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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 49: Discussion
« on: November 24, 2017, 05:21:48 am »
Oh don't misunderstand, I'm not saying I want someone like Glyph to off themselves. The exact opposite actually. I'm saying "feeling remorseful" doesn't tend to go well with "staying alive." Even though typically remorseless characters are likely the ones that everyone wants to kill off in either case.

Unless they've got an axe to grind. I've been watching Hollywood try to defend these molesters, and it's a prudish standard for us common folk but for Weinstein, who probably is unrepentant of all the people who screwed (literally), they defend him because they owe their jobs to him.

Also, I really really hate Moby. Even though Crest kinda does need to understand that his early behavior to Maytag wasn't cool. He was kinda all "let's make out" even after she was like... actually, I need to re-read this part to see if Crest remotely deserves any of this, but I'm gonna bet odds on "not a chance in hell."

Gasp, I knew it! Crest is evil.  ;D It looks like the only thing Crest is guilty of is being too decent (not a compliment, he basically told her that she's scum for cheating on her boyfriend).   

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 49: Discussion
« on: November 23, 2017, 08:03:05 pm »
Ironically, I think life is two unhealthy extremes.

To loosely paraphrase the Bible there is the person who says they are without sin (who "deceives themselves") basically an arrogant jerk who can never admit their faults. Alot of the reason people shy away from churches is because there are entirely too many moral Pharisee types here. This is why Jesus, if they were here today, probably wouldn't attend church.
But that's not the whole story. One of the first things God says after humans eat that fruit (it's not actually an apple), is "who told you that you were naked?" Now this sounds like a throwaway line but it's not. The implication here is that (without the fruit) they would not have a superego telling them "I'm naked, I should be ashamed!" Honestly, guilt's most of sin right there, not the action itself.

In science, the superego is often held up as a moral paragon, while the id and ego are looked upon as lesser drives. But tbh, if we had a little less misplaced guilt and more "this was definitely wrong, but I'll see what I can do" less people would commit suicide. Which is why I don't share your optimism about people who show regret dying or being punished. Yes they shouldn't be, but honestly, most punishment is actually self-inflicted.

From my life, 2/3 of it was, despite not being Catholic (like the link above), a struggle with working to prove myself, constantly falling short, and feeling miserable led me to an eventual struggle with depression. It was only after I read two secular books (why I don't believe in "holy" books anymore, my healing was not from the hotel Gideon but from the psych section) which helped me significantly: When Panic Attacks and The Gifts of Imperfection. Both were saying exactly the same thing, that humans spend entirely too much energy trying to be perfect, and measure up to others.

For my work the day before Thanksgiving, we had to mark notecards with a green dot and stick them into packs or 20. Between OCD counting and recounting these damned cards for quantity, and and the fact that my coworker seemed to be flying through this while my hands were fumbling through each card trying to unstick them from the pile, it was slow going. I got screwed up precisely because I started to compare myself to her. But the point is, I was thankful we got the job done regardless.

It's easy to beat yourself up and stuff but that's part of despair.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 49: Discussion
« on: November 22, 2017, 03:15:09 pm »
A woman needs a suicide like a fish needs a bicycle.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 49: Discussion
« on: November 20, 2017, 05:36:55 pm »
I'll say it again. There is something not right about these three.

Individually, these seem like separate actions. But all of these served to string Regina and Crest along, to get them to join up in this "investigation." It feels more like a Body Snatcher plot to me. Like at some point, they get their fangs in (so to speak) and try to change them into their way of thinking. 

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 49: Discussion
« on: November 17, 2017, 08:34:02 pm »
Yeah, they're giving the Phalanx a bad name. Or, if they were just hypnotized to act this way, they merely look weak. So, pretty much anyone besides Q'talda and that elderly guy who was able to resist Suspiria's hypnotism (but still died afair) reminds me of this:

Maybe it's because the Phalanx had to be replaced almost entirely, so now there's a bunch of Noobs in power.

Are we in fact sure that Suspiria has hypnotism? Crest believes this, but Crest is also getting fooled by this weirdness. For that matter...
This question remains. Not only is Suspiria in a position that her revenge couldn't be justified even with a confession, but it basically shows her as more confused than her allies.
And this. Only thing that makes sense, Suspiria wasn't hypnotizing anyone, because she was controlled too.

Another thought.
Using scams and accomplices. I don't believe Mr. Smoker Guy is a bad, I think he's a dupe too. However...
  • Who led the party to that weird inn? (Glyph)
  • Who led them to the town of Convergence? (Vennice) Who asked for this info? (Glyph again)
  • Who verified the story of the parents when Mr. Smoker Guy believed he saw them for years? (Glyph, Vennice, Moby)
  • Who tried to seduce him?(Moby) And Regina? (Glyph)

We currently don't know what is in fact going on, but it seems like they aren't as innocent as they appear.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 49: Discussion
« on: November 16, 2017, 02:39:52 am »
Also, honestly, Regina is a better match than Moby for Crest. It seems like these matchups are designed for their rape leve vs anything else.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 49: Discussion
« on: November 07, 2017, 08:27:49 am »
You can't be a bearer, there is only one sword. Erm, pen knife.  ;D

But yeah, never let someone else's moral code get in the way of someone you love. Jill sounded really sweet.

It seems like my curse is that I whenever I do meet someone, inevitably they look 18 but are actually closer to 14, have a boyfriend somewhere far away, or they like me but not interested in anything serious.

I have someone I am into, but of course, they're moving away. Eventually.

Update: This is about politics, so I'll try to tone it down.

So, in my state, we had a vote on several governors and such. Yes, I am aware most people smear the republican candidate as a racist, because he was defending "racist statues." I'm sorry, but I believe I do know something about history since I majored in it. Lee wasn't a racist. It doesn't matter. What this is actually at stake is, "should this become a state that believes it is okay to behave like thugs and ignore rule of law (what they did is vandalism)." This is also a vote for higher taxes and unionization, which makes our bad economy even worse. And I know that most of the state in terms of districts actually voted conservative. I know because I have looked at the district map of Virginia and it looks incredibly red (he and the other lost because of big cities and the fact that our state is population rigged). So no, it isn't as if everyone stood and was like bulma sucks.

But it feels exactly like that. That the "town" (the state) is filled with people that there is something wrong with. And there is something wrong with me. I am filled with fear. Fear of my beloved state changing into something I cannot stand. Fear of all the customers gloating about politics like insufferable twits and me being like "get out NOW." Fear of something happening with my town. All I actually ever wanted was a nice quiet life. To be married to someone kinda normal. To settle down. Not to have a stress ulcer at age 35, or have my small town turned into some kind of suburb. I have to act calm tomorrow and I honestly just want to stay home and say fuck it. I literally cannot afford my insurance and do not want expanded mandatory insurance. I just want everything to go away...  :(

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 49: Discussion
« on: November 06, 2017, 05:20:44 am »
It's basically... all of us have stories we want to tell, either fiction or nonfiction.

Mine's largely fiction, though sort of autobiographical.

I was standing new a church one day, looking at a field of wheat and super-tired. I had this daydream of a girl standing in a white robe, carrying a sword. It was sort of Asian style usually either a katana or a Chinese sword, and the end of the handle usually had a chain tied to it, which had a heart attached, usually broken. The heart, not the chain.

When I wrote an RPG game, Oracle of Tao, this became part of the mythos. The girl became Anideshi, a sort of nature hero, that was cursed with reincarnation. Further backstory says this sword isn't even hers. The sword was possessed by an angel Cassiel (the Angel of Sorrow, of course) but it wasn't made by her. It was made by Yomi, the Reaper of Death, who originally used it as a tool. This doesn't come out until playing my second rpg, Tales from the Reaper. To spoil alot, one of the last chapters, Yomi and Seishii (Reaper of Birth, Reapers in this game are less killers of humansd and more like backstage crew of existence, the garden variety psychopomps are called Pales and are former humans) decide they love each other, and to keep existence from being destroyed, they agree to reincarnate a bunch. Yomi then, is actually Anideshi, which means she is rightful owner of the sword.

Now, about this sword. It's basically a sword that causes death. Hence the name. But it's also a sword of regret, which can revive others from death. And the chain extends allowing it to wrap around stuff.

The Sword of Sorrow, in the myth, actually turns out to be the "source of sorrow" as it is a corrupted phrase. The Sword symbolizes sorrow possessed by its  wielder, and its source. What is the source of sorrow, then? In game, it turns out to be loneliness I think. Which is another way  of saying that for much of my adult life, I was extremely depressed and viewed myself as cursed with loneliness. The Sword of Sorrow can also turn into a Sword of Love, because it's effectively the feelings of love/loneliness within the heart.

Curiously, besides the games I wrote, the sword actually exists. It's a letter opener! Back when I visited China we brought back a tiny letter opener that was modeled after a chinese sword, and I attached a chain I found somewhere to the other end, along with a heart made of rose quartz I got from part of a pendant. The sword usually tied closed by its own chain. I'll see if I can post a picture. Technically it's Bearer not Wielder, as I've never used this in any way. I also have a legit katana that I could probly get a jeweler or something to attach a long chain to.

Also, there is a Wuxia show online, called Legend of the Ancient Sword. The sword doesn't have any of the same characteristics, but is called the Sword of Burning Solitude. It's close, but this is kinda a fire sword, while the Sword of Sorrow is water and darkness mostly. Still, it's a fun show to watch.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 49: Discussion
« on: October 31, 2017, 04:54:22 am »
I feel this way all the time.

Update: If she starts eating glass, everyone should probably leave.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 49: Discussion
« on: October 26, 2017, 03:23:57 am »
They're almost like zombies. I think Regina must have knocked over a glass container of... something just to watch him crunching away.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 49: Discussion
« on: October 22, 2017, 11:06:15 pm »
Next she'll start eating ghlass.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 49: Discussion
« on: October 18, 2017, 04:35:19 pm »
Flipside forum keeps timing out, I think there is a glitch.

This scene made me think of this.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 49: Discussion
« on: October 17, 2017, 05:40:29 am »
Regina: Welp it's been fun but... gotta go.

:zooms outta there:

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 49: Discussion
« on: October 15, 2017, 01:36:13 am »
I initially thought the guy hoimself broke and reformed. But I'll keep that idea on the back biurner, and say the reason he:s bending down is that a wine or beer bottle broke (why hes bending over).

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 49: Discussion
« on: October 06, 2017, 03:29:11 am »
I'm not sure it's mind control either. I think some of the more perspective wizards (not necessarily stronger, tho Suspiria could) are able to sense something weird. Crest can't, explaining his behavior. It's some kinda reality ripple.

Like timeline 1: Crest is too shy to ask anyone out, Suspiria's parents were killed, Regina was dating what's his name, Bloody Mary killed 3 ppl, town looks one way.

Timeline 2: Crest is a hottie who has never had conversation troubles, Suspiria's parents were alive, Regina wanted to date Maytag instead, Bloody Mary kills more ppl, town changes.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 49: Discussion
« on: October 05, 2017, 06:06:43 am »
I dunno.

Crest is definitely the wrong guy for Maytag. Too sort of by the book, not noble like Bern either, he kinda was a hanger on. And then when May told about her real self she totally would accept her.

Crest is kinda right for Suspiria, if she can detox herself from the seed's influence. It made her revenge crazy, and possibly crazy for real, given how she remembered her past. Right now she's out of the picture.

Dice would be okay for Crest. But he didn't stick around with her.

Moby is kinda wrong for Crest, unless she has hidden dimensions, because she just struck me as a girl who was interested in the conquest and upset that she couldn't get it.

I believe Regina could be right for Crest, and vice versa. But's sorta the "the right time the wrong me" deal. You know that song right? Crest is basically still pining over the past one and kinda in a "to be continued" relationship, because the one with Suspiria was never "it's over, I don't like horny women."  ;D So, Regina she's sweet and she's real, but Crest still sees Suspiria as a working long distance relationship. Unless Crest goes back to that area (I'm projecting my own experiences with a coworker who's sorta a female Crest), and stays for long enough to be like "you know what, this isn't like I remember it", Regina won't have a good chance. And unless Crest opens up,he'll be like that for every girl he meets.

Misherard lyrics are wonderful. Apparently they say it's " to roll to me".

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 49: Discussion
« on: September 26, 2017, 05:47:43 am »
Yeah, but... part of being a good man is being real.

A great deal of men I have basically not empathy for, because they try to act tough, never open up, and never show any kind of vulnerability. Being transfeminine/genderfluid/whatever, this is pretty much the reason I almost exclusively prefer women. Masculinity should be about protecting the family. A good man goes out and makes sure his woman is safe, is kind and gentle, possibly quiet, and isn't afraid to talk about something that scares him. This is something like my grandfather, and kind of the model of an ideal man. My dad, on the other hand, while far from being a macho type, kinda characterizes this sort of big oaf archetype.

I read some book called The Green Man, which was basically about how masculinity has become toxic, because it it has created a sort of macho culture that creates people who aren't whole. Boys. While traditionally, the male was hunter and defender, and actually a real match for a woman, because they had feelings other than just anger. Men. I have no use for boys, so I'd prefer a woman who has her stuff together to anything but a decent guy (aren't many of those).

Regina is a kind and sensitive girl. He would win more points by not pretending he's never been shy when not too long ago, he had to work up the nerve to ask someome out.

Regina is referrimng to page 6, when there were only three.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 49: Discussion
« on: September 25, 2017, 05:38:35 pm »
I believe someone's pants are on fire.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 49: Discussion
« on: September 06, 2017, 07:50:45 pm »
Huh? Wasn't Crest there for Bloody Mary?

That he asks this about the horns, ignoring the obvious option of Bloody Mary suggests somehow his memory has been altered. Especially because he met Suspiria fighting Bloody Mary, and seems to equate her other activities with cannibalism.

As part of a huge coincidence, I was researching Brahma as part of a study of Hinduism like two seconds ago.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Intermission 32: Discussion
« on: August 22, 2017, 05:20:56 am »
Sailor Saturn was practically this extreme.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Intermission 32: Discussion
« on: August 16, 2017, 05:54:42 am »
Pfffft, more than slightly amused at the choice of intermission. Particularly since I have seen the majority of the Sailor Moon series. And that "help someone shot his face off" part.  :o

Flipside Discussion / Re: Mistake Thread
« on: August 10, 2017, 10:54:05 pm »
Skipped 57.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: August 10, 2017, 05:26:53 am »
Honestly I doubt that cat should have a gender at all, like a sort of guardian spirit-type thing or even a sort of machine/robot created just for this purpose (even his/her name gives a slight hint). Really looking forward to finding out what Lehm means with "setting the truth free".

Robots are the only things with an it gender (it is an object), fairies or spirits tend to be his/her interchangeable gender, some people in the LGBT have adopted the they singular gender label but in a story this would work best for a character like Yugi Moto of Yu-gi-oh or Sora from KH where multiple souls are in the same body (and those cases usually they just call that person him or her based on physical gender).

Seems like the truth is scared to be set loose right now.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: August 09, 2017, 04:39:26 am »
Honestly, if CS3 says it's not important, it's not important. I'm genderfluid and although I prefer female pronouns, biologically I'm male. Legally, my license says female, and someone here calls me Miss Briefs.

Without looking under the cat, we won't know, and it is hard to tell from the voice. If Eye called the cat him and her interchangeably, that would be okay with me. It adds to his/her weirdness. I'm not sure the cat should be an it, though (as Maytag said). Plus there are two panels addressing the cat's femaleness, and two panels (May and Eye in the recent comic) where the cat is called he. Either way it takes a chunk out of the story to typecast a cat that doesn't need a box.

Also, way to pull at our heartstrings Brion! We kinda know the answer, unless either Eye wanders forever on the outskirts, or lives in an a house nearby the town, or just says fuck it and goes into the town to terrorize oit.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: August 01, 2017, 05:05:52 am »
By the characters or by us?

Technically I think in one comic, it mentioned it was female. But people keep forgetting. Including Eye, who calls the cat him. And when first introduced on page 56 she. May asks if the cat is a girl cat, and CS3 says "It's not important."

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: July 24, 2017, 05:35:38 pm »
I dunno about that. Alot of people have oddities to them. Supposedly, Buddhist monks can dry clothing through body heat. This world is a weirder place than most of us think.

Anyway, why do I think Eye and Miss Kitty are likely to get categorized as "magic" and stopped at the gate?

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: July 22, 2017, 07:57:34 pm »
Well, not all of it.

My memory is actually very poor, it just works in a weird way.

You know how some people like Moss have weird abilities? Well, I kinda have one too. :o

Essentially, my visual memory is fairly good (I actually memorized the table for an economics page and reproduced it perfectly, along with a map of the regions of China for another test). Things that I see, I can usually recall, and I have the ability to connect things in strange ways forming visual symbolic patterns. My memory of other information types however is terrible, such that despite practicing for days, I cannot recite lines for drama.
 And I have memory of dreams that appear kinda to happen in the future, then I forget them, and then a week before it happens, I get a sense of deja vu. I can sorta compare to such dreams to be like "this is/this is not how it happened before" based on my personal actions and their effect on upcoming events. My long term memory however as a result is bad, very bad, because I have no real grasp of whether anything in my life has happened before. I also cannot remember most of my childhood before age ten. Kinda like my brain somehow got front-loaded, so I have memory that most people shouldn't have, and as a result it ate another part of my brain.  :P 

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: July 20, 2017, 05:11:45 am »
It might be an ambush, but in terms of them getting to where they're going, we actually know this place.

Definitely part of the path to where they need to get.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: July 13, 2017, 03:18:43 am »
Yeah, excuse the hell out of me.... Maytag continues to shock and amaze me EVERY TIME... what a remarkable woman!

So yeah, very intriguing questions but you missed one... how did young eye gain the 'gift/curse' in the first place? Who passed on to her and why HER specifically?  Also why must Anyone bear it at all?

Ohhhhh. "A person like You?" Uh oh.

Something tells me that this isn't really a curse. I won't give away my thoughts, except to hint.

 It's an anchor. And Eye's perky personality is a large portion of why she was chosen. May isn't ideal because of her past.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: July 12, 2017, 06:45:27 pm »
Not necessarily so.  Maytag may not be offering to inherit the curse.. but what she IS doing is giving voice to questions about Eye's future that Eye.. up an until now has never thought of or questioned.  Maytag is not asking the questions for herself.. but to get Eye to ponder them!

Again, May never does things without a reason. We shall see what she intends to do with the curse, if she does plan to inherit it. Which begs the other question, why can't Miss Kitty take the curse herself? She can obviously provide for herself, and doesn't seem to care about being alone, given that she has probably watched after a few of these. Or just pass it on to the first unfortunate soul? What is so precious about it that an innocent child has to be tortured by loneliness all her life?

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