Things I Remember

I remember when my parents knew more about computers than me. Once I had my mom write an essay for me on Microsoft Word because she could type faster. Nowadays, I have to be the one to keep her from trying to use her old outdated laptop as a touch screen. No, the on screen keyboard doesn't require you to actually type on the screen.



I remember when the only animated things I would watch were cartoons on TV. After a while, I outgrew these and started to watch more grown up shows with my parents. Nowadays, all I watch basically is animated stuff in the form of Anime. Me and my mom don't even have cable anymore.


I remember when Nickelback was good.

The they started singing about putting things in your mouth and writing horrible lyrics in general.  Some of their early stuff like "Saving Me" and "This is How You Remind Me" were really good though.

I remember when going on the internet was a journey into the unknown.  Even if you were able to get permission from your parents to sign on, you would have to wait those several excruciating minutes while the computer made Chewbacca sounds, and then finally you would arrive at the "home page."  The idea of accessing information and playing games over the internet was totally alien.  Then there was that first time where the parental controls "accidentally" got turned off, and you "accidentally" got to see boobies, but that's a the beginning of a whole different section of my memories.

It Came from Youtube

Cats are very funny creatures. When they want attention, they better get it. However when they don't want attention they are completely indifferent. Cats are unintentionally funny, and for that reason stuff like lolcats exist.

Sometimes I think my jokes may be a little bit like what Luke is trying to do here. But I still write them anyways.


Whats better than one lolcat? One lolcat riding a piece of pseudo neoteric technology with rap playing in the background. Also notice the pit-bull wearing a sweater. If these two had any decency as animals, both roomba and sweater would be in several hundred pieces strewn across the floor.


This proves two things. First, the complete indifference that cats can show to basically anyone and anything. The other is that the Japanese people will never run out of weird shit to film and show on the internet and TV.

Artscow

Everyone loves free stuff. Especially every one of you freaking moochers-- you know who you are. Well for now I can't give you anything for free, but if you keep a look out on 4chan or artscow.com for their special deals, you may end up with something like this.
Mousepad
Notepad
 Every once in a while, artscow puts out an offer for something free, for instance a free mousepad offer for a while in celebration of them getting a new fancy printer- see the first pic.  For the notepads all I had to pay was .99$ for shipping.  All of the stuff is excellent quality (compared to that of my camera), and are completely customizable.  Of course I got anime stuff, but you can take any picture and put it on just about anything.  They are currently not offering anything free, but they have coupons and deals going every single day.  Check out the coupon page.

And if anybody is interested in the original pictures, here you go.

Bad-Ass Anime Character of the Week

Vash(ヴァッシュ)
Anime: Trigun

Vash has many names that he infamously goes by. Vash the Stampede. The Humanoid Typhoon. The Sixty-Billion Double Dollar Man. Valentinez Alkalinella Xifax Sicidabohertz Gombigobilla Blue Stradivari Talentrent Pierre Andri Charton-Haymoss Ivanovici Baldeus George Doitzel Kaiser III. All of them say one thing: he causes a lot of trouble.

Vash, despite acting like an idiot for much of the series, has a serious side. While he prefers not to shoot to kill, he has dead-on aim. He even has a mechanical prosthetic arm that flips down to reveal a small rocket launcher in it, which later gets upgraded into a mini-gun. He ends up using one of these when he happens to run out of ammo on his specially made pistol, which incidentally can turn into a giant angel arm which can destroy entire towns- which has happened. But even if he won't kill his enemies with a gun, he can defeat them with his terrible singing.


And with that, Bad-Ass/Cutie of the week comes to an end, just as all good things should. However, fear not anime fans, for coming soon is my "end of the anime season wrap up", as well as much more anime stuff. Troll man out.

Grammar By Force

As in, this grammar lesson is going to be forced down your throat.

I love violent sounding infographics. Not made by me, obviously.

Canned Food

Everyone has memories of their mom popping open a can of mushy vegetables or beans to cook up for dinner. Whether these memories are fond or not is usually up for debate. However the fact that anything that comes out of a can is pretty horrible isn't. Before they shove it in there, it has to be made sure that there is absolutely nothing that can make it go bad in there, which means pasteurizing the hell out of it. The end result tastes like shit and has very little nutritional value, if any, left. But hey, who ever said veggies were the only things limited to tiny aluminum prisons.

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I honestly can't figure out how I feel about this: is it the greatest achievement of mankind thus far, or is it an abomination of foodstuffs that deserves to be hucked back into the gaping maw of whatever food processing plant it was spewed from?
Nothing will never look as good in real life as it does in the pictures. But at least it looks better than this.
brb, vomiting
The idea of eating my mom's frozen boiled chicken doesn't seem too bad anymore.

I think that amount of cholesterol would do the same amount of damage as punching yourself in the heart repeatedly. I hope it comes with a defibrillator.

Another thing Guys don't Get...

Or more accurately, what we could care less about. We call them colors-- we meaning us guys. Girls on the other hand call them a multitude of things, usually including modifiers such as randomly inserted vague sounding adjectives, different names of foods, feelings, things that come from nature, and other abstract ideas. The guys over at xkcd did a survey on how different people would label colors, when displayed in a completely neutral setting.  What they came up with was a long list of colors paired with some other word to somehow differentiate one shade of color from a slightly different one. 

What this confirmed was that no matter the gender, one would eventually get overrun with so many different shades of one single color that categorization would be inevitable.  However, it seems that the level of nominative creativity for the guys was a little bit lacking compared to that of the girls.

Here are the color names most disproportionately popular among men:

1. Penis
2. Gay
3. WTF
4. Dunno
5. Baige
No, Baige is not a typo.

While this demonstrated what I said before, it also confirmed another thing; people don't really take surveys seriously, no matter what set of chromosomes you have.

Surveys without any guidelines are probably the worst way to measure anything of importance. I know because I had to help record the data from them one. It happened during one of my classes- instead of doing actual work we had to take stacks of written surveys and transcribe them to a scantron (you know, one of those horrid pieces of paper where you have to bubble in the answer perfectly or else the machine won't read it.)
Shit!
Some of the surveys were less than serious-- but I can't complain, having the same answer for every question just made my bubbling job easier. Then there were the people who took it too seriously, and decided that darkening their box into eternity or writing an essay on the back would make their opinion more important, especially when transferred over to a solitary bubble on a sheet of paper. Being a Political Science class, however, we were able to see just how helpless the system is. Luckily, it was a summer class, so it was all utter bullshit anyways.

More Wallpapers

Tuesdays and Thursdays= night class, therefore I get lazy. So here's some wallpapers.

All of the outfits that Kubo creates for his characters are so awesome.  I would totally wear them if he came out with a clothing line.  If only he put as much effort into his plot.

You will never be as awesome as this wallpaper.

Not sure where this is from.  I think it's an edit of some artwork of Senjougahara from Bakemonogatari

It Came from Youtube

I'm changing this up a bit because frankly, people don't have the attention span to watch five videos in a row. Especially me. Basically, less videos, more commentary. I also changed the name back to the original title I created. Here we go.


What first surprised me about this video was that It was embedded on 4chan. Yes, Embedded. I shit you not. You would have to see it to believe it. Apparently, it was a moderators doing, but people started questioning whether or not there was a way to embed videos from the beginning. (There isn't one fyi.)

As for the actual video, I have to say that I would never try this. He doesn't even keep the bacon, it all just gets pushed to the bottom of the press! Also, the idea of semi-melted cheese and questionably cooked powdered egg (does it even need cooking?) sounds kind of bad.


And this is why girls aren't allowed on the internet. Despite the power of Christ, you can't walk across the creep without being zerg rushed, either.

I couldn't help but notice at 5:03 where the other player said "I'm angry mystical batman." I don't think I will ever be able to understand people who play Blizzard games (queue hate mail).

How to Make Anything 1000 Times Better

Put the Gurren Lagann emblem on it.
This is actual the shirt that was made and worn by the members of my group for my "Small Group Communications" class.  We had the best presentation ever.  Row row fight the power!

It was made by just printing out the image onto an iron-on bought at the crafts store then applied to she shirt.  I just hope it doesn't get messed up in the wash.  It could end up looking like manly-war-torn awesomeness, or complete crap...   Here's the original image for anybody who wants it.  
Next is finding a red/orange piece of acrylic then cutting and bending it into Kamina's glasses.

Anime Cutie of the Week

Sawako Kuronuma (黒沼 爽子)
Anime: Kimi ni Todoke.

Sawako, aka Sadako, is a shy girl who only wants to be accepted and to make friends.  However, because of her appearance, and her lack of social skills, people thing she is creepy and that she has some sort of evil power.  One day, she gets the chance to talk to one of the more popular guys in the class, Kazehaya.  Kazehaya, a.k.a. refreshing-kun, is able to help her become accepted by the class and for her to make friends.

Despite being a guy, I thought this very shojo anime was amazing. It's impossible not to love Sawako.  Between her funny facial expressions and behavior, she adds a lot of humor as well.  The interactions between her and Kazehaya, as well as her various friends that she makes are so heartwarming and adorable. When she made her first real smile in the anime, my heart almost stopped.

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And yes, there are a lot of sparkles.

Blogs, Eveywhere!

My MS Paint skills are amazing.
The most important thing to getting more readers is to network with other bloggers who blog about similar things. Other people's blog can even give you ideas for blog posts of your own. That being said, here's a list of some of my favorite blogs.

Say What? -This is my second blog that I've been working on for about a month now. It's all about my love for foreign language. I think it will probably remain only a side project though. I try to post at least twice a week.
Hyperbole and a Half -An extremely popular blog with great writing to match. I've definitely learned a lot about blog writing from here.

Rants and What Naugtiness
-My girlfriend's blog. As I've said before, several of my friends have tried blogging, and most of them have already quit. I try to encourage all of them to blog more, but she is the only one who has been able to.

I have seen the whole of the internet/ Look at this -Some of the essential "look-what-I-Found-on-the-internet" blogs, brought to you by one of my first real followers, Joanne Casey (and company).

My Girlfriend is Ridiculous -Ridiculous, she is.

Otaku Life -Another one of my first original supporters/followers. Awesome anime stuff.

If your blog didn't show up here, sorry. You can always check my profile for the list of blogs I am following though. On a side note, I would appreciate it if people didn't post links to their own blogs in the comments section. People can click on your name if they want. Thanks!

The Most Uninteresting Man in the World

He is the most uninteresting man in the world.

He doesn't always do stuff, but when he does, you really wouldn't care anyways.

He drives a beige car. It gets average gas mileage.

If someone made a biography about him, it would be 5 pages long. The covers, about the author, one of those random blank pages, then one actual page of content.

He has two programs installed on his computer, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Word.

The police once questioned him, and ended up locking themselves up.

Every survey he takes ends up with perfect bell curve distribution.

He once made love to a woman, and they both were asleep before it was over.

When he orders a sandwich, the only filling is a third piece of bread.

Everything he cooks tastes like chicken.

He is the most uninteresting man in the world.

Fanservice

Fanservice is just what you would think it is, certain enticements to keep viewers interested when you lack certain things like cohesive and interesting story and plot. What this usually entails is female characters with various prominent features.

Anytime you see a female character in a skimpy outfit, flashing her pantsu or letting her cleavage hang out, this is an example of fanservice. For instance, almost every anime has some sort of beach/swimsuit episode.  Even Bleach, a very mainstream anime, has a beach episode.  Seeing your favorite anime girls in bikinis isn't something you see everyday.

One of my favorite fan service animes is Ladies vs Butlers. What little plot there is involves one large breasted girl fighting with another large breasted girl over a guy who usually ends up walking in on at least one girl per episode, who just happens to have her breasts exposed. However, what the story lacks is made up in the presence of the kinky nudity scenes. The specials even push the boundaries of hentai, but I'm not going to go into that...

White clouds, everywhere!  Uncensored version- NSFW- in other words, BOOBS.

Of course, this brings up the topic of boobs in anime. Boobs in anime are like boobs in real life, except that they seem to have a life of their own. But if animators are going to go to the extent of giving them their own physics, making them unrealistically big and jiggly is a given. Most animes don't go as far as showing fully exposed boobs, and when they do, the nipple region is usually hidden by strands of hair, clothing, arms/legs, or random objects flying through the foreground. A lot of animes don't even show anything more than cleavage, just so they keep their viewer base broad. However, some animes are able to show boobs and still stay out of the ecchi category all together.

Now I could write a long essay on why people react strongly to human nudity, but that’s a whole different story. The same goes for porn and hentai, who are usually made for different purposes. While nudity are porn are synonymous, it doesn't mean that all nudity is porn. Anime such as Berserk, as well as many of the works by Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Tokyo Godfathers) show breasts, but they only have a short glimpse, and don’t follow the “OMG LOOK AT THESE BOOBS!” example set by ecchi animes.

For example, in Elfen Lied, when the character Nana is chained to a wall, stripped naked and covered in blood, it isn’t to get a rise out of the male viewers, but to strike a nerve and make you feel sorry for her condition.
Ya you thought this was gonna be fun and games didn't you.
Basically you can't call all nudity in anime fanservice, just as you can't call naked statues and paintings by artists pornography. Serious business out of the way, fanservice can be very entertaining.

Best of Youtube: Remixes

I was thinking about writing something witty and explanatory here, but this really says it much better.

Basically, some remixes change up the tune and make it even better, while all the rest are bad rip-offs.


I would totally watch the news if this was the intro.


You would never think these two totally different styles would be a good mix, but it's just so tight and well done.


A remix and a cover all in one. Although they only take the Hayley Williams part from "Airplanes," so it's more like just all Paramore. Either way, I can't stop listening to it. Also check out Zebrahead x Paramore. Via Rambled Thoughts.


One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite animes. This song has countless remixes (including one my friend made for me,) but this is one of my favorites. If you like rap, you can also check out the Anthem Remix.


My friend said once that the Beastie Boys were only good remixed. I believe this is the testament to that. One of my favorite remixes everrrrrr.

The Captcha Strikes Back

Here we go with the third installment of captcha-induced madness.  Check out the previous two.

I would too, If I knew what that was.

 I think I can get a bohner without buying one, thank you.

Aww crap, I was never really good at math.

Ohai, Iz in your captcha, not letting you post.

Hold on, there's a blotch on my screen, let me just get that...

I'm gonna go with "Greek Temple" here.

I'll just go get my barcode scanner and... you know what, fuck you. I'm done here.

Bad-Ass Anime Character of the Week

Ikari Gendo (碇 ゲンドウ)
Anime: Neon Genesis Evangelion

Gendo runs the show over at Nerv headquarterts, LIKE A BOSS.  When he wants something done, it gets done, even if it causes third degree burns.

Angels attacking the city?  Whatev, I got that.  Remember First Impact?  That wasn't caused by a meteor, that was caused by me, bitches!

The guys over at Selee giving you a hard time? Who holds they keys to the Evangelion units again? Ya that's right, it's Nerv *Gendo Pose*. You better hurry up with those production series Eva if you want to try to take over here.

And don't even get me started on that whiny bitch of a son, Shinji.
"How did I ever raise this child to be the gay boy he is today! I have no son!"

Houston, we have a problem...

Dear California Police:
Learn 2 Internets

Californian cops think Pedobear is a mascot used by pedophiles to signal their predilections: "Disguised as innocence, this underground community that would make victims of our children teasingly reaches out in to the light of day."
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Prepare to turn your magnets upon your hard drives, my fellow Californians, for the police may be busting down your door at anytime, looking for your cp. That is of course, if you like to sport your favorite pedobear T-shirt, plushy, or hugely oversized ascii drawing.

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Forget that time you got busted while you were innocently trying to hand out free candy out of your van. Now the police are trying to pin the horrible crime of pædophilia on this adorable creature who only wants to show his love for children.

Whats next? The arrest warrant for whoever stole Lawlruses bukkit? Arresting FUUUUUUU guy for disturbing the peace? This is going way to far. In order to fight this, we must do what the Japanese people did in the second season of Code Geass, we must all become pedobear! Click here to receive your very own pedobear kit. Row row fight the powah!

SSX 3

I was playing SSX3 with my friend the other day on his Xbox (his 360 red-ringed), and I remember having tons of fun with when I first used to play it several years ago. That was before, of course, I lent it to a friend indefinitely, who later sold his Gamecube and all of his games, including mine. While playing it that day with my friend however, I remembered what I loved most about it: the music.

The in-game "radio" was an excellent companion to the fast paced action of the snowboarding, and even reflected how well you were doing on the slopes. I especially loved the selection of songs; it introduced me to great bands such as "Basement Jaxx," "Yellowcard," "Royksopp," on top of many more.


I even have a lot of these on my computer today, but it still doesn't match listening to them while racing down the slopes grinding rails and doing insane tricks...

How Bleach Works


This works with basically any long running anime. Naruto, One Piece, FMA, Dragon Ball, you name it. But hey, why worry about condensing your plot when you can just make make episode after episode. And that still had nothing to do with what actually happens in that little bit of content.

You can describe the basic plot of Bleach in three words: Deus Ex Machina.
From Wikipedia: "A plot device whereby a seemingly inextricable problem is suddenly and abruptly solved with the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new character, ability, or object."
For example: Ichigo becoming a soul reaper, Ichigo's Shikai, Ichigo's Bankai, Ichigo's Hollow Mask, Ichigo's... well you get the idea.
And of course, I use the term "plot" when talking about Bleach very loosely. 

I'm pretty sure Kubo (the writer) just makes up stuff as he goes. If he happens to forget a character, a bit of detail, or major plot event along they way, he doesn't care, he will make money either way.

Then again, I do think everything past the first season should be considered filler.  If it weren't for Byakuya and Renji, Ichigo would still be hanging out in Karukua Town killing hollows.  And we all know how bad filler is...

Best of Youtube: Autotunes

Want to take plain, regular old talking and turn it into a song? Well if your name is Ke$ha, you could become pretty famous off of it, even if you completely lack talent. Autotuning is the process of taking sounds and setting them to different pitches to replicate them being in a song. If you do this for a series of sounds and change the rhythm, you can actually make a decent sounding song.


Can I have "This is awesome" for 1000?


Her daddy taught her good. Check out the other autotune the news videos, and while you're at it, build a turtle fence.


Hi, I'm a sign. Let the sign f**king commence.


Can you handle all the va? I also posted this video before, but here is the Misao autotuned version of the entire Niko Niko Douga mix.


Watch this, you're gonna love my nuts.

First Impressions of 4chan

When you mention 4chan to the average internet surfer, you will usually get a reaction somewhere between disgust and disdain. "4chan is the reason we can't have nice things." However, if you ask them why they think that, they really can't come up with a real reason. This eventually leads them to actuality going there...

I can't help myself from looking
Everyone associates 4chan and /b/ as the same thing, but it is much more than that.  Once you get past the random pictures of genitals, breasts, gore, fecal matter, and badly shopped images, 4chan is actually a wholesome place where many fine individuals gather to give each other helpful advice, post funny pictures, and give constructive criticism to help others to become much better humans overall....

...but there's not really a lot of that. 

Bad-Ass Cuties

To commemorate my 100th post, here's a bad ass/cutie of the week combo tray of excellence!

Nobody ever said that all Bad-asses had to be guys, and the same goes for cuties being all looks and no action. Some girls are able to capture your heart and kick your butt at the same time.

Maka Alubarn (マカ=アルバーン)
Anime: Soul Eater.

Maka is a cutie who wields her partner-turned-scythe to slash apart all sorts of demons. The Witch-Hunter, and later Demon-Hunter Wavelength, which she inherited from her mother is also capable of taking down even bigger enemies.

Maka's voice actress has one of the cutest voices ever. If you are watchihing Seitokai Yakuindomo this season, you may also her playing the part as the "Judo Girl." She really needs to be in more animes...


Yoko Littner (ヨーコ・リットナー)
Anime: Tengen Toppa Gurren Laggan.

Yoko is the poster girl of the Gurren Brigade, as well as their sharpshooter. Previous to meeting up with Kamina and jacking some of the enemy's ganmen for their own, she lived in another underground village, honing her skills with her rifle.

During the attack on Kamina and Simon's home village, she almost takes down a ganmen on her own, only to be stopped by an amazing act of bravery my Kamina himself.  Still, her large breasts are still able to protect Simon in times of need, when she is not using them to provide home for Boota.


Misaka Mikoto (御坂 美琴)
Anime: A Certain Magical Index/Scientific Railgun

Misaka is the protagonist in Railgun, and a supporting Character in Index. Also Known as Biribiri (shocker), she has the power to control electricity.  She is one of the seven level 5 power users in Academy City, one of the strongest.

One of her special moves is to use a coin to create an extremely powerful railgun, which basically creates a giant cannon out of electricity.  She is cute to the point where her female roommate wants to rape her, and tries every chance she can.  On top of that, she is shy and wears shorts under her skirt, but remains being tsundere, especially towards Touma, the only person able to resist her abilities.

The Mayans

As I'm writing this, 4chan /a/ is within 500 posts of hitting 40 million. Sure, one of these epic gets only comes around once in a while, but there were plenty before this as well. This reminded me of something though.

At the same time some of us are waiting for the 40 millionth post, humanity as a whole is slowly reaching what has been predicted as the end of the world; 2012. According to the Mayan calendar, there is nothing supposed to happen after a certain date in that year. What does this mean?

It means that we're all gonna get trolled. What better way to troll the entire world than to set a day when we're all gonna die, then disappear off of the face of the Earth, leaving no other information (read: sauce).   GG Mayans, gg.

Yo Dawg..

I herd you like OH SHIIIIIIII--

New AMV's up.

This week I finished two AMV's, one a remake of my second ever AMV, Evil Angel.

The Original
The Remake

When I originally made this, I was using Windows Movie Maker and clips I downloaded and converted, and some of them had a big watermark. With this version, I have the high quality versions, as well as access to Sony Vegas.

Before, on Windows Movie Maker, to add in space between clips, I had to actually make a black rectangle in paint and fit it in between the clips, which took too long, so most of the time I ended up just extending clips out. This usually ended up creating bits of video I didn't want, and a big lacking of what I like to call "dramatic holds." With Sony Vegas, I can create space in between clips whenever I need to, on top of everything else that Vegas has to offer.

This second video was my second Code Gess AMV, and just like my first one, it was removed off Youtube.

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I tried Adobe After Effects to try to get the effect that makes the video react to the sound, but I soon figured out that it was a very expensive add-on, as well as difficult to use.  On top of that, after my video got removed, I figured that it wasn't worth the work if my shit was just going to get taken down.

So far, two of my videos have been blocked in several countries, two blocked worldwide, one muted, and one disabled completely.  With that, I think I'm going to wash my hands of making AMV's.  For the one that got completely removed, my Engrish in Eva video, I sent in a counter-notice, since it was simply for the demonstration, and should fall under the free use clause, on top of being pretty popular.

I actually started this blog to possibly highlight some of my AMV's, but I soon came to enjoy blogging more than making them.  Now I'm just really annoyed at Youtube and their BS, while blogger remains my friend.

Best of Youtube: One Man Band

He who said "variety is the spice of life" must have had plenty of friends to choose from. One year for my High School's talent show, one performer didn't have a band to perform with, so he pre-recorded himself playing several parts to his song, then played along with it during the live performance. That was kind of like this...


Yes, John William is the man. Also, the kazoo version of Enter Sandman (even though it isn't all the same person) is pretty entertaining.


If only she had one of Lady Gaga's outfits for each pane.


I never learned how to play the spoons and the cookie sheet in music class...


I can barely play one instrument, I'm pretty sure the list of what this guy can't play would be shorter than what he can. By the way, this is really catchy if you haven't noticed already.


Playing only one instrument at a time is for sissies. Good thing every single ACDC lick is extremely repetitive. Rack one up for the French.