Monday, December 26, 2011

All-Time Favorite Songs In Alphabetical Order Part One

iTunes may come with a Top 25 Most-Played playlist, but that certainly doesn't ecompass my actual favorite songs of all time. So since an All-Time Favorites playlist is a must-have, I made one, and here I am to tell you all about it.

Of course, at the moment it has 52 songs, so we'll go over them all in sections so I can do each song justice.

And since it'd be impossible to order them in a best-to-least-best fashion, we're going alphabetically by song title.

First up is Alligator Sky by everyone's favorite pop band, Owl City. I believe that the latest Owl City album, All Things Bright And Beautiful, is the closest thing to perfection on Earth that there ever can be. The only thing it needs is a slow, mournful song. Alligator Sky (played 46 times) is a more upbeat tune complete with a rapper (a never before-heard occurence for Owl City songs), and this is probably the only rapper cameo I like. Alligator Sky talks about rockets and space travel and imagination and it's just so...beautiful.

Next is Already Home by another of my favorite bands, Thousand Foot Krutch. Already Home (played 66 times) is definitely one of their most beautiful songs, full of mournful contrasts such as, "The trouble with peace is it never fights, the trouble with love is it's always blind", and the whole first minute of the song is composed of a heartbreaking ensemble of string instruments. There's something so piercing about a violin, especially in a rock song (Skillet, anyone?).

I'm not really a Josh Groban fan, but Bells Of New York City gets me every time. Maybe it's the fact that I first heard it in ballet class with my favorite teacher and one of my favorite combinations ever. But anyway, "Bells" (played 30 times) is a bit mournful and feels like a lonely winter night spent in an unknown city full of strangers. So, naturally, I love it.

Boulevard of Broken Dreams was the first Green Day song I ever heard (unfortunately, it gave me the wrong impression about the band), and it's still one of my favorite songs ever. Like "Bells", it brings to mind a lonely tale of a traveler in unfamiliar cities. "Boulevard" (played 104 times) has been a favorite for a very long time.

On the other hand, we have Clean Up Your Eyes by the little-known Scottish band The Dykeenies (yes, they are named after the creatures in Willow). This song (played 41 times) has many fond memories, from the music video of one of my favorite movies (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) to using it as an alarm during my Ireland trip. It bursts into life, with Brian Henderson singing out, "Clean up your eyes, and I'll dance alone with you in daytime!" Its a shame all their other songs are crap.

I happened upon Collide by Howie Day only a few months ago by accident, but since then it's become a big favorite. Another slightly melancholy song (are you detecting a trend?), Collide (played 44 times) talks about mistakes and misunderstandings, but how "I somehow find, you and I collide". I think what really made it awesome for me is the line, "Even the wrong words seem to rhyme".

I've always been a bit of a Plumb fan, but the only song I'll listen to repeatedly is Cut. If you thought the other songs were miserable, wait till you hear this one. The story of a depressed girl who only manages to feel anything at all when she cuts herself. It's a heartbreaking story, but Cut (played 50 times) does have a happy ending.

It's rare that I like an acoustic version better than the original, but Die Trying (acoustic) by Art of Dying is so. beautiful. The original version is a rock song completely with electric guitars and hard drumbeats, but the acoustic version (played 24 times) turns it into a beautiful ballad. Whereas the original has a determined tone under the lines "I will die trying", the acoustic holds a promise. "If it takes forever, I will die trying."

Owl City returns again with Dreams Don't Turn To Dust. I love this one (played 29 times) because it's reassuring, promising dreamers everywhere that "Dreams don't turn to dust." It also voices some of my own recurring thoughts with the lines, "I'm sad to see you go, but I'd rather be alone."

So remember that British guy, Alex Day, who read Twilight? Well, he's also a musician, and he recently released Forever Yours (which reached #4 in the UK charts! Go Alex!). I trully love this song (played 44 times). A song of friendship or love, whichever you choose, is like a conversation. "It will be forever mine, and it will be forever yours, that we own the night and it can't be undone. We'll never forget how it feels to be young."

What do you know, Owl City's back again! Galaxies really does talk about space travel. "Armor the airlock, blanket the bed rock, kiss the planet goodbye!" And then you actually get to space, and you get lost! "Dear God, I was terribly lost, when the galaxies crossed, and the sun went dark." But don't worry, you find home. "Dear God, you're the only North Star, I would follow this far." (played 31 times)

I understand that Good Charlotte is known for being bad, but I kind of like them. And I love Harlow's Song (Can't Dream Without You). It's quite possibly one of the most beautiful songs. Ever. "Harlow" (played 60 times) is most definitely a love song (or possibly stalker, but we won't go there), with the dream-like lyrics and chorus, "I don't wanna live this life without you, I don't wanna spend the night without you, I don't wanna know what it's like. I can't dream without you."

If you know me, you know there are two classic stories I'm a sucker for. Alice In Wonderland and Wizard of Oz. While I have plenty of Alice songs, so far Home by Breaking Benjamin is the only Oz one I've found. And it's awesome. It tells the story of Dorothy and her friends of Oz, even going from black and white to full technicolor. Home (played 70 times) also adds a more sinister take to the four Oz characters, with the last lines, "I don't wanna be bold. I don't wanna be cold. I don't wanna grow old. I don't wanna go home."

The next one is also called Home, but, unfortunately, Three Days Grace aren't explicitly referring to Oz. This Home (played 116 times) is an angry song about not having a home, only a miserable little house. "I'll be coming home, just to be alone."

I like most of Florence + The Machine's songs equally, but Howl is even more haunting than the rest. I also can't help but associate it with Howl's Moving Castle. It's hard to beat Florence's voice, and Howl (played 30 times) shows of her talent perfectly. I also get the feeling it's about werewolves, "You are the moon that breaks the night for which I have to howl."

I'll be going through more of my favorites later!


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Computer Problems + Anime Review -- Skip Beat!

In my last post, I introduced you to my infatuation with anime and manga, and I mentioned that I was currently watching Skip Beat!. Well, I finished it.


Luckily, the manga continues past the ending of the anime, so maybe I'll get a decent ending after all.

Kyoko Mogami, at the age of sixteen, moves to the big city with her boyfriend and rising star Shotaro Fuwa. She has multiple jobs and supports them both by renting an apartment and fixing all the food. She is happy and madly in love with Sho.

But then she overhears Sho talking about her, saying she's just his "maid" and he doesn't give a crap about her. Enraged, she decides to get her revenge on him by entering showbiz and becoming more famous than him.

But she finds it's not as easy as that. She goes to LME, the company where Sho's rival, Ren Tsuruga, works, and tries to get a job. But when told she's only in it for revenge, the company, and Ren, aren't so enthusiastic. But she gets a job in a new section called Love Me, where she's forced to wear a bright pink jumpsuit and pretty much do anything that is asked of her.

Will Kyoko recover the ability to love and be loved? Will she ever get her revenge on Sho? Will she ever get along with Ren and Moko?

The first four or five episodes were just okay, but after that this anime gets awesome. Kyoko has a fiery temper, and it's always hilarious when she goes into a rage and starts laughing and scheming. She has this little team of "demons" who keep popping up and urge her to exact her revenge. Occassionally there's an angel who tries to get Kyoko to be more kind, but the demons usually do away with her pretty quick.

Plus she wears a pink jumpsuit. And occassionally a giant chicken costume.

The only problem with Skip Beat! is the ending. It's very abrupt, and not at all satisfying. It was kind of like the writers went, "Oh, guess we better end the show now" and hastily wrote in something a little more cheerful. I honestly think it would've made a better ending if Kyoko and Ren were arguing with each other or something, but I guess it's not all gravy.

Plus, there's the manga to look forward to!

Now I'm watching The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and I have some high hopes for it. I just wish Kyon wouldn't talk so fast (good thing I read subtitles like lightning). And since I got rid of a pesky little computer virus (I use the term "little" lightly), I can watch ALL THE ANIME I WANT!!

Well, within reason.

Merry Christmas!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Anime + Manga

It's time to address my infatuation with anime and manga.

Okay, it's been addressed, we can move on now.

So yes, I'm a bit of an anime and manga geek, but I'm relatively new at it. But I'm experienced enough to try to read comic books backwards, handle subtitles fine, and know multiple Japanese phrases (thank you, thanks for the food, welcome back, strawberry, right, cheers, sorry I'm late...).

The first anime I ever saw? Well, I supposed that'd be the adaptation of Howl's Moving Castle (epic). Oh, you mean anime TV series? Fruits Basket. My all time favorite anime? Ouran High School Host Club.

Manga, you ask? First I read? Ouran High School Host Club. Favorite? Ouran High School Host club.

Why yes, Ouran High School Host Club is my favorite manga/anime of all time.

Right now, I've watcher 12 anime all the way through, and I'm in the middle of six. My current favorite is Skip Beat!, mostly because Kyoko, the main character, has the funnest temper ever and has to wear a pink jumpsuit. Hilarious.

So maybe you like anime too, but you don't know what to watch next. Or maybe you're dying for more, but can't get your hands on any. Don't worry, I'm here to help *cheerful wink*.

A good source for finding more anime you might like to watch is Anime-Planet. They have probably ever single anime and manga ever created on file, and you can browse them all, read summaries and reviews, and catalogue them according to which ones you want to watch, have watched, are watching, won't ever watch, or whatever else you want to add. I'm unicornconspiracy, so feel free to look me up.

To actually watch anime, you have to go elsewhere. There are several sources I can give you right now, but if you just google "watch insert-anime-name-here online", you're bound to find some kind of anime streaming site. Hulu is a good site and has lots of anime, but rarely keeps up the dubbed versions, so if you prefer dubs, you might want to skip over Hulu as your first choice.

Youtube is also a great place. Funimation, a company that transfers anime from Japanese to English with subs and/or dubs, has an account on Youtube and they stream a few of the shows. And if Funimation hasn't put it up, there's probably some other user who has.

And then if neither of these sites have it, check out Anime Freak. It's a bit glitchy, which is why it's never my first choice, but it has a good collection of anime and usually offers subs and dubs (when there's a dubbed version).

Those are the three sites I'd recommend you look first, because they have the most reliable video players. Other places, like CrunchyRoll, are somewhat hard to use and do weird things. But sometimes they just don't have what you want, so you have to go elsewhere.

If you're real lucky, of course, your local library has what you're looking for, or maybe you just have tons of cash you need to spend. If that's the case, then head on over to Amazon and have fun.
Keep an eye out for manga and anime reviews in the future!


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Top 25 Most Played Songs

iTunes comes with a Top 25 Most Played playlist, and every few months I like to look at mine and see how it's changed since the last time I checked. These days, it doesn't change much because my ultimate favorite songs have settled into their roles, and since I continue to listen to them, they stay there. But sometimes I look at a song and wonder, "Why did I listen to this song so many times?" So here I am, explaining why I've listened to these songs so many times, and why I will probably listen to them again and again and again.

My #1 most played song, having been played 174 times, is Savin' Me by Nickelback. I'm not sick of it yet. There's something so striking about those first few chords before Chad Kroeger's voice mourns, "Prison gates won't open up for me". As it is with most of Nickelback's slower songs, the lyrics and music are just absolutely beautiful, and it's one of those songs that makes me just stop and smile for a minute. It's also one of those songs that makes me wonder why so many people hate Nickelback with such a vengeance.

My #2 most played song with 149 plays is, strangely, Tainted Love by Soft Cell. I don't know how this song got to #2. I mean, I love the song, but...It's just trange. I was introduced to this song by a 2005 episode of Doctor Who, so it's held fond memories, but that's hardly the whole story. It's got a catchy beat and is fun to sing along with, but...I still don't know why I listened to it 149 times.

My #3 most played song, at 146 plays, is Free by Vast. I can understand this song's placement. I love it. Vast is awesome in general, and the distant cry in the beginning of the song, followed by the sharp electric guitar, is a perfect beginning. The lyrics have attitude as well, and it doesn't hurt that they fit a few of my characters perfectly.

My #4 most played song has also been played 146 times, and is also by Vast. Here starts out slow and quiet, but gets plenty loud later on. The lyrics are amazing, and this is the song where Jon Crosby holds a note for over ten seconds. Whenever I sing along, I see if I can hold it as long as he can, but I never do.

My #5 most played song, played 145 times, is Why Don't You & I by Santana Feat. Alex Band (not the Chad Kroeger version). This song always, always, always, always makes me grin like an idiot and want to dance around. The lyrics are so sweet and the tune so catchy and fun that I can't help but listen to it over and over.

My #6 most played song, Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls, has been played 143 times. This was probably the first GGD song I ever heard, and it's still my favorite. It's so sad and beautiful and it always sounds like John Rzeznik is pouring his heart out into the words. I know I am when I sing along.

I've listened to my #7 most played song 141 times, and that's just counting on iTunes, because there was a time when they played Fireflies by Owl City all the time on the radio. While not my favorite Owl City tune, Fireflies is still amazing, and those first bubbling notes are charming in such a way that very few people can resist it. And let's not forget Adam Young's amazing voice and nack for spectacular song-writing in general.

My #8 most played song, currently at 138 plays, went on a hiatus a while back because I could sick of the first few aggresive guitar chords, and it still managed to stay on my Most Played Playlist. I'm talking about Sound Of Madness by Shinedown, the song with one of my favorite lines, "You can sleep with a gun, when you gonna wake up and fight?"

My #9 most played song also takes breaks every now and then, because Fake It by Seether is a song I've listened to for so many years that occassionally I get a little sick of it. But I've still listened to the catchy rock song 135 times, so it must be pretty awesome.

My #10 most played song is another by the Goo Goo Dolls, but it's not been played 132 times because it's sad and beautiful. Slave Girl is catchy and gritty, with the voice of rougher voice of Robby Takac instead of John Rzeznik. Normally I prefer Rzeznik, but I can't imagine Slave Girl being sung by anyone but Takac. it's a really short song, too, which is probably why I've listened to it so many times.

My #11 most played song is my favorite Owl City song. Vanilla Twilight is beautiful, sad, and hopeful. I once listened to it and only it for a day when I was sick, and I also choreographed a dance to it, which probably contributes it it being played 125 times.

My #12 most played song is another short one, and has been played 122 times. The very first AFI song I ever heard (on Smallville), Prelude 12/21 is haunting and creepy, the recurring line, "Kiss my eyes and lay me to sleep", always giving me chills. Plus it's always seemed like this song makes Davey Havok's voice sound amazing (of course, it always is, even when he's screaming).

My #13 most played song is Mr. Brightside by The Killers, played 121 times. The catchiest Killers song, and it gets points for using the word 'lullabies' (which I have some strange fascination with) and finding a word that it rhymes with (alibis).

My #14 most played song is another song I listened to a lot at one time but is still on the playlist. Supermassive Black Hole by Muse has been played 120 times, and is probably one of the most epic songs ever. It's been featured on both Supernatural and the Twilight movie (or at least, it was on the soundtrack. I can't actually remember if it was ever in the movie), so Muse got exposed to all kinds of people. It's hard to beat Matthew Bellamy's voice.

My #15 most played song has only been played 118 times, but sometimes it starts to get a bit old. Not for too long, though. True Romance is easily my favorite She Wants Revenge song. It starts out with some quirky notes (synthesized?) that lead into Justin Warfield's unique voice singing, "Open your eyes and see me", which, while not obviously dark and edgy, further lead into an angsty song of awesomeness.

I admit it, my #16 most played song is Lady Gaga, Just Dance. But c'mon, Just Dance is super catchy, and I myself love to dance, so hey, of course I've listened to it 116 times.

My #17 most played song has been played 115 times, and it'll probably keep on moving up the list. Open Wounds is my favorite Skillet song, which is saying something since all of their songs are so awesome. The beginning is just so amazing that you can't help but listen to the whole song of angry-but-sad-and-confused lyrics.

My #18 most played song has also been played 115 times, but since it used to be higher up in the playlist, it might not be as much of a favorite anymore. Yet another Vast song, Somewhere Else To Be is an old favorite with customarily haunting Vast lyrics, and Jon Crosby displays his amazing talent some more.

My #19 most played song is more Lady Gaga, and usually I like Starstruck even more than Just Dance, but Starstruck, at 114 plays, has never quite caught up with Just Dance. I have a strange obsession with songs mentioning stars (even if they don't really have anything to do with stars), and since Starstruck also has a good beat, I've listened to it quite a lot.

My #20 most played song is more Nickelback, and I'm surprised there's a 19-song gap between Nickelback songs on this list. But I've only listened to Far Away 114 times, and it's not even my second-favorite Nickelback song, so there you go. Far Away is sad, lovely ballad that again asks the question, why do so many people hate Nickelback?

My #21 most played song finally brings up Thousand Foot Krutch, one of my favorite bands. I don't think I could pick a favorite TFK song, but since I've listened to Fire It Up 112 times, this song must be one of them. Trevor McNevan's voice coupled with hard electric guitar and moments of soft piano with hushed whispers makes this song EPIC.

My #22 most played song brings us back to AFI, and what might be considered as Prelude 12/21's conclusion. I've only listened to Miss Murder 111 times, which is a bit sad, considering how awesome the song is. Not only does Davey Havok (who, by the way, has the best name ever) get to display his gorgeous voice, he also gets to scream. It's got a catchy beat and one of the best choruses ever: "Hey, Miss Murder, can I, hey, Miss Murder, can I..."

My #23 most played song has also been played 111 times, but I think I prefer Miss Murder to Blue Foundation's Eyes On Fire, however awesome the latter may be. Eyes On Fire is creepy in all the right ways, and is hard to sing along with because of the all the perfect rhymes (which is hard to do if you're not Danish.

My #24 most played song also has 111 plays. Walk Away From The Sun by Seether is an old favorite (though maybe not as old as Fake It), and is full of angst and portrays a picture of a weary, morally-blurred traveler finally giving up on hope... Oh, is it just me who sees that?

And my #25 most played song is Just Like You by Three Days Grace, 110 plays. It's curious that Three Days Grace hasn't come up before, since they're one of my all-time favorite bands, but there you are. Just Like You is probably my favorite though, from the good old days (just kidding, I only really like 3 songs from TDG's first album).

The last few songs tend to fluctuate all the time, switching around between Three Days Grace, Seether, Nickelback, Atmosphere, and, strangely, Alexi Murdoch and Adam Lambert.

And that's my Top 25 Most Played Playlist as of 9/29/11. No doubt the last few songs will be different in a month or two, but I have no doubt that Savin' Me will always be on top. I never get tired of that song.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Romance - Just Add Water!

So there's this article containing the recipe for a hot guy.

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA *wipes tears from eyes, chuckles some more*

This is just so entertaining. I giggled the whole time while reading it, grinning from ear to ear at the fantabulous advice. Muscles like marble (statuesque hot guy), abs like mountains (reeeally tall hot guy), and biceps that'll pull your eye out ( his biceps have tentacles?)!

So far my mental image is of a hundred foot tall statue with tentacles. He-ello, sexy.

For a more serious view of this super-entertaining recipe, check out my friend May May's article:

Obviously, Miss Jennifer Knight's recipe irritated dear May May. That's understandable, and I suppose I would've been on a rampage too if I'd been in a different frame of mind upon first reading it. As it was, I just giggled and chuckled appreciatively, treating it like a good joke rather than serious advice. If budding authors do take this seriously, the world will end and I will eat my laughter.

May May manages to go through the whole 'recipe' while including better advice and ties it all up with a great metaphor, so reading her article is actually meaningful whereas Miss Knight's is really only good for a good laugh (sorry, Miss Knight...). May May's right about the personality issue, but we have to keep in mind that this is a recipe for a hot guy. Not a good guy.

So I say read both articles. First Miss Knight's, then May May's. They're both pretty awesome for completely different reasons.

On an unrelated note, how about that Marilyn Manson music video directed by Shia Labeouf? AKA, Shia The Beef. Dear Mr. Beef, Holes is one of my favorite movies and you're a decent actor, but I am now terrified of you. Signed Anonymous because I don't want you knowing my name.


Friday, August 19, 2011

No Wonder We've Never Heard Of This Popular Author

She's popular for being bad. Check out this link:

Read at least a quarter of the comments and you'll know what I mean. I love how everyone jumped to the blogger's defense.

As a writer, I used to be terrified of all the rejections I'm sure to get when I finally try to publish my work, but I'm not anymore. This has taught me that rejections are good. Self-publishing authors don't get the experience that comes with a rejection, so I guess they're more likely to respond like Miss Howett -- childishly.

This is also why it's important to find as many different critics as possible while you're still in the writing phase, and make sure at least a few of them are blatantly honest about their thoughts. Don't give your work to your mom or your best friend who never reads. Find someone who knows what they're doing and isn't afraid to do. Find a lot of those someones.

But at least Miss Howett's given us some form of entertainment (and certainly got the blog more attention)! Maybe this fiasco will teach her a thing or two about professionalism and manners.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I Would Totally Buy That Audiobook, And I Don't Even Like Books On Tape.

So if you know me at all, you know I'm what you'd call a "Twilight-Hater". This, however, is not true. I like Twilight. I don't like the Twilight saga. New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn are just awful. Terrible. Not fit for print. Gag. Okay, so New Moon and Eclipse weren't THAT bad, but Breaking Dawn was just the last straw. If Twilight had just ended with Bella getting vampified, things would've been fabulous, and they wouldn't have had to worry about the werewolves, the evil vampires, or the horrifying mutant baby with an equally atrocious name.

But I digress.

Anyway, I like Twilight, but I also love to hate it and like to make fun of it. Hence, my immense enjoyment of the Alex Reads Twilight videos on YouTube.

Alex Day is a British vlogger, also a musician, most well known (in my opinion) for Chameleon Circuit, his trock band (trock = rock + Doctor Who/TARDIS). Coincidentally, Chameleon Circuit just released a new album that you should go listen to as soon as you watch all of the Alex Reads Twilight Videos.

The Alex Reads Twilight videos are just what they say they are: Alex reading Twilight. He decides to read Twilight, and he makes a video for every chapter, sometimes reading directly from the book. It is awesome. Here's the link to the first video:

Once you finish that (and once you've listened to Chameleon Circuit's new album), make sure to check out his other videos, plus the ones of his friends (and Chameleon Circuit's other band members) Liam (littleradge on YouTube) and Charlie (charlieissocool on YouTube). It's good stuff.


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Game Review -- Escape from the Underworld

Escape from the Underworld, created by game creator Banov, is an exploration platformer centered around a fallen angel who fights to return to the sky. Pure awesome in other words.

Seriously, this is one of the best exploration platformers I've ever played, and I've played quite a few. But this one has got it all.

The gameplay isn't so complicated and clumsy that it's irritating, but it's not so simple that it makes the game easy. You have to be careful you don't accidentally slip off a ledge and onto treacherous spikes, but you don't have to worry about skidding five feet before you come to a complete stop. Also, can I mention the pure awesomeness of flying? 'Cause that is pure awesomeness. The controls for flying and fighting (with your epic sword) are easy to use as well and pretty straightforward.

You start out with barely any abilities at all. You can't even jump, and you've been stripped of your wings. Your first dilemma is avoiding a rain of fire that comes from the one channel back to the sky. I was pretty confused when first playing this part, because I couldn't really figure out what to do. But just get through the fire storm, and you'll be granted the ability to jump, and life'll become a little easier.

In the beginning, you start out with only one little ball of life (so you can only get hit once by an enemy and you die), but you can find more of the little health units the more you explore, until it takes a lot to make you actually die. There are various checkpoints in different parts of the underworld that will replenish your health and save your game in case you do end up dead (which you probably will more than a few times). You'll also come across other little balls of energy that aren't immediately explained. There's also a map that you can access at any time, but it'll only show the areas of the underworld that you've already explored.

The soundtrack is also brilliant. I listen to it even when I'm not playing the game. It fits the game so perfectly and just adds to the awesomeness. Icing on the cake.

And then there's just the basic plot of the whole thing. It's brilliant. I've got a thing for angels, I admit it, and one that is cast down into the underworld and then climbs back up to the sky is just cool.

So in case you hadn't gotten the picture, here it is nice and simple: I love this game. Everyone should play it, and I'm definitely looking into Banov's other games.

You can download Escape from the Underworld here (for free of course):

But also be sure to check out Banov's own blog, The Amazing Spectacular World of Banov (I love the title):

Unfortunately, I don't think there's a version for Mac (sorry, guys, but surely you knew what you were getting into?), but I can assure Windows users that it runs fine on Windows 7, and came virus clean.

Helpful Hint: If you find yourself stuck behind a shimmering white wall and you've gone everywhere else (meaning you have a sword and all the energy balls), try holding down the attack button and seeing what happens. This part left me stumped for a long time, I'm ashamed to admit.



Hello and welcome! The name's Persy, and this is where you'll find all sorts of groovy goodies to help you put off that homework, that paperwork, that laundry, and anything and everything else you want to avoid. That's right, computer games.

Everyone indulges in a game of solitaire or freecell (never got freecell, personally), but sometimes you need something more. Sometimes you just want to lose yourself in an epic point and click game, or go on an indie adventure as a little robot, or blast a bunch of aliens into pieces. Pick your poison, because I plan on tackling them all.

Every Thursday I'll review a game. It could be an online game, or a free download (all download games I have downloaded and played myself, so I'm reasonably assured that they're safe). It could be an action packed shooter game, or it might just be a web toy. Who knows. But no matter what it is, the main goal is to just have fun (and, of course, put off the rest of the world for an hour or two). So let's have fun.

At random points throughout the rest of the week, I might post something different, like a funny story, cool picture, interesting tidbit, etcetera. Anything that'll help you avoid your chores! So stay tuned.