Me: I know.
Ducky: The cat is swatting me in the face.
Me: Well, not really.
Ducky: The cat is swatting towards my face.
Ducky: The cat is trying to swat in the general direction of my face without having to get up.
Me: There you go! That’s a more apt description.
Ducky: Too lazy to get up to swat me.
Me: Kinda looks like she’d like you to help.
Ducky: Yes. It does appear she would like me to swing my face into her paw for her.
Ducky: Not going to happen.
Me: Fair enough.
Ducky: This cat is just a big hairy ball of sloth and woe.
Me: Thanks for putting up with her.
Ducky: Thanks for putting her food where I can reach it.
Ducky: I love you, Daddy.
Ducky: Ow my eye?
Me: I love you too, Ducky.
GPOY And The Bulletin Board That Changed Your Life
I’d been known for being kind of funny in high school but I was also very shy. I never got involved in anything for fear of failing. As I started my first year in college I had decided I had a chance to reinvent myself and was looking for the opportunity to do…something. But what?
I went into the cafeteria at Millersville University and on this bulletin board was a handmade sign.
"So you think you’re funny? Prove it!"
It was inviting people to join the campus comedy group. It was the kind of thing I always wanted to be involved with but never had the courage to do. And the sign seemed to be speaking right to me.
I don’t know what would have happened if I hadn’t seen that sign. Or if it hadn’t “called me out” so directly. That day, and that bulletin board, changed the direction of my life.
It was nice to go back and say thank you.
Too bad it didn’t have a sign that said “Want to be successful? We have the secret!” I should have hung out in the Economics building.
SDCC attendees, check this shit out.
It happens to the best of us. We stand in line for 3 hours waiting to get into Hall H, and another hour and a half sitting in a panel. During this time, you play on your phone. Take pictures of the fucking long ass line that follows you and tell your friends on tumblr. Maybe some awesome cosplayers walk by and you just have to take their pictures.
After 5 hours of standing, sitting, blasting your energy rays, you’re finally out. You get to the exhibit hall, pull out your phone to call your friends and- FUCK!
Your phone is dead.
You pull your wall charger out and look for a spot. But there are entire colonies of people surrounding each power outlet you find doing the same thing. Charging their phones.
You’re at a loss. What do you do now?!
You see this sweet ass machine? This is a Fuel Rod Station. There are 7 of them at SDCC. What are they? They are machines that dispense portable phone chargers for only $20. And it includes a micro USB cable to charge most phones, and adapters for all Apple devices.
"Okay," you say, "Is it reusable?"
You bet your costumed ass it is! You can take it home and recharge it yourself.
"But what if it dies at Con? Them I’m stuck with the same dilemma!’
Hahah. You’d think you would be, huh? Well, lemme tell you something. You can go back to these machines and exchange your dead battery for a fully charged one. For the low low price of… Umm… Free.
That’s right. If you charged your phone and your friend needs to charge theirs and you took all the juice, just go get another one. For free.
Is the battery good? I’d say so. In the time it took me to write this post, it charged my power-guzzling phone 25%.
Only downside is that these machines do not take cash. Debit or Credit cards are just fine.
So, yeah. Definitely worth $20. Buy it on the first day.
This is actually a brilliant little business model. I assume it’s a start up since the website is still pretty bare-bones [fuel-rod.com], but I hope to see it pop up at other conventions. Even if not or if it goes under and I never see one of their vending machines again, I now have a extra battery for my cell in a little plastic case with 3 different adapters and the ability to recharge my phone (at least) from 15% to 100% — all for $20. Not a bad pick-up at all. The adapters alone should have set me back more than that.
But seriously, the free switch out at the machines for a 100% charged battery? Please appear at more cons and in airports. I love it.
Cowboy Bebop is finally getting a remastered Blu-Ray/DVD release in North America for December 16th this year.
It’s about damn time.