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Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Merry late Christmas and happy New Year...or, for those of you from other denominations, or perhaps from nondenominations, Merry Christmahannukwanzaakah to you.

I say Merry Christmas though.  Whiners will be shot and banned. 

Oh, and Happy Birthday, Andris!  XD  (His birthday was on the Winter Solstice, on a full blood-red lunar eclipse, and exactly two years from the end of the world!!  YAY!)

I love the shortest day of the year--because I hate sunlight...but it doesn't count as a holiday, as it is not "holy", per se.

Again, all whiners and individuals who feel it necessary to nitpick over the above statements will be shot and banned, then shot again for good measure.  ALL.

Uh....I guess you wanna know what I got?  It's been awhile and I'm just exhausted and my car needs fixing and I need more hours at work and I need to buy a plane ticket that keeps magically increasing in price every time I look at it...I hate the world right now.

Anyway, my Christmas haul this year:
  • ThinkGeek T-shirt - "Keep Out of Direct Sunlight"
  • ThinkGeek T-shirt - "XKCD Tech Support Flow Chart"
  • ThinkGeek T-shirt - "Pluto the Non-Planet Saying 'weak.' to the solar system" 
  • Red Nightgown
  • Dream Angels "Heavenly" Body Spray by Victoria's Secret
  • "Chiffon" perfume by Victoria's Secret (coincidence)
  • New leather purse
  • Charger for my Nintendo DS (lost the old one, somehow)
  • "Inception" the movie
  • A Christmas Ornament

(Presents I haven't opened yet for various reasons, but the contents of which I know quite well despite the wrapping and the not being told:)
  • Civilization V
  • Model of a BMW Z8
  • Wall Calendar (Images Unknown)
Yeah.  That's all.  Off to get my car fixed and consume some caffeine to fend off this exhaustion.  Curse you, UPS...Holiday Helper sounds so innocent, but that job is BRUTAL.  I guess my one consolation is that I'm better than 90% of the men who apply for that job.  Boo-yeah.

=_= ~*(cyh)*

Saturday, October 23, 2010


This is all you're gonna get, because I hate repeating myself.


4) Fruitless search for employment
6) More fruitless searching for employment
7) Multiple other projects I promised to help with
10) MCAT

Understand?  Do you?  Do you really?  Because the questions and the whining and the people threatening me like it matters somehow are really beginning to irritate me.  How dare some of these people think that they have some sort of entitlement to what I create for free.  Bored?  READ A BOOK.  I even wrote one.  Go enjoy that for a few weeks.

I have a life.  I have a full ride scholarship to get because I can't afford to pay for medical school, I have an MCAT to take in a few months (think SAT, except it stabs you in the face when you're wrong) which requires more studying than an entire year of college-level classes, a med school to get into, projects to finish, and a billion other things that take priority over Chell's Mind.  It would've been done before all of this hit, but, well, people were being jackwagons, and I don't respond well to jackwagons.

Now silence.  Support is fine.  Friendly comments are fine.  Patience is AWESOME.  Rudeness will earn the banhammer.  Lewd comments (Have you read these?  Can you really blame me for not wanting to work on anything with those people harassing me?) will receive a death sentence.

That is all.
=_= ~*(cyh*

Sunday, September 19, 2010

It FINALLY happened.

Watch this: Freeman's(-ish) Mind 2 - Episode 1

Seriously.  Right?  I mean, how does this even happen?  How did the cosmos conspire to bring forth such fortune?!  I ask thee, gentle internet, where the hell has this guy been hiding?!

So.  Freeman's(-ish) Mind 2.  Loved the intelligent humor, the references to stuff other than video games (HORUS FTW!!), and the unusually good and Ross Scott-reminiscent voice.  Granted, the audio and video quality could be better, and I suspect the video was rendered with letterbox bars rather than the native resolution, but that's all technical stuff that can be fixed easily with some reading and tweaking.  What matters is the substance, and this has least to me.  Check it out, you fools!  If you haven't clicked on that link already, you're crazier than I am!

In other news, my cold is mending at last.  Universal was awesome, though sleeping in a heavily air-conditioned hotel room with a sinus cold is  Instead, I sat outside in a stairway at 3 or 4am and sent a long text message to a certain precious someone.  Then I actually went to sleep because I was sick, heavily medicated, and very tired.  I'm sure that text made absolutely no sense.

By the way, butterbeer tastes like fizzy butterscotch, as suspected.

Now I can actually get some stuff done.  Got a couple of side projects, I need the elevator's voice back (which means Ian needs to get cracking on Harrison's Mind....AFTER Castle is done!), and then I'll get started on the next episode.

...Oh, and why is it that whenever someone just takes a long time to release the next episode, people start assuming that the series is over?  Did I make any such announcement?  No.  Have I totally trashed GLaDOS yet?  NAY!

Ergo, I'm not done.  Just quit bugging me and I'll get it done.  Crimeny.

The End.
=_= ~*(cyh)*

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Ugh, My Face...

8:01PM EST

So I have a cold.  I'm pretty sure my mom gave it to me.  My sinuses are all stuffed up and when I talk I sound funny.  Also I'm really tired.  ~_~;  Blarg, honk.  Blargy honk-honk.

I'm gonna pass out....

In other news, despite my illness--like a true masochist--I'm going to Universal for a couple of days.  I'm leaving tomorrow, and my best friend's brother is paying for everything--w00t!  This should be fun.  I've never been to a theme park in the US before.  Downtown Disney doesn't count--no rides.

Okay...time to lie down.  x_x;

=_= ~*(cyh)*

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Nerd Rising

 5:15AM EST

I am going to be SO sad when I finish rewatching the entirety of Yu-Gi-Oh!

Sou da.  Jidai ga owateiru.  Kanashikute, kanashikute shou ga naindarou?

It's funny.  Last time, I rooted for the Pharaoh, but this time around it's all about Kaiba.  That guy's ego is a fantastic thing.  Also, his Japanese voice is so cool.  The Pharaoh just shouts a lot...Dan Green is cooler.

By the way, the season four opening song in the Japanese episodes is stuck in my head.  It rocks so hard.

In other news, there is no other news.  It was just taking way too long scrolling through the comments in the last blog entry.  I got tired of grinding the wheel, and my childish love of old-school anime seemed like a good enough reason to say a few words.

Oh, but here's something fun:

That's Tom, my goldfish.  He's about 7 inches long, 6 years old, and really cute.  He's constantly trying to make the other two fish play with him, but he gets shunned every time.  SHUNNED!  Once, he was bumping the Bala Shark with his nose and trying to start a game of chase or something, but then the Bala Shark got mad and tried to bite Tom.  Tom freaked out and hid in the bamboo leaves.  He was back at it again after a few seconds, though.  (Goldfish have terrible memory.)  Anyway, I usually end up poking at the glass, leading him around for a bit and making "bloop-bloop" faces at him for fun when the other fish don't want to play.  He's always happy, somehow.  I think it's because he knows that goldfish are immortal.  All the other fish will die, but the goldfish will remain.  They're like Highlanders.

That's right.  Goldfish are Highlanders.

That's enough outta me.
=_= ~*(cyh)*

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Life of Cyh

 ***The following is a typical day of my life, with no job market, no school, and rampant insomnia.***

4PM: WAKEY TIME! (Teeth, clothes, hair brushing, obtaining mocha, etc...)

4:30PM: DRIVING TIME!  (I love Betty.  She takes such good care of me.)



6PM: RETURN HOME!  Search commences for foodstuffs.  It is a lengthy ritual which involves much opening and closing of refrigerators, freezers, and pantries.  Usually results in giving up and waiting for Mom to cook some traditional Philippino dish which apparently the rest of the world finds strange but with which I have grown up my entire life and thus enjoy with a passion.  Sinigang and chicken adobo are king.

6:30PM: Watch news, check for hurricanes, become despondent that there are no hurricanes, help out in kitchen, watch little brother Sasquatch the Leprechaun play Runescape and marvel at penguins in sheep's clothing....


8:30PM: TV/INTERNET TIME! (Favorite channels include, but are not limited to: The Science Channel, Discovery, HD Theater, NatGeo, Nat Geo Wild, The History Channel, Food Network, BBC America, and The Travel Channel.)

9:30PM: GYM TIME~!  (TV is also watched here.  Exclusively Discovery Channel.  Shark Week is the shiz.)

11PM: GO HOME TIME!  Shower, brush teeth, deal with uncooperative long hair, change into pajamas, etc...

12AM: TV/INTERNET/ANIME TIME!!! (Episode 6 of Kuroshitsuji II is....gah!  Sebastian!  *huggles*)

3AM: SNACK TIME! (May occur throughout the day/night, especially since my metabolism's been going nuts recently...frosted flakes are a favorite.)

6AM: BEDTIME!! (This is actually tied to sunrise, therefore time may vary.)

So, as you can see, things like that latest video occur for very good reasons.  Also, it's past my bedtime.

Good morning.
=_= ~*(cyh)*

Saturday, July 31, 2010

One of those days...

3:00AM EST

Ever have one of those days where you can't seem to sit still and you really want to get a ton of stuff done, but there's something called sleep that just keeps nagging and nagging and nagging?!

Yeah.  One of THOSE days.  Pretty irritating.  That was yesterday.  Today, all I've got is the not-sitting-still part, which sucks because my butt hurts from exercising yesterday and today.  Getting better, though I should probably takes some aspirin.  Man, it sucks when you wake up and sit up and suddenly your entire ass cramps up with a massive Charley horse and you're freaking out 'cause it's YOUR ASS and that's pretty important.  Sitting is painful.  Enough about my ass.

Anyway, the entire point is that the letter "C" on my keyboard keeps getting fickle on me.  Gotta change the tinfoil.  Wish I had a circuit board pen, but nooooo, they don't sell them at Best Buy because all those guys are ass-hats who think I'm retarded for asking whether a specific video card is capable of rendering at 1080p and treat me like some random chick who can't POSSIBLY know anything about the magical internal workings of a computer.

Bah.  They will suffer for their insolence.

On a lighter note, I finally found the courage to get rid of my old computer and the monitor.  Took it to Abraham the awesome computer man and he was all "Sure, I'll take it!" and I was all "I need an IDE PCI controller card" and he was all "HERE!  A TRADE!  TOTALLY FREE!!!" and I was all "YOU'RE AWESOME!  I'D HUG YOU BUT THAT WOULD BE CREEPY!!!"

Besides, I don't need an Athlon 64 for my P55 mobo.  That would be stupid, and it wouldn't even fit 'cause the Athlon's a PGA and the P55 has an LGA socket.  Plus, the P55 is an Intel board, and the Athlon is AMD.  I don't know why I was emotionally attached to that old thing.  Probably because I won it at Grad Night after graduating high school.  First time winning something, EVER.  Free computers are badass, people.  Never turn one down.  RIP, Asylum.  I'll keep you in my heart forever!

So anyway, I now have about.........three terabytes of storage.  WOOT!  Finally got those old hard drives installed.  Damn you, IDE!  Why can't you just be SATA?!  I hate PATA cables.  They block all the air flow, and I'm gonna complain anyway, DESPITE the fact that my case is made of grill material!  (Not like a barbecue grill, but steel mesh...why didn't I just say steel mesh?)


Wow.  *reads through*  I have no idea what just happened.  I think I just had a geek attack.

Oh, yeah.  People?  Stop asking about episode 06.  Don't even joke.  The script is irritating me 'cause timing is everything, and people bugging me just makes me want to write something else.


At least I feel better now.  I'm gonna go do some writing.

=_= ~*(cyh)*

P.S. Oh, yeah.  Now I remember why I'm so wonky.  See, there are these things called Korean dramas.  Most of them are a massive emotional suck-fest with terrible endings, but there's this one that I just rewatched called "You're Beautiful" that actually ends FANTASTICALLY and holy crap, don't EVER let me go to South Korea.  EVER.  Because I'll never leave.  I will devote my entire life to (intensely creepily) stalking THIS GUY:

Okay, bad pic...he's surgically turning a stuffed bunny into a pig-bunny.  See the piggy nose?!  XD  I WANT ONE!!!

Hwang Tae Kyung is the character's name in the show, and Jang Geun Seok is his real name.  His smile is pure evil--it's wonderful!  I swear, every time he smiles, a puppy dies.  I want to study him... +_+

Kang Shin Woo can go to hell, the clingy bastard.  Jeremy was adorable, though, and Go Mi Nyu...I want her to be my sister!  XD  I'm on a roller coaster ride.  I love this show, but I hate seeing it end.... DX

Anyway, here, the Korean version of Andy:

Freakin'ey, I have to go lie down now.  @_@;

P.P.S.: Here's my Gladys.  Boo-yeah!

P.P.P.S.:  MANGOES~!  This is my HARVEST!  +_+  (The pen is there to reference mango size.  I climbed up the tree and got all the big ones on purpose.  XD)

Monday, July 19, 2010


In light of recent comments that annoyed me, and disregard for the rules I set forth concerning commenting, I've decided to allow comments only by approval. If your comment is related to the post, you're good. If you're dragging your problems from other blogs to mine, I'm deleting it. What the other Masterminds do with their blogs is entirely their business, and I don't want people's grievances being dragged over here to irritate me for no reason.  They can do what they want--it's their blog and you should respect that. All other requirements in the italics above the comment box here still stand.  I've got enough nonsense to deal with in the real world where things actually matter.  I don't need people here giving me problems, too.  It's bad enough that I can't get in the mood to make the next episode--any more crap and I'm just going to wait until Portal 2 is released to continue the series.

I haven't slept in two days, to the point where even the slightest irritation makes it impossible for me to fall asleep at all.  I am INCREDIBLY cranky, INCREDIBLY annoyed at EVERYTHING, and I just want to write in peace.  I'll probably change things again when I'm in a better mood, but at the moment, in the wise words of Daddy's Ten Rules to Dating: 
"I've got a shotgun, a shovel, and five acres behind my house--do NOT trifle with me."

That is all.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Who's Goin' Mango Huntin'? WE'S Goin' Mango Huntin'!

My mom's friend works cleaning an enormous empty mansion along the river, and the owners have an entire mango grove filled with trees and peacocks.  Some of the peacocks are albino.

Peacock poo is weirdly similar to cat poo.  Not like the uric acid poo of most birds.  That is, if the poo was indeed from the birds, and not some stray cat...

Enough biology.  Anyway, I  went mango hunting there with my mom.  It was AWESOME.  My mango tree died in the big freeze this past winter--JEANNE!  I MISS YOU!!!--so it was nice to see some LIVING trees.  (It sprouted during hurricane Jeanne, and grew in a loop-de-loop which mimicked the path of the storm--bitch came back for us, that's what that was!)

I'm not quite sure how we're going to manage to eat all those mangoes, though...the counter is stuffed with them.  We covered them in newspaper to keep in the ethylene dioxide that lets fruit ripen.

...Okay, that's enough.  I've got bio on the brain and it's non-conducive to being online.

=_= ~*(cyh)*

Saturday, June 19, 2010


It's up when it's processed.  YouTube is slower than molasses on Pluto.

I have to go write now.  My brain is itching.  Oh, and Curtis, two new chapters are now available for your reading pleasure.  Be warned, though.  It's gonna hit you like a brick upside the head.

EDIT: Okay, that's enough waiting.

Chell's Mind - 05 (Part 1)
Chell's Mind - 05 (Part 2)

=_= ~*(cyh)*
"Talking is dangerous.  Shutting up is better."~Andykins
(I adore you!  ...And nobody knows what I'm talking about.)

Friday, June 18, 2010

75% of dubbing is DONE...

...and now my throat hurts.  I think I'm catching a cold.  It's 5AM and I'm tired, so I'm gonna go watch some TV now.  I hope I can post it before the bug really gets me.


Oh, and in case you guys are at all curious, sometimes I inject random lines from the episode into my posts here.  It's super awesome, and very weird.

Okay, I gotta go watch the Science Channel now.  Science is calling to me!

=_= ~*(cyh)*

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Halfway Point

I'm only halfway through the audio recording for two reasons:

1) I've gone crazy with working on my book writing, and as far as I'm concerned, original works trump parody.  I love writing...

2) Television in HD in my room and E3.  E3 is BIG.  I've watched the Portal 2 trailer and all its associated videos about fifty times, and I'm fairly certain that my little brother is now sick of me barging into his room to show him awesome new Portal 2 stuff.  Seriously, the music makes me happy, hearing GLaDOS makes me happy, watching turrets get sucked into vents and explode with lasers makes me happy...I'm just all giggly.

So yeah, it's slow going, and the people bugging me for the next episode are only delaying its release--it puts me in a cranky mood and I just don't work on it.  Instead, I watch the Discovery Channel 25th Anniversary two-hour Mythbusters special.  That's two whole hours I could've been working on an episode, and instead I'm watching explosion montages.

Food for thought.

=_= ~*(cyh)*
 Word of the day: Incongruous.
"Two incongruous triangles are the equilateral and the isosceles."

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Barbecue is Owning Me.

So I'm being lazy because of this need for barbecue.  I have no idea how it relates to my ability to record lines, but it's so hard to get into the mood.  It's 3AM and I'm watching the Food Network show "Unwrapped."  It's pretty freaking awesome.

I got to marinade a rack of ribs today, though.  Once it's grilled up the Irony Gods should logically be appeased.  Don't ask me what the logic is in that--there just is.  I hope my dry rub works out, though.  I wonder if anise is good with pork...mother will be mighty angry if it tastes wonky.

Ye gods, this is ludicrous.  WHY AM I TALKING ABOUT BARBECUE?!

I'm gonna go watch more "Unwrapped" now.

=_= ~*(cyh)*
Can you see the birdy?! (Yes, I drew this.)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can....

I've finally started chugging away on the dubbing for part 2.  Including rendering, uploading, and processing, I'd set the ETA at around Tuesday.  Those of you who have uploaded HD before understand this time frame. I completed about 1.5 minutes in an hour of work.  I am slow, yes, but I'm also very picky about which takes make it, as well as how the timing is working.

The reasons for me taking so long to even start working on Part 2?  Tired, uninspired, annoyed at the internet, looking for a job, busy writing and editing, etc...  This isn't the only project I'm working on, so no whining allowed.  (Also, I'm not kidding when I say that every person who asks for the next episode extends the release by a day.  That's the estimated amount of time it takes for me to get over my irritation per individual.  I don't care if that makes me rather similar to Gabe Newell, since the guy brought us VALVe and I'm a fan of their work.)

In addition, people wondering why I sound rather curt or cross in this blog may speculate as they like.  However, keep in mind that I am female, and go through about a week of bizarre madness every month.  Pass My Shotgun, for the unlearned.

That is all.  I will watch House now, for that man amuses me greatly, and I finally hooked my HD cable box up to the new screen and desire juicy Hi-Def goodness.  (Been watching a lot of Food Network, I wanna barbecue something!)

=_= ~*(cyh)*


Saturday, May 29, 2010


I've already uploaded Part 1.  Just waiting to finish Part 2.

Also sleep-deprived.  Can't think good.  Invented a new word: "quickler" in place of "more quickly."

Adverbs are mean sons o' bitches.  I'm getting tired of their nonsense.

=_= ~*(zzz)*

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Okay, I've finished the first (shorter) part of episode 05.  Now, I have two options: make this a standalone 5-minute episode and make the next one as episode 06, or continue with the two-parter plan.  The former option means I release what I have done so far, the latter means you wait until I'm done with everything.  The second part will take a couple more days, though.

It's up to you guys.  I figured I've made you wait forever and you deserve a sweet little present.

=_= ~*(cyh)*

Monday, May 24, 2010

The Brain Summit

At last, Ian has posted the Q&A.  It's about two hours long and absolutely hilarious.  I'm too tired to write a synopsis, so just check it out.

On another note, scripting the next episode is taking longer than expected, but I'm slowly making progress.  As stated in the previous post, I've finished the video, and am currently working on the dialogue.  It will be a two-parter due to length concerns--because YouTube is a douche--and does indeed include the radios for the Transmission Received achievement....though I have toyed with them a bit.  *smirk*

Anyway, yeah.  Enjoy The Brain Summit, post comments, tell us what you think, etc...

The Brain Summit

Special Note: The discussion concerning the youth and swearing/spelling/grammar is a general observation we've made.  I take special care to associate with the ones who prove to be exceptions.  Keep that in mind.  If you're not a part of that group, ki ni shinaide, ne.  (Don't worry about it.)  We like you just fine.

Also, danielcdawson?  Have we told you how awesome you are?  If not, the Q&A will.  ^_^  Thanks for all the help you give.

=_= ~*(cyh)*

P.S. Oy, Corky.  This is my Pikachu.  I've had it since Christmas 2000 in Japan.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

"Debilibus Somnus Est..."

"Naze Latin o tsukatten desu ka?" to kikun desu ne?  Datte, hima dakara.  Romaji shika kakenainda!  Moji ga naindakara.  Atashi no subete no kangae wa Nihongo de ari!!  Sore yori, eigo wa mou...chotto tsumaranainda.  Ne?

Ah, Gintama wa oshii na?  Kaete kure, Gin-chan!  Hitori ni shinaide!  Atashi kanashii yo!  Baka na koto bakkari kangae shika nai!  Maji de shinimasu!!!  Jissatsu suru!  IMA SUGU NI!!!

Ja, omaera wa koko ni iru nara, oshieru.  Tsugi no video wa mou totta, soshite nokori wa tada seiyuu no koto dake. 

Nemuritakunai.  "Suimin wa yowamushi no tame da."

"Sleep Is for the Weak."

Ijou nashi.  Oyasumi nasai, yowamushi-tachi
=_= ~*(sai)*

P.S. Iiwake ga arun desu yo.  5:38am desu.  Tsukareteiru kedo, demo atashi wa tomaranai!  Dialogu o shiagaranakucha!

.....Sumimasen.  Noh miso ga toketeiru.

(I suck at Romaji.  Forgive me for misspellings and random spacings--I have had no formal training.....also, special mention in a vid for anyone who can decipher ALL of the above.)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


I fixed GLaDOS.  I don't know how, but I did....which means it could totally happen again and I wouldn't know what to do...again.

=_=  Ah, computers.  It's a love-hate relationship: I love them, and they hate me.

Anyway, I'll be working on the next episode over the next couple of days, and by then Ian might also have the Q&A all edited up!  *sigh*  At last, things are moving along again.

...I'm gonna go watch some anime on my new monitor.  HD FTW~!  Sebastian FTW~!!
=_= ~*(cyh)*

P.S.  I noticed something.  Chell and I have the same nose!  (She's got those crazy-ass cheekbones, though....)



Tuesday, May 18, 2010


I'm having an issue with GLaDOS' dialogue.  Her lines are overlapping by about a second, making recording impossibly ridiculous.  Anybody know how to troubleshoot audio issues?  It's been fine until today--I know it's not the monitor's fault because it was working fine while I was tweaking the video options for the new screen. (720p will have to stick around a bit longer, by the way.  A GeForce 8600 GTS can't handle 1080p with Fraps running, apparently--shoves too much of the work onto the CPU.)

Anyway, I've reinstalled the game, screwed around with the sound commands in the console, changed languages to Spanish and Russian (overlapping occurs in other languages as well), defragged the game files, and cache checked the game files.  Nothing has worked.  I put in a support ticket to Steam, but if someone here knows how to fix the problem, I'd be much obliged.  (Google will not help you, however.  I already tried that, and all I got were issues with no dialog at all, and bizarre pages about GLaDOS in bondage.... 0_=;)

I can only start the next episode after this problem is fixed, so seriously--HELP!!!!  DX

=_= ~*(cyh)*

P.S. I just made an ENORMOUS mocha cafe popsicle!  Like, 32oz. worth of mocha~!


O_O *gasp!*

O_o  *turn*

=_=  *stare~*  

+ 3 + MINE~!  *grumpy face*

Monday, May 17, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I'm Going to Die.


Most of you probably don't give a crap about my anime obsession--most of you probably think it's weird or a waste of time.  You people aren't allowed to comment.

I don't care what people think, because today is a sad day.  See, I want to tell you about a special show called Gintama--a show that has brought me joy on my worst days, and kept me laughing from the moment it began.  That link will take you to streaming episodes, by the way--check it out!  I'm serious.  Watch an episode.  Watch 201 episodes!  SHARE MY LOSS~!   ;*___*;

Picture this: Japan in olden times, in Edo where the Shinsengumi and Bakufu are in charge.  Hijikata and Sogo and Kondo are all there.  There are swords and samurai and ninjas.

Now add aliens.  Yes, ALIENS--like those people from space?--yeah, those guys.  Just add them in.  Go ahead!  They'll fit right in just fine.  Now, stick them in the story, and call them the Amanto.  There was a big war when they took over.  Samurai fought and died for the human race, but in the end, they failed to push back the invaders.  One samurai in particular, a man by the name of Sakata Gintoki who was given the epithet of Shiroyasha (White Demon), survived with a couple of his buddies.  After the war, he opened up a shop called Yorozuya Gin-chan (Odd Jobs Gin).  This show (and the ongoing manga) does something I've never seen duplicated.  It combines ridiculously wild and deadpan comedy, hardcore violence, and serious drama so perfectly that imagining life without a constant supply of this madness makes me want to give the toaster a bath.

 Cast during Screwdriver MMO episode:

This story focuses on Gin, Kagura (an alien girl in a Chinese dress from the invincible and fair-skinned Yato clan), and Shinpachi (a kid from a nearby dojo hoping to find a job--he is one with his glasses).  They make up the Yorozuya, and they will do ANYTHING for a buck.  There's one problem, though: Gin's pretty much useless.  He's a lazy, diabetic samurai who can't carry anything more than a wooden sword he bought off a TV commercial because of the new Amanto-imposed sword-ban.

Gin...not getting along with the ladies.

However, he's not boring.  None of them are boring.  Throughout the series, they've battled a ninja with hemorrhoids who tries to steal Gin's Shonen Jump magazine, defeated multiple insanely powerful alien clans, rescued a city of badass prostitutes while dressed as women, parodied every pop culture reference under the sun, pretended to be lost tourists in a marathon, gotten trapped in an MMO in order to fix random body parts that for some reason have become screwdrivers (flat and phillips) battled yakuza alien wasp nests because of unfortunate Playstation 2-related deaths, fought for the purity of a girl who thinks she's a boy, dressed up as a centaur carrying a dead child in order to be a mascot for police affairs, harassed thousands of people, been trapped in the bodies of various animals and an android maid, saved the earth about fifteen different times, built the Neo Armstrong Jet Cyclone Armstrong Cannon,  triumphed over the inner otaku of a Shinsengumi member (but not without honoring his tenacity), found and lost multiple jobs, killed several wild alien pets which belonged to a certain pathetic prince, defeated Freeza (well, Hijikata did that--he and Sogou are a whole other ball game), and countless other fantastic stories.

Kagura on a bad day--Bitch be CRAZY!

Shinpachi on a bad day--bitch be a dude!

Sogo and Kagura make a psychotically awesome team.

On the Shinsengumi side, they've fought bathroom bacteria reminiscent of Nausicaa's creepy forest, fought for the dreams of the aforementioned inner otaku, made attempt after attempt at arresting Gin for something--anything!, tried harder than any person should to keep their gorilla of a commander from marrying a real space gorilla, gotten mixed up in Yorozuya business constantly, gently rejected a young girl's love by pretending to be Mayonnaise royalty, gone hunting for a golden beetle with honey slathered all over the body, fought amongst each other a hundred times over retarded things, made every death threat imaginable to a comrade (Hijikata?  Sogo?  I'm talking about you!), fought valiantly to win the right to be a pop idol's fan club, struggled to find the last cigarette in the galaxy because the ashtrays around the city now explode when you put ash in them....the list just gets longer...and longer...and longer.

The Shinsengumi:

Hijikata on a bad day--ouch.  (Saw Parody)

Really, I can't believe it's over.  Sure, they tell us that there'll be more once the mangaka is finished making more chapters, but this hiatus is going to kill me inside!  I've never seen anything so wonderfully capable of making me laugh like a lunatic and sob like a baby all in the same episode!  Gin is my favorite fictional character of all time--not because he's an absolute riot (which he is....I love you, Tomokazu Sugita-sama!  BEST VOICE ACTOR EVER!!!!!)--but because he's the kind of person who ignores the stupid little issues and hits the core of the problem.  Also, he's kickass.  Seriously--he's a demon with white hair and red eyes (I conjecture that he's actually albino...).  And Hijikata and Sogo?  Those two are the greatest duo I've ever seen.  Seriously, I've never seen good friends try so hard on a regular basis to kill each other in such inventive, insidious ways.  Shinpachi?  He is more than his glasses--he's the ultimate straight-man.  Kagura?  She's the craziest, most screwed up little slacker girl on the planet, and I adore her for it.  Katsura?  I'll never forget your name.  Takasugi?  You're a crazy bastard, dude--keep up the smexeh.  Kondo?  Give up on Otae--she'll really kill you one of these days.  Sa-chan?  STOP BRINGING NATTO AND BDSM PARAPHERNALIA TO EVERY EPISODE YOU GET!!!  Everyone?  I'm going to miss you.

 Hijikata and Sogo--The Saw Parody

The outcome: Sogo wins.  Hijikata is doomed.

Sogo on a bad day--Everybody dies.

In the words of Toshi, the inner otaku who represents everything I love about this show:
"We just have to live every second to the fullest, and the traces of the path we lived be burned into the ground...That will be proof of our existence!"

The Yorozuya and the Shinsengumi kicking ass and chewing bubblegum.  WITH A BAZOOKA.

Badass Prostitutes:

Takasugi: Harbinger of Chaos and Gin's former comrade in arms
(AKA The Hotness)
This is Toshi--he's adorable.  (He's also Hijikata.)

Gin the Lawyer

 Gin the Warrior Shiroyasha

Gin the Lazy-Ass

 Gin the (Bad) Photographer

 Gin the Ghostbuster (I made this as an avatar)

Oh, and Pirate Gin:
Guy: Look, we don’t need guys like you.
Gintoki: [dressed in a space pirate outfit] How rude. We want to be pirates too! Take us with you! Right, Zura?
Katsura: It’s not Zura; it’s Captain Katsura.
Gintoki: We’re mischievous guys who’ve dreamt of becoming pirates ever since we were little. We’re looking for the secret treasure called ‘One Park’. Right, Zura?
Katsura: It’s not Zura; it’s Captain Katsura.
Guy: Whatever. Go find it yourselves.
Gintoki: Don’t say that. Look, my hand’s a hook. I can only be a pirate or a coat-hanger now.

In the words of Gin-chan, the badassest samurai around:
"Listen up! Let’s say you drink too much strawberry milk, and have to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, but it’s cold outside your bed. You don’t want to get up, but the urge to urinate is just too strong! You make up your mind to go! You run to the bathroom, stand in front of the toilet, and let loose! You think that all your life has led to this moment! But then you realize. It isn’t the bathroom! You’re still in bed! That feeling of lukewarm wetness spreads like wildfire! But you don’t stop! You can’t stop! That’s what I’m talking about! That’s the truth of the strawberry milk! Do you get it?"

That's a wrap.... TT_TT
8_8 ~*(cry)*
(And watch out for vending machines!)

Friday, May 14, 2010


Hey, people.  Great news~!  We just finished the Q&A, and after Ian is done editing and fixing it up, we'll be posting it on all our channels.  It's two-and-a-half hours long.  (Krimsin fell asleep and vanished for the last half-hour, as well...that was kind of adorable, actually...)  Also, my monitor has come in!  1080p FTW!  This thing is so beautiful.  I can't wait to get cracking on the next episode.

So yeah, keep an eye out for the Q&A and episode 05 of Chell's Mind.  It should be a blast--I know it was a blast making it.

=_= ~*(cyh)*

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Check this Mess!

Okay, I've decided not to make the new episode until I get the new 1080pHD monitor and Zalman VGA heatsink I ordered last night at 3AM.  (That's early in my world--shut up.)  AT LAST!  Hi-Def!  And no more high-pitched whine killing my ears~!  This also means that, chances are, the Q&A will happen prior to the new ep--which is fine with me since I'll have to fine-tune a lot of settings for the new monitor, not to mention overclocking the graphics card to improve performance a bit.

Yes.  Computer nerd stuff.  It's only important if you know what any of it means.

I can't wait until I can afford an i7 Lynnfield and an EVGA GeForce 470/480....I happen to like the P55 chipset, thank you very much!  So what if it's not triple-channel?!  It's still an awesome setup.

New stuff I'm getting--'cause it's pretty, and the old monitor is destroying my hearing:

Monitor: HP 2159m 21.5" 1080p LCD w/BrightView (i.e., none of that anti-glare blurry crap)

Heatsink: Zalman VF1000 LED VGA Heatsink (pure copper FTW~!)

What I already have:

Case:  CoolerMaster NV690 Mid/Full Tower ATX (I LOVE THIS CASE)

Mobo: EVGA P55 SLI (Note: this chipset had no north bridge--all that's on the CPU)

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield (2.67GHz x4 cores--sorry, no HT, but yes Turbo Boost!)

RAM: 6GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 2000 (3x2GB)

 Graphics Card: XFX Nvidia GeForce 8600GTS 256MB GDDR3 SDRAM (Oldest component in the system, but still a nice little card.)

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB w/32MB Cache (This thing is SILENT)

PSU: Rosewill Stallion 500W Blue LED (My little trooper.)

Optical Drive: DVD/CD-R/RW, etc.... (No LightScribe, though--that's on the laptop.)

Yeah...I've put some really pretty pennies into this thing.  I CAN'T WAIT FOR THAT MONITOR!!!!

That is all.
=_= ~*(cyh)*

P.S. I went to the gym today, for the first time since high school.  Ah, it feels good to work out all that stress.... Remember: cardio is important!