Commercial whaling is making a comeback – Iceland kills whale, breaking international ban:
Iceland’s Fisheries Ministry has estimated there are more than 43,000 minke whales and 25,000 fin whales in Iceland’s coastal waters. A limited commercial hunt, it has said, would be “consistent with the principle of sustainable development.”
Iceland stopped commercial whaling in 1986 and scientific whaling in 1989. It resumed scientific whaling in 2003.
Japan has been using that excuse for decades, of course.
It’s sad seeing such huge, magnificent creatures slaughtered for our consumption; but like most resources, if there’s money to be had…
At least sealers don’t have the gall to call their harvest “scientific sealing”.
Anyone want to do some scientific cowing?
I’ve owned a VIC-20, Nintendo, and Super Nintendo. I currently own a Nintendo 64 and a Playstation 2, which I rarely play. Yet, I still read about new games and the industry. Here are the games I own:
For the PC:
- World Of Warcraft
I bought this because everyone in the universe bought it. I haven’t played it yet. I’m easily influenced.
- Need For Speed: Most Wanted
Greg got me interested in this after he wouldn’t shut up about the PS2 version he recently bought. Besides the excellent graphics and sense of speed (it doesn’t beat Burnout, though – see below), it has intelligent police chases, where you hear the police chatter on their radio. Lots of fun.
- Need For Speed: Underground
I bought this while I was working a lot in the U.S, looking for something to do while in my hotel room. I like unrealistic racing car games.
I’ve owned various versions of it since it came out in 1986. I have version 10, the latest at this time. I rarely play it now, but it’s easy to get into with its variety of challenges.
A fantasy RPG-like game that has a top-down view of the characters. I think I used cheat codes a lot in this one. I do that a lot: I’m very impatient.
- Baldur’s Gate
I started playing this, then my wife got hooked. Another RPG fantasy game. It’s long and extensive.
I had lots of other PC games; I just don’t remember them.
For the PlayStation 2:
This is a favorite. I first played it on the PC when it was released in 1998. I bought it for the PS/2 to see how it compared with the PC version, and it plays well. Half-life set a standard for first-person shooters for its atmosphere and story. It’s possible to finish the game in 48 minutes. I watched it all, too.
- God Of War
This is a violent, gruesome, compelling adventure game, which I haven’t finished because of some tough section that pissed me off. Fun to play and get into, though. Great story and cinematics. I read that a sequel is being developed for the PS/2.
- Devil May Cry
This is a cool looking game and fun to play, but like most other games, I got frustrated at some point while trying to solve a puzzle or kill a creature. Never finished it.
- Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty
The Metal Gear Solid series is well known on the PS/2 for its innovations and excellent graphics. I haven’t been able to play 5 minutes of this. I keep it in the hope that I WILL have the patience to figure it out.
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Another popular series, this one setting a standard for its extensive story and goals. It’s a long game that I haven’t had the time to devote to.
- Champions Of Norrath
This is role-playing game (RPG) set in a fantasy world similar to Dungeons And Dragons, which I enjoy. I think I finished this one; that tells you it isn’t a hard game.
- Shadow Of The Colossus
This received a lot of rave reviews and hype, but it didn’t work for me. Your goal is to kill a bunch of giant creatures. That’s it. I got impatient with trying to figure out how to kill the beasts.
- Dora The Explorer: Journey To The Purple Planet
This is a kids’ game that’s too easy for adults to even try. Caitlyn enjoys it, though.
- Finding Nemo
Based on the movie, this isn’t an easy game for kids. I even got frustrated with some of the stages. Caitlyn nor I ever finished it.
- Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds
I got this for my wife, who was a fan of the show. She got stuck at some point in the game and never went back to it. I never tried it.
- Resident Evil 4
This received rave reviews, and Ashley finished it and gave me good feedback about it; yet, I haven’t been able to finish it. It’s creepy. Don’t play it with the lights off.
I think I bought this because it was one of Sony’s first cinematic-type games. I haven’t played it yet.
- Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance
An RPG that was popular in its time. I might’ve finished this.
- Burnout 3: Takedown
A classic. This racing car game set a new standard for innovation and sense of speed. Lots of fun.
- Burnout: Revenge
This is Burnout 4. They changed some of the features from Burnout 3, so if you were used to that you may not like it, but still a fun game.
- Need For Speed: Underground
Most of the Need For Speed series games are fun. This one introduced drag racing and using drifting a lot. A fun game, although it pales beside Burnout 3.
- Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
One of the early games in the series, it was fun for its time.
- Medal of Honor: Frontline
I haven’t played many war games because they’re too damn intense. This one starts on the beaches of Normandy and never lets up.
- Winnie The Pooh’s Rumbly Tumbly Adventure
A cute game for the kids, but its load time is frustrating and the way its goals are divided across different sections is annoying. Not recommended even for kids.
- Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time
A cool, innovative game. Nothing like the original 2-dimensional version 20 years ago, although you DO jump over pits and trips; that’s the only similarity. It got too hard for me simple mind.
- Rachet & Clank
This is the first game in the series and the first I ever played. I got impatient with the weapon variations and controls. I read that the later games are a lot better.
- R-Type Final
This is a 2-dimensional spaceship shooting game, where the ship travels from left to right through tunnels and parts of space. I remembered playing this in arcades decades ago, so I gave this a try. It’s too fucking hard.
- Max Payne 2: The Fall Of Max Payne
This was one of the first games to implement the bullet time feature that the movie Matrix made popular: you could slow the action down to shoot accurately. I tried this for 5 minutes and got frustrated with the controls.
- Hot Shots Golf 3
I don’t play golf, but this is a fun game if you like that sorta thing. I never finished it, though.
- Red Faction
A first-person shooter similar to Half-life. Lots of story, but no big deal. I think I finished it using a walkthrough.
For the Nintendo 64:
- Conker’s Bad Fur Day
I think this is the last N64 game I bought. It’s a silly adult game with adult humour. I almost finished it.
- Duke Nukem 64
The first first-person shooter from the classic 2-dimensional Duke Nukem series. The PC version is better.
Another classic first-person shooter. I don’t know why I got it for this console.
- 007: GoldenEye
Next to Beetle Adventure Racing (see below), probably the best game for the N64. I think I finished it, too.
- Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
I try to play Star Wars game, but they never hold my interest. This one was too frustrating, I think.
- Donkey Kong 64
I think my wife finished this game. Another game I didn’t have the patience for: memorizing routes, puzzles… but I’ll never learn.
- 007: The World Is Not Enough
An unsuccessful attempt to recreate the magic of GoldenEye. I don’t know why I have this game.
- The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
I tried to play the Zelda games but, like most in that genre, too much silly puzzles and shit to figure out and memorize. My wife played these games, though.
- The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time
Neat at first, tedious about half-way through.
- Indiana Jones and The Infernal Machine
I remember trying to play this, but it was too hard manipulating the character.
- Perfect Dark
An excellent game by Rare, a publisher that was eventually bought by Microsoft. Better than GoldenEye.
- Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion
I think I like playing these first-person shooters ONLY when I can initiate cheat mode.
- Star Wars: Battle For Naboo
I had no idea I owned this.
- Beetle Adventure Racing!
The best racing car game for the Nintendo 64. Lots of fun. I even finished this game. I probably played it all the way through twice.
- San Francisco Rush 2049
The Rush racing car series were a lot of fun once. Lots of jumps and silliness.
- Excitebike 64
I think I wanted to try a different racing style. This didn’t win me over.
- Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA
I don’t remember this one, but it was probably good.
- Mario Tennis
I didn’t get into this. I only got it for its favorable reviews, I think.
- Duke Nukem: Zero Hour
I didn’t know I had TWO Duke Nukem games for the N64. I have no memory of this one.
- Ridge Racer 64
I don’t remember this one, either. Beetle Adventure Racing! is the best, anyway.
- Paper Mario
I finished this game. Or Dawn did.
I got rid of all of my Super Nintendo games except Chrono Trigger. I don’t know why I kept that one, except it’s one of the few games I’ve ever finished.
My favorite game genre is racing, as you might’ve guessed: turn it on and start playing – nothing complicated about it.
As I reported previously, Tommyboy is looking to get voted on his town’s council; however, his pink election signs are being stolen:
They’ve been disappearing at an alarming rate since the first ones went up Saturday night, he said.
“If it keeps up, he’ll have none left long before election day.”
Pink figures it must be people collecting the unusual signs, rather than anyone trying to damage his campaign. The eight inch by 48-inch signs simply say “Think” against a solid pink background.
“All I’m saying is think. You don’t have to vote for me. Vote for someone else if you want, just think about it.”
Update (Oct. 28, 2006): Tom told me he found the sign while googling for tom pink political sign. It’s from emmajane.net. It’s the one on the right. Click it for a large version of it (from the original photographer).
Update (Nov. 14, 2006): Tommyboy won. To quote him:
What the fuck have I done….I got on…last spot…beat the incumbent by 250 votes…only new guy to get on..
Robots kills 13 Afghan civilians during battle
That’s what I read as I glanced at CBC’s website this morning: “Robots” instead of “Rockets”.
It’ll happen someday!
Don’t you hate it when you can’t finish a book?
I recently began reading Pilgrim by Timothy Findley. I read his novel, The Piano Man’s Daughter, when it came out years ago and enjoyed it, though I don’t remember much about it except a sentence that went something like: “She had the kind of smile that told the world to go to hell.” I picked Pilgrim randomly from my bookshelf.
It’s about a guy, Pilgrim, who doesn’t want to live, but he comes back to life every time he tries to kill himself. He’s declared officially dead, but then he somehow starts breathing again. The story takes place in a mental hospital after his latest suicide attempt. Carl Jung is his doctor. A large portion of the novel consists of a journal written by Pilgrim and read by Jung who’s trying to figure this guy out.
I gave up on the novel about halfway through it (page 250 or so). Timothy Findley’s writing is finely-crafted, and the story is interesting. But I had ten years of interesting as an undergrad and graduate student. After a while, interesting just doesn’t cut it. I was also bored by the company of Findley’s writing. I can understand why he’s so popular with academics; his writing is very proper and polite and ripe for analysis. After 250 pages of that and not much happening, I couldn’t take it anymore.
What books have you had to give up on?