Tinder dating app memes I made

Got bored, made these Tinder dating app memes for fun. Please share if you like ’em!Tinder - only one around here Tinder - everyone loses their minds Tinder - what if I told you Tinder - most interesting man Tinder - success

One year later: a codygough.com retrospective (of sorts)

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

I’ve been hesitant to write anything here for a long time now because I’m frankly a better speaker than I am a writer. I’ve always been the kind of guy who wants to exclusively present his “best” work. In college, I had a journalism class where we had to write one article every week; I wrote six over the course of the fifteen-week semester (for those keeping track: six is not fifteen). On the weeks when I didn’t submit an article, it wasn’t out of apathy or laziness – it was out of the knowledge that I didn’t have anything great to write about. So why do it?

Regardless, here I am, and here’s why: this is the one-year anniversary of my web site existing. Hurray! My first and last name, plus a dot com. Now there’s something exciting. The email I received informing me of my auto-renewal of this domain inspired me to actually, well, use it, so here we are. And for the record, I really hate how often I’m using Italics, but I’m going to soldier on and keep writing anyway. For you.

My “big idea” for this site was the 10-year Idea Reunion, which I thought was a great idea. I loved it. I got excited about doing it. I talked to people about it. But then… well, I’m not going to blame anyone, but someone very close to me actively discouraged the project, apparently thinking it was stupid. I let that person get to me, and the project sadly kinda died.

I was also going to host my “secondary” podcast here. I host the Unqualified Gamers podcast with my life-long friend Jon, and that’s been a blast. However, I also used to co-host this other, far inferior podcast, and this site was to be the main hub for all that podcast’s content. I’m frankly glad it went away, but that left a bit of a hole here.

So for the last several months, my titular domain name (did I use that correctly?) has essentially been home to Unqualified Gamers, and that’s about it.

But! 2014!

I want to resume the 10-year reunion, even if it isn’t technically 10 years old anymore. I hope to begin posting my old writings once a week, on Thursdays, specifically so I can shamelessly utilize #ThrowbackThursdays in my hashtags. I also want to start embedding YouTube videos here, now that I live alone and have a setup that will allow me to shoot my own vlogs or whatever you want to call them. So, there’s that.

And in terms of less “regular” content, I want to finally feature a section that serves the secondary purpose of being a talent page. I do have an IMDB profile, but it’s sparse at best, and I don’t feel like ponying up $15 for a month of IMDB Pro just so I can add a freaking picture of myself (which is supposedly a free feature anyway, by the way).

In the mean time, of course, you can visit my Facebook fan page for pretty much all that I mentioned in the preceding paragraph, but I’d like to get a completed acting resume on here, since I do happen to have one.

So there you go. Mostly useless information, but I wanted to say, I dunno, SOMETHING about this site. Who pays for his own web site and then just sits around not really touching it? Not me, anymore. I hope.

I know it’s only November, but here’s to 2014. I’ll talk to you again soon. Maybe.

Affleck and Robin

Affleck and Robin

As long as they cast Matt Damon as Robin, I’m all-in.

Naked News, featuring mushroom tripping

Fun segment I did with Brian on WGN Radio!

Brace yourselves: CM Punk is coming

Wrestlemania 29 is this Sunday, and in its honor, I’ve decided to put “the best in the world” CM Punk on his very own meme, featuring Game of Thrones. Please feel free to share (preferably including a link to my site, or at least a photo[shopping] credit) and enjoy THE SHOWCASE OF THE IMMORTALS this Sunday!

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Viet-Mom

Welcome to CodyGough.com! This may be your first visit, because it’s my birthday, and I’m using the powers of Facebook to trick people into visiting promote my web site. Welcome, and enjoy. I host episodes of Unqualified: A Video Game Podcast here, as well as post stories and poems that are ten years old. I will eventually do more stuff, but I wanted to start simple in 2013.

With that out of the way: exactly 10 years ago, I had an idea. Inspiration like you would never expect. In addition to incredibly artistic drawings of characters from Super Smash Brothers: Melee, I came up with the premise to a story of epic proportions. Observe!

A CHILLING TALE INDEED.

A CHILLING TALE INDEED.

Transcript:

VIET-MOM
The chilling tale of one Asian woman who bore an entire nation, only to one day be betrayed by her own uterus. Witness the gripping re-enactment of one pedophiliac cannibal’s quest for her “golden children” through the exotic jungles of such countries that start with the letter “T” as Tahiti, Tijuana, and Taiwan. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll cry some more, as the journey takes you through four hundred years of tragedy, comedy, romance, and satire.

A few things:

  • Yes, I know I didn’t originally write “Asian,” but the word I DID use wasn’t politically incorrect yet when I wrote it. So sue my 10-years-ago-self. I actually am sorry if that offended you, though… just keep in mind, this was written by a high schooler in a different time. That’s all.
  • I’m pretty sure that tragedy, comedy, romance and satire were like, the 4 types of stories we studied in English class. We had also watched Apocalypse Now in class, which I’m sure inspired this entire poem.
  • I have no idea where Tahiti is. And I hate myself for ending the previous sentence in a preposition. But at least now I’ve shown that I did learn something in school, so I’ll call that a win.

Look, I never said that none of my stuff would be offensive (DAMN YOU, DOUBLE NEGATIVES), so please keep in mind that a high schooler wrote this stuff and that the “big picture” of my entire 10-year project is to entertain. Sometimes that includes shaking your head in my general direction. Other times, that means seeing my INCREDIBLY ARTISTIC ARTISTRY, especially applied to video games.

Anyway, I went on a kind of sabbatical from my web site in March, but you can look forward to seeing a lot more of my high school genius in April. Thanks for visiting! I hope you enjoy my little project and decide to check out other parts of my site, and more importantly, I hope I can entertain you again soon, because I honestly think making people smile is why I was put on God’s Green Earth®… even if only because I have no other real skills.

Speaking of earth, I like how on my Apple keyboard, I can simply type Option+R to make the ® symbol, but on my Windows 8 laptop, I have to type Alt+0174. HOW DOES THAT EVEN MAKE SENSE

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This post is part of Cody’s “10-Year Idea Reunion” series, in which Cody revisits his creative writing class assignments exactly 10 years after writing them. Learn more about Cody’s Idea Reunion and follow him on WordPress to follow along!

Poem: The Konami Code

If you want to test someone to find out if (s)he is a “real” gamer, then ask about the Konami Code. It’s a cheat code used in several Konami games, but for whatever reason, it became so iconic that other video games also started to utilize it, and has become so prevalent in pop culture that ESPN, Facebook, and Google have featured it in Easter Eggs on their web sites. It’s kind of a big deal.

The Konami Code, by the way, is up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, usually followed by start or select and then start. I did that from memory. Be impressed… or don’t, since I just talked about how familiar every gamer should be with it.

Anyway, I wrote a poem about it. Please enjoy it.

I only had to use three continues before finishing this poem!! ... which... doesn't even make sense

I only had to use three continues before finishing this poem!! … which… doesn’t even make sense

Transcript:

Look at you!
Look at me
Look at you
Looking at nothing
BECAUSE IT DOESN’T EXIST?
What’s it to you,
Super nerd?
I don’t think so—
Not this time—
So let me look around,
Look inside,
Pretend I believe in your fictional lies!
I’m gonna flip,
Iron Will;
Shoot to thrill, play to kill!
Stolen line just like the rest,
Unoriginality’s always been the best,
So do it sideways, up,
Up, down, down,
Left, right, left, right,
B, A, B, A,
Start the fight
Cause I’m gonna win,
Your chance was gone when I turned you on,
And now you’re gone, worse off than Pong,
Made obsolete by myself the 1337,
And when you scream I flip the switch
And live to fight another day.
Game Over, bitch.

Analysis:

  • This is awful.
  • Yes, I realize it’s not really about Konami. Or the Konami Code. Or anything.
  • “1337” is pronounced “leet” (like “elite,” but without the “e”), in case you aren’t nerdy enough to immediately realize that.
  • “And live to fight another day” is what the major bad guys (Bebop, Rocksteady, The Shredder, Krang) yelled all the time in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series. So yes, that’s stolen, too.
  • This… wow, this is awful.

I hope you were mildly entertained by this. Just remember: you can write better poetry than me. Sometimes I write decent stuff, but with this, I have officially set the bar so low, you can’t possibly do much worse. I’m gonna go punch the Konami Code into a controller for a while now.

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This post is part of Cody’s “10-Year Idea Reunion” series, in which Cody revisits his creative writing class assignments exactly 10 years after writing them. Learn more about Cody’s Idea Reunion and follow him on WordPress to follow along!

One does not simply oppose gay marriage in 2013

Ones does not simply oppose gay marriage in 2013

Let’s get real, folks, and face the fact that it’s just regressive at this point to actively oppose the idea of allowing a group of people to have basic human rights.

Happy St. Hangover’s Day!

Happy St. Hangover's Day!

I hope yesterday was worth it!

A poem I can’t really explain

Fair warning: I have no idea what motivated this poem. It includes a lot of vocabulary words and is kind of emo, at least for me. So good luck getting through it:

Holy vocabulary, Batman

Holy vocabulary, Batman

Transcript:

I cry, enraged;
Interneccine, intractable, intolerable
Living a lie because the truth hurts
The truth, just as myself:
Intangible, impractible, intolerable
Just as hard to reach as
An echo in a cave
But deep within they lie
Investigate, intrude after all
Invincible You, Invidious You,
Inviolate Me, Invisible Me;
Interjected by hope.
By love – But for Whom?
Insanity for me
As if I could even tell
It interrupts the thoughts I can’t understand
They intrude, they intrude,
But into nothing at all.
People want me,
People need me,
But they don’t see me
So do they use me?
Symbiotic
People use people
And in the end, enraged,
I cry.

A few things:

  • The second line roughly translates to “murderous, obstinate, intolerable.” Later on, “impractible” isn’t a real word, “invidious” means “hateful,” and “inviolate” means “unharmed.”
  • I think the tone of the poem is too dark for me to have been simply messing around with alliteration, as I’ve done in previous poems, unless I was simply too angry while writing this angry poem to heed the English language.
  • “An echo in a cave” refers directly to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, although I don’t necessarily understand the context.

I must have had a bad day or something when I wrote this. Do you see any universal truths in this poem? Any statements about human nature? It’s hard for me to look at any of my old poetry objectively and try to read it out of context, which is both problematic for presenting my old works to the general public, and frustrating because maybe that’s now really the point.

This poem really sticks out to me because it isn’t sarcastic or irreverent, but it’s also really abstract compared to a lot of my other stuff. Like, generally, I see something and think to myself “okay, I get where that came from,” but this one is just like… totally out of left field. I hope you find some enjoyment out of it, because I can’t find much value in terms of poetry or reminiscence.

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This post is part of Cody’s “10-Year Idea Reunion” series, in which Cody revisits his creative writing class assignments exactly 10 years after writing them. Learn more about Cody’s Idea Reunion and follow him on WordPress to follow along!

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