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by mechamind
Wed Apr 08, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Sandbox
Topic: [Poll] General Political Thread.
Replies: 751
Views: 84752

Re: [Poll] General Political Thread.

Well... I was hoping I didn't have to say this, but it looks like that's where we are: The real winner of the 2020 US election is Xi Jinping. He has already been able to take advantage of wealthy investors who'd do anything for the extra buck. The recent US bailouts will make it even easier for Beij...
by mechamind
Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Sandbox
Topic: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Replies: 191
Views: 5607

Re: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

My employer makes wind blades and does not want to shut down unless they have too and we have 1,000+ employees but thankfully everyone is fine so far. I wouldn't jump to saying everything is fine just yet. At my business, I'm one of many staff who started working from home after March 16th, the sta...
by mechamind
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Video Games
Topic: Super Mario's 35th Anniversary Predictions
Replies: 6
Views: 192

Re: Super Mario's 35th Anniversary Predictions

It was just a thought. We know it would look like with the modern colors, but there's no reason to be ashamed about using 1985 Mario for something. With that, I'm leaning towards something related to SMB1 Mario, but it's just hard to leave it to my own imagination. Some examples of when Nintendo rea...
by mechamind
Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: Video Games
Topic: Super Mario's 35th Anniversary Predictions
Replies: 6
Views: 192

Re: Super Mario's 35th Anniversary Predictions

Lego, and Mario. Two classics that could actually go quite well together. I wonder if it would look better with the classic SMB1 palette or the modern colors?
by mechamind
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Sandbox
Topic: What is happening in your country?
Replies: 274
Views: 31078

Re: What is happening in your country?

It feels like a mystery why the military is being deployed on the south side of the border to Canada. 1. Social media has already had the #NoCanadian trend wondering why anyone from Canada would want to cross the border during the COVID-19 outbreak. 2. Other comments assumed that Trump was trying to...
by mechamind
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Sandbox
Topic: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Replies: 191
Views: 5607

Re: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Remember that health care systems (public or private) can only handle so many people at once. If the "curve" can't be "flattened" and more people become seriously ill, then people might end up getting sorted by priority to determine whether they get in. Left untreated, COVID-19 might not necessarily...
by mechamind
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: SMB1 Night Pipe Oveworld Background (red)
Replies: 6
Views: 386

Re: SMB1 Night Pipe Oveworld Background (red)

Okay, now I see it. I might like it more with the blue/black sky color gradient, though I don't know how hard that would be.
by mechamind
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: SMB1 Night Pipe Oveworld Background (red)
Replies: 6
Views: 386

Re: SMB1 Night Pipe Oveworld Background (red)

And unique levels are definitely good. I like the night pipe theme overall. It's just that there's sometimes that one small detail when designing something, and in this case it's the clouds.
by mechamind
Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Sandbox
Topic: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Replies: 191
Views: 5607

Re: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

I can't expect Ottawa to open the border to US residents any time soon if Trump is serious about his Easter gathering plans. The Canadian border is still open for business/trade as far as I've heard, and Ottawa said they still allow Canadian residents to return home (though I don't if there's a spec...
by mechamind
Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: SMW, SMB3 - Hybrid Muncher
Replies: 3
Views: 355

Re: SMW, SMB3 - Hybrid Muncher

Good choice to match the Munchers with the green grass tiles. I think it works quite well with the more colorful Mario graphics, and not just the grass ones.
by mechamind
Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: SMB1 Night Pipe Oveworld Background (red)
Replies: 6
Views: 386

Re: SMB1 Night Pipe Oveworld Background (red)

With those "night pipes", I think these clouds are a bit much, but the pipes would look good when the sky is clear.

There might be a way to make clouds work with it, though it would have to be a custom design.
by mechamind
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: SMB1 All-Stars & SMB3 All-Stars King koopa IN smbx!
Replies: 4
Views: 442

Re: SMB1 All-Stars & SMB3 All-Stars King koopa IN smbx!

Put Bowser and Wart together, and maybe you get something like this.

Even though it doesn't entirely feel like a Bowser battle, it's still looks good as a boss.
by mechamind
Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Sandbox
Topic: What's happening in your own life?
Replies: 252
Views: 26934

Re: What's happening in your own life?

I haven't mentioned it here yet, but I have been slimming down over the past 8 years. Back in 2011 I recall being at pants size 44, but I think I'll be down to size 30 by the end of June (or earlier).
by mechamind
Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Sandbox
Topic: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Replies: 191
Views: 5607

Re: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

One of the most dangerous ideas out there... You think that's dangerous? I found an article suggesting that in what's going on, the Chinese lockdown is a "silver bullet" to stopping climate change. Imagine if someone deliberately took that to the extreme. I bet there's some idiot out there who woul...
by mechamind
Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: Video Games
Topic: Cupthread
Replies: 11
Views: 336

Re: Cupthread

I haven't played it myself, but I've seen gameplay of it and it looks amazing. One minor problem, unusual for a modern game, is that the frame rate should not be 60 FPS (or at least it shouldn't appear that way). That takes a bit away from the classic cartoon experience. The gameplay that I watched ...
by mechamind
Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Sandbox
Topic: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Replies: 191
Views: 5607

Re: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

My home computer is now set up for work. I briefly had to go to the office to set up MFA, but now I am good. The only challenge now is that my virtual desktop supports only one monitor, so I have half as much screen space.

Those who can't work at all are still getting paid.
by mechamind
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Sandbox
Topic: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Replies: 191
Views: 5607

Re: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Due to a COVID-19 isolation campaign, I'm among many staff at work who is going to be working from home until further notice. That means I'm going to have to set up "multi-factor authentication" on my home computer, though it could be difficult to set up. I'm presumably going to have to make a phone...
by mechamind
Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Video Games
Topic: Is Nintendo 3DS dead?
Replies: 5
Views: 173

Re: Is Nintendo 3DS dead?

I think handheld consoles are generally on the retreat due to smartphones and tablets. I don't think common mobile devices were designed for someone to switch between cartridges of high quailty games on the go. There's a good reason to have separate buttons for specific games; you can't do everythi...
by mechamind
Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Sandbox
Topic: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Replies: 191
Views: 5607

Re: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Still you are right. We should be extra carefull but this is Corona19 meaning we survived 18 other corona viruses. Pretty sure the name indicates the year it was discovered (2019) and not it being the latest Corona virus. Also, it's COVID-19, not Corona-19. I assumed Teemster's comment to be sarcas...
by mechamind
Sat Mar 07, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Sandbox
Topic: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Replies: 191
Views: 5607

Re: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

One thing I keep seeing related to Coronavirus on social media is about shopping panic. My brother hasn't seen it yet where he shops. There's even a separate trend for "Costco panic", but as a Costco member card holder myself, I haven't seen that yet where my store is located. Seems close to the us...

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