Monthly Archives: October 2008

Another one about sleep.

Yesterday I had a little bit different shift at work.  I had to stay late and board a remote, so I didn’t go into work until 2 PM and left at 10 PM.  Brought back memories of the old night shift days at Platinum.  It was nice.  I was able to sleep in an extra half hour, then get up and not feel rushed or anything.  I played a lot of Guild Wars.  Did some laundry and even got the dishes done and put away!  It was quite the productive day.  Then it was nice being able to go in to work and get straight to the show.  I felt so fresh and excited having not been bombarded all day by work and…Dan.

I get home and relax as I usually do.  But before I know it it’s 12:30 and I need to go to bed!  Back in the real night shift days I’d usually stay up until about 3 AM and wake up at 9:30 AM.  Next thing I know, it’s 7:15 and Andrea prodding me to get out of bed.

I’ve said here before that sometimes it feels like my body prefers to have an erratic sleep schedule.  Usually for some reason when I mix it up, I just wake up feeling more rested.  But today I’m WAAAY off.  It was harder to get up than it has been in a long time, and I just don’t hardly feel like I slept that long.  Funny thing it, my sleep schedule didn’t hardly change at all yesterday.  But my work schedule did!  Other than getting an extra 30 minutes of sleep, going to bed at 12:30 isn’t an unusual occurrence for me any regular ol’ day.

I guess what I’m saying is:  I dunno what the hells going on, but I wish I were still in bed.

Halloween

It’s that time of year again! I love being able to carve pumpkins, but I haven’t done it in years. Now, it’s time to break that streak!

Spider Pumpkin

Spider Pumpkin

Scary Spider Pumpkin

Scary Spider Pumpkin

I know that the quality is crappy, but we left our camera in my sister’s car. So, we had to bank on the video camera’s abilities to take pictures.

I also made a video so you can see the effects of the candle light here.

Damn uppity Target

Well we had a good time in Kansas City this past weekend.  We carpooled with Andrea’s sister and her husband up to downtown KC and shared a hotel room at the “Q”.  We get back to Wichita Sunday to pick up our dog and get headed home.  We all pile in her car and get ready to hit the road before the sun goes down.

As she whips out of her sister’s apartment complex like a bat out of Hades we hear a CLUNK VROOOOOOM! Sweet!  No muffler!  It was loud.  Like take it easy or we’ll get a ticket LOUD!  We turn a few heads as we make our way to the nearest store which just happens to be Target.  I take a look under the car to see what exactly we had going on.  Sure enough there was the muffler hanging there.  I didn’t want to leave it flopping around under there.  It’d be our luck a raccoon would run out in the road and end up ripping the whole damn exhaust out from under the car.

I needed something to tie it up out of the way.  I figured a coat hanger would do the trick.  Surely Target has coat hangers.  Hell yes they do, but they gotta either be freakin’ uppity wood hangers or shiny plastic iHangers.  Or super thick plastic coated wire hanger.  WTF!  Can’t middle class white people hang a shirt on a standard wire hanger these days?  You gotta have a hanger strong enough for an astronaut’s space suit or what!?

So I spend the freaking $7 on GD wire hangers.  (Because of course the ultimate proof of status is paying twice what any sane person would pay for any given product.)  And mangle it into quite the sturdy exhaust support.  Luckily it looks like the pipe just slid out of the coupling and all I’ll need is a new exhaust clamp.  And at least now I have some quality hangers to hang all my snazzy Burlington Coat Factory merchandise.

A new show clip!

First clip in a LONG time! A generous listener brought by some fresh produce for the staff. Chris Elsen from the Night Shift joins me in a contest of manhood. Who can handle the habanero?

It’s like spicy for your ears. Click to Listen.

Check out the Matt McBain Show page for more clips from the past!

Oh man. A bad batch.

After a recent success story with the new Harvest Moon pumpkin ale, which unfortunately some didn’t like, I’ve been struck by what I can only assume is a bad batch of a old favorite.  My cheap beer of choice for some time has been Miller High Life.  I finished off my last Harvest Moon last night and later opened up a High Life.  Only this time it tasted QUITE different.

At first I assumed some residual flavor from the pumpkin ale was interfering with the taste.  So I set it aside.  I ate supper, cleansed the pallat, and decided to see if it was an isolated incident.  I grabed another from the case and checked the date to be sure.  11-03-08  A little close…but should still be good, right?  BLEH!  Nope! I dunno if they left something out of this batch, spilled it on the floor and squigee’d it into cans or what.  High Life is just on the cusp of drinkability as it is, and what ever was done to this batch pushed it over the edge.

So I’m stuck with a bunch of beer I can’t drink.  I’m thinking about just setting what’s leftover on the doorstep of some college kids here.  I’m sure they’ll take care of it.

A look back: Yoshi’s Story

This installment will be a bit different in that I’m unable to go back and play this game.  Yoshi’s Story for the Nintendo 64 holds a place of distinction as the only game I’ve ever had that I brought myself to sell out of my collection.  It’s not that I didn’t give the game a chance, I most certainly did.  My disappointment simply left me with no attachment to the game.

By 1998 I was becoming deeply entrenched in my gaming hobby.  I looked forward to my monthly Tips & Tricks magazine, and drooled over the previews and screenshots.  My Nintendo promotional stuff continued to arrive in the mail.  Lately all the buzz was about the new Yoshi’s Story.  I soaked up every bit of information I could before the game was out.  And come release day I was on my way to the store to pick up my copy.

To understand my disappointment with the game you should understand its heritage.  Yoshi’s Story is a direct sequel to Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island which as implied in the title, is a direct sequel to Super Mario World itself.  With roots so deep in the Mario series like that, you would expect to see all the fun and challenge you’d get from a traditional 2-D Mario game.  While succeeding in being cute and artistic, it falls short of being a truly memorable experience.  I should have known the instant I heard the annoying title screen music…

In all honesty I put a considerable amount of time into this game.  I never beat the game, but progressed far enough to obtain, most (if not all) the different colored Yoshi’s.  So many previews predicted a grand resurgence of 2-d platforming, now with the hardware muscle to make ANYTHING possible.  It was actually being touted ad 2 1/2-D!  I tried everything I could to force myself to like this game.  It felt like an obligation to enjoy it because so much had been promised.  But no matter what, it just wasn’t compelling.  Nothing hooked you in and made you wonder what’s around the next corner.  It was a well polished game lacking challenge and innovation.   Much ado was made amongst nerds like myself about Mario creator Shiguru Miyamoto’s lack of involvement in the title.

One day I put the game on the shelf, and never picked it up again.  Until a younger kid down the street came over.  He was about 10 years old or so, and saw the game as he was sifting through my collection and asked if he could play it.  I told him sure, and he sat down and genuinely was having a good time.  He wanted to know if he could borrow it…and I said, “For $20 you can borrow it forever!” Like a good kid he ran home to ask his mom.  A while later he came back with a $20 bill and that’s the last I ever saw of Yoshi’s Story.

Pumpkin ale and cars for sale.

Ahh, it’s good to be home.  It was a busy day.  Not strenuous or anything, don’t get me wrong!  Had to fill in for the “office manager” and do my own work.  Suprisingly did very little of Dan’s work.  It made the day go by pretty fast, but it’s still nice to be home.

Since the beginning of October, I’ve been trying to find this Blue Moon Pumkin beer.  It was time to restock, so I stopped by the liquor store and they FINALLY had it!  I picked up a six pack and my regular supply of High Life.  The new beer is actually very good!  Nice and smooth at first with just a hint of pumpkin spice as it goes down.  Sweet, but not too sweet.

While I was checking out a fella asked me where I found my Oldsmobile.  Said I’d had it for a while and he asked if it was for sale.  With a grin on my face I said, “Sorry not right now.”  Made me feel good.  I’ve been kinda down on the car since the hail storm.  Nice to know it still gets some looks, if only from a distance.

Well what do you know?

Look! 99 cent 2 Liters!

Which do you say?

My old ways…

You know how they say if you have a habit, and then you quit that habit it’s easy to fall back into the trap?  I’m starting to feel that happen again with the IGN Message Boards.  Though I wouldn’t really call it a habit.  More like a tendency.  What’s the first sign of addiction?  Denial?  Ha ha!

It’s probably unknown to most of the readers here, that my history with IGN is long and storied…dating back to when it was just N64.com (best viewed in 600×800 ha ha).  My message board profile was created in 2001 and since then I’ve racked up 4,452 posts.  To me that’s quite a bit.  Though there’s many members there with over 10,000 posts!  I’ve wasted a lot of time and stayed up way too many nights rapping on the IGN boards.

I think what started it is partly all the nostalgic N64 reviews I’ve been doing, but mostly us having the Wii now.  I probably was most addici…interested in the IGN boards back in the GameCube days.  Ashamed, I admit I spent more time on IGN talking about games than actually playing them.  And I was paying $15 a year to do it.  (Still do!  He he.)  But it was a transitional time for me.  I’d just gotten out of high school where I had plenty of time to play my games, and play them until they were beaten.  To college, going to class, going to work, and trying to have a social life.  I must emphasize TRYING!  I didn’t have the time to devote that I used to.  But somehow I had the time to sporatically check the boards throughout the day.  If I couldn’t play my games, I could at least read and talk about them.  At one point the stack of games I had built up that I had barely played was pathetic.  All the money I’d spent on these games, just to have them, only to TALK about them on IGN.  Sheesh.

Heres a game I bought almost 5 years ago.  I have played it for about 30 minutes.

Here's a game I bought almost 5 years ago. I have played it for about 30 minutes.

But this post is SUPPOSED to be about how all of a sudden I find myself returning to the boards.  I sort of fell out of the boards as the Gamecube approached its end of life.  But now that we have the Wii…I find myself able to stay up with all the latest topics.  Just this week, the boards were abuzz with a new game that was coming out called World of Goo.  If you were like Andrea you would just dismiss the game because of its silly name.  But in reality, it’s a fantastically fun puzzler and it’s only $15.  Had it not been for the IGN boards I probably would have dismissed it myself.  At the same time…if it weren’t for the IGN boards I wouldn’t have even known about the game, and being ignorant to its exsistance, wouldn’t have missed never playing it, and thus never spent the money in the first place!

That is the whole point of this long diatribe here.  That perhaps the boards aren’t the most healthy thing for me FINANCIALLY.  Ignorance is bliss…and cheap apparently.  Posting and reading on the boards makes me want things I otherwise wouldn’t have even known about.  And its going to take great restraint to avoid a whole new stack of games I barely have time to play.