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Define the word wimp. As a noun, it is “a weak and cowardly or unadventurous person.” I guess that’s how some people may describe Greg Heffley, known to fans as “the Wimpy Kid” of Jeff Kinney’s national bestselling saga, Diary of a Wimpy Kid. It first got its start on Funbrain as an original story that was read over twenty million times when it released in 2004. From thence, Kinney decided to make the jump from online to on paper, and he has been a cult for kids since. Plus, he’s doing so good, he’s released 5 other titles, and even a few movies. Now, let’s repeat that: “even a few movies”. The most recent wimpy kid flick came out around St. Patty’s 2011 (the sequel, Rodrick Rules), and from the success of that movie comes the series’ threequel due this summer, and from the looks of it, this is gonna be the best entry yet.

Yep, this trailer just uploaded in April, and it’s already got…not even 20,000 hits. Don’t be fooled by the fact that the new movie’s called Dog Days. No, we didn’t all “skip a movie”. This will interpret features from both The Last Straw and Dog Days. This movie shares most of its storyline with the fourth book: school’s out and Greg’s starting to plan for the summer, when all his plans go awry, leaving him with one question: What on earth is he gonna do for three months? Up the antes in unintended gut-busting humor, that’s what. And yes, Sweetie the dog is going to be in it. This looks like a movie I’d undoubtedly want to see this summer, and hopefully my excitement won’t go up in steam once this movie hits the cinemas. If there were a few differences I spotted in this, it’d be 1) Greg’s voice changed!!!, and 2) Sweetie’s gonna be back. Cool story, bro. And for possibly the first time, Heather Hills, Holly’s older sister, is gonna be in the movie. She will be portrayed by Melissa Roxburgh, whom you probably don’t know. The movie’s filming was in Vancouver (much like the two previous films), from August to October 2011, and it will officially be PG according to Box Office Mojo, citing “some rude humor”. And hopefully it will sell well and continue the series’ multi-million-selling streak, with a combination of $116 million of lifetime gross revenue. Oh, did I forget to show you the teaser poster?

Make sure to mark your calendars for August 3, 2012, because on that very day, something wimpy is going down. Well, that’s all for this week, but make sure to subscribe, like, rate, comment, and reblog often! Same thing @ 2Sam2Mwak!

- Sam

p.s. Can you feel the love? Greg can in this year’s untitled & upcoming seventh Wimpy Kid title. As the tagline of the announcement poster is “Love is in the air”, we can assume that this ranges around Valentine’s Day. Despite this, the book’s due to come this Thanksgiving, so mark your calendars for that too.

p.p.s. Would You Rather o’ the Week: Would you rather be shot by an arrow from Cupid, or be shot by an arrow from an underwear-wearing Greg with fake wings plastered on his back, so it’s more like he’s trying to kill you than get you lovestruck?

p.p.s.s. Random Video o’ the Week: Some people are very intimate with the kinds of musical YouTube videos they watch, and they usually tire quickly of the usual. But luckily through remixing tech, they can shut their pieholes with the amount of enjoyment they’ll receive. But they can only admire the highest levels of remixes. And on this note, that level belongs to Fagottron, more famously known as Pogo. This video just came out this January, and it’s already past 3 million hits due to how good it is. This is so darn good, I’ll have to bury a YouTube treasure to dig up in the future for this! (Check out this guy’s channel for more sweet remixes, and please do like this post for a very worthy suggestion. C’mon, you know you want to, do it for ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGA!)



Hey guys it’s Sam, and I feel like digging something. Just uprooting something from the earth. Oh, which reminds me…it’s time for another YouTube treasure that needs discovering, mateys! This time, I’m going to talk about someone who has been putting smiles on our face since the summer of 2006. A man that maintains three channels weekly and still pulls it off, a man that has made its way to even merchandise. He has over a million subscribers on YouTube (including me for all 3 of his channels), over 200,000 followers on Twitter, and over 100,000 likes on Facebook. Whether it’s his Cute Win Fail series, or his Literal trailers, or his Lazy Vlogs or Let’s Plays, you must not be watching enough YouTube if you don’t know that this guy’s ranked among the top 30 YouTubers. His name is Toby Tobuscus [Joe] Turner, known simply as Tobuscus.

“Do-do, do-do-do-do-do-DO, subscribe!”

- The official Tobuscus theme song

Besides being a YouTube personality, Toby (also a close friend of iJustine, and confirmed-to-be-fake girlfriend) has also tried his hands at acting and stand-up comedy. He was born in March 1985, a couple months before the primetime release of Super Mario Bros. His first video demonstrated what Toby would do with the remote from Click (released on the same day of the video), and its quick popularity gave Toby his YouTubing start. That video currently has over 400,000 views. Believe it or not, Tobuscus was not Toby’s first-ever channel; it instead was his “LazyVlog” second channel, TobyTurner, launched a month before Tobuscus. 4 years later, TobyGames, the third out of 3 channels, came to be and became Toby’s official gaming channel, since his gaming videos were originally on TobyTurner. His most famous video remains the Literal Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood trailer at over 20 million views. TobyGames ranks #83 on the top 100 YouTubers’ list at 899 thousand subscribers, matter of fact, even beating David Guetta’s channel. Lemme show you some examples of what you would find @ all 3 of his channels:

“That was rhetorical, you know I am the oracle, I know you like my sword, it’s made of frickin’ diamonds…”

It’s been 4 days and this video has already gone past the one-million-view mark. This video is called “I Can Swing My Sword!” from Tobuscus (the main channel), talking about how much a diamond sword means to a Minecraft-turned Toby, and it meansa lotto that fella. By the way, diamond swords are the highest ranks of swords ever in the game of Minecraft. This very song inspired me to change my Google icon from a Raccoon Tail Mario to a diamond sword (a decision I currently do not regret), and the song will forever be my “ultimate diamond sword theme song anthem”. The spot-on animations were provided by the fellow YouTube channel GonzoSSM, whose videos consist entirely of these animations. The two channels have collaborated on other Tobuscus videos like “Safety Torch“, the “Tobuscus Adventures” series, the “Animated Tobuscus” videos, the timeless hit “Nugget in a Biscuit“, among others. This same video was released on TobyTurner under the name “Minecraft Diamond Sword Song” a while after the Tobuscus version, which is the reason why it has only almost 200,000 hits. He ranks as the twenty-fifth most subscribed channel of all time, #10 in the Directors division, and #50 most viewed in the Directors division. And he has a whole lotta other honors.

“Audience? Wha-what are you doing [please insert scenario]?”

This is one of Toby’s many Lazy Vlogs, released on April Fools Day 2 weeks ago, and it’s called “April Fools Day Disease“, currently at over 100,000 hits. These kind of videos can range upon subjects like recently-heard tweets, the origin of Tobuscus, and real-life Minecraft objects (there is one for the diamond sword and one for the diamond pickaxe). Anyway, the channel releases a new vid almost every day, and has over 600,000 subscribers and over 100 million video views. Toby’s companion channel ranks as the #1 subscribed channel in the Reporters division, #3 this month, and #12 most viewed. In this video, Toby talks about how sick he is, among other topics. And like this post if you feel bad for him about that.

Sometimes on Toby’s third channel, he’ll make little 1-minute snippets of his videos, and they’re quite diverse since Toby’s usual Let’s Play series go for at least 100 videos apiece, no lie. This one is a Skyrim snippet called “My Son Is A Failure“, featuring Toby making uncivilized remarks against a giant, and eventually boasting about his win over the beast with a little too large of arrow use. These videos alone can reach 100,000 views apiece on average, surprisingly enough. He currently has play-throughs for Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Halo Reach, Minecraft (not big surprise), Limbo, Skyrim, Rayman Origins, among others. Ever since summer 2010, he is the eighty-second most subscribed channel of all time, with almost 896 thousand subscribers and over 300 million video views, making him #10 at both most viewed and subscribed, in the Gurus division.

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Tobuscus has also been no stranger to memes online. He has an article on Know Your Meme (currently being researched & evaluated), and here are some of his meme entries:

See? Oh, I think I should probably wrap this one up. Thanks for joining me at Sammwak, and be a doll and make sure you rate, comment, like, share, etc. for this post, and make sure you subscribe to both me and Tobuscus! He’s got some pretty sweet stuff, guys. You can also follow me at Google+ or send me an email (samgwamaka@gmail) if you feel like it! Now if you’ll excuse me, [feel free to insert your own scenario].

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- Sam

p.s. Time for our Would You Rather o’ the Week! Would you rather…play every good game or play every bad game, but get $1,000 for every bad game you play? Respond in the comments below or by any other purposes: mail, email, owls, I dunno. :D



Hey guys it’s Sam, and have you ever wondered how my life is like? Well, you searched upon the right post, because Sammwak presents My Day My Life starring yours truly! This is the ultimate way to take a look at celebrity life, so why not my life?

FIRST ROUTINE

First I wake up in the morning, probably at 11:00 to noon, 1:00 if I’m extra sleepy.  I hobble to the bathroom to comb my hair, brush my teeth, and wash my face. Then I go down for breakfast.

BREAKFAST

I usually have Ensure nutrition drinks (the king of dairy products), even though my sister says it isn’t real breakfast. If we’re on an Ensure shortage, then I usually grab a bowl of cereal, whether it’s plain Cheerios or Lucky Charms.

10-MINUTE GAMING

I used to head down to the family room for some extreme ten-minute gaming. I usually played SSX Tricky (you know, when the PS2 actually still worked), then I varied to Diddy Kong Racing for the N64, and then that was pretty much my last ten-minute gaming time…excluding the nights I bashed on Super Street Fighter IV.

EXTREME COMPUTING

Then I head upstairs, get comfortable in the chair, and relax surfing the web. I usually make a couple post drafts right here on Sammwak, or I help the web otherwise like editing wikis. If there’s something going on in my head, either if it’s something I have or something irrationally wild, I usually make a video about it on my webcam. I also do a great amount of work at Cheezburger.com, where I go under the alias saml0lz. Yes, I have made the home page of several sites several times.

WHAT’S FOR LUNCH?

I usually either get called down for lunch, or go myself by around 3:00 to 4:00…or those extremely and lazily unlucky times where I need to have my dinner, which is also my lunch (a lunner?) I usually have a tasty plate of rice, whether it’s white or brown. If I feel extra appetizing, I usually garnish my meals with strips of bacon. During or after my meal, I usually go to the bathroom to have a baby. My latest boy was named Mr. Feces. Where is he now? In his home…halfway between my toilet and the Atlantic Ocean.

Then I go back upstairs and repeat Extreme Computing all over again.

VIDEOHEAD

I go on YouTube every day. Both to get a few laughs out, or to check some of my channels…sorry, me and my brother’s channel. Yeah, I watch viral videos (Annoying Orange and whatnot), and some channels I really like (nigahiga, TheFineBros, etc.) get subscribed…on Google Reader.

DINNER DASH

Just take a look back up at What’s for Lunch? I usually have rice, whether I have to wash it down with a bowl of Romaine hearts. (It’s just salad.) The only time I didn’t have rice was when:

A) I went out for dinner (which I wish would happen more often) at a restaurant.

B) I got stuck with a plate of mushy ugali. (That’s corn meal)

Then I infrequently go to the bathroom and have another baby. My latest girl’s a shortie, and her name’s Ms. Scat. She and Mr. Feces are probably raising a wonderful family together.

AFTER-DINNER DOINGS

Okay, now it’s time for my nightlife. My brother usually stays down at the family room with his nighttime meal. I usually watch TV or do some street fighting. Then I usually go back to the TV of mild boredom and watch some TV up until 11:00, my bedtime. But if I feel like a bad boy, I’ll squeeze in a few more minutes of street fighting, just to reward myself.

Then I run upstairs, change into my pajamas (or shower, if I feel like a goody gumball), and drift into sleep, whether it’s quick and dreamless, or with at least one sad, weird, or freakishly creepy dream.

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TRIP DAYS

This is a new kind of day. I usually wake up, do my first routine, and then get whisked off in our Chevy Impala, usually (if not always) to Chicago. We usually make a couple stops at gas stations to get a reload or to reload on energy with some sweets, then we head right back on the road. We usually spend the night at our destination (speaking of destination, did I mention we use a GPS?), then we chug back home. Take all our stuff out. And if we’re extra early, take a nap. Or sleep, whatever you would call it.

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And that, my friend, is a look at my life! Thanks for being a part of Sammwak, and if you blog right here at WordPress, please like my posts. If you don’t blog here, just subscribe and/or leave a comment. Remember, it’s 100% natural!

- Sam

p.s. Tomorrow, I fall into the evil clutches of what is known as…school. Wish me all the luck you can.

p.p.s. This is the first post categorized under Home in a long time.



Hey guys it’s Sam, and I feel really super good today (besides feeling sluggish about it being September aka school month). You know why? Because I checked my site stats, and last Saturday morning I had fifty views! Did you know that’s the same number of homes in a city of Nebraska? Do you know how good that makes me feel? Anyway I figured that it’s a Monday, and after an ignorant hiatus, I’ve decided to come back at you with an old Sammwak original: the top 10 Xbox 360 games! (See I published it!) To agree or disagree? That is the answer. From the fighting ring to the soccer field and everything in between, bring on the list!

10. Get ready to soil your plants in Plants vs Zombies.

It's like Left 4 Dead, but with plants.

for animated blood and cartoon violence.

One of last year’s most memorable games that hit the Xbox Live Arcade, PvZ took tower defensive games to the next level. If you’re not very “bright” (get it?), you won’t know the storyline: Your house is attacked by hordes of zombies looking for brains, and while you chill in your house, the only battlefield you have is your lawn. The soldiers? Plants.

HOW THIS GAME ROCKED: Beautiful graphics never go awry. Endless amount of opportunities, such as getting new plants (earned or bought as a Twiddydinky) or facing new zombies. Impressive mini games when you want to take a break from the adventure. Awesome versus mode.

HOW IT DIDN’T: You actually have to w-w-(if I say this, my lips will swell like salami)-work to earn things! Progress is unbelievably slow (unlike the iPhone version, the most fair edition sold). Take a white kid and dab two drops of ketchup on his neck and call him a vampire, that’s simply not my league of gaming.

9. Be the predator, but don’t be the prey in Mirror’s Edge.

Faith in mid-fight with a “Blue.”

  for blood, violence, and language.

One of 2008-2010′s most reflected action-adventure games (and my sister’s only played game), taking the phrase “freedom of movement” to a dangerously high level. You play as Faith, a 24-year old in a utopian city that makes a living as a runner, a master of parkour who carries communiques about the city. Faith discovers corruption at the city’s core, and she gets hunted down (at least, that’s what the back said). Along the way, you encounter the Pursuit Police (also skilled in parkour), former runner Jackknife, and even Ropeburn the bulky wrestler!

HOW THIS GAME ROCKED: The most beautiful graphics I’ve seen in an action-adventure game. The core controls are super easy, and you can string them together for even more combat skill. Reasonable voice acting for each character, and a real bang of an ending.

HOW IT DIDN’T: Freaking impossible, even on easy. The combat does sag a little, and the amount of trial and error is time-sucking, soul-sucking, and…well, frustrating.

8. Team up and throw down in Skate 3.

Who’s gonna break the most bones? Guess in your comment!

for crude humor, drug reference, mild violence, suggestive themes, and language.

The third and most recent installment in Electronic Art’s open-world skateboarding series Skate, this game flipped into retail stores May 2010. Since San Vanelona has put up a strict skate-free rule, we take to the streets of Port Carverton (home of the Sharks). But this city of not only the residence of Sharks, but stars. Stars in the skateboarding history, that is, from Danny Way to Rob Dydrek and everyone in between.

HOW THIS GAME ROCKED: The controls did churn out easy and quite impressive. The environments were breathtaking and so lifelike, and there are very worthy skaters to unlock, even if they’re skeletons of slabs of meat. Simply throwing yourself off buildings is instant fun.

HOW IT DIDN’T: The engine just couldn’t keep up with the visuals, so every now and then Skate 3 does glitch up (carrying the series’ old tradition). The droning format it undergoes simply melted away my entertainment. Challenges slowly got impossible.

FUN FACT: Did you know that the game before this installment was not Skate 2, but instead the spin-off Skate It? Since Thanksgiving 2008, this extreme sporting game has been getting air on the DS, the Wii, and the iPhone.

7. It’s a futuristic battle to the finish in Monday Night Combat.

An Iceman Assassin gives a juiced piggyback ride to a Hotshot Assault. Hey, am I next?

Juicing up the XBLA last summer as part of the Xbox Live Summer of Arcade, MNC has intelligent and heavy use of a Monday Night Football background, with a character-class based system with clones that fight for money. Speaking of money, there’s a Moneyball (a ball of money….) that must be defended on one team, while destroyed on the other. Classes, defense, money…yup, it’s pretty much tower defense.

HOW THIS GAME ROCKED: The visuals are also clean and striking, and the controls are actually awfully easy at the core. It makes you feel as if you’re in the arena, and I might be a thick-header for saying this, but it’s very lifelike. Bullseye has to be the best mascot in a 3-person shooter game.

HOW IT DIDN’T: And that’s pretty much it, save the fact that you’re literally blazing bullets every five seconds.

FUN FACT: Did you know that MNC is getting a free-to-play sequel sometime in late 2011 or early 2012 called Super MNC? It’s got new classes, bringing back the old ones, but gives out more of a strategical test.

6. Take the rallies and the ridges in Kinect Adventures.

Two adventurers rush through river rapids in "River Rush."

for…mild animated blood?

The first game for the Xbox 360′s Kinect, Kinect Adventures depicted an adventurous storyline with people looking for journeying. There are five mini-games in Free Play, let alone Adventure Mode: River Rush (see picture), Reflex Ridge, Space Pop, 20,000 Leaks, and Rallyball. Adventure on your own or have a cooperative or competitive time with friends.

HOW IT ROCKED: The events did have lots of range, and they were fun in their own ways. As long as the Kinect could track you, the controls did work good. Successful multiplayer, whether it’s co-op or competition.

HOW IT DIDN’T: The most annoying way of telling players that they can’t be tracked: A huge message pops up in the corner of the screen, and tells you to move backward or move forward or left, IT’S SO ANNOYING! Anyway, the game’s also really repetitive so it doesn’t have much interest for people to stay round for at least a handful of hours.

5. You’re the ninja Terminator, and you’re no conjurer of cheap tricks in Mini Ninjas.

The protagonist Hiro, attacks a massive "large one".

for crude humor and cartoon violence.

Welcome back to the world of Japanese adventure! In this big little action-adventure, flatlands are attacked with horrific weather as bad as earthquakes, and mysterious figures are seen caging animals. The truth is that the Evil Samurai Warlord banished 300 years ago had made an unholy return turning caged animals into mindless warriors in an attempt to take over the world! When the ninja master sends out armies of ninjas with no return, he turns to his final two, knowing that the fate of the world rests in their little hands.

HOW IT ROCKED: Beautiful art making a cohesive world of vibrancy. (sorry, too psychedelic?) Unlimited combat options, which make for some pretty fun fights, whether you need to possess a fox for a quick retreat, or a bear for a good old mauling.

HOW IT DIDN’T: Every flaw literally points their finger at the bad camera. Fighting does get tiresome towards the end of the game. And a not very impressive way to fight bosses, but an extremely hilarious one at most: pantsing them. (I’m not even pulling your chain!) So points for and against you.

4. Get to the dancefloor and get funky in Dance Central.

Miss Aubrey breaks it down mid-game.

The killer app of the Xbox 360′s Kinect (hands down), Dance Central is the second game for the Kinect (see no. 6 for the first) and actually sneaked exercises into what seems to be just having a good time. With a soundtrack with grooves as classic as “Funkytown”, to as current as Pitbull’s “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)”. There are ten avatars (counting ELIOT and the Pink Ninja), and t0 top it off, there’s even a ten-second freestyle!

HOW IT ROCKED: Invigorating visuals upon a wide complexity of dance, a helpful training mode. It’s hard to resist dancing with your friends. A party’s dream game.

HOW IT DIDN’T: Girlie moves that men can’t survive to perform. When routines are easy, they’re a little too easy; they’re super-duper-fragilisticexpialadocius-1-million-points easy. No character customization? Well, that stinks, because I was looking forward to dancing under my own creation. And at first glance, you’d think you reached hip-hop-happy land. So why is this game always defending the right to get funky?

3. For these ragdolls, it’s a rush in Activision’s Wipeout: In The Zone.

If old ladies really have to cross streets like this in the future....

for comic mischief and mild cartoon violence.

In 2008, we first received the hilarious show, Wipeout. Then we received Wipeout: The Game in 2010. And now, the Kinect evolution! Yessiree, this game totally supports Kinect gaming! And for once…this isn’t garbage! It’s actually fun for a change, even if you’re playing a little experience at Best Buy!

HOW IT ROCKED: Successful Kinect mechanics for multiplayer, and awesome mechanics of obstacles you’d actually see on the show. Good voice samples and entertaining visuals never grate up. A good game to get a simple handful of laughs out of.

HOW IT DIDN’T: Replays rub your misfortune in your unlucky face. Tasks to do before running a course are embarrassing, like striking poses or dancing. Kinect models do patch up, while it’s infrequent, but noticeable. Not really some achievements worth striving for.

2. Put the pedal to the metal with over twenty Sega characters in Sonic & Sega Racing.

Sonic zooms in the foreground with Tails hot on his track on the Whale Lagoon course.

for comic mischief, cartoon violence, and mild suggestive themes.

First revving into the market February 2010 nine days after Valentine’s Day (six after my birthday), Sonic & Sega Racing is the third and most recent installment in the Sega Superstars crossover series. With an endless amount of courses to unleash your inner all-star, it’s also a great game for friends who want competition, whether it’s racing or the mini-games’ varies from king of the hill to knockout!

HOW IT ROCKED: Very smooth controls with endless speed senses which fall into the beautiful visuals and great frame rates. Impressive course design with plenty of variety and range even when you have to drive in a circle three times. Even when they’re literal Sega mascots to ultimate D-listers, this game has a good mix range of racers. Ultimately successful multiplayer with endless fun.

HOW IT DIDN’T: No way to Grand Prix with a friend. Even with up to four players racing, the one signed in gets all the credit.

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Okay, this is it. My most recommended game. Change your underwear. Man the floorboards. Take your vitamins. Because number one has arrived, and even critics and players alike agree with me all across the country….

A CPU Makoto attacks Dudley with a Hayate. Official X360 Magazine courtesy.

for alcohol reference, mild language, suggestive themes, and, of course, violence.

The best fighting game around for ages. Super Street Fighter IV brought everything back of what we needed. Bringing back “forgotten” characters while introducing newcomers, giving “that new touch” to that old game, man this game has it all. I can do the whole evening just in training mode. No wonder me and my brother made onebyonetv in its honor.

HOW IT ROCKED: Gorgeous models and arena designs. Ultimate success in rebalancing characters along with the robust gameplay. Excellent competitive multiplayer if imperfect. Video replay is the best way to share fights with friends in a new, evolved way. All together, definitely makes a better game than last year’s at 2 thirds of the price.

HOW IT DIDN’T: Only limited to a wee two-player multiplayer. You know what would’ve patched it up? Team battle. DUH! Online fighting does suffer if either fighter has slow connection. Video replay mode could be a tad easier to use.

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So that’s all, folks. A deep sorry for not being able to catch up these past weeks, so I forced myself to do this one. Thanks for always being a part of Sammwak, and if you blog here at WordPress, please like this post. And if you’re just a viewer, then please subscribe or leave a comment in that section!

- Sam

p.s. Do you know I’ve gotten up to sixty comments here on Sammwak? Good golly!



Hey, it’s Sam. And yes, title says all, it’s finally here. You’ve waited through snow, rain, and sunshine to get it. You’ve literally been on the streets crying for this book. And here it is. Ladies and gentlemen and wimpy kids everywhere…I give you, Cabin Fever.

The sixth and upcoming novel in Kinney’s phenomenal series, the spirits in the sky have brought not a pillow, or a sheet, but a blanket…a blanket of snow! In our next look at the house on Surrey Street, this Thanksgiving the subsidiary of Abrams is back to present the next wimpy adventure. The sky spirits may have brought a blanket too big of snow, because the Heffleys are snowed in via a blizzard! So Greg gets claustrophobic having to deal with family.

NO. OF PAGES? 224

RELEASE DATE? November 15

PUBLISHER? Amulet Books

MEDIA TYPE? Paperback and hardcover

OFFICIAL ROWLEY APPEARANCE? Not exactly

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Making its unofficial announced debut in the previous book as “more Diary of a Wimpy Kid“, then being mentioned once more as “Diary of a Wimpy Kid 6“, the big announcement was actually in the summer; June 16, to be exact. Barnes & Noble are already hosting pre-orders for a big buster of $8.37, with Amazon hosting their own pre-orders for the same big price. Did I mention that an audiobook is being released when the book is? :D :D :D :D

And here is the big achievement Cabin Fever received–the next book to get a 6-million copy first-printing, the biggest printing to date! (According to Publishers Weekly) And Abrams, as part of its marketing push for the novel, plans to do six summer events (each of them a “snowball”), and it will continue to be promoted throughout this month by mailing promo materials to book retailers and librarians!

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MORE THAT IS WIMPY

Did you read the Wimpy Kid Movie Diary as a tie-in to the first movie? Well, they’re making an updated second one, with the feats from the first movie, but the info on how the second one unfolded, such as with new illustrations, and more Rodrick Rules stills. And do you know that the DIY (do-it-yourself) book is getting an extended edition? With sixty more pages and sixteen new colored comics! RAD! Or, should I say, WIMPY!

And you know the surprise hits of the first two movies of the DOAWK series, right? Well, it’s been certified that a third one (The Last Straw) has begun filming this month! The destination is unknown (the highest guess is Vancouver), but the director (David Bowers, from movie two. Bowers, not Bowie or Bowser.) has been announced, and the first notification came from Rodrick (Devon Bostick) and his quote that it was “90% sure it [would] happen.” The announcement became certified by Greg (Zach Gordon) on his Facebook. Rumor has it that the movie will have a formula of scenes from book three, and a pinch from book four. Script writers and producers and planning on scripting, and they said that they need an Alex Aruda, who is rumored to be in movie three.

So, this Thanksgiving, be thankful for the sixth novel of the series! The wimpy adventure begins November 15, and forever be wimpy! And you know what else is wimpy? Today’s question, which comes from Fick on Facebrook. “If DOAWK had a game, what company would you accept it from, what rating would you gave it, and on what console would you play it?”

…This should be good. So, tell me: if the series got a game, what company would you play it from, what console would you play it on, and what ESRB rating would you give it?

MS Paint really comes in handy, doesn't it?

Leave your responses in the comment section below or above, or on GMail (smwakasisi@gmail) or Skype! (sam.mwakasisi) If you’re a blogger here at WordPress, please like this post, and thanks for reading today’s entry in Sammwak.

Sam’s question: What Angry Bird are you? (This being asked by a white bird.)

- Sam

p.s. What’s that? Is that the sound of everyone not checking out My Life As Fick? I think it is! I finally released a new post, but no one’s been there to check it out! See it at mylifeasfick.wordpress.com, and vote for what Fick should do to get some cash!



I probably should have told this to you when I launched this blog, but I am a huge fan of Pokemon. I collect them, I trade them, I even enjoy drawing portraits of them. But you might not believe me on this feat…but I make them. No, I’m not from Japan. I make faux (pronounced “foh”, French for “fake”) Pokemon cards (saying “fake cards” might get me sued for copyright infringement) and I save them onto my computer. I’ve made 7 faux cards so far, and I’ve decided to share them with you as inspirations to make your own faux cards.

Fred Figglehorn (LV 6) - My least powerful faux card (can you feel the enmity?). He has an Ultrasonic Scream that can send the Defending Pokemon’s ears shuttling off its head. His Call for Squirrels can cost you half of your HP, and requires 3 Colorless energies. Although he’s still searching for his pills today. He is weakened from Fighting (Kevin;)) and can resist water. (“Fred Goes Swimming”, “Fred Works Out”, “iMeet Fred”, etc.)

Homer Simpson - I began following the Simpsons Wiki for a couple days, then I got the inspiration. I needed a couple Homer Simpson faux card inspirations myself to pull this one off. He has a Belch attack that requires 1 Fighting energy, powerful enough to cost the Defending Pokemon a turn. He can also be accompanied by his Spiderpig, whose deadly silk web wrap provides the next attack that requires 3 energies of Fighting. He is weakened by Fire, but can resist Water.

Chuck Norris (LV X) - I started following a site devoted to Chuck Norris facts, then this happened. Also need some faux card inspirations to help whip up this one. His I-see-it-everywhere Roundhouse Kick will Finish the Defending Pokemon. It’s all over. His Ranger Eyes attack puts him in play if he is in your hand, and cannot leave from that place. He will win you the game upon making damage. This attack requires 4 Psychic energies.


Finn and Jake (LV 28) - I just had to make this one. I barely needed inspiration; just perspiration was all. I had an original attempt at making this card, but it wasn’t as enjoyable as I assumed it would be. And this is only stuff you’ll find in my Recycle Bin. Their Autotune attack was an original feat from the original card, but was changed (Jake can’t autotune sing) to their Nightosphere attack. When the spell is uttered, the Defending Pokemon will be Swallowed and Trapped inside the Nightosphere. Their next attack, Spaghetti Limbs, was originally patented to Paralyze the opponent, but was changed to just Wrapping them, requiring 2 energies for both Fighting and Colorless.

Gru (LV 35) - Pfff, like I would forget Despicable Me. His Freeze Ray requires 4 energies of Water (surprised?) which will leave the Defending Pokemon Frozen (duh). His next one is his Call for Orphans (double duh), which will bore the opponent from the orphans’ bedtime stories, requiring 3 (number of girls) Colorless energies.

Mordecai and Rigby (LV 23) - Of all the faux cards I made, I had the most fun making this one. Their first attack is Slack Off, which prevents all damage from opponents’ attacks whilst slacking off. Then there’s their Tag Team Punchie (:D), which instantly sends the Defending Pokemon to the hospital if a coin flip lands on tails, requiring 2 Fighting energies. They are weakened by water (they get hosed in “The Unicorns Have Got To Go”), and can resist grass.

Barack Obama (LV 44) - If I voted for him, I had to give him a Pokemon (yes, I am a Democrat). He was so important that instead of a Diamond & Pearl-type Pokemon card format, I had to change to the HeartGold and SoulSilver format (as you can see from the others). His The Law States attack (entitled off a Brock Obama Pokemon attack of the same name) deflects all damage done from the opponent’s attack; they don’t have a permit to allow damage. His Campaign attack also forces the Defending Pokemon to vote for Obama.

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I made these cards at MyPokeCard.com, where you can also print out your cards, glue them on the back of real cards, and make them look like the real thing. But for now, I just save them onto my PC. Become a faux card connoisseur! Baffle your buds, impress the Internet, and fumble your family with your cards! Become the card-maker–or should I say, faker–of the century!

Yours truly,

Sam, Faux Card Connoisseur ;) :D



Yeah, it’s sad. A little too sad. It was one of his most cherished children’s series since its unforgettable debut in 2008. It left everyone ROFLMFAO. I couldn’t think of another book series more funny. The thing is…Dan Gutman’s Weird School Daze series has come to its pit stop. Its final destination. The little bookstore in heaven. It…is…FINISHED.


Shed all the tears you want, fans. This has officially been stated by Mr. Gutman, and it has become the next death of Michael Jackson as it is. Where will A.J., Ryan, Michael, Andrea, Emily, among others, go? No one knows. I can forever remember Michael not tying his shoes, Ryan eating stuff that isn’t food, and Andrea being the know-it-all that every stuck-up girl would love to hang out with. But we can’t just say “Whatever, cry a river, build a bridge, get over it” and just WALK AWAY! We gotta reminisce some of the funniest moments to cherish as precious memorabilia. And I have LOTS of memorabilia.

Remember in Mrs. Dole Is Out of Control, when the graduation party went out in a blaze of glory, by which I mean fire blazed through it gloriously?

Remember in Officer Spence Makes No Sense, when Officer Spence arrested everyone because he couldn’t get a lousy PB&J sandwich? Come on, Mrs. Spence! Just one, even if it kills you?

Remember in Miss Laney Is Zany, when she couldn’t remember the science of sound on a game show, but recited her entire commercial afterward?

Remember in Miss Mary Is Scary, when Miss Mary had a boyfriend that made a song called “I Love Dirt” that was a hit on YouTube, leading him to perform on Saturday Night Live?

And even to sum up with our theme, check out this video where author Dan Gutman yammers at you for six minutes!

This really was a great series that even critical feedback presented with positive reaction. But we all got to move on sometimes, right? That’s not entirely true! Dan’s second series may have ended…but his THIRD series is just getting started. That’s right, moping Weird School fans! Welcome to a whole new…Weirder School!

That’s right. Dan Gutman’s second series might have been ended, but this summer, his third series is about to become your next summer read! Forget the Summer Reading Program now! Three titles of this series are already due for release this summer: Miss Child Has Gone Wild, Mr. Harrison is Embarassin’, and Mrs. Lilly Is Silly! Keep an eye peeled for June 21, when schools full of tearful teachers let open their doors for the summer, and Dan Gutman releases his new series of the triumphant trilogy!

So keep that in mind. Whenever you’re bored on summer break, go to the bookstore and pick up a new Weirder School book! Keep a book in your heart, readers, especially this summer!!!

Yours truly,

Sam ;)



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