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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Notice

I'm thinking of including more updates related to the odd games that have no real website for help. These mainly pertain to BYOND games because most of those games don't have help pages at all, or won't go in depth because of spoilage. I don't mind spoiling games so much since some things you can have no clue how to find unless someone tells you or stumble upon it by accident.

This came to me when I realized how much my Archipelago Remastered entry has been googled for help. That game has been going up and down for quite some time now, some with changes, some without. In fact, one changed BECAUSE of my guide telling people everything, haha. So if you see an entry out of the blue for a game you never heard of, don't mind me.

My next target is Dragon Warrior: Shadows of Erdrick. It has been getting repopulated lately, and I'm sure some people wouldn't mind some guide help. When I used to play, I actually drew up maps by hand to help direct myself. I figured I could scan some on here and let people use them as they see fit. If I was better at computer imaging, I would probably make a nice fancy image from it, but alas, I do not possess the programs or the skills. I might go into paint and draw up the paths since the maps were really simple (Seriously, just a bunch of lines and symbols to say what is a dead-end and what isn't). Couldn't hurt to do this to attract a few more people here, even just for gaming help.

I was thinking of including Neopets for help, but a lot of people got it covered in much better detail than I do, so there's no reason to intervene there.

For people who don't know, BYOND is a gaming engine that supports many people's fangames of other games, anime, books, and more. I have mentioned these in passing among different entries. I've played and seen Harry Potter, Final Fantasy, Bleach, Naruto, Dragon Warrior (of course), and many others. In fact, one interesting one, called NEStalgia bases itself off many different video games to make one awesome story. Unfortunately, I never could get much into it, so I likely won't talk of that. I stoppedp layign BYOND after awhile because so many games became "Subscribers (people who donate money) > Non-Subscribers." Felt like Ragnarok Online private servers all over again.

If anyone has played BYOND games or is googling right now and stumbled across this entry and want to share some insight on games, by all means feel free to comment or send a personal message to me. If we can help the gamers more, I'm all for it.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Update5.3127

Tis the start of the holidays, and thus, less updates are likely to begin. I have another part to Mr. Autodelete story ready as well, but figured I would give a general idea of where I am first.

Lack of updates have been due to three things: my new neopets obsession, holidays = busytime, and lack of comments. When I don't see many comments, it makes me desire to update less. I don't plan to stop updating due to those reasons, but I will less frequently. Comments help bring motivation to tell about my day or share a story. Some days I don't need the motivation to update, but to keep a steady schedule, it is nice to have. I imagine most of my followers are busy with their own thing this season, and that's understandable. Just expect less-than-frequent updates from me then (as well as checking on your blogs; I'm pretty backlogged as it is).

Now that the nasty business is out of the way, I been meaning to write about my black Friday experiences from when I used to work for Target. I should narrow that down to just, "experience," actually, since I was one of the lucky ones who rarely had to work black friday in the 5 years I worked there. I worked once for the closing shift, which is not much of a story to tell... and one morning shift, where I worked in the Toys section.

The team leader (think specialized managed) of Toys was gathering his crew for the season's biggest sale, and I was asked to help out. He was a cool, lenient guy and after some nights working, I was able to handle Toys pretty efficiently. I learned the names of which Bratz toy was the hot seller, and why we don't have EZ Bake ovens this year, and other fun toy stuff.

It was the first time I EVER worked an opening for Black friday, so I didn't know what to expect. Had to get to work by 6am, and when I did, there was NO parking and a line I couldn't have imagined. I just parked way in the back and walked over to the staff entrance, to which i was already being asked by customers, "hey do you know how many Nintendo Wii's you will have in stock?" and other such things. It felt as if I was a celebrity being barraged with questions by the paparazzi. I squeezed into the employee entrance and clocked in. As I clocked in, they had JUST opened the store, so through the employee door's window, I saw a bunch of people running like mad. I saw an old lady knock over a man which made me laugh my ass off. I grabbed all equipment that I could for the floor (walkie talkie and a scanner to let us know what is in stock/price/location of item), and headed to Toys.



Wading through the crowd was surprisingly easy, as everyone was looking away. I thanked my stars no one was asking me anything, since usually that red shirt makes you a... ...I can't think of a non punny way to say it... target. I managed to get to Toys, where a few shelves were already bare. I looked at my co-workers asking them for any updates on out of stock items, and they already count off a few. This information was helpful 5 minutes later as I got assaulted with questions of where some doll house was, to which I was able to spout off an answer. At one point it felt like I was directing traffic in that 5 people asked me a question at the same time to which I held up my hands and pointed to each person what is their question. That was pretty cool.

Then came a moment I will never forget. I was helping a motherly-looking woman about what deals we still have in stock, checking things on my scanner for the many locations they could be found when a guy about a foot and a half taller than me actually grabbed me, picked me up for about 4 feet, and then said, "WHERE ARE THE MICROWAVES?!"



I meekly pointed a direction and he was off. The woman I was talking to had her phone out, running over to me, "Oh my gosh, I thought he was going to take you with him!" She had apparently started to dial 911 in that instant. That alone made the experience less mortifying; it's nice to see people actually give a shit about one another.



The rest of the day went pretty peaceful, surprisingly. It felt more like a typical busy day, which was nothing to me. Because of how busy it was, we didn't have to put away stray merchandise (fun fact: customers did that job for us in buying them before we could put some products away). The most annoying part was the friggin cabbage patch dolls, since everyone needed that PERFECT doll and we had some up on a high top shelf stacked pretty high, and people would always want the top one.

Yes, I mad.

It sort of makes me glad I didn't work this black friday either, though I'm sure that could have been some nice money to take home since places usually offer a lot of hours for that day alone. There still is Christmas sales to be had though, to which I hope to be working by.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Mr. Autodelete, a dream of mine turned story.

His name was Mr, Autodelete. I suppose he was the villain in this story, but yet he was a merciful one. He had no problem talking to me or other earthlings when we asked why he wanted to disrupt life on our planet; he simply had to. It was just a matter of survival.

The world had already known about it incoming demise, and so there was chaos. Many people traveled around the world trying to find some sort of salvation. Others accepted their demise and stayed in their homes, waiting for impending doom. My family, instead, was heading to the location where Mr. Autodelete would enter and destroy the rest of the undesired life on our planet.

Before the world knew of its doom, people could sense something wrong still. In the news, people were reported going crazy and then simply dropping dead. What they didn't know was it was part of an alien planet similar to ours absorbing the life out of the humans. Some other life was facing similar struggles, such as all birds, rodents, and bees. Dogs and cats seemed to be fine, and in plant life, trees seemed to be completely unaffected, but flowers were facing mass extinctions. The governments of the world claimed other nations were doing this to them with biological warfare, which is why certain life was fine, yet others were being wiped out. That did not exactly make sense. If a death occurred in public, none around would follow suit.

Before it all started, I was playing with my cousin, Kathleen. We were playing a puzzle game on the computer, when Mr. Autodelete found us. An elegant voice that sounded like it was full of pity greeted us. Kathleen thought we were on some voice chat website, and tried to click off the page, but the voice assured us it was not a human. Of course, why should we believe strange voices heard on the computer? I turned off the computer, a little scared I may have gotten a virus, but relieved it was over. That is until, the voice continued speaking.

"I am here to inform you that your planet will be suffering a mass extinction of its life," The voice spoke with a tinge of sympathy. "I am sorry that you are the first to know this, but I wished to make sure you knew in advanced so you may cope and enjoy the time you have left with your loved ones with you while you can."

Kathleen, clearly frightened, asked who was he. He said we probably could not pronounce his real name, so just call him, "Mr. Autodelete." It seemed fitting enough to him. He probably took the word off the computer and arbitrarily made it his name. I asked him why did he want to kill us all. He had a small laugh, and said he desired not to kill everyone we knew and loved, but simply had too! We wished him to elaborate, but said he had others to alert, and simply to tell our family. He would be back at this same time tomorrow.

Of course, when we told our family and friends, no one believed us. "You probably just got a computer virus!" "You sure the radio wasn't on?" "Maybe you called someone by accident and they were messing with you!" We then told them we could prove it if they come over tomorrow around the same time we heard Mr. Autodelete's message. Our parents and my sister said okay, why not, and a few of our friends said they'd be willing to hear it, but many others said they would be busy. The next day came and we waited by my computer, hoping yet dreading Mr. Autodelete's voice.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Update and response

First, I'd like to respond to the DJ entry.
-The job I am applying for really doesn't have much relevance to the DJ job, but it probably will help to show I have been active since I left Target.
-When it came to talk, i mostly read shout outs on air, but added my own flavor to it, such as talking about current things in the game. "Oh man, the lag has been SO bad lately!" "God this one person just won't shut up with the Smegas..." When that ran out, I would talk about myself since several people liked to hear about how I was doing.
-While I was DJing on a station devoted to Maple Story, it was NOT official. We kept trying to talk to Nexon about making us officially affiliated in some way but they ignored us. I heard back from my the owner a week ago that they are starting to recognize the station NOW, though, but I don't know much more info on that.
-At first i took requests and mentioned if I didn't have a song, I'd find a way to get it another time. Then, tired of filling up my computer with songs I hated, I said, "No, I will not play songs I hate. If I can stand the song and I have it, i shall play it." I even started making lists of songs that I have, and artists or songs I won't play. I also mentioned I won't play the same song within an hour's time, because that just got on people's nerves. I would sometimes instead play the same artist but a different song of theirs if repeat requests happened. A few people got upset with me about that, but majority either loved that or didn't care.Most people loved that I would take their shout outs almost always.



I been having a problem with Amazon again, but this time with my customer account. I canceled my credit card recently because I simply can't afford to keep it around being a temptation when I am needing money so badly, so I can only pay by e-check/paypal. Whenever I tried to order something from Amazon, however, as soon as I clicked the "process order" part of the website, it would redirect me to select a payment, but no error messages. Tried several times, then tried on two different computers. My laptop with vista and firefox failed first, my desktop computer with windows XP and firefox failed, and my parents' Mac with safari failed, so I knew it wasn't a computer issue. I e-mailed the Amazon support team twice, and TWICE they failed to help me. They both said it must be my internet cache or cookies causing problems...

Despite the fact that doesn't make sense since I tried on three separate computers, I attempted to follow their advice. On my laptop I cleared cookies/cache, rebooted, disabled any ad-blocking/script blocking programs and still nothing worked. So instead, I asked my sister to buy them for me on her account and I'd give her a check. Just sucks since my mother's birthday present has been delayed for so long because of them...


I had a vividly fucked up dream last night. Personally, I blame the alcohol I had last night, it almost makes my dreams very vivid and go to the darker corners of my mind. I'd rather not talk of the details, but let me just say it was like Harry Potter meets Law & Order: SVU, and it was uncensored and disturbing. Those two things should never come together.


Speaking of alcohol, I rarely, if ever, drink. Before last night, it had been 2 months since I let myself get light headed. I just enjoy not feeling stressed out so much sometimes, plus banana rum and sierra mist is really yummy. Flip side is that the enjoyment has a price. First, as disgusting as this is, it makes me very gassy, so I'll be belching and breaking wind without wanting to. And it won't even be a relief either, I feel like my throat and ass are on fire. Second, of course, is the hang over. I don't drink to get drunk, but sometimes i go a little too far. I never had to puke my brains out, but I'll feel tired and wobbly later. Luckily, I was able to just sleep it off this time. Finally, it makes it easy to go to sleep, BUT it won't last long. I'll wake up 3 hours in and unable to fall asleep cause my mind keeps drifting and I'm in that middle of hangover and drunk. I also drink alone because one of my friends isn't 21 yet, another I don't see much, and my best friend can't drink since it'll interfere with her medication. And drinking with my family is out because they are assholes when I drink. "HEHEHE, HE SLURRED! HAHAHA!" They are just jerks like that cause I don't drink that often and I am the youngest, I suppose.


I have been up Neopets's ass lately since the games and plot got me so stuck in it. Essentially has taken the role of MMORPG of me, despite it not being one. I recognize the addiction. but it's such a nice thing to just play and not always pay attention. In the future, don't be surprised if I get all happy about awards I get in the game, cause I can sense it coming.


I only need TWO MORE characters to beat Classic mode on intense with no continues on Smash Brothers brawl; Wario and Ganondworf. Thing is, they are probably my worst characters to play as. Seriously, I been trying and trying, but they keep dying early, or getting caught in something I saw coming but they are too slow or caught in an animation they can't get out of it. I will conquer it soon, and then I shall get through everyone on Boss Battles!


And with that, i leave you with a piss off message I got from neopets in a random event.
Fuck you bitch!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

What can I say, life keeps me busy these days.

So on Thursday-Friday, I went to see the Midnight premier of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. It was an excellent representation of the book, save a few things here and there. I won't be spoiling anything in case of people who don't read the series and haven't seen the movie yet, but will be speaking broadly of the things I liked and disliked. If that bothers you, shuffle along. To those who seen this already and know what I am talking about, feel free to comment, but please speak broadly as well.

One of the better things they did was make certain deaths even more meaningful. A first death had been originally quite pointless in the book, but in the movie, it was given much more meaning then just "LOL, oops random death!" The other death that was given more meaning already had meaning, but instead dramatized it more in the movie. That is not too surprising, typical tactic of movie makers, but I was happy it was done.

A not so great thing about the movie is that some parts of the movie may confuse people who did not read the book. They even added a scene that may make the viewer think something is going on when it certainly was not. To those who have not read the book but would like to see the movie sometime, you may be confused as to how they came across certain information, and even unfortunately, have no idea what is going on at one point. It was a bad emission error on the directors' fault.

There are some point in the movie that just don't make much sense as to why they changed it. One guy was supposed to die, but instead was just stunned. I imagine they have a bigger plan for him in Part 2, perhaps give his death more meaning than it did in the book just like the first death I mentioned. They also were supposed to have a small party for Harry's birthday, but omitted that as well. I understand cutting things for time, but I think a small service should have been given to show how much Ron's family is essentially Harry's extended family. Ah well, one touching moment was made up by the meaningful deaths.

Overall, I loved it SOOOOO much better than the last movie. It followed the book nicely, and the changed parts were mostly fitting (except perhaps those mentioned, but it is minor). Book fans should not be disappointed.

Also: I have not forgotten about the questions in the DJ post. Feel free to still ask questions upon that, I shall answer them in another post. Please forgive the 2-day absences as of late, trying to get a job and fix my school situation have been quite trying. I'll mention about those another time as well. :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hey DJ!

Sorry for lack of posts, but trying to re-read this book again has proven to be trying on me. Not because it is not interesting, but because I've had to handle a few more things to organize my life more as of late.

While filling out applications, I asked for some advice from my family members what sort of references I should put down, and they suggested I should put down the time I was an internet DJ. I haven't been putting it down since I never was exactly paid, I just received a few perks here and there.

A few years back, I was really into Maple Story. Scary into it, to the point of how you hear of WoW obsessions except it did not interfere TOO much into my normal life, just all my spare time and sleep. I usually played music on my computer while I played, but I got tired of my music and needed to hear some new music. I used to listen to anime radio but got tired of it repeating the shame shit over and over, but then saw an advertisement for a radio station in Maple Story. It was unofficial of course, but I checked it out and liked what I heard.

Over a period of time, I noticed a lot of dead-air times for it, so I decided why not volunteer to be a DJ? There wasn't a DJ for my server, I liked to get new music, and I was around enough to dedicate some time to it, so why not? Two days after sending in an application, I was looking through my e-mail and notice no reply. I went through my spam folder since back then I used to check it, and noticed an e-mail from the owner of the station. He requested an interview... which ended up being in 30 minutes from when I read it! I hurried up, installing skype and thinking of what I would say... Long story short, i got the job.

The station averaged around 40-300 listeners a day, depending who was listening and depended if people dead-aired the place or not. I ended up being pretty popular solely on the fact I was the first and only DJ of my server. I gained several friends and a lot of help from strangers. Some gave me in-game money, others provided me with help in quests and such. The in-game money was the better part of it, along with just people to chat with while monotonously training. I also enjoyed delving into new music. A shame things started to get bad along with the good.

The owner decided to expand the radio station by adding two more channels. This was just a bad idea because all it would do (and did) was spread the listeners out, not gain more listeners. In the long run, it wasn't a horrid decision, as it did provide listeners 3 different DJ styles. But then he wished to expand further by adding more (useless) channels. A channel dedicated to asian music? Seriously? I don't know what happened to it since that was around when i started to fade off, but that was just horrible.

At one point, I became a pseudo Human Resources person. Some fights broke out among the many DJs, so i made an effort to find out why and try to solve the problems. In general, all I did was play baby sitter; not only was i one of the few DJs who were over 20 years old, but most the DJs were from 14-17. Yeah... The restricted age was 16, but a few underage people lied about their ages so they could be a DJ. If we found out later and they proved to be competent enough, they stayed though. Some were good DJs but horrible co-workers. Not surprising, seeing as they were in high school, therefor brought in the high school drama. "He said my music sucks!" "She keeps kicking me off when I'm DJing!" Petty squabbles indeed.

I could go on about other petty details I can remember, but I believe I'll then be listing as if it were a history book and not as an interesting tale. I'll leave things open for your guys to ask questions about this and I'll answer them tomorrow in another entry. I ended up leaving the radio station by... no longer DJing and disappearing. I was a "Seasonal DJ" which meant I would DJ when school would allow it, but that didn't last long either. I just stopped caring about Maple Story by then and hated hearing the same music over and over. People asked for the same music all the time it was maddening. Made me hate Dragonforce, Linkin Park, and Breaking Benjamin.

Fun Fact: I did go back to Maple Story for another half-a-year run when the Pirate class first came out, but I did not return to DJing. In fact, i went on a separate server and gained friends whom helped me more than the DJ job did (except I got less free money, but more old equipment and opportunities for legendary runs).

Monday, November 15, 2010

Movie tradition

Yeah, I don't have much for funny Potter things...
This Thursday night/Friday Morning, I will be joining my two cousins in watching "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1". We have been going to midnight premiers for about 3-4 years (or movies, rather) now as a tradition.

The first 3 movies, I had just watched the movies either on DVD or in theaters on a later date. I had already read the books so my hype for the movies wasn't too strong. I don't remember which movie it was when my cousin told me about how she and her family go to the midnight premiers, and invited me along. I figured it could be kind of cool to see it early, and been craving to go to the movies (and friends being busy) so I said sure. Since then, we had been going to the midnight premiers together... with a few bumps in the road.

One of the times we went, there was this real bitch of a lady telling off some teenagers for saving seats. "I paid just as much money as you did for these seats, if your friends aren't here yet, that's their problem!" The guy was holding 4 seats by himself. I'm not sure if his friends were there and in the bathroom or hadn't gotten to the theater yet, but this lady made a huge stink about it. I can understand seat savers can be a little annoying, but people want to sit with their friends. Granted this lady was also pregnant, but that doesn't give you an excuse to bitch out somebody for trying to hold seats for their friends. She was with two other fellas, and I have no doubt about it in my mind she would try to save seats for them as well. The guy backed down and found other seats in the end, but throughout the movie, I kept thinking what a cunt she was.

Another time, my younger cousin and aunt were on vacation during the premier of the new movie, so we all didn't see it together. Instead, My aunt and younger cousin went to the theater near their vacation spot for the midnight premier while my older cousin and I went together to our local one. It was not such a big deal to be separate, just it sucked since it slightly broke the tradition of us going together. Last movie, however, the tradition was broken further.

My car wasn't working too well, so my older cousin had to pick me up from my house, which was rather out of the way from where she was coming from. We were running really late, so she started zooming there. My aunt and younger cousin were already there, calling us to let me know the tickets were almost sold out. They bought theirs in advanced, so only I was without one. I did ask them to stand in line to get me a ticket and I'd pay them back. About halfway to the movie theater, they called back, letting me know the tickets had sold out. Pretty pissed and dejected, my older cousin rushed me home before rushing back to the theater so she could still see it. In the end, my older sister went with me to see the movie another day. Funny enough, that movie was kind shitty anyway. Least favorite of them all.

They deleted a scene to ADD a scene that had no impact on the story whatsoever. I don't remember what scene they deleted, but they added a house burning for NO REAL REASON! My cousin suggested it could be to emphasis a rivalry between two certain characters, but there was no such extra rivalry needed in the book, and it certainly didn't need it for the movie. I even asked my sister what she made of that scene (she never read the series), and she figured it was just some random burning. Disappointing.


I almost thought this movie would end up trashed like the last, but when I heard they split it up into two parts, my faith in the movie series returned. I have no doubt there will be some piss-off points in this movie, but at least the split will make it less likely for the directors to cut some of the more awesome scenes in the book.

I likely will be re-reading the last book for a fourth time now so I can refresh my memories for the movie. It's what I did for all other movies since I been going with my cousin's family (yes another tradition). I originally read the last book within the first 24 hours I had it, so I know I have enough time to read it before the premier.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

An interesting dream

I was on an island running away from an unknown assailant along with 3 or 4 other people (only 3 were important). We managed to find a ladder down into this surprisingly well-lit tunnel, which was both sandy, yet water filled. We considered how were could get home safely. One suggestion was to write a note in a bottle and let it run down the watery part of the tunnel to hopefully someone down the way. However, down one bend of the tunnel we could plainly see the water hadn't a strong current. Two guys, one I'll name Brian who was a strong swimmer, and some wannabe punk kid I'll name Wayne decided to explore down further of the tunnel while this other guy (Let's call him Bob) adamantly said we should stay here near the ladder in case the water rises. I stayed with Bob, which proved to be boring. It made me think of one of those choose-your-own-adventure books, how some of them let you take a boring route and then make fun of you for taking such a boring path.

We heard some yelling from the distance, and a drenched Brian came to let us know Wayne found a way out. Bob put up some hissy fit saying the water might rise any second, so we should stay there, but when I went with Brian, he ended up following along (and maybe some unknown person our group that I seem to recall being there). We had to swim a portion of the way, but we made it out in a forest near some train tracks 

The place was almost jungle-like. There was an old rusty fence on the other side of the tracks and some vines hanging below it. We started walking along side the tracks, but Bob started complaining about if a train were to come by, some rocks near the tracks could shoot out and kill us. He also complained he was tired and wanted to go back to the tunnel. We also suddenly got a bunch of other nameless people apart of our group who echoed Bob's sentiments. For some reason, I had the idea of using the vines hanging near the rusted fence as a ways to hurry our movement forward. I ran up to the fence, climbed up it (which I recall hurting my hands because of some jagged ends), and then did some super cool awesome vine swinging. Within seconds I was more the 100 feet from the group. I yelled back at them to suck it up and try it. Then, for no reason. a bunch of army recruits came jogging by, as if this was a training course of some sort and I woke up.

I found the beginning of the dream interesting enough to write about, but as always, my mind makes a lot of nonsense happen or interrupts the process with me waking up. Where would we go next? What the hell happened to the person(s) chasing us? I think it could make an interesting scene of a story.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Time for another general update

Some time back, I talked of an annoying Amazon sale I had with my book selling. I have had no contact with the customer since they refused the book and according to Amazon policies (as well as how their rating systems go) she can not be refunded nor lower my rating. Looks like I won that battle, and got some free cash out of it. Unfortunately, I haven't sold any books in quite some time now, people just ain't buying. I probably have to lower some prices again.

Concerning about my Creative Writing grade, the professor has continued to ignore me. I need to get my ass up and find out what are my options for taking this up with the school. Unfortunately, every time I think of it, i go in a panic. Hell, writing this has me shaking again. Ugh.

My youngest cousin with whom I'm in contact with has her birthday coming up, which actually is on the night of the new Harry Potter film. Apparently, her mother decided to celebrate her birthday with the family tomorrow, which (as always) is completely sudden. We only found out on Wednesday. My other aunt and uncle are away on vacation, my parents will be coming back from a vacation and unlikely going to feel up to going. My sister had already made plans that day, so it very likely may be just me and the oldest cousin with her husband there. Not to mention I doubt my family had time to get a present for her yet. It's just so annoying yet whenever an event is planned on this side of the family, we always get TOLD with little room for discussion. I'll be doing what I always do for her, and making her a mix CD, she enjoys the different music I can find for her. I just feel bad for her since its her 18th birthday and hardly anyone will likely be there.

Haven't been reading much lately. Need to do that.

Gaming news is active, of course! I finally beat Dragon Quest Swords, which I had been meaning to for awhile. Not bad! Was a lot of fun! The bonus material afterwords is quite challenging, though. I probably won't get around finishing that any time soon... Took 20 minutes to put 25% damage on this one boss's lifebar, I just gave up.

I been playing WAAAAAAAAAAY too much Neopets. I get so addicted to earning points on there; just something so satisfying for some reason. I also got caught up in the plot they have going too. Yes, I realize how kiddy (not to mention evil) Neopets is, but for the time being, it's quite fun!

Haters gonna hate.

Caught up on all my DLC quests for Dragon Quest 9, but seriously need to make more headway into my grotto hunting. Haven't even found a monster that'll provide the best experience so I can grind a little easier, which is another thing I need to get on. Legacy Boss battles have proven to be going well though.


I had some really bad allergies or some form of small cold on Wednesday. It pretty much wiped me out the next two days, making me feel exhausted. Friday I was feeling a lot better and did my DDR thing plus hung with my best friend. Was a much needed thing.

Now to go find some songs for my cousin for a CD, hopefully songs she hasn't heard. No, I'm not asking for suggestions.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Cars

Inspired by loneislander.

When I turned 17, my Uncle gave me his old 1990 Ford Escort. This car had been in my family for a very long time, nearly everyone had driven at one time (either just one time, or for a semi-permanent period). I was the last one to drive it.

Blackened part was my college's parking pass. :X

This car had over 150k miles on it, and lots of problems with it. The main problem I had with it (towards the end of its life) was with the starter and alternator. Always at the worst time, of course. The plus side to this car, however, was that its brakes were EXCELLENT! I felt safe when I was in this car, since I knew I would be able to stop short. Sure, it was slow, ugly looking (I hate red), and had problems, but for a first car, it felt great to be so safe. The steering was a lot better than my current car too... But thanks to all the problems I had with the car, I actually learned a fair amount of car things. One big thing was how to change a car battery.

I never was really into cars like other guys. As long as it drives and I feel safe in it, I was fine. I don't know names of other cars when people start name dropping them, so I could care less if someone had a Miata or thundercougarfalconbird. Needless to say, I hardly knew anythign about the intimate parts of the car either, so when problems came up, I turned to my dad for help. My dad isn't a mechanic, but knows enough to find what the problems of a car are at least. Thanks to my alternator problems, my battery apparently wasn't charging while the car was driving. We got a second battery, and so, far a temporary solution until I had money, I would charge one battery in the house while another would be placed in the car. About every two days I would have to go into the car and change my battery. I believe I became a bit of a pro at it after a week of doing this. I recall a time that this process ended up completely failing, however.

An old friend of mine invited me up to his place one night to hang out. He lives way upstate from me, and since my family doesn't like me having friends over at the house, i decided to go to him. I freshly changed the battery in the car and went up. After hanging out till like 12am, I started to head back. On the highway, the headlights started to dim. I quickly turned off my music and the heater to conserve battery power, but it was no use. Soon the lights went off, so I put on my emergency lights so people could still see me (surprised they worked still) and quickly called home. In the end, my mother and sister had to drive out with the spare battery from the house so I could get the car home. Finally made it home at 3am.

During the time of my car's failings, I had an opportunity to buy another car in excellent condition for a very good price. it is my car still today, but has its own problems (of course). My grandfather (may he rest in peace) knew of my great grandmother's neighbor who had a car she was not using for a very long time, and could use some cash. Long story short, I bought a 95 Dodge Spirit that had only 40k miles on it for 1000 bucks. The car was in excellent condition for its age, 6 cylinder (scary fast compared to my red car), and... AUTOMATIC WINDOWS & LOCKS! :D It was such a huge upgrade in comparison! Since my old car was actually doing okay at the time, however, I only ended up using the car sparingly. Then, my dad's van ended up breaking down, so I let him use it instead until he could get another car. This ended up being for a long period of time, too. A problem occurred with this arrangement at one point, forcing me to use my cousin's car for a few months though.

My cousin who I am closest to had two cars at the time just like me; her first car which she painted mushrooms, peace signs, and other hippie-like things, and great-grandma's car which was ANCIENT. She had to alternate between the two cars to keep them going (since great grandma didn't want to get rid of her car even though she couldn't drive it, plus either one of the cars could die at any time... best to have a back up just in case). My red car was starting to have constant problems again, and dad really needed my just-bought car for work, so I worked out an arrangement with my cousin and one of her cars until I could scrape the funds for the red car once more. I ended up driving the hippie car

Unfortunately, I don't have pictures of it. This car was sort the opposite of the red car with the breaks, but had better acceleration. It also had vent problems, so carbon monoxide came into the car if you turned on the heat. It also had manual steering, which took some getting used to, but I later found out the tires were causing it to be more difficult than necessary... Some air in the tires made manual steering feel better than power steering! I got a lot of strange looks while driving, and with me having long hair too made me look like a hippy I think (even though I dressed raver-like/punk). One time I was sitting at a light and someone from the other direction was passing by and honked their horn, and yelled, "YEAH! PEACE MAN!" Despite its flaws, I enjoyed the short time I had with it.

The hippie mobile was returned to my cousin when the semester was over, and during the break from college, mom got a new car so dad got her old car, and I got my newer car back. Though the red car was doing okay at that time (yeah, it had those good periods and bad periods), I decided I was done with it, and ended up donating it to a charity. I wouldn't want to try selling that car to anyone, too many problems to make much money off it. Finally having a car with speed and looking at least semi modern was great! Even better was that it was green, my favorite color! Unfortunately, I had my first accident in this car, which really shook me up for a period of time.

I don't have a picture of it other than the accident photo.

What happened was this guy was coming from the other direction and made a left (right from my point of view) a bit too hastily in front of me and another car (two lanes). The guy even told the police officer, "I cleared the first car fine..." which just ruined his argument for it being my fault. Besides the whole accident thing, the guy and his wife were kind enough to me socially. we both knew we had to exchange information and call an officer to make a ruling, so we didn't argue or anything. We both just said what we felt once and then waited for the officer. I called my father since I was scared shitless. In the end, they had to pay me for damages, to which their insurance said my car was totaled and gave me 1000 bucks for repairs. Awesome enough, I only needed less than $500 to repair the car, so I ended up making money off the thing.  Of course, my luck doesn't hold out like that... someone rear-ended my car WHILE IT WAS PARKED a year later and and ran off, leaving me with a steeper bill than my accident.

Right now, my (green) car is doing OKAY. Just got the brakes done a few months ago so it's drivable, but it hasn't had inspection for 3 years now... not just because it would fail, but the rearview mirror fell off and hasn't been wanting to stay on... and I think its illegal to drive without it (I still do though). It has all sorts of other problems but until I can get myself a job, I can't get the rest finished. :X

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Quick opinion & Phone scammer?

My best friend said she would make a banner for the blog. Thing is, neither she or I know what sort of design it should be. Any ideas for it would be appreciated.

Funny thing, she just got a call from somebody saying she won a $200 gas card. The guy claimed she was a valuable customer (of what, the guy didn't say), and lived on the same street as her. Then said "[her name] is your mother or sister, right?" She messed with him a little, and kept asking, "Why are you trying to scam me?" he kept reassuring her he wasn't just wanted to give her a gas card, and at the end of the phone convo, he says he'll knock on her door "for some friendship."



Those curious to mess with the guy, she has the phone number of the scammer. Wanna mess with him? Go for it! 1-800-219-7809. 800 number so it's not like a personal phone call, it's free. If anyone does decide to, please describe the experience. I don't encourage this, but just throw it out there. ;)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Just want to remind everyone my last post was just something I was pondering, not something I was going to consider. I would not want to place that sort of burden on my family intentionally. I do appreciate the concern though. Willingly going into insanity sounds like a tv show plot, actually...

Anyway... A friend of mine linked me to this story some days ago: My Son Is Gay
Short version is a mother's 5-year old son wanted to dress up like Daphne from Scooby Doo for a supervised Halloween party at school. Son was worried he'd be made fun of only when he got to school first, but his classmates were having no problem with it. it was the classmates mothers who made this whole stink to the mother saying they shouldn't let him dress up like that.

Is it wrong to let a child cross-dress for Halloween? The mother mentions if this was a daughter dressing up in a guy's costume, the parents probably would not have had a problem. Personally, I think it's just stupid for other parents to get all in a huff about it. It's just for Halloween! Kids are supposed to dress differently that day.

I remember the Halloween parties done in Elementary School. There were a few guys dressed as girls, and there was hardly any problems. One guy was a male witch, another dressed as a woman, telling everyone "Yeah, don't I make a scary woman?" Couldn't argue with that. Neither him or the male witch ended up gay in high school either (but if they decided they liked women's clothing in secret or something, I wouldn't know). In short, it just wasn't a big deal.

Now if a child started wearing dresses or something on a regular basis, there may be room for concern. Not because its wrong or something, but because THEN it can be harmful to the child socially. Children are cruel. I understand it is not right to force a child to be something they are not, but at this point, it's more of a matter to protect the child from ridicule.

Sometimes children would be more accepting than people would think, but it is just the parents that have the biggest problem, and fuel their hate into their kids. My mother told me about how the PTA was in elementary school, about how high school the parents acted. My mother and a friend of mine at the time's mother were talking to several parents, getting along with them, and then this other mother came into the room. This one was lower class, so the bulk of the parents told my mom and friend's mom not to get close to her, she might be infested with all sorts of bugs and diseases. Not liking being told what to do, nor to be mean to others, my mother and friend's mom went right over to the woman and started chatting it up right then and there.

A week or so later, I was started to be picked on by a fair amount of the kids, along with my friend and the daughter of the poorer woman. The three of us were getting along fine with everyone else until that one meeting. It's really sad.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Warning: Somewhat depressing.

Last two days, I have been falling asleep in the middle of the day. sort of ruins the mood to update or anything. At least Friday I was able to get out of the house and do something (lol In The groove). Instead of waiting to update later in the day, I figured I would update now while I'm still awake and have nothing to do yet.



I been thinking some pretty depressed thoughts, not exactly happy with where I am in my life. I have been pondering how it would feel to submit into insanity, if it is possible. For instance, the worries one would have would probably go away, and probably feel more content. I am not saying all insanity works like that, but if a logical person were able to just force themselves to believe in things that are clearly not there (example: imaginary friends, monsters/creatures that never existed). Is it possible to just forget logic and let yourself go insane?
Sorta like this

While I wouldn't know personally, I imagine it is possible through misery or drugs and alcohol... I've heard of homeless people who were of high intelligence before becoming homeless go crazy in some ways. Probably not the way I mentioned, but rather into antisocial behavior. And druggie or drunk would not only go antisocial probably, but criminal behavior.

Not that I would try to make myself crazy, it's just a thought that crosses my mind. I know I have a few mental things about myself, but nothing that would put me legally insane. OCD qualities (not full blown OCD), ADHD, and a few phobias, but not to the point where I'd be insane.

Now excuse me as I talk to that flying spaghetti monster into buying a time share.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Weight Loss

Earlier this year in the spring, I had noticed I had gained some unhealthy weight. Unhappy with that, I changed my ways and started working out every day. I used Wii Fit and DDR to lose 10-15 lbs.






Yes, they do work. I even had started getting much more defined abs. I'm not a heavy guy or anything, so of course, results may vary. But if you want a fun(ner) way to lose weight, they both can help. So you know, I'm about 5'10, WAS 168lbs  , managed to get down to 153 at one point.

I probably gained back half the weight I lost by now, but I'm not too worried; I know some of it is muscle. I stopped working out every day after getting so many distractions from being able to work out (with the wii or just traditional exercises on my own). I only like to work out in private, but my room is not big enough for the more strenuous work outs, and the only room with enough space would be the living room... which is occupado most the day. My only options would be to wait for family to all leave for work (anywhere from 5am-11am before they leave) on weekdays, and wake up early on weekends, hoping no one would wake up. As soon as someone wakes up/gets home, I would be open to teasing and other colorful commentary from father and sister, or my mothers cloud of cigarette smoke engulfing my lungs. This was also during the time I was in college too, so I wouldn't have the opportunity to focus on working out all the time.

These days, I pretty much do a few yoga poses on my own, and play ddr/itg every now and then, but the motivation is being lost slowly. I probably need another wake up call of fat before I get back into it. I am worried about getting fat because of my father going on about saying, "One day, you'll be just like me with a big belly!" I know it's stupid, but I see it as a challenge to prove him wrong (or perhaps its a complex, though I wouldn't call it that). And I love to prove him wrong.

My metabolism from playing soccer when I was younger and playing ungodly amounts of DDR is what probably keeps me skinny when I'm lazy, but I know for a fact it is winding down. It'd be nice if I had a better atmosphere (or better yet, ROOM) to exercise, but that doesn't look like it will be happening until I move out or parents find a better house.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

5 Days a Stranger

I'm not feeling to well today, so I figured I would just share with you a game that I found to be amazing in its sci-fi horror elements. I first found it from looking at "Let's Play's" on youtube. For those who don't know what a "Let's Play" is, it's when a player plays through a game either as a guide, for entertainment of other people (and so they don't have to play it themselves), or both. The guy who does this is an excellent "Let's Play" host, and the storyline of the game is completely fascinating (to me anyway).


5 Days a Stranger Playlist link

This is the first of the series. It starts off sounding like a mystery, and then goes into the horror elements. After this one, it starts going into the sci-fi/horror genre. After that it starts to become completely whacked out and crazy. If interested after a few episodes, the guy who did this let's play did the rest of the series to. The next series is called, "7 Days a Skeptic," then "Trilby's Notes," and finally, "6 Days a Sacrifice."

I'll admit you will need to do some reading as you watch, which can get annoying sometimes, but it's worth the read and watch. If you rather play it, by all means try playing it! I never did, but I imagine you can find it by googling it.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Election Day

Election Day today in the USA! If you are able to vote, I recommend you do so! I voted sometime in the morning.



Was researching some of the people I had to vote on, and some of the candidates were just freaking odd. One person wanted to cut off all military support other than getting troops back home and no longer wanted to do any sort of weapon research, as well as cut off relations to other countries... Basically be up for grabs to the next country who wants to attack. I understand not wanting to be apart of a war, but leaving the country absolutely defenseless is not very smart either.

Politics in general piss me off... So I normally don't care to get into anything. However, when it comes to voting, I try to research the positions and then see which candidate sucks the least. If I can't get good enough info or both candidates equally suck, then I choose not to vote (on them, that is). I know a lot of people get really up the ass about voting, and say to not vote is pathetic, but I believe to ONLY vote for the sake of voting is just as bad as not voting due to laziness. Part of the right to vote is the choice NOT to vote. Unfortunately, since a large amount of people don't vote due to being lazy/apathetic, people not voting for other reasons get lumped in with them.

It has been awhile since I was taught how our voting system actually works but from what I recall, the citizen's vote in the USA barely matters thanks to the electoral college. It is kind of depressing enough to make people not want to vote (which is what I ended up doing one of the election years). After that year, however, I decided I should still vote just to make an effort towards something I care for. Better than giving up completely. BTW, if I am wrong about the electoral college, by all means correct me.

Anyway, for those last minute voters or those who want to get more information on candidates in the future (for those in the USA), I used this website for a bulk of my information, using the courage test as a guideline and then the party's website for more info: Vote Smart.org The courage test is just a form that expresses what issues the politicians are going to address. A fair amount of politicians choose not to do it, probably because doing so would give their positions, which means they can't act like they care for both sides. Personally, I find the test as a nice quick way for voters to get info, doing so can help your position as much as hurt it.

I looked over the courage test, and it's not bad. So I decided to share my general views on a few of the things there (not the whole thing, cause that'd be too damn long):
- Pro-Choice on Abortion
- Decrease funds toward Welfare (I have a problem with people living on it forever, so want a cut off date instead)
- Decrease funds toward international aid (No offense to other countries, but we need to fix our own mess first before we can help someone)
- Greatly Decrease middle class's income tax (Middle class is the backbone here, stop stomping on them!)
- Marijuana's legalization should be restricted just like alcohol and cigarettes are currently. (must be 18/21 to purchase, not allowed in public eye, get equivalent of DWIs if caught under the influence of marijuana while driving) Otherwise, remain medicinal.
- Give college students better financial aid for college (extend harder for middle class)
- Rid public schools of federal testing. (Just seems like a waste of money, let the STATE school systems handle itself)
- Indifferent to Global Warming
- All for alternartive energy sources
- National healthcare should be an option to subscribe to, not a mandatory change.
- "Illegal" immigrant procedures need to be stepped up. (I appreciate that people want to come to the country, but feel we need to step up on border control. It is a crime to come in here illegally, thus the word "ILLEGAL" in "ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT." However, the system does need to be reformed, too many problems)
- There should be no national language, but still need to have people learn English (and provide some sort of free class to legal immigrants and new American citizens).
- For gay marriage
- For stem cell research
- In favor of SLOWLY weeding out affirmative action laws (maybe even just disable it until it is deemed needed once again).
- Think "don't ask, don't tell" is unconstitutional, but should stay maintained. Not to hate on gays, but there are people who join the army who will be uncomfortable with KNOWING you are gay. More hate may end up coming out of it, which can't be allowed in the army.

Monday, November 1, 2010

A new month, a new blog season!

No update yesterday since I managed to busy myself with a nice horror movie marathon with my best friend. First watched Candyman, which was not very impressive for us. Good enough to watch though, and great to make fun of! Phantasm was the next movie, which was rather pathetic. I might be judging it too harshly for its age, but it pulled a lot of bad horror movie clich├ęs. I did respect an interesting connection/twist it threw at the end, but that was about it. For the most part, the movie ended up more sci-fi than horror. Lastly, I saw Dawn of the Dead remake, which was excellent! Nice to know of the references to the movie I seen in shows like South Park. The ending left a little to be desired, but was fitting enough.

As it is a new month, it is time to do some blog cleaning. I basically hid from my follow list people who haven't updated much last month, nor much recently. Some exceptions were made, such as people I have had for awhile and provided incredibly interesting blogs, as well as people who might not have updated much, but stayed in contact with me. If any of said people came back and commented to let me know so, I'd welcome them back of course. No worries, if you are reading this (within the date this was posted anyway), you likely are not apart of the cleaning.

If I was better with imaging, I'd probably revamp the blog a bit too, but alas, I am not. Instead, I'll reflect upon the most popular entries I had in views this month!

For My Fellow Archipelago Remastered Players - I'm a little surprised this was the number one entry I've been having since I started blogging, despite the lack of comments. I suppose it is just because of the (few) people that play the game and search for help on google. Most the hits are from people searching for recipes in the game. Kind of funny since that game on BYOND has been going down a lot, due to the heavy turnover rate of hosts. Ah well.

Guess Who's Back - The post after I returned from vacation. I suppose that mini-vacation with the family wasn't so bad. It was nice to get away from the normal life I have been leading, even though the highlight of it was the casino. It also got me back into wanting to gamble and thus back to playing Neopets more regularly.

... - When I first found out Great-Grandma died. Yeah, that has been in my head for awhile. It's hard to accept since it felt like she would be around forever. Again, I'm not exactly depressed over it, just got me thinking about life a bit more. Also renewed my appreciation for family, which I feel was a bit of a blessing in the end. Only problem I'm having is I feel like I'm losing touch with my cousin, who was my other best friend for the longest time. Now, I feel like much more of an acquaintance, or just a normal cousin to her... though I will admit that has been slowly happening for a long time now, great-grandma's death just made it more apparent.

Sudden Vacation - This was just talking about my feelings on havign to go on a vacation. In retrospect, I feel I was rather immature about it. I was just wanting to have the house to myself for a week since it makes me feel so much more independent. Just a mask over what I actually am; an unemployed son living off mommy and daddy. The job market sure isn't treating me too well (nor my old school for that matter).

Super Smash Brothers Brawl - Heh, this likely was only popular because of the name and how popular the game itself has been. Since this entry, I have gotten another 6 characters through Classic mode on Intense, and another handful through boss battles intense mode. Stickers needed remain at 2. :(