2015 Credits

2015 was a year. Pretty sure I didn’t sleep for a minute and the only way I can describe 2015 involves the word “heaving” and the visual of rolling a boulder up a mountain using every spectral fiber of my soul. This means I am incredibly strong. It also means I am incredibly tired. But I also got everything I wanted, everything I worked the last 6 years for, right down to some insanely nuanced and mindbendingly coincidental details.

What I did // Ran TWO 15ks (and beat my time by a solid 7 minutes). Attended a fancy wedding. Moved the fuck back to NYC after 6 YEARS of working to make that happen (and I am never leaving again). Joined a skeeball league (and won the East Village championships!). Locked down a sweet new professional gig that pays my bills and keeps Muldoon rollin’ in kibbles. Saw Django Django, Tame Impala, The Black Keys, The Foo Fighters and the Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque. Started a blog again. Fell in love with someone I’d never met (then actually met him and preferred the cartoon version. Womp womp…). Found my muse again. Cooked my first Thanksgiving meal! Went to NYCC (and wouldn’t do it again).

Most-played albums // Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds * Chasing Yesterday. Tame Impala * Currents * Lonerism. Sloan * Never Hear the End of It. Django Django * Django Django * Born Under Saturn. The Bravery * The Sun & The Moon. Broken Bells * Broken Bells * After the Disco. Fly Golden Eagle * Quartz. The Dandy Warhols * Welcome to the Moneky House * Earth to the Dandy Warhols. Material Issue * Destination Universe. Nerf Herder * American Cheese. Blur * The Magic Whip.

Most-loved shows & films // American Horror Story! Scream Queens. JURASSIC WORLD (I cried. More than once). X-Files- rewatched the entire series over spring. Jessica Jones! Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Hateful 8. Unreal.

Top purchases // Majora’s Mask edition New Nintendo 3DS XL (My annual Galentine’s Day gift to myself). Burlesque classes. Indiebox subscription (highly recommend!). Deviant Moon tarot deck.

Style obsessions // RED LIPS. Wearable art. Retro. Gamer bounding. Cartoon colors and jewel tones. Cracked faux leather. A-line dresses. Doc Martens.

Best things I did for myself // Stopped living to please other people! Kept up running. Went back to the gym. Moved back to New York.

Top games // Destiny (Xbox One). Dyscourse (Steam). Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (3DS). Shovel Knight (3DS). TriForce Heroes (3DS). Splatoon (WiiU). Super Smash Bros (3DS/WiiU). Fallout 4 (Xbox One). Armello (Steam).

2016 will be a year of recalibrating, reestablishing my life here and rediscovering myself without allowing others the power to define me. I’m going to write here more, submit my poems to some journals, travel a bit and have countless exciting things happen and awkward moments.

What will you do?

 

5 Reasons I’m Excited for Final Fantasy Explorers

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Job System– So many options! Dark Knight, Beast Master, Samurai… Look at all the Mages! I’ll master them all. Which will you choose?

Multiplayer! I’ve been devoted to the 3DS since launch ( I’ve transferred my little Ambassador Certificate to every new generation of the system because sentimental nerd). The biggest issue I’ve had with the system has always been the lack of multiplayer games in the library. It’s a portable system! It was made for travel, meet ups and kicking real human ass while watching defeat darken the eyes of my opponents.

Old Friends– Costumes let me play as my angsty teen crushes, Cloud and Squall. Terra! Plus Yuna. Tifa and Aerith. No Rikku, but maybe someday? Lightning, who I’m not entirely familiar with since I got bored about an hour into FFXIII, but it’s pretty exciting to see so many of my favorite female characters in one place. Choosing a costume might be harder than sticking with a job class…

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New Summons (0r Aeons or Eidolons or Guardian Forces)- Good to see all the classics here. Then there’s Amaterasu and Dryad. The latter seems to be the Aeon version of a Marlboro, inflicting a barrage of status ailments, while the former possesses 7 floating flaming swords and reminds me of the 7 of swords which ironically represents wit and diplomacy over force.

Training monsters– You can round out your party with monsters. Has this ever happened in a Final Fantasy before? I can’t wait to see what kinds of ridiculous and incredible teams we can build!

Are you getting Final Fantasy Explorers? What are you looking forward to?

 

Games IRL

Lately I’ve had this strange feeling of being watched on my way to pick up a bagel. Always trust your intuition! This little guy, a mosaic installment by an anonymous French street artist who goes by Invader, has been lurking on the corner of 9th and A of late.

Actually, there are a handful of Space Invaders and other colorful pixelated characters popping up around the East Village and LES. It makes for a really fun photo hunt that marries my love of video games and art. Gotta find ’em all!

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Games IRL

During some mindful meandering over the weekend, I stumbled upon The Evolution Store window in Soho. Two-headed taxidermied creatures, fossilized beast bits, glittering geodes and strange sea life jarred in formaldehyde pulled me away from the decadent Yuletide displays. After all, nothing screams “Christmas” to a carney more than a shop full of curiosities.

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How many can you identify?

Upon facing this wall of framed insects behind the counter I immediately felt like I was standing in the Trivoli Museum of Arts, Science and History (TMASH) marveling over my complete collection of creepy crawlies.

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