|| Not bad, actually
First, I had to share this:
Particularly humorous to me at the moment because, just two weeks ago, my cooling fans for my graphics card and tower both died, and then my PC died due to massive over-heating; thankfully, my drives were all fine, and the RAM even survived the process, but I had to replace everything else, ending up spending $600 and a week's worth of effort. On the plus side, I actually had some emergency cash set aside which covered those expenses, and now my machine if fairly upgraded (went from a Pentium 4 1.8GHz to an Athlon 3500 2.2GHz, and from a Radeon 9800 to an X1900 with AV and component cable inputs, though I've yet to install the multimedia center needed to make use of those).
Well, where to start? The semester's had its real rough points, but at this point, I feel like I'm going to come away from it ok. I'm easily destroying my Probability class, with my score for the first exam having beaten the class average by 30 points, and having made right on the average for the second test (of course, the average was 85 because the test was freaking easy, except for one 15 point question which apparently no one got right). Quantum sees me beating the class average, but only be a measly 7 points; despite the class having really easy homework, the first exam was suspiciously difficult (none of the questions had anything to do with our homework problems, and were barely even covered in class). I ended up dropping Electrodynamics, as my score on the first test was less than encouraging, meaning that passing the course would require so much effort that I'd likely have to fail something; as an interesting note, when I went to the professor to drop the class, he saw my schedule, grimaced, laughed, and signed the sheet and told me he was shocked I'd even been allowed to attempt what I was doing this semester. Finally, Classical Dynamics continues to be a pain in my backside, but apparently this is true for everyone, every semester, so I guess that's not too bad? I made 5 points below the class average on the first test, but the curve in this class is based on grade-grouping rather than curve-fitting, so anything above a 40 was a B (the average was a 45 out of 100 points; I got a 43).
My schedule for semester is looking pretty nice so far; Quantum II has no lab, so I won't spend every weekend writing insanely long reports, and Pseudoscience is just going to be fun. I also managed to sign up for Japanese 4 (finally), and am of course taking another shot at Electrodynamics (and this time, victory shall be MINE!!!). All in all, it's looking to be a fairly nice semester; Japanese has nightly homework, but the assignments are short and easy, and graded on completion, so no worries there, and Pseudoscience only involves reading interesting books (oh no, how ever shall I manage that?), Quantum II should be pretty easy, if only because for some reason I just seem to do well with quantum; Electrodynamics, of course, will suck, but still, only taking one rough class as opposed to 3 I think I can live with. And also, no Math classes! FINALLY!
Ok, enough of school matters; it is time to speak of games. Those of you who haven't talked to me lately might not have heard my many, many rants about how awesome Okami for the PS2 is. I honestly am having a hard time remembering the last time I played a game that sucked me in so completely and made me so absolutely happy to be playing it (the only other one that comes to mind is Ocarina of Time). This might perhaps have to do with the fact the game is fairly Zelda-esque in terms of gameplay, world design, combat, and even graphics (like Wind Waker, the game is entirely cell shaded, and some of the smoke and water graphics distinctly reminded me of Wind Waker). The storyline is based on Japanese mythology, and the graphics are based on traditional Japanese art styles, making for a very distinct and interesting game experience (well, here in America, anyway; the game didn't do spectacularly in Japan, possibly for that very reason). The soundtrack, the characters, the world itself; just about everything this game is awesome. The most distinctive feature, though, are your brush powers. You play as a sun-god who has the ability to use the Celestial Brush to manipulate the world around you, allowing you to do such things as slash trees and rocks, repair broken objects, and summon fire, wind, ice, water, and lightning to solve problems and defeat demons. My only real complaint is that it's fairly easy; if you're willing to use items, nothing in the game should ever offer a challenge. Still, it's a game loaded with gameplay, great music and controls and characters, and even if you're rushing through it there's at least a good 40 hours of gameplay in it, so I'd say it's definitely worth picking up.
Other than Okami, I've gotten around to playing Kingdom Hearts II and Final Fantasy XII, but in the case of Kingdom Hearts II I can only assume anyone who's interested in it has already played it (in my opinion, it was quite an improvement over the first one in terms of music and gameplay), and in the case of FFXII, I've only gotten in the barest minimum of gameplay, so I don't really have anything productive to say there. I also picked up a copy of Elite Beat Agents, but as of right now haven't stopped playing FFXII long enough to really check it out; still, having seen a good deal of Ouendan and even played a couple of levels, I'm fairly sure I'll enjoy it immensely once I finally get around to playing it. Of course, with Star Trek Legacy for the PC and the release of the Wii drawing ever nearer, all of my free time might soon be devoured ravenously by other, more aggressive titles.
Well, that's fairly close to all that's worth mentioning in my life as of late, really. It's pretty much just been schoolwork these last couple of months, and it's likely to be that again fairly soon, but this weekend saw me with a wondrous alignment of down-time in my various classes that I simply could not believe until it was upon me. My winter plans have been thrown into complete and total chaos as of late, but it seems that I'll probably be in Michigan around the 20th of December, and in Arkansas around the 3rd of January, so I'm hoping to schedule hanging out with various people within the the time-frame of January 3rd-17th or so. Oh, I also FINALLY got all of Swat Kats and should soon have all of Pirates of Dark Water, as well, so anyone interested in seeing/acquiring those, let me know and I'll see what I can do (more people need to be able to enjoy their awesomeness and share my anger at the fact that they were canceled so quickly). Anyway, enough out of me; hope everyone's doing well, and that I get a chance to see/hear from you all soon. Later, everyone!