Sometimes I was right, and sometimes I was wrong, but I always learned. I have been to two other signings/events with Patrick Carman and each time he would show me other ways down the path of writing or tell me something about how to get it done.


    It's funny actually. For my birthday gift to myself I just recently ordered two of his latest books (from a different series which is just as important in different ways) and one is the continuation of a story I haven't read since early college but loved and the other is a book about that series and a little about how he did it. I devoered that book in one day (yesterday) videos and all (it's a very interesting book format he came up with for Skeleton Creek). I'm still learning from him but I also had a strange moment of "I've learned so much" reading this behind the scenes book now and remembering me back when the first book came out. Things have changed because of The Land of Elyon and where it directed me to go.


    In the way that it jumpstarted the ways I write, I have to say this series is at least in the nebulous top-handful of series that have had a profound effect leading me to what your question asked about, if not a close but eeking over top. It's hard to say exactly, there are a lot of other works that have very important influences too. Some are not a series. Some are an anchor to what I write about but are more involved in their answers. I could tell you a lot of stories about the stories that helped me, but its getting late now and I chose the easiest place to start for your answer.


    Also, yes, this gave me the excuse to write in a narrative fashion for a couple hundred words today. I took it.

    [Pushes up glasses]


    Well, while Superman is so "naturally" capable it is not an inherent quality of the Man of Steel to be "-of steel." Rather, the sciency make-up of his cells is juiced up by their reaction to Yellow Sun Radiation which gives him the initial boost to his system to make his body capable of incredible strength and solidity (bullet-proof skin). However, while in his normal state as a Red Sun Radiation evolved Kryptonian is still superior on earth because of that and other cross-planetary differences such as Kryptonian physiology and density (to combat differing gravity) he still needs muscles capable of lifting heavy shit and/or crushing it. Like a goldfish will grow to the size of its bowl, Superman's Kryptonian physiology and radiation-reactive state makes him physically capable to do the things he does. An ice truck is still an ice truck on earth so to crucify it on power lines on the earth where it was made takes the same amount of force from human machinery as it does an alien body made capable of exerting those forces. Superman's ripped-ness is a result of his body's capabilities in his situation combined with his lifestyle. If he wasn't constantly running or fighting I imagine his form would reflect a human who lived an average lifestyle and he would only be that proportional strength of a Kryptonian on earth.

    I like to think any good fictional universe has it's dangers, but let's go by numbers. Let's spin a wheel of the ones with the most damage done!


    WHHHHHHIIIIIIIIiiiiirrrrrrrrr tick tick tick tick tick tick....


    THE MARVEL UNIVERSE (A close tie with the DC universe but mostly it's continuity that gets destoried over there.)


    In this or any fictional universe I'd like to inhabit I'd be a wizard and/or benign trickster figure. I like to think of myself as a good guy so in this one I'd be like a side-kick / spinoff next generational Dr. Strange who gets into a bit more trouble.

    Retirement is a ways off for me. I'm sure at some point I'll stop whatever my day-to-day jobby-job will be, but as someone interested in a creative field (writing all sorts of things), I'm not sure I'll ever stop being creative with at least the slightest intention of letting other people in on the fun when I'm finished with the current project.


    I'll probably also keep going with my hobbies of woodworking, doodling, indulging my inner child, consuming fun media, and maybe I'll open a small bookshop. I'd like to live in a town on the NW coast.


    Otherwise, I don't really think too much of it. Just tuck money away once I get a first real jobby-job.

    Now, now, that's not exactly how this game works, but I've gotta give you points for trying.


    So, here's a half-answer. Unless it's obviously directed at the person being questioned, I don't ask questions on question day that I wouldn't have a good/entertaining answer for.


    Also, this is my way of getting to know the community on the new site better and letting them know me. The questions someone asks can be just as informative as the answers they give.

    Top 5... I'm not really an Anime buff so this will probably also be a "Half the Anime Shows I really enjoied" lists.


    1) YU-GI-OH!

    I'll be honest I haven't completely seen the show, never read the manga, didn't play the cardgame, and haven't really touched the other series beyond the original. BUT, I love the concept behind the original series, even when it doesn't quite hold up (that's what this reboot is for). It also has nothing to do with YGOTAS... No... But however, the conclusion drawn my me and my friends when Gods of Egypt came out was these cheesy but super inense effects bastardizing mythology would be better served as a Yugioh movie. If a series with effects like that existed I'd love it (CW style).


    2) Code Geass

    This show... This show... I loved the first twenty two episodes and then it fell into pit too many animes I watch do, the episode 23 problem. That's what I call what happens when an awesome concept is slowly established and worked for the whole of a series and then at the peak of the climax the stakes are suddenly and immediately turned up to eleven (becoming God? seriously?) and the story is "concluded" in two episodes. I would love to see a reboot of this show with real actors from the nations represented (as well as they can (Brittania is basically the EU and America so just pick something for Lelouch)). The magic is mostly subtle enough to do well and the mechs can be part-cg and part practical and really (since this is a rebbot) after establishing some pacing that makes sense you can integrate some of the things from season two into the lore and just go your own way after you start the season one climax otherwise.


    This is the point in the answer where I start grasping at straws. I don't watch much anime and even fewer of those I want to see in live action outside of these two. The first to see a cool new take and the second because I really want to reboot that story and make it work.


    3) Pokémon

    Who hasn't thought a version of the show with real and literal growth for characters (best achieved in Live Action when you have to) and realistic versions of the creatures? I however, in the line of hard reboots, would love to see them just be scientifically created creatures (big lore changes that I won't go into now) that have been genetically engineered to have their abilities but they're also actual Pocket-monsters. They keep their scale to each other, but whatever the average size of a pokemon is that is the size of a beast that could comfortably sit in a good-sized pocket. Also some cool Arms-race metaphors.


    4) Uhhh...


    Sorry, I just don't want that many live action reboots of anime. Maybe just to see more of it I'd go for The Devil is a Part-Timer! but that's pretty damn near perfect.






    Okay I don't want to break the site, but I remember quite a few pretty weird dreams. They all have their merits and while there might be a few (somehow) imperially weirder ones, one that is both really really weird and has a weird disconnect as I can remember it, is one I remember from being pretty young.

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    I'm in a HUGE bounce-house that's modeled in the aesthetic of a Mickey's Toontown house and there are other children in there with me but more in the "I know this fact in my dream" kind of way than me really being able to differentiate from their reveling forms around me (I'm using discriptions I was not capable of doing at the time but still accurate). In the center of the room (a living room designed with a lot of orange paint an furniture (all bouncy)) there's a metal grate that we're all avoiding because it's a drain in the middle of a bounce-house and we don't want to be on the only not bouncy part.


    The children start to thin in numbers as a big blue anthropomorphic bat-person in a black and purple suit comes bouncing in too. I'm afraid of this bat and it doesn't help that he starts to come towards me as the children start to leave more quickly and the bouncy house becomes more like a castle. He starts to laugh at me and I'm scared back by his menacing guffawing laugh (think Krusty the Clown at a slightly higher pitch). I start to hear the children that left laughing at me too. I'm bouncing back now and find myself in the center of the room and the grate is gone. I fall down aways to where there's barely any light and I'm in a wet pit now on top of fist size-rocks and my legs hurt and I'm crying for my parents to help me out.


    I wake up after a while of me down at the bottom of the whole listening to the bat's echoing laughter.

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    Have some fun with that one Freud.


    Oddly enough not too much of that frightens me now. Writing it out, I could actually twist some of it around into a horror story I wouldn't be scared writing.


    The other contenders for strangest dream are harder to differentiate because there are a lot of patterns and recurring elements. Those are things for a different day though.


    Favorite comic book?

    | Asked by: Fly 2 years ago

    That's pretty hard. And of course just vague enough for me to get some mileage off of it. Still I'll stick to the ones I actually physically own for the variants I have for this issue.


    If we're going for favorite individual issue (a single-purchase comic book you'd buy from a shop): That is a very hard decision as I have a long-box containing four years of single issues, but I also have and would read over and over again Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: Ramadan. It's a fascinating issue that talks about the endurance and magic of stories and dreams (like a lot of the series) and is beautifully illustrated and written as well. It's an issue that really speaks to me. This was a hard decision as I also have several original printings of Marvels and DC's going back to the sixties (without covers because of an old comic shop incentive), a good chunk of the original color run of Scott McLoud's ZOT!, several other Sandman's, and quite a few of the comics from my stint of buying them weekly at college are special to me.


    If we're classifying it in sort of the graphic novel / complete arc / trades: It's again hard as I have an original printing of Brief Lives from the Sandman run as well, BUT I also have some pretty good Deadpool / Silver Surfer / Nightwing / by Gaiman trades I really enjoy. I think I will settle back to the Sandman though. Brief Lives is up there as I view it as the real start of the climax and it deals with a lot of the series's over all themes and patterns.


    And, surprise surprise as it goes in favorite comic books as in "I really like to collect (character)'s comic book: That's a tie. I absolutely LOVE The Sandman. It has so many great concepts, characters, and stories while being its own whole story that it's pretty near perfect to me. However, there is something almost intrinsically fun about every Deadpool comic I've read and he's probably my favorite superhero (Morpheus does not have that distinction) that picking up his comic book is a must every time I go into a comic shop with some money not already intended for a purchase. And The Sandman, though I love it, is "over" after just having wrapped it's Overature run I will still buy any issue I can (within reason of course) but since this applies to both of these comic books, I can't call it without a deep "but, well" clause.

    This actually took some time for me to figure out because there definitely will be two shows in this category soon and I'll have to wait for hard copies because we don't have uber-kable.


    However, one did dawn upon me; Star Wars Rebels. I may be spoiled about a few big factors, but what I care more about is how they came to be and experiencing it. Again a casualty of Disney XD being above the current package, I'm stuck to finding out these stories on DVD if I can get ahold of them or perhaps Netflix and Disney/Lucasfilm will come to a solid agreement.

    For one day only it would be the ability to create permanent non-living things through will and alchemical conversion. I'd make quite a few little gadgets and bits/bobs I couldn't otherwise like a wrist-mounted auxiliary for my phone/laptop with actual buttons (a T-9 keyboard would do), some snappy sets of new clothes so I can dress like a cartoon character in fitted and fitting outfits (so many pairs of swabby jeans). Sure I might make some things of monetary value but I don't want to worry about serial numbers or diluting our economic system's values too much. I'd probably top it off with making myself a house which I imagine would take time and energy still. Then I'll be set to be a productive member of society the next day with all my neat stuff!


    That or Magneto-type flight. That's more super-powery and I'm always down for a chance to fly like that.

    Why are we here?

    | Asked by: ThatGuyWynters 2 years ago

    Well, I signed up because I like to watch and Discuss RT content, I've stuck around for some of my own fun. If we're going waaaaaaaaaay back it's because a friend of mine in middle school said a certain lead character who dies six episodes in made him think of me.

    I never assume I'm 100% correct about anyone else's motivations, but I assume the sense of community and the aforementioned discussion and entertainment has a lot of people here.


    I think you're particularly a RWBYite.

    Forming a cult of any sort for Danny, the 99th Warden of Hell's Kitchens & Food Services would be a ridiculous waste of arcane knowledge and efforts. Danny, being Lord and Master of Demons and those unfortunate souls whose function in the ring of Gluttony is to stand beneath the sinks, their mouths warped into funnels of raw taste-receptive muscle and razor sharp teeth; he has no care for speaking. He only desires the garbled sounds of choked disgust from his Garbage Disposer hoard.


    However, to satiate Danny to a degree would be to act as he does and force blended leavings of food down the gullets of sinners constantly until their intestines burst in judgement. From these shredded silos of slop make sausage to dine upon while drinking the blood of your sacrifice. Preform this ritual on the third night of the waning moon every lunar cycle with the leftovers of all you have eaten between.


    Initiates must willingly go into and survive a night of the ritual.

    A wall mounted-radio!


    A telephone!


    A Daft Punk poster!


    Very small rocks!


    A cleshe map over my bed with different colored pins for where I have been and where I want to go!


    ...


    Yeah, I'm not really sure.

    I also want to say a tactical knife...


    No...


    Old-timey camera film.


    It starts black in the case, then you take a picture and put it in a red room to develop and as the image begins to fade or just get old or you screwed it up it's all grayscale.


    Well, I won't google these to stay honest.


    Well, knife would be only based off of an audible pun...


    I'm going to say a towel or sponge. While you dry off a thing, your utensil gets wet from the mess.

    I reveal all but one of my hidden tools about my person. I demonstrate my Holmesian level of disguise and attention. I describe to him all of my long-con pranks that went off well. And finally I tell him that I really really REALLY would like to work with him. I can be great a maintain a character too.

    So, largely the plan is to wing it. I have a few things scheduled and some things I just have to do because of timing, but outside of what I'm about to list I've got no idea.


    On Thursday I'm gonna meet up with my RT Seattle crew


    Friday is my first day of must panels. Kinda Funny and Late Night Lemonade


    Saturday is my designated signing day. I'm also likely to attend the OCC Fado's dinner.


    Sunday I'm not staying the whole time because of flights but I'm dedicating all the time I need to to attending the RvB panel.


    On either Friday or Saturday I'll be cosplaying Deadpool (I take it you read my journal with a part about it).


    I just plan to have fun, meet some people, and eat some Pizza Hut.


    Oh and I'm gonna try to pick up a Free Play shirt, Team Fat (Men's Medium) and the Pyrrha crest shirt.



    Oh my, well I already get to go to RTX...


    Well, the morning would start with coffee and breakfast with Neil Gaiman. After a couple hours of that I'd get a private tour of the Disney studio with lunch with the higher-ups of Marvel, Disney, and Lucasfim. Afternoon large-arena Laser-tag for me and a bunch of friends. A nice rib dinner for me and my (hypothetical) lady friend with Jason Mraz doing the music. Sitting down with friends again to watch a good movie of my choice (probably an action comedy or a Disney movie) at a private screening in one of those food-and-armchair theaters. Then it's off to be a guest on the Late Show with Setphen Colbert where I could meet and do a wacky thing with him and Jennifer Lawrence (who really I'd just like to meet. She is a beautiful woman, yes, but she just seems like a fun person I'd be friends with.

    If I told you they'd come for you too.


    I will say that for my own research purposes I have recently begun looking into connections with Alchemy, Secret Societies, and space travel/technologies/programs. I've found some interesting things. (It is the truth, I've been pondering and looking into these things for reasons, but I don't know if there's any reason the government would care about.)

    I would be satisfied with the same three meals a day with the following snacks and drinks also provided.


    Breakfast- Waffles and Bannanas (with fix'ns)


    Lunch- Peanut butter and jelly on a pretzel roll with cheetoes


    Dinner- Southern Style fried chicken tenders with my secret recipie bbq sauce and steak fries.


    Popcorn

    Cheez-its

    Chicken Jerky


    Coke

    Glacier Freeze Gatorade

    Whole Milk

    French Roast Coffee


    I imagine this is a Lost type situation and I eventually rig a kitchen and fridge in a crude house (or hatch) with all this.

    ---


    If I had to really narrow it down though, I'd just have the coffee, milk, chicken and waffles (with syrup) and bananas.



    I don't think I did this to myself. I could have, but that would be a very desperate time.


    It is very likely I have let loose a string of awesome but awful puns over a course of the conversation and when someone finally groaned at me to stop I said (as I do), "Why, I'm on fire right now."


    They decided to make a pun out of me.

    It's likely he has my theories and postings and other shenanigans from on the site. I have been fairly active over eight years. One or two time's I've gotten pretty close to knowing what was going on in RvB, other times I've made great detailed explanations. And there has been so much more.


    I don't know quite why I've been abducted to do this, but I hope that having my work in a file means he wants me to write something for the company and didn't want to call a lot of attention to it. That would be great.


    OR


    It's a photo and information of a cast or community member with just three words beneath it:


    Follow


    Observe


    Befriend


    He nods and says more information will come to me later at RTX and I'm released with a new badge that lets me get around with more ease.

    Oh the rituals, how shall I begin?


    Perhaps with the oldest in its oldest form.


    Though I've been drinking coffee since high school, in college I was able to talk my parents into getting me a French press and electric kettle for my growing habit. I used it a bunch, but the most inopportune thing was the kettle only fit in the hopper sink in the dorm (which I stayed in all 4 years (and the same single room)) basement/kitchen/laundryroom so I either had to trek down there every two batches or go to the bathroom across the hall with a big tumbler cup a couple of times. Usually it was the latter. So that's step one, fill the kettle. Then boil, that's easy but has resulted in more hand-burns than I should count. Usually it's just because I slip while filling the press. Then I let it percolate for about twenty minutes to a half-hour, pour and add sweet cream or chocolate milk (that's a frugal college kid's mocha). For most weekdays (and Sunday nights) my brewing system was a full press in the afternoon leaving one of the three-four mugs my old press would make for the morning. Sometimes I'd make more than one press a day. Saturday and Sunday, when I felt like being a lazy homebody usually saw a turn-of-the-century breakfast at one or more meals. In the days before modern breakfast cereals popcorn and coffee was a popular base for a quick breakfast. I love both, and if you've got some simple buttery popcorn and a fresh mug it's worth a try I assure you. An afternoon French-press and popcorn is one of my oldest and best rituals for brewing coffee.


    After leaving school I shifted it some. I'd make a batch every morning as I woke up to let our puppy out and would drink it over the day. I also got a bigger (and better) Le Cruset ceramic French press. It keeps the coffee warmer longer and the mesh is tighter so I can use slightly finer grinds. It still largely is this way (and follows the same 35ish minute ritual while making food or prepping the protein shake I pour a mug's worth into).


    However, my father also loves coffee and prefers espresso. He's had a machine for years and we recently bought a fantastic Nesspresso Citi and we're loving it. I've been using this more for my initial morning cup (because it takes four minutes tops) and have been experimenting with the different cups and brews. I still use the press though, usually early afternoon when I'm making what's switching to iced-coffee for that.


    Other small habits/rituals include coffee while watching RT or making my Bleepbloopopolous map and my "signature" drink I get with friends: a B-52 dropped in a mug of coffee (and I'll drink most other coffee-drinks (I'm slowly working out my own as well)).


    Okay, one sub-question down. I'll got grab a fresh mug and tackle the others.


    I will drink usually any medium to dark sweet/chocolatey roast. I like my coffee strong and flavorful so I use a lot of grounds and let it be brewed for sure. I do have some favorites though. First off, any blend with lavender in it. I will pick that first always (unless the other option is exotic and I only have the one chance to try it). My favorite specific roasts are Raven's Brew Ebony Pearls, Palendaba Lavender's dark roast (a local brand), and Starbucks's Café Verona or French Roast. I also like to keep it interesting with mixes of other spices or flavors like cinnamon, mint, caramel, or liquorish.


    I do grind my own beans when I can. From what I've been taught basic coffee brewing is better when you grind your own beans (about a few week's worth at most or just the day's if you're really into it). It's also fine to freeze beans but once ground you should keep them at room-temperature and dry. That keeps the flavor in the beans the way it was intended to be. Annother reason I grind by own beans I because I use a French press which requires a coarser grind for the mesh. Some brands sell coarse grind coffee but it isn't as common as either whole bean or fine grind (for use in filtered coffee makers). Any good coffee shop that sells beans will grind your bag to a specification for you and during college that's what I would do. I'd go to my local Starbucks, buy a bag of whole bean and have them grind it to coarse. It is free of charge and all locations I've been to (including in-store (Target/Safeway/Barnes & Noble)) will do this. I have my own grinder now that I am home though and use it and a vacuum sealed container to store the grinds.


    I am a "Seattle-based" Gold-Card-Carrying subscriber to the mermaid's world-wide local coffee shop. At the very bottom line, they make good coffee and the service is constantly good. They're doing something right and it's so darn convenient that it's hard not to use them. The great snacks and provision of home-use coffee materials is great too. I love little local shops too, they usually have the more interesting drinks because of the unique nature. Every vacation I go on I have to get a bag of beans from the local café. But as a comfortable and long-standing standard I have very positive things to say about Starbucks.


    I hope that entertained and informed you.

    It's like you and @SailorGirl81 coordinated today. You may want to take a look at her question and my answer too.


    While we're picking apart my internet motifs, I should mention that I come from a household that was late and slow to the internet. I still don't trust "the internet" with standing financial information, public information that's easily identifiable to my location or such, and I don't post that I'm away until after I'm back usually. Some of this has fallen back as time went on, but I still don't reveal too much about myself in a straight forward and mundane way.


    Still, I'm a fairly open guy so I try to do things that do give you information about me while I'm being clever and vague. So I, as a young man from a backwater area, took two of my favorite stories about young men from backwater areas (fictional heroes I could look up to and try to emulate) and in a fun way direct you to where I come from in a few ways.


    I imagine it like looking for a place in an Atlas's appendix. Found between Gongaga and Gont is a general sense that I'm from the hilly outskirts. There are things there, but not much. It also gives you the hints that these are the stories I like.


    Now, I hope it doesn't come off as pretentious. I by no means believe you have to understand these references, but they're fun little bits of more information rather than an empty space on a webpage because I wasn't the most trusting of possible tech-savvy miscreants.

    It's like you and @BuckeyeDon coordinated today. You may want to take a look at his question and my answer too.


    To answer this question as to why this particular set of numbers follows a good majority of my screennames we're going to have to go back to 2006/7. Justin Timberlake's solo career is really taking off. The Steelers have won the extra large super bowl. We all still love Captain Jack Sparrow. It is the time of Kingdom Hearts II and Halo 3.


    Now, I'm a Sony boy who had a Gameboy SP so I had a significant attachment to a certain cocky redhead trickster with a "heart" of gold and a jaunty posture from the epic crossover of Disney and Final Fantasy. He turned out to also be the 8th in an organization of 13 dubious individuals and eight is my lucky number (you could make a Jim Carrey movie about all the interesting times that number has popped up in my life). So, I had eight already but the story continues.


    A buddy of mine in middle school invited me over one time for a night of Halo 3, pizza, and other revels. He too was into Kingdom Hearts (and had some fun similarities to Roxas (No. XIII). He either had already or while we were setting up to play changed his Halo character number to O13 for Organization member thirteen and Roxas. I then was making my temporary character and decided to put my call sign as O08 (Because it had to be one letter and two digits). What can I say, we were wild and crazy guys. This soon persisted in other things and became the cooler and more aesthetically pleasing 008 (often more stylized with slashes in the 0's). It looks like two eights (one on its side like infinity) and there's other cool symbolic things I can do with it. It also (maybe most importantly) fits some of the old internet standard of having a number in a username.


    Incase you were wondering too, I read it out as "Zero-Zero-Eight", not "double 0 eight" or "Oh-oh-eight."

    Well, clearly it wasn't elimination in just a few fights, so here's what I imagine. Being ever the good sport, after a conversation between the two teams trying to figure out the nature of their internment in this strange arena fortress they parted ways and Jaune noticed (whatever a significant coin in Remnant/Atlas is) fall from Weiss's purse. JNPR was going one way, RWBY was going another, and the coin went yet another. Jaune followed the rolling change down the hall and around one unfortunate corner... His fate remains a mystery, but the tournament goes on.

    The genre I play the most would have to be (loosely) Action RPG's but I also love some more adventure games, Minecraft, more traditional JRPG's, combat racing games (which I'm surprisingly okay at, and some shooters. I also like some puzzles and stealth games. It'll be hard to pin down a top three (sort of) so I'll mention some of the outliers I have really enjoied first: Ratchet and Clank, Portal, Soul Calibur (3 was best),


    Top 3 though...


    There's just one I can't bump, sorry.


    #3- Jak II


    #2- infamous 2


    #'s 1- Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII/Kingdom Hearts (Re:) Chain of Memories: Reverse/Rebirth

    The newly appointed governor of Port Royale's daughter.


    HEY-O!


    No really, it probably would have been that I broke something while trying to figure out how the ship worked. Or I subverted authority too many times. I'm not a particularly defiant individual, but if I think there's a better way to do something or an order is obviously going to screw things up I will either A) just not do it, or B) do it the wrong way I was told to and let the negative ramifications happen. Someone tells me to put the choclolate next to the stove? Done, have fun with your melted chocolate. I know that's not a particularly striking example, but if I were to start discussing the failed managerial attempts of other people vying for power in a college improv club, we might just be here all night.

    Well, RvB certainly has some real estate in my mind with theories and other activities, but it is one of many.


    I guess it comes down to I love to make things and so that reflects in my hobbies of: writing (a hobby I went to school for but haven't stopped learning about), I build with Lego Systems, I play a lot of video games but ones with choice/customization options apleanty (currently I'm running Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep and Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning while also playing pleanty of Minecraft and Destiny too), I draw and I read educational and fictional books and watch some good TV and movies (with commentaries often too).


    So, my hobbies are many, mostly having to do with creating something in the line of a story. By obsessions have to be what pops up in all of that. I love tricksters (and other myth theory intensive things), RvB and most RT things, Fantasy stories about wizards, science fiction adventures, creepy speculative fiction, good comedy, superhero medias, hats, coats, denim, and benign pranks

    I'm sorry if this was all too much of a survey, but I have some laundry to do.

    I have been to a few Cons, several were trade-shows I went with my parents to.

    But on to the ones I picked. I've gone to the Seattle Brick Con once or twice, I love legos, and several toy train conventions as a smaller child. Those were a lot of fun and I remember getting some pretty cool special Brio trains.


    Then high school and college happened.


    After those I started again, going to Pax Prime and Jet City Comic Con, both were fantastic and I cosplayed to Jet City, which was also on Halloween. A fun thing about Pax was that was also my first RT_Seattle meet-up and the first time I'd seen my old friend Maddy in a while. (I also did a "lazy cosplay" of Church (light blue flannel, jeans, and my Fine Line shirt.)


    I am planning on going to RTX (wooh-WOOH) later this year and I'm investigating going to Pax Prime again. RTX, well that should be a little obvious, but I'm going this year as a fan and to have as much fun as I can. Pax Prime was a ton of fun for just one day last year, so I really want to go this year, possibly for more days.

    I am of two minds on this one. I'd invariably use them to similar ends so why not split the difference between dark blue flame power and flight with a auric blue force that looks like fire and lets me fly. Think ala Raven of DC fame without the inherent Lovecraftian mysticisim (it's fine but not my motif (I like more north-western European with wyrd and fae roots)). I would use these abilities probably for "good" ends. I'm not sure how much actual crime fighting I would get directly into but after I facilitate myself by floating around a lot and getting things that are hard to reach without making a mess, who knows. I'd still love to write, but Clark Kent, Kyle Rainer, and Janet Van Dyne all were able to keep creative careers and have a positive influence on the world with their abilities so I would love to try.


    I'd also never have to drive and I'd take as many other people with me as I could. So much saved travel money.

    I think it should go without saying that my immediate family has had quite a lot of influence on my developing personality the way all families will do. The briefest of clarifications though, I would say my parents raised me quite right with a respectful and genuine way of conducting myself. My brother has had his influences as well, but I will say a fair amount of those are in reflex as much as emulation.


    My maternal grandparents can also be said to have major responsibility in my development. I love and respect my paternal family quite a bit too, but they are farther away and I saw them less growing up. My paternal grandmother did help foster my love of stories and reading though and is a sturdy woman who maintains herself and for that I am greatly respectful. My maternal grandmother though is my standard of a lot of what makes a good person. She was caring for everyone in her life and did not cause conflict though she would stop it. She also has a lot to do with my sense of humor (and unyielding love of good and happy sitcoms). My maternal grandfather is a very solid individual. He is practical and believes in simplicity. He always has great advice which I always try to follow even when the subjects of our opinions differ. I would also say he really helped the final pushes of my learning to read by introducing me to Calvin and Hobbes.


    There are a fair amount of teachers too who have shaped me, again in both imitation and reflex. Because a part of what I am is to not be negative for reasons unrelated to the current situation (and irrelevant ones) so I won't be naming names or anything. Let's just say I dislike hypocracy, redundancy of speech, and all but acknowledged ineptitude especially in the education system (I do love when these all lead to hilarious failure though (a part of why I love some comedy with these character (and we're getting dangerously far from the topic now...))).


    The good teachers though, whose names are irrelevant to most, are Mr Wright, Mrs Vanderplas, Mr Lequire, Mr Burris, Mr Grella, and Professors Chaser, Nolly, Blackwell, and Nadelson (there are many others but I'll spend all my time listing with that way of talking). This group all were heavy influencers on me. They are all responcible and capabile individules. Each one has given me a lesson or two that didn't have to do with the ones I got in their curriculum. Perhaps the longest lasting one and most relevant to parts of my personaility I haven't brought up yet is from the late Mr. Burris. There are no stupid questions, questions mean you want to learn. And asking a question doesn't mean you're stupid what creates an idiot is when they ask a question and find themselves asking it again and again because they simply refuse to take in the new information. Idiots come from willful ignorance.


    There are also my friends; Austin who has given me lessons in leadership and personal integrity, Grace, Salina, Madison, Conner, and Johannah who have faced things with much more courage than I could imagine, Kennedy's bright personaliy, and many new friends and old friends who just were in some way or another a person much better than me so I have followed their examples. I'd also even put you in that list Buck, you are my longest and most influential mentor on the site since you effectively directed me back in the old old forums.


    And with that, I'm going to cut this off despite how much I love the continuing souce of knowledge questions do provide. I'm afraid I am quite over due to plug in my laptop and answer the at least one other questions I have.

    I assume you mean this:


    It and the accompanying image of me on laundry day is of me two years ago a little less shaven, without my glasses, and being a tad more silly than normal, but it is me none the less.

    From now...

    My professional life is really just beginning.


    Out of equal parts fortunate opportunity and necessity I have spent my last year helping my family from home with homecare and work, our new dog, and my great grandmother who passed early this winter. I also have been working to get my driver's license and actual adept-ness with my little borrowed Patriot.


    At this point in time though I have really begun the push to enter the workforce. I have perused a couple positions which through rather annoying faults of communication on the companies' ends have not panned out but I keep going. I am at a very interesting point here at the beginning. I can do a lot. I have several interests and aspirations. Right now my pursuits are working in a book-store, a pet-store, a library, production (several cool videogame companies are in my backyard), or possibly radio. I will though take whatever jobby job I can just to get the life experience of it soon. I have managed people and volunteered before, but have no pure professional experience (I do watch the houses and animals of friends and family as well).


    Since it is so nebulous at this moment I'm afraid any prediction I make will be even more so. I will be getting a job soon though so once I do I'll be doing what I can to stick to it. I won't be a career hopper unless things get bad at a company.


    The main goal is to be a career writer. I like a lot of mediums but for now I am working on the first book. I have that, if not the whole first series, mapped out fairly well and I'm filling it all in. That's just a matter of me working it all out. I push for at least 2,000 words a day and unless I have a blog or something I put them in there. My pursuits in a creative field are also happening but that's a bit of a chicken and egg of getting experience for a job and getting a job.

    What is the chief end of man?

    | Asked by: monopoly_j 2 years ago

    The phrase ends "To Glorify God." It's from the Catachisim.


    In my personal interpretation I think it means to live.