Friday, July 30, 2021

Vlog Ep. 243: Fears and Phobias


Tonight's episode of #BaduyPride was all about different fears and phobias, because we wanted to wrap up Dune Week in a way that was worthy of a story franchise that gave us something as epic as The Litany Against Fear. And this felt like a nice way to end another long week as well, so it all worked out. 

So we started this episode in classic Baduy Pride fashion by going through definitions of different phobias that are out there. We knew there are a lot of them, but actually going through them really stresses just how many things we can become afraid of. And I really was amused at how so many of those fears seem to be tied to different modern conveniences and technologies, which is mind-blowing. But ultimately fears must be faced, and we tried to share what tips we could for facing one's fears and making sure that you remain after the experience, as the litany says.

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Vlog Ep. 242: The Road to Dune: Part One


Dune week continues on #BaudyPride, and today is when we talk about the actual upcoming Dune (Part One) movie directed by Denis Villeneuve. We had reacted to the first teaser trailer last year, but a lot has happened since then, including the movie's release schedule getting delayed by a year. And thus we figured it would be fun to do a sort of follow-up episode to go over some of the movie tie-in releases and other marketing efforts.

This episode also included my live reaction to Tobie surprising me with a custom Dune sandworm dice holder created by The Owlbear Scavenge. This is collectible is insanely adorable and terrifying at the same time and I am a happier geek because of it. Tobie loves catching me off guard with surprises like this and I guess this episode marks one of the instances when we managed to capture the moment on video.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Vlog Ep. 241: Spices and Flavors


Tonight's episode of #BaduyPride was all about spices, those delightful additives that give true flavor and diversity to meals. We included this in our lineup of Dune Week episodes because a particular (fictional) spice is a big deal in Dune, so that was enough to run with this here. And while we're not culinary experts, we do enjoy food.

So we covered the basics - clarifying the differences between spices and herbs to get that out of the way. We blew Tobie's mind about salt being a condiment and not a spice. And from there, the flavor journey truly began. And if there's anything we can take away from this discussion, is that we probably haven't even scratched the surface of how exciting the world of spices and other seasonings can be and we'll continue to experiment when we can.

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Monday, July 26, 2021

Vlog Ep. 240: Dune Imperium


Today's episode of Baduy Pride kicks off Dune Week with one of our favorite new games, Dune Imperium by Dire Wolf Digital. Designed by Paul Dennen, this game supports 1-4 players (yes, it has a solo mode) who all vie for control of the desert planet of Arrakis. The deck building, worker placement game combines a lot of different elements into a very fun strategic game. 

This was definitely one of the tabletop gems to come out of 2020 and I can't shake off the feeling that this game hasn't gotten as much attention as it could have. Sure, the movie got delayed a year and that probably threw off their marketing plans, but I really feel like this game deserves a lot more love, regardless of how you feel about the Dune franchise. And hopefully, this episode will help add our voice to support this really solid game.

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Friday, July 23, 2021

Vlog Ep. 239: Dating Pet Peeves


Tonight's Friday #BaduyPride episode was all about dating pet peeves, and we had a lot of fun with all the different stories viewers shared during the stream. It's good to take a step back and laugh at these things whether they're seemingly ridiculous things that bother us or maybe the silly things that we're guilty of ourselves. 

Pet peeves are ultimately unique to each person and so there's a lot of room for misunderstandings and all that crazy stuff. But I stand by my statement at the end where it boils down to how much the rest of the date is going to determine how bad a pet peeve really is. But I'm also excited about the thought of what Tobie brought up about how pet peeves might be totally different for a lot of the digital-first generations that are coming into their own. I wonder if anyone will chime in with their own quirky irks in the comments. 

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Vlog Ep. 238: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about another Disney+ show - this being The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. It's been long enough to wait out most folks wanting to avoid spoilers, so we figured it was time. And this mini-series really had me and Tobie uncertain of how we felt about it. We liked certain aspects of the show but on the whole, it didn't quite feel all that "necessary" a show in the greater scheme of the MCU scheme of things.

It was interesting how we had different things that seemed to matter to us more while other things were just okay. And we managed to surface a lot of those thoughts over the course of this episode. But in all honesty, I think we're just more excited to talk about Loki once we find the time to do so. And we'll definitely try to get a friend or two to join us for that important discussion..

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Vlog Ep. 237: Merienda and Snacks


Tonight's Tasty Tuesday episode of #BaduyPride is all about merienda - the special snack time that is a tradition for most Filipino households. We all have different ideas of what these afternoon snacks "should" be and that's what defined tonight's discussion. Thus we talked about how our merienda experiences changed from our early childhood at home to option defined by school cafeterias and then later what is available around your workplace.

One of the more interesting discussion points that came up as we talked about different snacks was the near-universal perception that certain snack vendors only come at certain times. Tobie and I were both of the belief that taho is a morning thing because taho vendors only come in the day while ice cream is a possible merienda snack because the carts would only come in the afternoons. Funny how that works out. 

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Monday, July 19, 2021

Vlog Ep. 236: Unboxing MIND MGMT The Psychic Espionage "Game"


Today marked another unboxing video for today's #BaduyPride Monday night board game feature. And we really had a treat for today - the newly released MIND MGMT: The Psychic Espionage "Game" as based on the Matt Kindt comic book series of the same name. This hidden movement game was created by Jay Cormier and Sen-Foong Lim and published by Off the Page Games.

We were kind of surprised at how quickly the game got over here from my US forwarding address and hopefully we'll be able to dive into the actual gameplay sooner rather than later. And wow, what a treat this unboxing turned out to be! The game is literally covered in references and clever trickery that totally embraces the unique tone of the comics. You can already feel that you don't need to be a fan to enjoy this but it will only enhance your experience if you're familiar with the source material.

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

Vlog Ep. 235: Celebrating Theme Parks


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about the joys of theme parks - or maybe amusement parks in general, even. It's kind of ironic to talk about entertainment spaces like these during a time when social distancing and quarantines are still kings. But it doesn't take away from our good memories of these experiences.

And as much as it was fun to talk about all the different things we loved about theme parks we've been to, I'm still more excited for the places we'll (hopefully) one day visit and experience. Maybe our big Japan trip will become a reality one day and we'll just go from theme park to theme park and live our absolutely geekiest lives. One can dream.

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Friday, July 16, 2021

Vlog Ep. 234: Kilig Happy Moments


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about those kilig moments - the things that make your heart go flutter or makes the audience of a show go "aww...". We didn't quite know how to tackle such an expansive topic but we started by exploring different romance and romantic comic movies, which are often cited as the classic sources for kilig. The different lists we tried to explore certainly stressed how differently we can define what counts as a good romantic movie, but it was a fun experience all the same.

But beyond the movies and the romance, we also wanted to touch on the more platonic moments that still get the heart racing. And it was nice to have a lot of good friends on the show with us to help share in things and provide their own insights into what works for them. The months and months of quarantine have been very difficult for all of us and hopefully, tonight's episode acted as a good reminder of how we make one another feel because of how we matter to one another.

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Vlog Ep. 233: Avatar: The Last Airbender


This episode of #BaduyPride is about the still powerful and beautiful series that is Avatar: The Last Airbender. I don't think any of us could have predicted at the time what an impact this animated Nickelodeon series would have on so many people. For those of us who have watched the series, I think it's fair to say that we've all been changed by its nuanced storytelling in one way or another. 

This episode focused on the series that kicked everything off and is now forever remember for the 61 episodes that made up its 3 seasons. And there are all the different books, comics, video games, and even animated shorts that helped to further flesh out the world and give us more ways to celebrate the camaraderie and exploits of Team Avatar. 

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Vlog Ep. 232: Donuts and Holes


Tonight's #BaduyPride episode was all about doughnuts or donuts or whatever else related pastries we could discuss as today's Tasty Tuesday topic. We also tested out our new webcam for the first time, so this episode has a lot of troubleshooting discussions with the live stream audience. Thank you all for your patience!

It's always fun to deep dive into a subject and see how niche we can make the conversation. Questions like what makes an eclair different from a Long John donut or whether we could make a tinola donut are all part of the regular craziness, especially when we really get Tobie excited to talk about food. And we super appreciate everyone who joined the live stream because your participation makes a WORLD of difference in how the show goes.

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Friday, July 9, 2021

Vlog Ep. 231: The One About FRIENDS


Tonight's episode of #BaduyPride was all about that timelessly popular television sitcom - Friends. For one reason or another, this show about a group of 20-somethings navigating their lives in New York together continues to have near-universal appeal. And since I had finally gotten Tobie to watch all 10 seasons, we were finally in a place to talk about the show in earnest.

And what's more fun than talking about a great show than sharing the conversation with a good friend? We were lucky to get our friend Noel to join us as (1) we love him and (2) he's one of the biggest Friends fans that we know. And that's how this discussion went on for over 2 hours and it still felt like we could have gone on even longer.

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Vlog Ep. 230: MCU Phase 4


For tonight's episode of #BaduyPride, we talked all about what is known so far about Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The way that Marvel Studios has done their best to keep their different movie projects tied together in a single story sitting has always been rather admirable. They haven't always been all that tightly connected, but they do make sense when put together.

The challenge of Phase 4 is that they have to do a lot to set up again given many of the actors' contracts have come to an end and they're no longer obliged to appear as the leads of future movies. Sure they still have some later Phase characters to work with as a primer, but the rest of the slate features a lot of new people coming in. And it's not just movies but also a heck of a lot of TV shows to boot, so there's a lot to look forward to.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Vlog Ep. 229: Let's Be Cheesy!


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about CHEESE because we've really codified Tasty Tuesdays as a content bucket for our little web show thing. We're never exactly big experts on the different foods we cover on the show but we are certainly food enthusiasts who have enjoyed many meals together over the years.

It's kind of bonkers just how many types of cheese are out there. And things don't stop at the varieties of the stuff but even the many ways they are enjoyed whether on their own or added to other food or subjected to additional cooking methods like frying, baking or even an open flame. There's a reason why cheese has become something akin to "chocolate for adults", as Tobie put it. And it was fun to talk about all that cheesy goodness today.

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Monday, July 5, 2021

Vlog Ep. 228: Deep Sea Adventure


This episode of #BaduyPride focused on the tabletop game Deep Sea Adventure, created by Jun Sasaki and Goro Sasaki and published by Oink Games. This calling card box-sized game supports 2-6 players and is one of the rare Oink Games releases that don't require a minimum of 3 players. And while it's not our favorite game, it does make for a fun addition to any game night that doesn't involve overly complex rules.

I will never get over at the level of complexity these Oink Games hide in such small boxes. We own games that come in bigger boxes because of way more components that end up being simpler or less enjoyable. And this is just one of many delightful Oink Games experiences we look forward to celebrating on the show.

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Friday, July 2, 2021

Vlog Ep. 227: About Personality Tests


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about different personality tests and indirectly other measures for categorizing or classifying people. As much as archetypes are very much a thing, the way tests have been developed to try to identify such personality quirks can be a little suspect, especially when no longer administered and interpreted by trained professionals but instead regurgitated as internet content. 

To reiterate our conclusions in the video, we're not against the notion of personality types and archetypes. We're also not entirely against tests that try to help people figure out their personality types. What we are against is how people treat test results as a one-time, one-size-fits-all assessment of who you're supposed to be and you use that data point to define your life or rationalize (good or bad) behavior. There's a reason why we say we have free will. We just have to use it. 

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

Vlog Ep. 226: The 4-Day Workweek


This episode of #BaduyPride was also based on a viewer suggestion and one that brought us back to talking about work. In this case, the subject of the episode was all about the possibility of a 4-day workweek, something that continues to get debated across the internet in different ways. And even how the 4-days break out in terms of these being the same number of working hours in a shorter period of time or actually reducing the total number of working hours in the week, either option has its pros and cons. 

Given the ongoing pandemic, figuring out the values of alternate working arrangements like this certainly made for an interesting discussion. I was surprised that we managed to get past an hour and a half hashing this out and even considering other situations like what our working from home options are going to be like in the future when we have the option to go back to work. There is certainly a lot to think about. 

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Vlog Ep. 225: Menudo | Afritada | Kaldereta | Mechado


Tonight's food-focused episode of #BaduyPride is all about that delightful group of similar but different Filipino stews - menudo, afritada, kaldereta, and mechado. They're all good in their own right but after today's episode, we have also discovered that there seems to be near-infinite variety even within these four dishes. People change what protein forms the base of the dish while others add little things like peas, raisins, and whatnot. 

These food episodes can get rather funny since we're not exactly culinary experts. Heck, we haven't even consistently cooked the four dishes that were the focus of this episode. But we've at least eaten them, so I guess that's enough of a basis to craft an episode around.

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Monday, June 28, 2021

Vlog Ep. 224: Mosaic Crafting with Azul


Today's episode of #BaduyPride is all about the abstract board game Azul, a 2-4 player game created by Michael Kiesling. This rather beautiful game is a great introduction to the tabletop hobby and one that I love more than Splendor, although Tobie still likes Splendor more. But both are great games with a similar feel. But how a game with such a simple core mechanic still offers a surprising depth of gameplay.

This game shines as a gateway game for new players whether they've never played an abstract board game before or have never played a board game period. And the fact that it's so easy to pick up the rules, we have witnessed a lot of first-time players manage to win their very first game. Regardless, it's always a lot of fun and this game features in a lot of our game nights regardless of the skill level of the assembled group. 

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Friday, June 25, 2021

Vlog Ep. 223: About "Positions"


This special "after dark" #BaduyPride episode was all about the complicated conversation of sexual positions, sexual roles, and all that messy stuff that comes into play when people decide to get intimate. We also wanted to discuss this in a manner that didn't become too crass and also still somewhat PG-13 and so we weren't super explicit about things.

As is the case with many episodes, I was surprised at where the episode went and I was pretty happy with how things went. Then again, this is why Tobie and I this show - I feel like we have a great rhythm together and we end up covering good points that we super agree on and just reaffirm how we've stayed together for so long.

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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Vlog Ep. 222: Colors of the Wavelength


This episode of #BaduyPride had us tackling a rather large topic - this being that of color. And as the person who requested it pretty much asked us to talk about the role of colors in various things ranging from popular culture to games, we had a lot to cover.

I really liked how Tobie had a lot to share in this episode given he really is the more visually creative person between us. I am clearly not a designer and the way he broke things down was a lot more fulfilling and educational than most of what I had to say. But on the whole, I think we did a pretty good job with this topic despite the scale of it. 

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Vlog Ep. 221: Food We Don't Eat


Tonight's #BaduyPride episode was another viewer suggestion - this time all about the different foods that we don't eat for one reason or another. I went into this video thinking that outside of keto, my eating choices were pretty liberal and flexible. But our discussion today still had me running into a lot of things I haven't been eating even pre-keto.

But I think I was more surprised at the many things that Tobie doesn't really eat given he usually feels like the more adventurous eater between us. This was compounded by the many things viewers shared that they didn't eat other. I think the big learning from this live stream episode was that we all have a surprising range of food that we end up avoiding and trying to list them all makes for a pretty colorful discussion. 

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Monday, June 21, 2021

Vlog Ep. 220: Bob Ross Art of Chill


For this Monday night #BaduyPride episode, our featured tabletop game is the Bob Ross: Art of Chill game created by Prospero Hall. This game supports 2-4 players and ends up being surprisingly competitive within a short 30-minute playtime. And Bob Ross is all over it - in more ways than one. 

We love a lot of big games that can take more than an hour to get through, there's no denying that. But games like this still fit nicely into our collection since they provide a different flavor of challenge that is still fulfilling and a lot of fun. And it's all sorts of brilliant how they managed to celebrate a lot of what people love about Bob Ross and turn it all into a fun gaming experience. That's not necessarily easy to do so major points to the creative team behind it for coming up with this rather unique game.

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Sunday, June 20, 2021

Vlog Ep. 219: Quarantine Check-In - Week 67


Tonight's #BaduyPride episode was another quarantine check-in episode, which is basically one of our more relaxed episodes where we just hang out with viewers and discuss our recent experiences while in quarantine. These episodes don't follow a rigid topic structure or organized flow of discussion, but we enjoy them as a sort of breather episode that isn't as stressful to run. 

And really, these episodes are meant to be an online safe space of sorts for all of us so we can continue to talk through our experiences while we all try to practice social distancing and we continue to live isolated lives in order to better protect ourselves from spreading COVID-19 to one another. It's a most unusual and challenging experience for anyone and we should feel comfortable enough to acknowledge what a struggle it is and hopefully find a way forward together.

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Friday, June 18, 2021

Vlog Ep. 218: Corporations and Pride


Tonight's #BaduyPride episode continues our Pride Month focus as we talked about the complexities of corporations and pride. At times, insincere marketing efforts by corporations feel like a very Western problem, but maybe the fact that it happens so infrequently here reflects another problem. There's bad pride marketing and there's a dearth of pride marketing, and both don't reflect well on the community. 

So we talked about the challenge of sincere engagement by corporate entities but we also talked about what we can actually do. And this is where things always sound very...limited. We can only do so much to change things but at least we're doing something. We have to start somewhere, be sincere in our efforts but also remain patient and open to continuing the dialog with those we want to get on board. The fight for LGBT rights is a lengthy one that is far from over. But we have to start somewhere.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Vlog Ep. 217: Home-Cooked Meals


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about the joy of home-cooked meals! We may not have a clear definition for what may be universally accepted as a home-cooked meal, but I'm sure everyone has a few dishes in mind that best represent that for them. And the very personal nature of such things is part of the magic that makes such meals all the more powerful.

We started by talking about the meals we most loved growing up. Then we talked about meals we've learned to cook for ourselves. And then we moved on to trying to think about what other dishes we'd like to learn and try to help preserve as part of our ongoing legacy. Many things get passed down through families and recipes are some of the most personal things there. 

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Monday, June 14, 2021

Vlog Ep. 216: Rewinding Time with Undo


For tonight's Monday night episode of #BaduyPride, our featured game was Undo: 600 Seconds, the first Undo game we've had a chance to play. This is a deductive mystery storytelling game designed by Michael Palm and Lukas Zach and published by Pegasus Spiele. The game is stated to support 2-6 players, but there's nothing stopping you from playing this game solo.

Given our love for escape-room-in-a-box-style games like Exit and Unlock, we were rather excited about how this game would stack up against the others. But it turns out its playstyle is more like a very light version of something like Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective with a more storytelling approach to things. This isn't bad in itself, but in the video, we discuss a lot of the opportunities we noted and how we wish the game could be even better. 

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Vlog Ep. 215: The In Between Holiday Feeling


For tonight's Sunday episode of #BaduyPride, we tackled another viewer request. In this case, it was all about that sluggish, lazy feeling we all get in-between holiday cycles. We figured it was easiest to address this based on (1) weird mid-week holidays that are in-between workdays and (2) more extended holiday periods that make the in-between work days harder to get through. 

I didn't think too much about the topic initially, but I think we really hit a revelation during the conversation. Tobie raised a great point about difficulty getting back to work can be a manifestation of other issues whether it's motivation or you not liking your work environment or possibly certain colleagues at work? And you might need to address those potentially greater issues in order to bring your working life back into balance with your personal life.

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Vlog Ep. 214: Unboxing the Terraforming Mars Big Box


This unscheduled episode of #BaduyPride was just to cover our unboxing of the Terraforming Mars Big Box. More than being a better storage solution to cover all the different expansions of this game franchise, it also included upgraded tiles to change your game experience. These unboxing videos can run a little long, but if you're into this sort of thing, then watch on!

We first discussed the joys of Terraforming Mars back in our 13th episode and we even unboxed our Kickstarter copy of the Turmoil expansion in episode 27. So this marks our third episode about the same game. And while we super love the game, admittedly there has always been a bit of a "minimalist" feel to the game's component quality as evidenced by the box lacking any inserts at all. This Big Box adds some great new tiles that super upgrade the game experience and we were happy to share the unboxing experience with all of you.

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Friday, June 11, 2021

Vlog Ep. 213: Discovering Your Sexuality


Tonight's episode of #BaduyPride was all about discovering your sexuality, a viewer request that we figured would be a good part of our Pride Month series of episodes. And while an understanding of SOGIE has helped us all appreciate that there's more to our identity than just our sexual orientation, that wasn't always the case before. 

We started by talking about our own experiences and how we experienced our own "sexual awakening" - or whatever you want to call it. But to keep things light, things eventually shifted to amusing discussions of examples of crushes, movies, TV shows, and even fictional characters that played a role in helping us to first feel things if you get the drift.

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Vlog Ep. 212: The Echo of Earworms


Today's episode of #BaduyPride was all about earworms, Last Song Syndrome (LSS), Involuntary Musical Imagery (INMI), or whatever you want to call that quirky feeling when you get a song stuck in your head. And while we didn't really dwell on what might cause these things to happen, we had more to say about the earworms themselves.

It's interesting that we could actually segment earworms into different segments. We have popular songs, TV commercial jingles, songs with foreign language influences, and apparently mass songs. That Anima Christi is a killer. We even tried to talk about possible "cures" for earworms and I think a lot of us are eager to try out the chewing gum option, should it come along.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Vlog Ep. 211: Tea Talk


Today's episode of #BaduyPride was all about tea, both the drink and the pop-culture term for truth or other related terms. And while coffee is our more typical drink of choice, tea still has a welcome place in our routine, particularly after heavy meals or to help soothe a sore throat. 

We tried to go through a lot of the different types of tea and all those nuances and I think we all learned something. Just defining what people could possibly mean by "chai" where it's theoretically just the Indian term for tea AND it's also how people interpret Indian tea to taste like outside of India. I don't think this will make us into full-time tea drinkers anytime soon, but we probably appreciate things more.

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Monday, June 7, 2021

Vlog Ep. 210: Calibrating Wavelength


Because Monday nights on #BaduyPride are dedicated to tabletop games, our featured game for the day is Wavelength, a party game that Tobie somewhat ironically acquired during the pandemic months. Obviously, we haven't gotten a lot of play out of it, but we did enjoy the few run-throughs we've had and that still speaks favorably for the game. It supports 2-12 players and was created by Alex Hague, Justin Vickers, and Wolfgang Warsch.

It's interesting how creative game designers can be in terms of coming up with party games like this. and I think that in studying Wavelength, one can better appreciate the delicate balance of system (less to more complex) and accessibility (i.e. easier for more people to play). And when you keep the complexity low, you might as well upgrade your game components to still provide a nice experience for players that look for a bit more in their games.

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Sunday, June 6, 2021

Vlog Ep. 209: Grocery Shopping


Tonight's very chill Sunday #BaduyPride topic was all about grocery shopping and all the quirks of this particular essential chore. Maybe at one point, it wasn't as fun an activity as it is now, but we certainly fully embrace how fulfilling it is, especially when you manage your own household or at least cook your own meals. And hopefully, everyone finds the joy in grocery shopping in their own time.

Of course, the funny bit about today was us talking about quite a number of pet peeves when it comes to our supermarket runs. I guess we're just very focused on being efficient and getting in and out of there with a minimum of fuss, especially with the pandemic far from over. But hey, we can't control everyone and we all just make the most of things.

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Saturday, June 5, 2021

Vlog Ep. 208: SOGIE Talk


In our first #BaduyPride episode in celebration of Pride Month, we decided to risk having an open and honest conversation about SOGIE. We don't claim to be experts on the subject, which is the case for many of us I'm sure. But what is more important is how we all have the capacity to remain open and have the ability to learn and work with others to better ourselves.

This snowballed into a much larger conversation that lasted for like two hours. But in the end, it was a good discussion and perhaps the first of many that will need to happen in order for all of us to get a better handle on things. More than our efforts to help people better understand SOGIE, it was also a good conversation about the complexity of explaining the subject, its importance to the greater LGBT rights movement in the country (and maybe the world), and other related subjects.

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Vlog Ep. 207: Cracking The Crystal Maze


Despite a number of technical difficulties, we managed to get through tonight's #BaduyPride episode about one of our favorite television shows - The Crystal Maze! And it was even more awesome when one of the guys behind The Crystal Maze Fan Group Blog joined the stream to help geek out with us about the program.

I knew we were going to have fun with this episode, but even I was surprised at how deeply we got into it given Tobie and I haven't really talked about the show all that much in recent years. It just goes to show what a near-universal impact the game show had on everyone who had a chance to catch it and maybe our dreams of some sort of local incarnation of the show may actually come to life. 

On to YouTube to watch some classic episodes! 

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Vlog Ep. 206: All About Chocolate


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about CHOCOLATE. These Tuesday food-related topics can be tricky to manage as we start our intermittent fasting window but they're still a lot of fun. And this episode really stressed just how diverse chocolate is. And despite me being on keto, I at least still have a lot of viable chocolate options that keeps this treat a part of my life.

It also feels like a lot of the best chocolate is forever trapped in the memories of our respective childhoods. Things like Magnolia Chocolait or Serg's Chocolates are now defunct (with respect to their original versions) and may never truly return. Or maybe things just seem better in how we remember them versus the reality. The human experience is funny that way.

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Vlog Ep. 205: Tossing Up a Point Salad


Today's tabletop game-focused episode of #BaduyPride was also a request - Point Salad as created by Molly Johnson, Robert Melvin, and Shawn Stankewich. This 2-6 player game was published by the CMON via the Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) - or something like that. AEG's family of companies confuses me at times.

Beyond this being a surprisingly complex card drafting and set collection game, it's also a game that is dear to our hearts because of specific circumstances around the game. It can seem silly to think of a game more because of a song you had playing in the background one of the first times you played the game. But that's really how memories are crafted - different things can make things memorable and you carry those memories with you. 

Na, na, na.

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Sunday, May 30, 2021

Vlog Ep. 204: Quarantine Check-in - Week 64


Tonight's Sunday episode of #BaduyPride episode is another quarantine check-in episode because (1) we're still under community quarantine here in the Philippines and (2) at one point or another I'm sure we've all been feeling the walls closing in at times. We continue to do these check-in episodes as a way to just take a breather, reach out to viewers, and try to get through this madness together.

And like many other check-in episodes, a lot of the discussion was a loose recap of recent events in our lives, weird situations specific to the quarantine life we've all been trying to juggle, and random pop culture things because we're still two geeks with a web show. We'll continue to include these episodes in our line-up for as long as they feel necessary and provide value to viewers. We just gotta pull together to get to the end of this pandemic, dear friends. And we'll take it one step at a time. 

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Vlog Ep. 203: Historical Events We Wished to Have Witnessed


This episode of #BaduyPride was certainly an imaginative one that had us thinking about what sort of historical events we'd want to witness. But that got us into first figuring out the sort of time travel we'd be invoking here, followed by what constitutes a historical event, and then it just became another Tobie and Rocky sort of conversation that would probably go better over alcohol. 

Our sort of list ended up including big events like the moon landing but also nuanced events like the creation of certain art forms or the development of certain inventions. History can mean so many different things to different people and that was nicely reflected by some of the time travel ideas that came up in the chart with the viewers. The personal history ideas were of course some of the most fun ones to come up and I think a lot of us have some great moments worth revisiting. 

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Vlog Ep. 202: Starting a New Hobby


Tangentially related to Geek Pride Day, today's #BaduyPride episode was all about starting new hobbies. A large part of being a geek is celebrating your hobbies and other activities and interests you may have, so we really went to town with this episode. But you have to admit, hobbies make for a pretty expansive topic and there was a lot of things to cover.

But I really enjoyed how this episode went. IT was definitely a good example of why we continue with Baduy Pride throughout all this. Even though we're literally just talking to a camera as comments stream by on a screen, it stills feels a lot like we're hanging out with friends like we used to be able to. And we'll get back to that eventually, I'm sure. But for now, we work with what we have.

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Monday, May 24, 2021

Vlog Ep. 201: Chope! The Card Game


For tonight's #BaduyPride featured tabletop game, we're traveling to Singapore with Chope! The Card Game, a clever little game that celebrates Singapore Hawker Culture through platy. With fewer than 100 cards, the game surprisingly supports 2-6 players, which is impressive for a smaller game. This game is the creation of one Daryl Chow, who has a surprising number of games under his belt, at least based on his BoardGameGeek profile

I really like this game because of its simplicity and yet how much it achieves at the same time. Not only did this lead to a colorful, creative card game with some fun game mechanics, but it's educational. With a few cards and a helpful flyer, it nicely educates players to what hawker culture is and what these different (now adorable) dishes are. And it takes a certain type of game to balance those different aspects effectively. 

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Sunday, May 23, 2021

Vlog Ep. 200: Teaching, Mentoring, and Apprenticing


Oh wow, we've actually gotten to 200 episodes of #BaduyPride! And I suppose our rather serious topic of teaching, mentoring, and apprenticing was a meaty enough subject to tackle for this episode. Coincidentally Tobie had just given a talk today related to his field and so we were really in that right mindset to talk about this sort of thing.

Special thanks again to Mitch for helping us put together an official intro video for the show! It just took us 200 episodes to get around to creating one, but it's better late than never! Baduy Pride continues to be not just something we enjoy doing, but a live stream experience that we enjoy sharing with friends and other viewers who are bound to become friends as well. Thanks for staying with us throughout the run of this show (and this pandemic).

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Friday, May 21, 2021

Vlog Ep. 199: Exploring the Worlds of Studio Ghibli


This longer Friday night episode of #BaduyPride is all about the whimsical and wonderful fantasy worlds of Studio Ghibli as primarily envisioned by the now legendary Hayao Miyazaki. And while he is the driving force between many of those movies, he's not alone in creating their beautiful animations. The entire team there works together to tell very particular stories that we only really experience through their films and other animated releases.

We really took the time to discuss each of their feature films and how we felt about them, which all just speaks to how much we love their movies. They're all generally quite good, but naturally certain ones really stand out, depending on your interests and other inclinations. 

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Vlog Ep. 198: Sorta Podcast Recommendations


After some unusual technical difficulties that threatened to turn #BaduyPride into an actual podcast without video, we eventually got to push through with our best effort to provide recommendations for podcasts or similar audio content for people to listen to while doing other things. This was a viewer request that we struggled with for a while since we really don't listen to a lot of podcasts regularly, but we did our best to provide something.

It's interesting that podcasting really made reference to the method of transmission more than the content, hence now it feels like there's a podcast for every flavor of content under the sun. And maybe we'll have more time for this sort of content again when we actually leave the house more. I think a lot of relied on travel time as our primary audio content listening time and that has been denied to us for more than a year now while we remain under community quarantine. 

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Vlog Ep. 197: All About Sauces


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about sauces, condiments, dips, dressings, and other related liquid flavor enhancers. I think we went through a record number of definitions and delineations between terms just to get through the first 15 minutes of the episode, which in itself was a good sign that we were off to a crazy start.

I like these episodes because they end up being more relatable to a wider audience and thus we get more participation in the episode. As much as we try to be consistent in the level of energy (and craziness) across episodes regardless of the number of live viewers, it really does make a difference when we have more friends in the chat participating.

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Monday, May 17, 2021

Vlog Ep. 196: A View of Tang Garden


This episode of #BaduyPride is all about the tile-laying board game Tang Garden. This creatively beautiful board game for 1-4 players was created by Francesco Testini and Pierluca Zizzi and published by ThunderGryph Games. This clever creation includes a lot of the sort of game mechanics that we like including set collection, tile placement, and variable player powers, if you want to get all formal about things. 

We like the game because it's strategic and aesthetic at the same time. The resulting gardens are always interesting to look at and the little stories that form based on how you crafted things to benefit your nobles make for great game experiences. We really can't wait to share this game with friends in person - whenever that's going to be. 

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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Vlog Ep. 195 - Hopeful Mentality - Things To Look Forward To


This Sunday episode of #BaduyPride was all about keeping a hopeful mentality and the sort of things that we all look forward to, even during quarantine. And given this time of so much stress and things to worry about, we all need to keep ourselves from falling into the trap of getting swallowed by all the gloom and doom on social media or in the news.

And it's always nice to celebrate the small wins or to count your blessings if you prefer that sort of statement. Keeping sight of the good things that are still happening to us during these difficult times is not necessarily toxic positivity, but more about being sensible and not overly focusing on the negative things out there. We hope that this episode helps to act as a reminder that there are still good things happening. 

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Vlog Ep. 194: Summer Drinks!


Today's suggested episode topic for #BaduyPride was all about summer drinks! And naturally, it was interesting to determine what our idea about such drinks was before we could really tackle things in earnest since there's no stopping people from drinking hot drinks on a hot day. But our working definition became that of drinks that we think of during the summer and figure they will help us beat the heat somehow - hot coffee isn't the first thing that comes to mind.

But given my keto limitations, we also had a probably longer-than-needed discussion about the importance of water and the unintentional "flavors" of local water. This all depends on how they are processed whether through filtration, purification, mineral treatments, distillation, and what have you. What is not always just water, especially around here. 

And while we're not big beach people, I think anyone would miss the feeling of a nice cold drink at some beachside cafe. Maybe we'll work that into our travel schedule should things finally turn for the better in this country. 

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Vlog Ep. 193: Kimchi and Other Banchan


Because Tuesday are now Chews-Days, this episode of #BaduyPride was all about Korean Kimchi and other banchan - those delightful side dishes that are served alongside Korean barbecue and other dishes. They often feel like a meal in themselves, really, and I totally get the temptation to just indulge in that and not even bother with the barbecue.

This episode topic was suggested by Mitch, who also volunteered to join us as a co-host for today's episode. She helped us properly pronounce the different dishes, which was always a way for her to practice her Korean lessons. Plus we're always happy to have friends on the show, especially people as supportive as her. 

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Monday, May 10, 2021

Vlog Ep. 192: Working With The Builders


This episode of #BaduyPride had us focusing on two games in The Builders series created by Frédéric Henry. This 2-4 player game combines action points, card drafting, and set collection with a distinct love for historical architecture to create a unique game experience. It's not an overly complicated game nor is it quite as easy as some good gateway games out there.

Our board game collection isn't all just about overly heavy games like Caverna and Through the Ages. Games like The Builders occupy a unique niche in our collectiton to ensure that we have different types of games to appeal to the interests and gaming skill levels of different players. If only we'd be able to play with friends again as easily as we used to. Perhaps one day soon.

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Sunday, May 9, 2021

Vlog Ep. 191: Quarantine Check-in - Week 61


This episode of #BaduyPride was scheduled to be another Quarantine Check-in episode, where we just sit back, relax, and discuss how things have been going throughout this stressful pandemic period. Admittedly we can't help but rant a bit, but beyond that, we try to focus more on what works and the things we're thankful for. There are still good things out there despite the bad stuff.

Our approach to things throughout quarantine has remained largely the same. We minimize our excursions outside. We do our best to stay safe through the regular use of face masks and lots of hand-washing and disinfecting. We support one another and do our best to help each other cope with this quarantine time. And we try to create a safe space for friends who also need an avenue for venting stress or just feeling somewhat more connected to other people. 

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Friday, May 7, 2021

Vlog Ep. 190: Your Personal Legacy


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about one's personal legacy, a question that has been weighing heavily on our minds given a number of friends who have passed well before their time. We've all experienced more loss than usual as of late, and we probably need to steel ourselves for possibly more. 

Legacy has a lot of possible meanings and we did our best to talk about its many facets in this episode. We started with the physical stuff but went on at length to talk about the impact we have on other people whether we like it or not. It was a rather lofty discussion with its heavy moments, but it still felt important for us to talk about it, especially given recent personal events. 

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Vlog Ep. 189: The Maxis Sim Games


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about the different Sim games originally created by Maxis, which is now a part of Electronic Arts. This one company has made quite an impact on the gaming world and pretty much popularized the simulation game genre with their unique approach to things. 

It was nice to go through the gaming history of this company, particularly given how many of those games I had played growing up. I was sure that even Tobie must have played games like SimAnt, but I guess that really was more of a niche experience. But a least well all enjoyed unique explorations like Spore and maybe we'll try diving back into The Sims sometime.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Vlog Ep. 188: Coffee, Kopi, Kape, et al


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about coffee in all of its glorious forms! And I guess we're starting to codify Tuesdays as "chews-days" where we celebrate different food topics, and this one had us talking about the blessed java creation. We tried a little history both academic and personal and then it was sort of anything goes from that point.

Today's episode felt a lot closer to our "normal", which was nice. And I know a large part of that involves all our friends and other viewers who participated in the conversation and really gave us a lot to think about and explore. We spent more time searching for things online than expected for this coffee episode, but no regrets for the resulting conversation. 

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Vlog Ep. 187: Dracula's Feast


After a short break, we decided to resume our #BaduyPride episodes this week and kicked off Monday with a game very dear to our hearts, especially now. Dracula's Feast is a (possibly) lesser-known social deduction party game created by Peter C. Hayward. It's the sort of party game that needs a minimum of four players but can safely support up to 8 players as needed.

It was a little bittersweet to cover this game today given the person who brought the game to our attention is no longer with us. But the best thing we could do is to celebrate a great game and sharing the joy with everyone in the hopes that more people decide to get a copy for themselves. What else are geeks to do, right?

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Vlog Ep. 186: Eating Japanese


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about Japanese food! We've been starting to dedicate our Tuesdays to food-related topics for one reason or another, but it does make for fun episodes. And Japanese food has certainly been something Tobie and I have always enjoyed together as part of our food adventures.

It was nice to not just talk about particular dishes we like, but also some of the stories around them. I hadn't thought of my first few forrays into enjoying Japanese food in years and I was happy to share those stories. And Tobie always has a unique perspective on things and the earlier years when Japanese restaurants were a lot more exclusive. 

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Monday, April 26, 2021

Vlog Ep. 185: Unfair But Not Un-Fun


Today's #BaduyPride episode is about a game that totally delivers on its title - UNFAIR, created by Joel Finch for CMON Limited/Good Games Publishing. This 2-5 player card game allows players to build the theme park of their dreams, provided they manage to survive the Unfair events combined with other players trying to mess you up.

As much as there's a lot about this game that frustrates me (Rocky) a lot, I still play it and hope that things go another way. Given its modular deck approach, beautiful card art, and rich theming, there's a lot to love about this game. You just have to get over the harsh PVP element and the punishing second half of the game, unless you call for World Peace and play a much friendlier game.

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Friday, April 23, 2021

Vlog Ep. 184: Tobie's 2nd Quarantine Birthday


We decided to use tonight's #BaduyPride episode as a venue to celebrate Tobie's birthday, albeit virtually. And as is the way of such episodes, we didn't have a concrete plan or flow - we just wanted to see where the conversation with friends viewing the show would take us.

And while Tobie's actual birthday is still on Sunday, it was nice to celebrate with friends regardless. And I want to extend my thanks to everyone who made time to drop by the stream today, especially those folks who don't always have the time to watch the show regularly. It means a lot to both of us.

Until the time we can celebrate such festivities together in-person but safely...

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Vlog Ep. 183: Horror Tabletop Games We Love


This was definitely one of the most Tobie topics we could tackle for #BaduyPride as we celebrated an aspect of gaming that will always be close to his heart. His love for the horror genre goes well beyond movies and TV and is really best seen in how he embraces the genre as it is depicted in games, particularly tabletop role-playing games. We already explained in the video why board games don't quite do as well with this genre, but at the very we still recommend Nyctophobia

And despite the large stack of books that we accumulated on the table during the show, this is but a taste of the extent of Tobie's passion for the genre and our shared love for the tabletop gaming hobby as a whole. The number of systems he's familiarized himself with still surprises me and I'm glad that we dedicated this episode to let him really geek out about these types of games. 

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Vlog Ep. 182: We Scream for Ice Cream


We're been half-experimenting with more food topics for #BaduyPride on Tuesdays, thus today's Tobie-centric episode was all about ICE CREAM. Tobie's love for this particular dessert has always been a  prominent part of our relationship and I always love the joy he experiences when he discovers a particularly interesting ice cream flavor combination that really delights his palate.

I'd like to think we did a pretty decent job of covering the length and breadth of ice cream as a topic. We started with definitions and then dived into flavors we liked. We talked about toppings and we talked about favorite ice cream creations at different restaurants. We talked about our favorite "frozen delights" and shared opinions on fast food ice cream options along with the best soft serve options. So yes, we totally managed to spend an hour just talking about ice cream. 

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Vlog Ep. 181: Delivery Adventures with Galaxy Trucker


This episode of #BaduyPride is all about Galaxy Trucker by Vlaada Chvátil and published by Czech Games Edition (CGE). We're happy that we were able to share the joys of the 2012 Anniversary Edition, which is how we broke into the hilarious world of this game universe.

We're celebrating a lot of the things that Tobie loves this week as a lead-up to his birthday on Sunday, and this is definitely a game that has always been near and dear to his heart. I will always remember how excited he was to finally get a copy of this game even though I had never heard of it before. But that didn't prevent me from falling in love with it as well and I rarely turn out a chance to fly a crazy ship barely holding it together just to see if I can.

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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Vlog Ep. 180: Meditation & Destressing


Today's Sunday episode of #BaduyPride was all about meditation and other ways to de-stress, even outside of the whole global pandemic situation. And while we're not super experts on the subject, I feel like we were still able to have a pretty healthy discussion on the subject.

Ultimately, there aren't too many "wrong" ways to relax and center yourself amid difficult and stressful times. But as long as you put in the effort and do what helps you feel better and feel more relaxed, then you're on the right track. There are so many methods available to try (and we only covered a few of them in this live stream), so there's bound to be something that will work for you.

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Vlog Ep. 179: Digital Tabletop Gaming


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about our various efforts to continue to play tabletop games online given the need for social distancing during the pandemic. We had talked about long-distance board gaming before, but this episode was a lot more specific and felt like a more robust deep dive into our gaming misadventures. 

It was nice to really break things down versus the last video. So we talked about how to play RPGs online, we talked about the different ways to play digital versions of board games and wrapped things up with still finding ways to play with physical copies of games using online solutions to bridge the gap. It's a hearty 90-minute discussion, but I honestly hope that it comes in handy for other geeks wanting to celebrate the joys of board games again.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Vlog Ep. 178: 90s Cartoons


Tonight's episode of #BaduyPride is the last of four requested videos to cover cartoons of different decades. And this episode had us exploring the cartoons of the 1990s - apparently, a decade that I had more to say than Tobie did. But it's all good stuff and we had a lot of fun.

I feel like we need to do special episodes to celebrate some of the notable products of this era like MTV's Liquid Television or maybe even deep dives into Cartoon Network's Cartoon Cartoons or Oh Yeah! Cartoons, all of which were amazing opportunities for different animators to get their stories out there. I don't think we've seen anything of its kind since then beyond people posting their own stuff on YouTube or something.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Vlog Ep. 177: Cupcakes, Muffins, and Cakes!


This #BaduyPride combined two separate viewer requests that all had to do with the (mostly) sweet stuff - hence today's discussion on cupcakes, muffins, and cakes was born. Come for the definitions and delineations between these different types of desserts. Stay for Tobie's brain going into total overdrive as he comes up with even crazier dessert ideas.

Food topics are becoming more of a regular thing on the show for some reason, which is kind of ironic since we're typically well within our intermittent fasting window when record the show. So, it's a lot of talk about food that we like but can't actually indulge in because (1) fasting and (2) I'm on keto. But hey, we still enjoy these discussions and we hope everyone had fun, too!

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Vlog Ep. 176: Mariposas Migrations


This episode of #BaduyPride is all about the Mariposas board game by Wingspan designer Elizabeth Hargrave. This game about the migration of butterflies from Mexico to North America and back supports 2-5 players and plays fairly quickly, albeit with a lot of randomness as part of the gameplay mechanics. 

It was only right before we started today's live stream that we confirmed that the game was by the person behind one of the most beautiful love letters to birds we have ever played through as a game, which really just gave our discussion a starker point of comparison. It's a good game but not as great as Wingspan is, and that feels a little disappointing given what we know she is otherwise capable of. Oh well.

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Vlog Ep. 175: Moments of Courage


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about Moments of Courage, whether big or small. This was our way of wrapping up this week's mostly thematic posts tied to the Day of Valor holiday last Friday. And we enjoyed exploring the different moments where we found the need to be braver or more courageous in order to move forward.

Topics like this can get a little lofty, but I certainly felt good after recording today's episode. We can only hope that everyone who joined us or will get to watch this in the future will share our appreciation for what we discussed today and the value of trying new things, no matter how scary. 

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Vlog Ep. 174: Heroes We Admire


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about personal heroes or however you want to term people that have done something to merit one's admiration or even just appreciation. Terms like "heroes" can be rather loaded terms and we totally consider the implications of throwing such statements around. Personally, this is also why I don't really claim to have too many people that I openly admire because of my complex feelings on the subject.

But that is not to say that we don't have heroes or people worth admiring in our lives, and it was nice to celebrate a few of them in this episode. Beyond the people we cited, we super appreciated those who choose to share their own stories of personal heroes that have made an impact on them as well whether it involves a family member or someone more publicly familiar.

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