And if there is any doubt why such an opinion might be met with hostility, it has to do with privilege. You can write it off as “political correctness” if you wish, but the truth is that privilege always lies with the majority. They’re so used to being catered to that they see the lack of catering as an imbalance. They don’t see anything wrong with having things set up to suit them, what’s everyone’s fuss all about? That’s the way it should be, any everyone else should be used to not getting what they want.
David Gaider, Senior Writer at Bioware (see here for context)
JK and I went to watch Fantasy Comes Alive yesterday evening and it was a fairly entertaining way to spend an evening. Although I knew only the Final Fantasy songs in the setlist, I still quite enjoyed listening to a live performance. The choice of songs was quite interesting as I don’t think they chose to play the major theme songs that everyone would know (with the exception of the Neon Genesis dunno-what theme song).
I’ve been lucky enough to have attended both Video Games Live and Play! when I was in Australia and it really was quite awesome to hear a full orchestra and choir play songs from games and I enjoyed both concerts greatly. Fantasy Comes Alive was clearly a much smaller scale concert but it was still a good experience.
Especially with the tetris game. I never knew you could do all those in tetris! Perhaps that is why I sucked so badly at it.
FF9 is coming to PSN and FF8 is already on it. I want to play both games. I just need to figure out how to download US content with my Asian PS3. I now have a US PSN account and with my brand new PSN card, I’m ready to go shopping! :D
Ooh! They have FREE Dynasty Warriors Empires DLC!
Anyway, I have fond memories of these two games. FF8 was my introduction into the JRPG genre and was the game that I played because my then-not-yet-bf was playing (erm, yeah …). Until now, I still think FF8 has the best final battle. In fact, I have reloaded my save game just before the battle several times just to play the final battle. Also, limit breaks were a lot of fun, especially Squall’s and Zell’s. FF9 on the other hand had my favourite mini games – chocobo hot and cold / treasure hunting. I like them mainly because they were one of the few mini games I was actually good at. Plus, as one guy says, it had Vivi and nothing is more awesome than Vivi.
So yeah, instead of completing my FF13, it looks like I might be distracted by FF8 instead! Or maybe I should go conquer the whole of China first …
I can’t remember if I’ve blogged about our new management before. Suffice to say it’s a breath of fresh air and even though you know that nothing is really going to change so quickly, you can’t help but feel a little hope in the air. Now, after requesting for it for years (from what I hear), we finally have dress-down Fridays. So it’s jeans to work for me! And this little change alone has managed to lift the spirits in the staff room, at least for a while. Still, I don’t know if it is able to keep the mass exodus of teachers at bay though.
Every year, my school gives out an award to a number of teachers who have been voted by their students as being “outstanding”. To be honest, it isn’t really a fair competition. The students are expected to give a write-up of the teacher they are voting for and many times, I know some classes and some students simply can’t be bothered to write anything. A lot of students end up voting for their form teachers as well so it often comes down to the write up. Whatever it is, it’s probably not a good idea to let this award affect your teaching.
Having said all that, when I was given that award last year, it was quite a nice feeling. What was even better was when I opened my dip tray today. After many, many months, the award committee finally passed us the write-ups by our students and it was really a lovely read. Aside from feeling really touched by what some of my students wrote, I also ended up feeling quite guilty because honestly, I am no where as wonderful as they claim. I think this came at a pretty good time since I’ve been feeling somewhat blah about my job lately.
Speaking of the small things, is it really difficult to make your Intranet compatible across browsers? I don’t like IE6 at all and for some reason, we are not allowed to upgrade our IE from that. I’ve been using FireFox and Chrome but the Intranet does not work at all on these browsers. Very annoying!
Lastly, you know what I love most about FF13 (which, yes, I have started playing)? It’s the almost negligible load times. I hate load times.
Got hold of FF13! Yay me! Except I haven’t actually started to play it yet because I figured I would be a good teacher and do stuff like marking and setting exam papers. Still, the fact that it is sitting there waiting for me to play it makes me happy inside.
Did I mention I got Disgaea 3 as well? Yeah it’s a little late and goodness, are the graphics crappy. So that’s yet another game to play. Plus I really, really want to conquer China in DW: Empires. So many games, so little time. :(
I have this really long blog post about females in pop culture that I’ve been writing for weeks. At the rate it is going, I’ll never finish it.
So Zod can fly but Clark cannot. The last two episodes left me feeling kind of meh. Even Lois couldn’t excite me. And S9 started out so well too but oh well, one should never expect much from Smallville. Chloe is still getting on my nerves. Tess is interesting but such an enigma and Oliver, well, he looks good shirtless. Someone said that he was better off reading Blackest Night. Probably. I’m awaiting the trades but I have high hopes. So far, I’m only minorly spoiled.
I’m suddenly feeling somewhat down. Not sure why exactly. Hopefully the Arsenal game coming up will cheer me up. Although, I have to admit, I doubt it will. Perhaps I should go beat up some people in Tekken.
FFVIII should be out in a couple of weeks or so. Quite excited but seeing how I cannot even find the time to finish up Dragon Age, I don’t see how I’m going to finish it. But I will. Definitely.
Work has been more of a drag than usual. I still enjoy quite a bit of it but I’m getting restless plus certain things are making me reconsider my career choice. On one hand, I like teaching in a classroom and being involved in school events. On the other, it takes a lot out of me. Also, this year I have a difficult class and it’s really making my days in school horrible. I’m not even sure why, seeing they aren’t actually the first difficult class I have ever had. It’s just that usually the class and I develop some sort of rapport which makes going in and dealing with their nonsense bearable. This year, the class and I simply do not get along. I guess we lack chemistry or something. I know for one thing that they purposely make life difficult for me and it’s been frustrating.