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Today's/this week's strip concerns the Cavia/Square game "Nier", available in both Gestalt and Replicant flavours. Why available in two different flavours you ask? Well, the titular character is a grizzled and towering veteran badass monster fighter on a quest to save his sick daughter.

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That's if you're playing Gestalt, anyway. If you're playing Replicant, the alternate edition Square insisted on being able to make for release in Japan, then Nier is... well... not.

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Nier Replicant is the same setting... only now you're playing as a young man on a quest to save his sick little sister. This lithe, guyliner-wearing, deco-art sleeved, powdery white boy-hero. Now, some of you might think that once word of this had circulated pre-release, the Japanese gaming community would be up in arms over executive meddling, and do their best to support the 'original' title, yes?

"In Japan, Nier Gestalt sold over 12,500 copies in Japan the week of its release, while Replicant sold over 60,000 and was the top-selling video game in Japan that week." - Wikipedia

One more issue to observe with the game, below the cut due to spoilers about one of the supporting cast.


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And in more cheerful aspects, I found this when looking over YouTube comments for this year's No-Pants Subway Ride video. (:



Ellie Goulding

So, the musical artist I'm following at the moment is Ellie Goulding. She's got a nice voice, somewhat distinctive from the West coast's stock supply of bleached blondes and such, and her lyrics are catchy enough. Something interesting caught my attention in her music video for "Lights" though.



The first thing I noticed (this video was the first time seeing any visual of her) was that she's not a stick figure. Strong full-figured legs that I find very attractive, and a non-emaciated face. What I kept noticing after that was that for about 90 percent of the video, her hip and waist region is either kept blocked (drum set) or she's wearing a black dress and is against a black background.

Maybe I'm over-thinking, but does it seem to anyone else (Kat? Karen? either Amanda?) as though that's intentional? Full body pictures of her are semi-hard to find (I say only semi because this /is/ the internet), but her figure seems lovely, but it also seems to be intentionally kept hidden in this and her other videos. Thoughts?



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How Fights Start

Amanda shared this with me:

How Fights Start

My wife sat down on the settee next to me as I was flipping channels. She asked, 'What's on TV?'

I said, 'Dust.'

And then the fight started...  
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My wife and I were watching "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" while we were in bed. I turned to her and said, "Do you want to have sex?"

"No," she answered.

I then said, "Is that your final answer?"

She didn't even look at me this time, simply saying, "Yes."

So I said, "Then I'd like to phone a friend."

And then the fight started....
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Saturday morning I got up early, quietly dressed, made my lunch, and slipped quietly into the garage. I hooked up the boat up to the van, and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour. The wind was blowing 50 mph, so I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that the weather would be bad all day.

I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed. I cuddled up to my wife's back, now with a different anticipation, and whispered, "The weather out there is terrible."

My loving wife of 5 years replied, "Can you believe my stupid husband is out fishing in that?"

And that's how the fight started...
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I rear-ended a car this morning. So, there we were alongside the road and slowly the other driver got out of his car. You know how sometimes you just get soooo stressed and little things just seem funny? Yeah, well I couldn't believe it...... He was a DWARF!!! He stormed over to my car, looked up at me, and shouted, "I AM NOT HAPPY!!!"

So, I looked down at him and said, "Well, then which one are you?"

And then the fight started.....
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My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary. She said, 'I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3 seconds.'

I bought her a bathroom scale.

And then the fight started...
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When I got home last night, my wife demanded that I take her some place expensive... so, I took her to a Gas Station...

And then the fight started...
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After retiring, I went to the Social Security office to apply for Social Security. The woman behind the counter asked me for my driver's License to verify my age. I looked in my pockets and realized I had left my wallet at home. I told the woman that I was very sorry, but I would have to go home and come back later.

The woman said, 'Unbutton your shirt'. So I opened my shirt revealing my curly silver hair. She said, 'That silver hair on your chest is proof enough for me' and she processed my Social Security application.

When I got home, I excitedly told my wife about my experience at the Social Security office.

She said, 'You should have dropped your pants. You might have gotten disability, too.'

And then the fight started...
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My wife and I were sitting at a table at my school reunion, and I kept staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table.

My wife asked, 'Do you know her?'

'Yes,' I sighed, 'She's my old girlfriend. I understand she took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear she hasn't been sober since.'

'My God!' says my wife, 'who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?'

And then the fight started...
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I took my wife to a restaurant. The waiter, for some reason took my order first. "I'll have the steak, medium rare, please."

He said, "Aren't you worried about the mad cow?""

Nah, she can order for herself."

And then the fight started.....
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A woman was standing nude, looking in the bedroom mirror. She was not happy with what she saw and said to her husband, "I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly.. I really need you to pay me a compliment.'

The husband replied, 'Your eyesight's damn near perfect..'

And then the fight started.....
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Even though I hardly post, this needs to be shared. Badly.

Originally posted by kleine_teekanne at Protect Women's Rights in Mississippi: Sign the petition to help stop Amendment 26!
On November 8th, Mississippi will vote on whether or not to accept the following anti-choice amendment: "The term 'person' or 'persons' shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof."

However, this initiative—known as Amendment 26 or the "personhood amendment"—isn't just a matter of outlawing abortion in Mississippi or a vehicle to challenge Roe vs. Wade. If passed, this legislation will have many other far-reaching effects such as banning most or possibly all forms of birth control, banning some forms of infertility treatment, and opening the door to bringing criminal charges against women who have a miscarriage.

In a further effort to gain attention and spread information, a petition directed at the Attorney General of Mississippi (who is presently in favor of Amendment 26) has been created here:

Mississippi Attorney General’s Office: Stop the policing of women's bodily autonomy - Stop Amendment 26!

From the petition: "The reproductive and bodily rights of women should not be policed. Critical birth control medication should not be taken from any women - especially since birth control can have other important health effects and benefits aside from contraception. A miscarriage should not be equated to the murder of a child. Abortion should remain legal - and safe. This amendment is dangerous, radical thinking that prioritizes the rights of a fetus over the rights of born, living women everywhere."

Show your support for a woman's right to her own body: please click the link above and sign the petition to support stopping Amendment 26!

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Further Resources:
Wake Up Mississippi - a grassroots movement started by Jackson Women’s Health Organization has information available on their website as well as a link to help donate to their efforts. Among other efforts, they are currently trying to get billboards up to help spread the truth about Amendment 26. Also, if you happen to have a Facebook account, please give them some Likes at their FB page.

Parents Against MS 26 is another good page that is particularly informative about how Amendment 26 could negatively affect infertility treatments. They also have a donation link set up.

The article Occupy My Uterus. My Ass! Fertilized Eggs Are NOT People! at the Daily Kos gives an in-depth explanation as well.

The Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA) speaks out against Amendment 26 too!


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DC's New 52

Here's my general outlook on the New 52. Basically, I think the titles involved all fall under one of four categories.

Category A - The Obligatory - These are the titles that we all knew were a given. I'm not saying that's a good or bad thing for any of them as a rule, just that they were all obviously coming.

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Category B -The  Progress - These are titles that I think either put forward Fan Favorites that aren't quite A-listers, or titles that are branching out beyond the typical superhero stock material. (Not a lot of these are going to get comments from me, since in nearly all cases, I'm ludicrously fond of all of them, and have no complaints. (:  )

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Category C - The Neutral - No real opinion on these ones. Titles that really just feel like filler, even from an editorial/marketing standpoint.

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Category D - The Pointless - Really DC? These are mostly titles that I feel are rendered redundant by being part of an overall 'family', or that could have been better served by leaving a slot for someone from Category B.

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What Late Night Chat Has Wrought

Alchemyprime:    http://www.halolz.com/2011/07/08/my-fortress-pony/
GoggleBoy83:    Rainbow Dash would totally be the Scout
GoggleBoy83:    Uh, I mean...
serenity2132:    Would that make the crazy one the soldier?
GoggleBoy83:    Fluttershy would be The Medic
Alchemyprime:    Pinkie Pie?
Alchemyprime:    ... She might be the soldier.
Alchemyprime:    I kind of see her more as the Heavy myself.
GoggleBoy83:    "I am bulletproof! AHAHAHAH!"
Alchemyprime:    Right, exactly.
Alchemyprime:    Who would Twilight Sparkle be?
GoggleBoy83:    Applejack would be The Sniper
GoggleBoy83:    Twilight Sparkle would be the Soldier, ready to give advice on war to absolutely everybody
Alchemyprime:    We're missing a pony... Oh, right. Rarity.
Alchemyprime:    ...
Alchemyprime:    I want to see Derpy Hooves as the Engineer and Doctor Whoof as the Spy. Because the Spy is a dashing rogue.
GoggleBoy83:    Rarity is the Demopony
GoggleBoy83:    Creating the most beautiful and carefully planned explosives ever!
serenity2132:    ...
serenity2132:    We're having thuis conversation
serenity2132:    Which My Little Pony character fits which class in a cartoonishly violent videogame like TF2.
Alchemyprime:    ...
Alchemyprime:    Yeah?
Alchemyprime:    ... This is not the weirdest part of my day, honestly.
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Not Me: "To get home, Odysseus had to face giants, monsters, and a giant hole on the sea."
Me: "I believe she prefers to be called 'Kirke'."