Dec. 23rd, 2009 08:51 pm
kadenza: (Sackboy)
I have now baked 3 double batches of Double Ginger Crackles so I'm getting pretty good at making them. Last night I started putting little slivers of candied ginger on top which made them look a little nicer. I divided them into boxes and distributed them to the neighbours. To Marshie's delight, there was one box left over so I assume they will all be gone soon.

The Pirates of the Carribean expansion pack arrived in the LBP store yesterday, which includes water as a brand new game element. After a huuuuge game update, Sackboy can swim! The water looks incredibly cool. The way it ripples, the way it bubbles, the way it laps around objects... reflections, shadows, interference patterns. So neat. And I have to say that Sackboy swimming is only the CUTEST THING EVER. He does a little breast stroke when he's swimming, and treads water when he's still. Oh, and his cheeks puff out when he dives as he holds his breath, unless he's wearing the scuba gear which is of course also adorable. I can't believe we still play this game on a daily basis a full year after its release.


Sep. 18th, 2009 09:08 am
kadenza: (duh)
It seems to take us a while to figure things out. We have a ton of unwatched tv shows etc. stored on the laptop but no easy way to get them to the TV. Then last week Marshall's friend told him about this thing he has that is essentially a hard drive with an HDMI port which he downloads his shows onto and then plugs into his TV. Sounds ideal, but I was browsing around on Tiger Direct last night looking at these "multimedia players" and they were several hundred bucks, and for some of them the hard drive was not even included. The specs sounded strangely familiar: HDD, USB ports, graphic interface, wireless connectivity, HDMI output. Um... I think we already have something like that, and it's called the Playstation. I threw an episode on my USB key and ran upstairs to test it out. I didn't even need to transfer it, it played straight from the key full screen, and it looked amazing. Not quite HD, but I'd say better than DVD.

So anyway, duh. It was one of those moments where I felt smart and dumb at the same time.
kadenza: (Sackboy)
Little Big Planet's stock is rising in my world again. Two months on, we had practically finished the final levels so my enthusiasm had waned somewhat. With nothing new to play, further exploration of the user-created content has made me realize this is where the game truly shines (as opposed to being sort of an afterthought as with some games I've played). I kind of wrote off the community levels at first because most of them were pretty lame, but the bar has definitely been raised with the passage of time. This game is definitely more than your average side-scroller. People have somehow managed to create in-game computers with acres of wires and switches. I've seen several calculators, a game of tic-tac-toe and yesterday a giant piano that completely blew my mind. It had 4 octaves and all the keys played when you jumped up and down on them. That was cool enough, but when you pulled a switch on the side of the piano, automated hammers descended from above and proceeded to play Für Elise. Marshall and I were talking about how thrilled the developers must be to see what people are creating with their game.

I certainly don't have the time to figure out how to make this stuff, but if people all over the world have time to spend trying to out-do each other, I'm happy to sit back and let them. The replay value is seemingly infinite at this point. Plus Nattie's love of Sackboy still knows no bounds.

For those who have missed it in previous posts, my PSN name is Hollowgirl and I hope to see you out there.
kadenza: (teh baybeez)
Nat's obsession with Sackboy/Little Big Planet has deepened considerably. All day she either begs me to "draw Sackboy" or "go upstairs pway GAME". There is actually an unofficial knitting pattern coming out in the January issue of Simply Knitting, but to hold her off I found a nice big pic of him online today and printed it out. It was very exciting for her to see him coming out of the printer (and actually, it reminded me quite a bit of her birth). She pranced around the room admiring him and saying "Oh Sackboy... kiss you!" and planting big kisses on his face. It was like the toddler edition of Tiger Beat magazine. She won't kiss us, oh no. She only has eyes for Sackboy.

Here are the three of us earlier today. It was all I could do to keep her from taking him to bed at naptime.
kadenza: (test pattern)
I was very interested in the US election results but also interested in Little Big Planet so I played that while Marshie gave advice (seriously, what is worse than a backseat gamer?) and we watched the results on his laptop until 10 when the Daily Show special came on. I have to say, it was pretty bad. I laughed about twice. John Oliver and Larry Wilmore are about the only good things about TDS these days (especially the two of them together) and there wasn't nearly enough of them. Mercifully the show was cut off by the network at 11 so then we flipped around.

Election: As soon as it was apparent that Obama had the lead and wasn't giving it back, I started to feel bad for McCain. Anyway, his concession speech was nice and it was especially nice to see Sarah Palin's stupid face for what was hopefully the last time. So congratulations to those of you who are pleased, Americans, which seems to be pretty much all of you.

LBP: This game is really growing on me, especially as I get better at it. There are plenty of frustrating things and it killed me when I finished Level 2 after searching high and low to be told I only found 33% of the prizes (also fun to be reminded now and again that [ profile] gandalfgreyhame had obtained such and such a score on such and such a level, just to raise morale). Visually it is killer and I think it will occupy me for a long time to come.

Oh also, Nattie is obsessed with it. I let her watch for a while on Monday night, and then I heard her begging, "Game? Game? Game??" on her way to bath and bed downstairs. Then in the morning, she toddled straight to the stairs leading to the loft and said hopefully, "Game?"
kadenza: (invader)
So far this game is not doing it for me. I rapidly lost interest in the storyline and I'm just not feeling any type of connection with this Russian dude. I played again last night for maybe 10 minutes and got tired of it and went to bed and played DS instead. Marshall has been having a lot of trouble with freezing up in his game, so he's not too impressed either. It looks nice and everything, very pretty, much sleeker interface, but all the flying through the windshield and getting your feet run over by passing cars gets old really fast.

I miss CJ.
kadenza: (invader)
The PS3 was all Marshie's idea, but I seem to be the one that has fallen hardest for it. After a long hard day of baby raising, I do so enjoy my hour of Burnout Paradise before bed. It's essentially a game where you drive around and crash your car. With one push of the D-pad you are suddenly racing other people from all over the damn place. Last night it seemed to be Scotland, from the one dude's accent (I forgot to mention that you can see and hear these other people too), and the night before everyone was speaking French, like from-France French. They seem to be predominantly male and I'm pleased to say I can hold my own with them in most types of competitions. I am too shy to appear on camera so I have it pointed at my Jabba the Hutt action figure. I'm sure it will please all the nerds.
kadenza: (intermission)
So we have finally cut our last Rogers tie as of yesterday, and our cable internets will be replaced by Tek Savvy DSL by Thursday. As I'm pretty sure I mentioned before, we gave Rogers cable and phone the boot a few weeks ago. They allowed us to buy our own modem, which arrived on Friday.

The good: Primus home phone. It's cheaper, but has more features. We discovered yesterday we have call waiting and also some type of telemarketer blocking service. Whenever one calls, we dial *44 afterwards and they're blocked for evarr. I'm looking forward to using it on this mysterious 123-456-7890 number that calls practically every day, and there's never even anyone there.

The ehh: I'm not thrilled with Bell ExpressVu. I still can't figure out where a lot of my favourite shows are, the remote is completely non-intuitive, and several channels that we used to consider "basic" are mysteriously not included (like CNN!) unless we get a specialty package. The PVR is dumber than the Rogers one and a lot of things about it bug me. Also, I'm pretty sure the HD looks slightly more washed out than before. Anyway, the frigging satellite thing is bolted to our roof and we have a 2-yr contract so it's not like we can do much about that.

The bad which became good: We finally accumulated enough Airmiles for our PS3, but it was on that very day they gave away their last one, and they've been out of stock ever since. When I called, the woman suggested we just redeem a crapload of Bay/Zellers gift cards with our points and buy one at the store. This was a great idea and saved us several hundred Airmiles. In fact, it meant I was able to pick up a sound dock for my ipod as well. There is something to be said for things that are free.


Feb. 6th, 2008 03:50 pm
kadenza: (invader)
Yesterday Nattie learned to clap. Today she learned to kill.

I had turned on the Playstation in the hopes of eventually finding some time to play Grand Theft Auto (never did, actually) and Nattie got a hold of the controller. She guided CJ out of his hideout, switched to the 9mm, gunned down a pedestrian, and was promptly arrested. All with her back to the TV. I don't know what this means, except that I might possibly be a bad mother.


Dec. 17th, 2006 09:34 am
kadenza: (carcassonne)
Yesterday was simply action-packed!

First off, games at [ profile] epi_lj and [ profile] okoshun's place with a bunch of LJ people, but I'm too lazy to do all those tags. We only stayed a few hours (ok, five) but managed to get a few games in. My camel game, which was quick and easy, and then British Rails, which was long and hard. Actually, it was kind of fun, but due to bad planning I kept running out of capital to extend my rail lines, which is kind of the point of the game. After about two hours, we agreed to call the game due to mass frustration. I was actually kind of enjoying it despite my dismal performance. I was only two turns away from starting to generate some serious cash and possibly turning my fortunes around. But anyway, fun, and you get to draw on the board. I definitely wouldn't mind trying it again.

We also played SingStar on the PS2, my first foray into the sinister world of karaoke. When it was my turn to sing, my heart actually skipped a few times due to performance anxiety, but I calmed down soon because it was surprisingly fun. And [ profile] clawfoot and I ended up exactly tied in a singing duel (Always something there to remind me), which was quite a feat. Marshie and I also did a duet of Love Shack. Amusing.

We left at 6 so I could get home, have dinner and chill before I went out to see Sarah Slean down at the Harbourfront theatre. I got there at 8:15 in the middle of the opening act, which sounded kind of lame so I stayed in the lobby on a couch and talked to a chick who had come with her sister from Florida just for the show. She said that she's a big fan, and SS never tours in the US and no one's ever heard of her down there, so what choice does she have. Anyway, they seemed to be enjoying the city, and I'm sure it was worth the trip for her because it was really good. I had an excellent seat in the second row at a perfect angle. Sarah was accompanied only by her own piano and occasionally a string quartet. She did all of my favourites and finished off with Wake up and Your wish is my wish, my very favourites. I'm very hormonal these days anyway, but I had tears in my eyes.

I called Marshie as soon as it was over, and by the time I got out to the street he was just pulling up. Then we went home and I slept for 9 hours. And that was yesterday.
kadenza: (stunta)
I bought two new games over the weekend, and certain people might be interested.

#1 is Through the Desert (the German name is Durch die Wüste) which we have played only once so far, but it was pretty fun considering that we had to check the rules practically every turn. Anyway, it promises to be quite addictive, now that we're clear on how to play. Camels! Dozens and dozens of pastel camels, and also palm trees. Marshie's favourite aspect is that there is no chance involved-- no dice, no cards-- it's pure strategy. Check out this picture from BoardGameGeek to see how cute it is.

I also picked up We Love Katamari, the sequel to Katamari Damacy, for the Playstation. I haven't actually had a chance to play it yet, but apparently it's better than the original, if that's possible.
kadenza: (Default)
It was quite temperate yesterday and I actually went out wearing just my corduroy jacket. Well not *just* my corduroy jacket, but, whatever. Actually that reminds me that I had a dream about public nakedness last night, and it wasn't pleasant. Who took my clothes? Where was I, anyway? I think it was Seattle. Anyway, it's over now. Whew.

I was very impressed with the artwork yesterday, everyone. For those who didn't get a chance, it's not too late to draw me something and post the link.

I did this painting yesterday for [ profile] ezzvaldez but think it's possibly worth reposting here in my own journal, because I'm just so fucking modest. The site is fun, but they definitely need to implement a larger colour palette, and perhaps an eraser.

Final tidbit: While out walking yesterday I spotted a new gym, only metres from my old bankrupt gym, and it's for women only. While I have no problem with the menfolk (though they do tend to stare at themselves in mirrors while lifting weights and making strange grunting sounds) I'm going to check it out today. My clothes still fit the same, but I can tell that my percentage of fat to muscle is changing just by prodding myself.

Final, final tidbit-- In GTA: San Andreas last night, I made over 20k from one night of burgling. I highly recommend it, as CJ now lives in a posh beachfront abode. Unfortunately, he can't enjoy all his nice new furniture because he can't sit down. Oh well.


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