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20th-Jan-2009 11:54 pm - Slumber
On Thursday, I came home from work and slept from roughly 6pm to 8am. You'd think that that, combined with three days' worth of sleeping in, would have staved any fatigue I might have had, but I fell asleep for three hours today after work. Hmmmm.
18th-Jan-2009 11:00 pm - The Genesis Paradox
There's something that's been irking me as of late. It has to do with the Bible; specifically, it has to do with Genesis.

Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit of Wisdom. They had disobeyed God and were hence kicked out of the Garden of Eden. What one has to question is... why? Why did this happen, and why was God supposedly so angry that it happened?

God created man. If God wanted to create man to be obedient, He could have, and he would have. But he didn't. Her purposefully created man to sin.

Now, perhaps you're saying "but God gave humans free will, He couldn't help it." Ignoring the fact that my previous argument still stands -- the God could have easily created a righteous man -- we have to first define free will. If free will is allowing us to choose our own actions, then presents a paradox with Satan. Satan was originally an Archangel who essentially betrayed God. That would be an exact example of the free will as defined above. The Bible, however, states that angels did not have free will, so what that means is free will cannot possibly be about simple choice.

So, then, what is free will and why did God create a man he knew would sin? I think I'll save that for another time, and let you postulate amongst yourselves.
7th-Jan-2009 09:23 pm - Quick Update
I have a lot I COULD say, but I'll just do this for now.

New people I've met since New Year's:

Drew
Derek
Brittni
Charles
Mr and Mrs Fitzgerald (Jim and... Cathy?)
Kim
Alicia
Alissa
Aletha (no, seriously)
John
Oreo
Mandy
Aaron
Harry

Maybe I should have gotten somebody's phone number...
10th-Dec-2008 05:32 pm - Well here then

The Five Love Languages

My primary love language is probably
Physical Touch
with a secondary love language being
Quality Time.

Complete set of results

Physical Touch: 11
Quality Time: 7
Words of Affirmation: 6
Acts of Service: 4
Receiving Gifts: 2


Information

Unhappiness in relationships, according to Dr. Gary Chapman, is often due to the fact that we speak different love languages. Sometimes we don't understand our partner's requirements, or even our own. We all have a "love tank" that needs to be filled in order for us to express love to others, but there are different means by which our tank can be filled, and there are different ways that we can express love to others.

Take the quiz
27th-Nov-2008 07:15 pm - Huppitty Duppitty, It's Thanksgiving
I would have to say that today was unequivocally the most interesting Thanksgiving I've ever had. Mainly because it entailed going to two foreign Thanksgiving dinners.

The first dinner I went to today was really a Thanksgiving lunch. This was, of all things, my roommate's fiance's Aunt's family's dinner, to be rather Dark Helmet with you. It was fun, though, and they were very welcoming, despite not actually being a part of my family. =P I thought one of the girls there was cute, but her being 17 makes me wonder if that's not a bit, er, wrong. Then again, a lot of people think I LOOK 17, so...

I then had Thanksgiving dinner at my roommate's parent's place. I'm already familiar with Mike's family, so I was immediately comfortable there. His mom made the comment that I wasn't allowed to sit at the table, which was later rescinded once more chairs were brought out. I was unable to figure out if she was just joking, or if the uneasiness I felt from the remark wasn't misplaced. In either case, I made the room for another grand meal in what little of a stomach I have. After dinner, Mike's (step?) brother went on for an hour or so about some kind of "stick it to the man" Objectivist political rallying. I felt his argument about Libertarians having no "philosophy" was a bit rash. I could, perhaps, talk about politics, and the ensuing recession, for some time, but given my new blood status in the work world, I'd much rather really just concentrate on KEEPING a job than trying to further some kind of ulterior agenda or worrying about a depression.

It started snowing (I love snow, btw) and Mike was eager to beat it home in his weather-sensitive Mustang, so his mom packed up a couple of beefy slices of pumpkin pie to take with us.

I'm sure the intense day of social interaction and runabouts hit Mike and Morgan hard, but it may have been just what I needed for my bout of house arrest and restlessness. One can only hope.
25th-Nov-2008 02:48 pm - Thanksgiving someone the flu
So I was talking to one of my co-workers today, who was raped by cold last weekend, about how I'm feeling a bit "not quite right" yesterday and today, and she mentioned that's exactly how she felt at the end of last week. So...Perhaps I AM getting a cold. A very, very bad cold... The flu, most likely. Hopefully my strong* immune system will be able to flush any diseases that may be infiltrating my body.

*I have an unusually large number of white blood cells -- which, incidentally, also makes my blood appear a brighter red than most people's -- which is essentially a biological footprint of a near-fatal condition I ran into as a infant where my body decided I was my own worst enemy and attacked itself. Continuously. Churning out more and more B cells, which are essentially collateral damage-heavy tanks, until my entire body was so inflamed I resembled a balloon more than a human, and my parents (quite rationally) decided I needed some emergency care. My body now maintains the equivalent of a large standing army as a remnant of The Great War, in anticipation of World War II. How quaint.
25th-Nov-2008 12:23 pm - a la worke
Wee, I'm updating from work, during my lunch. Today has been, mostly, uneventful. Yesterday was a bit more interesting, however.

The first four hours of my day were filled with meetings. I tend to bring them up as a thumb sore to people around me, but I actually enjoy meetings. Time passes by quickly during them, and I like the social interaction.

Oddly, I noticed an unconscious shake during lunch. This was particularly noticeable while spooning the miso, where my hand would shake to the point of almost spilling it. It was a meek shake, and I had a slightly sickly feeling of weakness. That is, the sort of physical fatigue induced by a cold. But I wasn't sick. I wondered if maybe the long meetings had affected me, or if there was something on my subconscious. I had two cups of coffee that morning, twice the amount of normal, but the second cup was decaf, so it's doubtful that the caffeine was giving me the shakes.

The rest of the day was "normal." Monday nights have turned into "Settlers night" for me, after the Settlers of Catan board game that is played by a bunch of "friends" of mine. It's ironic in that they were originally my roommate's friends but now I spend more time with them than he does.

Ohhhh, that reminds me of another topic I've been meaning to write about.

Recently I've noticed that I've been suffering from a bit of cabin fever. I've been wanting to go out and do stuff, but tend to end up wandering the mall for an hour, as I have no one to go out with and all other activities seem dreadfully dull flying solo. I also don't have much of an inkling as to what there is to do. Perhaps I've been out of the loop too long, or have never actually done much, but the only thing I've managed to come up with is bowling, which Mike doesn't like to do. This begs the question of what kinds of activities people do. That said, this probably the wrong outlet to be asking, as the vast majority of you are likely just as introverted as my current lifestyle is following. Still, I know some of you do certain interesting activities, so maybe it is, indeed, worth asking.
23rd-Nov-2008 11:49 pm(no subject)
Okay, okay, I've been TRYING to get around to a post for a while. Now I'm ten minutes from "bedtime" and really don't know what it was I was GOING to talk about, but I doubt I'm ever going to get around to this thing again anytime soon.

The only thing currently on my mind is... I picked up Super Mario Galaxy the other day. Now, if you remember, Miyamoto has said that Mario Sunshine was too much like Mario 64 and that needed to change. I tend to disagree, Super Mario 64 was an excellent game and could definitely benefit from more of the same. Anyway, the only significant change that Galaxy makes to SM64 is, essentially, the level layout. Whereas 64 (and Sunshine) contained densely packed worlds where you could, quite literally, do almost anything and go almost anywhere at any time, Galaxy instead opts for a series of obstacle courses connected to the star you are currently seeking. The result feels much more like a regression than a progression. This is, essentially, Super Mario World in 3D. But then, there's really only ONE path, not the "sometimes two, sometimes three" that gave SMW its level splitting. No, I suppose this is really a detraction all the way back to Super Mario Bros 3. There are occasional (two) secrets, so we'll leave it at SMB3.

The main problem is the complete disconnect. Instead of one large, contiguous world, the levels are actually composed of many small, singularly purposed islands, which means you're pretty much only going to be doing exactly what you're supposed to be doing. No randomly pursuing another star.

Also, they've taken out the 100-coin star. This is made all the more perplexing when you consider the fact that they've added in a secondary form of currency -- one that is much more plentiful and counts just as much towards extra lives as does the coins. So, the only real point of coins in this game is to restore health...Which they have also gimped down to three bars, meaning you need less than half the amount of coins in the first place.

Galaxy does introduce some neat new things. The bee suit is pretty fun and the fire suit WOULD be if it wasn't...suddenly...a timed-powerup. Since when can I not stay as fire?

Aye, well, all-in-all, this game made me pine for Super Mario 64 so much that I went and got the virtual console version.

I'm making this a separate post from whatever else I was going to say since it basically just turned into a review. Bah. How unfortunate.

Maybe I'll update during work again. Oh, heh, the last time I did it was on my Hyper Dimension journal, which few of you even know exists. Haha.
30th-Oct-2008 02:28 pm - Little Big Fanboyism
I was a bit curious about how the LittleBigPlanet scores all stacked up, so I went to metacritic. The game has reviewer rating of 95, which is impressive. What's not impressive is the 6.5 score from the users. Taking a look at the comments, you see a dirge of 10s, 9s... and 0s. So people either seem to love or hate this game? That seems possible, but a more likely scenario here is a massive dive-bomb attack from 360 fanboys.

Half of the 0s suggest getting a 360 instead. The other half are people complaining that you have to create levels for it to be fun. Reading some of the reviews, it seems that first number of levels are a bit boring, but that the later levels are pretty full of win. Any player with a short attention span would only see the first couple of levels and the learning curve required for the level editor, and declare the game crap. . . . Which is pretty much mirrors the comments exactly. I suspect foul play is involved here.
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