Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Thoughts of the Other Path

The Turn in the Road.
The path I didn't choose.


Saturday, October 23, 2010

What I Do On Off Days

Nothing in particular.
Really.

I mean seriously, my life is kind of empty as of late. Outside of work, I literally do nothing. There's the lawn, which I work on. There's some games like Cities XL 2011 and TV shows like Fringe. I work on art and writing from time to time, but that's about it. It was a big deal when I went to Wal-Mart the other day. Seriously, Wal-Mart. My life is bland and lame, its needs some spicing on the spicy spice. And ketchup. For the first time in several months, I washed my car. It was shiny for a whole two minutes before a cat sat on it. I exacted horrifying revenge on that cat by eating it. Tasty Chinese.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Not Living

Not Dead Either.
It's the "in-between".

I'm tired, I'm very tired. Exhausted, drained, fatigued, and hungry. I've been working 80+ hours in the last two weeks thanks to certain events transpiring out of my common knowledge. I leave the house around 8 in the morning, and then I return sometime around or after midnight. This schedule prolongs itself for five days out of the week, and my off days are chosen at random. As hard as it is to maintain this lifestyle, I'm not all that tired(okay, maybe I am) or irritated as I thought I would be. I guess its because most of the people I meet on a daily basis are more positive than normal.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Behold!

Art!
Well, I try.

I figured that my writing spirit has gone nowhere fast in the past few weeks, so I gave it a break. I'd rather watch all this anime coming and play all these games. Cities XL 2011 just came out, so I'm once again stuck in a city-sim as a pretend mayor who thinks he can manage a city as awesome as anyone can. I have to say, although it doesn't look a lot different, Cities 2011 is most certainly different. Awesomely different.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

An Unexpected Win

Tampa Bay Bucs win in the last few seconds.
Tampa Bay Rays pull through as well.
It's not bad to be a Tampa Bay fan these days.

But that's not what I was going to talk about today. Instead, I want to turn the clock back a few months. It was time in the middle of all anime going through the long haul stage of big suck, the drought of good anime. We had a few good shows during this time which we thoroughly enjoyed. But most either fell under A)harem anime, B)moe anime, or C)something else that's not so good.
During such a time, we go through our manga and try to figure out which ones are good enough to become animated in the next few seasons. My friends chose The World God Only Knows, which is pretty hilarious. Bakuman was a given, the creator of Death Note making a manga about making manga? Instant win.
Now here's where the hilarious part comes in, I chose two almost at random. The first manga I chose was a joke, a jab at my friends and their Japanese pedo-ways. The second choice felt so cookie-cutter that I had to chose it, it had everything that the standard anime these days have. The male protagonist that returns to a certain place after several years? Check. The childhood friend? Check. The one and only male friend the main character will ever have? Check. And of course, vampires. Yup.
It may or may not come as a surprise, but here was the first one...

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Awake at Night

It's not Insomnia.
Really.


The original song is so much slower and not as great in my opinion.

So more and more, I find myself tossing and turning at night for a while. After that, I give up and get out of bed to do other things. In this state of consciousness, I have discovered things that I miss when I'm usually out cold. There is a sports complex somewhere across the lake. I always thought they would turn off their extremely bright lights sometime during the night. They don't, it goes off around the crack of dawn. Such a waste of electricity.
The cats are extremely active at night, and that was why they were so lethargic during the daytime hours. They also drink lake water, I don't know why. I think that's kind of weird for some reason when we give them tap water to drink.
I can see the stars again. I couldn't see the stars in Atlanta, too many bright lights or clouded nights. I stayed up for an entire night just staring up at the night sky on the beach. Surprisingly, the mosquitoes aren't as active as the cats are. Those pesky insects are most active during the evening, early night, and early morning. I could stand outside for hours at night and not get a million insect bites. That is sort of awesome in its own way.
Laket water is cold, but only on the top. At night, the first few feet are cooled by the night. But underneath that, there's warm water closer to the bottom. I really shouldn't go into the water at night though. That's horror movie material right there.
I was also surprised at myself. I used to see a lot of crazy hallucinations during my college years. Years of horror movies, horror games, loads of drugs(like aspirin and stuff), sleep deprivation, and stress, caused my brain to be a little messed up. I can't say that its all gone. I still feel the presence of something at night, but now I can honestly say that its probably my imagination. Its nice to have a peaceful night.
Unlike when I was in college, nothing is open late in this small town. Everything is closed, even Taco Bell. The town is completely silent, its almost creepy. But its also quite awesome. Oh, I forgot, the Wal-Mart is open. Always open. Forever.
Night driving is rather nice. I wish gas was cheaper, I'd do it every night. Well, maybe not every night. I heard there were some deserted streets around that would be used by street racers at night. That's cool. Some of the roads around here remind me of Need For Speed tracks. There aren't even any cops around at night. Truthfully, there probably are some. But I haven't seen any.

All that aside, what do people do to go to sleep? Some people can just go right to sleep in like a minute. They're down and out in a flash. I kind of wish I could be like that, but I'm a light sleeper. That isn't happening for me. I have trouble going to sleep, staying asleep, and waking up.
I heard a lot of solutions over the years. Like read a book. I do that, I'll be up all night reading. Tried that, didn't work. Warm milk. I really liked that idea. And to some extent, I think it worked. Sometimes. Exercise. That totally didn't work. One thing I noticed is that when I'm falling asleep, my heartbeat gets slower. Exercise speeds it up. Yeah, that didn't work. Watch television was a great suggestion. No, not really. I can't fall asleep when there's a television or radio on in the room.
Sidetracking for a moment, there was sleep study done a long while ago. People who slept in rooms with a lot of electronic devices turned on had less restful sleep than people who had little or no electronic devices turned on. After I learned that, I turned everything off except my alarm clock and cell phone. My computer is a huge noise maker, I didn't realize before that because I always had music playing. The ceiling fan too, but I need that to cool down the room at night sometimes.
That's it for the sleep study. I can assure you that there will be more to hear of that subject in the future.
I really can't believe music can help people sleep. Leave music playing and I'll be awake all night. It does ease me a little into a sleep-inducing state though, it just won't get me all the way. I remember I used to joke with people about just knocking me out and I would get my sleep that way. When I think about it, that wouldn't work either. Besides the chance of not getting knocked out and experiencing the pain, I would only be out for a few minutes at best. Then it would a night of miserable headache pain. Not the best of my ideas.

One last thing, I miss the view of a city at night from the top of a parking garage. If you can, I urge everyone to see that view, It's quite nice and it always has a nice breeze and good view. I used to see it alone until a few friends came along. Then we decided thatwe would eat Taco Bell on the top of the parking garage at least once a week as a friendly get together. Good times. I can't do that anymore. No city, no parking garage. Sigh. Oh well.


I wish there was a radio station that played this kind of music at night. "Night Driving Music". Oh well, the closest thing is jazz.

One more for the road!

Honolulu Saturday Night Speedway!

Sleep easy folks!(Please don't fall asleep on the road.)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

On Habits

Good or Bad?

I really had nothing to talk about today, but I didn't want a lame and uneventful update. So while I am finding something awesome to talk about, I'll talk about habits instead. Which is actually quite hilarious, as I have a ton of habits that are horrible and I can't break.
I don't really know if it counts as a habit, but I can't get up in the morning for the life of me. My cell phone alarm, my alarm clock, and my computer. All of those at once are needed for me to get enough strength to roll out of bed where the force of the impact into the floor jars my brain into a state of semi-awareness.
I have to have that unhealthy, cheap Chinese food every week at least once. When I really thought about it, it feels like I need something cheap and fattening every week more than once. Maybe it was because I was raised off fast food(no idea how I'm still twig thin), or maybe it was a habit engraved during my college years. I'm quite positive that I liked fast food before college though. Or maybe its just because I like the neat little Chinese food takeout boxes.
I got to game, always, almost every day. Well, that's not so bad. It's like an outlet, everyone has to have a few of those. Most of my spending money goes to games or my computer. The only other thing that comes close in cost is my car. And food. Maybe I spend an hour or two gaming every day, a little more on off days. Not like there's anything else to do.

Another habit of mine, I call the 5-1. Do five good things for people in a day. It used to be the 5-0, because I didn't mind not getting a good deed in return. But life has a way of surprising me and always gives me one back. It's a nice concept in theory, if everyone does five good things, good stuff will happen to them right? Well, its optimism. We need more good in this world full of craptastic stuff. (Seeing the fansubbers use that word in Yosuga no Sora made me roll with laughter.)
I like to save money, like almost all of it. When I was kid I would save all my money like a squirrel with acorns. Now I have things to spend it on, but I'm still hoarding in my bank accounts. That's not a bad thing, it's just that I look poor to people who don't know I have those savings. I don't spend much on anything except bills and games, so it appears to others that I only have enough to pay for bills and a few games. I get to snicker at them and play my games.
Habits are fun, its fun to notice other people's habits. I'm sure I have a lot more that other people notice and laugh at. Habits are like what makes us people I guess.

Now for awesome things!
A new level shown for Sonic HD! Its like the old Metropolis zone.

I think I'll get it from Xbox Live, although I wish they made it for the PSP.

In other gaming-related news. I just joined in on the Medal of Honor Beta. I like the combat mission that looks a lot like this because it is this...

They ran through that like a steamroller, that never happens. That's only like half of the entire mission which takes about 10-15 minutes depending on how awesome your team is. Or how awesome the enemy team is. Either way, awesome.


Supreme Commander 2 just came out with new downloadable content, it was a great addition to the already nice game. The AI is so much harder, like it HAX. And everyone likes the Monkeylord.

There was also this I got to play.

BILL! That was totally epic. Hands down.

Moving on from games.

Pacific Paradise is good. I thumbs up this guy for finding it a placing in his "best" section. If one has time, they should listen to his selected stuff.

In anime coming this season.

I find it hilarious that I pay more attention to the male voice actors more than the female ones now. The females ones come a dime a dozen, but the same male voices get used over and over again.
That was "Ore no Imouto" with even a longer title than I'll bother with. I just call it "Oreimo" like everyone else does. Surprisingly, from what I hear, its actually a pretty realistic depiction of a brother and his little sister. Their relationship only goes as far as recognizing that the other merely exists. Finally, some reality.
Is it just me or was that tune kind of catchy? Anyway, why is it always that the guy's pupils are much smaller than the girl's in anime. How weird, silly Japanese anime.


There's A Certain Magical Index 2, which I had to show because I like it so much.

There's also The World God Only Knows, Star Driver, Bakuman(from the writer of Death Note), Fortune Arterial, Yosuga no Sora, and we can't forget Iron Man.



And here's a few vids I'll end the day with.



This one is oh so old and received so much flame, but I still like it. If they're one good thing that came out of Sonic, it was that the 3D Sonic used in Sonice the Hedgehog 2006 is still used in Sonic Unleashed and the upcoming Sonic Colors for the Wii.

Have a great day folks! Remember, eat unhealthy! Hey, wait...