The personal blog of GM2K

A site where GM2K talks about whatever he wants. Why? Because he can. Also he talks like this apparently.

I’m starting to realise why I stopped playing…

So I started playing Skyward Sword again and after about 10 minutes I realised why I stopped playing to begin with. I cannot stand the controls. I move the Wii-mote from right to left and instead of a right to left slash I get something that looks physically awkward. It makes the bosses where you have to slash a specific way very difficult to the point where I just give up and go and cry in the corner.

 

I remember the days when games used to use buttons (and even then only 2 + direction) and only have 4 directions. Simpler times but I used to have a lot more fun. Games seem a lot more like work now (minus the pay).

 

Speaking of games & simpler times. You know what I miss? The Commodore 64. I still have one out in the shed somewhere along with the 5.25″ disk reader and a container full of game disks. I honestly wish I was a little older so that I could have appreciated the Commodore 64 more and maybe have even looked into programming or something.

 

One of the greatest games for the Commodore 64: Sport of Kings.

There used to be a way to tell who was going to win before the race started so you could bet and win. Takes the fun out of the game really but it was also fun discovering that little bit of info :p

One of those weeks

Ever have one of those weeks where you have plans to do this, that and just about everything else and then right at the start of the week something happens and you’re left unable to do anything? Well this week is one of those weeks for me.

 

On the plus side I am getting good at beating the computer at Monopoly.

 

I’m hoping things happen soon so I can salvage at least some of this week :p

Really? Really? Really Tourists? Really?

So I found a forum post online today that had some people’s comments left for “Thomas Cook Holidays”.

1.  ”I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.”

While I’m sure the local store is a major attraction and probably takes up a good 3 or 4 pages in the brochure I’m sure it was tough for Thomas Cook Holidays to decide what was worthy of being put in and wasn’t. I wish someone would invent a device that allows us to talk to others from a long distance so we can ask what they stock. Sort of like a phone but something people actually use to talk to each other. The alternative being a sort of case where you can put all your clothes but also some biscuits you may want to eat just in case local stores don’t stock them.
2.   “It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers to close in the afternoons.  I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time – this should be  banned.”

Clearly the stores are at fault here. Didn’t they realise the president of the universe was coming to buy something but couldn’t because of siesta time? I’m also quite sure that siesta time takes up about 23 hours a day so it’s really inconvenient… hang on. Google has just told me 1) siesta time is not  for 23 hours a day and 2) there is no president of the universe. Now I’m confused.
3.  ”On my holiday to Goa in India , I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry.   I don’t like spicy food at all.”

Apparently someone doesn’t know how to google or do any sort of research of where they’re going. I hear she’s going to Antarctica next year for the nice summer temperatures. This person must have booked the wrong holiday. She clearly meant Georgetown Indiana where she can get a nice burger.

4.  ”We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our swimming costumes and towels.”

I know when I go on holidays I don’t take any sort of clothes. If they’re not provided for me then it’s not a place worth staying at or visiting. There’s also nothing quite like sharing skin tight swim suits amongst potentially hundreds of other guys. That’s healthy isn’t it?

Also (and this may just be a cultural thing) but since I don’t call swim suits “swimming costumes” I can’t help but picture people swimming in Halloween costumes. It’s an odd thought seeing Batman swim past while Superman comes down the water slide.
5.  A tourist at a top African Game Lodge over looking a water hole, who spotted a visibly aroused elephant, complained that the sight of this rampant beast ruined his honeymoon by making him feel “inadequate”.

Understandable. I mean, that’s why guys like fruit flies around. “At least you can see mine”.
6.  A woman threatened to call police after claiming that she’d been locked in by staff.  When in fact, she had mistaken the “do not disturb” sign on the back of the door as a warning to remain in the room.

Someone should have paid the staff to remove the phone from her room. At least then the world doesn’t have to deal with people like her. “Survival of the ones who are able to interpret signs” and all that.
7.  ”The beach was too sandy.”

I’m not sure a beach was what they were looking for. Car-park maybe.
8.  ”We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure.  Your brochure shows the sand as yellow but it was white.”

Yellow Snow = Complaints so why not White Sand?

9.  A guest at a Novotel in Australia complained his soup was too thick and strong.  He was inadvertently slurping the gravy at the time.

That’s Australia’s fault because we’re the only place in the world who has gravy. Our bad. *Facepalm*

10.  ”Topless sunbathing on the beach should be banned.  The holiday was ruined as my husband spent all day looking at other women.”

I’m guessing her husband picked the destination for this holiday. I love how the holiday was ruined not because they had to leave but because they apparently spent all day there and she didn’t say a word. While the husband was sleeping on the couch that night I bet he was thinking “Worth it”.

11.  ”We bought ‘Ray-Ban’ sunglasses for five Euros from a street trader, only to find out they were fake.”

Everyone knows 5 euros for something that can be hundreds is totally real and just a good deal. I bet they’re the kind people that are always helping those Nigerian princes out all the time. You’d think with all the money they make from those princes they could afford to shop somewhere higher class than a street trader.

12.  ”No-one told us there would be fish in the sea.  The children were startled.”

Wait until they learn that there are trees in a forest. It will blow their minds.

13.  ”There was no egg slicer in the apartment…”

I’m sure the advertisement read “1 apartment with egg slicer”. I hate not getting what’s advertised.

14.  ”We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish.”

Wait. Wait. Wait. Wait. Spanish people live in Spain?
15.  ”The roads were uneven..”

Apparently England’s roads are all even right down to the atomic level. Guess you learn something new every day.

16.  ”It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England it only took the Americans three hours to get home.”

The really fast planes are reserved for Americans. The planes powered by giant hamster wheels are for the English. Perhaps you should have stuck your arms out the window and flapped. Would have been there in no time I’m sure.

17.  ”I compared the size of our one-bedroom apartment to our friends’ three-bedroom apartment and ours was significantly smaller..”

You mean 3 bedrooms take up more space than 1 bedroom? Were you perhaps confusing ‘three-bedroom apartment’ with a chest of drawers?

18.  ”The brochure stated:  ’No hairdressers at the accommodation’.  We’re trainee hairdressers – will we be OK staying there?”

Trainees are ok, just not fully qualified hairdressers. It’s a nightmare finding a place that says ‘Astrophysicists allowed at the accomodation’.
19.   “There are too many Spanish people.  The receptionist speaks Spanish.  The food is Spanish.  Too many foreigners now  live abroad.”

I went to England and there were too many English people so I totally get where this person is coming from.
20.  ”We had to queue outside with no air conditioning.”

This explains why England’s temperatures are never too high. They leave the outdoor air conditioners on all year round.
21.  ”It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel.”

I think you meant to write ‘psychic’ instead of ‘tour operator’. It’s an easy mistake.
22.  ”I was bitten by a mosquito, no-one said they could bite.”

They can also fly. Just FYI.

23.  ”My fiancé and I booked a twin-bedded room but we were placed in a double-bedded room.  We now hold you responsible for the fact that I find myself pregnant.  This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked.”

I 100% believe you should get what you’ve booked and I think just about everyone agrees with that. What I don’t recall seeing is the rule that says “If you sleep in the same bed with someone you must sleep with that person”. I must remember to make sure my girlfriend gets the memo.

 

I sort of want to go searching for more so I can laugh at them but I’m afraid I may just start weeping for humanity instead.

Really? Really? Really RACV? Really?

Our car won’t start so we call RACV (equivalent to the AAA for you yanks, I think). They ask us if we are members and read out our member number. We do and they can’t find us and “ask are you sure it’s RACV?”

Really? Really? Really RACV? Really? You honestly think we 1) don’t know who we are with and 2) can’t read “RACV” off our member card.

Idiots.

Really? Really? Really ________? Really?

Starting from now and continuing until when I feel like, I have decided to make a new blog section called “Really? Really? Really ______? Really?”

Basically when someone says something so stupid that I struggle to understand how people can be that dumb I will be posting under this section. Whether it’s people I know in real life, something I’ve read on the news or something that is seen in a tv show I’ll place it here.

First post of 2012: TV Stuff

So, this is the first post of my blog of 2012. What has changed since 2011? Basically nothing. Just posting because I can.

 

On to TV news:

One Tree Hill finished it’s run today. The last couple of episodes were quite dull particularly compared to the surprisingly decent season it had.

Once Upon A Time is still the greatest show currently on T.V. If you haven’t seen it and can see do so. I’ll wait for you to catch up on the 18 episodes before continuing…

 

 

All done? Good.

Saw the season of A Gifted Man recently. It was ok though if they wanted to be about a show where a guys ex-wife haunts him they may want to include more than 30 seconds of the wife per episode. I literally counted the amount of time she was in some episodes. The minimum was about 30 seconds and the max was about 2 minutes. Seriously? Without the ghost side of things you’re just another medical show which cannot survive in the current landscape (maybe it could have in a year or two since House is about to finish).

Anyway, that’s about all for this post. Not much else to say really. Cancellation season is nearing so no doubt I’ll be ranting more soon.

Pokemon, A Funeral, Computer Monitor and Hey Arnold!

So I now own a third Pokemon Distribution cart. This time it’s one that distributes both a Shiny Pichu and a Jirachi. I paid for $5 slow shipping from the U.S. and got $30 express postage so am extremely happy with the eBay seller :D

 

Went to a funeral for my neighbour today. I’m more sad now than I was, I guess it’s more real when you see a coffin rather than just being told he’s gone. Jim O’Donovan will be missed by many (including me and my family).

 

Finally, I get up this morning and one of my 3D monitors has died. I should be able to get it repaired under warranty but of course Acer repair centres are closed from today to January 8th. That’s annoying to say the least.

 

Finally, finally (just thought of something else). I have been watching Hey Arnold! lately. I wish they would make the second movie (‘The Jungle Movie’). I think it would be good for the fans. Nick could also check out how well it does to determine whether to bring it back. With remakes and revivals everywhere these days (both successful and unsuccessful) it wouldn’t be out of place to bring it back. So if anyone out there knows someone who works at Nickelodeon get them working on that A.S.A.P.

Anyway, that’s it… I think. Later Days.

Once Upon A Time

So I just finished watching the first two episodes of ‘Once Upon A Time’. You know what? It’s not that bad a show. I personally think the writing is very clever. Both the story they have created as well as the way they link their story to the stories we have all grown up with.

 

I am continuing to watch the (available) episodes now. I do fear that the show may get repetitive or boring though I would argue that if the writing is this clever the writers should be able to avoid this downfall.

Minecon

So minecon starts in about 25 minutes. IGN will be streaming the event live. http://au.ign.com/videos/2011/11/15/ign-live-presents-minecon

I’ll be watching…. will you?

I’m looking forward to Minecraft 1.0. I honestly wish there had been releases other than ‘pre-release’ versions Of course once 1.0 is out there’s the server side of things that need to happen. Bukkit had to update, have to test that all the plugins work etc. so that will take up some of my time.