So, I was at Target the other day for milk and mounting putty (for putting stuff on the wall without the need for thumbtacks). It was during a period of time during which I had temporarily lost the will to eat healthy, and I was looking at the various desserts they had available. I was eyeing a pair of small Bundt cakes when I came upon a very baffling sticker and burst out laughing. And now I present you all with a mini-challenge. Please analyze the photo below and see if you can tell me what is wrong with this sticker. Leave your thoughts in the comments below, dearies! Continue reading Bonus Time: Bundt Conundrum
Hey there, all you people out there in the world! Since my recent “enlightening”, as I’ve been calling it since…five seconds ago, I’ve decided to really start putting a renewed effort into all of my many endeavors. Not only do I finally have the motivation necessary to succeed in such things, but I am low on cash and might need to take a break from cosplay for the time being. Which opens up my schedule quite a bit. Hooray for being low on money! These efforts include thinking up more interesting topics for both blogs (this one and United We Game), increased videos for my own, rather neglected, Youtube channel (in the form of readings of my fan fiction and maybe some guided tours through all of my cool junk, gaming or otherwise, for starters), and a general increased focus on our United We Game Youtube channel.
One new thing I’d like to do on this here blog is a short series (currently, I have three posts in mind) celebrating some of my favorite Youtubers in the hopes of gaining them some additional views and subscribers. Depending on the channels up for consideration, I’d like to leave out very large channels unless they’re the only ones on my list. Since I already spent enough time rambling, let’s start with a pretty straightforward category. Gaming channels, a topic that should come as no surprise to anyone. I like gaming. It’s neat. Let’s get started. Continue reading Youtuber Shout-Out: Gaming Channels
You may or may not have noticed by now, but the Duck’s blog has a new theme! Since my earliest days on WordPress, my blog has sported the same virtual garb (or, might I say, “digital style”), a theme of dark colors called Motion. But no longer, I declared last Tuesday! It was time to freshen up this dreary, old journal with my new, far cheerier theme, Shine On! I wanted something a bit brighter and uncluttered, and by golly, I think I picked the best theme I could. While I had actually been meaning to update this blog for the past year or so, it was thanks to a recent change of attitude in life that finally motivated me to grant my blog the transformation it had so desperately needed, among other things.
It’s rather complicated, but I’ll try to explain as best I can, in my vague kind of way. I can be a rather private Duck sometimes, you see. For the last unspecified span of years, I felt as if life had been passing me by. Every day, it felt as if I was waiting for something to happen, even when that something remained entirely unknown to me. And when one is waiting for some event they wouldn’t recognize even if it looked them in the eye and declared its arrival, one finds themselves waiting a very long time indeed. Continue reading New Theme, New Outlook, New Beginnings
Returning to my old 100 theme challenge, my newest topic for today is #17…blood? Now what could I possibly write about blood? I am no horror author, so expect nothing macabre from me today. Blood also makes me think of ancestry, but that, too, is not a topic that interests me. A third thing that comes to mind when one ponders over the substance that is blood is the squeamish feelings felt by those with an aversion to it.
Continuing in that vein (pun intended), I am not among those people who faint at the mere sight of our infamous crimson bodily fluids, nor do I typically feel sick at the sight of it. Sure, there are similar things that have made me terribly queasy in the past. (Have you ever seen that movie about the mountain climber who has to cut off his own arm? Now that did almost make me pass out. Yikes!). But blood? Nah. I got bloody noses aplenty as a duckling, so I’ve seen my fair share of blood. Continue reading 100 Theme Blog Challenge No. 17: Blood
I don’t travel very much, so whenever I learn of special treats that are not easily obtained, I usually must resort to making them myself. One such thing was the butter beer from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which was quite a fun treat indeed. I actually wrote about it in a post some time back. Good stuff. Just high in calories, no doubt, based on the amount of butter involved in the recipe. The most recent treat that caught my interest was Disneyland’s (and World’s) Dole Whip, a pineapple-flavored soft serve-resembling concoction which I heard about from Adam the Woo’s Youtube channel. Continue reading The Duck Brings Dole Whip Home
Throughout this entire cosplay, Foxy’s head had loomed over me with a mixture of trepidation and anticipation. On one hand, I feared this would be a rather difficult part of the costume. For all prior cosplays, I was able to just, you know, use my own face, but actually making a character’s head seemed a bit tougher. At the same time, I was kind of excited, too, as putting together Foxy’s head sounded like a rather fun prospect. I’d get to make his ears, his nose, and even add his teeth. Plus, I love any part of a cosplay that I can later display in my gaming room, and what’s better than a big Foxy head?
Mainly, though, I was just nervous, so I put this part of the costume off until the very end. Now that everything else is done, save for some finishing details and the like, I had no choice but to create Foxy’s head. I had done some research in the past, and the method for making the head that I thought would work best for me would be to create a frame out of plastic canvas. Even so, this looked like a rather complex process, so I made sure I watched several videos on the topic to see how other people did it. I also looked up how to make a moving jaw, but thus far, the details of that have eluded me. I’d really like to figure out how to do this, but no one seems to want to go into any in-depth detail on how to make this work. It’s a conspiracy, for sure…. Continue reading Foxy Cosplay: The Head Part 1
At the risk of seeming overly obsessed with my cat, I decided to create another cuteness-dump of her antics. Elsa is a grey tabby cat I got just over two years ago, and I don’t know if my overwhelming adoration for her is simply due to the fact that I did not have a cat for a year or so prior to her adoption into the family or because she is indeed as adorable as I make her out to be. Probably the latter. With 2016 at a close, I wanted to show off a few more cute pictures of my youthful and silly feline. Now, I ask myself, are complete strangers really interested in photos of my pet? I dunno. But will I try, nonetheless, with courage and gusto to make her an Internet celebrity? Yes. Yes, I will. Continue reading Elsa Adopts a Plastic Mouse
This post is coming a bit late for Christmas, but alas, here it be. I had a couple new comic books to read, after all, so this post had to be put on hold while that important work got done. Ever since getting Elsa the cat, I have been unable to decorate the house as profusely as I used to for fear that she will steal or knock down anything she can get her paws on. Plus, I’ve gotten rather lazy in that aspect of Christmas-time, so only minimal decorations were put out, and the tree only received decorations on its top half to stay out of the kitty’s reach. Nevertheless, she still managed to knock the tree over twice, cracking a lovely egg ornament in the process. Super glue seemed to patch it up quite nicely, but I was rather bothered by her behavior. (I had my doubts Santa would be motivated to bring her any gifts this year after such a display of naughtiness.) When we weren’t picking up after the cat’s reign of terror, my mom and I also did a dramatic reading of one of my more festive fan fiction stories, a Ratchet and Clank parody of A Christmas Carol I wrote a few years back. To any Ratchet and Clank fans out there, can you guess which characters play the three ghosts? Hint: Ratchet is Scrooge… Continue reading The Duck’s Christmas 2016, Plus Some Dessert
All right, time to finish Foxy’s torso. I said it before, and I’ll say it again. This part of the costume was frustrating. I mean, really frustrating. While trimming the torso until it fit me right was tedious, this part really wore my patience thin. So there is a large gash in Foxy’s chest, through which his endoskeleton can be seen. While there were a few little extras I needed to eventually take care of, the main part of his torso I wanted to complete before moving on was this little section of endoskeleton, the materials for which I had already acquired. One, a tough cardboard tube from an aluminum foil box. Two, craft foam. And three, wind chimes.
W-wind chimes, Duck? Are you sure?
Yes, I’m sure! Continue reading Foxy Cosplay: The Torso Part 2
Today’s newest gaming topic is yet another one that requires me to post a picture, so I shall. Right now, I am playing two games. Mainly, I’ve been working on Final Fantasy XII on the PS2, though I’m not currently able to take any screenshots of PS2 games. The other game is one I’ve been playing quite sporadically, Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii.
The latter game is one I’ve been recording for our United We Game Youtube channel, and not only is it clearly on a recordable console (I’ve actually been playing it on the Wii U, which is HD-compatible, a requirement of my capture card), but I already have some screenshots available that I’m using for thumbnails. And since I don’t want this post to be too terribly short, I’ll post a couple screenshots rather than just one. Prepare for a sneak peek at some future videos, exclusively for you guys. I hope you feel very special.
Continue reading Day 15: A Screenshot of a Game You’re Playing Right Now