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Awesomesauce | Delta Heavy – ‘Get By’ (Stop-Motion, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Knives, & Dubstep)

When listening to dubstep, do you ever daydream about taking classic games (ya know, boardgames and such) and destroying them with a knife? Well, perhaps you’re a sane individual and don’t spend your time daydreaming about hacking and slashing precious hungry hungry hippos.

But apparently, someone out there had the ingenious idea that slicing, dicing, and smashing classic games would be a blast, especially if you paired it with the art of stop-motion and the tantalizing sounds of dubstep. Stop-motion is always awesomesauce in my opinion, especially if done right. But the thought of stop-motion being paired with destroying games I used to play as a child and the sounds of dubstep was a concept that I’ve never thought of yet.

Who could come up with such an idea? Oh yeah, that’s right, Delta Heavy is the one who showed us that fusion stop-motion, boardgames, and dubstep=awesomesauce. Delta Heavy’s latest music video, “Get By,” shows us how awesome it is to smash (it’s sort of like a full-on massacre) and cut up hungry hungry hippos and other games while listening to the edgy sound of dubstep. Honestly, need I say more? This video speaks for itself. Like I mentioned earlier, this video is the accumulation of awesomesauce. It’s epic awesomesauce. LOL

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

Documentary Spotlight | ‘The Politics of Competitive Board Gaming Amongst Friends’

The only board games I ever really played were the usually Monopoly, LIFE, Sorry, and the occasional adorable Candyland. Yet, there are still a lot of board games out there that people play, and in the short documentary, “The Politics of Competitive board Gaming Amongst Friends,” the director gives us an insight on, well, the “politics of competitive board gaming amongst friends.”

It’s quite a cool short documentary, and it’s unique seeing how these gamers take everything so serious. Usually when I use the term “gamers” I’m often referring to my fellow gamers who play video games, but I guess I really shouldn’t exclude people who play board games; it’s quite the competitive arena.

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

Awesomesauce: Spending the Day with Mom

I don’t many mothers that have “This Is How We Do It” as their ringtone and callertune. I also don’t know many moms who love talking about their days at the “disco” and funking it up to oldschool jams on a daily basis. Even when my mom isn’t funking it up to old school and poppin’ (she used to be an old school b-girl back in the day,) then most likely she is giving hilarious commentary on simple things. No moment with her is ever dull, especially when we hang out together and just don’t care what anyone thinks.

I mean last week we were at Shoppers and had a conversation about this loaf of bread and how hard it was. I totally told her that you could beat someone to death with the bread. We then discussed how the scene would go down and that the bread was a contender for a weapon of self defense. Seriously, that bread was insanely hard, ungodly even. But of course it’s not proper social protocol to discuss beat downs using bread, which explains why the people around us were staying all weird when I started being goofy and shaking the bread I was threatening an imaginary stranger….yeah, I’m weird.

If you think going to the grocery store is a series of potential mishaps and hilarious antics, then you should see us at Barnes & Noble. It’s quite epic, borderline legendary if I may so say. We always end up spending hours in the store providing hilarious commentary on titles, which then leads to eavesdroppers cracking up and joining our conversation. I can’t begin to tell you how many times my mom and I have been off in our own world, then all of a sudden are random bystanders starts laughing. We usually just keep going on about our business and randomly include them in the conversation.

Today’s random bystander happened to be this old guy who was cracking up at my commentary of this book I found. My mom and I perused the bargain section, and in the midst of all gazing, I ran across this book The Guide for Guys. Dude, this book actually has a compass built in it! Which is what I said out loud and the guy next to me started laughing. So I was like, “Hey, check out this book.” I handed the book to my mom and she began laughing. The 1940s vibe of the artwork is what made it such a great book. The guy then jumped in and said, “Boy, I’d like to hear your opinion on that book. Men are so simple. Boobs and gadgets, that’s all they care about.” We both began laughing and I was like, “Yup, all you need are boobies and gadgets, so this guide is a waste of time. But it does have a compass!” Then he discussed how he preferred science books, and then my mom and him began discussing science while I wondered off towards this book called Made in America.

Cracking up at the title of some of these books and board games we saw are what made the experience such a blast. We have such blunt commentary and are unforgiving in our approach to life. Out of all the things we found though, I will have to see the board game section was a delight! I totally should have bought that game above, but I think I’d probably laugh myself into a coma. It’s rare that I ever laugh super hard, but the other day I almost died watching this YouTube clip of a man falling up an escalator. I know it was wrong to laugh, but I don’t think he got hurt. He just liked changed his mind, but it was too late…the escalator was already going up. To make things worse, he holds onto the handrail the entire time. HAHAHA, classic! When I first saw it tears went strolling down my eyes and my mom was cracking up. I almost laughed myself into a coma. It was an epic moment.

The power of YouTube is amazing. The only reason I ran across the old man was because I told my mom( she’s anemic) that she needed to get her stuff together and start taking her vitamins. I told her that if she didn’t, she was going to end up like Mr. Glass from Unbreakable. She burst into laughter and then brought up the scene from the movie where Samuel Jackson falls down that long flight of stairs and breaks. That was such a sad scene in that movie, but man Samuel Jackson should have taken them steps a little slower. SMH….a hot mess. That dude actually broke into pieces! So I told her she needed to take her vitamins and get her muscle strong so she didn’t break; conversation lead to watching the scene on YouTube and then seeing the old man fall. Random, right?

Ah, I could go on and on about the random things my mom and I do, see, and say. It’s truly awesomesauce spending time with her and just enjoying life. There isn’t any gullible tomfoolery, no mother-daughter rivalry like Mike Epps says, and there isn’t any boundaries. She tells me about her days at the disco, and I can candidly express my opinions on anything and everything. It’s such a great time bounding with her, and I cherish every random moment we freak people out in public. Man, it’s awesome making people uncomfortable with our blatant humor and confidence. Ah, good times….

Such a serious scene, but it was so hilarious. Now I always remind my mom that if she doesn’t take her vitamins for her anemia, then she gonna end up like Mr. Glass. So she laughs really hard and rushes to go take her vitamins and says, “I ain’t made of glass!”

Hilarious video of man falling up escalator. Seriously, I laughed insanely hard when I first saw this. I think the guy didn’t get hurt, but it’s like dude what happened? It’s like he changed his mind and decided not to go up, but it was too late.

Lol. Glad me and my mom aren’t like that.

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

Monopoly, the Game of Life Lessons

I’ve been slaving away at homework all day and anxiously awaiting for my advisor to email me back. The homework is tedious as usual, but the good news is I officially graduate in Summer 2012. Even though I need 120 credits to graduate and will have them at the end of May, I will still need 2 upper division courses. It doesn’t matter what the two courses are, as long it’s upper division; so graduating next summer should be a breeze!

As I get closer to finishing undergraduate, a part of me looks back on my childhood and says “wow.” I can’t believe I’m almost done with college. It feels like it was only yesterday that I was having sleepovers and playing board games. I’ve always been a huge video game junkie, but I had a special spot in my heart for classic board games. Sometimes it was nice to put the controller down, invite some buddies over, and play boardgames.

I will admit, I haven’t played a board game in a long time. We live in such a digital society and the concept of sitting down to play a board game gets lost in the mix of high-tech gadgets, amazing videogames, and arcade games. But it’s not like the board game market has gone out of a business; they still make board games. Trust me, there is still a team of people out there at Hasbro and other big name companies that are constantly contemplating ways to attract more people to play board games.

I grew up playing the classic board games such as Monopoly, Life, Sorry, and Scrabble. I used to have so much fun as a kid using my brain to make decisions. Board games aren’t the hardest thing in the world to play, but they do require strategy. Life and Monopoly are probably the only two games I played that actually prepared me for life. What better way to prepare children for a future than creating games that explore the oh so exciting world of finance, career decisions, owning property, and having a family.

Back in the day it seemed like Monopoly was just a fun, sometimes tedious game that I played with my friends, but in actuality I learned a lot from it. I learned that owning property is actually a great way to achieve wealth in our society. I even learned that it takes a simple get out of jail card to avoid sentencing in life….NOT! Lol. Not everything in the game has a life applicable lesson, but the guys at Hasbro are trying to make the game more realistic. Hasbro recently released a new version of the game called Monopoly:Electronic Banking. The new version of the game is attempting to stay current with the technological innovations in our society and it uses a credit card based banking system.

The new game actually looks pretty interesting and it is a great way to teach kids about a credit based system. But I think they should incorporate some credit score aspects. For instance, instead of being able to buy a property you should have to pass the credit score test. LOL! That would be crazy, but its so true. That would probably be a lot for little kids to handle, but it would be a serious learning experience.

But I digress, Monopoly is supposed to be fun and contain a few applicable life lessons. But the new electronic banking edition might just be the digital makeover that sets a trend in the board game community. Maybe more games will start to take an electronic approach. Life has already added a credit card based system, so it will only be a matter of time before more children are learning those valuable life lessons from board games.

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com