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    MadCast: Epic

    Munsa in France

    Start your day off right. Here's Munsa in France.
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    In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall on the 18th of June, 1969. I would like to bring to this community my version of Pride and what it means. In this thread I welcome open discussion, whether you agree or otherwise. I ask that you please remain civil, but feel free to express your opinions here and ask questions any questions you like. I'd like to start off with a trip back in time through a wonderful viDoc provided by NBC "Stonewall 50: The Revolution" a two part series running approx. 22 mins. It covers the history of queer and gay activism dating back to the 1920's. "I hope that out of all the attention being given to Stonewall on this 50th anniversary, that people learn that Stonewall was not the start of the LGBTQ civil rights movement. That it was a key turning point." - Eric Marcus, author of Making Gay History. This documentary quickly covers the history of gay rights movements, discrimination, and how we as a people have come to where we are today in the United States. Focusing on history such as drag balls in the 1920's, Pansy raids and the campy repartee, the end of the prohibition era, and further on. "The first thing they did in New York, when they legalized the consumption of alcohol again was to establish the state liquor authority, and from the very beginning it said a place could not become disorderly. And they ruled that the simple presence of gender queers or homosexuals made a place disorderly. So the state itself ruled that it could not serve or employee a homosexual or gender queer, or even let them assemble. And so gay bars became illegal. Now there continued to be gay bars, but they were forced to depend upon the criminal syndicates to give them protection from the police, and usually paying off a local officer. This was an effort to push queers out of it ... to make them invisible." From Wikipedia on the Stonewall Riots: "Gay Americans in the 1950's and 1960's faced an anti-gay legal system. Illinois decriminalized sodomy in 1961, but at the time of the Stonewall riots every other state criminalized homosexual acts, even between consenting adults acting in private homes. "An adult convicted of the crime of having sex with another consenting adult in the privacy of his or her home could get anywhere from a light fine to five, ten, or twenty years—or even life—in prison. In 1971, twenty states had 'sex psychopath' laws that permitted the detaining of homosexuals for that reason alone. In Pennsylvania and California sex offenders could be committed to a psychiatric institution for life, and [in] seven states they could be castrated." (Carter, p. 15) Through the 1950's and 1960's, castration, emetics, hypnosis, electroshock therapy, and lobotomies were used by psychiatrists to try to "cure" homosexuals. The last years of the 1960's, however, were very contentious, as many social/political movements were active, including the civil rights movement, the counterculture of the 1960s, and the anti-Vietnam War movement. These influences, along with the liberal environment of Greenwich Village, served as catalysts for the Stonewall riots. Very few establishments welcomed openly gay people in the 1950's and 1960's. Those that did were often bars, although bar owners and managers were rarely gay. At the time, the Stonewall Inn was owned by the Mafia. It catered to an assortment of patrons and was known to be popular among the poorest and most marginalized people in the gay community: drag-queens, transgender people, effeminate young men, butch lesbians, male prostitutes, and homeless youth. Police raids on gay bars were routine in the 1960's, but officers quickly lost control of the situation at the Stonewall Inn. Tensions between New York City Police and gay residents of Greenwich Village erupted into more protests the next evening, and again several nights later. Within weeks, Village residents quickly organized into activist groups to concentrate efforts on establishing places for gays and lesbians to be open about their sexual orientation without fear of being arrested." The first Gay Pride marches took place one year later on the anniversary of the raid. The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBT people have had in the world. If you have the time and want more insight into queer culture I highly recommend watching Paris Is Burning, which you can find on Netflix. "Paris Is Burning is a 1990 American documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities involved in it. Some critics consider the film to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the "Golden Age" of New York City drag balls, and a thoughtful exploration of race, class, gender, and sexuality in America." It has a lot of pop culture references that we utilize today in the queer community, you'll notice a lot of them if you're a fan of RuPaul's Drag Race. We coin a lot of our iconic turns and phrases from this era and specifically this viDoc. It's a wonderful representation of the gay community during the trying times of the AIDS crisis, and police brutality. An insight into yesteryear, and a guideline to how we've evolved our culture over the years. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Unfortunately 50 years later and we're still having problems in the queer community. Since Obergefell v. Hodges just two days before the 46th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we were granted the legalization of same-sex marriage in all fifty states. While this is an amazing accomplishment within the community, we still have an uphill battle to fight. Hate crimes against LGBT individuals are still shockingly prevalent across the country. In 2015, nearly one in five hate crimes committed in the US was due to sexual orientation, and another 2% of crimes were committed because of gender identity. There has been an epidemic of violent crime against transgender individuals, particularly trans women of color, in recent years, including eight who have been killed just this year. Trans women of color are among the most vulnerable minorities in the country, fighting against racism, sexism, transphobia, and, frequently, poverty, putting them at higher risk for violence. Still, 15 states across the country do not include gender or sexual identity under their hate crime laws, another 13 states only cover sexual orientation, and four states have no hate crime laws at all. Which brings me to this wonderful video created by Jubilee. Adoption non-discrimination laws protect LGBT parents from discrimination by adoption agencies and officials. Some states permit state-licensed child welfare agencies to refuse to place and provide services to children and families, including LGBT people and same-sex couples, if doing so conflicts with their religious beliefs. Only 28% of LGBT population lives in states where state law explicitly prohibits discrimination in adoption based on both sexual orientation and gender identity. "Families don't have to match. You don't have to look like someone else to love them." — Leigh Anne Tuohy Conversion therapy laws prohibit licensed mental health practitioners from subjecting LGBT minors to harmful "conversion therapy" practices that attempt to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. These laws do not restrict the practice among religious providers. We still have thirty-six states that have no laws surrounding these practices. There is a wonderful memoir from Garrard Conley titled Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family. Giving an insider's perspective and opinions on the going's on inside these "therapies". It was also popularized as a movie: In most states, gay and trans individuals can be fired from their job on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. That means that regardless of job performance or ability, a person can lose their job if their boss finds out about and disagrees with their identity. The lack of protections force individuals to remain in the closet, guarding the secrets of who they are, in order to earn a living. That problem is compounded when LGBT people can be also legally be denied housing based on their identities. But across America, that is the reality for many gay and trans citizens. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development reported in 2013 that same sex couples experience unfavorable treatment in renting homes online, and there are still 28 states where housing discrimination is legal. LGBT youth are more likely to have health issues because of substance abuse and mental health issues, and trans individuals can face discrimination from health insurers simply for identifying as trans. In 37 states, insurance companies can discriminate based on sexual and gender identity. Queer individuals face high rates of discrimination in prison, where trans inmates have a particularly grueling history of abuse, including being put in solitary confinement allegedly for their own protection. The US prison population has twice the number of LGBT individuals as the non-incarcerated population (8% vs 4%), suggesting that LGBT individuals are over-represented in jails, and the number is even higher for those in juvenile detention (20%). About 40% of homeless youth in America identify as LGBT and often end up on the streets because they are rejected by their family members. There, young gay, lesbian, bi, and trans kids are more likely to face violence, end up in danger or participate in crime, and encounter trauma that can affect their entire lives. A stunning 41% of trans adults have reported attempting suicide, followed by 10% to 20% of LGBT adults, according to The Williams Institute. The rate for the rest of the population hovers around 4%. America has come a long way in protecting the rights of gay, bi, and trans citizens, but there’s still work to do. This June, let’s remember to start with acceptance.
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    MadCast: Pushover

    Highlights Thread

    https://streamable.com/mxr55 Pretty glad I timed the ult correctly. EDIT: Also, where would we be without my unparalleled escaping skills:
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    Honestly, it depends on the author. Depending on who is writing for either one at any given time, I will swap allegiances. The same is true, albeit to a much lesser extent, with artists/inkers.
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    June, Pride month, in the office like:
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    I ate only half a Tombstone pizza last night instead of a full one, now if only I could motivate myself to actively work that half off... All jokes aside, as quite a few people know, I'm a cook and I just transitioned to a new job a couple weeks ago and I've had some long days and nights, and I'm just glad that I found somewhere that is mildly stress free and the people I work with are way cooler than what I'm normally used to. DSO and I had talked about this before, and it makes a huge difference, so I'm happy today to enjoy my three days off because I'm not dreading going back to work after the three days are over....
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    I am 24 years old and have been active duty in the Air Force for 6 1/2 years. I have never once voted and here’s why. I refuse to vote for the lesser of two evils. No candidates I fully support have made it far enough for me to vote for. Example in the last presidential election I supported Dr. Ben Carson, has he made it all the way I would have voted and voted for him. Since he didn’t and I did not fully support either candidate I did not vote. I 100% believe voting or choosing not to vote is your individual right not a responsibility but I also agree with the philosophy of if you don’t vote you don’t get to bitch about the officials in office.
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    Just got my math final exam back and it's 100%! Passed that class with a 99.3%, and math has always been my worst subject, so I'm extremely proud of this! Also, I'm probably keeping my 4.0 this semester, too. The stress was all worth it! What have you guys been up to lately? I want to read some small or large victories that deserve recognition!!!!
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    I'm pleased to announce that the prizing for the tournament is a $10 RP card for each member of the winning team! Good luck everyone!
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    I think I prefer Marvel for superheroes and DC for villains, as a general rule. There are some exceptions, for I really, really hate Cap. America and Magneto is an awesome villain, but I think overall Marvel superheroes are more interesting and DC villains are just better thought out and more fun to hate.
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    Thanks everyone! Glad I can contribute by flaming Namflow providing feedback.
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    *Days Later* Mansu sat in his modest room running a finger over the still-raw wound. Batosu's wealth had done nothing to dull his skill, and the indignity of the man to not press the kill stung much more than the filthy stitches. The Anger wrapped around his consciousness, demanding suffering. Mansu brushed a knot of greasy hair out of his eyes and ran a preening hand through his bedraggled beard. Sacrifice. Scales must be balanced, both in the merchant's shop and within the windswept wills of the Kami. Loss must be acknowledged with tribute, and victory needs must bring reward. I am enacting what is known as GM Fiat. To spice things up, Mansu is demanding that one of his disciples (either of their own choosing, or Mansu's decision if a volunteer does not present) disavow their adherence to the Toten and plead with Batosu (Khaos) to join Clan Nanten. Any Victory Points said player has accrued will be deducted from Clan Toten and rewarded to Clan Nanten. This might be an event that figures into a backstory or motivation for a character in Phase 2. Not honor, Mansu thought to himself. Not honor. Necessity demanded this, lest the Anger wrest more control of his mind.
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    Darren Coach is no longer a member of our community. I could probably help you at some point to review your gameplay. I would also try to come to League of Learning, which takes place each Thursday at 9 PM eastern. It's a weekly event where we get together to play some games and review them after.
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    MadCast: CoachRivers

    LoL Mafia

    A LoL Mafia bot has appeared on our beautiful MadCast Discord Server. I wanted to lay out what it is and how it works quickly. FIRST with LoLMafia, all commands will begin with "l!" Which is a lowercase L followed by a !. This is to distinguish it from other bots easily. ~~~~"l!startgame"~~~~ "l!joingame <code>" ~~~~ A Game of Mafia is played with 2 teams (split by the bot randomly, for LoL this would be 2 teams of 5 by default), and with one of those people in the game from either team being named the Mafia(By private discord message all secret like) ONLY the Mafia will receive a PM at Game start. The Mafia's goal is to be sneaky sneaky and make their team lose without being obvious and caught. ~~~~"l!votephase"~~~~ "Red Team" OR "Blue Team" ~~~~ Vote in DMs with reactions~~~~ After your game of League of legends is played with the assigned teams (For League of Legends time wise an ARAM makes sense), you enter the "l!votephase" which will then ask in chat whether the "Red Team or "Blue Team" won the game. This is important as you receive points for just winning the game also. *IF* the Mafia was on the winning team, NO VOTE will take place and their teammates will receive 2 points for foiling the Mafias plans, the losing team receives 0 points for Failing to beat someone that was trying to throw, and the Mafia receives no points for failing. If the Mafia is on the losing team, a vote is sent to each player in their DM's with numbers corresponding to each player in the game. You will react with the number next to the person you want to vote for. If you are the Mafia, you don't get the Voting message. ~~~~You get points for~~~~ Winning. 1 Point if Mafia on the other team. 2 Points if on the winning team. Voting correctly. 1 point for each vote correct Mafia, 3 points for successfully losing AND not having more than half the vote. You can check your points with "l!mypoints" and there are commands for a weekly leader board and an all time leader board ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Questions always welcome, as I realize all of that was probably clear as mud.
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    Hello everyone. I have made some changes to our Discord Server. If you want to continue to use our server to your best benefit, please read this thread. You might notice that some of the Discord chats have gone missing on you. This is intended. All text channels on this server have now been made private, and accessible on an opt-in basis. We currently have 19 text channels on our server. Some that you could see before, others that were minimized by role subscription. We have now enabled role subscription to the entire server. This is to combat both the clutter caused by these text channels, and the ability of bots to attack our public text channels. This requires some action on your part in order to continue participating in our server's text channels. In order for you to see a game or section's text channels: you must opt-in to the proper role. You can do so by heading to the #welcome channel and reacting to the first post with the proper emoji. These emojis correspond to each section and will allow you to participate in those sections once used. You will not be able to participate in text chats if you are not subscribed. Once you have found the first post in the #welcome chat, you can subscribe to a role by selecting the corresponding emoji. You can also unsubscribe by removing your reaction emoji. For example: if you react to my post in the #welcome chat with the GEN emoji, you will be awarded the General role. This will give you access to all of our basic text chats. If you have feedback with this new system, please share any you might have below. If you are having issues operating our Discord and require assistance, please contact any Ranking Full Members, Senior Full Members, or Staff in that order. Thank you.
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    MadCast: Baal

    Nifty Car Stuff

    So, I don't know how many of you are car guys/gals, but I rediscovered one of my old favorite series. "Roadkill," if you aren't familiar, is a program done by a couple guys from Hot Rod magazine, where they take absolute shit vehicles and make them do things they shouldn't, with mixed results. I recommend anybody with a passing interest in cars check it out. I have a short clip here of an old Ford F6 with a shortened frame and a rear mounted engine standing almost completely up. Enjoy. Also, I figured this would be a good spot for the more mechanically minded MadCasters to congregate and share ideas, projects and stories.
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    Just a friendly reminder: Celebrating Pride month is giving to queer not selling to queer. Creating products with rainbows on it for queer and trans people to buy isn't celebrating pride month.
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    pineapple is a fruit. tomato is fruit(and a main ingredient in most pizza sauce). veggie or meat pizza are made and sometimes combined to make something amazing. some people even like some sardines or other living things from the water on their pizza. im sure in some remote village in south north of east jesus they like tree top hanging grubs with small slices of fresh apple. pizza is such an amazing thing and toppings shouldn't make people choose sides. eat what you like and love, the cheese that you love, the crust, the sauce, the toppings. no matter how few or how many.... but all in all PINEAPPLE ON PIZZA FOREVER.
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    Tell me Loki my lad, do you put pineapple in a Greek salad? A good Greek Salad is composed of a sound, simple dressing, Cucumber, olives, Tomatoes, and onions. Cucumbers, olives and Tomatoes are technically fruits, yes, but to quote Miles Kington, "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Shall I now put tomatoes, cucumbers and olives in a fruit salad with other things such as strawberries, melon and blueberries?
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    Well fucking done man.
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    I'm glad to see you've opened the floor for this discussion, double! Coming from another country that definitely has a lot further to go than the US, it always seems to me that the LGBTQ+ community here in the States is very lucky, and have it a lot easier than in other places, which quickly turns my brain into a "what are they complaining about?" train of thought. It's not fair, since that sort of mentality is not constructive at all, but it's a question nonetheless and reading your posts kind of answers my questions. Also, what happens in the U.S definitely shapes what happens in my country 5,10 or 20 years later, so the battles being fought here will most certainly ripple into Chile in the future. I was having a discussion with my boyfriend about a question that came to mind, and I'd like to ask it here since I'm sure you understand LGBTQ+ culture a lot more than me. Keep in mind I don't judge either way, I'm just genuinely curious about this. In order to realize, decide, or come to the conclusion (Whichever verb or action applies, I'm not really sure) that you are bisexual, do you have to have had a relationship with both genders? The question came up because a female friend of mine posted a buch of things about being bi after saying she was just an ally of the LGBTQ+ community for years, and having only had romantic relationships with guys. Now, even though it's not always the case, I'm sure there are people that make these claims online (And never in person) just to get some attention. I'm not sure if this is the case here or not, but the whole situation got me wondering whether you can actually know for sure without having ever lived through it. Personally, my kind of open but not really savvy on the subject brain went no way, you need to have empirical evidence of having kissed a girl AND a boy in order to affirm that you are bi. And then I thought about it more, and decided that in order to determine, or come to the conclusion that you are, for example, a man who isn't comfortable in his body, because you should have been a woman, you haven't really been a woman and yet I am comfortable with agreeing that in that case you're transgender. So I have no idea, and I'm not even sure it's important or not when you're determining your sexuality. Maybe just the feeling that there could be sexual attraction to both is enough? No clue. What's your experience, or thoughts, about this?
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    Hello All! For the past several weeks, myself and @MadCast: Chibiushi have been working diligently to create a re-imagining of the old Mimic modpack from ages past. After a lot of testing and help from @MadCast Maday and @MadCast: Soupcup It has finally been approved by curseforge! So we bring to you the very very beta version of what we have been working on. We are hoping that this very public facing modpack can help bring more attention to our community as a whole, and bring a ton of fun to our community in general. The modpack can be found on curseforge at: https://minecraft.curseforge.com/projects/mimic-modpack We recommend at least 8 GB of ram assigned to this. (Instructions on how to set this all up and get the best performance out of it will be coming soon!) With this release, we have some requests of the community. Please help! There is a ton of stuff we can do to help promote this pack and make it better, but me and Chibi can't do it all ourselves. We have a few things that could use some custom graphics, such as a main menu! (https://minecraft.curseforge.com/projects/custom-main-menu) and perhaps a slightly different icon for the pack itself! (I have ideas, I'm just terrible at art stuff). We could also use some content creators. If anyone wants to do some let's play style videos, or want to help write up some guides to mods or come up with some cool interactions between different mods. There's tons of ways to help grow the pack, so if you want to help, please do not hesitate to let me know! Mimic Modpack Installation instructions: https://www.madcastgaming.com/ips/forums/topic/25920-installing-mimic-using-twitch-app-or-multimc/ Mimic Modpack Issue Tracker: https://github.com/JigglesTheFett/MimicModpack/issues Server information/Rules: https://www.madcastgaming.com/ips/forums/topic/25919-mimic-server-informationrules/ Server Whitelist Thread: https://www.madcastgaming.com/ips/forums/topic/25921-mimic-modpack-server-whitelist-thread/
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    How appropriate 💜 I'm just teasing, well done!
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    I've been really tempted to just build houses in Sims 4 lately but I haven't gamed at all today, and I'm just gonna be proud that I didn't procrastinate lol. That's always been a personal struggle for me.
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    Remember that League of Learning is tonight. Hope to see you there!
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    Personally I feel these 2 are really just opposite sides of the same coin. With DC their heroes fall flat for me never completely horrible but often uninspired however the company really shines through it's villains. Good heroes : John Constantine | Booster Gold I'm a sucker for a tortured soul or an irreverent joke the 2 listed above fill those needs pretty well for me Batman isn't a bad fit but a little overspun at this point relying to heavily on his rogues gallery to stay entertaining. and Man-Bat good joke bad spin off to emphasize the point. low hanging fruit heroes : Superman | Green Arrow Superman the alien prince charming feels more alien in its aim to be such a perfect human that actual humans kinda just suck. He goes right up there with South park Cartman's Ninja persona Balrog, "my super power is to have all the super powers" Green arrow : how many times are we going to recycle the " I'm a billionaire vigilante" Gave batman a pass on this as a progenitor of the trope. Conversely I find the opposite to be true with Marvel. The heroes are empathetic and enticing however with limited exceptions the villains often come off as a monster of the week antagonist that even Elvira would be ripping on at least when compared to their DC counterparts. Favorites: Howard the Duck | Gwenpool Weak heroes: Scott Summers (cyclops) | Morph Scott Summers not a terrible character but the unwaveringly Lawful/stupi... I mean good lawful/good approach just grinds on me and Morph a quirky funny personality slapped on a Megaman power base of I shape shift into you and get your powers is pretty uninspired (Lets just fuse mystique and rogue and see what we get). Still There are also some prime Heroes from smaller labels like Image and Dark Horse Honorable mentions: Hellboy (dark horse) Spawn (Image) Bra-Man ( Blind Ferret)
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    Marvel: Spiderman | X-Men DC: Batman Rest of it I don't really go out of my way for, but I do really enjoy Marvel movies. They're lighthearted and fun, while DC I've not enjoyed anything from then since Wonder Woman, and before that it was Heath Ledger's Joker.
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    Mika has been my most recent gaming music obsession, such positive vibes to just jam out to.
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    i'll jump in and i think @MadCast: Silencer is playing again
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    We can always do two movies, I'm sure Howard doesn't have an issue with an excuse to drink longer.
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    This movie is absolutely amazing. Will try to be there, but I'm not 100% sure I can make it.
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    Been doing a research paper for the last two days and I realized that I need one very awesome, chill song on repeat to really get into good essay writing. I love this dude's voice, and have been listening to this song for a total of like 8 hours now and I'm not even close to fed up with it.
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    By proclaim of you majesty Zubon, @MadCast: QuantaMentat kneecaps have been eliminated. Unfortunatly this wasn't enough to kill him, as he survive with wounded status.
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    Only time I really use ketchup is for making the sauce I use on my meatloaf. That's made of ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar. If I'm dipping fries, that's normally in in BBQ sauce I personally like mixing ranch into mashed potatoes for the flavoring and thickening. Oh, and you forgot dipping pizza crust in garlic butter...
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    MadCast: Dez

    Path of Exile OPEN DOOR

    That was a lot of fun. I'm sure I've already screwed up my Standard guy's skill tree, but I like the Totem thing. Place crap down and run around. That's my jam! --- Excited about the new League.
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    @MadCast: doublestufforeo alright you food snob calm the fuck down.
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    MadCast: Lokenn

    Coaching for LOL X-Masters

    I've got some bad news for ya bud.
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    nope. entirely different recipe and consistency also, waffles
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    I'll be around.
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    MadCast: Craiden

    Waffles or Pancakes?

    Pancakes, hands down
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    I agree that pineapple pizza is, perhaps, the pinnacle of pizza.
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