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Hi-Rez

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REZ Sega Dreamcast Tetsuya Mizuguchi United Game Artists

Rez in its full 1080p, 5.1 surround sound glory hit Xbox Live Arcade today. A measly $10 gets you one of the best sensory experiences you’ll ever have without resorting to recreational drugs. Combining the two may lead to the opening of an illusory phantom zone where colorful wireframes taste like candy and the blood in your arteries dance to the beat. Rez is one of my favorite games of all time and embodies the spirit of the Sega Dreamcast, which in its brief lifespan was lucky to showcase the creativity of the industry’s best at their best.

I never explained how I arrived at my new moniker “Protocol Snow”. For years, I was known online as “Snow Wolf”, a handle inspired by a historical fiction novel of the same title about a plot to assassinate Joseph Stalin during the Cold War.  I first started using it around 1998 when I was a hardcore Team Fortress Classic player. Around last year, I started thinking of a new name since “Snow Wolf” is surprisingly common and I wanted something more original. It just so happened that I was blasting the soundtrack to Rez at the time, and the song playing was the Area 2 track. Its title: Protocol Rain.

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January 30th, 2008 at 5:38 pm

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Prodigious debut

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Congrats to Mirai Nagasu on winning the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships! At 14, she’s the 2nd youngest ever girl to win it. Normally I don’t pay much attention to figure skating, but hey, she’s from my hometown and goes to my high school. There was nothing else on TV so I caught the tail-end of the competition and saw her win.

It’s so impressive to see these prodigy kids competing on a stage like this. I’m only 22 but I feel old.

Mirai Nagasu Arcadia SoCal figure skater

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January 27th, 2008 at 12:35 am

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American Gladiators awesome yet again

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These two gifs say it all.

Crush with the fatality.

American Gladiators Crush

Wolf with the flying tackle.

American Gladiators Crush

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January 22nd, 2008 at 12:02 am

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How to make Ai Yu jelly

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Taiwan is a food lover’s paradise with lots of unique and tasty delicacies. One of their most popular exports to the U.S. is boba tea, which some people call bubble tea. Another treat is Ai Yu jelly, which isn’t as mainstream here but is ubiquitous in Taiwan. Walk around any of the many Taiwanese night markets and you’re guaranteed to see multiple Ai Yu stands with lines of people.

Ai Yu is made from the seeds of the Jelly fig and has essentially the same consistency as Jello. It is practically tasteless by itself so traditionally, lemon juice or other enhancements are added. I’ll show you how to make this refreshing dessert! (so easy even I can do it)

This is all you need. You’ll have to go to your local Asian supermarket to find cans of Ai Yu. Chances are if you have a decent market, they’ll have a plentiful supply. Get the “Made in Taiwan” cans if available for best taste.

I like adding almond jelly for a little variety. I think this is probably sold in regular American supermarkets as well, but if you’re already at the Asian market, you can most likely find this right next to the Ai Yu cans and save yourself a trip.

Opening the can gives you a block of Ai Yu. Chop it up to pieces of desired size. Do the same with the almond jelly. Next, add as much water as you want and then squeeze some lemon juice. For a bowl of this size, I use half a can of Ai Yu, half a can of almond jelly, about a cup of water, and juice from one lemon.

The finished product! I can’t even call this a recipe since there’s literally 2 steps. It makes a refreshing treat and tastes just like they make it in Taiwan.

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January 18th, 2008 at 9:04 pm

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Er…….

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If you haven’t seen the news, Darth Vader and Yoda have been confirmed to be playable characters in Soul Calibur 4. I don’t even know what to say about this, it’s the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard. Again, that’s coming from a guy who loves Street Fighter the Movie.

Yes, I know that Link was in Soul Calibur 2. And that Final Fantasy characters meet Disney characters in Kingdom Hearts. And that Mario and company played basketball with NBA stars in NBA Street V3.

Actually, maybe this doesn’t seem as bad in comparison.

Darth Vader Soul Calibur 4

Watch the trailer to see Mitsurugi and Darth Vader clashing sword and lightsaber.

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January 9th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

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This is why I’m proud to be an American

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American Gladiators is so deliciously awesome. Pure ’80s cheese just the way I like it. Of course, I also LOVE Bloodsport and Street Fighter: The Movie so you be the judge. I live for unintentional hilarity.

But if nothing else, watch it for Crush, the new darling of the Internet.
American Gladiators Crush Gina Carano
American Gladiators Crush Gina Carano

Don’t get fooled by her looks, she’s a legitimate Muay Thai fighter. She absolutely brutalized one of the contestants in the Joust event yesterday. Well, not that those two things necessarily have any correlation, but she’s my favorite Gladiator. Other favorites are Wolf and Titan.

And oh yeah, I’m back at school. My backlog of posts I keep intending to write continues to grow. I’ll get around to it one of these days…

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January 8th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

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