Thursday, December 07, 2017

The War on Christmas will be fought musically and we will all lose

Today at work somebody decided it would be a good idea to play this hour-long "disco Christmas" mix they found on YouTube over the loudspeakers in the lobby. It's actually not an hour-long mix, but rather a half-hour mix played twice in a row. I don't know who thought this kind of track was a good idea but it isn't. It's the musical equivalent of war crimes.

Truth be told, a lot of it isn't what most people would call a "disco mix" at all. It starts out with some kind of Trinidad beat, and it has an irritating tendency to return to the same pop chorus over and over again, while only the intermittent Christmas carols change. The singing is incredibly vanilla, like a sedated Abba. It was so bad that we all broke down laughing around twenty minutes in, where it keeps alternating between Christmas music and Jennifer Lopez's "On the Floor" (or, as they sing in this version, "On the floor, on the whooooooo!").

Or did we all break down laughing? Maybe it was only myself. And maybe I was crying, not laughing.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

A month's worth of YouTube updates

Since the last time I posted about my YouTube channel, we've had Bringin' It Back videos of Shadow Dancer and Double Dragon, a no-commentary long-play of Super Castlevania IV, a new Dead Rising episode and a handful of IKINARI! Podcast episodes.

Click here to binge watch.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The time Whilce Portacio drew Wolverine with two left feet

It totally happened. I had this in poster form on my bedroom wall as a teenager. After having the poster for a couple years, I noticed there was an issue with Logan's feet.


At least Psylocke looks good.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Blaster Master part 2 of 2

Saved the world / rescued my frog. Also got a sweet hybrid tank out of the whole thing. And my hair turned blue.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hanamaki Matsuri 2017

Four years ago I wrote about the Hanamaki Matsuri, a three-day festival in my wife's hometown in Iwate Prefecture. Since then, a few of the food offerings have changed, but not much else. Unless you count the fact that, in 2015, the event actually made it into the Guinness Book of World Records with the most mikoshi on display at a single location (114).

This year there were only 104 mikoshi, but it's still the same good time it always was.







That last picture is from the shishiodori (deer dance), in which a hundred men and women in scary, predatory deer costumes jump around while playing noisy drums. It's probably the single coolest thing about Iwate Prefecture.