Saturday, June 30, 2012

Energy Drinks

I used to be a serious energy drink junkie. Amp, Rockstar, Monster, Red Bull, Nos, 5-Hour Energy, I had everything. Taurine and guarana chemical concoctions.
On the other hand, I don't care for coffee.

5-hour Energy and its knock-off cousins.

Later in the semester. I don't even fit in the frame anymore!
And then one fateful day I attended a Rally for Life event at which Rockstar was giving away cans of their sweet nectar. I took about 15 cans. Normally, this wouldn't be a problem at all. AT ALL. But it happened to fall at the end of the semester. My demand for energy drinks plummeted and the cans sat for months. By which time they expired. I drank one and the hold was broken. I haven't had a bullet can of any kind since. On the other hand, I do carry an emergency bottle of 5-Hour on me at all times.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Now I'm Craving Some Noodles. Again.

One more pic from the Festival.

The spoon was unnecessary.
If I recall, that look of disdain on my face is because a friend of mine broke my sliced egg.

I want one of these.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Eating A Crepe

Check out them Transition lenses.
In other news, I found out it's illegal for companies in the U.S. to sell corrective lenses (i.e. glasses, contacts) without a proper prescription. Makes sense. You shouldn't skimp on things like this.

I'm thinking of getting a new pair of glasses. I'm wearing the 4th pair at the moment and these are fairly old and worn. In fact, they're kinda crooked on my face.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Caught Unawares

Surprise picture taken by S-girl.
I believe I was eating corn Chex. Corn cereal has a pleasant smell in milk. Nothing smells quite like it.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

More Eats

Here's another picture from that day. It was the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C., in case you were wondering why all the Japanese foods.

There's a scoop of green tea flavor on top of a scoop of mango flavor ice cream, all in between a mini-pineapple.
Also D-girl in the middle and Z-girl on the right. She seems slightly pleased.

Monday, June 25, 2012


I got this first one being stupid.
Actually, that applies to all of these... (◎◎▂)

I was boiling some nice chicken stock when I decided to lift the lid and check on things. A poof of steam came out and scalded the anterior side of my forearm. I ran cold water over it and it became an angry red. Initially I thought that was it and I went back to playing BioShock. A little while later I noticed it had started to blister. I wrapped with sterile gauze and over the course of a day or so it turned into a single large blister as plasma leaked from the damaged cells. It's faded a great deal since then.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Where Are Those Posts Going? (o o ) ( o o)

After publishing a post I'll leave it up for a day so it'll show up current on your feeds. After that, in the interests of organization, I throw it into the wormhole so it will stack contiguously with the rest of the blog. I'll catch up eventually. No worries.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

H-hey There, Buddy ( '_' )/

I'm still alive.

Busy times.

Meanwhile, here's a picture of me eating something.

Head first. Natch.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Stick A Fork In Me

I'm getting a nice oven-baked tan on my extremities on account of all the time I'm spending in the sun. One of my co-workers looks sorta like this now:

His skin tone I mean.
Also, my feet are developing an interesting spotted pattern because of the shoes I wear.
I tried to find a picture of the product online but apparently no one sells it anymore. Plus, I've never seen a pair like it.


I'll post pics of the shoes and feet in a later post. In the meantime, speaking of tanning:

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Temperature Rising

So far it's been a temperate summer. In fact, it's been unseasonably cool, most days loitering around the 70 degree range.

That changed yesterday.

90. BAM. Right in the face.

If there's one thing I like about working as a lifeguard, it's the fact that I can be around a nice body of water all day. A cool pool, as it were.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


I love swimming. It's the closest thing the human body can get to flying. Sky diving, BASE jumping, etc., all of that is literally falling with style. Your trajectory is inexorably downward.
Hang gliding is a close second. You are almost soaring through the air by yourself. But the big wing contraption is still there and you have to keep moving forward to stay aloft. When you're swimming, there's just you and the water. Up, down, those directions only limit you to the extent you can hold your breath.

There's some kind of irony in there about flying but having no air. Meh.

I use it as a wallpaper.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Oh Hey, I Remember You

I totally forgot about watching K-ON!
Breaking Bad Season 5 hasn't finished yet, so I won't watch that. Game of Thrones has ended for a while so that's out. Guess I should start up on that anime again, eh?

Or should I watch LOST? Decisions...

Monday, June 18, 2012

デタラメ・マザコン・チェリーボーイ 〜for the movie〜


So there's this fictional band called the 金玉ガールズ (Kintama Girls), right? They exist in the world of Detroit Metal City. It's a cool series I highly recommend checking out if you have a sense of humour.

Anyway, the (fictional) band released a single cd and I managed to pick it up a few months ago. But, a terrible, terrible twist of fate befell me. The track titles on the files had become corrupted.

Three tracks. I already knew the name of the first track (title of this post) so that wasn't a problem. The third track was an instrumental version of the first, again no problem. But Track 2. The file name was just a jumble of nonsensical wingding symbols. How the hell do I find its name? This is pretty obscure material to begin with. "Hey internet, what's the name of the second track on a hard-to-find single from this fictional band?"

I filed the quest away for a while but today, I found it. At long last. A website that sells imported cds decided to post the tracklist.

2. クダらねぇ社会

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Be Kind, Please [<<]

I've started a review process on the blog, going through all the posts since the beginning and performing maintenance work as needed. Some YouTube videos I embedded have since been removed by the uploader so I've removed 'em, some images are no longer hosted and just show a Broken icon so I've replaced them with ones built to last i.e. uploaded one myself, and so on. At some point early on I changed the font I use here, so I've had to re-organize the text in some places. Boring stuff for you to hear about, I'm sure. But an interesting exercise for me. I feel that pride. The pride of authorship.

Saturday, June 16, 2012


Hope that anger I released hasn't flayed the skin from your faces. Here's some lighthearted happy happy joy joy for you
Ok, so maybe only one apiece of happy and joy.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Pay Attention

I'm not saying you shouldn't pay attention to news. It's a small planet and it would behoove you to know what's going on in the neighborhood or even the neighborhood across town. A blind man may see nothing but only an idiot runs with his eyes closed. Ooh, I like that line. (O◡O )

I'm saying you should pay attention when you consume that news. Take everything with that proverbial grain of salt. Unless the story is about you or involves you directly, you probably don't know shit about what really happened. All you know is what they show you. And they show what they want to show the way they want to show it.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Do You Like Eating Shit?

You ever read or watch a news report about something you already have knowledge of? You ever notice how the reporter/writer gets facts wrong? If you've never had this experience, then congratulations. Apparently, you know nothing. About anything. Until you wiki/google it. Then you come back a fucking expert, don't cha?

There are only three words that are correct in this image.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Pho 79

I have a craving for noodle soup. The cup noodle didn't satisfy as much as I thought it would.

Speaking of pho, here's a story for you. Years ago, my brother walked into a Pho 79 (a chain of Vietnamese restaurants here) and said, "Fo seventy-nine? I heah you numba one!" in an exaggerated FOB accent. The head chef promptly kicked him out.

And that's the story. Thank you for your attention.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Months ago I lost my 4GB SD card. It can hold a large cargo of memories in the forms of video and pictures but I put it somewhere last year and I couldn't find it again. Well, guess what?! I FOUND IT TODAY! I had put it in my camera's original box along with the AV cable, that I never use, and the battery case, which I never need. Aren't I just the smartest idiot? Of course I should put that thing in the camera box if I'm not going to use it. That's smart. But why didn't I check there when I couldn't find it? That's dumb.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Oh Yes, That's Some Good FEAR (⌐⌐_)

Last night I had a dream. I was standing in a large crowd of people. A stage and podium stood in front of the gathering and everyone looked at it silently, expectantly. I looked left and right, scanning the crowd but I realized no one else moved their heads at all and I became self-conscious about the motion. Stopped. Then I considered going up closer toward the front to get a better view of whoever would be the speaker. I pushed forward slowly but as I slipped between two people I bumped into a short girl on the other side. She turned around just as a man stepped up to the podium. My gaze locked on him as he made the first noise I'd heard in the dream.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Dream - Insect Infestation

More insects in my dreams, guys.

Last night my room was infested with large household cockroaches. I ran around spraying them with bug killer and they exploded into pixels.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Annoyance #5: Poor Workmanship

Sometimes I get a craving for sodium. Not just pretzels or potato chips. I mean 'bad-for-your-health-but-tastes-so-good' sodium. I am, of course, talking about instant ramen. My uni days are behind me. I'm back home now. Those lean days of ramen noodles by necessity are over. Nevertheless, on occasion the desire for salty unhealthiness comes over me and I grab one of these.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Books. Do You Read Them?

Well, here I am reading Let The Right One In. And, just in case you didn't know, it's a book translated from Swedish just like The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

So then. What if these books hadn't been popular enough in their home country? What if they hadn't managed to garner enough attention to warrant English translations and U.S. publications? How would I have come into contact with them? Beyond wild coincidence or some Swedish language class or further forays into "it was meant to be" tosh, I simply wouldn't have.

Extrapolate how much stuff we're missing out on that's happening outside our "territories". Man, once again, I imagine how much more thoroughly I'd be able to live if I had me some immortality.
How much do I know about Swedish pop culture? Not much. It's outside my cultural territory. And only a simpleton would imagine the Swedes didn't have a pop culture at all. They have references, and in-jokes, and stock characters, and I don't have any part of it. But I wish I did.

Everyone is missing out on a lot of stuff around them. I don't think most people give it much thought, and most of those that do just take it as a fact of life and don't lament it. Maybe it's easier to get by that way.

What was the last book you read and when? Be honest now. I mean more than just skimming. And I definitely don't count any one that you were assigned or required to read. I'm asking you what was the last book you read purely by choice.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Objective Complete

Silly sammich. He's got the L and the T but no B.
When was the last time you felt satisfaction at having accomplished something? Something worthwhile. I highly recommend getting that feeling, man. This shit is thoroughly good. I'll tell ya what it was later, I promised someone else I'd tell 'er first second so you just sit tight and marinate yourself with curiosity.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Title Text

Speaking of images on this blog, I've started adding title text them. It's that stuff that pops up when you hold your cursor over an image. Like on xkcd. Before you go wasting your time, I'll help you out and just tell you that I only started on Monday's post. Before then all the images were both plain and invisible on the blog feeds. (= =___) How lame, right?

Anyhoo, from now on you can have an extra helping of my humour and wit.

Your reaction.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Once Around the Solar System

I always take the car. That car has class.
So then. It's been exactly one year since I've started blogging. I haven't managed to post once everyday for the year, 'tis true. But I've made one post per day for a year. And that's good enough for me.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Selling Me My Own Shit

The idea for this post has been kicking around for a while. Unfortunately, I now run the risk of offending/saddening D-girl and Z-girl because they have since gifted me with these T-shirts.
No offense to you guys, really! I mean it! 
[For once. So feel special, damn it. <( ̄◡ ̄)>]
<= They saw this one in stores, separately, and they both thought of me and got it before meeting up and realizing they'd chosen the same gift idea! I'm so flattered by the sentiment, haha. I love those two. (o^__^o)

HOWEVER. Now comes the bad. No one should shell out money to buy these products from a store.

When I got the shirt(s) this train of thought didn't cross my mind in the moment. As it should be. I think...

Sunday, June 3, 2012

On The Offensive

Here's another piece of my work. I made this one out of Chinese homework.

Itsa tank.

Saturday, June 2, 2012


I'm one of those people who has several email accounts. In my case, I use Gmail so that means several Google accounts. This account, the one I created the blog under, used to be my least used account. I'd log in once a week or so to clear out minor amounts of spam. But since the creation of A 1Tofu Life I actually spend most of my time logged into this one now. So much time spent, in fact, that I attached a YouTube account to this one so that I could comment and rate vids. I also had to resubscribe to all my favorite channels.

And now, I've created a Google+ profile, too. It replaced the Blogger profile, which really wasn't all that useful anyway, I feel. On the other hand, Google+ doesn't list the blogs you're following for all to see. Again, no big loss.

In other news: Who uses Google+ anyway? (O.o)?
If any of you happen to have one feel free to add me in your circle so we can ignore it together.

IN other news, my shift key sticks sometimes and it looks like I'm starting my sentences ostentatiously.

In further news, I went back to look at some of my past posts. It took me a long time before I figured to use jump breaks. It's kind of embarrassing how some of my older posts show up on my blog page in their entireties.

IN (⌐⌐_) final news, an even more embarrassing failure of my Blogger skills: All this time, since its inception, my blog has been posting to your Feeds without thumbnails because I neglected to enable enclosure links when I first set it up. This has been remedied. (^_^;;;;;)7

Friday, June 1, 2012

My Disorder

I have trouble with doors. The kind that are either Push or Pull but not both. It's really a 50% chance type of thing, right? But somehow I frequently manage to pick the wrong option the first time.