Yesterday I went on a mission to find Medal of Honor: Frontline for the PS2. I went to two different Fred Meyer stores and neither had it.

They did, however, have the Kylie Minogue album, Fever.

I bought it, and I dig it thoroughly.

I don’t think there’s really a bad song on there. I definitely have my favorites, but I don’t out-and-out dislike any of them. Never really having listened to her before, I am very pleasantly surprised. I may have to pick up some of her other albums.

Anyway, back to the Medal of Honor discussion.

So I went to two different stores yesterday with no luck. I called another one once I got home, though, and they said they were getting a shipment in overnight and they should be on the shelves by morning.

I stopped in this morning and they weren’t on the damn shelves.

They were, however, in the freight boxes, still unpacked. I got one fresh out of the box and bought it immediately. Hopefully it will prove to be vastly less frustrating than Devil May Cry was.

For the techies out there: The project I’m working on at work has taken a downward turn. It turns out there’s a memory leak in the PKMCDO object library somewhere that causes the program I wrote to just eat up memory like nothing else. So the code is getting a significant overhaul to lower my reliance on the problem library while we look into getting Microsoft to fix the memory leak (or tell us how to work around it).

Jenn and I saw the Cirque du Soleil show, Dralion, on Friday night and it was fantastic. The music was beautiful, the stage effects were great, and the performers were wonderful.

Thinking about it, though, I really don’t know how to describe it. If you’ve never seen a Cirque show, you really won’t understand what it’s like. Sort of like saying something tastes like chicken - if a person’s never had chicken, what does chicken taste like?

For the people who have seen a Cirque show, this will make more sense.

The feel of Dralion is very Asian. While the other Cirque shows I’ve seen have a distinct French feel to them, the art, costumes, and music on this one have a very Oriental spin, and it was a Good Thing. There were also several acts in Dralion that I haven’t seen in the other shows, like the Ballet On Lights and the Aerial Pas de Deux. The clowns in the other shows I’ve seen were not “clowns” so much as “funny creatures;” the clowns in Dralion were actually human, resembling… well, Drunk Italians. I’m not sure how that fit in, exactly, but they were very funny.

Anyway, it was an excellent show, and anyone interested in a wonderful night out should definitely consider this show. Beauty beyond description.

We also saw The Bourne Identity this weekend and it was very cool. I’ll try to fix up a review on it a little later.

I got my copy of Real Genius this weekend - finally - and got to watch it on Sunday afternoon. It was just as good as I remembered it, but I was disappointed by the lack of any special features. The sound was just Dolby Surround, not Dolby Digital or anything like that; there were trailers on the disc but not for the movie; and there was no commentary, behind-the-scenes featurettes, or any other special features. You get the movie, trailers to Hook and Jumanji, and that’s it. I suppose for what it is, that’s okay, but it would have been nice to see more to it.

I redid our hallway and it now contains all of my Fifth Element posters and merchandise. It looks nice in there. So that’s one more area of the place down. Next stop, the dining room. It’s totally a holding area for our extra stuff, and it needs to be cleaned out and redecorated. We’re going with a Buffy theme in there.

Finally got a chance to listen to the new Dirty Vegas album and I was honestly less than impressed. It was okay, but it didn’t really stick in my head like the song normally does from the Mitsubishi Eclipse commercial. I did, however, find that the Kylie Minogue album, Fever, does stick in my head, so I may pick that up. Doesn’t hurt that she’s a little hottie.

Oh, and I got way too pissed off at the PS2 game Devil May Cry. WAY too pissed off. There’s something that doesn’t click between my brain, my fingers, and the way the camera moves in that game. Try as I might, it was just too damn difficult. So I packed it up, strategy guide and all, and have sold it to a guy here at work for $25. Maybe I got ripped off; maybe I just wanted free of it. It looked brilliant, the idea was great, I just sucked at the game and couldn’t take it anymore. I’m gonna take the $25 and reinvest it in Medal of Honor: Frontline. I played the demo of that this weekend and loved every second of it. Of course, the demo had a time limit on it, so I would get like halfway through the first mission and it would time out on me… so now it’s time to play for real.

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Cirque du Soleil
eTicketGuess where I’ll be tonight! That’s right, Jenn and I have tickets for the 9:00p showing of Cirque du Soleil’s traveling show, Dralion. I saw them last time they were in town with their Saltimbanco show and also twice in Vegas I saw their Mystere show. All of them were brilliance, and I look forward to tonight’s performance. Jenn’s never seen them, so she’s excited, too. We have pretty good seats, too, which makes it all that much better.

My copy of Real Genius didn’t come yesterday, so I have to assume today’s the day. I was all excited to see it, and now I’ve gotta wait until this weekend.

Speaking of this weekend, my friend Aarron’s coming into town and I think I’m going to try to convince him that we need to go see The Bourne Identity. It looks too cool, and it’s got Franka Potente in it, which makes it all that much better. She was great in Run Lola Run, so I expect she’ll be great here, too. (Oh, and Run Lola Run had a pretty bitchin’ soundtrack, to boot.) So we might check that out. Jenn wants to see it, too.

Aside from that, I’m hoping to take it easy. After painting our living room, our place is in a shambles, so I’m sure there will be cleaning up to do, but the weather’s supposed to be nice, so maybe I’ll try to take advantage of it. Somehow. Not sure on how yet, but I’ll figure it out when I get there.

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I will never understand the traffic on the west side of Portland. It seems that no matter what time of day it is, it’s rush hour on the West Side. I’d blame it on the weather, but that wouldn’t make any sense because the thought pattern of the average West Side driver would be “Oh, my, it’s raining out! Better slow down!” and “Oh, my, it’s sunny out! Better slow down!” It makes no sense. I could go further with a discussion of how to merge onto the freeway, but I’ve already done that once before, so I don’t think I need to go into it again.

The reason I bring it up is because yesterday it took me well over an hour to get home and I only live 15 miles from work. That means that, basically, I travelled an average of 15 miles per hour. I could technically have driven home in first fucking gear and it would have gotten me there in the same amount of time. No sense whatsoever.

I’m starting to think the West Side city planners don’t actually reside on the West Side. They screwed everything up as a big joke on the poor souls who have to commute that direction every day. It used to be where the traffic going into Portland in the morning and leaving at night was way worse than the traffic travelling in the opposite direction. Not so anymore; now it’s all just terrible.

The Oregon Department of Transportation has a series of traffic cameras that allow you to see what’s going on. Here’s the series that defines my commute. Check it out in the morning and the evening; you’ll see what I mean.

On another note, my copy of Real Genius should be here today, or maybe tomorrow. That shipped with Lexx Series 3 Vol. 1, Lexx Series 3 Vol. 2, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2. I’m stoked for that stuff to get here. I haven’t seen Real Genius forever. I’ll have to bring it and play it at work.

Speaking of DVDs, I’m a little irritated that they haven’t put the movie Electric Dreams out on DVD yet. It’s out of print on video, too (you can buy it for like $75 in some places, but give me a break). The soundtrack was good on that one, too. Highly recommendable.

Jenn’s a little pissed that the new Grand Theft Auto: Vice City game is coming out. Sorry, baby. Some things just have to happen, you know? :)

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice
CityI’m noticing that there are a lot of cool games out, or coming out, that I’m going to have to get. First and foremost, the latest and greatest installment of the Grand Theft Auto franchise, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. I got an email notification that it’ll be out on October 22, 2002. Woohoo! There’s not a whole lot of info on it, but you can read the news release on it. I’ll definitely be picking that one up, if it’s even half as good as GTA3.

Let’s see… Last night I finished Spy Hunter, which was quite the ordeal. I’d been playing it off and on for several months, and not being terribly great at games in general, this one gave me some trouble. But I’ve been getting better lately, so I was finally able to finish all the missions on this thing. I highly recommend it - it’s everything Spy Hunter should be.

Next on the list to work on is Devil May Cry. That’s another one that’s pretty difficult for the less than coordinated moi, so I anticipate spending some “quality time” working with it.

Other games that I’m going to have to pick up for my PS2 soon/when they come out:

And, last but not least, for the XBox at work, the next must-buy is Dead or Alive Extreme Volleyball. Featuring your favorite ladies from the fighting games DOA2: Hardcore and DOA3, you get to play a bit of beach volleyball and enjoy the high kicks. I’ve only seen the intro trailer for it, but it looks so cheesy (with just the right T&A factor) that I can’t NOT get it.

In other news…

Jenn and I watched that American Idol show last night, and… wow. I mean, some of the people were legitimately good, but others were so utterly horrible that I wonder why they would even bother showing up on the thing. Did they actually think they could make it? Watching these people is like watching a train wreck - horrible, yet you can’t take your eyes off it. And one of the judges, Simon Cowell (who I’d never heard of before in my life), is sort of like Judge Judy - brutal, yet totally right.