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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Posted by dotcom in Tempest Tower, Aug 28 2014 · 12 views

I've read a lot of negative things about this movie for the past few months. Maybe that set my expectations too low, because I just finished watching it and I ended up liking it a lot. (Way more than the first anyway)

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

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The White

Posted by Zox Tomana in Softly Call the Muster..., Aug 28 2014 · 17 views

BZP Muster
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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).

Ivií,

Zox


P.S. - the best EMS quote ever is "Air goes in and out. Blood goes round and round. Any deviations? We have a problem."

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Spikels Mixels Video Review

Posted by xccj in Team J.A.F., Aug 27 2014 · 24 views

What is this?

Totally not just a video rehash of what I said in the review, plus a little bit of song and dance thrown in.

:music:

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Brickipedia Skype Group + Zatth = crazy things

Posted by Meiko in Meiko's Generic Blog Name, Aug 27 2014 · 54 views

This is what happens when I show Pablo the best (actually the worst) of YouTube's LEGO fan community:

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HIS FACE IN THE CORNER IS PRICELESS

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Digital Love

Posted by Bfahome in You're attacked by a Repair Nektann, Aug 27 2014 · 35 views
music I like



I am such an cool dude for not having posted this yet, it's one of my favorite songs ever.

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Netflix

Posted by Element Lord of Milk in Build-a-bear workshop., Aug 27 2014 · 43 views

I just discovered the magic of it.

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.

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One more word, I dare you!

Posted by PrismWind in The Prism Dimension, Aug 27 2014 · 50 views

So I was talking with my friends in the morning before class starts, and one of them starts screaming. We all huddle around her to see what the problem is and guess what? Shes screaming and crying because Cameron Dallas had his teeth filed or something. So, I proceed to tag her in a Cameron Dallas meme on instagram showing only his teeth. Bad Idea. She starts ranting about how Cameron Dallas is the hottest person who has ever lived, and that I'm jealous of his looks, so on and so forth for like an hour. Then, another friend joined only she was talking about Nash Grier. Kill me. Please.

I will admit, it was kinda funny... we pull this stuff all the time.

Except she did it to me about Bionicle.



Oh.....

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That blog entry I posted a while ago

Posted by Smooth Jazz in The Swimming Beard Knows, Aug 27 2014 · 39 views

I promise, I'll eventually stop procrastinating and post about your suggestions.

just not right now

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It has arrived

Posted by Voltex in Extraction Point, Aug 27 2014 · 70 views

Once I set up an Internet connection for it, my computer is good to go!

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Familia

Posted by Sisen in Back to wizards and witches, and magical beasts,, Aug 27 2014 · 82 views

Finally let my family know I have a great job opportunity this fall, and that it means moving out on my own.

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.

:confused:

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That moment

Posted by TNTOS in A Writerly Blog, Aug 27 2014 · 53 views
bloggers, real life, voices and 1 more...

When one of your favorite bloggers (not necessarily BZP bloggers, just bloggers in general) posts a video in which they speak and you hear their voice for the first time.

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.

-TNTOS-

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Doctor Who

Posted by The Xinlo in Language Of The Mad, Aug 27 2014 · 88 views

I can't even put my frustration with this show into words... every new episode that comes out makes me dislike it more. The potential is there, as it always was, for amazing things, but at literally every turn it's almost intentionally ruined.

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

gaaaaaaaaah

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Adventures in Cooking (And Baking)

Posted by Vorahk1Panrahk2 in V1P2's Blog, Aug 26 2014 · 43 views

So the Unofficial Family Reunion week came and went, all to soon in my opinion. Both sisters are back at school, and while I'll be seeing them both infrequently, I should be able to talk to my first sister more often, which is nice.

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?

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Until Further Notice...

Posted by Tekulo in the Green in This is My Lawn ♫♪, Aug 26 2014 · 129 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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Zelda Kart is actual DLC

Posted by Obsessionist in Chronic Obsessions, Aug 26 2014 · 72 views

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I... Was not expecting this. Nintendo UK has honest-to-goodness announced Mario Kart 8 DLC coming out in November. (one comes out in November, the other doesn't come out until March 2015). It's starting to look like the Smash Kart people have always wanted, too. Link and the Villager and Isabelle from Animal Crossing will be among the downloadable characters, and Zelda and Animal Crossing inspired tracks have been promised. Plus an F-Zero inspired kart.

Here's the page, but long story short, there will be two DLC packs available for ~$12 each, (see edit) including three characters, four karts, and two cups (eight courses) per pack. It certainly seems reasonable to me.

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'.

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Tuesday Tablescraps - 8/26/14 - Miniland Hatpile

Posted by Sumiki in Blogarithm, Aug 26 2014 · 90 views

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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).

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Get it together Pima

Posted by ~Shockwave~ in The Aurora's Edge, Aug 26 2014 · 63 views

So a solid 4 days before the date of my first class, and the day the semester starts, I am being informed via email that the book I rented from amazon (As a new copy was $50 more then the class and used was a bit lower) is now no longer being used in the class. Rather they are telling me that I need to purchase a digital version of the book as it's cheaper or something.

You can't possibly imagine my excitement.

Edit: It's roughly double the price. Woo.

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Hi anon welcome to my blog would you like to ~play~

Posted by Brooklyn Pace-Carlisle in The Breakfast Club, Aug 26 2014 · 257 views

you make my sjw heart go doki doki

-Tyler

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becca is weaboo trash

Posted by Queen Grr in The Dire Court of Her Glam Majesty, Aug 26 2014 · 209 views

me too though

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Bionicle Cringe

Posted by Vivian James in Desperado Inc. , Aug 25 2014 · 189 views

“There are a thousand ways I could destroy you right now. And 941 of them hurt."

I always hated this line. It's not witty or clever at all it's just stupid.



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