Cats and Dogs and Other Pets

I held it off long enough, I’m going to speak of my cats and dogs throughout my remembered history. Bubbles, Angel, Felix, Grizzly, Daisy, Hunter, Diesel.

I held it off long enough, I’m going to speak of my cats and dogs throughout my remembered history.

The farthest back I can remember is a time when I had the following pets. The oldest cat was Bubbles, a calico (white, black, and orange splotches) longhair, who I, being a little guy, would chase Bubbles around. She was scared of me. Same deal with the next oldest cat: Angel, a shorthair with smoke-grey fur and a white belly and paws. She had such a soft coat. The youngest cat was Felix, a cat I can never forget. He was orange, large, fat, lazy, and incredibly loving. He wanted no more than a nice meal, nice sleep, and a loving friend or few. The few times he tried to run, it was more of a hilarious wobble. We also had a dog, seven breeds in him I was told, named Grizzly, after what he looks like; a slightly smaller grizzly bear with a lighter coat. He was an outside dog, but somehow he managed to stay a good boy. Ran me over once when I was really little resulting in my fear of him for too long, but a good boy, loving and happy. It’s sad that he lived and died an outside dog while the rest of my family and me lived our lives inside.

So after Bubbles died, we got another calico longhair, also female: Daisy. If you so much as walked past her she’d complain in her sheep-baa of a meow. She’s slightly better now, but still seems to hate everything. Mental. After Angel died, we waited. Then Felix died, so now we had one cat. Not good enough. We got our current youngest cat: Hunter, the black-and-white shorthair who’s probably our best cat yet. He loves to hunt, as his name implies, although that was more of a coincidence since we named him before he brought in anything. He loves to play. Sometimes he gets into a state of bouncing-off-the-walls; as in, he runs around the house at full throttle as if escaping an invisible mini-nuke. At some point after Grizzly died, we got a doberman pincher, a black dog with brown patches around specific spots: Diesel. His number-one favourite thing in the world is to beg for attention. He also has plenty of chew toys and can sniff one out from anywhere, even if we haven’t introduced him to it yet.

We also had some goldfish at some point. And we had chickens which we kept for eggs (and, when they stop laying eggs, meat). And we also had a couple of bunnies, one after the other, one of which would chase Felix around, nibbling his legs. Another kind of pet we had were guinea pigs. My room still had the three-story cage we kept the bunnies and guinea pigs in, hand-made by my dad. It’s awesome. We also had some frogs and I can almost guarantee that I’m missing some other pets.

I swear I don’t usually post about my pets.

Dungeons & Treasure, Card Game

I got a deck of playing cards, but you know what’s better than playing card games? Making it up as you go along until an idea forms! So here’s one of my games.

I got a deck of playing cards last Christmas, and for some reason I also have a book full of card games. But you know what’s better than playing card games? Making it up as you go along until an idea forms! So here’s one of my games: Dungeons & Treasure! This can probably be multiplayer, but I’ve only tried singleplayer.

Use a deck of 52 playing cards, without jokers. Shuffle it. Without knowing what the cards are, draw two cards face-down, one on top of the other, onto the table. Do the same again, placing these cards beside the first cards. Repeat until you have a grid of 4 by 3 cards. Draw 3 cards for yourself, which you may look at. These 3 cards are your manpower. Now the game begins.

Reveal the top card of any pile. If you have a card of same (to the pile’s card) or higher value (aces are low but are treated as higher against kings) or two cards of the same (to each other) value, you may sacrifice that(/those) card(s) to destroy that top card (sacrificing and destroying cards puts them in the graveyard) and reveal the card underneath. You can either repeat the process or take this bottom card for manpower. If you destroy this bottom card, you draw 3 cards from the deck, these 3 cards being added to your treasure. Treasure can be used as sacrifices just like manpower, but treasure is all that matters when you’re done.

If you cannot (or choose not to) destroy the top card, simply leave the top card face-up and start the process again with a pile that’s all face-down. Once only piles with face-up top cards are left, you may start the processes again with those piles. If the deck runs out, the game ends. If no piles are left, the game ends. If you cannot do anything more, the game ends. At the end of the game, add the values of all of your treasure to discover your total treasure. That’s your score.

I don’t know any neat strategies or odd side-effects or strange consequences or anything, so feel free to give feedback and point anything out.

YouTuber Recommendations (FACT SPEW: CHOCOLATE)

Here’s a highly-incomplete list of YouTubers and why you should check them out.

This is about YouTubers that I’m subscribed to at this moment. Here’s a highly-incomplete list of YouTubers and why you should check them out. WARNING: OPINION PIECE.

  • A+Start, showing off video game glitches.
  • Alpharad, entertaining people with the wonders of For Glory on Super Smash Bros. Brawl for Wii U.
  • CinemaSins, known for pointing out everything wrong with movies in a humorous manner.
  • Corridor, making epic, movie-quality shorts.
  • DidYouKnowGaming, spewing fun facts about video games.
  • DONG, showing you things to do online, for free, when you have nothing better to do.
  • Extra Credits, teaching you game design… or history.
  • Extra Play, the result of mixing Extra Credits with let’s plays.
  • Game Grumps, talking shit while somehow being fun while playing games.
  • Grian, teaching how to make things look nice in Minecraft.
  • Jacksepticeye, full of happy energy and does let’s plays.
  • JonTronShow, going insane by watching movies.
  • Jordan Underneath, turning depression into art by reviewing video games.
  • Kurzgesagt (In a Nutshell), speaking about problems of the world or wonders of the universe.
  • Node, playing games together, especially VR and Airsoft/Nerf games.
  • RocketJump, making comedic, movie-quality shorts.
  • That One Video Gamer, aka The Completionist, reviewing video games from a completionist’s point of view.
  • Vsauce, Vsauce2, and Vsauce3, videos about things such as different levels of infinity, or our 100-thousand year war with snakes, or the time it would take to reach Mars.

Sorry that this post was half-assed, but this week sucked so hard that the vacuum of space is jealous, so… justified maybe perhaps? Um… The Arabic script looks cool. How about a Fact Spew?

FACT SPEW: Chocolate!

Chocolate can help with relaxation. Chocolate helps lower the risk of heart disease. Chocolate protects against tooth decay. Chocolate can kill dogs and cats. Don’t you, yourself, eat 22 lbs. of chocolate, that’s lethal. Hot chocolate tastes better in orange cups. Look out for chips dipped in chocolate.

The Summit in the Orc’s Dream

Here’s a story I constructed for my English class.

I woke up today, Friday, the first day of the first weekend since my Winter break ended. I’m not feeling like trying to find a topic and elaborating on it, so here’s a story I constructed for my English class.

The orc drudged his way up the bright mountain island as best he could, but found it not good enough. He sat on a freezing, orange, rock ledge, then laid down, then fell asleep.
The orc had a dream – a dream about the mountain and the secrets the clouded summit held; but when he awoke he remembered no details but those. Yet he felt that the only dream that he ever had led to the mountain for a purpose. He cannot sleep now, for his dream will only become more persuasive. The orc stood up and continued his
dreadful hike.
In the orc’s path was a massive roc, towering the orc several times over. Its feathers were of a golden hue, except for the tips of its tail and wing feathers, which were of a wonderful silver colour. Aware of the destruction this roc could wreak upon the orc, he made his way around this roc’s chick-full nest, careful to stay downwind
of the roc.
Thighs burning, lungs working, heart pumping, the orc used every drip of adrenalin he could find within himself to make it to the cloud that hides the tip of the mountain. Here it snowed from clouds higher. The air cooled his thighs and nearly froze his blood. Still, the dream condemned him to enter the cloud, and so the orc unsheathed
his construction hammer and beat on the cloud once, twice, thrice, and again, and again, a crack on the cloud forming and expanding. It took six swings of the hammer to make a hole. The orc peered inside and his dream came back to him, reminding him
that he had a great purpose, reassuring him that he did not have to follow the way of the orc.

YouTube on Mobile (FACT SPEW: Spyro Super Jump)

I’ve got an iPod, 5th gen, that I can watch YouTube on. Here’s my advice.

The two laptops I’ve owned, including this one, were old and made watching YouTube on them as unfun as getting slapped. Thankfully, I’ve got an iPod, 5th gen, that I can watch YouTube on. Here’s my advice.

Don’t use the YouTube app. It loads far too slowly, crashes often, etc. Instead, use the web page. It still isn’t perfect, as often videos will load without image or without sound, sometimes the web page will load without HTML magic, a lot of links in descriptions will be cut off, you can’t upload using it, etc., but you’ll be hard-pressed to accidentally have a crash while watching shenanigans, and it’s incredibly faster. Probably the biggest issue for now is that you can’t click any notification bells on the mobile website.

Sorry that this post is so short. I decided to write about this, but too far in I realized that there isn’t enough meat for me to craft with. So it’s time for…

FACT SPEW: Spyro Super Jump!

In Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage, known as Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer in Europe, you can perform a jump tall enough to get to areas you weren’t meant to go.

Don’t move, just jump and, somewhere around two thirds of the way through your jump, charge. Don’t let go of jump. You should leap a big higher than you could otherwise.

Here’s the first place (to my knowledge) that you can utilize this. In Glimmer, in the area before the caves, enter the fancy gazebo and jump up to the second pillar platform. This should be where you’d get your orb if you brutally slay all of the little brown lizards. Now go to the edge, facing the cliff. Perform your super jump and, at the top of your super jump, glide to the hills and then hover onto it. Enjoy the view.

Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic, and Numbers

I’ll give a load of backstory first, then I want to discuss the differences between the numbers of these games.

I’ll give a load of backstory first, then I want to discuss the differences between the numbers of these games.

My first trading card game (TCG) was the Pokemon TCG. I still have an okay collection of Pokemon cards, but practically no EXs, megas, darks, metals, psychics, dragons, or fairies. My deck consists of fighting and grass Pokemon. I’ve still had plenty of fun with my friend Ram back in elementary school. My elementary school was all into the Pokemon TCG.

Next, I wanted to get into Yu-Gi-Oh. To be honest, I think all that drew me in was wanting to say “you triggered my trap card.” I couldn’t afford any cards and I didn’t know anyone who played, so I simulated Yu-Gi-Oh on my desktop using LackeyCCG. I didn’t get far into this game.

Now my interest has been drawn to Magic: The Gathering. Neither can I afford these cards at the moment, so I simulate the game using Cockatrice. I’ve had plenty of fun with this game. Omnath, Locus of Mana, is my favourite card so far. He makes for an awesome commander because so many cards can work with him so well. I’m planning on being in the modern format.

Now for the numbers. In the Pokemon TCG, everything is in multiples of ten. You can’t find 1, 3, 5, 19, etc. health points. This may be to more accurately reflect the Pokemon core video games.

It seems that in Yu-Gi-Oh, all numbers are in multiples of one hundred. This gives a sense of extreme damage but can also make beginners overestimate their cards’ numbers.

In Magic: The Gathering, values are in multiples of one. The numbers are also very (relatively) low. A creature with 10 toughness (health) is on the stronger end of things. Very straightforward. I like this card game all the more for this. However, unlike in the Pokemon TCG, (and maybe Yu-Gi-Oh, I’m not sure,) a creature with high toughness can still be defeated with ease and a creature with high power (attack) can still be harmless if you have the right cards on-hand. Meanwhile, a creature with low power and toughness could be difficult to get rid of because of it’s abilities. Magic is a lot more than a pick-the-stronger-creature game. This is why I love this game over the Pokemon TCG.

Super Smash Bros. 4 and Project M

At some point, we played Super Smash Bros. Brawl on their Wii. At this point, I have never played Smash. Fast forward a few years. I get a 3DS for Christmas.

A handful of years ago, my dad’s 50th birthday was upon him. So, we visited some cousins to celebrate or something. I know nearly none of my many cousins, of which I am youngest second only to my sister, but we had fun. We played some sort of card game where you equipped equipment and fought monsters. It’s name was something like the word “monster.” At some point, we played Super Smash Bros. Brawl on their Wii.

At this point, I have never played Smash. I’m not even sure if I’ve heard of it. They handed me a controller (not sure which kind) and I mashed buttons because I had no idea what the controls were. I came away with an interest in the previously mentioned card game (which I haven’t been able to remember the name of since) and no interest in Smash.

Fast forward a few years. I get a 3DS for Christmas. This was sometime around the beginning of it’s life cycle. A beautiful bright blue shine, the colour was. This was probably the happiest Christmas of my life. I got a bunch of launch titles and gained more games for it later. I also had a good bunch of DS games beforehand. I was a bit confused on why it was missing a slot for my Gameboy cartridges because my DS had that. (I completely skipped the DSi.)

Later, I look through the Nintendo eShop’s demos to find the demo for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS (which is also known as Smash 4, in case you’re not in the know). I decide “hey, why not?” and get it. The introductory tutorial was exactly what I needed. I gradually learned things about the game. My friend, who I’ll call Ram, doesn’t have Wifi, so I get the demo for him and we both have plenty of fun. He gets Smash 4, I get Smash 4, and we play some more.

It takes me a while to get into a main. Then my main changes. And again and again, etc. Turns out, my main is whoever I feel like that week. I just can’t stick to one character in Smash 4. The thing about Smash 4 is that it feels, at least to me, more like a party game than anything.

So far, I’ve only played Super Smash Bros. for 3DS. But at my high school, the special education teacher, who I’ll call James, has this Wii. He only had Wii Sports, Wii Music, and Wii Play. Maybe also Mario Kart Wii at this point. So I ask him if he could get Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii. He’s a great guy. He gets Brawl. So now, me and Ram start to play Brawl at lunch at school, which draws an audience and more players. It was epic, the atmosphere, although the game I didn’t find to be anything extraordinary in comparison. It still is epic, but things change at this point in the story. My Smash experience changes.

I learn about this modification for Brawl, which is called Project M. I look into it. I think the Project M development team stopped working on it by then, the latest version being 3.6. So I download Project M 3.6, throw it onto an SD card, throw that into the Wii, and start up Project M. This was a tough adjustment, particularly because I tried to spike offstage using Captain Falcon. Bad idea, that was, but getting into Project M was a magnificent idea. My Smash experience changes. I finally have a proper main. My main in Project M becomes, and still is, Squirtle. Everyone has fun until I start using Squirtle. Eventually we start having fun again because we often choose random characters and even when I am Squirtle, people are starting to find their mains, making it harder for me to win.

My current player landscape is this: at lunch in my school me and friends almost always play Project M. At first the four primary players, by which I mean players that almost always show up for the game, were me, Ram, and two other guys I’ll refer to as Griffin and Salamander. Now Griffin is off playing Magic the Gathering and I think we may have a new primary, who I’ll refer to as Spike.

Right now, in Project M I main Squirtle and secondary Mewtwo.

I’m planning, once this Winter Break is over, to mod the mod in the most insane way possible. Just for a single match or so. You know, to make them go “what in the good name of all hellspawn have you done?” Because I can.