61. Friday Things – how is it Friday again?

Inspired by bloggers like Kasey and Brittany to do another Friday Things! They call theirs “Friday Favorites” and “Friday Five.” I like it!

1. Goodby, Silverstein & Partners new case study, I Am The New Creative. Watch it!

2. Quest Bars – all day, every day! I used to inhale one each afternoon, but now it has evolved into a nighttime snack. Cut it up, bake it, devour with some nut butter and greek yogurt. Oh yes.

Quest Bars

3. Mad Men. I don’t even care that I’m 7 years late. Better late than never! Currently binge-watching Season 1 on Netflix.

Doctore Who
4. Jamie Eason‘s Live Fit Program! If you’re looking for a FREE way to add structure to your weight training, I really reccommend it! I trained with weights for about a year and a half without seeing my strength improve much. With Jamie’s program, I don’t have to think about or really plan my workouts, which I really like! It gets me to write down how much I’m lifting, so as the weeks go by I can see my strength increase. I’m not following her food plan, not weighing myself or counting calories, and sometimes I alter the workouts to fit how I’m feeling each day. Haha! Does that mean I’m doing my own version of Jamie’s program? Either way, I feel so empowered each day that I can lift a bit more 🙂 Today I did Phase 2 -> Day 48 -> Back/Delts.

5. This ridiculously amazing video from Nintendo Direct. I just love rolling on the floor. Can I work at Nintendo now? I think it’s full of comedians…plus I’ve invested in so many issues of Nintendo Power.

That’s it for Friday things! What fun things did you discover, do or watch this week?


26. Tanooki tail-smash your way to the finish!

Ah, my first non-required blog post! Does this make me a real blogger now? Let’s do this!

Nintendo has a new ad out for its newest 3DS game, Mario Kart 7: Kart Rules.

This is one of the best ads I’ve seen from Nintendo recently. I absolutely love it! Talk about making your audience a part of the game. I like how Nintendo used a variety of different-aged people in the ad, such as a young girl for Peach, a teenager for Bowser, and two 20-somethings for Mario and Luigi. While some people, via YouTube’s comment section, complained that the commercial style portrayed the game as solely a kid’s game, I think it’s Nintendo’s way of showing that people of many ages will enjoy this newest installation to the never-ending Mario Kart series. Nintendo has always been about family-oriented games, after all.

21. Carrier of the collector gene.

I come from a long line of collectors.

My mom was a collector before she met my dad, who was also a collector. They got married and collected together. Fast-forward a bit and they had me and my brother, passing the collector gene on to us. And their parents before them? Also collectors.

As collectors, we often walk that fine line between being a collector and being a hoarder, which is something my family and I have discussed more than once. Over the past few years we’ve had multiple yard sales, toning down some “collections” that were actually more like collections of junk. Having to sort through box after box of things to get rid of really makes you figure out what collections are important to you. After a few yard sales, I appreciate the collections I’ve held on to and continue to add to much more than before. Now I actually have space to display more things, along with a few extra dollars in my pocket.

Let’s start with my grandma. She has many collections, including Barbie dolls, dolls in general and Christmas ornaments! Her impressive Christmas collection even earned her a spot in our local newspaper last year.

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Looks like my dad inherited his mom’s collector’s gene, seeing as his business began from a love for comic books. He is the owner of a successful game and sports card distribution company called Magazine Exchange, which started out as a comic book store that he became owner of when he was 18. Now he has collections of things like books and record albums.

Collectors must be attracted to other collectors, seeing as my mom is a collector as well! Her cookie jar collection is always a topic of discussion when we have new guests in our kitchen! This photo only shows a few of the many she has.

In the case of my family, the collector’s gene is definitely dominant. I love to collect things or take/collect pictures of things that I can’t physically collect. For me, collecting and photography are great ways to keep memories vibrant and alive!

My grandma is definitely an influence on my collecting of Barbies. My childhood years were full of hours of dressing my Barbies, grooming my Barbies, and always trying to solve the problem of every Barbie user, that being there are never enough Ken dolls! As I got older, every Christmas my grandma would give me a Collector’s Edition Holiday Barbie. In recent years, she’s given me more and more of her old Barbies, all still in their unopened boxes and in perfect condition. Seeing how she has cared for her collectible Barbies all these years has taught me how to appreciate their value. She gave this new one to me a few years ago, and it’s one of my favorites.

What happened to all the non-collectible Barbies that were taken out of the box and played with, you ask? It’s not pretty.

(that’s not even half of them!)

Other collections that started during my childhood were snow globes and Pez candy dispensers. Today whenever I travel somewhere new, I still search for snow globes.

Other small collections include my Disney Princess figurines…

One of these things is not like the other…

My Lord of the Rings bobble head dolls…

My Lord of the Rings collection extends far beyond these bobble heads. I’m a full-fledged Lord of the Rings geek. We’ll just say my collection is rather extensive…

My masks (mostly inherited from my cousin and has been slowly growing)…

…and my manga! While I tend to no longer purchase manga, the collector in me FORCED me to purchase all the volumes in some of the series I was reading.

In a world where the majority of music is purchased digitally, I already consider myself old fashioned. I cherish my CDs. I think it goes back to being able to hold a physical copy of something and associate it with a certain time in my life. This collection is ever-growing and probably is influenced by my dad’s love of albums and CDs. I remember being 9 or 10 years old and listening to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album on my dad’s turn table, which he still has of course! Like he always says, you can never match the quality of sound on vinyl.

I love magazines. More specifically, Japanese rock music magazines. I began purchasing them about 3 years ago when I started my studies in Japanese. The majority of these were purchased when I studied abroad in Japan in 2009. I’m quite protective of them, usually looking through them once or twice before they are carefully placed on a shelf.

I also collect Nintendo magazines. This collection was definitely passed down from my dad, who had a few issues of his own before I started my subscription with Nintendo Power. While gathering issues for this post, I had a lot of fun looking back at magazines from 1989! I’m considering (reluctantly) passing this collection on to my younger brother. We’ll see.

Oh yeah!

I guess you could say my dad and I are collectors of Nintendo in general. We still have their first system, released in the US in 1985 and have purchased all their systems released since then.

Collectors aren’t just people who like to have things. Collectors are like curators of culture and recorders of history. You can look at someone’s collection and see a specific moment in time, a fad or even a special event in history. More often than not, collectors know almost everything about the thing they collect. They might even remember where they bought it, whom they got it from or what was going on in their life at the time. Ask a collector about their collection and you might get a look into a certain aspect of our culture that you never even knew existed.

15. Immortal Nintendo! A (thankfully fake) brand obituary.

I first picked up a Nintendo game controller when I was about 2 or 3 years old. My dad was a dedicated Nintendo gamer before I was born, so passing the torch on to me (aka the Nintendo controller) only seemed like the natural order of things. I’ve fallen head-over-heels in love with Nintendo since then. Not just the games and characters, but everything the brand stands for. I can’t see Nintendo disappearing anytime soon, so taking on this fake obituary prompt ended up being more difficult than I thought! The recent PETA news couldn’t have come at a better time. While PETA is simply a little troublesome fly on Nintendo’s kitchen counter, it was the perfect way to kill off Nintendo in a fake obituary.


Legendary gaming company Nintendo fails to recover after PETA scandal

September 23rd 1889 – November 15th, 2011

Due to a series of unexpected events, the legendary gaming company, Nintendo, closed its doors on the video game industry today. A conflict between Nintendo and PETA arose recently about the “Tanooki suit” sometimes worn by Nintendo’s most well-known character, Mario.

Nintendo fought with all its might; however, to the surprise of many, the company wasn’t strong enough to withstand PETA’s power. Shocked fans around the world gathered at the various Nintendo Headquarters to mourn the loss of this legendary company and brand.

Nintendo, founded in 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi, began as a humble trading card and toy company. After experimenting with niche companies such as taxi services and Japanese love hotels in the 1960s, Nintendo stepped into the digital gaming realm in 1974. It was1977 when they first released their very own gaming hardware. The character that became the face of Nintendo, a little stout plumber named Mario, debuted in 1981 as “Jumpman” in a Donkey Kong game. Created by Shigeru Miyamoto, one of Nintendo’s most well-known game designers and producers, Mario appeared in over 200 games throughout Nintendo’s life. Miyamoto is also known for his creation of the Legend of Zelda series featuring the Hero of Time, Link.

After stepping into the digital realm, the company released 5 main consoles, multiple handheld devices and countless games while climbing to the top of the industry, becoming one of the “Big 3,” along with Sony and Microsoft.

Along with the fans, many others are predicted to be affected by Nintendo’s closing. While Nintendo had quite a few in-house games, the majority of games released on Nintendo devices were created by 3rd-party gaming companies. Without Nintendo, these 3rd-party companies are soon to be in desperate need of an alternative company to sell their games to.

More recently, Nintendo expressed the importance of being healthy by introducing products like the Wii Fit, catering to health-conscious consumers. Nintendo believed that it was unnecessary for video games to be viewed as an unhealthy activity. To further their healthy image, Nintendo even teamed up with the American Red Cross Association to promote healthier living. Nintendo didn’t just simply say they valued a healthy lifestyle; they did things to show it. Doing and showing, as opposed to telling, really strengthened Nintendo as a brand.

Nintendo was a great brand that offered the consumer so much more than a product. Nintendo wanted to share a feeling, idea and connection with all gamers alike. They didn’t just make video games. Unlike Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo always focused on the potential of the gaming experience to bring family and friends together. A grandparent who had never picked up a game controller in their life could easily sit down with their grandchild and give a Nintendo game a test run. They had simple, family-oriented games, but also catered to the more dedicated gamers as well.

Though Nintendo is gone, its legacy will still live on. The characters and storylines are too great to be forgotten, living on in the hearts of fans. There was never a question as to whether or not the brand’s ideals were far greater than the company itself.

An official memorial service for fans will be held and broadcast at Nintendo’s main headquarters in Kyoto, Japan next Tuesday.