Archive for June, 2011

Nail Polish That Matches My Nintendo 3DS!

Lately I was on sort of an interesting quest, to find a shade of nail polish that matches my Aqua Blue 3DS.

The first one that I came across was New York Color: Color in a New York Minute: East Village.

It was only $2 and I had a coupon for $1 off so I decided to give it a try. It has a nice smooth application but takes 2-3 coats to get it not looking see through and it chips after a day or two.  They lied about it being quick dry, it took longer than I expected which made me more prone to smudge my nails after putting the third or second coat on. It’s also a bit more blue than my 3DS although it is a pretty good match.

Yesterday I bought Wet N Wild: Wild Shine: Caribbean Frost for $1. I was a bit skeptical about trying another cheap brand, but I know that they’ve been around longer than New York Color.

So far I like this one way better than the last one, since it only took one coat to get that color and since its a near perfect match to my 3DS! Even though it isn’t a part of their quick dry line I found that it dried pretty fast, faster than the New York Color quick dry actually. The texture of the nail polish is a bit gritty at times so you need to shake the bottle a lot, and applying it with my non-dominant hand to my dominant one way more difficult than normal because of this. Hopefully it’ll at least last a few days before it chips, but I do use my hands a lot at work so that’ll probably cause it to chip sooner.

Another good thing about Wet N Wild is that PETA says they don’t test on animals, and PETA is insane. I don’t like PETA but they are good for when it comes to finding companies that don’t test on animals and spreading awareness about *certain* issues when they aren’t exploiting women at the same time.

Any other girls, metrosexuals or girly gay guys with 3Ds’s in Aqua Blue that want matching nail polish, definitely go for Wet N Wild’s Caribbean Frost!

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The Hangover: Part Two and Green Lantern

So now that I work at a movie theater, I get 4 free movie tickets each week. This week I used my passes with Scott to watch The Hangover: Part Two and Green Lantern.

Hangover 2 wasn’t as good as the first one, but the monkey made up for that. Basically, every part in the movie with the monkey and/or (Chow) the Asian guy from the first Hangover was hilarious. However, this move was really pushing the limits of being rated R. In that respect it was *worse* than the first one. In short there were she-males and they showed *everything* I also feel like it was set up for a sequel in a few ways, but I have no idea how they could possibly make the next one nastier than this one.

I was  glad to learn that the monkey never actually smoked in the movie. The cigarette was ceramic and the smoke was created by special effects/cgi people.  I also learned that the monkey’s real name is Crystal and that she’s been in a number of movies. She even attended this movie’s premier in an adorable pink evening gown! The monkey and Chow definitely make this movie worth it.

I’m sad to say that Green Lantern was not as good as I expected it to be. I feel that Ryan Reynolds was just picked to play Hal Jordan because they wanted a pretty boy. I admit that I never read the comics, but my inner comic book geek felt that he was a bit off. And if they did pick him because they wanted a pretty boy they completely failed when it came to showing off his ass.

Over all, the movie looked great and I imagine that it would’ve been really cool in 3D (which I didn’t see because it normally makes me dizzy) but the ending felt rushed and there wasn’t enough character development. Then I found out from a friend of mine who’s #1 favorite comic is Green Lantern that they (as they always do) took the butcher knife to the comic’s original story line in a number of ways. In the end I’m glad I didn’t have to pay to see this movie and if I did pay it only would’ve been worth a $5 or $6 matinee at one of the cheap theaters.

One thing that Green Lantern lead me to realize about DC and Marvel is that, in Marvel the superheros tend to be geeks or smart people whereas in DC they’re already “cool.” Here are some examples.

Spider-man: Was a good student and was made fun of for being smart, he was smart enough to design his own webbing and web shooters.

Daredevil: Was a lawyer on top of being legally blind

The Hulk: Was a scientist

The Fantastic Four: Were all scientists

Iron Man: Was rich, but was also an engineer and designed all of his own stuff

Batman: Was rich, had all of his stuff made for him.

Green Lantern: Was a pilot

Thor: Was a medical doctor.

Superman: Came from humble backgrounds but was already an alien with superpowers.

Captain America: Genetically engineered soldier (I *think*)

X-men: Just a bunch of random people that were born with super powers.

I don’t know a ton about DC but it seems like in general their heroes were “cool” to begin with, whereas Marvel’s heroes were all geeks or smart in their own way.  It also bothered me that one of the bad guys in Green Lantern was a scientist and portrayed as being a loser. I feel that scientists should be portrayed as being cool and awesome, especially since America has such a shortage of them.

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Kissy Tree Lives On

Ever since we first moved into my neighborhood there was a giant oak tree that we dubbed Kissy Tree, because it had two growths that looked like a pair of eyes and another that looked like puckering lips. A few years ago it was hit by a car, and the car caught on fire. It was very damaged but I hoped it would pull through, or that if it did die, it would fall across the road and hurt no one (but possibly mess up a car) and screw over traffic in revenge. But sadly it was cut down about two weeks ago. When I counted the rings I saw that it was approximately 120 years old.

I was really sad about it being cut down. I mean really, really sad. It made me pissed off at cars and crappy drivers. When this tree first started growing my neighborhood wasn’t even there. I think that the main road may have been there at the time but I’d need to check maps from the late 1800’s to be certain.I do have some pictures of Kissy Tree, but they’re in a massive box of pictures somewhere. I’ll be sure to post them when I find them.

Anyway, now for the happy news 😀

There were a few seedlings near the parent tree. These two were the biggest ones and I took them. One suffered root damage in the process though 😦 However I am going to will it to live in the hopes that it will recover! I will name one Great Deku Sprout since I felt that Kissy Tree was the Great Deku Tree of my neighborhood and I am not sure what to name the other. I was thinking of naming the other Yggdrasil.. but Yggdrasil was an ash tree, so I’m currently looking for some badass Norse/Germanic name for it.

Since I think Kissy Tree was a red oak ( it could’ve been a black oak, I’m not 100% sure), I looked up how to properly care for red oak seedlings. When they are babies they need the shade of a mature tree, though once they get to be 2-3 years old they need direct sunlight. Learning this makes me want to go rescue all of the other seedlings (since they are now in direct sunlight) but that would be too many trees for me to care for right now.

In other news, one of my basil plants is starting to look pretty good while the other is still moving slowly.

My orchid is also doing much better, it’s roots have been growing in addition to the leaf it recently sent out. That’s about all of the plant news I have for now 😀

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E3 2011 and Zelda

Well E3 has come and gone, I didn’t watch as much of it this year as I have in previous years, but I managed to catch a good chunk of Nintendo’s press conference, which is really all I care about anyway.

Possibly the thing that got me most excited was news about the newest Zelda game, Skyward Sword! They released a new trailer!!

I must say that I am still very skeptical of how it will turn out since they’re saying its way different, not to mention I’m not crazy about adult Link looking all cartoony (in addition to his fugly pants, but I’ll save those pants for another post) or Zelda having bangs. But I completely trust the Zelda team to come up with an awesome story that will totally blow me away.

Also, the new bad guy is totally David Bowie.

Ok calling him David Bowie may be a bit of a stretch, but it was the first thing I thought of when I saw him.  Can you really blame me? All this blue guy is lacking is a mullet!

I really wish I could have this game now so I could spend the summer on it, but it looks like I’ll have to wait until “Holiday 2011” assuming they stay true to their word. I can’t even remember how many times Twilight Princess’ release got pushed back, all I remember is waiting for it for two years after first hearing about it.

The other thing that got me really excited, is the new baby they announced. The Wii and DS got together and made a baby, the Wii U.

This will solve one problem that has been around since home gaming systems were available: when you have a family member that wants to watch TV while you are playing a game. Basically the Wii U acts as a controller, but if someone wants to watch TV, they can, and you can continue playing the game on the controller. As far as I’m concerned, it’s possibly one of the best gaming innovations ever.It does other things, but I lack the tech vocabulary/conversational skills necessary to explain them,

That aside, I think Nintendo took advantage of the Wii U being so awesome and used it to troll every Zelda fan ever with this. (here’s a link to the fullsize version)

At first I thought it was a new Zelda, but everyone is saying its just an HD Twilight Princess demo. It makes sense, but also makes me a bit sad. I mean it looked so incredibly beautiful, it reminded me of how I felt when I saw the first Twilight Princess videos and images back in high school. Then it made me realize that Twilight Princess will always be the Zelda of my adolescent/high school generation, similar in a way to how Ocarina of Time will always be the Zelda of my elementary school generation. I think you get different experiences from games and other things based on how old you are. It’s different talking to people even four years older than me who are/were into Pokemon, just because it didn’t even exist until they were in middle school, whereas I was in elementary.

In the mean time, I’m looking forward to Ocarina of Time 3DS. Hopefully it’ll hold me over for a while as I anticipate the release of Skyward Sword.

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