March 10, 2013

Why Create THOSE???

So, remember that cold I had?  For the most part, the symptoms have gone completely away, except for one: the cough.  The cough has stuck around like the last guest at a party, the one who just won't take the hint to get out.  Still, it hasn't been a bad thing... it sounded bad, but really didn't hurt or anything like that.  But then, last night, just as I was getting ready to go to sleep, I had one big cough...

...and it felt like most of the contents of those trays were jammed a spot just below my ribs on the left side.  From the amount of pain involved, I thought I had just broken a rib.  After a couple of minutes, I realized I hadn't, because I could breathe without pain.  I went to the Immediate Care place nearby this afternoon.  X-rays were taken, and the new diagnosis came down: I have bronchitis and perhaps a muscle tear.  It only hurts when I cough.  Or twist.

Or have this happen.
I've been given Azithromycin, and a prescription for a cough medicine that I want to have checked out by my doctor due to my heart thingy.  But hopefully this will make me better soon... I don't want to be sick for the first F1 race of the year.

UPDATE: I realized just now that I never did get around to explaining the title of this post.  When I ask "Why create those???", I'm referring to viruses that cause this whatever-it-is that I've got.  Both Ph.Duck and his spouse are dealing with it, and from what he was told, the ick that's in this area is actually two viruses, one piggybacking on the other.  One brings the cold/flu symptoms, the other carries the crap I'm dealing with.  I'd love love love to know why these things came to be. 

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March 09, 2013

Some AMVs

It's been a while since I've coughed up an AMV post, mostly because I've sorta dropped out of the AMV scene.  However, earlier today I stumbled across a post over at Ben's place that reminded me of how fun they can be... and how good they can be when they're done right.  The "Forever" video sent me browsing for others. 

First I stumbled across Nostromo's Running Man.

For a long while, I believed that Nostromo was the greatest technical video editor AMVs would ever see.  That doesn't mean he makes the best videos, just the most impressive as accomplishments, if that makes sense.  I mean, Thrust SSC is a great technical success, but you're not gonna go to the grocery store in it. 

From there, I wound up with this on my screen:

Ileia might be the best editor at "internal sync" you'll find.  EVERYthing is to the beat, even if it's not obvious.  Her work feels more "right" than Nostromo's, more fun.  From there, though, I discovered that she had done a zombie version of the greatest AMV of all time, which lead me back to track down that very classic:

That was made in 2002.  If someone asked me what the point of AMVs were, I'd show 'em Odorikuruu.  It's 100% distilled fun in a four-minute viddy.

But then I found an AMV that literally made me cry weep manly tears.

I've made an AMV.  I know it was pretty decent, particularly for a first try.  I also know that, no matter how hard I try, I could never come up with something as good as this.  It's very subtle, but there's something surprisingly awesome to this one.  I can't put my finger on it, but it's there.

Which is why I put this post together tonight... because I wanted to share that awesomeness.

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March 08, 2013

Vividred Operation Ep07

Keeping up the routine.  Keeping up the routine.  That's what it's all about with my writeups for Vividred Operation.  It's not a bad show at all, it just hasn't caught me the way the other three completed writeup series (Ga-Rei Zero, Rio Rainbow Gate!, High School of the Dead) did.  No, I'm not going to drop it... I'm too far into it to do that.  Besides, it's not like I have anything else to write about right now.  So what the heck, let's take a look at what's going on after the debacle that was Ep06.

It seems like the RHF was out late, defeating another Alone.  How lame must this one have been to not even get any screen-time?  Are there nerdy Alones?  Was this Alone the equivalent of having a bowl cut, coke-bottle glasses and a pocket protector?  Was it picked on by the other Alones, shoved into lockers, tripped in the hallway, that sort of thing?  Finally, it had enough and decided that it'd show all those bullies and took its shot at doing something none of the others could manage: destroying the Phlebotinum Engine!  Then maybe the cute Alone cheerleaders would pay attention to him!  Hope you feel proud, RHF and the rest of Team Aquos.  I hope you're really happy as you drool onto your breakfast.  That Alone was just trying to be loved... is that too much to ask for?  And you guys were just like all the rest, you slapped a "Kick Me" sign on its back, took its lunch money and then disposed of it.  Buncha bullies, that's what you are!  Meanwhile, as "Our Hero" sleeps through breakfast...

...Hot Dark Girl Rei and her kickarse scarf lament their failure to destroy the world.  Again.  Worse, it took another of her powerups, leaving her with six.  More importantly, she's running out of episodes to accomplish her task.  If she ever shows up with a rubber duck, I'm going to just go out of my mind... in a good way, not a creepy way.

Well, maybe it'd be a little bit creepy.  I wouldn't be proud of it, though.

more...

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March 07, 2013

Now I'm Grumpy.

90 minutes of work on the Vividred Operation Ep07 writeup, right down the old bitbucket.  All because I couldn't remember the name of a yo-yo trick.


It'll be done tomorrow.  Now, I'm grumpy.

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March 05, 2013

Snow Day! Snow Day!

Duck U is closed today due to inclement weather.  To whit: lotsa snow!

It's a snow day!

UPDATE: As of 9pm, we're looking at 9.6" of snow on the ground here at Pond Central.  Far and away our heaviest snowfall of the winter.  In March.  When it's supposed to be over and done with.  *sigh*  I tell ya, Nature.

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March 04, 2013

Vodka... Definitely Vodka


For anybody interested, NBC Sports Network will be showing their F1 preview show this coming Thursday at 8pm Central.  Oh, and one week from today?  F1 on SPEED NBCSN for Australia.  It's back, my friends.

It.

Is.

BACK.

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March 03, 2013

Name This Mystery Ship XXIII

Here ya go, the first Mystery Ship of 2013:

Take your best shot!  Remember, no cheating... winner gets a post of their very own (no pr0n, religion or politics, though).  One guess per customer.  Post no bills.  Winners warm up with Malt-o-Meal.

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March 02, 2013

Is THIS What You Want? (UPDATED!)

IS IT???

It is?  Oh.  Well.  Cool then.  Carry on.  I'll be over in the corner, wondering where my lungs went.

Update: Found 'em!

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