the-inbetween posts categorized as General

In Soviet Russia, GameBoy plays YOU.

Why Nintendo Won’t Grow Up — from Wired. I finally got my newest toy: it’s jet black, back-lit, and equipped with Metroid Fusion. Similarly, the GBA has brought new life to some of my old, dusty GameBoy games. My Tetris might be broken, but Golf — one of my favourites — is still going strong; even the battery-pack is holding up. It still has my high scores from a decade ago. I remember playing this game on a coach bus…

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browser refresh

My browsing experience feels completely refreshed, as all three of my browsers have been recently updated: Mozilla 1.2.1; Phoenix 0.5; and Internet Explorer 6 SP1. I can’t find a confirmation of it, but IE6SP1 supposedly removed the ability to resize full screen pages. This means that there will be no more chromeless windows, thank god. Also, the new version of Outlook Express comes with the ability to view ALL messages in plain text. I’m quite sure that this feature wasn’t…

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Fission Mailed

Here is the most interesting and supported analysis of Metal Gear Solid 2’s story line that I’ve seen. It’s extra fascinating to me as it deals with topics that I have grown an appreciation for lately: emergence, artifical life, and evolution. Strangely, I purchased one of the books cited five days ago (The Selfish Gene). It’s just nice to see a review of MGS2’s story that doesn’t consist of “wtf!?!?” and “Raiden sucks!!” Things have been very busy lately, so…

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Rumpletweezer

December is here, and thus approaches the end of 2002. An odd year it was, and it feels like it’s going to get stranger before it’s all over. I can’t quite pin-point what was so weird about it, but it’s definitely there. Hiding. Somewhere. There. This Java bike game can be frustratingly annoying at times, yet I can’t stop playing it. arg. The “babe track” is particularly interesting, though the second version of it gives me major troubles: I can’t…

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The Big Deal™

Looking around the homestead, I can conclude that we are either: a) being infested by a swarm of mutant boxes; or, b) getting ready for The Big Move™. As of this Sunday, The Big Bank™ will officially own the house that we will be living in. I, personally, will have a stake in the basement. The space will be some three to four times larger than what current room, which is already of a decent size. I can’t confirm this…

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If you read this, you will die… eventually

Caught The Ring, and I thought it was thoroughly OK. Nothing worth raving about, but it did have certain nice aesthetics, and appropriately matching sounds, that gave it a decent sense of foreboding. The best part, by far, was the actual death video, and the way the imagery from it came to play throughtout the whole movie. It had a bit of a music video montage feel to it — it felt like parts of it were taken from Nine…

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snow under sodium light

On days like this, I feel embarassed to be a driver in the Toronto area. This most obviously means that today is the first real snowfall of the season; and this most definitely means that people are driving like complete idiots. Yes, that’s snow on the ground: Welcome to Canada. It tends to snow here in the winter, and sometimes more than once. Get used to it. Adjust to it. If you are going to forget that snow is slippery…

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Things that annoy me

This might seem really stupid and anal, but as far as computer terminology goes, the following is a major pet peeve of mine: Working with Flash as often as I do, I tend to hear the word “aliased” when mentioning pixel fonts. This annoys me immensely. There is no such word. I understand that it might be seen to be the opposite to anti-aliased, but it’s not. If a font is not anti-aliased, then it is regarded as being displayed…

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31 reasons…

Here are 31 reasons supporting the case against MSIE. I finally caved and subscribed to GameSpot Complete. I’m still undecided as to whether it was a good idea. One of the “only on GameSpot Complete” features right now is the Zelda trailer… which has been available on the Zelda site for a week. Whoop-dee-doo. Farm Sluts is hilarious, well worth the time to watch it.

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truer words…

I can’t remember where I saw the following expression first, but it has stuck with me. If you are 20 and not a liberal, you have no heart. If you are 40 and not a conservative, you have no brain. I don’t know what it is that you lack if you are 23 and ‘centrist,’ though I feel a bit dirty for using a word like centrist. More importantly, I can’t tell if this is satire. Also worth noting, the…

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Simpsons tedium

Extremely over-used Simpsons reference #234: I, for one, welcome our *whatever* overlords. As far as any discussion areas are concerned, this one is #233.

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Top More…

Speaking of lists, I found these interesting: top ten digital photography tips and 101 things that Mozilla can do that IE can’t. Seen on Slashdot recently: ferrago.co.uk. Into the bloated favourites folder you go. Today is my sister’s birthday. She’s turning a scary old fifteen. I still remember the day she was born. I remember getting the newly released The Legend of Zelda that day as a gift (yes, video games are that engrained in my life, they are the…

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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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