My Acoustic Cover of Heart Turned Black

I was kinda bored today so I decided to record some videos of me playing my acoustic. This video is of me doing the rhythm part of Heart Turned Black, one of Eights and Aces’ original songs. I fudged up a couple parts and played the whole thing way too fast, but it’s okay I guess. Enjoy!

I’ve also added some cool features to the site like a post ratings system and different stats of the site in the sidebar. Check ’em out!

Well, I’m gonna practice my guitar playing some more. I’ll see you guys later!

TheAndySan

Anime Review – Kamen no Maid Guy

In this review, I go over the fan service anime Kamen no Maid Guy.
View my entry at Associate Content ยป

Intro
Wouldn’t it be awesome to have your own maid? How about two maids? Then get a load of Kamen no Maid Guy!

Summary
Fujiwara Naeka is the granddaughter of Fujiwara Zenjuro, an overbearing billionaire, and the heir to his fortune. Because of this, she’s pursued by those who desire the inheritance. In order to protect her, Zenjuro assigns two maids to live with and protect Naeka and her younger brother Kousuke. The two maids are Kogarashi, a giant hulk of a man who wears an altered maid’s outfit with a mask, and Fubuki, a seemingly calm and normal maid that punishes Kogarashi with a nail-studded baseball bat. Kogarashi’s noisy and pushy services make Naeka’s daily life exciting.

Character Overviews
The Fujiwara family consists of:
Fujiwara Naeka – The busty, kinda tomboyish main character who’s not too bright upstairs.
Fujiwara Kousuke – Naeka’s overweight little brother who has an obsession with maids (especially Fubuki) and erotic games.
Fujiwara Zenjuro – Naeka and Kousuke’s wealthy grandfather who sent Fubuki and Kogarashi to protect them.

The two maids are:
Kogarashi – The titular character of Kamen no Maid Guy whose over-the-top service leads Naeka and the others into some unexpected hijinx.
Fubuki – The other maid who tries to bring order to the Fujiwara household, often ends up pummeling Kogarashi with a nail-studded baseball bat or punching him into the sky.

Story: 6.5/10
Kamen no Maid Guy is definitely a fan-service anime and tends to overdo it at times. Because it’s also a comedy anime, the story often takes a backseat to the raunchy and slapstick humor. However, if you don’t want to wade through plot 12 feet deep, then Kamen no Maid Guy is just the thing to watch!

I give it an 6.5/10 for a fairly simple story that gives my brain a rest from having to remember everyone’s names, relationships to other characters, and whatnot.

Animation & Music: 6.5/10 for Animation and 8/10 for Music
The animation quality is okay, nothing to really write home about. I think Kogarashi’s design is certainly unique. It’s really hard to make a big guy in a maid outfit fit in!

The ending theme is one of the most addictive songs that I’ve come across in awhile. I can’t help but impersonate Kogarashi whenever I hear it! The opening is pretty catchy too. It sets the tone for the bizarreness to come.

I give the animation a 6.5/10 and the music an 8/10 for a satisfactory job.

Characters: 8/10
I thought that Kogarashi presented a wacky, unique take on the often-fluffy maid genre. The other characters were pretty one-dimensional for the most part. They did have their moments in the setting sun, but it was often fleeting. 8/10 for adding something a little different to the maid/ecchi genre.

Enjoyment: 8/10
Kogarashi’s escapades were the reason I kept on watching this series! The other characters were fairly predictable, but what Kogarashi had up his sleeves (he doesn’t even have sleeves!) kept me guessing! Thankfully, the ending leaves the possibility of a second season very much a reality. 8/10 for pure, wacky enjoyment.

Overall: 7.4/10
Kamen no Maid Guy has a winner in Kogarashi. If there was more depth to the other characters, this would be a waaaay better anime. Still, I can’t wait to see what happens in the next season!

TheAndySan

I'm Looking For An Online Job To Fit My Life Plan

As the title says, I’m in the market for a job online. I’m looking for something leaning towards writing like a blogging job. No, I haven’t given up on any of my website ideas.

The reason I’m doing this is so that I can make a living doing something that is not only fulfilling, but relevant to my career. I feel that I have a lot to learn about before I really hit it big online. I also want to improve my writing skills, and if I do that with a larger audience, then I’ll be able to gather results quicker than if I just focused on TheAndySan.com.

Basically, here’s my life plan at the moment:

1. Get an online job as a blogger to improve my writing skills and gather a larger audience.

2. Once I start making money from blogging for other people, then I will save up that money to buy a car.

3. When I get a car, then I’ll save up to move out with my friends in July-August of 2009.

4. When I move out, if my site isn’t earning me a high enough income to live off of by then, I’ll continue to blog for other people until it does.

5. Once I’m earning a high enough income from my website to live off of that is also consistent, then I’ll shift most of my focus to it and possibly continue blogging for other people.

After I do all that, I’m not sure what I’ll do. Depending on how much money I get, I could take my friends and family with me on trips around the world. I’m sure that when I complete the above list, possibilities that I’m currently unaware of will reveal themselves.

Well, I’m gonna watch some of Please Teacher until it’s time for dinner. I’ll be back later on to show my Drawing of the Day (I think I’ll call it that from now on). Bye!

TheAndySan

TL4YT Vlog 1 – Making Money Online. Plus, A Bonerus Just For j00!!!1

Good evening, TheAndySan is hurr to make your day a better place by uploading two bright and shiny new videos!!!

The first one is my newest vlog, which took me forever to upload. I couldn’t reduce it anymore, and because it’s over 10 minutes long (it clocks in at a little over 14 minutes), I couldn’t put it up on YouTube. I then tried uploading it to Google Video, and after several failed attempts, I had great success! Here it is:

My second video is none other than Eight and Aces’ last practice video of the summer!!! I’ve been trying to upload this bugger for a long time, but after some video wrangling, I finally managed to get it up on Google Video. Check it out here:

It’s from July 12, 2008 and their setlist is: Low by Cracker, Cumbersome by Seven Mary Three (they do this song twice in a row), Perfect Situation by Weezer, Pork and Beans by Weezer, Say It Ain’t So by Weezer, & Closing Time by SemiSonic. Enjoy!!

I have interviewed a group from Pakistan to redo SpicyMelon.com, and they want $1,400. That seems fairly reasonable, but I wanna see what the others have to say before I decide.

I’ve tried getting in contact with this other group from America, but he hasn’t returned any of my messages so I’m not gonna pick him. I messaged this group from India and I’ll speak with them tomorrow as well as this group from Romania.

In other news, I went down to the music store to see if they had anything new, and they had a couple Ibanez guitars (they were okay for being in my hated S-S-H configuration), a one-pickup BC Rich Bronze Warlock (that was pretty good for being a $100 guitar), and a Fender FR-50 Resonator. The Resonator, for lack of a better word, resonated with me the best. I never played that type of guitar before, but I really like how loud and clear it is. It has the warmth of mahogany (which is what the neck, back, and sides are made of) but with a particular clearness that I’ve never heard from an acoustic before. I really wanted it and could easily afford it (only $300), but I wanna get my site going first and foremost. Then, I can buy all the Fender FR-50 Resonators I want.

Well, I think that’s it for me for now. I’m gonna edit my next vlog and I’ll be posting it when it’s done. See you guys later!

TheAndySan

P.S: I found out last night that I got 2 clicks from my Text-Link ads, which gave me a little over $12. Awesome! I didn’t even know I had those up! Thanks guys! Also, you can donate to me and the rebuilding of SpicyMelon.com via PayPal by clicking on this button, which is also on the side:

Vlog 7 – Becoming A Writer

Sorry about the mini-vacation from posting. I’ve been busy with work as well as looking for sources of income online.

I came across two sites that may help me with my writing as well as give me an extra source of income. They are PayPerPost and SocialSpark. I’ll be looking into those websites later on today.

I’ve been doing some calculating to see if I could make a living off of these sites. The answer is yes, but it’ll take a lot of work. For example, the most common (and also the lowest) payout for a post is $5. I want to limit myself to posting no more than four times a day unless I have a damn good reason.

That would give me a maximum of $20 a day if I did nothing but $5 posts. That doesn’t sound like much, but if I did four $5 posts every day, then I would have $600 in a 30-day period. However, I think that posting that much would make my blog look too spammy so what if I did three $7 posts everyday? $630 in 30 days. How about two $11 posts everyday? $660 a month.

Granted, this isn’t the $100,000-an-hour gravy train that everyone’s looking for online, but it still has potential. If I really put my mind to it, I could match my income working at Wal-Mart and go beyond it. However, as I said before, it’ll take a lot of hard work and self-disipline if I want to make this my main source of income. It can easily be a secondary source of income as opposed to my main source of income. Hell, who wouldn’t want an extra $600 or so in their pocket a month?!

I’ve read some reviews of these sites, and they say that PayPerPost and SocialSpark are just more companies exploting the Web 2.0 movement by hiring bloggers to plug products and services. This may be so, but I view it like practice for my writing. By writing about various topics and products, I’ll expose myself to many new things that I wouldn’t have experienced if I would have stuck to doing the same-o same-o. Also, it will increase the amount of content on my blog as well as help me sharpen my writing skills because I’ll be so immersed in writing all the time.

Well, that’s it for tonight. I’ll see you guys on the flipside!

TheAndySan

Vlog 6 – Where's Jon? And Where Are My Passions?

I recorded this vlog yesterday, but due to some tentacle difficulties (my internet tubes were clogged), I couldn’t post it.

I sit down in my basement and talk about what happened to Jon the other day. I also briefly say that I’m trying to move away from a life of indentured financial servitude.

My big plan, financially speaking, is to become a writer of young adult fiction. I’ve always loved reading ever since I was very young. I began scribbling down ideas when I was in 8th grade, I believe.

My creative peak was when I was in high school. I wrote down a ton of ideas, not just for stories, but designs for various gadgets as well. I saved all of them, and in order to begin my career as a writer, I feel it necessary to go back and look at what I was writing about and try to get into that creative frame of mind again.

I feel that, despite my gaining a larger online following, my writing is becoming stagnant. I am beginning to branch out into other means of communication, like vlogging, but I feel that the content level isn’t what it used to be. I attribute that to a lack of exposure to new and exciting things.

I could also be in the anxious transitionary state right before a big change happens. I’ve experienced those before. I felt them when I graduated high school, went to ITT Tech, got kicked out of ITT Tech, went to UU, almost got kicked out of UU, actually got kicked out of UU, moving in with my aunt and cousins, and moving back in with my parents. Maybe it’s my ego telling me not to risk myself anymore and just stick with what I have. I dunno.

What I do know is that I need to change. Maybe not a dramatic one, but I need to change. I need to look deep within myself and figure out what I wanna do with my life.

Back in 2004, I wanted to be a webmaster working for some company or do freelancing work for various companies and people. I don’t want to do that anymore.

Back in 2006, I wanted to broaden my technical knowledge so that I may have a better chance of finding a job as well as get paid more doing it. I’m not interested in that anymore.

Now, all I want to do is what I really wanted to do in the first place: read and write stories. Stories that inspire, engage, and are remembered and revered. Whether that are in a book, on TV, on the internet, on the movie theater, on Broadway, or on some other medium that I am unaware of, I want my stories to be read, heard, and experienced. I think that one of the reasons that I was always drawn to music is because it tells stories and expresses ideas, just like books do. Sure, my dad got me into playing guitar, but it was my passion for learning the stories of music that kept me going.

I believe that’s what I need to look for; my passion. All along, I was looking for the security to follow my passions, scrambling for the flashlights in the darkness of the unknown.

I now know that if you follow your passions without doubts, then you don’t need a flashlight to guide you. You won’t fall off the ledge. You’ll walk straight to the goal every time. Of course, there’ll be rocks and other obstacles along the way, but as long as you know what you’re passionate about, then you’ll have no problems.

TheAndySan

My Guitar Vid!

I recorded this video a couple days ago. I definitely can do better, but it’ll at least give you an idea of what I like to play. I’ll be posting a new vlog as soon as I get home and edit it, which shouldn’t take long at all.

TheAndySan