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Media Update 7/7/2016

July 7, 2016

Commander Holly Plays (With Friends)

Earlier this year I explained that I went to MAGFest 2016 partly for the Commander Holly meet up. Holly Conrad is one of the most positive people I have ever seen on the internet. Holly is a cosplay and prop artist who worked for quite a while doing a lot of great projects and continues to work in that field. Along the way, she married her Australian husbando ┬áRoss O’Donovan, an Australian animator who now works for Game Grumps. She has since started to play games on her channel and they are so entertaining. She often plays alongside her husband Ross or her best friend Kati Schwartz who is a playwright out in Los Angeles. Rarely does she play by herself but that is great because she works really well with others. The power of her positivity is strong. It feels like she always stays happy and positive even when the game gets hard. She talks a lot about her life experiences, the fiction she likes and of course she talks about her birbs. Holly rescues pigeons and maintains over forty animals in the home she shares with Ross. She also does a lot of live streams on Twitch and uses the funds from the streams to help pay for the care and feeding of her birds and cats. I look forward to her videos every day.


I learned about Jack (real name Sean) from watching Markiplier collaborations and found out that Jack has a YouTube channel that is rapidly rising in popularity. Like Mark and the ultra-famous Pewdiepie he is a “Let’s Player”. He has millions of subscribers and, while that does not guarantee quality, I can definitely see why people have flocked to watch his videos. Jack is from Ireland while most YouTubers I watch are from the California area. Jack is incredibly energetic. If you clicked or will click the video above you will be nearly assaulted by Jack’s intro which strikes kind of like lightning. Jack also has a strong positive attitude but it’s often kicked into a higher and faster gear. Jack goes through a lot of videos making jokes, laughing and goodheartedly yelling at enemies. Jack also does a lot of charity, harnessing his high subscriber base for good causes. In fact, his now signature green hair comes from agreeing to dye his hair if enough donations were made. So far from what I’ve seen, Jack does not simply pick the popular games and is pushing himself to play some nostalgic titles or stuff he wants to play. Whatever he plays he makes the most out of it and tends to downplay the negative to have fun.

Game Theory

Matthew Patrick is a fellow former theater guy who got out of school and theater and the jobs were not forthcoming. Unfortunately, I can relate to this completely. As a way to keep busy and to add to his resume, he started to produce videos for the internet. He decided to apply his analytical brain to his old passion of video games. Slowly over time he changed from simply Matthew Patrick to become MatPat, an expert in the ways of YouTube and video games. He pulls apart every little detail in games to come up with theories on what is really going on in them. For instance, he calculated the actual monetary value of Fallout 3’s bottlecaps translated into our world’s economy. He also was able to decode the Five Nights at Freddy plot line from little shreds of evidence and proved that Princess Peach may be behind all the troubles in the Super Mario games. In later days he has started live streaming on a regular basis alongside his wife Stephanie who, while not as experienced with video games, is equally smart as hell. They are both so positive and with a patented “Clap and a Half” they work at deciphering the video games they play live for their audience. They have casually created dozens of memes for their audience to latch onto. I always look forward to the next bit of content from them. They just started a new show called Game Lab where they try to physically do the things video game characters to see if they are possible. You should definitely check him out even if you do not like “Let’s Players”.

Music of the Week:
Portishead – Glory Box
NoFX – The Separation of Church and Skate
MC Esoteric ft. Trademarc – Worst Things First
Megadeth – Symphony Of Destruction
Utada Hikaru – Simple and Clean

Weekly Updates:
– I am halfway through season 3 of Person of Interest and it has been even better
– I am starting to really focus on my annual Halloween project
– This week’s theme is “The Power of Positivity on Youtube”
– I have watched less content this holiday week
– Maybe I can sneak away to watch something good
– I am kind of working on doing more WILPW
– I have so much to talk about in this feature. Stay tuned.
– I kind of want to see Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and that frightens me
– I blame it on my celebrity crush on the wonderfully awkward Aubrey Plaza


Class Reunion/Free Comic Book Day 2016

May 9, 2016

So every year there is an event that I look forward to almost as much as Halloween and it’s Free Comic Book Day. Of course, this year Free Comic Book Day was on a day that was also scheduled for my Friends School class reunion. This was year fifteen so you know I was going to be there. In fact, since I attended the 10-year reunion, I promised myself that I would do whatever I could to keep attending reunions. A lot of these people were people I spent twelve years studying alongside and we grew to know each other whether we wanted to or not. Friends School is also an important place in my life as it was where I spent a lot of my most formative years. I knew I was in for a packed Saturday so sadly I had to skip out on tabletop gaming and going to see Captain America: Civil War with my friends.

I saddled up in the morning and somehow climbed out of bed even though excitement and nervousness had made it a little hard to sleep the night before. Also, I had very little sleep the day before but more on that Thursday. I hopped in my car and drove over to the school and I was surprised to find all of the parking in the world open to me. For some reason, I thought that everybody would be attending events all day like I was. I got my name tag and headed to the Math/Science building to meet up with my first event. I had signed up to go on a short birding trip mostly because of my relatives (Jack and Sandy). Everybody in the group was at least twenty years older than I was but it was still a lot of fun. The teacher and alumni who led it are bird experts and their interest was contagious. The coolest thing we saw was a Red-Tailed Hawk having a dogfight with an American Bald Eagle. I talked with another relative by marriage who (surprise!) is also a graduate of Friends. I also talked with a few other alumni who were very nice.

After that, it was time for a break from the school which was great because I was getting hungry too. I took off toward the Senator Theater and parked. I walked past Batman who was hanging outside of The Amazing Spiral and headed inside. The Amazing Spiral is my comic book shop when I’m in Baltimore because the staff is always knowledgeable and extremely courteous and welcoming. They always have a great selection of trade paperbacks and graphic novels which are usually what I spring for. I walked around and took the place in. There were people dressed as animals, superheroes and Disney characters and everybody had a smile on their face. Free Comic Book Day happens the first Saturday of May and is a nationwide holiday for geeks like me. I picked up my five comics and the second trade of Squirrel Girl. I also picked up Hawkeye #1 and an issue of Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat. I then drove north and grabbed a Qdoba burrito and headed back to the school to eat and listen to Chris Hardwick interview Bruce Campbell. After, I read a little bit of my haul as I relaxed.

Having observed the holiday the best I could without seeing Captain America again, I shut my eyes for a little to conserve my energy. I got bored of that after a while and I decided to walk around the campus for a little while to check things out. The campus had changed a lot since I went to school there and I wanted to walk around the place to see the new stuff and drink in the nostalgia of the old stuff. I ended up doing a lot of walking since it is a huge campus. Eventually, it was time for my schedule tour and I really enjoyed seeing all of the new stuff inside of the buildings. The school is a really good one and it seems that it is even better than when I went there. It made me sad that Baltimore public schools did not get the same advantages and awoke my liberal/progressive spirit at the unfairness. Seeing all of the stuff that was the same as when I went to school there was like a boxer getting hit with body blow after body blow. I felt swept up in memories every step I took and it was a really powerful tour to take.

Finally, we got to the cocktail party and I was excited and nervous since I had yet to run into anybody from my graduating class. I walked around the party and ran into Mr. Watt but time ticked by and I still had not seen anybody from my class. I thought for a moment that they had all blown off the event in favor of starting our private party earlier. Finally, I ran into one classmate and slowly that became four and then we were all together. Talking to them was like no time had passed but also felt like a million miles away from high school. High School really sucked and by the end of twelve years of being together, I never wanted to see my classmates again. However, as time has gone by it’s easier to remember all of the good times and forgive all of the stupid mistakes we each made. These people are all pretty good people and it was really a joy to have great conversations with them. We ended the night at Cosima’s at Mill No. 1 which was a little fancier than the places I like but it was a nice atmosphere to share with the handful of classmates who decided to show. I had a great time and I can’t wait until next time. It’s going to be a long five years.

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