How did you get into blogging, and why here?
The way I got into blogging was actually kinda simple. When I was in high school, I wrote a lot. I wrote short stories, I wrote lyrics (Terrible ones, but I digress), and I wrote as a review columnist for the school newspaper. When I graduated, I still had that writing itch, but didn't really have a way to scratch it aside from a rather shameful history as a member of Gaiaonline...but we won't talk about that. Basically, I went searching about the web and heard this crazy story about a guy who more or less conned his way into E3, and found myself at Destructoid. I found the place to be quite amazing so I stuck around. And the rest is history!
How did you get your name and avatar?
The name is actually an old high school joke. During my senior year, me and a couple of other kids found ourselves bored a lot so we, with the help of quite possibly the coolest teacher I've ever met, "permanently" layed claim to a cart of laptops that said teacher made sure never left his room. We installed the Halo multiplayer demo on every single one of those laptops. Of course, it being school, eventually some form of networking restriction was placed on it, which sorta shut down our fun for a while, but after a few days or so I managed to figure out how they did it, circumvent it, and pretty much unlock the web for the people that I gave a damn about, including for our precious CTF matches in Blood Gulch. A few people, two of my teachers included, asked me what would happen if I got caught, and I simply told 'em I didn't care at this point, school was almost over for me. And my English teacher (Who was also the head of the newspaper team), mentioned that I was "Like apathy personified". And it just stuck. There's actually a kid that works at a Food Lion by my house that still calls me Apathy.
As for the avatar, Harvey Birdman is one of my favorite cartoons ever, and Phil Ken Sebben is easily my favorite character. His mannerisms and endlessly quotable lines are just amazing.
Oh God, so many...it's hard for me to ever pick just one because of how much music I'm always listening to...right now it's probably a three-way tie between Crimes
by Blood Brothers, Low
by David Bowie, and The Big Dirty
by Every Time I Die. Though that's liable to change tomorrow.
Favorite Musician(s)? Iggy Pop, David Bowie
, and Joan Jett
. I consider that to be pretty much my trifecta of musical awesomeness. Though I could easily fill this entire interview with artists that I love way way way too much.
Everyone would expect me to say Rock Band 3
(And they'd be right), but if you're talking more of a 'traditional' game, it'd probably be Guilty Gear XX #Reload
. It's the first fighting game I ever played and it had me HOOKED. The fast-paced fighting, the characters, the constant rock and metal nods, it was awesome...and it still holds up well to this day. Plus, if not for that game, I probably never would have gotten addicted to 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter IV, BlazBlue
, or be eagerly anticipating the return of Marvel Vs. Capcom
. Of course, I'm still kinda terrible at fighting games, but dammit I try, and I still love 'em.
Favorite Movie Line
"Although what you are about to see is a work of fiction, it should never the less be played at maximum volume." It's part of the opening text for Velvet Goldmine
, one of my favorite movies of all time. It's such a simple line, yet something so thoroughly rock-and-roll that it has never left my head.
If you could punch anyone here on dtoid who would it be and why?
Probably Xzyliac. Not because I hate him, we're obviously superbros. More because I am jealous of him and the awesome life he leads. Not all of us have the luxury of being gender-questionable vegan superentities on the internet.
If you could hug anyone on dtoid who would it be and why?
Tactix. Because OMG TACTIX!!!! <3
Occams and Stevil totally have a "thing", who else on dtoid do you suspect have "things".
MrAndyDixon and Corduroy Turtle. There's no suspecting anything...it's totally there. Prove me wrong, go ahead! That's right, ya can't.
Currently, I'm into things with jazz/blues roots. Any sort of musical phase you are currently in or were for a long period of time?
Well we all seem to go through such musical phases, and I've had my fair share, but the most embarassing one is definitely from when I was back in middle school. Not many people know this but when I was a young, misguided youth, I had terrible, TERRIBLE taste in music. We're talking Linkin Park, Disturbed, Nelly, Ja...Rule
...the list goes on. It's a very sad list and merely remembering all of this is actually inspiring suicidal thoughts, so let's go ahead and move on.
I love Radiohead. Discuss.
I love Radiohead
too! Don't tell Xzyliac though, I hear he hates them. But without Radiohead there'd probably be no Muse, and I really love the slow evolution from mopey grunge to super-experimental thought-laden rock. Thom Yorke is my homeboy, definitely. (Law's Notes: Xzyliac also punches orphaned puppies...just saying.)
One word for Rock Band 3.
Your New Years always seem eventful. What is your success rate on how much you follow though?
Well for last year I think I was half and half...I usually make lofty goals that I barely ever hit, but it's the journey and not the destination, yada yada. I'm hoping this year that I actually hit every goal I've laid down for myself, if only because said goals are pretty awesome and I especially would like to do the one about meeting some Dtoiders. I'm planning for PAX East, but I kinda just lost my job so it's up in the air at this point. Could still happen though!
When I grow up, I want to be....
A rockstar. That has never changed, and probably never will, even when I'm a 38 year old office secretary. It'll probably never happen, but it's just something I can never let go of, and my own warped definition of what a rockstar is will forever be what I strive to appeal to in life.
Now that I'm old I can finally...
Buy alcohol on my own. No more awkward phone calls to friends that are over 21! I'm 21 now, I can cut out the middleman!
AWWW YEAAAH, Never too early to start thinking about Christmas, want anything?
(Seriously, this question snuck in by mistake. But on the other hand, it really never is too early to start thinking about Christmas.)
Nothing makes me happier than an all-expenses paid trip to the Popeye's drive through. I'll take the five piece spicy tenders combo, large, with a Coke and cajun fries as my side item.
Can you play an instrument? Which instrument would you love to learn? Learning?
I can play the drums, bass guitar, and sing pretty well, but I'd like to learn a lot more about them. I'm self taught for all of those things, so I know there's so much more I could be doing with each instrument. I'm slowly getting better and better each day though. If I could just find a way to translate my Rock Band 3 Pro Drum skills over to the actual drum kit in my garage, I'd be set for life...but alas.
If maybe I told you that you might just have one day left to live what would you do?
I would make amends with everyone I know and love, buy a bunch of alcohol, and throw the sickest party I possibly could. I don't want my death to be a sad thing, I want it to be a celebration. And if anybody is left sober when I finally kick the bucket, I swear to God I'll haunt those fuckers 'til the day they die. I'll delete their save files too, just because.
Do you have a Prized Possession? (Note: Family and Loved Ones Do Not Count)
On my wrist right now is a glow in the dark blue bracelet. It's nothing special, just one of those stretchy plastic bracelets you can find at Hot Topic. When I first met my girlfriend, she gave me that bracelet to wear, just as a cute gesture. We've been going out for almost two and a half years now, and I have never once taken it off in my life.
So, you're on a sinking boat and there is one life boat left. There is a young woman, a child (gender neutral), and an Old Man...What do you do? (Note: Not who do you save...you could, just you know....what do you do?)
I would dress the old man up as T-Pain
and we would sail off together to perform a Youtube parody of "I'm On A Boat"
that would probably never get more than a few hundred reviews. As for the woman and child, well...umm...they'll be missed.
Time to mix it up. What question do you have for me or for someone else? I actually ask this to everybody, because I'm crazy- What, in your own opinion, is the definition of a rockstar?
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