Friday, September 30, 2005

It just wasn't your day

As Lloyd of Tales of Symphonia occasionally says after battle, "It just wasn't your day."

I am very happy because I finally beat the Niflheim stage in Tales of Symphonia. I had tried to before but never had enough time to play it all the way through, playing it before school or work. But as I don't have to go to work till 4 today I thought I'd try playing it through. Granted, it took about 3 hours, which is really long for beating a RPG dungeon. I'm glad I started playing early (around 8:30 am) because now I actually have time to do other stuff. I have now maxed out the game to more than 100 hours of gameplay. I kid you not. Last time I saved, after beating Niflheim and then doing the Regal and Presea Level-80-or-learn-all-Techs sidequests (which don't take too long, thanks to the Rheiards), I was at 100:48. That's 100 hours and 48 minutes, people! I was surprised just to max the game over 80 hours, and then over 90 hours. I mean, that is pretty scary. But that is what happens in this game when you max out the sidequests, doing as many as you can (I think I only missed 3 or 4 completely; one was the Maid Costume sidequest for Colette, and I couldn't find the maids, one was the Uncle Game, which I can't seem to beat, and ditto for Red Light/Green Light. I also seemed to have missed the Chosen group imposters and the final dog in the rebuilt Luin. I can't find them anywhere).

Anyway, I am happy I finally beat that level cause I was tired of it. I played with Lloyd, Raine, Sheena, and Genis for a huge chunk of it because that is what the player's guide recommends as a good party for the final battle, which I am about to fight. Well, they recommend Sheena and Genis specifically; Raine is a given, of course, since you need a good healer. And Lloyd or Presea could fill the other spot, but I feel better using Lloyd.

Ok I'm going to go now. Bye.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Just hangin'

I'm just hanging out in the library till my next class starts. There was only one new message on Fiction Express, and the Code Lyoko forum server is overloaded now, so I can't get on to it. There's just too many people on it. If anybody who is reading this is on there, look for me. I'm Aelitaoflyoko17.

Hold on a sec...gotta use the restroom.


I was listening to a CD I got from work by Big Al's Swing Kids. They're a Christian swing music group. Yeah, swing as in the kind you can dance to. Pretty cool, huh?

Now I am listening to the .ogg files I saved to my USB drive. I wasn't able to burn them to a CD but thanks to a program I downloaded, I can play them on Windows Media Player. You have to download an OGG extension program. And you will probably want your OGG files in the same file as the program, at least that's what I did. Then when you go to play the file and it asks to pick a program to run it through, choose the OGG program and follow the prompts. Then go to "open with..." again and choose Windows Media Player this time. Then it should play. Go to (where I got the songs from) for a better explanation. It says there too how to burn OGG files to CD, but I couldn't get it to work. If anybody makes sense of it, and it works, post a comment here and let me know.

We had a lab today for my chemistry class where we used spectroscopes to view the atomic emission spectrums of hydrogen and mercury gas lamps. After recording the data, we had to determine the wavelength of each one, using numbers for each color obtained from a scale that we had trouble finding when initially looking for it through the spectroscope. They were in units of 1,000, which is good cause that meant they were in Angstroms, and it is easier to convert from Angstroms to meters than from nanometers to meters (the other possibility we could've come up against). The rest was a lot of complex math. Well ok it was just multiplication and division, but with really nasty numbers, like Planck's constant (which is 6.62608 times 10 to the negative 34th power Joule seconds...ick!!). *Sigh*

Not much else is going on. Bye for now.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Looking forward to Code Lyoko, my DVD came!!!

The new season of Code LYOKO starts next Monday!! Oh wait I was going to go work on computer stuff. Oh well. As long as I see one of the new episodes this week. I got to see previews of the team's new vehicles in my secret album at Very cool.

In other news, my DVD set of Generator Gawl: Perfect Collection came today, which I am very happy about cause it has the whole show, actually has some special features (including the ORIGINAL TRAILER, which is really neat!), and has bilingual language tracks (English and Japanese), which is very useful for the anime fan who wants to compare the versions (the episodes would be identical, cause stuff on DVD isn't cut usually, though I did rent a DVD of the American Sailor Moon once and it was dubbed and cut. The guy who did Ryo's voice in Japanese also played Harry McDougall in Outlaw Star, so I'm curious to see if they sound the same. Not to mention that I have never seen the last three episodes of the show, something I am very anxious to do. Having the DVD set though will help immensely with my Generator Gawl website, Generator Power (there's a link in my links section), which hasn't been updated in about a year. I'm going to add back the humor I had on there, like the Top 10 lists. I still have the files for those, and I wrote some new ones. The old ones I wrote way back during my first semester in college (Fall '03) during my Cultural Geography class (since I have a knack for multitasking...well, I did it during a time when my professor, Dr. Stern, was just lecturing and there were no notes to write down). I'd share them here, but that's kinda pointless as I'm going to put them on the site anyways, and plus you kind of have to have seen the show for them to truly be funny.

I will probably, in the grand tradition of fan websites, create a "You Know You Like (or Have Watched/Seen/Read, etc) Too Much (fill in blank) When..." list. The first ones I saw were YKYWTMPW (You Know You Watch Too Much Pokémon When) ones. The short "You Know You're Too Much Like Hermione" (YKYTMLHW) list at Hermione Granger's Chamber (, is pretty cute, especially if you're a Harry Potter fan and actually get what it hints at. I will have to begin it based on my experience watching the show, and maybe give people the opportunity to add to it, although most people don't take up on that kind of opportunity anyways.

Well, that's it. Later!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Katrina and Code Lyoko

Well Hurricane Katrina continues. I'm not in the mood to hash out my annoyance at the overbearing media attention this is getting. Sure, I'm concerned, but I'm getting sick of that being the only thing on the news.

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(Yumi from Code LYOKO with a word bubble in this smilie from some site. Translation: "We want season 2!")

In happier news, the new season of Code LYOKO, which has been too long in coming, forcing CL fans to wait several months not seeing the show and then go through reruns of season 1, is finally going to start. Mark your calendars, everybody! September 19, 6pm, Cartoon Network. That's when the long-awaited Season 2 of Code LYOKO is going to start. I'm sooo happy. I am looking forward to the new adventures of Odd, Ulrich, Yumi, Jeremy, and Aelita. I hear that Aelita will have a materialized form finally sometime this season, for a longer period of time than she did at the end of season 1, and that we will find out a lot of backstory about Lyoko, how the kids met Aelita, etc. I heard there was supposed to be a movie too that was to cover a lot of the backstory, but I have yet to see that come about. We'll see. This is just based on rumors I heard going around the Code LYOKO official forum the last time I was there, which was a while ago.

It would be cool if the show inspires a video game. I'm not sure if any Cartoon Network shows have become video games by themselves. Actually, a Code LYOKO game would lend itself really well to the Nintendo DS, since Jeremy's computer monitoring could be on one screen and the action could be on the other, kind of like the setup for the upcoming Kim Possible DS game. Although if it came out on the GBA or the Game Cube (the systems I actually have) that would be nice too. Speaking of which, I might check out that Zatch Bell game that is coming out for Game Cube. Though I don't remember much about the series when I first saw a few episodes of it in anime club at Mira Costa (in its Japanese incarnation, Konjiki no Gash Bell), the game looks good.

Speaking of video games, I am still not finished with Tales of Symphonia. Maybe if I get all my homework done early this weekend, I can devote time to it. But with 2 chapters' worth of chemistry problems, CIS work to catch up on, a couple writing assignments for Human Development, and some other stuff like that, it'll be tough.