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Archive for May, 2007

Full newspaper article for those who want, nay NEED to know:

Friday, May 25th, 2007

“The body of John Lantham of New York was found shortly after 4 am in the 4300 block of Grand Avenue.

Ted Worden, a doorman at the Tower Lofts complex, heard loud noises coming from the victim’s loft.

Concerned for tenants’ safety, he entered the loft and found the body hanging from a beam in the living room.

According to Jaime Ortiz, a police spokesman, the incident was deemed a suicide after medical tests. Latham (sic) is survived by one teenaged son.

Memorial services will be held at the Hoffs-Drawlar Funeral Home tomorrow evening.”

Another 3 day weekend is upon me.

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Busy writing weekend I have (at the least)

1. Article on the Undead for publication
2. Article on Pokemon for the next book
3. Review of Taito Legends 2 (still have to play through ten games on that.)

Talked with Lori yesterday about D.C. stuff. More and more it’s seeming unlikely. I’m had a dozen offers in the past few months and at least 1-2 email and/or phone interviews a day, but in the end it comes down to things like a) not meeting my salary requirements, b) them wanting me to come out in the next 48 hours and pay for my own plane ticket without any guarantee of anything or c) other stupid stuff. It’s stressful and frustrating but it’s all part of the attempt. I’m at a place where I’m locked into a particular income bracket and I don’t like the idea AT ALL of shifting back down. I like my comfort.

All I want for my birthday is a home for two bunnies I’ve spent nearly a year trying to find good loving human to pair them with. Sigh. I thought I had one lined up but the second I saw how they lived I was like “No. The rabbit will get tetanus living here.”

I have to meet up with Chris this weekend before I go to NM to get the cash he owes me and my stuff back before he heads off to live in the Big Apple.

I have to try and find a copy of Art of Fighting Anthology. MSRP is 15 bucks. Gamestop/EB has it for 19.99. Insane. Gamecrazy or Toys R us, here I come.

Why am I craving fried chicken?

Ouch. Poor Jack Sparrow

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

I have yet to read a review that doesn’t shred the ever loving crap out of the final PotC movie. Even diehard fans who got a sneak peak are calling it dreadful. That’s rather sad considering how good the first one was.

Guess I know what I don’t have to worry about seeing this weekend. I’ll wait until the crowds die down.

Thanks Becky!

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/05/24/egypt.snakes.ap/index.html

Snakes on a Motherfuckin’ Plane: FOR REAL!

I’m so glad it’s not yesterday anymore. Well, until tomorrow. THEN today will be yesterday.

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Okay, where to start?

1. We had a flash torrential rainstorm here yesterday. Which meant everyone with a car went batshit insane and forgot how to drive. It took me two hours to get back from lunch in Minnetonka to Plymouth. Holy fuck. That’s like 5 miles. People were running red lights, driving on the wrong side of the road, on the shoulder, every which way but sane. And it was a little bit of rain. Nothing like when my side of minneapolis fucking flooded last June. Holy shit.

2. I played 14 of the 35 games in Taito Legend last night. I beat two. One being this fucking amazing shooter and the other being the Legend of Kage which is short but super fun. Out of the 14 I played, I’d say 5 were fun, the others mademe want to kill myself. Some of the controls set up for these games are insane. Trust me, the control section for this review will consist primarily of profanity. I ran through bits with Aaron and Williams last night and they were laughing their asses off at my hell. Let’s hope now that I’m up to 1989, things will improve.

3. One of my friends here in minneapolis offered herself up as my own personal “submissive sex slave.” I shit you not. She wants some lifestyling bdsm it appears. I showed Spike snippets of the conversation and he was like “LOL. Go for it.” Of course if I said, “Hey Spike, there’s this hot but utterly insane chick with a record of eating the flesh of her beaus who wants to do me several times a day” he’d still say “Lol. Go for it.” Mainly for the anticipation of the, “Holy hell what a crazy bitch!” post in this blog.

Oddly enough, this isn’t my first experience with someone wanting to do an actual 24/7 D/S thing with me. Hey, DS. Insert your Nintendo joke here.

I had two in high school. One was pretty smothery with the whole “I heart Alex and will do whatever he says/wants.” To me that’s not really a relationship. That’s kind of pitifiul. I mean, I’m a dominant person but I don’t want to dominate a person. If I’m in control, that’s cool, but for someone to be my meat puppet? Not as cool.

The second was in high school was a lot saner. We both had totally different lives, friends, etc. We’d just get together for some kink and cuddles. No real emotional connection. She was just my private fuck toy. Wait, did I say saner? Well, compared to #1 where she thought it would be a great idea to brand herself with my name, yes. yes it was.

The third was a southern belle I almost dated instead of Elisa. She keeps finding me every now and then and wanting to pick up where I last dropped her, but you know…if it didn’t work the first time, it won’t the second. She was one of those raised by mormons to be a good little Jesus hugger and obey even the most stringent laws of her faith and so all that repressed sexuality came to a head when she met me and well…it was interesting to say the least. I just again wasn’t into the idea of having someone exist simply for me. I mean it sounds hot in the head when you think about it fantasy wise, but in reality, it’s a touch too much for me. maybe if I didn’t have the really big indendpent streak and a need for private time I could get off on it more, but it just doesn’t jibe with me.

And then there’s MN goth girl whom most of my friends here know but I don’t think many if any think of her as submissive much less willing to be a 24/7 lifestyler.

There’s one couple here in MN I’mpretty good friends with that are lifestyler BDSM’ers and out of any of I’ve met in my life, they the only one’s I’d say pull it off and have a healthy realtionship, good professional careers and are otherwise perfectly normal. I mean, he’s fine with her being a slut toy for others and they both get off on it. But you’d never guess it unless they feel comfortable enough to be honest with you. I admire and respect how beautifully they pull it off, but I don’t think I could do anything like that in this stage of my life.

I mean, she’s a cutie and a bit nutty and I think every guy wouldn’t mind having someone go “I haven’t fucked you enough today. How do you want it this time?” but I guess I need a little more substance than sex. Yeah. Me. I know. I like conversations and someone that can hold their own.

Also, with each girl that has wanted to do the whole sub lifestyle thing with me I’ve noticed all off them have been like “I’d totally be a 50’s style housewife if I could be.” I guess I don’t see what’s appealing about that. But then, that’s probably why they’re into me. :-P

4. I’m not sure which version of the Grim Grimoire Preorder to get from Nippon Ichi. One version comes with a set of 20 Japanese postcards with pretty art I could then send to people. The other comes with a DVD of all their japanese trailers and tv commercials. Hmmm.

I love LOST

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

That is all.

Wednesday - Mainly food stuff.

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

Man. I need the weekend.

Yesterday I had a massive migrane and so took a two hour nap when I got home. Then I finished my Etrian Odyssey review and pretty much called it a day. My head was pounding so much I couldn’t bother to care about anything else.

DJ Nitrogen - You been to Saffron yet? It’s got props from Gourmet Magazine. it’s like one of 4 places in al of Minneapolis ever to get it and I know you’re like the only other Gothie Gourmet in town so I thought I’d see if you’ve gone or wanted to go. The salmon & clam tagine sounds amazing. Website is http://www.saffronmpls.com/ If anyone else wants to join us, you’re more than welcome to.

It looks like we might be getting together a monthly or every other month Fogo group. Scott, Danarchy, Moser, and myself are all interested in doing this. Anyone else up for a group like this. Four is a pretty good start!

Odin Sphere comes out today. People like it regardless, but I’m hearing a few reviewers say it’s to Guardian Heroes what EO was to Wizardry. This hurts my brain a bit, mainly because I’ve played Princess Crown and from what I’ve seen of Odin Sphere from Atlus earlier this year I guess I would never have thought to put the two games together.

CM Punk and Raven vs Ultimo Dragon and Jushin Liger in a 2/3 falls match or Brock Lesnar vs Tommy Dreamer in a Last Man Standing match. There’s a bit of a disconnect for the main events of my two SD vs Raw 2k6 feds…

I might have a home for one of the two girl bunnies after this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed.

First review in a month!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Review: Etrian Odyssey (NDS)

Etrian Odyssey
Publisher: Atlus
Developer: Atlus
Genre: First Person Turn Based RPG (AKA Dungeon Crawl)
Release Date: 5/16/2007

Etrian Odyssey is a throwback to the oldest days of video game RPG’s. When games came on things called “floppy discs.” When the PC was the only way to play RPG’s. When Electronic Arts made actual quality video games. When a company called SSI was considered to be one of the best publishers around. When games like Ultima IV, Eye of the Beholder, and Wizardy were considered the best the industry had seen, regardless of genre. When graph paper was a perquisite for both tabletop and video RPGs alike.

Let’s get one thing straight. Etrian Odyssey is a Wizardry clone in every way possible. It’s a first person RPG. The battles are turn based. You can have a horde of characters waiting at camp and switch them out whenever you choose. The town in the game is an afterthought that allows you to get quests and heal. 95% of the game is dungeon crawling and the last 5 percent has some semblance of a plot. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The original Wizardry is still considered one of the best RPG’s ever made. Hell, the main reason I originally bought the PS2 was because Atlus released Curse of the Forsaken Land to US games in 2001. The only thing that really separates the games is that Wizardry has alignment and race classifications/restrictions where EO does not. EO does have a “map the level” aspect that interfaces with the DS touch screen.

Wizardry: Curse of the Forsaken Land sold miserably and is one of those games that people either loved or loathed depending mainly on their age and familiarity with the RPG genre. With Etrian Odyssey being the spiritual successor to one of the oldest and most popular RPG franchises of all time, the questions remains whether or not a game like this that actively seeks to punish gamers can find a niche in today’s world of 3-D graphics, wonky camera angles and with gamers bred on a far lesser degree of difficulty than EO will inflict upon them.

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Tuesday Morning babbles

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

One week from now, I’ll be in ABQ. We’ll see if that’s a yay or a boo by the time the trip is done.

Really tired today. I went to bed pretty late last night and then the rabbits were bouncy so I didn’t get much sleep. Thlyali is so crazy energetic now compared to when she first came to stay with me. The first month she barely moved. Now she’s zipping all over the place like Chewie and Baby.

By 2012, every taxi in NYC will be a hybrid vehicle. Nice! Why can’t the rest of the US follow suit?

For my British Friends - I was talking with one of my female friends about reality TV and how I never got into it except for Gene Simmon’s show, the very first season of Tough Enough, and the 2002 inaugural season of “I’m a Celebrity, Get me Out of Here.” Americans have no idea what this is but I didn’t try to explain Tony Blackburns ever growing dementia and obsession with logs. I found a DVD showing highlights of the show for a mere quid on Ebay, but I’m wondering if the entire series was ever put on DVD. I realize Americans need to learn why Ant and Dec need to be pushed in from of a bus. Repeatedly.

I picked up a copy of Cannon Spike for $24 yesterday. Man I missed that game. it appeared to have disapeared from my gaming collection whilst I was living in England. Odd.

Ooh good Virtual Console day!

Monday, May 21st, 2007

Streets of Rage 2 and Blazing Lasers hit today! Blazing Lasers was the 1989 GOTY. Like a 2-D shooter could even get that nowadays from anyone but me. :-(

Oh also, I have yet to play a non virtual console game with my wii.

Look for Etrian Odyssey and Ninja Gaiden VC reviews this week.