It Always Rained on Friday’s

I remember back in graduate school, it always managed to rain on Friday’s and it always irritated me so much. I was never a fan of rain, and I continue to wonder about those who are. It ruins so much about your day, especially for drivers in California. There is nothing scarier than being on the road with California drivers when it rains. I would hate to see them drive in snow, sleet, iced roads. It is truly scary to think about.

Yucky Rain

We’ve been getting a lot of rain lately, and thank goodness that Northern California is now falling out of our serious drought. We still have a few more scheduled days of rain coming next week, so we’ll see!

Shipping Day

Today I packaged up my NES, the NES HDMI Kit and the Blinking Light Win into a large flat-rate USPS shipping box. I made sure it was well insulated before sending it off. This is the second Nintendo console I have sent off to be professionally modded. In the past, I have sent off my 3DS to install a capture board on it, and then some time later I resent it off again to install an external controller adapter. I will keep you informed about the project!

Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! I always give out cards and treats to everyone I care about. Lucky for me, tonight is rehearsal, so I spent a good two hours filling out cards for around 30 people. I even have enough to give to all of my students throughout the week as I see them. It’s my 4th favorite holiday!


I had preordered a Blinking Light Win for my NES back in December. I was notified that it was being delivered a few days back. Upon reading the delivery tracking, I noticed that it was delivered without the apartment number, so it got sent back to headquarters. This has happened a few times with different businesses. They sometimes leave off the extra field needed for Apartment Numbers. I sent off an email to them and they wrote back ‘noted’. I think that’s a good thing?

69 Times Over

Today we celebrated our 69th Mario Kart 8 TomBobTourney! We celebrated with a wonderful online race as we typically do on Saturday’s, followed by a thorough and exaggerated look at all of our Miiverse posts from our tourneys’ history. It was a great to look back at our history. Now we just worry about whether this content will stay around forever or not.

Mario Maker Stage Creations

I think it’s a very nice thing to offer to play someones stage, without having known them ahead of time, nor the kind of stage it’s going to be. I extend this opportunity to my viewers when I stream, and it’s usually the “Twitch” community which, through experience, are not always the brightest people of the bunch, nor the friendliest. I try to be fair with how I approach the stages I play, giving them an honest attempt before I either decide to keep trying or move on to another stage.

Generally, if the stage kills me as soon as it starts, I’m not going to play it. I like to be able to enter a stage, be able to look around and then decide where to go. Observe my surroundings a bit. None of this Kaizo KRAP. It’s just not my style. Also if I end up dying a lot in a particular spot due to some ridiculous frame-perfect platforming elite nonsense, I’ll grow impatient rather quickly. Puzzle stages are okay, as long as it doesn’t take forever to just get through the stage itself, minus the time it takes to figure out the actual puzzle. Hunting for 10 keys in a huge world without a midway checkpoint is a bit daunting, especially if you run out of in game time and have to start over. I really miss platforming stages that aren’t bombarded with death traps, one-way doors, spikes lining your path and such. I don’t see many people sending them in. Those make me the happiest.

Generally if I skip over a stage I don’t like, the viewer is okay with it and thanks me for at least trying. Ya know, respectfully. One time when I skipped over someones stage he got very upset, almost felt HUMILIATED because his stage supposedly won international competitions or whatever. Well CONGRATULATIONS, I am so proud of your accomplishments, but your stage wasn’t for me. He also didn’t like any constructive criticism lol but oh well, I’m a teacher and it’s what I do for just about everything.

Can’t wait to play some more stages.

I Have Got This Feeling

I’ve been going through phases of grossness all week starting with a sore throat in development over Saturday night and completely destroying my voice throughout Sunday, just in time for the Super Owl celebrations. Through the week, it progressed to my nose and sinuses, though my voice is coming back, thank goodness. This thing usually lasts for about 7-10 days, so I’m gonna stick it out a bit longer.

That took Phoever

I had a dinner date with my friend Eevee and to meet his mother for the first time. I’m usually very punctual, but I was bombarded with a bunch of questions from parents and colleagues about the state test in music next week that I was held over for nearly 20 minutes. Of all nights, too. We still had fun at dinner, though. Pho is pretty much yummy at any time.