Archive for December, 2005

Having a cool Yule

Monday, December 26th, 2005

Yuletide in the Elbeno household has been quite low-key this year: just a chance to relax and enjoy the tree lights and decorations. Presents were less of a mountain and more of a molehill – we're lucky enough not to want for anything, and we didn't have the time or inclination to be excessively commercialised this year.

I wish you all a peaceful and enjoyable season.

PS. I'm studying hard.

The great Everquest giveaway

Saturday, December 24th, 2005

Back in the day, I used to play Everquest. Recently SoE sent me an email saying they reactivated my account for 30 days. No doubt a ploy to get people playing again. Anyway I decided to reinstall so that I could give away all my stuff languishing on my characters.

2.5k platinum donation for a SoW made somebody very happy. Happy Holidays! Have a shield! Have this cool sword that does an ice blast effect! Have this resist gear!

Then who should I run into but Levin, a friend from the old days. So I handed over all my stuff to him. Chances are, most of the stuff he had a hand in getting originally anyway – and he can pass it on to his alts. Much of it is junk these days of course after 3 years of mudflation, but I think there were a few useful items still.

It's Christmas again…

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

…and you know what that means: another edition of the world's hardest quiz.

Good luck!

By the way

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

Happy solstice to all.

My calendar says it's the first day of Winter, but I'm not fooled by that.

the old boys' network

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

LiveJournal – with the addition of the “schools” thing it's turning into a bit of friendsreunited.com. I've added two friends: and based on the fact that we all went to the same secondary school. I wonder who they are? Odds are I knew once upon a time, since he was actually in my year.

Go Totakeke!

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

“Those industry fat cats try to put a price on my music, but it wants to be free,” the canine bard says in a dialogue bubble at the bottom of the screen, after performing and giving away “copies” of a tune.’

Just another reason we love the Animal Crossing series… teaching kids that sharing is good 🙂

Katamari shirts

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

Namco have some new Katamari shirts. I don’t think much of them, actually, except the balloon one. But I am tempted by the “Panic Designs” further down the page.

Working Designs R.I.P.

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

They brought us the best of Japanese RPGs, and they did it with a passion for quality that is rare. Alundra, Lunar, Growlanser Generations, Arc the Lad, even the brutally tough Thunder Force V: Perfect System: all great titles we wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

And they were one of the few software houses that cared about packaging. I won’t be buying the $80 special edition again. A sad day.

The Spike Video Game Awards

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

What a pile of tripe. Thank goodness I had it taped and the remote control handy – I managed to watch the two hour show in under an hour. It was even worse this year than last year.

At least David Jaffe managed to inject a note of normality: God of War was probably the only deserving award recipient. But then again, it was also up against selections which I can only assume were bought nominations. I could go on, but life’s too short.

UK vs USA

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Who Love Freedom More? writes Michael Kinsley in the Washington Post.

The US has a constitution to limit the power of government and protect the individual. The UK has no written constitution and a system of government where on the face of it, the individual is at the mercy of the sovereign state. Despite (or perhaps because of) this, perhaps the personal values that underpin freedom are more evident in the UK?