Thomas (boggyb) wrote,

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Random thoughts (the day's events)

Finally got up to something today, so here's what happened. Cut into sections to be nice to people (which is something that I am capable of ocassionally doing)...

First off, I went to see Shrek 2 with a friend (well, we were going to see Around the World in 80 Days, but I messed up the timing). It's got the usual Shrek madness - the fairy godmother with attitude, prince charming, donkey, and Puss in Boots. Definetly worth going to see, even if you haven't seen the first one. If nothing else you get to see the really cute cat! Wandered home after that - the town seemed rather empty at 7:30 pm. It was quite nice walking through without the usual hustle and bustle that wandering round the town centre normally entails.

There's a bit of music that you should listen to. It's Sirene Song, and being in XM format you'll need something like XMPlay to listen to it. It's worth it. Peaceful and calming...

Relax and feel the waves flow. Feel them surround you. Feel every drop of moist touch the surface. Feel the power of life from where it has its origin. Feel the sea!
...As the sun rises in the horizon and its rays of light touches the water, all awakens and life sparkles. A song so beautiful even the most diabolic creature would weaken, sounded from the depths of the sea. The Sirenes ascended through the blue water and just above the surface they hovered silently as they sang the song of wakening. The queens of the sea have spoken...

I'll have to confess that I haven't actually played Worms 3D yet. Some of you may remember an old game (3.1 old), called Myst. Remember the linking book falling into the abyss? Well now they've done a remake of it (demo here). RealMyst uses the same engine as in Uru, so you can now look anywhere in the game, and the enviroment changes around you. There's also a new workd to visit/explore/experience. To give you an idea of things, in the original each view was pre-rendered at a very high quality (for it's time - looks a bit artifical now but still good. This game stems from the 3.1 days of computing). In realMyst, it uses a 3D engine, rather like a graphically souped-up version of UT 2004. The waves move up and down, and the sky changes. It's nice when you see the underwater animals, as they now swim around. Try the demo, but be warned: it eats graphics cards for breakfast. My GeForce4 struggled a bit with the settings cranked up.

After trying that out, and proving that Direct3D now behaved itself, I then went back to another old game: The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain. A great puzzle-mad game, that was a nice find in a time of the usual "how many monsters can we pack into a game". You'll have a job finding it now, as it was around in Ye Olden Days of Windows 3.1. Still, it makes a good chage from the likes of UT and CS. Very challenging - some sections still tax me on easy, while others I whizz through in hard mode. If you find it, then give it a try. It's made by Sierra.

And to leave you all with something to ponder: in The Register, there was a letter (at the end of the page) written in about blogging, describing it as a personal echo chamber. Echo chamber it might be, but there are others in it too who listen to the echos and shout out themselves.

Echo echo echo echo...

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