Am I any of those?

This here’s a constantly under construction post, since I have no time to write nowadays.

I’m back from New York, and back in school. The day that I came back (1:00 AM) was the day that I would start my first day of school (8:00 AM).

The summer vacation’s so fuzzy now, so I’ll do a quick recap of the rest of my visit to New York.

I visited the World Trade Center. Nothing much to say here. It’s a big hole. Those beams in the shape of a cross they found are on display, making the place somewhat of a holy temple. Bleah.

We went to the biggest mall evar (or the 2nd largest in the US), the Palisades mall. There were NO DDR machines there, but a lot of Pump It Up machines with the volume turned down way too low, so I got to work on my diagonal skeelz.

I went kayaking on Lake Sebago, where my dad used to go to camp when he was a kid. If I ever get my NY comics up, there’s a strip about that.

My twin cousins, Adam and Matthew, celebrated their 13th birthdays at this amazing production called Medieval Times. Although the target audience is mainly small children, the show has some amazing jousting and swordfights. We’re seated in an arena and served a dinner of chicken and pork ribs, which we eat with our hands. I had a great time, because I like swords. Speaking of that, they had this store where they sold claymores and excaliburs and the like. I had enough money to get myself one, but I don’t think that airport security would much appreciate the extra carry-on.

Not much else that was very noteworthy on the vacation. I drove in New Jersey a few times. Fun. Um, BoFII = bathroom jokes.

And there’s that damn bell again. This is my last year of high school. Meeeeh.

New Yorkification

It’s my third night in New York, I guess it’s time for a recap since it’s been a busy vacation. Oh, and like the previous vacation I can sum it all up in one phrase:


Saturday: Spent traveling for 12 hours… that’s really all. We arrived rather late at night at our grandparents’ house. One fun thing: I left my Palm Pilot on the plane as we got off in New York. Fortunately, I noticed it around the baggage claim, so that gave me enough time to stop the plane from leaving the gate and looking around my seat. So very fortunately, they actually found it. Ah, beloved Palm Pilot.

Sunday: We celebrated Grandma Claire’s 75th birthday, and her 21st anniversary with my step-grandpa, Alvin. Lily and I set up DDR upstairs (the only place with a vacant television) so we probably made a lot of noise during the party. I hope the other guests didn’t think the ceiling was going to cave in. For food, there was a 5-foot-long sub sandwich, with every type of sandwich meat available, so that filled us up rather quickly.
We met up with Aunt Jan and Uncle Rob (my mom’s siblings), and Rob brought along his two boys (physically identical twins), Adam and Matt. They (that is, the boys and Aunt Jan) fell in love with DDR. Jan swore that she would get it for her kids for Hanukkah, she thought it was so fun.
And so the party went, with just a buttload of DDR, a sandwich, and a boithday cake. In the evening, we drove ourselves over to Uncle Rob’s house, where we’d stay for a few nights.

Monday: We woke up early to go to the Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, who also designed the Marin Civic Center (reload until you get to design “center” for a picture). They had an amazing exhibit, called “Moving Pictures,” an exhibit of recent artistic works in the medium of film, video, and photo. Pretty damn awesome. The rest of the day was spent walking around different parts of Manhattan. We stopped off at a trance store and I picked up an ambient CD mix, and I also stopped off at a comic book store and picked up a copy of l33t #4! Cool enough, it had a bazillion-page bonus comic written by webrunner, who I see in #rpgcomics almost every day. Good job, webby.

Now it’s late and I’m on a really old Dell with dialup, so I think I’ll be going soon. I’m drawin’ a few comics on this vacation, and they’ll actually be good enough to put on the site. I’m thinking of setting up a Keenspace-esque comic navigator on my site, if possible. Byez.

Holy foots


The day started off with me picking up my PSX from good ol’ Joel’s house and bringing it to my sister’s drama camp, where she would be DDRing with her friends for the cast party. Hope that went well.

From there, I took my first trip alone across the Bay to Livermore, where Mikosi was in Grease. Now this was sort of funny since my sister is doing a bit of a cabaret in her group which comprises of a Grease song or two, and I had seen it a day before. But still, Mikosi’s production was rather good. Sorry to say, though, but there was horrible tech. Microphones often faded out, squealed (you know, the AWFUL high pitch tone you get when you hold it up to an output speaker), and the CD containing the music even skipped once, leaving the character Rizzo to do an a capella song. But besides the tech, it was a really great production. Wonderful acting all around. Since the cast was made mostly of girls, a lot of the boy characters were played by girls, including Sonny, Mikosi’s character, and even Danny, the main character of the play. She was probably picked though since DAMN, she’s a great dancer. Ah yes, wonderful choreography throughout as well.

Afterwards, Mikosi’s parents and I drove down to a local malt-shop-style burger joint, where I had the largest double bacon cheeseburger EVAR with curly fries and a large soda. No, I’m not dead yet.

So it was another fun drive back yelling at the top of my lungs to System of a Down songs , going 88 MPH down the freeway (yes, I DID activate the Flux Capacitor and I DID go to the year 2015. When I discovered I couldn’t control the weather, I got so very pissed off).

Then I got a haircut. Don’t consult the cam for details because currently there’s just a picture of my chair. Chairs are good.

I had expected to spend the rest of my day packing up, but instead, Hannah invited me to the Oasis, a local teen center where they have bi-weekly concerts every… uh… two weeks. Yup.

See, the thing is, barely anyone actually goes inside the building to listen to the music. It costs $6.00 to get in there, and you can’t hear anything because the local bands are too busy screaming. I made the mistake of paying to get in there. The coolest people stick around outside.

I met up with a lot of my friends, who I didn’t know frequented this event. I am so definitely coming from now on. I can’t count how many people I pissed off by shining my LED light in their face. But I was far from the wackiest person there (I should be shot for using the word “wackiest”). For example, one person successfully rubbed sticks together to start a fire, and burned large holes in his shirt. That proved to be much fun until he got kicked out for “smoking.”

I actually was able to get a few people to go a few blocks down to the arcade, where we participated in some DDR (YES, there were actually some spectators whoopee). I got back, drove a friend home (now that I’m legally able to do so), and started blogging.

My blog was about how the day went. I linked to a few videos I had recorded, talked about how I gave DDR to my sister for her cast party, saw Mikosi in Grease, had lunch with her parents, and went to the Oasis with Hannah. The last paragraph pretty much recapped what I had written. It sort of went like this: first I linked to a few videos I–

Okay, that’s enough.


Yes, that’s right, Hannah. She’s got her
own site up now, and in a day or two it’ll be on I expect it’ll be a big hit. Bluntly because she’s a girl, has a webcam, and is soooo cute. Hee hee. But also she’ll be putting up writings and drawings and paintings and videos and other sorts of media, so it’ll be a fun place. Needless to say, I made the design. Roxors, no?

I keep vaguely mentioning the dogs at my mom’s house. They’re Asian Rescue dogs, meaning that they were, well, rescued from Asia. That horrible, horrible place. Since the middle of this week, she’s had two dogs, Shadow and Joy.

Shadow is a black retriever and schipperke mix. She’s surprisingly affectionate, and often gives hugs (yes, hugs), but as a puppy in Taiwan, some shitheads poured acid on her, burning off some fur on her neck and back. So she’s a bit scruffy-looking.

We also HAD another dog, Joy, who looks sort of like a smaller German shepherd. Joy is very very shy, and scared around men (I heard that she was going to be on the menu, and was chased around by some guys). So she was not very affectionate around me, since every time I approached her, she’d lurch back. Joy was a pain to deal with (ironic name, eh?), she chewed through furniture often, and was pretty noisy when strangers came around. So we returned her to the person who rescued her. We didn’t expect to keep Joy around forever anyway.

This week, my mom and I had gone to a Havdallah (end of the Sabbath) retreat at China Camp National Park. Although the signs said “dogs on leash,” we were pretty trusty of our dogs and let them run around a bit. They usually would just hop back into our car when they were done. Well… this time they didn’t. Joy, being the prankster, thought it was a game and would not come near the door of the car. Shadow would usually eagerly jump in, but today she was acting strange. Probably because we had put a muzzle on Joy earlier (to keep her from chewing up the car seats), that scared Shadow, so when we finally got Shadow in the car, I tried reaching back to pet her, and she bit one of my fingers. She had never bitten anyone before, so that was rather surprising to my mom and me. The next chance she got, Shadow dashed out of the car, and actually tried running away. Fortunately, I had my car along, so I followed Shadow along the side of the main road for about half a mile. She finally stopped, and had calmed down enough for me to pick her up. I got back to where my mom was trying to get Joy back in the car. After another half hour, she finally tired out and hopped back in. I drove Shadow back to my mom’s in my own car, since I didn’t want to risk having her jump out again and having to repeat the whole catastrophe. After that, my mom decided to never let them off leash in any parks again.

But now Joy is replaced with Tomi, sort of a pitbull mix with beige-black swirled fur (I forgot the actual name for the coat). I’ve only seen him once, but he’s very calm and a bit shy, but not scared of anyone. Looks like he’ll get along a bit better with everyone. My sister likes him, that’s what really matters.

Egh! Let’s see, here’s our weekly schedule…
Today I go to my sister’s play, a cabaret of sorts.
Tomorrow! I go to the east bay and watch Mikosi in Grease.
And the next day, it’s a week in New York with my mom’s family. I get to introduce my cousins to DDR, so that’s guaranteed fun. :D

About MIDIs…

I am not having a very fun time making MIDIs. It’s pretty stressful to take a look at the ever-growing list of requests of songs I really don’t want to make.

So here’s what I’ve been thinking… if I can get in touch with my requesters, I’ll simply ask them if it’s so important that I make a MIDI for them. I mean, for the people who just want the MIDI for fun, I really don’t want to do that.

I’ll finish up on Brian Wilson, but after that, I think I’ll only be accepting requests for compositions, and I’ll have time to sequence songs that I like.

A few site-related thingies…

My site can also be accessed through Yup, it’s my second domain name! Just run your finger down the keyboard and stop at the first letter of my name. Fun times.

Also, all you IE users can probably tell that my new site design’s up. It’s not necessarily better than the last one, but my design juices are flowing. Please voice up about anything you’d like to see changed. Just so you know, it ONLY works in IE, so if you’re using Opera, Mozilla, or Netscape, you’ll still see the old design.

I’m using Movable Type now, and all of my Blogger and Ikonboard entries have been moved over. It’s got a great commenting system, and you can use the “Trackback” feature to link to a certain entry. It just counts how many people link to it. Rather unnecessary but fun.