« May 2007 | Main | July 2007 »

June 24, 2007

This bitch be trippin' up all in your grill, Magikarp! Use a Splash Attack!

Too. Easily. Entertained.

Other, more important things you should see... Mama drew this for me, and it's fucking amazing and is my compy background. She's awesome, seriously. Go look at it now. I'll wait...

Okay, look at it again. Damn, that's awesome stuff.

Guess I should clean up...

Posted by poetfox at 02:34 PM | Comments (0)

June 23, 2007

Okay, so I don't blog enough. So I'm blogging now, okay?

Well, I've been failing at writing blog posts. I'm awesome.

I got a new phone. It's a SLVR L7c. It would be totally neat if Verizon's stupid modifications didn't lock out almost everything cool it could do. That said, any other phone at Verison is going to have the same limitations, so I've calmed down from my anger and am generally okay with it at this point. Still, when the time comes where I'm no longer on a family plan with my family, I am staying the hell away from Verizon.

Other things that happened... I bought Justin Spaeth an Oozinator for his birthday. Probably shouldn't have. Spaeth got a new phone too, and it's expensive but TOTALLY COOL. It's a Treo whatever the latest Treo is. IT can do all the sorts of stuff my SLVR would do if Verizon hadn't locked it down, plus some. It's neat. I want something like that maybe. Maybe by the time I get one, cell phone companies won't be charging outragous rates for data plans.

What else... almost new KoL content time. I was totally going to beat the Sorceress one more time last night, changing my plans for this ascention to getting Leash of Linguini instead of Cantilloni Cocoon. But she beat me. But I still have tommorow's turns. Surely I can beat her in that number. I'll use the many losses strategy, more than likely. I just need to grind some meat for more Doc Galatik's Homeopathic Elixir, an item whose name I never tire of typing because it's THAT AWESOME.
I also discovered Kingdom of Buffing. Which is fucking crazy. I gave them some meat, though probably not as much as I should have. It's an amazing free service.

Doctor Who has recovered nicely from the garbage that is episodes 4 and 5. Episode 10 was so top of cool that I'm having Brer download it and going to make him watch it. We'll see if he likes it enough to watch the whole new series with me. I should find more of the audio dramas sometime...

Anything else... um... the Xbox 360 is back and in working order. When I find the time to go get a points card, I'm probably going to pick up Band of Bugs, as it looks like a cute little FFT clone for 10 bucks... with bugs. Also with online multiplayer and co-op.

On an unrelated note, Ecks is awesome.

Posted by poetfox at 02:49 PM | Comments (0)

June 17, 2007

So Mom made me stay up late, and then made me get up early. Thanks, Mom!

So Layne. She's married now. Her new name would be a great name for a bowling team. After all the little things I stressed about surrounding the wedding, it all went pretty okay. The reception was pretty fun, the ceremony wasn't a complete pain to sit through... I really want my wedding, if I ever have one, to cut through a lot of the crap, though. I want to do like... a little ceremony with really close people, and then just have a party with the main group... something like that. Also, I will play different music. But whatever, Layne looked like she was having a blast, and that's the important part.

It's also Father's day, and I forgot to remind Brer... I need to do that the moment I see him, he seemed thankful I reminded him about Mother's day. Heh.

Let's see... what else is there to say... I watched The Cat Returns again. It's just as charming as before. So's the manga. I rambled about it before, but it's just great. I found a nice wallpaper with Baron on it, so I'm using that now... I really think it could be a great series. I mean... really. Baron is such a badass. I'd watch the further adventures of The Cat Bureau any day.

Eh... I'm rambling pointlessly right now... I think I'm going to take a shower.

Posted by poetfox at 09:40 AM | Comments (0)

June 15, 2007

Pidgin's Developers Need To Stop Sucking: A Rant

So, I open Pidgin (which is like Trillian in that it connects to multiple chat programs at once, but it's Open Source and the file transfers actually work) and it says "Hey! There's an update with slight bugfixes!" And I go "I like bugfixes!" So I download and install... and it turns off extpos, the Window Position Manager. Now, this is a plugin that makes the windows remember where they were. Are you shocked that this requires a plugin? Trust me, I am too. I don't have any programs that don't remember where the window was last I used it, but Pidgin will open all windows in the very farthest left top corner every time. Which is completely fucking annoying, and renders my 2 monitor setup, one for doing stuff and one for chatting or referencing while doing stuff, useless. The extpos plugin fixes that. The latest release broke the plugin. There wasn't an update for the plugin, which I don't blame the nice guy writing it about, since he's just doing a little something to fix Pidgin, which works flawlessly otherwise. This renders Pidgin unusable for me and I'm sure many others. I had to downgrade back to 2.01 to make me sane again and not start screaming. (I admit, I have anger issues)

I understand Pidgin is open source, and that first and foremost they are developing for Linux. I understand this. And from what I understand, the whole Window Position Memory is build into the Kernel of Linux, so on a Linux box Pidgin runs flawlessly. But the moment they decided to put out and offical Windows build, they need to make the damn thing work on Windows, and without such basic functionality, the program is nothing but frustrating. The Pidgin developers either need to get the plugin guy on their team and package it with the basic Windows Distro, like a lot of other little plugins they have in there, or they should just stop making a Windows version. Seriously.

Okay, I ranted, and I feel better.

Posted by poetfox at 05:09 PM | Comments (0)

June 14, 2007

Hey Megaman, I hope you don't like chips, cause I'm adding them all.

Lan, you goddamn son of a bitch!

I really need to write more things, you know? Just in general. More blog posts, more essays... more everything.

But yeah, I was reading that little Let's Play thing for MegaMan Battle Network, and it made me want to try some of the later, more interesting parts of the series, because if it taught me anything, it was that the battle system in the first one is really, really bad. Good idea, but really bad implimentation. Also, Elsu was talking about how much he loves the series the other day... so I'm kinda wanting to try one of the later members of the series... thinking about the DS remake of 5... but I don't wanna spend a lot... I dunno.

I dunno in general... me and games... haven't been playing a lot of them recently. Well, besides KoL... gods, I am in love with that game. Even if I wasted ALL MY TURNS last night. I really accomplished nothing... well, I unlocked the Dungeons of Doom, but I realized that it probably wasn't worth my time after I did it. But oh well. This ascention was planned to be slow and easy... no hurry no worry style... I shouldn't worry about it. Just play and have fun and, when the time comes, take out all the new content with tons of Rays of Kerosene Lanterns.

Okay, guess I have to go now. Finally. Later.

Posted by poetfox at 11:18 AM | Comments (0)

June 10, 2007

Justin Spaeth's Pokemon-Related Miracle

Justin Spaeth wanted to let you know that he successfully traded a Level 7 Bidoof for a Level 5 Bidoof on the Pokemon Global Trade Station. Please note that there were no Level 100 legendaries of any kind involved with this trade. You may celebrate now, knowing that one can actually make a trade on the Global Trade Station.

Posted by poetfox at 06:32 PM | Comments (0)

You should probably skip the first block of text. It's just talking to myself about future KoL plans.

So there are apparently special cookbooks for Pastamancer spells that work like Gazpacho's Glacial Grimorie or the Codex of Capsaicin Conjuration, only for the other three elements. The bonus spell damage from using the Necrotelicomnicon with Dirge of Dreadfulness is 2 damage more than the bonus from just using the Kickback Cookbook, so at the very least I need to get that one. Having the others on hand for pinpoint Minor Ray of Somethings seems like a good idea, too. The only problem is, once I have them all, I'm going to sorta want to Permanent Minor Ray of Something... BUT NO!
Here's the plan, mann. This Ascention, Pastamancer, Cantiloni Cocoon. Then, for my 5th Ascention, Accordian Theif under a Moxie sign, permanent Torso Awaregness for hot shirt action. After that, I'm not so sure. I could do Pastamancer for Minor Ray of Something, or I could do Disco Bandit for Nimble Fingers, or I could do Seal Clubber for Hide of the Walrus.
Anyway, this is all more planning than I probably need to do.

So the more I think about, the more I really really really enjoyed The Cat Returns. So much so, that I'm probably going to pick up a copy of it, as well as a copy of the manga it was based on. It was just so cute. The art was wonderful, of course, because it was Studio Ghibli. But it had more of a plot than, say, Totoro. But the plot was small and complete, like Kiki. It was a sorta about confidence in what you want and going to get it, I think. Also, did I mention it was cute? It was very cute. If I had a complaint about it, it was silly things that don't really make sense with the plot, like wanting Haru and Baron to hook up. Baron needed some loving! But anyway, I seriously enjoyed it. It makes me smile. I suggest it. Yes indeed.

Let's see, what else... I'm sad that the only "ranked" online mode in Planet Puzzle League appears to be the weird-ass "Birthday Battle" mode, where I can only play against and be ranked against people with my birthday. There are never going to be enough people online for me to have a solid pool of people born on March 24th to play with. It's really kinda silly. I suppose I'll just have to be happy with Free Play Battles, and battles with people on Talking Time... speaking of which, I played M. Nicholai. Beat him 4-0. Wheee, I'm glad I still got it. I love that game so fucking much when I get into it. Gets what little competative juices I have flowing.

Posted by poetfox at 02:24 AM | Comments (0)

June 07, 2007

The Siren Call of the Haruhi Dance

Have you seen the dance? That song has been stuck in my head... and like, every video game character is doing the dance now. So I decided to watch The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. It's completely fucking amazing. I'm like 6 episodes in, and I am completely hooked. It is anything BUT Melancholy. It is full of whimsy and fun and I just... damn, it's awesome. Go watch it.

Other than that... what's been going on... Planet Puzzle League has stylus control, but it's online multiplayer is why I got it, and it's the only thing there to bring old fans of the game like me in. So if that doesn't appeal, you can probably pass. But I'm enjoying it. It's such a good puzzle game... so, so good...

Also, Talking Time is back! Fuck yeah! FUCK YEAH! FUCK! YEAH! Fuck yeah.

Fuck yeah.

Posted by poetfox at 04:51 PM | Comments (0)

June 01, 2007

Today's Rambles On Tap: KoL, Odin Sphere, Black Hawk Down

Okay, so, apparently the Kingdom of Loathing Item of the Month for this month, which isn't up yet, has a ton of content attached to it. So-called "Astral Badger" levels of content. I looked up everything the Astral Badger does, and that is a lot of cool shit to play around with. I'm thinking of buying a second Mr. Accessory to trade in for one, though I'll probably wait until I know exactly what it does, or has a decent idea. Surely people will jump on it and put it all up on the Wiki, and I can judge for myself.
I am close to ascending again, though. I just need two more levels, one to unlock the Naughty Sorceress, and one more so I can actually learn Double-Fisted Skull-Smashing. I might actually have time for another run before the new content comes... I wonder if I should try to race through as a Disco Bandit and get Ambidextrous Funkslinging...

In other news, I finally got in my copy of Odin Sphere. It is definately a good game, although after playing it all day yesterday, I found today that I could only take one chapter before wanting to stop. But that's fine. When I play, it's good stuff. I probably should have set it to easy, though. I have a feeling I'm going to get frustrated and put it down a couple more characters in. But we'll see what happens. I'm looking forward to being done with Gwendolyn, though. I thought I was at her last chapter, but there's another... which makes it seem like there might be two more, this one and one more. Hmm.

I also watched Black Hawk Down with Brer. I promised I would give impressions. So I'll give them here and he can read them, or I can relate them to him. It's not a movie I would have ever watched otherwise, but he knew that going in. It's obvious it was made with a lot of love and a lot of respect for all the people in the story it was retelling, because it was based on a true story. Whoever really wanted to get this story out there. It's a good movie. I say this in the same way I say a song is a good song, because I know it is, but I will never listen to it again, more than likely. That's how this is a good movie. However, it was real. I don't think it's really a movie thing, perse. But I feel too close to that sort of thing. I mean, I'm not. Here I am, at a computer, in Missouri. I'm not. But, you know... Brer was over there. As far as I know, nothing anywhere near like that happened to him, of course... but it just makes me realize... it is real. People do that sort of thing. There was a chance Brer could have gotten caught in something like that. It made me nervous and sick to my stomach thinking about it, and it made it hard to actually focus on the plot or whatnot. I was having trouble keeping track of who was who. Granted, there were a ton of people to follow, but I would have done a lot better normally. I tried my best to stick with it, but I did have trouble. Nothing against Brer when I say this, of course, but his running commentary about what was slightly different in the film from the real thing only added to that nervous "this kind of shit is real" feeling.
I don't know. I don't want to be anywhere near anything like that, and I don't want anyone I care about to be, either... it's scary as shit. It scares me to think about it. I don't want a world where that kind of shit happens. It does, of course. Not a whole lot I can do about it, perse... but it is one of the reasons why... I dunno... I don't understand how anyone who hasn't been involved in the armed forces could feel like they should say what the armed forces should do, you know? Some random person saying they should be doing this or that... I know I have no fucking idea what it's like to put your life on the line for anything... and that random person doesn't either... and I wouldn't want anyone who didn't know that to make such a decision... It just seems crazy unfair otherwise.

I hope some of that was coherent. Anyway, there was some thoughts. I'm going to work.

Posted by poetfox at 06:54 PM | Comments (0)