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    He might be the biggest comedy goldmine since Bush though! ...Wait, the Bush era brought us Family Guy. Never mind. But Family Guy came out when Clinton was still in office. Nothing like a failed pop culture reference. Post-cancellation, though? I don't really keep track please just let me have this dumb pop culture reference, shitty jokes are all I have left
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    He might be the biggest comedy goldmine since Bush though! ...Wait, the Bush era brought us Family Guy. Never mind.
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    Thank you for reminding me that I should have downloaded this a week ago
  4. Conquest is meant to be more like older games, so no free grinding
  5. Yeah, you're definitely siding with the siblings more than the older generation. It does slip up a bit in some places (as every FE game does) but it does feel like the plot of Conquest took those elements into account more than past games have. Much prefer to play a game about complex characters making the wrong decision than one about perfect cardboard cutouts making the right decision (sorry Robin and, to a lesser extent, Ike). Finished Conquest (normal/classic -> casual), still need to get through Birthright (hard/classic, on like chapter 8) and Revelations (thanks SE copy).
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    That's a month more winter than we got last year!
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    I for one am at the point where if I ever visit Estonia and it's not a perfect utopian paradise, I'm going to be extremely disappointed :-D
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    It's more of a "hey, this system that exists to spend 12+ years giving kids a basic education goes about it in the worst possible way. I'm not expecting it to generate interest (quite the opposite), I'm expecting it to teach (certain) things that people generally should know by the time they get to adulthood: basic language and communication, what science actually is and isn't, a bit of history and how things got to be the way they are now, some critical thinking and how to read subtext, that sort of thing. I'm not sure if I would call it bureaucratic inefficiency when it's mostly just the sort of unclear direction that can happen at any level.
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    Which sort of exemplifies just how inefficient and student-unfriendly the current education system is, if it doesn't account for an experience that 'most' people will have. That would make it more in need of reform, not less: it's basically just an archaic, useless, and downright damaging time sink that utterly fails at preparing students for the basic foundational courses it professes to teach, let alone anything meaningful. And while there are always those life-changing moments that can't be accounted for, it's currently set up in such a way that an experience that 'most' people will have makes the entire effort wasted. Even the sorts of universal things that everyone can make use of are taught in such an esoteric way as to be both inflexible and useless, like you mentioned with middle-school algebra above, or things like the scientific method, or critical thinking, or what have you. I feel like I've learned more about the basic foundations of scientific theory from reading paleontology blogs than I have in 12 years of k-12 education. And I know non- native English speakers that write with more clarity than I did after being in the [bleep]ing IB program, because they write fanfiction regularly. Any system that is less efficient at teaching than fanfiction deserves to be torn down on principle /s And yes blah blah blah information age and the practice aspect of writing and hobbyists being able to pursue their interests at their own pace and everything else people are liable to use as counterpoints- yes. That's the point. You learn more about sentence structure and flow and subtext and motivation by actually writing it, not by reading Shakespeare. And learning that Darwin studied finches as the groundwork for the theory of evolution is not nearly as interesting as seeing those ideas in action and applied to real organisms, their evolutionary theories, and their place in the tree of life. The point is that these are all pretty basic things that our current education system is wholly unprepared to teach, in a way that is both engaging and involved than rote memorization.
  10. Tales of Zestiria. I'm actually really liking what they've done with the combat system. I'm sure I'm doing just about everything wrong but it's just a joy to play and the story actually feels like heroic fantasy. The one downside so far is that it constantly reminds me that my PC is a toaster that I need to make less bad. But there's Fire Emblem next week, so that will have to wait because I'll be in JRPG hell for the immediate future.
  11. Yeah, but that's actually a pretty sizable chunk of the forum's active population
  12. What was that old saying, "a happy customer tells one person, an angry customer tells ten"? It doesn't really make much sense to treat any given group as some monolithic entity when people only really speak up if they feel strongly about a given issue and even people that want the same thing might not necessarily agree on how. Not really. Most of these sorts of problems are caused by Jagex half-assing updates on release (Invention being the biggest tribute to their incompetence ever), and then half-heartedly half-assing the 'fixes' as well. So they start with a mess, and then compound on that mess some more. They are met with criticism and loathing mostly because they deserve it. Yes, but that's not the same thing as 'people don't actually know what they want' by any measure of the phrase.
  13. There's a gun law debate like two threads below it if that's more your thing :v Also yeah, as someone that's been on forums with pretty blatantly corrupt staff, the staff here isn't even remotely corrupt they accept bribes equally from everyone, so it's more of an auction than anything else
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    EVEN FOOD? Especially food.
  15. That's not fair. Sliske is actually funny on occasion.
  16. Watching this thread over the last few days, after spending a couple months deep in Warframe:
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    All hail the eldersthose unfathomable eldritch horrors from dimensions beyond our own infinity of space and time that I shudder to even dare imagine fhtagn
  18. What was that old saying, "a happy customer tells one person, an angry customer tells ten"? It doesn't really make much sense to treat any given group as some monolithic entity when people only really speak up if they feel strongly about a given issue and even people that want the same thing might not necessarily agree on how.
  19. Isn't it basically the same premise as 2112 or rather, "Yet Another Ayn Rand Prog Metal Album"? Unrelated:
  20. And an Ironman account, where one offense is a permaban. You know, for people who like to post dangerously.
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