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  1. Sledgstone liked a post in a topic by gokuDX7 in The Walking Dead Season 6 Discussion (Possible Spoilers)   
    Glenn will survive. The guts from Nicolas will cover Glenn's "scent" and allow Glenn to walk out. Genn can't die like this, something better happens to him in an upcoming arc!
  2. Sledgstone liked a post in a topic by gokuDX7 in The Walking Dead Season 6 Discussion (Possible Spoilers)   
    One can guess that Enid, Carl's little g/f, might be in some way related to the Wolves or a few other groups that come to mind that have not been introduced yet . Her wanting to bail on Alexandria when the Wolves showed up and her success of it once they leave kind of points to her having something to hide. Poor Carl....when will he ever pop his cherry in this post apocalyptic world.
     
     
    PS. I'm back form the dead.
  3. Sledgstone liked a post in a topic by gokuDX7 in Mr. Robot   
    For those of you who haven't seen or even heard of it..check it out!
     
    Here's the skinny
     
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4158110/
     
     
    Season 1 was amazing. The story was very enjoyable and takes some interesting turns. While one part of the story might seem blatantly obvious, another revelation will come out of nowhere and slap you in the face. I think that's what I enjoyed most about this. The fact that you can't pick up on every twist and turn right away. They have you focusing on the big elephant in the room meanwhile all these little hidden details are being dropped in every scene. I'm pretty pumped for Season 2....I just wish it would start now!
  4. gokuDX7 liked a post in a topic by BlitzZ in Nostalgia'd Hard   
    For some reason today, I just decided to revisit the Clan. Looking back on it, I realized just how much of an influence this site had on me. I remember joining when I was ridiculously young, either 10 or 11, and coming for my love of Gundam. I'm not really into anime at all anymore, but from 4th grade to 9th grade, it (and this site) was a major influence on me. I remember making a picture with all the AC inside jokes that won me something on here, signatures for myself and others on here, fueling my anime addiction, making an ass of myself, and occasionally posting some (probably terrible) poetry that I no longer even have, but would probably get a good laugh from. It's crazy how much I changed, from a socially awkward skinny 4th grader to a college student with a 3.9 gpa, aspirations of law school, prepping for my first bodybuilding contest, interning for a senator, and working for Ron Paul's campaign. Never in a million years would I think I could be where I am today.
    Ancient Clan really helped push me out of my shell, and go out and DO THINGS. While I can't see my earliest posts (probably for the best ), reading the few posts that weren't pruned just made me remember a great time in my life. While I don't think I will be all back up in this bitch posting, I'll still remember to stop in and say hi once in a while. Thanks for the memories guys. I can't believe it's been over 8 years. Now time to watch old Toonami intros with TOM and show promos and reminisce about my childhood and how much things have changed, and just how great the future can be.
    ...and so I end with this. I loved it as a kid, and stumbled onto it yesterday. I think it was what pushed me back here.
    [ame]
    [/ame](Holy SHIT that was long)
    /endrant
  5. Sledgstone liked a post in a topic by gokuDX7 in RIP bill of rights   
    Has anyone else been following what's going on with our government this past month? They've been trying to secretly push through bills that essentially turn our country into a military state, eliminate our bill of rights, or give the president dictatorial powers even when he doesn't necessarily want them.
    This is one of the most recent bills they passed with only 7 congress members opposing it. This bill is to prevent terrorism of course but towards the end it contradicts itself basically saying anyone, including US citizens, can be detained for an unspecified amount of time without a trial as a prisoner of war. Obama has already mentioned he'd veto it but only 7 congress members voted against the bill so it will most likely be passed even if Obama veto's it. What's sad is the only reason Obama wants to veto it is because under this bill, if military detains you, you're considered a POW and must be treated with decency under the Geneva convention agreement. If the bill is not passed then you can be detained as a terrorist which is a loop hole in the Geneva convention and allows for prisoner torture (what they've been doing so far).
    http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/12/senate-military-detention/
    Then we've got the The PROTECT IP 2011 bill (ie. RIAA/MPAA bill) that congress is passing. If you're suspected of facilitating infringement of copyright laws, the government can legally steal your domain in the name of preventing piracy. This means if someone posts a link to some copyright mp3 on your site the government could legally seize your domain. Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Mozilla and all the major Internet player's are fighting this for obvious reasons. There's no way a website owner can enforce this or prevent their users from posting links to infringing content without removing free speech from the web. The bill has been revised several times. Hopefully it wont be as extreme as this when it's finalized.
    Oh and in other news police are now trying to restrict reporters from reporting the news. I don't even care about the protests but the fact that the police can pull stuff like this is bullshit. http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/11/occupy_la_eviction_lapd_pool_media.php
  6. gokuDX7 liked a post in a topic by Sabe in Return Debut!!!   
    ANCIENT CLAN....I HAVE RETURNED!!!
    It's been way too long. I'm glad to see things are going well for the Forum...I was afraid I'd finally get the chance to get back here, and a move would have disabled my account, lol.
    After a long time out of the game, including a year in Afghanistan, I am glad to say that I will be returning to my post as another smart-ass ready to laugh at people... Nah...I'll just hang out in the wings and hope that I can still keep up with the random insanity. Glad to say hello to old friends, and give my welcome to all the newbies that have come in my LONG absence!
  7. Sledgstone liked a post in a topic by gokuDX7 in Game of Thrones   
    The first season of HBO's new series Game of Thrones, based off the book series A Song of Ice and Fire, just wrapped up and I must say it was friggin brilliant. The story feels so real, meaning the good guys dont always win and aren't always right. It's definitely a show you guys should start watching. Season two is already in the works and apparently HBO wants to make a series that follows each one of the books...which are still being written (should be 7 in total when it's done). I could definitely see this happening with the amount of content and popularity it has.
    Storyline:
  8. Ladywriter liked a post in a topic by gokuDX7 in Fox has no idea what Net Neutrality is   
    For the third time I've heard them try and push their viewers to fight against Net Neutrality without even explaining what it is to their uneducated viewers. They claim Net Neutrality is bad because it allows ISPs, company's, and the government control over your Internet. The reality of it is Fox has it backwards. Like the name implies Net Neutrality is the act of keeping the net free and unregulated like it has been since it was created. Every since Senator McCain proposed his backwards ass "Internet Freedom Act." bill to congress, Fox News and other media outlets have been pushing this uneducated babble that Net Neutrality and the FCC are bad LOL.
    Here's some videos for those that are still confused
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWt0XUocViE]YouTube - Save the Internet![/ame]
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9jHOn0EW8U]YouTube - Net Neutrality[/ame]
    The reason this is blowing up so big now is because ISP's have been throttling and prioritizing web traffic, specifically bittorrent, and getting attacked by the FCC because of it. ISPs are complaining that the FCC hasnt given a fine line on what they can and cant do so they go a head with such practices of prioritizing certain program protocols on the Internet (ex. VoIP phones). So the FCC has stepped up and will be making that fine line clear so ISPs wont have any more excuses on what they can and cant do. The FCC will not be taking away our freedom or give ISPs the power to prioritize programs. They're fighting for us yet the media has it all backwards.
  9. Ladywriter liked a post in a topic by gokuDX7 in Fox has no idea what Net Neutrality is   
    For the third time I've heard them try and push their viewers to fight against Net Neutrality without even explaining what it is to their uneducated viewers. They claim Net Neutrality is bad because it allows ISPs, company's, and the government control over your Internet. The reality of it is Fox has it backwards. Like the name implies Net Neutrality is the act of keeping the net free and unregulated like it has been since it was created. Every since Senator McCain proposed his backwards ass "Internet Freedom Act." bill to congress, Fox News and other media outlets have been pushing this uneducated babble that Net Neutrality and the FCC are bad LOL.
    Here's some videos for those that are still confused
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWt0XUocViE]YouTube - Save the Internet![/ame]
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9jHOn0EW8U]YouTube - Net Neutrality[/ame]
    The reason this is blowing up so big now is because ISP's have been throttling and prioritizing web traffic, specifically bittorrent, and getting attacked by the FCC because of it. ISPs are complaining that the FCC hasnt given a fine line on what they can and cant do so they go a head with such practices of prioritizing certain program protocols on the Internet (ex. VoIP phones). So the FCC has stepped up and will be making that fine line clear so ISPs wont have any more excuses on what they can and cant do. The FCC will not be taking away our freedom or give ISPs the power to prioritize programs. They're fighting for us yet the media has it all backwards.
  10. Ladywriter liked a post in a topic by gokuDX7 in Fox has no idea what Net Neutrality is   
    For the third time I've heard them try and push their viewers to fight against Net Neutrality without even explaining what it is to their uneducated viewers. They claim Net Neutrality is bad because it allows ISPs, company's, and the government control over your Internet. The reality of it is Fox has it backwards. Like the name implies Net Neutrality is the act of keeping the net free and unregulated like it has been since it was created. Every since Senator McCain proposed his backwards ass "Internet Freedom Act." bill to congress, Fox News and other media outlets have been pushing this uneducated babble that Net Neutrality and the FCC are bad LOL.
    Here's some videos for those that are still confused
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWt0XUocViE]YouTube - Save the Internet![/ame]
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9jHOn0EW8U]YouTube - Net Neutrality[/ame]
    The reason this is blowing up so big now is because ISP's have been throttling and prioritizing web traffic, specifically bittorrent, and getting attacked by the FCC because of it. ISPs are complaining that the FCC hasnt given a fine line on what they can and cant do so they go a head with such practices of prioritizing certain program protocols on the Internet (ex. VoIP phones). So the FCC has stepped up and will be making that fine line clear so ISPs wont have any more excuses on what they can and cant do. The FCC will not be taking away our freedom or give ISPs the power to prioritize programs. They're fighting for us yet the media has it all backwards.
  11. Ladywriter liked a post in a topic by gokuDX7 in Fox has no idea what Net Neutrality is   
    For the third time I've heard them try and push their viewers to fight against Net Neutrality without even explaining what it is to their uneducated viewers. They claim Net Neutrality is bad because it allows ISPs, company's, and the government control over your Internet. The reality of it is Fox has it backwards. Like the name implies Net Neutrality is the act of keeping the net free and unregulated like it has been since it was created. Every since Senator McCain proposed his backwards ass "Internet Freedom Act." bill to congress, Fox News and other media outlets have been pushing this uneducated babble that Net Neutrality and the FCC are bad LOL.
    Here's some videos for those that are still confused
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWt0XUocViE]YouTube - Save the Internet![/ame]
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9jHOn0EW8U]YouTube - Net Neutrality[/ame]
    The reason this is blowing up so big now is because ISP's have been throttling and prioritizing web traffic, specifically bittorrent, and getting attacked by the FCC because of it. ISPs are complaining that the FCC hasnt given a fine line on what they can and cant do so they go a head with such practices of prioritizing certain program protocols on the Internet (ex. VoIP phones). So the FCC has stepped up and will be making that fine line clear so ISPs wont have any more excuses on what they can and cant do. The FCC will not be taking away our freedom or give ISPs the power to prioritize programs. They're fighting for us yet the media has it all backwards.
  12. Pchan liked a post in a topic by gokuDX7 in Why do girls like Tall guys!?   
    rofl Sledg. I do have a t-shirt that says "I'm Shy but I have a large penis."
    @[ame=http://forums.ancientclan.com/member.php?u=541]Ancient Clan Forums - View Profile: Godgrave@@AMEPARAM@@View Profile: Godgrave</title>@@AMEPARAM@@Godgrave[/ame] - I don't use paid sites. They tend to be shit. I use OKcupid, plentyoffish, and match.com.
    OKcupid is fun just to take tests and see who your compatible with (the more tests you take the better the site knows who to match you up with). The down side is most women on it are fat and ugly. I need a girl that's remotly attractive and avarage build.
    Match.com is full of tall women looking for super tall guys(5'10-6'2+).
    Plentyoffish has loads of women but no one really communicates. The site is also confusing and kind of messed up.
    @[ame=http://forums.ancientclan.com/member.php?u=3]Ladywriter[/COLO"]Ancient Clan Forums - View Profile: Ladywriter@@AMEPARAM@@View Profile: Ladywriter</title>@@AMEPARAM@@Ladywriter[/ame] - I'm not looking for shallow women or one night stands lol. I'm looking for a long lasting g/f. If a girl is into me just becuse I have money or a hot ride, I'm gonna kick her to the curb.
    I generaly agree with you though. I see a lot of hot girls dating tall, skinny, ugly ass guys that I could probably pick up and snap in half haha. In my expireance women love personality but it doesnt outweight height...at least not up here in NH which is annoying as fuck. If a guy is tall and outgoing women flock to them like flys on shit.
  13. CabbitGirl liked a post in a topic by gokuDX7 in photoshop help!! >_<   
    save as a png-8 should keep the size small and keep the high quality.
    PS. I loaded the above image in CS3 and noticed the pixelization your talking about. Does it look like this when you open the original image?
    Some things you might want to check.
    1) image>mode whats the bit/channel set too?
    2) image>pixel aspect ratio you might want to try resetting to the default settings. Maybe you accidentally messed it up.
  14. Sledgstone liked a post in a topic by gokuDX7 in Bleach - Current Manga in Japan   
    It's hard to say really. I'd like to think he's full blown Hollow right now but from the looks of it Ichigo may actually be half and half at the moment. It would help if we could tell the color of his hair or sword (white = hollow) haha.
    Logic tells me he is full hollow since he just had a fist shoved through his heart and he obviously couldn't save himself from that.......but with Orahima shouting out his name she may have unintentionally "rejected" the thought of him ever dieing. By doing this it might have actually screwed things up for the inner hollow's confrontation with Ichigo in his mind and the take over of his body. So essentially Ichigo and the inner hollow may have merged and became one with each other in order to keep Ichigo alive. This would give Ichigo a power boost but may also alter his attitude and personality drastically (aka. DBZ Fusion haha). His hair kind of resembles his swords as well..
    I think at this point it would be best to do something messed up like that or turn him into his full blown hollow form to get the story rolling again. If anything they could always have Urahara work his magic to make him somewhat normal again...or just have Orahime reject his personality and make him go back to the way he was.
    That's all speculation though. With our luck it's probably just an upgrade and Ichigo will still be in control of his body like before. The only difference would be that his face now looks like his inner hollow and his sword changed color lol.
  15. Sledgstone liked a post in a topic by gokuDX7 in 2012   
    So this is what you all want.
    - Shit happens that causes the earth and all it's inhabitants to die. In the end the common message would be "You will all die and theres nothing you or your governments can do do about it so just accept death and go cut your selves you emo loving bastards".
    This is what Hollywood has done in the past.
    - US government sends people into space to stop meteor while tossing in romance and a crazy person.
    - US government builds underground bunker for only a select number of American people. Random romance between two teens is thrown in.
    - The earth freezes but the Mexicans and Southern country's save the world and become the new super powers (viva la Taco Bell!). Some romance between two teens that go to school with each other.
    - Aliens come to earth to make contact with humanity (ie. The USA). Humanity responds with gun fire and angry words. The world is almost destroyed but saved by love....
    - Aliens make contact with the world and enslave it. Years in the future 1 man stands against this superior race and manages to free some of his fellow humans to take back the world. Romance tossed in this as well.
    - Aliens come to earth and attack it but some random black guy from the air force and a hacker, who's only real job is to hope that the Aliens have windows 95 installed on their mother ship so he can install sub7 on it, save the planet. Oh don't forger romance.
    - Monkeys take over the world, one man saves it. Romance...romance....
    - Over sized Lizard attacks US/JAPAN numerous times threatening to destroy the rest of the world if nothing is done. The Government or some random Joe manages to save everyone as well as hook up with someone romantically. The lizard either dies or just walks off into the ocean never to be seen again.
    So here's what we're probably gonna get if it follows the current trends from the past 10 years.
    1) Romance and lots of it.
    2) Goverments trying to stop whatever it is that's going to cause the earth's destruction but they fail and go into hiding while making romance.
    3) Impact - all hell brakes loose, special effects that the producers hope will distract people from the obviously train wreck of a story their watching. Romance everywhere, people die while having romance.
    4) The after effect - damage has been done and life begins anew with whatever and whoever survived. Main characters start popping out baby's like in cavemen days since civilization as we know it has been destroyed. If theres water then they build a raft out of the baby's.
    5) People in the space station are laughing and shouting that they managed to survive but then realize their stuck in the space station until they run out of food and have to eat each other. One will go crazy and kill them all.
    5) Ending credits with Arrowsmith or some other popular "end of days" band playing a catchy rock song in the background.
    Box office hit or miss (ie. Clover Field). People will like it or they wont.
    But in all seriousness this sounds like just a get rich quick movie. They clearly just went off of Internet hype that's been escalating these past few years. Why else would they say check out google for 2012 lol? I really am hoping for a good movie though. If they can pull of a realistic depiction of the end of the world I'd be amazed. I think Alfred Hitchcock was the only one that's done a decent job and making me thing 'Oh shit that would suck to have happen to me' several times.
  16. gokuDX7 liked a post in a topic by DeathscytheX in Terminator Salvation (Full Trailer)   
    pdvaP9oNe2M


    http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/terminatorsalvation/
    high quality higher resolutions.


    WOW... freakin' wow...
  17. Pchan liked a post in a topic by gokuDX7 in Amazing Anime Art   
    Kon from Bleach
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdyJbwZwtgE

    UdyJbwZwtgE
    Chopper from One Peace
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS4TnO5IVVw

    wS4TnO5IVVw
    Broly from DBZ
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPiqT3X-HUw

    HPiqT3X-HUw
    Shenlong from DBZ
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRtGM-PaFng

    QRtGM-PaFng
    More on this guys youtube page http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?p=r&user=curi222&page=1
  18. gokuDX7 liked a post in a topic by Sledgstone in Historic first look at an alien world, 3.1 quadrillion miles away   
    http://dvice.com/archives/2008/09/historic_first.php
    Click the link for the picture.
  19. gokuDX7 liked a post in a topic by HKofsesshoumaru in Why men crave "real" bodies.   
    I found this article on MSN today and I thought it was kind of a good topic because so many women (and men too, believe or not) are obsessed with their appearence. I have to admit I had a HUGE body over haul plan with a laundry list of surgeries I wanted even though my husband is very much against it. It's fun to dream but after watching a few of how some of these surgeries are done, the scar tissue and possible side effects, I think I'm going to save myself the trouble. Not to mention the money.

    ~HK
    Why Men Crave Real (Not Perfect) Bodies
    Actor Gabriel Olds has dated his fair share of surgically enhanced women. Now he tells us why most men prefer the real deal—“flaws” and all.
    I met Tessa* at a premiere party in Hollywood several summers ago. It was held in a decked-out airline hangar, and everything, from the stunning cocktail waitresses to the champagne fountain, was over-the-top. But even in the midst of all that glitz, Tessa was the main attraction. She was a slender, vibrant redhead in a bright orange dress—you couldn’t miss her. After a few minutes of sneaking nervous glances in her direction, I got up the guts to approach. "You’re wearing my favorite color," I said. "I like orange because it rhymes with—"
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    "Nothing," she finished. The spark was undeniable. Tessa was smart—an investment banker—and had a great laugh. Somehow, she was still single. When she casually slipped me her card at the end of the night, I was ecstatic.
    On our date the following week, things got even better. Tessa wore a clingy black dress, and over dinner she lit up with stories of four-million-a-minute losses in the futures market. Sexy. When she asked me back to her place after the check came, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. Soon, as we stood in her hallway, groping each other like teenagers, my hand fumbled to her chest, anticipating the plush, nurturing flesh of her…
    Wait a minute. Was her breast rippled? As I felt the telltale implant bag under her skin, I thought, Damn it—fake boobs. My mind overflowed with images of hospitals and scalpels. I froze up, and Tessa noticed.
    "You’re acting weird," she said.
    "I am not. I mean, maybe I am. It’s just, um, are these, uh," I stammered, still sheepishly groping at her chest.
    "Are you frisking me?" she asked.
    I stammered on.
    "Get out," she said.
    Before I knew what had hit me, I was back in my car, driving away from the first woman who’d sparked my interest in months. What just happened? Was I really going to let plastic surgery get in the way of my search for love—again?
    That’s right. Tessa wasn’t the first surgically enhanced woman I’d dated, and she wouldn’t be the last. Let me explain: I’m an actor in my thirties, and I live in Los Angeles, a town that seems overrun with silicone. Before I met Tessa I’d already dated women with nose jobs, huge breast enhancements and lips plumped to bee-stung proportions. With each of these women, I’d tell myself that what they did with their bodies was their choice, that it wasn’t my place to judge. But then questions would fill my head: Is this woman really who she seems to be? Am I dating the person or the persona? Inevitably my attraction to them floundered, and the relationship did too. I had, it seemed, a real issue with all the nipping and tucking going on in the dating world. And this wasn’t just an L.A. phenomenon either—I have college friends who’ve noticed the same trend in America’s heartland. In 2006, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were nearly 11 million cosmetic procedures in the U.S.—that’s nearly a 50 percent increase from 2000.
    Certainly, men are partially responsible for this trend. We can be superficial creatures: abandoning faithful life partners for younger, prettier versions, TiVo-ing Skinemax movies and wondering why we, mere mortals, aren’t married to the likes of Jenna Jameson. But as much as we lust after images of hyper-real beauty in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue or even in the apartments or cubicles next door, we don’t quite know how to react when those unreal bodies actually belong to the woman in our lives.
    Was surgery something I could handle? Or was it time to start looking for a "natural" woman, "flaws" and all? It would take me three more relationships and a handful of blunders to figure that out—starting with Mia…
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    met Mia soon after the Tessa "frisking" incident, and I was relieved that all of her looked and felt natural. She was pretty and feisty, cracking me up with stories about her two schnauzers with rhyming names. Within weeks of meeting, we were an item, taking weekend trips and storing toothbrushes at each other’s apartments. So imagine my surprise when, during a rainy day many months later, Mia decided to show me an old photo album—and I didn’t recognize anyone in the pictures. "Where are you?" I asked.
    Silence.
    Finally, she laughed nervously and said, "I’m right there, silly." I looked closer.
    Same hair, same smile, but when I finally focused between her eyes, I blurted, "You had a nose job?!"
    I was baffled, and more than a little hurt. We’d been dating for almost a year. She’d trusted me enough to tell me about losing her virginity and her secret dreams of moving to Spain, so why hadn’t she trusted me enough to tell me about her surgery? She made light of it, and insisted there was nothing to talk about, but I couldn’t let it go. It seemed dishonest. A lie by omission, surely—but also a lost opportunity for intimacy. Why had she gotten the nose job? How did it feel before and after? These were things I wanted to know. And once I realized she didn’t feel the need to share them with me, the trust between us was gone. Our relationship ended pretty quickly after that.
    Trying to see past the nips and tucks
    Not long after things went south with Mia, I met an ad executive who was elegant and quirky (one of my favorite combinations) and whose proportions seemed perfectly normal. I asked her to dinner, and we met a few weeks later at a Japanese restaurant. But something was different about her that night. As she nibbled at a bowl of edamame, I figured it out: Her lower lip seemed much fuller than it was the first time we’d met—it looked like the mouths of actresses I’d worked with who’d gotten collagen and talked about it openly. And since those actresses were so comfortable discussing it, I felt comfortable asking the ad exec, "When’d you get your work done?"
    "Work done?" she shot back. "Who do you think I am, a stripper?" I was beginning to get the picture: Women might chat about their surgery—or adventures at the dermatologist’s office—with near strangers, but the new guy they’re dating is probably the last person they feel like sharing with. If I wanted to know whether my date still had all her God-given parts, I needed to figure it out from visual cues alone. When it came to implants, if the boobs were pert with no bra: fake. If they were too rounded on top: fake. Needless to say, my obsession with all of this became a topic of great amusement for my coupled friends. "What was it this time, Gabe?" they’d ask when we gathered for dinner.
    Page 3
    Then I met Callie, who didn’t make me guess. She singled me out at a friend’s birthday party, regaling me with childhood stories, most of which involved some sort of brawl. "By the way," Callie suddenly said, "these fake boobs are so not me." This was a change: I’d hardly had time to notice her breasts—all my attempts to check her out discreetly had been foiled by her gaze, and she was already revealing that they weren’t real. Her forthrightness was a breath of fresh air, and I felt comfortable asking why she’d gotten fake boobs in the first place— if they weren’t "her"? It turned out a former boyfriend had woken her up one morning with a very romantic question: "Hey, you ever think about getting better boobs?" Callie loved this guy, and after a series of failed relationships, she wanted to please him, so she went out and bought big, D-cup implants a few months later. Unsurprisingly, they broke up soon after that, and Callie was left with a very strange relationship souvenir. Some girls have tattoos of old lovers’ names; Callie had an $8,000 pair of breasts.
    I’d started to really like Callie. And as we talked about the problems her implants caused for her—the way people took her less seriously at work, the unsettling way she no longer recognized herself in the mirror—I came to a realization about why I was so wary of women with plastic surgery. As far as I could tell, almost all the women I’d met who had changed their bodies through surgery had either done it to bandage some adolescent body issue or to make themselves more attractive to men. I didn’t like that—it didn’t seem like a celebration of beauty, but a scrambling attempt to fix something. What I wanted was to be with a woman who worshiped herself as much as I worshiped her. I mean, come on, this is the female form here, the most beautiful thing on earth. To me, surgery somehow implied a lack of confidence. It was as if something purchased to say, "Hey, check me out," actually said, "I don’t like myself very much." I knew that in some ways, this was a ridiculous generalization. Women get surgery for all kinds of reasons. Who was I to decide that every person with a chiseled nose also came with psychological baggage? But I couldn’t help it; that’s how I felt.
    When I explained this theory to Callie, she said she understood. In fact, she told me, she’d decided to get her implants removed. Great, I thought. Callie would get back her real body, and I would get a girlfriend with natural breasts. But part of her transformation, apparently, included cutting me out of her life. I’ll never know exactly why she disappeared without a word after her surgery, but I have a feeling she wanted to rethink her relationships with men—what they wanted from her, and what she was willing to do for them. I have to admit, I understand. And looking back now, I can appreciate what she taught me: that choosing to have surgery doesn’t make you a dishonest person.
    Understanding what I really needed
    After that, determined to change my dating luck, I tried looking for women outside of my Hollywood circle—at the gym, at the grocery story, even at the library. That’s where I met Kara. Kara was a novelist from New York who looked lean and fit and, best of all, completely real, in jeans and a T-shirt. When I thought about getting my hands on her au naturel parts, my mind reeled. During our second make-out session, she stopped me as my hands slipped under her shirt. "Don’t get too excited," she joked. "They’re awful." Were they? Well, one was noticeably larger than the other, and they didn’t look like breasts I was used to seeing on lingerie billboards, but I loved that they were…hers. Kara turned out to be one of the great loves of my life. We dated long distance until the lack of regular contact drove us apart. Sometimes I think I’m still not over her.
    In fact Kara (and her gorgeously imperfect body) helped me figure out that dating women who’d been under the knife would probably never feel right to me. There are a thousand enhanced goddesses out there who will one day make other men very happy. I know those women are worth dating, and I’ve fallen in love with a handful of them myself. But I’m pretty sure that the woman for me will deal with her physical peccadilloes with humor and self-acceptance, not surgery.
    This is the part I think women don’t understand. When a guy falls in love, his lover’s body parts become bewitching. I’m not going to tell you that our heads don’t turn when we see a stacked blond walking down the street. But when we fall for you—really, really fall for you—you hijack our sense of beautiful. What’s sexy to us? You—in the "before" picture.
    *Names and identifying details have been changed.
    Gabriel Olds has appeared on CSI, Law & Order: SVU and Six Feet Under. He’s usually the bad guy (on TV). His most recent film is Life of the Party.
  20. gokuDX7 liked a post in a topic by Sledgstone in Would you live in a dome?   
    http://dvice.com/archives/2008/08/styrofoam_dome.php
    Check out the pictures, they actually look decent on the inside. If you got four of them connected, you could live in a pretty good sized dome home. I wonder if you could flip one of the domes upside down, bury it to ground level and connect the top dome to it... Then you could live in a duplex sphere.
    I'd get one and layer dirt up the sides and on top, grow grass all over it and live like a hobbit.
  21. Sledgstone liked a post in a topic by gokuDX7 in Naruto - Current Manga in Japan   
    Good news, Naruto TV fillers are over with for anyone thats interested. Today ended the Sora Filler ark and started the Asuma vs immortal Akatsuki ark (sp?).
  22. gokuDX7 liked a post in a topic by slippers in I saw this on showbiz tonight..   
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FN9xgUovIbA
    ;_;
  23. Ladywriter liked a post in a topic by gokuDX7 in Happy Independence Day?   
    Its not just about Republicans using bad tactics. Both sides have been doing it for years. So when people start pointing fingers and bad mouthing different party's it only makes things worse or escalate.
    Lady, I voted for Paul before I an plan to write him in like you. He's the only one against the National ID and Patriot act, two things that should have never been passed and where forced onto congress.
  24. gokuDX7 liked a post in a topic by DeathscytheX in 230 MPG Car   
    http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/tech/2008/06/05/washburn.230.mpg.car.kfmb
    Its a Video. Pretty nifty.