08/03/2005: "Updative Ramble"Listening to: Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Current mood: I'm good
I don't actually have anything partictular to post about tonight, so this is just on of those catching up with... type of posts though hopefully unlike the Depeche Mode album of the same name, it won't suck. But then again, [obvious obligatory self-deprecating remark].
So then, what have I been up to lately? Well, obviously I haven't been writing (in fact according to my weekly checklist I'm almost three weeks behind). But other than that I've mostly been working what seems like an obscene amount. Maybe it isn't actually any more than usual, but if not it's at least been extra taxing the last couple of weeks. And I finally did some more work on one of the side jobs I (not-so-brilliantly) picked up. They sounded like a good idea at the time, I mean, as much as I try to not be too materialistic I can hardly pass up the opportunity to pick up a little extra scratch here and there, eh? But summer is really not a time of focus for me.
Speaking of my nonmaterialism... I'm rather pleased that the copy of Curious Myths of the Middle Ages by S. Baring-Gould that I ordered showed up in the mail today. The cool part was that for about $5-6 more than the current edition I got a copy of the 1894 London edition, which is in remarkably good condition considering the age. Some of the pages are a bit stained and it's obviously had a good bit of use, but the binding is in great shape. There's just something about a book that was already rather old when your grandparents were born. I mean, it's an actual Victorian book. I imagine that whoever originally bought this had a tophat and a monacle. Or at least a ruffly shirt. Anyway, so I'm looking forward to reading it, from what I've heard it should be pretty interesting.
The other thing I can think of that's been occupying me the last few days is Minna no Golf... er, Hot Shots Gold: Open Tee I guess is the actual American name. I like the Japanese title way better. I picked it up on sale at Target on Sunday because I'd read good things about it, and basically... well, I pretty much hate all sports, golf included, but this game is just fun. And addictive. And while some people have complained about how you have to unlock all sorts of tiny wearables for your characters (that is, items to customize their appearence), for some reason I really dig it. I was all excited when I unlocked an emo haircut the other night.
Anyway, I think I'll throw out a few links before I close up the post. Links to sites more entertaining than this. First of all, one of my new favorite sites: hack a day. Also for some incredibly entertaining reading I must suggest a couple of blogs by a guy named Dave Campbell (from Bainbridge Island of all places): Dave's Long Box and the amazingly good Velvet Marauder. And finally, my new favorite freeware Japanese shooter: Warning Forever (by the by, Shooters Solitude on there is quite good too).
Alright, that's it for me.