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Canadian Ninja, Ph.D
Now with degrees in doctorology and doctoronomy!
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Rainer and I finally got the initiative to record an LP. You should be scared.

We've got a bit of it figured out, so the actual LP will come later. The LP in question is Dead Rising 2: Case Zero, as it would be a few episodes long, maybe a few hours max, and would help us work out the kinks and failures before trying something like Supersassin. Ironically. What I have shared with you is a three minute MP3 of some pre-LP banter. Close to the end, the actual game starts.
Currently in the airport. I just saw a tiny little bird fly out of the bar. This strikes me as weird on so many levels.

My flight has been delayed by about 40 minutes. I bring this up because the delay notice is in red, but also in English and French. This means that a cursory glance over the notice makes it look as if it says DELAYED, RETARD. (It actually says retardé but shut up I laughed so hard.)

Also this woman keeps calling out for American Eagle flights. I'm not sure whether I should point this out or not.
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Wow, I haven't updated in about two months. This is the power of a monthly meme - motivates me to post every day.

So what's going on? In January, I got the notice that there was a hiring freeze at the hospital that affected short term contracts. Yeah, guess who's a short term contract. Steph convinced them to keep me on as volunteer work for an extra month, but for reasons unknown, they wouldn't keep me on. There's a hit to your self-esteem - your work is so bad that no work is better than free work. Only a few callbacks since then, but hopefully something will open up soon. Ruined my plans to get to Sakuracon, unfortunately. May be an even greater wrench in the plan in getting to Otakon. Come to think, should do the same I did last year, reserve the hotel and see if I can still make it.

Gaming has been pretty quiet since the whole "no paycheck" business. Finished up New Vegas, the endings in that game is ridiculously complicated. It's presented like a slideshow; there are twenty-nine different slides, and all but two vary depending on your actions. And by vary, I mean that all of them have a minimum of four different outcomes. Some have over ten, with one slide having fifteen variations. I love it when that happens.

Been writing an achievement guide for Alpha Protocol for TrueAchievements. Much as I don't like the principle of having a "true" achievement score, it's interesting to watch, the site itself is put together incredibly well, and the community is quite friendly, which surprised me from a video game site. Feels nice to give back to a community for a change. The guide itself is mostly written, a rough draft is written and I'm following the directions to see what else I can add to it or where I might be wrong.

Hoping to be done by this time next week, aka when Dynasty Warriors 7 comes out. I skipped DW6 on grounds of it sucking, and I've skipped over the Orochi series. Last time I played a Koei game was about four years ago; I'm getting that hack and slash urge again. As pretty as the game is, and the fact that there's what, sixteen new characters? I'm a bit disappointed that Pang De was cut from the game. I thought he was rather fun to play as in DW6.

But only Pang De. Zuo Ci can suck a fat one.

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Listening to: Phoenix - Lasso

Things haven't been too interesting on my end. My contract is running out and I need to find something somewhere else, but it looks like I'll have to move to the west coast to find anything. Victoria, Seattle, and Calgary are the three big candidates so far, but. I don't know, it just feels weird to think about moving to the west coast. I need to stop waffling and start sending out resumes, though. I've been playing too many games and ignoring this looming threat over my head.

So are you ready for some fucking music!? Yeah, I know you are. Don't try and hide it.

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Listening to: Daft Punk - One More Time

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You know what's awesome? When a game plays itself for your benefit. Case in point: For two days only, Gears of War 2 had an all ticker Horde, which makes the Horde achievements easier. Now, keep in mind, I had two achievements for going 1-20, another for 1-30, 1-40, and 1-50 on specific maps. Then there were two others for doing 1-10 on each map of a DLC pack. Altogether, that's 240 waves of Horde. Even for two days, that's a little much. And that's why I found out that you can plug your controller in, put your character in a corner, and if you did it right, the enemies would blow up and give enough time to regenerate. Just check every 20-30 minutes to be sure you didn't die.

I'm down to the last 40 waves. I declare it to be a good exploit.

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Listening to: Simon & Garfunkel - The Boxer

So, since I wasn't posting about it, my achievement goals for 2010 ended with mixed results! By this, I mean I achieved one (2000 total achievements) and failed the other (41,628 total score).

Why didn't I achieve it? Work is the obvious answer; a full-time job that supports the gaming habit isn't conducive to playing as constantly as I was when I was unemployed or going to school. The other was that, while I got close by hitting 41,210? I didn't even come close. The idea was 80% of my total possible points. 41,628 was gauged off of a grand total of 52,035. That number at the end of 2010 was 55,215. Which meant the score to beat was now 44,172. I decided around November that playing for achievements was nice, but secondary. I wanted to play Resonance of Fate, for instance, so I got that. I didn't want to wait on Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, so I went and popped it in. So maybe now I'll head for a new goal, but I'm not going to stop playing a game just because I didn't reach it yet.

I may do another music meme. I just finished up New Music of 2010, so now I think I'll do Top 10 of 2010. Namely, top 10 artists, top 10 albums, top 10 tracks. Figure out the entirety of the meme, write it down to prevent duplicates, then post one entry from each over ten days. Each entry, I'm thinking five songs, simply because seven seems overboard.

In fact, let's start that now.

Entries #10: The Protomen, Modest Mouse, The BeatlesCollapse )

Listening to: The Beatles - With a Little Help from My Friends

So the last new music post of the year is softer stuff! Not so much the guitar heavy alternative I've been linking, some more female vocalists and acoustics.

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Listening to: Simon & Garfunkel - A Simple Desultory Philippic (Or How I Was Robert McNamara'd into Submission)

I have nothing to say, except today was a blissful day and today's entry is nothing more than Bonus Songs!

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Listening to: The Protomen - Keep Quiet

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So today I'm posting a very unique band, in my opinion. That would be CAKE. I say unique because I literally cannot think of another band who sounds quite like they do. It takes a bit to get used to the singer's method of singing, but his weird monotone-ish style works for what he's doing. I like their music, but I find meaning or a one-shot story in their songs, and it's something I can appreciate.

I know some people have heard too much of them through The Distance or Short Skirt/Long Jacket, but given that I hadn't heard either song until recently, I didn't have that sense of "overplayed so it sucks" that others seem to have. Although I can say that, like the baking counterpart, I can only have so much cake in one sitting.

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Listening to: Jonathan Coulton - The Presidents

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So I have a meme idea! I will post a recording of me singing a Christmas carol. Other people record themselves singing along to it and upload it. By Christmas, I will take all the tracks uploaded and combine them into one group carol. Would anyone be interested in this and, if so, any opinion on carols? I default to Silent Night, but that's becasue I typically can't think of another one.

New music of 2010! This time is Ida Maria! Now, I'm usually not one for upbeat, energetic, but really repetitive music when the verse or chorus is just the same phrase repeated over and over, but for some reason I'm really liking her. Couldn't say why.

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Listening to: Los Campesinos! - You! Me! Dancing!

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So I skipped out on the last edition because I was busy as fuck on Monday and Tuesday, but I will make up for it now by posting two editions for the price of one! Some may note that I have been avoiding chat as of late; see the first sentence. I'm essentially doing an entire 16 week course in four days.

Actually, skip the essentially. That is what I'm doing.

So Tegan and Sara are lesbian identical twins whose style is a bit of a look we both know you're not reading this and you stopped at lesbian identical twins get your mind out of the gutter. I would call them more alt-pop or maybe indie pop, if indie pop meant a goddamn thing. They have amazing harmonies that only identical twins can provide, their onstage banter is supposed to be half the reason you go to the show, and they manage to cover the spectrum of beautifully composed songs to creeping me out a bit here. A bit depressing sometimes, but hey.

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Quick! If you needed a label to describe most of the stuff I listened to, what would you say? If you guessed alternative or indie, you'd be right! You would have also described The Hoosiers! Fancy that! If you said rock/pop, don't worry, you're right too.

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Listening to: The Beatles - Maxwell's Silver Hammer

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So I may find myself back in the States in a month if I don't find another job here. Unfortunately, I have the double whammy of not being able to continue my certification (classes start after I'm let go) and there's virtually no jobs in the area. So here's my question.

How 'bout we go back to your place. ;D

Or, in seriousness, I'm looking for other cities to start applying to. I wouldn't say decent public transport is a must so much as a would really like. General areas/naming nearby large cities is acceptable too!

Mumford & Sons is a bit of an oddball here. When I started work, I was all about it, listened to every track, really liked the band. Now, it's kinda... eh. Didn't really have much staying power beyond a few months. Still, new music of 2010, definitely ranks. A lot of the songs start sounding formulaic after a bit, but if you like the formula, why complain?

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Listening to: Margot and the Nuclear So and So's - Broadripple is Burning

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So, because Iris was in it as part of the ensemble, I went to a high school production of A Christmas Carol. It was surprisingly better than I thought it was going to be; the guy they had playing Scrooge pretty well floored me. Good show all around, though some parts dragged on a bit, I thought. Aside from that, work continues to be stressful, but I think everything has been caught. At least now I know how to push a new build onto the server.

So the next band is one I like by name alone! Coming as an amalgamation of parts of the Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age comes Them Crooked Vultures. If you know the previous two bands mentioned, I don't really need to explain what they sound like. Heavier alternative band, riffs just get in your head, associated by fans with the term stoner rock.

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Listening to: Them Crooked Vultures - Caligulove

I'm just going to cut straight to the chase on this one, because I'm tired and stressed and work isn't helping and I'm trying to cut down on pop consumption and basically I am making myself as cranky as possible.

So the next band is The Zutons! More of a modern alt-rock sort of band. I don't really have too much to say about them, except that for some reason I got hooked on them. Actually, one thing I like is that they have a female band member who isn't the lead singer and doesn't seem to be put on a pedestal above the rest of the band. It's just like "hey, here's our occasional singer and saxophonist." I like that.

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Listening to: David Bowie - Life on Mars?

So Resonance of Fate has a hell of a learning curve, but once you learn, the game gets incredibly fun. I can't remember the last time a game actually made me stategize this much; FFT challenges are the closest I can get, and that was years ago. More than anything, though, I'm feeling the urge to app somebody from it. Leanne is adorable and juuuust enough outside my usual zone to be an interesting challenge. Vashyron, who at least is easily shortened to Vash, manages to actually be subtle; it's hinted that he's a ladies' man long before that part is ever explicitly stated. Zephyr, hereafter referred to as Young Punk, is definitely not my favorite but would be an interesting change-up if I wanted to write someone I wasn't fond of. Also Cardinal Barbarella for Micro, but that's less character and more entertainment.

So my plan is to do this music business every other day. Given as it's currently two calendar days later, let's throw out an obvious answer! If it's music I've listened to for the first time in 2010, I would be utterly remiss to fail to mention The Protomen. I would wager close to everyone reading this is just nodding their head going, "Yeeeah." For those who don't (and as far as I know, this is an exercise in formality) The Protomen take the basic setting and characters of Mega Man and completely reinvent the story with original music. There's really not much more to say to that; either you're totally for this idea or you've already rolled your eyes.

For the latter, do me a favor. Listen to The Hounds and try to tell me it's not good.

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Listening to: The Protomen - Father Of Death

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So, if people know me, and I would hope that you do, you should know that I love music. (Not as much as some, but I didn't make that argument.) Therefore, I'm going to make a few entries, at least five, with the goal of introducing others to bands I found in 2010 and summarily enjoyed the hell out of. Each entry will also have a song I enjoyed from the year when the rest of the band was either mediocre or I just didn't hear stuff from them.

The first band is Rodrigo Y Gabriela. If you've never heard of them before, prepared to have your face melted off. These two Mexicans play acoustic guitar, and they play it fast. They get such a variety of sound out of it that if I didn't tell you there were only two people, you'd swear there were three or four. They recently had to stop touring because Gabriela was injured from rocking out too hard. I am not joking.

As one Youtube comment once said, "I don't get it. Why didn't the guitars catch on fire?"

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Listening to: The Coral - Dreaming of You

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I pretty much abandoned the other goals. 41,628 is unrealistic for someone working full-time, especially as I keep getting new games.

Also, for you people celebrating Thanksgiving:

Listening to: Pink Floyd - Money

Holy crap.

That just put a stunned smile on my face.

Listening to: Simon & Garfunkel - Fakin' It

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