the-inbetween yearly archives for: 2003

Game Boy Advance SP

I picked up the just released GameBoy SP. Initial impression: man, the box is ugly. Slightly less initial, but still pretty damned initial impression: Christ, this thing’s small and light. *Gratuitous link to a European ad for the SP. Obviously, a European ad*. Opening the GBA SP for the first time was momentarily awkward. It’s the size of a compact, and it opens (clam-shell) like a compact; I felt like I was about to put on some mascara. After realizing…

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United States of Whatever

Eh, war. Whatever. The fact that Canada isn’t officially participating in this war just fuels my war-apathy. However, I could do without all the repetitively masturbatory news info-overload television broadcasting, but, luckily, I don’t watch much TV anymore so it’s not much of an issue. I’m not going to be waking up with a news-headache tommorrow (though, likely, I will wake up with other kinds of headaches — but that’s a different issue altogether.) Bah. Remember The Lost Vikings for…

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Missile Laser Option Shield

Soulfire — a CG Animated TV series — looks interesting. It doesn’t look nearly as good as Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, but I would assume that they don’t have even a tenth of the budget that Square had. I never played the original Zone of the Enders, but The Second Runner is making me regret it. Excluding Metroid Prime, I haven’t been this engrossed by a game in a long while. ZOE2, being a Kojima game, will no doubt…

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Wankfests

To the technical bookworm geek out there, the demise of Wrox and Friends of Ed might be a bitter pill to swallow. I couldn’t care less as I don’t own any of their books, but I have heard good things about Wrox publications. I’m a New Riders/O’Reilly type myself, so I can’t vouch for those claims, but losing the competition is a bummer. Good riddance to Friends of Ed, though. They might have been decently designed, but mere browsing of…

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Slippery When Wet

I don’t go out much, so I don’t have much of a sense for the Toronto night-life. Walking along Bloor West, amongst the noise and the light and the hustle and bustle, I realized: “Oh yeah, I hate this. That’s why I don’t go out.” So I spent the rest of my evening on Toronto’s dark and quiet back streets; empty areas with unmaintained sidewalks, snow covered driveways, and lots of ice. Lots of very slippery ice. The kind of…

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noctambulist

You know the feeling. That late night head pounding that you try to solve with a pair of headphones, blasting your ear-drums happily titled tracks as “Piss,” “Befriend a Child Killer,” “Skumfuck,” and “One Again You Die.” That nocturnal urge to carve out your eyeballs with your house keys, only to eat them with a side of fries and a shot of vodka. That wanton desire to stab your brain with your stylus by shoving it up your nose as…

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the new

Is “ace” the new “ill” or the new “mint”? Are pixel patterns the new 45 degree arrows? Are the 80s the new 70s? Is anti-war the new anti-globalization? Are rubik’s cubes the new lego? Inquiring minds want to know.

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On The Radar

While I wait, impatiently clutching my pre-order receipt for Zelda, I want to stay as far away from any new games as possible(especially RPGs). Once Zelda hits, everything else is going to be thrown onto the wayside, and I don’t want to be stuck with any more half-finished games. I have enough of those already. As an alternative, I’ve been looking for some new music again. Listening to the same stuff for months tends to get stale mighty quick. Music…

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Moveable Type tweaks

Being a lazy person, I like the little buttons above Movable Type’s main text box. They save me about five seconds worth of typing! I don’t have to manually type <b>bold</b> anymore; I just select what I want to boldify, hit the little B button, and continue on. There’s two small problems. Firstly: <b>, <i>, and <u> are deprecated. Secondly: a number of other, more semantically correct tags are missing. Naturally, I opened up the MT template file and very…

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Battle of Ontario indeed

Nothing good ever came out of Ottawa.

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Quick Note

If you’re looking for this image, but are instead finding this one — then someone is a complete ass. That someone is quite possibly you. That image was not meant for you, but for a special place that I now regret linking to in the first place. Thank you for your co-operation. Over and out.

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+/- = 0

There’s a futureshop commercial that’s been regularly shown on tv for months now. It’s the standard fare: families watching movies on their big-screen tvs, cool people listening to cool music on their cool stereos, and kids playing their high-tech games. They’re all highly ecstatic and excited, as one would expect. I never gave the commercial much attention, until I found two discrepancies. Firstly, in one of the scenes, you see two younger boys playing Super Mario Sunshine, and they’re really…

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Sleepless in Mississauga

Whatever is bringing me down, is keeping me up. I’ve been having trouble sleeping this whole month. At this rate, I’ll be likely to collapse from fatigue in places I’d rather not collape in. Sleep is a scarce resource around these parts. Hopefully, reading Mastering Regular Expressions will help me fall asleep. It looks awfully boring, but it is a skill that I need for a current project. On the plus side, when sleep seems impossible — the internet is…

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