Happy Hump Day Survey!

PaladinTom wrote:

The Wheel of Time.

Still feels like a major life accomplishment.

I'm with this guy.
I still love WoT despite its flaws. Even had an Aes Sedai ring custom made about ten years ago.

Actually, y'know what? I was wrong.

When I was an itty bitty the local library only had the first two tapes of Robotech. So I was very familiar with the first four episodes, but nothing afterward. Late elementary school I discovered the novelizations, but we never had all the books so I only completed the story with gaps in the middle. In middle school the Suncoast Video had the VHS tapes and allowed you to order specific volumes, but they closed down before we could get all the series. Finally when I was 16 or 17 working at GameStop they got the entire series in a DVD box set. Immediately bought it at employee discount and binged it the next couple days, finally seeing the series in full from start to finish.

...well, the Macross saga, at least. We started working on Southern Cross but weren't really big fans, and to me, when I think of Robotech, that first saga is what comes to mind.

Most of the long series I get myself into don't have sticking power as I am easily underwhelmed by dips in quality or just distracted. LotR is a solid candidate, but the bigger one for me would be David (& Leigh) Eddings's books. In high school I tore through the Belgariad and Mallorean and then moved on to Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress. (I think that's all I read, so I technically didn't finish the other series set in that world.) Though I don't recall much about the series in particular, they were pretty formative to my own fantasy writing and I wouldn't be surprised if I was called out for using these as inspiration without realizing it.

Mine is the novel A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell. Only took me forever to finish because it's really long, one of the longest novels ever written (it was published serially over the course of about 20 years). But holy crap, even as long as it is, it manages to keep you engaged, and the last few "books" in the series were so powerful, when I hit the end I knew I had a serious contender for "favorite book ever".

Eleima wrote:
PaladinTom wrote:

The Wheel of Time.

Still feels like a major life accomplishment.

I'm with this guy.
I still love WoT despite its flaws. Even had an Aes Sedai ring custom made about ten years ago.

I've been slowly rereading WoT over the last few years with an eye toward finally finishing it. I recognize all that's wrong with it, but it still means a lot to me. I don't know that I'll ever want to read through it again, but I really want to see how it all ends.

Alz wrote:
deftly wrote:

Runner-up: Cryptonomicon. Same thing, probably started it 3 or 4 times before I eventually got to a point where I was hooked and couldn't stop.

Did you ever try reading The Baroque Cycle? I gave up at the beginning of book 3, and now years later I can't motivate myself to go back to the beginning, to build up the momentum to finish the entire series.

Heck no. I took one look at it and knew I'd never make it through. I'd probably enjoy it, but I'm not even going to try.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
Eleima wrote:
PaladinTom wrote:

The Wheel of Time.

Still feels like a major life accomplishment.

I'm with this guy.
I still love WoT despite its flaws. Even had an Aes Sedai ring custom made about ten years ago.

I've been slowly rereading WoT over the last few years with an eye toward finally finishing it. I recognize all that's wrong with it, but it still means a lot to me. I don't know that I'll ever want to read through it again, but I really want to see how it all ends.

Sanderson did a good job, in my opinion. I found his contributions to be a... ahem... breath of fresh air after slogging through RJ's last few books.

LouZiffer wrote:

Sanderson did a good job, in my opinion. I found his contributions to be a... ahem... breath of fresh air after slogging through RJ's RJ pooped out his last few books .

HAPPY HUMP DAYYYYYY!!!

Courtesy of theharpomarxist:

"What is your favorite post another Goodjer made? If you can't find it, feel free to describe it."

I'm probably answering for many of us when I link this one.

ccesarano wrote:

I'm probably answering for many of us when I link this one.

Yep. That one definitely wins this week.

haha! Can we all ditch work and spend this Wednesday contributing to the thread in his honor?

I have a hard time thinking of individual posts that I loved, but I can think of posters whose contributions I regularly enjoy. I still love ccesarano's review of Kid Icarus: Uprising and his loopdeeloop deep dives into ideas. I love when TheHarpoMarxist writes about art, but especially movies, because he has such a neat perspective. Demyx has taught me a lot about Disney, an animation studio that I have loved since childhood but didn't know how much I didn't know about them. Mantid writes about all the JRPGs I want to play but don't have time for. KaterinLHC isn't around much, but her posts about Dragon Age (and especially Dragon Age 2) always gave me something to think about and a fresh perspective on the series. shoptroll and TheGameguru have insightful and interesting things to say about the business side of gaming. Gremlin does a spectacular job of writing thoughtful, interesting, and well-sourced posts in D&D. There are many, many more GWJers whose work I love. These are just some of the ones who tend to write walls of text that I'm happy to read.

Pretty much any given post by Hypatian

Tanglebones wrote:

Pretty much any given post by Hypatian

Yeesh, how could I forget Hypatian? Great posts out of that lady.

I love when threads go off topic because goodjers are being silly with wordplay, puns, or bad jokes.

They're hard to remember, but here's one that made me lose my sh*t laughing my ass off that I haven't forgotten:

Once when a Coffer Grinder named Enrico Pallazzo posted in a thread, someone (I think it might've been Tanglebones) posted this:

IMAGE(http://i.imgur.com/yJ4giqv.jpg?fb)

It STILL make me laugh!

Yup, that was me

Tanglebones is a master of unexpected and hilarious puns.

Answers so far are all accurate. I also love whenever pyxistix posts art in the Things You've Made thread: https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/node/... That's actually one of my favorite threads to see pictures in from anyone, but pyxi is particularly prolific there.

Garion333, Tanglebones, and all the other kings of the Name That Movie thread. You never let it stay dead for long.

JCVD!

I'm constantly amazed by everyone in the Depression thread, from people who are just sharing their story to the people helping lift others up. m0nk3yboy's posts there in particular have had an immeasurably positive impact on me, even when I've just been in full on lurk mode.

The post responding to my deal post about Darksiders in the Video Game Deals post, thus beginning the "Is it any good?" meme.

At the risk of recency bias, Tscotts post on page seven of the rank anything thread is awesome.

Not going to copy it all here.

Mine is a whole thread, and that thread is Fleabagmatt's locked Locked Threads thread.

It's mentioned every once in a while along with this one, which was related but on a different topic entirely. Each time someone asks about a favorite post or threads, I think of the original.

Of course, there's also this.

HAPPY HUMP DAYYYYYY (holy hell it's only Wednesday)!!!!

Courtesy of (the adorable) CptDomano: "What would you attempt, if you knew you could not fail?"

I would climb Mt. Everest!

I would buy lottery tickets.

LouZiffer wrote:

I would buy lottery tickets.

It's pretty hard to fail when trying to buy lottery tickets. IMAGE(http://cool-smileys.com/images/skype-emoticon0110-tongueout.png)

I would buy a winning lottery ticket.

DiscoDriveby wrote:

HAPPY HUMP DAYYYYYY (holy hell it's only Wednesday)!!!!

Courtesy of (the adorable) CptDomano: "What would you attempt, if you knew you could not fail?"

Make a video game.