Friday, May 20, 2005

I must post this for the purpose that it is preserved in my blog forever

There are three possible parts to a date, of which at least two must be offered: entertainment, food, and affection. It is customary to begin a series of dates with a great deal of entertainment, a moderate amount of food, and the merest suggestion of affection. As the amount of affection increases, the entertainment can be reduced proportionately. When the affection is the entertainment, we no longer call it dating. Under no circumstances can the food be omitted.
-- Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior.

Now how true is that? Let this be a lesson... don't ever cut out the affection part. Once the affection is there, make sure it is there to stay.

-Unix fortune

Thursday, May 19, 2005

E3 Goodness

I'm still hung up on Spore. I haven't bought too many games in the last couple years since I really got into playing my old GameCube games. But Spore, for the PC, is looking like it's going to be a pretty rux0r game. And I'm not really into the whole strategy thing, but I think I can slog through it to get to the interplanetary domination.

I think I gained a whole 15 pounds from the week I spent in Calgary eating the conference food. It suddenly expanded my gut, causing me to notice. My girlfriend notices as well.

Nintendo Revolution (the next step, after GameCube). WiFi. Library of vintage games for download (possibly for a small fee). Backward compatibility. That's what's got me tingling for the system. However, I'm going to try to hold out until the system is dropped in price and comes with accessories; yeah, probably a year after its release it'll finally drop in price, which would put it at 2 and a half years until I get my hands on the system. I bought my GameCube when it had just been released. It had a whole 4 or 5 games released when I'd bought it. The Cube, an extra controller, a memory card and game rang up at around $500 (Canadian). You can buy all that for $150 today.

Value gaming with Nintendo. I bought Harvest Moon: It's a Wonderful Life. I've burned throught he first week and a half of game time. I've picked two tomatoes from my crop. I've got 5 watermelons on the way and19 more tomatoes (21 after the two I picked grow back) on the way. One cow, a hen and a rooster (and my dog). I've begun wooing the ladies. The shy (easiest to woo) girl is the one I'm avoiding. I'm going for the hard-to-get Nomi. She's a red head. Need I say more? The game is quite fun. A days chores leaves me with enough time to dig for artifacts and fish a little bit. Definately worth the $19 I paid for it.

-System of a Down - B.Y.O.B. gonna have a good time

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Fido the Zombie

The film crew is staying on campus, where I'm working over the summer. I missed the casting call, which was held on Saturday, because I was away in Calgary for a conference. I was really looking forward to trying my hand at playing a zombie. How cool would it be to play a zombie in a movie? Even if it is a 'family-comedy zombie film'. So my hope is that the film is shot here on campus and I can just kinda hang out when they are shooting film. Then they can say, "You! We need an extra. Sit down and eat this pudding."

War of the Worlds...
what can I say about that? I read the book (both books, actually). All ~140 pages of martian invasions. I then borrowed the 1950's movie from the campus library and I have to tell you that the modernity of the changing times really sucks. The story tells of an invasion of martians on 100 foot tall tripods with mounted heat-rays and a slight reference to a single martian flying machine. Keep in mind the story was written in the late 1800's. The 1950's movie tells the story of a martian invasion using flying ships that are near indestructable.

The martians in the book were not indestructable, the martians simply took out the earths defenses before they could be drawn upon the invaders. And the martians of the book were huge round bodies with big eyes and small face who were too weak to maneuver about in earths gravity. The old movie shows bipedal creatures with a single eye who have no problem running about in earths (comparably) strong gravity.

At least the endings compare... I won't spoil it for you because the 2005 Spielburg film is released in just over a month. You'll probably want to see how it ends for yourself. So I just have this to say about the new film. I've watched all the trailers and TV spots in both english and japanese versions and it looks good. I am, however, a bit skeptical of how Spielburg is handling the mobility of the alien invaders. I'd still like to see 100 foot tall tripod walking machines with mounted heat-rays. But I guess with the ever-changing technology of earth as time continues, the walking machines would seem antique and truncated. It can be done right in reference of todays technology, I suppose. But I'd still like to see weak, fat blobs riding tripods while they roast people to death.

-One third a major city's population wiped out in the course of a month