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November 19th, 2014
01:30 am


Five Nights at Freddy's
So for those of you who have their finger on the pulse of the internet, three months ago a little title was released: Five Nights at Freddy's. It's where you work as a security guard at a Chuck E. Cheese-like place where the animatronics are allowed to wander at night, and you have to prevent them from catching you.

The game was incredibly popular with Let's Players due to the jumpscares and the reaction videos.

I typically can't play these games. I hate jumpscares. However, this game has a lot of backstory which is slowly doled out to you through occasional newspaper clippings... it's very difficult to notice on the first playthrough, but a lot of eagle-eye players saw a story about 5 kids who went missing at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, and the place was shut down shortly thereafter for "mucus and odor emanating from the animatronics".

Around the time that this game was released, I had just come off of a 18-hour high of playing video games for Extra Life, a charity for hospitals all across North America. I hadn't hit my goal so I decided - hey, why don't I play this scary game and ask for donations if people liked it?

As such! I played the first one. Be forewarned, this game is creepy and has a couple of jumpscares -- but I have added annotations so that if you need a little warning, there are warnings! ::)

Here's my first run at Five Nights at Freddy's (with a cameo from the wife and a not-so-great video quality):

And then three months after the first game came out, the sequel was released! And so, on Day One I recorded myself playing it completely not knowing what to expect.

Here's Five Nights at Freddy's 2 (now with more editing!):

I figured that I'd put this here because I want to spread these videos as far and wide as possible, and I'm certain some people will get a kick out of me screaming like a little girl. A friend has asked me if I was going to try again and really, I think I will soon! And if you're interested in donating, feel free to at the following link!

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October 19th, 2014
03:35 am


Gone Too Soon.
A couple of weeks ago, one of my friends, Garfield Turner, got into a vehicular accident and passed away. Today was his funeral and celebration of life. This was the second funeral that I've had to attend in as many months, and this one was just as hard and I wish it didn't happen.

I didn't know Garfield very well, I will admit. He is a friend of a friend of mine. But you wouldn't know that if you saw us together. He loved everyone as if they were his best friend, he dedicated his time to you.

The funeral was quite grand. A lot of people came out, and something that really stood out was that at least a hundred people from his cheerleading crew attended, one of the many groups he's been dedicating his time to for the past five years - and that made up only about a quarter to a fifth of the entire attendance.

I'll reiterate what was said by one of the people at the funeral: He was a Bucket-Filler. In today's schools they are teaching children that your bucket - filled with love, warmth, compassion, and caring - is not entirely filled by yourself, but by others. While you give compassion, friendliness and warmth, you fill others' buckets, and in return, it fills yours. Garfield was one of the best Bucket-Fillers that anyone has ever seen, with an unwavering compassion and a never-ending stream of compliments and gratitude, and I could see so many people nodding in agreement today.

He lived his life to the fullest. He enjoyed everything. He always smiled. He did what he wanted to do. He was always joking, always playing around, sometimes even making a fool of himself - but you know that it put a smile on people's faces. His enthusiasm and dedication would brighten any situation.

One of the songs played at the ceremony was Gone Too Soon. He truly is Gone Too Soon. I still don't know if I'm processing it correctly even after everything I saw today.

I miss his contagious smile already. Every time I say, type, or even think it I can't help but cry. If I have anything to take away from what I saw today, is that he was universally loved and respected. If I could aspire to even have a quarter of the compassion and love that Garfield had for his fellow friends (and by that, I mean everybody), then I would be a better person.

You will be missed by the world, Garfield.

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September 18th, 2014
03:33 am


This has been a kinda hard weekend for me, and it's taken me until now to even put together into words what I need to say. My Uncle Steve passed away...Collapse )

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August 3rd, 2014
07:45 pm


Studio Ghibli is closing its doors
So word came out today that Studio Ghibli will close up shop and just work on managing its copyrights.

This is sad news to come across today.

A couple of days ago I reposted something on Tumblr regarding Miyazaki's thoughts on the inevitable closing, comments which were made long before the announcement happened. At the time, was just something whimsical and thoughtful. Today, I revisited it and gave a small sendoff at the bottom.

I really don't think I have much else to say about this.

EDIT: It didn't even last 30 years. This saddens me MORE.

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February 9th, 2014
11:07 pm


Arcade Café
Back last year (a couple of months ago), we had a Movie Night where we watched a pair of movies, one of which was Wreck-it Ralph. Ever since I had that night, I kept thinking about Flitwick's Arcade, and how there aren't any arcades in Toronto anymore. (At least, not ones that I'm aware of.)

I've been thinking a lot about whether or not if I want to run a Café with arcade machines in it. I don't even know if I want to pursue my Cuppies or baked goods anymore (I fear I won't be able to keep up the pace) but I still want a place for people to relax and enjoy a coffee, internet, and maybe a game or two.

When I was little, I remember once being pulled away from a session of Donkey Kong Jr at the supermarket as my Mom was done shopping and the store was closing. I never played that particular game again. I think I need resolution.

Out at one of my grandmother's cottages, we once took the boat out for gas and I caught my first glimpse of a Baby Pac-Man machine. This is a combination Video-Pinball machine, one of the very few machines of its kind. The gameplay isn't perfect (the ghosts are a lot more difficult than the traditional Pac-Man games and you need to play pinball in order to enable the power-ups) but I always wanted one of those machines because of its uniqueness.

When I own my own café, I want four arcade machines: Fix-it Felix Jr, Baby Pac-Man, Donkey Kong Jr., and maybe another machine that I would swap out from time to time.

Now, unfortunately, The Pinball Café that was located in Parkdale closed down due to several different reasons, of which there's no clear answer as to which was the real answer - they were in the midst of a battle with the City for a Zoning Variation, never got a Business License (because of said Zoning License issue), the City was doing a study in Parkdale and there's a specific Parkdale law about not having more than two arcade machines in a food establishment... so I definitely wouldn't want to set up shop in Parkdale.

I keep thinking about a coffee franchise, something like a Java Joe's, something that I wouldn't need to make anything other than a few sandwiches and snacklike things. Right now though, I just need to focus on staying at Bell and get myself comfortable before I launch myself into something else.

Not that I haven't thought about this much or anything... ;)

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December 26th, 2013
11:04 pm


Merry Christmas!
Hi everyone!

I bet you're all stunned that I'm updating, but I'm still alive and kicking!

I wanted to wish everyone a wonderful belated Holiday Season, and I plan to start updating things here again soon. I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things and wanting to get back in touch with all my friends, so look for more posts from me (including a long-overdue WEDDING post) in the near future :)

Take care, see you all soon!

Tama :)

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September 6th, 2013
09:59 pm


Another post on the WEDDING and BACHELOR PARTY coming up, but this has been sitting here for quite some time and I feel SO OUT OF TOUCH with people, especially since I barely have MENTIONED the wedding...

So I'm kinda puttering about here today, and I've been kinda left alone with my thoughts, and I've been thinking that I should write up a bit to try to find some direction in my life.

Don't get me wrong, "Willy Wonka" is a pretty sweet title to have (no pun intended). But While I should be living "in the now", I've been thinking to the future (I keep thinking about Legacy and what I will leave behind) and so I want to see what really interests me and who inspires me.

I also was wondering why no-one had responded to this post only to discover that I had never posted it!

So, without further ado, here's my list of people who inspire me :)

Cut for lengthCollapse )I'm curious. These are only the few that have jumped to mind since I started thinking about these things. I must have more people who I see as inspiring to me. Feel free to ask about any category and I'll look into my memorybanks to see if I have someone who I look up to!

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July 25th, 2013
11:25 pm


I miss Japan.
I just sat down to watch a documentary titled "Jiro Dreams of Sushi". (There's a good New Yorker article about the movie.) As I'm making my way through it, watching the wonderful sweeping shots of Japan, the Tsukiji Fish Market and the auction, and the Japanese mentality of work, and I'm kinda wanting to go back to Japan. I miss it...

...I'll admit that I'm pretty easily influenced, too. All the glorious food porn images of the sushi is making me hungry for some sushi pretty badly.

I have been finally been able to breathe and think now that I'm working at The Chocolate Factory, and it's been so welcoming. I've missed having the odd thought like remembering Independent Women as performed by kittens. (and I'm so sorry that I haven't updated this in ages, my thoughts all end up on Twitter these days, in small, 140-character chunks.) Being able to sit at home without worrying if the bakery is burning down or tensely waiting for that call at 8pm when a cashier doesn't know how to do the End-of-Day. Management at COBS was definitely not for me!

While I love what I'm doing, I do have to think about the future too and see just what I really want to do or what comes next. Admittedly working as a Candymaker is a pretty sweet job, no pun intended! There is the occasional moment where I wonder if what I'm doing is good, or if I could be doing something else, but right now, making chocolate = incredibly awesome. I have to watch my parents' dog this weekend so there may be a few moments of introversion as I'm left all alone in a big house.

I've been playing a lot of Antichamber lately. The Steam Summer Sale really pushed me to pick up a few games. I've been really spending more time thinking about what games I want to play that I would actually enjoy. That said, I haven't even cracked open Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask yet (still need to finish the Last Specter), and Kid Icarus Uprising. Club Nintendo also gifted me with Link's Awakening, so I've also got that on my 3DS, my first virtual 3DS Nintendo purchase. So I'm awash in games and don't know what I should be playing next! XD

The wedding is in less than a month now! Most of our ducks are in a row, and things are going pretty well for that - I have Christine to thank for that, she's organizing things really well. I think at this point all we really need to do is show up! ^^

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June 8th, 2013
04:07 pm


My thoughts on the WiiU and upcoming consoles
Well, let me preface this by saying that I've always been a Nintendo fanboy, I only have an XBox 360 because of an awesome price, and I've never really had the desire to get a PS3 (despite its numerous exclusives), so I may be a bit biased.

However, in looking at the WiiU, which has launched over 6 months ago, and the upcoming Xbox One and PS4, I would say that the only system I would even consider getting is the WiiU, and even then, I have my reservations.

The WiiU doesn't really have many games on there yet, and it hasn't taken off like the Wii did. EA recently mentioned that they weren't planning on supporting the WiiU due to the lack of interest, then backpedaled, but whatever their current stance is, it's not like I was all that interested in EA games anyways, most of them were First-Person Shooters and Sports games, both of which were not in my line of sight.

The conflict I have is that currently my Wii is partially broken: my Wii seems to forget my Video settings every time I turn it off, so I have to switch the cables to a Composite Feed, change the Video settings, change the cables again, then reset the thing. Then there's the fact that my Wii locks up a lot and seems to be overheating. If anything, I would be buying a WiiU for the Wii backwards compatibility since I wanted to finish the games on the Wii which I can't at the moment.

However, one of the items that I've noticed in regards to the WiiU is that it is a Nintendo console, and Nintendo has been releasing a lot of its backlog through the eShop. davidn's Stumbling Through for Super Metroid reminded me of all the incredible games that came out during my childhood, and a lot of the modern fare is not appealing to me. Nintendo could theoretically release a lot of the older games onto the eShop (heck, we were getting Commodore64 games on the Wii!) and I would be really pleased with that.

Am I hesitant to pick up a WiiU right now? Yes. Despite the lack of games, I have confidence that Nintendo will roll out some of their older titles which I could pick up on the cheap. They still don't have that "killer app" that makes people purchase the system. They're the only place where I can play Zelda and Mario games. But right now, I kinda want to go back and play the older games and relive a bit of childhood. It's kinda like the WiiU is a time machine, a little backwards-compatibility that lets me legally play the oldschool games without salvaging my NES out of storage. :P

I wonder what will come up in a week's time after E3's big announcements are done. I doubt my stance will change but I wonder if it will influence me at all.

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June 5th, 2013
10:55 pm


Updates on the Job Front 2
Well, that was fast. Not three days after my previous posting (friends-only link) about leaving COBS and the prospective jobs that I was looking out for, I went on Tuesday to The Chocolate Factory to learn about what they do and lend a hand for a day.

Once I got there, I met the owner, really nice guy, and without even starting my work, he told me my starting pay, and said "Welcome to the team". By the end of the shift I had made 18 batches of fudge with the family, and I was on the payroll, simple as that.

So, I've moved from my job as a Bakery Manager to -- get this -- a Candymaker. :D

The Chocolate Factory is a family-run business, not too many people work there. The Mom-and-Pop feel is still present (it is a Mom-and-Pop with their daughter helping out), despite the wide variety of products that are made. Almost 30 years ago, they started with fudge and eventually moved into items like hard candies, chocolates, and truffles. Every day they typically make something different - not to keep it fresh and interesting, but to make what's being ordered for the next few days. In one day you can make a LOT of one particular item (i.e. 18 batches of fudge is enough for maybe 500 of those "blocks" of fudge that you buy at the store), so over the next month I'll likely see a lot of different items being made. (I'm kinda excited to see the Hard Candy machine in use, admittedly...)

For the first month I'll be there for 4 days a week (Tuesday-Friday) as it's actually a quieter time, but we'll be getting ready for Christmas soon enough (!), so it'll eventually graduate onto a 5-shift week. Even so, four days a week is a good opportunity for me to gradually get into the swing of things.

I still can't believe that I ended up finding this position. Of all places, I found it on Craigslist. I applied probably about 10 days ago, and had an interview with them only last week... and then started working with them the day before my last day at COBS. (They wanted me to come in today, and I had to tell them "let me just finish out my previous job first!" XD) This is kinda absurd but I'm already amazed.

I guess I need to tell the other interviewers that I've already found a position... but hey, Candymaker. :D

Current Mood: CANDYMAKER. :D

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