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Hey all, with Movember wrapping up in the next week or so, I FINALLY got this year’s video out, and also wanna mention, if you want more Shaggy Reads [book about the pointy teeth folk], this is the LAST TIME I’ll be putting it up as an incentive… EVER!
Either way, let’s change the face of men’s health.
So we’re still working on transferring UBER FRIENDSHIP BLOG over to word press.
…and by “working on” I mean “David is still out of the country and I fear trying wordpress by myself”.
So, here’s something to keep you busy for half an hour.
(right click to download) – Shaggy Reads Twilight Chapter 06 (28m52s, 26.5mb, warning: contains strong language)
Why did I do it…
Seemed like such a good idea at the time…
Ok, so I moved recently, and JUST down the street from me now is a KFC/Taco Bell. I haven’t been in one of those in years. So of course I run in to see what’s up. Oh, I’ll TELL YOU what’s up.
Thursday’s special is 10 pieces of chicken plus a medium fry for 12 bucks. Seeing this, I’m thinking “hell yeah”. Three pieces in however, I’m thinking “WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY!?!”
Ghuoooooo, my stomach was just bleeeck in that hurt so good way, because I was happy that I reached a goal I set for myself (getting KFC) but at what cost?
Buying KFC should actually result in you losing more weight instead of gaining, because you’re giving so much of your dignity away at the counter.
… oh sweet, I have leftovers in the fridge.
I would have written sooner, but I’ve been busy.
Actually, i realized something yesterday on the topic of being busy as I was walking through the subway turnstiles (note: I realize that I make most of my realizations while walking through those things, kinda like they are the physical manifestation of the transitions of thoughts).
Yes, we are busy people, yes we want to do SO MUCH in life, and yes we complain about never having enough time to do it all in a day; but what I realized is that when I complain about never having enough time, I feel as if I’ve accomplished something. As though, in my addressing the dilemma, I have chipped away at it, and have been productive.
This is not so.
This is a false feeling.
This is a problem.
I’ve had this conversation of projects vs. time & motivation with so many people, in person and via email. But talking about it (though it feels good to know that others share the experience) SOLVES NOTHING!!!
In my youth, I coined a mantra I wanted to live by: “Don’t think about starting; start, and think about finishing.”
This basically means, get the ball rolling on projects. If you spend so much time thinking about the projects you want to do, but never initiating them, then face it, they will never be done.
Because of this I have started numerous projects, some with numerous people but mostly solo affairs. Youtube shows, podcasts, comics, animations, tv shows, video games.
To this day, a few of these projects are in post production, some of them are still in the pre-production phase, and most are barely even on paper.
I still do believe in my mantra of just starting projects to get things going. Hell, I want to believe in it more than ever.
But then the problems of time return to haunt me. Realistically, there’s just not enough time to do everything, ESPECIALLY if you have to collaborate with other people’s time.
SO what are the options?
To quit ones job and give the additional 8-12 hours to your passions and risk poverty?
To become a complete recluse and don’t spend any additional time with family or friends, just on your projects?
To put all but one of the projects aside, until said one project is complete?
If I had to choose, the 3rd option seems most plausible.
… just… which one project to choose…
… well, either way, this is the last time I’ll ever talk about projects vs. time. The next time you hear it from me, is when something gets done.
SO I finally caved.
I find that I’m usually not an early adapter to social networking outlets.
I didn’t touch MSN for a good while when it first came out.
I didn’t use facebook until a friend of mine sat me down and made the account.
And now, Twitter.
I avoided it initially for I believed my life not to be interesting enough to warrant constant micro updates for all to see. I still believe this, which is also why I don’t often add people who I don’t know too well as facebook friends; it’s not for the security reasons, it’s more of “really, not much is going on with me, so I’ll be letting you down if you want entertainment.”
All that being said, I understand the appeal of Twitter, beyond it’s initial practical application of up to the second updates for event coordination.
When I’m bored at work, or just waiting for some video/animation to load or render, I constantly check my facebook app for news feed updates. Even if it’s not something posted on my wall or having anything to do with me, I find that I need to know that something is going on outside this work world I’m trapped in / rely on for moneys.
And since a wall post is roughly under 140 characters long, Twitter is just another extension of that, just open to a wider audience.
So, the question is, will it be worth your time to follow me on my Twitter?
Looking at my past, I would be tempted to say no.
…but looking at the future? I think there’s a lot of surprises on the way.
I haven’t had the greatest relationships with TV sitcoms. Sure, the more modern ones WITHOUT laugh-tracks, I can get into; I consider Arrested Development to be the funniest damn show of the decade.
But network shows with laugh tracks, I never trust them. They try to tell you what’s funny, and if you didn’t laugh, you probably ‘didn’t get it’.
So I fianlly checked out The Big Bang Theory since I’ve heard some things about it, along the lines of ‘finally, a sit-com geared for OUR generation’. And that I can say is true.
Not a minute goes by in the first episode that a social networking media isn’t name dropped (facebook, myspace, blog, etc). In fact, it’s done in such a way, I feel that the show is more intended for an older audience who vaguely knows of these medias by name, in that kinda of “oh I burned a CD today… shouldn’t have stood so close to the camp fire with my walkman” kinda way.
I have to say I was disappointed in the first episode. Laughs were dropped in at the end of math and advanced physics jokes that I don’t think any studio audience would collectively get… let alone understand it was a joke at all.
But even though I only verbally laughed-out-loud (see LOL) ONCE in the entire episode, I noticed the characters were starting to grow on me. Yes, they’re eccentric and over the top, but that tends to be the point of all sitcom characters, or we wouldn’t have a comical situation.
And by the second episode, IT HIT ME.
Sitcoms, don’t actually have to be funny for you to watch and enjoy them. All a sitcom needs is likeable characters that, plain and simple, SAY STUFF.
As much as your friends come over and may say something witty or humorous that you laugh at even if it isn’t terribly funny, when you watch a sit-com, you’re amongst your ‘friends’, listening to their problems and screwy solutions.
It’s that simple. Granted, you’re more of a fly on the wall in this case, but you know these people and their daily dilemmas, and you wanna be there when they get through it.
And if you happen to laugh once in a while, all the better.
Holy crap, it’s 1994 again.
Well, if you’re a gamer that is.
This year’s E3 has been the most nostalgia driven of any I can remember. The 2D side scroller has truly made a ‘big name’ comeback with returning titles such as Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and Sonic the Hedge Hog 4 (and this is AFTER New Super Mario Bros Wii took over the world).
Fighting games have the classic 2D stylings of Mortal Kombat. Car combat has a new Twisted Metal on it’s way. Shooters will be getting a remade Goldeneye (which I thought someone already did with the Source engine).
And to top it all off, the Nintendo 3DS is ready to port over BUNDLES of classic N64 games, such as Star Fox 64 and Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
If a gamer my age has ever told you young’uns “man, games just aren’t like they we’re in the ’90s…
…THIS IS THE 90′s!!! Now where’s my remake of Blast Corps?!
This is something that’s botherd me for a while now. It really started way back when my younger sister was a MUCH younger sister, and she was all into Cardcaptor Sakura.
When a kid is into something, you get them the toys so they can play that something themselves, right?
THE DAMN THING TALKED FOR YOU! Wouldn’t the kids want to say the magic words them selves, and then cast the wand spell?
The interesting thing is, the wand sounds could also be activated by motion, so when you swung it at a clowcard, it would trigger the lights and sound, but if you as the kid said “RELEASE THE POWER” then trigger the wand, it also says (in a horribly compressed voice) “RELEASE THE POWER“, taking you out of the moment.
Simular to toys with pre-recorded sounds is toys with a very specific emotion or expression. Maybe if the intent is to leave them on your shelf for display, sure, some well posed and emoting figurene works just dandy, but when they’re meant for kids to play with, I would think too much expression would be limiting.
Some action figures have such extrem emotions, they leave little room to expand on a character. For instand, an angry looking guy will always be an angry looking guy, no matter what the story is. In contrast to this, the somewhat vacant expressions of Barbies can lend them to being more of a blank slate, cappable of a lot more emotions through acting of a kid.
That being said though, I’m not sure kids actually care much about this 4th wall of toy design I’m running up against. They can take any inanimate object and make it talk and emote if they want to, regardless what it looks or sounds like.
I could end this article with a thought provoking “altho as far as I’m concerned” punch-line, but I don’t got one. Just stating my observations.