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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Status Quo Sunday Kicks It Old School

SUPERCON RETRO!

I'm playing not one but TWO shows that weekend!

Saturday, April 15th- 7:15 PM
MACC 2

Sunday, April 16th- 5:30 PM
MACC 1

More details to come! I just had a conversation with the production crew, and they seem like they're 100% on point, so I'm looking forward to that!

THIS WEEK'S JAM: "Scenario" by A Tribe Called Quest


"Why this song?" you ask. Well, ever since Harmonix showed off their recently announced game DropMix, I became intrigued with some of the lesser known songs on the setlist.

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I like the song, it's one of those raps from back in the day where 7 people had verses that went on forever, but can we talk about the music video here?

No, can we? Because this takes me back to something I'm even more familiar with: Multimedia CD-ROMs.  Oh, all the CD Encyclopedias and barebones video editing programs I dicked around with in school! Looking back from 2017, there's nothing crazy going on here, but there's lots of little neat cues that bring it above "thing a 10-year-old can replicate now"

WHATCHA PLAYIN?
All right, here we go:
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Not A Hero- A side scrolling shooter I got from Chrono.GG. I only paid 5 bux for it, which is my limit for something like this. While you might feel like it's a runner and gunner, it's more of a cover shooter, where it's best to slide from cover to cover, taking shots when you have the opportunity.

You play assassins who have been tasked with cleaning up crime in the city so that Bunnylord can be elected Mayor. Bunnylord is the purple guy in the middle there.

The humor both works and doesn't work for me? Bunnylord will say things like "Shooting bad guys in the face is totes awesome sauce" which is the kind of shit that belongs in a D-Tier Deadpool comic, but I never found myself hating it too much. Primarily because I imagine Bunnylord saying it straight faced in his alien, warbled language, and I'm down for that.

Not particularly interesting otherwise, wait for a sale.

Sentinels Of The Multiverse- Another game I got for 5 bucks, but this one is the digital version of the tabletop game of the same name, like Star Realms. It's barebones, relying on online multiplayer (which I haven't tried) and the weekly "one shots" that give you a different challenge to work through. There's also a lot of microtransactions for DLC with expansions for new heroes and new scenarios.

It can get pretty costly, but when you consider how expensive the base game is, at roughly $50 for all the expansions in a more accesible form is nothing to sneeze at.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Status Quo Sunday Is In The Hole

NEW SONG: FIRE IN THE HOLE!


This song was in the cooker for a while, but I finally got it done in time for PAX East! Shout out to Owen from Heel Turn/The Zonecasts AND MORE for letting me make the PAXAMANIA version to use in PAXAMANIA 3. Sadly, audio issues fucked up my big break.

That version was made using a tool called N64 Soundbank Tool where you take the N64 ROM, dump it into this program, and you get a soundfont that lets you use the different instruments and sound effects in that ROM.

Yes, it is inspired by Overwatch and no, I don't know when and how many more songs I've got.

OMNI EXPO RECAP

2017 is Omni Expo's first year in the Florida Mall, and it is probably one of my favorite shows so far. Someone bought me a beer, someone bought a T-shirt, and a pit opened up, so at the very least I had a fun gig.

The con itself suffered a bit from the new location since everything was spread out over two separate wings, but that was balanced out with being right by the Florida Mall, so I was able to shop around during the down time and get a cheap bite to eat.

Hopefully they use the space better next year, because it seemed like the staff and everyone knew what they were doing.   

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Lone Digger" by Caravan Palace

You should all know by now I loves me something with a good boogie and a sick music video.

"Lone Digger" is an electro-swing song by the group Caravan Palace. It's very heavy on samples, but they help elevate the beat and the vocals beyond A Good Pop Song and add some fun and chaos.

For the music video, it's Hotline Miami in Zootopia: very sharp, distinct color separation, a dark palatte, and a hell of a lot of blood. Also animals are there. Is it one of my favorite animated music videos? It doesn't quite crack the upper escelon, but it's worth watching.

PAX EAST YESS!!!!

Oh man, how can I sum up such an awesome weekend? Well, for starters, it was really great be surrounded by friends and happy, creative people where I got to try a lot of new things even though it was cold as fuck.

Then I came home to humid weather and the job I hate.

All right, so I'm just going to go after the highlights right now from what I can rememeber:

THURSDAY

-Brattle Theatre had a screen of the League Of Heels Documentary, and it was a nice recap of some of the earlier events I had missed. Kudos to Arron Trites and Eric Pope for having this dumb video game thing last so long.

-Body Slam is such an 80s movie it hurts.

FRIDAY


-Didn't play as much Magic as I wanted, instead I got into a draft with Weff. He beat me down with Tezzeret's Touch/Walking Ballista Combo and I never quite recovered.

-Got to play Secret Hitler for the first time with the devs of "I Expect You To Die". It's a fun game, because unlike Werewolf, there is WAY more leeway and merit for accusations than "You have a lot of chest hair, therefore you are a wolf"

-Played Open Sorcery, an interactive fiction game about an AI used to banish evil spirits. It's intriguing from what I've played and not that much if you want a short story.

-The Harmonix Rock Band Party was good times with many drinks. Didn't play anything, but, you know, many drinks.

SATURDAY

-Spent the morning before PAXAMANIA walking around with Owen, playing some indie games. First up is Smuggler Craft, a racing game akin to Episode I: Podracer for the Nintendo 64. Felt a little slow, but it looks really promising from what I played and they said they'll look into increasing the speed.

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-Back Off Barbarian was a game by The Behemoth, an arcade machine that was set up in their booth. Apparently I'm late to the party on this one, since it was included with Castle Crashers Remastered.

-Then came PAXAMANIA!

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Audio issues prevented my song from being played!
Highlights: Being name dropped, Starting a Fuck You Owen chant, and Trin shutting down a heckler


-Whatever panel this came from:
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SUNDAY

-Didn't do a whole lot that day since I had a flight to catch, but I did manage to catch up with a relative who lives in Boston at this place called Laugh Boston

All in all, a good trip!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Status Quo Wednesday Is On Back On Sunday

UPCOMING STUFF
Omni Expo!
My concert is on Saturday! BE THERE! Working on some new stuff, which you'll find out about under the next header. I also put the damn thing in the sidebar.

PAX East!
Four days of Boston fun times! I'm not performing or anything, I'll just be in Beantown playing some Magic, playing some games, and reveling in the fact that I'm writing the OFFICIAL THEME SONG FOR PAXAMANIA 3, "Fire In The Hole"! Also it's the catalyst to a surprise!

Pat Baer already used it in two of his Baer Caev Promos:



GP Orlando!
Maybe! But I'll have another surprise ready by then!

WHAT SURPRISES?
Next week, I'll have the Single version of "Fire In The Hole" on my Bandcamp page! It'll include the full song, the PAXAMANIA MIX and another new song that also pertains to Overwatch in case you missed the reference!

Also planning on doing the same for my Aether Revolt song that comes out before GP Orlando!

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Transgender Dysphoria Blues" by Against Me!


Trans Lives Matter.

It's not as visible as skin color, and you can't sell it on something bombastic and emotional like Love Is Love!, they're human beings who deserve the same rights and respect as anyone else.

I've known enough trans people in my lifetime at various points in their transitions to know that it's normal. Gender is a question, and some are more confident in their answers than others, and that's fine.

Donald Trump rescinded Obama's Title IX guidance that gave federal protections for transgender students. The protection guaranteed students the right to use restrooms matching their gender, not their sex assigned at birth. That was probably the 7,000th bullshit thing this past week, but I feel this is important.

This was never about the bathrooms, like it was never about where you sat on the bus or at the lunch counter. This was about continuing marginalization.

"Geez, who cares? It's just _____. Suck it up!"- Privileged asshole

EDGESERFS- BECAUSE EDGELORDS DO NOT DESERVE ANY RESPECT AND ARE INDEED SUBSERVIENT TO A GREATER CAUSE OF EDGINESS AND ARE LORDS OF NOTHING
Whoo, where do I begin?

Sure, how about "Geez, suck it up! It's just a joke!"- Privileged asshole

Speaking of jokes, "Triggered" and "Did You Just Assume My Gender?" are not jokes.

A. The joke is "Ha! People upset by something!" or "Ha! Trans people exist!"
B. It be countered by "Sorry, my bad!"

Cool? Cool. That "Sorry, my bad!" thing is going to come up again.


Since I'm going to drop the ball on this one, Film Critic Hulk summed this up very well in an essay he wrote.

A lot of assholes who use their "edginess" and readiness to disregard and offend the marginalized finally got what was coming to them in the past couple weeks, and while it is optimistic, this has been going on for too long, there's always this pushback when people get called on their bigotry. Not even in a defensive "I'm not racist/sexist/etc!", but in a "Quit killing our buzz, maaaaaan!".

First off,

Free Speech

Secondly,
This insistence on "being offensive" and "triggering SJWs" means one thing: You have nothing to contribute, and have no desire to improve.

Milo Yannipolis is self-hating wreck who actively harmed others, and PewDiePie might go the JonTron route and start shilling for Briebart and InfoWars because it's easier than saying "I messed up" and reconsidering your attitude.

Think of it like this: if you were exactly the same as you are right now, only not white and not male, what would you be able to do? How would you be able to make yourself useful to others?

The greatest failing of my generation is "participation trophies" or "we're too soft", it the fact that we have the power to learn about others experiences, then choose not to, because we'd rather laugh then take a second and listen.


If all you have is provocation, then don't get upset when you get punched in the face.


To wrap it up: HBomberGuy, right on cue!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

PODCAST RECAPS FOR 2/11/2017: Sad, Old Men

ECHO CHAMBER EPISODE 196

-OH GOD WHAT HAVE I DONE?!?!?!?



-Apparently Scrath and Sniuff actually existed:


Sounds exactly as good as you imagine a hair metal band in the 90's would sound.

-Online Play I couldn't get to work, but I'm glad it's there with all the features we mentioned. Namely the "all members get one song".

-As someone coming off a Game Jam, most of what happens when making a game comes from the testing, more so then the coding. For example. you can program a basic collision detection code to get everything else moving, but until you find out stuff like "running in a corner accelerates your character so hard you go to another dimension",then you go back and fix that error.

Like the old proverb, "Most Writing Comes In The Editing"

-I'M A GOOFY GOOBER!


​-Legendary Punk Singer Jello Biafra:
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-Legendary Punk SInger Jello Biafra on Not Owen President

I'D RATHER NOT EPISODE 45 

-The Lee Harvey Oswalds DO exist, and I have more likes on Facebook then them and I'm a slightly better singer than them.




-YOU'RE FAKE NEWS OWEN

-The "We're gong to call you fake news until you stop attacking us" is a real thing, sadly.

-Adolf Hitler was born in 1889. If you bang in 1910s Germany, you could pop out Eva Braun. She's not a leader, though so chances are you're popping out the modern day equivalent of a modern day millennial.

-Here's John Howland's Wikipedia page, since this podcast will be the most anyone's ever thought about him.

-This the Zero Escape Timeline. Some highlights:
  • (1904) In April, copies of Phi and Delta arrive (presumably in Germany or Europe) via transporter from 2029 following D-END 2. 
  • (1905) Ten months after arriving by transporter, another copy of Phi is sent to 2008.
  • (December 25, 2028) - In California, Sigma is knocked out by Soporil in his car. His consciousness is pushed to January 25, 2074, and his 68-year-old consciousness occupies his body in the present time. Phi's consciousness also switches places with her future consciousness. Akane joins Sigma and Phi, but her consciousness isn't from the future so she hasn't experienced the Radical-6 outbreak. The three of them infiltrate the Mars Mission Test Site (Dcom) in Nevada after using Crash Keys to hack the admin server to include them. Six others have joined the Dcom experiment for their own reasons: Junpei, Mira, Eric, Carlos, Diana, and Q
  • (January 27, 2074) Akane has been wearing K's armor. K is revealed to be Kyle, a clone of Sigma, who has been kept in cold sleep since the beginning of the Nonary Game in this timeline. Sigma learns that his body is 67 years old, but his consciousness is from the past. Akane attacks Phi with the Myrmidon knife, making Phi and Sigma's consciousness jump back to the past to April 13th, 2029. 
 -And now a message from Commissioner Gordon:

















VOICE OF ALL- AER 7 BREAKING POINTS


Dovin Baan is Dovout Baan. I'd also like to show you the bloopers I recorded!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Status Quo Wednesday Goes A Wrasslin'

I'M DOING THE OFFICIAL THEME SONG OF PAXAMANIA III!



That's right! A little something I've been working on is being remixed using the Wrestlemania 2000 soundfonts! The song is called "Fire In The Hole", and my plan is before PAX East to release a single version with the original song, the AKI remix, and a BONUS song.

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Splash Woman" by Mega Ran

Black Current-cy Month continues with a man I saw 3 times live in the span of a year: MEGA RAN.

"Splash Woman" is his most popular track, and it ends every set of his. He makes a chill dance groove with Splash Woman's stage music from Mega Man 9 and manages to make it a tragic little romance.

What's got me hype is that he's going to be at Mat Mania: The Revenge on March 31st at The Social in Orlando. He's a big wrestling fan, Wrestlemania's in Orlando, and it's going to a BLAST, considering I'm missing him and Lars next time they're in town since I'm going to PAX East. The weekend before that however...

OMNI EXPO
The link to the Facebook Event is there. So far not a lot to report on, but hopefully I'll have more to announce as things get closer!