dirkj825 blogged
Jun 21, 15 6:29pm

I hate DisneyLand.

Well, sort of.

When I was at/below the age of 14, I most certainly did hate that place. Had I been given the chance to rant about DisneyLand within that timeline, you can rest assured I would have talked about it in a not-so-positive light and made more then a few unsavory comparisons about it.

Artist's rendition.

But how could you hate the happiest place on earth you may ask imaginary person I made up specifically to ask that question. Well, a few factors played into that actually. The car ride over used to make me sick (I got better about that), and I was honestly just completely terrified of a majority of the rides.

Like for instance, I hate waterfalls, heights, roller coasters, and loud, sudden noises because they scared the crap out of 5 year old dirkj825 like the milksop I still am.

Pirates Of The Caribbean? I like your song in the ride, but 7 year old dirkj825 caught onto your tricks long ago. I survived my past encounters with you, and 7 year old dirkj825 claimed that never again would you lure me in with your siren song to my spectacularly splash-filled doom.

Autopia? "I can't reach the pedal! Go push down on the pedal before we get hit!" -dirkj825 age 10 to his younger, currently panicking, passenger.

The Matterhorn? F*ck off.

However, the one that sticks out the most in my memory is the Dumbo ride. That one is special in the way that I went on it without protest, regardless of my fear of heights.

At the time, I was told that the stick infront of me could control how high I could take the ride into the air and like the foolish gullible child I was, I believed them. So I went on the ride. My heart filled with hope, and my head held high, my plan to use this ride to help with my fear of heights echoing through my mind as I stepped on to bravely face my fears.

It went as planned for the majority of the ride and I was actually having fun. At the time, it seemed Dumbo would be the hero I needed to truly appreciate DisneyLand.

It was around this time that the ride neared it's end that my trusty blue-clothed Dumbo flew up as high as he could, ignoring the pulling of my safety stick. I can still remember that to this day, the horror etched on my face as my dumbo betrayed me with that ever present smile on his face.

The words I uttered will never leave my memory. "HOW COULD YOU DO THIS DUMBO?! I TRUSTED YOU, YOU BIG EARED BASTARD!" Okay, well I was like 9 at that time, so I didn't actually say that. What I actually said was more along the lines of "AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!"

On an unrelated note, I despise Dumbo and have no problem trying to discredit the bastard whenever such an opportunity arises.

Needless to say, If there was a Scrooge when it came to DisneyLand, I would most certainly be it.

I'm either Scrooge here, or the money-hoarding version of Magneto. Neither works, now that I think about it.

That was of course, until my most recent journey to the Land of Disney.

The rides were different to me. I was able to casually stroll throughout the land without worry. The thought of deflecting my family onto the Small World Ride to protect me from other rides not even occurring (I did that because even though I believed Small World to be the product of Satan himself, I figured it was better then going on rides that I believed to actually be Satan)

Pirates of the Caribbean? I was tempted to keep going on it so I could finally catch Jack Sparrow when he was singing the song at the end of the ride. ( I just keep missing it)

Autopia? "Move aside sir, I watch Spongebob." -dirkj825 age current to the same, still panicking passenger.

The MatterHorn? F*ck off.

The rides getting easier to handle wasn't what did it for me though. No, what did my opinion in was something much more unexpected.

It was night, and I had just managed to weasel my way out of going on the Finding Nemo Submarine ride. Not because I found it scary, but because dear god, I didn't want to go on it for the 60th time.

So I found myself a place to wait for my family, and sat there. I was perfectly content to just sit there and wait, but then these three guys walked onto the nearby stage. One wore a cone as a hat, the other had a crazy-ass wig on, and the third didn't have anything on his head. I assumed then that due to his lack of headwear, he was the least important.

Regardless of the things they were wearing on their head, they started performing the song "Hey Mickey!" to the audience that started to gather. Their dance moves unfortunately, were not like jagger.

Didn't seem to matter to the audience though. They loved it, and seeing them like the performance so much, I couldn't help but to feel a bit of that happiness and wonder why.

"How could it be so?" I thought to myself, seeing their absolutely atrocious dance moves in action. "It came without ribbons!... It came without tags!... It came without packages, boxes, or bags!"

Okay, so I'm plagiarizing "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" right now, but my point still stands! I was pretty astonished to see people actually being blatantly happy at DisneyLand. Up until that point, I swear I hadn't seen a single happy face.

Unless they were a fast pass user walking past us non-fast pass users in a long line. I saw the occasionally happy face there.

I turned to see if my family was off the ride yet and saw two employees dancing and laughing with each other, two employees that had absolutely nothing to do with the event going on by them because they were standing guard at the very ride I had neglected to go on.

It was just then, as I sat there wearing my favorite bright orange shirt that I realized a few important things.

The first being that my artist was not very good at his job and I needed to look into a new lay-off policy in the future.

Pictured: My new layoff policy.

The second being that nothing's perfect and DisneyLand is certainly no exception.

But if it can spread that happiness, that genuine happiness that I saw on that day every once in a while, then maybe... maybe DisneyLand isn't that bad afterall.

F*ck Dumbo though.

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dirkj825 blogged
Jun 20, 15 5:22pm

You know what's the shit of bulls? The ice cream brand Scribblers. Not because I think it tastes bad, because I don't, but because people look at you weird if you use it as advertised in the commercials on TV.

The hell Popsicle guys? If I can't use your product to draw a kick-ass horribly disfigured turkey born in the bowels of hell itself that was originally meant to be a blue jay, then I don't think we can continue this relationship of my loved ones buying your product and me immediately mooching one or two off of them.

Come on Popsicle. Get it together guys.
Raziel2465 blogged
Jun 18, 15 7:13pm

I just got done reading an article about how fallout 3 will be bundled with fallout 4 only on xbox one. I hope its not a download, i hope its a 100% remake of the original fallout 3 in the same disk. Im glad I decided to pre-order it on my xbox one instead of my ps4.
Avalith blogged
Jun 17, 15 10:42pm

When Sony and Square Enix announced to the world that a remake of Final Fantasy VII was definitely happening at this year's E3, the Internet and the convention hall erupted. Many are still skeptical given the numerous false promises we've been given over the years, but it's actually happening (we hope). A remake of this magnitude will obviously take time. Square Enix isn't dumb enough to just touch up their flagship franchise's bestselling entry, back away from remake and call it a remaster, then rerelease it on PSN for the PS4. Final Fantasy VII has sold almost 11 million copies across all platforms, including Steam's 2013 re-release of the initial PC port. Many fans have speculated that the remake will be released in 2017 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of VII's initial release on the PS1.

The subject of a remake has been something Square Enix has dodged or denied for years, but after announcing that it's happening this week, game director Tetsuya Nomura revealed in an interview that he wants to do more remakes of classic Final Fantasy titles. The only catch? He doesn't want to do VIII or IX. While remakes of both Squall and Zidane's adventures would be welcomed by many fans and certainly criticized by others after retelling Cloud's story, Nomura was thinking further back to another fan favorite: Final Fantasy VI.

Speaking to various media outlets through a group interview session at E3 on Tuesday, Nomura was asked by VentureBeat if there was any interest in remaking Final Fantasy VIII or IX. He decided to stretch further back in the series catalog, stating:

quote VentureBeat
“Considering that we have remakes of Final Fantasy up to IV and then we have VII — I’ve been working with Mr. [Yoshinori] Kitase since Final Fantasy V, and we’ve noticed that V and VI are missing. That bothers me,” Nomura said. “How come we skipped over those two?”
Terra's adventures in VI are almost as beloved as Cloud and company's struggle against Sephiroth. While it certainly hasn't sold as many copies as VII has, it was just as loved by critics. A remake of Final Fantasy VI would certainly be a welcome addition to many a RPG fan's library, but what platform(s) would it be on? What kind of direction would the art take from the original 2D sprites? The iOS port is certainly prettier than the original SNES release, but it's still 2D. Would Square Enix wait for a special occasion like the game's 25th anniversary in 2019 or even the 30th in 2024?

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Mastix blogged
Jun 4, 15 10:52am

My brother and I are going on a bike trip! It will span 3800 miles, heading from Mongolia to Thailand. Anyone who'd like to follow my trip should totally look at our blog: bikingacrosschina.wordpress.com. It's gonna be a long one. Lorx, Amy, watch over anime while I'm gone? It's gonna be a 100 days or so, and I'm leaving on June 16th.
Willow blogged
May 28, 15 5:21am

"The first incident occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning, when Geoff was awakened to the sound of someone in his kitchen... worried about what he might find, he went downstairs and discovered the badger with the fridge door open" Badger <3 Bakewell tarts bakewellbadger


The footage was captured by Geoff Taylor in Midhurst, West Sussex, who was woken by the badger in the middle of the night.

Hmszelda blogged
May 24, 15 4:10pm

Below you will find a list of games I own for the DS/3DS. Comment and tell me what to play. Okay thanks.

Rune Factory 4
Animal Crossing New Leaf
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
Tales of the Abyss
The Sims 4 Pets
Pokemon Rumble Blast
Super Mario 3D Land
Pokemon Omega Ruby
Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon
Pokemon Y
Mario Kart 7
Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds
Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D
(^3DS DSv)
New Super Mario Bros.
Animal Crossing Wild World
Nintendogs Labs and Friends
World of Zoo
imagine Teacher
Cooking Mama 3 Shop and Chop
Drawn to Life The Next Chapter
Drawn to Life
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
LEGO Harry Potter
Harvest Moon Sunshine Islands
Magical Starsign
Dragon Quest IX Sentinels of the Starry Skies
Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2007
Pokemon Black 2
Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks
Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass
Naruto Path of the Ninja
Pokemon Black
Pokemon Conquest
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Sky
Naruto Ninja Council 3
Pokemon Soul Silver
Pokemon Ranger Shadows of Almia
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Sky
Pokemon Platinum
Pokemon Rangers Guardian Signs
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Blue Rescue Team

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trpking1 blogged
May 20, 15 3:15pm

Looking for an inexpensive mid game account. I really just need Lushen and a decent nat 5*. Of course things like Bernard, Bella, Shannon, etc. are nice but I am willing to compromise. Hit me up!
Lizardeye blogged
May 16, 15 4:09pm

So I fought solo Gold Rajang. I did a sleep bombing tactic, it worked well. I did loads of damage to him and then he carts me and ran. I came back, put him asleep again and he carted me. Came back one last time and died instantly.
Jeli blogged
May 12, 15 3:49pm

Only 75 shirts will be given away, so enter before May 15th 2015, 10PM US/Eastern. There isn't enough characters typed, so this is to fill in the blank.



Enter to win a Bruce Lee x DJ T-shirt, as worn by Tony Stark in the Avengers 2: Age of Ultron! #Avengers #AgeOfUltron #brucelee75

locksmithch blogged
May 11, 15 9:14pm

FunNode is a modern gaming website that hosts some of the most popular board games and card games in the world. The visually-appealing and browser-friendly interface (no flash and no java) gives players the freedom to play on various devices, including smartphones and tablets. Moreover, FunNode does not require you to register, and is completely Free-to-Play!
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Angry Kitten blogged
May 10, 15 5:02am

The uM is recruiting now! - Timo Kingdom!

If you love playing in team and having fun, this is the place you need to be!
Become one of our crazy members :P

Enjoy The Game of War :)
KaytiieeM blogged
May 8, 15 1:18pm

Completed this classic! Can anyone relate to playing old games due to their child hood? This game is not hard or anything or that nature, but playing this games gave me awesome memory's of my dad watching me play it and helping me get past the "difficult bits".

What games old games do you guys get that warm fuzzy feeling with?

I'm get them with PS1, NES and even PS2 games!
Bugs life, Tomb Raider, Harry potter and The Adventures of LoLo (NES) are big ones for me ❤

I can't believe this game came out 14 years ago, I was 6 then!

harrypotter ps1 psx
younglinkgcn blogged
Apr 28, 15 7:48pm

Had to rework the camera programming due to a shaking bug. So theres not as much new content. the screen in the office will flicker when something is happening (not sure what i'm going to tie it to yet) and the charmander poking his head in the window causes the hallway light to flash and he flashes as well. kind of light lightning striking outside your window.

Keymoshy2 Dragonmaiden Magnetar Zlatco alroy214 and anyone else who showed intrest.
Infinity blogged
Apr 9, 15 7:38am

Looking back through my blog posts, I have to admit that I'm mortified about what I wrote a few years ago. The only thing stopping me from being completely humiliated by it is the fact that I was 13 at the time of my more recent posts, so of course, I was immature. Still, I'm shocked by how immature I really was since at that time in my life I thought I was as close to being an adult as possible.

Clearly, that wasn't the case.

So, I guess I'm going to give all you an update on my life, though I'm certain the vast majority of you don't really care, but I feel like I have to have at least one decent post.

I'm nearing the end of my junior year of high school right now, and I'm simultaneously relieved and petrified. I don't know why I thought four AP classes in one year was a good idea, but that was my schedule this year. The work load has absolutely killed me, so I'm incredibly excited to have that off my back... For the summer anyway, since I didn't learn my lesson and signed up for four more AP classes. However, I will be going straight from the academic work load to the responsibility of finding the deadlines and requirements for different colleges so that I can begin my applications.

Right now I'm hoping for either Yale or Columbia, but I have Harvard and my state university as back-ups. If I want to get in, I'm really going to have to step up my extracurricular game because as it is, I have a zero percent chance of making it into any of the Ivy Leagues.

I'm still writing, though it isn't as much as it used to be unfortunately. My dream of becoming an author still lives, and right now my career plan is becoming a journalist (ideally for the NYT). I know that my dreams are big and ambitious and possibly unrealistic, but I know that I have the capacity to reach them. I'm fully confident in my abilities, and I really believe that if I do the best I possibly can in college, I can go anywhere in life that I want.

Right now, I'm in a graphic design phase, so I make a lot of book covers (for stories on Wattpad) via Photoshop. The other day I made one that was Game of Thrones themed, and it's essentially the best thing I've ever made. But I could be biased because I'm also in the middle of a Game of Thrones phase... and Reign... and really anything else that involves historical/fantasy kingdoms on the brink of war. I'm planning on watching and reading Outlander soon to add to that pile, so I guess I'll see how that goes.

I've been reading a lot recently, though I am a bit stalled on my current book. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is ridiculously hard to read since I'm not used to the 19th century dialect, but it is a classic for a reason. I'm determined to finish it even if it takes me the rest of spring break.

Speaking of which, I should probably end this post now. I have a project that I really need to be working on, and I shouldn't procrastinate anymore.

I'll end this post with a few more updates that refer to past blog topics:
1. I don't like One Direction anymore. That obsession died a while ago.
2. I don't like Justin Bieber anymore. That obsession lasted a few weeks.
3. The Step Up movies are still great in my opinion. What they lack in plot and acting is made up for with the music and choreography.
4. I've started over on "On the Run," but it will have a different title as well as a very different plot. And it will not be posted online because I want to publish it if I ever finish it.
5. I gave up on the Violet Manchestar Legacy. It was a rip-off of Harry Potter, and I refuse to be unoriginal.
6. If you aren't beyond excited for Avengers: Age of Ultron, I'm really, really judging you.
7. I'm just going on about nothing now, so yeah.

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