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General Chit Chat / Promotional Discovery
« on: December 26, 2017, 10:00:14 PM »
So, I checked my Twitter account.  My notifications told me three people added me to "lists".  Still figuring out what the hell I can do with Twitter for promoting my book, I asked if that was a good or bad thing.  Turns out it's good, as it means people are tuning in.  My book sales are very small right now, but I'm doing what I can to get the word out about my book (including a little commercial I put on Youtube.  I'm also building an ad campaign on Facebook, which looks a whole lot cheaper AND will get more views than YouTube ($1 PER DAY, as opposed to $10pd on YouTube), so I'll try that out for maybe a week when I get paid.  If anyone has any tips about advertising, I'm all ears.

Now, if I can just find the time to continue writing my other books!

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General Chit Chat / Now I'm freeeeee! Freefallin'!
« on: November 16, 2017, 07:43:59 PM »
I was in the U.S. Army Airborne (2 different units) for nine years, and it has been that many years since I last jumped with them, ending my run with 42 jumps (the last one with the Germany military).  Today, I got my 43rd jump--again with German military--only this time, I got my first ever tandem freefall jump.  IOW, I went skydiving!  Something I dreamed of doing for so many years (which I had previously chickened out of when I jumped with the Belgians ten years ago because I was afraid I weighed too much) is now an item checked off my list of things to do in life.  Let me tell you a little about it.

First of all, let's keep in mind that I'm now 40 years old, way out of practice AND unfamiliar with this method of jumping, and prone to injury.  Ladylion and our two youngest, Ladybug and Snugglebug came to watch--and photo, as her phone's lack of memory couldn't take a vid--so I got some moral support.  After finding the middle-of-nowhere drop zone, I checked in with the others in my unit who were manifested for today.  We went through a brief crash course (pun intended) for our particular roles, which isn't much seeing as how the actual jumper I'm to be strapped to is the one doing all the work.  Then came a lot of waiting, some of it in some very unforgiving sunlight.  I watched other groups go and hit the landing zone (LZ), though several missed--one even ended up in some cactus:^(  Needless to say, my neck hurts and I'm a little sun-baked.

Then came the harness, which wasn't too big a deal as my tandem master went over the procedures again.  The thing was more comfortable than I remember rigs to be--though that's not saying much, since they never are--but it certainly did the job.  I was also given goggles and a black leather "bullet head" helmet like football players used to wear decades ago.  Then a little more waiting until it was finally time for my group to load onto the bird (plane).

They warned us it would be cold up there, but apparently that was only valid in the early hours of the first group.  I was in the third, so I was really hot throughout the whole thing.  After burning up most of the day, I expected some chilly temps in the bird between 7-10k feet, but alas I was still burning up.  As uncomfortable and--in rare form--as scared as I was (jumping never scared me except with the Belgians), I spent the time in the plane wondering if I would ever go through this again.  This was especially true when the back door opened and I stood to hook up to my tandem master (let's call him J).  J spent a lot of time reassuring me and reminding me of how we were going to proceed and communicate.  He's a good guy; he'd better be if I was going to be strapped up against him like that!  lol 

Anyway, when it came time to jump, we stood at the edge and waited for the command.  I was told to assume the Exit Position (which basically had me hugging my shoulders with my head jacked backward and my legs curled up under J's legs.  Then I waited some more while he did whatever he was supposed to do to exit.

Then came the fall.  He said it would be a basic nosedive, but what ended up happening was we fell sideways for some reason.  To straighten us out, he pulled a drogue chute (smaller parachute meant to keep us falling straighter).  Once we got situated, he allowed me to throw my arms up in 90-degree angles for the rest of the freefall.  I expected a lot more g-force or wind resistance, but what I got was first a strange tumble followed by a lot of wind whipping up at me with nowhere near as much force.  Then it was just kind of a thing--with a nice view, don't get me wrong--until the main chute deployed.

Once I was given the command to return to the exit position for J to pull the main chute, there was this odd weightlessness before I felt a shock that jerked my neck down.  Nine years of Airborne jumps made me want to put my chin in my chest for that part, but I was told this time not to, so the shock hurt a little bit.  When we finally slowed into our "cruising descent", things got a lot easier. 

This was the part that was worth everything.  The fall felt so easy, I never had so much hang time in my life (like two to three minutes), and it was gorgeous (even in a desert)!  J handed me the steering loops, which was fun at first before my arms started getting tired.  Did I mention how much hang time?  lol  I got to do a few turns and circles before my arms started to tingle and strain (though my biceps felt so solid afterward).  I was about to ask him to take them back when he motioned for them, and I was happy to oblige.  J also had me "stand on his feet" so I can pull my "seat" down for more comfort, but the leg straps that served as that seat didn't want to move down, so I was S.O.L. there.

Then came the landing.  During the crash course, I was told I only needed to be able to hold my legs up so we could slide in on our butts.  That sounded easy.  What I didn't take into account was that rig getting in the way, making the task so much harder to do.  Luckily, J had me practice on the way down--though he didn't tell me it was practice.  When I first did it, I had trouble getting up there, so I had to reach for my calf pockets and pull them up, which slipped the cuffs right out of my boots (something they said to do anyway before I jumped--now I know why).  When the actual landing happened and I pulled my calf pockets, it still wasn't high enough, so I really had to dig deep to accomplish this feat.  J had maneuvered us right onto the LZ, which is basically the one patch of green grass in the whole desert for miles (it seemed), so the landing was smooth as a playground slide.  Score!

The rest was unhooking, recovering his chute, and getting into the hangar to drop it all, and that was that. 

Overall, it was a worthwhile experience that I spent years dreaming about.  It didn't quite live up to my expectations, but I would definitely go again if given the chance.  I thank God for a successful operation where no one was seriously injured (though one guy ended up in cactus and another hitting the hangar in some way).  If you get a chance, I recommend taking it--especially if it's for free!

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General Chit Chat / This ACTUALLY happened???
« on: July 29, 2017, 02:57:17 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7z9Csx5ceg

Seriously?  THIS happened? 

Discuss:^/

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Fun House / Favorite Jokes
« on: February 14, 2017, 09:53:28 AM »
I'm making this thread for us to share our favorite jokes growing up.  Let's keep them clean, huh?

Here are some of mine:

Why didn't the skeleton jump off a cliff?  It didn't have the guts.

Why don't vampires play sports?  They suck.

Why does the mummy make a terrible boyfriend? He's all wrapped up in himself.

How do bats break up?  "I can't see you."

What did one cannibal say to the other while they ate a clown?  "Does this taste funny to you?"

Why did the baby chew on a bird's arm?  Teething wing.

If the power went out during an all-theological essay contest, why would Christianity win? Jesus saves.

If you're American when you walk into a bathroom, but you come out Asian, what are you in the bathroom? European.  (no, that's not a dig on any of my Euro friends)

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?  Pilgrims.

What club do werewolves mistakenly join?  The Hair Club for Men.

Where does a king keep his armies?  In his sleevies.

How does a mole feel about his land?  He digs it.

What happened when the referee caught Donald Duck cheating at basketball?  He cried "fowl."

I submitted ten puns to a pun contest to increase my chances of winning.  No pun in ten did.

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The Gaming Lounge / What's Your Take on Resident Evil?
« on: December 26, 2016, 04:19:34 PM »
I've watched people play the Resident Evil games for years.  Now I finally picked one up (4 and Archives) and even beat one.  I definitely favor RE4's free-scroll controls over the others' fixed-camera-angle combat.  Plus, the weapons!  I also liked the storyline of the first few. 

RE4 kind of went off the rails a bit in that regard, though.  First, we go through all these virus-affiliated situations.  Now, we're onto some old creatures?  I don't understand that move.  Maybe they figure, "If event X can happen in this world, why not event Y?"  It's like surviving a zombie apocalypse to discover vampires exist (okay, that's been done, but still).  If they had stated the G-virus came from these Ganados (and maybe the T-virus was a byproduct or prototype to that), that would be one thing.  I like playing it (on round 2 now), but still.

REA?  I like that they remade the original, but it would've been better to give it the overhaul treatment by making it play more like RE4 (i.e. ditch the fixed angles).  Now THAT I would love to play!

I haven't played any of the others, so I look forward to your insights.

Oh, and if you want to discuss the movies, sure.  I thought the first one was very smart (probably the smartest explanation of zombies to date, which I've tried to emulate in my own novel, The Death Doll).  Then the sequel curse came into effect, where everything that followed just declined in quality.  Don't get me wrong; I liked the second and third movies, but they were weaker, and the other movies after just got more ridiculous in their attempts to cram in EVERY DAMN THING from the video games!  I'll check out the last movie next month, but only out of sheer morbid curiosity.

Thoughts?

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The Museum / Need Multimedia Graphic Artist! HELP!
« on: December 22, 2016, 09:27:16 AM »
I want to make a commercial for my book, The Death Doll.  I know YouTube isn't the most common venue for a book ad, but vid watchers read books, too, and it's otherwise all I can do.  Problem is: I'm not really versed in multimedia presentations.  I've seen some awesome things out there that I don't know how to do.  I need good visuals, good music, and all of it to fit in a spot in under 15 seconds. 

Is anyone here able and interested?

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The Museum / [Book Ad] The Death Doll, by Brian P. White
« on: October 01, 2016, 03:50:44 PM »
Well, everyone, I've finally done it: I am now a (self-)published author!  For anyone who's interested, here are the links to my novel on Amazon:

The Death Doll (Print)
The Death Doll (eBook on Amazon Kindle)

Genres: Fiction, Horror, Zombie, General

Blurb:
Didi was once the darling of the porn industry, baring it all for the world on the silver screen. Then came the zombie apocalypse. Two years later, she’s killing every flesh-eating corpse in her path to protect a group of unlikely survivors in northwest Iowa. Unfortunately, she hides a terrifying secret that threatens every life she defends. For nothing left on Earth that creeps or crawls is as lethal as The Death Doll.

This book is currently only available in English.  I hope you enjoy it.

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So, the farther away from the unexplained cancellation of City of Heroes (and such), the more I miss it.  For some reason, a lot of the landscapes I see remind me of it--even though they don't match it.  So, I'm making this thread to talk about what we (if any of you with me) loved (and hated) about the City of Heroes.

I miss flying around all those different zones, and meeting up with strangers that (like me) jockeyed for positions on all those Incarnate Trials.  I miss fighting giant monsters and taking part in Task/Strike Forces that pit me against the biggest, badest superheroes and supervillains.  I miss the zombie and Rikti alien invasions.  I miss creating characters (best customization EVER!) and missions (AE was awesome!).  I miss the community that was MOSTLY helpful and courteous, even though I would sometimes mess with them by bringing out my Radiant Brat! lol  I miss buffing and healing every bit as much as I miss bashing and burning.

I miss my City.

:^(
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Discussion / Let's Discuss Member Advertisement Privileges
« on: August 25, 2016, 01:29:46 PM »
So, one of the things we frown on is advertisement, but we tend to allow small bits from oldbies or not-so-newbies here and there (usually with permission, otherwise it's just been in our signatures).  However, our activity is still dwindling, and we're still struggling for ideas to generate more activity.  One of the problems is how busy we all are.  Between jobs, families, non-GU projects, or anything else going on in our lives outside of GU, we've found little incentive beyond nostalgia to come back here.

Soooooooo...

Since we've got a lot going on in life but refuse to let GU go forever, I thought maybe we could find a way to bring some of the work here to GU by allowing some kind of advertisements.  I am not saying get rid of the no-advertising rule entirely, but I'd like to discuss ways to generate some kind of attention toward our jobs or non-GU projects in a safe and non-spamming manner.

My immediate thought is to open an ADVERTISE HERE forum, so ads remain contained.  Maybe it can include a minimum-post rule (subject to spam laws), like each member needs at least 50 or so legitimate posts on GU to advertise in that forum.  Maybe we can establish other rules regarding this (no porn, obviously).  Depending on the kind of advertisements, we could create sub-forums that group them together (Arts/Entertainment, Industry, Sales, etc.).  Perhaps some of us are looking for services the other can provide that we don't realize, so this can help.

Anyway, I'm spit-balling, here.  What are your thoughts or ideas?

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News / Heads Up
« on: July 24, 2016, 11:21:34 PM »
As you may have noticed by the new shield on my name (unless you only read my GUF or NG4 posts), I am branded as an Owner in GU.  That's basically because I'm taking on the payments from now on.

However, my card expired and I'm waiting on my new one.  So, until it comes, I can't pay yet.  So, be advised that GU may go down for a few days until I get my new card and get the bill paid.  It WILL happen, so please be patient. 

Thank you, have a great day, and Live the Dream!

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I was watching one of the many TV show cast reunion interviews on YouTube and it occurred to me that a lot of shows had a profound impact on who I became. Okay, maybe that's not such huge news, but realizing which shows did such a deed kind of was. So, here's my list and their possible impacts (minus cartoons, cuz ... cartoons):

 Punky Brewster (finding the positive--wish that took more, though)
 Beauty and the Beast (fantastical hope in modern hopelessness)
 Gimme a Break (overcoming prejudice)
 Facts of Life (female perspective)
 Cosby Show (family)
 Growing Pains (same, and scheming, and reinforced my hatred of alcohol, so my thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio)
 Diff'rent Strokes (being a family regardless of differences)
 True Colors (same thing--and how the black vs white issue left a lot of people out)
 Doogie Howser, M.D. (excelling beyond expectations)
 Little House on the Prairie (provincial life)
 Highway to Heaven (helping people)
 The A Team (same thing, but with "a plan")
 Knight Rider (adventure, justice)
 Werewolf (same, in a way, plus scary fun)
 Who's the Boss? (breaking gender norms)
 Small Wonder (standard sitcom lessons)
 Family Ties (same thing)
 Out of this World (same thing, plus how to let people in)
 Herman's Head (what goes on in one's mind)
 Silver Spoons (growing up)
 Blossom (same thing)
 Saved by the Bell (getting away with stuff, some social consciousness)
 Parker Lewis Can't Lose (same things)
 The Wonder Years (that that first kiss doesn't necessarily mean happily ever after)
 The Jeffersons (I honestly don't know why other than it was on because Sherman Helmsley bugs the crap out of me! Maybe a little of standing up for oneself. I wish that one took, too.)
 Cheers (a look at adulthood, I guess)
 What's Happening! (dealing with stigma--and siblings, so my apologies to Kurt, Sonny, and Malcolm!)
 Married with Children (how NOT to treat your family)
 Roseanne (almost the same thing)
 Perfect Strangers (diamonds cut glass. No, really, this is the only thing I really learned from this show!)
 Designing Women (female perspective)
 Misfits of Science (fun with science)
 V (enemies disguised as friends, saving the world)
 aaaaaand...
 Star Trek (ANYTHING'S possible if you learn!)

There are lots of other shows that had no real impact, but there it is. What were your televised influences as a kid?

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General Chit Chat / Career Pursuits
« on: August 09, 2015, 11:29:25 PM »
Since we're all growing up here (some more than others), what careers are you currently pursuing (or attained, if it's the one you've been pursuing)?

I'm trying to be an author.  I've written 4 novels so far and several scripts.  My current story projetcs are as follows:

Penance: crime-drama; an obsessed cop falls in love with a hitman who works for the crime lord she's after.  This is my first novel, which as a sequel and several future books planned.

The Death Doll: adventure-horror; a technologically-enhanced zombie defends the living to atone for her wasted life.  This one's a solid novel with a completed sequel, two more in the works, and a prequel.

Jillary: action-comedy; a teenage girl who knows things without having learned them discovers she's the reincarnated soul of a murdered Special Forces medic ... and her new boyfriend is the son of her murderer. This one's a TV show about 30 episodes long so far that I have no idea how to sell yet, but has failed to even place in two contests.  Grrr.

The Missing Half: drama; a recently-widowed Soldier returning home to his orphaned daughter discovers the long lost twin sister of the girl who got away.  This is a script I've been working on since my first deployment.  I'm two acts in, but not sure how to finish it.

La Zorra: action; a teenage Mexican immigrant working for her citizenship learns she descends from Zorro ... and that her citizenship work program is a sham concocted by L.A.'s deadliest silent drug lord.  A novel I've been working on with a killer ending, but it needs to go back to the drawing board.

I always wanted to be an actor, but it turns out I don't have the stuff for it.  It also turns out my head was in a different place as far as stories, which is how I ended up realizing I was meant to be a writer.  I was one in some way or another all my life and now I'm pursuing it as a profession.  Maybe someday my stories will make great blockbuster movies.  I hope.

What are your career pursuits?

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General Chit Chat / Moving ... again
« on: August 08, 2015, 10:42:47 AM »
So, LL and I are moving now.  It's just a small move from one on-post house to another a couple of blocks away, so this may be one of our cheapest moves ever.  We're fostering a few children and because of this the on-post housing office "suggested" we needed a bigger place.  With the amount of kids we had we qualified to move from our 3-bed house to a 5-bed, but they didn't have any and gave us a 4-bed.  However, aside from a couple more closets, having to mow instead of weed, and being closer to work and a playground, I hate pretty much everything about this house.  It's so much smaller (even the appliances), the toilets suck, and they didn't even give us a microwave!  Yet I endure, because let's face it: it could be worse.  So, we're doing what we can with the place and fitting our stuff where possible.  We should consider a yard sale to get rid of stuff, though.  Our Net transfer (Cox) wasn't too smooth, but at least it's done and LL even managed to talk them down a few bucks on the price (gotta love that woman--oh, wait--I do!).  Having met any of the neighbors yet, but IP recognizes one and a friend of mine lives down the street so we can see him and his family more.  I'm also going to be changing units on this post, so we'll probably be here for a couple more years.  All in all, though, I'm exhausted and looking forward to this day of rest before we get back to it.  We're going to rent a truck for one day to get the big stuff, but the rest has been back-and-forth with the minivan.  Huff, huff, huff.

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The Gaming Lounge / Titan Network and City of Heroes
« on: August 08, 2015, 10:34:21 AM »
I was just wondering if anyone's following the initiatives to resurrect City of Heroes, recreate it, and create it spiritual successors like City of Titans?

If not, here's the site: http://www.cohtitan.com/forum/

Sorry for the ad placement, but I am legitimately wondering if I'm the only one here hoping/waiting for these efforts.  In its last year, I was losing interest in City of Heroes yet I still went there just to visit, fly around, pick on AI-enemies, etc.  When they ended it, I tried to be okay with it because of that, but I've found myself missing it more and more.  I got the Icon program and Tequila downloader to play it offline, but all that does is create heroes, move around maps, spawn NPCs, and make them do stuff.  That's good for making photos, but I'm nowhere near good enough to make videos and I WANT MY CITY BACK!!!

Sorry.

Anyway, is anyone else following this?

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General Chit Chat / Digital Heartbreak
« on: July 28, 2015, 08:26:07 PM »
I've recently had a tragedy in my life.  My main 1TB external harddrive passed away last weekend.  It lasted me around 5 years (since my first deployment) and played its last moments on Ice Punch's computer while I gave her my WINMUGEN and spriting packages, then quietly coughed out (does 8-10 quick faint beeps and nothing else every time I plug it in; won't read at all).  The body remains in storage until I can recover its data.

I've emailed myself my books and scripts every time I updated them, my family videos and pics were all backed up on another drive (except for those from the last few months), and my fight comics exist here on GU (for as long as an update doesn't wipe them out), but all my spriting projects are gone.  The best price I can find for data recovery is about $400 (and a BIG maybe as to whether or not they can actually do it), which I have to save up for. 

Still, there are a few unrecoverable items like certain videos, pictures, all my spriting and comics base file, and backup programs.  It is kind of saddening, though I really expected to feel a lot worse.  Perhaps it's because I knew this kind of thing would happen.  Ever since my Zip Drive (remember those?) failed, I've accepted that all my hard work could disappear at any time.  My faith reminds me what hard work I should be doing, so that's another part that helps me move on.

Still.

RIP

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