At 5:03p, I completed the final achievement (All Maze Visuals – 15G) in Pac-Man Championship Edition DX for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade. This is the nineteenth game cleared in 2010, and the sixth game listed as a 100% Clear on the Xbox 360. Thirty-one games remain for the (now impossible) 50/2010 challenge.
So I’m all settled in and ready to get the Kurokiiro Festival underway. As such, we’re going to be a little quiet here on the blog. You could say that the blog is playing The Quiet Game so that I can play several dozen other, rather louder games.
Of course, that would be silly, but you could say it.
I managed to get most of the game systems binned up for the trip to Kurokiiro Festival tonight, and also got the metal DDR pad into the car early (as I wasn’t sure if it would fit– fortunately it does). Overall I’m really looking forward to the festival.
Then again, it is 11:30p and I am gibberingly tired, so, yeah.
So, in lieu of sticking to a coherent theme or narrative structure tonight, I’ll just run down some of what’s on my mind.
First, Kurokiiro Festival is coming up, and as I’m helping to staff the Video Game Room this year (read: The Collection serves one of its intended purposes), I needed to double-check some things. The big one was getting a replacement A/V cable for the Dreamcast. Shortly after I’d picked up Twinkle Star Sprites at Otakon, I accidentally ripped the old, flimsy A/V cable out of its socket. Anyway, I’d forgotten about that incident during the move, and when it came time to unbox the retros and get them ready for transport to the festival, I found that little hiccup. Anyway, I ordered a new cable on Saturday from eStarland, a place that Slipgate had recommended on many an occasion. I have no reason to doubt him further, as the cable arrived today, and for the money it’s perfect. It’s an S-Video cable as well, meaning a somewhat nicer picture (and it looks incredible on the big screen TV). So I got my Twinkle on, then set it aside.
Next, in terms of anime, since I’ll be doing things that are not watching anime at the festival, I’ve been trying to get caught up a little more on some series that I’ve had on the stack. I mentioned to some friends that the current DVD set in the player is Slayers Next; this evening I reached the halfway point of the series. It still astonishes me to note the level of progress we’ve seen in made-for-TV animation in just fifteen years, after an equal period of stagnation. Anyway, Slayers Next is a hell of a lo of fun, even when the series is deliberately trying not to be funny. Incidentally, I can see (and hear) exactly why everyone was so happy to hear that Xellos’ voice changed in the dub for the new seasons (I’m on the English track because, quality or not, I can’t associate Lina’s character with any voice but Lisa Ortiz’s for some reason). He’s the most flaming not-really-bothering-to-hide-that-he’s-evil character ever.
Games… well, I ran across a couple of really good deals lately, including my third-ever Super Famicom cartridge. It’s bizarre that a city so far removed from any kind of an anime mecca could manage to be where I’ve collected two out of my three SF games (the third was Seiken 3, picked up at Otakon this past year). Anyway, straying from the beaten path has brought me a decent share of deals, including a game that, just going by its release date and meager print run, I should never have even seen (You Don’t Know Jack Mock 2). If this keeps up I may have to start a second row of PS1 discs. Which reminds me, as soon as I get a shelf or chest of drawers for the retros and the portables, I need to snap a photo of The Collection so you fine folks can see the glory of its new configuration.
As for yesterday’s post– yeah, the back pain is mostly due to my nocturnal contortionism, but the scientific process cannot be denied.
Finally, as it turns out, I picked up a cookbook that I wish I would have found three years ago. It’s entitled “Okay, So Now You’re A Vegetarian” and it details just what each of those scary-sounding things in the meatless section of the Market District really are, and how to use them effectively. With that in mind, I have a new mission: vegetarian gyudon (“beef bowl”), using seitan, sweet onions, and a few other ingredients. I’m sure it can be done; the question is: how? Actually, a better question is: how many fire extinguishers should I have on hand?
So I’ve been having some weirdness with my sleep cycle the past few weeks, and I’m almost 100% convinced it has more to do with the posture in which I sleep and not necessarily the surface on which I sleep. Granted, I could certainly stand to repurpose the ol’ futon for a reading couch in the bedroom, and putting in a proper bed is on my list of things to do; but all that will be for naught if, in fact, what’s causing my back pain is either overworking it, overheating myself, or the myriad ways I decide to contort myself at night. I’ve been trying a few things here and there over the past couple of nights, including a full-length body pillow (with a plain blue terrycloth cover– I mean, come on, I know I’m an otaku but there are limits), and I’ll be test-driving a possible bed later on this weekend. All this just so I can satisfy my curiosity and know if I’m right about the nature of my sleep as opposed to what nurtures it.
It’s strange, really, how something so simple as the alteration of a few minor things can so drastically change one’s outlook and disposition. For example, now that I’ve completed the move and things are settling back down to something approaching normal, all that I’ve done the past three months has finally caught up to me. Pretty much, I get home and I flop down on the couch, watching TV or reading until it’s time to post and then head off to bed.
This would worry me if I didn’t know I needed the downtime.