SSB vs. @RondaRousey’s Couch

Ronda Rousey, if you don’t know her already, is the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion.  Her finishes?  All via armbar.  And they hurt.  But, she’s a human being like you and me, and she buys stuff off Craigslist.

SSB vs. Ronda Rousey's Craigslist Couch

No, she did not buy the couch off Charlie Murphy.

Good luck in all your future fights, Ronda!   We of Strawberry Scented Burnout wish you the best!

Happy Drunk Day Twitch!

Tomorrow is Twitch’s birthday fellows, brethren, sisters and friends. Tonight the craziness begins! I don’t know how long i’ll be at this party, but I DO know that i’ll be spending every minute trying to get him drunk as f*ck. Last year I had to stop him from reenacting the scene from the movie Kickboxer where JCVD repeatedly kicks the sh*t of a tree…instead of Bangkok we were at Min Sok Chon. Instead of a tree he wanted to kick a light post instead. Needless to say, Twitch is an amazing drunk.

I personally think, getting shit faced is a bad look buuuuut,

  1. It’s not me, who looks the fool.
  2. You only turn 30 once.
  3. It’s a CELEBRATION B*TCHES!

I’ve been all over this weekend which is my excuse for the lack of blog posts but I’ll be back better than ever when all of the crazyness has subsided. 30 crazy years of life. From deep in the archives.

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Happy Drunk Day 2012.
Here’s to you, Twitch!

Social Media Blackout Day #1 – It feels weird.

Allowing Neggy to let this bet commence is weird.  I can’t status update or anything.  It feels like I’m detached from the world.  Recently I started thinking about how things were 10 years ago.  Before Facebook.  Hell…I think Friendster was still around.  Myspace was the big thing.  I can remember being 19 going on 20.  My car was a 1991 Toyota Camry LE v6.  I was well on my way to becoming an otaku, though Mae stopped that from happening.  Sort of.

What would 19-year old me say to me now?

Hang on, I just beat Sakura’s World tour in Street Fighter Alpha 3.

Victory!

Victory!

It’s a strange feeling to let go of all my outgoing connections.  Throughout my whole life, I was always the one that made my presence known, for better or worse.  I was never content to sit on the sidelines, I loved talking and being around people.  I suppose that lead to me to being who I am now.

Being forced to sit on the sidelines watching….this is one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to do.  And I took a pretty nasty beating a couple days ago.

I guess what I’m most afraid of is people forgetting that I exist.  I think that goes for most people, actually.

Happy Birthday SSB!

“Relaunching a comic from a hiatus is tough, but I’m not gonna let that stop me.  Let this be the first step towards something bigger, epic, and strawberry-scented.” – Me, 2012.

This was the first entry in our new home, this website that you’re reading now.  Bigger?  Definitely?  Epic?  Sure.  Strawberry-Scented?  Well, we haven’t gotten to the point where we can transmit smell-packets through the internet, so…..no.  I still have hope though.

I’ve assembled a crack team of creative geniuses, and watched as it condensed to the size that it is now.  I can truly say that it’s good.  There’s not one person that’s in it for themselves, or overly thirsty and willing to name-drop people in order to get ahead.  We’re not about that life.

You guys are probably wondering what I’m gonna do to celebrate our birthday.  It’s simple, really.  I’m going to channel all my social networking energy into the blog.  Read this:

bets are on

Simply put, Neggy bet me 20 dollars that I couldn’t go the rest of Lent without my social networking tools.  I stuck to my guns, and the ante got higher and higher.  In the end, I agreed to it if and only if a “special” condition was met before midnight on the 14th of February.  Well, it happened.    Much to my surprise.

I don’t know how I’ll be able to manage the people in the Anime Conji volunteer squad/Staff group, but I’ll have to try.

So…to discuss the stipulations of this bet, I’ll let Neggy handle it on his entry.

All I can say is that the ante’s been raised, and it’s time to meet it.  SSB will continue to raise the bar ever higher and higher, and I hope you’ll continue to follow us in the days, months, and the years ahead.

Meet the cast of Strawberry Scented Burnout!

from left: Sandra Kumakawa, Jay Bautizo, Justin Cristiano, and Lee Mina.  Team Strawberry, yo.

from left: Sandra Kumakawa, Jay Bautizo, Justin Amador, and Lee Mina. Team Strawberry, yo.

In this run of Strawberry Scented Burnout, Jay Bautizo is an ex-SEAL leading a group of Spec-OPS operators from around the world in a mission to protect the geek world from those that would fuck it up.  Oh, and bad people.  Because bad people suck.

Jay Bautizo – Jay is the leader of Team Strawberry, the international spec-OPS squad dedicated to protecting the geek universe and fucking up bad guys.  He’s a hardcore otaku and an ex-Navy SEAL.  When people give otaku a hard time, he’s usually the first to speak up against it.  He can’t keep his powerlevel hidden, it’s over 9000.

Justin Amador – Justin is a suave ladies man, or he’d like to think so.  An ex-Delta Force sniper, he spent some time with the FBI HRT doing hostage rescues and investigations.  He knows how to get the job done.  Justin likes to keep his geek powerlevel hidden, because he thinks it would “kill his image”.  Whatever that means.

Sandra Kumagawa – Sandra is a half-British/Japanese agent from the British SIS.  Her work ethic is impeccable, and she serves as Team Strawberry’s technology and intelligence officer.  She hails from Manchester City, and is a huge soccer fan.  She’s clear, concise, and to the point, but she’s still kind of shy around guys.  However, get a couple pints in her, and another “chavvy” side comes out.  Don’t speak ill of Manchester United when she’s within earshot.

Lee Mina (Western Reckoning: Mina Lee) – Mina was Jay’s taekwondo student.  After going back to Korea, she joined the ROK Army’s 707th “White Tiger” spec ops squad.  She also received a 4th degree black belt in Taekwondo, outranking her former instructor.  Mina serves as the squad’s explosives expert and is very energetic, brash, impulsive, and loud.  She’s got her eyes set on a certain guy, and she won’t stop until she’s got her claws dug into him.

Want to see how this will all turn out?  Chapter 1 is being worked on as we speak!  Stay tuned!

GIVE A CHALLENGE TO THE HARDCORE! THE BLUEBOMBER RETURNS, SCORE FREE ART FROM US!

Folks, our family grows stronger! Shogun Gamer will now be a partner of SSB!

That’s right! these good people are part of a great gaming website who has a die hard passion for Megaman games, and as part of our first event together, we will be hosting a Child’s Play charity event that is Megaman themed!

The money we collect will go into improving the lives of children in hospitals by providing them with toys games and among other things .

Shogun Gamer:
The idea started as the seed of Kyle Hill. He’s always wanted to utilize his passion for gaming and his appreciation of the work done by the Child’s Play organization. Considering he’s dumped more hours into Mega Man than anyone he knows, it seemed like the perfect fit. The idea developed as one that would encompass an entire weekend, featuring three players of varying skill making their way through the Mega Man and Mega Man X series. The idea now, is that donators will be able to directly influence the game by issuing addition challenges to increase or reduce the difficulty of the playthrough.

Now you may ask, what is our role here? Simple! we will be giving away posters and commissions to those who visit and help out with our goal!

The event begins December 8, 2012 and ends in December 10  at   http://mega-marathon.com/
I hope to see you there, and if you do, please mention that you came from our website!

Peace out!

For more information  please visit http://www.childsplaycharity.org/about

BACK AGAIN!

At some point last night, perhaps around midnight or so, a distant corner in the far reaches of the Mixed Nuts room was lit by the dim yellow glow of a tired old lamp. Hushed whispers punctuated the soft warbling of the new 2 Chainz (2 CHAAAAAINZ) record in the background. I decided to make my return to the team…

I grew up being told that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. That saying is a big reason I’ve been away from the team blog. When somebody tells you that you’re writing style AND thoughts aren’t suitable for the blog, it makes you go through some shit.
At first I asked myself how I can change my writing style to better fit a PG audience. I thought about it for a long time. and here’s what I came up with. why the FUCK should I (the head blogger and newly appointed script writer) change my posts after I’ve carried this blog on my back for months. why should Twitch and I change the way we write? our writing, ideas, and thoughts are a HUGE reason why we now have regulars that frequent this blog. Most importantly..why the fuck would I listen to you?  and therein lies the kicker. I tried to change for someone that doesn’t write for this blog, and I’m pretty sure doesn’t even read it on a regular basis. As my good buddy Twitch says “we are NOT ign” Twitch and I are here to inform, entertain, communicate, understand, humor, and sometimes piss you off. THAT”S WHAT WRITING IS. it’s MY ART. telling someone to change their style of writing is like telling an artist that his drawings suck. SUCK IT!……ANYWAY I digress. This wasn’t the only reason I haven’t been blogging… 

Busy? Sure. Planning the return to school? Without a doubt. A little lazy? Probably some of that as well. All of that contributed a fair deal but at the end of the day friends, the whole drive to hop on the horse here and get to business has been seriously lacking. I’m not going to go into my whole dictation on the state of the blog world again, we’ve heard that about 3 times too many as it is, but I will say that I am not going to give up on blogging. The new experience I have planned will be a new inspiration to really take this whole form to a new plateau which inherently will result in me actually wanting to do posts multiple times a day. When I feel like I’m stuck in a rut it gets difficult to feel inspired to post, the ability to innovate and feel like I’m bringing some new to the table is what really brings me back at the end of the day.

So on that note, I appreciate your guy’s patience for rocking with the blog through these days of literary and visual abstinence. In the mean time through this somewhat dry spell here’s a clip of my boy Riley describing my mood right now…