Anthony Green & The Trolley

So I was recently blessed by the awesome people at A Red Trolley Show with the opportunity of seeing one of my favorite artists of all time, Anthony Green in person. When I say in person, I was literally right in front of the dude.

By this point you should already be largely familiar with Anthony Green…you know, from Circa Survive… No? What about Saosin? alright I get it, sometimes I forget that I don’t know my audience. Most of you didn’t care about music as much as I did while in school. If you were, I bet it was music from Dance Dance Revolution but, I digress.
Emerging out of just about no where in a large way with a sound so absolutely refreshing it’s a wonder he hasn’t already exploded into the general mainstream. To listen to his crooning voice come over his effortless guitar strums (Hand claps for alliteration there) was amazing.
Catch me in the background in the video below and enjoy the music.

San Diego Comic Con 2016

One of my Muay Thai teammates told me that he appreciates my outlandish geeky personality and the fact that I don’t hide my trash fandoms.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, I promise.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, I promise.

There’s a reason why I am the way I am now, and Comic Con is the main reason for it.

It was a little over 8 years ago, when I was in a long-term relationship with a girl I knew since we were little.  Slowly, as time went on, she took more and more measures to keep me away from my family and friends, and she tried to keep me away from anime and manga.  She wanted me to become the ideal boyfriend for her that was into One Tree Hill, hip hop anonymous dancing, and eventually, her flesh vibrator for her own personal use.

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She was totally Yukako Yamagishi.

Still, it takes two to tango.  I can’t blame her for everything that happened.  It was my fault for letting things get that far.

Things came to a head in July of 2008, when she wanted me to forgo Comic Con for that year to go to her cousin’s 21st birthday in Vegas.  I’m sorry, but if you’re a San Diegan and you schedule anything during Comic Con weekend then you seriously need your head checked.  I held out, naturally.  By this point, I had had enough of turning myself into someone that I wasn’t.

I eventually got dumped, and I went through a really sad time.

It wasn’t long after that that my homegirl Jenny told me to pick myself up and turn this into a positive, and here we are.  I started a manga that was basically a self-insert fanfiction that was part Gurren Lagann, part Metal Gear Solid, and all types of ill shit.  (Too bad that manga’s script was on my old laptop, that no longer turns on).  I put that on a website, and became comic-con professionally approved, as my comic was published!

I’ve really gotta find that manga, somehow.  Maybe get it redrawn.

Within those 8 years, I made some new friends, discovered Muay Thai, joined an anime convention, ran a half-marathon, and discovered the fact that nothing comes with holding yourself back.  For better or worse.  So yeah, that’s why when I’m not training my butt off at the gym, I’ll be out there catchin’ them Pokémon.

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Osaka was lit, fam

Strawberry Scented Burnout grew as well.  Not just a manga (though we need to get back on that, seriously) anymore, today our website comprises of my little brother Ferris, homeboy Justin, my little sister Ericka as our webmaster, Brian our videographer, Jairus on games, Joshua as our aidoru hell gatekeeper, Mario as our graphic designer, and you readers, reading this crazy website.

Comic Con weekend always gets me nostalgic from where we began, and I can’t help but wonder what lies in store for us next.  I should really look at the panel schedule and see what’s good.  That being said, if you run into me, I won’t ignore you or anything!  Say hi!

Summer Beaters

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There are certain days in the Summer when you simply are not allowed to have plans. You roll out of bed sometime around 11:48 to the sound of your cell phone ringing underneath your pillow. You probably fell asleep in the same clothes that you were wearing last night, and most likely you were planning on sleeping off whatever night time antics occurred the previous evening. The cell phone has very different plans however, and is absolutely relentless in requesting that you open your eyes.

When you finally get around to finding the phone and picking up the call, without doubt it is one of your close friends who, unlike you, is already wide awake and in front of your house to pick you up to head down to the beach for the rest of the day. Because it is far too early in the morning to formulate any sort of effective argument as to why you can’t go you roll out of bed, you throw some water on the face, brush your teeth and proceed with going downstairs, grabbing a poptart, throwing on your summer shoes and jumping into the car.

The reason for my narrative (Besides the fact that I just like writing a whole bunch with a generally uneeded amount of extravagance and fluff.) is to speak on the idea of the “summer beaters.”

 

When it comes to the Summer schedule there has to be a shoe/shoes that get worn absolutely every single day regardless of the destinanation and without a second thought. The shoes will usually start off the Summer in great condition: brilliant color, fresh laces. Than by the end of the season they will most likely be fully destroyed with holes, rips, tears, stains, and exsisting in a completely different color than the one they started as. It’s all part of the beautiful process that only comes about in summer…i guess.

I went with 2 pairs of Jordans this year. A pair of Jordan 3 “True Blues” and a pair of Jordan 9 “playoffs”
and in a way I feel kind of bad, They both were completely unaware the amount of pavement, skateboard grip tape, grass, sand, and utter life that they are about to come into contact with the last couple months.

Yoga pants should not be worn in an MMA cage. Ever.

Now I know squash matches are a reality in any fight org. But this is beyond a squash match. Beyond a tomato can. Hell, beyond those cups of applesauce that they give kindergartners before naptime.

Who let this match happen!? Who let Katie in the cage? WHO LET KATIE WEAR YOGA PANTS TO A FUCKIN’ MMA FIGHT?!

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That answers that.

(H/T to the peeps at cagepotato.)

So….how does this work again?

Romeo, that water was cold.

How’s everyone doing?  Between comic con, working with new writers, a promotion at my work, a knee injury, and my new addiction to Manna BBQ, we’ve been busy.  Let me apologize for the lack of updates on SSB, believe me, we’ve all wanted to sit down and write, but we’ve been planning some new things, on top of all the stuff I mentioned earlier.

A new artist

We’ve been working with Jimmy Pham, an artist that doesn’t have his head jammed up his own ass.   He’s got a style that’s quite malleable, and doesn’t make people change their script to fit his art, especially after it’s been drawn.  He’s not socially awkward, not a tool, and he’s pretty swoll.  Seriously.  Swolltaku no michi, for sure.

Videos

Brian, Justin, and myself have been kicking around the idea of videos.  Why the hell not?  I’m always down for something new.  One of our new videos is at the top of the page.

Collaborations

We’ll probably be working with a lot more people to bring more lulz and creativity to your computer screen.  Because reasons.

More of the same, pokey geekery that you know and love

While we are gonna be dropping some new shit, we’re not forgetting what makes SSB…SSB.  A love for all things truly geek.  Anime reviews, Game reviews, MMA stuff, me explaining my love for Ar Tonelico to the Dirty Gentlemen, Justin combing his sweet-ass pompadour, Ericka repurposing the internet for her own purposes, Brian getting us into shenanigans, Jared putting people back together, Abe talkin’ about soccer, Jonathan talkin’ about wrassling….IT’S GONNA BE FUCKIN’ TIGHT.

So buckle up, because we’re gonna bring the noise.  And here’s a preview of what you can expect over the coming weeks.

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Her Crimson Love X SSB – This is gonna be awesome!

This band is dope.

This band is dope.

You might be wondering why I’m doing an entry for a band.  Lemme break it down for you guys.

This band is dope.  Her Crimson Love is an all-female pop-rock(I LOVE THAT CANDY) band haling from our fair city, and they have an enjoyable sound.  You might remember, I did an entry about them last year when I caught their gig at the griffin.

Here’s a short bio from their official facebook page:

It happened in chemistry class. Hailing from San Diego, CA, the female rockers of Her Crimson Love (aka HCL) started out their days as a high school rock band that jammed in a garage to cover songs and made their own songs — and still do. The pop-punk, all-female band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Jennifer “Jay Jay” Juliano, lead guitarist and backing vocalist, Jamie Manalili, bassist and lyricst, Melanie “Mel” Buhay and drummer, Phonesavanth “Pon” Elena Navasak. Pulling influences from bands like Jinxed, Rufio, and New Found Glory guides them in creating the sound that they have today.

They performed at bar venues in San Diego such as the Griffin and the Office Bar and recently, AMP Music Festival 2013; their first was the AMP Music Festival 2012. Her Crimson Love enjoys sharing the stage with the talented, local musicians and getting to know and share similiar musical interests. Currently, the ladies are writing new songs, are working on releasing their first EP, and have some shows lined up.

Sooo…I was talkin’ with their drummer earlier tonight and we talked about geeky shit.  The usual.  And so, we decided to combine our powers for good and defend the geek realm from all that is pretentious, creepy, troll-looking, and #notaboutthatgeeklife.  What can you expect from this movement?  Um….interviews, maybe a video or two, Pon kicking Jared, the sky’s the limit.

So fans, be on the lookout.  HCL & SSB are gonna be rocking out, punching kittens, drawing manga, and partying really hard!

Although one of the things probably won’t happen too soon. :/

Their ReverbNation profile is here

COMIC-CON countdown: Get your head right.

..That’s NOT what I meant..but I support you all the way if it falls into your lap. >_<

Since Comic-Con is a week away, I thought I’d help you step your Comic-Con Cosplay game up a notch. If you’re tired of wearing heavy, itchy wigs..or wanna show you are KING/QUEEN cosplayer of ALL cosplayers..I’ve got your back. Whether it’s just for the weekend or longer, you won’t regret this most awesome decision to have fun with this. I’m hooked.

For the past 8 months, I’ve been on this crazy neon hair journey. The past week I definitely stepped it up. I went from bleaching the bottom 2/3 of my hair and coloring it to going all out and finally bleaching EVERYTHING. This post will give you a starting point if this is something you ever consider doing..whether you decide to do it today or 10 months from now. Stop reading now if you have no intention of doing this..but if you’re interested, a lengthy post shall follow. The Evolution:

MOST important things people won’t tell you:

  • COCONUT OIL: This will protect your hair in so many ways. Put 2-3TBS it in a plastic bowl and brush it onto your hair hours prior to bleaching. Leave it on when you apply the bleach.
  • ORANGE HAIR is only good for Red and Bright Pink Hair Colors. Everything else: BLONDE. Trust me. I dyed purple over orange and ended up with…BROWN hair…
  • MIX SOME WHITE CONDITIONER into your dye to make it stretch farther or lighten the color a bit. Get more for your money and condition your bleached hair all at once.

So, you’re ready for this journey? Now, where to start? What Brands? Help?!

Let me tell you, I’ve spent way too much money learning this on my own..so..just TRUST ME here, okay. Go walk your little self to Sally Beauty Supply or go order this stuff online. DO NOT think you’re going to find your blonde hair in a box. Unless you’re already a fortunate one with lighter hair. If you have dark hair, just skip it all together. If you try to do this from a box, you’ll need at least 3 or 4 boxes of Feria Extreme Platinum to get anywhere close..and that’s already 4 times more than you need to spend.

Step 1: Get some Loreal Quick Blue Bleach Powder! BEST I have tried. It’s about $5 for one packet or $15 for a bucket. You’ll need 2 packets if you’re doing your entire head and have long hair. An Alternative is getting a blonde hi-lift box dye and adding some bleach powder to it to intensify lift.

Step 2: Bottle of 30 Vol Peroxide Developer. Get the cream version. Nothing higher than 30 volume..your hair is already getting mistreated enough w/ the bleach. It’s about $4.

Step 3: Toning color, like Wella Color Charm Toner..or a cheap, boxed blonde dye to get the brass out. Or you can use some Purple shampoo to gradually tone it down!

Step 4: Pick your poison. This is probably the most irritating part of the journey. “What brand of color do I get..?!” Save yourself the trouble and please just DON’T buy the Beyond the Zone brand stuff..seriously. Stop. Right. Now.

  • TEAL/TURQUOISE: For that BRIGHT Hatsune Miku teal, use NRage Twisted TealManic Panic Atomic Turquoise falls closer to the greenish side.
  • NEON PINK: for the BRIGHTEST of BRIGHT, HIGHLIGHTER PINK-bright hair..Manic Panic Hot Hot Pink. For a less intense bright pink, ION BRIGHTS in Magenta is awesome.
  • FUCHSIA & PURPLES: the ION BRIGHTS in Fuchsia is pretty close to pink with a hint of purple. ION BRIGHTS in Purple is a fairly darker purple than other brands. Mix Hot Hot Pink and some Atomic Turquoise for a bright purple! That’s usually what I do.

NRage Demi-Permanent dyes last quite a while. Seriously. Taking all the teal out of my hair was a daunting task. Usually turquoise colors like the Manic Panic brand come out so easily (too easily) within a couple weeks. I did everything in the world to try to strip it from my hair and it just wouldn’t go. Took bleaching it to finally do this. So..that’s hot strong this color is.

Manic Panic: Best consistency overall and widest variety of colors if you don’t intend on mixing any colors yourself…but fades faster than any other color.

Ion Brights: Awesome color if you know how to manipulate the formula correctly. Straight from the tube, it seriously has the consistency of dried out acrylic paint. To solve this and get the most out of these colors, squeeze them out into a plastic container and add small amounts of conditioner into it and mix it with a small spoon until it get’s smooth. After that, it’s AMAZING to work with.

Once you bleached and have decided, work it into your hair however you want and leave it for a few hours or even overnight. Cover it with plastic or a plastic bag so it doesn’t dry out and apply some heat if you’d like. Wash it out w/ cold water, and don’t expect it to run completely clear. Dry your hair right away. I’d advise a designated “Color Towel” for your hair because it’s going to run every time you wash your hair. If you want to use warm water, wash it as fast you can, rinse the shampoo out, run it quickly under cold water then apply conditioner to stop the color from running further.

With SSB’s own at his 26th Birthday Bash in LA with my BRIGHT HAIR!

I wish you all the best of luck on your journey. Get creative. I used different gradients to have fun with. But most importantly, have fun. I love my hair–whether or not anyone else feels the same doesn’t matter to me at all.

Eye Spy: Panties

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If you’re from San Diego, I’m sure you’ve probably heard this weekend we will have extremely warm temperatures. Glad to feel summer’s slap early on! I’m done with the cold weather, and am ready for warmer weather, even if it means I’ll have a sweatlodge at my place. =)

So I stumbled on a 10News article regarding the hot weather, and couldn’t help but notice a weird sentence. Please tell me I’m not the only one that thinks it’s a little strange. Haha. The article alludes to the fact that because more people will be at the beach this weekend, there will be a higher rate of trash being left on the beach. Read below for the snippet (full article located here).

“George Lusk of Chula Vista knows the local beaches well. Many like Lusk said they’re concerned of the belongings and trash being left behind at beaches.

On Friday, Lusk scanned Pacific Beach with a metal detector. He scooped up a pair of women’s underwear and tucked them in his pouch.

‘[It’s] litter on the beach,’ said Lusk.”

Hahahahah. Really? So the author of the article watched this man with a metal detector pick up women’s fabric underwear … and then tuck it into his “pouch”. Now, I’m sure you’re thinking what’s the big deal. He could’ve put it in his trash bag of other items picked up at the beach, BUT wouldn’t the author use a different choice of words? Using the word “pouch” leaves much to the imagination … more specific, much to MY imagination. Haha. And why would George Lusk keep it? Why not throw it in the trash? Why even mention that George Lusk picked up women’s underwear? So many questions! Unless he considers it a treasure, much like the many other coins and pieces of jewelry he might find along the beach? (No offense Mr. George Lusk. 10News just made you sound creepy. I’m sure you’re a nice man.)

Speaking of treasures. I found this geeky treasure on the Geekologie site today (full article located here). It’s Zelda Map underwear you can apparently buy for $18.99 on Etsy.com. Seems just as newsworthy as finding underwear on the beach.

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Stay cool San Diego! Walk around with just your underwear on, you know you want to! Oh and if you happen to purchase this Zelda underwear and accidentally leave it on a San Diego beach, there is a likely chance that someone like George Lusk will find it and tuck it into his “pouch” … because he is obviously a geek like us! Duh! =P

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Late Night Snack: Cupcakes

So I’ve been really lagging on blog entries the past couple of weeks. Sometimes I just get a really bad case of writer’s block, and I refuse to post anything that doesn’t feel genuine. My mind finally feels free to express itself. =)

Since I tend to be up pretty late on weekdays, I decided that I might try a daily blog entry I will call Late Night Snack. This is because I love snacking, I love food, and I love staying up late at night. There’s just something about being awake when everyone else seems to be sleeping that makes me feel so rebellious. I loved doing it as a child, and I still love doing it as an adult. I remember when I was younger I used to pretend I would go to bed when my parents would tuck me in, but I actually had a flashlight and was reading books underneath the covers. I felt so badass. Ya I know. Lame. I was still reading and learning. Some rebel I am. Haha. But even so, here I am still up late at night reading on the computer … on a work night! Woo hoo!

Anyways, so for Mother’s Day this year we went to Café Sevilla. We were trying something different this year than the regular hotel buffets that we normally go to. The food was quite delicious, and they had an Instagram build-your-own cupcake challenge. At first I scoffed at the contest thinking I wouldn’t even be able to compete because I didn’t think I could come up with something creative enough that I thought was worthy enough of the competition. Well, I eventually acquiesced and just created random cupcakes for fun. They were just mini cupcakes so the canvas was quite small, which means the ideas could remain fairly simple.

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My first attempt was very simplistic. Just tried to create some sort of pattern with sprinkles. I wasn’t happy with it, so I wanted to make another one. My second attempt was my way of kissing a$$ to the restaurant, thinking that might sway their vote. Can you see the sad ‘S’ I horribly made? Well, in my defense the icing bag had a large opening (that’s … what he … said?…) and so it was quite difficult to mimic the ‘S’ in the restaurant’s name. Definitely wasn’t happy with my literal brown nosing mini cupcake. I was about to wave my white flag and just admit that I sucked at being creative, but my brother and one of my closest friends made a good point that the odds of one of us winning was quite high. We had all checked out the competition on Instagram, and there really weren’t that many entries, so that definitely was a good push that my efforts wouldn’t be so futile. I wanted to give it one last try to see if I could create the winning cupcake, but just one more as I wasn’t about to waste any more food just for my amusement. I came up with something simple, yet put my little twist on it. It’s kinda funny how it just flowed and the creation just came alive on it’s own. I took the blue icing bag and just went around the perimeter of the cupcake. Then I took the pink icing bag and followed suit. Then I grabbed the yellow icing bag and I just saw it as the center of a flower. That is what I went with, just a flower. I didn’t think to use real strawberry leaves until I arrived back at my table and felt that the cupcake felt incomplete. It just felt too blah. Just looked like a carousel of colors. I saw the leftover strawberry on my plate and thought it would look well as leaves for a flower. And then voila! I felt happy with my creation. =)

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Well … as it turns out … I won the cupcake challenge!!! … with the last cupcake I made. I couldn’t believe it. The last cupcake I made. One of the simplest designs that I could come up with. But something about that last cupcake just felt right and felt complete. Reminds me of what a good friend keeps telling me … to always listen to myself. He is right. I listened, and good things resulted. =)

Ok I’m done snacking. Time for me to bid adieu!