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Oh, so it’s only a thousand exploding suns now?

Posted in Updates with tags , on January 21, 2010 by Johnny Broken

Did the Jim Beamed thing scare people off? It’s a song title, nothing more, honest! Here, new rule, song titles for general posts, related titles for posts that stick to a subject.

So! 125 today. The stomach exercises are definitely working now to the extent that I haven’t gotten the horrible pain under my hernia mesh stuff, but whether or not it’s actually flattening the stomach, hard to tell.

And with that out of the way, the rest of this is about the Sentry. If you’re curious about the character or like the character, you might find the rest of this post interesting. If you don’t like the character or don’t care or whathaveyou, well, dunno what to tell you.

I couldn’t wait any longer for Dark Avengers #13, and looked up the spoilers online. See, the Sentry is my favorite Marvel Comics character. Or, well, was, anyway. When he was introduced by Paul Jenkins, the Sentry, who’s also the most powerful hero in Marvel, was super confident, intelligent, and powerful. His alter ego Bob Reynolds had mental issues (agoraphobic, schizophrenic, and some other things) and his arch enemy the Void was just as powerful as the Sentry. Then it was revealed that the Void and the Sentry are both aspects of Reynold’s personality and the Sentry “powerset.” So it was decided that the only way to stop the Void was to make Reynolds, and the rest of the world, forget the Sentry existed. No Sentry, no Void. The world lost it’s greatest hero, but a powerful threat to earth was also removed at the same time. This particular series was off on it’s own though, and wasn’t considered a part of the mainstream Marvel Universe.

Cut to a couple real time years later, and another Sentry miniseries written by Jenkins is released. Now it’s revealed that a young Reynolds drank an experimental serum that was a modified version of the supersoldier serum that turned Steve Rogers into Captain America. (Keep in mind, Captain America is “peak human” by Marvel standards, which is comparable to Fedor Emilianenko, if Fedor was as good at every sport known to man as he is at fighting. The Sentry, on the other hand, is godlike in his level of power.) And there’s nothing special about Reynolds, the serum would have done the same to anyone. But the government doesn’t want to recreate the process, because they can’t control or kill Reynolds. See, Bob was just a kid looking to get high when he stole the serum. And when he got the powers, the -first- thing he did was become the Void. Having a few screws loose though, his mind developed the Sentry persona as well to balance out what he was doing.

The balance thing tied into the Sentry for a while, as for every good thing the Sentry did, the Void swore he would do something equally evil to counter it. At the end of this series, the Sentry threw the Void into the sun, and that was seemingly the end of it, for a while, anyway. Still sorta simple though.

That basic element to the Sentry is what I like. He’s a caped hero, super strong with energy manipulation powers (the trifecta of stuff I like about superheroes) and he has the unique quirk that his alter ego is insane. And his arch enemy is the evil split personality of his alter ego. Sort of like Wonder Jonathan from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Remember when Jonathan did… something… to become super competent and popular, but to balance it out, there was a monster that only he could beat? See? Cool!

After that, (or during that, I don’t remember offhand) Brian Michael Bendis became the writer of New Avengers, and the Sentry was put on the team. But Bendis had to “update” the Sentry’s origin to introduce the character to the Marvel Universe proper. So now, Reynolds admitted himself to prison for killing his wife, and he’s been using his vast psionic powers to make the world think he existed by giving the Marvel universe version of Paul Jenkins the idea to put him into comic books in Marvel. But now the Sentry is a rookie hero that needs to be told what to do. And he was mindscrewed by D list X-Men villain Mastermind to think that using his powers would lead to the “devil himself” coming to earth. So that was the explanation for the Void. But instead of Reynolds being a few sandwiches short of a picnic and the Sentry being competent, now the Sentry is just as unstable as Reynolds.

Then Secret Invasion hits. And in the middle of a fight, before even really doing anything the Sentry panics (he tends to do that a lot since Bendis started writing the character) and flies off into space, where he sees the Void in orbit around a planet. The next we see the “Sentry” he’s all black with a black speech bubble (the black speech bubble is the accepted technique to show the Void is talking), and the Black Sentry tells a horrified Lindy (the wife of Bob Reynolds) that everything will be okay, as “he” will do what the Sentry couldn’t do and protect her.

Another miniseries was released after that, with more of an old school, 60’s and 70’s era vibe to it, called The Golden Age of the Sentry. This series touched on some of the adventures that the Sentry had back in his early years.

Before I get too carried away though, I should also mention that Marvel tried to pull off a hoax with the first Sentry mini, that Stan Lee actually created the character before the Fantastic Four, making the Sentry Marvel’s first superhero. But Stan forgot about the character until some old sketches were discovered. Which isn’t true, of course. Jenkins created the Sentry. I think it’s funny, but a lot of people are overly unamused that Marvel has tried to shoe-horn the Sentry into old continuity. There’s a lot of Sentry hate out there for that matter. A lot of people think he’s too powerful for Marvel, which I disagree with. A lot of people also think he’s too similar to, take your pick of Superman (being really powerful, simple costume design), the Samaritan (having a supercomputer make his decisions for him), and Marvelman (the whole “forgetting he was a hero” thing.) Once again, I think that sort of mixing and matching of tropes is par for the course in comics. Anyhoo…

Back to the Golden Age of the Sentry. This series sort of mused on the idea that the serum Bob drank actually tapped into the power of a cosmic being from another universe. And towards the end of -that- series, as a dying Sentry gets into a fight with the Void (who’s established as a shapeshifter) and the last thing the Sentry does is transfer his own power into the Void. I forget the specifics, but the Void decides to carry on as the Sentry. Or something.

Now we have the Dark Reign of the Marvel Universe, where Norman Osborn “leads” a secret group of villains known as the Cabal. (At first it was Dr. Doom, Loki, Namor, Emma Frost, and the Hood. Save for the Hood, they’re all characters who previously wouldn’t give Norman the time of day.) The kicker is that Norman had an enforcer to keep the Cabal in line, but the comics never showed who it was. All signs pointed to the enforcer being the Void, as the Sentry is a member of the Dark Avengers team lead by Norman. Much debate ensued on the interwebz though. People gave theories as to why the Scarlet Witch, Molecule Man, the Beyonder, or even Marvelman were Norman’s Secret Enforcer.

So the Dark Avengers book turns the Sentry into a bit of a Kenny style joke, where he’s killed off every other issue. And when the Sentry wasn’t dying and mysteriously reappearing, Norman was trying to get on the Sentry’s good side, to convince him that the Void didn’t exist. But every now and then, the Sentry’s eyes would go black, and he’d have the black speech bubble. So just what was going on? Dark Avengers 13 is supposed to explain the mystery of the Sentry.

Well… Norman did… something… early on in the Dark Avengers timeline to give the Void control. The Void tells Norman he owes him one. Norman tells the Void he’s going to be his secret weapon. The story shifts to a sequence where Lindy shot the Sentry with an alien gun, and it looks like she kills him. Then we get Lindy explaining the “real” story of the Sentry. So now an adultish addict Reynolds took the serum looking for something to get high on, and the serum turned him into the Sentry. But Reynolds got addicted to the power of being a superhero, and tried to make himself -look- like one, but Reynolds was only ever in it for the power, not to actually be a hero. This is sort of similar to the themes Jenkins’ was touching on at first, that Reynolds was addicted to being the Sentry, even with all the problems it caused. Lindy then -theorizes- that the Sentry’s power is similar to that of Moses or Jesus. The Sentry wakes up, as the Void, makes a crack about being “Galactus… the destroyer of worlds” and gets ready to kill Lindy. (Galactus is a cosmic godlike being in Marvel considered a force of nature, that “eats” planets by absorbing their energy.) The Sentry persona pops in, and starts fighting the Void in his own body (sort of like how Gollum would argue with himself in the Lord of the Rings movies). Sentry panics, again, and flies off into the sun to kill himself and get rid of the Void.

But the Void keeps telling the Sentry he’s a coward and it won’t kill them. The Void then coerces the Sentry into letting him take control so the Void can actually get things done, like “the last time.” End of issue. Next issue: The Void Rising!

So there’s some controversy over the issue on the interwebz. Yeah, I know, what -don’t- people argue about over the interwebs, but I like the character, so I’m going to talk about it. Ha-HAH! Anyhoo, some are taking the Void too literally when he says he’s Galactus, but I’m of the opinion that the Void was creatively saying he’s comparable to a deadly force of nature.

The other thing is the religious implications. They’ve been saying for a while that the Sentry’s had a god complex, but they never actually said anything before like he got his powers FROM the Christian god. Granted it’s not explicitly stated, but the odd comparison was made. Here’s hoping that it’s just that, a comparison, but we’ll see in the next issue.



Jim Beamed Ahnenerbe TV

Posted in Updates with tags , , , on January 20, 2010 by Johnny Broken

A moderate 125 today.

Freaking dog started barking it’s head off for like 15 minutes straight once the oil delivery showed up at like 7AM. I mention yet how much I hate dogs?

Sent my Future Shock submission out today. The labels I used for the addresses didn’t look like they stuck completely around the edges regardless of how much I smashed them down, but, well, gah. Out of my hands now. Now I just need to forget about it for 6 weeks to 6 months. *crosses fingers*

Heard on the radio that a guy had the cops called on his mountainy home for playing John Denver too loud. The guy says he was “rocking out.” >.<

1 Day to Dark Avengers #13!

Went back to my chaotic ebil character in Fallout 3. Well, re-did the character with a save point right before you leave the Vault. I have a concept I like for as much as the game lets you build around that. So the idea was to focus on Big Guns, Repair, and Speech. (My lawful ebil Ghoul Girl didn’t have much more than 20 points in Speech until like level 8 or 10, and as such my smooth talking with her barely works.) But you don’t get enough ammo for Big Guns until, at least that I know of, you get to the Capital Ruins and encounter the Super Mutants with all their gatling guns and missle launchers. But I didn’t really want to put a lot of points into Melee, or Explosives to start, as I -think- the points from Little Leaguer on the off Perk levels might be enough to do that. But the super exploder build I’m sorta working towards with Perks like Size Matters and Demolitions Expert and Pyromaniac doesn’t leave a lot of room for Lockpick and Computers. GAH!

Ghoul Girl has a high lockpick, but jack for computers. So I figure my lawful good Cyborg Guy can focus on Science (and Unarmed) to get that out of the way. But going through Megaton again with Exploder Guy, I’ve been reminded of all the places I didn’t loot before blowing it up playing through as Ghoul Girl. (I only went for Lucas Simms’ place and the Armory before, and decided to not bother with any of the other places after noticing that Moira’s shop and Burke’s house were too hard to break into.) So I -want- a character that focuses on Big Guns and damage (Shishkebobs and Explosives) and there’s a lot of perks to work around that, but I’m at a loss, again, for the secondary stuff. And it’s more difficult than I imagined to get bad Karma if you’re not looting everything in sight. Sure he can talk to people better than Ghoul Girl, but the lockpick thing is starting to bug me.

And if… when… I re-do Ghoul Girl, I might just focus on Melee for Ninja related shenanigans. (And Lockpick and Sneak) Though I don’t know if the Chinese Officer sword would be enough, nevermind finding it early enough to be worth it. Hmmm… So that would leave Ghoul Girl 2.0 with Melee/Lockpick/Sneak, Cyborg Guy with Unarmed/Science/???, and Exploder Guy with Big Guns and…. um… crap. Back to the drawing board.

2 Days to new Supernatural episodes!

Talked to Computer Girl briefly last night. She’s, well, to put it simply, my dream girl. Granted we “met” over the muhmorpuguh we both play; I joined a vampire Roleplay (or just RP for short) guild her RP guild was allied with, and our characters got along, and things just went on from there. The vampire stuff lost momentum, and then I started my own RP villain guild and asked her to join, and that’s when I noticed the extent of her…. quirks. I had invited another slightly wackier friend of mine to join the same guild, and Computer Girl, pretty much 2 minutes into talking to Wacky Guy, pitched a fit believing she was being personally attacked and all my in-game friends hate her, and her participation in any of -my- RP based stuff has been all but nonexistent ever since. We still talk though, mostly out of character (or OOC) but the bulk of the in character (or IC) stuff we do,  is centered on her characters, which, are, well, different. And I’m stuck on superheroes and supervillains. Since the game we play is based on superheroes and supervillains.

Anyhoo, I’ve seen a blurry pic of her and she’s seen a couple decent pics of me, and we talked over the phone, uh, once.

We do have a -lot- in common though, between pop culture interests, personal styles, and entertainment interests. But the biggest problem is that she’s on the other side of the !#%&*^$@@!#^ country. And the biggest obstacle to -that-, well, okay, the second biggest obstacle after me not having the money it would take to fly over there, is that she’s so misanthropic she makes me look like the life of the party by comparison. (And trust me, I’m sssoooooo not a party person.) Which, really, if I lived in the same city as her, it wouldn’t be an issue, because I don’t really like hanging out with a lot of people anyway. I’d be more than happy to just hang out with her. But… I need some more incentive to get my ass over there than meeting a girl I’ve never actually met in real life (or IRL). So I -was- trying to plan it out that I’d fly over there with 2 other friends of mine and we’d all go to a big convention and they could do stuff on their own and then I’d hang out with Computer Girl and we’d meet for like dinner and such. Aaand then that promptly blew up in my face.

My two other friends, who were married, long story short, split up. (More on that later, possibly. I’m still trying to get my comic books and alcohol back from their house.) And then Computer Girl started whining about how she would hate being around all the people at the convention and she wouldn’t know anyone and she’d be miserable, implying that I was -trying- to find the worst possible thing to drag her to. So. So much for that idea.

So now that you have a little bit of the context, as for last night. Computer Girl also hates the Lady of Cats, (more on that later, possibly) and was complaining about the LoC being the prime candidate to take over the guild I founded. (I’m passing it on due to my not having the time, mostly due to the band and my possibly going back into theatre, or interest to rebuild the group.) So in between her complaining about that, and no, she’s not a member of my guild, and her gushing about Avatar (I still don’t really care to see the movie.) she managed to quickly sneak in a line about how I could hang out with -her- characters more. BUT! She demands “unique” character’s. And she’s annoyed that, in her words, I keep remaking my own guild characters to put them in her guilds.

My jaw about hit the floor when I read that.

First off, my main RP characters are in my guild, but as for the ones I “remade,” I only did that -once- because I thought she -liked- the character. And I moved an obsolete version of my leader guy to her other group because she kept going on about how her one character would get along with my leader guy. The other characters I’ve moved to her groups (ninja man and werewolf) didn’t fit in my group. They aren’t -there- anymore. I’ve told her I don’t know how many time that of her main guilds, I’ve been at a loss for characters to make for some of them, since her guild concepts are so left field for me. And unless I really get into a character, I will be bored to tears trying to stick with it. In the muhmorpuguh world, they call it “alt-itis.” Means you have trouble (for any one of a number of reasons) sticking to one character and you keep making new ones. I have altitis pretty bad, and so does Computer Girl. But I’ve also noticed that the last couple of times I have created characters for her guilds (whether they were carryovers from my guild or not) after we’d do a character introduction, the next time I’d see her online, she’d be playing the characters she knows I have no concepts for. I know she’s playing some weird game with me, and she even joked that she can’t help it that I’m a step behind the characters of the moment. But… still… *sigh*

And no, I haven’t brought up my counter argument to her, because I’m really tired of arguing with anyone right now

On a slightly more upbeat note, band practice went well. I’m still far from, y’know, good, only been playing on and off for a few months. Need to get the coordination down, but I think I’m getting better at that. Band guy insists I’m good at keeping a beat, which in his book is all I really need. I’m not out to be a like technical wizard or anything, but I would at least like to be able to consider myself a competent musician one of these days.


The Darkness

Posted in Updates with tags , , , on January 19, 2010 by Johnny Broken

A strong 125 today.

Forgot to mention that last night was a sleeping “aide” night. Been doing that for a while now since the Paranormal Activity debacle. The only regular night I do it though is Sunday, since I tend to stay up until anywhere between 3 and 5AM Friday and Saturday nights. I know I shouldn’t do that, but it’s nice to have some peace and quiet and time to myself. Only other time I take the sleeping aide are the nights following any restless nights. Somewhat related, had a weird dream about traveling somewhere with my blood relations where we were all packed real sardinelike in some white jeep like vehicle. The thing that stands out though was that one blood relation started talking to me about the cover band he saw me playing in. Which is funny, considering that I’ve only been practicing bass since November, but more on that later.

Sat down for dinner again today. So far so good there.

Sam’s Club sure are taking their sweet time with my contacts. 7-10 days from January 7th, and still nothing. Going to call them tomorrow. Depends on when the stuff shows up, but this may screw with my previous schedule of a new pair Monday mornings, which is only annoying because I’ll need to change all the reminders I programmed into my cell phone that every other Sunday was time to switch contacts. Grrr.

2 days to Dark Avengers #13!

Marvel announced a new book today called Her-Oes. It’s supposed to be pronounced “heroes” but it’s still one of the worst names for a comic, ever. Could be interesting though, it’s one of those “the superheroes are teenagers” things like Iron Man: Armored Adventures. But it focuses on Wasp, “Jenny” She-Hulk Walters, Ms Marvel, possibly Valkyrie, and it looked like Namora will be the main antagonist. And it’ll be written by a woman. Sounds amusing, but it’ll also be done under Marvel Adventures, which is All Ages, which is slightly dumbed down, so… we’ll see. Might get the first issue just for amusement’s sake.

3 days to new episodes of Supernatural!

Day 10 of the Master Roshi goatee experiment. For my next costume for the main comic book convention I go to, it was either gong to be Roshi or Darth Malak. But in light of the whole band thing absorbing my pretty cash, and the con schedule being goofy last year with the new building I figure I’ll just go for Roshi for now, and slllooowwwllly start working on Malak. And Malak would be the most intensive costume I’ve ever done by far, so better to spend some time on it and do it right. I still think I can pull it off, even if I’m somewhat short. ‘Sides, for Roshi, all I need to do is buy the kung fu shoes, pants, and shirt, all of which I should be able to buy off of one site for pretty cheap. Then it’s a matter of getting the big sunglasses, which shouldn’t be -too- hard. After that, it’s down to just letting my goatee grow out.

The thing about that though is that a bushier mustache gets annoying quick. Stuff gets stuck in it, (oil from stuff like pizza being the worst) and it sticks with you for the rest of the day, and… blagh.

It would be part of the point though of my doing the Roshi costume anyway, as I -do- resemble the character, and I could do the goatee naturally. I just need to grow out my goatee from my longstanding “pitchfork” style (a narrow soul patch, and lines from the edges of my mouth to my chin, combined with how long I’ve worn it off my chin since, jeez, after I got out of high school. Pearboy called it that, and the name stuck for me.) to the full on beard looking thing. And color it white. Blood relation #4 did mention that they sell bleach that’s facial hair friendly, but then she started rambling on about after you’d bleach it, you need to mix in like purple and/or green to get them to override each other to get silvery white. And all that is assuming that the bleach doesn’t damage the hair to begin with. And my hair isn’t that healthy as is. Still, it’s either that, or just use some sort of silvery/white styling gel, which-might- flake off all day. But the black latexy stuff I have now doesn’t flake off, or doesn’t seem like it does, so…. I’ll see. I have time to think about it, but I have almost… carry the 1…. times 2… hate math… like 3 months. Huzzah for procrastination!

Then I’ll wear last years costume on Saturday this year, and Roshi on Sunday. I’ve seen enough people wear the same costume consecutive years, so I guess it won’t be too bad if I do that again. I -did- change my Star Wars costume from 2 years ago over the one that I wore 3 years ago, still. Just need to find some other anime/manga people to do a skit with.

AOL had some fashiony things again today on the homepage. See, I pull up the windows, but then shrink them fast before they load, and look at them later when I know no one is behind me.

Okay, upon further review, one article was about how they hoped Gwen Stefani would become a trendsetter for “extreme” hairstyles on the red carpet. Bleh. Too much of that kind of stuff just looked like mixing and matching different styles on the same head, sort of like how a lot of the old D&D monsters are lame blatantly piecemeal ideas like “Oh! We’ll take the arms of a bear, the head of a lion, and the legs of a horse!” instead of something, y’know, new. (Gah, comparing hairstyles by way of D&D. I bet that doesn’t happen often.) Reminds me too much 80’s hair too, but I guess that cyclical style silliness is working it’s way back around. I like hair symmetrical, so sue me.

The other one was about dresses at the Golden Globes. The general idea still seems to be that flowing/form fitting is good and frumpy/excessive is bad. And, y’know, something that covers up in a decent manner. Doesn’t really seem to be too hard a concept to grasp. Makeup isn’t really my thing, as I still prefer a gothy kinda look, and everything else in that respect just looks, well, generic to me.

Read an interesting theory on Spider-Man 4, that Sony is so gung-ho about moving forward without Raimi and Maguire because they’re worried that any major delays will attract Disney’s lawyers who are looking for kinks in the contract. Apparently, (I -still- think that’s spelled “apper” at first) they’d rather ditch the (sadly) proven moneymakers and start over from scratch instead of deal with Disney’s lawyers. Sony also does acknowledge that the Mouse’s lawyers will be analyzing everything they do with a fine tooth comb to look for some goof they can exploit to get control of Spider-Man back asap. Still, yikes. Sounds fun, dunnit?

Guild meeting went well. Still a low turnout, but better’n last weeks. Band stuff tomorrow night. I needs me practice.


Binary me

Posted in Updates with tags , on January 18, 2010 by Johnny Broken

Well, got to do most of what I wanted today. Went with the cherry pie instead of the cake, for what it’s worth. >.>

Actually sat down for dinner. Still have to favor my left thigh, but the leg strengthening exercises seem to be working, if incredibly slowly. Didn’t have any stomach problems either, well, nothing major, so it seems to be the case that if I don’t eat too much and sit down while doing it, I’m okay.

My last two comics were actually Star Wars: Legacy and Secret Six. Legacy focused on Cade Skywalker and some of the Moff silliness. (I still have a little trouble keeping all of the political factions straight, and the Moffs are the worst for who’s who. It’s getting like the Wheel of Time where it’s hard to keep track of all the characters.) I can’t believe I’m actually starting to like Cade. Jariah is pretty cool too, but he did something nasty with a Jedi that gave even me pause, though I don’t remember the specifics. Left a female to slavers maybe? It was something that made me go “Ew.”

Secret Six was okay. Picked up from what I’m guessing was the Suicide Squad Blackest Night one-shot. Still hate Catman, but at least Black Alice is sticking around. So that’s two characters I like, her, and Bane.

Read a few more pages of Rule of Two. I -really- need to finish that so I can read the new Wheel of Time book and then finally the Dresden Files books I’ve been sitting on, but the Dredd Case files Vol 2 should be showing up soon too, and I never even finished reading Vol 1, so, gah. And on the 2000AD note, I won’t be able to send my Future Shock submission out Monday due to Martin Luther King Day, so that’ll have to wait until Tuesday. At least I’ll have time to get everything ready to go though. Should be a slow day tomorrow at the office.

Played Fallout 3 for a while with my ebil assassin ghoul girl. Just hit level 14 and got Contract Killer, but I’m still up in the air on the effectiveness of the character, just like with every detailed RPG I play, the first character I do ends up getting scrapped after I get a hang of the rules and get an idea of how to streamline builds. I still can’t remember if I put any points in Energy Weapons at first, but I do still wish I’d went with Commando over Gunslinger. Started using Sydney’s Ultra 10mm finally, but I may just stop on small arms and focus on Melee, since the Chinese Sword does go better with the ninja concept and Perk. Still, the cyborg/energy weapons/unarmed  good guy and the heavy weapons chaotic ebil guy are nagging at me to go back to them. Gorram alt-itis is catching up to me in console games. T_T

Warning: Lots of muhmorpuguh speak in the following two paragraphs.

Didn’t get to do a Strike Force in the Isles. Ended up on a Mothership Raid, which is a lag fest like you wouldn’t believe but it nets a ton of Vanguard Merits. I did get enough to buy the Vanguard boots, though my Black Adam analogue doesn’t really need them. We switched to running lowbies after that, and I got 3 levels on my zombie science guy. Had some troubles with the power pools, didn’t know what to pick. Went with Leadership, but Assault seemed a bit of a bust with the  zombies, um, dying, so I need to either respec or set up a dual build to get rid of that in favor of Medicine, but -that- will be a pain to redo all the macros. *sigh*

Tomorrow night is guild meetin’ night, but we’re still a shell of our former activity levels, and I have no desire to do major recruiting anymore. I did finally make the Lady of Cats a co-admin on our forums, maybe we’ll finally transfer leadership of the group over tomorrow night for something to do.

And like I usually do, left Food Network on during the Raid. Worst Cook in America was on, which is sort of a blah show. Jen, the goth rockabilly girl is cute, but the other girl with the massive glasses is like Velma from Scooby Doo made flesh and she creeps me out. And Beau seems to be nasty for the sake of it and comes off as a major jerk, but Battalli’s assistant (wow, didn’t know how to spell that word at first) girl isn’t much better.

Hey, posting during the midnight hour! Heh. And I think I’ll start naming these by the song either playing as I finish typing the draft or running through my head at the time. The song I listed at the start was a little -too- generic, so we’ll go with this one instead, even if it is incredibly obscure.



Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , on January 17, 2010 by Johnny Broken

Had the strangest idea this morning as I was lying in bed, getting ready to drag myself out. “Y’know what might be interesting? I’ll start a blog!” And this place seemed like as good a place to start as any.

I have all sorts of things that I’m interested in that I don’t talk about to anyone that knows me. (Why? Couple a’ reasons, we’ll get to those when they come up.) Or the people that I do know and tell these… well… some of these things to, they just nod their head and do the “Uh-huh.” thing. I get that alot. So just humor me here and lemme enjoy rambling on about various things to complete strangers.  The plan was to do this on a nightly basis, but we’ll see how that goes. I’m feeling chatty now, so I’ll start out, uh, now, but normal updates should be made nightly. Blog what blogs at midnight and all that. If something extra nifty comes up and I can sneak it in here otherwise, I will, but I make no gau-ran-tees.

So it’s early… and I see that I need to edit my timezone here, so I’ll get to that. Weighed myself after getting up, as I understand that’s a good time to do it. Some silliness about calories burned off while sleeping (not that I’m a nigh insomniac anyway) gives you a fresh start if you weigh yourself just after you get up and before you eat anything. So, yeah, I’m a “strong” 125lbs, where the little indicator thing is on the far right side of the 125 mark notch. Which is still good, I guess, but the gut is still there. I don’t need to lose any weight, I just want a flat stomach. Blasted holidays and blasted baked goods. Ah well, hopefully my stand-up stomach crunchy exercise routine will work like it looked like it was going to before and it’ll flatten the old tummy out again. Just need to be careful to work around the hernia surgery spot pain, but I -still- think there’s some weird balance I need to achieve with what I eat to make that pain go away.

Had too much for lunch, a plate covering serving of chicken, stuffing, and gravy. Didn’t look like much at first, but cutting the chicken up sure did spread it out over the plate. The question now though is whether or not I should get a piece of cake before getting in the shower. And yes, I know I was just complaining about having a gut, but I need to make sure that I get the most bang for my buck, so to speak, out of what I eat. If I eat too much, my stomach quits working right and I end up in horrible pain. So I try to nickel and dime my eating, mixing healthy stuff (yeah yeah, gravy not healthy) with high calorie stuff. Like cake. And my blood relations are trying to get me to put on a few pounds anyway, so the pies and such have been plentiful. Ugh. Blasted societal perceptions of image.

Sundays are usually my off day anyway, where I -prefer- to get in muhmorpugging, video games (Fallout 3 currently, lots more on that later), and reading the last of my comics (Um.. what’s left? Gotham City Sirens and Star Wars Legacy. Lots more on Star Wars and superheroes later too. Hey, I admit I’m a geek.) bought earlier in the week. But I’ll get to those after I log in to the Isles for a bit. Still in a zombie mood. Don’t know why. But my scientific zombie guy needs some levels, though I won’t be able to get in enough for a Strike Force later on tonight with my guildmates. But hey, I can always try.

So I should be back later on tonight after logging out the first with observations from the rest of the day.