Time and a Wørd

Okay, so here’s the deal: I’ll be on vacation for the next few days, but you won’t notice because that’s how often I make posts on here anyway.

It’ll go down at Dorney Park in Allentown, PA. Maybe show up there during the weekend and I can meet you there, but I’m not expecting any responses. It would be weird, anyway.

Keep me in your thoughts… the jealous ones, of course. But I’ll still be studying for my summer Calculus course along the way, because a good work ethic can’t be stopped. Seriously: It’s become sentient, like the original Frankenstein, with shiny blond hair and electric eyes. It’s coming right for us!


I Didn’t Think This Was America

Even in times of despair, it’s good to know that we can all be free… to write wonderous stories of the greatest caliber. So here is my stab at it. You saw the last example under the tag, and here’s another: A level I made for a video game called VVVVVV. If you don’t own it, I encourage you to try the thing out.

Here’s a screenshot:

I'm Not Dead Yet

Thanks to the Commodore 64-inspired aesthetic, you can’t even tell if he’s moving. But in this case, he is, because otherwise would mean death.

Get it at my MediaFire.


Pink Bori Plushie, Number Six

Holy shit, it’s Altador Cup time! And my team are the defending champs. However, I do have to say: JumpStart’s acquisition of Neopets and its refusal to do any work has made the AC as stale as other general site events.

There’s a lot more left to the imagination: You basically have to imagine that every Yooyuball match is a rather vicious event with full-contact violence. And then there’s the matter of each team shifting their lineup. Mystery Island’s has been the same ever since 2012. And ever since then, neither Volgoth nor Selmon Woulf have managed to improve their vocabularies. It’s rather pitiful, honestly.

But when I first participated in the AC over a decade ago, players could get injured! This was only possible because the Flash file showed the players top-down rather than from isometric. So when that damn Techo got injured, Vela Binal came in and had his time to shine, and now he’s a veteran of ten years’ worth of cup action. It was amazing to see just how much lore TNT put into the event back then. The injuries, contract disputes, players mentioned but ultimately never even suited up so we don’t know their species and never will. It was amazing, but now? There’s no clowns, or lions, or tigers… or injuries. And candy floss; it only comes in lavender flavour now.

No clowns… but maybe you can help fill the void. Be the generation who wants to take over when JumpStart (or whatever holding company with the website) falls short. All of you, have a happy AC.

Thirty Second Soda Slam (a.k.a. The Escape to Whimsy)

Remember when I talked about how good Mountain Dew Spiked was? Well, Taco Bell apparently agrees, so they put it in the fountains of all their restaurants. However, the drink ended up replacing Sangrita Blast, a Taco Bell-exclusive flavor. This is problematic, in a few different ways.

Sangrita is my single favorite flavor of Dew. It’s a lot better than Baja, for sure. It’s a cherry-pomegranate flavor. Aside from pomegranate being a rather bizarre fruit to make soda out of, you’d think it be similar to Code Red, but no. This soda has a very harsh and acidic sour flavor, and I love sour things in general. It’s very bold, and thus, I think it’s the perfect compliment to “natural” beef covered in radioactive orange goop just barely resembling nacho cheese.

For as much as I love the soda, I suppose the Spiked is a worthy successor. I love the stuff so much that I don’t care much if it’s replacing an exclusive flavor of soda. I just hope Sangrita ain’t gone from the fountains forever. And maybe it’ll get a release in stores some time soon.

Now, they also recently got rid of Diet Mountain Dew in the fountains. That flavor got replaced with… Gatorade. Yup. I guess they want to represent PepsiCo’s entire arsenal of drinks, but what is there to gain from Gatorade at Taco Bell? Who’s buying it? Does Isaiah Thomas go there and I never knew about it? How weird.

The Spoils of Irreverence

Happy college finals week, everyone! Or perhaps two of them, because I don’t know how this is scheduled for most people. But I have finals this week: For Chemistry, Engineering Physics (which I’ve been certain I’ll fail even before this last test), and Calculus… I.

I have a test today for Chemistry, but it’s actually not the final. I just get one more test before the final is posted online starting Wednesday. It’s cool how the teacher lets us review the last part of the course before the giant cumulative test at the end, but I imagine this is not suitable for everyone. But this culture groomed me on taking tests, and as long as they’re not standardized, I’ll study hard for them and hopefully do well.

Calculus was actually the same way, only we were tested on antiderivatives and basic integration last week before the final. I really hope I pass this course, since I’m serious about going into a field of engineering (electrical, maybe), so I want to have the math skills to back me up. I can just smell that sweet STEM money coming from a mile away…

To everyone else: Good luck on your tests. Hopefully, we’ll meet back up next week with a lot of progressive rock in our futures.