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Mahreh

Posted by Etcetere , Feb 17 2007 · 82 views
Bionicle
they gunn eetchoo.

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Keeva Or Kayva?

Posted by Etcetere , Feb 13 2007 · 44 views
That Real Life Thing
So yeah. I notice I begin many thoughts with that phrase.

So yeah. Yesterday I went to my first real interview. That's right, interview. As in, Etcetere is soon joining the ranks of Those BZPers Who Actually Have Jobs. I'm going to be an employee. Oh my word.

Unfortunately, I haven't much to say on my driver's permit progress, which ought to have been achieved last July. Life goes on.

Anyway, check out Etcetere's prospective place of employment.


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Vehicles.

Posted by Etcetere , Feb 13 2007 · 59 views
Bionicle
*weeps*

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-'.

Posted by Etcetere , Feb 04 2007 · 54 views
That Real Life Thing
It's a succeess! My first techno song! It's a bit of bobot music called BeepBoopBop, and it's the starting point for my sonic masterpiece production. I am now officially a technist. I'm .selah.

BeepBoopBop

Yes, the song is terrible terrible - that's how bobot music is. And yes, it's dedicated to BeepBoopBop.com.

FruityLoops is great. I can't wait to actually get a version that isn't the demo. 7 is out. I'll be needing to dload that.

Herruy for not feeling like including my barbecode tags!

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The Legend Of Zelda Part A

Posted by Etcetere , Feb 01 2007 · 35 views
Rambles
I beat TwiPri during the first week of January. About a week ago, my friend from Art class loaned me Majora's Mask, as she did last fall with Ocarina o' Time.
Now, as I play it, I'm at a standoff of which Zelda game, of the four 3-D ones released, is the best. OoT, MM, TP, or WW.
So I'm gonna have a four-part blog series about each game, and my personal rants on them.

TWILIGHT PRINCESS -
Twilight Princess was truly enjoyable, but one of its two biggest downfalls was the dark storyline, while appealing to older fans, made me have to send my nieces out of the room and made my parents, as well as I, uncomfortable with the game. I ended up skipping past the part after restoring Lanayru, the most story-crucial part, as well as the creepiest by far. This game is the first game where the Zelda universe really becomes dark.

Another was the convenience. Twilight Princess was the easiest Zelda I've ever played. Puzzles were incredibly straightforward, and there was no confusion about where in the world to go next. Midna guides you very specifically, taking away a lot of the problem solving aspect. Bosses, indeed, are challenging in the sense that they are extremely specific in the way you must damage them, but they are a cakewalk in the sense that they rarely attack, and when they do, it's something very easy to dodge. Whenever you do die, which is very rarely, you don't start up at the begining of the entire dungeon, you start off directly where you were, in the current mode of that boss. Death no longer has any real penalty. Plus, you eventually gain the ability to warp to about 20 locations in the world, which really does make sense but never gives you a chance to experience riding Epona accross Hyrule plain unless you absolutely want to.

I encountered really no frustration whatsoever in the game, except for a few parts where boredom was more like what I felt. As much as everyone hates the Water Temple and that fight with Dark Link, and as many times as you throw your controller down and shout at the game, and how hard it was to survive against those bosses like Bongo Bongo and King Dodongo, those were the parts I loved. Those were the parts I felt accomplished at beating, the parts I remember and talk about. Nowhere in Twilight Princess did I honestly feel accomplished, or like I achieved something.

Not only the darkness and the easiness, but there are many atributes which don't feel like they rose to the bar Twilight Princess seemingly set. Many classic Zelda aspects felt forgotten, classic enemies, clasic items, and unless I'm mistaken, there is no real major sidequest. And the musical quality, while great for the trailer, wasn't orchestral like I hoped. I think this is what disappointed me the most, is that I had presuppositions of what to expect, especially concerning the Temple of Time, which is stunningly creative and awesome and nostalgic, until you get to the actual dungeon part of it.


But for the upsides - TwiPri feels the most like a real roleplaying game. While characters don't have as community-revolving roles as in MM, the characterization of everyone is amazing. From Telma to Malo to Midna, each person has detail and emotion and personality that the previous games couldn't supply. The game feels like you're following a story. You don't just have some fairy tell you, "Go to that place next!" You have clues to follow, giants to joust, carriages to escort across the country, bugs to hunt and entire regions of Hyrule to bring back light to, before each of the first three dungeons can be accessed. There is no dull moment in the first half of the game, it's the second half that doesn't fulfill what the first half led up to. But this is about the pros.

While you don't have a Pictograph to collect photos with or a Biggoron Sword to claim, or any of the fun side things to keep you playing after you've beaten it, and lots of the enemies missing like Octoroks, and no Deku, there are certain aspects that will bring much nostalgia, particularly to the older crowd, from the original three games. The area of music is the most noticeable. In Hyrule castle, they use the same tune from the original, as well some Link to the Past themes in many cut scenes and dramatic moments. The game feels more like an upgrade of those, rather than of OoT or WW. Indeed, most classic ideas in Zelda games from before have been reintroduced with entirely new concepts. You know how you always have to go through rooms that represent the elements of the dungeons in the game, during the final dungeon? They took that concept, and used it as a boss battle instead with the main, though becoming the secondary, villian in the game.

Speaking of villian battle, the fight with Ganondorf is awesome (excpet the wold part, in my opinion). They re-use concepts from the classic Ganondorf ping-pong fight, the painting-travelling Phantom Ganon, and the duel from WindWaker, with totally new twists. The fight goes from human to wolf to horseback to human again, ending with a far more spectacular finish move than ever seen before.


Final evaluation: Twilight Princess is a great game, and an excellent addition to the Zelda series. It went far in depth to story, characterization, and the landscape of Hyrule. But the easiness defeats the purpose of it targeting an older audience.


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Portal

Posted by Etcetere , Jan 30 2007 · 57 views
That Real Life Thing
Hah. Should be a great game. Too bad it comes with Half Life 2 2, which I recognize the coolness of but don't particularly care much for.
Look up Portal on Google Videos.

"If at first you don't succeed, you fail."
"There is a hole in the sky through which things can fly!"

And therefore StumbleUpon is great.


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I'm Back

Posted by Etcetere , Jan 25 2007 · 36 views

To normal.

Well.. normal enough.


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Behind The Things To Say

Posted by Etcetere , Jan 22 2007 · 42 views
That Real Life Thing
The vast majority of these phrases are inside jokes, and each has been repeated at least hundreds of times by me. Each one has a story, so I thought I'd share them, as they encapsulate my ipseity (look it up) very greatly. (Note: There was a tad of revision from the previous list)

The wind is in my pocket. -
I had a friend by the name of Salty, last year (freshman year) and we were in P.E., in which we never do anything. He had some markers, someone (may have been him) gave me a piece of notebook paper, and I began to draw. I was thrilled at his tangerine blue (one of my favorite colors) Sharpie, and wrote a message which I thought was appropriate for such a marker: The Wind is in my Pocket. I then drew a blue ring with wavy dashes, some tree with other colored dry-erase markers, and I think a book that looked like it was on fire (it wasn't supposed to be). I still have that paper, and I hope to treasure it until I die. Not that there was anything thrillingly significant about it, just that it's the original source of the phrase "The wind is in my pocket", which is currently my favorite phrase.

I'm an apricot dispenser.
My friend Talan and I were building Lego-apostrophe-s, and I was really tired and bored. So I started doing what I always do to fill in boredome blanks. I sang. And I kept repeating the same lyrics - "I'm.. an apricot dispenser. I'm.. an apricot dispenser!" I must have sung it for hald an hour. Talan was driven crazy.

Oh, I ate it!
Hahaha. I tease my friend Chizzie with this one. (Her nickname has a story too). We were playing rummy at lunch, and she made a sandwich out of a roll, spicy chicken strips, and gravy. After a while she looked around, unable to find the sandwich, and assumed out loud, "Oh, I ate it!" I chuckled a bit, humored that she didn't even remember what she just ate. A few minutes later, she put her cards down and discovered the remaining half of the sandwich had been in her hand the entire time. "Oh!" she said, and everyone at the table uproared at her blondity. To this day she argues the sandwich was hidden behind her cards, though that argument never carries much weight.

Do you know the couch?
In middle school me and my friends would walk to and from school. One day there happened to be a couch just sitting on the side of the road. It stayed there about a week, and every time we passed it we speculated as to how it got there. The next day it wasn't there, but rather, further down the road. I happened to put a sign on it that said, "sit on me". The next day, it was back at its previous spot. Day after day, it kept popping up in various places along the road, until it disappeared entirely. It became a joke tot alk about the couch, because one could mention it and find out how knew what you were talking about. So it was customary for a while to ask random people, "Do you know the couch?" It was a wonderful inside joke.

Boredom is cerebral toffee.
This is the most recent one. I said "cerebral toffee" out loud while walking into Art a couple months ago. It was purely unplanned, and surprised me as much as it did the other people around me, and all I could think was, "What? What did I just say??" Later I remembered I was thinking about boredom, and what it was like, and blurted that out before it even went through my mind. That phrase is what inspired me to write my "philosophy" on the subconscious.

I ought to opt for ocelots.
I had a standard green crayola marker. I wrote it on my arm, as I do mostly with things I need to remember, because it sounded clever what with its alliteration and all. No reason whatsoever.

Happy people running into walls!
I'd love to remember how this came about. It was a popular phrase among me and my freinds in 7th grade. We made all sorts of variations that specified certain people, like Happy Kristin Leaping Into A Spinning Fan.
I once tried being a happy person running into a wall, but I was too chicken to make full impact. Maybe that's for the better.

Kuhnbergsteinheimerschlizuntschniz.
This, no lies, is my best friend David's last name, before it was abbreviated "Kuhn". Yes, he's German.

They don't know that.
Whenever somebody pointed out something that was incorrect with something I said, this was always my response. Not much to it.

Taco, taco, taco!
It's a quote from some movie about a parrot. "I say taco, they say taco."

That's a terrible thing to do.
It's just something to say.

It's naaaatural.
David and I were eating dried apricots. They were.. interesting. I commented on how they taste like candy but also taste like "carp". Right when he said "Mm, carp candy," I read a label on the package and said, "It's naatural!"

Splee is me.
This is a BZP one. Undle Krekka changed his name to Splee a while back, which I think he said was from some show. His avatar said, "Splee is me!" and reminded me of the Green Eggs and Ham book by Dr. Seuss. The phrase "Splee is me" and its variants spread around for a while, mostly through chat.

Cackling leeches for sale.
My nieces have a skill at annoying my friends. They also have a skill at performing massive, throaty laughs on command. My friend Tyler wrote this on a MagnaDoodle in the car while they were bugging him, and held it up to the window.

Dude, you're under arrest!
I had to play a cop in some movie we made in 6th grade. This is what I said.

Do not stink on your Krana.
Back in 2002, when I had my original account (Ninjo's already settled the matter), I tried to make a warning about sucking on Krana, because it distorts their shape and they can't fit in the pan any longer. Unfortunately, due to BZP's word filter, this was the result, and a massive miscommunication ensued. I'll leave it to you to imagine that thread.

You must eat Taosmints.
The ultimate BZP conspiracy. I'm not sure what Taosmints are, but Superman had written in his sig, "There are no subliminal messages in this sig" repeated five times. But I saw through such a ploy, and discovered the words made the acronym TAOSMINTS. I've made efforts to reveal this despicable plot, but it still is spread unseen. Don't listen to Exo when he protests that it actually spelled "Tansmits". That's what they want you to think.

Nothing beats elastic feats!
I've no idea what this means! But I just decided to sing it to a song one day! And it's very refutable!

You you're you.
David and I are notorious for "Stutterances", a typo with the tongue one could say. I was trying to say "See you later" and you-you're-you came out instead. This region is filled with phrases like, "Hang upped", "Chee to the nin", and "Punctuization".

i stole ur sophistication.
I drew it on an art piece, because it was supposed to have a message.

Life goes on.
This is the only serious one. It's sort of a motto I use when I'm embarrased, or something bad but still less-than-tragic happens, or when I'm just having an all-around bad time.

When the kids think of the fuschia.
David and Talan really like this Japanese band called the Pillows. When they sing in English, however, parts are very indestinguishable. I include this phrase because it's David's favorite mis-interpreted lyric ever.

Everyone loves the Bagel Man!
And they don't realize, I AM Bagel Man! Interning at Discovery Camp (which is awesome) I had an extra, blank label after attaching labels to mail-outs. So I attached it to the back of my name tag and, after a couple moment's thought, wrote "Bagel Man." Bagel Man is my rarely-present alter ego, I assume. And after finding a picture of him on the internet at some running an dexercise site, I included him in my Top Nine Greatest Heroes and Dok stole his picture and put it in one of his content blocks (I don't know if it's still there).

Lemon lemon lemon!!!
The absolute, hands-down, greatest phrase slash inside joke of all time.
I refuse to give you the insider story to this, as it won't be an inside joke any longer.


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Top Many Things To Say

Posted by Etcetere , Jan 22 2007 · 65 views
Rambles
The wind is in my pocket.
I'm an apricot dispenser.
Oh, I ate it!
Do you know the couch?
Boredom is cerebral toffee.
I ought to opt for ocelots.
Happy people running into walls!
Kuhnbergsteinheimerschlizuntschniz.
They don't know that.
Taco, taco, taco!
That's a terrible thing to do.
- loves you!
It's naaaatural.
Splee is me.
Cackling leeches for sale.
Dude, you're under arrest!
Do not stink on your Krana.
Nothing beats elastic feats!
You you're you.
i stole ur sophistication.
Life goes on.
Punctuization.
When the kids think of the fuschia.
Everyone loves the Bagel Man!
Lemon lemon lemon!!!

Stay tuned to experience the backstory behind each of these, and therefore get the hugest glimpse into my life you ever will.


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Top Nine Sgx Songs

Posted by Etcetere , Jan 19 2007 · 27 views
Top Nine
9. Coactive
8. Thinking Different
7. A Meal for a Whale
6. Tell Me a Story
5. Kick Your A
4. Crowdpleaser
3. 4F73R M3
2. Synesthetic
1. Mario Paint - Intense Color

Pretend today = Yesterday


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