Monday, January 29, 2007 9:39:07 PM
Let me start by annoucing that I am a smart guy.
This is important to know before reading.
I am an idiot. I have trouble eating Chick Peas (less commonly known as Garbanzo Beans) because when I was an LK* I thought someone (I can't recall who, I was very young) told me that they were the heads of baby chickens. They very well may have been telling me that they "are called Chick Peas because they look like baby chick heads" and I just got it wrong. I mean, who in thier right mind would tell a toddler that a can of vegetables is a can of squeezably soft baby bird heads? Few people, I'm betting (with exception).
The tragic part is Chick Peas aren't seen every day, at least not near me. I think I can count the number of times I've ever seen them on my fingers and toes. So it's not like growing up I had many opportunities to question what I had been told, nor grown-ups the opportunity to re-adjust my beliefs to coax me into eating something a realtive made at a family affair so they could all chit-chat about what a gentleman my mother had raised. Who brings a plate of Chick Peas to a dinner? I digress, the fact is, I went on thinking this until it was too late, then when I was about 9 years old or so someone must have explained it to me. I know because it was before we moved.
The problem is, I spent more time seeing these things thinking "that's a baby chicken head" than thinking "that's a pea" (they are actuall beans, I think) and they look SO much like chick heads, who wouldn't believe it as a kid? I actually think at completely random times about Chick Peas and how gross they are.
Why am I writing this? Well, why are you reading? ...Nevermind, I'm writing because it's been a while, and today I got 'Chicken Chili' for lunch at work; I was in a rush and the grill was closed. Not until I got back up to my office did I realize the oversize styrofoam cup was half filled with Chick Peas, too, replacing the beans in the Chili with baby bird heads, softened and spicy. Upon peeling the lid back, I actually closed it quick as if there were a tarantula in the cup, in fear. In fear? What the hell?! I pretended to laugh at the humor in Chicken Chili (with Chick Peas) as if the crowd of people in my mind would think I anticipated eating a cool 30-35 warm bird skulls when really I was shocked this was going to be my meal.
I'm 26 years old, I KNOW they aren't baby bird heads, and I've eaten them before. But every time I do it's like one, every few years, and I loath the feeling. Rolling it around, doubting myself, feeling the eye divits and beaky part with my toungue and bottom lip, letting it roll along the inner rim of my teeth, as if waiting for it to chew itself because I sure as hell won't start unless pressured. But 30 plus? Warm, in a sloppy meaty mess? It looked and felt like they put helmets on 30 one inch chicks, tossed them in a blender for a few minutes, and then took off their helmets.
I felt like I was being tested... this was too much all at once. I still feel sick. I thought, if I can handle this, I'll have probably cleared my mental stupidity on this whole topic and be good to go for life. Wrong. I'm scarred, it was terrible, and I totally feel like I ate impossibly small birds. I will forever think of today whenever I see another Chick Pea, and be reminded of the holocaust in my mouth. But man chili is so good, even when it's rotting your mind.* Little Kid
Monday, January 22, 2007 2:22:13 AM
Shopping at the Puma Store today I noticed something awesome on the back of my receipt. Check it.
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Monday, January 15, 2007 12:57:52 PM
I've been fascinated since childhood with what people feel compelled to write.
Thursday, January 11, 2007 10:53:34 PM
So I just got tagged by birdmatt67
in under an hour. Normally when tagged, a person needs to reveal 5 things about themselves, but I got tagged twice fairly quickly and I'm not going to cop out so I'll do 10.
5 10 Things You Didn't Know About Me:
- I automate as many processes in my daily life as possible, from my cats' water fountain, to my bills, everything is taken care of for me so I can worry about bigger things and focus on the non routine tasks.
- I'm working on tracing my entire family history back as far as possible. I intend to contact all living relatives, contruct a digital family tree, and go well past 1000 years. I realize I'll never get to be Indiana Jones, but that will not stop me from taking part in a real acheological adventure.
- Related to the above, I've learned that both my mother and father's families (meaning thier elders) followed each other's paths to where they currently live in America from a tiny Italian village where both sides have members' birth, death, and wedding certificates on file. so before my parents got married, our families knew each other for like a century.
- I've recently been reading hundreds of pages of literature regarding the Knights Templar.
- I've never done drugs or smoked anything, nor will i ever. But I do drink alcohol.
- I am always hungry, and eat extremely slow because when I had braces I preferred not to chew with my molars as food would get stuck in the brackets; I chew smaller bits towards the front of my mouth and simply can not comprehend how people chew larger mouthfuls of food in 1/5th the number of bites as me.
- I got amazing grades in school by paying attention in class and almost never doing homework, ever. I also did not study for tests.
- I've never been bored in my life. I think constantly, and about so much that I've come to the conclusion that the reason I can eat 4000-5000 calories a day isn't because of my metabolism, but because I'm burning calories by thinkging so freaking much.
- I haven't slept more than 4 hours on average each night for 13 years. Partly because I do not tire, partly because I need more time.
- I think I might be a communist, despite my desire to be a wealthy philanthopist and charity organizer in my later years.
Now to tag 3 friends: Ian
, and Carey
Tuesday, January 2, 2007 6:34:15 PM
Over in the N + Community the other Moderators and I are putting together our picks for the best Nintendo Games of 2006. Below are my thoughts so far:| Nintendo DSEven though animal crossing came out in december of 05, the game is timeless in that it's purpose is to be played daily, offering players something new and things change completely season by season, month by month, and sometimes even day by day. nintendo has managed to keep thier promise of new items, presents, and the community approach in this version. adding hundreds of more collectables and new things to do, better communication and wifi, this game will be fresh to anyone playing for the first time, or the 365th time. With it's first complete year taking place almost entirely in 2006, save for a few weeks, this is my pick for the best DS game this year.| Game Boy Advance/microNintendo DS had quickly become a cultural phenomenon worldwide like Game Boy Advance/micro before it. In it's maturity, if I can call it that, the Game Boy has seen a shift in purpose and function over the past 2 years. Now functioning as a full featured media player, having interchangeable stylish faceplates (hundreds in Japan, few in US) and shrinking in size, Nintendo has pushed the Game Boy technology to a different crowd, primarilly in Japan. Even though sales of the micro aren't anywhere near that of it's successful big bro, the DS lite, Nintendo published a series of 7 puzzle/style/substance games that take simple retro style gameplay and merge them with deep concepts like polar, sound, visual, and mental mechanics. But this series of games, called bit Generations, offer a potential favorite for seasoned gamers, or someone getting into it for the first time. For style concious or simple thrill seekers, these games are easy to jump into an love, but hard to pull off and master. The videos speak for the games better than I can.
| GamecubeTo me, Chibi-Robo means a lot. I had been following the game since it's very early previews of the Japanese version (over 4 or 5 years ago) where they were using an on screen pointer to control the little guy, and yes, this was one of the titles that the Wii Remote was to be used for when it was still supposed to come out as "a new revolutionary peropheral that will breathe new life into the Gamecube." And while we all know that didn't happen in the long run, and Chibi was given direct controls when the game released, there were no compromises made in this game. Overall, the game is great fun, has refreshing humor, cool style, and an entertaining and engaging story that begs completion. From clearing up trash on the floor, to reuniting a family on the brink of divorce, this little guyshows everyone a thing or two about perspective, relativity, boring chores, and the hazards of the nuclear family. Combined with the fact that there is nothing else like it on any platform, it is my choice.| WiiFor reasons that will no doubt be repeated over and over, Wii Sports and The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess are tied for me. Wii Sports because no game in my personal history has ever grabbed so many DIFFERENT people's interest so completely. THey Don't just want to play, they want to make a Mii and play a lot. It's funny to see 6 people from 3 generations taking turns on 4 remotes rather than 2 of the same people taking turns on one controller, only a year ago. This game has changed things. As for Zelda, i've seen it earn all 10's a cross the board from nearly every site and publication. Boasting a lengthy story, new controls, beauty, and depth it is no suprise that this Zelda title will be historic.
With the games I've chosen above, I feel Nintendo has succesfully widened the gaming demographic to include more female gamers, more first timers, old timers, and brought gaming simplicity back into the picture while allowing for style and customization to play a larger role, helping users to identify with thier entertainment on a different level and games to be adored by the player.
From connecting a virtual family back together in Chibi-Robo, to connecting actual families over a game of Wii Tennis, to connecting millions of players world wide over Nintendo WiFi Connection, these titles have helped melt the stigma of the "Guns, babes, explosions, solitary teenage boy gamer" that would have destroyed the industry if it was allowed to continue.
Let me know your thoughts, and your picks for the best Nintendo Games of 2006!