Yes I am buying three copies of the same book shut up
Yes I am buying three copies of the same book shut up
what are the HOTTEST RPGS right now. i have an idea for a shape shifting bard-slash-assasin and a ladies-man merchant Turaga
So this weekend I'm going to be flying to Florida to meet up with some of my friends from my Southwest Internship. It's going to be a long flight; basically if you at a map of the continental US, I'm in the upper left hand corner and I'm headed to the lower right hand corner.
When I had the chance to get free flights, I visited a lot of the country, but never made it to Florida. Based on what I know of it, it will be full of hurricanes, old people (riding crocodiles), and burned spies blowing everything up. I'm sure that it all totally accurate too. One thing I do know is that it's supposed to be super hot this weekend. Or at least five degree hotter than it is in Oregon right now. Seriously, the problem is more of why are temperatures in Portland so close to those in Florida? See map reference again.
I guess the other bit of news is that my phone's starting to act up, so I'm going to pretty much keep it turned off during the day. I might check things online on it at night, but going to be unreachable during the day. (Not that BZPower members need to ever reach me, so really I should be sending this to my coworkers.) Oh well, if you point out some fallacy in my arguments and wonder why I'm not responding to your genius (or lack thereof) now you know why!
(Also I don't think we'll be visiting LEGOLAND Florida. Sad face.)
That being said, halfway through it got less enjoyable because my dad got home and he has the most annoying tendency to ask questions and talk throughout movies. (I will always go to great lengths to not sit next to him when we go to the theater, for the sake of my sanity) and it's kind of hard to really take in the climax when he just keeps talking about (spoiler? kinda obvious)'s death. Before and while it is happening. (he watched it earlier) I hate it so much when he does that...
And, uh, this ended up being more about my dad being a terrible person to watch movies with than TASM2 I guess....Uhhh. Let's see. Only thing I really didn't like about the movie was the ending. It felt awkward and rushed, and I think they should have saved it for the third one. Eh
Those of you who know me know that my interests lie in a few particular places: writing, reading, music, a select number of shows, and medicine. Hopefully by this time next year I will be entering into medical school. For the past few years I have volunteered as an EMT-Basic with the Texas A&M Emergency Care Team. In the BZPRPG I play as a medic. Medicine has been an enduring interest, and the people of medicine have had a lasting impact on my life.
As I worked towards getting my EMT-B, I obviously had many personal encounters with medics. These are amazing people. Many have foregone college studies, but in my experience they know more about the body and how to treat it than most pre-med students I have met. In the US it takes 6 months of study, along with hours and hours and hours of hospital rounds, ambulance ride-outs, and skills testing, culminating in a very difficult and nerve-wracking exam just to become an EMT-Basic. From there you can take courses to become and EMT-Intermediate (6 more months) or jump straight to EMT-Paramedic (a whole 'nother year). A Paramedic has one-and-a-half to two years of just study under their belt, having spent well over a thousand dollars, and that's just at the start of their career.
And from there they go on to treat drunks, drug users, shooting victims, panic attacks, asthma patients, diabetic emergencies, attempted suicides, burn victims, broken bones, people involved in car accidents, wrecks, building fires, collapsed houses, and dozens and dozens of so many kinds of calls with the same poise and patience you expect from the doctor sitting in a quiet exam room down the street. They work alongside law enforcement and fire fighters to provide pre-hospital care, and they do it well. At least, they do in general.
EMS deaths are not as common as Police and Fire, but they happen. Nor is there any single listing that I could find which reliably gives us the names of those whose shifts have ended. But even if we don't know their name or face, we know that they served. This week we remember those men and women in White (and blue, and black, and other colors).
P.S. - the best EMS quote ever is "Air goes in and out. Blood goes round and round. Any deviations? We have a problem."
Yesterday I watched Titan A.E for the first time in years, it being one of my favourite movies as a kid. I forgot how violent it was, like a dude gets his neck snapped and then thrown down a flight of stairs on screen, another guy gets vapourized into green goo, and there's at least three or four scenes with Human blood.
Also, I didn't realize how existentially horrifying it was as a kid, I mean, the Earth and moon get completely destroyed in the opening scenes and characters repeatedly mention humanity approaching extinction.
I will admit, it was kinda funny... we pull this stuff all the time.
Except she did it to me about Bionicle.
The reaction I got was the complete opposite of what I expected. I was hoping they'd take it in a good way, but their response was less than stellar.
Their voice never matches the voice I read their blogs in. Never, ever, ever.
I mean, it's just bizarre how sometimes bloggers (and writers in general, honestly) can have these passionate, powerful writing voices that force you to think deeply the issues they blog about, yet when you hear their verbal voices, you'd never expect that they are the same person who wrote that great blog post you come back to again and again. In fact--and this is probably just me because I'm paranoid--your first reaction to hearing them speak is usually something like, "No. You're not my favorite blogger. You're too different from what I imagined the blogger would sound like in real life. You're someone else."
It's like seeing your favorite voice actor's face for the first time. If you're anything like me, it is almost always a surreal experience to hear a voice you know and love well coming from the mouth of a real human being. Granted, you do get used to it eventually, but the initial experience always takes me off-guard.
Maybe it's just me, but it's happened to me with three of my favorite bloggers so far and each experience has been almost exactly like how I described it above.
it's like every time there might be a redeeming moment moffat goes "lol fart joke"
obviously there aren't (many) actual fart jokes but you get my point I hope
Sister Appreciation Day Gift 1: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies were a mild success. I may not be the best chef in the house, but I can follow a simple cookie recipe. And they came out pretty good: they were moist, and soft (the way cookies should be- none of that crunchy stuff here), and the recipe pumped out about twice as many cookies as it said it would. But the problem was the flavor, while not bad, wasn't really special at all. The peanut butter flavor was, for my taste, much more subdued than it should have been with most of the flavor coming from the chocolate chips.
I also tried modifying the recipe for the last batch to go in the oven. Before I actually tried one of the cookies I was worried that the peanut butter taste would be overwhelming, so I attempted to add a little cocoa powder to the dough to try and make it more chocolaty. Of course, me being me, I accidentally dumped in nearly half the container of cocoa in a container of that held six cookies worth of dough. Oops. I salvaged the dough as much as I could and baked them anyway. To my surprise they didn't actually come out bad at all. You could definitely taste the abundance of cocoa powder, but they didn't taste bitter like I expected them to. If I had drizzled melted peanut butter over those six cookies they probably would have tasted more flavorful than all the rest, but that will be an experiment for another day.
The important part is how my sister responded to the gift. She's fairly stoic so her lack of a response wasn't too surprising, but I do think she legitimacy appreciated being handed a giant plate of cookies (who wouldn't?), and she even shared some with the rest of the family. And if I managed to make her happy then I guess I did it right, and that's what matters to me. But how did she thank me? By making herself dinner the next night and leaving the dishes for me to clean up when I got home from work at 9 PM. Love you too, sis!
Sister Appreciation Day Gift Number 2: Garlic Parmesan Pasta Sauce went much better than expected. There were many changes made from my previous attempts. The superficial changes where the addition of vegetables and the substitution of minced garlic for garlic sauce. The vegetables (cooked broccoli, carrots, peas, squash) did a good job of adding flavor, and color, to the recipe, and if I make this again I will definitely include them. I don't think changing the garlic made any difference, though I would have preferred to use a minced clove.
The big difference is that this time the milk I used was 2% instead of fat free. Some of you out there are probably thinking the same thing my sister said: "DUH, V1P2 of course you shouldn't use fat free milk when making a roux!" I know that now. (Baby steps.) While previous attempts have left me stirring for 45 minutes without any thickening, the sauce was ready for eating after about a half hour. The other mistake I may have been making is cooking it on too high a heat- probably another rookie mistake. The other difference is that I added an extra unit of butter and flour which I imagine aided success as well.
The bottom line is that I finally figured out how to make this after several failed attempts, and I know I could repeat that success if I wanted to. Most importantly, though, my sister enjoyed it (though she suggested more salt and pepper for flavor) and my Mom thought it was delicious, so I'm pleased. And now that I have one recipe under my belt I need to try my hand at something else. My sister suggested something chicken based so I'll look through my cookbooks and see if I can find something that looks good.
There were definitely other things that happened that week (medicating animals, playing Catan, making pie), but baking and cooking were the highlights for me. Like I said in the last entry, I love my sisters, and I like to make them happy. This time I happened to do it with good food (because who doesn't like good food), but who knows what I'll do next time?
I... Was not expecting this. Nintendo UK has honest-to-goodness announced Mario Kart 8 DLC
Here's the page, but long story short, there will be two DLC packs available
I'm more than a little surprised. I could see Nintendo making Mario Kart 8 an all-out Super Smash Kart, but to just dabble in non-Mario content like this seems odd. For some reason I feel compelled to dislike the idea of mixing in other franchises like this, especially when it means putting Link on a motorcycle... But I can't make myself dislike it. It's just too cool! I'll take all the HD Link I can get! I am very excited for race on some Hyrulian tracks. I've never played Animal Crossing, so I'm ambivalent towards that side of it, but more Mario Kart is more Mario Kart!
In related strange Nintendo news, apparently there's a Pokemon-Tekken Tag crossover "Pokken Fighters" slated for arcade release in Japan? So that's a thing.
Rapid Edit: As I was writing it, the North American page happened! First off, it's $12 for both packs! That's an entire four new cups (including a TRIFORCE CUP), meaning a 50% increase in track number, for just twelve dollars. Props to Nintendo, I expect this will get some people who haven't already to buy the game. There's also more pictures (including the Animal Crossing characters)! Pack 1 (the Zelda one) will release in November, the second will release in March 2015. So there will be waiting. I you haven't gotten a Wii U and Mario Kart 8 yet, you should, because the you can race me as Link. Plus, of course, the Wii U has other great games, just sayin'.
A collaboration between Pablo (Zatth) and I at this year's BFVA for the Mini-Con. I did the hats and we both scrounged the vendors for the rest of the parts (although he came up with more of the body parts than I did).
You can't possibly imagine my excitement.
Edit: It's roughly double the price. Woo.
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