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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 05, 2011, 03:41:54 PM
Didn't go with the tie. My suit isn't a bad suit. I wore it to a wedding. Nice dull blue jacket. But it's "flashy" enough that it doesn't seem appropriate in business setting.

That said, I TOTALLY could've done without dressing up at all. Person interviewing me was in a simple sweater and a pair of comfortable looking slacks sporting a very visible tattoo across her arm. Everyone else working there was pretty laid back in comfortable clothes as well. Hopefully this place comes through. It'd be a short internship but it'd be pretty great to get some experience there.

Also, every Sunday for past month and a half or so my mom has been making this lentil-squash soup, and every week it's gotten better and better. Just heated some up and it's really hitting the spot.
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 04, 2011, 08:08:37 PM
Can't stand mayo, but BBQ sauce and horseradish mayo sounds delicious. The whole mayonnaise thing to me seemed fairly big in other places in Europe to. When I was in Paris they tended to dump mayo on things. Same in London. Amsterdam was the worst though. Especially since I could almost never say "No Mayo" fast enough.

Reading a shit ton of poetry by Asians and Asian Americans. The Asian American poetry is pretty damn interesting. I found a couple from Hawaii to be pretty wild written by (or at the very least about) Japanese American women who whored themselves out while their husbands worked. Crazy stuff. Been reading a lot of Korean poetry as well as translating some. Particularly translating my professor's work. She's pretty excited about it because none of her work has ever been translated to English and I think she really wants to push it to be published, which is exciting for me as well.

Tomorrow I got an interview with a non profit art program for an internship. Kinda nervous about it since it's my first real "job" interview. I hate wearing dress clothes as well. Hell, I only own one suit, and it's not at all appropriate in a business setting. I got a decent shirt and slacks. Debating if I should wear a tie or not. I can't at all gauge this either since it's going to be a group of artists. I feel like they'd appreciate me showing up in a hoodie and jeans.
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 04, 2011, 12:09:36 PM
Spent the night messing around with my camera. Hopefully the pics actually come out half way decent since it was dark. I'll find out soon enough I guess. Spent the night in the Lower East Side for a friend's birthday. Did things in a bit of a backward way getting drinks before food. Especially since drinks was 3 drinks before food. And I have low tolerance. So I got pretty drunk and then we ended up at Katz's Deli. First time I've ever been there. Pastrami sandwich is fucking amazing. It's also expensive as fuck. Probably won't go back till next year, but holy shit was it awesome. Then went to a few other bars that were alright. Once the crowd moved in it got kinda whack, and the music sucked. I think it was called Magic Fish or something. Also drank PBR for the first time. What the fuck? People like that shit? I'd take a freaking Bud Light over that any day.
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 03, 2011, 08:56:10 AM
I've decided to buy myself an early graduation gift. A camera. Buying it used. An old Minolta 35mm SLR. I've had this crazy urge to get back into photography. It's been years though. Still should be fun.
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 30, 2011, 04:41:42 PM
Yeah, definitely bargain bin, cheap as fuck, kind of guy. And I did watch vids for 3. That's really why I bought the double pack. Those games got a fair amount of praise as well so I thought may as well try em out since they're so cheap now. Hopefully 2 is better. There are things in 1 that are fun. Like the drug trafficking missions around level 6 or 7. One thing I hate is how freaking empty this place is. Like a damn ghost town most of the time. If anything I'ma trade it in soon and see if it'll get me enough for Arkham Asylum or at least enough for Arkham Asylum to cost no more than $5. Definitely need to get my hands on that.
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 30, 2011, 03:53:55 PM
I picked up Assassin's Creed 1 and 2 some while back. Beat 1 last week. I liked it a lot honestly. Repetitive as hell, but still glad I played it, and since everyone says it only gets better I'm definitely looking forward to what comes. I was kind of upset just slightly though that the developer didn't take the opportunity of creating an Arab protagonist given the game's setting. I think it would've been a nice touch. I don't care what anyone says, it can get a little disheartening playing video games where people who look like me are more often than not relegated to relief roles, or sidekicks, or are just plain absent.

Also picked up Saints Row double pack. Ugh. I can't seem to stop playing, but...ugh. I don't understand the appeal quite honestly. I'm hoping that Saints Row 2 is a lot better, but if not then I'll be quickly getting rid of them. What sucks is I traded in GTAIV to get it. It's not even the story or anything that bothers me, I understand it's meant to be really campy and whatnot, and I'm cool with that, but it seems to be lacking a lot of other things. The controls bug me a lot, and I find myself having to constantly switch between different controls based on mission. Meh. It doesn't seem like a very long game, so I'll finish it and hope 2 is a bit more polished.
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 30, 2011, 03:47:59 PM
Haven't posted here in a while.

As to the Paris thing:

How bad do you want to go? And how hard would it be to go another time? Those are really the two deciding factors I'd think. If it's so awkward that the possibility of tension will ruin the experience, then there is nothing in it to regret. At the end of the day (well, barring some major catastrophe) Paris will still be there. I'm sure you'll come to the right decision as you ruminate some more.

I'd rather go to a quaint town in the country side in France than Paris.

Me too - my friends who have spent time in France all say that the Parisians are extremely rude to visitors (even the well-behaved, non-drunk kind of visitor), but that people outside of Paris are very cool.  :(

Do BOTH! I've been to Paris. Fuck what anyone says. Paris is an awesome place. The feel of the city is amazing. I had a great experience there and would say just be open to it. Yes, people will be rude, but not to the detriment of your experience. Didn't happen to me anyway. Then again I'm from NYC. I'm surrounded by nasty, self-centered people every day.

And I can think of something nice to say about Amsterdam, it's a great in-between city during a Eurotrip. I think that, and Brussels were my favorite in that regard. Amsterdam is full of tourists and everyone speaks American English, and it totally caters to that crowd of hedonistic tourism, which can be kind of nice for a day or two. And yeah, they do have some really neat museums around. I remember going into this torture museum that was pretty awesome. The Anne Frank house sucks though. They charge way too much money to go up and see an attic. I don't care how significant that room is, the story is enough to carry the weight.

Anyways...in my haps:

Finally settled every single thing for graduation. Feels damn good. Now I need to find me a grown folk job. Feels damn not so good. Been looking into any kinds of jobs related to writing and literature in NYC. Damn hard. Also looking into any volunteer positions at places that do events and stuff just as a way of saying, "hey look at me". Also going to apply for some Teach English type jobs in Korea and see if I can go there and further my language studies. So lots of options, just need someone to bite and start giving me an income. Also joined something of a Writer's Workshop a friend of a friend started up. The start kind of fell apart slightly because of some outside factors but was otherwise cool. Always nice to bring together a group of writers united under the goal of furthering their craft. Hopefully this weekend we'll get the ball rolling a bit more. And most exciting is my chance at being published in a new online journal that another friend of a friend started. I'd be reviewing a book. The journal is definitely going to be a powerhouse and is backed by some of the elite of the elite in the literary world. If this works out it'd be a huge boon for me. Now I just need to not fuck up school for the next two weeks!
38  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Nichijou on: October 12, 2011, 11:32:53 AM
Kinda besides the point.  He's stating *his* view from a *western* opinion. =/
And it's true... it *is very Japanese* humour that can make it tough to love at times.  It's like when you need to be told why a joke was funny when you didn't get it.

My point isn't saying his view is invalid, but maybe to try and challenge himself to go beyond that view. I am not saying he has to like it at all, but that perhaps it shouldn't be viewed under or held to a standard it isn't trying to achieve. Sure it's his opinion, but that doesn't make it beside the point.
39  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Nichijou on: October 12, 2011, 08:38:06 AM
I finished it a few weeks ago. I thought it was slightly above average but I wouldn't call it great; at least from a Western point of view. Nichijou has the same problem for me that I have with other Japanese shows like Gaki No Tsukai; a lot of the humor is just "too" Japanese, even with translation.

Why should this show, not coming from the West, be held up to Western standards (whatever those are)?
40  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: First World Problems: Another TV resolution / refresh rate thread on: October 11, 2011, 11:11:16 AM
I can't answer your technical questions but you should probably wait till black Friday and see what, if any, TVs will be on sale then. Those lines tend to suck but you'd probably find the best deal then. Hopefully anyway.
41  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Board Games! on: October 10, 2011, 07:23:22 PM
Yoda, thank you for making this thread. Everyone else, thank you for these suggestions. I haven't played a good board game in so long and I really wouldn't mind investing in one. Now to see if I can organize my crew to actually get together and play any of these. They all sound pretty damn good.
42  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 10, 2011, 06:21:39 PM
Salt isn't bad for you. Too much salt (much like anything) is bad for you.
43  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 09, 2011, 11:50:36 PM
I just watched Machete. Holy shit. That movie is loud, angry, and honestly pretty fucking good. A lot of nice nods in the movies too. And Lindsay Lohan and Jessica Alba got nude for the movie. You don't really see anything, but it was still pretty crazy nonetheless. It was also kick ass seeing Cheech in this movie. Just all around a really fun movie with a nice message that it clubs you over the head with.

And when I say nice message I mean a violent, revolutionary, fucking kill 'em all message.
44  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: mulit-quote on: October 09, 2011, 08:48:13 PM
There's an insert quote button for every post in the Topic Summary though. Unless the posts you want to quote go back too far. Still seems like it's fairly easy.
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Holiday games, something about this years crop on: October 09, 2011, 08:29:04 PM
Maybe I'm wrong, but the Skyrim leveling seems par for the course as far as WRPGs go. The presentation is nice as hell, but it seems pretty much like typical skill trees. I have to say, I'm certainly intrigued by Skyrim but I don't think I'd get it. The Elder Scrolls games never did much for me honestly. Maybe after enough time has passed I'll give it a whirl when it's cheaper. I don't think there's any game coming out any time soon that really interests me. Maybe Assassin's Creed, but I still gotta get on the earlier ones. Been meaning to do that.
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