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Saturday, April 23, 2005
Kibbles 'n bits
On the XL Blog: me 'n component video cables.
On Videogamey: The classic text adventure game version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: you can play it for free online! Plus, we finally see what the successor to the Xbox looks like.
The finger points the other way now
Oh SNAP! Er, I guess that finger really can't snap anymore. But, still.
Wendy's is vindicated! Let's all go for a Frosty.
Friday, April 22, 2005
I think it's the full moon
Was driving home from rehearsal tonight and noticed the thinness of the traffic and the fullness of the moon.
It looked very far away, tiny, distant, but perfectly round and making the striped gray clouds below shine at their edges.
Then I came home and saw that several infrequently updated blogs I read had Friday night entries up.
Earlier today, I felt something dreadful on my late-afternoon drive to work (I stayed home for most of the day for other reasons; I was hoping to beat afternoon traffic into Austin).
I suddenly had an overwhelming, oppressive feeling that something bad was about to happen. Not fender-bender bad; something truly horrible and life-changing, in the immediate future. It was a hopeless feeling, like knowing something awful is about to happen in a dream and being powerless to stop it.
On my way home, I chalked it up to the moon playing tricks on my brain, pulling her invisible threads of the tide on my synaptic waves.
And maybe that is so. Maybe I finally understand why such strange things happen on days with moons that are full. That antsy, agonizingly pessimistic moment. Maybe people just snap and act upon it instead of waiting for it to pass.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
It's a Violent FPS, Charlie Brown!
On Namco licensing The Peanuts for future videogames.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Is anyone else as disappointed as me in the choice of the new Pope?
Granted, I love Cheers and always will, but to choose a supporting character actor from that show as your new Pope -- to me that doesn't show a whole lot of foresight on the part of the Catholic church.
Sure, John Ratzenberger has done some fantastic voice work since then, particularly the Toy Story films, but POPE!? I'm really very disappointed in the choice the Vatican has made.
Today is April 19. On April 19, 1995, a rental truck carrying explosives detonated in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people as it ripped into the Alfred P. Murrah federal building.
I covered the bombing for 10 days.
Ten years ago today, I was sitting in a regents meeting when a bomb exploded just a few dozen miles away.
Ten years ago today, everything I thought was important in my life stopped, if only for a short while.
Ten years ago today, I was a sophomore in college. I'd just turned 20.
Ten years ago today, I stopped pretending to be a journalist and actually became one.
Ten years ago today, we were attacked within our own borders, not by a faceless terrorist from some other country, but by a home-grown one with a grudge.
Ten years ago today, I met someone I would fall in, then out, of love with.
Ten years ago today, I developed the unhealthy habit of staying up late into the night to write my way out of a heavy heart and a burdened soul.
Ten years ago today, we were wounded and scared, and without answers.
Ten years ago today, I thought a lot about body counts. The numbers kept rising.
Ten years ago today, frightened, shocked people donated blood, brought supplies and tried to help as they could.
Ten years ago today, I was living in a place that was suddenly the center of the news universe.
Ten years ago today, I talked to my family and we were all safe.
Ten years ago today, I grew up.
Monday, April 18, 2005
Writing out there
A new Smallville recap is up:
Rated Double-Lex -- Lex Luthor's evil side comes out, literally, as the bald bachelor splits into two distinct personas. Can two of them make the show interesting again? Sorry. You'd need about ten Lex Luthors for that.
Also, a short correction about Arrested Development on the XL Blog.
Also, lots more posts up on Videogamey.
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