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General Rotors / how long until ser is older than mc forums
« on: April 14, 2014, 02:32:31 AM »
pls respond

What happened to Tweaker? Did they find him? Did anything juicy come out after I last paid attention to this? What did he have sex with, dogs, cats, his cousin? I want the details.

General Rotors / After months of searching, look what I have
« on: December 10, 2010, 09:00:59 AM »


General Rotors / Ha ha, Joshi deleted his Twitter and Facebook accounts
« on: September 05, 2010, 07:35:24 AM »

General Rotors / What are you doing with yourselves
« on: July 27, 2010, 09:45:20 PM »
You spend all this money on stupid shit. Rock band controllers, animu figurines, otaku conventions, Adult Swim shows on DVD.

Yet you sit in front of that shitty computer for most of the day and yet you cannot bring yourself to use your money to buy this:

They have the 27" one for $1450 in the refurb store now.

Why wouldn't you? Because you're retarded.

General Rotors / Onlive
« on: July 06, 2010, 10:16:14 AM »

Well so much for that.

General Rotors / This forum has got very boring
« on: July 01, 2010, 07:03:38 AM »
I think it happened around the time Vexxis, YPS, and some others (is it Shinemera? another one too but all your joke names have made my research difficult) started to dominate the conversation in all threads rather than shitting up a smaller number. The departure of Squishi has also caused problems with the signal-to-noise ratio, although I suppose her reign was part of the death throes rather than the "good old days".

Anyway, I come to SER for minor arguments about video games, personality-driven drama threads and occasional news topics (again, usually about games.) I haven't felt like I've got a good value topic out of it for pretty much all of 2010.

I now declare the forum boring and useless, and expect the relative inactivity of the Old Guard to be indicative of a general unexpressed sentiment here. Threads where Hol Tiger cracks jokes with some faceless edgy newcomer nobody cares about have always existed somewhere or another, but now they are pretty much everything. zzzz.

General Rotors / Team Edward / Team Jacob
« on: May 10, 2010, 02:24:41 AM »
You guys seem like the kind of Hot Topic hatin crowd who might know this:

Is there an iconic image or logo that is used for the Team X meme from Twilight? Who invented it? Is there any aspect of it that a parody should copy besides the basic Team X wording?

General Rotors / Heavy Rain
« on: March 27, 2010, 10:36:31 PM »
This is such a good game. It's so cool how you can get multiple endings, and it looks really good, and it's just a great example of how Playstation 3 is the best console for real games.

General Rotors / Bittersweet Candy Bowl
« on: March 23, 2010, 02:19:20 AM »

Alright so I thought I'd make a post about this as it consumed a lot of my free time over the past 6 months! The site went up in November last year and it has been feverishly worked upon since, with regular updates and all sorts of features and content added. I don't care if it belongs in the advertising forum because I have spent so many hours working on it and it's good enough that you should just accept it in GD or whatever. OK??

You might be vaguely aware of it. BASICALLY, Bittersweet Candy Bowl is Veronica's (Taeshi's) webcomic that's basically all about high school drama with a bunch of characters that straddle that much-debated gap between "furry" and "cartoony". It's a comic she's spent years making and in its most recent chapters I feel like it has really developed into something I'd recommend to anyone who likes that kind of story. The reason it has consumed all of my time is that I made a new website for it and helped Veronica do a massive reorganisation and cleanup of the archives so it's a lot more professional and presentable.

So I want to ask for anyone who feels like a lighthearted story about school relationships is something they'd like (say if you're a fan of Degrassi and shows like it) to go to the site, look at it, and maybe add it to your feed reader or bookmarks or whatever.

If you read it a while back and thought it wasn't incredible, I can agree - I re-read it all in preparation of the story guide on the site, and it is certainly a comic that reflects the author's progression over the years. The older chapters are simplistically drawn and used to look pretty ordinary. But keep in mind I did tons of work to digitally erase the old lined-paper marks, and enhance the look of the shading.. in an image, the old panels that looked like this:

now look like this:

and newer pages are like this:

See, visually a lot easier to digest. Plus really great panelling and edited writing, now.

Plus, the occasional pacing\writing problems in early chapters are also obviated by some rewrites and updates we made, as well as the reading guide which should help you to skim up to chapter 40ish where, in my opinion, it matures into a well-told and genuinely engaging story that stands up to anything in its genre. Keep in mind that I don't really like comics and can't ever get into them. This is good enough to be different.

Anyway, give it a shot, if you quite enjoy romance and drama and trust my opinion you may get into it. We've gone from 100-ish readers to 500-ish in the last month so it does seem to be catching on.

(Partially due to advertising measures like this. But they're real readers! Each page gets 50-100 comments.)

And my somewhat shameful collection of toys (mine combined with Veronica's and Fadflamer's, it seems) is now wonderfully illuminated. This was a lot of effort to set up.

I plan on leaving the lights on constantly. They draw very little and look pretty nice. I suppose the only thing is the top row might look better if obscured (a false shelf front covers the bottom rows) but it's not that offensive to look at straight on.

Here are some details:

And because it's in pretty good shape right now, my overall desk\working area (forgive the floor):

General Rotors / na na nana nana na na
« on: March 01, 2010, 04:02:36 PM »

in glorious hd

« on: February 14, 2010, 12:35:11 AM »
A hurried start to today eventually resulted in me welcoming Vero home from work with some candles, a little bunch of roses, a fish to eat, and some other bits and pieces. She drew me something kawaii and bought me a biscuit.

Then we played chess with her CLAMP chess set she got from Yahoo Japan a while back, and..

she beat me! I was Souppy (a king), she was Sakura (a queen) and some far off rook got me trapped. So, checkmate, I lost.

Describe your experiences of valentine's day with your waifu.

General Rotors / Hilarious drama
« on: February 09, 2010, 08:58:29 AM »

TSSZ News founder, Tristan Oliver Bresnen, has consciously published an unprovoked, veiled and malicious attack towards TSS’ own news writer, Shadzter. Shadzter has M.E., a legitimate disease also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The hate-filled and envy-laden libel was written when a reader of TSSZ light-heartedly joked about Bresnen being “late” with the news.

Admittedly I am a day or two late here, but posting cuz it's funny that Tristan made fun of lazy people with fake diseases, that Dreadknux acted like an indignant cock and that Tristan was trying to be so acerbic in the first place.

General Rotors / Apple Tablet
« on: January 23, 2010, 06:29:02 PM »
So let's say it comes out and it looks cool and has the same wow factor of the original iPhone.

It works like a big iPhone but with an amazingly neat interface. It lacks a proper keyboard, though, and while there are some demos of games and apps, they are not going to be ready for some months.

It costs $800. Do you buy it on day one? Do you ridicule those who do?

General Rotors / What is your grade for 2009?
« on: December 23, 2009, 09:40:05 PM »
This is not about predictions. This is about assessing our achievements, new experiences and other accomplishments of the past 12 months. You should look back at what you thought you could do, what you did but didn't expect to do, and give yourself a grade on it.

I got into (a) law school, and more importantly survived the first year with satisfactory marks and a healthy attitude intact. It wasn't Sydney Law School, but as far as I can tell UNSW is genuinely a better school, just with a "top tier" reputation just short of "elite". That's mostly cool with me.

I moved out of my parents' place with Vero, and have somehow managed to survive six months. We got a cat, we have cooking utensils, we have a fridge, we went to Ikea, we did laundry, we did cleaning, we paid more bills than ever, and as far as I know we'll have broke even by the time the next credit card cycle is due.

Oh, that's right too. This year I got into credit cards and while I've perhaps been a little overzealous in trying to maximise my return on cards I can only put maybe $20k through on a year, I'm learning the ropes and think they're very useful tools when you have a lot to pay for. I have yet to pay any interest or stupid fees.

We managed to go overseas, despite my pessimism last year (though I did cleverly say "Xmas if anything". I have had a busy, fun trip, having lots of new experiences. I haven't really met too many new people just yet, but I've seen people I wanted to see and gone places I wanted to go (PA, Florida, more of NYC, soon Boston.) Ate a lot of interesting things too. I enjoy that.

I think I deserve a A-. I got a lot of shit done in 2009.

Still need to lose weight (next year-- man it was hard considering I can't cook healthy food yet), get a better job, learn to drive, and get some savings together. These are not pressing issues, but they seem like the remaining Big Things.

So how did you all go?

General Rotors / BLACK FRIED EGG
« on: November 28, 2009, 01:52:59 AM »

So who endured the sales yesterday? What did you get? Lily, Vero, her cousin Marco, his friend and I all went out and shopped from about 2am-11am.

I will come up with a list later. I will have to comb through receipts, but for now I must sleep.

General Rotors / Screenshots of the past... and present...
« on: November 19, 2009, 06:15:40 AM »
In this thread we find an old screenshot of our computer (3-4 years at least) and compare to a current screenshot. It might reveal things about the different things you did then and do now. Or not.

OLD (NOV 2005):

NEW (NOV 2009):

It is interesting to see that for the most part I stuck to the same applications. Some things change, like Virtual PC becoming VMWare, Dreamweaver became Coda+CSSEdit...

I use a lot more menu bar things now. I guess that comes with 24 inches and a desire to use it. Status things like a bandwidth cap monitor, Twitter app, Facebook notifier and network\cpu status things are all quite useful. You can see how I gave up on Voodoopad and am now currently using a text file. I hate managing notes. You can see Shovebox in the menu bar but I can't even bring myself to reliably use that.

General Rotors / It's Britney Bitch
« on: November 18, 2009, 12:01:15 AM »

We went to a Britney Spears concert. It was fantastic. Best sit-down big concert I've been to.

We bought the most expensive seats (short of the $1000 loveseats right up against the stage), but while we were a distance away we could see everything going on.

The whole thing was like Cirque du Soleil mixed with an incredibly polished big concert. It was much more like a tightly scripted theatrical show than a live performance. Of course, she lip-synced almost all the music, and her dancing has got lazy, but she didn't mess up and the fact that you're really watching Britney Spears overcomes all that. The incredible lights, effects, freaks and backup dancers help too.

She wasn't very talkative. As I said, tightly scripted, plus with the amount of shit going on I don't entirely blame her. She was performing within the constraints of a million other things going on. It was not like seeing a small, easygoing performer or even a big-name concert, because she was really one part of a much larger show. A shame, though.

She sang "Everytime" live while floating around.


I took a lot of video and trimmed it down into 10 minutes with a lot of editing. (It's in HD so you might want to view it on the Youtube site rather than the embed.) I think you should watch it to get a feel for it all. Also, my full image gallery is here.

Either way, if you didn't go to one of the earlier concerts, you missed out. I'd recommend it to my fellow Australians here (Circus is finishing up in Australia this month) but I don't think they have any taste.

General Rotors / well
« on: November 13, 2009, 05:10:45 PM »

General Rotors / Souppy? AHAHAHAHA
« on: November 01, 2009, 12:40:07 AM »

Oh well. Let's be friends.

I need to leech off someone's goodwill and boredom for a project involving creating a very basic no-account-necessary MySQL-powered message board or "shoutbox" similar thing. If you've ever made one as a proof of concept or something I would basically love to steal the code and try to adapt it for my purposes...

Is anyone able to help?

General Rotors / Console wars are over
« on: October 16, 2009, 06:04:17 AM »

Just bought this. It's about as good as the video. Better, actually, you can duplicate like five elephant heads dancing and make the music change pitch. Sony won.

General Rotors / Post the view from your webcam
« on: October 08, 2009, 10:23:57 AM »
No, not with your stupid face in it. If you do this even ironically you are being a camwhore and should post in one of those shit "post yourself" threads. Set the photo to a timer (run photobooth if you have a real computer) and run away.

This will work better with desktops, like what I have:

Feel free to be arty (I tilted the chair to preserve a sleeping girl's dignity) but don't be too dishonest. If you have a laptop it probably doesn't really sit on a windowsill facing a garden.

General Rotors / This is why Sony rules.
« on: October 03, 2009, 04:23:36 AM »

Ibuka and Morita would be so proud. (It's a TV powered wirelessly.)

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