So I’m compiling a list of computer, console, and handheld games I have played a substantial amount of, and which ones I played them on. Not counting Internet-based games, games installed with operating systems, compilations, or expansion packs. Spent about an hour putting this together, and I’m sure there are some I’m missing. If you can clue me in on things I’m obviously forgetting, then that’s cool!
Went to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (formerly Six Flags Marine World (formerly Marine World Africa USA)) yesterday with my mom and sister. It was really good times. I like the fact that as a 20-something, I can still enjoy theme parks pretty much to the fullest, unironically for the most part. My mom lives just two exits away from the park, so she likes to find discount coupons and take us there.
The place has some great animal shows, with dolphins and a killer whale. Elephants, camels, lions and tigers (no bears) too. Also has a climate-controlled greenhouse full of butterflies. And since Six Flags bought the place, they built a bunch of roller coasters which are actually pretty awesome. The biggest one is called the Medusa, which they claim to be the tallest, fastest, and longest coaster in California. Lily and I were fortunate enough this time and the last time we went to go to the park on a really not-so-crowded day, so the lines for the rides were quite short. In addition, the place has a little room where you can try out the Wii – it makes sense, being aimed for the family market and all.
Some pictures (as well as some graduation pictures) here, thanks Mom:
I’m expecting this week to be pretty chill. I might get a little bit of work from the IT firm that’s hired me, but I don’t expect much. Don’t mind, though. Last week I bought the PS2 GTA trilogy, and I’m going through San Andreas. In addition, GameFly sent me Resident Evil 4 for Wii. Also I got my keyboard from Mom’s and plugged it into my system so I might practice some piano. Might also try creating something if I feel like it.
From a Sims perspective, all my meters are pretty high right now… except for the social one, I think. No one in the Bay Area seems too available. But you know me, I’m a’ight.
edit and oh geez the reason I felt like blogging in the first place was because I made an AWESOME dinner: steamed cod fillet rolls stuffed with asparagus, carrot, red onion, and a tarragon butter spread. It’s what I’m eating all of tomorrow. If anyone is interested in a free lunch or dinner, though, then you know where to go!
In addition to making friends with Batman and crew, I did the most important edit in Wikipedia, ever.
Got done working a lot on a client’s site. I’ll probably be given a bit more work, but the entirety of it is done! That leaves me with two more weeks of not much to do… I guess I should take up a few more very short gigs.
But for the time after I get back from Israel – all of August and half of September – I should find something bigger. Maybe I’ll see if Trader Joe’s is hiring for the night shift again; I worked there a few years ago. Not sure what else. If anyone feels like hiring me to do stuff for a month and a half…!
I also have to think about employment once I get to Seattle. I won’t be a full-time student… well, at least, not during Autumn Quarter, so I should probably do something or other during that time. One source of income for the time being will be the sale of my car. Yeah, I’m selling my Acura Integra at the end of the summer, probably after I drive it up to Seattle with all of my stuff. I won’t be able to afford a car – parking, insurance, registration, gas, etc. etc. are all just too much. So I might as well take a load off and auction it off to some lucky person in Seattle, and get a new one when the time is right.
In other news, Lily was looking through the family room drawers today and came across all our old VHSs. She popped one in and watched her, at 1 year old, just flop around a bit. Then I put one in that was taken between October 1985 and February 1986 (I was born December 26, 1985).
It was pretty surreal to see my mom and my dad together, talking to their newly-bought camera, taking a trip to Yosemite, practicing Lamaze, taping my mom at the hospital, and then showing me right after the fact. (Dad delivered me himself, so he wasn’t filming the actual birth.) Then came my first hiccups, my first bath, and my bris, wherein my foreskin was chopped off in the midst of friends and family. Oy vey.
About that scene – it was pretty amazing. Friends we still talk to today were there – the Grants, the Simons – including Sarah, a friend of mine who was born one day before me. We’re not in touch too much anymore, although her younger sister just finished her first year at UCSC. I was given my Jewish name – Shalom ben Yoel v’Malka (Shalom (Peace) of Yoel (Dad’s Jewish name) and Malka (Mom’s Jewish name)) – and shortly afterwards some dude took a whole bunch of sharp metal things and did the deed. I was fixated on the TV while this was happening, but fortunately someone’s arm was in front of my nether regions, so I didn’t have to see blood spurting out of my infant genitalia.
After that scene there was my first “aerobics” lesson with my mom and aunt, and then a walk through the Presidio with my late Grandma Helen. The video ended with a little “goodbye” from my parents, saying they were sending copies to all my relatives, and they greeted me in the future. So hello back, parents of the past!
Yo I just got a permanent account here so LJ can never take any more of my money! TAKE THAT
(god I’m such a sucker)
Hey by the way what did you guys donate to? EFF and Creative Commons are nice and nerdy and shit, but I think rape prevention and human rights exposure is a lot more important. I donated to RAINN.
So I completely recoded my portfolio in ActionScript 3.0. Try it out, it’s a lot smoother and doesn’t take up 100% CPU when it runs!!!