Day 23 - Who Needs Sleep?

I think in the next few days, I'll be refocusing these blog posts into something more tangible. Especially since I am watching tons of genre TV when I can. It might be cool to kind of talk about it and review an episode on this blog. I'm thinking about it. But the thing that I would most like to do instead of anything else, is sleep. I just don't sleep. So much so that I think I had a microsleep session on the freeway on the way home. Luckily it was in traffic, otherwise it could have been horrible. That was certainly a wake up call, pun intended. Just read through my last few sentences. Do I really write like this? It sounds so...stilted. Anyway...

There was a manager, back when I worked for the movie theater, that told me he would sleep when he was dead. This is not the first time I've heard that spoken with such seriousness. I thought people loved sleep. Isn't it the most amazing feeling ever, to come out of sleep, bright eyed and bushy tailed? This just proves we are an overworked society with little joy in life. I look at some European countries and think, "Must be awesome to live in a place that gives you much needed vacation days, actual, livable pay, and all sorts of other goodies." Meh, I don't want to get into that.

My brain is fried. I'll figure out what I'm going to write about tomorrow. Oh brother...now for something completely different. Halloween is mere hours away. So here's another song to get you guy's geared up for the festivities.

Back When We Were Interesting Ep. 30 - This Is Sparta...err...Halloween!!!!

Welcome to Back When We Were Interesting, where we talk about the stories and the experiences that make us and you, interesting. This week Josh Hawkes and Francis Fernandez talk a little Halloween. It's only a couple days away and it's all about the candy, the trick or treating, and the basket. Well, it's that and of course, a little side tracking, a little nonsense, and a little bit of Ninja, as Josh shows off his old costume. Let us know if you can see him on the screen, I had a hard time finding him. It's all that and much more nostalgia, on this week's Back When Podcast.

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Day 22 - I suck as a blogger.

Not only do I miss two days of blogging, but I also forget a follow up post about Comikaze. This is what it's like to be in my brain people! I feel like Fitz, just trying to remember my own name sometimes. Anyway, I guess there's no real reason to write in consecutive order. As long as I get all 100 days in right? No, okay, maybe not. Man, this is rough.

The problem really is, I don't know what to write about that doesn't sound like I'm whining or complaining. I know there's a lot of awesome things in the world today, but it's just difficult to put it all in a...wait a minute. This just in. Some baseball team won the World Series. Apparently they are very large, and consist of Halloween colors. There you go! That's super positive! I don't follow Baseball.

That's all the energy I can muster. I still have a podcast to edit and post and then I have some leveling to do, maybe some reading, and then going to bed. Bed is good.

Final out from 2014 World Series

A Critical Moment of Awesome Ep. 172 - Keanu Reeves Is Stylish

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The best way to survive the middle of the week is with a little Critical Moment of Awesome. This week Dave the Drummer and Francis the Other Guy spend some time talking about Dave's life after he quit smoking. Almost cold turkey, Dave actually shares some of the struggles with not having to be able to smoke a fag. From there it's a John Wick review, how movies are longer because of movie prices, we surmise, another movie theater rant, and a possible way to stop annoying movie goers, a review of Small Apartments, Constantine, Doctor Who, child actors, preparation for Comikaze, an Elvis movie, & Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter. So much good stuff, not enough time on this week's Crit Mo.

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Day 21 - Ready for Comikaze

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The biggest worry I had all month, was whether or not I would have the appropriate equipment for this week's Comikaze. Everything is so expensive, from recording devices to video cameras. I was afraid I'd break the bank, or go broke, which I think are the same thing. Then I found the iRig Mic. This is not an advertisement, because I honestly don't know if this device is good or bad. I could be singing its praises by Monday of next week or damning it for being a piece of junk. I mean, technically, I'm taking a huge risk. You should see some of the reviews for this thing. But, it's a nice little alternative to buying a video camera and a recording device and a person to work both. Here's the website if you want to learn more (http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/irigmic/).

From the twenty minutes I've played with the iRig Mic, it seems pretty cool and useful. It connects to your phone via the headphone jack and let's you record audio whilst also taking video. So technically, the audio should be crystal clear. Of course I tested this in a quiet room, so maybe a noisy convention will drown me out, but I'm certain it's better than the built in mic. It also makes me look hella professional. I hope people still use the world hella... There are three settings on this mic for up close, distant, and I think the middle ground use. I intend to use it up close, but it's nice to have choices.

It's probably going to look really weird if I'm recording video with my outstretched arm while talking to folk. As a matter of fact, it will probably look stupid. Therefore, I decided to look really dumb, and purchase a selfie stick. That's right party people, I'll be using that stick you see tourists use to take those amazing selfies. Instead, I'll be using it to record video, talk to people on the show floor, and have it far enough away so it doesn't look like my cheek is doing all the talking.

This may not be the best of solutions, but I couldn't justify the cost of gadgets that would need more than myself to use. I'm going alone on this trip as Press, and though I may have a friend tag along, they might not have access to things I would. Again, never been Press before. I also figured I'd throw it out there for anyone else going to a convention and looking for a nice and convenient way of recording audio, video, and not spending a ton of money. I'll let you know if it was even worth the $70 for selfie stick and iRig Mic, next week. Wish me luck!

Day 20 - Geek Love

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This weekend I was lucky enough to attend another Halloween party. It was fun, entertaining, and people wore fantastic costumes. I of course, went as myself, but that's not the point. What I find interesting, and fun, is that couples continue to wear matching costumes. As a matter of fact, the two hosts were Cleopatra and the Pharaoh. That's kind of cool, and it seems that couples are either more affectionate, or at least playing the role new in public. The PDA is strong, based on my own observations.

Now, love is an interesting and fickle subject. No two people approach the subject the same, or interpret it the same, or even feel the same. Emotions rise and fall with the tide, and even sexual orientation can affect how one approaches love. Then, there's geek love.

Those who've been to this blog before, may know about Geek Love Radio, a podcast I was lucky enough to do with some pretty awesome people. The opinions expressed, the emotions felt, and the experiences had were all genuine. Which leads me to the belief that geek love is another facet that is different from the "usual" relationship. Now, mind you, I could be wrong, but geek love is marketed differently, with video game and pop culture references, movie tie ins, and cartoon anecdotes. The "geek" can approach relationships, based on fandom or hobbies. A geek may value knowledge and experience over OVERALL physical appearance and even distance. Not that other people who are dating don't do the same thing, but I believe in the geek realm, it's a little more nuanced. "How have you not seen Orphan Black?!"

Interestingly enough, this makes me believe, that the barrier to entry with geek love is a little harder to break through. We as geeks can pride ourselves in our obscure knowledge and find accomplishment in the things we've read and watched. We even have an hierarchy of sorts with the kind of geek you are, whether you're a comic book, movie, literary, video game, tv, pop culture, etc., kind of geek. That can determine your value in the dating pool.

Is this petty? Well, maybe. All people of all walks of life do it too. We sometimes forget about personality or sense of humor and go straight for what kind of work the other person does, or do they live in a nice house, or drive a nice car. Some of which can be important, don't get me wrong, but sometimes we value the wrong things.

Then there are the socially awkward, often associated with the geek. They're not one and the same, but I kind of get the historical significance. So the shy and the anxious get lumped in with the other geeks, and that's not a bad thing, it's just interesting. So with geek love, it sometimes feels more complicated and more heavy than "regular" relationships.

Of course there are many more facets to relationships than this. There are the Type A folk who are no nonsense and get what they want, when they want it. We have those who have the looks and personality to where no effort is needed in the relationship front. There are the con men, the fools, the aggressors, and the meek, the assholes, the nice guys, and the people who feel they deserve love. For some reason, we always forget the single and content. We still live in a world where everyone must be paired off, and the single guy or gal seems like some kind of weird disease.

I wrote all that to say one thing. I understand why people are so down on relationships, especially if they want one. Relationships seem so gloom and doom nowadays with all the divorcing, and the public cheating, and the forever alones. Sure there's a percentage of us who are all sad and alone, but I see so much geek love out there. It ebbs and flows online, in games, in comic book shops and cafes. I see way more couples than I see, what I can only assume, are single folk. People just love to couple together. We just can't stay away from each other. I'm not saying it's a guarantee or that we deserve to fall in love. But for those who struggle, know that geek love is a thing, and it grows more and more popular everyday. 

Day 19 - Of Course I Forget

It should come to no surprise to anyone that I forgot to write a blog post last night. I went to see John Wick, I came home, and I just knocked out. I did not do much at all, and that's unfortunate, because I really thought I could do this consistently. I guess real life is a good enough reason to skip something like a blog post. And now I remember to post, near the end of the day, right before I go to a Halloween party. Needless to say, this is not the best of circumstances. As a result, I will just leave you all with a little Halloween treat. A video I post every year. Enjoy "Halloween Spooks".

Back When We Were Interesting Ep. 29 - Halloween Costumes

Welcome to Back When We Were Interesting, where we talk about the stories and the experiences that make us and you, interesting. We're only one week away from Halloween, and Josh Hawkes, Shelley Rossell, and Francis Fernandez reminisce about the costumes we grew up with, the one's we loved, and the one's we wished we had. Huge respect to those out there who create their own costumes for Halloween or Cosplay. It's a about ghosts, ninjas, and Jedi, as we get nostalgic on this week's Back When Podcast.

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Day 18 - The Comikaze 2014 Schedule of, "Wow, how am I going to be able to do all that?!?!"

Last week I gave a little insight on who I'm looking forward to seeing next week at this Comikaze 2014, and I thought that the list alone was a little daunting. Then I see the schedule for the next three days and my jaw, figuratively, dropped to the floor, and then literally stayed agape. It looks like it's not only going to be a great two and a half days, but I feel I'm going to need a week to recover from all the things there are to see and do. So let's start with a few of the things I'm looking forward to at this year's Comikaze, because as we know, I have NO idea what it means to be Press at an event like this, so it'll be all new to me. So, I'm sure I'll running around with my arms flailing in the air.

Comikaze Schedule

I'm going to skip Friday, because I fear I may not make it for that day. Instead, let's check out Saturday.

I've always considered myself inept, yet a fan of fashion, and one of the first panels of the morning is all about Geek Fashion. I hope to stop looking like a bum, and actually look like I know how to dress myself. If I happen to miss that one, there's always the later panel all about being Fashionably Nerdy. I wonder if there's a difference.

For Dave the Drummer, I may actually go for the Troma panel as they turn 40. If you listen to A Critical Moment of Awesome, you'll know Dave's love of the Troma films, and for him, I'll have to check this sucker out. I know he'll be jealous, but he'll be with me in spirit using bad special effects with mirrors, scotch tape, and a paper cut out of his beard.

The blog and podcast might be littered with information on how I'm an avid gamer, and apparently, as geek is chic, we are also in the Golden Age of Gaming. A panel I'm certainly looking forward to, as it will give me a chance to see what I can do with my hobby other than be awesome at it. 

To round out my official first day, it will be all about the Game of Thrones panel, the live Hollywood Babble-On, the Constantine panel, Doctor Who Live!, the Single Geeks social, and maybe even attending the Cosplay Ball. All that and I'm only scratching the surface of Saturday's events. This doesn't even include what I'll be doing as Press, walking the floor, buying things, taking pictures and video of the event, and eating, bathrooming, and catching my breath!! Tomorrow, it's all about Sunday's events. Sure it's half a day, but it's a FULL half day.

Are you going to Comikaze? What are you looking forward to? What do you think I should do and see? Not going this year? What panels would you attend? What would you do?

Day 17 - Better Late Than Never; Better Something Than Nothing

Super short, probably Twitter worthy post here. Oh, who am I kidding? I'm a bit long winded. I'm at a loss for words today, which I guess is what this exercise is for. Not to write something meaningful, or even blog like, but just to write. A story, an anecdote, a review, a joke, whatever. So, tonight, the only thing I have to write is, that I have nothing really to write. So, instead, here's an Honest Trailer:

Day 16 - Car-ma Chameleon

Via Wikipedia

Via Wikipedia

It's been eleven years since I obtained "Betsy Jr.". The original "Betsy" was a 1985 Volvo 770. It was a tank, and has seen some pretty harrowing things. It's survived a car accident, a spin out, burning jumper cables, icy freeways with fish tails a plenty, and many hot summers with leather upholstery burning the skin. Then, "Betsy Jr." entered my life as a tough as nails Toyota Corolla from 2003. She's been through ass-dents, snowy mountain passes, headbutts with other cars, and travels all over the great state of California. She is one tough granny of a car. If I were to guess, I would put her at, at least 110 years old in car years.

It's amazing the kind of memories and experiences you have with cars. They are there for your internal monologues, your pop song solos, and your road rage. They may be transportation, but they are around for many of our important life changes. "Betsy Jr." was even my home for a short time. Now, I realize most people don't think of their cars fondly, but sometimes I feel grateful for such a reliable companion. Which pains me, as I must admit, that it's time to take Betsy Jr. to that farm for her to "retire". It's time to move on.

On Twitter I've been asking around for what would be a good successor. For some reason I'm obsessed with small things. I want a smaller phone, I like a small e-reader, I would like a smaller stomach, and I believe I want a small car. It almost seems appropriate as I went from a tank to a compact car. The natural progression seems to towards a tiny vehicle. Nothing like a Smart Car or anything. I want to actually feel like I can stretch my arms a bit and actually fit something in there other than air. So it looks like it's a toss up between the Mini Cooper or the Fiat 500.

If you have any thoughts on either fine automobile, please let me know. They're European heritage calls out to me. And you'd be helping me find "Lucy". 

A Critical Moment of Awesome Ep. 171 - We Miss The Instruction Manual

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Day 15 - Final Fantasy Fan Festiveal 2014 Highlights & Impressions

It's been a mere hour and a half since the Final Fantasy Fan Festival has ended and I'm still riding on the high that was the closing ceremonies. That final hour was like a rock concert without the rock band. Well, okay, I think I can officially say that "The Primals" qualify as a rock band. I've gained a new appreciation not only for the game, but for it's players, and I cannot wait to get home and jump on my character to continue my journey and prepare for the adventures to come. But before I can get to that end, we have to start at the beginning of the festival and that was the night I arrived in Las Vegas.

I won't bore you with my end of the trip, but it is safe to say I did not make it in for the initial reception Friday Night. There the early comers gathered, drank, socialized, and took pictures with Naoki Yoshida, Producer/Director of Final Fantasy XIV, Mitsutoshi Gondai, the Battle Director, and the lead singer of "the Primals" and Sound Dirctor, Masayoshi Soken. I made it in for the latter part of all that goodness, so things were already winding down. But the energy was strong, and there were a remarkably large number of attendees already there. I could tell it would be a very eventful next two days. So I got down to business and I got my badge. Now this is important, because I thought it would just have my name on there. Little did I know that it would have my character name and my server on there as my identification. So for the weekend, I was Evangeline Desdara.

Saturday started off with a bang as at least a thousand people were gathered for the initial Keynote Address. Naoki Yoshida entertained the crowd and gave the gamers a hint of what was in store for the next patch as well as the next big expansion. This  alone got the crowd going wild as he showed us the teaser trailer for "Heavensward", which the name of the first expansion. We'll be seeing new classes, jobs, new areas to play in, a new race, the ability for Free Companies to build their own Airships, new Primals, and evidently a Primal new to the Final Fantasy mythos is being added in future expansions. There was talk of the upcoming Patch 2.4 "Dreams of Ice" where we got more detail on the Rogue class and Ninja job as well as info on Shiva and even a release date of October 28th. It was A lot to take in that first morning, but really, it was just the beginning of all the hints and reveals to come.

After the keynote you had various activities you could do. Now I want to point out that the Fan Festival was held in one of the Rio Casino's convention rooms that could have expanded to accommodate more people and more activities. I mean, the sheer, overwhelming number of people at the Fan Festival was astounding. Every walk of life was represented there from every age range  and from all over the country. In other words, lines for days (or hours), everywhere. There was even a line to get in a line. I know I may be overwhelmed pretty easily, but this figuratively, kind of blew my mind. There. See? Grey matter all over the floor.

I decided the first thing I would do was hit the merchandise line before everything was sold out. Sure, I had no idea something was already sold out two hours into the festival, but that's because I wasn't willing to pay the extra $80 to become a VIP and get in the front of the line. Also, little did I know, that getting in line to buy things would be a harrowing adventure. I believe the staff for this Fan Festival did not anticipate the sheer magnitude of people there for a single game. I mean, it wasn't a gaming convention for a bunch of Square Enix games, it was just for Final Fantasy XIV. And Theatrhythm Final Fantasy if you count their little booth. Every line in the place was packed full to the brim with people. You could see people spilling over the side of the cup. Luckily, we gamers are a polite lot, as the chaos was quickly turned into organized chaos. Let me just say, I spent three hours in the merchandise line. But luckily there were things to keep me occupied while I waited for my goodies.

The Music Panel just happened to be where I was in the line,  which happened to be the line to get into the merchandise line, and I was pleasantly regaled with stories and the processes of making the music in Final Fantasy XIV by Masayoshi Soken. It was almost like talking to Dave the Drummer about music, but instead of Noise, they were theme songs. Soken even played an impromptu piece from his little keyboard. He shared with us the music that did and did not make it into the game, and he even hinted on what to expect in the future. But that was only my first stop in my long trip to spend money.

At the Fan Festival there were computers set up everywhere. I guess this is to be expected, because I honestly didn't know what to expect when I got to the Fan Festival. I've only been to comic book conventions, so this was all new. Back to the set up. Hives of computers and monitors were set up beside the merchandise line and it was the Odin Primal Challenge. Odin, a boss like monster based off of the Final Fantasy summons, was a challenge to be taken by anyone and everyone and your prize was a coveted "I defeated Odin" shirt to show off to the other players. I was witness to the first wins of the day as people cheered each other on and screamed with excitement as they took the beast down. The comradery was infectious and I applauded for the players who earned their loot.

Beyond that was the shooting range, where people got to take on the persona of an archer, and use actual bows and arrows. People got to keep their holey targets as a symbol of their victory. And just beside that was an artillery range where people shot cannons to knock down targets. These two games felt like they kind of came out of a carnival and that's not a bad thing. It was so interactive, and it brought people together, and required teamwork to complete. Mind you, this was two hours into the Merchandise line, so I got to see a lot of people successfully play both games.

One cannot just stand in line patiently, oh no. I don't have that kind of will power. For a moment, or two, I was a creeper. You see, two individuals in front of me was a lovely woman with tattoos along her arms and a pair of "One Up" glasses. I was polite-ish, and did not stare, much. Now, also note, my creeper status was purely curiosity, as I tried to figure out what it said on her Ultros shirt. Then her tattoos just brought on a bit of nostalgia as I saw the cast of Chrono Trigger on their as well as the original Warriors of Light. I'm not necessarily a huge fan of ink, but that was art I could get behind. As a matter of fact, should I ever be cut and muscular, I would get some 8/16/32-bit tattoos on my personage. Moving on, another hour passed, and I finally had my items in hand. Check out the gallery to see what I hauled home.

I was finally free of the clutches of that absurd line and I paid a visit to their art gallery. Now, I suppose that's a bit of an exaggeration as it was art displayed in a small 20x20 space...probably, I don't know lengths and widths, where the attendees got to vote on their favorite pieces. I think I took video or maybe just pictures of everything there. See the gallery or the attached youtube video to find out.

The next stop was a wall where people could sign their name under their server. It was almost like a meet up wall, except, really difficult to read and decipher with all the names and the Free Companies. It was a bit of a mess, but it was a great place to leave your mark and to let others with the will of "Where's Waldo" to find you.

My next destination was the Lore Panel. Michael Christopher Koji Fox gave anecdotes on the story within Eorzea, and what the names of characters, places, and things, were, and that every location in Eorzea had a story. You may not know what that story is, but this man does. It was fascinating to hear, and another reason why I appreciate the depth put into a game like Final Fantasy XIV.

It was a quick bite to eat and then a little look around at the other stations at the Fan Festival. There were actually quite a few things to do there outside of the Live Quest, that had people getting together and doing the different quests throughout the convention floor. From there they would go back to the Loot station for fun prizes. There was an Extreme Primal Challenge (where you challenged bosses while enduring certain handicaps), a Frontline event (where players fought against other players), a Speed Run Dungeon Challenge (where you play through a dungeon as quickly as possible), and a line for the amazing cosplayers. This game is made for cosplayers, as there are simple costumes like bikinis and kimonos, to the more complex armors and even Primal costumes. So many people with such amazing talent. They wowed everyone who passed by them. There was even a toddler dressed as a Lalafell.

It was Developer Panel time, and more revelations of the upcoming Expansion. One of the biggest announcements was the pseudo announcement of the Dark Knight Job. This was to be hinted at by Mitsutoshi Gondai, who was supposed to wear a Batman t-shirt, but apparently forgot it. Naoki Yoshida then attempted to hint how much he loved the Christopher Nolan adaptation of Batman. This, of course, led the audience to conclude that players could play a Dark Knight. There was also the hint of the new race, as Yoshida faked us out with the mock up of race I've seen before, but don't know the name of. Either way it was not going to be the new race. Instead it was hinted that Yugiri, the mysterious woman we meet in the end game story, would be the key to what the new playable race would be. There was also talk of what to expect in the future expansions from new recipes for jobs, what to expect from the new level caps, and the final Binding Coil of Bahamut.

Eight o'clock rolled around and I was tired. Long lines, a horrible night's sleep the night before, and me nodding off whenever I took a moment to sit down meant it was an early night for me.

The following morning was an amazing Champagne Brunch at the Bacchanal with my sistra. Protip: don't skip out on the donuts. They're amazing. The afternoon lead to some gambling and me breaking even, and then I ran straight back to the Fan Festival.

Starting the day off right, I popped into the second Developer panel where questions were answered, Golden Saucer (an in game amusement park) details were revealed, Chocobo racing and the Tetra Master card game were announced, and we got more details on player housing. As if that were not enough, we were treated with some revealing photos in Yoshida's hands to whet the appetite for those there. There was talk of in game coupling and marriages and even having to book the in game wedding. Things just got real. A little too real.

The rest of the evening was a blur, as I took video of the convention floor and highlighting what was offered to us, I played a little Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, grabbed a bite to eat and sat in for the Costume contest. I took horrible pictures thanks to my phone's mediocre camera of the cosplayers, but rest assured, the costumes were amazing. I will most likely have to link to other people's galleries so you can see how fantastic of a job these cosplayers did. Soon afterward it was the closing ceremonies with a raffle, where people walked away with impressive things like high end video cards and mechanical keyboards. They were not playing around. But the end of the night, the pièce de résistance had to be the band "The Primals", as they played in game music, with singers in tow.

You may be thinking to yourself, especially if you made it this far without having played Final Fantasy XIV (for which I thank you for reading this!), it's just game music, so it had to have been a classical music concert with violins and oboes. Oh, no, that was not the case. "The Primals" were an all out rock band and the music had people on their feet, hands in the air like they didn't care, and even had some folk head banging. If you were a layperson, you would think this was a band out of your local alt rock station. It was a brilliant way to end the weekend with fun, electrifying music, audience participation, and even an encore.

I left the casino with a smile on my face, a renewed appreciation for the game and its players, and a respect to the hard work the developers go through to meet the players needs and some of their demands. By the end of the weekend, I'm sure new friendships and alliances were made, money was probably lost, drinking certainly happened, and at the very least, there was an excitement for the upcoming content in a game that people love. It's always tough to leave Las Vegas, but I leave with anticipation, excitement, and a look forward to things to come. Thanks to the people who set up Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2014, and for those who attended. It made for a brilliant and memorable weekend.

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Day 14 - Joke A Cola Classic!

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And your misery is over with this final joke...

A mushroom walks into a bar and asks the bartender for a drink.

The bartender says, "I'm sorry kid, we don't serve your kind here."

The mushroom replies in astonishment, "Why not? I'm a fungi!"

The bartender replies, "I know. That's why I'm not lichen you."

Day 11 - It's Gonna Be A Long Weekend

Sometimes I don't understand the concept of vacations, and this weekend, with the Final Fantasy Fan Festival, I can hardly call it such. Everyday will certainly be fun, but it's going to be so exhausting. And then, there's the threat of not being able to write a blog post every day for the next three days because I'll either be on the road or at the convention. A huge first world problem if I've ever seen one. So, for you fine people, the next three days after today, will be filled with a lame joke. I realize this is a cop out, but meh. Hmm, I've been really negative recently.

Time to be positive! I'm a fan of mash ups, especially that of Isosine. I know little about this person, other than the awesome music created. I have no idea how I stumbled on Isosine's music, but I've been listening to and downloading ever since. They're just out there. It's very cool, and I think the music is very good. So enjoy the very unlikely pairing of Korn and Taylor Swift. And for those already poopooing this song, I was going to give you the ridiculously addictive Justin Beiber vs. Slipknot

Get ready for the hilarity of my bad sense of humor for the next few days. And everyone, have a great weekend!

Back When We Were Interesting Ep. 28 - Fall Into A PSL

Welcome to Back When We Were Interesting, where we talk about the stories and the experiences that make us and you, interesting. Josh Hawkes shows off his ninja skills by jumping into this week's Fall premiere with Shelley Rossell and Francis Fernandez. This week it's all about the things we love about Fall. From the weather, to food, to TV shows (like we do), and beyond. So grab a slice of pumpkin pie, a bottle of your favorite beer, and chill out with the game on, and your headphones on, as you delve into this week's Back When Podcast.

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Day 10 - Comikaze Here I Come

The end of October is doubly eventful for me. Not only is it Halloween Day, but it's also the first day of Stan Lee's Comikaze! It's ridiculously exciting because it's not only my first time going, but I'm also going in as Press. I will be attending the convention with mic and camera in hand to not only partake in the festivities, but also, hopefully, participate. As such, I wanted to give a little highlight of a few of the people I'm excited to see at this year's Comikaze, and I hope I get the chance (and in all honesty, have the balls), to talk to them and meet them.

If I had the choice (which I know I do), I would put the entire list of guests and celebrities on here, but that would cheating. So we'll start off with the celebrities who I believe the stars of the convention: Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar. I grew up watching these three actors fight crime and each other in the original Batman series. They are not only iconic, but they shaped the childhoods of so many people. And who can deny that Adam West is just plain awesome, as he continues to act and do voice work today. I want to be that man when I grow up.

I've hinting in my podcasts that I listen to a lot of other...podcasts. One of which is Hollywood Babble-On starring Ralph Garman and Kevin Smith. I've listened to Ralph Garman on the Kevin and Bean morning show for years. He is a great impressionist who I base a lot of my own impressions on and he's genuinely funny. Actually, when I first started listening to the Kevin and Bean show, I only listened for his entertainment news. Then there's Kevin Smith, whom I've been entertained by since "Mallrats". A story teller I would love to learn to become, he always has a fascinating anecdote to tell at just the right moment. I could listen to that man talk for hours, and I'm pretty sure I have with all the podcasts I consume. Two guys who would be a blast to just see live.

In the end there are just too many other people to name, as you see the convention's roster is huge. From Rob Leifeld, to Elvira, to Captain Jack Harkness, it's a very impressive line up, and I'm looking forward to just sharing the same room with them. It's nerve wracking, exciting, and scary, all at the same time, but I know it'll be a blast. The end of the month, cannot come soon enough.