no_apologies: (Ryan Higa <3)
-Hellz yeah, Ryan Higa's main channel has 15 million subscribers now!! That's an insane number of lamps, and I've been one of them for just this year so far! I've been happy and excited for Ryan over the past few days. He may not have won anything at the Teen Choice Awards, but he'll always still have us lamps to love him and support him always. :D

-I've still been coming up with new music every now and then. There's just so much to explore on the HP Music Maker! I swapped for two genres last night; volumes 1 of Drum and Bass, and Tech House. I did one track of each. For my first try at both of these types of instrumentals, they turned out pretty good.

Here's my Drum and Bass debut:


-Book sales over this past weekend was pretty good. Didn't do anything Wednesday through Friday, but Saturday and Sunday sure made up for it!
no_apologies: (Ryan Higa <3)


So, who would Marley's daddy be? XD Ryan Higa: Mom to his dogs, and towards some of his lamps (fans) on Twitter.

Since there's no way anyone can replace my mom, because she's awesome. Ryan's just my Twitter mom. :'D

One of my favorites of the older videos, when he filmed a Q&A with his best friend Sean:
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. :)

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