iTunes Diaries, entry #30: “Boom Boom Boom” by The Outhere Brothers

I was once a little…um, okay, terribly obsessed with iTunes.  I got my first iPod in 2004 and became immediately entranced by Apple’s seeming infinite lists of music for sale.  Over the years, I spent way too much time on iTunes and spent way too much money on music, some of which was great, and some of which was not.  In 2011, for the sake of my sanity and my bank account, I went cold turkey.  I suspended my iTunes activities and completely stopped visiting site.  With the iTunes Diaries, I take a look back, highlighting the good, the bad, and the ugly in music that I just had to have in the moment. 


If I had to name one thing that really got me hooked on iTunes way back when, it would be the ease with which I was able to revisit songs from my past. Note there I didn’t just say “the past,” but rather my past. And since my past is replete with Top 40 radio fodder, iTunes also opened my eyes and ears up to the betrayal of the “radio edit.”

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Every Girl’s Crazy ‘Bout a Sharp Dressed Man

In light of the recent news pertaining to the cancellation (and, already, possible resurrection?) of the much-touted but little-watched TV show Hannibal, I thought I’d share a post on the show (mostly) that I wrote last year for Geek Force Network. Hannibal is one of only a teaspoonful of network TV shows that remain in my regular viewing roster. Its cancellation(?) sucks but is not terribly surprising. I read plenty of rumors after the end of its second season that the show was in trouble and might not be back. Only then it came back, delayed, in a weird time slot, and to subdued fanfare. Now, season three has barely begun, the cancellation notice was given, and the “fannibals” are in their mourning gear shouting #SaveHannibal! (And maybe it worked? So many question marks.) I’m right there with them, hoping to see the show come back in all its bloody glory on a streaming service.  After all, where else am I going to find my men’s fashion eye candy on TV?

The following post originally appeared on Geek Force Network, March 21, 2014.

As ZZ Top said, what is it about a well-dressed male that makes people take notice? There really is nothing like a well-crafted, well-fitting outfit on a man, no matter his shape or size. But I’m not here to ramble on about men’s clothing generally, though this post is about clothing. Men’s suits, in fact. And really…only one man’s suits. The suits of Hannibal Lecter in TV’s Hannibal.

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About everything. And nothing.

I have a problem with “being present,” and it’s an issue that’s seeped into several different aspects of my life, usually not for the better. In large part I blame my current career. Don’t get me wrong, I do love it, but it’s not without its downsides. My job primarily involves the past and the future. On a daily basis I work with the past, writing about it, answering questions about it, and reviewing documents from it. On a daily basis I also work with the future, planning for upcoming projects, budgeting for future needs, and thinking about how to best serve people who’ve yet to cross my path. Living this dichotomy every day for several years has led to me being unable to focus in the here and now. Even as I sit and write this post, I’m thinking about the next one, and how I still haven’t fixed that typo in that post I wrote a month ago. My brain always feels like it’s being pulled backwards and forwards; it’s hardly ever still enough to savor what’s right in front of me. It’s a poor way to live, and I don’t recommend it.

If there’s one thing that used to help me focus on the moment, it was gaming, but that too has become colored by my ill-functioning neurons. Fuckall if I didn’t sit down for a little Xenoblade Chronicles not long ago only to kill any enjoyment I might have had by constantly worrying about switching out team members. Will it affect the game if I don’t?, I kept asking myself while I was getting lost on Valek Mountain.

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21 Years, 21 Stories #gamersonwatch


This month on United We Game, in light of E3 and all sorts of up and coming game news, we decided to focus a writing challenge on just that — game news! And below is my contribution to the cause. With E3 turning the grand old age of 21 this year, I took a look back on some of the game news stories I remembered most from the past. Some made headlines and some didn’t, but they all made their own indelible marks on my own history with gaming. #gamersonwatch

Originally posted on United We Game:

Image by Flickr user Raúl (CC) Image by Flickr user Raúl (CC)

This year marks E3’s 21st anniversary, and what a road this event with humble beginnings has traveled! To celebrate how far games have come in a mere two decades, I’m running down a year-by-year list of my history with game news and events since 1995, the year of E3’s first show. (Hence the throwback to the Sega Saturn above, which gets first mention below.) The stories on my list didn’t necessarily break at E3, but rather were introduced during their given years. Keep in mind that a little cheekiness may seep in here and there, because game news is still “news” after all, and not all of it matters all the time. :) So join me on this little trip through time, and be sure to let us know some of your favorite news stories of the past and present, either…

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(Vocal Reprise) The Robotrons of 2084 versus a human that was in all ways superior due to some sort of genetic thingy

It is my Atari years upon which I look with my darkest of rose-tinted glasses. While my brain wants to conjure up something idyllic – a happy family gathered round the TV, starting at pixels, grasping joysticks – I highly doubt that reality was anywhere near as perfect as a magazine ad. But Robotron 2084 was a true exception to this. As much as my siblings and I fought and my parent fought with us, somehow we all found something special in Robotron 2084. It served up one of the few honestly pleasant gaming experiences of my early childhood. I think that shows in this post, because writing about it brought up a wide swath of happy, cherished memories, this despite any personal entanglements I may have had with the game itself.

The Robotrons of 2084 versus a human that was in all ways superior due to some sort of genetic thingy, original post from 3/22/2012
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Final thought: I was once a master of joystick rotating. Somehow, this talent eludes me when it comes to analog sticks.

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Yeah. Intermediate  = hard as fuck.  Hard probably = break this cartridge now before this game makes you actually go out an kill something.

Mission Chrono Trigger: Beginning at the Beginning

I’ve recently been re-watching/catching up on old episodes of Parks and Recreation, and I just watched an episode titled “The Bubble.” In the show, “the bubble” is described as that special time at the start of a new relationship when two stranded souls decide it’s time to get to know each other. While the couple is in “the bubble,” nothing can intervene (though it may, and usually does) to destroy their happiness, excitement, and ecstasy.

This is where I am with Chrono Trigger – in “the bubble,” and by god, I don’t want anything to ruin it!

But maybe I should back up, because it’s been awhile since it was all Chrono Trigger up in here.

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I never completed Little Big Planet 2. Why?

Little Big Planet 2 cover art © Media Molecule, Sony

Little Big Planet 2 cover art © Media Molecule, Sony

I’ll start from the beginning, for this is a story about neighbors. Also about Little Big Planet 2. But, neighbors. Bad neighbors. We’ve all had bad neighbors, and maybe we’ve become bad neighbor as a result. I’ve certainly had bad neighbors, most of them being from my apartment-living days. There was that one time we lived below the constantly stomping/moving furniture upstairs neighbors. There was another time we lived next to a lady with very large dogs that sure liked to make their presence known to the world, every day, all the damn time.   And who could forget the time we lived above the asshole with his damn guitar and even worse Saturday night, beer-fueled get-togethers. But none of those individuals could possibly compare to the neighbors we endured prior to us buying a house. We remember it as…

The DUPLEX-EX-EX-EX-ex-ex of HORROR-ROR-ROR-ROR-ror-ror.

Didja get the scary echo there? Scary. Echo. Right there. ↑

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What goes around, comes around, and sometimes it’s another blog award!

Tis a glorious Monday, is it not? Well…actually, it’s not. I mean, it is Monday after all, and ain’t nobody got time for that. Except Monday. Monday has got all the damn time in the world. What do I got? Er…have? Oh, nothin’ much, ‘cept…another blog award! I’m probably past the statute of Internet limitations (HA!) in terms of acceptance, but the way life as been rolling around lately, it’s a wonder that I can keep track of anything at all.

And boy oh boy, am I blathering on way too much. (This is Monday at work, no doubt.) Ahem. I would like to pass on my most hearty of thanks to InvaderC8 of the blog by the same name, which, as it brims perfectly with all things games and movies, should absolutely be on your blogrolls, for bestowing upon this site the Creative Blogger award. Shall we move along with the rules of acceptance? I think we shall.


  • Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify them via their social media/blogs
  • Thank and post the link of the one who nominated you
  • Share five facts about yourself to your readers
  • Pass on the rules

Alright. Well, first, other nominations. Hmm, we’ll see how many nominations I can manage by the end of the post. Second, thanks and linking — done! (Thank you again, InvaderC8!). So that brings up to the third bullet…five facts, huh?

1. I have a wonky relationship with watermelon. I hate the way it smells (especially when I have to cut it up…omfg how that funky sweet/green smell just lingers) and usually avoid eating it. However, I can manage watermelon in the following forms, and only if I don’t have to prepare it myself: grilled, dried, and laced with vodka.

2. I have not been able to watch Star Wars, Episodes 1, 2, and 3 since first seeing each of them in the theater years ago. I’ve heard repeatedly that I really should watch them again (as well as the original trilogy) in order to get prepared for Episode 7. And…I can’t. I just can’t.
2a. Speaking of Star Wars, Episode 7, I do want to see it, but I’ve stayed away from all news and videos concerning it. I want to go into that movie knowing as little as possible.

3.  As much as I love animals, since I’ve been gardening, I’ve come to despise squirrels, gophers, racoons, and some birds because of the havoc they wreak with the plants. Guess who’s not growing corn and sunflowers this year? :(

4. Despite surviving a multitude of work schedules over the years, I’ve always been a morning person. If I were king of the world, my ideal (8-hour) work schedule would be from 6am to 2pm.

5. At heart, I’m a positive cynic. I do my best to be uplifting and maintain a positive attitude towards life and humanity, but I still can’t help but think it’s all for naught, because people are people. And that will never change.

Ah, there’s nothing like ripping apart the real from the “Internet persona.” For what it’s worth, hopefully all that was entertaining enough with the understanding that behind a blog, any blog, is a physical concoction of flesh and blood and some sense of human-ness. You spend enough time in the Internet, and it’s easy to forget that. So…having already passed along a number of blog awards to other deserving folks over the years, I’m going use this “nominations” space for my own, personal use. If you don’t care of continue to follow along from here, then by all means, please be on your way with glad tidings.

First, this year marks the second anniversary of United We Game. I really can’t express enough gratitude to my co-admins there: Hatm0nster and The Duck of Indeed, for allowing me to be a part of the site. To all of you who follow us there, have contributed to the site, and helped it grow by sharing UWG’s content, thank you. It cannot be said enough that without all the support from the blogosphere and those who stick with us through social media, UWG would not be where it is today. We’re continually working there to make things better, but it’s not always been easy considering that we all have to deal with real life. From the start, the goal of UWG was to help connect gamers and game bloggers, and we’ve not lost site of that mission. If you’d like to share your content with the site, or become a contributor of original game-related articles, we’d love to have you.

Second, if you would, kind people of the Interwebs, please turn your attention to the Bravo Mike Bravo Show. Earlier this year, I discovered that a good friend of mine from the ancient past had started up a radio show/podcast. As an avid podcast listener (I swear, some days they are the only things that keep me going at work), I first kicked myself for not finding out about this sooner, and second, I tuned in. Blake (the host), Carter (the co-host), and their band of merry rogues did not disappoint as they conversed about and skewered our beautiful culture at-large. And the best thing about the show is that listening is for a good cause! As the show grows, a percentage of its proceeds will be donated to alleviate veteran homelessness, as Blake and Carter are both veterans themselves. So please, if you have a spare hour or two that require a little vocal goodness in your ears, head to the Bravo Mike Bravo Show, where you can access the show directly, indirectly through other sites (iTunes, Spreaker, Soundcloud, etc.), and connect with the guys through social media (like Twitter @BravoMikeBravo). I promise that a good time will be had by all.