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Title: I got a PSP! (Again.)
Posted: February 23, 2006 (09:29 PM)
So, tonight I picked up a PSP. It'll make things tight for awhile, but I'm happy to have one again. It's as exciting the second time around as it was the first. Maybe this time I'll actually get a game for it, though yet again I was able to afford the system (barely) and not any games. Deja vu, anyone?
Title: Games I still want...
Posted: February 10, 2006 (10:03 PM)
I still want quite a few games that have been released this generation, or that will be released by the time it ends. My former list, several posts down, has shortened considerably in the past few weeks, so here's a new one. Yeah, this entry is mostly for my use. Sue me!
Game Boy Advance
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Tales of Phantasia
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Mega Man X: Command Mission
Advance Wars: Dual Strike
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Mario & Luigi 2
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Yoshi's Touch & Go
Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana 2
Final Fantasy XII
Kingdom Hearts II
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
As with my previous list, I'm striking through each title once I purchase it. Hopefully, the list will someday be completely stricken through! By the way, this is a great way to motivate yourself to pick up those games you've always wanted but never purchased. Some people would argue that "if you can't remember them on your own, you must not really want them." To a point that's true, but this list helps me prioritize and ensures that I won't look back a few years from now (when it's too late) and say "Boy, I wish I got that game!"
Title: You craved a post from me and now you have it!
Posted: February 09, 2006 (10:18 PM)
I generally try not to encourage such things, but in this case I had to give it a shot. If you visit my blog now, you'll hear a special greeting message. Too cool!
Title: Sufjan Stevens
Posted: February 03, 2006 (11:59 PM)
I'd been hearing about Sufjan Stevens from Genj, and tonight I decided it was time to check out his stuff on iTunes. I assumed there would be some of his stuff available, and I was right.
After listening to it, I've decided that Genj is not insane. Or at least, he's not so insane as I once thought. In fact, I've now ordered the album from Barnes & Noble because it seems like the sort of thing I'd like to listen to while writing or whatever. Really pretty stuff with interesting lyrics and nice melodies. I can't wait for it to show up so I can listen through the whole thing.
This is probably going to tick off Genj, but he reminds me of a male version of Tori Amos (who I also like). Anyway, that's my one post about music for the year...
Title: Web work...
Posted: January 27, 2006 (09:48 PM)
The more I get ahead, the more I fall behind... or something like that.
Tonight, bluberry exploited a security hole that has been around since the dawn of the database-driven site, and tonight I fixed it. Bluberry, not one to point out a flaw and run, helped in the effort.
The result is that I spent around two hours working on the site when I could've been playing games or something instead. Anyway, it's now a lot more secure, meaning people can't just get tricky with some key files and access your account info (or worse yet, log into the site under your name and give you a bad reputation or delete your precious content!).
All in all, it was a positive evening for the site. Maybe someday soon, I'll be able to stop tweaking things and truly focus strictly on content. *sigh*
Title: Wild Arms 4
Posted: January 16, 2006 (12:42 AM)
So, I finally beat Wild Arms 4 this evening, after almost 30 hours of play. It's an awesome game. There were some things I would've liked to be different, but very few of them would've made the game 'better.' They were just personal preference. All in all, it's one of the best RPGs I've played recently. I'll be reviewing it soon.
Title: I had a dream
Posted: January 10, 2006 (12:07 PM)
Last night, I had a dream that I think says a lot about my current lot in life.
I dreamt that I was working. The shelves in the store were laid out as they are at the computer store where I work, and there were items spread throughout as normal. Where the wireless routers would normally be at work, though, there were hamburgers of various types, discounted for rapid sale. Most of these were wrapped in white paper, but a few were not.
An elderly couple came into the store to browse, and the hamburgers caught their eyes. This was probably because they were on special sale for only $0.99. They asked for assistance selecting a hamburger, and proceeded to ask inane questions about each one.
I happened to glance over toward the front counter and there, hanging above it where we usually have our return policy, there was a large sign like they have at McDonald's, with information about the various burgers available in the store.
Last night, when I was driving home from work, I was wondering again why I'm working such a stupid job. No, I don't sell hamburgers at work. I might as well, though. The job is about as rewarding as that one time I worked at McDonald's. I make more money and I generally talk to more people (at McDonald's, they mostly had me in the back flipping burgers until right before I quit, when they were training me for more glorious roles).
At this job, and at other jobs I've worked, I get asked why a smart person like me is working there. Those questions come not from my general coworkers, but from my managers. They don't get it. The simple answer is that I just work where I can get paid, but I'm sick of doing that. I want to work a job I like, but I'm stuck in this trap where I just work crap jobs and make ends meet.
The dream seemed to me like a subconscious manifestation of my dissatisfaction with current place of employ. If I could find a job I thought would keep me engaged and well-paid for more than the first few months, if I could be sure I wouldn't get extremely sick of it as I do most every job I've ever had, I'd switch in a minute. I don't think I have to have some PHd to find a job that'll work for me, and I don't think there's ever going to a job I'll "love" aside from working for myself. But something about what I'm doing now just isn't working.
On an unrelated note, today I went to check my mail and I noticed that the "out" box at our apartment complex has been removed. In its place is a note explaining that we can no longer be offered this service, because people have been stealing mail, or the stamps off mail so that they could use them on their own letters. We're now expected to walk a few blocks to the nearest drop box and use that.
Sometimes, my life sucks.
Title: Interesting things at Best Buy
Posted: January 01, 2006 (11:42 PM)
Today I went into Best Buy and they had a copy of Jade Empire that was in Spanish. It was the first time I'd ever seen a Spanish-language game just sitting on a store shelf, nestled among all the familiar English titles.
The other interesting thing was the big display they had for 50 Cent Bulletproof. It was all just too much for me to take, and I left the store without buying a game.
Posted: January 01, 2006 (10:33 AM)
I've decided to make some resolutions for this coming year, and to stick to them. So, here they are (most pertain to the site, oddly enough):
1. I will write fewer reviews but keep their quality higher.
2. I will write more FAQs than I have in the past, and work to improve my craft in that regard.
3. I will make fewer adjustments to how the site is designed and displayed, now that it mostly looks and functions as desired.
4. I will find more time to read and write fiction that has nothing whatsoever to do with the site.
5. I will work hard to make sure that the lessons learned from 2005 are applied throughout my life in a manner that makes 2006 an even better year.
Yeah, that's right; I thought 2005 went pretty well. I'm only modifying my objectives ever-so-slightly, because right now everything is on track and I'm mostly intent on keeping things that way.
I do look forward to more fiction writing, though, because I feel that I've neglected that for a long time. Most of that time, it was because the site needed a lot of source code alterations. Now, though, nearly every feature works as intended. Though there are still numerous hours' worth of work that I plan to do, it's not going to be anything on the scale of previous years. And since time I've spent in the past whipping out tons of reviews doesn't seem to have led to the most admirable of results (see my recent competition performance), I'm going to spend the time I gained working on fiction, and FAQs, and putting more thought into each review I write.
So, in summary: 2006 can be as awesome a year as I want it to be!
Title: Best Buy
Posted: December 28, 2005 (12:15 PM)
Now that it won't do any good, I find that Best Buy has apparently changed its mind.
When I went to pick up my Xbox 360, I couldn't afford an Xbox 360 premium system because I only had $500 set aside. However, they were kindly offering Best Buy credit cards on the spot. So I applied for one. The kind lady sadly informed me that I was turned down.
Today, I got my first statement in the mail. How I got it is a mystery, since it was addressed to the wrong apartment number. The mail carrier must've just noticed the name and put two and two together. Anyway, I have a balance of $69.00 for the year's finance fee, and a minimum payment of $15.
Just in case you wondered, I haven't yet received the card.
I now have a Best Buy card (and I've updated the address, so a new one will be coming with a new card number and my proper address). That's the end result. I'm sure it will be useful at some point, but I for now just plan to pay down the introductory fee and save it for an emergency. Well, that and an Xbox 360 hard drive. I saw some sitting on the shelf at Best Buy. At least I can make things right that way. Sort of.