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Resuming [Dec. 15th, 2010|11:42 pm]
Freestylin Jay
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[Current Location |United States, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia]
[feeling |quixoticquixotic]

Has it really been a year since I've posted on LiveJournal? Well, not that I've really posted anything of worth since way before that. It's funny, when I was in English class, I was thinking "Man, this would be a lot easier to do if I had been writing on LiveJournal all this time like I wanted to."  I know the quantity of stuff to write about has been daunting, and certainly the lack of time to post with work and school when twitter and facebook are so much faster and easier than writing more than two lines.

But I am committed to changing that! I will actually post about the past two years of my life, no matter what. Really! Pinky swear!
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Oh, Brother! [Sep. 25th, 2009|03:55 pm]
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[Current Location |Philadelphia]
[feeling |mellowmellow]

Oh hi, neglected LiveJournal! Here, I'll make it up to you by posting something awesome and heartwarming:
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"Pinball is more important than algebra!" [Jul. 23rd, 2009|03:38 am]
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[feeling |nostalgic]

This latest one's really sad for people who grew up watching Nickelodeon in the 80s and early 90s: Les Lye, the actor who played the many adult characters on You Can't Do That On Television passed away yesterday.  I've been watching some clips, and it's amazing how well it holds up. I guess it was that far ahead of its time.



"This is the most realistic wargame ever created." "Really?" "Great job, Kevin, look, you just nuked the sofa."


"Mr. Rogers: Neighbourhood Pusher will not be seen tonight in order we may present you the following weedy program." Custard pies!

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BUY SOMETHIN' WILL YA! [Jul. 10th, 2009|01:10 pm]
Freestylin Jay
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[listening to |Persona - Boutique]

Since midnight's not the best time to post this kind of thing, repost!



So, to rustle up funds for Otakon, I'm selling some games!

Brain Age
Children of Mana
Contact
Feel The Magic X/XY
Gunpey DS
Henry Hatsworth and the Puzzling Adventure
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Mega Man ZX
Mega Man ZX Advent
N+
Nanostray
Polarium
Resident Evil Deadly Silence
Yoshi's Island DS

Make me an offer! (Should I just put up prices? Is that easier?) Shipping is about $4 a game. I'll combine shipping for multiple games! I'm cross-posting this to a forum, so don't be surprised if things start dropping off the list.
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BUY SOMETHIN' WILL YA! [Jul. 10th, 2009|12:22 am]
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[feeling |workingworking]
[listening to |Smash Bros. Brawl - Warioware Inc. Medley]



So, to rustle up funds for Otakon, I'm selling some games! 

Brain Age
Children of Mana
Contact
Feel The Magic X/XY
Gunpey DS
Henry Hatsworth and the Puzzling Adventure
Kirby Super Star Ultra
Mega Man ZX
Mega Man ZX Advent
N+
Nanostray
Polarium
Resident Evil Deadly Silence
Yoshi's Island DS

Make me an offer! Shipping is about $4 a game. I'll combine shipping for multiple games! I'm cross-posting this to a forum, so don't be surprised if things start dropping off the list.
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Otakon-ho-oh! [Jul. 9th, 2009|04:42 pm]
Freestylin Jay
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[Current Location |Philadelphia]
[listening to |Mice Parade - All Roads Lead To Salzburg]

As an addendum to my post last night inquiring about rides and rooms (or if you know anybody looking for people to fill a room) for Otakon, I was curious, is the Mt. Vernon Hotel okay/in an okay area? The pictures on Priceline look like kind of like a hotel I visited two years ago, but while I remember it being a trek from the convention center, I have no clue where it was. Some of the reviews make the area sound sketchy, but my tolerance for sketchy might be higher than some other's. Of course, I might get something else bidding on Priceline.
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Otakon-ho! [Jul. 8th, 2009|11:57 pm]
Freestylin Jay
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[Current Location |Philadelphia]
[feeling |bouncybouncy]
[listening to |Yoko Kanno and Steve Conte - Call Me Call Me]

Hey LiveJournal! Long time no update. Things are well, and I'll probably finally write up details of what's been going on the past few months within the next week if I find time. But since it's coming to the time for Otakon, I thought I'd throw this out there: is anyone driving through Philadelphia on the way to and from Otakon, and if so, do you have a seat in your car for my friend Brian and I (we stack!)? Also, does anyone have any space in their hotel room for 2 people who don't take up a lot of space and are very quiet? We'd obviously chip in for gas/room/food/etc.  We've considered making it a day trip or staying in the burbs for a night, but I just thought I'd ask around to see if I can ease expenses all around.
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Let the Three Es begin! [Jun. 1st, 2009|10:39 pm]
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[feeling |quixoticquixotic]
[listening to |Spoon - I Turn My Camera On]

BEHOLD, A GLIMPSE AT THE FUTURE OF GAMING:

LET'S DANCE

WAY TO MAKE THE FUTURE OF GAMING LOOK WEIRD AND BORING, MICROSOFT AND MOLYNEUX
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Operation: Get A Life is a go! [Mar. 26th, 2009|01:26 am]
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[Current Location |Belfast, Maine]
[feeling |excitedexcited]
[listening to |Immaculate Machine - C'Mon Sea Legs]

Man, I've been in Maine for almost four months now. Wait, I was supposed to write about being in Maine after a month. Then two months went by, then three.  I probably should've written about being in Maine in the first place. What was I doing in Maine? Well, a few circumstances converged to move me along up to here.  My sister had just moved here, and didn't really know anyone around here, and could use some help with the rent, so that was one reason for me to be here. Another was my mom's house falling apart and the well drying up and I need showers and had to get out of there. And of course the most important reason is that I had to get a life. :P Staying with my sister for a few months was a chance to move out into the world, but under the guidance of family, but not a parental unit.  Phase one of Operation: Get A Life!

So, now that I'm blogging about being in Maine, I am leaving Maine. Where to? Back home to Philadelphia! I know I was only there for 5 years, but it became home for me, and I've been trying to get back there for just as long, and this is my chance. Fortunately some friends will put up with me for a week, so I've got to hit the ground running and apartment-hunt like crazy to find a place by the first. I can do it. I have to do it!

I get on a bus at 8 AM, and ride to the rest of my life! It's exciting, and scary. Wish me luck!

This is my mantra:
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SPACE PORN [Mar. 21st, 2009|04:29 pm]
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[feeling |nerdynerdy]
[listening to |Natasha Farrow - Calling to the Night]

I was very satisfied with the Battlestar Galatica finale last night.  I don't feel like getting into spoilers, but I did get a little teary at one point! And I was pleased by the focus on characters and an actual denouement.  I love denouement!  One of my favorite things about Farscape was how the climactic event would take place before the final commercial break, and they'd spend the final act decompressing and reflecting. Denouement is good.

Not interested in Caprica.  It might even have had a place in the show's mythology when it was first conceived, but the final season made it entirely superfluous.  Probably will watch The Plan (what frakkin' plan?), though. Considering how well they managed to tie things up considering the show was made up as they went along, I think they can retcon together a decent Cylon plan. (they admit that it is made up! Meanwhile, Lost is planned out and viewers whine in season two and three.)

What the hell will I do on Friday nights now, though? The original parameters of Operation: Get A Life (more on that soon) did not include actually getting a life on Friday! (The Soup airs 50 billion times a week, and I've been watching it on iTunes lately anyway)

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"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."  [from here, which also mentions that Wil Wheaton is DMing a D&D game for his son, which is adorable]
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Have they heard of Friend Codes? [Mar. 17th, 2009|06:45 pm]
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According to Missouri State Police, adults have no reason to play Animal Crossing, and if you are, you're likely doing it for the "wrong reasons!"
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Writer's Block: Close Encounters of the Celebrity Kind [Mar. 8th, 2009|10:45 pm]
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[feeling |quixoticquixotic]

Have you ever met a celebrity in real life? Who was it and how did your paths cross?
Shigeru Miyamoto. Over 10 years ago, E3 was held in Atlanta, which was close to where I lived in North Carolina, so enterprising youth that I was, I engineered a way to get into gaming's mecca both years. Press pass requirements were rather lax back then. This burdgeoning new media format is what got me in. I know. Crazy. Heck, I went to a lot of trouble to make a fake birth ceritificate to get past the 18 and up rule, but no one cared. Heck, some newspaper's 8 year old kid reviewer was running around, so whatever!

My media pass got me backstage at the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences award show, where Shigeru Miyamoto was the first person inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame.  I got up the courage to approach him with a pen and some paper, but while I meant to say "Domo arigato gozaimasu", all I stammered out was "Do...mo" Fuck!  Later, my dad, trying to be helpful, asked Mr. Miyamoto if he took on apprentice game designers, but either his translator wanted to avoid the question or got it wrong, and the answer was about other developers copying Miyamoto's ideas.

My dad even borrowed someone's digital camera (a rare and expensive thing back then!) to take a picture of me with Miyamoto, but unfortunately, that guy lost the picture when moving between computers, so there's no proof of me with Miyamoto, but here's one of the two autographs I got out of him:
Shigeru Miyamoto's signature

ADDENDUM: WE HAVE A NEW CHALLENGERCollapse )
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Destination unknown: LUBY LUBY LUBY SOHO [Mar. 6th, 2009|04:07 pm]
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[feeling |amusedamused]


This album is HILARIOUS. The first song is the best. It drags in the middle, but it's still great.
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I'm a rocket ship on my way to Mars! [Feb. 23rd, 2009|09:46 pm]
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Such a brilliant pairing. That's the perfect song to go with Super Mario Galaxy. :D [via 4cr]
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No console war here [Feb. 19th, 2009|05:52 pm]
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[feeling |sillysilly]
[listening to |Maaya Sakamoto - here]

I have to post these adorable heartwarming comics (from here) for all to see:
 

Good times spent with friends

Fun is had when you adventure with friends

Friends help friends who are under the weather

Remembering old friends brings warm smiles
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Totally rad, dude! [Feb. 19th, 2009|12:36 am]
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[feeling |happyhappy]
[listening to |SSBB - DK Jungle Level version 2]

Retro Game Challenge! Retro Game Challenge arrived today! Eeeee!

I've been so addicted I've blown through a bunch of challenges (no cheats either!) and opened up Guadia Quest already. I guess I'm making up for lost time, since everyone else had a head start. I still have to come up with names for the Guadia Quest heroes; I didn't think I'd be playing non-stop like I have. Of course, most of the challenges are simple, I still have to go back and beat the games I've unlocked. So far my impressions, if you couldn't tell already: it's totally awesome.  I hear it's selling above expectations too (if it sells out, they'll probably do another print run, but you might want to go pick up your copy soon anyway!) and that XSeed is already looking into bringing over Game Center CX: Arino no Chousenjou 2! :D

I really should talk about something other than games (and Retro Game Challenge) one of these days, but I haven't done a lot today other than play RGC, walk half a mile up a hill to the grocery store, and make pizza.  I guess I should go do some web work or something.  I'll write about all the important life stuff soon!
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I'm glad to see he's recovered from... whatever, but... [Feb. 17th, 2009|11:43 pm]
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[feeling |confused]
[listening to |Ogre Grand Repeat - Chivalry and Savagery]

*record scratch*

What?  Like Jeremy Parish, I'm rather confounded by the news that Matsuno is working on MadWorld. MADWORLD. MADWORLD!  I mean, I knew there was stabbing in the game, but backstabbing too?!
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"I'm weird." [Feb. 13th, 2009|06:47 pm]
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[feeling |amusedamused]

"I'm her mom." "No, she's not!"

"BOW-CHIKA-WOW-WOW!"
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Watching the minutes tick away as I come up with a subject... [Feb. 12th, 2009|10:12 pm]
Freestylin Jay
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[feeling |mellowmellow]
[listening to |Yasunori Mitsuda - The Brink of Time]

For some reason, I think I should post an entry in the middle of the night before I go to sleep so people can see it in the morning, but I'm starting to think people just don't see it. Hey, at least I'm posting more often.

Amazon shipped Retro Game Challenge! \o/
I'm going to assume the missive I sent yesterday pushed things along, or else I'd have been all whiny for no reason. Well, okay, I was whiny for no reason anyway.

I watched this neat video about collaboration with the Dean of Pixar University last night.  I like the part about using improv rules when working with people: "Accept all offers" and "Make the other person look good."  That's good advice to be less negative in those situations that I should probably take to heart.
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Analyzing the various pocket universes of the internet [Feb. 12th, 2009|04:41 am]
Freestylin Jay
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[feeling |mellowmellow]
[listening to |Masafumi Takada - Samurai Summer]

More proof that Vimeo is hipster YouTube.  And I mean hipster in a good way. I have two kaiten sushi videos on my Japan YouTube playlist (which keeps getting obliterated, see below) which are cute but plain. Just the camera on the conveyor belt, all natural sound. This one on Vimeo is paired with an awesome song that totally transforms it.  The same thing could be uploaded to YouTube (and in fact, was uploaded by a collector of viral videos and ads), but the community on YouTube doesn't seem to encourage that kind of vibe. Of course, Vimeo can also lead to a rambling Kanye West vlogging. So it's a wash, really.

Ultimate tragedy: Checking the playlist, I discovered that all of the awesome Gackt videos I bookmarked have been taken down. I hate you, Japanese media companies! That video of Gackt working at a gas station wasn't hurting anybody!

Now I want some sushi. :(

ALSO: speaking of food, apparently there's a rip-off of Tampopo coming out called The Ramen Girl, I'd almost want to see it but I don't think I have the stomach for Brittany Murphy's acting.

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This is what I get for being cheap. [Feb. 11th, 2009|04:12 pm]
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Augh, I am a moron who can't read. Amazon's estimate for my Retro Game Challenge order isn't a delivery estimate, it's a SHIPPING estimate.  The actual delivery estimate is somewhere between two weeks to a month away! I knew this could happen, but I was a cheapskate anyway.  I knew free shipping meant Amazon just holds on to it to punish people for their wicked cheap ways, but I could really use that five dollars.  If I ordered it now, they say I could even get it TOMORROW with one day shipping, so I know they have it in stock. The order is "processing", so I can't change it or anything either.  My P4 order was "processing" a week before it shipped, so that doesn't mean anything, but if Amazon doesn't ship it today their customer support staff will hear from me. >:(  Actually, they'll hear from me now!

UPDATE: The form letter sent to me from the person in India mentions my inconvenience, stuff I already know, blah blah blah, but it also says it might ship out sooner than the website says, so, here's hoping.
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Let's do the time warp again! [Feb. 10th, 2009|03:17 am]
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[feeling |excitedexcited]
[listening to |Immaculate Machine - C'Mon Sea Legs]

So, with my fresh infusion of cash from the auction (I guess I should've said "who wants this" and skipped eBay altogether), I felt more comfortable finally pre-ordering Retro Game Challenge for the DS, which ships tomorrow!  Ray Barnholt and Jeremy Parish have covered the games in far better detail than I can over on the 1UP Retro Gaming Blog, but the more coverage of it all around, the better.

 For those who haven't heard of it, Retro Game Challenge is the US release of the first game based on the Japanese television show Game Center CX.  Well, what's that? Ray's got a great guide to the series in addition to his 1UP posts with more information, but essentially it's about a comedian named Shinya Arino who tries to play through brutally challenging retro games in a day.  He's far from the best video game player in the world, so every episode is an epic struggle of blood, sweat and tears.  In the game, Arino gets his revenge by sending you back to the 80s to play NES games.  Because Game Center CX is unknown in the US (although there are attempts to bring it over here; more coverage of that event over here too) XSeed Games has ignored the TV show angle, but that's ultimately superfluous to the games themselves. It's just nice to know about it because the show is awesome. Or totally rad, in the 80's slang that the translation uses.

So what is Retro Game Challenge like? It's a compilation of 8 NES games, meant to fit in with the style of games of the era, as if they were games you could have played back then.  The games included are from a wide variety of genres: shooters, action platformers, racing, and even a hefty Dragon Quest-styled RPG!  You unlock new games by completing specific accomplishments, and to help you along the way, you can even read magazines with hints and secret codes for the games, as well as previews of the games you'll unlock later.  Go check out the trailer!

I'm buying only one game this quarter (Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon is the game for next quarter), and that's Retro Game Challenge! Consider making it one of your purchases as well! If enough people buy it, then XSeed will have reason to bring over the sequel that is coming out this month in Japan, which already looks amazing!
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Believe in the heart of the cards! [Feb. 9th, 2009|01:18 am]
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[feeling |geekygeeky]
[listening to |The World Ends With You - Give Me All Your Love]

No wonder I felt industrious today, it's a full moon. For some reason, I always feel more productive around this time. Although ironically, if you start subscribing to beliefs about the moon phases, then you know it's best to start new projects on a new moon. What a quandary!  Is it possible to have new moon ADD?

Speaking of my quirky cyclical nature, every two years I get into a collectible card game frenzy, usually focused on Magic: The Gathering.  I can chart this based on what the latest set to come out was when I got back into it.  At least I usually get back in when the game is doing interesting things, and I play online for free so I'm not wasting money on a bunch of cards I won't play with most of the time.

The current set is the Shards of Alara, about a world split into five separate planes focused on certain combinations of the mana color wheel.  The white mana themed plane of Bant has a bunch of cards with the gameplay mechanic "Exalted", which occured to me is totally the Gurren Lagann mechanic. If only one of your creatures attacks, that one gets stronger based on the number of creatures you control with Exalted, including itself.  In a sense, "believe in the you that believes in yourself." Or in a more general anime sense, it's the one guy out front in battle, with the rest of the cast playing cheerleader.  The will of the community lending their power to the fighter. It's too bad they did the Japan-themed Magic set already, it would've been the perfect "GANBARE!" mechanic.

I think this parallel made more sense in my head as I scribbled it in my notebook while half-asleep the other night.

P.S. An eBay auction for 30 Rock Season One approaches! Command? Not that I expect any of my price-savvy friends to buy it for what I'd like to get for it (the closer I can get to affording Retro Game Challenge the better), but I have to spam it anyway.

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Raiho Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon! [Jan. 27th, 2009|04:38 pm]
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[feeling |excitedexcited]
[listening to |Shoji Meguro - Hunting - Surprise Raid]

RAIHO PLUSHIE!
Raiho!
Atlus sent out an enigmatic email with a mysterious silhouette this week, and everyone assumed it was an announcement for the new Raidou Kuzunoha game, but I don't think anyone predicted something this awesome. Every copy of the game's (limited) first print run will come with a Raiho plushie, all for only $40. :D 
I still haven't played the first Raidou game (although I've been on the lookout for a cheap copy -- I'm sure that'll be harder now), and while I heard it has issues, I also hear the new one fixes all of those problems. So, while it's all of the first run, I don't need to pre-order, but I'm going to anyway.  It's a good thing that it comes out in May, I might have some money by then!
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From the depths of the pit of voles! [Jan. 24th, 2009|09:10 pm]
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Your challenge is to write crossover fanfiction combining Yoshi's Island and Rosemary's Baby.
The story should use a sex-change operation as a plot device!

Generated by the Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Idea Generator


It practically writes itself!
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