What She Said

November 9, 2001
4:06 PM
"The primary purpose of the DATA statement is to give names to constants; instead of referring to pi as 3.141592653589793 at every appearance, the variable pi can be given that value with a DATA statement and used instead of the longer form of the constant. This also simplifies modifying the program, should the value of pi change."

-- FORTRAN manual for Xerox computers

November 8, 2001
11:48 AM
Today is the 30th anniversary of Led Zeppelin's fourth untitled album, commonly referred to as Led Zeppelin IV. This is the album famous for containing "Stairway to Heaven".

I think I know what I'll be listening to all day. Is it heresy to say that "When The Levee Breaks" is the best song on the album?

November 6, 2001
11:59 AM
Good thing they can afford it.

November 5, 2001
3:58 PM
I don't think I've ever had a Jolly Rancher Anything that I've had an easy time getting the stupid wrapper off. Whatever Jolly Rancher products are made out of - be they the suckers or the little rectangular bricks or, in this case, the little square ones, it's always one bitch of a time getting the stupid wrapper off - it's completely stuck to the thing. Most of the time you just have to accept that you're eating like 1-5% of the wrapper, since that makes for a more appealing move than having that crap all over your fingers (and therefore everything you touch) for the rest of the day. I wonder how many pounds of Jplly Rancher wrappers Americans pass through their system every year, since you know that crap doesn't digest.

Slighly related - there's nothing funnier than a cat with tinsel hanging out of their butt since that crap passes right through as well.

2:39 PM
Yes! Metal Slug 4! (In order to halfway understand that page you'll need to stick a Babel Fish in your ear to translate it from Korean to English).

Even though SNK is dead (as of last week, in fact) they handed their Metal Slug property off to a Korean company to make the fourth installment - on original MVS hardware, no less. I just hope that this makes it to the States in a more popular console format. They released Metal Slug X on the PSX a few months back, so why not? Man, I need to pick that one up.

I'd sit here and explain what the whole deal with Metal Slug is, but you'd be better off heading to the nearest bowling alley, pizza parlor, or wherever you can find a Neo Geo cabinet and check it out for yourself.

Or, failing that, get your MAME on:

Metal Slug (1996)
Metal Slug 2 (1998)
Metal Slug X (1999)

The first game was done by a company called Nazca, the second and third ones were done by SNK themselves (X being an expanded version of 2). Metal Slug 3 was released in 2000 and is available in arcades as well as the home Neo Geo formats. It has been dumped but not unencrypted yet. It will be incorporated into MAME in 2002 since MAME ethics require a game to be two years old first.

Metal Slug 4 was apparently announced Thursday, so perhaps its March date will be unaffected by the SNK closing (which was announced right before Halloween.

Anywho, go, go go!

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