April 27th, 2009



I played Pandemic 2 for an hour or so over at shelleycat's place. I can see why "Madagascar closes its ports" has become a meme. In the second game i played (after accidentally hitting the yellow "close game" x in the upper right hand corner rather than the grey "close window" x in the upper right hand corner about two minutes into my first game) i managed to infect and kill everyone in the world _except_ Madagascar. The only time i've actually managed to infect Madagascar so far is when i started in Madagascar, and in that case by the time i managed to get the disease out through the single port it was so prevalent that everywhere else started shutting down their ports/airports/borders. It might seem a bit questionable that health officials worldwide would even notice, much less start taking drastic actions to prevent the spread of a disease that has absolutely no symptoms. However it's probably fair to pass that off as them being Genre Savvy, given that they live in a universe where such a disease can spread to literally 100% of the people in any country where there are infected people (extremely unlikely in our universe) and such infected people never recover from the disease (technically common in our universe, but _usually_ only to the extent that they may harbor a reservoir of the disease after recovering and suffer the occasional relapse) and then at some later point every single instance of the pathogen worldwide will simultaneously mutate in exactly the same manner (extremely impossible in our universe) and then proceed to kill literally 100% of the people already infected with the disease (extremely unlikely in our universe.)

In other notes on the weekend, it seems that three mixed drinks at Chilis (One strawberry margarita, one appletini and one strawberry daiquiri) gets me significantly less tipsy than three beers/ciders at BJs, which is kinda strange. We didn't do much else this weekend since i had to leave early to go into work =P

We also went to IHOP for brunch(?) on sunday around 2, which isn't really of note except for how stark a difference there was in the number of other customers there compared to the week before. Apparently _no_one_ goes to IHOP for brunch/lunch on Easter sunday. We got there about the same time, and there was one other pair of people there, and they left about five or ten minutes after we got there, so for most of our meal we were the only customers in the entire restaurant.

Also last weekend we watched "Get Smart" on DVD which we both thought was pretty good. shelleycat thought it was much better than she expected, but she had really low expectations to begin with. My only fear was that they'd be overly stupid about the humor, but they almost always managed to hit about the right level of Refuge In Audacity for my tastes.

The weekend before last we took a day trip down to Julian, which is like a much smaller version of Cannon Beach, but in the mountains rather than on the coast, and with pies and apples rather than cheese and taffy. (The comparison came to mind because shelleycat's family went there a lot when she was a kid, just like my family went to Cannon Beach.)

Pandemic 2

Ha, there's a Madagascar reference in today's XKCD. I'm just _barely_ ahead of the curve, as measured by popular webcomics ;)

It's also amusing to note on the developer's page that the version history notes includes "Made it slightly more likely for a boat to travel to Madagascar" as one of the updates for 1.16 :) (Although i've gotta say, if the version i played was with after that version i'd hate to see things _before_ that. I'll have to check which versions each of the websites hosting it has.)