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This is worse than Panic at the Disco
Warning there is quite a bit of swearing in the clip below.  Watch it with headphones on if you're at work, or watch it at home.  It is however well worth watching if only to see the most frustrating game of Super Mario Brothers ever.  The levels that he's playing are clearly user created so it's some kind of ROM, a copy of the game played not on a Nintendo but on his computer.

Also is he trying to sound like Christopher Walken or is that just how he always sounds?


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How to start a game of RISK



I've been playing a knock-off of RISK on my iPhone. The trouble is it doesn't allow you to pick your own countries so any sort of starting planning is right out the window. Then again when Lydia and I played it at her co-worker Micah's place that's how they did it.

Granted it shaves like an hour off the game, but it seriously cramped my style (I won anyway).

When you play RISK how do you start?

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As we prepare for Las Vegas
The Horseshore Saloon

there are only two more sleeps until I go to Las Vegas. If you do the math right, and don't count afternoon naps and the times I fall asleep watching the evening news, that means that I'll be on a plane and leaving Canada for the City of Sin and Celebrity Chefs on Thursday. Though Lydia [iatl] is going for the shopping and a meal at Bouchon Bistro [bb], I'm excited to go to the new Star Trek Experience. (I'd link to its webpage but apparently it's down which does not bode well for getting to have a drink in Quark's bar).

I've got a little money, but I doubt I'll be doing much gambling. The fact is the house always wins eventually and I'm not blessed with enough luck to make up for the fact that I can't be arsed gaining the needed skills. I might play some Blackjack since that's about the only card game that I feel like I've got enough knowledge of to make a game of it. Poker I can play on my iPhone that's about it. I don't understand most of the other games, and as far as I can tell there's no money and no fun to be had from playing the slots.

Apart from Lydia I'm going with the rest of my immediate family. My parents are heading to see Jay Leno, because apparently his nightly appearances on television have not been enough to convince them that the man is painfully unfunny, and Neal and his girlfriend MC are also coming. I don't think they're going to see Leno, so maybe they'll nerd it up with me at Star Trek.

Or maybe not.

One night we're also going to go see the Cirque Du Soleil show Love, which is the one that uses all the Beatles music. I'd been to one of their shows in Vancouver back in 2006 [mbv], and it was pretty impressive. I think the addition of the Beatles music will make it a bit more enjoyable for me. I mean I liked the last one I saw, but I didn't love it.

I'm not quite sure what the blogging situation will be while I'm gone. I've got to find out if the hotel we're staying at has Wi-Fi and depending on that I may or may not bring my Macbook. I will bring my iPhone, but I really don't like blogging on it, especially given that the fancy drop caps that I've been starting every post with is a bit of an HTML workout and with no copy-and-paste on the iPhone I'd have to remember all of it which clearly is not going to happen. If I don't blog before I go, and I don't bring my laptop, I'll do a summary post for the trip when I get back.

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Nothing to report... except a Mario Party!

Mario_party_8Sean Tamaki and I went to a group interview for the soon to be opened Apple Store at Pacific Centre [mbv]. It was mainly a meeting telling us why we should work for Apple, which I already knew I did. I've not heard from them since, though Takamki's gone back for a follow-up interview and looked certain to get a job. I'm starting to feel like I'm not about to get a call, which has left me a little despondent today.

How to cheer up? I suppose the only way to get happy is with a Mario Party, and that's what Lydia and I are doing right now. Later on we'll be heading to her house so that she can pack for her two weeks in Ontario visiting her parents.

That means I've got two weeks without my fiancee. Anyone want to be my friend? I've got Mario Party.

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I win a contest and clean my deck

First up I won a contest on Miss604 [m604], the blog of fellow Metroblogger Rebbecca.  I only entered for the awesome retro Trevor Linden figure, but the rest of the swag is going to be fairly awesome.  So what all did I win?  I'll let Rebbecca describe it, by copying and pasting from her site.

- A limited edition, not sold in stores, collector, uncut sheet of 2007/2008 Vancouver Giants hockey cards

- A Canucks carabiner, keychain thingy

- Two tickets to this Saturday’s Everett Silvertips

- Two tickets to the BC Rockies vs Canucks Alumni hockey fundraiser game on March 22nd

- A McFarlane, in-package, mint, collector, Trevor Linden action figure

- A coveted Miss604 sticker as seen at Northern Voice or…

- You can also chose a limited edition solid-colour Miss604 sticker

You can watch the tension packed drawing of my name at her site [m604].

Meanwhile I woke up early on Tuesday and spent about two hours cleaning off my deck.  I've never really used my deck because when I moved in it was filthy and I always knew it was going to take the sacrifice of a mop to get it clean.  I had bought the kamakazi mop a few months ago, but it had been hiding in my closet wanting to live.

After the cleaning Lydia came over and we went to get some food and then watch Once on my AppleTV.  I've had the soundtrack for Once for a few months now but the movie is a still worth watching.  It's not quite a romantic flick, but it's certainly sweet-hearted and good natured.

The final thing is that I applied for a job I want to get, and now have an interview (almost) lined up.  Which should be good and exciting.  To make it more exciting I'm planning on bringing a car full of fire ants and emptying them down my shirt's neck five minutes before the interview so that for the entire talk I'm trying not to scratch my arm pits or yell out in pain.

Never say that I do things the easy way.

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No matter what button I mash I lose

Sean came over last night after work and we set about on another one of our Sunday game nights.  Typically he omes over and beats me at whatever the latest release of EA's NHL series is, but last night we had Halo 3 and so there was a thaw in our cold war.  I'd already played for about half of the game, but with Sean in co-operative mode we managed to burn through it fairly quickly. 

Or rather if felt quick, by the time I glanced at the clock I realized that it was nearly midnight.  We squeezed a few games of NHL 08 in and of course despite never having played the game he beat me again, and again.  The first game I managed to keep within a goal, but the next he just worked me.  No matter what I did the Canucks just could not beat the Senators.

It was depressing as always.

Halo 3 is done. I'll play through on one of the harder settings later, but for now my attention is going to turn to Paper Mario (Wii), the new Metroid (Wii) and Bioshock (XBox 360).

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Tomorrow we race

My second Forza car
Originally uploaded by Jeffery Simpson.
Still anxious to get some serious time playing deep into Forza Motorsport 2 for the XBox 360. Today I woke up too late to play any and most of the time I did have was spent dealing with the fact that the new White Stripes album did not seem to want to work in either of my computers. My iMac and my Macbook both rejected it, and iTunes kept freezing while the disc was in the drive. It's probably some weird copy protection but I'll go to HMV tomorrow and get the disc exchanged just in case.

Stupid DRM.

The fact that I don't listen to CDs and don't have a CD player in my home, aside from the drives in my computers, makes it pretty much worthless to me if it can't be read by computers. I could listen to it only in my car, I suppose. But I want to race, and my car can't go as fast as I can in Forza, in video games.
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