Monday, October 18, 2021

Vlog Ep. 286: Tides of Time and Madness


Tonight's episode of #BaduyPride is about two separate but related 2-player games created by Kristian Čurla. These are Tides of Time and Tides of Madness, both published by Portal Games. They're based around a very tight system that results in some pretty strategic gameplay within a quick 20-30 minute timeframe.

The core system that drives both games is a great one that is easy to learn but still provides a fair amount of depth for newer and experienced players alike. And for a game of this depth, it also travels very well as the 18 cards in each box don't take up a lot of space. 2-player games are a unique niche in the gaming space but are very welcome companions when you're still in an extended quarantine. 

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Vlog Ep. 285: Halloween Parties


Just because we can't gather for things like parties doesn't mean we can't talk about them on #BaduyPride. So our topic for tonight was all about Halloween Parties and all the fun that comes with them. Not every costume event is a Halloween event and we found ourselves missing the time when more Halloween events were about being scary and not the festive stuff.

We don't have clear plans for Halloween this year and we also wanted to see if we could use today's episode as a venue for coming up with alternate plans that can be done from the safety of our homes. And there are still a fair number of things that people can try to do and we just might try something like a spooky tour or an escape room just to break the quarantine monotony.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Vlog Ep. 284: Candy Time


For this Tasty Tuesday episode of #BaduyPride, we talked all about CANDY! And since we already had a chocolate-focused episode some time back, we tried to focus a bit more on all the sugary treats - and MAN, that was a lot of ground to cover. Especially when most of our candy-related memories date all the way back to our childhood oh so many years ago.

And while we're still not experts on the "how" of candies in terms of their production and creation, it was fun to just appreciate the sheer variety of sweets out there. There are hard candies and chewy candies, sweets that come in powder form, and others shaped in all sorts of crazy sizes. And I guess we'll never run out of creative efforts to present candy in a new way as a lot of the shapes and styles tend to echo contemporary items of the time and what have you. How delightful.

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Monday, October 11, 2021

Vlog Ep. 283: Last Night on Earth The Zombie Game


Today's episode of #BaduyPride is about one of the older games in our collection - the dice-rolling adventure game that is Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game. This 2-6 player game was created by Jason C. Hill and published by Flying Frog Games. It has players either in the role of our human heroes or the zombie antagonists as the two work against the other side in line with the chosen scenario. 

As much as we love those very strategic European-style games, there's something to be said about a game as dependent on dice rolls as this one. It's a pretty unique system that presents a lot of challenges mainly because of the randomness of the game which is both frustrating and that's also the fun of all this. 

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Friday, October 8, 2021

Vlog Ep. 282: Lucifer: From Comics to Small Screen


Tonight's #BaduyPride discussion was another requested topic, this time about the now rather expansive Lucifer franchise. And while the original request was to talk about the most recent season specifically (which we haven't seen), we instead broadened things to talk about the origins of this version of the character, covered some of his key comic book moments, and of course, got around to discussing the TV series.

You can tell we're pretty big fans of the former Vertigo comic line that helped to launch the stories of the Endless, John Constantine, and of course the Lucifer side of their story world. And while that was a bit of a barrier for us when we first tried to get into the TV show, over time we've come to better appreciate it as an independent creative work that doesn't really tie too strongly to its source material. And it's a show that has had enough of a following to manage to stick around for 6 seasons, so that's something.

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Vlog Ep. 281: Horror Tabletop RPGs


Today's Thursday edition of #BaduyPride was all about the unique storytelling world of horror-themed tabletop RPGs. And this can mean many different things to different people - something that we tried to tackle as we tried to define what we mean by a horror TRPG, at least for the context of our discussion.

Beyond the different games we mentioned as interesting things to try based on our gaming experience, the meat of today's discussion was talking about how to make such games work for your gaming group. It's important that expectations are clearly kept, provisions for safety are kept in mind, and everyone agrees to work with the tropes of the particular flavor of horror they're going to play as a game. At the very least, this is what works for us. And hopefully what we shared will work for many of you.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Vlog. Ep 280: Tusok Tusok and Inihaw


This Tasty Tuesday episode of #BaduyPride was all about fun smoky street food in the form of tusok-tusok and inihaw food. They don't have perfectly precise translations, but we can refer to the former as various types of grilled skewers while inihaw is a specific Filipino form of barbeque but also the general act of barbecue here as well. 

Street food is a much-beloved aspect of our cuisine and I do have very fond memories of early street food adventures growing up. It was always something so risque, but at the same time delightful. And it's definitely something that we no longer have access to while in quarantine save for some sad delivery options. Hopefully, we can get out and enjoy some fun stuff again sometime soon. 

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Monday, October 4, 2021

Vlog Ep. 279: 50 Clues - The Leopold Trilogy


Today's #BaduyPride featured tabletop game is 50 Clues: The Leopold Trilogy. This set of immersive puzzles games puts players in the shoes of Maria, a woman who is determined to find her son in order to save the world from the menace of a figure known as Leopold. How she'll manage to get out of the mental institution she has been committed to in order to achieve this is the big challenge of the game. And add on a mature content warning for this particular narrative, and it makes for quite the compelling story.

Tobie and I enjoyed this experience and it made for a nice change of pace versus other puzzle games we've played. 50 Clues is a great reminder that there's still a lot of room in this game genre for more kinds of stories to be told with innovative game systems empowering them. And I'm super glad that Tobie found us copies of this trilogy of games so we got to experience this story in full.

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Friday, October 1, 2021

Vlog Ep. 278: Movies + Fear


Today's #BaduyPride episode was all about the movies that we most associate with your fears. Which movie first scared you (regardless of genre)? What was your first actual horror movie? These were the sorts of questions we tried to tackle in this special episode to help kickoff the spooky month of October.

We're going to try to do more horror-related episodes this month because Tobie really loves this genre and this is the perfect month for it. While other people are rushing to celebrate Christmas, we're more than happy to focus on Halloween first and all the quirkiness that comes with that. And as part of what I mentioned today, I'll also do my best to watch a few other scary shows and movies to celebrate things properly with Tobie.

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Vlog Ep. 277: Cartoons for Grown-Ups


This episode of #BaduyPride was another viewer request - this time to talk about different animated projects oriented towards more adult audiences. And this is a tricky item to consider as there are cartoons that appeal to a wider audience but may not necessarily just aimed at adults and there are "adult' ventures that can feel rather stupid and childish.

So we did our best to go over different lists and categorizations that tend to touch on concepts that automatically become considered to be adult. There are shows that get the adult moniker because of excessive violence, profanity, or sexual relations. And there are those that touch on things that aren't fully accepted by the wider public like LGBT characters. There are some gems out there. But there's a lot of crap we could all do better without.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Vlog Ep. 276: Pasta vs Noodles


This Tasty Tuesday episode of #BaduyPride is a requested topic to talk all about noodles and pasta! Everyone knows they're related, but of course, there's more to it than that. And so we gave it our usual spin, broke things down into definitions, and just enjoyed the exploration through conversation. Plus really, there are so many kinds of noodles.

And even the classification of noodles and pasta is all very specific. You can sort and parse them based on the main ingredient involved. You can classify them based on their country of origin. And maybe we can further segment them based on popular usage or something - are they eaten with a sauce or as part of a soup? So many crazy options! And I even have my keto noodles as well, so I'm still an active part of this food conversation. 

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Monday, September 27, 2021

Vlog Ep. 275: Exit The Game + Puzzle Sets


This Monday edition of #BaduyPride is all about the new Exit The Game sets that come with jigsaw puzzles in them. Gone are the usual decks of riddle cards and answer cards and instead there are four actual jigsaw puzzles in each of these sets. And players will need to assemble these puzzles as part of their virtual escape room experience without the aid of knowing what the completed puzzles are supposed to look like.

We were really excited to try these games out but the actual experience was still a little rough. These games nicely scratch your puzzle itch together with the challenge of solving a series of escape room-style riddles but the over-arching story isn't as strong as it could be. It's decent fun and a good challenge but a lot of the complexity is more due to limited or confusing access to information more than great riddle design. 

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Friday, September 24, 2021

Vlog Ep. 274: New Media and Politics


This episode of #BaduyPride was about the critical role that new media platforms like social media play in our political discourse today. This isn't a new idea, but it remains a very important one, especially with our own national elections just around the corner. And we need to get ready in order to be in the right headspace to handle the inevitable torrent of messages and ads we're going to get pushing for this or that candidate.

It's not easy to be media literate in these turbulent times - no one likes to think that they're not smart enough to handle things as seemingly innocuous as social media. But it is precisely because so many underestimate the impact of such platforms and even our ability to influence those connected to us within our social circles that we should put more effort into being responsible while on the internet. We need to verify everything we read and we need to discuss (and argue) responsibly.

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Vlog Ep. 273: Shire Talk


In honor of yesterday, 22 September, being Hobbit Day, our #BaduyPride discussion for the night ended being all about the amazing fantasy world that is The Lord of the Rings. This was already an amazing series of books that had garnered quite the fan following on its own, but the addition of the Lord of the Rings movies in the early 2000s expanded their appeal to an even wider audience.

And while we're not necessarily the biggest Tolkien fans out there, but we do have a significant love for the film series. Today's discussion also had us celebrating Tobie's apparent love for Tom Bombadil, which I had no idea was as intense as it turned out to be. You gotta love discovering little things about your life partner while in a live stream.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Vlog Ep. 272: Smoothies, Shakes, and Juices


Tonight's episode of #BaduyPride was all about drinks like smoothies, shakes, and juices and the weird overlap between them. I thought it would be pretty straightforward to determine the proper delineation between them. Juices are generally clear (even with the inclusion of meat juices) but the line between smoothies and shakes turns out to be super blurry and people can't agree if it's just a question of thickness or the involvement of dairy products that makes them different.

We seem to be in the general camp of appreciating these different drinks when they're there but we don't go too far out of our way to get them. Tobie does love trying new variants as long as it remains convenient to do so and he has had more interesting flavor adventures than I have. But maybe we'll get around to helping me find some keto-friendly smoothie analogs to expand what I can consume or whatever. Shakes and smoothies feel like such an "outside" thing to have, which makes it feel super non-essential while we're still in quarantine.

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Vlog Ep. 271: The Magic Behind Magic


For this Friday night episode of #BaduyPride, we dove into the deep end of talking about magic and magicians, and other related forms of entertainment. Tobie and I share quite the love for this particular art form (if you can call it that) and it was nice to look back to shared experiences like the classic David Copperfield televised magic tricks. 

Tobie and I also had magic performances in common. At least Tobie got paid for his stints as a magician as I only performed for free for classmates and family. Super big thanks to that Usborne Book of Magic! That was my friend growing up. Tobie remains more into the continuing progression of magic thanks to shows like Fool Us, because Penn and Teller are awesome.

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Vlog Ep. 270: M. Night Shyamalan Movies


For this episode of #BaduyPride, Tobie and I took a journey through the colorful filmography of M. Night Shyamalan. From his breakthrough cinematic experience that was The Sixth Sense through all the twists and turns of his creative efforts, he remains a memorable filmmaker and storyteller. And his earlier movies remain to be very interesting efforts to tell unique stories in his own way.

I was kind of surprised by the fact that I've seen pretty much all of his movies at this point. And I think I was more surprised that Tobie hadn't seen a few that I had assumed he had already covered - which is only surprising given he has been more of a fan of his work than I ever have. But on the whole, it was nice to talk through his different projects and still celebrate the great things about his different films, even the much-reviled ones.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Vlog Ep. 269: Meat Matters


Tonight's food-related #BaduyPride topic for this Tasty Tuesday was all about meat! Totally not a vegetarian or vegan episode for sure. But we just wanted to spend some time to talk about the role that meat plays in a lot of people's diets along with the challenges that come with meat consumption.

It's funny how this ended up being not just a discussion about meat but also the future of food. We're all very aware of the sustainability issues that plague almost all meat consumption whether we're talking about land-based animals or fish from the sea. And maybe our idea of some sort of sustainable alternative protein source at an affordable price may save us all in the long term. It might even taste like chicken. 

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Vlog Ep. 268: Exploring Mystery House


Tonight's featured board game for this #BaduyPride Monday is the innovative deductive mystery game Mystery House: Adventures in a Box. This is a 1-5 player game that was created by Antonio Tinio and published by Cranio Creations. The central mechanic of this game is the box framework that allows the creation of a 3D maze based on the scenario you're playing. Thus players have something physical to literally explore in order to solve the puzzles and riddles of the game.

We only have the base game to discuss and with its two scenarios, it's a good representation of the potential game. But this first foray is a little shaky with a few kinks in the system, mainly around the app experience and how it doesn't fully enable richer storytelling and other silliness. But it's a good effort and maybe we'll get around to getting the other expansions in time.

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Friday, September 10, 2021

Vlog Ep. 267: The Power of Nostalgia


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about the power of nostalgia! We know it to be a feeling often associated with things like old photo albums or school reunions. But have people ever really sat down to just think about it and examine why we feel the way we do? That's exactly what we ended up doing during today's discussion.

Nostalgia is some pretty powerful stuff and we found an article that stated our brains are literally wired to reward us when we feel nostalgia. And it's a shared experience, so talking about old stories with friends and family has a sort of snowball effect where the good vibes just build and build. It's neither good nor bad in itself. But it can be helpful in many cases but also tricky in other instances. 

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Vlog Ep. 266: Growing Up With The New Mutants


Tonight's episode of #BaduyPride is all about celebrating Tobie's love for the New Mutants, as this was a book that he has loved since his younger years. And while most of our episodes have us talking about things we both know a fair bit about, this was definitely Tobie's show, and I was more than happy to let loose and talk about all the nuances of his love for this comic and its unique assortment of characters.

And based on how the discussion went, there is a LOT to get into when it comes to this comic. Like most other readers who didn't necessarily read this title, we may have encountered one or more of the New Mutants in their various appearances with other teams or stories. But going back to the start and exploring what made the book do distinct definitely has me finally wanting to get around to read the original stories as well. And I hope that this video helps others discover the comic as well.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Vlog Ep. 265: All About Nuts


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about nuts! This was a viewer request that we thought would be a pretty simple discussion. But it turned out to be a very revealing one as we had to sort through the differences between the botanical and culinary definitions of what nuts are and learning new terms of drupes

As always, the joy of the episode came more from the live discussion with the viewers and we super thank everyone who chimed in for this nutty topic. Sure, there was no stopping Tobie from enjoying making all those silly puns left and right, but that's just part of his charm. I suppose.

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Monday, September 6, 2021

Vlog Ep. 264: Neuroshima Hex!


Tonight's episode of #BaduyPride is all about one of the few tactical games we've really dived into as of late - Neuroshima Hex! by designer Michał Oracz and published by Portal Games. This 1-4 player game features surprisingly fast tactical combat within 30 minutes using one of more than 20 possible armies given all the expansions this game has.

We're fortunate enough to have The Year of Moloch edition of the game to showcase in this episode and this has also motivated us to play the game more as of late. And while we didn't have time to discuss every single faction in the game, we still enjoyed sharing our enjoyment for the system and we hope that this encourages more people to consider getting their armies on as well.

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Friday, September 3, 2021

Vlog Ep. 263: Resolving Arguments


For this episode of #BaduyPride, we took another viewer request and expanded a conversation about how to win arguments into a more general discussion on resolving conflict. And thus we decided to tackle the many levels and forms of arguments we're likely to get into whether at work, online, among friends, or even at home with your family or your significant other. 

Given how we don't create outlines for these episodes beforehand, it was interesting that the resulting approaches we discussed followed a consistent pattern across relationship spheres. It's important to stand up for what you believe in but also to pick your battles and try to consider the perspective of other people. It's not always easy, but it can be a lot more fulfilling in the longer term.

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Thursday, September 2, 2021

Vlog Ep. 262: The Fantastic Four


We had a lot of fun with this comics-related #BaduyPride discussion all about the Fantastic Four, starting with their comic book origins, skimming across their different adaptations, and postulating about the future. And given the extensive history of the comic book series alone, we had a LOT of ground to cover.

We really enjoyed the discussion especially with all the user feedback during the session, which is why we ended up recording for over 2 hours. That is a credit to the franchise as a whole, but maybe more the strength of the characters associated with this book. Just look at how much time we spent geeking out over the different villains the Fantastic Four have faced - we spent more time on that versus talking about the FF itself. Good stuff all around - and Doom 2099.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Vlog Ep. 261: "Exotic" Food


Today's Tasty Tuesday #BaduyPride episode was a viewer's request to talk about "exotic" food. And while the term isn't the most appropriate by modern standards, we're still the intention behind it was pretty good. The thing about food that is often termed to be exotic is really more about discovering new things or trying dishes you may not have ever tried before. That's what adds a bit of excitement to things.

Great food experiences tend to rely on keeping an open mind and putting yourself out there. And it can also help when you have someone helping you on your culinary journey. It really does help to share and share alike and when you really love something, it's fun to introduce that meal to others. And while it's a lot harder to discover new food while in quarantine, I'm sure all get our chance to do so again soon enough once it's safe enough. 

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Vlog Ep. 260: Tiny Epic Quest


Tonight's #BaduyPride Gaming Monday discussion was all about Tiny Epic Quest published by Gamelyn Games. This 1-4 player strategy game was created by Scott Almes and packs a surprising amount of rich gaming into a very compact box. This release within the larger Ting Epic line of board games also heralded the innovation of ITEMeeples, which are plastic Meeple-shaped tokens that include peg holes that can be used to attach different weapons and other items to them.
 
It took a fair of time to discuss all the different aspects of the game, but it is still pretty remarkable how all that comes together to present a very solid game experience. It's still one of our favorite ITEMeeple games and right up there with the likes of Tiny Epic Galaxies and subsequent ITEMeeple releases haven't quite lived up to the joy of this set.

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Friday, August 27, 2021

Vlog Ep. 259: Another Quarantine Birthday Episode


This episode of #BaduyPride was dedicated to birthdays and their related celebrations. This pandemic and the accompanying lockdown has continued to make celebrating anything more of a challenge. And while we still can't have parties with friends and family, at the very least we could look back at all the things that we love about birthdays in the past and use those ideas as fuel for the future.

And our Baduy Pride viewers really came through tonight with a lot of great stories of the best food to eat, the different party games, and even the nuances of birthday practices and beliefs. I'm sure more than a few people got hungry during the discussion because birthday food may be among the best food out there. It made for a delightful and mostly nostalgic discussion and we hope everyone enjoyed as much as we did.

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Vlog Ep. 258: The Adventures of Tintin


This episode of #BaduyPride is all about one of my favorite comic franchises growing up - The Adventures of Tintin as created by Georges Remi better known by his pen name Hergé. Ever since I received a copy of Destination Moon as a birthday gift, I was hooked on the series and would spend a better part of my life collecting the rest of the books.

Thankfully, Tobie also had some history with the series before we got together and he totally supported my Tintin mania over the years. and now I'm largely happy with the state of my collection but I continue to celebrate my love for this young reporter. And hopefully, this episode will help inspire new fans to get into the comics, cartoons, or even just the movie because Tintin deserves the love.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Vlog Ep. 257: Pizza Parley


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about the now-go-to delivery food option for bigger groups - PIZZA! And it was fun to sort of going through our personal history with pizza starting from it being a fancier option to eat as a sit-down restaurant experience to how it is now most commonly associated with convenience food. And I guess we had a lot more to say about pizza than I had expected.

We super enjoy these Tasty Tuesday discussions since we tend to get a lot more people on the live stream on Tuesday nights. Then again, food is a lot more relatable than some of our rather niche geeky interests - and who can say no to pizza? Even while on keto, I've been known to still indulge every now and then with the more expensive keto versions.

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Monday, August 23, 2021

Vlog Ep. 256: Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game


This Monday night episode of #BaduyPride was all about one of our favorite board games - Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game. This cooperative deduction game has 1-5 players becoming Antares Detectives tasked to solve some pretty challenging cases. The game was created by Ignacy Trzewiczek and published by Portal Games with a story by Przemysław Rymer and Jakub Łapot.

We super love this game because of how it strikes a great balance between pure deductive reasoning and more recent board games. It truly lives up to its "Modern Crime Board Game" name with its creative use of online resources and the proprietary Antares Database. I just hope that they maintain the site for a very long time so more and more people get to play this amazing game. Cannot recommend it enough whether for marathon game nights or remote play while we remain in quarantine. 

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Friday, August 20, 2021

Vlog Ep. 255: Living Through the Pandemic


This special episode of #BaduyPride is our contribution to the ongoing conversation of getting through the COVID-19 pandemic while living in a place like the Philippines. We have one of the longest quarantines in the world and just as our daily cases numbers continue to climb to new heights it feels like there's no end in sight to all this madness.

And that's what this episode was for - to focus on ways to get through these difficult times and to continue to be productive. It's not about being overly optimistic, but making sure that we continue to move forward, protect those we love the most, and help one another to get through this. A lot of things are beyond our control, yes. But we can focus on what we can directly affect and stay home as much as possible while taking all the necessary safety precautions when we do need to step out. We need to stay connected to friends and family and we need to do our best to stay balanced and know went to seek help.

We will get through this. 

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Vlog Ep. 254: Reviving Pushing Daisies


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about one of our favorite lost shows - Pushing Daisies. This unique Bryan Fuller creation has been described as a "forensic fairy tale" and it is all this and more. It has a charming love story. It has intriguing murder mysteries. It has musical numbers. And it even has an adorable dog in it, too.

Tobie and I really love this show so much and it's one of the earliest programs that we bonded over when we first got together. I remember celebrating every episode with him as they came out because it just resonated with both of us on so many levels. But it was a show that ended earlier than any of us had expected, has a messy wrap-up, and isn't exactly widely available on the more popular streaming sites. But we'll continue to celebrate it and hopefully get more friends to discover the show in the first time.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Vlog Ep. 253: Instant Noodles


Today's #BaduyPride episode was all about the joy of instant noodles. It made for quite the delightful food focus for today plus who would have thought that it would make for such a meaty topic to talk about? There are so many kinds of instant noodles whether soups or dry noodles or ones that come with extra dehydrated meaty things. But most of them have been delightful innovations in food technology.

And while we don't really eat instant noodles anymore because of my efforts to avoid excessive carbs, we still have some pretty colorful memories of them. And I think that it has become one of those foods that everyone can relate to on some level. It's hard to avoid them for your entire life and maybe you shouldn't have to. Good times or bad, they can still make for a nice hot meal. 

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Monday, August 16, 2021

Vlog Ep. 252: Startups by Oink Games


Our featured tabletop game for this episode of #BaduyPride was certainly a deceptively deep one. Like most other Oink Games, Startups manages to fit a lot of fun into a roughly calling card-sized box. But this 3-7 player game created by Jun Sasaki is also a brilliant effort to convert the complex world of stocks and trading into a tight, competitive game that you can carry around in your pocket.

As you can see in the video, Tobie and I really love this game and we had a lot of fun sharing our enthusiasm for this card game with everyone. It truly is a clever game with a lot of potential for deep strategy. And there's no surefire way for winning as the mix of players, the hidden cards, and all the other factors of the game make each round of Startups unique and brilliant. 

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Friday, August 13, 2021

Vlog Ep. 251: Feeling Lucky?


To cap off this week all about lucky and unlucky things, our Friday the 13th #BaduyPride episode was all about personal beliefs, practices, and traditions about luck or the ways in which people ward off bad luck. And whether you truly believe in luck being a thing or not, I think it's safe to say that we've all been raised, taught or influenced to incorporate one or more such practices just out of habit.
 
We super appreciate the many viewers who joined tonight's stream and made the discussion even more fulfilling as everyone had their stories to share. While it was never the goal of this episode to prove or disprove the veracity of any of these superstitions, it was fun to sort of catalog different ideas that have been going around, especially the very nuanced ones. And most importantly, tonight's episode really felt like we were all just hanging out as we dissected tonight's topic.

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Vlog Ep. 250: A Series of Unfortunate Events


Tonight's fandom-focused #BaduyPride episode focused on the delightfully "unlucky" franchise of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (the pen name for Daniel Handler). Whether you read the 13 books, watched the 2004 movie or followed the 3-season Netflix series, the franchise has had a fair amount of life to it and has attracted a good number of fans across the different media types.

We started with the 2004 movie and enjoyed the Netflix series together. I've already read the core books and Tobie hopes to make time to read them as well just to share in my delight for the series. I hold that each version of the story is a treasure in its own right and brings something unique to the table. So there's more than enough room to celebrate the quirks and joys of the series regardless of which one tickled your fancy. And that's pretty fortunate indeed.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Vlog Ep. 249: Lucky Food


Because all of our #BaduyPride episodes are about lucky (and unlucky) things this week, our Tasty Tuesday episode was all about the idea of lucky food! And given how central food is to our daily lives, it's only natural there are a lot of beliefs and superstitions tied to food and how they relate with life events or holidays. 

If I were to pick, some of my favorite food traditions include the likes of needing to eat long noodles for long life or good fortune and maybe the mandatory nature of birthday cakes. Even now that I try to minimize my carb intake, I'll still have a keto-friendly cake for my birthday because there are some traditions you just can't let go of. 

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Monday, August 9, 2021

Vlog Ep. 248: Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot!


Tonight's #BaduyPride episode was all about a delightful family-friendly game with pirates! This of course is Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot created by Ignacy Trzewiczek and published by Portal Games. This 2-5 player dice-rolling game has players as rival pirates trying to get the most loot in order to become the most infamous pirate.

I really appreciate when our desire to have more of a theme for these episodes results in us digging up games that we haven't played in a while. We actually had to review the rules very quickly right before we started the episode since it has been a few years since we last played the game. We do like it, but given the size of our collection, it's very easy for certain games to get lost in the shuffle of newer releases. And this pandemic has not been at all helpful in giving us opportunities to play more board games with friends. But this is definitely a game we need to bring back into circulation a bit more.

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Friday, August 6, 2021

Vlog Ep. 247: Broadening Your Network


Tonight's Friday Night #BaduyPride topic was all about broadening your network because making friends is important for both your personal and professional life. It was certainly an interesting topic to cover and we're glad that it was sent in the request queue. I can only hope we did it justice, even if just from our perspective.

Some may just choose to fast-forward to the end of this video now that it's no longer a live experience because we summarize our key message at the end. As much as we shared a lot of more specific tips all throughout the video, we were able to bring it down to a more basic level as we wrapped up and provided some clearer tips on how to move forward. And I hope that this proves useful for folks whether if they've just entered the workforce or they're already established. Everyone can benefit from a reminder to be more decent to other people.

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Thursday, August 5, 2021

Vlog Ep. 246: Star Trek Lower Decks


We focus more on different fandoms on Thursdays for #BaduyPride and today's episode is about Star Trek: Lower Decks, the adult animated series that we thought we'd hate but ended up falling in love with. And it's not because it's an irreverently funny show - it turned out to be a unique celebration of years of Star Trek fandom in a contemporary and hilarious package.

I do feel like the show has something for everyone, whether you're a diehard Trekkie or someone who has never seen a Star Trek show in their life. And I'm curious to see what sort of fans shows like this will inspire. Embracing diversity has always been a central part of the Star Trek mythos and a greater variety of fan voices will make things even better in the long term.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Vlog Ep. 245: Lugaw | Goto | Arroz Caldo


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about dissecting the differences between several rice porridge dishes, namely lugaw, goto, arroz caldo, and even congee thrown in for good measure. Yes, this is similar to the previous episode about the different tomato sauce-based stews and it was suggested by the same person around the same time. But given how many viewers joined us tonight, it certainly made for a surprisingly popular discussion!

And porridges occupy such a special place in our communal experience - they have the comfort of soup but also feel more nourishing, mainly because of the rice component. And it was certainly a delightful exploration together with the viewers as we shared different stories related to these dishes and when they were most important. And whether you're part of Tobie's camp about lugaw being "chocolate-free champorado" or you also think arroz caldo is "green lugaw" meant to be eaten cold, there's room for you in our circle of geekery.

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Monday, August 2, 2021

Vlog Ep. 244: Star Wars: Unlock!


For this episode of #BaduyPride, our featured tabletop game is the franchise-specific escape room game, Star Wars: Unlock! This puzzle game combines the joy of the Unlock! franchise (as mentioned in our episode about escape room games) with the far, far fantasy of Star Wars. And this game really surprised us as it combined both elements well and managed to put us as players into brand-new Star Wars adventures.

And while a lot of times it can feel like "selling out" when an existing game adopts a franchise-related theme as a reskin, this was a great collaboration. Then again, Unlock! has always had a lot of great storytelling potential and we also loved their thematic works like the games based on things like Sherlock Holmes, The Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland, to cite a few notable ones. And hopefully, this won't be the last of these efforts for the Unlock team. 

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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. 

This was a community-contributed topic originally shared by Mitch! If you have ideas for future video discussions, feel free to fill out this Google Form and your idea may be featured in a future video.

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.

This was a community-contributed topic originally shared by Mitch! If you have ideas for future video discussions, feel free to fill out this Google Form and your idea may be featured in a future video.

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.

While we chose today's topic, we're always open to suggestions! If you have ideas for future video discussions, feel free to fill out this Google Form and your idea may be featured as the focus for an episode!

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.

While we chose today's surprise topic, we're always open to suggestions! If you have ideas for future video discussions, feel free to fill out this Google Form and your idea may be featured as the focus for an episode!
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