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I did something (that I realize was stupid in retrospect) odd in that I started with ME2.  I had wanted to play ME3 when it came out, but I somehow convinced myself that I should go back and start from the beginning.  As I never found the time to do that, I ended up not playing ME3 at all.  From your remarks though, I don't think I'm missing anything mind-blowing.


It's definitely best when played from the very beginning.

 

ME3 is still rewarding in its own way if you import your character from ME2. Not *as* rewarding as if you started from the very beginning, but nowhere near as bad if you start with ME3. In that case you start off with certain characters already assumed dead (whom you could have saved otherwise), and things are pretty depressingly bleak. Not to mention the story is just fun to play through. It's especially well told in the first game, and the social interaction is a lot of fun.

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Not *as* rewarding as if you started from the very beginning, but nowhere near as bad if you start with ME3. In that case you start off with certain characters already assumed dead (whom you could have saved otherwise), and things are pretty depressingly bleak. 

In the grim darkness of the Wii only release, there is only war?

 

But I agree, you have to play through the trilogy, which will develop the connections with the characters present in ME3, some of which are very profound.

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My experience with Aurisonics is limited to the very first version of the ASG-1 which I felt was one of the worst IEMs I'd purchased up until that point. It was incredibly shouty, resonant, and just downright unpleasant. There was so much hype for it, it was baffling. Then he came out with an updated version and there was more hype. I never had a chance to try the updated version, but apparently it fixed the shoutiness issue and resulted in a sound that was darker. I suspect I would like the updated version a whole lot more than the original (though given my reaction to the original, this wouldn't be a hard sentiment to inspire). I've never tried Aurisonics' full-on customs.

 

The build quality of the AS-2 looks pretty good overall just going by pictures, but I'm a little baffled by some of the details in the options lineup and the pricing they entail. The stock "frosted" shells for instance look ever-so-slightly hideous, and if they're anything like the ASG-1's shells, then they're going to be icky. For several hundred more, you get the "stealth" option which looks like a solid black shell and black face plates. Sort of TG!334-like I suppose. For a few hundred more you can get polished shells which look much nicer (wonder if they refract light the way FitEars do?) and gold face plates. I guess it would be between the all-black and the polished w/ gold options for me. These options---pure cosmetic upgrades---certainly make the price climb needlessly. They're just excessive and ridiculous, but then that's why I find them appealing.

 

I was talking to someone about their sound signature, and he sort of felt like they were a more intimate 1Plus2 (to simplify things). This is actually along the lines of what I'm looking for, a rather classic "hi-fi" sound with emphasis down below and up top. Basically what the JH16Pro does, only with better build quality. I feel this pretty much covers my bases so-to-speak, as it goes for three different approaches: the MH335DW is "musical" and lush (slight dark tint without sounding bloated), the C435 is a dry monitor and rather diagnostic (going for this over the UERM at this point), and lastly the JH16Pro and AS-2 are sparkly hyper-real hi-fi approaches.

I understand the approach...I was seduced by the metal plates of Aurisonics, but I just dot want to to have a 1000$ iems with 700 for looks and 300$ for SQ. I think the frosted look so ugly and bad quality it is an insult just to sell them. I suppose I will compromise and get the ASG-2 stealth, and if I love the sound, I will sell them and get nice looking AS2's.

 

My approach so far (much less thought out and more impulsive, but I have much less experience than you) is the following: the Miracles are ultra airy so I listen to them when I want space / to feel like I am floatting, and I pair them with DX100 and upcoming AK100 stage 2. I am hoping the SE5 will be musical / detailed / warm and will be my reference CIEM, and a great pairing with my Tera. I need iems to backup customs because customs may iritate my canals after hours. So the 1plus2 is my reference universal. Fun yet accurate sound to my ears. Sounds great with my Tera. Then I have other iems for signatures: 5.0 for the laid back non fatiguing Heir signature, the Kaede for the dynamic bright bliss, and we will see how the Stagediver 3, UM 3DD and ASG2 sound like.


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The Stagediver 3 is a new one for me. However on the UM 3DD... I'm really not expecting good things. Just have the gut feeling about multiple dynamics. But that's not based on anything specific beyond my specific peculiarity.

 

Re: Mass Effect 3 for the Wii U:

 

I just wouldn't bother. The pad implementation actually seems cool (drawing on the map to direct squadmates), but only having the third game with a significantly reduced online component and only two of the four single player DLC packs with no future plans to release the others is just sad.

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Well I am soon getting my second Audrey Kawazaki print. Just love her so much. First one is already in my living room. Second one is the one on the bottom (possessed). I hope I one day get my hand on an original (on wood), but they go for 10-20k and are sold immediately...

 

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Ban Chan..

 

Bring back pineapples....

A wonderful man right here.

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http://www.head-fi.org/t/476889/what-is-your-myers-briggs-personality

 

A test for all except achmedisdead. Living posters only....

Who would be so shameless to bump a thread that old...wink.gif

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It actually amuses me when I see people use chopsticks in restaurants in ways that they were never intended for just because the restaurant cruelly provides them, like people eating rice off plates with chopsticks. (Asians eat rice from bowls so they can shovel the rice up the incline into their maws)

Talking out of my arse here but I find that unless it's porridge/congee rice is usually clumpy enough that one can pick up large amounts and be more efficient than with spoons and the likes. The index finger and middle finger move in an inwards gesture that's just more fluid than with other utensils, in terms of efficiency/quickness.

 

It could also be that I just overcook my rice way too often. 

 

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Just realised that the CK100 Pro is at the lowest price since launch... so tempted...

They are the best IEMs IMO for what they do. Raw unadulterated clarity and moar clarity. CK10s on an overdose of steroids.

 

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After watching Psy's new video I'm convinced Korea has the most incredible looking babes in the world. I so want to immigrate there. Anyone know who the short haired dancer is?

Ga-In from BEG (Maknae). BEG generally sells the sex symbol card more often than not but Ga-In does so even more. 

 

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Those look like the cultist frequency machine/water purification thingie my relatives had gotten me last summer. Even the box looks similar.

 

Apparently you pull out metal extensions/antennas from under the box, in order for it to rest on whatever medium of drinking water you so choose, and it "blesses" the water or some schiit. You have to leave it there for a couple of hours as it screeches awful-sounding sound for the full "blessing" effect. 

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Infinite had an interesting soundtrack, to be sure.

 

Shhh... outside of the most vague references, no Infinite spoilers remember? :) (Click to show)

I was surprised by the 80's tunes that kept popping up throughout the game. Booker playing guitar while Elizabeth sings was really cool, too.

 

I've never gotten the whole "furry" thing. On forums I visit, it's either openly reviled, or mildly accepted. Folks seem quite passionate about it. Guess I'm outta touch with these things.

 

WRT to what you said about Infinite music... (Click to show)

Yeah, some of the music was entirely unexpected!  For example, that one barbershop quartet singing The Beach Boys's God Only Knows was fantastic.  And the choral version of Will The Circle Be Unbroken (when we first arrive at Columbia) is soothing as hell.

Speaking of Booker playing guitar while Elizabeth sings, that jam session during the end credits is awesomeness-on-a-stick:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpr6W3lAeaQ

 

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I did something (that I realize was stupid in retrospect) odd in that I started with ME2.  I had wanted to play ME3 when it came out, but I somehow convinced myself that I should go back and start from the beginning.  As I never found the time to do that, I ended up not playing ME3 at all.  From your remarks though, I don't think I'm missing anything mind-blowing.


It's definitely best when played from the very beginning.

 

ME3 is still rewarding in its own way if you import your character from ME2. Not *as* rewarding as if you started from the very beginning, but nowhere near as bad if you start with ME3. In that case you start off with certain characters already assumed dead (whom you could have saved otherwise), and things are pretty depressingly bleak. Not to mention the story is just fun to play through. It's especially well told in the first game, and the social interaction is a lot of fun.

 

I think I can commit to playing through ME1 to see where that gets me.  I could probably go through ME2 again as well.  Other than the parts where I got it on with some of the NPCs (I was such a whore...), I don't remember enough of it that I can't form new memories.  I could do without the tedium of strip-mining entire star systems, but I guess even in games we gotta make a living.  As for ME3... on the fence there.

 

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But I agree, you have to play through the trilogy, which will develop the connections with the characters present in ME3, some of which are very profound.

 

Do I have to?

 

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Talking out of my arse here but I find that unless it's porridge/congee rice is usually clumpy enough that one can pick up large amounts and be more efficient than with spoons and the likes. The index finger and middle finger move in an inwards gesture that's just more fluid than with other utensils, in terms of efficiency/quickness.

 

Well, it's also worth noting that there are different kinds of rice involved.  Korean and Japanese tend to eat medium grain rice, which is stickier and clumps together rather easily.  Chinese people tend to favor long grain rice (more like Uncle Ben's) and so picking up rice in clumps becomes more of a trying experience.

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Well, it's also worth noting that there are different kinds of rice involved.  Korean and Japanese tend to eat medium grain rice, which is stickier and clumps together rather easily.  Chinese people tend to favor long grain rice (more like Uncle Ben's) and so picking up rice in clumps becomes more of a trying experience.

I can't speak for all of our fellow Chinese but I've only ever found Westerns to embrace long grain rice on an everyday-staple basis. I guess if there ever was a good thing about swapping from Japan and Korea and the mainland it's that the rice stays the same shape :P

 

Because despite our differences, we're really not all that different. All part of one big loving family called the human race :3

I puked a little bit in my mouth as I  said that

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I can't speak for all of our fellow Chinese but I've only ever found Westerns to embrace long grain rice on an everyday-staple basis.

 

Really?  In the United States, long grain seems to be preferred amongst Chinese Americans.  And yeah, I saw that.  biggrin.gif

 

BTW driver, you might as well know, I've been mulling over your Studio V all day long.  Ordinarily, I'd just say to myself that the UI's pains aren't worth the hassle, but something about it is calling out to me.  It doesn't help that I just gave away my Rockboxed Sansa to a friend in need.  So now I'm sans a lossless player.

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Well, it's also worth noting that there are different kinds of rice involved.  Korean and Japanese tend to eat medium grain rice, which is stickier and clumps together rather easily.  Chinese people tend to favor long grain rice (more like Uncle Ben's) and so picking up rice in clumps becomes more of a trying experience.

It might be just a personal preference, but I like my rice very solid and unsticky. So long grain is for me. Undercooked or burnt rice are my favorite selections. So I guess I do fit that Chinese generalization.

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Those are gorgeous, I especially like the first one.


 

Guys I got a email from LFF last night. My Paradox headphones are nearly ready. He said my headphone cups arrived yesterday and looked flawless. He's going to get started on the final mods and rewiring and I should be getting some pics of the finished product some time near the end of next week. If all goes well and I OK the final pics they should be in the mail the next day. My long wait is nearly over

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Those are gorgeous, I especially like the first one.
Thanks, the prints look great, but when I saw the originals in here show in NY I wanted to cry...
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Really?  In the United States, long grain seems to be preferred amongst Chinese Americans.  And yeah, I saw that.  biggrin.gif

Probably from all the watered down Chinese restaurants serving long-grained fried rice.

 

Saw what :3

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Hey Mimouille, whats the name of the first piece of artwork you posted and do you think it would be overly expensive getting say a 6x6 or 12x12 straight up no frills print?

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No spoilers here, don't worry ;)

 

I beat BioShock Infinite today on normal mode, and OMG... without a doubt the best FPS I've played. Story-wise, I think it's one of the greatest video games ever made; the plot of it is pure genius. I won't spoil anything, but the twist and the ending was totally mind-blowing, far beyond what I could possibly imagine. What's better is that once you know the whole story and everything, if you play from the very beginning again you'll see all the hints and details critical to the plot that first timers would have easily missed, overlooked and forgotten. The original BioShock was a masterpiece, but the Infinite took the series to a whole new level and raised the bar for many FPS games to come.

 

My second favorite FPS (the most favorite FPS before playing BSI) is Portal 2, another game with a brilliant story, hilarious dialogues and innovative gameplay.

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