Friday, October 21, 2005


Looking out of the window from my desk right now doesn't really heighten my spirits. It's grey, rainy and cold. The few reddish treetops I can see stand out in the greyness of the rest of the decor. Birds fly past every so often, looking for something to eat I guess. The trees are moving in a stiff breeze, swaying from left to right.

Autumn is here again...

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Ridge Racer -PSP

I've driven almost 500km in Ridge Racer on the PSP now. What do I think of it?

Well, first of all it brings back memories. I've played Ridge Raver, Ridge Racer Revolution, Rage Racer and Ridge Racer R4 on the Playstation, and Ridge Racer V on the PS2. This game takes the best of all of them and puts it all in the palm of your hand.

Some tracks come from previous releases of the game, others are new (to me, dunno if they came from 'Rave Racer', an arcade only game). The tracks all work well with the Ridge Racer physics, although some are definitely more challenging than others.

The competition (at least in the Basic tour) is not really that good, it's been quite easy to come first in every single race I've done up to now. Ofcourse things are going to change once I get further along... I've read that getting the Angel an Devil cars is going to be extremely difficult. I can't wait.

Overall, a great rendition of the Ridge Racer series. No slowdowns, same music, same driving style, nice tracks, many cars. Great game.

Musings of Erana

Warlocks... I don't get them. The call up demons to help them, the demons whine at them constantly and they don't care whether the foul creature dies or not.

If I didn't care about my Dashi she would have gone away or bitten me on the behind by now. Luckily she considers me to be her best friend, and will continue to do so as long as I supply her with fresh fish. It can safely be said that the love of a cat goes through the stomach. Ofcourse it took some time for her to become so attached to me, but you can be sure it's worth it.

Some reasons to have a cat as a pet and not a demon:
  • Cats are warm to sleep against at night. Demons are all cold-blooded
  • Cats are cuddly
  • Cats don't whine at you all the time
  • Cats are cats, and thus they are cool

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Musings of Erana - (World of Warcraft character)

Today as I was fishing in a great spot on the eastern bank of the Throndroril river I noticed a female Human Priest called Nessaja looking at me from atop a hill. She must have blessed my fishing pole or something because just after she left I caught some nice Alabaster Plate Leggings on my hook. Sadly, I cannot wear plate so I'll have to sell it at the Auction Hall in Ironforge.

But first I must reach the Chapel in the Eastern Plague Lands to hand in a book and shield to the uncle of a dead little girl I met in Darrowshire. Sounds creepy? You betcha!

Friday, October 07, 2005

Burnout Legends - PSP

I've been playing Burnout Legends on my PSP for a while now, and I must say I am enjoying it as much as I enjoyed playing Burnout 2 and 3 (on my PS2 and XBox respectively). The only problem I have with it is that there is some slowdown in the game, and seeking a new music track sometimes pauses the game completely for up to 2 seconds.

Annoying trucks

This morning as I was turning onto the highway to drive to work a big petrolium truck decided that things were not going fast enough and moved into the left (my) lane, to overtake some other trucks at 90 km/h. On a road where the speed limit is 120. And not only did he overtake one other truck, no he overtook six of them. There was enough space for him to have gone to the right lane between trucks, but it seemed he thought he owned the road and that the rest of the world would just have to wait for him. This sort of thing annoys me so much. As soon as I see a car coming up behind me (looking into your rearview mirror once in a while help, folks) I try to get into the right lane as soon as possible as to not hinder them on their way. I wish more other people would do that too.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Foggy this morning

This morning it was quite foggy, with visibility of about 200 meters on the stretch of highway where I was driving. Ofcourse there were a lot of people who were using their rear fog lights... which you are only allowed to use at visiblities of 50 meters and less.

As an added bonus the driver of a Renault Megane thought that it was perfectly normal to be driving about 5 meters behind me at 120 km/h through this fog. I was driving on the right side of the road, the left lane was empty, but nooo he did not feel the need to overtake. When I speeded up to 140 to create some distance between us, he just followed, sticking to my rear as if there was a towline between us. He's lucky I didn't need to brake hard, or he (and I, sadly) would have had a huge problem...