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(Read last Friday’s post for more about CONvergence.)

You know how when you were a little kid you could get so excited about something that you had to jump around and move and cheer and yell and otherwise just freak the fuck out? I feel that now. CONvergence is in two days.

(Today’s short post brought to you by being busy and not planning ahead.)


An Introduction to My Madness (I)

Since I am returning from a long while away from this blog, I feel that I should reintroduce myself to any potential new readers, even if they just happen by while browsing. For any old readers, or people reading that actually know me, this will serve more as an update on my current interests.

My name is David. On the internet, I’m usually known as Ninja D! or TheNinjaD. Rarely, it’s Istirith or Black Jack Davey. I may still even have some accounts that I no longer use under the names The Lost One or Davidknght. I live in Mankato, Minnesota. I love this city and it is pretty much the hub of south central Minnesota in every way. I’m 24 years old and I work overnights at a truck stop.

Something that seems to be the biggest development in the eyes of many is that I have started drinking. Alcohol, that is. I have always been strongly opposed to the stuff in the past. I guess you could say I gave in to its temptation in a time of weakness. After a series of disappointments, let downs, and otherwise unfortunate happenings, it felt like my life sucked for a little while. That’s when I started. I’m better now, more or less. However, since I can’t really say I don’t drink at all now, I’m not as inclined to avoid it. I’ve actually come to like the taste of UV apple vodka. Rumple Minze isn’t bad, either, and much stronger. Go figure. What hasn’t changed is what I think of alcohol. It’s still stupid because it is, in fact, poison. You really shouldn’t drink it. It’s a bad idea. Also, if you’re drunk out in public, you’re still an asshole. Do it at home and don’t bother anyone. An exception to this is bars because people working there signed up to deal with that shit.

My interests are still primarily music, comic books, video games, and just a whole lot of generally pretty geeky (but no less awesome for that) stuff. I’ve been working a bit more seriously on music than I had been for quite a while and watching a lot more TV shows and movies. I’ve also recently come to like suits and think I just might be wearing them often from now on.

Music. Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of local music from the past and present. Among these are Old Towne Ghosts, Professor Fresh, !ntell!gent Des!gn, Discount Brown (no longer together), Phedge (no longer together), Collabo (no longer together), and probably a number of others that I’m forgetting at the moment. I’ve also been listening to a lot of (hed)PE again. As for what I’ve been working on, that’s mostly still with the project called Behavior Modification Therapy and we’ve actually been making some progress.

Comics. I’m still reading most DC titles, along with the big ones from Top Cow, and a few others. I really need to cut back on what I’m ordering and I’ve been doing that gradually. I’ve also only been ordering comics every other week instead of weekly and I guess that’s probably saving me a bit in shipping costs. I am, of course, still ordering from Midtown Comics. The Green Lantern and Batman books are mostly my favorites but there is a lot of good stuff out there. Probably a bit too much for me to go into right now.

TV and Movies. I am sometimes a Netflix junkie. Lately, I’ve mostly been watching How I Met Your Mother. Before that, I watched all that I could of Louie and Archer. I’m still gradually working my way through Star Trek, little chunks at a time. This week I watched the movie Trollhunter, which was excellent and easy the best found footage movie I have ever seen. The last couple of movies that I saw in theaters were Prometheus and The Avengers, both of which were quite good.

Video Games. I canceled my subscription to SWTOR because I just don’t feel like I have the time to dedicate to it. I’m still bound to WoW for a number of moths yet because of the Annual Pass that I signed up for. If anyone would like to play that with me, I would be very interested. I feel bad that I’m paying for it and haven’t even logged in for so long. I’ve played some Diablo 3, Skyrim, and Mass Effect 3 but I’ve mostly been hooked on Minecraft again, both on PC and Xbox 360.

And there you have it. I think that’s more than enough of a summary for now. I hope you’ll read beyond this point where things may actually become more interesting.

Watch This Space

I’m back.

I’m sure I, and my blog, was not missed terribly by anyone. I missed it some, though. Maintaining regular posting was entertaining to me for some reason. I wasn’t always good at it and I think one of my biggest failings is that I tried to put out a certain kind of content regularly and it became less enjoyable. I won’t be doing that this time. This blog will simply be whatever the hell I feel like talking about. That’s probably not great for building a following but, as you may have guessed by the blog’s name, I don’t really care about that. Also, I will have a different posting schedule than before. It won’t be daily and it won’t be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. While this may yet change, I’m thinking I will have regular, scheduled posts every Tuesday and Friday. There will likely be some other posts on off days but you can’t count on those as much. I also haven’t decided for sure on an exact time of day that these posts will go up but it will probably be sometime in the morning.

Even though I’m starting fresh, I’m keeping all my old posts up. I wouldn’t suggest reading them but they are there, if you’re interested. I just ask that you be aware that those posts don’t really indicate what you will be finding here from now on. I think I probably write a little bit differently and the subject matter may change a bit, though probably not a lot.

I also may be changing the look of this blog. I’m not entirely sure that I will yet but I’m considering it. So, obviously, it won’t be right away. Just don’t be surprised if it does happen.

Now I’ve said what I need to. I guess you can really sum it all up with the first line.

Duty Now For The Future

I’ve been missing posts a lot lately. You wouldn’t see it by looking at this site, though. I’ve also been going back and posting them with a past time. I don’t like that and I’m going to stop doing it.

At the same time, I’m going to change the amount that I post. If I’m not posting every single day, hopefully my posts will be less forced and have better content.

I also want to have a loose plan for this blog from now on. Things may change a bit but what I’m thinking right now is new posts Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Monday posts will be for music, Wednesday for comics (as it has been), and Friday for gaming. Now those are the planned primary topics. Sometimes, possibly often, I will drift from those subjects entirely. Sometimes, probably often, I will post about more than one subject. I also may drop multiple posts on a single day or make sort of bonus posts on Tuesdays and Thursdays. So don’t count on any of that. Just watch as this thing continues to evolve.

I’ve also come to the realization that if I don’t become more active in the things that I care about, I’m going to end up hating everything. So keep an eye out for me talking up and promoting things that I really like, even more than I already do. I may also start sort of promoting this blog a bit. At least letting people know it exists, anyway.

This goes into effect starting Monday.

(Sort Of) A Vacation

Last night was my first night back at work after having five off. During my time off, I did very little. I didn’t even go to the Bobaflex show that I had taken Friday off for. (I hadn’t been able to sleep all day and just wasn’t in the mood for it.)

Honestly, it feels damn good. Other than being a little stiff from too much time spent in a chair, it’s nice to have had the time to just relax.

Considering Cuttting Back

I have not yet decided for sure but I think I will go away from doing this a full 5 days a week.


I spent last night at Treasure Island Casino and Resort with my girlfriend, my mother, and her boyfriend. It was for my birthday. They end up bringing me along to the casino a few times a year. I probably wouldn’t ever go on my own.

I have to admit, however, that there is some appeal to them. I know that throwing money away in those slot machines is stupid but, damnit, it’s entertaining.

I don’t know if it’s the lights or the sounds (which are usually far too loud) or what but I usually enjoy it. I know it’s not the smell. Cigarette smoke is something that I don’t miss being everywhere.

Casinos, in addition to taking money from stupid white people, often do some pretty decent things with the money they make. They also provide a kind of different level of performance venue that seems to be perfect for moderately popular comedians and musicians that are past their prime. That’s a sort of community service right there.

Eight Days Done!

I just finished my eighth day of work in a row, now I finally get two days off. One of the biggest downsides to my job is the irregular schedule, which allows for us to work up to 9 days in a row. Sometimes our two days off are split up, too. That’s rough when you work third shift and you have stuff to get done in town on your days off.

Welcome to the New Year

It is now 2012, according to the Christians and the government. We’ve left 2011 behind and moved on to whatever the hell this year will bring us.

There are a lot of people that don’t think we’ll make it through this year at all. Some others think we won’t make it without some massive evolutionary change.

I don’t know shit about any of that. All I know is we’re here, this is now, we’re alive, and we should try to enjoy ourselves. Let’s have some fun this year.

WoW is Addicting

Playing World of Warcraft with my girlfriend yesterday reminded me of how addicting it can be. Really it’s the economy in the game that really hooks me.

However, the actual gameplay of SWTOR is much better.

Today, my girlfriend is asleep when I get home so I will be back at SWTOR. I’ll be playing on Crucible Pits with some member of Red Lantern Corps, probably.