Wednesday, June 29, 2005

I need to ditch my pad.

I have attained the level of DDR skill that means a pad as cheap as the MadCatz one I have on loan from my uncle is seriously hindering my performance. Thus, I'll be returning it next time I see him, and my Amazon wishlist has gained new, top-priority denizen: a $99 RedOctane foam-core Ignition v2.0 pad. There are better pads; if I were buying this myself (I.E. if I weren't broke) I might get a $200 Afterburner or even a $300 Cobalt Flux. It doesn't get better than that short of $4000 arcade-authentic metal things that literally weigh multiple tons. But $300 is a lot to ask my friends and relations to shell out just for a peripheral, and the Ignition should be perfectly good for now. It may seem like I should keep the cheap one until I get the new one, since that isn't likely to happen until my birthday in November, but frankly playing any more on it is likely to only leave me with more to unlearn later.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

I am, as of today, a Man with a Plan.

First: I start a cable access TV show. It'll be hosted by me and maybe one or two other people, and have a variety of segments, but the segement important to my Plan will involve video games--it'll have reviews and suchlike. Second: Once school starts again, I write for the school newspaper, and among other things will write about video games. Third: I keep a portfolio of these writings, and the tapes of these shows, and I send them--along with some sort of video of me and my possible cohost begging--to the people (whoever they are) who run E3 in an attempt to get in. It probably won't work...but who cares?

Monday, June 27, 2005


I don't need them to be simple. I don't need them to be slow. I don't need them to be predictable. All I ask of my DDR steps is that they ACTUALLY HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE MUSIC. Not just some random counterpoint to it. If you can't hear a certain rhythm in the song, that rhythm shouldn't be in the steps. It's not that complicated, people.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

School's out for summer!

No, that isn't a song lyric, just information. Once again I can look forward to three whole months of sitting around and accomplishing exactly squat. Well, not quite, since now I've got band practices, but still, it's mostly gonna be wasting my time. Next year I go on to that infamous place of soulless existence and infinite torment...High School. Ah, well, I guess I'll deal with it.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

The South is attempting to rise math class.

I had a school trip to the DC area last week...a bunch of mainly inconsequential stuff happened...but what I'm posting about is that one whole day was spent in Gettysburg, since my class has been studying the Civil War recently. While we were there, as part of all the normal tour stuff one would expect, we went through a gift store where many of my classmates, including some I generally consider to be pretty groovy people, bought assorted knick-knacks and memorabilia featuring Confederate flags. Now, I'm not saying they shouldn't have been allowed to have these, or anything--I support free speech rather more than the average guy, I think--but I'm just wondering why the heck you'd ever want to. Think about it--this is the flag waved by people who wanted to break away from their parent nation, not for some admirable reason like oppression or unjust laws, but mainly because they didn't like them and also because of SLAVERY. It's a symbol of that, a symbol of racism and hate and injustice. These people are strolling out of General Pickett's Gift Shoppe waving a something that's basically on par with a fricking swastika. And yes, I'm well aware that the swastika was originally some sort of religious symbol for an ethnicity other than German--that doesn't change what it symbolizes now, which is anti-Semitism and and evil regime.

Friday, June 10, 2005


is a Giant Moth that spins Vast Webs, leaves a Trail of Goo, has Black-and-White Stripes and Huge, Sharp Claws, Escaped from a Secret Government Research Base, and carries a Flamethrower.

Strength: 5 Agility: 7 Intelligence: 5

To see if your Giant Battle Monster can
defeat Mobius, enter your name and choose an attack:

fights Mobius using

Don't ask me. I got it from the TMBG newsletter.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Just started a new comic...

...Errant Story.

"Wild magic and miracle working...chaos theory and weird science...acts of god and freak the point where unbelievable coincidences and contrived events converge...I reach my hand into the gaping hole that exists within the plot of the universe...I send my prayers across barrier of logic [sic], calling forth the powers of pure dumb luck to aid my quest...Let the improbable happen...I summon...DEUS EX MACHINA!"

An Embarrassingly Pedestrian Teenage Cesspool

I just finished the third volume of "Hopeless Savages," a comic (I know, me reading a western comic?) about the family created when imaginary punk rocker Dirk Hopeless marries imaginary punk rocker Nikki Savage. The resulting children are named "Rat Bastard," "Arsenal Fierce," "Twitch Strummer," and "Skank Zero." The intro includes the words "Not only did I burgle the Louvreone Friday night, but my accomplices were Joe Strummer and that guy who played Jimmy in Quadrophenia. Winston Churchill drove the getaway car with a Mohican wig on so no one would recognize him," and the books also include the quote I used as the title of this post. What more do you need to know?

Whither Cale?

I dunno what happened, but Calenine has suddenly vanished off the face of the Interweb. Come back! You can't die on me now!

Monday, June 06, 2005

I find it extremely amusing...

...that The Darkness or The Unseen or whichever goth-metal-punk-pop-poser-whatever-the-hell-they-are band it was and Vanessa Carlton have covered the same song at the same time. Someone should play both versions of "Paint it Black" simultaneously and see what it sounds like.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The Force is strong in this one is quite incredible...I've never seen a computer program manage something so open-ended before. It got "a tank" (my personal homage to Bill & Ted) in 17 questions or so. In other news, the users on Cale have seen fit to elect me the new Mod of the Saipher Empire...go me!