Thanksgiving Break Report

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and now that we have entered our last
week of classes at good ol’ CU, it’s time to go out with a bang.
First, my trip report – it was great. Absolutely great, all except for
the bus rides. I can’t tell which was the worst part of the buses –
probably the driver getting lost from Binghamton to Scranton. I’m
believing it might have been a better idea for me to drive. But
anyhow…
Spending time at Kate’s, as usual, was wonderful. Every visit I get more
and more enchanted with this wonderful girl I fell for almost two and a
half years ago…I’ll stop gushing for those of you with weak hearts.
Anyhow, we had a great time, watching movies as usual (minireviews:
Keeping The Faith was wonderful, High Fidelity was good, Risky Business
was decent.) We even braved the traffic on Black Friday and went
shopping. Lots of good food, good times, and I can assure you that only
a minimal amount of clothing was ripped.
As far as purchases go – one copy of Gladiator on DVD ($20), one copy of
the new NIN remix album ($10), a new copy of The F Word from B/N along
with some magazines ($20something), and a copy of Incredible Crisis for
Kate ($20), which is an extremely Jappy PSX game – in a good way.
As I mentioned above, 5 days of classes left. I have a lot to do, but
today will remain a down day until I get seriously crunched on Thursday.
Two tests that day, with a lab report and a huge problem set due on
Friday. Oh, and probably accounting as well. Don’t worry, I’ll get going
on it all tomorrow. Really.
Finally, I’m working to revamp my news system a bit, since my friends at
8bop spent break completely tweaking it to be a multi-user system. I’ve
been meaning to make mine a little easier to use for me, so I’ll hack
out a little PHP when I get a spare moment or two. Whatevah.
As usual, you know where to find me.

I Have Seen The Future

It is Final Fantasy 9.
Picked this sucker up from EB yesterday, took it home (home home, not
Sheldon home), and just sat and played almost non-stop till 1 AM. Woke
up this morning, played just about till it was time for lunch with
Jason. Came home, played some more.
I have not felt a level of sheer enjoyment and fun like this in years.
It’s clicking on every level, and I think it’s a perfect end to the 32
bit line of FF games. It looks beautiful, and there’s enough FMV to make
your jaw drop for most of the first disc. The music is a perfect blend
of the old melodies along with some new sounds. The characters all have
distinct personalities, there’s enough diversionary stuff to keep your
eyes peeled.
And the gameplay…oh dear god, it’s heavenly. The abilities system is
FINALLY something that seems resonable. MP are back. The limit break bar
is back from FF7. And 4 characters to a party! This is unheard of since
FF3!
Anyone with a PSX who loved FF3 is hereby forced to go buy it, trade for
it, steal it, or whatever – just get your bloody hands on it NOW.
As for the rest of my weekend – lunch with Jason WHONG~! went very well.
We gossiped a lot about the industry, and I got a number of hot
exclusives regarding future moves in the industry. I think I heard at
least 3 things that made my jaw drop WIDE open. One will be announced
tomorrow or the day after. Anyhow, much love to Jason for being such a
wonderful guy.
In an unrelated story, Kate told me an amusing anecdote the other day;
it seems that she was recently out to dinner at a Chinese restaurant,
and the drink service was a little slow. So, taking a page from the
Mentos Corporation, my baby went into the kitchen and got the drinks
herself. If only she had a roll of Mentos, it would have been perfect.
Hmm, there’s an idea for a Christmas present…
In case you haven’t heard, I’m going to Kate’s this Tuesday. Won’t be
back till Sunday next weekend, so no updates for a while. But keep it
real, people.

Monday

I have just completed my irritating 264 lab, so I can take a break to
let you, the reader, in on my life once more. I mean, what the hell else
are you coming here for?
The Mos Def/BEP show was last night, and for the first time in my two
and a half years on CCC, I worked Stage Crew. To put this in perspective
– I worked Security for 11 shows, Crew Head for 5 of those. I figured it
was time for a change.
On the plus side – Stage lets you get the feeling that you’ve actually
done something. Stage means you can actually watch some of the show
without worrying about watching people. Stage lets you talk to more of
the crews, which is enjoyable in its own way. Stage gets three meals,
plus Manos after the show if you’re up for it. Stage gets the cool
colored shirt. Stage gets passes automagically. Stage gets to interact
with the band a LOT.
On the minus side – Stage gets there early, is there all day, and leaves
late. Stage is a lot of heavy lifting, pulling, pushing, etc. Stage is
the reason that if I stretch right now, it hurts.
All in all, I enjoyed it a lot, and will definitely be doing it again in
the future. I’d like to thank, in semi-random order: Ryan, Joe, Stefan,
Alex, Chris, Christina, Jess, John, Leon, Mike, Henry, Jimmy from the
BEPs, Jack from Northeastern, and all of Stage Crew that wasn’t named
earlier in this thank you. As for the concert itself – I liked what I
heard of BEP. I didn’t enjoy Mos Def.
In VERY happy news, Henry Bloom (who is now the Selections director)
told me that A Perfect Circle is looking for tour dates. WOOOOOOOOOOOT!
So yeah, I can’t move right now, even though I really need to go get
lunch. I have one more prelim this week (woohoo), and then next Tuesday
I’m off to Kate’s house. Oh, and this Saturday I’m having a meal with
Jason Whong. Awesome.
Need me? Find me. Love me? Tell me. Hate me? Blow me.

A Little Fiction

Today, I was thinking “Boy, I wonder what it’s like on the heated inside
of Cornell politics”. And it just so happened that I received an
anonymous tip off as to what I’m missing. A recent meeting of two CU
student organisations went roughly as follows. It should be noted that
one group has a very large membership, that the other group is a
minority-based group, and that the names have been changed to protect
the ludicrous:
Bubbly Brit: “(insert name of ethnic group here) sucks!”
Ethnic Group (unison): “You’re a bunch of fucking racists!”
Bubbly Brit: “I’ll kill you all you fu-”
Rational Roy: “If I may interject…”
(goes on to talk totally rationally, then gets interrupted by)
Ethnic Group (unison): “Fuck you, honkey! You always say the same shi-”
Rational Roy (staring at celing, totally calm): “I would like to finish
my sentence.”
And so on, and so on, and so on. More race issues were brought up, but
it’s all more of the same.
So now you know why I would not run for election for any of those
student organisations that I associate with, god love ‘em.

Another New Feature

The powers of slack overcame me, and now I have created the very Jay
Stile-ish Mac Gaming Webcam Portal Thing. At the present time,
there are only three active cams, one of them mine – but there seems to
be community interest, or something.
Link going up in the navbar, which I really need to redesign soon.