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Chester gets laid...

Posted on December 19, 2008

So I bought CITY FOLK a month ago, and I finally finished up my Let's Play video. It appears the global recession has spread even to Animal Crossing towns: Chester gets laid off in 25 minutes

Thwii is CITY FOLK

Posted on July 15, 2008

Nintendo has announced Animal Crossing: CITY FOLK for Wii. Watch this space, but look out for vandalism. CITY FOLK is due in North America by Christmas 2008, but fans of Super Smash Bros. Brawl will likely remember Nintendo's last missed deadline.

Picken Landscape

Posted on July 9, 2008

In June 2007, my character in Nintendo's Animal Crossing: Wild World game for Nintendo DS paid off his mortgage and all expansions and got his house looking nice. At that point, I didn't know what was worth fighting for, so I broke the habit and stopped playing regularly. Now I'm ready to unbreak it.

If you want your ACWW town fixed up, and your DS can connect to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, Picken Landscape can help you. (No connection to needlework or alternative energy, obviously.)

CAPTCHA advocacy

Posted on June 9, 2008

Some web sites use CAPTCHAs to try to distinguish valuable human users from abusive automated processes. But several CAPTCHA implementations exclude blind human users. Not all have this problem; reCAPTCHA is among several popular CAPTCHAs that offers both a visual test and an audio test. Today, I figured out a reasonably polite message for people to paste into an e-mail to the administrator of an inaccessible web site:

The CAPTCHA on this page has a visual test but not an audio test. A CAPTCHA with only a visual test is not accessible to blind people. Have you considered using reCAPTCHA, which has both a visual test and audio test?

THIS VIDEO WILL BE FLAGGED

Posted on May 25, 2008

Ass? Ass? Ass? Ass? Ass?

Audi famam illius

Posted on April 15, 2008

The 2008 Audi Famam Illius, Another Ugly Deutsche Invention.

The 2008 Audi Famam Illius, Accelerates Under Demonic Influence.

The 2008 Audi Famam Illius, Always Unsafe Designs Implemented.

The 2008 Audi Famam Illius, Always Under Diagnostic Inspection.

I'm running up against a ridiculous boss in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Why would Nintendo give a one-hit full-screen kill move to a fighting game character? Is it to make some sort of faux time limit, such that you have to drain the opponent's health before the opponent takes all your lives away with one hit each?

Why are we pink?

Posted on April 1, 2008

The pink color scheme you see here is not an April Fools Day joke, nor is it breast cancer awareness this time. It's a protest against T-Mobile, which claims the exclusive right to use the color magenta.

Turn $25 into $2,500

Posted on February 15, 2008

Yes, it is still possible to start your life over from next to nothing in America.

I failed

Posted on February 4, 2008

So I was wrong. The Pats lost.

XLII

Posted on February 3, 2008

Tonight, you might want to skip Super Bowl XLII in protest. The NFL is trying to prohibit faith-based community centers to show the game just because they don't serve liquor. You know the Pats are probably going to win anyway.

But if think your life will have no meaning without Big Game 42, you can contemplate the number XLII.

Super Tuesday

Posted on January 31, 2008

In a large chunk of the United States, the Republican primary election is this Tuesday. If you live in one of the states that will be voting on Super Tuesday, take a hard look at the situation.

Spending by the U.S. government has grown out of control. One out of seven Americans has no health insurance, not because of too little federal regulation, but because of too much. The U.S. dollar is in the toilet, and this acts as a hidden tax on Americans. So does the constant borrowing from countries without freedom of speech, just to finance a war in Iraq. And the government has been doing an end-run around the Fourth Amendment's protection of privacy.

It's time for a change. In fact, it's time for a rƎVO⌋ution.

Tetris Tetris Revolution?

Posted on January 13, 2008

No, Tetris isn't coming to Wii. But I have read about NOAC-powered dance pads with a pirated copy of Tengen Tetris on them, along with pirated Nintendo Pinball and a DDR clone.

Happy New Year!

Posted on January 1, 2008

My cousins got new DS games over the past month: Drawn to Life and March of the Minis. I've updated RAC to name the games' save files distinctly.

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