Sunday, May 15, 2011

Friendship is Magic...

Okay, so lately I've been going back to the traditional route for things I do online. This normally being playing video games and reading online comics. Yes, I'm a nerd. Deal with it.

Anyway, sometimes I also watch web series such as Red vs. Blue and Zero Punctuation... however not long ago I ran across a very delightful viewing experience that is actually a show on real TV (I know, shocker that thing still exists, right?).

The thing that makes this show different is that it's a kids cartoon. Designed for kids. But for some reason, no matter your age, it draws you in and you can easily get hooked on it. Now, bare with me on this because it's probably something you aren't expecting. This amazingly awesome cartoon is none other than the new series of My Little Pony.

Yes. I said it. My Little Pony is back. And it's amazing. Before you start laughing, you should take a minute and check it out. It's not just a show for girls, either... in fact the majority of this show's following is adult males from 18 to 34. I'm not joking. Take a look for yourself:

I know what your first reaction is going to be. "This is the dumbest thing ever... and that theme song... oh god, why am I watching this?!" Yes, that's everyone's first reaction. But keep watching. If you watch the first three episodes and are not screaming 'OMG MOAR!', then you are free to go. So yes. I admit it. I now watch My Little Pony, and I feel 20% cooler for doing so.

And since this is related, I thought I'd bring this up. The webforum I visit, BlogCatalog, hosts this thing called Bloggers Unite. Normally, I'm not really interested, as they mostly just cater to charities that I think are a waste of time and effort, but this one deserves a little attention. Their current campaign is this:

International Day of Compassion
in honor of  Dr. Patch Adams, M.D.

Now, I'm not all hyped about this or anything, but there's an interesting interview with Dr. Adams on another blogger's site, which can be found here:

If you're like me, you were probably thinking, "Wait, isn't this guy dead already?" because they already made a movie about him and I thought there was some unwritten hollywood rule about not making a documentary style movie about someone while they were still alive. But hey, I'm glad he is. I'll admit, I didn't listen to the whole interview but I did skip through some of the parts, and you know... this Patch guy is an pretty interesting guy. I think what he's doing is a bit more of what the world needs, even though I think there should be more than ONE day devoted to this kind of thing.

Everyone could use a little more compassion, and ponies, in their lives. If either one of these things makes you feel like being a little more caring, then I think this post has accomplished it's goal.

And no, I'm not turning over a new leaf. I'm still the cynical, jaded wiseass I've always been... but the point of my blog has always been for people to learn how to stop being stupid and stop making the world such a hard place to live in. (And hopefully, a good laugh here and there.) If it wasn't for my utter fear of clowns (Mainly for their horrible sense of fashion), I would probably very much enjoy sitting down for a chat with Dr. Patch myself. But the man is way too busy making a difference in people's lives to waste on someone like me who just bitches at passers by on the internet like a crazy homeless person.

Here's to you, Dr. Adams, for actually making me give a damn about one of these otherwise overly hyped charity things people try to shove in my face every other day.

Monday, May 2, 2011

What's the number for 911...?

You know, being an American, I have many times where I hang my head in shame at my fellow Americans. This is again one of those times.

If you haven't heard, (and if you haven't heard, you've probably been living under a rock... or possibly a fortified compound with no connection to the outside world...) they finally killed Osama Bin Laden.

This doesn't really bother me though, in fact... the guy deserved it, really. I don't have a problem with that. The thing I have a problem with is the reaction from the American people. Let me take the time to apologize to the rest of the world for our obnoxious, hypocritical behavior, because it doesn't seem like anyone else is going to do it.

What am I talking about? The celebrating. It's ridiculous, and I for one am appalled by it. Call me a sympathizer or anti-American or whatever buzzword garbage they spew from Fox News, but at least you can't call me a hypocrite. What am I talking about? Well, if you look back at the day the towers fell, the infamous event known as '9/11', the reaction from a certain part of the world will come across as disturbingly familiar. When it happened... the anti-American organizations of the world celebrated. There was dancing in the streets, singing, flag waving. All in celebration of people dying.

And now, we have another person dead, and what are we doing? We're dancing in the streets, singing and flag waving. Really, America? Is this what we stand for? If this is how people are going to respond to death, regardless of who's death it is... well, my hope for humanity is fading rapidly. I'm an American. I'm proud to be an American. I'm proud for what we stand for.

The problem is that people have lost sight of what we stand for. We stand for justice, peace, and equality for all mankind. We do not stand for revenge. A criminal was brought to justice... yes. That's a good thing. But a man also died. Actually, quite a few people died. Even if he deserved it, you shouldn't celebrate the killing of another person. It had to be done, I agree wholeheartedly and for the families directly effected by the 9/11 event, I'm glad there is finally some closure for them. But singing? Dancing?

We're better than this. This moment is a historic moment. But it is also a solemn one. A cycle of death leads to more death. The celebration should be for the end of that cycle, not the sight of more death.

As I said... I'm an American.

But before that I am a human. Humanity as a whole is better than this. One day, I hope the rest of them will see that.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Oh, it's you...

So, long time no blog. Bleh, I mean, I come by and look at this thing once in a while and I get the urge to post something and then suddenly I get the urge to fall asleep. I swear I should have been born a cat. But, just so I don't feel like I'm wasting ALL of my time, it's about time to update what's going on in my utterly pointless, boring existance.

Couple new things... one... NEW COMPUTAR! And I'm not just talking some little bucket that I managed to get working. I went all out and dropped a good hard earned load on this thing. Wait... that sounded... uh... anyway, moving on... let's just say I can finally play all the stuff I've been stuck not being able to play.

First up on the menu is going to be Portal 2.

All I have to say is this: My god, there has never been a better digital experience known to man than this. I'm not making this up. Valve has outdone themselves and has created THE perfect game. Again. Portal 1 was fantastic. It was something beyond the scope of what most people would deem perfection... and Valve IMPROVED perfection. And then added multiplayer. Mutliplayer Perfection folks, that's some shit right there. Even if you don't like video games, find someone who owns this game and watch them play it. You will be entertained in a way you have never been entertained before. That's all I really can say.

Also... long awaited and finally able to get involved.... Starcraft II baby! Though somewhat overshadowed by the perfection that is Portal 2, it's still a great update to the game I poured so many hours into. I'm not going to bore you with all the little details, but I've been having a lot of fun learning the new units. Oh, and having a new mouse helps... especially a mouse with 17 fuckin' buttons on it, BIATCHES! That's right, I have a 1-12 NUMBERED KEYPAD on the side of my mouse. It's FANTASTIC.

Eh.... anyway, some non-game and computer related stuff time now... if you've noticed, which you probably haven't because you've probably been waiting for an obituary post instead, I've updated my links section, even if I haven't updated the blog itself. I found a new nifty little webcomic that seems to have just started not too long ago called Spinnerette. It's not entirely an original concept as far as superhero comics go, but at the same time it's a lot of fun to read regardless. Also, even though I've been following this comic since long before I started a blog, I recently started reading Las Lindas again. I'll be straight up honest about this one... it's a furry comic, and it's probably not going to appeal to everyone, but I got some enjoyment out of it, and it's my damn blog so I'll link to whatever I damn well please. Last up is Bittersweet Candybowl. The art is not as good as the first two I linked but there's a lot of heart in this comic and the style is not so bad, really. It's just different. Also, this one has it's funny moments, but in reality has a lot more of a dramatic feel to it. I'm generally not into drama that much but the story is one that gets you feeling for the characters without it trying to shove the drama down your throat. I can appreciate that.

 That's all I can think of right now. I'll try to come up with something funny and/or entertaining for my next post. Hopefully soon. But I'm not gonna promise anything... after all - those minerals ain't gonna mine themselves...