the-inbetween monthly archives for: August 2003

Three things

The following three links have been sitting on my desktop for weeks. I’m going to post them for posterity’s sake as I don’t feel like adding more clutter to my bookmarks: Turbo Express Portable Exposed; Macromedia: Invisible Ideas Project; and How Babylon 5 Is Tranferred to DVD. I like the illustrations. I don’t like how they open in a really small pop-up window that is supposed to auto-resize itself, but since I use Firebird with window auto-resizing disabled, I have…

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Mad Skills

The top two movies on this Japanese page show some, as the kids say, mad Tetris skills, yo. I’d write more, but F-Zero GX calls. It is a cruel, cruel beast — I must tame it.

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Stupid Xbox

The following image, titled stupidxbox, has been sitting in my dump directory for some months. It is a picture of an odd error message that the machine gave me, and it’s very subtle in its idiocy. Yes, my XBox is officially retarded. I attended a Classic Gaming Collectors of Canada swap meet on Sunday; here’s some quick photos of the event. I didn’t have many traders — and even less cash — but despite that I, once again, have a…

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Blast

There was a large explosion a few streets down from where I live. I think I might have heard (or felt it), but I can’t remember for sure. I know that later, when I learned of the blast, there was a really strong lightning display to the south of us. At first, it didn’t look like lightning — I thought maybe the light show was the refinery burning — but a couple of spectacular bolt strikes settled that. I think…

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Realistic

I came across a large depot of Japanese video game commericals, and I’m amused by some of their peculiarity. There’s definitely some culture gap going on there. (The first bunch is real media, ugh, so I can’t watch them, but the ones after that are all .asf. Not much better, but at least watchable). I can’t get over the fact that many of them end with a 7-11 logo. I wish convenience stores sold video games here. That’d be… convenient.…

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SlashCrap

I’ve started frequently posting into my Slashdot journal. I think I was bored when it started; since then, it has taken on a life of its own. It’s very spontaneous. I try to avoid inane and brief posts over here, to the best of my abilities anyway, but there — there I have no such qualms. It’s just complete banality in horrendously ugly Slashdot teal. Some nice photos in The Observer’s “10 Best Sports Photographs“. Obviously, seeing as this is…

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The Night the Lights Went Out

I wish there were some interesting stories to share, but being in the suburbs throughout the entire blackout is a rather dull experience. The power went out around 4:11pm. At the time, I was searching through the garage for a portable battery-powered radio to accompany my midday swimming. I was scrounging through the piles of junk in the garage when I heard: “Did you knock out the power?” It was the middle of the day, I was outside, and the…

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Brand New, You’re Retro

Not long after my post about certain shooters, this mefi thread shows up. It gave me the perfect opportunity to be redundant with my linkage. The last post, however, had a link to Shootemup. Shootemup is a depository of various free or shareware or trial versions of PC shooters. The site looks to be very sporadically updated and a lot of the games seem rather poor, but it definitely is a shmup “mother load.”

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Le Subtitle

After watching Life is Beautiful on Showcase last weekend, I realized something peculiar. In the last three months I have seen more subtitled movies than I have seen in the last three years (if not more). Most of them inadvertently as they’ve been playing on TV. It started with Amelie, which, I’ll admit, I was slow to catch. After that I watched: the anime remake of Metropolis (nothing special); Run Lola Run; Man Bites Dog (horribly vicious, but strangely amusing);…

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Heroes

ece4co has a bunch of browser based Shockwave games featuring a cat in a number of dangerous situations. The balloon one is my favourite. Frontal Assault is a … unique Windows game: The idea is to perform various moves on breasts. The move icons float to the screen and you must make the move before the icon disappears. Lose too many icons and the game ends. Once the quirky novelty of it passes, the game itself is rather bland. My…

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Free Play is Good Play

Remember rRootage? If that interested you, then check out the aptly named Warning Forever. In it, you face a never-ending onslaught of “bosses”. Each one’s arrival signaled to you through a shmup cliched warning. Good stuff. Similarily, there’s Bullet Philharmonic Orchestra — which is nothing more than a glorified bullet dodger. The interesting thing about it is that you specify the music for the game to play, and the bullet patterns are generated based on that music. Think of it…

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