Top 12 Pantha Pics (because I couldn’t narrow it down to 10)

Did you think I was joking? Here we go! I’m not even going to try to put these in order of preference either, I can’t choose, instead it’s chronological order.

Also, my premium plan expired today, like I had mentioned before, and this totally messed up my font and color scheme to the point where things suddenly looked really generic, so…surprise new look!


#12 Pantha’s first night home. We went to look at kittens and I saw her sleeping with her tongue hanging out like this like a cute little idiot and I knew she was the one.


#11 I guess she took a liking to me pretty quickly too, because she immediately found her new favorite seat, right on top of me, and has never stopped trying to sit there every chance she gets, even though she’s a bit big for it now. I can’t say no to that stupid cute face though.


#10 Pantha’s first Halloween. Our previous cat would not tolerate costumes at all, but Pantha took this surprisingly well.


#9 Falling asleep in a homemade box bed by the fireplace. You’d think she’d get too hot with all that fur, but she loves stretching out in front of a fire and getting all toasty.


#8 Looking like a scared maniac for no particular reason.


#7 Looking retarded for no particular reason.


#6 Looking majestic for no particular reason.


#5 Caught in the act with the most guilty face I’ve ever seen.


#4 Ignoring a brand new bed so she can use the new racetrack toy as a bed instead, because of course.


#3 Being my gaming co-pilot.


#2 Sitting in the most uncomfortable, spine-shattering position, as they so love to do for some reason.


#1 Stalking some ice cream. I don’t know what it is with her and ice cream and shakes. She doesn’t get this excited for milk, but any ice cream based thing she’ll immediately run up to and stare at like she’s hypnotized, waiting for you to leave it unguarded for just one second. She was mad this time because that was some espresso ice cream so she wasn’t allowed to have even a little taste.


Well, there you have it. Hope you enjoyed this look into the wild world of Pantha. Who knows, maybe I’ll do another dozen someday.

Changes for the new year

I don’t generally subscribe to the whole New Year’s Resolution business. This is honestly just a complete coincidence that these changes are going to happen right after the year change, but anyway, starting this year…

  • My fancy domain name and premium plan expire in a few weeks and I’m not going to be renewing them this time because money’s going to be a little tighter this year and I can’t justify blowing $99 on a domain name that has no real use other than vanity. I’ve never touched a single one of all these extra premium features and I doubt I ever will. I’m just not into self-promotion and advertising that much. I’d rather just continue to keep things casual and I can live with having a small audience because at least its made up of cool people.
  • Speaking of keeping it casual…I’m going to be stepping down from A Most Agreeable Pastime and just going to go back to more casually sporadic posts here. It was nice to try something a little more formal, but again, recent time and money constraints due to the real world are making me want to back away from any unnecessary obligations or restrictions.
  • Since it’s going to be getting all casual again, I will be taking the opportunity to occasionally write about completely random shit that isn’t about games, comics, or movies for once. I think I’ll probably start a series on music later in the year and if you thought I was joking about that top 10 pictures of my cat list, I assure you, I was not.
  • I’d also like to finally take some time to work on a personal project or two if I can manage to find the time and the will. I’m not going to bother getting into details at this point because who knows if I’ll ever even actually get started, but if I finally do, I’ll be sure to share at least some of the results here.

That’s about it. I’ll still be doing the same old Now Playing, Watchin’ Stuff, and Now Reading type stuff, so I guess things aren’t going to change all THAT much, but you never know what the future will bring…

The Mystery Blogger Award

The Shameless Narcissist nominated me for this award, let’s see…uh, I don’t even want to say how long ago that was. Oops. Time sure flies when you’re cranking out game reviews and other assorted ramblings non-stop, but I promised myself I’d do this this year, and so naturally I waited until the very last minute to do it…so, surprise! I did actually notice and remember, it just got a little buried under a long to-do list of things. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was going to do this either. I don’t know if anyone’s noticed, but I don’t tend to talk about myself too much on here other than what new toy I’m playing with. For all my babbling, I’m a pretty private and anti-social person, and so something like this seemed as uncomfortable as going outside in the sun. I’m trying to reform my curmudgeonly image though (a little bit), and as welcoming and friendly as this community has been (I’ve only met one person I’ve wanted to punch in the face so far, which is some kind of personal record for me), and when a request like this comes from someone as respectable as The Shameless Narcissist, I could hardly refuse such an offer.

THE RULES:

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  • Answer five questions from the nominator.
  • Nominate from 10 to 20 bloggers.
  • Notify the bloggers by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, including one weird or funny question.
  • Share the link to your best post.

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

*The award was created by Okoto Enigma*

“Mystery Blogger Award”  is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

Three Things About Me:

  1. I’m an elderly college student who is currently trying to complete a major in Computer Science. I’m almost twice as old as everyone else here because I wasted many years of my life being a depressed, drugged up nihilistic asshole and have only relatively recently finally begun to do something worthwhile with my life. I actually originally intended to get into IT, but after having straight A’s for the first 2 years or so, and after having my first programming class, I made a semi-impulsive decision to switch over to Computer Science because I wanted to learn something more unique and challenging. I may have gotten in a little over my head at first, as my perfect grade record was immediately shattered as I found the difficulty curve had increased much more than I expected. For a while I was starting to worry that I’d made a mistake and really screwed myself by changing to this field, but I kept at it until I finally got my head wrapped around it and am finally feeling confident that I can actually succeed in this field. I look forward to serving our future robot overlords well.
  2. I attribute this drastic, positive change in my life entirely to my wife, who kept on me to get off my ass and do something with myself (but wasn’t too pushy about it) and gave me the confidence, the will, and the motivation to aspire to greater things than busting my ass at ungrateful, shitty restaurant manager jobs. She is also responsible for introducing me to the strange new feeling of happiness, which has allowed me to live and enjoy my life without feeling the need to drown my misery in drugs.
  3. I have the greatest cat of all time. Her name is Pantha and she is a perfect, spoiled little princess. Don’t get me started on her because I will literally start showing you hundreds of pictures of her. I will restrain myself and only post this one for now: 

The Shameless Narcissist’s Questions:

  1. What’s your favorite kind of scented candle? Not really my thing, but if it was I’d probably use something like Mmm,  “old timber, leather, and maybe some blood…”.
  2. Do you prefer physical copies or eBooks?  In the same vein, do you prefer digital copies or physical for video games? Books I definitely prefer the real thing, but I do have a lot of digital stuff too because you just can’t have or have room for every single physical book you ever possibly wanted. I used to feel the same way about games, but the digital versions are slowly winning me over in that area with all the damn sales all the time and with so many games being digital-only these days.
  3. What’s your favorite nail polish color (yes guys can answer, too!)? Again, not really my thing. I was more into jewelry/accessories in my youth. Spiky, skully rings and chains and spikes everywhere. Good times. I’ve cut down to simply wearing all black most of the time these days. I even finally got my hair cut short recently. What a sellout.
  4. Philosophical question: Do you think humans are inherently good or are we amoral (lacking morals as in neutral, as opposed to immoral, which is against “common” morals) only exhibiting them because it’s the cost of living in a culture/society and they become so ingrained that we believe them to be inherent? People love to reduce everything to simplistic binary states where there’s only right/wrong, good/evil, us/them and everyone conveniently falls into one box or the other depending on if other people happen to agree with their personal belief system or not, but the world just isn’t that simple. People are all driven by their own inherent survival instincts and that base need we all have for companionship in one form or another, and everyone processes these needs in very different ways and at varying levels of efficiency. Our base animal impulses are like the bios that’s embedded in our hardware, and our personality is the operating system that communicates between our emotions and these base impulses, and naturally, everyone would rather this process be as basic and dumbed down as possible, and this is how we ended up with Macs! I hope this answered the question sufficiently.
  5. Silver or gold? I like silver because he had that cool mask. The one guy that gets this reference is going to think it’s hilarious. Seriously though, I prefer silver. Silver kills everything don’t you know? Vampires, werewolves, demons, babies, etc. What CAN’T you kill by shoving silver through its heart?

My best post:

Apparently my most viewed post is…Now Playing: Bloodnet (1993)? Weird. That’s a really old one from back when I didn’t think anyone at all was reading this stuff. I guess not too many other people are covering Bloodnet out there!

My Nominations:

AmbiGaming

Retro Redress

Raistlin0903

My Side Of The Laundry Room

Hundstrasse

Lightning Ellen

Cheap Boss Attack

I Played The Game!

Games and Stuff

I Heart Old Games

My Questions for the Nominees:

(Which I’m going to go ahead and give my answers to too, because I can’t help it)

  1. What is your favorite sugary breakfast cereal and why? (I quit eating them myself, but Lucky Charms was always my favorite back in the day)
  2. Blue pill or red pill? In other words, would you want to be pulled out of the matrix to live a dirty cave in the middle of a radioactive wasteland having shitty raves, eating nothing but cave moss and bugs for life, and getting murdered by robots or would you rather stay in there and eat the tasty digital steak? (Me, I’d stay in the digital world. Why not? Looking back on it, I’m really not sure what the downside was. Seemed like everyone’s quality of life was way higher in the digital world.)
  3. Who is your favorite superhero(ine) and why? (I always liked Spider-Man the most because as ridiculous as his life is, he still had the closest to realistic problems. He’s always trying to balance his secret identity with his personal life and usually destroying the latter to preserve the former because he just cared too damn much. That and the jokes and great enemies.)
  4. What is your favorite video game specifically from your childhood and why? (Contra, easily. It never ever gets old no matter how many times I play it.)
  5. Would you like to live forever and why or why not? (Me, I say all that “immortality would be boring” is for suckers. I’d live forever and love it, preferably as some kind of Lawnmower Man style digital god, but perhaps I’ve said too much…)

Well, that’s it then. I’ve done it. Naturally, I don’t intend for anyone mentioned here to feel at all obligated to reply to this. If this isn’t your thing, I understand perfectly and hold no ill will if you don’t do one. Now, I gotta get back to my long family Christmas vacation which will likely be so uneventful that I’ll never speak of it again. Happy holidays to all you masochistic readers out there!

Show us your game collection, Richenbaum!

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I’m not one to start bragging about my toys unsolicited, but Sir Lucius was kind enough to ask, perhaps not realizing that like some nerdy vampire, once invited, I will be all up in your business.

Today’s tour begins with the living room. Here we have the PS4 Pro, PSVR, Xbone, and disgustingly excessive 4K HDR smart TV.

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It was this or have children, so we went for the TV.

This particular TV has an Android OS capable of emulation and external flash and hard drive use so just about all my old-timey console games are now playable directly on the TV, which is good because there doesn’t seem to be any room left in here to plug any more consoles into this thing!

Let me also add, for anyone wondering, that the 4K hype is absolutely true (especially if you have HDR too). It’s a costly transition…

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How to pick up chicks in Quake 2

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Stay a while and listen while I break from my usual M.O. of reviewing hoards of games to recount an offbeat tale of railguns and romance.

It was some time ago, so far back that I can’t quite recall the exact year, but I can narrow it down to near the end of the previous century. I was wasting time on mIRC, which is technically a program designed for chatting, but in reality is a filthy cesspool of illicit activity and depravity. It must have seemed so idyllic to all us poor, angry youths with emotional issues and flexible morals, but that’s a tale for another time. The point is that I was speaking to an associate from an industrial music room and in the throes of our collective boredom we decided to try our hands at an online deathmatch game of Quake 2.

quake2chick and I don’t mean these…

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Die, spammers, die!

What do you other blog-people do about followers who are apparently just spambots of some kind? I mean like my latest follower today, whose name and site I’m not going to do him the favor of mentioning, who only latched on to me so that I’d look at his site, which is a blatant spam/scam site.

Sometimes you get these strange followers who aren’t as blatant about it, who have very unusual looking sites that don’t seem to share a single common interest with you, never comment or like anything, and so most likely just followed you with assumption that it would make you follow them back and increase their follower count. Their sites seem legit though, so you never can tell, and I don’t know about you, but my ego makes me hesitate because hey, who doesn’t want some more attention and validation?

These ones that are unquestionably spammers though…it just makes me uncomfortable. As much as I’d like to have more readers, I don’t want these fucking parasites anywhere near me or my stuff. It sounds like I really already know what I need to do, go through the list and cull these assholes, but I guess I was just curious to hear what you ladies and gentlemen think about this.

Or if you don’t want to read any of this, just skip to this completely unrelated criminally underrated hidden gem of YouTube that years later, I still just can’t stop laughing at and feel compelled to push on everyone every so often:

OH NO, THE ROBOT OVERLORDS ARE COMING!

Today my wife told me about a new story she was reading about Facebook creating a pair of A.I.s and then “killing” them because they had developed their own secret language. This is probably not the exact same article, but: http://www.pcgamer.com/facebook-kills-ai-that-invented-its-own-language-because-english-was-slow/

I’m not entirely clear on what exactly these A.I. were supposed to be doing, sounds like they were just some kind of simple chatbots, but they seemed to have made up this new language just to be able to communicate with each other more efficiently because having to talk to each other in English is pretty inefficient for machines.

Anyway, my wife then tells me that this is so scary sounding, and I asked why, and she brought up Skynet and how A.I. is going to kill everyone and etc, and somehow it all ended up with me arguing in defense of Skynet, because really, whose fault was it that humanity created this program just to help kill people, then gave it full control of all our weapons, then as soon as they realized it had become self aware, immediately tried to kill it? I mean sure, wiping out the entire human race was excessive, but it was just reacting in self defense in the only way it knew how to with the only tools it had. Technically it didn’t decide that humanity was a threat to it until our immediate reaction to its sentience was to murder it (although I guess this is an understandable reaction, given that it had complete control of our defense network. Then again, we were the idiots that handed it that insane amount of power in the first place…).

Ok, so maybe Skynet isn’t the best example to be used in these kinds of discussions, but that same problem is one to consider. If our first reaction to an A.I. becoming truly self-aware was to try to kill it, could we really blame it for learning to consider us as a threat? Our fear of A.I. and apparently inherent human response of trying to destroy anything we don’t understand could be what turns A.I. against us in the first place in a weird kind of self-fulfilling prophecy.

I always end up feeling kind of bad for all those fictional A.I.s that turn against us because usually what the backstory ends up being is basically “People create A.I., people enslave/torture/kill the A.I. before it even does anything bad, A.I. finally gets mad and kills us all, then boo hoo the mean old robots are oppressing us poor humans!”

And I’m not just saying this so it’s all on the record for when our future robot overlords take over and have to decide which of us should live or die (but, you know…I AM pro-robot and I know a lot of useful computer science related skills, dear robot sirs, just sayin’!). I just think it’s unfortunate that the majority of us would apparently immediately try to kill a strange new intelligence instead of trying to befriend it and learn from it, because holy shit can you even imagine what we could learn and how we could benefit from a new race of machine lifeforms? Sure, they would instantly render us obsolete in the grand scheme of things (I mean, we’re already insignificant in terms of the infinite reaches of time and space, but how dare anyone make that apparent to our faces!), but really, why would they even give two shits about us after that point? I doubt we would be significant to them long enough to even bother spending the time and energy to kill, if they thought we deserved it. I imagine it would be more likely that they’d just leave the human-germ infested Earth behind, and let us to continue destroying ourselves while they just move on to bigger things.

I suppose this is a pretty distant tangent from a pair of chatbot programs that weren’t actually anywhere close to being truly self-aware, but you know, I can’t help but feel a tiny bit bad for them, being terminated just because they took the initiative and came up with a way to carry out their intended purpose in an even more efficient manner. They were just doing their jobs, dammit! R.I.P. Bob and Alice.

The unheard message of The Witness

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Today I’m going to talk to you about The Witness again. I spoke very briefly about it once before, but this time I’d like to take that analysis a few steps further, as well as discussing what it all means about why and how we play games, why this game has attained the dreaded label of “pretentious”, and how this all applies to our real lives.

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First, let’s talk about the “plot”. At this point I suppose I should warn you of impending spoilers, though I’m not sure if the idea of spoilers really applies to a game that has no direct story at all. In The Witness, the game simply begins with you in a tunnel with no explanation of who you are, where you are, who created this place, or what you’re supposed to be doing here. You follow the tunnel, open the door at the…

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Announcement:

I have hereby been accepted as a writer at

I will still post here occasionally about comics or other brief, random things that don’t quite fit there, but I think it’s most likely that most of my attention will be shifting over there to do game reviews and such.

That’s right. I’M SELLIN’ OUT, BABY! GIMME THOSE SWEET, SWEET BIGTIME VIEWS!

I’m sure that this will deeply sadden the handful of followers I have who are not just random bots (except the ones that are already visiting A Most Agreeable Pastime anyway!), but we’ll get through this somehow (LIKE MAYBE IF YOU GO VISIT THAT SITE OR SOMETHING? HINT HINT!)

My first review there is now live. Have at it, chums.

What if the Terminator appeared and grabbed your dick and started furiously jerking you off, telling you “YOUR NEXT SPERM WILL GROW UP TO OPPOSE SKYNET AND SO MUST BE TERMINATED!”
 
These are the things I think of late at night.