The 100 Songs I liked: 2021 Edition

Like before, it’s songs I liked this year that weren’t strictly from this year. Remember that there’s no ranking, just all the one’s I found listening to more than once.

1. Day in Life by the Beatles

My day in life is full of me coming close to depression.

2. Prayer for the Dying by Seal

A moment of silence for all those who participated in the Area 51 Raid

3. Living in Another World by Talk Talk

“Hi, police? Yes, my neighbor is blaring this old song in his house. Can you please go over there and snuff him out?”

4. It’s My Life by Talk Talk

Every teenager to their parent ever.

5. No Diggity by Black Street

“I like to back it up~” Me to the park car behind me.

6 Summertime Magic by Childish Gambino

Love the summer romance mood this song gives.

7. New Donk City from Mario Odyssey

*Pauline intensifies*

8. Tadow (Extended Version) by Maseago and FKJ

Truth be told, the beginning is better than the second half.

9. Kashmir by Led Zeppelin

This song is like an ancient folklore to me. If it played for high fantasy villain, I’d buy it.

10. “The Wall” Album by Pink Floyd

One of the best musical experiences in a long while. It all feels like one song due to how connected each individual piece feels.

11. Dogs by Pink Floyd

A harsh reality check for all businessmen

12. Electric Shock by Gorillaz

This song never got an official release. It’s more of a beta song for Plastic Beach. Yet, I wish both versions were officially released in some capacity.

Feels So Good by Chuck Mangoine

Hmmm… trumpets

14. Us and Them + Any Color You Like by Pink Floyd

“Remember the good old days-days-days-days-days” A man before the drugs kicked in.

15. Soft Rain by Paul Hardcastle

I wish my home state weather would be soft, you know what I mean?

16. My Eyes Adored You by Frankie Valli

It’s either a very beautiful love song or a creeper song to you. Take your pick.

17. Lisztomania by Phoenix

There’s a high energy, playful nature to this song.

18. Magic by Kylie Minogue

The good thing about working on the 100 songs of the year before the New Year is being able to change it literally as you work on it.

19. Echoes Rising By Paul Hardcastle

My brain listens to this when I travel to a new world.

20. Everything Now by Arcade Fire

“Sir, you say the Arcade’s on fire? Everything has changed…”

21. The Smooth Loft by Paul Hardcastle

22. Garden of Eden by Micheal E

The only bliss we’ll ever hear from the place we’re not allowed in.

23. All Eyes on Me from Final Fantasy 8

This title becomes more horrifying in the sequel

24. Lucid Dreaming by Micheal E

Dreams and drug trips in physical form

25. Somebody Else by 1975

There’s always somebody else.

26. Forever Young by Alphaville

The anthem of Man-Babies

27. I Always Kill The Things I love by Claudia Brunken

Her boyfriend starts sweating

28. Music Sounds Better With You by Stardust

Me to my headphones

29. Peaches by Justin Bieber

I don’t think he’s talking about the fruits or the butts

30. Leave the Door Open by Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak

This song is about to cause another boomer generation.

31. The Way You Are by Timberland

I miss the 2000s

32. Louisiana Hero from “Falcon and The Winter Soldier”

One of the most badass ending themes for a show. If only the show had a good ending.

33. When Am I Gonna Lose You by Local Natives

Today.

34. It’s Not Living by 1975

Said everyone in the Walking Dead.

35. She’s American by 1975

The colonists when they saw North America

36. You by Regard and Tate

Probably the most listened song on this list.

37. Sweet Emotions by Aerosmith

“Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-“

“Just keep going. He’ll be at this all day.”

38. Looking For Love by Jody Walter

Aren’t we all!

39. Piano from “SSSS Dynazenon”

A somber theme to a melancholic robot anime.

40. Love’s Theme by The Love Unlimited Orchestra

At least one doesn’t make me want to cry. *Cough* Mother 3 *Cough*.

41. The Oracle from Secret of Mana

The remake version is maniacal genius.

42. Montero by Lil Nas X

The music video sucks but the song is catchy.

43. Ride or Die by The Knocks and Foster the Kids

All going into the world should listen to this song.

44. Our Story from Mother 4

An exciting introduction to a new fan interpretation to this cult classic

45. Layon the Line by D-selections

A badass ending song to an anime I never watched.

46. LiveDevil from Kamen Rider Revice

One of the best Kamen Rider openings since last year.

47. Star Cave from Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky

A place that made Bidoof more than an HM Slave

48. Fabulous Secret Power by Slackcircus

A surprisingly sad song for a funny meme

49. Stargazer by Rainbow

First time I ever headbanged to a song?

50. Rasputin by Boney M

I now want to know a lot about Rasputin because of this song.

51. Sugar from Super Crooks

A chill RNB song for a great anime.

52. Zeta Suite from Zeta Gundam

An epic opening that fits well with the militaristic opera of Zeta Gundam. Finally, an American change that’s good.

53. Travelogue by Leavv

Vibes.

54. Stars over Lake Verity by Braxton Burks

As a Gen 4 fan, this rendition put a tear in my eye.

55. Gold Dust Woman by Fleetwood Mac

A slow but tough song perfect for a Western

56. Goofy’s Trial by Pink Guy

The demon’s told me too!

57. Three Evil Weapons from Gundam Seed

Never watched the show. Might become a druggy.

57. The Entire Album of Char’s Counterattack

A perfect conclusion to the love between Char and Amuro.

58. Deja vu by Gorillaz

Yeah, I get that too.

59. Tracer from Gundam Hathaway

Oh sh!t, they’ve been traced!

60. Kiss Me More by Doja Cat

My inner soul loves this song.

61. Signs of the Times by Harry Styles

My inner soul cries to this song.

61. Watermelon Suger by Harry Styles

My inner soul’s just hungry.

62. I’m an Asshole by Denis Leary

We’re all one from time to time. I’m just worst.

63. Death Theme rendition by Yo Yo Ma

As if the original wasn’t sad enough.

64. The Spirit of the Radio by Rush

I listened to this during a workout and now I’m a Pillarman

65. Alapu Upala (All Versions) from Godzilla Singular Point

Japan is on a mission to make Godzilla the most terrifying eldritch horror of our time.

66. Met Him Last Night by Demi Lovato and Ariana Grande

I guess hot men are the devil?

67. Save Your Tears by The Weekend and Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande is the only reason why I like this song. Ariana Grande makes every song better.

68. Rain Song by Led Zeppelin

The Zeppelin as it flies through a thunderstorm.

69. 34 +35 by Ariana Grande

Nice!

70. Paperback Writer by The Beatles

I relate to this song a little too much.

71. Memoria from Final Fantasy 9

When I finally got here, my jaw dropped. A fascinating final dungeon that makes you ponder more than excited.

72. Necron’s Theme from Final Fantasy 9

One of the few times a game made my skin crawl.

73. Find Your Way from Final Fantasy 8

The mystery of the way in musical form.

74. Thriller by Micheal Jackson

They play this in Transylvania a lot.

75. Have Yourself A Merry Christmas by Sam Smith

Anyone else experiencing an extremely hot December? Now, no one in the comments answer from Arizona.

76. Fly Like an Eagle by Seal

Move over Space Jam, this was the movie’s real standout!

77. Who Dat Boy by Tyler the Creator

Literally every time a superhero changes from their barely disguised civilian form to their barely disguised hero suit.

78. Hot Winds Blow by Tyler The Creator

A short song that hits hard!

79. Mother by John Lennon

To learn what happened to John and what he did, this song just makes me sad to think about.

80. Gonna Fly Now from Rocky

Best workout song

81. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Vallis

Necron, stop watching me!

82. Stay by Justin Bieber and Kid Laroi

The only song where Kid Laroi doesn’t sound like a broken record.

83. Phantom and a Rose from Secret of Mana

A somber song perfect for a fantasy adventure.

84. I’ll Be Lucky Someday by John Campbell

Fall off your horse!

85. Hey Ya by Outkast

You know what, this song is better than sex.

86. A Bell Is Tolling from Secret of Mana

So like, Santa’s in this game. I gotta get it.

87. Patches in the Sky from Child of Light

Shameless plug here but go read my blog post about this game! Maybe I’ll even get a sponsor from Raid Sha-

88. Through the Sea of Time from Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky

When the mainline game fails, return to dungeon.

89. Midna’s Lament from Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

The moment I truly felt something in this game. If only the stupid enemy music didn’t cut it off!

90. Lower Brinstar from Metroid Dread

When this played, I knew this game was something special. Special enough to break for speedruns!

91. Message from Nightopia from Nights into Dreams

I’d put the whole soundtrack, but this truly was my favorite song. Nights is truly something special, and I wish they’d make a new one.

Also Baland Wonderland sucks.

92. Xi from Gundam Hathaway

The grim reaper won’t come when you’re read, Hathaway.

93. Sleeping Springdale (Past) from Yokai Watch 2

This song puts a tear in my eye, knowing the fate of Yokai Watch.

94. The Trailer Song from Oddity

It’ll come when it’s ready.

95. The Entire Metal Arms Soundtrack

You know what, I am a robot! And I’m gonna- Oh jesus christ, stop firing at me! *Releases an inhuman scream*

96. Jupiter’s Lightning from Child of Light

How dare she take it from that slut Zeus!

97. Crystal World from Final Fantasy 9

To make this a corrupt version of the Prelude is pure genius!

98. Raven Beak Theme from Metroid Dread

One of the most badass villains this year. To rip off your own wing, that’s special.

99. Christmas Time is Here from Charlie Brown Christmas

No matter what, commercialism will never be the point of Christmas. Even if Santa became popular due to Coca-Cola….fu-!

100. Vast Ice Mountain from Explorers of Sky

Haven’t gotten here yet in the game, but this seriously a climatic song. I can’t wait to experience it.

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And that’s my list this year. I mostly stayed within my comfort food since this year wasn’t so great. Have a good rest of your year and let’s hope… You know what, f it. Last time I hoped for a better year, 2021 happened.

Happy New Years anyway.

-Samuel Argueta

Quickee: The First 2 hours of Metroid Dead, Painting a Gundam, and Actual Writing Stuff

Metroid Dread: Anxiety-based Horror.

“Lets be real, Samus is seriously one bad@ss girl. That stance with this creature in her way says it all.”

While I haven’t played every Metroid game (like many franchises I love), there’s something horrific yet adventurous about the Metroid series. Playing through Super and 2, running around these desolate, alien world fighting pirates and causing genocide, I get invested in how the developers managed to create a living world with nothing but pixels. The isolation gives an eerie vibe: there’s no one there to guide you. You’re with these dangerous creatures in these caverns; this is there home. Now blow it up.

Traversing in these alien worlds is incredibly fluid. Everyone knows and talks about how industry breaking Super was, with its unique approach to platforming that allows players to really feel in control of the environment. What I love about the 2d Metroid games are any mistake I make is mine and not the game…eh, sometimes. It’s a challenge but once you get the hang of it, it’s a fun Sci-fi experience that rewards you for understanding how it works.

When I saw Dread, I was excited. For the first time in 15 years, a new 2d Metroid was coming. First impressions were what I fell in love with, the alien caverns with additional machine civilizations, while the introductions of the EMMI gave this horror-like vibe. After playing through the Metroid 2 remake, I felt prepared for what Nintendo and MercuryStream had to offer in this new installment. I even watched my brother play Metroid Fusion on his Wii U just to catch up on the story. I got the game Sunday and played the first 2 hours. So, what are my thoughts?

Terminator theme intensifies

I love that the game doesn’t hold your hand and ruin any future playthroughs. So many other games pause just to tell you how to press the A button. Not Metroid Dread. It respect your time and your intelligence while still teaching you the core fundamentals of its gameplay. Plus, it wasn’t very difficult to get the hang of things. Which is great, cause this game expects you to.

Perfection. Right away, the game immediately takes you to the start up screen. No introductory video telling you what’s coming; the game will speak for itself…as much as a small cartridge can. With the red foreboding planet in the background, you’ve become aware that this game will be different. This game is all about survival.

After the opening cutscene, the gameplay is more fluid than ever. Samus felt incredible to control. Every wall jump, slide, counter, and ledge climb was smooth, becoming a major improvement from the Metroid 2 remake. Nothing felt grating and nothing felt like conflict with the game, which made traversing ZDR a pleasurable experience. The game doesn’t just thrust you into the fire, since it made the first area an area to understand its mechanics. The good thing is that the tutorial didn’t halt any progression every minute. A screen appears at the bottom to tell the command, but you can still move around in real time.

“Showers haven’t been the same since the beeping and booping.”

The main draw of Dread are the EMMIs, research machines hacked by an unknown party to attack Samus. Like S-AX, or as I liked to call the Sax, this enemy chases you around and is an instant kill. The difference is that EMMIs are in select locations but these locations are within a majority of the map, so you’ll need to go into them several times to progress. I was terrified by this every moment I say their grid entrances. The execution of this mechanic was so good because I felt so helpless and I didn’t want to go in, but the game was like, “haha, get in their bitch!”

I don’t play a lot of horror games, so never before had a game make me take a break to catch my breath. It took a lot of intermediate mastery of movement and a lot of planning to avoid or manipulate the EMMIs movements to get through their territory, but the sheer panic I felt when they spot me supplemented a subtle fear of them. Nothing in these areas felt cheap, sometimes, and the EMMI’s A.I were surprisingly intelligent, though I could tell where their placed. Besides that, their movement is so organic in nature that it was as fluid as Samus. Plus, the game gave a little window to knock them off…but it’s very rare that it’ll happen. The mechanic was incredible and a joy to play. Once you hear their signature call, it’ll stick with you.

The animations and graphics were stellar, some of the best technical and artistic designs I’ve seen on the console. It’s the best looking game on the Switch, from the lighting of areas perfectly matching the environments to the way machines and creatures moved. There may be some stutter, like area transitions, but the game’s presentation is consistent and smooth like nice butter.

“Opening up Spotify…”

If there’s one thing I didn’t like, as of right now, are the constant cutscenes. Some were fine, like most of Adam’s speeches, and they were just as pretty as the game itself, but it got a little annoying when I wanted to play the game. Thankfully, after a few hours in, it gets toned down a bit. I will say, some of Adam’s dialogue repeated the same information over again, making them redundant. It clashed with the simple tutorials, plus many of the cutscenes were already visual clues on what to do. This might be since I’m used to Super and 2, where it’s non stop platforming goodness. The good thing is the cutscenes are skippable so repeat playthroughs can send you straight into the action.

Overall, the game was an incredible experience and is easily the best Switch game out now. I do know its on the short side, apparently clocking in at 9 hours, but it’s something to expect from the 2d Metroid games. I’m very excited for what’s to come towards the end and I recommend you play it for yourself. Metroid Dread proves once again that the best games are the one’s where it’s not just mashing the A button over and over again to win.

My First Painting Project: The Gundam Unicorn!

For another anxiety induced project, I’ve been trying to paint my HG Gundam Unicorn Destroy Mode for the past 2 months. And by painting I mean trying to get the right tools for it and having a mental breakdown.

The first step was decide on what to paint and, really, it wasn’t quite hard. Basically, my project consists of all the grey parts and the V-fin. I wanted to go for a darker look for the grey and a pristine and consistent look for the fin since the base fin ignores the Unicorn mode. These are the paints I chose:

“Yes, they are all lacquer and, yes, I don’t know what I’m doing.”

The idea was to make the Unicorn as realistic and anime accurate as I possibly can, while giving the figure better details. I had the idea of making the outside beautiful while making the inner frame dark like the Earth Federation in the show (no idea how taht’ll turn out). I used Gunpla markers first, but they were pretty flawed in execution due to their crustiness and the fact that the tips are easily breakable. After the death of my white marker, I decided that painting would give a better paint job. If only I knew the cost to such perfection.

The first issue came with budget. I am an unemployed poor dude. Getting the necessary tools came with so many risks that I wasn’t sure of what to do. I knew spending so much on supplies was a bad idea, but I was determined to make the kit as beautiful as possible. I mean, I spent $28 on it.

The next problem was research. I watched a lot of videos on how to paint, but a lot of them gave different responses. What tools I need, what it should look like, and how to actually paint. This culminated on my first try of painting…which was the next circle of hell. I didn’t know about dilution, which was surprisingly hard to find an answer, which meant that I wasn’t sure on how much I needed to thin the paint. All the pigments stayed in the container, which was a pain to get out because I didn’t own a paint stirrer and they kept spilling and drying on the canister. Is that why it’s called paint, because of the pain?

Then, the plastic ice cube container was a horrible idea because it couldn’t hold the paint or the paint thinner, and any paint that spilled due to the awful nature of the container tips meant I couldn’t have it hold other colors without it mixing. Plus, at a certain extent, the container had a indent on the sides that caused too much liquid to spill into another. The paint was getting everywhere as I tried to thin the paint as much as I could to get the milk consistency everyone was talking about (which I’m still not sure is what is needed from metallics). I didn’t know about buffering at the time, so I was confused as to how the paint should look on the plastic spoon. I also didn’t have a respirator mask, so the 3 hours of using the stuff meant that I probably caused some lung damage. Admittedly, I’m horrible at paying attention and having focus with the how-to tips (probably why I suck at writing), so by 3 am I only painted one part.

“I got this syringe thinking that it could be good to take out the paint. Poor bastard had no idea what was coming.”

My cheap and budget solution didn’t go well and now I’m stuck with Dark Iron that’s thinned to a point where I’m not sure if its correct or right, a syringe that being a b!tch to clean, and a bunch of supplies that might get melted if I clean with the thinner. I learned a lot the hard way and I’m now trying to comeback with a better mindset and more preparations. I’m hoping to get some bottles, a paint stirrer, and a good mask to do another attempt. For those who are clearly better than me, let me know in the comments any tips to be better or any complaints that I’m a dumb mother-

Writing Updates and My thoughts: The Struggle…

Remember how I was writing stuff? Yeah, me neither. Guess I just wanna discuss how cool second drafts can be since I’m in the process of rereading my first draft. Everyone says it but I’ll reiterate: second drafts are necessary. It’s common for many starting writers have this idea that the first draft has to be perfect. It’s not and reading it will prove it. It also proves how easy it is to slip into depression.

It’s terrifying to accept that our first execution was bad and hand our babies to others for criticism, but it’s something all writers have to do. I’m not perfect at it and you’re not perfect at it. Unless your a published writer, in which case please don’t hunt me down.

But second drafts are a way to improve upon the story and refine it before you inevitably have someone else read it. Some ideas may stick or not while others may lead to new and more expanded upon concepts that can with execution. I’ve definitely had some ups and downs with this, especially with how long I take with school on my shoulders, but it helps give ideas depth rather than seem like after thoughts.

Now, I wanted to give some tips that I’ve been learning to share with writers hoping to get better.

Realism vs Believability: I’ve been struggling with this a lot when I was doing more worldbuilding, despite my story being as unrealistic as possible. I think this fear comes from how, when there are story inconsistencies or bad writing, readers and viewers will go, “that doesn’t happen” or “that’s unrealistic.” I also see this from how they like it when something fictional can actually happen in the real world, and I found myself agreeing with shows like Gundam. Because of this, I feared that my story, no matter how fictional it was, has to somehow fit within the lines of reality. I blame my mind’s bloodlust for Youtube Comments. This, of course, is bull and stupid. Suspension of disbelief exists for a reason. A story, to be good, has to set itself up to be believable within the terms of its own world, such as explaining why kids can beat up a god, but also keeping in mind how people, if the story has humans, would react to a situation. Stories don’t have to be realistic to be good, but they have to stay consistent in their tone, characters, and world rules to be believable.

Backstory and Character Creation: Going in-depth into your own character helps give a story depth and create a character who’s believable and consistent. Now, not everything you write will make it to the page. But, it gives a better mindset into how to write this character, how they react to things or people. It also gives the readers their wants, needs, hobbies, likes, dislikes, and everything about them aside from the plot. A character should serve the plot, but the plot shouldn’t restrain the primary character. Minor characters are an exception, since not every character can reasonably have depth, but the main or important ones should have traits and characteristics so depth and consistent that they feel like real people instead of cardboard cut outs. It’s hard, but worth it.

Write Everything Down: One of my main drawbacks with Maladaptive Daydreaming is keeping everything in my head. Don’t do this, it’s not a good idea. Write stuff down so that way its physical and readable. Sometimes, the worst and best ideas show themselves in actual words instead of our generalized, malleable brains.

Villains: This is more of my own bias. Well, most advice is, but this is the most bias from me. I know that I discussed how important backstories are, but I feel like a tragic or sympathetic backstory is becoming an easy out for bad guys, such as Thanos and Kovira. This works well for a lot of villains who see themselves as the real hero in their plots, like the ones I just listed, or the real tragic villains who are doing what they do due to either protect someone or because tragedies happened in their life, like Anakin Skywalker’s turn to Darth Vader. But don’t do this if your villain is supposed to be the worst person ever because that could lead to unwanted sympathy from them that overshadows their horrible deeds.

“If every villain has to have some kind of deep backstory or some kind of sympathetic motivation, then why are 2/4 of these villains so memorable. Is it because they’re dragons? It’s cause their dragons. isn’t it?

I remember Steven Universe’ ending disappointing me the first time I watched it because it tried to redeem White Diamond. Now, schedule wise, Cartoon Network was horrible and it was hard for me to keep every detail in mind. However, the biggest detail that’s not hard to forget is how the Diamonds corrupted every gem on Earth and they rule the Gem World in a tyrannical rule. Like, their evil. Plus, White Diamond’s introduction perfectly set up her villainous character. Her empty stare, her referring to Pink Diamond’s rebellion as something to “get it out of her system,” and the fact that she doesn’t let Steven speak. Her character’s white theme has a sort of “perfection” to it, which is something I appreciate. Black is the classic evil, but white is the more twisted kind of evil. The show has been building up to how horrible the Diamond’s rule has been and showing White as a villain not to mess around with. I certainly don’t think death was necessary (I don’t think all villains need to die for there to be a conclusion) but I found it so wrong that the show and characters just forgive her and made her this quirky, lovable person in Future as if she didn’t cause mass trauma for her people. She didn’t really face any consequences for the deaths and conquest she’s caused, if anything she got a slap on the wrist, making her a weak villain in terms of character and resolution. I get forgiveness is the point of the end, but White Diamond was a villain who really didn’t deserve it.

Not every villain should be so sympathetic that their murders and destruction becomes justified, and throwing it in becomes weak writing. Sometimes, people like it when the villain is just the biggest douchebag ever. Don’t be afraid to make the bad guy…the bad guy.

Anyway, that’s all I have for this quickee. It was just gonna about Metroid Dread, but I decided to add some other stuff. The Child of Light Part 2 will come out next week while everything else will have to be pushed back. I definitely want to do Kamen Rider Saber to see whether or not my harsh criticisms were true, but I’m still afraid of the fresh hell that might come. I’m also trying to figure out the Mailing List thing but since not many people are subscribed I’m not quite sure what to do. Until then, see you later.

-Samuel Argueta

It’s Revise Time: Where The Baming Blog Goes for the Next 2 Months

An Update For the Masses

“What? Nothing wrong with having a little will.”

Hello, everyone. It’s finally the end of the barren Winter and the beginning of the beautiful Spring, where we’re probably scaring the masses with seasonal allergy sneezes. Remember a time when sneezes weren’t treated like the bubonic plague? Well, besides that, let’s get done to business while I eat a honeybun.

The Book:

Well, after two years of writing and terminal depression, I finally finished the first draft of my novel! I remember that night like an acid trip flashback. Staying up till 3 in the morning (don’t do this other college kids) to finish up the epilogue, typing away my keyboard while listening to music to get me through it, and hunching my back to screw over my posture. As I typed those generic a$$ descriptions and clunky dialogue, I imagined me crying and jumping for joy in the head in the presence of friends, family, and Danny Devito. I’d be so overwhelmed with emotions for finally finishing something monumental in my life. I typed the last words…I sit back to see my creation…and then I slammed my computer and went to bed.

It was 3:15 in the morning and I had class the next day, I was too tired for that sentimental sh!t.

“I feel like this meme is directed to reading a book, but the mood is quite the same.” Image from Helen Hall Library

What am I doing now?

Pffffft. Well, I gotta go back to the drawing board. Now, I haven’t read the draft to the fullest, but I do know that there is a lot of work that I didn’t do in high school. Admittedly, I discovered that I am a panzer writer who planned a little without really asking the right questions. I wrote some notes but I mostly kept a lot in my head in the beginning of the process. I thought, “My maladaptive daydreaming can be my little computer where I store everything and it will go well.” Fun fact, maladaptive daydreaming has its pros and a lot of cons.

So, I’m working on reading the first draft to reevaluate the story to see what works and what doesn’t, connecting plot threads I wrote but never finished, and worldbuilding. Now, I’m no sponsor, but I have been using Campfire Blaze as an organizer for my notes, and it has been incredibly engaging. Going back and recreating the world through the little details I made has been a fun and challenging experience. It feels like going into the same world with new eyes, connecting things I didn’t notice before. The program helps light the way in an otherwise complex and confusing process.

Seriously Campfire. If you somehow stumbled upon me through the deep web, I will actually sell myself to you.

Challenges:

College

School has piled on a lot of work for one semester, even though it’s only 5 classes, and a lot of it is just reading. Around 29 pages for 4 classes due within one week. I’m not the greatest planner, obviously, so I’ve been flying with my pants high above my beer gut trying to get everything done so I can actually go to bed.

Combined with long assignments, quizzes, and papers, trying to find the mental capacity to read an awful first draft is stressful. When I get to, it’s a fun experience. When I don’t, I wrestle my brain like Andre the Giant. I’m hoping to invest all my time in reading the book when I get out of school just to have more time instead of maybe one hour.

“Nothing against my school, but still…”

Internship

As a little update within another, my internship at Prime and Prim has been going pretty well. I’ve been learning about PR and the strategies that go within marketing a company, writing scripts for trailers, and among other things that I’ll skip before I just ramble out private things. It’s pretty hard work, but it’s more like another thing on the table instead of back breaking assignments.

Myself

I’ll get personal here for a minute; no real lighthearted jokes. I had no confidence in myself when writing the draft, or my possible career all together. Most of the time writing the first draft was spent grueling over life choices and dealing with the transition from high school to college. To this day, I’m still not sure if I want to be a novelist or a screenwriter, which caused me to go back and forth in terms of writing advice. Confusing, I know. All it made me self doubtful that I could be a writer, no matter how much I told myself its my first book. Coupled with the strange, political times that are plaguing the country and the harsh realty of this world, I found myself questioning if I would be able to be the writer or person I wanted to be.

But, I’m doing my best to push past the doubt, the ego, and the confusion to finish my story as a transparent student of the craft. I’m not sure when I’ll be done with the rereads and the edits, since some advice says that the process should take about as long as writing it the first time, but I’ll keep the updates coming for when I move on to the beta readers and editors. You know, the ones that probably cost an arm and a pelvis.

(Side thing: If anyone is interested, I can release posts of how I came about my novel, my process, who my inspirations were, and what the heck that maladaptive daydreaming thing was earlier).

What is to come in the website and the blog

Well, for starters, a new schedule for the next two months. With everything, you can tell I’m not consistent in the posts. Stats say the same thing. So, for my mental stability, this month and the next will have 1 to 2 posts until I get out for summer vacation. It will still be Friday-Saturday at no specific time, so enjoy the randomness as you rub your sweaty brow with a convenient towel at work wondering when I’m gonna post.

“It is my personal theory that computers have already started the war against us. When we lose our sh!t when the printer stops working for one day out of all 364, they’ve beaten us mentally.” Image by Josh Rhine from Lume

In between, I’ll be updating and fixing up the website to make it more user friendly and fluid. I’m still learning how WordPress works at the basic level cause I’m not programmer. I’m gonna be figuring out how to stylize the home page to look better, fix the Story Cantina to work like blog posts so you can make comments on the stories, and find better pictures cause I’m noticeably lazy about it.

Speaking of the Story Cantina, just to clarify, I put my personal favorite short stories in there. Since I’m currently too busy to actually find a magazine to stick with right now, I’ll be putting short stories that I personally enjoy and worked hard on. There is no set schedule for that, so…yeah.

Blog Posts to Come

“Why do I look like Number 4 from Code Name Kids Next Door?” Image from Planet Minecraft

Earthbound Short: Picky

As a weird little experiment, since I’m not sure when I’ll be able to post a review on Earthbound Beginnings, I wanna talk about an Earthbound character that always stuck with me after my first playthrough: Picky Minch. In it, I’ll give a brief background on the character, what I think happens to him after the game’s story, and why I love side characters who I really shouldn’t get invested in. This is something that personally peeked my interest, and also just to try and be unique among the thousands of blogs out there.

“Well damn, that water bill really did go up. It went so up it became a giant freakin dragon!” Image from Anarchy In The Galaxy

Sonic Adventure Part 2: Electric Chair for real

Then, I will finish up my birthday review for Sonic Adventure. I’ll talk about the super secret story Big didn’t let you get to, various supporting characters, the world and its people, and the Chao Garden aka the only minigame you most definitely cared more about. Again, just honest opinions with a little research just to structure it. Side note, I actually bought the original Sonic Adventure for the Dreamcast as a birthday present to myself. I didn’t get the Dreamcast itself, I’m budgeting here, so I might do a proper comparison of the DX and International Dreamcast version.

“Behold. Dialga and Palkia in their new overworld models.” Image from Animationoptions

How I feel about the Gen 4 confirmed remakes

Oh boy. As a late bloomer, which is probably not advisable in a marketing or SEO strategy, I will discuss my thoughts on the recently confirmed Diamond and Pearl remakes. I will also talk about the other side game, Pokemon Legends: Arceus, which already looks way better than Sword and Shield, and my personal take on Pokemon as a whole. I might even reference a yellow dinosaur and a red dead cat within. Trust me when I say, I got some hot takes on that yellow mouse.

“The hell is going on with the earth? How many hurricanes are going through it?”

Earthbound Beginnings: Not for America

Finally, a reminder that this is going to happen. I will review it like I did with Earthbound, just with better quality. The story, the world(which I think deserves special attention this time), the gameplay, and how it holds up compared to the second game will be talked about. I might have missed the anniversary year for this series, but I’ll still remember it unlike Nintendo.

All in All, I’m hoping to doing my best to keeping these promises. It’s a slow and confusing route people, but I’m learning through it so you can enjoy these early years, I certainly can’t wait to be the position to joke about my early quality years down the line. Take care, love yourself, step away from politics or reality for a minute, and remember to always have love, compassion, and some common sense within yourself. We’re all trying to get through life one way or another, but let’s not forget our humanity along the way. See you then.

-Samuel Argueta

Recommendations from the personal box!

Shine on you Crazy Diamond…or Mashins

If your a Power Ranger fan looking into watching the original Sentai, then this is the best introduction to the franchise. Unlike the other seasons in this era, Kiramager takes the simple route when it comes to the story and team(toys). 6 rangers, no gimmicks that work in the morpher, 4 robots that have no crazy combinations, and a villain organization with a zany but evil goal. Despite the simplistic execution, the writing is competent, fun, and well-made. Each character is distinct, tropes are subverted in creative ways, and it still manages to respect what it is and what it isn’t. One of the best in Tokusatsu

Image from Power Rangers Fandom

Kamen Rider finally here the legal way

After years of fans watching the a kids show from overseas any way they can, including dealing with all those local moms, Toei has allowed seasons to air on their official Tokusatsu Channel…but just the first two episodes. Hey, it’s anything. This is a huge step since Shout Factory was allowed to stream Kamen Rider Ichigo and Kuuga, along with the Heisei Generations Forever movie.

Right now, every Friday and Saturday, 1 episode from two different seasons are uploaded. Interestingly, its just been Showa and Heisei Phase 1 riders, with the two recent seasons being Stronger and Hibiki. I guess America isn’t ready for Heisei phase 2 yet…which makes sense if you know about them.

This is a great opportunity to have bite sized introductions into this bug-eyed world, along with the other obscure Tokusatsu shows they also upload like Kikaider. Look up “Toei Tokusatsu World Official” and YouTube and delve into one of the strangest genres in the world. Ride On!

Image from Kamen Rider Fandom

Ungifted: Somehow gifted writing

This book really made my year in 2020. Despite being a book for middle schoolers, evident in its short descriptions and simplistic writing style, it was a clear but effective tale of a boy who slaps the a$$ of a bronze statue and ends up in the gifted program of antisocial children. This book is like all those movies where the main protagonist mistakenly enters into a different society through some lie or deception, yet the story reinvents those tropes to become a refreshing tale. I won’t go into more detail.

I highly recommend this book even if your 68. It’s universally appealing with great characters and a simple plot that just oozes with charm.

Now I can’t wait for Nickelodeon to possibly f it up!

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The 100 Songs I like to Listen to

Note: I know the Metal Arm’s Review isn’t up yet. I apologize. I was writing the first draft of it last night on Thursday when I had a family emergency. Don’t worry, it was a false alarm but it left me incredibly tired. The review will come up Saturday night. Anyway, enjoy the list.

The 100 songs I loved in 2020 (doesn’t actually have to been made in 2020 and not a Best to Eh)

1.The Entire Song Machine by Gorillaz

2. Feels like Summer by Childish Gambino(or Donald Glover)

3. Stairway to Heaven by Led Zepplin

4. Humility by Gorillaz

5. Tick Tock by Joji

6. Dreams by Fleetwood Mac

7. Village of Dali from Final Fantasy 9

8. Gymnopedie by Erik Satie

9. Pretty Boy by Joji

10. Fly Like An Eagle by Steve Miller Band (Also the cover by Seal)

11. Sara by Fleetwood Mac

12. Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac

13. Chances Are by Johnny Mathis

14. Thunderstruck by ACDC

15. Hell’s Bells by ACDC

16. Love Train by The O’Jays

17. Boogie Wonderland by Earth, Wind, & Fire

18. Big Poppa by Notorious B.I.G

19.Juicy by Notorious B.I.G

20. Paisley Park by Prince

21. I’ll Get Lucky Someday by Glen Campbell

22. Might Be Right by White Reaper

23. Safe And Sound by Capitol Cities

24. Pocketful Of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield

25. Orphans by Coldplay

26. Yellow by Coldplay

27. Almighty from Kamen Rider Saber

28. Chant My Name from Ultraman Z

29. Ms. Jackson by Outkast

30. Cid’s Theme from Final Fantasy 9

31. This is America by Donald Gambino

32. The Main Them from The Mandolorian

33. Send In The Clown by Frank Sinatra

34. Tusk by Fleetwood Mac

35. Demon Days by Gorillaz

36. Circles by Post Malone

37. Paperback Writer by The Beatles

38. Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles

39. Killer Queen by Queen

40. Georgy Porgy by Toto

41. Adventure Of A Lifetime by Coldplay

42. Native New Yorker by Odyssey

43. Viva La Vida by Coldplay

44. The Entire Transformers 1986 Movie Soundtrack

45. It’s Christmas Time Again by by Vince Guaraldi

46. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Sam Smith

47. Dancing With A Stranger by Normani and Sam Smith

48. One Kiss by Dua Lipa

49. Without Me by Eminem

50. Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd

51. Echoes by Pink Floyd

52. Mecha World from A.I Artificial Intelligence

53. Space Oddity by David Bowie (Also the cover by Chris Hansfield)

54. Disintegration by Myuu

55. Vast Poni Canyon from Pokemon Sun and Moon

56. Kamen Rider Saber’s Ending Theme

57. Corridors Of Time from Chrono Trigger

58. West Town Girls by Pet Shop Boys

59. Stayin Alive by Bee Gees

60. Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers

61. Who’s Crying Now by Journey

62. Super Fast Jellyfish by Gorillaz

63. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt cheap by ACDC

64. Rising Sun from Okami

65. Last Train Home by Pay Metheny Group

66. Metsuboujinrai’s theme from Kamen rider Zero One

67. The Man by the Killers

68. Tears in Rain from Blade Runner

69. Blade Runner Blues from Blade Runner

70. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking for by U2

71. Shooting Stars by Bag Raiders

72. Immigration Song by Led Zepplin

73. Fool In the Rain by Led Zepplin

74. Paradise City by Gun’s and Roses

75. Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowier

76. Private Eyes by Hall & Oates

77. Beyond The Moon by The Pillows

78. Star Overhead by The Pillows

79. When Dove’s Cry by Prince

80. Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd

81. Return Of The Mack by Mark Morrison

82. All Around The World by Daft Punk

83. Photograph by Def Leopard

84. Stardust Speedway All Versions from Sonic CD

85. Emerald Coast from Sonic Adventure

86. Meteor Herd from Sonic Adventure 2

87. Don’t Stop Believing by Journey

88. Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley

89. Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper

90. The Court Of The Crimson King by King Crimson

91. Don’t Fear The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

92. I Still Cannot Sleep/They Cannot Touch Her from Taxi Driver

93. True Colors by Cyndi Lauper

94. Cherchez La Femme by Dr. Buzzard Original Savannah Band

95. Walking Into The Sunshine by Central Line

96. Dracula by Gorillaz

97. Paint it Black by Rolling Stones

98. Rock the Casbah by The Clash

99. Chained To the Rhythm by Katy Perry

100. Empire Ants by Gorillaz

Update February 1st, 2021: It’s been a long while since I have updated. I am currently in school while also dealing with an internship, so this blog and website is being kept in the backburner of priorities. I apologize to anyone reading. In terms of a plan, I am not sure if I can do bigger posts like my review of Earthbound Beginnings this semester, but I am thinking of making smaller posts. As a spoiler, I am thinking of my own thoughts about a minor character in Earthbound.

Until then, expect a crazy schedule where posts come randomly. See you then.

-Samuel Argueta

2021: A New Year

Happy New Years everyone! 2020 is finally coming to an end, and I think we can all agree that it will not be missed. From the pandemic, the fear of the future, the election, the moments and experiences lost for many high schoolers and graduating college students, and the possibility of life never really going back to the way things were.

“Look at that, the meteor didn’t come!”
Photo by Raman deep on Pexels.com

There was always talk of things changing forever, that this is our new normal. Well, for a new normal it was really crappy. Now, somehow, we’ve reached the end. I could talk cynically about how 2021 will be the year where the meteor comes. But I think that we should have positive dreams of the future. 2021 can be the year where we get out of our ruts and become productive, happy people.

Some people say you don’t need be happy in order to live, but being happy is what makes you keep going. It makes you fight through the day and better yourself. It’s what allows you to come to friends and family with a smile on your face, and a humor to make you laugh with them. I don’t know if that’s a quote or not, but if it is tell me so I can be proud to have pulled it out.

I’m gonna be honest, this year was the worst for me. The pandemic happened after such a happy time in Disney World (yes I went to Galaxy’s edge). I was in 12th grade, so naturally I lost a prom, a genuine large graduation, and a bunch of time away from my friends. The first few months slipped by, all alone in my room with my online work letting the time slip by me. My motivation died, my hopes and dreams slinking off into depression, and a bunch of opportunities with college and money slipping away. Even in college, I didn’t feel like myself. I still need scholarships for college, at least for next year.

“I am looking forward to this in 2021”
Image from TFW

I could have even gotten the first draft of my novel done by now, but everything that happened only added to the doubt of my own novice abilities. 2020 expanded my worldview, and I didn’t see a lot of good around. All in all, 2020 was the pinnacle of bull. 1920s had parties and jazz, and 2020 had rules against partying and jazz. Okay the latter is exaggerated, but still. Hopefully, next year will be better.

What’s To Come In January:

In all honesty, I’m not sure how much of my blog or my website will be improved in a steady and fast rate. The first few weeks should be good, but, by January 17th, I’ll be back in college focusing on my school work. I also have an internship coming in on January 14th that will end around May. With that, and my book, I’m worried about schedules things being pushed back due to time. Hopefully I’m wrong and I can deliver a quantity of quality work.

The Metal Arms review should have come before January 1st, but I’m replaying the game to get the hang of it for future reviews. Also, I got lost in the game because it’s just so good. I think that many people like doing game reviews just to replay old favorites. However, it should come out by January 8th.

“Way to piece it together dick!”
Image from Metal Arms Wikipedia Page

Then, the continuation of the Earthbound Reviews will come in January 15th with the review of Earthbound Beginnings. Hopefully *Random Battle Starts* it shouldn’t *Random Battle Starts* take as long *Random Battle Starts* as *Random Battle Starts* Metal Arms! *Random Battle Starts*

“America but interesting.”
Image from Starmen.net

Afterwards, get your kicking boots on and buy a rad motorcycle because I’m making an overview of the Kamen Rider series, the franchise about a bug-eyed masked hero stopping men in suits while also probably fighting other bug-eyed masked heroes (that depends if a Rider War is a part of the show.) The post shall come around January 22nd.

“I spend way to much time on the wiki page.”
Image from Kamen Rider Fandom

In between, a post about the 100 songs I like to listen to on my own time or during a writer session should come in between. I don’t really have rules in terms of what’s on the list. Whether it’s from a musical artist you can listen to on the radio or from a video game, if I like it then it will be on the list. This is based on my opinion and is not an objective list (I am not a musical genius and I don’t know what makes certain music good).

With all that, I hope you all are having an amazing New Years Eve day. Let’s all hope and pray for a better year. Let’s not let the crap of this year make a meteor come. Bring yourselves up wherever you are and live a happier life.

-Samuel Argueta

My Blog: A Sweet Escape

Introductions:

Greetings good people of the world, and welcome to the blog section of my website. Since I am not an up and coming writer yet, and until I get my feet up into the business of it, this will be the most updated portion. I have never done a blog before, so everything is a work in progress. I am not nervous. Not at all.

What is this blog about?

Pop culture, various types of media, and nerdery all over. Alright, you can stand up from your nice couches for a round of applause now.

GIF by sri_18 via Tenor

Yeah, make those hands red. From video games, to movies, to shows, to even books, I’ll give my honest thoughts in review form about the things I like or dislike in these categories. Either well-known items or obscure ones I find on my own (Tubi is good for stuff like that). My writing will be as honest and humorous as I can get. I am not as professional and experienced as other websites or blogs that cover such media. But I give my typed words to deliver good quality to the best of my abilities.

This is the main focus of my blog for the majority, but at times I may write about other things that interest me. This includes my writing process, what I have learned or what I do to learn, and my personal list of favorite songs from artists, video games, and movies. P.S expect a lot of Gorillaz on that list.

My Policies:

Don’t worry, these are just policies on myself and blog. Don’t worry, there are no rules for you except for reading. Call Samuel Jackson if it otherwise happens.

For starters, I will not be political. I hate it, and you’d hate it too if I wrote about it. The only politics I will discuss is if it is integral to the themes and story of the particular media, such as the oh so crucial trade disputes of Star Wars, or my own theories and interpretations. Other than that, no 2020 politics here.

Gif by Stallion_Prime via Tenor

As mentioned, I will be honest with my reviews while making the occasional joke. My focus is to get a little giggle or snicker out of you, but please tell me if I’m actual funny. Love it or hate it, I will be critical and fun about it. My system is basically a summary, a pros and cons, and a conclusion to finish. But do expect a rant here or there.

In terms of a schedule, things are hectic on my end. The best that I can say is expect something every Friday. With college, my book, and life itself in the good old 20s, things will be very jarring and I apologize in advance. Don’t be surprised if something comes early in the week or later into the weekend. But i will do my best. We all start somewhere, right?

Alright, now that I’m done delivering promises like a man at gunpoint, lets get into what should be coming out in the end of this month.

Things to Come:

For right now, I have a few things planned.

Image from the Earthbound Wikipedia Page via Wikipedia

The second post will be an overview of the Mother series, including game summaries and my personal experience with the series. Afterwards will be a review of Earthbound, or Mother 2, the game that out second but came out first over in America. Eat a cup of life noodles by then.

On Christmas Day, I will post a review of The Christmas Elves(1995), a movie that I didn’t initially plan to review until I watched it on Tubi. The movie is so obscure that the IMBD page is like a barren wasteland (Btw check out the site. Really enjoy their trivia pages).

Image from Metal Arms Wikipedia via Wikipedia

Finally, expect a review of one of my childhood favorites, Metal Arms: Glitch in the System, a game that doesn’t have a trivia page on the Did You Know Gaming? site. I should know because I actually procrastinated creating this website just to find it. I’ll probably make a request.

Until then, thank you and welcome to my blog out of a million. Get cozy, drink your favorite drink, and let’s ride out the end of the year until the eventual meteor comes for us. See you then,

-Samuel Argueta