Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top Walkthroughs of 2014 - 10 through 6

Here are my top ten walkthroughs for 2014!

10. Princess Isabella: A Witch's Curse

I did this walkthrough with my fiancée Katie and her daughter Mary. For that reason alone, I had a lot of fun doing it.

9. Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion

Nancy Drew #30! Sonny Joon! I usually enjoy adventure games, so I liked this one where Nancy competes in a reality TV show in New Zealand. Sadly, I think most Nancy Drew fans have forgotten everything about this game, besides for the fun parts with Sonny Joon.

8. Death and Betrayal in Romania: A Dana Knightstone Novel

I liked this game a touch better than its predecessor, Death at Cape Porto: A Dana Knightstone Novel. Dana goes to Romania, where she must solve a murder mystery. Granted, the mystery isn't hard to figure out--the evil-looking person did it--but they did a good job of gradually unfolding the mystery. I also liked how the murder victim looked just like Dana.

7. Grim Facade: The Cost of Jealousy

I like melodramas, and this game is basically a melodrama. It's a murder mystery, with a unique setting and over-the-top scenes. Maybe they made this game just for me.

6. Dark Parables: The Final Cinderella

I liked doing this walkthrough, because I did a silly detective voice the entire time. Also, the confusing story gave me lots of comedic fodder. Dark Parables: The Little Mermaid and the Purple Tide was also good.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 Walkthroughs

I did 29 walkthroughs this year! Wow. Here's the list, from most recent to least recent.

Twilight Phenomena: Strange Menagerie
Left in the Dark: No One on Board
Dark Parables: The Little Mermaid and the Purple Tide
Grim Facade: The Cost of Jealousy
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies - Episode 5
Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies
Haunted Halls: Nightmare Dwellers
Living Legends: Ice Rose
Death and Betrayal in Romania: A Dana Knightstone Novel
Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo
Reveries: Sisterly Love
Nick Chase: A Detective Story
Princess Isabella: A Witch's Curse
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies - Episode 4
Living Legends: Frozen Beauty
Lost Lands: Dark Overlord
Awakening: The Skyward Castle
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion Walkthrough
Midnight Mysteries: Witches of Abraham Lincoln
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies - Episode 3
Nightmares from the Deep: Davy Jones
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies - Episode 2
Dark Parables: The Final Cinderella
Nightmares from the Deep: The Siren's Call
Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart
World Mosaics
Death at Cape Porto: A Dana Knightstone Novel

Since it's the end of the year, I think I'll do a TOP TEN COUNTDOWN. What were my favorite games of the year? Check back tomorrow and the next day to find out!

Also, I did a bunch of book reviews. I'm pretty amazed at how the book review thing took off.

Hardy Boys Casefiles
Nancy Drew Game Reviews
Nancy Drew: Girl Detective
The Baby-Sitters Club
Nancy Drew Notebooks
Nancy Drew Hardy Boys Supermystery
1995 Nancy Drew TV Series
Nancy Drew Files
Nancy Drew Diaries
Nancy Drew Mystery Stories

Monday, December 29, 2014

Latin Months

If the months of the year had Latin names, they'd look like this:

Unusber
Duober
Tresember
Quattober
Quinquember
Sextober
September
October
November
December

Huh. Those last four months look familiar.

Months 11 and 12 would be Undecember and Duodecember, but since we're playing the "months with Latin names" game, I'm going to say the last two months are January and February. Or we could imitate the Romans and name those months after their holidays, which would make them Gratesber and Natalusber ("month of Thanksgiving" and "month of Christmas").

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Star Trek: The Next Generation

I finally got to watch some episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The show was made about 20 years after the original Star Trek series.

My main problem with Star Trek was the main character, Captain Kirk. Kirk is kind of awful at his job. He spends most of his time chasing after women, he destroys/ruins a large number of alien civilizations during his peaceful missions, and he rarely listens to anyone besides himself. His only redeeming quality, as a captain, is his ability to come up with creative solutions to tough problems.

I think The Next Generation is an improvement, in terms of the captain. Picard is an older, seasoned captain, so his leadership style is different from Kirk the young hotshot. Picard isn't a womanizer, and he doesn't make as many impulsive decisions that almost get everyone killed.

I didn't see much of Captain Picard in the four episodes I saw, which I think is another improvement. Not every single episode is about the captain. I liked that because, hey, the other characters are interesting, too!

Commander Riker and his awesome beard stood out as the best character, in the episodes I saw. He fought Klingons, he protected his friends, and he forced everyone to watch clips from old episodes. Um...that last one wasn't so good, but the rest of his screentime wasn't so bad.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Book Reviews

I finished another set of book reviews!









(The last video is the one that the videogame is based on.)

Nancy Drew books 4 and 5 are odd ducks. Each book has an original version and a rewrite, and they have almost nothing in common with each other. When the original story is good, it's kind of sad to see it get thrown out and replaced, for no discernible reason.

Question: Should I always do a separate video for the original and the rewrite? It makes sense when they're vastly different like today's books. When the books are similar, maybe it doesn't make sense.

The next set of books I'm scheduled to do are Girl Detective books and Files books (2000's and 1980's Nancy Drew, respectively). I was going to do some Hardy Boys after that, but they have proven to be pretty unpopular. I think I'll kick them off the list and replace them with the "Nancy Drew Goes to College, Where Boy Drama Is More Important Than Mysteries" series.

Wait, scratch that. The next reviews I'm doing are Nancy Drew: The Message in a Haunted Mansion and Nancy Drew: Treasure in the Royal Tower. I will review both the books AND the games.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Twilight Phenomena

I'm all caught up with the Twilight Phenomena series now! Here is Game #1:



And this is the equally-crazy sequel:



And I played the demo they have for Game #3! The game is still in the process of being made.



Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone! My Christmas gift to you is a video, for My Nigerian Prince! You know, the game that I made! I'm still kind of amazed that the silly idea became a full-fledged game.



[Edit: My parents' response to the game was to make fun of the artwork, because Caitlin looks "too much like a man". Thanks, Mom and Dad!]

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Priest Shortage

Recently, there has been some speculation into what will happen to the Catholic Church, once the priest shortage hits. Right now, the priest shortage is bad, but it's only going to get worse when our elderly priests begin dying. Currently, the average age of a priest in the United States is 63. Statistics say that by 2020, half of the priests who work now will be eligible for retirement.

A lot of places are trying the "one priest is in charge of multiple churches" technique. That can work, but it's not an ideal solution. You're going to run into problems, especially with masses that must be at a specific time. If I was a priest in that situation, I think the time constraints would force me to do some things from the older mass. For example, have a one-line introit in place of an opening song, say the prayers in the (shorter) Latin language, and use a communion rail, since that's at least 33% faster than having a bunch of Eucharistic ministers. Also, only the priest gets to drink the wine, because that's also 33% faster than having a bunch of Eucharistic ministers.

One person suggested going back to "each church is responsible for their own priest". That is, if no one from your church has become a priest in the past 30 years, your church does not get a priest. I think that would be an interesting solution, but it's hard to imagine a scenario where the number of priests and churches line up perfectly.

Either way, I think the issue is somewhat moot, for the United States. If the statistics are right, the priest shortage is going to hit Ireland and Europe about ten years before it hits us. Let's see how they handle it, first.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Wedding Cake

We have our wedding cake figured out! That was easy. We went in to the bakery and got a cake testing, of about 12 different kinds. It was yummy.

We're going with a triple decker cake, with each layer being a square. The top level is saved for the couple, so we went with a mango cake. The other two levels are going to be white cake with Oreo filling.

As for decorations, there will be two stripes, which are side-by-side. They go from the bottom of one side of the cake, up to the top, and down to the other side. Also, there will be a star on the stripes. It's a very simple design. I think that pleased the cake-maker.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Left in the Dark: No One on Board

Here's my walkthrough for Left in the Dark: No One on Board.











Sunday, December 21, 2014

My Nigerian Prince

My friend Paul and I made a videogame! No joke. I wrote and drew the game, while he programmed it.

It's called My Nigerian Prince, and it's about a girl who gets junk mail.

Katie came up with the premise, and she still thinks it's weird that I made a full game out of it. Katie and Paul helped with the script/ideas. (Sample idea: "Make the kidnappers ninjas!"). For a deliberately short game, it's pretty good!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Nancy Drew

Now that I think about it, it's amazing that 1980's Nancy Drew ended up the way she did.

In the early 1980's, there was a huge legal battle over who owned the rights to Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and other book series. During the trial, it was revealed that Mildred Wirt Benson was the author of Nancy Drew; she wrote 23 of the first 30 books. She stopped writing books for the Nancy Drew publishers in 1954, but she still wrote for a living. Mostly newspaper stuff.

You know what I would have done, if I won the lawsuit? I would have immediately offered Mildred Wirt Benson a lucrative contract. Think about it. This was their big chance to get the original Nancy Drew author, back in the book-writing business! Also, it would have been extremely timely, as her secret identity as Caroyln Keene had just been revealed.

But, no. They decide to reboot the Nancy Drew franchise. And for whatever reason, Simon and Schuster hired a different company (Mega-Books) to do all the writing. You think they would have been more involved in milking their new cash cow, but no.

Today, none of the 1980's Nancy Drew books are in print. All of Mildred Wirt's Nancy Drew books are in print.

Friday, December 19, 2014

iPhone Question

Question: Does anyone know how to change the predictive text feature, on the iPhone?

My problem: I wrote "A&W root beer" once. Once. Now "A&W" always shows up as a suggested word, when I type a word that starts with "a". I think it's because "&" is a special character.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cooking

Katie and I went through the entire Nancy Drew Cookbook, and we found fourteen recipes worth trying out. I figured we could make all the dishes over a couple of months.

Recipe #1: Hollow Oak Nest Eggs.

Katie says nest eggs are a standard breakfast dish, but I honestly never heard of them before. The way it works is that you cut a hole in toast and put an egg inside, so it looks like an egg in a bird's nest. It looks cute if you can make it correctly.

I cooked this with Mary, and we dropped an egg on the floor. Not the best way to start my cooking experiment. Anyway, nest eggs might be good if they're cooked correctly, but this recipe is bad and leaves everything severely undercooked.

Recipe #2: Ned's potato pancakes.

You grate potatoes, then mix them with an egg, flower and salt. Cook them in a frying pan, and done! For some reason, my potatoes changed color from white to reddish/brown. Is that normal? Anyway, these aren't the fancy latkes they serve in restaurants, but I like them, because I can cook them without much work. "A lot of work" is how I would describe...

Recipe #3: Emerson Cookout Potatoes.

The recipe starts with frying bacon, and already I'm lost, because I don't know how to cook bacon. After that, you slice potatoes and onions into thin pieces. I can't do that without cutting my fingers off, so I used large slices. You smother the vegetables with the bacon, and half a pound of cheese and butter. Wrap it up in aluminum foil and cook for an hour on a barbecue grill. I used the oven, myself.

So, um, I changed about half of the steps, because I'm not a good cook. Maybe that's why this recipe didn't turn out so well. I mean, it wasn't BAD, but it's basically scalloped potatoes with bacon. I didn't like it, because all the cheese was stuck the aluminum foil.

I want to try making the meal again, but next time, I'll cook it in a casserole dish. More like traditional scalloped potatoes. Because everything else aside, adding bacon to scalloped potatoes was a great idea. It really changes the taste.

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.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Secret of the Old Clock Review

My review for the original edition of Nancy Drew: Secret of the Old Clock goes up today! After reading everyone's comments from yesterday, I decided to not mention the fact that the black character speaks with a stereotypical accent.



Tomorrow and the next day, there will be two Hardy Boys book reviews.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Racism

When I was growing up, I was taught that it was racist to treat other people differently, because everyone is equal. And so I learned to treat black people the same way I treat white people.

My fiancée Katie says that Portland school district has a different race education program, called "Courageous Conversations". They believe the "treat everyone the same way" strategy is racist, because it ignores the differences and unique gifts that certain races have to offer. And so kids are taught not to treat other people the same way, but to recognize the differences between the various races.

One result of this is that white children are encouraged to talk to black children in ebonics, because that is more accepting of black culture, compared to forcing all black children to talk like white children.

I bring this up, because I'm reading the original Nancy Drew: The Secret of the Old Clock, and there is a chunk where Nancy meets a black man who talks in ebonics. For example, when he notices the house has been robbed, he tells Nancy, "Say, white gu'l, you tell me wheah all dis heah fu'niture is at!". Pretty much everyone has accused the book of being racist at this point. Not just because the black man talks in a stereotypical way, but because he's foolish, lazy, and drunk the entire time.

What do you readers think? Is it less racist, or more racist, that Carolyn Keene had her black characters talk differently from the white characters?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving

I like Thanksgiving, but the food is always a letdown for me. The only Thanksgiving foods I like are mashed potatoes and rolls. I honestly don't care for stuffing or cranberries. Turkey is okay, but I don't think it's good enough to be put on a pedestal as a coveted "special occasion" food.

Really, I think the only time I eat Thanksgiving food is on Thanksgiving. The rest of the year, I never touch the stuff(ing).

I think I'd enjoy the food aspect of Thanksgiving more, if it was food I eat all the time. Like, a Thanksgiving with burgers and potatoes. And burritos! And orange chicken. And steak can be the "special occasion" food, because it's too expensive to eat all the time.

I think I'm trying to say that I like buffets, but if the only food options are stuff I wouldn't eat normally, I consider it to be a bad buffet. That's why I have to be extra-careful in picking out the buffet for my wedding! Because we're totally having a buffet, and not waiters. Katie insisted, and I like buffets, so I agreed.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Frozen

One part of Frozen that bothers me is when Anna's seducer says, "As heir, Elsa was preferable, of course. But no one was getting anywhere with her." Unless he's lying, this means that multiple people tried to seduce Elsa, offscreen. This is way more interesting than what they decided to go with.

Why didn't they show that in the movie? That is ten times more interesting.

I tried writing out a flirt scene in a fanfic, but I don't think I did a very good job.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanskgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Katie's family does Thanksgiving Dinner at 12 or 1, which is more like "Thanksgiving Lunch", if you ask me. Maybe someone else will invite me to dinner, and I can have two Thanksgiving meals.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Week

Mary had the week off of school this week, and it's been pretty brutal on me. Baby-sitting all day for multiple days in a row is tough. Plus, I can't do much video work when she's around.

...I have no idea what I will do when summer comes. NO IDEA AT ALL.

Today, my improved speedrun for Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device comes out on YouTube. (I don't know when it will be released on Speed Demos Archive. I think I submitted all the right information to them, so it should be out soon.)

Aside from that, the only videos that I have finished are four book reviews, for the first four books in the Hardy Boys Casefiles series, and the eleven-video walkthrough for Dark Parables: The Little Mermaid and the Purple Tide. I'm not sure which order to post them in, or how many videos to post per day. Any suggestions?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Wedding Planning 7

I know I've been talking about the wedding for a long time now, but we're almost done! There are three more things that we're thinking of, for the wedding.

1. Nuptial Blessing. This is mandatory. It is a longish (over 400 words) prayer by the priest, which invokes God's blessing upon the couple. The community prays with the priest, and in fact, there is a short pause for silent prayer after it.

The Nuptial Blessing can take place after the "Our Father" or the general intercessions. We want to have it after the general intercessions, mainly because it will throw people off if we have it in between the "Our Father" and the "Sign of Peace".

2. Papal Blessing. I'm going to put in a request to get an official apostolic blessing, from Pope Francis. It looks something like this, and there are probably dozens of different designs.



I do not know if this gets presented during the wedding or not. I know that they do a "presenting the mandate from the Pope" thing as part of a Bishop's ordination, but that's different.

3. Flowers for the Virgin Mary. Some cultures have a tradition, where the bride leaves flowers at a picture/altar/statue of the Virgin Mary. My mother did this at her wedding. I think it'd be nice to do, but instead of making a big deal out of it, Katie will probably do it after receiving the Eucharist.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Wedding Planning 6

After the couple are married, there is the blessing and exchange of rings. The priest says, "Bless, O Lord, these rings, which we bless + in your name, so that those who wear them may remain entirely faithful to each other, abide in peace and in your will, and live always in mutual charity. Through Christ our Lord."
The community responds, "Amen."

There are options here. The priest can sprinkle the rings with holy water, or simply make the sign of the cross over them. The priest then gives the rings to the couple. The husband and wife place the rings on each other, and they have the option of saying, "[Name], receive this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

Katie wants to take the option of not speaking, while exchanging the rings.

After this, there is the option of singing a song of praise. People usually pick "Ave Maria", but we want a song that can be sung by the whole community (as the rubrics recommend). I'm angling for "O God, Beyond All Praising" or "Laudate Dominum" (sung in English the first two times, with a switch to Latin the third time). Other songs I think would work are "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" and "God, Who Created Hearts to Love", which have simpler tunes.

There is no profession of faith ("I believe in one God, the Father Almighty...") at a marriage; the mass goes directly to the general intercessions. ("We pray to the Lord / Lord, hear our prayer"). The rest of the wedding is exactly the same as a normal mass, with minor variations. For example, the married couple is mentioned in the Eucharistic prayer, and the solemn blessing mentions marriage.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Wedding Planning 5

Once the couple confirms that they are prepared to get married, the actual marriage takes place. They join their right hands and declare the marriage publicly, by saying, "I, [Name], take you, [Name] to be my [wife/husband]. I promise to be faithful to you, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love you and to honor you all the days of my life."

Note that the couple bestow the sacrament on each other. It is not the priest who delivers the sacrament; the priest is there, as a symbolic witness of the Church. It is the two people who marry each other.

The marriage is accepted by the priest, who declares that "what God joins together, no one may put asunder." Then, the congregation accepts the marriage, in this format:

Priest: Let us bless the Lord.
All Respond: Thanks be to God.

Unscheduled applause usually takes place after this, because the couple is now married.

After this, the rubrics say "Another acclamation may be sung or said." I am not 100% sure what this means, since the Rite of Marriage does not give examples. I'm guessing it means you can do a short song, something like this:

Tune: Ode to Joy

God we praise you, God we thank you, in the heavens high above,

For the sacrament of marriage, symbol of your divine love.

Anything much longer than that, and you're looking a full-blown song, not an acclamation.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Wedding Planning 4

The actual marriage part of the wedding begins with the priest addressing the couple.

Priest: "Dearly beloved, you have come together into the house of the Church, so that in the presence of the Church’s minister and the community your intention to enter into Marriage may be strengthened by the Lord with a sacred seal. Christ abundantly blesses the love that binds you. Through a special Sacrament, he enriches and strengthens those he has already consecrated by Holy Baptism, that they may be faithful to each other for ever and assume all the responsibilities of married life. And so, in the presence of the Church, I ask you to state your intentions."

The priest then asks the couple a series of questions about their intentions.

1. First, he asks about the freedom of choice. In order for a marriage to take place, both parties must freely choose it. You are not free to marry, if you're married to someone else, or if you're being pressured or forced into marriage. Choosing marriage must be an act of free will. As I've said before, that is the way God operates; he never overrides free will.

Also, the priest asks about freedom of choice, because love is a choice in general. It is a conscious choice to desire the good of the other person. By choosing to love Katie and Katie alone, I am rejecting all the women who are not her.

2. Second, the priest asks the couple about their fidelity to each other. He says, "Are you prepared, as you follow the path of Marriage, to love and honor each other for as long as you both shall live?". Marriage is a life-long sacrament, and both parties must be fully committed to each other. Divorce is not possible, because the effects of marriage are permanent.

3. Third, the priest asks the couple if they are prepared to accept any children that God will give them, and raise the children as Catholics. This question is asked, because marriage is essentially life-giving. The couple must be open to life, rather than closed off by themselves.

The Catholic marriage rite mentions having children and raising children at several points, because that is one of the purposes of marriage. (The primary purpose of marriage is to grow in holiness.) Katie is partial to picking the options that mention children, because she has a daughter. There are options that do not mention having children, for the sake of older couples who are past child-bearing age.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wedding - Litany of Saints

After the entrance procession, a Catholic wedding mass is pretty much the same as a normal Sunday mass, except there's no penitential rite.

We get to pick the readings for the mass, and I am not sure if we can pick something from anywhere in the Bible, or if we have to pick from the list of suggested readings. The rules say that at least one of the readings must mention marriage.

The marriage rite officially begins after the homily. The new edition of the Rite of Marriage, which the United States Bishops approved in 2013, gives people the option of starting with a Litany of Saints. Katie and I are definitely going to take this brand new option. I made up a list of seventy or so saints, which Katie and I worked down.

We don't know if the list will be said out loud, or if it will be sung. The ones in brackets are ones we're willing to remove from the list, if needed.

General

  • Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.
  • Mary, Queen of All Hearts, pray for us
  • Mary, Queen of Apostles,
  • Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary,
  • [The Holy Family,]
  • Saint Michael and all angels,
  • Saints Peter and Paul,
  • Holy Apostles,
  • Saint Matthew and the Evangelists,

Martyrs

  • Catherine of Alexandria
  • Blaise, Christopher and George
  • Saint Stephen and all martyrs
Priests and Bishops
  • [Padre Pio]
  • [John Bosco]
  • John Vianney
  • Louis Marie de Monfort
  • Blessed John Henry Newman
  • Francis of Sales and all Bishops

Women Religious

  • Catherine Laboure
  • [Claire of Assisi]
  • Faustina Kowalska
  • Kateri Tekakwitha
  • Katharine Drexel
Monks

  • [Bonaventure and Francis of Assisi]
  • [John of the Cross]
  • [Vincent de Paul]
Doctors of the Church

  • Bernard of Clairvaux
  • [Robert Bellarmine]
  • Augustine [and Monica]
  • Therese of Liseux
  • Thomas Aquinas and all doctors,
Married Saints

  • Anne and Joachim
  • Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin
  • Isidore and Maria (Isidro y Maria)
  • St. Jane Chantal
  • Saints Thomas More and Philip Howard
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
  • St. Juan Diego
  • St. Louis IX
  • St. Rita of Cascia

Someone has suggested is vaguely tongue-in-cheek to select Saint John Vianney, who was kicked out of the seminary during a priest shortage, like I was. Also, Katie works for the IRS, which is why Saint Matthew the Tax Collector is the only evangelist who is mentioned by name.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wedding Planning 2

The wedding begins with a procession, which is the same as a typical Sunday mass. That is, the people go down the aisle in this order:

•Altar servers
•Lectors
•Deacons
•Priests
•Bishops

With weddings, the couple to be married goes after the priest(s). They walk side by side, instead of going separately or with other people. Katie and I are both fine with this.

Katie's daughter, Mary, wants to be the flower girl. Flower girls are not an official part of Catholic weddings; they're just an optional thing that people do in the United States. But Mary will have a huge meltdown if she doesn't do it. I figure we'll have her go first in the procession. That's where flower girls usually go, right?

It is also optional to have the parents and the two witnesses (who will sign the legal document) be part of the procession, after the married couple. People usually stick the bridesmaids and groomsmen in here, even though they're not part of the wedding ceremony at all. I'm not particularly keen on this idea; I would like it better if just Katie and I went down the aisle together, instead of Katie, me, and a parade of other folks.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wedding Planning

I'm busy planning my wedding right now, so I thought I'd write about it here on my blog this week.

A Catholic wedding begins with the priest receiving and welcoming the couple, before the wedding. The official Rite of Marriage indicates that this can happen at the church doors, the place where the couple will sit, or the place where the priest will sit. I think we'll go with the church doors, because we don't want to confuse people by having a chit-chat up by the priest's chair.

After this is the procession, where everyone comes in. We need to make a decision here. Should we have an entrance song to start the mass, like normal? Or should we have the organist play an instrumental piece, while everyone walks down the aisle?

And we also need to decide what happens in the church, before the wedding. Some people do a rosary in the fifteen minutes before the wedding. Other people have the organist play for fifteen minutes, so all the guests can have something to listen to. Katie and I will probably be greeting guests at the door, in the fifteen minutes leading up to the mass. Unless she has to disappear into the bride's room to do bride things, like put on more makeup than your average counter at Macy's.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Twitter Stuff

Lani Minella, the voice of Nancy Drew, recently posted on Twitter about the fact that she will not be doing Nancy Drew's voice after Game #31.

Someone tagged me on this, to let me know about it. So when Lani responded, I was notified. I can now pretend that Lani tweeted directly at me! (But really, she was responding to random person who tagged me on the conversation.)

This caused me to realize something odd. I've had Lani Minella as a Skype contact for the past two years. I planned on interviewing her after I interviewed Gabriel Wolf that one time. But for whatever reason (read: "because I was too scared"), I never actually sent her the message that said, "Hey, I'm a random person who wants to interview you and put it on my YouTube channel".

I tweeted this information at Lani, and now she's following me on Twitter. I really should use this opportunity to set up that interview...

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Nancy Drew Conventions

There's a group called Nancy Drew Sleuths that does a yearly Nancy Drew convention. This year, the convention was in California. And they announced the dates for the events next year!

Iowa City, Iowa - April 30 - May 3, 2015
Toledo, Ohio - May 28 - 31, 2015
Maplewood, New Jersey - June 11-14, 2015

Oh, man, east coast stuff?! I'm not on the east coast. Let me calculate the transportation costs...

Iowa - $360 by plane, $450 by train
Toledo - $837 by plane, $500 by train
Maplewood - $270 by plane, $500 by train

Toledo, WHY ARE YOU SO EXPENSIVE TO FLY TO?! Like, I could take round trips to New Jersey and Iowa, and it'd be cheaper to flying to Toledo. Dang. They must hate my local airport or something.

Well, it'd be cool to go to one of these conventions, but I am having a wedding next year, so...maybe 2016. Unless the sleuth people want to call me a special guest and pay for my fare? *grin*

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Dark Parables: The Little Mermaid

Dark Parables: The Little Mermaid came out this week. I was invited to do beta testing for this game, since I did a walkthrough for Dark Parables: The Final Cinderella. I feel kind of bad about turning down the offer.

Here is me, trying out the game.



People seem to like it, so I think I'll play the rest of the demo by myself. If it's to my liking, I'll give it a shot! Once they release the $10 version of the game, that is. I don't want to get the $20 version with bonus content that I won't look at.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Game Schedule

Here's the schedule I have, for which videogames I will play next. I've only finished one of these games before, so my Backloggery is thanking me for putting all these games on my to-do list.

  • Grim Facade: Cost of Jealousy
  • Left in the Dark: No One On Board
  • Redemption Cemetery
  • Botanica
  • Princess Isabella 2
  • Shadow Wolf 1&2
  • Mystery Case Files: Whatever The Title Is
  • Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride
  • Unfinished Tales
  • Awakening 5-7
  • Haunted Legends 1&2
  • Spirits of Mystery: The Dark Minotaur
  • Awakening Kingdoms
  • Dark Parables
  • Twilight Phenomena 2
  • 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

This list is subject to change at any point. I was thinking about splitting up some games; for example, I'd play Shadow Wolf 1 and Shadow Wolf 2 at different points, instead of back-to-back.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Majora's Mask 3DS

Nintendo announced that they're doing a remake of Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask for the 3DS. This remake is going to be a graphics upgrade; they're not changing the gameplay in any way, shape or form. Which is a shame, because I'd recommend these changes:

1. Don't be so harsh to new players. When my friend Nathaniel played the game for the first time, he got the bad ending on the third day. When that happens, the game punishes you with a "start over from the very beginning of the game". Nathaniel didn't like having an hour (or so) of progress flushed down the tubes, so he never played it again.

I agree with Nathaniel; that's one place where the game is too harsh to new players. It wouldn't be too difficult to implement a feature that says, "Oh, this is your first time playing the game! Instead of sending you back to the beginning, we'll send you back one day, so most of your progress is saved." (To prevent cheating, this auto-save system would only work on the first in-game cycle.)

2. The Anju/Kafei subplot has unnecessarily difficult triggers. It is impossible to fully complete the subplot the first time around, or the second time around. It requires three full cycles to complete. This is an oddity, since every other subplot can be done in one go. I'd recommend tweaking it, so you can completely do the subplot in one cycle.

3. The American and Japanese versions have different save systems! Specifically, America got an auto-save system, with the owls and such. It'd be nice if they kept that in the remake. But if the Wind Waker remake is any indication, they're using the Japanese version for a frame of reference.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Upcoming Book Reviews

Since my YouTube channel is still in a weird copyright zone, I'm going to do more book reviews in the future. Here's the order I will review books in. It's based on the votes people gave, when I asked what books to review next. For example, Nancy Drew Files got six votes, so it shows up six times on the list.

  • Nancy Drew Files - #12 to #15
  • Hardy Boys - Casefiles 1-4
  • Nancy Drew Series #1 original, #4 original and rewrite, #5 original and rewrite
  • Girl Detective - #7-10
  • Nancy Drew Files - #16 to #20
  • Hardy Boys - #1 original, #1-4 rewrite
  • Girl Detective #11, Supermystery, #12-14
  • Nancy Drew / Hardy Boys Supermystery - 1, 2, 3 and 5
  • Nancy Drew Ghost Stories
  • Baby-Sitters Club - 6-10
  • Nancy Drew Files - #21-24
  • Nancy Drew / Hardy Boys Supermystery 8 9 11 16
  • Nancy Drew Files #25-28
  • Nancy Drew / Hardy Boys Supermystery 20 22 24 26
  • Girl Detective - 15-18, Supermystery 2
  • Nancy Drew Digests - 140, 141, 142, 145
  • Girl Detective - 19-22
  • Nancy Drew Files #28-30
  • Nancy Drew on Campus 1-8
  • Nancy Drew / Hardy Boys Supermystery 27 29 32
  • Nancy Drew Files - 29-32

Don't worry; I'm not going to stop playing videogames. That will still be the main focus of my YouTube channel. The book reviews will just be a side project.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day

Happy Veteran's Day! Today, we honor everyone who has helped serve our country. In particular, I'd like to thank my cousin Jimmy and his family, who are currently serving in Germany, and my grandfather, who served in World War Two.

Monday, November 10, 2014

TV Weirdness

This is a random shot in the dark, but does anyone know how to work digital TV channels?

The TV in my house had normal channel numbers, like 2, 3, 4, and so on. But when it switched to wireless/digital TV, all the channels became 2.1, 3.1, 4.1, and so on.

I'm a little tired of having to put enter ".1" every single time I change channels. Is there some was to program a TV, so it automatically goes to "2.1" when I enter "2"? Because right now, if I enter "2", it takes me to the channel 2 that used to have stuff. Now all it has is static.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Montreal Olympic Stadium

I'm reading Nancy Drew Files 14: This Side of Evil. Nancy goes to Montreal, and George makes a big deal about visiting the Olympic Stadium.

I did a little research. The Montreal Olympics were in 1976. The Nancy Drew book was published in 1987, which is the year that Montreal finally built the roof to the building.

That's right. It took them 11 years to get the roof finished. In fact, it took them 30 years to pay for the entire place. It is currently used by no one, and repair costs are high.

I suspect that the Olympic Stadium will come into play at the end of the book, just because it's been mentioned 3-4 times so far. Specifically, George is really excited to use the stadium's amazing track.



Hold it, George! This is 1987! During that time, the Olympic Stadium was turned into a somewhat mediocre baseball stadium. You can kind of tell the building was not designed for baseball.




There is kind of a track inside the stadium, and kind of not. I'll let you know if George ends up running on it. According to the book's back cover, which spoils the entire story, George is going to be kidnapped in order to lure Nancy into a deadly trap. So I'm guessing George's trip to Montreal won't be one of the highlights of her summer.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Youtube Copyright Stuff

Recently, a dating sim company attacked my YouTube channel. They took down twelve videos and threw two copyright strikes at me.

I did not expect this at all, considering that the game in question is getting discontinued in twenty days.

I don't know why their singular action counted as two strikes, not just one. Maybe there was an error with YouTube's automated system? I certainly hope it was a mistake.

This past week, I've been having my friend/expert person, Adrian, go over things. They tried to fix the problem behind the scenes, but no dice. Adrian says my only option at this point is to directly contact YouTube at the relevant email address, copyright@youtube.com.

I'm slightly afraid to bring the issue to YouTube's attention. It's possible they will agree with me, and say "one takedown = one strike". But it's also possible they will go the other extreme and say "twelve videos removed = twelve strikes". What do you readers think? Should I message YouTube in hopes of getting one strike removed? Or should I avoid messaging YouTube, in case they decide to remove my channel all together?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Three Things - Election Week

1. I think I mention this every election, but it seems incredibly unfair that the entire state can vote for one candidate, yet their decision is completely overruled by one or two big cities. Yes, the big city has more people in it, but the current system more or less makes the rest of the state completely irrelevant during elections. No wonder Northern California keeps getting mad at the rest of the state.

2. In Oregon, I was hoping to see Measure 88 get passed. Measure 88 would allow people without social security numbers to get car insurance. That's great! I want everyone to have car insurance, because I really, really want to avoid the worst-case scenario of being hit by someone without insurance. In those situations, the victim is forced to pay for everything. You'd expect insurance or the attacker to pay, but no, that's now how car insurance works.

Sadly, Measure 88 failed, with over a two-thirds majority.

3. The Senate is now filled with Republicans, in order to oppose the Democrat President. This has happened to every single two-term President in my lifetime; in their second term, the opposite party conquers the Senate.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Various Videos

Here are some various Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies videos.





Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Speedrun Update

Here's an update on my speedrun for Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device. The official decision isn't this week; it is two weeks from now. I misread the message.

As for Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies, I did four full runs. I did live commentary for a run that is 40 minutes and 31 seconds. My shortest run was 40 minutes and 4 seconds, but I'm going to try a few more times, in hopes of getting a run under 40 minutes.

I have no update on my recent YouTube troubles, but if Youtube is telling the truth, I won't be able to upload videos longer than fifteen minutes for the next six months. So if I do a run under 40 minutes, odds are that I won't be able to upload it. You viewers might have to be satisfied with the 40:31 run, which was recorded and uploaded before last weekend's drama.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Frozen Glances

My newest fanfic is Frozen Glances. It's a collection of humor stories, based on my random thoughts about Frozen.

Sample premise: Isn't it weird that the villain of the movie could have succeeded, if they stood back and did nothing? The Duke of Wesselton would have killed Elsa and taken the blame for it, if the villain hadn't saved Elsa's life multiple times.

Another sample premise: Towards the end of the movie, Anna's seducer says, "As heir, Elsa was preferable, of course. But no one was getting anywhere with her." Unless he's lying, this means that multiple people tried to seduce Elsa, offscreen. This sounds interesting.

I don't know if I mentioned this yesterday, but I have a five-year-old stepdaughter (to be--the wedding is next year). She made me watch Frozen last week. That's where all this is coming from!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Frozen

Mary made me rewatch Frozen. It's an okay movie, but overexposure to the movie has ruined it for me. I think I've said this before, but most of the cast serves as comedy relief, which makes it overly hard to take the characters seriously.

Like Anna. Her personality is "awkward / funny". Whenever she tries to be serious, the movie turns it into a punchline. This completely undercuts her romantic subplot. Why does the movie expect the viewers to believe the Anna / Hans romance is real, when every time it gets mentioned, it's a joke?

The love between Anna and Elsa is supposed to be the emotional core of the movie, but this doesn't come across because there is only one scene with the two of them together, before they are ripped apart. Also, there's an entire song about how distant they are. Possibly two songs, if you count "First Time in Forever".

I know they had the scene of Anna and Elsa as happy kids together, but that wasn't enough to sell me on the premise that they're best sister-friends forever. Partially because the scene included Anna's memories being erased. The movie doesn't address the fact that the trolls completely mind-wipe the poor child because...um...why did they erase her memory? I think they say it's to make her safe, but that's a lie. She's safer if she KNOWS the danger exists, than if she forgets about it.

I'm also a little skeptical about Elsa's inability to control her emotions. Introverted people are very good at that, yet Elsa can't keep her emotions down, for more than ten seconds. The girl has been practicing self-control for over ten years, and she still hasn't gotten it down? That's a bit of a stretch for me. To be fair, I'm only complaining about Elsa's problems in the coronation scene; when Elsa blows her top at Anna over the marriage thing, that's much more realistic.

I find it amazing that Elsa gets hailed as the most feminist-friendly, progressive Disney princess, given the fact that she grows two cup sizes during her big musical number.

(More on Frozen tomorrow.)

Friday, October 31, 2014

Copyright Troubles

Hey, remember the fun Japanese dating sim I played?

Someone took MAJOR issue against them. When I logged on to YouTube today, I was informed that the videos were all removed, and my channel is getting two copyright strikes against it.

The policy is "three strikes, you're out", so if this happens again, my channel will be auto-deleted. I'm trying to figure out why ONE takedown is worth TWO copyright strikes, but odds are that I will be stuck on this "one mistake away from total removal" cliff for the next year.

I'm not sure what this means for the future of the arglefumph channel, but I'll keep you posted. Right now, I'm looking at a "worst case scenario" where I won't be able to post anything until Oct 26, 2015. Or at least, a super-limited posting schedule.

Uh...Happy Halloween?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Three Things Thursday

1. In Labyrinth of Lies, there is a segment where Nancy is chained up by her leg. I wanted to name the video of that part "Nancy Bound", like the ancient Greek play, Prometheus Bound. I decided against that, because it would confuse people.

2. I had vague ideas of doing a book giveaway contest with this week's livestream. I ended up not doing that, because I did a book giveaway in August. None of the winners got back to me. I am officially cutting them off, now. I think three months is long enough to wait, before saying they forfeited their prizes.

3. It's official: I am no longer eating nachos. They taste good, but the quality is WILDLY INCONSISTENT, from location to location. I never know what I'm going to get when I order nachos, and I can't handle it anymore. Especially since many places charge over ten dollars for paltry nachos. I can tell when your recipe is "put them in the microwave for ten seconds", restaurants!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Schedule

The schedule for my Youtube channel:

  • This week = various Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies videos (deaths video, Easter egg video, etc.)
  • This weekend = My officla Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies walkthrough
  • ??? = Phoenix Wright 5 (I have recorded two hours so far. The finale case is long!)
  • ??? = Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies speedrun
  • ??? = Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device speedrun

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wedding

The other day, I looked into the Catholic Rite of Marriage (which had a new edition come out this year). I thought some of the things were interesting.

For example, Catholics don't believe in the superstition that the bride and groom can't see each other before the wedding. (Catholicism is against all superstition, as a general rule.) As a result, it is recommended that the bride and groom stand outside the church before the wedding, so they can welcome everyone as they arrive. I think that sounds like a good idea.

The typical American wedding starts with the priest and groom at the altar. Then they play "Here Comes the Bride", as the bride goes down the aisle. At the end, the bride's father gives her away to the groom.

None of that happens in a Catholic wedding. Instead, Catholic weddings follow the normal procession rules, which means the bride and groom go together, not separately. Also, the father does not give his father away, which is fine by me, because that is sort of a sexist tradition to begin with.

Of course, the rules and guidelines can be adapted for pastoral reasons, and I'm sure many Catholics have American-style weddings, not Catholic-style weddings. I know which one I'd rather go with! (Hint: the one where I do things, not the one where I hide in the background while everyone goes gaga over fancy dresses.)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hardy Boys

I guess the scene from Ghost of Thornton Hall that I found yesterday was a deleted scene.

I found two Hardy Boys conversations from Labyrinth of Lies. I don't remember hearing them in the game. Are these also outtakes?

(I'm not sure what to do with these random audio clips I've found. I'm leaning towards deleting them, rather than making them videos for public consumption.)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bess - Ghost of Thornton Hall

I was going through the audio files for Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall, and I found these files of Bess on the phone.

Maybe my memory is failing me, but I don't remember this being part of the game. It sounds like Nancy calls Bess, but for whatever reason, Bess is unable to hear her. Does anyone remember when this happens?

(I'll take the video down once this clip gets identified.)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Livestream

I'm doing a livestream of Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies today! Watch it here!

Friday, October 24, 2014

News - SCU Health Care

My old college, Santa Clara University, has been having big debates over health care. You see, Santa Clara is a Catholic school, run by Jesuits. Last year, the Jesuits announced that they were getting a new health care plan. The new plan more closely follows Catholic teaching, and unlike the previous plan, it doesn't cover optional abortions.

My Facebook feed got messy when the plan was announced. Half of my friends shouted that women have a right to have abortions, no matter what. The other half shouted that abortion is murder, and it should never be allowed, no matter what. No compromise was reached.

The health care plan goes into effect next year. But this week, California Governor Jerry Brown stepped in and declared that all health care plans in California must cover abortions. No exceptions. So that makes the debate at my college null and void, more or less.

I wonder if the university will re-hire the staff members who quit their jobs in protest. Or if different staff members will now quit.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cooking

My cooking experiment this week was Idaho Nachos. I got those at a Mexican restaurant two years ago. Basically, it's nachos, except they have potatoes where the chips usually go.



It's like that, except you use liquid cheese and taco meat instead of bacon.

Sadly, the so-called "easy recipes" on the Internet are hard. They say that you back the potatoes in the oven, which is easy. Then you cut the potatoes in half and scoop out the insides. This is the hard part. There must be a trick to scooping out potatoes, because a third of my potatoes fell apart, right at the start.

(Katie had an alternate recipe that cuts the potatoes into quarters. Sounds even MORE difficult.)

Next, you coat the potatoes with butter and oil. With, erm, a paintbrush. Is it normal to use paintbrushes while cooking? I just used my fingers.

Next, you broil the potatoes in the oven for two minutes. Flip them over, then broil them for another two minutes. This was the first time I used the "broil" setting on the oven. As it turns out, "broil" means "set off the fire alarm", because that's what happened each time. Another third of my potatoes were burned. That is, the skin became black and looked nasty. Despite this, Katie assured me that the meal was undercooked, because the potato skins weren't crispy enough.

In the end, the meal was okay. I kind of messed up on the cheese, because I have no idea how liquid cheese works. Maybe I'll make them again, when I feel like it.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dick Tracy

Dick Tracy finished its storyline with Little Orphan Annie. It turns out that Dick and Annie weren't really in the 1940's. They were on an island, where an evil man named Axel brainwashed everyone into thinking it was the 1940's. Basically, it was like Professor Layton 3, where the villain convinced scientists that they travelled through time, in order to force them to build a giant killer robot.

In this case, Axel was forcing a farmer-scientist to build a giant bomb. Still, I have to ask, "WHY BOTHER PRETENDING YOU TIME-TRAVELLED?!". If your goal is to force a scientist to build a bomb, hold him at gunpoint or kidnap his wife or something. Better yet, Axel, brainwash him. You've already proven you can brainwash people into believing anything you want. Why don't you brainwash the scientist into working for you? That should be much easier than brainwashing him into thinking it's the 40's.

Axel brainwashed everyone using a radio show. The story was pretty unclear on how this worked, but this makes me further question Axel's plans for world domination. Dude, you can brainwash anyone, by playing something on the radio! Why do you need a bomb to take over the world? Simply brainwash everyone into making you the leader of the planet! Again, that should be much easier than brainwashing people into thinking it's the 40's.

Oh well. The story is over now, and Annie can rest in peace. Dick Tracy appears to be going forward with a cowboy story. Yeehaw?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Deadly Device Speedrun

A couple months ago, I submitted a speedrun for Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device to Speed Demos Archive, the main speedrunning website. After a lot of processing, my run is officially up for public verification. Yay!

Basically, this means anyone can watch the run, comment on it, and recommend whether to accept or reject the run. After two weeks of this, the website's official person goes over what everyone said, then makes a final decision. If it's accepted, great! I'll do commentary and post it on Youtube. If it's not accepted, fine! I'll still do commentary and post it on Youtube!

"Public verification" is a bit of a false name, as you have to have an account with Speed Demos Archive before you can review it.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Haunted Halls 4

For Halloween this year, I'm playing Haunted Halls 4! Last year, I played Game One, Game Two and Game Three. Enjoy my spooky Halloween voice!



I wouldn't mind doing something else for Halloween, but I'm going to be playing Nancy Drew instead. Today will be my first attempt at beating the new game on Master Sleuth mode. Uh oh!

If Halloween isn't your style, maybe you would like the Indiana Jones Christmas game.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Game Development

Beta testing is finished for my Sherlock Holmes game. My next step is to submit it to Hosted Games and hope they pick it up. If they don't, I'll share the unpublished version with everyone.

On the other game front, the demo for Pride and Prejudice is done. The game is only about 25% done, but Diana and I are waiting to see how people like it before committing to writing out another 50+ pages.

Secret Project #1 is going well--the last thing I need to do is finish the artwork. Then when I see the game in action, I'll decide I hate the artwork and throw it out. Just like Secret Project #2, where I wrote the entire thing and later decided it is a horrible story.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

News

In the news this week, Apple and Facebook implemented programs, which allow their female employees to freeze their eggs. The idea is that the women will be able to focus on their careers, then have children later in life.

My cynical side is thinking that Apple and Facebook are just looking for a way to get out of paying for maternity leave. I would also point out what many people have already discovered: having children later in life is a good idea in theory, but in reality, it doesn't work so well. Once a woman is 35 or older, the odds of her having a healthy pregnancy dramatically decrease every year. But hopefully medical practices will improve on that front.

In other news, people made a fuss over the document the Catholic Church released. The final version of the document is set to be released today. I wonder what changes they're going to make, and what Pope Francis will do. I know he likes to throw out prepared scripts and make things up on the fly, but I hope he doesn't do that in this particular instance. The Bishops might be offended. (But not too offended, because he is their boss.)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Three Things Friday

1. I hear you readers loud and clear. I will make a Master Sleuth walkthrough for Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies! I want to play the game a few times before recording, so my walkthrough will be crisp and professional. (I also want to try a speedrun because, oh my gosh, this game is fun.)

2. I'm done with programming my Sherlock Holmes game! This means I need beta testers to play through the game and let me know if any errors come up. I'm not sure how to find them. Maybe I should just post the link on Twitter and ask if anyone wants to test it out. But can they send me valuable feedback with a character limit?

The game is made up of four cases, so it'd be nice if I could get four people. I'd give one case to each person.

3. Last year, I played Haunted Halls 1-3 for Halloween. They released a fourth game, so I want to post a walkthrough of it for this year's Halloween. The walkthrough is already done; I'm just wondering when to post it. Before or after my walkthrough for Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies? I don't want to miss the Halloween deadline, so it might be safer to post it before.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wait

How long should I wait before starting my official walkthrough for Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies? Should I even bother doing an official walkthrough? People seem to prefer the first playthrough.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sherlock Holmes Game

I am writing my Sherlock Holmes game right now. It's based on the original book, and so far, I've done the first three stories, which is about 30,000 words total. For the fourth story, I don't know if I want to do "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" or "The Man with the Twisted Lip". Any preferences? They're both fine stories, but "The Man with the Twisted Lip" is more popular.

The book has 12 cases, but I was thinking of only doing four. That way, if my game is popular, I can make a Volume 2 and a Volume 3. Alternately, I could do all 12 cases and use the second Sherlock Holmes book for sequel material, but that's tripling my workload.

Another option is to do four mysteries, and have The Valley of Fear as a finale case. That's a Sherlock Holmes mystery book, which is about three times longer than the average story. Seems like a good length for a finale case, right?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dating Game

This is a Nancy Drew fanfic my fiancée wrote in May. I keep meaning to read through it / edit it.

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Tag Line: "Who will Frosty pick? Will it be Miwako, Yumi, or Takei?"
Characters:
Announcer: Bob
Bachelor: Frosty
Bachelorette #1: Miwako
Bachelorette #2: Yumi
Bachelorette #3: Takei

Bob: Welcome to Arglefumph's Dating Game! Where love is in the pixels and ships are made. Episode #1 Nancy Drew Trail of
The Twister Meets Nancy Drew's Shadow at the Water's Edge. My name is Bob and I will be your host tonight. Thanks for
joining us folks. Let's meet today's lucky bachelor Frosty. Frosty come out and introduce yourself.

Frosty: Thanks for having me Bob, it is an honor to be here today. You folks in the studio audience might remember me from
such fabulous games as Nancy Drew Trail of the Twister, and uh, that's about it. I am a photographer by profession and a
gentleman by choice. I hope to find a lovely lady that loves excitement and traveling to mundane Midwestern locals.

Bob: Thanks Frosty. Now let's go over the rules. Our bachelor will be introduced to 3 lovely ladies, and will be allowed
to ask them all 3 questions each. Then the tables turn and the girls will each be able to ask him one. At the end of the
question and answer portion, our bachelor will pick one lucky lady to go out on a date. But that's not all! She will also
win $10,000 and HER Interactive upcoming Nancy Drew game. But there is a catch. Our bachelor will not be able to see any of these ladies until he makes his choice.

Now let's bring out our lucky ladies:
Presenting Bachelorette #1 - Hi my name is Miwako. I run a successful hotel and uh, dismiss rumors.
Presenting Bachelorette #2 - Hi my name is Yumi. I run a more successful bento shop and let strangers into my apartment.
Bachelorette #3 - Hi my name is Takei. I teach traditional Japanese classes and I can teach you a thing or two sonny boy.

Bob: Ok Frosty what is your first question?

Frosty: Ok ladies: What is your favorite food and what would you feed me, if given the chance?

#1: I love plain rice and cold tea, but for you Frosty, I would make you plainer rice.

Frosty: Sounds, very plain.... Ok #2

#2: Frosty I would serve you the tastiest bento box, which would take me a full hour to arrange after much frustration. From there I would let you spoon feed me hot sauce at the empire state building.

Frosty: Sounds hot, #2. Going to be hard to top that #3.

#3 Oh my. Well I am a simple woman. I only like candy and that was all was to offer you, Frosty-san.

Frosty: CANDY! I LOVE CANDY!!! Oh #3 feed me candy.

#3 Oh yes, Frosty.

Bob: Ok kids, simmer down. Frosty, Question #2

Frosty: Ladies what are you wearing right now?

#1. A practical hotel uniform of course. It isn't haunted at all I can assure you.

Bob: Number #2

#2. A short fabulous dress that I designed myself.

Frosty: Sounds hot, #2. Going to be hard to top that #3.

#3. Oh my, well I am a simple women. I am only wearing a simple robe.

Frosty: What?! You simply scandalous woman.

#3 Oh yes, Frosty

Bob: OK Grandma keep it clean, middle school girls could be watching this.

#3 Yes, Bob-san

Bob: Last question Frosty, make it a good one.

Frosty: All right ladies, describe your ideal man.

#1 - uh a woman.

Bob: Awkward, #1, very awkward. Remind me to fire Michael after this.

Michael: What?! Ah...

Bob: Ok, #2
#2 - I want a submissive man that will support by ambitions and send cute avatars to me.

Frosty: I kind of like that. #3 going to be hard to beat that.

#3 Oh my. Well I am a simple women and I prefer pursing creative activities together that involve painstaking precision
with a high risk of failure.

Frosty: I can't wait to do some high risk creative activities with you #3

Bob: Ok ladies, time to turn the tables. #1 your turn to question Frosty. Remember you only get one, so make it a good
one.

#1 Ok Bob. Frosty: I have a certain, pest problem at my hotel -

Frosty: Did you say pest?! As in mice?! EEEEEEEE

#1 Never mind Frosty.

#2 My turn! Frosty: Are you scared of mice?

Frosty: Uh no, a big tornado chasing photographer like myself afraid of mice? No way.

#2 There's one by your chair.

Frosty: EEEEEE!!!

Bob: Knock that off #2. Ok #3 Your question.

#3: Frosty I like a man who is helpful. Do you often give directions, like what to put in a disaster kit?

Frosty: In fact I just did that in my last game.

#3 Oh my. Pardon by blushing.

Bob: All right Bachelor it is time to decide. Which lucky contestant will it be today? Will it be #1, #2, or #3?

Frosty: Well Bob I think it should be obvious, contestant #3 stole my candy heart.

Bob: Is that your final answer Frosty?

Frosty: Uh, of course it is Bob.

Bob: Ok ladies, come on out.

Frosty: Oh my contestant #3, you are so young and perky.

Bob: That is contestant #2 Frosty. Contestant #3 is her grandmother.

Frosty: Uh hi......

#3: Yah, I am kind of disappointed too.

Bob: That's all for now folks. See you next time on: Arglefump's Dating Game!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Family Synod

As I mentioned earlier, the Catholic Church is holding an Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on Marriage and the Family. Week 1 (of 2) was made up of dozens of speeches, from people all over the world. Today, they released a summary document of Week 1, written by nine of the Synod members.

Sadly, the unofficial English translation is a little chunky. I'm going to try to summarize/explain it anyway.

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Part 1. There are many social and cultural problems that people face today, such as selfishness, violence and crushing economic situations. People need to improve their emotional lives and grow as human beings. This means they must leave behind immature / emotionally-fragile mindsets, such as "refusing to change" or "ignoring the needs of others". The Church must help people in their search for growth, no matter what situation they are in.

Part 2-1. In Matthew 9, Jesus talks about the fact that marriage lasts forever. However, he acknowledges the fact that Moses allowed for divorce. This is how God works. God has an ideal standard that he directs people towards, but he meets people where they are, not where they should be.

Part 2-2. Holiness and truth can be found outside of the Catholic Church. In the same way, holiness and truth can be found in marriages which do not have sacramental fullness. That is, holiness and truth can be found in civil marriages, cohabitation, and with divorced and remarried people. It would be awful if the Church dismissed these people out of hand, because they do not fit the Church's ideal of marriage.

Part 3-1. Catholics must do a better job of reaching out to other people. This involves self-improvement, and it should not take the form of setting up rules and regulations. Rather, Catholics should be putting forward values, responding to the needs of others. After all, Christian marriage is not a cultural tradition or social obligation; it is a vocation that is accepted only after mature discernment.

Part 3-2. To help with marriages, there must be better marriage preparation and more community involvement. It would be helpful for older married couples to help and work with younger married couples. It would also be helpful if there was better training for priests and people who work in churches.

Part 3-3. Cohabitation, also known as "living together before marriage", should not be automatically condemned. Sometimes, this is done for economic reasons, or as a preparation for marriage. (Sometimes, this is done in order to avoid marriage, which is bad.) People in these situations can achieve authentic family values, and they must be welcomed with patience and delicacy.

Part 3-4. As for divorced or separated people, the Church must not automatically condemn them; more often than not, these situations are "endured", not chosen. It's difficult to talk about these situations in a way that covers every one, because each situation is unique. Rather than set up general rules, it'd be better for local churches to examine them on a case-by-case basis. Again, condemning them is not the answer; rather, the first step is to listen to them with love, with a view of relieving their suffering.

People made various proposals for improving marriage preparation and for improving the annulment process. Everyone agrees divorced people should be allowed to receive the Eucharist, but there was disagreement on whether divorced and remarried people can receive the Eucharist.

Part 3-5. Catholics must welcome homosexuals, who have good qualities and gifts to offer. Homosexual unions are not the same as marriages, and they may present moral problems, but the partners can provide precious support to each other.

Part 3-6. Oftentimes, having children is reduced to a variable in a couple's plans. For example, there are couples who want children, but don't have children, because they can't afford them. What the Church needs is realistic language, to address this problem. Being open to life is an essential part of marriage; we want to foster living in a harmonious and aware way, with communication between spouses, in all its dimensions.

Part 3-7. Education is important, and the community at large must help more with education.

Part 4. This is just a summary of what was said in Week One. Please do not mistake this for an official proclamation or decision on the part of the Catholic Church.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies

Okay, I finished my first playthrough of Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies. Now I can leave the house again.

I liked the game, and I particularly liked the ending. The ending part took me five videos to get through, so you could say that it was nice and long. Also, seeing Nancy from behind was five types of awesome.



The thing I liked least was probably all of the work you had to do in the museum, and the work with authenticating the art pieces. For whatever reason, I had a hard time with those challenges. I wonder if there is a faster way to get through them.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Deadly Device Review

Here's my review for Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device.



I have other game reviews that are half-written. They are Alibi in Ashes, Creature of Kapu Cave, Secret of the Scarlet Hand, The Silent Spy, Tomb of the Lost Queen and Trail of the Twister. I will finish writing them...eventually. I have to replay those games, first, because I don't have any of them memorized.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

LIE Update

YouTube apparently doesn't like my walkthrough for Labyrinth of Lies, because it didn't upload Video 11, and it switched Videos 13 and 14. I think I managed to fix it, though!

I won't be able to record any videos today until after dinner. So...8:00 PM PST is probably the soonest I can get a new set of videos online.

Edit: Yeah...the video recording isn't going to happen today. Sorry!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Labyrinth of Lies

I'm playing Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies. So far, so good, but I'm drowning in museum puzzles right now.



I might not be able to play the game for the next few days, because Mary doesn't have school. That means I have to watch her. Five-year-old girls don't like giving me long breaks for playing computer games without them. I suppose I could put Frozen in the DVD player to distract her for two hours, but that is lazy baby-sitting. Maybe Katie can distract Mary at nights so I can record then.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Nancy Drew 31

Pre-orders for Nancy Drew #31 are being delivered today! Before anyone asks, yes, I plan to play the game as soon as possible.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Public Transportation App

I tried using the public transportation app the other day, and it was a disaster. It took at least two extra hours for me to get to my destination.

I set the app to search for a bus route, from my current location. It took me a while to realize that it does not know what "current" means. When it says "current location", the app means "last recorded location". If you move 20 feet, the location becomes outdated, and you have to manually reset your location. What a pain.

But that's not all! The app believes "current time" is "the time you opened the app". So you need to manually reset the time, too. This is incredibly unhelpful, especially if the bus is running late.

The app works on scheduled bus times, unless you specifically look at a specific stop. Then, it will tell you the actual bus arrival times. Wh-why can't it run off actual arrival times in all cases?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Synod of Bishops

Today, Pope Francis is meeting with various Bishops to discuss marriage and the family. The buildup to this has been pretty messy in Catholic circles, as everyone is gathering around their respective flags and brutally attacking everyone who disagrees.

The most popular fight is over divorce. The Catholic Church does not allow for divorce, because Jesus Christ doesn't allow for divorce. Jesus gets asked about marriage and divorce several times in the Bible, and he always responds that marriage is permanent, so divorce is impossible. Despite this, Catholics get divorced at about the same rate as non-Catholics. They just go to the government to get a divorce.

So the big debate is "what should the Church do about divorced and/or remarried people?". It's especially tricky dealing with remarried people, because oftentimes, they're married to Person A in the eyes of the Church, while they're married to Person B in the eyes of the government. So technically, they're married to two people, which is more or less asking for adultery to occur.

Personally, I'm hoping that they will decide to let priests get married. They used to have married priests, and I think that's one tradition that should be revived. If Pope Francis does reinstate that rule--which is a long shot--I am not sure that the United States Bishops will be able to get a two-thirds majority vote to approve it. We could very well have a situation where priests can get married, but not in the United States.

[Edit: I'm hoping priests can get married, because I'm engaged to get married! And I was enrolled in priest school for three years. I guess you could say I got the best of both worlds!]

Another issue people are talking about is "cohabitation". The Church is against two people living with each other, before they get married. (That would include me!). Some people are arguing that this position is a holdover from the times when everyone had to live with their parents before marriage, and now that society has changed, the Church's position on cohabitation should change, too.

Gay marriage may or may not get mentioned. Pope Francis seems more interested in the topic than the Bishops are, but that could just be because the media goes into a reporting frenzy whenever the Pope mentions gay people, while the media usually ignores Bishops when they mention gay people.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

My Sweet Bodyguard

This week, I've been playing My Sweet Bodyguard for Gree with my girlfriend, Katie.



Tragically, it has been announced that this game is being cancelled, on November 25th. This leaves us with questions. Should we bother to finish the Kaiji storyline? Should we switch to another storyline instead? Whose?

Friday, October 3, 2014

YouTube Channel Page

Hey, is there a way to make a video appear on your YouTube Channel page?

With the old YouTube Channel Format, you could pick a video to appear at the top of your page. This current format makes it seem like you can only pick playlists to be on your page, not individual videos.

I thought I'd ask you guys before giving up on trying to put the "Arglefumph Gets Engaged" video at the top of my channel.