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  1. I actually find it quite interesting to know this. I know whenever I sit down to try and write some music I have absolutely nothing in my head as far as melody or even the rhythm. I always kind of wondered if that was common or not, or if it was just something that comes in time with more experience since my experience actually learning to play a melodic instrument is limited to about two years of piano lessons. Usually when I sit down I'll just mess about with some scales or chord structures until I start to hit on a sound or feel that I like and think I can build off of. From there I'm just really methodical and usually explore every avenue I can think of along the way. But I always wondered if it was common for many musicians/composers/artists to simply have something in mind before they started. It's nice to know an artist I enjoy listening to and have a lot of respect for is somewhat similar in that regard. I'm not really afraid of writing music though. Afraid of the time it takes maybe because I'm usually quite obsessive about not committing to an idea until I've tried every variation or permutation I can think of. And I can understand nervousness when showing people stuff. I'm generally a pretty shy person so putting myself out there at all is difficult for me, and opening oneself up to criticism, constructive or otherwise, is a hard thing to do for most people.
  2. Everyone seems to be hung up on GOMAD, despite the fact that I never actually said just go out and start drinking a gallon of milk a day. Seriously, I agree you don't need a gallon a day, especially if you're eating enough in addition to drinking the milk. All I'm saying is adding a few glasses a day is easy and effective. Hell, being Canadian I didn't even realize exactly how much a gallon was until I looked it up. I thought it was a bit less than half of what it actually is for some reason. So can we all take our panties out of a twist and move on?
  3. It's not like anyone was telling him to only drink milk. Adding more milk to your diet is just a fairly simple and easy way to make sure you get enough calories and protein to experience better muscle gain. Dairy lobbyists have been telling governments to get people to drink more milk for years anyway. It's no more a fad than drinking whey protein shakes if you're looking to gain mass. No, not everyone can. Simply eating the same amount of food as usual and working out isn't enough for some people. The reason people recommend milk is because it's easy to add into the diet without substantially increasing the amount of food you eat throughout the day. Even adding a glass with breakfast and after a workout (or mixing your whey with milk if you drink protein shakes) will probably make a difference for people who have trouble gaining. If you can find one of those then good on you. From what I understand a lot of doctors receive little if any nutritional training in med school. And my own experience with them tends to match that. Mind you, the same applies to asking your doctor before starting an exercise program. Unless they happen to specialize in sport medicine they probably don't have a sweet clue what is and isn't safe or effective.
  4. Ah the joys of doing Fran. As to the talk of bowel movements when doing GOMAD, I never really experienced any problems when I was drinking about 1.5L/day. Oddly enough I wasn't actively trying to gain weight, I just really like whole milk. Funny considering my sister, and my mom to a lesser extent, are lactose intolerant.
  5. Trust me, if drinking lot's of delicious whole milk won't do it then I don't think anything will. That said, I can speak from accidental experience that the stuff works.
  6. Changing up your workouts is a good idea like OA said, but you may also want to try eating more. An easy way to make sure you're getting enough protein and calories to gain weight while strength training is to try GOMAD. Drinking a gallon of milk a day. I probably wouldn't just start drinking that much on day one though. Start off by adding a glass of whole milk after your workouts if you aren't already, or at breakfast or some other meal if you prefer and already have a post-workout snack you enjoy. See how your body responds and gradually increase it from there. Once you're at your goal weight though you'll definitely want to cut back a bit on the milk though.
  7. Can't say I really like the sound of that since the only Justice Society I've ever read or cared about is the recent stuff. Honestly, I'm more likely to just leave the series where I am now than keep going with something that's likely going to involve some major continuity upheaval, or at least be separate from the DC Universe I cared to read about.
  8. I'll admit that I don't read a lot of DC, but I do try to keep up with what's happening in the major story arcs for the DC Universe. That said, I've been more put off by all of this than anything despite them touting it as the perfect place to jump into (or in my case back into) the DC Universe. I think this is partly because I haven't been able to figure out how much the continuity is being overhauled. What's gone, what's staying? From the descriptions of some of those titles like Superboy I feel like some things are being almost entirely re-written. Am I just out of the loop or something and this isn't really the case? I'm also a bit bothered that Superman seems to be receiving a massive overhaul and Justice Society is nowhere to be found. The recent Action Comics run focusing on Luthor and Justice Society trades are what I've been actively purchasing and reading the most from DC lately. With the latter nowhere to be found it seems and god knows what happening to Superman, and by extension Luthor, it really leaves me wondering where the hell I stand on all of this.
  9. Not to mention that if you're a Protoss or Terran player it's pretty easy to wall off early on. Terran especially being really good at it since depots can submerge to get out of the way. So yeah, definitely don't bother with practice league.
  10. Awesome video. I wasn't even aware of any attempts to date to make an MMORTS, and never really saw something like a Starcraft style MMORTS being a viable option for one for pretty much all of the reasons you went into. Now that I know some people are trying to make them though I'll probably keep more of an eye out. I'd be interested in actually playing one of those someday I think if anyone can get it right.
  11. For the record, the fund isn't really being set up for his personal gain. It states right on the Rockethub page that they aren't taking money from the fund, and all profit will go back into it to help kick start other gaming projects. You can read that here: http://www.rockethub.com/projects/2165-extra-credits/posts/740 To be fair, the goal was stated clearly on the page. Once they reached it people kept donating. In fact, people kept donating a lot of money, well after they had clearly reached their goal. Then they decided to use any extra that isn't required for Allison's recovery to support independent developers, something I don't think is totally unexpected for them to do. And people still kept donating once they announced that. In all fairness, I don't think the sort of people who love this show enough to donate to help Allison get better would mind any extra money going to another good cause that can help some new developers break into the industry. And once again, to be clear, they've stated that it's only the extra money left over after Allison is taken care of that will go into the fund. It's not like she's not going to have the help she needs to get better or anything, so I'm not sure why you have such an issue with them using anything left over towards an equally good cause.
  12. Although I generally make it a point not to care too much about hats in TF2 (a man could go crazy/broke getting sucked into that trap), this pleases me greatly. Makes me wonder if any of my other hats that would look hilarious on a robot carried over.
  13. Pretty sure everyone understood your point just fine, but it's hard to care when it basically boils down to a sense of entitlement on your part and complaining about something that will have no affect on enjoying Portal 2 aside from the possibility that you may be enjoying it sooner. Valve decided to do something that was pretty cool to not only help promote some smaller developers, but to also create some buzz for Portal 2. So what if there's an ARG that those who didn't buy the pack can't participate in (especially when it's already been established that you could buy just one of the games, and some of them are not only awesome but really cheap too), and to top it off, those who can't or don't participate in the ARG still get the benefit of Portal 2 releasing a bit early. Bottom line, you're not entitled to everything Portal related because you paid for Portal 2, Valve is awesome for supporting indie devs like this, and rewarding fans, and you need to get over yourself.
  14. Off topic, but anything sounds like it takes no skill when you oversimplify like that. So long as no one is actually getting hurt I'll go with neither of them being crazy just on the basis of liking violent entertainment. More to the point though, the issue is that a restricted category could end up being a death sentence for a game solely because of the fines involved. While the industry does pretty well at self regulating as it is, when you add in a $1,000 fine anytime one of your employees does sell to a minor, whether it be because they look older than 18 or are friends of said employee, stores then have to consider whether they want to risk the fines. Big stores like Wal-Mart may say screw it and remove the possibility of it happening altogether. Meanwhile, smaller stores may not be able to afford it if it does happen and they're caught. As the financial risk to themselves go up, they're more likely to think twice about selling them at all. Hell, an Adults only rating is already a death sentence for games since no store will stock them, so start adding fines when you sell M-rated titles and we may see a lowering of that bar so to speak. It's not something that can be compared to movies either because the movie industry self regulates as well in the US and you won't be fined under any law for selling an R-rated movie to a minor. If anything, the success of the movie rating system only adds weight to the argument that government regulation isn't needed for games either.
  15. Trade me a weapon for each and I'll give you every crate I have Brush. I'll also take name tags if you're low on weapons.
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