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Jon Porobil (Jon Eric)
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I'm still in Spintunes, and finished my Round 2 entry over the weekend! The challenge was "Sorry not Sorry - Write a song about your favorite guilty pleasure." As +Ted Kiper noted, "Most people will probably write about food or sex." My entry is about both!

Although I'm happy with my song, I'm doubting myself now because this was a very strong round with great songs by most of the participants. If you only listen to one entry, make it mine, but if you have time to peruse the collection, I strongly recommend the entries by +Ross Durand, +Edric Haleen, Jailhouse Payback, and +Glen Raphael.
from the album SpinTunes #11: Round 2
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I'm gonna open-source my songwriting here.

Can anyone think of a junk food that rhymes with "needy," "lonely," or another related word of your suggestion?

The junk food should be recognizable, something that a listener would know and recognize as junk food without having to look it up. I'd prefer it to be of the "sweet" variety of bad for you, but I'll settle for anything that fits at this point. It can be a generic term or a brand name.

The adjective should be two to three syllables and describe a person who resorts to sleeping with an ex. If I weren't worried about a rhyme here, I'd go with "needy," but nothing quite fits.

The best I've come up with so far is Cocoa Krispies / feeling frisky. I may settle for this line, but I think "frisky" isn't negative enough (plus it's a slant rhyme), so I'm still fishing for a better one.

Can anyone top it?
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Aha! I misunderstood. Can't say I have much experience in that side of things, but, feel free to tweak existing suggestions - there's plenty of room for guilty pleasures in eating a chocolate bar when you shouldn't have - more still if it ain't yours.
Maybe have the lead swear off - compare it to a diet?

You gotta go - and take your haribo, I don't want that sweet stuff any more...
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A headline from The Boston Globe reads: "Clinton camp declares victory, no concession from Sanders." This headline is specifically about last night's caucuses in Iowa, but it may as well be about the whole primary so far.

Personally, I think that, considering the Clinton campaign has so far been based on the idea that she's the presumptive, inevitable nominee, she shouldn't be so quick to celebrate her 0.3% margin.

I think a lot of people (primarily those that haven't been following the Sanders campaign since the beginning) got distracted by the narrative on the Republican side, and haven't yet thought about how huge an upset it is for Sanders to come even this close to Clinton. If he does any better in New Hampshire than he did in Iowa (which most people are expecting anyway), it'll surely be enough to wipe that "unelectable" stigma off of him.

I support Bernie Sanders, personally. I do plan on voting for him if he's still in the running when the primaries come to Texas. So I acknowledge that this could just be wishful thinking. But is it really all that farfetched at this point?
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"only" nine more months of this shit. ugh.
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Am I the only one who's finding it somewhat cathartic to watch Trump's percentage drop a little every time more precincts report in?
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I read a commentary on an actual poll done that showed the people most vociferous for Trump were the people least likely to actively vote.
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A spectacularly chaotic premiere!
How careful do we need to be about spoilers, and for how long?
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+emilio g Yep, that sounds about right.
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New Song!

I almost forgot to share this! There's a new SpinTunes competition underway, and I managed to get my act together for a Round 1 song! The prompt was "My FIRST! Song," with the instruction to write a song about someone's first time doing something. Could be anything.

Having just recently become a father, I found this prompt especially inspiring. I wrote the song in less than a day, and spent the rest of the week trying to find time in a loud and busy house to record it. I ended up singing the lead vocals while holding my baby in my arms (you can hear him cough near the end of the second verse). I also incorporated some other family background noise into the intro and coda on purpose.

I would especially like you to listen to my song, but there are 23 official entries and 10 "shadow" entries on the album, and many of them are equally deserving of your attention. I was skeptical of Jailhouse Payback when I heard they recorded practically an entire album in one week, but their official entry is actually one of my favorites. There's also great work by +Ross Durand, his brother Steve Durand, +T.C. Elliott (as Pigfarmer Jr.), +Edric Haleen, +Travis Norris (as Governing Dynamics), and Mark Humble.

But, if you only listen to one.... choose mine! :-)
I run a songwriting contest called SpinTunes. Most of the material hosted on this account is a result of that contest. You can follow the contest on Twitter (@SpinTunes) or my personal account (@Spintown).
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Overall, I came in ninth place out of 23. Two of the judges had me in their top five, which I don't mind.

The guests judge says they're familiar with my work already, which is surprising, because I don't think I've ever met them or heard their work before. That was a little confusing.

Round 2 is "Write a song about your guilty pleasure." Hoo boy.
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About half an hour ago, I took the online test to prequalify to be on Jeopardy! I've done this a few times in the past, but I feel like the questions tonight were especially favorable to me. I actually feel pretty good about this one.

(I mean, "The New Colossus" was written by Sylvia Plath, right?)
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Here, they published the list of clues: https://www.jeopardy.com/Assets/jeopardy/clues/adult_test_2016_d2_clues.pdf

For the record, I know that "The New Colossus" was not actually Plath. In the moment, I blanked and could not think of any female author active during the time period (except Dickinson, which I knew was wrong), so I wrote "Plath," knowing it was wrong but hoping maybe the inscription had been added later. (It wasn't; the correct answer was Emma Lazarus.)

Other questions that should have been easy, but that I missed. "Panthera Leo" (I wrote Mountain Lion, thinking that a regular Lion would be too obvious), the other name for the Violin Clef or G Clef (I was trying to think of something more obscure than "Treble Clef," oops), and I had no idea who the 2015 NBA Champions were (nor would I have guessed, even if I'd had much more time and multiple tries).

I am proud that I knew the name of the Mississippi author, the author of Invisible Man, and the location of the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre offhand. Even prouder that I was able to use deductive reasoning and some educated guesswork to guess the name of the woman who led 38 Nurses to Crimea, the name for a flock of geese when not in flight, and the Oscar winner for The French Connection and Unforgiven.

And anyone who knows me well probably knows how significant it was that there was a question about South American geography. That made me laugh.

Overall, I feel good about what happened here tonight.
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Yeah! While you were all busy watching a football game, I was getting another song done! I met the deadline with about 25 minutes to spare! Woohoo!!!!

It'll go up with the Spintunes entries, probably tomorrow evening.
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Megaman Unlimited

Seven or eight years ago, not long after I first moved to Austin, I fell down a Youtube rabbit hole and found myself watching a lot of videos of Mega Man ROM hacks. These are modified game files based on the game code from the original Mega Man games on the NES; some enterprising fans have found ways to tweak the code to make the enemies behave differently, rearrange the levels, design new levels, and even change the properties of the power-ups. However, since these were modifications of the original game code, they were still mostly limited to the engine of whichever game was being modified.

There was another project, still nascent at the time, run by a fan who wanted to build not just a mod to an old game, but a whole new game from scratch. Since Mega Man 9 had just come out, this game was to be titled Mega Man 10, but they later changed the name when Capcom and Inti actually released the real Mega Man 10. When I first heard about the project, there was no playable code, but the creator had done a flash video mockup of what one of the levels would look like when being played through. It looked really fun and well-thought-out, but it was basically vaporware at the time, and I didn't think much about it for a while.

I just found out that, in summer of 2013, that developer actually released this game, under the title Megaman Unlimited, and it's available for free download on his site. He and his small volunteer team actually executed a full game, with robot masters, powerups, Wily's castle, original music, original baddies, and some amazingly creative level design. I've played a little, and it honest-to-god feels just like a classic Mega Man game. The music, the controls, the gamefeel... everything is just right. Oh, and it's freaking hard, too.

Highly recommended, if you're a retro-game junkie like me.
Download Megaman Unlimited. Well, after 5 years of working on this almost every day, here it is. So many things have happened over the course of 5 years. My life has changed a lot since then and it's kinda hard to believe the project is done. If you would have asked me 6 months ago, ...
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A lot of the time, I don't want to live on this planet anymore. But some days, I'll settle for not living in this state anymore.
The district says all students and staff are safe and secure but no one is being allowed to leave or enter the school at this time.
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Well, I guess what I'm saying is that except for that one time, Kaela sat through dozens of lockdowns and they were nothing. And that girl was caught coming through the front door- she never even made it to class.

Even in the very small town I grew up in I sat through several bomb threats, and that was more than 20 years ago. 
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My Homemade Jambalaya

It takes a little over an hour to make, and at the end I always have a sweaty head and an achy back. But it's worth it. This stuff makes everything better. 
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We do too. Your dad loves leftovers. I can't eat jumbolyia any more and I miss it. Looks yummy.
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I just made some orange chocolate fudge! It's cooling on the counter now. Can't wait to try this stuff! 
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It is. After it hardened, I cut it up and threw the pieces in the fridge overnight. It was even better cold.
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Computer nerd by day, music nerd by night
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Computer technician. Cruciverbalist. Minesweeper addict. Home recording artist. Keyboardist and solo artist.

When I consume, I try to do so thoughtfully. When I promote, I try to do so politely. When I disagree, I try to do so reasonably. I'm here for the discussions, for the sharing, and to see what's on everyone else's mind.

Twice I ran a Google+ based project between 2011 and 2013, called The iPod Experiment (#ipodexperiment). I formatted my mp3 player and filled it up with unfamiliar music, most of it suggested by other people right here on Google+. Other than that, I just try to start discussions by sharing things that I think are entertaining or important. I'll post about new music when I have it, too. Hope you enjoy.

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Si, soy un gringo. No puedo escribir bien en Espanol, pero puedo intender y leer. Y mas importante, me gusta apprender nuevas perspectivas. Lo siento no escribo nada en Espanol, y no espero tu Circlar me si no quierres. (Puedo decir Circlar para "to circle"? No se. Soy un gringo.)
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The house we stayed in was nice and roomy, but there were bright lights outside that shone in through the windows at night. I would recommend bringing some kind of eye mask before staying here. Also, I tried to use the onsite laundry, but the coin-op washing machine in the basement was broken. The owner offered to let me use the machine in the house next door, but I had to walk six blocks to get more quarters. And that machine didn't drain its water properly, so I had to wring the clothes out by hand and run the dryer twice. On checkout, the owner remunerated me with a full roll of quarters, but I would still rather have not gone through the whole ordeal. My stay would have been wonderful if I'd brought a sleep mask and hadn't needed to do laundry.
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Hands-down, the best wireless store I've ever shopped at, and the best service from a carrier I've ever gotten. They helped me figure out which plan would work best for me, then they helped me switch over from AT&T. Later on, they helped us switch the primary contact on our account. Later still, I needed some repair work on a phone I'd bought at this location. The rep there referred me to a local repair shop, and when that store refused to take the job, the T-Mobile rep rushed out a warranty replacement and comped the cost. That's customer-centric problem solving!
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Pretty good barbecue. I like the brisket sandwich here, and the loaded baked potato when they have it. Not my favorite barbecue in town, but I stop by for lunch every once in a while and usually enjoy the food.
Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
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Every Saturday morning, my wife and I head on down to the nearest Torchy's for some breakfast tacos. It's a tradition with us, and when schedule conflicts interrupt the plan, we do miss it. We're in love with the Diablo Sauce, and seldom show up without at least one of us ordering a Fried Avocado taco. I'm fairly certain that I've eaten more often at Torchy's than at any other restaurant in all of Austin, by a wide margin. They're that good.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Very Good
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The agent at my T-Mobile store referred me to All Wireless Repair when I needed a repair that the warranty didn't cover. The guy behind the counter spent all of thirty seconds looking at my phone before he straight-up refused to service my device. The repair was not extensive (there was something stuck in the headphone jack; otherwise it was fine), and he told me that the low cost of the repair would not be worth the risk of damage to the phone. So I asked what the cost to repair would be if the headphone jack were permanently damaged anyway. He replied that they simply would not even attempt to fix my phone. "We're at the top of the food chain for Austin phone repair, and when you're at the top, you have to worry about your reputation," he told me. But I don't think you get to stay on top by refusing service for a job you don't like. Especially when your business has the word "All" in its name. By the way, I told the guy at my T-Mobile store what happened. His reaction? "Well, I guess we're not sending any business to them anymore."
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Most people I talk to about barbecue in the Austin/RR area have never heard of Johnny T's until I tell them about it. That's a real shame, too, because in my opinion, it's the best barbecue in the area. Any time I have relatives in from out of town, we stop by. The regular and spicy barbecue sauce are both great, but make a special point to ask for the Carolina Mustard. I usually get the ribs, and I always leave stuffed and satisfied. Bonus: they also just opened a location in the North Austin Trailer Yard, off 183 and Anderson. The food is exactly the same at the trailer. Delicious.
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The three-egg omelets at Omelettry are delicious and filling. I always have a devil of a time trying to decide what to eat and I never leave hungry. The only thing that keeps me from going more often is that there's always a wait, and they take cash only.
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