Yellow Laser Beam

May 15, 2009 at 3:03 pm (Internet) (, , )

The end of the work week is nearly here for me and I am uncharacteristicallylistening to music. For the most part if I’m listening to anything it’s going to be podcasts of the video game persuasion. Amazon is having its monthly 50/$5 sale going on throughout the month of May – 50 albums for $5 each (mp3 download). I went a bit nuts and ended up getting sixalbums (I mistakenly noted on Facebook that I had purchased seven albums). These sales are absolutely evil because I always end up getting at least four or five albums.

I’ve mentioned this before but while I’d prefer to get hard copies of music you just can’t beat buying entire albums for $5. Often that’s more than half off, sometimes even a third of what you’d pay for the physical CD. I just have to remember to backup the mp3s or else I’ll end up losing them like I lost some when my laptop died.

Here’s what I picked up:

Utada - This is the oneUtada Hikaru – This Is the One : I was a bit surprised to see this one on there. I’d heard some of her Japanese stuff before and thought she was okay. I wasn’t aware she’d been releasing stuff outside of Japan. There’s also quite a bit of info posted in the first comment. I picked it up based off of that comment alone. It remains to be seen if I’ll even listen to it.

 

 

 

Metric - FantasiesMetric  – Fantasies: I’d picked up one of Metric’s previous albums (Old World Underground) and enjoyed it enough to pick up this one without giving the previews a listen.

 

 

 

 

MC Frontalot - Nerdcore RisingMC Frontalot – Nerdcore Rising : I wanna say he’s got a song on Rock Band. I don’t listen to a lot of rap (insert none) but every now and then I get a hankering to listen to some. I figure I’d give this a go since it’s rap and about stuff I can relate to. Well, maybe “relate” isn’t the best word.

 Edit: Listened to the album and thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

 

Ida Maria - Fortress 'round My HeartIda Maria – Fortress ’round My Heart : I’m not sure why I picked this one up. The stuff I previewed had this sort of punk feel to it, with a little bit of pop thrown in. Remains to be seen if I’ll even give it a chance.

 

 

 

Ladyhawke - LadyhawkeLadyhawke – Ladyhawke : She’s playing Nintendo and has a Zapper in her pants. And cats! That’s what initially brought my eye to the album cover. I gave the previews a listen and it has this 80s vibe going for it. I dug it so I bought it.

 

 

 

Cut Copy - In Ghost ColoursCut Copy – In Ghost Colours : Another band with an 80s sound. Listening to it right now and it’s catchy.

 

 

 

 

“Yellow Laser Beam” is the title to a MC Frontalot song on the Nercore Rising album. Here are the lyrics. Yes, it is what you think it is.

Well, it’s Friday. I’ll leave you guys with the following image. I’m probably going to regret it later. Have a good weekend, everyone.

panty explosion

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Google Search Terms

May 11, 2009 at 3:24 pm (Internet) (, , )

I’ve always found it odd how random people get to my blog via search engine terms. How the heck did they end up here? I mean, aren’t Google searches based off of some sort of freaky algorithm about pages linking to other pages and something something I dunno?

Here are the search terms used to find my blog from the other day:
Google search terms

I looked up each term in Google. For not one of them does my site show up on the first couple of pages. However, if you use the above terms to search for images – there it is – the image I used and my site are there on the first page. The second image even for some terms!

…Buh?

I have no idea why or how this happens – it just does. I guess images aren’t sorted in any particular relevant order. I mean, if that were the case, wouldn’t pictures from more official capacities show up? Even fan pages would be more a more appropriate source for images. I used the image once and spoke briefly about the subject. It’s not like I have entire galleries dedicated to Chie, Bones, or Genma.

I dunno. This whole thing is kinda weird. And yet, I’m sorta astonished (and even a little proud) at having something on the first page of a Google search. And this isn’t some lame thing like Googling my name!

I wonder what it’s like for the people finding my page expecting a plethora of images of Chie or Genma, only to find my blog. Ha! It’s like being Rick Rolled. I am unintentionally Rick Rolling the Internet?

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My First Launch System

May 8, 2009 at 3:00 pm (video games)

I was listening to this week’s RebelFM podcast [which reminds me – I need to do a post about podcasts] wherein they  discussed their first launch system; the first video game console they purchased day and date it was released. Surprisingly, the first launch system purchased by a few of them was the Nintendo Wii. For another guest it was the Sega Dreamcast. This got me thinking about my first launch system.

It was a cold Sunday morning on September 29, 1996 (I actually have no idea what the temperature was like at the time. “Cold Sunday morning” just seemed to fit.). Goodness, I was what, fourteen at the time? It seems like I was much younger when I recall it from memory. I got my father to drive me down to the local Toys ‘R’ Us before it opened. My father waited in the car while I promptly waited in line with about a dozen other people. One of those in line just so happened to be a friend of mine. He was a couple people ahead of me and were both surprised to see each other. We both waited excitedly for those glass doors to slide open.

Mario 64 Face

The hours of entertainment I derived from deforming his face...

At this point things gets a little fuzzy. I can’t remember if they passed out tickets or if we made a mad dash for the video game aisle. Either way, we both got our consoles and games. He picked up Mario 64 and Pilot Wings while I got just Mario 64. We gave him a ride home since I don’t think he had a ride home. I have no idea how he got there or how he was planning on getting home. I want to say I went over to his house to play video games after but I can’t say for sure if we did that.

Y’know, thinking back on it, how the heck did I get the money for something in September? I mean, the console itself was $199.99 and I don’t even know what the game cost. Games back then were ridiculously expensive because they came on cartridges, as opposed to today’s DVDs and Blu-ray discs. I must’ve begged for Christmas money early as well as money from my grandparents in Japan.

I’m not even sure how I got the money to pay for a Sega Saturn, a machine that cost $400 back in 1995. That’s gotta be like a bajillion dollars today. And I don’t think I even picked it up for Christmas. I sure was spoiled as a kid.

 
I don’t know how many times I watched the above promo before I got my system. It got me super hyped for the Sega Saturn. Good graphics!

Sega Saturn… I still have the console but only a couple of the games still work. The little battery inside that allowed for games to be saved has long since been dead. Man, I really wish I hadn’t sold off so many of my Saturn games. I had super rare games like Panzer Dragoon Saga, a game that launched with only 6,000 copies in its initial release (another 24,000 copies would be pressed later).

Panzer Dragoon Saga1

Yeah, it doesn't look like much by today's standards but it was an amazing game back then

Another thing I regret getting rid of is my NES and SNES. I had gotten to a point in life where I thought I was over video games. They no longer caught my attention and I felt I wasn’t going to continue purchasing any more. At that point the NES and SNES were long past their prime so they were just sitting in a closet collecting dust. I think I may have even donated the Famicom, Japan’s version of the NES, at this time as well. Yes, that’s right, I Goodwilled them.

Now I’ve thoroughly depressed myself. Good going.

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Feel Like Chicken Tonight

May 8, 2009 at 12:09 pm (Internet, lunch) (, , )

Anyone hear about this free KFC grilled chicken coupon thing? Apparently Oprah is hosting this and you can download the coupon and present it to a KFC to receive two free pieces of their new grilled chicken along with a biscuit and two sides. What? You want the link? I wouldn’t bother but here you go. I actually downloaded the coupon and thought about going on the first day, just to see how the food was. Well, of course, I was too lazy.

There are stories going around the Internet that the KFCs are running out of chicken. Not only that but franchise KFCs are not accepting the coupon because Oprah is only reimbursing the corporate owned stores. Shit’s hitting the fan!

Anyway, I wouldn’t bother going to a KFC until this whole shitstorm is over. The coupon expires on 5/19/09.

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Star Wars vs. Star Trek

May 5, 2009 at 3:32 pm (Uncategorized)

I was reading up this dude’s blog, some guy who works at 1up but his contract was coming to an end. During the interview process he was asked whether he’d want Force Powers from Star Wars or the Transporter from Star Trek. I stopped reading at that point and started thinking in my head which one I’d choose. Force Powers or Transporter. Hmmm. I actually went through the thought process of deciding which one was better, pros and cons, and all. In the end I decided on the Transporter. Why?

Well, first off, I think the Force Powers would be cooler. I mean, I’d be able to do all kinds of crap to impress the ladies. I’d never have to get up for the remote – I could just will it to my hand. Would that include the other stuff like the Jedi mind powers and such?

On the other hand, a Transporter could take me pretty much anywhere. I wouldn’t have to pay for gas, and travelling would be nigh instantaneous. Hell, I could work anywhere in the world and still live in Hawaii. Then I started thinking about the insane power consumption it’d probably take to power a Transporter and thinking it might not be as practical as I thought it’d be.

Also, I’m pretty sure that’s Matt’s brother in the video on the linked blog.

So, yeah. Just a small peak into my thought process.

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You’re Closer to 40 than 30

May 1, 2009 at 9:42 am (Internet, Link Dump) (, )

[Note: Formatting got all kinds of effed up. I’ve been trying to fix but shit just don’t wanna stay! I don’t wanna jump into the html crap so I’m just going to leave it. I think you can get the gist of it, even with the text slightly off on the cat-cat-dog picture story.]

Or, “It’s May Day”.

Man, May Day was such a big deal in elementary school. I feel it’s kind of odd because I’d bet most of the students don’t even know what May Day is about. Hell, I still don’t! [BRB wikipedia lawl]

I started reading and quickly lost interest. It’s here if it’s something you’d like to look into. Something about labor and religion and weather. I dunno. Let’s all just go dance around the May Pole.

Oh, yeah. 27? Yup, 27.

I have an overabundace of *ahem* IMAGEEESSSSS FROOOM THE INNNNTERNEEEET (echo echo echo) I want to share with everyone. 56kers beware! [Ha! As if there were still such a thing!]

muWhat? Don’t get it? Too bad!

 

 

 

 

major_pomI’m sure Joel T. will appreciate this. [Cute, cute, and cute. You’re like a poet laureate.]

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

54yo91

Dude: Okay, everyone! Family picture time!

 

 

 

 

Dude: Heeheehee! Get ready!

Center cat: Wait! Stupid dog’s getting in my face!

Left cat: Sigh.

 

Center cat: Fucker! Move!

Left cat: This will not end well.

 

 

 Dog: RAAAAAAAGE.

Left cat: Do something, idiot!

Dude: Oh, shi…

 

 Left cat: Do not want.

Center cat: ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US.

Dog and dude: WARBWAGBLGAWAGL.

 

Left cat: Eff this ess! I’m out.

 

 

 

 

Le fin.

Nice, huh? I make the best stories. I have a couple more pictures I want to share just as a link because I don’t want to make this post become stupid long.

I leave you with this:

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Hadouken or Kamehameha. Take your pick. She looks so ridiculously excited to be doing that. Also, the above image is an animated gif. If you’re reading this on Facebook, I don’t think it’s going to be animated.

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