Thursday, April 10, 2008

Triple Update! Dad and the Smash Brothers (Part 2 of a 3 part saga)

Just finished playing an hour of Super Smash Bros. Brawl with my dad... against his desires of course. I keep on guilting him into playing it, since we really haven't done much together for the last couple months. For a while there we were watching Gunslinger Girl and Evangelion, but I noticed a continuing pattern of him falling asleep whenever something is on the television. Which gave me the crazy idea of having him try out Smash Bros. Hilarity ensues.

banner gunslinger girl
When dad started reading my manga collection, this ended up being one of his favorites. And yes... he reads manga. *shudders* I remember his reaction when he read Ghost in the Shell. He'll never trust me again.

I first had him play the game about a week ago, and as was expected, he was terrible at it. My dad is someone who doesn't see much fun in something unless he is immediately able to succeed. He was never good at platformers or fighting games, and since Brawl is sort of like a mash-up between those genres, it's sort of like Gasoline-man brushing up against Fire-man. The results weren't all that pretty. But it was his first time playing it, so I gotta give him credit for even trying.

The first couple fights I tried to take it really easy on him. I just generally pushed random buttons and let him beat me up. Yet somehow... I would always end up winning. Sort of sad, but true. He'd always find a way to fall off the platform or get himself killed in gnarly ways. Every few seconds you'd see his character go flying off the screen and exploding in over-the-top Nintendo fashion. Poor dad.

This picture sums up Brawl pretty well. A bunch of Nintendo characters beating the crap out of each other. *nods* Good times, good times.

So today when we were playing, I got the bright idea of him actually playing the single player mode (which is something I should have had him do much earlier). After I had set the game to the lowest difficulty humanly possible, dad managed to play all the way through "Classic Mode" with very little frusturation. Now he has the controls down pretty well... so I won't feel bad giving a true 'ass-whoppin'.

Tee-hee, Smash Bros. is fun.

P.S. Jeff Dunham is funny, but overrated. For the sake of spice, I'll attach a funny clip from one of his shows. Did I mention that he's overrated? Because he is! *cough*ButIlovehim*coughcough*

Walter is amazing.

Triple Update! Mid-term (Part 1 of a 3 part saga)

Well, the long awaited mid-term finally fell upon me today. All things considered, I don't think I did all that badly. I could have done a heckva lot better though. With a tad bit more passion and a little more heart, I have a feeling I could have aced it. But noooo! I had to get lazy. *shakes head* Someday this lazy gene is going to come and bite me in the butt, I swear. That day keeps slipping by though, lol.

The mid-term consisted of 67 multiple choice questions and one essay question. 0_0 It was pretty epic, to say the very least. My teacher is super special awesome though, and he allowed those of us who hadn't finished it yet twenty more minutes. Very generous of him! Although, we had to move twice because of it.

Let me explain in more detial. Class time was already up, and I had done about two-thirds of the test (me and about seven other people). There was going to be a meeting taking place in the classroom that we were currently in, so we had to move into the empty classroom next door. We were in there for about five minutes, until we kicked out of there by another class, which then led us to the English lab. Yay! Nothing like switiching into a bunch of different locations right in the middle of a test to keep the stress level down! Whoo!

This is the first of what will be three updates today. All of them will be rather short and brief, just the way I like them. I promised myself that I would do a marthon "ten hour" run of Super Smash Bros. Brawl when I got home.. but I was only able to last about 2 1/2 hours before my mind felt like it was going to explode. So now I'm having an anime marthon instead. In between episodes of Elfen Lied, I'll put up new posts.

Look forward to it!

Oh! And I left Math class during break. My teacher was in an even worse mood then he usually is, and his lecture is about as informative as watching a screensaver. So I left. *sigh* I've been such a bad boy lately. Thank goodness attendance doesn't count in this class. xD I've only missed one day, so there wouldn't be anything to worry about even if it did.

There is a cure for math! Wheeee!

Lucky Star meets Death Note= epic win!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Another Update For The Sake of Updating

As I had typed in a previous entry, I have been attempting to update this blog once a day. Well, the horrible truth is *dramatic music* I forgot to update yesterday! Which means I have to update twice today, which is why I'm making what should generall be called a 'filler entry'. This is just going to be blabbing on about whatever topic comes to mind for the next several minutes. It should be a great amount of unedited fun. I'm just gonna let whatever comes to mind out onto the Internet (hopefully nothing to perverted).

In 3...2...1...0

Okay, so anyways, I can't think of anything to say, but I promised myself I wouldn't stop typing. Pleaes god, let the grammar come out decent.

So as all of you know, I'm very excited about the new Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull movie. But you know what movie is going to really suck? Iron Man! That's right fanboys, I said it. Someone needed to say it! I mean... this movie just looks awful. The worst sort of superhero crap one can imagine. You've got this guy flying around in what looks like a hi-tech Elton John outfit... wait, let me reword that. It looks like the Master Chief's oufit from Halo redesigned by Elton John to look 'fabulous'. Oh! And what's with all of these superhero movies. Are we running out of ideas? Batman and Superman were brilliant a couple years back, but that doesn't mean you have to reinvent and turn a film franchise into every hero that ever graced a comic strip! *shakes head* It's madness...

Why is everyone looking forward to this. I just don't get it.

... madness? It is Sparta! xD There was another moive that sucked, but I won't go into that one. The reasons are too obvious and too many.

Freakin' out about midterm, freakin out about math, freakin about quizzes, but I'm okay.

My Rei Ayanami figurine is really starting to freak me out. The moment I move out, that's going to be the first thing that gets torched. It's just too adorable... which also means that it's evil. You have a character who is (I'll admit the truth here) fourteen years old. I was about sixteen when I first watched the series, so that wasn't too creepy. I'm now seventeen, in another few months I'll be eighteen. And here's this cute little fourteen year old sitting on my desk. *shudders* Yep. First thing that'll be torched. I'm keeping Rukia though. Rukia is classy looking. Plus, she's hundreds of years old. She may look young, but she has more life experience then any of us will ever have. Which is why there's no creepy factor with the Rukia figurine.

Darn you Rei and your... Rei-ness and your plugsuit and your blue hair and your slender build and your quiet shy girl personality and your... yeeeaaaahhhh.

*steps on the brakes* Well that was... scary.

What Happens When We Put Things Off

Nothing new has been going on really. Besides the fact that I have a midterm on Thursday and I had been putting it off for a really long time. I had studied rather mildy over the last few days, but not the extend that I probably should have been. It was more like the kind of "I'm in front of the book now even though I would much rather be playing Super Smash Bros" studying and not the "Lets study and kick some metaphorical ass" variety of studying. Super Smash Bros. leads to decrease in grades (it's scientific fact. look it up)

studying kills D:
Konota, you're just making me feel worse.

I have a journal check due tommorrow, which I sort of rushed. Procrastination lead to more procrastination which lead to a procrastination rainfall which lead to... procrastination. It'll work out okay though, it's nothing major. I'm sure I'll get a decent mark on my mid-term as well. I'm not a terrible student... I'm just not a very good one either.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

So Those Who Get Somwhere Are Those...

...who are truly willing to devote themselves to a cause or an ideal. Either the cause that they will accomplish a particular goal or task, or the ideal from which they hold themselves on a higher platter then often they themselves are willing to admit. They wish to strive for that ideal self, even if they don't become that "perfect being" in the process. It's sort of like chasing something that can't be caught really. But in the process of attempting to catch it, your leg muscles grow stronger, your mind is cleared of all other distractions. You're just running forward attempting to grasp what is forever out of your reach. Or what may seem out of your reach.

I start to think rather metaphorically when such topics arise. Maybe the whole point of life is just to see how much we can experience and accomplish before the timer runs out. The real scary thing is we never know when the alarm is going to go off and we're forced to leave this world behind. Not to mention that there may not be another world beyond this one (but that's for a completely different entry all together). We have very little time.

Might as well make someone proud while I'm here.

Me: "I'll make you proud Mr. Skywalker!"
Luke: "You already have, young padawan. Your level-headed approach for writing a female lead is inspiring to all Jedi.
Me: "Really?"
Luke: "No. Go get me a sandwhich with eggs, bacon... and ham!"
Me: "Yes, sir."

Friday, April 4, 2008

Harvest Moon: How Am I Supposed to Play This?

Harvest Moon

Just downloaded a new Virtual Console game for my Wii after reading some surprisngly glowing reviews. Harevest Moon is a game about... wait for it... farming! *crickets chirp in background* Yeah, I know. Doesn't sound too terribly exciting, and to be perfectly honest, the game is throwing too many crazy ideas at me.

I have no idea how to feed my livestock! I have no idea how to plow the fields! I have no idea how to plant onions! There's barely a tutorial! They just kind of throw you in the game and expect for you to fend for yourself. Who do they think I am, some sort of miracle worker? I cannot magically press my A button and have seeds turn to carrots without a great wealth of information and practice. But nooooooo, this game thinks differently. They throw you into a town, you get a tiny bit of advice from the villagers, and that is about it.

To top it all off, some random little girl forces you to adopt her dog since her parents won't allow her to keep the mutt. Why should I have to take care of it? The game didn't even give me any choice!

I do like the idea of a farming simulation, so maybe after a few hours I'll have all the mechanics down and I'll actually be enjoying myself.

Harvest Moon

P.S. Just bought the 2-Disc Special Edition of Sweeney Todd. Lots of bonus matierals to watch! Yipee!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Disneyland With Anime Geeks


Why it seems like only yesterday... well, it was just yesterday. We went to Disneyland. Nothing new there. It was alot of fun. Again, nothing new. But there was something rather unique about this trip. Something that screamed out "we're geeks, and we really don't care." I guess I should start from the begginning, as all great epics are prone to do. Unless your Star Wars, in which case you should stick to the middle.

Me and Rebecca-sama (her nickname, as given by me) were planning out a Disneyland day, since we hadn't gone in a couple months. So we decided to go on Wednesday, since that was the only day we could go together. I have school and other responsibilites to attend to, so Disneyland is always a bit of a treat for me. It's a place where I'm allowed to indulge that child inside of me and just have fun with the idea of roaming around a fantasy world for a day.

I don't think anybody else realises it but... Disneyland is much more then just a place to hang out for me. It almost has a sort of spirtual quality, you know? I had been visiting Disneyland ever since I was a little kid, and I still get that feeling of child-like glee almost everytime I step into those gates and see Mickey Mouse smiling at me. It is an amazing place.

I'm not going to type on and on about what rides we went on and all of the random conversations we had, because honestly, that would take up way more time then I'm willing to lend while blogging. We had fun, and that's all that matters. Constance Black Widow Bride,Wedding Cake,Constance,headless husband
The new Bride Scene in the Haunted Mansion is much cooler then the old one. xD Not that this is anything new to reprot, since the update has been in effect for about two years now. It's just so cool!

But the one thing that I found very amusing about this particular trip is that we ran into these three girls. More like young women actually. Two of them were in their twenties, and the other was fourteen. Guess what? One of them had a Naruto headband on.

I don't claim to be the biggest Naruto geek in the world, but we started talking with this group of girls, and something very magical happened. Our group got bigger. xD It was too freakin' funny. We had two girls with cat ears on, and you had the rest of our "usual group" just watching the two of em' give each other 'Tail Checks'. There were lots of intresting conversations that ensued from this temporary melding of groups, including me letting out my fan-boy side infront of the opposite sex (it's an amazing thing). I did the Hare Hare Yukai, I did the Lucky Star dance, I did... alot of really really geeky things. It's comforting to know that there are older anime geeks out there who still have that fiery sort of passion. Geeks rule.

Our two groups didn't hang out for too long, but it was fun while it lasted. The rest of the day was pretty much spent doing the usual Disneyland stuff. You know... going on rides... eating at nasty resturants... wishing the fries weren't so damn-luke-fraking-cold... and doing the Hare Hare Yukai. I seem to be the only person who does that everytime I go to Disneyland though. :( People need to learn the dance!

We should all learn the dance.