Friday, April 29, 2005

Spectacular News!

I finally found the option that lets me allow ANYBODY to post comments - not just blogger users!

Likewise, I need to know - does anybody have a clue on how to post links in the sidebar? Anybody? Anywhere?

And the Heroes Went Into Glory...

Well, it's over. Not the website itself - no, that's a work in progress. But the mad rush to get it ready for Friday, yes, THAT is over! After a lot (A LOT) of pages submitted, glitches found, errors corrected, and some strangeness involving multimedia, it seems that the site will be ready for launch. Unfortunately, poor James is going to have to reconfigure the whole thing to run smoothly so that when the new site goes live on Monday, it'll be perfect.

I suspect that he will look like this by the end of the week:

So, I'll end today's post with The Subliminal Ball:

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

How Rude of Me!

I made that gigantic post, and I forgot to mention James! James is the head webmaster, has programmed our database, and is above me in the ladder-of-command. Thus, he reviews everything I review, AND has to work with glitches. Basically, by the end of the week, he will resemble this:

Please send at least 60% of the relief checks his way. Thanks!

Countdown to Infinite Crisis

The title of this post is the title of a comic book that just came out, and is leading into a massive series in which DC Comics' heroes all get dark and bloody, and boosts sales for a month only to end with the fanbase finally giving up after seeing happy-go-lucky heroes get shot in the head.

But that's not the reason why it's the title. I picked it because it applies pretty well to this week. ya see, this Monday (May 2) is the official launch date for the new and improved . What's wrong with that? Nothing at all, actually - it just means that everybody in the office has until friday morning to submit any and all content that they are responsible for. In short, the next couple of days will by and large resemble this riveting scene from a Japanese parliamentary debate:

Sorry about the small size, but you get the idea.

Also, I am the "Content Editor." Guess who approves everyone's submitted content?

No, not the fat guy with the beard.

No, not the G.I. Joes.

No, not Cthulhu.

No, not the exploding ninja.

No, not even Merman.

Indeed, not even Merman.

Give up? Why, it's me, of course!

Just to clarify, I love my job a lot. I really do. I just know what state I'll be in when all is said and done.

Can anyone here guess what that state is?

Yes indeed, Hoo-Haa Crazy!

I'll keep you guys updated on how everything holds up. Until then!

Monday, April 25, 2005

Living in the Land of the Not Lost, Just Taking the Scenic Route

So, I've been taking pictures with my camera. Of course, plenty of them ended up being toy pictures, but that's part of the purpose of this blog, so NYAH! I decided to put them on Photobucket instead because there are a ton. They are of some of my Final Fantasy Creatures, a line of 3" highly-detailed, really nice-looking toys that are blind-packed and severely overpriced. It's better than buying drugs. ANYWAY, here are pictures of four of them: Vegnagun (FFX-2), Nemesis (FFX), Griever (FFVIII), and Neo Bahamut (FFVII). The other little PVC guys are 1" figures used for scale purposes:

Vegnagun's Face
Vegnagun's Side
Vegnagun Disassembled
The symbol on Vegnagun's Underside (slightly blurry; I couldn't get the camera to focus on something that small)
The Designs on Vegnagun's Knees
Vegnagun's Giger-esque base
Vegnagun's Shimmering, transluscent wings
Vegnagun vs. Strog!
Vegnagun vs. Strog Backlit
The conclusion of the Battle
Nemesis' Face
Nemesis' Face from Another Angle
Side View of Nemesis
Nemesis on a cup
Nemesis' Claw
Nemesis' Torso
Nemesis' Underbelly
The Tassels hanging from Nemesis' Horns
Poor Strog Shouldn't Have Fought Nemesis!
Griever Against the Window
Griever's Face
This is how small Griever is
Griever's Wings
Griever's" Torso
Griever's Base (gotta love that tail)
Griever vs. A Random PVC
Neo Bahamut
Neo Bahamut close-up
Neo Bahamut's Face
Neo Bahamut's tiny, tiny arm (that's 12 point font in the picture)
Neo Bahamut's Base
Neo Bahamut vs. A Random PVC
Crossed Wings
All three in scale

Well, there you go! If you think that's a lot, try putting down the html for them all!

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

More like a Grocer than a Burglar

So I was robbed today.

Nice conversation starter, eh? So, this morning, I checked my checking account to find that it had a dramatically lower amount than I had expected - $960 less, in fact. I ended up on the phone with Wells fargo for a long time, and here's how it works out: Any time that you use a debit or credit card to pay for something, the clerk has the opportunity to steal your number and rob you. Thus, a fraud report is being filed and I will have my money back in about 10 days or so. The good news? I'm going to get my money back. The bad news? I still got robbed! And yes, I will open a new account and transfer the funds there. This just feels creepy.

So, how was the rest of my day? Well, for starters, traffic was insane - people were passing me on the curb, driving over embankments, etc. I also had trouble parking straight today for some reason. My dad spilled a cup of tea into the stove, shorting it out and turning the gas on. Does anybody know where I can go to submit this dya to The Simpsons writers?

Still, when all is said and done, it's really not that bad. All is going to end well, after all.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005


Just to explain what the deal was with the Camel Sleeping at Noon, it's a line from this comic:

That was a part of the amusing Howard & Nester nintendo-based ocmics that were run in Nintendo Power, Nintendo's Propaganda magazine. Sometimes you needed to know the games they were talking about, otherwise they were just funny for the sake of it. Here's the full archive:

Anyway, in other news, I have a short rant about this Pope business. Has anybody noticed how all of the big evangelical pastors like billy Graham have been calling John Paul II "A great evangelist" or "A great evangelical?"

Now, bear with me for a moment. I could go on a long diatribe about throwing away religious convictions for the sake of political correctness, but there's another point that I'd like to bring up. Do any of them realize that they are insulting both protestants and catholics by calling the Pope a Protestant? It's like saying, "The dalai Lama is a good Hindu," "Yasser Arafat was a great Ba'hai," or "Jerry Falwell is an awesome Mormon!"

Anyway, I might as well end this one with an image:

The Camel Sleeps at Noon, but Not in Cleveland.

What is the price of a good, long vacation? 12-hour workdays consisting of fixing the errors people thought you made but you didn't, only to find that nobody thought you did them but you did. Ain't playing catch-up fun?

Also, I learned about Camel Spiders. May I never learn about them again.

General Grievous is at it again.

Besides this, I have an amusing story tonight that's pretty telling about the state of television these days. We had the volume muted for a little while, you see. We un-muted it, and promptly heard this smashing piece of dialogue:

"Let's be colon buddies!"

With that, we changed the channel.

And finally, here is a picture of actor Michael Berryman with a monster mask.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Baby Crazy

Okay, I promised pictures, and here they are - taken by my lovely and beautiful sister (except for the one of her with the baby.). My camera broke, you see.

Back Home

So I finally made another one. Unfortunately, my camera is currently broken, so now I need to go get it fixed.

We had a safe trip home from the vacation, and I got to meet little John Daniel Barnickle today - he's an adorable, beautiful, well-mannered baby, and spent much of the time clutching my finger. I'll have images up when I can.

Thursday, April 14, 2005


We went to see "O" today. For those of you who don't know what that is, it's one of Cirque de Soleil's shows. How was it? It was beautiful - absolutely gorgeous beyond description. And one of the weirdest things that I have ever seen.

It's a hard concept to grasp, but O utilized the human body as art without becoming sexual or otherwise inappropriate. O itself is centered around water, actually, and the stage itself can rise and submerge when necessary. Really, it's so hard to explain - the experience was overhwelming. So much was constantly happening at once. You could be watching fire-colored contortionists on stage while trapeze artists cavort above, and then suddenly a man in a bathtub floats by with his hat on fire. The sheer beauty of the show has left me speechless, and if you are EVER in Las Vegas, the show is worth MORE than the price of admission!

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

I see Paris, I see France, I see... Morocco?

Today we visited the Bellagio, The Paris, and the Aladdin casinos. While the architecture and art there are beautiful, Caesar's Palace is still my favorite.

Again, I urge you to check out for some nice images (Selected from the 100+ I've taken every day) from this week's vacation. Also, expect another "General Grievous on Vacation" slideshow, with some better-framed images. I'm really getting the hang of this forced perspective thing.

And finally, it's time for the big news: Matt and Julie Barnickle, my good friends, have just had their baby this morning! John Daniel barnickle is 8 1/2 lbs, 24" tall (NOT Long - he's a human being, not a piece of rope!), and about three weeks overdue. We were starting to make "Come out of your room!" jokes. Anyway, mother and baby are both really healthy, and we can't wait until we can go home and absolutely adore the baby.

Monday, April 11, 2005

The General Goes on Vacation

So, how was our day today? Remember, the whole family is taking a week in Vegas. basically, we visited the Venetian, and had some fun. Actually, the whole story is better told through this:

I also need to upload the video clip of a store magician making the figure levitate. Think of the whole thing like that "travelling Gnome" thing. I experimented to figure out the camera trick, and now I made an excuse to post it. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 09, 2005

The Gear Project

Well, ain't that a strange sight?

This is Leopaldon, the new villain in Guilty Gear Isuka, the latest game in one of my favorite video game franchises. He is also evidence that the man who has been doing the character design for all of the games has finally lost his marbles. There have been signs, of course, with characters like This, This, and This. Not to mention the subtler signs, like A.B.A.'s talking "weapon," or the fact that Bridget is a guy. Now, this isn't to say that all of the characters are insane. For every Robot with a misplaced spike,, there's at least one Holy Knight or vampire who looks just like one of my professors (How are you doing, Dr. Frazer?).

Anyway, is where you can take a look at all of the characters, although certain plot-only creations (Like Raven and "That Man") aren't mentioned. And how's my vacation, you asked? We arrived, ate, and are going to bed. TOMORROW is when the reports will begin. For Tomorrow is another day, and we should rejoice and be glad in it!

Thursday, April 07, 2005

I'm going on vacation tomorrow. Obviously, I'll be gone for the whole week, but I will resume posting when I return.

Hit Deborah Cliff With your Head.

More on the Graveyard Duck:

I saw Robots today. great vicuals, some funny humor, predictable plot. It's still an enjoyable movie, but don't be expecting Shakespeare.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Don't you just love malfunctions?

Image links fixed

All fo the images, here. Enjoy!

Second Attempt

Here are those cartoons I tried to post earlier.

Here are the cartoons from earlier, all organized for your viewing pleasure.
Why do my sister's blonde friends keep biting me?

Fried Green Kermit

Well, today was an event. In fact, let's start wiht last night. Our pet rat attacked our pet dog. No, really - the two have never even acknowledged each other's presence before, but last night, Scotty apparently spooked Ginny. So, she bit him in the nose. Both animals ran. Ginny was terrified, but soon calmed down. Scotty was bleeding through his nose! he responded by running around, bleeding on the walls, the floors, the furniture... I got him, held him, stopped the bleeding, and cleaned him up - he cal,med down when I had him. We had to drive to a 24-hour pet emergency clinic. They put him on antibiotics, and said that he'll be fine. Then he started bleeding again after hitting his head against things. All through the night.Needless to say, I was exhausted when I woke up this morning. Of course, I also had an appointment at the gym. Feltina, my trainer, said that I've really been improving... and also that I was kind of spacey today. After that, I had to run, do something at work, run home, shower, change, and go to Cal. State University, Fullerton, for my appointment with my academic advisor.Parking at CSUF is impossible. I drove around the campus twice before I found a space, and the machine for parking licenses took only $1's and quarters... I had $5's. So, after PANHANDLING, I started walking across campus. About a mile and a quarter later, I found the right building. Eight floors up, I found Dr. McLaine's office. We talked for a while, and I have a pretty good idea of what I'll be doing when I make it here.And right now? We're eating dinner with THE PREGNANT FAMILY. understand, all friends must have labels. Julie is thus THE PREGNANT ONE. Seriously. She's about to pop. She's having the baby tomorrow.I'll update next post.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Graveyard Duck?

Many people have been asking me what the "Graveyard Duck" is. Well, it's the first of what will turn out to be several strange ever-changing titles of my blog. This specific one is about as obscure as you can get:

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins

Hello - since I noticed people replying to other people's comments, I might as well mention that the Trin who left a reply is my sister, not the "other" Trin who's probably reading this.

That aside, here are a few reasons why people don't want to allow me near a camera:

And finally, the coup de grace:

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Midnight Madness

Well, I might as well start the blog with an account of the last day or two.

The action figures for Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith were released today on April 2. Plenty of stores held midnight-opening events, and had exclusive figures. So, at Midnight last night, I went to Toys R Us. I arrived at about 11:00 PM, and was 15th in line. The chaos was HILARIOUS! People were charging the aisles, practically vacuuming up the toys - stockboys had to run to the shelves at a constant rate to keep up! it was a lot of fun, and I went home, preparing for even #2...

...Target was going to give out a special exclusive figure to the first few people at the store when it poened. So, one energy drink and lots of tea later, I was waiting with five other guyus a few hours before the stpore opened. We got our special tickets for the figures, shopped at Wal-Mart next door, and then came back to Target. In the end, I think I got pretty much everything I was looking for - and it was fun. hey, there's only going to be one Episode 3, right?

Now, for the fun parts - I joined a gym recently, and I had two exercise days in a row. Thus, my legs were kind of sore/crippled up all day. Also, I tried taking a short nap this afternoon, and it left me disoriented. Thing is, I still wouldn't trade today for the world. Getting to see other geeky collectors just like me; talking without explaining every term I use.. it was Nerdvana.

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