January 2007 Archives

January 26, 2007

Re: Climber's Complaint, Skater's Disorder

Via kottke;

"A parallel affliction to the Design Disease is Climber's Complaint, wherein someone who takes up rock climbing begins to see every object and architecture as potentially climbable. Similarly, Skater's Disorder afflicts those for whom every surface is seen to exhibit some measure of skate-worthiness."

To this I would add "Gamer's Lament", wherein someone who has just finished playing Street Fighter II Turbo for 20 hours straight can't stop doing the "TIGER-UPPERCUT!" motion in their head every time another pedestrian passes them on the street. It really does happen.

I can't say I've suffered from this recently, but I'm recalling a few times during the high-school/college days when it did occur.

"Uh-oh, now someone's standing right in front of me; FORWARD + 'A' BUTTON, quick!" That would be the motion for a "throw" in the aforementioned game. It gets to be a pretty automatic reflex after a while.

January 19, 2007

How to Beat Metal King Slime

Metal King Slime.jpgWhoopee! Would you believe I klobbered one of these critters the other night during my nightly round of Dragon's Quest VIII? And my characters are only level 42, I thought you had to be up in the 60's to take down a Metal King Slime. It wasn't really on purpose, I was trying to complete something else when I ran into him.

Basically there are 3 types of Metal Slimes; plain, "Liquid," and the "King" one here. They like to run away, are very hard to hit, and you can only do 1 or 2 damage points to them per round.

So, how to beat the King, is the question? Have one of your characters cast the "Acceleratle" spell to improve the party's Agility, that way Slimey can't outrun you and get away. Then hammer away with the Metal Slash attack using an Uber Falcon Sword, which does 2 hits, and with the Metal Slash maybe takes 4 damage points off in a single round. PIECE OF CAKE!

Also, keep casting "Acceleratle" every single round, that seemed to help even though I wasn't sure you could stack Agility points really.

Is this the same blog where I like to talk about how the U.S. economic system is in grave peril? <-- Rhetorical question.

January 18, 2007

Great Depression Theedux

A while ago, I examined a paragraph from a textbook describing events leading up to the Great Depression in the U.S. during the 1930's, and compared the description with modern events. Compared it "favorably," I guess I should say, though I wasn't in favor of the implications.

It appears I'm not the only one drawing such parallels (from a link from itulip.com);

"Impact phase of the Global Systemic Crisis: Six aspects of America's 'Very Great Depression'"

I've said it before, and I'll say it again; "Great!" <-- Sarcasm.

Now my only question is, what the heck is "GEAB, LEAP/Europe 2020," the publisher of the above article? I mean, yes I can read and can see what the acronyms mean, but... You know, what is it exactly? <-- Slightly rhetorical question.

Also, while I'm over here riffing on global economic meltdowns and systemic crises; does anyone have advice on how to get our cats to use their cardboard scratching box instead of the sofa? Is it worth investing in an honest-to-goodness scratching post instead? <-- Not even slightly rhetorical question.

January 8, 2007

1929 Redux, Again

From Harpers;

"Percentage of U.S. GDP represented by salaries and wages today: 45 [U.S. Department of Commerce]

Number of years since record-keeping began in 1929 that this percentage has been so low: 0"


January 1, 2007

Pratt Institute Calliope New Year's Eve 2006