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Monday, March 24, 2008

Upon the Destruction of Neverland

When you grow up, move out, get a life, there are certain things that come with it. Responsibility, freedom... taxes. It's all part of life. The holidays remind us all about growing up, i'm sure up to the point where you have your own kids, and you are able to reminisce about old times and carry on tradition. But i digress. When you get your own apartment, you start hosting parties, and having friends over.

Friday, i had mine. I thought it was a success. No body broke anything (bones, glasses, tv's), so that has to count for something. Next time, i will extend the invitation out to more people, but this time i wanted to keep it smaller.
Come Sunday, Laura had her get-together. I appreciated how my friends truly felt like family this year. This was probably the best Easter i have had in 5 years (at least). After an uplifting church service, we stuffed ourselves with the finest brunch God would allow our hands to prepare. We cleaned up, and headed to the park to play on the swings, and throw the frisbee around. Then we came back, had an easter egg hunt debacle, and passed out from a sugar crash while watching TV. It was a good Sunday...

also lately (to fill in the gaps);
-i did laundry (trust me it's exciting when there is that much piled up),
-i made paper globes,
-i ate ohana (not family, just the restaurant chain),
-i played some kane and lynch (for maybe the last time),
-i cleaned my apt.,
-i found a little more of myself,
-i watched Bee-Movie. (eh, it was more of a C Movie)
-i started a couple projects for myself.

The other Easter asshole,
Josh

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Last Night I Saw the Future You.

So after a day of feeling the signs of aging, e.i. hurting my neck from rocking out to hard and putting my nose to the grindstone working today, I came home to a package on my porch. Already knowing what was in the package, I brought it inside, and with boyish glee, tore it apart. Inside was this:
The Bully media kit! Some genius marketing as usual from Rockstar Games. So you understand the concept behind what i got, you have to get the premise of the game first. Basically, you are a troubled teen enrolled in the "Bullworth Academy" against your will, and being the "villian" in the game, you do everything from beating up kids, to playing pranks, to actually going to class, so that you can fit in. In the envelope were 2 "Bully" logo stickers, and 2 that say "My child was expelled from the Bullworth Academy". Done before, but brilliant. But the real sell for me was "Whipper Snappers"... you know, those snappers that you throw at the ground and they pop. These aren't the sissy kind either, these are the hardcore, gun shot sounding kind. The perfect kind for causing trouble. Complete with packaging directed toward the game. Rockstar has a great team working on their package design as well... er, they either commission or have some talented illustrators on staff at least. The cover art features vector-like illustrations of the main character Jim and Principle with a comic strip set back tone-on-tone in the background. Beautiful. When you flip the box over... everything kinda falls apart, and it looks like they just threw it together just to get it on the shelves.

Because I had both versions just released for the game, i figured it was only my duty to play a couple hours on both of them and right up a quick review. All together you can see a lot of similarities to the infamous Grand Theft Auto series done by Rockstar Games [New York]. Basically, this was Rockstar's solution for anyone who doesn't make it into the M rating (18+), but is "mature" enough for the T Rating (13+). Because this was originally on PS2, this "Scholarship Edition" is basically a port to the next-gen consoles (ew, sorry that was totally gamer speak). Yeah, they updated the graphics, and added some new stuff, but i'm sure it's pretty much the same. The 360 version looks pretty good. Especially in HD. After playing it on the Wii, i was actually able to see a noticeable difference. On both versions, you see that familiar illustrated loading screen seen in GTA (as i mentioned from the cover). Trading in your guns for slingshots, you run around campus instead of a city, but basically the same idea — with no vehicles to drive (sorry). And of course, a that offbeat sense of humor that Rockstar games seem to have. But this is all fun stuff, so i didn't see a problem. So the Wii version, may look like trash (like the PS2) when you play it, but the controls make up for it. The studio did a good job translating the controls to the Wii to make it work as close to real life as the could. When you make a right handed punch you punch with your right, left, left, etc. I couldn't contain myself from laughing the first time i did it.

My recommendation is, if you have both the 360 and the Wii, buy it from the Wii. It's much more fun, and the graphics aren't THAT much worse... i guess.

Sorry if this was totally boring for people who don't enjoy video games.

-Dusel

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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Just Dandy.

A couple photos from the trip...
the drive to Pennsylvania involved a lot of this.

the Christmas in the country:

I think my mom and step dad are going to buy a Wii:


I am home safely, only partially unpacked, totally beat, but glad to be back with my friends in KCMo.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Off the Horse, but Back in the Saddle.

I'm dedicating this blog post to my domestic side... sometimes, I'm slightly more domestic than i might like... luckily, it is in a boyish artistic way.

Thanksgiving's Rice Crispy Turkey
Thanks Em for modeling that leg.


"Light My Tree" Christmas Party's Anatomically Correct Gingerbread People
It was almost too easy with the supplies i had to work with.


Kosher Wine and Wii Party/Potluck
This might require a little more explaining. Though it was called kosher, the food didn't necessarily have to be. Follow? Basically, because it was the first day of Hanukah today, the same day as my potluck, some how the choice was made of have it a Jewish food theme. This is the result of the stew i made for it. It definitely seemed like a hit. I wish i was smart enough to have taken a "before picture" as well. Thanks to those who made my little get together a personal success.


Sometimes, i just enjoy rocking out.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Game of World Domination

I'm a huge geek.

"if my mind's the weapon, my heart's the extra clip."

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Longing For the Coast Line

Lately, myself and others have been noticing i have been running myself ragged. I have a lot on my mind, but what else is new right? Other than the constant troubles of being single and alike, I have made my life even more difficult by looking for a new place to live.

I just recently renewed my rent on my current apartment for a 6 month term. Now, i am in contact with rental agencies, realtors, credit unions, friends, family... everyone, so that in six months i don't have to be in this apartment. I even updated my resume on Monster.com just in case. ;)

Other than "moving", some things in my life are getting me a little livid. Things that really shouldn't. I am just as guilty of letting online communities control my life as anyone else, but I hate when people act like doesn't mean a big deal but it does. Besides all this, i feel like I have finally found some things to take my mind off my heartbreak. I feel like i just can't be "stress free", so something new to be stressed about helps. It's nice. I am going to censer myself from further information, but i think i am feeling better?

My friend Julie contacted me tonight to do a little bragging. Haha. Today she started her job at Marvel in New York. Yeah, the comic book (movie, multimedia, etc.) company. She knew that if anyone appreciate it I would. I feel as if she had every right to brag. The job sounds stupendous and she has the resume/portfolio to land it now. Lots of congratulations go to her. Even though i am extremely jealous.

I sorta wish i was home right now... i feel like i wouldn't have to worry about any of this. I know i shouldn't live in the past, but i can't help but wonder how different my life would be if Hallmark and I would have never worked out. So much would be different, but would it be better? I like to hope not.

Speaking of home, I am picking up Heather from the airport tomorrow. I look forward to her stories.

Tonight, i took a break from all this and played some Tiger Woods Golf and Zelda. It has actually been quiet a while since i have just sat down and played the Wii. Zelda is a long, in-depth game, that keeps my mind focused on puzzles and mind games. On the other hand Tiger Woods was getting me a little frustrated. EIther way, both of them gave me a good break tonight.

It was definately a good thing that i hadn't bought my iMac yet, for a bunch of reasons. One, is the new iMac. Man, it is sexy as hell. Unfortunately, it still hasn't done anything with the premiere of the new OSX. It's still coming out on an unmarked date in October. iLife '08 on the other hand comes with the the new computers. One thing i think is neat about Apple is all of their "copy" on their website, etc. is very personable and conversational when they are explaining their computers.

I thought this was funny. As you may well know, i am a big fan of anime. But i don't think i could ever be this big a fan.... or could i?

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Cloaked

Ok, a hodge-podge of stuff today:

The WWF (the World Wildlife Foundation, not Wrestling) often seems to come up with ingenius advertising. This one I think is definately along those lines:


As i promised, i am going to post briefly on the movie trailer that is making more waves then half of the summer blockbusters. 1-18-08 (or Cloverfield or The Parasite). Click the link for the trailer page. Notice a lack of title anywhere. The trailer leaves you feeling the same way. What the public does KNOW is the movie is by J.J. Abrams. He is the dude who brought us such masterpieces such as LOST!, Alias, MI:III and the new Star Trek film. Drew Goddard who was worked with Abrams before is writing. The director, Matt Reeves, did... Felicity. OK. It pretty much has to be a "monster movie." The trailer makes that pretty obvious. A website emerged soon after the trailer was premiered with the Transformers movie. It has been updated with pictures that are along the same lines as the trailer. I have to mention the nice action scripting on the site. Also the site, Ethan Haas Was Right, which hasn't been officially linked to the movie but has something to do with a city being destroyed and these futuristic looking puzzles that unlock movies of a man talking about a "resistance." If these are linked in any way i am going to say it is an alien invasion movie. I'm 3 puzzles in. Already people are nerding out and making ridiculous theories without really knowing anything solid. Flipping the pictures on the official site, reading unto the hidden videos on the puzzle site. Speculations that the movie will be film completely on a "handheld", from a first person point-of-view makes sense, based on the fact that this is how the trailer was filmed. Also people are saying it's based on the H.P. Lovecraft Cthulhu. I think the nerds just get a hard-on over this character. I sorta get a semi. But i'm not going to count on that. Thats all i will post on this for now. All this mystery gives me something to do while Lost is off the air.


I wish this were a joke. Well, it is a joke, it's just not fake. To add insult to injury, thats Jason Lee in the corner as David Seville, and Dave Cross is in it too. If the poster holds true, i hear the movie starts out in Compton with a drive-by shooting, where the Chipmunks are caught up in the crazy world of cocaine and gang wars.

365 Portraits. I know i have posted this already. But added to the list of portraits, is my friend Kristen. And she looks fantastic.

Wii Fitness and wii Balance board it tells you your BMI and changes your Mii to fit the discription. I might just have to get this. The board is pretty like the Wii. See ya gym, video games are taking your spot.

I actually have something to look forward to when i get home today. I have some Vegetarian chili cooking on my new crockpot. I'll let you know how it turns out.

love, Josh

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Sunday, July 8, 2007

Making Scars

My trip is over. I am "home" safe and sound, well over 2000 miles later. I definitely learned some things while gone. I learned just how far away i am from my hometown, i know that people actually wanted to see me while i was home, and I learned some things about myself.

After the long drive friday, i just went to bed when i got home. Saturday I went on a quick run, talked to my mom about fiances, tried to fix their computer, and made a blog post. It felt like i was al grown up. At 5 I went over to the Walberts, then i picked up where i left off. It was like high school/college. We watched TV, played video games, and ate. It was a good time.

Next day:
Live Free, Die Hard - I saw it. If you didn't at least give it a try, you are a communist. Yeah, i said it. John McClain is the most American man out there. Not seeing this film is just plain unpatriotic. With that said, the movie was just was good as i hoped. The action scenes were a little over the top, but no more so than the previous movies of the trilogy. The story is basically this: A cop stuck in the past, is confronted by a new-aged problem over his head, and the only common language between them is ass-kicking. When an elite group of hackers, led by an ex-government employee, tries to run the world into the ground with computer viruses, John McClain, a rundown NYPD detective has to stop them. He gets wrapped up in this by accident (a little cliche), but it becomes personal. Action-packed from beginning until end, like every movie should be.

Then dinner with my Mom, Stan, my sister Kayla, her boyfriend Justin, Stan's daughter Jill, and her boyfriend Rich. It ended with Stan drunk, me feeling weird about everyone being racist and talking about murders.

Monday, was Pizza Hut Buffet, a little picking up chics*, and bowling. Tuesday, a bike ride, lots of sitting around, blogging, Kyle and I picked up Nick, then Wii with Mark and Erin. Nick stayed at my house the rest of the week. Wednesday, the 4th:

Transformers - Saw this too. Not as good as Die Hard, but this was also amazing. When you bring a childhood classic to life in a way that looks as good as this movie, you have awesomeness. It was a little cheesy at parts, but not enough to ruin the film for me. Really if you don't know what the Transformers are... you must have missed the 80's. But... Sam Witwiki (Shia), a kid who gets his first car ends up to be Bumblebee (my favorite Transformer), a classic Camaro. Sam has the key to the Autobots stopping Megatron and the evil Decepticons from getting "the cube," which is the means to Earths destruction. Megan Fox, who plays Sam's love interest, Mikaela also makes the movie even more entertaining. She is gorgeous! The battles are awesome, the cars are cool, and the girls are hot. A summer must see. I can't even think of anything to complain about at the moment.

We then played horse shoes, drank beer, and played the Transformers video game (lots of that on this trip obviously). Dinner on the Grill, fireworks in the front lawn, and watched Shooter is how the day ended. It was a success i felt. Thursday, I got my oil changed, then we picked up chics* in King of Prussia. My dad and I then went for Chinese and had a good talk. He and I are a lot alike in some ways. I hope i can grow up to be like him, but be able to fix the mistakes he made in his life. Friday, we watched Man vs Wild (Bear Grills is more man than anyone), I wooped up at mini-golf, and watched Smoking Aces. I went to bed at 2 in the morning, only to get up at 7:30 to drive 1080 miles home the next morning.

I brought back a 24 case of Yuengling Light, 4 half gallons of Turkey Hill iced tea, a crock-pot, a bed-frame, an acoustic guitar, the Die Hard Collection (for $9.99!), pictures, and a sunburn on my left arm only.

I feel as if now i am going to live life as if every decision was already made for me. Good or bad. Every event shapes me. I hope this will give me a little more confidence to talk to girls. I'm sure i will elaborate on this later.

out.

*picking up chics is pretty much just going to the mall while nick and kyle poke fun at me for being a wimp.

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Trees Are So in Right Now

You thought i was giving up huh? Fat chance suckers.

Today was something else. I worked all morning on a card, only to have someone tell me all the things i should do to it. Sadly, I feel like i should take their advice because my cards don't look "classic humor" enough. Blah. Basically, it's everything i learned to hate in college. Drop shadows, gradients, mixing CAPS and lower case in ways you shouldn't. All well.

I left early from work to help Lindsey move. I am pretty beat, but I'm sure she appreciated it. Everyone is getting a house out here. Hers is a really nice place. A place i can see myself in as well. It would be nice to have a roommate though for something like that. It makes me kinda wonder if i want one too. Hm... This is me wondering.

I have every intention of going home now. I'll be back in PA over the 4th. I am psyched. I'm putting together a list of things to do a home. You'll see it... I mean i post pretty much everything happening in my life on this thing.

Any links Josh? I'm afraid not. Well not design links. Lets focus on music, because the interesting design stuff, i feel, is slim this week.
The Starting Line has an amazing cover here. At least i think so. Album out in July. Philly represent!

Manchester Orchestra. Do not be deceived this is not an actual orchestra. Indie-rock ala Brand New and Nada Surf.

Also check out Cartel. OK, so i am a big girl listening to pop-punk still. But it's just so damn catchy. Their new single Lose it... awesome. Thats all i feel like giving up.

Obviously, tree's are so in. and cool type.

Chances are, no updates for a little. I have a fun weekend ahead of me. But i will tell you about it after it's over.

Remember how the PS3 sucks? I do. Wii sold 338,000 consoles last month. ps3... 58,000. ouch.

love, Josh.

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

The Battle. The Defeat. The War.

Robot Chicken, the crazy action figure stop motion animation TV show is doing a full 30 minute special on Star Wars. Watch this clip and know why i am excited. SUNDAY played over and over again all night.


Upfront. I am pathetic, and low on confidence, so i come to the online communities for false affection because i can't get it in real life. But no such luck. this devils site, i'm in like with you has taken what i have left of my dignity and ground it into digital dirt. However, i am grateful for the people who actually read this blog. So thank you Jenna and Taylor for the confidence booster.

So, last night i was pretty angry. About the normal stuff, of course. I am almost over it now... ...yeah. But, seriously a ton of sleep should supposedly fix everything. After happy hour last night, i took at 2 hour nap, then woke up and watched "Bourne Supremacy" and a partial amount of "Never Say Never Again" (which is not an official Bond movie despite popular belief), played some Zelda, and watched UFO shows until eventually my eyes gave way and i passed out. This morning i slept until almost noon, totaling about 11 hours of sleep.

My plans for today are pathetic at best. I have to take back some movies to Blockbuster, I will probably rent a game in exchange, then i'll come back here and try and fix up the place. I have now made it my effort to have girls tour my pad that have never been here before. i need to look less like a slob in order them to tour the bedroom as well (if you know what i mean). if all works according to plan, this blog's content could take a turn for the worse... or better depending on how you look at it. Back on track, tonight i have plans loose plans for bowling, and dinner. i don't like how all my plans are loose.

loose plans sink ships...

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Monday, May 28, 2007

In Memory of... Part 4

In memory of all those who have fallen in battle, I killed Nazi's today... on Medal of Honor of course. The controls are really shitty, but I am still getting better at the game.


lunch looks better on a nice new plate from urban outfitters. yum. nothing goes better with peach tea then turkey sandwiches... at least thats how my pallet feels.

I left the apartment only once to go to the gym, after that, I just lounged around in my boxers all day. I put up shelves, cleaned up the place, caught up with some people. All in all it was an OK Memorial Day. I miss Heather though.

The things i didn't do were the things i really wanted to; make a comic, design my tattoo, fix my blog.... all well. The LONG weekend is over.

I like porn. that is all.

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

In Memory of... Part 2

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I'm not sure what happens when you make a mess out of it though. You feel like quite the bachelor when you make dry pancakes and burnt eggs. However, it was still good. Besides the fact my stomach is a little upset. I felt it was only right to make breakfast this morning, being that I almost always go out.

I'm sick of seeing movies about penguins coming out. fuck penguins.

Then I played the Wii for a few hours.

The Zelda game is ballin'. I'm particularly glad i bought that game. It doesn't quite make use of the Wii-mote as i would have liked but the game play and the story line are awesome. The new Metal of Honor game is a lot of fun. Aim and shoot. However, the controls are terrible. It's a struggle to accomplish a mission without looking at the floor or the sky unwillingly. Or possibly, whilst trying to reload; doing an about-face and ending up in a crouch. I needed to get a game though that wasn't a string of mini games to liven up my collection. I am much happier now.

After a short bike ride, a trip to Home Depot to by a drill (and some other things), and finally to Heather's to fix up some stuff and clean, I ended up with a headache and went back home. Once i was home, I was significantly less productive and eventually ended up back on the Wii.

I'm not really sure where the day went. I guess getting up at noon didn't help. Yet, it is after 2.

I felt adult today... other then watching Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and playing video games... other wise... pretty mature.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

In Memory of... Part 1.

Today, I realized that Kansas City isn't much of a hot spot for vacations. Of course, I realized this before, but today the roads were empty, there were no evening plans made, and many of my friends have gone home. I don't really know where everyone goes. Certainly not the beach. Maybe thats why there is no one on the roads, because to go anywhere worth while for Memorial Day you have to fly.

The airport was no busier then normal today. I was there this morning at 6 to start Heather and Riley home. It was a pretty normal trip. Quiet. Typical conversation. McDonald's food. I miss them, but they are probably having a lot better time in Pa.

Someone new moved in today. a college aged girl if i had to guess. I hope she is better then the other neighbors, some of these people are just plan annoying. I also noticed the new neighbor in the dumpster out back, in the form of an enormous raccoon. I will get him on film soon.

I dropped 300 bones on stuff tonight. I got what i needed in groceries for the next couple weeks. But the exciting items include; the Zelda Wii game, and Medal of Honor for the Wii, and the Used CD. The best part involves a short story:
As I was leaving Best Buy i was checking over my receipt because i felt i was getting shorted on my savings when it came to my coupons. Once I analyzed the items, and debated returning to the customer service counter to get more money off, I realized that i had walked out with a $25 Afro Samurai DVD. So needless to say i didn't re-enter the store, and i went on my marry way.

I am trying to think of ways to keep me busy today.

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Monday, April 9, 2007

Holiday in the City

When you are a kid, you think about how cool everything will be when you grow up. Once you hit college, you realize that growing up means moving away and, well, "growing up". You join the work force, and forget all the fun you had as a kid...

One thing holds true... It's Easter Monday, and it's about an hour from the end of the day here. I have kept myself suprisingly busy for most of the day, and even took a shorter lunch then usual, so i figured I deserved to take a little down time to write something in my blog. It's sucks we even had to come in today. What happened to almost a week off of school.

To keep you updated: I haven't updated in a while because my time has been occupied by the new love of my life; Riley. Riley, is Heathers 8 week old Boston Terrier that we are currently trying to house train, feed, etc. I have been spending more time at her place in the last week then I had all together since she moved into the new apartment. Riley is definately worth it. And I feel like it's helping between Heather and I too. More importantly (just joking, or am I), I got a Nintendo Wii the Saturday before Riley got here. The Wii is pretty much everyone expects it to be. FUCKING AWESOME!

As different as life is now, we still find ways to hold on to childhood and have a good time, such as the Wii. Holidays certainly have changed. Instead of the traditional Easter Sunday were my family would go to church and then eat a small dinner midafternoon, eating candy all the while in between. This year, I woke up late, ate McDonald's Breakfast, then Papa Johns for Easter Dinner. All the while, we took care of the dog, and played the Wii. Of course. I did call my parents, but neither one was available to talk. I feel like friends are closer then family... I feel like that has been like that for a while now. Kansas City was just an excuse to make it a legit reason why. The highlight? Heather got me an Easter Basket. I think it was the timing of it that caught me off guard... but i feel like i need to be more appreciative of it to her. I am pretty thankful for my friends here (especially Heather).

All-in-all, i still think it was a good Easter (and good last couple weeks since I had posted). It wasn't very traditional, but maybe this is a new tradition i could get used to.

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