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Monday, June 21st, 2010
9:48 pm
Post Apocalyptic Food for Thought
My friend recently moved out of the UW dorms and passed on to me a backpack full of emergency supplies that he claimed were given to him when he moved in there.

The bag contains food and water rations, in addition to first aid accessories - all the typical post apocalyptic survival stuff. Nothing too special, but the food ration did stand out to me:



It's just a big solid brick. What could be inside, I wonder? What color is it? What's it taste like? How would you eat it? How would you split it amongst fellow survivors? If electricity was still around, could you microwave it? If you had unexpired packets of condiments, would they go well with this mystery substance? How long could you make it last?

These questions boggled my mind, until I took a walk down Eastlake Ave the other day (not too far from campus) and saw a familiar looking package on the side of the road, flattened by a car:



I know that the first exposure wasn't meant to be like this, but still, it's pretty safe to say that the apocalypse is not going to be fun for picky eaters such as myself.

There will be no convenient access to teriyaki or hamburgers in the future.
There will be no pizza, salad or unlimited breadsticks.
There will be no late night gyros.

But there will be a swarm of people fighting like dogs to lick this "food" off the road.
Monday, January 4th, 2010
7:00 pm
Gibberish Languages: Star Fox 64
When most of your time revolves around linguistics, foreign languages and video games, you tend to take note of the methods of communication employed within your favorite interactive universes.

While many games with voice acting just stick to spoken English or Japanese (depending on the country of origin/release), other games go that extra mile to invent their own language for the sake of immersion. In a lot of cases, this is a practice I am quite fond of.

Unless it's for a highly refined production like "Metal Gear," the quality of voice acting in video games can greatly vary and more often than not fall flat. The dramatic effect is lost in many games due to a lack of motivation in reading lines from unmotivated scripts. The inappropriateness is compounded by the fact that a lot of established universes are fantasy worlds whose linguistic histories in all probability would spawn languages quite distinct from the ones we hear in our own world. Given this context, if the characters in such a game have to vocalize something it's best that it is (phonetically) something with no preexisting frame of reference. Something unreal. Something artificial.

The Diverse Languages in GamesCollapse )

Star Fox 64Collapse )

Alright, I'll go back to focusing on real languages now. First day of class and I already have Korean homework!
Monday, November 2nd, 2009
2:58 pm
Most Scenic Air Dusting Ever
Whenever I have to get the excess dust out of my computer case, I generally clean it outside so as to not make a mess. This time the sun happened to be out and shining relatively bright (for Seattle, anyway) and I never take pictures so I figured what the hell, I'll grab my camera.



I'm sure with a more recent digital camera this would look a lot better, but ehh, I'm fine with a thousand words as opposed to 3000.
Tuesday, October 13th, 2009
9:34 am
Seattle sucks for arcades, which is why it's always fun to make the occasional trek up to Vancouver in Canada.

Well, Seattle also happens to suck for Turkish food too...

But something came to my attention recently: a photo of a supposed Uyghur restaurant in Vancouver, in Richmond of all places!



It doesn't seem like much but hey, I'll take ANY excuse to leave America for a day :)
Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
5:41 pm
Someone finally questions it:

"

GBPackerLuke6 (8 months ago)
Why don't they use the term "Supervisor" for "Boss" in these games to refer to the big bad guy at the end of a map? Because Andross is the real boss. He's like the CEO and these other guys would be like "supervisors" or "managers" or something like that.

"
Monday, August 10th, 2009
3:27 am
Random China Photos



I never bothered asking my friends for the translation; I felt it was better left a mystery as to why she looks so damn happy.
Friday, August 7th, 2009
12:53 am
Rolling Over
I see Katamari has caught on in my country!

Thursday, July 30th, 2009
5:22 am
Random China Photos: Arcade Series


"Turk man, take a photo because this is just too great. Latest IIDX on a brand new machine, and NO lines! NO WAITING! I can play as much as I want! THIS WOULD NEVER HAPPEN AT A.I. AHAHAHAH !!!"

That would be Bill, who was happy to finally get a proper IIDX fix after years of trying to find an unused machine in SoCal.

More picsCollapse )

Regardless, this arcade was too great... Two Jubeats, Pop'n 17, two sets of GFDMV5, GFDMV6, DDR X, and just to make the gwai lo happy, an EXTREMELY out of place hunting game:



I already miss Hong Kong, so I must settle for its cleaner, less sleazy Canadian equivalent: Vancouver.
Sunday, April 26th, 2009
11:40 am
I finally saw the original "Crank" with Jason Statham.

JESUS CHRIST



I'm convinced that more of the budget was spent on drugs than on the actual film and crew.
Sunday, March 22nd, 2009
12:25 pm
Friday, March 13th, 2009
10:41 pm
MST3K madness
When I was in high school, MST3K and They Might Be Giants were my two biggest fandoms (my car is proof of this)

I always wanted to see a MSTing live. Sure, the guys at Alamo Drafthouse are pretty funny, but they take their style after the Best Brains crew. I wanted to see the ACTUAL Brains live...

And tonight I did, at Cinematic Titanic... a vampire film set in 1920s Mexico but shot entirely in the Philippines with Filipino actors, badly dubbed into English with generic Mexican accents.

The crew was stellar... they riffed it just like the old days, with great timing and wit all around.

And as the show ended, with the lights coming on and everyone exiting, the speakers for the theater started to play Birdhouse In Your Soul, arguably my favorite TMBG song.

Both fandoms are still alive to this day and I love it!

I could say a lot more about past and present and all that mumbo jumbo... but I'll just end it with my meeting of Joel at Scarecrow Video:




From IRC:
[21:03] [rattran] Joel's not the stoned looking one for a change
Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
11:03 pm
FARK Extended
FARK has been the greatest time killer for me since 2002 or so. It's the best way to fill in those short but empty gaps between classes.

This time however, the site took me much further than it usually does.

I was on campus today, and the FARK main page had a link to a local news story:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/ae/401081_yarmulke23.html

Interesting story, but the kicker was the article mentioned that this guy's collection was on display in one of the campus libraries a couple buildings away from me!

I logged off, walked 5 minutes and there it was. It was worth checking out as strange as it was, and the whole ordeal killed even more time...

Thank you, FARK!
Monday, October 20th, 2008
7:42 pm
Tuesday, September 16th, 2008
1:46 am
Happy Birthday, ryuentran!

May the next brick that hits you bring you a quick, painless death.
Tuesday, August 12th, 2008
7:42 pm
As I was digging through my car, I found a lost reserve of Arcade Infinity tokens from when I was living down in SoCal.

This, the day before I leave for my trip down there.

And people said the trash in my car would never appreciate in value!
Friday, August 1st, 2008
11:58 am
I've been in the midst of throwing up all sorts of video game goodies I've amassed over the years on eBay.

Shifting through one console to another, I finally got to my Neo Geo Pocket Color.

I haven't played the thing in years; last time I touched it had to have been 2003.

I definitely had fond memories with this thing. I remember in summer of 2000 buying the (then) newly released slim Japanese NGPC along with a bunch of NEW games off Amazon auctions for about 5 bucks a piece.

It was around this time that SNK USA was shutting down and all the unsold games and accessories were being recalled from stores. In a frenzy, I bought whatever I could because this was the first hand-held beyond original Game Boy to really keep my interest. (I always thought GBC sucked)

But after the year 2000 I really didn't feel like playing it anymore. Could never find a single soul who owned one, so "Match of the Millenium" was never as fun as it could be (though unlike most people, I still prefer it over Capcom VS SNK)

The millenium came and went, and at some point during my freshmen year of college (2003) I bought "Bust-A-Move Pocket" from one of my roommate's friends in a vein attempt to revive my interest... It didn't last long.

Fast forward to today...

Just for kicks I hit the power button... THE BATTERY STILL WORKS!

Within moments, the catchy little menu music boomed through the speakers and took me back to when I was 14.

All my settings were still intact - it was quite surreal to see this thing display today's date.

My birth-date & horoscope were there, useless as always... (today I have 4 money, 3 romance)

The world time display is there, and much like 8 years ago, I still have no dire need to know when other places are.

Despite all that, I loved this handheld... It's a shame it died so soon; it really was all the best games on Neo Geo MVS in portable form and the thumb stick was pure engineering genius.

The nostalgic kick coupled with the sentimental value would usually just prevent me from selling such a thing... but ironically enough, I'm trying to save up dough for a Neo Geo MVS... so it somewhat evens out, right? Right???

Did any of you ever own a Neo Geo Pocket Color?
Sunday, June 15th, 2008
9:36 am
The Way of the Samurai is found in death.
I've never really cared for non-console RPGs, and even those I've fallen out of at 15, but I am intrigued that there is a pen & paper Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai RPG!!!

Suddenly Cheetos, Mountain Dew, and RZA on the stereo sound like a winning combination.
3:35 am
For some reason Ben had put this horrible catastrophe on his Netflix queue: "Disturbia".

For those who don't know, it's a modern re-telling of Hitchcock's "Rear Window." And by modern, I mean badly written, chock full of cliches and uninspired direction, for the sole purpose of making $$$.

I'm not the biggest Hitchcock fan ever, but I'd rather watch Marnie over this!

Hell I'd even watch the Psycho remake with Vince Vaughn over this!

If Alfred was alive today I'm sure he'd commit suicide upon seeing "Disturbia," just so he could commence spinning in his grave.
Friday, June 13th, 2008
1:31 pm
The guy at the burger joint yesterday asked me "Has anyone ever told you you look like Ed Wasser from Babylon 5 if you shaved?"

I, never having seen the show had no idea whether to take it as a compliment or insult, but I had to look up this guy's face anyway.

Apparently he played a character named Mr. Morden.



Here is a pic of me just for comparison. Because of the involvement of burgers in this epic observation, and because Mr. Morden appears to be in a burger joint of the future in that photo... I am going to use a photo of me from a past trip to Fat Burger.




I honestly don't know what this guy was thinking, but every time I hear of Babylon 5 now, I will think of a big fat burger with cheese, mustard, lettuce, ketchup, extra large waffle fries... goddamn I am hungry now.

Effective advertising indeed.
3:44 am
I stopped by the U-District tonight to catch "Stuck."

I swear, it has to be the funniest horror/thriller/drama I've seen since "The Shining."

A weird, interesting movie... if it's playing in your town, check it out.
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