||[Aug. 22nd, 2005|08:47 am]
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Beth and I got off our asses and went hiking this weekend. It was about a 2.4 mile hike total, 1.2 miles each way with a muddy swimming area at the end of the hike. I didn't expect much from the swimming area, but I was hoping that the visibility would exceed somewhat past my arms. It did not. The exercise was good though and the trail was very easy.
I brought my camera, but I didn't really get a chance to take many pictures, except for one, which I shall post later. Beth and I spotted a wasp dragging off a spider twice its size at the park's visitor center. It was pretty weird. I don't know if the spider was comatose or dead. For its sake, I hope it was dead, because otherwise it's going to become a sacrificial womb to a wasp larva.
Oh, we also saw The Never Ending Story at midnight Friday. It was so very gay, but still enjoyable. I like how one of Sebastian's wishes is for petty revenge. Hurray for revenge! The special effects were still pretty good. You can get a lot done with puppets and pretty backdrops. I was impressed that I recognized the snail rider guy as the Oompa Loompa from the new Willy Wonka.
Mikey's dive trip was this weekend. He didn't drown. Yay, I guess. I pretty much don't talk to him any more and I haven't hung out with him in weeks. I don't see the point. Now I mainly aim for being civil towards him at family gatherings, and that's more for my parents' sake than anything else. My dad's birthday barbecue thing got cancelled because of this bullshit, then once Michael felt that he had completed an armistice with me, he promptly got into it with our dad. Man, he's such a prick. Well, we all are, but Michael is the worst kind of prick of all, a yuppie!
Yes, it's true, my little brother is a yuppie through and through. I guess as long as he's happy with shallow things, then it shouldn't concern me too much. Michael has never been one for deep thoughts or introspection.
So, I bought God of War this weekend for the PS2. I had to perform a minor operation on my PS2 to get it to read the disc, which was less of a hassle than I had feared it would be. It's a pretty fun game, very brutal, sometimes gratuitiously so. It's not as awesome as I would have hoped, but it'll keep me entertained for a while. The fighting feels kind of weird, like not very meaty. It almost feels like I'm just mashing buttons more than anything else. And although some of the moves look pretty cool, they just don't feel very solid. The game's also "floatier" than I would have expected. Well, I guess I'll play it through once or twice completely before I form any solid conclusions.
I've started playing random pickup games of Starcraft on Battlenet. So far I've won two games and lost three. I'm going to stick with 1v1s for the most part because random allies are horribly unreliable. They quit out at the first sign of trouble. I can't believe Big Game Hunters is still around. Stupid fucking money maps negate what little strategy the game might have. There are now all sorts of maps and game types that I have no desire to explore. Classics such as StaR WARRS CloNE W4rz. Or the fan favorite, 3v3 FASTAST MAP EVAR MICRO Zerg NR20!!! The exclamation points are required when creating a game on bnet.
There is no way in hell I'm going to play a custom, non-Blizzard approved map. I did that once in Red Alert, never again. It is very disheartening to lose because you're playing on a horribly hacked and unbalanced map, say, one that stacks invisible barrels of high explosives all throughout your base, and even better, your base is riddled with subterranean tunnels for your enemies subs to traverse and ignite the aforementioned barrels. That one was actually pretty funny. Apparently Red Alert maps were incredibly easy to hack with a hex editor. He even gave me a link and stuff, which I never used. It's the cheaters that don't admit that they're cheating that get are infuriating.
Man, I remember playing Command and Conquer on Kali freshman year in college. There was the silo exploit, which I did exploit from time to time. There was also the bullshit disconnect, which I'm sad to say, I did a couple of times as well. Since then I've managed to avoid being a douche in game, but I must admit that my past isn't pristine.
Hmmm, I wonder if I should hide this entire post behind an LJ-cut. Anyway...