Majora’s Mask

Majora’s Mask come out on Nintendo 64 in the year 2000.  I was thirteen.  I played it, but I couldn’t get to the first dungeon, it was so difficult.  I owned the strategy guide, but this was before YouTube play-throughs of video games, which show you exactly what to do to progress in a game.  Strategy guides were sometimes vague in their description of what to do next.

Anyway, it’s 2016 and Majora’s Mask has been re-released on the 3DS.  The graphics are quite a bit better than the Nintendo 64 version.  I’m about to enter the snow level dungeon, and have done several side quests.

What I’m noticing is that a lot of what happens in the game is optional.  This is different from the game’s predecessor, Ocarina of Time, where more of what you do is necessary.  For example, you need the blue tunic so you can breathe underwater and beat the Water Temple, which is required to beat the game.

Majora’s Mask has things like a Blast Mask, which is a mask that explodes on your face (inflicting damage) and acts like a bomb.  This is nice but the game already has bombs.  There’s also the Bremen Mask, which is a mask that enables you to get another mask, the Bunny Hood, which is also an optional item.

A lot of the Pieces of Heart in Majora’s Mask are part of side quests in the game.  This is different from Ocarina, in which you stumble upon pieces of heart in grottos, or secret entrances to buildings.  Again, this makes Majora’s Mask feel like a game with a lot of story elements being things you can do, but you don’t have to.

It’s reminiscent of a PC RPG (or even an MMO), in that a lot of the story is optional, as are items in the game (e.g. loot).  I can’t say it’s better or worse than it’s predecessor.  But I’m glad they tried something different.  In the year 2000.

Thanks.

Homemade Hummus

This recipe comes from reading the ingredients lists of two recipes for hummus on the internet, and one from the back of a pita chip bag.  I feel like I’ve gotten just the right amount of each ingredient.  Putting it all together is a snap.

  • Two cans of chickpeas, drained
  • 2 tablespoons of tahini
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of salt — heaping
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced (if it’s a large clove, use half — this ingredient is strong)
  • some water

Put all the ingredients in a food processor and turn on.  Add more water to reduce the thickness.

Add corn chips, and enjoy!

Hummus and vegetable “wraps” with flaxseed tortillas

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I came to the observation that there was a lot of brown flaxseed in the house, which got me looking for a flaxseed recipe. I found a recipe for tortillas with the ingredient (warning: lots of advertisements):

http://thethingswellmake.com/recipe/vegan-flaxseed-paleo-tortillas/

The tortillas didn’t turn out as flat, but it was OK.

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So, what do you use tortillas for? Wraps come to mind, and a search for veggie wraps yielded this result:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/hummus-and-grilled-vegetable-wrap-recipe.html

I happen to have a homemade hummus recipe, which I used in place of store bought hummus.

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Putting the wrap together was easy (as the Food Network link suggests). What was difficult was wrapping the tortilla. So we ate it open-faced. The result looks quite… gourmet!

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It was good! The flaxseed tortillas are more flavorful that wheat tortillas. Raw onion adds a strong flavor, and mint was a sweet garnish.

Thank you kindly.

Tea

I enjoy tea very much.

I used to drink black tea, but I read a book called The Green Tea Handbook, which taught me that, of the three main types of tea — green, black, and oolong — green is the most nutritious. Specifically:

– Black tea is fully fermented, and has the most caffeine and the least antioxidants
– Green tea is not fermented, and has the least caffeine and the most antioxidants.
– Oolong tea is partially fermented, and is somewhere in the middle in terms of caffeine and antioxidants.

Traditionally, green tea is enjoyed in Japan, oolong tea is enjoyed in China, and black tea is enjoyed in the U.K. and America. That being said, I live in America and can pick up all of these teas at my grocery store.

Recently, I’ve been told that another hot, tea-like beverage, yerba mate (latter word pronounced “mah-tay”) is healthier than green tea, because it has more antioxidants. It comes from a tree in the Amazon rainforest, and the Pope drinks it!

This said, I’ve checked the website of the brand of yerba mate at the grocery store, and learned that yerba mate contains carcinogens. Perhaps green tea does as well, but I read a book on green tea, and didn’t see that word.

I will stick with green tea at present.

Vegan eating

Hello. Thank you for coming to my blog.

My name is blimpsgo180 (it’s right there on my birth certificate). I’m a vegan and a gamer, in that order.

I’d like to share what I’m having for lunch today:

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It’s a salad with red bell pepper, cucumber, cashews, and apple cider vinegar, some carrots, and water.

I learned to be a vegan at something akin to a Buddhist retreat in North Carolina. I was formally a vegetarian. The food served at this place was already very healthy, and mostly organic. There was always a vegan option for breakfast lunch and dinner.

What surprised me at the time was that you could make food without any animal products, it would be delicious, and you’d never think about the fact that there wasn’t animal products on your plate.

Just writing that last sentence tells me how far I’ve come.  The thought of animal products on my plate makes my stomach turn into knots now.  Thinking of meat makes me especially sick… I feel gross just having written “meat”.

What veganism has done for me is made me feel better, physically. There was a time when I was a runner. I would come home from a run, and feel really good. I kind of have this feeling all the time now, thanks to diet.

T. Colin Campbell is my dietary idol. I recommend the book The China Study, in which he studies the dietary habits in different regions of China and the health benefits and consequences that result. It’s pretty amazing.

Thank you for reading.