Underwear Ninja comes with Space Suit: February 2006
Underwear Ninja comes with Space Suit
to blog or not to blog, which is the path a true underwear ninja must take? whichever path it be, it will surely be a rough-hewn one. argyle, possibly.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
o idol my idol
looks like we're gonna have a boy idol this year.

mandisa - i was asleep for her performance, but i remember she can sing.
kelly pickler - her southern accent is the best thing. almost makes you dismiss her tinny voice. almost.
becky o'donohue - trash karoake. she doesn't belong here. boo!
ayla brown - technically good, but just don't like her. too valedictorian. like an ok miss america. maybe miss england?
paris bennett - peppy girl but bad song for her. too "done before" and not interesting
stevie scott - so so so lost and grossly naive. bad opera singer. weirdo. a PR nightmare "you might have a chance with me". not long for AI
brenna gethers - love her snappy personality. but we need the "claws" to come out instead of whatever she calls what she did on stage. not a great singer but i want to see her again.
heather cox - an ok singer but fine as hell >=D hope she wows me later (double entendre)
melissa mcghee - not a bad singer but her voice annoys me. hoarse and deep. the fatal flaw for a singing competition
lisa tucker - needs a new song or something. thinks she's a powerhouse singer but she's far from it. judges liked her, i didn't.
kinnik sky - the pro. she has a mature voice and talent. judges disagree but we'll see.
katharine mcphee - cutie with a voice. i wouldn't be upset if she is the american idol.

paula is such a whore for every contestant.
posted by underwear ninja 9:02 PM   4 comments
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Monday, February 20, 2006
another blunder
you know what sux? well, you probably have your own list of things that suck. but lemme tell you about one more that i found out recently.

homeland security

the security at seaports in new jersey and new york are going to be outsourced. that's right, another country will be regulating products coming in and out of america at these busy ports. and which country? united arab emirates. a middle east country. problem? i think so!!

what is going on here?? have the people making big decisions gone mad? or just stupid? and its been approved by the bush admin. that last bit doesn't suprise me. i think bush secretly is working for terrorists. he hates america. that's the only thing that makes sense. i have an idea, why don't we outsource the secret service. what? why not? its the same damn thing! grrrr!!!

oh and here's the latest. the "decision makers," whoever they are, when questioned about this, gave the response, "trust us".

trust us.... that's about as good to me as "let them eat cake". my response: f*** you

this administration has not done ONE thing right. NOT ONE. with katrina relief, misguided war in iraq, unemployment highest in decades, so many things. there's no waaayyy you can ever have my trust. never. ever! you have to earn trust. and now this. =( so ok, let's profile this admin.
and now, delusional

this is the worst government i've ever seen. we need someone that actually cares about america in there.
posted by underwear ninja 5:04 PM   1 comments
  • At 5:46 PM EST, Blogger Big Penguin said…

    I agree, Bush is off his rocker. He likes to say he leads by his convictions.... I call it being a stuborn #(@#%. I can't wait 'til 2008....then HE'LL BE OVER and America can begin recovery.

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my hero, guitar hero
if you haven't played "guitar hero" for ps2 yet, you are not doing yourself any favors. its very similar to dance dance revolution, but you have a guitar. it comes with a guitar. a little plastic one. it sells for about $80. and that's $80 well-spent. then you jam out to rock tunes, classic and newer. the music is all mixed very well, and the keys are laid-out very well too. its a well-put-together game and addictive to boot. i can't wait to play it again.
posted by underwear ninja 12:01 AM   2 comments
  • At 7:42 PM EST, Blogger Iris Blue said…

    You have to know how to play a guitar to play this game?

  • At 10:07 PM EST, Blogger underwear ninja said…

    you don't have to know how to play guitar but it probably helps. in the sense that you have to be used to curling your fingers around the end of a guitar and move them around. not for the faint of hand.

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Saturday, February 18, 2006
so its about 4:40am and i'm looking online at different things
i stumbled upon this cartoon-puzzle thing. there don't seem to be any hints about what to do; you have to figure out by trial and error and deductive logic. i think it's gonna take a lot of resets to get it just right but i'm compelled all the same. who knows what happens if you finish it. maybe you get fabulous prizes!
posted by underwear ninja 4:09 AM   4 comments
  • At 8:42 AM EST, Blogger Big Penguin said…

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  • At 9:23 AM EST, Blogger Big Penguin said…

    Completed it.... took about an hour.... Cool game

  • At 11:38 AM EST, Blogger Iris Blue said…

    This is so addictive. And now the other one too.
    Another addition.

  • At 2:38 AM EST, Anonymous Emiltron said…

    jayisgames.com featured this game a while ago. Took me forever, and secretly I cheated as well.
    I really suck at these kind of games but once I start it I have to know how it ends.


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Thursday, February 16, 2006
let's hear it for #2!
i had my 2nd "Good Day" here in nyc. the first one happened in october at some point. the second one happened today.
its the kinda day where everything falls in line: you wake up early or on-time, not late. you're on top of any issues that may arise. in "the zone" as you might think of it. you get more done than you expected. when people see you they have a different sort of reaction than you're used to. when people you know react differently towards you. you're on. everyone is receptive and outgoing to you. because you're alive, sharp-witted, friendly, and lookin sharp >=)
conversation flows naturally. no awkward moments, just engaged conversation custom-tailored to whoever you're talking to. confidence. you're busy with work and its manageable and people like you for it. the weather is perfect. you can make any stranger laugh because, in the split second, you have summed up whoever precisely accurately. hottie women notice you and like the attention you give. you don't know what you're going to say but you know it'll be clever and likeable. charming. its the kinda day that makes you see the town you live in differently. more like home than before. you could be up for 24 hours and not feel tired, turning a cheek to fatigue because you are too energized. you have friends you didn't know you had because you never gave them a chance. you now understand more about why things are the way they are. everything you do ellicits the fullest-value possible from everyone. you walk into the place where you're a regular lunchaterian and get what you expected without saying anything except "how you doin, amigo?"
yes a good day, start to finish. the 2nd in ny. i'd like to commemorate this day, feb 15, as the 2nd good day in new york.
posted by underwear ninja 4:36 AM   2 comments
  • At 8:28 PM EST, Blogger Iris Blue said…

    Yikes! Those 'good' days come pretty far apart. At this rate it will be about 4 a year. You should take note of what you ate.

  • At 9:17 PM EST, Blogger R the Great said…

    Maybe Day #3 will come soon, with a good job opportunity! Very enjoyable description of your day.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006
the video
here's the video of that fatefull morning. at one point you'll see my hand ushering in all you see around..... the vision in my head was more "splendid"
posted by underwear ninja 6:57 AM   3 comments
  • At 6:23 PM EST, Blogger Big Penguin said…

    Can't believe how much your feet sank into the snow! So cool to see your pics and videos (nothing like that EVER happens down here, of course).

    Your snow angel looks a little (a LOT) messed up. You need to get down farther and flap your wings harder and really get down and work that snow... work it like a berzerker. Then put the finishing touches on it and wait for Jesus to look down upon your masterpiece and say "Good job Mark". (hee hee)


  • At 6:53 PM EST, Blogger Iris Blue said…

    A Kauff-O masterpiece. It really shows how hard it was to walk in. What a beautiful vistat you had. You fell/slipped? Your angel does need some work.

  • At 11:20 AM EST, Blogger R the Great said…

    Mackenzie says: "I like it". She liked the entire video. "I wish I was there to play in the snow with Uncle Mark".

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why people don't like snow in nyc:
i think i understand what new yorkians have against snow

day of snow: fun
day after: not fun!

when its snowing and your walking on a soft white carpet, it is jolly fun times.
when its stopped, and traffic/pedestrians have spent a day sloshing it around and packing it tight, it is miserable.
the snow is all brown now. and pushed on heaps on the side of the road. not enchanting...
the sidewalks are solid ice and you really have to keep your footing. not to mention everything is wet and/or melting. you still have to put forth effort to walking. but now everything is wet and there are puddles of slimy brown slush to jump over. but you better be prepared to land with grace because everything is slippery with mounds of slushy brown snow on the side of the road. not for the slow-walking. you literally have to jump over this stuff to avoid an ankle-full of dirty slush. most people resort to walking in the street to avoid the sidewalks and the hazard of getting to and from them. that makes it so people get splashed with dirty slush from taxis having a ball. sometimes you'll step in a chunk of what seems like a patch of snow, to sink a foot deeper into slush mess. kinda like in florida when you see a patch of grass in the marsh, but it decieves you alas.
and then the garbage trucks getting stuck and everything melting around and chunks of snow falling on your head from resaurant signs warming up, loosing the now more-hard snow. now is the time to stay indoors. people got it backwards around here. they should be out yesterday and in today.
so i'll put the video from yesterday up tomorrow when i get home. its short but hey its video. you get to see the attempt at a snowman ;)
posted by underwear ninja 12:57 AM   3 comments
  • At 6:13 AM EST, Blogger Big Penguin said…

    Watch that first step..... it's a DOOOOOOOOSEY!

    - Needle Nose Ned, Ned the Head (BING)

  • At 6:55 PM EST, Blogger Iris Blue said…

    Sounds like everyone should invest in rubber boots. Cold wet feet are not healthy for people.
    We had cold weather....in the low 40's, but now it beautiful again. :-)

  • At 10:28 AM EST, Blogger R the Great said…

    Now you understand what winter is like! Snow is NOT a good thing after the fluff. I hope it melts soon for you.

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Monday, February 13, 2006
a man, a camera, and a blizzard
so there was a blizzard up in nyc. not just any blizzard, mind you, but what they call "thundersnow". i, personally, think they made that word up. but the principal of it is snow storm+thunderstorm=lots of snow. we were supposed to get anywhere between 6"-12", a lot of snow. what we got was actually twice that. i did think it was strange to have lightning and thunder in a snow storm. i wondered if that affected anything at all or if there was danger. nah, there are other things to strike before it would decide to hit me.
i decided beforehand that i'd go to central park and take snow pics. i'd been in snow before and thought it would look pretty. gotta get there early, though, coz i don't want people treading on the nice fluffy snow before i can snap some pics.
i didn't know that when i walked outside i was looking at 20" of snow. i'm not that experienced. there weren't really any cars save for a trickle of taxis driving about as fast as i can run. running, i found out, is easier than walking. i guess its because you can really get on top of the snow. and the street is better to walk on than the sidewalk because there are more tire tracks. here's a person with the same idea i had. walk in the street early morning and take a snapshot or two. what this person did that i SHOULD have done is get an umbrella. after all, snow is water, and when it warms it might as well have been rain. most of the pics you'll see are kinda blurry. that's the snow. it got all over my face and i couldn't really look up or i'd have a eyefull of snow. the good news is that if you stick out your tongue you get a tonguefull of snow =D. not really tasty i guess but still fun. in fact if you scoop up a mound of snow and put it in your mouth you can pretend you're eating a snowcone. just a very tasteless one.
here's a pic of park avenue, where normally you'd be able to see the met life building beakoning at the end (around 53rd st). no met life building, no cars, just snow and the silence of nothing moving. peacefull all except that its cold out and you are trying to get about in 20" of snow. i found out that trying to walk in that takes a lot out of you. i mean besides the fact that i hate mornings, i'd say its 40% more work moving through snow. now central park is quiet enough on a normal day. in fact you can forget you're in a big city when you're meandering through and the city loses itself behind the trees. but somehow it seemed even more quiet. as in all i could hear was my jacket. excellent recording conditions except for the snow getting everything wet. i didn't spend long in central park. i felt the fatigue creeping in. the kind where you need to keep moving to keep your body heat up, but you're too tired to keep moving. a good hot cocao woulda done the trick but where am i sposed to get that? the guy was out there playing with his dog. they were having a grand old time. the dog was mostly curious about me taking pics though when i came by. maybe he was confused on why someone else would be out here if they're not playing in the snow. so after a feeble attempt at making a snow-angel i went back to my apartment. i didn't really have the resolve to take as many pics as i had planned because i was tired and it was a lot more snow than i can prepared for. if/when it snows again i'll have to bring an umbrella or something.
posted by underwear ninja 8:15 AM   6 comments
  • At 11:26 AM EST, Blogger R the Great said…

    I've been waiting since last night to hear your impressions of the snow storm. I LOVE the photos. You need to invest in the reusable handwarmers like Steve and I had. Guess if we were smart and thoughtful, we would have left you at least one.

  • At 1:45 PM EST, Blogger Iris Blue said…

    BEE-YOU-TEE-FULL pictures.
    I love the insulated quiet snow produces.Sometimes you can hear snow.
    Whose snowman?

  • At 5:33 PM EST, Blogger Big Penguin said…

    Holy Canoni, Those pics are awesome!!! To bad you got tired... I'd have loved to see more (easy to say when I've got my windows open cause it's a nice day out). I'm glad you got to experience the blizzard... sounds like fun (for awhile).
    Next time it snows, eat a hearty breakfast and get that camera going (mush mush mush, I say).

  • At 8:15 PM EST, Blogger underwear ninja said…

    the snowman was just outside grand central station, on one of the concrete buffers by the street. it was about 6:30am the next day so the snow had stopped. i guess since everyone seems to like the pics i'll put the little bit of video footage i have up soon.

  • At 9:00 PM EST, Blogger nbk said…

    Super job, both pix and impressions. I feel like I was there too. Thanks.

  • At 10:08 PM EST, Blogger R the Great said…

    Yeah....I feel like I was there too, only I'm nice and warm. Oh no I'm not, it is actually COLD here 24 degrees.

    The snow is beautiful on the first day. It's all the days after that it gets all icky, black and just miserable. Hope it warms up soon for you!

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Thursday, February 09, 2006
nyc bloggity
so here's an update for you blogonians:

i guess the girl scouts came and went, but the marquis is giving away boxes of girl scout thin mints to everyone. i have two boxes.

the homeless and the street musicians are ever jovial as always. and they don't mean to be. the dude was playing piano in the 77th st. subway station (home of some of the best musicians around, mind you, no joke. blues, opera, contemporary, rocknroll, asian traditional....) and he was doing some kinda rockabilly blues thing. and at the end of his number he says, "happy valentine's day, happy superbowl, i hope everybody gets home safe, and god bless everybody". well, giggling erupted from within me and i found myself, once again, laughing while others mill about. i mean c'mon! how general and politician can you get? happy superbowl? o you gotta love it when they play those cards. you know, the cards they pull from their sleeve to make you think they're your buddies. you'd spare a dime for your buddy, right? i'm just waiting for someone to say "i hope everybody has everything all the time".

you never know how nice and warm your bed is until you've slept on the event tech floor and then find yourself trekking home at 5:30am in 25F.

fruit cocktail and vanilla pudding go grrrreat together

giant taco salad and coffee do NOT go well together. in fact, it's best they should only know the other exists through books.

i finally found out why the hubub about the jewish orthodox community in ny:
-they run H&M, the store with the coolest electronics on the market
-they own lots of land in brooklyn, so much so that they have their own mini government
-they only rent apts to other jewish orthodox
-they have their own police force
-they have their own medics and ambulance
-they're out-of-touch and delusional (ok, that's opinion, but pretty accurate anyway)

i won $50 gambling on the super bowl

that's mostly the interesting bits. the other bits i guess could be summed up to say that i'm still interning, still trying to make music, still working at the marquis, and still waiting for atari to get their butts in line so i can get out of this hotel business. on a side note, i just did some sound design for some hershey's commercials for Take-5 candy bars. so if you see a funny commercial for Take-5 "Taste and Believe!!" the chances are very good that i did the sfx for it.
posted by underwear ninja 6:06 AM   1 comments
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