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a few days of rest

The lease to my new apartment will be signed the 1st (not by me … I’ll be month to month with my roommates who are signing it), but that means we can’t move in until then. This gives me another 3 glorious days to do nothing! It feels great not having the stress to find a place to live (or else!) and I’m just taking it easy while also putting together my moving plans together. Here’s some of the stuff I’ve been up to:

Fantasy Football – believe it or not I’m involved in a league. I’ve been playing in NBA fantasy leagues for 3 years now, but that’s no surprise at all. I love the basketball version so much, and enjoyed watching Cassie go through her draft that I decided to try it for myself. And, what do you know, the beginner’s luck is holding! I don’t know what it is about sports betting, but the people who know the least do the best … perhaps uber fans over overthink it (then again I came in first place in one of my NBA fantasy leagues … and have the screenshot to prove it 🙁 sigh ).

Running in Central Park – truly a great experience. The other day it was cloudy as I was nearing the apartment at the end of my jog and I wish I had a camera with me. New York continues to amaze me with its beautiful visuals. Sspeaking of which, I know I owe a good one from my new apartment roof! I took one while over there the other night (we officially have filled the fourth room, btw) but it came out shitty. I’ll try again Saturday when all the new roommates get together to do some pre-move cleaning.

NBA 2k7 – just picked it up 2 days ago and I’m already obsessed (even though I’ve played maybe 20 minutes total). Some of you may remember I had an NBA Sim idea a couple of months ago and then watched it slowly die. Actually, I was just waiting for this new installment to come out and increased the scope in my evil plan. Check it out in a few days and I think you’ll be amazed at the results! Ok, it is 5:20 am and I really should get to sleep – I find it hard to sleep with all the excitement at the moment … and I do mean the nearing of Allison Reip‘s wedding, of course!



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  • Thursday, September 28th, 2006 at 16:16 | #1

    What the…who the hell is this guy?? Football!!?

  • Friday, September 29th, 2006 at 16:17 | #2

    how’s the NBA Sim / Euroblog / DohBlog coming along?

  • Saturday, September 30th, 2006 at 16:17 | #3

    Euroblog is done … in a preliminary status. Meanwhile, I have started NBA simming tonight! Thanks for asking, jackass

severing my craigslist umbilical cord

I just got back from lunch with my soon-to-be roommate, Stephen. We met up right outside Madison Square Garden where he works in the McGraw-Long offices … wow, what can I say. It was fucking MSG!!!!! Soon, very soon, I will be walking through those doors to witness my first MSG basketball game. I will not leave with dry panties!

In case you couldn’t figure out from the clues I dropped in this entry’s title and first paragraph, yes, I have accepted a room in a Brooklyn apartment. There are four bedrooms, a living room and a bathroom and I’m in the largest room with two windows. I have two roommates, Stephen and Alex, who are really nice guys. We will be “auditioning” people for the fourth room tonight as well. But the absolute coolest thing about the place, besides the fact that it saves me the trouble of having to sleep on the streets, is that we are on the top floor with roof access. The view is incredible … I can’t put it into words. When I move in on the 1st, I will definitely take some pictures up there to show you what I mean. Seriously, we’re the tallest building around with a beautiful view of NYC … again, I’ll show you later.

I went to celebrate my news by stopping at the Gamestop store located near my current apartment to pick up my reserved copy of NBA 2k7. Unfortunately, I thought it was coming out today, when really it is being shipped today. This means one more day of depressing, non-basketball video gameness :(. I shall somehow get through this crisis, though!



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  • Monday, September 25th, 2006 at 18:01 | #1

    Does your umbilical cord come out of your ass?!?

  • Tuesday, September 26th, 2006 at 18:04 | #2

    hot!! your strange roof fetish is realized and justified! Plus an extra room that Brenton Hipps can move into!

  • Zepmoon
    Tuesday, September 26th, 2006 at 18:48 | #3

    Super news and the new place sounds great. Especially the rooftop access. What’s the address?

a tale of two games

Man … hunting for an apartment in New York is such a roller coaster ride. Two days ago, I had three appointments to check out apartments for this weekend. Less than twenty-four hours later, that number has been dwindled down to just one (one cancelled due to them not wanting any guy roommates, and the other rescheduled due to the fact that the person moving out is still there). I am seeing a place tonight, and it’s in my number one spot (Park Slope) so I’m crossing my fingers. I’ll keep the updated!

Since I’ve pretty much been tethered to my computer for this entire week (ah, craigslist!), I’ve been doing a lot of internet searching. I’ve come across an old adventure game engine called AGS (Adventure Gaming Studio) that I used briefly in 1999 to create some video games (of course, none of them were finished but in my defense the programming seemed way over my head at the time). I recall putting it aside eventually due to never having enough time, but I’ve recently uncovered a huge underground gaming community based around it. I’ve already played a few of these amatuer games (they’re much in the style of the old Sierra and LucasArts games of the early 90’s … think Secret of Monkey Island) and they’ve got such a great, homebrewed vibe to them.

Now, I’ve always been a big fan of video games. I started by attempting to understand my dad’s Atari 5200 while still just a larva in the early 80s – fun note: I have yet to purchase any gaming system that has a higher sticker price than what this dinosaur retailed for in 1982 (not so fun note: that record will shatter when I eventually get the $600 PS3). I was programming text-based choose-your-own adventure styled games by the age of 10 using BASICA, and heavily involved in the Nintendo system (when I finally got it) – even subscribing to the infamous Nintendo Power for a year or two (yes, under the so early 90’s name of “Radd Syckes”). I ate, breathed, and slept video games so long that I hungered for a way to finally design graphical games, myself. Enter: ZZT!

ZZT was an ASCII-based graphical engine (think smiley faces as being the best it could produce) that had a relatively robust design system. I was intrigued by its power and old-school charm, but when I came across the large, underground following it had I knew it was true love. I recall switching with Steve during TGIF – every half hour one of us would get the tv and the other would get the computer to work on our newest ZZT game. Everyday after school was spent trolling the AOL archive for the latest game to download from the community. I even threw in my own 2 cents with a game called “Batmonkey” – a stupid parody that seemed funny at the time. Eventually, other, faster and more powerful engines came out and the support for ZZT dried up. I moved on with my life.

This story comes back full circle when I discovered AGS and it’s online community. It seems so much like ZZT, only updated. I’m hoping not to go too overboard with this hobby (as is my usual m.o.) but the draw is great. At least it breaks up the monotony inbetween ad-checking. I’ll keep you posted whether or not I start any games, or if I decide to post anything about my old ZZT games (yes, I still have some) … oh, and if there’s any news on the apartment front, as well. Heh.



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  • “chateau le faggotte” isthebestwine
    Monday, September 25th, 2006 at 18:56 | #1

    “people just passed out on the benches (something I want to do sometime). ”

    Careful what you wish for–sounds like this “online community” might be capable of letting you fulfilling the park bench dream! Then again, I’ve always said being a bum probably isn’t so bad–after all just look how many people do it.

  • le hypocrite
    Monday, September 25th, 2006 at 18:57 | #2

    by the way, shouldn’t you have enough time now to finish euroblog, or at least make it as funny as it was when it happened??

  • Monday, September 25th, 2006 at 19:30 | #3

    Mayhap. In other news, the most recent Hibernation Sickness entry approaches it’s 3-month birthday!

scarlet speedster

This past weekend I was the Flash. I took a Washington Deluxe bus down to Virginia, and every single second of the trip was accounted for by one obligation or another. Although I compare myself to the fastest comic book character alive in this blog, I was actually beaten to the entire scoop by Steveronline (9/18/06 entry). Since he detailed every event extremely well, I won’t be redundant here.

It seems to be wedding season and, as such, one of the events I attended was my step-brother, Ric’s wedding to his girlfriend, Rachel. I wish them good luck on their lives together, but now slowly turn my attention to the next wedding up to bat: Allison Reip and Greg X! I won’t reveal too much about this one, as a blog about it afterwards will probably make a great Stanus entry!

The New York apartment hunt returns in full force today. I have already set up one viewing for tomorrow in Brooklyn, and am in contact with another possibility for later in the week. Though neither of these are definite things, I’m just glad I’m receiving responses back from people as last week was so dry I thought something was wrong with my email system!

Last, but not least, I have added a new banner – one that was recommended by Jeff C[removed]. This new one stars the cast from the 2002-03 hit reality drama: 736 I Sunchase!



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  • Tuesday, September 19th, 2006 at 19:38 | #1

    UPDATE: I have pre-ordered NBA 2k7, guaranteeing me a copy on 9/25! This means big things in the NBA Sim department. I hope you are as excited as I am!

  • Tuesday, September 19th, 2006 at 19:38 | #2

    Shouldn’t the comment below appear on The Mighty Mavericks?

  • Tuesday, September 19th, 2006 at 19:39 | #3

    EDIT: *comment above*


  • Tuesday, September 19th, 2006 at 19:39 | #4

    Negative! The Mighty Mavs will be a blog about current basketball and Mavs-related information. NBA Sim falls into neither category!

  • Zepmoon
    Wednesday, September 20th, 2006 at 19:39 | #5

    Thank you so much for all the support last weekend. I know it was an ordeal but one you will never regret being part of. Best of luck in the apartment hunt!

upper west wishes

I have a bed. Long story short, I was sleeping on the floor for the past several days in glamorous New York City, but now I have a pull-out loveseat (thanks to Brigette’s friend, Christina). Many thanks to Andrew Breton and roommate Robin for helping move this monster down four flights and up six, respectively.

In other news, I have done some exploring around the Upper West Side. I have run through Central Park several times and always discover something new there. There’s a huge field with lots of frisbee players that will definitely have to be given a closer look soon, and a nice pond/fountain area nearby where many amateur musicians play. Steady, Stanus, one thing at a time!

Yes, that first item on the list is an apartment as my sublease here in the Upper West Side ends October 1st. I’m checking out some cool apartments this weekend that I’m hoping turn out better than my first attempt (turns out the lady fibbed a little about the location of the place). Besides all this hunting, I’ve done a little guitar playing and some Star Trek watching (as can be evidenced in the two new banners I created). I shall keep you updated with whatever I find.



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  • Zepmoon
    Friday, September 8th, 2006 at 09:26 | #1

    Glad to hear you have a more comfortable resting place and I’ve enjoyed the snapshots of your room, but let’s see some of New York City. Get that camera outside and take some tourist shots, i.e. Stanus in the subway or Stanus at the top of the Chrysler Building, or Stanus on Broadway!

an entry from new york city

Hello and welcome to the first entry written from my New York City temporary abode! So far, it is extremely hot (in awesomeness, that is. It is quite the opposite in actual temperature here). While looking for some grub this afternoon, I took a stroll aroud the neighborhood – I’m in the upper west side right next to famous Broadway (although more near the not so famous part). So much to see at once! I’m already getting that feeling as if I’m in a video game and must see, taste, experience everything but it’s just way too overwhelming to start. I’ll have to settle for these baby steps if I want to make any progress at all.

To get here, I made a reservation with the nice people at Washington Deluxe, a bus service that just travels between DC and NYC. My bus was to leave McPherson Square at 8am yesterday, but due to Metro waits, I didn’t arrive until 8:05! Sadly, I watched my bus head out without me. But I am used to having to wait for long periods of time with nothing to do and nowhere to go (thanks to lots of experiences with my summer 2003 job in Ohio and my recent trip to Europe), so I parked myself in a Burger King and read my newest Rolling Stone cover to cover.

By 10:45, I was aboard the second bus and on my way towards the big apple! Most of this trip was a giant black spot on my memory, as I was asleep for the majority of the time (which is just how I wanted it). Due to a pit stop somewhere in Maryland halfway through, we finally arrived near Penn Station around 5:00pm. At almost the exact second I set my foot on the sidewalk a taxi pulled up and I was on my way to Brigette’s apartment. Let me say that this guy was the stereotypical New York taxi driver: When I asked him if he had driven any celebrities he mentined he almost got Monica Lewinsky (I thought he said “Nowitzki”) and proceeded to give me a private stand up routine where each joke ended up with “… in Lewinsky’s pussy.” I laughed a lot (but didn’t tell him it was because it was due to the ridiculousness of this strange man) and got to the apt in 10 mins!

Most of the next couple hours were spent by myself, putting together my room (when I drove up here Sunday I pretty much just threw everything into the middle of the room). Brigette came home around 6:30 but left for a boxing class, so I put together a table and made the best sleeping area I could (as in, I have no bed yet). Brigette returned with the other roommate, Robin, around 8pm. Robin is an architecht who just graduated from Columbia and participates in triatholons in his spare time! Seems like the makings of a pretentious bore on paper, but the guy is really down to earth and cool. We spent the wee hours of the night together, emotionally invested in the crazy Andre Agassi-Baghdatis US Open match.

The rest of today will be spent getting everything I need together to start looking for apartments, and the quest may begin as early as tomorrow! I’ll keep you posted. L8r



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  • Monica Lewinsky-Schott
    Monday, September 4th, 2006 at 10:10 | #1

    bigger or smaller than my place? apt size = dick size of course….in lewinsky’s pussy!!

    congrats yo, one small step for your foot, one giant step for your peenyus. I miss that “videogame” feeling!

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