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Monday, April 4th, 2011
12:43 pm
I seriously have to stop singing this song constantly in my head all the time.

It's bad for my brain.

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Saturday, April 2nd, 2011
11:30 am
Video Wrapup! Woo!
I am still around- I swear. I haven't really had much to say for a while that hasn't been short or dumb enough to just put on twitter, and I don't really want to choke up people's friends pages with those twitter forwarding posts.

Still working, at the end of summer it'll be 3 years at my current job which is the kind of number that makes my brain hurt. I worked for the newspaper for just over 2, but that was freelance, and only one or two days a week. Also I didn't really enjoy it at all (glad I majored in journalism). My current job is considerably more fulfilling, though on the whole a LOT more stressful. There was more stress in short bursts in freelancing, but when you work 1 day a week, that stress counts as having a life. High-end retail is much harder than I had expected and I spend a lot more time managing customers personal baggage and ego. It's also something I fully expected to loathe with a fiery passion, but thanks to a good staff of co-workers and the ability to set my own direction in the store, it's ended up being much more fun than I would have expected. I mean, hell, I'm still there. It doesn't hurt that after 2.5 years I'm one of the longest-working employees in our store. It's nice being looked up to as a resource for new folks.

Anyway, before I spend TOO much time unloading my work dramas, here's videos I liked this week.

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Friday, March 18th, 2011
6:35 pm

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Let's get it poké-ON

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Thursday, December 16th, 2010
11:17 pm

I am baking SO MANY cookies right now. ALL OF THEM. ALL OF THE COOKIES.
Chocolate chip, chocolate chocolate chunk, my traditional decoratable pseudo-gingerbread, oatmeal-raisin, oatmeal-apricot, and some granola thing.

I've got the oven working shifts, and the gingerbread isn't even getting baked tonight (it has to chill in the refrigerator overnight).

Needless to say this was the lady's idea. She's now completely pooped and I'm circling the drain. It's already 11 and we have 2 batches waiting to go into the oven.

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Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
8:34 pm
I grabbed a few bottles of Moxie at a local store here in Southern California, and since I've ever seen it around here before, I decided I had better try it now!

For those not in the know, Moxie is a classic carbonated beverage from about as far back as they go. Like, back to the point where sodas were considered medically beneficial for problems besides "having too many teeth." Moxie ads featuring a genial but stern professional looking man were the norm, and were the same fully-painted spectacles that you'd expect from advertising of the era. Nobody nowadays produces oil-portraits for ad agencies anymore. The bubbly elixir is hard to find outside of New England, as it's got a very unique taste that not everyone likes. It's not just a cola, it also contains root extract as a primary flavoring. Because of its cult status, it's existed in a weird twilight realm of potential cancellation, and at the very least it's hardly ever distributed outside of the areas where Moxie is traditionally popular. I checked out the website for the company that bottled it and it looks like it was coded in 1991, so I'm glad I was able to pick some up.

So yeah, after all that buildup I finally got to taste the cultural icon. And it kinda sucked. The initial flavor was really cool, a spice-infused cola with a really complicated taste- like someone dropped a Good Earth teabag into a coke. It was a little like holiday pepsi (the pepsi that had nutmeg flavors and shit in it), but only slightly. The problem arose when those flavors started to unravel in my mouth.

I mentioned briefly that the aftertaste was my problem with it. I had no idea what I was in store for. This soda takes aftertaste to a whoooooole new level. I was tasting this stuff an hour later. I gave my girlfriend a sip of it 5 hours ago and she swears she can still taste it, and we went out for burritos in the meantime. It's got to be the root extract- it's like a metallic ginseng flavor that just grabs onto your tongue like a nest of burrs and won't be shaken off. I found myself drinking more of it to avoid the aftertaste.

That initial rush of flavor was great, and BIG ups to any soda that uses cane sugar for sweetening. Usually I'm the one who likes the weird underdog flavor that everyone hates- as I mentioned in the video I've been known to drink straight tonic- but this was one acquired taste that I didn't acquire, no matter how much I wanted to be able to appreciate a classic. Especially since, as I said, the damn stuff was harder to get than albino porn.

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10:20 am

Spent a lot of time this week organizing my clothes and packing away my summer stuff- apparently I own five bathrobes. I'm gonna have to do WAY more lounging.

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Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
2:15 pm
MusicQuest 2k10

My musical tastes have been too static for too long. Recommend me an album and I will listen to it. New, old, whatever. Your all-time desert island favorite, or just a passing fancy. I'll obviously mention what I thought of it too.

Previous groups I've found this way: Neutral Milk Hotel (yay!), KMFDM (ugh), Don McLean (meh), The Futureheads (initially yay, then meh).

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Monday, November 8th, 2010
9:53 pm
America Day!
Fuck Yeah!

In my further quest to rip off people I don't even know, I did another pseudo-So You Don't Have To. Yep, a video concept so old, even benchilada doesn't do it anymore.

This time I decided to make it a battle royale between the McRib and the Double Down, with special guest star Bacon Vodka! I'm not great at organizing my thoughts on the fly, so I have more details at the end.

McRib: It was pretty decent as a sandwich, though it didn't really taste like pork or ribs. I was expecting something like a bbq pork sandwich, but this didn't have that level of flavor. The sauce on it was pretty good, but wasn't what I was expecting. As I mentioned in the video, I would have believed someone who told me that it was actually a morningstar fake-rib sandwich. I really have no clue what the fuss is all about with this one. It's not like it's that hard to get a real bbq pork sandwich anywhere. For the price I'd say it's a good deal, and there certainly seem to be plenty of people excited about it being back on the menu. I find it hard to get that excited about a fast food menu, but if my friends have to suffer through me talking about minecraft, I guess I can deal. I ended up tossing out the third of it I had left over.

Double Down: Better than I was expecting, for sure. As I said, I didn't really think the double down was as horrifying as some people said it was, even before trying it. It's just a chicken sandwich without the bread- adding the bun would just make it bigger. The chicken filets were pretty moist and stayed together pretty well. They were SUPER salty, but from what I know about KFC from the times I've eaten it, of the 12 secret herbs and spices, at least 8 of them are salt, and I've had WAY worse fried chicken. The sauce on it was just mayo with spices, and the bacon might as well not even been there. Between the chicken, the mayo, and the cheese, one limp bit of translucent fast food bacon strip just can't stand out. It was pretty greasy, but at least they gave me plenty of napkins to stem that particular tide. It probably isn't anything I'd ever eat again, but I ended up finishing the remaining half of it while I was waiting for the video to upload to YouTube.

Bacon Vodka: I can imagine drinking bubble-blowing liquid would be more enjoyable than drinking this stuff. I'm glad I didn't take a good whiff of this stuff before I poured it, because I probably wouldn't have gone through with it. I'm really not a huge fan of vodka, but I've had good and mediocre vodkas and can tell what makes the good ones good. Usually it's a milder, subtler flavor from having fewer impurities. Well this DEFINITELY didn't have that flavor. I feel like I wasn't entertaining or animated enough in my reaction or denouncing, but it was a kind of bad I was unprepared for. I was expecting it to be like plastic-bottle vodka with liquid smoke and I could say all this funny stuff, but it was repellent to the point where I had no comeback. I mean, this from someone whose liquor of choice is gin and tonic. Beyond the vodka flavor being like a punch in the nose, the flavor that is supposedly bacon is just perplexing. It seems to be strongest as an aftertaste or from smelling the neck of the bottle. I'll admit, bacon is a difficult smell to encapsulate- but this isn't it by a long shot. The friend that referred to it as beef jerky and dog food was right for sure, though after sniffing it again, I'm more on the side of the dog food. My brain and tongue just kept having an argument the whole time it was in my mouth- like my tongue opened a present and all that was inside the box was broken glass, and my brain tells it "there's a sweater in there for you" and so the tongue digs around in the broken glass for a while but can't find anything, but the brain says "I swear there has to be a sweater in there somewhere," so the tongue digs around a little more but it's just glass, except in this scenario the glass is vodka and the sweater is anything not this vodka and rosebud is a symbol of my childhood before I had to clamp down on the creative energies of my youth for fear of not fitting in. Or something. The biggest kick in the balls is that I can't stomach enough of it to get me drunk enough to not care. I could always try it in a mixed drink, I suppose.

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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
11:49 am
heavens may quake, forests may burn, and seas may be plowed under, but I stand firm, for I have caught a bidoof.

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Sunday, April 4th, 2010
6:06 pm
Oh lord- my grandpa keeps calling the house and thinking that my voice on the answering machine is me answering the phone but then hanging up on him. We're rerecording it to be my mom speaking VERY LOUDLY to say that we're not there. Hopefully it's loud enough that he gets it, or at the very least blames my mom instead of me for hanging up on him.

I found my pokewalker. Apparently it went for a spin in the washer, so Nintendo will be sending me a new one sometime next week for an outlay of $15 plus $5 shipping. I was able to get my magby back from it using the emergency "return from stroll" command (which both serebii and bulbapedia have WRONG, btw)

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Friday, April 2nd, 2010
10:25 pm
i lost my pokewalker :|

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Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
5:27 pm
FINALLY caught Ho-Oh. Geeze, what a butt. With the amount of money I spent on revives and pokeballs I could have just BRIBED the fucking bird to join me. The strategy that ended up working was hitting it with as many smokescreens as it takes to knock him down to minimum accuracy and having my kadabra take him down to as low as he can before he gets one-shotted, then switch over to a low-level sandslash to use non-effective moves to whittle him down as much as possible before switching over to my poliwhirl who hopefully is able to hypnotize him to sleep before getting killed. Once he's asleep, spend 2-5 turns chucking every ball you've got. Apparently dusk balls weren't that useful, since an ultraball ended up doing the trick just fine.

Still, with a plan like that it took QUITE a few tries to get it to work. The most frustrating was a battle that took so long, ho-oh actually used up the pp for all 4 of his moves and killed himself using struggle.

And, like all legendaries, now that he's caught I'll stuff him in the pc and never use him again because legendaries are goddamn boring to play with.

So now I'm off to throw my broken corpse against the elite four enough times to level up and beat them.

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Saturday, March 27th, 2010
5:52 pm
Apparently in pokemon, the stat that is increased by the critter's nature is the one in RED, not the one in BLUE. I assumed the blue stat was the one that was improved, and the red was the one that was penalized- and as a result I imagine I've been training a VERY odd team. Time to go back and reevaluate. Thank goodness I noticed before I plowed a lot of time into training a Khangaskhan with low defense and bonus special attack.

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Monday, March 22nd, 2010
8:32 pm
Some company is making a PSP game called "patchwork heroes". This displeases me- I went to great lengths to pick a username that had nothing to do with anything. I guess it's a good thing I've switched over to using different nicknames in online games and such. From now on, however, it'll be one of those things that pops up in people's minds most likely. Also it'll make it a real bitch to get it as a username on sites I sign up with from now on. Somewhere out there there's a culinary-inclined parent named "CookingMama" and a gravitational physicist named "MassEffect" who know my pain.

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Sunday, March 21st, 2010
12:45 am
I was able to get 1232 steps for my pokewalker by going over to a friend's house to drink. That was more than enough that going to get drunk leveled up my magnemite. Man, pokemon is the best game ever.

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Thursday, March 18th, 2010
10:45 am
Easily the best thing I saw yesterday: a 65-year-old woman complaining in broken english about getting pinched by someone for not wearing green. "I am not care about the saint patrick, and I am not care about thanksgiving, and I am not care about any of it."

Also- currently being the very best like no-one ever was. I got heart gold and am playing a bit. I was 100% amped on the poke-walker until I noticed that pokemon don't learn moves if they level up from it, so before I pop my zubat buddy in there I have to check serebii to make sure it doesn't get screwed. I have a kadabra of limited utility that's level 20 and knows nothing but disable and teleport :|. I also don't have an exp share yet, and I keep getting killed trying to sneak ahead to get to the city that has the move relearner.

This game seems harder to me than diamond- probably only because I'm leveling up many pokemon pretty evenly, so when I go somewhere where I need to switch up my team it doesn't result in a major level drop, but I'm still usually underleveled. My starter actually isn't my highest level pokemon, that distinction goes to my geodude that RUINED everything for the beginning of the game. I gave him the shell bell, and since he only took a few damage from being tackled and nothing at the beginning of the game knows much in the way of type-moves he was just a dang rape machine.

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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
1:16 pm
I love words, but not all of them.

Case in point: brobdingnagian. If you're not hip to it, it refers to the part of Gulliver's Travels nobody ever remembers exists where instead of being a huge dude and everything in the world being super tiny, the main character is in a world where everything is super huge and HE'S the tiny one.

So why do I hate this word? Well first off, even people who know Gulliver's Travels probably wouldn't remember that the super big world is called brobdingnag, and therefore requires explanation pretty much every time it's used. Language can be pretty and creative, but its primary function is communication, so if it can't do that it's pretty well useless.

Another reason for my coldness towards it is because of the words it replaces. Big, large, huge, colossal, gargantuan- all perfectly sensible and direct words being avoided in favor of a longer word that fewer people will recognize or understand.

I know this is a silly thing to be wiggy about, but I've seen this word a LOT lately, like once every two or three days for the last few weeks, and I seriously don't get what's propelling it.

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Monday, January 11th, 2010
2:32 am
Man, nothing tells you what kind of shape you're in quite like a fart that cracks your back.

Anyway, after having the wind completely sucked out of my sails by the holidays I've basically done nothing but work and stick to the house like a barnacle. I've had a few days off, but only one at a time, and I've basically spent them in bed.

On the upside I got to finish Spirit Tracks already. It was a lot of fun, though it was over too fast for me. There wasn't much more they could have done to stretch it out without making it grindey, however. My only real beef was the amount of time they spend on facial closeups which would be cool if the characters were made of more than three polygons with a texture for the face. I loved that they included Zelda in the game and made her halfway interesting, and I greatly enjoyed the ride. It doesn't hurt that my DS hadn't seen the light of day much lately.

Still, I also picked up the Final Fantasy 4 DS remake, which is going to last a lot longer, includes much higher quality textures and settings, and also has voice acting. Compared to something like that, Spirit Tracks is fun but a bit flaccid.

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Sunday, January 3rd, 2010
12:21 am
Happy new yeaOHGODBEES

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Thursday, December 31st, 2009
2:31 am
I've gotten bored with never updating, so BAM! ONE MORE!

So yeah, I gave twitter a spin. You know, that website that gave NPR a boner, forced Facebook and myspace to completely re-purpose themselves to status updates, and killed livejournal?

Turns out I write way too much. I'd spend FOREVER trying to cram everything into the character limit, and once I did write it, nobody would see it. The few friends I did have turned out to be spam-bots or people just looking to inflate their numbers. The absolute killer was sitting at a local coffee shop and listening to a woman explain how to cultivate a successful twitter following purely for marketing purposes by taking into account how many friends people have versus the number they're friended to, etc. It completely killed any enthusiasm I had for it, and I never tweeted again. It didn't help that I didn't check it frequently enough to actually keep up on anything. I hardly need ANOTHER website that has entirely new content each time I refresh, that's what the internet hat machine is for.

Anyway, I picked up Spirit Tracks the other day, and I'm forcing myself to play through it slowly. I had originally not wanted to play it without Vanessa around, but she ends up falling asleep on me half the time I play games anyways, so I decided that I just didn't want to burn through it too fast.

I'm pretty fond of it so far, but then again I LOVED phantom hourglass. They really seem to have taken people's criticisms to heart and changed some stuff around, though I'm not too far in- I don't even have all 4 map segments yet.

The only thing that is pissing me off thus far is that they put out the stamp booths in the first 3 dungeons BEFORE I HAD THE GODDAMN STAMP BOOK :| Now I gotta drag my ass back to the first 10 locations to find the ones I missed. Oh, also those snow bunnies are goddamn assholes.

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