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631  General / Introductions / Re: Hiya Webmaster Masaki! ^_^ on: August 12, 2010, 08:48:43 pm
Thanks!
632  General / The Lounge / Re: A Brewery Tour on: August 12, 2010, 08:35:13 pm
They spare no expense when it comes to the horses, I'm sure.  One of the most striking things about the stables is how clean they keep it.  I had expected it to smell something like a farm.  Now that you mention it, I didn't see many workers besides our tour guides while in the brewery itself.  A guy in a white coat through a laboratory door, and one employee in the bottling area, not in that shot though.  Maybe some were out to lunch, or the route that the tour takes is cleared of workers while it's going on, but it appeared that machines took care of much of the final process.  The bottles being carried along seemed to go on forever, and beyond that I could see completed boxes being carried up to another area.  Sometimes the filled bottles smash (heard it was a very small percentage), though the white stuff on the floor is lubricant to reduce the noise for the benefit of visitors.

A couple more shots of that area.  The first is from behind a window again.  The second was taken after I stepped into the room itself.  Pretty noisy, even with the lubricant on the conveyor belts.  Those bottles are moving along quickly.












633  Anime and Entertainment / Gaming / Memories of old battles on: August 11, 2010, 10:06:30 pm
About 12 years ago, my family got it's first Windows computer.  A black IBM Aptiva from Radio Shack, which might have needed upgrades before it ever got to the house.  The simple integrated audio could never handle Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II quite right, with the sound usually not there except for startling short bursts of noise (like some hellish bat-like thing above your head on a desert planet).  The video was integrated too, and best for 2D games, or very simple 3D.  2D was all we really needed, playing various games, including the original StarCraft.  Must have been the first PC game that I really loved, after years of only being exposed to consoles.  I'd think about it while sitting in English class.  Then have to wait my turn to use the computer once home.  I'm loving the long overdue sequel too, which has renewed my faith in Blizzard and brought back a lot of memories, despite some (good) changes.  The campaign really draws you in, with interesting characters and choices to make, sometimes determining who will like you.

Around then I played Final Fantasy VII on the same computer, but that was a console port, before I finally got a Playstation.  The port was full of bugs and glitches, at least for me.  I still loved that game too and, like others, would love to see a remake, if it kept the same feel.  The well detailed 2D environments had a charm that doesn't seem to translate easily to 3D.
634  General / Bulletin Board / A Few Rules - Updated 12/13/10 on: August 11, 2010, 09:39:19 pm
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635  Anime and Entertainment / Anime / What have you watched lately? on: August 11, 2010, 09:27:20 pm
There are a great many anime series that I've never seen, and will make time for lots of them.  As my avatar pic might suggest I've been watching Naruto Shippuden, right up to the latest episodes from Japan.  I started watching it subbed around the beginning of this year, after catching the rest of the first series from where Cartoon Network cut it off.  It was great having a couple more to watch every day.  Waiting a week, or two, for the next part of the story can be agonizing, even if it's what you get if you live in Japan.  ^^;
636  General / The Lounge / Re: A Brewery Tour on: August 11, 2010, 09:02:24 pm
They really are big as horses go, up to 2000 pounds.  The stable stalls were about half full yesterday, while the Clydesdales that were present got some relief from the summer heat.  They had a lot of space to run around outside, not too close to the production facilities.  While the company has featured the horses a very long time, the particular brewery I went to is about 40 years old.  The main building is very modern looking, while the gift shop, visitor's center and stable buildings had a nice old fashioned feel.  While the place was massive with lots of noisy machines, the ingredients seemed simple enough, if still expensive, so I can picture it being made in smaller quantities at home.  Well, in the cozy tavern at the end of the tour they let you choose up to two beers.  I tried Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale, which they started making there recently for the upcoming season, and some Stella Artois.  I was surprised by just how many different beers the company distributes.  In the gift shop we got a custom variety pack of different kinds, including a Japanese one.  Not all produced right there, it's the smallest of their breweries.  The only real issue with the tour is that it's hard to hear the guide above all the machines at certain parts.  ^^;  Have to stand real close.

Some of my better pics, in the order I took them in.




Near the gift shop





Right outside the brewhouse





Bottling and packaging, through a window.





In the quiet tavern-like room overlooking the bottling area.  The team logo would hint about where this is close to.





Right outside the stables





Shiny!





A big horse (and stall), and as close as visitors could get that day.





A view down along the stalls



637  General / Introductions / Re: Hiya Webmaster Masaki! ^_^ on: August 11, 2010, 07:55:15 pm
That sounds about right, when the neon effects are close together they tend to mix a bit, but I did base the green in the headers off the title borders.  Originally, as I was adding color, Spike's hair and tie in the neon image had the same shade of green as the title borders and the hotel sign.  "Holiday Inn green" didn't really fit him though, so I went with something closer to olives.  Depending on the lighting in the show, his hair hardly looked green at all, sometimes.
638  General / The Lounge / A Brewery Tour on: August 10, 2010, 09:18:08 pm
Just today I visited an Anheuser-Busch brewery.  It was really hot, both outside and parts of the inside, but very interesting and fun.  The tour is free and shows you much of the production areas, and includes a lot of history.  Some free samples too, in moderation.  They keep Clydesdale horses in stables there most of the time, got to see some.
639  General / Introductions / Re: Hiya Webmaster Masaki! ^_^ on: August 10, 2010, 08:12:53 pm
A bit sleepy myself, see ya!
640  General / Introductions / Re: Hiya Webmaster Masaki! ^_^ on: August 10, 2010, 07:47:30 pm
I darkened most of the green header just a bit.  Still a bit bright overall?  Yeah, I saw that the default avatar max was set to 65 x 65, seemed a bit small.  I'll have to check out Karin.  ^_^
641  General / Introductions / Re: Hiya Webmaster Masaki! ^_^ on: August 10, 2010, 06:51:17 pm
Welcome, Maki!  Hmm, the green headers could use a slight adjustment, I'll see what I can do.
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