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"Random Thread: Nongaming Edition VI" , posted Mon 24 Jul 18:23post reply

The summer heatwave.
SO HOT I can't bare be near a PC

https://twitter.com/shiohitoshi/status/887506947431321600

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"Re(1):Random Thread: Nongaming Edition VI" , posted Tue 25 Jul 10:13post reply

During a recent heat wave in this part of the world I found I had to splash water on the steering wheel of my car before driving to keep from burning my hands. Unless they were intentionally trying to make duck soup it looks like someone forgot to hydrate their co-pilot. What a fowl trick.







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"Re(2):Random Thread: Nongaming Edition VI" , posted Tue 25 Jul 11:30post reply

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SO HOT I can't bare be near a PC
Don't worry, Prof, you don't have to bare anything, unless you've lost too many rounds of strip mahjong on the fifth floor of that arcade! Time to flee to Shounan...
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had to splash water on the steering wheel of my car before driving to keep from burning my hands.
What a fowl trick.

Burning steering wheel or not, when it comes to puns and Marx Brothers references like that, Naganuma Hideki wants you to know that you are a winner and got a hot hand, funky dealer that you are.





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"The Greatest Article About the Ducktales Song" , posted Fri 11 Aug 02:42post reply

This is an amazing article!

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"Re(1):The Greatest Article About the Ducktale" , posted Fri 11 Aug 03:21post reply

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This is an amazing article!

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From Vanity Fair no less!

I'm glad this thread is only about ducks.







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"attn: Chaz re: LCD Soundsystem" , posted Thu 17 Aug 01:26post reply

What is your opinion on this, or are they already too demode to be worth being interested in unironically?







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"Re(2):The Greatest Article About the Ducktale" , posted Thu 17 Aug 10:13post reply

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I'm glad this thread is only about ducks.

While Spoon has broken the ducks-only theme (short answer: LCD is...acceptable, but why more?), I am here to bring it back on track: that article is fun, but ye gods, look at how awful that new Duck Tales looks compared to the original.

One of the joys about getting older and complaining about new things is that occasionally you're objectively right. Just like how the lower-budget, featureless faces of the CG/eroge-looking anime junk on TV now just doesn't have the same production values as anime in the 1980s and 1990s, this is demonstrably worse. I realize that Americans don't know how to draw by hand any more, that the brave and traditionally drawn Princess and the Frog didn't make enough, and that portions of the original Ducktales were drawn in Japan, but come on.





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"Re(3):The Greatest Article About the Ducktale" , posted Thu 17 Aug 17:05post reply

quote:

I'm glad this thread is only about ducks.
While Spoon has broken the ducks-only theme (short answer: LCD is...acceptable, but why more?), I am here to bring it back on track: that article is fun, but ye gods, look at how awful that new Duck Tales looks compared to the original.

One of the joys about getting older and complaining about new things is that occasionally you're objectively right. Just like how the lower-budget, featureless faces of the CG/eroge-looking anime junk on TV now just doesn't have the same production values as anime in the 1980s and 1990s, this is demonstrably worse. I realize that Americans don't know how to draw by hand any more, that the brave and traditionally drawn Princess and the Frog didn't make enough, and that portions of the original Ducktales were drawn in Japan, but come on.



I haven't seen yet the new DuckTales episodes, but the art style is really bad.
Somewhere I read an interview where someone said this new design is more in line with current people "tastes", well there are like 2 million american show with the same squared, simple, uninspired, easy to draw, style.
Heck, recently I saw also a fucking Scooby Doo show redesigned to look like one of this new Disney style cartoon. It was horrible style-wise (content-wise I can't speak, I can't stand that series, so didn't see enough to comment on it).







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"Re(4):The Greatest Article About the Ducktale" , posted Fri 18 Aug 02:53post reply

I'm of two minds about the ducks. First, I can understand why the creators of this new show would want to have a different visual style. From what I've read it sounds like they are changing around the formula a bit, such as giving Huey, Dewey and Louie different personalities instead of the three of them having identical outfits and brain patterns. Having a different art style is a visual reminder that this is a new project and shouldn't be constantly compared what came before. While the art style looks like something on a greeting card it doesn't look horrible in motion and appears to be consistently thought through instead of simply being cheap.

The thing is, when Scrooge McDuck and the group were created 70 or so years ago they got it right the first time. These characters and their adventures have stuck around for so long because they're good. Will this new variation feel dated in a few years? Will it be like how the early Lupin episodes feel timeless but the latter entries where the master thief became fascinated with the movie Flashdance feel horribly old?

Ultimately it doesn't matter what I think since I'm not the target audience. But even though I'm closer to the age range of Uncle Scrooge instead of the nephews I'll still be curious to see how this all plays out.





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"Masked crusaders working overtime" , posted Fri 18 Aug 10:20:post reply

quote:
This is an amazing article!

Suddenly I had thoughts about talbaineric...



Thanks for the link! It comes right at a time when I was getting the vibes for some nostalgic stuff.

By the way, does anyone remember the 1980's show/comic M.A.S.K.? It was like GIJoe and Transformers stripped of content and mended together with Krazy glue. Never could've I forseen the ressurection of the franchise, but also getting ducktaped with those two series.





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"Re(1):Masked crusaders working overtime" , posted Fri 18 Aug 11:43post reply

Sure do! Fantastic theme song, love to sing it at karaoke but nobody seems to get the reference. Hasbro has been keen to bring back MASK (as well as a few other franchises) a few times now but it's never seemed to catch on:
- "Specialist Trakker" got a GI Joe toy in 2008
- Unit:E was the first attempt at unifying the Hasbro'verse in 2011
- MASK provided the truck that Optimus based his new vehicle mode on in the latter portion of Transformers Prime (2013)





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"Re(2):Masked crusaders working overtime" , posted Fri 18 Aug 13:41post reply

quote:
Sure do! Fantastic theme song, love to sing it at karaoke but nobody seems to get the reference. Hasbro has been keen to bring back MASK (as well as a few other franchises) a few times now but it's never seemed to catch on:
- "Specialist Trakker" got a GI Joe toy in 2008
- Unit:E was the first attempt at unifying the Hasbro'verse in 2011



Of course he would get a figure. Trakker's gonna lead the mission....

But why didn't they make a Spectrum toy?
I mean, he's got that
suuuuuuperrrrr visssionnnn.....

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"Re(2):Masked crusaders working overtime" , posted Fri 18 Aug 17:39post reply

quote:
Hasbro has been keen to bring back MASK (as well as a few other franchises) a few times now but it's never seemed to catch on:
- Unit:E was the first attempt at unifying the Hasbro'verse in 2011



Ok, GIJoe and Transformers crossed lots of time, somewhat make sense to cross them with M.A.S.K., but Jem?!?
Please, leave Jem alone, and give me a worthy reboot/sequel...







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"Re(3):Masked crusaders working overtime" , posted Fri 18 Aug 18:19post reply

quote:

Ok, GIJoe and Transformers crossed lots of time, somewhat make sense to cross them with M.A.S.K., but Jem?!?
Please, leave Jem alone, and give me a worthy reboot/sequel...



I've read good impressions of the newer Jem standalone comic series.

On the wider Hasbro verse thing, I'm all for interesting crossovers, and the comics medium has delivered many and interesting cases these past few years, but I'm not familiar enough with some of these series to appreciate them, altough they'd have a hard time being worse than a recent Street Fighter/G.I. Joe one where they made Rufus the Psycho-Power-enhanced final boss...





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"Re(2):Masked crusaders working overtime" , posted Sat 19 Aug 01:08post reply

quote:
- Unit:E was the first attempt at unifying the Hasbro'verse in 2011


They tried to incorporate Candy Land into a shared fictional universe?!?





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"Re(3):Masked crusaders working overtime" , posted Sat 19 Aug 01:42post reply

Well I never said first SUCCESSFUL attempt :)





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"Re(1):attn: Chaz re: LCD Soundsystem" , posted Sat 19 Aug 12:57:post reply

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What is your opinion on this, or are they already too demode to be worth being interested in unironically?



Hi Spoon, sorry I was very busy with work (and Dragon Quest XI) recently so I have missed MMC for a while. I did not remember that I had mentioned / we had discussed LCD Soundsystem here in the past!

The article seems to date from last June, so at the time I think it was understandable to adopt a dubious approach about the merit of their return and their capacity to produce an interesting project in 2017. I think there is always a worry about why would you bring back something which was pretty much the perfect representation of a specific timeframe of pop culture. When their next project is a lesser work, it's also an echo of their fanbase's own fall in relevance in culture, which is never fun to think about. On that point, I am not expecting LCDS to ever produce an album as relevant as Sound of Silver or This is Happening. Hell, I am not even expecting albums to be relevant. Teens are probably as perplexed by the concept of "albums" as I was about "scopitones" when I was their age.

LCD was most interesting and relevant as a band encapsulating the rise of Williamsburg's prominence in American pop culture, and its wide impact on a lot of WASP counter-culture from the G.W.Bush administration: the Portland exodus, the massive improvement of cuisine culture in the US, American Apparel, the rise of Vice as a media empire, the relaxing attitude towards drugs, the de-diabolization of socialist activism in the US etc. Sound of Silver is a cultural peak of that era and I am not surprised it came right about as the USA shifted back to a Democratic administration and the Yes We Can! agitprop.

LCD's work was obviously less relevant under the calm (and let's be honest culturally complacent) Obama era, which saw popular culture more impacted by technological innovation (Netflix, Uber, Youtube, Grinder/Tinder, the rise and fall of successive SNS, Bitcoins etc.) than the cultural contents which they broadcasted. LCD did not have so much to bring to this cultural revolution, in the way that OK Go understood the newfound importance of video performance for example, or in the way young black artists took over the Internet to reach a broader audience cheaper and faster than through the hoops of traditional labels which either imposed commercial or regional barriers in the past. So it made sense that LCD fade away after This is Happening, which always sounds to me like the 65m35s victory lap of that generation.

But recently, social activism in the US has been getting more "interesting", to say the least. Under this new context of social unrest, there is necessarily going to be a explosion of creative output. I would rather hope and expect the output comes from minorities rather than white males rooting for them; in its own way Despacito in an interesting phenomenon counter to the narrative of the recent culture wars and wall-building proposals, and I would bet #BlackLivesMatter will give rise to some interesting artistic endeavours from teenagers who grew up under the stress and energy of these social engagements.

I don't expect (and would not hope for the United States of America) that LCD Soundsystem would be at the forefront of this new cultural dynamic, but their return makes much more sense in the current atmosphere of doubting the government, media, technology, neighbours and oneself. The three tracks we've heard so far go from alright to great in my book.

I actually went to Fuji Rock 2017 in order to see LCD Soundsystem in concert a few weeks ago. I am not a concert buff and had never done so until they broke up. I felt very stupid at the time for missing out on the chance to see them live, so I did not want to miss one more (one last?) chance to see the band perform. The festival was a messy, exhausting experience under an unforgiving thunderstorm. But the two hours long, rainy and sweaty, midnight in the middle of the forest LCD Soundsystem concert was mindblowingly good. They struck all the hits (besides Drunk Girls), the playset's order was on point, Murphy was charming and self-depreciating about playing the new songs, (it was the first time anyone in the crowd heard 'Tonite' which is a bonified dancefloor hit when you are surrounded with people clearly under the influence of MDMA and other toys). I got an innocent, unexpecting friend to join me and he seems to have loved it even though he knew nothing of the band. Probably one of my best concert memories now that the sore muscles have properly rested.





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"Re(2):attn: Chaz re: LCD Eclipsesystem" , posted Tue 22 Aug 09:05post reply

I don't know if you are living in the path or made vacation plans to visit a darkened part of the earth but I hope other Café patrons were able to enjoy the recent solar eclipse.





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"The danmitsu side of the Moon" , posted Tue 22 Aug 10:10post reply

Speaking of darkened parts of the Earth, I am sorry to say Dan Mitsu will vanish from Miyagi's official campaign. Oh well, at least they succeeded tenfold in getting people's attention.





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"Re(1):The danmitsu side of the Moon" , posted Tue 22 Aug 11:04post reply

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I don't know if you are living in the path or made vacation plans to visit a darkened part of the earth but I hope other Café patrons were able to enjoy the recent solar eclipse.
Did any of the Cafe's vampire killers see Dracula's Castle? I hear it's sealed away in there!

It's also fitting that for a phenomenon traditionally assumed to be an ill omen or a sign of the gods' angers, Danmitsu's angelic redemption of forgotten Miyagi should be taken from the world. Like Dracula's human wife who was burned at the stake, "O-mitsu" was too excellent for the idiot populace. Happily, as Chaz (and the governor) noted, she'd already accomplished the goal for Miyagi's ungrateful natives in giving it a modern association beyond "apocalypse."





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