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14th Dec 2016, 11:44 AM #1
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I did mine a while ago, surprisingly enough. (I'm never this early. :P)
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Wait.

There are honestly places on the internet where a woman would have their work questioned on their gender alone?

...I have lived a very sheltered life.
It's called "born and raised on ComicFury".
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14th Dec 2016, 11:33 AM #3
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Depending on your class, you may or may not need to listen to the teacher lecturing. (If lecture notes are available online, you probably do not, for instance. If the teacher repeats themselves yet you got it the first time, you don't need to waste your time listening again.) So figure out what to spend that time on--in-class is an excellent time to work on homework, for instance.

You need to do the homework not done in class the moment the class ends (or as close to as possible)--tackle it immediately to make sure it doesn't pile up. Again, though, depending on your class, you may be able to submit the work late or you may be forced to submit it exactly on time or you may be able to submit the work late at a penalty cost. I'd avoid the penalty cost, it really adds up over the whole course.

Depending on your learning style, you may need to take different approaches: verbal learners need to closely listen to what's being said, so pay attention and memorize anything sounding important. If you're a tactile learner, jotting down quick notes will help memory retention somewhat, but if the lecturer is too fast, you're probably best just reading the required material from textbooks.

Speaking of textbooks: depending on your class, they may or may not be a complete waste of money. Some teachers use nothing from the books. Others have their lectures be ripped page by page from the book. (So you can just read the book to have listened to the lecture, or vice-versa.) Most fall somewhere in-between: skim the book and look for key phrases that are in relationship to the homework.

Many tests these days are becoming open-book--exploit that when you can.
If a quiz allows you to answer a question and then come back to the question, exploit this feature: finish the quiz quickly by jotting down your first instinct in answers, and then mechanically run through them one-by-one until you're confident you're right. This way, if you ever run short on time, you can submit what at worst would be a blind guess, which is better than nothing.

College won't penalize wrong answers--simply not award points for them. College does reward right answers, though. So that's why contrary to high school, you aim to answer everything, even if you barely can squeeze it all in.
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Aside from browse the forums?
Aside from browsing CF's many many many many many comics?
Aside from spending time on the strudelboard?
Aside from hanging out on CF's chatzy?
Aside from playing forum games?
Aside from drawing?

...Well, I guess I could think of something......
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14th Dec 2016, 11:18 AM #5
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Fun fact: I used to compile them at one time.

I had every one saved up, not sure if I uploaded them all, which means that some might be lost to the ages since they were removed at a later time.
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14th Dec 2016, 11:13 AM #6
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Oh hey there Cosmo! I remember picking up your comic, Lily!

To everyone who hasn't, they should really go check it out! It neat.

Trust me, worth your time to read. ^_^

Nice to see you finally on the forums. I do hope you'll enjoy your time on here. :)

You've proooooooooooooooobably noticed we're a pretty kind bunch of people on here, and there's plenty more where that comes from. ;)

Welcome to the forums!
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14th Dec 2016, 11:10 AM #7
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Hello, Chris!

The first warning on wanting to know how we think:

DEAR GOD DON'T EVER WANT TO KNOW HOW WE THINK.

If you do, you'll end up as one of us.

One of us.

...Wait, you're on ComicFury.
I guess it's already too late.

Oh.

Well then.

Second warning on wanting to know how we think: it's weird so welcome to having a permanently weird brain, you've acquired one by being here.

Third warning: be prepared to be killed by kindness on here, since while we're a bunch of oddballs, we're also some REALLY loving oddballs who really like to see all the new faces and give them lots of love. <3 (In our own ComicFury way.)
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14th Dec 2016, 11:06 AM #8
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Helpful hint, as a fellow took-a-year-planning-and-procrastinating:

When you actually start your comic, make sure the planning part ACTUALLY outweighs the procrastinating part. :P

I've made that mistake for my comic. (Just a little bit.)
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14th Dec 2016, 11:02 AM #9
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So before I make a move, question:
Is she shooting the grenade, or Ruby?
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14th Dec 2016, 10:55 AM #10
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E-hero Vulven:Non-binary talk didn't become such a a hot topic until recent years with the growth of websites like Tumblr. I just find it amusing. I don't mean to sound insensitive but what is it about today's (pop)culture that makes people think like this vs. 20+ years ago?
The same can be said of literally any non-cisgendered/non-heterosexual/non-white group.

What changed?

People started talking about a subject which was always there, but which had been a taboo to talk about before.

The internet in particular brings the safety of anonymity: "I can express myself without the risk of being harmed".

And honestly that should be no surprise.

These things have always existed. More and more evidence is mounting for this everywhere. The idea "this didn't exist 20 years ago!" is an utterly false one--it did exist, it was just not openly discussed. It was repressed. And now, people are FINALLY feeling safe enough to talk about it.

Which is, in my opinion, nothing but a good thing. If someone holds a view and this view does not cause me any personal harm, then I will respect their view and do the best I can to honor it, addressing them as they wish to be. Addressing them as they wish is no real inconvenience to me. Addressing them in a way they would not wish, however, is quite hurtful to them, disrespectful, and frankly rude.

I know I certainly don't appreciate being called a guy, for instance.
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14th Dec 2016, 10:33 AM #11
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PandasPizza:I don't mean I'll make any suicide attempts or hurt myself (I've actually gone a really long time without cutting now yay), I just mean that I'm back at the point where I'd just be okay with a car hitting me, or kinda hoping for it in some circumstances.

And it's just so stupid what this all is stemming from, just pointless feelings that'll fade, but I suppose it's just that, I'm just scared that'll never change and my whole life will always just be nothing more than pointless feelings that'll fade.
I wish I had better news to give you here, but...these are absolutely not feelings which will go away forever. You'll get better. You'll find a reason to keep going, to fight, to be around, to exist, to do the things you want to do. You'll forget you had even forgotten. You'll wonder what your problem was because you couldn't possibly get into that state again and feel fantastic.

...But the feelings you're having now?

They'll be back again later. I'm unfortunately an expert on the subject, so I can tell you: there's no cure for this. There's no easy solution. There's no answer. There's no way to make this disappear. All there is are coping mechanisms.

There I can help. And I can say that while doubting yourself is a very powerful force, equally powerful is the rebound: the power to believe in yourself might seem hard, even impossible when plagued by doubt. But try to fight for it anyway, because when you DO find it, it's an even stronger strength than the doubt itself. Because you beat the doubt to obtain it, and then you will realize that by feeling that weakness, recognizing it, acknowledging it, yet not letting it define you, not letting it conquer you, you have grown to be a better, stronger person than you were before the doubt hit you.

...Then the doubt will tear that down again. It's a rollercoaster. So build it back up again. Each low may feel lower than the last...but that is only because each high is higher than the last. The more and more life goes on, in the moments of happiness you have, you'll see more and more to be thankful for than you could ever realize.

Sure, in the moments of weakness you'll see less and less to live for, yet that state IS only temporary. You WILL come out of it. Life happens. It is okay that life happens. Terrible things happen in life. Also some good things can happen in life. You'll see plenty of both. It's reasonable to fear losing yourself, losing your humanity, but if you ever truly feel like you've lost it: what better opportunity to explore? What better opportunity to look around and try to find it again? And what better time to be surprised by what you can discover when you're in this vulnerable state?


To put it simply: in times of happiness, there is a "comfort". We're happy, we're satisfied. We're also stale.
In times of sadness, there is a suffering: we're sad, we're unsatisfied. And it is in this state we can find out facts we never dreamed of learning before: about the world and about ourselves. And sooner or later, something we find in this journey will bounce us back into the happiness.

So it's only natural. Don't let it define you. Don't let it conquer you. But also don't deny its existence. Let it run its course, and see what you find. At first it might seem unpleasant, but trust me: there's lots of GOOD to be seen.
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My family leaves for no-man's-land every year.

That meaning, we leave for a small place near Klamath Falls, Oregon where our grandparents (now just grandfather) reside. No internet (save for early 90s dialup--I believe it's THEORETICALLY a 15k connection, but often is half that), no satellite, no phone reception, nothing except the electronics we bring that usually are half-dead.

As a result, the four kids (that's us!) tend to play games. We have two common card games: Hearts, and a game called Golf. (Our version may differ slightly from the versions you can find, but basically: single deck, jokers worth -1, jacks worth 0, aces worth 1, all other cards worth face value, except kings and queens which're 10, cards must be IDENTICAL to cancel--meaning no canceling a 10 with a king--and canceling is OPTIONAL, canceling cards puts them underneath the discard pile except on the first turn, maybe a couple more but those are the main things to note.)

Beyond that, we play computer games together. We used to play Age of Empires II, but some stupid-ass Windows update (on BOTH 7 AND 10!) disabled it--as in, for YEARS we played it just fine even using Windows 7 or even using Windows 10, and then mysteriously one time we tried we found out that it had stopped working on the Windows 7/10 machines, AKA almost all of our computers, with the only explanation being Microsoft no longer supported them in spite of how sneaky and dirty that was.

Majesty was another.

A couple years ago we also tried out Starcraft, which actually DOES work.
Replacing Age of Empires II, we did try out one year Age of Empires III.

Of course, most of our time is spent on video games instead. We have four controllers, so when all four are charged, we play Gauntlet: Dark Legacy. I used to have literally every single nook and cranny of that game memorized and had beat it solo long ago many times (fair and square, even! Albeit with boss-farming), yet nowadays I'm just as bad as the others into rushing into things I by all rights should know better than to. (I'm a couple of levels behind my brother--he's a wizard, so he's slower than my jester, but he still manages to get up in the front and hog XP. Our sisters are both way lower than we are.)

When we don't have my older sister, we tend to spend time on competitive play. While we can do FPSs (namely, Resistance), mostly, we tend to play Ratchet & Clank. (More specifically, it's usually Up Your Arsenal.) My brother used to be the indomitable champion, but he got rusty to the point where I actually think of us three, I tend to win the most matches. (Mostly because I'm sneaky: I tend to not let it on when I've gained an advantage.)

When possible, we do have a snowball fight with our dad (kids vs. him), though my aim continues to be abysmal. (Older two siblings: perfect throws. Younger two siblings: can miss almost at point blank range, sadly. It was true as kids, it's still true as adults.)

The OTHER thing we traditionally do? Go on a hike up a tall hill (we're talking, climb to over 5,000 feet when we start at something like 3,800), to get the most KILLER view. It's a LONG hike, but it's worth it, because it's gorgeous.

Something we used to do every year: visit Crater Lake and go for a swim there. My sister did cliff-jumping, and on one of our last visits there, I gathered up the courage to take the plunge. Of course, this was USUALLY more a summer-visit activity, for obvious reasons. (COLD WATER.)

The winter equivalent? Visiting the caves. I forget what they're called. The ice cave. The catacombs. (A favorite of me and my sisters.) Some other caves we go through. Fun fact: it's cheaper to buy helmets than to rent them. I think it's technically down in California, but not by far.

Something we're also learning to do during the winter down there: movies. Seriously, Klamath Falls has dirt cheap seats for films, yet has a high-quality theater. We're talking...
The Galaxy Theater in Monroe might have a film for $16. That's not a "midnight showing" amount. That's a general admission ticket. And not for fancy extras. Just a normal film.

...Klamath Falls? Same film, same time, same quality. For $6.
It was The Hobbit a while back, it was Star Wars last year, it'll probably be Star Wars again this year. So you could say that's become a tradition, yes.

...Yeah we have a few.
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Christmas is vacation time--a time to spend with family, potentially revealing lots of unwanted stress...but also potentially a time to bond with them. It represents misery in the form of travel, and pleasure at the form of travel being over. It represents being isolated from the normal resources of life, and free time being wasted on frivolous things like no other time of year. It is a time of isolation to wish you were back home, making it all the more alleviating when you do in fact return. It is a time of discovering just how much you take for granted, and then celebrating it all.
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So a while back, I had a really, really vivid dream, which was incredibly awesome.

I was hosting a new forum game, called "Murderer": a game which was a bit of a hybridization between my understanding of Clue, and Mafia.

The basics?

Nine players gather at the beginning. These players roleplay for a while, defining aspects of themselves. Then, after a while of doing this, I would randomly select one of them to be the murderer, PMing them about this fact.

The murderer would then select one player to kill.
The murderer would then be forced to reveal to the public four things about them. One involved time. Another involved motive. A third, method. The fourth, evidence: a physical aspect of the crime which can be linked to them. (E.g. if the murderer was Seeen, a piece of evidence Seeen might leave behind was "the murderer had a hat".)

Then, the victim is informed of who the murderer is. The victim then selects two further pieces of evidence to reveal to the public...with the twist that ONE of the things the victim reveals will then be tampered with by the murderer. (E.g. say the murderer was Seeen and the victim revealed "the murderer had a hat" and "the murderer wears orange". Seeen could tamper with the latter to make it "the murderer wears blue".)

The victim is a net-neutral aspect of the game: they can neither win nor lose, and aside from the reveal, cannot influence the game at all.

The murderer's goal: get away with the murder by having nobody correctly finger them.

The goal of the other guests: CORRECTLY name the murderer.

They would examine the evidence, and then they would go about interviewing each other, trying to hunt for clues. (Each player may be given some sort of subtle clue, but not quite sure how/what.)

At any time, a player may lock in an accusation: "Accuse: playername!"
Once this is done, it cannot be undone. The player who locks in the accusation is removed from the game (they may no longer interact with others, just like the victim) until every player has locked in an accusation.

At the point in time every player has locked in their accusation, the murderer is then revealed, and we get to see who the winner(s) is/are: the person/people who correctly fingered the murderer, or the murderer themselves.

I loved the idea, but the game isn't exactly ironed out and I wouldn't have a clue how to make it work in reality. The game worked off of dream-logic, which doesn't work so well in practical terms.
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14th Dec 2016, 9:38 AM #15
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Here to report another downage: one at 1:37 AM my time, which lasted for about a minute.
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Bit of a general answer, but: my computer.
Aside from the fact that I am a DIGITAL artist, my life even as a traditional artist would be much harder without one. Namely, things like my script...ease of access to reference images...the list goes on and on. Pretty sure the computer is the most important thing for me.
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My tablet is better in theory for drawing.
In practice...it's too darn fickle. It's hard to predict where on the screen it'll be without practice. Even when I manage to get that, it'll either not recognize the touch, or it'll think the touch is somehow meant to be the eraser instead of the pen tool. Except, of course, when I actually want it to be the eraser. Then it'll just be stubborn and do nothing at all.

In short, the tablet provides too many problems to use.

So yes. I use a mouse.

And it makes a difference.
If I use a mousepad (that is, the thing built into my laptop), you get stuff like this: wobbly and inconsistent.
If I use a mouse, I get stuff like this: smooth and even.
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I don't know. December 3rd was the release date for the latest page. The other pages should be older though. I didn't do anything.
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Various replies, usually in the negative.
"That damn forum game".
"Wasting all day on that site".
"Doing nothing but that site".

I do occasionally get a net-neutral:
"Spending time writing".

But while they know I make comics.
They don't know I actually host them online.
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One of my favorite detective shows was a somewhat-obscure show called Forever.
The basic premise of the series: the world works EXACTLY the same as our world does...save one small, little detail: for some inexplicable reason, Doctor Henry Morgan is immortal. He doesn't know why he is. And there is, explicitly, no other phenomenon like him. Just the immortal, with a...rather unique death mechanism. (Whenever he dies, he revives in the nearest large body of water...naked.)

What does he do?
As a medical examiner, with powers that were the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes (as in, Doctor Henry Morgan was alive in Britain at the time and was a genius even then who made these deductions), make deductions about things from the smallest of details. This unique combination left him rather quirky and odd, but ruthlessly efficient at solving cases.

I absolutely adored the show, though it honestly was outshadowed by being cast in a death slot time-wise combined with being in competition with Castle. (Which I also watched and adored.) It was a shame that it only got one season.


In a similar vein (similar number of episodes, similarly only got one season), there was a series that was, in essence, "Vampire Detective": Moonlight. In this case, the immortal vampire hadn't been a vampire for as long as most, being 80 or so with only 50 or so of those years being as a vampire. Still counts, though in this case, many of his deductions rely on vampiric enhanced senses rather than pure logical skill.

Really cool series, though. It does have a romantic tone to it, as a warning, but I always enjoyed the aspect of the vampire trying to solve cases, and also very importantly, if it was another vampire causing it or just a human.

Very solid series overall, I'd say.
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