On the morning of Nov 19th we lost a valuable member of our family. Our 13 year old bulldog Bruno had to be put to sleep. He started having an extended seizure and there wasn’t much to do at the pet clinic except keep him sedated. It was time to say our goodbyes.
Even though he had arthritis, could hardly hear or see toward the end, he was still humping his stuffed gorilla the night before like an adolescent alpha male. He lived a long life full of love, delicious home-cooked meals, and giant stuffed animals. He was loved by everyone, and will never be forgotten.
Here is a video of Bruno doing what he does best. Eating, you wouldn't even know that he is a million years old...
I don't know what took Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg or Jean-Claude VanDamme such a long time to finally break into commercials but, after such a long time of not seeing my favorite action star, I couldn't be happier.
This video was only released on Nov 14th, these are the youtube stats on 5:40pm Nov 15th. This is a commercial that 10 million people have seeked out to watch. Volvo didn't even have to pay to place it anywhere. People really love JCVD. But for real, as far as an advertisment goes, this is an outstanding success.
My favorite homey Franklin (dressed in a full basketball uniform) just finished eluding the police after going on a knife-sponsored killing spree in front of the movie theater because it was closed and I really wanted to watch "The Loneliest Robot in England." I found myself in the rich hilly part of Los Santos and I thought maybe I would drive to the top of the highest cliff and drive off for no good reason. My ascent was interrupted by a man in the driveway yelling at his wife. Apparently they were having a lover's quarrel and she was busy throwing all of his clothes and belongings out of the bedroom window into the driveway.
The gentlemen didn't seem at all surprised when a black guy with blood all over his basketball uniform stepped out of the horribly smashed (and bloody) Lincoln. Instead he told me he was sick of this shit and wanted a ride to the golf course. Hm yeah ok get in. During the ride he was telling me something but I was too busy driving down the side of the cliff side trying to keep the car from flipping over to pay attention.
He thanked me for the ride and invited me to play golf with him... Sure why not, YOLO right? So there I was, Franklin in full basketball gear teeing up for my very first game of golf. I ended up +3 after nine holes, not bad at all for first timer! I got back into my beat-up car to get back to whatever I was doing... What was it anyway? I couldn't find the way out of the parking lot and accidentally drove into the golf course. It was really fun driving my car as fast as I could through the rolling hills of the well-kept course, obviously I couldn't resist running over as many golfers as possible. I wondered if I could find and run over the guy I just played golf with... Maybe I already did... These white-boys, they all look alike right?
Inevitably the police were called and we had a pretty outstanding chase and shoot out on the green of hole 6. While watching the death animation it bugged me that for some reason media coverage isn't included in this game. You would think once a chase/killing spree lasted long enough news vans and helicopters would start coming to scene of the crime... Oh well, maybe GTA6.
Woke up at the hospital, stabbed the first person I saw ... with a crowbar. Stole a car and proceeded to drive aimlessly on the sidewalk.
What was I doing again?
I recently read this article by Charles Salmon (@BeardsandPixels) which made me think.
Returning to Super Metroid recently, Charles found the experience too obtuse. He wonders, were games really this difficult before, or have we just grown soft? Looking at the variety of games available today, he's come to a conclusion that may just surprise you.
We all know the appeal, or at least the concession, of a vegetable sandwich. It is as simple as ordering what you always, except without the meat. Sometimes Subway offers avocado to add to the sandwich for the extra … heft? Don't get me wrong, I have eaten my fair share of veggie sandwiches with Jalapeños and extra mayo from subway but I am going to be honest. A sandwich without meat always leaves me wanting.
For as long as I can remember I have been obsessed with not having anything in my pockets. Of course, that isn't usually possible because generally I always had to have my wallet and keys in my pocket. In the early 2000s when everyone started getting a cellphone I was resistant. One of my primary barriers to entry was the distaste of having ANOTHER thing to store in my pocket.
Now I have three things: wallet, keys, iPhone. I cannot live without these three things, so I have to cope with heavy pockets. I can't do much to adjust the weight and heft of my phone and my keys (I assure you I keep them very slim). My wallet, however, I do have full control over. I'm adamant about keeping a streamlined wallet. Why doesn't everyone? When I see people pull out a giant brown brick (from their BACK pocket no less) I am shocked, and often angry. Why are you keeping all your crap in there? Why do you have such a huge wallet!? It is time for a wallet audit. Look at what I have in mine.
The Christiansen or the Cross knot is a long narrow knot. These characteristics make it perfect for shirts with narrow collars. The knot is formal looking but still has a touch of flare. It looks good with most necktie widths and patterns but I prefer how it looks with narrow ties. If you are interested in other knots that are also long and narrow check out the Van Wijk and the Four-in-Hand.