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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

STATE OF THE BASTARD 2019!!!

Better late than never! I'm 31! Wooo...

For me, 2018 was a year where I tried out a lot of stuff and it worked. As shitty as things were otherwise, and at times, I felt like I was just spinning my wheels, I have a better idea of what to do going forward.

The con front was quiet, but the few shows I did put on (Mini Iwai, Anime Iwai and Holiday Matsuri), went over very well, particularly because I've got my shenaniganing down pat. I've also put out quite a few songs out on Patreon, and managed to get to a few conventions I wasn't required to play at. Like, I can just hang out and shit.

So I have a better feeling going into 2019.

Here's to 10 More Years! Yeah, I've been at this for 10 Years.

MOST RECENT SONG: "Death's Blossom"
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I JUST rendered the video and cover out today so I can have this for you guys. You're Welcome!

FAVORITE SONG I MADE: "Thrash Panda"
A song that's still Patron exclusive, but I feel REALLY good playing this song live. The ONLY reason I haven't dropped it yet is because I do want to make a cool piece of art to go along with it.

OTHER COOL SHIT I DID:
2017's 3000 Brigade Show is finally out!

This was a good one. I still have the Wii Fit Trainer stuff, in my closet.

2018's show was even better since I had more to do! Amanda if you're reading this I still have all of your acoutrements in my closet

I've also joined a DnD Campaign long time internet friend Luke Herr is running, which leads me into...

PODCAST STUFF:
RPG Pals Club- By the time you read this, it'll be out for the public!

My character is Oi! A Drow Monk who chose the punk life over the underdark. So now he's a punk monk.

NOW HE'S A PUNK MON-

I'd Rather Not- The last episode was... not fit for human consumption, but we're nearing on 100 episodes, so the shaningans will Pentuple!

TREND I LIKED THE LEAST: Coddling Bigotry Being A Cottage Industry
Oh, wait? That was last year? And it still persists this year since all social media companies worry about is "engagement", content be damned, since 4chan Nazis have nothing better to do all day than harass transgender people and other minorities?

TREND I LIKED THE LEAST PART 2: Articles About "Going Too Far"
You know the trend: "SANTA SHOULD BE GENDER NEUTRAL!" "THEYBIES?" "EXACTLY ONE WOMAN WITH FEMINIST IN THEIR TWITTER BIO SAID A THING SO IT'S NEWS"

You've seen these articles a million times shared by friends on Facebook, usually accompanied by a "WTF?", and in the comments go something like "I'm not racist/sexist/hating on x group here, BUT..."

These stories serve a purpose to make you think that a certain marginalized group is going "too far" in the pursuit of equal rights. And when you have the fear of going "too far", its two fold:

1. You're afraid of anything being tried in the first place

2. It leaves the door open for someone more agreeable to the status quo to come in with an ineffective solution.

So the only response is to drag them to the main point kicking and screaming, "Well don't you think X should have the same rights as the rest of us?"

TREND I LIKED THE MOST: Furries Being The Comrades We All Need In This Shittastic World

This year's Internet Hero was not a man, but a fox.

A black, gay fox (everything Republicans hate) who was really, really good at fighting games.


Second place goes to a guy who shat on Elon Musk:


I've mentioned that the furry fandom/subculture is more creator focused than anime fandom, which means that is is decentralized, and all media considered "furry" is not produced by a singular entity. There may be pieces of media popular amongst furries, like Disney movies, Star Fox, etc., but the fandom itself owns the means of production, meaning it's socialist as hell, which is a good thing.   

Since there's no singular entity that produces the art, there's no reason for them to ignore bad actors in the name of profit. Video game and comics companies and the like can look at bullshit like Gamergate and Comicsgate and go, "Hey, their money's just as good as anyone else's!

But since the talent pool is widely distributed, and everything is done on a person to person basis, you can tell the Nazis to fuck off:


And yes, there are Nazifurs/Altfurries. When the entire pull of a fandom is "You don't have to be the default you", it can be a good, like a safer space for LGBTQ+ people to express themselves and feel more out (i.e. their fursona is a different gender than the person was assigned, sexuality is different, etc.). Or it can be a bad, meaning "Hey, I was kicked out of my usual group because I was a dipshit who kept making holocaust/attack helicopter/racist jokes, SURELY these people will accept me!"

As mentioned earlier, you can kick out the latter group. It's fine.

When you've been an internet punching bag for so long, you can either be a shittier person, or keep on keeping on and learn to be better on your own.

Same for the juggalos. LET'S COMBINE THE TWO, SHALL WE?



FAVORITE SONG OF 2018: "Make Me Feel" by Janelle Monae

So, the runner up for this was "She's Kerosene" by The Interrupters, but while that a lot of energy and I crank up it my car all the time, "Make Me Feel" wins out because it has sexiest buildup to any song ever, and of course, Janelle Monae at her most fun.

TOP 40 SONG I HATED THE LEAST: "Thank U, Next" by Ariana Grande

My thought process:
"Ugh, OK, like, I haven't listened to a lot of Top 40 Radio, so I guess 'Feel It Still' is in the running, but let's see what Todd In The Shadows thinks..."
"Thank U Next? That Ariana Grande song? It's a meme, but I'll give it a listen."
"DAMN THIS IS SO GOOD! Her voice is so soothing! And the song expresses a sentiment so unique! Haha! I wonder what movies I'd parody for my thank u next equivalent?"

THE "WHY DID NOBODY TELL ME ABOUT THIS SOONER?" AWARD: The Shadowrun Games by Harebrained Schemes
Shadowrun is a TTRPG setting that's basically when two designers didn't want to decide on making a cyperpunk game, or a fantasy game so they're like "FUCK IT, WE'LL DO BOTH!" and have a game where you can play as orcs who can cast magic and elves who can hack into shit.

Since 2013, Harebrained schemes have been making games based off the brand and have done so with X-Com style combat mixed with Neverwinter Nights style exploration, and while not very long, they've been fun to play and get into. Dragonfall is the best out of the three with a better story, and more connections to your usual shadowrunning squad.

GAME OF THE YEAR: See Above

ANNUAL REMINDER I SHARE A BIRTHDAY WITH MC BAT COMMANDER:

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

First Status Quo Sunday Of The Year!

10TH ANNIVERSARY Q & A VIDEO!
  
Since the next State Of The Bastard will be for my 10th Anniversary of Doing This, I'm making a Q&A video!

Have a question about my music? Cons? Any of the dozens of other things I've got myself into? Workout Regiment (don't lie)?

Taking questions until January 11th!

JAM OF THE WEEK: "The Day My Powers Arrived" by Kirby Krackle


Hey, look at me posting shit again!

This week's jam is from one of my Senpai's in the Nerd Music Scene, Kirby Krackle, a nerd rock project from Kyle Stevens.

The song is all about the intro and the build up, but this is one of the few songs where the VERSE is my favorite part, because the riff and the beat are so interesting, but give the vocals a lot of space to work with. Yet, the chorus can't be ignored, because the first time I heard it, my tears reflexively started jerking.

Dude's a huge X-Men fan, and the song "The Day My Powers Arrived", off his 2015 album "Mutate, Baby!", is written from the perspective of a mutant who discovered their powers and is introduced to the Charles Xavier School For Gifted Youngsters. Though someone HAS to have made a My Hero Acadmeia AMV of this somehow.

ALSO FRIDAY NIGHT MYSTERIES IS BACK WITH DANGANRONPA 2!!!

I've been streaming on Twitch every night when I can, but I've set up episodes to release every Friday on my YouTube.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

VIDEO: The Average Rhythm Bastard Live Experience



Yeah, partial nudity, and flying objects sounds about right.

The sound sucks, but I figured I can still use the footage here.

Thanks to Geek Tank for the camera work!

Also thanks to Mega64 for inventing aggressive caroling!

Songs that were not mine used here:
"Santa's Coming" by CKY
"Magic" and "Hellbent" by Mystery Skulls

Thursday, December 27, 2018

PAX Unplugged/Holiday Matsuri/2018 Recap Video!


WHERE YA BEEN BASTARD?
In Philly for PAX Unplugged, playing tabletop games!

In Orlando for Holiday Matsuri, playing kick ass shows!

At home, for holiday stuff!

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Holiday Matusri People:
Stanpai- http://twitter.com/TheManlyStanley/
Robert Schilling - http://schillingconcepts.artstation.com
Genel Jumalon- http://geneljumalon.com/

NEW PODCAST I MIGHT BE INVOLVED WITH?
RPG Pals Club- https://twitter.com/RPGPalsClub

Saturday, November 24, 2018

VERY BELATED ANIME IWAI ORBIT RECAP!

ANIME IWAI RECAP! FRIDAY!

That was a looooooooooong weekend. Really busy, but really fun!

First off, these were the belts we were giving away to the champs:
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I know, we felt bad about giving them away!

These were made with the assistance of Zach and Marlent from the 3000 Brigade and they came out fantastic. The plates are galvanized steel and the belts themselves are faux leather.

Since I wasn't sure what kind of time we'd have, all tie brakers would be settled by the game Smack Talk Showdown.
Basically, it's FunEmployed for cutting wrestling promos. So after 5 minutes, if no winner was declared, they'd face off and the best promo wins. 

Our winning team, Team Frozen Grape, comprised of Mineta from My Hero Academia and Inuyasha, won handily with a 3 Count pinfall.

After that was one last dress rehearsal,and then on to Saturday, the LOOOOOONGEST day of the con.

ANIME IWAI RECAP! SATURDAY!

HOOO! Where to begin?

Oh yeah, at the start of the day with the My Hero Academia Sports and Games Festival!


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Here I am, cosplaying as Tenya Iida, or the protagonist from a 1970s Sci-Fi movie.

This was a thing I got involved when I found out who I was going to be playing in the 3000 Brigade Show back in May and wanted to reuse some of my Iida cosplay stuff. It was a simple affair, there was a cast cosplayers already dressed as MHA charachters to some games, some the audience would get involved in, all in all, more fun than I was expecting, and I got some eyeballs on to the 3000 Brigade show.

From there, I had to rush to Snatch Game 3000, which is basically the Match Game, but with 3000 Brigade people dressed up as various characters.




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I was a Team Rocket Grunt! I have a Pikachu just for the occasion, but I didn't get to my car to bring it!

Then nothing for like 5 hours.

THEN THE 3000 BRIGADE SHOW!

here's some pics, try to guess what the show is about (images courtesy of Nerds Know)
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It was a great show, and like always, it's been an honor to work with these talented, sexy assholes.

In this show, I was a member of B12, Chris Redfield (Particularly his RE5 incarnation) and Tenya Iida from My Hero Academia.

These costumes were a lot easier than I though initially.

For Chirs's shirt, I had a jersey the same color, and simply had to paint the sides black. A friend was able to provide most of the accessories, like the belt, holster, and gun, and I bought the rest. Also, I made the pattern for the sleeves.

Tenya Iida's school jacket was actually REALLY simple: I got a gray suit jacket at Goodwill, and the blue parts are just bias tape that's been Liquid Stitched on.

After that was a meet and greet, and then I was done FOR NOW...

ANIME IWAI SHOW RECAP! SUNDAY!

My show can be summed up as such: Sound was bad, crowd was terrific.

No shots for that yet...