Who Made Who?

Another non-sequitur post title for you today.

The interior quality on my Mazda 3 is really top notch. It feels like a much more expensive car, except in the very few places where corners were clearly cut. Namely, the sun visor. It’s hard plastic – no soft-touch wrapping at all. Is it a lot stiffer and firm than my old car’s cardboard-wrapped-in-felt? Yes, but it’s so hard that I wonder if I’d bop my head against it and actually hurt myself.

The other very chintzy feeling piece is the silver trim piece on the bottom spoke of the steering wheel. It’s just silver-colored plastic, it’s hollow, and it just doesn’t feel right, especially compared to the rest of the wheel. For an interior that screams upscale, why would you cut a few cents off of these two parts, ones that people will touch and feel countless times during the lifetime of the car?

My advice would be to replace the silver trim piece with a leather-covered piece and actually put some kind of soft-touch material around the  sun visors.

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A Discovery

I don’t really have any material for tonight. Might I suggest watching Ricky play Talking Time Bros.? It’s very informative.

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Fixing Things

One thing I’ve been working on lately is doing a re-record and re-play of NES Bionic Commando for a new Let’s Play. The original one I did four years ago was in the first wave of video LPs. Tons of rough edges, problems, etc. So I decided to go back and just redo the thing from scratch.

It’s not too difficult to do that, obviously. Just re-record it, talk over it, done. It felt like a big chore, though. Will re-doing it really be that important? I think so, because one, the emulator I’m using now is a bit more accurate in terms of color/gameplay, and two, I’m less of an idiot when commentating. The playthrough is just all-around cleaner.

I’m going to need an all-new game to play through, though, and I think it’s going to be Wii A Boy and His Blob. Now, the difficult part is recording the Wii properly…

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Well played, Kenji Yamamoto.

Now this… this is how you reinvent a song.

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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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Albany Hawker

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Sony Alpha a700, Tamron 70-200 f/2.8.

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Dinnertime

Feeding time

Feeding time

Sony Alpha a700, Tamron 17-50.

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