Karimlan

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About Karimlan

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    Long Live The Villain

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    Metal music, martial arts, pro wrestling, various alcoholic substances, and coffee.
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    True Magnetic North

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    Thracia 776

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  1. SF Interviews 2.0 - Nominating #202

    Nothing much. Just relaxing and being bored. I've not followed the manga (much less the anime) at all, though I'm familiar with the Dio bit ("It was me") and recall playing a fighting game on the Playstation featuring characters from the manga years ago. You're okay, I guess. Yay butter! *high five* Mojave, to be sure. Black Forest cake (the original one that has cherry liqueur). That, or a really good mango cheesecake. I have, but I don't play it though. I play three atm: Fire Emblem Heroes, Granblue Fantasy, and Darkness Rises. They ought to have stopped with the first one. Machiavelli's The Prince. It's the 1953 biopic of Martin Luther. Victor von Doom. Wall-E. Not much of a Disney guy, sorry. Not really much of a mainline Fire Emblem meme, but in Heroes, Magic is Everything! Wolf. The Crissaegrim from Symphony of the Night. Hmmmmm..the cyberbrains in the Ghost in the Shell universe.
  2. Which of these would you rather do?

    The former. As comedian Ron White said, "You can't fix stupid." WYR eat tofu or baloney?
  3. Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer

    Pizza is a ringing endorsement for geometry and trigonometry. The horror!!!1 Who came up with the idea of "natural scent" deodorant?
  4. SF Interviews 2.0 - Nominating #202

    6. Minoru Suzuki will always be the benchmark by which I judge badassery by. Here you have a man who was trained by Karl Gotch, went into a proto-MMA promotion (Pancrase), and, during his stint there, handily defeated BOTH men who ended up being in the UFC (Ken and Frank Shamrock). He walks out to the ring with a song from the anime EX-Driver, and has been featured in a One Piece episode. You will not want to take a joint lock or choke from him, much less the Gotch-style Piledriver. 7. I've watched the first season, but I haven't gotten to seeing anything after that. I watched Penta el Zero/Pentagon Jr. lose to New Japan Pro's Kenny Omega at the All In PPV last September though. 8. History and literature. 9. Spicy. 10. Haven't kept abreast much of the news, but I've really steered clear of those games and their publishers (they suck, really).
  5. SF Interviews 2.0 - Nominating #202

    I do! My favorite has always been Surf Strike. It's set up like a cartoon from Chuck Jones-era Tom & Jerry and that's what had me hooked since. Apart from Awkward Zombie and Mutts, I don't follow a lot of them any more closely than a link here and there. Conversely, I've followed a whole lot of other newspaper comics (Archie, Beetle Bailey, Blondie, and such). Far and away though, what I always look out for every day is Gary Larson's The Far Side. Mole crickets, fried in vinegar, garlic and soy sauce. I've always thought it was a lubricant for prostitutes. Just kidding! I was fond of them as a kid. It looks promising, although a few more sneak peeks would have sufficed. Xenosaga I and II. Halfway into the third installment, my PS2 had filed its retirement, sadly. The Elric series by Michael Moorcock, most definitely. There are a few that come to mind: Mundus from the first Devil May Cry, Omega Weapon and Shinryu/Neo Shinryu from Final Fantasy V, Kefka's forms in Final Fantasy VI, and Xenogears' Deus. I'm not very comfortable with the retcons done, but then I guess art is not created in a vacuum, so I decided to extend my suspension of disbelief further. It would have to be Katamari Damacy and its spin-offs. I just didn't get the concept. If by this question you mean games whose themes lift from works of literature, it would have to be the Xenosaga games, that explore themes from the works of Jung and Nietzsche. My favorite historical figure/s would either be Gustave Gilbert or Leopold Alexander. One was known for his interviews with high-ranking Nazi officials after WWII, the other was the co-author of the Nuremberg Code that provides legal and ethical principles on human experimentation. I speak English and Filipino fluently. My German is fair-to-middlin' nowadays, while my French and Spanish is very, very rusty. England, The Netherlands, Germany and Singapore. Currently residing and working in Manila, Philippines. TONS. Etrian Odyssey, Xenoblade Chronicles, FE Echoes, and those are just the RPGs/SRPGs. I might be (re)purchasing a 3DS over the holidays so I can work on that backlog, but my next console purchase after that would probably be in the summer of 2019 (I'm planning to get a Nintendo Switch). Having grown up listening and watching a lot of standup comedy, it's difficult for me to pin down a favorite joke. Ditto for memes, since we pretty much have an organism in and of itself here that draws on pop culture and sorta apes itself to create content. So yeah, I don't really play favorites in comedy and memery (if there is even such a word). Reading. Video games are only as pervasive as long as you got power running, whereas you can never go wrong with paper. Things are okay, pretty much. Can't complain, Onizuka-kun :D Leather moccasins during workdays, Dr. Martens boots (the good ol' 1460 8-eye boot) on casual days. I've read Zelazny's works only sporadically through the years, like a couple books from the Corwin series and a book from the Merlin one, and I don't remember which. Stanley Kubrick, hands down. The man is a genius. I picked up a Boris album (Smile, IIRC) after I saw their collaboration with Sunn O))) in a music festival in NY. Got the next couple albums afterward too (New Album, and Heavy Rocks). Cake. No contest.
  6. Post a fact about the person above!

    Would just like to be called Al.
  7. SF Interviews 2.0 - Nominating #202

    Reading. And video games. They were both an escape. Cooking. I initially did not have the patience for it. I'd pay good money to see remakes of the following movies (all of which are adaptations from books): The Boys From Brazil, A Clockwork Orange, and Dr. Strangelove. Incidentally, Kubrick's genius on the latter two would be a tough act to follow, so I'm definitely gonna pay good money to find out if the remakes can fill Stanley's britches. Batman is an iconic superhero. He has gone through a lot of retooling through the years, and you can even argue that these retoolings reflect a facet of society and its ever-changing mores. Meeting the Princess of Mozzarella in a comic book/gaming convention. Hey! hanks for dropping by. I don't consider him much of a hero, but it would be John Constantine (Hellblazer). The appeal of a working-class mage/occultist is something I always have a hard time doing away with. Four games would be vying for that distinction in my books, at the very least: Xenogears, Earthbound, Ogre Battle, and Final Fantasy Tactics. I've traveled to Singapore, the Netherlands, England, and Germany (although I have stayed there much too short for my liking). I currently reside and work in the Philippines. I am not a big fan of the Doctor, but I'm starting now on the series that began in 2005. I've always had a mind to check out the Lunar and Phantasy Star games, but have never gotten to playing anything other than my "gateway games" for either: Silver Star Story Complete for the former, Phantasy Star Portable for the latter. To become a "citizen of the world," pretty much, absorbing from the cultures of the places I have gone and will go to, as much as possible. Most of the series' characters have well-written backstories to them, and I'm just hooked. I'm all for the gravitas. Found SF when I was looking for more info on the more latter-day FE games (Awakening and Fates). Started lurking in the forums a lot more when Heroes came out. I watch movies any time I'm not busy working or playing games, and a lot of all-time favorites come to mind (barring the aforementioned classics by Kubrick): Se7en, Jacob's Ladder, Being John Malkovich, and Angel Heart, to name but a few. Currently, I am rewatching Good Night, and Good Luck. There are a few more that come to mind, apart from the ones I've mentioned on @IfIHadToPickADude's question: a couple of Ray Bradbury's works (Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes), a couple of Kurt Vonnegut's works (Mother Night and Breakfast of Champions), Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion series, and most of Salman Rushdie's and Umberto Eco's works.
  8. Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer

    It's no stranger than people, by nature, actually are. Chill. After a flood, where do all the rowboats go?
  9. Sonic would have to keep at least one gold ring to avoid being dead broke. Which may pose trouble for exact transactions.
  10. Post a fact about the person above!

    Might need a stylist.
  11. SF Interviews 2.0 - Nominating #202

    Good, you're taking advantage of the quota. :D I'm gonna rattle off a few here. I thought I was not going to like Bravely Default for the Nintendo 3DS, but I ended up enjoying it a whole lot. I love and hate the creative direction that the Tekken fighting games have taken, particularly with the DLCs. I can understand gamers wanting to pit two badass villains like Kazuya Mishima and Geese Howard against one another, but the addition of Negan from The Walking Dead and Noctis from Final Fantasy XV? I'm still scratching my head on those two things. If someone is interested in picking up, say, Ghost in the Shell, I would offer up glowing recommendations to the '95 OVA, and to Stand-Alone Complex/Stand-Alone Complex 2nd GiG. Corollary to the previous query: I'd advise them to steer clear of the live-action movie and the Arise series...at least until they've watched the earlier stuff. Rattling off a few opinions as well: I used to play Magic: The Gathering (from Beta Unlimited to the Stronghold expansion—that spans a period of about 4-5 years from 1993-1998). I still try to keep abreast of the mechanics, but I no longer own decks. Used to play Risk and Warhammer 40K as well. Depends on the context of the film/anime. There are movies that draw upon a certain level of embellishment on their fight scenes (see the Undisputed series of movies starring Scott Adkins) and still get away with them, while countless other fail miserably (Blade II comes to mind, with Wesley Snipes trying to do these pro-wrestling moves that seemingly fall a tad out of place, or are otherwise tastelessly done). I doubt I'd ever be able to out-bench press Bartre, so I'll most probably hook up with either Effie or Stahl on an all-you-can-eat buffet. "You never know." It would certainly have helped me relax a lot more.
  12. SF Interviews 2.0 - Nominating #202

    Guten Tag! It would have to be puzzle games. I could solve a couple of them, but I don't realty have the patience. Out of all the bands I listed in answering @IfIHadToPickADude's question, it would be a tie between Incantation, Kreator, and Darkthrone. These three would be my veritable "gateway bands" to the main subgenres (as it were) of metal—death, thrash, and black metal. Incantation (from Pennsylvania) have this menacingly murky and foreboding sound to go with the atonal guitar riffs, Kreator (who hail from Essen) were as much an influence to be as Slayer would be for people my age during the time thrash metal was being played a whole lot (yup, you have thrash bands coming from San Francisco on one hand, and harder-edged bands from Germany in the other), and Norway's Darkthrone's otherworldly soundscapes paved the way for my subsequent forays into the more "Necro" stuff. Classical music, Delta blues, and rock. Besides Wacken, in Schleswig-Holstein? :D I'd like to visit Japan, Sweden, Norway, and France (in no particular order). I'd like to see more of Germany too, as I've only just been to Frankfurt and Munich (sadly, not during Oktoberfest, but it still did not stop me from getting my fill of the best sausages and beer). There's Thracia 776, which seems to be ballyhooed by a lot of people :P For non-FE games, methinks it would be Final Fantasy V, just because of the ragequit-inducing difficulty.
  13. The Last To Post Wins!

    Some person necroposted on a Serious Discussion thread and was talking about his kinks lol
  14. The Last To Post Wins!

    Manila looks to be no better, so heyyy. XD
  15. The Last To Post Wins!

    I watch NXT from the WWE Network and that's it. I'm really not too fond of the main brands.