I was the embodiment of confidence more or less up to 30 minutes before the appointment. One's mind wanders as it would during the inevitable (first of many...not quite sure what's up with that) hair wash, and panic and doubt changed to a deep sadness...I am unsure of the exact reasons. Probably an end of an era? Who knows..
I'm happy to announce, the choice of Salon was indeed perfect. My hairdresser resembled a beer-swilling rugby fanatic. Large and hairy. Not exactly what one expects, I know, but he set my mind at ease in mere minutes. He was confident and clearly on top of his game. He listened to what I had in mind, and gave honest, professional feedback. I wish I could've sneaked a photograph of the burly man concentrating intently on my hairdo. A true Kodak moment.
Family was mostly unimpressed at first glance..Everyone expected a very dramatic change, and I still resemble me, I guess. I feel confident and comfortable. There's a lot of attention, while most seem like they intentionally try not to discuss my hair. The next few days will have the first impressions of some friends...some who has only known me with long hair. So a better overall impression will probably reveal itself soon. Stay tuned ;)
Well...that remains to be seen. You might wonder what my feelings are towards such a bold, possibly life-changing decision. Honestly, I've not really considered a larger scheme-of-things impact of such an event, until Maximus brought it up a couple of days ago. Part of me fails to see the reality of the situation. I guess I've always known this day will come sooner or later, and that part of me is proud I've lasted this long.
The other part of me? Let's just say he's more intrigued by the potential learning and growth that's inevitable with a drastic change of this nature. That very part of me is also thinking...the sooner, the better, Here's to tomorrow, in more than one way! ;)
Congratulations to Flash and Lindie who got engaged last night! :D
May your life together be prosperous, and my all your kids by gamer-geeks.
Submitted by flash on Tue, 2005/01/18 - 3:07pm.
Thanks man, only saw this now *blush*
Frag ya later ;-)
Soon I'll be leaving for my annual visit to Glentana to spend Christmas with my family. I'm literally counting the days (my powerbook has a little countdown timer on the desktop...*swoon* I love my mac :D ).Three weeks of unadulterated doing-nothing...Nwotbliss
Back in my hard-rocker/metalhead/goth days, I had much resentment for this season. Lots of unnecessary deaths in what is supposed to be a holy time, commercialized into a frantic shopping nightmare.
Only recently have I realized that there's more to the season that meets the eye. All that negativity was centered around me, I've never noticed the effect on others.
There's a special glint in my mother's eyes, while she's preparing the dinner table. My father has a certain tenderness in his voice all day long. The lunch is filled with conversation and laughter from parents and siblings alike.
If someone is not at that table on that one day of the year, there's a certain sadness around it - and what effort does it take from me to spread so much joy? One day in a mad mall is a small price to pay.
Here's wishing y'all a merry festive season and ample presents (it is, after all, a wonderful perk).
I sit at work staring at my monitor in disbelief of what I'm suddenly faced with. A taste of my own medicine I guess - hard-headed ignorance is leading to the detrement of something conceived out of passion and undoubtedly beautiful.
I've never expected true conviction could be misconstrued as a personal attack, while I myself have felt insulted and belittled, beit unintentional or not.
I fear the worst. My days at Obsidian might be numbered, for reasons I'm not at liberty to divulge here, and due to people who I am not willing to mention.
I also fear that I will not be willing to be shakeable in my convictions. If the worst does come to pass, then so be it...perhaps it's the sign I need to move on to somewhere I'm understood and respected in a way I deserve.
The point, I guess, is that I'm worried and maybe not as strong as I thought...it's going to be a long month.
The last members of the original Winamp team have said goodbye to AOL and the door has all but shut on the Nullsoft era, BetaNews has learned.
Only a few employees remain to prop up the once-ubiquitous digital audio player with minor updates, but no further improvements to Winamp are expected.
As one of my top 10 great software titles, this news struck me as dire. Winamp will surely be missed, but honestly doesn't leave much to be desired - minor updates is probably all it will need.
Winamp's authors has made it abundantly clear that they love music as much as I do. Always catering for the larger playlist, always leaving the listener in control - without stopping the music.
Fare thee well Winamp! I will always love you..
Sometimes I wonder about my circle of friends and what makes us hang out together. Such a diverse group with a plethora of varying interests and hobbies.
Essentially, it's the overlapping of what makes us unwind, that makes us unwind together, beit playing some games, having a braai, talking about taxes and insurance or synchronised umbrella opening near a fountain..
This guy makes learning fun and entertaining. What a great way to hang out with friends. A definite ÜberEllis recommended read.
I know, I know. Everyone who's ever had an opinion, claimed something similar, but some things just need to be said. The easter eggs of life. Only observed from the corner of an eye in this manic blur of routine.
You know what I mean. Sometimes you notice someone's "extra mile". Someone, somewhere, put in a little effort into something to make your day go smoother. The little things...designed to be unnoticed.
Like the toothpick at the bottom of a Woollies bag of biltong...Or the way a BMW interior light stays on after you've closed all the doors...Or the way the little orange light turns green when your Powerbook is fully charged...or the indicator button on your Powerbook's battery....Or the way your Mac dutifully reads out the time in it's quant robotic voice on the hour, every hour...Or the way your Mac just adapts to the network you just joined...or when your Powerbook...*sigh*...I love my Powerbook!
This post dedicated to Maximus, for making it all possible: Dude, she rocks my world! Thanks :)
I purchased a copy of Beyond Good and Evil after yet another visit to my notoriously bad influence, Vertice and his evil evil (so thumbs up! *g*) Sony Playstation..
Running on the same (I'm told) engine as smash-hit Prince of Persia, Beyond Good and Evil shows huge potential with a few novel approaches to adventure gaming.
It has never even crossed my mind to base a game on photography and the challenges and (in this case) the dangers of the trade. Despite the somewhat misleading title, nothing describes a force bigger than good and evil than the truth. There's no black and white here, only full colour images captured in precarious places (I'm secretly hoping the game gives you an album of all the shots you've taken afterwards - what could be more memorable than your very own album of photos?)
Third-person action/adventure games need a first person view in some cases, to help you decide on your plan of action...Jade comes equipped with a zoom lens! Inspired!
A female character in the lead? It's been done over and over...or has it? Unlike heroes like Lara Croft or an amazon lass from any RPG, Jade is not very strong and has to outwit some of her bigger foes or rely on help from her somewhat unorthodox friends (used without permission from Vertice - well put dude!), in a world slightly more magical than even Persia (I didn't think it was possible either).
Beyond Good and Evil further outranks Prince of Persia by diversifying into a more classic "Go there, get that" approach, instead of a PoP's somewhat rigid storyline, making it more challenging and fun, especially for die-hard-find-everything players like me.
So what went wrong? Why is the game not selling as well as one would expect? Here's what I think:
The Prince of Persia gamepad edition was a brilliant move, creating a fanbase that could not be beat. So why oh why does it not support gamepad play? Controlling the camera with the mouse feels clumsy and is often frustrating, especially after the groundbreaking camera work in Prince.
The PC version seems a bit buggy too - I struggled to get it installed and to run (but that might be due to the budget edition of the game *hangs head in shame* it's been a long month and \\Cl4uss didn't help), plus the camera has some issues on higher resolutions when driving the hovercraft.
(Truth be told, I have not yet installed the patch (v1.01) yet, which might fix some of the camera issues).
*Update* - The patch fixes a lot of the hovercraft rendering issues, but still no gamepad :\
Despite these little things (and the huge gamepad thing *grumble*), I still look forward to Beyond Good and Evil after work, so All Evil recommends at least giving it a shot (a little photographer humour there..)!!
PS: Bad influences are necessary evils in everyone's lives...I myself am a very good bad influence on several people. Get yourself a bad influence today or miss out on a lot of fun ;)
Friday evening featured another dinner club evening, this time at The Meat Block in Northriding.
Do not let the neon outside fool you, the interior is borderline swanky with an atmosphere of smart-casual decadence (and a pricetag to follow suite).
When one can order your steak to any weight you might prefer, you know you're at the right place.
When a special of the evening sounds more intrigueing than even a 400gm fillet, "the right place" fades to "the perfect place"..
Yes friends, who could say "no thank you" to prime rump steak, topped with mozzerella and cheddar cheese, a slice of avocado, a fried egg and the coup-de-grace...bacon! Served with french fries and onion rings, it becomes a perfect square meal lovingly dubbed "Rolls Royce".
The service was a touch on the fast side, and the prices makes it a less-than-once-a-month destination, but well worth every penny.
When I got home, I had to loosen my belt...now THAT'S good food!
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