Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Throwing SALT Packets [The Origin of SALTY Salt Packets]

Last summer (July 2014), my younger (but not youngest) brother started to use the term "Salty" to refer to people being mad about a particular outcome. It was used in a competitive situation, such as losing in a free-for-all Super Smash Bros. battle. Think of "Salty" as a form of "You Mad Bro?" It's not supposed to be insulting, it's more of an inside-brotherly-taunt thing.

Anyways, later that summer I came up with the idea of collecting salt packets at restaurants to toss to my brothers whenever they were salty. Come to think about it, was it me or my youngest brother who started collecting the packets? Hahaha. Later on we would use them as "currency" or "prizes". But mostly just to call each other salty!

It was fun. I even got the idea of collecting a ton of salt packets to wrap along with gifts. Salty. Lots of memories associated with that word and the salt packets. It's a playful thing with no superstition or the such attached.

Nowadays, my younger brother (not the youngest) is spreading the Salty fun to the University of Washington. Now his group of friends say Salty and throw salt packets at the salty person. It's cool how this trend is emerging.

I wonder how far in the world and in time this salty fun will expand.

You Salty or Nah?


Joel S. Atienza aka VerusAnimus

PS: Don't be salty!

Saturday, November 15, 2014


Wow, it's been so long since I've posted. I may not be active here that much but I'm still active on other social media. Check out my photo blog of adventures on Instagram (@verus_animus). 
Just stopping by to say hi.

Colleversity Tips: How I write Essays/Reports/Research papers

I've developed an excellent way of writing undergraduate-level papers.  This is a very basic method that has helped me out a lot.  I will outline my basic steps.

  1. Open up two Word documents.  One will be your actual paper, complete with the formatting and such. The other will be your brainstorm document.  Alternatively, you can use scratch paper but it's more efficient to use a Word doc because you can save/edit/copy/paste with ease.
  2. Research your topic. Gather any and all specific links and put them in your brainstorm document. Categorize as necessary. Be sure to include the URLs and Dates Accessed.
  3. Write your paper.  Have the necessary pages open alongside your actual paper and start writing your paper.  Whenever you paraphrase or cite information, create a Comment Box on that text in your actual paper and paste the URL into that comment box.  When you're done, you will be able to cross-reference this source with your brainstorm document when creating your reference page.
  4. When you're done with your paper, go through your comments with the URLs and add your references as necessary
  5. You're done! 
  • These steps may seem vague, but this is intentional.  You should follow these basic steps and then add your own style of writing to create an excellent college paper.
  • Everyone's writing style differs. This method may or may not work for you. It works very well for me. 
  • Be sure to read through your paper for mistakes. Double checking is important.
  • Finish your paper early then come back later and read through it again to make any changes or modifications.
  • Be sure to always save and back up your documents
Good luck with writing your essays/reports/research papers/etc.!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Love at First Listen

You hear a song. You fall in love with it (well, you really, really like it). It never gets boring for you, no matter how many times it's played on the radio, no matter what others say, no matter what event happens, no matter how many times you replay the song, no matter how old it is. They always bring you good feelings and potentially good memories.

My Love At First Listen Songs (as of Sept 2014):

Hero - All Insane Kids
Gravity Hurts - Cryoshell feat. Niels Brink
We Will Meet Again - John Siegler
Welcome to the World - Kevin Rudolf
Realm Overworld - Nintendo (TLoZ: Spirit Tracks)
Stereo Hearts - Gym Class Heroes feat. Adam Levine
Gerudo Valley (25th Anniversary edition) - Nintendo (TLoZ: Gerudo Valley)
Ballad of the Goddess - Nintendo (TLoZ: Skyward Sword)
Hyohaku + Kokuten - Naruto Shippuden
Summer Forever - Megan Nicole
Summer Love Jon Brian feat. Shayan
Lost (Jazz Instrumental) - Frank Ocean
Dark World Overworld - Nintendo (TLoZ: A Link Between Worlds)
Am I Wrong - Nico & Vinz
Take Ü There - Jack Ü

Honorary Mentions:
Biggest Part of My Life - P.J. Lequerica
Tennessee - Kevin Rudolf feat. Baby
Bramble Blast - Nintendo (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
There I Go Again - Bruno Mars
Talking to the Moon - Bruno Mars
Happy Up Here - Röyksopp
Bravado - Lorde
Chandelier - Sia

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#LoveAtFirstListen #InfiniteLoveAtFirstListen #LoveAtFirstSound #LoveAtFirstHear

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bass Drop KOs | aka #BassDropKOs or #BDKO

At the beginning of this summer (Summer 2014), my younger brother came up with something creative while playing Super Smash Bros: Project M. [Note: Project M is simply a mod of Brawl].

The thing my brother came up with is the Bass Drop KO.  It requires LIVE MUSIC with drops (preferably dubstep). Keyword: LIVE. It involves making an awesome KO during the match at the point the bass drops.

Here is a simple technical definition I came up with:

Definition of Bass Drop K.O.: A smashing K.O. that occurs at the Bass Drop of a dubstep song that is playing LIVE (or equivalent beat for non-dubstep, upbeat songs...but then it wouldn't be a Bass Drop KO anymore, would it?).

It's fun to play with these songs.  We would mute the TV and play our own music to the game.

Here is one of the first LIVE Bass Drop KO videos we recorded:

More Bass Drop KO videos can be found on my sibling channel: Wecantify.

For the full playlist of #BassDropKO videos, click here. *Note: It is on Wecantify's 2nd channel. We don't want to flood the main channel with #BDKO vids so we put the others in the 2nd channel.

Enjoy the Bass Drop KOs and if you make any, be sure to tag with with #BassDropKO or #BDKO and share it with me!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Joy of A New Haircut

Don't you just love new haircuts?

Check out a comedic transformation video I made back in Summer 2013!