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[05 Apr 2009|05:33pm]
[ mood | excited ]

Forgot to throw out my championship picks: A's in the AL, Dodgers in the NL. I'm crazy, I know, but I manage to guess wrong every year--and always by one year. Guessed the Sox in '06, guessed the Phils in '07, and I took the Tigers last year. So I guess the Tigers will actually win it. The good news for LA? I'm taking the Dodgers in 6 over the A's, so congratulations, Dodger Nation, on you 2010 victory!

More baseball jibberish: I acquired C.C. Sabathia for Dan Haren in my fantasy league.

Happy birthday to Carol, as well.


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[29 Mar 2009|06:53pm]
[ mood | content ]

Spring Training predictions for the 2009 Season:

AL West:
Oakland A's

AL Central:
Minnesota Twins

AL East:
Boston Red Sox

AL Wild Card:
New York Yankees

NL West:
Los Angeles Dodgers

NL Central:
Chicago Cubs

NL East:
Atlanta Braves

NL Wild Card:
St. Louis Cardinals

Reasonings: The Angels are aging... Minnesota will have the best rotation, barring injury... The Red Sox will win 101 games, the Yanks with 98, Rays with 90-ish... Dodgers have a stellar line-up... Cubs are the best NL team on paper, but that rotation is bound to get dinged up... Braves have vastly improved their rotation with lots of innings, too bad they didn't get Furcal, and the Mets/Phillies lack pitching... Cards managed that many wins without Wainwright and Carpenter for the majority of the year and with Isringhausen/Franklin blowing tons of saves. With those guys out of the closer role and the aforementioned starters healthy, the Cards become a 93-win team. It'll be a shootout, but assuming every team is healthy, I don't see a better line-up AND rotation in the NL WC running than the Cards.


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[17 Mar 2009|02:01am]
[ mood | pleased ]

2009 Fantasy Line-Up: The Risky Biscuits

Chris Carpenter
Adam Wainwright
Matt Garza
Dan Haren
Chad Billingsley
John Danks
Jair Jurrjens
David Price

Matt Wieters
Miggy Cabrera
Bruan Roberts
Evan Longoria
Rafael Furcal
Orlando Hudson
Justin Morneau
Ryan Ludwick
Jay Bruce
Rick Ankiel
Justin Upton
Andre Ethier

Yunel Escobar
Colby Rasmus
Elijah Dukes
Marcus Thames
Brett Myers (accidentally pick, comp locked)

So... How fucking amazing is that roster, given that I had the 9th pick in the draft?

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[22 Feb 2009|06:48pm]
[ mood | exhausted ]

Of those nominated, my picks on who/what should win:

Supporting Actress: Viola Davis
Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger
Actor: Mickey Rourke
Actress: Kate Winslet
Director: David Fincher
Picture: Slumdog Millionaire

These are all my non-nom'd picks, as well. Good job by the Academy this year on a grand scale, though there are plenty of non-winners that could have been nominated.


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[19 Dec 2008|06:40pm]
[ mood | tired ]


Haven't been around much. Been getting back in close with my best friend Reed lately, playing Gears 2 and Left 4 Dead (thanks Jen) online a lot. That's essentially where all of my free time goes lately, with work being so hectic. Officially got that promotion, btw, and am now making roughly 33-36k per year before taxes (though taxes are stingy on us 1099s).

Got new neighbors below me. At first they were incredibly loud, and now I never hear them. Wondering if they were murdered or something. Makes me cautious to play Rock Band drums real loud, though it'll be hard to stay away with recent Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam announcements.

Can't wait for the 24th... I desperately need that vacation time. It's been a terrible year, between the stuff with Val's family, my grandma's death, etc... My dad just recently had a couple of strokes too. I'm stressed. Can't get enough sleep. My eyes are my best feature, which doesn't say much when they're bloodshot 24/7.

So what was everybody's favorite games of 2008? Here's my list...

1. Dead Space (Atmosphere, gameplay, story, monster design, graphics... the definition of a total package)
2. Metal Gear Solid 4 (Easily #1 with more gameplay, but unfortunately, I can barely remember playing the game aside from little moments and all of chapter 4)
3. Mega Man 9 (The best throwback ever? Totally)
4. Castle Crashers (Fantastic throwback to the beat-'em-up era with tons of unlockables)
5. MLB The Show (I've played this more than any game in years--ever, maybe? My outfielder Risky Biscuit is in his 9th season)
6. Gears of War 2 (Great campaign, flawed multiplayer. Bummer)
7. Braid (Coolest story ever)
8. N+ (Basic, simple, fun)
9. Left 4 Dead (Great co-op, needs more than four campaigns though)
10. LittleBigPlanet (Awesome story mode, flawed creator)

Honorables to Rock Band 2 (some big improvements but the removal of certain features, like checking what your stars are on each song, was stupid) and Bionic Commando (nearly #10... lots of fun).

Games I did not play worth noting: Fallout 3 (not an Oblivion guy), COD5 (not a COD guy), PoP (looks boring), anything on the Wii, DS and PSP.


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[04 Nov 2008|10:04pm]
[ mood | joyous ]

Barack Obama, President Elect.

I'm teary-eyed, thank you America.


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[04 Nov 2008|01:17am]
[ mood | hopeful ]

Here's my predictions in the election. GO FUCKING VOTE, FUCK PUPPETS!

Listing only swing states:

MO (only reason is the boondocks)


McCain: 212
Obama: 326

Please don't let me down, America. Please don't, because I'll literally cry otherwise.


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[02 Nov 2008|02:52am]
To Dan: my stage is live, please give it a try. Worked on it for five days, so I hope people actually play it.
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[31 Oct 2008|01:05pm]
[ mood | working ]

My LBP stage is coming along very slowly but I'm enjoying myself and trying my best to perfect everything. It's called Catnapped. In it, you're a secret agent who must hunt for the Cat President's daughter, who has been captured by the Wood Cats. The Wood Cats are literally cats made of wood, who will sacrifice the Cat President's daughter to the Gods in order to gain life. It's coming along nicely, though I'm still working with switches, triggers and ropes hopelessly.


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[29 Oct 2008|05:52pm]
[ mood | cranky ]

LBP online is exactly as I feared: 4 million maps where they just give you 1 million points and fall from great heights to get stupid goddamn trophies. Sigh. I'm having fun building my first stage, though. I'm using a little thing called my FUCKING IMAGINATION.


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[27 Oct 2008|12:40pm]
[ mood | frustrated ]

Happy belated birthday to Melly. Whee.

Beat LittleBigPlanet last night... It's good, but that's about as far as I can go with it, unfortunately. It will ultimately fall into the Spore category, where the most impressive feat will be the ambition of the project. The physics are tremendous and tons of fun (especially in multiplayer), but they can also cause problems due to their randomness; I had to restart "The Mines" stage SEVEN times because a mine cart, where you push a button to make hot coals drop out of it, would get clogged up. The coals would jam in there together, making it impossible to progress.

The worst flaw of the game, though, is the three plains of play. Oftentimes you'll be readily progressing over random obstacles and the game will say "You know what would be hilarious? If we made him walk into the lava instead of on the drawbridge across it." In my five hours of playing the game, this occured no less than 30 times, more often than not continuously and thus causing game over only to NOT do it whatsoever on the next playthrough. My buddy said it forced him to just stop playing, which is truly tragic; it's the type of thing that you notice much more when it fucks up than when it works, which is too bad since it works more than not.

It's a fine title and an excellent level designer, but to quote Matthew Good, "Ambition can backfire." I don't see the game being nearly as good or nearly as flawed without these two large parts of the game, though, which is truly an odd thing to comprehend. The very things that hurt the game are the things that make it noteworthy of attention. Due to that, if you own a PS3, you've gotta buy it, but it's not the system seller I was hoping it would be. The PS3's third strike will be God of War, I suppose, meaning they've gotta swing the bat. Let's hope that's the home run this system needs.


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[19 Oct 2008|11:06pm]
[ mood | chipper ]

The Ben Folds concert was excellent. He played almost every song from the new album, which has really grown on me since, as well as the "fake" versions of most songs from the album--he leaked a fake version of the album online to confuse pirates. Several older songs were played, they were: Kate, Fair, Underground (final encore, too--awesome), Army (highlight of the show, as usual... he doesn't even have to do the horn singalong instructions anymore), Annie Waits, Zac and Sara, Rockin' the Suburbs, Landed and You to Thank. Upset to not hear Selfless, Cold and Composed, Smoke, Bastard, anything from Speed Graphic, Prison Food, Don't Change Your Plans or Not the Same. Pretty lame set, but the show itself was fantastic--I'll take a bad set with excellent performances over a great set with Scott Stapp-esque performances any day.

The Obama rally was a HUGE success. Seriously. The population of St. Louis City is 350,000, roughly, and 100,000 people showed up under the Arch to see Barack speak (well, most couldn't see--only hear, though we were two of the first ten thousand, so we could see him well). To give you a glimpse of what it was like:


Enjoy. Off to play LEGO Batman.


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[15 Oct 2008|09:52pm]
[ mood | excited ]

Obama's coming to St. Louis on Saturday, and I'll be there under the Arch with him. Wooooo. Hoping to get some pics. Right in time too, as my Obama stuff is coming tomorrow.

Going to see Ben Folds tomorrow, too. Hope he plays Selfless, Cold and Composed.


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[11 Oct 2008|06:48pm]
[ mood | working ]

Put money down on Little Big Planet today at Gamestop to get the Kratos code. Game looks terrific, anybody else getting it? If so, lemme know your PSN (mine is ZooperBowl) so I can check out your stages.

Here's to hoping for a Red Sox loss tonight; I'm rooting the Phils on, as I want So Taguchi to get another ring.


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[03 Oct 2008|08:17pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

Forgot to mention my predictions in baseball. Oops!

Brewers d. Phillies in 4 (Dead wrong here)
Dodgers d. Cubs in 4
Rays d. White Sox in 4
Red Sox d. Angels in 3
Rays d. Red Sox in 7
Dodgers d. Brewers in 4
Rays d. Dodgers in 7

Very fun postseason thus far. Any playoff where the Cubs get whupped out of the gate is a fun one for me.

Cleaned my house to bejesus and back, and started my YouTube Mega Man 9 series. I even mention a chin-strap dildo shaped like Melissa Ethridge's arm in the fourth entry; c'mon, that's fucking brilliant.

The new Ben Folds is disappointing but still pretty good. Ben's at his best when he makes the type of music that makes you contemplate if life is worth living, and this album has practically none of that.


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[28 Sep 2008|04:43pm]
[ mood | happy ]

EPIC birthday haul, best since I was a wee lad:

*ION Drum Rocker for the Xbox 360 (a real electronic drum kit, $300... FLAWLESS, too. Fully adjustable with cymbals)
*$130 to Best Buy
*$75 to the theater
*$25 to Panchero's
*LEGO Batman (360)
*$100 in cash
*8000 MS Points ($100)
*Birthday lunch at Pasta House

I'm stoked. Gonna use my gift cards to buy Gears of War 2 and likely a capture device for my YouTube page. That drum kit is simply amazing... A lot of people have broken cymbals but mine are perfect, no dropped or added hits. I'm getting scores in RB now that I never thought possible. Very fun. Got full combos on You Oughta Know by Alanis and PDA by Interpol my first time through, and only missed one note on Lazy Eye. So much fun, though using the cymbals is a new beast that my brain must tame.

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[27 Sep 2008|01:16pm]
[ mood | bouncy ]

It is my birthday. Yayz. I didn't really ask for anything this year, been preoc'd... I'll let you know my haul at the end of the day. Val bought me seven Mighty Muggs (Count Dooku, Asajj, Anakin Skywalker, Captain Rex, Silver Surfer, Galactus, and Human Torch).

The Toys for Tots charity is on hold due to the IRS claiming that everything I make will be my income. Direct donations are a problem due to the fact that I won't receive S&H money then... So I'm gonna look at doing it through eBay.


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[18 Sep 2008|09:47am]
[ mood | busy ]

Haven't posted in a while; been busy on the work side with... well, work, and upstarting mine and Brian's charity for the Holidays: we're making exclusive material for a DVD of our YouTube material and selling it for $15, with all proceeds going to Toys for Tots. Just getting companies to sign on for the project has been a bitch. We've got Ronald Jenkees doing the soundtrack, which I think Infamous Chris is rapping over them... not positive yet. So as odd as it sounds, please consider us for your holiday donation this year.

Busy with Spore and my broken Rock Band 2 drums on the play side. Spore's pretty awesome, though I can easily see through the gloss and realize exactly how shallow it is at it's core. RB2 seems decent, unlike the $100 official drum kit I bought, which was busted out of the box. Five week "minimum" wait for a new one from EA. Thanks EA!

Back to work... Figured I'd announce this here, though. Pretty excited/nervous about it. Starting a charity is a lot more work than I bargained for, unfortunately.


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[23 Aug 2008|12:21am]
[ mood | bored ]

Got my entire house cleaned. I scrubbed OCD-style, remodeling two closets and throwing out old furniture. Scrubbed the bathroom floors for five hours, the bedroom floor for two hours, kitchen floor and countertops, the whole nine yards... Val's closet took seven hours that destroyed my back, but everything is in order. Figured I'd need the space if I had to evacuate my goods from my house.

Bought new glasses (black: http://www.lenscrafters.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product%7C-1%7C11151%7C10051%7C13851%7C10514%7Cbrands%7CMensFrames%7C40864) and a new phone this week... My old phone wouldn't properly run the internet because it was too old. I got the bare minimum of a new phone, and it's amazing what an upgrade it is. Bought Spore on the cell, too, which is quite fun and worthy of $7.

Haven't talked to Val in two days... Hope she's alright.


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[15 Aug 2008|06:03am]
[ mood | jubilant ]

Just wanted to thank everyone for the nice replies, IMs, phone calls, etc... So thanks Carol, Erin, Brad, Brian, Jesse, Jason, Erika, Melissa, Melly, and anybody else I may have forgotten.

The house goes to me in the will, but I'm giving it to mom... She deserves it and has lived there forever on her side (technically two properties that connect--she lives on her tiny 3 room side, Gran lived on her seven room side). She was surprised, which I'm a bit shocked by. Why wouldn't I give it to her, truthfully? She took care of Gran throughout the years, it's only right that she gets it. Aunt Chris agreed with my decision, which I'm thankful for.

It's an odd feeling, seeing someone you love die. As sad as it is, it puts a lot of things in perspective. It's a refreshing, interesting experience; those words are often used in positives tones, though horrifying experiences can cleanse your palette and make you think things a tad bit differently. Still, I prefer to use those words in their native positive tone when speaking of what I went through during this ordeal. I'm not usually an optimist--I don't prefer pessimist, though; "realist" seems a bit better, and unfortunately being realistic usually ties in with being a pessimist in the day and age we live in--though I can't help but feel a sense of closure mixed in with the sadness and memories. It's a bit hard to explain, as they all blend together like some sort of emotional smoothie concoction. Hmm, I'm thirsty.

Onward we march, because we're not dead yet. Need to set up an appointment to get glasses. Thinking black frames might be sexy. Ladies? What say ye? Black frames? Thick or thin?


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