Hakuna mavodka, you two knockers of turds. First of all, let me begin by pretending to feel badly for not sending an email last week. I meant to send one, but I was still in “every Friday” mode. It is Doc Jason’s fault for effing up the rotation. I suppose I would be remiss for not addressing sovme of the topics you covered on the last two episodes. I too was bummed by the passing of Roddy Piper. I couldn’t care less about wrestling now, but when I was a kid, I was all over it like skeevy on a meth head. Roddy Piper wasn’t necessarily one of my favorites, but I always enjoyed watching him all the same. By all the accounts I have heard, he was a solid human being, and since there are depressingly few of those remaining on this cosmic mudball, his passing leaves the world a little worse off for his loss. I did always love They Live. It remains one of my all time favorite B movies. Oddly enough, ever since I became politically aware, that film took on a whole new meaning for me. I tell you, that movie is like an onion. It has layers, man. Layers.
Secondly, Rhett my boy…congratulations you walking ball of hate and anger! I am excited about your upcoming interview. One of the best shows you ever did was when you interviewed the dude from Zombies Hate Kung Fu. I’ve been lobbying for more interviews on the DGP for a while, so it was a pleasant shock to hear you’d finally gotten off your posterior and made it happen. Given that Warhammer is still a fairly major franchise, this interview is actually pretty epic. Hopefully it will be a mutually beneficial arrangement for both parties. I would love to see something…anything…finally start to drive some traffic to the DGP’s crusty little corner of the internet. Just don’t suck all of the will to live out of your guest, Rhett. Please. Your dour countenance has ruined enough lives.
What is up with your computer and Windows 10, Peterson? My laptop runs it without incident, and the new OS never comes anywhere close to maxing out my ram or cpu. Sounds like you have some crap running in the background you might want to shut down. Like you, I halfway dig 10 so far. I avoid its bundled Windows Edge browser, though. I played with it and found nothing even remotely impressive about it. I went with my old standby, Firefox. It has never let me down in terms of performance. The one hiccup I’ve had with 10 so far is that it does not support my printer. Yet. I went to HP’s site looking for some sort of driver update, but there were none to be had. Oh well, I need a new printer anyway. Unfortunately, after 8 or 9 years of faithful service, it seems to have given up the ghost. It has a permanent “paper jam” error showing no matter what attempts you make to resolve the issue. I read some online forums and found a guy who’d been a printer tech for a good number of years, and he basically said if resolutions a, b, and c don’t work, your printer is permahosed, and you need a new one. Funny thing is, I never had a problem out of it until my wife used it to print like twenty entire New York phone books’ worth of documents during her two years of nursing school. Oh well, she’s giving me a daughter, so I guess I won’t hold a $40 printer against her.
What have you hosers been up to this week, aside from scoring interviews, volleyball and playing the same games for the tenth week in a row? I have been playing arts and crafts with the wife, and God help me, I’ve been enjoying it. I’ve officially graduated from lame to Captain Lame of the Cosmos. She finally decided on a theme for Charlotte’s nursery, and with our list of wants in hand we drove down to that bastion of right wing religious dogma Hobby Lobby. The thing about Hobby Lobby, as it turns out, is that it is ridiculously expensive. So our shopping trip turned into an intelligence mission. We walked around, got some ideas, and proceeded to visit a few thrift shops and the local Wal-Mart, where we found everything we needed for less than $20. Yesterday was spent painting and gluing up a storm. We ended up making a lot of the stuff we saw in stores for far less and they look great. I gave Meredith one idea, and after she ended up making what I’d suggested, she said “Wow. These look really great. I cannot believe YOU had the idea to do this.” Apparently, when I do something well, it’s just as impressive to her as a dog learning to use a toilet. :/
As far as my gaming week goes, I have played very little. Because my wife sleeps like a drunken bear now, I usually awaken several hours before she does, so I decided to settle in with a cup of coffee and Mafia on the original Xbox yesterday morning. Guys, the graphics are HORRIBLE, the controls are a little off, but that game is so much freaking fun. I will be playing it tonight while the spousal unit is at work. The story is great. I squealed like a schoolgirl when I heard about the official announcement of Mafia 3. Oddly enough, I heard it first on DGP. Usually I’m well aware of these kinds of things long before you two mention them. I watched the trailer and it looks magnificent. I don’t give a double dipped damn what y’all say, I want to play this game so hard. I beat Mafia 2, loved it, and so far I’m digging the first, so I have no doubt that I’ll feel funny in my pants when I finally get my hands on 3. For the first time in forever, I will probably preorder a game, and this will be it.
Speaking of preorders, I plunked down $5 on Gamestop’s exclusive Amiibo 3 pack the other day. I couldn’t care less about those silly things, but the Nintendorks eat those things up. Since you can only get them if you preordered (apparently) the demand for them will be solid, and I plan to flip them once they come in. I find myself generating a nice little secondary income doing that lately. I picked up a CIB (complete in box for the game collecting uninitiated) copy of Star Wars Battlefront 2 for the original Xbox today for $1.99, and it seems to go for an average of $30-$40 depending on condition online. I might flip it or I might keep it. Haven’t decided that yet. The PS2 version can be had for pennies all day every day, but because the OG Xbox version can still be lan partied, it fetches a premium. I didn’t even know lan parties were still a thing. Who knew?
While we’re on the subject of games that have me hyped, though, I am also getting a little anxious for Crackdown 3. Of course I will have to get a Xbox One first, and a I will. I’m normally indifferent to the whole cloud computing issue, (to the extent that it doesn’t affect my personal files and content) but if it is able to deliver on its promise, the idea of an open world game that is 100% destructible would deliver on the promise many games have made and fallen short of before. If you can promise me that I can drop any building I see, and then deliver on that promise, you’ve got me hook, line, and sinker. Yes please. It should appeal to Rhett too. I mean, he wants to watch the world burn, and in Crackdown 3 it sounds like he could just make it happen. At least in a virtual environment anyway. I just hope it won’t require a subscription to Xbox Live to make it happen. I just finally cancelled mine. I only kept it active for Chase, and since he has become a pc only gamer, I saw no value in maintaining it.
Moving on, Rhett, you have no idea how keyed up you got me when you mentioned the TPP. Words cannot express the rage and disgust I have regarding that particular crap pile of a trade agreement. Far be it from me to espouse conspiratorial thinking, the fact that this bill is being kept a secret is cause for great concern. The fact that the Congressmen and women who are to vote on it aren’t even allowed to see it unless they agree to do so in a central location, not take notes, and not discuss what they see publicly tells me this thing is BAD news for America. What the Hell kind of nation have we become when we just lay down and let our lawmakers agree to secret deals that affect us all without so much as a whimper? It disgusts me. It truly does. Some of the first few pages have leaked online, and what is there is absolutely a calamity waiting to happen. Calling it NAFTA on steroids would be the understatement of the century. I could tell you what I’ve read of it, and why I think it’s detrimental to free market capitalism and national sovereignty, but I’ve rambled on long enough. Just suffice it to say, in the words of Mr. Horse, no sir, I don’t think I like it.
You know what I do like, though? Free resources. Why do I say this? Because my town is FINALLY getting a public library, and it’s just down the street from my house! I am super excited about it too! I just hope it will be like yours and have games available to check out. Why…I might become like Jason and almost never buy another game!!! Actually…since I collect, I probably will still buy games, but still…that would be cool.
Actually, I think that’s it for me this week, guys. I’d love to ramble more, but I know you’ve got a show to finish and news to dump, (Lindsay’s favorite, of course) so I’ll end it here. #DoNotPeeOnMyParade #KillTheNewAuntMay #IGottaPoop