Baby Itís Cold Outside
Itís cold! Sunday night and Monday that arctic cold front came through here. Today I went outside to grab the paper and the grass beneath my feet crunched as I stepped on it. The leaves had about ľ inch of ice on the top and the car was coated. I wouldíve spent a bit more time outside, but it was cold! So I retreated back underneath my covers and watched the second episode of Angel.
The last time it was like that I think I was still in middle school. School was canceled (just like today) and I ventured out in my backyard and played around. Everything was encased in ice. It was a surreal experience; like the world was sealed away and I managed to avoid being caught in it myself. Everything was silent and cold. Clouds hung low in the sky, making you feel the world was a lot smaller. What light from the sun that managed to filter through the heavy clouds took on a blue-ish tinge. I didnít hear birds, insects, people, machinesÖ I didnít hear anything. Those moments, they leave this odd feeling in the pit of your stomach. Fear and amazement at the same time? It was a superficial feeling; I knew it was just a weather phenomenon and the world wasnít actually frozen but Iím sure you know what Iím talking about.
Itís just odd, seeing everything encased in ice. Itís like God was putting away his toys and didnít want to get dust on them. Anyway, I tried one of the icicles that formed over the side of our patio ceiling. It didnít taste that goodÖ I guess the sediment (read: dirt) that collected over the years filtered down into the ice. Itís actually a miracle I didnít get sick from that. Who knows what kind of bacteria I ingested. Guess I should be thankful I followed the ď5 second ruleĒ as I grew up.
How Ďbout I nip this tangent in the rear before it gets out of control? Itís cold outside. I love it! Sleeping is so much fun in the cold months. Lying underneath covers, bundled and warm, knowing that on the other side is the chill waiting to seep inÖ *sigh* wow.
Taking advantage of the weather, I popped in Kinoís Journey (which I got as a Christmas gift on DVD) and followed Kino on her journey. It fit my mood perfectly. This is probably one of the hardest anime to quantify. It doesnít really have a ďpointĒ to it, but it feels important. There arenít any direct or underlying meanings to the episodes, yet they seem meaningful. I like mysterious things like this. It keeps me coming back to them. Iíll have a full review out later.
Itís been a while since Iíve done an anime review here. Iíve seen a ton of anime, but I only review anime proper when I own it on DVD. So yeah, keep your eyes peeled for a review. I might be a while consideringÖ well, youíll see. Anyway, if youíre looking for an interesting anime, check out Kinoís Journey.
So, Iím the new leader of the HeadCrab Union. The previous leader, Sentinelrv retired and he chose me as his successor. So far it hasnít been to hard. Itís been complicated. GameSpot needs to seriously update their unions system. Doing anything now is a pain in the rear. It takes way longer than it should and even then, the results are limited.
Complaints aside, Iím honored and happy to take up the position. I practically joined GS to join the HCU, so itís no big stretch for me.
Iím still getting the hang of things, but I have most of it down now. So anyway, check it out!
Speaking of games, I got the WiFi USB connector to work a few weeks back so now my Wii is connected to the interweb! I downloaded Super Mario 64, Gunstar Heroes and Bomberman í93 from the Virtual Console service with the Points cards I got for Christmas. Awesome!
I beat Mario 64 already. It brought back the memories. I havenít played that game for years and back then (since I didnít own a 64) I didnít have the chance to collect all 120 stars. I was only missing the 100 coin stars and a few of the castle stars, but still! This time I got them all. Even now, that game is one of the best platformers ever. There are a few frustrating parts, but there are also a lot of fun parts.
Gunstar Heroes is one of my favorite games on the Genesis. Itís a side-scrolling shooter. You make your way ďrightĒ fighting a horde of endless enemies in 4 different levels. Your gun has two slots. Each one can hold a power. I prefer two flame power-ups. That gives you this long, steady stream of flame (think ďflamethrowerĒ). With that I can stand in the center of the screen and spin the flame around in a circle. Itís a shield and a weapon!
I remember playing with Phoenix. He had a long range weapon combination, so we can attack enemies outside of my flamethrowerís reach. Weíve always been a great team. One of the most memorable levels in that game is this board game level. You stand in front of this board game map and throw this oversized die. You move that number of spaces and fight the enemy in the space you land on. There are also a few ďitemĒ spaces that let you pick up power-ups or a heart sphere (increases your health, duh).
The enemies have crazy names. I canít recall any of them, but believe me, theyíre outrageous. In fact, the whole game has these funny nuances. I mean, you fight a curry monster, a transforming mecha (that transforms into a cat, a bird, a gun, and 4 other forms), a tiny but powerful soldier, and some crazy guy that can grab onto a spinning helicopter blade to attack you! You get to fight in space too. Thereís even a rudimentary storyline, with love interest, comrade turned badÖ then turned good again, a great evil power being unleashed that turns on itís summonerÖ a great game.
And then thereís Bomberman í93. Such a great game. Blowing up stuff is awesome! Iím not going to say much about this game because Iím sure everyoneís played it. If you havenítÖ whatís wrong with you?!
Another Christmas present, or should I say ďpresentsĒ is the House DVD box sets. I have both seasons and Iíve watched them all these past few weeks. Man, that show is great! Itís not every day that a show strikes a perfect balance between story, characters, drama and comedy. Hugh Laurie was born to play that role. Heís amazing, and in my opinion, the best actor on TV today.
One of my favorite aspects of the series is how he can deliver these sarcastic, funny lines during a very serious moment, and not ruin the tension. All of those ďHouse-ismsĒ are great too. I only wish the third season was available already. Having to wait two weeks for the next new episode isnít fair! Stupid American Idol. Seriously, who other than the first winner has become famous? Sure the others have done ďstuffĒ but nothing befitting ďidol statusĒ. *sigh* Oh well.
A funny feature in the second seasonís bonus content are these ďalternate takesĒ on a few scenes. Cuddy and Cameron act out two scenes from the series as valley girls. Wow, hilarious! Buy House! You wonít regret it, I guarantee it! (not really)
The Final Step: Acceptance
I admitted I had a picture collecting problem. I was mad, sad, hopeless, hopeful, crazy, and calm. All the while Iíve been trying to catch up turning them into wallpapers, and failing miserably. Well, Iím happy to announceÖ hmm, is it ďhappyĒ? Whatever. Iím announcing Iíve reached the final step in this addiction, acceptance. No matter how hard I try to catch up, Iíll always be behind. Iíve been working hard on images lately and I got pretty close to finishing, but a few nights ago I came across a lot of new picsÖ back to square one.
It was about that time that I realized that Iíd never be ďcaught upĒ with the pics. Itís a big load off my shoulders. Iíve accepted this fact and I now have a greater focus. I just pick the images I like the most and do those first. All the others Iíll get around to eventually. And Iím OK with that. Itís not like they disappear if I donít use them after a certain amount of time. Itís a good feeling, acceptance. You all should try it. Got something youíre obsessed with? Just accept it. Accept it and move on. Youíll feel a lot better afterwards. In fact, it made me more productive. Constantly dwelling on ďI have sooo many more to do!Ē only made me not want to work on them. Now Iím at a nice balance. Go me!
The last ďrealĒ wallpaper I made is for this awesome Yuki scan I found. Sheís my favorite Haruhi character, and I love that loligoth style. Awesome pic. So here it is.
Itís a bit dark, but I think the scan fits well. Hereís another one I donít remember if I posted here or notÖ meh, might as well. Iíve had it for a while now.
Another positive about this is the organization. Now that Iím not rushing about, I took the time to re-organize my wallpapers. A lot of the folders I used had hundreds of images in them, making it a pain to find what image I wanted. Now Iíve organized them in more detailed folders, so I can find the image by category. Itís a lot easier to find images now. Oh, the official count is 8,350 wallpapers. Total images? 27,411 images. And of course, that grows daily. I love me some images.
More Changes Here
Iíve decided to alter my theme here more than I have been. I havenít decided on the frequency yet, but it will probably follow the seasons and holidays. With all the images I have, I can afford to change things up more often. And just for future reference, all of my theme background images will be best viewed on PCís with resolutions at or greater than 1024x768.
ÖAnd Everything Else
I still havenít finished Twilight Princess. I took a break to play Mario 64 and in-game Iím focusing on the heart pieces and bug collection quests. After that Iím just a few boss fights away from the end.
I saw Children of Men a while back. That is an amazing movie. From an artistic standpoint, everything comes together perfectly. The art design, direction, pacing, cuts, framing, color palate, costumesÖ perfect! The story is really interesting. I need to watch it again, though. This is one of those movies you need to watch a couple of times to fully ďgetĒ, but already I liked it. Highly recommended!
For those Ghostbusters fans (like me), youíll be interested in the following video. Itís apparently from a work-in-progress game starring the Ghostbusters. Everything looks modernized, from the high-tech proton packs, to the customized Ghostbusters 300M wagon. Check it out! The first is in-game, the second is a look at the Ecto ď2Ē, the third shows the Ecto 2 driving (badlyÖ), and the last is a close-up of a digital Peter Venkman.
All Good Blogs Must Come to an End
Iíve finally figured out how to end my entries! Iím going to include a quote. These can be from anything; books, movies, TV, magazines, President Bush. They can be comical, serious, deep, shallow, stupid, or completely random. Anything I like. So letís start off the end!
This first one is from House (which Iíd imagine youíll see a lot of quotes from). A cookie to the person that can name the episode/scene this came from.
ďDear New England Journal of Medicine, I took this guyís drug and still got a headache. Thus, scientifically proving that my arch enemy is an idiot.Ē