Friday, January 25, 2008

Liver & Onions

I know it sounds weird, but I love liver & onions.

I bring this up because at the cafeteria today, they were serving liver & onions. I got there 45 minutes before they closed (they're open from 11:00am to 1:00pm).

They had sold only 3 plates... including me. So they gave me an extra piece.

It was really good. I don't know what people have a problem with. For me, it's "comfort food".

Actually... I wonder if it's because it might be related as "poor-food"? I loved it when my grandmother made it... but we weren't very wealthy either (still aren't).

Hmmm... your thoughts?

Monday, January 21, 2008

OGR: Umihara Kawase

So we got to thinking that we could do better video game reviews than the majority of the YouTubers out there.

So we did.


Lemme know what you guys think.

And Umihara Kawase is coming out for the PSP March 19th (well, in Japan...)!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure love

Givin' love where it needs it. Ora.

Jojo Battle Card Game (I am currently translating the rules and cards)

You can still get the first 9 books of the third story from VIZ. The translation is spot on.

And finally, the... Joestar family iPod commercial starring Giorno, Jotaro, Josuke, Jolyne, & Joseph.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Time Crash

And yes, it IS cannon.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Game Center CX love

Some of you know my love for "Game Center CX" and some of you may not. For those of you that do, watch the video. For those of you that don't, let me explain further.

Game Center CX is a show I caught on YouTube a year or so ago and fell in love with it. The whole point of the show is that they get a comedian (Shinya Arino) to play old-school video games and see how well he does. They allow him some passwords and some help from other people, but it's mostly just showing him playing a game.

Sound boring? It's not. Even if you don't understand Japanese I have found that it's incredibly fun to watch him play and see how well he does. If you have played the game before yourself, then you get tense wondering if he will find out things you know about.

For a one-hour show they take 13-15 hours of gameplay (and keep in mind he plays that all in one go) and squish it into 25 minutes. The rest are interview segments and extras such as Arino going to some obscure corner of Japan to play some games in a side-street cafe or whatnot. It's actually lots of fun.

So, a game just came out recently (I pre-ordered it I was so excited) sort-of based on the tv show... but not really. In the game, you play as a kid who plays old-school games. These old-school games are actually made by Bandai/Namco specially for the Game Center CX DS game... it basically means that they look like they were made in the 80's, but they were actually made last year.

So the video below is a pretty decent talk about the game showing some shots and some information about the show too. I also made and update the GameCenter CX Wikipedia site, so there's lots of information there too about the games Arino plays in the TV show.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Way too busy

I'm really enjoying a new book I got for Hanukkah from Jen. It's the first Harry Turtledove book I have read and it's astoundingly good.

"The Two Georges" takes place in an alternate history where George Washington struck a deal with King George III and North America stayed a colony of Great Britain. Now, in 1996 a group of fellows called "The Sons Of Liberty" are causing problems.

Being a fan of a few episodes of 'Sliders' (very few) alternate history in book form is actually quite exciting. Turtledove does an excellent job of skewing history into a very convincing "What If" and serving it to you in a way that I can actually read. I am looking forward to finishing this book and then hopping straight into the World War series.

I'm not too interested in time-travelling as I am in alternate history... but (on Mike's recommendation) I may even give "The Guns Of The South" a try.

On other news, I just got another hole put into my head.

You know that I got my wisdom teeth taken out in September, but you may not know that I had the right nostril get infected and and that I have been sick ever since.

So today I went in and got "endoscopic surgery" to help my nose drain properly so antibiotics can get to the root of the infection.

Unfortunately, the tube they put in my throat for the anesthesia made my throat very raw and actually bruised my uvula and windpipe. I was told it would be a bit raw... I guess that's what they meant... so I am in lots of fun pain when I swallow and I sound like 'Tom Waits' when I talk.

That along with $1000 worth of car repairs is really putting a hamper on our new year.

I am working on getting a "Mario Monologues" Staged Version up sometime soon, but I need to get my throat in working order. I have another one coming up at the end of this month... so here's hoping I'm in good shape by then.

Also note that the comments area is up again, but I am using the Blogspot comments. I'll find the other one again soon.

Ed makes the following note about the blog article below:
"If your really want to get to the root of the whole Interpol/Editors thing, you can always take a look at the band that they are *both* ripping off - from 1991 - Kitchens of Distinction"

I agree.

Newly Acquired Games:

* Super Swing Golf 2 (Wii)
* Legend Of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (DS)
* Super Real Mahjong PIV Custom (PC Engine/Turbografx 16)
* Star Control (Genesis)
* Buzz (PS2)
* Final Fantasy XII (PS2)