Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Schedule

Here's the schedule for my YouTube Channel!

  • This week is Twilight Phenomena: Strange Menagerie. I'll release videos at the rate of two per day.
  • On Sunday, I'll play the demo of Twilight Phenomena 3. It makes sense to play that right after the second one, right?
  • On Tuesday and Wednesday (December 23rd and 24th), I will do book reviews! I'll review both versions of Nancy Drew: The Mystery at Lilac Inn and Nancy Drew: Secret of Shadow Ranch.
  • On Friday the 26th, I'll do Botanica: Into the Unknown. I'll release videos at a rate of two per day.
  • But as a New Year's special, I want to play My Nigerian Prince, the game that I helped make. Fun!
After that, the list of games I'm going to play looks like this. I will definitely make changes to this list at some point, because I want to do Nancy Drew game reviews and speedruns. Also, I will probably buy some games during end-of-year sales.

  • Princess Isabella 2
  • Shadow Wolf 1 & 2
  • Mystery Case Files: 13th Skull
  • Spirits of Mystery: The Dark Minotaur
  • Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride
  • Unfinished Tales
  • Awakening 5-7
  • Haunted Legends 1 & 2
  • Awakening Kingdoms
  • Redemption Cemetery
  • Engimatis 2
  • Otherworld 1 and 2
  • Dark Tales: Edgar Allen Poe's Masque of Red Death
  • Princess Isabella 3
  • Mystery Case Files: Madame Fate
  • Sable Maze

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Walkthrough Sequels

I went through the list of videogames that I've done walkthroughs for. Many of them have sequels. In fact, here's a list of the sequels that are on my radar:

  • Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • Super Mario Galaxy
  • Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright
  • Miles Edgeworth: Ace Attorney 2
  • Azada 3
  • Beauty Lawyer Victoria 2
  • Princess Isabella 2 and 3
  • Nick Chase 2
  • Reveries: Soul Collector

Let me know if you want me to play any of those games.

In addition to sequels, there are also various series that I've played. Part of me wants to play them, and another part of me says, "Wow, they have over 10 Mystery Case Files games. I have no idea where to start." Should I expand my horizons a bit and look into other games from these series?

  • Samantha Swift
  • Awakening
  • Mystery Case Files
  • Dark Parables
  • Grim Facade
  • Midnight Mysteries
  • Putt-Putt the Car

Monday, December 15, 2014

Animals in Heaven

Pope Francis gives a weekly speech on Wednesdays. Last week, the news media went into a frenzy, after Pope Francis confirmed that animals go to Heaven. Specifically, he said, "One day we will see our animals again in eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all God’s creatures." You'll recognize that the first sentence comes directly from the Bible. It's the part where Saint Paul comforts a boy, after his dog died.

Two problems with this news story:

Problem #1: Saint Paul never said that.
Problem #2: Pope Francis never said that.

You can watch or read the Pope's speech. You can also read the Bible to confirm that the "Saint Paul comforts a crying boy" passage is made up. What we have here is a fake quotation, in a fake quotation.

Still, do animals go to Heaven? The Catholic Church has no official answer on the topic. People easily agree that animal souls are different from human souls, but people disagree if animal souls survive, after they die. I prefer the theory that says it's possible for animals to exist in Heaven, but they are most likely different animals from the ones that died on Earth.

Some people give the sentimental argument that pets must exist in Heaven, because otherwise, they would be sad. That's theologically inaccurate, since it gives more importance to animals than God. If your happiness depends on a pet, then you are not in Heaven. If your happiness depends on God, then you are in Heaven.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Movies

Movies did badly this summer. In terms of how much money was made, it was the worst summer since 1997. Sales dropped by 30%, and no movie made more than $300 million in the US.

As a compensation, the average price of movie tickets increased to $8.33. I want to know which theaters are keeping the average down, because none of the theaters where I live charge under $10.

I've mentioned this before, but I don't understand the economics behind this. I was told "high demand = higher prices", "low demand = lower prices". But this is a case of "low demand = higher prices". And besides, won't people be less likely to visit theaters, due to higher ticket prices?

Some critics are accusing the ads that theaters play in front of movies. Yes, it is annoying that you have to sit through a half hour of advertisements, before the previews start. And since previews are glorified ads, it can be something like an hour of ads before the movie begins. But that's been happening for years at this point, so I don't know why it would turn people off of movies right now.

People are also accusing online streaming / DVDs. It used to be that the home edition of movies came out 9 months after the movie did. That waiting time has been shortened to about 3-4 months, in order to cut down on piracy. But now that there's a shorter waiting period, people are more likely to skip seeing the movie in theaters, in favor of getting it when it comes out on DVD or Netflix.

What do you readers think? I didn't watch any movies this summer, besides Hercules. That's because there were no movies I wanted to see. I guess you could say I was motivated by lack of interest.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

GameCola

My friends at GameCola.net are hiring! They're a videogame website that talks about games (like Nancy Drew) which get ignored by the mainstream videogame sites, like IGN and Kotaku. I never liked how the mainstream sites tend to ignore all videogames that were made over five years ago.

I've been writing for them, for several years now. Mostly, I write about doing videogame walkthroughs. So check them out!

Friday, December 12, 2014

News

The news this week has been extremely harsh.

The Michael Brown and Eric Gardner cases have been dominating the news; both of them were black men who were murdered by policemen. One case was in Missouri, and one was in New York. In both cases, no one was charged with murder. This is extremely unjust, especially since there is undeniable video footage of Eric's death.

Also in the news was an investigation into the CIA, which has been torturing people for the past thirteen years. It does not seem that they informed either President Bush or President Obama of their activities, nor does it seem that they have stopped. Torture is always wrong, but it is even worse in the cases where the CIA tortures innocent people.

There was also a lot of budget work being done. As of my writing this [Thursday, 10:10 AM], no deal has been reached. If a budget isn't passed by midnight on Thursday, the government shuts down. My fiancée works for the IRS, so that means she will be out of the job until a financial deal is made. Hopefully, the deal will be a new, full-blown budget, and not just a temporary extension of the previous budget.

[Edit: The government gave itself two extra days to get the budget passed. The currently-proposed budget is unpopular.]

The IRS building is a government office, right next to the federal courthouse. Katie has reported that there have been a steady stream of protesters, who are against CIA torture and police murdering innocents. The protesters are generally peaceful, but when night falls, anarchists try to hijack the big crowd and start a riot. Once, Katie was sent home early, to avoid being attacked by angry protestors. (The protestors don't know she's an IRS employee who has nothing at all to do with the CIA or the police.)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fact VS Opinion

I have a hard time believing this, but schools are using my "Professor Garfield: Fact VS Opinion" video in classes.



It's extra-weird, because I completely disagree with most of what Garfield says, and I use this as a springboard to debunk modern epistemology. That is, I make fun of these two definitions:

Fact: Something that can be PROVEN true.
Opinion: Something that CANNOT be proven true or false.

Those are bad definitions, for several reasons.

1. What do you call something that can be proven false?

2. The definition of "opinion" is wrong. Opinions CAN be true or false. For example, I am of the opinion that Barrack Obama is the President of the United States, and my fiancé's grandmother is of the opinion that I am a dunderhead.

3. The definitions want proof to be the main criteria for determining if something is fact or opinion. I agree that facts should be proven. But since "proof" is not properly defined, these definitions don't help anyone.

You see this on the Internet a lot. No one agrees on what "proof" is. And so their working definitions of "fact" and "opinion" morph into "what I like" and "what I dislike". Take the video for example! The author dislikes Wikipedia, and even though Wikipedia has tons of true facts, it is dismissed as being an opinion site.

4. If you apply the definitions to themselves, the definition of "fact" falls under the category of "opinion". That is, the definition is the OPINION of whoever wrote the piece.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

George

People sometimes find it weird that Nancy Drew has a female friend, whose name is George.

George (and her cousin Elizabeth) first appear in Book 5, The Secret of Shadow Ranch. George explains that her name is not short for Georgia. Instead, she was named after her grandfather. The book goes on to have a flirty rivalry between George and cowboy George Miller. He calls her by her last name, because he says he's the only one who can be named "George".

When the Nancy Drew books switched publishers in the 1980's, they decided that George is short for Georgia. Even though her name was George for over 50 years and 60 books. That seems like a weird decision to make. It's sort of like the Nancy Drew movies, where her boyfriend's name is changed from "Ned" to "Ted", for no apparent reason.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Nancy Drew Cookbook, Part 2

Someone (Graeme) suggested that Her Interactive make their own Nancy Drew cookbook. It could have recipes for the foods that appear in the videogames. Also, foods inspired by the games!

  • Mr. September's Remastered Dates
  • Stay Tuned for Bangers
  • Haunted Mansion Fortune Cookies (Complete with message)
  • Royal Tower Royal Icing
  • Final Scene Popcorn Balls
  • Scarlet Hand Lady Fingers
  • Moon Lake Ghost Dogs
  • Haunted Carousel Cotton Candy
  • Holt Scotto's Deception Island Daiquiris
  • Shorty's Shadow Ranch Shortcake
  • Blackmoor Manor Loop de loop, Bangers and Mash; Pinky and Perky, and Dogs Eye, in a Penvellyn Sauce
  • Old Clock Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Time
  • Blue Moon Canyon Lincoln (Fudge) Logs
  • Minette's Mango Marmalade
  • Kapu Kave Karamel
  • Icicle Creek Popsicles
  • Crystal Skull Head Cheese
  • Venetian Vanilla Phantom Pudding
  • Castle Malloy's Jetpack Jambalaya
  • Seven Ships Sunken Souffle
  • Waverly Wafers
  • Twister Breadcrumb Trail (Submitted by Hansel & Gretel)
  • Yumi's Yummy Bento Box
  • Captive Curse Cappucino
  • Alibi in Aspic
  • Nefertari's Pyramid Scheme Punch
  • The Deadly Danish
  • Harper's Kooky Cookies
  • Silent Spy Secret Sauce
  • Pacific Run Pancakes
  • Labyrinth of Fries
  • And of course, the generic but popular Culprit Casserole.
It sounds better than the official Nancy Drew cookbook, where the food names are mostly unrelated to the dish.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Immaculate Conception

Today, Catholics celebrate the Immaculate Conception. That's when the Virgin Mary was conceived without sin, inside her mother's womb. It is not to be confused with the Virgin Mary getting pregnant.



Catholics celebrate the Virgin Mary getting pregnant, on March 25th. That's exactly nine months before Christmas. It makes sense to have a nine month gap between "Mary gets pregnant" and "Mary gives birth", you know?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Hardy Boys Reviews

Here are the three Hardy Boys reviews I did this week!









I'm scheduled to do some more Hardy Boys reviews eventually, but since these weren't too popular, I'm a little hesitant to do so. I figure I'll check back on these reviews later and see if they've gotten more views.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Nancy Drew Cookbook

My library has a copy of the The Nancy Drew Cookbook, made in 1973. It's actually a 2005 reprint. They rearranged the recipe list and changed the pictures, but other than that, it's basically the same book.

I went through the book with Katie, and we found fourteen recipes which we'll try out. Here's the list. Please ignore the inconsistent capitalization:

  • Hollow Oak Nest Eggs
  • Bess' Ridiculously Unhealthy Chocolate Waffles, with ICE CREAM
  • Ned's potato pancakes
  • Detective Burgers
  • Burt's Pizza
  • Cookout potatoes
  • Cauliflower meatballs ("The Cousin's Special Cauliflower")
  • Jewel Box Easter Eggs
  • English pork chops
  • Hannah's Cheese puffs
  • Bungalow Mystery Salad
  • Dave's Deviled potatoes
  • Crooked Bannister Cornbread
  • Mrs. Fayne's Famous Rice

I figure I will take pictures of the food, and we'll rate each dish out of ten. The overall score will determine the book's score. I already made the Hollow Oak Nest Eggs, which were kind of yucky.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Blackmoor Manor Rumor

I heard this rumor about Nancy Drew: Curse of Blackmoor Manor: "If you back away from the puzzle at Jane's door ten times the puzzle solves itself except for one piece which you move up."

True or not true? I tried it, and it didn't work. Maybe I did it wrong.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Three Things - Wedding Problems

My parents are in town this week, and I'm expecting lots of fights about wedding stuff. Basically, Mom and Dad want me to do x, y, and z, because "it's tradition". I honestly don't care about American wedding traditions. At best, they seem stupid and pointless. At worst, they seem sexist and showoff.

1. My parents want the big parade at the start of the wedding, where all the bridesmaids and the groomsmen strut down the aisle like peacocks. (I suspect my parents want this, because they get to be part of the parade.) I don't want this, because I don't see the point. None of these people are part of the wedding ceremony, so why do they get a grand entrance? No sir, I'm sticking with the Catholic tradition, where only people who are part of the wedding get to be in the procession.

I think a possible compromise is to do a procession with all the unnecessary people, five minutes before the mass starts. That way, they can walk down the aisle, but they don't interfere with the real procession.

2. My parents want us to follow the superstition of "the bride can't see the groom until after the wedding had started". I don't see any room for compromise here; Katie and I are vetoing that option, outright. We want to walk down the aisle together, which I think is more romantic than us going down the aisle separately.

Also, I still like the idea of Katie and me greeting people as they come into the church. Why should we foist this job off onto random ushers? It's nice to say hello to everyone who's attending the wedding.

3. My parents don't want a Litany of Saints at the wedding, because the one time they heard a Litany of Saints, it was super long and boring. Okay, now I'm starting to think that all of their wedding complaints are just a clash between American tradition and Catholic tradition.

Anyway, this compromise is easy. We'll do a different Litany of Saints. In fact, I already did that. Booyeah.