the-inbetween monthly archives for: October 2002

I link you up

Browsing the recent additions at linkdup, I came across two interesting sites: PBS’s art:21, art in the 21st century; and the Visual Thesaurus. I guess that this band site is also worth a look, but I have certain issues with the navigation — so I relegate it to “guess it’s ok” status. They’re somewhat low-quality, but one can get a good sense of the city from them: toronto pics. Now this is a costume.

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Ice City

Interesting article about Vice City in the Times, though I don’t quite understand why it’s in the Fashion and Style section… ? Things are looking rather bleak in Leaf-land right now, and while I’d normally be either really upset, or frustratingly annoyed, I find myself not caring too much because one of my teams is doing pretty good: my sportingnews salary cap fantasy team. Not only have I been number one in my division for nearly two weeks straight now,…

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Tinkering

I’ve done some changes around here: cleaned up some of the site structure and made some fixes — finally validating as xhtml 1.1 again. Things should be more sound on a structural level than before, and should be readable across any platform. I know it’s probably not needed, as my audience (or lack of) doesn’t warrant it, but it doesn’t hurt. To check, here’s a few WAP emulators and some archaic browser emulators. Or, if you don’t want to bother…

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Metroid

Oh shit yeah, if you link Metroid Fusion with Metroid Prime using the GBA link cable, you can play the original Metroid. The GC Zelda is also supposed to have link functionality with the GBA remake of Link to the Past, but what that functionality will be has been kept quiet so far. It wouldn’t be too crazy to assume that the original NES Zelda will be available. With all this, and the NES games in Animal Crossing, and with…

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World Conflict Map

This World Conflict Map: 2001 is interesting, albeit a bit out of date.

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Up Up, Down, Down

They are vague, but they are still there. Fond memories from when I was nine or ten years old, blowing shit up. Working together with a friend, yet, at the same time, competing for supremacy… and for the spread gun. I still remember ‘up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A’ and the rejoicing when it was finally completed. Yes, if you had an NES in your youth, or knew someone that did, chances are you’ve had at…

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joystick 101

After a long spell of downtime, joystick101 is finally back. yay. Similarly, RobotStreetGang — the intelligent, but rarely updated gaming culture site — has updated with a short blurb about what the authors are currently playing. I guess it’s light on the content, but at least it’s something. Not surprisingly, Animal Crossing is mentioned multiple times. While I’m at it, might as well mention GameGirlAdvance — which gets semi-regular visits from me. With so many weblogs dedicated to things like…

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demographics

I was surfing around pricing some cars I like today, trying to see what I can get for about 300-350 per month — and more or less getting what I was expecting. No real problems there. Then I went to insurance hotline to get a sense for what the insurance rates would be… fucking hell! The best quotes that I managed to get were all just a little less per month than what I would actually pay for the car.…

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Tokelau

I’ve never heard of Tokelau — a group of Pacific islands called — up until an hour ago, but now I have a Tokelau top-level domain: 8-bit.tk The domains are free for registration, with a basic redirect and some restrictions — or, for less than $10US per year, can be purchased for full control. I find it curious that these tiny atolls, with probably no normal access to the net and with a population of 1500, have top level domains…

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slsk

I don’t know if you’ve tried using SoulSeek as your post-Napster file sharing utility yet, but if you haven’t, then do so now. I hesitated a long time before giving it a shot, and now I regret that I didn’t bother earlier. I haven’t had this much success downloading rare, hard to find albums since the zenith of the Napster era. While my musical wanderings stagnated for the last year, they are finally back in full swing. I don’t have…

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Animal Mafia

Got Animal Crossing yesterday, making me the third person in the office with a copy — and possibly not the last. I’m sure that there is going to be plenty of trading to be had. I have to hand it to Nintendo, as they know how to milk an idea dry. To get the full Animal Crossing experience, you have to get the game; get a GameBoy and a link cable; get an e-Reader for said Gameboy; collect all the…

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of paths and vectors

Pixels are my friends. Paths, though, scare me. That is why, compared to Illustrator, I’ve always preferred Photoshop. Or Paintshop Pro. Or even MSPaint. Rasters are easy for me; clean vectors are not. With that, I toiled and toiled in Illustrator yesterday. Tracing, drawing, redrawing, redoing, redrawing again, retracing. Practice really is the best way to teach yourself. I still have a long way to go in learning the fine art of the bezier curve, but I’ve finally started to…

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Goodbye money

I have lost track of all upcoming games and releases for the next two/three months. There’s so bloody many. And with the constantly changing release dates, it’s just too damned daunting to remember. So, for personal reference, I have compiled a list of games that I deem to be interesting and/or significant for this holiday season (along with current estimated release dates, which are almost guaranteed to change.) TimeSplitters 2 (Oct. 8) WildArms 3 (Oct. 8) GTA: Vice City (Oct.…

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