Associating Games With Other Things

April 13th, 2007

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I’ve usually have two Television sets setup at my gaming area. One to play games and one to watch cable or DVDs.

Recently I can recall playing Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2 on Game Cube, and thinking of George Lopez Quotes from an episode that I watched years ago. When ever I go back to Tony Hawk Underground 2 I think of Simpson‘s Quotes, the same With BMX XXX.

I never actually beat Luigi’s Mansion, every once in a while and play it for a few minutes and try to remember where I was at, whenever I play it I remember the day I got My Game Cube, Luigi’s mansion being the first game for the system I ever had. I also remember the fact that I didn’t have a memory card until after a weak or so of having the game.

Tony Hawk American Wasteland, I beat on it’s hardest setting in 2 days. I beat it in my basement and every time I play it I think of things that happened to me those two days, I remember my brother was home and he Kept yelling at me that I’m waisting my life playing video games.

When ever I play Pac-Man World 2, I think of kanYe West‘s The College Dropout. I probably played the majority of the game listening to that album.

Metroid Prime and WarioWorld and Hitman 2 were that last three games that I bought before Getting a Wii, I definitely associate these games with the few months of anticipation of getting the Wii.

I Know whenever I play a retro game, Like Super Mario Bros 1 or 3, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Caveman Games, and what have you.

Anyways I was wondering if other people have these type of thoughts? Do you ever associate games with something else, something that happened to you while you were playing a game?

Wii Opera Browser: Full Version is Out Toady

April 12th, 2007

Because of the power outage, My Wii shut down, Sense my Wii shut down not using it’s own software, as the power went back on the Wii was no longer was connected to 24 connect. So when I woke up there was no chance of me receiving a message until it was turned on. So with no oh so beautiful pulsating blue light to tell me I had a message, It wasn’t till I went on my computer that I got the news that the full versions of the Wii’s Opera Web Browser was available for download. So after seeing the news I rushed to my Wii, turned it on, and told it to update; after that I went to the Wii Ware section of the Shop channel, and saw that the new update added the ability for downloaded programs to update, So that’s exactly what I did. After downloading the new update, I found some cool new features. The message sent from Nintendo is as follows:

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Internet Channel
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Now even more convenient to use!

The Internet Channel allows everyone to enjoy the Internet from their living room. We’ve just added some new features to make it even more convenient to use! Best of all, it’s still free!

New features include:

  • Faster start-up time!
  • Search button added!
  • Text is clear, even when enlarged
  • You can now hide the tool bar to see even more of the screen

It’s a great way to surf the Internet with family and friends, and allows you to experience the Internet in ways you never thought possible with your PC (on your TV!!)

To get this latest version of the Internet Channel, you’ll need to download it.

To download the Internet Channel:
First:
Press the “Update” button at the bottom right, and update the Wii console.

Next:
Select “Internet Channel from the Wii Ware section of the Wii Shop Channel. Download the new software and start surfing!

Please Note:
You can download the Internet Channel for free until the end of June 2007.

Parents who want to control access to the Internet Channel should refer to the Parental Controls options available in the Wii System Settings. To access these settings, return to the Wii Menu and select the Wii icon.

Despite these many improvements I still have a few problems with the browser. One is that the Opera Web Browser for the Wii still only supports up to Flash Version 7, which makes some sense because that is the most standardized version, but I still find some sites that require Opera Version 9. Also I know I’m dreaming here but it would be nice to have some ActiveX and Java Support for services like LogMeIn and Browser Friendly AIMs. Despite these few problems I have with it, I still like this new version, and seeing the new update I’m sure eventually Opera will get around to adding support for Flash version 9 and other support to a new update. Anyways with this new update I’m probably going to do some cool changes soon on my Wii Page, also, if I find there will be no support for Flash version 9, I may join up with some friends of mine to program a page that bypasses Flash detection either through a proxy or what have you.

Power Outage, Retro Memories, and Super Paper Mario Recap

April 12th, 2007
Power Outage

Yesterday night, a little after 11:00, 11:15 according to when my Tivo cut out, my power went out. I was in the middle of playing my new Super Paper Mario game, and thank God for saves. As the power went out I was unable to sleep yet, so I thought back to the times I played the NES, back then the the equivalent to saving was to never unplug your NES and unhook the coaxial or a/v cord from your TV set and plug them back in when your ready to continue playing Super Mario Bros. 3. A power outage, back then, would have been “fatal”.

Oh yeah, and speaking of Super Paper Mario, I’ve played it for nearly 7 hours and I’m still loving it. Who needs Super Mario Galaxy when you have World 4 for Super Paper Mario. From what I can see, it may not be as I said earlier when it comes to length, But I can say with out a doubt that the hilarious script itself is much longer than that of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The script spoof, parodies and makes fun of everything that you could possibly imagine. The script talks about everything from the internet, computer geeks, cellphones, Zelda, the Wii’s hardware itself, computer archiving, 2d platforms, 3d platforms, dating and anything else you can think of.

Any How, speaking of power outages I still didn’t know what caused the huge power outage of 2003, I couldn’t figure out, yesterday, why didn’t the news cover this enough. At any rate today I looked it up and the final conclusion was that the power outage was caused by FirstEnergy Corporation’s failure to trim trees in part of its Ohio service area, seams kind of boring, that’s probably why I missed it, not interesting enough.

Not tired yet, I played my Nintendo DS lite for a half hour or so, The power went back on about 4 hours later, 3 hours before I went to sleep.

Super Paper Mario

April 10th, 2007

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Today I set out to get Super Paper Mario, after a failed attempt yesterday resulting from a misunderstanding of the terms Shipped and released. First I called the store to see if they had any in stock. After that I had to get the money. I had five bags of change 3 containing 10 dollars each. I then brought the change in to a Coinstar at VG’s, the service charge rate was 8.5, but i swear they took more than that. I exchange the little slip for 46.47 dollars. Combining that with the 7 dollars in my wallet was enough to buy the game. An EB Games store was in the same complex So naturally that’s were I decided to go.

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I when in the store, grabbed the game, bought it, and had a short discussion on the validity of reservations for upcoming games with the stores manager after he asked if I wanted to make one for any Wii games. After coming Home of coarse there’s the ritual unwrapping of the game. After that I used my Wii’s internet browser to inform various forums that i had bought the game. Then I popped the game in The Wii. after playing it for a few hours the game case then took it place next to my other Wii games.

The game is an absolute must buy for the Wii. I know it’s not as good as Zelda, but I can say it’s my second favorite game out for the System. The game requires that you go from 2d and 3d through the entire game. The game also adds new ability throughout, including the use of new playable characters, items, and none playable characters. The game has SNES like cut scenes and vibrant and colorful graphics. It appears that throughout nearly every area of the game you can go from 3d to 3d. The game is very long, from what I’ve heard it take about the same length to finish as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Oh yes and the script is Hilarius’s and I strongly recommend reading everything, the script alone is reason enough to get this game. This game so far met all my expectations and I’m probable going to spend the majority of the rest of the week playing it.

Happy Easter

April 8th, 2007

Well today is Easter and like every year the ritualistic activity of coloring Easter Eggs took place this year. Most people are unaware of the reasoning behind the coloring of Easter Eggs, and a good Blogger would explain the reasoning behind the Egg before discussing them…

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Well on to my Eggs, You can can see my masterpiece’s (on the left) and you can see my 21 year old sisters eggs which were inferior to my eggs, and lacked the makings of what are need to call them good Easter Eggs.

Shades

This egg has textures comparable to some of man’s greatest paintings. The colors red and brown shade the entire egg top to bottom, and even as the egg had pink on the top and blue on the bottom, the red and brown shading stays constant thought the piece.

Broken Egg

But as with most years in my house and the houses of the worlds other Easter Happy Egg colorers. Many eggs must suffer from the smashings and bumpings of the eggs environment. these eggs jump the gun for their eventual complete removal of their shells, and eventual consumption. Oh yeah and Happy Easter Everybody.

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Japanese

April 7th, 2007

japlangMy goal, to learn Japanese and to be able to completely understand imported video games in two to three years. As you know japan is basically the video game capital of the world, and being that many games come out much earlier in japan than the united states. After learning Japanese, I can import games, and become more informed on gaming news. As of now I’m only learning online, but next year I may take courses in collage. Anyways that’s whats new with me.

Alphabet 26

March 27th, 2007

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In 1950 Bradbury Thompson invented an alphabet called Alphabet 26. This new proposal would have simplified the alphabet by having the lower and upper case symbols identical except for size.

The conventional alphabet has 19 letters that have different upper and lower case symbols(A,B,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,P,Q,R,T,U,Y and a,b,d,e,f,g,h,i,j,k,l,m,n,p,q,r,t,u,y) and 7 letters (C,O,S,V,W,X,Z, and c,o,s,v,w,x,z) that have identical symbols. The theory Thompson presented was that it was misleading for a letter, or for any graphical symbol, to have two different designs, and that these different designs were confusing school children as they learned the English language.

I personal think this would be a great idea not only for learning but also for standards. I, when I’m writing to myself or sometimes to others, write in all caps, I think it developed when I was in the 4th grade after I was hit by a car and I guess it stuck.

Ridgeway Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous (Part 4 of 4)

March 24th, 2007

In case you have still no idea what this event is, I’ll give your the brief history. The Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous started as a gathering of six chainsaw carvers. Since then, the event has grown to be the world’s largest chainsaw carving event.

It is an open invitation to all Chainsaw Carvers. The event is an opportunity for all types of chainsaw carvers to share, market, learn, and teach. For carvers who tend to be leaned away from compositions, this is a great place to go to, as is not a competition but merely a gathering.

The Ridgway Rendezvous is a great event, I know every time I go I learn something new. If you’re a carver I suggest you go. I’ve gone there for four years. My first year, when I was a freshman at Notre Dame High School, I sold my first carving, a Tiki god, Having started carving a month or so before. I can say that much of my style of carving now was greatly influenced by what I have seen at Ridgway.

Having said all that i would like to thank all those who put the event together particularly the Boni’s and also the whole town of Ridgway who comes and takes part of the event.

Folding@Home

March 16th, 2007

Folding@home has been or will be implemented to help studies involving Alzheimer’s Disease, Cancer, Huntington’s Disease, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Parkinson’s Disease, Ribosome & antibiotics. You can help buy simply installing Folding@Home on your computer. Folding@Home is a distributed computing project, meaning people across the globe are connecting their computers to fold virtual protein quicker than any supercomputer in the world could do.

Also for those who own a Sony Grill PS3, Folding@Home will be accessible within the Network menu of the XrossMediaBar. Now all the unused computing power can join the cause; maybe you can feel better now that you’re gaming machine you bought for $600 can now use it’s spare horsepower by going to help someone other than yourself.

So come on, it’s real easy to install, it’s available in all prevalent languages and in virtually all computing platforms. The program runs in the background or if you want you can look at the protein unfolding yourself. The program uses unused processes of your computer, meaning it won’t slow your computer down. For those of you who use your computer to only chat on AIM and leave your computer on all day long, install the program and let all that time your computer is doing nothing actually be productive by helping someone

Daylight Saving Time

March 13th, 2007

What your reading now is the third attempt at a post about this subject. The second post contained to much information and was not clear enough. The first attempt was a little less than 2204 words long, I ranted to the point were most sentence were uncomprehensible and contained numerous threats to the UN. Anyways here is a much cleaner and trimmed down version of the second post.

As you may know 2 days ago Daylight Savings Time started, I hate the concept of Daylight Savings Time. It just seems to say that we are lazy. Benjamin Franklin first introduced his concept of daylight savings in a letter urging those in France, specifically Paris, to save their money by getting up earlier to burn fewer candles.

“early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise” ~Benjamin Franklin

This idea is simple it is a quite good idea for civilization. Benjamin Franklin however, never mentioned the idea of setting clocks to adjust the standards of time.

Now this is where things get “lazy”. William Willett was the first domino in this wave of laziness. He was a golfer and wanted more time to get his rounds in. William published The Waste of Daylight where he said clocks should be, at one point, advanced 80 minutes. He suggested every Sunday in April the clocks should be pushed forward 20 minutes and vice versa for Sundays in September.

Before World War One no governments saw a need to actual set back their clocks. Argument’s for DST were made in parliament and shot down several years in a row. The first governmental enactment of Daylight savings time was in Germany to save coal usage, during World War One, followed by the UK. See in this case rather than relying on the discipline of solders to just get up earlier, the government chose to trick the solders, in some sense, by forcing them to adjust their clocks; Eventual the concept was adopted by many governments for the same reason, including the US.

In 2006, daylight time began on April 2 and ends on October 29. This year, With the changes that congress made, daylight savings time began on March 11 and ends on November 4. This caused programs that were set to automatically handle DST hours be, for a lack of better words, “confused”. Microsoft says they can update there programs and Operating systems.

“We’re aware of the upcoming change, and will make sure that Windows handles the transition smoothly,” ~Peter Houston.

This change caused me to have to change some of my settings on my server, and I’m sure many people had problems. If congress reverses this action, which the article says they’re allowed to do, it will mean the same type of problems.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to just wake up earlier on Standard Time than to do otherwise. Daylight Savings Time causes too many problems like birth certificate issues, offset Sundials, and problems with programs, operating systems, and servers.

Anyways the concept of Day Light Savings Time is a cheat, it is jet lag on the ground, it is a governmental trick on the masses. Lets stop this social law that’s in place. Why follow a system that was a direct result of some lazy golfer who just wanted a few extra swings.