Into Airsoft

As I am writing this, I am ill. Being stuck in bed means I am and for the first time blogging from my phone. Hopefully everything makes sense and spelling is fairly correct.

So what have I been up to this week? Much has happened since my last post. First being I got sick which I am recovering slowly yet terribly. I sure how I got sick but I know it felt like it came suddenly starting with a scratchy throat. For the moment with some medication, I can function with little interruptions.

On Wednesday, I paid a visit for the first time to buy some airsoft equipment which I am happy turned out well. Though I am short two magazines and some clothing, over the coming month I might be able to fill it all in. In the mean time here a pic of all the things I bought.


In the picture is my brand spanking new airsoft gun from King Arms with a gun bag for legal reasons. I bough a lithium polymer battery and a smart charger. Though travelling to the store was tough, I think my entertainment budget is effectively maxed out for the year if I don’t find a good way to make up for losses.

Speaking of entertainment and losses, my adventures in The Long Dark will be on hiatus for awhile. I am starting to feel a bit burnt out from travelling. I think my sickness is getting to me. However on good news, I did record some Pulsar Lost Colony so those episodes will be uploaded and published.

Also some time soon, I will convince Jessica (“Allahweh”) to start a co-op playthrough of Starbound. I hope soon since my summer scedule is getting packed.

Speaking of which, recently I had a nice chat on her Gaming Goddess Podcast. We talked mostly about streaming and space games. I have to admit I was nervous but I think I was okay as a first timer. Definitely would like to come back on her show.

But for now, I need to rest and heal. And hope I am better tomorrow.



See you on the other side, readers!

I’m never much of a Boxing Day kind of person. The one time I went to buy something on Boxing Day, the lines were very long and the stores were very crowded. Let me just say, for all the risks, the rewards are few.

The first and last time I ever went out on Boxing Day was back when I picked up my Blackberry Playbook, at the time it was half off because the company wasn’t making much of a profit of them. So I though it would be a good time to snag one at a very low price. So I went out of the 26th at five in the morning. At first walking along the darkened empty streets seemed eerie as a few passing cars come and go on a large avenue. Human silhouettes indistinguishable to the eye as I briskly paced myself on a December morning. As I approached the downtown  shopping centres, I could hear people talking as the bright lights of the square gleamed the pavement with everlasting light. Already I could make out a few rows of people standing outside stores.

The line to the store I had my eyes on spanned up the street and around the corner for another block length. As opening was upon me, people began to fill the stores; moving the line as they entered. By the time I was inside, it was packed and hot. Chaotic movements jolted me back and forth like a violent wave. I checked the time when I paid for my new tablet and found it was almost 8. Two hours of waiting and one to wade through the bodies to get something that was worth under 200. Though a bargain, it was still stressful and chaotic.

For though boxers of Boxing Day, good on you because you can do this every year to catch some deals. For those curious of cheap wares, heed a warning from me. Don’t buy anything from Boxing Day that you really want. Seriously, dedication for a small material object is not really worth the stress. If you are planning on buying something on Boxing Day, I would suggest finding something you would like to have but wouldn’t be disappointment when it’s out of stock. You can either choose the long early line or sleep in because no worries, right? It’s not like you really want it that bad. When you get there it would still be packed with other customers, just calmly walk through to what you want to buy and pick it up, go straight to the cashier and calmly walk out. And there you go, one item with less hassle and stress compared to what I went through.

This year with my gaming channel, I really wanted a new pair of headset and a new hard drive. Unfortunately, I couldn’t really muster for the challenge. After going through this once, I just couldn’t deal with electronics stores being packed with people. It’s not really much of a hardware upgrade, my hard drive is running low on space but I can manage. As well, my headset is kind of getting old and in a deteriorating state; but it’s not worth the $20 I could save on Boxing Day. Like many things in my life, I can wait. I can wait to find what I need and want because I’m fine with what I have now. I think that’s where I will end off the last blog post of 2014.

Until next time, see you on the other side!


P.S. I did buy one thing on Boxing Day. One pizza.

Some sane advice from a crazy person (crazy person being me…and maybe other people)

Reader discretion is advised.

This has been one entry I wanted to spread for over 6 months now. I’ve reached the limit of how people can be either stupid or careless around me. Repressing it any longer and there may be an incident so I’m going to come out bluntly and openly about certain topics that do bug me in day to day living. I might be crazy when I say it, but if you live like an outsider looking at your own society; you would understand why I have to shout this to the world (or at least on WordPress.) There’s no discernable topic, but the overall intent to tell everyone to straighten up and fly right. Most parents would’ve told you this or an authority figure if you were really down that poop chute, but my message is pretty clear and to the point. Though may have some logical flaws to my ideas, but here is some advice and observations of people in the world and how I think about it.


One big one some of you will notice is the Express Lane. 15 items or less, straightforward enough to could to 15. One I don’t really understand is why have one lane for this? In a city, people buy just enough to feed a family. Usually in bulk and usually under 10 or less. Walking into Sobeys and seeing a large line up close to the Express Lane doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. It’s literally overflow from the Express Lane getting to the the 15+ lanes. Sure you can come back and say “2 of the same item is still one item.” Hell no it ain’t! If there was 2 parallel universes where you can tunnel to one and take your twin’s item then yes, one item. But if you have that technology, why do you even buy stuff anyways? Just take it from the other universe. Sci-fi aside; 15 items or less; stupid, just have lines for 1 item or more. If you need a quick snack, go to a fast food joint. Supermarkets are for groceries.

Store bands, seriously? You’re this tasty for a dollar less than name brand? Yeah. Surprisingly store brand tastes way better than name brand. Compared to all the ingredients into making name brand kettle chips versus store brand, store has more taste for the price and it’s usually 1-2 dollars under. Not quite sure whether it’s method of cooking or preparation, but name brand has a run for their money. Not just in chips and junk food, what about pre-made packaged foods like canned and frozen vegetables. It’s the same damn thing in the same damn size, yet it’s 40 cents to a buck cheaper. You think a large corporation wouldn’t need to make as much since they can pay off everyone pretty easily with their popularity, but no. Of course, it comes down to advertisements. But I don’t really think a hot shot celebrity making probably more I’ll ever make in my lifetime would be relevant to what I’m eating…ever! So why the hell are people paying this company to pay off this filthy rich scum to endorse a product which would be sold for more than store brand? What the hell? If that 40 cents goes into a celebrity’s bank account to entertain me for 5 brief seconds, screw you I’m with store brand. Tastes better than this crap anyways.

Lastly, why can’t all supermarkets in urban centres just open for 24 hours? Seems like you do still get business even at 3 in the morning. I just came back from Sobeys with 2 bags of groceries; if Price Choppers was open 24/7, I would be saving more money than I would at Sobeys. It would totally create grocery chaos that they would fight to the end for which stores to keep open just to get the few extra bills in. Honestly whoever figured out insomniacs needed food at that time of day, you would’ve trademarked and made millions. You sir/ma’am, are legend.

Roads, Cars and Pedestrians

One honest thing I see when I walk down the street is the monstrosity of unnecessary space for cars. You need a place to store it and a method of travel for it. Back in the day, streets are for the people to walk on. If I started walking on a 4 lane road, I would get arrested for jaywalking now. At least this idea doesn’t apply in Kensington where every last Sunday (or was it everyone other Sunday) you can walk on the road. Doesn’t matter if you choose to walk for or against, you can even play a damn guitar or talk on your cell phone without seeming looking like a careless idiot. Yeah sure it makes perfect sense to have cars take up 95% of the whole road. It’s the twenty-freaking-first century, we’re trying to go green here. City cars; if you own anything else, please live in your care and stop wasting space. An SUV carrying one person isn’t the best idea to get around, you might as well stop and pick up hitchhikers so at least you get your money’s worth of gasoline. There should be a way to licence vehicles according to need. I know freedom of choice is awesome, but when it comes to cars; I wish we didn’t have that luxury for certain purposes. The sales rep should just provide you a suitable form of transportation depending on passengers you will normally transport or the amount of storage you need. If you don’t have those requirements, you can always buy yourself a damn bus pass. Upside to the bus pass, you’re giving back to the community (technically). If you’re just in a hurry, bus pass. Need to just go somewhere far in terms of walking, bus pass. Other than that, it grinds my gears when people just drive a gas-guzzler and say “Well I wish I could save on money rather than driving everywhere.” Well asshat, it’s called public transit…use it!

Oh and let me get started on walking distance. Walking distance in my vocabulary is the length in which you can make a round trip by walking. So if you can walk somewhere in 6 hours and walk back for dinner, that’s walking distance. It just extremely annoys me that people in cities judge distance based on city blocks. “7 blocks is too far, I’ll drive there instead.” Oh really? You walk slow enough to the point where 7 blocks takes 6 hours? I’m talking about in the city, (you suburbanites might equate from anywhere from 2-5 city blocks per suburban block.) Takes me an hour to walk to walk ten to 15 (Toronto is kind of irregular in places). Meaning I can do an easy 60 in 6, my pace is a nice gentle pace that a flat surface wouldn’t be much of an undertaking. If you want to drive somewhere, it has to be over your walking distance. If you’re lazy and drive, screw you too; quit being lazy and start walking, you can lose a few pounds and be happier about it.


In the western world, English is key to living. Not knowing would put you in the dark on a lot of things. Of course we live in an interesting time where old school and new school collide where new school know their mother tongue and the social tongue. Old school being they got here and have no clue but made it out okay. Though at times there are an assemblage of words and phrases which troubles us and may confuse or disappoint others on what the hell you’re trying to convey. So lets get down to basics with the use of the word “couple” used in “that man and woman make a lovely couple,” and “I’ll be there in a couple minutes.” The latter seems to be the biggest one I find in society now. It’s a time based notion but the adjective still means 2 of something. So in truth, when you say “I’ll be there in a couple minutes.” You’re saying “Hold on, this will only take 2 minutes. No more, no less.” So I’m actually going to be offended if you are  a minute late since I’m being handled by someone who should never be my accountant. If you are an accountant with this issue, find a new career. Something similar is few which is some or a minority of, so saying “I’m be there in a few minutes”; I’ll be assuming under 30 minutes. However problem with this is that the attention span of an average person is 15-20. So I’m really waiting until I get bored. If you know me, that attention span won’t be so long so “a few” in my little bubble is less than 5 minutes. Also from my little world; a moment. It’s momentary, as in “give me the necessary time to figure this stuff out.” Once again; short attention span so you have 5-10 minutes before I get pissed or annoyed. And if you want to be short, use those. Unrealistic expectations like “be there in a sec” doesn’t really help since it’s unlikely you will be done in one second. In my ear, it’s sounds more like “I have no clue what I’m doing, so it’s more than ‘a sec’.” And it’s really not promising information.


I might be in my early 20’s and single, but from my experience as a former child I’m qualified to provide some insight as a receiver of parenting. What works? Pay attention to your kid. Understanding how they thing and their preferences helps with bonding. This is like the simplest thing ever to do. Largest problem comes with this is over-attention resulting to helicopter parenting. Worrying about your child every day is likely not the best way to go since it doesn’t benefit you or your child. Big point being it doesn’t establish trust between you and junior. So how can they move on with confidence if you’re hounding them every step of the way. You wouldn’t want them to be stalked, so why are you stalking them? Once you stop flying overhead them, you might want to apologize. Well I can say for sure, food doesn’t buy you love. However all food does is buy you a chubby child with a sedative lifestyle where they will demand food while they live said sedative life. If anything, just back off a bit; that’s it! If they want attention, you should know it because you’ve been bonding with your child.

Sugar. “Oh sugar makes your kid hyper.” You forgot to add in “maybe permanent”. When I was a kid, I had my first soda at 5 and now I’m kind of hyper when I have a sip. Not a bad thing to be hyper time to time. But if your kid starts to have trouble paying attention or just flipping out by just sucking down sucrose, then maybe you have to start being the sugar nazi and just say “no sugar for you!” Not saying it’s a bad thing to have sugar; just not too much and try and lay off artificial sugars. While we’re at it, I would like to mention there is no such thing as “natural flavouring”. If it was naturally flavoured, it wouldn’t be mentioned. Having it on the ingredients label just means “Look! More sugar!” And don’t associate sugar with rewards. That totally makes it like cocaine for children. If you ever seen lab rats on drugs. For me, not personally; but they act all crazy and always looking for their fix. I can be a slight paranoid but it’s what I felt when and still feel. In short, stay away like it was fast food and junk food.

On subject of positive reinforcement, it’s amazing what it can do. Giving a child something to help to strive for their goal. I don’t mean  just saying “you can do it!” But more in terms of talking about it and bonding to see where they are with that dream. Of course child dreams don’t last forever but you never know. A little bit of each dream survives in the ultimate career goal. Just nurture it and not put down your kid, unless they’re a bit older and have more realistic idea and logic. Don’t pressure for what you think they should be, but suggest what they can be. Life is about exploring, let ‘em explore it.

Specific Stores and Shopping

This section is more of a rant on places I go and things I buy, not really an overall deal like so far. However customer service is a big deal. I like an organic approach to it. I hate dealing with outsourced or computerized representatives. Either they’re hard to deal with or it wouldn’t understand a single thing I’ve said. Also tech support shouldn’t be so tucked away. I’m looking at you, electronics companies. Don’t leave it in the maze of pre-recorded messages, put it along with customer service. Most of my problems when I call in isn’t about billing or anything account related. Most of the time it’s a glitch or bug I can’t get around or something weird happened and I’ve exhausted every idea.  Either put it up there as a priority or maybe get out electronics because tech is hardest thing to find on your customer service line.

KFC; a internet meme once said “y u no cheap?” So why is 15 pieces of chicken so expensive for the price. I know the skin is nice and delicious but that “moist” meat is more like a wet sponge of blandness. I ate better chicken wings from Wing Machine better than your poultry picks. Maybe it’s time to abandon the great escapade of the Colonel’s secret recipe chicken. Keep it on the menu but have something new and refreshing. A new freaking recipe than just adding stuff to it. Even with 15 for $25 I can have a more delicious meal two blocks over in Koreatown. Probably get more beef with sides for 25 bucks. Likely if I had that much money, I would treat friends into a nice meal not involving fried femurs and potato-poultry combos.

Besides from fast eats grief, Gamestop. Also know as EB Games here in Canada. Why do you guys have such a bad collection of game cards? I know they’re services for a large amount of popular games. But it doesn’t encompass what you can really do with it. Get Steam of this, I would love to buy Steam cards I can redeem for games. What about just have redeemable online cash cards? Just buy the card and if you wanted to buy something, you use the card to redeem for that amount of money. Some games you can’t get at any game store and you would just have to buy it online. They got the big names, but some indies should get some face time so this might help that out. Also you can put some suggestive advertising on the card so people would buy the card and might buy the game advertised. Seriously, good idea; why not?

Who knows, maybe change will happen from this. Or lots of pissed off people will question it and get pissed off that this stuff happens. Until next time, ask why.

Slow week – Expensive food is expensive!

Probably the slowest week has passed finally and I’m still planning the other two months I have remaining of the summer. Probably going to fill it with miscellaneous projects. I’m going to try and study up and get a driver’s license. I’ve been talking about this a lot, kind of worrying that I now notice I have commitment issues towards myself. So small projects and maybe get on submitting an application or two besides from that. I’ve been pretty sedentary so I think I should do more and more, maybe even pull myself finally out of the house and get back on track.

I fell back into playing Runes Of Magic. But I think I’m going to force myself off it after the week. Then see what I want to do after, I’ve been sleeping and eating in the confines of my home and hardly anything else. Speaking of couch potatoes, I’ve been trying to hunt down for another MP3 player since both my Sony devices are now bricked. I’ve considered an iPod Touch, but I really don’t want to jump on that bandwagon if I don’t need to. It’s a nice handy device I must admit, but I think there might be a device. And before I knew it, I found one. I’ve been looking up and down with various keywords and came back with something cheaper than an iPod Touch and iPhone depending which model you buy from Archos. Looking through the customer reviews on Amazon and local stores, it’s fairly mixed, but I think once I get some cash flow my next MP3 or entertainment portable will be an Archos device (and hope the $100+ purchase won’t bone be hard in two years).  Even the company name sounds awesome.

On Friday for the first time in my life, I went to a Red Lobster with a few acquaintances. Let me say if you ever go to Red Lobster, make sure the party host has the balls (or ovaries) to actually ask for a tables rather than flipping the party member to ask. It’s kind of embarrassing when a 21 year old make can’t even approach a hostess as ask for a table and to only push another male to the situation to ask. Besides that gentlemanly disaster, we sat down and had a nice conversation and meal. I had the Garlic Herb Shrimp and Chicken with a Caesar salad, cheese and broccoli soup and brownie a la mode. After the whole ordeal or unmannerly conduct through and through (we’re Asian and all, but it’s not that kind of restaurant at Red Lobster in my opinion), it was alright; pool and cards to end the night.

Because I got home tired, I crashed the whole Saturday and missing out on my medication that I woke up with a painful headache this morning. Not painful as in “I thought to hard and now it hurts” but more like “my skull feels like it’s going to explode while my brain is about to implode, that’s not a good sign”. I think my vitamin regimen is working well, though it’s staves off the headaches. The medication for now are the only thing hold me back from receding back into a solitude life of numbing hopelessness and quiet screams of the emotional pain that stakes itself on my life. From what I know, I’m on waiting list for a psychologist. Until I receive therapy, the medication will have to suffice to hold me positively firm. But back on track, I’m not going to Red Lobster any time soon unless I pick up a gig that can pay for such a meal. I doubt it will ever come to something that great, but I can only hope.

As of tonight though I’m not really calling this an accomplishment, but I watched all episodes of Stargate Atlantis in under a week. I’m not really proud of myself since each season can be viewed within a day. I have to admit, watching it back to back makes it not as interesting compared to watching an episode at a time. Until then, I have to make a grocery run and maybe a pick me up from a McDonalds. I know binge eating is not the way to go, but I really need something to cheer me up right now after a full week of just sitting on my gluteus maximus watching thespians on a 21-inch LCD monitor. There’s a lot to do that I’m not taking advantage of in my small little corner of the world. So less talk, more exploring.

Day 7: The ultimate test of patience

I totally forgot how excruciating Christmas is when you have nothing to do except play video games. But I survived it, I pretty much ate cereal and sleep through a whole 10 hours of the day. But I think Boxing Day would be pretty good tomorrow. Store will reopen and maybe I can go to a restaurant or something and eat. Scratch that, I have a lot of food to get through.

Well at least the half hump is going to be easy tomorrow. I can easily get out and do stuff rather than cooped up in my room staring at all my game desktop icons and wishing to play each and every one of them.

About a decade ago I opened up my first bank account and the bank gave me a piggy bank as a gift. I over the years, I stashed it somewhere in my house and I’ve been searching for it ever since. Until today, I wasn’t able to find it. Who knew it was sitting next to my Gameboy Advance and my old school supplies. Now I can use it to store some coinage on my desk that I also recently cleaned up all and almost tidy. Along with that, I found my old lighter, some newspapers dating back around 2005 or so, and some cheap earbuds.

Aside from my Christmas treasure hunt, I added new widget on my blog. Some have noticed it but I want to let you know, the 5 star rating. For people who want to be all like “awesome, 3 stars”, there you go; just thinking of you.  Since it is Christmas, I emailed my girlfriend her present, she like it. It was awesome. I liked her reaction. Okay, I loved her reaction. Totally worth 2 months of editing and rewriting; I’m very satisfied with results.

In borderline game news, I received another gift code from Runes Of Magic. (Wait Eric, before you start…explain yourself!). RoM’s an MMORPG similar to WoW. It’s got farming, housing, pets, crafting, and a lot of dungeon raiding. But I redeemed it and hopefully it will be still active after January. So I guess that’s a little Christmas miracle because I rarely do get any gift that special.

This morning, I spent about a good 2-5 hours running through 3 chapters of that D&D handbook. I think I got the gist of it, but it looks like “more lumber is required” (WarCraft 3 reference). I still need a game board and some crazy looking dice that’s going to set me back. but at least I know how to play, basically.

Currently planning on day 7, I’m unsure what to do. Hopefully it will involve either eating or checking out computer shops and such. Something about computer stores fascinate me. Even Future Shop and Best Buy sometimes brings that effect to a certain degree. But those little shops that sells you hardware are pretty sweet; you can literally buy anything computer related and usually costs pretty good compared to big box stores. Like my custom computer was 2000 bucks and that’s with monitor, OS CD, keyboard and mouse. At places like Best Buy it would’ve been like 3 or 4 grand. So yeah, if you ever wanted a good business or want to make a good deal; independent computer parts shop, it beats buying stuff through the internet.

Anyways, that’s it for me. I’ll give you guys an update tomorrow. As always, comments and suggestions; stories if you got them.

Merry Christmas!