Underwear Ninja comes with Space Suit: June 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.
Friday, June 30, 2006
interview at gamersinfo.net
here's an interview we had with gamersinfo.net

i didn't get to attend the interview. apparently being hired under the "heavy melody" name means that they speak for me. i think that's crap since i'm 1/2 of the sound design team for all sfx in the game. but i guess you gotta pick your battles and i'm sposed to be glad that i get credited at all as a footnote in the credits under the heavy melody section.

ugh i guess fame will have to wait for another decade...
posted by underwear ninja 7:25 AM   2 comments
  • At 4:16 PM EDT, Blogger Big Penguin said…

    Fame is overrated! It's pretty worthless really. What counts are your skills, your good looks, and your sense of humor.

    Guess we'll have to wait another decade for those too (hee hee).

  • At 10:04 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I know what you can give everyone for Christmas....a new video game. I heard that Mario Brother's has great sound effects :)

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Thursday, June 29, 2006
an artist to peruse

there are not enough hours in the day. i wish i had a pill that would allow me to get a full nights sleep in 1 hour

i would stock up on those

i've been browsing the art of william o'connor
i like it
posted by underwear ninja 9:32 PM   2 comments
  • At 4:19 PM EDT, Blogger Big Penguin said…

    I just don't get it. It's really fancy and intricate, but to my eyes it looks cheap and meaningless. I guess it resembles artwork I used to look at in books when I was a wee lad and now that I'm older I've come to resent it.

  • At 9:22 PM EDT, Blogger Iris Blue said…

    Looks a lot like the games you work on.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006
doop di dooo
do di do di do dio
posted by underwear ninja 6:36 AM   4 comments
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Sunday, June 25, 2006
you know you're a new yorkian when...
i got a chain email. i agreed with a few of the things, disagree with a few of the things.

You Know You're From New York City When...

You say "the city" and expect everyone to know that this means Manhattan.
-yes, i do that. and yes, everyone knows what i mean

You have never been to the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building.
-well i have, but not since i was 12 as a tourist

You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park at 3:30 on the Friday before a long weekend, but can?t find Wisconsin on a map.
-that must be something that uneducated new yorkians do?

Hookers and the homeless are invisible.
-moreso now than before. after a while its not a new or strange thing

The subway makes sense.
-no. i can't see how this can be. if new yorkians think the subway makes sense then they haven't left new york.

You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multi-lingual.
-again, must be an uncultured new yorkian thing.

You've considered stabbing someone just for saying "The Big Apple".
-i haven't heard anyone say the big apple

You call an 8' x 10' plot of patchy grass a yard.
-i call it decoration

You consider Westchester "upstate".
-i consider westchester my elementary school

You think Central Park is "nature."
-yes. it is.

You're paying $1,200 for a studio the size of a walk-in closet and you think it's a "steal."
-hellz ya! i pay $1350 for a studio and consider it a "decent" price for the area.

You haven't seen more than twelve stars in the night sky since you went away to camp as a kid.
-i can't imagine that someone who's only lived in new york would know there are stars in the sky

You go to dinner at 9 and head out to the clubs when most Americans are heading to bed.
-na, usually i'm trying to get some sleep in. if i do stay out late its coz of a special occasion (career-oriented way of life here)

Your closet is filled with black clothes.
-more now than ever before!

You haven't heard the sound of true absolute silence since the 80s, and when you did, it terrified you.
well, there is no silence anywhere about, that's true

You pay $5 without blinking for a beer that cost the bar 28 cents.
-$5 seems like an average price for a drink

You take fashion seriously.
-i suppose i do on some level

Being truly alone makes you nervous.

You have 27 different menus next to your telephone.

America west of the Hudson is still theoretical to you.
-ya, i can see how people would think that. nobody ever mentions anything outside of the northeast area or florida. and i can see how people wouldn't know what the heck life would be like west of indiana.

You've gotten jaywalking down to an art form.
-or else you'll never get anywhere on time

You take a taxi to get to your health club to exercise.
-i know people that do

Your idea of personal space is no one actually standing on your toes.
-in the subway or bus, ya

$50 worth of groceries fit in one paper bag.
-it would be a full bag though

You don't notice sirens anymore.
-yes, i do and they're horribly annoying.

You live in a building with a larger population than most American towns.
-that's just a bogus statement and one of the reasons why new yorkians don't know of life beyond indiana.

Your doorman is Russian, your grocer is Korean your deli man is Israeli, your building super is Italian, your laundry guy is Chinese, your favorite bartender is Irish, your favorite diner owner is Greek, the watchseller on your corner is Senegalese, your last cabbie was Pakistani, your newsstand guy is Indian and your favorite falafel guy is Egyptian.
-not necessarily in that order though...

You're suspicious of strangers who are actually nice to you.

Your door has more than three locks.

You consider eye contact an act of overt aggression.
-yes! wow! but if its coming from a girl than you know what she's thinking.

You run when you see a flashing "Do Not Walk" sign at the intersection.
-na coz you probably have a good 30 seconds left

You ride in a subway car with no air conditioning just because there are seats available.
-not unless you're lazy

You're willing to take in strange people as roommates simply to help pay the rent.
-well, considering that's exactly what i'm doing... yes!

There is no North and South. It's uptown or downtown.

When you're away from home, you miss "real" pizza and "real" bagels.
-ya i can see that.

You know the differences between all the different Ray's Pizzas.
-there are a lot of ray's pizzas around

You're not in the least bit interested in going to Times Square on New Year's Eve.
-not on the ground level, no

You know what a bodega is.
-yes and now my family knows too

You know how to fold the New York Times in half, vertically, so that you can read it on the subway or bus without knocking off other passenger's hats.
-not the times, i read "AM New York" and have to fold it so i can read it in one hand and hold onto the rail with the other while crunching into the sub

Someone bumps into you, and you check for your wallet.....
-yes. this happens once in a great while and i found myself checking every time. people are usually pretty good about bumping into you, so when someone does, you have to wonder why.

You cringe at hearing people pronounce Houston St. like the city in Texas
-i cringe the other way around. new yorkians are so dumb about that. house has an E at the end. houston does not. so don't pronounce it HOUSEton street, idiot!

Film crews on your block annoy you, not excite you.
-they take up a lot of parking space. and that's like real estate here. good thing i don't drive. i want to find where they're filming spiderman 3!
posted by underwear ninja 8:46 PM   2 comments
  • At 11:19 PM EDT, Blogger Big Penguin said…

    I agree with most of YOUR comments... except for the "real pizza" (NY Pizza is crap)

  • At 5:47 PM EDT, Blogger Iris Blue said…

    So, after 1 year you are a New Yorker and have grafted it onto your Floridian/Hoosier roots.

    Bodegas are a lifeline.

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Friday, June 23, 2006
i watched some videos of plane crashes
has anybody else ever wondered why they don't put ejection seats in commercial airlines? is it too expensive? too heavy? too technical and tricky to get right?
it seems to me that since this kind of technology has been around for a while, it would be possible.
i dunno, like if they were going down then the pilot and pull a lever or push a series of buttons and people can get ejected. the seats have parachutes and you're strapped in the seat.
what do you think? impractical?

as it stands right now, if your plane should happen to go down in any circumstance, you're a gonner; in a cage of death and there's nothing that anyone can do. it sure would be cool if, o i dunno, we could escape!
posted by underwear ninja 11:22 PM   1 comments
  • At 11:27 PM EDT, Blogger Big Penguin said…

    OK, 1) Almost nobody actually dies in the crash itself. They die when the plane catches on fire and the smoke fills the cabin. It's a blinding experience and they have to try to feel their way around. Plus, if the plane was full of fuel, it's likely to be on fire all around the plane (again, no escape).

    2) Ejection seats require the plane's canopy to be blown off first... this is really hard to do in a commercial jetliner.

    3) Each ejection seat requires it's own explosive device to propel it up and out at a very fast rate. I don't think the FAA will ever let passengers sit on an explosive device.

    4. Once you're ejected, you have to know how to drive your parachute. Most people wouldn't know how to steer or brake and woudld likely end up falling to their grizzly dooms.

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Thursday, June 22, 2006
i believe that you are ninja too
you know who's funny?

this guy is funny.

i normally go for the more "real" home videos. the ones with no production value. coz then the realness of it all adds that extra sincere laughability factor. but this guy is funny anyway, even with all its post-editing and production value.
posted by underwear ninja 10:35 PM   1 comments
  • At 7:31 AM EDT, Blogger Big Penguin said…

    I've subscribed to his video podcast for awhile now, but I don't think he's very funny.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006
well well well
well ok, I had to delete my post.

I don't know if they posted dobbs' article before 1pm, but iris seems to think so. that'll have to do then.

they STILL should keep commentaries and opinions off of the front page. Its not headline news. And last week it didn't say it was from Dobbs. at least this time they put "dobbs: blah blah blah anti gov't"
posted by underwear ninja 8:37 PM   3 comments
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Thursday, June 08, 2006
universal medical plan? no thanks
the cnn.com clowns are at it again. now they're trying to tell us that we americans want a universal health plan. one that the government organizes, collects money for, and instigates.

i hate cnn.com

yesterday they put an editorial/commentary on front page news mixed in with all the other top stories. it was all some liberal hippie slamming the bush admin. not that i particularly disagree, but that does NOT belong on front page news. it belongs on the editorial/commentary page. then it had a disclaimer: "dobbs' commentary appears everywednesday". bull$(@$ this is the first commentary i've seen of dobbs' on the front page.

but anyway, i think this government has proven to us time and time again that it is incapable of organizing anything effectively. put medical plans in their hands?? absolutely not! not only will the burden of payment fall on the backs of people who would "choooose" not to, but heck they may even pass a law that says you can only get pills on wednesday or something stupid. point being, do NOT give the government power over your (my) life. keep it in the hands of private competition.

and shame on cnn.com once again for being jerks. you know what the headline says? it says "Report: Americans want universal health coverage". o well thanx for telling me what i want because i didn't know and i have to be told what to think. >=(
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Tuesday, June 06, 2006
o no the day of the beast is upon us!
...and me without my sunscreen!

happy 06.06.06 day everyone!

i didn't experience a lot of talk about it except on the news and papers and such. there was a dude in the video store talking very earnestly about the midwest and barcodes having 666. he was waaaaaay to serious. if i had to size him up in a minute i'd say he has probably read the da vinci code, sells insurance, and plays the recorder.
posted by underwear ninja 9:11 PM   1 comments
  • At 12:10 PM EDT, Blogger live.laugh.love.20something said…

    But, there was a freaky thing (kinda lame but whatever). Of course since I live in SoCal I'm a born Dodgers fan. But anyways. In the 6th inning, they were tied. but ended up coming up and got 6 runs...Too bad there wasn't just one other 6 to make it complete!

    But the lame 2nd baseman for the Mets had 2 errors pretty much back to back. Maybe he was getting freaked out!

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Monday, June 05, 2006
for all you bloggers
i'm going through a phase in my photography where i want everything to be highly contrasted, dynamic, and colorful. these are all pics i've taken, messed with in paintshop pro, and used as wallpapers for my puter. but i'm not a fan of the "stretching" that windows thinks i want and defaults to when i put them as wallpaper. i prefer to just have them "centered". i like 'em, so now i release them unto the world.

this skyline was taken from astoria park right after a rain. no, not the 7-train fiasco, but a light early evening shower. i was looking at an apartment to rent and when i stepped outside it was cool. and i'm a sucker for these kinds of nature dawn/dusk shots. they make me feel small and big at the same time. there's a certain look the sky has right after it rains. the air is clear and everything is shiny and the clouds are darkish, well-defined, and well-lit. i increased the contrast a whole lot to get that dramatic feel and the 'heavenly' light on the buildings.

this one is the back of the traffic sign hanging from the pedestrian bridge that crosses over FDR drive at 78th street. looking north (like you care). you can see the street through the crack. this picture is special because its one of the first pics i took coming out of my apartment having just quit my job about 1 hour prior. its the pic of a new career and about a 2 minute walk from my apt! i actually didn't do anything to alter the colors. this is what it looks like at 7am when you're looking at the back of the sign on the bridge.

this was a shot i took of the queens-boro bridge at around 60th street i think. the bridge itself looks pretty cool. but underneath the bridge, the part holding it up, looks even cooler. a spiderweb of rusty I-beams, gritty construction, and pre-1980's architecture. when i look at it i can hear the creak of metal stress. like the titanic! i wish someone would put a big speaker underneath and just pump out a looping track about an hour long of different metal clanging and bending. hey might freak people out but i'd be happy. again, going for the dramatic, i super-contrasted it and changed the overall hue. i also made it darker. you can't see as much detail with the bolts and rust, but it's a pretty cool trade i think.
this one actually never made it as a wallpaper. its the wrong dimensions. i'd have to lay it on its side to make it work right. maybe it could be used as a wallpaper for one of those monitors that you can tilt and make vertical. i just thought it looked cool. originally it was all green and the lighting was kinda gloomy. but i like the heavy contrast and different colors. i think it made it feel more moist somehow. and i like moisture in nature coz it makes me feel like life is growing.

well anyways, that's all for now until i take more pics. i've been taking a lot of video these days instead. i'm trying to find the average new yorkian doing the average things. and by that i mean weirdos doing funny/insane things. i've actually got a lot of footage of this stuff already, but i want more and then i'm make a little video montage and maybe even put it up on youtube hehe
posted by underwear ninja 10:23 PM   5 comments
  • At 6:47 AM EDT, Blogger Big Penguin said…

    You know, I was going to say "That looks like the back of the FDR sign at 7am"!

    Great pics. I like them all except for the "moist" one.

  • At 11:36 AM EDT, Blogger R the Great said…

    Love your interpretation of the world. Thanks for sharing!

    You should sell your photos.

  • At 4:52 PM EDT, Blogger live.laugh.love.20something said…

    I like the last one. Great manipulation of colors. Greens and purples always rock!

  • At 6:40 PM EDT, Blogger Iris Blue said…

    New Yorkians? I think they call themselves New Yorkers. Nice pics. Would look great as a poster.

  • At 8:33 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    fabulous. two talents here in abundance. great images (pro quality I think). And candor, a gift to match. fabulous.

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Sunday, June 04, 2006
so hell is planning a party on 6.6.06

hell, MI
yes there is a town in michigan named hell and most of it has to do with food i think. themed ice cream stores and a haunted house. very small town. they have a website too. everyone that goes there gets a t-shirt saying you've celebrated june 6, 2006 in hell. and for $6.66 you get a deed for one square inch of hell. not sure what kinda crops you can grow on that but what they hey.

"the gates of hell should be installed at the children's play area in time for the festivities."

it doesn't look like a really wacky place. pretty normal actually but they probably play up the hell name for tourism.
posted by underwear ninja 8:09 AM   4 comments
  • At 10:14 AM EDT, Blogger nbk said…

    someday we'll all go to %, everything's going to *, the @ you say, aw heck.

  • At 6:43 PM EDT, Blogger live.laugh.love.20something said…

    That's hilarious! I want to go get a 66 cent hell ice cream!!

  • At 9:17 PM EDT, Anonymous Emiltron said…

    Oh Hell.
    It's an extremely small place with about 3 or 4 shops.
    You blink and it's gone.

    I like to tell people "I go swimming in Hell."

    Almost got a job at the ice cream shop too, what an opportunity I missed.

  • At 9:17 AM EDT, Blogger Big Penguin said…

    Happy Hell day!!!!

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i've discovered a phenomenon
you'd think that a city with as much history and experience as new york would have figured out by now that they absolutely rely on public transportation. and that they'd take care and make sure nothing goes wrong with the buses or subway lines. its critical for the success of new yorkians and the entire city. and you'd think that since they've figured out how crucial public transportation is, they'd safegaurd against mother nature's fury. after all, she and her problems have been around longer than time was discovered.
you'd think so, right?
i thought so too, but we are both wrong.
it rained on friday. not a horrible downpour, but a steady healthy rain that lasted midmorning to evening, with moments of gentle drizzle and other moments of nice-size rain. the streets didn't flood.
out of all the trains going into and out of queens, the B, F, N, R, E, W, and7, there was flooding on the tracks that made it impossible for these trains to cross under the river. there was only 1 train going in and out of queens: the 7
i got to times square to transfer over to the 7 to go to queens and check out a potential apartment. when i got there i saw something.... different. and not a good different.
imagine the best buy after thanksgiving sale without the police or a "line". now imagine that there is only 1 best buy buy store in the state having that sale. that's what it looked like people trying to get on the 7. it was so unique that i think it deserves its own phenom. you know, like when what you're trying to describe cannot be related to something else. a banana tastes like nothing but a banana. as in to describe any situation that seems like 5000 people are trying to squeeze into a small place at once can be described as "its like the 7 when it rains"
it took me 2 hours to get out there, which should have taken 20 min.
whats with this place?
posted by underwear ninja 12:12 AM   1 comments
  • At 10:43 AM EDT, Blogger Iris Blue said…

    Ouch! Maybe Hell, MI has something to do with it.It couldn't have been pretty. People so quickly lose their veneer of civility.

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