I spent the Halloween weekend dressed up as Sagat and pubcrawled Convoy Street.

To all our geek fam and fans out there on the internets….

YOU TOO CAN SOMEDAY CRAWL WANDER CONVOY STREET DRESSED UP AS A STREET FIGHTER OR MORTAL KOMBAT CHARACTER.

And big ups to our friends at White Cygnus Media, Nerd Funnel, Min Sok Chon, and that one secret bar on Convoy….which is by Hobby People, in that same complex with the Yoshinoya, and sorta near Manna BBQ.

Muay Thai brings people together. It may sting a little.

I met Anthony Noceda at last year’s SDAFF when he was a facilities coordinator (I think).  The two of us hit it off when we realized that we had something in common.  Muay Thai.  While I started learning Muay Thai purely out of interest in the martial art, Anthony’s actually had some real ringtime.  Check out this video that one of my friends showed me of Anthony, it’s a pretty solid exhibition of Muay Thai, and it includes a Wai Khru prefight ceremony and padwork.

Anthony, we miss ya bro.  Stay up!

 

Bullying sucks. Stop it. Seriously.

Here at Strawberry Scented Burnout, my message to my fans is clear.  Stand up for yourself and raise your geek flag loud and proud.  That’s somethin’ I’ve learned through my 29 years of living on God’s green earth.  But…I know that it’s never an easy thing.  And high school can be a pretty daunting battlefield.

With the high-profile cases of Amanda Todd and now Felicia Garcia hitting the internets, one can only be alarmed with the trend of increasing harassment and bullying that’s going on in America’s schools.  It’s a pain that I know all too well.

You see, all throughout elementary school, I was a skinny runt.  But most of you probably already knew that.  Once I got to high school, things got pretty bad.  I was picked on pretty bad for my stutter, stature, and really squeaky voice during my freshman year.  One bully in particular took to picking on me, and I didn’t really know who to turn to for help.  Thankfully the bullies got kicked out of school after one semester, but the damage had been wrought.   I didn’t want to do any schoolwork, hell, I didn’t want to even be there anymore.  I was this close to being kicked out academically.  My parents took me to a shrink and after getting reports from all of my teachers, the diagnosed me with ADD.  I knew that wasn’t the case.  I lacked the confidence to live.  Somehow, I squeaked through the second semester of high school by making friends with John Rodriguez and Ryan Day, two of my dearest friends from high school.

When that summer happened, I decided to make a change.  I asked my mom if she could enroll me in martial art classes.  She took me to the Pan-Am Taekwondo Academy…and well, the rest is history.   Training in taekwondo gave me confidence and self-esteem.  Yes, martial art dojos really do that.  Seriously.  Once I got a handle on who I was, who I wanted to be, and where I wanted to go, High School didn’t seem so bad.  I later wound up being the ASB Senior class treasurer and other things besides.

Even today, some of my students tell me about bullies in their school, and I have to tell them how to act in the face of bullying.

So what’s the point of all this?   It’s simple.  Bullying sucks.  But what can you do?  Well, there are a bunch of things you can do.

1.  If you’re being bullied, find someone to talk to about it.  Like an administrator.
2. Tell your friends and don’t keep it bottled up inside.
3.  If your friend is being bullied, sometimes simply offering a shoulder to cry on is more than enough.  Be there for your friends.
4.  This is the hardest point…but you’ve gotta make a stand.  Bullies like to prey on the weak in order to make themselves feel better.

Unfortunately bullying is a problem that’s not going to go away.  If bullying nowadays is driving teenagers to suicide, then there’s something really wrong.  It needs to stop.

And to all the bullies out there, remember that no matter who or where you are, there’s always someone bigger and badder than you.  Don’t cause trouble for other people, because karma’s a bitch.

-twitch

You tell them, Cap.

This entry is dedicated to all the victims of bullying out there.  Stay strong.  

RIP Amanda Todd and Felicia Garcia.

[Hood Eats] “Golden House”

Negatron and myself are doing a new feature on SSB.  Hood eats.  Simply put, we’re lookin’ for good cheap food that probably flies under the radar on Yelp.  We’re focusing our search on establishments “South of the 54″.  The criteria that I’m using to judge them is considerably different from Justin’s.  I’m looking for taste, the ambience, and the price of the food.  Negatron’s criteria?  Um…. I’ll let him talk about it in the second part of this inaugural entry

First up, let’s give you guys the 4-1-1 on the place.

Golden House Chinese Restaurant
4370 Palm Avenue
San Diego, CA 92154
(619) 690-2688

Price: 1 0ut of 5 rims.
The price of one lunch combo runs for $5.50, and you get an entree, a hearty helping of rice, a cream cheese wonton and egg drop soup.  That’s a LOT of food.  Especially when you factor in the price, it’s a steal.  Perfect place to go when you need somethin’ cheap.

Taste: 4 out 5 rims.
It’s good hood chinese food.  It’s nothin’ to write home about, but man is it satisfying as hell.

Ambience: Not too hood.
It’s kinda hard to measure this.  For one thing, despite being in the “Del Sol” area of San Diego (which was a hotbed of street racing back in the day), it’s really clean and well-lit.   The shopping center it’s located in is pretty clean and inviting as well.   Hood eats?  Definitely, though the appearance will throw you off.  The service was good, though since we went during the lunch rush, things got kinda hectic.  Not their fault.

2 CHAAAAAIIINZ!!!

*ahem

Ahoy hoy, SSB fans! Justin/Negatron here for my portion of the blog. My rating system is a bit different than Twitch’s. I’ll be using a 1-5 scale. 1 being nasty, and 5 being AMAZING

Price:4 Ice Cube records (before all the family movies) out of 5
Like Twitch said, you get a decent amount of food for the $5.50 lunch specials. The rest of the menu is moderately priced. I didn’t see anything over 12 bucks.

Taste: 3 Yin Yang Twins out of 5
It’s good. I’ve had better…

Ambiance: 1 Kimbo Slice out of 5!
I don’t know why this was difficult for Twitch to measure. This place was NOT hood at all…just because the area around it is hood doesn’t mean the restaurant will be. I was disappointed to walk in the door and NOT see a 25 cent Homies Figure machine. Stop me if i’m wrong but a “hood” restaurant wouldn’t have a juice bar next to it…it’s supposed to be sandwiched between a Liquor store and a Pawn shop. Am I right or am I RIGHT?


                                                                                Making it rain tip money

Darkstalkers and Awkward Boners

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I remember being a kid (maybe 6 or 7) and walking into the arcade and seeing a huge crowd of dudes huddled around a arcade machine. I didn’t see anyone actually playing the game…just watching the game intro…That was the first time I was introduced to Morrigan and Felicia.

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“Holy Crap!? can they do that? that cat girl has like, nothing on”

hence the Title above…
Darkstalkers was HUUUGE back in the day. cool characters, fast paced combo fighting action, Morrigan, classic Capcom art and game play, AND Morrigan! then after a while they simply just disappeared. fast forward to the present and it looks like Capcom may have been dipping into the imagination of Suda 51 for this teaser: showcasing what may turn out to be a brand-new Darkstalkers game. There were rumblings that Capcom would be announcing a brand new entry into the franchise: a prospect which instantly distracted me from anything of genuine importance in my life. Imagine my disappointment when I awoke to the news of there being an 360/PSN re-release of two of the original Darkstlakers titles on the horizon: in smudgy, stretched HD. Then, if you don’t mind me hi-jacking your mind again, imagine my excitement when I came home to this teaser! Oh, the joy! How it poured out of me.

This looks like some Street Fighter IV influenced goodness right here and I’m hoping that they’re going to bring with it some solid, one-on-one, traditional gameplay that’ll help me forget how terrible I am at Street Fighter X Tekken. If this is just another cruel tease, well, I still get to enjoy that guy loudly proclaiming his love for Yoshinori Ono at the end of the clip. Ono is the grown man in the Chun Li costume, by the way.

Creepity Creep Creep

Howdy patnahs, I’m Ericka. Mr Twitchy decided to turn my everyday disasters into a new column. I get this a lot “What happened this time, lil sis?”–YES. I’m the “Normal Geek Girl” though I don’t feel worthy of the honor of that title. I’ve evolved from an outwardly looking geek to an inner geek, and oh, I can prove it.

How Embarrassing.

Raised the typical Asian way, GET STRAIGHT A’s or consider your life OVER.

It was always assumed my path set before me was to be a programmer. And oh, did I avoid it when I got older. Went in Biomedical Engineering, then Computer Science–wanted to punch my professors in the face, then finally moving on to the medical field. AND GUESS WHAT I’M DOING NOW?! Yep, Web Programming, Web Design, and iOS App developer. NOT what I went to school for. Can’t fight fate. DAMN. AND OF COURSE, writing for this lovely blog.

I want to learn how to do everything. Especially things that only “boys” are supposed to do, I have some inferiority complex and feel like I want to know that I CAN do it too. Seriously. Case and point: I wanted to learn how to fix a car, bought an s14 w/ manual trans, learned how to drift. Done and Done.

I need to know when people are talking crap about me, and I can do so in Tagalog, Spanish, Japanese, and Korean. Keep me away from MMO RPGs because I will disappear from life for a VERY long time. Same with Korean Dramas. SIDETRACKED.

Let me tell you this–I LOVE NERDY, GEEKY, INTELLIGENT guys. You know, the ones who read because they WANT to, have their own hobbies…such as anime, video games, can tell you about the most random of random things yet catch your interest because how enthusiastic they are about it…anyway. They make the BEST boyfriends.

BUT..they need to learn a few tricks of the trade. Well, you’re in luck. Use my horrible stories and experiences as a learning tool. For now I will bring you up before I bring you down in the next posts. As suggested, “HOW NOT TO ACT CREEPY”..well, here’s some good qualities for you.

CONFIDENT: It may not be in the same sense as other guys, but damn, they are confident when they are talking about something that interests them. Just give up. Come on, I don’t care what kind of socially awkward penguin you are but you must agree with me here. They don’t care what people think of them–or shouldn’t anyway…

LOYAL: As dedicated as they are to not missing out on that raids/instances, they can be just as dedicated to their ladies. Though, there needs to be a balance here when it comes to the two–I’ll get into that later.

FUNNY: 99.9% of the time these guys will always get you to laugh and have a good time…even get you out of your OWN comfort zone. Always good.

GENTLEMEN: These guys don’t know how to be playboys. You’ll appreciate this later.

I’ll stop here…but now that I’ve made you feel better about yourselves, in the next post I’ll tell you HOW to use these traits in your FAVOR and scrap the CREEPY, stereotypical behaviors. Oh goodness what am I getting myself into.

2 years ago….

Two years ago I bid farewell to Mitchell International, a company where I served as a car parts  technical editor for 3 years.  The job went well, but hey, shit happens and I moved on.  I wound up going to Coleman University and I graduated this past year on my birthday.  During those two years, I was pretty much broke.  :P.  While scrimping and saving (sorta), I did some pretty crazy things and met some amazing people.  You people helped me stay sane throughout this two year period and now that I’m working, shit’s gonna be craaaazy.

There’s many people that I want to thank, but I’ve gotta go down the list.

To my fam and the wolfpack : You guys spent the most time with me, talkin’ with me and keeping me motivated.  Your words, actions, deeds, and late night cruises kept me going.  Thanks!  This is only the beginning.

To Team Mixed Nuts : You all believed in me, and I believed in all of you.  Shit’s gonna get real now.  For serious.

Korea Daily/Kkonnect : You gave this writer a chance to do something not totally comic-related, and I’m forever grateful.

The Anime Compton Mafia 187 ice cold killagangstas : Being a volunteer coordinator for Anime Conji was a blast.  I met some cool as fuck people.

Jabronie Pictures/Almost Good Films: Getting involved with filmmakers such as yourselves has opened my eyes.

And last but not least….SDAFF : Joining SDAFF in 2011 was an amazing experience.  Working with so many creative and motivated people led me to most of these groups.  I can’t even begin to say how grateful I am.  Not only that, but my own Team Mixed Nuts has grown as well.  So to all the SDAFF-heads out there…I thank you.

Shit’s gonna get crazy, people.  Serious.

Yep.

If I ever get too cool….

I was talking to one of my old friends earlier today, and somehow, the subject drifted to me being too cool.

Me: Still, if i ever get to that point Mango, I want you to punch me.

Mango: Ok I promise you. I’ll sock you in the face if that happens.

Yep.  Even if SSB does blow up, I’m still gonna be the same geeky guy that you can talk to.  Unless you done fucked up.  Then you’re screwed.

I’M FULL OF AEGYO