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    • 008 Update #30- RTXcited 2018: THE THREEQUEL (Part 1- The Year of Participation)

      4 days ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      For the uninitiated, I get #VeryExcited for #rtx and for the past three years I have made a series of journal entries covering my thoughts and experiences.  This is the series for #RTXAustin2018 and the rest are likely to be found under the #RTXcited tag on the site.  Join me, won’t you?



      HEY-0 GANG, I am very excited about RTX this year.  I’ve been planning and waiting for this one since I got home last year. 


      I’m sure it’s about the same for you too if you’ve been before.


      My plans have been informed by what I’ve learned over these past two excursions and going back to read those entries might help the new-comers as they figure things out.  I’m also not the only one with tips and tricks though.  The RTWorld Community Group has a great group of posts of things to bring and get yourself ready for that they made this year that you can read to be relevant and ready. 


      This year for RTX and RTXcited will be a little different because of the evolution and the focus of my trip this year.  Here’s the first of many little tips I’ll be sprinkling in this series:


      008’s RTX Miscellaneous Tip #1: Every trip to RTX is unique.  All the help you can get from other community members is fantastic, but remember this is YOUR trip to have fun on and you should do what you can to make that happen.


      “So, if you’re avoiding the lists of helpful hints this year, what are you going to be talking about for less than a month?” asks the sock-puppet of a generic RT Community member in a pitched-up version of my voice.


      My answer to the question is “I don’t know about the whole time. This will be as much a journey for me as for you.  The rough idea is there, but I don’t want to give too much away.  But, I do know what we’re talking about today.”


      I have been very excited about the announcement and prospects of this RTX being a part of “The Year of Community” and all which that entails.  So much so that I’ve been planning my trip around more actively participating in that community with events and how I’m going to go about my day-to-day.  I can’t say all of it, and not just because I love to be cryptic all the time but I can’t say because of those other reasons which I’ll be cryptic about and that’ll be fun for me.


      What I can tell you about is just as fun though, so let’s get straight to my Year of Participation: 

      -I Started Participating Early


      A while back The Lab asked for videos where community members answer the question “What Does RTX Mean to You?” and they put together some of them in the recent “What is RTX Video”which was great.  I meant every word in my short video, but I also had some fun with it.  So, for your entertainment I present a version of it right HERE: 



      -I’ve Got My Badge Registered!



      This one may seen like a no-brainer, but it’s a symbol of a lot of what I’m going to be doing this year to further my participation at RTX.  I’m getting everything as ready and simple as I can so I don’t have to worry.  Hold on, I guess this is


      008’s Miscellaneous RTX Tip #2: Be prepared and keep things simple.  Register your badge early.  Know where your hotel is in relation to the convention center.  If you know where you and friends are getting dinner on Friday night, look at the restaurant’s website for the location and the menu (for prices, you don’t have to decide what you’re gonna eat).  Have all your bags sorted and easily to go through for Metal Detectors and your own retrieval of items. 


      For me this goes further into things like planning which big panels I’m going to or packing two or three weeks earlier.  I’m not as likely to forget something if I check that early.  I think this year I can swing staying at the con the whole time all the days so I don’t want to waste any of that time with faf’n about.


      -I’m Gonna Be On a Panel!


      That’s right, I’m going to be chatting on stage in one of the Community panels this year.  The panel in question will be the Oxford Comma Café’s panel about online community discussion and civility.  If you weren’t aware, the OCC is a group started in the forums a while back founded on the idea of an educated and civil place of discussion.  Fast forward and pick me up somewhere about a third in and we’re one of the most active groups, threads, and subforums on the RT Site.  We think we’ve found something that works, and we’ve definitely got some sticking power so me and some of my friends want to share that with you.  Be sure to figure an hour of some quality conversation and other nonsense between me and some buddies into your trip.  I’ll have more information for y’all as I can dole it out.


      -There’s Gonna Be One Elaborate Shenanigan Cosplay This Year




      So, last year I was one of my favorite Red vs Blue characters, but in a jokey-way that was an obscure joke to a memorable line.  That’s what an Elaborate Shenanigan Cosplay is to me and I can’t wait for y’all to see the one I’ve got for this year.  However, I also went “full” Mad King and David (Camp Camp) with my outfits on the other two days.  Because I am awesome like that. 


      This year, because of the one big one, I’m probably just going to be dressing down with tons of RT swag (and still my kilt) because I just want to be comfortable and have fun. 


      I really want to see what y’all have been working on for cosplay.  I love seeing all of it and this community always impresses.


      I’m not sure if I’m going to reveal mine at all, but for now I’m just going to stay cryptic.


      -If You See Me Before I See You, Look Out


      I’ll probably be whipping my camera out for shenanigans and such.  While I go about the floor taking my usual VERY EXCITED photos, there may also be some video content(?) of a sort to be had.  You’ll have to let me know if you’re down. 


      I’ll also ask for your RT name so I can maybe possibly tag you (if the site will let me).


      And if you just want to talk, I like to talk.  Come up and say hi.


      -And Most Importantly, YOU!


      That’s right, the most important thing about participating with the community at RTX is not just me making a lot of zany plans to do with myself, but leaving myself open to do the zany plans you come up with.*   After you have found me on the floor, I may have something I’m off to do, but let me know what you’re up to.  It might be more interesting.  And before we go, is there anything you know you’re doing already?  What’s really got you excited?  Know a good place for coffee?  I’m all ears as far as the digital version that is my comment section.  Leave me a message with any of your plans, shenanigans, or hopes for RTX and let’s keep the excitement going.  And give each other more things to be excited about TOGETHER.  Like I said, Community is a group effort and I value the infinitely greater possibilities we represent**.


      *No, it’s not lazy.




      So, with all of that out of the way, are you as RTXcited as me yet?  I hope so.


      Before I leave you let’s do a little house-keeping.


      First, the ever-vigilant reader will probably wonder “where’s 008 Update #29?”  29 is going to be tucked away into the vault during the RTX season.  If you don’t recall, 29 was a blog built on questions I sourced out to you a little before the death of my old laptop.  I have a new one now and I recently grabbed all of my old files off the hard drive with a buddy’s help but between playing catch-up on my work and doing home remodeling I haven’t sat down to do the second half of it.  It’s another big one (mostly the fault of @Ratatoskr ) and I want to share it with you, but I’d rather finish it right than piece-meal it or rush it.  Now it’ll be a nice little surprise for you all when it does drop.


      Second, do you have any questions for me about RTX before RTX?  I can see two or three more RTXcited Posts coming out before I catch my plane down to Texas?  I’d love to help or entertain so if you’ve got any questions for me at all, go ahead and ask me in the journal and I’ll write up an answer in the next entry of this series.  It’s always easier to answer specific questions.


       Third, if you aren’t sure about it, WATCH MORE RED VS BLUE SEASON 16.  I don’t want to give too much away (that’s what this post was for) but I’m really enjoying this season and Episode 13 is…  Listen, I know it’s late in the game but Episode 13 is a pivotal point.  If nothing else I recommend catching up by RTX because if my “shorter season” math is right I’m predicting that the finale will be shown at the panel.  I think the room is still ringing from when Locus showed up last year.  Maybe that’s just my ears though.


      Alright, I think that’s enough for now.  I’m gonna go start packing and planning while I brew up the next RTXCited 2018: The Threequel Entry.  I think I want to say something about booths…


      We’ll see…


      Talk with you soon,

      -008 (Max)


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    • AgentWashingtub008's RvB16 Spoiler-Free Reactions and Notes (Episodes 1-11)

      4 days ago

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      Okay, so Red vs Blue season 16 has already been quite the ride and for the most part I love it all.  It’s time for a mid-season dump of thoughts relating to the season with predictions, analysis, and general notes because I haven't made significant contribution to the forums in a while.  (I blame my job.) 


      So, not wasting anymore time I’ve got my series of unfiltered thoughts on Red vs Blue Season 16 all here for you.  And it totally wasn’t almost completely written by episode 8 and then I had to stop and forgot and I write up to episode 11 tonight.  Which, yes, this post is completely safe for site-members to read without spoilers up until episode 11 which is available on the RT Site right now.



      First off, the look, sound, and feel of this neon 80’s style is amazing and what Red vs Blue has needed since Halo 3.  A reason to insert bright and bombastic filters into everything.  All of the very constructed forge does look like very constructed forge, but I can’t fault them for that and I can appreciate the effort and creativity to make an upstate New York strip mall set twice.  The sound design (which I can only describe as “Ridiculously Epic”) gets me right into the mood of everything we see and they have the sense to modulate it as appropriate. Compare the intro segment of Muggyns traveling through space vs the arrival of King Atlas to Tucker and Sister.  They both fit where one captures the wonder of the emerging grander universe to RvB and the other underscores 1) how Tucker and Sister are experiencing the situation, 2) the alien nature of the encounter (we might not associate air horns and monastic chants, but clearly Muggyns is acting like a WWE announcer very deadpanly), and 3) I’m just having fun while I’m watching it.


      But I honestly could keep going on and on about this and the real meat of what I want to talk about is the plot thus far and its implications because I certainly do see some.


      On a whole I’ve enjoyed what we’ve gotten so far.  Starting off running with Donut becoming unstuck in time and Muggyns’s narration, RvB 16 has kept a pretty quick clip going without overloading itself.  Grif’s Campbellian analysis was wonderfully wrong and played right into what he was trying to prevent (is that ironic?) and his continued development this season has gone directions I didn’t expect at a rate I didn’t either.  The pairings are all good and I would like to see more of some than others, but I figure that the very important pairing of Caboose and Lopez will come into play soon.


      I’m still scattered, let’s talk each episode starting with 3 because my reviews of Episodes 1 & 2 are as follows: HOLY SHIT THIS IS AWESOME THERE ARE COSMIC ENTITIES NOW WITH HUGINN AND MUNNIN REFERNCES AND A LATE 80’S CHEESE AESTHETIC AND OTHER MYTH JOKES AND I LOVE HOW WELL ALL CHARACTERS ARE BEING PORTRAYED IN A NEW STORYLINE THAT HAS GENUINE INTRIGUE AND STAKES.  I truly lost any accurate count of how many times I’d watched episode 1 within four days of the premier.


      Now, Episode 3.  The set up of these pairings I enjoy.  Doc and Grif (and Huggyns) might be the most interesting pairing because it forces Grif back into an active role and there’s a personal conflict between him and Doc.  Great dynamic.  Sarge and Simmons each have different approaches to time travel and both characters could gain some personal change from this.  They also show off the mechanics of time travel the best for us.  Sister and Tucker’s story is funny but predictable with some good character insight.  Caboose and Lopez, like I just said, lay the seeds for some good jokes and plot later I bet and Caboose displays a linear and stable version of time travel.  Not much came from the episode but set-up and some background for Sarge (that continues his development from last season and the book).


      Episode 4 was a big dud for me.  It wasn’t bad, but it was very meh against the quality Red vs Blue can (and consistently does have) in both this season and the whole show.  I put most of the blame on the drawn out, mostly predictable, Comedy Central original series-esque Tucker and Sister storyline.  For world building I feel mixed emotions.  The characters are in-character but feel like they’ve reverted a little, the time travel is linear and paradox free so far, and there is an answer to a question here that is just, underwhelming.  Tucker’s line in a later episode “I get it, you’re all about the kinky sex” feels more applicable to this episode than just him being fed up with Sister in universe. The fact that they both make a big deal out of their “sex” after the end of the BGC makes it all too clear that they are going to go back, find out it was them that interrupted it, and that it likely is a big deal to both of them in one way or another (I’m not saying they have to be in love or anything, but I think Sister could be justifiably mad at everyone else for taking their relocation orders and just leaving her in the canyon for ~5 years and Tucker could just be her forced-by-circumstances target.)  Tucker insists he’s grown but he’s just bickering with Sister, which isn’t all too far from him bickering with Church or Grif, though I’ll also give the RvB team the benefit that these two haven’t seen each other in years and some reversion is to be expected.  If they do grow by the end of it, we’re on good footing.


      Then there’s the answer to my favorite question: #WhoShotFlowers ?  I’ve always been of the mind that it was just ricochets in the canyon or a crackpot of a very complicated plot involving Flowers and Wyoming to keep the secrets of Project Freelancer safe (“I seem to be dramatically pausing for some reason”) but the answer we just got “it was Tucker and Sister timetraveling for some other reason” opens the plot hole wider of why Flowers died the way he did. They could fill it if Flowers comes back into play this season (or Wyoming and/or Gamma) but this is another instance where if things just continue as they are, it’s a weaker joke that wears at continuity.


      Let’s compare this more predictable plot with less justifiable regression for characters with the shorter but much better plot & regression with Simmons and Sarge.  Sarge feels guilty for what he knows to be flaws within himself that only cause trouble for those around him but he’s still unable to let go of those flaws as they are so strongly tied to the coping mechanisms that allow him to keep going on with his life.  He blames his problems on a greater enemy or someone else’s failings and that gives him a target to fight against.  To every failure he finds a wildly different solution (that’s likely not to work).  It’s quick, it’s deep, and there’s a great turn-around from fixing his first military failure to finding the ultimate means of stopping Temple.


      Grif and Doc’s story this episode introduces us to some Divergant Timelines, possibly caused by the others who are messing with time.  Which opens up some interesting avenues and sets Doc and Grif on their story for the next little bit.  It’s good, the return to the “why are you in armor, civilian?” joke came a little too soon for it to be funny and we’ll need a lot more repetition for it to start landing again if it doesn’t wait longer, 


      I can’t say I hate Tucker and Sister’s remaining time in Blood Gulch, but everything but the dialog about the simpler past was just predictable and alright.  The dialog was really good, but undercut by the situation.


      Episode 5 picks things back up.  Just like before Sarge’s missinterpretations of the reality of his situation is evident in who he picks (a sickly Grecian and an actor) as “the ultimate fighting force” and Simmon’s adherence to science is highlighted.  Donut’s hole did warp because too many grown men went in at one time.  Now on Sarge and Simmons’s storyline we see what the misuse of time does to the mechanics of the universe.  I posit that the overload on the system caused some “lag” and that’s why they went to the right location a year or so later.  With how easy things happened (after some funny jokes introducing John, Alex, and George) we knew that it wasn’t going to go right, but to compare it to the last episode’s predictable central gag, we didn’t know HOW it was going to go wrong.  I fully expected time to start unraveling around Sarge and Simmons after they killed Temple with the help of 3 historical figures while Sarge did the Six Flags dance, but instead this situation was proven safe because it was in Simmons and Sarge’s future.  It’s also hilarious that we get the one-two punch of  “this is Jax’s movie set” and “no, season 15 was NOT Jax’s movie.” Jax himself makes a great continuation of his character that has everything he wanted and is dealing with it.  He’s clearly thriving… 


      Once again Sarge gets a bulk of the good character “progression” as he shifts the blame and his solution further away from any of his real problems (and probably ruining time even more).  At his current pace of escalation it’ll either kill him and/or force him to actually fix this problem by the end of the season and either way I’m on board for it (as long as it’s done well.)


      Finally episode 5 shines because it starts giving the audience MORE REAL LORE!  The Great Quorum of the Cosmic Powers have assembled and even in their title we can infer some things.  “The Great” is used as descriptor to all things of spiritual importance to the religion from which Shisno comes from (a word used by King Atlas shortly thereafter to reinforce this connection).  Quorum is “the minimum number of group participants to make a meeting and its decisions valid.”  This and the number and range in size of attending persons means that there are even more “Cosmic Powers” and this is a “race” of powerful beings more than just a group of gods.  In attendance are King Atlas, Kali Rama, and the Golden (he’s noticeably gold in this shot*) Golfer along with others of their kind who make note of the Fates living in their tower.  More info we get from this meeting includes:

      -The Pizza Quest is obscured to the fates.

      -From his words and manners Golden Golfer is likely The Trickster Kali mentioned.  He speaks contrary to the rest of the assembly and is visually different from both the major entities and the more common folk around them.  Both alone are common to tricksters of all pantheons, but he addresses it himself by outwardly saying he betrayed the others by (possibly) helping silence the fates.  For all we know Donut could have been the one to do it.  Back to the Trickster himself, he could very well be a comment on modern depictions of tricksters that are so over the top but usually no one sees it until too late or a very good double bluffed personality where he pretends to think he’s much more clever and zaney than he is and actually is a devious and powerful threat.  His outward appearance is thus viewed as benign by the others who dismiss him constantly.  I clearly support the second option more, but not everything has to be so complex to be fun.

      -Kali Rama, though a goddess of time, seems to have survived her encounter with Donut in episode 2.  This leave’s Donut’s fate up in the air, but it never really has been, has it?   Her “evil” statements in episode two can also be read as righteous fury (at least from her point of view) warning the Reds and Blues of her power in order to try and stop the Pizza Quest and its devastating outcome. 

      -King Atlas says their true enemy is a HIM that has been bound somehow and corruption of the natural order by means such as time travel wear on HIS chains.  HE might very well be the same GOD that gave Donut his mission and time-guns.  Whatever is keeping HIM bound (outside of time?) he probably can’t fight it on his own, but if he were to notice a rip in time from Temple’s machine and find an entity unstuck from time like Donut he could use that to his advantage.  Giving nine idiots time travel guns is a good way to pull apart time in theory.  Though that last bit is just well founded speculation considering Kali’s line about “his protection.”


      The end of episode five is a solid end to act one and we all know how Joe likes story structure. 


      For Episode 6 the Devil is in the Deketales (still my favorite RvB pun I’ve made in a while and I’ll use it until the joke dies) and continues the fun and fast action comedy 5 started.


      In the past Doc’s aggravation is growing with Grif’s desperation.  That’s cool.


      Tucker and Sister aren’t using time smartly but they aren’t ruining it either.  It makes me think that breaking time isn’t as easy as you’d think.  Time seems to correct itself.  I also dropped my jaw when Muggyns showed up.  Going to the present meant Atlas could find them.  It was small but worthwhile.


      Grif and Doc’s interactions are gold.  I like Grif’s continued fight between responsibility and his desires, but Doc steals the show this episode.  I’ve always thought Doc was evil too, but I’m questioning his “transformation” right now.  Has Doc’s O’Malley Imprint been lurking since Chorus or did he go away for a while until this instance right here brought him back out? 


      Quick Crackpot Break:

      Imprintation is the barely ever directly brought up but clear rule (in RvB) of Aggressive Smart AI and their hosts having lasting effects on eachother, going so far as to drastically alter their original personas but more often simply giving each a deep understanding of the other.  Notable examples are Wash and Epsilon, Gamma and Wyoming, and anyone Church was in the head of for more than five minutes in Blood Gulch.  Caboose’s understanding of AI is likely based on his near constant exposure to multiple AI and his own mind’s lack of much else.  For the relationship of Doc and Omega, the O’Malley persona is based off of the Rage and Power of Omega and Tex being imprinted with Caboose’s stupidity, and finally Doc’s trod-upon indignation and lack of actual success.  Like how Alison was imprinted upon every Church mind so heavily, the O’Malley persona was such a big part of Doc’s mind it was essentially copied and saved in Doc’s head.  Doc’s time in the Future Cube pocket between season 11 and 13 lead to a madness that brought O’Malley to the fore-front as a facet of Doc’s own mind and he’s come back and forth ever since.  However, we didn’t see much of him in season 15.  The big question is was Doc’s O’Malley persona inactive or was he silently working in this situation?


      What we know is O’Malley shares Doc’s hatred for the Red and Blues (effectively this O’Malley is Doc), but we don’t know if he was repressed again or once the genie had been let out of his bottle if he can ever go back in fully.  So I see two possible explanations for the story of Deke and the twist of this episode.  1) O’Malley had been repressed again and Doc’s actions during season 15 were solely of his original persona’s will.  It was only now that Doc faced the injustice of using a time machine so poorly, the berating by Grif, and the resurfaced trauma f Deke’s death that O’Malley resurfaced and took control.  Huggyns saw this transformation while Grif napped and that’s why she panicked.  Or it’s 2) and O’Malley has been active this entire time, not showing himself so his schemes could unfold.  These schemes amount to him constantly sabotaging the Reds and Blues and causing any trouble for them he can.  Keeping the Doc face presented to the world allows for him to say “I’m sorry” and stick with the Reds and Blues longer than if he was outwardly O’Malley.  Now though, with only Grif to stop him and the potential to wreak all sorts of havok with a time gun, O’Malley saw his opportunity to dispose of Grif spectacularly and get the gun himself.  In this scenario Huggyns is scared because she could have seen O’Malley being himself when he thought he was alone, but it could also be just her wanting them to not abandon the Pizza Quest.  Either way this is a great development for Doc and the plot in general, but now I’m looking forward to Huggyns and Grif trying to get out of ancient Italy.


      Oh, and like I mentioned earlier, the Tucker and Sister scene this episode is great and funny.  It has some real good hooks for the rest of the season too.  What new armor?  Will this come into play soon?  Will this connect to what’s happening on Chorus and possibly with Locus, Wash, or Carolina?  There’s also the little thing about TUCKER AND SISTER POSSIBLY BEING SMIGHTED.  I had no doubt that there’s a last-minute save coming because time travel, but still.  That came out of nowhere (relatively) and it was pretty cool narratively speaking.


      Episode 7 was unexpected but a delightful lean into Red vs Blue’s classic “bad” effects with advancement.


      Gus a b-movie cyclops imposed over the characters with green screen in an epic and ridiculous fight against Sister and Tucker.  A whole episode like that is welcome anytime.


      But let’s get to the lore bits I love so very very much.  HE uses a firewall.  That’s important. 


      Cyclopses DID exist somewhere in the RedvsBluniverse. 


      Then there’s all that stuff Huggyns tells us about how her existence and the Cosmic Powers work.  It’s a wonderful relationship that starts here with (and if you get tired of me writing this, too bad) animosity that FITS WITH THE CHARACTERS.  I know I’m getting ahead of myself in the story, but we’ve got to if I’m going to cover everything.


      Back to the fight and we get Sister and Tucker acting great again, then they defeat the Gusclops.  Xena references, and ball jokes, and failing upwards like always.


      I’m going to touch quickly on this coming back to the first scene.  There are ways that it can make sense with later developments, but it kind of confuses Muggyns’s opening monologue for me.  Thematically it works, but why was it paired like that.  Could this be the actual beginning of the Paradox?  I’m not sure yet, I just know it now feels more complicated than a fun recursive aspect to the first question of RvB.



      [Deep breaths]





      I called it then, I’m re-calling it now, and I’m going to be testing it at RTX:


      “Have I ever told you about my cat, Loki?” is the new “Don’t say goodbye.  I hate goodbyes.”


      At first it’s heartwarming because Wash is okay and he’s talking about his “ma” and “dad” and playing and flirting with Carolina.  I love the little touch that he hangs onto the wall with his middle finger.  It’s practical (in an exo-suited space marine holding his weight by the one finger that could reach the farthest kind of way), but also something I bet he’d do.  Then he falls down. 


      Things get darker.  Wash is having memory issues, short and long term.  That is something he hasn’t had.  He had a strong memory before Epsilon, and a more intense one afterwards, but his current state has me as worried as Carolina.  What’s hard as a fan is that they are making CarWash even stronger while tearing it apart.


      Huggyns’s exposition break that tells us about Krovos and what the original definition of Shisno* is makes Doc’s return all the more ominous.


      *See the end of the journal for more fun about the Shisno terminology.



      Dylan and Carolina’s interaction is good and Carolina’s reaction to the Reds and the Blues lost in time is what I expected.  This expert is also kind of predictable, but it’s good. 


      There are two things that break my conceptions of RvB in this episode (I think).  First, this uses the title “Recovery” as the title of a story about Wash trying to get out of a funk post-massive trauma.  I’m keeping “Rec0very” as the title of that RvB spec comic script I’m writing (and should have issue three ready soon) which works because I’m pretty sure “True Colors” has been the title of two episodes in the show.  I just have to make sure Wash’s first recovery mission as I see it has more impact. 


      Second.  I had a theory that went pretty deep into what Huggyns and Muggyns were.  I thought they were “AI” based off of the minds of Great Heroes.  This is based off of a theory I shared a while back in the Crackpot thread, but if Huggyns has parents there’s a solid disconnect from AI as we understand them, even with the potential differences between an Alien AI, a Human AI, and an AI from the Gods.  So, that connection is tabled. But my idea about Junior still survives.


      Episode 9 is a great episode of exposition.  The interactions between Wash, Carolina, and Jax are good, but the middle chunk with Huggyns and Grif and the explanation of time travel are the highlights. 


      My sentiment addresses a “problem” I’m seeing a lot of people citing when discussing the season.  Not much is “happening” this season.  I agree.  Mostly the Reds and the Blues are just wandering from plot-point to plot-point, but I’m totally okay with that.  “Why?” the part of my brain that allows me to believe that you’re still reading this post with active engagement imagines you asking me.  Well I’ll tell all y’all.  Frontloading.  We are encountering new and unknown territory for Red vs Blue with this season.  Real full time-travel.  Gods.   The acceptance that Church is dead.  A world without Pizza.  Sympathy for Doc.  The list goes on…  It’s like back in the season 1 and 2 days, but instead of “Why are two teams of humans fighting in a canyon and why do they have all this equipment?” the question at the core is “how do these new rules and scenarios work for the Reds and Blues?” and the best way to start addressing that is to have them stand around and talk the way most of the groupings have been this season. 


      I’m calling it now, when the actual Shisno Paradox happens in the season finale to kick off the second act of this story, we’ll be glad we know all of this.


      If we’re talking about the actual meat of the episode, Huggyns lets us know how the Cosmic Powers work, which is very much like but also very not the Forerunners from Halo and that’s something we can use in the future. 

      I’m really glad this is how the line Joe tweeted came about. 


      “I’m a fart submarine.”


      Meanwhile Jax lines up what a paradox is for us so we’ll know it when we see it when the actual Shisno Paradox happens.  Again, we have plenty of frontloading which I say is a good thing.


      The “Closet Test” was a perfect example of how setting the rules is good, but we don’t get what we expect and having Caboose and Lopez on the otherside is amazing.


      Just as amazing as Cabooses’s slideshow in Episode 10 which is one of my favorite Caboose segments ever, of all time.


      The maiming scene is coming up, but let’s take a trip to Camelto for some good old Blood Gulch wordplay and Huggyns and Grif being awesome and adorable.  Oh, and Donut shows up.  Krovos’s plan is laid out for us as is Tucker and Sister’s developments.  It’s back to being a little meh, but I appreciate the direction they’re going in.


      Wash is clearly traumatized by what happened in the hanger in both a physical and mental snense.


      Then Donut meets with Krovos and we get some more very important facts.

      -Krovos is stuck and where he is seems to be “outside” of time which could explain why he chose Donut.

      -I believe the gears to be further extensions of his prison. 

      -Krovos emits a blue-green light.  I have it on the same level as any other theory, but with the inclusion of the term “firewall” and this light, I think it’s fair to speculate Krovos could be Gamma.

      -Krovos has abilities even in his own prison realm.


      I love the Trickster and his ability to turn anything on its head for fun as Episode 11 proves in the intro. 

      A whole episode beginning that furthers our understanding of the Gods is good, not much to review there.  Have people made the joke that this is how the moon of Remnant split?  Probably.  (Not to mention that the moon in question was over wherever the meeting happened.) 


      I do like how Atlas is being a bit of a foil for Tucker this season (he really didn’t get one last season) with their immaturity.  It causes further conflict between our characters.  Sister and Tucker’s relationship brings out his character development, sort of.  In the past three arcs we’ve tackled different flaws and he does keep facing them individually, but it feels kind of slow if we have to start something new each season.  Again, I’m not saying this is bad, it’s actually some of the best stuff Tucker or sister have gotten in a while, it’s just odd. 



      Well, that’s a lot of words about Red vs Blue and my general thoughts of the season (that is available to the public) so far.  I’m enjoying it despite the slow frontloading plot so far because it’s so funny and character driven. 


      Glad you read through this all and if you’d like to comment, go on ahead.  I’m going to be trying harder to be in the forums (First! and Member) if you want to talk more (and more recent) too.  And now that I’m all caught up, it’ll be easier! 


      Talk to you later!




      BONUS MATERIAL: Here are some pre-season thoughts on the term Shisno, now saved for posterity.  It is also not spoilery though it may be added to in the future.


      I think that Shisno is an alien Term that Gary adopted as a part of the simulation and as some of the data he found inhabiting the windmill temple that humans built a power station in.  (Side theory, all temples/"World-Temple-Systems" have guardian AI or the capacity to hold one just like each has a Great Weapon (that is also a key) and the one on the planet that Blood Gulch is on was either empty or the guardian AI had been removed.  The one of Chorus was Santa.)


      Back to the matter at hand (and mind you this is all speculation), "Shisno" is just the English translation of the Ancient Alien (henceforth called Great Beings to distinguish them) word that current Aliens also use to describe beings unfit to be Great Heroes in the way we call a person a Jack Ass.  We're not saying they're literally a donkey, they're just displaying the negative behavior we associate with donkeys and we're exaggerating our repulsion to them.  So there's the animal Shisno and then there's the derogatory term Shisno.  On top of those layers, we have the Aliens who have built a society around worshipping the creators of the Great Weapons who also follow the Great Beings' philosophies and teachings which are likely counter to the general philosophies of Humans so the Aliens identify us as Shisnos and the Great Beings likely would too because on a surface level Humans are not what the Great Beings wanted to come of civilization.


      To back this up, let's take into account that a Great Hero is "Clear Headed" and Gamma interpreted a Great Destoryer to be the "dumbest being in the universe."  We know that when Tucker and Caboose passed the Great Tests it was because a more common state for a human to be "Clear Headed" is to be stupid or not thinking but the more idyllic version of "Clear Headed" is to have no guilt, fear, or quandaries as Santa told Caboose.  So the bearer of a Great Weapon could be either smart and clear of mind and conscious or stupid enough to be that way as well meaning they could use the Great Weapon to be a Great Hero or a Great Destroyer based on how they use their Great Weapon.  

      Alternatively, and not mutually exclusive to the above, humans might be Shisno's because while we would like to be Clear Headed in the best of ways, our philosophies permit our heroes to be conflicted and in some ways we value that over courage and conviction from the start.  The idea that we're "only human" and that we're constantly overcoming these struggles might be something Santa appreciates, but there's a possibility that SOME Great Beings don't and actually find a race such as that offensive and those Great Beings might be what the modern Alien culture worship which classifies Humans as Shisnos to Aliens and active Great Beings.  So if Shisnos having Great Weapons is offensive, if they have even accidental access to time-holes and temporal energy conversion too, that might really piss off the Great Beings.



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    • Today is NOT RvB Day

      4 weeks ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      Spent a whole ten minutes waiting at my computer, wondering if I had gotten the release time right, constantly refreshing the page, and looking at twitter before I realized it is Saturday, not Sunday.

    • #RTCommunityDay 6/15/18

      1 month ago

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      Listen, it's still not easy to share images on the site here, but we can still talk.

      I am #VeryExcited for #rtx this year and all the elaborate shenanigans I have planned

      Anyone else got some fun plans or things they wanna see at RTX?  Let's celebrate Community Day with some conversation (though I will be painting and working some today so I will do what I can to keep my end up.)


      1 month ago

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      So, expect a full post and such.  But I am #VeryExcited.  I got the one and only box with a chunk of the ceiling and all the fun shit from the AH office.






    • 008 Update of Info- My Laptop is Dead

      1 month ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      So, it's a 4 year old laptop and while I'm not the most technically adept, I take decent care of mine and with all the things I looked into it's clear that I had filled the drive.

      The problem is I haven't backed it up recently and my old external drive is no longer supported by windows.  So now we're past hour 24 of the Disc Repair on the old laptop.  Things aren't going well over there.

      On the other side, I went and got a shiny new laptop with money I've saved, and a new 4 terabyte drive to make sure this kind of thing doesn't happen again.  It's an Inspiron 15 5000 Series (i7 core) and everything (but the "o" button weirdly) works like a dream.  AND the mic and webcam actually work.

      So, I've got a lot of work to do, and a lot of plans, but for now I'm just putting what I've got back together.

      Just thought I'd let you all know.

      -008 (Max)


    • 008 Pre-Update: Question Time (MERE HOURS REMAIN)

      2 months ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      {23:29 PST 4/20/2018}

      EDIT {19:23 PST 4/22/2018}: You've still got time to make what's gonna be a really interesting post even more interesting.

      So, it occurs to me that I haven't done a proper 008 Update in a while.  Mostly because I haven't really been doing much I determine as worth a post.  Also, my imgur profile might have disappeared and I'm too indignant to make a new one.

      But I'd like to do one again, and it's been a whole heck of a long time since I answered any questions like I used to on Question Day Tuesdays.  It's something I'd like to do again, but I think I try something different and new.  I'm thinking an AMA format, but instead of just answering comments bellow, I'd like to share the fun with everyone in a journal.  

      Here's my plan, in the comments I'd like y'all to ask me some questions.  They could be about me, they don't have to be.  I remember @Fly eventually just started asking riddles.  That was fun.  I will, after some time, create a big post where I will answer to the best of my abilities and with minor discretion (this is the internet) but I think taking the time to do this could get some conversations going again and be fun for all of us.  Maybe we send the challenge around some?

      So, do y'all have any questions for me?  I always need the excuse to write and I feel like, on the whole we haven't talked much lately.  

      Let's arbitrarily say I'd like to have all the questions asked in the comments by 23:57 PST on Sunday April 22.

      Go ahead, have fun.

      -AgentWashingtub008 (Max)

    • Red vs Blue Season 16 First! SPOILERS and Discussion Thread: Y'all Need Therapy

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      Hey gang, welcome to the Red vs Blue Season 16: First! SPOILERS and Discussion  thread! I’m AgentWashingtub008, a resident site-camper and crackpot theorist. Season 16 of Red vs Blue has everybody excited with its epic quest and sweet aesthetic, but it seems that once again the conversation has been forced into two differing timelines of First! and Public (though you have no idea how happy I am that YouTube has to wait even longer (we just need that RWBY 3 day gap)).  I figure what might be best for everyone is to have a space where firsts can talk clearly labled as spoilers for Members so at least everything is organized and not one thread where First!s always have to write in spoilers.  Of course there can be MORE conversation going on in other threads (like the original major RvB 16 thread stickied in the RvB SubForum) but I think this is a convenient option. Anyway, for FIRST!s be sure to come with your reactions, analysis, theorizing, crackpottery, arguments, research, fangirl/boying, arguments and general fun. You just need to like in-depth discussion about a show you like. There are more stories to tell, let’s get ready!


      However, before we begin here are some general guidelines to help make the forum experience go swimmingly. (That I ripped off from myself (With some edits.))


      Write With Care: Grammar is good. No one is perfect, but as long as you make the effort to make your points intelligently, the conversation will be easy for everyone to follow and readers will know you care about what you are saying and respond in kind,


      Conduct Yourself Respectably: The forum is a shared space. Please do not come in here trying to cause a mess or rile up some people. It is almost guaranteed you’ll disagree with someone else here but acknowledging that and asserting your opinion are not mutually exclusive. Keep in mind a good argument is more persuasive than yelling, screaming, and tearing into someone else’s character. Also be aware that first impressions can last. Try and present yourself with your best foot forward to start a successful journey through the thread.

      ###pRooster Teeth Forums are something viewed in public and the workplace.   There is more information in the ###a href="">Terms of Use you agreed to when you joined the site. You and I are well aware of the lengths Red vs Blue goes to for jokes.  It’s M for Mature comedy with some sometimes heavy Suggested for Mature Readers (comics) material in there too.  Still, that’s no reason for being lewd for no reason or doing things just to be shocking or vulgar.  We’re having a discussion here.



      Spoilers: Spoilers are an important part of what keeps conversations going smoothly, especially in discussions mixed between FIRST! and Member users.  There is a latency that can be a day and can be a week (unfortunately) between these two groups.  No one wants to ruin the show for other people.  Spoilers will not be as important because of the nature of this thread but I still think they should be discussed.  Here is how they work. Click the little Slashed-Eye on your formatting bar and type away! Use your mouse to hover over or highlight an area of tagged text to view it.  If you have seen a video here before public release or have just watched it at launch, tag your spoilers in even a spoiler-titled thread. Generally once an episode has been live for the public (and they’ve had the time to watch it in full) , spoilers are considered fair game, especially in the heat of discussion in a spoiler titled thread, but try to be courteous.   While this thread has been labeled as FIRST! And Spoilered, there’s still the chance of some people not seeing things, and wandering in here.  And let’s say a trailer goes up “unannounced” put that is spoilers for an hour or so so people can go watch it themselves or choose not to and know to ignore your posts about it. As a general rule of thumb, content is considered fair game once it has been released to the public/intended group (FIRST! content) and enough time to watch it (the run time of the episode) has elapsed.


      Lurk: Have you ever have your mom tell you it is weird when you stay in the corner for a while to try and figure out what is going on before entering the social space? (Just me?) Well, in here that isn’t an issue. It is actually encouraged. By watching the thread you can see what is the tone and tempo of the conversation going on now. Also, instead of bringing up the same point over and over again, if you found something you want to continue talking about, you can reply to that thought someone else had and you’ve already got a foot in the door. Be careful though, if a topic is older (like a week) you may want to preface your statement or idea again. The key part of lurking is gaining a sense of where the conversation is at. It’s actually free to pay attention.


      Try to Stay On Topic: Some threads, like this one, are made with a specific purpose. Try and be respectful of that. People come to specific topic threads for that kind of discussion. There are other threads for more general talking (Bar Threads) and you will be more than welcome there. This is not a chat-room. As to the specifics of this rule, what consists as “on topic” is something related to either the show itself or a show-relevant argument. For instance if something that happened is reminiscent of Star Wars, that is fine to call out. If you are making a point about radio science and no one seems to understand it, an explanation is fine. If a point about the conversation needs to be made, make it. But remember, this is a place about RvB the show and all points of discussion should be able to be brought back to that. (Not all comments obviously, people can get distracted.)


      Organize Your Thoughts: When reviewing the conversation in the thread, do not make an individual reply to everything. Try and make all of your points in one post with multiple replies. You can help distinguish where your statements are meant to go in the over-all conversation, but the “reply” function will help you for that. Mobile users also have a hard time editing posts sometimes, so it’s fine but please try to not spam.  Post-spamming really just gums up the page and doesn’t present you that well either.


      Remember This a Group Effort: Like the previous point, this one is about not dominating the conversation. All of us are all on different internet connections with different speeds as well as having different schedules and circumstances that may effect when and how often we speak. If you have a lot to say, a double post may be appropriate, but try to leave time and space for someone else to talk too. If you are the last person to have posted and you have a really cool new idea, give it a half hour or so if you can. This is talking WITH people, not AT them.


      Have Fun: That’s right, we should all be here because we enjoy Red vs Blue and that is the most important thing. We are the greatest online community for a reason and that is because we can all have a good and respectful time together sharing the things we like and maybe even things we don’t like but even that should be a fine experience. Let other people have their fun too. A new conversation may start up with other people, if you have nothing, leave them be. This is a place where we all should be able to talk and have a good time, try it.


      And there is the long of the guidelines. We can’t predict everything that could happen, but following these generalities will help. We also need to work together to keep it fun and safe. Report trolling, flame-modding (where everything gets a -1 mod for no reason) , dishonorable conduct, and bullying. Team work makes the dream work, guys.


      I can’t wait to get started talking about RvB in-depth with our reactions, analysis, theorizing, crackpottery, arguments, research, fangirl/boying, arguments and general fun. Before we go, the briefest of reminders: Don’t be an idiot or an asshole and look out for the Forum Yetti.


      Let’s go get a pizza!

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    • Red vs Blue Season 16 Theory Journal For Posterity: Contains Speculative Spoilers

      3 months ago

      AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

      Okay first let me see if Spoiler tags work here.

      Now they do.  That's good.  Anyway I don't want to tempt fate so I'm going to just write this all in one chunk.  So, the social video where they censored all the "spoilers" seemed to say that gods/extra-dimensional beings with immense power are the enemies and there's time-travel probably connected to Loco's time bomb and it is called the Shisno Paradox, SO:  I think that the time bomb's energies attracted the attention of these extra dimensional beings which are the same beings that the ancient aliens worshiped and the ones that called humans Shisnos.  My guess is the beings are mad that two humans have become Great Warriors (and have activated to planetary spire systems) so they're manipulating the universe in order to "fix" the Great Dishonor of a Shisno being a Great Warrior.

      That is my theory.  I said it here and now 4/6/2018 ~noon PST.


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    • Red vs Blue Season 15 Review: #Hashtag14SeasonsAndAMovie (Happy 15th Birthday Rooster Teeth!)

      3 months ago

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      {Posted 18:15pst 4/1/2018 (with minor edits as I found typos I missed in the first check) and a "kick edit" on 4/4 to put this on the top of my profile page.}

      This is a post that has taken several months for me to write, and unlike one of my more famous ones I keep wanting to do, I have been actively working on it that entire time.  I have been thinking about RvB 15 since well before the season even ended and what my feelings are about it.  I have been thinking about the plot.  I’ve been wondering about the production.  I’ve been wondering just what its purpose was in the whole scheme of Red vs Blue.


      It’s kept me up at night.


      But now I’ve received the Bluray/DVD and I know. 


      I have been proven completely right about all of my assumptions and I can difinitivly say what I think of it.


      Red vs Blue Season 15 is the best Red vs Blue Movie we’re likely to ever get and I’ll tell ya what, I enjoyed it.


      There’s my opinion.  I did the thing that I hated about modern traditional essay writing where I’ve given you my conclusion at the beginning without any of the buildup or taking you through the logic and rhetorical equations that got me there.  Of course, you could take that small nugget of information now and walk away and I can’t say you’d be much worse for ware, but it wouldn’t be quite as good as experiencing the whole thing, even if there were things that follow this statement that you don’t agree with. 


      To possibly entice you further let me explain the title of the review and qualify what I mean by a movie.  This isn’t an adaptive movie of a T.V. show (because those always work well…) this is a movie formed continuation of something that started as a serial story.  As such it is also the culmination of everything that had come before while also being its own thing.  It is the Wayne’s World movie or Danny Phantom’s Ultimate Enemy of Red vs Blue.


      We’ve got new and old characters coming from all corners of the timeline in a story that escalates us to some arcs that were only hinted at before but also placing us nicely back at a place similar to but not the same as where we started. 


      I could go on, and I’m sure I will, but rather than just outline every plot point and spend 311 pages on recap we’re just gonna assume you’ve seen it all.  Because y’all know I’ll go on for pages on my own anyway.  Speaking of which you’ll want to stick around after the end for the premier of some special content.


      Our Feature Presentation

      A lot of what people enjoy and don’t enjoy about this season of Red vs Blue is the formatting.  Joe was pretty transparent about how he was going to tackle this season, giving it a definite act structure* and built as a single whole.  Sure it referenced the past and everything that happened will certainly have ramifications in the future, but the story here has been dealt with.


      *With a traceable arc through each act.



      Dylan Andrews and Jax Jones have gotten their story and cleared the name of the Reds and Blues.  The Blues and Reds are captured and almost all the Freelancer loose ends have been dealt with.  A lot started and ended in three hours.  It’s like Lord of the Rings or any epic blockbuster that’s come out since. 


      The issue most people cite though is how distinct those arcs are and that that is just too much for three hours.  In a way I agree.  We’ve got:


      -The Past storywhere Andrews and Jax tell the audience the brief version of the story retrace the steps of the Reds and the Blues.  This starts the sub-plots of Andrews’s marriage, V.I.C. and Porkinsinson.

      -Red vs Blue Season 15 II: The Search for More Church I really like this one and it’s got one of the better antic episodes since the first ten seasons.  We end the Porkinsinson minor villain arc. BUT there’s more about consequences, Grif starts some solid character growth, and oh yeah, we find out that the Blood Gulch simulation that we’ve come to love is actually more meticulously planned than ever perceived and while it creates just as many questions it adds so many more dimensions to how “Scenario 3” began and how it went wrong with the right idiots.

      -“The Consequences Will Never be the Same” And while this Act is kind of ambiguously just act 3 though there’s a lot of stuff going on and a two episode flash-back and a an interlude with Grif, Lopez, Locus, and The Gang, followed by a mostly epic climax with everyone facing off, an emotional face-to-face, and a heroic sacrifice. 


      So, that’s a lot of content with a simple majority of it starting in the transition between act 2 and 3.  There might also be the largest named and significantly contributing cast in this season of any main story season.  Season 15 adds eight Blues and Reds, Andrews, Jax, Porkinisinson, one developed Freelancer (and ten undeveloped ones), and three people on the other end of the radio, while having nearly every living hero from the past 13 story seasons show up.


      This is how it’s just a much BIGGER season or Red vs Blue, there’s more to it.  Not everyone got the attention they may have deserved for the 15th season, but for a story things were a bit more balanced.  Everything that was started feels like it at least got a nod for conclusion (for now) and what wasn’t doesn’t bother me as much because this is also an on-going serial show. 


      Let’s talk examples.  Over the course of this season Grif and Simmons’s relationship was investigated, challenged, and strengthened.  The characters went through arcs where they figured out who they were without the other and what it would be like if they got what they think they wanted (time to relax for Grif, and a friend like Simmons for Simmons).  If the Reds and Blues beat Meta by quoting Red vs Blue at each other, Grif and Simmons came to their end this season because they have come to truly understand each other over the years and they’re actually friends now.


      Now that’s a solid arc with a conclusion.

      Quite possibly the best episode of the season (and the highlight of RTX 2017 Day 1 (even though I could only hear a third of it)) is when Locus returns.  That’s right, Locus has been off becoming a hero with his Great Weapon and his Great Vehicle in order to gain himself some Great Redemption, but he comes across Lopez and meets up with Grif.  This starts some mysteries about what he’s doing and what he still has to do.  Where was he going when he found Lopez?  We get some backstory while he talks things out with Carolina and Wash and then everyone, but just a little bit and when WASH GETS SHOT IN THE THROAT (spoilers) this new heroic Locus does the best thing he can and takes the ex Freelancer to Chorus where he is not enemy #1 and Doctor Grey will heal him up good.  As quickly as he came Locus disappears because A) he still has his active camo unit and B) while he was needed for what he did none of Locus’s story that we didn’t get divulged in the four episodes he was featured in is at all important to the other bunch of stories we already had going on.  It’s great fodder for the future.  Let’s leave it there.


      When it comes to character stuff like those two examples, this season really shines.  Most characters get to show off something new or develop a theme that has been on the back burner for the past fourteen seasons.  There are exceptions, that we will get into, but I would like to backtrack for a moment.


      Something I just said (that also fits into both good in-story satisfactory development and something worth discussing down the line) has come to mind after not being on my mind but also being very important which I think demonstrates very accurately how this season has so many good things that it almost might be a bad thing because I have to actively remember it each time I go over the plot in my head.


      SWEET CAROLINA!  Wash and Carolina have some romantic chemistry and it’s wonderful and it feels natural and they’re progressing each other’s characters while respecting the story that came before and if I don’t start talking about it normally again I might run out of breath.  [takes a deep breath]  Well, I love this development because it does indicate all of the things I just mentioned and while it’s a relatively minor plot point it is executed perfectly throughout the season.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect it (I still ship Wash with Connie in the PF years) and when I think about it I wasn’t sure how I felt about the shipping of them before this, but as Wash took Carolina’s hand I was sold.  These two have been through very similar troubles so there’s a level of understanding.  They know each other really well too.  Their presonalities complement each other.  This point in the story is also when they can really be what the other person needs.  They haven’t been fighting a war for about a year now so when Wash and Carolina talk it is on the level of peers without a thing they have to focus on and accomplish.  Wash shares what he’s learned about letting go and being a better person with Carolina who has laid to rest some of her personal demons as well. 


      But that’s just all how they work well together.  The reason it felt natural and why it took me by surprise the first time watching it but I now feel it wasn’t just thrown in is because it also was set-up, established, and followed through on over the course of the season.  Who gently teased Carolina about her dedication to work and attempts to slow down? Wash. What was the weirdest thing Carolina said happened over the “retirement” year?  Wash growing a beard.  What were Wash and Carolina doing before Dylan and Jax showed up that day?  We have no idea but they showed up together.  From the very beginning of the season Joe establishes that Carolina and Wash are spending time together, sharing their feelings, having fun, and trying new things.  (I checked, and there’s no shot of Wash and Carolina while they discuss the Temple of Procreation.)  And if they’re in the same shot, they are almost always standing together or looking at each other or talking.  Effort was put in the visuals of this season to indicate that these two have been spending time together as friends (as with a whole lot of other things).  I may not have caught on, but the evidence is there so while I just thought that Wash and Carolina were being the freelancers, looking back them going on a mission together makes even more sense. 


      But wait, there’s more.  After the hilarity of Carolina taking off her suit the two of them pretty quickly have to go back to their modes of responsible Freelancers and there isn’t much going on with this plot.  Once again, it become unimportant to what’s going on for a few episodes.  That is, until their completely unfiltered banter in the trophy room and then when WASH GETS SHOT IN THE THROAT** she has the strongest reaction and when she hears he’s alright but a little zany still, she calls it music.  He might not be around, but Wash and Carolina’s relationship, whatever it may turn into, is a through-line of the season.  It isn’t played up as a joke and it will have real consequences later in the show. 


      **Okay, yeah, I harp on that because it was a scary and intense moment in the show.  But let me put something straight for you all.  I still enjoyed it.  On one hand it is the typical “nerf the Freelancers” device we get around the climaxes but I was afraid Wash would die for that week after it aired.  There were new and high stakes to this one.  And just because it is sad and shocking doesn’t mean this was a bad thing in the show.  It is a great dramatic device to get rid of Wash and Locus from the climax and gives everyone different reactions and motivations going into the final showdown on earth, especially Tucker and Carolina.  It is good storytelling.  Joe did a good job with this.  Even if he did kill Wash Joe was doing his job and made us care about the show.  He did not deserve shit for this.  Panic, sure.  Concern about the narrative implications of the incident, okay.  But drama that elicits reactions is what you actually want from a show like this.



      The possible relationship of Carolina and Wash is one of the better things about this season and instead of going through every detail of 15, I think I can honestly say this is the prime example about what I loved in the whole movie.  Despite all of everything going on there were deliberate thematic choices made to develop the characters this season and solid effort put into almost every aspect of that. 


      The effort follows suit in all of these other things I really loved about Season 15

      -Snapshots of what the Reds and Blues have accomplished.

      -A unique villain with a new and interesting motive.  Temple is not only a bad guy but he has flaws that set him as a real equal to the Reds and Blues.  (He’s a bit of an idiot.)  But, like Dylan’s final speech, where the heroes fail upwards for good, he stumbled his way through an almost completely successful evil scheme.

      -Major development for most of Red Team.  I already talked about Grif and Simmons, but Sarge has started to face who he is and while he doesn’t change, he grows from it.  Sarge can still be a gruff Drill Sargent with an indelible military mindset but he does it for good now, not for the dogma of it.

      -The characters learning to let go of Church with CABOOSE leading the pack which is important because while Church has died a lot, his death in season 13 is a death with actual closure this time.

      -The return of Sister, V.I.C., The Cadets, Locus, Kimbal, and Locus, in a way that fit the story rather than gratuitous cameos.

      -Dynamic side characters in Dylan and Jax who had their own moments of maturing.

      -Adding complexity to the history of the Gulch simulation.  It wasn’t something I’d have come up with or thought likely but it works pretty well if you accept some limitations of Machinima and how nothing directly contradicts it.

      -The Blues and Reds all being similar but different enough from their counterparts.  I was actually a little sad when Loco died but not because a Caboose clone died, it was a bit more than that.  Loco is in a situation where he’s actually hated by an actually evil person but he doesn’t see that and his idiot savant mind can’t process that Temple isn’t doing things to help people.  Loco grabbed batteries for new Freckles. 

      -A false villain that carried a joke through the first two acts and came up in the final one a few times.  That’s dedication.

      -Giving V.I.C. character progression and a motivation.

      -There were TONS of limitations created from the Halo 5 and yet everything looked fantastic this season.  This is loads of effort in map-making on the part of the crew and I learned in the commentary that Joe actually went in to multiple episodes to edit the coloration himself.  Compare this to the PSA where Sister looks like Master Chief for half the episode.

      -The soundtrack was good and consistent,

      -There is no Florida on the shots of earth.



      And there was even more but you’re probably getting the picture.  There was a lot of good things this season.


      And here’s where I reiterate that it is overwhelming at points.  RvB 15 is nearly the longest full-story season and it is felt.  I watched the full movie and the commentary back-to-back when I received my Bluray and…  There were many stops for bathroom breaks and to take pictures at funny road signs. 


      The season feels a lot better as a full single viewing because it’s easier to keep track of everything going on even though it still was a lot.  The flow of acts was better than episodic flow from the original broadcast.  It really is a movie what with all these major stories and character arcs and even that encompassing view and format there is something unescapable I have to say.


      I think that everything featured was just a bit too much.  I’m not saying I disliked any one particular thing out of what we received nor would I have any idea what I would have cut, but while things started wrapping up it felt like it was going too quick and it was just one thing after another. Like Lord of the Rings’s endings in Return of the King or all of the movie references.  I left that “full of consistent effort” item off the list because while it definitely works with Jax in the season, it is something that I hope is unique to this season (the amount of movie references, I do love the seasonal Star Wars joke).


      On a similar note, I was entertained by Dylan and Jax this season and I wanted nothing wrong to happen to them, but I won’t be sad if this is the last we see of them.  Dylan had her transformation (which was mostly background) and Jax finished his internship.  They served their purpose to the plot and supplied good jokes throughout.  They were well written, I just don’t know what their reason would be for sticking around would be.  We could check in on them later, but Dylan has a marriage to fix and Jax is writing movies.


      And I have one final major detraction from the season I’d like to bring up before I start my final assessment and other notes, mostly because it makes for a good pun title to a subsection.


      The Donut Shaped Hole


      I think that the only real “I disliked this” aspect of Season 15 can be boiled down to the idea that some things were just completely pushed out by everything else going on.  Donut represents a majority of those things.  Joe went on record early to say Donut was the hardest for him to write.  I have no problem with that.  I don’t publish or present the things I find too difficult either. 


      But Donut “was” in the season.  He was physically present and there were some jokes that were pretty on point, but when his character arc pretty much culminates in “I’m just some fabulous ghost” and he gets less of a conclusion that Doc, that’s a bit of a problem.  There were shots where Donut simply wasn’t where he had been a moment before.  What happened to him when everyone but Sarge and Simmons were being taken prisoner?  I have no idea.  Why did Donut forget to pull the grenade pin (even though he did hit a guy)?  Search me.


      I actually had a cool crackpot idea where Cronut turned out to be super evil and clever and swapped places with Donut.  Having him turn out to be Temple’s real 2nd would have been a phenomenal twist.  But it just seems to me (by Occam’s Razor) that Donut just was regulated to the background for the end of the story and given no conclusion to his problems this season.  I could be wrong and it’ll be important these coming seasons like how the time lightning which also currently goes nowhere (not even a hint at something in a stinger scene) could be used, but for now we’ve just got a Donut shaped hole in the season. 


      I’d compare this to Bucky, but Bucky was a joke and that was a good joke.  He’s what Tucker started as and never grew.  That’s why Tucker just decked him (or in my preferred version from Joe’s original script would have just been found dead). 


      I hope Donut gets treated better in the coming season and I hope future weak points won’t be a thing that is present out of obligation but undeveloped.


      Let’s move on to some final thoughts.


      Do You Ever Wonder Why This Took Me So Long?


      Well, a large part of it can be blamed on my particularities when it comes to reviews and I wanted to wait for the commentary.  I felt I needed it because I wanted to understand this season more than just binging it fully on the site or YouTube would have.  I knew it would be better as a movie, but I wanted the big TV and popcorn and no ads to prove it.  I have no idea why Rooster Teeth waited so many months for the home media release, but that’s a big part of it too.  If I had the Bluray I’d have watched it sooner and this would have been out sooner.


      That is not all of it, though.  Even when I got my copy it has still taken me roughly a month to get to reviewing the thing fully.  That’s because Red vs Blue is very important to me and this is a very complex season of Red vs Blue.


      I know I’ve had a relatively good life, but Red vs Blue has helped me through it.  No matter where my life took me and what was happening to me, I knew there was always a dozen idiots stuck together in a box canyon.  Stories are important to me and the entirety of Red vs Blue I actually consider to be a great and meaningful story.  It has evolved over the years which is (especially important for my posting for Rooster Teeth’s fifteenth birthday #rt15 ) all the better because it was a comedic escape for me in middle and high school, and then an epic adventure romance comedy with some solid morals in later high school and college.  I’ve made friends through RvB and I can measure some of my academic success because of the series as well.  Red vs Blue and Rooster Teeth is a constant inspiration to me. 


      So, when I end a season and I can’t immediately say something about it, that’s difficult for me.  Red vs Blue is my favorite show ever, of all time, and I know what I like and what I don’t about it even if I recognize the things I don’t like are still usually quality things I just don’t have a taste for. 


      When it comes to this season, my big complaints are in line with other people in that I love nearly everything that happened in the story individually (okay, maybe I’m the only one who loved the Trophy Room or WASH GETTING SHOT IN THE THROAT from a narrative standpoint) but I was overwhelmed by just how many plots were going on and the rate at which they call came to a head at the end.  None of them were bad.  I nearly cried as Caboose said good-bye to Church, or when Biff died, or really in any of the well done emotional impact scenes.  I laughed at just as many of the jokes.  But this season was just so much.  I really needed the time to mull it all over and listen to everyone else in the forums.  So I may be late to the party but here I am now. 


      I liked season 15 of Red vs Blue.  Sure it had its faults but as the first go of a new writer and director and it’s own stand-alone movie it was pretty good.  The formatting as an episodic season was a rough spot and there was a bit much to chew on, but over all it was a very funny and compelling addition to the Red vs Blueniverce.


      Which reminds me, it would seem this year that I waited once again to actually address something and someone very important to the story.  Our late buddy V.I.C. who played a pivotal role in the plot.


      I waited because my reviewing mind had pretty much the same to say about his inclusion as most other subplots.  Really great with tons of tiny efforts throughout.  However, it is my crackpot mind that actually had something to say about his role in the plot, and it is something I’d been considering but never had a good idea about until a little joke that didn’t come too soon at all.  I’ve got a crackpot theory for you all, and it starts in the form of a question.


      Super Crackpot- Is V.I.C. a Church AI?


      First, no, I do not believe that V.I.C. is a fragment (good or bad) of either the Alpha AI or Epsilon.  That would be ridiculous.  What I am wondering is if V.I.C. is an AI carrying a lot of data about Church to the point that we could say V.I.C. is based off of Church and V.I.C.’s final speech, which is funny on its own, actually makes sense in continuity as something a failing dumb AI would come up with without having access to Church’s final message (which it is very likely he did not).


      In the commentary Joe called V.I.C.’s final lines an homage to Church’s end.  I don’t see why this and my theory can’t exist together either.  In all actuality, what kind of death speech is V.I.C. likely to come up with if not one of Church’s especially if a lot of what V.I.C. is is based off of Church?  (Joe also confirms that he believes in AI Imprintation so, there’s a win for me but that’s a completely separate theory and we could be here for pages...)


      To analyze this theory, we have to go way back, before the beginning, to season 14 episode 4 “Why They’re Here” and pay attention to V.I.C. before he began to malfunction.  When speaking with Flowers and revealing he knows a lot of facts about Project Freelancer, the Alpha, and such, V.I.C. says:


      “Not only am I here to provide false direction for the simulation troopers, I am also programmed to assist you in monitoring and managing this operation.”


      Keep that in mind.


      Other key features to this are season 8’s reveal that all of what happened in Blood Gulch was possible outcomes (like a DnD campaign) of what the Offsite Storage Facility’s archives called “Scenario 3” and in this season what we learned about the Desert Gulch simulation asserts that it was one of the first Simulation Scenarios.  Calling DG the third Scenario doesn’t seem like much of a stretch. 


      We can easily infer between this season and the Prequels of S14 that Flowers made a series of sophisticated choices based off of Scenario 3 for the make-up of his squads and V.I.C., after his malfunction and hard reset, continued to use it more literally (possibly being the one to kill Flowers the first time and get Caboose and Donut in the mix because they are more in line with the initial line-ups of Scnario 3 than any Freelancer would be? (We’re going too deep, stay on target, Max.)).  Not only does this account for all events so far; it confirms a very important precedent with Project Freelancer when it came to the Blood Gulch Simulation. 


      Project Freelancer re-uses its assets whenever it can.  The Director told Hargrove in season 6 that they were creative with the limited resources they had.  They fragmented Alpha, but they also recorded Scenario 3 for future use.  In Blood Gulch they sent a copy of F.I.L.S.S. in the form of a smart Tank for Church to interact with.  The list goes on.  In this way it makes sense to me that they would re-use data on Church when creating simulations meant to study him and keep him in the canyon.


      What I mean when I say V.I.C. was “based off of Church” is that he is a routine AI specifically programmed to create simulations for the Alpha to take part in.  We know that Project Freelancer had data on simulations that were created with the intent that the Alpha could not best them.  These are the simulations that the Councilor, Sigma, Gamma, and Omega ran Church through.  I propose the data in those simulations was added to V.I.C.’s programming so the simple routine AI could make accurate predictions and productive reactions to the actions taken by the Alpha in his previous simulations in order to help in “monitoring and managing” the Blood Gulch simulation with or without Flowers.  The malfunction is just icing on the cake as it jumbled all of that data, making V.I.C. confuse things about his own programming.  Having his knowledge of Church come from Gamma and Omega also explains why he worked so well with the two of them (like how Church agreed with everything Delta said).


      Then we get to the end of this season where we have a failing routine AI put in a situation where he is knowingly going into his own demise.  You all are probably familiar with how a routine AI tries to think of things to say.  It is how your smart-phone makes predictive text.  It takes all of the data it has available and tries to make the most coherent and accurate statements it can.  V.I.C. is a little more sophisticated than Siri, Cortana, or whatever the hell Android has, but if that principal stays true V.I.C. would make a death speech to the Reds and Blues based off of the best kind of death speech he could come up with for them from all the data he has and by our supposition most of his starting data and programming and his video logs of their interactions would very likely come up with only one thing.  A death speech about a heroic sacrifice much in line with how Church said good bye to the same(ish) group of idiots.


      And THAT is why I think V.I.C. is technically an A.I. based off of Church and how I justify his speech at the end of the season.



      And that’s it.  I liked Season 14. It was almost bursting with good things which may have made it a lot to handle but I got a super detailed crackpot out of it.  And for me, if I can brew up a fresh crackpot it has got to have been worth it.


      Thanks for taking some time to read what I have to say about another season of Red vs Blue.  I’m looking forward to the new season (coming in 14 days!) and I can’t wait to converse with you all about it then.  If you want to continue this conversation (or the one about how I’m totally right about V.I.C.) in the comments bellow, by all means go ahead and do so.


      Of course I also can’t leave a post on April 1, 2018 without saying a very special thanks to Rooster Teeth for giving us 15 years of this show and all of the other things with it.  I would tag everyone, but I don’t want to break the half of the old site we have left.  There is of course a special thank you to be said to @Joenut for this particular season and all that it gave us.  I think you did a pretty good job and I look forward to your work on seasons 16, 17, and however many more you have with us.


      Talk with you all again soon,

      -AgentWashingtub008 (Max)



      Fun Fact: While I was watching the commentary my mom kept freaking out because she thought I was talking to the T.V.  Apparently Joe Nicolosi, Freddy Prince Jr. (Kanan from Star Wars Rebels) and I have very similar voices.


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    • ThatGuyWynters

      11 months ago

      Answering the prompt on your answer to my most recent question, I felt that the short did itself justice. Much like you said, I felt it was more backstory-driven than the Red/Ruby trailers. I also find your analysis of how the show might continue to be very logical. I personally believed that when we got a Ruby trailer last year, and we ended up having a Volume 4 plot driven by Ruby's adventures with RNJR/JNRR, I feel like the Weiss trailer might mean that Volume 5 will focus primarily on Weiss, and given that Blake and Sun's adventures were the primary subplot for last year's masquerade, it seems only fitting to me that this year have a subplot focused primarily on Yang. Of course, just as Weiss and Yang had their cameos last year, I fully expect to see how Ruby & Co. are getting along in Mistral (meeting Oscar/Ozpin, perhaps?), and I also want to keep up with Blake as she leads her family—not to mention her +1(+3, possibly)—as they prepare to take on the White Fang, or at least part of it.

      So, yeah. Those are my thoughts & theories struck up by the Volume 5 Weiss Character Short. It's not nearly as elaborate and/or satisfying as reading one of your reviews (you're really good at it, I wanna say), but there it is.

      One more thing that your answer to my question got me thinking—in it, you made a mention of RT releasing two other shorts before Volume 5 starts up. I haven't heard that myself, but if it's true, and given that you said it, I find it believable, then it really throws off my theories for what the focuses might be.

      • AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

        10 months ago

        Well thanks.

        I will say the three more trailers before the season thing is something I just heard a lot at RTX and, because I'm still in RvB mode right now, not something I really persued.  It all depends on the length and intent of this multi-volume arc for how they will do it and how it would work best.

    • OsageOrange

      1 year ago

      Happy C+FU Day!

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      Happy FU Day!

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        Move over Ce-lo Green!

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      Happy FU!!!

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      Happy FU Day!

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      1 year ago

      Hey, buddy! FU!

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      Happy FU Day!  Bask in the glory.

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      Yay friends! 

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      1 year ago

      @AgentWashingtub008 (don't know if you get alerts for comments, so hedging my post) 

      " I'd convert an area into a wood-working shop."

      I SO understand this!

      • AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

        1 year ago

        That function works swell!

        I'm gonna try dropping in a picture after today's site freeze:

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        Although I remember someone talking about a fix through the comment editor...

        Oh well, we can work it out later.

        Yeah, I really like having done projects like chairs, shelves, and stereo frames recently.  I also do walking sticks.

    • monopoly_j

      2 years ago

      So why the Random Friend Request?

      • AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

        2 years ago

        You come on the recommendation of Buck, that goes quite a way here.

      • monopoly_j

        2 years ago

        Yeah I found his tag later. lol You should come check out Journal Jam.

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      2 years ago

      Hey Max :D

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        2 years ago

        I think thats Max

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        Hey, had to dig through notifications to get here. Hi.

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      thanks for the friend request! :

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        Not a problem.

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      Happy Valentine's Day! :D


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        Sweet, thanks.

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      Hello! Thanks for accepting!

      • AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

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        No prob, bud. Take a look around, I update"weekly." Have fun.

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      4 years ago

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        It looks fun, but I barely have the time for one fan-site these days. Maybe in the summer.

      • phoniexape12

        4 years ago

        just look it up

      • AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

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        I don't even know what that is.

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      Thank you i appreciate it you just made my day

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      Present! (You said to add beard... Hope I got it somewhat right)Hope you like it smiley1.gif

      • AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

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        I like it very much, and the beard will be accurate in about a week. Perfect style too.

    • tucker300

      5 years ago

      the good thing about wash is hes on the blue team

    • tucker300

      5 years ago

      Wash can suck it :D XP

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      Wash Rules.

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      Looks good dude.

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    The Short Itself

    I found it very pleasant.

    That's odd phrasing, I know, but there are (of course) particulars to that.

    First, I've gotta clarify, Weiss is really up there with favorite characters.  Even more than the Space Needle shaped chart of favorite characters I have from Red vs Blue, for RWBY it's a big ball of characters at the top and there's rotations.  Weiss is probably the girl from the main four I'd like to know the most, if only so that I could give her a hug. 

    This short, was a perfect microcosm of that. 

    Also, I probably had the same putting-the-pieces together process everyone had at RTX and (if your like me) when it went public on RT.  Season 1 dress with no scar: this is the past.  There are summons: which family member is it?  Oh right, Jaques isn't a Schnee, so it could only be Winter.  Why is Winter doing this?  Is Papa making it happen? 

    The balletic fighting style that is stiff is very well animated and true to the character at that point in her development.  While I'm taking a break to talk about the technicals, the backgrounds are BEAUTIFUL.  The whole animation is good, but something about the courtyard set is really top notch.  The shadows.

    Then we get to the end and the revelation of how brutal but caring Winter was while training Weiss.  This might be more speculation than necessary, but what I really got from this moment (paired with what Whitley said about "mother") is Winter really was the mother.  Weiss's reaction to her sister showing up in Volume 3 also seems to confirm this in retrospect.  Winter is just that much older that she could and likely did take on much of the rearing responsibilities of her younger siblings.

    Having this all be a dream indicates that Weiss is traveling to Mistral hoping to find her sister and these are where her mind is at on the trip down there. 

    Like the first White trailer, this short was very much about back-story.  If the parallels continue, well that's the next section's topic.

    The song was good.  So far it hasn't stuck in my head quite like Mirror Mirror, but I also haven't been watching this as much.  As we get closer to V.5 I'm sure I will be paying more attention to RWBY news and development.

    So, when I say it was "pleasant" I don't mean the story of it, but it was very satisfying and about what I'd expect from a Weiss trailer.

    Thoughts This Adds to My Pre-Volume 5 Considerations:

    I'll admit, I'm a tad puzzled by the way these trailers are being released.  I did not go to the panel at RTX (my major panel was RvB), but I heard about them.  What's nagging at me is that if we only had one last year, why are we supposedly having three for this year? 

    If it were me (and you know, I was planning the whole thing) I'd go for one a year for a four year arc.  But I have no idea how this arc will be proportioned so that could be completely off base and not helpful.

    Unlike the Ruby short last year, this also doesn't present much plot-progressing information when viewed alone.  Weiss has run away from home to be with her sister, we knew that.  This was a character study, but I did say that it mirrored White in that way as well. 

    Red and Ruby were action pieces with world building.

    White and Weiss are character studies that show but don't tell character development to be used later in the story. 

    I think that before Weiss finds any of her team in this story she'll spend an amount of time looking for her sister..  That's her goal.  If and how she accomplishes that is something to watch (or discuss not at midnight).

    The only other thing this really tells me about V.5 is the Blake and Yang shorts will probably be like Black and Yellow too.

    Blake, I'm guessing, will be a brief story of her and Sun in the interim of plot between volumes as she tracks down the White Fang's bad cell. 

    Yang will be another explosive solo story leading almost directly into the new Volume.  Maybe this time she stumbles upon Qrow and Oscar in the bar.

    Hopefully those two stories will help progress the plot for some further speculation.

    What are your thoughts? Did you enjoy the short? Got any good theories yourself?  (Feel free to leave a profile comment or some other form of communication.)

    Let me start by saying I’m extremely flattered by being asked directly an interpretive question on RvB.  I hope I’m decently up to the task.


    I’m also glad I watched Season 14 with all the commentary recently enough to be informed about some aspects.


    Episode 1 of Season 14 was among my favorites for the season for quite a few reasons, but I do understand how it could be irksome to a viewer.  It’s a shocking introduction to the very different nature of the season on a visual, narrative, and tonal level.  Over all that was the intent of the episode.


    Just in case you are unaware (or anyone else reading this) the first half of the episode (up to the conversation between the iterations and the whole of Epsilon) is the nine-year-old “pencil test” of a proposed “Red vs Blue: Animated” which would have run concurrently with the main show but on Comedy Central as a part of their animated line-up.  After this most polished part was finished however, Rooster Teeth (which at this point did not have the in-house animation department it does now) felt that it was too long and detached a process to make an out-of-house animated project so the idea was scrapped and the trailer left on the Season 6 (Reconstruction) DVD as the only legitimate source.  (Of course, it was ripped to YouTube several times.)  The plot elements of that story eventually morphed into season 8 (kinda) and then the show moved on with Monty.


    This is a good way to move on to how this episode connects to the season as a whole, the episode was a way of tying up a loose end.  Two actually.  It gives definitive precedent to there being multiple simulations being run by Epsilon in his redundancy programs being more than the one seen in Season 9 so we can call the mini serieses MIA and Where There’s A Wall a part of those and Season 14’s Get Bent as well fit into Church’s alternate plans to try and save the Epsilon Tex.  The one we saw (based on the musical cues) could have been the one directly prior to Season 9, but also could have been somewhere else in that timeline due to the dialog being different.  It also ties up the loose end of the original animation being a part of the RvB canon, just differently than was originally intended.


    The draw-out pan of the Epsilon unit in storage also serves two purposes.  First, it grounds the claim that this is happening in the time between seasons 8 and 10’s non-flashback storyline when the unit sat in the UNSC Simulation Command Base that was formerly “Freelancer City.”


    The second purpose of this imagry is a visual metaphor for the rest of the season as VIC (a separate, PSA-space VIC (ish)) is about to introduce it to us verbally.  We’re drawing out from one story to show that there are others surrounding it waiting to be told.  Some are in different containers or and at different distances to the Red vs Blue plot, but we’ll be dealing with many stories regardless in this season (14).


    Then there’s VIC’s monolog which was the trailer for the season as well and can really be taken at face-value. 


    How was that?  Helpful?  Are there still questions you have?  Did you have a different interpretation?  Feel free to make another question or do a profile comment.

    I just realized that I totally forgot that second half in my corresponding blog-segment(in the second half of the post) about the subject.

    Allow me to remedy that. 

    What do I think will happen further into the show?  Well let's start with what we learned this season in particular and pair it with how the first "Collection" of Volumes went.  I think Volume 4, though kindof on its own as an exposition and breathing room Volume is technically the first of the second Collection of volumes that I think will deal heavily with Mistral, Haven, the Spring Maiden, and the second Relic (which I think is Creation).  The first collection was officially released at the "Beacon Years" in a steel-book now and dealt with the Vale, Beacon academy, the Fall Maiden, and I'm going to squeeze in as what I think the first relic that is Ozpin's walking stick, the relic of Knowledge, and the King of Vale's scepter.  (Technically this volume didn't directly feature this, but it was what Cinder wanted to take from Ozpin the whole time).  I think RWBY will be 4-5 of these collections because Monty's plan was roughly 9 Volumes more than volume 2.  There will probably be Volume 3 and 4 which could deal with either of the remaining kingdoms and relics and I'm going to say the Winter maiden will come before the Summer Maiden who I think is Ruby and if I had to pair to that, we'll get Atlas and the Relic of Destruction before Vaccuo and the Relic of Choice.  If there's a 5th collection then that will be where the found relics and Maidens will be assembled to fight Salem.

    And now the particulars coming soon: I think the girls of team RWBY will assemble in pairs that aren't their partners before coming together as all four.  This could be Ruby/Yang and Weiss/Blake, but I think the more interesting dynamics would be Weiss and Yang meeting early on and Ruby and Blake meeting up later (and after Blake and Sun do their thing with the White Fang).  At the very end of 5 we get all of the team together. 

    Jaune will continue to train and not unleash his semblance.  This easily could be held off until he comes face to face with Cinder or Salem.

    Nora and Ren will develop their relationship subtly now, they had their front-time for now.

    Oscar and Ozpin will do what they can to figure things out.  Qrow and Oz might want to keep it all a secret, which will create a struggle for Oscar.  Some people have thought that Oscar and Ruby may have a romantic arc, and if that happens or not they are both younger people with complementing personalities dramatically so I look forward to their dynamic. 

    I don't see the "betrayal" of Headmaster Lionheart lasting any longer than the volume as a secret.  That's just a guess based on how the end "secrets" of past volumes have gone. 

    And other than a steady reveal of information on the Maidens, Silver Eyes, and the relics over time, the rest is really all just random conjecture at this point.

    I haven't eactly given this a lot of thought... But as the soft spoken and sometimes mumbling guy with a name that sounds like several others, I've used different names before when doing things like ordering a snack at Jack in the Box.  I also like to make up elaborate situations in my head where I need to have different names.  Oh, and I probably spend more time than I should when writing making sure that if it's not my main fantasy story where names sound cool (Tavin, Cressina, Dellah, Bimir, Leilus (and so on)) all the names have accurate significance. (Dr, Ozzymandious Dee, and Archimedes "Archie" Hawkins). 

    But for myself?  Now?  Well, I'd have to go with something fitting.  Something that would fit with my mess-of-North-Western-European heritage as well as my personality.  I'd also consider that my first name currently means "King of the River/Spring" in the way my parents thought of it.

    [Stares at bookshelf for five minutes]

    Lloyd Usher has a quality to it.  An old-world dignity with the punch of a roguish hero.  I took it from a formative author and a story by another.  It's Welsh too, and there's plenty of wise old welsh men to be proud of. 


    BONUS ANSWER: I once actually tricked my entire class and a few teachers my senior year of highschool that my name was Maxwell Samuel Danger Hehnen Gurnard so for simplicity and a good laugh I could go for that too.

    Well let's start with the one I liked enough to have a friend make a cosplay for me ((because she's nice like that).

    Deadpool's costume (seen here) is an enduring product of 90's comics that also is really practical.  We all know that blood won't stain red, but Deadpool only has one permanent power and it alone doesn't really help him out to win fights (unless he just outlasts them).  The full harness and pouches get full use (and eventually one of them would become a magic satchel),  What I also love is the costume has had subtle changes from artist to artist but they all always fit.  Hell with the amount of times he ruins his costumes it's no wonder he makes small upgrades more often then Iron Man.


    Next up (and also just a favorite character) is the one and only Discowing (seen here).  Discowing is a very particular version of Nightwing's costume and along with the obvious 80's fun of it all comes a very real reason behind the costume.  From retcon to reboot, the outfit of the Flying Graysons has always followed aesthetic similarities to Dick Grayson's costumes (no doubt to symbolize Dick keeping his family legacy) but this one actually looks like a circus perfromer's outfit.  This is the costume I would (given unlimited resources) obtain and wear out every chance I got.  It also has a fair amount of alien flair that leads into our next suit...


    The Electric Blue Superman Suit (seen here).  I'll be candid, I know it's ridiculous, but I embrace it because it is so truly comic book.  Superman is temporarily disconnected from the yellow sun and the powers it gives him.  So naturally he develops electric ones so dangerous a full-ish body suit must be made to contain it.  And then he splits in half with is blue self representing his cerebral part and the red half representing his more physical side and their both still married to Lois Lane...  Gotta love it, and I love electricity based powers so yeah.  The suit itself is just Superman enough that you don't loose sight of the character but it also is different enough that you can tell something off or new is going on.


    And last but not least, it'd probably be cheating to just say Iron Man, so I'll pick two.  The Silver Centurion suit (seen here) is a classic and at the time represented all that Iron Man had accomplished up to that point.  Similarly, his suit from the first Marvel NOW! era is pretty cool too.  That was black and gold with red glowy bits one (seen here) from recent years that eventually became home to the P.E.P.P.E.R. / H.E.L.L.E.N. AI which was another sentimental touch that grabbed at me.  I honestly would love it if eventually Robert Downey JR donned the Black and Gold suit before he passes on the role.  It's close enough to the movie suits anyway.

    The kind where the hero and villain can (if forced to especially) sit down and talk or possibly work together while still fighting their battle,

    We all know the iconic ones: Professor X and Magneto, Superman and Lex Luthor, The Silver Surfer and Mephisto, and so on, but the instance that made me realize just how great this dynamic could be and the other ones that compounded it were outside of the usual comic format.

    The biggest one that sticks out in my mind is actually a book, and only vaguely superhero-ish.

    Have you ever read or heard of the Pendragon series?  It might have been a little after your time in the demographic, but it's a 10 (13) book series that starts like your standard serialized sci-fi for teenagers (fitting as it's from a writer for "Are You Afraid of the Dark" and more children's TV).  It's a good and prolonged hero's journey with an interesting cast.  It also has a terrifying villain.  I won't spoil too much, but to answer the question, there's a point in time where the villain and main hero are stranded together.  They can't leave because that would mean the other could as well (kinda Red vs Blue-y) so they're stuck with each other.  It's my favorite sequence in the series because while they are still mortal enemies they're just locked with each other and the most they can do is keep the other that way.  This is something I try to use in my writing too, a conflict where the hero doesn't have to win, the villain just has to lose. 

    It also comes up in Danny Phantom, Scott McCloud's Zot!, my favorite episode of Heroes (the penultimate one of the original series), and other books, movies, and yes, comics, that I love.  To a degree Deadpool fights this battle nearly every third arc. 

    I love when the hero and villain form a dichotomy that extends beyond punching each other.

    It's a killer joke.

    Way back before the new site, when I would do regular journals before the 008 Updates, I would end each post with a lovely little general question.  It's how I got to know people on the site.

    After the site changed I noticed a great shift in people.  Not only had I been away for a bit concentrating on school, but  there were just more people but less of those that I knew.  I decided to bring back the questions in an effort to get to know each other.

    Then we got the question tabs and I loved the possibilities they promised.

    Instead of asking everyone one big blanket question and hoping for an answer or two I thought about how I could utilize the tabs in a way that got discussions going.

    The plan hinged on not making anyone feel obligated by the questions, I just would be available continually to ask and answer them for people.  That's how I came up with the ask me a question first rule instead of spamming people every Tuesday.

    Speaking of Tuesday, the reason why isn't anything spectacular.  Tuesdays were usually the days I was the least busy and when other people weren't home for the longest period of time so taking the time to answer and ask my questions each Tuesday seemed like the best bet.

    It was an idea born out of interest in the community, utilizing the new site, and using my time well.

    Is mayonnaise an instrument?

    | Asked by: LCPeter 1 year ago

    Anything can be an instrument if you try hard enough.

    I recommend scooping a fair amount out of the jar and rubbing it on your knuckles.  Then leave  the jar for long enough for the top layer of the mayonnaise to become a thick skin you will plunger up and down through the still liquid portion.  The creation and popping of air pockets will be your procession,

    Awww, not a math question...

    Okay.  Well part of it luckally can fall into the understandably censored bit so I don't have to do exact numbers for a while.  Also keep in mind that all of these segments are stacking and if I run out before the end I'd skip to the last point (you also can skip to that for a general sense of what I'd do).

    First I wouldn't know what to do with that kind of money.

    Then I'd do the worn but practical thing of eliminating my debt and the debt I helped contribute to of my immediate and senior family.

    I'd probably secure (purchase) a house, not just rent or buy with payments, I'd find a modest but good place to live and I'd buy it.  I'm a young man so probably it'd be a nice house or apartment close to a city but I'd like to be able to park my car every night so not too close.

    While it's being mentioned, I'd buy/payoff my Jeep as well.  Then I'd put some quality mechanics into it along with a tape-deck (I own a few and I've got the money now to get more) and some ice-blue trim/racing stripes and a big charcoal number 8 on the hood  (for obvious reasons).

    So, on average speculations I'll have no old debt, a home, a car, and we're 1-2 million in, maybe, I'm not doing as much math as I should but I'll buy a calculator.

    I'd definitely pay movers to get my shit to my new home and then to fill out the furnishings.  More bookshelves, chouches, basic appliances, a fancy Nesspresso, framing for all my cool posters/artwork I have to put around the house and do display work for all my good books, old comics, and collectables.

    I love entertainment so, after the books and comics are done with there would of course be a media center or two.  I'd get a VCR, a Blu-ray player, a pretty big HD T.V. (not sold on 4K yet), a PS4 and PS2 (I've got my PS3), maybe I'd spring for an Xbox, and then I'd get the speaker system to match and put the money into something I've always wanted to experiment with, a capture set-up for recording and twitch. 

    That of course leads into the centerpiece of all of this (and another longterm fascination coming to fruition).  A high-quality, game-capable, Blu-ray drive equipped, and silver-cased beast of a Sony laptop. 

    Also I'd have a study where I'd keep most of the books along with a good CD system because this is where I'd do my writing and doodling.  A drafting-desk and a few armchairs are a given but (and this really isn't an expence but a good note) a south-facing window with horizontal blinds for long natural light with no glare  I'd also probably buy a palate of composition notebooks, blue Bics, pencils, and artsupplies (plus drafting paper).

    I'd do other things to help set-up the house for my kind of living.  I'd get a bbq, I'd convert an area into a wood-working shop.  I'd get a decient cable/internet package and subscribe to Rooster Teeth Double Gold (W!NK).  Put aside money for untilities.

    I'd move on to collecting a few fun things for me like the color run of Zot!, a few full TV shows on hard-copy, all of those comics I've been meaning to get to, and fill out other small gaps in my collections,

    After that I'd invest in entertainment companies and food.  I'd donate/sponsor education and parks services, veteran orginizations, and and child care orginizations.  This is the point in the list where I'd negotiate with my College to bring back the Rhetoric department and reduce the across-the-board language requirement which chokes the progress of all four-year-plan students in their chosen degrees. 

    And then, after all this front-loading of stuff and equipping myself that may seem a bit excessive and I by no means need to do it all (practical stuff first), I'd put the rest away and go about my life.  See even with all this money I'd still write and if my money can help me get self-published and out there, all the better.  I'd still get a job.  I might not need the funding at first, but I want to work.  I'd find something I like and do it to see what comes of it.  That's the whole point of the list above, I'd take that money to set myself up practically and comfortably and I'd move foreward, hopefully not too changed.  I might buy some fancy toys and clothes, but I'm of the mindset that $35.00 and tax is an expensive meal.  I never understood fancy cars you have other people drive unless you're incapacitated.  I do want to travel but to go to the places that interest me and not for any glamor.  I might go to a nice screening of a new movie, but that's not important, I just want to see the movie.  I have vague plans and probably quite a bit of money will helo, but once I'm nicely comfortable I'm good to just let them come.

    Once again Buck you have asked a poignant question that has an answer I believe better suited to a longer and more readily available post.

    It is one I've actually had percolating for a while, especially in light of the images I and others have had with images lately, a good few instances of pages refusing to fully load, and some changes and priorities I fully don't understand.

    What keeps me coming back though is the fact that somewhere in here there is or can be the old site again if not better.  What the site was to me was a place where the content, the conversation, and the community all was.  As a fairly ignorant man of understanding web function I really only know what does or does not work when I attempt to do it so I've never called much of it into question.  Now we're at a time when I believe all we have completely present is the content here and I'll admit a lot is due to a slow curve of functionality and the early summer of 2015.  But conversations are happening and people do what they can for the community.

    With no analogs to anyone else, I do sometimes feel like David from the finale of Camp Camp (if you are not keeping up with that show, that's completely understandable) in why I keep coming back.  I keep coming back to the site because some people are still here and I may as well try as hard as I can to make my contributions to it worthwhile too.

    But as I said, I believe there is much more to be said, and hopefully with your understanding I think I will go about it in a large post later.  I will link it here as well.

    The best way I can give you hope now is this, RT is still making RT content, there is a fanbase with a sizeable portion of itself still located here.  The more we do together, I think we might be able to get over the hurdles of sticky formatting, image issues, things I have no idea about because I know no better, and the hard to make connections.

    Once again an excellent comic question with what will be a loaded answer because of the literal and popular definitions of the terms used.

    There are the powered villains of circumstance such as Magneto or Mr. Freeze who go about it different ways, but you wonder are they would be villainous if not for the circumstance.

    There are those who defy the societal rules, taking what they want, like the Rogues (the Flash), Catwoman, The Riddler, The Kingpin, the Penguin, Whiplash, Taskmaster, and rest who are greedy or something but a few vices don't make just a villain.

    There are the true villains who battle heroes and try to impose their will upon the world like The Mandarin, Lex Luthor, Loki, Thanos, and Baron Zemo.  As you can see, they fall in a wide range of powered or non powered people. 

    There are also the monstrous forces beyond earthly mortal ken like Galactus, The Phoenix Force, and the Furies.

    And then there's the Joker.  I have quite a bit to say about what he is, isn't, or may be.

    But none of that will answer your question.  Because my favorite villain is in a way all of these and represents evil imposition of wills, desire beyond rules, and power beyond reason.  And in all of these things he has one of the greatest qualities of a supervillain, a diametric opposition to a hero that is the root of all of their continual strife.  I also mean continual, though there hasn't been much of this original fight often it's unresolved, always a possibility, and the villain has life and schemes outside the good guy that piqued their interest in the affairs of mortals.  Of course I'm talking about the truly evil match for the Silver Surfer all the way back from the 60's; Mephisto.

    For a good reference on what makes this evil bustard the best is when he takes his schemes to the limit to end the vexing sentinel of the skyways in the 62-page spectacular: the Silver Surfer: Judgement Day.

    And if you couldn't tell by now, I have a thing for villains edging on the theatrical with their verbage.  A good dramatic phrasing can go a long way for me. 

    I would just love to write for RT's narrative (or semi-narrative) content. 

    Sure I'm a decent comedic actor (four years of improv) and I've got an idea for an AH show like I'm sure a lot of us do.  (New Game +1: have I described it yet?).  Of course I'd leap at any job opportunity RT presented me, but I love to write and be a part of the storytelling process so that is what I would do for RT if I could pick.

    This of course falls into several departments.  Live Action shorts and shows, animation, or machinima?  Red vs Blue still is my favorite.  I'd love to write for that, and starting out I'd also be a fine content/continuity editor for that show.  But as long as I'm doing some form of narrative content.

    I've aslo got a few of my own ideas I could do as websries if it ever came to it.  Most prominent is a speculative fiction horror comedy (I swear it would work). 

    So, most importantly, I'd like to write for RT, and the details are all just different flavors of icing.

    I have my reasons, though I do understand it has become semi-iconic of me around here.

    Of course there's a story to it, so I'll start in the beginning.

    All throughout Sophomore and Junior year of college I would do a cycle of goatee, fresh shave for Halloween, grow-out, shave to goatee, grow-out, shave fully for break, and rince and repeat.  Senior year I was Obi Wan for Halloween so that started the pattern being off.  I liked my beard but I still played around with styles and stubbles.  You see, when I'm clean-shaven I still look like I did at 17 so I do like just a bit of facial hair at least so I'm not mistaken for a highschooler when I order a hard cider. 

    Like I said though, I'd played with a full beard and liked it so it rarely went completely away and then senior year thesis and 2nd semester midterms came around.  I stopped caring.  I'd shave for graduation.  My parents actually liked my beard though so I kept it.  And kept it.  And cleaned it up sometimes but mostly, I kept it.  It was tons of fun and I got compliments all the time but there were downsides.  It itched, eating ice cream was a trial, I wasn't sure if it was helping or hindering my ongoing search for a job, it itched, and ultimately, while I enjoied it, I got bored of it. 

    So, about a week ago, bye-bye beardie. 

    Sort of.

    As pictured bellow I've kept the goatee (down to my biggest standard comb on my styling razor*) and everything else was taken to my delicate ginger skin.  I get wicked razor burn and not cleanly shaving for over a year and a half meant things got bloody and raw.  So now I'm sporting some 5'oclock shadow, but I have light hair and it's been a week.  I'll start shaving closer more regularly once I get more blades and I work my neck back up to it. 


    All this is to say, I shaved my beard early fall because once again it makes me look just a little bit more like Errol Flynn or Tony Stark.  It's a look I hope will convey me well in social and career circles that I also just like.

    A final word though, fret not for the wild fun bits like the naturally forked tip will live on.  I don't plan on trimming the goatee itself for a long time. 

    *This gives me an idea for a blog later.

    Well, those factors came separately, in so much as I was pretty young when I decided I wanted to write, and then a tad older when I started to really dig deep into things, pick them apart, and start making my own things with the pieces. So honorable mentions to the series that were the perfect storm of my preteenish years of reading: The Chronicles of Pyrdain by Lloyd Alexander; the Redwall books by Brian Jacques; The Inheritance Trilogy Cycle by Christopher Paolini; The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. LeGuinn, the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling; and The Amazing Spiderman by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. There's a list of inspirations that no doubt people could dig out of my early and current things (and you can bet there's plenty of Neil Gaiman, Edgar Allen Poe, Terry Pratchett, D.J. MacHale, Michael Scott (Irish novelist, not the boss from The Office), R.A. Salvatore and others in there too, but they came later and/or don't exactly fit your question).

    But the series that first changed the statement in my head "I want to do this" to the question "how do I do this?" (which means to critically read and be critical about what I write) came in the middle of all of those series in Patrick Carman's The Land of Elyon (which had light ilustrations throughout). I got the first book, The Dark Hills Divide, when it came out as an indie title by a beginning author from Walla Walla. I infact have a first edition copy of the book. None of this of course meant much to me at the time. I just knew that this was a great fantasy story about a girl who could talk to squirrles, solve puzzles etched inside stones, and uncover a mystery on a magical island. It was really cool. It was, at first, one of the books that made me think "I want to do this."

    Then something happened that changed everything. (A good beginning, but very familiar.) My mom told me that Patrick Carman, the man who wrote the book I enjoyed so much, was coming to Barnes and Noble for a reading and a signing. It's hard for me to tell if I completely knew what was happening. I was getting to meet the author. Authors were, up to then, certainly people in my mind but they were people who lived a long time ago and/or not just an hour away from my family in Eastern Washington. But when we got to the event there he was. Smiling and wearing jeans and a button-up shirt. Leading me, other kids, and their parents through an activity inspired by the magic stones in the books. And while we did that he explained to us the stones and how he wrote about them for the book. He told us about the walled cities in central Europe that inspired the setting of the book. He talked about how Alexa Daley was made for his daughters who are just a little younger than me and though he loved to write for a long time, he was just starting to really be "an Author.". He told us that he was a person like us, who started from scratch and worked his ideas into stories. It was a quick progression to "je just did this," "I can do this," and finally "how can I do this?" And the best thing he told me that afternoon was how. I had to figure it out on my own.

    That sounds weird probably, but when the time came for us to get our books signed by the author individually (another forgien concept to me) he took the time to talk to each of us a little bit personally. I talked about how I wanted to write and how hearing his story inspired me. He liked that and encouraged me. He then saw my book and explaind some things about the dog-eared paperback I had. It was a first printing as well as first edition. You could tell because of the spine. The art was off. Books themselves having value beyond the stories was also new to me. But it made sense. This book was from when he started his writing career. It meant something in that. It was the start of mine too in a way. I hold a lot of value in that.

    The following series was very important to me as well because since the first book had really opened up the world of writing and writers to me the following books in the series and by Carman (there are others and I have a good amount of them) always had the special air of it to me. I would read not only the story but the making of it. I identified patterns and mechanisims and make guesses to where the story would go. I would also try and see if I could also make things in those ways. Sometimes I was right, and sometimes I was wrong, but I always learned. I have been to two other signings/events with Patrick Carman and each time he would show me other ways down the path of writing or tell me something about how to get it done.

    It's funny actually. For my birthday gift to myself I just recently ordered two of his latest books (from a different series which is just as important in different ways) and one is the continuation of a story I haven't read since early college but loved and the other is a book about that series and a little about how he did it. I devoered that book in one day (yesterday) videos and all (it's a very interesting book format he came up with for Skeleton Creek). I'm still learning from him but I also had a strange moment of "I've learned so much" reading this behind the scenes book now and remembering me back when the first book came out. Things have changed because of The Land of Elyon and where it directed me to go.

    In the way that it jumpstarted the ways I write, I have to say this series is at least in the nebulous top-handful of series that have had a profound effect leading me to what your question asked about, if not a close but eeking over top. It's hard to say exactly, there are a lot of other works that have very important influences too. Some are not a series. Some are an anchor to what I write about but are more involved in their answers. I could tell you a lot of stories about the stories that helped me, but its getting late now and I chose the easiest place to start for your answer.

    Also, yes, this gave me the excuse to write in a narrative fashion for a couple hundred words today. I took it.

    [Pushes up glasses]

    Well, while Superman is so "naturally" capable it is not an inherent quality of the Man of Steel to be "-of steel." Rather, the sciency make-up of his cells is juiced up by their reaction to Yellow Sun Radiation which gives him the initial boost to his system to make his body capable of incredible strength and solidity (bullet-proof skin). However, while in his normal state as a Red Sun Radiation evolved Kryptonian is still superior on earth because of that and other cross-planetary differences such as Kryptonian physiology and density (to combat differing gravity) he still needs muscles capable of lifting heavy shit and/or crushing it. Like a goldfish will grow to the size of its bowl, Superman's Kryptonian physiology and radiation-reactive state makes him physically capable to do the things he does. An ice truck is still an ice truck on earth so to crucify it on power lines on the earth where it was made takes the same amount of force from human machinery as it does an alien body made capable of exerting those forces. Superman's ripped-ness is a result of his body's capabilities in his situation combined with his lifestyle. If he wasn't constantly running or fighting I imagine his form would reflect a human who lived an average lifestyle and he would only be that proportional strength of a Kryptonian on earth.

    I like to think any good fictional universe has it's dangers, but let's go by numbers. Let's spin a wheel of the ones with the most damage done!

    WHHHHHHIIIIIIIIiiiiirrrrrrrrr tick tick tick tick tick tick....

    THE MARVEL UNIVERSE (A close tie with the DC universe but mostly it's continuity that gets destoried over there.)

    In this or any fictional universe I'd like to inhabit I'd be a wizard and/or benign trickster figure. I like to think of myself as a good guy so in this one I'd be like a side-kick / spinoff next generational Dr. Strange who gets into a bit more trouble.

    Retirement is a ways off for me. I'm sure at some point I'll stop whatever my day-to-day jobby-job will be, but as someone interested in a creative field (writing all sorts of things), I'm not sure I'll ever stop being creative with at least the slightest intention of letting other people in on the fun when I'm finished with the current project.

    I'll probably also keep going with my hobbies of woodworking, doodling, indulging my inner child, consuming fun media, and maybe I'll open a small bookshop. I'd like to live in a town on the NW coast.

    Otherwise, I don't really think too much of it. Just tuck money away once I get a first real jobby-job.

    Now, now, that's not exactly how this game works, but I've gotta give you points for trying.

    So, here's a half-answer. Unless it's obviously directed at the person being questioned, I don't ask questions on question day that I wouldn't have a good/entertaining answer for.

    Also, this is my way of getting to know the community on the new site better and letting them know me. The questions someone asks can be just as informative as the answers they give.

    Top 5... I'm not really an Anime buff so this will probably also be a "Half the Anime Shows I really enjoied" lists.

    1) YU-GI-OH!

    I'll be honest I haven't completely seen the show, never read the manga, didn't play the cardgame, and haven't really touched the other series beyond the original. BUT, I love the concept behind the original series, even when it doesn't quite hold up (that's what this reboot is for). It also has nothing to do with YGOTAS... No... But however, the conclusion drawn my me and my friends when Gods of Egypt came out was these cheesy but super inense effects bastardizing mythology would be better served as a Yugioh movie. If a series with effects like that existed I'd love it (CW style).

    2) Code Geass

    This show... This show... I loved the first twenty two episodes and then it fell into pit too many animes I watch do, the episode 23 problem. That's what I call what happens when an awesome concept is slowly established and worked for the whole of a series and then at the peak of the climax the stakes are suddenly and immediately turned up to eleven (becoming God? seriously?) and the story is "concluded" in two episodes. I would love to see a reboot of this show with real actors from the nations represented (as well as they can (Brittania is basically the EU and America so just pick something for Lelouch)). The magic is mostly subtle enough to do well and the mechs can be part-cg and part practical and really (since this is a rebbot) after establishing some pacing that makes sense you can integrate some of the things from season two into the lore and just go your own way after you start the season one climax otherwise.

    This is the point in the answer where I start grasping at straws. I don't watch much anime and even fewer of those I want to see in live action outside of these two. The first to see a cool new take and the second because I really want to reboot that story and make it work.

    3) Pokémon

    Who hasn't thought a version of the show with real and literal growth for characters (best achieved in Live Action when you have to) and realistic versions of the creatures? I however, in the line of hard reboots, would love to see them just be scientifically created creatures (big lore changes that I won't go into now) that have been genetically engineered to have their abilities but they're also actual Pocket-monsters. They keep their scale to each other, but whatever the average size of a pokemon is that is the size of a beast that could comfortably sit in a good-sized pocket. Also some cool Arms-race metaphors.

    4) Uhhh...

    Sorry, I just don't want that many live action reboots of anime. Maybe just to see more of it I'd go for The Devil is a Part-Timer! but that's pretty damn near perfect.

    Okay I don't want to break the site, but I remember quite a few pretty weird dreams. They all have their merits and while there might be a few (somehow) imperially weirder ones, one that is both really really weird and has a weird disconnect as I can remember it, is one I remember from being pretty young.


    I'm in a HUGE bounce-house that's modeled in the aesthetic of a Mickey's Toontown house and there are other children in there with me but more in the "I know this fact in my dream" kind of way than me really being able to differentiate from their reveling forms around me (I'm using discriptions I was not capable of doing at the time but still accurate). In the center of the room (a living room designed with a lot of orange paint an furniture (all bouncy)) there's a metal grate that we're all avoiding because it's a drain in the middle of a bounce-house and we don't want to be on the only not bouncy part.

    The children start to thin in numbers as a big blue anthropomorphic bat-person in a black and purple suit comes bouncing in too. I'm afraid of this bat and it doesn't help that he starts to come towards me as the children start to leave more quickly and the bouncy house becomes more like a castle. He starts to laugh at me and I'm scared back by his menacing guffawing laugh (think Krusty the Clown at a slightly higher pitch). I start to hear the children that left laughing at me too. I'm bouncing back now and find myself in the center of the room and the grate is gone. I fall down aways to where there's barely any light and I'm in a wet pit now on top of fist size-rocks and my legs hurt and I'm crying for my parents to help me out.

    I wake up after a while of me down at the bottom of the whole listening to the bat's echoing laughter.


    Have some fun with that one Freud.

    Oddly enough not too much of that frightens me now. Writing it out, I could actually twist some of it around into a horror story I wouldn't be scared writing.

    The other contenders for strangest dream are harder to differentiate because there are a lot of patterns and recurring elements. Those are things for a different day though.

    Favorite comic book?

    | Asked by: Fly 1 year ago

    That's pretty hard. And of course just vague enough for me to get some mileage off of it. Still I'll stick to the ones I actually physically own for the variants I have for this issue.

    If we're going for favorite individual issue (a single-purchase comic book you'd buy from a shop): That is a very hard decision as I have a long-box containing four years of single issues, but I also have and would read over and over again Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: Ramadan. It's a fascinating issue that talks about the endurance and magic of stories and dreams (like a lot of the series) and is beautifully illustrated and written as well. It's an issue that really speaks to me. This was a hard decision as I also have several original printings of Marvels and DC's going back to the sixties (without covers because of an old comic shop incentive), a good chunk of the original color run of Scott McLoud's ZOT!, several other Sandman's, and quite a few of the comics from my stint of buying them weekly at college are special to me.

    If we're classifying it in sort of the graphic novel / complete arc / trades: It's again hard as I have an original printing of Brief Lives from the Sandman run as well, BUT I also have some pretty good Deadpool / Silver Surfer / Nightwing / by Gaiman trades I really enjoy. I think I will settle back to the Sandman though. Brief Lives is up there as I view it as the real start of the climax and it deals with a lot of the series's over all themes and patterns.

    And, surprise surprise as it goes in favorite comic books as in "I really like to collect (character)'s comic book: That's a tie. I absolutely LOVE The Sandman. It has so many great concepts, characters, and stories while being its own whole story that it's pretty near perfect to me. However, there is something almost intrinsically fun about every Deadpool comic I've read and he's probably my favorite superhero (Morpheus does not have that distinction) that picking up his comic book is a must every time I go into a comic shop with some money not already intended for a purchase. And The Sandman, though I love it, is "over" after just having wrapped it's Overature run I will still buy any issue I can (within reason of course) but since this applies to both of these comic books, I can't call it without a deep "but, well" clause.

    This actually took some time for me to figure out because there definitely will be two shows in this category soon and I'll have to wait for hard copies because we don't have uber-kable.

    However, one did dawn upon me; Star Wars Rebels. I may be spoiled about a few big factors, but what I care more about is how they came to be and experiencing it. Again a casualty of Disney XD being above the current package, I'm stuck to finding out these stories on DVD if I can get ahold of them or perhaps Netflix and Disney/Lucasfilm will come to a solid agreement.

    For one day only it would be the ability to create permanent non-living things through will and alchemical conversion. I'd make quite a few little gadgets and bits/bobs I couldn't otherwise like a wrist-mounted auxiliary for my phone/laptop with actual buttons (a T-9 keyboard would do), some snappy sets of new clothes so I can dress like a cartoon character in fitted and fitting outfits (so many pairs of swabby jeans). Sure I might make some things of monetary value but I don't want to worry about serial numbers or diluting our economic system's values too much. I'd probably top it off with making myself a house which I imagine would take time and energy still. Then I'll be set to be a productive member of society the next day with all my neat stuff!

    That or Magneto-type flight. That's more super-powery and I'm always down for a chance to fly like that.

    Why are we here?

    | Asked by: ThatGuyWynters 1 year ago

    Well, I signed up because I like to watch and Discuss RT content, I've stuck around for some of my own fun. If we're going waaaaaaaaaay back it's because a friend of mine in middle school said a certain lead character who dies six episodes in made him think of me.

    I never assume I'm 100% correct about anyone else's motivations, but I assume the sense of community and the aforementioned discussion and entertainment has a lot of people here.

    I think you're particularly a RWBYite.

    Forming a cult of any sort for Danny, the 99th Warden of Hell's Kitchens & Food Services would be a ridiculous waste of arcane knowledge and efforts. Danny, being Lord and Master of Demons and those unfortunate souls whose function in the ring of Gluttony is to stand beneath the sinks, their mouths warped into funnels of raw taste-receptive muscle and razor sharp teeth; he has no care for speaking. He only desires the garbled sounds of choked disgust from his Garbage Disposer hoard.

    However, to satiate Danny to a degree would be to act as he does and force blended leavings of food down the gullets of sinners constantly until their intestines burst in judgement. From these shredded silos of slop make sausage to dine upon while drinking the blood of your sacrifice. Preform this ritual on the third night of the waning moon every lunar cycle with the leftovers of all you have eaten between.

    Initiates must willingly go into and survive a night of the ritual.

    A wall mounted-radio!

    A telephone!

    A Daft Punk poster!

    Very small rocks!

    A cleshe map over my bed with different colored pins for where I have been and where I want to go!


    Yeah, I'm not really sure.

    I also want to say a tactical knife...


    Old-timey camera film.

    It starts black in the case, then you take a picture and put it in a red room to develop and as the image begins to fade or just get old or you screwed it up it's all grayscale.

    Well, I won't google these to stay honest.

    Well, knife would be only based off of an audible pun...

    I'm going to say a towel or sponge. While you dry off a thing, your utensil gets wet from the mess.

    I reveal all but one of my hidden tools about my person. I demonstrate my Holmesian level of disguise and attention. I describe to him all of my long-con pranks that went off well. And finally I tell him that I really really REALLY would like to work with him. I can be great a maintain a character too.

    So, largely the plan is to wing it. I have a few things scheduled and some things I just have to do because of timing, but outside of what I'm about to list I've got no idea.

    On Thursday I'm gonna meet up with my RT Seattle crew

    Friday is my first day of must panels. Kinda Funny and Late Night Lemonade

    Saturday is my designated signing day. I'm also likely to attend the OCC Fado's dinner.

    Sunday I'm not staying the whole time because of flights but I'm dedicating all the time I need to to attending the RvB panel.

    On either Friday or Saturday I'll be cosplaying Deadpool (I take it you read my journal with a part about it).

    I just plan to have fun, meet some people, and eat some Pizza Hut.

    Oh and I'm gonna try to pick up a Free Play shirt, Team Fat (Men's Medium) and the Pyrrha crest shirt.

    Oh my, well I already get to go to RTX...

    Well, the morning would start with coffee and breakfast with Neil Gaiman. After a couple hours of that I'd get a private tour of the Disney studio with lunch with the higher-ups of Marvel, Disney, and Lucasfim. Afternoon large-arena Laser-tag for me and a bunch of friends. A nice rib dinner for me and my (hypothetical) lady friend with Jason Mraz doing the music. Sitting down with friends again to watch a good movie of my choice (probably an action comedy or a Disney movie) at a private screening in one of those food-and-armchair theaters. Then it's off to be a guest on the Late Show with Setphen Colbert where I could meet and do a wacky thing with him and Jennifer Lawrence (who really I'd just like to meet. She is a beautiful woman, yes, but she just seems like a fun person I'd be friends with.

    If I told you they'd come for you too.

    I will say that for my own research purposes I have recently begun looking into connections with Alchemy, Secret Societies, and space travel/technologies/programs. I've found some interesting things. (It is the truth, I've been pondering and looking into these things for reasons, but I don't know if there's any reason the government would care about.)

    I would be satisfied with the same three meals a day with the following snacks and drinks also provided.

    Breakfast- Waffles and Bannanas (with fix'ns)

    Lunch- Peanut butter and jelly on a pretzel roll with cheetoes

    Dinner- Southern Style fried chicken tenders with my secret recipie bbq sauce and steak fries.



    Chicken Jerky


    Glacier Freeze Gatorade

    Whole Milk

    French Roast Coffee

    I imagine this is a Lost type situation and I eventually rig a kitchen and fridge in a crude house (or hatch) with all this.


    If I had to really narrow it down though, I'd just have the coffee, milk, chicken and waffles (with syrup) and bananas.

    I don't think I did this to myself. I could have, but that would be a very desperate time.

    It is very likely I have let loose a string of awesome but awful puns over a course of the conversation and when someone finally groaned at me to stop I said (as I do), "Why, I'm on fire right now."

    They decided to make a pun out of me.

    It's likely he has my theories and postings and other shenanigans from on the site. I have been fairly active over eight years. One or two time's I've gotten pretty close to knowing what was going on in RvB, other times I've made great detailed explanations. And there has been so much more.

    I don't know quite why I've been abducted to do this, but I hope that having my work in a file means he wants me to write something for the company and didn't want to call a lot of attention to it. That would be great.


    It's a photo and information of a cast or community member with just three words beneath it:




    He nods and says more information will come to me later at RTX and I'm released with a new badge that lets me get around with more ease.

    Oh the rituals, how shall I begin?

    Perhaps with the oldest in its oldest form.

    Though I've been drinking coffee since high school, in college I was able to talk my parents into getting me a French press and electric kettle for my growing habit. I used it a bunch, but the most inopportune thing was the kettle only fit in the hopper sink in the dorm (which I stayed in all 4 years (and the same single room)) basement/kitchen/laundryroom so I either had to trek down there every two batches or go to the bathroom across the hall with a big tumbler cup a couple of times. Usually it was the latter. So that's step one, fill the kettle. Then boil, that's easy but has resulted in more hand-burns than I should count. Usually it's just because I slip while filling the press. Then I let it percolate for about twenty minutes to a half-hour, pour and add sweet cream or chocolate milk (that's a frugal college kid's mocha). For most weekdays (and Sunday nights) my brewing system was a full press in the afternoon leaving one of the three-four mugs my old press would make for the morning. Sometimes I'd make more than one press a day. Saturday and Sunday, when I felt like being a lazy homebody usually saw a turn-of-the-century breakfast at one or more meals. In the days before modern breakfast cereals popcorn and coffee was a popular base for a quick breakfast. I love both, and if you've got some simple buttery popcorn and a fresh mug it's worth a try I assure you. An afternoon French-press and popcorn is one of my oldest and best rituals for brewing coffee.

    After leaving school I shifted it some. I'd make a batch every morning as I woke up to let our puppy out and would drink it over the day. I also got a bigger (and better) Le Cruset ceramic French press. It keeps the coffee warmer longer and the mesh is tighter so I can use slightly finer grinds. It still largely is this way (and follows the same 35ish minute ritual while making food or prepping the protein shake I pour a mug's worth into).

    However, my father also loves coffee and prefers espresso. He's had a machine for years and we recently bought a fantastic Nesspresso Citi and we're loving it. I've been using this more for my initial morning cup (because it takes four minutes tops) and have been experimenting with the different cups and brews. I still use the press though, usually early afternoon when I'm making what's switching to iced-coffee for that.

    Other small habits/rituals include coffee while watching RT or making my Bleepbloopopolous map and my "signature" drink I get with friends: a B-52 dropped in a mug of coffee (and I'll drink most other coffee-drinks (I'm slowly working out my own as well)).

    Okay, one sub-question down. I'll got grab a fresh mug and tackle the others.

    I will drink usually any medium to dark sweet/chocolatey roast. I like my coffee strong and flavorful so I use a lot of grounds and let it be brewed for sure. I do have some favorites though. First off, any blend with lavender in it. I will pick that first always (unless the other option is exotic and I only have the one chance to try it). My favorite specific roasts are Raven's Brew Ebony Pearls, Palendaba Lavender's dark roast (a local brand), and Starbucks's Café Verona or French Roast. I also like to keep it interesting with mixes of other spices or flavors like cinnamon, mint, caramel, or liquorish.

    I do grind my own beans when I can. From what I've been taught basic coffee brewing is better when you grind your own beans (about a few week's worth at most or just the day's if you're really into it). It's also fine to freeze beans but once ground you should keep them at room-temperature and dry. That keeps the flavor in the beans the way it was intended to be. Annother reason I grind by own beans I because I use a French press which requires a coarser grind for the mesh. Some brands sell coarse grind coffee but it isn't as common as either whole bean or fine grind (for use in filtered coffee makers). Any good coffee shop that sells beans will grind your bag to a specification for you and during college that's what I would do. I'd go to my local Starbucks, buy a bag of whole bean and have them grind it to coarse. It is free of charge and all locations I've been to (including in-store (Target/Safeway/Barnes & Noble)) will do this. I have my own grinder now that I am home though and use it and a vacuum sealed container to store the grinds.

    I am a "Seattle-based" Gold-Card-Carrying subscriber to the mermaid's world-wide local coffee shop. At the very bottom line, they make good coffee and the service is constantly good. They're doing something right and it's so darn convenient that it's hard not to use them. The great snacks and provision of home-use coffee materials is great too. I love little local shops too, they usually have the more interesting drinks because of the unique nature. Every vacation I go on I have to get a bag of beans from the local café. But as a comfortable and long-standing standard I have very positive things to say about Starbucks.

    I hope that entertained and informed you.

    It's like you and @SailorGirl81 coordinated today. You may want to take a look at her question and my answer too.

    While we're picking apart my internet motifs, I should mention that I come from a household that was late and slow to the internet. I still don't trust "the internet" with standing financial information, public information that's easily identifiable to my location or such, and I don't post that I'm away until after I'm back usually. Some of this has fallen back as time went on, but I still don't reveal too much about myself in a straight forward and mundane way.

    Still, I'm a fairly open guy so I try to do things that do give you information about me while I'm being clever and vague. So I, as a young man from a backwater area, took two of my favorite stories about young men from backwater areas (fictional heroes I could look up to and try to emulate) and in a fun way direct you to where I come from in a few ways.

    I imagine it like looking for a place in an Atlas's appendix. Found between Gongaga and Gont is a general sense that I'm from the hilly outskirts. There are things there, but not much. It also gives you the hints that these are the stories I like.

    Now, I hope it doesn't come off as pretentious. I by no means believe you have to understand these references, but they're fun little bits of more information rather than an empty space on a webpage because I wasn't the most trusting of possible tech-savvy miscreants.

    It's like you and @BuckeyeDon coordinated today. You may want to take a look at his question and my answer too.

    To answer this question as to why this particular set of numbers follows a good majority of my screennames we're going to have to go back to 2006/7. Justin Timberlake's solo career is really taking off. The Steelers have won the extra large super bowl. We all still love Captain Jack Sparrow. It is the time of Kingdom Hearts II and Halo 3.

    Now, I'm a Sony boy who had a Gameboy SP so I had a significant attachment to a certain cocky redhead trickster with a "heart" of gold and a jaunty posture from the epic crossover of Disney and Final Fantasy. He turned out to also be the 8th in an organization of 13 dubious individuals and eight is my lucky number (you could make a Jim Carrey movie about all the interesting times that number has popped up in my life). So, I had eight already but the story continues.

    A buddy of mine in middle school invited me over one time for a night of Halo 3, pizza, and other revels. He too was into Kingdom Hearts (and had some fun similarities to Roxas (No. XIII). He either had already or while we were setting up to play changed his Halo character number to O13 for Organization member thirteen and Roxas. I then was making my temporary character and decided to put my call sign as O08 (Because it had to be one letter and two digits). What can I say, we were wild and crazy guys. This soon persisted in other things and became the cooler and more aesthetically pleasing 008 (often more stylized with slashes in the 0's). It looks like two eights (one on its side like infinity) and there's other cool symbolic things I can do with it. It also (maybe most importantly) fits some of the old internet standard of having a number in a username.

    Incase you were wondering too, I read it out as "Zero-Zero-Eight", not "double 0 eight" or "Oh-oh-eight."

    Well, clearly it wasn't elimination in just a few fights, so here's what I imagine. Being ever the good sport, after a conversation between the two teams trying to figure out the nature of their internment in this strange arena fortress they parted ways and Jaune noticed (whatever a significant coin in Remnant/Atlas is) fall from Weiss's purse. JNPR was going one way, RWBY was going another, and the coin went yet another. Jaune followed the rolling change down the hall and around one unfortunate corner... His fate remains a mystery, but the tournament goes on.

    The genre I play the most would have to be (loosely) Action RPG's but I also love some more adventure games, Minecraft, more traditional JRPG's, combat racing games (which I'm surprisingly okay at, and some shooters. I also like some puzzles and stealth games. It'll be hard to pin down a top three (sort of) so I'll mention some of the outliers I have really enjoied first: Ratchet and Clank, Portal, Soul Calibur (3 was best),

    Top 3 though...

    There's just one I can't bump, sorry.

    #3- Jak II

    #2- infamous 2

    #'s 1- Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII/Kingdom Hearts (Re:) Chain of Memories: Reverse/Rebirth

    The newly appointed governor of Port Royale's daughter.


    No really, it probably would have been that I broke something while trying to figure out how the ship worked. Or I subverted authority too many times. I'm not a particularly defiant individual, but if I think there's a better way to do something or an order is obviously going to screw things up I will either A) just not do it, or B) do it the wrong way I was told to and let the negative ramifications happen. Someone tells me to put the choclolate next to the stove? Done, have fun with your melted chocolate. I know that's not a particularly striking example, but if I were to start discussing the failed managerial attempts of other people vying for power in a college improv club, we might just be here all night.

    Well, RvB certainly has some real estate in my mind with theories and other activities, but it is one of many.

    I guess it comes down to I love to make things and so that reflects in my hobbies of: writing (a hobby I went to school for but haven't stopped learning about), I build with Lego Systems, I play a lot of video games but ones with choice/customization options apleanty (currently I'm running Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep and Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning while also playing pleanty of Minecraft and Destiny too), I draw and I read educational and fictional books and watch some good TV and movies (with commentaries often too).

    So, my hobbies are many, mostly having to do with creating something in the line of a story. By obsessions have to be what pops up in all of that. I love tricksters (and other myth theory intensive things), RvB and most RT things, Fantasy stories about wizards, science fiction adventures, creepy speculative fiction, good comedy, superhero medias, hats, coats, denim, and benign pranks

    I'm sorry if this was all too much of a survey, but I have some laundry to do.

    I have been to a few Cons, several were trade-shows I went with my parents to.

    But on to the ones I picked. I've gone to the Seattle Brick Con once or twice, I love legos, and several toy train conventions as a smaller child. Those were a lot of fun and I remember getting some pretty cool special Brio trains.

    Then high school and college happened.

    After those I started again, going to Pax Prime and Jet City Comic Con, both were fantastic and I cosplayed to Jet City, which was also on Halloween. A fun thing about Pax was that was also my first RT_Seattle meet-up and the first time I'd seen my old friend Maddy in a while. (I also did a "lazy cosplay" of Church (light blue flannel, jeans, and my Fine Line shirt.)

    I am planning on going to RTX (wooh-WOOH) later this year and I'm investigating going to Pax Prime again. RTX, well that should be a little obvious, but I'm going this year as a fan and to have as much fun as I can. Pax Prime was a ton of fun for just one day last year, so I really want to go this year, possibly for more days.

    I am of two minds on this one. I'd invariably use them to similar ends so why not split the difference between dark blue flame power and flight with a auric blue force that looks like fire and lets me fly. Think ala Raven of DC fame without the inherent Lovecraftian mysticisim (it's fine but not my motif (I like more north-western European with wyrd and fae roots)). I would use these abilities probably for "good" ends. I'm not sure how much actual crime fighting I would get directly into but after I facilitate myself by floating around a lot and getting things that are hard to reach without making a mess, who knows. I'd still love to write, but Clark Kent, Kyle Rainer, and Janet Van Dyne all were able to keep creative careers and have a positive influence on the world with their abilities so I would love to try.

    I'd also never have to drive and I'd take as many other people with me as I could. So much saved travel money.

    I think it should go without saying that my immediate family has had quite a lot of influence on my developing personality the way all families will do. The briefest of clarifications though, I would say my parents raised me quite right with a respectful and genuine way of conducting myself. My brother has had his influences as well, but I will say a fair amount of those are in reflex as much as emulation.

    My maternal grandparents can also be said to have major responsibility in my development. I love and respect my paternal family quite a bit too, but they are farther away and I saw them less growing up. My paternal grandmother did help foster my love of stories and reading though and is a sturdy woman who maintains herself and for that I am greatly respectful. My maternal grandmother though is my standard of a lot of what makes a good person. She was caring for everyone in her life and did not cause conflict though she would stop it. She also has a lot to do with my sense of humor (and unyielding love of good and happy sitcoms). My maternal grandfather is a very solid individual. He is practical and believes in simplicity. He always has great advice which I always try to follow even when the subjects of our opinions differ. I would also say he really helped the final pushes of my learning to read by introducing me to Calvin and Hobbes.

    There are a fair amount of teachers too who have shaped me, again in both imitation and reflex. Because a part of what I am is to not be negative for reasons unrelated to the current situation (and irrelevant ones) so I won't be naming names or anything. Let's just say I dislike hypocracy, redundancy of speech, and all but acknowledged ineptitude especially in the education system (I do love when these all lead to hilarious failure though (a part of why I love some comedy with these character (and we're getting dangerously far from the topic now...))).

    The good teachers though, whose names are irrelevant to most, are Mr Wright, Mrs Vanderplas, Mr Lequire, Mr Burris, Mr Grella, and Professors Chaser, Nolly, Blackwell, and Nadelson (there are many others but I'll spend all my time listing with that way of talking). This group all were heavy influencers on me. They are all responcible and capabile individules. Each one has given me a lesson or two that didn't have to do with the ones I got in their curriculum. Perhaps the longest lasting one and most relevant to parts of my personaility I haven't brought up yet is from the late Mr. Burris. There are no stupid questions, questions mean you want to learn. And asking a question doesn't mean you're stupid what creates an idiot is when they ask a question and find themselves asking it again and again because they simply refuse to take in the new information. Idiots come from willful ignorance.

    There are also my friends; Austin who has given me lessons in leadership and personal integrity, Grace, Salina, Madison, Conner, and Johannah who have faced things with much more courage than I could imagine, Kennedy's bright personaliy, and many new friends and old friends who just were in some way or another a person much better than me so I have followed their examples. I'd also even put you in that list Buck, you are my longest and most influential mentor on the site since you effectively directed me back in the old old forums.

    And with that, I'm going to cut this off despite how much I love the continuing souce of knowledge questions do provide. I'm afraid I am quite over due to plug in my laptop and answer the at least one other questions I have.

    I assume you mean this:

    It and the accompanying image of me on laundry day is of me two years ago a little less shaven, without my glasses, and being a tad more silly than normal, but it is me none the less.

    From now...

    My professional life is really just beginning.

    Out of equal parts fortunate opportunity and necessity I have spent my last year helping my family from home with homecare and work, our new dog, and my great grandmother who passed early this winter. I also have been working to get my driver's license and actual adept-ness with my little borrowed Patriot.

    At this point in time though I have really begun the push to enter the workforce. I have perused a couple positions which through rather annoying faults of communication on the companies' ends have not panned out but I keep going. I am at a very interesting point here at the beginning. I can do a lot. I have several interests and aspirations. Right now my pursuits are working in a book-store, a pet-store, a library, production (several cool videogame companies are in my backyard), or possibly radio. I will though take whatever jobby job I can just to get the life experience of it soon. I have managed people and volunteered before, but have no pure professional experience (I do watch the houses and animals of friends and family as well).

    Since it is so nebulous at this moment I'm afraid any prediction I make will be even more so. I will be getting a job soon though so once I do I'll be doing what I can to stick to it. I won't be a career hopper unless things get bad at a company.

    The main goal is to be a career writer. I like a lot of mediums but for now I am working on the first book. I have that, if not the whole first series, mapped out fairly well and I'm filling it all in. That's just a matter of me working it all out. I push for at least 2,000 words a day and unless I have a blog or something I put them in there. My pursuits in a creative field are also happening but that's a bit of a chicken and egg of getting experience for a job and getting a job.

    What is the chief end of man?

    | Asked by: monopoly_j 2 years ago

    The phrase ends "To Glorify God." It's from the Catachisim.

    In my personal interpretation I think it means to live.