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    Physics, Electromagnetism, RC Helicopters, Drones, Warhammer 40k

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  1. As others have pointed out, they keep on changing the names of the summoned creatures from one FF title to the next. Given that each FF game (except the hyphenated series) takes place in its own Universe, I really don't see anything wrong with that.
  2. Electromagnetism sounds like a fun interest. I am trying my best to understand alternating current, transformers, relays (that is pretty much direct current switches), and more. As part of my old telephone collection and interests in how they work.

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      Old telephone electronics are definitely a good way to get started.  Everything should be low frequency enough to work with.  You probably want to pick up a 20 MHz oscilloscope if you don't already have one.  You can often get those for around $20 used and the should be fast enough for the sort of stuff you are doing.

      I just started reading Collective Electrodynamics by Carver Mead, which is a really interesting theoretical approach to electromagnetism if you are interested in that end.  Haven't had that much time to read it yet because I am busy with other responsibilities though.

  3. Best games of the decade: 2010: Civilization V 2011: Deus Ex: Human Revolution 2012: X-Com Enemy Unknown, FTL 2013: Stardrive 2015: Cities: Skylines, Kerbal Space Program, Heroes of the Storm, Stardrive 2 2016: Overwatch, X-Com 2, Civilization 6, Stellaris, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Total War: Warhammer 2017: Divinity Original Sin 2, Prey 2018: Warhammer: Vermintide 2 2019: Age of Wonders: Planetfall Overall: Civilization V, honorable mentions for Divinity Original Sin 2 and Overwatch.
  4. One of the great advantages of PC gaming is the near infinite backwards compatibility of the platform. With a PC, you basically have access to the entire catalog of PC games going all the way back to the DOS era, and there are a great many classics that are still worth playing: Deus Ex, Master of Magic, Heroes of Might and Magic, Ultima, Baldur's Gate, Civilization, etc. As long as you are not insistent on playing the most recent titles at the highest graphics settings, a budget PC should serve you well.
  5. FYI: You don't get any money for landing on "Free Packing". Stick to that rule and the game will progress faster. Now if you really want to play a game that last all day, might I suggest Twilight Imperium.
  6. That is because in the U.S. progressives are called liberals, hence liberal vs. conservative, while liberals are called libertarians. It does tend to make things rather confusing.
  7. Ok, I need to stick up for Atlanta International Airport. I have always found that place well run and well laid out, especially for its size. The layout is just five or six concourses, all of which are just straight lines, and all of which are all perpendicular to a central underground spin. You can walk between any of the concourses through the spine, which contains an optional tram if you need to cover large distances quickly. Getting anywhere in that airport can be done in three turns. Turn towards the spine, walk to and enter the spine, turn towards the correct concourse, walk or tram to the concourse, upon entering the concourse turn to the one of only two directions your gate lies in walk to the gate. Also, the whole airport lies behind one security checkpoint, once you are behind said checkpoint you can move freely throughout the entire airport without any impediments. That being said, there are two airports that I despise: Orlando-International Airport There are two big problems with this airport. The first is it has got to have one of the worst TSA security checkpoints I have ever encountered. There always seems to be a long, snaking, backed up lines of travelers waiting to have their 4th Amendment Rights violated, and the TSA employees always seemed to be in a foul mood. This is an airport you need to come at least 30 minutes early just to get through security, although I would suggest getting an their an hour early, unless you have TSA pre-check. The other problem is the trams. You know how I said the trams were optional for Atlanta airport, well not here. There are two trams servicing each of four concourses. The thing is, one of the two trams for a given concourse always seems to be out of service. So after waiting in the TSA line, get ready to wait in another because the single tram servicing the concourse is backed up. And I hope you don't have to change concourses, because they recently modified the tram exit in the central terminal to force passengers immediately out of the security checkpoint area, so even if you want to go from one tram to the tram that is literally adjacent to it, you have to go through the security check point again, not to mentioned waiting for not one but two tram rides. Seriously, I don't think I could come up with a worse airport layout if I tried. It isn't like it is that big of an airport either, it is just laid out stupid! Ronald Reagan International Airport Ok, this airport isn't stupidly laid out like Reagan, its problem is simple; it's just too small. This airport has got to be carrying the air traffic of a terminal four times is size. Nothing is sufficient for the number of travelers in this airport, not the waiting area, not the restrooms, and not the eateries. And its concourses are all isolated from each other by security checkpoints, and the areas behind each security checkpoint are tiny and horribly overcrowded. Don't even get me started about the X gates, where you have take buses out to airplanes standing on the runway because, just like everything else, there aren't enough gates for the air traffic. They honestly need to be routing a lot of this air traffic through Baltimore-Washington International instead, as this airport simply isn't equipped to handle the amount of air traffic and passengers it receives. As a bonus, it is located in downtown D.C., so just getting to and from this airport is a problem in and of itself.
  8. I have watched all TNG, DS9 and Voyager and some of TOS and Enterprise. I haven't watched any of Discovery because I refuse to pay for CBS All Access. TNG is easily the best series and contain some absolutely brilliant episodes, while DS9 and TOS would be second and third. For anyone who hasn't watched Star Trek, only DS9 and the third season of Enterprise are serialized, everything else is stand-alone, so you don't need any previously background to enjoy an episode of TNG. In fact, I would recommended skipping the first season of TNG entirely, that season isn't actually that good and you can easily get burned out on it before reaching the good stuff. As far as Star Trek movies go, I have seen all of them except Beyond. Sadly, most Star Trek movies are notoriously bad, although there are a couple of really good ones. Everybody should watch The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country, those two movies are absolutely masterpieces. The other two good ones are The Voyage Home and First Contact. The remaining TOS movies are various unique versions of bad, and for some reason Paramount seemed to have zero confidence in TNG despite its amazing run when bringing TNG to theaters, so every single TNG movie was made into a bizarre action movie where Captain Picard runs around punching people. J.J. Abrams apparently thought that was a good idea, so he remade the TOS universe into a series of movies where Kirk and Spock run around punching people. Overall there just seems to be a lot of mindlessly punching people in the newer incarnations of Star Trek. As for Star Wars, just stick to the original trilogy. It's better that way. TNG also includes such gems a Darmok, Yesterday's Enterprise, Best of Both Worlds, Tapestry and All Good Things. This series just had some absolutely phenomenal episodes. It is such a shame that Paramount decided the best way to capstone all of this was to have Picard run Shinzon through with a spear. Talk about missing the point of the series!
  9. I have many: Ocarina of Time was a relatively weak entry into the Zelda series, being surpassed both by its predecessors; including the original, Link to the Past and Link's Awakening, and its successors; including Majora's Mask, Windwaker, Twilight Princess and Breath of the Wild. I don't consider it to be the worst Zelda though, that honor belongs to Spirit Tracks. Final Fantasy 9 was a weak entry into the Final Fantasy series, suffering from tedious combat, lack of character customization options and a plot where the characters do bugger all until the end of the story. It is easily inferior of Final Fantasy 7. Of course we all know that Final Fantasy 6 is the best FF, and that Kefka is that best villain. Civilization 5 is the best entry into the series to date, surpassing both Civilization 4 and Civilization 6. The one-unit-per-tile system implemented for combat was nothing short of brilliant, and global happiness was a solid mechanic for preventing settler span. Paradox grand strategy games are obtuse, bloated and poorly designed. Paradox's best games are actually Cities: Skylines and the newly released Age of Wonders: Planetfall. The 2017 release of Prey is a absolutely phenomenal video game that easily surpasses all of the Bioshocks as a spiritual successor to System Shock 2. Divinity: Original Sin 2 is easily the best RPG of the past 5 years, if not the past decade, surpassing even the likes of Breath of the Wild. Overwatch is another gaming masterpiece and easily surpasses Team Fortress 2. Heroes of the Storm is superior to both League of Legends and DOTA 2. Super Mario Brothers 3 is still the best Mario game to date, yes even better than Super Mario World. Super Mario 64 is overrated, possessing relatively sparse and empty environments and a repetitive gather the star mechanic. Super Mario Kart 64, on the other hand, still has the best battle mode of any Mario Kart. Not counting the wretched business practices surrounding it (see always online connections and real money auction house), Diablo 3 was a clear improvement over Diablo 2.
  10. I would imagine Hawaii wouldn't experience summer or winter as we understand it, or would experience much milder seasons than normal. Of course Florida is the ultimate state for having no seasons. You have summer and mild summer.
  11. There are definitely some good ones out there. I am a big fan of Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm. And if you have a tight group of friends, I great many games have competitive or co-op multiplayer options. I recently finished a co-op game of Divinity Original Sin 2 with some friends and now what are playing Baldur's Gate 2 Enhanced Edition together. It is an old game but definitely a good one.
  12. Form a militia and then find and shoot the idiot who put the purge into law during the first purge. I suspect I would find a lot of volunteers.
  13. I don't know about MrEnter of Lily Peet, but reviewing is basically a full time job for the Nostalgia Critic that actually does pay his bills. Heck, he almost built himself something of a small media empire a while back called That Guy With the Glasses / Channel Awesome but he apparently botched the management of Channel Awesome and now Channel Awesome is just the Nostalgia Critic. So yea, it can be a serious full time job.
  14. I'm independent as I don't approve of either of the major political parties. I can't seem to ever find a candidate who isn't engaged in some combination of undermining people's civil liberties, running up the national debt or engaging in stupid overseas conflicts. And both parties do this all while real problems are ignored. Where are the politicians who are willing to address the War on Drugs, the massive prison population, our aforementioned mounting debts, our bizarre militaristic foreign policy, our broken health care system (I suppose Obama at least tried, but forcing us to purchase insurance from the health cartels that likely caused the problem in the first place on pain of fine isn't how you correct the situation), our hyper-paranoid War on Terror or any other problem that actually matter? Heck, even something as simple as reforming the TSA so I am not treated like a convicted felon whenever I want to board a plane would be nice. The actual platforms of both parties at present just seem to be filled with so much nothing. Not to call you out specifically but this level of Trump hatred is something I just don't understand. Trump isn't what I would consider to be a good president and many of his ideas like The Wall are absolutely asinine, but Trump has got absolutely nothing on George W. Bush when it comes horrible public policy. Bush brought us the War in Iraq, the USA Patriot Act, "Intensive Interrogations", NSA warrantless spying, extralegal drone strikes, the concept of an "enemy combatant", military tribunals via the Military Commissions Act, the No-Fly List, the TSA and probably another dozen things I have forgotten about. Remind me again what Trump has done that even remotely compares to this? Shitposting on Twitter? Honestly, the worst thing I can say about Trump is that he has run up the debt, something all of our recent Presidents have done.
  15. Another one for Batman & Robin. I honestly don't get the backlash against this one. The Burton/Schumacher Batman movies were ridiculous and cartoony starting with Batman Returns, but for some reason nobody got crossed about it until Batman & Robin. And at least Batman & Robin didn't have any of the cringey Penguin and Catwomen romance scenes. Anybody remember those scenes?