The Humble Bundle is Back!

Gamer friends: support these four awesome indie games by purchasing the Humble Frozenbyte Bundle.

You can pay what you want and also decide how your payment is dispersed between the developers of the games, charity foundations and even organizers of the Humble Bundle. I’ve only tried Trine & Shadowgrounds but both are very well produced and the graphics are entirely slick.

The fantastical side of me LOVES Trine:

You play as three characters, the first being an elfish looking thief, a sneaky looking wizard and a rather large warrior. She’s agile, gorgeous and relatively easy to control. The game in general is physics based and as far as I’ve gotten entirely enjoyable. The world within the game is amazingly beautiful. It kind of reminds me of how I felt the first time I saw Avatar. People may have their qualms with the plot line of the film, but you can’t deny the absolute detail that went into the creation of Pandora. Obviously Trine is not the same as the million dollar virtual world created in Avatar, but it’s spectacular in it’s own right.

Shadowgrounds on the other hand is one of those hearts stopping games (at least for me) in which I’m afraid to turn the corner lest some alien jumps and bites my head off. The game isn’t as terrifying as the usual shooter games since the angle of the camera is overhead as opposed to first person. If you’ve ever played Solomon’s Keep on the iPhone or Zenonia on the android, the movement is similar though much more polished. The graphics even more so.

Like I said you can pay what you want, so support this multi-platform, DRM-free collection of great games. If you only have a Mac like me, be aware that one of the games—Jack Claw—is only available on PC. Splot is still in development and will be available for download as soon as it’s finished.

If you’re a cheap-o and don’t want to pay for them, just send me a message and I’ll give you a download link to my dropbox because even if your stingy, I still want you to try out these games. They’s the bomb, yo.

For more information about the Humble Bundle, you can read more about them on their wiki page.

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Bad Mamajama

Considering the shenanigans I pulled last night in combination with my early call time on location in far away Downey, the day was surprisingly smooth and painless. Granted I did stay on set until 9:30pm (oh my, do I do enjoy these back to back 16 hour days) and I still haven’t had the energy to go to the gym but at least I’m home and for the first time since last Thursday, sleeping in my own bed.

Oh bed, how I’ve missed you. ♥

Another early call time tomorrow and the same the day after that. AND THEN a day off (I think… I hope). I’m totally going to hike Runyon like a bad mamajama on Sunday. Who wants to come?

To all of those who partook in the green festivities today I hope you had mucho fun. SAFE fun. May you all have lovely, intoxicated dreams.

Kinda Sad Nic

Hectic day, but that’s not why I’m sad.

My lovely and dear friend Anna is leaving in a few hours to go back to NY and because of my and HER crazy work schedule I barely had any time to hang with her. So tonight we drank and were merry until 1AM.

And even though I have a 6AM call time in Downey—which really means I have to leave my house at 5AM [ugh]—the exhaustion I’ll feel on set will be totally worth it.

At least I MAY have a place to stay in the area so I won’t have to drive back and forth since the shoot days are Thursday through Saturday… here’s hoping.

And now I am to bed. Goodnight loveys. Hopefully in a few days I’ll have some time to write about something that’s actually interesting and not just fodder.

Umm…

My body is beat. And so is my brain.

I honestly don’t think I’m processing anything very well at the moment. Perfect night for an hour of couch potato-dom.

Seriously, no talking until tomorrow. At least not to another human being.

Nighty night blogosphere.

Lady Sunday

I had a completely girly day. It’s rare that this happens so I more than welcomed the day’s activities.

First brunch, then lounging at home with the cousin and German bestie, then sushi and sake, then shopping (with the two girls giving me crap for spending an iPad’s worth on clothes and shoes… but me not caring) and also Abs harassing a poor salesman with questions on whether he had restocked 5 minutes after he said he hadn’t and then again and again and again… What about now? And now? How about now?

Then we ended the night with dinner, drinks and a scary movie at home which also included Abs accusing me of being a druggie in front of my parents. Awesome. Funniest part… they didn’t give a rat’s ass besides asking Abs, What’s wrong with you? Lol…We watched the Deadgirl which was awful and might as well have been necrophiliac porn but at least we got to paint our nails while watching it, haha.

And now we’re watching an awful web series on Netflix and the wifey is here too. Kind of in love with this day.

Who needs a boy when I have ladies in my life that are this wonderful? ♥

Lightsaber Phone

Such a random day yesterday.

First I got stung by a bee. I’ve never been stung before and if I hadn’t seen the bee actually fall off my shoulder, I wouldn’t have known what it was. Everyone who’s ever told me it hurts like a mother wasn’t lying. It’s actually still throbbing now. I’m just glad I’m not allergic. I’ve always been terrified of bees mainly because I’m pretty allergic to mosquitoes and I never knew how I’d react to a sting from the black & yellow terror.

Kinda hard to see, but it looks like a bee gave me a hickey on my shoulder.

I was also abandoned at a production facility last night. I couldn’t figure out how to close the stupid huge garage sliding door thing, so for a majority of the 2-hours I was there by myself I was completely on edge—so much so, that while moving around some of the inventory I jumped at the sight of my own reflection. Honestly, I was such a little baby, it was kind of hilarious.

Creepy, right?!

And THEN my night started. First dinner at Midori, then drinks at The Local Peasant in Sherman Oaks, then more drinks at the Victorian in Santa Monica, then random after party at a friend of friend’s house whose name I never remember, though I do recall renaming him Clarence at some point. We kept it going until 5 in the morning at which point I absolutely had to call it a night… or a good morning. Whichever.

At one point during the evening I did happen to drop my phone and this morning I woke up to a lightsaber-like line going straight through the screen. I think it maybe time to buy a new phone? What do you guys think: should I try my hand at the iPhone 4 again (last time I shattered it a week after I got it) or get the Nexus S? Decisions, decisions.

One positive thing about last night was the bit of a boost my ego got. I’ve been feeling pretty crappy all week and admittedly a bit insecure which isn’t very like me, but the male attention I got throughout the night’s shenanigans definitely helped a bit. Not to say that I ever need the attention to feel good about myself… but every now and then when I’ve been feeling self-conscious and unattractive it’s nice to know I can still rock a room with my freakum dress, high heels and quick wit. Rawr.

Seeing the German playmate tonight! More drinking??? Body, can you take it?

The Nic Cave

It’s a nice spot with microphones and laptops and pianos and guitars and melodies that go on for hours and hours. Whenever my friends are texting/calling/IMing me asking me where the heck I am and why I’m not out and about galavanting with them, it’s more than likely because I’ve tucked myself into the world known as my happy place.

I don’t think it’s difficult to realize that I am a lover of new people, new places and new experiences but every now and again it’s an absolute blessing to get a night to myself where I can do whatever the heck it is I want whether that’s playing video games, painting my nails, making with zee music or just lounging in bed all evening. So… while several lovely people were curious enough to send me inquiries in regards to my whereabouts, I was at home doing this:


 
And learning new songs on the piano. AND replaying the slightly older school Kingdom Hearts II.

TOMORROW, I galavant. But as for now… a sublime way to spend a Thursday night if you ask me.

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Filleting Fishies & Monday Rock Outs

I filleted my first trout on Monday night. It’s probably something I should have known how to do long ago, but since I’m Filipino and we usually cook our fishies whole (head and all)—

Mmm... tilapia.

…I just never learned how to do it.

For my first time deboning an uncooked fish (it’s easy enough when it’s already cooked), I think I did a pretty swell job of it. I’m only writing about this because I absolutely need to share this recipe which I got from the Abs Diet for Women. It’s yummy, easy to make and most of all, it’s good for you! If you don’t want to fillet your own trout I’m sure you can ask the butcher at the market to do it for you (I was too shy/too impatient to wait so I grabbed a whole one instead).

What you need:

  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • Cornmeal
  • Parsley
  • Trout fillet
  • Green beans
  • Sliced almonds
  • A frying pan
  • A steamer

Heat about a tablespoon of olive oil in the skillet over medium heat. Cover the flesh side of the trout fillet with cornmeal and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place the trout flesh side down in skillet and cook on one side for 4 minutes, flip and cook for another 2 minutes. Plate and garnish with chopped parsley.

In a steamer, cook a cup of green beans (trimmed and cut into bite size pieces) for about 5 minutes. Toss with a teaspoon of olive oil, about 2 tablespoons of sliced almonds, and salt and pepper to taste.

And voilà… Delicioso dinner in under 10 minutes.

For you calorie counters: Calories 372, Protein 20g, Carbs 17g, Total Fat 26g, Saturated Fat 4g, Sodium 48mg, Fiber 5g.

I enjoyed it, my mom enjoyed it and so did my cousin, the self-professed “fat kid,” Abs. So if you like cooking, try it. I promise you won’t be disappointed (unless you hate fish… then sucks for you).

After we scarfed down our dinner we met up with Blue and his cousin to see Steel Panther at the House of Blues. I kept trying to figure out all night why they seemed so familiar until Blue pointed out that they used to be called Metal Skool. DUR. I used to go and see them all the time at Typhoon Saloon in San Diego. Oh the memories… only yesterday did I stand in that crowd of white chicks, short skirts and beer guts as the band spouted vulgarities and insults toward the crowd who loved every second of it. Not much has changed except they may have stepped up their antics just a bit. Or maybe I’m just shocked more now than I was back then. In any case, mucho fun and tomfoolery was had by all.

I'm obviously the blond one.

Now I have to prep my room for the arrival of my lovely and amazing German cohort who lands from NY tomorrow. Also keeping my fingers crossed that Missouri can make it into town as well. ♥

And then… GYM. I really need to find a consistent workout buddy *cough* Wifey *cough* to push me on days such as this when I feel sluggish and not at all in the mood for lifting weights and running my butt off. Gym, gym, gym. Do it, do it, do it.

K. ReadySetGo.

Side Note: I’m totally failing this month at the whole Post a Day thing. Kinda mad at myself, but life distracts (as always). I guess I’ll just have to try harder from now on. :)