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Pulls out the App-Al keyboard as the WORLD dies and the BLUE SKY rises.


It can be an incredible hassle to view a PowerPoint file on a Mac without Microsoft Office or iWork. In fact, there doesn’t seem to be any modern viewer application. The only solution I’ve found thus far is to use NeoOffice, which is as slow as heck. And then there’s the added problem if the file is in the new Office format, .pptx. Then it has to be converted to .ppt by some other means before it can be viewed in NeoOffice. Oh, and did I mention how incredibly slow NeoOffice is? It’s really overkill for just wanting to view a file.

So, Preview is used for viewing documents. Why not add support for PowerPoint files into it? I realise that one of the driving points of Preview is that it’s so lightweight and fast, but I doubt adding in support for PowerPoint would compromise this. It could even convert it to some viewable intermediate file like it does to PostScript files if it would help.

We know Peter has acquired Clair’s ability to heal. So, how can he die from gunfire? Does he have to consciously activate all acquired powers (i.e., only his own original power is automatic)? And, why does the future Peter have a huge scar across his face if he has the power to heal? Clair has received substantial damage and shows no sign of scarring.

Every nation needs an anthem. There’s no reason the pirate nation should be an exception. Thus, I nominate He’s a Pirate (Orchestral Mix) by Dj Tiësto to be the anthem of the pirate nation.

With the air of adventure and exploration, the song captures the spirit of the pirate that lives on since the golden age of piracy. In addition, the electronic sounds bear witness to the modern state of piracy as well as the projection of piracy into the future.

As I was at a conference, a doctor was speaking. Already, he had oiled his institution and programme in prestige. The arrogance metre was elevating. He was telling of how he had considered giving some pointers for the admission interview to a prospective student of the graduate programme of this particular doctor’s institution. Explaining why he chose not to do so, with the air of having received a revelation in his personal journey in life, he suddenly declared, “Because that would inject a bias!”. Whilst making this declaration, he cocked his head, jolted both index fingers into the air and even his buttocks from off his seat. I can’t say a normal person would have acted this way.

I have no quarrel with his decision nor his reasons behind it, but the way in which he recounted the event and turned it into an academic outburst is what raised the eyebrows. The whole incident was so prestigious.

I am sick and tired of the constant changes in the programming schedule. An annual alteration is one thing, but the schedule has changed numerous times in the last few months alone. On top of that, the changes are unannounced. Additionally, you randomly drop and add shows without warning. Blast you. For several years now, you’ve used anime to lure viewers in so you can spam them with your own home brewed shows, 90% of which is total and utter crap.

This is the last time. To you I say, adieu.

Uhm, yeah. So this is a commercial I saw on TV for a service that purportedly helps people with their sucky PCs and problems related therein. My question is, What’s the deal with showing Macs in half the commercial’s scenes and then saying available for PCs only? It’s not that Macs would actually need this service, but yeah, so why show them in the first place? There’s something off about that.

This list is incomplete and is still a work in progress. At this point, I’ve not differentiated between US, Japanese, and European releases. Due to the age of the games, there are some difficulties in determining which region releases exist and which languages are available.

SNES RPG List v0.1

  • 3×3 Eyes – Juuma Houkan ?
  • 3×3 Eyes – Seima Kourinden ?
  • 7th Saga, The
  • ActRaiser
  • ActRaiser 2
  • AD&D – Eye of the Beholder
  • Alcahest
  • Arcana
  • Bahamut Lagoon
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon – Another Story
  • Brain Lord
  • Brandish
  • Brandish 2 – The Planet Buster
  • Breath of Fire
  • Breath of Fire II
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Cyber Knight
  • Cyber Knight II – Chikyuu Teikoku no Yabou
  • Dragon Ball Z – Super Gokuuden Kakusei Hen
  • Dragon Ball Z – Super Gokuuden Totsugeki Hen
  • Dragon Ball Z – Super Saiya Densetsu
  • Dragon Quest
  • Dragon View
  • Drakkhen
  • Dual Orb
  • Dual Orb II
  • Dungeon Master
  • E.V.O. Search for Eden
  • Earthbound
  • Feda – The Emblem of Justice
  • Final Fantasy – Mystic Quest
  • Final Fantasy II
  • Final Fantasy III
  • Final Fantasy V
  • Front Mission
  • Front Mission – Gun Hazard
  • Hamelin no Violin Tamaki
  • Harvest Moon
  • Illusion of Gaia
  • Inindo – Way of the Ninja
  • Kidou Senshi Kundom …
  • Kouryuu Densetsu Villgust – Kieta Shoujo
  • Lady Stalker – Kako Kara no Chousen
  • Lagoon
  • Legend of Zelda, The – A Link to the Past
  • Live A Live
  • Lufia & The Fortress of Doom
  • Lufia II – Rise of the Sinistrals
  • Mahou Kishi Rayearth
  • Might and Magic II – Gates to Another World
  • Might and Magic III – Isles of Terra
  • Monstania
  • Mystic Ark
  • Ogre Battle – The March of the Black Queen
  • Paladin’s Quest
  • Ranma Nibunnoichi – Akanekodan Teki Hihou
  • Robotrek
  • Romancing SaGa
  • Romancing SaGa 2
  • Romancing SaGa 3
  • Rudra no Hihou
  • Secret of Evermore
  • Secret of Mana
  • Secret of the Stars
  • Seiken Densetsu 3
  • Shadowrun
  • Soul Blazer
  • Star Ocean
  • Super Famicom Wars
  • Super Mario RPG – Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Tales of Phantasia
  • Tenchi Muyou! Game Hen
  • Tenchi wo Kurau – San Kuni Shi Gunyuuden
  • Terranigma
  • Treasure Hunter G
  • Twisted Tales of Spike McFang, The
  • Ultima – Kyouryuu Teikoku
  • Ultima – Runes of Virtue II
  • Ultima VI – The False Prophet
  • Ultima VII – The Black Gate
  • Uncharted Waters
  • Uncharted Waters – New Horizons
  • Wizardry I-II-III – Story of Llylgamyn
  • Wizardry V – Heart of the Maelstrom
  • Wizardry VI – Bane of the Cosmic Forge
  • Wonder Project J – Kikai no Shounen Pino
  • Ys III – Wanderers from Ys
  • Ys IV – Mask of the Sun
  • Ys V – Ushinawareta Sabako Miyako Kefin
  • Yuu Yuu Hakusho ?

Almost every day, I spend a few minutes that I’ll never get back playing Vampires on Facebook. I’m not sure why I play, it’s not an overly exciting game really. Perhaps it’s the prospect of levels, and points, and rank.

Anyway, there’s an item, or rather weapon, called the Chicken Suit. One can only use the Chicken Suit against a player who is in their friend list. Whoever has the Chicken Suit used against them, loses all their battles for two entire days.

If you have any strategic intelligence, you’d quickly realise that since you gain more points for defeating a higher level opponent, you could  reap masses of points by fighting a top tier player who had been suited.

Unfortunately, that line of thinking is so totally wrong. You’d think that you, being maybe level 5 or so, would reap, oh, say, hundreds of points for victories against a player with over an hundred thousand experience points, right? But, again, that thinking is totally incorrect. There’s a few unwritten details of how this works.

First, the most points you can get from a victory is 10 points (per fight, so that’s 30 if you use 3 fights at a time). This result is providing that you are fighting a monster of another species than your own, and that the opposing monster has significantly more points than yours. If it’s the same species of monster, you get 9 points (or 27 points for a triple attack).

Clearly, this is better than the measly 5 points or so that you normally get from a battle, but it’s not going to land you in the top tier anytime soon as this situation only lasts for 2 days.

Now you might be thinking to search through the rankings for top tier players who are already suited, and simply attack them. But, this is even worse. If you’re not a friend of the suited player, you will receive only 1 point per fight.

So, yeah, the Chicken Suit isn’t overly useful these unwritten stipulations in place. My recommendation is that these unwritten rules for the suit be altered to either allow players to suit non-friends andor receive the normal amount of points from attacking a non-friend suited player.

Here is a list of GBA RPGs released in Japan. This list is incomplete and is a work in progress. At the moment, it contains primarily titles that correspond to those on the US list, as well as additional titles in a series. All titles are romanised. In most instances where a Japanese word in the title is in fact a Japanese version of an English word, the proper English word is simply used (i.e., ‘Final Fantasy’ instead of ‘Fainaru Fantazii’). Note that minor, and occasionally gross, variation between US and Japanese titles for the same game do exist. In all likeliness, this list will be much larger than its US and European counterparts.

Some title variations to note:

  • Bokujou Monogatari is Harvest Moon
  • Hagane no Renkinjutsushi is Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Mother is Earthbound
  • Ougon no Taiyou is Golden Sun
  • Rockman is Megaman

GBA RPG List (Japan) v0.4

  • Battle Network Rockman EXE
  • Battle Network Rockman EXE 2
  • Battle Network Rockman EXE 3
  • Battle Network Rockman EXE 3 Black
  • Bokujou Monogatari – Mineral Town no Nakamatachi
  • Bokujou Monogatari – Mineral Town no Nakamatachi for Girl
  • Bomberman Jetters
  • Bomberman Story
  • Breath of Fire
  • Breath of Fire 2
  • Chinmoku no Iseki – Estpolis Gaiden
  • Dragon Ball Z – The Legacy of Goku II
  • Final Fantasy I & II Dawn of Souls
  • Final Fantasy IV Advance
  • Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
  • Final Fantasy V Advance
  • Final Fantasy VI Advance
  • Fire Emblem – Fuuin no Tsurugi
  • Fire Emblem – Rekka no Ken
  • Fire Emblem – Seima no Kouseki
  • Game Boy Wars Advance
  • Hagane no Renkinjutsushi – Meisou no Rondo
  • Hagane no Renkinjutsushi – Omoide no Sonata
  • Harobots – Robo Hero Battling!!
  • Lunar Legend
  • Mario & Luigi RPG
  • Mother 1 + 2
  • Mother 3
  • One Piece – Dragon Dream
  • One Piece, From TV Animation – Mezase! King of Berry
  • One Piece, From TV Animation – Nanatsu Shima no Daihihou
  • Onimusha Tactics
  • Ougon no Taiyou – Hirakareshi Fuuin
  • Ougon no Taiyou – Ushinawareshi Toki
  • Pocket Monsters Emerald
  • Pocket Monsters Fire Red
  • Pocket Monsters Leaf Green
  • Pocket Monsters Ruby
  • Pocket Monsters Sapphire
  • Riviera – Yakusoku no Chi Riviera
  • Robot Ponkottsu 2 – Cross Version
  • Robot Ponkottsu 2 – Ring Version
  • Shining Force – Kuroki Ryuu no Fukkatsu
  • Shining Soul I
  • Shining Soul II
  • Shinyaku Seiken Densetsu
  • Summon Night – Craft Sword Monogatari
  • Summon Night – Craft Sword Monogatari 2
  • Summon Night – Craft Sword Monogatari Hajimari no Ishi
  • Super Robot Taisen – Original Generation
  • Super Robot Taisen – Original Generation 2
  • Super Robot Taisen A
  • Super Robot Taisen D
  • Super Robot Taisen J
  • Super Robot Taisen R
  • Tactics Ogre Gaiden – The Knight of Lodis
  • Tales of Phantasia
  • Zelda no Densetsu – Fushigi no Boushi
  • Zelda no Densetsu – Kamigami no Triforce & 4tsu no Tsurugi
  • Z.O.E. 2173 – Testament