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What I’ve Been Doing 9 April 2012 [FB/IB/F/BT/GO]
Apr 9th, 2012 by Dan

Hanley Ramirez - Florida Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies 17 April 2010

Baseball is BACK! The (Miami) Marlins are headed to Philadelphia for their second/third series of the year.

Baseball. It signals the end of winter. Guess what, guys? Winter is GONE! The Marlins are off to a rocky start (1-3), but they’re still looking pretty good and, in the past two games, playing pretty well too. I really hope this season is better than the last, but, either way, at least baseball has returned.

Movies

The Muppets – It weirdly acknowledges that it’s a movie heightened reality world. What a real nostalgia-fest. Man, this movie moved me to tears once or twice. The Rolf story was awesome, but the actual “show” part of the movie was less fun.

TV

Mad Men – Last week’s episode was not as bombastic as the premiere, what with fat-suit Betty and all that, but this season is still looking promising. Dawn/Don jokes might get old someday, but I’m digging them now.

Happy Endings – Happy Endings has turned into a rapid-fire joke delivery system. I mean, JOKESJOKESJOKESJOKES! It’s pretty awesome. Sleeper hit of the 2011-2012 season for sure!

Community – Holy cow, what an awesome format for an episode! The PBS/Ken Burns style documentary seems like it couldn’t work for a comedy, but it was just perfectly executed. Loved it.

Cupcake Wars – What could be more rock and roll than cupcakes? EVERYTHING. Seriously. “Lightning bolts and flames are so rock and roll.” No…no they’re not.

Chopped – Seems like a short-form Iron Chef. I can see why people dig it over the juggernaut that is Iron Chef, but it’s not as good to me. At least you get more variety from round/course to round/course.

Iron Chef – Canned tuna is a weird ingredient for the competition. Didn’t see how it all turned out, but if there wasn’t tuna ice cream I’m disappointed.

BASEBALL! – So much baseball. Love it.

Music

Jasper Byrne’s Lone Survivor has a chilling and awesome soundtrack. Below is the embed for the album.

Books

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – FINALLY DONE! YES! It’s self-indulgent, wish-fulfilling fiction taken to its most boring extremes.

Video Games

Rayman: Origins – More speed trophies. Min and I have great teamwork even though we sometimes die very stupidly.

Pro Yakyu Spirits 2012 – Only got one match in, but it’s the same great game I love every year and I blanked the Dragons 2-0. Good times.

What I’ve Been Doing 5 Dec 2011 [FB/IB/F/BT/GO]
Dec 5th, 2011 by Dan

The Guests at my 15th Birthday Party

Happy Birthday Eric! (Photo courtesy djotaku)

It’s my brother’s birthday today so let’s celebrate by telling you everything I’ve been up to this past week. I didn’t say it would be a good celebration, guys.

Movies

No movies again! I want to get The Muppets in soon. Maybe when I go home for Christmas.

TV

Samurai Champloo – Clip episodes (except for the Community one) are tremendously unsatisfying. The show has entered its “serious about our protagonists backstories” phase. I’m cool with it so far so long as I can keep listening to that ending theme, “Shiki no Uta”.

Chrono Trigger Endurance Run – Giant Bomb has made me a very happy man by returning to the ER. So far Ryan and Patrick have made some hilarious errors, but they’re going strong in the future.

Childrens Hospital – Night Shift was a meh episode. The stuff with the porno was pretty funny. The one about Chet was much funnier.

The Walking Dead – Heavy episode, but really good. I liked it. It’s a good thing that Shane is still around.

Homeland – Poor Dan. Witnessing shit is pretty dangerous. Don’t witness shit.

New Girl – Best line of the night: “Even if they sound like a guy made of bells…falling down stairs…that are also made of bells.” How great is Max Greenfield as Schmidt on this show? Did they know he would be the best part of the show when they cast it, because he totally is.

Glee – That was pretty shitty the way Puck told off Quinn. The story this episode was pretty terrible and not too fun. Musical numbers didn’t really make up for it. This show is so uneven.

The Wire – Got one episode in season 1 left. I’d forgotten about a few of the tiny plot points in this first season that get resolved all the way in S4 or S5.

EDIT: Persona 4: The Animation – The school camping trip episode was AWESOME. Love those setpiece moments in the game and they translate well to the anime. Mixing in the Konishi story was smart too. Can’t wait for the true craziness of Rise’s dungeon to start next episode. Teddy’s insanity is coming too, guys!

Music

So much wobble bass!

Books

So little reading!

Video Games

The Binding of Isaac – Almost died on the first level with ???. He’s tough, but I did finally beat It Lives… with him. Started beating Sheol now. Got it done with Isaac, Maggie, and Cain, but things will be getting harder now. Fetus in a Jar and Brimstone are vital for beating Lucifer.

The Old Republic – Got in a few hours in the beta before they closed it down on Monday. My mind is consumed with excitement for my Sith Inquisitor come ~15 Dec. Can’t wait!

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword – Beat the second temple and moved out to the desert. The time travel thing is suuuuper cool. I love it.

Gears of War 3 – Finally got that four-player achievement. All I was missing was the prologue chapter, but that’s done now!

Civilization V – This game consumes your life. It’s ridiculous. Started a new game yesterday at 2200 and, in what felt like an hour, it was 0240 when I quit this morning. Love this game.

November Movie Preview [FB/ER]
Oct 31st, 2011 by Dan

Screened runs down the films of November so you can mark your calendars. It’s looking far less grim than last month. The biggest draw is The Muppets.

The Muppets Parody The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Trailer [ER/FB]
Sep 15th, 2011 by Dan

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo had an amazing trailer. The Muppets have riffed on it:

For reference:

I cannot wait for either movie!

Not In Swedish! [ER/FB]
Jun 20th, 2011 by Dan

The Fuzzy Pack [FB/ER]
May 29th, 2011 by Dan

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