witty titles; shitty titles

Some of these, and particularly these, bring back memories. Ever since I moved to Movable Type and started using the title field, I’ve had extra trouble posting things simply because I couldn’t think of a clever enough heading. This difficulty has essentially ruled out a possible career as a newspaper headline writer. Too bad. I think I need to find a new industry to work in, far and away from IT. Sometimes, it’s just not worth it. I was looking…

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If I see another Flash-based “page-turning” book navigation for a site, I will be forced to find these designers and beat them over the head with actual books. These interfaces might work with physical books, where you can flip through the pages and quickly browse through the text — but they absolutely do not work with a mouse, with slow page transitions, and with no way to flip ahead quickly. I’d link to a few examples, but I hate them…

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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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boycott this *gestures*

I recently told myself that I would not buy any more games this year. I have spent way too much money in the last couple of weeks, and am in need of a cut-back. I have enough to hold me over through December, and this abstinence will give me time to actually finish what I already have. Vice City sits unfinished; I haven’t unlocked level 5 in Contra: SS; I have two XBox games that I haven’t even touched yet;…

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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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big, black, and heavy

I’ve neglected to mention that I got an XBox, and XBox Live, over a week ago. I previously maintained that Panzer Dragoon Orta would win me over to this monstrously giant XBox machine, and while that is still partly true, I just couldn’t hold out much longer. The allure of online play was too strong. Sure, Sony has had the online adapter available for over a month now — but you’d be hard-pressed to find one. Sony fucked up big.…

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Synergy Squared

If you were to ask me to list my top twenty 8-bit/16-bit games of all time, Square and Enix would have a combined five games (including the one collaborative title between the two, Crono Trigger.) With that, I’m not sure what to think of the Enix Square merger. It looks like a good deal for me on the surface, but it feels like it has a bitter centre that carries with it a deeper meaning — not unlike one of…

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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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Prime Time Goodness

It’s finally here. I’ve been waiting for it since the E3 demo. Back then, I knew that Metroid Prime was going to be outstanding. Now that it’s finally out, I can safely and clearly say that it doesn’t disappoint in the slightest way. Prime doesn’t just live up to the storied Metroid legacy, it takes it to another level — and that’s saying a lot.

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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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