Just felt like throwing a post up here. :
*throws a post like a dart*
I am, in fact, alive.
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23rd September 2005
5th August 2005
Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work I go.
Alright, yesterday I had the orientation/paperwork session of my job. It was about two hours, and I am now ready to work. My job is in the bookstore, mostly in the back though, in the fulfillment center. I actually begin work today at 7:30AM. Today I work until 4:30PM...wow, a real 8 hour day, when you take the hour of breaks/lunch in there. So, if you wonder where I am, and why I am not answering my phone...that is the reason. :
If you are wondering where this job suddenly came from, I interviewed for it on Monday and got hired on Wed. The only reason I didn't say anything was that it far paled in comparison to my other news on Wed.
Alright, off to work now!
Current Mood: hopeful
3rd August 2005
Well, I simply can't compete...
First thing's first, I want everyone to give a warm welcome to Luke! He just came in on a nine month flight, and from what I hear it was a pretty rough landing... I figure he has about a year or two of jetlag to get over, during which time he'll do a lot of sleeping and such. I have also heard that in comparison to where he came from, the weather here is very eratic, and we keep our homes much colder than he's used to. He is familiar with a very loud atmosphere, so do try to be loud enough for him. Like many places in the world, Tucson is much drier than his former home. But, I do hope you all make him feel at home, I will try to! :
In other news, today is my mother's birthday. However, I do find myself a bit outclassed by my sister in the gift department. I could very easily give my mother a large diamond on a gold ring, a mercedes benz, a few thousand dollars and still lose out to my sister. It seems that in terms of gifts, giving life to another human being on the same day as the one that gave you life gained her own life is rather difficult to top.
I'll find something to do for all of 'em, I'm sure.
Alright, farewell everyone!
Current Mood: excited
25th July 2005
Because I'm a Midnight Blaze...
Yeah, interesting last few weeks. Mel, from Australia, came in to visit Matt and myself. We met her on WoW, and it turns out she is a very cool person. We all did some sight seeing together, and it was like being on vacation in Tucson, so that was fun. She is still in town, but I doubt I'm gonna see her much before she goes. :
Today, I hung out with Julia, and we did a lot of great stuff. We played some DDR, I worked on my PA on the Arcade, which has been getting really really bad lately. After that, we got some food at Brueger's Bagels, and then went to Fascinations, just for fun. Julia was, to be expected, freaked out by most of it, but it was fun none the less...very educational for all involved. Nuff said. Then we went to the mall, and looked at clothes, and just looked around in general. We went to that one novelty store, you know the one, which is par for the course when you go to the mall with Julia.
Finally, we made our way to the UA Student Union for a bit more DDR action. To our dismay, there was an enormous crowd around the machine...damn. And they were all loud baseball players...double damn! And there were people from Spoint there...Triple Damn! We watched them play for a little bit, then decided to hop on for a game. We started off with Midnight Blaze, on Light...because I honestly was trying to get my perfect attack back to where it should be. The other reason I did it was so they'd focus on Julia...no such luck. There was a guy who was all like "Oh my god! This guy hasn't missed a step, come check this out!" So, then the mob who had been watching the baseball player on the other machine migrated to our machine. I decided not to look a gift horse in the mouth, and seeing a perfectly good opportunity to show off, I took it. I started doing kneedrops, handplants, and spins, (Thanks Nhu.) and maintained a perfect combo in the process. I ended up getting a AA, despite all the freestyling silliness. The next song I did was a bit harder, and I just barely kept up a good combo. Finally, I did Holic...Heavy, 1.5x, Solo, Hidden. That is always good. All the baseball players shouted for a challenge between me and the best player on their team. So, we agreed to A on Heavy for our song. It started off really good, we both had a full combo through most of the slow part...then he missed a step...that made all the baseball guys start hooting "Nice move, sweet feet, you missed that one!" Well, that threw me off, and I missed a step. I had a better PA though, so it was all good there. At the fast part, I did okay...not fantastic, not what you would expect...but everyone was too loud to let me hear the music. It ended up coming down to a close game...but I pulled through with a B to his C. It was a good game. Then they all left.
After all of that, me and Julia made our way back to my house, and tried to watch Sideways...but the TV was too quiet, and she needed to go home, so I took her home. And that was it for today, really.
In other news, my monitor and my computer are being evil...My monitor is shifting colors inexplicably, I think it's gonna die soon, and the fan on my computer is rubbing against the case and gets loud sometimes. I have come to the very technical conclusion that the proper way to combat this condition is to smack both of them when things begin going wrong. So far, this method has worked without fail.
Alright, that's it for me, today. Farewell!
Current Mood: danced out
9th July 2005
Some good DDR, and a great movie, with some fun friends...
So yeah, today is Saturday, for the sake of this post..."Last night" includes all the time from 5PM Friday to 5AM Saturday. :
Anywho, last night I met up with Matt and Schaefy at Gameworks. In the expected move, the three of us played a bit of the Dance Dance. Zach mostly watched, but got in for a few games, he's still getting his feet wet...but I can see the possibility of him becoming interested in the game. Matt and myself had plenty of fun playing, however, despite the fact that the Gameworks machine is miserably quiet. I had more greats than perfects...so much for my average Perfect Attack that never dips below a 4:1 perfect:great ratio. I did get to the last step of V though...I mean literally the last step I failed...And we played plenty of paranoias. Matt and I managed to successfully pass Paranoia Rebirth with E's. That was a stroke of luck.
Afterwords, the Melissas showed up. We went to Darkwater, it was a fantastic movie. I am not usually a fan of "Scary Movies," but this one actually was worth seeing. It didn't feel cheesy and contrived, where the story was only a method of placing the characters in the situation that is supposed to frighten you. The movie, instead, chose to focus on the characters, making you care about them. A cute little girl is a great thing to have in such a movie, because no one wants to see her hurt, any decent human being can tell you that watching a kid die is not enjoyable in any capacity. Therefore, nothing quite matches the fear you have when you see such a child in mortal peril. Anyone who hasn't seen the movie should, because it is a great movie, horror or not.
We then went for some dinner. The dinner conversation was raucous and entertaining. The five of us stuck together for a bit after that, then we split and went different ways. Matt, Zach, and myself went to Schaefy's house to watch some standup. We ended up watching two funny comedians with very different senses of humor, then stayed up for a long time discussing things.
Now I am home, and getting ready for sleep...although, I won't really have time for much of that...
Current Mood: tired
30th June 2005
"When in Rome, do the Romans!"
Quote courtesy of Carla. :
So yeah, I went to Warped Tour with Carla yesterday. It was an interesting trip, especially considering I'm not a punk, and I didn't know any of the bands, and punk music is the only music I won't listen to...Aside from that I felt right at home. Carl got a lot of signings, and such, she met one of the bands, and got a picture with a guy from Unseen. I pretty much just followed her around, and took in everything around, by the end I actually found the music pretty fun. Carl probably could have found someone better to go with, but I'm still happy I got to go. After the show me and Carla went to In-n-out burger, and I got me a 3X3 animal style, MMM! Good stuff. Should have animalized my fries, but whatever.
Yesterday I took my car in to the shop, because it was leaking oil. They said they had to clean off the engine, it wasn't too expensive, so I agreed. Then they said they couldn't find the valve cap I need to replace, that was a lie, I told my mom that...and she called the volvo parts distributor for Tucson who had piles of them. That was a terrible lie on Brake Max's behalf. Today, they sent a guy to pick up the cap my mom directed them too, and said they were going to drive my car around a bit to find the leak. Lies, I still don't have my car, or any idea what is wrong with it. I am starting to hate this Brake Max. From now on, I'm taking it to the Brake Max by my parents house, I know they are good there.
Alright, gonna play some more WoW, now.
Current Mood: meow
24th June 2005
I love the smell of fire alarm in the morning...
Well, I had a fun day already. I went to sleep around 1:30 AM, a bit early for me, yes...but I felt like getting some extra rest. Then I get a phone call at 4:38 AM, so much for getting extra rest -.-. My immediate reaction is, who on earth calls at 4:30 in the freaking morning? It was obviously either someone outside the state who didn't know the time zone, Katie, or some sort of emergency. Now, considering that I don't know anyone who wouldn't realize the time, and I doubt that Katie would actually call me at 4:30 in the morning...although I have been wrong on that, then it would have to be an emergency. So I answer the phone, :
"Hi, is this Thomas Pyzdek?"
(Damnit, one of my Dad's bussiness friends...)
"Who is this, then?"
"Are you related to Thomas?"
"This is your security company."
(Damnit, not bussiness...emergency.)
"Your fire alarm just went off."
"We called the Fire Dept already."
"Should I get in contact with my Dad, Thomas, then?"
"If you can."
So, I call my Dad, and he tells me to go check on the house. I get my clothes on and go. He calls me while I'm on my way to tell me not to bother going, but my mom still wants me to go. So, I go anyway, and I see that nothing special is going on aside from the annoying security alarm. I go inside, shut it off, look around the house to make sure everything is order, and leave. That has been my day so far.
Current Mood: tired
22nd June 2005
All play and no work makes Andrew a lazy lazy boy...
Yeah, just been doing stuff for fun lately, it seems. Worked on the Jedi project, played Smash bros, read comics, hung out with my sisters, and playing a tiny bit of DDR seem to have taken up the last two days. Aside from making dinner and setting up online bill paying, I haven't done anything worthwhile. :
On a completely unrelated note, I tried washing one of my hats today. Of the many ways to wash hats, I tried the least destructive way...handwashing in a sink with detergent. The downside of this, however, is that the hat I washed didn't come out particularly clean...it is definitely better...but still not great. I need to try something else on my other hats...
Curse my love of hats...
20th June 2005
Waterworld 2! This time without a political agenda!
Alright, I had a fun day. I finally tried out my washing machine, boo yah! It soaked my kitchen, not boo yah! :
I turned it on, and waited to make sure that it didn't leak, everything seemed fine, so I left the room to get something. I come back a few minutes later and half of my kitchen it sitting in about a quarter inch of water, damn. I turn off the machine, and try to clean up the mess, sadly I have like...3 towels in my house. Well, this doesn't look good, I eventually get it under control, and clean up enough space to pull out the machine. Turns out the drain pipe popped out...curses. So, I put it back it, real good this time. Then I put the machine back, alrighty, problem solved. So I get back to cleaning up my kitchen, after getting a mop and using that to soak up the mess. Then I use my only dry towel to wipe up the last bit of water. So, now I turn back on the machine to finish the load that screwed up, thankfully it works this time. I dry it, it dries fine.
Now I have a sink full of wet towels. I throws those in the washing machine, because they are reeeeeeeally gross. I turn it on, this time I park a chair in front of it and watch it like a hawk. Wash cycle, good, drain, fine, rinse cycle, good, drain....drain....drain?...DRAIN DAMNIT!...Shit...And my washing machine stops in the middle of the cycle. I think to myself, "Maybe this is supposed to happen." I walk away for a while, and it still hasn't done ANYTHING. So I manually turn it off, and move the dial to every possible position, turning it on and off to see if it does anything. Nope, it is completely stopped. I call the repair guys, and just before I get the call from them to tell me they are on their way, it miraculously turns back on, like 3 hours after it stopped...What the hell? Anyway, so now it seems to be working, and I am drying my towels.
Gosh, that was a very wet ordeal.
Current Mood: water logged
19th June 2005
Counting the hours...
Well, right now it is June 19, 1:24 AM. I have been awake since June 17 10:30 AM. For some reason, I am still not tired. Although, I discovered something interesting. If you are awake for multiple days, you cannot measure days and nights, but only hours. I cannot think of Friday night, because it blends with Saturday morning. :
The last two days haven't been very productive, however. They brought the washer/dryer on Friday, and they didn't put it in because the space was too small. I met up with my sister for dinner, and then went to Matt's house for some gaming. I came back home from his house and knocked off a door jam and moved in the washer/dryer, I got groceries. Then I went to the St. Cyril's concert, and saw Shelby, Diana, and Mercedes. That was tight. Then I watched "Meet the Fockers" with my sis. That was the last 30 some odd hours of my life in a nutshell.
Today is father's day. I think I'm gonna take my dad to see Batman Begins, he loves batman, and I hear this one is good. My dad loves movies, so I think it'll go over well.
Current Mood: chipper
Everyone seems to be doing this...
1.What do you most like about your body? My eyes
2. And least? My weight
3. How many fillings do you have? Dunno, a few
4. Do you think you're good looking? No
5. Do other people often tell you that you're good-looking? Occasionally.
[ Fashion ]
1. Do you wear a watch? Always, a black Puma watch with a red face and a ton of scratches.
2. How many coats and jackets do you own? 5 or 6
3. Favorite pants/skirt color? Medium blue jeans that fade to dark blue on the edges.
4. Most expensive items of clothing? Dunno
5. What kind of shoes do you wear? Black Converse Hightops (RETRO!), Blue Nike Free (Sporty and comfortable), Black dress shoes (Yes I wear them with normal clothes, classy.)
6. Describe your style in one word: Fashionable gamer
[ Your Friends ]
1. Do your friends 'know' you? Sure, I don't really hide anything, I'm open for anyone to get to know.
2. What do they tend to be like? Anyone who takes the time to get to know me can be my friend, people say I seem threatening, but I am really quite accepting.
3. Are there traits in you that are universally liked? My honesty, although, for some it can be hard to swallow, so I am not sure about that one...
4. How many people do you tell everything to? Dunno, depends on who feels like listening, I guess.
[ Music/TV/Film/Books ]
2. Most listened to bands/artists: Ludacris, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Dave Matthews, Arturo Sandoval, Daft Punk
3. Do you find any musicians good-looking? Not particularly, music is what I love.
4. Can you play an instrument: Hehehehehe, trumpet piano voice clarinet tuba among others.
5. Type of music most listened to? No dominating music
6. Type never listened to? I hardly ever listen to punk.
7. Tour of your dreams? I dunno, I don't dream often.
[ Clothing/Hair ]
1. Do you own any plaid clothing? Yes, costume piece.
2. Do you own Converse shoes? Hecks yes.
3. Do you own Saucony shoes? No.
4. Do you own old school Nikes? Nah.
5. Do you wear tight pants? Not really, I have some that fit looser than others, but none that really count as tight.
6. Is there more than one zipper in your pants? Nope
8. Do you own a messenger bag? Hecks yes, a Megatokyo bag.
9. Do you wear your messenger bag across your chest? Yup.
10. Do you have braces? Never.
15. Do you think mohawks are "neat"? They seem kind of...contrived.
18. Do you own a bandana? I think so, yeah.
19. Do you wear plugs in your ears? Nope
21. Have you ever used duct tape as a sewing substitute? Can't say I have.
22. Do you own one or more objects with studs or spikes in them? Can't say I do.
[ Habits/Beliefs ]
31. Do you smoke cigarettes? No, as a singer, I value my lungs highly.
32. Do you smoke cloves? What?
36. Do your night time activites usually involve drunken underage vomiting? Nope.
38. Do you wash your hair less than once a week? Every friggin day.
39. Have you ever gone a week without a shower? What?! I feel sick if I got 28 hours without one.
41. Do you know who Jack Kerouac is? Hecks yes.
42. Do you like Mr. Kerouac? Eh.
44. Are you a member of the Makeout Club? Nope.
45. Do you say "rad"? No
46. Do you say "rockin'"? Errr, no
47. Do you say punk "rawk"? Nope nope nope.
48. Do you shout the word "oi"? Constantly.
49. Do you say "punk's not dead"? Noooooo...
50. Do you say "punk is dead"? Do I say "I don't give a damn about punk?" No, but I am thinking it right now.
[ Music ]
53. Do you like bands with "the"? This is a dumb question.
54. Do you ever precede your own name with "the" at the beginning? The Pi does, occasionally, to freak people out.
55. Are Blink 182 fans posers? Don't care about punk.
58. Do you have frequent debates over what exactly constitutes a sellout? Don't care about punk, or indie, or alternative.
59. Have you ever brought the headlining band food? >.< quit with these questions!
60. Do you have show flyers affixed to your walls? I prefer art, like paintings, posters, and others assorted things.
[ Basics ]
Name: Andrew Pyzdek
Do you like it? Yup!
Nicknames: Andrew, Pyzdek, Pi, 3.14, Goatboy, Goaty, Goatman, Larry, "Son" (Paintball Nick), Lenny, Hank, Sam...
Birthday: May 15
School: University of Arizona
Current hair color: Brown.
Eye color: Blue
Shoe size: 10.5
[ favorites ]
Color: Blue and Orange
Sport: I love plenty...at least for watching. Baseball, basketball, hockey, football...ya know, the calssics.
Radio Station: 98.3
[ love and relationships ]
Do you have a bf/gf? No
Do you have a crush? Nope.
How long have you liked him/her? N/A
How long was your longest relationship? I don't feel like commenting.
how long was your shortest relationship? 2 Weeks.
Who was your first love? Depends on the meaning of love, in one sense, never have had one, in another I don't remember.
[sexual orientation:] Straight but very open to suggestion.
[how long since last serious relationship:] Never had one.
[ever had a long distance relationship:] No.
[do you have faith in long distance relationships:] Not really.
[on dates do you pay or get paid for:] N/A
[ever been on a blind date:] Nope
[ever dated more than one person at a time:] No
[ever have "friends with benefits":] No, no, no.
[ever cheated:] Can't say I have.
[ever had your heart broken:] Yes, shattered.
[ever been dumped:] Yeah.
[number of people slept with:] 0
[do you kiss on the first date:] N/A
[what attracts you to a person:] Can't say I know what attraction feels like.
[physical traits you turn your head for:] Legs, eyes.
[ever been in love:] No.
[say I love you even though you didn't mean it:] Kind of, it was a force of habit more than anything else.
[average age you get involved with:] ...
[have relationships changed you:] Probably.
[have your relationships been worthwhile:] No.
[where do you normally meet people for dating or relationships:] I don't.
[would you ever get married:] Right now, I would say no.
[key to a successful relationship:] Honesty.
Wallet? Brown Leather tri-fold with two compartments and 8 card holders.
Toothbrush? Crest electric.
Jewelry worn daily? Painted Kairos cross.
Pillow cover? Matches my bedsheet and blanket.
Blanket? Matches my bedsheet and pillow case. :P
Coffee cup? No coffee for me.
Sunglasses? Rectangular silver frame.
Favorite shirt? Atari 2600 roots shirt.
Cologne/Perfume? A cool scent that makes me think of a jungle.
CD in stereo right now? I don't have a stereo.
what you are wearing now? Cargo pants and an old choir shirt.
In my mouth? Teeth
In my head? Games.
Wishing? Not really wishing anything.
What are you doing after this? Make a real LJ post.
Person you wish you could see right now? No one in particular.
16th June 2005
Just a boring day...
Yeah, nothing too interesting happened today. I woke up, went to breakfast, came home and played some WoW. I joined an Undead guild, then I went to a voice lesson. Yesterday was no more interesting. :
Tomorrow they put in the washer/dryer, so I can finally do my laundry, which I've been putting off forever. I have some other chores to finish tomorrow, and I have to get the bills in order to pay 'em. So, tomorrow really doesn't seem particularly fun either.
Hopefully the weekend holds something worthwhile for me.
Current Mood: bored
14th June 2005
Cause I wanna be a photoshop masta...
Alright, first thing's first. I want to direct everyone here to : http://www.fark.com, because it is one of the best websites ever. They link to news stories, particularly ones that people would find interesting, strange, or funny. However, for the purposes of this post, I want you to look for any article tagged "Photoshop" and then click on the comment list to the right of the article. On that list you will see various photoshops that people have done using the parameters given to them. Some are funny, some are stupid, others are amazing works of art and skill, while still others are feats of undeniable wit and observation. They most definitely hit all the options.
This is why I wish to learn the ways of photoshop. It is the electronic paintbrush, that can spread its multi-colored pigments on the glorious canvas of the internet, drawing from a pallette made up of little more than a few unrelated images. And just like real painting, the same tools and materials used to make a work of art, like Seraut's "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte" (Thanks Toby), could be used to make a terrible smudge by a child. Thus, much like how children are attracted to paper and a crayon, out of a need to express themselves, I find myself drawn to photoshop for the very same reason. I know that I will not begin great, and it will take a lot of work to be any good at all. However, I have a desire to succeed, and when I see those photoshop restrictions, parameters, and themes I am flooded with an endless stream of ideas.
I found the software for a mere $100, a great price considering the retail checks in around $600. All I give up is the box and included books. For that $100 I will receive the CD, in it's original jewel case, sealed. The software is very powerful, and when put into the right hands it can do amazing things. My hands are not those hands, yet. Someday, they will be.
Current Mood: expressive
13th June 2005
Mac switching to Intel...
Check out my game-journal for a run-down on this change... :
*points to old post for the link to the journal*
Job decision time
Alright, here we go. :
Help me choose my major.
Your choices are Performance: Voice, Engineering: Electrical, Engineering: Systems.
Rundown of each choice.
A difficult major, but fun. I love music, and I have been told I have a talent for singing, and performing in general. If I was to go into this major my career choices would be limited. I could be self-employed, and do work for clubs, and performance for miscellaneous things. However, self-employment is bad in Tucson, so I would probably move to Vegas, LA, or NY. Additionally, self-employment doesn't lend itself to steady work, so I would probably have to work a lot of odd-jobs to make ends meet. The other option is to sign up with a professional ensemble, such as an opera company or a chamber choir. Additionally, I could have steady employment in some sort of church choir. All except the last of those options pays pretty well. The downside is that I would have to tour, and maybe move far away, like Europe. Oh yeah, and I have to get hired by them, which is more than a little tough.
Do you like traveling? Yes
Do you have the talent to land a job with an opera company? Eh....o.o;; I dunno.
Can you deal with intermittent work/low pay as a freelance musician? I'd rather not...intermittent work sucks, low pay I could handle.
Would you mind working odd jobs? I DON'T WANT TO DO ODD JOBS!
A very very time consuming major, that requires a keen mind and a ton of Math. But I like math a lot, so that's all good. If I went into this major my career choices would be numerous. I could work for any number of companies, of varying sizes and fields. The pay is extremely high to start, and advancement is very possible. The downside is that I can easily get stuck in a cubicle and a dead end job that makes me miserable and feel that my life is a waste. That would soooooooo totally suck.
What math did you sign up for? Calculus
Why? Because Calculus is fun!
Are you driven, or do you sink to the bottom of the barrel and strive for mediocrity like some kind of diluted sick person with no self-respect and the desire to succeed of a mentally handicapped slug?! Whoa, harsh. But, yeah...I'm driven.
Do you mind paper work? God, I HATE paperwork of any sort.
Does pay really matter to you? Not really, no.
Current Mood: confused
I absolutely hate installing things...
Well, I have a lot of things to do today. Most involve making phone calls to people, and setting up appointments, auditions for choir/voice major at University, and so forth, and so on. :
Sadly, my phones do not work. My cell phone gets terrible reception at my house (I'm in a very very random dead zone, right near the tower.) More importantly, my home line is completely dead. It just got setup by Cox cable two days ago, and it still does not work. I'm not sure if it is the wiring in my house or what, it is just dead. Furthermore, my cable doesn't work, which wouldn't normally bother me, my preferred entertainment takes the forms of videogames, computers, and movies, in that order. However, this was also just setup by cox, and fails to work.
I have come to the conclusion that they named their company Cox, because that is what they are, a bunch of Cocks.
But then again, I am connected to cox cable internet right now, at least they got one thing right.
Current Mood: frustrated
12th June 2005
Not really a post
I just wanted to direct anyone who cares to my gaming journal. :
That is where I will post a lot of my feelings on video gaming, as well as talk about the games I am currently playing. You may also want to look at my reviews for games, as I put them online.
10th June 2005
I'm actually posting...
The end of the world must be near. :
I really don't know what to put here anymore, I have nothing to write about. I moved into my house, great...you all knew that. I still haven't gotten a job, but I've turned in an app as Casa de los ninos...yay. I'm pretty bored really, every summer up until now has been jam packed with stuff. Now it seems that I graduated and ran out of things to do. I can play video games, of course. I've gotten much better at DDR in the last few days. I also have stuff to do with my house.
I'm just gonna post this now. I know I'm gonna regret it, I have this feeling of guilt about posting in my LJ, just like I have this feeling of guilt about logging onto AIM.
Current Mood: guilty
2nd January 2005
Curse you, Jenibelle, inadvertently wasting my time like this.
Don't bother reading these, Matt, I dun think they are your thing. I'll post a nice long winded thingy later. :
Whoo! I actually think most of these things fit me. Although, I despise the song "Vertigo." Go figure.
Current Mood: accomplished
26th December 2004
Merry Un-Christmas to You!
Alrighty, I am seriously not going to go much into Christmas itself. This last week has been primarily an event I would like to forget. The good things on Christmas were making dinner with my sister, which turned out great, and singing Christmas carols with Katie. :
Today, on the other hand, was worth remembering. My sisters came over, and we opened our Christmas presents. I recieved a lot of nice things from my mom, including a nifty statue/music box thingy with a little Jazz ensemble. The coolest thing I got, however, is a Nintendo DS. I also got Mario 64 DS and Zelda: A Link to the Past. I got the DS from my Dad, M64DS from my oldest sister + bro-in-law, and Zelda from my baby sista.
Now, for all of you who don't know, I never had a gameboy advance. Therefore, the fact that a handheld system could have all the power of a Super NES astounds me. The fact that this little machine has the power of an N64, with two screens, one of which being touch sensitive, and BOTH having backlighting...well, I must say that I am absolutely baffled by how advanced this little thing is.
Within a few hours of getting the system, I have already played it enough to nearly drain the battery. Additionally, I am more than halfway through Zelda, and I have just started scratching the surface of M64DS. I will have a more detailed report on M64DS in the coming days, but for now, I will allow the statement that this shows marvelous promise for the console to stand alone.
Now, as far as games I plan to purchase go, I have two in mind. For those of you who know me, I have two opinions of what a handheld game should be able to do.
One type of handheld game has one goal kill time with something mindless. A game in this catergory that I plan to buy is Warioware: MegaMicroGame$ for the GBA, and it's upcoming sequel, Warioware Touched! for the DS. For those of you who look at these words like some sort of foreign language, or untranslated text from a dead tongue, these games are both minigame rich craziness-fests. The general idea is that the games go through timed minigames, which range from picking your nose to playing miniature emulations of old-school games. They cycle through at breakneck speeds, around 3 seconds per game to start, and the time gets shorter and shorter for each game you play. These games are made for people like me, with the attention span of an ADHD gnat. The object of the game as a whole is to go through as many minigames as possible, completing whatever innane goal it sets for you in them. Each time you fail you lose a life, you have three lives to lose. All in all, a very good way to waste some time while waiting in a line, or just feeling bored waiting for an approaching essay deadline to murder me for some class.
The second type of handheld game I like is one in which there are a long series of episodic adventures, or battles, which are a part of something larger. Something that I can pick up for a few minutes, finish something and say "Whew, I did it." while chipping away at a larger goal. An example of this is Fire Emblem. This is a standard RPG/Strategy game. It has a turnbased interface, and you pretty much fight battles with members of your large army, and try to use tactics to gain the upperhand on your foes. This sort of game is long, and has an expansive story, however, each individual battle only takes a few minutes to complete, so you can pull out your gameboy at any time and chip away at that big ole goal of beating the game.
These are two games I plan to buy for my DS in the near future, and I look forward to playing them greatly.
Well, I probably should get going...I have some stars to fetch in Mario 64 DS.
Current Mood: 1337
16th December 2004
Why thank you, senator.
Wow, now that I look at it...I haven't posted a real update since Thanksgiving.
Honestly, I only don't post if I am pissed off at people who read my LJ. So, apparently I have been pissed off since Nov. 25th.
I have been playing a lot of DDR lately, so much that I broke my pad. This is a tragedy for me. I was on the brink of learning my first 10 footer, and perfecting many of my favorite 9's. However, without a working pad, I am left with no real escape from the world. Therefore, I have been escaping by researching pads. Specifically, I have been looking at Cobalt Flux dance platforms. These are the top of the line home-pads. They are made with a steel base, and shatter proof lexan tops. They are made to last, which is good for me. I wondered if I really needed such a pad until I broke my current pad, a Red Octane Ignition 2.0 (Top of the line among soft pads.) That tells me that I need something durable, and with things I love, I love to get the best. Therefore, the only real option is the Cobalt flux, and considering that some people go through soft pads every few months...this could save me some serious cash over the next year...considering my addiction.
In other news, I went to see the Incredibles with Matt and Julia. It was super-fun-time. The movie was funny, even moreso the second time than the first, and we played DDR until Julia was hardly coherent. Definitely a memorable time.
Yesterday, I went to my big sister's house for dinner. She made Ruebens, which me, my brother-in-law, his aunt, and my sister all ingested with the ravenous delight of a carnivorous beast tearing into the flesh of an antelope (Ahhh, the antelope...nature's fast food.)
Oh! And my home security system once again proved it's lack of value. After setting the security in my house, I accidently tripped a floor panel that I forgot to bypass. The alarm went off, and I promptly recieved a call to the effect of "Hi, was that a false alarm?" I replied that I believed so, and they asked if I was an owner of the house. My parents being out of town, I had to inform them that I was not. They asked me for the password, which I didn't have. They promptly hung up, and did nothing. That makes me feel super safe...you need to give a password to the security people to recieve assistance...brilliant.
I am attempting to find an addictive game that I can play instead of DDR for a while. I was thinking "The Sims 2." The predecessor of that game stole many many many hours of my life, and it was far less sophisticated. I have a strong feeling that if I began playing "The Sims 2" I could quickly find myself being 30 years old in my parents house, still super glued to my computer, utterly oblivious to the passage of time. My other options are KOTOR 2, Halo 2 (unlikely with my absurdly slow upload speeds), or World of Warcraft. What with the nature of DDR being so different from any other game, I think I could fit another game into my otherwise dead time.
As for non-electronic sources of engagement and social gratification, otherwise known as friends, I feel that my list grows shorter by the day. Not because there are fewer people I speak to, or that people are being mean/ignoring me. I am merely raising the line at which I consider people friends. By one count I have like, hundreds of friends, and by another I have a good solid five. With that in mind, when none of my really great friends are around, I'm really hurtin. Like right now, no access to them...therefore typing a journal entry.
Well, I have more to write, but I grow weary of typing for the time being. I may throw up another update in a day or two...or maybe a few hours...we'll see.
Current Mood: lonely
Oh god! It's a pantless duck!
Well, I got Kingdom Hearts from Micheal Zacharias today. I've been playing it all day. Getting presents that are unexpected is the best. I need to remember that. :
Other than that, life has been fairly boring. If you really care to know what I've been up to though, just ask.
Current Mood: surprised
13th December 2004
29th November 2004
I'm having a party on Saturday. :
It is from 10 AM - 10 PM
It is an een-mas party, therefore it is devoted to video games.
Bring any consoles/games/controllers/TVs that you can!
It will be at my house:
2405 N Avenida Sorgo
Tucson, AZ 85749
*Points up* Mapquest it!
NO DRUGS OR ALCHOHOL ALLOWED AT THE PARTY!
Current Mood: party time
28th November 2004
A stupid quiz!
Take the quiz: : "What kind of eyes do you have?"
your eyes have never seen a cloudy day. Your eyes are very big and beautiful, and you loves animals and getting into a little inncoent trouble every here and now.you see the world like a big playground. when u see something new you dont hesatate to try it out, or get a closer look.