January 6th, 2003


Super Mario, Movies, and Rants

Yesterday, I spent all day with Sarah. It was a lot of fun. We just hung out... played Mario Sunshine for most of the day. We've got 60 shine sprites now! Yay! We've beat all the episodes of 3 of the worlds now, although we still need to go back and do a few more of the "old mario" levels on timed mode. We have Yoshi. We spent a long time trying to get yoshi to a far away island, but it was really difficult. We never did get him there :)

I really like the Gamecube. I haven't been a really big fan of Nintendo's products since the old NES days (although I still swear by the 8-bit system). I remember when I used to read Nintendo Power every month for something close to three years - until I realized that it's all just an advertising scheme for Nintendo. It's hard to believe I was so gullible as a kid - I would have thought I could have seen through that kind of thing, but I obviusly didn't. It was a very cool magazine though - full level layouts, cheats, hints, and tricks... it was all very fun until they switched to a system I had never played. (SNES) And at that point, when it all became games I'd never played, I gave up on it. But coming back years later, I realize it was just a huge ploy ;)

I also watched Top Gun for the first time yesterday. I really like this movie. I can't really believe I never saw it before... We watched it in Sarah's Living room, which was a really good idea. Lately we've just been watching things up in their... den? (kind of. It's more of a rec room - the game cube is there, and a futon.) It provides a bit more privacy, which is cool when you're watching a movie with your girlfriend :). Anyway, we watched that, and it was really cool - it's a movie that really shows off the killer sound the Cables have. It was also a very sad movie... I loved watching it though.

So, I didn't have an extremely EXCITING day yesterday, but I did have a good day, which is nice sometimes. I think today I'm going to mail back my nextdayink package, then I'm going to go out to Borders to buy something with my giftcard. I should also return Ferris Bueller's Day Off to Blockbuster (we watched that 2 nights ago).

Oh! I also ate dinner at Sarah's house for the first time in a long while. I told her that anytime she could convince her parents to make pasta, I'd eat there with no problem. So, she convinced her parents to make pasta for dinner. It was really good - they made their Garlic lovers sauce, which practically makes your eyes water when it's being cooked ;) It was so good to eat though.

I'd also like to state that I feel that it is absolutely sick that this country could create, and most likely support, a movie titled Dumb and Dumberer. It is the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. The trailer played on The Lord of the Rings- The Two Towers when I saw it, and the fact that some huge Movie house is paying big bucks to advertise for this kind of Piece of Crap movie just floors me. What has happened to the American Public that people will LAUGH at this kind of stuff? And you wonder why the rest of the world considers us fools. I don't care about excuses, it's just outright ridiculous.

Another thing that pisses me off - sites built entirely on Flash animations. (An example is the Mario Sunshine link above.) I'm sorry, but to show me pictures of Fludd, or Mario's moves, you could at least PROVIDE an HTML version of your page. I know that 75% of the country probably has broadband, but the earliest estimates for getting anything of the sort at my house are still sitting at about 2 years out. While I'm at school, it doesn't bother me, but When I"m at home, I'd like to be able to navigate a site without waiting for 10 minutes to download your crappy graphics.

I think that's about it for right now.

"The bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late." -- Charles C. Colton


I just spent a half hour getting ready to go run errands - getting movie to return together, packaging up ink cartridge for mailing (btw, ln, anytime I type the work ink, I think of you now.) etc. Took a shower, got dressed, etc.

As I'm about to leave, I think to myself "um... self? Do you have a car you can take to run errands?" I think... eh, there's no way I'm stuck here in a district of no public transport without a vehicle which can carry me the requisite distances, is there?

I went and looked in the garage, and, sho' nuf, I have no car. No vehiclular transportation. If I lived in urbana right now that wouldn't be so bad - there's busses, and stuff. But since at the moment, I'm stuck in St. Charles, IL - I have no way of getting from point A to point B. And therefore the movie will remain unreturned, the ink cartidge will remain unmailed, and I will continue to be a deadbeat.

It's not easy being green.
  • Current Music
    Moulin Rouge - Sparkling Diamonds - Nicole Kidman


Some quotes by my TA and Professor on the review day before our Music final:

Ed: you're not allowed to leave to pee in the middle of the exam.
Professor: (shocked voice) Ed!
Ed: (abashed) Well, unless you have to. But then you will have to go with a guard so you don't cheat.

Professor: There's nothing new under the sun.
Ed: Except Teletubbies.

Teletubbies scare me, but I just found this in some old notes, and I thought it might make some people laugh.
  • Current Music
    Dave Matthews Band - All Along the Watchtower