As many of you may know by now, the Duck likes to bake. That doesn’t mean I’m good at it or can devise cunning, new recipes that are entirely my own. That also doesn’t imply that I own an apron that says, “Kiss the Cook” because…what, why’s that a thing? (On a side note, never do what an apron tells you, especially an apron you have never met before.) But I bake stuff sometimes. And it’s fun. And yet, considering I am in no way a professional baker, I am sometimes lacking the necessary supplies or the knowledge to find said supplies. Honestly, it took me years to find almond paste. Who knew it looks like a sausage and is packaged in a long, thin box? What kind of sick game are they playing at! Continue reading Do You Know…The English Muffin Man?
I have mentioned it from time to time, but over the last few years, I’ve been trying to catch up on a whole bunch of retro games I had missed. And at this point, I’m largely done. Sure, there are definitely more retro games out there that I should play one day, but as for the games I really wanted to check off my list, this goal has been met. Final Fantasy 4-9, Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross, EarthBound, Super Metroid, Super Mario RPG, all present and accounted for. The last one on my list to play was Final Fantasy V, which, like Final Fantasy IV, is probably pretty obscure for anyone who hasn’t been playing Final Fantasy since the beginning. (Thank you, Kingdom Hearts. You introduced even non-Final Fantasy fans to characters like Cloud and Squall, but not once do you mention FF6 and prior. With the exception of Setzer, of all people. Setzer.)
Final Fantasy 4 and 5 were the only games not explicitly on my list, but they came with Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy 6, respectively, and who am I to pass up on an essentially free pair of games? While FF4 was merely to pass the time and to say with confidence that, yes, I’ve played Final Fantasy 4, I must say that I enjoyed Final Fantasy 5 far more than I expected to. Let me summarize the game a bit for anyone who might not be familiar with it. Continue reading FFV and the Joy of Feeling Competent
The other day, I couldn’t find my kitty Elsa. She spends most of her time with me in the living room, either on the blankets on the couch, specifically placed there as an extra soft place for her to nap, or on a dining room chair. With the cat missing from her two most frequented spots, I went searching for her. Continue reading Bonus Time: Yet Another Cat Nap
Sometimes, it feels as if certain games come to exist in my house thanks to pure fate. Most of my games I seek out myself, but Uncharted is one series I never once put my mind to acquiring, and yet, here I stand the owner of not one, but two, entries from the series. The main reason why Uncharted never really appealed to me was because I’ve never been a fan of games that are too…realistic, I guess? There’s just something about games that feature realistic-looking humans or even just good, ol’ planet Earth that don’t appeal to me. (I mean, the Sly Cooper series seems to take place on Earth, but it’s populated by anthropomorphic animals, which is okay in my book.)
When I bought my PS3, it was accompanied by Uncharted 3. I decided to play the game, since I had it in my possession, after all, and while it was pretty cool, I quickly forgot about it shortly after completion. For a short while, I considered checking out the first two games, and then that just never happened. And yet, that was certainly not the last I would see of the series, even if I didn’t know it at the time. It was with the recent purchase of my PS4 that another Uncharted game snuck its way into my gaming shelf once more, the fourth (and final?) entry in the series.
Fancy seeing you here, Nathan Drake. Long time no see. Continue reading Uncharted, We Meet Again
In recent weeks, I have been meaning to make a comeback on my personal Duck of Indeed Youtube channel. And how exactly does a Duck go about planning such an endeavor, you might be asking? With spreadsheets. Yes, the work behind creating videos for Youtube, at least for me, involves color-coded charts and to-do lists and schedules. I never realized before how much of a data-obsessed duck I am until I looked back on all my work and reminisced over how much fun it all was. That’s right, charts are fun. For most, I would suspect these kinds of things would be a tedious chore, but for me, data is a hobby.
While I have plans for more complex videos in the future, that will all have to wait until I have the skills and the technology to do it. (I found a $350 camera for $100 on Amazon if you buy the pink version. So tempting.) In the meantime, I already have roughly a year’s worth of simpler videos planned out, with dates and everything. I have been busy! These videos will include readings of my fan fiction, starting with my first collection of short stories. (I break my stories into groups of 100,000 words; collection 1 was finished a few years ago, and collection 2 is still in the works.) Continue reading Bonus Time: Youtube Commenced!
One thing I doubt any of you guys really know about me quite yet is that I enjoy videos on urban exploring. In case you’re not familiar with the term, this basically applies to people who explore abandoned buildings, often with the purposes of documenting what they see in order to preserve history before these places are inevitably torn down or collapse from age. There’s something really fascinating about seeing old furniture and photographs left in previously inhabited places, admiring old architecture, or simply witnessing the natural decay of manmade structures. I actually got into urban exploring when I looked up a video one day on the world’s creepiest animatronics. From there, I found videos on creepy abandoned theme parks, which led to me watching videos on all sorts of abandoned places, from hospitals to schools to even nuclear power plants. Below are my top two urban exploring channels! Continue reading Youtuber Shout-Out: Urban Exploring
Remember puzzle wall? Sure you do. You just don’t remember that you remember puzzle wall. Ahem, well, my rather mundane quest to decorate the emptiest wall of my room has finally proven to be a success. All the puzzles have been safely returned to their box (sniff, I miss them, but surely I’ll figure out a way to hang them up properly in the future), and my Disney posters have just arrived in the mail. There are five of them, all vintage, 50’s-style, which I really like. Four are small posters for the park and various attractions and the last and largest of them all is a neat Peter Pan poster. Continue reading Puzzle Wall…Meet Vintage Disney Wall!
Well, the Duck has been hard at work constructing the noggin of the frightening, yet also strangely adorable, Foxy the pirate from Five Nights at Freddy’s. Last time I talked about this cosplay, I had described how to make the main frame of Foxy’s head out of plastic canvas. The next step was covering it with upholstery foam. I’ll try not to bore you guys with the details, but this was certainly one time-consuming process. A lot of people glue the foam on, but I hate working with glue, and some glue causes the foam to get hard and puff up, so I just sewed it onto the canvas using lesser-needed colors of thread. I was able to use leftover scraps of foam to cover Foxy’s head, which was pretty nice, as it prevented these pieces from being wasted, and I even managed to avoid opening my final roll of foam. (I bought an extra roll because I thought I’d need it…but I didn’t. Now I can save it for some future projects I have in mind….) Continue reading Foxy Cosplay: The Head Part 2
A select handful of people may be aware that the Duck has a Youtube channel. Well, the channel has been neglected for a good while now, partly due to the fact that creating videos for United We Game’s channel has been my highest priority this past year. Nevertheless, I have decided to finally give my personal Youtube channel the love and attention it so deserves. Continue reading Bonus Time: The Duck’s Youtube Channel
During my recent and ongoing quest to do something different with my life, I have been…redecorating. It probably doesn’t sound like a big deal, but for me, it kind of is. You see, I have been more or less living with much of my possessions in boxes for the past several years. When you have changed houses as often as I have, you eventually grow tired of packing everything up time and time again, and thus, I decided I’d save myself the trouble by not unpacking to begin with. Boxes also make pretty good tables, I have learned. Continue reading In Remembrance of the World’s Most PuzzlingWall