Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Women's Underwear in Stores

I was in shitty fucking god damn stupid as Hell Wall-Mart with my girlfriend yesterday. Not long after I walked in, I saw the clothing section. What did I see? The women's underwear out front. Normally, I'd figure, "Okay, that's stupid, but if the men's underwear is out front as well, then I won't think about it much." Sure enough, as I walk through the store, I see the men's underwear in the middle, where it's not nearly as easy to see as the women's underwear.

This is certainly not the first time I've seen this. I was at Target a few days before that as well and noticed the very same thing. I've also seen this in various department stores, although some of them put the men's underwear out front as well (yuck!). However, while I was at Target specifically, I noticed a bunch of signs around the girl's clothing section with girls in somewhat sexy poses. Even the preteens! Yeah, go ahead and shake your ass at the camera and bring on the predators, baby!

Anyway, let me ask men yet another question: Wouldn't you find it embarrassing having to fucking grab your underwear right where everyone can see what you're grabbing for?

And here's my question for companies: Why do most of you put only women's underwear out front right where everyone can see it?

And Target, why are you showing sexually suggestive pictures of girls in their preteens? Are the leaders of Target pedophiles, or is it a careless woman who thinks it's cute, but doesn't see what men see? Let me tell you, ladies, that you might want to think twice about putting you daughter in those short shorts. You may not think much of it, but men do.

Anyway, not a long post, just something that I felt needed to get out there.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

More School Hours

Obama's at it again, and once again, people are loving this ridiculous idea, which is even worse than his idea of taxing soda. This time, he wants to add more hours into the school system, as if kids weren't busy enough. I've heard some schools are already making it mandatory that your child has to be in at least one kind of extracurricular, like sports or band. It's not like those help educate a child in the first place, but that's already there, and considering that, why add more school hours? You want the child to live at school? You want the child to see it's family in as little time as possible? I've even heard something about the child being "safer at school." That's such major bullshit that you couldn't shit out a turd huge enough to match the size of that bullshit. Yes, let's leave your kids around the bullies and the brainwashing class sessions longer. That works. Besides, although sometimes the teachers don't have enough time to finish stuff, more often they have plenty of time as is, at least if you concentrate on stuff that actually educates kids instead of concentrating on stuff like, "Did you know the pufferfish is part of this and that species and eats blah blah blah, etc.?" That's not educating a child, that's just random shit nobody's going to remember once they get out of school. Schools are not the Discovery Channel.

Obama is doing this to try and get kids more educated. He obviously doesn't see that school hours are not the problem at all. I already stated some problems above, but remember when I ranted about the grade system? Keep what I said in mind there as well. That's just one of the many thing we could go after to improve education. Like how about doing something about the school system's largest cancerous tumor: homework. Teachers give it out without even thinking of the consequences nowadays. Sometimes they give out way too fucking much, and I have to think, "Do you realize that there are several other teachers giving me homework, too? Do you not realize that this will take me until three in the morning to finish?" In fact, I'm going to tell you something interesting: my third grade teacher gave out no homework. That's right, absolutely no homework whatsoever the entire school year. Do you know what happened? I'm sure you're thinking that I didn't learn much, but I learned more in that class than any other year. In the later years, of course, I had more homework. Overall, I learned less, and I just plain became much more stressed. So, obviously, I have (at least somewhat) an anti-homework stance.

But, if you really do add more school hours, would you please, for the love of all that is wonderful in this world, please do everybody a fucking favor and finally get even more strict with the fucking moronic bullies in the school? Who gives a shit if they're a jock and play sports or not! Sports in school aren't necessary for education anyway, so why care if "you need him for the game?" In the real world, you get punished for crimes not matter what, just like several pro sports players. Also, if anyone has seen the movie Drillbit Taylor and thought how the bully got away with almost everything was unrealistic, trust me, it was actually very realistic. I had that happen to my girlfriend and I in school a lot, unless we were beaten. Even then, they sometimes got away. It truly does seem like bullies get away with almost everything nowadays, and we need to stop encouraging that behavior at all! Same goes for the parents. If you hear that your kid has done something awful (especially if you start hearing many cases of him doing something bad), don't just take that and think, "Oh, my kid would never do that. He's so nice here at home." I've seen that behavior often: nice at home, turns into the dark lord himself at school. Take action into his behavior for once in your lives!

And one last note I want to make to Obama. Do you really want to try and make our society more of a dystopia? Do you really want us Americans to move away from the American Dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness by putting progress, work, and the pursuit of a good salary over any of that? I honestly think that we Americans work enough as is, and that's one of the reasons why our happiness rating is so low compared to several other countries (last time I checked, Denmark was the happiest). And you want to feed more into that system that's one of the causes of unhappiness? Ultimately, it seems that we're missing out more and more on the wonders of life, and we've lost a good idea of how to get them back. Please don't let them get away from us.

P.S. If this plan of yours does come into play, I'd be more than happy to say, "Impeach Obama!"

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Taxing Soda

I've been mixed about Obama and his policies, but this new idea of his about putting a "sin tax" on soda is just plain fucking stupid. The strange thing is that I keep reading a bunch of articles about how it's such a good idea. I beg to differ.

1. Haven't we already increased taxes on things like cigarettes and alcohol before? Has that ever worked? Doesn't anyone learn from history's mistakes anymore?

2. If you're targeting obesity, why not tax everything that could be it's cause and not just soda? I know soda's apparently "not good for you," but neither is fast food, chips, just about anything made in a bakery or made with bread, artificial food items, and even certain fruits and vegetables, or at least eating them too much without eating much else. That makes just about all of the food on the market "dangerous" to our health.

Besides that point, why does everybody have to be skinny? It may be hurting people's bodies to be too big, but fat people aren't hurting skinny people, are they? They're not hurting the environment just by being fat, are they? Ultimately, it's their choice, just like the people who buy cigarettes and alcohol. Cigarettes and alcohol, though, are more dangerous than the so called "bad foods." They both can destroy the environment and harm the consumer (both even more than soda) as well as other people. Soda only has potential harm to the person consuming it, while cigarettes and alcohol are capable of damaging everyone. And remember, putting extra taxes on those items didn't work. Do you honestly think it will for soda, especially considering it's not as dangerous?

3. Did you know that the most advertised products on the market are the ones that are bought the most? It's obvious to figure that out, but think about this for a second: who advertises their products and businesses most when it comes to food? If anything, I'd do something about that instead. It may not be some incredible idea that'll work 100% (nothing would completely work, really), but even that would do better than a soda tax. It'd cure a lot of useless spending by the companies making those advertisements in the process (we already know that McDonald's exists), so we'd be making some kind of progress, anyway.

4. We're still in a fucking recession, and you want to increase taxes on something!?

5. I will admit that Obama's smart enough to request a drop in healthy food's prices, considering that was another reason junk food was prevelant: it's cheaper. That would work, if anything. But then don't put taxes on junk food. The price drop in health food should actually be enough. That's a much smarter idea than going after junk foods. Instead of incentive for getting away from junk food, give and incentive that encourages health food. In fact, encourage a balance of both, really, because it's been proven that every now and then, having junk food, then going back to health food, satisfies cravings. You need a mix, or else it likely won't work.

6. For people wanting to lose weight, the best way is actually to exercise. In fact, the bigger you are, the easier it is for you to lose more weight if you exercise. My girlfriend and I exercise together somewhat often, we still eat junk foods and drink pop, and we're still very healthy.

However, if you're having a hard time exercising, then you should probably figure out what's wrong with your routine. Some people, like me, can't lift things that are real heavy too often, or even run, or else our joints start to hurt (because I have arthritis), but there are other things you can do. My girlfriend and I usually go swimming and walking together. However, you don't want to do the former too much. Read the "Risks" section of this article for more details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_swimming#Risks

Not all of that information is relevant to swimming exercise, but some of it is.

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Now, I may come up with more points if I can even remember if I had any more in the first place, but this'll do for now. I felt it needed to be said, even though nobody is reading my blog except for my girlfriend. I doubt people would pay attention to me anyway. People would probably call me a liar, a stupid ginger, a dumb lesbo, a radical feminist, an evil liberal, and a Satanist who practices witchcraft, because, you know, I listen to Metal. Out of all of those, I'm a ginger lesbian Metalhead, but other than that, the rest is obviously bullshit. :P

I'm really an individualist hoping for the freedom that America is supposed to have, and yet doesn't have. Censorship, senseless conformity, unequal rights (particularly for gays and lesbians nowadays), favoritism in the job market and in schools, too much concentration and importance on work ("I don't care if you're sick with something that could easily infect everyone here, you're still coming to work."), etc.

Anyway, I should close off this post now. I've babbled on longer than I probabbly should have, but it was fun.

I Miss My Cousin

In my last post, I talked a bit about my cousin. That made me think about her a lot, especially considering she called me a couple of days ago and told me that, although she had to go at the moment, she wanted to talk with me every day from now on. She said she wouldn't even mind talking to my girlfriend, too, since she's known her for a long time as well.

So yesterday, we talked for a long time, since we hadn't talked to each other in over a year, maybe even longer. That was about the time she moved to Iowa with her Japanese girlfriend, who she's still with. I was glad to hear that they were still together. Her girlfriend is really nice. She told me that they wanted to get married, and that's why they moved to Iowa, but they haven't gotten married yet. She also told me that stupid dumb shit asshole motherfucking god damn conservatives wanted to try and get rid of the law allowing gays and lesbians to marry (already) because "they want to do what's right," or so they think. Yes, let's have a hateful God who approves of slavery and rape be our moral guidance. That and we just don't like it when things change, even if they're for the better. Anyway, they wanted to wait and make sure my girlfriend and I could see them. I told her we could go out there once school was over this semester.

My cousin then told me that she'd never graduated from college, but that her girlfriend had, so she was glad to finally be out of poverty. In fact, I'll tell you a story about that.

When I was sixteen, my parents kicked me out of the house, and I'd rather not say why. My cousin was the first to offer me her place to stay, and even if other people made offers, I would've chosen to stay either with her or with my girlfriend's family anyway, but I knew my girlfriend's family would've had a harder time financially with me there. Unfortunately, my cousin would've taken a hit as well, but she was able to support me a little better. I felt bad for her, though, so I tried to get a job. My first job was at Burger King. I'll rant about that place later.

Anyway, my cousin went through multiple relationships while I was there, relationships with all sorts of people, but at some point, she quit going out with men for good. She didn't find them as pleasurable as women, because she figured that she could do more with women than men.

The one thing that did kind of stink about living at her place, at least until she quit dating men, were the noises that came from her room while she was having sex with her then partners (she'd always wait a long while before having sex, though). My cousin always joked that she had a hard time sleeping that night, too. Once she started just going out with women, I slept somewhat easier. However, whenever my cousin started dating her Japanese girlfriend, it got a little harder for me to sleep again because of the distinct noise that she let out during sex.

Anyway, moving on. I told her that I'm currently living with my girlfriend, and she immediately joked by asking me, "Have you two fucked yet?" I laughed and told her no. She asked why, and I told her the walls are way too thin. She said it doesn't matter as long as you don't make too much noise, but then I told her that my girlfriend does, or at least she tells me that she does, because her mother told her that she was making a lot of noise while masturbating a long time ago.

Then we started talking about various geek stuff. I honestly can't remember how we got into that conversation, but once we got into it, it was basically over an hour of nerd talk, asking question like, "Have you played such and such game?" or, I remember one in particular being, "Have you seen District 9 yet?" My girlfriend and I don't usually get to see movies in the theaters anymore, but we really wanted to see that one, and we did. Now my cousin and I want both want to see Zombieland and Surrogates. The latter is based on a comic book series that I haven't read yet, but now I want to. It looks like both will be made of awesomeness. I would love to see the movies with her, but sadly, I can't. I don't think I'll even be able to see them with my girlfriend.

Then we said our goodbyes and hung up. We talked again today as well, but the conversation wasn't quite as long, and we talked about, of course, sex. It's on her mind a lot, but I guess she got my girlfriend and I in the mood tonight considering we looked up lesbian porn. Oh well, it was fun.

But now I actually feel like seeing her again. I even wonder if she's changed her appearance at all, though I doubt it. All I know is that both my girlfriend and I would give her and her girlfriend a great big hug when we see them again, and we will.

The First Time I Had Ever Seen a Penis

I'm going to tell you about something kind of interesting about me. You know that I'm a lesbian, but I'm going to tell you about just how much of a lesbian I am.

I though of talking about this because my girlfriend and I recently were watching lesbian porn online together. We don't normally do that, but we sure felt like it today. :P Of course, we only watched stuff that at least seemed somewhat real. The second we noticed the video we were watching was fake, we clicked on another video. Trust me, we'd have sex ourselves, and could've done it already, but we currently live in a dorm, and the walls are thin. At the very least, once we had turned eighteen, we'd gotten naked. That is the furthest we've gotten so far. We'd both like to go a lot further, but like I said about the walls . . .

Anyway, the first time we actually watched lesbian porn together was when we were thirteen. We were curious of what it was really like, so we looked it up one day. For the most part, we did find lesbian porn, but every now and then, there'd be some stupid threesome where some dickhead asshole motherfucking guy pops his head up, walks over, and fucks the girls. Damn it, that pisses me off when that happens. Anyway, the first time we saw that situation and the guy whipped out his nasty ass penis, I threw up. I fucking barfed, damn it! They truly disgust me. It's not like I can't ever look at one, but if I stare long enough (like I'd want to anyway), then that's what happens. I get sick to my stomach, and sometimes it ends up with really bad results.

Of course, back then, we didn't know about Internet History. The vomit didn't help, either, but there was more evidence if it was needed. Thankfully, we used my girlfriend's computer to look up lesbian porn. Naturally, her parents found out, and actually told us that it was perfectly fine considering how curious we were, and further told me they felt bad about me throwing up like that. My parents would've found out about me being sick, but not about my girlfriend and I searching up lesbian porn. My girlfriend's parents later told my parents that I threw up because I ate too much.

I later told my cousin about it. She joked with me that, if my girlfriend and I really wanted to see lesbian sex, that we could just spend the night at her place with her then girlfriend. She said that it'd be safer for me since there would be no penises involved, I could get a front row seat, and it wouldn't be fake. I giggled and said I was fine.

But now, before I post this, I just want to say that my favorite thing to watch is tribadism. My girlfriend and I want to try that out the most. I've heard from a couple of girls online that it doesn't work, but I have a feeling that they're doing it wrong, because I also read even more responses on lesbian sites (not porn) that have said that it is actually quite pleasurable.

EDIT: My cousin confirmed that the girls that say tribadism doesn't work likely really are doing it wrong, or have broken vaginas. XD

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Mario Party Series

This year has flown by way too fast. I even missed the chance to post about something I'd been wanting to post about around the time I'd been wanting to post it. Why? Because this year, three game series had their tenth year anniversary, and they all feature Mario. Those series are the Mario Sports series, the Mario Party series, and the Super Smash Bros. series. I'll be talking about them, starting with the first one that was released: Mario Party. I won't be doing long, drawn out reviews for every game in my posts, but I will at least say something about a game in the series if I've played it. Anyway, let's get started.


I remember not even thinking much of this game at first because I didn't know what it was about. I remember seeing the commercial for it, but it didn't truly give much info about the game. I was a little girl back then, and I wasn't reading gaming magazines yet. My cousin was, though, and I asked her about the game. She said she never read up on it, so she couldn't tell me at the moment. At that point, I really wanted to try it just out of sheer curiosity. That was also around the time that my parents started getting into the habit of renting movies. The first time I went into the rental store, I noticed the video game section and was drawn to it immediately. I didn't have a Playstation, so I just looked at the Nintendo 64 section. I spotted Mario Party, but noticed most of them were gone. At first I thought they actually were all gone, but spotted one left and grabbed it. I pleaded with my mom to let me rent it. Luckily, I was with my mom, so she allowed me to check it out. Otherwise, if I was with my dad that I was with, he probably would've said no. Anyway, that made Mario Party my first ever video game rental, possibly even my first rental ever at a video rental store (if I remember correctly).

When I got home and played it, I was amazed. I had to show my girlfriend as soon as I could. I was able to show her the game the next day, and we played together all day. Soon, we had some friends come over and play with us. It was the first game we all played together like that since Mario Kart 64. Even my cousin came over to play it, and she liked it. Of course, we had to send it back to the video store after a week of having it. Fortunately, my birthday was coming up, so I asked for it and got it.

Now I realize I've talked a lot about how I got the game. Now I should talk about the actual game.

The video game is basically a board game video game with mini-games mixed in between turns. Usually, it's whoever wins the mini-game gets ten or more coins, but every now and then, there's a twist, such as a game simply about collecting coins, one-on-three games, two-on-two games, and even single player mini-games. But it's not just about coin collecting. It's also about collecting the most Power Stars, and if you wanted to win, that's what you had to do. There were usually obstacles in the way, especially if you hit the "guess" spaces, which caused events to happen that could interfere with your progress. This made the game depend a lot on luck just with the board game part, but even some of the mini-games depended on luck. Sometimes the computer players knew what to pick sometimes, though, like with the "Pipe Maze" game, and that pissed everyone off. It made single player a lot less fun. However, despite what most game critics will tell you, it's not like the fun completely leaves the game if you're playing single player, it's just that multiplayer is better, hence the word "Party" in the name of the game. At the same time, though, once you beat the game, unlocking and buying everything, the single player aspect does pretty much lose most of the value that it once had, and at that point, multiplayer truly is the only thing that keeps the game fun at all. This is true not only for this game, but for every other game in the series.

Wayne and Garth could improve a party.

Anyway, there are more to the board game aspects, such as item boxes that you can buy and use, but those aren't entirely necessary. Besides the board game aspect, you can play the mini-games individually if you don't feel like playing through a board game just to play them, and you can pick which one(s) you want to play. There's also the most fun single player experience of them all: Mini-Game Island. It's simply a mode where you travel around an island, landing on different spaces and play mini-games. On the last space, you get to face Toad in Slot Car Derby. If you beat him . . . that's it. You just beat him. You can challenge him again anytime, but you don't unlock anything, learn some kind of secret, etc.

First, our princess is in another castle, now this. Thanks again for the false hopes.

Most of the mini-games are easy enough, although sometimes the computer players overbear you, particularly in the harder mini-games. Which brings me to probably the only really bad aspect of the game: the control stick controls. Not only is it sometimes awkward to move the character with it, but there are several mini-games, including the infamous Shy Guy wind-up toy, that require you to rapidly spin around the control stick in a circle. This causes blisters, and I even got one on the palm of my hand while playing what I consider to be the worst mini-game in the game: "Tug o' War." It's a mini-game where you either play as a person in a Bowser suit against three people, or you play as the three people against the person in the Bowser suit. Either way, the mini-game is hard to the point where you have to be quite fast at spinning the control stick, even when facing the Easy computer players. Because of this, getting a blister while playing that mini-game isn't too hard to do.

I'm not the only one.

The last thing I want to discuss is the characters. You can select from Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Wario, and Donkey Kong. Choosing different characters would be nice, but there are two problems. The minor problem is that there aren't very many characters to choose from. The major problem is that the characters, other than the way that they look, are essentially not different at all. It would be nice is, say, Mario could be an average character (maybe use fireballs), Donkey Kong were stronger than other characters, Yoshi could use his tongue or throw eggs (or both), Luigi could jump higher than the other characters, Peach could float in the air for a short period of time, and Wario could be generally useless. He could be slower and barely able jump (because he's been consistently the worst character in the Mario spinoff games).

Useless.

But you know what, whenever Luigi is selected as a computer player (any difficulty), I swear (literally) that he fucking cheats like crazy. Every time fucking time that he's fucking selected he fucking seems to fucking get fucking lucky almost every fucking turn. Fuck! >:( However, there's a way around this. You can easily switch from one character to another through the pause menu. Sometimes it's a blessing, especially when encountering cheating motherfuckers like computer player Luigi.


Now, I didn't make that video or anything, but I figured I'd help demonstrate the kind of thing that typically happens to me whenever I face Luigi in a game.

Despite any shortcomings, the game is still quite fun. I haven't played it in over a year since I unlocked every mini-game (the last thing I did to complete it), but my girlfriend has been feeling nostalgic about it lately and wants to play to relive some good times.


This was definitely one of my more anticipated games that came out in 2000. I didn't even think Nintendo was going to make a second game, but once they did, I definitely wanted to play it. I was hoping for some changes in the problems that were in the first game, like when a new operating system is released, you expect bugs to be fixed. Sure enough, though, not every bug is fixed, and some new bugs are created. That's exactly what Mario Party 2 is.

Better in some ways, worse in others.

The first big bug that was fixed was that the blister-inducing control stick spinning mini-games are gone. There is now more reliance on button-pressing mini-games. This also makes the game much easier. However, the computer players may still overpower you. They're not quite as bad as in the last game, but sometimes you might wonder, "How the fuck did I lose? It's impossible for any human being to move that fast!"

There's also the addition of items that you can use while playing on the boards, such as mushrooms, keys, etc. It definitely adds more variety to the game, and this factor alone makes this game a big improvement over the first game. However, speaking of variety, you not only pick from the same characters in the first game (no additions or changes), there are still no differences in the characters (other than looks, of course). The addition of items makes up for it, but I was hoping that later Mario Party games would eventually change this factor, if there were going to be anymore (which was likely, and there were certainly more).

There are a lot of new mini-games, and there are even some that came from the first game, although they were somewhat restyled, which I thought was cool. Thankfully, a lot of the best ones were the ones brought over. On the other hand, although most of them are easily unlockable and buyable, the duel/battle (can't remember which) mini-games are the hardest to unlock. You have to beat the mini-game adventure on hard mode to unlock them, and I always had a hard time just playing it on easy and normal. When I tried it on hard, I simply couldn't get too far. This is actually a major problem, considering that's all I have left to unlock, and there are some awesome duel/battle mini-games that I'd like to play. To do that, I have to resort to playing them through board games, and the games don't pop up too often, and even if they do, the ones I prefer to play aren't always picked.

Otherwise, this game is like the first one, including the high fun/replay factor. It's still lots of fun, but just like the first game, once everything is locked, the single player experience is nearly depleted. My girlfriend is feeling nostalgic for this game as well, so we'll probably play it after playing the first one.


Like the second game, I anticipated this one as well. Not quite as much, but I did nonetheless. Again, it was worth the wait, and there were even more features added, like new characters. Only two new characters, Waluigi, the most useless Mario character ever considering he's only in Mario spinoff games, and Princess Daisy, who I like to think of as the lesbian princess I'm still waiting on to come out of the closet and get together with Princess Peach for a good time. Come on, Nintendo. You could use the diversity considering the lack of other minorities. Seriously, they have predominantly straight caucasian characters, mostly with blonde, brown, or black hair. Honestly, except for Ganondorf, I can't think of anyone else who's black, yellow, tan, gay, lesbian, even fucking ginger! You have Princess Peach, a blonde, and Princess Daisy, a brunette. You make Super Mario Galaxy and decide to make yet another princess. Sure, why not? A good idea would be to color her hair red or black to really differentiate her from the other two. Nah, let's color her hair blonde and make her look almost exactly like Princess Peach. Bullshit! >:(

Seriously, they've gotta be related.

Anyway, it's nice to have extra options. However, the characters still don't have their own unique character traits. Well, actually, in one mode they do. A mode called Duel. It's a mode where you use various Mario enemies to do battle with another character's Mario enemies, and they each start out with different characters. It's kind of like a watered down version of Pokemon with Mario characters, but it's actually quite fun to play. Sadly, the characters don't vary in any way ever again in a Mario Party game, and this mode doesn't appear in anymore of them, either. This means that Mario Party 3 is the only game in the series in which the characters are different in even one mode.

This is also the first Mario Party in the series to allow teams. My girlfriend was real happy about that. She always preferred teaming up with me as opposed to competing with me. Because of that new option, we haven't played against each other much in the game series since. If anything, I feel the same way as her, though. After all, we do love each other very much. ♥

But the biggest change of them all is a single player adventure mode, where you play every board through and eventually face Bowser and beat him. It's definitely a unique mode, although some people bitched and moaned about it because they still thought the game wasn't fun enough in single player. If anything, it added to the replay value quite a bit, although, once it was beaten, it still lost much of it's replay value. However, I will admit that it does get annoying after going through it for a while, until towards the end when you finally reach Bowser's board.

Other than that, there were no major changes in the game. It was still a lot of fun to play for sure, especially because of the team mode. Like the other two games, my girlfriend is nostalgic for this one as well, and is the last one she wants to play. She said if we had to play another Mario Party after this one, then it would be Mario Party 4, but that's apparently the limit of her nostalgic feelings for the Mario Party series. I feel the same way.


For new changes, there was the Extra Room and the Present Room, which aren't important, but still neat. The Extra Room has some cool extra mini-games, including a volleyball tournament, which my girlfriend and I have never won because the computer players eventually become nearly impossible to beat. As for the Present Room, I still haven't gotten every present, because I haven't beaten the adventure mode with every character, so I haven't unlocked the thing in the Present Room where there's an empty space. Kinda stinks, but playing the adventure mode eight times over is something I'd rather not do. Again, the character's aren't different, so there's no point in having people do that. Otherwise, I probably would've played it eight times already.

One other new thing is that you can use mini and mega mushrooms to crush other players and take coins from them, but you can skip stars and stores while doing so. With the mini mushrooms, you can access otherwise closed off areas of the map. In fact, that was one of the main things advertised about the game around the time of it's release.

Big deal...

Over little change.

Otherwise, there's hardly a difference in gameplay. To my girlfriend and I, it has some nostalgia factor, but otherwise, this is essentially when Mario Party started going downhill. It's still not a bad game overall, though.


There are new characters, but at this point, it doesn't matter anyway. There are also items you use from collecting orbs that you can place onto different spaces of the game board, which adds more strategy. There's a cool mode where you can build your own car and use it to fight other cars, which is actually quite fun for a while, easily one of the better extra modes in any Mario Party game. So pick this game up if you want just one Mario Party game on the Gamecube, because it's the best Mario Party game on the whole system.


It comes with a microphone, and features mini-games using it. So that means that you can now justify literally shouting at Mario to do what you want him to do instead of just shouting at him and fucking up with the controller or something.

FUCKING GO LEFT, DAMN IT!

Otherwise, nothing is new (that's worth noting or even playing for, at least). It's okay, but don't feel bad about skipping.


Yet another Mario Party that includes a microphone. There's also the possibility of eight players playing at once, but it's just two people holding one side of the same controller. Other than that, there's nothing new worth noting. Overall, if you have all of the previous Mario Parties, don't feel too bad about skipping this one, either.


With the Wii's motion controls, it does add more uniqueness to the game, but overall, other than the the motion controls, there's not much worth noting. It's still interesting and fun to play, better than the previous two entries for sure, but again, don't worry about missing this one. Maybe give it a rental.


This game is the most underrated in the series. People complained, again, that Mario Party is much more fun in multiplayer, but the single player isn't too bad here, and does have an alright replay value, but just like every other Mario Party game, it's replay value is almost gone once you beat the game and unlock everything.

I will admit, though. The controls for some of the mini-games are pretty bad, especially the pogo stick mini-game. It took me a while to finally beat it even once because the controls are so atrocious. For the most part, though, the mini-game controls are alright.


Alas, those are all of the Mario Party games that I've played. I know of Mario Party DS, but I've only played a Wal-Mart demo. It seemed that it'd be decent, and I've heard it is the best one released since the early Nintendo 64 games. Judging from what I've played, I can believe it.

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That makes ten games total in the series, and another game hasn't even been announced, at least not yet. This is unusual considering that they're usually released once a year. I hope another game's not released, though. Ten is a good number to stop at, and considering Mario Party DS might be the best game released since the earliest one, I think at this point that game is probably the best way to go. Even if another one comes out, my girlfriend and I might still try it out just out of sheer curiosity, but even if another doesn't come out, we'll still be playing the rest of them, particularly the first three. It's hard to believe that it's already been ten years since the first game came out, though. I feel as if it was yesterday, playing with my old friends and my girlfriend on weekends eating snacks, getting blisters on our thumbs from playing it so much.

The Mario Party series had a decent run. It was great at first, slumped along the way, and became good again right towards the end. Let's hope it stays that way. Nintendo, we like Mario Party, but please, spare us of any more.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Grade Point Average System

I understand why this system was made. I made sense at first, trying to get a general idea through all of the student's work of how well they did.

However, there are some major problems.

First off, the teachers. This is a major problem no matter what, but it's especially bad in the grade system. Each teacher has a different point of view. One teacher will give you, say, 17/20 on a project, the other may give you 9/20. It depends on a teacher's point of view. Simply put, the teacher you have has a major significance on your grade. The sad thing is, in public school, before college, you're stuck with the same teacher(s), so if your teacher sucks, tough shit. In college, you have a better chance of finding a decent teacher since there may be several to choose from. However, it's a guessing game, and even then, there are some classes that only have one teacher available.

That and I must say that the public schools otherwise teach only one method compared to the many other methods out there, and I've heard that only a fourth of students learn the way that public schools teach. However, I've lost the statistic, and I cannot find it again. It seems believable, even though the statistic is also likely incorrect, that most students don't learn the way public schools teach either way.

Second, there's the cheating factor. Granted, if people are caught cheating, they're punished. However, there are still people out there who never get caught cheating, thus get high grades. For college, which is supposed to teach people skills for careers, I have to wonder how those kinds of people would be at the jobs they "trained" for if they cheated the whole way through, or how a high schooler would perform in college. This brings me to my next point, which is why most students cheat through school.

Third, both parents and teachers put way too much importance on the system. We go to school to learn. Why the issue of just plain doing well? It's like a more like a competition than a knowledge-seeking method. The common belief seems to be that: A=Great, B=Okay, C-F=Awful. I've heard from my girlfriend's mom that even a C used to be considered pretty good, so it seems to me that the standards have become much higher for some ridiculous reason. A lot of people seem to have this mentality along the lines of, "We don't care about what you have to do, what you learn, or how hard you have to work, just get that A and you'll be fine with us." Does me getting an A in a class always necessarily mean that I learned anything, and even so, does it mean that I'll remember what I learned for an extended period of time? I've seen how public schools teach nowadays and it sickens me sometimes. Yes, let's learn about a lot of math that we'll mostly never use later on in our lifetime. Get an A for learning useless shit you won't need to remember. Also, let's learn about random facts about a random fish that we most of us also won't need to know about later on in life. Here's an idea: teach these to the people who want to know. Teach the extremely complex theorems in math to a person wanting to become a mathematician, and teach people who want to become marine biologists about the fish. Why are teacher's in public schools teaching a lot of their students about shit like this when they really don't need it? Why not just teach the students something useful instead of overflowing their heads with pointless bullshit?

It's late, I'm tired, and I can't remember if there were any more things that I wanted to say. I've covered my main points, though. In general: the grade system was a good idea on paper, but, after some trial and error, it's showing signs of flailing, and we need to use a new system. I don't know what, just something that's hopefully better than that.

EDIT: I've thought of one way: how about giving a fucking reason why a person got a grade (or whatever else) that they received. Otherwise, we just have people second-guessing on why we got that D+. It also makes the grades more easily contestable, so if the grade is bull shit for whatever reason, you can discuss it with your teacher, or the school board if it gets bad enough.

Which reminds me, parents, if your kid does get a "bad grade," please consider what I said above before discussing the grade to your kid.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Feminism/Gender Roles/"Choice"

I was inspired to write this after looking around Conservapedia a bit, and I looked around because I edited my last post talking about it. I looked at an extremely generalized article about Feminism. The whole page is ridiculous. I pulled this from the quote section:

"The feminista agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians" - Pat Robertson, fundraising letter, 1992

This quote alone pissed me off. He's wrong in the first sentence alone, let alone him being extremely judgmental of feminism. Since when did most feminists want to kill their children and practice witchcraft? That might've been just one crazy bitch, but because of her, these guys have this thought in their mind that every feminist is like this. Either that or they're more than likely just blowing shit out of their asses. Hell, he's quoting Pat Robertson anyway.

The same guy who said that accepting homosexuals would cause massive storms, terrorism, and even have a fucking meteor hit the Earth.

And he obviously still has that primitive thought that being gay is a choice. "To be gay, or not to be gay? That is the question." Honestly, people who still think that it's a choice to be gay should choose to be gay for a while. And no trying to get out of it by calling it a "pseudo-argument." It's not because it's more solid proof than most anything out there. It's certainly more solid than just saying that it's a choice, especially considering the fact that you likely didn't choose your orientation, either. If you complain that the request is biased into getting the other side to admit my viewpoint, then that would mean that I would be closer to being right anyway, so I suggest taking my challenge. If you prove me wrong that it can be a choice, fine, but even then it's not just a choice. Some people are hardwired that way, such as myself. When I was a little girl, I actually tried to act straight for a while and it didn't work. I simply do not find men and those repulsive things called penises attractive. I even had Conservative parents and was Christian for a short period in my life, and I'm still a lesbian, so don't even throw your fucking scriptures at me thinking I'll change. They won't work because they never have.

Now, on to another part of the article, a part that generalizes feminism. In other words, they think that the claims they make are actually true as opposed to doing research, or even thinking, perhaps, that not all feminists are like this. Anyway, here's the list:

"believe that there are no meaningful differences between men and women"

-Except for biological differences, there actually has been proven to be no true difference. These guys would know that if they studied Sociology. Just look up Margaret Mead and read about her studies on gender roles in different cultures. She proved that it's all learned behavior.

"oppose chivalry and even feign insult at harmless displays of it"

-I have no idea where they got this one, but it seems that they got it out of judgmental bullshit from personal experiences that they had. That's my best guess, but it seems to be the most possible thing considering how they worded the phrase. Otherwise, I've never heard of it, and it could be that certain feminists are just bitches, not all of them. Again, a generalization.

"view traditional marriage as unacceptably patriarchal"

-Of course we do. There are some sexist things about traditional weddings. The father of the bride handing her off to the husband as if she's some kind of present, the husband tossing the bride's garter belt, and don't even get me fucking started on the outfits. If you persistently demand that I wear a dress of any kind, don't be surprised if you wake up in the hospital. I'm obviously joking, but I'll certainly be quite pissed and you may get slapped anyway if you're enough of an asshole about it.

"shirk traditional gender activities, like baking"

-This is not a bad thing. I don't know why they're bitching about it. You can cook for yourselves. Granted, I don't mind cooking, but you can do it, too. I'll be damned if my only purpose would be to serve you. Help out once in a while. It's not impossible or even difficult.

"support affirmative action for women"

-What kind of jackass would consider that a bad thing? Well, okay, that's an easy answer: the guys who made Conservapedia. The site claims to be for America and all that, yet it seeks to reduce freedoms? Wasn't America founded as a country that supports, oh, I don't know . . . FREEDOM!?

"detest women who are happy in traditional roles, such as housewives, and especially dislike those who defend such roles"

-I will admit that I find it annoying sometimes, but I'm also fine if the traditional role takes place every now and then. I'm not for a total reform. Again, free country, everybody can do what they want. If you'd like to be a housewife, then that's fine, but I certainly hope that not every wife absolutely has to stay at home, either.

"prefer that women wear pants rather than dresses, presumably because men do"

-Again, free country, let women do what they want, but I also don't want it so that only women are encouraged to wear skirts. I encourage men to do the same if they choose to. However, I personally don't want to wear skirts and dresses. I'd rather not allow anyone a quite high chance of seeing my underwear.

Pictured: reason why I don't wear dresses or skirts.


"seek women in combat in the military just like men, and coed submarines"

-Again, the equality issue. I think I've said enough about it.

"refuse to take her husband's last name when marrying"

-There's really no reason to do it other than tradition, and I don't consider tradition an excuse. In fact, I consider tradition to be a freedom-limiting value, and usually shouldn't even have to be followed unless there is a solid, logical/ethical reason. For the last name bit, I've never seen one. The only decent reason I've heard from a guy is from an old friend of mine who was one of the last two passing down his name (he and his brother), so he wanted to try and keep passing it down. His girlfriend agreed on it. That works fine for me; not tradition.

"distort historical focus onto female figures, often overshadowing important events (Eg: Henry VIII's wives take precedence in common knowledge to his actual reign.)"

-Again, I have no idea where they got this.

Even so, Henry VIII was an asshole. 'Nuff said.

"object to being addressed as "ma'am""

-I know some women hate it, but not all women who hate it are feminists. I personally don't mind. In fact, one of my male friends was called ma'am a few times, and even he didn't give a shit.

There's more bullshit in that article, but I'll stop there. I feel satisfied enough for now.

Bone the Fish/Rant on Conservatism

http://www.bonethefish.com/

Bone the Fish is actually an interesting website that talks about "jump the shark" moments, not just in TV shows, but also movies, celebrities, and even random stuff, like sports teams and businesses.

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That's all that I was basically going to post, but I noticed one major problem, and I feel like posting about it because it needs to be said by somebody. At first, I thought most everyone on the site was an idiot. The reason was because I kept seeing an extreme Conservative bias (which isn't hard to spot) in some of the reasons shows were disliked, and the like. For several shows, I'd see a reason for a show jumping the shark, "Liberal agenda" or some shit like that. First off, that's not a jump the shark moment, that's just some guy who disagrees with the views on the show. Second, some of the shows with a so-called "Liberal bias" really don't have one, and if they do, you can easily tell that it's light to the point where it shouldn't automatically ruin a show, especially if the show has other merits that far outweigh any shortcomings, and I don't consider a sometimes nonexistent "Liberal bias" a shortcoming.

However, I later learned that it was just a few incredibly stupid users, one of particular note being a member named DolFan316, though he's certainly not the only one. I picked him because he, at least from what I've read, was the most outspoken and the overall dumbest of them all. Also, he seems to be responsible for most of the Conservative bias in the reasons a show jumped the shark or sucked because he often comments on the shows that list them. Just read some of this guy's/girl's responses:

http://www.bonethefish.com/viewuser.php?198

You can tell that he has his head shoved so far up Conservatism's ass he can barely see or hear anything else from inside. He constantly complains of Liberal biases and that Liberals are sheep. This is ironic considering Liberals think the same thing of Conservatives. It's immature, really. I don't consider myself either one, but I do lean more towards Liberalism considering Conservatism is a lot more freedom-limiting. Hell, I more than have the right to hate Conservatives: they and Christians are the reason I can't get married, and they're both often synonymous with each other. For this guy, it seems to be no different.

But that's not all of my bad experience with Conservatives. I have never seen or overheard a Conservative change his/her mind about much of anything. In fact, I often hear them going to extremes by saying ridiculous bullshit just to try and keep the argument going, and they usually do this when they show (sometimes even quite small) signs that they're losing. For example (and I'm basing this on an argument that I've heard before, but there were many more quotes similar to it), if you argue with a conservative Christian, and prove to them that the Bible promotes rape (especially to women, because the Bible is also quite misogynistic), they might say something like, "That's for women who sin. It doesn't advocate raping innocent women. Women who have sinned deserve to be raped." This is obviously ridiculous. I am a woman, so I would be deeply offended if someone actually said this, partly because their view of what a sin is and isn't is ambiguous (which means if that person thought being gay is a sin, then I would apparently deserve to be raped), but mostly because rape shouldn't be condoned fucking ever.

Of course, because of this, I've never met a Conservative that knew how to argue well, but nonetheless are often ignorant and continue to believe in stuff that's "inconvenient" for them to believe in, even if what they argue for has been proven 100% false. It's like some kind of drug affecting a stimulus in their brain and they have a hard time quitting. It's not a good knowledge-seeking way to think and argue. I am a knowledge-seeker, so when I admit that I'm wrong, I often take that as a learning experience. The Conservatives I've seen don't do that. They're so ingrained with being right (no pun intended) that they'll even manipulate they're own opinions just for the chance at winning the argument instead of ultimately being right (again, no pun intended).

But getting back to DolFan316, here's my favorite quote of his, posted on the topic "Political Correctness":

"Political correctness is the biggest threat to free speech America has ever faced. It's straight out of George Orwell's 1984 novel. And it was invented by liberals!"

That's my favorite quote because it's so fucking misguided, and it proves just how incredibly brainwashed he is. It made me laugh so hard I was literally rolling on the floor laughing. Why was I laughing, though? It's because this guy doesn't get the point of 1984. If anything, George Orwell considered himself a Democratic Socialist, and Democratic Socialists are people that Conservatives usually don't like. This is ironic, considering this Conservative in particular is quoting a book by a Democratic Socialist to try and support what the novel was initially against: Totalitarianism and Fascism.

Besides that, he's just pulling that "Political Correctness was invented by Liberals" bullshit out of his ass. I don't know who it was really invented by, but he obviously doesn't know, either.

Lastly, DolFan316 apparently really likes Sean Hannity. Sean...Fucking...Hannity! Seriously, 'Nuff said.

P.S. I figured out he has a YouTube account. Two comments claimed he was an asshole, one gave a reason, one didn't. The one that gave a reason said that he commented rudely on someone's misspelling.

I'm honestly not surprised.

P.S.S. I also wanted to show a ripoff of Wikipedia called Conservapedia. It's been criticized by almost everybody except for some Conservatives themselves. If you read some of the shit on the site, you'll quickly see why.

http://www.conservapedia.com/Main_Page

Here are excerpts from Wikipedia on Conservapedia:

Peter Lipson

In April 2007, Peter Lipson, a doctor of internal medicine, attempted to edit the article on breast cancer to include evidence against Conservapedia's statement naming abortion as a major cause of the disease, but found his medical credentials being questioned by Schlafly and other Conservapedia administrators, all of whom ended the debate by deleting Lipson's edits and blocking Lipson's account. Several editors, including Lipson, started another website, RationalWiki, which offers criticism of and satirical articles about Conservapedia, its administrators, and the Conservative Christian viewpoint which it promotes. According to an article published in the LA Times in 2007, "From there, they (Lipson and his fellow editors) monitor Conservapedia. And—by their own admission—engage in acts of cyber-vandalism."

Lenski dialogue

On June 9, 2008, New Scientist published an article describing Richard Lenski's 20-year E. coli experiment, which observed that bacteria evolve the ability to metabolize citrate—a rare and complex mutation. Schlafly contacted Lenski to request the data. Lenski explained that the relevant data was in the paper and that Schlafly fundamentally misunderstood it. Schlafly wrote again and requested the raw data. Lenski replied again that the relevant data was already in the paper, that the "raw data" were living bacterial samples, which he would willingly share with qualified researchers at properly equipped biology labs, and that he felt insulted by letters and comments on Conservapedia, which he saw as brusque and offensive, including claims of outright deceit. The exchange, recorded on a Conservapedia page called "Lenski dialog", was widely reported on news-aggregating sites and Web blogs. Carl Zimmer wrote that it was readily apparent that "Schlafly had not bothered to read [Lenski's paper] closely", and PZ Meyers criticized Schlafly for demanding data despite not having a plan to use it nor the expertise to analyze it. During and after the Lenski dialogue on Conservapedia several users on the site were blocked for "insubordination" for expressing disagreement with Schlafly's stance on the issue.