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halloween 2003 roundup (coming soon)
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the future of online gaming
star wars cereal review
japanese culture link of the day (12/6/2002)
japanese culture link of the day (12/23/2002)
reviews: hentai games sux0rz
anime term of the day (fan service, 02/17/2003)
retro gaming link of the day (battletech)
20 favorite movies since 1980
second japanese culture link of the day (11/20/2003)
 

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Recommended:
destroy all monsters
megatokyo
sinfest
8-bit theatre
the onion
mac hall
penny arcade
twisted kaiju theater
this modern world
dilbert
giant robot
8bit joystick
retrolounge
teleport city
stomp tokyo
cold fusion video reviews
kung fu cinema
anime web turnpike
random abstract
radio paradise
neil gaiman
william gibson
greg costikyan
xeni jardin
nasa's astronomy picture of the day
techrepublic
u.s. constitution
the democratic party's blog
indiana democratic party
center for american progress
donkey rising
tompaine.com
fark
boing boing
metafilter
kuro5hin
the hoosier review
misleader
spinsanity
the daily howler
this modern world
the joe bob report
gamespot
quake 2
 

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nextblog (random)
blogdex
memeorandum
daypop
the truth laid bear
technorati
the lefty directory
indiana blogs

#!-usr-bin-girl
alas, a blog
altercation
andrew hagen
angry bear
annatopia
asymmetrical information
bertrand russel
blah3
blog left
blog of the moderate left
blue streak
body and soul
bookslut
brut4c
busy, busy, busy
byzantium's shores
calpundit
charles murtaugh
chris c. mooney
collaboratory
confessions of a g33k
cooped up
corrente
counterspin central
critiques of editorials
crooked timber
cut on the bias
daily kos
daniel drezner
demagogue
democratic veteran
destroy all blogs
die puny humans
d-squared digest
electrolite
eschaton
etched in stone
fester's place
flit
founding issues
geisha asobi blog
gorilla-a-go-go
how appealing
hullabaloo
insanekungfu
intel dump
interesting times
ipse dixit
it's still the economy, stupid
jack o'toole
juan cole
kieran healy
late night thoughts
legal fiction
lillianchan
long story, short pier
making light
mark byron
mark a. r. kleiman
matt welch
matthew yglesias
meryl yourish
min jung kim
modulator
monkeywatch
mydd
nathan newman
never trust a monkey
nitpicker
no more mister nice blog
notes on the atrocities
not geniuses
off the kuff
oliver willis
oni blogger
onye's livejournal
open source politics
orcinus
pacific views
pandagon
peevish
pharyngula
philosoraptor
p.l.a.
political aims
political animal
political wire
quaker in a basement
reachm high
roger ailes
royal blue
ruminate this
rungu
sadly, no!
scoobie davis
seeing the forest
self made pundit
semi-daily journal (brad delong)
shadow of the hegemon
sisyphus shrugged
sixdifferentways
slacktivist
skeptical notion
skippy the bush kangaroo
south knox bubba
swanky conservative
tacitus
talking points memo
talkleft
tapped
tbogg
terminus
testify!
the 18 minute gap
the adventures of accordionguy in the 21st century
the agonist
the american street
the avocado couch
the blog of chloë and pete
the campaign desk
the gadflyer
the gamer's nook
the left coaster
the light of reason
the peking duck
the people's republic of seabrook
the poor man
the power pill
the right christians
the rittenhouse review
the road to surfdom
the sideshow
the talking dog
the volokh conspiracy
thinking it through
through the looking glass
to the barricades!
to the point
tristero
uggabugga
unmedia
unqualified offerings
very big blog
very very happy
wampumblog
warliberal
whatever
whiskey bar
wiley wiggins
wil wheaton
wonkette
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  xFriday, August 23, 2002

w00t!


final fantsy viii

final fantsy viii

final fantsy viii
I finally finished Final Fantasy VIII!

I had saved the game just before the final battle, but had never prevailed--and since I'd usually played at night, I got only one chance per session. This afternoon, though, I tweaked my characters' abilities and played it through. The battle took almost two hours, and I was rewarded with nearly 20 minutes of video, including the closing credits (which are well worth staying through).

Unfortunately, the game simply stopped after that...it offered no save point or way of accessing the in-game video again short of playing through once more. Which, of course, I will do--I learned a lot in the ten months I spent playing the game (in brief installments) and would like to begin the game again with the understanding of its mechanisms I have now.




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good news


British Telecom has had its patent infringement suit--which contended that it owned the concept of hyperlinks--summarily dismissed. U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon said that no jury would agree that internet service providers infringe upon BT's patent.

The ruling frees ISPs from having to pay a license fee to BT for hosting pages that use hyperlinks--the building blocks of the Web. If BT had won, license fees would likely have been passed on to ISP customers.




  xThursday, August 22, 2002

35


Today's a special day.




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new permalink


lucky bear
I just noticed in my referer logs that I'm permalinked somewhere else...UnaBlogger. This blog (not entirely safe for work) has me on a list of warbloggers, which I don't know is entirely accurate, but I'm grateful for the link.




  x

talk to me


AT&T Labs presents a cool text to speech demo...input text and downloads a WAV file of your choice of voice styles rendering the text as speech.

Update: Oops, I forgot to credit where I got the link.




  x

ten-thousand-year warning signs


BoingBoing links to a fascinating essay on the challenges of marking a radioactive waste dump so the warnings will last--and be unmistakable--for ten millenia.




  x

new review at dam


record of lodoss war
Destroy All Monsters has posted a review of the anime series Record of Lodoss War by yours truly. There are also several news items today I sent in. In one of them, editor-in-chief Musashi adds a link to this fascinating Wired article on Singapore by cyberpunk author William Gibson.




  x

a weak week


Once again, my apologies for the lack of updates. We're moving offices around here and today has been most hectic as I've packed things up. Soon I'll have to shut down the computer, and I won't be able to post then, obviously. I'll do what I can in the meantime...




  xWednesday, August 21, 2002

it seems...


Now this comes as no surprise...


Is it GODZILLA?

brought to you by Quizilla

..and if you want to know what this is all about, see this and this.
(via Bill's Content, who also knows the difference.)





  x

rocket, man!


A new generation of Atlas rocket, which uses Russian-build boosters on its first two stages, was scheduled for liftoff from Cape Canaveral this evening, toting a European communications satellite.




  x

it seems...


henna gaijin



You Are a Henna Gaijin!


You're not Japanese, but you wish you were!

You can use chopsticks with your eyes closed, and you've memorized hundreds of Kanji.

You even answer your phone "moshi moshi."

While the number of anime videos you've seen is way higher than the number of dates you've been on, there's hope.




What's *Your* Japanese Subculture?





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wheaton watch


Wil Weaton's Weblog receives accolades in this online article.

(via FARK)




  x

psychology of terrorism


Cut on the Bias has a lengthy analysis on the sociopathy of terrorists. It's definitely worth a read.

Update: There are some comments by me in the discussion thread.




  x

lost wednesday


It's looking like nothing's going to happen today, post-wise. Sorry this week has been so sparse; I'm going to focus on startign fresh tomorrow and next week.

If I do manage anything, you'll be the first to know.




  xTuesday, August 20, 2002

i am in geek heaven


matrix anime
Great googly moogly again! Visiting the Matrix home page, I found this keen preview for upcoming anime short subjects set in the world of The Matrix. Details are scant, but I love the concept...




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bullet time


bullet time
Great googly moogly! Movies may no longer need to rely on computers for groovy, Matrix-style "bullet time" effects. A special high-tech camera that uses a spinning drum can film at up to 12,000 frames per second, allowing action to be captured down to the millisecond. The camera would allow the slow-motion filming of an actual bullet's trajectory. Hopefully, they'll remember to get the stuntperson out of the way....

(via FARK)




  xMonday, August 19, 2002

Code warrior


Well, enetation is apparently being upgraded, as I presently see a "[ enetation being upgraded ]" message in place of the usual comments link. The fact has, however, enlightened me as to why this blog loads so slowly...with the enetation code inactive, it appears much more quickly. Hmmm.

In other coding woes, I had a fairly lengthy post earlier today but Blogger ate it, so I'll try again tomorrow.





  x

monday lite


Posting is obviously light today, although I hope to toss in a few things a bit later, but I had to mention that Dodd of Ipse Dixit plugged my Lord of the Rings review at Destroy All Monsters, calling it "pretty solid." Thanx, Dodd!

Update: Susanna gives my review a nod as well, and since this blog is nothing if not a shrine to my ego, I can't resist quoting her kind words:
"Excellent" in this instance means not only the movie, but the quality of Greg's review; I learned several things I didn't know.

You have my gratitude.




  x

back from the weekend


Saturday was a very full day, between a combined birthday celebration in Louisvilly for my little sister, my dad's mother-in-law, and myself. We then drive back to Indy (fortunately both girls napped on the way) for Andrea and Mark's wedding, which was a beautfiul, simple backyard ceremony. After getting home and putting the girls to bed, I went out alone to Andrea and Mark's favorite bar, where an impromptu second reception was in progress. I was tired already and expected just to make an appearance, but I had fun and recharged by being around people, so I stayed; I even, Ford help me, sang karaoke. I was out late, in fact, and drove Andrea and Mark back to their house when they were done with their revels.

Since Saturday was so hectic (and because I stayed up so late; I don't have the ability to just shake that off that I used to) Sunday proved to be a lazy day. My wonderful wife let me sleep until 9:30, so I got a halfway decent amount of sleep. Obviously, I didn't post or work on the layout yesterday. As a result, the SiteMeter counter has been down all weekend, but it should be working soon now.