Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Just a few things

Sorry about not getting a post up yesterday- I was busy with random jobs around the house all day and geekery by night. The latter consisted of playing Heroes of Might and Magic 5 with my dad, Project Erda, and getting Star Wars Episode 1: Racer to work on my old laptop.

For those not in the know, Racer is quite possibly the best racing game ever created. First of all, you get to drive podracers, which are obviously much cooler than Ferrarris or motorbikes. Second, even the environment is out to get you- on some maps there are acidic lakes, whirling bladed death traps, Tusken raiders shooting at you from their hideouts in the cliffs, and even hidden mines in some maps. Even when it's not actively trying to kill you, the maps are all so colorful and chock full of action that has nothing to do with the race, like cheering crowds or gigantic mining equipment that you have to dodge in order to complete the race. Third, you can upgrade your pod to be even more badass- increasing the top speed, traction (who knew that a hover vehicle had traction, right?), turning, etc. And finally, the reason that it is the best racing game of all time, is the boost button. This button allows you to supercharge your pod's engines for a short amount of time, dramatically increasing your speed but seriously hampering your turning abilities. Used well it can mean the difference between winning, losing, and spreading your pod and entrails all over the wall.

In other news, I was trolling CNN today and came across an article titled 'PUMAs Stalking Obama'. Wondering what capitalized wildcats were doing near a senator, I decided to peruse the article. It turns out that PUMA stands for Party Unity My Ass!, and is a group of pissed of Democrats who are trying to get Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic nominee, as they believe that "...there has been an internal coup, and they are putting forward a candidate that does not represent the will of the Democratic Party" and that Obama is not fit for office. They say that they will campaign all the way to the convention, and if they don't get their way they will vote for another candidate, with possibilities including John McCain.

Now, I'm not affiliated with either of the major parties, and I don't particularly like the Republicans right now, but this cracks me up in a very unfunny way. Is it just me, or do the Democrats look like they're going to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory again? I mean, according to the article, there are 2.5 million of these PUMAs, and those are just the ones online. It just strikes me as funny that when everything is going the Democratic way, some subset of the party has to find some way of screwing it up.

In other depressing news, 55 percent of the nation has trouble believing that evolution is real. WTF America, when did we start becoming the backwards nation instead of the leader in the sciences and progress in general? Oyveh Maria...

"In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing."
- Autobiography of Mark Twain

1 comment:

Nik said...

Yep, you're right. As a party, democrats are just as likely to tear themselves apart as defeat their opposition. That's right, the democratic party has decided to go into battle using sword chucks.