Thursday, February 28, 2008

Ghost Dev is (a)live.

I've kind of abandoned this blog for the time being. I've got something new and fresh...

Ghost Dev - A game development blog over at:

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Video Games - Kid Icarus 2 Ending

Just beat Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters the other night. In the final level you once again wear the three treasures from the first Kid Icarus game. The most important one, the wings, allows you to fly/multi-jump in a way that feels like the water levels in the original Super Mario Bros. After you beat Orcos, Pit (the main character) flies higher and higher into the air, passing a who's who of the basic monsters in the game. (One of these monsters looks like a Metroid with a single wing.) Anyways, once Pit gets high enough, the monsters stop appearing and Pit is just air-hopping away, oblivious of his situation. A large smiling sun appears in the top right corner of the screen and then, as Pit climbs closer, his wings pop off and he starts to fall. The game stops in this comical freeze frame and says "The End." I was quite amused by the allegory to the Icarus myth. It was good stuff.
As a side note, this game wasn't released in Japan, only in North America.

House of Fun - Current Console Inventory

Off the top of my head:
Atari 2600 (Brian)
Atari 7800 (Micha)
3 x Nintendo Entertainment System (Micha x 2, Brian)
2 x Game Boy (Micha x 2)
2 x Super NES (Micha, Brian)
Genesis (Version 2) (Micha)
Nintendo 64 (Micha)
Game Boy Color (Micha)
2 x Playstation (Micha, Brian)
2 x Dreamcast (Micha x 2)
NeoGeo Pocket Color (Micha)
2 x GameCube (Brian, John)
Game Boy Advance (Micha)
2 x Game Boy Advance SP (Micha, John)
XBox (Brian & John)
Playstation 2 [broken] (Brian)
Playstation 2 [Slim] (Micha)

The games will have to wait for another post. It'll take quite a bit of time to write all of those down.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Literature - The DaVinci Code

Did you know that there is a secret code in the book jacket of the hardcover version? Just look for the bold letters. Now, what the phrase means is anybody's guess, but my hunch is that it's a bit of self-deprecating satire simply because the author can.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

House of Fun - Comfy Rules for Brian

Brian is hereby not allowed to do the following:
1. Sit in the Lay-Z-Boy when fully reclined while watching a movie.
2. Lie in bed while reading a book for class.

Video Games - Zelda: The Minish Cap

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap is the 12th Zelda game. (I'm not counting the CD-i games or any handhelds like that cool clamshell Game & Watch one.)

The full list is as follows:
1. The Legend of Zelda (NES)
2. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)
3. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
4. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (GB)
4a. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (GBC)
5. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
5a. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Master Quest (64DD)
6. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)
7. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (GBC)
8. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (GBC)
9. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords (GBA)
10. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GC)
11. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (GC)
12. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)

With the exception of the Link's Awakening DX remake, I left re-releases out of this list, such as the GBA versions of Zelda 1 and 2.
So for you rich folk (or those with good roommates) who are up to date on their consoles, that makes for 9 playable on Gameboy Advance, 7 for GameCube, and all 14 for those who have a Gamecube with a Gameboy Player attached.

Funny Stuff - Hell Physics Exam Question

I know this has been around for a bit, but it's still funny.

The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid-term. The answer by one student was so profound that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well.

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or Endothermic (absorbs heat)?
Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.

One student, however, wrote the following:
First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave.Therefore, no souls are leaving.
As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different Religions that exist in the world today.Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell.With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially.
Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.
This gives two possibilities:
1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.
2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.
So which is it?If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, "it will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you," and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number 2 must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over.
The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore extinct, leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a Divine Being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting "Oh my God."

History - Treaty of Versailles

The Versailles Treaty effectively ended the first World War and was signed June 28, 1919. And yes, even 10 year olds at the golf counter seem to know this. Get that kid on Jeopardy already!

Monday, March 14, 2005

Etymology - Casbah

A casbah is the older section of a city in northern Africa or the
Middle East, often when the citadel is located. (The other definition
is the actual citadel itself.) So I guess rocking the casbah is very
similar to rocking the ghetto (but not rocking the suburbs).

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Internet - Guardster Proxy Service

Guardster is a VPN (Virtual Private Networking) website, which allows you to do all of your surfing through a proxy. The meaning of this: you could surf anonymously if you choose, and if you can't seem to access a website because your ISP won't let you, just use something like this proxy to get to it. It's great when you can't get to Yahoo for some reason, and you really need to check your mail. (For all you IM and mail-junkies, that is.)

Math - Strange Properties of Eleven

111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321
(I learned that from a cookie-cake at Great American Cookie Company.)

Friday, March 04, 2005

Video Games - The Konami Code

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A.
This is The Code. It comes with variants here and there, but usually it's this simple formula. Most of the time, it'll award you something nice like 27 more lives (make sure you put an extra 'B, A' at the end for Contra and other NES classics), or extra weapons, but on occasion, Konami likes to mess with you and put a digital hex on you when you use it.

Physics - Simple Fluid Dynamics in Your Own Dish-filled Sink

Ever dripped milk into a bowl of water? Stir around the water (before adding the milk) for more coolness. Try a large frying skillet (preferably black) for best results.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Internet - BabelFish Translator

This little tool can translate to and from a good variety of (modern) languages. (Sorry, no Latin.) The best part about it is that when you visit a webpage, any links you follow are also translated the same way, similar to the way the Wayback Machine keeps you within a set time period. It's great for visiting foreign language newspapers especially.

Internet - Moving Images Archive

One of the biggest (if not the biggest) collections of movies on the Internet. They have game movies (including speed runs, high scores, promotional spots, etc.), feature length films, and more. In fact, there is a lot of classic movies on there, such as the original Night of the Living Dead by George Romero.

Internet - Internet Wayback Machine

This website is like a time machine for your browser. It allows you to visit webpages of the past, even if they don't exist anymore. It archives web pages the same way google does, but it also keeps links and redirects them to pages at the closest time period to what you are currently viewing. It's quite useful in tracking down info on groups that have disbanded, or companies that have lost their websites for whatever reason.

Self - The Purpose of This Blog

The general idea here is for me to write down somewhere all the stuff I learn and know. I pick up lots of little tidbits here and there, so I might as well keep them some place before I forget it all.