Saturday, April 30, 2011

Spiffy Saturday

Man, I wanted to update the day after the Anamanaguchi show, but I was holding out because I've been wanting to share some photos from that night. I still haven't been given the photos, though, so that shall have to wait.

The show was a blast! I was right in front of the stage the entire night, so that made it all even more awesome. I danced the whole time. My friend's band, Random Encounter, improved tremendously since the last time I saw them perform! They opened with the song Threshold from the Scott Pilgrim movie, so I was tickled pink by that. I bought their CD that I didn't have yet, to give 'em some support.

Following them, Anamanaguchi was better than I could have possibly expected! Since they use chiptune sounds in their music, I didn't quite know what to expect from them live. However, it worked well. They just play the prerecorded chiptune audio while playing actual instruments at the same time. They were great! Since the crowd was screaming for it, they ended the show with a Scott Pilgrim song (this one, to be exact). I was so happy that they played one.

Afterwards, one of my Nerdy Show co-hosts and I got photos with three of the four band members. To specify, they were three individual photos, with one band member in each photo. We tried to get all four, but the last guy vanished before we could track him down. He was a hipster, so you never know what to expect from those types. Once someone finally sends me those photos, I'll slap 'em up on my blog. It was an awesome, awesome night, and I definitely want to see Anamanaguchi again the next time they're in the area.

I went to yard sales today! I bought an MC Hammer CD (Too Legit To Quit) and... a broken Xbox 360, since it was only 25 bucks! It came with the cables, two controllers, a 20GB HDD, and two rechargeable battery packs with a charging dock.  It has the red lights of death, but a friend of mine is going to repair it for me. However, since it's one of the models that doesn't have HDMI output, I don't care to keep it. I'm just gonna resell it and keep one of the controllers, since I'm possibly going to buy a slim 360 in the future. I already have a 250gb HDD, so I don't need that 20GB one.

I almost beat Portal 2 single player! I know, I'm slow. I'll definitely have it done tomorrow.

I didn't mention it in my last entry, but over Easter weekend, I saw my cousin who lives in Hawaii, who I hadn't seen in about 16 years. I hardly remembered what he was even like, seeing as I was quite little last time we met. It was very cool getting reaquainted with him, as well as meeting his wife and baby (who turned 1 on Easter). We talked about video games a bit, and he apparently still plays the original Starcraft! I'll have to play it with him sometime.

Here's grandma and I from that weekend. I dunno why she always makes such weird faces in photos. :P

Monday, April 25, 2011

Bargains + Show

I have a couple new bargains to report!

One of them is from yesterday. A friend of mine alerted me to the fact that Best Buy's website had Dragon Quest IX on sale for 7 bucks! I promptly ordered it, and then about 5 minutes later, it was sold out. Thank you again for letting me know, Mike, because I woulda missed it otherwise!

The other bargain is......Portal 2! First, I preordered it from Amazon, so they gave me $20 in credit. It was $55 for the PS3 version. After I got the game, I took out the code for the free PC copy and used it, and then I listed the PS3 copy on craigslist for $40. I finally got a buyer today, so...BAM! Portal 2 for $15, plus $20 in Amazon credit for me! I love getting games for dirt cheap, though in this case it was pretty much free.

I'm going to see Anamanaguchi perform tonight! If you aren't familiar with them, they're a chiptune band. They did the soundtrack for the Scott Pilgrim game, and that's how I became familiar with them. Their other stuff is really good as well. My friend's band, Random Encounter, is going to be opening, so it'll be really cool to see them perform, too. I'm super excited about the show! I've got mah Scott Pilgrim shirt on and I'm ready to rock out!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Awesome luck

So, something really cool happened today! Well, it started last night. I was at the LAN center, and I noticed there were a bunch of half dollar coins in the register. I decided to buy a few dollars worth of 'em (by exchanging them with $1 bills), so I can use them to annoy cashiers when I buy stuff with them. I picked out the oldest ones in there just for the heck of it. Now, today, I was spending time with my uncle who's visiting, and  I noticed he had a bag of coins and jewelry and such. He told me he planned to take those to a shop to sell them, and I figured I'd mention the half dollars I got the night before. He's really knowledgeable about coins and such, and he told me to check the dates on them. It turns out that my two oldest coins were made of silver! I ended up bringing them in to that shop my uncle brought us to, and I got 20 bucks! It was pretty sweet.

We posted a Top 15 DS Games list on the Nerdy Show site today. I did write-ups for 7 of the games on the list, so give it a read if you're interested! My name is listed after each one I did.

I've been playing Portal 2! It's pretty awesome so far. I haven't even started single player yet, though! I need to get to that already. I've also been playing Pokémon White, though not a lot. I only just received the first gym badge today.

I went to my other uncle's house today, and I gave the ever-famous Herbert a visit. Here are a couple photos of us:
Herbert is one massive wolfdog.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Borderlands and JERK CHICKEN

Austin, Tate and I just started playing Borderlands this evening. We just finished up a few minutes ago, in fact. I tried playing this game a very long time ago with Austin, Jed and Cody, but since we were never able to get all of us together with working computers, that didn't go very far. I'm hoping I'll actually be able to beat the game this time around!

Today, I ordered some delicious food from a Caribbean restaurant for lunch. The problem, though, is that they left out like half of my order! It was supposed to be jerk chicken with bread and a Jamaican beef patty. They left out the bread and the patty, so it was just chicken and nothing else! Oh well, at least it was awesome chicken. One other problem is that they didn't give me a fork! We had none around at work, so I ate my meal with a ridiculous little pair of plastic tongs. :P


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Catching up, again

I forgot to mention that I got a very generous donation a week ago! Thank you so much, Daniel! I can't express just how grateful I am to you wonderful people out there who do such nice things. Money's been a little stressful for me lately, what with receiving that undeserved speeding ticket and having barely any hours at work. This is a tremendous help.

Another thing I forgot to mention: I went to go see Video Games Live here in Orlando on March 29th. It was an awesome show! For those unfamiliar with it, Video Games Live is a video game-themed orchestral concert, and it features lots of popular game music. I'd been wanting to attend one for years, so I was really excited to finally get the opportunity. After the show, they had a little meet-and-greet with all the main folks in the show, so that was fun. I chit-chatted briefly with each one of them, the most well-known of the bunch being Tommy Tallarico. He's the one who founded Video Games Live, and he plays guitar in the show. He's a video game composer, and he's worked on tons of games. My personal favorite of his work is the Earthworm Jim soundtrack! :> Oh, I should add that the guy who composed the soundtrack for God of War III performed in the show, and he was so smarmy! During the meet and greet, he was flirting with me in a very smarmy manner. :<

I really love having Netflix! My friend let me share his account, and I've been trying to make good use of it! I've been watching an anime series called Mushi-Shi, and it's really good. I'm very picky about anime, so it has to be something special to interest me. The series is quite sad, though, and it seems like each episode tries to outdo the last one in how sad it is!

I beat Monster Tale last night. It was a super fun game, and I really enjoyed it all throughout. The only big issue I had was that the final boss was super easy! Otherwise, though, it was great. I'm in love with the team who made it, and I can't wait to see what they make next! It's especially exciting because they're located in my area, and a good friend of mine may possibly be working on their next game. I'm hoping I can work for them someday, too! It will probably never happen, but a girl can dream. Now that I'm done with Monster Tale, I'm playing Pokemon White.

So I've been thinking about doing a new thing with my blog. I wanna start doing little random prize giveaways! I've built up a fairly large collection of gaming-related odds & ends that I don't really know what to do with, so I think it would be fun to give them away as prizes! These are things like posters, t-shirts, things I've gotten from work, etc etc. I'm not quite sure how the giveaways will be structured yet, but it will probably involve answering a trivia question or something like that. I'll keep working on the details of it, but keep an eye out for that sometime soon!

I see the grand majority of you have never smoked! Alright, now it's time for a new poll. Have at it!

Hmmm? What's this? ;)