November 6th, 2007


k. f. chen is... APARTMENT HUNTER

Things learned from apartment research, take two:

  • If you plot where all my fellow Obies are living in Brooklyn...the dots arrow! And that arrow...points to the migration...of the PRECURSORS.

    Okay, not really. But they don't form as tight a community as you'd imagine. It's more like someone with a reasonably steady arm threw darts at a subway map. While drunk.

  • You can't segregate by race, religion, or age on Craiglist, but you sure as hell can discriminate by gender. And not just "female preferred", but FEMALE ONLY in all caps, repeated multiple times in the same sentence. It's not nearly as bad as San Francisco where every other listing is SEEKING 20s FEMALE ROOMMATE NO BOYS ALLOWED, but man, it's like no one trusts a Y chromosome anymore. While it's not really a big problem, it is equally amusing and disconcerting that a professional woman in her late twenties can basically knock on a random door and get a room, whereas a dude has to set out and look. It's still relatively painless even for a guy, though. And omgbbq, it is so, so much easier if you already know the city a little bit. Intel from my past expeditions into Deep Brooklyn are saving me a ton of time and trouble.

  • There are giant blind spots in the west Brooklyn subway subnet where you cannot reach lower Manhattan without either a complicated system of transfers or a longass walk. Predictably, these blind spots most frequently occur in minority neighborhoods, where the Man has got them down, or really rich areas where everyone drives to work. They get wider as you move away from Lower Manhattan, presumably because no sane person who lives near Coney Island would want a one hour commute to Wall Street.

  • Though Williamsburg is Hipster Central, the majority of ads posted there are surprisingly not for hipsters, but for Serious Professionals who are Seriously Serious and Seriously Do Not Like To Party. Why they live in a neighborhood where people blast music from their windows at 12 AM on weeknights is beyond me. Though the dry tone might just be their way of culling party animals and weeding out stoners.

  • Everyone who is renting out a room in east Brooklyn is in their late twenties and very very lonely. I would be lonely too, if I was living so far away from everything. Oh wait. :b

  • It's so much easier to look for housing when you can afford to be picky. None of that OH GOD I NEED SOMEWHERE TO LIVE RIGHT NOW mentality that got me into this dumpy place to begin with.

  • Shortest posting ever.
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    pillow duck!

    Look at this duck. Look at how smooth and fluffy it is. Don't you just want to take it home and snorgle your face in it?

    If so, you're not the first. Ladies and gentlefolk, I bring you...the origin of the down pillow!

    Imagine this: It is winter. You're a primitive fisherperson, living in a little mud hut. You're lying on your straw mat shivering while these cozy little buggers are mucking about by the thousands on a nearby clifftop. One of them strays from the flock and waddles down the beach, combing the rocks for mussels. You reach for your spear. It turns its poofy little head. Too late!

    *muffled thud*

    Mmmmmmmmm! Snuggly!
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    Capcom has announced that they're making Street Fighter 4!!

    I've always been more of an SNK person, but when Capcom announces their first Street Fighter game in eight years, even King of Fighters fans raise eyebrows.

    In celebration, I post this mostly unrelated video.

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    astonishing moments in competitive fighting game history

    In celebration of the announcement of Street Fighter IV, I am posting ridiculous fighting game tournament videos. 99.9(+0.1?)% of you are not going to understand these, but I don't care. You have your sports and I have mine.

    Though actually some of these are so insane that if you have ever done as much as touched a Street Fighter or KOF cabinet before, you'd get how ludicrous they were.

    Street Fighter III 3rd Strike - EVO 2004 - Daigo (Ken) vs. Justin (Chun-Li): Most epic parry ever!

    King of Fighters '98 - Raian (Kensou) vs. (unknown) (Ralf): Kensou's useless SDM wins amazing top level match.

    King of Fighters '98 - Tougeki Super Battle Opera Taiwan Regional Qualifiers - Lao Zhan (Kyo/Brian Battler/Goro) vs. Yang (Iori/Yashiro/Goro): My former countrymen are such combo whores.

    King of Fighters '98 - (unknown) (Kensou/Joe/Robert) vs. (unknown) (Ryo/Orochi Chris/Heavy D!) - An unbelievable comeback ends a brilliant tactical game. (Brownie points for a marvelous performance with a particularly shitty character!)

    Street Fighter II: The World Warrior - Edgar vs. Fernando: Just checking to see if you're paying attention.

    If you post a Smash Bros./Melee video in the comments I will delete it. I don't care how deep and technical the glitches are or how much money you won in your last tournament. Go put those skills to use in a real fighting game.