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May 9th, 2008

Philosophy is back

Four days ago, not long after they cleared the jam in the Gatorade machine, another bottle of Gatorade fell out of the arm and landed in the mechanism - this time, lodged completely under the mechanism instead of sitting on top, so you can only see it if you know it's there and peer down into the machinery. Someone even owned up to having been the purchaser of the errant beverage and needing a refund this time. Seems like those Gatorade bottles are causing a lot of trouble... what are the bets they'll remove them from the machine entirely to stop this sort of thing from happening without having to fix the machine?

Poor people who want to drink Propel fitness water beverage. It's been sitting there, tantalizingly, all week, next to the Aquafina Alive wellness water beverage. The real thing, the filtered tap water from the sink, just can't compare. Sure, it's a beverage, but it's not a "water beverage". Those seem to be big sellers.

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Coming up with ideas is hard. Just saying.

Today's Bridge: They almost waited for me. They gave me an hour and twenty minutes, the meeting took an hour and a half. Well, I didn't expect to get to play anyway, so no great loss. This was just a week when nobody would have anything to do with me if they could avoid it. Even Taco Hell made my order after the guy who came in five minutes after I did - most of which I spent waiting for the guy in front of me to ask whether every item on the menu had rice, and what "fresco" is, and what's in a MexiMelt....

It's all because of my webcam. Well, that's fine by me. I put in a lot of work on my video, and it's looking and sounding great, thoroughly unprofessional, and hopefully funny enough to hold interest. I had some major problems capturing a sound bite I wanted from a DVD, and I really hope it was just the DVD... some of them don't like being ripped. Fortunately, I only needed the audio this time, so I used good old Sound Recorder and a normal DVD player program to get what I wanted, then downscaled the volume about a hundred times to make it match the audio from my microphone. My video's pretty quiet... well, more like REALLY quiet. But it's my first video... it's SUPPOSED to sound lousy, look like a hack job, and be something people will look back on when I'm famous and find amusing simply because it's such humble roots for my hit series. I ended the evening with a bunch of sound clips for proposed titles that I'll play over altered screenshots of the things I'm parodying, like "2008: An Anime and Manga Odyssey" or "Have Manga, Will Anime". Those will look really lousy too. It's all part of my style - if I'm going to show visible improvement over time as I get better at what I'm doing, it'll help to start at the bottom. I'm even spreading out my filming over several days, during which I'll wear different T-shirts, so it'll be obvious what I'm doing. I'll try to talk about some actual manga at the end of the video, but it's my introduction, so it'll just be a way to get the concept across, not really a serious segment. I'm also not entirely sure about the title I chose... I'll see if I can come up with a better one by the time I finish with the graphics for the spoof titles. I'll probably have to snag a couple of pictures from the Web, but I have the DVD cases for most of them. I'll just have to unbury my scanner. Speaking of which, I keep forgetting to tell Mom something important, so if she's reading this... dig up that scanner, because he's got a place on the wall, and a scanned photo should be good enough.

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Yes, I'm THAT Nidoking. Sometimes I write fanfiction... often I waste all my time playing video games and watching anime. But it's not a waste if I enjoy it, right? I can quote from a movie, video game, anime series, or British comedy apropos of just about any situation, and one of my main goals in life is to entertain people. (The other big one is amassing as much anime and manga as I can... see below for a progress report.) That's me in a nutshell. ("Help! I'm trapped in a nutshell! What a bloody great nutshell this is!")
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