In the ancient times I had a lot of big ideas for my blog! There was happiness, love and geekiness with a personal twist and it was good! But everything changed when Corona attacked. My dear island guests, the last weeks I have been struggling with depression or at least some severe complaints of somberness. I did not shine and I have been neglecting you all and for that I am sorry! This week I am trying to improve! I am fighting back… so it is time for some cute geeky stories! A long time ago I told you five geeky things about me that you did not know! … Here are some more!
Geeky Fact Number 1
I love to cook and I have implemented a few Shokugeki no Soma methods in my cooking.
Now Cooking Wars as this show is called in English I believe used to be one of my favorite shows to watch, up until it got all gloomy and depressive in season 3. Yet this show left me with a few techniques I use on a regular basis. I am just a poor girl so when cooking beef I am usually limited to using the lesser quality cuts. However by covering them with chopped onions , honey or even pineapple juice I can make them more juice and tender. These are techniques Soma used in the first season and they stuck with me. Also some knowledge that is fairly uncommon here that garlic isn’t really used in a lot of traditional japanese meals, is something I have since implemented in my modus operandi when cooking japanese.
I even competed in a friendly cooking competition with the Chaliapin Steak from .. I’d say episode 4 but it could be another one entirely..where a steak gets covered in onions for a while while they soak up the meat juices the enzymes in the onions tenderize the meat. It got a lot of compliments. They ended up not naming a winner in the end though because everything tasted good they say…. Well nobody got naked or had orgasms so in my book we all would have failed! Oh I also tried the frozen fried egg thing……I would recommend you do not try that one at home.
Geeky Fact Number 2:
I once did a workshop on a convention
Not one of my proudest moments I am afraid, but I once did a workshop on using Japanese Pay cards to be able to purchase Japan only games. It was a sucky workshop that had me basically had me sell Japanese .. play store/e-shop and others cards telling you how you as a European can access these shops. Now, the company I promoted this for tried this several times with several different co-bloggers and well.. it never really went all that well. It involved making a synopsis of our websites stories and adding in some jokes. The only problem was.. this was my first con ever.. so I did not know the language to speak at it was english and not dutch. So it ended up as a bit of a disaster. The first round people left quickly , the second round people stared at me like I was the devil … and the third time I got a bit more of a response by doing it a bit more sincere. After all the workshop had been given a misleading name to draw in a crowd.
The problem with this workshop is… I had to tell my story to people who can’t read Japanese because the people who can.. are smart enough to figure out how to access the shop by themselves. So it was a workshop in the nature of.. in the playstation store.. click the third button from the top.. then pick the second button and fill in an address. Google for one in Japan.. Than pick the first button in the left corner to confirm. It was dreary and dreadful and most people who can’t read japanese aren’t all that interested in playing Japanese games. I at least got my heart a good workout!
The third time and final time I had to present that stuff I winged it and mostly ended up talking about weird japanese games like Cho-Aniki. Making it more interactive if people knew other games having them tell about it and on what platform it was. I told them of the appropriate subsite they could order the cards for to play that game and showed them the tutorial and handed them all some promotional material on which I scribbled info specified for them . Because people don’t really take notes during cons. I was told to have audio visual support and I did not.. I could display a flew slides but all audio support was not there so even my beautiful presentation did not work out. A few conventions in though.. I discovered that at least in the Netherlands .. that is pretty much how most workshops go though.
Geeky fact number 3:
I once tried to make an EMV using a popular dutch children’s show song.
At Dutch AnimeCon 2017 we attended an event called the XMV-Competition. An Adult only late night event where you laugh at either hyper violent gory AMVs set to cute music.. or watch EMVs. Not to arouse but for the sake of comedy. However … most entries were very bad. Or at least nothing special. Now being as asexual as I am , this competition meant nothing for me but I was friends with the champions of the first edition and the runner-up of the second year. The first year they used the song “Song for a Squeal Happy Whore” by James Gunn’s PG porn, which landed them the victory..and winning all the girls underwear they found at the con of the previous year. The next year they participated with Pink Fluffy Unicorns..but where passed up in favor of someone who did the exact same thing they did that year before… theme wise. After that second year the show dropped in quality and my friends kept being invited because their videos would show in the highlights.
So I came up with an idea that would actually win….destroying everyone’s childhood. You see in our country we had a show called Bassie en Adriaan. A show about a Clown and an Acrobat who solve mysteries throughout the world and deal with a bunch of criminals like an evil Baron and his silly henchman. In their best know series they would travel Europe, to find mysterious parcels hidden in each country. Each episode they would sing the same song teaching you about the languages on this world. It followed a format akin to “Guten Morgen, that means Good Morning, Guten Abend that is Good Night, Lachen that is laughing, weinen is german for cry’ and so the song would go on. Now I used karaoke versions of the song on top of the original to mute the foreign languages and edited in anime girls moans and cries. On the line where they say what language this is .. “Listen very good to this cute song.. and you learn “German” real well” I muted German and had a girl shouting out hentai edited in. Now I wanted to find a hentai with clowns and acrobats for the images but that did not work..and while I worked on finding the perfect images I noticed how hard I found it to stomach hentai for this long. As soon as we heard the completion might not happen that year I pulled the plug on it! I was not gonna risk feeling this anxious and uncomfy for nothing. I might get back to it when the competition returns though.
Geeky Fact Number 4:
I had a huge video game crush on Jeanette Voerman from Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines.
Once at elementary school a teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I answered .. a vampire! My fascination for the bloodsuckers has never passed away fully. If the romanticized form of vampires were real I would immediately sign up to be one to this day. Being painfully aware of my own mortality due to whatever plagues me.. made the love for them bigger.. an ultimate escape fantasy. Then I was introduced to the Vampire Masquerade universe and in particular the Malkavians… I was hooked. These vampires are cursed with madness.. but also a weird form of clarity, they see the world differently see things other people do not see. While being blind to the masks people put up. Another emotion I kind of relate to. I see people pretend to be better than they are.. pretend to care for people while they really do not.. they just want to be perceived as good persons! I also see the beauty of a person who just isn’t afraid to be themselves… who doesn’t follow the trends and thinks they have to be happy with themselves.. While these people are often outcasts and oftenly do not bask in the common beauty.. because than it is harder to develop these traits.. i see their beauty and I see the ugliness of that model that doesn’t really want to look as thin..but wants people to adore her over what she wishes for herself.
In the second Vampires Video Game , in Downtown LA we were introduced to the crazy Jeanette. One of the two daughters of Janus.. sharing a body with her alternate persona Therese. Jeanette.. was way to sexual for me.. way to aggressive..but for some reason… I loved her to bits. That voice, the look in her eyes, that outfit, the tone and the way she pronounces words. This was before I knew I was lesbian, yet romancing her hit me so hard. She was in my mind a lot! She became a definition of what I thought was sexy. The way she called me duckling lingered in my head. I never liked a pet name as much as duckling. Now in true me fashion.. seeing her frail and vulnerable… and seeing the sweet woman behind the facade was what really made me love her. It took me a fair while to shake of that video game crush and even now I would love the thought it someone called me duckling.
Geeky Fact Number 5:
I write Disney Spoof Songs on a fairly regular basis
By now you should all know I am Dungeon Master of many games. I also roleplay bards a lot. I like musical elements in roleplay even though I can sing about as well as a Dragon Ball character and I am way less audible than them. Still those little moments I can shine for a bit and squak my songs I feel so happy. Since I am such a poor singer though, I really need to pick some very familiar songs.. and since I really hate top listed music I usually stick to songs everyone knows. Disney Songs are the greatest to edit because of their flow. “Be a Man” works so well for bardic songs of inspirations, “Gaston” is a great song to boast, Under the Sea works great for exposition songs, and then there is of course Let it Go, that rebranded can be just about everything. You can write a spoof and everyone enjoys it because this is enjoyable to everyone no matter who they are.. it is something we all know.
So oftenly I dabble in writing a new song for a campaign or sometimes just for funsies. There is a simplicity to Disney Songs where everyone can understand the emotion, and due to it’s musical nature it can also convey a lot of different messages. When listening to common-folk music , everything or at least almost everything is about love.. lost, gained, positive or negative.. it always tells about that significant other and about a dependency or feeling those others invoke. It’s boring and bland. Plenty of Disney songs are not about that. Even a whole new world is more about freedom than it is about love. Okay Kiss the girl is pretty obvious but it mostly is encouraging in tone… I for example made a version called “loot that corpse” and later rebranded it to “find that trap” and it worked perfectly. There is this..familiarity that can boost a nicely written song and because a melody is so familiar people can hear it when you just sing at the rythmn. Had I had a friend who could sing some of these songs would probably be on a youtube channel.. but alas! Now this strictly for my D&D players and those who can read a song and pretend it to be sang!
Now it’s time and prepare my D&D game for the day! No songs in this one though! Just a fight with Loki commanding an army of Eldritch abominations! Remember that I love you all! Keep smiling! Stay trough to your heart!