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04 February 2037 @ 02:05 pm

Initially written 02/16/2015

Greetings, and welcome to The Celestial Spire, your gateway into the mind of Joseph Collins.

If this is your first time here and you're not a spambot, I bid you welcome and hope you find the content to follow interesting and possibly entertaining!
If you're a returning viewer and not a spambot, welcome back!  I'm glad you've returned and similarly hope you find the newest batch of entries entertaining and informative.

What follows is any number of random journal entries about goings-on in my life or online.  The content varies from entry to entry, some entries being more positive than others.  There is sometimes coarse language in these entries, so if that sort of thing offends you, you may want to find another journal to read.  Might I suggest my friends' journals?  If strong language, rants, and the occasional depressive entry doesn't offend you, however, read on!  And if you like what you see, or even if you don't like what you see, feel free to comment!  Just remember that anonymous and non-friend comments are automatically screened.  Rest assured however, I do read every comment that comes my way.

On the topic of comments, while the journal might show a month or two of recent entries (and the aforementioned perma-Public entries), comments on open entries are screened from non-friends regardless of content. This is done due to abuse in the past from a combination of spambots and malicious users being pests.  While it doesn't outright stop spam or garbage comments from being posted, it does prevent them from being displayed.  Comments, depending on their content, may or may not be unscreened, but generally speaking, comments that deserve attention will get attention.

This journal gets entry maintenance roughly every month or two and depending on how on-top of things I am.  What happens during this period is that older entries are locked up as Friends Only entries.  This is done to ensure that my journal is kept neat and clean as well as remove any entries that are no longer relevant in some way or other.
It's worth noting that certain entries of interest may not be buried in Friends Only cleanup.  These entries are left open for all to see for one reason or other, be they something I felt that's still relevant and interesting, or just something cool.

With all that out of the way, only one thing remains to be said.   Enjoy The Celestial Spire!


Looks like Hungry-Man is at it again with the unusual combinations.  This time?  Boneless fried chicken and sliced ham… both in a "honey bourbon" sauce.  Oh no
So, some of you may remember the last time I tried anything "honey bourbon."  It… did not go well.  That being said, I physically removed the honey bourbon sauce from the main entrée for this meal.  That being said, how did things go?

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I was feeling: hungryhungry
I was listening to: [Vinesauce] Joel - Earthbound ( Part 1 )
30 March 2017 @ 09:30 pm

(Rōru-chan no Sanpo, lit. "The Wander of Roll-chan")

Ever have one of those dreams that's just... really upsetting, but only because the thing you dreamed about doesn't exist?  I just did... and my dream was about a Japanese cartoon starring Roll from Mega Man, as well as a sizeable chunk of the Capcom all-stars.

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I was feeling: disappointeddisappointed
I was listening to: Star Salzman - "Temporal Distortion" [www.starblast.org]
25 March 2017 @ 03:35 pm

I refuse to apologize for that terrible pun.

"Why does Link have pink hair in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past?"

This is a question that's come up time-and-time-again ever since the game was released in late 1991.  The only answer anyone's ever been able to come up with, however, is that he was given pink hair in order to accommodate his Dark World form, "Bunny Link."  While that's certainly one theory... it's one that unfortunately holds no water.

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I was feeling: accomplishedaccomplished
I was listening to: "donkey kong sunset" [cyborgjeff-celtic04.it]
23 February 2017 @ 08:15 pm

So, hey.  Let's take a moment to talk about Google and their "interesting" ideas concerning YouTube notifications, shall we?

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I was feeling: pissed offpissed off
I was listening to: "Dark Groove (Groovin'Hard)" [Hellpwned.it]
31 December 2016 @ 11:59 pm

Let’s talk about 2016 for a minute, shall we?  No no, not about the global events.  Not the celebrity deaths or terrorism… not about the presidental election in the United States or the departure of England from the European Union…  No, let’s instead talk about what 2016 was to me… what it meant to me.

To be perfectly honest… I wish I could say that “2016 was just another year under my belt,” but it was a little bit more than that, for me…  A lot of… interesting things happened… which resulted in me withdrawing from places for personal reasons.  Though I guess you could really say it kind of started back in 2015.  Hell, maybe even 2014.  So, after the jump, I’ll start there.  But for the short version of everything: I patched things up with an old friend while getting rid of a lot of other people that I once considered friends.

And now, the long version:

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I was feeling: blankblank
I was listening to: Paul Romero - "Necromancer Castle" [Heroes Of Might & Magic II Soundtrack]

Hey, guess what?  It's time for another short review of a Hungry-Man product.  Why "short"?  Because let's face it… if you've reviewed the side-dishes of a Hungry-Man TV dinner once, you're good to go.  That said, I'll be focusing on the namesake entrée.

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I was feeling: contentcontent
I was listening to: Les Mills - "What Is Love (Club Mix)" [PowerJump 9]

I went into this movie with low expectations and even lower hopes.  The Internet said this movie was the worst thing since James Wong's Dragonball Evolution or M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender.  The things I'd heard this movie's director, Faul Feig, really didn't help my mindset, either…  But if I'm being absolutely, positively honest about the topic, I would have to say that Ghostbusters (2016)… is… not a bad movie at all!  In fact, it's a pretty good one!

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I was feeling: amusedamused
I was listening to: "Amegas (Remix)" [saga_musix_-_amegas_remix.it]
29 January 2016 @ 06:47 pm

For no particular reason... which do you prefer, chicken or waffles?  And... would you turn your nose up if you were presented with both?  Hungry-Man certainly wouldn't and that's why they made the new Hungry-Man Selects Boneless Fried Chicken and Waffles (which, strangely, is not on their main site...  Must be a regional thing).

So how is it?  Let's find out.

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I was feeling: hungryhungry
I was listening to: toby fox - "An Ending" [UNDERTALE Soundtrack]
11 November 2015 @ 10:04 pm

Another quick review, and once again, it's about a snack.  Unlike last time however, this review isn't a precautionary tale.  It's a proper review!

So just how good are Uncle Ray's Salt and Pepper Chips?  I'll tell you after the jump.

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I was feeling: satisfiedsatisfied