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Until Further Notice...

Posted by Tekulo in the Green , Aug 26 2014 · 117 views

I shall be calling them MOC-O-C's. (Mock-oh-see).

That is all.

GET OFF MY LAWN!

~Tekulo <3


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Depression

Posted by Tekulo in the Green , Aug 22 2014 · 164 views

Please listen to someone.

Don't expect for them to come to you with their problems.

Be open, be chill, and don't try to solve every single problem or try to dominate them by saying "you shouldn't feel that way."

Be approachable, stop being so judgemental, stop playing those stupid "I'm smarter and you're an idiot" games. Don't carry an air of superiority.

Consider others' feelings seriously. Don't write them off as "oh, they're just being like..." or whatever.

It's different for everyone, but those were the things preventing me from talking with a lot of people, including my own family, about my condition. I did have people I did talk to, and I'm doing fine now, but I feel like only telling the people with depression to "talk to someone" is only half of the issue sometimes. It can be a lot harder than you think.

Be someone worth talking to.


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New Story Up

Posted by Tekulo in the Green , Aug 20 2014 · 56 views

The Mask of Change

Whew, this was really fun to write! It's been a while since I've attempted a BIONICLE story, but I hope it's at least enjoyable.

This is the second short story addition for Volition. We started it off with A Destiny Chosen. We have more stories in the works, so hopefully we'll continue getting them out in a timely manner.

GET OFF MY LAWN AND GET TO THE LIBRARY!

~Tekulo <3


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Legend of Korra

Posted by Tekulo in the Green , Aug 19 2014 · 134 views

Okay, so, I was meaning to make this entry a little while ago, but seeing as I just got caught up with the latest episode, it's probably just as well.

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD so I'll be putting them in spoiler tags. Normally I'm just vague about the subjects, but this is serious business.

Spoiler


GET OFF MY FIRE NATION!

~Zuko <3


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Portal 2

Posted by Tekulo in the Green , Aug 15 2014 · 108 views

Okay, so I played through this game on my days off this past week. I got through it in two sittings (partly because the game was relatively short, and partly because it is very engrossing).

To be clear on this point: I have yet to play the first Portal game.

Oh. My. Yes.

Everything I wanted out of a game and more.

The puzzles were clever, the antagonists fitting and fulfilling, the entire situation completely messed up beyond all belief and it had the most dubious of endings which made me laugh endlessly.

I really need to play the first game. It should be noted that I only played the second first because my brother and I found it for $20 at Best Buy. He played the first game, and it was a relatively low price, so we nabbed it.

Would recommend to anyone who loves a fun, quick story and interesting puzzles. (If you like Professor Layton, you will like this game).

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to listen to "Now I Only Want You Gone."

GET OFF MY LAWN!
~Tekulo <3


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Continuing the BIONICLE story

Posted by Tekulo in the Green , Aug 13 2014 · 127 views
Volition, Tales of Matero and 3 more...
It's happening now

I'm seriously excited right now. ;u; This collab has been in the works for over a year now, and now we can finally get the ball rolling.

Like, the only way this day could be any better is if we found Samantha.

GET OFF MY LAWN!

~Tekulo



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Clannad Part VI: The Ending

Posted by Tekulo in the Green , Aug 08 2014 · 73 views

Okay, so, sorry about my sob-fest last entry. I needed to get that out of my system because OH MY GOSH SO MUCH FEELS!

But I am now through all 25 episodes of After Story. Done. I managed not to cry despite coming really close.

Overall thoughts? This was quite possibly the best love story I have experienced thus far. I have a few reservations about that opinion mostly because of the surrealism in the end (or rather throughout, technically?) However, everything up to that point was amazing. Great characters, relatable situations and endless rivers of tears. Yeah, this was an experience, and wow was it worth it.

Totally recommend this anime to anyone who appreciates a good story.

But what I liked about After Story was that it took place outside of highschool for the characters. I don't actually think I've seen that before in anime, and this show actually captures a side of life that adult stories fail to do. Really, this is the first show I've ever seen that has the protagonist grow up, find a job, and deal with difficult choices and growing up quickly that actually felt genuine and logical. If I were in Tomoya's shoes, I probably would have made similar, if not, the same decisions he did. Every decision felt like it was carefully thought over for the characters to make. Akio and Sanae especially seemed seasoned in making tough choices (which fits perfectly with their characters). The scene where Sanae and Akio talk after Tomoya decides to take in Ushio? Priceless.

It's just... everything about this show's main story felt like it was well-made. It's good, plain and simple; the kind of story I love.

That being said, I do think certain episodes, such as Kyo's story, was a bit forced, maybe? Like, I could see how Tomoya could end up with Tomoyo because she used to be a delinquent similar to him, but she also worked with him to help him grow as a person. Nagisa did that too by taking his feelings seriously and pushing him to talk with his dad or talk about his plans for the future (It's why they're my OTP in this show, because they work together. Heck, he does the same for her with her self-confidence). With Kyo's story, I really didn't sense any of that going on. It didn't feel like a relationship so much as a cliche'd love triangle (rectangle if you include Sunohara. =P).

Now then, as for the very last episode of After Story: I liked it.

I mean, I keep hearing it's frustrating or bad or what have you, but... Well, I don't get that opinion. It was a summary episode, and I always look at those as a nice look-back to the story as a whole. They chose a nice theme to work around too, and the ending of that left me with "D'aww... You know you scarred me for life with the rest of this story, right? =D"

I mean, if you're actually talking about the ending of the main story, then I guess I can see where you're coming from, maybe? It was a weird way to get to the ending, and despite the happy I was still going through rehab due to the enormous amount of grief the show had just put me through so I wasn't getting into the happy... But it could have ended worse.
Spoiler


Obligatory: FUKO, YEEEEEES!

Anyway, the few nit-picks aside, this story was completely worth it. I'll probably watch it again someday (and cry forever).

GET OFF MY LAWN!

~Tekulo <3


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Clannad Part V

Posted by Tekulo in the Green , Aug 07 2014 · 66 views

Okay, so... before I totally cry my heart out, I want to start off with legit thoughts on how this season has made me feel thus far. (NOOOOOOOOOOOOO)

The fact that (WHYWHYWHYWHYWHY) the series actually follows the characters (THIS IS PURE SADNESS) after highschool, and showing the protagonist (DESPAIR WINS, MONOBEAR WAS RIGHT) grow and get a job is really cool. I wish more stories in general could show this side of life (TAKE THAT BACK, IT'S NOT WORTH IT) because it's actually really interesting (AND FILLED WITH SORROW).

Yeah, I can't do it.

This is bad. This is very not-good. I'm through episode eighteen now, and while the ending of this episode was sweet, it was still extremely feelsy. I nearly cried three times over the span of a couple of episodes. This is a new record for any story I've ever followed. The mist could not leave my eyes, and everything was spoiled for me up to this point, it was that bad.

The worst part? I'm not even at the saddest part of this anime yet AND THE ENDING THEME STILL DOES NOT FLOW WITH THE STORY AT ALL (thought I mentioned that?)

I... I dunno if I'm gonna make it, guys... Save yourselves.

(Obligatory yelling at kids or whatever...

Tekulo)


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Clannad Part IV: This is so not cool...

Posted by Tekulo in the Green , Aug 06 2014 · 78 views
NOOOOOOO!
Starting with the end of Clannad: The Tomoyo episode was pretty sweet. I actually like her and Sanohara together, but let's face it, that guy should not be dating anyone ever.

AFTER STORY TIMES!

I'm up to episode eight. So, to recap...

MAI, NOOOOO!

MISAE, NOOOOO!

YUKI, NOOOOO!

TT^TT

This is bad, guys... Misae's story was bitter-sweet. I'm surprised too, because I didn't think they would actually do anything with her as a character. Also, I'm kinda glad they actually made her look different from her adolescence and adulthood. It's slight, but she does look more adult than Akio and Sanae. Seriously, put either of those two in a highschool suit and they look the same age as their highschool daughter (They either have really good genes or they had Nagisa when they were really young, geez).

Also, I'm loving the music in this anime. The sad-track always makes me think "Oh, geez, things are getting tragic, aren't they?" I'm not even at the seriously bad stuff yet, and it's getting to me...

Tomoya is still wonderful at pranks, though. When Sunohara asked Akio that question I was convinced that Tomoya is an evil genius (that or a very lucky opportunist).

I'm a bit bummed out that we haven't seen as much of Kyo, Ryo or Kotomi so far. That's also a beef I had with the Tomoyo episode in the first season: they all kinda dropped off the face of the world for that episode. It's not as bad in After Story, but I still think it's apparent.

My biggest problem with After Story, though? The opening and ending songs... I mean, they're just not as good as the first ones. The ending song really gets me, though. It's... it's just not fitting with the stories. I mean, I'll have just watched something really somber and then the song that plays is really upbeat and goofy... It doesn't flow right in my opinion. I miss the dango. That song was fantastic. (I actually sat through the opening and ending themes in the first season almost always, but now I'm skipping over After Story's)

GET OFF MY LAWN!

~Tekulo <3


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Tekulo Makes Dango

Posted by Tekulo in the Green , Aug 05 2014 · 102 views
dango dango dango, dango dango and 1 more...
So, after I did some research on the subject, I found a few different dango recipes. Dango, for any uncertain as to what I am talking about, is a sweet dumpling snack/dessert made out of rice flour, and typically served with tea. Some recipes called for tofu, others were just special forms of rice flour and water, etc. Eventually I came across a recipe online that seemed simple and had a step-by-step video.



It didn't turn out half bad. It should be noted that I didn't find every exact ingredient for this recipe. I used a few variations as I live in America, and unfortunately I don't live in Pittsburgh near Lotus Foods anymore (a really cool market for Asian foods).

Sticky Rice Powder - I just used plain old white rice flour. It's all I could find (And I didn't find any at Walmart. Normally I would've used the brand with the red text and the pegasus on the bag. Instead I went to Heinins and got Red Mill brand. It's a bit on the pricey side, so if you want to try to make this yourself look for the cheaper alternative first).

Sugar - In this video, though it doesn't specify, it looks like it uses raw sugar instead of white sugar. Really it shouldn't make too much of a difference, but I used white sugar in my recipe.

Green Tea Powder - it was pretty difficult for me to find the right tea to use. I didn't find any instant powder by itself, unfortunately. I substituted a green tea mix which used green tea powder as the main ingredient (which sounds easy, but there was only one brand I found at Walmart, which was 4C brand. It's sweetened with honey and splenda, so this made the green dango really sweet, but also more flavorful. I wouldn't say they were overly sweet, but when consuming dango with tea, I would prefer it to be toned down). Other recipes I've seen have this ingredient replaced with green food coloring, which would probably be the better alternative for those who can't find plain green tea powder.

Tofu - This video didn't specify the type of tofu to use, but it should be noted I used soft tofu instead of firm tofu.

This type of dango with three colors is apparently called Hanari Dango.

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Now, while I made this dough for all of the dango I made at home, I also tried to make Mitarashi Dango. Basically for this type of dango, I left the dough plain with no food coloring or tea mix.

I made a simple sauce for it from this video here at 2:42



Red Mill also makes potato starch, so for this sauce I had all of the ingredients needed.

While the person in this video over-cooked their sauce, I managed to get it to a proper consistency.

PRO TIP: When thickening with potato starch, the sauce does not need to come to a boil in order to thicken (unlike with corn starch where the starch must be dissolved in water before-hand and then brought to a boil). This sauce's ingredients can be combined all at once, mixed, and then brought to the stove. As for how not to kill your sauce, be sure to remove it from heat right when the sauce begins to thicken. Don't worry if you think it looks a bit too runny. Because this sauce is cooked in such a small amount, the residual heat from the pan will continue to thicken the sauce after the pan has been removed from the heat. It's actually a pretty important step, so if anyone here dares to try this, keep this in mind.

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It also should be noted that after the dango were removed from the boiler, I placed them in an ice-bath to cool for five minutes (as suggested in the second video). The outsides did seem a bit moist, so I would recommend allowing them to air-dry on a plate with a paper towel underneath (or just allow them to cool on their own instead. I just thought the ice-bath was a faster method).

The tea I made to pair with these was green tea. I found a brand that only used green tea leaves in the ingredients list, and instead of pouring hot water over the tea bags, I instead ripped the bags open and boiled the tea leaves with the water in a tea pot. It gives the tea more flavor, in my opinion. I also strained the leaves out with a small fine-mesh strainer as I poured the tea into my mug.

Thoughts on the two types of dango I made:

Hanari Dango: As for how everything turned out - it was yummy, but plain. Don't get me wrong, it was an enjoyable treat coupled with the green tea I made. However, the dango on their own do taste plain (aside from the green ones as previously mentioned). I wouldn't mind trying to make something similar to this kind of dango again, but I would like to try making it with some other flavoring such as vanilla or lemon zest. They're not bad, but they don't have much flavor. It's a nice compliment to tea, though, so for anyone who loves a good cup of tea, but doesn't want an overpowering snack to go with it; I would recommend this form of dango.

Mitarashi Dango: I prefered this dango to the Hanari. The dango themselves are plain, however the sauce compliments it nicely giving it a nice soy sauce flavor. Again, the sauce itself isn't overly sweet, so it also pairs nicely with tea in my opinion.

Overall thoughts: For anyone with a sweet tooth, dango isn't for you (at least not these recipes anyway). They are, however, filling (I only ate six dango [two skewers] before I was beginning to fill up). Also, if you don't have/want skewers, you can use chopsticks instead. It might not be as elegant, but it does work for holding three dango in place.

As for me, I still have tofu, rice flour and potato starch left over, so I'll probably make these again (and maybe alter the recipe a bit for flavoring experimentation).

GET OFF MY LAWN!

~Tekulo <3







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