Clash of Clans

Do you like playing games that involve waiting, for days possibly, in order to get more powerful?  Do you like the challenges of going up against others in games of thought, particularly laying out a military base that is designed to kill all invaders?  How about the offensive, where planning an attack is as simple as ordering up massive numbers of basic units, or as complex as learning how to compliment different troops?

Clash of Clans is one of those mobile games that I spent a many a moon avoiding, casting it off as another one of those Farmville type games with no point.  Well, Clash is not “just” one of those games.

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Spit always sells well.

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Baby Products: Sterilization Through Microwaves!

My wife is one of those folks who wants to believe so badly in sterilization.  A byproduct of this desire to be free of germs is her interest in products that “simplify” the process of cleansing things.  In the case of this discussion, I am talking about the sterilization of baby bottles.

I knew nothing of baby bottles and the aggravation they would bring to my household as far as cleaning them goes.  When we went to Florida, we had to wash these things by hand and at home, I toss them in my dishwasher.  There is, however, a belief held by some women, that you have to sterilize these bottles every time you clean them.  There are however, those who say sterilization is only needed every 30 days or so.  There are also those who say sterilize only once – right out of the package as the instructions direct, and never again. Back to the simplification…

Well damn, it even comes with a nipple brush!
Well damn, it even comes with a nipple brush!

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JCH PODCAST: Episode 4 – Travelogue and Heroes of the Storm!

JCH Phones004 – Travelogue and Heroes of the Storm!

We had a plan to release two  podcasts side by side, but things happened, and we just did a last minute podcast to cover my trip to Florida and Mike’s obsession with Heroes of the Storm.  This cast was made with little post production, so much throat clearing and mouth breathing is present.  This is a step in the direction we want to go with the podcast, a natural conversation that is seamless.  The difficulty is latency on our software, which causes us to have stretches of silence every once in a while.  So many adult words!  You are warned!

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A Few Daddy Thoughts

Terror diapers exploding in the car are not a great way to travel, but memorable to say the least.  We decided to take this wee baby on a 14 hour road trip to Orlando, Florida broken up by a two day stay in Pensacola.  Her name is left  a mystery for now for  reason I won’t go into, but let’s just name her Ari.  I started a novel with a character named Ari, and well, I never finished it, but maybe inspiration will come to me in the future.

Ari is a wonderful baby.  I couldn’t expect more out of a baby’s behavior, lest we could make them talk.  Then those agonizing few seconds of screaming would be replaced by FEED ME!, CHANGE ME!, PLAY MUSIC!, ROCK ME!, LEAVE ME ALONE!, YOU’RE TOO DAMN LOUD! I have always heard about how it is difficult to travel with a baby.  Traveling with our baby has been relatively easy, though after riding in her car seat all day, she does get to whine a bit about returning to it when we go do things.

Honestly, the entire experience has been quite strange:

  • Changing diapers is not that bad, but not disposing poopy diapers promptly, letting the sun bake them, even inside of a trash bag, is a bad tie.
  • Apparently when I, my wife, or the baby farts, we go into diaper changing mode.  I am not really sure if there is some chemical process going on but everything smells like baby shit when it comes to bodily functions.
  • Babies like to piss right when you open the diaper to check to see if they pissed in the diaper.
  • No matter how you sell it, you can’t convince me that soy milk is going to rear a healthy child.  I can’t wait until we start feeding her real food.
  • Baby strollers are just as convenient as they are inconvenient.
  • When Ari watches Disney music videos, or listens to lullabies, she “sings.”  This is cute.  It makes me smile.  It makes me a little misty-eyed.  If this makes me a blubbering pussy, then I will be that.
  • Sometimes, well, all the time, she cries when I get her.  I give her all of my patience and just play around and say things like “Momma the bad man has me!”  Today is the first day I was not the bad man.  She now feels safe with me, but she prefers momma.
  • Baby shit smears all over everything when the baby is steadily kicking her feet around.
  • I have very little time now for myself.  Yeah, I miss it, but I like this baby thing.
  • I take too many pictures and I can’t share them online.
  • I talk to my child like she is an adult, but I realize my voice is often deep and scary.  It makes dogs piss themselves.  I had to lighten up my voice some.
  • Babies get way too gassy too much and too fast.  I am constantly burping her whenever I feed her.  I suck at this, and feel like I am bear mauling her when I do this, but she doesn’t cry.  Maybe she is okay with it, maybe she is in shock.  Guess I will know in 5 years.
  • Babies are way too expensive.  Nothing is cheap.  Bookoo everything, go to yard sales.  Tell your friends it’s her birthday tomorrow.
  • I want to buy her things that she will outgrow in a couple of months.
  • What movies are playing at the theater?
  • Everyone loves the baby.  They want to touch the baby.  They want to talk to the baby.  They want to do these things when we are trying to wind her down.
  • Like most women in my life, Ari loves to tell me when I am wrong.

I certainly hope that one day I can share her pictures and her real name.  No, she was not kidnapped!  We are in the process of taking care of some things and we are just trying to keep things quietish, but I had to share this tonight.  Especially since I needed an article for tomorrow.

Le Beaucoup Buffet, THE CASINO!

LauBergeBeauCoup02I love sea food.  In fact, sea food is my number one go to food for when I feel like I deserve a reward.  Move over steak, chicken, salads and other types of food.  I am interested merely in that delicious, succulent meat from the depths of the sea.  There is a casino about an hour’s drive just south from my place called Lau Berge Du Lac, and it is a swanky place.  With upscale gift shops, gambling, hotel rooms and a lazy river, it is a destination for vacationers.

However, as a local, I visit this place whenever possible for one primary reason:  Le Beaucoup Buffet.  Running around $30.00 a pop, it may be out of budget for a family of four, but for a couple?  It’s perfect.  If you want tasty food, it has it, but if you want lotsafood it definitely has what you want!

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I Am Going to be in a Zombie Film

Well, a short film, on YouTube, but I still count it as a movie I suppose.  We will be actually shooting my scene, along with Mike’s and his daughter’s (The day of filming will actually have taken place on Saturday, July 12).  The whole idea behind this film is straight from a friend of mine named Patrick.

I met Patrick when I was a young man who first stepped into his first real job at the humble guild or gastrointestinal goodness that is Burger King.  Patrick was a porter there, and he was a bit of a strange duck with his pink hair and hippy talk.  We parted ways a long time back, he went to the world of cinema, I became an employee of Holsum Bakeries, the fine corporation responsible for almost ridding the world of Twinkies due to poor management.  That’s a bit off topic, however.

Patrick introduced the Facebook world to Porch Swing Productions, his production studio for his short film projects, not too long ago.  After speaking with Patrick, I decided that it would be an awesome experience to share with the Just Chill Here audience.  Below, you will read about an experience that I have never experienced, and thanks to my old buddy, I got to act and be a part of something that may actually go viral.  I also told Patrick that I would not expect payment, but I was going to milk him for exposure to this site.  I’m dirty like that.

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Extreme Advertisements!

Do you love really vulgar, hyperbolic explanations of things?  If you want a good chuckle, and you aren’t easily upset by adult language, visit Extreme Advertisements.  What started out as a series of memes on 4Chan, now has its very own website.  What makes these ads so funny?  Well, the overuse of strong language is one, but the focus on such mundane products is another.  I can’t write much about this site, just click the link and give it a visit.

 

JCH PODCAST: Episode 3 – Through the Interwebz

JCH PhonesEpisode 003 – Through the Interwebz

Welcome everyone, I hope you are enjoying our podcasts.  Today is our third episode.  We tried a new method yet again.  This time, we did our podcast over Ventrillo, a Skype-like program.  While the sound quality was better, and the editing was easier, we noticed that our push-to-talk option left us with unfinished words and sentences.  The podcast is still in its infancy, so we are chiseling away at trying to make it the best it can be.  I believe we will be bringing in a new microphone in a few weeks.

There was much drinking involved on my side of the conversation, so I must warn you now:  The F word, the B Word, the D Word, the C word, the S Word, the P Word…the words that offend you, are in this podcast.  You have been warned!

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Heroes of the Storm: Character Gallery (Part 1)

HotS LogoYou’ve heard us speak about Heroes of the Storm on the podcast.  Today we write our first article on the game, which is a more in depth introduction to the current characters that are available from the technical Alpha.  Below, I will be sharing character bios, skill lists, and images from the game.  Gameplay information will not be included in this series of articles.

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A Look at Spotify

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I can’t remember the last time I actually sat down and downloaded an album from a popular music gettin’ site.   Mainly because with the advent of Pandora, Youtube and a little program I love, Spotify.  Spotify is the premier way to listen to music now, and it is all legitimate.  Offering a free service (with ads) and a paid service (No ads), Spotify allows a user to look up an artist, an album, or a song any time, and listen to it whenever they choose.

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