2013 Part IIRemember how I said "I'm sure things will start blowing up in my face any second" in my last journal? Well probably not since no one ever reads my journal... but things did indeed blow up in my face. Three colds, a stomach bug, bronchitis... yeah... not exactly fun... Anyways, on some undetermined day in the future, some random person (you) will accidentally come across this journal, and for whatever reason, decide to read it, gaining an admittedly useless insight into the life of a young adult in April of 2013. Hopefully your lives are going better than mine, and have a great 2013! (Or whatever year it is when this gets read...)
2013Well it's the second day of 2013 and so far things have been relatively good. I'm sure things will start blowing up in my face any second like they usually do, but I'm going to pretend that 2013 is going to be awesome. Overall, 2012 was pretty shitty, so I'm glad it's over with. Then again, so was 2011... and 2010... I think you get the point. It's fairly obvious that I am a very unlucky person. Here's a quote from one of my teachers from high school: "Remind me to never stand near you during a lightning storm." Of course it was in a playful, good-natured manner when he said that, but realistically, you probably DON'T want to stand near me during one. Now of course I could go and list all sorts of examples of why I'm unlucky and make myself seem like some sort of attention-seeking whiny little brat, but no, fuck that. I'm still here, and 2013, I'm going to do my best to survive longer than you. Not that I expect to die anytime soon, but hey, you never know when there's gonna be a lightning storm :P
Blood, Chrome, and the HolidaysYesterday I had the pleasure and honor of spending some time with Gus, Kerry, Barbara, Adam, and others in the community in watching Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome. While the miniseries was pretty good, the best part was clearly spending some (online) time with you guys. I'm sure it's been said before, but this is the best community on the internet! Not only is it amazing that the RT crew constantly give their time to be with their fans, but also this community makes that sort of thing possible! Nowhere else can someone feel so at home with a complete group of strangers. I'd like to wish everyone on this site, cast, crew, fans, a very happy holidays. Even if you don't celebrate any holidays this time of year, I still wish you a happy end of December! 2012's been amazing with you guys, here's to 2013 and another year with the greatest people ever (of all time)!
Opinion on ThumbsI'm totally cool with the latest change from modding to thumbs. While I immediately turned off having everything I thumbs up being posted to Facebook, having more generic approval/disapproval seems smart I guess. Cool, funny, ditto, and zing never really seemed to be enough positive choices for positive things. Lame was pretty useful for negativity though :P Since only the final sum between ups and downs is shown (instead of showing both), users who would previously go and -1 mod everything just to have it show up won't be able to get that satisfaction. I mean they still can make the number go down by one, but that won't ruin anything for anyone else... either that or I haven't seen anything get thumbed down, and I'm blissfully unaware of how things work. Anyways, I'm sure there's going to be people who miss being able to say "+1 Funny", but the end result is worth the change.
That being said, this place is not fucking YouTube. I don't want to see the "Thumbs up if you think blah", "Thumbs up for blah" shit on here. Things just got serious over here, not the same little friendly paragraph like the one above it.
The only thing I'd do different is replace the thumbs down with a middle finger. Alright, I admit that would be really unprofessional and whatnot, and it isn't a good idea for real. But still, one can dream :P
Day offI had today off. Now I could have spent that day doing something productive, right? Nah, instead I went through all 5 years of RT Comics. Other than that, I just did the usual random browsing online... how very exciting...
How I got into RvBI'll admit I'm not a longtime fan (of course I've caught myself up :P), but since I'm 18 (turning 19 on the 19th, shoutout to my birthday), I probably wasn't in the target audience range being 8 ten years ago when RvB started (not to mention my lack of internet as mentioned in the journal below). My first exposure to RvB was when I was in middle school in either 7th or 8th grade and my classmate and friend showed me an episode on Google Video (This was around late 2006 to early 2008, I can't remember exactly when anymore). This was the episode where Sarge and Caboose were teleported to Battle Creek (or is it Beaver Creek in Halo 1, I don't remember). At this point, I had never heard of RvB, had only played Halo and Halo 2 at friends' houses (didn't own an xbox, just my little Gamecube and possibly my Wii at that point), and had no idea what was going on whatsoever. Caboose's line of there being "floors and ceilings, no wait only one ceiling" (or something to that effect) was the one that had really got me laughing. I had just finished seeing Super Mario Frustration so I was already in a good mood, and watched a few other videos. However I was slightly confused as to why there were purple, brown, yellow (yes I thought Grif was yellow when I first saw him all those years ago, long before he became my favorite character) Spartans bouncing around, and another classmate (who had seen only a few random episodes at that point) didn't really know and guessed it was "Warm Colors vs Cool Colors" (which is fairly accurate). But I still enjoyed it even though not really knowing what was going on when they went through the time portal thingy after Church exploded. So then some time later I was at my Grandfather's for the weekend and he surprisingly had an internet connection (not surprisingly it was a very slow connection) and I decided to look into RvB again. At this point I had seen a few PSA's and knew the character names. I remember one of the things I stumbled upon was near the beginning of Season 8 after seeing a few advertisements for the various Recollection episodes. (This was probably about when Season 8 just started) I remember that I saw Simmons and Doc behind the Meta (not knowing what the Meta was) and I had kinda thought that the Recollections were just spinoffs or something and decided to do the smart thing and go to the first episode. Now for whatever reason, I didn't go to Rooster Teeth's site or youtube channel and was watching them on some other account that had the episodes on it at first. (I think I might have swapped over to the RT channel at some point, I don't really remember). Anyways, I watched episode after episode until I got to the point where the Blues were about to go with Andy and the alien to go on the adventure. At this point I sort of lost interest and was frankly tired of loading 60 or however many episodes (thankfully they weren't in HD at the time) and RvB faded from my memory for a while. But once I had finally gotten internet, I noticed one day that Season 9 was about to start soon. So I decided that it was time to watch ALL of RvB. I spent my free time watching every episode and really fell in love with it. This time, I continued watching once the plot about the adventure with the alien and Andy began and found out that the Reds returned to Blood Gulch (Coagulation at that point) pretty much right after I had stopped the first time and continued through until the Blues came back as well. At this point, I was really enjoying it again (the plotline about the quest to get the banshee didn't really interest me, sorry guys) and after once the Blood Gulch Chronicles ended, I immediately jumped into the Recollections Trilogy. I have to admit, at first I didn't like the beginning dialogues between the Director and the Chairman but I also have to admit, they really paid off. Also at first, Wash and Church sounded kinda alike to me (and a few other YouTube commenters). Of course by this point, they don't sound alike to me anymore, but I guess it's just due to Wash being new to me at the time. Recreation seemed kind of boring at first, not because it was bad or anything (I do like Recreation, just not as much as Reconstruction and Revelation), but them just standing around like the old days had seemed a little less exciting than the adventure of Reconstruction. Also, I was kind of still missing Tucker and Church (who thankfully came back) and was slightly impatient with Caboose's mysteriousness and Donut's comatose-ness. That's just a personal thing of mine and doesn't indicate a lack of quality with RvB. As much as I loved Tex beating the shit out of the Reds and Blues, Reunion and n+1's fight scenes were my favorite and at the time were the most amazing things I had seen in RvB. Then shortly after, Season 9 started. I was immediately amazed by as early as Episode 2 how well the entirely CGI Freelancer parts were made. The CGI continued to look great, and then The Sarcophagus just blew me the fuck away. Overall, I enjoyed the Freelancer side of Season 9, but the Epsilon unit parts didn't quite seem as good as they could have been to me. To me, the opportunity that was present with the Epsilon unit essentially rebooting to Season 1 seemed to have been under-utilized. There seemed to have been a whole amount of room for new twists that never occurred back in Blood Gulch. Also the "Alternate personalities" of the Red Team just seemed to sort of pointless to me since they all regained their old personalities for the most part (though Sarge seemed to hate Grif a little less). I don't want to sound overly critical of Season 9 or make it sound bad, but there was a huge potential with at first the alternate personalities, and then even the Reds and Blues being direct enemies again that just seemed to have not been filled. Also at the end of the day, these weren't the real Reds and Blues, so that might have also been part of my reason for having my opinion.