New Year’s Vlog 2013

As the year 2013 dawns upon us, I officially talk about the new direction I plan to go in terms of my videos.

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Fall Fest

Fall is here and with it comes Fall Fest at HCCC. I decide to partake in the festivities that include foreign foods, antique muscle cars, magicians and anatomically-correct mannequins.

UPDATE: The magician I filmed at Fall Fest is a magician named Leon Etienne from Utica. He is currently in the semi-finals on the 2013 season of America’s Got Talent.

Last Hurrah With Selena Gomez

For starters, I originally uploaded this Q & A vlog to YouTube two weeks ago but I’ve been busy preparing for the new semester at HCCC that I forgot about it. So I have finally uploaded it to Blip today since I sort of found myself with only a half a day today since my teacher for two of my classes was absent today. Before I start asking the questions for this Q & A segment, I just want to let you know that so far the new semester at HCCC is going good. I have four classes this semester: Writing for Electronic Media, Applied Media Asthetics (formerly known as Video Production,) Voice and Diction, and another gym class where I get to use the Fitness Center again.

Now at least three of those classes should be easycakes for a guy who has spent the last few years involved with YouTube and the Internet but another concern has surfaced: How to get through the courses without pulling the YouTube card a little too much. I will admit that my YouTube and Internet skills got me through my first year pretty good. Well, good enough to make the Dean’s List twice. Now, the stakes are higher and it’s time to deliver yet again. I do have some high hopes for this semester and I might be able to score higher this time since I am learning stuff I already know.

So this Q & A vlog will be my last hurrah as far as the Q & A’s go. So without further ado, here we go.

Q: What is your morning routine?

A: Don’t really have a morning routine being I’m kinda nocturnal. Usually it’s just go to work. On weekends when I’m up during the day, I just do whatever.

Q: Funnyordie.com sent this one to me. Want to see why cats and Rihanna are the best?

A: I can agree with you on the cats’ part, but Rihanna? She’s hot but at least the cats didn’t appear in Battleship, lol.

Q: Do you doodle, paint or sculpt?

A: Not really. Not very good at it.

Q: Do you like motorcycles?

A: Yeah, I like motorcycles.

Q: And here’s another one from Funny or Die. Selena Gomez falls in love with a mysterious painter in a new video (that they posted on their site) What do you think about it?

A: As long as it’s a real man, it’s all good. 😉 And yes, folks. That was an obvious swipe at Justin Beiber.

Q: Are you usually early, late, or right on time?

A: It varies, but usually I’m on time.

Q: What websites do you visit daily?

A: Facebook, YouTube, Blip, Formspring, and my blog among other sites.

Q: This one’s not really a question but I’m gonna add it anyway. The doctors proved that while you are kissing, you’re actually losing calories. In a average kiss which lasts 3 minutes you lose 12 calories, that means that if you are about to eat a piece of chocolate cake you’ll have to kiss for one hour and 45 minutes.

A: Wow, I didn’t know that. Thanks for the information.

Q: Spider-Man, Batman or Superman?

A: Spider-Man all the way! Batman’s a very close second. Never really got into Superman outside of the movies or TV. I thought the comics were boring and he is pretty much the ultimate nice guy, which makes him more or less unrelatable .

Q: And yet here’s another one from Funny or Die. Check out 10 of the Greatest Yearbook Moments! Which is your favorite? And if you want to actually see the article, I’ll post the link right here for you: .

A: I like the random dog class photo in the yearbook as well as the Mrs. Rape kindergarten photo. I am not making this up. There really is a pic of a teacher with that name. Don’t believe me? Click the link above and see for yourself. Moving right along, I also like the attitude of the kid that said he would take a bullet for his best friend unless he had a hot girlfriend, which is also what I would do. The kid that used the Kim Jong Il quote however is sick.

Q: What’s up with all the ticklish feet questions on Formspring?

A: I don’t know.

Q: Do you prefer to listen to full albums or random songs?

A: Depends on the band and the album. If I just like the one song, I’d rather listen to that and download it than just buy the full album.

Q: Where did you get the shoes you’re wearing?

A: Uh, I bought them at Walmart on clearance… almost a year ago. lol. And no, I’m not gonna take a pic of them.

Q: What is the most important political issue of this election?

A: Right now it looks like a toss-up between the economy and gay marriage.

Q: Who is one of your favorite authors?

A: Stephen King.

Q: Do you like looking in the mirror?

A: Well I’m not vain if that’s what you’re asking.

Q: If you could be any video game character, which character would you be?

A: Max Payne so I use the cool Matrix effects to dodge obstacles.

Q: What’s your favorite romance movie?

A: Romance movies are not really my thing, me being a guy and all but I would have to go with Titanic.

Q: Do you have good vision?

A: Yeah.

Q: Do you prefer Batman Begins or The Dark Knight?

A: The Dark Knight. But then again I’d take both over Batman and Robin. Then again, I actually liked The Dark Knight Rises over The Dark Knight.

Q: Would you rather go to a pub/bar or a nightclub?

A: Either one as long as they got hot chicks.

Q: Who was the first celebrity you had a crush on?

A: I’d probably have to go with Madonna on this one.

Q: The Simpsons or Futurama?

A: The Simpsons.

Q: The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love. Is it true?

A: Depends on your point of view. But in my opinion independence is more important.

Q: Have you ever seen a ghost?

A: No I have not seen a ghost despite the fact that I have been in haunted places before, like the 1834 Herkimer County Jail here in H-.town. One ghost I was actually hoping to look for was the ghost of Grace Brown up at Big Moose Lake. Her murder up at the lake inspired the classic novel “An American Tragedy” and the film “A Place in the Sun.”

Q: Do you have a dreamcatcher?

A: No.

Q: Would you rather watch a movie or watch TV?

A: Watch a movie.

Q: Do you need glasses?

A: No.

Q: Which instrument do you wish you could play?

A: Electric guitar.

Q: Going to a wedding soon?

A: Haven’t been to a wedding and I’m not really planning on going to any in the near future.

Q: Do you wear watches? Why or why not?

A: Not really. My phone’s sort of taken the place of my watch.

Q: Have you been to your country’s capital?

A: Yes. I went to Washington, DC for my 8th grade class trip and that was waaaay back in 1993. We were there for three days.

Q: Are you good at keeping secrets?

A: Depends on what the secret is.

Q: How do you flirt?

A: On the Interwebs.

Q: Is it possible to fly on a violin?

A: Not that I’m aware of.

Q: Do you ever write notes on your hands?

A: Sometimes.

Q: How many pillows do you sleep with?

A: Two.

Q: How many boyfriends/girlfriends have you had?

A: Let’s just say I can count the number of girlfriends on one hand and leave at that, okay?

Q: Describe the worst fart ever.

A: It would probably be like a nuclear explosion, especially if you light a match.

Q: How do you handle a boring class/day of work?

A: One day at a time. Actually, I just work on material for videos.

Q: What game are you the best at pwning face at?

A: Super Mario Bros. 1-3.

Q: Who’s your favorite athlete?

A: Michael Jordan.

Q: Are you looking forward to the Olympics?

A: Well the Olympics have come and gone and the only reason I have to watch the Olympics is to look at all the hot female athletes so you could say that I was pretty excited to see the Olympics.

Q: Who do you consider to be the greatest action star of all time? If it’s too hard, choose 3.

A: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford

Q: What do you use for your alarm to awaken you?

A: An alarm clock although at times it can be unreliable. Other times, I use my phone.

Q: Do you say soda or pop?

A: Soda.

Q: Do you like Quentin Tarantino’s work?

A: Yeah, I like Quentin Tarantino. Pulp Fiction is one of my all-time favorite movies. Not sure yet if I want to see Django Unchained (mainly because it’s about slavery) even though I heard that Leo is supposed to be good in that as the evil slave owner. But other than that and the fact that I haven’t seen either Jackie Brown or Reservoir Dogs, I think Tarantino’s one of the awesomest directors ever.

And now let’s move on to the Meetme questions, even though there’s only two of them.

Q: How old do you think you’ll be when you get married?

A: Not getting married even if I do find someone.

Q: Are you single and would you date anybody you meet online?

A: Yeah, I’m single and maybe I’ll date someone I meet online.

And there you go, that is it for the Q & A’s for now while I am at college. That will at least buy me some time to get some more material in case I do more Q & A’s after the semester’s over. In the meantime, TAOB will continue and the movie reviews will continue. So here’s to the new semester.

The Cobra Always Tweets On Friday

An Egyptian Cobra very much like the one who escaped from the Bronx Zoo.

An Egyptian Cobra very much like the one who escaped from the Bronx Zoo.

This blog is a bit of a departure from what I usually do on here. But for today we’re gonna make the most of it. So anyway, here we go.

First, an update on my HCCC endeavors. I went to the open house up there last week and I got a bunch of information on what I need to do and I also finally signed up for placement testing. I officially have to go up there for testing on April 21 which is the last day I can go up for placement testing. Luckily, I was able to take a personal day off from work that day because I will probably be up there for about a few hours.  I know that because my brother took a similar test last year. And also, how would I be able to sleep enough to go to work that night if I didn’t take the personal day? But either way, I am good to go as far as that goes.

Now on to the cobra story. During the week, an Egyptian cobra escaped from its tank at the Bronx Zoo. Once that happened, the zoo closed down the Reptile House until the cobra could be recovered. After all, cobras are very dangerous animals. In reality, it was too cold for the snake to venture far but that didn’t stop someone from creating a Twitter account for the wayward snake. The Twitter feed was full of tweets that described the cobra as tweeting from an iPhone going on a sightseeing tour of New York City, including a trip via ferry to Ellis Island to see the Immigrant museum. It also had some snake-themed tweets that included a new twist on an iconic line from “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” You remember that scene where Indiana Jones says, “Snakes. Why does it have to be snakes?” Well the cobra’s take on that line: “Indiana Jones. Why does it have to be Indiana Jones?” I laughed so loud at that when I was reading that on my phone at work that I decided to retweet that to my followers.

In fact the feed proved to be so popular that the feed acquired over 222,000 followers. (It could be more by the time this goes up.) However, all good things must come to an end for the snake was finally recovered and put back in his tank as of Thursday night. Will the cobra continue her tweets? Well stay tuned.

The whole cobra thing reminded me of an incident that happened to me when I went to a Reptile museum in Catskill while I was growing up (it was about 1989 or 1990). I remember I was doing a project on snakes at the time and I was looking at a snake in a tank. And then all of a sudden, I hear this rattling noise. I wasn’t sure where it was coming from at first but then I looked up and I see this rattlesnake in the tank above the snake I was looking at all coiled up and rattling at me. Apparently it was pissed off at me because I was wearing a Batman hat with the giant Batman logo on it. After all, it was the year of Batman (thanks to the Tim Burton movie.) The snake must have thought that the bat was real. On the plus side though, I was never in any danger because the rattler was in his tank and those tanks were pretty secure. However, I do find it funny that a snake can get riled up by what a person wears. I wonder what he would think about my skull and crossbones hat.

And there you go. What better way to end this than with a little trip into Blackcatloner’s secret past.