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May. 24th, 2010 | 10:26 pm

There's part of me that gets the impulse, at half past noon in the office, to come home from work, fill the bathtub with near-scalding Tang, set my laptop on the toilet, and stream End of Evangelion off the NHK in the command center.

Then there's the rational part, which says, "The Tang's probably a bad idea. Skip it, but add the half-bottle of Pearl sake you've got in the fridge."

And there was my evening.

Blossom was just on The Big Bang Theory. w00t.

... There were other things I was going to write, but you know I've never been much for venting... on here, anyway. Suffice it to say, Yes (and Tom Servo) have it on good evidence that I am, in fact, much better than the owner of parcel of land in Montana, but not as good as the owner of a perfectly functional gas fireplace.

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Apr. 14th, 2010 | 01:21 am

Megaman 2.



I think I've finally earned my icon.

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Apr. 3rd, 2010 | 07:13 pm

A pool, for my dear readers.

"How long does it take to format a 2TB drive?"

I peg it at 7.5 hours.
Mr. Aumiller guesses 11 hours.

The winner will receive something random, like a kimchi-flavor instant noodle from Young's, complete with coffee milk!

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Requiem for a World Serpent

Mar. 22nd, 2010 | 11:42 am

To the tune of "Goodnight Saigon" by Billy Joel

We met as noobcakes in Southern Sandy
We left in Whitegate, with Astral Candy
And we were small, but still happy
Why shift from Norse to Aztec Mythology?

We started slowly, dying and cursing
3K an hour, skillchains and bursting
Our ACC was low, hitrates were shit
We learned you're worthless if you can't land a hit

We sat in Jeuno, waiting for invites
We sat as Dragoons, we sat as Dark Knights
And changes came, and Rangers cried
And we weren't good yet but, goddamnit, we tried

We jumped through portals, and climbed up spires
We fought on airships, to new empires
And it was hard, but it felt good
And we got each other through it
Our linkshells could do it
And those who couldn't joined those who could


Remember Babys, remember Capcom
Deep in Ordelle's Caves, from dusk until dawn
And when they nerfed the Stroper Chymes~chymes~chymes
They took up pickaxes and lived in the mines

We traveled east
to a new paradigm
They gave us birds
and the birds took us to endgame
And then they changed it
What of our merits? What of our l33t shit?
And they said we would have to move~move~move
So we all gathered in Jeuno
The GMs came too, yo
To see Midgard's glory in bloom


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Politics? In Nerd's Livejournal?

Mar. 5th, 2010 | 02:01 pm

It's more likely than you think.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Now, I don't usually post things like this. I take what any political pundit says with a grain of salt. Folks know that I tend to keep my views under my own damn hat. That said, I lol'ed for an inordinately long period of time at this. Say what you will about our divisive, partisan media state, but laugh at this. The denouement just seals it. A+, would watch again.

The terrifying part is... somewhere, someone watching this is not familiar with concepts such as "satire" and "reductio ad absurdum."


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Dec. 2nd, 2009 | 08:04 pm

Resistance is futile. As evidence, FFXI is updating. Woo.

Oh, yeah, I have questions to answer, provided by angel_vixen.

1. You are invited to appear on "Letterman." Do you perform or are you in the guest chair? If the latter, what do you discuss with him? Do you have any special tricks up your sleeve to surprise him?

Oh, geez. What do you talk about with the man who's said everything to everyone?

First off, I need a piece of thematically-appropriate music with which to take the stage. Hearing Paul & the CBS Orchestra performing "The Pennsylvania Polka" would be amazing, so I'll go with that.

So, why am I there at all? I wouldn't be shocked if it's to promote my first film, so likely I'd be discussing why it's set in Pittsburgh, how my knowledge of the city and its various venues and locales influenced the production (and vice versa), and would likely go on to discussing my family, with a couple amusing anecdotes to keep the viewers at home happy and laughing. "My grandmother, bless her... Mom was explaining the plot of some movie, where a bunch of kids were putting together their spare change so they could go to the big city and hire a hooker just so they could say they saw a naked lady... and Grandma says, 'Isn't that the band TJ likes? Those Canadian fellows!'" Uproarious laughter.

2. Why is the bass not a "T" word?

Because the Penn State Blue Band calls 'em by the "T" word. And they're fuckers.

3. If placed in charge of a company that deals in anime, what would be your goal? For example, would you focus on quality subbing, move your focus to importing more "avant-garde" shows, or search for more vocal talent?

It honestly depends on the series. Something like Honey & Clover, or Spice + Wolf, or Toradora!, something where every interaction is crucial to the understanding of the events and where every tone and inflection is pivotal to the scene... I'd release those as sub-only, quality boxsets, and load them with background information, to allow for a full and deep reading of the anime.

On the other hand, you can take a lighthearted, random-ass, nigh-absurdist comedy anime and dub all over it, basically using it as the canvas and creating a new work on top of it. I wouldn't advocate this for something with as much cultural relevance as, say, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, but for something like Higepiyo or Hetalia: Axis Powers... then it's a bit different. I take as my inspirations in this vein such fantastic dub-jobs as Cromartie High School and Colorful. Throw continuity out the window, and just do what you can with this existing material. It's almost like Mystery Science Theater, but built into the media itself.

4. The perfect meal is...? What about the perfect restaurant meal?

The perfect meal is with family. Naturally.

The perfect restaurant meal... hmm. One of my fondest memories was when, on one band trip to Disney, I (along with a group of friends) made the "loop of nations" around EPCOT and nom'd something in each country along the way.

Now, if I were sitting down and that happened... mmm.

5. Would you rather have your own private island with few other inhabitants (this is not barring you from building a tourist industry if you choose, of course), or be leader of a country? If the latter, is it a pre-existing one or one of your own creation?

I'd only go for the island if I had a white suit, a midget, and enough folks calling me "Ricardo."

I did the whole Nationstates thing back when Group was a force to be reckoned with, and came to the realization that, if I had everything my way, I'd be a danger to myself as I'd not really have to argue against other points of view, and thus would not have to re-analyze my own points of view. And that's a dangerous thing.

Would I be the leader of a country? No. Would I be the governor of a state? Perhaps. Of a smaller entity? Likely. Would I go on Letterman, like Ravenstahl did back when O'Connor died?


BONUS: You are asked to name a well-known company's next beer. What do you call it?

The new winter offering from Tröegs: FAT OaT-AKU! The Oatmeal Stout so good, you'll post about it on imageboards across the intarwebs, at the cost of your social life and personal hygene!

So, yeah. Comment with "Futility is Resistile" and I'll inquire things of you. Or something like that. Now, if you'll excuse me, it's almost burrito o'clock.

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Extra Bonus Win

Nov. 24th, 2009 | 03:36 pm

At work last night, I marked the time code on one lead:

TJC - 11/23 - 8:13 - NA

Then I looked at what I'd written, and made a scribble underneath the central hyphen, just enough to make it look like a 5.


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Television WIN

Nov. 24th, 2009 | 10:28 am

From yesterday's episode:

Chase: What're you so excited about?
House: Why wouldn't I be? Got all my starters back, plus a couple of first-class free agents. I feel like Mike Tomlin.
*cut to a reaction take of Foreman*
House: Probably not as much as you do, but you get the idea.

Now, a couple weeks ago, this was true... now, notsomuch.

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Nov. 20th, 2009 | 11:01 am

There is comedy in the fact that I drank so much Coke, they gave me a subscription to Wired Magazine.

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