October 27th, 2008

Games: Consoles (Nintendo)


Megaman 9 is awesome. And hard. Very hard. And did i mention that it's hard? :)

I've tried two different areas, and in both of them i get through about five or six screens before getting to some area with bottomless pits/spikes with annoyingly exact jumping required, and then i die. I should dig up Megaman 2 for comparison, to see if Megaman 9 is actually harder or if i've just gotten out of practice at exacting platformers :)

The game is totally old school and awesome though, especially the intro :)


Gor'am it! Sometime over the weekend i lost my swiss army pocketknife! That's the... third or fourth one that i've lost i think in the last four or five years!

The little two inch(?) ones are ideal for carrying around with you. They've got a knife, scissors, a screwdriver, a nail file, and tweezers and toothpick. The only thing i wish it had that it doesn't is a bottle opener. Larger swiss army knives definitely have cool gadgets but the utility value doesn't climb anywhere near as fast as the size/mass does. There's no way i'm going to carry one of those twenty tool monster knives around in my pocket. Even the medium sized six or seven(?) tool ones are bulkier than i want cluttering my pockets, though i do own one which i leave lying about the apartment.

Unfortunately the corollary to "small and easy to carry around" seems to be "small and liable to fall out of your pocket without you noticing" =P

So now i need to go by REI and get yet another new one. I reiterate what i believe i've said before, it would be damn convenient if they sold them in six-packs =P
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    annoyed annoyed


Wow, you know what the big nation-wide election contest is this year? Okay, besides the presidential election? California Proposition 8 *boggle* For those who don't live in California and aren't plugged into the right info-networks to have heard about this (which is quite possibly none of you) prop 8 is the one to add an amendment to the California constitution defining marriage as being between one man and one woman.

I wasn't surprised that such an issue has drawn the conservatives out of the woodwork and i already knew that the LDS church was actively recruiting its members to make donations to the "Yes on 8" cause, but apparently that's just the tip of the iceberg. Donations for both sides have apparently been coming in from all over the country. The "Yes" people had a head start at first it seems, before the gay and lesbian groups and other civil rights activists started panicking and sent out a battle cry. By this point it's had more money poured into it than everything besides the presidential race itself. Over $60 million so far and still going.

In fact it seems that a few people actually do think it's more important than the presidential race.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian lobby based in Washington, said in an interview, “It’s more important than the presidential election.”

“We’ve picked bad presidents before, and we’ve survived as a nation,” said Mr. Perkins, who has made two trips to California in the last six weeks. “But we will not survive if we lose the institution of marriage.”

O RLY? Our very survival is dependent on this proposition passing? What are they afraid of? That if homosexual couples start getting married in California or elsewhere in the US then all of the sudden all the straight couples will throw up their hands and say "well if _they're_ getting married then i don't want to!"?
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    angry angry

More politics


Alaska Senator Ted "bridge to nowhere" Stevens (R) was just convicted on several felony charges for breach of ethics!!! :)

I'm pretty sure the national Republican party has already shot both feet off and has worked its way up to at least one kneecap. I'm not sure if they can think up anything else to top this in the last week before the election though.

In less happy news, almost immediately after my last post i got an email about how the Yes on 8 people are continuing to pump millions of dollars into the fight :( I think i may need to donate another $50. I already spent a fair bit spread around to several different causes, but that was before i realized that there was so much national pressure on this particular issue =/ I'd feel bad about it if Prop 8 actually succeeds and i didn't do everything i could to stop it just cause i wanted one more video game next month, right? =/
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    distressed conflicted


I headed out rollerblading at 4:36 i think, and got back around 6:20. I only had time for one big lap and three small laps (14 miles total.) I had the bright idea of making a pad of toilet paper and attaching it to the sore spot on my ankle with a wrappy bandage. Unfortunately the spot was still sore while i was rollerblading, and i'm not sure if the pad made it worse, or if i would have been totally screwed without it :)

Having the wrist weights changes the dynamics of a lot of songs. There were several songs where i was skating relatively sedately but waving my arms around a lot. However it seems like i must be doin it rong if i'm rollerblading and feeling a burn in my arms but not my legs :)

The one advantage of going rollerblading at these times is of course that i actually get to see the sunset. I wonder if it would be a bad idea to bring my camera along while rollerblading? I wonder if it would be a bad idea to do so while also using the wrist weights? :)

Also, doing push-ups right after getting back from rollerblading is a bad idea. I had to spend awhile picking all the carpet crap off my chest when i was done =P I'll have to think of something else to do to warm down (which shelleycat claims i need to do if i'm not going to strain more muscles.)