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Happy Halloween from This Online Ghoul. [Oct. 31st, 2008|06:30 pm]
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[Current Location |Detroit, MI, USA]
[Special Music |Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt Kickers - Monster Mash]

Above Photo: Count Orlok, from Nosferatu

I beat GTA 4 with 100 percent completion. This game was worth the time spent. Niko Bellic, the central character in the game, behaves like a psychotic Peja Stojakovic. This game is near my favorite of the series, GTASA. The graphics ... the details are stunning ... right down to walking into a recess under a bridge, observing random pieces of litter around you. The Algonquin island is a nice representation of Manhattan. There was a mission in the single player mode, "Three Leaf Clover," where you take part in a bank robbery. The mission feels ripped from the cloth of Mann's Heat. After you grab the cash from the vault, you and your partners leave the bank and flee on foot. Over the course of your escape, the cops chase you, and both of you wield high-powered rifles. That mission was where I fell in love with the game.

Tonight, I'm going to see Zack and Miri Make a Porno with my friends. I want to love this film. I hope I'm not disappointed. The film's subject, theme, and setting appear to be Kevin Smith's wheelhouse. He's admitted that he's not that great with action, hence, anything comic-action-related that he's worked on ... that is why he never finishes those projects. Well, here's hoping for a fresh idea outside of the Silent Bob galaxy.

Update: Zack and Miri ... I laughed a lot. The movie was fairly short, but I liked the characters, and I enjoyed Kevin's story. Mewes was hilarious. Anal scene ... gone wrong ... a riot of laughs.

The election happens next Tuesday. I'm looking forward to it. I enjoy my right to vote. I'm only one guy, but one person adds up ... I've never felt the uselessness of voting, even when all major candidates were equally appalling. As for choices, at least the people have them. Last night, buckeyebrain pointed out that the 1820 election featured President Monroe running unopposed. This happened three times in United States history. The other two elections were those featuring George Washington, in the first years of the nation. In all three cases, people were most pleased with the men running unopposed. I'm just happy that if people disagree, they can organize a challenger.

In this election, people are talking a large margin of victory for Barack Obama. I want to see the actual results before I believe it. What people say and do are two separate actions. Despite my hesitance to declare a winner, reporters confirm that Obama is a heavy favorite. Looking back at previous elections, there were some gigantic margins of victory. In 1984, President Reagan carried every state except for Minnesota and the District of Columbia. I think that Reagan's 525 (98 percent of delegates) was the largest margin of victory for a presidential candidate who ran with opposition. There are a number of elections where the candidate received over 400 delegate votes. In this election, 430 of 538 delegates equals 80 percent, and that is a number that seems in line with previous elections described as a "landslide."

To you and yours, may your pumpkins be pumpkiny, and your Halloween very Halloweeny. Cheers!

[User Picture]From: thecesspit
2008-10-31 11:14 pm (UTC)
One elector voted against Monroe, so that Washington would be the only unanimously elected president.

He voted for JQ Adams, who was the next president.
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[User Picture]From: thecesspit
2008-10-31 11:16 pm (UTC)
Of course, heavy wins can come about with small favourites, as the nature of the electoral college system in the US means a 51-49 winner in a big state wins all the electoral votes... kinda of useful in some of the big states.

(by the way, check out 1960: The Making of a President, a board game where you can run the 1960 election, complete with key states, issues and the pancake makeup incident).
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2008-10-31 11:19 pm (UTC)
Since 2000, and before 2000, I knew about the delegates representing the popular vote in the state. I never paid too much attention to what the popular vote was - it didn't do anything but swing the delegates one way or another. I wasn't confused when GWB won in 2000.
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[User Picture]From: holzerhedrpca
2008-11-01 05:26 am (UTC)
Hamels/Lidge in 2008: Striking Out Corruption One Washington Maggot At A Time
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[User Picture]From: jmack109
2008-11-01 11:50 pm (UTC)

Mmmm... Peja gone psycho.

I think I'm one of the very few that couldn't get into GTA 4. Being a huge fan since GTA 3, I thought I'd be a bigger fan. I played it off and on for a week, and kind of shrugged it off. I think it was the driving mechanics that were a turn-off. I had the PS3 version.

Fallout 3, on the other hand, has really wowed me. So much fun.

And I'll get back to you on Zack and Miri Get Banned from Utah after I see it.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2008-11-02 01:34 am (UTC)

Re: Mmmm... Peja gone psycho.

Everyone tells me that, the driving.

I got used to it after a couple days.

Considering I actually went around and shot 200 diseased pigeons (100 percent requirement), I guess I just have attention to detail.

The physics seem to magically get better as you progress in your driving, which also seemed to be the case in previous games, the ones that didn't announce that 'skill' (GTASA).

GTASA remains my favorite. It's like being 14 again, and those radio stations are almost spitting images of what radio was in 1991-1992. Especially Radio X. I always lol'd when she'd go off on some ridiculous bender of a comment, even if I heard it several times and beat the game 2x already.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2008-11-02 01:39 am (UTC)

Re: Mmmm... Peja gone psycho.

Zack and Miri had nudity, including Mewes. Extended nudity. It was a surprise, since the FCC tends to go really 'hard' on cocks. I guess they don't hate Kevin Smith?

Utah is Utah. There's a place for crazies. The Mormons aren't too bad outside of their underwear and their insistence on the squeakiest clean Disney world.
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