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Headline news...

John Stewart DESTROYED Jim Cramer in a head-to-head interview. It was just a massacre. Kudos to you, John Stewart. I mean, wow.
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Musical interlude

Speaks for itself, really. A song that was shown to me by a friend of mine, and I liked it so much, I decided to post it.



I got plenty of good feelings now thanks to this. Hope you will too.
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Thoughts on comedy

I've toyed a little bit with the thought of actually writing up a stand-up routine for the heck of it. Something to break the ice at parties, or something to actually perform in front of my coworkers at the next work function. So it occurred to me that it probably would be a good idea to have a fall-back routine in case I get heckled...because my self-confidence isn't the best in the world. So, I plotted this little scenario in my head.

"I can't deal with hecklers, I can't. I just don't have that mean mentality. I got heckled once, this guy yelled out from the stage, 'You're not funny!' So I replied, 'Oh yeah, well you're not...pregnant.' A little obvious, I'm sure, but now I had to follow it up, or else I'd look like an idiot. 'Er, but keep trying though, maybe one day it will happen.'

I could tack on a little more, but I think that stands alone by itself.
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Mr. Explorer from La Mulana

OK, so I doubt anyone here has heard of the game La Mulana. I know I didn't know of it until about a week or two ago. I found a walkthrough of the game on YouTube, and for a lark, I followed along. It's a pretty impressive game for a home platformer. What impressed me the most was the amount of depth the game had, but second to that, the music was pretty impressive, and quite catchy.

So, I tried to look for music tracks to listen to, but I have yet to find the game tunes without audio commentary. I'm sure if I look hard enough, I can find it, but someone was able to do a live guitar version of the first song, which is on the overworld area. Probably my favorite piece of the whole game. The guitar is pretty close to what you hear in the game, and although I like the game music better, the guitar is a nice second. So, check this out and rock out.



It's got a nice adventure quality to it, don't you think?
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Fail? Win?

So lately there's been a lot of talk of the words Fail and Win. I enjoy them. Simple connotations for very basic tenants. Fail is the one you hear the most...when someone does something really stupid, or for lack of a better word, fails at something, it's a Fail. When they do something really cool, or succeed at something, it's a Win. Actual milage on the terms may vary from individual to individual, but usually people can agree on what is a Fail and what is a Win. But surprise surprise...there are actually LEVELS to how badly or how greatly one can Fail or Win.

Let's start with Fail and Win. Those are the basics. Your standard, if you will. Then you have your Classic Fail. I do not believe there is a Classic Win, but I could be mistaken. Classic is a timeless Fail. You know it's coming, because you've seen it. Or it's done the rounds enough to be recognized. Then there's Total Fail. Total Fail is an unusually bad Fail, but still leaves something to be salvaged, usually. Like the possibility of doing it right a second time. Then on the other side of the scale, there's Full of Win. Full of Win is a Win you can really sink your teeth into. A little higher up on the scale is Full of Win and Love. That's a Win you have to tell other people about, because it's just so Win. Next, on the other side of things, is the Massive Fail. This is a Fail so fail-riffic, it defies the imagination. A Fail that you want to ask the person who failed, "What were you thinking?" A lesser known subset is the Ultra Fail and Ultra Win catagories...I think to think of these as the compounded versions. Something happens, then something else happens to top the first thing. Not used very much, I've found. Then we get into my favorites. The Epics. There is an Epic Fail and an Epic Win. These are the ones that blow your mind. Here's the interesting part...an Epic Fail can also be an Epic Win, if the circumstances are right. Just the fact that it's Epic, makes it Win, you might say. If there's a catagory above that, it's gotta be legendary. Like Legendary Fail would be killing yourself with a penny, or Legendary Win would be surviving a 100-story fall without an injury, or winning the lottery twice in a row. Really insane junk.

These catagories, of course, are subject to opinion, and it's hard to gauge, but it's fun to think about, isn't it?
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Reflections on Christmas

It's been a long time since I've checked into Livejournal. About a year, maybe more. Don't know why I stopped, I just did. But I was reminded of it not too long ago, so I decided to see what was going on. Amazing what you miss when you're out of the loop. But I digress.

I find myself both full of Christmas cheer and depleted of it. Probably not one would wish to hear around this time of year, but it is so, and I don't wish to bandy words. There have been good things going on and bad things, both in a social sense and in a worldly sense. A lot has changed over the year, and more changes are still on the way, so it doesn't bode will to be standing still while the world moves merrily on.

But I will say this...to all of you who might read this journal and even to those of you who don't...take a moment to look around yourself. Go outside (with a coat on if it's cold), put your hands in your pockets, and take a look up at the sky, then take a look around you. Or if you prefer, just look out the window, but I guarantee, going outside would better suit. The point I'm making is this...the world is a very big place. It's bigger than most of us can even comprehend, and if we take the time to do so, it could easily overwhelm us. There are lots of forces in the world that are pushing and pulling at each other, making the world into a much more complicated place than it needs to be. But even with all the complications of life and the troubles that they present, the world can be a blessedly simple place, too. Because that's life. To each of us, to our own point of views, life happens in such a way that every day is made for us. No one can enjoy the day for you better than you can. So enjoy the day. Every minute presents possibilities, and if we don't make use of them, we have no one to blame but ourselves. However, if something is just enjoyed, well, that's hardly a waste.

I'm not really an orator. I am sure there are some feelings that I am trying to relate that just aren't translating well. But it's enough that I try. To all of you who celebrate it, I wish you a Merry Christmas. To all of you that don't, I wish you a Happy Holidays. And to all those in general, I wish you good tidings.
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Electro Gypsy

Wow. There are just so many awesomeness levels to this vid and song. Yay! Weebl stuff!





Takes me back to the 80's, totally groovy.
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I'm still alive!

Yeah, I know, it's been a long time since I made an update. So sorry, my bad! It isn't even because I've been so horribly busy that I haven't had time; I just took a bit of a break from LiveJournal for no good reason. I've only read posts moderately, and I haven't posted anything either, because I just haven't been on it. I guess you could call it being lazy, or whatever; just haven't been motivated to interact. But I'm back, and I have stuff to relate.

First off, I'm 31 now. Yippee. I'll raise a banner and grab a party favor. No, seriously. It's a birthday, and it's groovy that I got to celebrate it by doing a variety of things. Nothing really major...I went golfing with a group and did really well in doing so (I got a birdie on one hole, yay!), and I celebrated a little more by going to see Weird Al Yankovic in concert just the other day. Had to take a day off of work to be able to go, but it was well worth it. I realized as I saw the show that he has a lot more material in his repatoire than a lot of music artists; he did snippets of some of his more popular songs in the middle of the act, and still had a lot of song favorites that I didn't get to hear. I'll have to pick up his latest album and catch up, sounds like there's some good material on there. Anyhow, back to the birthday business. I don't mind getting older, but I'm noticing that I'm not quite as spry or as ache-free as I used to be. I'm not falling apart, mind, but there are times when my hands get tired from constant typing, and times when I accidentally hurt myself and don't bounce back as quick as I used to. Little things. Going to have to take care of myself a little more, I suppose, as I want to be able to get along later in life without too much trouble.

I've been catching up on some classic stories from my childhood of late, trying to feed my mind and get back to roots. I'm discovering that things aren't quite as I remember them being, and I am not sure if I just forgot, or if things got warped over time by differing versions of the story. I am looking to find Peter Pan and read that old chestnut from cover to cover, to see what that's like. They say the books are always better than the movies, and for the most part, I am inclined to agree. There's a lot of material out there that I haven't read yet, and I don't think I'll ever be able to get to it all, but at least I won't be lacking for something to do. It's interesting...the more I go to the library, the more I see people on the computers and not actually reading. I guess it's a digital age now.

As of late I've been forced to reconsider the nature of my relationships, as a few of the close personal connections I've had with people have been redefined. And by redefined, I don't mean in a bad way; just different, I suppose. One in particular is interesting, because it's not exactly redefined; I just chose to think in my mind that it was more than it was. I was reminded of that a little while back, and I am taking the lesson to heart, though it's still hard to fix things in my head. Once you get used to thinking a certain way, it's hard to change. I stress again, though; things aren't bad. Really, nothing has changed except my perception of how things are. And I can deal with that. I'm starting to reach out more, which is good, but the jury is still out on whether that's the way I really want to be yet. Time will tell.

My work shift has changed a little bit, moving two hours later in the evening, which means I now get out of work at 12:30 AM. I don't mind it, but it does mean that the evenings are SLOW. And when I say slow, I don't mean workwise, but I do mean for my department. I'm the only one there, and before, I would help out other departments to try and be a good little worker. But when times are slow, I can't do that, because that takes hours away from other people, and they lose out on pay, and that's a big no-no. So I have to try to find stuff to do to make the hours go faster, while still being within the bounds of company policy. I can't look up stuff on youtube or wikipedia or anything like that, which really drags things on. But I deal and get through it. I'm a night owl, so I don't have to worry about being tired. But I just want stuff to keep me occupied. When there's nothing to do, 8 hours goes by incredibly slow.

And that's pretty much stuff that's going on with me, not really anything groundbreaking, but hey, it's news to me.
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Reaching out

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I don't do emo.

I've also said before that I'm comfortable being a loner type. This is true.

However, there is a difference between enjoying one's own alone time when choosing to be alone, and being alone when one is reaching out to other people.

The past couple of weeks, I have been fluctuating between my need to have private time and the need to talk to friends and people I know. It's easy to be alone; I'm not the type of guy that generally gets called upon all the time to go do something or be somewhere. And when I want to do something, I usually go do it. Sometimes I invite other people, but usually, other people are too busy. I just have lousy timing, I guess. However, I have been discovering lately that when I've been trying to reach out and talk to others, I'm just not having success. And while I have no trouble occupying myself, it's still nice to be able to talk to people.

In large part, I think this is my fault, for being such a recluse; I don't usually get called to do things because people don't think that I would be interested in doing things. I've heard this more than once, so I know it's true. And I also have different hours than most people. So, I'm going to make an effort to be more sociable. To make myself available to do things, and actually maybe even get into trouble once or twice. Who knows? But I've gotta do more, that much is certain. The day may come when I turn around and I have no one, and that would be really miserable.
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I AM IRON MAN. OK, I WISH I was Iron Man.

Been a long time since I made a post, but I felt this was one that was easy to make. Last night I went to go see the Iron Man movie after work, crossing my fingers that they got it right and they didn't make another superhero movie that was decidedly sub-par. I had high hopes, though; the commercials and previews had a lot of interesting little tidbits that I was looking forward to seeing, amd let's face it: It's IRON MAN. He's my favorite Marvel superhero, bar none. With Tigra coming second (anthro tigress in a bikini...yeah. I'm not complaining). And Storm from the X-men ranking third.

Anyhow, back the the point. I needn't have worried. Iron Man RULES! Right from the beginning, I was enjoying myself, the first 5 minutes of the movie definitely set up the kind of person Tony Stark is supposed to be. There's a lot to look forward to in the movie that you don't see in the previews; I'm thankful for that, as there tends to be too much showboating in the commercials these days. The visuals in the movie are stunning, and kinda give you a real hope for inventions to come, although there is a lot that is just fanciful dreaming. And the tech...well, if you like schematics, this is the movie for you.

Granted, for me, the movie was a little predictable, since I knew the history behind Iron Man and the villain in this movie (not revealed); I read the comics in the Marvel continuity where they actually fought. But even so, I enjoyed this movie thoroughly. Highly recommend it. 3.5 out of 4 stars from me.

Oh, and don't forget to stay for the extra scene at the end. It's SWEET.
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