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About Nicothodes

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  • Birthday 02/03/1992
  1. Originally Posted By: Actaeon I feel like the issues of covers and sampling could be a thread unto themselves. I cannot for the life of me figure out what makes me either like a cover (like Norah Jones doing Tom Waits) or cringe (like most Beatles covers I've ever heard). I think the most important thing for me in terms of liking a cover is how much the covering artist brings to the song. If they don't add anything to it, there's no point for me to listen to that instead of the original (unless there is an improvement in technical skill or I have a preference for one voice over another).
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    I used to have a Mac/XP dual boot as well, with no issues. In the end though, I was so lazy about rebooting into Windows, using Wine programs made more sense for me. The only program I needed Windows for was actually an embroidery machine program for my mum, but she was able to get an old Windows machine for it last summer, making even that pointless to have on my computer.
  3. But my problem with saying that they're best left untouched by the "best of the best" is that that makes it taboo to discuss them, because most of the people I've met wouldn't think of themselves that way. Not only that, but all works build on previous ideas, so by eliminating the majority of that, the rise to great work is slowed almost to a halt. And yes, -isms are emotionally charged, but that's why it's important to not attempt to avoid them at all costs. The only way to make things better is to talk about it, and get people thinking about their own beliefs. Being quiet about it and hoping
  4. Originally Posted By: Actaeon I would love to expand my horizons. Can anyone suggest tolerable Baroque (besides Bach), solid bluegrass, rap that doesn't sample better artists, or any modern jazz that isn't too avant-garde or just dull? I like , Purcell (Dido and Aeneas is the main work I'm familiar with by him), and I remember learning Lully's Gavotte on cello years ago and liking that. I doubt it was originally for cello and have been too lazy to look up Lully in detail. Originally Posted By: Actaeon Covers that totally change the genre amuse me no end. I went to a concert a mon
  5. Originally Posted By: grasshopper My initial point was just to check that you did not really believe that games were as real as real life. Following points about how real life -isms should or should not intrude on a escapist gaming environment, or how well implemented they are in Jeff's games I refused to answer: Quote: 1. A full rebuttal would mean disparaging games I have a soft spot for. ...but if you insist: almost all -isms when tackled in games are so badly implemented as to be laughable and immersion breaking. This is true of any form of media. Why shouldn't it be attempted th
  6. Originally Posted By: Erika Maroonmark I'm not finished yet, but I do have some general thoughts: I was always a bit confused by the exact details of the storyline in Exile, because for many years I just played the demo version and tried to discover every little secret, detail, and bit of dialogue in the eastern half of the world that I could. So when I've played the full version, I've often thought "am I supposed to know plot detail X yet?" and had some items before I was really supposed to, and the game didn't do anything to prevent it from happening (e.g. the graymold salve recipe – it's
  7. The worst insults I've received are really not appropriate for these boards and the ones that would be fine are pretty generic, so I'm skipping that. The best compliment I ever received was 5 years ago, from my grandmother who lived in California. Since she lived so far away, I didn't know her all that well, and she didn't know that I was going through a serious Jacqueline du Pré kick. I had written and recorded a cello piece for my sister's birthday, and my mum sent it along to my grandmother, who said that my playing sounded like du Pré. I tried to brush it off when I heard about it, but my
  8. Originally Posted By: Trenton, ruler of spidweb! And why didn't they tell everyone so that they could all come back up before the empire came? It takes a while to plan a full invasion and assault When you find the exit, you have the option of choosing to escape to the surface or going back to tell other Avernites. In the one where you choose to escape, it says that life will be hard because you'll have to avoid being hunted down by the Empire. All of the Avernites leaving would require a full-on invasion of the surface, and, as noted in A2, the real advantages Avernum's army have are 1)
  9. Also tried google, and I don't feel like playing the entire game again for what, 4-5 pages of text? Especially since I reloaded multiple times on each occurrence and the same thing kept happening. I suspect it's just an issue with the wineskin.
  10. I tried that first. Since it's in wineskin, there's no way to see them that I know of.
  11. I just finished replaying A1 in wineskin form today. Unfortunately, the victory texts for killing Hawthorne and finding the surface glitched and I couldn't read them, no matter how many times I reloaded and tried again. Does anyone have them on hand?
  12. I absolutely detested The Adjustment Bureau, not just for the horribly handled plot (for example, the supernatural elements were very poorly handled and it ended up feeling like a heavy-handed religion plot), but also because I detested the main characters. The only character I felt sorry for never had a line. The female lead had left him because she didn't want to marry him, agreed to marry him a year later, and then abandons him in the courthouse 5 minutes before they do. He doesn't even have any friends or family with him. Poor guy. Paul was very good. I didn't like it as much as Shaun
  13. Originally Posted By: Hobbits and Huscarls Many of the people I know who watch TV do so with a minimum of attention paid, even when it's in a commercial-free format. They'll watch while knitting, grading, writing, cooking, or studying. I have to imagine it lessens both the TV comprehension and the output in whatever the second activity is, but it's a way to put things together. As someone who watches TV shows whilst knitting, unless it's a super-complicated pattern where I have to look at a chart constantly, it's not distracting at all. I usually save TV to do whilst knitting because it gi
  14. Originally Posted By: Tyranicus That Johnny Depp rumor is very old and almost certainly baseless. It better be, or I'm never going back to the states.
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