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dave
Age. 34
Gender. Male
Ethnicity. Chinese
Location Valley Village, CA
School. Cornell Univ
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A new chapter in my life: homelessness?
328th day of 2008
Three and a half years ago, in May of 2005, I graduated. Two and a half years ago, I graduated (again). At the time of graduation, I was filled with hope and enthusiasm for the future. I felt ambitious and motivated. I felt like the number 4 in a caravan of letters.

And now, in 2008, with the economy battered and wildfires spreading rampant in southern California, like doves flapping in a bowl of egg yolk, I find myself in a very different state than I had previously imagined myself to be in (2.5 years ago). Instead of asking myself, "Should I super-size my value meal or should I indulge in a parfait?" I am asking myself a much more stark and trying question: "Should I clasp onto the brink of civilization and continue to live in a barely furnished apartment or should I not and become a homeless person, instead?" A question (and sentence) of such a long-winded nature bears much reflection.

By far, my biggest expense is my monthly rent. And with the apartment, come additional liabilities, namely utilities, and hassles, like checking my mail and locking my door. To survive in 21st-century America, do I really need an apartment? Can I overcome life's challenges without shelter, but only with my will to live? Am I ready to begin a new chapter in my life, to embrace the noble and ancestral state of homelessness?

Imaginary reader and friend, please help me answer this question. Your input is greatly valued, like a turtle values the shell painted on a raccoon's back. Time is of the essence, for the lease to my current apartment in Los Angeles ends on 12/31/2008. And, as I've now come to realize, 12/31/2008 is my day of judgment. Only then will it happen...

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How can she slap?
285th day of 2008
Several weeks later, I still find myself sharing this video and laughing my genitals off.



There's also a video showing the actual episode that aired, but it seems I'm unable to find it again on youtube. How unbelievably unfortunate.

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800B Payout
279th day of 2008
Alright, so not quite $700B... but I am in the process of going through the backlog of NuTang payout requests. Sorry for the wait. And, Kuri, thanks for the facebook msg!

Anyway... I plan to make payouts today (to as many members as possible) until my paypal account runs dry. It takes 3-5 business days to transfer in more funds. So, if you don't receive your payout today, and you have requested payout, and you have not received a note from me, then fret not. You will receive your payment within a week.

In other news... as many of you may already know, our fellow member Praetorian has volunteered his most generous service to the betterment of the community. Going forward, he will drive much of the development of the site. We have had some discussions already -- with many more to come -- regarding the imrpovement of our cozy lil online world.

Help me thank the legendary Praetorian by gazing at him in awe and fear!

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What Can Happen May Happen
167th day of 2008
In my 25 years of life, if there's one thing I learned, it's what can happen may happen. Conversely, what cannot happen may not happen. Now, if you're not already fully convinced that this entry here will be one of immense enlightenment and non-obvious statements, then go suck on a foot corn.

In any case, my music collection is about to reach a milestone: the 200th album. Observe:
http://dave.allrespect.com/collection/
By the time the first person clicks on that link (18+ days later), I hope to have already surpassed this historical milestone. And, of course, by person, I surely mean googlebot. And, surely, by googlebot, I of course mean myself.

Last night, I had the grand pleasure of watching the latest Futurama flick: The Beast of a Billion Backs! What an insanely powerful cinematic masterpiece! What a mind numbing, ball busting experience! What a nonlinear combination of science fiction, romance, religion, action, and horror!

Observe with erotic attention and an intragnizent vallure:


I just realized. There is probably only a 15 foot distance between my apartment and a neighboring apartment complex. If my neighbor-of-another-complex were to open his blinds, I would be able to see everything inside his domicile. Now, the twist: his blinds are never open, but mine always are, displaying, in full glory, my barely furnished studio and myself, in poor shape and loose boxers. I wonder if that's why he always keeps his blinds closed.

So, I just copied over all the random, grainy pics I took with my 0.2 nanopixel cell phone camera to my laptop. Here's one I took in London Heathrow Airport (I think?). It's this sushi place where the sushi comes out in small plastic bowls on a conveyer belt.



Let me know if these pics are of any interest. If so, I can upload some more in a later entry. Remember... what can happen may happen.

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Top 5 Bad Ass Guitar Solos of Youtube
132th day of 2008
After hours of relentless and highly addictive research, I bring to you the Top 5 Bad Ass Guitar Solos of Youtube (in reverse order).

5. Buckethead - Nightrain Solo
At number five, we have the legendary Buckethead. Not only is this solo a difficult blend of melody and blazing speed, he's also playing with a mask over his head (i.e. can't see) and the continous stench of deep fried KFC chicken (i.e. can't think). How bad ass.


4. Brazilian Dude
At number four, we have an anonymous and overweight gentleman from Brazil whose physique seems more befitting a bassist than a killer guitar soloist. Nonetheless, this solo is incredibly bad ass, as he seemingly touches every single note on the guitar with great seduction.


3. Matt - Canon Rock cover (original by JerryC)
At number three, we have Matt AKA MattRach, who is shown below playing the best cover of JerryC's Canon Rock I've ever seen. I even contest it to be greater than the original. (You can watch the original JerryC Canon Rock here http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=by8oyJztzwo.) I would've ranked this guy higher if it didn't look like he had a can of Red Bull that explodes up his ass (time of explosion at 1:41 in video).


2. Oziel Filho - Cross
At number two, we have yet another Brazilian. What a bad ass country. It would appear that growing up listening to bad ass guitar solos, young girls grow up into supermodels of Victoria's Secret. I must do more research. Anyway, in the filming of this video, this young fellow broke every bone in his hand, yet still continued to play with such bad ass grace.


1. JerryC - Rock On
At number one, we have the legendary online guitar video superstar, JerryC. Here's Rock On, my fave of his originals. The first bad ass guitar video I ever saw online was JerryC's Canon Rock (linked earlier). Since then, my life, and consequently the world, has changed forever.


Runner Up
Zakk Wylde - Farewell Ballad
This is an awesome melodic solo. If the melodic-to-bad-ass ratio were not too high, it may have made the top 5. It may have, but no guarantees.


And now, let me close with a random award of zero prestige: Best Fake Guitar Solo Synchronization with Facial Expressions. View at your own discretion: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=uZM0EGBdHOw

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My New (Online) Addiction
127th day of 2008
Well, maybe I'm jumping the gun here.

I started playing this new game online (courtesy of Techcrunch, you evil piece of shit) called XSketch. For some reason, it won't load on IE for me anymore. I need to use firedawg.

Anyway, the game is like a childhood favourite game of mine... Win, Lose, or Draw. Check it out if you're bored* and want to kill some time.



* Clearly, you are bored if you're reading this blog, which, ironically, is likely to further increase your level of boredom.

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