joystick 101

After a long spell of downtime, joystick101 is finally back. yay. Similarly, RobotStreetGang — the intelligent, but rarely updated gaming culture site — has updated with a short blurb about what the authors are currently playing. I guess it’s light on the content, but at least it’s something. Not surprisingly, Animal Crossing is mentioned multiple times. While I’m at it, might as well mention GameGirlAdvance — which gets semi-regular visits from me. With so many weblogs dedicated to things like…

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demographics

I was surfing around pricing some cars I like today, trying to see what I can get for about 300-350 per month — and more or less getting what I was expecting. No real problems there. Then I went to insurance hotline to get a sense for what the insurance rates would be… fucking hell! The best quotes that I managed to get were all just a little less per month than what I would actually pay for the car.…

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Tokelau

I’ve never heard of Tokelau — a group of Pacific islands called — up until an hour ago, but now I have a Tokelau top-level domain: 8-bit.tk The domains are free for registration, with a basic redirect and some restrictions — or, for less than $10US per year, can be purchased for full control. I find it curious that these tiny atolls, with probably no normal access to the net and with a population of 1500, have top level domains…

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slsk

I don’t know if you’ve tried using SoulSeek as your post-Napster file sharing utility yet, but if you haven’t, then do so now. I hesitated a long time before giving it a shot, and now I regret that I didn’t bother earlier. I haven’t had this much success downloading rare, hard to find albums since the zenith of the Napster era. While my musical wanderings stagnated for the last year, they are finally back in full swing. I don’t have…

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Animal Mafia

Got Animal Crossing yesterday, making me the third person in the office with a copy — and possibly not the last. I’m sure that there is going to be plenty of trading to be had. I have to hand it to Nintendo, as they know how to milk an idea dry. To get the full Animal Crossing experience, you have to get the game; get a GameBoy and a link cable; get an e-Reader for said Gameboy; collect all the…

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of paths and vectors

Pixels are my friends. Paths, though, scare me. That is why, compared to Illustrator, I’ve always preferred Photoshop. Or Paintshop Pro. Or even MSPaint. Rasters are easy for me; clean vectors are not. With that, I toiled and toiled in Illustrator yesterday. Tracing, drawing, redrawing, redoing, redrawing again, retracing. Practice really is the best way to teach yourself. I still have a long way to go in learning the fine art of the bezier curve, but I’ve finally started to…

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Goodbye money

I have lost track of all upcoming games and releases for the next two/three months. There’s so bloody many. And with the constantly changing release dates, it’s just too damned daunting to remember. So, for personal reference, I have compiled a list of games that I deem to be interesting and/or significant for this holiday season (along with current estimated release dates, which are almost guaranteed to change.) TimeSplitters 2 (Oct. 8) WildArms 3 (Oct. 8) GTA: Vice City (Oct.…

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SAD

Some time ago, the thought that I might suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder came to mind. Looking back at the last few winters, the thought is more than reasonable. I gave the idea some more thought, and I realized that the four most depressing days of the year (Christmas, New Year, my birthday, and Valentine’s Day) are all clumped together during the core winter months. One miserable day after another… I no longer think that I suffer from SAD. I…

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take it for a spin

Nice art. With Java enabled phones on the horizon, like this Sony Ericsson P800 — which I would like to get the second it’s available anywhere in the world — we can start expecting to see some innovative phone-based applications made by wily java developers. A gameboy emulator being tops on that list. My problem with getting a fucking cool phone like that is that, beyond the bells and whistles, it’s still just a phone. I already have a phone.…

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Out and about

Now that I have my camera back, ventures into the rural wilds of Southern Ontario don’t seem quite as pointless.

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Weekend Update

BD4D: Toronto was today, and while I didn’t find any of the presentations mind-blowing or innovative, they were, at the least, well done. The best piece, in my opinion, was one from the BD4D archives: Mauro Gatti’s. The best news in a couple months came last monday in the form of a new camera. I brought my camera in on the Second of August because a speck kept showing up on all my pictures, even after I thoroughly cleaned the…

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why I don’t watch tv: reason #457

I caught my first show of the new fall season today: Firefly (with it’s own weblog). Being a person with a certain sci-fi tilt, I was hoping that it would, at the very least, have some original concepts and ideas, if not an actual interesting storyline, or a decent plot, or quality writing, or good actors, etc etc. Boy was I wrong. What utter crap! It can be described as a very slow paced Western with space ships. Fuck, I…

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spam spam eggs and spam

oh, hey. Feeling pretty mellow. I’ve noticed an upswing in the amounts of spam coming into my mailbox over the last month, the majority of which seems to come during late night and early morning hours. And while the majority of it is deleted instantly, one unsolicited piece of mail was good — my webhost contacting all it’s customers to say that accounts have been upgraded. Good news. Now I have an extra 50MB of space (on top of the…

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