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    Saturday, October 12th, 2013
    9:09 pm
    Been awhile since I've updated this thing, like anybody cares. So much has happened. I bought a house, but lost my job and have been unable to find new ones except for part time and temporary. Mom got cancer 3 years ago and I've been helping Dad take care of her.

    I've been struggling mentally but have recently bounced back thanks to a great psychrisrist. I've aliened a few friends along the way but that's what happens when you're bipolar.

    Current Mood: cold
    Wednesday, June 10th, 2009
    5:59 pm
    Back to Werk
    Drove to werk this morning. It sucked. It was raining, so traffic was hellish. It was slow as moleasses. I almost fell asleep in a panic. It was kinda scary. I made it there by listening to the radio and to some DJ Shadow.

    Got home, and helped my Dad with getting the TVs ready for the digital transition. We were drudging through all the boxes, looking for cables and stuff we could use to get the hook up. So far so good, but we still have a ways to go.

    Current Mood: anxious
    Current Music: Silversun Pickups
    Saturday, May 23rd, 2009
    11:58 am
    Tokyo Beat Down Review
    If there's one genre of video games that is on life support, it's the beat em up. There have been precious few of them released in the past few years, and none (except for a few scant, obscure imports) on the DS. The announcement of Tokyo Beat Down on the DS had me excited, so say the least. Its campy dialogue, solid play mechanics, and challenging difficulty will keep beat em up fans interested, but I doubt it will win any new converts to this dying genre.



    I don't pay much attention to stories in games; this game has you cast as one of 3 "beast cops," cops who go to extremes and take the law into their own hands to keep peace and order. The dialogue is River City Ransom chuckle-worthy, with lots of camp and slang thrown around. At times it's punchy and entertaining; other times it really drags and seems to interrupt the general flow of the game.



    Gameplay wise, this game plays like a very good beat em up, however, there is one nagging problem. The hit detection when picking up items is abysmal. The game is extremely strict about where you have to stand to pick anything up off the ground, and without proper timing, your character can be in harms way very easily. Thankfully, the hit detection for fighting enemies is just the opposite. There's a loud, distinctive sound and you "feel" like you're hitting the enemies when you hit them, which is key to the satisfaction in any beat em up.

    This game has decent replay value as well. There are moves to find, and 3 different characters to use, although the game chooses which one you use and when depending on the story. Each character has a slightly different set of moves and range of hitting motion. One word of warning about this game, however, is that it can get pretty difficult. Some of the bosses require very specific tactics to defeat, and sometimes it takes a great deal of patience to determine what those tactics are.



    Tokyo Beat Down is a great beat em up and a good addition to the DS's library. It's campy story and characters, sold gameplay mechanics, and challenge will appeal to beat em up veterans. Anybody who likes a game full of action should give it a try.
    7/10
    Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
    8:38 am
    Took a walk this morning. Was thinking about Angels & Demons (not the movie), heaven and hell, devils and angels. Maybe I've been reading too much occult/spiritual/hippie/Astral plane shifting stuff.

    Listening to my usual ipod and round of minneapolis music stations: 893 the current, 93x, 104.1 Jack, 94.5 KS95, Kool 108, Love 105.
    7:51 am
    Recipie time (code for infinite drinking)! - Remember as a kid when you went to the soda fountain and mixed all the sodas/pops/cokes together? they called it SUICIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1.) I part glass
    2.) 1 part breaTh/k)
    3.) 1 part ---

    Guess what?! It works for cereal too! Just mix any cereal you want to make your own stupendous mix! Works good for cleaning out odds & ends where you don't have enough cereal for a full bowl.

    Current Mood: awake
    Current Music: Mike Ness - Charmed life
    Friday, May 8th, 2009
    2:09 pm
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    Blub blub bub/(bob) ["I appreciate teh n0Ize"]

    Recipie time (code for infinite drinking)! - Remember as a kid when you went to the soda fountain and mixed all the sodas/pops/cokes together? they called it SUICIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1.) I part glass
    2.) 1 part breaTh/k)
    3.) 1 part ---

    Take a book, leave a buk.
    goc a fort tell on your

    Current Mood: accomplished
    Current Music: Silver Sun Pickups - "Panic!!!!!"
    9:21 am
    ABOrtho - voted most likely to (a)succeed & best and "(b) most productive" & (c) most fun place to work by some big-shot magazine. (It's like living in a haus that's HAUNTED - "EVERYDAY")

    {P.S. - Wally*World sux @$$] Sew does Home Despot & Men-nerds.
    8:53 am
    Random quote
    William Gibson - NE irie of desire, object, objection, effection, affection is a found objecture.

    "(twittering, sputtering spaceing your facing, macing)"
    Thursday, May 7th, 2009
    9:01 pm
    White Noise
    bleh blah blah blah blah
    Saturday, April 18th, 2009
    2:10 am
    Inspiration
    Haven't had the urge to sit around and play games lately, but certain aspects of games inspire my imagination/next work.

    I'll give you an example from Star Ocean 2:
    ESP + Patience + Piety = Oracle

    It's an aspect of the game. You receive game tips from skilling up those skills in tandem together and sometimes you even get funny messages. A gift from heaven, they call it! LoL They don't go into it too much though. It's like where would messages like that come from? Some inter-teresterial plane unknown? God himself, if there is one? The voices of ancestors long passed? They never say, but I guess we could only surmise that.
    Thursday, April 9th, 2009
    12:25 am
    Well, started the new job and so far so good. It's at a testing center where I'm grading papers for 8th Grade Social Studies in Louisiana. I've never graded social studies before, but it's a subject that interests me, so it should be fun. I'm glad I didn't get put in the math group. Kind of a boring thing to grade.

    What surprises me is most of the people working there are grey-haired and older. I don't know if that's because of what the subject is, or because it's an evening group. There are a few younger people, but I can count them on two hands. Of course, there are several other rooms of people doing different subjects, but in my room of 40-50 people, it's all oldsters.

    Over all though, it's a better workday for me. Once I get sick of working one job, it's time to go to the next one. It would be nice making a living like this, but it doesn't pay quite enough and the grading is only temporary, unfortunatlely.

    Current Mood: sleepy
    Monday, March 30th, 2009
    7:33 pm
    Just a small update today. Went around shopping for Neo Geo PS2 fighting game ports. I wouldn't buy any unless I could find them for <$10. I did manage to find Art of Fighting Anthology on clearance @ Best Buy for $8. Not bad. Now that I'm into fighting games again, it'll be nice to have all those games on one system to play. I'd like to get Samurai Shodown + the Fatal Fury ones too eventually if I can find them for the right price.

    Other than that, went into Panera bread for lunch. Got ripped off with 1/2 a soup and salad, but I think a bowl of soup and bread is a better lunch, and a better deal. I noticed there's lots of old people and women in there. I guess it has kind of a coffee house vibe, that's why I like eating there.

    Went to Dunn Bros. in Ramsey for the first time in months. Ordered a Chai Tea Latte and read a book. It was very relaxing hanging out in there - I wish I would have done it more often during my time off.. Oh well, maybe I'll do it more if I have time after my 2nd job is up.

    Speaking of my 2nd job, I'm kinda anxious about it and kind of excited at the same time. Maybe I'll meet some people there. Who knows? There's usually pretty interesting people working at that kind of job. At least my workdays will be more full of variety. It'll make for some long days though.

    Current Mood: cold
    Saturday, March 28th, 2009
    7:30 pm
    Adding a counter
    Well, none of my friends are available this weekend, so I'm sitting here alone with nothing to do. Well, not really anything not to do. I critiqued some short stories for a writing challenge which was kinda fun. I couldn't think of a topic or anything to say, so I didn't take part this time.

    I wonder sometimes why I even write in this blog. I don't re-read anything, and I doubt anybody else reads it (If they do, they never write comments). I think I'll put a counter on the bottom of this page. It'll be interesting to see if it gets any hits. Too bad I have to have an ad for breast enlargement, but I guess I'm helping out the male species in some way. I think one reason I keep writing in this and my offline journal is that it gives me writing practice and feels cathartic to me in a way, it helps me get things out.

    I see from a prior post that I'd be updating this with game reviews and impressions. Well, I haven't. I haven't even been playing lots of video games lately. I'm totally burnt out on RPGs at the moment. I've been chain-playing them ever since I quit Final Fantasy XI, and I think I finally fried my interest in them. I think I'll switch to SRPGs and maybe roguelikes like someone suggested on GAF. Right now I'm playing Opoona on the Wii, and it's refreshing from a gameplay perspective. It's also very light hearted and has a mission structure. Maybe I should also try out WRPGs like Fallout 3 and Mass Effect. We'll see. I won't have a fuck of a lot of time for games once my new job kicks in next week. They'll always be the weekends.

    Tomorrow I'm going to check out Half Price Books. Got a coupon for 50% off. Maybe I'll find an art book or something to read.

    Next weekend I'm going to pinball circus. Should be a fun time. They'll be lots of pinball to play and I think my friend Rich will particularly enjoy it. I think I'll let my friend Paul in on it too. He hasn't played pinball in quite a while should like it. They have Indiana Jones from Stern there, but I don't really like that machine too much. It just doesn't seem very fun and has kind of an empty playfield. My friend Brad will be bringing his 1980 Alien Poker machine. Never played that one, and from IPDB it looks like it'll be a good machine to play.


    Breast Augmentation Blog



    Current Mood: bored
    7:30 pm
    Adding a counter
    Well, none of my friends are available this weekend, so I'm sitting here alone with nothing to do. Well, not really anything not to do. I critiqued some short stories for a writing challenge which was kinda fun. I couldn't think of a topic or anything to say, so I didn't take part this time.

    I wonder sometimes why I even write in this blog. I don't re-read anything, and I doubt anybody else reads it (If they do, they never write comments). I think I'll put a counter on the bottom of this page. It'll be interesting to see if it gets any hits. Too bad I have to have an ad for breast enlargement, but I guess I'm helping out the male species in some way. I think one reason I keep writing in this and my offline journal is that it gives me writing practice and feels cathartic to me in a way, it helps me get things out.

    I see from a prior post that I'd be updating this with game reviews and impressions. Well, I haven't. I haven't even been playing lots of video games lately. I'm totally burnt out on RPGs at the moment. I've been chain-playing them ever since I quit Final Fantasy XI, and I think I finally fried my interest in them. I think I'll switch to SRPGs and maybe roguelikes like someone suggested on GAF. Right now I'm playing Opoona on the Wii, and it's refreshing from a gameplay perspective. It's also very light hearted and has a mission structure. Maybe I should also try out WRPGs like Fallout 3 and Mass Effect. We'll see. I won't have a fuck of a lot of time for games once my new job kicks in next week. They'll always be the weekends.

    Tomorrow I'm going to check out Half Price Books. Got a coupon for 50% off. Maybe I'll find an art book or something to read.

    Next weekend I'm going to pinball circus. Should be a fun time. They'll be lots of pinball to play and I think my friend Rich will particularly enjoy it. I think I'll let my friend Paul in on it too. He hasn't played pinball in quite a while should like it. They have Indiana Jones from Stern there, but I don't really like that machine too much. It just doesn't seem very fun and has kind of an empty playfield. My friend Brad will be bringing his 1980 Alien Poker machine. Never played that one, and from IPDB it looks like it'll be a good machine to play.

    Current Mood: bored
    Thursday, March 26th, 2009
    6:27 pm
    Insurance saga continues...
    Well, the insurance saga continues. Got a letter from Blue Cross saying that I didn't get approved for the lower deductible insurance, so now I have to talk to my insurance man about what the best plan for me is. I have a $200/month legal drug habit. It would be cheaper to get my shit from Canada, but I need a prescription for a 3 month supply for that, and I don't think my Dr. will go for it. I wish this would just get over with. I want to settle this and don't want to worry about it. Either way it'll work out one way or other, but it's still a pain in the ass to deal with.

    Otherwise, I had the day off today and slept until 11:30. Well not really slept, but lay in bed for a couple of hours. Maybe depression is setting in, I don't know. I've been real lazy this past week. I wanted to study Photoshop on my own, but I got sick two weeks ago and didn't really feel like doing it.

    I did end up watching Kraftwerk and the Electronic revolution documentary, and while it gave a lot of info on kraftwerk, it also spent way too much time on krautrock of the 70s, which didn't interest me too much. It was still interesting to find out about the first major electronic band. I somehow feel like it could have covered more though.

    Well, one more week of semi-freedom, then I'm back to 8 hours a day between two jobs. It's only for a short time, and once I get sick of working at one place, it'll be quitting time, so it won't be too bad. At least I'll enjoy my weekends much more.

    Quit playing Star Ocean 4. Got really sick of trying to beat a certain boss, and the game just didn't grab me like I thought it would. I put it up on ebay. Hopefully I'll get a decent price for it. I've started Opoona, which is an interesting and light-hearted RPG on the Wii. It came out like a year ago and I got it pretty cheap on Amazon, so hopefully it'll keep me busy for awhile. Speaking of Amazon, I missed today's deal of the day. It would've been nice to see what it was. Oh well - it's not like I have any money for that kind of thing anyway.

    I don't know what I'll do this weekend- probably hang out with my friend Charlie if he isn't busy. I haven't played the Wii with him yet. It's been like 2-3 months since I've seen him.

    Next week should be fun - pinball circus is next Sat. I wonder what machines people will bring in to play. I might stop by SS Billiards after work tomorrow for some pinball action.

    Current Mood: chipper
    Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
    4:57 pm
    Menards/Kraftwerk
    Laid around in bed today, and was too lazy to get up. I finally got up at around 10am. Didn't feel like eating the usual cereal today, so I made myself some eggs and sausage for breakfast.

    Continuing my ambitious streak, I did some work today. Went with my dad to pick up 325 red bricks that were on sale at Menards. We're thinking of expanding the patio when the weather gets nice so we have more room to grill. It took less time than I expected to stack them all in the truck and take them out once we got home. We had to wait for another group who was buying bricks before we could load our truck, so instead of standing around and waiting, we went to Noodles & Co. for lunch. My dad was hesitant to go, but loved the Udon noodles, even though it was a small portion. It's odd when I go to that place - usually it's all women, and if there's any dudes there, it's dudes who got dragged in there by their girlfriends. I actually saw a group of redneck-looking workmen with beat up baseball hats. Kind of surprising.

    Got the Kraftwerk documentary DVD in the mail today from netflix. I saw it when I was cruising around on Amazon. It's 3 hours long, and I only watched the first half of it. Went into alot of stuff about 60-70s Krautrock and Tangerine Dream. Not as much about Kraftwerk as I was expecting. It'll probably get alot more interesting when it gets deeper into it. I can't sit around for 1.5 hours longer. I'll watch it again on Thurs. when I get some more time off. It was kind of inspiring and makes me want to play my drums and do some collage stuff again.

    Only 2 more weeks until my 2nd job starts. It should be interesting. I sure won't have a lot of time to do anything during the week, but it'll give me something to do and more money.

    Current Mood: complacent
    Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
    8:25 pm
    Had today off, but pretty much squandered it by surfing the web most of the day, getting a haircut, talking a walk.

    I still have to play middle man for the insurance company. What a pain in the ass. I sent them a fax about 8 days ago requesting them to send my medical records to Blue Cross. I called Blue Cross today, and they said they didn't get them, so I'll have to call and hound the Dr.'s office to send it to them, I'll probably have to re-fax it to them tomorrow. And naturally, they operate during bankers hours, so i can't do it when I get home, so I have to talk to them at work out in the open where I have no privacy. This new insurance has already been in mothballs for 3 weeks and I'm uninsured.

    Otherwise, I'm planning on hanging out with my buddy Paul this weekend. He picked up the Asian/Japanese version of Ninja Blade. I like the demo a lot, so it should be fun to play that ahead of time. I just can't justify to myself paying >$30 for any video game other than an RPG at the moment.

    I've been buying lots of CDs lately but haven't been listening to them for some reason. I think it's the weather. When things shape up and it gets hotter outside, I'll probably be more in the mood for it.

    Only 2 more weeks after this week and it'll be back to 8 hour work days between two jobs. I've just gotta chug through it during the summer. I'll think I'll reward myself when it's all over with a little vacation. Haven't decided where yet though. I'll leave for work on those days at like 11:15 and not get home until like 10:45pm.

    I've also decided when I get back to full-time hours I'm going to move out of my parents house. It sucks wasting money on rent, but I'm not ready for a house. It severely limits my time living out in here in hickville. I'd have more time to do stuff and be closer to doing things and going out. It would get me off my lazy ass and probably make me do more social stuff. Out here, it's just too easy to chill at home and be isolated.

    Current Mood: discontent
    Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
    7:03 pm
    Twitter
    Well, I broke down and started a twitter account. Seems like it's cove of hipsters and DJs on it. It's a whole site that's dedicated to my favorite part of Facebook: one sentence-at-a-time status updates. I don't know anybody else who's on it, but that's ok.

    Current Mood: content
    2:17 pm
    Snowy Tues.
    Well, no work today for me. I made the most of it by shipping out some ebay stuff and doing my taxes. I tried the website Taxact this time. I thought it would go a lot faster than it did, but they asked you a lot of questions. I'll probably do it the old-fashioned way next year and save myself some money.

    I should probably watch my netflix movie and send it back, but I'm not in a movie mood lately for some reason. It's always nice to have something to watch at night after dinner before I go to bed; I wish there was better TV on Tues. and Wed.

    Otherwise, I've had a nasty, scratchy sore throat the past few days. I've been trying to keep it at bay with Riccola, but it's not going away. I guess that'll teach me to go out in the cold without a hat!

    Current Mood: rejected
    Saturday, March 7th, 2009
    10:42 pm
    Fun weekend.
    Before I forget, here's a vid of me playing Dark Knight (Batman) Stern pinball at SS Billiards last summer. I did pretty good that time. I wish I could do that consistently. I'm thinking of hitting that place up every week after work - it's only like 5 miles away and on the way home. We'll see how it goes. I guess when my other job starts, I could hit it up after my 2nd job, but that would make a long day for me. I'd still like to check out that place after 10pm though. I bet you get a whole different crowd.

    Had a busier than usual weekend. My college buddy from WI stopped by and we did a bunch of stuff.

    First we went to see Watchmen. I was more impressed than I expected. The story was easy to follow, and there was a surprising amount of nudity and soft-porn. It was long - like 2.75 hours, but it didn't really seem that long to me.

    After that, we drove around looking for places to bowl. First we went to some place in Coon Rapids, but it was pretty much packed. We would've had to wait around, and we didn't feel like drinking in the bar. Besides that, there was the token number of teenagers around, which can be kind of annoying. It's weird - I never really thought of who else around is bowling when I go. I don't think I've bowled in a least a year. So we thought it would be a bright idea to go to the huge brunswick place in Ham Lake off of 65. Another bad idea. Jam packed and also full of teenagers.

    "Now what?"

    Then we thought - what the fuck? Let's see how the local bowling alley will be. We went to the St. Francis bowling alley, and there was a few lanes open.

    Perfect.

    Even better - amazingly, there weren't any teenagers. There was like a bunch of 20something-30somethings that seemed like frat dudes or something. And I saw some goth chic and a guy. That blew my mind that there weren't any teenagers though - I know there's a ton of them in this town.

    It was perfect other than we had to put up with listening to karaoke performances ranging from terrible to mediocre. It would've been more tolerable if it wasn't all county music too. Although one lady did an ok rendition of whatever that 4 non blondes song was from the 90s.

    Another thing that also kinda sucked about this place was there wasn't really any place to sit while you were waiting for your turn to bowl. It didn't have the bucket seats of the coon rapids place, or the couches of brunswick. You have to take your turn with barstools with the people next to you.

    At least I didn't have to manual score the bowling cards. The scoring system must've been archaic compared to most modern standards. It took me like 5 minutes to figure out how to set it up. I felt like a dumbass. I think all modern bowling alleys are computerized by now.

    Anyway, I did ok. I don't think I broke 85 though.

    After that, we hung out downstairs and BS'd for a couple of hours. It got kinda cold down there, but we toughed it out.

    Then today we went over to SS billiards and pinball-hopped all their machines. It was a sucky day at all the tables. I didn't even get a multiball in Batman. Gained a new affinity for Twilight Zone. Pretty fun table. Those old tables of the 90s have that beefy feel like they're huge and everything on them is so big. My friend is now a fan of Comet, which is a pretty simple table from the 80s. Played some more Excalibur, another fun old early 80s table. He's got it angled so it isn't very difficult to play for a long time and get a good score.

    Then for supper, we went to the new Osaka Sushi and hibichi place. We went there expecting to get sushi, but you needed a reservation for the sushi bar (lol wut?), so we just went for hibichi.

    I had never tried hibichi before, but it was awesome. Basically like Mongoloian BBQ, except you sit at a table with strangers and the chef cooks it right in front of everyone. He puts on kind of a show, juggling cutting utinsils and fires up the grill so the flame licks the ceiling. He shoots Sake in your mouth and tries to play catch with broccli. The food was pretty good too. I don't think I could do it too often, though. Our cook was pretty goofy. He used a figure peeing water out to put out flames. And the dude sitting at the table next to us had a birthday, so they brought out a disco ball, played music, and put a dollhead mask over him and sang to him while hitting a drum and giving him a desert.

    My friend took off after playing some HotD: Overkill.

    Overall, a pretty fun weekend, and more activity than I'm used to.

    Current Mood: full
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