no_apologies: (YouTube Junkie (That's me!))
He goes by the nickname D-Trix, and his main channel is TheDominicShow. He's also a really cool breakdancer, and his group, Quest Crew are on this dancing competition. I haven't watched the show, but to know they're on MTV is big. Epic big.

If you know D-Trix and his crew, go here to vote for them! http://www.mtv.com/shows/dance_crew/widget/abdcvote/
no_apologies: (Ryan Higa <3)
Yep, it's been another while since I last posted. I've been using my Twitter a little more. I use it for sharing things, as well as putting up whatever little blurb comes to mind. And, I use it a lot to interact with my favorite people on YouTube. Also, if you choose to look, you'll see the awesome stained glass cat vase I got from one of my friends! It's so beautiful!

BTW I don't think I showed this amusing thing I did with one of Jacob Fu's instagram pics on here, so here it is!



He liked the pic enough to retweet it, shortly after I tweeted it to him.

Before I move onto more about these awesome people, I'll mention a little update about how I'm doing at work. Last weekend turned out really good for me! I've sold a bunch of books, including the Americana Encyclopedia set that was so big. I'm so glad someone finally bought that! Almost no one buys encyclopedia sets these days. I received this large 30 book set as a donation weeks ago. I'm glad I decided to make some space for it.

The hostas outside, a few at a time, have been flowering. I've taken pictures when that's happened. Some of them are already on my website's art gallery page.

I even took a picture of one of the Asian day lilies while it was raining outside. :)

I still (of course) do boardgaming every Friday night. Every other Friday it's with our friends at the High Tides game store in St. Mary's County. We hope we can have enough space for everyone that comes over! Lately, the owner has moved in some display cases into the room we play in. There have been some new semi-regulars coming around, and we've had more 10+ people show up altogether during the past few weeks. High Tides have been good to us for a long while now, and we'd hate to have to find a new place again. The 6 core members of us (including my mom and myself) were told to leave the last place and never come back. Basically, the owner had acted like a passive snob around us because I brought in a cup from Subway.

Whatever--all the better to have found a better place where no one flips out about things like bringing along games that aren't already selling in the shop. No one flips out about anyone bringing in food and drinks from other places either. The staff at High Tides have been open and laid back about both of those things.

Because of these reasons, I'd hate to have to change locations again...

Updates on my music )

What I'll mention next is something that's made me so happy. )
no_apologies: (Sokka. Cactus juice. It's the quenchiest)
Did you get to see a bunch of fireworks? Did you spend good quality time with your loved ones? Did you have a BBQ dinner cookout? See any good movies?

I had to work during the day, though I did do pretty well on book sales. Could have earned more if there were people interested in my plants and garden statues, but oh well...

I'm still pleased with how good the photos of them came out, especially when making them look even gorgeous and in high quality after some slight touches on the photobucket editor. I'll share some and leave a link to my Gallery page in a bit.

Back to the rest of how my 4th of July went. For dinner, my family and I had cheeseburgers with lettuce and tomato with hash browns. For desert, we had strawberry crème pie! Mmmmm, so good...

Later on into the evening, Mom and I went over to our friend Bob's house to play a few board games. On the way there, we saw a firework after crossing the bridge! Cool. Board gaming was fun. I ALMOST won at Alhambra that night! Everything in my city was connected by a badass 17 point bordering, and I had the most green tiles (and the most blue at the end, it's 18 points). Bob had the most purple and a 15 pointer border, and he beat me by one point. Wow, what a game! It was my longest ever wall, and Mom's wall was just as long.

We also played 2 games of Ugh, and a game of Splendor. Geez, our friend Rich is really good at Splendor! Mom and I will have to start taking more chances around him from now on. Oh, and in the background, Bob's neighbors were lighting fireworks. We could hear all the whistling and popping noises. :)

And now, for the awesome plant photos... )

Sometime later on I'll upload a new plant vlog on my main variety channel.

Wong Fu Productions )

Fu Music bros... )

Last and most certainly not least... )
no_apologies: (Music is Love!)
First things first; yeeeep, I'm still alive! I managed to catch up with some of you on my F-list! Next week, I'll try to say hi to some more of you.

I figured I wasn't the only one hyped up about the uber awesome FF7 remake. *flail, fail, flail!* It's happening! It's actually happening!! I remember first reading about a 3D remake about this ages ago, in a Game Informer magazine. That was just trolly of Square Enix to just show dangle the concept over us like that, IMO.

Now, it thrills me that it's becoming a reality. Woohoo! \o/

I have NO IDEA when I'll get a PS4! (A Nintendo 3DS is the next big thing to save up for anyway, once I'm successful in getting a hang drum.) Video Gaming wise, I've only done a little DS gaming over the weekend.

Still board gaming, of course. It's amazing that more people have visited the meetup group. I think there's one or two new regulars or semi-regulars. That's awesome.

Haha, last Friday, I almost pulled a Ryan Higa with Mom. Though, Tri-ominos is hard for me to win and get lucky at... The golden horseshoe was with me during all the other games. We're especially competitive when playing Splendor. It's one of our most favorite warm-up games.

Ugh has proven to be a lot of fun too. What's amazing about that press your luck card game is this; there are times when it gets brutal! You may happen to draw a few nice various colored cards with high point values on one turn, only to draw a minus 3 Ugh card the next, leading to discarding your whole face up pile of point cards. (If the Ugh card is the first one you take from the draw pile, you get to keep that as a consolation prize. At scoring time, the end of the game, each Ugh is 3 points each.)

The rest of what's going on with me will go under cuts.

Vlogging, NEW finished instrumental, NEW video series... )

YouTube and Twitter Stuff )
no_apologies: (YouTube Junkie (That's me!))
I commented on Ryan and friends' newest video today after I watched it, about them pulling a really simple yet great prank on this expert prankster, Yousef of FouseyTube. Yousef's reaction? PRICELESS! His scream, then falling down and laughing out loud cracked me up!

Not long after I posted the comment, Ryan had replied to it.



Haha, I'd be worried too if I were him. Sometime later, Yousef had posted a comment. "BY FAR THE MOST SIMPLE BUT GENIUS AND HILARIOUS PRANK I HAVE EVER SEEN! hahahahha. WHO SITS IN A BOX FOR OVER 2 HOURS?!?!?

DEAR RYAN, what will you do to protect yourself from my revenge?! >:)"

Here's the video, by the way.


Yousef tends to be a very creative pranker. (Haha, his Mortal Kombat in an elevator prank vids for example. I enjoyed those!) Ryan knows this already, so I'm sure he'll be watching his back for quite a while.

EDIT: I just made the icon I'm using. Because it's true!
no_apologies: (Damn flying monkeys)
Here's something I find very amusing.

First, I'll start off with this. A while back, I watched this episode of Tabletop on YouTube. It's a web series on the Geek and Sundry channel hosted by Wil Wheaton. He plays different board games with different people that are for the most part publically well-known.

This one episode has one of my fave YouTuber dudes, Ryan Higa (his channels being nigahiga and HigaTV), playing against Wil, Rod Roddenberry, and Freddie Wong in three quick and easy to play games; Zombie Dice, Tsuro, and Get Bit. (Zombie Dice and Tsuro I've definitely played more than once. They're great gateway games! Get Bit looks like a fun little card game, and I hope to play that one day.)

In this 32 minute long episode, Ryan won all three! (For example; they shouldn't have kept goading him to keep rolling on his first turn in Zombie Dice. He had the magic fingers for sure, scoring ten brains, and nobody could do any better in the final rolls once he got to fourteen brains. That never happens with anyone in my gaming group!) Here's the episode if you'd like to check it out sometime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMtlQxJeWvc

Whenever someone in my gaming group has a winning streak, sometimes we joke that they have a lucky horseshoe somewhere on them. Sometimes one of us says something like, "All right, give up the horseshoe.", or "May I borrow your horseshoe?" There were even a few times in which one of us said, "I've got a magnet, so I can steal some of their luck."

In that webisode I saw twice already, Ryan was hogging a horseshoe of his own. XD

This Friday night, my mom and I were playing two rounds of two great games; two of Splendor and two of this really cute and funny press-your-luck card game called Ugh. You try to score as many sets of points as you can before the drawing deck is depleted. When you draw an Ugh Card first, you have to discard the number it reads on it and keep the Ugh Card as three points (as a consolation prize) for the very end of the game.

It was funny when I quickly used a Wild Card to steal the high number card she had just drawn, only to be discarded after getting an Ugh Card on my next turn.

I won at everything tonight, by the way. I pulled a Ryan Higa on my mom! I almost never get that lucky! XD If it happens again around anyone, I'll continue to call it "pulling a Ryan Higa". XD

I enjoy that guy's sense of humor. He's adorably funny! His friends he films mostly comedy videos with are just as much. They all seem really nice and cool--people I'd get along very well with. When they're playing against one another at video games for example, they're just as humorously competitive as some of my gaming friends. :)
no_apologies: (Music is Love!)
Last night, I was just cruising around on YouTube, at first listening to a mix of autotune awesomeness and nonsense. Mostly, cats on autotune. Why? I don't really know ahaha, but all the same that stuff's neat to listen to.

Example!


From there I listened to some of the more hilarious autotuned songs I heard before on Schmoyoho and theparodyfactory1 channels. (Two of my favorites by parodyfactory1 include "Do Dogs Have Brains?" and "Thumbs Up For Rock and Roll". Two of my favorites from Schmoyoho (AKA The Gregory Brothers) include "Reality Hits You Hard Bro" and "Tornado Song". I find them all rather fun and amusing to listen to.)

Then... )
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-Been working five days a week at my bookshop since last month. Business has been okay. I managed to sell some books, along with receiving some really nice other ones over the weekend. Hey, do any of you remember Jim Varney's character, Ernest? One of the books I got is Ernest's "Book of Knowledge" that came out sometime in the 80's. I glanced through some of it already. This book gave some chuckles.

The donator also gave me some nice parrot care paperbacks. Interesting, since my mom had watched a rerun documentary about parrots. I sort of watched it again with her.

I also put away some mystery novels and some more humor books... The lady (who had bought Nora Roberts paperbacks from me more than once, I sort of recognized her) happened to forget that I don't take Reader's Digest Condensed books, because they just don't sell. There are 7 tote bags and a box full of them inside the store now. On Friday, after I get off work, Mom and I will take some of those to the dump. Really, no one in my shop bought them, not ever. I don't want them taking up space and collecting dust, so I'm planning to get rid of them all ASAP.

Almost all the potted plants I intend to sell this spring and summer are growing back! I sold four strawberry plants so far, and the four I still have are flowering. Unlike the day lilies, they grow fast! In the next few weeks, the flowers will turn into berries.

- I have been on an A:tLA fanfic kick for a while now, and I found this really interesting one on WattPad, called Art of War. Summary: "Mike and Bryan, creators of Nickelodeon's beloved, cartoon show, "Avatar the Last Airbender" see their universe come to life when the imperial Fire Nation appears from the middle of the Pacific Ocean and starts global mayhem." (Link: http://www.wattpad.com/story/23906260-art-of-war)

I think I ought to get myself an account on this site because LOOK, there are pics and videos you can upload along with the content of your chapters. Awesome! I know I listen to loads of music, and some songs and instrumentals remind me of certain characters and fandoms...

-I put together two more ATLA fan-mixes (another for Sokka, and one for Toph), and will hopefully post them in an entry sometime this week!

-Last Thursday, Mom and I watched Disney's Maleficent, because she rented the DVD from the library. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't something we would want to own. Honestly, I like the Maleficent from the old Sleeping Beauty animated film, who's also in the Kingdom Hearts games. I like that version of her best. ...I love the Honest Trailer Screen Junkies did for it on YouTube. I've seen it twice, before I saw the actual movie. ("Male Efficient!" XD)

Haha, I also love the Honest Trailer they did for the 1950's animated classic of Cinderella...

-My mom and I did quite a bit of board gaming fun on Friday and Saturday night. There's this game she bought for a buck at this thrift store, where we have found some great games for a bargain. Usually little to nothing is missing from them! Anyway, this game is called Last Word. It's a little like the game Scrabble, but there's a grid with letter tiles in which you move your color pawn over the letters to spell words. It's easy to learn, but it's a little challenging to play! You play until you can't move to spell words anymore. It's a really interesting elimination kind of game. Whoever has the most letter tiles at the end of the game (they're a point each) wins. When more than two players are playing, there are extra points that go toward whoever isolates another opponent at the end.

Mom and I like this game. We played 3 rounds of it, after a warm-up game of Splendor. I won at Splendor and one game of Last Word. :)

Unfortunately, we didn't get to play that over at our friend Bob's house. Last Word plays up to 2-4 players, and there were 7 of us altogether, including this new guy that came over. We ended up playing 2 games of this other game Mom and I recently found at this bead store, called Ugh. A lot of those we game with love it. This one's a press your luck type of card game with adorably funny cartoon artwork on the cards.

We played two rounds of Ugh. I won the first, and Bob won the second. We also played Spinners dominoes, and Quiddler! I also won at Quiddler.

-My fanfiction writing in general been going at the pace of a crawl, but it's better than nothing! The music hasn't completely taken over, though I'm still loving this Darius Twin remix project. I'm almost 40% done with it now. I have quite a bit more planned to insert in there.

This remix is HUGE for me. I've been putting a lot of time and effort towards this, and I'm picky about getting it right, to sound really good. The individual melody parts I've put together separately--I want to use them all!

After I get that finished, I'll try to get back into RP stuff for a while.
no_apologies: (Damn flying monkeys)
There's quite a bit to mention over the past week. Prepare yourself... for summarizing... No, this does not involve Ludacris Speed, and going plaid. (I should watch SpaceBalls again. It's been a long while since I last watched that movie. It's one of my favorite Mel Brooks films.)

- My cold has been almost all gone, still. All that's left is a bit of a cough. It's so annoying... I've had to cough up a bit of yuck today. I think my dad has caught what I had. His immune system's not as great as mine, and I send him speedy recovery wishes as I update.

-For the most part online for over the past week, I've read some of the lengthy and well written Avatar: The Last Airbender fan fictions. Happy Endings, Book 1! That one...! The writer blends the action and the psychological content of a teenaged girl who's been a victim of domestic violence well! It inspires me for my two Avatar stories. (It's a second interesting one in case the first story idea gets to be a pain.)

-My Easter was kinda nice. My mom and I had free Starz and HBO On Demand. Finally got to see Guardians of the Galaxy. We want that on DVD. It's so awesome. (Rocket, Peter Quill, and Groot, those three are my favorite characters.) Alexander's Horrible No Good Very Bad Day is hilarious. We want that one too! Also, we've had a bunch of Peeps, and some Starburst jelly beans. :D The jelly beans happen to be nearby where I'm sitting, and I just snagged some. I love the Starburst kind just as much as the gourmet kind!

-Earlier, as I was watching AFV, I saw this hilariously cute video of a Chihuahua trying again and again to get the ball in the mirror. The real ball was behind that adorable dog the whole time. Oh, and there was this other amazing dog who was barking parts of Beethoven's 5th. I've never seen anything like that. One smart pooch! I think the Beethoven dog was a pit bull...

-I finally, FINALLY gotten around to starting over again on the Darius Twin Boss Theme remix. I don't remember mentioning this on my blog, but a while back I found out that almost all my files were encrypted. Some idiot thought I would be swayed into doing their bidding for this Bit Coin thing. I've had to refresh the laptop, and pretty much I got all my apps back... Today, I put together a few beat loops and they're really good. I've felt very accomplished. I've gotten so much better at making custom drum loops! Tonight, after TV shows are over, I'm going to do a bit of recording off my VST. (After that, I hope to get into some RP stuff. I am breaking away from fan fic tonight.)

-There's a hilarious Avatar series I've seen on YouTube called Avatar: The Last Airbender Abridged. Whiny Zuko. Enough said. Of course as whole it's funny but the guy's voice for Zuko is what I love most. XD
no_apologies: (Ayato Kamina Oh Hell Yeah!)


This is something I discovered through this awesome Zelda internet radio I also recently discovered, called Radio Hyrule! They featured a track by the legendary guitarist who calls himself Artificial Fear on YouTube. (His metalized version of the J-E-N-O-V-A theme is so good! It's amazing, topping the Advent Children movie's rock version.)

I'm really, really looking forward to seeing the final CG movie done. Currently I'm still on Radio Hyrule, in the chatroom. There's currently at least one other person there besides me, who also discovered the website.

I ended up sharing this on my website's blog as well. How could I not?! 8D
no_apologies: (Ayato Kamina Oh Hell Yeah!)
- On Zelda: Majora's Mask, hehe, I switched games without saving to try this other game on my N64. I got my stolen bottle back! At some point I ended up sitting on Epona firing arrows at that big headed awful bird, from a distance. (It takes over 10 arrows to take him out, but in the end it's worth it, 'cause there's a BIG orange rupee! I think that's 500 rupees.) Ha, serves the Takuri right for stealing from me!

-I sold a bunch of books today! Two returning customers came to my shop. Last week I was open only on Sunday because it's snowed quite a bit last Monday. Today made up the lack of people last weekend.

-Finished my short experimental track! Finally! It took way longer than I thought, partially due to how cold it's been last week, but hey I got it done!


On SoundCloud, an hour after I uploaded this, three people heard and loved it! :D (I've yet to get any feedback for Catacombs over at my spot at Newgrounds.)

-Updated my webpage a bit, minutes ago. I added the new track onto what I listed on the Music page, and put up the news announcement for it on the Home page! I'm serious on podcast planning. Here's what I know I ought to include so far:

1. Music update on my Darius Twin remix.

2. Sharing something I heard on YouTube that's sped up. In fact, I can use Audacity and record a track or two tonight! I'll save those audio files and add them in later.

3. I think I'll mention about my writing. At least say why it's been over a month since the last time I recorded a podcast.

4. Ask a curious question towards my listeners that can leave replies by commenting on here, my music YouTube page, and on my next Artist News post on Newgrounds! Yeah, that'll be something else new to do for a podcast. :D

The rest is YouTube stuffs )

I'm still on YouTube, and I'm thinking about catching up with PeanutButterGamer. He's this funny dude who "reviews" and plays various video games. I hope he doesn't totally go bonkers while playing more LSD Dream Simulator and Mario 64: Chaos Edition. XD
no_apologies: (Excited Charlie B. Barkin)
(The following I've mostly copied and pasted from my other current blog, at my website.)

Yay, I'm making time to update again!

I'd first like to list some songs that sound good when heard twice as fast. I was on YouTube again when trying this.

"Enter Sandman" and "Master of Puppets" by Metallica (If you need to hear something really, really energetic to wake you up, that should do the trick! XD)

"Don't Speak" by No Doubt (It sounds funky in places!)

"Say it Ain't So" by Weezer (This track sounds funky in places too!)

"Diary of Jane" by Breaking Benjamin (This song at 1.5 playback speed is just awesome to rock out to.)

When I heard the following twice as fast, I cracked up.

"Original Prankster" by The Offspring (Hearing Dexter Holland rapping twice as fast in this song is hilarious. I could not stop laughing! I'm chuckling right now as I type this part.)

"Like a Surgeon", "Word Crimes", and "Amish Paradise" by Weird Al Yankovic (The third song's tempo is so Dance-y!)

I'm thinking I ought to share this whenever I do another podcast for my website. It would be something entertaining. I think some of my buddies around Proboards and Newgrounds might enjoy this. I'll do this, in addition to a list of topics I'll write down to talk about.

Luxliev I have not heard from for some weeks now, he might enjoy a podcast like that too. I know I mentioned him before on a previous podcast. If you missed that and can't be bothered to find it on my site's previous blog posts, I'll state that he is a musician and composer I found on Proboards one evening. He does game remixes as well as his own stuff. I just knew he has the potential to get better and gain a number of listeners, so I offered to give him advice. :)

I must say he's getting better at his own original music! I'm very happy for Lux. His remix of J-E-N-O-V-A is pretty good too.

Doing my own remix of that would be such a challenge, I just know it. I know I heard this awesome guitarist on YouTube, on his channel called Artificial Fear. His rock remix version amazed me so much! It's THE BEST! It's even better than the rendition in the Advent Children movie. All fans of Final Fantasy 7 really should look that up and listen to it!

It may be a really long while until I blow myself away doing my own version of it... I still want to make room for the Darius Twin Boss Fight remix I started weeks ago. (Darius Twin is a 2D scroller spaceship fighter game on the SNES. I enjoyed playing that so much as a kid, and I've taught myself on how to play the melodies from some of the game's music on two of my keyboards.) It's been fun on the RP sessions but I know I'm on a roll there!

...I also started on a new original project over the weekend, something with a hip-hop like beat to it. There's so few hip hop artists I actually like, that do not rap about money, sex, drugs, and gangs. (Hip hop instrumentals are what I like more.) I rarely listen to hip hop at all--but the elements to this genre are fun to experiment with.

Seriously, I am not putting the music on hiatus anytime soon. I've made at least five that sound really good. (For all of you on Dreamwidth, I'll put a list of hyperlinks to them.) I have a handful of ideas for other music projects in my head, and I just need to be persistent with myself to keep on making tunes.

Catching up with favorites and friends on SoundCloud and Newgrounds is something else I'd like to do at some point. I know I have some buddies at NG. Some are super talented at what they do. They're amazing. Step, theeketel, Pandasticality, VideoGameManiac...

Coming up: a second separate post that's a questions meme. I found this on my Dreamwidth.com friends list.

Yet, before I do so, here are links to five of my completed music tracks I've been thinking about when writing part of this entry.

The Underground Machine (Newgrounds wouldn't let me put in the full title, Presenting the Underground Machine, so I had to shorten it. Why that title? Well, first let me say that I'm visual in my mind when writing and doing music. I imagine some kind of underground dance party music machine that's sort of defunct. The voice part kind of sputters and that cool guitar part is trying to be showcased, and the operator is trying to stop the voice part but is having a bit of technical difficulties at first on doing that... I think this is the first time I've mentioned this anywhere online ever. I don't know why, lol.)

That Big Loud Bass (This one has gotten over a hundred listens on my SoundCloud page! Also, a bunch of downloads. People who go there really like this one, and I understand why. The beats and low bass, and that snare are what I love most about this track. To pick up on the really low bass, you'd need to put on headphones to hear it clearly.)

Windows Sounds Mix (This one's actually a medley of mostly Windows sounds to different beats. Be sure to read the description about it. I say much more there, and the link to the track that inspired me to do this is on it. I might need to improve on the transitions here one day, but that will likely happen whenever I'll have less ideas I really want to get done!)

Mortal Kombat Komputer (My first video game remix ever! Oh my gosh, I really did an epic job on this one. This turned out to be longer and better than I first expected. In fact, this wasn't how it all first turned out, which is why I labeled it as version 1.2. I varied and cut back more on the percussion on this more than the first. A few of my friends at NG had given me some really good advice, and it made a huge difference. You're welcome to hear the first version if you want, but 1.2 is as good as it gets!)

Sonic.EXE Comes Out to Play (This has been my latest track, a tribute to a cool Creepy Pasta character! Creepily awesome! I say more about this in the description under the audio player.)
no_apologies: (Damn flying monkeys)
As RP tags have slowed down most of the way, I decided to go check on favorite channels I subscribed to with my main YouTube channel.

Brentalfloss did his Final Fantasy 7 medley without lyrics, and I just finished checking that it's a very good quality instrumental! In the With Lyrics version of this song, I admit that there's a handful of mini-games inside the original game. However, I didn't mind it all that much. The story and characters are awesome. And, the funny stuff you get to do in there! Overall, I liked that too.

After listening to the FF7 Without Lyrics, I listened to some of his older ones, and decided to listen to them on different speeds. I never thought of doing this before until today, and it's actually sort of fun. Sometimes the results have been amusing to ridiculously amusing, while other results actually made the song sound cooler.

To try this, go the gear symbol that's at the bottom right side of the bar right under the video. You'll see an option that reads "Speed". The slowest is 0.25 seconds slower, and the highest is at 2 seconds faster. (I think it's in seconds. I'm not entirely sure.)

Brentalfloss videos and suggestions for fun playback speeds under this cut )

...After I eat lunch, I think I might follow through with this crazy idea that's coming to my mind right now; to hear speedy versions of those chipmunk versions of rock songs I have in my Favorites Playlist. This ought to be interesting, LOL!

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