OMG PAX 2012

I would be lying to say if I weren’t amped, because I am. Several friends will be attending this year, the boyfriend will be there, and I’ll get to experience a bit of the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary for myself at the ACT Theatre.

Of course, there are some things on my mind that I’ve been worrying about:

– STUFF. Like, actual stuff. If I need to worry about bringing a laptop, what clothes to bring or how many (I’m factoring in if I want to dress up a little if I go out to dinner with the boyfriend), what to pack my shit in, etc etc. Thankfully the boyfriend will be there and can carry things. This is what is great about having a boyfriend. He acts as a humanoid pack mule. Too heavy for me to carry? Give it to the boyfriend. Too much to carry? Give it to the boyfriend? Need to use the restroom? Give everything to the boyfriend. The boyfriend is great. He may be bored and meh that he is being used in this way, but I will ensure he is properly compensated for his efforts!

– On a more serious note, I am worried about actually going to PAX and staying out. My father is having major surgery this week and he and my mom need help getting things done and making sure he’s taken care of. I know that the thought of them will always be on the back of my mind, and I’m tempted to go home at the end of the day just to check in on them with my own two eyes. I just… don’t really know what to do about it. I want to be with the boyfriend and friends, but family is damn important. I’m sure they’ll be fine and I may not have to go check in on them all the time, but I can’t help but worry. This is a big flaw of mine. I’m a worrywart. Thankfully there are cellphones and hopefully decent reception at the convention center…

– Meeting people. That anxiety of, “Will they like me?” sometimes fill my mind when I realize I’ll be meeting certain people for the first time in real life. I want to run and hide, so it will be a miracle if I stand my ground and force myself to get social. Most likely I will end up doing the later rather than the former, but I still think running away for the high lands should be an acceptable course of action.

I’ll be taking pictures and maybe trying to record certain things of my adventures at PAX. But more importantly, I’m going to try and have as much fun as possible. I’ve been looking forward to PAX since the 2011 PAX Prime event ENDED, and knowing friends will be coming has made the whole con seem even cooler than before.


Thoughts on Legend of Korra – Season 1

I have been trying very hard to will these thoughts away by trying to tell me that I should let go because its just a kid’s show. Then I start rewatching the episode on iTunes and I get riled up again to the point of wanting to punch something. So here I am at 11 p.m., at my desk and dozing off, and willing myself to write out my thoughts on Korra instead of stewing on them. Of course, the entry is primarily on the last episode and is full of spoilers. You have been warned.

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Frugal Microwave Popcorn

I am currently taking a Chem class in which we talked about a chemical called diacetyl. It is typically found on butter flavored foods such as microwave popcorn. Now, in small concentrations its not bad for you. When is it bad? When you’re working with it, inhaling it constantly, and you find yourself with something called Bronchiolitis Obliterans aka popcorn lungs. Now, if you are like myself and my professor, you’ll pause, gawk, stare, and maybe blink. Obliterans. Kinda like obliterate? Its not exactly the same, but it does give you a hint as to what is going on: your lungs are messed up and its irreversible. If its severe enough, you pretty much need a lung transplant in order to survive.

There is more to the story, of course, so I highly recommend checking this article out and googling others like it.

So now you are staring at this entry going, “wtf? What does this have to do with Frugal Microwave Popcorn?” I’m getting to it. Our professor pretty much gave us a quick, cheap way of eating popcorn and still from a microwave if we didn’t want to deal with other alternatives. She suggested this to assuage our fears and to give us options in case some of us were of the super paranoid type, wanted cheaper alternatives, or just wanted healthier options. Here is that recipe:

Frugal Microwave Popcorn
1/3 Cup of Popcorn Kernels
2 tbsp REAL Butter
½ tsp Salt (or seasonings of your choice)
Place all ingredients in a brown paper lunch bag. Fold top down twice, and “tab” to keep it closed. Microwave for 3-4 minutes or until pops are 3 seconds apart. Enjoy.

1) Use bacon grease instead of butter
2) Seasonings: cinnamon sugar, Italian seasoning, chili pepper, powdered parmesan cheese…

A Hodgepodge of Thoughts

I don’t know exactly where to start since my thoughts seem jumbled at the moment, so I plan to just separate it into different topics:

Final Fantasy XIV

I know I was pessimistic about the game last week. I feel a tad guilty about it, but in some ways… I don’t. It sort of felt good to get those thoughts out, but then also be taken aside after a small altercation on Twitter and be told a different side of the story that I hadn’t thought of. I felt I needed that, and it puts a lot of things into perspective concerning the game and its current status. Other than that, I’m happy to be going somewhere with Team Derp. We netted quite a bit of EXP and gil last Friday by just spamming Rank 30 three star leves. The best part? I didn’t feel like dozing off to sleep while doing the leves!

I hope to drag the guys to do NMs and such later this week. It will be good to at least try it, even if we aren’t properly set up for it. I’m kinda not worried about it anyway since things will be changing by the time next year rolls around, but who knows if it will stay or go or morph into something altogether different?

Star Wars: the Old Republic

Despite the quirks things going on with this game, I am charmed by it. Maybe because there is a greater conflict between good and evil, and I actually get to do things like torture and kill people for the hell of it. I think that is what it boils down to, really. Plus, I gotta give a game props if it is able to dissuade my boyfriend from creating a female character because he thinks that the male models are actually DECENT for once.

Sequence Break XIV

So, we renamed the podcast but are still the same kinda podcast, with the same kind of people, and the same kind of -ish going on. We have had bumps here and there, but I’m honestly super happy with the podcast we are doing. Its fun because we record it with the mindset of just having fun. The hits, the comments, and all the other jazz that come with it seem to be icing on the already delicious cake. What really gets to me though? The comments! I’m surprised that we are getting a comment or two from different people. Sure its not a bucket load of comments that some other podcasts get, but it getting that comment or two that really makes me feel warm and gushy inside. I think just getting a comment from a different person is amazing in and of itself. Not that I dislike the people who do comment regularly; but knowing just one other person is listening in is simply electrifying!

Razer Nostromo

Ok, so I bought this because of my wrist issues using my Microsoft Ergonomic keyboard while playing MMOs. The whole WASD and action hot keys mess was really hurting my wrists and making it increasingly harder to play for longer periods of time while on my keyboard. I also wanted more fluid movement while doing WASD and particular actions. I’ve dabbled with the Nostromo in WoW for a little bit on some old characters, and the result is fantastic! I had no problems whatsoever with movement and having abilities at my fingertips made gameplay easier than it was previously. I plan to dabble with it more in SWTOR, LoL, and maybe WoW. I would try it on FFXIV but that seems a little silly since it is far easier to play XIV with my old PS1 controller that it is to bother using the keyboard or keypad. Though I wonder if that will change when 2.0 is released….