Sunday, March 30, 2008

It taunted me for 15 years

When I was a child, I played a lot of video games. I don't think this effected me negatively, because video games have, in all honesty and seriousness, been perhaps one of the most consistently beneficial influences I've had in my life.

Ever since I was a child, when I meet someone new, if I find out they've played anything from Xenogears to Metal Gear to Super Smash Bros. to Halo, or are big fans of the Final Fantasy or even Mario series, I have something in common and something to talk with them about. Most recently, this occurred with a rather famous celebrity who was starring in the movie I was working on. I nonchalantly asked him what he does when he's not working on a movie or tv show and he casually replied, "I play a lot of video games." From there on, it was as simple as asking him what his favorite games were, and bingo, we were good friends from that day on. We went go-karting the last week of the shoot. It was a blast.

I bring this up because today, I finally passed a game called The Guardian Legend, which has very little to do with guardians and nothing to do with legends. It's a game I first played on the NES when I was about 5. I remembered it being very difficult - one of the few games I couldn't pass or even get very far on. For some reason, the game always stuck with me, and periodically I would have an urge to play it. A few years back such an urge came over me and I located a flash version of the game on a website. I played it for about 10 minutes, realized the game is in fact hard, and wandered away from my computer. Earlier today, the same urge hit, but this time, I downloaded the ROM, an NES emulator, and hooked up my gamepad to my macbook and started going through the game. About 4 hours and several repressed curses later, I passed it, with my brother giving me a high five. We also found out that the main character is apparently female...and kinda cute in an 8-bit anime sort of way.

It was hard at parts. It was far from an easy game, but it was actually pretty fun. I'm not sure why, but I feel like this is actually an accomplishment of some kind. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense, that passing an old NES game that most people have never heard of should count as an accomplishment, but it does. The game taunted me for nearly 15 years, being one of the few NES games I wanted to pass but never did. Now it's been crossed off the list.

I'm not sure what game will be next on the list of nostalgic gaming urges, but I hope it's as fruitful as this one was.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


I've been singing "I'll be there for you" all morning long.

More on that later.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

A dream

I had a dream last night that we were shooting a film in New York City, and that I moved into an apartment on top of a city high rise. The other roommates in this place were 3 girls and 2 guys. Basically, it was like Friends. As soon as I got moved in, our landlord decided he was moving us to a different apartment, so we got moved to a ground floor apartment that was next to a deli.

There was more to it, but I can't recall many of the details, and when I try, they just jumble together and it makes even less sense than dreams normally do. It was realistic while at the same time dreamlike.

I suppose that's how most dreams are described, though.

I do remember that the soundtrack for this dream was Tally Hall. I'm not really sure why, but they were playing during the entire thing.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Two weeks

These are the things that I thought of today:
  1. I got paid yesterday; I can afford things now.
  2. I like the new shower head and bathroom scale I purchased.
  3. I need to start looking harder for a job.
  4. I wish I had more time to exercise.
  5. I want to start taking Aikido again.
  6. I used to wonder why Jeff said he didn't have time to update his blog during film shoots. Now I understand.
  7. I saw Tally Hall tonight with Jeff; they're ok.
  8. I've lived here two weeks and I don't feel any closer to feeling like I actually belong here. The first few days were great - I met new people, started a new [temporary] job. Then, while my job has gotten more fun because I now know what to do, my actual life hasn't changed. I still feel like a visitor, like in a few days I'll be driving back to Fargo or moving somewhere else. I'm still living out of boxes, still sleeping on a couch in the living room.

    I don't feel like I have anywhere to call home.
  9. I'm putting off snowboarding this year to save up for new gear for next season.
  10. I'm excited for a cooking class I'm taking tomorrow.