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Saturday, May 26th, 2007
12:49 pm
So this is what it feels like when knees dislocate.

current mood: sore

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Saturday, April 14th, 2007
10:20 am - So nerdy, but I don't even care.
Oh man, oh man! Could this be the best news ever?
Activision has announced that it's going to be releasing new playable characters for Marvel Ultimate Alliance on the Xbox Live Marketplace. The list includes The Incredible Hulk, Magneto, Hawkeye, Sabretooth, Doctor Doom, Cyclops, Nightcrawler and Venom. How slick would it be to bust heads with an all villain team? Plus the Hulk part should certainly intrigue Steve. With this pack, as well as the extra song packs for Guitar Hero ][, there are finally game expansions worth buying online!

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Tuesday, March 27th, 2007
7:53 pm - Just like old times....
Which Super Hero/Villain are you? by imgimped
Where is your hideout?
Date of Birth... er... Origin
How/Why did you become a hero/villain?
Do you use your powers for Good or Evil?
This is You
Your Archenemy isShirt-man
You are this Super:

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Sunday, February 18th, 2007
11:18 am - So tired...
Last night after bowling Myles agreed to give Alex and I a ride home. As we were getting into the car, Myles and I joked that we were going to sleepover at Alex's house and watch Revenge of Jaws. (Referring to a sleepover several years ago in which Alex and Myles fell asleep about half an hour into the movie) Surprisingly, within the span of a minute we had decided that we DID want to have a sleepover at Alex's. So we stopped by my house to pick up some movies, swung by Mac's and Wendy's to pick up some snacks and went back to Alex's. In spite of all sleepovers past, we actually managed to stay up past 2am and didn't go to sleep until after 5. We watched Logan's Run, took a break to play some vintage Wrestlemania 2000 on N64, and then watched A Scanner Darkly. At that time we were pretty zonked out, despite all the sugar, so we went to sleep... until about 8:30am when Myles and I went home. One of the best parts of the whole night was right when Myles woke up in the morning. He mumbled something and I asked what it was that he had said, and he replied quite clearly, "You put one dollar in the vending machine and you get two."
I don't know what that means and Myles doesn't remember, but Alex assures us that it's quite a savings.

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Saturday, February 10th, 2007
9:06 am - I always suspected you were smarter than me, Katie.
How smart are you?

Why did this test make me feel so stupid...
Shame on you, test!

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8:57 am
Happy Birthday, Steve!

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

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Tuesday, February 6th, 2007
6:16 pm - So many games... So little enthusiasm...
I have inducted into the amazing world of torrents. I guess I don't really NEED every NES rom ever made, but it's a little late for that.

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Sunday, February 4th, 2007
9:40 am - More screwed up dreams...
Just before I woke up this morning, I dreamt that it was 2010 and the Winter Olympics were going down. They were taking place on an enormous hollow mountain somewhere in Vancouver. Then through an odd series of events, which I can't recall, the little girl from Little Miss Sunshine caused a massive accident involving hundreds of skiers falling into the hollow mountain. The mountain the split down the middle and caused an earthquake. Meanwhile, my friends and I were at the zoo, and the earthquake trapped us inside with the animals. There then followed a long jurassic park-esque escape. At one point, we were on the run from gorillas in an aviary. At another, we all marvelled at a pelican that bore a striking resemblance to Richard Chamberlain. (Who starred in the Shogun miniseries) He had Chamberlain's eyes, beard, and also a katana... Eventually Myles and I managed to climb over a barbed-wire fence to freedom, only to discover that no one else had made it.

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Saturday, February 3rd, 2007
4:54 pm - Back to Basics
"What's new with you?", you ask me with that oh-so-smug look on your face, laughing and pointing and JUDGING!
I'll tell you what's new, you pompous piece of... *ahem*
Pardon me, I'll start over.

Our Mac crashed sometime last week and as it was on its last legs, we won't be getting it fixed. This means I've lost everything that was stored on the mac. (Although to be honest, the only thing I can think of that was on there was my list of DVDs which I've already re-written) The practical upshot of this event is that now we are using the PC on the internet and I can say goodbye to iCab and Web Messenger. That's right, I'm no longer hidiously outdated! Now I'm just regular outdated. No more transfering files from one computer to the other and crying myself to sleep at night. Oh, I'll still be crying, but not because of my internet exile.
So... Have any good trailers come out in the last two years?

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Tuesday, January 16th, 2007
7:34 pm - Hurtz so good.
I was at London Drugs today dropping off a disposable underwater camera for development (These would be camping pictures from last June) and I decided to take a look in the dvd department because, let's face it, I have a problem. Anyways, I'd pretty much decided that the department had nothing to offer other than "The RadioLand Murders" (A George Lucas film that I seem to remember renting more than once as a kid) and "Brazil", when I suddenly whipped my head to the side and stared at the 'A' section of the dvds. This was instinct, people. This was fate. Sitting, almost forlorn, amid an array of films ranging from adequate to attrocious was a box set entitled, "Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt Present: The Animation Show". Most of the shorts are only mildly interesting but the dvd has rekindled my love affair with Don Hertzfeldt. Ahhh, I still remember back when icebox.com was free and bizarre internet cartoons were prevalent. There was Superhero Roommate (starring Dave Foley), Garbage Island, Hard-Drinkin' Lincoln, Starship Regulars, and Zombie College. There was also, looming above all else, the hilarious and highly disturbing 'Temporary Anesthetics'.
( http://www.bitterfilms.com/anesthetics.html )
How can I explain what these ridiculous strips mean to me? Don Hertzfeldt has left his imprint on my fragile psyche and I will never be whole again...

...But maybe buying his dvd will help. Until then, I have the Animation Show to keep me company.

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Saturday, January 13th, 2007
9:25 am
Your results:
You are Jayne Cobb (Mercenary)
Jayne Cobb (Mercenary)
Derrial Book (Shepherd)
A Reaver (Cannibal)
Dr. Simon Tam (Ship Medic)
Kaylee Frye (Ship Mechanic)
Wash (Ship Pilot)
Malcolm Reynolds (Captain)
Zoe Washburne (Second-in-command)
Inara Serra (Companion)
River (Stowaway)
Although you can be a good fighter
and good at protecting others
you are not very bright sometimes.

Click here to take the "Which Serenity character are you?" quiz...

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Thursday, January 4th, 2007
9:40 am
Yesterday was awful. I can't even remember the last time I was this sick.

I woke up at 5:30am feeling sick and ended up throwing up at 6. So I called in sick to work and then tried to go back to bed. At first I started to feel okay, and I thought maybe I should have gone to work anyways. Then I threw up again around 9. Feeling worse, I decided to drink some ginerale to try and settle my stomach. I threw up the gingerale around 11 and then again at 1. Of course, by this time there was nothing left in my stomach so I was just throwing up bile. Obviously, I thought to myself, I can't handle gingerale right now. I'll just drink water. An hour later, I threw up the water. By this time I was lying on the couch in an awkward position covered by about five blankets; Sweating, back aching, stomach aching, head aching. Then I became delirious and perceived my illness as a battle between God and the Devil for posession of my soul. Anyways, by 7pm I was starving and dehydrated so I had some chicken noodle soup which I managed to keep down. All in all, it was a terrible day.

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Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007
11:07 am - uugghhhh...
I was woken up this morning by a painful muscle-contraction similiar to what you feel when you're throwing up. It all made sense half an hour later, when I started throwing up... Now I'm home sick from work and dreading the magazine pile-up that's happening as we speak.

In other news, it took me an hour or two, and I eventually had to download some web browser called 'iCab', but I'm finally on facebook. Yay. Don't expect too much from me, however, as iCab tends to crash every five minutes and is extremely frusterating.

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Sunday, December 31st, 2006
2:47 pm - Happy New Year!

Mechanical Artificial Neohuman Designed for Repair and Efficient Warfare

Get Your Cyborg Name

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Monday, December 25th, 2006
2:32 pm - I'm dreaming of a red Christmas.
It's going to be a tragic Christmas this year. Only in the fact that my family bought me Dead Rising and Burnout: Revenge for the 360. Many, many video game characters will die, but that's the price you pay for the best Christmas ever. In the end, isn't that what Christmas is all about? Killing zombies and causing car accidents on purpose?
(P.S. - Disagree with me? Then obviously you have never seen Christmas Corpse!)
(P.P.S. - If you haven't seen Christmas Corpse it's probably because I just made it up. And yes, that IS the best title I could think up.)

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Saturday, December 16th, 2006
11:16 am - Xbox Update
So Microsoft has finally done another update for the backwards compatability of the xbox 360. (The last one was in August)
Yay! I can play Psychonauts again! It's a good thing that Psychonauts was on the list because otherwise... man! There was nothing on the new list I owned or even wanted to play. That would have been a kick in the teeth.

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Sunday, December 10th, 2006
3:25 pm - A Far Cry from Mario Kart?
I picked up "Far Cry Instincts Predator" (What a mouthful) for the 360 the other day. I put the disc in when I got home and was about to start the single player mode when I noticed the Map Editor. Two hours later I had created a crazy level with underwater houses and platforms floating a hundred feet in the air. Despite the zaniness, I think the map would actually be fun to play, so I'll have to force TK and Clay into some multiplayer sometime. Having finished this bizarre island of floating ruins, I pondered my next move. Should I start playing the game? Or should I attempt to recreate a classic Mario Kart level?
There was no question and I can now proudly say that I have created the Far Cry equivalent of the Mario Kart level "Block Fort". It's not as fun as Mario Kart but I think it's pretty neat. Accurate too. (Except for all the guns laying around.)
Who knows what I'll be up to next. Maybe I'll even play the actual game. (Although I'm pretty sure I can make a castle level... that would be awesome.)

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Monday, December 4th, 2006
6:29 pm - Misc.
Update.... hmmmm... where to start?

I finished Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. What a great game. This is the first time I've played a game which, upon beating, I immediatly started playing again. When I played through X-Men Legends ][ I had trouble picking a team because I didn't really like that many of the characters. With MUA there were too many good characters to choose from. I beat the last boss with IronMan (WarMachine skin), The Thing, Thor and the Silver Surfer, although I played large chunks of the game with characters like Mr. Fantastic, The Human Torch, Ghost Rider, Luke Cage, Colossus, and Captain America. I want to try all the rest, so I've started re-playing the game with Ghost Rider (Western skin), Nick Fury, IceMan, and Blade. (I've already switched out Daredevil)

What else?

My mom and dad bought two small bookcases on the weekend since our old one was overflowing with dvds. My dad suggested I start putting all my dvds on one of the new bookcases. Needless to say, I filled it and still have all my tv-dvds and box sets left over. An impressing and depressing monument to the fact that I never seem to have money.

Aside: We've got an interesting book of indian love poems at Chapters. I'm thinking that it was probably translated as one poem makes metaphores of grubs and borax, (Seriously) and another compares the author's true love to a "sick cow fallen in the mud."

I started reading through the James Bond novels last week, as there was a recent re-print of the series with neat retro-covers. They're quick reads (I've finished four in just over a week) and so far they seem to be more enjoyable than the movies. For one thing, Bond isn't as cocky as he is in the films. (This may stem from the fact that he seems to go through a brutal amount of pain in each book.) Anyways, I've finished Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, and Dr. No. Up next is Diamonds are Forever and From Russia with Love. I expect them to keep up the high quality of the previous books. (Another quick aside: Live and Let Die is about a Communist VooDoo Gangster working for the Russians under the guise of being a Zombie who discovers Pirate Treasure. There's also a psychic and a shark attack. That's quality with a capital "KW".)

That's all I can think of to say. Laters.

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Wednesday, November 29th, 2006
4:45 pm - I have met the enemy, and he is an idiot.
I now have my first arch-nemesis in regards to working magazines at Chapters. I thought it would be Fatima, the extremely needy/angry woman who has a dozen magazine holds in our book, but it turns out to be a moron by the name of Justice.

I got a call on thursday from the aforementioned Justice, who mumbles and sounds like he's baked out of his mind, and the conversation goes something like this:

"Andrew speaking."
"Hey, it's Justice again..."
"Do you have the new Revolver [magazine] in yet?"
"No, it hasn't come in yet."
"Oh... because I'm on the hold list."
"Well, we'll give you a phone call as soon as it comes in."
"Oh... Do you still call people on the hold list?"
"Yes, yes we do."
"You know... when their magazines come in?"
"YES. Yes we do."
"Okay.... so you'll call me when it's in?"
"....Y E S."
*mumble mumble click*

Monday afternoon, there's a page for me to pick up line 2:

"Andrew speaking."
"mumble mumble Justice..."
"Is the new Revolver in?"
"No it isn't, but according to our invoice, we should be getting it in on Wednesday or Thursday."
"Okay, cause I'm on the hold list."
"Yes, I know. I'll give you a call when it's in."
*grunt, click*

Wednesday morning:

"Andrew speaking."
"Do you have the new Revolver in?"
*sigh* "Yes, Justice. We just received it this morning and I haven't had a chance to call anyone yet."
*grunt, click*

Unbelievably, late Wednesday afternoon:

"Andrew speaking."
"Hi, is the new Revolver in?"
"Didn't you call this morning?"
"Didn't I tell you the magazine was in?!"
"Yeah...but I didn't get a call..."
"I didn't call you because you called here! It's in. You can pick it up anytime!"

So I hang up without saying anything further and begin to wonder if I'm allowed to ban anyone from the hold list.

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Sunday, November 26th, 2006
1:34 pm - The GBA-SP would be an exception to this rule.
It seems Q4 is the best time of the year to pick up video game systems, or so my own personal statistics would seem to indicate.
Here's a fascinating breakdown of when I purchased systems:

-Nintendo GameCube: November, 2003
-Xbox: December, 2004
-Nintendo DS: October, 2005
-Xbox 360: November, 2006

Hmmm... I didn't realize until making this list that I've apparently been on some sort of one-new-system-a-year schedual. Or more likely a two-year switch system. I sold my GameCube to buy my DS, and sold the Xbox to make way for the 360.
Quelle Coincidense!

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