Hi there… sorry it’s been a while since I’ve written anything… This time of year can do that to me though… at least now I’ve got a few things I can write about.
THE HOLE IN MY POCKET THAT MAKES MONEY DISAPPEAR
The Lady got a cell phone for me. It’s exactly the one I tried to order a long time ago but they wouldn’t let me have it on account of my credit. She said in about six months or so they may be able to change the name on the phone over to me, so if it works out, I guess it’s all good, but there’s no difference, I still gotta pay the bill.
I have to admit this thing’s awesome. I feel like a drug dealer. I wanna call somebody and knock over a convenience store. Well, I don’t know, maybe some other time.
It has voice activated dialing, it rings “Clocks”, it plays “Pitfall!”, and it can Yahoo! and AIM. It’s old news, technology-wise, but I don’t think I’ve ever called something this tiny and powerful mine before. Hopefully I can afford to keep it.
The only gripe I have so far is that there is no obvious way for me to just draw a picture in a program and put it in the phone as wallpaper, or write a MIDI file and stick it in the phone as a ring tone. If anybody’s got insight into that sort of thing, write me anytime.
Londo/lazarusrat: Not to reiterate what I’ve already said too much… Zelda Densetsu happened in Japan because of a kind of mini-fad of geek-types that were importing computer role-playing games such as Wizardry and Ultima into Japan and playing them on similarly imported American computers because the Japanese MSX computers had no such games (yet). Naturally, when Japanese game makers wanted to catch onto them, they had to make something familiar enough to mass market, and the earliest results were Namco’s Tower of Druaga, and Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda, the latter being the better game.
You got an instruction booklet with vague little hints, but the only obvious things you were told were ‘Here’s your sword, otherwise you’ll wander around until you die’ and ‘Here’s where you find Level 1’, good luck with the rest of the game.
Then there’d be rumours spread around about where you can find what, and why you need it, and what it does… In those days, NES fanatics subscribed to the ‘fan club newsletter’ before it became Nintendo Power magazine. If you have the copy that prints what the letter to the old lady says, you have a serious collector’s item.
The fan club also had a contest with a prize for the first person to photograph the sequence at the end of the game. We didn’t think there was an end to the game. It had a feeling of endlessness that many games have tried, and failed, to repeat.
Iwanttoleavemybody: Thanks for the list of artists, I suddenly feel very uninformed, since the only name up there I definitely know is The Advent. (One of the college radio dj’s, visit www.wnur.org if you can hear live realaudio from this far away, on most weekdays at what I’ve calculated to be 15:00 in your time zone, it’s 10:00pm central to USA folks)… I think it’s cool that somebody in a distant country is into techno, I especially appreciate that you called it a ‘techno party’ and not a ‘rave’… maybe that needs to happen around here to stop the drug stereotype from keeping it down too much?… and finally I find it disturbing that somebody in Australia knows about a DJ in Chicago that gets little to no attention out here. Answering Machine is a really old tune now, but I still meet people that have never heard it… Somebody told me that Percolator was really big around here… well, anyway…
Being into both techno and jazz is not out of bounds, in fact, it’s kind of important, see Jazz is the Teacher… Jazz and the Blues reminds us to keep a certain undesctibable element in music… I think it’s that element Mister_Green calls “orange”.
Oh, and thanks to Mister_Green for the plug a few nights ago. I don’t always want to write about the store, but if it’s the thing closest to my mind that night, and this time of year it usually will be, well, then that’s what’ll end up here.
I’d also like to say about the three drags bit… The answers I’ve since gotten are ‘People are sue-happy’ and ‘People think Nascar is legitimate racing’. I’d like to add my own answer, ‘People force good music underground.’ Feel free to add more.
I swear there was something else I was gonna write tonight, but I can’t remember what it is… maybe I’ll remember tomorrow and post it then.
See you next time.