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Trip to LA's Chinatown and Little Tokyo

It's spring break, and I'm in Los Angeles (more specifically, West Hollywood) having a great time.  Took a trip to Chinatown and Little Tokyo today, and I thought I would share with you some stuff I picked up.  Oh this is going to be formatting hell.

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1) Strawberry Gummy Candy: "Kasugai's strawberry gummy, made from fresh strawberry juice, is a very delicious gummy. Please have a fun time with this strawberry gummy."

They're actually quite good.

2) Lucky Money Cats

Both bought in Chinatown.

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1) Hello Panda (biscuits with choco cream)
Nummy nummy!

2) Hi-Chew Fruit Chew
Also nummy.

3/4) Mochi
It's a gummy-type snack made by smashing rice into a chewy substance. There is some kind of flavored jelly on the inside. Really good.

Bought in a grocery store in Little Tokyo.

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1) Ramune Carbonated Soft Drink (Melon Flavor)
When you open this thing, you use the cap to shove a little ball down that might carbonate the water... I don't know. It does something.

2) Oi Ocha Unsweetened Green Tea
Haven't tried this yet, but I'm looking forward to it. It claims to be number one.

Bought in a grocery store in Little Tokyo.

Domo-kun! (mascot of Japan's NHK television station)

Bought in Little Tokyo. I will treasure this.

Also, here's how you open that soft drink.


What the hell, Microsoft?

If you didn't already know, Microsoft recently banned a woman from Xbox Live for identifying herself as a lesbian in her profile.  She was reported as being offensive by some homophobes who didn't want themselves or their kids to see her sexual orientation.

You cannot shelter kids from things like homosexuality.  To have a parent think they can control everything their child sees is just ridiculous.  Besides, most kids are pretty open and indifferent to that kind of stuff.

When I first saw this, I was a little confused why she would identify herself as a lesbian to begin with, but after some thought I realized she has plenty of reasons.  First, if you ever played a game of Uno with a woman over Live, you will know that at least one of the other players will spend the entire game hitting on her.  Second, it is called an "About Me" section, and your sexual orientation is a pretty big part of your life.

Now I understand that Microsoft wants to create a family friendly atmosphere on Xbox Live (keep trying guys), but their policies are in desperate need of an overhaul.  Supporting homophobia isn't something I would consider "family friendly."  Some people would disagree with me on that, but I hope they are the minority here.

I am gay, and although I don't plan on updating my XBL profile with that information, it is really unfortunate that doing so would get me banned.

Some quick stuff...
-If you don't absolutely hate reading, Michael Ian Black's My Custom Van is hilarious.  My favorite essays so far include "One Day, I'm Going to Open a Scented Candle Shoppe," "Erotic Fiction: The Elevator," and "A Series of Letters to a Squirrel."
-Flower pleasantly surprised me, I really enjoyed it.
-Noby Noby Boy was worth my five dollars.  Girl needs to reach Mars soon.
-I bought Dead Space on Steam, and I'm terrified of it.  First levels are supposed to be cakewalks... the elevator sequence freaked me out.


My life is now complete

Guess what arrived today?  A poster and a soundtrack from a super game!

That poster is signed by Tim Schafer and says "Sewer water is often highly radioactive" in the corner.  The CD is the original cinematic score from the excellent game Psychonauts.  I can die peacefully now that my collection is finally complete.  The receipt even had a little "Thanks : )" hand written on it!  Time to stock up on Brutal Legend stuff.

[Update] Poster is totally framed and on the wall now.

Fred Willard is bringing sexy back.

Timberlake already "brought sexy back", but Fred Willard is doing it for real this time in this video.  It's the best Nintendo ad that I have seen since those crazy/awful Animal Crossing/Real World ads.  Anyone remember those?


Everything I bought in 2008 (Pictures!) (56k Warning! lol)

First off, the 56k warning was a joke.  Anyone using a phone line should be shot.  So anyway, I stacked up all of the stuff I bought last year on my desk and myself a little sick.  This is what happens when you have a job but no bills to pay.  I tried to make the names on the boxes as clear as possible.


I also bought a new PC this year.

It glows!
It glows!

In addition to all of that, I met a couple of awesome people in NYC yesterday.  These are best viewed as thumbnails, because they totally are not made of wax.

Patrick Stewart!
Patrick Stewart!
George Clooney!
George Clooney!


Spencer's Best of 2008 Awards

I filmed a fifteen minute video blog for these, but the sound cut out right in the middle.  I discovered the error after I closed my notes.  I'm an idiot.  Let's see if I can remember what games won!


Best Debut
Nominee: No More Heroes
Winner: Left 4 Dead - zombies!

Best DLC
Nominee: Burnout Paradise
Winner: Team Fortress 2

Best Downladable Game

Nominee: Geometry Wars 2
Winner: Braid

Biggest Disappointment
Nominee: Mercenaries 2
Nominee: Unreal Tournament 3 (360)
Winner: Fallout 3 - turns out I hate post-apocalyptic nuclear wastelands!

Best Soundtrack
Nominee: World of Goo
Winner: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Best PS3 Game
Nominee: LittleBigPlanet
Winner: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Best Xbox 360 Game

Nominee: Gears of War 2
Winner: Grand Theft Auto IV

Best Wii Game

Nominee: Animal Crossing: City Folk
Winner: Mario Kart Wii (doesn't deserve it but whatever)

Best PC Game

Nominee: World of Goo
Winner: Left 4 Dead

Best Game of 2008
Nominee: Gears of War 2
Nominee: Left 4 Dead
Nominee: Grand Theft Auto IV
Winner: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Other Media

Best Album
Nominee: The Killers: Day & Age
Winner: LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver (came out in 2007 but I bought it in January)

Best TV Show
Nominee: Tim and Eric: Awesome Show, Great Job!
Nominee: 30 Rock
Winner: Battlestar Galactica

Best Movie
Nominee: The Dark Knight
Nominee: Milk
Nominee: Wall-E
Nominee: Quantum of Solace
Winner: Step Brothers

That's it for 2008!  Go ahead and bitch about my picks in the comments.

Computer Ordered

I just placed an order for Kickass (the name I'm giving my new computer).  The order total before tax was exactly $2142, which is crazy considering Battlefield 2142 is one of my favorite PC games.

final specs for those interested:
Intel Core i7 2.66GHz
Dual 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT
6GB RAM at 1066MHz
64-bit Vista Home Premium
by Alienware

It's blue!
It's blue!

What do you think of this computer, Internet?

I'm a couple of days away from buying a new computer, and I could use some feedback on the specs I chose.  My budget is $2,000 (I'm buying, not building).

Intel Core i7 2.66GHz
Dual 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT
3GB RAM at 1066MHz
64-bit Vista Home Premium
by Alienware

Does this look good for Crysis and other stuff?


Poor decisions were made today

I've been playing a lot of Animal Crossing: City Folk lately because hey, it's Animal Crossing and I freaking love Animal Crossing.  Today was the Harvest Festival, and because I can't control my craving for rare items, I spent roughly three hours getting the Thanksgiving-exclusive Harvest Series.  My home now has a theme... but...

Before - Some Mushroom stuff
Before - Some Mushroom stuff
After - Complete Harvest Series
After - Complete Harvest Series
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