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  1. happy birthday :)

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      Thanks! Even though it was already over by the time that you posted this, it was a good one.

  2. I never imagined or predicted that it would eventually come to this, but 2016 is the year when I finally discovered and explored what this whole Vocaloid stuff is all about. (Yes, I'm very very late to the party, I know. But then again, I never considered myself a 100% hardcore otaku, and I'm still not really one now, despite having waifus and having been harassed by infidels for having them.) So anyways, yeah, I discovered Vocaloid songs and MMD videos while browsing YouTube at midnight on my lonely weekends. (Quite a typical and unoriginal way of discovering it, I'm guessing.) And now I'm addicted to these several songs right here: They're now residing in my playlist alongside all of the hardcore dubstep and drum-n-bass, and I can't stop replaying them. it's like a disease. I only get more and more crazy with my age. :/
  3. I finally watched Episode7 this morning (December 20th), and I consider myself very lucky for being able to enjoy it properly without stumbling upon any spoilers to ruin the suspense of the experience. And now, without giving away any spoilers myself, I'll just say that the film exceeded my expectations in the sense that the plot was actually moving in the general direction that I wanted it to move instead of moving in a direction that would've hurt the feelings of a lot of the diehard fans of the EU. So interpret that statement as you may, and go enjoy the film properly if you haven't done so already. Let me know when it's safe to drop spoilers and we can discuss our opinions in full details. Peace.
  4. If you follow the plot of Episode 4 attentively enough then you will know that Han was in debt to Jabba the Hutt. Therefore, his seeming hunger for money was primarily in desparation to save his own skin from hired assassins and bounty hunters such as Greedo and from getting himself frozen in carbonite for the punishment of having an unpaid debt. It was Jabba's greed and death threats which caused Han to appear as selfish in front of Princess Leia when they first met. But fortunately, by Episode 6 the true form of Han came into focus, and Leia realized that he was indeed a caring and generous man.
  5. Most likely the "stories" are about the Emperor having a sinister alter-ego and dabbling in some occult and paranormal activities. Which was the exact reality, as all of us who have watched the 6 films should be aware. From what I understand, only the Jedi Order and a few Senators and the leaders of the Separatist forces have been awake and aware of the so-called Darth Sidious persona, while the rest of the galaxy a.k.a "the non-elite masses" have been completely unaware and clueless to the whole "Dark Side versus Light Side mystical power struggle". I'm convinced that the death of the Galactic Emperor in the Star Wars universe was advertised to the non-elite masses, just like the death (or the supposed death) of Hitler was advertised in our universe. There's a lot of mysteries and theories about the Fuhrer's life and what exactly he was doing behind the scenes, so it's only natural for the profile of a fictional dictator to be inspired by this in some way. I'm convinced that in place of the Emperor there is a group of admirals and warlords squabbling for territory amongst themselves, similarly to the way that it was in the EU.
  6. If that's the case then it would feel like a major rip-off of the Kyle Katarn storyline from the game Jedi Outcast. I don't even know what concrete opinion to form about such a development because it gives me mixed feelings. The only thing that is certain at this point is that the people who made these trailers have done a great job of getting everyone hyped and excited with too many unanswered questions, practically guaranteeing that almost everyone will buy tickets just to get all the answers even if some of those answers will be disappointing.
  7. Perhaps by saying "stories" he was actually referring to the ability of the Jedi to use telekinesis and mind-control? It isn't so difficult for me to imagine how such powers and actions would have gradually transformed from real evidence into urban legends due to the Jedi having been purged and the Force having been completely dormant for several decades. Just because someone mentions "stories" while talking about real historical events doesn't necessarily mean that they're being ignorant. On the contrary it might actually mean that they have a curiosity and a thirst for further knowledge which hasn't been proven... For example, we are all aware of the fact that Hitler and the Nazis were real because we have proof of that. But do we have proof of the story that Nazis built a secret outpost on the Moon? Do we have proof of what really happened to Hitler's body when he died? Do we have absolute proof of whether he escaped to Argentina or the USA? Those are all "stories", and people question about them being real. And there's nothing wrong with this. It's human nature. So, from my perspective, the characters in the trailer are just being healthy curious youngsters.
  8. To be completely honest, I'm not particularly admiring the design of the poster either, because it gives an impression of a last-minute rush job due to the fact that all 3 characters are standing in pretty much the same pose with pretty much the same grumpy facial expression, as if they're all anxiously waiting for that final photo to be taken so that they could all leave the studio and drive back to their homes and families after a long and exhausting day of filming. But I refuse to believe that the effort, or rather the lack of effort, which was done on this poster serves as a precise premonition of the overall quality of the actual film. I base my stubborn opinion on the fact that the release of the film has been delayed from the traditional date in May to a further date which is closer to Christmas, giving the whole crew and staff extra time to ensure that any mistakes and bloopers get noticed and fixed. I had the same gut feeling about the release of the DOOM movie a decade ago, and it turned out to be correct. That movie sucked because it felt like it was a chapter of a totally different story from a totally different franchise altogether. But I wouldn't go as far as making a general rule that just because my gut feeling about one thing long ago turned out to be correct then all the other gut feelings of everybody else about other things will turn out to be correct. I believe that there's always the chance for everyone to make a mistake and that only time will tell how great or how terrible the movie is once the release happens.
  9. Well, there was actually somebody above your last post who said the following statement: "I have very low expectations for this movie. The prequels were trash, but this makes them look great. This whole movie is just a shameless cash-in" in reaction to seeing that poster. So I interpreted that reaction as judging the whole unreleased film by the single promotional poster. If I misinterpreted then I'm sorry, but that's what it felt like. Anyways, I'm convinced that Harrison Ford will do his best to not disappoint the fans on camera.
  10. Being a worshipper of electronic music, I like the works of Liam Howlett who is the founder of the band The Prodigy. And then I also like some of the works by the German band Kraftwerk (whose real names I don't know). And then there's a really talented French composer who goes by the long and peculiar name of Jean-Michel Jarre, whose earlier works I really love. I used to like the Italian band Eiffel65 for a while, but nowadays they annoy me for some reason and I avoid them. I'm assuming that dubstep artists are not considered authentic composers, so I'm omitting them from being mentioned in this post, but I do love their crafts as well. And then whoever in Japan has composed the soundtrack for Sonic Rush and Sonic Rush Adventure is also regarded as my hero.
  11. Well, I don't know guys, but I wouldn't want to be overly judgmental until I've actually sat in the theater and watched the entire film for the very first time. You know how they say: "You shouldn't judge a book by its cover", right? Well, in this case I might as well say that you shouldn't judge the performances of all the actors and scriptwriters by a single little poster.
  12. That would be absolutely wonderful because, as a huge fan of both Anakin and Han, I wish to know the backgrounds of both of them as thoroughly as possible. The prequels have already given me insight into what Anakin's life was like, so now it only makes proper sense that the new trilogy should take a chance at exploring the life and roots of Han Solo.
  13. Yes, that's exactly what I'm doing. She does her best to interact through social media with all the fans that she's got. There's thousands of them but the majority don't live as close as I do. When she hit 10K followers on her Instagram she had a celebration. She's even got a P.O. Box to which people send her gifts. But I'm not one of the people who send her gifts, because I've learned from past experiences that that can sometimes scare people, so I don't want to risk that method anymore. So yeah, I chat on the Instagram and comment on her blogs. She's got no problems with it. Afterall, silently waiting an entire year for a convention is too boring. (I'm not as rich as her, so I only attend 1 convention per year, while she actually travels the world and attends multiple cons.) So there you have it. No problems, no violations, no hassles. Just some weird geeks fighting their boredom in peace.
  14. It's true that not everyone has the same idea of a "good time" and there's always a variety of preferences. At moments like this I wish that I could read a person's mind before I dare to approach them to start up a conversation. But unfortunately I'm not a mind-reader and therefore I have to take risks and gauge my actions based on someone's reaction to my approach. Some cosplayers that I came across were overly friendly but what held me back was the thought that I might not get to meet up with the particular person again due to them coming from far away and not being able to arrive to the particular event each year. I'm one of the lucky guys who lives only 1.5 hours away from a popular venue, so I can make it there every single year, unless I lose my job. So I treat the convention like a downtown pub where folks mingle on a regular basis with the hope of building a relationship. (The reasons why I don't go to real authentic pubs are: 1.) because I'm not much of a beer lover; 2.) because I don't like most modern pop music; and 3.) because those places are popular amongst people who most definitely lack my interests and who would most likely just tease me in some way instead of taking me seriously.). Sadly, the majority of the people are exactly the way that you describe. But I don't like to think as a cynic and there's a part of me that yearns to believe that at least a small exception can always exist to every scenario. With that said, I know of a female cosplayer who, just like me, lives very close to a popular venue and keeps arriving to it each year. And each time that she goes there she arranges community meet-ups for her fans/followers. So far I've only met her once, but if we can keep meeting up every year then it could hopefully have some kind of growth/advancement. Nothing wrong with wishful thinking. Especially if the person never told me to stay away.