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Jul. 28th, 2006 @ 02:40 am more proof that japan is insane
I've known about the Parodius shmups for over ten years, but I've never tried one until today. The obligatory question to ask would be "what the hell was Konami smoking," but that wouldn't be fair to drugs. No substance known to man or beast could produce something so bizarre. It's one thing to do a clever parody of your own games, it's another to do one with evil bathtub ladies and barfing clowns. With a soundtrack that borrows heavily from classical music.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=MVdbxLXIEfM&search=parodius. Watch until the mid-boss--it starts to get really weird around then.

That not weird enough for you? Try this: http://youtube.com/watch?v=UmE4-bIMMQA&search=parodius. Four words: Steam-powered pirate cat.

Yes, there are weirder games, but the less I think about them the better.

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Jul. 28th, 2006 @ 04:52 pm best thing about san francicso? free onion!
The print version has everything the online version has, plus tasteless local ads. You can't lose! And as much as I love Wikipedia, I have to admit that this week's front page feature "Wikipedia Celebrates 750 Years of American Independence" hits pretty close to home.

Six hours until my plane leaves for Boston. so excited so excited
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