The Problem With Shopping (also, what I got for Christmas)

So, first, here’s what I got for Chrimmus. My birthday is also really close, so I’m including those as well:

* an Android tablet, seven inch. Still not sure what to do with it.

* An electric blanket for those cold nights. It’s actually been pretty awesome so far. Even Yoyo likes it!

Past that I’ve mostly just gotten christmas money from friends and relatives, which I’ve so far used to get a movie, From Beyond (DVD/BluRay combo pack version) and a Doctor Who serial, The Dalek Invasion of Earth.

One slight bummer is that I used to love shopping in the real world, but over time its kinda… eroded, to the point where I always am looking for specific things that the stores basically never have. When they do have them, it seems like the price is always too high.

There is an exception though: Sometimes you see a used DVD or video game that the store doesn’t realize the (assumed) value of, and then you can get it for a not-insane price.

I wish I could say that this was one example, but unfortunately at the moment I can’t. The reason I’m mentioning that show is as an example of how ridiculous the online “everything is rare!” mentality is–that show wasn’t considered particularly good even back in its day and was only remembered because of a slightly more popular animated spinoff which itself was disliked because it was competing with The Real Ghostbusters. At the same time I’m a fan of said animated spinoff so I’m looking forward to owning this set (which for various reasons I couldn’t grab back when it was new). So basically, if anyone sees that box set for a not-retarded price (I’m willing to go up to fifty bucks, but no higher) lemme know.

Another thing I’ve been seeing as an obstacle is that lately, I tend to have specific tastes. Like, “there’s one very particular thing I’m looking for.” Like recently I’ve been into H.P. Lovecraft. Not “horror fiction,” not “any good horror author,” but Lovecraft specifically. And then I really just want the Arkham House volumes and they have specifically to have the Raymond Bayless cover art… yeah. This has extended to looking for movies based on his works… which itself has narrowed down to “basically just the ones by Stuart Gordon” (From Beyond, Re-Animator, etc). Right now, the only way to get me to even look at other horror authors is if their writings are related to the Cthulhu Mythos. Similarly, when I was into racing games awhile back, they had to be certain styles–Mario Kart-type racers wouldn’t do it but I didn’t care for heavy management aspects either. Before that there was a period where I was into… umm… something. Yeah I can’t remember something that specific (funny how that seems to form a contrast here).

But yeah, this makes me a hard person to shop for, which is why my friends and family either just give me money, or else some general necessity thing like the electric blanket. Which kind of makes the android a weird decision since I never expressed interest or need for one, but apparently they thought the webcam functions would be useful for making videos… or at least recording kitties. Which is a good point, though the camera (and this may just be a software issue) seems to take some excessively dark, rather pixellated images.

I haven’t used it yet.

But just to give you all a slice of d’aawww, here’s a video I did make, with my logitech webcam, featuring my cute widdle Flufflepuff:

… Incidentally I found out afterward that there’s a fan-made pony named Flufflepuff. Forget her, my kitty is far more adorable!

See ya in January!

A new complication in my life

Slight update – Despite what I said in the video, I discovered afterwards that widdleness here can be fed out of a saucer. He hasn’t quite got the technique down though (he keeps dipping his nose into the milk)

Well, I also got some new games–Rainbow Six and Outpost 1.5 (the latter isn’t necessarily “new” to me–its just a patched version of a game I already own). Both for PC. Will talk more in coming weeks.

Why Yoyo is Best Kitty

Two things I didn’t realize until I was done.

First was that at the beginning it kinda looked like I punched her. I didn’t–I just scruffled her fur a little. She was already in a hand-biting mood (to her, it’s just a game).

Second was that the whole video comes off like Yoyo coerced me into letting her be a lap-cat and having me say how cute she is. Oh well! 😉

And now for some cuteness!

So I was trying to capture Yoyo’s cuteness on video, when…

… She ran between me and the laptop, and in doing so accidentally pulled the wire out of the webcam.

….

In other news, lately I’ve been playing First-Person Shooters. And I mean the good ones: Doom, Heretic, Hexen, and maybe the original Medal of Honor (jury is still out on whether its good or not). In particular Doom 64 is giving me a hell of a time (pun completely intended).

Might do a full write-up (or even a video) when I’m done. I also kinda want to do an overview of the Heretic/Hexen series (there are reviews online, but all the ones I’ve seen suck. Like there’s a guy who talks about the game but only shows us the first level. How lazy can you get?)

Also, been reading the Doom novelizations. Yes, there were Doom novelizations. And surprisingly they’re kind of a fun read.