Journal: Dec. 7, 2012

For the past month+ I haven’t had a full night’s sleep so I decided I’d finally try to sleep in for once. It didn’t really work and it meant not doing my bike workout, so in the end I just felt like crap. Gonna have to figure out a better sleep schedule or just learn to sleep less.

Much of the day I spent listening to the same 10 lines or so in Japanese, over and over and over. Every once in a while this happens in my job – running across lines of dialogue that are really weird or tough or really hard to hear for whatever reason, so you gotta listen to them over and over until you’ve gone crazy. Because I was running so tight on time I also had to do an abbreviated weights session.

Since moving back to AZ I’ve been afflicted with terribly dry hands, so the area around my knuckles are always super dry, cracking, and bleeding. I finally gave in and started using some moisturizing lotion yesterday. I hope I can get off it before long, I feel like an old lady 😛

Poe and I’ve been slowly decorating the house for the holidays, here’s our current setup near the front door:

I think yesterday or today is the start of Hanukkah so we “lit” the felt menorah last night. We’re not Jewish of course, but figured why not. We also got lots of those chocolate coins that I’ve been eating too much of. And some sort of peppermint chocolate Pringles that were a big disappointment. You can also see we have an altar for the Beetus man and have offerings for him 😛

I’m still trying to figure out my iPhone. Looking through all the games and apps I’ve come to the realization that although there’s an absolute avalanche of stuff available, most of it is so crappy. I can’t think of any must-haves, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know! I feel like I’m severely under-using the potential of this thing.

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7 Responses to “Journal: Dec. 7, 2012”

  1. @warm_concrete says:

    Do you want my must-haves on iOS games?
    They are ports for the most part. So, I don’t know if you’ve already played them.

    • Mato says:

      Sure, I’d love to hear what’s good out there, even if they’re just ports. I feel like I’m lost in a gigantic maze of information overflow and need some suggestions 😛

  2. Shadowolf says:

    Hahaha, I really lol’d at that sign that says “Don’t get the ‘beetus!”. It’s good to know that some people still remember the dia-beetus guy. Those commercials were so memorable thanks to the guy’s accent, especially since they were unintentionally funny because of that.

    Also, putting that sign in front of the candy like that was a very nice touch. It would keep anyone from over indulging if they read that sign in the guy’s voice.

  3. @warm_concrete says:

    Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective — superior to DS one, my personal iOS favorite.
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — it’s better to wait for it to be updated, it will include three games and all-new HD graphics.
    Scribblenauts Remix — boring, but interesting.
    Shantae: Risky’s Revenge — good but short platformer.
    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars — NDS port, outdated, but good. May have some troubles on newer OSes.
    Grand Theft Auto III — flawed port, but the game is brilliant.
    Grand Theft Auto: Vice City — even better.
    Final Fantasy I, II — PSP ports.
    Final Fantasy III — DS port. Quite good. I’ve enjoyed it much. FF IV will be out on 20th December. DS port too.
    NyxQuest — pretty good platformer from Wii.
    Lost Winds, Lost Winds 2 — very good metroidvania platformers from Wii.
    SoulCalibur — pretty good port from Dreamcast. I guess it’s a good fighting game. I don’t like fighting games but I’ve beaten this one.
    Max Payne — it’s Max Payne.
    The World Ends With You: Solo Remix — good game, but I felt disappointed after completing it. I have never played it before. It is overhyped. But it is still good, stylish and things.
    Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions — PSP port. Very cool game. I like TRPGs.
    World of Goo
    Zuma Revenge HD
    Plants vs. Zombies
    The Bard’s Tale — this one is controversial. OK port, but you can buy gold, skills and etc.
    The Walking Dead game. This one has controversial script, but I highly recommend it.
    I like Kairosoft games, they have made 12 so far. I guess Game Dev Story, Mega Mall Story and Epic Astro Story are the best. Each game will steal 2−3 days of your life.
    Sonic CD is the best port ever made. It is based on fan-written language made by Christian Whitehead and includes goodies like 2 soundtracks, corrected physics, etc.
    Jet Car Stunts is a good one. Gameplay is very good and polished.
    Bastion you may like.
    Lunar Silver Star Story
    Carmageddon is good.
    Bad Piggies is interesting. Best game Rovio has ever made.
    Organ Trail is good Oregon Trail re-imagination
    Carcassonne is my favorite table game.
    Groove Coaster is best rythm game IMO
    Space Invaders Infinity Gene is must have.
    Another World is also available. One of my favorites.
    Bike Baron is best Elastomania clone.
    Fruit Ninja
    Edge is nice game
    Beat Sneak Bandit
    Rayman Jungle Run
    Waking Mars is brilliant

    OK, I’m tired.

  4. Carl says:

    Soundhound is one of my favorite iPhone apps–it uses the microphone to listen to music, and can tell you the title and artist of a song it hears. There’s a similar app called Shazam, but I’m less familiar with it.

    There’s also a really good YouTube app called Jasmine, which is indispensable since Apple phased out their own iPhone app. It’s by the creator of Alien Blue, an equally good Reddit app, which is much simpler than using the iPhone’s browser if you visit Reddit frequently.

    Word Lens is a pretty impressive “augmented reality” translation app that uses the iPhone’s camera to translate text in real time. It’s useful mainly for things signs.

    If you use your iPhone as a camera, consider checking out Camera+, a more fully-featured camera app than the built-in one.

    There are a bunch of other apps that I like as fun little diversions: 8-bit Pocket Camera, which basically emulates the old Game Boy Camera; RunPee, which lists good times to go to the bathroom during movies; SkyView, which identifies astronomical objects in the sky; Soundrop, a fun app for making simple music with bouncing balls.

    I also like MyFitnessPal for tracking how much I eat and exercise; I’ve lost about 20 lbs. using it for the last few months.

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