Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sexy Halloween Costumes

sexy chinese food costume
Some years back I posed the question "What is the Sexiest Halloween Costume?". It was a popular post, and received a number of comments, but unfortunately, I just don't have the energy to bring it back this year.

Rather than make this a long, painful post with a million hot chicks in sexy costumes, I thought I'd just post a couple suggestions.

Ladies, this year I would like for you all to dress up as Chinese takeaway.

Yes, you'll all be wearing the same thing, but you must admit, it's a pretty clever costume, and it'd be a very memorable Halloween if all the ladies wore the exact same costume. You should call each other and work it out...

There can be one exception though. If you can pull off a hot cosplay run at one of the chicks from Final Fantasy, go for it, but only if you can pull it off!

Men, you can stay home for all I care. Unless you choose to be this guy, a truly appaling Halloween costume. Actually, imagine how awesome it'd be if Chinese takeaway and that guy were the only two costumes we saw this Halloween. Do it!

Okay, that's all for now. Have fun, stay safe and get plenty wild.


Thursday, August 26, 2010

HR 2267 - Hells Yes!

In 2006 I posted a bit of a rant after our idiotic folks in DC passed a ban on Internet gambling. One diamond on a (capitol) hill of turds stood up and cried bullshit! Okay, his words were a bit more tame:

This Congress is well on the way to getting it absolutely backwards. In areas where we need to act together to protect the quality of our life, in the environment, in transportation, in public safety, we abstain; but in those areas where individuals ought to be allowed to make their own choices, we intervene. And that is what this is.

That was Barney Frank (D-MA), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, the same man who is now pushing HR 2267, the effort to repeal that earlier idiocy and legalize Internet gambling. Come November, he's a keeper.

HR 2267 has passed committee, so please encourage your reps to support it when it reaches the floor for a vote. Do it. I miss my freerolls...

Friday, July 23, 2010

You Too Can Be a Hero

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Ha ha ha! Somebody gets it, the life of a hero can be exhausting...

Not all of us can be Goddess kissed (scantilly clad with huge knockers of course), some get spider bitten, struck by lightning, dipped in radioactive goo, etc, but nice to see a solution for the common man.

Embrace your inner hero/porn star and give it a shot. It's got some of the same stuff as Viagra, so should be interesting. Ladies love a good mustache...

If you do try the Mojo, post your comments.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Mitt Romney - No Apology

Fine, but you're still full of shit...

I was listening to Talk of the Nation on NPR yesterday, and was interested to hear an interview with Mitt Romney. I wasn't familiar with him, or his politics, and wanted to see how he sat with my conservative side.

He was well spoken, and smooth in the way only politicians and greasy turds can be, but I found myself getting angrier and angrier with everything he said. He started the snowball rolling by stating that we have public healthcare here in America, that if you don't have insurance you can simply check in at the local emergency room and you'll be taken care of, no problem.

Let me back up for a second. I'm a fan of a public healthcare option, and am pissed at both parties for dropping that ball, and instead giving us mandatory insurance through the same bastard companies that have been ripping us off forever. I've been self-employed for a long time, and private healthcare for the self-employed is crazy-ass expensive, and a huge pain in the ass.

Okay, so here's an issue near and dear to my heart/wallett and Mitt has just stated that we already have a great public healthcare system. What planet is he from?!

First off, unless you're about to bleed out, the emergency room will not admit you without insurance. Cancer, diabetes, urinary tract infection, spastic colon, arthritis, high cholesterol, etc, etc won't get you in the door. If you're unlucky enough to need the ER and they admit you without insurance, you can expect a whopping WHOPPING medical bill, much higher than the insurance companies pay for the same treatment, and you have to pay that bill, just like any other or face collections and ruined credit.

How Mitt, how is that the same thing as a public health insurance option similar to Medicare, that I can buy into, pay premiums and get treatment like a normal person?

With your plan, I pop to the ER with some ailment or another and get turned away at the door because I'm not about to keel over. With a real public option, I pay premiums like anyone else and present my insurance card to a regular old doctor at a regular old doctor's office.

Your public option doesn't exist, and would be stupid if it did. Do we really want millions of unninsured Americans dropping into the ER for every ache and sniffle?

Congress, both parties, has so thoroughly screwed up healthcare reform that I'm shocked to hear Republicans talk about the upcoming elections as if they're sitting pretty. Okay Republicans, what have you done for me lately? Don't be so smug. As far as I'm concerned it's time to flush the House and Senate clean. You can all go home and think about what the hell you did to earn your pay while out in Washington...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Internet - How Boring

Seriously, the Internet can be one bleak, boring landscape when you live there day in and day out. I've taken to watching my stocks rise and fall throughout the day. How exciting...

I bought GGWPQ.PK when it was still GGP at $.45 a share. Okay, I think I bought the day before they went into bankruptcy protection. I'm a stock market savant like that. Anyway, today it's flirting around the $13 dollar range with a rejected bid from Simon Properties making the news last week and a rival offer from Brookfield in the news today. I'm up 2,821.12% from when I bought. Pretty cool, but I'm still bored.

What else is going on? Oh yes, I'm upgrading my WW support village in Travian. Yes, we're building a World Wonder, yes we're likely to win the server, yes it's all very exciting, but it can also be a little like watching paint dry.

Hopefully my weight vest arrives today. I had some Amazon gift vouchers which I spent on an X-Acto knife and tool set, a mini trampoline and a 20lb weight vest. Yes, I do plan on doing some very active crafts projects... Unfortunataley I didn't have enough to also get Dance Dance Revolution for the Wii, not that it would've fit the above mentioned theme.

Is this why people get sucked into social networking? I should be working, should be making money, should be doing something, anything productive, but I'm likely going to do little more in the next hour than make myself a picante beef ramen (they're the only tasty ramen).

The Internet is a boring place. Don't believe me? What are you doing that's so all fired exciting? You're reading this dumb blog, that's what, you schmuck/schmuckette...

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Mature Themed Wii Games - Developers Take Note

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Today, while nosing around to see what was out there for my Wii system I stumbled upon an article over at G4tv called "Is There A Future For Mature Games on the Wii?" posted back in October of '09.

It was a pretty interesting article discussing why adult titles for the Wii have not done at all well, despite the huge reach of the console. Most of the comments followed the same train of thought:

The majority of Wii owners are kids, so i would have to say no.

The gamers who enjoy "Mature" games, are more likely to own the systems that cater towards them (360 & PS3), and use the Wii for the Nintendo titles that they may have grown up with (Mario, Zelda, Metroid, etc.).

The other systems are affordable now, and the Wii pumps out nothing but fitness and pet handling games. No real gamer is going to go pick up a Wii, no one I know that owns one plays it more than an hour a week. They need to go back to their roots and try again.

After a lengthy discourse on all the "Mature" titles that failed on the Wii, mostly sophomoric blood and guts shooters, the article finally nailed it:

But what if Wii owners are really just adults who wanted to be treated as such? Interactive experiences aimed at adults aren't required to incorporate dismembering limbs and tossing grenades. They can (and it's certainly a facet of games that isn't going away), but perhaps the adult experiences offered up so far by video game publishers for Wii has toed the party line and, as a result, been passed by with a cynical eye.

Toed the party line, exactly. The industry is using an outdated definition of "mature" that isn't a great fit for Wii gamers.

Take me for example: I'm a 38 year old man, married with two kids, own my home, business owner, money in my IRA, etc. I'm a grown up. Back in the day, when my "hardcore gamer" friends were learning the perfect combination of button mashing to achieve a fatality in Mortal Kombat, I was hanging out with my girlfriend. Whenever I did hang out and play games, I'd go home with a sore thumb.

I guess I'm not a "real gamer", but clue into this gaming industry, my first console was an Atari 2600, and I've owned many others since and bought a pile of games. I have money to spend and will buy games I think I'll enjoy, but none of the titles mentioned in the article sounded the least bit appealing. Why should I be titillated by bad language and buckets of blood splashing across the screen? I'm not 17...

I haven't had the Wii long, but so far, Outdoor Challenge is my favorite title. It's fun, the games are challenging and I love the fact that I'm exhausted and dripping in sweat after an hour of gameplay! And my thumb doesn't hurt in the least... Would Outdoor Challenge work without the physical activity? No. It'd be a so so game at best, but combine a so so game with a serious workout and it's a winner.

Does this mean the Wii can only support sports games, leaving it utterly one dimensional? No, but know your audience. Personally, I want to get up and sweat and be involved in the game, same with my wife, same with my mother who also went out and bought a Wii.

Okay, I need to get back on point. This post is about mature games for the Wii after all, but maybe sports would be the right place for the industry to start as the Wii eases into more mature gameplay. I'm happy to go for a run or a bike ride in a game and break a sweat, but rather than dogs and plastic looking Mii characters, I have to wonder; where are all the hot roller blader and jogger chicks? They're one of the attractions of real world running, so why not put them in the game? I might run a little faster or a little longer if I was sharing the trail/beach/path with young, fit coeds...

Whatever the genre, the controls are important. I want to walk, run, climb, kick, scratch, crawl my way through the game. I absolutely do not want to sit on the couch and mash buttons. The controls aren't just a gimmick, they're part of the immersive quality of play. Embrace them.

One of the most interesting sounding mature titles headed for the Wii is called Sadness by Nibris. I don't know much about it, but it sounds like much more intelligent horror than has been tried so far. I like the idea of walking through my environment, getting the crap scared out of me and fighting back with whatever I can pick up, not for more cheeseball blood and guts, but hopefully for real fear coming from being utterly immersed in the game experience.

Give me sex, give me violence, give me action and give me terror, but give them to me with some sophistication and package them into a good game where I can get up off the couch and I'm sold. I'm not breaking out my wallet for more of the same old same old.