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  Better Two Years Late Than Never! 03:27 PM -- Tue October 29, 2013  

Hey folks! Our first Supreme add-on in 2 years has been uploaded! I hope it works right, because other than starting it up, I didn't test it. For the first time, I have relied entirely on The Amazing Testing Cooperative (feel free to join it yourself if you want to play new worlds, there are several in testing!). Anyway, go visit the Supreme Add-Ons page and pick up Summer Silliness 9 - BD by Boyd. You could also rate it on the Add-Ons page after you play it, that's always nice.

I was a couple months late to posting this add-on, for a goofy reason... I thought I might not have the tools to do this stuff anymore, or not know how, so I kept putting it off, assuming it would take most of a day to get it all working again (time I did not have). Well, it turns out everything was sitting there and easy to use, so I had it up on the website within half an hour. So, sorry about that. Now I know, and I can fire up the next one as soon as I hear it's ready.


Happy Halloween!! And go sacrifice your items to the horrifying maw of Growganoth in Growtopia. As you might expect from Hamumu, our Halloween event in Growtopia is the biggest and best event the game has ever had.
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  ... And we're back! 08:56 PM -- Wed October 9, 2013  

I think. I don't have a whole lot of faith in all the spit and bailing wire I just strapped around the site, but I do see some journals and forum posts that weren't there before.

A general website development tip - even if your admin panel gives you a nice handy "Update MySQL version" button, don't click it unless you know what you're doing (turns out not even the techs knew what they were doing in that regard, so I don't feel as bad as I could). So that took the site down and made an extreme ultimate mess of all things. I've restored everything from backups as far as I know, the most that could've been lost now (barring some huge surprise, which is plenty possible) is posts made in about a half hour window earlier today, after I did my manual SQL backup.

Hey, that's web tip number 2: If you're going to destroy your site, back up the database first!

Please let me know if you see anything deeply wrong with the website still, I've only taken the time for a quick glance so far.
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  Restoring from backup! 08:06 PM -- Wed October 9, 2013  

Sorry folks, major problems here, and we are restoring the server from backup. The restore is actually done, and the site is fine, but it's now sent wayyyyy back in time. I have a database backup from today that I'm trying to get set up now, but it's much bigger than the maximum size allowed, so I'm working on that. With luck, this post will soon disappear and all the other posts will reappear. We'll see.
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  Solarthon! 06:51 PM -- Mon October 7, 2013  

Hello folks, let me spam you. We're helping to build solar systems for 7 low-income families in Temecula on November 9th. But we need $400 to get it going! There are 7 families getting solar all on the same day, so if you can even spare $7 to donate to the cause, you'd be making a big difference. It is a real live legitimate charity, so you can write it off on your taxes too. Come on, click the link, donate a few bucks, and not only will some people get free electricity for decades, but the planet will get a tiny bit cleaner too.

Note: we will actually be physically involved with building one of these solar systems, so one family might not actually end up with working electricity. Still, we're gonna try!

Click the pretty picture and help people! Click it click it now

If you can't afford to help out, please spread the word. What Grid Alternatives is doing is really cool, and cooler yet if they do well enough to keep expanding and take over the world with solar power.
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  Japanese Candy Fest 2013: Popin Cookin Sushi 07:13 PM -- Sun October 6, 2013  


Popin Cookin Sushi
8/10 YUMS
This is fun stuff! To fully understand what you're getting yourself into, and what a social phenomenon it is, you need to see a Youtube video showing you how to make it (the Japanese instructions make it a bit challenging otherwise). Plus, they give you a far better review than I could. There are many videos of each of the different Popin' Cookin kits, and they are both informative and entertaining. If you buy your own kit, you absolutely must use a youtube video to guide you through, or you'll make a terrible mess of things. Well, unless you can read Japanese.

So what is Popin' Cookin? It's a candy that you make yourself, using the provided packets of powder, little plastic tubs and tools, and water (not included - I hope you have access to water). It's a really fun little science experiment of sorts, which ends up with something... edible? Sorta. Let's get that out of the way: for yummiest candy, stay away from Popin' Cookin. For fun and adventure, Popin' Cookin is what you want. As you can see in the video, there are a lot of steps involved in making this, though it's all really easy, mostly you just pour a packet of powder into one of the slots in the tray and then stir it up. Then you put it all together, and it looks super cool. That's all there is to it! Then of course you eat it, and it's not so great, but you had so much fun you don't mind.

There are quite a few different Popin' Cookin kits, from hamburgers (that one looks amazing, I will try it one day - it even involves a little microwaving!) to bento boxes to donuts and ice cream. They're all sort of the same food-wise: semi-gummy edible playdoh type stuff, generally with a fruity sort of flavor. What's really special about the sushi are those fish eggs you see on the seaweed roll. Those are made by mixing up two different liquids, and then using the included eyedropper to drop one liquid into the other. Some mystical chemical reaction takes place, and each droplet becomes a little ball of jelly with a liquid center, like boba if you've ever had that. It's super cool.

As I mentioned above, these aren't very tasty. Well, I've heard different things about each different box, but I can tell you from experience: the sushi kit is not very tasty. By far my favorite part is the seaweed - it's some kind of grape fruit roll almost (that doesn't come as a powder, it's just a thin sheet you roll out flat with your fingers), and combined with the rice (which has a ramune-like flavor) and the fish eggs (which are... well, something fruity, and also kind of weird/fun because they pop open in your mouth), they make that particular sushi actually enjoyable. The other 3 sushi you create are a lot less tasty, because the egg and tuna toppings are this kind of fruit-flavored jelly that isn't really that pleasant, and the rice is rather a weird texture.

If I were truly rating this kit on the Yums, it would get something like 2/10. It's pretty much barely edible, other than the seaweed roll. But I actually highly recommend Popin' Cookin kits, and I will definitely get more of them in the future, because they're really fun. I'm willing to eat the results to justify creating them, and I'm sure kids would be less discerning, because hey, at least it's sweet. And sometimes weird is its own entertainment. So overall, I'm going to give these 8/10 Yums and I hope you find some of your own. By the way, you can buy these on Amazon.com, pretty much all of the available kits, and they're only around $5-10 shipped. That's a whole lot of money for the food you get, but not too bad for the entertainment. Oh, also expect to wait at least 2 weeks for them to arrive - they ship from Japan.
And that's it for the Candy Fest! Hope you enjoyed this tour through odd candy. Now let us continue on with October movie funtimes.
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  Japanese Candy Fest 2013: Yummy Pencils 09:42 PM -- Fri October 4, 2013  


Yummy Pencils
8/10 YUMS
You know, I was way into these at first... they're hard candies, so my "way into" can only go so far, but I was really liking them. Then I came across one of the odd flavors. There are, I think, 2 of the flavors in here (there are something like 8 flavors! Quite a variety) which contain some sort of weird cactus or flower flavor/smell in them in addition to the nice fruit flavor. It's very offputting to be enjoying this lovely fruit and suddenly almost feel like you're smelling perfume, or eating aloe vera. Not good.

But other than those oddities, these are great. They're very strongly fruity and sweet, and it's fun that they're shaped like pencils and have pictures of various pencils making faces on their packages, so even with the failure flavors, I rate the experience an 8/10.
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  Japanese Candy Fest 2013: Pureral Gummy 01:22 AM -- Fri October 4, 2013  


Pureral Gummy
6/10 YUMS
I'm not even sure what to call these. Here are some various names I can find in English on them: Pureral Gummy (pureral isn't a word, is it?), Soft Candy, Kabaya Pualalu, and Okinawa Passion Fruit & Citrus. That last one is probably your best bet - This is a package of two flavors of gummies - passion fruit and lime. They have a semi-liquid center, and the outside is a soft sort of gummy, about like konnyaku jelly if you've ever experienced that (I'm not a fan of those). The fruit flavor is strong as you'd expect from Japanese candy, the texture is a bit odd and off-putting, and it's all rather sweet.

That's about all there is to these! I'm not a gummy guy in general, and these are rather odd gummies. The flavor helps pull them through, but the texture is a little tough for me to get past, though it's not nearly as blurky as konnyaku jelly. I give them 6/10 Yums.
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  Japanese Candy Fest 2013: Look 05:19 PM -- Wed October 2, 2013  


Look
7/10 YUMS
This is another hard candy. These ones are quite different from anything I've had before. They are somewhat chocolate flavored, or maybe a bit caramel flavored, maybe even a little coffee. Whatever it is, it's different! They're not super hard, because after sucking on them for a fairly short while, the thin outer layer gives way to a softer center that kind of just falls apart. The center has a stronger flavor, maybe more coffee-ish? It's a hard one to describe, I'll tell you that.

So, I don't know quite what to tell you about these, but they are brown-flavored semi-hard candies, and I rate them 7/10 Yums. Kind of enjoyable, but kind of odd.
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  Japanese Candy Fest 2013: Guimauve 06:12 PM -- Tue October 1, 2013  


Guimauve
9/10 YUMS
This is an altogether unique experience. Even the name is awfully unique. What you get here is a bunch of rather dense, firm marshmallows, in 2 colors. the peach-colored ones (or mango-colored ones) are mango flavored, and the green ones are kiwi flavored. The flavor is very strong, mainly because it comes straight from actual fruit juice. The texture is just dandy... they're not as airy and collapsible as normal marshmallows, yet not as dense and stale as Lucky Charms marshmallows. They're almost like much-less-dense taffy.

And it is an enjoyable experience to chew on them! I give them 9/10 Yums. They remind me a bit of Now & Laters (which are basically squares of fruit taffy), but they're so much softer and they don't get all up in your teeth like taffy does. Fruitastic!
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  Japanese Candy Fest 2013: Animal Crackers 08:55 PM -- Mon September 30, 2013  


Animal Crackers
5/10 YUMS
Japanese animal crackers are not American animal crackers! Let me preface my remarks by pointing out that Sol Hunt really likes these. Because I don't. They're okay, but they're pretty odd. They are a very dense and dry animal-shaped cookie, coated with a dried frosting in one of several colors. But these aren't just colors! Oh no! They are actually flavored. The pink frosting has a little hint of strawberry, the green one is... well... it doesn't taste the same as the pink. There are differences even if I'm not sure quite what they are.

Overall, these are acceptable to put in your mouth. If they were sitting out in somebody's living room, I'd crunch a few without making a face. But they are not exciting, and they don't wow me in any way. I wouldn't buy them for myself again. 5/10 Yums is what we call that situation.
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