Sunday, May 23, 2010

Uncharted territory

I'm not a video game fanatic. I don't put clips of myself playing video games on You Tube. Some do, and I don't judge them ... I just watch what they put up. I will own up, however, to being a video game nerd who reads specific game series' wikia and listens to Mega Man music online in my free time (it's so embarrassing to admit that). But I'm usually so late on the draw that I can read other nerds' online guides when I get stuck in a game. Not this time: I'm going sight unseen into Super Mario Galaxy 2, which came out this very A.M. Well, Chris has been doing most of the heavy lifting--I'm helpful Player 2, who spends most of my time watching and hitting buttons that make crowd noises. Oddly enough, I don't think he appreciates it when I play the ooo noise while he's falling into a pit.

Other than that, I have nothing to report on except that it's fun, perhaps not as good as its predecessor, and has a kickin' soundtrack. It's been fun going into this with no preconceived notions. :)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Watching the British election

I get a little computer time while Chris is monitoring the British election results on the BBC. We can't be the only Americans who are taking an interest in it, right? It doesn't help that the BBC Friday Night Comedy podcast we listen to was doing specials on the election for several weeks prior. Last night they discussed whether or not Americans care about the election. Result? No, they don't. Made me want to chime in saying, "I care!"

I don't care as much as my husband, but I probably care more than you--face it. I know what Bigot-Gate is. I know who Sam Cam is. I've learned more than one could possibly want to know about UKIP. But as with most things, my interest lies in whether or not it can amuse me. The Vote Now Show amused me ... sitting and watching a little honeycomb grid of all the constituencies in Britain change colors does not amuse me. So I derisively call my husband a nerd and go back to reading cookbooks--who's the real loser?

Have I ever mentioned that I hate red state/blue state? I recall seeing an ad during our own recent primary season from a politician who wanted to "keep Texas red". Funny, I was previously unaware that Texas was a Communist state. I mean, I know Austin's weird, but I didn't think the weirdness had penetrated that far into the state government. Anyway, did you know it's the opposite in Britain? Conservative (aka Tories) wears blue rosettes and Labour wears red. That adds to my smugness over red state/blue state (Communist police state/depressed state) here in the States.

Anyhoo, you can watch the little honeycomb grid too if you want here (switch the view from "geographical" to "proportional"). I personally can't wait to see how the Independent Community and Health Concern and Respect-Unity Coalition parties do. Should be more fun than watching our own states change colors!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The poor, neglected Loquacious Loquat

Forgive me for my long absence from blogging. Chandler Photo has been my darling of late, and as a result the Loquat has fallen by the wayside. This is a crying shame since there's so much going on around here. We move back to Denton next week, and there may or may not be a house for us when we get there. With those two prospects looming over us, I'm sure you understand how full our plates are between packing and fretting and making plans to live in a hotel for a month (should push come to shove). What an absolute wreck.

Anyway, that's all the news that's currently fit to print. I'll work to update the Loquat more often in the month of May.