Amazon MS Points Sale

April 23, 2009 at 2:47 pm (Internet, video games) (, )

[Amazon.com link]

Buy a digital 4000 Xbox LIVE points card before May 1, 2009 and you’ll receive a $10 promotional credit to use in the Xbox LIVE Store. You can never have too many points, but if this one time 4000 points are too many, then pick up a digital 1600 points card and you’ll receive a $5 promotional credit to use in the Xbox LIVE Store.

 

Limit one credit per household. Offer valid from 12:00 AM Pacific Time on 04/22/09 to 11:59 PM Pacific Time on 05/02/09. This offer may not be combined with other offers or promotional certificates. Purchase one of the qualifying digital products from the list below and within two business days you will receive an e-mail letting you know that a discount has been applied to your account, and you can return and use your credit in the Xbox LIVE Store.

Essentially? Buy a 1600 point card ($19.99) and get a $5 credit be used on Amazon’s Xbox Live store (or a 4000 point card to get a $10 credit). You can only do this ONCE, so you can get either 5 or 10 dollars worth of credit. The Amazon store only carries MS points and Arcade games at the moment. Still, if you’re like me and frequently buy Arcade games, this is free money. Plus, buying things off of Amazon allows you to bypass tax (in most areas)! Screw you, 4.712%!

[BLAHBLAHBLAH yes i’m aware that techincally we’re supposed to report this stuff to the state to be taxed BLAHBLAHBLAH]

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SF IV T-N-A

April 17, 2009 at 3:17 pm (video games) (, , , )

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Yep. It’s Friday.

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Women-Only Parking Spots

April 16, 2009 at 3:13 pm (Internet) (, , )

[Gah, stupid Facebook. I would’ve posted this just as a link over there but the number of characters you can put in the comment box is restricted. So boo, here it is as a real post on the blarlarlarlarg]

SOUTH KOREAN PARKING SPOTS FOR WOMEN ONLY

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The “pink lines”, painted pink, are 2.5 meters wide rather than the standard 2.3, offering aid to women drivers unskilled at parking.

Oooh, pink. And a flower! Girls like both, right? The wider stalls should make parking a whole lot easier for you ladies! ‘Cause, y’know, women aren’t nearly as skilled at driving compared men.

Actually, there may be a less egregious reason for all of this, according to one of the commentors:

I suspect that the parking spaces are actually a safety measure, so that women can more quickly get inside after parking at night. That would explain why the article also mentions new street lights being installed.

The “unskilled women drivers” thing is probably an invention of the reporter. Frankly, journalism in South Korea lacks high standards of professionalism.

Well, that’s no fun.

[lololololol s. korea is sexist!!!11]

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Craigslist

April 16, 2009 at 10:50 am (Internet) ()

I would’ve just posted this as a link on Facebook but the Craigslist posting had been removed from the site. An amusing post about a date between a man and woman, a car, and poop. Text below.

Date: 2009-01-25, 8:53PM PST

We met on Craigslist so I am hoping that this post finds you. I know that it could quite possibly be the most humiliating first date that you have ever been on, but I am willing to look past that.

I thought we had chemistry sitting at McMenamins sharing that basket of Cajun Tots while drinking the Terminator Stout. I really felt like there was a connection there. I found you to be intelligent and witty and looked forward to further conversation with you.

At some point in life, everyone has gambled on a fart and lost. It just happened to be on a first date in the passenger seat of my car. Please don’t feel bad. The package I sent you with Pepto the next day and the note that said “First dates are always a crap shoot. Call me” was meant to be funny, not offensive.

I have gambled on a fart and lost on multiple occasions. The first time I did it was very memorable. It happened when I was five and sitting on my uncle’s lap. I am lactose intolerant, but love cheese. I probably win 95% of the time, but I don’t think anyone wins 100% of the time. That’s why they call it “gambling”. I’m the last person to judge you for crapping your pants. In fact, I am impressed by your boldness. The timing on the other hand, could have been a tad bit better…like when you’re not sitting on a heated leather seat…

What I am trying to say is that if you want to go out again, I would be more than happy to take you someplace where we can get a meal that is high in fiber and less taxing on the digestive tract.

I await your call,
Tad

P.S. – If you shat yourself on purpose to end the evening early…Touché…

Fake? Maybe, but amusing nonetheless.

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Ranma 1/2

April 9, 2009 at 10:38 am (Anime) (, )

ranma-1About a week ago I suddenly had an urge to watch Ranma 1/2. I’m not entirely sure what spurred this sudden urge, but I just knew I had to find some way to watch some episodes. I’d seen the DVD box sets in stores and was reluctant to pick them up. I loved watching it when I was younger but I just wasn’t sure if it would hold up. I mean, Ranma 1/2 began airing on Japanese television 20 years ago!

I searched YouTube to see if I could find an episode or two just to see if it’s watchable. After sorting through the various clips (no dubs) I found the first two episodes in three part chunks. To my surprise, I found that I absolutely still enjoyed watching it. The animation is decent and it’s still funny and entertaining to watch.

Ranma 1/2 is kind of weird. A lot of bad things could come of this anime in the wrong hands. I’ll just take the summary from wikipedia because they explain it better:

On a training journey in the Bayankala Mountain Range in the Qinghai Province of China, Ranma Saotome and his father Genma fall into the cursed springs at Jusenkyo. When someone falls into a cursed spring, they take the physical form of whatever drowned there hundreds or thousands of years ago whenever they come into contact with cold water. The curse will revert when exposed to hot water until their next cold water exposure. Genma fell into the Spring of the Drowned Panda while Ranma fell into the Spring of the Drowned Girl.

Yes, he turns into a girl when doused with cold water. Keep in mind that this anime was aimed at a younger audience so nothing too scandalous occurs, short of a bit of toplessness.

My favorite character is probably Ranma’s father, Genma. He seems to enjoy (prefer?) staying in his cursed state as a panda. He continues doing his usual day-to-day such as going down to the market or sweeping the front area of the dojo. Everyone seems to acknowledge that a giant panda is walking around the town but aren’t too perturbed by it. Also, while he’s in his panda form he can’t verbally speak so he has to use various wooden signs to communicate with everyone, usually for comedic effect.

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Glancing through the wikipedia entries surrounding the anime, I found that the Japanese voice talent for girl Ranma, Megumi Hayashibara, has done quite a few other shows I’m familiar with such as Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop, Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Jessie of Team Rocket from Pokemon. Suffice it to say, she’s done a number of high-profile shows.

I have decided that I’m going to be buying the entire set, season by season. I’ve searched around a bit looking to purchase the DVDs: 7 season box sets, 1 OVA box set, 1 movie box set. That’s a lot of stuff to pick up. I’m also finding that they’re either no longer in print or they go out stock rather quickly. It seems like it might be the former, especially considering it’s anime. I’m going to be miffed if I end up not being able to buy them all at a decent price.

[Why does Ranma magically have purple eyeliner on when he turns into a girl?]

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It’s Dead, Jim

April 8, 2009 at 10:57 am (video games) (, , )

Damn it, Jim! I'm a doctor, not a PS3 technician!

Damn it, Jim! I'm a doctor, not a PS3 technician!

Bones and I were just chilling – just watching some NCIS on the PS3. He and I, big fans of the show. The show was moving along when the picture suddenly went out and there was an audible “pop” from the PS3.

“Oh, no. It did not just…”

There was that disctinct smell you get when electronics are burning.

“Shit. Bones, do you smell that? What’s wrong with the PS3?”

He gave me an indignant look and gave that line he does everytime when he doesn’t have an answer. “Damn it, Jim…” I scoffed and told him to stop calling me “Jim” la;skjdfansgdasdl;fkjasdfl;kasgnasdl;fkjas.

I don’t know where I was going with that and I have no idea why I went off on a tangent like that. But, yes – my PS3 is indeed dead. It happened as recalled above, sans Mr. McCoy. At the time I wasn’t as upset as you’d think I’d be. I was watching NCIS via CBS.com on the PS3 when it died. After the tragic event, I thought maybe NCIS was available on Netflix instant streaming. It was, and so I continued watching on the 360.

I haven’t gone through the trouble of digging out the original box to check on the manufacturer’s warranty or the extended warranty I purchased from Best Buy. Why? I’m pretty sure they both expired. The Sony warranty I’m fairly certain is for one year. The Best Buy one was for two years, but I bought the dang thing when Virtua Fighter 5 came out, which was over two years ago. Of course, I will pull the box out of the closet some time this week just to double check, but I am fairly certain about the warranties and dates.

Odd thing is, I think even if it is still in warranty with Best Buy, I may just go and pay to have it repaired by Sony. Why? Well, I have a 60 GB PS3 that is backwards comptabile with PS2 games. Essentially it means I can play PS2 games on the PS3. Sony stripped out the backwards compatibility in order to save money on production costs for the system, so the systems out now no longer have this feature. If I were to get a replacement from Best Buy I would more than likely receive one without it. That, in turn, means that if I want to play any PS2 games I will have to pull my PS2 system out of storage.

The other thing is that all of saves are on the hard drive. I have nearly 60 hours pumped into Persona 4. While I adore the game, I don’t know if I could handle going through it anytime soon after such a devestating loss. Not to mention the items I’d purchased via the PSN (Playstation Network, the equivalent of Xbox Live)! I’m not sure how they handle these types of things on the PSN. Am I able to redownload the items I purchased onto my new console?

Oh, yeah. My blu-ray movies are useless until I find a replacement. I got around to removing blu-ray access on my Netflix account today. Probably for the best, though, seeing as how they’re raising the monthly fee for it. Sure, it’s just going from one dollar to four, but stuff like that adds up. That, and I have no way to play them at the moment.

Chie Satonaka of Persona 4

Chie Satonaka of Persona 4 "WTF, dude? Lame."

 

 “Chie! Don’t look at me like that! I’m sorry! It’s not my faaaaaauuult!”

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Tweet Tweet

April 1, 2009 at 10:46 am (Internet) (, , )

twitter-1Twitter is such an oddity. You can make these updates that are 140 characters or less that get posted to your Twitter page or where ever you decide to stick them via RSS, be it your blog or Facebook. They’re like mini-blogs; bloggettes if you will. I’ve become addicted to it. I check it pretty frequently – maybe every hour – to see what’s up with the people I’m following. Who am I following? Mostly people in the video game industry. I’d follow people I know but I don’t know anyone who uses Twitter.

The people I follow regularly update their Twitter, twittering various things such as articles they’ve written, videos they’ve made, or pretty much anything. I find a few of the links I share or post about from people I’m following. I think it’s a pretty great application for something that’s essentially a bunch of blogs tied together via RSS aggregators. I’m sure it’s a bit more complex than that but that’s how I treat it.

The recent Facebook update really pushed the “what are you currently doing?” aspect of the website in a direction more akin to Twitter. I’m more apt to update something like the Facebook updater than Twitter because people will actually see that. I’d probably find Twitter more attractive if I had an iPhone or similiar type phone from which to tweet. “Tweet”. I have a strong dislike for that word.

Oh, I don’t think I mentioned my Twitter yet. It’s twitter.com/kenzington. Nothing fancy. Feel free to check it out but I don’t update it all. I have it tied to my blog so it appears on the right column but after just checking my site it doesn’t appear to be working right now. Oh, well!

Oh, crap. I forgot about the whole reason I wanted to write this blog. I have a dog following me! His name’s Cisco and you can find him at twitter.com/CiscoTheDog. Cisco is owned by one of the people I’m following, Karen Chu of I don’t know. I forget where she works. I just know she used to work at 1up.com. It’s probably just her or her husband twittering but I just found it kind of cute and decided to follow the dog. One day I found that the dog started following me! I don’t know if that’s supposed to be some sort of Twitter custom to do so. “Hey you started following me so I’ll follow you” kind of thing.

Uhm, I’m hungry and don’t know how to end this so here’s a picture of a cat.

 

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