Sunday, June 29, 2003
Very sweet anime. And there were some nifty trailers on the DVD for anime I know I'm going to have to wait 3 years for the imports of...
One's called Memories, and is a neat horror/sci-fi anime from the looks of it.
The other is called Steamboy and is by the director of Akira!
Saturday, June 28, 2003
Man, I can't believe I kept forgetting people!
I made it through my shift at work today, but barely. I hope I can find someone to cover me for tomorrow morning or else I'm going to have one FUN day at work :P
Ah, nothing like being a carrier of disease.
I think I'm doing some kind of subconcious rationing of it. I know it's going to be a while until the next one so I am trying to stretch this one out as long as possible.
It's really good though. I'm enjoying it so far.
Friday, June 27, 2003
The silliest thing about this whole ruckus is that if the RIAA actually starts targetting Jimmy & Sue Downloader all they'll do is piss off future customers rather than, oh, I don't know... make some kind of system that gives people an incentive to buy CD's.
Heck, even Metallica did this.. They hate Napster-like file-sharing, but they gave people who actually buy their newest CD a free pass to go into a locked website that lets you download gigs and gigs of Metallica concerts, b-side, etc. While they were overly loud about Napster and friends, this at least shows that they're willing to use the internet and give people an incentive to buy a CD rather than just rip one.
The irony is that the Senator's own website uses pirated code. By the Senator's arguement, his own system should be remotely destroyed.
Thursday, June 26, 2003
It's not Yo Yo (my favouritest restaurant in the whole wide world!), especially on the ambiance side of things, but you have to give them credit for good food and about as traditional a feel for a Japanese restaurant as you're going to get in a brand new strip mall.
I also am really thinking hard about ordering this MP3 player for my trip up north at the end of July. Hmm...
Oh, I had to work this morning :( Sigh.
Wednesday, June 25, 2003
My cold seems to be mostly gone. I was hacking up weird green stuff all day though... oh well.
On the upside, I'm around 50 hours into Xenosaga and probably 1/2 done the final dungeon! WOO! Not too shabby concidering I just got the game a week ago. Ah... sick days.
I almost hope I wake up with a racking chest cough and vomiting so I can spend the last few hours that I need to spend on the game and finish it properly!
He was at work and some punk 15-year old girls in a stolen Honda Accord came whipping around the corner and hit the gas instead of the brake, skipped the curb and plowed right into the back of Dave's car.
Luckily nobody was hurt, and the girls got charged with about 10 different counts of various vehicular mayhem charges and got a free stay in the local jail! They even tried to take off before the cops got there, but it's not a great idea to try to leave the scene of an accident in front of a group home with 6 big male staff on... you won't get very far :)
Oh, and did I mention that yesterday was his anniversary? There's a nice present...
Mmm... Cel-Shaded TMNT... I am definately getting this the second it comes out.
I miss the Turtles. I did see the sort of 'Turtles Extreme' version of the show last year sometime, and I'm not sure if that's the style they're basing the game on. Classic TMNT was the best. And it had the best theme song ever for a cartoon. I hope that if they do bring the show back again they keep the artwork like in the game and the classic comics, but keep the writing like they had in the older cartoon. And ditch the new song and bring back the old one.
Actually, after looking at that screenshot below, that robot that Donatello is fighting IS the robot they had to fight during the one episode of the updated Turtles cartoon that I actually saw. Hmm...
< /geek >
Heroes on the half-shell. Turtle Power!
Tuesday, June 24, 2003
I swear that Amazon.ca is becoming my most expensive to visit one... I found myself this very evening in line at Chapters, books in hand and cash in wallet, when I realized that I really should just see if I can get them cheaper on Amazon. Scary...
Though at this point, anything I can do to keep a penny or two out of Heather Reisman's pockets is fine by me.
Is 27 too young to be an old codger?
"We were having problems out East. We need to sit down and start dialoguing or we'll never solve our problems."
Why on earth do they not say talking rather than dialoguing? I hate jargon. At least meaningless jargon. I guess saying that they need to sit down and talk their problems through wouldn't sound as portentious.
Amazingly the other 99% of the fantasy novels I read at work never elicit this response even though they're by far a lot 'worse' with regards to the various wacky supernatural goings-on contained within their pages.
All I have to say is that I, unlike maybe all the other impressionable people running around reading Harry Potter, can distinguish FANTASY and FICTION from REALITY...
Wow! What a concept.
Sometimes I wonder how people go through life with such a lack of imagination.
I won't even get into the fact that a lot of my sci-fi/fantasy novels have had some very interesting philosophical and religious questions and/or overtones that gets me mulling over tidbits of my own faith that your average sunday sermon might not touch on. And a lot of times some of the books might be critical of Christianity or tenets thereof. The arguements they give in some of these books get me thinking of how I would best debate someone with that kind of viewpoint. They at least show me the methodology behind why people might think that about either Christianity or religion/faith in general...
But man, it's like people think that I'm going to go start sacrificing goats to the Dark Lord Satan because of the devil-witch J.K. Rowling.
I have to say though, today hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be. It's hot, yes, but at least there's no humidity. It would be nice to have at least SOME breeze to help push around some of the air in here...
Monday, June 23, 2003
I even tried to see if I could puzzle out the written text, but it's like having a really bad reading disability. I can make out some of the words (like kilometeroj) but most of the rest are just jumbles of letters to my untrained eyes!
Oh well. At least now I know that it seems like a pretty cool game so once the US version is released I'll probably pick it up.
Sunday, June 22, 2003
I think they must have had to lay off some staff by now what with my not contributing my usual 70% of their revenue. They're probably down to just the manager and one part-timer.
Spent the day yesterday going to garage sales and the trunk sale in the morning, then watching kung-fu all afternoon and evening with my good buddy James.
Then we went to church this morning, had a yummy barbeque afterwards and then I spent the afternoon outside reading my book and playing Advance Wars on my GBA (and finally getting past the level I was stuck on!)
Well, I'm off to go read a bit more of my book. Hopefully I'll get it finished what with the 5th Harry Potter book arriving in my mailbox tomorrow morning!
Saturday, June 21, 2003
It's hard to explain, but you just have to go see it :)
Thursday, June 19, 2003
And they did that crazy Sphere-Of-Death where they get 6 motorcycles whipping around the inside of a little metal globe. That was neat, especially since we were about 30 feet away from it. And the elephants were neat.. it was just neat.
Though having a circus inside a hockey arena is kind of odd. At least for me.
And the guys from work had a blast. They were smiling from ear to ear the whole time.
Tuesday, June 17, 2003
Monday, June 16, 2003
(Yeah, I used oeuvre to describe a Stephen King novel... shoot me now :)
I just followed the simple instructions to see if I'm infected...
1. At the Start menu, select Search->Files or Folders
2. Search for *.mp3 and then for *.avi
3. If no files are found, your computer is safe.
Yup, looks like I am.
Sunday, June 15, 2003
The frustration on the guy's face everytime he goes in to check a leak and finds out it's something a little more, well, deadly, like not having a foundation on the addition you just had installed or having a non-grounded, metal light fixture IN YOUR NEW SHOWER STALL... And the worst thing is that about all he can do is fix everything and use the show as a means to drive home the point of DO YOUR HOMEWORK and CAVEAT EMPTOR!
He even had one show where he tried going to Metro's Finest and was pretty much told that the Criminal Code doesn't deem that having someone take over $100K for repairs and not only not do them but destroy your house is fraud or any other crime. Yeesh.
The only thing I didn't like about the show is that the main title music is a very blatant rip-off of that song used in the Mitsubishi commercials (the get up get up put your body in motion song)... it keeps ALMOST sounding like the song, then they change a chord here or there and it sounds like your usual rip-off rock :) Oh well. Other than that, very cool show.
Saturday, June 14, 2003
Got Unreal 2 for $2 and Operation Flashpoint: Game Of The Year Edition for $2...
Yup, $4 for both games. Brand-new, sealed...
Gotta love deals like that... Unreal 2 is at least $60 or so at the stores as it is. I almost got Neverwinter Nights too, but I decided not to.
Friday, June 13, 2003
Some men are born great, some achieve greatness and some slit the throats of any man that stands between them and the mantle of power. You never met a man you couldn't eviscerate. Not that mindless violence is the only avenue open to you - but why take an avenue when you have complete freeway access? You are the definitive Man of Action. You are James Bond in a blousy shirt and drawstring-fly pants. Your swash was buckled long ago and you have never been so sure of anything in your life as in your ability to bend everyone to your will. You will call anyone out and cut off their head if they show any sign of taking you on or backing down. You cannot be saddled with tedious underlings, but if one of your lieutenants shows an overly developed sense of ambition he may find more suitable accommodations in Davy Jones' locker. That is, of course, IF you notice him. You tend to be self absorbed - a weakness that may keep you from seeing enemies where they are and imagining them where they are not.
What's Yer Inner Pirate?
brought to you by The Official Talk Like A Pirate Web Site. Arrrrr!
Thursday, June 12, 2003
Lots of funny things like this gem:
" Margret doesn't like to watch films on the TV. No, hold on - let me make sure you've got the inflection here: Margret doesn't like to watch films on the TV. She says she does, but years of bitter experience have proven that what she actually wants is to sit by me while I narrate the entire bleeding film to her. 'Who's she?', 'Why did he get shot?', 'I thought that one was on their side?', 'Is that a bomb' - 'JUST WATCH IT! IN THE NAME OF GOD, JUST WATCH IT!' The hellish mirror-image of this is when she furnishes me, deaf to my pleading, with her commentary. Chair-clawing suspense being assaulted mercilessly from behind by such interjections as, 'Hey! Look! They're the cushions we've got.', 'Isn't she the one who does that tampon advert?' and, on one famous occasion, 'Oh, I've seen this - he gets killed at the end.' "
Wednesday, June 11, 2003
While I've pretty much made arrangements to take tomorrow off (and I wouldn't mind having it off) I really hope it's not CRAZY DEATH COLD because that would suck. I don't mind having it in the middle of March but not mid-June.
Tuesday, June 10, 2003
The speaker (Christopher something) had an excellent analogy to describe urban sprawl and development.
Imagine they started replacing trees and plants with aluminum trees and plastic plants. At first people would just think it's a novel idea that is kind of interesting. Unfortunately soon you would have no real trees left and the ones you DID have would be a quaint rarity.
That's exactly what has happened to urban areas (and not-so-urban areas) in the late 20th/early 21st centuries. If you find something that hasn't been churned out of the cookie-cutter of urban sprawl development, it's an amazingly quaint little town or area of town.
He then goes on to describe how this disconnect to the land and the natural way in which a town should develop has led to people not being able to fully experience and enjoy life. Very interesting listen.
Monday, June 09, 2003
Trust me, when you're playing it and it's got the torchlight flickering on the huge statue, it is just too cool.
The people with big sticks who come out and beat me if I get too close aren't so cool though.
Sunday, June 08, 2003
Friday, June 06, 2003
Gotta love it. Bring on the cold and the damp. They can keep the heat and humidity.
Thursday, June 05, 2003
I was also thinking that it would have been even better had they incorporated FFotO into Reloaded proper... sigh.
3 days unplugged... How can he do it?!
Wednesday, June 04, 2003
Great game, amazing story and you have got to love an RPG that lets you talk your way through almost the entire thing with only minimal fighting.
The real kicker is that I could have just finished Torment back about 3 years ago but I had heard that you needed to keep a certain alignment to get the best ending and I had gotten stuck and didn't want to do something to lose the alignment my character had.
Turns out that the endings don't depend on the alignment of The Nameless One at all. It totally has to do with how you dispose of the end boss. Sigh.
Still worth playing through for the second time though. Not too shabby... only about a week and a bit to finish it from start to finish. Helped having two days off to just play all day :)
Tuesday, June 03, 2003
Monday, June 02, 2003
Goooo Captain Observation!
And this is with my Spider Solitaire addiction factored in too... sigh.