Archive for January, 2005

World of Warcraft

Monday, January 24th, 2005

For a while there I was sorely tempted. Then, luckily for me, there was a spate of server problems, and Blizzard have stopped selling it for the time being. I read this morning that there is a last shipment in EB today, but the moment has passed. I can congratulate myself on not falling into the MMORPG trap, and go on my way with a light spring in my step.

Besides, real life is so much more rewarding these days.

Friday, January 21st, 2005

Fun.

DMV Employees, General asshats
Circle I Limbo

Parents who bring squalling brats to R-rated movies
Circle II Whirling in a Dark & Stormy Wind

Republicans
Circle III Mud, Rain, Cold, Hail & Snow

PETA Members
Circle IV Rolling Weights

George Bush, SUV Drivers
Circle V Stuck in Mud, Mangled

River Styx

Scientologists
Circle VI Buried for Eternity

River Phlegyas

Creationists
Circle VII Burning Sands

Steve Ballmer
Circle IIX Immersed in Excrement

The RIAA/MPAA
Circle IX Frozen in Ice

Design your own hell

A match made in heaven?

Thursday, January 13th, 2005

I think somebody from Namco should talk to Freezepop about the soundtrack for Katamari Damacy 2.

the Internet has everything

Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

I think this is quite possibly proof of this fact. As well as being one of the more amazing things I've found on the web in the last few months.

Proper English

Tuesday, January 4th, 2005

This tsunami disaster has shown once again that journalists don't understand the usage of the word “enormity”. I doubt that they are deliberately invoking pathetic fallacy. The tsunami was a terrible tragedy, but I don't see the need to ascribe it to malice on the part of nature.

What happened to this decade?

Monday, January 3rd, 2005

Now that we're in 2005, I have noticed something strange. I have almost no recollection of the first half of this decade. What I can “remember” is mostly what I know happened, rather than any real remembering. The things I can actually remember are few and far between, viz. 9/11 (the JFK assassination of our generation), going snowboarding last winter. I also know that I changed jobs a couple of times and finished 3 or 4 projects in that time. But I don't really remember it happening. Recent films and chart hits that I guess came out in 2002 or 2001 turn out to have been around since 1998. It's weird. We all have a good picture of what made the 80s and the 90s, but perhaps this decade has no identity yet…

Rose Parade!

Monday, January 3rd, 2005

Yesterday I went to the Rose Parade in Pasadena and took lots of pictures. We got up at 5 since we had bought tickets to a grandstand and official parking and we had to be parked by 7. Then we had breakfast at Denny's in Pasadena. The parade started at 8 with a flyby of a stealth bomber and a couple of fighter escorts. We were near the end of the route which meant that the parade didn't actually get to us until about 9.20, so we had plenty of time to get a programme and get comfortable and dry off our seats. Luckily the rain held off for the parade and it was a lovely morning with a great view from the grandstand into the mountains.

Of course there were a lot of people in town for the Rosebowl game and we had a lot of Texas supporters in our stand. There were a few Michigan supporters near us, but not many. We caught the game on TV later – Texas won, but only by a hair. The best float in the parade for me was the JPL float, but there was also a great float late in the parade which featured frogs riding a bike to escape from an irate chef. Unfortunately I'd run out of room on my CF card by that point.

The marching bands were good, some better than others. The university ones were probably the best. The unified schools districts bands were good too – plenty of kids to pull from. “Celebrate” seems to be a popular tune with marching bands. But at least one played “Stars and Stripes Forever” which I consider a proper marching band song. 🙂