the-inbetween yearly archives for: 2003

Port 1434

When a worm spreads around the Internet, taking down Microsoft products (SQL Server, this time): I shrug. When it goes and takes down Microsoft’s own Windows XP Activation database: I chuckle. When it almost literally takes down all of Korea’s internet access (along with other Asian areas): I think, “alright, less spam.” However, when the same worm takes down bank networks, causing Interac (and ABMs) to stop working*, which, in turn, delays some bozo in line in front of me…

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Crystalline Lake

Driving to work along Lakeshore this yesterday morning, I saw one of the more interesting sights I’ve seen in a long time. No, I’m not talking about that giant wind turbine at The Ex. Even though it did catch me off guard on Tuesday, as the bloody thing sprung up out of nowhere. No. The sight was the lake. That cesspool known as Lake Ontario. The sky was frigidly clear. The only exception was a massive wall of lake-effect cloud…

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All hype, no product.

You do learn something new everyday. Apparently, in Canada, it is illegal for non-cola (and non-coffee/tea related) soft drinks to have caffeine. Basically all citrusy, clear pops — like Mountain Dew — fall into this category. So, while Mountain Dew might have a massive load of caffeine south of the board border; in Canada, it is absolutely caffeine free. That, right there, is even less incentive to drink Mountain Dew (if that were possible). I don’t know what to think…

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Shooterpalooza

Maybe I’m just noticing it more, but it seems as though there is a (very) slight resurgence of the old-school shooter genre. There was Contra Shattered Soldier a couple months ago — a game firmly grounded in its roots, perhaps too much for its own good. Ikaruga, the highly praised Dreamcast import, is finally coming to this side of the Pacific for the GameCube. And now Gradius V has just been announced (the original was one of my favourite NES…

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Lucky Lucky Five Dollar

Just before going to pick-up my sister from school, I stopped by the old home to grab some left over objects. On the way out of the house, there, on the doorstep, was a perfectly good five dollar bill. The wind must have blown it across the whole complex. I think the old home is trying to bribe me to stay. In a way, I see its point. I’m sitting here on my bed (a mattress on the dirty floor)…

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The rumours of my demise…

With all that’s been going on, my three amigos haven’t been seeing much action lately. I’ve been slowly trudging through “Splinter Cell“, which isn’t leaving me remotely as impressed as all the raving reviewers led me to believe it would; I finished “Metroid Prime” a while ago at 98% completion. It was absolutely great. Good enough to get me to replay it in Hard mode. Today marks the release of my second most anticipated title of the last year (the…

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Possessions

Why do we keep the things that we keep? I’m not talking about the CD collection, or all those old books and games and movies — I’m talking about that stuff that you hide in some obscure place only to rediscover when you’re moving. And even then, you never throw any of it away. You take it with you, only to hide it in some hidden hole for another ten years. While packing over the last week, I’ve found a…

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GBA MEGATON!!1!1

Only a couple of months after I pay premium for a modded backlit GBA, Nintendo goes and releases this new model. Those sneaky bastards! Waiting until just after the holidays to make this megaton! announcement. Looks pretty neat otherwise, albeit a bit crammed. I wonder how the L and R buttons hold on this new version. The rechargeable battery is a nice touch. Here’s a few more shots: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (or you can get similar images from…

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Rogers sucks

The year 2003 has brought with it a whole slew of connections problems with our Rogers account. So I’ve been offline most of the time. However, I’ve been on long enough to see “How to Write Like a Wanker.” I’m only slightly a wanker.

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Of Interest

Piston Envy: The Sociology of Racing Games. Architecture, Authorial Idioms and Early Observations of the Interactive Drama Fa├žade (not likely an easy read.) If you are using IE on Win NT/2000/XP and are interested in seeing all HTTP headers, ieHTTPHeaders might be useful (unfortunately, there’s no Win98 version so I’m out of luck.) Persistence of Vision… shoes ? Odd and geeky. CBC has an interesting feature about video games: Play Again? The Changing Face of Video Games. It makes extensive…

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