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    astrangeone I honestly didn't know what to make for dinner tonight, until I ended up sinking most of my weekend into beating shrines, clearing dungeons and cooking some food in Breath of the Wild.

    Ingredients:
    - large chunk of beef (eye of round)
    - button mushrooms (may try this with the more expensive stuff, but this is rather delicious as is)
    - random spices in pantry (I used ground ginger, cayenne pepper, white pepper, and black pepper)
    - fish sauce (yes, I'm Chinese, that's obvious...you can probably sub more soy sauce as well)
    - soy sauce

    Prep:
    Soak skewers in water for a couple of hours. Chop up your eye of round into steaks and then into chunks for the skewers. Halve your button mushrooms. Mix up your spices and different sauces. (Eyeball 'em!) Use water to dilute the combination into a paste. Mix into your chunks of meat. Marinate for 3 hours or so (go play more BoTW!). Thread them onto your skewers, along with your mushrooms.

    Cook:
    I tossed them into the oven at 400 c. (Note: Crappy toaster oven.) I had a tray under the things, plus parchment paper on top of them. The mushrooms leak juice everywhere, and I had to drain the tray twice during cooking. The tops turned pinkish after 45 minutes, and I turned them twice. They cooked for about two hours.

    Tasting:
    The mushrooms stayed very juicy and delicious, and they seemed to absorb some of the meat juices. Next time I'd also marinate them in the same mix. The meat is rather tough, but flavourful - the mixture I had was spicy as heck (can I venture out in the cold now?).

    Next Time: I'd add liquid smoke or smoked paprika (don't have it in the house), as the texture was similar to grilled meat, and I miss the smokey flavour of it.

    Picture!
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    astrangeone Let me front load this - I'm not good at action games, but I enjoy a challenge a la Monster Hunter. But I suck at it, and I require a ton of time to get back into the action.

    Where I Am in the Game:
    I have a couple of sets of armour (Gerudo, climbing, sheikah, and a couple of others). I did 31 shrines (probably will do more), considering I want the master sword. I'm ready to open up Vah Ruta. I just finished with Van Naboris (the Gerudo one).

    What I Love:
    - BoTW saves before every main boss - dying means restarting and retrying your tactics. It's a quick load time too, meaning that you can try as many times as you want without sitting on loading screens.
    - ambient music is very quiet and creepy. Upon starting the Gerudo divine beast, I got creeped out by the music...
    - sentient bosses have personality!
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    - the fighting is not stiff like Monster Hunter. Sure, quick bosses require one handed weapons (urgh, I am not looking forward to taking down more Ganon constructs)...
    - the survival aspect is very different from any past LoZ game. Fill Link's pockets with stuff, use the stuff to make food or potions OR use them to upgrade your armour. It's surprisingly complex.

    What I Like:
    - bosses can be flurry rushed with perfect consistency once you learn the cues/split second timing. Gives combat more options instead of Link bashing things with his sword. I get a little burst of endorphins every time I manage to trigger the prompt for "flurry rush".
    - exploring in the game is rewarded with finding weird stuff. I ended up walking up to the Gerudo highlands in anti-cold gear, and I found a bear! I managed to kill it with arrows and it dropped a hearty salmon. In the close area, I noticed a rock covering a cave entrance, and I couldn't move it with magnetic force. I used statis and then bashed the rock, and found a treasure trove of stuff, including gold rupees in a chest and swords.

    What I Dislike:
    - the Blood Moon cycle. I get it, respawning all enemies makes it feel like there is tension in the air, despite Link exploring the land for no reason instead of recovering his memories or taking down Divine Beasts.
    - taking weapons instead of buying them. I get it as a design choice - get good, destroy enemies with your current weapons and everything else. Encourages you to explore too, as different enemies hold different things (I just beat an Lynel just for his sword and shield.) I just broke most of my weapons on Thunderblight Ganon's face and now I'm using arrows to try to take weapons out of enemy mobs.
    - motion controls for some shrines. I know, that was a selling point for the Wii U, but how imprecise the controls are makes me fear for my sanity. I had to shut down the game after failing a large marble maze too many times.

    What I Don't Understand:
    - the game released on March 3, 2017. I see people selling it and the Switch after they completed the game. Seriously - that's 18 days of gaming. How the hell are people bopping Ganon on the head so quickly? I want to explore every corner of the map, and meet all the NPCs, but apparently it's too much for some people.
    - there is a serious lack of Wii U copies. What the hell, Nintendo? Not all people have $543 to drop on a new console and a new game. Plus, the Switch really doesn't have a pleasing lineup yet (I don't want to play Binding of Isaac on another console...) It's not that hard to print copies of the game, is it?
    - all the LoZ amiibo are gone, off the shelves. I haven't even seen a Toon Link/Link/Ganondorf/Zelda amiibo in the wild in a long time. I saw someone at my local Toys R Us snag the last Guardian amiibo...seriously. (Oh, and they are going for $60 a piece on Kijii/Craigslist.)
    astrangeone Let me front load this - I'm not good at action games, but I enjoy a challenge a la Monster Hunter. But I suck at it, and I require a ton of time to get back into the action.

    Where I Am in the Game:
    I have a couple of sets of armour (Gerudo, climbing, sheikah, and a couple of others). I did 31 shrines (probably will do more), considering I want the master sword. I'm ready to open up Vah Ruta. I just finished with Van Naboris (the Gerudo one).

    What I Love:
    - BoTW saves before every main boss - dying means restarting and retrying your tactics. It's a quick load time too, meaning that you can try as many times as you want without sitting on loading screens.
    - ambient music is very quiet and creepy. Upon starting the Gerudo divine beast, I got creeped out by the music...
    - sentient bosses have personality!
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    - the fighting is not stiff like Monster Hunter. Sure, quick bosses require one handed weapons (urgh, I am not looking forward to taking down more Ganon constructs)...
    - the survival aspect is very different from any past LoZ game. Fill Link's pockets with stuff, use the stuff to make food or potions OR use them to upgrade your armour. It's surprisingly complex.

    What I Like:
    - bosses can be flurry rushed with perfect consistency once you learn the cues/split second timing. Gives combat more options instead of Link bashing things with his sword. I get a little burst of endorphins every time I manage to trigger the prompt for "flurry rush".
    - exploring in the game is rewarded with finding weird stuff. I ended up walking up to the Gerudo highlands in anti-cold gear, and I found a bear! I managed to kill it with arrows and it dropped a hearty salmon. In the close area, I noticed a rock covering a cave entrance, and I couldn't move it with magnetic force. I used statis and then bashed the rock, and found a treasure trove of stuff, including gold rupees in a chest and swords.

    What I Dislike:
    - the Blood Moon cycle. I get it, respawning all enemies makes it feel like there is tension in the air, despite Link exploring the land for no reason instead of recovering his memories or taking down Divine Beasts.
    - taking weapons instead of buying them. I get it as a design choice - get good, destroy enemies with your current weapons and everything else. Encourages you to explore too, as different enemies hold different things (I just beat an Lynel just for his sword and shield.) I just broke most of my weapons on Thunderblight Ganon's face and now I'm using arrows to try to take weapons out of enemy mobs.
    - motion controls for some shrines. I know, that was a selling point for the Wii U, but how imprecise the controls are makes me fear for my sanity. I had to shut down the game after failing a large marble maze too many times.

    What I Don't Understand:
    - the game released on March 3, 2017. I see people selling it and the Switch after they completed the game. Seriously - that's 18 days of gaming. How the hell are people bopping Ganon on the head so quickly? I want to explore every corner of the map, and meet all the NPCs, but apparently it's too much for some people.
    - there is a serious lack of Wii U copies. What the hell, Nintendo? Not all people have $543 to drop on a new console and a new game. Plus, the Switch really doesn't have a pleasing lineup yet (I don't want to play Binding of Isaac on another console...) It's not that hard to print copies of the game, is it?
    - all the LoZ amiibo are gone, off the shelves. I haven't even seen a Toon Link/Link/Ganondorf/Zelda amiibo in the wild in a long time. I saw someone at my local Toys R Us snag the last Guardian amiibo...seriously. (Oh, and they are going for $60 a piece on Kijii/Craigslist.)
    astrangeone Let me preface this with - I do not understand 3D spaces. Hence why I died in the first five minutes after failing to climb down from the Great Plateau's tower. Ow...poor Link!

    3 hours in, and I'm loving this game. It's like someone poured a survival game and the skeleton of a LoZ game into a blender and then hit the handy pulse button. Scour the landscape, find enemy camps, raid those camps for stuff and pick off enemies with your bow and arrow. My only problem is that the gamepad is huge and feels like I'm stretching my hands everywhere (I have tiny hands and I can wear youth/kids sized gloves), and there is no distinction between the L/R buttons and the zl/zr buttons.

    Enemies feel smart (I had a low level red boko do a jump attack, luckily he missed!) and reactive. There were some hairy moments where I forgot about weapon durability and had to switch on the fly to something else!

    The shrines are pretty awesome. Find a shrine, solve a mini puzzle and get rewarded with new and fun abilities. So far, just using the magnetic powers is a very different feel than your typical LoZ game. Moving and thinking in 3D is not a strong suit for me, but I have a feeling that I'd spend way too much time with this.

    Cooking in LoZ is awesome, although I miss the red potion for extra health thing! (I have a feeling that we can make it in game.)
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    astrangeone And today, I was just lazily searching through my email inbox, when a doozy of a letter landed in my mailbox.

    It follows:
    Good Afternoon astrangeone, I'm writing to let you know that I've reported your ad to both RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) and BSA: https://reporting.bsa.org/r/report/add.aspx?ln=en-ca&src=ca Your ad (#1185950550) titled "3DS Downgrade and A9LH installation - Can do 11.2.XX firmware!" promotes illegal software downloads (which is highly illegal). This is not the only ad that has been reported. Your ad (#1211395079) titled "Nintendo 3DS Modding/Hacking - Any Firmware!" has also been reported. Software that "allows you to pirate games over your wifi" is highly illegal and you should know that! You should be contacted soon. I'm writing to you just to give you a heads up.

    It's true, I have an advert up on Kijii offering to downgrade and install Luma3DS. That's all. No illegal software and certainly no pirated games.

    I should have been more careful with my wording on my advert. Looks like the BSA is just for businesses, although.

    Seriously, how screwed am I? I feel like the wording sounds like someone/a competitor creating a scare tactic. But I took down the adverts in question, and just looked over the rest of my adverts.

    Update: Looks like the "BSA" is a real thing - Business Software Alliance. Think it really was a competitor. If the guy wanted me taken down, I would have been reported for selling A9LH'ed systems as well.

    Update (Nov 22, 2016): I got contacted about my new galaxy style 3DS XL, and apparently it was the same guy who threatened me. What the hell? If you are interested talk to me about it, not threaten me...
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    astrangeone So today I got another New 3DS XL to play with/resell. It's pretty much brand new in box, and came with two games. I check the firmware, and it's 11.1. I go through the new steps and remember to put server_config.xml onto the card.

    The cfw'ed system I had is a Galaxy style one, and uses a 64 gb card (so I can make sure that all the files go onto the card itself as well as having enough room to do nand backups). I do the system transfer, it goes by easily and I manage to get Fieldrunners onto the new 3DS XL. So far so good. By rote, I ended up putting the 2.1 ctrnand files onto the card, and the files for the 9.2 downgrade. I get into sysdowngrader and do the first downgrade.

    The stupid part comes next - I did the 2.1 CTRNAND transfer. An eternity later, I come back to an "unbootable" 3DS. Now I start to panic, and then I figured I didn't delete the home menu's ext data. I do that, and the system boots. Now, I go set up the Internet settings, and go toss the old version of SafeA9LHInstaller onto it. I install A9LH onto the system with no sweat. I configure Luma, and then I give myself a heart attack...Luma says it fails to mount CTRNAND.

    I figured I bricked my system and start kicking myself. And then I check the SD card and remember that the 2.1 CTRNAND transfer makes you make a 9.2 backup. I use Hourglass9 to reflash the nand, after chickening out a few times (I didn't know if it was this system's nand, but I always used the OTPless version). Bam! My 3DS was working again, and I just about killed a couple of brain cells trying to figure out user error.

    So, never ever do things by memory. Check your work against the Plailect Guide! If I hadn't made a backup on 9.2, the system would be useless as hell...
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    astrangeone So I spent the last three days binge-watching Stranger Things. Yes, all 400+ minutes of it. It's a great show - like classic X-Files, blended with Are You Afraid of the Dark and topped with the team spirit of Buffy. So...basically everything a horror/sci-fi fan would love.

    My first impressions were that Winona Ryder is still pretty easy on the eyes, and I love that they cast her because, she's pretty good at over-acting, which works for Joyce. And the sets are perfectly done - so damn eighties that I want to say it doesn't look fake at all.

    My other thought when I watched the first episode was like..."Damn, they copied the opening for Elfen Lied." with the scientist running for the elevator in a panic.

    Random Theories Up Ahead:
    - The Demigorgon is immortal because it's the living incarnation of the Upside Down. Basically, as long as the Upside Down exists, it still does. My evidence is that the "gates/rifts" all growl like living creatures, and when El defeats it, they both dematerialize from our dimension. El could have just caused it to lose form in our dimension.

    - El is the Demigorgon. El was tortured at the hands of the government. The day she deliberately made contact with it, she was given a potted tulip by Dr. Benner. Her tortured psyche could have created the creature with the idea of the tulip plant as an evil creature. When she touched it, she "gave it form", and lost control of it. More evidence is in the form of El saying goodbye to Mike and saying "No more." as she uses her powers to defeat it.

    - The Upside Down is spreading into our dimension, taking it over. Every time we see the Upside Down, we see spores/dust in the air. When Joyce and Hopper both prepare to enter the Upside Down, one of the scientists says that "The air is toxic". When we first see the rift open, it's just a small hole, and by the time the month is up, the gate is about as large as the room.

    a) Will could have been chosen by the demigorgon to spread the corruption/darkness of the Upside Down. Could be why he was kept alive by the vine/feeding tube in the Upside Down...and why he didn't have to bleed to attract the demigorgon. It also connects to why Will was coughing up slugs at the end, and hiding it from his mum and brother. (He looks like he knew that he was going to bring up that slug via coughing and excused himself deliberately to get rid of it.)

    ai) Will may be a doppleganger brought back to infect the town.

    b) Nancy and Steve's love-making session was deliberately cut with shots of Barb being attacked by the demigorgon in the Upside Down. The monster could have been mating with her. When El makes contact with Barb, we see the same slug type that comes out of Will's mouth at the end of the season.

    - Hopper made a deal with the Institute in order to get access to their gate to the Upside Down. He could be working with them now - considering he knows about both the creature and what the Institute was hiding - a giant gate into another world. I think he also gave up something as well....but we'd see later...
    astrangeone So, I attend a local fan convention every year, but I prefer to be cosplaying each year. Last year was "retro" - Casey Jones and classic Dr. Who (the robomen of the black and white era).

    This year, after seeing the posters for The Purge Election Year, I decided to make a few early cosplays.

    The Kiss Me mask is not quite the same shape as the one in the movie, but I decided to not use air dry clay to shape the chin of it, because it would be quite heavy to wear. It looks decent for what it is!

    Pretty Pictures:
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
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    astrangeone So, you know last weekend I got scammed out of $90 for some really shitty fake 128 mSD cards. Wouldn't have happened if I wasn't sick with a nasty cold and half dead.

    Read Here:
    http://gbatemp.net/entry/the-saga-of-the-fake-adata-128-gb-cards.11547/

    I got in contact with the lady via Facebook and she was happy to give me a refund after finding out about how they were all registering as 256+ gb cards. So we set up to meet today, Monday August 22 2016 at the same place as last time (a McDonalds near a big intersection in my city). Early this morning, I get a notification on my cell phone - a message from the seller that she needed to meet me at her place because she's sicker than a dog with a fever and a cold. I'm skeeved out because I never meet people at their houses, but I figure that I have my phone and a spray can of canine pepper spray. (And instantly, I think - fucking Karma! You wasted my damn time and my damn money so I had to go to Amazon to pick up cards as normal.)

    I text her back, "Okay", and I get her actual address. I hop off the bus, and walk up to her house, and instantly notice that it's a rental house/probably a student house with different apartments inside (XXX-1, XXX-2, XXX-3), plus there was an intercom pinpad on the door. There were two older people on the porch, and the lady asks "Whom are you looking for?" (The two were probably the landlord/landlady. I was tempted to say I was the seller's girlfriend, just to fuck with heads.) I answer with her name, and phone the seller inside. She comes out, looking flushed as all get out, and I hand her the unopened packages of micro sd cards in a plastic bag. She hands me the money, and we finish with the transaction.

    To the observer, it probably looked like drugs of some sort. I guess she'd be answering questions from her nosy as hell landlords.

    And great news - I got my order of micro SD cards from Amazon today. Happy as heck that I can finish installing A9LH on one of my systems to flip.
    astrangeone So, I'm a member of a facebook group that buys and sells stuff, mostly it's used stuff like designer handbags and other things.

    I was browsing and saw a post for "Brand New adata 128 gigabyte micro SD cards" for $35 a piece. So red flags are raised and I was thinking "How the hell can someone offer these for such a cheap price?" (Keep in mind that these retail for $54.99 + taxes.) I go online and ask the seller why they are so cheap - and she says that she bought them in bulk. That's reasonable, and I think that adata are a smaller brand, so there is less of an issue of getting faked cards.

    We set up a meeting time, and I go and meet up with her at a local McDonalds. I pay $90 for three of the cards, and they came wrapped up nicely in foam/bubble wrap.

    I finally get home after buying cold medicine and eating lunch at a pizza place, and I excitedly toss one of the cards onto the laptop. It is mounted as a separate drive, and boom - it shows up as 250 gigabytes. Warning, warning, warning. So I grab h2testw and start running it on the card. 16 hours later, it shows me that the card is just an 8 gb card faked into a full 250 gb card. Keep in mind that it's like 7:50 am in the morning when I find this out later.

    I text the seller all morning and not a single answer. I'm getting mad because it's a waste of my damn time and my money and the seller still does not respond. I go out with my dad for lunch and we head to the library. All the time my phone is turned on - and I even phoned the seller three times normally from my cell phone. It's like 1:30 pm now. I finally get home again and I decide to file a police report online - my hometown as a great system, although it's unfriendly to those to don't read English. I took photos of the memory cards AND the h2testw results. Luckily, because these serve as evidence in my police report. So after all that, I end up filing the report, and I finally got in touch with the seller via facebook messaging. (I settle with ordering two 64 gb cards from Amazon to replace the junk I had.)

    She asks me to check out the rest of the cards and I do. One of them reports as 32 gb, and the other was a 250 gb card. I tell her that I've filed a police report and she gets angry. She finally calms down when I tell her that she probably has been ripped off as well. I finish the testing of the "32 gb" card, and it reports that it's a single 16 gb card that again has been faked to report it as 32 gb on a computer. She uses my photo of the h2testw to talk to the wholesaler, and we conclude the conversation saying that we should meet up next week for a refund. She also removes the adverts from the "buy and sell" place that we are both using.

    So Friday rolls around, and I get a email saying that my police report has been approved. I fill in a supplemental form that reports the rest of our conversation and now I'm just waiting for a bloody answer.

    TL:DR: I buy high capacity 128 gb adata cards from a local seller, and find out that they are "really bad fakes". I try to get in touch with the seller, fail and finally resort to filing a police report along with the photo proof of those awful fakes. We finally talk and the seller removes her advertisements from the site, and she gets in touch with the wholesaler. The police approve my case and actually give me a case number.

    Pictures of the Cards in Question:
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    August 19 2016 Update:
    Yes, I'm an idiot and didn't notice the SDHC thing on it. I blame the fact that I had the sniffles from a nasty ass cold (still sick, but medicine is making me feel...at least human).

    So, we talked, and the idiot lady has tested her micro SD cards, and she was getting the 250+ gb results on her end. Problem is that she's just a cell phone tech, so that she just knows how to test with cell phone apps, which really don't do a good job on them. And she got stonewalled by the wholesaler (not surprised, because honey, they are a big time scammer - and I don't care how much positive feedback they have).

    She's not shipping them back because it's hella expensive, but she's selling them locally (I'm going to be avoiding adata brand micro sds for a long while now). She promised me a full refund (because I told her that I modify Nintendo 3DSes for extra money), and that I can keep the shitty card I opened. Hooray, now I have a fake adata branded micro SD adapter. I don't know if I should cry OR cheer.

    On the front with the police report, I added in extra information, that I've spoken to the seller and she promised me a full refund. And they emailed me back that they won't pursue the matter now. I feel like adding another form and asking them to check up on her. I just hope her other customers realize that they got scammed and go to the police.

    You know what's shitty? She didn't respond me to until I threatened her with the cops. I still smell a scammer, but whatever...
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    astrangeone So my extra o3DS never went online and never had an NNID attached to it. It was originally on 9.9 firmware, and I ended up using OoTHax to downgrade while I had the chance. I finally completed the installation of A9LH on it, and used Luma3DS.

    Today, a friend of mine wanted his 11.0.33 U o3DS downgraded and exploited with A9LH. I finally had to chance to use the Fieldrunners exploit - and learn something from it.

    Tips:
    - Copy your SD cards
    - Your DSi Ware is transferred via wifi in one of the last steps on your stock 3DS
    - it takes forever and a day - you have to set up an new NNID, and buy the DSiWare. And the system transfer takes forever to finish a few things.

    Oh yeah, and use the latest update of FBI - it will save you a headache. (My last version didn't have the "current directory" menu option...)

    Edit: I deleted the throwaway NNID, and my friend is going to toss his NNID back onto the system. I'm also going to restore my sysnand A9LH backup as well..
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    astrangeone 0) So, apparently Jason Hooft from 3KB lives in my hometown....I've been scouring my city for cheap n3DS XLes to exploit and flip on the market. (I know, I'm a terrible scalper - so what? Some people are terrified of installing A9LH and some people don't have the time.) I recently picked up a bundle including a carry case and a charger from a gentleman on our local classified adverts. I met him at the local subway/tube/metro station and he turned out to be Jason Hooft from 3KB. (I don't watch his stuff, but he mentioned that he was an online reviewer and he was selling off his n3DS XL because he didn't use it anymore.)

    He was wearing his JKB shirt, a Zelda hylian shield hat (black with the design in gold/raised decoration), and interestingly, had a Zelda Triforce tattoo on one of his forearms.

    I should have kept his system intact, OR got the guy to sign the box OR something. (His mii looked like him!)

    He had Shovel Knight, Triforce Heroes and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire (which he didn't even touch, there was the language option in the beginning).

    I'm up to downgrading to 2.1 on his 10.7.32 system, but it's a dull process once you do it 10 times.

    1) I've picked up a practice lock and lock picks on Amazon. It's amazing how fast a simple padlock can be undone by someone good at it. It took me about half an hour of fiddling for an absolute beginner to pop the padlock open, and now I can even single pin pick the practice padlock without looking at it. (Also, it can be raked stupid easily.)

    2) I'm going to get certified in CPR and first aid tomorrow It's an all day class and at the ass end of the city, and I hate traveling that way....requires me to be up at 6:30 am to get there..

    3) Still looking for work in my field - recreation and leisure, but I found an advert from a nursing home that requires the CPR training
    astrangeone So, I've been watching the first two episodes of the new SU season.

    Go watch them if you haven't!

    Super Watermelon Island:
    http://kisscartoon.me/Cartoon/Steven-Universe-Season-3/Episode-1?id=70298

    Gem Drill:
    http://kisscartoon.me/Cartoon/Steven-Universe-Season-3/Episode-2?id=70299

    My Thoughts on Super Watermelon Island:
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    My Thoughts on Gem Drill:
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    astrangeone So, late last year, I decided that I wanted to go scare people for money. There's this semi permanent one that opens every October in my hometown, and they are always looking for actors to run it. So I toss my application at the form on the webpage, and they got back to me just before it opened - about late November. I got dressed for the part - with a homemade Bioshock splicer mask and a bridesmaid's dress. I also wore "scarring" fluid - it's a makeup trick that pulls your skin into a convincing scar. I think the manager hired me because I had a book of costumes with me - my cosplays and I was dressed as a convincing Pyramid Head with bare shoulders and arms. She asked me if I wanted to play a specific character and if I had experience with haunted houses. I replied that I would work as any character, except for Alice (the haunted house had an Alice in Wonderland themed one - not really scary, but more cool looking) and the completely "in-the-dark" one (because I have shitty nightvision already). The haunted house place is set up with like six different themed areas, with two of them outdoors.

    So the day of the dress rehearsal comes around, and I'm already exhausted because I ended up walking into the fairground and into the building/area the haunted house is set up in. It's crazy busy because there are so many "new" actors and people were getting costumes and shit done. (By the way, the new hires had those shitty costumes from Spirit Halloween, and they looked awful.) So, we were guided through our respective houses, and it turns out that I was working in one themed after a mental institution. So, after getting scared by air whips and thumps in the haunted house that I was working in, I found my section. I was to be playing a mad butcher in a kitchen type setting - and the section I had was awesome, with coffee pots, pots/pans, a toaster and generally looking great with the exception of fake blood, and random body parts in the pots and pans. (And they had foam brains - which was fun.)

    So the next thing that happened was that we were supposed to go into other haunted houses, and have the other actors work their magic on you. Personally, the worse attraction for me was the "completely in the dark" one - because the actors will sporadically turn on their flashlights and scare the piss out of you. And it was so damn dark that you literally couldn't see your hand in front of your face. My favourite one has to be the classic "haunted house" - because it featured the demon from the Exorcist and there were so many clever hiding spots for people. (Seriously, if you go, go see that haunted house - the actress is pretty damn convincing!)

    So finally, the night is over, and I end up walking home (could have taken the bus, but it was late and I needed the time to completely wind down from the experience). So the next day, we were on for working - we had to arrive early for makeup and instructions. I get my makeup done - black grease paint on the eyes, white greasepaint everywhere else and two types of fake blood (some of this was called "fresh scratch" - it's the stuff that looks like it's clotted and stays put, the other kind is the loose/free running stuff, but it tastes like butt).

    So, my coworkers and I get into position, and because it's the start of October, not too many people come in to get scared. I do get a couple of good ones - but I because of my voice and my role, I decide not to go with screaming - just growling and lunging at people.

    Here are my favourite scares of the month:

    0) Group is a mixed group of people and I'm kneeling in my hidey hole. I can practically see the lead (a black guy wearing a white sweatshirt), and he's distracted looking at the grill/props. I jump out, growling all the while, and he instantly jumps up and lands on his butt. His friends don't react, but he does, which made them laugh so hard.

    1) Victims are two tough looking asian guys, and I hear them coming. I pop out, growling, and they actually jumped into the opposite wall hard enough to bounce off of it.

    2) I hear a mixed group with a bunch of girls, and I scurry back into my hiding spot. I practically plow into them, and get up close and literally growl into this girl's face. She loses her nerve and sprints for the exit, bringing all of her friends with her. (The funniest part was that I could pinpoint the exact point she lost her nerve.)

    3) This one's my favourite - I was getting tired already and my voice was starting to break from the deeper growls. There are two tables with seated ghouls in my area, and I heard the lone guy coming through. I turn to face one of the ghouls and I start singing in Mandarin Chinese in a high pitch, and stroke the thing's face, and as soon as he passed me by, I whipped around, and dropped my voice into a deep growl. That got me the "reward" of an actual whimper, and the lady behind him saying "I love your performance!"

    4) This one was just funny. A group of older ladies were going through the haunt, and most of them were unaffected by the scares. One of them however, was looking terrified and completely horrified. I pop out, and actually hit the wall behind her. I also ended up growling at her, and she responded by going limp and saying "I don't want to be here!". I ended up tailing them to the exit, and the lady was still going "I know you can't touch me..." And her friend pulls an asshole move, she actually grabbed her friend's coat, and that got a terrified scream.

    5) Two younger girls wearing makeup and going through with their boyfriends. Because they were reacting so much, I ended up tailing them to the end of the haunted house, and was actually starting to run. The girl reacted in genuine fright and actually ended up flailing her arm so hard she got me in the throat and actually knocked the air from me.

    6) It was a busier day and we were encouraged to keep the "lines" moving. It was a tiring day, and my feet were killing me from all the lunges and slapping I did. Plus, the maniac laugh I did involved a full body posture. This group was a bunch of preteens, mostly guys. The one guy at the front had basically did a full stop, deer in the headlights look at my costume/makeup (at this point, I was wearing gelatin flesh that looked like Freddy's burn marks)...and he was stopping all traffic. I decided to make the best of it, and ended up rocking back and forth on the balls of my feet and then feinting a lunge at him. Instantly, the guy grabbed the nearest weapon - a toaster rack, and I lunged again growling "Put that back!" He did, and ran out taking the entire group with him.

    7) I was slinking out of the haunted house on break, and I had to use the bathroom. I was crossing to the main building and I saw a group of three girls take one look at me and my makeup (the burned/decaying flesh) and they turned and ran in unison. My manager saw that too and both of us ended up dying of laughter.

    8) So my coworker works in a room with fake decapitated heads, and one of his lines was "Would you like a head?" So...one of the guests had a dirty mind and responded with "Nothing wrong with some head!" And that ended up making me chuckle through my makeup and completely making me break character.

    9) So, the flooring in my section is pretty uneven with fake wood flooring. I always end up jumping out at the guests and I'm pretty fat. So, I ended up jumping out at guests, landing funny and actually felt a small bone in my foot break. I spent the month limping and finally headed to the doctor to ask him for an X-Ray. And yup, a tiny sliver of bone came loose from my foot. The only good thing that came out of it was that I had a pretty convincing limp for the rest of the work days.

    10) I hear a group coming, and I pop out of the alcove I'm in. The group turns out to be Chinese, and consisting of 2 guys and 2 girls. The girls are completely sandwiched between the two guys. I growl at them, and they get a good look at me, and both the girls shut down completely. They start weeping and they sink to the ground. One of the guys had to rescue them and escort them out of the attraction.

    11) Mixed group with a couple of kids. I growl and get into one of the kid's personal bubble. He drops down onto all fours and basically crawls out of the attraction.

    12) Straight couple with the guy leading. Girlfriend is holding onto the boyfriend's shoulders. I pop out and growl at them, and the girlfriend pulls on the guy's shoulders so hard that it looks like she might just snap his neck.

    13) The funniest one yet was this guy jumping half a foot into the air and then landing again. And he complains to his friend, "Why do the short ones always get me?"

    14) I'm in the main building and there's a straight couple. The guy gestures for me to chase his girlfriend out of the corner of my eye. I see her cringing away from me and just as I pass her, I lunge at her. She screams and then runs off, I spend the next 10 minutes cackling madly and running at her. She finally runs into her boyfriend's arms, and I laugh and slink off...(Hell, I was out of energy completely...)

    15) One of the guests took one look at me and then backed up into the curtains into the other area. I start stalking him and he just bolts for the exit like he was on fire!

    16) My coworker brought her boyfriend through the haunted house, but called out to the actors to "cool it". I was mid-maniac laugh and then I dropped my expression to just a glare, and the boyfriend was like "What the hell was that?" That made me laugh so hard later...

    Bonus: And the cutest couples costume was a couple dressed as Mulder and Scully. The wig was awful although, maybe I'm used to cosplay wigs, but urgh, that was Dollar Store quality...

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Would I work at that attraction again? Yes. The pay was minimum wage, but we got a bonus if we made a guest pee or poop themselves. (But I didn't have the heart to make the poor guy stand there in wet pants while I called over a manager to confirm!) It was a very physical job (lots of running and lots of jumping) - we would be freezing at the beginning of shifts, but be sweating like crazy. I had rubber work gloves on as part of my costume, but usually by the first hour, I would be soaking in sweat and literally have to peel the gloves off.

    The perks of the job are basically free amusement rides and free food, and watching human beings get scared to death. Plus, it's basically fun - you are paid to scare people and make sure they have a bit of fun. (Why you would pay to scare yourself is beyond me, but whatever floats your boat, man...)
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    astrangeone 0) Majora's Mask: It sucks. Plain and simple, the three day countdown and too many sidequests made me want to hurl my 3DS across the room. Ocarina of Time still holds up as a game because it feels like you accomplish things - the 3DS version of Majora's Mask does not. (Too bad, because I preordered this game when it was announced.)

    1) FNAF: Great lore behind it, and very cool concept. (I hate animatronics with a passion - yes, I was traumatized by the "It's A Small World" Disney ride as a kid - there was this shadow/diorama of Vishu (the multiple armed Hindu god), and that image is still branded in my brain FOREVER. I went back as a teenager, and the ride had changed - but it was still vaguely creepy). So props for Scott Cawthorn creating a game that featured killer animatronics. But at a base level, FNAF should have been just a flash game - finite resources, and jumpscares - let the player scare the piss out of themselves. And it came out at a time when there was no horror themed games, so people who LOVE horror games basically ate it up.

    Also, amusing side note - Scott Cawthorn actually ended up licensing his games to be made into little "back pack" danglers. I found them at Toys R Us, and I would probably end up buying some for a friend's Christmas present.

    2) Pokemon games are being released way too fast and people are going to get burnt out on the series. Don't get me wrong, I still love Pokemon, but when Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby's sales still haven't cooled down, I don't think the development team should be working on games like this. I have a feeling that the game was developed alongside Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby, but...

    I also made up my mind that I'm probably not going to buy remakes of Pokemon games. I just finished playing through Alpha Sapphires Delta episode, and just put it down in favour of Yokai Watch and Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon.

    3) Mobile games are going to destroy the portable console market. Everyone has a tablet, cell phone and other device that can play games. I know a lot of my friends are waiting for Pokemon Go, versus picking up another Nintendo portable handheld. What's easier? Download a game to a device that you always have on hand, than to buy another handheld + accessories for it. Only problem is that the phone/device does not have buttons, but you can solve that with accessories.

    Don't get me wrong, I like having dedicated portable consoles for gaming. It's just that the devices and games are dead expensive for them.

    4) Installing screen protectors is bullshit. Why can't my device's screens have scratch resistance built in?

    5) Limited edition consoles are frankly ridiculous. Screw all of you scalpers out there asking for $380 for a Majora's Mask n3DS XL. I rather wait until the stuff comes down in price than pay XXXX amount of money to people who flip the console.
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