Non-Working Class Hero: Is It Something To Be?

Hey guys, it’s TheAndySan here.

When I was working at Wal-Mart the other day, I had to restrain myself from walking out. I have had enough of working for someone else, much less working for Wal-Mart. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with Wal-Mart; I feel that I’m at a stage in life where I need to really make something of myself. I also don’t want to end up like my parents who work and work and work just to keep everything afloat. Whenever I go behind the register, my inner integrity’s screaming, “WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING HERE?!! YOU NEED TO BE YOUR OWN MAN AND WORK FOR YOURSELF!!!” I totally agree with my integrity.

That’s one of the reasons I started TheAndySan.com; I need to generate income by working for myself instead of selling out my time to be someone else’s slave. Starting a blog is one of the smallest investments anyone can make. It costs me a little over $100 a year for TheAndySan.com (space and domain) and hell, I’ve used free blogs since 2004 starting with GeoShitties. The only thing more cost-effective than free is if the blog pays you to blog. Oh wait, it does! The only limit to what you can make on a blog is what you put on yourself, and even then you could still make more by using content-generators like forums.

While working at Wal-Mart, I calculated how much I’d need to make in order to cover my expenses. My expenses in a business month (30 days) add up to $410. That’s $102.50 a week, $14.55 a day, or $0.60 an hour. Roughly guesstimating from my AdSense clicks, that’s about 3-4 clicks an hour on average. In other words, I could have ALL of my monthly expenses paid for by my visitors clicking 3-4 ads an hour on any of my sites. That’s nuckin’ futz!

After the whole Kontera & AdSense fiasco, I took it upon myself to completely reevaluate how I blog. I found out that a lot of people don’t like it when you change topics in a blog. Hell, I change topics in every post! I told myself, “This is how I write. I’ll listen to what other people are telling me, but I’m not gonna bend to their will. If I did, then this blog would be no better than Wal-Mart or any other job for that matter.”

Then, I decided to make another blog, this one being better on topic than TheAndySan.com. My idea for SpicyMelon.com is for it to be a free online cookbook of offbeat, cost-effective, and/or simple recipes that users can submit as well as ones that I submit. I plan on incorporating a forum into it in the future so keep an eye out for that. If I get enough recipes, I might make it a book and sell the book with all the available free recipes as well as a lot of recipes exclusive to the book.

You might have noticed that I switched out the Chikita ads with different ads. I’m using ads from AdBrite, but I’m still using Chikita’s Linx. You can sign up for AdBrite by clicking on the AdBrite button in the sidebar.

Last night, Eriopolis and I hung out with Cody at his apartment. We played some Magic: The Gathering, ordered another killer pepperoni and Jalapeno pepper pizza from Domino’s, and we watched all of an anime called Kiddy Grade. I didn’t sleep at Cody’s and got home around 8 in the morning and tried to sleep, but those damn debt collectors kept calling and waking me up!! NYAHH!!!1

In other news, I’ve decided not to get the Yamaha CG-170SA with a hardshell case for $360 at the music store. I looked up on Musician’s Friend to see if I could do better, and I can. Check this baby out: Luna Muse Series Folk Cutaway Nylon-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar. Luna Guitars is owned by Dean Guitars so I already know that this guitar’s gonna be excellent. Here’s a link of the guitar with moAr pics on the Luna Guitars website: Luna Muse Series Folk Cutaway Nylon-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar.

I’m also once again in the market for a new amp. This time, I’m debating between the Line 6 Spider III 2×12 combo and the Line 6 Spider Valve 2×12 combo. I’m gonna save up around $300 and try to find a deal on eBay and if I can’t, then I’ll save up moAr and get something from either eBay or Musician’s Friend.

Well, I’m gonna take a shower before I get ready for work (grr, work). Take care!

TheAndySan

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TheAndySan's Anime Review #2 – Bamboo Blade

Hey guys, it’s TheAndySan hurr with a long-awaited anime review!!

My review is not on Bleach or The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, but on an excellent little number called Bamboo Blade! Here is the slog of it on YouTube:

If you don’t have sufficient Internets or don’t want to hear my gay-ass voice, read on below:

Have you ever wished you could be in a Japanese high school? Yeah, you and me both, although the homework would kill me!! How about in a Japanese high school kendo club? Not sure? Well, it’s time to spin Bamboo Blade in your DVD player!

Bamboo Blade begins as the story of Muroe High School’s kendo club, instructed by Toraji Ishida, a hopelessly poor and unlucky fellow with a short-temper to boot, and his only member and captain of the kendo club, Kirino Chiba, a girl who’s energetic and always positive. When Ishida-sensai is challenged by his sempai who runs two kendo clubs at two different schools, Kenzaburō Ishibashi, he becomes determined to gather a 5-woman kendo team to defeat Ishibashi-sensai and win free Tokyo-style sushi for a year.

Muroe High School’s kendo club consists of:
Toraji Ishida – the down-on-his-luck instructor
The 5-women team
The 2-man team

The 5-woman team consists of:
Tamaki “Tama-chan” Kawazoe – the shy child prodigy
Kirino Chiba – the insanely positive captain
Miyako “Miya-Miya” Miyazaki – the cute girl with a dark side
Sayako “Sayo-chan” Kuwahara – the eccentric random girl
Satori “Satorin” Azuma – the talented but clumsy girl

The 2-man team is:
Yūji Nakata – a sincere and talented guy who looks out for Tama-chan
Danjūrō “Dan” Eiga – a small and slow guy who is Miya-Miya’s boyfriend

Story: 8/10
Although Bamboo Blade uses the ol’ Japanese high school premise, it’s much more than that. The story really captures what it’s like to be in a kendo club, alibiet with some out-of-the-norm occurances. It’s told with loving care and doesn’t go for excessive amounts of fanservice, not that there isn’t fanservice; it’s subtly tucked in without having it in the spotlight. I give it an 8/10 for an excellent take on a cookie-cutter subgenre.

Animation & Music: both 7/10
The animation quality definitely gets the job done, and it especially shines during the critical action scenes. The music is pretty catchy too. I’m totally diggin’ the ending theme’s dance-funk feel. I give both the animation and the music a 7/10 for a good, but not mind-blowing, job.

Characters: 10/10
This is where Bamboo Blade shines its brightest. The character development is top-notch and makes this anime definitely re-watchable. 10/10, no question.

Enjoyment: 10/10
I haven’t thuroughly enjoyed an anime from beginning to end like this since Love Hina! And the ending makes you beg for more when a second season is hinted at. 10/10 for pure enjoyment.

Overall: 8.4/10
Bamboo Blade is a breath of fresh air among the cookie-cutter high-school subgenre of anime. The characters develop nicely, the animation and music is satisfactory, and I would watch this again in a heartbeat.

Well, I’m gonna go chizzill with E & The Gang so I’ll see yooz guyz laterz! Bye!

TheAndySan

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Das Team! Das Team!! Das Team!!!1 Ahoo! Ahoo!! Ahoo!!!1

Hey guys, it’s TheAndySan hurr to tell you about my day.

I went on my daily bike ride a bit earlier than usual (around 10 in the morning) so the music store wasn’t open. It’s cool though since I needed to stop by the bank to withdraw money, so I still had an objective. After all that, Eriopolis and Ben picked me up to go to the Magic: The Gathering tournament.

The main prize of the tournament was a Bazaar of Baghdad that would be given out lottery-style at the end of 5 matches. If you won a match (2 out of 3 games of MTG), then you received 2 entries. If you lost a match, then you only get 1 entry. Although winning increases your chances of getting picked, you could lose all 5 matches and still have a chance of winning the Bazaar of Baghdad. There also were booster pack prizes for the Top 4 players: 10 for 1st place, 5 for 2nd place, and 2 for 3rd & 4th places.

Eriopolis told Ben and I that when groups of players go to tournaments, they usually have a team name. We picked “Das Team”, which is literally “The Team” in German. Whenever a member of our team won, we did the Das Team chant: “Das Team! Das Team!! Das Team!!!1 Ahoo! Ahoo!! Ahoo!!!1” Each member says “Das Team!” and for every member in Das Team that’s present, we then all shout “Ahoo!”

So you’re probably itchin’ to find out how we did, amirite? All of the members of Das Team scored 2 wins & 3 losses. That’s crazy-nuts! Oh, and none of us won any booster packs or the Bazaar of Baghdad. The Bazaar of Baghdad went to Andy…Kill. When they announced the winner, my heart stopped for a beat ‘cuz they said Andy, but it was the other Andy and not me. Sonnuva!! Oh well, Das Team will get ’em next time!! Das Team! Das Team!! Das Team!!!1 Ahoo! Ahoo!! Ahoo!!!1

At work today, I was talking with Cody (who also works at Wal-Mart) about him starting his own website. He doesn’t quite know what he wants to begin with yet, but he’s pretty sure that it’ll be about his view on various hot-button topics like religion and politics. I’ll definitely be helping him set things up when he’s ready so stay tuned for that. Obviously, when his site’s up and running, I’ll put a link to it up here.

Well, I do believe that’ll do it for me tonight. Before I go, I got an email from a guy at OCReMix.org about this really good Mega Man X3 reMix. He linked me up and I downloaded it. It’s definitely a keeper. You too can enjoy Dain ‘Beatdrop’ Olsen’s latest audiogasm (that’s audio orgasm, n00bz) at http://djpretzel.web.aplus.net/songs/Mega_Man_X3_Revolutions_OC_ReMix.mp3.

I’m gonna take a shower and watch me some moAr Bamboo Blade. Later!

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 32 days since www.theandysan.com has been up and 4 days since www.spicymelon.com has been up. If any of you guys use Digg, StumbleUpon,
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Happy Happiest Day, Everyone!!!1

Afternoon, it’s TheAndySan here to bring you t3h happyZ!!1

According to an article I read in USA Today a couple days ago, today is the happiest day of the year. So get out there and live a little today! Here’s the article just in case it gets moved or something:

The Final Word: Mark your calendar for tail-wagging happiness
By Craig Wilson, USA TODAY

E-mail cwilson@usatoday.com

You probably don’t know this, but Friday, yes this Friday, June 20, has been declared the happiest day of the year.

Who knew? Not me.

The news came in an e-mail from something called the Stress Institute. It reports that a researcher at the University of Cardiff’s Center for Lifelong Learning devised a scientific equation using a variety of physical, emotional and stress factors and came up with this Friday as the happiest day of all. At least this year.

In short, the stars aligned.

It’s the beginning of summer, we’re at the pool, reliving childhood memories of firefly nights, working in the yard and spending vacation time with loved ones.

I’m not sure I can handle this much fun at one time.

Kathleen Hall, founder of the Stress Institute, says: “Happiness is a physical state of the brain. When we’re happy, our brain produces neurochemicals that result in us wanting to eat, have sex or maybe sing.”

But all in one day?

I understand the barbecue. I understand the sex. But singing, too? It feels a bit like Christmas. Too much pressure.

And what if we’re not in the mood to cash in on the steak-sex-song trifecta Friday? Will we have missed our chance to experience ultimate happiness for another whole year?

An old friend of mine would be very suspicious of all this. He was always a bit perplexed, albeit amused, by Americans’ obsession with happiness.

For years he’d ask me why we think we’re entitled to be happy all the time. It’s not the way the world works, he’d say. People aren’t supposed to be happy all the time.

I never had an answer for him, so he’d sulk for a while, which I suspect brought him a certain amount of pleasure, if not happiness.

Coincidentally, Friday also is the 10th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day. The organizers, Pet Sitters International, hope the day will spark pet adoptions after dogless workers see what a great companion a dog is.

I took our late dog, Murphy, to work on one of these days once. She wasn’t happy at all. I suspect she even looked upon it as dog abuse. She spent most of the day under my desk wondering when we were going home.

She wouldn’t talk to me, but I knew exactly what she was thinking: The best thing about being a dog is you don’t have to go to work, so why did you bring me here?

I knew she’d rather be home attacking the mail that was coming through the front door or at least sleeping on the sofa dreaming about attacking the mail that would be coming through the door.

I had no answer for her, either, so we walked home early, never to return. Murphy, that is. Being the human, I had to go back.

I’ve yet to take our new pup, Maggie, to work, and I doubt if I will on Friday. I’d like to keep at least one member of the family happy on the happiest day of the year.

I have no expectations for the day myself. I’m going to play it all by ear. If happiness wants to wash over me, fine.

Maggie and I have agreed on one thing, though. There will be no singing.

I went to the newly opened Sonic and had a SuperSonic Burger combo. It cost me almost $7 and it took awhile to get to me, but it was all worth it! It’s official, the SuperSonic Burger is the best burger I’ve yet to taste. The Papa Burger from A&W comes in at number 2.

In other news, after I was done with my lunch at Sonic, I went to the music store. I played this classical nylon stringed guitar and boy did it sound good! I told the guy to put it on hold for me until I get paid on Thursday. Then, I’ll slap down $72 as a down payment and make payments on it with every check.

Well, I’d better get ready for work. I’ll see you guys later. Happy Happiest Day, everyone!

TheAndySan

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