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    • Improvements, I Guess?

      1 day ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      I've had two workouts since the test last week. The first was on Friday, and it was stretching and core. Turns out I didn't lose strength in my abs after all, at least not a noticeable amount - I must have been doing crunches differently during the test workout which led to a smaller number. I was able to get all the way through the ab workout (minus a couple exercises and stretches that I forgot about until afterwards) and at the END of that, did 25 crunches only stopping because I didn't want to overexert. So that's good.


      Did my second one today, and it was chest and back. Turns out going calisthenics-only is really difficult when you don't have access to a pull-up bar. So I'm modifying the next couple months of my training: no equipment except dumbbells 25lbs or less, and a chest expander. I'm also going to do my best to keep all my workouts under 40 minutes (excepting warmup and stretching), so as not to overexert. I'm very disappointed with how far my chest strength has fallen, and I'm pretty sure my back strength is severely diminished as well. My shoulders seem not to have lost that much, oddly enough. My legs are toast though.


      I took some more progress pictures on Friday before my workout too. The plan is to take another set in September, and then a final one in November when I've hopefully been back in the gym for a month or two, and then I'll chop them all together and put up some comparison pictures. It may be a while before I have leg progress to chart though, because my knees are not the greatest and squats are not the most comfortable thing for me. Time will tell.


      My flexibility also slowly continues to improve. Hopefully I'll be roughly back where I was last November by this November. Now if only my left lower oblique would stop being sore, I'd really be in business.


      What are you guys up to?

    • Back In The Game?

      1 week ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Today I did my first calisthenics workout since injuring myself last November. That's 8 months ago, for anyone keeping track. Today's workout was very much "so what can I still do, anyway?" One exercise per body part, and one set per exercise, to get a baseline. Here are the results:


      Pushups: 20

      Lateral raise: 10 x 15lbs

      Single-arm row: 20 x 25lbs (not useful)

      Double-arm overhead extension: 8 x 25lbs

      Dumbbell curls: 10 x 20lbs

      Squats: 30 (not failure, because I still need to be able to walk tomorrow)

      Good mornings (no weight): 30 (not useful)

      Single-leg calf raises: 20

      Crunches: 24

      Side crunches: 16


      So basically, what I suspected all along is now official: after 8 months out of the gym, I am weak as fuck. Uphill battle, here I come. The first step is improving my core, because a) I've lost a lot of proportional strength there, and b) it's important. I took more pictures before my workout today, and my abs still look pretty good, but it's just for show - they're not strong at all any more. Basically, I'm starting over from zero.


      The good news is this isn't as daunting as it may sound, because of biology-related things. To learn more, watch this.




      So, who's willing to take this journey with me?

    • Neckware

      1 week ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Yesterday, while I was out shopping, I found a necktie that is legitimately disorienting to look at. It's red with black diagonal lines, but the lines get narrower and wider, and closer and farther apart, like the Doppler Effect. Focusing on it actually made me start feeling ill a little. Looked up the manufacturer, and it's Australian, because of course it is. Everything else down there wants to kill you, why not a necktie?


      So I bought it.

    • Let's Talk About Bmblb

      2 weeks ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Have you ever written a journal that you knew was going to be controversial? Yeah.


      So there's a ship in the RWBY community called Bumbleby, which puts main characters Blake and Yang in a romantic relationship. Bumblebee is also the teamup name Ruby uses in Volume 2 for them, which was taken from the name of the ship.* On the Volume 4 soundtrack is a song called Bmblb, which is clearly about one person wanting to have a romantic relationship with another, and which has lyrics like this:


      Baby can’t you see?
      You could be with me
      We could live inside a garden of ecstasy
      You could be my queen
      I could be your dream
      Our lives like a fantasy
      Maybe set me free?
      Let me be your bumblebee


      There are basically three ways people view this song:


      1. It confirms Bumbleby
      2. It's queerbaiting, because it implies a relationship between them without any intention for follow-through
      3. It's a nice song that happens to be called Bmblb


      Personally, I agree with the third option. I also could not give less of a fuck whether Bumblby happens or not. As long as it's done well, I'm on board with whatever Rooster Teeth put on the screen. So there's my bias out of the way. With that said, there are a few things I'd like to point out about this entire situation.


      First, at no point have Rooster Teeth ever put anything in the show to imply that Blake and Yang are "into" each other. They don't look at each other and blush, they don't go out of their way to hold hands, they don't brush off responsibilities to be with each other - RT have given us nothing in the show to suggest that they're going to end up together. In fact, when Yang lost her arm - the time when she would need a partner the most - Blake ran as far away as possible. That is not what you do when the person you love is hurt. So no, RT are not pushing Bumbleby in the show in any way at all. What RT have done is give us a pretty accurate portrayal of two girls who are close friends. Bumbleby is a ship that came entirely from the community. Rooster Teeth are aware of it, but they have put nothing in the show to support it.


      Second, the song never names anyone. If you read the full lyrics, it's just a random generic love song. The only reason to think those lyrics are about Blake and Yang is if you enter with a preconceived notion that says it's so because of the title. And the title isn't even Bumbleby, it's Bmblb. You may think that's nitpicking, but I think it's important. Had the song been called Bumbleby, then the title would be a direct reference to the ship. Instead, it's called Bmblb, which is the last word of the chorus minus the vowels.


      In fact, I'd argue that the song is more likely about Sun and Blake. Remember, the line is "Let me be your bumblebee." That line makes way more sense as Sun thinking Blake is into Yang, and pleading with her to go for him instead. "Yang is gone, let me be your bumblebee!" And besides, the first line is "There's a garden where I go." When have you ever known either Blake or Yang to be the sort of person who would hang out in a garden? But Sun sure might. Plus there are two lines that directly reference the sun, one of which is "Every day is sunny." So no, it doesn't confirm Bumbleby.


      Third, I want you to consider Donut: The Musical. That's a song where almost every line implies that Donut is gay. It's sung by the character, and the first line is "Let me blow you... ...away!" It also has "So let me blow you, blow you all! One by one, individually, or in a group." Spoiler alert: Donut's not gay. So naturally, everyone was shouting about RT queerbaiting for Red vs Blue. What's that you say? Nobody ever said any such thing? That's right, because just because it's in a song doesn't make it canon, or even important.


      Even if Bmblb is about Blake and Yang - and there's no connection to them at all other than the title - that doesn't mean anything. It's not confirming the ship, at most it's acknowledging it. Just like how Donut: The Musical acknowledges the effeminate nature of Donut. If a song that openly suggests a character is gay - sung by that character - doesn't get called out as queerbaiting, then certainly a miscellaneous love song that never specifies who it's about shouldn't get called out for it either.


      And there's one other thing to consider about this whole situation: Rooster Teeth themselves. They employ several openly gay/bisexual people, some of whom work on RWBY. Do you really think a company that does that is going to engage in something as underhanded as queerbaiting? And do you think the queer people on staff would stand for it if they did? I don't think so. Further, Miles used to date Arryn, who is openly bisexual. Do you really think he is about to exploit the gay community like that? Do you think Arryn would stay with the show if he did?


      So, does the song confirm Bumbleby? No. Is it queerbaiting? Considering how intensely generic it is, to the point that the lyrics could literally be about anyone, no. The title acknowledges a ship in the fandom. That's it. Boop names Nora's weapon and is clearly about her and Ren hooking up, but that doesn't mean it's teasing an on-screen relationship between them. It merely acknowledges the idea, and at most that's all Bmblb does.


      So those are my thoughts on the matter. I also want to be clear that I'm not criticizing the idea of Bumbleby, I'm merely saying I don't think this song is what a portion of the fandom are making it out to be. It's a nice song about love. That's it.


      * This journal originally said that the ship name came from the move, and has been corrected to indicate that it was the other way around.

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      3 weeks ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      A couple weeks ago back in this journal I challenged you to listen to music you haven't heard before, by searching YouTube for "full album" and just letting random albums play all the way through. So, who did it? What did you find that you really liked? What did you find that you hated? Were you able to keep up the one-album-a-day pace?

    • The Red Wedding

      1 month ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Today (24th) I went to a wedding for someone we lovingly call Red. I dressed up for it a little.


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      Fancy knots are fun to tie. That one's called the Celtic Knot. I kept the last loop a lot looser than the video shows, to give it the rounded look. People seemed to like it. My shoes are pretty spiffy as well, but I didn't grab a picture of them for this journal. Because they're shoes.


      The wedding was fun. The food was excellent. The Internet got our own table. And then there was Dungeons & Dragons. I played a sassy drunken gnome NPC and watched mayhem ensue. It's great when a World of Darkness player brings that particular sensibility to DMing a D&D game. It makes for twisted stories.


      And then we went to a hotel room and ordered pizza. Because why wouldn't we? The wedding was smallish, and things wound down at a reasonable hour, which was nice. 10/10 would attend again.


      Also everyone lived. Take that, Martin.

    • Overcoming The Odds

      1 month ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      We all sometimes feel like the world is against us. Like we were just dealt a bad hand, and the obstacle in front of us is insurmountable. It feels like we're being prevented from following our dreams. Next time you feel that way, I have two videos that might help you gain a little perspective.


      First, the things Richard Turner can do with a deck of cards will astound you. And he's blind.



      Second, Mahdi Gilbert is a card magician who fooled Penn & Teller on their show Fool Us. And he does not have hands.




      So the next time you start to have a pity party for yourself, remember these blind and no-handed magicians, and get to work. Nobody ever accomplished anything by feeling sorry for themselves.

    • Liveblogging Bad Movies 6: 50 Shades Darker

      1 month ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Because I hate myself. The pain and suffering will begin at 9:30pm EST. 


      Sidenote: at a book store today, I saw a book by E. L. James called Grey. It's 50 Shades of Gray told from Christian's point of view. This is a thing we need ...why? More accurately, why is there an audience for this? The original books were successful because the women reading them (I can almost guarantee it was 99% women) are able to picture themselves as Anastasia.* I legitimately can't imagine there being any commercial need for the story to be told from the other viewpoint.


      * While I was looking for actual stats on the percentage of 50 Shades readers who are women, I stumbled upon this article. According to the study it references, women who read 50 Shades are "25% more likely to have a partner who yelled or swore at them. Readers were also 34% more likely to have a partner who displayed stalking tendencies and 75% more likely to have fasted for more than 24 hours or used a diet aid. Worse still, women who read all three books in the series were more likely to regularly binge drink and have multiple sex partners, both of which are recognized risk factors for intimate partner violence."


      The article goes on to say that the study did not determine how many of those people were doing those things before reading the books. However, when you have an abusive relationship that very specifically follows the steps for cult indoctrination being presented as being "romantic" and desirable, it's not difficult to suppose that abusive relationship habits are being normalized and turned into both acceptable and expected situations.


      It is never okay for your partner to yell abuse at you. It is never okay for your partner to strike you. And you do not need to engage in extreme dieting methods to look pretty or desirable. If someone can't see you as beautiful just the way you are, then they do not deserve you.


      And now, on to the liveblogging. In about 20 minutes.



      Surprise Trailer Thoughts!

      I thought at the end of the first movie she told him to go fuck himself. Why is there even a second movie at all?


      The movie's song is a male voice cover of Crazy In Love that's trying to be dark and edgy and romantic. I'm so sorry to Beyonce.


      This movie came out on Valentine's Day? Yeah, let's call this a "love" story. Hollywood: normalizing abuse since the first Twilight movie came out.



      And So It Begins!

      0:26 - White. All great movies start with white.


      1:00 - I think they're trying to give us Christian's childhood abuse as backstory to explain why the first movie was cult indoctrination. I'm legitimately not sure.


      2:30 - A cover of Coldplay's The Scientist. "Nobody said it was easy." The movie might be self-aware.


      3:57 - Producers: E L James pga - she has credentials in Hollywood? Fuck you.


      4:37 - "How did you make out with those manuscripts?" Make out with them? Subtle. Let's see how many of these there are.


      5:40 - Ana has no idea that the art show is all about her. That's ...illegal, isn't it? Her friend is an asshole.


      6:40 - Someone bought the entire display. 3 guesses who that's going to turn out to be.


      6:55 - Turns out we only needed one guess.


      8:15 - If you don't want to see him again, then don't agree to go to dinner with him you idiot.


      9:20 - How about that, Ana's not a complete moron any more and recognizes that the relationship was abusive.


      9:50 - Most awkward bottle opening in history lampshades the conversation. The movie actually has literary devices.


      11:00 - It took basically zero persuasion to get her to agree to enter a relationship with him again. Way to set the bar for female characters, assholes.


      11:55 - And they're already kissing? I expected there to be at least some amount of chase to this. This is bullshit.


      12:50 - Spot the Apple product placement.


      14:00 - "Have your plan come along for a quick one." That's two.


      14:25 - Oh look, it's that girl from the trailer wanting to talk to Ana. I wonder if that's going to be important later.


      15:05 - "I'm the boyfriend." No you're not. You haven't even been on a real date yet. You're the guy who bought her a computer and kissed her as a way to apologize for mentally abusing and stalking her for the entire first movie.


      16:40 - And now she's almost literally throwing herself at him...


      16:55 - only to tell him they should take it slow? I legitimately already hate this movie.


      19:00 And now they're already going to bed. No making him work for it or anything, she just totally reversed her claim that they should take it slow. And also he's buying the company she works for, but it's totally not about controlling her, Christian promises it. This movie is a piece of shit.


      22:20 - Girl from the trailer is now watching them sleep. That's not creepy at all.


      23:15 - Aw, he called her Ana. Maybe he is changing!


      24:00 - Ana gets rightfully upset that Christian has her bank information, demands to know why he does, and the movie cuts away to a cafe scene without explaining it? Fuck you, movie. This is legitimately important to the plot, and you're not only ignoring it, you're pretending it didn't happen. That is bad storytelling.


      26:15 - He's friends and business partners with the woman who seduced and abused him? I'm calling bullshit.


      28:05 - His drawer of files on his former subs is shockingly large.


      29:15 - "This isn't a relationship, it's ownership." She's smart enough to recognize it, but not smart enough to get out of it. ...Okay?


      30:00 - Ah, the old "show you how bad my life is so that you forgive me treating you like shit" ploy.


      31:10 - Turns out it was just drawing a box on his chest with lipstick and saying "these are my boundaries." What the actual?


      33:00 - "Here, have some benwah balls. To wear while we're out tonight." Because why not?


      37:30 - Mia is his sister, right? Literally just entered a conversation without introduction, so anyone who hasn't seen the first movie recently (like myself) is basically going to have no idea what she's about. Good job.


      39:00 - Unless they're jumping the bid, people don't yell out their bid at an auction. Auctions are basically silent except for the auctioneer. Way to get reality wrong, movie.


      40:20 - So the entire first movie was about how she wasn't really comfortable with what he did to her, and now she's literally asking for it. Consistency is important.


      41:20 - That's four spanks. Isn't that already more than what he said was "as bad as it gets" or somesuch in the first movie? Consistency is important.


      42:18 - Contact juggler spotted. I have a lot of friends in circus arts.


      43:50 - I think someone just took a picture of Christian and Ana's boss in a family photo, but it was too quick to really see. Also, turns out that sex they just had was still at the party, rather than at the Aspen retreat like I thought. Being unconfusing is important.


      45:30 - Elena telling Ana the truth and getting yelled at for it. "You and he will only be happy if you leave him alone forever." That is what would make all of us happy.


      46:50 - Clandestine meeting in an underground parking lot? Is this suddenly X Files?


      47:25 - This movie does a really good job of asking important questions and leaving them unanswered.


      49:20 - "Are these burns?" Why did you wait a movie and a half before asking about the obvious burn marks on his chest?


      50:45 - "You sound surprised." No, she didn't. She sounded conversational. Either the script is horrible, or she completely failed to emote.


      52:30 - Despite the entire movie being loaded, my player is telling me the movie is buffering. Even my computer thinks this movie isn't worth watching.


      54:25 - Her boss (male) is acting like a jealous teenage girl. Can't decide whether this is accurate.


      55:20 - Despite everything he said, he's still trying to control where she goes and who she spends time with. But don't worry - it's romance.


      56:40 - Not gonna lie, I kind of want that piece of wall art.


      1:01:10 - He tells her during a domination scene that she's his, and she agrees. No way that's going to come back to bite her later.


      1:02:55 - No, you idiot, don't give in to him when he's trying to control your life! if it's a business trip with your boss, then travel with your boss. That's literally how it's supposed to work.


      1:04:00 - And now you have to have an awkward conversation with your boss because of it. It's amazing how things ripple like that.


      1:04:15 - I think her boss is supposed to be coming off like a jerk here, but everything he's saying is completely justified...


      1:05:15 - ...Until now, when he starts insinuating that she can only keep her job if she has sex with him. That's sexual harassment. And it's illegal.


      1:06:40 - That's sexual assault.


      1:06:50 - And that's Ana doing exactly what she needs to do. Wait a second - that means Christian was right about something. I think my worldview might be broken. Or the script is shit because there was basically no foreshadowing for this.


      1:10:45 - I can't decide whether this is a "new person states the obvious and somehow nobody else figured it out before then" scene. Which I guess is a good thing?


      1:11:55 - "You don't believe me?" "I don't believe it myself." That is not the question he asked you, Ana. Please have the same conversation as he is having.


      1:12:40 - You don't raise your fingers and ask for the cheque at the same time. Nobody's watching you at that point. It will get you nowhere.


      1:13:00 - There you go being submissive in public again. What happened to standing up for yourself?


      1:14:00 - Moondance? You're going to ruin Moondance for me? You jerks.


      1:14:40 - When you moan in arousal on an elevator, people are supposed to notice. They don't just keep staring forward like it's a normal elevator ride.


      1:17:10 - Oh look, it's creepy girl again. Leela, I think. And she has a gun and wants to see Ana. This can only end well.


      1:20:15 - Yet another unanswered question. Christian enters, strips Leela of the gun, gets her on her knees, and then tells Ana to leave and we don't find out (yet, at least) what he's going to do with her. I'm so confused. And in what's supposed to be a romance movie, confusing your audience is a bad thing.


      1:22:40 - "Where the fuck have you been?" is not how you phrase that question if you're talking to someone whom you want to convince that you're worthy of them.


      1:26:45 - You just had a conversation where Ana said she can't give you what you need long term, and now you're asking her to marry you in your very next conversation? You may be rich, but you're an idiot.


      1:27:40 - But the planche is cool.


      1:28:50 - "I want to marry you." "Why?" Ana with the most honest line in the entire movie.


      1:30:20 - Christian is holding an umbrella in no rain. And so is everyone else. Seattle people are bad at weather.


      1:31:something - After being asked to marry him, Ana buys a keychain for a birthday present. Gee, I wonder what it says?


      1:32:30 - Christian's helicopter has a blown engine. I think we're supposed to be afraid for him, but first you're supposed to make us give a shit about him.


      1:34:40 - "They'll find him. It's Christian." Yeah, there's still another movie to make with him. But don't worry, this is totally supposed to be suspenseful.


      1:39:15 - The keychain says yes. Anyone who didn't see the keychain saying yes coming doesn't understand movie structure.


      1:42:50 - I think that's the third time they've done a smash cut from sex to a party. it's really jarring.


      1:45:25 - Elena is Christian's mother, secretly working against him for some reason. I'm calling it now. Based on how stupidly the rest of the movies have gone so far, this is an entirely reasonable guess.


      1:46:50 - "You're only after his money." You do know that she literally tore up a cheque for $24,000 from him at the beginning of the movie, right?


      1:47:00 - That was the most halfhearted wine-in-face throw in movie history. Tommy Wiseau wrecking the room in The Room was actually more convincing than this.


      1:48:20 - The Riddick poster on the wall is legitimately the best thing about this movie.


      1:51:25 - In case anyone didn't figure it out, Ana's former boss (he got fired) is going to be the villain in the next movie.


      1:55:20 - And the mid-credits scene is a teaser for the next movie? Fuck right off.


      Final Thoughts

      Well, that movie was a piece of shit. We have Ana, who just finished telling Christian to go fuck himself, immediately getting involved with him again. He doesn't even need to prove himself at all, he just says "it'll be different this time, I swear!" and that's good enough. Then she spends the rest of the movie going back and forth about whether she's into the relationship, and despite the clear understanding at the beginning of the movie that it will be a vanilla (read: no BDSM) relationship, she almost immediately becomes submissive to him again.


      Movies are supposed to have a clear, consistent voice. When you have a character saying one thing and doing the opposite, that's called cognitive dissonance, and it's jarring when it's done as poorly as it was done in this movie. The way it happened, Ana's primary antagonist was herself. It should have been Christian's past.


      Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go watch some porn. It has a better plot than this movie did.

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      1 month ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      I've come to the conclusion that most people need to expand their musical horizons. I'd like to take a quick poll: who among you reading this journal have favourite songs in each of Jazz, Electro Swing, and Symphonic Metal, and have heard of Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker? If you answered 'no' to any of those, don't worry - you're in the majority. And there are genres I've never listened to either, so don't go thinking I'm a hypocrite here. I know. :P


      With that in mind, I propose some fun homework: every day between now and the end of the month, so for about two weeks, go to YouTube and search for "Full Album." Then page through the results until you get to a band you haven't heard of before, and listen to the album all the way through. No matter what it is, regardless of genre, give it a full listen and form an opinion on it. You may hate it. You may love it and immediately go off to listen to more of their music.


      At the end of the month, I'll post a follow-up journal asking if you found anything you really liked. This is an exercise I commonly do myself, and I've found some really good musicians and albums this way. I've also found some stinkers - it's kind of hit and miss sometimes. The point is to give it all a fair shot, and see what happens.


      Now there's only one question: are you going to join in?


      * For those who may be wondering, my favourite songs in each of the three genres I listed are Jazz: Take Five, by Dave Brubeck; Electro Swing: Geraldine's Routine, by Tape Five; and Symphonic Metal: Dark Chest of Wonders, by Nightwish. They're all worth a listen if you have the time. Here's something else:



    • My Thoughts On The Blaine Video

      1 month ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Yesterday for sponsors and today for the general public, Rooster Teeth released the third instalment of their "Me vs Drunk Me" series of videos, featuring Blaine. If you plan on reading this journal, then you should watch the video first so that you have proper context for what I'm going to say. You can do that here.


      * TECHNICALLY SPOILERS BELOW *


      Like many of you, I don't think the video is funny. Unlike most of you, I don't think it's meant to be. Let me explain.


      What we see in the video is Blaine being so drunk that he literally throws up on himself. People rush to his side to take care of him, sober Blaine says "I guess I learned a lot about drunk me," and the video fades out on a shot of drunk Blaine continuing to vomit into a garbage can. The entire video is incredibly awkward, and kind of tragic.


      Now let's put the video in context. Right at the start, we get a full screen disclaimer saying that what we're going to see was supervised, and not to try it at home. In the previous two videos, we saw Chris and Ashley being goofy drunk for the sake of the bit. Then this one just goes terribly wrong.


      We also know some things about the production of the show.** We know they film the sober part first, with a stand-in for the drunk side, and then do the drunk part afterwards. It's reasonable to think that they then film some pickups for the sober side to cover reactions to what the drunk part did. It's also reasonable to think that everyone who participated did so voluntarily, and drank whatever amount of alcohol they felt would be correct for what they were shooting.


      That tells us two things directly. First, it tells us that Blaine was not force-fed alcohol until he was doomed to be sick. He was in control of his own consumption. If it were any other way, then Rooster Teeth would technically have been breaking the law. Second, it tells us that Blaine made the conscious decision to continue filming the sober part, and to allow the video to be released.


      What we have to wonder about that is ...why? This was clearly an embarrassing moment for him, so why would he go out of his way to make sure that the rest of us would see it (and hear it)? Well, I have a hypothesis about that. And even if my hypothesis is wrong, I think my conclusion will still stand.


      Ask yourself a question: when's the last time you saw the media accurately portray what happens when you drink to excess? We often see people being funny drunks - that's extremely common. And we sometimes see people getting so drunk they throw up, but it's always played for laughs. That's not what we see here. What we see here is a quiet set, with Blaine uncontrollably throwing up, and people standing around him being very concerned for his well-being. I admit I haven't seen every movie or TV show ever filmed, but I have never seen this portrayed on film before.


      Further, this wasn't the result of Blaine being out partying and trying to get as drunk as he could - this was done in a controlled environment, with Blaine drinking what he thought was a safe amount of alcohol.


      This video stands as an example of how even with the best intentions, in a controlled situation, it's possible to drink too much without realizing it. And it stands as a demonstration of the consequences of drinking to excess - something we never really see anywhere else on film. As far as I'm aware, this short video is the only real filmed example of the consequences of excessive drinking.


      I think that that's the reason Blaine went ahead with finishing the video and having it be released. I think he wanted there to be something you could point to and say "this is what can happen when you drink too much at home, with people supervising you. Drinking too much while out in the wild can be much worse." And even if that wasn't his thought process on it, I definitely think it's the end result.


      This video is absolutely not funny. But it might be the most important thing Rooster Teeth has ever released.


      ** This paragraph edited for accuracy after the Behind the Scenes video revealed the sober part is shot first.

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      Hey so you also got mentioned in On The Spot this week - so that's pretty damn neat, just started the episode.


      Hope y'all are having fun at UnCon! Wish I could be there!

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      1 year ago

      Hey man this time g1 Tom the Iron Man over on ScrewAttack and just wanted to touch base with you about someone we've been seeing posts with on Twitter and Facebook, a fellow g1 named Dylan Toomey. Dylan's been around since 2008 and simply put, he's a wily and silly guy with a penchant of making memes that no one understands but himself, and that's the joke. He means no harm and he's just continuing his shtick now and introducing himself in his own special way that the migration of ScrewAttack to the Rooster Teeth family is complete. I know Dylan personally and have met up with him at every SGC he's been in attendance to, and he's actually a quiet and fairly reserved person IRL. Clearly he's been rubbing the mods the wrong way and it has led to you having to intervene personally, if it is a breach of conduct I can assure you he has no idea it is. Hit me back if you have any questions (I'm still trying to figure out how everything works here), and have an awesome night.

    • Toptoast FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of the Breakfast

      1 year ago

      Hello, good sir! You're awesome!

    • Nat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

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    • Cove FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Dancing Shark

      1 year ago

      Just wanted to toss you a quick "thanks" for all the workout pointers and Tough Mudder tips you gave me a while ago. You were one of the few people who gave me actual usable advice that has made a difference. I've been working out for just about 4 months now and I've seen great progress and plan to keep pushing forward.

      So, thanks :)

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        1 year ago

        No problem :)

        Are you doing things next Saturday?

      • Cove FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Dancing Shark

        1 year ago

        Next Saturday? Yeah, I'm going on an end-of-summer camping trip with some friends that weekend.

        Why do you ask?

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      1 year ago

      bruh

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      1 year ago

      pls respond

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        1 year ago

        Personal Comment notifications have been broken since day 1. I didn't see your comments until now, after scanning through Adam's journal's comments and seeing that someone had discovered that fact. I don't remember whether we banned anyone for being knucklesdawson, but seeing as the thread you were commenting about is locked now, it seems irrelevant. I just wanted to let you know that I wasn't ignoring you, I literally had no idea you'd said anything because of a site failure.

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      1 year ago

      To clarify, knucklesdawson is not me.

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      1 year ago

      Have I been banned from the v2 thread or something? I can't post in there, says I lack sufficient permissions.

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      2 years ago

      Are you tagging me in posts? Or is it the site transferring data over. Because I'm not able to access the tags to see.


      Also, 4000th comment.

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        2 years ago

        Just saw Jackie having the same issue. Bug, I guess.

    • jackiebot FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold me irl

      2 years ago

      I have no idea what's happening right now, but I'm getting like.. half a dozen notifications that you're mentioning me in a post.. and when I click on it, I get sent to a completely jumbled version of your profile.

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        I got no notification that you'd left me this comment. I was trying to put up a private journal entry and tag site admins in it. It didn't work properly. I eventually got it up and running, so check out my journal.

    • Nat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      Check this out, this is incredible: Atmoph window

    • MaryFairy Barely here...

      2 years ago

      Happy birthday! (Sorry it's late)

    • Resolis FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Insidious Crow

      2 years ago

      Happy Birthday DiMono!

    • Mattbab4

      2 years ago

      Happy birthday

    • THEDODGER FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Wookiee

      2 years ago

      Happy Birthday DiMono! I hope you have an awesome day and make sure you enjoy yourself! Keep up the amazing work! smiley0.gif

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      2 years ago

      Is there a time limit on my timeout from the Ask Anything thread?

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        Doesn't matter whether it's entertaining; it's inappropriate.

      • Freelancer The Trash Man

        2 years ago

        Come on, don't tell me it isn't at least slightly entertaining when someone is like "can u teech me how 2 make cgi" and I chime in claiming to be Monty?

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        I mean giving troll answers. People ask questions there looking for information, and they are trusting of the answers they receive. You posting random garbage in there is inappropriate.

      • Freelancer The Trash Man

        2 years ago

        Nah. But that's entirely dependent on how you define how I've been posting. Do you mean in the past few days or overall?

        Post edited 5/18/15 9:08PM

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        If you're unbanned from it, are you going to keep posting like you've been posting?

    • JJ FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      HOLY SHIT is that fuckin DiMONO!!!!!

    • ailsarocks FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Community Stylist

      2 years ago

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      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

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    • Cove FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Dancing Shark

      2 years ago

      I'm considering signing up for Tough Mudder this summer, any training tips or things I should know before I fully commit?

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        It's about 11 miles, so 17km is pretty close to accurate.

      • Cove FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Dancing Shark

        2 years ago

        Awesome thanks! I have a team I just need to get my ass in gear for strength training. I'm already running frequently so I just plan on increasing my mileage (I heard there's about 17km of hills).

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        Good luck!

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        Ignore the time estimate on the site; expect to spend 5 hours out there. Plan your day accordingly. Wear clothes you don't care about, or else clean them immediately. Don't have pockets. Your shoes will probably be a lost cause; bring spares and donate the dead ones to the pile (you'll see what I mean when you get there).

        You'll be driving to an off-site parking lot and taking a bus to Mt St Louis. Bring I think it's $15 for parking, and include about half an hour on either end for bus transit. You'll be leaving your wallet behind while on the course; keep it appropriately empty, just in case.

        They will offer you food on the course; eat it, you'll need the energy. And the potassium. Completing the course is easier with a team, for many reasons; if you go there alone, try to find people to join up with. Tough Mudder is hard, but remember that you're going there to enjoy yourself; so have fun with it. Lots of people dress up in costumes.

        Most of the obstacles I encountered weren't that difficult; a moderate amount of fitness should be plenty to get you through them. Focus on cardio. Lots and lots of cardio. And don't skip leg day - in fact, add another one. They're going to be taking you up and down hills an awful lot. Compound exercises are better than isolation exercises. You will have to climb over a 7-8' wall in order to get to the course; make sure you can do that, as it's the one obstacle you really can't skip. But don't skip obstacles unless you absolutely have to, because otherwise what's the point?

        That's everything that comes to mind right now.

    • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

      2 years ago

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        2 years ago

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      2 years ago

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        2 years ago

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    • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian Emeritus

      2 years ago

      As it is technically the 14th, you can enjoy your Valentine's Warm Fuzzies now!

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      Happy Warm and Fuzzies to our favorite Bot Destroyer!

      Your Neighborhood RT Community Economist:
      -James

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        2 years ago

        One must appreciate some nerd love

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        2 years ago

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    • Enforcer2005

      2 years ago

      You are cool and I like you. Hope you are doing well dude.

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      2 years ago

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    • Tommex

      2 years ago

      Merry christmas dimono smiley0.gif

    • nouveaujour FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      Catching up now on the harassment discussion from the other night (that really doesn't sounds so great when typed out, but I'm going to go with it...) via You Tube.
      Just wanted to say thank you for taking the time and putting the thought into a meaningful discussion.
      -nj

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      2 years ago

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      Guess who???

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        2 years ago

        Oh fuck.

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        Don't fuck it up

    • Zack FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Zatch

      2 years ago

      I'm being trolled or I'm sleep-defriending you. WHAT IS GOING ON.

    • film_geek FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOoCixFA8OI

      Here`s that song I was telling you about. one of my favourite's of theirs.

    • Snaaaake

      3 years ago

      I saw you at RTX and wanted to come up to you and give you a high five, problem was the convention center was being evacuated... smiley4.gif

    • Shastamac

      3 years ago

      As of right now, you have one friend for each day of the year! Congrats! :)

      • Shastamac

        3 years ago

        That's true, but you have some time to find one.

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        I need a midget for Feb 29th still though

    • Julia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold elDiablo

      3 years ago

      Give me TOUncon tickets! I want them now! smiley2.gif

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        We're very good.

      • Julia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold elDiablo

        3 years ago

        It wasn't working but you guys fixed it and I am now officially attending TOUncon smiley12.gif

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        Are you really unable to purchase tickets from the website? If you do it from a desktop or laptop it should go through.

      • Julia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold elDiablo

        3 years ago

        HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT! GIVE IN! I NEED TO GO TO TOUNCON

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        3 years ago

        DON'T GIVE IN TO PEER PRESSURE

    • TheFatalFall

      3 years ago

      How do you rate achievements?

      • Laurenz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Click on the "Achievement Hunter" tab at the top, and then go onto "games". You can type games in and rate them there. smiley0.gif

    • br0wnbr0th4 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Greed

      3 years ago

      Sorry to bother you again good sir, but would you be able to change my Site birthday to June 3/90?

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      3 years ago

      Happy Birthday Chris, hope you have a fantastic day! smiley13.gif

    • Juular

      3 years ago

      So, been banned from the Red vs Blue forum. Know what's up with that?

      • Juular

        3 years ago

        good bye recon :'(

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        I was scuba diving at the time. No idea.

      • Juular

        3 years ago

        I mean, I did say the US government did 9-11. But I hardly think that's enough to get me banned from an entire forum.

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      3 years ago

      So, managed to get the new set of Cookie Clicker Achievements yet?

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        You mean 1.0453? I have all of them except 400 cursors, which is currently impossible. I haven't played in over a week, just sitting on my bank of 200 sextillion and waiting for the next update.

    • Tommex

      3 years ago

      Hey man! I'm a coder too! html, css, php, python, javascript, java, objective C

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      3 years ago

      Special delivery! (World domination not included)
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    • Dopp ROLL TIDE

      3 years ago

      Did you change my title on here?

      • Dopp ROLL TIDE

        3 years ago

        k thanks

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        Nope

    • um4dbro210

      3 years ago

      hey i have a error 422 and i have no idea how to fix it……plz halp

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      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        3 years ago

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      • Psycho

        3 years ago

        I had a error once. I never survived.

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        3 years ago

        Have you tried turning it off and on again?

    • Zack FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Zatch

      3 years ago

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      Hahahaha. At work.

    • Thorenir

      3 years ago

      Happy Thanksgiving!

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        3 years ago

        #lolcanada

    • VoidFox gay robot

      3 years ago

      oh hey, I see you're from ontario, somewhere just north of toronto. well it just so happens that I'm from somewhere just south of toronto.

    • khurram_89 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Nerf herder

      3 years ago

      What's with all the spambots lately? Janet8251 needs to be squashed.

    • DanielZhu1

      3 years ago

      I will be taking your advice on writing a little side story though, may give me some creativity practice. Maybe you can read it sometime and tell me if it is any good.

    • DanielZhu1

      3 years ago

      You have read the idea I posted, and I see the logic in your words. But I'm fine if they don't use my ideas until 3 years later, I just want to give them something, and be just a small part of this. Because RWBY is something that truly resonates with me.

      • DanielZhu1

        3 years ago

        I think I will also try writing the RWBY side story. May improve my creativity, and open up more possibilities.

      • DanielZhu1

        3 years ago

        With my current college possibilities it's very likely I'll be able to get some great credentials. After all and SAT score of 2280 isn't all that common.

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        I wish you the best of luck, but I wouldn't count on getting an internship with them; it sounds like you've already decided it's going to happen, and you need to realize that a) they need to have such an intern position open, and b) they literally get dozens of resumes and applications a day. Hopefully it will work out the way you want, but assume it won't, and write it yourself.

      • DanielZhu1

        3 years ago

        Yes, they probably won't in the next few years, but in 3 years time I will have the qualifications to intern at rooster teeth for 1 summer, maybe it may be possible then

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        They're not going to use your idea. Ever. It's not going to happen. If you're passionate about it, write it yourself.

    • Cheshire_Cat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Registration Team Lead

      3 years ago

      Spambot alert.. brunomarcos

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