the-inbetween monthly archives for: May 2004

I Quiiiiiit

I should be thankful that this eBay auction (!!) grew so far out of my price range. That money would be better served staying in my bank account in anticipation of my upcoming return to joblessness. Yes, as of June 8th, I shall be free of this place. What will come next? Who knows. I thought I had something in line, but there’s been no word on that: never a positive sign. In the meantime, it shall be a return…

> READ THE REST…

New Release Day

Millions of nerds are collectively creaming their pants today as that Rings movie is officially released. Not me. No, today marks the release of two far more interesting things: Skinny Puppy’s Greater Wrong of the Right and the XBox release of Metal Slug 3. While the anticipation for these titles doesn’t make me any less of a nerd, it does make me a hipper nerd. While it will accompany me to the cash register the next time I’m in HMV…

> READ THE REST…

Elections

All of a sudden, it’s federal election time. Unlike the US, where it’s months and months and months of non-stop campaigning, here we do things quick. In Canada, it’s a few weeks of “when’s the election? when’s the election?” followed by “BAM! Election time!” for, like, a month and then, BAM!, we either have the same dipshit goverment for another four or five years or another dipshit government for four or five years. At least here out choices for lousy…

> READ THE REST…

Before the Long Weekend

The last place I worked at had a policy wherein any three day long weekend would be treated as a four day long weekend. So on the Victoria Day weekend, I’d be able to take the Friday off in addition to the Monday. My current employer isn’t as flexible. So, here are some tips to make the last day before the long weekend more tolerable: Extended lunch: Order the dish that takes the longest to prepare. Don’t rush the food.…

> READ THE REST…

Premier Liar

I’m not one to talk politics much, but god damn the Ontario Liberals are pissing me off something awful. Complete cock-gobblers. The worst part of all the fun new taxes that the Liberals have instituted are the health care premiums. The breakdown is as follows: those that earn $20,000 or less will pay zero; those that earn $20,000 to $36,000 will pay $300 a year more; those that earn $36,000 to $48,000 will pay $450 per year; those that earn…

> READ THE REST…

Halo: Combat

Notwithstanding Microsoft’s stupid pricing schemes, I finally got a copy of Halo. For some reason, Conflict: Desert Storm is a Platinum Hits game, yet Halo is not…? The most proven and critically acclaimed titles for Xbox my ass, they’re just the ones they can’t milk for all their worth anymore. The latest scheme sees $49.99 Halo (should be $29.99 damnit) being packaged in an Action Double Pack with a ho-hum Platinum Brute Force and a two-months free trial subscription to…

> READ THE REST…

Possible Uses for the DS

If you have ever used a real-time multiuser visual chat — or something similar — then you know you are going to encounter dicks. It’s inevitable. Nintendo’s Pictochat seems like a nice little application, but… a visual multi-user chat on a system that can auto-detect other clients nearby is bound to see the inevitable dickage as well. Also, will randy Brits take to the DS and go “toothing” Nintendo-style? I’m sure the conservative Big N would love to see that…

> READ THE REST…

Toxic Cloud of Death!!

When we moved to this part of Mississauga a year and a half ago, we did so with the assumption that this would be a quieter area. Since then, there’s been: one refinery explosion, one triple shooting (last week), and one toxic cloud (today). I’m starting to rethink that “quiet” thought. Having a Government of Ontario Air Monitoring truck sitting two houses down from you for the whole evening is just slightly unsettling.

> READ THE REST…

The DS

The Nintendo DS: the premier strapless portable system. You know what? I kind of like it. Granted, it’s not the best looking system around, and, granted, the initial game library already pales in comparison to the PSP’s, but I think it has the most potential for originality, and in this day and age that’s a good thing. Two screens, capable 3D performance, four face buttons, microphone input, bluetooth AND WiFi, and a touch screen with stylus — and it is…

> READ THE REST…

Thoughts on E3’s Day -1: PSP

E3 is in full swing and three time zones seperate me from it. All the event reporting is making me feel like an info junkie. At this point, I’d rather be there not for the games (though that’s part of it), but so that I can get first hand footage and spare my browser from the constant refreshing. It doesn’t help that here’s about a million other geeks trying to load the exact same updates at the exact same time,…

> READ THE REST…

Enter the Monotony

Things are getting monotonous, even in the games I play during my free time. Final Fantasy XI is like work, only with negative cash flow. I log-in, work on my Job for a few hours, I try to get into a group to speed up experience hunting, the group turns out to be badly managed, collapses, and I end up losing a lot of time with little to show for it. I get enough of that every weekday from nine…

> READ THE REST…

System Selector Pro + Every Extend

If you’re like me and you have multiple consoles, you know that keeping them all connected is a pain in the ass. Especially if you have more consoles than inputs on your tv. This is why the System Selector Pro from Pelican is a life-saver. It doesn’t do much to solve the cableing mess — it adds to it, really — but it makes connections manageable, and that lets you forget about the ugly spiderweb of cables behind the tv…

> READ THE REST…