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Dear Mazda…

WHY did you put such a wimpy horn in the 3? Why? How many cents did it save you? Not enough to offset the various complaints, I hope.

My mission, if I choose to accept it, is to make this thing louder. Angrier. We have the technology, after all. Now, the question is do we want an air horn, or do we want a Dixie horn from the Dukes of Hazzard?

Decisions…

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Pondering…

Here’s something that I’ve been wondering about now that I bought my new car.

Why do most new cars have asymmetrical windshield wipers? I noticed that the driver’s side wiper is far larger than the passenger side one. Sure, it works well enough, but it does make me wonder. I suppose it doesn’t make much difference – but it does mean that I can’t buy two exact same wipers. Perhaps some automotive engineer somewhere realized that if he made some funky articulated wiper arm travel he could have two differently sized wipers handle the same windshield area…

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I am done with winter.

Dear old man winter:

Bite me.

All this snow, and cold? I’ve had enough of it. Go back to your hole, or something. You’re not welcome here anymore.

One way to warm myself up during the winter is to spend time play video games. Like, say, Castlevania, which had an interesting level drop today. Chapter 10 of Harmony of Despair is basically the original NES Castlevania in one gigantic level, all of the bosses included. It’s not too bad, all things considered… until you get to The Count. Holy shit is he hard. We die, die and die again. His attack pattern is quite brutal.

In short, I think Dracula’s cursed me. There is only one way to lift the curse, of course, and that is to… kill Dracula. I’ll get back to you on that one.

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A Realization

Hey, remember how I was talking about doing some gum reviews? Yeah, I’ve been lazy and putting them off. Sue me. But here’s a thought. One of those gums was Extra Mint Chocolate Chip. A Wrigley’s product, and quite tasty.

Well, today I had a stick of Orbit Sweet Mint, which is a frequent gum of mine. And you know what I realized?

The two taste exactly the same. I think I wrote a post about Sweet Mint before. The Extra Mint Chocolate chip is basically the same taste. It’s a minty flavor with some sweetness. The Extra is a usual, skinny stick gum. The Orbit’s the shorter, squatter gum. That’s about it.

Yep. Save your money.

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Buying Cars

Buying cars isn’t easy. I don’t think it ever will be. First, you do all of your research and swear, triple swear, that you’re not going to let the car salesman get one over on you. Then you go to the dealer, test drive the car, and sit in the F&I office and do the whole rigamarole. They try to slap shit on, you say no, and around and round we go.

You know, we had solved this problem, it was called Saturn. Too bad a business model was wrapped up in an auto brand.

Remember – just say no to pushy car salesman.

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Fear

People are afraid of electronic viewfinders.

I say, why be afraid? Embrace the coming technology. Learn to work with it and maximize it. Do you think people made this kind of grief when electric guitars and synthesizers came out? Yeah, they probably did, but the smart people used it to their advantage.

So, I repeat – don’t be afraid of an EVF. Try it. You might just like it.

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Happy New Year!

You know why it’s a great New Year? Because I got both the Winged Boots and a Valmanway in about the same twenty four hour period of time in Castlevania. Now who wants some of my extra Chaos Rings?

I think the great thing about HoD is that a real multiplayer mode has really changed up the Castlevania experience. Something I thought was getting a bit stale now feels awesome, and grinding for stuff feels a lot more fun when you have buddies around to crack jokes or laugh at each others’ expense. It would be great if they made a completely brand new game based on this mechanic. Either that or keep giving us DLC levels and characters. Either way.

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Relative Heat

Dear audience:

I now understand why people migrate to Florida for the winter.

That is all.

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Jupiter Jazz

I’ve been rewatching Cowboy Bebop lately. Now here’s a show that knew what’s up. It’s got a beginning, middle, and end. It has well-rounded characters with real flaws. It’s well written and well drawn too.

But you know what keeps me coming back to it?

It’s Spike, trying to figure out what, exactly, came out of that fridge. Here’s a lesson for you – Don’t leave things in the fridge.

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Staying on schedule

You know, I’ve been pretty productive on the NaNo front for the past two weeks. You can tell due to the very short blog posts that have been coming lately. Most of my writing effort has been going into the story, and I think it’s because I have an honest to God deadline involved. I always felt like I wrote my best work in college and school at the last minute. It sounds counterproductive, but I think having that deadline looming is one hell of a motivator.

Or maybe a demotivator, depending on how much enthusiasm I have for something. I haven’t quite figured that out yet.

Either way, somehow I’ve been able to motivate myself to do something i haven’t really been able to do in a while – write. Perhaps the change of subject matter helped out too.

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