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Death LAY-#22

Sup dudes. Lets catch a wave straight into this tubular post bro.

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and welcome to Life and You.

If you are new here basically I talk about my life and interesting things, then I take comments and questions from you. Plus I ask you questions every post.

Since that seques into questions I’m just gonna THROW OUT THE RULE BOOK and do those first.

Last week I asked (in poll form) what length of post you read.

8 people say that they read all posts, and that just warms my heart. 1 person reads shorter posts, which I understand. If you haven’t lost interest in this post yet, I would wait for Thursdays post :).

And I was going to say something to the one person that just scrolls down and likes the posts but they obviously aren’t reading this soooooo……………………………………

riseofthechairs asks:

there’s a black notebook ominously titled “DEATH NOTE” in front of you someone seemed to have dropped. you look around, but no one else is there. do you leave it there, or do you take it home and become the N E W G O D O F T H I S W O R L D ?

Now I was tempted to pick up this book and create a world free of crime where solely I decide who lives or dies, but that got me thinking.

  1. Who dropped the book?

I am definitely not taking the chance that a Shinigami with an apple addiction dropped it. What if they follow me without anyone else seeing for their entertainment. Because what if we talked? Became friends? They would watch my decent into madness with glee. No, not madness. Enlightenment.

2. What would the book do?

From the title it seems like you would write down the names of people and then they would have 40 seconds before they died. Maybe if you didn’t specify they would have a heart attack. But what if you did specify and you put shark attack. Would a shark just randomly attack them? I guess I just have the write reasonable deaths in there. But then also what if there were multiple people with the same name? I guess the book would have to sense the face along with the name that you are thinking of murdering. But what if my killings attracted the attention of a world renowned detective that somehow had a person pretend to be him and then I write down that persons ‘name’ killing him and confirming that I am the killer? I guess I would need a pseudonym. Maybe Kari.

This book seems pretty dangerous, so I would NOT pick it up.

hehehe jk, I know this is a reference to everyone’s favorite anime attack on titan.

Thank you so much for your question, and if anyone else has a question just comment it.

Okay now life.

Literally my life 

My LML intro uses a less is more approach.

So life has been good, and school has been a combination of computer errors and lack of teachers so I’m fine with not doing any work. We recorded a NABUR a couple of days ago and on a totally unrelated note special announcement tomorrow!!!!

Thats kinda it…


I have a lot of PokeNews so you will be filled in on that Friday

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So be sure to see last LAY if you haven’t already and my question for you is:

What is the best way to eat an Oreo (get creative).


Until then this is Jamie signing off like I always do:

GOtTa GeT mY BoWl




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Amateur Detectives and Memes-TIP Life #3

Hey guys. It’s TIP life time!

Waaaaaaay late I know. I explained all my decisions in the last LAY, so check that out here.

But anyways, flashback to last time on TIP.

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Jamie woke up late, but still managed to get to breakfast. He then found his button up, went to class, and had a relatively uneventful evening. We now find him talking about the next day..

I woke up more or less on time Tuesday, and went to class. Most of the first day was meeting my classmates and generally being awkward. However the next 4 days (the week) generally has more material.

So without further ado..

Class in Week One

As remembered by Jamie Watson

First of all my teacher introduced the class and had us swear our allegiance to the detectives code the curly locks of Blueberry Pumpkinpatch (Benedict Cumberbatch). After all of us were sworn in on the sharpened nose of Benadryl Cukecumberman

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we were divided up into the great agencies of detective work. The CIA, MI-6, NSA, and of course the U.S Forestry service. And I bet you’ll never guess which one I got.

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We were the laughingstock of the groups just for our name, but I was actual okay with it because my great-grandfather was in the forestry. Shout out to you James Watson the First!

Anyways we played a really fun twist on 2 truths and a lie where you can interrogate the people. So if I said “I met the Rock,” you could ask “Where? How? When?”. This way it adds skill to the game. So after the entire class interrogated one person each group decided which one was the lie. If you were right your agency got a point, if you were wrong they didn’t.

I do not exaggerate when I say that my group was 8 points behind the agency in 3rd place by the end of it all. So now all the other groups have a legitimate way to laugh at us.

So agency points as I remembered:


Forestry: Last


But we learned about so many interesting things this week.

  • Edgar Allan Poe actually wrote the first amateur detective story and is considered the grandfather of amateur detective fiction
  • We examined different portrayals of Sherlock Holmes
  • We watched the Clue movie and examined that
  • We learned about New Historicism

The list goes on and on, but if you want to know more about anything just comment and I’ll answer.

The main project for this week was putting on our own play. We all worked together to write a murder mystery with audience interaction and a loose plot. I played Brad Whitford, the a friend of Sherlock Holmes that imposed on Watson’s position of best friend. Naturally Watson had to murder me after she murdered some other person for no reason. She then tried to murder ANOTHER of Sherlock’s friends but then she was stopped. I was being helpful and manning a concession stand at a soccer game when she shoved me in a freezer and I froze to death in 20 minutes. After that I was discovered by Emo Girl (her name in the script) and unceremoniously dragged out and never referenced again except for the conclusion. Guess I wasn’t actually that good a friend of Sherlock. However the line, “Why was he taking a nap in the freezer?’ became a meme for the entirety of camp. It’s even in our Term Book:

I wasn’t lying


And while reading Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Murders in the Rue Morgue’ aloud one classmate read Orangutan

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But with emphasis on the ‘OTANG’. So she said Orang…….OTANG! And whenever we were reading and that word came up we would always say Orang…….OTANG. Ah, it was great.

But the true meme for our class is one blissfully useful word: ameliorate. A word that every student in my class knew backwards, forwards, and on their knuckles since the first week.

Allow me to explain. You see our Instructor Trent used a wonderful vocabulary that borrowed works from various generations and talked in a manner not unlike I imagine Plato did.

But one word he said a couple of times was ameliorate, and our class clung to it like and Orang….OTANG clings to a branch.

So yeah, amelioration was in the air that first week.

And next TIP Life I will have some amelioration photos for you all to see.

Outside of class, I made more friends in my RC group and we tried to do a movie night. However they couldn’t figure the sound system out so we just listened to the ‘acoustic edition’ of Big Hero 6.

That is all I remember for now, but next week on TIP Life we explore the weekend including a Lip-Sync battle, a prolonged dance, and a messy room.

Until then I just wanted to say:

TIP of the hat to you if you read this post!


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Fav Fiv-Marvel Movies

Super special announcement is rescheduled for Friday, so sorry. Until then, enjoy!

Welcome to the first in a long line of Fav Fiv (or 4,3,2,1).

The title is pretty self explanatory but here I am writing this paragraph so it will be explained. Basically it is my Favorite 5 of somethings but if I have less than 5 then 4,3,2, or 1. Or more than 5, so the title would more accurately Favorites but I wanted a catchy rhyme so I shortened favorite and took off the e in Five. Fav Fiv begins now with my top 5 Marvel Movies.

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5. Ant Man

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This movie was amazing. It was not hyped up as much as other marvel movies, and featured a less well-known super hero. But all the cast worked perfectly together and created a fresh new story that renewed the ‘funny’ in the MCU. I especially liked the ‘bite-sized’ fight at the very end. It mixed suspense and comedy perfectly while poking fun at the ‘no-stakes’ criticism of Marvel movies. One bad thing that this and Guardians planted the seeds for is too much comedy that actually worsens the lack of stakes in Marvel Movies. But I’ll talk about this in detail soon.

4. Guardians of the Galaxy

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Guardians has the same vibe of Ant Man in that it has a relatively unknown main slate of characters. Again the cast shined and the story was fresh. I thought the transition to infinity stones/ infinity war setup was very well done by hinting the plot out and not dumping too much information on watchers. Again though Guardians (and especially vol.2)  cut the drama to a point of just a no-consequences comedy. This makes me worried for how the now serious Avengers conflict (plus Spiderman who has his own thing) is going to meet the slapstick Guardians of the Galaxy in a balanced Infinity War. But I reserve judgment until I have watched the movie. Overall though, great movie.

3. Iron Man

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Perhaps a surprise to you, but hear me out. Iron Man is commonly ranked at spots 1 and 2 because it started them all and people were sentimentally attached. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Iron Man. But because of the weird order I watched the MCU movies in (Avengers, Captain America, Ultron, Ant Man, then Iron Man) I don’t feel the sentimentality and I think I view it as a movie and not as a feeling. I don’t really have a reason for it to be low, just for the other two to be higher!



2. Spider-Man: Homecoming

Image result for spiderman homecoming posterHands down the best Spider Man movie. Marvel finally got their Spidey back and boy am I glad. After a soft reboot in Captain America: Civil War Tom Holland’s take on a web-slinger origin story is astoundingly good. I keep thinking that if I went over it critically I won’t like it, but I just love it. The only complaint I have is the anti-climactic ending but I feel like that fight just shows that Peter Parker isn’t a major player yet. Spider Man is THE BEST superhero and I felt like this movie finally did him justice. They incorporated Tony Stark brilliantly in a couple of ways. 1) Adding Tony as a fatherly figure gave the story more shape, 2) It showed us how much RDJ recording his voice can impact a movie and 3) it shifted Iron Man’s character in a vital way. It allowed a broken Iron Man after Civil War to become a father figure/ mentor that shifts him out of the crucial role he has been since the beginning. This, I think, is setting up more tragedy for Peter and everyone when Iron Man goes down for good in Infinity War. That’s just my theory but with the role Tony took in this movie it is becoming a distinct possibility. And don’t even get me started about the timeline.

And 1. Avengers

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This may not surprise anyone, but Avengers is my favorite Marvel Movie. The culmination of all the previous setup is a great example of ‘the sum is bigger than the parts’. An epic fight, some epic lines, an epic setup for Infinity War, and an epic positioning of the Marvel Movies to continue.







Black Panther (2018)

Ant Man and Wasp (2018)

Infinity War and Unnamed other Avengers Movie (2018 and 2019 respectively)

Thor Ragnarok (2017)

Almost Made the List:

Doctor Strange (2016)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Did you agree with my ranking? You should, it’s the best. But if for some reason you didn’t, comment it down below! Also what should I review next? Marvel thoughts… etc.

Thanks for reading and as I screamed when Phil Coulson ‘died’:

I have a plan. Attack.

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Hey guys! I figured I should let you know that although Life and You is scheduled for today I just posted one on Sunday I figured I would give people time to reply(cough please reply in the comments it’s linked here plz thanks) and resume LAY next Tuesday.

So sorry no real post today but look forward to the premiere of the new series Fav Five(or 4,3,2,1) tomorrow. Also super special announcement might be pushed to Thursday, stay tuned!

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An updated scheduled LAY-#21

BREAKING NEWS!!! A special announcement will be up Wednesday August 16! Check it out here and on The Nerd and His Brother!


Hello there you life and yoers!

Life and You, the postest with the mostest. Including anecdotes about my life and questions from viewers like you! Basically to get the info on the random happenings of my life as well as some..interesting questions this is your one stop shop!

And to clear up some confusion, Literally My Life is the Life segment in Life and You, after LML ends, there is still much more LAY. Acronyms are confusing, but stay R.A.A.T.L.S and everything should be F.R.E.E (guess the meanings of these in the comments!).

With that being said, let us travel now to the land of

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So as you probably noticed I have not posted in a while. I have made sure my classwork load won’t be too extreme this year (not that I could reasonably find this out by a week of dumb activities) but I am now able to make my commitments for this semester.

So first, reasons why I might not post.

      1. Forgetful

Unfortunately being forgetful has plagued me forever (Or has it? I can’t remember)  but I believe I have the solution.

I will sit down at regular times to work on my plethora of posts.

And for LAY the everything but the life section can be written earlier too.

     2.Thirsty for ideas

Now this reason is something I can do little to control because when you hit a creative block it really does feel like bedrock.

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And yes I just made a Minecraft reference in 2017. Deal with it.

           3.Working really hark on posts 

As self indulgent this reason might sound I do put a lot of effort into my posts (especially reviews **coughspidermanhomecomingiscomingipromisecough**) and I might just not get a post out one day. I will still try to get every series post out on schedule but y’know it happens.

          4. Dead

I can’t do much about this one sadly. I hope that Riley will notify you of my passing if this is the case. If not and you get a scheduled post about my upcoming firearms presentation at the Rowdy Loudly Pouty Coyote Bar and Insurance Provider you might want to start sending those flowers to my family. Because it goes without saying that something bad always happens at the Rowdy Loudly Pouty Coyote Bar and Insurance Provider. Heck, you need a thick redneck twang to even get the first half to rhyme.

If I die, Riley tells you, and THEN a scheduled post from me being all cheery and talking about my upcoming firearms presentation at the Rowdy Loudly Pouty Coyote Bar and Insurance Provider comes out I imagine things will be sad and flowers will be POURING IN. But oh well, I’m dead.


All this to say that my official posting schedule from August 12-December 12 is…

Monday: Random Post

Tuesday: Life and You

Wednesday: Fav Five(or 4 3 2 or 1)

Thursday: TIP Life (until it ends, TBD after that point)

Friday: 50/50 (maybe you will get a post,  maybe you won’t!

Weekend: No promises


So yaya, post updates!

And as I mentioned before I started school a couple of days ago and this years seems to be going better than last year. Personally my schedules are fixed up and though we don’t have some teachers and a our band program is nonexistent, I am hopeful!

As I write this I lose hope by the second.

But I believe that is all for Literally my Life. If you made it down here comment #LML.

Done? Okay, come back up here from the comments because there is still a whole lot more.

Anyways my question from yesterLAY was basically ‘What are your thoughts on ticket scalpers?’.

See if you can make sense of what bittersweetlyirrevocable has to say:

i hate ticket scalpers, but i mean, who knows, perhaps a ticket scalper doesn’t know how else to make money because all of their money was on a plane to Tristan Da Cunha, but was mistaken because no planes fly to Tristan Da Cunha, and all of their money ended up in Pune, but say the ticket scalper was American and didn’t know that all of their money was in a random city in India, and when they got to Tristan Da Cunha miraculously, they discovered that they had lost all of their money. so the person somehow gets back to America and finds out One Direction is coming to their city, which completely sold out because I mean, One Direction. but the person got a ticket as a gift from a friend. as the person looks through twitter, the person realizes that a lot of obsessed fangirls were going to fly over to attend the concert, and the person thought, what better way to earn back my money other than selling a bunch of girls fake tickets and….

I was mainly talking about people who buy up all the tickets for an event and then sell them for more money. Y’know, LEGALLY.

These people are popular to hate on (much like Nickelback who’s music I’ve never had a problem with) but I think that these guys are doing everyone a favor.


They see money to be made and they make it. We shouldn’t hate people for being smart, right?


They are showing the managers and artists who put the tickets on sale that people are willing to pay much, MUCH more for those tickets. So in the end it is really Taylor Swift’s fault that scalpers get all that money. Artists leave money on the table, scalpers take it.

Ironically, I put Nickelback and scalpers together because they are both things love to hate, even though the one time scalpers don’t make any money is scalping tickets for a Nickelback concert.

But that’s just my opinion so feel free to trash my haircut in the comments like           level-headed humans.

But seriously thank you bittersweetlyirrevocable for taking the time to pen that incriminating comment.


My question today is one I want answered kinda seriously. So poll time!

This reflects the content I make so thanks for completing it.

Ah, the end of the post. Time to promote other posts all feeding into one giant post-hole that adds to my power every day!

Click the carnival ADMIT ONE ticket for the last LAYs. Click the golden ticket for my last post. And make sure to click the reel of tickets for all of my posts. Every single one!

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So that ends another Life and You, and as I want to say when I post twice in one day and then stop for 4 days:




Small Update

Social Media for Rileys Backpack


Instagram: @rileysbackpack1

Twitter: @rileysbackpack1


Social Media for The Nerd and His Brother:

Site: nerdandbrother.com

Instagram: @thenerdandhisinsta

Stay tuned for a Nerd and His Brother update later today!

And as I wanted to say when I didn’t get a brownie:

What do we need to add next for social media?



Thank you button gods! TIP Life Episode 2

Intro! And welcome to the 2nd episode (post, edition, I really don’t know) of TIP Life.

If you guys didn’t know TIP Life is a post series that chronicles my experiences at a 3 week amazing learning course at Wake Forest University

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brought to you by Duke TIP

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Previously on TIP Life..

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Jamie unpacked his bags in his luxurious room. He then went to feast at the dining hall, after which he walked to the orientation for the camp. After said orientation he realized his button up was missing. Putting that thought out of his mind, he went back to his dorm. Suddenly, smoke filled the upstairs! The building was evacuated and fire trucks were called. Later burnt ramen noodles was found to be the cause. Now we find Jamie the next morning, waking up.

So the first morning at camp, an I woke up late. Around 7:00 to be precise. So half an hour to shower, change clothes, pack back, and get outside. Knowing myself I thought I couldn’t make it, and I was right! So at least my inability to conserve time still demonstrates my knowledge in some capacity. Whatever the case I got ready and went to an empty lobby. Luckily there was a group of kids who have to take medicine in the morning so I just went with them! I promised myself to do better in future days.

When I got to breakfast tragedy number two for the day happened. I saw their breakfast food.

Powdered eggs,

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flabby sausage,

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and waffles that seem more like dough.

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Luckily my friend apple

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and my other friend coffee

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were both at the camp. So we sat together for most breakfasts.

Tragedy number three is quickly followed up by miracle number 2 (number one is being born in the US of A BABY!) so I will explain both here.

The tragedy was my button up. I checked the designated lost and found and the table I sat at for dinner. No button up.

But after I ate my apple and drank my covfefe *ahem* coffee, I found it neatly folded up on a booth on the other side of the dining hall. I was confused, but I let the neatly-folded-button-up gods work their magic.

Feeling happier, I strolled into my first (and only) class. We met our instructor Trent and our TA Yasir, then began doing introductions. Our get to know you game was two truths and a perjury (two truths and a lie) and then we proceeded to learn for the next 7 hours. About what exactly, I couldn’t tell you. And in the future my posts won’t go day by day, but the first two have so far.

Oh, and Sleeping Wide Awake song 2 is:

Because by The Beatles

That is the end of tip life episode 2, and as I was told:

Tip life tip life

Get rid of all your strife

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A PROPosterous LAY #20

Wohoo twenty! But the first one is not even on the website for some confounding reason so when we celebrate our anniversary of LAY it’ll be for the second one.

I was going to a write one of my kind of serious, long, introspective posts but I am sleepy and don’t want to do anything wrong. So today you will get a Life and You, the very self explanatory series that I still find the need to explain. Basically talking about life, cool things, and talking to you, about you, behind your back. Though definitely not the last one!

Last LAY (well two LAYs ago, 19 was weird) the question was what time do you prefer most (day, night, midnight, the elusive mid-morning sunset) and the answers were

Night Time from: bittersweetlyirrevocable, Legendary randomness, and EclecticMusicLover

And 5 in the morning from: the_great_awesome. Props to you for being original!

And props to everyone who commented!

Props to everyone who read the last post too!

And props to you for reading this post!

Also props to you if you live on the planet Earth!

I can’t forget props to all humans!

Jamie spent 45 minutes propping up everything except the house he was building. The resulting slant in the house created a permanent dutch tilt for all residing in the abode. But after residence left the house the entire world seemed like a dutch tilt. The only ‘normal’ world was that crooked house Jamie built, and that slowly drove everybody in the house insane. They all mysteriously disappeared one day, and nobody knows why. Redundancy aside, legend has it that the ghosts of all patrons of the house whisper in directors’ ears, telling them to add dutch tilts into all movies they make. Soon, one day, all movies will consist of entirely dutch tilts. How do I know this? Well, I am a dutch tilt.Image result for scary dutch tilt

Hey, what are you doing in my post?


How you been filling my audience’s heads with lies about your ‘dutch tilt ghosts’?


I told you, that house was built on a slope, there was nothing I could do!

Ok fine, fine. I’ll leave!

Okay, thanks. Well guys, lets just continue the post with Li-

Jamie unleashed the ghosts upon the world, soon I will be in all of cinema. Comedy, drama, romance, whatever the heck the emoji movie is! Dutch Tilts EVERYWHERE! Okay I’m done, get back to your post.


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I have gotten back from TIP, and TIP Life is going to be released Mondays and Thursdays until the series is over. I don’t exactly know how long the series is going to be because I don’t plan very far into the future but Mondays and Thursdays right here on Riley’s Backpack. Also

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remember that? A podcast with me, my brother, and more often than not Riley? Well my brother and I have been brian storming (not a typo, a way of life) and we are starting production hopefully within 2 weeks. Rest assured Riley will be brought in for the process starting when I see him in the future.

And I also cleaned my room, exercised, and fell asleep today. More than I do on most days!


Oh right, we went school supply shopping yesterday! And I was so confident I picked up 2 graphing paper notebooks and walked out of the Target without a SINGLE LINED RING NOTEBOOK. I truly believe that the odd choices and decisions I have made are going to be majorly important when I get on a large plane flying from Australia to the US and crash land on an unknown island, so writing this kind of mishap down could be very helpful to be in the future.

That finishes up LML!

Question Time

This may sound like an off topic question for this LAY (probably because it is) but what do you think of ticket scalpers? Love ’em, hate ’em, feel some other emotion towards ’em, comment it below!

And before I forget, the winning Paul McCartney from Life and You 19 is…

Early/Mid Solo Paul and Wings Paul

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Personally a Paul I got to know more recently but really really enjoy listening to.

Well technically Ringo Starr won with 7 votes but I took the highest serious choice. I guess I know not to add silly answer choices now because you guys CHOOSE THEM EVERY TIME! So yeah, thanks to everyone who voted!



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is out in Pokemon Go now, and I recently came into several premium raid passes. So tomorrow I’m going to go out on a raiding spree and make a Pokemon Go Pokemon Post! Also my adventures a couple of days ago with Pokemon will be in that post! So look for that Wednesday!


And yes, this disproves the uno, dos, tres theory about the legendary birds, but it also means Niantic is sticking to the catches by players on that team. So bringing up the rear Instinct will have Zapdos in 2 weeks (August 14). Lugia appears to still be spawning, so there is still hope for me on that front.

While we are on the subject of mobile games, my lack of Clash RoyaleImage result for clash royale

has merely been a lack of playing and a lack of interest. To me the game is kind of getting stale and the only fun thing is 2v2 if the person is with you IRL. I don’t know, maybe the new cards will make it better.

On that note the super special extra long LAY #20 is over. Thank you if you read this post all the way through that Dutch Tilt section, and thanks for reading my Life and You posts for 20 episodes. Although in the archives I can’t find the first Life and You, so if you locate it please, PLEASE let me know.

Goodbye everyone, and as I once said in a long lost episode of The Nerd and His Brother:

The Dutch angle, also known as Dutch tiltcanted angle, or oblique angle, is a type of camera shot where the camera is set at an angle on its roll axis so that the shot is composed with vertical lines at an angle to the side of the frame, or so that the horizon line of the shot is not parallel with the bottom of the camera frame. This produces a viewpoint akin to tilting one’s head to the side.

haha riley no more canted angle dictionary taboo for you!

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A Night to Remember-TIP LIFE Episode 1

Hello world! Did you miss me? I’m guessing not since I had a scheduled post like 2 days ago, but the real posts will be flooding in once more. 

I would like to welcome you to TIP Life, the post series that explores my adventures in the second happiest place on earth (yes I said it).

I just flew back from North Carolina and boy are my arms tired! Okay, just read the post.

The TIP program I went to was a 3 week Summer Studies course where you pick a class, go to JUST THAT CLASS for 3 weeks, and learn about all the interesting stuff that that class entails. Also you do fun evening activities, events, and basically live at college. My college was Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.

When we got to the campus, I felt energized, happy, excited, and terrified. We unpacked my clothes and toiletries, said awkward hellos to my RC group mates (RC stands for residential counselor, not Riley Chapman) and then my family left. This was a 3 week program so I was sad to say goodbye for so long, but as soon as they left I practically forgot they existed until I called them the next night.

But my room. OH, my room. I had been told that the accomodations at WFU were nice, but they were still wonderful. Huge rooms with only one roommate, two closets , two chests of drawers, a sink, and a fine bathroom that connects to suite-mates. roommates and suite-mates are a variable which I will not get into here, but they were fine and it was nice to have some reliability to wake me up when I inevitably slept in.

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Now you may be thinking Jamie, your camera must be amazing. What is it? Were can I buy it? Do you have a referral link in the description? If so what percent do you get? How long is the link valid? What if they sell out and restock? Will the link be busted?

Well to all of those questions, the answer is:

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I apologize in advance for this series’ lack of pictures. I had been advised to take pictures and I took some, just not a lot that pertain to specific things. So stock photos of Wake will have to do for most of this series. But I know everyone reading only reads for my cunning pros and my witty political satire so I won’t sweat it. *sarcasm*


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My Dorm Building: Luter Hall


But I made some friends, subsequently found out they wouldn’t be in my RC group, and drifted away to read, watch YouTube, and play Nintendo Switch (because of course someone brought a Nintendo Switch) until dinner time. At which time we went to dinner. A twist ending if there ever was one.

After dinner we went to an orientation and then went back to Luter. At which point I realized I left my button up at the dining hall. This is the first entry into the Jamie Loses Everything List, which will be updated frequently as the series continues.

We got back to Luter, hung out, and were generally having a swell time. Until.. IMG_1389.JPG

Yes, less than 24 hours in to camp and the fire alarm went off. Stranded outside with just my phone and no headphones (practically dying), I learned just how the fire trucks were summoned to my residence.

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or to be more specific this

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Basically a kid put Ramen noodles in the microwave (foreshadowed in paragraph 3) and put a towel over the top of the container. Maybe he didn’t see the ‘paper’ when he read the instructions saying to put a ‘paper towel’ on the cup of noodles.  Maybe he thought that if a paper towel got the job done well, a REAL towel would get it done fantastically.  Or maybe he simply wanted to mix it up a little bit. Whatever the case the towel started smoking and the fire alarms were triggered.Image result for triggered

Hours at Camp: 8 1/2

Fire Trucks: 2

Later I went to sleep listening to my sleep playlist, to which I will be adding one song each TIP LIFE episode.

Sleeping Wide Awake 

Song 1: Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin

And on that note TIP LIFE Episode One comes to a conclusion. If you read this whole post, tell me what your favorite type of noodles are in the comments!

That concludes this, and as I wept into my pillow when I learned the fate of that Ramen:


The Art of the Seal

How to Write A WordPress Post With James Blonde


Step 1-Get Inspired

“The best way to get inspiration is gazing out at the sunset..on your desktop monitor.”

Google hunts are how I draw inspiration for everything. Looking at the Wikipedia for actors on TV shows I watch, reading other blogs, watching YouTube, it all feeds in to your conscious and subconscious to create posts.

Example: Comprehensive (but not really) reviews

Watching reviews on YouTube, reading and talking about reviews online with my family

Example: Life and You.

Blatant ripoff of TAT by OY30, with more of me and less of OY30. Although I will note that mine has a different format and a completely original title.

Step 2-Learn How to Write Good

I have a book that can help with some references.

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Step 3- Focus on the Prize

The prize being a quality post. So here are a couple of focus techniques .

  1. Make yourself a hot drink. Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Heated up Coke, whatever floats your drink boat.
  2. Take a shower and put on actual clothes. I can never make a good post, a good song, a good podcast concept, a good anything without being clean and dressed in clothes.  So sitting in your own filth and sweatpants hunched over your computer eating cold pizza, BAD. Showering and putting on clean clothes, turning on the lights, sitting in a chair and sitting hunched over your computer eating cold pizza, now we are talking.

Step 4-Poise for success

Once you have the perfect post, all you need to do is dress it up a little.

Timing matters. On a site like Riley’s Backpack, you want to be the latest post (top of the page) when the most people are on the site. So once you find out when that time is in your site stats, then try to post that time on a consistent schedule. Hey, maybe I should take my own advice. Nah.

Tag it. Tag will all things even remotely applicable to the post so it reaches more people!

Title it something catchy. This one speaks for itself.

Pay for views. This way more people will think you are impressive and you might start getting sponsors and your mom will finally get off your back about getting a job.

‘It’s not a phase!’

Step 5- Keep posting, work on making other projects (different post series, music, YouTube, podcasts) and improve your brand. The Backpack brand is going strong and these are the reasons why. I hope you liked this post that started out kind of jokingly but because serious fast, much like Donald Trump’s Presidential run.

Ok all this talk of building out brands makes me want to make new podcasts, so I need your help with 2 things.

  1. Give us questions about random stuff. risofthechairs gave us some great questions but sadly I lost that podcast because it’s me, of course I did. So keep up the good work and send in some interesting podcast questions
  2. Tell us what to do! I have lots of sketch and song ideas that can be incorporated into YouTube and podcast (podcast being my primary focus) but I need challenges/stuff to do!

Please comment all of these things, and remember The Nerd and His Brother.. and usually riley will return sometime in the fall with fresh new episodes and super special guests! Mid-August we should start giving more updates about the podcast, so keep it tuned!

So I’ll see you sometime in the future, but until this let me leave you with these parting words of wisdom:

Coffee is a stimulant, but covefe is a stimulant package hehe #comedy