The Animal Farm

September 30th, 2004

pwned

Let me give you my recipe for schooling a test. I used this recipe twice today.
1) Know absolutely everything.
2) Look at the test menacingly.
3) Sharpen pencil unless it’s mechanical.
4) Proceed to show the test who wears the daddy pants in the relationship.

While I’m at it, here’s my recipe for a Baby Float:
1) Two scoops ice cream.
2) Two scoops baby.

Use these recipes at your leisure.

It’s like eating veal. Only… baby.

September 28th, 2004

Danger, Will Robinson

Good lord I’m bored. The English language is lacking the appropriate words to describe just how bored I am. Let me see if I can’t quantify my boredom. On a scale from 1 to Arnold Schwarzenegger, I’m probably Arnold Schwarzenegger - 2.

When you say you’re bored, most people say, “Why don’t you go out and do something?” That’s a perfectly fine response. I mean, Jesus, why didn’t I think of that already? I could just go out and do something! Then my problems would be solved! It’s all so clear now!

The problem - and this is key - is that I don’t have the motivation to go out and do anything. I opened Microsoft Visual C++ and began programming, until I realized that programming wasn’t what I wanted to do. I played a little DDR until I realized that DDR wasn’t what I wanted to do. I nearly worked for Smirnov until I realized working for Smirnov wasn’t something I wanted to do. Hell, I almost did homework, but… no. I tried to sleep, but I’m not tired enough. I called Rebekah, thinking she might be able to dig me up from the depths of my insanity, but unfortunately she has far too much work to do tonight. Damn her and her work-ethic.

What am I going to do?

Heeeellllpppp.

September 28th, 2004

Heh…

I am sorry, dear readers, for I have abandoned you for too long. It was not my intention to go so long without an update. My last update said something about telling you all my review of Star Ocean when I beat it. I beat it about 2 days after that update. The game was a solid RPG. Sowas was right about just about everything. I did, however, love the storyline in the end. It was really different and well done. The ending reminded me of Rene DeCarte’s quote, “I think, therefor I am.” The idea of the ending was cool, the execution sucked though. It was a good game, but nothing compared to its predecessor.

Now the new DDR is a whole different story. This game’s soundtrack makes the other’s soundtracks look just bad. The only qualm I have with this game is the new interface… if it isn’t broke, why fix it? In the old version you could change difficulty in between songs with a simple up-up or down-down. In this new one it only requires one up or one down. Normally, this isn’t a problem, however, after playing heavy for an hour or so I get kinda tired and incoherant and accidentally hit up or down while scrolling through songs. I then pick the song and realize that I am playing standard or light. That is not cool, the margin of user-error has been raised.. which sucks. Other than that small nitpick, the game is great. The new modes that use the eye-toy seem promising but I can’t review them yet. The mission mode is really neat. It gives you little goals to achieve on certian pieces of a song. It is good fun. The game gets the usual AAA rating in my book, like the others.

I’ve started working on my RPG again, and that is a good thing.

Everything else in my life is still just peachy. I’ve had some rather neat dreams lately. They range from me being a samurai frat boy to me not being in the dream at all, but instead just watching the events of some crazy-ass scenario. I will elaborate on them in a later post though, DDR is a-calling meh.

~Zach

September 27th, 2004

Parties, Berserk, Merlin, Harlock

There was a DDR party on Sunday in our dorm room. The turn-out was excellent if you’re a hermit who loathes humanity. For those of you who are not accustomed to my wit, I’m trying to tell you that nobody showed. I was gravely disappointed.

Thus, instead of playing the absurd amounts of DDR we had planned, Zach and I spent a good majority of the weekend watching movies/anime. I’ll give you a brief run-down now:

I’ve said it once before, and I stand by this statement: Merlin is one of the best adaptations of the King Arthur myth (among other things). I forget which channel originally aired this mini-series, but they knew what they were doing.

Berserk is an anime series I’ve seen before. It’s a very solid series - indeed, I liked it all the way up until it didn’t end. You may be wondering what I mean. I mean that the series never finishes. This isn’t to say that there are a lot of episodes. No. The last episode that was created ends on a giant cliffhanger that leaves you wanting more. In my desperate pursuit to find anything resembling closure, I stumbled on the final episode of Zoids and some ameteur porn called “Booty Patrol.” God, I hate Kazaa.

Harlock Saga is another anime series. This one does end. The story is well done, and for being rather old it’s presented pretty well. I enjoy the related series as well - Galaxy Express 999 and Queen Emeraldas. If you’re an anime fan, check it out, yo.

You may have noticed that the server was down for a while. This has some negative ramifications, but it also was positive in a way. The negatives were of course that our site was down, and everyone looking for their blissful piece of the Animal Farm was left craving like a smack-addicted hooker stuck in jail. The positive, however, was that one of my tests was pushed back. I’m in no way prepared for this test, and the extra time will give me ample opportunity to remain unprepared longer.

I would be training in Kendo right now. Unfortunately, there was some sort of fire at Stansbury, and thus class was cancelled. On the plus side, I got to see Shindo-san on the way back home, and she said she was going to visit our Kendo class to see what it’s all about. She’s also nearly finished translating the Xenosaga II trailer. Lord, I love Shindo-san.

It is now time for me to bid you adieu. Farewell, ma peche.

Ibuprofen, take me home.

September 23rd, 2004

Sigh, Can’t Sleep

I’ve had entirely too many sleepless nights lately. It has become quite irritating. Part of me doesn’t want to resort to pills again, but I can’t think of any other solution. I played DDR for two straight hours and trained in Kendo for over an hour and still *nothing*. When I took my 8 hour walk after 3 hours of sleep, I *still* couldn’t sleep that night. What the hell? This needs to stop.

While I’m enraged, let me say this: people on this campus are extremely lucky I’m not armed. No less than 12 events this week have made me want to go on a murderous rampage. I swear, if another drunk so much as looks at me like he’s going to be annoying, I’ll rip his friggin’ lips off.

I’m going to lay in bed and stare at the ceiling for a few hours.

Tra la la, tra la la, tra la la.

September 23rd, 2004

DDR Extreme

If I have any joy in my life right now - any reason to wake up in the morning, any reason to crack a smile - it’s the new DDR.

I’ll be blunt with you. The game is good. The game is damn good. I’ll start with the song listing, which is spectabulous. The first song that caught me eye was a remix to the Never Ending Story music. You heard me right. If you haven’t seen The Never Ending Story, you’re a meek empty shell of a person. If you have, then you understand my joy. The next song that caught my fancy is Duran Duran’s “The Reflex.” Zach and my ex will tell you I’m a Duran Duran nut (they *were* one of the pivotal bands of the 80s), and anything involving them is automatically made about ten times better. Moving on, we have a bunch of other retro 80’s songs along with some stellar work by the infamous Naoki and Captain Jack. I won’t lie to you. Captain Jack is my hero. I want to be just like him when I grow up.

There are also a bunch of new additions to the game. I haven’t had time to preview all of these, but from what I hear, the Eye Toy adds significantly to the experience. The interface has changed, and in some areas it has improved whereas in others it falters a bit. The dancing is still pretty much the same, and everything is kept interesting.

Overall, I can’t think of a single reason not to own this game. You should already have it, but I know not to expect much from you people, so I’m telling you now - get it.

In the meantime, come over to our room and play it. We’re having a little get-together Sunday, and *everyone* is invited.

In other news, I have a Stat test tomorrow. I expect to do freaking miserably. Go me. Sigh.

I didn’t know you could throw that panda.

September 20th, 2004

Farewell, AIM

I have uninstalled AIM. I will not be reinstalling it. To all those with whom AIM was my primary form of communication, I apologize. I simply can not tolerate AIM any longer. It is a poison, a “conversation condom” as my friend Kyle puts it, and I refuse to take part in it further.

I am not abandoning you. My e-mail address is still genesisgenocide@yahoo.com. My number is still 293-4255 ex 26197. I still live at Arnold Apts. room 612. You are all free to reach me using any of those venues, and I will not turn you away. I would be more than pleased to see you or hear from you. However, if you’re waiting for “GuardianNairb” to resurface on your buddy list, don’t hold your breath.

In other news, I have put down La Pucelle. It’s not that it’s a bad game - nay, by any standards the game is quite good. However, it was not able to hold my attention in the way Disgaea was.

Yesterday was National Talk Like a Pirate Day. Unfortunately, I didn’t say enough sentences to take advantage of the holiday, but I’m hoping someone flowered their speach with the appropriate amount of “Yaarrrs” and “Mateys.” I heard one girl dressed entirely in pirate garb for the day, and I immediately wanted to wed her. If you performed any crazy pirate antics, I’d be happy to hear them.

I took a rather long walk yesterday, and today I’m in quite a bit of pain. Unfortunately, that means I won’t be able to participate in Kendo. Even more unfortunate, moving around is going to menace me all day long.

I’ve been playing a new game - Alchemy. You can find it on Yahoo Games, and it’s quite stellar. I can get up to level six, but I have yet to progress beyond. Go play and see how you do.

I need to do some homework now. Farewell.

Da-Ding.

September 17th, 2004

Insanity

It’s finally happened. I’ve finally gone completely and utterly insane.

September 12th, 2004

Ehf La Pucelle

I bought La Pucelle: Tactics yesterday.

I’ll be straight with you. I’m not a man who, for various reasons, conveys much serious emotion. In fact, I have probably survived this long simply because I’m emotionally inaccessible to 99% of my peers. However, I fear that if you watch me play La Pucelle, you’re going to see me break down emotionally. The game is hard - damn hard - and it makes me want to cry.

Other than the absurd difficulty, the game isn’t bad. First impressions place it below Disgaea (a similar game made by the same people), but I have not played long enough to give an educated review.

Zach and I saw Hero Friday night. I enjoyed the movie. The film was very artistic in its presentation, which I liked. The acting was good - or at least I think it was good. The movie was subtitled, you see, and it’s nearly impossible for a non-Chinese speaker to tell if the actors were saying things like they meant it. They didn’t go so crazy with the wire kung-fu, which I *thoroughly* appreciated since I thought Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’s abuse of wire kung-fu was ridiculous. The execution was spot-on, with my only gripe being that some of the silent lulls were too long and too frequent.

I’ve taken a bit of a break from AIM lately. This isn’t intentional, really, it just sort of happened. I really miss talking to a few people. Well, okay, like 2 people, but I miss them a lot.

I’ll ruffle your feathers. Brian - 9/10/04 - The Lonely Island
I implore you to visit www.thelonelyisland.com and watch all their shorts. The site is simply brilliant.

They’re just two guys and they’re having a good time.

September 10th, 2004

Grr

Hi all, reporting in after a brief hiatus from updating. My original plan was to not update the site until I had completed Star Ocean: Till the End of Time. The reason for this, and it is a good one, is because noone wants to read my updates if all they say is, “I am still playing Star Ocean, but that is about all I’ve been doing, ” every day. So I was going to wait. But it turns out something interesting did happen to me about an hour ago( 12:30 ).

Today started out like any other day, got up and went to class. But in CpE 310 we got our homework assignments back. This assignment was drawing an Intel 80×86 processor diagram. It wouldn’t have been too bad if I had some sort of software to draw things like that. Instead I used Macromedia Flash and it took me over an hour to draw. Anyway, I went in to class and got back my homework. Written next to my all-impressive score, a zero, was a little note that read, “You copied, please see me after class.” So I spent the next 50 minutes letting my stomach digest itself in anxiety. Let me explain something to you, dear readers. I am *not* in any way, shape or form a cheater. I deplore the idea of cheating all together and have never cheated in my life, ever. Period. Cheating to me is copying someone else’s work not letting someone else copy it( though it is still wrong, I dislike conflict and tend to agree with whoever asked me something. ) So after class I went to Dr. Nutter( I am not making that up ) and explained to him my dilema, as I will to you now:
-I walked into class 10 minutes early the day the homework was due to realize I hadn’t printing my hard copy yet.
-I cursed, ran upstairs to the second floor and printed it from the CD we also had to turn in.
-In haste, I just grabbed the first 8086 drawing that came from the printer( or in this case was sitting in the tray. )
-I put my name on it and turned it in.
It turns out that this copy was not mine, in fact the way it got in the tray is also a little story. The guy I “copied” from was in that same lab printing his copy a little under an hour before I printed mine. He sent his to print but it didn’t come out, so he sent it to print on the lab’s other computer and happily walked away with his printed copy. Well, after he left I am guessing his original copy printed. And it laid there for me to pick up 40 minutes later in haste, mistaking it for my own.

A little earlier I mentioned that we had to turn in a cd with the file on it as well as a hardcopy. This should have cleared up the problem of me not cheating right there as my, vastly different, diagram was sitting on that cd. I guess the asshole just wanted us to waste a cd because he clearly didn’t look at my cd at all. Well, after class I explained to him the above circumstances and he obviously didn’t believe me( who the hell would? ). So he told me to print off another copy and he would have a look at it. In the end all was settled and I got the grade I deserved for my diagram. To tell you the truth, it isn’t really the 10 points I care about so much, it is my good name in this school. I’d prefer not to be dubbed a cheater for the rest of my life because of this freaking incident, and now I don’t have to worry about it. But Nutter can still die. So far he’s condescended me in class AND called me a cheater/liar/criminal. I don’t think I like him.

On a good note, Star Ocean is coming along nicely, though I do agree with Sowas on most points in his post. I will post my differences in my next post, when I have this game beat.

~Zach

“I gave her my heart… and she gave me a pen!”
~Loyd Dobbler.