Book | Rosita y Conchita

Rosita Y Conchita – Eric Gonzalez & Eric Haeger

Is a children’s book that teaches culture on so many levels. It explains the significance of Dia de los Muertos and the practices for that celebration. What makes this book unique is that its a bilingual book with English AND Spanish side by side. The story and the art really captures the spirit of Dia de los Muertos.

You can read more of their projects with the links below!

http://muertoons.com/
http://muertoons.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

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Book | The Adventures of Someday Mouse

The Adventures of Someday Mouse – Katherine Brannock

 

The Adventures of Someday Mouse created by the sweet and talented Katherine Brannock. Its an inspirational book and talks about things an individual will go through in life. Each page is illustrated with a whimsical picture of the mouse (my favorite is the one pictured on the left). Aside from being an illustrator Katherine is also a tattoo artist! You can follow her adventures and work with the links provided below.

http://www.katherinebrannock.com/
https://www.instagram.com/katherinebrannock/
https://www.facebook.com/katherinebrannock/

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

There’s 3 things I want to talk about on this blog post. But FIRST a quick set of photos!

 

OK, with that here’s the 3 things:

There’s a lot of reasons why you shouldn’t drink and take photos.

  1. You might get some of your drink on your gear.
  2. You might accidentally drop your gear.
  3. You might lose your gear.

Luckily! I passed all my Fortitude Saves and Awareness Checks and I managed to take a few good pictures! I wanted to take more but thanks to running around doing various challenges and sweet talking my way out of trouble with the local constabulary (more on that later) I wasn’t able to.

Which brings me to my next topic.

If you plan to go the Ren Faire particularly The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire then there are something’s you definitely have to try. 

  1. The Pub Crawl! Seriously its fun/entertaining and there’s something about being part of 30-40 drunk people making their way through the Faire LOUDLY. As the Pub Crawl Motto is We are Rude, Crude and Socially Unacceptable!
  2. The Ren Quest! Have you ever wanted to live out those RPG game adventures? Then here’s your chance! Its actually pretty straightforward and the biggest bonus of doing this is that the entertainers/participants are more likely to engage and interact with you.

And the last thing which is the photography bit.

Is there a lens in your kit that you haven’t really used? if so why?

I’m just curious because I own three lenses and there’s a barely used 35mm in it so I intentionally didn’t bring the other lenses and forced myself to shoot with it. Still need to shoot more with it so maybe there’s a subject or event that’ll come up for me to use it.

That’s that for this post.

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN! 

Road Trip |Bro-cation Edition

 

Day 1: 3/24/16

0000 Start of the road trip immediately stops at the CVS down the corner.

0100 J still hasn’t watched Firefly (FRIENDSHIP OVER!) at least he watched Daredevil (FRIENDSHIP RESUMES!)

0314 Ran into the most lost person in the world at helped him get out of the gas station AND had to tell him to take the next lane over to get to where he was going.

0350 Overtook a FedEx Truck (why not?)

0440 Got overtaken presumably by the same FedEx Truck

0710 Arrived at Williams, AZ. Had breakfast at a local diner and walked the town a bit where I commented it looks like the town in Cars and then promptly learning that J hasn’t watched Cars (Friendship Questionable).

1020 Arrived at Grand Canyon debated about the pass. Ended up getting it.

1050You ready to see a whole new planet Dave?!?!”

1140 Started walking the Rim Trail after agreeing we both don’t have enough water/food for the more challenging hike.

1525 Arrived at Yavapai Point and Geology Museum, gets National Parks Passport.

1540 Goes to car to start making our way to Desert View Watchtower

1600 Quick stop at the Tusayan Museum and Ruin

1620 at the Desert View Watchtower jokes about possibility of stamp for passport finds out there are multiple cancellation stamps scattered throughout the park.

1625 *(^#%**$*(^&!@&@!^#*(^

1630 @!(#)*&^@_(!%@&*(^#@!*^$@!*#^_^*(%^#*(^!!

1645 starts heading for Flagstaff

1710 Hey, that looks interesting (points at Wupatki sign)

1745 Arrives at Flagstaff

1850 Let’s try it I don’t really follow what Yelp says

1920 This is why we use Yelp!”

2000 Caught Luther on television, while planning route for tomorrow and then knocked out.

 

ARMA-GAME-DON|JAN/MAR 16 EDITION

Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn we back at it with the all day gaming again

January came and went and now its March (Yes, February was forgotten somehow)

Some games we played this time are:

VS System

Holy crap! Was reminded how fun this game was. Tiny got us the Starter Decks (Batman vs Joker) and with all the hi-jinks that come with a four way game. We might get a box of a different set in the future and do a draft.

Monopoly Deal

Think Monopoly and Catan destroys friendships? Well this one does too but in a more efficient way! Lots of fun and it can get out of hand really quick. Someone’s claim of “I always win when I get all the railroads” being challenged as it was argued that its “Not a real game of Monopoly”

Raw Deal

I’m still cracking up that there is a card game based on WWF/WWE but what’s most impressive is that it actually is really fun to play! Kind of sad that Hulk Hogan signed his card as “Hollywood Hogan” though.

We also went to the Oath of the Gatewatch Pre-Release (cause nothings more fun then being paired with a random teammate). Where one of us managed to go 3-0 till ending with a draw for their final game.

One last thing someone got knocked out on Arma-Game-Don March so the scores got skewed due to that person only scoring 1 point per game.

Updated Scores are:

S – 98
T – 110
D – 104
C – 88

Also if you or your game crew have a list for scoring things on EDH hit me up!

MtG|Dave’s Shiny Big Deck

A buddy of mine introduced me to this MTG Format called Big Deck. The premise of singleton cards with a shared library is amusing and fun as the probability of stupid combos happening (especially with my usual gaming crew) increases exponentially.

Big Deck Rules as shown by Clonehead (go watch his videos!)

  • 555 Cards
  • No Lands
  • Spells are Lands
  • Each Player has their own
    • 20 Life
    • Graveyard
    • Exile Zone
  • Shared Library
  • Search only allows you to go through one pile

 

My version (follows the same rules just replace where needed)

  • 888 Cards
  • 8 Piles of cards

Abilities/Keywords that are included:

  • Constellation – because Enchantments are awesome
  • Outlast – long game strategy
  • Cascade – do I need to explain this one?
  • Exalted – one creature armies are hilarious

Abilities/Keywords that are excluded:

  • Landfall – too easy to trigger

Also not including cards that search for land because of two things, I know my game group well enough we’ll figure out stupid ways to win (e.g search for  basic land (Battle of Wits), put onto play, float mana, Upheaval, cast Battle of Wits).

Here’s the cards in it so far and if you have a card suggestion that is.

A) Game Changing by itself e.g Blightsteel Colossus
B) Creates hilarious/headache inducing board states e.g Knowledge Pool
C) Creates good synergy/combos with other cards e.g Clone
D) An Alternative Win Condition e.g Biovisionary

Last thing is more of an aesthetic (read that as slight case of obsessive compulsiveness) reason but it should be cards that are available in Foil and the Modern Format.

Reading: Eat More Comics The Best of the Nib

If you want to read something to catch up with current events and social issues then The Nib is the place to go.

Matt Bors does a great job highlighting the topics he touches upon and his list of contributing artists not only bring in their unique art styles but also their unique perspectives on the topic (unabashed fanboy of Kate Leth here who’s bio in the book almost made me spit out my coffee).

Some of my favorite strips from the book that you can find online are:

Supper Sunday
Lighten Up
Meanwhile in San Francisco
Vaccine’s Work
RPG

What’s your go to website for editorials or current events? Also you can get your very own dead trees edition here!

Sushi (Is there a right way to eat it?)

Went to eat sushi and felt a little lost with some of the etiquette that goes with it (along with what to order). But hunger and wanting to try eating at the sushi bar won out in the end.

So what did I learn?

1. Ask the chef questions! like the saying goes “He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever”.

2. Fried Shiitake Mushroom easily became my new favorite happy hour item.

3. It doesn’t hurt to try something different and if you still have doubts ask questions!

4. Take in the action, its almost like a show to watch them prepare your food.

5. There is etiquette to follow and since I’m no expert in that aspect I am leaving this Eater LA link. Watch it, Its very informative!

6. Last but not least is eat slowly, if you’re like me and have the tendency to inhale your food I suggest not doing it here (or anywhere in general really).

What’s your favorite and least favorite sushi? and if you saw the video is there any other etiquette I should be aware of for the next time I go?

Arma-Game-Don|Dec 15 Edition

2 Months down 10 to go!

This month we got to try the Magic the Gathering Board Game Arena of the Planeswalkers! It brings a new dimension to your MtG experience and while some of the figures look really good some are kind of questionable (but for that price who can really complain?). I can see a lot of potential for this game particularly if A) WotC continues to support the game or B) if you’re enterprising enough to make your own stuff for it. Also can someone answer why the heck does Chandra not have a ranged attack?!?!!

Moving on Ascension: Rise of Vigil and Dead Fellas were played again (easy setup + fast paced games + hilarity = high replay value). You can pick up a copy of Dead Fellas on their website and its on sale right now too!

We got to play 2 rounds of Catan with someone hoarding all the sheep and people blocking our one reliable source of clay (which equates to no roads for a while). It may be just me but I’m slowly burning out from that game and if it wasn’t for the entertainment provided by the jokes and bad German accent someone was doing (because apparently in that universe they have perfectly engineered the sheep).

Last but not least is 2 rounds of Commander and of course we had to mix up the decks so we don’t run our own to which we in turn try to kill the person with our own deck because of the phrase “I know how scary that deck is” I’m not sure if we hold our own decks in high regard or if we actually know what we’re talking about.

 

Games Played/Rounds:

Duel of the Planeswalkers – 2
Dead Fellas – 2
Ascension: Rise of Vigil – 2
Settlers of Catan – 2
Commander – 2

Scores have been updated since its ongoing and will end sometime in October next year!

S – 47
T – 53
D – 52
C – 51