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  • StrayGuitarist

    The Sandwich recipe

    What the hell's going on here?

    I posted this in a random EoF thread about sandwiches a few minutes ago, but because of how many months of research and development went into this, and how people consider this an 'aspect of my personality', I'd like to make an actual blog post about it. The Sandwich is a grilled cheese with four strips of bacon, four slices of cheese, and a handful of french fries, pressed into one package. Here we go.

    Heed these instructions, and you will reach your destiny.

    Start by preparing your fries. You can get them store-bought, and reheated in an air fryer or an oven, or you can do it homemade with a deep fryer, but either way it's gonna take a while. They'll probably finish around the same time as the bacon.

    Next, you want to get a pan and make it hot. If your stove has a knob that reads 1-to-10, I'd say around a 7.
    In this pan, start cooking your bacon. You'll need four strips to make The Sandwich. Don't worry about the grease the bacon'll leave behind, that's part of the process. Just be careful not to let it get overcooked, because it'll cook pretty quick at this heat. Although if the grease is popping, turn the heat down.

    Once your bacon has reached your desired done-ness, try to soak up some of the grease by placing the strips on some paper towels, and dabbing the top gently with.. more paper towels or napkins. This is optional, but this thing's enough of a punishment to your body as it is without all that. Set it aside, and lower the temperature on your stove a little bit, but don't turn it off yet. You want the pan to cool just a little, but not much. Maybe go from that 7 to 6.5 or 6.

    Around now, your fries should be ready. If you fried them with grease or oil, try to drain/dry them as well, because if there's too much excess grease, it'll make the cheese really gross and stop it from melting onto the fries and holding The Sandwich together.

    Finally, use some spreadable butter or margarine and prepare your bread. Butter just one side of each slice, and get ready for crunch time, 'cause you gotta do this quick.

    First, put a piece of bread in butter-side down. Put a slice of cheese on top, and break two strips of bacon in half to fit on the bread without going over the sides. Put it on top of the cheese. Now, add your second slice of cheese on top of the bacon, and fit a good layer of fries on there. You can pile, or neatly layer, doesn't matter, it's all gonna get eaten anyways. Top with another slice of cheese. Then, finally, stick your final two pieces of bacon on top in the same way as before, and top with your final slice of cheese, then finally, your last slice of bread, butter-side up.

    Let this fry in the pan, checking the bottom of the bread occasionally with a spatula to see if it's firmed up. As soon as you notice it has, do your best to flip it. This is a challenge, and you might have more success with tongs than a spatula, but I've perfected the art. Once the other side's on the pan and been cooking for a bit, squish it down with your spatula. Try to compress it a little, but not too much, 'cause the ingredients'll rip through the bread if you try too hard. Once the bread is done on both sides to your liking, and the cheese is all melty, you're done. Take it out of the pan and set it aside. You've made The Sandwich.

    I recommend pairing it with a dark soda, I personally like to go with Dr. Pepper or a Real Sugar Pepsi. If you don't like dark sodas, you can easily do a Mountain Dew Code Red, Real Sugar Mountain Dew (Throwback, it's sometimes called), or Sierra Mist/Sprite.

    Or water, if you're a pansy. (Note: If you have a health issue that stops you from drinking soda, you probably just shouldn't eat this. Or think about it. You might get ill from either.)

    As of what I recommend for ingredients, Swiss, colby jack, sharp cheddar, and pepperjack all work well for the cheese- but only pick one. Don't mix them.

    For bread, I've only had it work well with classic white bread and honeybread, but I think it'd pair quite well with good sourdough as well. Wheat bread doesn't grill or toast very well, but you can use it if it's all you've got.

    For bacon, I haven't noticed any bad choices. I've tried applewood, hickory smoked, and cherrywood, and I think my favorite pairing is simply just the hickory smoked.

    If you're planning on going out with a bang, you can pair this with a cookies 'n cream rootbeer float. Just... be careful.

    Really, on that note, this is all HORRIBLY unhealthy. I get away with it because of my unendingly high metabolism (I get hunger pains after around 2 hours from my last meal, I've got a doctor's note about it 'n everything) and I burn through it almost immediately, but most people are different. Make this only if you have a good grasp on your body's limits, at your own risk, and understand I am not liable for any potential health effects of eating, or making The Sandwich, or its recommended beverage pairings. If you're sure you can handle it, have fun, and please DM me your results, or comment them here. I'd love to see I've made a fellow The Sandwichiteer.

    The Conclusioroni

    Yep, that's basically it. If you have any comments or concerns (that aren't related to my health), feel free to fire away.
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    Why there's not a trans flag in my icon

    Okay, y'know, I'm a trans girl, have been for a long while, and I've had this profile picture for a long time, too. I've gone on before about how the colors in my profile picture represent specific things. So, one might think "Oh, why didn't you make a version of your PFP with trans pride colors?"

    Because it looks terrifying no matter how I go about it.

    I tried this:
    It burns my eyes, and as a thumbnail, it's not terribly distinct.

    So I went for something a bit more subtle:
    But once again, it's not that distinct in a thumbnail. You can't really see the white parts about it and it looks more like a Switch neon joy-con knock off than the trans pride flag.

    Besides, I have an opinion that making things like gender, sexuality, or race celebrated outwardly as something special is degrading and goes against the concept of equality. But that is, once more, my opinion. Although, if any of you wanted to take a crack at it, feel free. I can give you a black and white version of my icon that I use for recolors.
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    Probably leaving soon

    So, this blog entry isn't here for sympathy or anything like that, simply to let the people who know me here where I'll be if they want to keep up with me, and why I'm going.

    Last night, early in the morning, I posted an admittedly out of line rant about my thoughts on anti-maskers. It got removed, and that wasn't what annoyed me- it was how I was spoken to in the reason for removal. There's a certain need for firmness that comes from any position of power, but there's a fine line between being firm and being overly aggressive, and the latter of which is what I feel I experienced. But it's not my place to judge the way the mods treat the site's patrons, it's just that it kind of made me realize something.

    I really don't do anything here. I don't really talk to anyone consistently, I don't really ask any questions on here anymore, there's other people who are more qualified to answer a lot of the questions that I would answer, it just kind of soaks up time for no reason. And that sort of hurtful phrasing from one of the mods really helped solidify the growing thought in my mind that I'm not really enjoying my time here as much as I was before, and that this is really contributing to my social anxiety and fear of participating in large social functions, contributing to my thoughts that I need to act a specific way for people to like me, etc, which is why I think it's simply best for me to go. If any of you really want to keep up with me, I can give you my Discord in DMs, but I'll probably be deleting my account in a few days and focusing more on stuff that actually makes me happy.

    P.S. I am aware you aren't supposed to discuss a moderator's methods, nor their actions. I tried to phrase it in such a way that displays my grief without seeming like an attack on the moderator/questioning their judgement.
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    A rant regarding the online world's lack of support for the Cyrillic alphabet.

    Okay, so I speak Russian. In the part of California where I am, it is many people's first languages before English, and some don't even speak English at all. It's not uncommon at all to see signs both in Russian and English side-by-side, or sometimes not in English whatsoever. As a result of such, it's more frequent I find myself speaking Russian than English when in public, even though most of my family and friends don't know the language at all (not including when I go nonverbal and can't bring myself to speak English regularly because my brain is fucking defective), and that leads to me then often needing to type Cyrillic stuff into online profiles and whatnot because not only is it the language I'm more comfortable with and find myself more "grounded" and immersed in, I think its structure and alphabet are more consistent and pleasing than English.


    It's not as cut-and-dry as simply typing with my Cyrillic keyboard into whatever text box I need to, и работе не сейчас здесь! Нет, of course not. Some places (Like the C3 Forum) will completely break if you type in Cyrillic text. I tried to look for a Russian song in their database, and it totally crashed, leaving me with this lovely error:
    And since it saves search filters (Including search text), I genuinely cannot access the database anymore. Hurray.

    Sometimes, as is with the case of my Switch's Nintendo account, my username is set to "ЛунаКошка", resulting in some third-party games with online support showing my username as "���������" or something of the sort. Things like Splatoon 2 and Fortnite support it just fine, but Rocket League turns it into a bunch of unicode 'missing character' boxes, and the Smash companion app has no clue what to do with it, either.

    I'm also a fan of dropping Cyrillic characters into my passwords to ensure people would have a hard time trying to bruteforce or guess them, yet some sites/services refuse to let me do so, citing it as an "invalid character", or something similar.

    With the last example, I can understand it to some degree with how password sorting and storing works, but when we live in the day and age of Unicode being a wide-spread standard, how hard is it really to simply add support in your game so that a Russian username can appear properly, or your database doesn't crash when someone looks for a chart of a Russian song? (which does exist, or at least, did before they updated the database format)
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    [Rant] Fuck Rocksmith and pointless proprietary hardware.

    I'm a guitarist. You're probably not surprised. Before I started playing guitar, I played a FUCKTON of Guitar Hero and Rockband (and still do occasionally), and Rocksmith seemed perfect for me. I haven't really been that interested in it until very recently, so I decided to "obtain" a "DRM-free version" to make sure it's actually easy to follow and fun to play before pulling the trigger on buying it.

    Start the game, plug my bass guitar into my audio interface, plug my audio interface in... And I get to calibration before it says to plug in my Rocksmith RealTone cable.

    Well.. I don't have one. I scour the internet for a while, trying every solution I can, even trying cracks, and the only thing I find is "From the main menu, turn on microphone mode, it'll let you use an audio interface!" But I can't get to the main menu without doing calibration, which I can't do without a RealTone cable. So what's the point?

    It's absolutely infuriating to me that you HAVE to have some proprietary piece of garbage cable that you have to buy separately, making the game cost $55 even 6 years after release, and official discontinuation. $30 for the game, $25 at least for the cable, but that can vary from anywhere between there, and $50, depending on where you buy them from, because they're not actually being sold in stores anymore. It's ludicrous.

    Not to mention that I'm forced to use some janky audio-to-USB cable instead of using my expensive, low-latency guitar recording rig, that cable will eventually break as all things do. 10 years from now, are people still gonna be making audio interfaces and guitar recording equipment? Of course! Are people gonna be making "Official" Realtone cables? No, because they aren't right now, as I type this. So, the game is more or less just.. Dead now. Nothing I can do unless I wanna shill out the dough for that proprietary cable, which I refuse to do on principal. I'll just practice with follow-along tabs like I did before.

    P.S.. My immediate reaction to seeing that I can't do anything without that stupid cable was tightening my grip on my mouse, and muttering "I wanna find the guy who designed this shit, and tear their jaw off of their head with my bare hands."
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    My consoles

    Everyone does this in their signature, but my list is far too expansive to actually fit into my signature, no matter how I tried to format it. I'll update it as things change, if I can ever remember. Before you ask, yes, this is pointless because nobody will care but me. Okay. Oldest to newest, let's go.

    Sega Saturn - Modchipped
    PS1 - Serial port cheat device (import/backup enabler, too)
    Sega Dreamcast - Black VMU. It's pretty.
    Original Xbox - 1.2, TSOP'd with EvoX and 200 GB hard drive
    Original Xbox - 1.1, TSOP'd with UnleashX and 120 GB hard drive (Selling this to a friend)
    PS2 - Slim, FMCB in slot-1
    Xbox 360 - Phat, Jasper, 120 GB hard drive, RGH 1.2, FSD 3
    Wii - Blue, no GC ports, 4.3u, HBC + RiiConnect24
    Wii - White, GC ports, 4.3u, HBC + RiiConnect24
    Wii - Red, GC ports, 4.3u, stock
    PS3 - Slim, 4.86, HEN, 120 GB HDD
    Xbox One - Blue, Forza 5 edition.
    Switch - Unpatched, newest OFW.

    GBA SP - AGS-001, red, Supercard SD
    DS Phat - Blue, R4i 3DS + 16GB mSD
    DS Lite - Zelda edition, stock (many issues)
    PSP 3001 - Black, 6.61, PRO-C CFW + Infinity 2.0, 16 GB mSD
    o3DS - Red/Black gradient, 11.13.0, LumaCFW + 32GB SD

    Welp. There we go. I haven't modded the red Wii because it was a big part of my youth (Visits to the Aunt's house meant using her red Wii, which I was later gifted, and it's been kept stock for nostalgia reasons), and that DS Lite was part of my youth around the same time, but it's just about fallen apart. L and R buttons don't work, dead pixels on the top screen, D-Pad's kinda janky, and of course, wobbly hinge. I might sell it to someone who wants to fix it up..

    Oh, an addendum. I don't consider the Switch a handheld console because being played on an external display is a primary part of its intended function. It is technically a portable console, but not a 'handheld' by nature in my opinion, regardless of the fact that you can hold it in your hands. You can hold a lot of things in your hands. Before you argue that the PSP is a home console by that nature because you can connect it to a TV, that's not a primary piece of its function. It's just an optional accessory.

    Second addendum. Before you ask how the hell I got all this stuff.. I worked at a local video game store for 5 years, and had a big in with the manager. Lots of employee discounts and lots of saving, lol.
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    Not enough time in a day

    I never feel like there's enough time in a day to do everything. Like, I wake up at 2 or 3 PM, go "Fuck, I slept in. I'll sleep at midnight tonight instead, I've got some sleeping pills I can use to help."

    Then it's 11:50 PM. And I should be ready for bed.

    But I'm not.

    I still want to do more things. More games to play, work on music, talk to my friends, work on my Magic decks, et cetera. So I just think "I'll sleep at 1:30 or 2 instead. There's no way I could even sleep this early."

    Then it's 2:30 and I'm in a voice chat with a friend, and I don't wanna say goodbye yet, regardless of the fact we both needed to sleep 2 hours ago. Or I'm in the middle of a game. Or I just gotta write down this one kickass riff..

    And it's 3:30 AM now. Fuck. Okay, at least I can sleep at 4. Let's get ready for bed.
    I brush my teeth, clean my face, take off my glasses.. And let's check GBATemp, I think I have new alerts. And maybe say something in the Insignia server. Check up on the RC24 server. Now it's 5:45 AM and the sun is up. And I'm still not really tired. Maybe it's just my ADHD. I have no clue, but no matter what, every day seems to work out like this. Maybe I shouldn't beat myself up about it so much, it's not like I'm gonna go anywhere and do anything with the coronavirus pandemic still happening.

    Any advice?
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    Difficulty staying focused on a single game.

    Okay, so.. This is probably gonna be pretty brief. I'm not a huge RPG guy. The only RPGs I've really played for long periods of time are Pokemon games. But recently, I've been trying to actually finish some of the RPGs I've been meaning to for a long time. First, I tried Aria of Sorrow and got to a point where my interest just kinda fizzled and I moved on. I feel kinda guilty doing that, but it's difficult to force myself to play a game I'm not really enjoying anymore, and there's other things I want to start on. Like Twilight Princess, or finally finishing Ocarina of Time. Sometimes, though, after a bit of a break, I feel like coming back to it-- Although it's hard to actually remember where the hell I was, what I was doing, et cetera, et cetera.. Any ideas on how to get me to like, actually stick with an RPG to the end? Maybe just.. shorter games?
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    I finally modded my 3DS

    I've been mulling it around for some time, and had been holding it off 'cause of how much nostalgia I have for the system, but decided to pull the trigger. I followed the hacks.guide seedminer and here we are.

    First thing's first, getting a good JoJo theme was a must..

    Secondly, finally getting to play Fluidity: Spin Cycle..

    And most importantly, backing up the saves from Pokemon Y and Sun that I made when I was a kid (I've got special event Pokemon in them) so I can go back and play the games without losing all of my progress.

    ...So, can anyone recommend some smokin' hot 3DS homebrew for me to fiddle with, as well?
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    Best of Stray 2019 (Music)

    Well, as 2019 comes to a close, I find myself reminiscing (for better or for worse) on things I did this year, and this decade as a whole.

    And what better way to show that then to shamelessly plug the best of the music I've made these past 357 days?

    I'm not sure how many people here are actually aware of my music, so.. here!

    My number 1 favorite song I wrote this year has to be the full single release of Powder Snow.
    Just about everything came out exactly as it was in my mind, and came together in this perfect way.


    Number two is A Lo-Fi Space Jam To Cry To. (short title, eh?) I was listening to a lot of lo-fi remixes of songs I like and wanted to make something in this genre from scratch,
    and thus "A.L.F.S.J.T.C.T" was born. I wasn't 100% on how to end this one, and I'm still not a HUGE fan of the strings at the end, but.. Fun fact: Those strings are from the Final Fantasy 4 soundfont! So.. that's something, I guess.


    For my third pick, I'm going with Aroni.

    ..Hear me out on this one.

    It's not incredibly musically sound.. It was the result of just messing around with my friend TJ, but I still love it nonetheless. It was the first song I ever recorded with my bass (that I had just bought that day).


    And last but most definitely not least, the forth on this list is Lost. It's a bit repetitive looking back on it, but it's got a good.. energy to it. If someone were to add lyrics, or something on top of it, there's a lot of potential for greatness.
    I still love the raw emotion in both the solo, and those chords.


    Anyways.. I hope y'all like all've this stuff. It's been a great year even with all of the rockiness I've been through, and I'm looking forward to another, hopefully even better one next year. Happy holidays, gamers.
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    What to do with a spare Wii?

    So, for those of you who aren’t aware… The Wii is one of my favorite consoles. I still remember the Christmas when I first got one— Almost 11 years ago, now.

    I’ve had one set up with RiiConnect24, Wiimmfi, and a spiffy Wiiflow setup for a while now, and I still love it as much as I did when I first experienced the console all those years ago.

    One of my friends recently gave me their console, noting that they don’t use it anymore, since their Wii U is backwards compatible. It’s already got HBC installed, Bootmii as Boot2, CIOS-es are patched for USB loaders, and it’s on 4.3u.

    Here’s the thing: I have no clue what to do with it. I thought about setting it up in the living room and letting my roommates mess around with it, but they probably wouldn’t use it. I also knocked around the idea of building a portable Wii, but I suck at soldering and don’t really have many tools, money, or materials outside of the console itself.

    So, anyone have any clever ideas for this little guy? I feel weird not putting it to SOME use.
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