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wFriday, April 25, 2003


All-States was fun. I don't have any long tales to recount like I did for Districts, just a few quick comments.

First, I doubt most of you have ever had the experience of singing in a 256-person choir. That's really big. I'm really not sure how else to express the sheer magnitude of it right now, but suffice to say it makes for quite the badass CD (which shipped less than a week after the concert and sounds remarkably good for what is apparently a rush job).

Of everything I came away from All-States with, I think the most important is the knowledge of how to throw a frisbee at least five different ways.

Okay, I do have one story, though it's not really that long. I met a bass at States who's a friend of one of my friends who got transferred to a new school (follow that?). It turns out that he's a total Dance Dance Revolution freak, which surprised me since I never expected to meet another one outside of an arcade or Otakon without moving to California. Even more surprising is his abject dedication to the game. Along with his essentials and the afformentioned frisbee, he brought a PSOne, a dance pad, and a copy of DDR Konamix.

I was eager to retire to our hotel that night after learning this, as the two of us had established plans to hook everything up to a TV and bust it out hardcore. What followed that evening was a complete lack of Dance Dancing, replaced by a relentless hunt for a TV with composite inputs. We should have realized that, this being a Holiday Inn we were staying at, all the TVs in the hotel have to suck (under federal law). As it turns out, there wasn't a single composite-input TV or VCR in the entire hotel. This, of course, sucked, but there really wasn't anything we could do about it in under an hour, so we just had to give up. Definitely the low point of the trip.

On a completely unrelated note, any of you who enjoy the battle music from the various and sudry Final Fantasies, and also enjoy wailing on electric guitar, would probably enjoy The Black Mages. I heard of these guys from the letters column on Gameforms (now headed by the esteemable John Hummel)--apparently they're a heavy metal band headed up by Nobuo Uematsu, the guy who writes all the music for FF, and they do nothing but live metal remixes of FF battle music. I was skeptical for about five seconds before I realize that my favorite boss theme ever is Those Who Fight Further from FF7, which is essential a massive distortion guitar riff. It sounds good with the PSX synthesizer, but hearing the song with a live distortion guitar is just freaking amazing.

Planetside is the most unstable beta test ever. I want my Star Wars Galaxies beta, damnit.

posted by Danin at 4/25/2003 09:15:00 AM


wThursday, April 17, 2003


Wow, it's been a while since I've posted anything.

Anyways, I just wanted to share with all of you this logical proof of the existence of God, which has to be the best-wrought proof of its kind that I've ever seen.

Anyways, I've got a government paper to write, I'll talk about my experiences at All-States later. If I remember.

Oh, Wind Waker is just damn awesome, by the way.

posted by Danin at 4/17/2003 08:21:00 PM