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Archive for June, 2008

Thank Christ it’s Monday

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Man, what a weekend. Saturday wasn’t much better than Friday with it’s hideous hair disaster.

I woke up and saw that my hair turned into a giant mushroom cap from the night’s sleep. not a problem, right? I have a straightening iron! Which…turned out to be at the office because Aimee asked me to bring it in a while back to play with my hair. D’oh.

I went for a nice run and learned that my hair is not ponytail-able so that my hair is at that length where it is in my face constantly during exercise…but there is no way for me to tie it back.

I went for breakfast after I ran and asked for a glass of Pineapple juice. I took a big gulp…and it was Grapefruit juice. Grapefruit juice brings on laryngitis with me.

I come home from the run and find Heather and Vlad locked me out of the house. Unintentionally. Running shorts don’t have pockets and I always get up in the morning and leave my keys on the table as a “HEY! I’m out running! No keys!” thing. But this morning they forgot. So I called Heather and was like “I’m locked out! I have a date a two. Where are you?”

“Gathersburg, MD” was the reply.

….

So Heather and I talk and I try a few windows. No good until I get to the guest bedroom which moved up somewhat. I thought it was enough to get in. I was wrong.

So there I am stuck in a window frame thanks to my ass. Half in, half out hoping to god no cops come by. Have you ever tried to move a jammed window with only your ass and your lumbar region from a horizontal position? IT IS NOT FUN MY FRIENDS!

I get home change, deseperately try to do something with my hair and run on down to the bus. While on the bus I get a call from my date who is nursing a BAD hangover and asks if she can resechedule.

Fuck.

The rest of the evening was spent finishing the last two levels of Hellboy: Science of Evil. As it has recieved the lowest score I have given in 3-4 years, that should tell you something.

Sunday was a much better day. I slept in really late, played with the bunnies, took pictures for a Pokemon article, and went to see WALL-E. it was much better than most Pixar movies, but I preferred the short in front of it with the bunny and the magician.

I came home, worked out, watched a documentary on the discovery of Longitude, played with rabbits, played some D&D tactics to where I am one hit killing Liches, and watched some Venture Bros and ate awesome gumbo.

Now it is Monday. I’ve straightened my hair and it looks…liveable. By sunday night, my hair had grown 1/4th of an inch since Friday, which is totally insane, but it is a testament to either willpower or a benevolent Diety and I can now slightly get the hair into a ponytail. Huzzah.

My Rabbids interview is doing crazy hits for us. We had a 60% traffic increase since last week and tons of sites are linking to us. DHGF is thankfully fun for everyone involved.

This week is pretty light. 4 day week. I have an Australian game to review called City Life 2008, but that’s it schedulewise. Other than that it is just hanging out and relaxing with a nice 4 day weekend coming up.

Review #194

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Hellboy: The Science of Evil
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Krome Studios
Genre: Beat ‘Em Up
Release Date: 06/24/2008

Krome studios is probably known for two franchises: Ty the Tasmanian Tiger and their revamp of Spyro. Needless to say as both are platformers, I’ve never bothered with them. They also did one of the Viva Pinata games, but that’s another series I’ve never touched.

So why did I choose to review this game? Three reasons.

1. I really like Hellboy. The comics and the movies at least. But I’ve never been a fan of any of the video games.

2. The new Hellboy movie is coming out soon and it’s good tie-in coverage

3. The game came with free movie cash to the movie.

Now I admit those are pretty bad reasons to review a game, but with the PSP nearly dead in terms of new games and content, I wanted to get as much use out of my little portable as I can before it becomes a retro system ala my Game Gear or Neo*Geo Pocket Colour.

The PSP version of Science of Evil promised to be a different experience from the PS3 and 360 versions of the game, while incorporating the same plot and voice actors from the console games (who of course, are also the actors in the movie). So was Hellboy: Science of Evil worth the money or is the Hellboy franchise 0-3 for quality video gaming?
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OMG WTF STIMPY I’M SO ANGRY!

Friday, June 27th, 2008

So….I’m tempted to let that say it all, but I won’t because currently thanks to the hairdresser not listening to me multiple times I now look like Trent Reznor circa 1999. Which is especially sad because I made that joke when I first walked out of the salon and then one of my friends just happened to have a Rolling Stone from ‘99 with him on the cover and it’s true. Although Bat will be extra pleased with this….I am not.

So I go down to Shirlington to the big fancier salon they have there. I tell them I am donating to locks of love and I get a bunch of “awwws” and three hairdressers trying to talk me out of it because I have the best hair they’ve ever seen on a guy. I tell them ten inches which would put it just at my shoulders when my hair is wet. Dry my hair is curly that it goes above my pecs. Sopping wet or straight it touches the tip of my six pack. I have donated every year or so since returning to the States. I know this process.

So we mark off 10 inches with a pony tail holder and I say “just right below the poytail holder so it comes to the shoulders” once again.

Well….it didn’t work out that way.

SNIP SNIP SNIP.

“Wow, that’s ummm…much shorter than I asked for. That’s the bottom of my Jaw”

Oh. Now it’s uneven. I need to even it out for you.

“No Really. It actually looks okay. I can salvage…

SNIP

“What are you doing? You just cut another inch and a half off!”

Now I have to do the other side so it is even

“Well yes. NOW YOU DO, DON’T YOU?”

Worst off, they still made me pay for this travesty. The other hairdresses were really unhappy with her not listening to me repeatedly and this black chick got in her face because she loved my hair. The one alternative type hairdresser (there’s one everywhere isn’t there?) made the first Reznor quip of the day and I’ve been hearing them since (Although my friend Chris made that observation back in 11 of ‘03).

It’s okay. It’s salvagable. My hair grows about an inch a month, so it will be the length I wanted her to cut it to by oh…MY BIRTHDAY.

I know I should be okay with this as my hair grows back really quickly and even now I still have more hair than all of my male relatives and spouses of my female relatives combined AND that some little girl is going to have one of the best wigs ever made because I have hair that rocks. But I just can’t help feeling like I look like I should be listening to Bright Eyes or some other craptastic Emo-Indy fusion and wearing awful clothes that we made fun of people for wearing in the late 60’s and 70’s but have somehow become hip due to a misuse of the word irony.

So yeah. I don’t even have enough to put in a ponytail and I suppose on my date tomorrow afternoon I’ll be fucking like an animal. I looked about ten years younger than I really am with my long hair but now? Holy shit I’m “Dave Foley in Newsradio” young looking. I’m “I can’t let you go see this movie without a parent or guardian” young.

It was for little girls with cancer. It was for little girls with cancer. It was for little girls with cancer.

Interview with the Raving Rabbids TV Party Team!

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Rabbids, Pikachu, Black Flag, and playing video games with your ass.

I love the French!

Friday!

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Holy crap this week has flown by.

Yesterday I brought Baby home and she was reluctant to get out of her carrier. I was told to keep her away from all other animals for a week and to ensure she doesn’t exert herself. Sadly, that list of animals includes Mr. Chewie Biteums. I decided they should at least SEE each other. I wrangled up Chewie after a long rundown and brought him into the bathroom, which has been turned into a playpen for Baby. Baby instantly saw him and got excited and came out of her hidey hole. Chewie then sat on her.

This is when I realized that yes, seperating the two for a week is a good idea.

So I’ve banned India the cat from coming downstairs for the week so that Baby can relax in the room of electronics with me on the couch when she gets sit of burrowing in blankets and rugs.

I had a date last night but I called and cancelled it so that I could spend the evening with Baby. she was just so happy to be home, she fell asleep on the couch with me while watching Charlie Bartlett (good movie!)

That was pretty much the evening - keeping on eye on Baby, playing Hellboy and getting stuff done.

This weekend I’ve got the rescheduled date, the Hellboy review to write and one last article to do.

Reviews forthcoming

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

#195 Helboy Science of Evil
#196 City Life
#197 Beijng Olympics
#198 New International Track and Field
#199 Vampire Rain: Altered Species
#200 Bangai - O Spirits

Although this is subject to change. I can see myself getting something else in July pushinf the guaranteed awful sequel to Vampire Run as my big 200!

Baby’s back

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

…and in my office lying down hyperventilating. She was so happy to see me, but then she freaked out during the car ride. Now she’s just sitting here recovering from surgery and having a bare little belly.

She’s also not allowed to be with Chewie for a week until everything has healed so we’ll have to find some place to stash her for the time being.

50% done with Hellboy Science of Evil. It’s about a 4-5. First level was fun. The rest of the game…is not.

I’ll have an interviewing with one of the dev team for Raving Rabbids 3: TV Party. Of course I discussed a certain Black Flag song with them, and also gave them an idea they want to run with involving a PIKACHU RABBID. Sweet.

Busy Week

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Let’s see, yesterday was exercising and writing an article for Pokemon on the origins of Houndoom. This was easily the most research intensive article I’ve done for the folklore of Pokemon stuff I’ve been doing for…crap, three years now? This was mainly because of how people misuse the term “hellhound” and apply it to any sort of evil doggie thing. So I basically broke down the actually legend Houndoom came from, the British Black Dog myths, and broke it down to the specific Black Dog that pertains to Houndoom, in the Black Shuck. I did bring up the Barghest and other similar creatures in passing, if only because websites like Bulbapedia are trying to do a real world origin thing and royally fucking up (Poor Absol).

Today Hellboy: Science of Evil should be arriving. Wall-E came yesterday and at first we were all excited because it was “Wow! Blu-Ray movie before it’s out in theatres…oh crap. ANOTHER video game” :-P.

Chewie has been extra playful, and the vet called this morning to say Baby is doing well but that she’s defnitely whining for the two of us. They still want to keep her another night, and I’m fine with that. I’m just glad she’s okay. Turns out she was just going into heat when they operated on her though. Poor thing.

Hello Quizzy

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Back when I was at UMP, I wrote a bunch of quizzes on Okcupid.com to stay sane. Well, they recently made Okquizzy.com and it turns out two of my quizzes are amongst the most popular on there. I guess they moved them over? Feel free to take them.

Man…2005.
Weren’t we supposed to be eaten by Unicron back then

What hideous Monster are you?

Night in a haunted house quiz

EDIT: Oh wait, they have two others of mine, but they aren’t in the most popular area

Spooky Vacation Destination Test

What Giant Robot of Destruction Are You?

Yay! No More Vomit

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Oh my god, what a hideous day yesterday turned out to be. I ended up going home at 2:30pm due to the migrane. I couldn’t hold my neck up and the pain got so bad I was vomiting from it. Ew.

So of course I had to drive baby to the vet for her overnight stay which did not sit well with her. When we got there she realized she was going to be alone for the first time since she was found by Matt and Danielle and she started hyperventilating and crying and everyone just felt so bad for her. It totally broke my heart, but she needs to be spayed or she’s eventually going to get cancer down there. It was SO sad though. She was breathing so heavy and crying to the point where her little bunny jaw and face was totally soaked. The vet normally doesn’t allow personal things to be brought in but for Baby they let me leave her blanket and favorite ball. Hopefully that helps. I worried about her all night though - at least the parts when I was awake. They’re going to call me today before she goes in, again when she gets out and then Weds morning to let me know how she is doing. They want to keep her till Thursday, but I know I’m going to insist on taking her home Weds after her freakout. I miss that spastic grey ball of fluff.

I came home, took an hour long super hot shower and turned my bathroom into a sauna to try and get rid of the pain. it subsided a bit, but not fully. Chewie kept alternating between being in a right strop and being co-dependent. One second he was throwing bowls, the next he was on the bed demanding attention (which is rare for him). I think he was looking for reassurance Baby was coming back (unlike poor Thlyali) and that he wasn’t going to be shipped off. I ended up taking a three hour nap, which helped a bit, and woke up to see Chewie snuggled right next to me.

Had a date at 7:30 that lasted for 90 minutes. It was…interesting. Not at ALL my type. Religious republican introvert. But she liked me enough to have emailed me by the time I came home. What can I say, it’s ye olden HBK charm. I did get a hilarious email from CBD that said I’m listed as the most popular choice of guys in the area. Which of course is just ripe material for the faux ego act. Still out of all the dates I’ve done here in DC, I’d say Liz and Jenn are by far the best. Note to self - call Jenn tonight.

I got home at 9pm, played with Chewie for an hour and called it quits about 10pm. I slept until 7am. Well actually I woke up at 1:30am because I heard Vlad and/or Heather doing something in the kitchen and I was like “Oh no! Did I forget to set my alarm?” I was all panicky. Then I saw it was 1:30am and promptly fell back asleep with Chewie. Chewie woke me up at 7am, by deciding to pull all the covers off the bed.

Currently there is a greyhound in my office the size of Fergus, Max and Simon put together. It is also VERY hairy compared to the others. Friendly puppy.

Also - Happy anniversary of going batshit nuts and killing your family Chris Benoit! Man, that is the one time I wish I didn’t have an inside scoop to the ‘E before any of the wrestling sites or even wwe.com had anything up. I remember breaking the news to Hatton and MM and neither believed me at first. It only it HAD been a work…