Mental Illness My Hidden Adversary

It’s a quarter to five and I am exhausted…

However, seems the old thing of wanting to write about something so bad I can’t do anything else has returned. I don’t know what this post will be. I have a rough idea of what I want to talk about. Of what I want out of my head.

There are a few posts like this scattered around the site. Pretty much anything in the life category. It may add some context to what ends up in this one.

I have recently found something that is working. I have found an answer to a problem that I didn’t let myself see. I am a person suffering from mental illness. I am a person who has been suffering from mental illness for half my life or more. I knew I was sick I knew things were not normal I knew I was unhappy. What I did not let myself know is that it was all in my head. Not in a dismissive way, not in an imaginary way, but in an actual, quantifiable, so obvious why couldn’t I see it way.

I suppose it is a standard story. It was inconceivable for ME to be mentally ill. To be depressed to have anxiety. How could I, a white male from an upper middle class family, who had little to no responsibility or obvious stress be depressed. How could I, a person living in the USA, who was not a member of any oppressed minority group dare be depressed. What right did I have? I’m not living in some third world country struggling to survive. I’m not a person of color trying to deal with all of the systemic racism that exists in this country. I’m Jewish but I live in NYC, USA pretty much the furthest thing from a hotbed of anti-semitic activity.

Suck it up, I would tell myself, stop being a failure, stop being such a disappointment to your family. Other people have it worse, you can’t feel this way, It is all physical once you solve that you’ll feel better. I didn’t even think mental health was a thing. I didn’t believe in it for myself and for others. It wasn’t a real disease. How very very wrong I was.

I had tried antidepressants in the past but I didn’t see them the right way. For years I have been suffering from literal 24/7 nausea. That feeling you get right before your gag reflex triggers and you heave or start to vomit? That feeling is with me every waking moment. I went to every type of doctor under the sun to figure it out. Just about every specialist. No answers.

Maybe I wasn’t articulating the symptoms well enough, maybe nausea is such a general thing it can’t be figured out. The antidepressants didn’t fix my nausea problem so I threw them away. I also never went to a mental health professional. I was taking pills without any proper guidance or support.

I don’t know what causes the nausea. I don’t know if it is the cause of my mental illness or if my mental illness is the cause of it. I do know that they are linked. That each has stopped me from being able to treat the other. I was in a boxing match with an arm tied behind my back.

A couple of months ago I finally broke through the anxiety and told my doctor enough for him to suspect mental illness. He gave me a quiz and I scored the equivalent of an 8. Severe depression. I had been seeing him for years telling him about my nausea problem. He never suspected, he was floored, he felt like a failure for not recognizing it sooner. I was that good at hiding it.

He prescribed Paxil, stressing that I should seriously seek specialist intervention. I took the pills, they weren’t really working. I still did not seek the help I needed. He then prescribed Cymbalta. It has been a month and I think it is working. I am on my way out. I have an appointment next week to start the ball rolling at a clinic.

For years I kept screaming to the sky,”GIVE ME ANSWER, GIVE ME A DIAGNOSIS, GIVE ME SOMETHING TO FIGHT!” It’s sick to say, but I envied cancer patients. I envied people with the most horrible conditions imaginable. I envied them because at least they had an answer, they knew what they were fighting. Now I know what I am fighting, now I have allowed myself to see the hidden enemy. I am fighting mental illness. I am finally starting the war that has gone too long unnoticed. I am fighting the monster that has robbed me of so much of my life. I’ll be damned if I let it take any more.

The Mask I Wear

For you to understand I wear a mask
Is all that I ask

Everyday I give my all
Not to let the mask fall.

It is the battle eternal
The battle internal.

I am forever tested
At times I am bested.

Despite giving my all
The mask will fall.

I do not mean for you to know
What I am like brought low.

The stress of the fight
Leads me to bite.

The effort of the battle
May sometimes rattle.

I may lash out
Or thrash about.

If I may offend
It is not what I intend.

I am fighting the battle inside
So please with me abide.

Comic Books are Overwhelming…NOT! Vol. 2 #1

So you’ve been hearing some good things about comic books but you don’t know where to start?  This post is all about breaking down your fears and misconceptions and getting you reading without going bankrupt.

Misconception #1: I have to read 75+ years worth of comic books just to know what’s going on!

This is a pretty common misconception.  With both DC and Marvel having series approaching 600 issues and beyond, new readers think they need to read all 600 issues to “get” what’s going on.  You don’t.  In the case of DC they rebooted their entire universe multiple times and have recently reshuffled the deck once again after this year’s Convergence.

As far as Marvel, they generally don’t reboot the whole universe but they do have status quo changing events that set up the next year or two.  They also explain in the comic book itself about events and characters so you never feel totally lost.  Couple this with summaries of not just the current arc but the entire status quo of each character presented at the beginning of each issue.  The recap page will get you up to speed even if you are jumping on mid story.  As a last resort you can always get a coarse summary of the character’s history on wikipedia.

Now is a great time to be getting into comic books.  Marvel is in the midst of a major multiversal shakeup. The entirety of Marvel’s multiverse has been erased and replaced giving way to a world unlike any seen before. In most cases, the tie-ins to these massive events are very much the side show, but with Secret Wars, the depth, breadth, and quality of the tie-ins absolutely steal the show.  No matter what bit of popular culture you love, from Doctor Who to Walking Dead you will find nods and homages here.

DC just finished up their own multiversal shakeup and is now trying to put the pieces back together again. For example, Superman is a bit powerless and Jim Gordon is the Batman.

Misconception #2: Comic books are expensive!

If you want to keep it local, head to your local comic book store.  Odds are their are tons of people with similar interests working and shopping there that are all too eager to guide and advise.  Heck half the books out there deal with Heroes paying it forward by teaching the next generation.  It’s practically part of the DNA.  Make sure you ask them about any sales or regular in store events like 10% off Wednesdays etc..  Also ask about frequent buyer programs like spend a 100 get 20 back.

If the internet is more your thing, you can always subscribe directly to the company.  You will be able to get discounts pretty close to half off but know that not every title will be available for subscription, especially the limited series.  I also highly recommend https://www.dcbservice.com/.  They offer 40% off or more of the cover price on any comic book coming out.  However with them you are ordering two months in advance and are dependent on the short blurbs of the solicits to decide on your choices.

Trade Paperbacks are a great way to catch up or just dip your toes in a little.  Think of them as director’s cuts. They generally collect a limited series or a set of recent story arcs.  They also sometimes include some background information on the development process.  They are a great way to see if comic books are for you.

The best advice I have on how to get started is to just get started.  Pick a character and follow them, odds are they will lead you to other books due to constant cross overs and guest appearances.  If you have no interest in super heroes, IDW and Dynamite have other popular culture icons with current or recently finished series.  Transformers, Doctor Who, GI Joe, Buffy and the rest of the Whedonverse, The A-team, Robocop, Terminator, Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters all have comic books either currently ongoing, coming this summer, or came out in the last year.

So you really have no excuse, no matter what your favorite character or piece of pop culture is, you can find it in your local comic books shop written and drawn by people just as fanatic as you.  So get out there and happy reading!

Zombies Run At Mission 7 With Ingress

Zombies Run At Mission 7 With Ingress

Or how I learned to stop worrying, start walking, and love the Zoms.

Zombies run landing page

 

It’s no secret that I am not the healthiest puppy on the farm. I mean I’m trying to make a career out of sitting on my ass playing video games and tweeting for John Smith’s sake.

At ~250 lbs. and 6’2″ according to the bmi scale I am borderline morbidly obese. Sedentary lifestyle + eating wrong + mental health issues = mid 30’s heart attack. According to the bmi scale, I should be floating at around 170 lbs. that means I gotta cleave off 80 lbs. just to get to “normal.”

So how does an aspiring video game journalist get motivated to stop wandering the post apocalypse and start wandering the pre? Well you give them a game to play. A game that revolves around running in a post apocalypse. Running from zombies. Running from zombies and saving the world.

Zombies, Run! is a streamlined, unobtrusive, immersive experience. All it needs are headphones, location tracking, and a steady pace. Go for a walk, pop them phones in your head, hit shuffle all, and just go. The app does the rest.

There are settings that allow you to customize the experience to your comfort and fitness level with 25 and 40 minute missions. These are accompanied by absolutely fantastic, immersive radio plays that feel like The Walking Dead by way of Doctor Who. Intrigue and conspiracies abound as you meet fellow runners tasked with scavenging the wastes in the hopes of keeping the settlement alive.

zombies run map view

 

These radio plays serve as immersive world building that allows you to close your eyes for a minute and picture the devastation around you. The app knows how far you travel and peppers the audio plays at regular intervals providing the background and action for your current mission. Whether it is exploring an abandoned, zombie infested hospital or running circles around the camp with a fellow runner to distract the horde, Zombies, Run! provides just the right amount of distraction to keep your mind off the exercise. In between story logs you can use any media player to provide a soundtrack for your run. When you reach the next checkpoint, your media gets paused so you are always immersed in the world.

As you go walk about, the game randomly notifies you of pickups. These run the gamut of edibles, consumables, craftables and other assorted post apocalypse detritus. These can then be used to build the base in a built in Farmville like. There are no paywalls and no timers. The only way you get the supplies to improve the settlement is by walking with the app and collecting them during missions.

It is this system that brings a bit of score counting and gamification, short of just seeing how far you can walk or how much story you can hear. You get invested in providing your improvements and are motivated to scavenge for supplies. Of course without any risk, this may eventually prove too little of a justification to go that extra mile.

zombies run summary view

 

Another optional setting is the ability to add chasers to your run. These are randomly occurring zombie attacks that you literally have to run from in order to avoid having your supplies stolen. Imagine just walking calmly at your own pace, listening to the story or your music, when suddenly the operator screams, panicky, in your ear. “Oh no, they’re right on you!” He says, “You’re gonna have to run!” As the moans and groans and sounds of the horde suddenly get closer and closer in your headphones. Now, you literally have to run if you want to make it home with all of your supplies intact. The feelings of dread as the zombies approach, the thoughts of “Fuck I’m tired but I really don’t want to lose any of this good stuff, the people need these meds!” add a nice bit of activity and urgency to what is otherwise audio book walking simulator.

If there is one criticism I have is that the runs are a bit aimless. You can walk in circles and still receive the same experience as walking to the mall. There are no destinations in mind. The story says go north but the app doesn’t care. There’s no response if you go toward where the story says is a horde instead of the mission objective. These are just static radio plays.

It can break the immersion a bit knowing that you really aren’t walking north to a perceived objective. Keeping that immersion is key to keeping the motivation to continue the run. Getting invested in the story and scavenging pushes you to go those extra few yards. Without it, you might as well be at home playing Fallout.

zombies run base building view

zombies run base construction view

 

It is with an effort to alleviate this problem that I recommend downloading another similar app called Ingress. Ingress tells the story of a hidden war between two powers vying for control of a mysterious energy. You pick your side and are instantly shown a scan of your immediate area. You can see the energy around you and the portals and missions nearby that gamify the experience. Ingress is a worldwide phenomenon, recently featured on LifeHacker, where I first came across it. There are meetups all over the world where fellow players converge and compete for territory.

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The idea is that real world sculptures and tourist attractions were built because of the presence of these energy portals. A local park, a school, a bit of modern art all serve as real world battlegrounds between the Enlightened and the Resistance. In a major urban area you have a good chance of coming across players in meat space ready to become your new best friend and bond over the common experience.

It is for these reasons that I suggest using Ingress as a companion to Zombies, Run! Ingress can navigate you to any portal in the world giving you a destination to head towards. While there is no official compatibility between the two apps, it is not hard to do it yourself. Zombies, Run! tells you to go north, so you set Ingress to take you to Central Park. All the while collecting Ingress energy and audio logs, and completing your zombie run. Who knows you might even happen upon a massive battle once you get there.

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I hope I have adequately relayed how amazing these two apps are. The immersion and world building are comparable to the best hardcore experiences. There is no need to rig a treadmill to your Xbox to burn calories while you burn zombies. You can game while you work out and still scratch all of those same itches. All with the added benefit of actually going outside. There are even random encounters between the chaser events of Zombies, Run!, and the chance of meeting fellow Ingress players. Level up your own stats. Actually be the lone wanderer or the chosen one. Couple these with Habit RPG and add even more game to your game so you can game while you game game. The only limits are your stamina and imagination, and you can level them both up just by playing.

So get out there hero! The world ain’t gonna save itself.

 

Both Zombies, Run! and Ingress are available at the Google Play Store.

 

 

 

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-09-30

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-09-09

  • Weird dreams so off to do breakfast and then dunno what except wait for Tuesday when my 1080p 120hz 32 inch 3d Tv/Monitor comes a week early #
  • Gonna be hopping onto #guildwars2 in a bit DemonicDrPhil.9872 on Meguuma I'm in brisban wildlands #
  • Every 5 min my opinion of #GUILDWARS2 people are either super helpful going out of their way to show you stuff or mega trolling asshats   #
  • Glad the devs of #guildwars2 ?made the game griefer proof it actually encourages people to be nice and the event system breeds cooperation #
  • @epileptic_gamer that looks fantastic if it were really bigger on the inside it would end hunger in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • Strongly considering getting my grents cable Internet and a gaming laptop so I can play #guildwars2 while they nap #
  • @DoctorLongscarf one of em e-space portal things opened up and wibbly wobbly spacey wacey in reply to DoctorLongscarf #
  • Extra 25% off Digital games at http://t.co/bNQa4PxV with code GMG25-1BW0K-K1A3G Borderlands PC for $37.50 #
  • Democrats like all politicians are liars but at least when they lie they don't insult my intelligence #
  • Damn #guildwars2 is deep in 3D. #
  • Took some finagiling and some sketchy drivers but got the gtx 680 to play nice with the Tv. Now it's time to sleep #
  • @jazzercat good luck! in reply to jazzercat #
  • Love being a week behind when it's only the second week of the semester. Off to make the lecture nuggets. #
  • @jazzercat Congrats! (My phone almost made that concrete) in reply to jazzercat #
  • AHHHHHH AHHHHHH AHHHHHH WHHHYEEEE RT @io9 Can't stop screaming, real life Bert and Ernie cosplay is too terrifying http://t.co/oH7wfpuF in reply to io9 #
  • Why hello dere construction crew outside my house thank you so very much for shaking me awake with your jackhammers you don't know how *sobs #
  • Group of Asians sitting at the diner at the next table one of them goes what if your gf realized she was bi Like she was x=y straight before #
  • @epileptic_gamer fire and brimstone? Not sure if it works super well or not well in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • @epileptic_gamer worth a shot. Feel better in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • Reading comics at 5:15am because I am an adult. Seriously. What kid do you know that could get away with it #
  • Really wish #guildwars2 would provide more guidance for crafting, dungeons, and puzzle locations instead of leaving it up to the chat #
  • It's crazy how spoonfed quests and map collectibles are while other aspects are hardly given a modicum of guidance. #guildwars2 #
  • Also a bit more incentive to explore the story aspects of quests is needed Can finish quests without once talking to the giver #guildwars2 #
  • Also more background info on the world is needed Why are krait and centaurs dicks? Would I have to play the first one for lore? #guildwars2 #
  • Despite these quibbles #guildwars2 ?gives just enough addictive carrot to keep me hooked Every annoyance is beaten shortly by a moment of joy #
  • Nothing in gaming compares to 100 people teaming up spontaneously taking down a screen filling terror and disbanding just as fast #guildwars #
  • Knowing that you have an army to back you up if you ask nicely is one of the most empowering feelings in gaming #guildwars2 #
  • @epileptic_gamer wouldn't be a camping trip otherwise. Reminds me of the Calvin&Hobbes strips in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • @epileptic_gamer every cloud has a silver lining. Does that work if the whole sky is cloud? in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • Wondering what movie I should christen my new blu ray player with. Something never seen or a timeless classic hmmm #
  • Grandma came in so we're going with history of the world part 1 #
  • The inquisition here we go #
  • Tempted to get my doctorate so I can snap out dammit Jim I'm a doctor not a(n) ______________ whenever people ask me to do things #startrek ? #
  • If you're on #guildwars2 feel free to add me DemonicDrPhil.9872 I'm in 3 guilds and will invite you all even if I don't know how they work #

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-09-02

  • Up to the second seventh doctor story while still trying to work out the mel paradox. #doctorwho ? #
  • Delta and the Bannerman definitely ranks high on my list of favorite #DOCTORWHO ?stories. Except for the tour group vaporization #
  • Now to say goodbye mel and hello ace #DoctorWho ? #
  • So this is a thing. http://t.co/2JThaIIT #
  • Hmmm I do believe it's daleks time. Let's see how ace and seven deal with em. #DOCTORWHO ? #
  • Debating whether I should sleep or watch more #DoctorWho ?I do have to teach tomorrow hmmm. #
  • Well I'm up to the final season of #DOCTORWHO ?stopping now to go teach the young'ns. #
  • Bright side is I now have 25 more seasons worth of #DOCTORWHO ? references to slip into lectures #
  • @SaveDWC that title sequence is half as long as the episode! I for one would feel cheated having one third of it be the titles in reply to SaveDWC #
  • Why am I tempted to get guild wars 2? I know nothing about it but people are making it sound amazeballs. #
  • Sooo gamefly has guild wars 2 for 48. I really have to stop buying games just to see how my computer handles them. #
  • I made a mushroom man who has a giant pet dodo and throws axes at people. #GuildWars2 ?is fun and beautiful I'm on maguuma server #
  • Oh hai emotional breakdown what a surprise to see you today. @#!$ #
  • Gonna eat ice cream and find a movie to watch I mean I didn't get netflix so sis can watch one tree hill #
  • hopping onto #guildwars2 DemonicDrPhil.9872 on Meguuma I'm in the sylvari starting area #
  • #GuildWars2 ?is pretty good. There is something about showing up at a quest marker and having a hundred people all working towards the goal #
  • Also being able to fast travel to any visited location for a handful of copper pieces really makes for efficient questing #GUILDWARS2 ? #
  • I'm enjoying #guildwars2 ?a bit more than #lotro not being hammered with ads for the store helps and the quests are more interesting #
  • Chracter progression in #GuildWars2 ?is more straight forward and your class can use multiple weapon types and learn skills for all #
  • Boldly going where no storm has gone before RT @cnnbrk NHC: Tropical Storm #Kirk forms in the middle Atlantic http://t.co/Wx9qifvt #
  • hopping onto #guildwars2 DemonicDrPhil.9872 on Meguuma I'm in the sylvari starting area #
  • Okay it happened I'm 100% drowning in #GuildWars2 ?kool-aid Basically addicted It tickles all my obsessive gamer tendencies and is beautiful #
  • Got to a quest marker got slaughtered saw no one was really there put the call out in general chat for help and 10 secs later quest complete #
  • Pretty much avengers assemble. I don't know if it's just my server or the mods banning chat assholes but the people are so kind and helpful #
  • Completely worth the 60 bucks right now even if you hate mmo's you can totally play it as if it were a single player rpg. #
  • No subscription fees so you can play whenever you want and not feel like you're throwing money down the toilet. Cannot recommend it enough #
  • Good thing #GUILDWARS2 ?went down for maintenance now I can sleep Also made a quick and dirty joy2key profile so I can play with a controller #
  • Nothing like a massive emotionally charged nightmare with thinly veiled subtext to get you moving in the morning. I think I may need help #
  • hopping onto #guildwars2 DemonicDrPhil.9872 on Meguuma I'm in the sylvari starting area. Add me if ya want #
  • Home sick and feeling guilty about not going to Brooklyn to help the grents. So a big bowl if soup and finishing #doctorwho is in order #
  • There ain't no guilt like Jewish guilt cuz Jewish guilt comes from all sides especially inSIDE #illseemyselfout #
  • Only the movie left. Just in time for asylum #goodbyedoctorhellodoctor #DOCTORWHO  #
  • @epileptic_gamer tyvm just finished the movie. Tempted to go marathon 9 now in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • Well I did it. Every televised #DOCTORWHO ?watched. celebrating with a ginger ale (closest I'll get to ginger beer) #
  • I wonder what I missed in the 2005- series guess I should find out #wibblywobbly #
  • @epileptic_gamer great Scott your right let's see where there up to in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • @epileptic_gamer they're oy in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • @epileptic_gamer and you're crap I suck at typing today in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • "I have a right to know I'm getting married in 430 years" oh rory #DoctorWho ? #
  • Ew commercials glad that Bbc America is marathoning series 5&6 but nothing pops me out like commercials time to pop in the blu-rays #
  • Oy man plans gods laugh guess I'll save the rewatches for later #
  • @epileptic_gamer oh no whoops I started with 9 in the summer of 09 went all the way through saw torchwood and sja before waters of Mars came in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • @epileptic_gamer well it's a good jumping on point but the second he walks through the atraxi projection they should be going who are they in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • @epileptic_gamer and go off and find out. I felt I was missing something when I saw the cyberman head in dalek and now I'm not anymore in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • hopping onto #guildwars2 DemonicDrPhil.9872 on Meguuma. Think I may be burning out on it. The game just seems so huge and repetitive now… #
  • Although it could be that I'm playing #GuildWars2 ?like I would any other rpg and it seems like that's how it's structured maybe that's me #
  • @epileptic_gamer *insert geeky whovian birthday wishes here* (2am and creativity don't mix) in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • @epileptic_gamer as is your right may it be…AMAZEBALLS *lightning and thunder* in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • Ok so maybe #GUILDWARS2 ?is still fun or maybe I'm borderline ocd and need to fill in all the icons. Maybe a bit of both. #
  • @epileptic_gamer only if it were actually time vortex worthy I suppose in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • Hmm wonder if I can time my wakeup to the doctor who upload. Anyway night night #
  • Crap too early. Silly tardis never taking me when I wanna be. Let's try this again shall we… #yesijustcalledsleepingmytardis #snorevworp #
  • If I were to keep the tardis=sleep thing going I'd have to equate my mom waking me up for errands to the space titanic so I'll stop here : ) #
  • although I do have to say I'm feeling particularly 10ish today even if I'm humming 11's theme while getting ready #allonsyalonzo #
  • Not everyday can you be the Doctor some days you gotta be the Ood #DOCTORWHO ? #
  • So the official #DOCTORWHO ?twitter account is promising loads of extra content How long til someone edits it together into fan confidential #
  • Time to get off the Internet until I can schedule my visit to the asylum #
  • Yes an hour early I take this stuff seriously 😉 #
  • Well wow um whoo mind blown um no more from me about that #DOCTORWHO ? #
  • @epileptic_gamer I think the kid's dream of watching it outweighs the moms. It really was/is/will be fantastic in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • @epileptic_gamer yeesh beware the spoilers! in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • Blowing the doors off with the weeee oooooo in 15 #Doctorwho ?@BBCAMERICA in reply to BBCAMERICA #
  • @epileptic_gamer as they should. Maintaing the moff mandate no spoilers in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • @epileptic_gamer in 2.5 hours? Give or take wait a mo no DST so 1.5? At 9pm dear wow this is the most pointless tweet imaginable in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • @epileptic_gamer oh and what arcade? Is it like one of them kiddy casinos with only ticket dispensers or an actual proper arcade with pacman in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • @epileptic_gamer well I suppose that is to be expected oh and sorry for the babbling watching 11 always makes me go all blabbity-wabbity in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • @epileptic_gamer cranky wanky oh no I'm gonna be doing that all week now hope it don't happen during my Wednesday lecture in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • @epileptic_gamer extra credit on the midterm what is the oldest question in the universe? in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • @epileptic_gamer oh man haha in reply to epileptic_gamer #

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-08-26

  • http://t.co/ZbSiDg9W #
  • The caves of androzanni and the twin dilemma today. Goodbye Doctor, Hello Doctor #DoctorWho ? #
  • There has to be some kind of basic morality and logic tests candidates for elected office must pass before even announcing a campaign… #
  • …unfortunately the only way to get one in place is if elected officials do it #
  • Sleeping Dogs is a highly capable highly polished urban sandbox game that I can't recommend enough. #
  • Potentially busy day so of course a sleepless night #
  • Watch "Pokémon vs. Plants vs. Zombies" on YouTube – http://t.co/zVPwhmeC #
  • @jazzercat good luck! in reply to jazzercat #
  • Busy busy day. Stopping off at the department and then off to Brooklyn for more grandparents duty #upupandaway #
  • Oy yellow fever is stuck in my head. It's basically a paraphrased womanizer with Cantonese lyrics from the sleeping dogs soundtrack #
  • It's "sung" by one of the characters in the game that is voiced by Lucy Liu. So there's that #
  • The soundtrack in sleeping dogs is amazing though. Also on missions check the song on the radio. It will fit the mission by title or lyrics #
  • After watching mark of the rani it's so obvious that rory is her twelfth regeneration and he keeps coming back due to chemistry #doctorwho ? #
  • *shoots self #
  • Sick, angry, depressed, and spent far too long looking for this year's edition of my textbook cuz I remembered one that didn't exist #
  • But new super Mario bros 2 came today. By the time i finished world one I had over 80 lives. Coinsplosions in every level and genius design #
  • Gonna play some more than get the class website up. semester starts Monday after all and I wasted far too much time hoping for a better job #
  • @epileptic_gamer glad to see your priorities are in order 😉 in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • @epileptic_gamer I know that feel in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • Of course I'd fall ill right before the semester starts. At least I'm mostly prepared for Monday #
  • Settling in to watch the trial of a time lord. It's close to 7 hours long so we'll see how far I get #doctorwho ? #
  • Five minutes. Barely got five minutes in. #manplansyaddayadda #
  • Can't tell if I want to be up yet or not. It is still dark and I can hear crickets. #

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-08-19

  • @epileptic_gamer cloudy by me too. I'd have to be in Ohio to see anything. Next time I check the weather report before 11 pm in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • @epileptic_gamer maybe tomorrow will be clearer #
  • @epileptic_gamer wow sounds fantastic in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • Here comes the sun doodadoodoo #
  • Woke up with gangnam style stuck in my head, I only watched it once! Gonna try and counteract it with ponponponwaywayway #
  • The destination is somewhere to see the perseids. Only I don't know where that may be and I suspect the journey may be all the better for it #
  • @jtabrys a mystery greater than the Doctor's name at this point sadly. The consensus however is the 25th but there has been no official word in reply to jtabrys #
  • @jtabrys anytime in reply to jtabrys #
  • I can't tell if it's cloudy or just mega light polution #Perseid ?#lifeinthebigcity #
  • Breakfast and then some more fifth Doctor on track to finish the classic series before series 7 #DoctorWho ? #
  • Man plans gods laugh. Off to Brooklyn for grent stuff #
  • Kosher pizza on avenue j has stepped it's game up. Giant slices with roasted garlic and wild mushrooms. #
  • @jazzercat it had extra cheese baked in too in reply to jazzercat #
  • @jazzercat food baby from two slices in reply to jazzercat #
  • @jazzercat oh lord lmao in reply to jazzercat #
  • @jazzercat litERALLy in reply to jazzercat #
  • @jazzercat grandpa's looking at me like I'm nuts in reply to jazzercat #
  • @gameloft would be great if asphalt7 wouldn't crash at the tutorial car select on my epic 4g touch (sprint us galaxy s2) in reply to gameloft #
  • 3 mass shootings a summer isn't enough huh? Can we at least try to make it difficult for these crazies to kill? #
  • @jazzercat now I want more pizza in reply to jazzercat #
  • Dammit someone hire me this week so I'll know to quit my teaching job. #
  • So anyone wanna try tricking caro into telling us the #DoctorWho ?premier date tomorrow? She'll be guest tweeter on the official account #
  • I must be the only whovian who doesn't want the new series to start on the 25th. I need more time to finish the classic series #doctorwho ? #
  • Gonna slip k-9 and company in after enlightenment so going into the five doctors makes sense. Thank you youtube #doctorwho #
  • There comes a time in every whovian's watching of the classic series where he or she must watch K-9 and Company. For me that time is now #
  • Oh Rassilon and Omega that theme song! #k9andcompany #DoctorWho #
  • I have been enjoying #sleepingdogs Probably the most flawless open city style game yet. #
  • K-9 and company is a mess no wonder only one was made. Only thing it's good for is establishing Sarah and the dog's relationship #
  • Really need at least a couple of hours of sleep so why am I watching both versions of gangnam style over and over #
  • Times like this u wish I was a coffee drinker. Gonna be a zombtastic day. #urrrrggghhhhh #
  • It's #doctorwho ?time whee gonna be going to the five doctors and beyond hopefully #
  • So the version of the five doctors I watched was the special edition. Would have loved to know that in advance. New mission find original #
  • It's #DoctorWho ?time. Continuing the classic series with whatever comes after the five doctors #
  • Gonna play sleeping dogs until I pass out. It may not add anything to its genre but I feel it's the most focused flawless implementation yey #
  • Never ended up passing out and now it's off to Brooklyn on no sleep. Zoe and Jamie I'm an idiot #
  • @epileptic_gamer funad? Sanny? in reply to epileptic_gamer #
  • I get it now. It finally makes sense. You never know when or where the Doctor will show up so we always get the #doctorwho ?airdate last min #
  • Speaking of #doctorwho ?gonna try to marathon through the end of the fifth doctor and try not to go blind when six's costume shows up #
  • Semester starts a week from Monday still have no idea if I'm teaching or not. No idea if I'm hired for a real job or not. Limbo sucks #
  • @epileptic_gamer Ah ha in reply to epileptic_gamer #