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Cyber Squatting is Lame

So, here’s the thing: about a year ago, I got this Really Cool Job.

Really Cool Job allowed me to travel for months at a time, and I got to do things I didn’t think I would ever get to do.

But, Really Cool Job led to a promotion into Less Cool Job, which involved working insane hours and none of these cool traveling things I was doing before. While working Less Cool Job, I kind of forgot about my neat little blog. And may have, perhaps, forgotten to renew my domain name.

Which was swiftly snatched up by some mouth breathing cyber squatter, who was so kind as to offer it back at the generous sum of $500.

I'll bet Trump is a cyber squatter.

Lesson learned: do not allow your domains to expire.

Luckily, the original domain I wanted was available, so here we are! Erase This is gone, and NathanTrader.com it shall be!

Now that Less Cool Job is out of the picture, I’m looking forward to resume pitching my thoughts into the void.

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Move Over, Sparkling Vampires. 2015 is the Year of Dinosaurs!

Some kids grew up with Star Wars, some with Pokémon. Others with Harry Potter. While I love all of these things, I grew up in the time of dinosaurs. Dinosaurs dominated. They were everywhere: The Land Before Time, We’re Back!, Disney’s Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs Before Dark, Turok, Dino Crisis and of course… Jurassic Park.

It was the first adult novel I read. In the way that kids would later recite the Pokédex, I prided myself in my knowledge of all the different dinosaurs and the eras they lived in. My room held a respectable collection of dinosaur figurines, and velociraptor decals loomed menacingly from my walls. The first major piece I performed in an orchestra was the Jurassic Park theme.

Dinosaurs were kind of a big deal.

Then, at some point, a Jurassic Park movie sucked. We found out that dinosaurs had feathers, and nobody knew what to think about that. I think someone suggested the idea of a T-Rex with a peacock fan, and literally everyone lost interest.

Except for some dude who, for whatever reason, began fantasizing about Gay Billionaire Dinosaurs In My Butt. I don’t even know.

Gay Billionaire Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs faded from memory, banished to the underworld of Weird Fucking Erotica. Until now, apparently?

With the release of Jurassic World fast approaching (are you hype? I’m hype!), dinosaurs are popping up everywhere. It’s not just Jurassic World – there’s been an insurgence of dinosaur game releases coming up and now, even Pixar’s announced a dinosaur film. If that doesn’t bring dinosaurs back, I don’t know what will!

You know what this means. It’s time to put your zombies and sparkling vampires back on the shelf. Dinosaurs are back in fashion!

People of my generation! Ready to get your dinosaur on? Here’s a sample of what’s coming up.

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Game of Thrones S05E08: Hardhome

Game of Thrones - Season 5

 

The hype train arrived and delivered. Has there ever been a greater hour of television? Winter has come, and so have I.

!! This post contains SPOILERS for both the books and TV Show !!
Do not proceed if you aren’t caught up with both

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The Xenoblade X Soundtrack is Here and it’s Glorious

Xenoblade OST Cover

While we still have a bit to wait for Xenoblade X to make it stateside, here’s a few hours worth of music to mull you over. Spanning four discs and 55 tracks, this soundtrack is no joke.

It’s composed by Hiroyuki Sawano, who you may recognize from the wildly popular Attack on Titan series. Every track is full of chest thumping hype hype hype! with a few surprises thrown in – I swear they’ve got Mike Shinoda rapping in the battle them. Is it just me?

There is an unusual amount of vocals happening here, but I think they’ll fit right in with the open-world approach they’re taking to the game. I’m down with jamming out to some Japanese Linkin Park while I fly around in a robot. Why not?

Here’s a few of my favorite tracks so far. As you should with pretty much the whole soundtrack, listen to it loud with plenty of bass. Get ready to feel like a bad ass!

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