February, 2006

A baby seal walks into a club

Feeling: Okay


In Zelda 2 I went up a level and found the cross. I still haven't finished the 6th cathedral, but it should fall tonight. After that, good ol' Gannondorf.

I added a poem called Excuses of the Shy.

I've added a few more facts about me for all you psycho stalkers to feast upon.

I had a dream this morning about leaving my car on the road in Pontiac and having it broken into. Amazingly, the people who did it were able to remove the wheels of the car and left the tires in their original place. Afterwards, I woman came and offered to give me a ride, but then took all the money out of my wallet. See, this is why I don't like big cities! The dream residents are very untrusting.

February is almost over. Who is ready for spring?

Your sad eyes take and own me

Feeling: Okay


On Saturday I ate out at a Chinese restaurant. Normally I don't really care for some of the aspects of Chinese dining, like the traditional music or the harsh accents. This restaurant however had a local contemporary station on the radio, a few American servers, and even the Chinese workers spoke perfect English. I was a bit disappointed really. I didn't think I would miss the cultural difference, but Chinese food served in such an American setting just didn't work for me.

I was at the grocery store and I bought a turnip. I've never had turnip before, so I decided to try it. I doubt it'll be that good, but it looks so cool.

For future reference, Orville Redenbacher popcorn is better than Act II popcorn. Specifically, the 94% fat free mini bags. Not only does it taste better, but the Orville has no saturated fat and the Act II does. Orville's has a bit more salt, but it's worth it. Plus, Redenbacher is much more fun to say.

I made it quite a ways in Zelda II. I cleared out two more cathedrals (the wizzrobe boss was a joke!). I now have all 8 heart and magic containers (I had missed one at the very beginning and have been doing all of this with one heart less than I was supposed to have! I now have the winged boots, the recorder, the magic key, and the spells reflect and spell (no, that's not a typo).

I added a mini review for the band The Who.

Ever wonder what would happen if Brokeback Mountain and Back to the Future merged? Check out the Brokeback to the Future trailer at Chocolate Cake City.

For those of you who prefer to use Corel's graphic studio over Adobe's POS, Corel has just released a new version called Corel X3 (possibly so named because they didn't want to use the number 13). I haven't seen it yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

A cupcake cook in a cupcake cook's cap cooks cupcakes

Feeling: Okay


"Black History Month, celebrating diversity." That's what I heard on the radio this morning. I was annoyed by it. I see nothing wrong with appreciating your heritage. People can be proud to have African ancestry. However, Black History Month is not about diversity, it's about black culture. If they had called it "Diversity Month" then I would agree, but they didn't. How does singling out a specific culture celebrate diversity?

I went up another level in Zelda 2 last night. I'm going to go up one more before trying the cathedral again.

The meeting went well. The desired system looks fairly simple. I need to do a bit of research for the program, but I don't foresee any major problems.

I added a mini review for the game Vanguard.

My friend Kimberly was nice enough to buy me RENT on DVD. Thank you sweetie. I also updated the RENT page with all the movie merch.

Top chopstick shops stock top chopsticks

Feeling: Okay


I did some damage in Zelda 2 last night. I got the hammer, a heart container, a magic container, the down-thrust, the medicine, and the fairy spell. I tried storming the third cathedral, but I only got a little ways into it. I really hate the graveyard too.

I bought and used my first electric razor last night. Although I like the fact that I don't need to bother with all the junk that pertains to normal shaving, I really don't like the crappy shave and the razor burn. The manual says that it takes a few weeks of using it for your skin to adjust to it. It probably also takes a few weeks for the warranty to run out.

Germany is currently leading with medals in the Olympics, followed by Austria, and then the USA.

I have a meeting tonight for some freelance programming that I might be doing for a school in Pontiac. It should be interesting.

Proof that there is no god

Feeling: Upset


Atheists often quote the Principle of Unnecessary Plurality when explaining why there is no god, but I have a better explanation. The DDR machine at my local arcade was sold to an arcade out of state and is now gone. If there was a god he would not have let this happen. My DDR is gone. There is no god.

In other videogame news, I beat the crap out of the second cathedral in Zelda 2 and got the glove. I'm now in Death Mountain looking for the hammer.

I also received my copy of Dragonslayer on DVD. It's a classic dragon movie with sorcery, corrupt kings, and stop animation puppet dragons. Ah, the good ol' days.

Run devil run

Feeling: Happy


My current gaming project is Zelda 2: The Adventures of Link. I never beat this game growing up, but I now intend to do just that. So far I've beat the first cathedral and have acquired the candle. I almost got the power glove, but those darn red darknuts keep killing me.

There is a new list of short answers at the Ask A Guru page.

I've added a mini review for the Atari 2600 game Megamania as well.

Dentist appointment has been made. See, I'm a responsible adult. I better chew some gum to get the plaque off my teeth.

But she took off that rabbit fur coat

Feeling: Happy


My weekend with Amber went well. She's still a sweetheart, and I'm still me. My coldsore is almost completely gone now as well. Just a little discoloration that should be gone in a day or two.

I bought 14 pounds of candy on Friday. I like candy. Also, one of my molars cracked and I need to have a dentist fix it. I doubt the two are related.

If you've been tempted to buy the complete Lone Gunmen series on DVD because you liked them in The X-Files, I'll save you some money and tell you not to. There is a reason the show only lasted one season. It's hokey, and far-fetched, and they aren't half as cool as they were in The X-Files. It's really not very good. House M.D., on the other hand, is awesome. Dr. House is my idol. I want to be a cold-hearted know-it-all cynic like him when I grow up. Some would argue that I already am.

Since it's President's Day we should all research the presidents and dress up like our favorite before going to school. Anansi Boys reference.

The fastest way to a man's heart is through his sternum

Feeling: Cold Sore


More DDR last night, more AAs. I've maxed comboed the bulk of the 7 footers and now I'm trying to max combo the 8 foots and AA the 7s. It's going pretty good, I'm really improving on my perfects.

I added a two more mini reviews for A Boy and His Blob and Half-Life. They're very similar.

Do you know what's weird. I really like the feel of something extremely smooth on my tongue. I have these little A&W candies, and if you split them down the center just right they create this lovely smooth break. Then I just stroak my tongue against it... Ah, heaven. I wonder if I could get some glass to suck on. Of course, I'd probably want to sand the edges a bit first.

I'm meeting up with Amber tonight. I haven't seen her in ages, so it will be good to catch up on our lives.

Your visit is important to us, please say on the Internet during this brief loading time

Feeling: Cold Sore


Another strange dream this morning about people thinking I'm gay and spiders. The two fit well together I think.

Just a note to those people that design crossword puzzles... You people are freaks! How do you do it? I can't even get a 4x4 puzzle to work let alone your crazy 15x15 ones. You people sicken me! Crazy is what you are! Crazy! ...In other news I'm trying to make a crossword puzzle. It's not working all that well.

So, uh... I don't have much else to say today.

You gotta be a part time ninja

Feeling: Cold Sore


I had a rather graphic dream this morning. If you are a cat lover I'd suggest not reading it.

Yippee! My Vorbis player finally arrived. Apparently, it was easier to send me a whole new unit than to simply fix the directional pad. The serial numbers are different and the hard drive is blank, so I need to set it up all over again, but that's no big deal. At least the thing works properly.

I found a picture of the annual meeting of the Associations of Women Drivers.

My gurus have answered another question regarding relationships. Maybe I should make them setup an advice column, that would be scary.

There are a few more minor updates in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. No new music yet though.

My desk was a mess, I think I'm still sore

Feeling: Cold Sore


Last night I was at an Applebee's in Owosso and the server recognized me from Grand Blanc. Maybe I do eat out too much.

There is a new question and answer in the Ask a Guru page. Enjoy.

I've updated my wishlist since I kind of went on a buying spree awhile ago and haven't updated it yet.

This is for all the lonely people
Thinking that life has passed them by

Feeling: Cold Sore


I've added the tiny soundtrack of Spy Hunter to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation and also added a higher quality soundtrack for Chrono Trigger.

I beat Metroid 2 over the weekend. It took 6 hours and 20 minutes. Kind of a lame ending, but it's the first time I played the game, and I think I did fairly well.

The USA currently has the most gold metals at the Winter Olympics (4 gold, 6 total), but Norway has the lead with 8 total medals. To keep track look at ESPN's medal list.

I'm majorly pissed off. I thought I had it all figured out, but I end up getting a cold sore on Sunday for no reason that I can think of. Nothing compromised my immune system. I'm not sick, no sunburn, low stress, I'm taking vitamins, I haven't even kissed anyone in two weeks. So what gives?

My Vorbis player is finally on its way back to me. The company, Cowon makers of JetAudio, have been very difficult to deal with. Slow service, inability to contact them, and slow turn around time. When it comes time to replace this player I hope they seriously rework their internals or I'll buy from someone else.

Also, I didn't get my serpentine belt fixed. My step father didn't have the tools to remove it, thus I still have the dangerously bad one on. I'm just going to get it fixed somewhere else, I can't wait until it breaks.

Although, I guess I shouldn't complain. My current problems are marginal compared to some of my friends who are dealing with breakups and deaths.

There but for the grace of God, go I

Feeling: Content


The Videogame Music Preservation Foundation now has a higher quality Final Fantasy III soundtrack with properly labeled track titles.

I've updated my DDR score list with my latest achievements. I've acquired plenty more AAs.

There is a text table for the NES game Spy Hunter on the hacking page. I made it to try and find the music artist for the game, but no such luck. I'll have Spy Hunter's tiny soundtrack in the VGMPF soon.

My new 200 GB hard drive arrived today. My current PC has a 200 and an 80, but I'm running low on space. This will keep me pacified for a little while longer.

I'm really craving spaghetti and meatballs right now. They sound awfully good.

Today is the starting day for the Winter Olympics. I'm still waiting for a fall and spring Olympics personally. Imaging the exciting games, the leaf toss, the mud race, the pumpkin eating contest. Ahh, it would be a sight to behold.

January has been moved to the old news page.

I've won hundreds at the track
But I'm not betting on the afterlife

Feeling: Determined


I don't know about you, but if someone told me to go to a web site called Harness, Dickey & Pierce I would expect something a little different than what it is.

The Videogame Music Preservation Foundation has once again been updated. I now have the Final Fantasy 2 soundtrack. I also updated the Seiken Densetsu 3 SPC rips.

My Young Sherlock Holmes DVD arrived last night. It's a great movie that posits what would happen if Watson met Holmes in school. It had its share of silliness, but overall it's quite exciting. Plus, it makes me envy Sherlock, thus wanting to better myself intellectually.

Let's move ahead twenty years, shall we?

Feeling: Sleepy


I dropped off a CD at my mother's last night and picked up another to be copied. On my way home I wanted to measure a distance, so I set my trip meter. I was surprised that it hadn't been set in over 18,000 miles! I know that's not going to solve world hunger, but I thought it was pretty cool that I've clocked that many miles since I last reset it. I can't remember when I last did, but I'd assume it was over 18,000 miles ago.

I've added a higher quality soundtracks for Secret of Mana and Seiken Densetsu 3 to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation and a few new tracks as well.

I haven't played any DDR so far this week, so I should really get my butt to the arcade before I get fat.

It's not a matter if it isn't gray

Feeling: Happy


You've probably heard on the news about the Muhammad cartoons that have been causing riots, fires, and deaths. Actually, the cartoons aren't causing them, the Muslims are. Anyway, I was curious about the cartoons, but very few sites actually post them for fear of insulting Islam. Well, I have no problems with offending someone when free speech is on the line, so found the cartoons and created a page for them also covering the cartoons made in reaction to them and some protest photos.

I've added Doug O'Hara's Vault Editor to the Glass Shrine. It allows you to edit every item in the vault from the game Swords of Glass.

I've added another would-be girlfriend. It's the lovely Katherine Heigl, better known as Izzy from the TV show Grey's Anatomy.

Jenny Lewis' solo album just arrived in my mailbox, it's called Rabbit Fur Coat.


Feeling: Drained


I feel zombieish today. It's either because I didn't get enough sleep or I haven't eaten enough brains. Anyway, here's the weekend scoop.

I was supposed to go to jury duty on Thursday and Friday. Oops. I called at lunch today and they didn't even need any jurors that day, so I'm in the clear. Phew!

I finished reading The Laughing Corpse which was good, but I liked Guilty Pleasures more. My next book is Stephen Hawking's On the Shoulders of Giants. Very similar to a horror novel with vampires and zombies, only it's a physics books with math and astronomy. See, similar.

The party was a whole lot of fun. All the people we friendly and most of them were in the IT field, which made me fit in with my nerdliness (yes that's a word, don't argue). John and Aymi were wonderful hosts. The drive to Midland was in the rain, but the drive home was in a couple of inches of unplowed snow. It took awhile, but no real problems. Winter is indeed still with us.

Sunday, I spent partially with Heidi and partially watching downloaded TV shows and partially playing videogames. Apparently there was a Super Bowl thing that happened as well which was good in the fact that every restaurant without a TV was empty, so no waiting. I beat the game I was playing (Bionic Commando: Elite Forces), which was a pretty fun game, and certainly no difficulty for a seasoned BC player such as myself.

Whole weekend recovery, dancing on a Friday night

Feeling: Excited


Dinner with my mum was nice. We went to a restaurant in my home town and it reminded me why I'm so glad I don't live there anymore. The people are so full of themselves and the city has absolutely no claim to fame, they're just really rich, but they mostly work in neighboring cities that actually mean something to the rest of the world. Not to say that the city I live in now is hicksville or anything, but at least we contribute to the economy with industry.

My latest album, Alanis Morissette - Under Rug Swept arrived last night. I'm still waiting on So Called Chaos.

I'm off to a party tomorrow evening from someone whom I've only spoken to via email. If I don't post and entry on Monday, assume that I'm dead in a ditch somewhere and probably a nice dinner for a raccoon or something. I'm sure I'll be lean and tender grade A meat all the way. Actually, the guy seems cool enough, so I'm sure I'll have a great time.

And if I see a pretty girl, I'll sleep with her tonight

Feeling: Pensive


Yesterday evening I accompanied a friend to the showing of one of her high school acquaintances. The guy was only in his 20's, which is disconcerting. Dead people never really look that dead to me; I always expect them to move, even if only a little.

Well today is Groundhog Day, which means about zilch. However, it's also my mother's birthday, which means a lot more.

Shell and Exxon both have reached record annual profits. And here I was thinking that the gas prices were so high because we were at war. It seems that they have been price gouging us; I always thought that they were my friends.

If you're hate Adobe as much as I do, (especially their stupid Acrobat Reader), you'll be happy to know of an alternate program called Foxit Reader. Basically, instead of Adobe's bloated 100 MB program that takes five minutes to load and has a crappy interface, you get a program that is only 2 MB and loads and updates instantly and it doesn't have that annoying IE plug-in! So if you want a quick and dirty PDF viewer try the Foxit Reader.

Squee! Jenny Lewis from Rilo Kiley is going to be in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, the 15th of March! She and the Watson Twins are promoting their new album. I'll be there. If you want to come along give me an email, I'm trying to setup how many tickets to buy.

But February made me shiver

Feeling: Creative


I set up a meeting time for my mother. I'm taking her to dinner tomorrow on her Birthday. I'm such a good son.

I wrote up an essay on Bush's recent unethical wiretapping.

For the first time this year I've added to the High Resolution Flag Database. Two religion flags have been added, the Buddhist and Christian flags.

I'd also like to once again plug the beautiful adventure games over at analogik.org. If you haven't seen them yet, you now have my permission to do so.