My Experience Taking the COVID-19 Test

Since the start of the pandemic, I’ve harboured a somewhat-rational fear of the COVID-19 test. Besides the educated guess that having something go higher up your nose than your finger would be an unpleasant experience, I actually have prior experience with something in the same realm.

During a time when I suffered from frequent nosebleeds, a specialist analyzed my case by using a camera that went way up there. Between the sensation of feeling the camera sliding deeper into my head and being able to actually see what the inside of my head looks like through the monitor, the idea of anything else going in my nasal cavity is something I’ve wanted to avoid. In my head, I’ve almost built up the test itself to be a bigger concern than actually getting sick.

As of writing, I can’t validate the latter. But now that I’ve experienced the former, I thought I’d share how that went. Especially for those who have concerns about taking a swab up the nose.

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Celebrating the Life of Eddie Van Halen with a Few Classic Cuts!

Eddie Van Halen redefined what it meant to play the guitar. He cranked out a slew of hits with his band Van Halen while bewildering everyone with his unreal finger gymnastics. Bringing this into the world of video games for a moment, almost every Rock Band or Guitar Hero song that would be classified as Expert difficulty most likely is played in the style that Eddie Van Halen created. There is no “Through the Fire and Flames” without Eddie blazing fretboards decades prior.

His passing on October 6th really hit home for me. I talked about in great detail on stream and I don’t feel comfortable trying to write that out right now. Feel free to watch that segment, which includes baby Jett in diapers, rocking out to the work of Eddie Van Halen. Instead, I just wanted to take a moment to highlight a few of his works that I really enjoy. Whether you’re a bigger fan than I or are completely unfamiliar with his work, I hope you enjoy this collection of music!

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Ice Cream Social w/ Gaming Diaries, Adventure Rules, Later Levels, Switch to Decaf, PlayerTwoStart, and Copper Key Cosplay

We all stream for ice cream! Join Gaming Diaries, Adventure Rules, Later Levels, Switch to Decaf, PlayerTwoStart, Copper Key Cosplay, and I as we eat ice cream and take a deep dive into all of the unique ways people around the world enjoy this delicious treat!

View the full post to see the full stream, highlights, and shoutouts!

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I Had to Grow Up Before I Could Play Dungeons & Dragons

Fog is setting in. Knifey McStab, Charlotte, and Marla have their hands full against a horde of zombies. Having retreated in a previous turn, I wan’t close enough to help my allies by stabbing a zombie with my rapier. Digging deep into my repertoire, I grabbed some tinder off the dry ground and use magic to create four makeshift torches. Before ending my turn, I launch them towards the heat of battle, allowing my party to finish the fight with a clear view of our opposition. As icing on the cake, I kick on the Auto-Tune to sing the song that a bard would when lighting the battlefield for their comrades.

This past weekend, I had an amazing time playing and streaming Dungeons & Dragons for the first time. Thank you Jason, Kris, Rachel, Mat, and Jon for sharing this experience with me. Though it’s literally taken us years to set this session up, my journey to get here goes way further back.

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Adjusting to the New Normal

When my office shifted towards a work-from-home model, it was billed as being a temporary thing. By the beginning of April, when this all blows over, we’ll be back to business as usual.

Two months later, we got an update. Office isn’t opening for another few months. At this point, who knows what the situation will even be by then. Knowing what I know now, I embarked on one more trip to the office to get my things in order to settle into working-from-home life (and pandemic life) for the foreseeable future.

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Recreating My Streaming Studio in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

“What if I built my actual streaming room in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?”

The question hit me fairly early on as I uploaded the image of my Toronto Raptors championship banner that adorns my IRL studio. That night, I uploaded a few more images to give my house the “feel” of my basement, such as Link to match the art that Kris and Rachel from Double Jump gave me for Christmas, my Notorious B.I.G photo, and a picture of my best boy Snorlax.

Finally, I went all the way and built out the whole room.

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Super Mario, Rosalina, and Miles Morales Swing Into Our First Spray Paint Art Session of 2020

Spread out the drop cloth. Cut the Bristol board. Brush the dust off the cans. It’s spray painting season!

Here’s a recap of everything that went down during Steff and I’s first session of the year.

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Masks Are In Season

At the beginning of April, the World Health Organization updated its stance regarding masks. While medical-grade masks should still be reserved for medical professionals, they also suggest that homemade face coverings could help minimize the spread of the virus. Ever since then, my wife and I have taken to covering our faces in public.

It’s…certainly an adjustment.

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Our Animal Crossing: New Horizons Group Chat

About a week-or-so after the global pandemic took a grip on the western world, my friend Melissa started a group chat with our circle of friends. Checking in to make sure everyone was okay, Matt replied that he and Brendan were safe at home, playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons. That one reply derailed everything.

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