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Steve's final thoughts (for today)....

1. There is a HUGE gap in difficulty between the "beginner" and "light" difficulty levels on whatever the heck version of DDR it is that I'm playing. On "beginner", I'm able usually able to get through a song or two without any mistakes. On "light", I can get through some songs, but for some I'm like on all fours bouncing up and down on all the pads simultaneously like some kind of aroused ape and still not getting anywhere. I don't even wanna know what "standard" is gonna be like.

2. Holy shit. Tomorrow night's Amazing Race: No Jonathan and Victoria for one thing. For another, Adam and Rebecca (who pretty much suck) might up and quit the race. And for yet another, it appears that there's some sort of race where they're riding in Bajaj three-wheelers similar to the one in my carport. Sweet! I wish I could call them up and have them grab a few parts off for me.

3. Susie's not feeling good, so I'm all alone in the living room with Rudy, watching crap on TV that we don't normally watch. I decided to check out Fear Factor, which I haven't watched much of since their first season. Holy living fuck they have to eat some nasty things on there now! Tonight's dish: blended maggots served in a bowl next to a shaker of live flies. Suck the blended maggots in and blow spit them through a big straw in to the shaker until you fill it up and drown the flies. Shake well, and drink down the whole insanely disgusting mixture. I seriously almost puked watching it.

The thing that sucks about going on fear factor is that you have to do the nasty eating stunt before doing the cool stunt. The one after the maggots was one where you get to jump a car off a one-sided flipper ramp, over a train, and on to a landing pad of boxes. Dude... that would fucking rule! I would totally go on fear factor and do one of those awesome stunts, except I'd get eliminated before it, because I ain't gonna eat no penis, testicles, uterus, bugs, rodents, reptiles, buttholes, or excrement. No way, no how. I wish I could go on and just go, "look, Joe Rogan... I don't need $50k. I just wanna hang off a helicopter while you fly it over an active volcano." Dude totally wouldn't let me.

4. My dog is cute.

5. The Pixies are on Letterman... now.


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Jan. 25th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
Dude, where the hell did you get that thing? It's totally cool, and probably mostly useless in much of this country...
Jan. 25th, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC)
We (my scooter club) bought it off a guy who found it in a swamp in Louisiana. He got it running and then took it to Burning Man. You don't need brakes in the desert, apparently. Anyway, he moved to Bellingham and brought it with him, and then sold it to us for the low low price of $800. It runs great!
Jan. 25th, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC)
It looks very cute! Reminds me of something you'd see in Asia - is that where it's from?

Jan. 25th, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC)
Well, that one is a Bajaj, which is an early 80's Indian knockoff of an early 60's Vespa (Italian) model. They're used all over the place though.
Jan. 25th, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC)
Bajaj...I feel Indian just SAYING it...
Jan. 25th, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
Man, I remember being where you're at in DDR. Now I can do like 90% grade As on Standard mode, and even complete some of the challenge songs (at least on ps2; xbox is a little different). I wholeheartedly recommend playing the "training" section, where you don't play for points but you can have a "music aid" or something, which will not only play the song at a slower tempo so you can pay closer attention to the patterns/rhythms of each song, but you can add metronome tracks, and handclap sounds for when you're supposed to hit each note/arrow/whatever. I'm still not hardcore enough for heavy (well, some) and for now I'm happy just plowing through all the standards b/c when I'm alone I totally shake my butt and move my arms around and stuff. My cat loves it.
Jan. 25th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC)
I think you and I are almost in the same place on DDR, wow! Ours is on Xbox, so I'm not sure what the Challenge thing is.
Jan. 25th, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)
No lie, I frequently wonder what it'd be like had I owned this for a year prior to my Seattle visit, b/c I was so embarrassingly bad when I stayed w/y'all. But I loved playing!

On ps2, if you master the standard level for some songs, it unlocks some songs which are usually remixes of existing ddr songs, but the level is halfway between standard and heavy. Or easy-heavy. Or maybe harder than heavy, but grouped with Standard. Those are fucking hard.

I've found that the color-coded arrows are my favorite to work with, b/c I can kind of sight-read with them; like quarter notes are red, the syncopated quarter notes are blue, 16ths are yellow or green, etc.? The glowy ones never lent me an indication about the rhythm and now it's hard for me to play with regular arrows unless I know the song well.
Jan. 27th, 2005 03:27 pm (UTC)
That's the worst part of Fear Factor - eating all those wretched things. Rotten severed testicles, infectious South American bugs, a bucket of baby hampster eyeballs, HIV-Positive blood milkshakes, it's just the worst part of it and I can never watch that part.
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