Lao Tzu said that the journey of a thousand miles starts beneath your feet. And that’s a line that’s been resonating with me for the duration of this week, because basically what Lao Tzu is saying is that in order to get something done, you need to get off your butt thinking about it, and start working to get it done.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
I detest Facebook. Detest it because it consists of nothing but the detritus of all human waste. Day in and day out, you see nothing but people posting about pedestrianism, the last meal they ate, something cool (!) on the Internet, or their latest kitty photo. I’m guilty of all that, except that I take photos of my food AFTER it’s been eaten, and my cat is a macho noisy lazy butt who can put all of your Caturday photos to shame. I copied my girlfriend in that we both decided to skip checking Facebook all the time, and just go back to it every so often—in my case, every weekend, unless work demands it, in which case I probably don’t check it properly at all.
Friday, November 22, 2013
I have a bunch of friends who play games exclusively on the PC. These are the same people who consider console gaming to be a poor experience when compared to the richness that a full computer, with a keyboard, a mouse, and a joystick (on occasion) can bring.
To them I say: you can keep your computers. You know why? Because dude, old console games are legitimately hard to play.
|Who’d have thought that timing that jump would be so damn difficult? Taken from Tasvideos.|
The other day, I was doing a bit of reading on the history of the Game & Watch—did you know that it was inspired by a bored businessman playing with the buttons of an LED watch?—and one of the pages I was browsing through had a comprehensive list of the games that were available on the various iterations of the Game & Watch. One of these games was Ice Climber.
Well, for a former gamer, I had terrible hand coordination skills, and I was always better at something like Ice Climber than, say, Super Mario or Galaga. I had spent hours on games like those—we had one of those 100 in 1 cartridges for the NES—and, upon coming across the title again, after so many years of not even going anywhere near the NES, I was instantly hit by a pretty strong wave of nostalgia.
One of the greatest things about the Internet today, though, is that old NES games that are now free from their licenses. Ice Climber is one of those games that are in the public domain, along with other titles like Adventure Island, Chip n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers, and many, many more.
And my first comment when I started playing Ice Climber was that the game was hard. I don’t really remember getting too far in the game back when I was a kid, but I certainly remember getting to the condor more than once. Why couldn’t I get the bonus part of the game done now?
Truth be told, though, the games back then were hellishly hard. It wasn’t just Ice Climber; I remember having a rhythm when playing Adventure Island (on the Sega Game Gear, no less), to the point wherein I could play the first two stages without skipping a beat. Now I couldn’t even get past the first stage without dying at least once.
I haven’t tested any of these games on my nephew or nieces yet, so I don’t know if it’s just an age thing. I suspect that my age has something to do with it. There’s also the possibility that I’ve gotten way too used to the Playstation controller (you have to admit, that design was revolutionary). But I’m leaning towards the possibility that I’ve gotten too old to properly enjoy the classics of the NES without getting frustrated with how the game physics are like shooting buckshot in zero gravity.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
My family is a largely carnivorous group. And I wasn’t that different, for quite a long time. I grew up knowing the sweet crunch of pork, the neutral taste of chicken, and the strong, earthy taste of beef.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Okay, so last week was devoted to Typhoon Haiyan and its aftermath. I guess it’s time to go back to your regularly scheduled programming this week. But still try to help out.
The first order of business though: POLITICS!